December 6, 2013

Four Years Later: Sustainable Communities, Job Creation and Shared Knowledge

It’s hard to believe that more than four years have gone by since the creation of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. In 2009, President Obama gave HUD, DOT and EPA the directive to work together to create strong, sustainable communities by connecting housing to jobs, fostering economic development, and helping to build a clean energy […]

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November 25, 2013

Big Improvements in Little Rock

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Cross posted from EPA.gov This Monday and Tuesday, I spent time with Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Deputy Secretary Maurice Jones, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden, and Department of Transportation (DOT) Acting Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy Beth Osborne touring ongoing redevelopment efforts in Little Rock, Arkansas. Through the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for […]

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November 13, 2013

Learning the True Costs of Living in a Community

Relocating can be one of the most exciting and important decisions a family or individual makes. When families relocate, they’re choosing more than just a house or apartment: they are also selecting the schools, job opportunities, green spaces and other characteristics that come with that community.   And, at the center of it all is a […]

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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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June 27, 2013

Creating A More Stable Environment For Future Generations

Earlier this week, I watched President Obama make history by releasing the first ever comprehensive Climate Action Plan for the United States. This plan is needed now more than ever.  Recent events have shown how carbon pollution is affecting our environment. We’ve seen Hurricane Sandy destroy neighborhoods.  We’ve seen wildfires raging in Arizona, California and […]

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