FOR RELEASE: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2002
ADMINISTRATOR WHITMAN PRESENTS EPA NATIONAL AWARDS FOR SMART GROWTH
Teresa Libera [log in to unmask]
Today U. S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christie Whitman
announced four winners of the first National Award for Smart Growth
Achievement.The award recognizes innovative approaches and actions taken by
state, local and regional governments to achieve smart growth. Each award
recipient incorporated principles of smart growth to create places that
respect community culture and the environment, foster economic development
and enhance quality of life.
"The driving force of smart growth is to provide each Americans with greater
quality of life by developing healthy communities with flourishing
economies, open space for parks and recreation and convenient transportation
choices," said Whitman during the award ceremony at the National Building
Museum in Washington, D.C. "That's what this award does - shines a spotlight
on the best of the best smart growth achievements.
"Communities from around the country can learn from today's winners," said
Whitman. "Each one provides valuable lessons that can be put to use to
improve the quality of life today and for generations to come."
Smart growth is about how and where growth should occur in a way that
creates healthy communities and neighborhoods and a strong economy - and it
answers the question of how to minimize environmental impacts and maximize
The award categories and winners are as follows:
Overall Excellence: Arlington County, Va., for Smart Growth in the
Rosslyn/Ballston Corridor. Arlington planned dense, mixed-use development at
five Metro stations creating vibrant "urban villages"-- where people live,
shop, work and play using transit, pedestrian walkways, bicycles or cars.
Built Projects: Breckenridge Planning Department, Colo., for the Wellington
Neighborhood. This project recycles land, creates affordable housing for
working families, provides a free transit shuttle to the nearby downtown and
helps the region avoid "mountain sprawl."
Policies and Regulations: City County Association of Governments of San
Mateo County, Calif., for its Transit-Oriented Development Incentive
Program. This program uses transportation funds to help towns that build
housing near rail stations, directly linking land use with efficient use of
the existing transportation system.
Community Outreach and Education: State of Massachusetts Executive Office of
Environmental Affairs for the Community Preservation Initiative. This is a
statewide smart growth program that helps municipal officials and community
leaders understand the potential effects of future growth and make more
Creation of the National Awards for Smart Growth Achievement was announced
by Whitman on Jan. 24, and over 100 applications were submitted in this
first competition. Winning entries were selected based on the ability to be
replicated and the effectiveness in advancing smart growth and on the level
of citizen and stakeholder participation or partnership. The competition was
open to state, regional or local governments and other public sector
entities. For more information about the awards program and the winners, go
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