EPA awards $ 335,000 for pollution prevention and sustainability projects in Pacific Northwest communities
Today, the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 10 office in Seattle announced the first round of its Healthy, Resilient and Sustainable Communities grant projects. The $ 335,000 grant program will support seven local pollution prevention and sustainability projects aimed at making communities safer, healthier and more resilient.
“We are very pleased to announce this first round of regional grants,” said Michelle Pirzadeh, Interim Administrator of Region 10. “These initial projects demonstrate creativity and a commitment to pollution prevention and sustainability that will make a lasting difference locally. Congratulations to the selected projects!
“We are delighted to receive this grant and to continue the pollution prevention and sustainable management of food that we have been leading since 2016,” said Julie D’Agostino, Founder and Executive Director of Rolling Tomato, one of the recipients of this year focused on food waste. Rolling Tomato expects funding to help them not only this year, but next year as well. “We’re going to expand our operations both geographically and in volume, preventing so much food from going to waste. Over the next two years, we will be providing quality food to our partner organizations across our community. “
For Jackie Kirouac-Fram, Executive Director of Our United Villages (ReBuilding Center), the grant will allow the organization to expand its reach. ReBuilding Center is looking to provide salvaged building materials to those in need, but it has been difficult to engage those who can donate and find the resources to be able to donate directly to people. “EPA’s support will make both of these goals possible, and the success of this project will provide a replicable model for public-not-for-profit partnerships in solid waste management and anti-displacement efforts,” Kirouac-Fram said. .
The EPA has awarded a total of $ 335,916 to support the following seven selected projects in Oregon, Idaho and Washington. Funding for the project ranged from $ 30,000 to $ 60,000 for a two-year funding period. The winners are expected to launch their projects this fall.
Our United Villages (ReBuilding Center) provide affordable and accessible salvaged building materials to the public and provide salvaged building materials free of charge, with a focus on providing homeowners in the Portland, Oregon area with building code violations, but who cannot not afford the necessary repairs.
Ecology actionThe Grocery Challenge will promote pollution prevention practices in grocery stores in the Pacific Northwest. The goal of the competition is to increase access and sale of Safer Choice certified chemicals through training of employees and buyers, targeting communities disproportionately affected in their access to safer products.
Pollution Prevention Resource Center will develop a program to guide companies in Oregon and Washington through the EPA’s Safer Choice labeling program. The project will help small businesses certify products under the EPA Safer Choice label and will offer discounts to businesses to offset the cost of Safer Choice certification.
South King County Tool Library support and promote its community tool library services which include tool loans, the reuse and repair of products and materials, and provide pollution prevention awareness and education services in King County, Washington.
Indian community of Kalispel divert food waste from the tribe-owned restaurant to a local pig farm that will raise pork to serve at the tribal casino, which will advance the local food system and prevent food waste on Kalispel tribe lands in the state of Washington.
Rolling tomato will work to reduce food waste and increase access to food for food insecure communities in the Boise, Idaho area through food collection and redistribution in the local community. The project will help partner organizations in the Boise area provide food to their communities for the next two years.
Portland State University will work to reduce food waste through the implementation of a pilot program to save and distribute city fruit trees to low-income multi-family properties in historically disadvantaged areas of Portland, Oregon.
Pollution prevention is any practice that reduces the amount of any hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant entering a waste stream or otherwise released to the environment prior to recycling, treatment or disposal. Sustainable materials management is a systems approach to using and reusing materials more productively throughout their life cycle. This represents a change in the way our society views the use of natural resources and the protection of the environment. For more information on pollution prevention and sustainable materials management, visit https://www.epa.gov/p2 and https://www.epa.gov/smm.