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Webinars

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 smartgrowth@epa.gov.

Greening Vacant Properties
Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 2:00-3:30 Eastern Time

Join EPA’s Smart Growth Program for a webinar on how Detroit organizations have moved from plans to action in the revitalization of vacant properties.

Recent news headlines focus on plans to stabilize neighborhoods and commercial districts in Detroit that are stressed by high rates of vacancy. In many neighborhoods, the depressed real estate market does not permit traditional economic development, so local organizations need to be creative in repurposing vacant properties for different uses. This webinar will focus on how several organizations are starting to convert vacant land into productive use in Detroit. We will discuss:

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Who Should Attend
Planners; community leaders; state, local, and federal government staff; academics; researchers; and others interested in helping communities reuse vacant land

Presentations
Email smartgrowth@epa.gov to request the slides and recording.

 


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 discussed 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.

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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.

Continuing Education
This webinar qualifies for 1.5 certification maintenance credits from the American Planning Association.

Presentations
Email smartgrowth@epa.gov to request the slides and recording.

 


Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grants: Opportunities to Align and Leverage Partnership Investments
Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 1:00-2:00 Eastern Time

This webinar is one of three in the Partnership for Sustainable Community’s fifth-anniversary webinar series. Learn about other webinars at www.sustainablecommunities.gov.

Join the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities (PSC) for a webinar on EPA's Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grants Program and how the activities under this grant can easily align with and support other PSC investments. Speakers from Chicopee, MA (an FY 2010 grantee), the Environmental Health Coalition (an FY2013 grantee) and National City, CA will discuss their ongoing projects and how to leverage multiple investments to advance brownfields redevelopment goals.

Chicopee has been working with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission and other regional partners on the HUD-funded NE Sustainable Knowledge Corridor regional planning project. National City was one of the original HUD-DOT-EPA brownfields sustainability pilot projects and is building on that work through a Brownfields Area-Wide Planning grant.

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Who Should Attend
Planners; local brownfields coordinators; economic development specialists; community leaders; state, local, and federal government staff; academics; researchers; and others interested in using an area-wide approach to address brownfields-related challenges

Presentations
Email smartgrowth@epa.gov to request the slides and recording.

 


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. Register for the Green Infrastructure webinar.

Presenters

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.

Continuing Education
This webinar qualifies for 1.5 certification maintenance credits from the American Planning Association.

 


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Videos

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. Video

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.

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.

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.

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Podcasts

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 Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer for audio recordings from these events.

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