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How to Make a Community Green

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  • 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.

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. Considering the ways electricity, water, sewage treatment, trash removal and other basic services are provided in your community is the first step when assessing the impact your community has on the environment.

See listings of upcoming Sustainable Communities Webinars.

What You Can Do

Cover of EPA's Planning for a Sustainable Future Guide

Planning for a Sustainable Future - A Guide for Local Governments [PDF 23.55 MB, 70 pp]

  1. Introduction to Sustainability Planning
  2. Getting Started
  3. Areas of Opportunity
  4. Conclusion: Moving Beyond Planning to Action
  5. Preparing the Guide

No matter who you are, you can help make your community more sustainable. If your community is ready to start building toward sustainability, EPA’s Green Communities program is a five-step planning process that provides tools and goals to help our neighborhoods and municipalities move towards a more sustainable future.  If you want to find out how to green your school, check out our Green Schools page.

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