Interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities
The Partnership for Sustainable Communities is an interagency partnership between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), works to coordinate federal housing, transportation, water, and other infrastructure investments to make neighborhoods more prosperous, allow people to live closer to jobs, save households time and money, and reduce pollution. The partnership agencies incorporate six principles of livability into federal funding programs, policies, and future legislative proposals.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities
The Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities is the HUD branch of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. The mission of the Office of Sustainable Communities is to create strong, sustainable communities by connecting housing to jobs, fostering local innovation, and helping to build a clean energy economy. In order to better connect housing to jobs, the office will work to coordinate federal housing and transportation investments with local land use decisions in order to reduce transportation costs for families, improve housing affordability, save energy, and increase access to housing and employment opportunities.
U.S. Department of Transportation
U.S. DOT's Livability Initiative is the Department of Transportation's branch of the Partnership for Sustainable communities. DOT Livability works to enhance the economic and social well-being of all Americans by creating and maintaining a safe, reliable, integrated and accessible transportation network that enhances choices for transportation users, provides easy access to employment opportunities and other destinations, and promotes positive effects on the surrounding community. DOT works to build on innovative ways of doing business that promote mobility and enhance the unique characteristics of our neighborhoods, communities and regions.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Sustainable Communities
The EPA Office of Sustainable Communities is the EPA branch of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. The office uses smart growth programs to help communities improve their development practices and get the type of development they want. The office works with local, state, and national experts to discover and encourage successful, environmentally sensitive development strategies through encompassing many smart growth principles such as encourage mixed land use, preserving open space, and creating walkable neighborhoods.
Office of Water Sustainable Infrastructure Initiative
This imitative is a collaborative effort between EPA and its federal, state, and local partners to develop guidance, provide technical assistance, and target federal state revolving fund capitalization funds and other relevant federal financial assistance to increase the sustainability of our water infrastructure. Through sustaining treatment plants and other infrastructure that delivers water-related services and promoting the role of water services in furthering the broader goals of the community, this initiative works towards maintaining a sustainable water infrastructure.
U.S. Department of Energy
Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium
The DOE Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium shares technical information and experiences related to LED street and area lighting demonstrations. The Consortium also serves as an objective resource for evaluating new products on the market intended for street and area lighting applications. Cities, power providers, and others who invest in street and area lighting are invited to join the Consortium and share their experiences.