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
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.
- Policies and Regulations
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.
- Built Projects
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.
- Equitable Development
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.