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EPA to Help Communities in Sustainable Design Strategies
Nebraska Ag Connection - 06/24/2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Thursday it has selected six cities for technical assistance with sustainable design strategies under its Greening America's Communities (GAC) program. The 2016 cities chosen for assistance are: Columbia, S.C.; Brownsville, Texas; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Muscatine, Iowa; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Multnomah County, Ore.

"EPA is excited to roll up our sleeves and start working with the next round of cities through Greening America's Communities," said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. "This program is another example of EPA making a visible difference in communities--helping build healthy, vibrant neighborhoods and stronger local economies centered on environmental sustainability."

In the coming months, EPA will fund a team of designers to visit each selected city to create designs that will support a larger planning and implementation process for a pilot area. Through the Greening America's Communities program, these teams will provide assistance to help communities use green infrastructure and other environmentally friendly designs to create more walkable, bikeable, and vibrant neighborhoods.

Muscatine will receive assistance to redesign a former state highway that now serves as a city street to help it become a safer gateway into downtown for both cars and bicycles.

Under the GAC program, formerly known as Greening America's Capitals, EPA helped 23 capital cities and the District of Columbia with sustainable design strategies. Results from previous GAC projects include Lincoln, Neb., which invested over $1.5 million from a U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant and from local funds to add green infrastructure and other improvements along 11th Street.

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