Apply Now: EPA is Selecting Communities for Sustainability Technical Assistance
The EPA recently announced the Building Blocks Program, designed to help interested communities adopt sustainable planning methods and a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Chosen communities will receive technical assistance for the implementation of development approaches that “protect the environment, improve public health, create jobs, expand economic opportunity, and improve overall quality of life.” Technical assistance may include a memorandum including specific steps for the community to take towards sustainable development approaches, public engagement through a workshop, and/or consultation with city decisionmakers. The knowledge gained through the program may assist cities in implementing general plan updates or local climate action plans. Interested communities should submit a letter of interest that requests one of the listed technical tools by February 23, 2011.