The city of Houston will receive a $423,069 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to advance greenhouse gas reduction activities as part of the agency’s Climate Showcase Communities initiative.

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The city’s funding aims to reduce transportation-related emissions through development of electric vehicle and bicycle infrastructure. The proposal calls for the city to develop an electric vehicle charging infrastructure to be used by both city and commercial or residential vehicles, implement a bike-share program and improve the existing bike infrastructure by using solar-powered LED lighting on bike paths.

The project has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower air pollutants. Houston does not meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone pollution, so reducing nitrogen oxides is an important part of the project.

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