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Massachusetts: Somerville Community Design (A Former EPA CARE Project)

The summary below provides a description of a Somerville, Massachusetts project that received a cooperative agreement from EPA’s former Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) Program in 2008. These case studies serve as historic references, and conditions since the project was funded may have changed.

The resources developed for this project provide communities with information about ways that other communities have addressed environmental issues. Communities can use these project results to reduce environmental impacts, understand risks and become stewards of their own environment.


Somerville Community Design
Somerville, Massachusetts
EPA Region 1

Somerville Community Design is a recipient of a Level II CARE Cooperative Agreement. The lead of this project is the Groundwork Somerville organization, which will collaborate with the Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership, Somerville Community Corporation, and Somerville Community Health Agenda, for the implementation of the Somerville Community Design project. This project will address the target area of Somerville, MA, an urban area just outside of Boston. The City of Somerville is the most densely populated city in New England, with approximately 18,400 residents per square mile. The key environmental burdens are land and air pollution. The main goal of the project is to bring together a broad-based, collaborative partnership that works toward remediation of environmental risks in the community, and that creates an even broader working group to affect local land use policy and planning. Also, the project will provide information, tools and technical assistance to the community, and will ensure that community input is a vital part of the planning process for land use and reducing environmental pollutants.

Established CARE Partners: Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership, Somerville Community Corporation, Somerville Community Health Agenda, City of Somerville Massachusetts - Office of Sustainability and Environment, and Union Square Main Streets.