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Announcements 2014

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July through December 2014


11/26/2014

Call Invitation:  Today (11/26/14) - EPA Stakeholder Call About Strengthening the Ozone NAAQS


Today at 10am AZ time, EPA is announcing proposed changes to the ozone standard.  Details below. 

Today, EPA is proposing revisions to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone, as required by the Clean Air Act, to improve public health and environmental protection.

For the full news release:

We invite you to join today’s stakeholder briefing where you will have the opportunity to ask questions of senior EPA officials about this action and its public health implications.

To assist operators, please dial in 15 minutes prior to the start of the call.  Details of the call can be found below:

Participant Dial-in Number:  (866) 528-5873

Conference ID#:  42094441

When:  Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Time:  12:00 p.m. (Eastern); 11:00 am (Central); 10:00 am (Mountain); 9:00 am (Pacific); 8:00 am (Alaskan)

We encourage your participation and additional information can be found on our website:  www.epa.gov/glo

CONTACT:
Enesta Jones
Jones.enesta@epa.gov
202-564-7873
202-564-4355

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 26, 2014

EPA Proposes Smog Standards to Safeguard Americans from Air Pollution

WASHINGTON-- 
Based on extensive recent scientific evidence about the harmful effects of ground-level ozone, or smog, EPA is proposing to strengthen air quality standards to within a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion (ppb) to better protect Americans’ health and the environment, while taking comment on a level as low as 60 ppb. The Clean Air Act requires EPA to review the standards every five years by following a set of open, transparent steps and considering the advice of a panel of independent experts. EPA last updated these standards in 2008, setting them at 75 ppb.

"Bringing ozone pollution standards in line with the latest science will clean up our air, improve access to crucial air quality information, and protect those most at-risk. It empowers the American people with updated air quality information to protect our loved ones - because whether we work or play outdoors – we deserve to know the air we breathe is safe,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Fulfilling the promise of the Clean Air Act has always been EPA’s responsibility. Our health protections have endured because they’re engineered to evolve, so that’s why we’re using the latest science to update air quality standards – to fulfill the law’s promise, and defend each and every person’s right to clean air.”

EPA scientists examined numerous scientific studies in its most recent review of the ozone standards, including more than 1,000 new studies published since the last update.  Studies indicate that exposure to ozone at levels below 75 ppb -- the level of the current standard -- can pose serious threats to public health, harm the respiratory system, cause or aggravate asthma and other lung diseases, and is linked to premature death from respiratory and cardiovascular causes. Ground-level ozone forms in the atmosphere when emissions of nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds “cook” in the sun from sources like cars, trucks, buses, industries, power plants and certain fumes from fuels, solvents and paints. People most at risk from breathing air containing ozone include people with asthma, children, older adults, and those who are active or work outside. Stronger ozone standards will also provide an added measure of protection for low income and minority families who are more likely to suffer from asthma or to live in communities that are overburdened by pollution. Nationally, 1 in 10 children has been diagnosed with asthma.

According to EPA’s analysis, strengthening the standard to a range of 65 to 70 ppb will provide significantly better protection for children, preventing from 320,000 to 960,000 asthma attacks and from 330,000 to 1 million missed school days. Strengthening the standard to a range of 70 to 65 ppb would better protect both children and adults by preventing more than 750 to 4,300 premature deaths; 1,400 to 4,300 asthma-related emergency room visits; and 65,000 to 180,000 missed workdays.

EPA estimates that the benefits of meeting the proposed standards will significantly outweigh the costs.  If the standards are finalized, every dollar we invest to meet them will return up to three dollars in health benefits. These large health benefits will be gained from avoiding asthma attacks, heart attacks, missed school days and premature deaths, among other health effects valued at $6.4 to $13 billion annually in 2025 for a standard of 70 ppb, and $19 to $38 billion annually in 2025 for a standard of 65 ppb.  Annual costs are estimated at $3.9 billion in 2025 for a standard of 70 ppb, and $15 billion for a standard at 65 ppb.  

A combination of recently finalized or proposed air pollution rules – including “Tier 3” clean vehicle and fuels standards – will significantly cut smog-forming emissions from industry and transportation, helping states meet the proposed standards.  EPA’s analysis of federal programs that reduce air pollution from fuels, vehicles and engines of all sizes, power plants and other industries shows that the vast majority of U.S. counties with monitors would meet the more protective standards by 2025 just with the rules and programs now in place or underway. Local communities, states, and the federal government have made substantial progress in reducing ground-level ozone. Nationally, from 1980 to 2013, average ozone levels have fallen 33 percent. EPA projects that this progress will continue.

The Clean Air Act provides states with time to meet the standards. Depending on the severity of their ozone problem, areas would have between 2020 and 2037 to meet the standards. To ensure that people are alerted when ozone reaches unhealthy levels, EPA is proposing to extend the ozone monitoring season for 33 states. This is particularly important for at-risk groups, including children and people with asthma because it will provide information so families can take steps to protect their health on smoggy days.

The agency is also proposing to strengthen the “secondary” ozone standard to a level within 65 to 70 ppb to protect plants, trees and ecosystems from damaging levels of ground-level ozone. New studies add to the evidence showing that repeated exposure to ozone stunts the growth of trees, damages plants, and reduces crop yield.  The proposed level corresponds to levels of seasonal ozone exposure scientists have determined would be more protective.

EPA will seek public comment on the proposal for 90 days following publication in the Federal Register, and the agency plans to hold three public hearings. EPA will issue final ozone standards by October 1, 2015.

To view the proposal: http://www.epa.gov/glo/


11/25/2014

 

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

EPA has just launched new online training for AVERT, a free tool designed to estimate the emissions benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and programs. This training walks users through each step of the AVERT Main Module with dynamic “how to” videos and can be accessed on demand.

State air quality planners, energy office staff, public utility commission staff, and other organizations interested in knowing the emissions benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy (EE/RE) policies and programs can use AVERT to:

EPA also recently updated the AVERT Main Module and User Manual and added 2013 data to the Statistical Module. Visit the AVERT web page to download these new materials.

More resources from EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program, including information on clean state CO2 emission data, webcasts, and other tools, are available on our website. For example, subscribe to our State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletters.

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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EPA is Now Accepting Proposals for the 2014 Environmental Education Grants Program

Proposals for the initial stage of the 2014 Environmental Education (EE) Grants Program are now being accepted. This year, EPA intends to issue two Requests for Proposals (RFP) under the EE Grants Program; the EE Model GrantsRFP is now available for viewing. Three grants, for approximately $192,200 each, will be awarded under this RFP.

Under the EE Model Grants RFP, EPA seeks grant proposals to support EE projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship. Projects under this RFP will help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. Proposals must include projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate model EE practices, methods, or techniques. Each funded proposal must demonstrate replicability by locating and conducting the project in more than one state or U.S. territory during the project period.

EPA anticipates releasing an additional RFP under the 2014 EE Grants Program in early winter, for local grants that will be awarded by EPA regional offices. Visit the 2014 EE Grants Program webpage for details on how to apply. Responses to frequently asked questions will be posted shortly.

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EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit Released

In response to President Obama's Climate Action Plan and Executive Order 13653 (Preparing the U.S. for the Impacts of Climate Change), a NOAA-led partnership of U.S. federal agencies released the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit to provide tools, information, and scientific expertise to help communities and businesses build resilience to climate-related impacts and extreme events.
Access the Toolkit »

Learn More:

New Online Training Now Available for AVERT, the AVoided Emissions and geneRation Tool

EPA has just launched new online training for AVERT, a free tool designed to estimate the emissions benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and programs. This training walks users through each step of the AVERT Main Module with dynamic “how to” videos and can be accessed on demand.

State air quality planners, energy office staff, public utility commission staff, and other organizations interested in knowing the emissions benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy (EE/RE) policies and programs can use AVERT to:

EPA also recently updated the AVERT Main Module and User Manual and added 2013 data to the Statistical Module. Visit the AVERT web page to download these new materials.

Action Plan Released by EPA’s Re-Powering America’s Land Initiative

EPA’s RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative is pleased to release its second action plan (Action Plan 2.0) to guide its activities over the next two years. The plan articulates the goals and objectives of the Initiative and details specific activities to support the development of renewable energy projects on contaminated lands, landfills, and mine sites.

These activities are intended to be practical and relevant to public and private efforts to site and develop less polluting forms of energy, and to do so on lands that have been historically contaminated, previously disturbed, or that may have limited other uses.

EPA released this action plan in draft form and sought public input during May 2014. As a result of comments from stakeholders and additional conversations both internal and external to the Agency, EPA revised the action plan to reflect the perceived needs and opportunities for renewable energy on contaminated lands, landfills and mine sites.

For more information, visit the program’s website.

Two New Resources from EPA’s Combined Heat and Power Partnership

Recently, EPA’s CHP Partnership announced the release of two new resource sheets:

1. Financing CHP Projects at Wastewater Treatment Facilities with Clean Water State Revolving Funds

Financing CHP project costs with a suitable return on investment is often a primary barrier to the development of CHP at wastewater treatment facilities. The EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program offers an opportunity for wastewater treatment facilities to secure low interest loans to finance the design and construction of CHP systems. This resource sheet is intended for wastewater treatment facility operators and developers, and state and local governments interested in investing in CHP. Specifically, this resource:

To learn about energy efficiency in water and wastewater facilities, check out EPA’s Local Government Climate and Energy Strategy Guide to Energy Efficiency in Water and Wastewater Facilities (pdf).

2. Approaches to Streamline Air Permitting for Combined Heat and Power: Permits by Rule and General Permits

CHP stakeholders have identified the process for obtaining air permits to be time and resource intensive, and a potential impediment to CHP projects. In the past decade, and particularly in the past few years, several states – including Connecticut, New Jersey, and Texas – have introduced streamlined permitting procedures for certain types of CHP units in order to simplify and speed up the permitting process. This resource sheet is intended to help policymakers and CHP advocates gain a better understanding of these streamlined permitting procedures. Specifically, this resource:

To learn more about developing and implementing combined heat and power projects, check out EPA’s Local Government Climate and Energy Strategy Guide on Combined Heat and Power (pdf).

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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Deadline for the 2015 EJ Small Grants Request for Applications Extended

The deadline for submitting applications for EPA's 2015 Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program has been extended to January 9, 2015. The EJSG Program provides funding for eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and/or public health issues within an affected community. The EJSG Program is designed to help eligible non-profit organizations and Tribal communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks at the local level.

EPA recognizes the critical role of helping communities with localized strategies to avoid, lessen, or delay the risks and impacts associated with our changing climate. As a result, this year's EJSG program will have a special emphasis on proposals supporting community-based preparedness and resilience efforts (community climate resiliency). In an effort to ensure that support reaches new areas, the Agency also is prioritizing funding to organizations that have not recently received an award under the EJSG Program.

The total estimated amount of funding available for awards under this solicitation for fiscal year 2015 is approximately $1,200,000. EPA anticipates awarding up to four grants per EPA region in amounts of up to $30,000 per award for a two-year project period. For more information regarding the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program and to view the RFA, please visit http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/grants/ej-smgrants.html.


11/20/2014

DOE Tribal Energy Program

October 2014—DOE Funding Opportunity Upcoming Events

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

Funding Opportunities and Requests for Proposals

Advancing Solutions to Improve the Energy Efficiency of U.S. Commercial Buildings – $9 Million
Applications Due:
Concept papers are due Nov. 22, 2014; full applications are due Jan. 20, 2015
Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments; for-profit and nonprofit entities; education institutions

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), on behalf of the Building Technology Office, is seeking applications for investments in energy-saving technologies that can be tested and deployed in offices, shops, restaurants, hospitals, hotels, and other types of commercial buildings. The funding will facilitate the implementation of market-ready solutions across the United States to improve commercial building energy efficiency, with a goal of demonstrating 20% savings or more across a variety of approaches.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

CDFI Fund Native American Assistance Program – $1 Million
Applications Due:
Nov. 24, 2014
Eligible Entities: All entities are eligible

The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund has opened the fiscal year (FY) 2015 funding round for the CDFI Program and Native American CDFI Assistance Program (NACA) Program.

Through the NACA Program, the CDFI Fund provides funding awards of up to $1 million to Certified CDFIs serving Native American, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian populations or Native American areas defined as federally designated reservations, Hawaiian homelands, Alaska Native Villages and U.S. Census Bureau-designated Tribal Statistical Areas (collectively, "Native Communities") to build their financial capacity to lend to their target markets, and technical assistance grants of up to $150,000 to build certified, certifiable, and Emerging CDFIs' organizational capacity to serve their target markets and sponsoring entities ability to create Certified CDFIs that serve Native communities. For more information, please visit the CDFI Fund website or see the funding opportunity description.

NC GreenPower Request for Proposals (RFP)
Applications Due:
All bids due Nov. 25, 2014
Eligible Entities: All entities are eligible

NC GreenPower is seeking proposals for up to 40,000,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable energy certificates (RECs) generated in North Carolina through one- or two-year terms from qualifying renewable energy projects.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description

FirstEnergy Corp. RFP for 2014 Solar and Renewable Energy Credits
Applications Due:
Dec. 3, 2014 by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Eligible Entities: All entities are eligible

FirstEnergy Corporation is seeking up to 5,100 megawatts (MW) of Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) and 250,000 MW of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) for Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company, Ohio Edison Company, and The Toledo Edison Company. Qualifying SRECs and RECs will be used by the companies to meet the Ohio RPS requirements.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

EPA Indian Environmental General Assistance Program
Applications Due:
Grant proposals due Dec. 10, 2014; full applications due May 8, 2015
Eligible Applicants: Federally recognized tribal governments and eligible intertribal consortia

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking grant proposals for the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP) for FY 2016 work plan program development activities. The goal of the GAP is to assist tribes in developing the capacity to plan and establish environmental protection programs and to develop and implement solid and hazardous waste programs.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

NFWF Environmental Solutions for Communities Grant – $2.5 Million
Applications Due:
Dec. 10, 2014
Eligible Applicants: Local, state, tribal, and municipal governments; nonprofits; and educational institutions

Wells Fargo and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) are accepting applications for approximately $2.5 million in Environmental Solutions for Communities grants. Each grant will range from $25,000 to $100,000 and will be awarded to eligible entities. The grant will support projects that include:

Learn more.

EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants Program – $1.2 Million
Applications Due:
Dec. 15, 2014
Eligible Entities: Tribal governments and nonprofits

The EPA is seeking applications to support activities designed to empower and educate communities to understand environmental and public health issues and to identify ways to address these issues at the local level. The funding will focus on proposals supporting community-based preparedness and community climate resiliency efforts.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

SunShot Initiative Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV
Applications Due:
Concept papers due Dec. 16, 2014; full applications due March 19, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. EST
Eligible Entities: All entities are eligible

The SunShot Initiative is seeking proposals to enable the development and demonstration of integrated, scalable, and cost-effective technologies for solar that incorporates energy storage and works seamlessly to meet both consumer needs and the needs of the electricity grid. The solutions developed will enable widespread sustainable deployment of low-cost, flexible, and reliable photovoltaic (PV) generation, and provide for successful integration of PV power plants with the electric grid.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

EPA Brownfields and Cleanup Grants
Applications Due:
Dec. 19, 2014
Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments; nonprofits

The EPA is seeking applications for the Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup grants. The grant provides funds to prevent, inventory, assess, clean up, and reuse brownfield sites. Two type of grants are available:

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

Southern California Edison Solar PV Program RFP
Applications Due:
Jan. 6, 2015
Eligible Entities: All entities are eligible

Southern California Edison has issued a request for offers seeking up to 125 MW of installed capacity from rooftop PV (1 MW to 2 MW range) and will allow, but not exceed, 25 MW from ground-mounted PV from facilities with gross power ratings of 500 kW to 10 MW.

For more information, see the request for offers.

USDA Wood Innovations Funding Opportunity
Applications Due:
Jan. 23, 2015
Eligible Entities: All entities are eligible

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Forest Service is seeking applications to substantially expand and accelerate wood energy and wood product markets throughout the United States to support forest management needs on National Forest System and other forest lands.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition – $1 Billion
Applications Due:
March 16, 2015
Eligible Applicants: All states with counties that experienced a Presidentially Declared Major Disaster in 2011, 2012, or 2013 are eligible to submit applications that address unmet needs as well as vulnerabilities to future extreme events, stresses, threats, hazards, or other shocks in areas that were most impacted and distressed as a result of the effects of the qualified disaster. This includes 48 of 50 states plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. In addition, 17 local governments that have received funding under the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 (PL 113-2) are eligible. See the complete list of eligible applicants.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) National Disaster Resilience Competition makes $1 billion available to communities that have been struck by natural disasters in recent years. The competition promotes risk assessment and planning and will fund the implementation of innovative resilience projects to better prepare communities for future storms and other extreme events. Funding for the competition is from the Community Development Block Grant disaster recovery (CDBG-DR) appropriation provided by PL 113-2. This competition responds to requests from state, local, and tribal leaders who have asked the federal government to help them prepare their communities for the impacts of climate change and support investments in more resilient infrastructure.

Read more about the competition on the HUD website.

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For updates and additional information, please see Related Funding Opportunities on the Tribal Energy Program website.

Upcoming Events

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program Webinar Series

Join experts from the USDA and DOE to learn about the Rural Utilities Service’s new Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program (EECLP). Through the EECLP, the Rural Utilities Service provides direct loans to rural electric cooperatives and other rural electricity providers. The webinar series will cover the basics about the EECLP and the energy activities the program supports. Register for the following webinars:

HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition Webinar Series

HUD is hosting a webinar series to foster awareness about the National Disaster Resilience Competition. The webinar will answer questions about the competition, cover requirements, and talk about climate resilience. Save the dates for the following webinars:

Learn more.

Alaska BIA Providers Conference
Dec. 1–5, 2014
Anchorage, Alaska

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Tribal Providers Conference is the second largest conference in Alaska, providing opportunities for tribal leaders, Native corporations, and rural representative to connect with federal agencies. This five-day conference will feature 200 presenters covering programs, services, and opportunities for Alaska Natives. Register now.

3rd Annual Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples Conference and Student Symposium
Dec. 2–3, 2014
Eugene, Oregon

Hosted by the University of Oregon, this two-day conference will cover decolonized research, cultural values, and historic and current threats to indigenous sovereignty. Attendees will hear from two speakers, Dr. Mirna Cunningham Kain, renowned advocate for indigenous peoples' rights and women's rights and Patricia Cochran, executive director of the Alaska Native Science Commission. Register now.

White House Tribal Nations Conference
Dec. 3, 2014
Washington, D.C.

President Obama will host the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. The conference will provide leaders from the 566 federally recognized tribes the opportunity to interact directly with the President and members of the White House Council on Native American Affairs. Each federally recognized tribe will be invited to send one representative to the conference. Email IndianCountry@who.eop.gov with any questions.

Housing Assistance Council Rural Housing Conference
Dec. 3–5, 2014
Washington, D.C.

The Rural Housing Conference brings together stakeholders in the field of rural affordable housing from local nonprofits, federal agencies, Congress, state and local governments, and other industry leaders for two-and-a-half days of training, discussion, and networking. The conference features nearly 40 workshops where participants will learn best practices for housing development, organizational management, resource development, and innovative approaches to housing and community development. There is also a pre-conference day on Dec. 2, packed with gatherings for coalitions, associations, and working groups. For rural nonprofits, this conference provides an excellent opportunity to network and improve connections to federal agencies and national nonprofit organizations.

Learn more and register.

Wildlife Conservation Society's Training for Climate Adaptation in Conservation
Dec. 8–10, 2014
Brunswick, Maine

This two-day training provides hands-on training to participate in how to consider climate change information and identify adaptation actions for conservation planning and activities. It will also furnish participants with feedback and coaching on their own real-world climate adaptation project. There is no registration fee. For more information, visit the event page.

ACES Conference—Linking Science, Practice, and Decision Making
Dec. 8–12, 2014
Washington, D.C.

Hosted by A Community on Ecosystem Services (ACES), this conference brings together the community partnership with ecosystem markets and the ecosystem services partnership. It provides an open forum to share experiences, methods, and tools for assessing and incorporating ecosystem services into public and private decisions. Register now.

ITEP Training—Greening Tribal Operations and Facilities
Dec. 9–11, 2014
San Diego, California

Offered by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP), this course is for employees of federally recognized tribes and will provide the tools necessary to reduce waste stream and initiate environmentally sustainable practices in tribal operations and facilities. The course will incorporate a variety of small group exercises where attendees will be able to put what they learn to work. Conducted under a grant from the USDA, the course is free of charge, and lodging costs will be covered for all selected applicants. Registration deadline is Nov. 28. Register now.

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For updates and other events, visit the complete Events calendar on the Tribal Energy Program 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.


11/13/2014

 

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

REMINDER: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Local Climate and Energy program is pleased to invite you to a webinar on measuring and evaluating the results of local climate, energy, and sustainability projects.

What: Measuring Up: How to Track and Evaluate Local Sustainability Projects – EPA Webinar
Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST

Measuring, evaluating, and reporting on progress is an important part of local sustainability projects and programs. Tracking and analyzing results can help local entities assess program performance and success, identify specific areas for improvement or expansion, and make informed decisions about future actions. Public reporting can help generate interest in a project, promote accountability, demonstrate success, and attract political and financial support.

You’ll learn about two new federal resources to help you measure, track, and report progress, based directly on the experiences of local governments across the country, and hear from one case study taking place in northwest Washington working to evaluate economic impacts of the program:

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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11/12/2014

 

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

More than $1 billion in funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Energy (DOE), Wells Fargo and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Transportation (DOT), and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 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.

