I created this story map while working on sustainable communities at the US EPA’s Office of Policy. The story map describes the office’s work with locally led, community-driven efforts to protect the environment, expand economic opportunity, and revitalize neighborhoods.
This guidebook, published in 2013, gives local governments policy options to consider when preparing for future climate risks while also meeting other environmental, economic, and social goals. The guidebook describes smart growth approaches that can help communities prepare for current and projected risks to the land use, transportation, water, and buildings sectors. While it was developed for communities in the DC region, the strategies are applicable to communities around the country facing similar climate change impacts.
The approaches are grouped under three main strategies:
Discourage new development in particularly vulnerable areas.
Protect people and assets in vulnerable areas.
Encourage sustainable growth in appropriate, less-vulnerable areas.