On June 16, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) together with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) formed the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, a collaboration between the three federal agencies to help improve access to affordable housing, create more transportation options and lower Americans’ transportation costs while protecting the environment in communities nationwide.
This unprecedented collaboration between federal agencies means all three are better able to solve interrelated challenges. Whether it’s the impact of transportation choices on the environment, or the impact of housing decisions on transportation choices, the Partnership grants HUD, DOT and EPA the ability to coordinate federal policies, programs and resources to achieve multiple goals at the same time. This means a more efficient policy process and a better use of taxpayer dollars.
Guiding the Partnership’s work is a set of livability principles and a partnership agreement, both available here. To learn more about what the Partnership is doing now and what resources are available to state and local leaders, visit Smart Growth America’s blog about the Partnership for Sustainable Communities.
Smart Growth America’s advocacy work surrounding the Partnership for Sustainable Communities was previously known as the Initiative for Sustainable Communities and States.
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