The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has just launched the Sustainable Communities Building Blocks Program to make tools and resources available to communities wishing to improve quality of life issues as well as to make themselves more economically and environmentally sustainable. Participation requests are now being fielded with a deadline of Feb. 23, with the top 20 communities selected for targeted assistance.
The assistance will involve zoning code reviews, walkability assessments, parking policy analysis, climate action planning, commuter benefits, complete streets, and fiscal and economic tools. The project communities will include a one-day workshop open to the general public, direct consultation with decision makers and an outlined plan for the community to implement new ideas.
The effort dove-tails with the agency’s smart growth initiatives as well as the partnership with HUD and DOT on cross-collaborative efforts for stronger communities.