July 10, 2013

Four Years of Sustainability Progress, But Much More to Do

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It seems like it was just yesterday, but in fact four years have gone by since I got a call from HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan asking if I would be interested in serving in the Obama Administration and help lead a new initiative that would bring urban development back to the forefront of much of […]

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May 9, 2013

HUD’s Sustainable Communities Initiative Recognized by Harvard’s Kennedy School as a Top 25 Innovation In Government

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On May 1, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government recognized HUD’s Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) as one of this year’s Top 25 programs in its Innovations in American Government Award competition.  This competition is the nation’s preeminent award devoted to recognizing and promoting excellence and creativity in the public sector. HUD’s SCI was created to […]

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December 7, 2012

President Obama Recognizes Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation

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This has been an amazing week!  Not only did 375 HUD Sustainable Communities grantees, federal partners and technical assistance organizations get together in Washington to share strategies and best practices, President Obama recognized the Thunder Valley CDC, a 2010 grantee, at the 2012 Tribal Nations Conference on Wednesday.  “I’m hopeful because of young folks like […]

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December 3, 2012

Creating a Greener Tomorrow through Community Partnerships

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I’ll never forget the site visit I made to Des Moines, Iowa this past fall to attend a community open house for The Tomorrow Plan: Partnering for a Green Greater Tomorrow.  Downtown Des Moines is experiencing a bit of a boom, with historic buildings being turned into sought-after apartments and a slew of new pubs […]

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April 19, 2012

Join me for a Sustainable Communities Earth Day Twitter Town Hall

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Earth Day carries a different significance to many people. For some it’s a day to call attention to issues of environmental justice, to others it’s a day to highlight achievements in energy efficiency, and yet for others it’s a day to admire and preserve our planet’s natural wonders. For us here at HUD’s Office of […]

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