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DNRE Awards Nearly $250,000 in Pollution Prevention Grants to Five Communities' Climate Action Projects

Contact: Mary Dettloff (517) 335-3014
Agency: Natural Resources

August 4, 2010 

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment is awarding $246,547 in Community Pollution Prevention (P2) Grant funding to five municipalities for projects that focus on climate action planning. 

"Local climate action planning is an opportunity for local governments to re-examine processes and drive improvements and efficiency in their overall operations while reducing their carbon footprints," said DNRE Director Rebecca Humphries. "Such boosts in efficiency and reductions in energy and waste generation can lead to lower emissions and significant cost savings - savings that can further sustain local government operations." 

The municipalities receiving funding include: 

* City of Ann Arbor, $50,000 

* City of Dearborn, $50,000 

* City of Hazel Park, $48,747 

* City of Southgate, $49,767 

* City of Ypsilanti, $48,033 

The grant requires municipalities to develop a greenhouse gas inventory and a plan that addresses emissions, climate and energy challenges. The five community grant recipients will be required to match the state funds by at least 25 percent. 

The Community P2 Grant Program seeks to bring local government, businesses, planning agencies and residents together to achieve measurable waste reductions of pollutants using innovative sustainable pollution prevention practices. For further information, call the DNRE's Environmental Assistance Center at 800-662-9278 or visit www.michigan.gov/p2. 

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment is committed to the conservation, protection, management, and accessible use and enjoyment of the state's environment, natural resources, and related economic interests for current and future generations. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/dnre. 

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