Smart Growth News – February 8, 2013

EPA Provides Technical Assistance to 43 Communities to Meet their Sustainability Goals
Environmental Expert – February 7, 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that 43 communities — rural, urban and suburban — will receive technical assistance to pursue sustainable growth that encourages local economic development while safeguarding people’s health and the environment.

Avedisian to open Smart Growth awards
Warwick Beacon (RI) – February 7, 2013
As part of his work as a member of the Advisory Board of the Smart Growth America Local Leaders Council, Mayor Scott Avedisian will attend the 12th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

Urban sprawl affects inner-ring suburbs, too
Start Tribune (MN) – February 8, 2013
A U of M researcher finds that many of the characteristics of “urban sprawl” are showing up closer to central-city cores, not just where cornfields are transformed into housing.

Key to climate preparedness – social capital and strong towns
NRDC Switchboard – February 7, 2013
Is climate preparedness and resilience mostly if not entirely a question of costly investments in physical infrastructure?

Local News

Hawaii county gets smart growth funding
Hawaii Reporter (HI) – February 8, 2013
Senator Brian Schatz, Senator Mazie K. Hirono and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard announced today that Maui has been awarded a grant of technical assistance through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program.

EPA to Provide Smart Growth Technical Assistance to Atchison
Kansas City Infozine (MO) – February 8, 2013
EPA’s technical assistance will help Atchison find ways to reinvest in the city’s core.

New Castle among 42 communities receiving EPA sustainable growth assistance
Washington Post (DC) – February 8, 2013
The federal Environmental Protection Agency says New Castle is one of 42 communities that will receive help to manage growth sustainably.

Dubuque awarded assistance through EPA
Telegraph Herald (IA) – February 8, 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that Dubuque will receive technical assistance through the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program.

City to hold second Ala Moana neighborhood transit-oriented development community workshop – February 8, 2013
The City Department of Planning and Permitting will host the second Ala Moana Neighborhood Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Plan Community Workshop.