Bennet Joins Obama Administration Officials, Local Leaders on Urban Sustainability Tour in Denver

Pushes For Legislation Encouraging Transit-Oriented Sustainable Development - Will Create Green Jobs & Protect Colorado's Environment

Also Applauds Administration Announcement of $10 Million in Recovery Funding for Denver Housing Authority's South Lincoln Park Development

Michael Bennet, U.S. Senator for Colorado, today joined Obama administration officials and local leaders in Denver as part of the Urban Sustainability Tour, which recognized the efforts of Colorado communities to encourage sustainable growth.

During the visit, Bennet applauded the Administration's announcement of $10 million in Recovery Act funding for the Denver Housing Authority's South Lincoln Park Development. The funds are designated for the creation of energy efficient communities through substantial rehabilitation or new construction of public housing developments.

"Colorado is a leader in the development of sustainable communities that are critical to our economic security, environment, and health. Sustainable development is about making it easy and affordable for people to live near good jobs and good schools," Bennet said.

"Projects like South Lincoln Homes in Denver are exactly the type of projects we want to encourage. The Recovery Act funding will help to create green jobs, reduce energy costs and help the environment," Bennet added.

Bennet is an original co-sponsor of the Livable Communities Act, a piece of legislation that will help towns and regions across the country plan and implement development projects that integrate their community's needs for transportation, housing, land use, and economic development.

"Transit-oriented sustainable development will create jobs and protect our environment. The Livable Communities Act will help towns and regions across Colorado achieve these common-sense goals, and I will continue to work for its passage," Bennet said.

The tour highlighted the Sustainable Communities Partnership, a collaborative effort by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency.