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Announcements 2015

Find out about events and news of interest to those who live and work in Indian country, including upcoming training, conferences, workshops and the latest TribalAIR news.

If you have a tribal announcement not listed on this page, please use the Contact Us link, located at the top and bottom of the page, to submit your announcement.

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Tribal Air Web Postings

July - December 2015


07/27/15

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Get Tips That Guarantee Cost Savings at the Aug. 5 Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar!

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, in partnership with Western Area Power Administration (Western), will present the next Tribal Renewable Energy Series webinar, Best Practices in Procurement: Discover Tribal Benefits Through the GSA and RFPs That Guarantee Cost Savings, on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain time.

Presenters from GSA and DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory will highlight GSA tools and tips for cost-effective procurement and introduce a new customizable RFP model tribes can use to solicit comparable bids on grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) projects.

Finally, Todd Hooks of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians will share how DOE’s response to a request for RFP technical assistance assisted the band in applying cost-effective procurement practices to execute a successful solar PV project.

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

Please note that the original date of this webinar has changed from July 29 to August 5; if you have already registered, you will need to register again for the rescheduled date.

Register now.

Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
15013 Denver West Parkway
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.


07/24/15

Local Climate and Energy Webcast Series
Climate Change, Heat Islands, and Public Health
Sponsored by
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Join us for the second webcast in a two-part series on the connections among climate change, the heat island effect, and public health. The series shows how local public health officials and environmental agency staff can work together to raise awareness of these connections during the summer heat wave season and develop longer-term strategies to become more resilient to extreme heat events through heat island reduction measures.

The first webcast in the series illustrated how public health and environmental agencies can effectively communicate about the connection between climate change and heat health.

Webcast #2:
Improving Heat Health Resilience through Urban Infrastructure Planning and Design
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 | 2:00-3:30 PM EDT

This webcast will explore ways in which public health and environmental agencies can collaborate to reduce the heat island effect, increase resilience to extreme heat events, and help each other further their respective missions. Join the webcast to learn about:

  • U.S. EPA’s Heat Island Reduction Program, as well as heat island reduction strategies and their benefits
  • Health Canada’s program on Climate Change and Health, its experience collaborating with communities to reduce heat islands, and available tools and resources
  • Quebec’s experience bringing city planners, urban foresters, non-profit organizations, and public health officials together to advance heat island mitigation measures

Register for this webcast.

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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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image: Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Program

The School IAQ Summer Academy is Now in Session!

EPA’s 10-part IAQ Master Class Professional Training Webinar Series has proven to be extremely successful in helping participants recognize the important role everyone plays in the day-to-day management of a school’s IAQ plan. Nearly 1,400 school stakeholders have learned from nationally recognized IAQ experts in the first nine installments of the series. Participants have gained practical knowledge about how to address a broad range of IAQ issues—including managing an HVAC system, controlling mold and moisture, executing a proactive integrated pest management program, addressing cleaning and maintenance for health, and making the connection between energy efficiency and IAQ.

WATCH TODAY!

Join your fellow school professionals on the way to creating clean, safe and healthy indoor environments in schools by viewing the available webinars. Use August to start or continue your journey to mastery by participating in the school IAQ Summer Academy. Access our free on-demand series to help you learn new skills and refresh old ones.

IAQ Master Class Professional Training Webinar Series: Watch-On-Demand:

  • Creating Healthy Indoor Environments in Schools
  • Making the Case
  • HVAC Systems
  • Mold and Moisture
  • Energy Efficiency and IAQ
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Asthma Management
  • Cleaning and Maintenance
  • Materials Selection
  • Summer Enrichment Time
  • 9/17/15 - Register Now!

Learn from technical experts, industry leaders and model school districts during these live webinars, which will be followed by 30-minute mentoring Q&A sessions.

Gain Recognition for your knowledge acquisition and commitment to action through certificates of completion for each training. Additionally, when you complete all 10 hours, you will be acknowledged with a certificate that recognizes your efforts toward IAQ mastery as a member of the 2015 SHIELD Network IAQ Master Class. CEUs are available.

Don't Just Take Our Word For It - Read What Others Have Said

"I am impressed at the wealth of knowledge available at no cost at the webinar."

“I have learned so much about the control and treatment of mold. I inspected a school that had the issues of mold. This webinar came just in time for me to get the education and reinforcement needed to correct the problem existing in this school. Good feedback on the use of Bleach (which I thought was a good treatment for mold in some cases).”

“Thank you for offering these opportunities to learn without having to travel, which wouldn't be feasible for us small counties with very limited budgets.”

“I am very excited to have an opportunity to gain the additional knowledge as well as reinforce my current understanding in this area. The chance to receive a certification in the IEQ [Indoor Environmental Quality] area is fantastic. I really appreciate the development of this program. Thank you very much.”

Questions?
If you have any questions about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance, please contact the IAQ Tools for Schools Connector Coordinator at iaqschools@epa.gov.

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


Transport NODA and Conference Call to Discuss with States

Earlier today, Steve Page signed a Notice of Data Availability (NODA) for modeling data that EPA intends to use to address interstate air pollution transport for the 2008 ozone standards. These data include model inputs such as emissions, and model results including estimates of ambient ozone concentration and state contributions to those levels. EPA will accept public comment on these data through September 23, 2015 and address them in our modeling for the final transport rule for the 2008 ozone standards. The notice of data availability and additional information is available at: http://www.epa.gov/airtransport/ozonetransportNAAQS.html.

EPA invites states and interested tribes to attend a conference call on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 to discuss this NODA.

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM Eastern Time
Call in Number: 866-299-3188
Conference Code: 919-541-5615

We encourage participants in the same location to gather in a common space to be sure we have plenty of conference lines for everyone.


07/23/15

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

More than $204 million in funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Funders’ Network, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) 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 2015 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.

NOAA 2015 Regional Coastal Resilience Grant Program – $5 million

  • Applications Due: July 24, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments, nonprofits, regional organizations, institutions of higher education

NOAA announced funding to develop or implement activities that build resilience of coastal regions, communities, and economic sectors to the negative impacts from extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions. Funding will support activities that identify and address data and information gaps, develop tools, acquire and integrate socioeconomic information with physical and biological information, seek to understand how hazards and changing ocean conditions affect coastal economies, improve risk communication, train stakeholders in resilience, evaluate costs and benefits of approaches that incorporate both natural defenses and hard structural solutions, and support the development of sustainable recovery, redevelopment, and adaptation plans.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

Funders’ Network Partners for Places Program - $500,000

  • Applications Due: August 10, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: Team of Local Sustainability and Foundation Directors

The Funders’ Network announced funding to support partnerships between local government sustainability leaders and place-based foundations that save money, improve the environment, increase efficiency, and promote the well-being of all residents. Examples of eligible projects include community-focused sustainability or climate action plans, as well as initiatives that balance economic development, environmental quality, and equity.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA Environmental Governance Capacity Building Program - $5 million

  • Applications Due: August 14, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments

EPA is making available funding to support a collaborative program that would enhance environmental governance capacity of institutions in Central America and Caribbean, South Americas, and the Middle East, and North Africa. Applicants must have technical expertise in the following areas: climate mitigation and adaptation, water resource, air quality, and waste management, emergency response, environmental impact assessments, public participation and social inclusion, and environmental enforcement and compliance. Proposals should focus on providing technical capacity building through workshops, meetings, video conferences, study tours, trainings, and technology transfer.

For more information, visit the request for proposals.

DHS Fiscal Year 2015 Flood Mitigation Program – $150 million

  • Applications Due: August 28, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments

DHS announced funding to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The program will prioritize projects that mitigate flooding in structures with certain historic flooding characteristics, as well as in communities with the largest number of NFIP-insured properties.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

DHS Fiscal Year 2015 Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program – $30 million

  • Applications Due: August 28, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments

DHS is making available funding to implement and sustain cost-effective measures designed to reduce the risk to individuals and property from natural hazards. Eligible activities include non-flood and flood mitigation projects. DHS will further prioritize activities in communities with the highest assessed Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule rating and benefit cost ratios.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

FWS Coastal Program - $14 million

  • Applications Due: September 30, 2015
  • Eligible Entities:

FWS announced funding for the Coastal Program, a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative agreements to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands. Projects should incorporate ecosystem adaptation to help coastal ecosystems and communities prepare for and adapt to the effects of sea-level rise and greenhouse gases.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

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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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07/21/15

DOE Tribal Energy Program

July 2015—Upcoming Events, Funding Opportunities, and News for Tribes

  • Upcoming Events
  • Funding and Financing Opportunities
  • News

Upcoming Events

REAP Renewable Energy Fair
July 25, 2015
Anchorage, Alaska

The Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) is hosting its 11th annual Renewable Energy Fair at Fairview Elementary School to highlight the benefits of clean energy. The event will feature clean energy workshops, demonstrations, booths, and fun educational activities focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency, as well as live music, local food, and craft vendors. This year REAP is combining our event with the Fairview Block Party for double the fun!

