At an awards ceremony scheduled to be held at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Feb 5, 2014, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will recognize the 2013 winners of the National Award for Smart Growth Achievement.
The award recognizes and supports communities that are using innovative development strategies and policies that strengthen their economies and provide housing and transportation choices while protecting the environment.
The winning projects for 2013 in five categories were chosen out of 77 applications sent in by 31 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
The winners are as follows:-
Overall Excellence in Smart Growth – Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail and Historic Fourth Ward Park project in Atlanta, Georgia ‚Äì This redevelopment of what was once a contaminated rail corridor into a connected park with multi-use trails is fueling economic development, affordable housing and community engagement in 45 neighborhoods in the City of Atlanta.
Corridor/Neighborhood Revitalization – Historic Millwork District and Washington Neighborhood project in Dubuque, Iowa ‚Äì The conversion of the historic but vacant mill district into a mixed-use neighborhood connected it to an adjacent residential neighborhood and to the downtown.
Policies, Programs, and Plans – GO TO 2040 project in Metropolitan Chicago, Illinois ‚Äì The GO TO 2040 project is a seven-county regional economic development plan that brings together a wide number of local partners, linking their individual plans to a broad regional vision for growth through technical assistance and tools.
Built Projects – La Valentina project in Sacramento, California – La Valentina is a mixed-use apartment building on a former brownfield site adjacent to a light-rail station. It is transforming what was once a purely industrial neighborhood and is giving residents transportation options.
Plazas, Parks, and Public Places – Charles City Riverfront Park in Charles City, Iowa ‚Äì Built on a flood plain, this multi-facility park is connected to the city‚Äôs downtown and adjacent low-income housing, and has become the recreational heart of Charles City, in addition to bringing economic benefits.
Two honorable mentions were given to the Lower Eastside Action Plan in Detroit, MI and the Via Verde energy-efficient building project in The Bronx, NY.
The National Award for Smart Growth Achievement was created by the EPA in 2002. Since then, EPA has received 886 applications from all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
The award ceremony featuring Administrator McCarthy and representatives from the communities that are award recipients will also feature a video presentation from each of the winning projects.¬†You can read more about the National Award for Smart Growth Achievement and see the video presentations created by this year’s winning projects¬†at epa.gov.