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EPA to Provide Three New Jersey Communities with Smart Growth Assistance

Release Date: 03/09/2012
Contact Information: John Martin (212) 637- 3662, martin.johnj@epa.gov

(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that Jersey City, Trenton, and Passaic County will receive technical assistance through the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program. The assistance will be provided by EPA-funded private-sector experts, who will conduct workshops in each community. The technical experts will work with the communities on actions they can take to improve the economy, the environment, and quality of life.

Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities is a project of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities among the EPA, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The interagency collaboration coordinates federal investments in infrastructure, facilities, and services to get better results for communities and use taxpayer money more efficiently. The partnership is helping communities across the country create more housing choices, make transportation more efficient and reliable, reinforce existing investments, and support vibrant and healthy neighborhoods that attract businesses.

  • The EPA will provide Jersey City with a “Walking Audit” workshop. The workshop will identify the good and bad aspects of the city sidewalk system so that recommendations can be provided to help shape the city’s policies, codes, priorities, and standards for sidewalks.
  • The EPA will provide Trenton with a “Parking Audit” workshop. The workshop will assist Trenton with managing parking supply and applying strategies for making the best use of parking for existing and planned land uses.
  • Passaic County will receive assistance with a “Green Streets Strategy.” This workshop will lead Passaic County communities through actions to manage stormwater.

Today’s announcement marks the second round of Building Blocks assistance. Thirty-two other communities were named in the first round in April 2011. This year, the EPA selected 56 communities from 350 applicants through a competitive process in consultation with EPA’s regional offices, HUD, DOT, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

More information on the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities: http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/buildingblocks.htm

More information on the Partnership for Sustainable Communities: http://www.sustainablecommunities.gov

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