Divers - 15 mai 2017

fr - Sustainable Communities

In the U.S., federal agencies have been coordinating their work to help communities around the country better meet their housing, transportation, and environmental goals-laying the groundwork for an economy that provides good jobs now and creates a strong foundation for long-term prosperity, while protecting the environment. This initiative works to coordinate federal housing, transportation, water, and other infrastructure investments to make neighborhoods more prosperous, allow people to live closer to jobs, save households time and money, and reduce pollution.

There are six of what are called “Livability Principals” :

Provide more transportation choices.
Develop safe, reliable, and economical transportation choices to decrease household transportation costs, reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promote public health.

Promote equitable, affordable housing.
Expand location- and energy-efficient housing choices for people of all ages, incomes, races, and ethnicities to increase mobility and lower the combined cost of housing and transportation.

Enhance economic competitiveness.
Improve economic competitiveness through reliable and timely access to employment centers, educational opportunities, services and other basic needs by workers, as well as expanded business access to markets.

Support existing communities.
Target federal funding toward existing communities—through strategies like transit-oriented, mixed-use development and land recycling—to increase community revitalization and the efficiency of public works investments and safeguard rural landscapes.

Coordinate and leverage federal policies and investment.
Align federal policies and funding to remove barriers to collaboration, leverage funding, and increase the accountability and effectiveness of all levels of government to plan for future growth, including making smart energy choices such as locally generated renewable energy.

Value communities and neighborhoods.
Enhance the unique characteristics of all communities by investing in healthy, safe, and walkable neighborhoods—rural, urban, or suburban.

In the current political climate in the US and abroad, we should all combine our efforts to make our own neighborhoods a better, more affordable, safer and cleaner one. We all inhabitants our Common Home.

Sheilah H. Dooley
Executive Director
Pernet Family Health Service