Chattanooga Chosen For EPA Sustainability Workshop Grants

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that the city of Chattanooga will receive technical assistance through the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program.

EPA consulted with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Transportation to select this year’s 43 recipients from 121 applicants through a competitive process. EPA staff and national experts will conduct workshops that focus on the specific sustainability goal each community chose in their initial application to EPA.
The agency offered nine tools this year, including using smart growth to build economic and fiscal health, exploring neighborhood planning for healthy aging, creating a Green Streets Strategy, and creating sustainable strategies for small cities and rural areas.

Chattanooga is receiving assistance with Neighborhood Planning for Healthy Aging. As community’s population ages, it will be necessary to plan for the changing needs and abilities of older citizens. Supportive neighborhood design can help residents “age in place” and maintain health, activities. This tool will help communities create great places for aging residents.

“Creating resilient communities is vital to protecting public health and the environment, “said Regional Administrator Gwen Keys Fleming. “EPA’s Building Blocks Program will give city leaders and other community partners the necessary tools to stimulate local economies and promote thriving, sustainable communities”.

Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities is a project of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities among EPA, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The interagency collaboration coordinates federal investments in infrastructure, facilities, and services to get better results for communities and use taxpayer money more efficiently. The partnership is helping communities across the country create more housing choices, make transportation more efficient and reliable, reinforce existing investments, and support vibrant and healthy neighborhoods that attract businesses.

Nationally 43 communities - rural, urban, and suburban - will receive technical assistance to pursue sustainable growth that encourages local economic development while safeguarding people’s health and the environment. To date, 141 communities have received EPA’s assistance through the Building Blocks program. Together, EPA, HUD and DOT form the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities, which coordinates investments in housing, transportation, and environmental protection to get better results for communities and use taxpayer money more efficiently.

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

More information on the Partnership for Sustainable Communities: http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/partnership/index.html


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: AVRILIEN, ISAAC SYLVESTER  7 GRACIE AVENUE RINGGOLD, 30736  Age at Arrest: 21 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County SIMPLE POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA --- BENSON, DANIEL  4688 HARRISON HIGHTS DR HARRISON,  Age at Arrest: 20 years old Arresting ... (click for more)

2 Suspects Sought In Dollar General Armed Robbery Sunday Morning

Two male suspects are being sought for a Dollar General Store armed robbery on McCallie Avenue on Sunday morning. Chattanooga Police responded around 9 a.m. The clerk said the suspects demanded money, and that one of them was armed. They fled on foot. Both men had their faces and hands covered. The store will stay closed until Monday. (click for more)

Connie McDade Enriched The Lives Of Hundreds Of Students

The message about Connie McDade was very touching. I was one of Connie's professors at UTC and thankfully she excelled anyway.  She was an enthusiastic educator, an exceptional person and generous individual.  She was a devoted teacher, loving wife, wonderful mentor and someone who will continue to bring joy to others beyond this life.   Future students ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Last You’d Suspect

Back when Bill Lenz launched Christ the Rock Community Church, the idea was to spread the gospel in Menasha, Wisc. but Bill and his brother Bob soon found they were dealing with people in trauma situations – drug and alcohol addiction, poverty, the homeless, and suicide prevention. As the church grew, they started an offshoot ministry called “Solid Rock” that deals with suicide ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Back To .500 With Win Over 49ers

The Chattanooga Mocs are now at .500 for the first time this season after Sunday afternoon’s 64-50 victory over the North Carolina-Charlotte 49ers. Progress has been slow at times for the youngest team in the NCAA, but the Mocs played much better in the first half than they did in the first and were rewarded with a 14-point victory after being tied at halftime. “We had ... (click for more)

UTC Women Fall To Virginia Tech 64-44

The Chattanooga Lady Mocs started off the current basketball season with three straight losses, including a 60-30 whipping at Green Bay on November 11. Things had gotten better since that time as the Lady Mocs came into Sunday afternoon’s home game with Virginia Tech on a six-game winning streak, but the train jumped off the track, the local girls had one of their poorest performances ... (click for more)