EPA creates Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnership Initiative

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched a Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (FBNP) initiative. According to their press announcement, "strong relationships with faith and neighborhood organizations will help promote environmental stewardship that will lead to cleaner communities, encourage healthier families and build a stronger America. These relationships will also help EPA assist communities during times of environmental crisis."

EPA also pledges to work to expand the environmental conversation and continue the fight for environmental justice to relieve the burdens of pollution in poor and minority communities. In addition, EPA will work with participating institutions to bring Green jobs to these communities, increase energy efficiency through EPA's Energy Star for Congregations program, and improve environmental education and communications.