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FIRST ON FOX: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) spent $4.3 million in funds from President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package on environmental justice and climate change programs promoting activities like tree planting, “pruning workshops,” and achieving “greater acceptance of trees” in cities.
Last April, the EPA announced it was awarding $200,000 each to dozens of projects “focusing on COVID-19 impacts, as well as climate and disaster resiliency” in “underserved communities” through its Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program. The program awarded a total of 34 organizations using $4.3 million in funds from Biden’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, as well as $2.5 million from the EPA’s annual appropriation for environmental justice.
President Joe Biden signs the American Rescue Plan, a coronavirus relief package, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
One Indianapolis-based organization called Keep Indianapolis Beautiful was awarded $200,000 for an initiative called “Greening Urban Neighborhoods” which included educating residents about “the benefits of trees” and increasing “acceptance of trees in the City.”
Another organization, the New Mexico-based Tree New Mexico, received ARP funds to plant trees in the “underserved area of the southeast