This popular educational community event is a great opportunity to learn about ways to save money through sharing resources, and work with REAP and others to build healthy and sustainable communities. Learn more.

New Mexico Tribal Leaders Forum and Community-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Development Workshop
July 27–29, 2015
Albuquerque, NM

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal Energy Program and Office of Indian Energy, with support from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), are hosting two back-to-back events at the Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM, July 27–29:

  • July 27–Tribal Leader Forum on Tribal Energy and Economic Development: Tribal Utility Formation
    The 11th in a series of DOE Office of Indian Energy-sponsored strategic energy development forums, this event will bring tribes, federal agencies, and energy industry experts together for a national dialogue focused on fundamentals and best practices for tribal utility formation.
  • July 28–29—Community-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Workshop
    This workshop is a unique opportunity to learn from renewable energy project experts, get hands-on experience using technology resource assessment tools, explore project case studies, and hear about lessons learned from other tribes. The interactive workshop is based on a dynamic new curriculum designed to walk participants through the five steps necessary to develop and finance renewable energy projects on tribal lands.

Lodging
A limited block of rooms is available at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Albuquerque Historic Old Town at a discounted rate of $94.99 single or double occupancy per room per night. A limited number of government per diem rate rooms are available upon request. Reservations are only available by calling 505-842-5000.

Registration
The forum and workshop are limited to elected tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff
. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

Learn more about the New Mexico forum and workshop or RSVP now to secure your spot by emailing tribalworkshops@nrel.gov or calling 303-275-3005.

Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Best Practices in Procurement: Discover Tribal Benefits through the GSA and RFPs That Guarantee Cost Savings
August 5, 2015
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mountain time

Effective procurement of goods and services for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects is key to achieving cost savings and ensuring quality. Presenter Florence Francis of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) will discuss how tribes are authorized via their P.L.93-638 contracts/compacts or their Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA) Indian Housing Block grants to access GSA supply sources and then explore how they can save program dollars by accessing goods and services through the GSA website. Francis will show attendees how the GSA eLibrary provides GSA contractor information and how GSA eBuy can be used to develop and distribute requests for information and requests for quotations that effectively encourage qualified bidders to respond with competitive prices.

Attendees will also learn how a customized tribal Request For Proposals (RFP) can accelerate an energy efficiency or renewable energy project. Kosol Kiatreungwattana of NREL will demonstrate how a tribal request for technical assistance through the DOE Office of Indian Energy resulted in the development of an RFP model designed to integrate with the System Advisor Model tool to solicit comparable bids on renewable energy projects. Finally, Todd Hooks of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians will discuss how a technical assistance request assisted the band in applying cost-effective procurement practices to execute a successful solar photovoltaic project.

Note that the original date of this webinar has changed from July 29 to August 5; if you have already registered, you will need to register again for the rescheduled date.

Register now.

DOE Webinar: Minorities in Energy - Climate Change's Regional Impacts Series
August 6, 2015
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

DOE's Minorities in Energy Initiative is hosting a webinar that will provide findings from the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), energy job strategies, and the National Climate Impact Assessment. As part of the QER discussion, speakers will share climate-based findings related to national security, resilience, the grid of the future, environment, grid siting, and shared transport. The webinar will also outline federal energy policy objectives, proposals and actions, particularly as they relate to climate change and resilience for underserved communities. This is one of a series of eight upcoming Regional Climate Change Impact Webinars and focuses on the Southeast and Caribbean.

Register now.

ATNI Energy Summit 2015
August 11–13, 2015
Portland, Oregon

The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) is hosting a three-day event and training for tribal, utility, and technology executives featuring premier policy, utility, and technology innovators as well as a showcase of the latest innovations, projects, and emerging opportunities. Technical experts from NREL will be presenting on the following topics: Energy Efficiency First for Tribal Energy Programs, How Policies and Incentives Affect Renewable Energy Development on Tribal Land, and Building Consensus for Tribal Energy Plans.

Learn more and register.

Funding and Financing Opportunities

PacifiCorp RFP
Applications due:
July 20, 2015
Eligible entities: Community Solar Garden (CSG) owner or CSG Subscriber Organization of the proposed CSGs

PacifiCorp is seeking bids for 15 megawatts (MW) of Utah-based solar photovoltaic resources to support Utah customers that wish to buy the output from solar photovoltaic resources to meet a portion of their energy requirements. The resources must be located in Utah and interconnect with or demonstrate firm transmission service to Rocky Mountain Power’s transmission or distribution network. Projects must meet the minimum size requirement of at least 2 MW alternating current (MWAC) and each resource must be a discrete generating asset that can be individually metered and remotely monitored. Multiple smaller projects that are less than 2 MWAC with a minimum aggregate size of 2 MWAC will be considered. For questions, e-mail RFPSolar@PacifiCorp.com.

Learn more.

CNCS AmeriCorps State and National FY 2015 Partnership Challenge Grant
Applications due:
July 23, 2015
Eligible entities: Nonprofit organizations, public agencies

Through the AmeriCorps Partnership Challenge, nonprofit organizations or public agencies – together with their funding partners – will develop proposals for addressing community needs by engaging AmeriCorps members. Applicants must indicate the number and type of AmeriCorps member positions they are requesting based on their program design and desired outcomes. For proposals that are approved, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) will determine how many AmeriCorps members will be included in the award. In each case, the awardee, or sponsoring organization, will cover full cost of operating the program to be supported by the AmeriCorps member(s). AmeriCorps members who successfully complete terms of service will be eligible for Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards and will gain valuable skills and experiences to advance their career goals while they make a difference in communities. CNCS focus areas include:

  • Disaster Services
  • Economic Opportunity
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Healthy Futures.

Learn more.

NOAA 2015 Regional Coastal Resilience Grant Program
Applications due:
July 24, 2015
Eligible entities: Nonprofit organizations, regional organizations, private entities, and local, state, and tribal governments

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOOA) is accepting applications for the Regional Coastal Resilience Grant program to support regional approaches to undertake activities that build resilience of coastal regions, communities, and economic sectors to the negative impacts from extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions. Successful proposals will demonstrate regional coordination among project stakeholders, leverage resources, and result in economic and environmental benefits for coastal communities. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, regional organizations, private entities, and local, state, and tribal governments.

Learn more.

Soboba Solar Project Request for Proposals
Applications due:
August 10, 2015
Eligible entities: All entities are eligible

The Tribal Council for the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians (Soboba) is accepting applications for its request for proposals to design, engineer, procure, construct, and, potentially, supply tax partners for a solar photovoltaic electric power generating, ground mounted system, not to exceed 1.12 MW DC in capacity. Soboba will finance the project through a DOE Tribal Energy Program grant, as well as its own funds. The project is designed to help Soboba advance its environmental and energy goals. Written, sealed proposals must be submitted to Soboba Administration Building, Attn: Michael Castello, 23906 Soboba Rd., San Jacino, CA 92583.

Learn more.

DOE Solar Training and Education for Professionals
Applications due:
August 14, 2015
Eligible entities: Small businesses, state governments, federally recognized tribal governments and tribal organizations, city governments, county governments and nonprofits

This DOE Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) funding opportunity will support many activities in solar training and education. It will ensure that solar instructors are well connected to solar employers, the Solar Training Network materials are up-to-date, and veterans are connected to solar training institutions.

Learn more.

Other Opportunities
For more funding, financing, and technical assistance opportunities available to tribes, see our list on the Tribal Energy Program website.

News Highlights

Energy Department Launches National Community Solar Partnership

On July 7, 2015, the White House announced a new partnership with DOE that increases the availability of solar power to low-income homeowners.The National Community Solar Partnership will enable those who rent their homes or don’t have a suitable roof to reap the benefits of solar and receive credit on their utility bills. The partnership, which also includes the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will build off of NREL's Guide to Community Shared Solar, which provides a framework for the development of this model for solar deployment in communities, and provide technical assistance to make it easier to install solar. With nearly half of consumers and businesses unable to go solar, community solar’s growth potential is especially important to low-income communities.

Read the full White House press release.

Energy Department Selects Five Alaska Native Villages for START Clean Energy Development Technical Assistance

On July 7, 2015, the Energy Department announced that five Native American tribes will receive on-the-ground technical support from the DOE Office of Indian Energy's Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program. The awards are part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to help tribal communities across the country enhance their energy security, build a sustainable energy future, and combat climate change.

