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From: SmartGrowth@epa.gov

Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2013 12:35 PM
Subject: New report features strategies for advancing smart growth, environmental justice, and equitable development

EPA released a report today that offers low-income, minority, tribal, and overburdened communities approaches to shape development that responds to their needs and reflects their values. Creating Equitable, Healthy, and Sustainable Communities: Strategies for Advancing Smart Growth, Environmental Justice, and Equitable Development<http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/equitable_development_report.htm> 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.

The report was developed jointly by the Office of Sustainable Communities<http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth> and Office of Environmental Justice<http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/>.

Read the press release<http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/99A5003DC8454FB585257B0A005BCABC>.

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