The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced the six cities that will receive assistance in sustainable design strategies through the Greening America’s Communities (GAC) program in 2016.
The program provides a team of designers for each city to help them create and implement designs for green infrastructure and other measures that will make their communities more walkable, bikeable and vibrant. This year’s cities are: Columbia, South Carolina; Brownsville, Texas; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Muscatine, Iowa; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Multnomah County, Oregon.
“EPA is excited to roll up our sleeves and start working with the next round of cities through Greening America’s Communities,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said. “This program is another example of EPA making a visible difference in communities — helping build healthy, vibrant neighborhoods and stronger local economies centered on environmental sustainability.”
This year’s projects include protecting an urban stream and minimizing flooding, creating a stormwater management system with green infrastructure along the U.S.-Mexico border and redesigning a former state highway to better serve as a city street.
The program, which was formerly targeted at state capitals and known as Greening America’s Capitals, has already served 23 capitals and the District of Columbia, promoting sustainable design throughout the country.