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Announcements 2010

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12/16/10

EPA Seeks Public Comment on Policy for Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribes  
   
Goal is to enhance dialogue between tribes and EPA officials  
   
WASHINGTON  – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking comment on the agency’s proposed “Policy on Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribes.” The goals of the policy are to involve tribal officials when EPA is taking actions or implementing decisions that may affect tribes. It identifies clear standards for the consultation process, including defining on what, when, and how consultation will take place; designates specific EPA personnel responsible for serving as consultation points of contact in order to promote consistency, and coordination in the consultation process; and establishes a management oversight and reporting structure that will ensure accountability and transparency.  
   
The document builds on EPA’s 1984 Indian Policy and complies with the Presidential Memorandum on Tribal Consultation issued November 5, 2009, directing agencies to develop a plan to fully implement Executive Order 13175.  
   
EPA’s proposed policy will be available for public comment for 60 days.  
   
More information on the proposed policy and how to comment: http://www.epa.gov/indian/  


12/14/10

EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign has opened its Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) National Program's Request for Proposals (RFP) .  EPA’s National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program Tribal Competition is soliciting proposals from eligible tribes nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in tons of pollution and diesel emissions exposure.  The RFP is located at:   http://www.epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html#trans

This RFP includes a tribal competition, where proposals from eligible tribal agencies or intertribal consortia proposals will compete only among other eligible tribal proposals for grant funding.   Tribal grant proposals may range between $30,000 and $1,000,000. Tribal grant proposals do not have to address the Regional Significance factors and will not be evaluated based on them.

All applications must be submitted by Thursday, January 13, 2011 (4:00 PM EST).

The following website provides additional information resources, including the application fleet description spreadsheet and Word template, and links to the RFP.  
http://www.epa.gov/otaq/diesel/prgnational.htm

Please contact the DERA Question Hotline or email for any questions regarding during the RFP open period.

     DERA Question Hotline telephone number: 1.877.623.2322
     DERA email address: cleandiesel@epa.gov

Please feel free to forward this information to any interested party.  


12/1/10

National Air Toxics Monitoring and Data Analysis Workshop

A National Air Toxics Monitoring and Data Analysis Workshop will be held at the EPA Region 6 Office in Dallas TX, April 4 - 7, 2011. The intended participants are state, local, and tribal air toxics monitoring and data analysis staff, as well as their EPA counterparts. The first day will be training only (data analysis and NATA) followed by two and a half days of presentations, panel discussions and breakout sessions. We are soliciting air toxics monitoring or data analysis topics that you'd either 1) be willing to present, or 2) like to see addressed during the workshop. If interested, please send either an abstract (for a topic you'd like to present) or a brief topic / issue description you'd like to see addressed to Michael Jones (jones.mike@epa.gov) and Barbara Driscoll (driscoll.barbara@epa.gov) not later than December 17, 2010 . The draft agenda and workshop URL with further information will be provided in early January 2011 via this listserve. We hope to see you at what we expect will be a very informative and productive exchange.


11/30/10

Upcoming Climate and Energy Webcasts for State and Local Governments

Thirteen upcoming webcasts are being offered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE). All webcasts are offered free of charge, but space may be limited.

Details of the upcoming webcasts (PDF) (4pp, 41k)


11/23/10

New Climate Adaptation Program Available for Local Governments

ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA has launched a Climate Resilient Communities Program to help local governments learn how to adapt to climate change. The site guides communities through the process of assessing vulnerabilities, setting goals for resilience, and developing adaptation strategies that integrate with existing hazard and comprehensive planning efforts.

The program provides a variety of free resources available to all, including case studies on local government adaptation efforts; fact sheets on financing adaptation, the mitigation-adaptation connection, and coastal adaptation strategies; links to websites, guidebooks, and toolkits; and notable reports and studies on adaptation.

For more information and links to resources, please visit http://www.icleiusa.org/adaptation/


11/19/10

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS ON THE AIRNow WEBPAGE!

The "Call for Presentations" for the 2011 National Air Quality
Conferences is now posted on www.airnow.gov  This year's conferences
will be held in San Diego, California, on March 7-10, 2011.  See the AIRNow
web page  for information about submitting abstracts for consideration
as oral or poster session presentations at this year's conference. All abstracts are due
by Tuesday, December 21, 2010.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS AND RESERVATIONS
The conferences are being held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, which is located in downtown San Diego.
The hotel conference rate is $131 per night/single or $151 per night/double room, plus applicable taxes
(currently 10.5% TOT, 2% TMD, and $0.21 CA State Assessment Fee). All reservations must be made by
Sunday, February 13, 2011. Make your reservations online.

You may also call the hotel reservation line at 1-888-421-1442. Please reference either
"US EPA or 2011 National Air Quality Conference" to receive the discounted rate.  
The hotel is offering a limited number of rooms at the group rate 3 days before and after the conference
for anyone looking to extend their trip to San Diego. Space is limited and not guranteed,
so reserve your room quickly.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION
Check the AIRNow web page for up to date information regarding this
year's conference and registration.  You will receive an e-mail
notifying you when the online conference registration page is available,
anticipated to be mid December.


11/17/10

REMINDER: FY2011 DERA National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program Teleconference

EPA invites all tribal communities interested in applying for the FY2011 DERA National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program grants to the following teleconference meeting. EPA will give an overview of the tribal program and answer questions regarding the tribal competition.

Event: DERA FY2011 National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program Tribal Competition Information Session
Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Time: 3:00 PM (EST)
Call-in Number: 1.866.299.3188
Call-in Code: 202.343.9534#
Presentation Materials (PDF 23 pp, 169 kb)


Clean Cities to Hold Training on Renewable Natural Gas Vehicles, Nov 30-Dec 2, 2010

On November 30-December 2, 2010, in Columbus, Ohio, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Clean Cities program, Argonne National Laboratory, and Clean Fuels Ohio will present Waste to Wheels: Building for Success, an event to train Clean Cities coordinators and their designated stakeholders about renewable natural gas (RNG) and provide them with the wherewithal to develop projects in this emerging market. RNG, also known as biomethane, is pipeline-quality natural gas produced by purifying biogas from sources such as landfills, sewage ponds, manure lagoons or digesters, and cellulosic crops.

The target audiences for this event include Clean Cities coordinators and industry and government stakeholders throughout the United States. A day-long workshop on December 1 will provide training on feedstock sources, conversion processes, upgrading technologies, financial incentives, natural gas vehicle engine offerings, fueling, and project development strategies. The workshop will also show how to demonstrate the energy and greenhouse gas benefits of RNG. Site visits to RNG projects in Ohio will be open to Clean Cities coordinators and stakeholders.

For more information or to register, please visit the Clean Cities website at http://www1.eere.energy.gov/cleancities/waste_to_wheels.html.


11/10/10

EPA Webcast Series: Climate Change Adaptation for State and Local Governments
EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Program will be hosting a three-part webcast series on climate change adaptation. This mini-series will be a joint effort of the State Clean Energy Technical Forum and the Local Climate and Energy Webcast Series in order to bring together state and local stakeholders and foster cross-communication on this subject. Participants will come away from the series with an understanding of why adaptation to climate change is critical and what actions can be taken at the state and local levels to build support for adaptation and increase community resilience.

Part One: Climate Impacts & Risk Communication – November 18, 2010; 2-3:30 PM EST
The first webcast in this series will provide an introduction to adaptation. Topics covered will include the impacts of climate change across different regions of the United States; the risk presented by these impacts (i.e., why adaptation is necessary for building resilience); how climate adaptation differs from climate mitigation; and approaches to engaging various stakeholder groups–regardless of attitudes to climate change –and effectively communicating risk to build support for adaptation efforts in the common interest. A local government will present on their experience working successfully with a range of stakeholders to promote adaptation within the community.

To register for this webcast, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/289508083. Please note that the audio portion of this webcast will only be available by dialing into a toll-free conference call.

Part Two: Adaptation Planning and Implementation – December 9, 2010; 2-3:30 PM EST
The second session of this webcast mini-series will focus on frameworks that state and local governments can use to assess vulnerability to climate change, develop adaption action plans, and implement adaptation strategies for building resilience–all in the light of uncertainty regarding climate change impacts. Particular emphasis will be placed on the importance of coordinating climate mitigation and adaptation efforts and integrating adaptation considerations into existing operations. An overview of the general status of adaptation efforts across the United States will be provided, and specific state and local case studies will be shared. Registration information will be available at a later date.

Part Three: Federal Resources & Support for Climate Change Adaptation – January 13, 2011; 2-3:30 PM EST
The third webcast in this series will discuss the role of the federal government in promoting adaptation to climate change in the United States. Presenters will summarize the recent recommendations of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) for creating a national climate change adaptation strategy; next steps for implementing this strategy; and the existing guidance, data, tools, and other resources that state and local governments can access to support their adaptation efforts. Opportunities and strategies for fostering coordination across levels of government will be highlighted, and a case study of successful collaboration will be shared. Registration information will be available at a later date.
To read the CEQ report, visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/initiatives/adaptation.
For more information about State and Local Climate and Energy webcasts, including presentations and recordings of past webcasts, visit: http://www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate/web-podcasts.


EPA invites all tribal communities interested in applying for the FY2011 DERA National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program grants to the following teleconference meeting.

EPA will give an overview of the tribal program and answer questions regarding the tribal competition.

Event: DERA FY2011 National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program Tribal Competition Information Session
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2010
Time: 3:00 PM (EST)
Call-in Number: 1.866.299.3188
Call-in Code: 202.343.9534#

EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) has posted its Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) National Program's Request for Proposals (RFP) . EPA's National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program Tribal Competition is soliciting proposals from eligible tribes nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in tons of pollution and diesel emissions exposure. The RFP is located at: http://www.epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html#trans

This RFP includes a tribal competition, where proposals from eligible tribal agencies or intertribal consortia proposals will compete only among other eligible tribal proposals for grant funding. Tribal grant proposals may range between $30,000 and $1,000,000. Tribal grant proposals do not have to address the Regional Significance factors and will not be evaluated based on them.

The following website provides additional information resources, including the application fleet description spreadsheet and Word template, and links to the RFP. http://www.epa.gov/otaq/diesel/prgnational.htm


11/3/10

New Report Offers Strategies for Smart Growth in Rural Communities

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) has released a new report, "Putting Smart Growth to Work in Rural Communities," which focuses on how to adapt smart growth strategies to rural communities. Funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Sustainable Communities, the report focuses on smart growth strategies that can help guide growth in rural areas while protecting natural and working lands and preserving the rural character of existing communities.

The strategies are based around three central goals:

1. Support the rural landscape by creating an economic climate that enhances the viability of working lands and conserves natural lands;
2. Help existing places to thrive by taking care of assets and investments such as downtowns, Main Streets, existing infrastructure, and places valued by the community; and
3. Create great new places by building vibrant, enduring neighborhoods and communities that people, especially young people, don't want to leave.

The report uses case studies from around the country to illustrate how local governments, states, and non-profits have successfully implemented smart growth strategies to support rural lands, revitalize existing communities, and create great new places for residents and visitors.

To download the full report or learn how to order a hard copy, visit: http://www.icma.org/ruralsmartgrowth.


11/2/10

Utility MACT Rule - Tribal Consultation Letter.

Utility MACT Rule (PDF 2 pp, 28 KB)


10/29/10

RFA-ES-11-006 - Deepwater Horizon Disaster Research Consortia: Health Impacts and Community Resiliency (U19) has just been published.

The intent of this FOA is to create one or more consortia of university-community partnerships to: address health issues of concern to the residents of the Gulf States affected by the DWH disaster; enhance capacity to respond to potential future disasters and to prevent or minimize adverse health effects arising from them.

The FOA can be found in the NIH Guide at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-11-006.html


10/22/10

2010 State-EPA Environmental Innovation Symposium: Environmental Projection in a Changing Climate and Greener Economy 

Join your colleagues at Monona Terrace,  Madison, Wisconsin Nov 1st-4th at this important event designed to spur and showcase innovative ideas and strategies for improving environmental results. Take this opportunity to network with other environmental professionals and learn about some of the latest issues shaping environmental programs.

See the Agenda , Sessions , Workshop  and Tour  pages for more detail.

Registration to the Symposium is free!   Use the Registration  page to let us know you will be joining us in Madison.


10/20/10

October 2010: Upcoming Climate and Energy Webcasts for State and Local Governments
This message provides details about 17 upcoming webcasts being offered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE). All webcasts are offered free of charge, but space may be limited.

State and Local Climate and Energy Program Webcasts
Three-Part Series on Climate Change Adaptation, November 18/December/January
Additional EPA Webcast Opportunities
Purchasing and Procuring Efficient Equipment, October 20
ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Programs, October 21
ENERGY STAR K-12 Benchmarking 101, October 27
Benchmarking Water/Wastewater Plants in Portfolio Manager, November 3
Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR, November 4
Benchmarking in Portfolio Manager for State and Local Governments, November 9
Department of Energy (DOE) Solution Center for EECBG and SEP Recipients
Driving Demand: Door-to-Door Outreach & Tracking Impacts, October 19
Overcoming Common Pitfalls: Energy Efficient Lighting Projects, October 21
Tips and Tools for Promoting Your Energy-Efficiency Project, October 22
Quality Assurance for Residential Retrofit Programs, October 26
RETScreen Training 101, October 27
Designing Effective Incentives to Drive Residential Retrofit Program Participation, October 29
Driving Demand: Working With and Learning from Contractors, November 9
EM&V 101: General Approaches to Tracking Data and Estimating Savings, November 10

***State and Local Climate and Energy Webcasts

EPA hosts the State Climate and Energy Technical Forums and Local Climate and Energy Webcast Series to assist local governments with climate change and clean energy efforts. These regular webcasts highlight EPA resources and present examples of successful state and local climate and energy programs and policies. For more information or to view past webcasts, visit: http://www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate/web-podcasts/index.html.

These webcasts will resume on November 18, 2010 with a three-part series on climate change adaption. Participants will come away from the series with an understanding of why adaptation to climate change is critical and what actions can be taken at the state and local levels to build support for adaptation and increase community resilience.

November 18, 2010, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST): Climate Impacts and Risk Communication
The first webcast in this series will provide an introduction to adaptation by covering the impacts of climate change across different regions of the United States; the risk presented by these impacts; how climate adaptation differs from climate mitigation; and approaches to engaging various stakeholder groups—regardless of attitudes to climate change—and effectively communicating risk to build support for adaptation efforts in the common interest. A representative from a local government will discuss their experience working successfully with a range of stakeholders to promote adaptation within the community.

To register for this webcast, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/289508083. Please note that the audio portion of this webcast will only be available by dialing into a toll-free conference call.

December 2010: Adaptation Planning and Implementation
The second session of this webcast mini-series will focus on frameworks that state and local governments can use to assess vulnerability to climate change, develop adaption action plans, and implement adaption strategies for building resilience.

January 2011: Federal Resources and Support for Climate Change Adaptation
The third webcast in this series will discuss the role of the federal government in promoting adaptation to climate change in the United States.

***ENERGY STAR Webcasts

ENERGY STAR offers free online training to help you improve the energy performance of your organization. To register for any of these trainings or to see other upcoming ENERGY STAR trainings, visit: https://energystar.webex.com

October 20, 2010, 1:00-2:00 pm (EDT): Purchasing and Procuring Efficient Equipment
ENERGY STAR will host this webcast covering resources to help your organization purchase products with superior energy performance, guidelines that define energy performance for numerous products, sample procurement language, and software that calculates the life cycle costs of products. This session will be repeated on November 17 and December 15, 2010.

October 21, 2010, 2:00-3:30 pm (EDT): ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Programs
During this session, attendees will learn how to use EPA tools and resources to help meet requirements for green building rating systems such as the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Green Globes system, and others. This session will be repeated on November 18 and December 8, 2010.

October 27, 2010, 2:00-3:00 pm (EDT): K-12 Benchmarking 101
ENERGY STAR offers free online training to help you improve the energy performance of your organization. EPA will host this webcast to teach attendees the basics of benchmarking K-12 buildings using EPA's Portfolio Manager tool. Portfolio Manager can help measure and track energy and water use across an entire portfolio of buildings. Buildings can earn an energy performance rating compared with peer facilities across the country, and top-performing buildings are eligible for national recognition. This session will be repeated on November 30 and December 16, 2010.

November 3, 2010, 2:00-3:15 pm (EDT): Benchmarking Water/Wastewater Plants in Portfolio Manager
This ENERGY STAR webcast will show participants how to track the progress of energy efficiency efforts and compare the energy use of wastewater treatment plants with other peer facilities across the country. Attendees will learn how to measure and track energy use and carbon dioxide emission reductions in wastewater treatment plants to establish baseline energy use, prioritize investments, set goals, and track improvements over time.

November 4, 2010, 2:00-3:00 pm (EDT): Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with Energy Star
Learn how public sector organizations are improving energy efficiency with innovative solutions to financial barriers. Attendees will learn about financing projects in the public and private sectors, the basics of performance contracting, and how EPA's tools and resources can help you make the decision to improve your facilities now or later. This session will be repeated on December 2, 2010.

