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Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities

Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 3:00-4:00 Eastern

Join EPA's Smart Growth Program for an overview of free technical assistance available to communities through EPA's Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program. On October 23, EPA announced a Request for Letters of Interest (9 pp, 158K, About PDF) inviting communities to apply for assistance; participants will learn about the types of assistance available and the application process.

Building Blocks provides short-term, targeted technical assistance to help communities implement smart growth development approaches. This year, communities may apply for assistance on one or more of the following topics:

  • Flood resilience for riverine and coastal communities
  • Sustainable strategies for small cities and rural areas
  • Bikeshare planning
  • Infill development for distressed cities
  • Equitable development

Applications are due by 5 p.m. Eastern, November 20, 2014.


  • Sarah Dale, Senior Policy Analyst, EPA

Who Should Attend

Planners; community leaders; staff from utilities, state and local government, and municipal planning organizations; and others interested in applying for technical assistance in one or more of the topic areas listed above

Webinar Details

Creating a Green Infrastructure Plan to Transform Your Community

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 3:00-4:30 Eastern

Green infrastructure approaches, such as incorporating trees and rain gardens into street designs, can help communities better manage stormwater while achieving other environmental, public health, social, and economic benefits, allowing communities to achieve more for their money. This webinar, Creating a Green Infrastructure Plan to Transform Your Community, will discuss how three different organizations—a regional association of governments, a local government, and a nonprofit organization—have developed and implemented plans for using green infrastructure to achieve multiple goals. The webinar will also cover EPA’s report, Enhancing Sustainable Communities With Green Infrastructure, a guidebook to help communities engage stakeholders to develop a vision for how green infrastructure can transform their communities and a plan to achieve that vision.


  • Melissa Kramer, Senior Policy Analyst, EPA
  • LaNiece Davenport, Senior Planner, Wasatch Front Regional Council, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Suzanne Schulz, Managing Director, City of Grand Rapids, MI
  • Claire Robinson, Managing Director, Amigos de los Rios, Altadena, CA

Who Should Attend
Planners; community leaders; state, local, and federal government staff; water utility staff; neighborhood groups; non-profit organizations; and others interested in integrating green infrastructure strategies into plans that can transform their communities

Continuing Education
This webinar qualifies for 1.5 certification maintenance credits from the American Planning Association.

Webinar Details

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