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06/28/13

June Resource Roundup

*New EPA Report: How We Build Cities and Towns Impacts Public Health and the Environment
*EPA Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Awards Announced
*Public Health and Climate Communication Resources at Climate Access
*100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge
* Call for Proposals Open for 2014 New Partners for Smart Growth
*ITEP Launches Tribal Climate Change Website, Newsletter, Webinars, and Regional Adaptation Courses
*Drivers Can Compare Gasoline and Electric Fuel Prices with eGallon
*New Database: Building Performance Database Launched by Energy Department
*Energy Department Develops Regulatory Roadmap to Spur Geothermal Energy Development

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*New EPA Report: How We Build Cities and Towns Impacts Public Health and the Environment
As part of the fourth anniversary of the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities, EPA released its most comprehensive review to date on how the built environment – the way we build our cities and towns – directly affects our environment and public health. The publication, Our Built and Natural Environments: A Technical Review of the Interactions among Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Quality, provides evidence that certain kinds of land use and transportation strategies – where and how we build our communities – can reduce the environmental and human health impacts of development. The publication is important and timely for understanding the most environmentally responsible way to develop as our nation’s population grows over the next half century and beyond.

Read the press release.
Learn about the webinar.

*EPA Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Awards Announced
EPA is providing technical assistance through its Smart Growth Implementation Assistance (SGIA) program to three areas of the country to help improve their economy and create jobs while protecting health and the environment:

EPA selected these three recipients from a pool of 79 applicants. The projects are coordinated through the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, a joint effort of EPA, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

* Public Health and Climate Communication Resources at Climate Access
From allergies and asthmas to heat stroke and vector-borne diseases, the public health impacts of climate change are an increasing concern. The resources in this Climate Access collection provide background information and recommendations for communicating a public health message within a climate context.

*100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge
To help 100 cities better address major 21st century challenges, the Rockefeller Foundation is inviting cities from around the world to apply for the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge. Winning cities will be announced in rounds over the next three years, with the final round of winners announced in 2015. Each winning city will receive membership in the 100 Resilient Cities Network, support to hire a Chief Resilience Officer to oversee the development of a resilience strategy for the city; and support to create a resilience plan, along with tools and resources for implementation. The formal application process opens in August.

* Call for Proposals Open for 2014 New Partners for Smart Growth
The call for session proposals for the 2014 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference is now open! Proposals are due by Monday, July 8. There is no limit to the number of proposals that one person or entity can submit.

The 2014 conference will be held February 13-15 in Denver, Colorado. New Partners for Smart Growth is the biggest conference in the country devoted to smart growth issues. The three-day event features numerous sessions, tours, and networking activities. The conference is organized by the Local Government Commission and cosponsored by EPA, the National Association of Realtors, the Smart Growth Network, and many others.

*Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) Launches Tribal Climate Change Website, Newsletter, Webinars, and Regional Adaptation Courses
The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals has launched a website to provide information and resources tailored to helping Native people gain a better understanding of climate change and its impacts on their communities. The website includes basic climate change information; profiles of Tribes in diverse regions of the United States, including Alaska, who are coping with climate change impacts; audio files of elders discussing the issue from traditional perspectives; and resources and contacts to use in developing climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. A monthly newsletter, to which one can subscribe, provides announcements about funding opportunities, conferences, training, and other information relevant to tribal climate change issues. A number of upcoming trainings, courses, and webinars are also mentioned on the site, including one on Climate Change Adaptation Planning. To learn more, visit the Tribal Climate Change Website.

*Drivers Can Compare Gasoline and Electric Fuel Prices with eGallon
The Energy Department has launched eGallon—a way for consumers to compare the costs of fueling electric vehicles versus driving on gasoline. The current national average eGallon price is about $1.14, meaning that a typical electric vehicle could travel as far on $1.14 worth of electricity as a similar vehicle could travel on a gallon of gasoline.

On the site, consumers can see the latest eGallon price for their state and compare it to the price of gasoline. Over time, consumers will notice that the eGallon price will be far more stable and predictable than gasoline prices. That’s because the eGallon price depends on electricity prices, which historically are very stable; gasoline prices depend on the global oil market, which can be very unstable and are often influenced by unpredictable international events.

The eGallon provides a metric that is easily comparable to the traditional gallon of unleaded fuel. That comparison is made by calculating how much it would cost to drive an electric vehicle the same distance a similar conventional vehicle could travel on a gallon of gasoline. For example, if gasoline costs $3.60 per gallon in your state and the eGallon price for your state is $1.20, that means that for $1.20 worth of electricity you can drive the same distance as you could for $3.60 worth of gasoline. The eGallon price varies from state to state based on the price of electricity. See the Energy Department press release.

*New Database: Building Performance Database Launched by Energy Department
The Energy Department on June 17 launched the new Buildings Performance Database, the largest free, publicly available database of residential and commercial building energy performance information. This database will allow users to access energy performance data and perform statistical analyses on more than 60,000 commercial and residential buildings across the country, and new records are being added regularly. The database includes buildings' location; age; size and function; electricity and fuel consumption; equipment information and operational characteristics. The data can also be used to compare performance trends among similar buildings, identify and prioritize cost-saving energy efficiency improvements, and assess the range of likely savings from these improvements. An application programming interface (API) will allow external software developers to incorporate analytical results from the database into their own tools and services.

