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More “Green” for Green Streets-Jobs-Towns Projects in MD

Image: "Before" and "after" example in Belair-Edison.
Image: "Before" and "after" example in Belair-Edison.
June 27, 2012

BALTIMORE - Hundreds of thousands of dollars are being handed out today as part of the Green Streets-Green Jobs-Green Towns initiative.

The grants, totaling $367,000, are going to 10 projects that have found ways to wrap up watershed protections, street improvements and new jobs - all at once.

The projects are being showcased by the Environmental Protection Agency. Its regional administrator, Shawn Garvin, says the agency wants to support local governments and organizations for their innovation.

"For the first time, we're funding actual construction projects, as well as design and planning projects, which demonstrates a growing interest in this program."

Most projects receiving funding are in Maryland, with money also going to Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The Chesapeake Bay Trust, EPA, Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Maryland Department of the Environment are part of the initiative.

Dr. Jana Davis, executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Trust, says the connections between "green streets" and "green jobs" are sometimes best understood by seeing the work in action.

"We want these projects to not only improve water quality, improve livability, provide opportunities for green jobs and on-the-job training, but we want these communities to serve as a demonstration site for others to come in and learn."

Thirty people in the region will receive hands-on green-job training at 2 p.m. today so they can complete a green infrastructure project at John Eager Howard Elementary School, 2011 Linden Ave. in Baltimore.

Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - MD