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Transportation and Climate Change Clearinghouse


Partnership for Sustainable Communities

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To meet the President's challenge for our agencies to work together to encourage and fully assist rural, suburban and urban areas to build sustainable communities and to make building these communities as commonplace as the current predominant style of development in the United States.

"For too long, federal policy has actually encouraged sprawl and congestion and pollution, rather than quality public transportation and smart, sustainable development. And we've been keeping communities isolated when we should have been bringing them together.

And that's why we've created a new interagency partnership on sustainable communities, led by Shaun Donovan, as well as Ray LaHood and Lisa Jackson. And by working together, their agencies can make sure that when it comes to development -- housing, transportation, energy efficiency -- these things aren't mutually exclusive; they go hand in hand. And that means making sure that affordable housing exists in close proximity to jobs and transportation. That means encouraging shorter travel times and lower travel costs. It means safer, greener, more livable communities."

President Barack Obama, July 13, 2009