START is one element of a broader DOE Office of Indian Energy strategy for fostering long-term and meaningful change in Native American and Alaska Native communities by accelerating the development and deployment of renewable energy projects on tribal lands. Aimed at moving community- and commercial-scale energy projects closer to implementation by overcoming project development challenges and barriers, START will assist tribal project teams and tribal legal/finance specialists to reach a late-state development decision point or milestone.

Read the full DOE press release.

Interior Department Announces $11.8 Million to Support Tribal Climate Change Adaptation and Planning Projects

On July 9, 2015, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has awarded $11.8 million in Tribal Climate Resilience Program funding awards as part of the Obama Administration’s effort to prepare communities for the impacts of climate change. The funding will help federally recognized tribes and tribally chartered organizations with climate change adaptation and ocean and coastal management planning projects.

Projects will help tribes plan, train, and participate in technical workshops and forums, while also supporting coastal tribes as they address the unique challenges of coastal erosion and development, rising sea levels, ocean acidification, and emergency management.

Read the full DOI press release.

HUD Report Explores Native American Housing Issues

A report published by HUD's Northwest Office of Native American Programs explores housing issues in Indian Country with a focus on tribal self-determination. The report includes articles on the development and implementation of federal policies that empower tribal self-determination in housing policy, federal and tribal initiatives to improve data concerning Native American populations and examines how tribal communities have addressed unique barriers to homeownership.

Featured tribal communities and organizations include the Cook Inlet Housing Authority, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Native Village of Kwinhagak, Navajo Nation Housing Authority, Thunder Valley Development Corporation of South Dakota, the Ho-Chunk Community Development Corporation, and the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.

Read the report.

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Regards,
EERE Tribal Energy Program
15013 Denver West Parkway
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.


Local Climate and Energy Webcast Series:
Climate Change, Heat Islands, and Public Health
Sponsored by
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

This summer, EPA’s Local Climate and Energy Program will be hosting a two-part webcast series on the connections among climate change, the heat island effect, and public health. As temperatures rise due to climate change, the heat island effect (which causes built-up areas to be hotter than surrounding areas) is exacerbated, leading to increases in heat-related illnesses, deaths, and other health problems. This series will address both the short-term response needs that local governments face during heat waves and longer-term strategies for reducing the heat island effect in the future.

The series will show local public health officials and environmental agency staff how they can work together on solutions to reduce the heat island effect and help each other further their respective missions. Working together in the short-term might mean shared messaging and aligned communications during the summer season; in the long-term, this might mean supporting each other’s planning efforts to become more resilient to future extreme heat events.

Webcast #1: Communicating the Connection between Climate Change and Heat Health
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 | 2:00-3:30 PM EDT

The first webcast will explore how public health and environmental professionals can effectively communicate and leverage the connections among climate change, the heat island effect, and public health to raise awareness among the public and to promote progress on these issues. Learn about:

  • EPA’s new framework for local governments on communication and outreach related to climate, energy, and sustainability projects
  • George Mason University’s research about the public’s understanding of the connection between climate change and personal health, as well as recommendations for effective messaging
  • The American Public Health Association’s (APHA) strategies, tools, and resources for effective communication
  • Minnesota’s experience communicating these connections through their Climate and Health program

Register online

Webcast #2: Improving Heat Health Resilience through Urban Infrastructure Planning and Design
Late Summer 2015

(details to come)

The second webcast in the series will focus on how public health and environmental agency officials and staff can collaborate on long-term strategies to reduce the heat island effect. It will include presentations from Health Canada, Quebec Province, and other experts on bringing together heat health resilience and urban cooling strategies.

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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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07/15/15

image: Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Program

 

Take Action now and register for the next webinar in the IAQ Master Class Professional Training Webinar Series

Living in a Material World: Selecting the Right Materials to Improve IAQ in Schools

Thursday, July 16, 2015, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EDT
Followed by a live mentoring and Q&A Session, 2:00 - 2:30 p.m. EDT

This webinar will prepare to you to:

  1. Explain how the selection and use of low-toxicity and low-emitting materials can improve IAQ and health outcomes among students and staff and reduce construction and operating costs.
  2. Develop low-emitting products purchasing and use policies in your school or school district and create a management plan to ensure effective communication between custodial and facilities staff and teachers and students regarding the use of approved materials.
  3. Base materials selection on product ratings systems (e.g., ENERGY STAR®, EPA’s Safer Choice, Green Seal, or UL’s GREENGUARD and ECOLOGO®).
  4. Create and maintain an inventory of purchased products, as well as their related storage and chemical information and emergency procedures.
  5. Identify the types of materials that should be reviewed and considered, along with the associated pollutants that can adversely affect health and indoor air quality.
  6. Replicate strategies of a model school district that used the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance to develop a comprehensive IAQ management program that emphasizes smart materials selection.

Featured IAQ Experts From the SHIELD Network

  • Tracy Enger, Facilitator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Indoor Environments Division
  • David A. Stubbs II, President, Cultural-Shift
  • Marilyn Black, Ph.D., Vice President and Senior Technical Advisor, UL
  • John Sumlin, National Sales Vice President, Education Markets, Tandus Centiva, a Tarkett Company
  • Chris Petty, Director of Plant Operations, Clovis Unified School District, CA

The more people who know about materials selection practices and IAQ, the healthier we can make our schools! Forward this email to a friend or colleague.

Register at: attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/100000000065847902

IAQ Master Class Professional Training Webinar Series: Watch-On-Demand:

  • Creating Healthy Indoor Environments in Schools
  • Making the Case
  • HVAC Systems
  • Mold and Moisture
  • Energy Efficiency and IAQ
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Asthma Management
  • Cleaning and Maintenance
  • Materials Selection
  • Summer Enrichment Time
  • Souce Control - Mark your calendar!

Learn from technical experts, industry leaders and model school districts during these live webinars, which will be followed by 30-minute mentoring Q&A sessions.

Gain Recognition for your knowledge acquisition and commitment to action through certificates of completion for each training. Additionally, when you complete all 10 hours, you will be acknowledged with a certificate that recognizes your efforts toward IAQ mastery as a member of the 2015 SHIELD Network IAQ Master Class. CEUs are available.

Miss a live webinar? No worries! All webinars will be recorded and available for on-demand viewing on EPA’s website.

Questions?
If you have any questions about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance, please contact the IAQ Tools for Schools Connector Coordinator at iaqschools@epa.gov.

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

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


07/10/15

August 4th Webinar - Hoarding, Housing, and Pests: A New Approach

Join StopPests in Housing on August 4th, Noon - 1:30pm EDT (11 am CDT, 10 am MDT, 9 am PDT) to learn about a new approach to address hoarding in multifamily housing, and its impact on pest control.

Through a partnership with the Boston University (BU) School of Social Work, BU School of Public Health, and the University of Nebraska, Omaha, the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) learned that clutter is often associated with an increase in pest reports among their residents. This can certainly be an obstacle to implementing a successful integrated pest management program. In this webinar, learn how housing providers (and partners) can use BHA's experience, tools, and intervention program to train their staff to help residents with clutter and hoarding issues. You will learn how to recognize, flag units, and rate the severity of clutter or potential hoarding, and then hear about an intervention that can empower residents to address these behaviors.

Join us and our speakers, John Kane (BHA) and Jordana Muroff (Boston University), for this FREE 90 minute webinar by registering here: http://cirrus.mail-list.com/healthyhomesnet/47378051.html.

Our webinars are planned based on the needs and challenges that we learn of with our partners' input (housing providers, pest control/healthy homes professionals, researchers and extension folks, as well as others). Through them, we aim to provide useful tools and information that will serve many of these groups to advance their pest management program and efforts. We hope you can attend this upcoming webinar and welcome any feedback, comments, and ideas for future topics!

Email us at stoppests@cornell.edu for more information or if you have any questions.

Sincerely yours,
Dennise Belmaker & Susannah Reese

StopPests in Housing: Stoppests@cornell.eduhttp://Stoppests@cornell.edu
607.254.8990
Website: StopPests.org
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/StopPests
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07/09/15

Grants.gov Opportunities Posting Update
Native American Micro Enterprise Business Services - NAEBS

Available Grants at Grants.gov:

Small Business Administration (SBA)
Native American Micro Enterprise Business Services - NAEBS Modification 2
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=277169

If you have questions please contact the Grants.gov Contact Center at:
support@grants.gov or 1-800-518-4726, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Closed on federal holidays.


