The Environmental Protection Agency sponsors an innovative planning program designed to help bring more green infrastructure and green building practices to our country’s state capitals, making them simultaneously more environmentally resilient & more beautiful.
Implemented with EPA’s cohorts in the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities - the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development - Greening America’s Capitals launched in 2010 and thus far has been selecting five capitals each year for design assistance.
The idea is that these particularly prominent communities are inevitably ambassadors of a sort for their respective states and for other cities. Indeed, elected representatives and their staffs – leaders, by definition – from all across their states work at least part-time every year in the capital cities. What they experience there, good or bad, imparts observations and lessons that can be taken back to the representatives’ home districts or even incorporated into statewide policy. There are also many visitors to state capitals for business or pleasure, each forming and taking away impressions.