The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its selection of the City of Brownsville, among six communities across the nation, to receive technical assistance with sustainable design strategies under its 2016 Greening America’s Communities (GAC) program.
Through the GAC program, the EPA will assist Brownsville in using green infrastructure and other environmentally-friendly designs to create a more walkable, bikeable, and vibrant neighborhood.
Specifically, the EPA will provide assistance to add green infrastructure along the International Boulevard corridor between I-69 and the Gateway International Bridge, in order to manage stormwater; create a more walkable street; and add shade and plants to cool an area experiencing high temperatures.
Additionally, the GAC program will assist Brownsville in transforming the U.S.-Mexico border and transportation corridor by enhancing its aesthetic appeal, connecting the Gateway International Bridge to existing improvements and developments on both the west and east side of the city, supporting the small business community that travels through the Gateway International Bridge on a daily basis, and improving the marketability of downtown Brownsville.
“EPA is excited to roll up our sleeves and start working with the next round of cities through Greening America’s Communities,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “This program is another example of EPA making a visible difference in communities—helping to build healthy, vibrant neighborhoods and stronger local economies centered on environmental sustainability.”
Other cities selected as 2016 GAC program recipients include: Columbia, SC; Oklahoma City, OK; Muscatine, IA; Honolulu, HI; and Multnomah County, OR.
For more information on Greening America’s Communities, please visit their website.