Partnership for Sustainable Communities – What is it?

February 18, 2012

The Partnership for Sustainable Communities is an inter-agency partnership between the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) whose goal is to create more sustainable communities.

As defined by the Partnership sustainable communities are “places that have a variety of housing and transportation choices, with destinations close to home. As a result, they tend to have lower transportation costs, reduce air pollution and stormwater runoff, decrease infrastructure costs, preserve historic properties and sensitive lands, save people time in traffic, be more economically resilient and meet market demand for different types of housing at different price points.”

I have to admit I was unaware of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities’ existence until recently so I can’t say ‘oh, they’ve done amazing things’ but there is definitely interesting information on their website that gave me food for thought.

There is also information about what they have planned for the future, ways to get involved, grants, addresses of regional offices and other resources.

Be sure to take a look at the Partnership’s About Us page where they list their Livability Principles.

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