On Jan. 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $5 million in grants to five universities. Researchers will evaluate urban green infrastructure practices, using Philadelphia as a pilot. The grants are part of EPA’s safe and sustainable water resources research program and stem from the partnership between EPA and Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters program.

“This partnership provides a unique opportunity to evaluate the early benefits, long-term performance, and economic success of green infrastructure practices in urban communities.” said U.S. EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe. “Through this research, we will gain valuable knowledge that can be applied across the United States to create a safer and more sustainable water supply.”

EPA is awarding grants to the following universities:

  • Villanova University, Villanova, Penn.
  • Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Penn.
  • Temple University, Ambler, Penn.
  • University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H.
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter discusses Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters program and the research project.