The database tools have been designed to meet the content and usability needs of public agencies, building owners and managers, contractors, energy efficiency program administrators, and financial institutions, with over 1,000 users testing the site since March 2013. The Department hopes that public and private stakeholders will continue to submit data and expand the resource. All data is made anonymous and protected by stringent privacy and security protocols.

Currently, commercial and residential buildings account for approximately 70% of the electricity consumption in the nation. The database strengthens the Department's commitment to provide U.S. industry, state and local governments, and researchers with innovative energy data tools that can help cut energy waste and save money. The database was developed for the Department's Building Technologies Office by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Building Energy Inc. See the Energy Department Progress Alert.

*Energy Department Develops Regulatory Roadmap to Spur Geothermal Energy Development
The Energy Department issued a Geothermal Regulatory Roadmap that will help developers navigate regulatory requirements at every level of government to deploy geothermal energy projects.

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

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06/27/13

Webinar 4: Climate Change Outreach and Education

Friday, July 12, 2013—11:00 am-12:15 pm Pacific

Does your tribal community have little knowledge and understanding of climate change and its impacts? Are you trying to increase their awareness about climate change and ways to address it, such as mitigation and adaptation?

This presentation will provide information about outreach and education material and resources that tribes can use in engaging their tribal community about climate change. It will include examples from the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals' Environmental Education and Outreach Program.

Presenter: Mansel Nelson, Program Coordinator, Environmental Education and Outreach Program, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, Northern Arizona University, 928-523-1275, mansel.nelson@nau.edu

To register for this webinar go to this website: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1nAgeeuwQmCXaDxd2uQX1sz4uKaaqKWZQ6AfrC8fSi0M/viewform?pli=1

This is the website that has the information for the webinars. This is 4th in a series of webinars so if you want more information you may go to: http://www4.nau.edu/itep/climatechange/tcc_webinars.asp

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Dear State and Local Climate and Energy News Subscribers:

Yesterday, President Barack Obama announced his Climate Action Plan that will “[keep] the United States of America a leader, a global leader in the fight against climate change.”

Climate change represents one of the major challenges of the 21st century, but – as you, our partners, have long demonstrated, we can meet this challenge in a way that advances our economy, our environment, and public health all at the same time.

We encourage you to learn more about the President’s plan (pdf) – and to continue to work with us in the days ahead to achieve our goals.

For more information on climate change, visit EPA’s climate change site.

Thank you for your continued work to protect the environment.

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

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06/25/13

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Funding Opportunities, Training, Events and News for Tribes

The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is pleased to forward the following information on funding, training, and other opportunities for tribes.

Funding Opportunities:

June 27 Deadline to Apply for $4.5 Million in DOE Funding for Community-Scale Clean Energy Projects in Indian Country

DOE is soliciting applications from eligible entities, including Indian tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia, to install community-scale or facility-scale clean energy systems on Indian lands to provide electricity and/or heating and cooling for local use in tribal buildings. For purposes of this announcement, “clean energy systems” include renewable energy systems and combined heat and power systems. Projects selected under this funding opportunity announcement are intended to reduce energy costs and increase energy security for Indian tribes and tribal members. Applications must be submitted by June 27, 2013.

For more information, read the funding announcement.

Upcoming Events

June 26 Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Will Explore Renewable Energy Project Leasing on Tribal Lands

The Tribal Energy Program, in partnership with the DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs and the Western Area Power Administration, will present the next Tribal Renewable Energy Series webinar, "Renewable Energy Project Leasing on Tribal Lands," on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Matthew Kirkland, Real Estate Services Division Chief at the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), will provide an overview of leasing regulations and discuss how the HEARTH Act of 2012 helps eliminate delays, costs, environmental reviews, administrative and judicial litigation, and risks associated with BIA review and approval of tribal leases of Indian land. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required.

Register for the June 26 webinar.

To register for other upcoming webinars in the series (see attached flyer), click on the links provided in the table below. The following webinars will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Time.

DATE TOPIC
July 31, 2013 Conducting Transmission Feasibility and System Impact Studies
August 28, 2013 Renewable Energy Market Expectations and Trends
September 25, 2013 Tribal and Utility Partnership Opportunities
Octrober 30, 2013 Renewable Energy Case Studies: Tribal and Developer Perspectives

For recordings and presentations from past webinars, go to www.wapa.gov and click on the Renewables tab, then click on the tribal webinar series link.

Energy Department to Host Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshops

Commercial-Scale Development
July 9-11, 2013
Denver, Colorado

Who Should Attend: This workshop is specifically designed for, and limited to, elected tribal leaders and tribal executives, accountants, and attorneys interested in gaining knowledge and confidence to embark on the path of developing a commercial-scale renewable energy project.

