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04/11/2014

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EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

From Salt Lake City and Central New York to Medellín, Colombia.

The World Urban Forum is well underway in Medellín, Colombia. The World Urban Forum is the premier technical conference on cities, hosted every two years by UN-Habitat. The conference focuses on the most pressing issues facing human settlements, including rapid urbanization and its impact on cities, communities, economies, climate change, and policies.

Two of EPA’s Climate Showcase Community Programs – Salt Lake City Green and the Central New York Energy Challenge – will be there to share their knowledge and experience at today’s event: “Clean Energy and Transport Solutions in an Urban Hemisphere: Lessons from the Americas.”

Experienced practitioners from four communities across the Americas will discuss successful strategies and tools that promote the use of clean energy and innovative, practical transportation solutions. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with these experts to share ideas for creating similar sustainability initiatives around the world. Implementers from San Jose (Costa Rica), Salt Lake City (USA), Baja Verapaz Department (Guatemala), and Central New York (USA) will share their experiences in developing sustainable transport and clean energy projects, including the role of community engagement.

These four projects were supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Showcase Communities Program and the Organization of American States (OAS) Sustainable Communities in Central America and the Caribbean Project. This event will include an introduction to the urban sustainability resources available through U.S. EPA and the OAS. The OAS will also announce the second phase of its Sustainable Cities and Communities in the Americas Project, which includes new grant opportunities.

This event is co-sponsored by OAS, U.S. EPA, and the U.S. Department of State. To learn from other Climate Showcase Communities, register now for the free Climate Showcase Communities Replication Workshop in Baltimore, MD on April 30.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the sixth annual list of the top 25 U.S. metropolitan areas with the largest number of ENERGY STAR certified buildings

On April 20, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the sixth annual list of the top 25 U.S. metropolitan areas with the largest number of ENERGY STAR certified buildings. The cities on this list demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits achieved by facility owners and managers when they apply a proven approach to energy efficiency to their buildings.

The Top 10 cities on the list are Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta; New York; San Francisco; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Philadelphia; and Houston.

Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for 17 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. ENERGY STAR certified office buildings cost $0.50 less per square foot to operate than average office buildings, and use nearly two times less energy per square foot than average office buildings.

The data also show that more than 23,000 buildings across America earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification by the end of 2013. These buildings saved more than $3.1 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use from 2.2 million homes.

Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR must perform in the top 25 percent of similar buildings nationwide and must be independently verified by a licensed professional engineer or a registered architect. ENERGY STAR certified buildings use an average of 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent less carbon dioxide emissions than typical buildings. Many types of commercial buildings can earn the ENERGY STAR, including office buildings, K-12 schools, hotels, and retail stores.

Products, homes and buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR label prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency requirements set by the U.S. EPA. In 2013 alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved an estimated $30 billion on their utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the annual electricity use of more than 38 million homes. From the first ENERGY STAR qualified computer in 1992, the ENERGY STAR label can now be found on products in more than 70 different categories, with more than 4.5 billion sold. Over 1.5 million new homes and 23,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants have earned the ENERGY STAR label.

The 2014 ENERGY STAR Top Cities are:

  1. Los Angeles
  2. Washington, DC
  3. Atlanta
  4. New York
  5. San Francisco
  6. Chicago
  7. Dallas-Fort Worth
  8. Denver
  9. Philadelphia
  10. Houston
  11. Charlotte
  12. Phoenix
  13. Boston
  14. Seattle
  15. San Diego
  16. Minneapolis - St. Paul
  17. Sacramento
  18. Miami
  19. Cincinnati
  20. San Jose
  21. Columbus, Ohio
  22. Riverside, Calif.
  23. Detroit
  24. Portland, Oregon
  25. Louisville

EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program logoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.

To subscribe to or unsubscribe from this newsletter, go to the Newsletters page.

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ITEP


ITEP’s American Indian Air Quality Training Program

Course Notice for:

"Air Pollution Technology" (a Level 2 course)
June 2-6, 2014
Flagstaff, Arizona

Pre-Registration Date (EXTENDED!): April 22, 2014

Download course application form here: PreReg-TECH [PDF, 8 pgs]

 

Course Description:This course provides an overview of the science of air pollution and techniques of air quality management. This is an intensive training course with large-group lectures and discussions, laboratory activities and demonstrations, computer and problem-solving exercises, and small-group work. There will be evening homework assignments.

Topics include:
·         Emissions inventory
·         Basic statistics and data analysis
·         Air pollution meteorology
·         Ambient air sampling and monitoring
·         Basic dispersion modeling
·         Air pollution control technology
·         Air monitoring data management
·         Internet resources

This course is open to tribal air quality personnel who have successfully completed ITEP’s Introduction to Tribal Air Quality and Air Quality Computations courses or who have sufficient academic training in science, mathematics, and/or engineering. Attendance at this course will be contingent upon completion of a pre-course module that will be sent with selection materials.This course is required for those who need to move on to technical Level 3 training courses.

Pre-Requisites: 

·         Introduction to Tribal Air Quality (or equivalent training/experience)

·         Air Quality Computations (or equivalent training/experience)

How to Apply for the Course:  Read all enclosed information carefully.  Fill out both sides of the enclosed Application Form and fax it to ITEP by the Pre-Registration date listed for priority consideration.  Applications received after the pre-registration period will be considered if there is still space available.

The “Personal Data” section is required for first-time applicants or applicants who need to update information.  The “Course-Related Information” section is required of all applicants.  Information obtained on the application form is used to aid the selection process and prepare instructors for interaction with participants; please be as specific as possible.  Incomplete application forms may be omitted from the applicant pool. Selections for the course will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Travel and Hotel Arrangements:  Your hotel reservations will be made by ITEP.  Detailed information regarding hotel arrangements will be sent to you with notification of your selection for this training course.  Lodging costs are FREE to tribal participants, provided that they attend the entire course.  Transportation arrangements to and from the training location are the responsibility of the participant; however, you must obtain a letter of selection for the course prior to making travel arrangements.

·         Lodging Costs:ITEPwill pay Participant lodging expenses (room and tax only). All incidentals will be paid by the participant.
·         Meals (per diem):  Meals will be reimbursed, at the State of Arizona rate, AFTER successful completion of the course.
·         Transportation Costs:  ITEP will provide a limited number of scholarships to help tribes pay transportation costs for tribal employees; only ONE scholarship per tribe will be provided. Applications for a transportation scholarship are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and are awarded based on availability of funds.

NOTE: Scholarships will be issued AFTER successful completion of the course, and will be used to reimburse eligible expenses including airfare and mileage, up to the amount of $400.00. 

Additional Responsibilities:  Once you have agreed to attend it is absolutely essential that you complete the training course in full in order to receive your Certificate of Completion. Please read the enclosed “Attendee Expectations” & “Cancellation Policy” for more information.  Families are not encouraged to travel as full participation by the attendee is required. Excessive cancellations or poor attendance may jeopardize your eligibility for future courses.

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As a cooperative effort between Northern Arizona University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the American Indian Air Quality Training Program seeks to fulfill the mandate of the 1990 Clean Air Act to offer Native American tribes full partnership in the management of air quality on tribal lands.

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Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals
Northern Arizona University
NAU-Box 15004
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
Ph: 928.523.9555
Fx: 928.523.1266

www.nau.edu/itep


04/07/2014

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Alaska Native Village Energy Development Workshop: Register Today!

Alaska Native Village Energy Development Workshop

April 29-30, 2014
Dena'ina Convention Center
Anchorage, Alaska

Presented by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal Energy Program and Office of Indian Energy, the Alaska Native Village Energy Development workshop will take place April 29-30 in Anchorage as a lead-in to the Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) Business of Clean Energy in Alaska Conference May 1-2. The workshop is designed to help Alaska Native villages and corporations understand the range of energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities that exist in their remote communities. Part of an overall effort to further support and encourage accelerated clean energy resource development in Alaska Native villages, the workshop will cover topics such as:

Agenda
See the attached draft agenda for details on workshop topics and presentations.

Registration and Lodging
There is no cost to attend the workshop, but participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals, and travel costs. Visit the REAP website for lodging recommendations. Advance registration is requested. Register now.

If you have questions about the workshop, email tribal@go.doe.gov.

 
Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov 

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website


04/03/2014

The White House has posted a fact sheet on the CLIMATE ACTION PLAN - STRATEGY TO REDUCE METHANE EMISSIONS.

Click here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/03/28/fact-sheet-climate-action-plan-strategy-cut-methane-emissions

Click here for the Fact Sheet

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E Opportunities

University of Phoenix Offering Two Full Scholarships to AISES Members!

The mission of the AISES is to substantially increase the representation of American Indians and Alaska Natives in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies and careers. Members from over 200 tribal nations are represented within AISES, and AISES enjoys the support and partnership of corporate, government, academic, and tribal decision-makers.
Through this scholarship program, two (2) full-tuition scholarships will be offered. Each scholarship will allow a prospective student the opportunity to complete an undergraduate or master’s degree program at University of Phoenix. Recipients may choose to attend a University of Phoenix on-ground campus or may attend University of Phoenix online.
Scholarship Amount: two (2) full-tuition scholarships
Eligible Degrees:  Applicants must plan to pursue an undergraduate degree or master’s degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math focused) field of study.
Eligibility Requirements:
- Applicants must be a current member in good standing with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES).
- Applicants must plan to pursue an undergraduate degree or master’s degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math focused) field of study.
- Applicants must be a member of a state or federally recognized tribe.
- Applicants must meet all admissions requirements of University of Phoenix.
- Applicants must not be currently enrolled nor in the process of enrolling at any University of Phoenix campus or in any online program at any time prior to the scholarship award date.
- Applicants must not be an employee or family member (spouse, dependent child or domestic partner) of an employee of Apollo Education Group, Inc., University of Phoenix, Western International University, Institute for Professional Development or any other subsidiary of Apollo Education Group, Inc.
Open Application: March 27, 2014
Application deadline: April 30, 2014
Scholarship award date: June 26, 2014
To get an application, and for additional eligibility requirements, visit phoenix.edu/aisesscholar

 

American Indian Science and Engineering Society
P.O. Box 9828
Albuquerque, NM 87119-9828

www.aises.org

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ITEP


ITEP’s American Indian Air Quality Training Program

Course Notice for:

"Air Pollution Technology" (a Level 2 course)
June 2-6, 2014
Flagstaff, Arizona

Pre-Registration Date (for priority consideration): April 7, 2014

Download course application form here: PreReg-TECH [PDF, 8 pgs]

 

Course Description:This course provides an overview of the science of air pollution and techniques of air quality management. This is an intensive training course with large-group lectures and discussions, laboratory activities and demonstrations, computer and problem-solving exercises, and small-group work. There will be evening homework assignments.

Topics include:
·         Emissions inventory
·         Basic statistics and data analysis
·         Air pollution meteorology
·         Ambient air sampling and monitoring
·         Basic dispersion modeling
·         Air pollution control technology
·         Air monitoring data management
·         Internet resources

This course is open to tribal air quality personnel who have successfully completed ITEP’s Introduction to Tribal Air Quality and Air Quality Computations courses or who have sufficient academic training in science, mathematics, and/or engineering. Attendance at this course will be contingent upon completion of a pre-course module that will be sent with selection materials.This course is required for those who need to move on to technical Level 3 training courses.

Pre-Requisites: 

·         Introduction to Tribal Air Quality (or equivalent training/experience)

·         Air Quality Computations (or equivalent training/experience)

How to Apply for the Course:  Read all enclosed information carefully.  Fill out both sides of the enclosed Application Form and fax it to ITEP by the Pre-Registration date listed for priority consideration.  Applications received after the pre-registration period will be considered if there is still space available.

The “Personal Data” section is required for first-time applicants or applicants who need to update information.  The “Course-Related Information” section is required of all applicants.  Information obtained on the application form is used to aid the selection process and prepare instructors for interaction with participants; please be as specific as possible.  Incomplete application forms may be omitted from the applicant pool. Selections for the course will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Travel and Hotel Arrangements:  Your hotel reservations will be made by ITEP.  Detailed information regarding hotel arrangements will be sent to you with notification of your selection for this training course.  Lodging costs are FREE to tribal participants, provided that they attend the entire course.  Transportation arrangements to and from the training location are the responsibility of the participant; however, you must obtain a letter of selection for the course prior to making travel arrangements.

·         Lodging Costs:ITEPwill pay Participant lodging expenses (room and tax only). All incidentals will be paid by the participant.
·         Meals (per diem):  Meals will be reimbursed, at the State of Arizona rate, AFTER successful completion of the course.
·         Transportation Costs:  ITEP will provide a limited number of scholarships to help tribes pay transportation costs for tribal employees; only ONE scholarship per tribe will be provided. Applications for a transportation scholarship are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and are awarded based on availability of funds.

NOTE: Scholarships will be issued AFTER successful completion of the course, and will be used to reimburse eligible expenses including airfare and mileage, up to the amount of $400.00. 

Additional Responsibilities:  Once you have agreed to attend it is absolutely essential that you complete the training course in full in order to receive your Certificate of Completion. Please read the enclosed “Attendee Expectations” & “Cancellation Policy” for more information.  Families are not encouraged to travel as full participation by the attendee is required. Excessive cancellations or poor attendance may jeopardize your eligibility for future courses.

* * *
As a cooperative effort between Northern Arizona University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the American Indian Air Quality Training Program seeks to fulfill the mandate of the 1990 Clean Air Act to offer Native American tribes full partnership in the management of air quality on tribal lands.

* * *

Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals
Northern Arizona University
NAU-Box 15004
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
Ph: 928.523.9555
Fx: 928.523.1266

www.nau.edu/itep

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image: Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Program

Closing the Gap:
Addressing Asthma Disparities in Schools

Register Now for the Mold and Moisture Contol in  Schools webinar

Thursday, May 1, 2014
Webinar: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT. Hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Question & Answer Session: 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. EDT in the AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org Discussion Forum
Join this webinar to hear how two innovative programs used a comprehensive, partnership-based approach to reduce the burden of asthma in their school systems.

  • Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD): This is the second largest public school district in the nation, with about 650,000 students, many of whom are from families living at or below the national poverty level. LAUSD’s program is remarkable: it reduced the number of ER visits and hospitalizations for its kids, increased attendance rates and brought in an additional $100,000 in revenue to the district as a result of improved attendance.
  • The Pediatric/Adult Asthma Coalition of New Jersey (PACNJ): PACNJ partners with schools, physicians, health insurance companies, community groups, child care providers and environmental agencies to reach many of the largest inner city school districts in New Jersey struggling with asthma disparities. To promote asthma friendly environments, PACNJ developed the criteria-based Asthma Friendly School Award. Over 600 schools have received the award demonstrating their commitment to indoor air quality.

Speakers:

Facilitator:

  • Sheila Brown, U.S. EPA, Indoor Environments Division

Register today!


Do you have a question for the speakers?
Please post your questions in the Discussion Forum on AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org. Questions will be answered online in the Discussion Forum from 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. EDT during the Q&A Session.
How do I post a question?
To post a question, you must be a member of AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org. Not a member? Visit AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org and click "Join Now" in the top right-hand side of the screen. Then, click on the Discussion Forum to post a question and access the online Q&A session after the webinar.
If you are already a member, be sure to log-in to access the Discussion Forum.

Please note: This webinar will last approximately 60 minutes and the Q&A session will last approximately 30 minutes. You will need a high-speed Internet connection and a telephone line to interact with speakers and other participants. Call-in information will be provided upon registration.


Join AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org!
Are you a member of AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org? If not, we encourage you to join today! This online Network is designed for school and community-based asthma programs that are committed to improving asthma outcomes in their communities. AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org also features resources tailored for schools, including:
Evaluating School-based Asthma Programs webinar: Learn about applying the CDC Framework for Program Evaluation to the design and implementation of school-based asthma program evaluations.
The Pediatric/Adult Asthma Coalition of New Jersey’s Asthma Treatment Plan: Check out this plan that is designed for students to carry with their inhaler in school.
May is Asthma Awareness Month! Visit the Network to identify organizations in your community to partner with and raise asthma awareness.

Questions?
If you have any questions about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance, please contact the IAQ Tools for Schools Connector Coordinator at IAQTfSConnector@cadmusgroup.com.

EPA offers free IAQ Tools for Schools comprehensive resources to help schools maintain a healthy environment in school buildings by identifying, correcting and preventing IAQ problems. Learn more about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance at http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools.

For the complete Newsletter click here.

 

 

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EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

U.S. EPA Climate Showcase Communities Replication Workshop
April 30, 2014—Hotel Monaco, Baltimore, MD

U.S. EPA’s Climate Showcase Communities program is hosting a free, one-day workshop highlighting successful local and tribal government climate and energy strategies that can be replicated in communities across the United States. Attendees of the workshop will have the unique opportunity to hear directly from the government staff that designed and implemented these impressive programs that have achieved meaningful greenhouse gas reductions and other benefits for their communities. Through panel presentations, facilitated discussions, and a program showcase featuring 20 federal and community based programs, attendees will learn about best practices, tools, and resources that they can use to catalyze similar action in their own community.
Please register for the workshop by April 15, 2014.

There is no registration fee, but space is limited, so priority for registration will be given to staff from local and tribal governments and local/tribal associations. 
Watch a short video of past CSC Workshops.

Featured Projects and Programs Will Include:
(for descriptions of each CSC project, please visit the Climate Showcase Communities website)

Register

EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program logoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.

To subscribe to or unsubscribe from this newsletter, go to the Newsletters page.

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EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

EPA Webcasts

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

DOE Webcasts

ICMA Webcasts

ACEEE Webcasts

EPA Webcast

April 8, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT) – New developments in Energy Efficiency Impact Evaluation

This webinar will survey three emerging energy efficiency evaluation, measurement, and verification (EM&V) topics that are relevant to state officials from utility commissions, energy offices, and air quality departments. Speakers and topics for this webinar include:

Register

April 16, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – Solar Procurement Templates and Tools for Higher Education

Installed solar capacity in the higher education sector has grown dramatically in recent years, and for good reason: schools are taking advantage of dropping solar prices and state and federal incentives, and many see solar as a way to meet greenhouse gas reduction goals and stabilize or reduce energy costs. This webinar will provide specific strategic and tactical guidance for higher education institutions interested in pursuing options for solar power on their facilities, and will offer a host of resources that schools can use to shape and manage the solar procurement process to a successful outcome. Tools for schools interested in solar hot water systems will also be included.

Tools and topics to be presented include:

Register

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

April 16, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – Announcing the 2013 EPA ENERGY STAR National Building Competition Winner, and Registration for the 2014 Competition!

On April 16th, EPA will announce the results of the 2013 EPA ENERGY STAR National Building Competition. Learn about the winners and their impressive achievements, and about the achievements of the entire competitor pool of more than 3,000 buildings. This webinar will also announce the 2014 EPA ENERGY STAR National Building Competition and provide details about how to register to compete.

Register

April 17, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 101

Join ENERGY STAR as they introduce and demonstrate the core functionality of EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Attendees will learn how to navigate the new Portfolio Manager, add a property and enter details about it, enter energy and water consumption data, share properties, generate performance reports to assess progress, and respond to data requests.

Register

April 22, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR

Learn about applying for ENERGY STAR Certification in Portfolio Manager. Understand the value of the ENERGY STAR certification, see the step-by-step process of applying, and gain tips to help your property get from application to award.

Register

April 24, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic Understanding Energy Metrics

Portfolio Manager "Office Hours" is a live webinar that gives all users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA in an open forum. In 2014, Office Hours will be held once a month. The first 20-30 minutes of each session will be spent discussing a specific focus topic. The remaining hour will be used to answer any questions you have about Portfolio Manager (not limited to the focus topic). In April, the focus topic will be energy metrics. In particular, learn about the ENERGY STAR score, Weather Normalized Energy, Energy Use – Adjusted to the Current Year, National Median Energy use, and Site and Source Energy use. Learn what each of these metrics means and how/when you should use these metrics in your benchmarking and reporting. Different reports/screens in Portfolio Manager that can help you access energy metrics will be demonstrated.

