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Environmental Protection Agency’s Smart Growth Program 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 technical assistance, publications, research, tools, and grants, EPA is helping America's communities turn their visions of the future into reality. Technical Assistance: EPA Sm

art Growth offers technical assistance to tribal, state, regional, and local governments through several programs. Many of these projects produce reports that can be helpful to other communities.Learn more about these programs and find links to reports at www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/smart-growth-technical-assistance-programs. Publications: EPA Smart Growth has many publications to help communities make more efficient and equitable development decisions. See the complete list at www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/smart-growth-publications

Research: EPA Smart Growth conducts research on a variety of topics, including:
rural smart growth, business and economic development, water quality and green infrastructure, transportation and air quality, climate change and energy, brownfields, infill, and more. Tools: EPA Smart Growth has several tools designed to implement smart growth approaches. Tools include: step-by-step guide to building a place-based economic development strategy, a self-assessment for rural communities, smart location calculator, geospatial data, water quality scorecard and many other practical resources for smart growth development. A complete list is available at www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/smart-growth-tools

Grants: EPA Smart Growth occasionally offers grants to support activities that improve the quality of development and protect human health and the environment. Grants announcements are posted at www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/
epa-smart-growth-grants-and-other-funding and on www.grants.gov. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. Grant announcements for HUD and DOT sustainable communities grants are posted at https://www.sustainablecommunities.gov/grants.html.

This month, the Office of Community Revitalization newsletter highlights our work in rural communities. Learn more about...
12/05/2023

This month, the Office of Community Revitalization newsletter highlights our work in rural communities. Learn more about why this work is so important to us and some of the amazing communities we've partnered with! ⬇️

12/01/2023

The economy contributed over $1 trillion in economic output last year, confirming what for Rural Communities partners know well: outdoor recreation can help protect the environment AND strengthen business!

More here ⬇️

Here’s a both/and for you: Grow your recreation economy AND preserve local quality of life. ➡️That's what EPA discussed ...
11/30/2023

Here’s a both/and for you: Grow your recreation economy AND preserve local quality of life.

➡️That's what EPA discussed at NADO's Annual Training Conference. Shoutout to for Rural Communities partner Lake Champlain Lake George Regional Planning Board who presented with us!👏

In Haines, AK, outdoor recreation isn’t just a hobby, it’s a way of life.Watch this video to discover how this coastal c...
11/27/2023

In Haines, AK, outdoor recreation isn’t just a hobby, it’s a way of life.

Watch this video to discover how this coastal community in Alaska is growing their for locals and visitors alike.⬇️

NOTE: If you need captions, please click the CC button on the player to turn them on.Haines, AK is a traditional fishing community that is seeking to balance...

  for Outdoor Recreation Roundtable deciding to award ANOTHER community grant to   for Rural Communities partner Monte V...
11/22/2023

for Outdoor Recreation Roundtable deciding to award ANOTHER community grant to for Rural Communities partner Monte Vista, CO!

Congrats/felicidades to Monte Vista!🎉👏We can't wait to see the great things you will do with this award.

Monte Vista will use its award to further access to the outdoors for all members of the community. This will include the building of a bilingual marketing toolkit, reviving their website and creating a social media timeline to share work and upcoming events, and developing an environmental education...

Nothing says Thanksgiving like a delicious homecooked meal.🦃But do you know where your food comes from? Learn how your c...
11/22/2023

Nothing says Thanksgiving like a delicious homecooked meal.🦃But do you know where your food comes from?

Learn how your community can support development and growth of local food systems while reinvesting in downtowns and existing neighborhoods: https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/local-foods-local-places-toolkit

Are you a local government official or staff working in climate adaptation and resilience at the local level?Please help...
11/22/2023

Are you a local government official or staff working in climate adaptation and resilience at the local level?

Please help us improve the Climate Change Adaptation Resource Center (ARC-X) by taking a few minutes to fill out the survey:

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From polling places to proms to PTA meetings, schools are the heart of our communities, providing gathering space for al...
11/17/2023

From polling places to proms to PTA meetings, schools are the heart of our communities, providing gathering space for all & educating the next generation.

Where they're located makes a big difference. Learn how you can better coordinate school siting⬇️
https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/smart-school-siting-tool

What’s your community’s walkability score? Run, don't walk, to the National Walkability Index to find how walkable your ...
11/02/2023

What’s your community’s walkability score? Run, don't walk, to the National Walkability Index to find how walkable your community is!

Your score is based on things like density, diversity of land uses, and proximity to transit. See your score here ➡️ https://epa.maps.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=f16f5e2f84884b93b380cfd4be9f0bba

And if you need help using the map or want to check out more about our methodology, see the user guide and additional info here! ⬇️
https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/smart-location-mapping

EPA’s “This Is Smart Growth” resource empowers communities to use smart growth techniques to improve the quality of thei...
10/26/2023

EPA’s “This Is Smart Growth” resource empowers communities to use smart growth techniques to improve the quality of their environment.

DYK it’s also translated so you can share with Spanish-speaking community members? Check it out and share ➡️https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/asi-es-el-desarrollo-inteligente

El recurso "Así es el Desarrollo Inteligente" de la EPA empodera a las comunidades a utilizar estrategias del desarrollo inteligente para mejorar la calidad de su medioambiente.