What You Will Learn: Using course materials and case studies, technical experts from DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will go over the steps necessary to develop and finance commercial-scale renewable energy projects on tribal lands, including how to:

Learn about the steps necessary to develop and finance commercial-scale renewable energy projects on tribal lands. This three-day workshop briefly reviews terminology and technology before diving into the essential steps to develop a commercial-scale renewable energy project, including how to assess the project potential; determine technology options; refine the project; implement financing and construction; and plan for project operation and maintenance.

Community-/Facility-Scale Development
September 16-20, 2013
Denver, Colorado

Developing community- and facility-scale renewable energy projects offers tremendous opportunities for increasing energy reliability, decreasing costs, and generating power for use on tribal lands. This five-day workshop will walk you through the steps necessary for tribes to take these types of projects from idea to reality. Technical experts from NREL will explain the materials, while people who have developed tribal community- and facility-scale projects will provide real-life examples to help you gain the knowledge and confidence to embark on your own path of implementing a community- or facility-scale renewable energy project for your tribe.

Please note that there is no cost to attend these workshops, but participants will be responsible for their own lodging and travel costs. Additional information about the locations and detailed agendas will be provided in the next few weeks. To RSVP for this training, email kara.thate@nrel.gov.

USDA Rural Development Quarterly Tribal Consultation Webinar – Rural Alaska Village Grant Program

USDA Rural Development has scheduled its next quarterly Tribal Consultation Webinar/Teleconference for 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 17. This particular cycle of consultation will focus on the Rural Alaska Village Grant (RAVG) program and the Proposed Rule on that program. Instructions for accessing the webinar are included below. If you'd like to join strictly by phone, it can be accessed by dialing 1-800-981-3173 and using the participant code 4248.

A PowerPoint presentation based on the June 20 preconsultation briefing on the RAVG program and summary of the Proposed Rule will be used during the July 17 webinar to ensure that participants share a common understanding of the subject matter. As materials are prepared and updated, they will be posted at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/SupportDocuments/AI_ANConsultation.pdf.

Please direct any questions or concerns to Tedd Buelow, USDA Rural Development’s Native American Coordinator, at 720-544-2911 or tedd.buelow@wdc.usda.gov.

RAVG Webinar: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 – 3 p.m. Eastern Time

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NEWS

Tribal Energy Program Brochure Features New Look, Latest Information

The Tribal Energy Program has published a new version of its brochure (see attachment) featuring a new design and the latest information on:

To view and download the brochure, see Featured Publications on the Tribal Energy Program website.

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

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


06/19/13

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Nearly $38 Million in Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is pleased to forward the following information on various funding opportunities that may be of interest to Tribes. Nearly $38 million in funding is available for state, local, and tribal governments from DOE, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable planning, and urban forestry. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

In addition, please visit the calendar of 2013 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to tribal communities.

DOE Community-Scale Clean Energy Projects in Indian Country – $4.5 Million
Applications due:
June 27, 2013
Eligible entities: Indian tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia

DOE is soliciting applications to install community-scale or facility-scale clean energy systems on Indian lands to provide electricity and/or heating and cooling for local use in tribal buildings. For purposes of this announcement, “clean energy systems” include renewable energy systems and combined heat and power systems. Projects selected under this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) are intended to reduce energy costs and increase energy security for Indian tribes and tribal members.

For more information, read the funding announcement.

DOE Tribal Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Deployment Assistance – $2.5 Million
Applications due:
June 20, 2013
Eligible entities: Indian tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia

DOE is soliciting applications to install community-scale or facility-scale renewable energy and/or energy efficiency projects on Indian lands. The renewable energy and/or energy efficiency projects are intended to provide electricity and/or heating and cooling or efficiency measures for existing tribal buildings, including homes, businesses, community buildings, government buildings, or other tribal facilities. Projects selected under this FOA are intended to reduce energy costs and increase energy security for Indian tribes and tribal members.

For more information, read the funding announcement.

EPA National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program, FY 2013 – $9 Million
Applications due:
June 25, 2013
Eligible entities: Regional, state, local, or tribal agencies (or intertribal consortia), or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality, and qualifying nonprofit organizations or institutions

EPA’s National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure. Eligible diesel emission reduction solutions include verified emission control technologies such as cleaner fuels and engine upgrades. Eligible diesel vehicles, engines, and equipment may include buses, medium-duty or heavy-duty trucks, marine engines, locomotives and nonroad engines, and equipment or vehicles used in construction, handling of cargo (including at a port or airport), agriculture, mining, or energy production (including stationary generators and pumps).

For more information, see the Request for Proposals.

EPA Science for Sustainable and Healthy Tribes – $6 Million
Applications due:
June 25, 2013
Eligible entities: State and local governments, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, U.S. territories or possessions, public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes public institutions of higher education and hospitals), and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes private institutions of higher education and hospitals) located in the United States

EPA, as part of its Science To Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research to develop sustainable solutions to environmental problems that affect tribes. The objectives of the awards to be made under this solicitation are to improve understanding of: 1) the health impacts of climate change on tribal populations; and 2) the health impacts of indoor air pollution exposures that derive from or are directly affecting traditional tribal life-ways and cultural practices. In both cases, projects should focus on impacts to vulnerable subpopulations of the tribal communities. Proposals should also consider sustainable, culturally appropriate and acceptable pollution prevention, and adaptation/mitigation strategies.

