Please join us for a discussion of the key Partnership-related programs in the FY14 Budget.
Date: Thursday, May 2, 2013
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm, EDT
Call-in Information: 1-800-260-0719, 292033#
RSVP: Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 1st at noon to email@example.com.
After more than two years of public outreach to identify ways to reduce regulations for communities seeking federal funds for major transit projects, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced major changes to the New Starts program. These include a simpler, more straightforward approach for measuring a proposed project’s cost-effectiveness and adding new economic development factors to its ratings process among others.
Read more about these changes here.
On January 10 and 11, 2013, the Deputies from the Partnership agencies traveled to Indianapolis and Cincinnati to view both cities' progress on key projects funded by the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities, including the Cincinnati Streetcar and the Indianapolis Smart Growth District.
EPA’s Smart Growth Program released a new report examining residential
construction trends in America’s metropolitan regions. The report
demonstrates that infill has become a significant portion of the U.S.
Read the report
and view a map showing regional trends.
Read the press release.
On November 28, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized seven communities with its 2012 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement. The Smart Growth awards are given for creative, sustainable initiatives that better protect the health and the environment of our communities while also strengthening local economies.
Click here to read more about the 2012 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement winners.
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 prices 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: