The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Greening America’s Capitals Program is providing assistance to help the capitol cities of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Washington develop designs for greener, healthier, more vibrant neighborhoods. The designs will provide models for the growing number of communities interested in sustainable designs that improve the environment, strengthen local economies, and protect people’s health.

Olympia, Washington, will receive assistance to incorporate green infrastructure along Capitol Way to reduce stormwater runoff, improve access to businesses and the waterfront, and adapt to climate change. The project aims to strengthen connections between the capitol campus and downtown, encouraging people to walk and bike to shops and restaurants.

Greening America’s Capitals is an EPA program conducted in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Transportation through the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. To date, 15 capital cities have received assistance from the program.

Capitol Way, Olympia  photo: Guy Kramer
Capitol Way, Olympia. Photo: Guy Kramer.