The Partnership turns 5!

In celebration of the fifth anniversary of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, HUD, DOT, and EPA released “Partnership for Sustainable Communities: Five Years of Learning from Communities and Coordinating Federal Investments". This report shows how the three agencies are changing their policies and removing barriers to help communities provide more housing choices, make transportation systems more efficient and reliable, and create vibrant neighborhoods while protecting the environment. Click on the arrows below to learn about other new resources for communities.

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Grants and Technical Assistance

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Tools

  • Visit our new Tools Database, designed to connect communities to the many tools HUD, DOT, and EPA have developed to support local planning around housing, transportation, and infrastructure.
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Webinars

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Green Infrastructure Collaborative

  • The Green Infrastructure Collaborative is bringing federal agencies, nonprofits, and other stakeholders together to help communities implement green infrastructure strategies that manage stormwater while helping to revitalize communities. Learn more about the Partnership’s support for this White House initiative.
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Sustainable Communities

Sustainable communities are places that have a variety of housing and transportation choices, with destinations close to home. As a result, they tend to have lower transportation costs, reduce air pollution and stormwater runoff, decrease infrastructure costs, preserve historic properties and sensitive lands, save people time in traffic, be more economically resilient and meet market demand for different types of housing at different price points. Rural, suburban, and urban communities can all use sustainable communities strategies and techniques to invest in healthy, safe and walkable neighborhoods, but these strategies will look different in each place depending on the community’s character, context, and needs.

Developing more sustainable communities is important to our national goals of strengthening our economy, creating good jobs now while providing a foundation for lasting prosperity, using energy more efficiently to secure energy independence, and protecting our natural environment and human health. Three federal agencies came together to create the Partnership for Sustainable Communities to help places around the country develop in more environmentally and economically sustainable ways. To guide its work, the Partnership developed six livability principles:

  • Provide more transportation choices.
  • Promote equitable, affordable housing.
  • Enhance economic competitiveness.
  • Support existing communities.
  • Coordinate and leverage federal policies and investment.
  • Value communities and neighborhoods.