2004 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement Applications Now Being Accepted

2004 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement Applications Now Being Accepted

U. S. Environmental Protection Agency

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the third annual National Award for Smart Growth Achievement. This competition
is open to local or state governments and other public sector entities that have successfully created smart growth.

"At its core, smart growth is about being good stewards of our communities and of our rural lands, parks, and forests," said EPA Administrator Mike Leavitt.

The built environment -- developments where we live, work, shop, and play -- has both direct and indirect effects on the natural environment. Smart growth development approaches have clear environmental benefits including improved air and water quality, greater preservation of critical habitat and open space, and more clean up and re-use of brownfield sites.

Applications will be accepted in five categories:

1) Built Projects
2) Policies and Regulations
3) Community Outreach and Education
4) Small Communities
5) Overall Excellence in Smart Growth.

Interested parties from urban, suburban, and rural areas are encouraged to submit applications for smart growth activities undertaken within the last five years. Successful applicants will incorporate smart growth principles to create places that respect community culture and the environment, foster economic development and promote a better quality of life for this and future generations.

Applications are due on June 1, 2004. Up to five winners will be recognized at a ceremony in Washington, DC in November 2004.

For more details about the National Award for Smart Growth Achievement, including an application packet, visit:http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/awards.htm

Related Link: National Award for Smart Growth Achievement

For more information contact:

Lynn Richards
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW MC 1807T
DC 20460

Phone: 202-566-2858
Fax: 202-566-2868
Email: [email protected]
Web: http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth

Posted April 15, 2004

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