Pittsburgh Canopy Alliance Partners received $8 million in funding through the US Forest Service and the Inflation Reduction Act, for urban and community forestry projects that:

    • Increase access to trees and the benefits they provide.
    • Involve more community members in local planning, tree planting, and maintenance.
    • Improve community and urban forest resilience to climate change and related issues.

This $8 million funded by the IRA is focused on Justice40 communities.

    • The Federal Government has made it a goal that 40 percent of certain Federal investments, including many environmental-related investments, flow to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved, and overburdened by pollution.
    • Learn more about the Justice40 Initiative on the White House website.
    • See the map of Pittsburgh Justice40 zones here.

Additional Inflation Reduction Act funds are available for communities outside Justice40 zones via state and pass-through grants. The Pittsburgh Canopy Alliance will continue to secure funding for other partners via these avenues.

Read more about the award in the Tribune-Review and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.