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EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson Announces Winners of 2009 National Awards
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 Dec 02, 2009 09:01 PST 
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Today EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson presented the 2009 National Awards
for Smart Growth Achievement at the National Building Museum in
Washington, D.C. These communities are being recognized for their
comprehensive approach to improving access to affordable housing,
providing more transportation options and protecting the local environment
for residents.

The four recipients of the 2009 National Award for Smart Growth
Achievement are as follows:

Overall Excellence: Lancaster County Planning Commission for Envision
Lancaster County. Lancaster County, in south-central Pennsylvania, is
known for its historic towns and villages, and its fertile farmland. To
maintain the county’s character, its diverse economy, and its natural
resources for future generations, the Lancaster County Planning Commission
established a countywide comprehensive growth management plan, which
protects valuable farmland and historic landscapes by directing
development to established towns and cities in the county.

Policies and Regulations: City of Charlotte for Urban Street Design
Guidelines. As the central city in a rapidly growing metropolitan area,
Charlotte, N.C., is under intense development pressures. Rather than
continue the automobile-dominated development patterns of the last 50
years, Charlotte adopted Urban Street Design Guidelines to make walking,
bicycling, and transit more appealing and to make the city more attractive
and sustainable.

Built Projects: Chicago Housing Authority, FitzGerald Associates
Architects and Holsten Real Estate Development Corporation for Parkside of
Old Town. Parkside of Old Town sits on eight city blocks that were once
home to a public housing complex notorious for criminal activity. The
redevelopment has transformed the neighborhood by reconnecting it to
downtown Chicago and tying together mixed-income housing, parks, and new
shops and restaurants.

Smart Growth and Green Building: City of Tempe, Ariz. for the Tempe
Transportation Center. The Tempe Transportation Center is a model for
sustainable design, a vibrant, mixed-use regional transportation hub that
incorporates innovative and green building elements tailored to the
Southwest desert environment. The Tempe Transportation Center is a true
multi-modal facility that integrates a light rail stop, the main city bus
station, and paths for bicyclists and pedestrians.

More information on the winners and EPA’s Smart Growth Program:

Press release:

Tim Torma
Development, Community and Environment Division
The Smart Growth Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(202) 566-2864 (phone)
(202) 566-2868 (fax)

Mail Code 1807T
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20460

Mark your calendars for the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in
Seattle, Washington, Feb. 4-6, 2010.
For details, visit: http://www.NewPartners.org
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