Register

April 30, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – Register for the 2014 EPA ENERGY STAR National Building Competition!

Learn about the 2014 EPA ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: Team Challenge! Learn how you can earn recognition for energy and water savings, and how you can register to compete. Join thousands of buildings from across the nation in this annual competition that leads to millions of dollars and kBtus of savings! Registration is open April 16th to May 16th at www.energystar.gov/battleofthebuildings

Register

DOE Webcasts

April 1, 3:00-4:00 PM (EDT) – Engaging Building Occupants to Reduce Energy Use

Building occupants are often keen to support energy efficiency efforts; we just have to ask!  Learn how Better Buildings Challenge partners Michigan State University (MSU), Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and Transwestern have done just that. MSU's Environmental Stewards program enlists a champion from individual campus units or departments who tracks the department's energy metrics on a monthly basis, promotes energy saving practices to colleagues and students, and serves as a liaison to the campus sustainability program. Cleveland Clinic Foundation is transforming resource intensive operating rooms through partnerships with clinicians, who help smooth the way for technology upgrades and behavior change strategies to reduce energy and water consumption. Transwestern has developed a number of programs to encourage energy use reductions by commercial building tenants.

Register

April 2, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (MDT) – DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series–Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Framework: The Five Step Process

Attendees will be learn about the five key steps of the Energy Project Framework that lead up to a successful project (1) Understanding Project Savings and Production Potential, (2) Project Options, (3) Project Refinement, (4) Project Implementation, and (5) Project Operations and Maintenance. Each of the five steps will be covered in more detail in the remaining webinars in the 2014 series.

Register

April 3, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM (MDT) – Climate Change Impacts and Indian Country: Disaster Response and Recovery

Attendees will learn about the primary efforts of FEMA and DHS to evaluate, assess and mitigate the impacts of climate change on their disaster recovery and response programs. Under the Stafford Act, tribes are eligible to receive direct assistance from FEMA. Tribes can learn from FEMA and others’ efforts as they assess, plan and implement disaster response and recovery plans impacted by a changing climate.

Register

April 10, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM (MDT) – Climate Change Impacts and Indian Country: Built Systems and Other Infrastructure

The federal, state, and many local governments are evaluating the impacts of climate changes on the built systems and infrastructure—roads, energy, electricity, telecommunications, water—that are critical to functioning communities, government activities, and public health and safety. Attendees will hear from several federal agencies about their assessments of climate change impacts on the built environment, planning efforts underway to mitigate those impacts, and implementing resilient systems to protect key infrastructure.

Register 

April 23, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (MDT) -

DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series – Identifying Project Potential and Options

Attendees will learn the components of identifying energy project potential and options. Components discussed include market considerations, initial site considerations, project savings or rate of return estimates, production potential, final site selection, Tribal options, financing, partnerships, and participation processes. The attendees will also become familiar with data gathering and analysis procedures such as Tribal facility electric cost data, regulations, and interconnection requirements, paths to market for project power and renewable sales, risks and utility rules. By following the steps outlined in the webinar, Tribes can determine the range of potential project choices and options available to help them make the best decision that fits into their short- and long-term energy plans.

Register

April 24, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM (MDT) - Climate Change Impacts and Indian Country: Natural Resources and Agriculture

Current climate change impacts are felt first in our natural world, and the challenges to protecting those natural resources are shared across all of Indian Country. Hearing from federal agencies that support tribal natural resource development and the protection of those resources with their assessment of climate change impacts will give tribes an understanding of those challenges and efforts to mitigate impacts and promote more resilient natural systems.

Register

ICMA Webcasts

April 1, 10:00-11:00 AM (EDT) – Improving Coastal Resilience Efforts

Coastal communities are among the most vulnerable areas impacted by the effects of climate change. Prone to sea-level rise, land erosion, and coastal flooding, it has become crucial for these cities to develop climate-resilient plans to protect their communities. The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) invites you to participate in a webinar hosted by the USAID-funded CityLinks program. Join Dr. Ben Strauss, (Climate Central), Lee Jay Feldman (Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission), and Jonathan Cook (Global Climate Change Team at the United States Agency for International Development) to hear about the effects of climate change and how to better protect your coastal community.
You will learn about:

Register

ACEEE Webcasts

April 3, 4:00-5:30 PM (EDT) – ACEEE – SEE Action Behavior Webinar

During this webinar, speakers take a closer look at what we know about the energy savings from behavior based efficiency programs. Speakers will answer these questions and more:

Register

EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program logoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.

To subscribe to or unsubscribe from this newsletter, go to the Newsletters page.

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

Don't Miss This Week's Tribal Renewable Energy and Climate Change Impacts Webinars: Register Now!

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following information about tribal webinars happening today and tomorrow.

Climate Change Impacts Webinar: Disaster Response and Recovery 

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 11 a.m. Mountain time
Learn about the primary efforts of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) to evaluate, assess, and mitigate the impacts of climate change on their disaster recovery and response programs. Under the Stafford Act, Tribes are eligible to receive direct assistance from FEMA. Tribes can learn from FEMA and others’ efforts as they assess, plan, and implement their own disaster response and recovery plans to address climate change impacts on their communities.

This webinar is the first in the four-part “Climate Change Impacts and Indian Country” webinar series, which will focus on topics and issues related to President Obama’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience and provide tribal leaders with an opportunity to give feedback to the Task Force. Sponsored by the White House Office of Public Engagement and Council on Environmental Quality in conjunction with DHS, FEMA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Housing and Urban Development, the Interior, and Transportation, all four webinars will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain time. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required.
Register for the webinar

 
Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov 

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website

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TOPIC: EPA Clean Air Act Rulemaking and Permitting Training -Detroit

DATE: April 25-26, 2014

LOCATION: University of Michigan Detroit Center, Ann Arbor Conference Room, 3663 Woodward Avenue, Suite 150, Detroit Michigan

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Environmental Justice Communities

SAVE-THE-DATE NOTICE (PDF) (1 p, 184K, April 2, 2014)
DRAFT AGENDA (PDF) (3 pp, 462K, April 2, 2014)

REGISTRATION: FREE. Register at: http://cfpub.epa.gov/oarweb/ejcall/. Due to limited seating, registration is on a first come, first-serve basis.

PURPOSE: This training will provide an opportunity for participants to better understand the Clear Air Act, the benefits of early and meaningful public involvement, and to learn how existing training materials can help communities identify strategies for effective participation in EPA's rulemaking and air permitting process. Participants will have opportunities to interact with EPA rulewriters, managers and other key staff on air quality issues.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: For more information please contact:Lena Epps-Price (epps-price.lena@epa.gov) at (919) 541-5573

This announcement is located at: http://www.epa.gov/air/ej/announce.html


03/26/2014

Be a School IAQ Detective:
Using the Walkthrough to Identify and Solve
Common IAQ Problems

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EDT

Register Now

Put your detective skills to the test and learn how to successfully assess your school facilities. Join our expert speakers to learn how conducting a school walkthrough can help you identify and solve common Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) issues in your school, including mold, poor ventilation rates and pest problems.

Meet the featured speaker

Dave Blake created and has managed the indoor air program at Northwest Clean Air Agency since 1991. Working in close collaboration with Rich Prill, Building Scientist, of Washington State University Cooperative Extension Energy Program, Dave has completed evaluations of all public and most private schools in a three county area of NW Washington State. He has responded to a steady flow of indoor air quality concerns in homes, public and commercial buildings referred to him by three county health departments since 1992. He has delivered hundreds of presentations to diverse audiences on many topics relating to indoor air quality.

Facilitator:

Get ready for action

Take advantage of the opportunity to have your specific questions and interests addressed during the webinar. Send your questions to IAQTfSConnector@cadmusgroup.com by April 7, 2014.

Register today! https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/239297410

Spread the word! Forward this email to a colleague.

Please note: This webinar will last approximately 90 minutes. You will need a high-speed internet connection and a telephone line to interact with speakers and other participants.

Questions?
If you have any questions about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance, please contact the IAQ Tools for Schools Connector Coordinator at IAQTfSConnector@cadmusgroup.com.

TheIAQ Tools for Schools guidance is a comprehensive resource to help schools maintain a healthy environment in school buildings by identifying, correcting and preventing IAQ problems. Learn more about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance at http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools.

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EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

Please note: we are resending this message to include the registration link for the workshop, which was inadvertently omitted.

US EPA Climate Showcase Communities Replication Workshop
April 30, 2014—Hotel Monaco, Baltimore, MD

US EPA’s Climate Showcase Communities program is hosting a free, 1-day workshop highlighting successful local and tribal government climate and energy strategies that can be replicated in communities across the US. Attendees of the workshop will have the unique opportunity to hear directly from the government staff that designed and implemented these impressive programs that have achieved meaningful greenhouse gas reductions and other benefits for their communities. Through panel presentations and facilitated discussions featuring nearly 20 community based programs, attendees will learn about best practices, tools, and resources that they can use to catalyze similar action in their own community. Panel themes will include:

Attendees will also have the opportunity to talk informally with community and federal representatives during café style discussions.

Please register for the workshop by April 15, 2014 at the conference registration website. There is no registration fee, but space is limited, so priority for registration will be given to staff from local and tribal governments and local/tribal associations. A limited number of government rate hotel rooms ($147+tax) are available at the conference hotel—please see the registration page for more information.

For more information about the Climate Showcase Communities program, including a list of grantees and project descriptions, visit the Climate Showcase Communities website. To view a short video overview of past CSC Workshops, please visit our YouTube channel.

Please contact Andrea Denny with any questions.

EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program logoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

March 2014 – Educational and Career Opportunities for Native Students

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share two exciting opportunities for Native American college students—our College Student Summer Internship Program and the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings.

Tribal Energy Program Summer Internship Application Deadline Extended to March 28

The Tribal Energy Program is accepting applications for our Summer Internship opportunity through next Friday, March 28, 2014. Interested students may apply via the Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) website by searching on the key word tribal energy.

The 12-week 2014 Tribal Energy Program Summer Internship will be located at SNL in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Working closely with experienced renewable energy program staff and tribes interested in deploying renewable energy systems, interns will benefit from direct tribal energy project experience and exposure to a variety of issues concerning tribal renewable energy technology use and application. Frequent travel will be required, as interns will participate in field visits to current tribal energy projects. For details about eligibility, application requirements, and compensation, see the attached SNL flier. The Tribal Energy Program provides Native communities with education and training to build the knowledge and skills that are essential to developing, implementing, and sustaining energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Indian Country. Because future generations have an important role in fulfilling that mission, our summer internships provide opportunities for full-time technical undergraduate and graduate students to gain on-the-ground experience in clean energy technology deployment in Indian Country

Visit the Tribal Energy Program website to learn more about the Tribal Energy Program College Student Summer Internships.

ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings Accepting Applications Through March 21

ACEEE is accepting applications for Linda Latham Scholarships to attend the 2014 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings through March 21, 2014. Scholarships are funded by the Linda Latham Scholarship Fund, which was established in memory of Linda Latham, who served as ACEEE’s Chief Operating Officer until her untimely death in September 2011. Linda believed that students bring talent and creativity to the field of energy efficiency, especially if we provide a venue to inspire and educate them.

To be eligible, the applicant must be an undergraduate or graduate student in an accredited college or university whose course work is related to energy/energy efficiency, climate change, environmental science, or a related field of study, and who is considering a career in energy/energy efficiency. “Latham Scholars” will be exposed to new ideas and opportunities as they interact with energy efficiency experts from around the world. In turn, Summer Study attendees will be able to meet these exceptional students—a reciprocal opportunity for all!

For the 2014 Summer Study, the Linda Latham Scholarship fund will award scholarships to students at three different scholarship levels. Level 1 awardees will receive a full conference registration, housing and meals, and up to $500 toward transportation costs. Level II scholars will receive a full conference registration and housing and meals. Level III winners will receive a full registration to the conference. There are more Level III scholarships available than Level II scholarships, and more Level II scholarships than Level I; therefore, chances of selection will be highest at Level III and lowest at Level I.

Applicants are encouraged to complete the online application, or they may use the word formatted application form available on the ACEEE website and e-mail it to scholarships@aceee.org. Applications must be submitted with required attachments including a copy of the applicant’s Student ID and proof of student status (unofficial transcript/enrollment for current semester). No applications will be accepted after the March 21, 2014 deadline. Applications will be reviewed and chosen by a committee of ACEEE staff. Applications will be reviewed and chosen by a committee of ACEEE staff, and scholarship winners will be notified by April 4, 2014. Please contact scholarships@aceee.org if you have questions.


03/24/2014

DOE Tribal Energy Program

March 2014 – Nearly $3.8 Billion in Funding and Technical Assistance Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following funding opportunities that may be of interest to tribes.

Funding Opportunities

Nearly $3.8 billion of funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of the Interior (DOI), and Department of Commerce (DOC) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including economic development, sustainable communities, green infrastructure, and water efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

Note that the Tribal Energy Program has added a new feature on its website highlighting hundreds of millions of dollars in funding opportunities available to tribes at a glance. Be sure to check the Tribal Energy Program's new funding opportunities list frequently for the most complete and up-to-date listing of funding opportunities available to state, local, and tribal governments.

DOT INVEST Implementation Projects – Round 2 ~ $150,000 (with a 100% Nonfederal Match)

Letter of Interest Due: March 28, 2014
Eligible Entities: State DOTs, metropolitan planning organizations, and federal lands

DOT is making available funds to support INVEST (Infrastructure Voluntary Evaluation Sustainability Tool)—a practical, Web-based, collection of voluntary best practices and criteria designed to help transportation agencies integrate sustainable practices into their projects. Funding will support eligible entities using INVEST to review operations and maintenance programs at the district or statewide level. Additionally, funding will help assess and improve the sustainability of specific transportation projects under development, or learn from projects already completed. The intent of this research funding opportunity is to develop case studies and analysis showing sustainability improvements from INVEST. For more information, read the funding opportunity description.

FTA Resilience Projects in Response to Hurricane Sandy – $3 Billion

Applications Due: March 28, 2014
Eligible Entities: Eligible applicants must be located in or provide public transportation service in one of the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, which are defined as areas for which President Obama declared a major disaster under the Stafford Act in response to Hurricane Sandy. Eligible entities include state and local governments, federally recognized tribes, authorities and public transportation agencies that receive funding through FTA formula programs, other entities responsible for an eligible public transportation capital project that enter into a subrecipient arrangement with an existing FTA grantee, and entities that provide intercity passenger rail service.

The FTA is soliciting proposals for resilience projects, defined as those projects designed and built to address current and future vulnerabilities to a public transportation facility or system due to future occurrence or recurrence of emergencies or major disasters that are likely to occur in the geographic area in which the public transportation system is located. This resilience funding is intended to protect public transportation infrastructure that has been repaired or rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy or that is at risk of being damaged or destroyed by a future natural disaster. For more information, read the funding opportunity description.

DOE Vehicle Technologies Program – $51.4 Million

Applications Due: April 1, 2014
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes public institutions of higher education and hospitals) and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes private institutions of higher education and hospitals) located in the United States and U.S. territories or possessions

The DOE Vehicle Technologies Office supports a broad research, development, and deployment technology portfolio focused on reducing the cost and improving the performance of a mix of near- and long-term vehicle technologies, including advanced batteries, power electronics and electric motors, lightweight and propulsion materials, advanced combustion engines, advanced fuels and lubricants, and other enabling technologies. Specifically, activities are aimed at improving vehicle technologies such as powertrains, fuel, tires, and auxiliary systems. This funding opportunity announcement contains a total of 14 areas of interest in the general areas of advanced light-weighting; advanced battery development; power electronics; advanced heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems; and fuels and lubricants. For more information, read the funding opportunity description.

DOC Coastal Resilience Networks Grant – $300,000

Applications Due: April 11, 2014
Eligible Entities: Nonprofits, federally recognized tribes, state and local governments, small businesses, for-profit organizations other than small businesses, public and state-controlled institutions of higher education

DOC is soliciting grant proposals from eligible organizations to implement activities that enhance resilience of coastal communities to natural hazard and climate risks through a local, regional, or national network. Proposals submitted in response to this announcement shall provide beneficial public outcomes for coastal communities related to addressing existing and future risks to the natural environment, infrastructure, local economies, and vulnerable populations. Proposals must also leverage, enhance, or create a human or technical network in which one or more coastal hazard issues can be addressed through partnerships to enhance communication, cooperation, coordination, and/or collaboration. For more information, read the funding opportunity description.

EPA Pollution Prevention Information Network (PPIN) Grant – $700,000

Applications Due: April 15, 2014
Eligible Entities: State governments, federally recognized tribes, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, any territory or possession of the United States, any agency or instrumentality of a state, and state colleges and universities

The Pollution Prevention Information Network (PPIN) grant program funds regional centers that serve both regional and national pollution prevention information needs. Grantees determine audience needs and then supply quality information and training on source reduction and related pollution prevention practices. Grantees provide assistance and training to businesses whose lack of information may be an impediment to implementing source reduction, preventing pollution or adopting sustainable practices. For more information, read the funding opportunity description.

DOT National Infrastructure Investment “TIGER” Program – $600 Million

Applications Due: April 28, 2014
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, U.S. territories, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations, other political subdivisions of state or local governments, and multistate or multijurisdictional groups applying through a single lead applicant

DOT is making available $600 million under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 to national infrastructure investments. This appropriation is similar to the program funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 known as the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grants program. Eligible projects include highway or bridge projects eligible under title 23, United States Code (including bicycle and pedestrian related projects); public transportation projects eligible under chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code; passenger and freight rail transportation projects; port infrastructure investments; and intermodal projects. FY 2014 TIGER also allows for up to $35 million (of the $600 million) to be awarded as grants for the planning of eligible transportation facilities. Eligible planning projects include activities related to the planning, preparation, or design of a single surface transportation project, or activities related to regional transportation investment planning, including transportation planning that is coordinated with interdisciplinary factors including housing, economic development, stormwater and other infrastructure investments, and/or that addresses future risks and vulnerabilities, including extreme weather and climate change. For more information, visit the Federal Register funding notice.

DOI Tribal Climate Change Grant – $600,000

Applications Due: April 30, 2014
Eligible Entities: Tribal governments

DOI is making available grants to support tribes that are addressing challenges of climate change in tribal communities. The grants will support planning for, and adapting to, future climate impacts on the entire range of tribal government functions and traditional use. For more information, read the funding opportunity description.

DOE Commercial Building Technology Demonstrations Grant – $10 Million

Applications Due: May 19, 2014
Eligible Entities: For-profit entities, educational institutions, nonprofits, state and local governments, federally recognized tribes

DOE is making available grants to enhance and accelerate the deployment and adoption of a broad range of competitively solicited high-impact energy saving technologies as well as new technology integration approaches. Technologies selected under this funding opportunity will be ready for market adoption but may be underutilized due to market barriers, including perception of risk, gaps in information, and data on performance as well as cost. For more information, read the funding opportunity description

Regards,

DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov 

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.


03/19/2014

Rule and Implementation Information for Pulp and Paper Production

EPA issued final amendments to the new source performance standards for kraft pulp mills. The final standards apply to recovery furnaces, smelt dissolving tanks and lime kilns commencing construction, reconstruction or modification after May 23, 2013. For more information click here: http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/pulp/pulppg.html

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

EPA to Host Two Webinars on Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Tribal Competition RFP

The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is pleased to forward the following announcement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In fiscal year (FY) 2014, the National Clean Diesel Campaign will issue a standalone Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Tribal Competition Request for Proposals (RFP) for a total of up to $1 million. Prior to issuing the RFP, EPA will host a webinar to discuss this new tribal grant competition and proposed changes to the RFP. This webinar/teleconference will:

The FY 2014 DERA Tribal Competition RFP is tentatively scheduled to open around April 8, 2014. There will be a second Tribal Competition webinar/teleconference after the RFP opens. Please see below for details on both webinars. For information on previous DERA Tribal Competition grants, visit the EPA website or contact Rosalva Tapia at 202-343-9534 or tapia.rosalva@epa.gov.

