White House’s sustainable communities efforts covered in City Limits

City Limits magazine recently published a piece on the Obama Administration’s urban policy work, arguing that significant change has been happening — but most of it is flying below the radar of the press and public. The article provides information on the Sustainable Communities Partnership, discusses some projects that the Partnership has funded, and provides background context for urban-focused federal efforts to encourage sustainable communities.

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GSA seeks to lead the way on sustainable building practices

A new article in National Geographic details the efforts of the federal General Services Administration (GSA) to improve sustainability in federal buildings, with the help of $4.5 billion in ARRA stimulus funds. The federal government leases or owns 500,000 buildings nationwide. So far, GSA has awarded 70 solar photovoltaic projects, projects for advanced electricity metering … 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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Why a Place-Based Investment Approach? Derek Douglas Explains.

Derek Douglas, Special Assistant to the President on Urban Policy, discusses why the Obama Administration has adopted a regional, place-based approach to community investment in his latest White House blog entry. In short, it’s about viewing neighborhoods as important, unique places within a broader regional system. And it’s about appreciating the fact that, for example, … Continued

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WH Chat on Energy & Climate Change Legislation on 6/29

On Tuesday, the White House will be answering questions on federal energy and climate change legislation, an issue with direct relevance for state and local sustainability. All are invited to participate online. From The White House Blog: On Tuesday, President Obama will meet with a bipartisan group of Senators to discuss the need for comprehensive … Continued

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