May 24, 2016

Housing Providers Strategize on Ambitious Energy Goals

This month I attended the third annual Better Buildings Challenge Summit in Washington, D.C., where hundreds of America’s most influential commercial and industrial energy efficiency leaders came together to share the latest, most innovative, and most effective solutions to cut energy waste and carbon emissions from our nation’s commercial, industrial, and residential buildings.  There, I […]

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December 18, 2015

How the Paris Climate Agreement Impacts Poverty

On Saturday December 13, 2015, 196 nations reached an historic agreement to work together to curb global warming. I had the privilege of attending the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP 21) in Paris, as part of the U.S. Government delegation, representing the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and returned energized by […]

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July 1, 2015

Forty States and Communities Advance in $1 Billion National Disaster Resilience Competition

On June 22, HUD Secretary Julián Castro invited 40 communities  to compete in the second and final phase of the National Disaster Resilience Competition. These finalists—representing areas that have been declared natural disasters by the President in recent years—will compete for $1 billion in funding for disaster recovery and long-term community resilience.  See here for […]

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June 29, 2015

Baltimore’s Regional Approach to Create Opportunity

Chances are that anything you’ve heard in the news about Baltimore recently has been connected to the civil unrest and the stark economic disparities that have plagued its communities for decades.  These challenges are significant, and overcoming them will require bold action and investment.  The good news is that important work is already happening to […]

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May 11, 2015

Supporting Infrastructure Development for More Resilient Communities

It’s National Infrastructure Week, and at HUD, we’re recognizing the vital role infrastructure plays in creating opportunity for people across the country, from large urban areas to rural communities. America’s infrastructure helps people get to work and school, brings us fresh water to drink, removes and treats waste, provides safe and healthy homes, connects us […]

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