On Feb. 8, the Chesapeake Bay Trust (Annapolis), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the state of Maryland released the Green Streets-Green Jobs-Green Towns grant program. The program goal “is to accelerate greening efforts that improve watershed protection, community livability, and economic vitality.” Grant funding has doubled from 2011 levels to $400,000, with $35,000 of assistance available for infrastructure project planning and design and as much as $100,000 for implementation and construction. The grant is open to local governments and nonprofit organizations in urban and suburban watersheds of the Chesapeake Bay region. The application deadline is March 9. Read more