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Creating Equitable, Healthy, And Sustainable Communities

A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Sustainable Communities and Office of Environmental Justice has been added to the Research Center's best practices database.

"Creating Equitable, Healthy, And Sustainable Communities: Strategies for Advancing Smart Growth, Environmental Justice, and Equitable Development" details strategies for advancing smart growth, environmental justice, and equitable development.

The report provides a menu of land use and community design strategies community-based organizations, local and regional decision-makers, developers, and others can use to revitalize their communities:

  • Facilitate meaningful community engagement in planning and land use decisions
  • Promote public health and a clean and safe environment
  • Strengthen existing communities
  • Provide housing choices
  • Provide transportation options
  • Improve access to opportunities and daily necessities
  • Preserve and build on the features that make a community distinctive

Case studies highlight seven communities that have used these strategies: Edmonston, MD; Chicago, IL; Spartanburg, SC; New Orleans, LA; Ohkay Owingeh, NM; Boston, MA; and Seattle, WA.

Read the Executive Summary and download the ful report