EPA issues RFP for smart growth work

WASHINGTON: The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking a firm to raise awareness of how environmental hazards impact aging.

WASHINGTON: The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking a firm to raise awareness of how environmental hazards impact aging.

During the multi-million dollar project, the agency will design and publicize a survey using at least 20 yes-or-no questions that highlight the importance of smart growth.

The questions will be placed on a website, which will be tested in 20 urban and rural communities.

The agency will then identify 100 communities in which to roll out the 2006

National Recognition Program, which will use the survey to tout the principles of smart growth.

In each community, the web-based survey will be promoted through media relations, events, and partnerships with local government and non-profit aging groups.

Media relations will target health, aging, and environment reporters.

Once the survey results are tabulated, the selected agency will then create a fact-sheet of its findings, and ultimately answer the question of why an individual, organization, or community would want to participate in the recognition program.

The smart growth movement, which has been adopted by the EPA, aims to reduce "sprawl," promoting communities that are walkable, cost effective, and environmentally sound.

The time frame for the campaign has not been disclosed.

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