EPA Sustainable Growth Assistance – Deadline October 26, 2012

EPA Sustainable Growth Assistance for Communities Рapply by October 26, 2012.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency invites communities to apply for technical assistance to foster sustainable growth in their area. EPA is offering assistance through the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program, which offers tools that can be applied in rural, suburban, and urban areas, including:

  • Smart growth and economic development to help communities get better financial results from public and private investments;
  • Green street strategies for managing polluted stormwater;
  • Land use strategies to protect water quality;
  • Parking audits to make the best use of parking for existing and planned land uses;
  • Bikeshare system planning to create alternative commuting options;
  • Community design for aging populations to ensure residents can live at home as long as possible;
  • Green building toolkit to overcome common barriers; and
  • Strategies to help small cities and rural areas develop in ways that retain unique community characteristics.

Communities apply for assistance with one of the specific tools and, if selected, work with an EPA-supported team of experts on applying those tools during a two-day workshop. Along with the policies and practices highlighted in each tool, participants will learn more about smart growth development strategies.

EPA will select up to 44 communities through a competitive process for this latest round of assistance. The selections will be made in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Transportation through the Partnership for Sustainable Communities.  Applications will be accepted until October 26, 2012. More information and application instructions for the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program are available at http://tinyurl.com/66mzq3n

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