November 9, 2010, 2:00-3:00 pm (EST): Benchmarking in Portfolio Manger for State and Local Governments
This session will review EPA's online energy management tool, Portfolio Manager, which allows you track the progress of energy efficiency efforts and compare the energy use of your buildings with peer buildings across the country. Attendees will learn how to measure and track energy use and carbon dioxide emission reductions to establish baseline energy use, prioritize investments, set goals, and track improvements over time. This session will be repeated on December 7, 2010.

***DOE Solution Center Webcasts

DOE offers free online training to help organizations improve their energy performance. To register for any of these trainings or to view past webcasts, visit: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/wip/solutioncenter/webcasts/default.html

October 19, 2010 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM (EDT): Driving Demand: Door-to-Door Outreach & Tracking Impacts
Will knocking on doors get more homeowners to upgrade their homes? Hear from energy efficiency program managers who are running door-to-door outreach campaigns about what works and what doesn't. Learn from experts who have used door-to-door outreach for political campaigns and neighborhood sustainability programs. Tracking your impact will be vital to learn what works; we'll review some of the key metrics to collect.

October 21, 2010 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT): Overcoming Common Pitfalls: Energy-Efficient Lighting Projects
This webcast will focus on how to avoid common pitfalls to energy-efficient lighting projects from an installation and project management standpoint. The webcast will also present an overview of lighting technology and CFL promotional programs

October 22, 2010 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT): Tips and Tools for Promoting Your Energy Efficiency Project
Have you ever wondered how to build public awareness of and support for your energy efficiency project? Attend this webinar and pick up some tips on how to put together a communications strategy that will help you get the word out to the people that matter the most to you. Hear about new DOE tools to help grantees work with the media, learn the basics of putting together a media event, see an example of how video can help you communicate your message, and find out what other grantees are doing to highlight their EECBG projects.

October 26, 2010 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT): Quality Assurance for Residential Retrofit Programs
This session reviews best practices in designing effective QA processes for residential programs.
October 27, 2010 3:00–4:15 PM (EDT): Using RETScreen To Identify the Most Promising Clean Energy Projects

October 29, 2010 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT): Designing Effective Incentives to Drive Residential Retrofit Program Participation
An overview of case studies and lessons learned regarding incentive structures, types, and amounts for residential retrofit programs and the impact on demand.

Nov 9, 2010 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM (EST) Driving Demand: Working With and Learning from Contractors
Contractors are often the primary sales force for home energy upgrades. This webinar highlights programs that actively engage the contractor community in program design and implementation. We also will hear directly from several contractors about their views on best practices for driving demand.

November 10, 2010 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST) EM&V 101: General Approaches to Tracking Data and Estimating Savings
General information on data tracking and developing savings estimates along with a review of SEP, EECBG and Better Building reporting requirements.


10/19/10

Announcements

October 2010 - Nearly $293 Million in Federal Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

This message announces the availability of nearly $293 million in current or upcoming funding opportunities for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including energy efficiency, regional planning, and community education. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

*** HUD Choice Neighborhoods - $65 million
Application Due: October 26, 2010
Eligible Entities: Public Housing Authorities (PHAs), local governments, nonprofits, and for-profit developers that apply jointly with a public entity
HUD requests proposals for the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative-Round 1. Choice Neighborhoods seeks to employ a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. Core goals include but are not limited to: 1) Transforming distressed public and assisted housing into energy-efficient, mixed-income housing that is physically and financially viable over the long term; 2) Transforming neighborhoods of poverty into viable, mixed-income neighborhoods with access to well-functioning services, high-quality public schools, public transportation, and improved access to jobs. Planning and Implementation grants will be awarded. $65 million is expected to be available, up to 19 awards are anticipated. For more information, go to: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=56918. Refer to Sol# FR-5415-N-25.

*** EPA Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Through Energy Efficiency in Homes and Buildings Grants – $5.36 million
Application Due: October 27, 2010
Eligible Entities: States; local governments; territories; Indian tribes; and possessions of the United States, including the District of Columbia; international organizations; public and private universities and colleges; hospitals; laboratories; other public or private nonprofit institutions
The Climate Protection Partnerships Division at EPA seeks proposals from eligible entities to advance national, regional, state, and local energy efficiency programming by using market-based approaches to program design and delivery. Proposals must demonstrate the potential to create a sustainable change in the market for energy efficient products, services, and best practices. Proposed activities relevant to local governments include improving energy performance in the residential and commercial/government market through increased use of high-efficiency products; promoting combined heat and power as clean distributed generation in developing state and local energy and environmental strategies; and providing information and technical assistance at the state or regional level about policies and programs that have been effective in maximizing energy savings and GHG emission reductions within the utility sector. For more information, go to: www.epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html

*** HUD Indian Community Development Block Grant - $65 million
Application Due: October 27, 2010
Eligible Entities: Indian tribes or tribal organizations on behalf of Indian tribes
HUD requests proposals for the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG). ICDBG supports the development of viable Indian and Alaska Native communities, including the creation of decent housing, suitable living environments, and economic opportunities primarily for persons with low and moderate income. Funds may be used to improve housing stock, provide community facilities, improve infrastructure, and expand job opportunities. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, energy efficiency/green development and lead-based paint evaluation and hazard control. Lead applicants must be Indian tribes or tribal organizations on behalf of Indian tribes. For more information, go to: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=56858. Refer to Sol# FR-5415-N-08.

*** EPA National Environmental Information Exchange - $10 million
Application Due: November 5, 2010
Eligible Entities: States, territories, and Indian tribes
EPA requests proposals for the National Environmental Information Exchange Network Grant Program. This program supports the exchange of environmental data and collaborative work within the Exchange Network, and may also be used to fund the standardization, exchange, and integration of geospatial information to address environmental, natural resource, and human health challenges. $10 million is expected to be available, up to 50 awards are anticipated. For more information, contact Ryan Humrighouse at humrighouse.ryan@epa.gov or go to: http://www.epa.gov/networkg/grants/. Refer to Sol# EPA-OEI-11-01.
*** HUD HOPE VI Revitalization Grants Program - $124 million
Application Due: November 22, 2010
Eligible Entities: Public Housing Authorities
HUD requests proposals for the HOPE VI Revitalization Grants Program. HOPE VI Revitalization grants assist Public Housing Authorities in areas including but not limited to: improving the living environment for public housing residents of severely distressed public housing projects through the demolition, rehabilitation, reconfiguration, or replacement of obsolete public housing projects; and building sustainable communities. HUD encourages development that increases resource efficiency, promotes green development, reduces GHG emissions, and promotes healthy living environments for residents. Lead applicant must be Public Housing Authorities that have severely distressed housing in their inventory. $124 million is expected to be available; up to 5 awards are anticipated. For more information, contact Leigh van Rij at leigh_e._van_rij@hud.gov or go to: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=56894. Refer to Sol# FR-5415-N-07.

*** USDA Rural Community Development Initiative - $6.3 million
Application Due: December 22, 2010
Eligible Entities: State governments, local governments, Indian tribes, non-profit organizations, and others
The U.S. Department of Agriculture requests proposals for the Rural Community Development Initiative. RCDI supports organization capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development in rural area. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to programs that support micro-enterprise and sustainable development, and programs to assist recipients in completing pre-development requirements for housing, community facilities, or community and economic development projects by providing resources for professional services, e.g., architectural, engineering, or legal. For more info, including state contacts, go to: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=58143.
*** USDA Solid Waste Management Grant Program - $3.5 million
Application Due: December 31, 2010
Eligible Entities: Non-profit organizations, public entities, federally or state recognized Indian tribes, and academic institutions

The objectives of the Solid Waste Management Grant Program are to reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources in rural areas and to improve planning and management of solid waste sites in rural areas. Funds may be used to evaluate current landfill conditions to determine threats to water resources in rural areas; provide technical assistance and/or training to enhance operator skills in the maintenance and operation of active landfills in rural areas; provide technical assistance and/or training to help associations reduce the solid waste stream; and provide technical assistance and/or training for operators of landfills in rural areas that are closed or will be closed in the near future with the development/implementation of closure plans, future land use plans, safety and maintenance planning, and closure scheduling within permit requirements. For more information, visit the program website at: http://www.usda.gov/rus/water/SWMG.htm

*** NOAA K-12 Environmental Literacy Grants - $8 million
Application Due: January 12, 2011
Eligible Entities: Institutions of higher education, other nonprofits, K-12 public and independent schools and school systems, and state, local and Indian tribal governments in the United States
The U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA, requests proposals for Environmental Literacy Grants for Formal K-12 Education. This RFP will support K-12 education projects that advance inquiry-based Earth System Science learning and stewardship directly tied to the school curriculum, with a particular interest in increasing climate literacy. $8 million expected to be available, up to 10 awards anticipated. For more information, contact Carrie McDougall at oed.grants@noaa.gov or go to: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=56016. Refer to Sol# NOAA-SEC-OED-2011-2002608.

*** EPA Upcoming Request for Applications (RFA) for Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants Program - $4 million
Application Due: January 14, 2011
Eligible Entities: Local governments, Indian tribes, non-profit organizations, and others

EPA solicited comments through September 13th, 2010, on the new FY2011 Grant Application Guidelines for this funding opportunity. EPA expects to release a Request for Applications (RFA) based on these revised application guidelines in October 2010 with an anticipated deadline for submission of applications in January 2011. The upcoming RFA will announce the availability of grants for helping eligible entities deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs focused on hazardous and solid waste management, assessment, and cleanup activities. EPA anticipates awarding approximately 13 environmental workforce development and job training cooperative agreements from this competitive opportunity. For more information, visit http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/applicat.htm or access the draft grant application guidelines at: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/proposal_guides/fy11guidelines.pdf

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State 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:
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10/19/10

Announcing Permanent Director for AIEO

Office of International and Tribal Affairs, October 18, 2010
FROM: Michelle DePass
Assistant Administrator, Office of International & Tribal Affairs

TO: OITA - Everyone
I am pleased to announce that we have offered JoAnn Chase the position of Director of EPA's American Indian Environmental Office, and she has accepted the offer.
I know that JoAnn will bring a renewed excitement and spirit of collaboration to the office, and I am thrilled with the opportunities we have, with JoAnn as Director, to fulfill the Administrator and my priority to strengthen our partnership with tribes.
JoAnn joins us from the American Indian Community House in New York City where she served as Executive Director. While at the American Indian Community House, JoAnn worked to support the health, cultural preservation, and prosperity of 27,000 Native Americans in New York City.
Prior to her work at AICH, JoAnn served as the Executive Director for the National Congress of American Indians, the oldest and largest national Indian organization, and Executive Director of the National Network of Grantmakers.
JoAnn is Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Indian, and was born and raised on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in central North Dakota. She has her BA in film theory and criticism from Boston University, and her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she specialized in Indian law.
Please join me in welcoming JoAnn to the OITA team!
Michelle
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Michelle DePass
Assistant Administrator

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of International & Tribal Affairs (OITA)
Ronald Reagan Building/MC 2610R
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004


10/13/10

Position Announcement - Air Program Coordinator, Fond du Lac Reservation (PDF) (2pp, 19k)

Closing Date: October 22, 2010

Apply to:
Fond du Lac Human Resources
1720 Big Lake Road
Cloquet, MN 55720
(218) 878-2653


10/13/10

Study strongly links adult diabetes to air pollution

Adult diabetes is strongly linked to air pollution, even in areas where pollution levels are deemed safe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, finds a new epidemiologic study by researchers at Children's Hospital Boston.

The report, among the first large population-based studies to link diabetes prevalence to air pollution, is consistent with prior laboratory research that found an increase in insulin resistance -- a precursor to diabetes -- in obese mice exposed to particulates.

Researchers used data from the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Census to adjust diabetes prevalence for known risk factors, including obesity, exercise, ethnicity and population density. They still found a 1% increase in diabetes rates for every 10 microgram per cubic meter rise in fine particulate matter, such as that found in smoke and car exhaust.

"We didn't have data on individual exposure, so we can't prove causality, and we can't know exactly the mechanism of these peoples' diabetes," said study co-author John Brownstein. "But pollution came across as a significant predictor in all our models."

Even among counties falling within EPA safety limits, the study found that those with highest vs. the lowest levels of particulate pollution had a more than 20% increase in diabetes prevalence.

"From a policy perspective, the findings suggest that the current EPA limits on exposure may not be adequate to prevent negative public health outcomes from particulate matter exposure," Brownstein said.

"Many environmental factors may contribute to the epidemic of diabetes in the United States and worldwide," said study co-author Allison Goldfine, head of clinical research at the Joslin Diabetes Center. "While a lot of attention has correctly been attributed to caloric excess and sedentary behaviors, additional factors may provide novel approaches to diabetes prevention."

The study, which appears in the October issue of Diabetes Care, was funded by the National Centers for Biomedical Computing of the National Institutes of Health.


10/07/10

The new EPA Strategic Plan has been released.


10/07/10

This is to announce a webinar on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM EDT. Amy Hambrick from EPA's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards will conduct a webinar on the recent proposal: Standards of Performance for New Stationary Sources and Emission Guidelines for Existing Sources: Sewage Sludge Incineration Units.

On September 30th, EPA proposed new source performance standards (NSPS) and emission guidelines (EG) for new and existing sewage sludge incineration (SSI) units. The proposal would reduce emissions of air toxics (including mercury) and criteria pollutants. The types of incinerators subject to the proposed standards are Multiple Hearth (MH) and Fluidized Bed (FB) Incinerators. Amy will present an overview of the proposal and then answer clarifying questions. Although EPA is hosting the webinar during the public comment period, the webinar is not a means of providing comment on the proposed rules.

For more on the proposed rule, including a fact sheet, go to: http://www.epa.gov/ttn/oarpg/ramain.html#s and look under "Sewage Sludge Incinerators."

Reserve your webinar seat now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/497866289

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Please plan to join the webinar a few minutes prior to the start time so that we may begin on time.

Note that no phone line or microphone is needed for the webinar. You will hear the audio through the speakers on your computer and you can use the "questions" function during the presentation to type and send in clarifying questions.

A copy of the presentation will be available by October 19th at: http://www.epa.gov/apti/webinars/webinars.html We will record and post the webinar for future on-line viewing at: http://www.epa.gov/apti/broadcast.html.

Computer System Requirements for Webinar:
If you are using a PC, you will need to have Windows® 7, Vista, XP, 2003 Server or 2000.
If you are using a Mac, you will need to have Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer.


10/05/10

Please join us for a “Late Breaking” Webinar on October 7th, at 1 p.m. EDThttps://webmeeting.nih.gov/peph/ (no registration required)

Title: Climate Change and Human Health

Description
The overall purpose of this 90-minute webinar is to orient participants to the human health issues likely to result from climate change and update participants on federal initiatives in climate change and human health, including the upcoming National Climate Assessment (NCA).  The webinar will include leaders within the state and local public health agencies on climate change adaptation, who will spotlight some of their efforts.  Speakers will identify potential opportunities for the PEPH community to get involved in the NCA process and to partner with state and local health agencies.  At the end of the webinar, attendees should have a better understanding of the purpose and scope of the NCA, the role they can serve in helping inform the NCA process and some preliminary steps by which they can contribute.  
 
Please feel free to distribute this invitation to all your interested staff.

To join the meeting, click the link below a few minute prior to 1:00ET on October 7th, 2010.
https://webmeeting.nih.gov/peph/
 
**Special Note**
For this webinar, we will be using a new, more interactive application.  If you have never attended a Connect Pro meeting before please take a minute to test your connection at least a day before the webinar: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.
 
Please contact Justin Crane (cranej2@niehs.nih.gov) if you have questions regarding the webinar.


9/30/10

EPA's grants office, OGD,  has just announced a web-course for Tribes and the Tribal Community designed to provide a variety of grants assistance topics.  Interested parties can also attend grants training at Tribal College Training Schools (see below) or view course materials on-line at www.petetribal.org  .  The email below outlines the training opportunities for Tribes.  

Grants Assistance and other Tribal Related Resources for EPA staff on OAR intranet site, OASIS:
http://intranet.epa.gov/oar/grants/tribes.html  

Members of the tribal grants community:  

Many of you are already aware of the 10 module "Tribal, U.S. Territory and Insular Areas Administrative and Financial Guidance for U.S. EPA Assistance Agreements" training that is available for tribes (see www.petetribal.org ). It has been available in several formats:  

    • face-to-face training provided by National PETE or one of two Tribal College Training Centers (Leech Lake Tribal College and United Tribes Technical College)  
    • webinar series (recordings available as well as new live sessions starting in November)  
    • course materials available online at www.petetribal.org

On Monday October 4th, National PETE, OGD, and OSBP are launching a self-paced webcourse version of the training.  It takes registered participants through all 10 modules of the training and concludes with a certificate of completion. The course manual and recorded webinars are also available in conjunction with the webcourse.  To find out more details about the new webcourse, please click here .

Please pass this information on to any tribal members that might be interested. Registration and training are free.


