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Final Report On Policy Research Priorities for Sustainable Communities

Virginia Tech’s Metropolitan Institute has released the final report on Policy Research Priorities for Sustainable Communities resulting from the research roundtable hosted in the fall of 2010.

Reconnecting America Chief of Staff Allison Brooks participated roundtable Sept. 1 to provide HUD and the new interagency partnership with research ideas and insights that support the development of a sustainability policy agenda. Former Reconnecting America Policy Director Mariia Zimmerman, now Assistant Director, Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities, also participated along with other HUD researchers and key staff from the partnership.

The roundtable focused on three core areas and their intersection with housing policy and the role of HUD:

  1. Accessible and Affordable Housing;
  2. Green and Energy Efficient Affordable Homes; and
  3. Cities in Transition.

The event brought together researchers, policy experts, and leading practitioners to explore the current state of research covering these topics and to develop a list of important research topics and issues building on existing research and initiatives and opening new directions for future research.

The Metropolitan Institute plans to distribute the report to key decision-makers in the agencies making up the Interagency Partnership and, in the coming weeks, will coordinate a series of briefings with them to discuss the resulting priorities. The Metropolitan Institute will also connect with foundations, professional associations, and national organizations involved with research/policy development in the roundtable’s three sustainability topic areas.