Final Amendments to the Portland Cement Manufacturing Emissions Standards

The Administrator signed final amendments to both the air toxics standards for new and existing cement kilns, and new source performance standards for new kilns on July 1, 2015. We have posted a prepublication version of the amendments and a summary fact sheet at: http://www.epa.gov/airquality/cement/actions.html.

Please share with your key contacts.


image: Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Program

IAQ Master Class Professional Training Webinar Series
Living in a Material World: Selecting the Right Materials
to Improve IAQ in Schools

  1. Can you describe the effect of low-toxicity and low-emitting materials on student, staff and building health and performance?
  2. Does your school or district have set purchasing and use policies for low-emitting products and, if so, have you read them?
  3. Can you identify at least three rating systems on which to base materials selection?
  4. Do you keep an inventory of your purchased products, as well as their associated storage and chemical information and emergency procedures?
  5. Do you know why it is important that your school or district have an IAQ management plan that emphasizes smart materials selection?

To answer “YES” to all of these questions, register now for our upcoming webinar dedicated to selecting the right materials for schools. Hear from experts who know firsthand how to successfully tackle this issue in a school setting.



Thursday, July 16, 2015
Webinar:
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EDT
Q&A session: 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. EDT


Featured IAQ Experts from the SHIELD Network

  • Tracy Enger, Facilitator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Indoor Environments Division
  • David A. Stubbs II, President, Cultural-Shift
  • Marilyn Black, Ph.D., Vice President and Senior Technical Advisor, UL
  • John Sumlin, National Sales Vice President, Education Markets,Tandus Centiva,
    a Tarkett Company
  • Chris Petty, Director of Plant Operations, Clovis Unified School District, CA

The more people who know about materials selection practices and IAQ, the healthier we can make our schools! Forward this email to a friend or colleague.
IAQ Master Class Professional Training Webinar Series


Webinar Topic

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Environments in Schools

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Making the Case

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HVAC Systems

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Mold and Moisture

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Energy Efficiency and IAQ

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Integrated Pest Management

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Asthma Management

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Cleaning and Maintenance

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Materials Selection

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Summer Enrichment Time

August — View all
on-demand webinars
in the series!

Source Control

9/17/15 — Mark your calendar!

Learn from technical experts, industry leaders and model school districts during these webinars, which are followed by 30-minute mentoring Q&A sessions.
Gain Recognition for your knowledge acquisition and commitment to action through certificates of completion for each training. Additionally, when you complete all 10 hours, you will be acknowledged with a certificate that recognizes your efforts toward IAQ mastery as a member of the 2015 SHIELD Network IAQ Master Class. CEUs are available.
Miss a live webinar? No worries! All previously recorded webinars are available for on-demand viewing on EPA’s website.

Questions?
If you have any questions about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance, please contact the IAQ Tools for Schools Connector Coordinator at iaqschools@epa.gov.
EPA offers free IAQ Tools for Schools comprehensive resources to help schools maintain a healthy environment in school buildings by identifying, correcting and preventing IAQ problems. Learn more about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance at www.epa.gov/iaq/schools.


07/08/15

Children's Environmental Health Listserv July 2015

Welcome to the latest edition of EPA's Children's Environmental Health Listserv! The listserv is meant to enhance collaboration by sharing children's environmental health information, upcoming events and/or opportunities. It is free and your email address will remain private. To subscribe, email Kargbo.marcia@epa.gov. You can unsubscribe at any time by sending an email to unsubscribe-ceh-list@lists.epa.gov. This month's issue features:

  1. EPA's Children's Health News & Announcements
  2. EPA Grant Opportunities

I. EPA's Children's Health News & Announcements

a. EPA/NIEHS Children's Centers Monthly 2015 Webinar Series: Protecting Children's Health for a Lifetime

Topic: The Significance of Children's Environmental Health Research Through Collaboration
Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT/EST
Register: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/events/#cehc-jul

Featured Speakers:

  • James H. Johnson, Ph.D. (Director, EPA's National Center for Environmental Research)
  • Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D. (Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)
  • Patrick Breysse, Ph.D. (Director, Center for Disease Control's National Center for Environmental Health)
  • Ruth Etzel M.D., Ph.D. (Director, EPA's Office of Children's Health Protection)

The EPA/NIEHS Children's Centers Program
For many reasons, children are likely to be more vulnerable than adults to the effects of environmental contaminants. To better understand the effects of these exposures on children's health, the EPA/NIEHS Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers (Children's Centers) were established in 1998 to explore ways to reduce children's health risks from environmental factors. The webinar series, cosponsored by the EPA Office of Children's Health Protection and the National Center for Environmental Research, features presentations on recent findings and new developments in children's environmental health research, and interactive discussions.

The EPA/NIEHS Children's Centers are part 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 at the federal, regional, state and community level that will better sustain a healthy society and environment in America's communities.

b. Climate Change and Children's Health Policy Roundup

Tell us your story! What are you doing in the form of policy actions and programs to protect children's health against the impacts of climate change? Presidential Task Force on Environmental Health and Safety Risks to Children is gathering examples of policy actions at the Federal, State, Local, and Tribal levels to highlight during national Children's Health Month in October.

Any member of the public is welcome to submit. Compelling stories will be featured on the Task Force website, highlighted at an event during Children's Health Month, and disseminated across the community of practice to raise awareness, share what's working, and encourage others to adopt similar policies.

All submissions must be made online at Policy Roundup (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/programs/geh/climatechange/policy_roundup/index.cfm"). Stories should describe the policy action, who initiated it and why, the outcome goal, any evaluation metrics, URL, or any other information you think would be helpful for the community to know. Submissions should be no more than 500 words. You can also attach up to three photos, videos, or related materials.

The deadline for submission is July 10, 2015.

c. EPA Seeking Nominations for new Chemical Safety Advisory Committee

On Friday, June 12, 2015, EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention announced the establishment of the Chemical Safety Advisory Committee (CSAC) and solicited nominations for membership on the Committee.

The purpose of the CSAC, which is established under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, is to provide expert scientific advice, information, and recommendations to the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics on the scientific basis for risk assessments, methodologies, and pollution prevention measures or approaches. The CSAC will be composed of approximately ten members who will serve as Regular Government Employees (RGEs) or Special Government Employees (SGEs).

Nominations should include candidates who have demonstrated high levels of competence, knowledge, and expertise in scientific/technical fields relevant to chemical risk assessment and pollution prevention. EPA values and welcomes diversity and encourages nominations of women and men of all racial and ethnic groups. Any interested person or organization may nominate him or herself or any qualified individual to be considered for the CSAC.

Children's environmental health expertise may be of particular interest on the CSAC, as environmental contaminants can affect children quite differently than adults, both because children may be more highly exposed to contaminants and because they are often more vulnerable to the toxic effects of contaminants.

Nominations must be received on or before July 13, 2015.

Submit your nominations, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2015-0233, by one of the methods outlined in the Federal Register notice announcing establishment of the CSAC: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-12/pdf/2015-14331.pdf, which also contains additional information about the committee and the membership selection criteria.

For additional information, contact: Laura Bailey, via email at bailey.laura@epa.gov, or via telephone at: (202) 564-8450.

d. EPA Proposes to Cancel Some Uses of an Insecticide Commonly Used for Residential, Industrial and Commercial Purposes

The agency found unacceptable risks to human health when sprayed indoors

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to cancel certain uses of the insecticide propoxur after preliminary human health assessment found risks from certain applications.

"Today, we are taking strong steps to protect human health, especially the health of children from this widely used insecticide," said Jim Jones, assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. "The agency will continue its work to reduce exposure from pesticides that pose the greatest risk to those who are the most vulnerable."

From 1995 to 2013, EPA has reduced exposure from carbamates, the class of insecticide that includes propoxur. The use of carbamates has fallen by 70 percent.

EPA and the registrant reached an agreement to voluntarily cancel certain uses of propoxur. At the same time, EPA is proposing to cancel certain other pesticide registrations. Voluntary cancellation is the quickest way to fully address these risks, and best protect public health. EPA is proposing to cancel all indoor aerosol, spray and liquid formulations of propoxur inside hospitals and other commercial or institutional facilities where children may be present and all use in food-handling establishments .

After these cancellations, there would be no remaining food uses, and no tolerances levels for propoxur. In 2007, EPA cancelled the use of propoxur sprays inside homes, day care facilities, and schools, and in 2014, EPA cancelled propoxur pet collars. Today's action was conducted as part of the agency's registration review program.

EPA is requesting a 30 day comment period that will begin upon publication in the Federal Register at: www.regulations.gov and searching for EPA-HQ-OPP-2015-0296.

