Friday, May 15, 2015

EPA launches new website to help communities improve environmental quality and public health

WASHINGTON – As part of a commitment to making a visible difference in communities, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a new website to help local officials and community members find information for improving the environment, public health and quality of life.  Developed with input from local, state and federal partners, the Community Resources website provides access to resources that span the range of local concerns – from environmental regulatory compliance to economic revitalization to public health and environmental justice. 

“As a former local official, I know firsthand the challenges communities face in juggling responsibilities and navigating multiple information sources,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “That’s why I’m pretty excited about this new resource. It’s just one of many ways EPA is looking to support local officials and community members who are working every day to build a cleaner, healthier, more prosperous future.”

The Community Resources website leverages information from three existing community-oriented resources:
·               The Local Government Environmental Assistance Network, managed in partnership with the International City / County Management Association, provides information on environmental compliance and stewardship.
·               The National Resource Network, established by HUD as part of the Obama Administration’s Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative, offers practical solutions to help communities pursue economic development and growth.
·               The EPA Community Health site can help users learn about and improve local environmental health conditions.
EPA plans to add new information over time to better meet local needs.  Visitors can provide feedback via a link on the main page.

To access the Community Resources website: http://www.epa.gov/communitieswww.epa.gov/communities