The U.S. EPA is sending representatives to 20 communities this summer to conduct a day-long educational session on achieving sustainability goals.

Targeted to communities that want to open stakeholder discussions about a specific issue, the program also is testing a new type of technical assistance effort and delivery mechanism for the agency. Successful applicants will receive a site visit sometime from March through June and receive a three-page memo of next steps within one week.

Applicants may submit a two-page letter of interest for help with more than one of the following eight tools, but the agency expects "the nature of the problem would change to correspond closely with each request:"

  • Walking audits
  • Parking audits
  • Sustainable land-use code audits
  • Smart growth zoning codes for small cities and rural areas
  • Commuter benefits
  • Using smart growth to produce fiscal and economic health
  • Complete streets
  • Climate action planning.

The Partnership for Sustainable Communities is a collaboration between EPA, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. DOT to coordinate investments in infrastructure, facilities, and services that meet multiple economic, environmental, and community objectives.