Sustainable Communities Initiative Resource Library

Posted by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on May 18, 2015

HUD’s Sustainable Communities Initiative Resource Library

After years of communities’ hard work creating regional coalitions to strengthen their economies; obtaining comprehensive public input to reflect their priorities; and fostering public and private partnerships to ensure implementation of plans, I am excited to announce that HUD has created a Sustainable Communities Initiative Resource Library to house the products of HUD’s Sustainable Community Initiative Grantees.

This new online library catalogues dozens of local and regional comprehensive plans, model codes and reports—and it will be expanded over the coming months with additional plans, tools, reports and fact sheets that take users inside the innovations of our grantee communities.

These resources provide an opportunity for all communities to learn from the successes of these innovators. The library serves as a showcase for the range of activities that our grantee cities, counties and regions have taken since the first grant was awarded in 2010. Together, these 143 communities are leading the way for other communities around the country to think about growth in a more resilient, inclusive, and cost-effective way—and we believe these results are replicable.

Given the historic nature of this program, we know many of you are curious about the program’s outcomes. While grant work is still underway in some communities, we thought it important to share this first batch of final products and deliverables with you as soon as possible.

Among the resources you will find on the SCI Resource Library, is a new HUD report, Green Infrastructure and the Sustainable Communities Initiative. This report showcases the climate and economic resilience benefits of green infrastructure in 30 grantee communities. In the coming months, we will publish additional reports and fact sheets that summarize lessons learned and best practices across the grant program.

A sample of currently hosted resources:

· The Bridge Blvd. Corridor Redevelopment Plan, Bernalillo County (Albuquerque), NM – a joint HUD Challenge/DOT TIGER II plan which projects the creation of 700 new jobs along this busy bridge corridor

· Climate Adaptation Guidebook for Municipalities in the Chicago Region – one of the first in the nation

· Plan BTV: Downtown and Waterfront Plan – Burlington, VT – an award winning, magazine style downtown redevelopment plan

· GrowWNC Regional Plan: Together We Create Our Future – Western North Carolina – nearly 5,000 community members provided input into this plan

Thank you for your continued interest in this work and your support during these past five years. Our grantees have proven how far strategically-invested Federal seed money can go to nurture innovation in America’s cities and regions. We look forward to all levels of government, the private sector, academics, and individuals learning from the hard work of these communities and organizations.

To learn more, please visit the SCI Resource Library. You can also access the Resource Library though OER’s home page.

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