Fwd: Houston-Galveston Area Council Event
- This isn't specifically for energy, but I thought some in our group might be interested.
The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) is pleased to announce we will host a sustainability planning listening session on Friday, May 7, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The meeting will take place at H-GAC's office at 3555 Timmons Lane, Conference Room A, Second Floor, Houston, Texas 77027.
All comments can be emailed to sustainability@....
We hope to foster conversations among regional entities and learn about your concerns about sustainability planning and what sustainability means to our Houston-Galveston region.
This session is a step toward applying for funding for sustainability planning that is expected to be made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency.
More about the expected funding is available online.
Recently, the US Department of Transportation (DOT), the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced an interagency partnership to build sustainable communities. On February 4, 2010, through an advanced notice of funding availability (NOFA), HUD announced that it would proceed with a $100 million grant program to support regional planning for "the integration of housing, transportation and land use." Each successful applicant from a large metropolitan region can receive up to $5 million.
Funding for project implementation will be dependent on successfully completed and adopted regional sustainable development plans.
The specific guidelines of the NOFA are expected somewhere in the May 2010 timeframe.
The agencies have outlined six guiding principles to their partnership. They are:
- Provide more transportation choices.
- Promote equitable, affordable housing.
- Enhance economic competitiveness.
- Support existing communities.
- Coordinate policies and leverage investment.
- Value communities and neighborhoods.
To establish stakeholder-driven, regional goals for local sustainability strategies to:
- enrich efforts that support workforce improvements, facilitate job growth and attract new residents, and
the natural environment and enhance the built environment
enable pursuit of federal funding for implementation of transportation, housing, hazard mitigation, community and economic development and other sustainability plans.
You may have received this announcement from other people in your network. Thank you for your understanding if you receive this notice more than once, and please feel free to forward it to anyone you think may be interested in participating.
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Houston-Galveston Area Council | PO Box 22777 | Houston | TX | 77227-2777