EPA is posting a pre-publication copy at: http://www2.epa.gov/safepestcontrol/proposed-cancellation-certain-uses-propoxur

e. Availability of Health Effects Support Documents and Drinking Water Health Advisories for Cyanobacterial Toxins; and a Support Document Containing Recommendations for Managing Cyanotoxins in Drinking Water

EPA announces the release of Ten-Day Health Advisories (HAs) for two cyanobacterial toxins, microcystins and cylindrospermopsin. EPA also announces the release of Health Effect Support Documents (HESDs) for three cyanobacterial toxins: Microcystins, cylindrospermopsin, and anatoxin-a. Based on the reported occurrence, toxicology, and epidemiology data, EPA found there are adequate data to develop HAs for microcystins and cylindrospermopsin, but inadequate data to develop an HA for anatoxin-a. EPA's HAs provide states, drinking water utilities and the public with information on health effects of microcystins and cylindrospermopsin, analytical methods to test for cyanotoxins in water samples, and treatment technologies to remove cyanobacterial toxins in drinking water. The recommendations in this document are intended to assist public drinking water systems (PWSs) manage the risks from cyanobacterial toxins in drinking water, including information and a framework that PWSs can consider in their cyanotoxin risk management efforts. Young children are more susceptible than older children and adults as they consume more water relative to their body weight, putting them at greater risk of harmful effects based on differential exposure levels. EPA recommends Ten-Day HA levels at or below 0.3 micrograms per liter for microcystins and 0.7 micrograms per liter for cylindrospermopsin in drinking water for children pre-school age and younger (less than six years old). For school-age children through adults, the recommended HA levels for drinking water are at or below 1.6 micrograms per liter for microcystins and 3.0 micrograms per liter for cylindrospermopsin.

f. EPA Updates Workshop on Epigenetics and Cumulative Risk Assessment - Invites Public to Submit Comments and Expert Nominations

EPA's National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) will hold a workshop on Epigenetics and Cumulative Risk Assessment in Arlington, VA on September 2-3, 2015. The purpose of the workshop is to examine the state-of-the-science with respect to the role of the environment in inducing epigenetic changes in the regulation of gene expression. The workshop will emphasize exposure to both chemical and non-chemical stressors and differential susceptibility to the development of common non-communicable diseases.

For more information on submitting comments and nominating experts to participate in the workshop, visit the workshop webpage at: http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/cfm/recordisplay.cfm?deid=308271

II. EPA Grant Opportunities

a. EPA Solicits Proposals for a Project to Increase Schools' Adoption of Integrated Pest Management Using Educational Networks

EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs is soliciting proposals for a cooperative agreement ("Using Educational Networks to Increase Schools' Adoption of Integrated Pest Management (IPM)") to provide education, training, resources and technical assistance to increase Integrated Pest Management (IPM) implementation in kindergarten to 12th grade public and tribal schools nationwide. The grantee will conduct a national program, using its existing organizational structure and established relationships with school districts throughout the United States, to further IPM adoption by schools. OPP intends that the recipient of the award will:

  • Collaborate with entities through existing educational networks to promote the benefits of IPM to public and tribal school districts and offer them educational information, training and technical support to increase their adoption of IPM; and
  • Utilize established educational service networks to increase the demand for school IPM across multiple geographic areas.

The agency expects to fund this two-year cooperative agreement for up to $250,000.

EPA must receive proposals through Grants.gov no later than midnight Eastern Time on August 10, 2015. Additional information on this solicitation is available on Grants.gov under Funding Opportunity Announcement EPA-OPP-2015-006.

If you have questions, please contact Cara Finn at finn.cara@epa.gov.

For more information on EPA's School IPM program, visit http://www2.epa.gov/managing-pests-schools.


ITEP Has Two Job Openings for Program Coordinator Sr.

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) will be hiring for two new Program Coordinator Sr. positions – one position will be with ITEP’s Climate Change Program and the other position will be with ITEP’s Climate Change Program and American Indian Air Quality Training Program (AIAQTP). The positions are located on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. The application deadline for both job openings is July 22, 2015.

The job descriptions (position # 602142 and #602143) and information about applying are available on the Northern Arizona University Human Resources website

This is an excellent opportunity for advancing tribal environmental and natural resource management. Please feel free to share this announcement with anyone who may be interested!


07/07/15

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Make Plans Now to Attend DOE's Tribal Leader Forum and Workshop in Albuquerque, New Mexico, July 27-29

New Mexico Tribal Leader Forum and Community-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Development Workshop

The Tribal Energy Program and the DOE Office of Indian Energy, with support from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, are hosting two back-to-back events in Albuquerque, New Mexico, July 27–29:

July 27—Tribal Leader Forum on Tribal Energy and Economic Development: Tribal Utility Formation
The 11th in a series of DOE Office of Indian Energy-sponsored strategic energy development forums, this event will bring Tribes, federal agencies, and energy industry experts together for a national dialogue focused on fundamentals and best practices for tribal utility formation. It will be held at the Pueblo Cultural Center.

July 28–29—Community-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Workshop
This workshop is a unique opportunity to learn from renewable energy project experts, get hands-on experience using technology resource assessment tools, explore project case studies, and hear about lessons learned from other Tribes. The interactive workshop is based on a dynamic new curriculum designed to walk participants through the five steps necessary to develop and finance renewable energy projects on tribal lands. It will be held at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Albuquerque Historic Old Town.

Registration
The forum and workshop are limited to elected tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff.
There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Learn more about the New Mexico forum and workshop or RSVP now to secure your spot by emailing tribalworkshops@nrel.gov or calling 303-275-3005.

Hotel Registration
A limited block of rooms is available at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Albuquerque Historic Old Town at a discounted rate of $94.99 single or double occupancy per room per night. A limited number of government per diem rate rooms are available upon request. Reservations are only available by calling 505-842-5000.

Regards,
EERE Tribal Energy Program
15013 Denver West Parkway
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 Tribal, State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

EPA Webinar: Tapping into Energy Efficiency Programming at the State and Local Levels
Date: Thursday, July 16, 2015
Time: 12:30-2:00 PM EDT

Energy efficiency is a cost-effective resource for reducing air emissions, reducing energy demand, and helping consumers save money on electricity bills. This webinar is designed to inform environmental staff how large-scale energy efficiency programs are typically managed, funded, and run at the state and local levels. The webinar will give an overview of the national landscape for energy efficiency programming. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions specific to their state or region. The webinar will also highlight examples of successful energy efficiency programs and discuss national support infrastructure available through the ENERGY STAR program. More than 700 utilities and other efficiency programs servicing 85 percent of U.S. households use ENERGY STAR in their local programs.

To register: email Nora Buehler. Please include your first and last name, email address, and affiliation.

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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.

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


DOE Tribal Energy Program

July 2015 - Upcoming Events, Funding Opportunities, and News for Tribes

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following information that may be of interest to tribes:

  • Upcoming Events
  • Funding and Financing Opportunities
  • News

Upcoming Events

REAP Renewable Energy Fair
July 25, 2015
Anchorage, Alaska

The Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) is hosting its 11th annual Renewable Energy Fair at Fairview Elementary School to highlight the benefits of clean energy. The event will feature clean energy workshops, demonstrations, booths, and fun educational activities, as well as live music and local food and craft vendors.

This entertaining and educational community event is a great opportunity to learn about ways to save money through sharing resources, and work with REAP and others to build healthy and sustainable communities. Learn more.

New Mexico Tribal Leaders Forum and Community-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Development Workshop
July 27–29, 2015
Albuquerque, NM

The Tribal Energy Program and the DOE Office of Indian Energy, with support from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), are hosting two back-to-back events in Albuquerque, NM, July 27–29:

  • July 27–Tribal Leader Forum on Tribal Energy and Economic Development: Tribal Utility Formation
    The 11th in a series of DOE Office of Indian Energy-sponsored strategic energy development forums, this event will bring tribes, federal agencies, and energy industry experts together for a national dialogue focused on fundamentals and best practices for tribal utility formation. It will be held at the Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM.
  • July 28–29—Community-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Workshop
    This workshop is a unique opportunity to learn from renewable energy project experts, get hands-on experience using technology resource assessment tools, explore project case studies, and hear about lessons learned from other tribes. The interactive workshop is based on a dynamic new curriculum designed to walk participants through the five steps necessary to develop and finance renewable energy projects on tribal lands. It will be held at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Albuquerque Historic Old Town in Albuquerque, NM

Lodging
A limited block of rooms is available at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Albuquerque Historic Old Town at a discounted rate of $94.99 single or double occupancy per room per night. A limited number of government per diem rate rooms are available upon request. Reservations are only available by calling 505-842-5000.

