Climate Pollution Reduction Grant

Climate Pollution Reduction Grant (CPRG)

Overview

In June 2023, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) awarded a planning grant from the Climate Pollution Reduction Grant (CPRG) Program to the State of New Mexico Environment Department. The CPRG supports the State in creating two climate action plans (i.e., one priority plan and one comprehensive plan) for implementing effective greenhouse gas reduction strategies while ensuring the benefits of these actions are delivered to New Mexicans, especially Low Income or Disadvantaged Communities (LIDAC) as defined by US EPA. This grant will give New Mexico communities the opportunity to collaborate with the State to build projects and programs that provide high-quality jobs, improve health, and keep families safe where they live.

The development of the Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) and Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP) are being jointly led by the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) in collaboration with the Interagency Climate Change Task Force (CCTF). To make these plans reflective of New Mexico’s unique values, culture, and priorities, the departments are engaging with communities, municipal governments, tribal governments, businesses, educators, and others. Potential benefits of the CPRG funding for New Mexico communities are training and workforce development opportunities, clean energy development and energy efficiency, clean transit, and much more

For a more comprehensive overview of CPRG opportunities and New Mexico’s progress, please see the New Mexico Climate Pollution Reduction Grant Factsheet.

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Get Involved

Community Engagement

Ensuring that New Mexico’s unique values, culture, and priorities are represented in the climate action plans developed under this grant is of upmost importance. The departments will be posting and updating opportunities to engage in this process below. Please check back frequently, or subscribe here for updates on events and opportunities. If you are interested in collaborating or participating in the events below, please reach out directly using the contact information at the bottom of this page.

Reports:

Upcoming:

  • Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP) outreach and engagement efforts will begin soon and will be updated here.

Surveys:

Completed (PCAP outreach and Engagement):

  • Tribal Engagement Kickoff Session – CPRG Planning Grant Recipients: 12/6/2023
    • PowerPoint
    • Recurring meetings the first Thursday of every month.
  • Tribal Engagement Kickoff Session – CPRG Non-Planning Grant Recipients: 12/15/2023
    • PowerPoint
    • Individual follow-up meetings as requested and/or necessary.
  • Sustainable Economy Advisory Council (SEAC) and Sustainable Economy Task Force (SETForce) Joint Meeting:12/13/2023
  • Municipality Engagement Session 1 – Coalition of Sustainable Cities NM Members: 11/17/2023
  • Municipality Engagement Session 2 – Coalition of Sustainable Cities NM Members: 12/8/2023
  • Municipality Engagement Session 3 – Coalition of Sustainable Cities NM Members: 12/20/2023
  • Municipal Planning Organizations (MPOs) Engagement Session: 1/4/24, 4-5pm MT
  • Municipal Planning Organizations (MPOs) Engagement Session: 1/9/24, 9-10am MT
  • Community Engagement Session 1: Bayard, NM – Bayard Community Center – Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024 – 5:30pm
  • Community Engagement Session 2: Virtual Meeting – Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024 – 5:30pm
  • Community Engagement Session 3: Gallup, NM – Gallup UNM Branch – Room SSTC-200 – Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024 – 2:00pm
  • Community Engagement Session 4: Tucumcari, NM – Mesalands Community College, North American Wind Research & Training Center, Lecture Hall in Building E – Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024 – 6:00 – 8:00pm

Climate Action Plan

NMED and EMNRD submitted New Mexico’s Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on March 1. The PCAP is the first deliverable required for the planning phase of the Climate Pollution Reduction Grant (CPRG), and it outlines priority actions the state needs to take to cut greenhouse gas emissions, while providing air quality, health, workforce, and economic benefits to the state’s communities. It was developed collaboratively with EMNRD’s Climate Policy Bureau and built on extensive input collected from other state agencies, communities, workforce entities, and Tribes. The PCAP and PCAP appendices are available below:

The measures included in the PCAP are eligible for implementation funding through phase 2 of the CPRG, which is a competitive grant application due April 1. Both NMED and EMNRD intend to submit multiple applications to fund the implementation of their respective priority climate actions.

The next step in the planning phase of the CPRG is to build on the work done for the PCAP to create a Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP). As a whole, NM’s participation in the CPRG program is helping to lead the state to a cleaner and more equitable future, and CCB is excited and proud to have finished the first step in that process.  

Important Dates and Documents

  1. March 1st 2024: CPRG Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) submitted to the EPA
  2. April 1st 2024: CPRG Implementation Grant Applications due to US EPA
  3. October 2024: CPRG implementation grant awards announced by US EPA
  4. July 2025: Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP) due to US EPA
  5. July 2027: Status Report due to US EPA

Contact Us

NMED and EMNRD Joint CPRG Email:

Individual NMED Contacts:

Individual EMNRD Contacts: