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Sustainable Communities Resource Center - 02/13/2012



HUD’s Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities (OSHC),in partnership with the Office of Policy Development and Research, is pleased to present the Sustainable Communities Resource Center (SCRC) — a new section of dedicated to providing you with information that supports local and regional strategies, with an emphasis on sustainable housing and planning.

Welcome to SCRC

Our resources will help keep you up to date with strategies that America’s communities are developing to improve their economic, environmental, and social sustainability. Every community is different; there is no “one size fits all” model to fit the needs of rural, suburban, and urban areas. Rather, a range of sustainability strategies are being developed and implemented in response to the needs, assets, and visions that each community has to offer. What all of these communities have in common are coordinated, thoughtful approaches that balance economic and natural assets to meet both the current and future needs of all Americans. The SCRC provides ready access to best practices, cutting edge research, new reports and resources — all spotlighting the latest innovations in the field.

You are receiving SCRC eNews updates because you have expressed an interest in staying current with strategies that advance sustainable community development and promote affordable housing.


UC Davis Opens Doors to West Village, Aims to Be Largest Zero Net Energy Facility in U.S.

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UC Davis Opens Doors to West Village, Aims to Be Largest Zero Net Energy Facility in U.S.
In August 2011, the University of California at Davis (UC Davis) welcomed the first residents of UC Davis West Village, a multi-use development that aspires to be the largest zero net energy community in the country. Zero Net Energy (ZNE) means that the community expects to generate the same amount of energy that it consumes. Occupying 130 acres of the UC Davis campus, West Village encompasses 42,500 square feet of commercial space, including a recreational and leasing center, in addition to providing... Read More

Sustainable Communities eNews — Inaugural Issue

To support this new effort and keep you better informed of new developments, best practices, and viable strategies in play across the nation, we’re pleased to introduce the first issue of our bimonthly Sustainable Communities eNews. Clicking on any of the links below will take you to that point in the issue itself, which also resides on the dedicated SCRC section of

Philly Food Bucks: Philadelphia’s Healthy Eating Program
Whether offering a diminished risk of cardiovascular disease, reduced chance of stroke or diabetes, or even protection against some cancers, myriad studies have shown the benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Nevertheless, many Americans, and low-income households in particular, do not consume the recommended amounts of fruits or vegetables. Read More

Grantee Spotlight: The Tomorrow Plan of the Central Iowa Region
In 2010, the Greater Des Moines region — a 542 square-mile area that includes the city of Des Moines and 18 surrounding communities in Central Iowa — was at a crossroads. With population in Greater Des Moines projected to increase from 570,000 in 2010 to 650,000 by the year 2035, the region faced a number of challenges: increased auto dependency placing strain on its existing road system, rising housing costs, periodic water shortages, and loss of agricultural land due to urban sprawl. Read More

The Lofts at Reynoldstown Crossing
One of the nation’s largest urban redevelopment projects is taking shape in the city of Atlanta, Georgia. The Atlanta BeltLine project will transform a 22-mile historic rail corridor that encircles downtown Atlanta and connects 45 neighborhoods into a model of sustainable development. Redevelopment plans include the addition of new transit lines, affordable housing, schools, parks, and a network of pedestrian and bike trails. Read More

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