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Forum staff reports, Published February 08 2013

Fargo to get EPA help for eco-friendly growth

FARGO – City officials here will soon be getting some help from federal consultants on how to help the city grow in a more eco-friendly way.

Fargo is one of 43 communities chosen by the Environmental Protection Agency to receive a two-day workshop on how to pursue economically and environmentally sustainable growth, the EPA said in a news release.

It’s a part of the EPA’s Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program which, according to their website, provides assistance and tools so cities can better implement sustainable practices.

City Commissioner Mike Williams announced that Fargo was chosen by the EPA in a presentation on the city’s green initiatives at North Dakota State University on Thursday.

“How and where we grow matters, and we make those decisions as a community,” he said.

The EPA chose 43 cities out of 121 applicants, in partnership with the federal Department of Transportation and Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Fargo is the only city in North Dakota that was chosen for the program this year. Dickinson, New England and Richardton were chosen in 2012.