- The Department of Interior announced $100 million for the Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program, The competition will fund projects that promote resilient natural systems while enhancing green spaces and wildlife habitat in needed areas along the Sandy-impacted landscape, enabling coastal communities and key habitats to withstand the impacts of future storms. Click here for the Request for Proposals and application details!
- Find videos from EPA's Smart Growth Program and the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities on our Webinars, Videos, and Podcasts page. Here, you can watch how communities across the country are putting smart growth in action!
- Check out EPA’s Smart Location Database, a consistent nationwide data resource for measuring location efficiency. It includes over 90 variables characterizing the built environment, transit service, destination accessibility, employment, and demographics at the census block group scale. You can download data for your selected region, view data online in an interactive map, or access the data through a variety of web services.
- EPA hosts the Local Climate and Energy Webcast Series to assist local governments as they explore and plan climate change and clean energy efforts. Check out the upcoming webcasts here.
Transportation is essential for all community members for travel to work, school, home or around the community. Public transportation offered by communities not only benefits the residents, but also improves communities by reducing air pollution and congestion. Clean transportation can reduce a community’s exposure to harmful air pollution.Read more about transportation options and alternatives in the Transportation Chapter of Planning for a Sustainable Future - A Guide for Local Governments [PDF 4.9 MB, 58 pp].
What You Can Do:
Creating more efficient transportation systems is a great way to reduce your community’s environmental impact. Buying fuel efficient and low emissions vehicles for your municipality has the potential to save you and your community money over the life of the vehicle. Promoting alternative transportation, such as cycling and walking, can improve community health and create safer streets in your neighborhoods.
- Promote cycling in your community by building bike lanes and bike parking
- Foster walking by posting pedestrian signs and planting trees
- Relieve parking demand in densely populated neighborhoods by designating parking for car-shares
Shenendehowa Central School District in Clifton Park, New York is one of the first schools in the nation to test the use of hybrid school busses for their students’ transportation needs. These busses reduce emissions by 90 percent and improve fuel efficiency by 40 percent.