Trajectory for Livable and Sustainable Regions


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Certification Maintenance


CM | 1.25

You'll learn about:

  • Urban and regional experiences advancing livable and sustainable communities programs.

  • Benefits and costs of creating a livability or sustainable communities program.

  • Potential impact of these programs on future growth patterns. 

Over the past 15 years, the United States has made strides in creating more urban, livable, and sustainable communities. These advances have origins in the “new urbanism” and “smart growth” movements that began in the late 1990s, changes in federal transportation funding rules that allowed “livability” programs that support planning and “urban” transportation investments, and, more recently, HUD/DOT/EPA sustainable communities programs.

Has this progress become the new normal for advancing urban places? Or have the impacts been marginal in larger national growth patterns? What will be the impact of livable and sustainable communities programs during the next decade? This session will review progress made through regional livable communities programs, including transit-oriented development and federal programs that support sustainable communities. Learn about the benefits and challenges of these regional approaches as well ways to facilitate more impactful changes to regional investment strategies.