NOAA Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Program – $800,000

NOAA is seeking applications to support management of regional and local ecosystem effects of sea level rise and coastal inundation through targeted research on key technologies, natural and nature-based infrastructure, physical and biological processes, and model evaluation. The funding is intended to integrate dynamic physical and biological processes with sea level rise and coastal inundation to improve the prediction of coastal ecosystem effects to enable enhanced coastal resiliency.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

DOE Advancing Solutions to Improve the Energy Efficiency of U.S. Commercial Buildings Grants - $9 million

DOE is making available funding intended to scale up promising solutions to the market barriers that hinder the growth of energy efficiency in the commercial building sector. DOE encourages coalitions of organizations to apply together in order to better leverage current deployment channels, market orientation, strategic relationships and overall deployment impact, and is interested in proposals that impact a significant geographic or market sector. Successful applicants should succinctly summarize persistent market barriers, the solution, or solutions proposed to overcome one or more market barriers, and the deployment opportunity and plan to achieve results.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

Wells Fargo and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Environmental Solutions for Communities 2015 Grant Program – $2.5 million

Wells Fargo and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation are seeking applications to promote sustainable communities by supporting highly visible projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment. The funding is intended to facilitate investments in green infrastructure, renewable energy and energy efficiency, support sustainable agricultural practices and private lands stewardship, conserve critical land and water resources and improve local water quality, restore and manage natural habitat, species, and ecosystems that are important to community livelihoods, and encourage broad-based citizen and targeted youth participation in project implementation.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants Program - $1.2 million

EPA is making available funding to support activities designed to empower and educate communities to understand environmental and public health issues and to identify ways to address these issues at the local level. The funding will focus on proposals supporting community-based preparedness and community climate resiliency efforts. Examples of community resilience projects that will receive consideration include improving water use efficiency and installing green infrastructure to increase resilience to heavy storms.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA FY15 Guidelines for Brownfields Assessment Grants - $59.5 million

EPA is making funding available to empower states, communities, tribes, and nonprofits to prevent, inventory, assess, clean up, and reuse brownfield sites. Grants are available in the following areas: community-wide assessment grants, site-specific assessment grants, coalition assessment grants. Additional consideration will be given to proposals that demonstrate environmental benefits using existing infrastructure, green buildings, energy efficiency, water management, green remediation, construction and demolition materials recycling, diesel emissions reductions, and renewable energy.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

DOT Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development Program - $9 million

DOT is making available funding to develop innovative programs and activities in public transportation that address the human resources needs of public transportation operators, as well as build pathways to long-term careers in the public transportation industry. DOT is giving additional consideration to proposals that advance training related to maintenance of alternative energy, energy efficiency, or zero emission vehicles and facilities used in public transportation, as well as submissions that are geographically diverse, target areas with high rates of unemployment, and address current or projected workforce shortages in areas that require technical expertise.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition - $1 billion

HUD is seeking applications to help communities recover from prior disasters and improve their ability to withstand and recover more quickly from future disasters, hazards, and shocks. HUD will also provide technical assistance to every eligible state and local government to help applicants consider future risks and vulnerabilities in planning and decision-making, and assist them in applying for funding. The competition is structured in two phases: a framing phase, in which applicants consider their disaster recovery needs, vulnerabilities, stakeholder interests, resilience, community development objectives, and investment alternatives, and an implementation phase, in which a subset of applicants will refine their approaches developed in the first phase. HUD will award funding at the conclusion of Phase 2.

For more information, visit the competition fact sheet.

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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11/6/2014

2015 Scope of Work
Feedback and Comments Teleconference for the American Indian Air Quality Training Program
and Tribal Environmental Education, Outreach and Support Program

EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) is planning the next grant phase for the operation of the American Indian Air Quality Training Program and the Tribal Environmental Education, Outreach and Support Program. OAR will hold a teleconference for any interested parties to comment and voice feedback on areas of improvement pertaining to the programs’ objectives.

The teleconference call will take place on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 2:00 PM (EDT). The conference call-in number is: 1.866.299.3188; call-in code: 202.564.1082.

Presentation materials used for the call will be made available at this location.

Please reference:
Task summaries of American Indian Air Quality Training Program (RFA # EPA-OAR-IO-10-01) and the Tribal Environmental Education, Outreach, and Support Program (RFA # EPA-OAR-IO-10-08) Task Summary. Previous RFAs can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html.

Please contact Pat Childers (childers.pat@epa.gov or 202.564.1082) if you have any logistical questions prior to the teleconference.

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EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

The U.S. Department of Energy has launched the Better Buildings Residential Program Solution Center, an online resource for residential energy efficiency program administrators and home performance professionals. The Solution Center serves as a repository for examples, ideas, and resources for residential energy efficiency programs, drawn from Better Buildings Neighborhood Program partners, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Sponsors, and other residential energy efficiency programs.

Users can find information regarding business models, program designs, marketing & outreach, financing, contractor engagement, workforce development, and evaluation & data collection. The online tool, reviewed by third-party experts, is organized into a series of handbooks. These concise resources provide step-by-step guidance for planning, operating, and evaluating residential energy efficiency programs. The handbooks also provide tips and examples about ways programs have increased demand for home energy upgrades through marketing and outreach, access to affordable financing, and workforce development. Each handbook draws on the experiences of multiple programs and contains resources such as tools, calculators, publications, videos, presentations, and program examples.

You are invited to demonstration webinars showcasing the new Solution Center’s content and functionality:

Join to hear how programs and partners can use the information to help design, implement, and evaluate residential energy efficiency programs.

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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11/5/2014

Administrator Signed Proposed Amendments to the Portland Cement NESHAP and NSPS

Yesterday, the Administrator signed proposed amendments to the Portland Cement NESHAP and NSPS that would remove affirmative defense provisions and make other technical corrections to the February 2013 final standards. We will post the signature version of the proposal and a fact sheet to summarize it at: http://www.epa.gov/airquality/cement/actions.html later today.

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Request for Applications: EPA-NIH Centers of Excellence on Environmental Health Disparities Research

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announce the Request for Applications (RFA) for EPA-NIH Centers of Excellence on Environmental Health Disparities Research, which seeks proposals for innovative and multi-disciplinary research to advance understanding, to promote mitigation strategies and/or prevention of environmentally driven health disparities and to improve access to healthy and sustainable environments for vulnerable populations. Environmental health disparities are more likely to occur in vulnerable communities with greater proximity to multiple sources of pollution, ongoing and multiple exposures throughout life, lower socioeconomic status, and limited or no access to quality healthcare. Therefore, the research should aim to understand the relationships between biological, chemical, environmental, genetic and epigenetic factors and social determinants of health.

Application Open Date: 10/31/2014
Application Close Date: 01/09/2015
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-14-010.html

Applications should address one or more of the following Research Priority areas:

This RFA is issued as a joint funding initiative between EPA and three institutes at the National Institutes of Health: the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD).

Understanding the causes of environmentally driven health disparities and how to prevent them is a goal of EPA’s Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) Research Program. The SHC Research Program provides useful science and tools for decision makers at all levels to help communities advance sustainability as well as achieve regulatory compliance. SHC is collaborating with partners to conduct research that will result in science-based knowledge to guide decisions that will better sustain a healthy society and environment in America's communities. The research is intended to expand knowledge in this field and add to available resources for communities, the public and decision-makers at all levels.

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Summer Internship with Environmental Health Services!

Applications are now being accepted for a 10-week summer environmental internship for students majoring in Environmental Health.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Summer Program in Environmental Health (SUPEH) is a paid 10-week internship program for undergraduate students majoring in environmental health in a program accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC). Interns participate in activities with the Environmental Health Services Branch (EHSB) of CDC's National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), where they gain environmental health experience and an understanding of environmental health work at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels.

Application deadline is February 11, 2015. We strongly encourage members of underrepresented populations to apply! Learn more about how to apply: http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/ehs/supeh/application.htm.

CDC's NCEH serves the public through responsive public health actions to promote healthy and safe environments and prevent harmful exposures. The EHSB's is to strengthen the role of state, local, and national environmental health programs and professionals to better anticipate, identify, and respond to adverse environmental exposures and the human health consequences of these exposures.

Learn more at: http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/ehs/SUPEH/default.htm


11/4/2014

 

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

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

EPA Webcasts

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

DOE Webcasts

HUD: National Disaster Resilience Competition Webinar Series

Northeast Climate Science Center

Northwest Climate Science Center

Antioch University and EPA

National Association of Counties

Climate Adaption Knowledge Exchange: National Adaptation Forum Series

Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast

Advanced Energy Economy Institute

EPA Webcasts

November 4, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) – Innovative Financing for Green Infrastructure
Financing green infrastructure is critical to taking projects from planning to implementation and beyond, including sustaining operations and maintenance. This 90-minute webcast will provide an overview of green infrastructure financing strategies and highlight a community which leveraged Clean Water State Revolving Fund resources for a flood mitigation project that provided multiple economic, environmental, and social benefits.

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November 5, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – Webinar for Tribes, States, Local Governments, and Territories on the Clean Power Plan Notice of Data Availability
On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, EPA issued a notice of data availability (NODA) related to the proposed Clean Power Plan. EPA routinely uses this type of notice to provide the public with an opportunity to consider and comment on emerging technical issues and data related to an ongoing rulemaking. This NODA provides additional information on certain issues that have been raised consistently by stakeholders. EPA is issuing this NODA to ensure that all stakeholders and the public are aware of these issues and can consider them as they comment on the proposed Clean Power Plan. Webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of senior EPA officials about this action.

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November 5, 3:30-4:30 PM (EST) – Webinar for Tribes, States, Local Governments, and Territories on the Clean Power Plan Supplemental Proposal for Indian Country and U.S. Territories
On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, EPA issued a supplemental proposal to the proposed Clean Power Plan to address carbon pollution from affected power plans in Indian Country and U.S. Territories. Like the Clean Power Plan proposal for states, this supplemental proposal sets area-specific goals for Indian country and territories and provides options for meeting those goals in a flexible manner that accommodates a diverse range of approaches. Webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of senior EPA officials about this action.

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November 7, 2:00-3:00 PM (EST) – Preview of EJSCREEN: EPA’s Environmental Justice Mapping and Screening Tool
EPA invites communities to a webinar presentation about the soon-to-be-released EJSCREEN, EPA’s environmental justice screening and mapping tool. The purpose of the webinar is to give local governments a preview of the new screening tool used by EPA to help the agency assess the potential for disproportionate environmental impacts and other significant environmental justice concerns for vulnerable populations. To attend, please RSVP to Kevin Olp by COB November 5 at or (202) 564-5423 so that EPA can provide meeting materials prior to the webinar.

November 13, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (EST) – The Changing “Waste” Stream
This webinar is sponsored by EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Web Academy. Recyclers across the U.S. are confronted with the realities of the changing waste stream, and the broader range of recyclables collected in single stream recycling programs–all at the same time that global markets are constricting. This ultimately trickles down to local community recycling programs, including the need for robust public education and outreach efforts, and changes in recycling partnerships. During this webinar, hear from Susan Robinson from Waste Management about our changing waste stream and its implications for materials recovery programs.

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November 18, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) – Measuring Up: How to Track and Evaluate Local Sustainability Projects
Measuring, evaluating, and reporting on progress is an important part of local sustainability projects and programs. Tracking and analyzing results can help local entities assess program performance and success, identify specific areas for improvement or expansion, and make informed decisions about future actions. Public reporting can help generate interest in a project, promote accountability, demonstrate success, and attract political and financial support.

You’ll learn about two new federal resources to help you measure, track, and report progress, based directly on the experiences of local governments across the country, and hear from one case study taking place in northwest Washington working to evaluate economic impacts of the program:

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November 18, 3:00-4:30 PM (EST) – Creating a Green Infrastructure Plan to Transform Your Community
Green infrastructure approaches, such as incorporating trees and rain gardens into street designs, can help communities better manage stormwater while achieving other environmental, public health, social, and economic benefits, allowing communities to achieve more for their money. This webinar will discuss how three different organizations—a regional association of governments, a local government, and a nonprofit organization—have developed and implemented plans for using green infrastructure to achieve multiple goals. The webinar will also discuss EPA’s report, Enhancing Sustainable Communities With Green Infrastructure, a guidebook to help communities engage stakeholders in developing a vision for how green infrastructure can transform their communities and a plan to achieve that vision. This webinar qualifies for 1.5 certification maintenance credits from the American Planning Association.

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ENERGY STAR Webcasts

November 12, 2:00-3:00 PM (EST) – Successes in Sustainability: Tenants and Landlords Team Up on Energy Efficiency
Achieving top-level performance in a multi-tenant office building has its challenges. Landlords must consider the many factors that contribute to a building’s energy efficiency, such as building design, base building systems, management, operation and maintenance, tenant build-out, and occupant behavior. An efficiently designed building may perform poorly if its systems are not well maintained, or if occupants do not use the systems as intended. Likewise, tenants who do all they can to reduce energy waste in their leased space may do little to improve the overall efficiency of a poorly designed or inadequately managed building. The best-performing buildings have one important element in common: tenants and landlords working together toward a unified goal of energy efficiency.

In this webinar, Al Scaramelli, Managing Director for Beacon Capital, and Sara Neff, Vice President of Sustainability for Kilroy Realty Corp, will share their strategies and experiences in engaging tenants to accomplish energy reduction goals. The session will also feature ENERGY STAR resources designed to help strengthen the tenant-landlord relationship, such as the ENERGY STAR report “Successes in Sustainability: Landlords and Tenants Team Up on Energy Efficiency.

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November 12, 2:00-3:00 PM (EST) – Value of ENERGY STAR Certification
For thousands of organizations, ENERGY STAR is the simple choice for saving money and demonstrating environmental leadership to the public. Lower energy costs aren't the only financial benefit of ENERGY STAR certification! Join this webinar to learn how ENERGY STAR certification can benefit your bottom line. You’ll also find out how hundreds of organizations are earning special one-time recognition in 2014, in honor of the 15th Anniversary of ENERGY STAR for Buildings!

  1. Learn how ENERGY STAR certification benefits your bottom line, your public image, and the environment.
  2. See how the ENERGY STAR certification has grown since it began 15 years ago.
  3. Find out how to apply for special one-time recognition in 2014, in honor of the 15th Anniversary of ENERGY STAR for buildings.

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November 13, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic: Weather Data and 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. 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).

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November 18, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – Benchmarking Water/Wastewater Treatment Facilities in Portfolio Manager
Learn how to track the progress of energy efficiency efforts and compare the energy use of wastewater treatment plants to 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.

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November 25, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager 101
Join us as we 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.

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DOE Webcasts

November 4, 3:00-4:00 PM (EDT) – Finding the Next Big Thing(s) in Building Energy Efficiency: HIT Catalyst and the Technology Demo Program
Learn how the Energy Department prioritizes high impact technologies (HITs) to advance energy efficiency. Hear from a Better Buildings program participant who is working with Energy Department staff to test promising technologies in buildings. Learn what they are finding and how you can get involved.

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November 20, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – Natural Gas Vehicles: Technology, Best Strategies, and Lessons Learned
This webinar elaborates first on successful past technology choices and then suggests future technological pathways that can be taken for the United States to expand its use of NGVs, focusing on lessons learned from experiences in Europe and elsewhere. Highlights include gas composition harmonization opportunities and challenges; advances in engine technology; CNG cylinder incidents, safety, and lessons learned; and what NGV fueling station suppliers and their customers do to reduce costs and increase reliability.

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HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition Webinar Series

To foster awareness about the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC), HUD is offering a series of webinars from now through February 2015 to discuss NDRC NOFA Rrquirements, answer NDRC NOFA questions, and start a dialogue about climate resilience.

Some webinars will have a technical focus on the NDRC NOFA requirements and NDRC Eligible Applicants. Other webinars will provide broad topical information about citizen engagement, climate adaptation planning, regional consortia building, innovative resilience, water management, rural community engagement, equity, infrastructure resilience, and sustainable energy, intended to be useful for anyone interested in learning about climate resilience.

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Northeast Climate Science Center

November 12, 3:30-4:30 PM (EST) – Transposing Extreme Rainfall to Assess Climate Vulnerability
Climate models predict significant increases in the magnitude and frequency of extreme rainfalls. However, climate model projections of precipitation vary greatly across models. For communities that have not experienced extreme storms in recent memory, useful information on their vulnerability to extreme rainfall can be obtained by hydrologic modeling based on high-resolution rainfall data from one or more extreme storms that have occurred elsewhere in the region. The presenters on this webinar have found that state and local decision makers are very receptive to using this approach to anticipate and adapt to impacts from extreme rainfall events.

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November 19, 3:30-4:30 PM (EST) – Making Decision in Complex Landscapes: Headwater Stream Management Across Multiple Agencies Using Structured Decision Making
There is growing evidence that headwater stream ecosystems are vulnerable to changing climate and land use, but their conservation is challenged by the need to address the threats at a landscape scale, often through coordination with multiple management agencies and landowners. Identifying obstacles to and opportunities for shared decision making among resource agencies and managers may lead to improvements in the selection of optimal management strategies for landscape-scale resources. This project provides an example of cooperative landscape decision making to address the conservation of headwater stream ecosystems in the face of climate change using case studies from two watersheds in the northeastern United States.

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Northwest Climate Science Center

November 20, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – Correlation and Climate Sensitivity of Human Health and Environmental Indicators in the Salish Sea – Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
This webinar will discuss a project that focused on the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, whose traditional territories are particularly vulnerable to threats like sea-level rise and increased storms. These sensitivities of species and habitats to climate were cross-walked with recently developed Coast Salish community health indicators (e.g., ceremonial use, knowledge exchange, and physiological well-being). The goal of this project was to demonstrate how Indigenous Knowledge can be used in conjunction with established landscape-level conservation indicators (e.g., shellfish and water- uality) and employed to identify resource management priorities. Results will show assessments of these indicators and priorities of the Swinomish Tribe and Tsleil-Waututh Nation compared to and integrated with climate forecasts. This presentation will provide a template for how other tribal communities can use these methods to assist with climate change adaptation.

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Antioch University and EPA

November 13, Noon-1:15 PM (EST) – Assessing Vulnerability of Water Conveyance Infrastructure from a Changing Climate in the Context of a Changing Landscape
This webinar will present how to assess the vulnerability of a community’s road crossings and storm water systems to increased run-off events. The approaches presented here have been tested and refined from applied research over the last ten years, which in part was funded by NOAA and US EPA, and carried out for communities from rural, peri-urban and urban watersheds in New England and the upper Midwest. An assessment protocol to target specific vulnerable location within a community due to increases in run-off is the main focus of this webinar. How to identify catchments at risk, as well as determine what would be needed to build peak-flow capacity into the storm water system will be covered. Once the vulnerable locations are known, a prioritization approach to determine which road crossings are deemed the most vulnerable is the next step in the protocol. This will be followed by specific strategies to mitigate the future impact of increased run-off, as well as discussion of avoiding maladaptive approaches. Finally, marginal cost and avoided damage costs analyses will be introduced as an important step to be done in conjunction with any storm water vulnerability assessment. This webinar is the next in the series, Weathering Change: Local Solutions for Strong Communities, presented by Antioch University New England, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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National Association of Counties

November 19, 2:00-3:15 PM (EST) – Combined Heat and Power: Resiliency Strategies for Critical Facilities
Combined heat and power (CHP), also known as cogeneration, is a method whereby energy is produced and excess heat from the production process can be used for heating and cooling processes. Commonly used in facilities that need continual electrical and heating/cooling needs such as hospitals, police and fire stations, jails, and water treatment facilities, CHP can allow counties to lower their environmental impact through reduced greenhouse gas emissions, while saving money on energy costs. County facilities taking advantage of CHP can also be better prepared to stay powered during disruptions to the energy grid, making them more resilient for unforeseen events.

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Climate Adaption Knowledge Exchange: National Adaptation Forum Series

November 20, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – Out of Town, Not Out of Trouble: Small Agriculture and Indigenous Communities
The purpose of this webinar is to raise issues for small agriculture and Indigenous Community/Tribal adaptation with people and groups who are potential collaborators. The webinar will feature the following presentations:

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Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast

November 5, 4:00-6:00 PM (EST) – Green Infrastructure, Climate, and Cities
More than half of the world's population now lives in cities. This demographic shift creates a host of new opportunities, but also some new risks, especially given the challenges posed by climatic extremes. This webinar will focus on innovative adaptation and mitigation strategies involving green infrastructure.

Register

Advanced Energy Economy Institute

November 10, 1:30-2:30 PM (EST) – Changes Sweeping Through the Electricity Sector: Moving Toward a 21st Century Electricity System
In this webinar, the following topics will be discussed:

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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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Public Hearing on the Clean Power Plan Supplemental Proposed Rule

On October 28, 2014, EPA issued a supplemental proposal to the Clean Power Plan to address carbon pollution from affected power plants in Indian Country and U.S. territories. A public hearing on this supplemental proposal will be held on:

If you would like to present oral testimony at the hearing, please complete the registration form, no later than November 14, 2014, located at: http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards/clean-power-plan-supplemental-proposal. For questions regarding registration, please contact Ms. Pamela Garrett by telephone at 919-541-7966. Note: Registration is only required for individuals wishing to present oral testimony. You do not need to register if you only plan to attend and listen to the hearing.

Please note that any updates made to any aspect of the hearing will be posted online at http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards/clean-power-plan-supplemental-proposal. People may also comment on the supplemental proposal online or by email, fax or letter: EPA considers all comments equally, no matter how they are submitted. The comment period on the supplemental proposal is open until December 19, 2014.

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Free Webinar - Environmental Justice: A New Model for Planning in Underserved Communities

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST
Certification Maintenance (CM) Pending

Register Now: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1023190489786336001

When EPA created the Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ), it had to create new tools for the purpose of engaging and working with communities, including segments of the public that are underserved - models and programs didn't exist. Community planners and other allied professionals may be less familiar with the tools developed over time by OEJ to strengthen public involvement; encourage community action for a renewed environment; or advance collaborative problem solving.

For this webinar, expert speakers will explain how environmental justice is a forward-thinking, sustainable approach. Participants will learn how citizens and professionals are making a visible difference in communities across the country through environmental justice. Presenters will show why a discussion about environmental justice is important given the renewed focus on social equity and planning among professionals. The webinar will reveal environmental justice is a planning issue, and there is a suite of promising practices which target the nexus between environmental justice and community planning.

Learn about:

Join the Planning and the Black Community Division of the American Planning Association; the Planning Webcast Series Consortium; and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Justice for a conversation on environmental justice. Confirmed speakers for this webinar include Charles Lee; Marva King, PhD; and Carlton Eley of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as well as Mildred McClain, Ed.D. of The Harambee House, Inc./Citizens for Environmental Justice. The conversation will be moderated by Carlton Eley, U.S. EPA Office of Environmental Justice.

Register Now: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1023190489786336001. If you are not a member of a Division or Chapter of the American Planning Association, please type "EPA" in the required registration field titled "Division or Chapter in which you belong."

For more information about the webinar's content, please contact Carlton Eley at eley.carlton@epa.gov. For registration questions or technical issues, please contact Benjamin Frost at bfrost@nhhfa.org. Past and upcoming webcasts scheduled are available at http://www.utah-apa.org/webcasts.

This webinar is part of a series leading up to the 6th Annual Equitable Development Workshop at the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference - http://www.newpartners.org/program/equitable-development


10/30/2014

 

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

EPA today invited communities to apply for technical assistance to implement smart growth development approaches. EPA is offering this technical assistance through the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program to help communities across the country–including underserved communities, coastal communities, small cities, and rural areas–adopt sustainable growth strategies. The program aims to increase resilience to natural disasters and strengthen the economy while protecting human health and the environment. Building Blocks provides quick, targeted technical assistance to communities using tools with demonstrated results and widespread application.

