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Federal officials praise Cincinnati's green initiatives

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Tana Weingartner

A trio of deputies from the Environmental Protection Agency, Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Transportation toured sites along Cincinnati's proposed streetcar route Thursday. They're checking out sustainability projects such as rain gardens and housing developments.

EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe says, "It was gratifying for me to be able to see on the ground the work that is going on at Lick Run and the Mill Creek. I think that's going to pay equal generational dividends as we do that project and we learn how to do a more cost effective approach to improving water quality."

The officials are touring projects completed with federal assistance from the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. The grants are used to redevelop and spur growth in low-income communities.

Tana Weingartner earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in mass communication from Miami University. Prior to joining Cincinnati Public Radio, she served as news and public affairs producer with WMUB-FM. Ms. Weingartner has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including several Best Reporter awards from the Associated Press and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and a regional Murrow Award. She enjoys snow skiing, soccer and dogs.