For more information, read the funding announcement.

USDA 2014 National Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program – $900,000
Applications due:
July 15, 2013
Eligible entities: State governments, county governments, city or township governments, special district governments, federally recognized Native American tribal governments, Native American tribal organizations, public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, independent school districts, public and state-controlled institutions of higher education, nonprofits, and private institutions of higher education

The USDA National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council seeks grant proposals to address the following priority issues: 1) Making Urban Trees and Forests More Resilient to the Impacts of Natural Disasters and the Long-term Impacts of Climate Change; 2) Green Infrastructure Jobs Analysis; 3) Utilizing Green Infrastructure to Manage and Mitigate Stormwater to Improve Water Quality. Potential grantees should work collaboratively with other organizations and entities not traditionally involved in urban and community forestry.

For more information, read the funding announcement.

HUD Hope VI Mainstreet Program – $500,000
Applications due:
July 22, 2013
Eligible entities: Local governments with a population of 50,000 or less, and with fewer than 100 physical public housing units

The purpose of the HOPE VI Main Street Program is to provide grants to small communities to assist in the renovation of a historic or traditional central business district or “Main Street” area by replacing unused commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units. The objectives of the program are to redevelop Main Street areas, preserve historic or traditional architecture or design features in Main Street areas, enhance economic development efforts in Main Street areas, and provide affordable housing in Main Street areas. HUD will require grantees to take specific energy-saving actions as part of HUD’s Strategic Plan.

For more information, read the grant opportunity synopsis.

EDA Economic Development Assistance Programs Federal Funding Opportunity – Total Funding Available TBD
Applications due:
Varies by program year; next due date is September 13, 2013
Eligible entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, nonprofits, and institutions of higher education

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

For more information, read the grant opportunity synopsis.

Corporation for National and Community Service’s Senior Corps: RSVP – $14.5 Million
Letter for Intent to Apply:
August 9, 2013
Applications due: September 10, 2013
Eligible entities: Public agencies (including state and local agencies and other units of government), Indian tribes, nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and government-recognized veteran service organizations

The CNCS Senior Corps RSVP Program is one of the largest senior volunteer programs in the nation and offers a diverse range of volunteer activities that serve communities to create measurable impact, benefit volunteers through the service experience, and create community capacity. RSVP will focus grant making for fiscal year 2014 in six areas, including environmental stewardship, economic opportunity, and disaster services. For example, grant activities may support increased citizen behavioral change leading to increased efficiency, renewable energy use, and ecosystem improvements. In this competition, CNCS intends to fund RSVP projects that support volunteers 55 years and older serving in a diverse range of activities that meet specific local and community needs. A letter of intent to apply is not required but is highly encouraged.

For more information, read the grant opportunity synopsis.

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

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

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For the Tribal Listserv

Dear EHS Listserv members,

Please see below for an announcement of a new RFA issued by EPA.

Title: Healthy Schools: Environmental Factors, Children's Health and Performance, and Sustainable Building Practices
URL: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2013/2013_star_healthy_schools.html

Applications due: Oct 8. 2013

Summary:
The National Center for Environmental Research announces the posting of the Request for Applications, Healthy Schools: Environmental Factors, Children's Health and Performance, and Sustainable Building Practices, with the goal of proposing research that will inform school (K-12 educational facilities) building design, construction and operation practices in order to foster safe and healthy school environments and maximize student achievement and teacher and staff effectiveness. Specifically, the goal is to understand the relationship between environmental factors defined broadly and the health, safety and performance of students, teachers and staff. In addition to health-related concerns, the school environment may similarly impact the performance of students, teachers and staff, including lowering student achievement outcomes, and reducing teacher effectiveness. Accordingly, research is needed to better understand the negative impacts of the school environment on students' health, safety, and achievement, and to measure the positive potential benefits of effectively managing environmental factors and applying sustainable building practices. The results of this research will help ensure that the risks of environmentally-induced illness and injury to America's students, teachers and other school staff are diminished or avoided and that students, teachers and staff are provided with optimal learning environments in their schools.

Finding sustainable methods are in line with the National Program, Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) research. Under this research program, laboratories find tools to improve human health, and preserve the environment. Research under SHC falls into four categories: data and tools to support sustainable communities, forecasting and assessing ecological and community health, near-term approaches for sustainable solutions, and integrated solutions for sustainable outcomes. With SHC research, it will aid in improving human health and the environment with a sustainable future.