Communities may apply for assistance on one or more of the following topics:

If selected, a community will work with an EPA-supported team of experts during a one- to two-day workshop, where participants will learn about relevant strategies, policies, and practices.

EPA will select up to 25 communities through a competitive process. Selections will be made in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Transportation through the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. This interagency collaboration coordinates federal investments in infrastructure, facilities, and services to get better results for communities and use taxpayer money more efficiently.

Applications will be accepted between October 23 and November 20, 2014. EPA will host a webinar to discuss the program and the application process on Thursday, October 30, 2014, from 3 to 4 p.m. EDT.

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

October 2014—DOE Funding Opportunity Upcoming Events

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

Funding and Technical Assistance Opportunities

DOE Competition to Showcase, Support Local and Tribal Climate Action
Applications Due:
Oct. 27, 2014
Eligible Entities: County, city, township, and tribal governments

Administered by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Climate Action Champions competition will identify, showcase, and invest in up to 15 local and tribal governments across the county that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to cutting carbon pollution and preparing for the impacts of a changing climate. Climate Action Champions will have access to a broad range of federal support designed to advance their efforts, including technical assistance, decision-making data and tools, peer networking opportunities, access to DOE renewable energy experts, and the opportunity to participate in the DOE Office of Indian Energy's Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program.

Read the full announcement to learn more or apply now.

EDA FY14 Regional Innovation Grants – $15 Million
Applications Due:
Nov. 3, 2014
Eligible Entities: County, city, town, tribal, and state governments, public/private higher-education institutions, nonprofits, special district governments

The U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) is seeking applications for three programs that develop innovation strategies:

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

DOE Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontier and Innovation Technologies – Nearly $8 Million
Applications Due:
Concept paper due Nov. 10, 2014; full applications due Jan. 12, 2015
Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments; for-profit and nonprofit entities; and educational institutions

The DOE Building Technologies' Emerging Technologies Program is accepting applications to support research and development of the next generation of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) technologies. The research and development will focus on developing regionally appropriate HVAC solutions that would offer significant potential energy savings for new and existing buildings, and on developing innovative approaches that could replace current vapor compression HVAC technologies and their use of refrigerants that harm the global environment.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

USDA Rural Community Development Initiative – Nearly $6 Million
Applications Due:
Nov. 12, 2014
Eligible Entities: Qualified private, nonprofit (including faith-based and community organizations and philanthropic foundations), and public (including tribal) intermediary organizations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service is seeking applications for Rural Community Development Initiative grants that will be awarded to organizations to provide critical financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop and strengthen their capacity to carry out housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects. Applicants must provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to the federal grant.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

EPA Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program
Applications Due:
Nov. 20, 2014
Eligible Entities: Applicant must have support of the local government, regional entity, or community-based organization.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking applications for the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program that will provide quick, targeted assistance to up to 25 communities using a variety of tools with demonstrated results and widespread application to help them achieve their goals for growth. Selected communities will work with an EPA-supported team of experts during a one-to-two day workshop where participants will learn about relevant strategies, policies, and practices for a specific smart growth development topic.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

DOE Landscape Design for Sustainable Bioenergy Systems – $14 Million
Applications Due: Concept papers are due Nov. 21, 2014; full applications are due Jan. 12, 2015
Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments; for-profit and nonprofit entities; and education institutions

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office, seeks interdisciplinary projects that apply landscape design approaches to integrate cellulosic feedstock productions into existing agricultural and forestry systems while maintaining or enhancing environmental and socioeconomic sustainability including ecosystem services and food, feed, and fiber production.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

An informational webinar to learn more about this funding opportunity will be held on Nov. 3, 2014, from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Register for the webinar.

DOE Advancing Solutions to Improve the Energy Efficiency of U.S. Commercial Buildings – $9 Million
Applications Due:
Concept papers are due Nov. 22, 2014; full applications are due Jan. 20, 2015
Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments; for-profit and nonprofit entities; education institutions

THE DOE EERE, on behalf of the Buildings Technology Office, is seeking applications for investments in energy-saving technologies that can be tested and deployed in offices, shops, restaurants, hospitals, hotels, and other types of commercial buildings. The funding will facilitate the implementation of market-ready solutions across the United States to improve commercial building energy efficiency, with a goal of demonstrating 20% savings or more across a variety of approaches.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

An informational webinar to learn more about this funding opportunity will be held on Oct. 27, 2014, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Mountain Time. Register for the webinar.

CDFI Bond Guarantee Program – $525 Million
Applications Due:
Nov. 24, 2014
Eligible Entities: All entities are eligible.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury is accepting applications for the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund. A total of $525 million in bonds is guaranteed for Fiscal Year 2014 to provide long-term, fixed-rate capital for projects in low-income and underserved communities.

Building upon its August announcement that $325 million in bonds had been guaranteed to support economic development opportunities across the country, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) announced today that an additional four bonds totaling $200 million were guaranteed in fiscal year (FY) 2014, bringing the total guaranteed to date to $525 million. All of the bond proceeds, provided through the Community Development Financial Institutions Bond Guarantee Program (CDFI Bond Guarantee Program), will provide long-term, fixed rate capital for projects in low-income and underserved communities.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description

EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants Program – $1.2 Million
Applications Due:
Dec. 15, 2014
Eligible Entities: Tribal governments and nonprofits

EPA is seeking applications to support activities designed to empower and educate communities to understand environmental and public health issues and to identify ways to address these issues at the local level. The funding will focus on proposals supporting community-based preparedness and community climate resiliency efforts.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition – $1 Billion
Applications Due:
March 16, 2015
Eligible Applicants: All states with counties that experienced a Presidentially Declared Major Disaster in 2011, 2012, or 2013 are eligible to submit applications that address unmet needs as well as vulnerabilities to future extreme events, stresses, threats, hazards, or other shocks in areas that were most impacted and distressed as a result of the effects of the qualified disaster. This includes 48 of the 50 states plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. In addition, 17 local governments that have received funding under the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 (PL 113-2) are eligible. See the complete list of eligible applicants.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) National Disaster Resilience Competition makes $1 billion available to communities that have been struck by natural disasters in recent years. The competition promotes risk assessment and planning and will fund the implementation of innovative resilience projects to better prepare communities for future storms and other extreme events. Funding for the competition is from the Community Development Block Grant disaster recovery appropriation provided by PL 113-2. This competition responds to requests from state, local, and tribal leaders who have asked the federal government to help them prepare their communities for the impacts of climate change and support investments in more resilient infrastructure.

Read more about the competition on the HUD website.

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For updates and additional information, please see Related Funding Opportunities on the Tribal Energy Program website.

Upcoming Events

Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Putting It All Together
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MDT

The webinar will build on previous webinars to help tribes identify opportunities for renewable energy projects. Attendees will learn about the various programs offered by DOE to help tribes tap in to renewable energy resources and hear about Montana's Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes' recent acquisition of the Kerr Dam—the first major hydroelectric facility to be owned by a tribe. Attendees will also be encouraged to provide feedback on possible topics for the 2015 Tribal Energy Renewable Energy Webinar Series.

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

White House Tribal Nations Conference
Dec. 3, 2014
Washington, D.C.

President Obama will host the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. The conference will provide leaders from the 566 federally recognized tribes the opportunity to interact directly with the President and members of the White House Council on Native American Affairs. Each federally recognized tribe will be invited to send one representative to the conference. This will be the sixth White House Tribal Nations Conference for the Obama Administration, and continues to build upon the President's commitment to strengthen the government-to-government relationship with Indian Country and to improve the lives of Native Americans. Additional details about the conference will be released at a later date.

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For updates and other events, visit the complete Events calendar on the Tribal Energy Program 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.

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EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Local Climate and Energy program is pleased to invite you to a webinar on measuring and evaluating the results of local climate, energy, and sustainability projects.

What: Measuring Up: How to Track and Evaluate Local Sustainability Projects – EPA Webinar
Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST

Measuring, evaluating, and reporting on progress is an important part of local sustainability projects and programs. Tracking and analyzing results can help local entities assess program performance and success, identify specific areas for improvement or expansion, and make informed decisions about future actions. Public reporting can help generate interest in a project, promote accountability, demonstrate success, and attract political and financial support.

You’ll learn about two new federal resources to help you measure, track, and report progress, based directly on the experiences of local governments across the country, and hear from one case study taking place in northwest Washington working to evaluate economic impacts of the program:

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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Alliance for Green Heat November 2014 Newsletter

Green Heat News - Issue No 63


10/29/2014

 

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

Reminder – Today (10/29/14) – Two Teleconferences:

 

#1 Teleconference on the Supplemental Proposal
Time:   12:00 – 12:45pm (Eastern);  11:00 – 11:45am (Central);  10:00 – 10:45 am (Mountain);  9:00 – 9:45 am (Pacific);  8:00 – 8:45 am (Alaskan)
Phone number:  (866) 528-5873;  Participant code 27436902

 

#2 Teleconference on the Notice of Data Availability (NODA)

Time:   3:00 – 3:45pm (Eastern); 2:00 – 2:45pm (Central); 1:00 – 1:45 pm (Mountain); 12:00 – 12:45pm (Pacific); 11:00 – 11:45 am (Alaskan)
Phone number:  (866) 528-5873;  Participant code 27443703

 

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State, Local and Tribal

Subject: Invitation to attend stakeholder briefings about the Clean Power Plan Supplemental Proposal for Indian Country and Territories and a Notice of Data Availability

Dear Friend:

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, EPA issued two actions related to the proposed Clean Power Plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants.  As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s extensive outreach since issuing the proposed Clean Power Plan, EPA is making additional information and ideas available for public comment in a notice of data availability (NODA). At the same time, EPA is following through on its commitment made in June to propose goals to reduce carbon pollution in areas of Indian Country and U.S. Territories where fossil-fuel power plants are located.

For the full news release: http://go.usa.gov/GhYP

We invite you to join today’s two stakeholder briefings where you will have the opportunity to ask questions of senior EPA officials about these actions.

To assist operators, please dial in 15 minutes prior to the start of the call.  Details of the calls can be found below:

Teleconference on the Supplemental Proposal
Date:   10/29/14
Time:   12:00 – 12:45pm Eastern
Phone number:  (866) 528-5873 Participant code 27436902

Teleconference on the NODA
Date:   10/29/14
Time:   3:00 – 3:45pm Eastern
Phone number:  (866) 528-5873 Participant code 27443703

In addition, EPA is hosting two webinars on November 5, 2014:  one webinar describing the Supplemental and a separate webinar describing the NODA.  These webinars are designed for technical staff from Tribes, states, local governments and territories and will offer a detailed presentation about the respective actions.  There will be an opportunity for participants to type in questions.  Recorded versions of these webinars will be posted on the web.

Tribal/State/Local Webinar on the NODA
Date:   11/5/14
Time:   1:00-2:00 pm Eastern
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7303652584663466241  

Tribal/State/Local Webinar on the Supplemental proposal
Date:   11/5/14
Time:   3:30-4:30 pm Eastern
Registration:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4241469820353838081

 

We encourage your participation and additional information can be found on our website:  www.epa.gov/cleanpowerplan

 


10/28/2014

Call for Tribal Co-Hosts for 2015 NTF

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) and the National Tribal Air Association (NTAA) are looking for tribes and/or inter-tribal organizations interested in co-hosting the 2015 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality (NTF). The NTF is a premier national conference focused on improving air quality and addressing the impacts of climate change that draws up to 200 environmental professionals from tribes, state and federal agencies, and other organizations from across the country. For information about past conferences, please visit the NTF website: http://www4.nau.edu/itep/conferences/confr_ntf.asp.

Co-hosting this important event is an excellent way to showcase your program, share your stories, and affirm your commitment to environmental sustainability. Tribal co-hosts will have the opportunity to meet with various federal officials and staff, interact with environmental professionals from across the country, present on their environmental projects, and be involved in the planning and delivery of the event, and more!

Interested tribes or tribal organizations should submit a proposal detailing the types of support they are willing and able to offer as a co-host including any recommendations for lodging, meeting venues, and/or other amenities, if available. This is not a formal request for meeting facility proposals, nor is the respondent required to have adequate meeting facilities at their disposal. However if the tribe or organization wishes to provide a proposal from an appropriate lodging and/or meeting facility, it must be submitted separately and in accordance with the “2015NTF-MeetingRFP” available from ITEP or NTAA. Additionally, more than one tribe or organization may collaborate on a proposal to serve as co-hosts. Proposals for tribal co-host must be submitted per the information below no later than November 7, 2014. Meeting venues in the Eastern or Midwestern US will be prioritized for 2015.

Benefits to the tribal co-host:

Opportunities for contributing:
Co-hosts are welcomed, but not expected, to participate directly in the event planning and execution. Co-hosts are encouraged to offer any types of support or assistance they are willing to dedicate to this event. Examples of suggested ways the tribal co-host can contribute include:

Proposals should address the following topics as completely as possible, and may include additional information as desired. Proposals for tribal co-hosts must be submitted no later than November 7, 2014; successful applicants will be notified on or before November 21. Questions? Contact ITEP at the information below.

 

2015 NTF Tribal CoHost RFP.pdf

2015 NTF Meeting RFP.pdf

 

Proposals should be submitted by mail, fax or email no later than November 7, 2014 to:
Lydia Scheer, Program Coordinator, Sr.
Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals
Northern Arizona University - Box 15004
Flagstaff, AZ  86011
Phone: 928.523.6887
Fax: 928.523.1266
Email: Lydia.Scheer@nau.edu

 


10/22/2014

 

Lakes Environmental e-Newsletter October 2014

Emissions Inventory - Atmospheric Science - IT Solutions

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EPA's 2014 School Bus Replacement Funding Opportunity

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EPA Clean Diesel News: 10/16/14
EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) is now accepting applications for the 2014 School Bus Replacement Funding Opportunity.  This is a rebate program to replace older school buses in both the public and private fleets.  The total funding for this opportunity is approximately $3 million.  To learn more about the rebate program, applicant eligibility, and the selection process, please visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/dera-rebate-schoolbus14.htm
EPA will accept rebate applications until Monday, November 17, 2014, at 4 pm EST.  Applicants may submit only one application for up to five buses.  Applications may be downloaded from epa.gov/cleandiesel/documents/2014-clean-diesel-rebate-application.pdf.  Completed applications should be emailed to CleanDieselRebate@epa.gov with the subject line "DERA School Bus Rebate Application."  Please include your organization's name in the subject line.
EPA will offer a webinar for interested applicants on Wednesday, October 22 at 1 pm EDT.  The audio call-in for the webinar is 470-200-0302, access code 228-750-740#.  Participants may register at  https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/467125138.  
Questions about the rebate program should be sent to CleanDieselRebate@epa.gov


www.epa.gov/cleandiesel
E-mail: cleandiesel@epa.gov

 


10/21/2014

 

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

More than $1 billion in funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 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.

DOE Climate Action Champions Program – Funding Amount TBD

DOE is seeking to highlight between 10 and 15 local governments and tribal governments—or regional collaborations or consortia thereof—that demonstrate a strong and ongoing commitment to implementing strategies that both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance climate resilience, with a particular emphasis on strategies that further both goals. The program is also intended to provide recognized entities with additional opportunities for financial and technical assistance, as well as facilitated peer-to-peer networking opportunities and mentorship, to support and advance their greenhouse gas emissions reduction and climate resilience objectives.

For more information, visit the request for applications.

EDA FY14 Regional Innovation Grants – $15 million

EDA is seeking applications for three programs that develop regional innovation strategies: the i6 Challenge ($8 million available), Science and Research Park Development Grants ($5 million available), and Cluster Grants for Seed Capital Funds ($2 million available). The i6 Challenge aims to commercialize innovations, ideas, intellectual property and research into viable companies; the Science and Research Park Development Grants seek to provide research hubs and increase regional competitiveness; and the Cluster Grants for Seed Capital Funds are intended to create sustainable financing institutions for innovation-based startups. Science and Research Park Development Grant applications in the field of energy efficient building technologies, renewable energy, and cogeneration can receive extra consideration.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

USDA FY14 Rural Community Development Initiative – $6 million

USDA is making available funds to develop the capacity and ability of qualified private, non-profit community-based housing and community development organizations, low-income rural communities, and federally recognized Native American tribes to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development in rural areas. Applications that consider technical assistance for the development of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements can receive additional consideration.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

NOAA Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Program – $800,000

NOAA is seeking applications to support management of regional and local ecosystem effects of sea level rise and coastal inundation through targeted research on key technologies, natural and nature-based infrastructure, physical and biological processes, and model evaluation. The funding is intended to integrate dynamic physical and biological processes with sea level rise and coastal inundation to improve the prediction of coastal ecosystem effects to enable enhanced coastal resiliency.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants Program – $1.2 million

EPA is making available funding to support activities designed to empower and educate communities to understand environmental and public health issues and to identify ways to address these issues at the local level. The funding will focus on proposals supporting community-based preparedness and community climate resiliency efforts. Examples of community resilience projects that will receive consideration include improving water use efficiency and installing green infrastructure to increase resilience to heavy storms.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition – $1 billion

HUD is seeking applications to help communities recover from prior disasters and improve their ability to withstand and recover more quickly from future disasters, hazards, and shocks. HUD will also provide technical assistance to every eligible state and local government to help applicants consider future risks and vulnerabilities in planning and decision-making, and assist them in applying for funding. The competition is structured in two phases: a framing phase, in which applicants consider their disaster recovery needs, vulnerabilities, stakeholder interests, resilience, community development objectives, and investment alternatives, and an implementation phase, in which a subset of applicants will refine their approaches developed in the first phase. HUD will award funding at the conclusion of Phase 2.

For more information, visit the competition fact sheet.

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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10/16/2014

 

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

EPA Releases “Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans”

EPA’s Climate Ready Estuaries program has published Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans as a resource for environmental managers and planners. This publication provides much needed guidance for conducting risk-based climate change vulnerability assessments and developing adaptation action plans. The workbook helps users to identify, analyze and prioritize climate change risks. In developing an action plan, it guides users to address their most pressing risks and find appropriate responses. Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present. By using the workbook and addressing climate change in their systems, users will be ready to protect environmental resources, public safety, and infrastructure. Learn more about the Being Prepared for Climate Change workbook tools to help increase resiliency and tackle climate change in your own place. Watch a video about the new workbook.

EPA Launches Broad Collaborative of External Stakeholders to Advance Green Infrastructure

EPA’s Green Infrastructure Program and the White House Council on Environmental Quality have launched a broad collaborative of external stakeholders to advance the implementation of green infrastructure. The Green Infrastructure Collaborative will leverage efforts from the federal family, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and academia to advance green infrastructure as a means of supporting water quality and community development goals.

As part of the announcement, EPA released a Statement of Support outlining specific commitments from Collaborative members to advance cooperation and coordination on green infrastructure initiatives. The Collaborative will build capacity for green infrastructure by providing a platform for national stakeholders to:

  1. Leverage joint efforts to promote the multiple community benefits of green infrastructure;
  2. Share and build knowledge around emerging green infrastructure technologies and policy issues; and
  3. Facilitate shared inquiry into the best ways to encourage adoption of green infrastructure technologies at the local level.

The Collaborative will build on the Green Infrastructure Partnership launched in 2007 by EPA and its founding partner organizations. For more information, see the Collaborative’s website or the White House fact sheet.

The Partnership for Sustainable Communities Releases the Sustainable Community Indicator Catalog

The Sustainable Community Indicator Catalog is a new online resource to help communities measure progress toward their sustainability goals. The catalog focuses on the relationships among land use, housing, transportation, human health, and the environment, and can help communities assess their progress in seven areas: access and equity, affordability, economic competitiveness, environmental quality, fiscal solvency, public health, and safety.

The project team, including the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Institute for Urban Research, the HUD Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation, and the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities, identified more than 1,000 indicators being used to measure community progress across the country, then selected 25 of the most popular and useful indicators. Planners, researchers, and others interested in performance measurement can use the catalog to identify the indicators most closely aligned with their communities’ concerns.

The site also includes nine tip sheets on topics such as how to obtain state and local data, how to use indicators to promote inclusive growth and equity, and how to communicate most effectively with a community about indicators and their results.

The Federal Highway Administration Launches Tool to Analyze Life-Cycle Emissions from Transportation Projects

The Infrastructure Carbon Estimator is a Microsoft Excel-based sketch planning application for estimating the energy and greenhouse gas emissions impacts of maintaining existing transportation systems or of constructing and maintaining new transportation facilities. The tool provides a new method to account for construction and maintenance emissions that are not typically calculated, so that these can be considered in long range planning, corridor analysis, or development of energy and greenhouse gas emission reduction strategies.

The new tool is one in a suite of tools that the Federal Highway Administration has developed for analyzing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. Additional tools include:

Climate Central Releases Surging Seas Risk Finder for Delaware, Maryland Virginia and Washington, DC

In the coming decades, many tidewater and coastal communities are likely to face record floods. Climate Central's Surging Seas Risk Finder has now added Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC to 14 other states previously analyzed for sea level rise and coastal flood risk. The Risk Finder is a public, multi-part web tool to help communities, planners and leaders review sea level rise and coastal flood risks at a screening level, using detailed zip-searchable maps; analysis of more than 100 variables for thousands of communities; community comparison maps; and local sea level and flood risk projections. To learn more, visit the Surging Seas Risk Finder.

Association of Climate Change Officers Publishes Two Reports on Public and Private Sector Responses to Sea Level Rise

The Association of Climate Change Officers has published two white papers focusing on the challenges and opportunities of addressing sea level rise related risks in the public and private sectors: "Sea Level Rise Adaptation in the Public Sector: Challenges, Solutions and Opportunities" and "Rising Above the Seas: SECing Materiality Through the Corporate Lens." To view the reports, visit the Association of Climate Change Officers’ Knowledge Center.

October 16 Webinar: Resilient Design: Transitioning to the New Built Environment

On October 16, EPA Region 1 and Antioch University New England are co-hosting a presentation by Alex Wilson, Founder of BuildingGreen Inc. and Resilient Design Institute,about why we need to be considering resilience in looking at the built environment during the coming decades. He will give an overview of practical measures that can be implemented today to create more resilient buildings and communities. These measures include:

This webinar kicks off AUNE's Weathering Change: Local Solutions for Strong Communities series.

Register

October 30 Webinar: Designing and Planning for Healthy Cities

On Thursday, October 30, the Security & Sustainability Forum and the American Public Health Association will co-host a webinar featuring Tim Beatley of the University of Virginia and Richard Jackson of UCLA discussing creating cities that are compelling and healthy places to live, work, and play.

