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1 Office of Sustainable Housing & Communities: Building Green and Sustainable Communities Mariia Zimmerman, Deputy Director for Sustainable Communities US Department of Housing and Urban Development

2 Defining Sustainability While every community has a different interpretation of sustainability…. “For HUD, sustainability means tying the quality and location of housing to broader opportunities, like access to good jobs, quality schools, and safe streets. It means helping communities that face common problems start sharing solutions. It means being a partner to sustainable development, not a barrier”. ~ Secretary Shaun Donovan

3 Partnership for Sustainable Communities HUD, DOT, EPA have formed the Partnership for Sustainable Communities and are committed to aligning programs and resources in support of 6 Livability Principles:

4 The Partnership’s 6 Livability Principles Provide more transportation choices Expand location- and energy-efficient housing choices Improve economic competitiveness of neighborhoods by giving people reliable access to employment centers, educational opportunities, and other basic services. Target Federal funding toward existing communities – through transit-oriented development and place-based policies Align federal policies and funding to remove barriers to collaboration, leverage funding and increase the effectiveness of existing programs. Enhance the unique characteristics of all communities, whether rural, suburban or urban.

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6 HUD Sustainable Communities Initiative Community Challenge Planning Grants 225 applicants, requesting $550 million in funding $98 million awarded to 45 regions 13 went to regions with populations under 200,000 Rich diversity reflects local goals and challenges: Apache County, AZ; Porcupine, SD, Portland, ME, Gulfport, Mississippi Regional Planning Grants $40 million awarded by HUD, 14 in combination with DOT to support better integration between transportation, housing, economic development and land use 28% of awards went to support local efforts in rural communities Majority focused on reducing regulatory barriers

7 Sustainable Housing Initiative Goals: To make HUD-supported housing energy efficient, healthy and green To catalyze a home energy retrofit market in the United States, by accelerating private investment in cost-saving energy efficiency retrofits in the residential sector Strategic Initiatives: FHA PowerSaver Pilot Program to insure financing for residential energy efficiency retrofits in certain markets $25 million for a Multifamily Energy Innovation Fund to be released early 2011

8 We invite your ideas & partnership! HUD’s Sustainability Initiatives are a significant opportunity to support local and regional strategies; leveraging public and private investments to create more economically resilient and energy efficient communities that provide greater choice and opportunities for all families. HUD.gov/sustainability


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