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Published:November 15th, 2006 09:35 EST
Chicago, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Vermont, Kansas Communities Praised for Environmentally-Sensitive Development

Chicago, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Vermont, Kansas Communities Praised for Environmentally-Sensitive Development

By SOP newswire

EPA today presented its 2006 National Awards for Smart Growth Achievement to the City of Chicago; the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; the City of Wichita, Kan.; the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and the City of Winooski, Vt. These award winners were recognized for their innovative approaches to development that strengthen community identity and protect the environment.

The awards ceremony was held today in the Great Hall of the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

As communities around the country look for ways to grow that protect and enhance their natural environments and create prosperity, many are turning to smart growth strategies. They are cleaning and reusing previously developed land; providing more housing and transportation choices; preserving critical natural areas; and developing vibrant places to live, work, shop and play. In addition to creating great communities, these smart growth strategies also protect the quality of our air, water and land.

"President Bush and EPA see smart growth as smart for our environment, smart for our economy and smart for our quality of life," said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. "It is a pleasure to recognize the innovative efforts of these award-winning communities, who are responsibly building toward a healthier, brighter future."

Source:EPA