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					                Sustainability
Partnership for Sustainable Communities
EPA’s Environmental Protection Programs

Clean Water Act, 1972 standards for waste discharge, NPDES,
  water quality standards, construction grants and loans

Clean Air Act, 1970, set national quality standards for outdoor air;
  industry, lead, acid rain, mobile sources, particulates, Hg, ozone,
  climate change—GHG, CO2, methane, sulfates, nitrates

RCRA, 1976, hazardous wastes cradle-to-grave (generation,
  transport, treatment, storage, disposal), underground storage tanks,
  waste minimization

CERCLA, 1980, Comprehensive Env. Response , Compensation
  and Liability Act (Superfund) based on fees; Love Canal, 1978

TOSCA—1976, PCBs, asbestos, lead-based paint; requires
  recordkeeping, testing, proper disposal
                       EPA Mission
The mission of EPA is to protect human health and to safeguard the
  natural environment -- air, water and land -- upon which life depends.

EPA's purpose is to :
• protected human health and the environment;
• reduce environmental risk on the best available scientific information;
• ensure fail implementation of federal laws protecting human health and
  the environment;
• ensure environmental protection is an integral consideration in U.S.
  policies;
• ensure access to accurate information sufficient to effectively
  participate in managing risks;
• contributes to making our communities and ecosystems diverse,
  sustainable and economically productive; and
• the United States plays a leadership role in protecting the global
  environment.
               DOT Mission


• Established in 1966
• Mission to: develop and coordinate policies that
  will provide an efficient and economical national
  transportation system, with due regard for need,
  the environment, and the national defense
• Assumed responsibility for urban mass transit
  from HUD in 1967
               HUD Mission


• HUD’s mission is to create strong,
  sustainable, inclusive communities and
  quality affordable homes for all
• Originated to provide low income housing
  to support healthy cities and enable
  people to improve their standard of living
            Sustainable/ility
• Sustainable--of, relating to, or being a method of
  harvesting or using a resource so that the
  resource is not depleted or permanently damaged

• Sustainability is the capacity to endure. In
  ecology the word describes how biological
  systems remain diverse and productive over time.
  For humans it is the potential for long-term
  maintenance of well-being, which in turn depends
  on the well-being of the natural world and the
  responsible use of natural resources.
           Healthy Ecosystem
• Resources not
   depleted
• Balance
• Cycles
• “Closed system”




 Biosphere II--Arizona
Sustainable Society


 Environment   Economy



           Social
           Equity
                   Smart Growth*           Brownfields
                       Louisville

                                    Partnership for      ARRA
                   Children’s                            Federal
                                      Sustainable
                    Health                               Partners
                                     Communities
                                        (PSC)*           (AFP)*
                  Water
              Urban Waters
            Healthy Watersheds       Air       EJ
                                    SEDC    Communities




*PSC—DOT, HUD, EPA and CDC
*AFP—DOT, HUD, EPA, CDC, NRCS, NPS,
DOL, SSA, IRS, EDA, USAF
*Smart Growth—EPA, DOT, HUD
                                                                    EPA Region 4
SEDC—Southeast Diesel Collaborative
        ARRA Partnership

• HUD, DOL-Job Corps,    • Select potential activities
  DOL-ETA, FTA,          • Input/ideas from
  FHWA,USAF, EPA,          community
  USDA-NRCS              • Establish projects
• 7 criteria             • Develop workplan,
• 3 geographical areas     measures
                         • Complete by 2012
 ARRA Federal Partners Project—Aiken
            County, SC

• Brownfields $1M for assessments, cleanup of
  Graniteville mills
• Water SRF $4M for purchase of Graniteville
  Sewer
• Water $3.4M for stormwater project in Aiken
• HUD $900K for housing and mill clean-up
Partners:

EPA
HUD
FTA
FHWA
USDA-NRCS
USDA-RD
DOL
EDA
SCDHEC
      HUD-DOT Sustainable
      Communities Initiative
• Begun March 2009
• Housing and transit should be built in
  coordinated manner
• FTA-HUD Working Group on Affordable
  Housing near Transit
• Focus on affordable housing
• Decreases transit costs for families
• Decreases travel impacts on environment
      History of the Partnership for
       Sustainable Communities
• Through lack of coordination, agencies had facilitated
  sprawl and pollution –comment from President Obama

• EPA joined Partnership between DOT and HUD on
  June 16, 2009

• Will improve collaboration by:
  – Aligning policies
  – Joint RFPs
  – Collaborative workgroups at HQ and Regions
  – Potential additional funds and FTEs
Six Livability Principles




HUD-EPA-DOT
    Community Benefits of PSC

•     household transportation costs
•     air quality
•     infrastructure costs
•     neighborhood property values
•     farmland and open space
•     public health and mobility for all
       ages
      Interagency Collaboration Toward
          Sustainable Communities

• Frequent meetings and discussion
• Policy review and modification—remove barriers
• Funding vehicles and reviews—new planning
  grants
• Regional collaborations
• Specific projects and overarching approaches
• Collaborating locally/regionally
     Sustainability at EPA
• Smart Growth Office—built environment,
  green infrastructure, SGIA, awards for
  sustainable designs
• Energy Star—1992, DOE joined 1996
• Water Sense—2006
• Southeast Diesel Collaborative
• Pollution Prevention
Counties with High Unemployment, Poverty, Children
             Under Five, Other Factors
Asheville, NC
                            Process for Developing Place-Based
                                         Projects
                                                         1

                                       Investment/interest/p                                   7
                                       riority information
                                       collected from EPA
                                                                                      Complete work, write
                   2                   and other sources
                                                                                      report, move on to
                                                                                      another location

         Location selected
                                            Summary of            1a
         by EPA Region 4
                                            reasons,
                                            benefits                                           6

                                                                   Intermediate          Develop workplan
                             3
                                                                   reports,              with activities,
                                                             6a
                                                                   adjustments           timeframes, goals
              Meetings among                                                             and measures
              Programs and
              other agencies to                                                   5
              discuss interests               4
                                                                          Meet with
                                                                          stakeholders to
                                                                          discuss potential
Agreement on                       Identify local contacts                support activities
locations and                      and stakeholders
potential goals,
                       3a
measures
           Benefits to
        Southeast Region
• Geographic-based investments
• Implements multi-media approaches
• Enhances community involvement in
  decisions
• Offers opportunity to address EJ concerns
• Greater visibility for sustainable
  approaches
• More positive business environment
• More efficient use of tax dollars

				
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