Registration
The forum and workshop are limited to elected tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff
. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

Learn more about the New Mexico forum and workshop or RSVP now to secure your spot by emailingtribalworkshops@nrel.gov or calling 303-275-3005.

Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Best Practices in Procurement: Discover Tribal Benefits through the GSA and RFPs That Guarantee Cost Savings
Aug. 5, 2015
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mountain time

Effective procurement of goods and services for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects is key to achieving cost savings and ensuring quality. Presenter Florence Francis of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) will discuss how tribes are authorized via their P.L.93-638 contracts/compacts or their Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA) Indian Housing Block grants to access GSA supply sources and then explore how they can save program dollars by accessing goods and services through the GSA website. Francis will show attendees how the GSA eLibrary provides GSA contractor information and how GSA eBuy can be used to develop and distribute requests for information and requests for quotations that effectively encourage qualified bidders to respond with competitive prices.

Attendees will also learn how a customized tribal request for proposals (RFP) can accelerate an energy efficiency or renewable energy project. Kosol Kiatreungwattana of NREL will demonstrate how a tribal request for technical assistance through the DOE Office of Indian Energy resulted in the development of an RFP model designed to integrate with the System Advisor Model tool to solicit comparable bids on renewable energy projects. Finally, Todd Hooks of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians will discuss how a technical assistance request assisted the band in applying cost-effective procurement practices to execute a successful solar photovoltaic project.

Note that the original date of this webinar has changed from July 29 to August 5; if you have already registered, you will need to register again for the rescheduled date.

Register now.

ATNI Energy Summit 2015
Aug. 11–13, 2015
Portland, Oregon

The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) is hosting a three-day event and training for tribal, utility, and technology executives featuring premier policy, utility, and technology innovators as well as a showcase of the latest innovations, projects, and emerging opportunities. Technical experts from NREL will be presenting on the following topics: Energy Efficiency First for Tribal Energy Programs, How Policies and Incentives Affect Renewable Energy Development on Tribal Land, and Building Consensus for Tribal Energy Plans.

Learn more and register.

Funding and Financing Opportunities

USDA Housing Preservation Grant Program
Applications due: July 6, 2015
Eligible entities: Town or county governments, public agencies, federally recognized tribes, and nonprofit and faith-based organizations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making up to $3.3 million available to make housing repairs for low- and very-low-income rural residents, including repairing or replacing electrical wiring, foundations, roofs, insulation, heating systems, and water/waste disposal systems.

Learn more.

Xcel Energy's Public Service Company of Colorado RFP
Applications due: July 9, 2015
Eligible entities: Community Solar Garden (CSG) owner or CSG Subscriber Organization of the proposed CSGs

Xcel Energy's Public Service Company of Colorado request for proposals (RFP) is seeking 10.1 kilowatts (kW) to 2 megawatts (MW) of solar energy and associated renewable energy certificates generated from Community Solar Gardens. This RFP is a part of Public Service's Solar*Rewards Community program. The total available program capacity is between 6 and 29.5 MW.

Bids will be accepted until 4 p.m. Mountain time on July 9, 2015. All bids must be transmitted by express, certified, or registered mail, or hand delivered to the Public Service SRC RFP Project Manager at the following address:

Public Service SRC RFP Project Manager Kevin Cray
Xcel Energy
1800 Larimer St., Suite 1500
Denver, CO 80202
solarrewardscommunity@xcelenergy.com.

Learn more.

EPA Tribal Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program
Applications due: July 15, 2015
Eligible entities: Tribal governments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting applications for the Tribal Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program for tribal projects to achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure.

Learn more.

PacifiCorp RFP
Applications due: July 20, 2015

Eligible entities: Community Solar Garden (CSG) owner or CSG Subscriber Organization of the proposed CSGs

PacifiCorp is seeking bids for 15 MW of Utah-based solar photovoltaic resources to support Utah customers that wish to buy the output from solar photovoltaic resources to meet a portion of their energy requirements. The resources must be located in Utah and interconnect with or demonstrate firm transmission service to Rocky Mountain Power’s transmission or distribution network. Projects must meet the minimum size requirement of at least 2 MW alternating current (MWAC) and each resource must be a discrete generating asset that can be individually metered and remotely monitored. Multiple smaller projects that are less than 2 MWAC with a minimum aggregate size of 2 MWAC will be considered. For questions, e-mail RFPSolar@PacifiCorp.com.

Learn more.

Other Opportunities
For more funding, financing, and technical assistance opportunities available to tribes, see our list on the Tribal Energy Program website.

News Highlights

USDA Awards Nearly $2 Million for First Phase of Regenerative Community Planned for Pine Ridge Reservation

On June 22, the Oglala Lakota Community on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new sustainable and energy-self-sufficient community conceived and championed by the people who live there. At the ceremony, the USDA joined other federal, state, and tribal leaders to announce that USDA Rural Development is awarding $1.97 million to Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation (CDC) for a community center for the project, which in later phases will incorporate single- and multi-family housing, a small farm, an aquaponics greenhouse, a grocery store, powwow grounds, a youth center, a workforce development center, and more. In addition to USDA Rural Development, other investment partners include the Sustainable Home Ownership Project, Enterprise Community Partners, the Northwest Area Foundation, and the Bush Foundation. Thunder Valley CDC will manage the Regenerative Community in cooperation with other community partners and key local, tribal, and regional organizations, and will take a holistic approach to addressing the community's most challenging issues. The USDA's investment in Pine Ridge is part of the Obama Administration's Commitment to Indian Country and the Promise Zone Initiative.

In April 2015, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation was one of eight newly designated Promise Zones by the Obama Administration. Promise Zones are high-poverty communities where the federal government partners with local leaders to increase economic activity, improve educational opportunities, leverage private investment, reduce violent crime, enhance public health, and address other community-identified priorities. All Promise Zones receive priority access to federal investments that further their strategic plans, federal staff on the ground to help them implement their goals, and five full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members to recruit and manage volunteers and strengthen the capacity of the Promise Zone initiatives.

Third Round of Promise Zones Competition Coming Soon
A competition to select a third round of Promise Zones will commence later this year. This summer, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will publish a notice in the Federal Register requesting public comment on the proposed selection process, criteria, and submissions for the final round of the Promise Zones initiative. This notice will provide urban, rural, and tribal communities the opportunity to help shape the third round application guide and efforts to support other communities more effectively in future years.

Learn more about the USDA award for the Regenerative Community on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

BIA Kicks Off Youth Tribal Climate Change Photo Contest; Deadline Is Aug. 16

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has announced its first Tribal Climate Change Photo Contest for American Indian and Alaska Native students grades K-12. The purpose of the contest is to help students understand climate change and allow them to identify cultural, economic, physical, ecosystem, and other vulnerabilities in the world around them through the lens of climate change. Students who participate will have the opportunity showcase their artistic skills while expressing what is valued in their culture and community.

BIA will provide 20 cameras per school, for up to 18 schools that wish to participate in the photo contest. Eligibility is based on a first-come-first-serve basis. The deadline to submit photos is Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015. Winners will be announced within 30 days of submission.

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Regards,
EERE Tribal Energy Program
15013 Denver West Parkway
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.


Technical Assistance Opportunity

Does your community want greener, more equitable, and more vibrant neighborhoods? Is your community interested in increasing resilience in the face of extreme weather events? Are there significant projects on the horizon that your community wants to make sustainable?

Global Green is now accepting applications for no-cost technical assistance that can help communities achieve these goals. The assistance uses Global Green's sustainable neighborhood assessment tool, which is based on the LEED for Neighborhood Development standard, a nationally recognized method for creating neighborhoods that are walkable, bikeable, resource-efficient, and equitable. This free assistance is being provided under a grant to Global Green from EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities' Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program.

Eligible applicants are local and tribal governments. The deadline for applications is July 17, 2015, at midnight PST.

For more information and the application form, visit http://www.globalgreen.org/press/gxocudahx8g29noqxp3knsalyr3hlc.


07/02/15

EPA's Tribal, State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

This message provides details about 12 upcoming webinars offered by federal agencies and others. All webinars are offered free of charge, but space may be limited.

