Demand is high for sustainable, healthy communities. And a new program from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will help to meet that demand.
Today, the EPA announced 32 cities that will be a part of the Sustainable Communities Building Blocks program (complete list of cities). Wildly popular among cities, with 354 applicants, the program will work with the communities and give them tools and resources to help them meet their sustainability goals.
The EPA will assist the 32 cities with a variety of sustainable planning initiatives. And what's great about these solutions is that they won't take years to develop, or require billions of dollars. Many of the barriers to implementing these sustainable practices only require updating codes or simply rethinking how money is being invested -- i.e. a complete street instead of a highway. These are practical ways cities can begin moving towards sustainability. The initiatives include:
“The public-private partnerships in the Building Blocks program give communities new and proven tools to maximize the health and economic benefits of brownfields revitalization,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “This is another great example of how a targeted investment in protecting public health can create jobs and strengthen the economic future of our communities.”
This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com