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Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE)


Here you will find publications as they relate to the Community for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program. Additional publications will be added to the list as they become available.

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CARE Publications

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The CARE Roadmap: 10-Step Plan to Improve Community Environment and Health (PDF) (20pp, 3.3 MB)
A method for communities to build collaborative partnerships and assess and address local risks.
Community Guide to EPA's Partnership Programs (PDF) (41pp, 593 kb)
The first guide of EPA partnership programs targeted specifically at communities, such as those in the CARE program.
Measurement Tips & Resources for Community Projects (PDF) (6pp, 409 kb)
Ways to measure progress made by community projects.
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Project Sustainability Checklist (PDF) (19pp, 2.5 MB)
Ways to ensure the project continues to improve the environment after the EPA CARE funding ends
Promising Practices to Improve Community Performance and Sustainability (PDF) (29pp, 3.9 MB)
Successful practices used by 14 CARE communities to improve performance and sustainability.
Promising Practices to Improve Community Performance and Sustainability: Part II, Tips for Better Care (PDF) (38pp, 8.9 MB)
This document describes 13 more promising practices and tips drawn from communities that participated in the CARE program’s collaborative process to find new ways to reduce risks and improve environmental quality while creating sustainable programs.


  • CARE Brochure (PDF)  (2pp,193k) - A handy tri-fold brochure describing the basics of CARE for a general audience.

Select Resources on Community-Based Environmental Protection

Joint Publications

  • Federal Grants Guide (PDF) (29pp, 543k) - a guide jointly developed by EPA, CDC and ATSDR on current funding opportunities available to groups interested in improving the environmental health of their communities.

External Publications

image of Putting Community First cover   NAPA Evaluation of CARE
In May 2009, The National Academy of Public Administration completed a 3 year evaluation of the CARE program and concluded that the CARE model provides a solid, tested framework for engaging communities and other stakeholders. CARE partnerships reduced pollution in these communities; built local organizational capacity. To find out more, please read the report Putting Community First: A Promising Approach to Federal Collaboration for Environmental Improvement (PDF) (104pp, 2.4 MB) Exit EPA disclaimer

Quarterly Highlights

Showcasing CARE Program Successes

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