 9/21/10

Funding Opportunity Announcement State and Tribal Assistance Grants - Bed Bug Education/Outreach and Environmental Justice

The EPA has just released a new Funding Opportunity Announcement for State grant submissions for bed bug education and outreach. While only State agencies, State university, and tribes are eligible to submit grant proposals, advocacy organizations, local health departments, and others may work with the State on the State submission.
State and Tribal Assistance Grants -- Bed Bug Education/Outreach is soliciting applications for states and tribes to strengthen their ability to address bed bug infestations in communities disproportionately exposed to environmental harms and risks. The projects supported through these grants are designed to build broad, results-oriented partnerships for education and outreach programs to reduce bed bug infestations in communities disproportionately exposed to environmental harms and risks.
EPA anticipates that approximately $550,000 will be available under this announcement and federal portion for each assistant agreement is anticipated to range between $50,000 and $200,000. The project period of performance is limited to two years. Grants awarded under this announcement will provide financial assistance to eligible applicants to carry out projects that focus on bed bug control efforts in communities that have been disproportionately impacted by environmental harms and risks.
EPA will award funding in the form of assistance agreements (cooperative agreements) according to FIFRA Section 20. If awards are in the form of cooperative agreements, there will be substantial involvement between the EPA Project Officer and the selected applicants in the performance of the work supported. Eligible applicants include the 50 States, District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, any territory or possession of the United States, any agency or instrumentality of a state including state universities, and all federally recognized Indian tribal governments.
Dates: Applications must be submitted via Grants.gov on or before on or before 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on Monday, October 18, 2010. If you do not have internet access, please contact the person listed as the Agency Contact in Section 7 of this document for an alternate submission option. EPA will not accept applications submitted via fax, email, or 1st Class Mail delivery by U.S. Postal Service.
If you have any questions or need additional information regarding this announcement, please contact Susan Jennings.
By phone: 706-355-8574
By fax: 706-355-8744
e-mail: Jennings.susan@epa.gov
All questions or comments must be communicated in writing via postal mail, fax or email to the contact person listed above. Questions and answers will be posted until the closing date of this announcement at http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/grants/grant-competition-questions .html

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9/16/10

Community Conference Call September 28, 2010, 1:30-3:00 PM EDT

Intended Audience: Environmental Justice and Tribal Communities or Organizations
When: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 Time: 1:30 to 3:00 PM EDT
Conference Line: 1-866-299-3188; code: 919-541-5624 (phone line limited to 125 participants on a first-come first-serve basis)
Purpose: Communities have requested EPA's Air Programs to provide more timely information on upcoming activities. To better share information and enable ongoing communication between EPA and interested community groups, EPA has begun to host bi-monthly conference calls. This call will provide an opportunity for communities to:
· Ask additional clarifying questions on EPA's proposed Transport Rule
On July 6, 2010, EPA proposed a rule that would protect the health of millions of Americans by helping states reduce air pollution and attain clean air standards. This rule, known as the Transport Rule, would require 31 states and the District of Columbia to significantly improve air quality by reducing power plant emissions that contribute to ozone and fine particle pollution in downwind states. Specifically, this proposal would require significant reductions in sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions that cross state lines. These pollutants react in the atmosphere to form fine particles and ground-level ozone and are transported long distances, making it difficult for other states to achieve national clean air standards. Additional information on the Transport Rule is available at: www.epa.gov/airtransport.
· Learn about other upcoming rules that OAQPS is working on

· Learn about strategies and resources for communities to reduce diesel emissions

Emissions from diesel exhaust can lead to serious health conditions, such as asthma and allergies, and can also worsen heart and lung disease, especially for vulnerable populations such as children and older individuals.

EPA recognizes that minority and disadvantaged populations may receive disproportionate impacts from diesel emissions. Activities of the National Clean Diesel Campaign further EPA's commitments to reduce health and environmental harm from diesel emissions in all communities throughout the country.

Ms. Connie Ruth from EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign will discuss ways communities can become involved in reducing local diesel emissions from mobile sources such as trucks, school buses, construction and rail equipment, port equipment and vessels and municipal fleets including refuse haulers and buses. Ms. Ruth will cover health concerns, clean diesel solutions, Regional Clean Diesel Collaboratives, school bus idle reduction materials, funding opportunities, draft contract language and additional resources. A community member of the Minnesota Environmental Initiative will also discuss a local clean diesel project. In addition, there will be time for questions and answers.
For more information about the conference call, please contact Lena Epps-Price at epps-price.lena@epa.gov, or 919-541-5573.


date9/10/10

Talk-to-the-Experts Series

 The TAMS Center is excited to announce the second installment of its quarterly conference call series with the TAMS Center’s Technology Specialists to address technical questions from tribal professionals regarding various air quality related concerns that they encounter in their routine work.   All interested parties are encouraged to participate in this Question/Answer session. 
The topic of this call is Criteria Pollutant Monitoring.
 
When:  October 7, 2010 at 10:00a.m. Pacific Daylight Time
Call-in number is: 866-299-3188 (Passcode: 7027848263) 
For more information contact, Farshid Farsi at (702)784-8263, or Christopher Lee at (702)784-8278.


date8/31/10

EPA Announces Native American Youth Artwork Contest: "Help Fight Environmental Crime"

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a poster artwork contest for Native American students aimed at protecting the environment by encouraging the reporting of possible environmental crimes through EPA's tips and complaints website.

The contest, open to all middle and high school students who are members of a federally recognized tribe, is a chance for young people to draw their visions of environmental damage from their viewpoint. EPA will use the winning artwork on its website and on posters encouraging the reporting of environmental violations.

Special agents with EPA's criminal enforcement program will present plaques to winning entrants at their schools, and will give a presentation on what it is like to be an EPA criminal investigator.
The artwork will be judged on creativity, originality and how well it depicts the message of environmental violations. Entries must be received or postmarked by Oct. 8, 2010 to be considered. Winners will be announced in November. Students should submit artwork to:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Criminal Enforcement – "Help Fight Environmental Crime" Contest
Denver Federal Center, Bldg 25, Ent. E–2
P.O. Box 25227
Denver, CO 80225

More information on the contest: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/criminal/contest/tribal.html

EPA Tips & Complaints website: http://www.epa.gov/tips


date8/19/10

Webinar on U.S. EPA’s Proposed Transport Rule

Intended Audience:   Environmental Justice and Tribal Community Members or Organizations

When:  September 2, 2010               Time:  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT

Purpose:    To help people in communities provide feedback about EPA’s proposed Transport Rule, an air pollution regulation, by the October 1, 2010, deadline.  

Earlier this year, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson made “Expanding the Conversation on Environmentalism and Working for Environmental Justice” one of EPA’s top priorities.   As one of the ways EPA is moving forward, the Agency is working to better respond to community requests for timely information about upcoming air pollution regulations and programs.  We are striving to find opportunities such as this webinar that encourage communication between EPA and communities throughout the regulatory process.  

Proposed Rule:   On July 6, 2010, EPA proposed a rule that would protect the health of millions of Americans by helping states reduce air pollution and attain clean air standards.  This rule, known as the Transport Rule, would require 31 states and the District of Columbia to significantly improve air quality by reducing power plant emissions that contribute to ozone and fine particle pollution in downwind states.

Specifically, this proposal would require significant reductions in sulfur dioxide (SO 2 ) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions that cross state lines.  These pollutants react in the atmosphere to form fine particles and ground-level ozone and are transported long distances, making it difficult for other states to achieve national clean air standards.

EPA is hosting this webinar during the public comment period for the proposed rule.  You can use the webinar to become more informed about this proposal and to prepare your comments.  The webinar is not a means of providing public comment on the proposed rule; to become part of the record for the rule, comments must be submitted to the docket via the methods described in the proposed rule.  The webinar will also contain detailed information on how to submit your comments.  The public comment period ends October 1, 2010.  After reviewing all of the comments, EPA expects to issue a final rule in spring 2011.

Additional information on the Transport Rule is available at:  www.epa.gov/airtransport .

Webinar Details:   Reserve your webinar seat at:  https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/664530488 .   Please note that you must register at least 24 hours in advance  of the webinar.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.  Please plan to join the webinar at least 10 minutes prior to the start time so that we may begin on time.

The presentation will be available at:  www.epa.gov/airtransport  by September 1st.  We will record and post the webinar for future on-line viewing at this same website.  

The format for the webinar will be an on-line presentation by EPA using power point slides.  You may view the slides on your computer and hear the presenter through your computer speakers (no microphone needed).  You may use the “questions” function to email EPA during the presentation if you need further clarification or have additional questions.  If you do not have computer speakers, please contact Regina Chappell at chappell.regina@epa.gov  or 919-541-3650 for other audio options.

Computer System Requirement:   If you are using a PC, you will need to have Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003 Server or 2000.  If you are using a Mac, you will need to have Mac OS X 10.4.11 (Tiger) or newer.

Additional Information:   For more information about the webinar, please feel free to contact Regina Chappell at chappell.regina@epa.gov  or 919-541-3650.


date8/17/10

EPA Releases 2011 EN Grant Program Solicitation

EPA has released its final FY 2011 National Environmental Information Exchange Network Grant Program Solicitation Notice for Funding Opportunity Number EPA-OEI-11-01.
The deadline for submitting proposals to EPA is November 5, 2010.
In FY 2011, EPA expects to award an estimated $10,000,000 for 40 to 50 grants of up to $350,000. The exact number of grants will depend on the amount of EPA's appropriation for the grant program, the number of proposals submitted to EPA by the proposal deadline, the amount requested to produce the proposed results, and the competitive review of the proposals received.

For more information, the primary EPA Headquarters point of contact is:
Ryan Humrighouse
Exchange Network Grant Program Manager
Office of Information Collection
Office of Environmental Information
Phone: (202) 566-1680
Facsimile: (202) 566-1684
Email: humrighouse.ryan@epa.gov


date8/16/10

NCAI & Exchange Network Tribal Webinar to be Held August 23, 2010
 

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) invites members of Indian Country to a webinar to learn about U.S. EPA grant opportunities to improve sharing of environmental data through the Environmental Information Exchange Network.  In addition to grant program information, you will hear an example of how tribes in the Pacific Northwest are using the Exchange Network to improve how they share water quality data.  The webinar is presented through the NCAI’s cooperative agreement with the EPA Office of Environmental Information.
Monday, August 23, 2010; 3:30-5:00 p.m. EASTERN TIME

Webinar Link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/284044576
(Click on this link to register and join the webinar.  Advance registration is encouraged, but not required.  Please join the webinar a few minutes before the scheduled start time.)
Call-in number:  888-326-7492
Access Code:  370135#

This webinar will features two presentations.  First, Karl Alvarez of the U.S. EPA will give a presentation on the Exchange Network grant opportunities, the fiscal year 2011 grant application process and schedule, and the attributes of a successful grant application.  Second, Bruce Jones of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission and member of the NCAI Exchange Network Tribal Governance Group will discuss how tribes in the Pacific Northwest are using the Water Quality Exchange (WQX) system to share water quality data among member tribes, EPA, and others.  The 90-minute webinar will include time for questions and answers after each presentation.

Webinar Organizer Contact:  If you have questions about the webinar or experience problems joining the meeting, you may contact Jennifer Tice at Ross & Associates Environmental Consulting at jennifer.tice@ross-assoc.com or 206-447-1805.  (You may also contact the GoToWebinar help line at 888-259-8414 or gotomeetingcare@citrixonline.com.)


The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals  (ITEP) has an Executive Director job opening.

This is a professional management position responsible for directing a nationwide program offering environmental training, technical support, environmental education and information services for Indian Tribes across the United States.  Tribal environmental training programs include air quality, solid waste, environmental compliance, K-16 environmental education and other related programs.  This position operates with broad authority and reports to the dean of the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences.
The Executive Director is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the Institute.  Working with the Institute's vibrant staff and nationwide stakeholders, the Executive Director will develop strategies to enhance the Institute's ability to deliver services to tribal governments that will enhance their management of environmental and natural resources on tribal lands.  As a seasoned leader, the Executive Director will focus on building relationships that will provide financial and strategic support for the Institute. 

Application deadline:  August, 23, 2010. 

Full  job description and to application


date8/5/10

Webinar Announcement: Toxic Releases on Tribal Lands  

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting a webinar for tribal stakeholders on the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). The purpose of the webinar is to increase use and awareness in Indian Country and Alaska Native Villages of this publicly available tool tribes may use to identify sources of toxic chemical releases in their geographic areas.

Date:  September 8, 2010  
Time:  1-2:30pm ET  
To register for this free webinar go to https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/518749217  

After registering you will be given a phone number that can be used to listen to the webinar.  If you plan to ask a question during the webinar, you will need to use the Go To Webinar Q&A feature and not the phone line. The phone line is for listening purposes only.  

If you are hearing impaired, a written transcript will be available 1-2 weeks after the webinar. Additional materials, including frequently asked questions, individual PowerPoint presentations, and recorded webcast will also be available 2-3 weeks after the webinar. All materials will be posted to the Chemical Right to Know Web site www.chemicalright2know.org/content/webinar/tribes2010 .

For questions, please contact Beth Jackson ( jackson.elizabeth@epa.gov ) or Jennifer Major ( jennifer.major@ross-assoc.com  


Clean Air Excellence Awards Program

The Clean Air Excellence Awards Program, established in 2000 at the recommendation of the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee, annually recognizes and honors outstanding innovative efforts to help make progress in achieving cleaner air. Award-winning entries must directly or indirectly reduce pollutant emissions, demonstrate innovation, offer sustainable outcomes, and provide a model for others to follow.

CAAAC is accepting application for the 2010 Clean Air Excellence Program Awards until August 13, 2010 (postmarked).

If you have any questions about the Clean Air Excellence Awards Program, please contact Pat Childers of EPA's Office of Air and Radiation at (202) 564-1082, or childers.pat@epa.gov .

There are five categories in which a program, project, or technology may be entered:

    • Clean Air Technology
    • Community Action
    • Education/Outreach
    • Regulatory/Policy Innovations
    • Transportation Efficiency Innovations
Award-winning entries are programs, projects, or technologies that directly or indirectly (i.e., by encouraging actions) reduce emissions of criteria pollutants or hazardous/toxic air pollutants; are innovative and unique; provide a model for others to follow; and result in positive outcomes that are continuing/sustainable.

In addition to the five award categories described above, the Clean Air Excellence Awards Program will annually recognize two special award categories.
The Thomas W. Zosel Outstanding Individual Achievement Award.  This category recognizes up to one individual for outstanding achievement, demonstrated leadership, and a lasting commitment to promoting clean air and helping to achieve better air quality. The candidate should be an innovative leader in his or her field and demonstrate a lifetime of achievement in promoting clean air. Candidates for this award must be nominated by a third party.  

Gregg Cooke Visionary Program Award.  This category recognizes an outstanding project or program that has achieved environmental excellence in more than one of the five general award categories (i.e., Clean Air Technology, Community Action, Education/Outreach, Regulatory/Policy Innovations, and Transportation Efficiency


date7/29/10

NIH Funding Opportunity
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released a new funding opportunity to support small research projects examining the differential risk factors of populations that lead to or are associated with increased vulnerability to exposures, diseases and other adverse health outcomes related to climate change. Applications may involve either applied research studies that address specific hypotheses about risk factors or population characteristics associated with increased vulnerability, or research projects to develop general models or methods for identifying and characterizing population vulnerability to climate change. The ultimate goal of this research program is to help inform climate change adaptation and public health interventions to reduce current and future vulnerability of various populations to the health effects of climate change.

A complete copy of the PAR (PAR-10-235) is available online:
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-235.html   dilworthch@niehs.nih.gov  or 919-541-7727) at NIEHS if you have questions.

This program has been released for a three-year period with three application receipt dates. The first application receipt date is September 28, 2010. Prospective applicants are asked to submit a letter of intent (LOI) by August 28, 2010. The earliest anticipated start date is July 1, 2011.

Please contact Caroline H. Dilworth ( dilworthch@niehs.nih.gov  or 919-541-7727) at NIEHS if you have questions.


date7/28/10

EPA Review of Health and Environmental Standards for Uranium and Thorium Milling Facilities

PUBLIC INPUT WELCOME—SEND US YOUR THOUGHTS!
On-line discussion forum at: http://blog.epa.gov/milltailingblog/

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last revised its regulations for uranium and thorium milling in 1995, and is currently reviewing them to determine if revisions are necessary to bring them up-to-date. We are discussing the regulations with affected stakeholders, and invite you to participate in the review and provide your thoughts in our online discussion forum: http://blog.epa.gov/milltailingblog/

ABOUT THE STANDARDS
The regulations under review establish standards for protection of the public health, safety, and environment from radiological and nonradiological hazards associated with uranium and thorium ore processing, and their associated wastes. The cross-media standards apply to pollution emissions and site restoration. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and their Agreement States use these standards in their oversight of uranium and thorium facility operations and in issuing licenses for source material. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) uses them in their management of closed uranium and thorium mills and in the cleanup of contaminated soil and buildings. More information is available at: http://www.epa.gov/radiation/tenorm/index.html

TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION
1. Changes in Uranium Industry Technologies--EPA originally wrote its current standards for conventional mills and mill tailings impoundments; we are reviewing them to determine if they are appropriate for ISL recovery, heap leaching, and co-mineral development technologies.

2. Revisions in EPA drinking and groundwater protection standards-- Maximum Concentration Levels (MCLs) for a number of metals have been revised under 40 CFR Parts 141-143 authorized under the Safe Water Drinking Act. The regulations at 40 CFR 192 use some of these drinking water standards for groundwater protection, so we are reviewing the groundwater standards to determine if revisions are needed.

3. Issues relating to children's health, environmental justice, Tribes, and low-income populations-- Since the original promulgation of 40 CFR 192 in 1983, Federal Executive Orders and EPA policies have been issued that require review of impacts on Tribes, low-income populations, and the health of children.

