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The Home Depot® Foundation has recognized the City of Tacoma and Tacoma Housing Authority with a national Award of Excellence for Sustainable Community Development. Tacoma was the large city winner for 2010; Boston was runner-up.
These awards recognize cities that are incorporating real-world sustainability initiatives into their day-to-day operations, making their communities more livable and affordable.
A video about the sustainability initiatives that earned the award for Tacoma is posted on YouTube.
Description from The Home Depot® Foundation website:
Winner – Tacoma, WA and Tacoma Housing Authority
The city of Tacoma has incorporated sustainability throughout its comprehensive plan ensuring that sustainable policies and business practices are considered when making all departmental decisions.
Salishan, a HOPE VI project developed by the Tacoma Housing Authority, has been recognized as a best-in-class example of the successful completion of a sustainable community. On the site of a former WWII housing project, the new housing development is compact, affordable, accessible to transit, schools, jobs and bike trails and contains a community health center, community garden and a playground. The project meets recognized environmental standards and boasts green and efficient building and maintenance practices saving residents up to 30% on their energy bills.