The EPA joins Governor Polis at Denver Elementary School to announce $3 million in funding for innovative climate control projects across the state.
Funds from EPA’s new Climate Pollution Reduction Grants program were made possible by the Inflation Reduction Act.
DENVER (March 17, 2023) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that Colorado will receive up to $3 million to develop innovative strategies to reduce climate pollution and build a clean energy economy across the state.
At Denver International Academy at Harrington Elementary School, EPA Regional Administrator K. C. Becker, and Governor Jared Polis announced that Colorado will receive funding as a partner in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Reduction Grants Program (CPRG). This program provides flexible planning resources to develop and implement climate solutions that protect Colorados from pollution and enhance environmental justice.
“This is the first step in a strategic effort to help states come up with smarter solutions to reduce climate pollution.” EPA regional administrator KC Becker said. “Governor Polis has been a great partner and advocate for climate change action, and the EPA looks forward to supporting Colorado-grown projects that will make our communities, our state, and our nation healthier and stronger.”
“Colorado’s nation-leading work to fight for clean air and reduce emissions is part of our commitment to protecting the community we love now and for generations to come. This exciting new funding, supported by a majority of our federal delegation and the EPA, is helping to build on our important work as we make bold progress towards ambitious climate goals, including 100% renewable energy by 2040, and we appreciate this federal support.” Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said.
“After years of inaction, Washington has finally invested in the fight against climate change by passing the Inflation Reduction Act. This funding will help Colorado continue to lead the way in fighting pollution, tackling our climate crisis, and building a healthier future for all Colorados.” ” Senator Bennett said.
“This grant helps Colorado lay the foundation for cutting emissions and building a thriving clean energy economy.” said Senator Hickenlooper. “Finding solutions that uplift our vulnerable and underprivileged communities will be a victory for All Colorados.”
“We must do more to protect the communities that are suffering the most” Congresswoman DeGette said. “Environmental justice should be more than just a catchphrase, it should be our collective mission. We need all levels of government to work together to ensure that everyone – no matter where they live or how much money they make – can live and thrive in a healthy and clean environment.”
Colorado is among the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico eligible for the $3 million grant each. Colorado will use the funds to update its existing climate change action plan in partnership with municipalities and communities across the state. The State will also take active public participation in the implementation of its plan, with a particular focus on low-income and disadvantaged sections of the population. By summer 2023, EPA regional offices plan to award and administer funding agreements.
Later this year, the EPA will announce a call for additional $4.6 billion in funding for projects and initiatives in Colorado’s eligible state, tribal, and territory climate change action plans. Colorado can use this ongoing funding to develop strategies to use other grant, loan, and tax provisions secured by President Biden’s historic legislation, including the Inflation Reduction Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act, to achieve its clean energy, climate, and environmental justice goals.
President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act includes historic funding to fight climate change while creating well-paying jobs and advancing environmental justice. Today’s announcement is based on $550 million announced earlier this month for a new Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Grants program and Earlier this year, $100 million was announced. for environmental justice grants to support underserved and overburdened communities. Besides, Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Fund will allocate nearly $27 billion to raise private capital to invest in clean energy and clean air across the country.
About the Climate Reduction Grants Program
March 1 EPA announced the availability of these funds, which represent the first of a series of climate finance opportunities for states, local governments, territories and tribes. The CPRG planning grants will support states, territories, tribes, municipalities, and aviation agencies in creating comprehensive, innovative strategies to reduce pollution and ensure that investments bring maximum benefits, especially to low-income and disadvantaged communities. These climate plans will include:
- Inventories of greenhouse gas emissions;
- emission projections and reduction targets;
- Economic, health and social benefits, including for low-income and disadvantaged segments of the population;
- Plans to bring in other sources of federal funding, including a bipartisan infrastructure bill and an inflation reduction bill;
- The workforce must support decarbonisation and a clean energy economy; And
- Future staffing and budgetary needs of the government.
In policy guidance released earlier this month, the EPA describes how the agency intends to distribute and manage CPRG funds to eligible entities, including states, metropolitan areas, tribes and territories.
Learn more about Climate Reduction Grants
CPRG Grants Program Planning Guide
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