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Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities: Assistance from Grantees

EPA awarded Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities grants to four nonprofit organizations with extensive expertise in community sustainability. Each grantee offers a community assistance program that capitalizes on tools the grantee has chosen or developed. Communities are selected for assistance through competitive processes administered independently by the grantees.


In 2012, Forterra and the organizations with which it partnered assisted 21 communities:

  • Association of Bay Area Governments, California
  • Austin, Minnesota
  • Blue Earth, Minnesota
  • Kirkland, Washington
  • Federal Way, Washington
  • Foxboro, Massachusetts
  • Gloucester, Massachusetts
  • Issaquah, Washington
  • LaCrescent, Minnesota
  • Lexington, Minnesota
  • Makah Tribe, Neah Bay, Washington
  • Maynard, Massachusetts
  • Mountain View, California
  • Newton and Needham, Massachusetts
  • Pine River, Minnesota
  • Prior Lake, Minnesota
  • Quinault Indian Nation, Taholah, Washington
  • San Jose, California
  • Santa Clara County, California
  • Tukwila, Washington
  • Walnut Creek, California

2012 is the only year in which Forterra provided assistance.

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Global Green, USA

In 2016, Global Green assisted four communities:

  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Seattle, Washington

In 2015, Global Green assisted two communities:

  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • St. Louis, Missouri

In 2014, Global Green assisted eight communities:

  • Dubuque, Iowa
  • Long Beach, California
  • Long Beach, New York (Superstorm Sandy recovery)
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Oak Forest, Illinois
  • Santa Monica, California
  • Westerly, Rhode Island (Superstorm Sandy recovery)

In 2013, Global Green assisted eight communities, including assistance to two communities recovering from Superstorm Sandy:

  • Burlington, Vermont
  • Camden, New Jersey
  • Cary, North Carolina
  • Hoboken, New Jersey (Superstorm Sandy recovery)
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Montgomery, Alabama
  • Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, New York (Superstorm Sandy recovery)
  • Toledo, Ohio

In 2012, Global Green assisted eight communities:

  • Dearborn, Michigan
  • Eden Prairie, Minnesota
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Lafayette, Indiana
  • Lakewood, Colorado
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • Oakland, California
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Learn more about technical assistance from Global GreenExit

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Project for Public Spaces

In 2016, Project for Public Spaces and its partners assisted one community:

  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

In 2015, Project for Public Spaces and its partners assisted eight communities:

  • Eldon, Missouri
  • Forest County Potawatomi Community, Wisconsin
  • Gretna, Louisiana
  • Knoxville–Knox County, Tennessee
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Oak Park, Michigan
  • Palm Bay, Florida
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico

In 2013, Project for Public Spaces and the nonprofit organizations with which it partnered assisted nine communities:

  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Lee County, Florida
  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • Twinsburg, Ohio
  • Valley Metro (Phoenix), Arizona
  • Village of Hyde Park, Vermont

In 2012, Project for Public Spaces and its partners assisted 10 communities:

  • Blue Springs, Missouri
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • Gulfport, Mississippi
  • Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Maumee, Ohio
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Port Charlotte, Florida
  • Wellpinit, Washington

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Smart Growth America

In 2017, Smart Growth America assisted nine communities:

  • Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, Wisconsin
  • Fitchburg, Massachusetts
  • Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Osage Nation, Oklahoma
  • Pagosa Springs, Colorado
  • Sitka, Alaska
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma

In 2016, Smart Growth America assisted 10 communities:

  • Anchorage, Alaska
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Huntsville, Alabama
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Longwood, Florida
  • Lowell, Massachusetts
  • North Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Pittsburg, Kansas
  • Quitman, Mississippi
  • Royal Oak, Michigan

In 2015, Smart Growth America assisted 14 communities:

  • Bentonville, Arkansas
  • Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Cheyenne Metropolitan Planning Organization, Wyoming
  • Columbia, Missouri
  • Fort Pierre, South Dakota
  • Franklin, Tennessee
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization, Tennessee
  • Macon-Bibb County, Georgia
  • Sanford, Florida
  • SeaTac, Washington
  • Spokane, Washington
  • Tucker County, West Virginia

In 2014, Smart Growth America assisted 18 communities:

  • Cedar Hill (North Central Texas Council of Governments), Texas
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, Florida
  • Emmett, Idaho
  • Fort Peck Assiniboine/Sioux Tribes, Montana
  • Green River, Wyoming
  • Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • Huntington, West Virginia
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Kauai County, Hawaii
  • Kenosha County, Wisconsin
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Pasco County, Florida
  • Person County, North Carolina
  • Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • Queensbury, New York
  • Salisbury, Maryland
  • San Diego, California

In 2013, Smart Growth America assisted 22 communities:

  • Blue Springs, Missouri
  • Boulder, Colorado
  • Buena Vista, Michigan
  • Campbell, New York
  • Carlisle, Iowa
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Chula Vista, California
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Cuyahoga County, Ohio
  • Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • Fairfax, Virginia
  • Graham County, North Carolina
  • Harlem Park, Maryland
  • Houston, Texas
  • Missoula, Montana
  • Park Forest, Illinois
  • Port Isabel, Texas
  • Reno, Nevada
  • Silverthorne (Northwest Colorado Council of Governments), Colorado
  • Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Winchester, Connecticut

In 2012, Smart Growth America assisted 15 communities:

  • Byram, New Jersey
  • Caribou (Northern Maine Development Corporation), Maine
  • Deerfield Beach, Florida
  • Derry Township, Pennsylvania
  • Eastport, Maine
  • Greer, South Carolina
  • Gwinnett County, Georgia
  • Kimberly, Idaho
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Newark, Ohio
  • Notasulga, Alabama
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Pima County, Arizona
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tacoma, Washington

Learn more about technical assistance Exit from Smart Growth America.

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