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EPA’s Green Communities Kit Recognized as Outstanding

Release Date: 10/9/1998
Contact Information: Bonnie Lomax (215) 814-5542

PHILADELPHIA - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Communities Assistance Kit was recognized by the Pennsylvania Planning Association with the award for Outstanding Effort in Planning.  The award was presented during the Association’s annual conference last week in Philadelphia.

EPA developed the Green Communities Program to assist local communities in taking responsibility for protecting their environmental resources.  A green community values its shared vision for a healthy future and works together toward long-lasting solutions to ensure it. Through partnering and the on-line assistance kit, EPA’s Green Communities Program empowers citizens and community leaders to solve problems and make decisions that integrate the unique environmental, social, and economic issues in their own communities.
The centerpiece of the program, the Green Communities Assistance Kit, provides a step-by step, easy to use framework for analyzing, planning and taking action in a systematic format.  The kit contains case studies, tools, information and resources which have already proven successful in green communities all over the world.  

The Green Communities is one approach that EPA is using to build capacity at the local level.  By providing tools and information through the web site, forging partnerships with community-based service providers, and working with a few key communities to ensure the feasibility and usefulness of the program, EPA hopes to act as a catalyst for communities to begin the journey toward becoming a sustainable Green Community.  The Green Communities Kit is available on the Internet at