The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reported that the town of Cary in the US state of North Carolina will receive approximately $500,000 to develop local strategies to reduce harmful greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to increase energy efficiency.

The town of Cary is among 22 communities from across the country, including three Indian tribes, receiving approximately $8.3m in grants.

The town of Cary is receiving funding for a program focusing on GHG reductions in fire and police departments.

Grantees estimate that by 2014 the projects will reduce more than 167,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually, equivalent to the annual emissions from more than 32,745 passenger vehicles or the energy used by 14,189 homes, and save nearly $13m per year in energy costs.

The climate showcase communities grant program is administered by EPA, providing technical assistance, tools, and guidance to help state, local, and tribal governments implement policies and programs to mitigate climate change.