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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EPA State and Local

 


10/08/2014

DOE Tribal Energy Program

October 2014—DOE Funding Opportunity Closes Tomorrow

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

Funding Opportunities

Bloomberg Innovation Delivery Grant Program — $45 Million
Applications Due:
Oct. 6, 2014
Eligible Entities: City governments with populations exceeding 100,000 and with a mayor who has minimum of two years remaining in office as of Jan. 1, 2015

Bloomberg is seeking applicants to bring innovation to city challenges through Innovation Delivery, an approach that combines idea generation techniques with a structured, data-driven approach to deliver results. In the past, projects have focused on energy issues such as energy efficiency improvements. Eligible applicants must demonstrate an intention to achieve bold and sustained change on an issue that matters to citizens, a demonstrated understanding of how Innovation Delivery will help an applicant's city achieve its goals, a credible plan for how the Innovation Delivery approach will integrate with and strengthen the city's existing organizational structure and culture, and a commitment to bold innovation.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

2014 SPS Solar Generation Power Request for Proposals
Applications Due:
Oct. 10, 2014
Eligible Entities: This funding opportunity is open to all bidders. For information on eligible projects, see the RFP.

The Southwestern Public Service Company (SPS) is seeking proposals for up to 200 MW of photovoltaic (PV) solar generation resources that would be contracted through a power purchase agreement.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Program
Applications Due:
Oct. 17, 2014
Eligible Entities: District organizations of designated Economic Development Districts; state, county, city, state, and tribal governments; nonprofits; higher education institutions

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is seeking applications to create and retain jobs and increase private investment in economically distressed communities. Eligible projects must address at least one of the following areas: collaborative regional innovation, public/private partnerships, national strategic priorities, global competitiveness, environmentally sustainable development, and economically distressed and underserved communities. Projects must also either enhance public works and infrastructure projects or provide economic assistance to regions experiencing severe economic dislocations.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

EDA FY14 Regional Innovation Grants — $15 Million
Applications Due:
Nov. 3, 2014
Eligible Entities: County, city, town, tribal, and state governments, public/private higher-education institutions, nonprofits, special district governments

The EDA is seeking applications for three programs that develop innovation strategies:

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

USDA Rural Community Development Initiative — Nearly $6 Million
Applications Due:
Nov. 12, 2014
Eligible Entities: Qualified private, nonprofit (including faith-based and community organizations and philanthropic foundations), and public (including tribal) intermediary organizations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service is seeking applications for Rural Community Development Initiative grants that will be awarded to organizations to provide critical financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop and strengthen their capacity to carry out housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects. Applicants must provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to the federal grant.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

NOAA Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Program — $800,000
Applications Due:
Nov. 18, 2014
Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments; higher-education institutions; commercial organizations; U.S. territories; and federal agencies

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is seeking applications to support management of regional and local ecosystem effects of sea level rise and coastal inundation through targeted research on key technologies, natural and nature-based infrastructure, physical and biological processes, and model evaluation. The funding is intended to integrate dynamic physical and biological processes with sea level rise and coastal inundation to improve the prediction of coastal ecosystem effects to enable enhanced coastal resiliency.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition — $1 Billion
Applications Due:
March 2015
Eligible Applicants: All states with counties that experienced a Presidentially Declared Major Disaster in 2011, 2012, or 2013 are eligible to submit applications that address unmet needs as well as vulnerabilities to future extreme events, stresses, threats, hazards, or other shocks in areas that were most impacted and distressed as a result of the effects of the qualified disaster. This includes 48 of 50 states plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. In addition, 17 local governments that have received funding under the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 (PL 113-2) are eligible. See the complete list of eligible applicants.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) National Disaster Resilience Competition makes $1 billion available to communities that have been struck by natural disasters in recent years. The competition promotes risk assessment and planning and will fund the implementation of innovative resilience projects to better prepare communities for future storms and other extreme events. Funding for the competition is from the Community Development Block Grant disaster recovery (CDBG-DR) appropriation provided by PL 113-2. This competition responds to requests from state, local, and tribal leaders who have asked the federal government to help them prepare their communities for the impacts of climate change and support investments in more resilientinfrastructure.

Read more about the competition on the HUD website.

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For updates and additional information, please see Related Funding Opportunities on the Tribal Energy Program website.

Upcoming Events

RES Wisconsin
Oct. 6–9, 2014
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development is hosting Reservation Economic Summit (RES) Wisconsin, where attendees can interact with tribal leaders, members of Congress, federal agency representatives, state and local elected officials, and top CEOs on a national platform. Attendees will benefit from high-caliber networking and teaming opportunities, and business development sessions. Event highlights include a tradeshow, a business expo, an American Indian Artisan Market, RES Procurement, RES Business Matchmaking, a Tribal Business Leaders Forum, and more.

Register now.

DOE Better Buildings Challenge Webinar: PACE Financing for Energy Efficiency Success Stories
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing is a vehicle to pay for energy efficiency improvements or renewable energy installations on private property. Local or state governments or other entities fund the up-front costs of the improvements, which are paid back over time through property assessments added to the owner's property tax bills. Attend this webinar and hear DOE Better Buildings Challenge partners describe their successful experiences with PACE financing as program developers, city administrators, and property owners.

There is no cost to attend, but advance registration is required. Register now.

Ute Tribe Tribal Energy Conference and Expo
Oct. 14-15, 2014
Denver, Colorado

The Ute Indian Tribe is hosting an energy conference and expo, an international gathering of energy producing tribes, governments, and companies envisioning a path toward a more sustainable future. This two-day conference will provide information on national policy and budget, state oil and gas, tribal energy companies, and tribal policies for success.

Registration fee includes admission to the conference, receptions, all seminar session, course materials, and food and drink.

Register now.

Shifting Seasons: Building Tribal Capacity for Climate Adaptation
Oct. 14–17, 2014
Keshena, Wisconsin

Hosted by the College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute with support from Michigan State University and Northern Arizona University's Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, this three-day workshop is designed to assist tribes with climate change adaptation planning as well as provide training for nontribal entities on how to work and cooperate with tribes. Although the focus is on the northeast region of the U.S. Department of the Interior's Climate Science Center, the event is open to all who are interested in climate change issues and tribes.

The summit is free, but advanced registration is required.

Register now.

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For updates and other events, visit the complete Events calendar on the Tribal Energy Program website.

News

Competition to Showcase, Support Local and Tribal Climate Action;
Applications Due Oct. 27

On Oct. 1, 2014, the Obama Administration announced a new Climate Action Champions competition that will identify, showcase, and invest in up to 15 local and tribal governments across the country that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to cutting carbon pollution and preparing for the impacts of a changing climate. Administered by DOE, the competition is a collaborative effort among multiple federal agencies.

With its dual focus on mitigating greenhouse gas pollution and building resilience to climate impacts at the local level, the Climate Action Champions competition takes an integrated approach to helping American communities accelerate and expand their efforts to address these interrelated goals.

In addition to being recognized as climate leaders, designated Climate Action Champions will have access to a broad range of federal support designed to advance their efforts, such as: technical assistance, decision-making data and tools, peer networking opportunities, access to DOE renewable energy experts, and the opportunity to participate in the DOE Office of Indian Energy's Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program.

Applications for the Competition are due Oct. 27. Read the full announcement to learn more or apply now.

HUD Request Information and Comments on Native American Housing Assistance Act
HUD's Office of Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing is requesting information from interested members of the public to provide information regarding alternative data sources, including the American Community Survey, to the funding formula for the Indian Housing Block Grant program authorized by the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996. Comments can be submitted via mail to: Regulations Division, Office of General Counsel, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, Room 10276, Washington, DC, 20410 – 0500 or through www.regulations.gov.

Comments are due Oct. 27, 2014.

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.


10/07/2014

Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule

Section 111(d) Information Hearing Information Posted to the Docket

Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants

 

In this action, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing emission guidelines for states to follow in developing plans to address greenhouse gas emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired electric generating units. Specifically, the EPA is proposing state-specific rate-based goals for carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector, as well as guidelines for states to follow in developing plans to achieve the state-specific goals. This rule, as proposed, would continue progress already underway to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants in the United States.

The hearing transcripts and supporting documentation have been posted to the docket.

Below are the docket ID numbers of the transcripts only (there is more information besides the transcripts that is posted to the docket. In total there is about 595 items.)


Public Hearing Transcript: Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plant, Denver, CO (July 29, 2014)
EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602-18660


Public Hearing Transcript: Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plant, Denver, CO (July 29, 2014)
EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602-18342


Public Hearing Transcript: Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plant, Denver, CO (July 30, 2014)
EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602-18473


Public Hearing Transcript: Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plant, Denver, CO (July 30, 2014)
EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602-18738


Public Hearing Transcript: Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants, Atlanta, Georgia (July 29, 2014)
EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602-18780


Public Hearing Transcript: Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants, Atlanta, Georgia (July 29, 2014)
EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602-18238


Public Hearing Transcript: Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants, Atlanta, Georgia (July 30, 2014)
ID:EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602-18280


Public Hearing Transcript: Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants, Atlanta, Georgia (July 30, 2014)
EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602-18291


Public Hearing Transcript: Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants, Washington, D.C. (Room A, July 29, 2014, )
EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602-18493


Public Hearing Transcript: Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants, Washington, D.C. (Room B, July 29, 2014)
EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602-18706


Public Hearing Transcript: Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants, Washington, D.C. (Room A, July 30, 2014)
EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602-18513


Public Hearing Transcript: Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants, Washington, D.C. (Room B, July 30, 2014)
EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602-18400


Public Hearing Transcript: Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (July 31, 2014)
EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602-18627


Public Hearing Transcript: Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (July 31, 2014)
EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602-18761


Public Hearing Transcript: Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (August 1, 2014)
EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602-18863


Public Hearing Transcript: Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (August 1, 2014)
EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602-18692

 


10/02/2014

 

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

This message provides details about 12 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

Antioch University and EPA Webcast

Applied Solutions Webcast

EPA Webcasts

October 7, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – How Three Retail Buyers Source Large-Scale Solar Electricity: Making the Nation’s Largest Non-Utility Solar Project East of the Mississippi a Reality
Large-scale, non-utility solar power purchase agreements (PPAs) are still a rarity despite the growing popularity of PPAs across the country. In this webinar, participants will learn more about how the nation's largest non-utility solar photovoltaic PPA east of the Mississippi came to be. To help other organizations learn how to develop and implement similar PPAs, representatives from American University, the George Washington University and the George Washington University Hospital, along with CustomerFirst Renewables, will discuss their recently announced solar PPA that was launched in 2014 and will be fully operational by 2015. The 52 megawatt (MW) solar PV power plant, located in North Carolina, will deliver ~123 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity a year, meeting more than 50% of each of the three organizations' annual electricity needs.

Topics include:

Speakers:

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ENERGY STAR Webcasts

October 8, 12:00-1:00 PM (EDT) – Energy Treasure Hunts: Simple Steps to Finding Energy Savings
The Energy Treasure Hunt is a dynamic, effective process for identifying savings opportunities, and is a best practice adopted by many ENERGY STAR partners to identify no- and low-cost savings opportunities, as well as to build stronger energy teams. By focusing on energy savings, Energy Treasure Hunts support implementation of an energy management program and key components of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management. Learn how others have used this tool to find savings, and learn how to run your own treasure hunt.

Register

October 16, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic: Data Centers and IT Energy
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).

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October 21, 2:00-3:15 PM (EDT) – 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.

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October 23, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – Verifying the ENERYG STAR Certification Application
Do you verify commercial building applications for ENERGY STAR certification? This webinar, based on the ENERGY STAR Guide for Licensed Professionals, covers the role of the licensed professional, as well as requirements for verifying commercial building applications for ENERGY STAR certification.

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October 28, 1:00- 2:30 PM (EDT) – 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

October 29, 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

October 30, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR
Learn how to apply 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.

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DOE Webcasts

October 2, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT)– High Performance Outdoor Lighting Accelerator
The Energy Department recently announced the expansion of the Better Buildings platform to include the newest initiative for the public sector: the High Performance Outdoor Lighting Accelerator (HPOLA). This Accelerator is designed to bring attention to specific issues that hinder the accelerated deployment of energy efficient technologies and strategies. The goal is to accelerate the deployment of high performance street and outdoor lighting across at least 50% of a city's inventory over the next few years, by demonstrating practical and effective best practices and improving system-wide replacement processes at the municipal level.

Crystal McDonald, Better Buildings Lead for the HPOLA, will discuss how the HPOLA can support participating states, cities, and regional energy networks with access to credible information on the savings, procurement specifications to ensure high quality products, viable financing models, and framework for addressing regulations and policies limiting newer technologies.

Register

October 7, 3:00-4:00 PM (EDT)– Better Buildings Webinar: PACE Financing for Energy Efficiency Success Stories
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing is a vehicle to pay for energy efficiency improvements or renewable energy installations on private property. Local or state governments or other entities fund the upfront costs of the improvements, which are paid back over time through property assessments added to the owner’s property tax bills. Better Buildings Challenge partners describe their successful experiences with PACE financing as program developers, city administrators, and property owners.

Register

Antioch University and EPA Webcast

October 16, 12:00-1:15 PM (EDT) – Resilient Design: Transitioning to the New Built Environment
What happens if there is an extended power outage? How can you ensure your buildings have access to electricity? Are you interested in learning about flood-proofing strategies? Listen to Alex Wilson, founder of BuildingGreen Inc. and the Resilient Design Institute, provide context for why we need to be considering resilience in the built environment during the coming decades. He will give an overview of practical measures that can be implemented today to create more resilient buildings and communities. These measures include:

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Applied Solutions Webcast

October 21, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Insights into District Energy
Local governments and their communities that inhabit dense locations can take advantage of district energy systems as a way to increase energy efficiency and reliability while reducing maintenance costs and capital costs. District energy technology, originally implemented in the early 20th century, continues to provide a group of buildings the opportunity to heat and cool air or water from a central unit. Because district energy systems are a collective group of buildings, they often have the flexibility to use a variety of fuel sources in larger, more economical volumes, reducing the impact of supply and price variations. District energy can be used along with combined heat and power, which reuses thermal energy left over from generating electricity. Our upcoming webinar will share best practices and project insights from district energy systems in varying stages of implementation across the United States.

Presenters include:
Ever-Green Energy–Michael Ahern, Ever-Green Energy senior vice president-project development, will present on efforts with district energy system consulting, operation, and management.

City of Montpelier, Vermont–Jessie Baker, assistant city manager, will present information on the city’s hot water district heating system, which will be commercially operational on October 1, 2014.

City of West Union, Iowa (an EPA Climate Showcase Community)–Brian Kuhn, IBC engineering services project manager, will present on the City of West Union, Iowa's geoexchange heating and cooling system, which began partial operation earlier this year.

Arlington County, Virginia–Chris Somers, community energy specialist for Arlington County, Virginia, will be discussing plans for district energy and current site investigations.

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

October 2014—DOE Funding Opportunity Closes Tomorrow

Funding Opportunities

Deadline for DOE Tribal Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Funding Opportunity Is Tomorrow

Applications Due: Oct. 2, 2014, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Eligible Entities: Native American tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Tribal Energy Program, in conjunction with the DOE Office of Indian Energy, is accepting applications for up to $7 million in funding to accelerate clean energy development on tribal lands. Through this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), DOE is soliciting applications under two topic areas:

Since the initial FOA on July 17, 2014, DOE has issued four modifications to its solicitation. Visit the EERE Exchange website to view the modifications. As the FOA closes tomorrow, Oct. 2 at 5:00 p.m. EST, the EERE cannot guarantee that any questions submitted to tribal@ee.doe.gov will be answered before the application due date and time.

Please begin the upload process early, as EERE will not extend the submission deadline for applicants that fail to submit required information due to server/connection congestion. For any technical difficulties in submitting an application in EERE Exchange, please contact the EERE Exchange helpdesk.

An informational webinar on the FOA was held Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. The webinar highlighted essential details about the FOA application process, including types of applications sought, who is eligible to apply, cost share, and other requirements.

For those who were not able to attend the live webinar, the presentation slides and video of the webinar are available on the Tribal Energy Program website.

To view the complete FOA, visit the funding opportunity page.

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

On October 1, the Obama administration launched the first round of its Climate Action Champions Competition, a new effort to recognize and support the path-breaking steps that local and tribal governments are already taking to reduce carbon pollution and prepare for the impacts of climate change.

The competition, administered by the U.S. Department of Energy, will identify 10-15 communities across the country that have proven themselves to be climate leaders by pursuing ambitious climate action on both tracks: reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building climate resilience.

In addition to earning the Climate Action Champions designation, the selected communities will benefit from facilitated peer-to-peer learning and mentorship, along with targeted support and technical assistance from a range of federal programs. They will also become part of a broader network of efforts to address and prepare for climate change.

Depending on the needs of the communities selected as Champions, competition winners may receive tailored climate data and tools, technical assistance to facilitate climate-smart community planning, access to extreme-weather preparedness exercises run by the Federal Emergency Management Administration, and assistance in accelerating solar energy deployment through DOE, among other benefits. Each of the Champion communities will also be assigned a coordinator to help identify financial and technical assistance opportunities for their preferred climate strategies.

This first round of the competition seeks to select a diverse set of communities that are already leaders in addressing and preparing for climate change. The next round will look for communities that have demonstrated substantial commitment and motivation to take on the climate challenge, but may have lacked sufficient resources to make ambitious investments. The pioneering Champions will mentor and share lessons learned with the communities selected in the second round, helping them to leapfrog over some common implementation challenges and creating a model for future Champions to follow.

Applications for the first round are due October 27, 2014.

For more information on the competition, see the White House blog post, and the Request for Applications.

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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09/25/2014

DOE Tribal Energy Program

DOE Modifies Tribal FOA; Applications Due Thursday, Oct. 2

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a fourth modification to its tribal funding opportunity announcement (FOA), and applications are due next Thursday, October 2, 2014. See below for more information.

DE-FOA-0001021: Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency on Indian Lands

Applications Due: October 2, 2014
Eligible Entities: Native American tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia

The DOE Tribal Energy Program, in conjunction with the DOE Office of Indian Energy, is accepting applications for up to $7 million in funding to accelerate clean energy development on tribal lands.

Through this FOA, DOE is soliciting applications under two topic areas:

Note that DOE has issued four modifications since the initial FOA on July 17, 2014. The most recent modification corrected grammatical errors on Page 13, Sections 4(b), 4(d) and 4(e). Visit the EERE Exchange website to view the modifications.

An informational webinar on the FOA was held Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. The webinar highlighted essential details about the FOA application process, including types of applications sought, who is eligible to apply, cost share, and other requirements.

For those who were not able to attend the live webinar, the presentation slides and video of the webinar are available on the Tribal Energy Program website.

To view the complete FOA, visit the funding opportunity page.

To learn about other funding opportunities that are available to tribes, visit the Tribal Energy Program's Related Funding Opportunities page.

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

This newsletter provides details on several upcoming webinars, publications, and data releases from EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy:

CHP and Local Governments: Case Studies and EPA's New Guide

EPA has issued a new guide on how local governments can employ combined heat and power as part of greenhouse gas reduction programs. The guide is a part of a Local Government Climate and Energy Strategy Series on greenhouse gas reduction options. It covers project benefits, policy mechanisms, investments, key stakeholders, foundations for project development, and project implementation strategies. The guide also features more than 50 examples of successful community CHP programs that highlight achievable results.

EPA’s Combined Heat and Power Partnership is hosting a webinar on September 30, from 3:00-4:30 PM (EDT) that will feature presentations of CHP applications in Hartford, Connecticut and Cheyenne, Wyoming, as well as provide an overview EPA’s new guide on CHP as a greenhouse-gas reduction measure for local governments.

Speakers include:

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Coming Soon! New EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data for 2013

On September 30th, the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP) will publish reported greenhouse gas emissions data for 2013. With the 2013 dataset, the GHGRP now has four years of high-quality data at the facility, state, and regional level. Data have been submitted by more than 8,000 reporters. Data will be available through the Facility Level Information on Greenhouse Gases Tool (FLIGHT), EPA’s environmental database Envirofacts, and the GHGRP’s Data Highlights website.

The data include greenhouse gas information from large stationary facilities, as well as suppliers of fossil fuels and other products that result in greenhouse gas emissions when burned, released, or used.

Training Webinars: On September 30 and October 2, EPA will host training webinars on EPA’s online greenhouse gas data publication tool, FLIGHT. The webinars will preview new features in FLIGHT.

Register for September 30, 1:00 PM (EDT)
Register for October 2, 3:00 PM (EDT)

Webinar on Plug-in Electric Vehicle Standards and Market Development

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program will present a live webcast titled “Fall Electric Vehicle Quarterly Discussion” on September 29, from 1-2:30 PM EDT. The webcast will present a summary of the National Institutes of Standards and Technologies (NIST) handbooks relating to plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging, as well as an overview of business and economic gains from PEV market development.

The first section of the webinar will feature Tina Butcher from NIST and Jim Creevy from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, who will describe NIST Handbook 130 and (soon to be released) NIST Handbook 44. These handbooks provide information on new and proposed weights and measures rules that states can adopt to govern the retail sale of electricity as a vehicle fuel. The presenters will provide guidance on how to reach out to and connect with state weights and measures officials to encourage adoption of Handbook 130. The second section of the webinar, presented by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) in conjunction with Argonne National Laboratory, will be the first in a series of State of Plays on PEVs. With a focus on the business and economic gains from PEV market deployment, C2ES will review the current state of the PEV market, highlight emerging technologies, and describe new accomplishments from the Energy Department’s Clean Cities PEV Community Readiness awardees.

Attend the webinar
Audio phone number: 888-807-9760; Audio participant passcode: 2225108
Website conference number: PW8745637, Website audience passcode: 2225108

Past webinars and presentations are available in the Clean Cities webinar archives.

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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09/22/2014

DOE Tribal Energy Program

September 2014—Funding Opportunities and Upcoming Events

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

Funding Opportunities

Deadline for DOE Tribal Funding Opportunity Approaching
Applications Due:
Oct. 2, 2014
Eligible Entities: Native American tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal Energy Program, in conjunction with the DOE Office of Indian Energy, is accepting applications for up to $7 million in funding to accelerate clean energy development on tribal lands.

Through this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), DOE is soliciting applications under two topic areas:

Since the initial FOA on July 17, 2014, DOE has issued three modifications to its solicitation. Visit the EERE Exchange website to view the modifications.

