Really: How Much Sustainability Can We Sustain

Every time I read or hear the word sustainability, coupled with one or more of the acronyms HUD, DOT or EPA,  I automatically see Agenda 21 flash across my internal bad deal screen.  You will find more than enough to read and study about all the forgoing. Educate yourself and learn to interpret the key words.  You may agree with me … it could happen!  The stuff below came in e-mail form to my personal e-mail box.  Read all about it below and be sure to follow the links within the narrative::

New Partnership for Sustainable Communities Report: Supporting Sustainable Rural Communities The HUD-DOT-EPA

Partnership for Sustainable Communities and the USDA has just released Supporting Sustainable Rural Communities, a report that discusses how the four agencies are collaborating to support rural communities. This publication highlights how small towns and rural places across the country are using federal resources to strengthen their economies, provide better quality of life to residents, and build on local assets such as

traditional main streets, agricultural lands, and natural resources.

The report includes sections on how HUD, DOT, EPA, and USDA programs support environmentally and economically sustainable growth in rural places; performance measures rural communities can use to target their investments; and 12 case studies of rural communities using federal resources to achieve their development and economic goals. It also outlines steps the Partnership for Sustainable Communities is pursuing to support small towns and rural places. To read the report, please visit

For more information on the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, please visit

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Roberta Lane White, Management Analyst

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Office of Sustainable Communities

Mail Code: 1807T

1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20460

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