Now available! Smart Growth Toolkit for local communities

How can your community position itself to best take advantage of federal sustainable communities opportunities emerging from the HUD-EPA-DOT partnership? With support from the EPA, the Smart Growth Leadership Institute (SGLI) developed a Smart Growth Toolkit to help communities develop their own assessments and strategic plans related to growth. The toolkit includes tools like policy, code … Continued

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Live Stream: How Equitable Transportation Policy Can Reverse Childhood Obesity

This roundtable session is streaming live from 9am to Noon on Thursday, July 15. From PolicyLink: The livestream of Keeping Kids Moving: How Equitable Transportation Policy Can Reverse Childhood Obesity. The event will be streamed live at: http://www.reversechildhoodobesity.org/keepingkidsmoving. You can also visit the site for more information on the roundtable. Featured speakers include: Federal Voices … Continued

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Sec. LaHood signs first TIGER transit grant agreement in Kent, Ohio

Wondering what the TIGER grant recipient projects look like? The first of 51 grant agreements has been signed and work can now move forward on this successfully funded project in Kent, Ohio: “Soon residents of Kent will benefit from a 325,000 square foot project that combines a bus transfer station with public parking, retail and … Continued

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Regional planning goes rural in FY 2011 budget

A blog post from Mark Muro, Policy Director for the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, describes a new effort by USDA to fund regional planning in rural areas. It parallels the regional focus and silo-busting strategies of the Sustainable Communities Partnership. Called the Regional Innovation Initiative, the USDA explains (p. 14): In recent years, rural communities have been … Continued

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North Carolina passes Sustainable Communities Task Force legislation

The North Carolina General Assembly recently passed legislation establishing a Sustainable Communities Task Force within the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. North Carolina is now the latest state to recognize the connections between cross-agency governance at the state level, coordination with stakeholders at the local level, and sustainable communities on the ground. With $250,000 … Continued

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Federal grant round-up: $495 million for state, local, tribal governments

A steady stream of federal grant opportunities for sustainable communities has been released in the past month. To make sure no program is overlooked, EPA distributed a list (available below) of all current and upcoming funding opportunities for sustainable communities and related programs that tackle climate and energy challenges. (If you’re choosing which HUD regional … Continued

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Public health leadership in sustainable community design: Hennepin County, Minn.

During a NACCHO/PolicyLink/Convergence Partnership webinar held earlier this week, Karen Nikolai, Hennepin County (Minn.) Community Design Liaison, discussed the process that has established public health as a valued perspective in county sustainability efforts. (Yesterday, we summarized innovative efforts in San Francisco presented during the same session). As Karen Nikolai explained, public health issues have a … Continued

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Webinar: The Role of Transit-Oriented Development

On Thursday, August 5, Lilly Shoup of Transportation for America and Nat Bottigheimer of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority are presenting a session called “The Role of Transit-Oriented Development: Livable and Sustainable Communities.” From the conference site: Transit-oriented development (TOD) has gained popularity as a strategy to address a number of urban problems, including traffic … Continued

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Online Conference: Promising Practices and Solutions in Accessible Transportation

Easter Seals and the Transportation Research Board are co-hosting a free webinar conference called “Promising Practices and Solutions in Accessible Transportation” from August 2 through August 5. The registration deadline is July 28. More details and registration can be found here. Note that Session 4 on August 5, “The Role of Transit-Oriented Development: Livable and … Continued

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Feds lead by example with effort to site facilities in sustainable locations

From the DOT press release: The U.S. Department of Transportation, as a member of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, has been asked by the White House Council of Environmental Quality to lead a public outreach and education campaign to encourage federal agencies to choose sustainable locations for future facilities. In addition, they have been asked … Continued

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