4. Updated dose/risk factors and scenarios for assessing radiological and non-radiological risk.
EPA is reviewing updates in the underlying science that supports dose and risk assessments for this rule, and is assessing different exposure scenarios.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Please feel free to contact us at UraniumReview@epa.gov


date7/26/10

Air Toxics Monitoring and Data Analysis Workshop April 2011

Thank you for your response to our survey regarding date and location for the next air toxics monitoring and data analysis workshop. Based on some timing conflicts, we have decided to have the workshop at the Region 6 office in Dallas TX, which is a more central location, tentatively during the week of April 4-7, 2011. We will provide additional information as it becomes available.


date7/15/10

Conference call on U.S. EPA's Proposed Combustion Rules and Related Waste Definition

Intended Audience : environmental justice and tribal community members or organizations

When : Friday, July 23, 2010, Time : 1:00 to 3:00 PM EST

Conference Line: 1-866-299-3188 ; code: 919-541-5624 (phone limited to 125 participants on a first-come first-serve basis)

Purpose:   Communities have requested EPA’s Air Programs to provide more timely information on upcoming activities.  To better share information and enable ongoing communication between EPA and interested community groups, EPA will begin hosting quarterly conference calls.  July 23rd will be the first of these calls.  The first half of the call will focus on community recommendations for the on-going structure and format of future calls.  

The second half of the call will provide communities with an opportunity to ask additional clarifying questions on the proposed definition of non-hazardous solid waste and combustion rules.  Please note this will not be an opportunity to provide EPA with additional comments on the rules themselves, but instead provide communities with an opportunity to better understand the intricacies of these proposed rules so they can submit more detailed comments on them for the official record.  This call is being held during the public comment period ending on August 3, 2010.  All written comments on these proposed rules must be submitted by this date.

To help you better participate in this part of the call we encourage you to go to EPA’s website to view a pre-recorded webinar on EPA's Proposed Combustion Rules and Definition of Solid Waste held on June 9, 2010.  It is available at http://www.epa.gov/apti/broadcast.html#boilers060910 .   After viewing the webinar, please email any clarifying questions pertaining to the proposed rules or the rule-making process to  Tab Tesnau at tesnau.tab@epa.gov  by the end of the day July 20, 2010.

The webinar describes the new rules proposed by EPA.  These rules would emissions of air pollutants from boilers, process heaters, and solid waste incinerators.  Boilers and process heaters are sources of air pollution and are located in virtually every community. There are also 172 commercial or industrial solid waste incinerators in the U.S. that may be affected by the proposed incinerator rule. Note: Municipal solid waste incinerators are covered under other EPA rules and will not be covered in this webinar.

The webinar also presents information on the proposed definition of non hazardous solid waste. This proposed rule addresses whether non-hazardous secondary materials are or are not solid waste. This definition identifies the types of materials that may be burned as a fuel in a boiler or whether they must be burned in a solid waste incinerator.

EPA has addressed some questions that were not answered during the live webinar in a follow-up questions and answers document, which can be found at:   http://www.epa.gov/air/ej/ .  
The basic information on the proposed rules is located at: http://www.epa.gov/airquality/combustion .  The proposed rules are open for public comment until August 3.  Please submit official comments through www.regulations.gov .

For more information about the conference call contact Lena Epps-Price (epps-price.lena@epa.gov), 919-541-5573.


date6/30/10

Tribal Green & Healthy Schools and Grant Writing Workshop

Please see the attached invitation to this FREE training and workshop in
Rapid City, South Dakota.
Anyone is welcome to attend. You do not need to be from a tribal
organization to attend. We would like to see everyone take advantage of
this great training and grant writing workshop.
Tribal Schools Flyer (PDF)
Final TG&HS_REGISTRATION SCHOLARSHIP (PDF)
Agenda at a Glance (PDF)


date6/24/10

Funding opportunity announcement

A new funding opportunity announcement entitled,  "Development of Methodologies for Determining Preferred Landscape Designs for Sustainable Bioenergy Feedstock Production Systems at a Watershed Scale") DE-FOA-0000314, has been uploaded to FedConnect and Grants.gov.   Below is a description of the solicitation.  Closing date is July 16, 2010.  You may find it by searching by the identification number or title using the following urls below.

https://www.fedconnect.net  
 
http://www.grants.gov  
 
Description  

Dramatic expansion of the domestic biofuels industry is needed to meet the requirements of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2; i.e., 36 billion gallons per year of biofuels from domestically produced feedstocks by 2022, including 21 billion gallons per year of advanced biofuels from cellulosic feedstocks). In order to displace 30 percent or more of the country?s present petroleum consumption, approximately one billion dry tons of sustainably produced feedstocks would need to be produced each year. It is anticipated that the feedstock required to achieve the anticipated rapid expansion of the commercial domestic biofuels industry will come predominantly from dedicated energy crops. The lack of verifiable and reliable environmental data at the watershed scale for high-yielding energy crops and other feedstocks removed from the landscape to ascertain the sustainability of these production systems has been identified as a barrier to the development of a large and significant biofuel and biopower industry. Furthermore, there exists only limited information and few tools for implementing and managing sustainable high-yield energy crops across the landscape. There is little scientific information and no validated methodology for optimizing sustainable cellulosic biomass production systems beyond the plot and field scale onto the watershed and larger scale. With the expected rapid growth of the bio-economy, the escalation of establishment and production of energy crops across the agricultural, forestry, and rural landscape will need to be correspondingly rapid and must happen in parallel with the development of biorefineries. Special attention is therefore required to understand sustainability issues at the watershed level and to use this information for developing a model or a set of tools to help implement large-scale deployment of energy crops that ensure environmental sustainability, while optimizing system productivity and economic viability for producers, and provide high quality biomass for a variety of conversion processes.

U.S. EPA National Consultation Conference Call Information

Please note :   A corrected press release for the national consultation conference calls has been issued.  Also, this is an operator-assisted call and the tribes will be placed into the call first.  All others will be placed on hold until we assess the number of remaining lines.  As in the past, please consolidate your EPA regional office participants onto as few lines as possible.   Also, Headquarters Indian Coordinators we have two conference rooms reserved for you to listen in on the call.  AIEO Conference Room 3324 EPA East and OITA Sun Conference Room   31288 Ronald Reagan Building.

U.S. EPA National Consultation Conference Call Information

July 8 and 19, 2010:   EPA's American Indian Environmental Office will host two national consultation conference calls with Tribal Leaders to seek their input on the Proposed EPA Policy on Consultation and Coordination with Tribes.   The call will include opening remarks from EPA's Designated Consultation Official, Michelle DePass, Assistant Administrator, Office of International & Tribal Affairs, an overview of the Policy, and open time for questions, answers, and comments.   Tribes can also submit written comments on the Policy - see www.epa.gov/indian/consultation/index.htm  for more details.


Thursday, July 8, 2010, 3:00 – 4:30 EDT
Call-in number 866-379-5082 / Conference ID# 75500839


Monday, July 19, 2010, 3:00 – 4:30 EDT
Call-in number 866-379-5082 / Conference ID# 77274061


Link to the Consultation Policy:           http://www.epa.gov/indian/consultation/index.htm

Link to the Consultation Calendar:      http://www.epa.gov/indian/consultation/index.htm

Link to the Consultation Comment Page:      http://www.epa.gov/indian/consultation/index.htm     

Link to Corrected Press Release:    


date6/22/10

National Tribal Forum on Air Quality (NTF) (July 13-15, 2010)

This year, the National Tribal Forum on Air Quality (NTF) (July 13-15, 2010) is shaping up to be the best yet, and the Executive Committee of the National Tribal Air Association (NTAA) is putting together a presentation on National and Regional Tribal Air Quality Priorities to be given directly to OAR Assistant Administrator Gina McCarthy and other EPA officials, and we are requesting your assistance in making sure that we capture your priorities accurately.

To do this, a conference call has been scheduled for each Region and an interactive agenda has been set up in Google Docs. As a starting point for discussion, I’ve already started a list of possible priorities based on what I’ve heard from our Region in the past, and you’ll be able to see those on the agenda. Please feel free to enter your own ideas and comments as well.
The conference call for our Region will be held on Friday, June 25th, 10:00am pacific.
The call-in number is: 1.888.824.5783 and passcode: 97728037#
The link to the Agenda is: http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0Ab-kOwZVsYtdZGd4OXZqZGtfMTdmM3R0cDlkNw&hl=en
I look forward to discussing this with you then! If you have any questions or comments, please contact me.
Please feel free to forward this to Tribes throughout Region 9.


date6/17/10

The EEOP program, part of ITEP, has funding for a limited number of training participants. This funding would be for educators and support staff at schools that would be interested in collaborating with the EEOP staff to implement the IAQ Tools for Schools program.
Tribal Environmental staff interested in working with their schools are also invited. If you are willing to work with
schools serving your students and partner with EEOP to do IPM and IAQ, we would like to help you attend this training.

If you are interested, please reply directly to Mansel at mansel.nelson@nau.edu

National Tribal School Integrated Pest Management Training

We are pleased to have the opportunity to conduct a National Tribal School Integrated Pest Management Training in the Phoenix, AZ area on July 20 – 21, 2010. Arizona participants can receive 6 Office of Pest Management CEUs and 6 Arizona Department of Agriculture CEUs.
We have reserved a block of rooms under the name Tribal School IPM (market code: TRIBA) at the Grace Inn, 10831 South 51st Street, Phoenix, AZ 85044-1700, 800-843-6010 or 480-893-3000. Room rates are $55.00 per night plus tax. This includes a hot breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant. The room block will be released on June 19th and the rate is not guaranteed after this date. Please make your reservations now.

At this time all participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses, however if travel scholarships become available in the future all registered participants will be notified how to apply.There is no cost to register for this training and space is limited, so please register now at http://www.ncipmc.org/training/.

Day 1: Classroom instruction from nationally recognized experts in structural and school IPM plus several Tribal representatives who are conducting school IPM on their reservations.

Day 2: “School crawl through” to allow participants experience school IPM in a real world setting. The school crawl through will be hosted on the Salt River Pima Maricopa Reservation.

This is a collaborative effort involving numerous groups and organizations. We want to extend a special thanks to the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona and the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community for hosting the training in the Arizona.
If you have questions about this training, you may contact Susan Ratcliffe, Director of the North Central Integrated Pest Management Center by phone at 217-333-9656 or via email at ipm@illinois.edu.

Training topics:

The Why and How of School IPM - Lame
Pest Management in Tribal Schools - Lame & Gouge
Ectoparasite IPM (ticks, bed bugs and lice) - Gouge
Rodent IPM - Lame & Gouge
Turf and Landscape IPM - Foss
School District IPM Program Development - Jochim & Zubiate
On-Site School Crawlthrough & Priority Setting Exercise - Attendees
Coalition Development and Benefits - Attendees

Funding is provided by United States Environmental Protection Agency.


date6/9/10

Draft Tribal Consultation Policy

I am glad to share with you the final draft Tribal consultation policy.  Michelle DePass signed a letter today that we are mailing with a copy of the policy (see attachments below)  to all federally-recognized tribes.  The policy will also be posted on AIEO's tribal portal later today.  Comment period will run through July 16, 2010.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thank you to everyone for your great work in helping AIEO get this policy out for review.  I want to thank in particular Jeff Besougloff, David Guest, David Janik and Joe Edgell for their hard work on the policy.  I look forward to receiving comments from the tribes, and look to your continued help and support as we finalize the policy in early August.  

Sadie Hoskie
Acting Director of AIEO

Tribes may also find more information about the consultation policy development process at the Agency's consultation website http://www.epa.gov/indian/consultation/


date6/8/10

Air Toxics Monitoring and Data Analysis Conference

We are trying to gauge interest and ability for state, local and tribes to attend a 2 1/2 day conference focusing on air toxics monitoring and data analysis issues.

Possible Dates: October 25-28 , 2010 - Monday would be a training day, Conference would be Tuesday-Thursday noon.

Location: Atlanta hotel

Topics: National Program Overview, NATTS, Community Scale Grants, Gulf Oil Spill Monitoring, School Air Toxics Program, Quality Assurance Issues, OTAQ update, Data use and issues.

Please send an email to Barbara Driscoll, driscoll.barbara@epa.gov if you are interested in attending.


date6/7/10

Subject: Webinar on U.S. EPA’s Proposed Combustion Rules and Definition of Solid Waste

Intended Audience: State, local and tribal air quality agencies, environmental justice community organizations, environmental/health organizations, industry, and others.

When: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 Time: 1:00 to 4:00 PM EST

It’s time to reserve your seat at the table to learn more about new rules proposed by EPA, which will reduce emissions from boilers, process heaters, and solid waste incinerators.
Boilers and process heaters are important sources of air pollution and are in virtually every community. There are also 172 commercial or industrial solid waste incinerators in the U.S. that may be affected by the proposed incinerator rule. Note: Municipal solid waste incinerators are covered under other EPA rules and will not be covered in this webinar.

EPA will also present information on the proposed definition of solid waste. This proposed rule addresses which non-hazardous secondary materials would be considered solid waste and which would be considered fuel. This definition identifies the types of materials that may be burned as a fuel in a boiler or whether they must be burned in a solid waste incinerator.

The format for the webinar will be an on-line presentation by EPA using maps and power point slides. You may view the slides on your computer and hear the presenter through your computer speakers (no microphone is needed). If you do not have computer speakers, you should email Regina Chappell ( chappell.regina@epa.gov ) for other audio options. You may use the “chat/questions” function to email EPA during the presentation if you need further clarification or have additional questions.

EPA is hosting the webinar during the public comment period. You can use the webinar to become more informed about these proposals and to prepare your comments. The webinar is not a means of providing public comment on the proposed rules. We will be providing more information on public hearings and how to comment.

Webinar Details :

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern Time

Reserve your webinar seat now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/738907096

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Please plan to join the webinar at least 10 minutes prior to the start time so that we may begin on time.

Presentations will be available at: www.epa.gov/air/ej/ejinfo.html . We will record and post the webinar for future on-line viewing at this same website.

Computer System Requirements for Webinar :

If you are using a PC, you will need to have Windows® 7, Vista, XP, 2003 Server or 2000.

If you are using a Mac, you will need to have Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer.

For more information about the webinar , contact Toni Colon, 919-541-0069 or colon.toni@epa.gov .

Additional Information on Proposed Rules :

Additional information on the proposed boiler, heater and incinerator rules, including public hearings is available at: www.epa.gov/airquality/combustion/actions.html .

Additional information on the proposed definition of non-hazardous solid waste is available at: www.epa.gov/wastes/nonhaz/definition.htm .


date6/1/10

UPCOMING WEBINAR! PEST PREVENTION: IPM IN SCHOOLS

Thursday, June 3, 2010, 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET
Do you have pests in your school? To learn how integrated pest management (IPM) can be used effectively in schools, join a team of IPM experts including Sherry Glick from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Pesticide Programs; Dr. Thomas A. Green, President of the IPM Institute of North America; Gregg Smith, Director of Facility Services, Salt Lake City School District; and Bob Stoddard, President of EnviroSafe. Don’t miss your chance to learn safe and cost-effective pest management approaches! Register today! https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/217750625 


date5/18/10

May 25th Webinar on Proposed Gold Mine Regulation

This is to provide information on how to reserve a spot for the webinar on Tuesday, May 25 th  from 2-3 p.m. east coast time on the proposed air toxics area source regulation for gold mine ore processing and production.     Chuck French from EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards will provide a summary of the proposal and answer any clarifying questions.  

Reserve your webinar seat now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/933772384  

Computer System Requirements for webinar:
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP, 2003 Server or 2000

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer

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

Presentation materials will be posted at http://epa.gov/air/oaqps/eog/webinars/webinars.html  by the end of the day on Monday, May 24th.
We will be recording this session and it will be available on the Air Pollution Training Institute website within 2 weeks after the session at http://www.epa.gov/apti/broadcast.html .  

More on the proposed air toxics area source regulation for gold mine ore processing and production:

On April 15, 2010 EPA proposed National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for gold ore processing and production facilities, the sixth largest source of mercury air emission in the United States.  EPA's proposal builds on Nevada's Mercury Control Program for controlling mercury emissions from precious metal mining.

Gold ore processing and production facilities extract gold from mined ore. About 20 gold ore processing facilities in the United States will be subject to the proposed rule.  These facilities are in Nevada, Alaska, California, Colorado, Montana, South Dakota, and Washington.

Some facilities in Nevada, including some of the nation’s largest gold ore processing facilities, are making significant progress toward the proposed reductions under the Nevada Mercury Air Emissions Control Program, which requires controls at precious metal mining facilities.

At full implementation, the proposed rule is estimated to reduce mercury emissions to about 0.7 tons per year (1,390 pounds), which will be more than 70 percent reduction from 2007 levels.

Mercury is the only air toxic that would be regulated under this proposed rule. Mercury in the air eventually deposits into water, where it transforms into methylmercury, a highly toxic form that builds up in fish. Americans are primarily exposed to mercury by eating contaminated fish.  Because methylmercury can damage children’s developing brains and nervous systems, even before they are born, women of childbearing age and children are the population of greatest concern.

