A Baltimore nonprofit AmeriCorps program will receive $200,000 in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant money to train 72 city residents for careers in environmental cleanup work.

The nonprofit, Civic Works, was one of 18 groups nationwide that were awarded a combined $3.6 million through the agency's Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training program.

"This funding will expand the workforce needed in Baltimore to reuse and revitalize contaminated properties," EPA mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin said in a statement. "The environmental cleanups will help improve the health and economic strength of the City's communities, while creating new jobs for local residents."

Monday's grant brings the EPA's total contributions to Civic Works to $1.4 million since 2000.

The agency has funded 239 job training grants totaling more than $50 million since the Environmental Workforce Development program launched in 1998. More than 12,800 people have completed training, and more than 9,100 of those have been hired in an environmental field.

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