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Holly Wilson, Lead
Community Air Program
Outreach and Information Division
Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
MD: C304-03, RM: C-305K
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711
(919)541-5624 v, (919) 541-0942 f
wilson.holly@epa.gov

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Airport Lead Monitoring Program Update fact sheet

EPA Region 9 has posted an Airport Lead Monitoring Program Update fact sheet. In addition, there are two fact sheets on specific airports where monitoring indicates that lead concentrations exceed the NAAQS for lead (San Carlos Airport in San Mateo County and the McClellan-Palomar Airport in San Diego County). These materials can be found at the two sites provided here.

www.epa.gov/otaq/regs/nonroad/aviation/420f13032.pdfwww.epa.gov/otaq/regs/nonroad/aviation/420f13032.pdf
www.epa.gov/region9/air/airport-lead/

FAA has concurrently posted a Fact Sheet on Leaded Aviation Fuel and the Environment as well as a memo that outlines interim guidance on mitigating public risks associated with lead emissions from aircraft. These documents are also attached and can be found at the following websites, respectively:

www.faa.gov/news/
www.faa.gov/airports/environmental/


06/18/13

Funding Opportunity Information Webinar: Science for Sustainable and Health Tribes

When: Tomorrow, June 18, 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Eastern Time

Registration Site: http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncer_abstracts/conferences/index.cfm?CONF_URL_ID=19

Background Information:
The National Center for Environmental Research announces the posting of the Request for Applications, Science for Sustainable and Health Tribes with the goal of to better understand how tribal population health is impacted specifically by climate change as well as indoor air pollution exposure from traditional tribal life-ways and cultural practices. There will be a total of possibly five regular awards and two early career awards given after an external peer review and internal review process.

Researching tribal communities is in line with the National Program, Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) research. Under this research program, laboratories find tools to improve human health, and preserve the environment. Research under SHC falls into four categories: data and tools to support sustainable communities, forecasting and assessing ecological and community health, near-term approaches for sustainable solutions, and integrated solutions for sustainable outcomes. With SHC research, it will aid in improving human health and the environment with a sustainable future.

Link to RFA: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2013/2013_star_tribal.html

This request for applications closes June 25, 2013, 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time.

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June 2013 – Nearly $38 Million in Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

Nearly $38 million of funding is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Corporation for National and Community Service that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable planning, and urban forestry. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

In addition, please visit the calendar of 2013 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.

***DOE Tribal Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Deployment Assistance – $2,500,000
Application Due: June 20, 2013
Eligible Entities: Indian Tribes, Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations, and Tribal Consortia.

DOE is soliciting applications to install community-scale or facility-scale renewable energy and/or energy efficiency energy projects on Indian lands. The renewable energy and/or energy efficiency projects are intended to provide electricity and/or heating and cooling or efficiency measures for existing tribal buildings, including homes, businesses, community buildings, government buildings, or other tribal facilities. Projects selected under this Funding Opportunity Announcement are intended to reduce energy costs and increase energy security for Indian Tribes and tribal members.

For more information, visit the funding announcement.

***EPA National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program, FY 2013 – $9 million
Application Due: June 25, 2013
Eligible Entities: Regional, state, local or tribal agencies (or intertribal consortia) or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality, and qualifying nonprofit organizations or institutions.

EPA’s National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure. Eligible diesel emission reduction solutions include verified emission control technologies such as cleaner fuels and engine upgrades. Eligible diesel vehicles, engines and equipment may include buses, medium-duty or heavy-duty trucks, marine engines, locomotives and nonroad engines, equipment or vehicles used in construction, handling of cargo (including at a port or airport), agriculture, mining or energy production (including stationary generators and pumps).

For more information, visit the Request for Proposals.

***EPA Science for Sustainable and Healthy Tribes – $6 million
Application Due:
June 25, 2013
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, U.S. territories or possessions, public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes public institutions of higher education and hospitals), and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes private institutions of higher education and hospitals) located in the U.S.

EPA, as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research to develop sustainable solutions to environmental problems that affect tribes. The objectives of the awards to be made under this solicitation are to improve understanding of: 1) the health impacts of climate change on tribal populations; and 2) the health impacts of indoor air pollution exposures that derive from or are directly affecting traditional tribal life-ways and cultural practices. In both cases, projects should focus on impacts to vulnerable sub-populations of the Tribal communities. Proposals should also consider sustainable, culturally appropriate and acceptable pollution prevention, and adaptation/mitigation strategies.

For more information, visit the funding announcement.

***DOE Community-scale Clean Energy Projects in Indian Country – $4,500,000
Application Due:
June 27, 2013
Eligible Entities: Indian Tribes, Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations, and Tribal Consortia.

DOE is soliciting applications to install community-scale or facility-scale clean energy systems on Indian lands to provide electricity and/or heating and cooling for local use in tribal buildings. For purposes of this announcement, “clean energy systems” include renewable energy systems and combined heat and power systems. Projects selected under this Funding Opportunity Announcement are intended to reduce energy costs and increase energy security for Indian Tribes and tribal members.

For more information, visit the funding announcement.

***USDA 2014 National Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program – $900,000
Application Due: July 15, 2013
Eligible Entities: State governments, county governments, city or township governments, special district governments, federally recognized Native American tribal governments, Native American tribal organizations, public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, independent school districts, public and State controlled institutions of higher education, nonprofits, private institutions of higher education.

The USDA National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council seeks grant proposals to address the following priority issues: 1) Making Urban Trees and Forests More Resilient to the Impacts of Natural Disasters and the long-term Impacts of Climate Change; 2) Green Infrastructure Jobs Analysis; 3) Utilizing Green Infrastructure to Manage and Mitigate Stormwater to Improve Water Quality. Potential grantees should work collaboratively with other organizations and entities not traditionally involved in urban and community forestry.

