To be eligible for financing and other forms of assistance from NADB, projects must meet the following basic criteria:

  1. The project must remedy an environmental and/or human health problem. Specifically, NADB is authorized to finance projects that will prevent, control or reduce environmental pollutants or contaminants, improve the drinking water supply, or protect flora and fauna, so as to improve human health, promote sustainable development, or contribute to a higher quality of life.  In this context, NADB may finance the following types of projects, including but not limited to:
    • Water:  Potable water supply, wastewater treatment and reuse, water conservation, storm drainage, flood control

    • Waste management:  Sanitary landfills, collection & disposal equipment, dumpsite closure, recycling

    • Air quality improvement:  Public transportation, street paving, roadway improvements, bypasses, ports of entry, emissions reduction, methane capture

    • Cleaner/renewable energy:  Solar, wind, biogas, biofuels, hydroelectric, geothermal

    • Energy efficiency: Equipment replacement, public lighting, building retrofits

    • Industrial/hazardous waste:  Treatment & disposal facilities, industrial site remediation
  1. The project must be located within the U.S.-Mexico border region, defined as 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of the international boundary in the four U.S. states of Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas and within 300 kilometers (about 186 miles) south of the border in the six Mexican states of Baja California, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Sonora, and Tamaulipas.

    Nevertheless, projects outside this region may be eligible if they remedy a transboundary environmental or health problem.
  1. The project must be certified by the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC). For information about the certification process and criteria, visit BECC’s website.




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