EPA Webinars

  • July 9, 9:00 AM-12:30 PM (EDT) – Community Air Monitoring Training: EPA’s Air Sensor Toolbox
  • July 22, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT) – Communicating the Connection between Climate Change, Heat Islands, and Public Health
  • July 28, 2:00-4:00 PM (EDT) – Superfund Redevelopment Initiative Webinar Series: Green Infrastructure: Reusing Contaminated Sites and Promoting Sustainable Communities

ENERGY STAR Webinars

  • July 16, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) – How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR
  • July 21, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Ask the Expert: Office Hours on Mid-year Review of Portfolio Manager Enhancement
  • July 28, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 101
  • July 29, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 201
  • July 30, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 301

DOE Webinars

  • July 9, 3:00-4:30 PM (EDT) – Minorities in Energy: Climate Change’s Regional Impacts Series

Clean Energy States Alliance Webinars

  • July 14, 2:00-3:30 (EDT) – Resilient Power Project Webinar: What States Should Do: A Guide to Resilient Power Programs and Policy
  • July 15, 2:00-3:00 (EDT) – Resilient Power Project Webinar: Fuel Cells for Electric Supply and Grid Support
  • July 16, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) – Renewable Heating and Cooling Policies for the Commercial Sector

EPA Webinars

July 9, 9:00 AM-12:30 PM (EDT) – Community Air Monitoring Training: EPA’s Air Sensor Toolbox
This training webinar will share tools used to conduct citizen science projects involving Next Generation Air Monitoring technology and to educate interested groups and individuals on best practices for successful air monitoring projects. Community action groups; nonprofit organizations; tribal, regional, state and local air office staff; and citizen scientists are encouraged to attend. Additional resources are available in EPA's Air Sensor Toolbox.
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July 22, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT) – Communicating the Connection between Climate Change, Heat Islands, and Public Health
Learn how public health and environmental professionals can effectively communicate and use connections among climate change, the heat island effect, and public health to raise awareness among the public and to promote progress on these issues. Learn about:

  • EPA’s new framework for local governments on communication and outreach related to climate, energy, and sustainability projects
  • George Mason University’s research about the public’s understanding of the connection between climate change and personal health, as well as recommendations for effective messaging
  • The American Public Health Association’s (APHA) strategies, tools, and resources for effective communication
  • Minnesota’s experience communicating these connections through its Climate and Health program

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July 28, 2:00PM-4:00 PM (EDT) –Superfund Redevelopment Initiative Webinar Series: Green Infrastructure: Reusing Contaminated Sites and Promoting Sustainable Communities
This webinar will introduce green infrastructure elements in the context of reusing and revitalizing contaminated lands. Site-specific projects will be used to discuss reuse projects with green infrastructure elements such as habitat conservation, stormwater management, recreational opportunities and quality of life for communities nearby the contaminated land. The webinar will also share green infrastructure considerations and opportunities for future projects looking to sustainably return contaminated lands to productive and beneficial use for communities.
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ENERGY STAR Webinars

July 16, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) – How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR
Learn about applying for ENERGY STAR® Certification in Portfolio Manager. Understand the value of the ENERGY STAR certification, see the step-by-step process of applying, and gain tips to help your property get from application to award.
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July 21, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Ask the Expert: Office Hours on Mid-year review of Portfolio Manager Enhancemen
Portfolio Manager "Office Hours" is a live webinar that gives all users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA experts in an open forum. There will be open Q&A for the first 15 minutes, followed by a short presentation on the focus topic for 35–40 minutes. The remaining time will be for open Q&A on any topic.
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July 28, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 101
Attendees will learn how to: navigate Portfolio Manager; add a property and enter details about it; enter energy and water consumption data; and generate template performance reports to assess progress.
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July 29, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 201
Continue to learn about EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as: editing property data; correcting and updating property use details; using the data quality checker; and sharing property data.
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July 30, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 301
With a good background on the basic functionality of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, learn about some advanced features including: using spreadsheet upload templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; creating custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.
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DOE Webinars

July 9, 3:00-4:30 PM (EDT) – Minorities in Energy: Climate Change’s Regional Impacts Series
DOE's Minorities in Energy is hosting a Regional Climate Change Impacts webinar series starting July 9. The eight-part series will cover the regional impacts of climate change on minority and tribal communities featuring presentations by nationally recognized policymakers, researchers, and educators. Speakers will also highlight growing opportunities for workforce development, clean energy advancement, and domestic energy production. Visit the Minorities in Energy website for more information.

  • July 9: Northeast Region
  • August 6: Southeast & Caribbean Region
  • September 3: Alaska
  • October 1: Midwest Region

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Clean Energy States Alliance Webinars

July 14, 2:00-3:30 (EDT) – Resilient Power Project Webinar: What States Should Do: A Guide to Resilient Power Programs and Policy
This webinar introduces Clean Energy Group’s new report on state resilient power policy. The report summarizes the leading state programs to date, explores policy and program tools for states to use in supporting resilient power deployment, and makes recommendations based on lessons learned from the first years of state resilient power initiatives. Guest speakers will discuss resilient power efforts taking place in Massachusetts and Oregon.
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July 15, 2:00-3:00 (EDT) – Resilient Power Project Webinar: Fuel Cells for Electric Supply and Grid Support
As the number of electricity generating units at commercial and industrial sites increase, fuel cells continue to represent a compelling distributed power strategy for utilities looking to develop solutions for customers who demand more resiliency, on-site power, and a reduced carbon footprint. In this webinar, guest speakers will discuss 1) how fuel cells are being used to support the electric grid; 2) fuel cell characteristics including ease of siting and emissions reliability; 3) supporting microgrid applications; and 4) policies on both the state and federal level.
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July 16, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) – Renewable Heating and Cooling Policies for the Commercial Sector
What role can renewable and heating and cooling play in achieving long-term climate and energy goals? Join us on a webinar with Meister Consultants Group who will discuss their recent paper, "Waking the Sleeping Giant," an in-depth look at next generation policy instruments for renewable heating and cooling in commercial buildings. Learn about the range of policy options that can guide market development and about the challenges and barriers the industry faces in the commercial sector.
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07/01/15

Finding of Failure to Submit Signed Yesterday

Yesterday, Janet McCabe signed a notice finding that 24 states have failed to submit complete “good neighbor” State Implementation Plans (SIPs). These plans must demonstrate how the state will address air pollution that crosses its border and impacts other states’ ability to attain and maintain the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone established in 2008. We will post a pre-pub version of the notice and a summary fact sheet at: http://www.epa.gov/airquality/ozonepollution/actions.html#impl.


Technical Assistance Opportunity

Does your community want greener, more equitable, and more vibrant neighborhoods? Is your community interested in increasing resilience in the face of extreme weather events? Are there significant projects on the horizon that your community wants to make sustainable?

Global Green is now accepting applications for no-cost technical assistance that can help communities achieve these goals. The assistance uses Global Green's sustainable neighborhood assessment tool, which is based on the LEED for Neighborhood Development standard, a nationally recognized method for creating neighborhoods that are walkable, bikeable, resource-efficient, and equitable. This free assistance is being provided under a grant to Global Green from EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities' Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program.

Eligible applicants are local and tribal governments. The deadline for applications is July 17, 2015, at midnight PST.

For more information and the application form, visit http://www.globalgreen.org/press/gxocudahx8g29noqxp3knsalyr3hlc.


image: Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Program


Tips and Tools for Managing IAQ When School’s Out for Summer


School’s out and the students and faculty are away! An empty school building provides the perfect opportunity to conduct a walkthrough to identify conditions that may negatively affect IAQ. Rely on your senses for cues to help you manage IAQ in your school facilities over the summer.
Tips for Assessing IAQ in Your School: Taking it Step by Step

  • Look—Stay alert! Keep an eye out for potential threats to IAQ when conducting a walkthrough. Make note of any signs of possible pollution sources, such as excessively dirty air filters, pests, mold, water intrusion (e.g., stains on ceiling tiles or walls) or improperly stored chemicals.
  • Feel—Be cool. Check for uncomfortable air temperatures and be vigilant when it comes to humidity. Protect your school against mold and moisture by maintaining humidity levels between 30 and 60 percent and ensuring that all thermostats are set to AUTO.
  • Listen—Be aware. If something sounds wrong, check it out. Ensure good airflow into and out of grills and air vents. Provide sufficient outdoor ventilation, change HVAC filters regularly and keep ventilators clear to avoid moisture intrusion.
  • Smell—Be sensitive. Consider smart materials when selecting your school’s products for your list of summer projects. Use low-toxicity and low-emitting materials to keep not only your students safe, but your staff as well. Read the labels and check out product-rating systems, such as ENERGY STAR®, EPA’s Safer Choice, Green Seal, or UL’s GREENGUARD and ECOLOGO®.
  • Stay One Step Ahead—Have an IAQ management plan. Use EPA’s IAQ Tools for Schools guidance to learn all the ways to successfully manage IAQ and maintain a healthy indoor environment in your school.

