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Partnership for Sustainable Communities

Federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities

One of our country’s most pressing goals is to build an economy that provides good jobs now—and that creates a strong foundation for enduring prosperity. To accelerate job growth for this and future generations, that foundation must be built with expanded housing and transportation choices, greater energy independence, and better protection for our clean air and water. These issues are closely related and should not be tackled as separate challenges. We can achieve our economic, social, and environmental goals most effectively when we work on them together.

When they formed the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) agreed to collaborate to help communities become economically strong and environmentally sustainable. Through the Partnership and guided by six Livability Principles, the three agencies are coordinating investments and aligning policies to support communities that want to give Americans more housing choices, make transportation systems more efficient and reliable, reinforce existing investments, and support vibrant and healthy neighborhoods that attract businesses. Each agency is working to incorporate the principles into its funding programs, policies, and future legislative proposals. The Partnership breaks down the traditional silos of housing, transportation, and environmental policy to consider these issues as they exist in the real world—inextricably connected. This results in better results for communities and uses taxpayer money more efficiently, because coordinating federal investments in infrastructure, facilities, and services meets multiple economic, environmental, and community objectives with each dollar spent.

Agencies throughout the federal government are realizing the value of this new model of collabo­ration. Together or individually, HUD, DOT, and EPA are also working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Depart­ment of Agriculture, the Department of Defense, the Department of Education, the Depart­ment of Energy, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Economic Development Administration, the Federal Emergency Manage­ment Agency, the General Services Administra­tion, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administra­tion, and other federal agencies on related issues.

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