For more information, visit the funding announcement.

***HUD HOPE VI Main Street Grant Program – $500,000
Application Due:
July 22, 2013
Eligible Entities: Local governments with a population of 50,000 or less, and with fewer than 100 physical public housing units.

The purpose of the HOPE VI Main Street Program is to provide grants to small communities to assist in the renovation of a historic or traditional central business district or “Main Street” area by replacing unused commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units. The objectives of the program are to: redevelop Main Street areas; preserve historic or traditional architecture or design features in Main Street areas; enhance economic development efforts in Main Street areas; and provide affordable housing in Main Street areas. HUD will require grantees to take specific energy-saving actions as part of HUD’s Strategic Plan.

For more information, visit the grant opportunity synopsis.

***Corporation for National and Community Service’s Senior Corps: RSVP – $14.5 million
Letter of Intent to Apply:
August 9, 2013
Application Due: September 10, 2013
Eligible Entities: Public agencies (including state and local agencies and other units of government), Indian Tribes, non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and government-recognized veteran service organizations.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) RSVP Program one of the largest senior volunteer programs in the nation and offers a diverse range of volunteer activities that serve communities to create measurable impact, benefit volunteers through the service experience, and create community capacity. RSVP will focus grant making for fiscal year 2014 in six focus areas including environmental stewardship, economic opportunity, and disaster services. For example, grant activities may support increased citizen behavioral change leading to increased efficiency, renewable energy use, and ecosystem improvements. In this competition, CNCS intends to fund RSVP projects that support volunteers 55 years and older serving in a diverse range of activities that meet specific local and community needs. A letter of intent to apply is not required, but highly encouraged.

For more information, visit the grant opportunity synopsis.

***EDA Economic Development Assistance Programs Federal Funding Opportunity – Total funding available TBD
Application Due:
Varies by program year; next due date is September 13, 2013
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, non-profits, institutions of higher education.

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

For more information, visit the grant opportunity synopsis.

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The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs (DOE-IE) has announced renewable energy development education and training curriculum for tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff. The DOE-IE Renewable Energy Curriculum is available through the National Training and Education Resource (NTER) online learning platform, and more in-depth training is being provided through the following workshops:

There is no cost to attend the workshops, but participants will be responsible for their own lodging and travel costs.

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

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

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

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


06/13/13

2013 OAR Tribal Air Agenda

The Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) recognizes the important role that tribes have historically played in environmental issues including air quality. Tribal citizens are often disproportionately affected by air pollution, while their governments play an increasingly valuable role in controlling and reducing pollution and its adverse health effects. OAR’s national programs provide important air quality and health benefits to tribal communities while assisting the efforts of tribal governments. However our obligations to support tribes in addressing air quality goals extend beyond these national efforts to include tribal specific priorities. OAR created its annual Tribal Agenda in 2011 to reflect the specific actions we intend to take to directly support tribes in our joint efforts to reduce the health impacts of air pollution. This document discusses planned activities by OAR headquarter offices to support, expand and assist tribal implementation of air quality management activities nationwide in fiscal year (FY) 2013.
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DOE Tribal Energy Program

Funding Opportunities, Training and Events and News for Tribes

The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is pleased to forward the following information courtesy of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), the Administration for Native Americans (ANA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.A. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the DOE Office of Indian Energy, and DOE's Green Power Network.

This issue contains the following topics:

Funding Opportunities:

DOE Funding Available for Tribal Energy Projects

Through these funding opportunity announcements (FOAs), the Energy Department is continuing its efforts to promote tribal energy sufficiency and to spur increased renewable energy and energy efficiency deployment on Indian lands. Under these FOAs, the Energy Department’s Tribal Energy Program, in cooperation with the DOE Office of Indian Energy, is soliciting applications from Indian Tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia to install community- or facility-scale clean energy projects to provide electricity and/or heating and cooling for local use in tribal buildings. Read the full DOE Progress Alert.

Note that the FOAs have been amended, so please visit the links below for more information. Following is a summary of the FOAs:

See the FOAs (and any amendments) for a complete description, eligibility requirements, instructions on how to apply, application content, and the criteria by which applications will be selected for funding. Please note that only applications submitted through the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE's) Exchange website will be considered.

The full FOAs are available online at EERE’s Exchange website or accessible through the Energy Department’s Tribal Energy Program website.

EDA Economic Development Assistance

EDA is accepting applications for funding under its Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs. Grants made under these programs will leverage regional assets to support the implementation of regional economic development strategies designed to create jobs, leverage private capital, encourage economic development, and strengthen America's ability to compete in the global marketplace.

The application deadline varies by funding cycle, and the next deadline is June 13, 2013. Eligible entities include state and local governments, federally recognized tribes, nonprofits, and institutions of higher education.

For more information, see the Fiscal Year 2013 Economic Development Assistance Programs grant opportunity synopsis.

