The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced the call for entries for its eighth annual National Award for Smart Growth Achievement. The contest recognizes both public- and private-sector applicants who have used principles of smart growth to "create places that respect community
culture and the environment, foster economic development, and enhance
quality of life and public health." Applications are due on April 23, 2009.
Previous Smart Growth award-winners include projects like the Downtown Silver Spring Redevelopment Project in Silver Spring, Maryland. This project used a combination of effective policy and thoughtful development to rejuvenate a struggling commercial area. The project, which attracted high numbers of new retail, office space and other development, also featured smart planning and construction in the form of stormwater-conscious parking structures, walkable streetscapes, renovated historic buildings, several nearby hubs for public transportation and more. The result: an enjoyable public destination that continues to boost the local economy and provide enjoyable attractions for both residents and visitors.
Given all of the benefits of smart growth policies, in terms of preserving wild lands, conserving resources, encouraging more walkable, livable, compact communities and reducing the growing costs of energy and infrastructure, it's incredibly important to continue to showcase and encourage these kinds of achievements. We look forward to being inspired by the winners in 2009!
Above images: Silver Spring's downtown, before and after its award-winning redevelopment. All photos from the EPA website.
Everyone should have a plan to create places that respect community culture and the environment,so that we can all enjoy a clean and safe world together.
P.S, Praise the LORD!