The EPA spent $4.3 million in American Rescue Plan funds on climate change programs promoting activities like tree planting and tree pruning workshops.
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One Indianapolis-based organization called Keep Indianapolis Beautiful was awarded $200,000 for an initiative called "Greening Urban Neighborhoods" which included educating residents about "the benefits of trees" and increasing "acceptance of trees in the City."
Another organization, the New Mexico-based Tree New Mexico, received ARP funds to plant trees in the "underserved area of the southeast quadrant of Albuquerque." That project included "pruning workshops" and providing "tree care education" with the goal of more residents becoming "citizen tree stewards committed to caring for newly planted trees and older trees," and to decrease the "heat island effect" that occurs in urbanized areas.