ANA Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies

Applications due: July 15, 2013
Award ceiling: $500,000
Expected number of awards: 15
Eligible entities: Native American tribal governments (federally recognized); Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments); nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; others

ANA supports economic development in Native American communities through the provision of discretionary grants to tribal governments and Native-serving nonprofit organizations. The current economic climate has increased ANA’s focus on developing employment opportunities and business creation in Native communities, resulting in this special funding initiative to promote Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS). In an effort to reduce unemployment and stimulate local economies, ANA, within the Administration for Children and Families, announces the availability of $5 million in SEEDS funding for Fiscal Year 2013 for new, community-based projects that will foster economic development through the creation of small businesses and sustainable job growth.

One of ANA’s primary goals is to promote economic self-sufficiency for American Indians, Native Hawaiians, Alaskan Natives, and Native American Pacific Islanders, including American Samoa Natives. In pursuit of this goal, four priorities that ANA will promote through the SEEDS initiative are: 1) creation of sustainable employment opportunities; 2) professional training and skill development that increases participants’ employability and earning potential; 3) creation and development of small businesses and entrepreneurial activities, and; 4) a demonstrated strategy and commitment to keeping the jobs and revenues generated by project activities within the Native communities being served. Improving access to employment opportunities and supporting small businesses will enhance local economies, enable more tribal members to acquire and maintain gainful employment, and improve the long-term financial health of tribal members and their families.

For more information, read the full funding announcement.

USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Provide Development Support to Rural Cooperatives

Applications due: The deadline for paper applications is July 15, 2013.Electronic copies are due July 10, 2013.
Eligible entities: Non-profit corporations and institutions of higher education.

On May 23, 2013, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is accepting grant applications from qualified nonprofit organizations and educational facilities to help rural cooperatives develop new markets for their products and services. USDA remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty; this announcement is one part of its efforts to strengthen the rural economy.

USDA is offering Rural Cooperative Development Grants (RCDG) to nonprofit corporations and institutions of higher education. The grants may be used to conduct feasibility studies, create business plans, help rural cooperatives develop markets, and provide training for cooperative leadership. Grants are awarded competitively on an annual basis to Rural Cooperative Development Centers, which in turn provide technical assistance to individuals and cooperatives.

Through this notice, USDA may award up to $6.5 million in grants. The deadline for paper applications is July 15, 2013. Electronic copies are due July 10, 2013. For information on how to apply, see page 30848 of the May 23, 2013, Federal Register or contact the applicable USDA Rural Development State Office.

Individual grants of up to $200,000 are available. Grants may be used to pay for up to 75% (95% when the applicant is a 1994 Land Grant Institution) of the project's cost. Recipients are required to match 25% (5% for 1994 Land Grant Institutions) of the award amount.

USDA Seeks Applications to Finance Rural Broadband in Remote Areas

USDA Rural Development is accepting applications for up to $21 million that it may award in grants to finance broadband deployment in remote, rural areas through the Community Connect Grant program. The program serves rural communities where broadband service is not available and could make a tremendous difference in the quality of life for citizens.

For example, last year USDA provided a grant to the isolated Alaska Native Community of Saint Paul. Located in Alaska's Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea, the town of about 500 is installing a modern system, and the Native-owned firm that will operate it estimates that in the next five years Internet access will result in saving or creating an estimated additional 44 full-time jobs, including the five existing jobs on the island. The project will also support 23 construction and clerical jobs.

Complementing this funding opportunity, USDA recently announced new rules to better target Community Connect broadband grants to areas where they are needed the most. To view the rules, go to: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-05-03/pdf/2013-10502.pdf.

Since its inception, the Community Connect program has funded 229 projects with USDA investments of $122 million. In 2012, USDA assistance led to improved broadband service nationwide for nearly 65,000 rural households, businesses and community institutions such as libraries, schools, and first responders.

For more information, see page 34979 of the June 11, 2013 Federal Register. The deadline for submitting applications is July 11, 2013.

