Climate Pollution Reduction Grant Meetings Scheduled
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is hosting meetings to gather community input on the best use of funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Climate Pollution Reduction Grant (CPRG) Program. IDEM was awarded $3 million in initial planning funds to conduct a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and develop a Priority Climate Action Plan to provide to the EPA by March 2024. The CPRG program offers federal funding for state governments, municipalities, tribes, and territories to plan strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollutants, aiming to promote sustainability, enhance resiliency to environmental challenges, and protect natural resources.
Indiana Environmental Agency to Host Additional Public Meetings on Climate Pollution Grants
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) will host two further meetings to gather feedback on the optimal usage of funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Climate Pollution Reduction Grant (CPRG) Program.
“We have received innovative suggestions from other meetings across the state and are eager to include insights from Gary and Evansville in our EPA proposal,” stated IDEM Commissioner Brian Rockensuess.
The CPRG program offers federal funding to state governments and others for designing strategies to reduce greenhouse gases and other harmful pollutants. IDEM’s goal through this program is to foster sustainability, increase Indiana’s environmental resilience, and protect the state’s natural resources.
IDEM has been granted $3 million in preliminary planning funds to conduct a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and devise a Priority Climate Action Plan for submission to the U.S. EPA by March 2024. A Comprehensive Climate Action Plan will follow in July 2025.
Incoming details about viewing each meeting via livestream will be made available on IDEM’s website.
The scheduled meetings are:
- Thursday, Feb. 1, 6 p.m. CT at the Gary Public Library & Cultural Center, 220 W. 5th Ave, Gary, IN 46402. Accessibility via Gary Bus Routes R1, L1, and R-Bmx.
- Thursday, Feb. 8, 6 p.m. CT at the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, Oaklyn Branch, 3001 Oaklyn Drive, Evansville, IN 47711. Accessibility via Evansville Bus Route #10 – Lynch.
For more details about the CPRG program, which provides $5 billion in grants to various bodies to develop and implement comprehensive plans for reducing harmful air pollution, visit on.IN.gov/cprg.
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