For the fact sheet on this proposal, go to http://www.epa.gov/ttn/caaa/t3/fact_sheets/goldmineprfs.pdf    For the proposal, go to http://www.epa.gov/ttn/caaa/t3/fr_notices/goldminepr.pdf


Ellen Wildermann 919-541-5408

 

date5/12/10

NJ Meadowlands webinar June 2, 2010 2:00 - 3:30 Eastern Time

This webinar was rescheduled due to technical difficulties. The presentation is located at http://www.epa.gov/ttn/amtic/toxdat.html#webinar.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/586256753

This study was specifically designed to identify ambient air quality gradients of particulate matter (PM2.5), total suspended particles (TSP) and associated 16 PAHs/10 trace metals at three different distances (50m, 100m and 150m) from the New Jersey Turnpike (NJTPK)

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

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP, 2003 Server or 2000

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer


date5/6/10

Webinar on Proposed Gold Mine Regulation - May 25th, 2010 from 2-3 pm eastern time.

This is to announce a webinar on Tuesday, May 25th from 2-3 p.m. east coast time on the proposed air toxics area source regulation for gold mine ore processing and production. Chuck French from EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards will provide a summary of the proposal and answer any clarifying questions. Information will be sent out on how to join the webinar next week. We are in the process of transitioning to a new webinar provider this month and do not have access to it yet.

Presentation materials will be posted at http://epa.gov/air/oaqps/eog/webinars/webinars.html by the end of the day on Monday, May 24th.

We will be recording this session and it will be available on the Air Pollution Training Institute website within 2 weeks after the session at http://www.epa.gov/apti/broadcast.html.

More on the proposed air toxics area source regulation for gold mine ore processing and production:

On April 15, 2010 EPA proposed National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for gold ore processing and production facilities, the sixth largest source of mercury air emission in the United States. EPA's proposal builds on Nevada's Mercury Control Program for controlling mercury emissions from precious metal mining. Gold ore processing and production facilities extract gold from mined ore. About 20 gold ore processing facilities in the United States will be subject to the proposed rule. These facilities are in Nevada, Alaska, California, Colorado, Montana, South Dakota, and Washington.

Some facilities in Nevada, including some of the nation’s largest gold ore processing facilities, are making significant progress toward the proposed reductions under the Nevada Mercury Air Emissions Control Program, which requires controls at precious metal mining facilities. At full implementation, the proposed rule is estimated to reduce mercury emissions to about 0.7 tons per year (1,390 pounds), which will be more than 70 percent reduction from 2007 levels. Mercury is the only air toxic that would be regulated under this proposed rule. Mercury in the air eventually deposits into water, where it transforms into methylmercury, a highly toxic form that builds up in fish. Americans are primarily exposed to mercury by eating contaminated fish. Because methylmercury can damage children’s developing brains and nervous systems, even before they are born, women of childbearing age and children are the population of greatest concern.

For more information, contact Ellen Wilderman 919-541-5408


Tribal Environmental Education, Outreach and Support Program Grant


The synopsis for this grant opportunity is detailed below, following this paragraph. This synopsis contains all of the updates to this document that have been posted as of 05/05/2010 . If updates have been made to the opportunity synopsis, update information is provided below the synopsis.
If you would like to receive notifications of changes to the grant opportunity click send me change notification emails . The only thing you need to provide for this service is your email address. No other information is requested.

Any inconsistency between the original printed document and the disk or electronic document shall be resolved by giving precedence to the printed document.

Document Type: Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-OAR-IO-10-08
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Posted Date: May 05, 2010
Creation Date: May 05, 2010
Original Closing Date for Applications: Jun 18, 2010    Pleease refer to the full announcement, including Section IV for additional information on submission methods and due dates.
Current Closing Date for Applications: Jun 18, 2010    Pleease refer to the full announcement, including Section IV for additional information on submission methods and due dates.
Archive Date: Jul 18, 2010
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Environment
Category Explanation:

Expected Number of Awards: 1
Estimated Total Program Funding: $1,000,000
Award Ceiling:

Award Floor:

CFDA Number(s): 66.037  --  Internships, Training and Workshops for the Office of Air and Radiation
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No

Eligible Applicants
State governments
County governments
City or township governments
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Private institutions of higher education
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
 
Additional Information on Eligibility:
See Section III of the announcement for additional eligibility information.
Agency Name: Environmental Protection Agency
Description
This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits applications to ensure that American Indian students, educators, and communities are properly informed of, and provided with opportunities to participate in, and pursue environmental careers in the field of air quality management.
Link to Full Announcement Tribal Environmental Education, Outreach and Support Program
If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:
Darrel Harmon, 202-564-7416. Darrel Harmon
Synopsis Modification History
There are currently no modifications for this opportunity.
More Information


date4/28/10

EPA Posts Four New Fact Sheets on Climate Change

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has posted four two-page fact sheets on climate change based on recent scientific data and findings. These documents may be useful to state and local governments looking for public outreach materials on climate change. The four new fact sheets are:

  • Climate Change Science Facts: Describes the causes (human and natural) of climate change, the link between greenhouse gases and temperature, signs of climate change, and projections of future climate change.
  • Climate Change and Ecosystems: Discusses the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, oceans, forests, habitat, invasive species, and migrations and life cycle events.
  • Climate Change and Health Effects: Covers the effects of climate change on heat-related illnesses and deaths, respiratory problems, and diseases and allergies.
  • Climate Change and Society: Explains how climate change could affect water resources, coastal communities, food production, and energy use and supply, among other things.

    EPA’s Climate Toolbox, which includes the four new fact sheets as well as other resources, is available on EPA’s Climate Change Basic Information page at: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/basicinfo.html.

Open Announcements: Immediate Office of the Assistant Administrator
RFA# EPA-OAR-IO-10-06 - Closing Date: June 4, 2010

National Tribal Air Association Operations (25pp, 86k)
Summary
EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation is seeking applications from eligible entities to provide comprehensive air quality policy and regulatory analysis including support and national coordination activities to assist tribes in understanding, participating in and responding to US EPA Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) policy and regulatory activities.
For more information, visit http://www.epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html


date4/23/10

EPA will be hosting a webinar on an air toxics study conducted at the
New Jersey Meadowlands - April 28th from 2-3:30pm eastern time.


New Jersey Meadowlands Turnpike Study - This study was specifically
designed to identify ambient air quality gradients of particulate matter
(PM2.5), total suspended particles (TSP) and associated 16 PAHs/10 trace
metals at three different distances (50m, 100m and 150m) from the New
Jersey Turnpike (NJTPK), one of the busiest highways in the USA.
Concentrations of ten trace metals in PM
2.5 showed gradients as a function of distance. In addition to spatial
variation, these ambient air pollutants were investigated for their
seasonal/diurnal variations with meteorological parameters, and traffic
counts. The profiling of these air toxics will not only help
characterize the degree and extent of the current air pollution problem
near high traffic highways and the risks to the local communities, but
also establish a baseline for future reference.

Here is the link to the webinar:
http://hawkeye.epa.gov/imtapp/app/sch_mtg_details.uix?mID=61840

Conference call info: 866-299-3188 9195410773#

Presentation materials will be available the week of the presentation at
http://www.epa.gov/ttn/amtic/toxdat.html#webinar

No pre-registration is required.

For more information, contact Barbara Driscoll at 919-541-1051 or
driscoll.barbara@epa.gov.


date4/22/10

EPA Seeks Public Comment on Aircraft Lead Emissions Data

Agency will determine if lead in aviation gas poses threat to public health


WASHINGTON -
 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requesting comment on data available for evaluating emissions and potential exposure to lead in gas used in piston-engine aircraft. Lead exposure is of special concern with young children because it puts them at risk for a wide range of health impacts, including lowered IQ and behavioral disorders.

Since 1980, U.S. lead emissions have decreased by more than 90 percent. EPA also recently issued national air quality standards for lead that are 10 times tighter than the previous standards. There is no known safe level of lead in the body. Lead emissions from aviation gasoline accounts for about half the nation’s lead inventory. There are about 20,000 airport, heliports, and similar facilities nationwide that use leaded gasoline.  

The advanced notice of proposed rulemaking being announced today describes the data that are currently available and being collected that would help evaluate health impacts from piston-engine aircraft emissions. This action describes considerations regarding emission engine standards and requests comment on approaches for transitioning the piston-engine fleet to unleaded gas.

This action will be open for a 60-day comment period upon publication in the Federal Register. EPA will review comments and make a determination as to whether aircraft lead emissions cause or contribute to air pollution, which may reasonably be expected to endanger public health or welfare. By law, EPA in consultation with the Federal Aviation Administration would be required to issue standards if a positive finding were made.   The ANPR on Lead Emissions from Piston-Engine Aircraft has been signed and the prepublication version is on the following website at:   www.epa.gov/otaq/aviation.htm .
Fact Sheet (pdf 3 pp, 561 kb)


date4/13/10

On-line Training for Inspectors in Indian Country - Wednesday April 14, 2010 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern).

You are cordially invited to participate in a free, on-line training entitled “Inspector Roles and Responsibilities.”   This session deals with a wide variety of issues facing inspectors including the handling of confidential business information and ethics.   The speaker is Lenore Lamb, Pala Band of Mission Indians

This session will provide an overview of EPA's environmental enforcement and compliance process, including various administrative, civil and criminal actions; and the relationships between federal, tribal, and state authorities.
The training is being offered by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals pursuant to a cooperative agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The session is part of the Tribal Basic Inspector Training course and is being conducted at EPA’s National Enforcement Training Institute in Lakewood, Colorado.

The training is scheduled for Wednesday April 14, 2010 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern).

To view the training, you should: (1) go to www.joinwebinar.com  15-20 minutes before the actual session start time and (2) enter the "webinar ID" 618-289-088 and your email address.  In this way, you will “see” the presentation.
To hear the training, you should call 916-233-3088, access code: 674-758-973 at 31:00 PM Eastern.  

For questions, please contact EPA’s Daniel Couturier at 303-236-6791 or couturier.danieal@epa.gov
To participate on-line, our PC-based computer needs Windows® 7, Vista, XP, 2003 Server or 2000 and Apple-based attendees need: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer.


Forms for the Energy Development in Indian Country Conference held August 17-19, 2010

Energy Development in Indian Country (PDF 1 pp, 110 k)
Solicitation Letter (PDF 1 pp, 101 kb)
Call for Proposals (pdf 3 pp, 143 kb)
Call for Proposals (Word 1 pp 156 kb)
Scholarship Aplication (PDF 1 pp, 128 kb)


Five Reasons to Attend the National Tribal Science Forum.

5 Reasons (PDF 1 pp, 491 kb)


date4/6/10

Fort Belknap Indian Community Energy Development Conference. Scholarships are available.
More Information (pdf 1 pp, 109 kb)
Call for Proposals (Word 1 pp, 156 kb)



date3/24/10

Solar Energy - Capturing and Using Power and Heat from the Sun: March 24, 2010  

The Tribal Energy Program's monthly Webinar will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, March 24, from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Mountain time.
This Webinar will cover the basics of solar energy, including:

    • The solar resource
    • Solar electric (photovoltaic) technologies and systems
    • Concentrating solar power systems
    • Solar domestic hot water systems
One or more of these technologies may be viable for use on tribal lands at the community scale regardless of your location throughout the United States; for tribes in the desert southwest, large-scale power plants may be an option.  

This seminar will be presented by Roger Taylor, Manager of the Tribal Energy Program at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
To take part in this Webinar, you must register in advance. To sign up, please visit the EERE Solutions Center .

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

For information on the program and our "Guide to Tribal Energy Development," see our Web site .


date3/18/10

A reminder for our Tribal NSR work group call Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 10 AM Alaska, 11 AM Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 PM Central, and 2 PM Eastern.
 

We will utilize the NTAA conference line and GoToMeeting function.  The http link for the GoToMeeting is:   https://www1.gotomeeting.com/join/246252248
The NTAA conference line is: 1-888-824-5783 (97728037# participant access code)
 
Agenda (DRAFT)
The agenda for tomorrow’s Tribal NSR call is below.  I have attached a couple documents I’ve been asked to pass along for your review.  

    • Status on rule
    • Update on NTAA letter sent to EA per workgroup request
    • Re-organization & Identify what the group needs to address in the next  8 months
    • General Permit Draft
    • Tribal NSR Guidance Document OUTLINE
    • Training Locations for NSR discussion/suggestions
    • Next call dates, issues, needs of the Tribes/EPA
1.  Please join my meeting, Thursday, March 18 at 12:00 PM Mountain Daylight Time.  
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/join/246252248  

2.  Join the conference call:  
1-888-824-5783 call in number  
97728037# participant access code  

Meeting ID: 246-252-248  

 


date3/17/10

EPA Announces the New Office of International and Tribal Affairs

Action part of Administrator’s priority to build strong tribal partnerships

WASHINGTON – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, who has highlighted strengthening tribal partnerships as a top priority during her tenure, today announced an internal restructuring that brings EPA’s international and tribal programs together under one umbrella organization called the Office of International & Tribal Affairs (OITA). This restructuring was initiated in response to a request from the tribes to reconsider the proper location of the American Indian Environmental Office (AIEO).
“This change ensures that we approach our relationship with the sovereign tribal nations within our own country in the same way we approach our relationship with sovereign nations beyond U.S. borders,” said Administrator Jackson, “I am confident this move will result in new and positive directions for the EPA-Tribal partnership,”
In early 2009, Administrator Jackson met with the National Congress of American Indians and announced her intention to review the American Indian Environmental Office’s (AIEO) placement in the EPA structure. After consultation with the National Tribal Caucus and EPA leadership in July 2009, she announced the restructuring that would move AIEO from the Office of Water to the Office of International Affairs, and rename the office to reflect the inclusion.

“Tribes and tribal lands face disproportionate environmental and public health concerns” said Michelle DePass, assistant administrator for the new OITA. “It is my honor to assume leadership of the American Indian Environmental Office – and I look forward to working with tribal communities as partners in overall efforts to address these pressing issues,”

The President’s 2011 budget request for the Agency includes a $41.4 million increase in tribal funding across the country, of which $30 million is targeted for new multi-media tribal grants. This new grant program will be tailored to address individual tribes' most serious environmental needs through the implementation of environmental programs, and will help tribes address their environmental priorities to the fullest extent possible. In addition, a 24 percent increase of $2.9 million is proposed to support new staff positions to oversee, provide guidance, and ensure accountability for the new grant program; an additional $8.5 million is provided for General Assistance Program grants which can be put towards programs and projects ranging from assistance for enforcement and compliance activities to education and job training, a 13 percent increase over final Fiscal Year 2010 budget levels.


date3/16/10

NTAA Tribal NSR Workgroup Conference Call, March 18th, 2010 12:00 Noon - 1:30 pm

A conference call for the NTAA's workgroup on the FIP known as the Tribal New Source Review.  The call is designed to provide updates and information to tribes on the rule, as well as discuss any resources needed on lieu of promulgation.

Conference call line and access code:  (888) 824-5783 (97728037#)
GoToMeeting http link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/join/246252248

Agenda (Draft)
1. Overview of the status of the rule.  Anticipated promulgation.
2. Model delegation template package
3. Tribal NSR letter to OAR AA January 2010
4. Next Steps
5. Overview of any action items (from the call).

For more information, contact Stephen Hartsfield, NTAA Program Director.
(505) 242-2175, shartsfield@ntec.org
National Tribal Environmental Council
4520 Montgomery Blvd NE, Suite


date3/15/10

Over $375 Million in Federal Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments  

This message announces the availability of more than $375 million in current or upcoming funding opportunities for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives including energy efficiency, regional planning, and community education. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.
 
***EPA Pollution Prevention Grant Program—$4.1 million
Application Due: April 6, 2010
Eligible Entities: State and tribal governments
EPA requests proposals for the Pollution Prevention (P2) Grant Program. P2 supports technical assistance programs that help businesses identify better environmental strategies and solutions for reducing or eliminating waste at the source. National focus areas include greenhouse gas reduction, toxic and hazardous materials reduction, resource conservation, business efficiency, and promoting P2 integration. $4.1 million expected to be available, up to 70 awards anticipated. Responses due 4/6/10. For more info, including EPA regional contacts and region-specific categories, go to:
http://www.epa.gov/p2/pubs/grants/ppis/ppis.htm
 
***NASA Global Climate Change Education Grant - $8 million
Application Due: April 28, 2010
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, tribal government agencies, public school districts

NASA’s Office of Education is soliciting proposals to increase learning and teaching about climate science. Proposals that integrate NASA’s findings about climate change with findings in other disciplines are encouraged. Proposals that offer unique ways of minimizing their carbon footprint in the execution of the proposal are also encouraged. NASA will issue approximately 20 to 25 awards.
Funding awards will fall into one of two categories: 1) Using NASA Earth system data, interactive models and/or simulations to strengthen teaching and learning about global climate change, and 2) Global climate change science research experiences for undergraduate or community college students and pre- or in-service teachers, including those in nontraditional teacher licensure programs. For more info, contact Tamra Ross at tkross@nasaprs.com  or go to: http://nspires.nasaprs.com/  Refer to Sol# NNL10ZB1011C.    
***DOE Weatherization Assistance Program—$210 million
Application Due: Varies
Eligible Entities: Agencies responsible for administering annual WAP formula allocation
DOE requests proposals for Weatherization Formula Grants. Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) funds are used to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons, reduce their total residential expenditures, and improve their health and safety. WAP assists persons who are particularly vulnerable, such as the elderly, persons with disabilities, families with children, high residential energy users, and households with high energy burdens. Prime applicant eligibility is restricted to agencies responsible for administering the annual WAP formula allocation. Fifty-eight awards are anticipated. The response due date depends on the fiscal year end of the prime applicant, with range of 2/15/10 – 8/1/10.
For more info, go to:
https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/?doc=DE-FOA-0000216&agency=DOE
***USDA Food Service Equipment Grants -- $25 million
Application Due: Varies
Eligible Entities: School food authorities
In January 2010, USDA announced the availability of $25M in equipment grants to help schools operating a National School Lunch Program (NSLP) replace outdated equipment with new energy-efficient appliances such as refrigerators, ovens, and other food service related equipment. Eligible school food authorities are those that participate in the NSLP and did not receive an ARRA grant for NSLP equipment assistance. State educational authorities received allocations from USDA and are to award grants on a competitive basis no later than 180 days after receiving their grant allocation. Procurement and expenditures must be completed no later than one year after grant receipt.
 