DERA Tribal Competition PRE-Open and Feedback 2014 RFP
Webinar/Teleconference

Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Time: 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Call-in number: 1-866-299-3188
Call-in code: 202-343-9534
Adobe Connect link: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/deratribalrfppreopenfeedbak/

DERA Tribal Competition POST-Open and Feedback 2014 RFP
Webinar/Teleconference

DERA Tribal Competition POST-Open 2014
RFP Webinar/Teleconference
Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Time: 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Call-in number: 1-866-299-3188
Call-in code: 202-343-9534
Adobe Connect link: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/deratribalrfppostopen/

For a complete listing that includes these and other funding opportunities available to tribes, please visit the Tribal Energy Program's new funding opportunities database, which lists hundreds of millions of dollars in funding opportunities available to state, local, and tribal governments.

Regards,

DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov 

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

Last Day of Online Registration for the Tribal Energy Program Review

The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is hosting its annual Program Review in Denver March 24-27. Online registration closes today. Register now.

As you make your travel plans, note that the Review is scheduled to end Thursday, March 27. Also, keep in mind that the Denver March Powwow is the weekend before the Review (March 21-23).

Tribal Energy Program Review

March 24-27, 2014
Denver Marriott West
1717 Denver West Boulevard
Golden, Colorado 80401
1-888-236-2427 (toll-free)

Recognizing tribes' increasing interest in energy efficiency and renewable energy, our annual Program Review is a gathering that enables tribes to meet and learn from other tribes that are pursuing energy sufficiency and reduced carbon pollution through energy efficiency and/or renewable energy development, and to share in each other's successes. This is a unique forum that provides an excellent overview of the wide range of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under way in Indian Country.

The Review will include an overview of the Tribal Energy Program and a series of presentations by tribes exploring or deploying weatherization, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies across the nation. Because human capacity is a focus of the Tribal Energy Program, you will also learn about our internship program and hear directly from young and inspiring Native American students about their experiences and summer projects. For additional details, including the agenda, visit our website. If you have questions, please contact tribal@go.doe.gov.

Registration
There is no cost to attend the workshop, but participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals, and travel costs. Advance registration is requested. Register now. Although online registration closed today, on-site registration will be available.

Lodging
The Denver Marriott West is making a block of rooms available to meeting participants at a discounted rate of $156.00 plus tax (government 2014 per diem rate). For a map and directions and to make reservations at the group rate, book online or call 1-888-236-2427 (toll-free). When booking, be sure to reference the "TEP Program Review." The deadline for reservations at the group rate was March 10, 2014. While you may still request the discount, we are no longer able to guarantee rate or availability.

Optional Sustainable NREL Walking Campus Tour – Friday, March 28, 9 a.m.
Join us for an optional walking tour of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) campus from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Friday (after the Review). NREL exemplifies environmental sustainability throughout its operations, and this tour is an opportunity to learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency research as well as see for yourself how the campus is demonstrating clean energy technologies, reducing waste, and eliminating atmospheric pollution. The tour is a vigorous outdoor walking tour, so please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.

Register for the tour at the Tribal Energy Program Review on Monday and Tuesday morning. The tour is limited to 20 people, so registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. If you will not be onsite Monday and Tuesday but would like to join the tour, please express your interest via email to tribal@go.doe.gov.

Regards,

DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov 

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.

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EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

Nearly $3.8 billion of funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of the Interior (DOI), and the Department of Commerce (DOC) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including economic development, sustainable communities, green infrastructure, and water efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

In addition, please visit the calendar of 2014 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.

Special Announcement: DOE Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement for State Energy Program 2014 Competitive Awards

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has released a notification of intent to issue a funding opportunity announcement for the State Energy Program 2014 Competitive Awards. DOE seeks to fund projects in two areas of interest: 1) State Energy Planning, and 2) Opportunities for Innovative Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Practices. EERE plans to issue the funding opportunity announcement on or about April 21, 2014, via FedConnect and Grants.gov. Please note that only states are eligible to apply for these awards.

For more information, see the full notification of intent and instructions attached to this newsletter.

INVEST Implementation Projects – Round 2 ~ $150,000 (with a 100 percent Non-federal match)

The Department of Transportation is making available funds to support INVEST (Infrastructure Voluntary Evaluation Sustainability Tool)—a practical, web-based, collection of voluntary best practices and criteria designed to help transportation agencies integrate sustainable practices into their projects. Funding will support eligible entities using INVEST to review operations and maintenance programs at the district or statewide level. Additionally, funding will help assess and improve the sustainability of specific transportation projects under development, or learn from projects already completed. The intent of this research funding opportunity is to develop case studies and analysis showing sustainability improvements from INVEST.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

Resilience Projects in Response to Hurricane Sandy– $3 billion

The Federal Transit Administration is soliciting proposals for resilience projects, defined as those projects designed and built to address current and future vulnerabilities to a public transportation facility or system due to future occurrence or recurrence of emergencies or major disasters that are likely to occur in the geographic area in which the public transportation system is located. This resilience funding is intended to protect public transportation infrastructure that has been repaired or rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy or that is at risk of being damaged or destroyed by a future natural disaster.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

Vehicle Technologies Program – $51.4 million

The Vehicle Technologies Office from the Department of Energy supports a broad research, development, and deployment technology portfolio focused on reducing the cost and improving the performance of a mix of near- and long-term vehicle technologies including advanced batteries, power electronics and electric motors, lightweight and propulsion materials, advanced combustion engines, advanced fuels and lubricants, and other enabling technologies. Specifically, activities are aimed at improving vehicle technologies such as powertrains, fuel, tires, and auxiliary systems. This Funding Opportunity Announcement contains a total of 14 areas of interest in the general areas of advanced light-weighting; advanced battery development; power electronics; advanced heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems; and fuels and lubricants.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

Coastal Resilience Networks Grant– $300,000

The Department of Commerce is soliciting grant proposals from eligible organizations to implement activities that enhance resilience of coastal communities to natural hazard and climate risks through a local, regional, or national network. Proposals submitted in response to this announcement shall provide beneficial public outcomes for coastal communities related to addressing existing and future risks to the natural environment, infrastructure, local economies, and vulnerable populations. Proposals must also leverage, enhance, or create a human or technical network in which one or more coastal hazard issues can be addressed through partnerships to enhance communication, cooperation, coordination, and/or collaboration.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

Pollution Prevention Information Network (PPIN) Grant– $700,000

The Pollution Prevention Information Network (PPIN) grant program funds regional centers that serve both regional and national pollution prevention information needs. Grantees determine audience needs and then supply quality information and training on source reduction and related pollution prevention practices. Grantees provide assistance and training to businesses whose lack of information may be an impediment to implementing source reduction, preventing pollution or adopting sustainable practices.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

National Infrastructure Investment “TIGER” Program – $600 million

The Department of Transportation is making available $600 million under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 to national infrastructure investments. This appropriation is similar to the program funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 known as the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or “TIGER Discretionary Grants,” program. Eligible projects include highway or bridge projects eligible under title 23, United States Code (including bicycle and pedestrian related projects); public transportation projects eligible under chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code; passenger and freight rail transportation projects; port infrastructure investments; and intermodal projects. FY 2014 TIGER also allows for up to $35 million (of the $600 million) to be awarded as grants for the planning of eligible transportation facilities. Eligible planning project include activities related to the planning, preparation, or design of a single surface transportation project, or activities related to regional transportation investment planning, including transportation planning that is coordinated with interdisciplinary factors including housing, economic development, stormwater and other infrastructure investments, and/or that addresses future risks and vulnerabilities, including extreme weather and climate change. Note: Applications open on April 3, 2014.

For more information, visit the Federal Register Funding Notice.

Tribal Climate Change Grant – $600,000

The Department of Interior is making available grants to support tribes that are addressing challenges of climate change in tribal communities. The grants will support planning for, and adapting to, future climate impacts on the entire range of tribal government functions and traditional use.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

Commercial Building Technology Demonstrations Grant – $10 million

The Department of Energy is making available grants to enhance and accelerate the deployment and adoption of a broad range of competitively solicited high-impact energy saving technologies as well as new technology integration approaches. Technologies selected under this funding opportunity will be ready for market adoption but may be underutilized due to market barriers, including perception of risk, gaps in information, and data on performance as well as cost.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program logoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.

To subscribe to or unsubscribe from this newsletter, go to the Newsletters page.

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EPA Requests Rehearing in Indian Country NSR Case

The Environmental Protection Agency has asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for panel rehearing or rehearing en banc in a case that vacated a final rule establishing new source review programs in Indian country... https://essential.bna.com/login/signin_pref.jsp?orig=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.bna.com%2Fdeln%2FDELNWB%2Fsplit_display.adp%3Ffedfid%3D43254284%26vname%3Ddennotallissues%26jd%3Da0e7x5q6c0%26split%3D0


03/12/2014

Exciting news! This year, fiscal year (FY) 2014, the National Clean Diesel Campaign will issue a standalone Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Tribal Competition Request for Proposals (RFP) for a total of up to $1 million.

Please join me for a discussion of this new Tribal grant competition and the proposed changes to the RFP. This webinar/teleconference will:

The FY 2014 DERA Tribal Competition RFP is tentatively scheduled to open around April 8, 2014. There will be a second Tribal Competition webinar/teleconference AFTER the RFP opens. Please see below for details on both webinars.

For information on previous DERA Tribal Competition grants, please visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/prgtribal.htm or contact Rosalva Tapia at 202.343.9534 or tapia.rosalva@epa.gov.

Please forward this information to anyone who may be interested in attending these sessions or helpful in disseminating the information.

DERA Tribal Competition PRE-Open and Feedback 2014 RFP Webinar/Teleconference
Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Time: 3:00 PM (EDT)
Call in Number: 1.866.299.3188
Call in Code: 202.343.9534
Adobe Connect link: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/deratribalrfppreopenfeedbak/

DERA Tribal Competition POST-Open 2014 RFP Webinar/Teleconference
Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Time: 3:00 PM (EDT)
Call in Number: 1.866.299.3188
Call in Code: 202.343.9534
Adobe Connect link: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/deratribalrfppostopen/

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

Tribal Energy Program Summer Internship Posting Delayed; Application Deadline Extended to March 28

Posting of the Tribal Energy Program Summer Internship opportunity announced last week has been delayed due to a system glitch. The opportunity will be posted later this week, and interested students may apply via the Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) website by searching on the key word tribal energy. Because of delayed posting, the Tribal Energy Program is extending the deadline for submitting applications to March 28, 2014.

The 12-week 2014 Tribal Energy Program Summer Internship will be located at SNL in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Working closely with experienced renewable energy program staff and tribes interested in deploying renewable energy systems, interns will benefit from direct tribal energy project experience and exposure to a variety of issues concerning tribal renewable energy technology use and application. Frequent travel will be required, as interns will participate in field visits to current tribal energy projects.

For details about eligibility, application requirements, and compensation, see the attached SNL flier.

The Tribal Energy Program provides Native communities with education and training to build the knowledge and skills that are essential to developing, implementing, and sustaining energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Indian Country. Because future generations have an important role in fulfilling that mission, our summer internships provide opportunities for full-time technical undergraduate and graduate students to gain on-the-ground experience in clean energy technology deployment in Indian Country.

Visit the Tribal Energy Program website to learn more about the Tribal Energy Program College Student Summer Internships.

Regards,

DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov 

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.

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EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

EPA has released two climate and energy strategy guides for local governments.

On-Site Renewable Energy Generation. A growing number of local governments are turning to renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, biomass, hydropower, and landfill gas, to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, improve air quality and energy security, boost the local economy, and pave the way to a sustainable energy future. Local governments can work with utilities, local businesses, nonprofit groups, residents, state agencies, and green power marketers and brokers to plan and implement on-site renewable energy generation projects at local government facilities and throughout their communities.

Combined Heat and Power. Combined heat and power, also known as cogeneration, refers to the simultaneous production of electricity and thermal energy from a single fuel source. Simultaneous production is more efficient than producing electricity and thermal energy through two separate power systems and requires less fuel. Reductions in fuel use can produce a number of benefits, including energy cost savings, reduced GHG emissions, and reductions in other air emissions.

These guides provide comprehensive information for local government staff and policy makers on how to implement these GHG reduction strategies, including:

Key features of the guides include:

These guides are part of EPA’s Local Government Climate and Energy Strategy Series, which is designed to help policy makers and program staff plan, implement, and evaluate cost-effective climate and energy projects that generate environmental, economic, social, and human health benefits.

To access these guides and others in this series, please visit the Local Climate and Energy Strategy Series page.

EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program logoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.

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03/10/2014

DOE Tribal Energy Program

The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is pleased to announce the following summer internship opportunity.

Tribal Energy Program Announces Summer Internship Opportunity; Application Deadline is March 21

As part of its mission, Tribal Energy Program provides Native communities with education and training to build the knowledge and skills that are essential to developing, implementing, and sustaining energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Indian Country. Because future generations have an important role in fulfilling that mission, each year the program offers summer internship opportunities for full-time technical undergraduate and graduate students interested in gaining on-the-ground experience in clean energy technology deployment in Indian Country.

The 12-week 2014 Tribal Energy Program Summer Internship will be located at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Working closely with experienced renewable energy program staff and Tribes interested in deploying renewable energy systems, interns will benefit from direct tribal energy project experience and exposure to a variety of issues concerning tribal renewable energy technology use and application. Frequent travel will be required, as interns will participate in field visits to current tribal energy projects.

The application period is March 10–March 21. Interested students may apply via the SNL website beginning March 10, by searching on the key word tribal energy.

The deadline for submitting applications is March 21, 2014.

For details about eligibility, application requirements, and compensation, see the SNL flier.

Visit the Tribal Energy Program website to learn more about the Tribal Energy Program College Student Summer Internships.

Regards,

DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov 

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.


03/06/2014

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EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

This message provides details about eight upcoming webcasts offered by federal agencies. All webcasts are offered free of charge, but space may be limited.
EPA Webcasts

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

DOE Webcasts

EPA Webcasts

March 10, 3:00-4:00 PM (EDT) – Scenario Planning and Fiscal Impact Modeling
Developing a clear-eyed understanding of the short- and long-term fiscal implications of development choices has never been so necessary for planners in local and regional agencies. This webinar from EPA’s Smart Growth Program explores the development and use of scenario planning and fiscal impact modeling, investigating their use of analytical tools to explain fiscal costs (including local infrastructure capital and operations and maintenance costs and revenues). Speakers will discuss how scenario planning and fiscal impact tools can support smart growth implementation at a range of scales through innovative methods, and how communities can use fiscal impact analyses to support planning and economic development decisions.
Register


March 13, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – Long-Term Green Power Procurement from Wind Projects
In today’s green power market, many forward-thinking organizations are looking to long-term procurements from wind power projects to meet their renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals. Large companies and corporations, as well as governments and institutions of higher education, are interested in working with utilities and green power suppliers to meet their electricity needs, reduce their carbon footprints, hedge against future electricity price increases, and support the development of new clean energy resources in the United States. Long-term commitments also help to guarantee a renewable energy project’s financial viability.

This webinar will examine various procurement options, the steps involved in making a long-term commitment, challenges, and other considerations. We’ll also hear from Renewable Choice Energy, a renewable energy provider, on what’s involved in making long-term procurements a reality.
Register


March 18, 2:00-3:30PM (EDT) – AVoided Emissions and geneRation Tool (AVERT)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s State & Local Climate and Energy program is pleased to invite you to a webinar on the newly released AVoided Emissions and geneRation Tool (AVERT). This free tool estimates the emissions benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and programs, and is designed to meet the needs of state air quality planners and other interested users. 
EPA staff will discuss potential uses of the tool, and will provide a brief demonstration. 
In addition, staff will present information on projected impacts from key state energy efficiency and renewable energy policies not captured in the Energy Information Administration’s 2013 Annual Energy Outlook.
Register

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

March 12, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Benchmarking Water/Wastewater Facilities in Portfolio Manager and Using the Cash Flow Opportunity Calculator
Learn how to track the progress of energy efficiency efforts and compare the energy use of wastewater treatment plants with that of other peer facilities across the country. Attendees will learn how to measure and track energy use and carbon dioxide emission reductions in water and wastewater treatment plants to establish baseline energy use, prioritize investments, set goals, and track improvements over time.

Attendees will also receive a live demonstration of the Cash Flow Opportunity Calculator (CFO Calculator). The US EPA has developed the CFO Calculator to help decision makers quantify these opportunity costs by addressing three critical questions about energy efficiency investments:

Register
March 25, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 101
Join ENERGY STAR as they introduce and demonstrate the core functionality of EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Attendees will learn how to navigate the new Portfolio Manager, add a property and enter details about it, enter energy and water consumption data, share properties, generate performance reports to assess progress, and respond to data requests.
Register


March 25, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 201
Continue to learn about EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as managing and tracking changes to your property uses over time, using spreadsheet templates to update property data, setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties, generating and using custom reports, and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.
Register

DOE Webcasts

March 19, 3:00-4:00 PM (EDT) – Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach: Wind Energy and Property Values
DOE's Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach initiative will host a webinar presenting the topic of wind turbines and property values. Lead author Carol Atkinson-Palombo, assistant professor at the University of Connecticut, will present on her research from the recently released report The Relationship Between Wind Turbines and Residential Property Values in Massachusetts. Ben Hoen, staff research associate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will present findings from the report A Spatial Hedonic Analysis of the Effects of Wind Energy Facilities on Surrounding Property Values in the United States.
Their research examined 122,000 Massachusetts real estate transactions between 1998 and 2012, and 50,000 U.S. transactions between 1996 and 2011, respectively. The authors will provide an overview of each of the report's methods and findings and will answer questions after the presentations.
Register


March 31, 1:00 PM (EDT) – Best of the Clean Cities Tools and Resources
During this webinar, you will learn about the top 10 resources the Clean Cities Technical Response Service uses to answer common questions related to alternative fuels, advanced vehicles, and other petroleum-reduction strategies. The presentation will give a brief overview of popular Alternative Fuels Data Center tools as well as resources available from the national laboratories, other federal agencies, and industry. Clean Cities TRS staff will review the tools, including the type of questions each can help answer.
Register

EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program logoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.
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03/05/2014

 

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Book Your Lodging for the Annual Tribal Energy Program Review by March 10

The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is hosting its annual Program Review in Denver March 24-27. Register today and be sure to book your lodging by March 10 to get the group discount!
 As you make your travel plans, note that the Review is now scheduled to end Thursday, March 27. Also, keep in mind that the Denver March Powwow is the weekend before the Review (March 21-23).

Tribal Energy Program Review

March 24-27, 2014
Denver Marriott West
1717 Denver West Boulevard
Golden, Colorado 80401 
1-888-236-2427 (toll-free)

Recognizing tribes' increasing interest in energy efficiency and renewable energy, our annual Program Review is a gathering that enables tribes to meet and learn from other tribes that are pursuing energy sufficiency and reduced carbon pollution through energy efficiency and/or renewable energy development, and to share in each other's successes. This is a unique forum that provides an excellent overview of the wide range of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under way in Indian Country.

The Review will include an overview of the Tribal Energy Program and a series of presentations by tribes exploring or deploying weatherization, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies across the nation. Because human capacity is a focus of the Tribal Energy Program, you will also learn about our internship program and hear directly from young and inspiring Native American students about their experiences and summer projects. For additional details, including the agenda, visit our website. If you have questions, please contact tribal@go.doe.gov.

Registration
There is no cost to attend the workshop, but participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals, and travel costs. Advance registration is requested. Register now.

