Affordable Housing, Community Development

Smart Growth America Offers Free Technical Assistance


Smart Growth America is now accepting applications for free technical assistance for communities interested in smart growth strategies, a program made possible by a five-year grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide direct assistance to develop local strategies to grow in ways that benefit families and businesses while protecting the environment and preserving a sense of place.

Smart Growth America hopes to help 12-15 communities through this program, which is part of a larger EPA effort  aiming to help 125 communities in Fiscal Year 2012. Three other organizations - Cascade Land Conservancy, Global Green USA, and Project for Public Spaces - also received grants as part of the EPA’s Build Blocks program.

Organizations or communities interested in this opportunity may apply for one of twelve workshops offered through the program:

  • Implementing smart growth 101
  • Planning for economic and fiscal health
  • Regional planning for small communities
  • Sustainable land use code audit
  • Smart growth zoning codes for small cities
  • Complete streets
  • Walkability workshop
  • Transportation performance measurement
  • Parking audit
  • Implementing transit-oriented development 101
  • Cool planning: local strategies to slow climate change
  • Using LEED-ND to accelerate the development of sustainable communities

Many of these workshops will focus on issues that impact the cost of housing, such as transportation, parking and neighborhood design. For a closer look at each of the programs, click here.

Smart Growth America is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, October 12 at 2pm for anyone interested in learning more about the program and application process. Click here to register.

To Learn More:
Read program descriptions and apply
Register for the Webinar
Read more about the EPA’s Building Blocks Program


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