EPA recognizes Mariposa District's smart growth strategy

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently recognized Denver’s Mariposa District for smart growth by giving it the 2012 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement in the category of Equitable Development.

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The prestigious national award is given for creative, sustainable initiatives that help protect the health and the environment of our communities while also strengthening local economies. Seven projects were honored at an awards ceremony today in Washington, DC.

"The 2012 winners of the National Award for Smart Growth Achievement are taking innovative steps to realize a vision of American communities that are clean, healthy, environmentally responsible and economically resilient," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.

"The EPA Smart Growth Award for the new Denver Mariposa District shows the great commitment of our housing authority to create smart, vibrant communities," noted Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. "Denver Housing Authority's progressive approach to planning and design is consistent with the City's strategic investments in our neighborhoods to deliver eco-friendly affordable housing and sustainable economic development through active community engagement."

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