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Region 6 Border 2020 Funded Projects 2015

EPA Improves U.S.-Mexico Border with Environmental Projects

Contact: Joe Hubbard or Jennah Durant at 214-665-2200 or  

DALLAS – (Nov. 10, 2015) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding more than $521,000 to 14 organizations in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. The funds will support projects such as conservation, waste collection, water quality protection, recycling expansion, green infrastructure and improving environmental education in the region.

"Addressing the environmental issues along the border has long been a priority we share with our colleagues in Mexico,” said Regional Administrator Ron Curry. “These projects will make a difference and demonstrate innovative solutions to improve the lives of our border residents.”

The funds are a part of the Border 2020 initiative, in partnership with the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC). The projects will address the public health and environmental protection goals of the initiative and recipient organizations will match federal funds with over $589,000.

The following organizations received grants:

Federación Mexicana de Asociaciones Privadas de Salud y Desarrollo Comunitario, A.C.  – Received $50,000 for sustainable and resilience housing

Subsecretaria de Medio Ambiente, Tamaulipas – Received $20,866 to strengthen solid waste programs

Secretaría de Medio Ambiente del Estado de Coahuila de Zaragoza – Received $16,777 for electronic waste recycling

City of Harlingen Fire Department – Received $60,000 to support binational tabletop exercises

Instituto Tecnológico de Ciudad Juárez – Received $43,204 for a green infrastructure and sustainability project

Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua – Facultad de Zootecnia y Ecología – Received $41,388 for a soil conservation and management project

Secretaría de Desarrollo Urbano y Medio Ambiente, Tamaluipas – Received $9,385 for energy efficient lighting

Texas A&M University-Kingsville – Received $38,885 for storm water improvements

Grupo Ecológico Green Tec-Osos del Instituto Tecnológico de Piedras Negras – Received $36,054 for electronic waste recycling

The University of Texas at Austin – Received $58,575 for a water quality improvement initiative

Brownsville Public Utilities Board – Received $25,000 for an educational campaign to help eliminate water discharges

Junta de Aguas y Drenaje de Matamoros - Received $25,000 for an educational campaign to help eliminate water discharges

City of Pharr, Recycling Center- Received $36,390 for a green campaign

Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, Facultad de Comercio, Administración y Ciencias Sociales de Nuevo Laredo – Received $11,000 for Environmental Education and Legislative action reforms

The Border 2020 Program is a bi-national collaborative effort with a mission to protect human health and the environment in the U.S.-Mexico border region. BECC is an international organization established for the purpose of preserving, protecting and enhancing the environment in the U.S. – Mexico border region.

The Border program also strengthens its focus in regional areas where environmental improvements are needed most: establishing thematic goals, supporting the implementation of projects, considering new fundamental strategies, and encouraging the achievement of more ambitious environmental and public health goals.

For more information on the Border 2020 Program webpage.

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