Communities across the country interested in fostering development that supports thriving local economies while protecting the environment and sense of place can turn to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program for resources and tools to help them achieve desired development goals.
A recent informational webinar by the U.S. EPA, Forterra (formerly Cascade Land Conservancy), Global Green USA, Project for Public Spaces and Smart Growth America provided an overview of the available resources and the application process of the Building Blocks program. Materials from this webinar are now available online.
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In this webinar, learn about the U.S. EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities and the direct technical assistance they offer to communities across the nation. In addition to the direct technical assistance provided by EPA staff experts and contractors, hear as well about the free technical assistance programs of Forterra, Global Green, Project for Public Spaces and Smart Growth America that have been made possible through the Building Blocks program.
Download additional materials from the webinar at the links below:
- Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program (PDF) by Dr. John Thomas, Director, Community Assistance and Research Division, US EPA
- Building Sustainable Communities: Advancing Smart Growth Tools at the Local Level (PDF) by Alison Van Gorp, Urban Policy Director, Forterra
- Creating Sustainable Neighborhoods: LEED-ND Assessment and Recommendations (PDF) by Walker Wells, AICP LEED AP, Director of the Green Urbanism Program for Global Green USA
- Livability Solutions: a coalition helping communities succeed (PDF) by Pippa Brashear, Project Manager, Project for Public Spaces
- Overview of Smart Growth America Technical Assistance (PDF) by Roger Millar, PE, AICP, Director of the Smart Growth Leadership Institute
- Supplemental Webinar Materials (PDF)
Want to stay up to date on the Building Blocks program?
Visit the U.S. EPA’s Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities page to access all the resources you need to stay up to date on the program.