EPA, HUD, DOT Mark Partnership for Sustainable Communities Second Anniversary

Mid-June marks the second anniversary of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, an interagency effort to help communities nationwide improve access to affordable housing, increase transportation options, and lower transportation costs while protecting the environment and people’s health.  Since announcing the partnership, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Department of Transportation have dedicated more than $2.5 billion in assistance to more than 200 communities in 48 states to help meet housing and transportation goals while simultaneously protecting the environment, promoting equitable development, and addressing the challenges of climate change.  Of that funding, $238 million was focused on America’s rural communities.

As part of the anniversary, the partnership is highlighting the resources available at their joint website at:  http://www.sustainablecommunities.gov/, a one-stop shop for best practices, grant announcements, and accomplishments of the partnership.  The joint website serves as a resource to grantees, local governments and American families seeking to incorporate the partnership’s six livability principles into their community.  The website includes contact information for each agency’s sustainability office, ongoing project updates for sustainable community grantees around the country, and recent news and grant information from the Partnership’s newsletter, “Partnership in Action.”