An informational webinar on the FOA was held Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. The webinar highlighted essential details about the FOA application process, including types of applications sought, who is eligible to apply, cost share, and other requirements.

For those who were not able to attend the live webinar, the presentation slides and video of the webinar are available on the Tribal Energy Program website.

To view the complete FOA, visit the funding opportunity page.

Alaska Renewable Energy Fund Grants for Renewable Energy Projects – $4.6 Million
Applications Due:
Sept. 22, 2014
Eligible Entities: Electric utilities, independent power producers, and local governments or government entities, including tribal councils and housing authorities, boards of directors, and executive management

The Alaska Energy Authority is soliciting competitive applications for the purpose of recommending grants for renewable energy projects to be funded by the Alaska State Legislature. To be eligible for an Alaska Renewable Energy Fund grant, the applicant must demonstrate formal approval and endorsement of its project by its governing authority (e.g., board of directors or executive management if there is no governing board).

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

EPA Brownfields and Land Revitalization Grant – $4 Million
Applications Due:
Sept. 22, 2014
Eligible Entities: Local governments, federally recognized tribal governments, nonprofit organizations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making available funds to support development of area-wide plans for brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse. Plans must include implementation strategies for assessing, cleaning up, and reusing the brownfields sites as well as related brownfields and project area revitalization strategies. The funding is intended to support research, technical assistance, or training activities.

For more information, see the grant guidelines.

Trees, Water & People Green Business in Indian Country Start-Up Award Competition – $40,000
Applications Due:
Sept. 25, 2014
Eligible Entities: Native entrepreneurs

Trees, Water & People announces its Green Business Start-Up Award Competition for Native entrepreneurs wanting to start a new business endeavor in solar technology, indigenous agriculture, renewable energy projects, or sustainable housing. Applications must include a business plan, an operating budget, and a start-up budget.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

Maryland Utilities Request Proposals for the Supply of Wholesale Electric Power
Applications Due:
Sept. 29, 2014
Eligible Entities: This funding opportunity is open to all bidders

The Potomac Edison Company, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, Delmarva Power, and Pepco have issued a request for proposals for full-requirements, wholesale electric power supply to meet their Standard Offer Service obligations in their Maryland service territories.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

Bloomberg Innovation Delivery Grant Program – $45 Million
Applications Due:
Oct. 6, 2014
Eligible Entities: City governments with populations exceeding 100,000 and with a mayor who has minimum of two years remaining in office as of Jan. 1, 2015

Bloomberg is seeking applicants to bring innovation to city challenges through Innovation Delivery, an approach that combines idea generation techniques with a structured, data-driven approach to deliver results. In the past, projects have focused on energy issues such as energy efficiency improvements. Eligible applicants must demonstrate an intention to achieve bold and sustained change on an issue that matters to citizens, a demonstrated understanding of how Innovation Delivery will help an applicant's city achieve its goals, a credible plan for how the Innovation Delivery approach will integrate with and strengthen the city's existing organizational structure and culture, and a commitment to bold innovation.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

2014 SPS Solar Generation Power Request for Proposals
Applications Due:
Oct. 10, 2014
Eligible Entities: This funding opportunity is open to all bidders. For information on eligible projects, see the RFP.

The Southwestern Public Service Company is seeking proposals for up to 200 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) generation that would be contracted through a power purchase agreement.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Program
Applications Due:
Oct. 17, 2014
Eligible Entities: District organization of a designated Economic Development District; state, county, city, state, and tribal governments; nonprofits; higher education institutions

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is seeking applications to create and retain jobs and increase private investment in economically distressed communities. Eligible projects must address at least one of the following areas: collaborative regional innovation, public/private partnerships, national strategic priorities, global competitiveness, environmentally sustainable development, and economically distressed and underserved communities. Projects must also either enhance public works and infrastructure projects or provide economic assistance to regions experiencing severe economic dislocations.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

EDA FY14 Regional Innovation Grants – $15 Million
Applications Due:
Nov. 3, 2014
Eligible Entities: County, city, town, tribal, and state governments, public/private higher-education institutions, nonprofits, special district governments

The EDA is seeking applications for three programs that develop innovation strategies:

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

USDA Rural Community Development Initiative – Nearly $6 Million
Applications Due:
Nov. 12, 2014
Eligible Entities: Qualified private, nonprofit (including faith-based and community organizations and philanthropic foundations), and public (including tribal) intermediary organizations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service is seeking applications for Rural Community Development Initiative grants that will be awarded to organizations to provide critical financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop and strengthen their capacity to carry out housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects. Applicants must provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to the federal grant.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

NOAA Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Program – $800,000
Applications Due:
Nov. 18, 2014
Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments; higher-education institutions; commercial organizations; U.S. territories, and federal agencies

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is seeking applications to support management of regional and local ecosystem effects of sea level rise and coastal inundation through targeted research on key technologies, natural and nature-based infrastructure, physical and biological processes, and model evaluation. The funding is intended to integrate dynamic physical and biological processes with sea level rise and coastal inundation to improve the prediction of coastal ecosystem effects to enable enhanced coastal resiliency.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

HUD NATIONAL DISASTER RESILIENCE COMPETITION – $1 Billion
Applications Due:
March 2015
Eligible Entities: All states with counties that experienced a Presidentially Declared Major Disaster in 2011, 2012, or 2013 are eligible to submit applications that address unmet needs as well as vulnerabilities to future extreme events, stresses, threats, hazards, or other shocks in areas that were most impacted and distressed as a result of the effects of the qualified disaster. This includes 48 of 50 states plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. In addition, 17 local governments that have received funding under the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 (PL 113-2). See the complete list of eligible applicants.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) National Disaster Resilience Competition makes $1 billion available to communities that have been struck by natural disasters in recent years. The competition promotes risk assessment and planning and will fund the implementation of innovative resilience projects to better prepare communities for future storms and other extreme events. Funding for the competition is from disaster recovery appropriation provided by PL 113-2. This competition responds to requests from state, local, and tribal leaders who have asked the federal government to help them prepare their communities for the impacts of climate change and support investments in more resilient infrastructure.

Read more about the competition on the HUD website.

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For updates and additional information, please visit Related Funding Opportunities on the Tribal Energy Program website.

Upcoming Events

DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Successful Project Financing Mechanisms: ESPCs and UESCs Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014; 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time (MDT)

Hosted by the Tribal Energy Program in collaboration with the DOE Office of Indian Energy and Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), this webinar will cover two popular mechanisms developed for federal agencies to finance renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Presenters will explain how energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) and utility energy service contracts (UESCs) can allow tribes to develop energy projects with limited or no up-front capital costs, thus minimizing the need to include project costs in budgets or request congressional appropriations. In addition, they will share best practices for implementing these mechanisms based on experience developing hundreds of energy projects over a period of nearly 15 years.

There is no cost to attend the webinar, but advance registration is required.

Register now.

Alaska Rural Energy Conference
Sept. 23–25, 2014
Fairbanks, Alaska

Hosted by the Alaska Energy Authority and the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, the Alaska Rural Energy Conference is a three-day event offering a large variety of technical sessions covering new and ongoing energy projects in Alaska, as well as new technologies and needs for Alaska's remote communities. This year's agenda will include two half-day tours of the Aurora Energy/Superior Pellets/Fairbanks Foodbank Micro-turbine, and UAF Power Plant/ACEP Energy Technology Facility/Fairbanks Natural Gas on Sept. 22 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Space is limited, so attendees are encouraged to register for the tours on the main registration page as soon as possible.

To learn more and download the agenda, please visit the event website.

Register now.

SEE Action Webinar: Energy Efficiency Measure Cost Studies
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Hosted by DOE’s State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action), this webinar will explain the importance of measure cost studies, review the current "state of the science" of measure cost development and estimation, and explore opportunities for future collaboration and advancement of measure cost research. Presenters will provide an overview of the regulatory and program planning applications of measure cost data, explain the limitations of ad hoc sources of such data, and provide examples of successful development of ex ante measure costs. Panelists will also provide lessons learned and recommendations for increasing the value of measure cost studies moving forward. There is no cost to attend this webinar, but advance registration is required.

Register now.

SEE Action Webinar: Community-Based Social Marketing
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. EDT

Hosted by SEE Action, this webinar is on community-based social marketing as a behavior-based approach for developing energy efficiency programs. It will begin with an overview of the five steps involved in developing and delivering a community-based social marketing program including methods for prioritizing and selecting target behaviors, identifying barriers and benefits, leveraging behavior change tools, pilot testing, and evaluation. Each presentation will cover case studies of scalable programs that have successfully applied the community-based social marketing model or its components to promote energy efficiency and conservation behaviors. Speakers include Jennifer Tabanico, President of Action Research, and Stuart Hickox, President and Founder of One Change.

There is no cost to attend this webinar, but advance registration is required.

Register now.

RES Wisconsin
Oct. 6–9, 2014
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development is hosting Reservation Economic Summit (RES) Wisconsin, where attendees can interact with tribal leaders, members of Congress, federal agency representatives, state and local elected officials, and top CEOs on a national platform. Attendees will benefit from high-caliber networking and teaming opportunities, and business development sessions. Event highlights include a tradeshow, a business expo, an American Indian Artisan Market, RES Procurement, RES Business Matchmaking, a Tribal Business Leaders Forum, and more.

Advance registration rates end Sept. 19, 2014.

Register now.

DOE Better Buildings Challenge Webinar: PACE Financing for Energy Efficiency Success Stories
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing is a vehicle to pay for energy efficiency improvements or renewable energy installations on private property. Local or state governments or other entities fund the up-front costs of the improvements, which are paid back over time through property assessments added to the owner’s property tax bills. DOE Better Buildings Challenge partners describe their successful experiences with PACE financing as program developers, city administrators, and property owners.

There is no cost to attend this webinar, but advance registration is required.

Register now.

Shifting Seasons: Building Tribal Capacity for Climate Adaptation
Oct. 14–17, 2014
Keshena, Wisconsin

Hosted by the College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute with support from Michigan State University and Northern Arizona University's Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, this three-day workshop is designed to assist tribes with climate change adaptation planning as well as provide training for nontribal entities on how to work and cooperate with tribes. Although the focus is on the northeast region of the U.S. Department of the Interior's Climate Science Center, the event is open to all who are interested in climate change issues and tribes.

Attendees are encouraged to register by Friday, Sept. 19, 2014.

Register now.

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For updates and other events, visit the complete Events calendar on the Tribal Energy Program 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.


09/16/2014

Final Risk and Technology Rule Signed: National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutant Emissions: Group III Polymers and Resins; Acrylic and Modacrylic Fibers, and Polycarbonates

The Administrator has signed the final Risk and Technology Review Rule for three source categories: Acrylic and Modacrylic Fibers Production (AMF); Polycarbonate Production (PC); and Amino/Phenolic Resins Production (APR).

EPA’s residual risk review found risk to be acceptable. Our technology review, led to more stringent leak detection and repair programs for AMF and PC. Amendments also control three significant emission points not previously regulated in AMF and APR. The final rule also addresses the vacatur of the startup, shutdown and malfunction provisions, and adds requirements for reporting of performance testing through the Electronic Reporting Tool. 

Please let your key stakeholders know that the rule and fact sheet will be posted at:  http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/amino/aminopg.html and http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/gmact/gmactpg.html  as soon as possible. 


Extention of the comment period for the Clean Power Plan Rule

Please share with the tribes and EJ communities

Hi folks,

I wanted to send you a quick note letting you know that the Administrator decided to extend the comment period on the Clean Power Plan proposal until December 1, 2014.  I hope that this additional time will offer you and other stakeholders the opportunity to further consider your comments about the proposal. 

Since last year, EPA has been following through on President Obama’s directive to extensively engage with the broadest possible range of perspectives as we work to develop a plan to cut energy waste and leverage cleaner energy sources. Over the past few months, there have been meetings, conference calls, and webinars between you and EPA staff. You have set up calls on your own. We really appreciate all of the time and effort you have already devoted to providing EPA input and we look forward to learning more from you.

We encourage you and all interested parties to provide us with detailed comments on all aspects of the proposed rule. Comments can be submitted via any one of these methods: 

Again, thank you for your commitment to the engagement process on this proposal.

Laura McKelvey


 

DOE Tribal Energy Program

September 2014—Funding Opportunity and Upcoming Webinar for Tribes

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following information on the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) current funding opportunity and an upcoming webinar on financing tribal renewable energy projects.

Applications for DOE's Tribal Funding Opportunity Are Due Oct. 2

View Recent Modifications to the FOA, Video of Informational Webinar Online 


The DOE Tribal Energy Program, in conjunction with the DOE Office of Indian Energy, is accepting applications for up to $7 million in funding to accelerate clean energy development on tribal lands. Native American tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia are eligible to apply. Applications must be submitted by Oct. 2, 2014
Through this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), DOE is soliciting applications under two topic areas:

  • Install clean energy and energy efficiency retrofit projects for tribal buildings
  • Deploy clean energy systems on a community scale

Since the initial FOA on July 17, 2014, DOE has issued three modifications to its solicitation. Visit the EERE Exchange website to view the modifications.
An informational webinar on the FOA was held Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. The webinar highlighted essential details about the FOA application process, including types of applications sought, who is eligible to apply, cost share, and other requirements.
For those who were not able to attend the live webinar, the presentation slides and a video of the webinar are available on the Tribal Energy Program website.
To view the complete FOA, visit the funding opportunity page.
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For updates and additional information, please see Related Funding Opportunities on the Tribal Energy Program website. 

Upcoming Webinar to Offer Tips for Successful Tribal Energy Project Financing

Successful Project Financing Mechanisms: ESPCs and UESCs

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time (MDT)
Attend this webinar and learn about two popular mechanisms developed for federal agencies to finance renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Presenters will explain how energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) and utility energy service contracts (UESCs) can allow tribes to develop energy projects with limited or no up-front capital costs, thus minimizing the need to include project costs in budgets or request congressional appropriations. In addition, they will share best practices for implementing these mechanisms based on experience developing hundreds of energy projects over a period of nearly 15 years. 
There is no cost to attend the webinar, but advance registration is required. Register now.
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For updates and other events, visit the complete Events calendar on the Tribal Energy Program 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.


 

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

Nearly $80 million in funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy (DOE), Bloomberg, the Economic Development Administration (EDA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 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.

2015 RWJF Culture of Health Prize – $250,000

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced prize funding to recognize communities that have improved and placed a priority on health. The prize honors communities that are committed to not only providing access to good quality care, but also to addressing the barriers to better health by transforming neighborhoods, schools, and businesses so that good health flourishes. Communities are judged in part on their commitment to sustaining environmental improvements over time.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA Brownfields and Land Revitalization Grant – $4 million

EPA is making available funds to support development of area-wide plans for brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse. Plans must include implementation strategies for assessing, cleaning up, and reusing the brownfields sites as well as related brownfields and project area revitalization strategies. The funding is intended to support research, technical assistance, or training activities.

For more information, visit the grant guidelines.

DOE Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects on Indian Lands – up to $7 million

DOE is seeking proposals to support development of clean energy and energy efficiency projects on Indian lands. Proposals must either relate to installing clean energy and energy efficiency retrofit projects for tribal buildings, or deploying clean energy systems on a community scale. Projects, which are estimated to result in over 8 megawatts of new generation capacity, should intend to reduce energy costs and increase energy security for Indian tribes and tribal members.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

Bloomberg Innovation Delivery Grant Program – $45 million

Bloomberg is seeking applicants to bring innovation to city challenges through Innovation Delivery, an approach that combines idea generation techniques with a structured, data-driven approach to deliver results. In the past, projects have focused on energy issues such as energy efficiency improvements. Eligible applicants must demonstrate an intention to achieve bold and sustained change on an issue that matters to citizens, a demonstrated understanding of how Innovation Delivery will help an applicant’s city achieve its goals, a credible plan for how the Innovation Delivery approach will integrate with and strengthen the city’s existing organizational structure and culture, and a commitment to bold innovation.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Program – TBD

The EDA is making available funding to create and retain jobs and increase private investment in economically distressed communities. Eligible projects must address at least one of the following areas: collaborative regional innovation, public/private partnerships, national strategic priorities, global competitiveness, environmentally sustainable development, and economically distressed and underserved communities. Projects must also either enhance public works and infrastructure projects or provide economic assistance to regions experiencing severe economic dislocations.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EDA FY14 Regional Innovation Grants – $15 million

The EDA is seeking applications for three programs that develop regional innovation strategies: the i6 Challenge ($8 million available), Science and Research Park Development Grants ($5 million available), and Cluster Grants for Seed Capital Funds ($2 million available). The i6 Challenge aims to commercialize innovations, ideas, intellectual property and research into viable companies; the Science and Research Park Development Grants seek to provide research hubs and increase regional competitiveness; and the Cluster Grants for Seed Capital Funds are intended to create sustainable financing institutions for innovation-based startups. Science and Research Park Development Grant applications in the field of energy efficient building technologies, renewable energy, and cogeneration can receive extra consideration.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

USDA FY14 Rural Community Development Initiative – $6 million

The USDA is making available funds to develop the capacity and ability of qualified private, non-profit community-based housing and community development organizations, low-income rural communities, and federally recognized Native American tribes to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development in rural areas. Applications that consider technical assistance for the development of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements can receive additional consideration.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

NOAA Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Program – $800,000

NOAA is seeking applications to support management of regional and local ecosystem effects of sea level rise and coastal inundation through targeted research on key technologies, natural and nature-based infrastructure, physical and biological processes, and model evaluation. The funding is intended to integrate dynamic physical and biological processes with sea level rise and coastal inundation to improve the prediction of coastal ecosystem effects to enable enhanced coastal resiliency.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA State and Local Climate and Energy ProgramState 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.

 


09/11/2014

 

Mold Remediation Basics
What you can do and what you should leave to professionals.

September 24th, Wednesday, 11:30 – 12:30 Pacific Time.

This webinar is provided for tribal stakeholders, and those who work with them, by U.S. EPA Region 9, in cooperation with the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals / Northern Arizona University (ITEP/NAU).

Please see the attached flyer and registration form.

Summary
Excess moisture indoors can create problems in any climate, all you need is condensation or a leak.  This one-hour webinar will provide simple information for anyone from maintenance staff, to health care professionals, parents and community home health visitors, to tribal leaders, with a basic understanding of how to remediate mold problems.  Learn what is reasonable to tackle yourself and when it’s time to call the professionals.  Learn what to expect from professionals and how to tell if they’re doing it right!

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Tribal health, housing and environment officials, staff and advocates
Maintenance staff and those who may perform mold remediation or oversee those who do.
Health care providers, including school nurses.
Home health visitors and outreach workers.
Schools / Tribal child care facility managers and administrators

Your speaker is Shelly Rosenblum, Indoor Air Coordinator for U.S. EPA Region 9.  Shelly has been working on Indoor Air Quality issues and specifically the Tools for Schools program for 20 years.  For more information contact Shelly at 415-947-4193 or Rosenblum.shelly@epa.gov

To register, go to:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1557189200964978690

Please note that you will be able to listen to the webinar via phone or through your computer’s speakers.  If you are sharing your computer with others for this webinar you may need external speakers for everyone to hear.

Mold Remediation Flyer


09/09/2014

 

The National Indian Justice Center, Inc. (NIJC) is hosting the Tribal Grant Administration Conference, Oct. 8-10 in Las Vegas, NV.
         

This session provides a comprehensive overview of how federally-funded tribal grant programs should be implemented and managed from beginning to conclusion. Course analyzes grant regulatory requirements and common administrative issues and explores grant roles and responsibilities, and best management practices. For more information and to register, visit www.nijc.org

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Next Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar Is Wednesday, Sept. 10—Register Today!

Sept. 5, 2014
The Tribal Energy Program, in cooperation with the DOE Office of Indian Energy and Western Area Power Administration, is pleased to announce the addition of a special installment of our 2014 Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series.

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Sandia Modeling Tool Webinar

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time (MDT)
Attend this webinar for an introduction to collaborative, stakeholder-driven modeling and learn how it can help advance tribal energy goals and assist in the renewable energy project development process. Presenters will explain how the models developed by Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) have been and could be used, and how this process and resulting models might be utilized in Indian Country. Real and theoretical case studies will be presented, with a special emphasis on potential applications for tribes. Attendees will also learn what will be expected of a tribe engaging in the collaborative process, including tangible deliverables. 
Featured speakers include:
Sandra Begay-Campbell, a Principal Member of the Technical Staff (PMTS) at SNL. Sandra graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of New Mexico, and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Stanford University with an emphasis in Structural/ Earthquake Engineering. Sandra worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory before she earned her graduate degree and also worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  At all three national laboratories, Sandra worked as a Facilities Project Manager where she also served as Lead Structural Engineer on numerous construction projects. Sandra has been at Sandia for 21 years.  Currently, Sandra is the Technical Program Lead for the DOE Office of Indian Energy and the DOE EERE Tribal Energy Program. Sandra is a Sandia Subject Matter Expert (SME) on tribal energy projects.
Marissa D. Reno, a Senior Member of the Technical Staff (SMTS) at SNL. Marissa graduated with a Master of Science in Hydrology from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of New Mexico. She has worked at SNL for 13 years, working part-time for seven of those years while pursuing her degrees. Presently a Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Marissa works on developing effective tools to assist and promote decision-making bodies and individuals toward resilient resource management. This primarily involves the development of system dynamics and system-of-system models that focus on complex interdependencies and feedbacks in spatially, temporally, and resource/material constrained systems. 
Vince Tidwell, a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff (DMTS) at SNL. Vince received his Ph.D. in Hydrology from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. He has more than 20 years of experience conducting and managing research on basic and applied projects in water resource management, nuclear and hazardous waste storage/remediation, and collaborative modeling. Currently he is leading several studies that are helping local, state and federal entities understand and adapt to issues of water, energy, and climate change, including leading a multi-laboratory initiative supporting the Western Electricity Coordinating Council, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Western States Water Council, and the Western Governor’s Association to integrate issues of water and climate into long-term electricity transmission planning in the western United States.
Len Necefer, a graduate student intern in the Tribal Energy Program (TEP). Len graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas and is a Ph.D. candidate in the Engineering and Public Policy program in Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering. Len has worked on aerospace research at the NASA Glenn Research Center that included the characterization of a ceramic matrix composite and the development of control systems for supersonic vehicle propulsion systems. Currently his dissertation is focusing on developing an analytical modeling framework for energy policy on tribal nations. This dissertation will aim to assess how analytical modeling of energy systems can be adapted to the cultural context of American Indian nations and how such tools can be to engage the public in decision making. 
There is no charge to attend the webinar, but advance registration is required.
Register now.
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For additional events, visit the Events calendar on the Tribal Energy Program 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.

