The New Hampshire Sustainable Communities Initiative (NH SCI) is an innovative statewide project that will enable communities to create fully-integrated, place-based, sustainable development plans. It will provide a planning structure, tools and supports that increase our state's ability to: engage communities; integrate planning across sectors; identify, share and replicate successful projects; and, implement high quality, cohesive sustainable development practices. Together these practices will enable large communities and small villages throughout the state to achieve economic vitality while safeguarding natural resources, character, rural landscapes and providing increased opportunities for healthy eating and active living that resonates with individuals and defines NH's values.

HEAL is a partner in the New Hampshire Sustainable Communities Initiative and will participate on various initiative committees, as well as work to merge HEAL strategies and to improve public health outcomes. In particular, HEAL has an interest in creating safer, more walkable neighborhoods with convenient and affordable access to healthy food outlets, walking trails, parks, green space and recreation areas.

Read more at the grant program announcement from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development describing the grant program and award winners.

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