Washington, D.C. — Today, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) announced a $1 billion investment in America the Beautiful Challenge grants for locally led conservation efforts. In response, Christy Goldfuss, senior vice president for Energy and Environment at the Center for American Progress and former managing director of the CEQ, issued the following statement:
Today’s announcement is precisely how President Joe Biden’s America the Beautiful initiative is intended to work and is a perfect example of this administration’s commitment to meaningfully improving people’s lives while realizing a visionary conservation commitment. Under CEQ Chair Brenda Mallory and the Biden administration’s skilled leadership, the America the Beautiful Challenge will open the door to countless communities across the country to implement their own, home-grown conservation efforts with national support. From restoring habitat for critical game species to guaranteeing access to the great outdoors for underserved communities and funding tribal stewardship of their land, this program will give local communities the drive and the dollars to get it done. Today’s announcement begins to cement President Biden’s conservation legacy that will endure for generations to come.
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