September 2014—Funding Opportunities and Upcoming Events

Sept. 4, 2014
The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following information on upcoming events and current funding opportunities that may be of interest to tribes.

Funding Opportunities

Modifications to DOE Tribal Funding Opportunity; Online Version of Informational Webinar Available

Applications Due: Oct. 2, 2014
Eligible Entities: Native American tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal Energy Program, in conjunction with the DOE Office of Indian Energy, is accepting applications for up to $7 million in funding to accelerate clean energy development on tribal lands.
Through this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), DOE is soliciting applications under two topic areas:

  • Install clean energy and energy efficiency retrofit projects for tribal buildings
  • Deploy clean energy systems on a community scale

Since the initial FOA on July 17, 2014, DOE has issued three modifications to its solicitation. Visit the EERE Exchange website to view the modifications.
An informational webinar on the FOA was held Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. The webinar highlighted essential details about the FOA application process, including types of applications sought, who is eligible to apply, cost share, and other requirements.
For those who were not able to attend the live webinar, the presentation slides and video of the webinar are available on the Tribal Energy Program website.
To view the complete FOA, visit the funding opportunity page.

USDA Rural Development Repowering Assistance Program – $12 Million

Applications Due: Sept. 15, 2014
Eligible Entities: Biorefineries in existence on or before June 18,2008

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications for eligible biorefineries through Rural Development's Repowering Assistance Program, which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Biorefineries are eligible for payments to replace fossil fuels used to provide process heat or power with renewable biomass.
For more information, see the grant guidelines.

EPA Brownfields and Land Revitalization Grant – $4 Million

Applications Due: Sept. 22, 2014
Eligible Entities: Local governments, federally recognized tribal governments, nonprofit organizations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making available funds to support development of area-wide plans for brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse. Plans must include implementation strategies for assessing, cleaning up, and reusing the brownfields sites as well as related brownfields and project area revitalization strategies. The funding is intended to support research, technical assistance, or training activities.
For more information, see the grant guidelines.

Alaska Renewable Energy Fund Grants for Renewable Energy Projects – $4.6 Million

Applications Due: Sept. 22, 2014
Eligible Entities: Electric utilities, independent power producers, and local governments or government entities, including tribal councils and housing authorities, boards of directors, and executive management

The Alaska Energy Authority is soliciting competitive applications for the purpose of recommending grants for renewable energy projects to be funded by the Alaska State Legislature. To be eligible for an Alaska Renewable Energy Fund grant, the applicant must demonstrate formal approval and endorsement of its project by its governing authority (e.g., board of directors or executive management if there is no governing board).
For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

Trees, Water & People Green Business in Indian Country Start-Up Award Competition – $40,000

Applications Due: Sept. 25, 2014
Eligible Entities: Native entrepreneurs

Trees, Water & People announces its Green Business Start-Up Award Competition for Native entrepreneurs wanting to start a new business endeavor in solar technology, indigenous agriculture, renewable energy projects, or sustainable housing. Applications must include a business plan, an operating budget, and a start-up budget.
For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

USDA Rural Community Development Initiative – Nearly $6 Million

Applications Due: Nov. 12, 2014
Eligible Entities: Qualified private, nonprofit (including faith-based and community organizations and philanthropic foundations), and public (including tribal) intermediary organizations
The USDA Rural Housing Service is seeking applications for Rural Community Development Initiative grants that will be awarded to organizations to provide critical financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop and strengthen their capacity to carry out housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects. Applicants must provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to the federal grant.
For more information, see the funding opportunity description.
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For updates and additional information, please see Related Funding Opportunities on the Tribal Energy Program website. 

Upcoming Events

Sandia Modeling Tool Webinar

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time (MDT)
This webinar is about what collaborative, stakeholder-driven modeling is, how the models developed have been and could be used, and how specifically this process and resulting models might be utilized in Indian Country. Real and theoretical case studies will be presented, with the theoretical case studies focused on potential applications for tribes.
Attendees will also learn what will be expected of a tribe engaging in the collaborative process and the tangible deliverables.
Register now.

Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program Webinar: Climate Change Adaptation for an at-Risk Community in Shaktoolik Alaska

Sept. 9, 2014 10:00 a.m. Alaska Daylight Time
Hosted by the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, this webinar will cover the Norton Sound Village of Shaktoolik. The village faced serious threats of erosion and flooding resulting from climate change. University of Alaska Sea Grant agent Terry Johnson and consultant Glenn Gray worked with the community over a two-year period to develop an adaptation plan. The community-driven plan positions Shaktoolik to work with Alaska's Division of Community and Rural Affairs to begin implementation, with funding through the Alaska Climate Change Impact Mitigation Program. Johnson will explain how the plan was developed and how reality differs from theory in climate adaptation planning.
Register now.

ONAP/NLC Procurement Fundamentals Training

Sept. 9–10, 2014
College Park, Georgia

Hosted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Eastern Woodlands Office of Native American Programs (ONAP), in collaboration with the Seminole Tribe of Florida Native Learning Center (NLC), this training is designed to help tribal organizations prepare internally for efficient, cost-effective procurement of goods, services, or works from external sources. The focus will be on promoting fair and open competition for tribal business while minimizing exposure to fraud and collusion. Topics to be covered include the Indian Housing Block Grant, the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act, and more. Targeted to boards of directors for Indian housing authorities, tribally designated housing entities, tribal leaders, and tribal nonprofit organizations, the two-day conference is free for Native Americans and those working with Indian Country.
For more trainings hosted by the NLC, please visit their website.
Register now.

Georgetown Climate Center Webinar

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
Hosted by the Georgetown Climate Center, this webinar will discuss the U.S. Supreme Court's controversial decision in Koontz v. St. Johns Water Management District and explore how the decision may affect the efforts of local governments to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for climate change. Guest speakers will include Peter Byrne, professor at Georgetown University Law Center; Thomas Pelham, a Tallahassee-based lawyer; Andrew Schwartz, partner at Shute, Mihaly, & Weinberger LLP; and Kate Zyla, deputy director of the Georgetown Climate Center.
Register now.

EPA ENERGY STAR Webcast: The Federal Guiding Principles Checklist in ENERGY STAR Portfolio

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
Hosted by the EPA, this webinar will focus on how to use the ENERGY STAR measurement and tracking tool, Portfolio Manager, to help ensure compliance with the Guiding Principles for High Performance Sustainable Buildings.
Register now.

DOE SunShot Webinar: Solar for All — A Community Solar Webinar

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT
This DOE SunShot Outreach Partnership webinar, presented in partnership with ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA, will focus on solar programs that are complimentary to ICLEI's Renewables Division as part of the DOE's SunShot Initiative. The webinar will feature the city of Beaverton, Oregon's Solar on Reservoirs project, and Tompkins County, New York's Solarize Program.
Register now.

Alaska Rural Energy Conference

Sept. 23–25, 2014
Fairbanks, Alaska

Hosted by the Alaska Energy Authority and the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, the Alaska Rural Energy Conference is a three-day event offering a large variety of technical sessions covering new and ongoing energy projects in Alaska, as well as new technologies and needs for Alaska's remote communities. This year's agenda will include two half-day tours of the Aurora Energy/Superior Pellets/Fairbanks Foodbank Micro-turbine, and UAF Power Plant/ACEP Energy Technology Facility/Fairbanks Natural Gas on Sept. 22 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Space is limited, so attendees are encouraged to register for the tours on the main registration page as soon as possible.
To learn more and download the agenda, please visit the event website.
Register now.

RES Wisconsin

Oct. 6–9, 2014
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development is hosting Reservation Economic Summit (RES) Wisconsin, where attendees can interact with tribal leaders, members of Congress, federal agency representatives, state and local elected officials, and top CEOs on a national platform. Attendees will benefit from high-caliber networking and teaming opportunities, and business development sessions. Event highlights include a tradeshow, a business expo, an American Indian Artisan Market, RES Procurement, RES Business Matchmaking, a Tribal Business Leaders Forum, and more.
Advance registration rates end Sept. 19, 2014.
Register now.

Shifting Seasons: Building Tribal Capacity for Climate Adaptation

Oct. 14–17, 2014
Keshena, Wisconsin

Hosted by the College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute with support from Michigan State University and Northern Arizona University's Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, this three-day workshop is designed to assist tribes with climate change adaptation planning as well as provide training for nontribal entities on how to work and cooperate with tribes. Although the focus is on the northeast region of the U.S. Department of the Interior's Climate Science Center, the event is open to all who are interested in climate change issues and tribes.
Attendees are encouraged to register by Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.
Register now.
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For updates and other events, visit the complete Events calendar on the Tribal Energy Program 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.


09/03/2014

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

 

This message provides details about 13 upcoming webcasts offered by federal agencies and others. All webcasts are offered free of charge, but space may be limited.

EPA Webcasts

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

DOE Webcasts

SunShot Outreach Partnership Webcasts

SEE Action Webcasts

Georgetown Climate Center Webcasts

EPA Webcasts

September 3, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Green Infrastructure and Smart Growth
Speakers from EPA, the city of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Upstate Forever Communities will discuss how communities can leverage green infrastructure as part of broader smart growth initiatives. This webinar qualifies for 1.5 certification maintenance credits from the American Planning Association.

Register

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

September 4, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic: Sharing Forward and Transfer Ownership
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).

Register

September 4, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT) – 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

September 11, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT) – The Federal Guiding Principles Checklist in ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager
This webcast will teach federal energy and sustainability professionals how to use the ENERGY STAR® measurement and tracking tool, Portfolio Manager, to help ensure compliance with the Guiding Principles for High Performance Sustainable Buildings required by Executive Orders 13423 and 13514. The focus is on the Guiding Principles for Sustainable Existing Buildings.

The Federal Energy Management Program, the General Services Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR program, partnered to incorporate the Guiding Principles Checklist with Portfolio Manager because Portfolio Manager can provide useful energy and water performance metrics for buildings across entire agency inventories. The checklist can help federal buildings comply with guiding principles in the following ways:

The purpose, scope and benefits of Portfolio Manager and the Guiding Principles Checklist will be discussed and federal professionals will come away with an understanding of relevant policy background and how to establish, share, use, and report data for compliance. Students will receive a brief introduction to the guiding principles requirements and recommended evidence of compliance. The webcast will also provide information on using Portfolio Manager to meet energy benchmarking requirements required under 42 USC §8253(f).

Those who cannot attend this webcast can request tailored, complimentary training from FEMP by contacting Erin Zayko, or search on the FEMP training page for additional webcast and in-person opportunities to learn about the guiding principles.

Register

September 23, 1:00- 2:30 PM (EDT) – 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

September 24, 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

September 25, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR
Learn how to apply 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.

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DOE Webcasts

September 10, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (MDT) – Sandia Modeling Tool
Webinar attendees will learn about collaborative, stakeholder-driven modeling, how the models developed have been and could be used, and how specifically this process and resulting models might be used in Indian Country. The process by which a collaborative model is constructed and vetted with stakeholders will be explained. Real and theoretical case studies will be presented, with the theoretical case studies focused on potential applications for tribes. Attendees will learn what will be expected of a tribe engaging in the collaborative process in order that the greatest benefit to the tribe can be realized. Last, the tangible deliverables that collaborators and stakeholders can expect to walk away with will be outlined. Time will be dedicated at the end of the presentation for Q&A with attendees.

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September 24, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (MDT) – Successful Project Financing Mechanisms – ESPCs and UESCs
The attendees will learn about two popular mechanisms developed for federal agencies to finance renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, Energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) and utility energy service contracts (UESCs). The discussion includes how these two methods allow tribes to develop the projects with limited to no up-front capital costs, thus minimizing the need for including the project costs in budgets or requesting Congressional appropriations for them. The speakers will also identify best implementation practices developed over nearly 15 years and hundreds of projects.

Register

SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership Webcasts

September 17, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) – Solar for All: A Community Solar Webinar
ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA presents a free webinar featuring the city of Beaverton, Oregon’s Solar on Reservoirs project, and Tompkins County, New York’s solarize program. 

The city of Beaverton has entered into a Power Purchase Agreement for a 433 kW solar system on top of one of its underground water reservoirs, one of the city’s largest energy users. The solar contractor will use city land to construct the array, in exchange for long-term, low electricity rates. This will in turn help keep water rates low for customers and with an estimated $95,000 annual savings from reduced energy costs. The city will also have the option to purchase the system at fair market value after 20 years.

Solar Tompkins is a nonprofit county-side community solar working to double the total amount of solar PV installed at Tompkins County residents and small businesses to date. The program launched at the end of May 2014, and increased solar accessibility and affordability to local residents and business through lower-than-market pricing and simplified process with vetted technology and installation partners.

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SEE Action Webcasts

September 24, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT) – Energy Efficiency Measure Cost Studies
Hosted by the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action) Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification Working Group, this webinar will explain the importance of measure cost studies. Estimates of measure costs are a central input to assessing the cost-effectiveness of energy efficiency measures, programs, and portfolios. They are also fundamentally important to rebate and incentive levels, as well as forecasts and analyses of customer adoption. Despite their importance, studies supporting estimates of measure costs have been infrequent and limited to few jurisdictions.
This webinar will:

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September 25, 4:00-5:30 PM (EDT) – Community-Based Social Marketing
This webinar will describe community-based social marketing as a behavior-based approach for developing energy-efficiency programs.  The webinar will begin with an overview of the five steps involved in developing and delivering a community-based social marketing program, including methods for prioritizing and selecting target behaviors, identifying barriers and benefits, leveraging behavior change tools, pilot testing, and evaluation.  Each presentation will also cover case studies of scalable programs that have successfully applied the community-based social marketing model or its components to promote energy-efficiency and conservation behaviors.

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Georgetown Climate Center Webcasts

September 10, 1:00-2:15 PM (EDT) - Implications of the Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District Supreme Court Decision on Local Climate Change Policy
The Georgetown Climate Center hosts a webinar to discuss the Supreme Court’s controversial decision in Koontz v. St. Johns Water Management District and explore how the decision may affect the efforts of local governments to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for climate change.
Speakers will include: 

Register

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The EPA School Flag Program

The EPA School Flag Program alerts schools to the local air quality forecast and enables them to take actions to protect the health of students, especially those with asthma.

What Is The School Flag Program?
The School Flag Program uses colored flags based on U.S. EPA’s Air Quality Index (AQI) to notify teachers, coaches, students, and others about outdoor air quality conditions. Schools raise a colored flag each day that corresponds to their local air quality forecast.

Here’s how it works:  Each day a school raises a flag that corresponds to how clean or polluted the air is. The color of the flag matches the Air Quality Index (AQI) on airnow.gov. On unhealthy days, schools can use this information to adjust physical activities to help reduce exposure to air pollution.

A school can start a flag program with four easy steps:

1.   Purchase flags (~ $100)
2.   Educate the school and the community
3.   Sign up for a daily email about the air quality forecast and fly the corresponding flag
4.   Take actions when the air quality is unhealthy

The Coordinator's Handbook, fact sheet, recommendations chart, participants list, resources and registration form are available at www.airnow.gov/schoolflag.  Schools can adopt the program by simply completing the online registration form

If you have questions, contact Donna Rogers at rogers.donna@epa.gov or (919) 541-5478.

 

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Green Heat Newsletter - September 2014

Headlines: EPA Proposed New Heater Regulations

For more information click here.


08/21/2014

 

DOE Tribal Energy Program

DOE Modifies Tribal Funding Opportunity; Informational Webinar Posted Online

The DOE Tribal Energy Program, in conjunction with the DOE Office of Indian Energy, is accepting applications for up to $7 million in funding to accelerate clean energy development on tribal lands. Through this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), DOE is soliciting applications under two topic areas:

Since the initial FOA on July 17, 2014, DOE has issued two modifications to its solicitation. Visit the EERE Exchange website to view the modifications.

An informational webinar on the FOA was held Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mountain time. The webinar highlighted essential details about the FOA application process, including:

For those who were not able to attend the live webinar, the presentation slides and a video of the webinar are available on the Tribal Energy Program website.

To view the complete FOA, visit the funding opportunity page.

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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REMINDER: EPA Clean Air Act Rulemaking and Permitting Training for Environmental Justice Communities

August 27-28, 2014 (9:00a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET)
Bethel Baptist Church, 3200 28th Avenue
North Birmingham, AL 35207

You will learn the:

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

For more information contact: Lena (Vickey) Epps-Price via phone: (919) 541-5573 or email: epps-price.lena@epa.gov.

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08/15/2014

 

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

New Resources

Award Opportunities

Webcasts & Trainings

• Webcast: Preliminary Site Selection and Comparison for Utility-Scale PV

New Resources

Presentations from EPA Climate Showcase Communities Replication Workshop Now Available

In April 2014, EPA hosted the first Climate Showcase Communities Replication Workshop in Baltimore, Maryland. The workshop highlighted successful local and tribal government climate and energy projects and programs that can be replicated in communities across the United States. Local government staff gave presentations that shared best practices, tools, and resources that can be used to catalyze similar actions in other communities. To learn more about the projects, visit the Workshop Presentations page.

Video Overview: EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan to Reduce Carbon Pollution from Existing Power Plants

EPA’s Acting Assistant Administrator of the Office of Air and Radiation Janet McCabe introduces a video overview of EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. Watch the video.

New Online Tool Provides State and Local Energy Data at Your Fingertips

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, with help from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has launched a new website that provides state and local decision makers easy access to a wealth of energy data specific to their location. The resources and data can be used to support strategic energy planning processes and deployment of clean energy projects.

By entering a city and state or zip code into the State and Local Energy Data (SLED) online tool, users can see how their current electricity prices compare with the state and national averages, learn about applicable policies and incentives that could affect clean energy projects in their state, find available renewable energy resources, get details on alternative transportation fuel costs, and much more—all in one location. SLED, which replaces the Community Renewable Energy Deployment Project Development tool, aggregates data from a wide variety of sources including the Energy Information Administration, the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, the Alternative Fuels Data Center, and NREL.

Watch the SLED video for an overview of the tool as well as an example of how the City of Milwaukee anticipates leveraging it for future planning efforts.

Award Opportunities

EPA’s 2015 Climate Leadership Awards Application Period Now Open Until September 12, 2014

The 2015 Climate Leadership Awards application period is now open until September 12, 2014. The national awards program recognizes and incentivizes exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change. Since inception in 2012, awards have been presented to 5 individuals and 56 organizations from across the United States who are leading the way in the management and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions—both in internal operations and throughout the supply chain. Now in its fourth year, the awards continue to honor and highlight leadership in addressing climate change by reducing carbon pollution and implementing adaptation planning initiatives.

The U.S. EPA’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership co-sponsors the Climate Leadership Awards with three NGO partners: the Association of Climate Change Officers, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), and The Climate Registry. By showcasing and recognizing voluntary action on climate and energy under a unified banner, award sponsors aresending a strong signal that innovative, sustainable leadership and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions are critical to addressing climate change.
The six recognition categories include:

The 2015 award winners will be publicly recognized during the Climate Leadership Awards Dinner in early 2015, held in conjunction with the annual Climate Leadership Conference. For more information, please visit the Climate Leadership Awards website.

Applications for EPA’s Clean Air Excellence Awards Now Being Accepted

EPA is now accepting applications for the 2015 Clean Air Excellence Awards Program. Through this program, EPA recognizes and honors individuals and organizations whose efforts have helped to make progress in achieving cleaner air. The award recipients are selected for developing innovative, replicable, and sustainable programs; serving as pioneers in their fields; and improving air quality either directly or indirectly through reduced emissions of criteria pollutants, hazardous air pollutants, and/or greenhouse gases.

The five awards categories are (1) Clean Air Technology, (2) Community Action, (3) Education/Outreach, (4) Regulatory/Policy Innovations, and (5) Trnsportation Efficiency Innovations. In addition, the Clean Air Excellence Award Program will recognize two special award categories: (1) The Gregg Cooke Visionary Program Award, honoring a former EPA regional administrator, is given to the air quality project or program that successfully blends two or more of the existing awards categories; and (2) The Thomas W. Zosel Outstanding Individual Achievement Award, honoring a former member of the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee and environmental leader at 3M, recognizes one individual for their outstanding achievement, leadership, and lasting commitment to promote clean air and achieve better air quality.

Award applications and more information are available on the Clean Air Excellence Awards website. Applications must be emailed or postmarked by September 12, 2014. Applicants are strongly encouraged to send their entries electronically to Jeneva Craig. EPA will also accept hard copies of applications mailed to Jeneva Craig, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air and Radiation, 6103A, Room 5442L, 1200 Pennsylvania, Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20460. EPA will announce winners in 2015.

Webcasts & Trainings

Webcast: Preliminary Site Selection and Comparison for Utility-Scale PV

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, this webcast on Wednesday, August 20 (4-5 pm EDT) will demonstrate SunShot’s newly released software to improve preliminary site screening and comparison for utility-scale PV projects. Register to attend the webcast.

Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy Training on Resilience and Climate Change

The Institute for Sustainable Communities has a Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy, a peer-learning, training and technical assistance program designed to help communities advance, accelerate and scale-up local solutions to the global challenges of climate protection and sustainable development. As part of that program, two upcoming trainings are focused on community resilience and climate change:

Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals Climate Change Training

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) provides training, assistance, and educational resources to tribes on environmental issues, including climate change. Courses are taught by instructional teams that include staff from ITEP, federal agencies, universities, organizations, and tribes themselves. Several upcoming trainings on climate change adaptation will take place in September and October. To learn more, visit ITEP’s Climate Change page.

Other Updates

New Report:Partnership for Sustainable Communities: Five Years of Learning from Communities and Coordinating Federal Investments

In celebration of the fifth anniversary of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Transporation (DOT), and EPA have released “Partnership for Sustainable Communities: Five Years of Learning from Communities and Coordinating Federal Investments.” The report shows how the three agencies are changing their policies and removing barriers to help communities provide more housing choices, make transportation systems more efficient and reliable, and create vibrant neighborhoods while protecting the environment.

Since 2009, the Partnership for Sustainable Communities has been working to ensure that HUD, DOT, EPA and other federal agency investments better serve communities. Through the Partnership’s efforts, more than $4 billion in grants and technical assistance has been awarded to 1,000 communities in all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. Communities are using this assistance to plan economic development and leverage private and other public resources to maximize the Partnership’s investments. Information on grants, technical assistance, upcoming webinars, tools, and a variety of other resources to assist communities are available on the Partnership website.

