White House Chat: Partnership progress report

Three key leaders in the federal Sustainable Communities Partnership have updated the White House Office of Urban Affairs blog with a Partnership progress report.

  • Next Thursday, July 15, at 2pm you will have a chance to hear more about this progress and ask questions in a live White House chat at WhiteHouse.gov/live. Questions can be submitted in advance via Planetizen.

In the blog update, Shelley Poticha, Director of the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities at HUD, Beth Osborne, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Policy at the Department of Transportation, and John W. Frece, Director of the Office of Sustainable Communities at the Environmental Protection Agency discuss Partnership efforts to establish policies that facilitate efforts to meet “unmet demand for communities with more housing and transportation choices.” They explain:

To build and support these sustainable communities, housing, transportation, environmental protection, economic development, and energy policies need to be developed in concert.  The conventional way of looking at these issues in isolation won’t work anymore.

Three key issue areas, they explain, have made notable progress since the Sustainable Communities Partnership was launched just over a year ago. These are:

  1. Providing and coordinating funding to support the creation of more sustainable communities
  2. Removing regulatory barriers at the federal level to facilitate the development of sustainable communities at the local level
  3. Aligning our agency priorities and institutionalizing the principles of the partnership within our agencies

Over 700 people participated in Partnership listening sessions held around the country earlier this year. Were you one of them? Share your experiences with this federal Partnership, and your community’s sustainability efforts, in the comments below.