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EPA Provides Grant for Urban Gardening and Green Infrastructure Program in Newark, New Jersey

Release Date: 09/11/2013
Contact Information: John Martin, (212) 637-3662, martin.johnj@epa.gov

      (New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $30,000 to the Ironbound Community Corporation to provide community residents in the Ironbound section of Newark, New Jersey the skills needed to create urban gardens in vacant city lots. The grant was awarded under the EPA’s Environmental Justice Small Grants Program, which supports communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues.

      “EPA environmental justice grants provide much needed funds to tackle local pollution problems and improve the quality of life in communities," said Judith A. Enck, EPA Regional Administrator. "The grant to the Ironbound Community Corporation will help educate community members on ways they can create healthier, more vibrant neighborhoods by transforming vacant lots into local gardens.”

      The Ironbound Community Corporation will use this EPA environmental justice grant to educate residents on approaches to soil restoration, strategies to reduce toxic substances and ways to foster sustainable urban gardening and green infrastructure. Green infrastructure is an approach to water management that protects, restores or mimics the natural water cycle and enhances quality of life for communities. With these skills, residents will transform two vacant, under-utilized lots into community green spaces that will provide educational hands-on. Participants will have the opportunity to contribute to greening their community by learning to build raised beds, plant and maintain trees and use composting bins.

      Since 1994, the EPA’s environmental justice small grants program has supported projects to address environmental justice issues in more than 1,300 communities. The grants represent EPA’s continued commitment to expand the conversation on environmentalism and advance environmental justice in communities across the nation.

      2013 EJ Small Grant recipients and project descriptions: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/resources/publications/grants/ej-smgrants-recipients-2013.pdf.

      More information about EPA’s Environmental Justice Small Grants program: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/grants/ej-smgrants.html.

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