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EPA to help neighborhood strengthen economy, improve environment

Residents will benefit from EPA's Green Design Assistance program

MADISON, Wis. - The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday Madison is one of three cities that will receive assistance to help design greener, healthier, more vibrant neighborhoods, according to a release.

Madison will get technical assistance on ways to make pedestrian and bicycle improvements, and add green infrastructure like trees and rain gardens to streets in the Triangle Neighborhood, according to the release.

The project's focus is to make it easier for residents near West Washington Avenue, Regent Street and South Park Street to access nearby transit, open spaces and Monona Bay, and to improve water quality, officials said.

Models will be designed to help communities interested in sustainable designs that improve the environment, strengthen local economics and protect people's health, according to the release. The cities were selected through a national competition.

"This is wonderful news for the 13th District," Alder Sue Ellingson said in the release. "The targeted area houses a diverse population and landscape, and I look forward to working with federal experts, city staff and residents of the area to develop a greener and healthier neighborhood. We have some great projects in place and I hope we can build on them."

Greening America's Capitals is an EPA program conducted with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Transportation through the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, according to the release. The partnership helps communities across the country create more housing and transportation choices, reinforce existing investments, and support vibrant neighborhoods that attract businesses.

"This program will bring in experts from federal agencies to work with residents of the Triangle Neighborhood as well as city staff," Mayor Paul Soglin said. "This collaboration is an exciting partnership that will benefit the entire area. We can learn from this project and use that knowledge to improve other areas of the city as well."

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