Livable Communities

Livable communities are the alternative to the wasteful and ugly sprawl and urban decay that is destroying America's cities, towns and countryside.

Livable communities are places where families are healthy, safe and economically secure. They are places that embody "smart growth" principles, including:

Environment

The Committee for a Livable Future supports legislation that promotes clean energy, fight global warming, and encourage more efficient use of valuable natural resources.

The Committee is passionate about having the federal government act as a better partner to help local communities improve watershed health and protect open space.

Energy and Global Warming

One of the Committees' top priorities is fighting global warming, which is one of the greatest challenges the world faces. The impacts of a changing climate are a threat not only to natural ecosystems but to national security as well. Across the country, global warming will have significant impacts on water cycles, creating major changes for agriculture, land use, growth and development, fisheries, and a host of other issues.

Agriculture

Agriculture is a critical part of America's economy. From beef to nurseries to berries, family farmers and ranchers are providing the basic needs on which Americans and millions of people around the world depend. At the same time, American farmers are facing new and increasing pressures from budget deficits, trade rules, urban sprawl, climate change, rising energy costs and shrinking water resources.

Transportation

Transportation choices play a major role in quality of life, influencing everything from access to economic opportunities to environmental quality and community safety. Building transportation choices in communities means providing access to federal funding as well as ensuring the flexibility to use transportation dollars to best fit local needs.

Infrastructure

The Committee for a Livable Future, founded by Congressman Blumenauer, is working to ensure roads, bike paths, transit lines, and infrastructure that undergirds America's way of life and her economic strength are safe, environmentally sustainable, and efficient.

Veterans and Cannabis

Marijuana policy at the state level has shifted significantly in recent years as a majority of states have moved to legalize the drug for both medicinal and adult use. Medical marijuana is now available in 29 states and the District of Columbia for conditions ranging from seizures, glaucoma, anxiety, chronic pain, and nausea. But federal marijuana policy remains rooted in the past, as all types of marijuana continue to remain illegal under federal law.