Through the National Award for Smart Growth Achievement, EPA recognizes and supports communities that use innovative policies and strategies to strengthen their economies, provide housing and transportation choices, develop in ways that bring benefits to a wide range of residents, and protect the environment.
The 2006 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement Booklet includes:
- A message from the EPA Administrator
- How smart growth protects the environment
- About the award
- Descriptions and photographs of each award winner
The winners are:
- Overall Excellence in Smart Growth
Massachusetts Office for Commonwealth Development
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
The Office for Commonwealth Development (OCD) brings together state agencies responsible for environmental, transportation, and housing policies in a single office to promote growth that meets a wide range of goals. Through a combination of incentives and outreach, OCD is changing the way both the state and localities make growth decisions.
- Built Projects
Old Town Wichita
City of Wichita, Wichita, Kansas
The use of innovative tax districts and incentives spurred the city of Wichita’s largest environmental cleanup effort and removed barriers that limited reinvestment in the warehouse district. Renamed “Old Town,” the district now features a mix of housing, shopping, and entertainment options while preserving its historic feel.
For an update on this project, see the 2010 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement booklet.
- Policies and Regulations
Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative, a public-private partnership between the state and three nonprofit organizations, has provided over $7.3 million in grants and loans to help supermarkets locate in underserved communities. The program lets people shop for nutritious food in their neighborhoods instead of having to drive to distant grocery stores and brings economic development to lower-income communities.
For an update on this project, see the 2008 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement booklet.
- Small Communities
Winooski Downtown Redevelopment Project
City of Winooski, Winooski, Vermont
The Winooski Downtown Redevelopment Project revitalized this small town with new development that respects the city's character and history. The town preserved or restored nearly 100 acres of natural habitat, returned vacant properties to productive use, created several neighborhood parks, and built the pedestrian-friendly RiverWalk.
For an update on this project, see the 2009 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement booklet.
- Equitable Development
Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Chicago, Illinois
Threatened with the loss of its transit station, the West Garfield Park neighborhood catalyzed transit-oriented redevelopment with Bethel Center as the anchor and kept the station open. Bethel Center provides employment services, child care, and banking in a "green" building erected on a former brownfield.