Center for Neighborhood Technology Launches “Rain Ready” Initiative

The Center for Neighborhood Technology, a Chicago-based nonprofit with expertise in water management and urban flooding, has launched a new resource to help individuals, businesses, and communities find solutions to the problem of too much or too little water. The Rain Ready Initiative offers a suite of policies and practices to help residents, communities, and states plan for weather events associated with climate change. Rain Ready helps municipal and state leaders approach the challenges of flooding, water shortage, and/or water pollution in customized and cost-effective ways. Although each state differs in weather, geography, urban development, and population, states can draw from a broad set of actions to help communities protect themselves now and reduce risks in the future. To learn more, visit the Center for Neighborhood Technology’s Rain Ready announcement.

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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08/14/2014

 

DOE Tribal Energy Program

August 2014—Current Funding Opportunities and Upcoming Events

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

Funding Opportunities

DOE FOA for Tribal Clean Energy Development – Up to $7 Million

Applications Due: Oct. 2, 2014
Eligible Entities: Indian tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia

The DOE Tribal Energy Program, in conjunction with the DOE Office of Indian Energy, is accepting applications for up to $7 million in funding to accelerate clean energy development on tribal lands.

Through this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), which was modified on Aug. 12, DOE is soliciting applications under two topic areas:

An informational webinar on the FOA will be held Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mountain time. The webinar will highlight essential details about the FOA application process, including:

Register for the FOA webinar.

To view the complete FOA, including the recent modifications, visit the funding opportunity page.

BIA Tribal Energy and Mineral Development Grants – $11 Million

Applications Due: Aug. 25, 2014
Eligible Entities: Federally funded Native American tribal governments

The Interior Department's Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), through the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), is seeking applicants for a grant proposal for projects that assess, evaluate, or otherwise promote the processing, use, or development of energy, minerals, and renewable energy projects of various scales on tribal lands. Proposals must be used by an Indian tribe for the development of either a tribal energy and mineral resource inventory or a tribal energy and mineral resource on Indian land, or for the development of a report.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

EPA Air, Climate, and Energy Centers: Science Supporting Solutions – $30 Million

Applications Due: Sept. 4, 2014
Eligible Entities: Public and private nonprofits, state and local governments, federally recognized tribes, and U.S. territories or possessions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking proposals to support research on the development of sound science regarding the development of approaches to enable effective implementation of air pollution control strategies to reduce exposure to harmful air pollution.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

EPA Brownfields and Land Revitalization Grant – $4 Million

Applications Due: September 22, 2014
Eligible Entities: Local governments

EPA is making available funds to support development of area-wide plans for brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse. Plans must include implementation strategies for assessing, cleaning up, and reusing the brownfields sites as well as related brownfields and project area revitalization strategies. The funding is intended to support research, technical assistance, or training activities.

For more information, visit the grant guidelines.

Alaska Renewable Energy Fund Grants for Renewable Energy Projects – $4.6 Million

Applications Due: Sept. 22, 2014
Eligible Entities: Electric utilities, independent power producers, and local governments or government entities, including tribal councils and housing authorities, board of directors and executive management

The Alaska Energy Authority is soliciting competitive applications for the purpose of recommending grants for renewable energy projects to be funded by the Alaska State Legislature. To be eligible for an Alaska Renewable Energy Fund grant, the applicant must demonstrate formal approval and endorsement of its project by its governing authority (such as board of directors or executive management if it does not have a governing board).

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

USDA Rural Community Development Initiative – Nearly $6 Million

Applications Due: Nov. 4, 2014
Eligible Entities: Qualified private, nonprofit (including faith-based and community organizations and philanthropic foundations) and public (including tribal) intermediary organizations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service is seeking applications for Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) grants that will be awarded to organizations to provide critical financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop and strengthen their capacity to carry out housing, community facilities and community and economic development projects. Applicants must provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to the federal grant.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

Upcoming Tribal Energy Workshops

Free Registration for Tribal Energy by Design Forum in Montana Ends Thursday, Aug. 14

Aug. 19–20, 2014
Blackfeet Community College
Browning, Montana

Focused on emerging technologies, developing trends, and new frontiers, this forum is designed to inspire attendees to think creatively about how energy development can produce community and economic value and promote efficiency and stewardship. The forum is targeted to tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff, specifically from Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, and Wyoming; however representatives from any tribe are welcome. Utility companies, energy developers, industry experts, and other stakeholders are also invited to join the discussion.

Registration
Registration is free through Aug. 14; after that, there is a $50 registration fee. Register online on or before August 14; after that, please call 406-265-3699 or email Barbara Stiffarm to register. Participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals (other than lunches during the forum), and travel costs.

More Information
For details about sponsors, topics to be addressed, guest speakers, and lodging options, see the Tribal Energy Program website. If you have questions, email dsoriano@opportunitylinkmt.org or contact Barbara Stiffarm.

Tribal Energy Project Development and Financing Workshops

Presented by the Tribal Energy Program and the DOE Office of Indian Energy with support from DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), these two interactive workshops will walk participants through five steps to help tribal communities understand the process for and potential pitfalls of developing community- and facility-scale renewable energy projects. The workshops are designed for elected tribal leaders, executives, and staff members interested in gaining knowledge and confidence to develop community- and facility-scale renewable energy projects.

Attendees will learn how renewable energy project development can advance community clean energy goals and hear from other tribes about their experiences.

Nome, Alaska
Aug. 20–22, 2014

To view the draft agenda for this workshop, visit the Tribal Energy Program website.

There is no cost to attend, but advance registration is required. Register online by August 14; after that those wishing to attend may register by emailing tribalworkshops@nrel.gov. Participants are responsible for their own lodging, meals, and travel costs.

Prior Lake, Minnesota
Aug. 26–28, 2014

To view the draft agenda for this workshop, visit the Tribal Energy Program website.

There is no cost to attend this workshop, but advance registration is required. Online registration is now closed; however, those wishing to attend may still register by emailing tribalworkshops@nrel.gov.

Register for Upcoming Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinars

Introduction to Facility- and Community-Scale Project Financing
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MDT

Attendees will become knowledgeable on the forms of project financing for the smaller projects that serve an individual facility or community and their advantages and disadvantages to tribal communities. The webinar will also cover the importance of including cost-effective energy efficiency improvements in the project design and how to calculate the life-cycle cost of various options under consideration.

Register now.

Sandia Modeling Tool Webinar
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MDT

This webinar is about what collaborative, stakeholder-driven modeling is, how the models developed have been and could be used, and how specifically this process and resulting models might be utilized in Indian Country. Real and theoretical case studies will be presented, with the theoretical case studies focused on potential applications for tribes.

Attendees will also learn what will be expected of a tribe engaging in the collaborative process and the tangible deliverables.

Register now.

For other tribal events and funding opportunities, please see the events calendar and related funding opportunities on the Tribal Energy Program 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.

REMINDER: EPA Clean Air Act Rulemaking and Permitting Training for Environmental Justice Communities August 27-28, 2014 (9:00a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET) Bethel Baptist Church, 3200 28th Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35207 You will learn the: • Key features of the major air permit programs for facilities that impact your air quality. • Basics of how and when to get involved. • Benefits of early and meaningful public involvement. • Roles of the public, industry and government in the permitting process. Due to limited seating, registration is on a first come, first-served basis. Register at http://cfpub.epa.gov/oarweb/ejcall/PermittingTraining/ For more information contact: Lena (Vickey) Epps-Price via phone: 919-541-5573 or email: epps-price.lena@epa.gov. Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


08/08/2014

AEROM

Important: US EPA Offers AERMOD Modeling Suite (Version 14134) Webinar

On Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 the US EPA will present a webinar on the recent revisions to the AERMOD Modeling Suite (AERMOD Version 14134 and AERMET Version 14134).

The webinar will focus on:

  1. Important bug fixes since last December’s AERMOD Version 13350 release.
  2. Release of a supplemental 1-hour NO2 clarification memorandum.
  3. Status of the ARM and ARM2 Tier 2 modeling approaches.
  4. Selection and application of the NO2/NOx in-stack ratio for use in Tier 3 NO2 modeling applications.
  5. Appropriate applications for the OLM and PVMRM Tier 3 NO2 modeling schemes.
  6. Treatment of background sources and monitoring data in compliance demonstrations.

 

Registration is not required for the webinar. You will only need to access the link that is provided below and enter the webinar as a "Guest."

Webinar Logistics:

Subject:

AERMOD Modeling System / 1-hr NO2 Clarification Memo Webinar for Stakeholders

Date:

Tuesday, August 12th

Time:

2:30pm Eastern Standard Time

Location:

https://epa.connectsolutions.com/aermodstake

Thank you!

Lakes Environmental Team

www.webLakes.com
Tel: +1.519.746.5995 | Fax: +1.519.746.0793

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

Tribal Energy Program

Learn More About DOE's Tribal Funding Opportunity: Attend the Informational Webinar Next Thursday, Aug. 14

The DOE Tribal Energy Program, in conjunction with the DOE Office of Indian Energy, is accepting applications for up to $7 million in funding to accelerate clean energy development on tribal lands.
Through this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), DOE is soliciting applications under two topic areas:

  • Install clean energy and energy efficiency retrofit projects for tribal buildings
  • Deploy clean energy systems on a community scale

An informational webinar on the FOA will be held Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mountain time. The webinar will highlight essential details about the FOA application process, including:

  • Types of applications sought
  • Who is eligible to apply
  • Cost share and other requirements
  • What the application needs to contain
  • How to ask questions
  • How applications will be selected for funding.

Register for the FOA webinar.
To view the complete FOA, visit the funding opportunity page.

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 $54 million in funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of the Interior (DOI), and the Department of Energy (DOE) 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 National Clean Diesel Funding Tribal Assistance Program - $1 million

EPA is soliciting proposals for tribal projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas. Eligible diesel emission reduction solutions include verified emission control technologies such as exhaust controls, cleaner fuels, and engine upgrades, verified idle reduction technologies, verified aerodynamic technologies and low rolling resistance tires, certified engine repowers, and/or certified vehicle or equipment replacement.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

DOI Tribal Energy and Mineral Development Grant - $11 million

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is making available funds for projects that assess, evaluate, or otherwise promote the processing, use, or development of energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. Eligible energy projects considered include conventional energy, minerals, and renewable energy projects of various scales, including community scale or industrial scale projects.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA Air, Climate, and Energy Centers: Science Supporting Solutions - $30 million

EPA is seeking proposals to support research on the development of sound science to inform state and local policy makers regarding the development of approaches to enable effective implementation of air pollution control strategies to achieve the greatest public health benefits by reducing exposure to harmful air pollution. Research areas include enhancing understanding of spatial and temporal differences in individual pollutants and advancing scientific knowledge and tools needed to develop strategies for air pollution control, including strategies that address climate change preparedness.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA Brownfields and Land Revitalization Grant  - $4 million

EPA is making available funds to support development of area-wide plans for brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse. Plans must include implementation strategies for assessing, cleaning up, and reusing the brownfields sites as well as related brownfields and project area revitalization strategies. The funding is intended to support research, technical assistance, or training activities.

For more information, visit the grant guidelines.

DOE Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects on Indian Lands – up to $7 million

DOE is seeking proposals to support development of clean energy and energy efficiency projects on Indian lands. Proposals must either relate to installing clean energy and energy efficiency retrofit projects for tribal buildings, or deploying clean energy systems on a community scale. Projects, which are estimated to result in over 8 megawatts of new generation capacity, should intend to reduce energy costs and increase energy security for Indian tribes and tribal members.

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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08/07/2014

 

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Register Today for the Free Tribal Energy by Design Forum August 19–20 in Montana

Aug. 19–20, 2014
Blackfeet Community College
Southwind Lodge
504 SE Boundary Street
Browning, Montana 59417

Focused on emerging technologies, developing trends, and new frontiers, this forum is designed to inspire attendees to think creatively about how energy development can produce community and economic value and promote efficiency and stewardship. For details about topics to be addressed and guest speakers, see the attached agenda and flier. For more information, email dsoriano@opportunitylinkmt.org or contact Barbara Stiffarm, Opportunity Link Inc., (406) 265-3699.

Sponsors

The following tribes and organizations are collaborating to bring you this event:

Who Should Attend

The forum is targeted to tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff, specifically from Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, and Wyoming; however representatives from any tribe are welcome. Utility companies, energy developers, industry experts, and other stakeholders are also invited to join the discussion.

Registration and Lodging

Registration is free through Aug. 14; after that, there is a $50 registration fee. Register for the forum. Participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals (other than lunches during the forum), and travel costs. See the attached flier for lodging options. Please book your lodging soon; it's tourist season in Glacier National Park, and availability may be limited.

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For a complete listing of upcoming workshops and events that may be of interest to tribes, please 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.


08/06/2014

EPA Seeking Nominations for Members to serve on Clean Air Act Advisory Committee

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Air and Radiation is seeking nominations for a diverse group of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC), a federal advisory committee to the EPA. The CAAAC was established in 1990 to provide advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on policy and technical issues associated with implementing the Clean Air Act. These issues include the development, implementation and enforcement of the regulatory, voluntary, and market-based programs required by the Act. The programs falling under purview of the committee include criteria air pollutants, emissions from vehicles and fuels, air toxics, greenhouse gas emissions, air permitting, and other Clean Air Act authorities.

The CAAAC has approximately 40 members representing industry, utilities, trade associations, environmental and public interest groups, and educational institutions. Members are appointed by the EPA Administrator for two-year terms. More information about the CAAAC can be found at http://www.epa.gov/air/caaac.

EPA is seeking nominations from academia, industry, non-governmental/ environmental organizations, state and local government agencies, tribal governments, unions, trade associations, utilities, and lawyers/consultants. It would be helpful if nominees have a strong background in air quality issues. If you know of individuals who would be interested in serving on the committee and would in your view be good candidates, we encourage you either to nominate them or to let them know about the opportunity so they can express interest directly.

The deadline for nominations is September 1, 2014 and should be sent to Jenny Craig, Designated Federal Officer for the CAAAC, at craig.jeneva@epa.gov, or at (202) 564-1674.

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Announcing the National Disaster Resilience Competition

On June 14, 2014, President Obama announced the National Disaster Resilience Competition. Responding to demand from state, local and tribal leaders who are working to increase the safety and security of their communities, the nearly $1 billion competition will invite communities that have experienced natural disasters to compete for funds to help them rebuild and increase their resilience to future disasters.

The competition will support innovative resilience projects at the local level while encouraging communities to adopt policy changes and activities that plan for the impacts of extreme weather and climate change and rebuild affected areas to be better prepared for the future. As last month's National Climate Assessment made clear, climate change is no longer a distant threat. Average temperatures across the United States have increased between 1.3 and 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit since recordkeeping began in 1895. Heat waves, hurricanes, and severe storms have all become more frequent and more intense. And sea level rise is causing some communities to flood at high tides and threatening homes and critical infrastructure. These facts underscore the need for urgent action to combat the threats from climate change, protect American citizens and communities today, and build a sustainable future for our kids and grandkids.

Communities across the country are contending with more frequent or severe storms, flooding, drought, and wildfire, and have already recognized that in order to be prepared they must plan differently for a new and more uncertain reality. The competition underscores the ability communities have to not only recover from recent disasters but also rebuild better and stronger for the future. It will allow them to engage local stakeholders, nongovernmental organizations and the philanthropic sector to protect their own communities from the impacts of climate change by enhancing resilient infrastructure, building on sound science, and deploying innovative approaches to investments. These funds will enable eligible communities to access resources that help both recover from the previous disaster and make plans, decisions, and investments that make them more resilient to the next disaster.

Of the nearly $1 billion available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds from the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, about $820 million will be available to all states and local governments that experienced a Presidentially-declared major disaster in 2011, 2012, and 2013. States in the Hurricane Sandy-affected region will be eligible to compete for approximately $180 million, to help address critical housing needs, building on the successful model set forth by HUD's Rebuild by Design competition. All successful applicants will need to show how their proposed action relates to the disaster from which they are recovering. HUD will ensure that geographic diversity is a consideration in the selection of participating communities.

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To join the listserv go to: https://lists.epa.gov/read/all_forums/subscribe?name=epa-ej

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Green Heat Newsletter, Issue No. 60 – EPA Proposed New Heater Regulations

Green Heat News - Alliance for Green Heat


08/05/2014

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

EPA Webcasts

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

DOE Webcasts

SunShot Outreach Partnership Webcasts

EPA Webcasts

August 6, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT) - Greening Vacant Properties

EPA’s Smart Growth Program hosts this webinar on how the city of Detroit has moved from plans to action in the revitalization of vacant properties.

Join the webcast

August 13, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) - Flood Resilience and Recovery Assistance: Lessons Learned from Vermont

The state of Vermont experienced major damage to roads, houses, and businesses due to flood impacts from Tropical Storm Irene in fall 2011. Vermont's Agency of Commerce and Community Development, along with the Agency of Natural Resources, Agency of Transportation, and the Mad River Valley Planning District, requested assistance from EPA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to recover from flood impacts and plan for long-term resilience to future disasters. Through EPA’s Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program, EPA and FEMA worked with state agencies and communities in Vermont to identify smart growth strategies that can help vulnerable communities prepare for and recover from floods. The project resulted in the report, Planning for Flood Recovery and Long-Term Resilience in Vermont: Smart Growth Approaches for Disaster-Resilient Communities, and a Flood Resilience Checklist, available here.

This webinar will discuss the project, highlighting Smart growth approaches and strategies communities can consider to become more flood resilient and what the state of Vermont and communities in the Mad River Valley have done since Irene to help enhance flood resilience by building back better than before.

Join the webcast

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

August 12, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – Benchmarking Water/Wastewater Treatment Facilities in Portfolio Manager

Learn how to track the progress of energy efficiency efforts and compare the energy use of wastewater treatment plants to 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.

Register

August 14, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT) – The Federal Guiding Principles Checklist in ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager

This webcast will teach federal energy and sustainability professionals how to use the ENERGY STAR® measurement and tracking tool, Portfolio Manager, to help ensure compliance with the Guiding Principles for High Performance Sustainable Buildings required by Executive Orders 13423 and 13514. The focus is on the Guiding Principles for Sustainable Existing Buildings.

The Federal Energy Management Program, the General Services Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR program, partnered to incorporate the Guiding Principles Checklist with Portfolio Manager because Portfolio Manager can provide useful energy and water performance metrics for buildings across entire agency inventories. The Checklist can help Federal Buildings comply with Guiding Principles in the following ways:

• Conducting building assessments

• Tracking and viewing progress

• Storing compliance documents

• Creating a report showing compliance for entire building inventories

• Reviewing up-to-date energy and water metrics generated by Portfolio Manager

• Reporting compliance in the Federal Real Property Profile (FRPP)

The purpose, scope and benefits of Portfolio Manager and the Guiding Principles Checklist will be discussed and federal professionals will come away with an understanding of relevant policy background and how to establish, share, use, and report data for compliance. Students will receive a brief introduction to the Guiding Principles requirements and recommended evidence of compliance. The webcast will also provide information on using Portfolio Manager to meet energy benchmarking requirements required under 42 USC §8253(f).

Those who cannot attend this webcast can request tailored, complimentary training from FEMP by contacting Erin Zayko, or search on the FEMP training page for additional webcast and in-person opportunities to learn about the Guiding Principles.

Register

August 21, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic: Sharing – Part 1 (Sharing Tab, Contact Page, Sharing Report, and Bulk Sharing)

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).

If you would like to skip the specific topic portion, feel free to join the call at 1:30 for the Q&A portion.

Register

August 26, 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

August 27, 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

August 28, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR

Learn how to apply 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

DOE Webcasts

August 8, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (MDT) – DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Project Implementation and Operations and Maintenance

Attendees will become familiar with the last two steps of the five steps of the Energy Project Framework: project implementation (step #4) and Operations and Maintenance (step #5). Information on project management, reporting, monitoring, and commissioning will be provided. Other topics discussed include project agreements, vendor contracting process, preconstruction tasks, and equipment installation. The importance of developing a long-term Operations and Maintenance (O&M) plan, establishing a maintenance schedule, replacing worn or disabled equipment, establishing and enhancing an effective and motivated O&M staff, evaluating warranty agreements and extensions, and budgeting for operation and maintenance will be stressed.

Register

August 13, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (MDT) – Community Solar Scenario Tool: Planning for a Fruitful Solar Garden

As part of a Do-It-Yourself Solar Market Analysis summer series, NREL's Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) is presenting a live webinar titled, "Community Solar Scenario Tool: Planning for a fruitful solar garden." Join us to learn about a new model that was developed to help municipal utilities, solar developers, and state and local advocates perform a "first cut" analysis of different community or shared solar program options. The Community Solar Scenario Tool allows users to see how various inputs, such as system size, location, and project costs, impact the economics of a project and from both a potential customer's perspective as well as the sponsoring utility.

Register

August 27, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (MDT) - DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Introduction to Facility and Community Scale Project Financing

Although smaller in scale than the projects covered in the July webinar, these projects often cannot hurdle the financing barrier. Attendees will become knowledgeable on the forms of project financing for the smaller projects that serve an individual facility or community and their advantages and disadvantages to the Tribal communities. They will also learn about the importance of including cost effective energy efficiency improvements in the project design and how to calculate the life cycle cost of various options under consideration.

Register

SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership Webcasts

August 27, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) - Solar Permitting & Inspection – Part 3

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability U.S.A. and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC) present a series of three webinars on Solar Permitting & Inspection. As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, the series is reviewing the components of rooftop solar permitting processes, and share best practices and tools for improving them.

During the third and final webinar of the series presenters take a step back and examine how communities can change their permitting processes, with a particular focus on voluntary regional and statewide collaborations.

This webinar is targeted at municipal permit review staff and inspectors, but should be useful to a diverse audience, including other municipal staff, solar installers and others in the solar industry, and individuals and organizations interested in seeing changes to the permitting processes in their communities.

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.

 


07/30/2014

Clean Power Plan resources

EPA has these Clean Power Plan informational materials available on the Carbon Pollution Standards website - http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards:

Overview Presentation: This presentation is designed to provide an overview for the general public and serve as a basic review for other stakeholders. This 25 minute video includes an overview of climate change, a review of Clean Air Act Section 111, and a broad overview of the important components of the proposed Clean Power Plan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDJGspRbIA4

Webinar Series: EPA hosted a series of three online webinars to provide states, tribes and local air and energy agencies with more detailed information on key components of the proposed Clean Power Plan. The three webinar topics are: Setting State Goals, Meeting State Goals, and Implementation. The webinar slides and recordings of the webinars are available at http://www2.epa.gov/cleanpowerplantoolbox/epa-webinar-series-proposed-clean-power-plan

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Standards of Performance for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills

EPA will hold a public hearing on August 12, 2014, in Washington, DC at the William Jefferson Clinton East Building, Room 1153, 1201 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20004. The public hearing will convene at 9:00 a.m. and end at 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). There will be a lunch break from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please contact Ms. Virginia Hunt at (919) 541-0832 or at hunt.virginia@epa.gov to register to speak at one of the hearings. The last day to pre-register in advance to speak at the hearings will be Friday August 8, 2014. Additionally, requests to speak will be taken the day of the hearing at the hearing registration desk, although preferences on speaking times may not be able to be fulfilled.


