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EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities (OSC) hosts a variety of webinars on smart growth topics. All webinars are free; many satisfy the certification maintenance requirements for AICP planners. Please join our listserv or follow us on Twitter (@EPAsmartgrowth) to be notified about OSC webinars, publications, and other smart growth news. If you have questions about our webinars, please email smartgrowth@epa.gov.

Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 3:00-4:00 Eastern

Join EPA's Smart Growth Program for an overview of free technical assistance available to communities through EPA's Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program. On October 23, EPA announced a Request for Letters of Interest (9 pp, 158K, About PDF) inviting communities to apply for assistance; participants will learn about the types of assistance available and the application process.

Building Blocks provides short-term, targeted technical assistance to help communities implement smart growth development approaches. This year, communities may apply for assistance on one or more of the following topics:

Applications are due by 5 p.m. Eastern, November 20, 2014.


Who Should Attend

Planners; community leaders; staff from utilities, state and local government, and municipal planning organizations; and others interested in applying for technical assistance in one or more of the topic areas listed above

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Creating a Green Infrastructure Plan to Transform Your Community

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 3:00-4:30 Eastern

Green infrastructure approaches, such as incorporating trees and rain gardens into street designs, can help communities better manage stormwater while achieving other environmental, public health, social, and economic benefits, allowing communities to achieve more for their money. This webinar, Creating a Green Infrastructure Plan to Transform Your Community, will discuss how three different organizations—a regional association of governments, a local government, and a nonprofit organization—have developed and implemented plans for using green infrastructure to achieve multiple goals. The webinar will also cover EPA’s report, Enhancing Sustainable Communities With Green Infrastructure, a guidebook to help communities engage stakeholders to develop a vision for how green infrastructure can transform their communities and a plan to achieve that vision.


Who Should Attend
Planners; community leaders; state, local, and federal government staff; water utility staff; neighborhood groups; non-profit organizations; and others interested in integrating green infrastructure strategies into plans that can transform their communities

Continuing Education
This webinar qualifies for 1.5 certification maintenance credits from the American Planning Association.

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These videos show how communities across the country are using smart growth approaches to expand economic opportunity, protect public health and the environment, and create and enhance the places that people love. After clicking on the link, please scroll down the page to find the video icon. Video

National Award for Smart Growth Achievement Winners

EPA's National Award for Smart Growth Achievement recognizes communities for using innovative policies and strategies to strengthen their economies, provide housing and transportation choices, develop in ways that benefit a wide range of residents, and protect the environment.

EPA Technical Assistance Projects

These videos tell the stories of some of the technical assistance projects EPA has done with communities through its Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities, Smart Growth Implementation Assistance, and Greening America's Capitals program.

Partnership for Sustainable Communities Projects

EPA, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Department of Transportation work together through the Partnership for Sustainable Communities to help communities improve access to affordable housing and transportation while protecting the environment. The Partnership website includes several videos about projects that have received funding or other assistance from the Partnership agencies.

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EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities helps identify speakers for the National Building Museum's Smart Growth Speaker Series. Visit the National Building Museum's Smart Growth page Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer for audio recordings from these events.

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