Tufft för partnerskap kring hållbarhetsfrågor i USA

I USA har tre ”myndigheter” sedan 2009 arbetat i ett partnerskap för att förbättra samordningen av insatser inom hållbarhetsområdet. Myndigheterna; Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) och U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) motsvarar grovt räknat Transportverket, Boverket och Naturvårdsverket. Ett bakslag har drabbat detta föredömliga initiativ av Obamas administration då Kongressen troligtvis nu stryper budgeten. Nedan är i alla fall de principer som partnerskapet är satt att sträva efter.

Partnership for Sustainable Communities Guiding Livability Principles
Provide more transportation choices. Develop safe, reliable, and economical transportation choices to
decrease household transportation costs, reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, improve air
quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promote public health.
Promote equitable, affordable housing. Expand location- and energy-efficient housing choices for
people of all ages, incomes, races, and ethnicities to increase mobility and lower the combined cost of
housing and transportation.
Enhance economic competitiveness. Improve economic competitiveness through reliable and timely
access to employment centers, educational opportunities, services and other basic needs by workers, as
well as expanded business access to markets.
Support existing communities. Target federal funding toward existing communities—through strategies
like transit-oriented, mixed-use development and land recycling—to increase community revitalization
and the efficiency of public works investments and safeguard rural landscapes.
Coordinate and leverage federal policies and investment. Align federal policies and funding to remove
barriers to collaboration, leverage funding, and increase the accountability and effectiveness of all levels
of government to plan for future growth, including making smart energy choices such as locally
generated renewable energy.
Value communities and neighborhoods. Enhance the unique characteristics of all communities by
investing in healthy, safe, and walkable neighborhoods—rural, urban, or suburban.

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