Lodging
The Denver Marriott West is making a block of rooms available to meeting participants at a discounted rate of $156.00 plus tax (government 2014 per diem rate). For a map and directions and to make reservations at the group rate, book online or call 1-888-236-2427 (toll-free). When booking, be sure to reference the "TEP Program Review." The deadline for reservations at the group rate is March 10, 2014. After that date we will be unable to guarantee rate or availability.


Optional Sustainable NREL Walking Campus Tour – Friday, March 28, 9 a.m.
Join us for an optional walking tour of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) campus from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Friday (after the Review). NREL exemplifies environmental sustainability throughout its operations, and this tour is an opportunity to learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency research as well as see for yourself how the campus is demonstrating clean energy technologies, reducing waste, and eliminating atmospheric pollution. The tour is a vigorous outdoor walking tour, so please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.

Register for the tour at the Tribal Energy Program Review on Monday and Tuesday morning. The tour is limited to 20 people, so registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. If you will not be onsite Monday and Tuesday but would like to join the tour, please express your interest via email to tribal@go.doe.gov.

Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov
For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.  

 


03/04/2014

Tier 3 Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards Program

New!March 3, 2014: EPA Finalizes Tighter Vehicle and Fuel Standards to Reduce Emissions.

The Tier 3 program is part of a comprehensive approach to reducing the impacts of motor vehicles on air quality and public health. The program considers the vehicle and its fuel as an integrated system, setting new vehicle emissions standards and lowering the sulfur content of gasoline beginning in 2017. The vehicle standards will reduce both tailpipe and evaporative emissions from passenger cars, light-duty trucks, medium-duty passenger vehicles, and some heavy-duty vehicles. The gasoline sulfur standard will enable more stringent vehicle emissions standards and will make emissions control systems more effective.

For more information click on this link: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/tier3.htm

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EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s State & Local Climate and Energy program is pleased to invite you to a webinar on the newly released AVoided Emissions and GeneRation Tool (AVERT). This free tool estimates the emissions benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and programs, and is designed to meet the needs of state air quality planners and other interested users.  EPA staff will discuss potential uses of the tool, and will provide a brief demonstration. 

In addition, staff will present information on projected impacts from key state energy efficiency and renewable energy policies not captured in the Energy Information Administration’s 2013 Annual Energy Outlook.

What: Avoided Emissions and Generation Tool (AVERT) – EPA Webinar
Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EDT

For background materials on this webinar and information on past webinars, please visit EPA’s State Climate and Energy Webcasts page.

EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program logoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.

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Grant Program Creates Opportunities for Alaska Natives

March 3, 2014
The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is pleased to forward the following announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Office in Palmer, Alaska.

Alaska USDA Rural Development Office Announces FY14 Rural Business Enterprise Grants; Submission Deadline Is April 10

The USDA Rural Development Office in Palmer, Alaska would like to announce that it is accepting applications for the Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) Program for Fiscal Year 2014.

Those who would like to submit an application for these funds should have their hard copy submissions in to this office by close of business on April 10, 2014. Emailed applications will not be accepted.

The primary purpose of the RBEG is to support the development of small and emerging private business enterprises in rural areas with populations of less than 50,000. In Alaska the Municipality of Anchorage is the only area where the population exceeds this rural limit. However, applicants based in Anchorage can still apply for funding as long as proposed activities support small business development in rural areas.

Eligible applicants include nonprofits, public bodies (e.g., states, boroughs, cities, townships, and incorporated towns and villages, authorities, and districts), and federally recognized Tribes. The small and emerging private business that derives the benefits from the applicant must have (or will have) under 50 employees and less than $1 million in gross revenue.

Eligible projects to be carried out by the RBEG vary and can range from technical assistance workshops to specialized equipment to be leased by small business. Last year the Alaska USDA Rural Development Office supported various applicants with a wide range of projects. Some examples include energy audits for small businesses, small business development technical assistance, and agricultural technical assistance for farmers.
For more information regarding this grant, please visit the Tribal Energy Program website or contact:

J. Chad Stovall
Business & Energy Programs Specialist
USDA Rural Development| Alaska State Office
800 W. Evergreen, Ste 201| Palmer, AK 99645
Phone: (907) 761-7718| Fax: (907) 761-7783
chad.stovall@ak.usda.gov

For a complete listing that includes these and other funding opportunities available to tribes, please visit the Tribal Energy Program's new funding opportunities database, which lists hundreds of millions of dollars in funding opportunities available to state, local, and tribal governments.

Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov
For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.

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02/28/2014

 

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Listen Now to EPA’s Webcast Series on Communications for Climate and Clean Energy Programs

If you missed our popular December 2013 webcast series on communications strategies for state and local governments, you can listen now to all three online, access presentations, and read audience Qs&As. Over 1,000 state and local staff tuned in to listen to some or all of these webcasts, making it one of our most popular offerings to date.
The structure of the three webcasts parallels the general phases of program development and implementation: attracting stakeholder support and participation, sustaining change, and gaining momentum from program successes. Participants will learn how to design communications strategies to engage and empower stakeholders, use communications methods to instigate and sustain behavior change and foster individual and community solutions, and effectively communicate their programs’ successes and resulting benefits to diverse audiences.

New Report on Municipal Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction

This report, drafted by the Environmental Financial Advisory Board, was written to help smaller communities understand the benefits of developing and methods of financing energy efficiency projects. The Board reviewed existing information and distilled it down into this report to help communities, particularly those without dedicated energy staff, decide whether and how to move forward on efficiency measures.
The report is available on EPA’s Environmental Finance site.

EPA Regions and Antioch University-New England to Host Regional Conference, "Local Solutions: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness," May 19-21 in Manchester, New Hampshire

Antioch University-New England and EPA will host a regional conference this May for local planners, decision makers, and educators to understand how to create healthy resilient communities that are better prepared to handle severe weather and climate impacts. The first two days of the conference will focus on the topic of Building Resilient Communities: informing community planners, decision makers, and those responsible for implementing change at the local level how best to identify current and future vulnerabilities, followed by adaptive responses to build resilient communities. The last day of the conference will feature an Educators Summit, which will inform middle and high school teachers how to design a community-based, problem-solving curriculum that will teach students how best to support municipal officials preparing for impacts from a changing climate. For more information and to register, visit the conference website.

USDA Announces Regional Hubs to Help Agriculture, Forestry Mitigate Impacts of Changing Climate

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the creation of the first ever Regional Hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change at seven locations around the country. These “Climate Hubs” will address increasing risks such as fires, invasive pests, floods, and droughts on a regional basis, aiming to translate science and research into information to farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners on ways to adapt and adjust their resource management. The Hubs were chosen through a competitive process among USDA facilities. In addition to the seven Hubs, USDA is designating three Subsidiary Hubs (“Sub Hubs”) that will function within the Southeast, Midwest, and Southwest. The Sub Hubs will support the Hub within their region and focus on a unique set of issues in that region. The Climate Hubs will build on the capacity within USDA to deliver science-based knowledge and practical information to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to support decision-making related to climate change across the country. For more information, see the press release.

U.S. Geological Survey Tool Provides County-Level Maps with Historical and Projected Climate Change Data for 21st Century

For the first time, maps and summaries of historical and projected temperature and precipitation changes for the 21st century for the continental United States are accessible at a county-by-county level on a website developed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in collaboration with the College of Earth, Oceanic, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. The maps and summaries are based on NASA downscaling of the 33 climate models used in the 5th Climate Model Intercomparison Project and the current Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report. The USGS leveraged this massive dataset and distilled the information into easily understood maps, 3-page summaries, and spreadsheet compatible data files for each state and county in the United States. A similar implementation for the USGS nested hydrologic units will be available in the next month. Other useful tools for characterizing climate change include plots of monthly averages of temperature and precipitation, time-series spanning 1950-2099, and tables that summarize possible changes in the extremes of temperature and precipitation. For more information, see the press release.

Federal Funding Compendium for Urban Heat Adaptation

Given that city residents are particularly vulnerable to the public health and environmental impacts of escalating temperatures, state and local governments are often looking for creative sources of funds to prepare for climate changes.
This compendium, recently released by the Georgetown Climate Center, seeks to provide assistance to local and state governments that are striving to adapt to urban heat islands in their communities. While none of the 44 programs within the compendium were created specifically to address the problem of urban heat, all of the programs allow funds to be used for projects that would provide urban heat relief while also addressing important program objectives, such as promoting economic development and energy efficiency.
The compendium examines each program for its potential to fund urban heat adaptation. For each program, we also include information on the following:

Download the compendium

Lessons Learned from Irene: Climate Change, Federal Disaster Relief, and Barriers to Adaptive Reconstruction

A recently released case study by the Georgetown Climate Center examines the challenges encountered by Vermont localities trying to use federal disaster relief funds to rebuild their transportation system to be more resilient to future climate impacts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.
Irene dumped more than seven inches of rain on the state over the course of two days, which washed out hundreds of miles of roads and bridges. In the aftermath of the disaster, Vermont chose to rebuild its roads and bridges to higher state standards, but encountered legal barriers when FEMA initially refused to reimburse communities for the added costs. The state appealed the decision and ultimately FEMA allowed one locality to be reimbursed and is considering the appeals of other localities. 
The story of the Vermont appeal highlights some of the challenges that states and localities face in trying to adapt to climate changes by rebuilding differently after a natural disaster. 
Download the case study

“Beyond the Basics" Website Shares Best Practices in Local Mitigation Planning 

The "Beyond the Basics" website is the product of a five-year research study conducted by the Coastal Hazards Center and the Center for Sustainable Community Design at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). As part of this study, researchers at UNC systematically analyzed 175 local hazard mitigation plans drawn from six states to assess their content and quality. Each plan was evaluated using a hazard mitigation plan quality protocol that has been developed, tested, and applied over several projects across the country. The website is designed to help guide the user through the process of developing or updating a local hazard mitigation plan that will meet the requirements for approval by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). To learn more, visit the mitigation guide website.

Adaptation Planning: Kingston Tidal Waterfront Flooding Task Force

Kingston, New York, has piloted a climate adaptation planning process with several analytical tools and extended citizen engagement in the process. The city unanimously adopted the resulting report through the town council and is pursuing capital improvements, long-term land use planning, and state and federal grants in accordance with the “Planning for Rising Waters” report.
For more information, see the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Climate January 2014 Smart Webinar on Kingston’s Tidal Waterfront Flooding Task Force.

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Book Your Lodging for the Annual Tribal Energy Program Review by March 10

The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is hosting its annual Program Review in Denver March 24-27. Register today and be sure to book your lodging by March 10 to get the group discount!

 As you make your travel plans, note that the Review is now scheduled to end Thursday, March 27. Also, keep in mind that the Denver March Powwow is the weekend before the Review (March 21-23).

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Tribal Energy Program Review


March 24-27, 2014
Denver Marriott West
1717 Denver West Boulevard
Golden, Colorado 80401 
1-888-236-2427 (toll-free)


Recognizing tribes' increasing interest in energy efficiency and renewable energy, our annual Program Review is a gathering that enables tribes to meet and learn from other tribes that are pursuing energy sufficiency and reduced carbon pollution through energy efficiency and/or renewable energy development, and to share in each other's successes. This is a unique forum that provides an excellent overview of the wide range of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under way in Indian Country.

The Review will include an overview of the Tribal Energy Program and a series of presentations by tribes exploring or deploying weatherization, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies across the nation. Because human capacity is a focus of the Tribal Energy Program, you will also learn about our internship program and hear directly from young and inspiring Native American students about their experiences and summer projects. For additional details, including the agenda, visit our website. If you have questions, please contact tribal@go.doe.gov.

Registration
There is no cost to attend the workshop, but participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals, and travel costs. Advance registration is requested. Register now.

Lodging
The Denver Marriott West is making a block of rooms available to meeting participants at a discounted rate of $156.00 plus tax (government 2014 per diem rate). For a map and directions and to make reservations at the group rate, book online or call 1-888-236-2427 (toll-free). When booking, be sure to reference the "TEP Program Review." The deadline for reservations at the group rate is March 10, 2014. After that date we will be unable to guarantee rate or availability.

Optional Sustainable NREL Walking Campus Tour – Friday, March 28, 9 a.m.
Join us for an optional walking tour of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) campus from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Friday (after the Review). NREL exemplifies environmental sustainability throughout its operations, and this tour is an opportunity to learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency research as well as see for yourself how the campus is demonstrating clean energy technologies, reducing waste, and eliminating atmospheric pollution. The tour is a vigorous outdoor walking tour, so please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.

Register for the tour at the Tribal Energy Program Review on Monday and Tuesday morning. The tour is limited to 20 people, so registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. If you will not be onsite Monday and Tuesday but would like to join the tour, please express your interest via email to tribal@go.doe.gov.

Regards,
 
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov 

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.

 


02/27/2014

FY2014 Brownfields Training, Research, and Technical Assistance Grants Request for Proposals Issued

RFP# EPA-OSWER-OBLR-14-2

Closing Date: April 18, 2014

This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits proposals from eligible entities, including nonprofit organizations, to conduct research, or provide technical assistance to communities facing Brownfields cleanup and revitalization challenges.

Focus areas of this announcement include:

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February 2014 - Funding Opportunities and Upcoming Events for Tribes

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following funding opportunities and upcoming events that may be of interest to tribes.

Funding Opportunities

The following funding opportunities can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including energy efficiency, pollution prevention, and sustainable water infrastructure. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

Note that the Tribal Energy Program has added a new feature on its website highlighting hundreds of millions of dollars in funding opportunities available to tribes at a glance. Be sure to check the Tribal Energy Program's new funding opportunities list frequently for the most complete and up-to-date listing of funding opportunities available to state, local, and tribal governments.

In addition, please visit the calendar of EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to tribal communities.

ANA 2014 Funding Opportunities for Tribes

Concept Papers Due: April 15, 2014
Eligible Entities: Varies by focus area

The Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Native Americans (ANA) has announced the availability of Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 funding opportunities. Competitively selected awards will fund projects focused in the following areas: Environmental Regulatory Enhancement, Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance, Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance–Esther Martinez Immersion, Social and Economic Development Strategies, and Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies. ANA project funding is available in short-term development terms of 12, 24, 36, and 60 months. All ANA community projects must be completed by the end of the project period or supported by alternative funds. ANA provides training and technical assistance to applicants for project and proposal development and to grantees for project implementation and reporting. For additional details about each FOA, including information on how to apply, visit the Administration for Children and Families website.

DOE Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Incubator Technologies (BENEFIT) – $14 Million

Concept Papers Due: March 6, 2014
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, for-profit entities, educational institutions, and nonprofits

The Emerging Technologies Program of DOE’s Building Technologies Office enables cost-effective, energy-efficient technologies to be developed and introduced into the marketplace. Awards will be issued in the following areas: Open Topic for Energy Efficiency Solutions for Residential and Commercial Buildings, Innovative Sensors & Sensor Systems, Advanced Energy-Efficient Clothes Dryers, and Highly Insulating Building Envelope Components.

For more information, read the funding opportunity description.

DOE Vehicle Technologies Program – $51.4 Million

Applications Due: April 1, 2014
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes public institutions of higher education and hospitals), and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes private institutions of higher education and hospitals) located in the United States and U.S. territories or possessions

DOE's Vehicle Technologies Office supports a broad research, development, and deployment technology portfolio focused on reducing the cost and improving the performance of a mix of near- and long-term vehicle technologies. Specifically, activities are aimed at improving vehicle technologies such as electric vehicles, powertrains, fuel, tires, and auxiliary systems. This funding opportunity announcement contains a total of 14 areas of interest in the general areas of advanced light-weighting; advanced battery development; power electronics; advanced heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems; and fuels and lubricants.

For more information, read the funding opportunity synopsis.

EDA Economic Development Assistance Programs Federal Funding Opportunity –Total Funding Available TBD

Applications Due Varies by program year; next due date is March 14, 2014
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, nonprofits, institutions of higher education

Under the Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP) federal funding opportunity announcement, EDA will make construction, nonconstruction, and revolving loan fund investments under the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs. Grants made under these programs will leverage regional assets to support the implementation of regional economic development strategies designed to create jobs, leverage private capital, encourage economic development, and strengthen America’s ability to compete in the global marketplace. EDA is soliciting applications from rural and urban communities to develop initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions. EDA’s investment priorities include environmentally sustainable development and economically distressed and underserved communities.

For more information, see the funding opportunity synopsis.

EPA National Center for Sustainable Water Infrastructure Modeling Research – $4 Million

Applications Due: March 10, 2014
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes public institutions of higher education and hospitals), and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes private institutions of higher education and hospitals) located in the United States and U.S. territories or possessions

EPA, as part of its Science to Achieve Results program, is seeking applications proposing the creation of a National Center for Sustainable Water Infrastructure Modeling Research. The intent of the center should be to facilitate technology transfer of open source water infrastructure models and share green infrastructure tools and research advancements with local communities and stakeholders. The objective of the award is to establish a center that coordinates the following three components to the advancement of sustainable water models and model research:

For more information, see the funding opportunity synopsis.

EPA Pollution Prevention Grant Program – $4.1 Million

Applications Due: March 20, 2014
Eligible Entities: State governments, federally recognized tribes and intertribal consortia, colleges and universities (recognized as instrumentalities of the state)

The intent of EPA’s Pollution Prevention (P2) Grant Program is to assist state and tribal governments in encouraging businesses to adopt environmental strategies and solutions that significantly reduce or eliminate waste or pollution from air, water, and/or land. Examples of P2/source reduction projects include, but are not limited to, delivering technical assistance and education related to greenhouse gas emission reduction and providing technical assistance on source reduction to manufacturers or small businesses. Get additional information on allowable P2 grant projects and summaries of awarded P2 grants.

For more information, see the funding opportunity synopsis.

EPA Source Reduction Assistance Program – $1.3 Million

Applications Due: March 11, 2014
Eligible Entities: State, local, city, or township governments; federally recognized tribes; the U.S. Virgin Islands; the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; any territory or possession of the United States; independent school district governments; state-controlled institutions of higher education; nonprofit organizations (other than institutions of higher education); private institutions of higher education; and community-based grassroots organizations

The Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) Grant Program will support pollution prevention (P2)/source reduction and/or resource conservation projects. Successful work plans will be those that present innovative project tools; forge partnerships that engage and educate communities about P2 practices; or augment existing P2 practices by taking a business, community, or locality into a new and resourceful direction to benefit human health and the environment. Demonstrations of P2 practices must involve new or experimental technologies, methods, or approaches, where the results of the project will be disseminated so that others can benefit from the knowledge gained in the demonstration project. Projects awarded in the past include assessments and trainings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency. Read summaries of FY 2012 SRA grants.

For more information, see the funding opportunity synopsis.

FTA Low- or No-Emission Vehicle Deployment Program – $24.9 Million

Applications Due: March 10, 2014
Eligible Entities: An eligible area is designated as a nonattainment area or a maintenance area for ozone or carbon monoxide as defined under the Clean Air Act.

FTA announces the availability of $24.9 million for the deployment of low- or no-emission transit buses. The main purpose of the program is to deploy the cleanest and most energy-efficient U.S.-made transit buses that have been largely proven in testing and demonstrations but are not yet widely deployed in transit fleets. The program provides funding for transit agencies for capital acquisitions and leases of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities such as recharging, refueling, and maintenance facilities. Of that total funding, $21.6 million is available for buses and $3.3 million is available for supporting facilities and related equipment.

For more information, see the grant opportunity synopsis.

Georgetown University Energy Prize – $5 Million

Letters of Intent Due: February 28, 2014
Eligible Entities: For this competition, a “community” is defined geographically by the limits of a municipality—a town, city, or county that has corporate status and local government. All small-to-medium municipalities in the United States with populations between 5,000 and 250,000 are eligible to apply.

