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Smart Growth Program

EPA helps communities grow in ways that expand economic opportunity, protect public health and the environment, and create and enhance the places that people love. Through research, tools, partnerships, case studies, grants, and technical assistance, EPA is helping America's communities turn their visions of the future into reality.



  • Does your community have an innovative smart growth policy or project? Public-sector, private-sector, and nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply for EPA’s 2015 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement. The application period closes at 5 p.m. Eastern on Friday, September 5, 2014. Please note that all entries must include a public-sector partner.




  • Greening Vacant Properties On Aug. 6 from 2:00-3:30 EDT, speakers from EPA, Keep Growing Detroit, Detroit Future City, and the Warren/Conner Development Coalition discussed how Detroit is using green strategies to revitalize its vacant properties. Email smartgrowth@epa.gov to request the slides and recording.

  • Flood Resilience and Recovery Assistance: Lessons Learned from Vermont – On Aug. 13 from 1:00 to 2:30 EDT, speakers from EPA, FEMA, the state of Vermont, and the Mad River Valley Planning District discussed smart growth strategies that can help communities prepare for and recover from floods. Email smartgrowth@epa.gov to request the slides and recording.

  • Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grants: Opportunities to Align and Leverage Partnership Investments – On Aug. 20 from 1:00-2:00 EDT, speakers from the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, the Environmental Health Coalition, Chicopee, Massachusetts, and National City, California will discuss how communities interested in area-wide planning can align their grant activities with other investments to advance their brownfields redevelopment goals.

  • Green Infrastructure and Smart Growth On Sept. 3 from 1:00 to 2:30 EDT, speakers from EPA, the city of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Upstate Forever Communities will discuss how communities can leverage green infrastructure as part of broader smart growth initiatives.


  • Get the latest news on EPA Smart Growth publications, webinars, technical assistance opportunities, and more on our Smart Growth Listserv. Want more news on smart growth? Sign up for our Twitter feed @EPASmartGrowth.

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