July 19, 2010
The classifieds in this issue offer a diverse group of jobs including a transit general manager and several other executive positions!
Sustainability ‘Chat’ Notes Importance of Transit
Representatives of the members of the Sustainable Communities Partnership—DOT, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—discussed their efforts, individually and jointly, toward the creation of more environmentally friendly communities during a July 15 White House “live” webcast.
For example, HUD supports “walking, biking, and especially public transit … and wants to promote income diversity in areas within walking distance of transit,” according to Shelley Poticha, director of HUD’s Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities.
Beth Osborne, DOT deputy assistant secretary of policy, stressed that the department is working with local communities on how they can retain affordable housing near public transportation. Another issue, she noted, concerns the location of new ecologically sensitive buildings: if people have to drive to a LEED-certified building, the green benefits may become moot.
Tim Torma, deputy director of EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities, cited public health research linking obesity and other health problems to “the way we build our cities.” He pointed out that the increased walking, bicycling, and transit use in sustainable neighborhoods can result in health benefits.