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Grayson_Lynn_COLORBy E. Lynn Grayson

 

On September 8, 2010, EPA announced that the Greening America's Capitals' program would provide sustainable design assistance to: Boston, MA; Jefferson City, MO; Hartford, CT; Charleston, WV; and, Little Rock, AR. Greening America's Capitals is a project of Partnerships for Sustainable Communities between EPA, HUD and DOT to help state capitals develop implementable vision of distinctive, environmentally friendly neighborhoods that incorporate green building and green infrastructure strategies.

The five state capitals were selected from a total of 38 cities that responded to a solicitation of interest by EPA in June 2010. The agency will organize teams of urban planners and landscape architects to provide direct, customized technical assistance as requested by each community.

Greening America's Capitals is not a grant program, but provides direct technical assistance to communities by working with private sector experts and leveraging partnerships, such as with HUD and DOT, to help communities consider development options. In addition to helping the selected state capitals build civic pride and a greener future, this assistance will help create models that other cities can look to in creating their own sustainable designs.

The program will assist three to five communities per year with the first projects beginning in late 2010. More information about the Greening America's Capitals' program is available at http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/greencapitals.htm.