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Cary receives grant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Posted April 14, 2011 9:14 p.m. EDT

— The Town of Cary will receive approximately $500,000 to develop local strategies to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and improve people’s health, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday.

The grant is for a program that focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in fire and police departments. 

Cary is among 22 communities from across the country receiving almost $8.3 million in grants to help increase energy efficiency and save consumers money with new practices involving waste management, energy production and land use management.

Grantees estimate that by 2014 the projects will reduce more than 167,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually – equivalent to the annual emissions from more than 32,745 passenger vehicles or the energy used by 14,189 homes – and save nearly $13 million per year in energy costs.

The projects will also improve people’s health and quality of life by improving indoor and outdoor air quality, increasing walk-ability and reducing household energy bills.

The EPA will monitor the progress of grant recipients and will post quarterly updates about each recipient online.