EPA honors five communities with National Award for Smart Growth Achievement

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized five cities and towns that are making smart growth a reality. The communities received awards at the EPA’s 10th annual National Award for Smart Growth Achievement.

Through the National Award for Smart Growth Achievement, the EPA recognizes and supports communities that use innovative policies and strategies to strengthen their economies, provide housing and transportation choices, develop in ways that bring benefits to a wide range of residents, and protect the environment. Congratulations to the award recipients of the awards. Click the links to watch a video about each project:

  • Overall Excellence: Old North St. Louis Revitalization Initiative, St. Louis, Mo. A community redefined and rebuilt a historic neighborhood to attract new residents and economic growth while maintaining its distinctive character.
  • Smart Growth and Green Building: Silver Gardens Apartments, Albuquerque, N.M. The first LEED Platinum-certified affordable housing project in the Southwest puts innovative green design near reliable transportation options, meeting a critical public need.
  • Programs, Policies, and Regulations: Plan El Paso 2010, El Paso, Texas. A comprehensive, transit-oriented development plan will help link neighborhoods to greater economic opportunity and to one another, creating new homes and jobs.
  • Rural Smart Growth: Maroney Commons, Howard, S.D. A green building generates jobs and teaches rural communities about innovative environmental approaches to spur economic development.
  • Civic Places: Uptown Normal Roundabout, Normal, Ill. A roundabout originally designed to manage traffic has evolved into a civic gathering place and an anchor for economic revitalization, with green features that benefit the entire community.

“The projects demonstrate the extraordinary value of working together to ensure that new developments create opportunities accessible to everyone,” EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said in a statement. “These are communities that work — for residents, for businesses and for the local economy. They are also the kinds of places that the EPA, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Transportation work together to foster through the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. Our federal collaboration aligns environmental, housing and transportation initiatives to get the most out of every dollar we invest and to facilitate the kinds of success stories we are honoring with these awards.”

The EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities is part of the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities, a collaboration between EPA, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Partnership helps make communities more sustainable by creating housing and transit options that are near jobs, shops, and schools. Congratulations again to all the communities recognized today. Each is a great example of how smart growth can support thriving local economies and help protect the environment.