In a move that promises to breathe new life into communities across the nation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has unveiled a funding initiative worth approximately $211 million. This financial boost, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, aims to create jobs through redevelopment projects while safeguarding communities and the environment from detrimental diesel emissions.
A Beacon of Hope: EPA’s $211 Million Funding Initiative
The EPA’s latest funding initiative, stemming from the ARRA signed into law by President Obama in 2009, is set to funnel approximately $211 million into redevelopment projects across the country. This financial injection is poised to stimulate economic growth, foster environmental sustainability, and protect communities from harmful diesel emissions.
California Leads the Charge in Green Transportation
Among the fortunate recipients of this federal funding are the Los Angeles Unified School District and three other districts across California. These districts have been selected to receive millions in grants to replace their aging school buses with low and zero emission alternatives.
Los Angeles Unified School District alone has been awarded nearly $20 million, which will go towards the purchase of 50 new buses. This investment will directly benefit over 7 million students in hundreds of school districts across 37 states, providing them with cleaner, greener transportation.
Phoenix: A City on the Forefront of Sustainable Practices
The City of Phoenix Public Works Department is another beneficiary of the EPA’s DERA grants, receiving $1 million to replace some of its diesel-fueled trucks with compressed natural gas (CNG) alternatives. This grant will be supplemented by matching funds of $2.1 million from Phoenix Public Works and its private partner.