Creating Green, Sustainable Communities

Comparison of commuters, where on the left there are several dozen people standing in front of a single bus, and on the right, the same people are standing in front of rows and rows of cars.

Great Examples of Livability Across the U.S.

Commuters boarding a Hiawatha Light Rail vehicle
Hiawatha Light Rail, Minn.

More transportation choices, access to affordable housing, and coordinated federal investments in local priorities to improve the quality of life in your communities: that’s what livability is all about. Follow the link for great examples across the U.S.

Bar chart of the national averages that show significant greenhouse gas emission savings from transit. What is displayed on the X-axis is Pounds of CO2 per Passenger Mile. What is displayed on the Y-axis are the various types of transportation options. The first column shows Private Auto (SOV) with a value of 0.96 Pounds CO2 per Passenger Mile. The average passenger car in the United States produces just under one pound of carbon dioxide per mile traveled. The second column shows Bus Transit with a value of 0.64 Pounds CO2 per Passenger Mile. The third column shows Heavy Rail Transit with a value of 0.22 Pounds CO2 per Passenger Mile. The fourth column shows Light Rail Transit with a value of 0.36 Pounds CO2 per Passenger Mile. The fifth column shows Commuter Rail with a value of 0.33 Pounds CO2 per Passenger Mile. The sixth column shows Van Pool with a value of 0.22 Pounds CO2 per Passenger Mile. The seventh and last column shows Transit Average with a value of 0.45 Pounds CO2 per Passenger Mile.

DOT’s Transformational Investments in Projects to Rebuild and Strengthen Communities


USDOT TIGER Fact Sheet on Liveability and Sustainability (PDF)

Transportation, Housing and Energy Go
Hand-in-Hand to Build Better Communities

President Barack Obama headshot with quote, as follows: By working together [HUD, DOT, and EPA] can make sure that when it comes to development–housing, transportation, energy efficiency–these things aren't mutually exclusive; they go hand in hand. And that means making sure that affordable housing exists in close proximity to jobs and transportation. That means encouraging shorter travel times and lower travel costs. It means safer, greener, more livable communities.

Partnership for Sustainable Communities - an interagency partnership with HUD, DOT and EPA

Our Six Livability Principles

  • Provide more transportation choices
  • Expand location and energy-efficient housing choices
  • Improve economic competitiveness of neighborhoods
  • Target federal funding toward existing communities
  • Align federal policies and funding
  • Enhance the unique characteristics of all communities