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National Award for Smart Growth Achievement

Smart Growth Awards - Achievement

Background

Through the National Award for Smart Growth Achievement, EPA recognizes and supports communities that use innovative policies and strategies to strengthen their economies, provide housing and transportation choices, develop in ways that bring benefits to a wide range of residents, and protect the environment.

Smart growth development practices support national environmental goals by preserving open spaces and parkland and protecting critical habitat; improving transportation choices, including walking, bicycling, and transit, which reduces emissions from automobiles; promoting brownfield redevelopment; and reducing impervious surfaces, which improves water quality.

To learn more about smart growth and the environment, see our Environmental Benefits of Smart Growth page.


Apply for the 2015 Awards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extended the deadline for applications for the 2015 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement to Friday, September 19, 2014. Organizations that have already applied do not need to resubmit their applications but may, if they wish, revise and resubmit their applications by September 19.

The competition is open to public-sector, private-sector, and nonprofit organizations that have successfully used smart growth principles to improve communities environmentally, socially, and economically. All entries must include a public-sector partner. The categories are:  

Winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, DC in September 2015. EPA will also produce videos of the winning projects that will be featured at the 2016 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer and posted on EPA’s Smart Growth website.

Entries must be submitted electronically using the official EPA application form (DOCX).

2015 will mark the 13th year EPA has offered the awards. Please note that no awards will be made in 2014.

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2013 Award Winners

2012 Awards cover

Download the 2013 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement booklet (PDF) (11 pp, 11.2MB, About PDF). Hard copies are available by emailing nscep@bps-lmit.com or calling (800) 490-9198 and requesting EPA 231-F-14-001.

On January 30, 2014, EPA announced the winners of the 2013 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement. This year's award recognizes five winners and two honorable mentions in five categories.

Click here to visit our 2013 page to read the stories, watch videos, and see photos of the winners.

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Read About Previous Winners

Learn more about winners from the 2012 Awards Competition. 2012 Awards cover
Learn more about winners from the 2011 Awards Competition. 2011 Awards cover
Learn more about winners from the 2010 Awards Competition. 2010 Awards cover
Learn more about winners from the 2009 Awards Competition. 2009 Awards cover
Learn more about winners from the 2008 Awards Competition. 2008 Awards cover
Learn more about winners from the 2007 Awards Competition. 2007 Awards cover
Learn more about winners from the 2006 Awards Competition. 2006 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement publication
   
Learn more about winners from the 2005 Awards Competition. Nation Awards for Smart growth Achievements - 2005 Brochure
   
Learn more about winners from the 2004 Awards Competition. Awards 2004 cover
   

Learn more about winners from the 2003 Awards Competition.

Nation Awards for Smart growth Achievements - 2003 Brochure
   

Learn more about winners from the 2002 Awards Competition.

Nation Awards for Smart growth Achievements - 2002 Brochure

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