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New Updates on SCRC - 06/07/2012



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

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Ohio’s Brownfield Action Plan Pilot Program
The Brownfield Action Plan Pilot Program, a two-part initiative launched in Fall 2011 by the Ohio Department of Development (ODOD), is the state’s program to address comprehensive redevelopment of multiple brownfield sites in the context of their surrounding neighborhoods, rather than as separate parcels. This past December, six inaugural grants of $50,000 each were awarded to the cities of Fairborn, Newark, Ravenna, Piqua, and Xenia, and to the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC). Many reasons exist for pursuing areawide brownfield redevelopment. Read More

Submetering: An Approach to Tracking Energy Expenditures
In recent years, the federal government has encouraged developers to reduce energy consumption in commercial and residential buildings. In October 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order 13514, which outlines 23 goals for minimizing energy use, reducing greenhouse gases, and increasing the use of renewable resources. In its recent report, Submetering of Building Energy and Water Usage, the National Science and Technology Council Committee on Technology offers an innovative and nuanced way to address and assess buildings’ energy consumption: submetering, or installing devices that take nearly continuous measurements at the smallest levels — even down to the amount of energy used by a single plug. Read More

Grantee Spotlight: St. Louis Plans for Regional Renewal
In the heartland of America at the “Meeting of the Great Rivers,” where the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers converge, lies the city of St. Louis. With a footprint that extends into both Missouri and Illinois, the St. Louis metropolitan area offers residents one of the most scenic stretches of roadway in the Midwest. Home to more than 2.8 million people, the area has minimal crime, plentiful recreation opportunities, and great schools, earning it a place on Parenting Magazine’s list of the best places to raise a family. But even with such honors, the region still has its share of challenges; the East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWG) finds that decades of unplanned growth in the region have led to a mismatch of jobs and housing. Read More


Township of West Windsor Designated a Transit Village

Feature Story

Township of West Windsor Designated a Transit Village
The Township of West Windsor, New Jersey is a community rooted in 125 years of agricultural tradition, but in recent years, this small community of 27,165 has become a hub of transportation and employment in Central New Jersey. In an effort to maintain a balance between farmland preservation and economic growth, the township is concentrating new development in compact, walkable urban centers. In 2009, West Windsor approved a redevelopment plan that includes a 350-acre mixed-use, transit-oriented village at the Princeton Junction transit station — a busy train station near Princeton University that serves 7,300 daily passengers. And in December 2011, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), together with nine other state agencies that make up the Transit Village Initiative interagency taskforce, designated the Township of West Windsor as the state’s 24th Transit Village. Read More

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