The Development, Community, and Environment Division of EPA’s Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation is seeking applications for technical assistance from communities wanting to integrate smart growth in their future development to achieve environmental and other community objectives.
Tribes, local governments, regional governments, and state governments are eligible. Nonprofit organizations that have a proven collaboration with a government entity are also welcome to apply. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on April 23, 2009.
Technical assistance has been shown to assist communities across the United States. The following are some of the most significant areas where communities will benefit from technical assistance:
- Mitigation and adaptation to climate change are two sides of the same coin.
- Corridor repair and green job creation
- Development of environmentally beneficial structures
- Retrofitting in the suburbs
- Resilience is a requirement for disaster resilience.
Proposals for technical assistance are not limited to these particular themes; other issues for consultation are welcome and encouraged, as long as they represent cutting-edge difficulties and demonstrate the potential of replicable solutions.
EPA is looking for help with policy analysis or public participatory processes, depending on the applicant’s expertise. The type of work performed may include policy analysis and evaluation, planning and visioning processes, scorecard/ranking criteria development and assessment, and other elements relevant to the applicant’s position.
EPA and other national partners will send a team of specialists to work with local leaders in selected communities or states. EPA plans to assist three to five communities for a year. In the fall of 2009, EPA is expected to reveal which communities have been chosen. More information is available here.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Managing Wet Weather with Green Infrastructure