State grant allocations can be found in the press release at:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cga/PressReleases/2010/0015.htm . More details can be found in the USDA memo at:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/governance/Policy-Memos/2010/SP_14-2010_os.pdf .
 
For more information on ENERGY STAR qualified commercial food service equipment, please visit www.energystar.gov/cfs  or contact Una Song ( song.una@epa.gov ) or Jeffrey Clark (jclark@icfi.com ) .
 
***Advance Notice : HUD Sustainable Communities Planning Grant Program—$100 million
Application Due: June 5, 2010 (approximate)
Eligible Applicants: To be decided
HUD is currently receiving feedback on this grant opportunity and will release a notice of funding availability the week of April 12, 2010. The grant will focus on helping communities integrate housing and transportation decisions into overall sustainability planning.
A full description of the proposed funding is available
 
***Notice of Intent: DOE State Efficiency Grants - $30 million
Application Due: Date not yet released  
Eligible Applicants: State Energy Offices, all entities
DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory intends to issue two funding opportunity announcements in March or April to provide funding for programs to retrofit residential and commercial property and to develop policies that promote energy efficiency. The funding will be available for two areas of interest:

    • Strengthening Building Retrofit Markets: Up to $23 million for programs and strategies to retrofit residential and/or commercial properties. Open to state energy offices only. Anticipated awards will be in the range of $2 to 5 million per state.
    • Energy Efficiency Action Grants: Up to $7 million to support states and groups of states in achieving an annual minimum electricity savings target of 1 percent through energy efficiency. This area will be represented in two separate funding opportunity announcements: one restricted to state energy offices and one for which all entities, including public utility commissions, are eligible to apply.
Complete descriptions of the proposed funding opportunities

date3/12/10

Renewable Energy for Tribal Community Development: April 13-15, 2010

This comprehensive three-day overview will be held in Denver, Colorado. Numerous topics will be covered, including:
Energy Planning, Policy, and Business
Energy in a Changing World
The Strategic Energy Planning Process
The Project Development Process
Energy and Energy Market Terminology
Analysis Tools for Engineering Economics
The Business Side of Project Development
The Challenge of Project Financing
Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
Building and Energy Design Optimization
Wind Power: Community- to Utility-Scale Systems
Biomass for Heat, Power, and Fuels
Solar for Heat and Power: Residential- to Utility-Scale Systems
Geothermal Energy: From Heat Pumps to Power
Hydropower: The Re-Emergence of Small Systems


This training is free. Get more information and register on the TEP Web site.
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov


Great Basin / Mojave Desert Climate Change Workshop

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Park Service, and the Environmental Protection Agency, in collaboration with several other agencies and organizations, are sponsoring a workshop focusing on natural resource research, adaptation, and mitigation needs related to climate change in the Great Basin and Mojave Desert. The workshop, will be held April 20-22, 2010 at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and will examine how climate change is affecting natural resources in deserts of the western U.S., as well as the land, water, and species management and research needs that are essential to address in the coming decade.

Workshop objectives include:
o Increase understanding of climate change processes and their effects on the physical systems and biota of the Great Basin and Mojave Desert
o Provide the "best available" scientific information for adapting to change
o Examine research and management needs
o Evaluate management constraints and determine potential solutions
o Develop effective research and management collaborations for addressing climate change into the future
o The workshop offers a valuable opportunity for scientists and natural resource managers to gather for a discussion of their information needs and opportunities. The poster session will be a highlight of the workshop. Abstract Submission Date: March 15, 2010. Please consider presenting your research results and project information in this forum. For more information, please visit http://www.wr.usgs.gov/workshops/


date3/10/10

Science and American Indian Newsletter (PDF 2 pp, 564 kb)


date3/9/10

***EPA Seeks Abstracts for Presentations at the 19 th  Annual International Emissions Inventory Conference
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites abstracts from interested parties who seek to present at the 19 th  Annual International Emissions Inventory Conference. The conference will be held in San Antonio, Texas, from September 27-30, 2010, and will provide a forum focused on the development and uses of emissions data. Conference participants are expected to include representatives from state, local, tribal, regional, and international agencies, as well as from industry.
The conference will focus on how emission inventories can inform emerging issues in air quality and other environmental topics, such as:

    •  How inventories can be used to assess rapid growth in oil and gas production;
    • How inventories need to change to include short-lived climate pollutants; and
    • How emissions from new fuel technologies can be appropriately quantified.
EPA is interested in receiving short abstracts on relevant topics that parties would like to present at the conference. Presentations can be made at a podium (orally), by poster (visually), or both. All abstracts are due by April 16, 2010.
Interested parties can also suggest special topics to EPA for inclusion in the program beyond the list of established session areas. Specific ideas for special topics should be submitted by April 16, 2010, by using the link below.
 
Finally, parties interested in showcasing software for emissions inventory applications should use the link below to complete the online survey about the conference’s software showcase.
All information regarding submission, style guides, session areas, special topics, and software is available at: http://www.epa.gov/ttn/chief/conference/ei19/index.html .
 
***Abstracts Invited for 2010 Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change Conference 
The 2010 Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change (BECC) Conference invites abstracts for presentations and short talks. The BECC Conference will be held November 14-17, 2010, in Sacramento, California, and is co-convened by the California Institute for Energy and Environment (University of California), the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (Stanford University), and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
The BECC conference will focus on the practical applications of social and behavioral research to achieve viable solutions to energy and climate challenges. This year’s conference will encompass 45 topic/plenary sessions, with expert presenters selected through a competitive abstract process and by special invitation.
 
Abstracts are due May 14, 2010. BECC is inviting abstracts for formal oral presentations, short highlight talks, and poster presentations, relevant to one or more of the following areas:
 
    • Applications of behavioral approaches in energy/climate policies and programs;
    • New behavioral research findings and measured results;
    • Successful programs and scale-ups;
    • Best practices;
    • Emerging policy/program issues;
    • Behavioral research methods; and
    • Transformative new ideas.
Presenters will be asked to provide their slides for posting online; a written paper is not required.  
Detailed instructions regarding the call for abstracts are available at: www.BECCconference.org . Additional questions may be directed to info@BECCconference.org .
 

date3/5/10

Indoor Air Quality Grants

Advance Notice: Sustainable Communities Planning Grant Program ($100 million)
HUD is providing an Advance Notice and seeking input from the public on how the new Sustainable Communities Planning Grant Program should be structured in order to have the most meaningful impact on sustainable regional planning. The notice of funding opportunity is expected to be published in April 2010 with applications due in June 2010.

A full description of the proposed funding and areas for feedback is available here. Comments must be received no later than 12:00 am EST on Friday, March 12, 2010. Electronic responses are preferred and should be sent to sustainablecommunities@hud.gov or submitted through the http://www.hud.gov/sustainability Web site.

Weatherization Assistance Program($210 million)
DOE requests proposals for Weatherization Formula Grants. Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) funds are used to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons, reduce their total residential expenditures, and improve their health and safety.
More information

Department of Energy State Efficiency Grants ($30 million)

DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) intends to issue two Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) to provide funding for programs to retrofit residential and commercial property and to develop policies which promote energy efficiency. Approximately $30 Million is expected to be available in the following Areas of Interest:

Strengthening Building Retrofit Markets: Up to $23 million for programs and strategies to retrofit residential and/or commercial properties. Open to State Energy Offices only. Anticipated awards will be in the range of $2 to 5 million per state.

Energy Efficiency Action Grants: Up to $7 million to support states and groups of states in achieving an annual minimum electricity savings target of 1 percent through energy efficiency. This area will be represented in two separate FOAs: one restricted to State Energy Offices and one that all entities, including Public Utility Commissions, are eligible to apply for.
Complete descriptions of the proposed funding opportunities are available here. DOE plans to issue the FOA in or around the March/April 2010 timeframe.


date3/3/10

EPA has opened the external SES vacancy announcement for the Director, American Indian Environmental Office. The closing date is April 2, 2010. USAJOBS link

The Office of Water and Office of International Affairs are providing separate notice to federally recognized tribes and tribal organizations. Questions about the vacancy announcement should be directed to Ms. Aurelia Feaster of U.S. EPA’s Office of Human Resources at (202) 564-0402 or pugh-feaster.aurelia@epa.gov.


date3/2/10

Community Balanced Scorecards to Make MAPP Partnerships More Effective

(MAPP stands for “Mobilized for Action through Partnerships and Planning” and is an approach supported by the National Association of City and County Health Officers, the group putting on this Webinar. These techniques can be used to advance any agenda that requires community collaboration.)
A Free Webinar: Wednesday, March 10, 2010
12:30–2:00 P.M. (E.S.T.)
11:30 A.M-1:00 P.M. (C.T.)
10:30 A.M.- 12:00 P.M. (M.T.)
9:30-11:00 A.M. (P.T.)
Register Here
MAPP has helped numerous communities build public health partnerships and design plans to make their community health system work better. This free webinar will explore how CBSCs can make the MAPP process more effective by ensuring alignment of partners’ efforts, clarifying partner roles, and increasing accountability for measurable results. Public Health leaders from two MAPP communities will share their early experiences in using CBSC tools, such as strategy maps, to build on MAPP, and their expectations for improvements in their public health systems and outcomes. The webinar will also present ways to integrate CBSC with MAPP, wherever you may be in the MAPP process, and economical options for getting started.
Key Topics

  • Introduction to Community Balanced Scorecards and Strategy Maps.
  • How Community Balanced Scorecards and Strategy Maps can be used. to improve alignment, collaboration, and implementation of community efforts to improve public health systems and outcomes.
  • How CBSC tools and components fit the stages of the MAPP process.
  • How MAPP and CBSC are mutually reinforcing, strengthening the impact of each methodology.
  • How two MAPP communities are using CBSC to build on MAPP to increase access to health care, improve community connectedness, and improve fitness and nutrition.
  • Highlights and lessons learned from other communities using CBSC tools including Community Results Compacts to cement partner commitments and strengthen accountability.
Register Today
Featured Speakers:
  • Paul Epstein, Results That Matter Team leader, Epstein & Fass Associates, who has been facilitating CBSC development and implementation in six communities in four states.
  • Belinda Johnson-Cornett, MSN, RN-BC, MBA, Administrator, Osceola County, Florida, Health Department, who has been leading Osceola County’s CBSC approach to improve access to health care.
  • Karen van Caulil, PhD, Executive Director, Health Council of East Central Florida, a key participant in Osceola County’s MAPP planning process and CBSC efforts.
  • Mark Peters, MS, Director of Community Health, St. Clair County, Illinois, Health Department, St. Clair County MAPP Coordinator, lead of CBSC efforts, and co-chair of the County’s Get Up & Go partnership for improving fitness and nutrition.

EPA Announces Environmental Justice Video Contest: Faces of the Grassroots

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is sponsoring an environmental justice video contest that challenges amateur and professional filmmakers to create videos that capture the faces of the environmental justice movement. The Faces of the Grassroots contest is an opportunity to publicly exhibit creativity, environmental justice stories, and connect with others working to raise awareness of the movement.
“Faces of the Grassroots will help EPA expand the conversation on environmentalism and work for environmental justice,” said Charles Lee, director of the Office of Environmental Justice. “Participants can make a difference for the historically underrepresented in their community by using motion pictures to show the struggles and triumphs they have endured to advance environmental justice.”
Videos can focus on any environmental justice activity, issue, or topic. Examples would be a music video about climate change, or a video recording a successful environmental justice project that has made a community a healthier and happier place to live.
Awards will be given to the winning submissions in each category. The videos will also be featured on EPA's website and may be used as public service announcements. Entries must be received by 11:59pm EST on Thursday, April 8th, 2010. EPA will announce winners in honor of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day.
Below are the categories and prize money:
Public Service Announcements (30-60 seconds)
Informational Video (3-5 minutes)
1st Place - $2,500 1st Place - $2,500
2nd Place - $1,500 2nd Place - $1,500
3rd Place - $1,000 3rd Place - $1,000
Student Winner - $500 (13-18 years old) Student Winner - $500 (13-18 years old)

More information: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/environmentaljustice/events/video-contest.h tml

HUD ANNOUNCES $13 MILLION IN GRANTS TO PROTECT THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN FROM LEAD PAINT AND OTHER HAZARDS IN THEIR HOMES

Funding helps to make low-income housing safer and healthier


date2/25/10

This announcement is to remind you about the Wood Smoke Workshop in Orlando (see below) and more importantly to make you aware of possible funding that may help you/your community or communities in your state to changeout, upgrade or retrofit wood-burning appliances to more energy efficient, cleaner burning technologies. These funds could be an effective tool in helping you address toxics pollutants and your PM2.5 challenges, either in bringing you back into attainment or helping you stay out of non-attainment while improving energy efficiency. As an example, a partnership in the Puget Sound Area of Washington state was awarded over $1 million in Stimulus Funds to help them implement "Neighborhood Energy and Wood Smoke Reduction". If you would like more information on the Puget Sound project let me know. In applying for the funds below you may need to work with your housing and/or energy efficiency offices, depending on the grant you apply for.

Over $340 Million in Federal Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments
This message announces the availability of more than $340 million in current or upcoming funding opportunities for state, local, and tribal governments from the, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives including energy efficiency, regional planning, and community education. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

***Notice of Intent: State Efficiency Grants--$30 million
DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) intends to issue two Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) to provide funding for programs to retrofit residential and commercial property and to develop policies which promote energy efficiency.
Approximately $30 Million is expected to be available in the following Areas of Interest:
· Strengthening Building Retrofit Markets: Up to $23 million for programs and strategies to retrofit residential and/or commercial properties. Open to State Energy Offices only. Anticipated awards will be in the range of $2 to 5 million per state.
· Energy Efficiency Action Grants: Up to $7 million to support states and groups of states in achieving an annual minimum electricity savings target of 1 percent through energy efficiency. This area will be represented in 2 separate FOAs: one restricted to State Energy Offices and one that all entities, including Public Utility Commissions, are eligible to apply to.
Complete descriptions of the proposed funding opportunities are available at:
doe.gov (PDF).
DOE is interested in receiving responses/comments on the proposed FOA. Interested parties are asked to email comments to DOE at: sepnoi@netl.doe.gov no later than March 1, 2010. DOE plans to issue the FOA in or around the March/April 2010 timeframe.

***Advance Notice: Sustainable Communities Planning Grant Program--$100 million
HUD is providing an Advance Notice and seeking input from the public on how the new Sustainable Communities Planning Grant Program should be structured in order to have the most meaningful impact on sustainable regional planning. The notice of funding opportunity is expected to be published in April 2010 with applications due in June 2010.
A full description of the proposed funding and areas for feedback is available at:
hud.gov (PDF)
Comments must be received no later than midnight EST on Friday, March 12, 2010. Electronic responses are preferred and should be sent to: sustainablecommunities@hud.gov or submitted through the www.hud.gov/sustainability website.

***Weatherization Assistance Program--$210 million
DOE requests proposals for Weatherization Formula Grants. Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) funds are used to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons, reduce their total residential expenditures, and improve their health and safety. WAP assists persons who are particularly vulnerable, such as the elderly, persons with disabilities, families with children, high residential energy users, and households with high energy burdens. Prime applicant eligibility is restricted to agencies responsible for administering the annual WAP formula allocation. Fifty-eight awards are anticipated. The response due date depends on the fiscal year end of the prime applicant, with range of 2/15/10 – 8/1/10.
For more info, go to:
https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/?doc=DE-FOA-0000216&agency=DOE

Hearth Industry EXPO and Residential Wood Smoke Training/Meeting - You are invited to join EPA and other air pollution control officials at the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA) national EXPO, March 10 - 11, 2010 in Orlando, FL to:

* Learn about new, cleaner burning hearth technologies. We will have an organized tour of the EXPO "Burn Area", where we will see various hearth and biomass burning appliances, including EPA-certified stoves, biomass pellet stoves, coal, Phase I and II hydronic heaters and gas stoves in operation. In addition, there are several fireplaces that recently qualified under EPA's voluntary fireplace program and new fireplace retrofit technologies that we will see first hand.

* Meet and greet potential hearth industry partners, both national representatives and retailers from your locality. You will have a chance to meet the manufacturers of the new technology stoves, fireplaces and retrofit technologies. The hearth industry representatives can be critical partners as they may be able to help out with discounts if/when you implement changeout/retrofit incentive programs.

