The U.S. EPA presented its 2005 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement to five communities in California, Florida, Connecticut, and Colorado. The recipients were recognized for innovative approaches to development that strengthen community identity and protect the environment.

“Smart growth is smart for our environment, smart for our economy, and smart for our quality of life,” said deputy EPA administrator Marcus Peacock. “The award-winning communities have embraced growth measures to the benefit of their residents, both today and in the future.”

The award categories and winners are:

  • Overall Excellence: Denver Urban Renewal Authority, for redevelopment of an abandoned amusement park into a compact, mixed-use community
  • Built Projects: City of Lakewood, Colo., and the Lakewood Reinvestment Authority, for redevelopment of a declining shopping mall into a walkable downtown area
  • Policies and Regulations: City of Pasadena, Calif, Planning and Development Department, for their Central District Specific Plan and Design guidelines
  • Small Communities: Town of Redding, Conn., for cleanup and redevelopment of an abandoned wire mill into a mixed-use, transit-oriented neighborhood
  • Military Base Redevelopment: City of Orlando, Fla., for redevelopment of the a former naval training center into a residential neighborhood.
  • For more information about the winners or awards program, visit www.epa.gov/smartgrowth.