What are Sustainable Communities?
Sustainable communities are areas that are planned, built, or modified to promote sustainable living. This may include sustainability aspects relating to the environment, development, infrastructure, public health, transportation, and energy.
What is the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program?
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides grants through the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program, for projects that support metropolitan and multi-jurisdictional planning efforts that integrate housing, land use, economic and workforce development, transportation, and infrastructure investments. Read HUD's press release regarding Sustainable Communities grants.
Sustainable Communities Initiative aids regional planning efforts that integrate housing and transportation decisions, and increase state, regional, and local capacity to incorporate livability, sustainability, and social equity values into land use plans and zoning.
How does MetroFuture fit in?
On October 15, 2010, HUD Regional Administrator Richard Walega announced a $4 million Sustainable Communities Grant award for MAPC, on behalf of the Metro Boston Consortium for Sustainable Communities, a coalition created to implement the grant's planning work.
Metro Boston is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the Regional Planning Grant Program because it already has MetroFuture, a regional vision and plan consistent with the federal partnership’s six Livability Principles. MetroFuture is MAPC's 30-year plan to create a sustainable, equitable, and economically competitive Boston Region.
The grant supports implementation of MetroFuture, through local planning efforts, state and regional policy work, development of tools and data, and capacity building for local residents and leaders.
Metro Boston was one of 45 regions to receive an award, which range in size from $225,000 to $5 million. The Metro Boston grant is one of only a dozen awards that are $4 million or larger. Read MAPC's Sustainable Communities grant application and the work plan submitted to HUD.