Want to Know More? Check Out These Tools for Effective IAQ Management
Summer is a great time to upgrade and revitalize your school. To ensure a healthy environment for your students, faculty and staff, take advantage of these IAQ Tools for Schools resources:


IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit

Recommended checklists include—

IAQ Tools for Schools Framework for Effective School IAQ Management

The Kit tells you what to do—the Framework shows you how to do it using six Key Drivers that deliver continuous improvement. The seven Technical Solutions define the most common issues that schools need to address to effectively manage IAQ risks.

Energy Savings Plus Health: Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for School Building Upgrades


This guide serves as a valuable resource and companion for any upgrades or retrofits you have planned this summer. Check it out!

IAQ Master Class Professional Training
Webinar Series




This webinar series comprises 10 technical Web-based trainings designed to build the capacity of school district staff across the country to start, improve or sustain an IAQ management program.


July 2015

Green Heat News
Issue No. 71

 

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Focus on NSPS         
   
Industry lists grounds for lawsuit against EPA 
AGH - Groups suing the EPA filed the issues they are suing on, as required by the court, giving the EPA and the broader hearth community a detailed look into what exactly what is being challenged and what they hope to change in the NSPS.  

Breathe easy: Clean wood stoves are on the way  
Mother Nature Network - If stoves were clean, then renewable wood might be considered the perfect fuel for many people who have access to it nearby. Strange that people would fight this.  
     

 

AGH Projects and Activities  

Technology design challenge to promote top performing pellet stoves     
AGH - A yearlong project to test and assess pellet stoves is entering its first phase this summer. It focuses on the most popular pellet stoves in North America and aims to help consumers identify the most efficient stoves and how to operate them.    

Omission of wood heat goes too far   
AGH President John Ackerly calls on the Department of Energy to include wood and pellet heating in their Energy Saver guide, a consumer publication on renewable energy and energy efficiency. 

US to begin mandatory survey of wood pellet variaties, volumes and ingredients   
AGH - The US government is poised to begin a monthly survey of pellet producers, much like it conducts similar surveys for coal, oil, gas, and other technologies like solar panels. The Alliance is part of a coalition urging the government to include thermal biomass in reports, policies, and data collection initiatives.   

We are moving -- and hiring! 
AGH is expanding and moving to a larger space. Our new address is: 6909 Laurel Ave, #5461 Takoma Park MD 20912. Our new phone number is: (301) 204-9562. AGH is hiring a Project Coordinator to coordinate the Pellet Stove Design Challenge.

 

 

Washington Watch             
    
Clinton: Invest in rural clean energy 
Hillary Clinton penned this op-ed about rural clean energy for an Iowa newspaper. No big surprises here. She is telling Iowians that she is a big fan of biofuels and the ethanol industry. But will any candidate talk about renewable heating?    

USDA publishes final rules on biobased products
The USDA's Office of Procurement and Property Management published two final rules related to biobased products. One rule amends regulations concerning the voluntary labeling program for biobased products, the other is for designating biobased products for federal procurement.  

 

 

Focus on Innovation            
    
Wearable air quality sensor provides real-time data, contributes to crowd-sourced map 
This personal sensor tracks environmental factors that can affect your health, and enables users to become citizen-scientists in the quest for better environmental data.  

 

 

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  • Testing: The University of Rostock, Germany finds emissions from birch are much less than from beech or spruce
  • Great advice on adding wood, solar or heat pumps in cold climates.

 

From the Newsroom     
     
International  
  
Wood Stoves and the Pope's Encyclical on Climate Change 
The Alliance applauds the Pope for his recognition of climate change as a deeply moral and urgent issue. Pope Francis notes in the first chapter of the Encyclical, "People take sick, for example, from high levels of smoke of fuels used in cooking or heating."
EDF contributes to UK biomass district heating project 
UK: EDF Energy has announced that it is contributing £1 million ($1.52 million) to fund energy efficient heating measures in three Manchester tower blocks.

Wood: an opportunity for renewable power and heat 
Australia: Burning some wood waste from native forests will be counted as renewable energy under revisions to the Renewable Energy Target (RET) passed this week. 

Environmental Group: change wood moisture limits 
New Zealand: Environment Southland's requirement for firewood to have a moisture content of 25 per cent or lower was said to be an unlikely expectation because of the damp weather conditions.

Regulation of Europe-bound US wood pellets 
EU: Given that the U.S. is exporting a vast majority of wood pellets manufactured in the country, concerns arise as to whether the production and manufacturing process meets the statutory or regulatory requirements of those foreign markets.

 National

EIA publishes updated wood, biomass waste SEDS data
On May 29, the U.S. Energy Information Administration updated the 2013 wood and biomass waste data in its State Energy Data System, which is the source of the EIA's comprehensive state energy statistics. 
Jotul's stove changeout program 
Jotul is encouraging its dealers to act as drop-off points for old, uncertified wood stoves and will give you a $300 voucher good for any Jotul wood stove or gas stove. This is the third year that Jotul has helped to finance the change out of old stoves to Jotul stoves.  

States
California bill to incentivize biomass fuel passes Assembly
CA: The bill will add incentives for biomass utilization of agricultural waste and forest waste.  

Increase this year for permit to cut firewood in Indiana
IN: The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says this year the price will go up $7 to $10 per for a rick, or standard pickup load.  

Clean Heating and Cooling Program
MA: Mass. offers rebates of up to $12,000 for central pellet heating systems. Seven companies make or import the pellet boilers eligible for the program, but HPBA is challenging the way these seven companies got their boilers get certified in court.   
   
Clean energy projects in Mass. receive $280K in grants 
MA: One of seven projects funded is to increase biomass energy crop yield, run out of The University of Massachusetts, Amherst.   

County asking that Superfund money be set aside
MT: The county took $250,000 out of the committed funds earmarked for the county health department to help pay for the wood-stove change-out program aimed at reducing air pollution.
  
Potsdam professors awarded by NYSERDA for research
NY: Three Clarkson University professors have been awarded contracts by the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) to support their research on air quality in NY.
 
Oregon House Bill 
OR: The bill authorizes the Department of Ecology to conduct a study and recommendations for reducing woodstove smoke. 
   
Bend Eatery to debut super efficient stove 
OR: In addition to its safety, the new cookstove is more efficient than traditional wood or propane stoves, using up to 87 percent less fuel than competitors.   

It's a burning issue in Allegheny County 
PA: Opinion: Despite the progress our region has made in improving air quality, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently determined that Allegheny County does not meet federal air-quality standards for fine-particulate pollution.

Pellet stoves heat more houses in Pennsylvania 
PA: A growing group of homeowners and businesses is relying on an old renewable fuel burned with sophisticated stove technology.
Kingdom Biofuels unveils new DIY pellet storage bins
PA: The DIY Pellet Storage Bin is the first in a line of products to be unveiled throughout this year. "These pellet bins can be assembled in about 30 minutes," says managing owner Ephraim Stoltzfus.

RFP for Advanced Wood Heating in Schools and Housing 
VT: This RFP is part of the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund's (CEDF) Clean Heat Community Challenge initiative.

 

Upcoming Conferences and Webinars

Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO and Forum
Washington DC, July 9, 2015
The program will discuss the role sustainable energy technologies can play in meeting America's energy needs.
Ontario Stove Testing Camp
Ontario, Canada, July 9-10, 2015
Two days of testing, trials, and tech talk at the first ever Ontario Stove testing camp.
Wood energy for commercial and institutional facilities
University Park, PA, July 19, 2015
This short course is part of the World of Wood 2015 conference held at Penn State.
PFI Annual Conference
Williamsburg, VA, July 19-21, 2015
The annual gathering of the Pellet Fuel Institute.
Energy Path 2015
Scranton, PA, July 23-24, 2015
Learn about renewable technologies, energy efficiency techniques, and the energy industry with a crash course in sustainable energy.
Lunch and Learn for Chimney Sweeps and Masons
Putnam, CT, August 14, 2015
Become education on the NSPS and new emissions standards for all solid biomass burning appliances.
Implications of Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act on Low Income Communities
August 19, 2015, 1:30 pm EST
NYSERDA webinar discusses the EPA's proposed rule for reducing power plant emissions and low income communities.
National Bioenergy Day
October 21, 2015
A nationwide day of advocacy for all kinds of heat and power generated by wood biomass and agricultural waste.
International Training Seminar Biomass Heating
Linz, Austria, September 14-17, 2015
The International Training Seminar focuses on small and mid-scale projects fueled by wood pellets and wood chips, and offers interactive learning in an internal group.
Progetto Fuoco
Verona, Italy, February 24-28, 2016
Progetto Fuoco is a global event for wood-fire heating, with an international exhibition of plants and materials.


 

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