Countless capital improvement projects in communities nationwide have been backlogged for decades, but for many, that’s about to change. New funding in the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (“Infrastructure Bill”) will go toward a wide range of projects, including road repairs, energy improvements in low-income housing, replacements for old and dirty lead pipes, electric vehicle chargers, and electric buses.
On November 15, 2021, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Bill, approving unprecedented levels of funding for investments in transportation, water, and power infrastructure to improve living and working conditions, increase environmental equity and resilience, strengthen our nation’s workforce, and decrease the negative impacts of development on our planet. While this bipartisan legislation is not a climate bill, it also includes important investments that will help mitigate the climate crisis and is an encouraging sign as Congress considers additional investments to address climate and social issues under the Build Back Better Act.
Passing the Infrastructure Bill is certainly cause for celebration, but what happens next? At Southface Institute, we’re rolling up our sleeves to turn federal funding into active state and local projects and working to ensure that the communities most impacted by environmental threats because of discrimination and disinvestment are prioritized throughout the process. Several major investments outlined in the Infrastructure Bill will expand and accelerate Southface’s impact in Georgia, Florida, and throughout the country:
Southface is ready and able to work with federal agencies, state energy offices, local governments, and state and local advocates to operationalize these new funding opportunities and policies with equity at the center. Join us and help create a healthy built environment for all.
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