07/28/2014

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Tribal Energy by Design Forum: Developing an Energy Roadmap on Tribal Lands

Aug. 19–20, 2014
Blackfeet Community College
Southwind Lodge
504 SE Boundary Street
Browning, Montana 59417

This energy forum will focus on emerging technologies, developing trends, and new frontiers. We hope to inspire our attendees to think creatively about how energy development can produce community and economic value, efficiency, and stewardship. For details about topics to be covered, see the attached agenda. For more information, contact Barbara Stiffarm, Opportunity Link Inc., (406) 265-3699.

Sponsors

The following tribes and organizations are collaborating to offer you this event:

Who Should Attend

Tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff, specifically from Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, and Wyoming, although representatives from any tribe are welcome. Utility companies, energy developers, industry experts, and other stakeholders are invited to join the discussion as well.

Registration and Lodging

A registration fee of $50 per person covers all forum sessions, materials, and lunches. Register for the forum. Participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals (other than lunches during the forum), and travel costs.

A block of rooms is available to participants at the Holiday Inn Express, 50 Museum Loop, in Browning, at a discounted rate of $109 plus tax per night through July 28, 2014. After this date we will be unable to guarantee room rate or availability. To make reservations, call 406-338-2400 and mention the "DOE Tribal Energy Summit." Otherwise, book online by visiting the hotel website. Other lodging options include Going-to-the-Sun Inn & Suites and Glacier Park Lodge.

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For a complete listing of upcoming events that may be of interest to tribes, please 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.


07/24/2014

EPA Funds Environmental Health Research for Tribal Communities

WASHINGTON – To identify and reduce tribal health risks associated with climate change, indoor wood smoke exposure, environmental asthma, waterborne diseases, and other unique tribal concerns, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding tribal environmental health research grants to six groups, including universities and tribes.

“We're working together to help tribal communities combat the threats from climate change, and reduce environmental and public health risks,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “After more than a decade of funding this research, which addresses the unique needs of American Indian and Alaska Native communities, we have important data, tools, products and knowledge available to help communities determine a path forward to take action on climate change."

EPA funds research focused on tribal communities through the Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program. Because many tribes rely on natural resources, it is essential for tribal-focused research to identify possible environmental health risks and the most efficient methods of avoiding or addressing these risks.

Over the last decade, EPA grants have helped tribes make significant progress in addressing health risks. For example, the funding has resulted in the creation of fish advisory maps that have helped various tribal fishing communities avoid mercury and other contaminant-laden fish. The funding has also caused Washington and Oregon to revise their water-quality standards to offer greater protection. In addition, a library of resources in the Mohawk language was created to enhance education about toxic substances and empower the community to protect the health of its citizens.

For additional examples of outcomes from the Tribal Environmental Health grants, view the Tribal Synthesis Report: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/tribalresearch/news/results-impacts.pdf

The six grants total about $5 million. The recipients are:

More information about the grants awarded:
http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncer_abstracts/index.cfm/fuseaction/recipients.display/rfa_id/569/records_per_page/ALL

For more information on Tribal Environmental Health Research: http://epa.gov/ncer/tribalresearch/

Information on the American Indian Environmental Office Tribal portal: http://www.epa.gov/tribalportal/


07/22/2014

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Upcoming Workshops and Webinars for Tribes

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE's) Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share information on our summer workshops and webinars for tribes.

Workshops

Make plans to attend one or more of the following DOE workshops this summer! For more information or to register, visit the links below.

Commercial-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshop

July 29–31, 2014
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Golden, Colorado

Registration and Lodging

There is no cost to attend this workshop, but participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals, and travel costs.Online registration is now closed; however, those wishing to attend may still register by emailing tribalworkshops@nrel.gov.

Be sure to book your lodging soon! The closest hotel to NREL, the Denver West Marriott, has reserved a block of rooms for workshop attendees; however, room availability and the discounted group rate of $156/night were only guaranteed through July 14, 2014. To inquire about availability and make reservations, call Marriott Reservations directly at 1-800-228-9290 or 303-279-9100 and ask for the group name “NREL Indian Energy Workshop.”

Tribal Energy by Design: Developing an Energy Road Map for North Central Montana

Aug. 19–20, 2014
Blackfeet Community College
Browning, Montana

Registration and Lodging

A registration fee of $50 per person covers all forum sessions, materials, and lunch on August 19. Register now.

The Holiday Inn Express, 50 Museum Loop, in Browning, is offering workshop attendees a discounted nightly rate of $109 plus tax. through July 27, 2014. After this date we will be unable to guarantee room rate or availability. Please call hotel directly at 406-338-2400, and mention event "DOE tribal energy workshop" to receive the group discount.

Community- and Facility-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshop

Aug. 26–28, 2014
Mystic Lake Hotel
Prior Lake, Minnesota

Registration and Lodging

Advance registration for the workshop is requested by Aug. 12, 2014. Register online. A block of rooms is available at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel at a discounted rate of $99 per night through August 4, 2014. After this date we will be unable to guarantee room rate or availability. To make reservations, call 954-445-9000 or 800-813-7349 and ask for the “NREL Tribal Energy Program Workshop,” or visit the hotel website and enter "1408NREL" in the Group Code field.

Webinars

In addition to sponsoring two more tribal renewable energy series webinars this summer, the Tribal Energy Program is hosting an informational webinar on the new tribal funding opportunity announced this week. Learn more at the links below, and register today!

DOE Tribal Renewable Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Project Implementation and Operations & Maintenance

Aug. 8, 2014
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mountain time

Sponsored by the DOE Tribal Energy Program, Office of Indian Energy, and Western Area Power Administration, this webinar will focus on Project Implementation and Operations and Maintenance (O&M)—the last two steps of a framework developed for successful tribal energy project development. Attendees will learn about project management, reporting, monitoring, and commissioning. The webinar will also cover project agreements, vendor contracting process, preconstruction tasks, and equipment installation. Presenters will stress the importance of developing a long-term O&M plan, establishing a maintenance schedule, replacing worn or disabled equipment, establishing and enhancing an effective and motivated O&M staff, evaluating warranty agreements and extensions, and budgeting for O&M.

There is no cost to attend, but advance registration is required. Register now.

Note: This webinar was originally scheduled for July 30. If you already registered, you do not need to re-register. The same log-in information can be used for the Aug. 8 webinar.

Tribal Energy Program Funding Opportunity Webinar: Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency on Indian Lands (DE-FOA-0001021)

Aug. 14, 2014
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mountain time

The Energy Department has announced the availability of up to $7 million to deploy clean energy and energy efficiency projects in tribal communities, reducing reliance on fossil fuel and promoting economic development. Under this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), the Tribal Energy Program, in cooperation with the department's Office of Indian Energy, will help Native American tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia to install community- or facility-scale clean energy and energy efficiency projects. The FOA is soliciting applications under two topic areas:

1.Tribal Building Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Retrofits (Topic Area 1)

2.Community-Scale Clean Energy Deployment (Topic Area 2).

The full funding announcement is available via EERE's Exchange website and the Tribal Energy Program website. For those interested in learning more, DOE will be hosting a webinar highlighting essential details about the application process, including:

Register for the webinar.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

System Requirements

PC-based attendees:
Required: Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac-based attendees:
Required: Mac OS X 10.6 or newer

Mobile attendees:
Required: iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Android tablet

Tribal Renewable Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Sandia Modeling Tool

Sept. 10, 2014
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Mountain time

Sponsored by the DOE Tribal Energy Program, Office of Indian Energy, and Western Area Power Administration, this webinar is a new addition to the 2014 Tribal Renewable Energy Series. Attendees will learn what collaborative, stakeholder-driven modeling is, how the models developed have been and could be used, and how specifically this process and resulting models might be utilized in Indian Country. Presenters will explain the process by which a collaborative model is constructed and vetted with stakeholders; present real and theoretical case studies, with the theoretical case studies focused on potential applications for tribes; and outline the tangible deliverables that collaborators and stakeholders can expect to walk away with. Attendees will learn what will be expected of a tribe engaging in the collaborative process so that the tribe can realize the greatest benefit. Register for the webinar.

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For a complete listing of upcoming events that may be of interest to tribes, please 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.


07/17/2014

DOE Tribal Energy Program

DOE Issues FOA for Tribal Clean Energy Development

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to announce the availability of up to $7 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to accelerate clean energy development on tribal lands. For more information, read the Progress Alert or follow the link below to view the complete funding opportunity announcement (FOA):

Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency on Indian Lands (DE-FOA-0001021)
Submittal deadline: October 2, 2014.

Through this funding opportunity, the Tribal Energy Program, in cooperation with the DOE Office of Indian Energy, will help Indian tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia:

(1) Install clean energy and energy efficiency retrofit projects for tribal buildings, and

(2) Deploy clean energy systems on a community scale.

Please note that only applications submitted through the EERE Exchange website will be considered. Any questions related to the FOA should be sent via email to tribal@ee.doe.gov.

Informational Webinar: Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency on Indian Lands (DE-FOA-0001021)

Date: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
Time: 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Mountain time

For those interested in learning more about this FOA, DOE will be hosting a webinar highlighting essential details about the application process, including:

Register for the webinar.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

System Requirements:

PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer

Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

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The Energy Department’s Tribal Energy Program promotes tribal energy sufficiency and fosters economic development and employment on tribal lands through the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The program, which has invested $41.8 million in 175 tribal clean energy projects since 2002, provides financial and technical assistance to tribes for the evaluation and development of their renewable energy resources, implementation of energy efficiency to reduce energy use, and education and training to help build the knowledge and skills essential for sustainable energy projects. Learn more about the Tribal Energy Program.

For a complete listing of current funding opportunities that may be of interest to tribes, please visit our Related Funding Opportunities page.

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.

 


07/16/2014

Brownfields in Your Backyard: Tribal Opportunities, July 31, 10:00am-11:30am PDT

Brownfields in Your Backyard: Tribal Opportunities, a webinar, will be available free to all interested parties! As part of the Environmental Management and Planning for Tribal Professionals Module, a FREE webinar is being offered to provide an introduction to tribal brownfields with an emphasis on US EPA 104 (k) ARC Grants. What are brownfields? Who is currently using brownfields grant money? How can you tap into this funding?

Presented by:
Dale Mitchell, Brownfields Program Coordinator, Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Tribe
Amy Jean McKeown, Brownfields Project Officer, United States Environmental Protection Agency
Rich Campbell, Geologist, Campbell Environmental Group

Please register for Brownfields in Your Backyard: Tribal Opportunities, scheduled on Jul 31, 2014 10:00am-11:30am PDT at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5001328009856610305 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Priority for the question/answer period of this webinar will be given to participants registered for the Environmental Management and Planning for Tribal Professionals Module. Questions will be opened up to the larger audience if time allows.

Register by Thursday, July 17 to attend the entire two-week training module: Environmental Management and Planning for Tribal Professionals (additional details below). Registration for this module and other Tribal Environmental Management and Planning modules are available at www.nau.edu/Professional/Registration-Fees.

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Native American Environmental Management Training

Boost your professional credentials:
Earn 0.5 to 4.0 continuing education units (CEUs) with Northern Arizona University and the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals' new online courses.

The first two courses (and their individual modules) provide unique, tribally focused, and applied instruction for environmental professionals.

Northern Arizona University (NAU) and the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) are pleased to offer professional development training to new and seasoned professionals through applied online courses.

Tribal Environmental Management and Planning $750
July 7 – August 31, 2014

Tribal Water Resources Management $750
September 1 – October 26, 2014

The first two courses (and their individual modules) will be offered by NAU faculty, Native American legal experts, and tribal instructors with support from Northern Arizona University’s College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences and the Applied Indigenous Studies program. The courses provide unique, tribally focused, and applied instruction to environmental professionals.

A team consisting of NAU faculty, Native American legal experts, and experienced tribal environmental professionals have developed the content of the courses. This team of experts will guide lesson plans and offer valuable knowledge and insight into current tribal environmental policy, technical, and management issues.

More courses are being developed, so remember to check back periodically for new course additions!

REGISTER NOW

NAU Professional and Continuing Education>
www.nau.edu/professional
Professional@nau.edu
Jennifer Williams: 928-523-0673


07/15/2014

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

Nearly $113 million in funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) 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 Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects on Indian Lands

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 Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects on Indian Lands Program. The program aims to promote tribal energy sufficiency and spur increased deployment of clean energy and energy efficiency projects on Indian lands.

For more information, visit the notice of intent.

EPA Local Foods, Local Places Grant - $650,000

EPA is soliciting proposals for the Local Foods, Local Places program to boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses, foster entrepreneurship, and improve access to healthy local food, particularly among disadvantaged groups with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Additionally, the program aims to revitalize downtowns, main street districts, and traditional neighborhoods by supporting farmers’ markets, food hubs, community gardens, community kitchens, and other kinds of local food enterprises, and provide people with affordable choices for accessing those amenities, such as walking, biking, or taking transit.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

DHS Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program Grant - $63 million

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is making available grants to implement and sustain cost-effective measures designed to reduce the risk to individuals and property from natural hazards, while also reducing reliance on federal funding from future disasters. The grant program will prioritize the development and updating of hazard mitigation plans, as well as cost-effective hazard mitigation projects that do not duplicate other hazard mitigation grant programs.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

USDA Assistance to High Energy Cost Rural Communities Grant - $7 million

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting proposals for projects that assist communities with extremely high energy costs. Funds may be used to acquire, construct, or improve energy generation, transmission, or distribution facilities serving communities with average annual residential expenditure for home energy exceeding 275 percent of the national average. Eligible project also include on-grid and off-grid renewable projects, implementation of energy efficiency, and energy conservation projects.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA National Clean Diesel Funding Tribal Assistance Program - $1 million

EPA is soliciting proposals for tribal projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas. Eligible diesel emission reduction solutions include verified emission control technologies such as exhaust controls, cleaner fuels, and engine upgrades, verified idle reduction technologies, verified aerodynamic technologies and low rolling resistance tires, certified engine repowers, and/or certified vehicle or equipment replacement.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

DOI Tribal Energy and Mineral Development Grant - $11 million

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is making available funds for projects that assess, evaluate, or otherwise promote the processing, use, or development of energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. Eligible energy projects considered include conventional energy, minerals, and renewable energy projects of various scales, including community scale or industrial scale projects.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA Air, Climate, and Energy Centers: Science Supporting Solutions - $30 million

EPA is seeking proposals to support research on the development of sound science to inform state and local policy makers regarding the development of approaches to enable effective implementation of air pollution control strategies to achieve the greatest public health benefits by reducing exposure to harmful air pollution. Research areas include enhancing understanding of spatial and temporal differences in individual pollutants and advancing scientific knowledge and tools needed to develop strategies for air pollution control, including strategies that address climate change preparedness.

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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DOE Tribal Energy Program

New Funding Opportunities and Upcoming Workshops for Tribes

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE's) Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share new information on a forthcoming funding opportunity for tribes and a recently announced funding opportunity for Alaska Native villages. We also want to remind our subscribers that the advance registration and hotel reservation deadlines for the tribal renewable energy project development and financing workshops in Minnesota and Colorado are approaching. Don't miss the opportunity to attend one of these FREE workshops near you! Register today and reserve a spot!

Funding Opportunities

EERE has extended the anticipated date of its forthcoming funding opportunity announcement (FOA) from June 20 to July 15. In addition, the Alaska Renewable Energy Fund issued a new FOA on July 2. Read more in the articles below.

EERE Plans to Issue FOA for Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency on Indian Lands on July 15

The Tribal Energy Program, in coordination with DOE's Office of Indian Energy, will be continuing its efforts to promote tribal energy sufficiency and to spur increased deployment of clean energy and energy efficiency on Indian lands. In support of these goals, EERE intends to solicit applications from Indian tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia to: (1) install clean energy and energy efficiency retrofit projects for tribal buildings; and (2) deploy clean energy systems on a community scale. EERE has modified its original notice of intent to issue an FOA, changing the anticipated date of the announcement from June 20, 2014, to July 15, 2014. For more information, see the modified notice of intent.To be notified when the FOA is issued, please subscribe to the Tribal Energy Program’s email list.

Alaska Renewable Energy Fund Solicits Grant Applications for Renewable Energy Projects

Applications Due: Sept. 22, 2014
Eligible Entities: To be eligible for a grant recommendation the applicant must demonstrate formal approval and endorsement of its project by its governing authority (such as board of directors or executive management if it does not have a governing board) and be one of the following: an electric utility, an independent power producer, a local government, or a governmental entity, which includes tribal councils and housing authorities.

The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) is soliciting competitive applications from qualified applicants for the purpose of recommending grants for renewable energy projects to be funded by the Alaska State Legislature. For more information, see the request for applications.

Upcoming Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshops

Don’t miss the opportunity to reserve your spot and receive the group discounts on lodging for the upcoming tribal renewable energy project development workshops in Colorado and Minnesota. Hosted by the DOE Tribal Energy Program and the DOE Office of Indian Energy with support from DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), these workshops are designed for elected tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff interested in gaining knowledge and confidence to develop community-, facility-, and commercial-scale renewable energy projects.

For more information or to register, see the Tribal Energy Program website at the links below.

1) Commercial-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshop
July 29-31, 2014
National Renewable Energy Laboratory Golden, CO

Registration deadline: July 15, 2014
Hotel reservation deadline: July 14, 2014. The Denver West Marriott is offering workshop attendees a discounted rate of $156/night through July 14, 2014. After this date we will be unable to guarantee room rate or availability. Book online or call Marriott Reservations directly at 1-800-228-9290 or 303-279-9100 and ask for the group name “NREL Indian Energy Workshop.”

2) Community-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshop
Aug. 26-28, 2014
Mystic Lake Hotel
Prior Lake, MN

Registration deadline: Aug. 12, 2014
Hotel reservation deadline: Aug. 4, 2014. A block of rooms is available at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel at a discounted rate of $99 per night through August 4, 2014. After this date we will be unable to guarantee room rate or availability. To make reservations, call 954-445-9000 or 800-813-7349 and ask for the “NREL Tribal Energy Program Workshop,” or visit the hotel website and enter "1408NREL" in the Group Code field.

In preparation for these workshops, we ask that attendees review the "Foundational Topics" course material on the National Training & Education Resource website.

Registration and Lodging
There is no cost to attend these workshops, but advance registration is requested. Participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals, and travel costs.

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For a complete listing of upcoming events and current funding opportunities that are of interest to tribes, please visit our events calendar and our funding opportunities listing.

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.


07/02/2014

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

This message provides details about six 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

July 17, 2:00-3:15 PM (EDT) – 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

July 24, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic: Green Power

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).

Register

July 29, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 101

Join us as we 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

July 30, 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

July 31, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR

Join us to 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

DOE Webcasts

July 30, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (MDT) - Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Project Implementation and O & M

Attendees will become familiar with the last two steps of the five steps of the Energy Project Framework: project implementation (step #4) and Operations and Maintenance (step #5). Information on project management, reporting, monitoring, and commissioning will be provided. Other topics discussed include project agreements, vendor contracting process, preconstruction tasks, and equipment installation. The importance of developing a long-term Operations and Maintenance (O&M) plan, establishing a maintenance schedule, replacing worn or disabled equipment, establishing and enhancing an effective and motivated O&M staff, evaluating warranty agreements and extensions, and budgeting for operation and maintenance will be stressed.

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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DOE Tribal Energy Program

July 2014 – Funding Opportunities and New Resource for Tribes

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following funding opportunities and a new online resource that may be of interest to tribes.

Funding Opportunities

Up to $8 million in funding is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including developing and improving energy efficiency, sustainable communities, and fuel 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 funding opportunities list frequently for the most complete and up-to-date listing of funding opportunities available to state, local, and tribal governments.

USDA Assistance to High Energy Cost Rural Communities Grant – $7 Million

Applications Due: Aug. 1, 2014
Eligible Entities: For-profit entities; educational institutions; nonprofits; state, county, and local governments; tribes; public housing authorities; school districts; small businesses; individuals; and federal agencies
The USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announces the availability of up to $7 million in FY 2014 for competitive grants to assist communities with extremely high energy costs. The grant funds may be used to acquire, construct, or improve energy generation, transmission, or distribution facilities serving communities with average annual residential expenditure for home energy exceeding 275% of the national average. On-grid and off-grid renewable energy projects and energy efficiency and energy conservation projects are also eligible. Grant funds may not be used for the preparation of the grant application or for payment of utility bills, fuel purchases, routine maintenance, or other routine operating costs, or for the purchase of any equipment, structures, or real estate not directly associated with provision of community energy services.
For details on eligibility and application requirements, the criteria that will be used by RUS to award funding, and information on how to obtain application materials, see the funding opportunity description.

USDA State Bulk Fuel Revolving Fund Grant – $1 Million

Applications Due: Aug. 1, 2014
Eligible Entities: state governments
The USDA RUS announces the availability of up to $1 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 for competitive grants to state entities to establish and support a revolving fund to provide a more cost-effective means of purchasing fuel where the fuel cannot be shipped by means of surface transportation. To be eligible under this program, the state entity must have been in existence on Nov. 9, 2000. The revolving fund supported by grant funds must be used to facilitate cost-effective fuel purchases for persons, communities, and businesses in eligible areas.
For details on eligibility and application requirements, the criteria that will be used by RUS to award funding, and information on how to obtain application materials, see the funding opportunity description.

New Online Tool Provides State and Local Data for Tribal Energy Planning
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), with help from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has launched a new website that provides state and local decision makers easy access to a wealth of energy data specific to their location. The resources and data provided can be used to support strategic energy planning processes and deployment of clean energy projects. 

By entering a city and state or ZIP code into the State and Local Energy Data (SLED) online tool, users can see how their current electricity prices compare to the state and national averages, learn about applicable policies and incentives that could affect clean energy projects in their state, find available renewable energy resources, get details on alternative transportation fuel costs, and much more—all in one location. SLED, which replaces the Community Renewable Energy Deployment Project Development tool, aggregates data from a wide variety of sources, includi ng the Energy Information Administration, the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, the EERE Alternative Fuels Data Center, and NREL. 
Watch the SLED video for an overview of the tool as well as an example of how the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, anticipates leveraging it for future planning efforts.

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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