The Georgetown University Energy Prize is a competition in which communities will be challenged to work together with their local governments and utilities in order to develop and begin implementing plans for innovative, replicable, scalable, and continual reductions in the per capita energy consumed from local natural gas and electric utilities. Participating communities will be asked to develop a long-term energy efficiency plan and to demonstrate initial effectiveness and sustainability over a two-year period. Participating communities will benefit from access to various resources and the winning community will receive $5 million, which will help to support their continuing community-based energy efficiency efforts. Interested communities are encouraged to submit a nonbinding letter of intent as soon as possible. For more information, visit the energy prize website.

Upcoming Events

The Tribal Energy Program, in partnership with the DOE Office of Indian Energy and the Western Area Power Administration, will present the next Tribal Renewable Energy Series webinar, Strategic Energy Planning, on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern time. Attendees will learn about developing a strategic energy plan using key aspects of successful energy planning and available information and resources, as well as how the plan enables a Tribe to mobilize long-term support that extends beyond changing political administrations, helps address barriers to energy development, and engages stakeholders from all segments of the community. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask the presenters questions during a brief Q&A session at the end of the webinar.

There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Register for the webinar.

Tribal Energy Program Review – March 24-27 in Golden, Colorado

The Tribal Energy Program is hosting its annual Tribal Energy Program Review in Golden, Colorado, March 24-27. This unique forum provides attendees with an in-depth view of the wide range of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under way in Indian Country.

The Review will feature an overview of the Tribal Energy Program and a series of presentations by Tribes exploring or deploying weatherization, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies across the nation. Attendees will also learn about the Tribal Energy Program's internship program and hear directly from young and inspiring Native American college students about their experiences and summer projects. For additional details about the event, including the agenda, visit our website.

The Review will take place at the Denver Marriott West, 1717 Denver West Blvd., Golden, Colorado. There is no cost to attend the Tribal Energy Program Review, but advance registration is requested. Register now.

DOE to Sponsor Reservation Economic Summit (RES) 2014 – Don't Miss the Energy Forum on March 17

As part of DOE's Silver-Level sponsorship of RES 2014, the DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs will present an energy forum on March 17, 2014, from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The forum will feature the following roundtable sessions:

View the full agenda for more details. The cost to attend this forum is included with conference registration. The National RES 2014 conference will take place March 17-20, 2014. Register for RES 2014, and be sure to visit DOE at Booth 2105 while you're there!

Regards,
 
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov 

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.

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EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

EPA has released updated draft projections of energy impacts from key state Energy Efficiency (EE) and Renewable Energy (RE) policies not captured in the Energy Information Administration's Annual Energy Outlook (AEO). These policies include:

EPA encourages state representatives and other interested parties to submit comments on these draft projections. EPA will carefully consider all comments received, and will make appropriate changes to our analysis on the basis of your input. Please submit your comments by April 1, 2014.

Background: EPA and many states rely on the Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) demand forecast for power sector modeling and emissions planning. The AEO forecast includes some EE/RE policies, but does not explicitly account for several key EE/RE policies currently “on the books” in many states. With this announcement, EPA is providing draft impact projections for these policies.

How These Projections Help States: States may use EPA’s EE/RE projections to quantify the associated emissions reductions, and then include these reductions in their SIP submittals. Jurisdictions not currently preparing a SIP but interested in better understanding the energy and emissions impacts of EE/RE policies may likewise use EPA’s methodology and estimates to identify strategies for staying in attainment with the NAAQS.

Input Requested: EPA is requesting comments on its draft impact projections and supporting documentation, including:

Key Questions: EPA encourages state representatives and other interested parties to submit comment on the draft resources described above. The following questions are provided to help guide your review:

Learn more.

Questions? Contact EPA by email.

EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program logoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.
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02/24/2014

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Register to Attend the Tribal Strategic Energy Planning Webinar on February 26

The Tribal Energy Program, in partnership with the DOE Office of Indian Energy and Western Area Power Administration, will present the next Tribal Renewable Energy Series webinar, Strategic Energy Planning, on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern time. Attendees will learn about developing a strategic energy plan using key aspects of successful energy planning and available information and resources, as well as how the plan enables a tribe to mobilize long-term support that extends beyond changing political administrations, helps address barriers to energy development, and engages stakeholders from all segments of the community.

Attendees will have an opportunity to ask the presenters questions during a brief Q&A session at the end of the webinar.

There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Register for the webinar.

For a complete list of the 2014 Tribal Renewable Energy Series of webinars and to register, visit our website.

Regards,
 
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov 

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.


02/20/2014

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Learn about policies and practices being used by school districts across the country to ensure a healthy and safe learning environment
CDC School Health Policies and Practices Study Results in School Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Management 
Register Now for the Mold and Moisture Contol in  Schools webinar
February 27, 2014, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST.
Join us to hear results from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS). SHPPS is a national survey periodically conducted to assess school health policies and practices at the state, district, school and classroom levels.
Attend this webinar to:

  • Understandthe key findings from the 2012 study, the fourth in a series, which presents data on school health policies and practices at the state and district level, including a significant increase in the number of schools with IAQ management programs in place, since 2006.
  • Hear about the progress districts have made in implementing IAQ management programs and other initiatives, and how the vast majority of these districts (more than 82 percent) used EPA's IAQ Tools for Schools guidance to direct their efforts.
  • Gather statistics that could help you in communicating the value and importance of IAQ management and continued IAQ training opportunities to your school community and key decision-makers.
  • Learn about the most common IAQ initiatives nationwide, and areas in which work remains to be done, including pest management, ventilation standards and smoke-free environments.
  • Get information on state initiatives and other potential funding, training and technical assistance opportunities that can help you start, expand or maintain successful IAQ management programs today.

Speaker:

  • Sherry Everett Jones, PhD, MPH, JD,U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Facilitator:

  • Brenda Doroski,U.S. EPA, Indoor Environments Division. 

Take advantage of the opportunity to have your specific questions and interests addressed during the webinar. Send your questions to IAQTfSConnector@cadmusgroup.com by February 24, 2014.
Register today! https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/361152842
Spread the word! Forward this email to a colleague.
Please note: This webinar will last approximately 60 minutes. You will need a high-speed Internet connection and a telephone line to interact with speakers and other participants. Call-in information will be provided upon registration.


Questions?
If you have any questions about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance, please contact the IAQ Tools for Schools Connector Coordinator at IAQTfSConnector@cadmusgroup.com.

The IAQ Tools for Schools guidance is a comprehensive resource designed to help schools maintain a healthy environment in school buildings by identifying, correcting and preventing IAQ problems. Learn more about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance at http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools.


02/19/2014

Federal Grant Opportunities

EPA
Environmental Protection Agency
Fiscal Year 2014 Pollution Prevention Grant Program Modification 1
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=250337

USDA
Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
USDA-NRCS-NHQ-14-01
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=250998

DOI
Department of the Interior
National Park Service
Tribal Heritage Grants
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=251013

 

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EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

AVERT logoEPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program has launched a new tool that estimates the emissions benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and programs. The AVoided Emissions and geneRation Tool (AVERT) is a free tool with a simple user interface designed to meet the needs of state air quality planners and other interested users. Non-experts can easily use AVERT to evaluate county-level reductions of electric power plant emissions due to energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy (RE) policies and programs.
State air quality planners, energy office staff, public utility commission staff, and other organizations interested in knowing the emission benefits of EE/RE policies and programs can use AVERT to:

Learn more.

EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program logoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.
To subscribe to or unsubscribe from this newsletter, go to the Newsletters page.
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EJ in Action Blog: Looking Back on 20 Years of Working toward Environmental Justice

Check out our latest blog post, Evolving Visions of Environmental Justice: An EJ Pioneer's Reflections on Executive Order 12898 after Twenty Years, by Charles Lee of the EPA's Office of Environmental Justice. Mr. Lee writes about the 20th anniversary of EO 12898, which established the Office of Environmental Justice and helped to amplify much of the community activism that lead to its signing by President Bill Clinton on February 11, 1994.

Also, check out our 20th Anniversary Video Series, which features federal and local government officials, non-profit leaders and students who share stories about their lessons learned over time working on environmental and climate justice.
Be sure to add your e-mail address to the subscribe link on the upper-right side of the blog's home page to receive our future posts directly each week. Click the "Like" button to let your friends know about this great resource. Thank you for helping up spread the word!

Link: http://blog.epa.gov/ej/2014/02/evolving-visions-of-ej/

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Embracing Environmental Justice: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of E.O. 12898

By Administrator Gina McCarthy EPA’s mission to protect public health and the environment is driven by a fundamental belief that regardless of who you are or where you come from, we all have a right to clean air to breathe, safe water to drink, and healthy land to call our home. At the heart of of that belief is our unwavering pursuit of environmental justice for minority, low-income, and tribal communities that have been long overburdened by environmental threats.

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Save the Date!

2014 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality

May 13-15, 2014
Pre-conference Sessions Available May 12
Hosted by: Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

 

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How is the Nation Faring on Indoor Air Quality in Schools?
Results from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2012 School Health Policies and Practices Study 
Register Now for the Mold and Moisture Contol in  Schools webinar
Thursday, February 27, 2014, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST.
Join us to hear results from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS). SHPPS is a national survey periodically conducted to assess school health policies and practices at the state, district, school and classroom levels.
This webinar will cover the successes our nation's schools have had in protecting children and the broader school community against the harmful impacts of poor indoor air quality (IAQ), the work that remains to be done, and key opportunities for starting or expanding your school or district's IAQ management program. This webinar will also highlight how EPA's IAQ Tools for Schoolsguidance has played a pivotal role in helping the majority of schools establish IAQ management programs, and the critical importance of ongoing education, training and communication in starting, expanding and maintaining successful IAQ management efforts.
Speaker:

  • Sherry Everett Jones, PhD, MPH, JD , U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sherry Everett Jones has been a Health Scientist in the Division of Adolescent and School Health at the CDC since 1996. She has authored nearly 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and CDC reports. Dr. Jones's primary areas of interest are the use of school-based research to measure adolescent risk behaviors and evaluate health-promoting school policies and practices, the influence of school and community design on health and academic achievement, and the role of law in promoting the public's health.

Facilitator:

  • Brenda Doroski, U.S. EPA Headquarters, Indoor Environments Division.Brenda Doroski is the Director of the Center for Asthma and Schools in EPA's Office of Radiation and Indoor Air, Indoor Environments Division. She currently leads EPA's asthma, schools and international cookstoves programs to improve health, livelihood and quality of life by reducing exposure to indoor air pollution.

Take advantage of the opportunity to have your specific questions and interests addressed during the webinar. Send your questions to IAQTfSConnector@cadmusgroup.com by February 24, 2014.
Register today! https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/361152842
Spread the word! Forward this email to a colleague.
Please note: This webinar will last approximately 60 minutes. You will need a high-speed Internet connection and a telephone line to interact with speakers and other participants. Call-in information will be provided upon registration.
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Questions?
If you have any questions about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance, please contact the IAQ Tools for Schools Connector Coordinator at IAQTfSConnector@cadmusgroup.com.

The IAQ Tools for Schools guidance is a comprehensive resource designed to help schools maintain a healthy environment in school buildings by identifying, correcting and preventing IAQ problems. Learn more about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance at http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools.

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Dear School IEQ Champion,
Join your peers at the Healthy Schools – Healthy Children Conference on March 6, 2014, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This FREE, one-day training will focus on how school district personnel can take simple, low-cost steps to advance comprehensive indoor air quality (IAQ) management in schools while saving money, improving health, and decreasing student and staff absenteeism. 


When: March 6, 2014, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET.

Where: School District of Philadelphia Education Center
               440 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Cost: FREE!
Register Now for the Mold and Moisture Contol in  Schools webinar

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Attend this training to:

  • Identify basic strategies and tools needed to develop a comprehensive IAQ management program.
  • Learn from experts on environmental health and school facility management.
  • Network with peers who are successfully addressing IAQ in schools.
  • Prepare IAQ management plans and identify strategies for sustaining momentum to create green and healthy schools in your district.

This conference will be hosted by EPA Region 3, EPA Headquarters Office, the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic and the School District of Philadelphia. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from experts committed to improving the health of indoor environments in schools. Register today!
Spread the word! Please forward this email to a friend.
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Showcasing the Importance of Proactive IAQ Management –
Join EPA at the Green Schools National Conference


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GSNC 2014 Sessions Presented by SHIELD Network Members:


Healthy Facilities: Spurring Action with an Innovative National Partnership Model
Claire Burnett, Healthy Schools Network
Dan Tracy Enger, U.S. EPA
Dave Hill, Blue Valley Schools District

Healthy Environments + Healthy Children = Success: How School Nurses Help the Cause
Shelly Rosenblum, U.S. EPA
Shirley Schantz, National Association of School Nurses
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It's not Green, if it's not Healthy!
Kenny Foscue, CT Department of Public Health
Dr. Richard Shaughnessy, Unversity of Tulsa
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Keeping Kids Healthy in the Classroom and Keeping Bugs Out
Sherry Glick, U.S. EPA

Think Global/Act Local: Tailoring the 21st Century Classroom
Bill Orr, Collaborative for High Performance Schools
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Whole District/School Sustainability: Leadership Matters!
Anisa Baldwin Metzger, USGBC Center for Green Schools

The EPA Indoor Environments Division and other EPA Offices will be presenting at the 4th annual Green Schools National Conference to be held on March 27 – 29, 2014, in Sacramento, California. The conference unites advocates, educators and health experts from across the country to discuss best practices for improving the nation's schools. 

At the conference, EPA will promote the importance of proactive management of the indoor environment as an essential component of a green school. EPA's breakout session will showcase how the School Health and Indoor Environments Leadership Development (SHIELD) model can be used to foster the partnerships and leadership networks necessary to sustain successful indoor air quality (IAQ) management programs and promote healthy school facilities. If you plan on being at the conference, be sure to attend this session to learn how to create meaningful partnerships that will lead to direct, quantifiable results for school communities, facilities and academic programs.

In addition, SHIELD Network members will be presenting sessions to share best practices, case studies and lessons learned in creating and sustaining healthy and green school environments. Check out the listing of sessions in the box to the right. Last year's conference attracted over 1,200 participants. View resources from past conferences to better understand the scope of this national event. Register for the conference today!

 


Questions?
If you have any questions about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance, please contact the IAQ Tools for Schools Connector Coordinator at IAQTfSConnector@cadmusgroup.com.
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The IAQ Tools for Schools guidance is designed to help schools maintain a healthy environment in school buildings by identifying, correcting and preventing IAQ problems. Learn more about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance at http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools.

 

 

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Webinar on February 26: Strategic Energy Planning
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In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs and Western Area Power Administration (Western), the DOE Tribal Energy Program is sponsoring the Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series. The series is intended for tribal leaders and staff who are interested in developing facility- and community-scale energy projects, responding to utilities' requests for proposals, and learning more about the competitive power market.

The next webinar in the series is titled “Strategic Energy Planning” and will be held on February 26, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MST. There is no charge to participate in the webinar, but registration is required.

For more information and to register for the webinar, visit the TEEIC Web site at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

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Funding Opportunities and Grant Writing Assistance Related to Tribal Energy Development

Agriculture Energies is accepting applications from minority farm or ranch owners in Arizona for grant writing assistance. In addition, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are accepting applications for loan guarantee and funding opportunities. These opportunities may be able to be used to support tribal energy development-related initiatives. The titles of the opportunities and application deadlines are provided below.

- Agriculture and Energy Grant Assistance Program (first come, first served until July 31, 2014)
- DOE Solicitation for Advanced Fossil Energy Projects (February 28, 2014)
- USDA Conservation Innovation Grants (March 7, 2014)

For more information, visit the TEEIC Web site at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

 

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February 2014 – Upcoming Webinars; Nearly $105 Million in Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

February 12, 2014 

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following upcoming events that may be of interest to tribes, along with funding opportunities available to state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Economic Development Administration (EDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Federal Transit Administration, and Georgetown University. 
 


Upcoming Events 

USDA Climate Hubs Webinar – February 14, 2014, 2-3 p.m. Eastern Time

This webinar will explain the purpose, structure, and background of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Regional Climate Hubs, which were announced by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on February 5, 2014.
Seven Regional Hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change were established to build on the capacity within USDA to deliver science-based knowledge and practical information to farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners to support decision-making related to climate change across the country. The hubs will address increasing risks such as fires, invasive pests, devastating floods, and crippling droughts on a regional basis.
Webinar Presenters:

  • Butch Blazer, Deputy Under Secretary, Natural Resources and Environment
  • Randy Johnson, National Hubs Leader
  • William Hohenstein, Director, Climate Change Program Office

Read the news release about the USDA Climate Hubs.
Register for this webinar.

Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Strategic Energy Planning – February 26, 2014, 1- 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time

The Tribal Energy Program, in partnership with the DOE Office of Indian Energy and the Western Area Power Administration, will present the next Tribal Renewable Energy Series webinar, Strategic Energy Planning, on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern time. Attendees will learn about developing a strategic energy plan using key aspects of successful energy planning and available information and resources, as well as how the plan enables a Tribe to mobilize long-term support that extends beyond changing political administrations, helps address barriers to energy development, and engages stakeholders from all segments of the community. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask the presenters questions during a brief Q&A session at the end of the webinar.
There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Register for the webinar.

Funding Opportunities 

The following funding opportunities can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including energy efficiency, pollution prevention, and sustainable water infrastructure. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.
Note that the Tribal Energy Program has added a new feature on its website highlighting hundreds of millions of dollars in funding opportunities available to tribes at a glance. Be sure to check the Tribal Energy Program's new funding opportunities list frequently for the most complete and up-to-date listing of funding opportunities available to state, local, and tribal governments.
In addition, please visit the calendar of EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to tribal communities.

DOE Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Incubator Technologies (BENEFIT) – $14 Million

Concept Papers Due: March 6, 2014
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, for-profit entities, educational institutions, and nonprofits

The Emerging Technologies Program of DOE’s Building Technologies Office enables cost‐effective, energy‐efficient technologies to be developed and introduced into the marketplace. Awards will be issued in the following areas: Open Topic for Energy Efficiency Solutions for Residential and Commercial Buildings, Innovative Sensors & Sensor Systems, Advanced Energy‐Efficient Clothes Dryers, and Highly Insulating Building Envelope Components.
 
For more information, read the funding opportunity description.

DOE Vehicle Technologies Program – $51.4 Million

Applications Due: April 1, 2014
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes public institutions of higher education and hospitals), and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes private institutions of higher education and hospitals) located in the United States and U.S. territories or possessions

DOE's Vehicle Technologies Office supports a broad research, development, and deployment technology portfolio focused on reducing the cost and improving the performance of a mix of near- and long-term vehicle technologies. Specifically, activities are aimed at improving vehicle technologies such as electric vehicles, powertrains, fuel, tires, and auxiliary systems. This funding opportunity announcement contains a total of 14 areas of interest in the general areas of advanced light-weighting; advanced battery development; power electronics; advanced heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems; and fuels and lubricants.
 
For more information, read the funding opportunity synopsis.

EDA Economic Development Assistance Programs Federal Funding Opportunity –Total Funding Available TBD

Applications Due: Varies by program year; next due date is March 14, 2014
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, nonprofits, institutions of higher education

Under the Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP) federal funding opportunity announcement, EDA will make construction, nonconstruction, and revolving loan fund investments under the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs. Grants made under these programs will leverage regional assets to support the implementation of regional economic development strategies designed to create jobs, leverage private capital, encourage economic development, and strengthen America’s ability to compete in the global marketplace. EDA is soliciting applications from rural and urban communities to develop initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions. EDA’s investment priorities include environmentally sustainable development and economically distressed and underserved communities.
 
For more information, see the funding opportunity synopsis.

