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EPA Recognizes Four Communities’ Efforts to Improve Seniors’ Health Through Sustainability

February 11, 2011

North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Pennsylvania communities are recognized for helping reduce air pollution and improve people’s health and overall quality of life through smart-growth neighborhoods.

For Immediate Release from the US Environmental Protection Agency
February 7, 2011

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is
recognizing four communities that are helping reduce air pollution and
improve people’s health and overall quality of life through smart growth
neighborhoods. These are communities designed with the principle of
reducing commutes and environmental harm.

These four communities are receiving EPA’s Building Healthy Communities
for Active Aging awards due to their commitment to active lifestyles.
Residents of all abilities and ages are able to stay active with each
community’s extensive walking and biking options. Communities that are
creative in their growth design not only protect the environment by
reducing air pollution and reducing water contaminants, but also foster
economic vitality and enhance quality of life.

“Communities that recognize that design matters contribute to the
quality of life of persons of all ages and the environment,” said John
Frece, director of EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities. “When
communities invest in diverse means to get around and build active aging
into our daily lives, they receive the environmental dividends of both a
healthy environment and a better quality of life for residents of all
ages.”

This year’s winners in the achievement category are the City of
Charlotte, N.C. and the Brazos Valley Council of Governments, Texas. The
winners in the commitment category are the Fairfax County Department of
Neighborhood and Community Services, Va. and the Philadelphia
Corporation on Aging, Pa.

More information on the awards here.