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Smart Growth Program

EPA helps communities grow in ways that expand economic opportunity, protect public health and the environment, and create and enhance the places that people love. Through research, tools, partnerships, case studies, grants, and technical assistance, EPA is helping America's communities turn their visions of the future into reality.



  • The Teacher Is In: School Siting Tools You Can Use: Listen to this recent webinar about new tools from EPA that can help communities evaluate the location of a proposed school site.

Technical Assistance

  • Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities: On January 27, EPA announced 22 communities in 18 states that will receive technical assistance to help them meet their sustainability goals. Read the press release.

  • Local Foods, Local Places: On December 3, the White House announced 26 communities in 19 states that will receive technical support to integrate local food systems into community economic action plans, help revitalize struggling downtowns, and preserve farms and undeveloped land. Read the press release.




  • Get the latest news on EPA Smart Growth publications, webinars, technical assistance opportunities, and more on our Smart Growth Listserv. Want more news on smart growth? Sign up for our Twitter feed @EPASmartGrowth.

About Smart Growth
Learn about smart growth issues and environmental benefits. Find information about specific topics, resources, and examples of smart growth development, including the National Award for Smart Growth Achievement.

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