INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT - Residents and visitors in Seattle's International District will be better able to protect themselves from toxic chemicals thanks to a $297,000 grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Elin Miller, the EPA's regional administrator, announced the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) grant award to the International District Housing Alliance (IDHA) recently at the Chinatown Community Center. According to Miller, CARE grants are about empowering communities, especially those with environmental justice concerns.
IDHA will use the funding for outreach campaigns and studies on issues such as waste reduction, green business practices, and vehicle anti-idling. This is the second stage in grant funding for IDHA, allowing their member organizations and partners to build upon existing programs, pilot new efforts, and expand their outreach in the International District, which is one of Seattle's oldest and most ethnically diverse neighborhoods.
"Under the first phase of the grant, the Housing Alliance and their partners were extremely successful in educating the community about toxic issues," said Miller. "With this second grant, the partners will build on their success by providing new projects to help the community reduce their risk of exposure to everyday toxins."
The IDHA projects will include the following:
❚ Vehicle Anti-Idling - commercial truck drivers will be encouraged to turn off their engines to reduce the amount of particulate pollution in the business district.
❚ Reducing waste generation and increase recycling in the community.
❚ Improving air quality by planting additional trees and greenery along a main street.
❚ Continuing existing efforts to implement an emissions reduction campaign.
❚ Continuing to work with partners to educate and create sustainable designs that promote better transportation options and greener space.