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Smart Growth

2008 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement Booklet

2008 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement
Download the 2008 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement Booklet (PDF). EPA Region 8 Headquarters Building, Denver, CO: Photo courtesy of Robert Canfield.

Through the National Award for Smart Growth Achievement, EPA recognized and supported communities that use innovative policies and strategies to strengthen their economies, provide housing and transportation choices, develop in ways that bring benefits to a wide range of residents, and protect the environment.

The 2008 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement Booklet includes:

  • A message from the EPA Administrator
  • How smart growth protects the environment
  • About the award
  • Descriptions and photographs of each award winner
  • Continuing achievements of past award winners

    The winners are:
  • Overall Excellence in Smart Growth
    Street view of the farmer's market
    Some street sections are designed to accommodate other uses and can be closed occasionally to auto traffic to allow popular pedestrian-oriented activities such as this farmers market. Photo courtesy of Lee Sobel.

    Downtown Silver Spring Redevelopment Project
    Silver Spring Regional Center, Silver Spring, Maryland

    A strong community vision, public investments, partnerships with the private sector, a great location, and transportation choices worked together to create this model for inner-ring suburban renaissance.


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  • Policies and Regulations
    Picture of a LCI
    As a result of an LCI-funded study, the city of Duluth revitalized its downtown by adding homes and commercial space and creating a new town green. Photo courtesy of award winner.

    Livable Centers Initiative
    Atlanta Regional Commission, Metropolitan Atlanta Region, Georgia

    Created to help the Atlanta region meet air-quality goals, the Livable Centers Initiative uses federal transportation funds to help communities plan transportation improvements in concert with revitalization of existing centers and corridors.

    For an update on this project, see the “How Smart Growth Protects the Environment” section of the 2009 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement booklet.

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  • Built Projects
    Picture of an auto-body shop
    The once-contaminated auto-body shop now provides a commercial and residential anchor for the neighborhood. Photo courtesy of award winner.

    Egleston Crossing
    Urban Edge Housing Corporation, Roxbury, Massachusetts

    Egleston Crossing helped renew a neglected corridor in Boston's Roxbury and Jamaica Plain neighborhoods with two new buildings that used green building techniques and provided new amenities and much-needed affordable housing.

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  • Equitable Development
    Picture of the Mission Creek Community College
    Built along a former industrial channel, the Mission Creek Senior Community combines affordable housing options for seniors with the benefits of urban living. Photo courtesy of award winner.

    Mission Creek Senior Community
    Mercy Housing California and San Francisco Housing Authority, San Francisco, California

    Mission Creek Senior Community transformed a brownfield into an attractive, mixed-use, low-income senior community. It is a classic example of successful collaboration between nonprofit organizations, local government agencies, for-profit entities, and citizens.

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