WASHINGTON, April 22, 2022
On Earth Day, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $800 Million in climate-smart infrastructure investments across 40 states, Puerto Rico, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Funding will support 165 projects to expand access to safe water and/or clean energy for people living in disadvantaged communities, among other priorities.
This announcement, part of the Rural Playbook Tour, came amidst Biden cabinet members’ visits to 25 states in 3o events, with even more held by USDA state directors and in online webinars.
“USDA Rural Development is prioritizing projects that advance the Biden-Harris Administration’s key priorities of investing in rural communities to ensure people have equitable access to critical resources and to combat the climate crisis. Investments in these communities will make an impact for generations to come,” says the USDA press release.