Last Thursday, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency announced 20 communities (two of which are Indian tribes) will receive $7.8 million in grants that will fund projects to reduce greenhouse gases. The title of the program to combat climate change is “The Climate Showcase Communities Grant Program.”
The funds will go directly toward increasing energy efficiency, reducing harmful greenhouse gases, and saving consumers money. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said in an press release, “These communities see the overwhelming scientific evidence on climate change and are working with EPA to fight back.”
She added, “We’re working on innovative, win-win strategies that reduce greenhouse gases and cut energy bills for families and businesses – strategies that can be put in place to fight climate change in communities from Utah and Ohio to China and India.”
EPA will be monitoring each of the communities and tracking their process online with quarterly updates. The agency is hoping to award an additional $2.2 million in the coming months to different communities.