The capitals of Kentucky and Indiana are among five cities chosen to receive assistance in green design from the Environmental Protection Agency through the agency’s Greening America’s Capitals program.

The program will fund private-sector design teams to help each city add elements of green design and become more environmentally sustainable. Abby Hall is a policy analyst in the EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities. She says Frankfort’s proposal was right in line with the program’s goals to improve the environment and public health.

“Frankfort had a great proposal that was looking at ways to make Second Street more friendly to people walking and biking, and to make more connections to the trail along the Kentucky River,” she said.

In Indianapolis, the project will help make streets more pedestrian-friendly and revitalize public plazas.

The other cities chosen for this round of funding are Des Moines, Iowa, Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Helena, Montana.