Sustainable Communities Initiatives. Joan Morgan (HUD) Gerald Solomon (DOT) Ed Chu (CEQ/EPA). Flamingo Hotel Las Vegas, Nevada January 27, 2010. Overview. Changing the conversation, changing how we work, good government
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Joan Morgan (HUD)
Gerald Solomon (DOT)
Ed Chu (CEQ/EPA)
Flamingo HotelLas Vegas, NevadaJanuary 27, 2010
2005 U.S. Emissions: 7,260 MMTCO2E
Average size of U.S. single-family home
1950 983 SF
1970 1,500 SF
2000 2,200 SF
2005 2,434 SF
148% increase from 1950
Average number of occupants per U.S. household
2000 2.62 22% decrease from 1950
Average area per person in a new U.S. single-family home
1950 292 SF per person
1970 478 SF per person
2000 840 SF per person 188% increase from 1950
VehiclesImpacts of Sprawl
Sustainable Transportation means providing exceptional mobility and access in a manner that meets development needs without compromising the quality of life of future generations. A sustainable transportation system is safe, healthy, affordable, renewable, operates fairly and limits emissions and the use of new and nonrenewable resources.
Livability means “being able to take your kids to school, go to work, see a doctor, drop by the grocery store or post office, go out to dinner and a movie, and play with your kids at the park, all without having to get into your car.”
Secretary Ray LaHood, DOT
“Livability,” is personal, subjective, and dependent upon the visions articulated by the residents, visitors, workers, and other stakeholders of a community.
One Size Does Not Fit All!
Partnership for Sustainable Communities
Mission: To meet the President’s challenge for our agencies to work together to encourage and fully assist rural, suburban, and urban areas to build sustainable communities, and to make sustainable communities the leading style of development in the United States.
The Partnership is focused on ensuring that federal investments, policies, and actions do not subsidize sprawl and, instead, support development in more efficient and sustainable locations.
March 2009: HUD and DOT formed Partnership
Recognition that transportation costs must be included into the calculations of housing costs
June 2009: EPA joins Partnership
Recognition that our water, brownfields, and air investments, policies, and actions can be part of the solution
“For too long, federal policy has actually encouraged sprawl and congestion and pollution, rather than quality public transportation and smart, sustainable development…
And that's why we've created a new interagency partnership on sustainable communities, led by Shaun Donovan, Ray LaHood and Lisa Jackson. And by working together, their agencies can make sure that when it comes to development -- housing, transportation, energy efficiency -- these things aren't mutually exclusive; they go hand in hand. And that means making sure that affordable housing exists in close proximity to jobs and transportation. That means encouraging shorter travel times and lower travel costs. It means safer, greener, more livable communities.”
-- President Barack Obama
HUD/DOT/EPA Sustainable Communities Partnership’s Guiding Principles