The EPA has announced five selected model cities to lead the “Greening America’s Capitals” program, a new initiative of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities program aimed at helping state capitals develop implementable and innovative communities incorporating the principles of sustainable design.
The project represents an agreement between the EPA, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to coordinate federal housing, transportation and environmental investments; promote equitable development; protect public health and the environment and address climate change challenges.
The five cities chosen from 38 applicants were Boston; Jefferson City, Mo.; Hartford, Conn.; Charleston, W.Va,; and Little Rock, Ark.
These cities will receive a team of EPA-funded urban planners and landscape architects to produce plans for the pilot neighborhoods and provide the technical assistance required by each city.
“America’s cities can be the engines of green innovation, leading the way in new technologies, energy efficiency and sustainable development,” said EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.
“EPA and our colleagues in the Partnership for Sustainable Communities are working with capital cities throughout the country to spark the sustainable, green innovations that can meet the needs of multiple communities, and keep our cities on the cutting edge of the global green economy.”
The scope of green development includes cleaning up and recycling vacant lands, assessing and improving waterways, improving housing and transportation choices and reducing infrastructure and energy costs, according to the EPA.
Though the recipients for 2010 have already been chosen, the program will choose and assist an additional three to five communities per year, providing the technical assistance for green development they may require.