Office of Planning, Environment, & Realty (HEP)
The following case studies highlight innovative approaches to improving community quality of life through transportation investments. They are categorized according to the six livability principles of the HUD/DOT/EPA Interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities. A seventh category for cross-cutting innovative approaches to fostering livability is also included:
Develop safe, reliable, and economical transportation choices to decrease household transportation costs, reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promote public health.
Expand location – and energy-efficient housing choices for people of all ages, incomes, races, and ethnicities to increase mobility and lower the combined cost of housing and transportation.
Improve economic competitiveness through reliable and timely access to employment centers, educational opportunities, services and other basic needs by workers, as well as expanded business access to markets.
Target federal funding toward existing communities-through strategies like transit-oriented, mixed-use development and land recycling - to increase community revitalization and the efficiency of public works investments and safeguard rural landscapes.
Align federal policies and funding to remove barriers to collaboration, leverage funding, and increase the accountability and effectiveness of all levels of government to plan for future growth, including making smart energy choices such as locally generated renewable energy.
Enhance the unique characteristics of all communities by investing in healthy, safe, and walkable neighborhoods–rural, urban, or suburban.