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News Release: EPA Announces Winners of 2007 National Award for Smart
Growth Ac
 Nov 14, 2007 13:35 PST 

States and Cities Recognized for Smart Growth

Manhattan, NY; Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; Barnstable, MA; Vermont
Praised for Environmentally Sensitive Development

Release date: 11/14/2007

Contact Information: Dave Ryan, (202) 564-4355 / ryan.-@epa.gov

(Washington, D.C. - Nov. 14, 2007) EPA today recognized one state and
four local authorities for innovative community development that
protects the environment, preserves community identity and expands
economic opportunity.

The winners of the 2007 National Awards for Smart Growth Achievement
went to the Housing Authority of Portland, Ore.; the Seattle Housing
Authority; the state of Vermont; the town of Barnstable, Mass.; and

"President Bush and EPA see smart growth as smart for our environment,
smart for our economy and smart for our quality of life," said EPA
Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. "And together with our vital community
partners – including these 2007 award recipients – we are helping
America responsibly build toward that healthier, brighter future."

As communities around the country look for ways to grow that protect and
enhance their natural environment and create prosperity, many are
turning to smart growth strategies. They are cleaning and reusing
previously developed land; providing more housing and transportation
choices; preserving critical natural areas; and developing vibrant
places to live, work, shop and play. In addition to creating great
communities, these smart growth strategies also protect the quality of
our air, water and land.

The awards ceremony was held today in the Great Hall of the National
Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

Details on each of the winners:

The awards categories and winners are:

Overall Excellence: The Housing Authority of Portland, Ore., partnered
with public and private stakeholders to redevelop an isolated and
distressed public housing site into New Columbia, a neighborhood that
improves economic opportunity, community livability, and environmental
quality. Local residents were engaged in design workshops and employed
for portions of the construction. The project increased the number of
houses, including affordable units and maintained the neighborhood’s
ethnic diversity. Innovative stormwater management and street design
enhancements encourage walking and biking and reduce the neighborhood’s
impact on the Columbia River Slough.

Built Projects: The Seattle Housing Authority worked with community
members to turn a dilapidated neighborhood into High Point, a mixed-use,
mixed-income, and environmentally sensitive community. Using green
building principles, High Point’s more than 1,700 new units are expected
to consume less water, electricity, and natural gas than the old
community’s 716 units. High Point was developed with leveraged funds
from public and private sources and with input from a design committee
composed of neighborhood residents. It includes new parks, a public
library, and a health clinic, with retail space to come in 2009.

Policies and Regulations: The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
(VHCB), an independent, state-supported agency, promotes compact
settlements surrounded by countryside. VHCB pursues affordable housing,
land conservation, and historic preservation initiatives under a single
program that balances competing priorities. Since 2002, VHCB
investments of $84 million have supported the development of more than
3,000 affordable homes, the preservation of 44 historic buildings, and
the conservation of more than 37,000 acres of farmland, natural areas,
and recreation lands.

Waterfront and Coastal Communities: The town of Barnstable, Mass.
created a development strategy for one of its seven villages, Hyannis,
that encourages growth and development in the town center, while
reducing growth pressure on environmentally sensitive areas along the
coast. Specifically, the town adopted expedited permitting processes,
invested in streetscape and wastewater treatment infrastructure,
directed development from outlying areas to downtown, and improved
public access to the waterfront. These policies have resulted in almost
100 new residential units (nine of which are for lower-income
households), with nearly 150 more planned; 22,000 square feet of
commercial space, with another 100,000 square feet planned; and more
than 300 jobs. They have also focused development around existing water
and sewer infrastructure, encouraged low-impact design techniques, and
protected sensitive natural areas.

Equitable Development: The borough of Manhattan developed a cooperative
strategy to expand the housing and commercial options for central
Harlem. The Abyssinian Neighborhood Project area was once marked by
vacant lots and abandoned buildings. With help from public and private
partners, including the Abyssinian Baptist Church and the Office of the
Manhattan Borough President, the Abyssinian Development Corporation
launched a community development initiative. Comprehensive programs
linked education, job training, and cultural enhancement; 200 affordable
housing units were built, with an additional 200 planned; and the
project created 15,000 square feet of commercial space for five local
businesses. The project also increased access to public transit, created
new green space, and minimized stormwater runoff by reusing paved

EPA created the National Award for Smart Growth Achievement in 2002 to
recognize outstanding approaches to development that benefit the
economy, the community, public health, and the environment. Over the
past six years, EPA has received 481 applications from 46 states, the
District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

The competition was open to state, regional, and local governments and
other public sector entities. Winners were selected based on how
effectively they used smart growth strategies to improve their
communities and how well they engaged citizens and fostered

The awards were presented by Benjamin H. Grumbles, EPA Assistant
Administrator for Water, on behalf of EPA’s Office of Policy, Economics
and Innovation (OPEI). OPEI is home to the Agency’s smart growth program
which, in addition to presenting the annual awards, conducts research
and policy analysis on growth issues, provides direct technical
assistance to state and local governments, delivers outreach and public
education, and collaborates with partners in the Smart Growth Network (
www.smartgrowth.org), a coalition of more than 30 state and national
organizations focused on development issues.

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Tim Torma
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Policy, Economics and Innovation (1807-T)
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460

email - torma-@epa.gov
ph - 202-566-2864
fax - 202-566-2868

FedEx/Courier delivery Address
EPA West Building (room 1416-F)
1301 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004


Mark Your Calendar! The 7th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth
Conference will be held February 7-9, 2008 at the Marriott Wardman Park
Hotel in Washington, DC. Visit the conference Web site at
http://www.NewPartners.org in the coming months for more details on this
important event!
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