Webinars, Videos, and Podcasts
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 email@example.com.
Greening Vacant Properties
Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 2:00-3:30 Eastern Time
Join EPA’s Smart Growth Program for a webinar on how the city of Detroit has moved from plans to action in the revitalization of vacant properties.
- Ashley Atkinson, Co-Director, Keep Growing Detroit
- Erin Kelly, Program Manager, Detroit Future City
- Maggie Desantis, President/CEO, Warren/Conner Development Coalition
Who Should Attend
Planners; community leaders; state, local, and federal government staff; academics; researchers; and others interested in helping communities reuse vacant properties.
Flood Resilience and Recovery Assistance: Lessons Learned from Vermont
Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 1:00-2:30 Eastern Time
The state of Vermont experienced major damage to roads, houses, and businesses due to flood impacts from Tropical Storm Irene in fall 2011. Vermont's Agency of Commerce and Community Development, along with the Agency of Natural Resources, Agency of Transportation, and the Mad River Valley Planning District, requested assistance from EPA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to recover from flood impacts and plan for long-term resilience to future disasters. Through EPA’s Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program, EPA and FEMA worked with state agencies and communities in Vermont to identify smart growth strategies that can help vulnerable communities prepare for and recover from floods. The project resulted in the report, Planning for Flood Recovery and Long-Term Resilience in Vermont: Smart Growth Approaches for Disaster-Resilient Communities, and a Flood Resilience Checklist, available at http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/sgia_communities.htm#rec1.
This webinar will discuss the project, highlighting Smart growth approaches and strategies communities can consider to become more flood resilient and what the state of Vermont and communities in the Mad River Valley have done since Irene to help enhance flood resilience by building back better than before.
- Stephanie Bertaina, Senior Policy Analyst, EPA
- Marilyn Hilliard, Senior Planner/Disaster Operations Coordinator, FEMA
- Noelle MacKay, Commissioner, Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development
- Joshua Schwartz, Executive Director, Mad River Valley Planning District
Who Should Attend
Planners; community leaders; state, local, and federal government staff; academics; researchers; and others interested in helping communities prepare for and recover from floods.
This webinar qualifies for 1.5 certification maintenance credits from the American Planning Association.
Green Infrastructure and Smart Growth
Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 1:00 to 2:30 Eastern Time
This webinar will highlight communities that have successfully leveraged green infrastructure as part of broader smart growth initiatives. This event is part of the Office of Water's Green Infrastructure Webcast Series. Learn more at http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/greeninfrastructure/gi_training.cfm.
- Caran Curry, Grants Manager, City of Little Rock, Arkansas
- Melissa Kramer, Senior Policy Analyst, EPA's Office of Sustainable
- Heather Nix, Director, Clean Air & Water Program, Upstate Forever Communities
Who Should Attend
Planners; community leaders; state, local, and federal government staff; academics; researchers; and others interested in the intersection between smart growth and green infrastructure.
- Smart Location Database: Helping You Measure Location Efficiency
- Scenario Planning and Fiscal Impact Modeling
- Infrastructure Financing Options for Transit-Oriented Development
- Smart Growth and Economic Success
- Sustainable Communities HotReport: How well is your community performing on transportation, housing, economic development, income, and equity?
- Our Built and Natural Environments
- Green Infrastructure: Achieving Stormwater Management, Neighborhood Stabilization, and Complete Streets Using Formula and Other Funds
- Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Training Academy
- How Communities Are Using Equitable Development and Smart Growth Strategies to Create Neighborhoods That Are Healthy, Sustainable, and Inclusive
- Urban Growth Trends in U.S. Metropolitan Regions: A Tale of Two Studies
- Moline, IL & Cincinnati, OH: Transit-Oriented Development That Is Transforming Communities
- Government Support for Environmental Justice and the BGreen 2020 Plan in Bridgeport, Connecticut
- EPA's Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program
- School Siting and Community Planning
- Essential Smart Growth Fixes: Ideas for Rural Communities
- Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grants: Opportunities for Local Governments and Nonprofits
- Creating a Unique Public Space: The Uptown Roundabout in Normal, IL with Mayor Chris Koos
- Transforming the Old North St. Louis Neighborhood, with Opening Remarks by Mayor Francis Slay
- Reimagining Rural: Green Building Boosts Economy in Howard, South Dakota
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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.
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.
- Albuquerque, New Mexico: Silver Gardens Apartments (2011 award winner in the category of Smart Growth and Green Building)
- Atlanta, Georgia: Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail and Historic Fourth Ward Park (2013 award winner in the category of Overall Excellence)
- Baltimore, Maryland: Miller's Court (2010 award winner in the category of Smart Growth and Green Building)
- Brattleboro, Vermont: Cooperative Building (2012 award winner in the category of Main Street or Corridor Revitalization)
- Charles City, Iowa: Charles City Riverfront Park (2013 award winner in the category of Plazas, Parks, and Public Places)
- Charlotte, North Carolina: Urban Street Design Guidelines (2009 award winner in the category of Policies and Regulations)
- Chicago, Illinois: Parkside of Old Town (2009 award winner in the category of Built Projects)
- Chicago, Illinois: GO TO 2040 (2013 award winner in the category of Policies, Programs, and Plans)
- Denver, Colorado: Mariposa District (2012 award winner in the category of Equitable Development)
- Dubuque, Iowa: Historic Millwork District and Washington Neighborhood (2013 award winner in the category of Corridor or Neighborhood Revitalization)
- El Paso, Texas: Plan El Paso 2010 (2011 award winner in the category of Programs, Policies, and Regulations)
- Gateway 1 Communities and Maine Department of Transportation: Gateway 1 Corridor Action Plan (2010 award winner in the category of Rural Smart Growth)
- Howard, South Dakota: Maroney Commons (2011 award winner in the category of Rural Smart Growth)
- Lancaster, California: BLVD Transformation (2012 award winner in the category of Overall Excellence)
- Lancaster, Pennsylvania: Envision Lancaster County (2009 award winner in the category of Overall Excellence)
- Metro, Portland area, Oregon: Making the Greatest Place: Metro's Strategic Implementation of the 2040 Growth Concept (2010 award winner in the category of Programs, Policies, and Regulations)
- New York, New York: Smart.Growth@NYC: Policies and Programs for Improving Livability in New York City (2010 award winner in the category of Overall Excellence)
- Normal, Illinois: Uptown Normal Roundabout (2011 award winner in the category of Civic Places)
- Portsmouth, Virginia: Destination Portsmouth (2012 award winner in the category of Programs and Policies)
- Sacramento, California: La Valentina (2013 award winner in the category of Built Projects)
- San Francisco, California: Mint Plaza (2010 award winner in the category of Civic Places)
- St. Louis, Missouri: Old North St. Louis Revitalization Initiative (2011 award winner in the category of Overall Excellence)
- Tempe, Arizona: Tempe Transportation Center (2009 award winner in the category of Smart Growth and Green Building)
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 Program and Greening America's Capitals Program.
- Blue Springs, Missouri: This video shows a walkability audit being conducted in Blue Springs through the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program.
- Phoenix, Arizona: This video describes the Greening America's Capitals Program and a workshop on design options for Lower Grand Avenue.
- St. Louis, Missouri: This video discusses the experience of community members in St. Louis' 26th Ward who worked with the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program on a walkability audit.
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.
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 for audio recordings from these events.