EPA National Center for Sustainable Water Infrastructure Modeling Research – $4 Million

Applications Due: March 10, 2014
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes public institutions of higher education and hospitals), and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes private institutions of higher education and hospitals) located in the United States and U.S. territories or possessions

EPA, as part of its Science to Achieve Results program, is seeking applications proposing the creation of a National Center for Sustainable Water Infrastructure Modeling Research. The intent of the center should be to facilitate technology transfer of open source water infrastructure models and share green infrastructure tools and research advancements with local communities and stakeholders. The objective of the award is to establish a center that coordinates the following three components to the advancement of sustainable water models and model research:

  • Novel Research that engages sustainable water infrastructure models, including those that provide solutions to impacts to water from climate change and extreme events
  • Community Support and Outreach that fosters a global community of sustainable water infrastructure modelers, model users, and stakeholders
  • Model and Code Development that supports freely available software models of sustainable stormwater, wastewater, and water supply systems.

For more information, see the funding opportunity synopsis.

EPA Pollution Prevention Grant Program – $4.1 Million

Applications Due: March 20, 2014
Eligible Entities: State governments, federally recognized tribes and intertribal consortia, colleges and universities (recognized as instrumentalities of the state)

The intent of EPA’s Pollution Prevention (P2) Grant Program is to assist state and tribal governments in encouraging businesses to adopt environmental strategies and solutions that significantly reduce or eliminate waste or pollution from air, water, and/or land. Examples of P2/source reduction projects include, but are not limited to, delivering technical assistance and education related to greenhouse gas emission reduction and providing technical assistance on source reduction to manufacturers or small businesses. Get additional information on allowable P2 grant projects and summaries of awarded P2 grants.
For more information, see the funding opportunity synopsis.

EPA Source Reduction Assistance Program – $1.3 Million

Applications Due: March 11, 2014
Eligible Entities: State, local, city, or township governments; federally recognized tribes; the U.S. Virgin Islands; the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; any territory or possession of the United States; independent school district governments; state-controlled institutions of higher education; nonprofit organizations (other than institutions of higher education); private institutions of higher education; and community-based grassroots organizations

The Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) Grant Program will support pollution prevention (P2)/source reduction and/or resource conservation projects. Successful work plans will be those that present innovative project tools; forge partnerships that engage and educate communities about P2 practices; or augment existing P2 practices by taking a business, community, or locality into a new and resourceful direction to benefit human health and the environment. Demonstrations of P2 practices must involve new or experimental technologies, methods, or approaches, where the results of the project will be disseminated so that others can benefit from the knowledge gained in the demonstration project. Projects awarded in the past include assessments and trainings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency. Read summaries of FY 2012 SRA grants.
For more information, see the funding opportunity synopsis.

FTA Low- or No-Emission Vehicle Deployment Program – $24.9 Million

Applications Due: March 10, 2014
Eligible Entities: An eligible area is designated as a nonattainment area or a maintenance area for ozone or carbon monoxide as defined under the Clean Air Act.

FTA announces the availability of $24.9 million for the deployment of low- or no-emission transit buses. The main purpose of the program is to deploy the cleanest and most energy-efficient U.S.-made transit buses that have been largely proven in testing and demonstrations but are not yet widely deployed in transit fleets. The program provides funding for transit agencies for capital acquisitions and leases of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities such as recharging, refueling, and maintenance facilities. Of that total funding, $21.6 million is available for buses and $3.3 million is available for supporting facilities and related equipment. 
For more information, see the grant opportunity synopsis.

Georgetown University Energy Prize – $5 Million  

Letters of Intent Due: February 28, 2014
Eligible Entities: For this competition, a “community” is defined geographically by the limits of a municipality—a town, city, or county that has corporate status and local government. All small-to-medium municipalities in the United States with populations between 5,000 and 250,000 are eligible to apply.
 
The Georgetown University Energy Prize is a competition in which communities will be challenged to work together with their local governments and utilities in order to develop and begin implementing plans for innovative, replicable, scalable, and continual reductions in the per capita energy consumed from local natural gas and electric utilities. Participating communities will be asked to develop a long-term energy efficiency plan and to demonstrate initial effectiveness and sustainability over a two-year period. Participating communities will benefit from access to various resources and the winning community will receive $5 million, which will help to support their continuing community-based energy efficiency efforts. Interested communities are encouraged to submit a nonbinding letter of intent as soon as possible. For more information, visit the energy prize website.
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EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

Nearly $105 million in funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy (DOE), and Georgetown University that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including energy efficiency, pollution prevention, and sustainable water infrastructure. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.
In addition, please visit the calendar of 2014 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.
Georgetown University Energy Prize – $5 million

The Georgetown University Energy Prize is a competition in which communities will be challenged to work together with their local governments and utilities in order to develop and begin implementing plans for innovative, replicable, scalable, and continual reductions in the per capita energy consumed from local natural gas and electric utilities. Participating communities will be asked to develop a long-term energy efficiency plan and to demonstrate initial effectiveness and sustainability over a two-year period. Participating communities will benefit from access to various resources and the winning community will receive $5 million, which will help to support their continuing community-based energy efficiency efforts. Interested communities are encouraged to submit a non-binding letter of intent as soon as possible.
For more information, visit the energy prize website.
DOE Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Incubator Technologies (BENEFIT) – $14 million

The Emerging Technologies Program of DOE’s Building Technologies Office enables cost‐effective, energy‐efficient technologies to be developed and introduced into the marketplace. Awards will be issued in the following areas: Open Topic for Energy Efficiency Solutions for Residential and Commercial Buildings, Innovative Sensors & Sensor Systems, Advanced Energy‐Efficient Clothes Dryers, and Highly Insulating Building Envelope Components.
For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.
FTA Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program – $24.9 million

FTA announces the availability of $24.9 million for the deployment of low- or no-emission transit buses. The main purpose of the program is to deploy the cleanest and most energy efficient U.S.-made transit buses that have been largely proven in testing and demonstrations but are not yet widely deployed in transit fleets. The program provides funding for transit agencies for capital acquisitions and leases of zero- and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities such as recharging, refueling, and maintenance facilities. Of that total funding, $21.6 million is available for buses and $3.3 million is available for supporting facilities and related equipment.
For more information, visit the grant opportunity synopsis.
EPA National Center for Sustainable Water Infrastructure Modeling Research – $4 million

EPA, as part of its Science to Achieve Results program, is seeking applications proposing the creation of a National Center for Sustainable Water Infrastructure Modeling Research. The center should intend to facilitate technology transfer of open source water infrastructure models and share green infrastructure tools and research advancements with local communities and stakeholders. The objective of the award is to establish a center that coordinates the following three components to the advancement of sustainable water models and model research:

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.
EPA Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) Grant Program – $1.029 million

The Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) Grant Program will support pollution prevention (P2)/source reduction and/or resource conservation projects. Successful work plans will be those that present innovative project tools; forge partnerships that engage and educate communities about P2 practices; or augment existing P2 practices by taking a business, community, or locality into a new and resourceful direction to benefit human health and the environment. Demonstrations of P2 practices must involve new or experimental technologies, methods, or approaches, where the results of the project will be disseminated so that others can benefit from the knowledge gained in the demonstration project. Projects awarded in the past include assessments and trainings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency. Click here for summaries of FY 2012 SRA grants.                                                                                                                                                            
For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.
EDA Economic Development Assistance Programs Federal Funding Opportunity – Total funding available TBD

EDA will make construction, non-construction, and revolving loan fund investments under the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs. Grants made under these programs will leverage regional assets to support the implementation of regional economic development strategies designed to create jobs, leverage private capital, encourage economic development, and strengthen America’s ability to compete in the global marketplace. EDA is soliciting applications from rural and urban communities to develop initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions. EDA’s investment priorities include environmentally sustainable development and economically distressed and underserved communities.
For more information, see the opportunity synopsis.
EPA Pollution Prevention Grant Program – $4.1 million

The intent of EPA’s Pollution Prevention (P2) Grant Program is to assist state and tribal governments in encouraging businesses to adopt environmental strategies and solutions that significantly reduce or eliminate waste or pollution from air, water, and/or land. Examples of P2/source reduction projects include, but are not limited to, delivering technical assistance and education related to greenhouse gas emission reduction and providing technical assistance on source reduction to manufacturers or small businesses. Click here for additional information on allowable P2 grant projects and here for summaries of awarded P2 grants.
For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.                                
DOE Vehicle Technologies Program – $51.4 million

DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office supports a broad research, development, and deployment technology portfolio focused on reducing the cost and improving the performance of a mix of near- and long-term vehicle technologies. Specifically, activities are aimed at improving vehicle technologies such as electric vehicles, powertrains, fuel, tires, and auxiliary systems. This Funding Opportunity Announcement contains a total of 14 areas of interest in the general areas of advanced light-weighting; advanced battery development; power electronics; advanced heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems; and fuels and lubricants.
For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.              

EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program logoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.
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02/06/2014

Clean Air Act Rulemaking and Permitting Training

EPA's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards will host the "Clean Air Act Rulemaking and Permitting Training" in Research Triangle Park on March 18-20, 2014. This training will provide an opportunity for participants to better understand the Clear Air Act, the benefits of early and meaningful public involvement, and to learn how existing training materials can help communities effectively participate in EPA's rulemaking and air permitting process.

Target Audience: Environmental Justice Communities
Registration Fee: None

Due to limited seating, registration is on a first-come, firs-serve basis.
Register at: http://www.epaejtraining.org/OAQPS/

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To All State, Local and Tribal Agencies:
Hello Everyone! The 2014 Air Quality Awareness Week (AQAW) will be Monday, April 28 - Friday, May 2.  We are happy to announce the theme for 2014 will be:  What's Your Air Quality IQ?  Look for daily trivia questions on our AirNow Facebook and Twitter pages to test your knowledge during AQAW!

We are pleased to announce that we will continue to work with NOAA to issue Public Information Statements that will be available to your local National Weather Service Forecast office to use if they choose.  We look forward to collaborating with them as we continue to promote a healthier and cleaner environment.
 
Hopefully, many of you have already begun to plan events for your community and we invite you to share those plans with us.  We would be delighted to highlight your events during AQAW, by posting information and pictures on the AQAW web site, AirNow Facebook and Twitter pages.  Here are a few suggestions you and your office might consider for AQAW:

Cycle Sunday:  Ride your bicycle to places you would normally drive your car.  Get some fresh air and save some gas.

Alternative Mode Monday:  Use alternate modes of transportation.  Consider riding by light rail, bus or vanpool.

Ride Together Tuesday:  Carpool to as many locations as possible.  Riding together decreases the amount of dust and emissions in the air.

Walk Somewhere Wednesday:  Walk to nearby locations instead of driving.  Increasing the number of steps you take will improve your health.

No Drive-Thru Thursday:  Avoid the drive-thru and go inside to order your food, coffee or prescriptions.  You'll reduce exhaust emissions from your idling car.

Fuel After Dark Friday:  Hot temperatures and gasoline fumes create ground-level ozone.  Refueling your vehicle later in the evening reduces air pollution.

Sweep It Up Saturday:  Sweep your driveway, patio, or deck, instead of using a leaf blower.  And what about using a rake in the yard?  Get some exercise and breathe in fresh air while you burn a few calories.

We have updated the daily messages on the AQAW web and we encourage you to share them with your local media, particularly meteorologists.  Access to the AQAW Event Planning Kit, which contains information on working with the media and the public to create a successful awareness event, can be downloaded at this web site:  http://www.epa.gov/airnow/airaware/resources.html.   

During AQAW week, please consider visiting us on Facebook to post a comment about the AQI in your area (i.e. Today's air quality index is good here today in Durham, NC, so I think I'll do some gardening). You could also consider sending out a press release or news pegs during the week to highlight your program. 

If you have any comments or events and pictures you would like posted, please send them to Debra Lee:  lee.debra@epa.gov.  If you have any questions, please give her a call at: (919) 541-0860.

We look forward to working with all of you on another successful Air Quality Awareness Week!

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EPA has released a new climate and energy strategy guide for local governments, titled Green Power Procurement: A Guide to Developing and Implementing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs (pdf).
Green power is a subset of renewable energy produced with no greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, typically from solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, biomass, or low-impact hydroelectric sources. By substituting green power for conventional electricity, which is produced primarily by combusting fossil fuels and accounts for nearly 33 percent of total U.S. energy-related GHG emissions, local governments and their communities can achieve significant energy, environmental, and economic benefits.
This guide provides comprehensive information for local government staff and policy makers on how to implement these GHG reduction strategies, including:

Key features of the guide include:

This guide is part of EPA’s Local Government Climate and Energy Strategy Series, which is designed to help policy makers and program staff plan, implement, and evaluate cost-effective climate and energy projects that generate environmental, economic, social, and human health benefits. 

EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program logoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.
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Electronic Reporting for Sources Complying with the Area Source Boiler Rule Videos

The US EPA is pleased to announce the availability of 2 new videos explaining Electronic Reporting for sources complying with the area source boiler rule. 

These videos will hopefully help sources understand how to register to use EPA’s Compliance and Emissions Data Reporting Interface (CEDRI) through EPA’s Central Data Exchange.  To go directly to the video for Registering with CEDRI go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIRrMxrcTzE

For a video that takes you through the process of submitting a Notification of Compliance Status specifically for the area source boiler rule go here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-fCRb8wKGs

We hope these videos will help area source boiler owners and operators comply with electronic reporting requirements of the rule.  If you have any questions on the rule itself contact Mary Johnson at 919-541-5025 or Jim Eddinger at 919-541-5426. 


02/04/2014

 

Emissions Testing and Polymers and Resins Group IV

Last week the EPA Administrator signed 2 separate but related rules.  The final Polymers and Resins Group IV Risk and Technology Review Rule and a final update to Emissions Test Methods which contains methodologies referenced in the Risk and Technology Review Rule.  This information has also be shared with ECOS, NACAA, and AAPCA.

The Final Test Methods rule will be posted on the web at:  http://www.epa.gov/ttn/emc/approalt.html

The Polymers & Resins IV rule will be posted at:  http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/pr4/pr4pg.html

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DOE Tribal Energy Program Review (March 24-27 in Golden, CO)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal Energy Program Review will provide an overview of the wide range of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under way in Indian Country. The Program Review enables tribes to meet and learn from other tribes that are pursuing energy sufficiency through efficiency and/or renewable energy projects. Participants will also be given an overview of the Tribal Energy Program and learn about their internship program.

The Tribal Energy Program Review will be held from March 24-27, 2014, at the Denver Marriott West in Golden, Colorado. There is no cost to attend the Program Review, but participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals, and travel costs. For more information and to register, visit the TEEIC Web site at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

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This message provides details about ten upcoming webcasts offered by the federal agencies and others. All webcasts are offered free of charge, but space may be limited.

EPA Webcasts

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

DOE Webcasts

NACo Webcasts


EPA Webcasts 

February 6, 2:00-3:00 PM (EST) – Improving Building Performance: CHP’s Role in Public and Private Real Estate Development
In this webinar sponsored by EPA’s Combined Heat and Power Partnership, learn how the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are promoting CHP in funding multifamily housing and other facilities. HUD is using the Guide to Using CHP for Enhancing Reliability and Resiliency in Buildings and other mechanisms to promote CHP, including to recipients of Community Development Block Grants in the response to Hurricane Sandy.
Register here
February 12, 2014, 1:00-2:00 pm (EST) – Smart Roofs: Portfolio-Based Roof Asset and Energy Management
The way you manage your roofs can have a big impact on your energy consumption and carbon footprint, and position you as a community leader. This webinar, sponsored by EPA’s Green Power Partnership, will demonstrate, through a case study in our nation’s capital, how you can turn your roofs from a liability into a sustainable asset. The Washington, DC, Department of General Services is successfully integrating roof asset and energy management to reduce its energy use by 20 percent across its entire municipal portfolio, including schools, police and fire facilities, and parks and recreation buildings. The municipality includes 435 buildings with more than 40 million square feet.
Participants will learn about how to implement the following Smart Roof Objectives:

Speakers include:

Register here

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

February 18, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – Get Ready for the 2014 EPA National Building Competition
EPA is announcing the 2014 EPA National Building Competition! Come to learn about this year’s competition, what it entails, how you can enter, and what kind of EPA recognition you can earn. This webinar is appropriate for every ENERGY STAR commercial buildings stakeholder.
Register here
February 18, 2:30-4:00 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager 101
Join ENERGY STAR as it introduces and demonstrates the core functionality of EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Attendees will learn how to: navigate the new Portfolio Manager; add a property and enter details about it; enter energy and water consumption data; share properties; generate performance reports to assess progress; and respond to data requests.
Register here
February 19, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager 201
Continue to learn about EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as managing and tracking changes to your property uses over time, using spreadsheet templates to update property data, setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties, generating and using custom reports, and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.
Register here
February 20, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic: Campuses
Portfolio Manager "Office Hours" is a live webinar that gives all users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA in an open forum. In 2014, Office Hours will be held once a month. We will plan to spend the first 20-30 minutes of each session discussing a specific focus topic. The remaining hour will be used to answer any questions you have about Portfolio Manager (not limited to the focus topic).

In February, the focus topic will be benchmarking campuses. We will provide an overview of basic features that have been designed to help you benchmark a campus (parent property) with multiple buildings (child properties). The campus feature offers a lot of flexibility, so we’ll talk about the different ways to can enter your data in order to meet your benchmarking objectives. We’ll enter data in a few different ways to illustrate these features. 

If you would like to skip the Campus discussion, feel free to join the call at 1:30 for the Q&A portion.
Register here
February 20, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) – ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems
During this session, attendees will learn how to use EPA tools and resources to help meet requirements for green building rating systems such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Green Globes system, and others.

Register here

DOE & NREL Webcasts

February 4, 3:00-4:00 PM (EST) – Real-Time Energy Management: Improving Energy Efficiency Every 15 Minutes
Organizations have traditionally relied on monthly utility bills to track whole-building energy use, and to benchmark against previous year’s use or against other buildings. Tracking energy use at a more granular level within buildings--by system or piece of equipment, with reporting every 15 minutes in some cases--can help building staff isolate energy use issues and correct them much more quickly. This session features Better Buildings Challenge partners that are employing real-time energy management to achieve their energy reduction goals. The Tower Companies describe their efforts working with a third party vendor that installed sensors throughout their commercial and residential buildings and acts as an “energy guardian angel,” alerting Tower of energy anomalies and proposed corrections. The City of Beaverton, Oregon, will present its pilot real-time energy monitoring program for city buildings. Best Buy will describe the successful deployment of a real-time energy management system across its retail building portfolio.
Register here
February 26, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (MST) - DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Strategic Energy Planning
Attendees will learn about developing a strategic energy plan, identifying key aspects of successful energy planning, and using available information and resources. The available resources include archived webinars in the series from the DOE Office of Indian Energy Education Initiative. Attendees will learn how the plan (1) helps the tribe to mobilize the long-term support necessary for energy project development that extends beyond changing political administrations, (2) helps address barriers to energy development by providing a long-term view that prioritizes projects over not just years but several decades, and (3) engages stakeholders from all segments of the community to help the tribe pursue energy development projects in a thoughtful and strategic manner. If you cannot participate the day of the webinar a recording will be available
Register here

NACo Webcasts

February 27, 2:00-3:15 PM (EST) – Green Technology: How Tech Enables Counties to Invest in Renewables
Recent advancements in technology have spurred interest and growth across the nation in renewable energy. Technology is allowing counties to more efficiently develop renewable energy programs--from siting new wind energy facilities, to creating energy from once unused sources (including converting post-recycled solid waste into electricity), to ensuring reliable and secure transmission of energy via smart grids. By providing an easier path to renewable energy, technology is helping counties reduce energy costs and generate new economic activity, while meeting sustainability goals.
Register here


EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program logoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.

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01/31/2014

Tribal Listening Sessions with White House Climate Task Force Listening Session

Please join us for two listening sessions with Karen Diver, Chairwoman of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, and Reggie Joule, Mayor of the Northwest Arctic Borough, appointees to President Obama’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. The calls will focus on how the Federal Government can respond to communities that are dealing with the impacts of climate change.  

