A group of people bike in downtown Austin. A hazy sky is seen in the background. in the bottom right of the photo is the logo for the EPA's Climate Pollution Reduction Grants.

Enhancing Austin’s climate goals through grant funding and regional collaboration

Background

The City of Austin is proud to be a recipient of a $1 million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), funded through the federal Inflation Reduction Act. This grant, part of the $5 billion allocated to the Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) program, is designed to support states, local governments, tribes, and territories in developing and implementing robust plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and harmful air pollution. Our city plans to use these funds to collaborate with regional partners and neighboring cities, extending our climate planning and action beyond Austin’s borders. 

Austin’s Office of Sustainability is leading this initiative for our region and has engaged a community and stakeholder advisory group to help along the way. Currently, we’re focused on the first deliverable, a Priority Climate Action Plan. This plan will help identify high-priority, ready-to-implement measures to lower emissions at a regional level, which could be included in grant applications for implementation.

 

Timeline

August 31, 2023

City of Austin notified of $1 million grant award

September 21, 2023

City Council approved accepting of funds

October 1, 2023

Project Kickoff

November 20, 2023

New staff brought on board to help lead this work. Meet the team!

March 1, 2024

Priority Climate Action Plan due 

April 1, 2024

CPRG Implementation Grant Applications due

Mid-2025

Comprehensive Climate Action Plan due

2027

Project Closeout

 

Questions?

For information or to learn how to get more involved in the project, contact Rohan Lilauwala.