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.
- Does your community have an innovative smart growth policy or project? Public-sector, private-sector, and nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply for EPA’s 2015 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement. The application period closes at 5 p.m. Eastern on Friday, September 5, 2014. Please note that all entries must include a public-sector partner.
- State capital cities that want to develop in ways that use smart growth and green infrastructure are invited to apply for design assistance from EPA’s Greening America’s Capitals program. Apply by Monday, July 21, 2014.
- Managing Vacant and Abandoned Property in the Green Zone of Saginaw, Michigan focuses on options for managing land use and infrastructure in the Green Zone, a 350-acre neighborhood in northeast Saginaw. It provides information useful to any community seeking to return vacant and abandoned properties to productive use.
- Planning for Flood Recovery and Long-Term Resilience in Vermont: Smart Growth Approaches for Disaster-Resilient Communities is the product of a technical assistance project with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the state of Vermont, and the Mad River Valley Planning District on how communities can recover from flood impacts and become more resilient to future disasters.
- Using Smart Growth Strategies to Create More Resilient Communities in the Washington, D.C., Region gives local governments policy options to consider when preparing for climate risks while also meeting other environmental, economic, and social goals.
- Our Built and Natural Environments: A Technical Review of the Interactions Between Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Quality (2nd Edition) examines how development patterns affect the environment and human health and provides evidence that certain kinds of land use and transportation strategies can reduce development impacts. Read the press release.
Flood Resilience Checklist: Use this new tool to determine whether your community is prepared for a flood.
- Flood Resilience and Recovery Assistance: Lessons Learned from Vermont – On Aug. 13 from 1:00 to 2:30, join speakers from EPA, FEMA, the state of Vermont, and the Mad River Valley Planning District for a discussion of smart growth strategies that can help communities prepare for and recover from floods.
- 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.
EPA is a Smart Growth Network partner.