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Bluffton picked for first EPA sustainability program

Bluffton is among 32 communities in 26 states picked to be an initial participant in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Sustainable Communities Building Blocks program.

Bluffton will receive technical assistance during a day-long session that will help it achieve its sustainable planning goals.

The EPA selected the 32 communities from 354 applicants through a competitive process in consultation with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Transportation, according to the EPA.

The day-long session will focus on a specific sustainability tool such as zoning code reviews, walkability assessments, or economic and fiscal health assessments. Participants will also learn about additional environmentally responsible, economically healthy development techniques and general sustainable community strategies.

Here are the communities that were selected: Bemidji, Minn.; Bluffton, S.C.; Cambridge, Md.; Chelmsford, Mass.; Deerfield Beach, Fla.; Dover, N.H.; Erie County, N.Y.; Essex, Conn.; Fitchburg, Wis.; Granville, Ohio; Helena, Mont.; Hellertown, Pa.; Jersey Shore, Pa.; Kayenta Township, Ariz.; Lincoln, Neb.; McKinney, Texas; Muskegon, Mich.; Nashville/Davidson, Tenn.; Northampton, Mass.; Oak Ridge, Tenn.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Portland, Maine; St. Louis, Mo.; Pike's Peak Council of Governments, Colo.; Ranson, W.Va.; Reedsburg, Wis.; Renton, Wash.; Rockport, Texas; Shelburne, Vt.; Spencer, N.C.; Syracuse, N.Y.; and Wichita, Kan.

More information on the Building Blocks program: http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/buildingblocks.htm

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