Project Background

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received funding from the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) which appropriated $5 billion to support the development and implementation of climate action plans to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) called the Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) Program. This dual-phased program allows EPA to work in partnership with states, territories, local, and tribal officials to advance important goals in climate action planning and implementation. 

Phase 1 - Planning Grants: The IRA provided $250 million for eligible entities to develop climate action plans to reduce GHGs.

Phase 2 - Implementation Grants: The IRA provided $4.6 billion for grants to implement measures from the GHG reduction plans developed with the planning grant funding. 

Map of the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater MSA

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area

The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater MSA was awarded $1 million in non-competitive planning grants through the CPRG Program.  This program emphasizes the need for regional collaboration across the MSA. With a mission aligning with that need, the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council was best suited to lead this 4-year project for the EPA's CPRG.

Covering Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas Counties, the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater MSA has 36 jurisdictions in it.

Clean Air Tampa Bay Mission

The team on Clean Air Tampa Bay will bring together communities, jurisdictions, and stakeholders to allow for effective engagement to build priorities within the MSA.  Meetings with stakeholders will allow us to set GHG reduction targets, create goals, and establish long-term regional partnerships.

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