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Four Northwest communities awarded EPA funds to protect health, reduce GHG emissions

Release Date: 04/14/2011
Contact Information: Stacy Kika, Kika.stacy@epa.gov, 202-564-0906, 202-564-4355

(Seattle—April 14, 2011) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that 22 communities across the country, including communities in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, will receive $8.3 million in grants to develop local strategies to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and improve people’s health. The grants will help communities increase energy efficiency and save consumers money with new practices involving waste management, energy production, and land use management.

The communities of Hailey, Idaho; Corvallis, Oregon; Seattle; and the Siletz Tribe of Oregon will receive over $1.7 million to support the following projects in their communities:

  • City of Hailey, Idaho: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in a Small Community, $472,429
  • City of Corvallis, Oregon: Promoting Community Engagement through Energy Reduction Programs, $491,762
  • City of Seattle: A Public-Private Alliance to Achieve Carbon Reduction, $454,292
  • Siletz Tribe, Oregon: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Heat Island Effects Through Solar Installations and Community Energy Reductions, $323,305

For more information on these projects, click here.

Nationwide, grantees estimate that by 2014 the projects will reduce more than 167,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually—equivalent to the annual emissions from more than 32,745 passenger vehicles or the energy used by 14,189 homes—and save nearly $13 million per year in energy costs. The projects will also improve people’s health and quality of life by improving indoor and outdoor air quality, increasing walkability, and reducing household energy bills.

The Climate Showcase Communities Grant Program is administered by EPA, providing technical assistance, tools, and guidance to help state, local, and tribal governments implement policies and programs to mitigate climate change.

The 22 communities are showing their commitment to improve local health and reduce GHG emissions by contributing matching funds and committing to share their lessons learned to help other communities replicate successful projects. Communities selected for the Climate Showcase funds were required to show their ability to achieve ongoing GHG reductions as well as to track, measure, and show progress toward their goals. The new grantees join 25 communities that were awarded funding in 2010.

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