We’re excited to announce that PPS has received a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to provide technical assistance to communities seeking to implement sustainable and smart growth development and programs.

With our unique suite of tools, we can help communities implement better places to live that are also more sustainable.

This project is funded by US EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities under their Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program. The Building Blocks program funds quick, targeted assistance to communities that face common development problems. Three other nonprofit organizations have received competitively awarded grants under this program this year to help communities get the kinds of development they want — Cascade Land Conservancy, Global Green USA, and Smart Growth America.

This grant will make it possible for us and our partners at the newly formed coalition Livability Solutions to work with even more communities around the country, helping them to enhance livability, to create lasting economic and and environmental improvements, and to effect positive change in the public and social health of their residents.

Working with our partners to lead one- to two-day workshops made possible by this grant, we’ll be using time-honored approaches — such as our Power of 10 method of inventorying and mapping a community’s place-based assets — as well as innovative new strategies for transportation and land use planning that creates better places, such as the Center for Neighborhood Technology’s Housing and Transportation (H+T®) Affordability Index. With our unique suite of tools, we can help communities through the details of implementing better places to live that are also more sustainable.

More information on the project, including how to participate, will be coming soon. For inquiries, contact livabilitysolutions@pps.org.

Our partners in this project are:

The Center for Neighborhood Technology

Reconnecting America

The Walkable and Livable Communities Institute

National Center for Biking & Walking

The Local Government Commission

The National Charrette Institute

The Congress for New Urbanism

Paul Dreher of the Newport City Renaissance Corporation

Leigh Lane of the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) at NC State University

The Surface Transportation Policy Partnership

For more information on PPS’s other technical assistance and training programs, visit our website.

Upcoming PPS workshops and trainings related to sustainability and smart growth:

October 11, 2011, in Lincolnville, Maine, and October 12, 2011, in Belfast, Maine.

Sponsored by Friends of Midcoast Maine and the Orton Family Foundation.

E-mail info@friendsmidcoast.org or call 207.236.1077 for more information.

Please contact Casey Wang at cwang@pps.org for more information.

Please contact Casey Wang at cwang@pps.org for more information.

Please contact Casey Wang at cwang@pps.org for more information.

 

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