Join the senior leadership of the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities for a webinar on Thursday, June 16 at 1:00 PM ET to celebrate the partnership’s two-year anniversary and to talk about what initiatives are coming next. This event is hosted by Smart Growth America. Register now!

In this important update you will hear from the leaders of this Federal partnership including Beth Osborne, Deputy Assistant Secretary, DOT; Shelley Poticha, Director Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities, HUD; John Frece, Director, Office of Sustainable Communities, EPA; and Derek Douglas, Special Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs (Invited).

About the Partnership for Sustainable Communities

In October 2010, the Partnership for Sustainable Communities announced a series of grants or other assistance totaling $409.5 million in funding to support livability investments in over 200 communities across the country. Developing more sustainable communities is important to strengthening our economies, creating good jobs now while providing a foundation for lasting prosperity, using energy more efficiently to secure energy independence, and protecting our natural environment and human health.  To guide its work, the Partnership has developed six livability principles:

  • Provide more transportation choices
  • Promote equitable, affordable housing
  • Enhance economic competitiveness
  • Support existing communities
  • Coordinate and leverage federal policies and investment
  • Value communities and neighborhoods

The Power of Place: A New Dimension for Sustainable Development

PPS is working with cities around the country with its partners to help implement these principles and improve the places where we live.  A Place-based approach provides a well-tested approach to help implement more livable and sustainable communities (one the Governor of Michigan has recently embraced as a state-wide development strategy) and boasts a growing set of tools put together with our partners.  In fact, PPS and it partners in the Partnership for Livable Transportation Solutions (PLTS) recently were given funding by EPA to provide technical assistance nationwide to select communities to help implement the Livability Principles.

PLTS, organized by PPS, is committed to coordinating all the tools we can offer to help communities achieve the Livability principles.  The partners include:

  • Project for Public Spaces
  • National Center for Biking & Walking (now a program of PPS)
  • The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT)
  • The Congress for New Urbanism (CNU)
  • Reconnecting America
  • The Walkable and Livable Communities Institute (WALC)
  • The Local Government Commission (LGC)
  • The National Charrette Institute (NCI)
  • The Newport City Renaissance Corporation (NCRC)
  • The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE)

Contact Phil Myrick for more information about PLTS: pmyrick@pps.org