Special Smart Growth Technical Assistance Projects
In addition to our technical assistance programs, EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities sometimes works on special technical assistance projects with other partners. Some of these projects include:
- Local Foods, Local Places: This partnership among EPA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), and the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) helps create more livable places by promoting local food enterprises such as farmers’ markets, food hubs, community gardens, and community kitchens on main streets in downtowns and existing neighborhoods. The program focuses on serving communities in Appalachia, the Delta region, federally designated Promise Zones, and USDA-designated StrikeForce counties. Local Foods, Local Places builds on the Livable Communities in Appalachia partnership described below.
- Livable Communities in Appalachia: Across the Appalachia region, small towns and rural communities want to revitalize their traditional downtowns to boost the local economy and improve quality of life. EPA partners with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Appalachian Regional Commission, a regional economic development agency, to provide these towns with information about smart growth approaches through the Livable Communities in Appalachia program. These approaches can help towns restore their downtowns and neighborhoods, making them healthy, walkable, and economically vibrant.
- Atlantic Steel Site Redevelopment Project: EPA helped Atlantic Station, a redevelopment project in Atlanta, show that its smart growth measures would help reduce air pollution and provide other environmental benefits.
- Concord, NH, Technical Assistance Project: Concord requested EPA’s assistance to identify ways to support redevelopment of historic properties that comply with energy-efficiency and green building standards while conforming to state historic preservation codes.
- Iowa communities affected by floods and tornadoes in 2008: EPA and FEMA worked with the Rebuild Iowa Office and Iowa Department of Economic Development to provide technical assistance to communities in Iowa that have been affected by natural disasters.
- Smart Growth Index: This technical assistance program developed a GIS sketch model to simulate alternative land-use and transportation scenarios and evaluate their outcomes using indicators of environmental performance. The program is no longer active, but the materials remain available for communities to use.
- Zuni Pueblo Technical Assistance Project: Equitable Redevelopment of Petroleum Brownfields for Zuni Pueblo and Other Tribal Communities (PDF) (64 pp, 1.5MB, About PDF): EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities, Office of Underground Storage Tanks, Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, and Region VI Office worked jointly with the Zuni Environmental Protection Program to develop a step-by-step guide on redeveloping petroleum brownfields sites. The guide focuses on three sites located on Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico, but also provides information useful to tribes nationwide.