SAN FRANCISCO – Modesto was among the 56 communities in 26 states that will receive technical assistance through the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program.
Private sector experts funded through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will work with each of the communities to improve the economy, environment, and quality of life. That might mean improving pedestrian access and safety, incorporating green infrastructure, or conducting an economic health assessment.
“EPA is proud to support the work that communities around the nation are doing to become more environmentally sustainable,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Pacific Southwest regional administrator. “The Building Blocks program will help them find development solutions that will save money, energy and resources while creating more jobs and opportunities.”
Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities is a project of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities among EPA, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. The collaboration coordinates federal investments in infrastructure, facilities and services to get better results for communities and use taxpayer money more efficiently. The partnership is helping communities across the country create more housing choices, make transportation more efficient and reliable, reinforce existing investments, and support vibrant and healthy neighborhoods that attract businesses.