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GASP Lauds EPA Launch of New Initiative to Help People Access Unprecedented Enviro Justice Resources

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday announced the launch of the Community, Equity & Resiliency initiative, a groundbreaking effort to help communities across the nation navigate EPA's Inflation Reduction Act investments and other new funding opportunities.

Through this new initiative, EPA's Office of Air and Radiation and Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights will facilitate community-driven partnerships and provide a space for communities to learn, connect, and cultivate ideas on how to access historic resources, especially in low-income and disadvantaged communities.

"Thanks to President Biden's Inflation Reduction Act, we now have the largest investments in climate action and environmental justice in U.S. history," EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan said in a statement. "The Community, Equity & Resiliency initiative will provide a roadmap to help communities navigate the Inflation Reduction Act and other new Investing in America funding opportunities from EPA, as we work to meet people where they are."

GASP Executive Director Patrick Campbell said the EPA should be applauded for the new initiative.

"The federal infrastructure and jobs bills have made available unprecedented amounts of money to municipalities,” he said. “It's crucial that as many leaders as possible take advantage of these opportunities to help make their communities healthier and safer places to live."

As part of the initiative, EPA will host live virtual and in-person events, including panel discussions and fireside chats featuring environmental leaders and their peers, to help community-based organizations, their community partners, and potential grant applicants navigate funding opportunities.

These engagements are designed to spark ideas on how to take advantage of Investing in America programs while taking into account each community's unique context when confronting the climate crisis and advancing environmental and climate justice.

EPA's new Community, Equity & Resiliency website offers information on multiple funding opportunities and resources to ensure community-driven partnerships can inspire meaningful change in their communities. To learn more about the effort, visit EPA's new Community, Equity & Resiliency webpage.

On Nov. 6, EPA will kick off the Community, Equity & Resiliency initiative with a National Virtual Open House that is open to the public. This six-day event will include a series of virtual panels and fireside chats featuring prominent environmental leaders and peers discussing their ideas to overcome environmental pollution and climate change challenges through funding opportunities that are available through the Inflation Reduction Act and other programs under the President's Investing in America agenda. Panel and fireside chat topics will include climate change in rural communities, green jobs, electric vehicle infrastructure, technical assistance, and more.

Upcoming Regional Roadshows

But wait, there’s more:

Starting this winter, EPA will also host in-person, community-based Regional Roadshow events. These will provide opportunities for community leaders to develop or leverage existing community-based partnerships and dream and cultivate ideas on the Inflation Reduction Act and other new Investing in America programs.

Editor’s Note: More details on the Regional Roadshow will be available soon - we will keep you posted.

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