Thursday, June 18 2009 @ 06:27 PM UTC
Contributed by: B' Spokes
WASHINGTON, DC, June 15,
2009 (ENS) - For the first time, the U.S. EPA is opening a competitive grant
program for local and tribal governments that want to establish and implement
climate change initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their
A total of $10 million
will be distributed next January in Climate Showcase Communities grants.
change and moving to a sustainable, clean energy future begins on the ground in
our communities,” said EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, announcing the new
grants program today.
"We're offering a
helping hand to local areas that are leading the way in confronting climate
change, and a call to action for anyone concerned about making a difference
where they live," she said.
The EPA is requesting
proposals from local governments, federally-recognized Indian tribal
governments, and inter-tribal consortia to create replicable models of
sustainable community action, generate cost-effective greenhouse gas
reductions, and improve the environmental, economic, public health, and social
conditions in a community.
The agency expects to
award about 30 cooperative agreements, each one ranging from $100,000 to
percent of the funds, or about $500,000, is being set aside for tribal
A 50 percent cost-share
is required for recipients, with the exception of tribal governments and
intertribal consortia, which are exempt from matching requirements under this
"We can cut energy
costs and reduce harmful emissions at the local level, and build a model for
fighting climate change in every community,"
The Climate Showcase
Communities grant program aims to create models of sustainable community action
that generate cost-effective and persistent greenhouse gas reductions while
improving the environmental, economic, public health, or social conditions in a
Tennessee Mayor Bill Haslam and Susan
Edwards of the Knoxville
Utilities Board celebrate the purchase of 400 blocks of renewable energy.
April 30, 2009. (Photo courtesy
City of Knoxville )