Every Place Counts Design Challenge Summary Report

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This report from the U.S. Department of Transportation summarizes the experiences and lessons learned from the four selected cities – Spokane, WA; Nashville, TN; Philadelphia, PA; and Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – that participated in the Every Place Counts Design Challenge. Every Place Counts leveraged federal, state, and local resources for practices that enhance mobility and access while building opportunity and equity for local neighborhoods. Read report... Read more

Every Place Counts: Leadership Academy

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) launched the “Every Place Counts: Leadership Academy” to help demystify the transportation process for planners, community leaders, and the public at large. Several new “Leadership Academy” resources, including a Transportation Toolkit, Quick Guide, and Facilitator Guide, are now available for download. Learn more... Read more

Applying Performance-Based Practical Design Methods to Complete Streets: A Primer on Employing Performance-Based Practical Design and Transportation Systems Management and Operations to Enhance the Design of Complete Streets

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This primer from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) explains how the application of performance-based practical design principles combined with transportation system management and operations strategies can promote the consideration and application of Complete Street design principles to a wider range of contexts. Read report... Read more

Looking Forward: Priorities for Managing Freshwater Resources in a Changing Climate

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In this report, the Federal Water Resources and Climate Change Workgroup is reaffirming the importance of continuing to improve the nation’s resilience to extreme weather events and other impacts of a changing climate when managing our freshwater resources. The report focuses on three areas: Data and Research; Planning and Decision Support; and Training and Outreach. Read more... Read more

The Case for Healthy Places: Improving Health through Placemaking

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This new report from the Project for Public Spaces offers evidence-based guidance, recommendations, and numerous case studies to which health institutions, community organizations, and others can refer in order to create and support healthy placemaking initiatives. This study focuses on five key areas: Social Support & Interaction; Play & Active Recreation; Green & Natural Environments; Healthy Food; and Walking & Biking. Read report... Read more

Communicating Vulnerabilities to Climate Change: Summary Materials from the Climate and Health Assessment

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EPA has developed eight communication kits that summarize key points from The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment for the different populations that are disproportionately affected by climate-change impacts. The agency is providing these materials for use and modification by anyone seeking to communicate the health impacts of climate change to a range of audiences. Access the kits... Read more

Cultivating Development: Trends and Opportunities at the Intersection of Food and Real Estate

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How can a focus on food within real estate projects translate into enhancements to health, environmental sustainability, and the bottom line? This Urban Land Institute (ULI) report explores the mutually beneficial relationship between food-based amenities—such as working farms, community gardens, food halls, restaurants, and grocery stores—and real estate. It highlights how the growing interest in and awareness of fresh, local food is spurring innovation in development projects. Read report... Read more
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