To ensure a sufficient number of lines for these calls, please respond to IndianCountry@who.eop.gov by 1:00 pm EST on January 31st if you plan to join.  

Conference call topics, times, and call-in information are below.

 

Call 1: “Disaster Recover & Resilience” and “ Built Systems: Transportation, Water, Energy, and Other Infrastructure”

Call Date/Time: Friday, January 31st, 2:00pm-3:00pm EST

Disaster Recovery and Resilience. This call will discuss catastrophic and non-catastrophic hazards and the overall cycle of disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery, and how Federal, state, local and tribal policies impact decisions made. Participants should consider outcomes that build Federal, State, Local, and Tribal capacity to become resilient to current and future hazards and disasters and proactive planning and preparedness measures that incorporate resilience, as well as post-disaster recovery and rebuilding.

Built Systems: Transportation, Water, Energy, and Other Infrastructure. This call will also discuss built systems, especially transportation, water, and energy. Participants should consider 1) all built systems, including interactions between systems and concerns about cascading failures between and among systems; 2) the interaction of built and natural systems, including the use of natural infrastructure to increase resilience; 3) what drives Federal, state, local and tribal decisions on infrastructure investment; and 4) whether Federal, state, local and tribal policies can/should work together to incentivize the private sector to incorporate climate resilience into their decisions.

DIAL-IN NUMBER
1 (866) 233-3842
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Call 2: “Natural Resources and Agriculture” and “ Communities: Human Health and Community Development”

Call Date/Time: Friday, January 31st, 4:00pm-5:00pm EST

Natural Resources and Agriculture. This call will discuss water resources, agriculture, forests, ecosystems, biodiversity, and ecosystem services, as well as the impacts to human communities of changes in these systems. Participants should cover all aspects of natural resources and agriculture, especially the interactions and connectivity between these systems and among these systems and human communities and the built environment. Participants will discuss long-term strategies to protect and restore natural resources and systems and the ecosystem services they provide and to enhance overall resilience in the face of a changing climate.

Communities: Human Health and Community Development. This call will also discuss social resilience and human health. Participants should address public health impacts of climate change, from both extreme events and slow onset changes. Participants should also consider impacts on vulnerable communities and populations and opportunities for building social resilience in communities of all types, sizes, and demographic makeups. We welcome suggestions on how multiple levels of government can work together to build social resilience at the local level and develop long-term strategies for resilient communities.

DIAL-IN NUMBER
1 (800) 260-0712
PASSCODE
318191

Note: This call is off the record and not for press purposes.  Please dial in 5-10 minutes early to help avoid any delays in joining the call.

Sincerely,

Raina Thiele

The White House
Raina_D_Thiele@who.eop.gov

 


01/30/2014

Resources for Improving IAQ In Schools In Tribal Communities
By Luke Gard

Schools across the country, including those in tribal communities, are facing challenges associated with reduced funding, leading to deferred maintenance and cuts to custodial and maintenance staff. Many communities have been enduring financial hardships for a longer period of time, possibly leading to more numerous and/or severe indoor air quality issues in school facilities.

One of the key populations facility managers and administrators need to be aware of are those with allergies and asthma, which together result in more missed school days than any other cause. Older furnishings, such as carpeting and upholstery, can act as reservoirs for allergens and other contaminants. In addition, teaching staff have a tendency to hold onto supplies, materials and other items, as there is uncertainty regarding budgets in upcoming years, which may lead to clutter in the classrooms.

Remove animals from the classroom to prevent allergies. Prevent air handling vents from being blocked. Photo: Luke Gard

A final result of diminished budgets may involve cuts to custodial and maintenance staff who care for and maintain the facilities. Teaching staff may bring in and use outside cleaning chemicals and products to supplement any perceived custodial shortcomings. Unfortunately, these chemicals brought in by staff may not be stored in locked cabinets or out of reach of young children, which may pose a significant safety hazard.

The IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit can be adapted to address specific issues faced by schools across the country – including schools in urban, rural and tribal communities. The Kit includes easy to use checklists, best practices and reference guides to help schools start or improve an IAQ management program. To get started, check out these few, low-cost suggestions that may improve environmental conditions in school facilities:

One final recommendation would be to establish policies that support the schools' efforts to create the safest and healthiest learning environments possible. -Luke Gard Safe and Healthy School Program Manager for the Center for Environmental Health, Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics.

Access Tribal Webinar Resources – Now Available Online

On December 9, 2013, EPA hosted a webinar titled, Creating Healthy Indoor Environments in Tribal Communities: Best Practices from Tribal Programs. During this webinar EPA's IAQ Tools for Schools guidance was featured as a valuable resource in helping schools establish, expand and maintain IAQ management programs. In addition, this webinar highlighted success stories of two tribal environmental health professionals and how they work with schools in their communities to proactively manage IAQ. Johna Boulafentis, Environmental Outreach Specialist, Air Quality Program, with the Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho and Scott Weir, Air Quality Coordinator with the Kickapoo Environmental Office, Kansas, both provided important insight and effective strategies for working with tribal communities to establish and sustain healthy indoor environments in their facilities. Their dedication and creative problem-solving have resulted in effective communication with school stakeholders in tribal communities, buy-in from school personnel on the importance of addressing IAQ in school facilities, and the integration of teamwork to successfully maintain healthy indoor environments in these tribal communities.

The slide deck, with the transcript and a comprehensive questions and answers document from this webinar are available on EPA's webinar resources page.

Questions?

If you have any questions about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance, please contact the IAQ Tools for Schools Connector Coordinator at IAQTfSConnector@cadmusgroup.com".

The IAQ Tools for Schools guidance is a comprehensive resource designed to help schools maintain a healthy environment in school buildings by identifying, correcting and preventing IAQ problems. Learn more about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance at http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools.

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In February and March, there are several conferences that may provide information relevant to tribal energy development. The conferences focus on a variety of topics including tribal renewable energy development, the environment, clean energy, and business development. The titles and dates of each conference are provided below.

For more information and to register for the conferences, visit the TEEIC Web site at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

About the TEEIC
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The TEEIC Web site (http://teeic.anl.gov) provides information about the environmental effects of energy development on tribal lands.

The site includes information about energy resource development and associated environmental impacts and mitigation measures; guidance for conducting site-specific environmental assessments and developing monitoring programs; information about applicable federal laws and regulations; and federal and tribal points of contact.

The U.S. Department of the Interior is funding the maintenance of the TEEIC through the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs' Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development.

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If you have questions or need more information, visit the TEEIC Web site (http://teeic.anl.gov) or contact the TEEIC Webmaster at teeicwebmaster@anl.gov

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following funding opportunities from The U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI's) Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED). For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

Deadline for DOI Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development Grant Proposals Is February 18

WASHINGTON – On December 23, Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn announced that IEED is soliciting grant proposals from Indian tribes and Alaska Native regional and village corporations for projects to 1) build tribal capacity for energy resource development and 2) promote the processing, use, or development of energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. Proposals for both grants are due by February 18, 2014. The announcements are summarized below.

Tribal Energy Development Capacity-Building Grant Proposals

Applications Due: February 18, 2014
Eligible Entities: Federally recognized tribes, including Alaska Native regional and village corporations and tribal energy resource development organizations

The Tribal Energy Development and Capacity-Building (TEDC) grant program helps tribes in assessing, developing, or obtaining the managerial and technical capacity needed to develop energy resources on Indian land and properly account for energy resource production and revenues, as provided for under Title V. Section 503 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The TEDC grants are intended to help eligible entities meet the following goals regarding energy resources they intend to develop, or are developing, on Indian land:

Examples of activities eligible for TEDC grants include, but are not limited to, assessing or determining how to develop or obtain an eligible entity's capacity for:

Tribal Council resolution is a prerequisite for consideration of the grant proposal, due on or before February 18, 2014. Proposals may be mailed or hand-delivered to the Department of the Interior, Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, Attention: Ashley Stockdale, 1951 Constitution Ave., N.W., MS-20-MIB, Washington, D.C. 20240, or emailed to Ashley Stockdale at Ashley.Stockdale@bia.gov.

For more information, read the full DOI news release and Federal Register Notice.

IEED Grant Program to Assess, Evaluate, and Promote Development of Tribal Energy and Mineral Resources

Applications Due: February 18, 2014
Eligible Entities: Federally recognized tribes, including Alaska Native regional and village corporations, and tribal energy resource development organizations

IEED, through the Division of Energy and Minerals (DEMD), is soliciting grant proposals for projects that explore for energy and mineral resources, inventory or assess known resources, or perform feasibility or market studies about the use and development of known energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. See the Federal Register Notice for information on eligibility and other requirements.

DEMD also offers tribes many in-house technical capabilities and services at no charge to tribes. For more on DEMD's technical services, see the Federal Register Notice or contact DEMD directly.

Grant awards are subject to the availability of funds as appropriated by Congress. Tribal Council resolution is a prerequisite for consideration of the grant proposal, due on or before February 18, 2014. Proposals may mailed or hand-delivered to the Department of the Interior, Division of Energy and Mineral Development, Attention: Energy and Mineral Development Program, c/o Dawn Charging, 13922 Denver West Parkway, Suite 200 (#253), Lakewood, CO 80401-3142, or emailed to dawn.charging@bia.gov.

For more information, read the full DOI news release and the Federal Register Notice.

For a complete listing that includes these and other funding opportunities available to tribes, please visit the Tribal Energy Program's new funding opportunities database, which lists hundreds of millions of dollars in funding opportunities available to state, local, and tribal governments.

Regards,
 
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov 

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.


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On December 23, 2013, Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn announced two funding opportunities for which the Department of the Interior (DOI), Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) is soliciting grant proposals from federally recognized tribes, Alaska Native regional and village corporations, and tribal energy resource development organizations.

One funding opportunity is for projects to build tribal capacity for energy resource development and the other is for projects that promote the processing, use, or development of energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. For both opportunities, applications are due on February 18, 2014.

For more information, visit the TEEIC Web site at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

About the TEEIC
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The TEEIC Web site (http://teeic.anl.gov) provides information about the environmental effects of energy development on tribal lands.

The site includes information about energy resource development and associated environmental impacts and mitigation measures; guidance for conducting site-specific environmental assessments and developing monitoring programs; information about applicable federal laws and regulations; and federal and tribal points of contact.

The U.S. Department of the Interior is funding the maintenance of the TEEIC through the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs' Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development.

For More Information
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If you have questions or need more information, visit the TEEIC Web site (http://teeic.anl.gov) or contact the TEEIC Webmaster at teeicwebmaster@anl.gov


01/23/2014

Webinar: Proposed NSPS Revision for Residential Wood Heaters -- General Overview

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Intended Audience: State, tribal, and local agencies, as well as EPA Regional Offices

Register at: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/woodheaters/

Gil Wood, from EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, will present an overview of the proposed updates to the New Source Performance Standards for Residential Wood Heaters. The updates are designed to make new residential wood heaters significantly cleaner, beginning in 2015. The proposed updates would strengthen the emissions standards for new wood stoves, while establishing federal air standards for other new wood heaters, including outdoor and indoor wood-fired hydronic heaters, forced-air furnaces and masonry heaters. The proposal would not affect existing woodstoves and other wood-burning heaters currently in use in people’s homes. The proposal would not affect heaters fueled solely by gas, oil or coal.

Following the presentation, EPA will answer clarifying questions. Note that although EPA is hosting the webinar during the public comment period, the webinar is not a means of providing comment on the proposed rule.

More information – including the rule, fact sheets, how to register on-line to speak at the February 26th public hearing in Boston and how to submit comments and data to the docket – is available at http://www2.epa.gov/residential-wood-heaters/proposed-new-source-performance-standards-residential-wood-heaters.

If you have any questions, please contact Gil Wood at Wood.Gil@epa.gov.

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

January 29 Webinar to Highlight the Latest Developments in Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy

The Tribal Energy Program, in partnership with U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy and the Western Area Power Administration, will present the next Tribal Renewable Energy Series webinar, "Renewable and Energy Efficiency Market Update," on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Technical experts from DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory will explore the latest developments in renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. In addition to learning about the unique characteristics of biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind, and energy efficiency technologies, attendees will gain insight into how the various technologies are competing in the marketplace and how Tribes can use them separately and in combination to the greatest benefit of their communities.

The lineup of NREL presenters includes:

Attendees will have an opportunity to ask the presenters questions during a brief Q&A session at the end of the webinar.

There is no charge to attend, but registration is required.

Register to attend the webinar.

To register for upcoming webinars, click on the links in the table below. Note that the dates of the originally scheduled March and April webinars have changed; the updates are reflected below. If you have previously registered for those webinars, you will need to re-register.

Date Topic
January 29, 2014 Renewable and Energy Efficiency Market Update
February 26, 2014 Strategic Energy Planning
April 2, 2014 Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Framework: The Five-Step Process
April 23, 2014 Identifying Project Potential and Options
May 28, 2014 Renewable Energy Project Refinement
June 25, 2014 Net Metering
July 30, 2014 Project Implementation and O&M
August 27, 2014 Introduction to Facility - and Community - Scale Project Financing
September 24, 2014 Successful Project Financing Mechanisms: ESPCs and UESCs
October 29, 2014 Putting It All Together

For more information on the 2014 DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series, see the attached flier, which has been updated to reflect recent changes in the webinar schedule.

For information on other webinars and events for tribes, visit our Events calendar.

Regards,
 
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov 

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.

Tribal Webinar Series Flier


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DOE Tribal Energy Program

January 2014 - Nearly $151 Million in Funding and Technical Assistance Available for State, Local and Tribal Governments

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following funding opportunities available to state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Reclamation, Economic Development Administration (EDA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), National Association of Counties, the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), and Georgetown University that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including economic development, sustainable communities, green infrastructure, and water efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.
 
The Tribal Energy Program has added a new feature on its website highlighting hundreds of millions of dollars in funding opportunities available to tribes at a glance. Be sure to check the Tribal Energy Program's new funding opportunities database frequently for the most complete and up-to-date listing of funding opportunities available to state, local, and tribal governments.

EPA Indoor Air and Climate Change – $4.5 Million

Applications Due: January 23, 2014
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, U.S. territories or possessions, and public and private nonprofit institutions/organizations located in the U.S.

As part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, the EPA is seeking applications proposing research to improve understanding of the effects of climate change on indoor air quality and the resulting health effects. EPA is interested in supporting research that will explore the anticipated effects of climate change on indoor air quality directly through a variety of mechanisms, and indirectly through adaptations in building use and design.
 
For more information, read the funding opportunity description.

Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants for FY 2014 – $12 Million

Applications Due: January 23, 2014
Eligible Entities: State, Indian tribe, irrigation district, water district, or other organization with water or power delivery authority. Must be located in: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, or the Virgin Islands

DOI's WaterSMART is accepting proposals for projects that seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency, benefit endangered and threatened species, facilitate water markets, or carry out other activities to address climate-related impacts on water or prevent any water-related crisis or conflict. Through near-term improvements, projects carried out as WaterSMART Grants can increase water management flexibility, making our water supply more resilient and thereby helping to prepare for the impacts of climate change.
 
For more information, read the funding opportunity synopsis.

EPA Green Infrastructure Technical Assistance Program – $400,000 in Technical Assistance

Applications Due: January 24, 2014
Eligible Entities: Any combination of local government departments, offices, or agencies or non-profit organizations may submit a letter of interest. Applicants must include a representative of local government

EPA's Office of Wastewater Management is seeking letters of interest from communities that want to implement green infrastructure to protect water quality and build more sustainable communities. The Green Infrastructure Technical Assistance program provides assistance to help communities 1) overcome the most significant barriers to green infrastructure and 2) develop innovative approaches to implementation that meet multiple environmental, social, and economic goals. Assistance will be provided to 5-7 communities through an EPA contract, not a grant.
 
For more information, see the request for letters of interest.

EPA Environmental Model Grants

Applications Due: February 4, 2014
Eligible Entities: Local education agencies, state education or environmental agencies, colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, noncommercial educational broadcasting entities, and tribal education agencies (including schools and community colleges controlled by and Indian tribe, band, or nation)

EPA is currently accepting applications for environmental education projects under the agency’s Environmental Education Grant Program. The program works to engage communities across the country through a wide variety of educational projects that have a lasting impact on people’s health by facilitating environmental stewardship. Projects in the past have engaged students in stream monitoring, created sustainable mentoring communities, and provided professional development to teachers on subjects including science, technology, engineering and math. For more information, visit the opportunity Web page.

Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Program 2013 Request for Proposals

Applications Due: February 5, 2014
Eligible Entities: The Five Star/Urban Waters Restoration Program is open to any entity that can receive grants. While partnerships are encouraged to include state and federal agencies as partners, those entities may not serve as the grantee unless the community partners demonstrate that the state or federal agency is best suited to coordinate the community-based project.

The National Association of Counties, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the Wildlife Habitat Council, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USDA Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southern Company, FedEx, and PG&E are seeking applications for the Five Star/Urban Waters Restoration Program. The program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources by providing financial assistance to diverse local partnerships for wetland, forest, riparian, and coastal habitat restoration, stormwater management, outreach, and stewardship with a particular focus on water quality, watersheds, and the habitats they support. Project ideas include urban forest restoration and green infrastructure. For more information, visit the opportunity Web page on the NFWF website.

EPA Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem Solving Program Request for Applications

Applications Due: February 18, 2014
Eligible Entities: Nonprofit organizations, including environmental justice networks; federal recognized tribal governments; Native American organizations (including Indian groups, cooperatives, partnerships, and associations)

The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem Solving (EJCPS) Program provides funding for eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and/or public health issues within an affected community. The EJCPS Program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. An eligible applicant to the EJCPS request for applications (RFA) MUST BE one of the following entities:

The EJCPS Program requires selected applicants, or recipients, to use the EPA’s Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Model as part of their projects. The model aims to address local environmental and/or public health issues in a collaborative manner with various stakeholders such as communities, industry, academic institutions, and others. For more information, read the RFA.  

NFWF 2013 Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grants Program – $100 Million  

Applications Due: January 31, 2014
Eligible Entities: Local governments and agencies, federally recognized tribes, state government agencies, nonprofit 501(c) organizations, and academic institutions
 
Marking the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Department of the Interior launched the NFWF Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program. The program will use competitive grants to award funding for science-based solutions by states, local communities, nonprofit organizations, and other partners to help restore key habitats and bolster natural systems, enabling these areas to withstand the impacts and better protect local communities from future storms. For more information, visit the program Web page.

Georgetown University Energy Prize – $5 Million  

Letters of Intent Due: February 2014
Eligible Entities: For this competition, a “community” is defined geographically by the limits of a municipality—a town, city, or county that has corporate status and local government. All small-to-medium municipalities in the United States with populations between 5,000 and 250,000 are eligible to apply.
 
The Georgetown University Energy Prize is a competition in which communities will be challenged to work together with their local governments and utilities in order to develop and begin implementing plans for innovative, replicable, scalable, and continual reductions in the per capita energy consumed from local natural gas and electric utilities. Participating communities will be asked to develop a long-term energy efficiency plan and to demonstrate initial effectiveness and sustainability over a two-year period. Participating communities will benefit from access to various resources and the winning community will receive $5 million, which will help to support their continuing community-based energy efficiency efforts. Interested communities are encouraged to submit a nonbinding letter of intent as soon as possible. For more information, visit the energy prize website.

EPA Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant – $2.4 Million 

Applications Due: February 13, 2014
Eligible Entities: Local governments, tribes, nonprofit organizations
 
The program provides funding to eligible entities to deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field, including solid waste management, wastewater treatment, and emergency response.
 
For more information, read the grant guidelines.

