The Futures Institute

People, Prosperity, and the Planet Program

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People, Prosperity, and the Planet Program

The People, Prosperity, and the Planet Program, which is administered by the Environmental Protection Agency, provides public and private institutions of higher education (including eligible institutions of higher education located in U.S. territories), with the opportunity to design environmental solutions that move us towards a more sustainable future. The grant, which awards $75,000 for a two-year period, funds student teams to research, design, and implement projects focused on improving air quality, providing for clean and safe water, sustainable and healthy communities, and chemical safety. The 2022 application for the grant is opening soon and can be found here

Evidence on Investments in Environmental Justice

Promoting environmental justice is central to improving safety in communities, as well as addressing long-standing racial inequities. Across the United States, many more people die each year from air pollution than from all homicides combined. Our poorest communities are those most exposed to climate-related disasters. Access to green spaces and restoring vacant land have all been shown to reduce many types of violent crime. Green jobs create financial security now while building environmental safety now and in the future.  These environmental investments have been shown to improve public safety. Improving air quality has been shown to decrease crime rates. And access to green spaces and restoring vacant land have all been shown to reduce many types of violent crime. 

The bottom-line is simple: investing in environmental goals can help advance racial and economic justice while also creating a more sustainable planet. The following section highlights grants which can go towards improving local environmental conditions, particularly in the areas most affected by pollution and disinvestment.