From Green Right Now Reports
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that the City of Houston is receiving $423,069 to reduce transportation related emissions through development of electric vehicle and bicycle infrastructure. The grant to advance greenhouse gas reduction activities is part of the Agency’s Climate Showcase Communities initiative.
The proposal calls for Houston to develop an electric vehicle charging infrastructure to be used by both city vehicles and commercial or residential vehicles. The city also will implement a bike-share program and improve the existing bike infrastructure by using solar-powered LED lighting on bike paths to improve safety.
EPA officials said the project has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower air pollutants. Because Houston does not meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone pollution, reducing nitrogen oxides is an important part of this project.
The City of Albuquerque also will receive $500,000 to use landfill gas to provide energy, including the power to recycle glass.
“Houston and Albuquerque are leading the way with innovative projects to help EPA with our goal to reduce greenhouse gases,” Al Armendariz, EPA Region 6 administrator, said in a statement. “By leveraging federal dollars, they are launching projects that will improve the environment and create jobs.”