Sustainable Communities Initiative

A Roadmap to Transformation

An innovative approach to planning was created June 16, 2009, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) came together to create the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities.

“The SJ Valley is ready to demonstrate to all developing regions of the world what it means to be sustainable. Smart Valley Places is a crucial trail to this promised land.”

— Rollie Smith
Field Office Director, US Department of HUD

As part of this collaboration, the Sustainable Communities Initiative was launched to help improve access to affordable housing, create more transportation options and lower transportation costs, while protecting the environment in communities nationwide. Through a set of Livability Principles and an agreement that will guide the agencies’ efforts, this partnership will coordinate federal housing, transportation and other infrastructure investments, to protect the environment, promote equitable development and to help address the challenges of climate change.

Livability Principles

Provide more transportation choices.

Develop safe, reliable and economical transportation choices to decrease household transportation costs, reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promote public health.

Promote equitable, affordable housing.

Expand location- and energy-efficient housing choices for people of all ages, incomes, races, and ethnicities to increase mobility and lower the combined cost of housing and transportation.

Enhance economic competitiveness.

Improve economic competitiveness through reliable and timely access to employment centers, educational opportunities, services and other basic needs by workers, as well as expanded business access to markets.

Support existing communities.

Target federal funding toward existing communities–through strategies like transit-oriented, mixed-use development, and land recycling–to increase community revitalization and the efficiency of public works investments and safeguard rural landscapes.

Coordinate and leverage federal policies and investment.

Align federal policies and funding to remove barriers to collaboration, leverage funding, and increase the accountability and effectiveness of all levels of government to plan for future growth, including making smart energy choices such as locally generic levitra renewable energy.

Value communities and neighborhoods.

Enhance the unique characteristics of all communities by investing in healthy, safe, and walkable neighborhoods–rural, urban, or suburban.

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