How much stronger would our economy be if there were communities where good jobs, quality schools and effective transportation existed all together? The vision for creating sustainable communities actually borrows some of the best features of communities from long ago. “When people lived in communities where they could walk to their daily destinations, the services they needed every day, even their jobs were often a short walk or a short street car away,” explained Harriet Tregoning, director of economic resilience at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
To help accomplish that vision, the interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities was formed. In the newest ASCE Interchange video, Casey Dinges sat down with Harriet, Carlos Monje, counselor to Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox, and Joel Beauvais, associate administrator for policy at the Environmental Protection Agency to discuss their coordinated efforts and how engineers can contribute to creating more sustainable communities.
The panel also discussed some of the solutions they are embracing to address the challenges posed by climate change and economic pressures, and how they mirror the triple bottom line approach.
What advice would you offer the interagency participants? What projects have you seen in your community that accomplished their vision?