¿Sabía que también está traducido para que pueda compartirlo con compañeros hispanohablantes?
Compruebe y compártalo➡️https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/asi-es-el-desarrollo-inteligente

Community stories, things to celebrate, and something we love
10/26/2023

Community stories, things to celebrate, and something we love

A snapshot of OCR's ongoing community-centered work our office conducts in cities, towns Greetings Dear Reader, Welcome to the Office of Community Revitalization (OCR)’s October Newsletter! This a ne

You want your community to be resilient, but it can be hard to know where to start. The Planning Framework for a Climate...
10/24/2023

You want your community to be resilient, but it can be hard to know where to start. The Planning Framework for a Climate-Resilient Economy will help get you going & guide you through the process.

Start planning a resilient future now!

Your community can prepare for disasters AND create additional benefits:✅Reduced hazard impacts✅Quicker recovery✅Strengt...
10/18/2023

Your community can prepare for disasters AND create additional benefits:

✅Reduced hazard impacts
✅Quicker recovery
✅Strengthened local economy
✅Safer, more equitable places to live

Explore Disaster Resilient Design Concepts, released earlier this year➡️https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/disaster-resilient-design-concepts

Designs showcased in this document can help communities reduce the impact of disasters, recover more quickly, strengthen local economies, and create safer, more equitable places to live by reducing hazards especially for those most vulnerable.

Recipe for a successful   for Rural Communities workshop:-Community engagement-Outdoor recreation opportunities-Environm...
10/02/2023

Recipe for a successful for Rural Communities workshop:

-Community engagement
-Outdoor recreation opportunities
-Environmental stewardship
-Partner support
-Big dreams!

Check out Poultney, VT & Granville, NY’s recipes for success ➡

NOTE: If you need captions, please click the CC button on the player to turn them on.This video shares the story of two neighboring communities who are seeki...

Yesterday at the   Network Quarterly Discussion, we got real about transformational capacity building: what works, what ...
09/29/2023

Yesterday at the Network Quarterly Discussion, we got real about transformational capacity building: what works, what doesn't, & lessons learned. Thanks to all who participated for examining access, evaluation, power, equity, & network cultivation!

At today’s Smart Growth Network Quarterly Discussion, EPA’s Nigel Fields shared his views about the importance of transf...
09/28/2023

At today’s Smart Growth Network Quarterly Discussion, EPA’s Nigel Fields shared his views about the importance of transformative capacity-building and EPA’s efforts to build toward it through new and established programs.

Another fruitful Smart Growth Network Quarterly Discussion is in the books! 👏 Many thanks to our host , speakers from , ...
09/28/2023

Another fruitful Smart Growth Network Quarterly Discussion is in the books! 👏 Many thanks to our host , speakers from , , , , and many participants in the robust conversation around transformative capacity building.

“I didn't really think I could incorporate my talents into the town, and now I know I can, because of RERC.” -Michelle M...
09/28/2023

“I didn't really think I could incorporate my talents into the town, and now I know I can, because of RERC.”
-Michelle McCarron, resident of Poultney, VT.

We love to hear it, Michelle! 👏🎉 Learn more about how the for Rural Communities program works with communities to build a sustainable future around outdoor recreation assets here: https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/recreation-economy-rural-communities.

NOTE: If you need captions, please click the CC button on the player to turn them on.This video shares the story of two neighboring communities who are seeki...

Amazing to see small towns united for a cause! Check out our latest video on the   for Rural Communities program in Poul...
09/27/2023

Amazing to see small towns united for a cause! Check out our latest video on the for Rural Communities program in Poultney, VT & Granville, NY ➡️

NOTE: If you need captions, please click the CC button on the player to turn them on.This video shares the story of two neighboring communities who are seeki...

This week at the Outdoor Economy Conference, EPA staff presented how a state government/university partnership is suppor...
09/21/2023

This week at the Outdoor Economy Conference, EPA staff presented how a state government/university partnership is supporting rural communities across Colorado to develop their , based on our Recreation Economy for Rural Communities model.

Comprehensive plans provide details on community policies for land use & development. Including a   planning section can...
09/19/2023

Comprehensive plans provide details on community policies for land use & development. Including a planning section can increase your community’s flood resilience. Learn how here:
https://www.epa.gov/sites/default/files/2014-07/documents/flood-resilience-checklist.pdf

Attending the   Conference next week? Be sure to catch EPA's Steph Bertaina on Sept 20, presenting about the   for Rural...
09/14/2023

Attending the Conference next week? Be sure to catch EPA's Steph Bertaina on Sept 20, presenting about the for Rural Communities program and how its partnerships support rural communities to develop their economy and revitalize main streets.

We're cheering for   for Rural Communities (RERC) partner Hartwell, GA, awarded Georgia's Outstanding Community Transfor...
09/13/2023

We're cheering for for Rural Communities (RERC) partner Hartwell, GA, awarded Georgia's Outstanding Community Transformation/Downtown of the Year Award for 2023. We love that they highlighted RERC as having contributed to their selection! 👏🎉

  for Rural Communities partners from Thompson Falls, MT and Cambridge, NY joined EPA & U.S. Forest Service at   last we...
09/12/2023

for Rural Communities partners from Thompson Falls, MT and Cambridge, NY joined EPA & U.S. Forest Service at last week to share about how the program has helped them conserve their cherished places. Congrats on the great work!👏 Land Trust Alliance

Learn about ways your community can avoid or reduce   damage and recover from floods by using this flood resilience chec...
09/07/2023

Learn about ways your community can avoid or reduce damage and recover from floods by using this flood resilience checklist to assess how prepared you are!

Check it out here ➡️https://www.epa.gov/sites/default/files/2014-07/documents/flood-resilience-checklist.pdf

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