* Learn the latest about EPA's wood smoke voluntary and regulatory programs. EPA will provide updates on wood stove changeouts, fireplace programs, hydronic heaters, Burn Wise Education Campaign, New Source Performance Standard and financing options. We will have time for local air programs provide brief updates and tips on their programs and future plans.

For more information about the EXPO go to http://www.hpbexpo.com/. You will NOT need to register through the with the HPBA website, nor is there a registration cost. If you are interested in participating please contact Larry Brockman at brockman.larry@epa.gov or 919-541-5398 by Monday, March 1. Larry has a draft agenda and hotel information and other details. We expect that this to be a smaller training/meeting than we have had in the past due to very tight travel budgets and it may be impossible for you to travel, but we wanted to at least provide this opportunity to those you can join us.

Larry Brockman
Residential Wood Smoke, Team Leader
www.epa.gov/burnwise
Phone: 919-541-5398
Fax: 919-541-2664
brockman.larry@epa.gov


date2/24/10

Great Basin / Mojave Desert Climate Change Workshop

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Park Service, and the Environmental Protection Agency, in collaboration with several other agencies and organizations, are sponsoring a workshop focusing on natural resource research, adaptation, and mitigation needs related to climate change in the Great Basin and Mojave Desert. The workshop, will be held April 20-22, 2010 at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and will examine how climate change is affecting natural resources in deserts of the western U.S., as well as the land, water, and species management and research needs that are essential to address in the coming decade.
Workshop objectives include:
Increase understanding of climate change processes and their effects on the physical systems and biota of the Great Basin and Mojave Desert
Provide the "best available" scientific information for adapting to change
Examine research and management needs
Evaluate management constraints and determine potential solutions
Develop effective research and management collaborations for addressing climate change into the future
The workshop offers a valuable opportunity for scientists and natural resource managers to gather for a discussion of their information needs and opportunities. The poster session will be a highlight of the workshop. Abstract Submission Date: March 15, 2010. Please consider presenting your research results and project information in this forum. For more information, please visit http://www.wr.usgs.gov/workshops/
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date2/22/10

Upcoming Climate and Energy Webcasts for State and Local Governments


This message provides details about five upcoming webcasts being offered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). All webcasts are offered free of charge, but space may be limited.
 
Local Climate and Energy Webcasts

    • Green Power Communities, February 23, 2010
    • Using Smart Growth Strategies to Reduce GHG Emissions, March 31, 2010
                                                        Additional Webcast Opportunities
    • Benchmarking Wastewater Plants, February 23, 2010
    • Benchmarking for State and Local Governments, February 25, 2010
    • Purchasing and Procuring Efficient Equipment, March 17, 2010
 
***Local Climate and Energy Webcasts
EPA hosts the Local Climate and Energy Webcast Series to assist local governments as they explore and plan climate change and clean energy efforts. These regular webcasts highlight EPA resources available to local governments, and present examples of successful climate and energy programs and policies implemented locally.  
February 23, 2010, 1-2 pm EST—Green Power Communities
EPA’s Green Power Partnership and Local Climate and Energy Program are co-hosting this webinar on the Green Power Community initiative. Green Power Communities are cities, towns, and villages in which the local government, businesses, and residents collectively buy green power in amounts that meet or exceed EPA’s purchasing requirements. For more information or to register, visit: www.epa.gov/greenpower/events/23feb10_webinar.htm 
March 31, 2010, 2-4 pm EDT—Using Smart Growth Strategies to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
This webcast will provide an introduction to federal programs and resources related to smart growth. It will discuss how smart growth strategies can help communities use energy more efficiently, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and provide other environmental, economic, and social benefits. Two communities will showcase how they successfully developed and implemented programs that integrate smart growth policies into community design. To register for this webcast, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/803751010 
 
***Additional Webcast Opportunities
ENERGY STAR offers free online training to help you improve the energy performance of your organization. To register for any of these trainings or to see other upcoming ENERGY STAR trainings, visit: https://energystar.webex.com
 
Benchmarking Wastewater Plants Webcast
Benchmarking Wastewater Plants in Portfolio Manager will be offered on February 23, 2010, from 1-2:30 PM EST. Attendees will learn how to measure and track energy use and carbon dioxide emission reductions in wastewater treatment plants to establish baseline energy use, prioritize investments, set goals, and track improvements over time.  
Benchmarking for State and Local Governments Webcast
Benchmarking in Portfolio Manager for State and Local Governments  will be held on February 25, 2010, from 2-3 PM EST. Attendees will learn how to measure and track energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from their buildings to establish baseline energy use, prioritize investments, set goals, and track improvements over time.  
Purchasing and Procurement Webcast
Purchasing and Procuring Efficient Equipment  will take place on March 17, 2010, from 1-2 PM EDT. The webcast will cover ENERGY STAR resources to help your organization purchase products with superior energy performance, guidelines that define energy performance for numerous products, sample procurement language, and energy-saving software that calculates the life cycle costs of ENERGY STAR products and their less efficient counterparts.  

date2/18/10

Great Basin / Mojave Desert Climate Change Workshop

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Park Service, and the Environmental Protection Agency, in collaboration with several other agencies and organizations, are sponsoring a workshop focusing on natural resource research, adaptation, and mitigation needs related to climate change in the Great Basin and Mojave Desert. The workshop, will be held April 20-22, 2010 at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas , and will examine how climate change is affecting natural resources in deserts of the western U.S., as well as the land, water, and species management and research needs that are essential to address in the coming decade.

Workshop objectives include:
o     Increase understanding of climate change processes and their effects on the physical systems and biota of the Great Basin and Mojave Desert
o     Provide the "best available" scientific information for adapting to change
o     Examine research and management needs
o     Evaluate management constraints and determine potential solutions
o     Develop effective research and management collaborations for addressing climate change into the future

The workshop offers a valuable opportunity for scientists and natural resource managers to gather for a discussion of their information needs and opportunities.   The poster session will be a highlight of the workshop.   Abstract Submission Date: March 15, 2010. Please consider presenting your research results and project information in this forum.  For more information, please visit http://www.wr.usgs.gov/workshops/


date2/17/10

Community Education Series 2010 - Clean Energy Collaborations with Native Nations

Grand Canyon Trust Native America Program Director Tony Skrelunas discusses Hopi and Navajo wind energy projects, Shonto Chapter's solar energy business plan, and the Navajo Nation Green Jobs Commission.
Grand Canyon Trust Air & Energy Program Director Roger Clark reviews solar projects for off-grid homes and prospects for utility-scale renewable energy development to replace our region's dependence on coal.

Thursday, February 18, 2010
6-8 pm with refreshments at 5:30 pm
NAU Campus - Applied Research & Development Building
(just south of Cline Library)

Free and Open to the Public.


date2/12/10

Over $360 Million in Federal Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments


This message announces the availability of more than $360 million in current or upcoming funding opportunities for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives including energy efficiency, regional planning, and community education. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.
*** Notice of Intent: State Efficiency Grants--$30 million  
DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) intends to issue two Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) to provide funding for programs to retrofit residential and commercial property and to develop policies which promote energy efficiency.
Approximately $30 Million is expected to be available in the following Areas of Interest:

    • Strengthening Building Retrofit Markets: Up to $23 million for programs and strategies to retrofit residential and/or commercial properties. Open to State Energy Offices only. Anticipated awards will be in the range of $2 to 5 million per state.
    • Energy Efficiency Action Grants: Up to $7 million to support states and groups of states in achieving an annual minimum electricity savings target of 1 percent through energy efficiency. This area will be represented in 2 separate FOAs: one restricted to State Energy Offices and one that all entities, including Public Utility Commissions, are eligible to apply to.
Complete descriptions of the proposed funding opportunities

DOE is interested in receiving responses/comments on the proposed FOA. Interested parties are asked to email comments to DOE at: sepnoi@netl.doe.gov  no later than March 1, 2010. DOE plans to issue the FOA in or around the March/April 2010 timeframe.
Community Action and the Environment--$2 million EPA requests proposals for the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) Program. CARE is a unique community-based, community-driven, multimedia demonstration program designed to help communities understand and reduce risks due to toxic pollutants and environmental concerns from all sources. Eligible entities include local governments, federally recognized tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, and colleges and universities. Up to 9 awards are anticipated. Responses are due 3/9/10.
For more info go to: http://www.epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html
***Advance Notice: Sustainable Communities Planning Grant Program--$100 million  
HUD is providing an Advance Notice and seeking input from the public on how the new Sustainable Communities Planning Grant Program should be structured in order to have the most meaningful impact on sustainable regional planning. The notice of funding opportunity is expected to be published in April 2010 with applications due in June 2010.
A full description of the proposed funding and areas for feedback is available
Comments must be received no later than midnight EST on Friday, March 12, 2010. Electronic responses are preferred and should be sent to: sustainablecommunities@hud.gov  or submitted through the www.hud.gov/sustainability  website.
***Weatherization Assistance Program--$210 million  
DOE requests proposals for Weatherization Formula Grants. Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) funds are used to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons, reduce their total residential expenditures, and improve their health and safety. WAP assists persons who are particularly vulnerable, such as the elderly, persons with disabilities, families with children, high residential energy users, and households with high energy burdens. Prime applicant eligibility is restricted to agencies responsible for administering the annual WAP formula allocation. Fifty-eight awards are anticipated. The response due date depends on the fiscal year end of the prime applicant, with range of 2/15/10 – 8/1/10.
For more info, go to:
https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/?doc=DE-FOA-0000216&agency=DOE

***Food Service Equipment Grants--$25 million  
In January 2010, USDA announced the availability of $25M in equipment grants to help schools operating a National School Lunch Program (NSLP) replace outdated equipment with new energy-efficient appliances such as refrigerators, ovens, and other food service related equipment.
Eligible school food authorities are those that participate in the NSLP and did not receive an ARRA grant for NSLP equipment assistance. State Educational Authorities received allocations from USDA and are to award grants on a competitive basis no later than 180 days after receiving their grant allocation. Procurement and expenditures must be completed no later than one year after grant receipt. State grant allocations can be found in the press release at:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cga/PressReleases/2010/0015.htm    More details
can be found in the USDA memo linked to below:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/governance/Policy-Memos/2010/SP_14-2010_os.pdf
For more information on ENERGY STAR qualified commercial food service equipment, please visit www.energystar.gov/cfs  or contact Una Song ( song.una@epa.gov ) or Jeffrey Clark jclark@icfi.com .

date2/11/10

This month’s NTAA tribal air updates conference call will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2010. The conference call will begin at 2 PM Eastern; 1 PM Central; noon Mountain; 11 AM Pacific & 10 AM Alaska.

AGENDA
Proposed topics by EPA
Ozone NAAQS and reconsideration
NOx rule
Oil and natural gas production
Gold mines rulemaking.
Proposed topics by NTAA
NTAA new website launched
NTAA comment letter on NTAA Comments Concerning Comments on Proposed PSD and Title V GHG Tailoring Rule. For the actual
letter, Comments on Proposed PSD and Title V GHG Tailoring Rule ( 2010-01-28 13:27:11).
White House Proposed EPA budget - tribal air programs
NTF conference July 13 – 15, 2010 Isleta Pueblo, NM
CAAAC / GHG BACT PSD work group update
Other

Call-in: 888-824-5783 Access code: 97728037#

GoTo Meeting virtual meeting address: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/join/901245721


date2/2/10

Registration is now open for the 2010 National Tribal Science Forum

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians is hosting the event in partnership with the National EPA-Tribal Science Council.  The Forum will be held at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, owned by the tribe, and located near the tribal complex in Traverse City, Michigan.

Visit the web site to register (registration is FREE) and find out more about the Forum agenda and schedule, lodging, cultural activities, training
and field trips: http://epa.blhtech.com/2010TribalScienceForum/ .  Sign up for periodic announcements and use the share button to inform your
colleagues and friends about the 2010 National Tribal Science Forum.


EPA’s Budget Proposal Seeks Efficiencies, Increased Environmental Protection  
   
Budget proposal aligned with Administrator Jackson’s key priorities  
   
WASHINGTON -  The Obama Administration today proposed a budget of $10 billion for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This budget heeds the president’s call to streamline and find efficiencies in the agency’s operations while supporting the seven priority areas EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson outlined to guide EPA’s work.
   
“To meet our environmental challenges and ensure fiscal responsibility, we’re proposing targeted investments in core priorities.  This budget cuts spending while promoting clean air, land and water, growing the green economy and strengthening enforcement,” said Administrator Jackson. ”The president’s budget is focused on creating the conditions that help American families, communities and small businesses thrive. Clean air, clear water and green jobs are rebuilding the foundations for prosperity in communities across the country.”  
   
Budget Highlights:  
   
Cleaning up communities: This budget includes $1.3 billion to address Superfund sites that may be releasing harmful or toxic substances into the surrounding community. Cleaning up these sites improves communities’ health and allows for these properties to be used for economic development.  
   
In addition, $215 million is provided to clean up abandoned or underused industrial and commercial sites that are available for alternative uses but where redevelopment may be complicated by the presence of environmental contaminants.  Revitalizing these once productive properties, known as brownfields, helps communities by removing blight, satisfying the growing demand for land, and enabling economic development.  EPA will focus its efforts on area-wide planning and cleanups, especially in under-served and economically disadvantaged communities.  
   
This budget also offers $27 million for EPA’s new Healthy Communities Initiative.  This initiative will address community water priorities; promote clean, green, and healthy schools; improve air toxics monitoring in at-risk communities; and encourage sustainability by helping to ensure that policies and spending at the national level do not adversely affect the environment and public health or disproportionally harm disadvantaged communities.

   
Improving Air Quality:  In addition to the funding provided through the Healthy Communities Initiative, this budget includes $60 million to support state efforts to implement updated National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). EPA proposed stricter air quality standards for smog and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and will work with states to help them meet those standards in the years ahead.  
   
Building Strong State and Tribal Partnerships:  This budget includes $1.3 billion for state and tribal grants. State and local governments are working diligently to implement new and expanded requirements under the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act.  New and expanded requirements include implementation of updated NAAQS and addressing emerging water quality issues such as nutrient pollution.  In addition to the $25 million for greenhouse gas permitting and $60 million to support state efforts to implement updated NAAQS, the $1.3 billion for state and tribal grants includes $45 million for states to enhance their water enforcement and permitting programs.  In order to help tribes move forward with implementation of environmental programs, $30 million is budgeted for a new competitive Tribal Multi-media Implementation grant program.  To further enhance tribal environmental management capabilities, this budget also includes an additional $9 million for Tribal General Assistance Program grants.  
   
Taking Action on Climate Change:  This budget contains more than $43 million for additional efforts to address climate change and work toward a clean energy future. EPA will implement the greenhouse gas reporting rule; provide technical assistance to ensure that any permitting under the Clean Air Act will be manageable; perform regulatory work for the largest stationary sources of greenhouse gas emissions; develop standards for mobile sources such as cars and trucks; and continue research of carbon capture and sequestration technologies.  
   
Protecting America’s Waters:   This budget broadens efforts to clean up America’s great waterbodies.  It provides $63 million for efforts to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay and $17 million for the Mississippi River Basin to respond to non-point source control recommendations of the Nutrients Innovation Task Group and implement recommendations outlined in the Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Action Plan.
   
This budget also invests $3.3 billion to maintain and improve outdated water infrastructure and keep our wastewater and drinking water clean and safe. This is in addition to $6 billion in funding provided to states through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  
   
Assuring the Safety of Chemicals:  This budget calls for $56 million for chemical assessment and risk review to ensure that no unreasonable risks are posed by new or existing chemicals. This budget also invests $29 million (including $15 million in grants funding) in the continuing effort to eliminate childhood lead poisoning, and $6 million to support national efforts to mitigate exposure to high-risk legacy chemicals, such as mercury and asbestos.  
   
Expanding the Conversation on Environmentalism and Working for Environmental Justice:   This budget contains $8 million for environmental justice programs.   It targets increased brownfields investments to under-served and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods, and proposes $9 million for community water priorities in the Healthy Communities Initiative, funds that will help under-served communities restore urban waterways and address water quality challenges. EPA is committed to identifying and addressing the health and environmental burdens faced by communities disproportionately impacted by pollution.  This commitment is fulfilled through the agency’s efforts to give people a voice in decisions that impact their lives and to integrate environmental justice in EPA programs, policies and activities.  
      
More information: http://www.epa.gov/budget  


date1/28/10

Praxis Project is proud to announce the Call for Proposals for
Communities Creating Healthy Environments (CCHE)

The Praxis Project is proud to announce the Call for Proposals for
Communities Creating Healthy Environments (CCHE)-a grant initiative
funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support community
organizing and policy advocacy to increase access to healthy food and
safe places to play in communities of color. CCHE will provide funding
and technical assistance for up to ten local community organizing
groups and indigenous nations with grants of up to $250,000 over three
years. Youth led organizing groups in communities of color are
strongly encouraged to apply.

As the program embarks on its second year, we are looking to continue
to expand the investments to create healthy vibrant communities. This
past year ten dynamic groups across the country were awarded with the
grants. The groups are developing cutting edge, culturally competent
and comprehensive approaches to ensure just and equitable access to
healthy food and safe places for recreation.