EDA Economic Development Assistance Programs Federal Funding Opportunity – Total Funding Available TBD  

Applications Due: Varies by program year; next due date is March 14, 2014
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, non-profits, institutions of higher education
 
Under the Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP) Federal Funding Opportunity announcement, EDA will make construction, non-construction, and revolving loan fund investments under the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs. Grants made under these programs will leverage regional assets to support the implementation of regional economic development strategies designed to create jobs, leverage private capital, encourage economic development, and strengthen America’s ability to compete in the global marketplace. EDA is soliciting applications from rural and urban communities to develop initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions. EDA’s investment priorities include environmentally sustainable development and economically distressed and underserved communities.
 
For more information, read the opportunity synopsis.

Low- or No-Emission Vehicle Deployment Program – $24.9 Million  

Applications Due: March 10, 2014
Eligible Entities: An eligible area is designated as a nonattainment area or a maintenance area for ozone or carbon monoxide as defined under the Clean Air Act.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of $24.9 million for the deployment of low or no emission transit buses. The main purpose of the Program is to deploy the cleanest and most energy efficient U.S.-made transit buses that have been largely proven in testing and demonstrations but are not yet widely deployed in transit fleets. The Program provides funding for transit agencies for capital acquisitions and leases of zero emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities such as recharging, refueling, and maintenance facilities. Of that total funding, $21.6 million is available for buses and $3.3 million is available for supporting facilities and related equipment.
 
For more information, visit the grant opportunity page.
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In addition, please visit the calendar of EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to tribal communities.

Regards,
 
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov 

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.  

 

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The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation are accepting applications for funding opportunities. These opportunities may be able to be used to support tribal energy development-related initiatives. The titles of the opportunities and application deadlines are provided below.

- WaterSMART: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants for FY 2014 (January 23, 2014)
- FY 2014 Economic Development Assistance Programs (varies by funding cycle; the next deadline is March 14, 2014)

For more information, visit the TEEIC Web site at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/


01/16/2014

 

Mold Control is Moisture Control:

Beyond the Basics for Addressing Mold Issues in Schools

Webinar Resources Now Available!

The Mold Control is Moisture Control webinar was held on November 19, 2013, and presenters shared tactics for both managing mold remediation in schools and communicating effectively about mold issues to community stakeholders.

The audio recording and PDF presentation slides are now available on the Indoor Air Quality
Tools for Schools webinar resources page!

Do you have a question about mold and moisture control in schools? Check out the Question and Answer document to read the experts' responses to the questions asked during the webinar.

To access additional resources and past technical webinars, visit the IAQ Tools for Schools webinar archive. The archive is a great resource to help you learn how to better manage IAQ in your schools.

Have a colleague that would benefit from this information, but who was unable to make the webinar?

Get Involved and Join the Schools Email Discussion List

If you are not already a member, we encourage you to join the Email Discussion List today. This interactive email exchange is a great way for you to discuss best-practices and share news and events with other IAQ champions or have your IAQ management questions answered by other IAQ stakeholders. To join, send a blank email message to schools_iaq_connector-subscribe@lists.epa.gov. Then, check your email inbox for confirmation and membership details.

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Questions?

If you have any questions about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance, please contact the IAQ Tools for Schools Connector Coordinator at IAQTfSConnector@cadmusgroup.com.

The IAQ Tools for Schools guidance is designed to help schools maintain a healthy indoor environment by identifying, correcting and preventing IAQ problems. Learn more about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance at http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools.


01/15/2014

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Register and Book Your Lodging for the Annual Tribal Energy Program Review Mar. 24-27 in Denver, Colorado

The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is hosting its annual Program Review in Denver March 24-27. Register today and be sure to book your lodging while space is still available!

As you make your travel plans, note that the Review is now scheduled to end Thursday, March 27. Also, keep in mind that the Denver March Powwow is the weekend before the Review (March 21-23).

Tribal Energy Program Review

March 24-27, 2014
Denver Marriott West
1717 Denver West Boulevard
Golden, Colorado 80401

Recognizing tribes' increasing interest in energy efficiency and renewable energy, our annual Program Review is a gathering that enables tribes to meet and learn from other tribes that are pursuing energy sufficiency and reduced carbon pollution through energy efficiency and/or renewable energy development, and to share in each other's successes. This is a unique forum that provides an excellent overview of the wide range of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under way in Indian Country.

The Review will include an overview of the Tribal Energy Program and a series of presentations by tribes exploring or deploying weatherization, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies across the nation. Because human capacity is a focus of the Tribal Energy Program, you will also learn about our internship program and hear directly from young and inspiring Native American students about their experiences and summer projects.

Agenda
See the attached overview of the agenda and full agenda for details. For more information, contact tribal@go.doe.gov.

Registration
There is no cost to attend the workshop, but participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals, and travel costs. Advance registration is requested. Register now.

Lodging
The Denver Marriott West is making a block of rooms available to meeting participants at a discounted rate of $156.00 plus tax (government 2014 per diem rate). For a map and directions and to make reservations at the group rate, book o-line or call 1-888-236-2427 (toll-free). When booking, be sure to reference the "TEP Program Review." The deadline for reservations at the group rate is March 10, 2014. After that date we will be unable to guarantee rate or availability.

Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.

Review agenda detailed updated 010914 (pdf)

Review agenda overview updated 010914 (pdf)


01/14/2014

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
National clean Diesel Campaign

EPA Clean Diesel News: 1/6/14

Due to inclement weather and office closures, the construction rebate eligibility webinar scheduled for 01/07/2014 has been moved to January 16, 2014, at 2pm EST.; The link to join the webinar is https://epa.connectsolutions.com/r6yytc889jp/. The conference call line is 866-299-3188, code 7342144815#.

Additionally, EPA is extending the deadline to submit applications for the construction rebate program until January 29, 2014, at 4pm EST.

For more information about this funding opportunity, please visit the construction rebate page. Questions may be sent to CleanDieselRebate@epa.gov.

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www.epa.gov/cleandiesel

E-mail: cleandiesel@epa.gov

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EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Request for Applications

National Center for Sustainable Water Infrastructure Modeling Research

URL: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2014/2014_star_sustainable-water.html

Open Date: 01/13/2014 - Close Date: 03/10/2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announces the posting of the Request for Applications (RFA), National Center for Sustainable Water Infrastructure Modeling Research. The RFA goal is to fund a National Center focused on novel research, community support, and model development related to sustainable water infrastructure. The funded Center will facilitate the technology transfer of open source (shared, common platform) water infrastructure models. It will also seek to share green infrastructure tools and research methods with local communities and key stakeholders.

The objective of this solicitation is to establish a Center that features three critical core components to the advancement of sustainable water models and research. The three aspects that must be considered include:

Protecting our nation’s water resources is one of EPA’s top priorities. EPA’s Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Research Program is designed to provide the science and innovative technologies needed to protect our nation’s water resources. Significant threats to our resources include factors such as increased demand, changing land uses, aging water infrastructure and climate change/variability. In facing these threats, the SSWR Program focuses on two main areas: ensuring water quality and availability, and promoting a sustainable water infrastructure. Through the SSWR program, EPA continues to respond to today’s challenges by addressing the nation’s highest science priorities.

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January 2014 – Nearly $151 Million in Funding and Technical Assistance Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

Nearly $151 million of funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Reclamation, Economic Development Administration (EDA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), National Association of Counties, the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), and Georgetown University that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including economic development, sustainable communities, green infrastructure, and water efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

In addition, please visit the calendar of 2014 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.

***EPA Indoor Air and Climate Change – $4.5 million
Application Due: January 23, 2014
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, U.S. territories or possessions, and public and private nonprofit institutions/organizations located in the U.S.

As part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, the EPA is seeking applications proposing research to improve understanding of the effects of climate change on indoor air quality and the resulting health effects. EPA is interested in supporting research that will explore the anticipated effects of climate change on indoor air quality directly through a variety of mechanisms, and indirectly through adaptations in building use and design.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

***Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants for FY 2014 – $12 million
Application Due: January 23, 2014
Eligible Entities: State, Indian tribe, irrigation district, water district, or other organization with water or power delivery authority. Must be located in: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, or the Virgin Islands.

WaterSMART is accepting proposals for projects that seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency, benefit endangered and threatened species, facilitate water markets, or carry out other activities to address climate-related impacts on water or prevent any water-related crisis or conflict. Through near-term improvements, projects carried out as WaterSMART Grants can increase water management flexibility, making our water supply more resilient and thereby helping to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity synopsis.

***EPA Green Infrastructure Technical Assistance Program – $400,000 in technical assistance
Application Due: January 24, 2014
Eligible Entities: Any combination of local government departments, offices, or agencies or non-profit organizations may submit a letter of interest. Applicants must include a representative of local government.

EPA's Office of Wastewater Management is seeking letters of interest from communities that want to implement green infrastructure to protect water quality and build more sustainable communities. The Green Infrastructure Technical Assistance program provides assistance to help communities 1) overcome the most significant barriers to green infrastructure and 2) develop innovative approaches to implementation that meet multiple environmental, social, and economic goals. Assistance will be provided to 5-7 communities through an EPA contract, not a grant.

For more information, visit the request for letters of interest

***NFWF 2013 Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grants Program – $100 million
Application Due: January 31, 2014
Eligible Entities: Local governments and agencies, recognized tribes, state government agencies, non-profit 501(c) organizations, and academic institutions.

Marking the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Department of the Interior launched the Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program. The program will use competitive grants to award funding for science-based solutions by states, local communities, non-profit organizations, and other partners to help restore key habitats and bolster natural systems, enabling these areas to withstand the impacts and better protect local communities from future storms.

For more information, visit the program webpage.

***Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Program 2014 Request for Proposals – $1.8 million
Application Due: February 5, 2014
Eligible Entities: Any public or private entity. Preference is shown to organizations directly connected to the local community who can monitor and sustain these projects for 5 years or more.

The National Association of Counties, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), and the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), USDA Forest Service (USFS), the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Southern Company, FedEx and PG&E are seeking applications for the Five Star/Urban Waters Restoration Program. The Program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources by providing financial assistance to diverse local partnerships for wetland, forest, riparian and coastal habitat restoration, stormwater management, outreach and stewardship with a particular focus on water quality, watersheds and the habitats they support. Project ideas include urban forest restoration and green infrastructure.

For more information, see the grant webpage.

***EPA Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant – $2.4 million
Application Due: February 13, 2014
Eligible Entities: Local governments, tribes, nonprofit organizations, and other

The program provides funding to eligible entities to deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field, including solid waste management, wastewater treatment, and emergency response.

For more information, view the grant guidelines.

***Georgetown University Energy Prize –$5 million
Letters of Intent Due: February 2014
Eligible Entities: For this competition, a “community” is defined geographically by the limits of a municipality – a town, city, or county that has corporate status and local government. All small to medium municipalities in the U.S.A. with populations between 5,000 and 250,000 are eligible to apply.

The Georgetown University Energy Prize is a competition in which communities will be challenged to work together with their local governments and utilities in order to develop and begin implementing plans for innovative, replicable, scalable, and continual reductions in the per capita energy consumed from local natural gas and electric utilities. Participating communities will be asked to develop a long-term energy efficiency plan and to demonstrate initial effectiveness and sustainability over a two-year period. Participating communities will benefit from access to various resources and the winning community will receive $5 million, which will help to support their continuing community-based energy efficiency efforts. Interested communities are encouraged to submit a non-binding letter of intent as soon as possible.

For more information, visit the energy prize website.

***EDA Economic Development Assistance Programs Federal Funding Opportunity – Total funding available TBD
Application Due: Varies by program year; next due date is March 14, 2014
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, non-profits, institutions of higher education.

Under the Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP) Federal Funding Opportunity announcement, EDA will make construction, non-construction, and revolving loan fund investments under the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs. Grants made under these programs will leverage regional assets to support the implementation of regional economic development strategies designed to create jobs, leverage private capital, encourage economic development, and strengthen America’s ability to compete in the global marketplace. EDA is soliciting applications from rural and urban communities to develop initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions. EDA’s investment priorities include environmentally sustainable development and economically distressed and underserved communities.

For more information, see the opportunity synopsis.

***FTA Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program – $24.9 million
Application Due: March 10, 2014
Eligible Entities: An Eligible Area is designated as a nonattainment area or a maintenance area for ozone or carbon monoxide as defined under the Clean Air Act.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of $24.9 million for the deployment of low or no emission transit buses. The main purpose of the Program is to deploy the cleanest and most energy efficient U.S.-made transit buses that have been largely proven in testing and demonstrations but are not yet widely deployed in transit fleets. The Program provides funding for transit agencies for capital acquisitions and leases of zero emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities such as recharging, refueling, and maintenance facilities. Of that total funding, $21.6 million is available for buses and $3.3 million is available for supporting facilities and related equipment.

For more information, visit the grant opportunity synopsis.

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EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program logoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.

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Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.


01/09/2014

January 2014: Upcoming Climate and Energy Webcasts for State and Local Governments

This message provides details about eight upcoming webcasts offered by the federal agencies and others. All webcasts are offered free of charge, but space may be limited.

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

DOE Webcasts

***ENERGY STAR Webcasts

January 15, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – Getting to know the new ENERGY STAR Buildings & Plants website
The recently redesigned ENERGY STAR website is quite different from the old one. Come to this webinar to take a quick tour of the new site, learn about new features, and discover how to find all your favorite resources. Plus, we’ll let you know what enhancements to expect in 2014!
Register here

January 16, 2:00-3:15 PM (EST) – Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR
Learn how public sector organizations are improving energy efficiency with innovative solutions to financial barriers. Attendees will learn about financing projects in the public and private sectors, the basics of performance contracting, and how EPA’s tools and resources can help you make the decision to improve your facilities now or later.
Register here

*** DOE & NREL Webcasts

January 7, 3:00-4:00 PM (EST) – Kick-Starting Your Energy Management Program
Time, money, and expertise are often barriers to a robust energy management program. Join Better Buildings Challenge Partners Shorenstein and Allegheny College as they describe solutions that have helped them jump these hurdles to develop a culture of sustainability within their organizations – and a track record of successful energy efficiency projects. Jaxon Love details Shorenstein’s experience bringing on energy management fellows for summer appointments, which built the case for a full-time sustainability position at the company. Kelly Boulton outlines how she and campus professors have worked together, engaging students to develop and present the business case for campus energy efficiency projects to administrators. Renee Lafrenz will profile the Alliance to Save Energy's PowerSave Campus program, a student internship supporting energy efficiency efforts in schools.
Register here

January 14, 2:00-3:00 PM (EST) – How are Utilities Incorporating Solar Generation in Resource Planning
Today’s utility planners have a different market and economic context than their predecessors, including planning for the growth of renewable energy. State and federal support policies, solar photovoltaic (PV) price declines, and the introduction of new business models for solar PV “ownership” are leading to increasing interest in solar technologies, especially PV.

In this free webinar, you will hear how utilities are incorporating solar generation into their resource planning processes. Analysts from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) will share findings from their recent report Treatment of Solar Generation in Electric Utility Resource Planning. Specifically, this webinar will provide an overview of:

Register here

January 23, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) – Energy Efficiency in Correctional Facilities & Opportunities for State Energy Office Engagement
Investing in our nation’s correctional facilities to make them more energy efficient and sustainable provides an extraordinary opportunity – to reduce the financial and human capital costs of prisons through reduced energy and resource consumption, while engaging inmates in hands-on work experiences and training, to prepare them for jobs in the emerging clean economy. This webinar will focus on how state energy offices can drive and support energy efficiency investments at correctional facilities, to save taxpayers millions in energy cost savings and produce healthier environments. Participants of this webinar will hear:

Speakers will include Stephanie Davidson, to discuss the U.S. Department of Justice’s The Greening of Corrections: Creating a Sustainable System, and Jennifer Young, of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA).
Register here

January 29, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (MST) – DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Renewable Energy Market Update
Attendees will learn about the latest developments of the five types of renewable energy technologies (biomass, geothermal, low-head hydro, solar, and wind). Attendees will also get comfortable with each technology’s unique characteristics, how they are competing in the marketplace, and how they can be used separately and in combination to provide the most benefit to the Tribal community. If you cannot participate the day of the webinar a recording will be made available here.
Register here

***USDA Webcasts

January 14, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) – USDA’s Value-Added Producer Grants for Tribes
The primary objective of the VAPG program is to help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio-based value-added products. Generating new products, creating and expanding marketing opportunities, and increasing producer income are the end goals of this program. You may receive priority if you are a beginning farmer or rancher, a socially-disadvantaged farmer or rancher, a small or medium-sized farm or ranch structured as a family farm, a farmer or rancher cooperative, or are proposing a mid-tier value chain, as defined in the Program Regulation. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. Join this webinar if you are a prospective tribal applicant or technical assistance provider.
Register here

*** NACo Webcasts

January 22, 2:00-3:15 PM (EST) – Green Goods: How to Create Sustainable County Purchasing and Procurement Programs
As counties strive to reduce waste, conserve energy and lower operational costs, purchasing recycled and environmentally friendly goods, materials and services can greatly contribute to meeting a county's financial and sustainability goals. The National Associations of Counties hosts this webcast on how you can help your county develop an environmentally preferred purchasing program, navigate the myriad of product eco-labels and green purchasing guidelines and hear success stories from counties that have established sustainable purchasing and procurement programs.
Register here

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EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program logoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

Tribal Energy Program Review

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following funding opportunities from The U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI's) Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED). For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

DOI Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development Solicits Grant Proposals from Tribes

WASHINGTON – On December 23, Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn announced that IEED is soliciting grant proposals from Indian tribes and Alaska Native regional and village corporations for projects to 1) build tribal capacity for energy resource development and 2) promote the processing, use, or development of energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. The announcements are summarized below.

Tribal Energy Development Capacity-Building Grant Proposals

Applications Due February 18, 2014
Eligible Entities: Federally recognized tribes, including Alaska Native regional and village corporations and tribal energy resource development organizations

The Tribal Energy Development and Capacity-Building (TEDC) grant program helps tribes in assessing, developing, or obtaining the managerial and technical capacity needed to develop energy resources on Indian land and properly account for energy resource production and revenues, as provided for under Title V. Section 503 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The TEDC grants are intended to help eligible entities meet the following goals regarding energy resources they intend to develop, or are developing, on Indian land:

Examples of activities eligible for TEDC grants include, but are not limited to, assessing or determining how to develop or obtain an eligible entity's capacity for:

Tribal Council resolution is a prerequisite for consideration of the grant proposal, due on or before February 18, 2014. Proposals may be mailed or hand-delivered to the Department of the Interior, Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, Attention: Ashley Stockdale, 1951 Constitution Ave., N.W., MS-20-MIB, Washington, D.C. 20240, or emailed to Ashley Stockdale@bia.gov.

For more information, read the full DOI news release and Federal Register Notice.

IEED Grant Program to Assess, Evaluate, and Promote Development of Tribal Energy and Mineral Resources

Applications Due: February 18, 2014
Eligible Entities: Federally recognized tribes, including Alaska Native regional and village corporations, and tribal energy resource development organizations

IEED, through the Division of Energy and Minerals (DEMD), is soliciting grant proposals for projects that explore for energy and mineral resources, inventory or assess known resources, or perform feasibility or market studies about the use and development of known energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. See the Federal Register Notice for information on eligibility and other requirements.

DEMD also offers tribes many in-house technical capabilities and services at no charge to tribes. For more on DEMD's technical services, see the Federal Register Notice or contact DEMD directly.

Grant awards are subject to the availability of funds as appropriated by Congress. Tribal Council resolution is a prerequisite for consideration of the grant proposal, due on or before February 18, 2014. Proposals may mailed or hand-delivered to the Department of the Interior, Division of Energy and Mineral Development, Attention: Energy and Mineral Development Program, c/o Dawn Charging, 13922 Denver West Parkway, Suite 200 (#253), Lakewood, CO 80401-3142, or emailed to dawn.charging@bia.gov.

For more information, read the full DOI news release and the Federal Register Notice.

For a complete listing that includes these and other funding opportunities available to tribes, please visit the Tribal Energy Program's new funding opportunities database, which lists hundreds of millions of dollars in funding opportunities available to state, local, and tribal governments.

Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.

 

 


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