Federal Agencies Establish Sustainable Communities Partnership
ASLA Government Affairs
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson announced the Partnership for Sustainable Communities to help American families in all communities gain better access to affordable housing, more transportation options, and lower transportation costs. The three agencies will work together to ensure that housing and transportation goals are met while simultaneously protecting the environment, promoting equitable development, and helping to address the effects of climate change.
Among other things, the Partnership will seek to integrate housing, transportation, water infrastructure, and land use planning and investment in a manner that will help communities set a vision for sustainable growth. The three agencies will also engage in joint research, data collection, and outreach efforts to develop analytical tools and establish standardized performance measures and indentify best practices.