- The Department of Interior announced $100 million for the Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program, The competition will fund projects that promote resilient natural systems while enhancing green spaces and wildlife habitat in needed areas along the Sandy-impacted landscape, enabling coastal communities and key habitats to withstand the impacts of future storms. Click here for the Request for Proposals and application details!
- Find videos from EPA's Smart Growth Program and the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities on our Webinars, Videos, and Podcasts page. Here, you can watch how communities across the country are putting smart growth in action!
- Check out EPA’s Smart Location Database, a consistent nationwide data resource for measuring location efficiency. It includes over 90 variables characterizing the built environment, transit service, destination accessibility, employment, and demographics at the census block group scale. You can download data for your selected region, view data online in an interactive map, or access the data through a variety of web services.
- EPA hosts the Local Climate and Energy Webcast Series to assist local governments as they explore and plan climate change and clean energy efforts. Check out the upcoming webcasts here.
Our Goal: Sustainability
Achieving sustainable solutions calls for stewardship, with everyone taking responsibility for solving the environmental problems of today and tomorrow. Individuals, communities, businesses and governments are all stewards of the environment. We work with our partners, including research institutions, community groups and local governments, to develop and promote sustainability resources. Our emphasis is to find cross-cutting solutions through voluntary programs that improve sustainability and quality of life within New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
We can make everyday choices to promote sustainability such as buying natural cleaning products, recycling used electronics, and eating sustainable food. With simple strategies, we can all be environmental stewards. Explore environmental data in your community and in New York City, view maps of community parks.
In your business, you can use environmental management systems (EMS) to increase resource efficiency and implement green meeting strategies. Business owners can also demonstrate leadership in their field through National Partnership for Environmental Priorities, a program to reduce priority chemicals. Businesses have many opportunities to promote sustainability in their operations, manufacturing, services and in the buildings they occupy.
We spend most of our lives indoors. Whether at home or in our place of work, green buildings improve our health and environment. For many businesses, personnel costs are the single greatest expense. Green buildings strategies, like daylighting, reduce absenteeism and improve worker productivity.
More and more community leaders and citizens are re-thinking how local systems operate and realizing the environmental, financial and community health benefits of creating a more sustainable future for their citizens. We can embrace sustainability strategies in our communities through Waste Management, Planning and Open Spaces, Energy, Water Management, Transportation and Schools.