What kind of organizations should consider applying for CCHE funds?
Local organizations working in communities of color whose leadership
and makeup reflects the populations they serve. Groups with a
successful track record of at least two years in community organizing
and policy advocacy work to address health-related problems in
communities of color.
Tribal governmental agencies engaged in health policy.
Examples of health-related policy advocacy for local communities
include: land use regulation such as zoning limitations that prevent
the increased availability and access to healthy food choices;
before-and-after school programs that improve access to recreation and
increase physical activity levels; increasing access to translation in
health care and social services; laws to extend Medicaid eligibility
are solid examples on policy advocacy for local communities.
For more information on the Call for Proposals or to become a part of
CCHE please visit us at www.ccheonline.org where you can download the
Call for Proposals, sign up for information sessions and learn about
the current CCHE communities!

Communities Creating Healthy Environments is a National Program Office
of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation under the leadership of The
Praxis Project. The Praxis Project is a national, nonprofit S
organization that builds partnerships with local groups to influence
policymaking that addresses the underlying, systemic causes of
community problems. For more information on Praxis and our other
initiatives, please visit us on the web at www.thepraxisproject.org .
For more information on other funding initiatives of the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation and its goal of reversing the childhood obesity
epidemic by 2015, please visit them on the web at www.rwjf.org .


date1/26/10

Upcoming Climate and Clean Energy Webcasts for State and Local Governments
 
***EPA Local Climate and Energy Webcast January 26: Clean Energy Workforce Development for Local Governments and Communities
 
On Tuesday, January 26, 2010, EPA’s Local Climate and Energy Program will host a webcast entitled “Clean Energy Workforce Development for Local Governments and Communities.”  
The webcast will provide an overview of EPA’s state and local workforce efforts and the U.S. Department of Labor’s employment training administration programs. In addition, Santa Fe YouthWorks and Clean Energy Works Portland will showcase how they each developed, implemented, and measured results from their workforce programs. The webcast will conclude with a question and answer session. Background information for the Clean Energy Workforce Development webcast is available at:

  The webcast will be held on January 26, 2010, from 2:00–4:00 PM (Eastern). If multiple staff from your agency wish to participate, please share one computer and phone line. EPA will record and post the webcast on its Local Climate and Energy Program website for interested parties who are not able to participate during the live training.  
To register, please visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/613649818 
EPA’s Local Climate and Energy Program hosts regular training webcasts on specific climate and energy topics. Upcoming webcast topics include green power communities, smart grid, transportation control measures, smart growth, and urban heat islands. For additional information, or to view past webcasts, visit:
www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-programs/state-and-local/webcast.html .
   
***EPA Heat Island Webcast January 28: Cool Pavements and Sustainable Pavement Technology
 
On Thursday, January 28, 2010 from 2:00–3:30 PM (Eastern), EPA’s Heat Island Reduction Program will host a webcast entitled, “Cool Pavements and Sustainable Pavement Technology.”  
This webcast will provide information on cool pavements and how communities can integrate pavement technologies into heat island reduction efforts. Topics will include cool pavements science, Chicago’s Sustainable Streets pilot program integration of cool pavements, state and local initiatives, and building rating systems with heat island/pavement credits. Additionally, a representative from the Department of Transportation will briefly cover sustainability efforts with a focus on warm mix asphalt technology. For information related to the webcast, please visit:
   
To register, please visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/353439051 
EPA will record and post the webcast on its Heat Island Reduction Program website for interested parties who are not able to participate during the live event.  
EPA’s Heat Island Reduction program focuses on communicating heat island technology and science to communities that are developing urban heat island projects, programs, and policies through outreach materials, tools, and guidance. www.epa.gov/heatisland .
   
***DOE Strategic Energy and Sustainability Planning in El Paso, Texas
 
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Technical Assistance Project will hold a webcast on energy and sustainability planning on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, from 3:00-4:15 PM (Eastern). On this webcast, state and local officials can learn about the steps involved to create and implement a strategic energy plan. The City of El Paso, Texas, will be profiled as a case study.
For more information, or to register for the webcast, please visit: http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/wip/tap_webinar_20100127.cfm .
   
***EPA Green Power Purchasing Aggregations
 
On Thursday, January 28, 2010 from 1:00–2:00 PM (Eastern), EPA’s Green Power Partnership will host a webinar on aggregating demand for green power. Through the aggregation of power purchases, buying groups are able to purchase electricity and green power at reduced rates by lowering transaction costs and leveraging their purchasing power. Aggregations can take several forms, such as aggregating purchases with other local governments and/or businesses or through a community choice model.
 
To register for the webinar visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/869620779 
For more information about EPA’s Green Power Partnership, visit: http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/ .
 
*******
EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program Logo State 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:
http://epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-programs/state-and-local/index.html
 
To subscribe to or unsubscribe from this listserv, go to:
http://epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-programs/state-and-local/listserv.html

date1/22/10

The Praxis Project is proud to announce the *Call for Proposals *for Communities Creating Healthy Environments

(CCHE)-a grant initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support community organizing and policy advocacy to increase access to healthy food and safe places to play in communities of color. CCHE will provide funding
and technical assistance for up to ten local community organizing groups and indigenous nations with grants of up to $250,000 over three years. Youth led organizing groups in communities of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

As the program embarks on its second year, we are looking to continue to expand the investments to create healthy vibrant communities. This past year ten dynamic groups across the country were awarded with the grants. The groups are developing cutting edge, culturally competent and comprehensive approaches to ensure just and equitable access to healthy food and safe places for recreation.

What kind of organizations should consider applying for CCHE funds?

- Local organizations working in communities of color whose leadership and makeup reflects the populations they serve. Groups with a successful track record of at least two years in community organizing and policy advocacy work to address health-related problems in communities of color.

- Tribal governmental agencies engaged in health policy.

Examples of health-related policy advocacy for local communities include:
land use regulation such as zoning limitations that prevent the increased
availability and access to healthy food choices; before-and-after school
programs that improve access to recreation and increase physical activity
levels; increasing access to translation in health care and social services;
laws to extend Medicaid eligibility are solid examples on policy advocacy
for local communities.

For more information on the Call for Proposals or to become a part of CCHE
please visit us at www.ccheonline.org where
you can download the Call for Proposals, sign up for information sessions
and learn about the current CCHE communities!

Communities Creating Healthy Environments is a National Program Office of
the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation under the leadership of The Praxis
Project. The Praxis Project is a national, nonprofit organization that
builds partnerships with local groups to influence policymaking that
addresses the underlying, systemic causes of community problems.
For more information on other funding initiatives of the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation and its goal of reversing the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015,
please visit them on the web at www.rwjf.org


date1/14/10

The 19th Annual AQS Conference Monday, June 7 - Friday, June 11th, 2010 Colorado Springs, CO

The AQS team is pleased to announce that the 19th annual Air Quality System (AQS) conference will be held from Monday, June 7 through Friday, June 11th, 2010  in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  

The AQS web page on the TTN has been updated with all of the information you need to register for the conference.  The link is provided below.  The web site includes agenda topics, descriptions of the training courses, logistical information, and the Wednesday night event.
Here is the link to the AQS Conference registration page

The government hotel rate will be $88.00 plus 9.4% tax per night (single/double occupancy).  Please plan to attend, and register as soon as possible.  We are excited about the conference site and agenda topics.  We hope to see you there in June!


date1/7/10

The American Indian Air Quality Training Program RFA

RFP# EPA-OAR-IO-10-01 - Closing Date: February 26, 2010

SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits applications from eligible entities to provide tribal training and technical support for the American Indian Air Quality Training Program. The American Indian Air Quality Training Program (AIAQTP) provides workshop training, internships and technical support to tribal governments seeking to investigate, develop and establish air quality management programs for lands under their jurisdiction. The Tribal Air Monitoring Support Center is a component of the AIAQTP, and is a partnership effort between the selected grant recipient and EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, hosted by the Radiation and Indoor Environments National (R&IEL) laboratory in Las Vegas, to provide a full spectrum of technical support to tribes undertaking air quality monitoring and related activities.

summary: grants.gov

link to full RFA: http://www.epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html

Immediate Office of the Assistant Administrator "The American Indian Air Quality Training Program"

visit http://www.epa.gov/air/tribal for news and information

Join the TribalAir listserver community at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Tribalair/


date1/6/10

EPA is in the process of determining the next set of three year national enforcement and compliance assurance priorities to direct our work in fiscal year (FY) 2011-2013. In determining the priorities, EPA will consider the following factors:

      • Can significant environmental benefits be gained, or risk to human health or the environment be reduced, through focused EPA action?
      • Are there identifiable and important patterns of environmental law violations?
      • Are the environmental and human health risks or the patterns of noncompliance sufficient in scope and scale (i.e. occur nation-wide) such that EPA is best suited to take action?
EPA will select priorities based on suggestions that offer the greatest opportunity to achieve lasting environmental and human health benefits for local communities nation-wide through application of compliance assistance, compliance monitoring and enforcement actions. The strongest proposals will focus on environmental and human health problems that occur nation-wide where there are frequent, on-going violations of environmental laws.

As the first step in the process for determining these priorities, EPA collected feedback from EPA regions, states, tribes, associations and the public. EPA regional offices consulted state and tribal regulatory partners about existing and potential new national program priorities for FY2011-2013. EPA also requested comments on new national priorities from state environmental, public health, and agricultural departments and each federally recognized Indian tribe. EPA conducted outreach regarding the national priority stakeholder engagement and selection process at the National Environmental Justice Advisory Committee meeting in September 2009. In addition, EPA launched the online National Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Priorities Discussion Forum  in August 2009 and collected over 100 public comments on potential national priorities, selection criteria and additional information.

From this feedback, EPA developed a list of candidate national enforcement strategies on which EPA is now soliciting public comment through a Federal Register Notice. [ Federal Register: January 4, 2010  (Volume 75, Number 1) Page 146-148].   The comment period is now open and officially closes on January 19, 2010 .  Please note that the Federal Register Notice currently states the comment period will close on January 16, 2010.  That is incorrect and we are in the process of getting the date fixed to January 19, 2010.   The Federal Register Notice is available at http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#docketDetail?R=EPA-HQ-OECA-2009-0986

This preliminary list of candidate enforcement and compliance national priorities is based on analysis of proposals received from states, EPA staff, tribes, and on-line public comments. Enforcement national priorities are not limited to those priorities listed below and described at http://www.epa.gov/compliance/data/planning/priorities/index.html#new . You are invited to propose additional areas for consideration. The Office of Enforcement and  Compliance Assurance is committed to identifying a limited number of national priorities. Some current priority areas may be carried forward or refined during FY 2011–2013. For additional information on current FY 2008–2010 national priorities, please visit the Website listed above.

As listed on EPA's website ( http://www.epa.gov/compliance/data/planning/priorities/index.html#new ), the preliminary list of candidates are:


Submit your comments by January 19, 2010 via http://www.regulations.gov , identified by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OECA–2009–0986; FRL–9098–3. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher Knopes, Director, National Planning, Measures, and Analysis Staff, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Mail Code: M2221A, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202–564–2337; fax number: 202–564–0027; e-mail address: knopes.christopher@epa.gov.

date1/5/10

Request for Proposal (RFP) for Legal Assistance in the Area of Environmental Law for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

More Information (PDF 3 pp, 43 kb)


Tribal Liaison position in Washington, DC - closes January 15, 2010

Job Posting link


EPA Seeks Applications for Environmental Community Grants.

Contact Information: Skip Anderson (News Media Only), anderson.skip@epa.gov, 202-564-9551, 202-564-4355 or Dennis O’Connor (Other Inquiries), oconnor.dennis@epa.gov, 202-343-9213
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is making $2 million available in 2010 to reduce pollution at the local level through the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program. CARE is a community-based program that works with county and local governments, tribes, non-profit organizations and universities to help the public understand and reduce toxic risks from numerous sources.

EPA will award CARE cooperative agreements in two levels. Level I awards range from $75,000 to $100,000 and will help establish community-based partnerships to develop local environmental priorities. Level II awards, ranging from $150,000 to $300,000 each, will support communities that have established broad-based partnerships, have identified the priority toxic risks in the community, and are prepared to measure results, implement risk-reduction activities and become self-sustaining.

In 2009, EPA’s CARE program distributed $2 million to nine communities. Examples of projects that received grants include addressing waste and storm water issues in Kennett, Mo.; reducing air and water pollution in Holyoke, Mass.; addressing water pollution from coal slurry in Wheeling, W.Va.; reducing radon and other indoor air pollutants in Pueblo, Colo.; and tackling the problem of hazardous waste materials and open dumping in Toksook Bay, Alaska. Since 2005, the grants have reached 68 communities in 34 states and territories. A recent evaluation by the National Association of Public Administrators (NAPA) recognized the CARE program as a solid tested framework for engaging communities and other stakeholders.

Applications for the CARE grants are due March 9, 2010. EPA will conduct three Webcasts to answer questions from prospective applicants about the application process on Feb. 2, 23, and 26 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

More information about the grants: http://www.epa.gov/care/


$523 Million in Federal Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

Over $523 Million in Federal Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments
This message announces the availability of more than $523 million in funding opportunities for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives including public transit, source reduction, energy efficiency, and community education. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

Urban Circulator Program--$130 million
DOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requests proposals for the Urban Circulator Program. This program will support projects such as streetcars, buses, and bus facilities that connect urban destinations and foster the redevelopment of urban spaces into walkable mixed use, high density environments. Eligible entities include transit authorities and other public bodies and agencies authorized to engage in public transportation. Up to 6 awards are anticipated. Responses are due 2/8/10.
For more info, go to: http://www.fta.dot.gov/funding/grants_financing_7829.html

Livability Bus Program--$150 million
DOT’s Federal Transit Administration requests proposals for the FTA Bus and Bus Facilities Livability Initiative. The Livability Bus Program makes funds available to public transit providers to finance capital projects to replace, rehabilitate, and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities. Project evaluation criteria include, but are not limited to, a determination of whether the project promotes a more environmentally sustainable transportation system, improves energy efficiency, or reduces greenhouse gases. Applicants are encouraged to provide information regarding the expected use of clean or alternative sources of energy. Eligible entities include direct recipients under the 5307 Urbanized Area Formula, states, and Indian tribes. Responses are due 2/8/10.
For more info, go to: http://www.fta.dot.gov/funding/grants_financing_7829.html

Source Reduction Assistance—$1.3 million
EPA requests proposals for the Source Reduction Assistance Grant Program, for environmental projects that reduce or eliminate pollution at the source. National areas of interest include projects that encourage greenhouse gas reduction, toxic and hazardous materials reduction, resource conservation, efficient business practices, and pollution prevention integration activities. Eligible entities include states, territories, local governments, school districts, nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher educations, community organizations, and federally recognized tribes and intertribal consortia. Approximately 30 awards are anticipated. Responses are due 2/4/10.
For more info, including EPA Regional contacts and Region-specific areas of interest, go to: http://www.epa.gov/p2/pubs/grants/srap10.pdf

Weatherization Assistance Program--$210 million
DOE requests proposals for Weatherization Formula Grants. Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) funds are used to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons, reduce their total residential expenditures, and improve their health and safety. WAP assists persons who are particularly vulnerable, such as the elderly, persons with disabilities, families with children, high residential energy users, and households with high energy burdens. Prime applicant eligibility is restricted to agencies responsible for administering the annual WAP formula allocation. Fifty-eight awards are anticipated. The response due date depends on the fiscal year end of the prime applicant, with range of 2/15/10 – 8/1/10.
For more info, go to: FedConnect
Weatherization Training Centers and Programs–$30 million
DOE requests proposals for Recovery Act - Weatherization Assistance Program Training Centers and Programs. Through this RFP, DOE seeks to develop new or expand existing weatherization training centers and training programs. Eligibility includes all entities other than federal agencies, federal funded research and development centers, and nonprofits, but applicants must demonstrate partnership or affiliation with a state weatherization office, local weatherization provider, or existing weatherization training center. Up to 30 awards are anticipated. Responses are due 1/21/10.
For more info go to: FedConnect

Community Action and the Environment--$2 million
EPA requests proposals for the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) Program. CARE is a unique community-based, community-driven, multimedia demonstration program designed to help communities understand and reduce risks due to toxic pollutants and environmental concerns from all sources. Eligible entities include local governments, federally recognized tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, and colleges and universities. Up to 9 awards are anticipated. Responses are due 3/9/10.
For more info go to: http://www.epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html


EPA Seeks Applications for Environmental Community Grants
EPA is making $2 million available in 2010 to reduce pollution at the local level through the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program. CARE is a community-based program that works with county and local governments, tribes, non-profit organizations and universities to help the public understand and reduce toxic risks from numerous sources. Since 2005, the grants have reached 68 communities in 34 states and territories. A recent evaluation by the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) recognized the CARE program as a solid tested framework for engaging communities and other stakeholders.
EPA will award CARE cooperative agreements in two levels. Level I awards range from $75,000 to $100,000 and will help establish community-based partnerships to develop local environmental priorities. Level II awards, ranging from $150,000 to $300,000 each, will support communities that have established broad-based partnerships, have identified the priority toxic risks in the community, and are prepared to measure results, implement risk-reduction activities and become self-sustaining.
Applications for the CARE grants are due March 9, 2010. EPA will conduct three Webcasts to answer questions from prospective applicants about the application process on Feb. 2, 23, and 26 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. eastern time.
For more information about the grants: http://www.epa.gov/care/


 

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