Some big items on the “to do” list for fighting global warming: improve energy efficiency in residential and commercial buildings, increase public transportation options, and create green jobs. Perhaps too much to ask on a national scale in the short-term, but what about in a few showcase communities that can serve as prototypes? That’s the idea behind the $7.8 million in grants from the Environmental Protection Agency slated for 20 different communities throughout the US.
The Climate Showcase Communities Grants are aimed at assisting local and tribal governments in establishing and implementing climate change initiatives. The overall goals of the program is to create replicable models of sustainable community action that generate cost-effective and long-lasting greenhouse gas reductions while improving environmental, economic, public health, and/or social conditions. Funding is available on the basis of a competitive grant cycle and are available to counties, cities and tribal nations.
Initiatives slated to receive funding through the first round of the grant cycle include Salt Lake City’s Sustainable Transportation for a Sustainable Future, Chicago’s Green Health Care Initiative and Denver’s Neighborhood Climate Prosperity Project, among others. An additional $10 million in funding for the program will become available in late spring of 2010.