"Connecting housing to jobs, fostering local innovation and building a clean energy economy."
Secretary Shaun Donovan, February 4, 2010
During visits to the Northwest in early 2010, Housing & Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced the establishment of an Office of Sustainable Housing & Communities. It would, he explained, be charged with creating "strong, sustainable communities by connecting housing to jobs, fostering local innovation, and helping to build a clean energy economy."
By coordinating Federal housing, transportation and environmental policies and investments with local land use decision-making, the nation could, he said, "reduce transportation costs for families, improve housing affordability, save energy, and increase access to housing and employment opportunities." When it "comes to housing, environmental and transportation policy," he argued, "the federal government must speak with one voice."
The Secretary also announced formation of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, an "unprecedented" federal collaboration. Guided by six Livability Principles the "unprecedented" new partnership between HUD, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is to "provide resources and tools to help communities realize their own visions for building more livable, walkable, environmentally sustainable regions."
Since 2009, HUD, DOT, and EPA have been coordinating their work to help communities around the country better meet their housing, transportation, and environmental goals–laying the groundwork for an economy that provides good jobs now and creates a strong foundation for long-term prosperity.
This work is well underway in the Northwest, thanks not just to the Federal partnership but, more importantly, to scores of local governments, nonprofit organizations and private citizens across the region. As a result, more than a dozen communities in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho have received HUD's Preferred Sustainability Status, which in FY2013 can provide bonus points to applicants seeking funding for sustainable community development. More information, including a PSS map and contact list is available here.
Find out more about the work we - and our Federal, state and local partners - are doing in Idaho by visiting the links below. And, once you do, we hope you will contribute your energy and expertise to building more sustainable communities and more sustainable futures in the Northwest.
Partnership for Sustainable Communities' national website
HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) Sustainable Communities Resource Center.
Sign up for the HUD Northwest Sustainable Communities mailing list.
Contact HUD Northwest's Sustainability Team.
HUD SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES IN THE NORTHWEST
In 2010 and 2011, the following communities were awarded funding through the HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning and Community Challenge Grant Programs. A full list of grantees and project information is available here.
LOCAL SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAMS
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Sandpoint Sustainable Transition Initiative
Idaho Smart Growth
Idaho Rural Partnership
OTHER SUSTAINABILITY RESOURCES
Cascadia Green Building Council
Northwest Environmental Business Council
Northwest Eco Building Guild
Northwest Community Land Trust Coalition
Green Works Idaho
University of Idaho Sustainability Center
Idaho Smart Growth
Idaho Chapter of American Planning Association
ENERGY EFFICIENT MORTGAGES
HUD Energy Efficient Mortgage for new homeowners
HUD PowerSaver Mortgage for existing homeowners
FHA Green Refinance Plus Mortgage for Multi-Family Properties
USDA Energy Efficient Mortgages - USDA Rural Housing guaranteed, direct and repair & rehab loans can finance energy efficiency in purchasing either new or existing homes.
ENERGY EFFICIENT TAX CREDITS & REBATES
Federal Energy Efficiency Tax Credits
Idaho Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate
Idaho Office of Energy Resources Energy Efficient Tax Deductions
Idaho Database of Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency
WEATHERIZATION & LOW-INCOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PAYMENTS
Idaho Community Action Partnership Weatherization Assistance
Idaho Community Action Partnership Low Income Energy Assistance Program