The fight against air pollution in New York City has a new ally, thanks to a $5 million donation from Con Edison and a collaborative effort by three other environmental groups.
The new Clean Air Communities initiative will fund clean air and efficiency programs in low-income communities and areas disproportionately affected by air pollution.
The might fund such projects as those converting coal-fired school boilers, or switching from diesel to natural gas buses.
Con Ed’s partners in the initiative—the Natural Resources Defense Council, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Northeast States Clean Air Use Management-will work with community-based groups to award grants.
Additional support is expected from corporations, philanthropic groups and makers of clean-air technologies.