Other Opportunities

Agency/Source Submission Deadline
Additional Information
Economic Development Assistance Programs Grant (Dept. of Commerce) Rolling Cooperative agreement grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will leverage regional assets to support the implementation of regional economic development strategies designed to create jobs, leverage private capital, encourage economic development, and strengthen America’s ability to compete in the global marketplace.
Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant Rolling USDA Rural Development's grant program for Emergency Community Water Assistance.
Tribal Energy Program Technical Assistance (Dept. of Energy) Rolling Free technical assistance to assist federally recognized Indian tribes, bands, nations, and other organized groups and communities;including Alaska Native villages or regional and village corporations;with renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Typically limited to 40 hours and may include renewable energy technology information, renewable resource information, energy efficiency techniques, project support, system performance modeling, policy information, design review, special studies, strategic energy planning, and training. To request assistance, complete the application online.
Planning Program and Local Technical Assistance Program (Dept. of Commerce) Rolling Up to $100K from EDA to assist eligible recipients in creating regional economic development plans designed to stimulate and guide the economic development efforts of a community or region.
Rural Business Opportunity Grants (USDA Rural Development) June 24 The RBOG program promotes sustainable economic development in rural communities with exceptional needs through provision of training and technical assistance for business development, entrepreneurs, and economic development officials and to assist with economic development planning. There are multiple deadlines this year, so read the press release and NOFA carefully. $919,820 is reserved this year for Tribes.
Science for Sustainable and Healthy Tribes - $6 Million (EPA) June 25 EPA, as part of its Science to Achieve Results program, is seeking applications proposing research to develop sustainable solutions to environmental problems that affect Tribes. Awards made under this solicitation are to improve understanding of: 1) the health impacts of climate change on tribal populations; and 2) the health impacts of indoor air pollution exposures that derive from or are directly affecting traditional tribal life-ways and cultural practices. In both cases, projects should focus on impacts to vulnerable sub-populations of the tribal communities. Proposals should also consider sustainable, culturally appropriate, and acceptable pollution prevention, and adaptation/mitigation strategies.
Tribal Research Funding Opportunities (EPA) June 25 EPA research funding to improve the understanding of climate change and indoor air pollution exposure's health impacts on traditional tribal ways of life and develop sustainable solutions to environmental problems that affect tribes. For more information contact Ron Josephson (josephson.ron@epa.gov or 703-308-0442). Electronic submissions: Todd Peterson (peterson.todd@epa.gov or 703-308-7224). Technical contact: Cynthia McOliver (mcoliver.cynthia@epa.gov or 703-347-0311).

Upcoming Events

DOE's 2013 Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series

The DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Tribal Energy Program, and Western Area Power Administration are pleased to continue their joint sponsorship of the Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series in 2013. The series is intended for tribal leaders and staff who are interested in developing commercial-scale energy projects, responding to utilities' requests for proposals, and learning more about the competitive power market.

Each of these webinars focuses on a different aspect of the energy project development process. Taken as a whole, the series is designed to help Tribes identify ways to promote tribal energy self sufficiency and foster economic development and employment on tribal lands through renewable energy and energy efficiency technology development.

For more on these upcoming webinars, see the attached webinar series flyer. For recordings and presentations from past webinars, go to www.wapa.gov and click the Renewable link, then click on the tribal webinar series link.

Registration:
There is no charge to participate in the webinars, but registration is required. To register for the upcoming webinars in the series, click on the links provided in the table below. The following webinars will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Time.

DATE TOPIC
June 26, 2013 Renewable Energy Project Leasing on Tribal Lands
July 31, 2013 Conducting Transmission Feasibily and System Impact Stusies
August 28, 2013 Renewable Energy Market Expectations and Trends
September 25, 2013 Tribal and Utility Partnership Opportunties
October 30, 2013 Renewable Energy Case Studies: Tribal and Developer Perspectives

Workshop for Tribes: Commercial-Scale Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance

The DOE Office of Indian Energy is pleased to announce the “first of its kind” renewable energy development education and training curriculum for tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff. The curriculum is available through the National Training and Education Resource (NTER) online learning platform, and more in-depth training is being provided through in-person workshops, the first of which is being offered in July. These workshops are an excellent opportunity to build internal capacity on renewable energy development and advance the benefits of renewable energy for Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages and corporations.

July 9-11, 2013
Golden, Colorado

Who Should Attend:
This workshop is specifically designed for, and limited to, elected tribal leaders and tribal executives, accountants, and attorneys interested in gaining knowledge and confidence to embark on the path of developing a commercial-scale renewable energy project.

What You Will Learn:
Using course materials and case studies, technical experts from DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory will go over the steps necessary to develop and finance commercial-scale renewable energy projects on tribal lands, including how to:

Pricing and Registration:
There is no cost to attend the workshop, but participants will be responsible for their own meals and travel costs. Additional information about the location and detailed agendas will be provided in the next few weeks. To RSVP for this training, email kara.thate@nrel.gov.

In preparation for the meeting, we ask that attendees watch the “Foundational Topics” on the National Training & Education Resource website.

If you have questions, please email indianenergy@hq.doe.gov.

USDA Rural Development Next Preconsultation Briefing (June 20) and Quarterly Tribal Consultation Webinar (July 17) - Rural Alaska Village Grant Program

USDA Rural Development has scheduled its next quarterly Tribal Consultation Webinar/Teleconference for 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 17. For this particular cycle of consultation we will focus on the Rural Alaska Village Grant (RAVG) program and the forthcoming Proposed Rule (scheduled for publication in the near future) on that particular program. Though the program is only relevant to tribes throughout rural Alaska, tribes and stakeholders interested in learning more about the program are welcome to join the preconsultation webinar on June 20.

In preparation for the July Quarterly Tribal Consultation event, USDA Rural Development will host a preconsultation briefing webinar and teleconference on Thursday, June 20 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time to walk through the RAVG program and provide a general summary of the intent and contents of the Proposed Rule. Our goal with each preconsultation briefing is to provide tribal leaders ample time to work with tribal staff to learn about Rural Development programs and policies to better inform the consultation process and better prepare those involved to provide comments on July 17.

Instructions for accessing the webinars are included below. If you’d like to join by phone, both events can be accessed by dialing 1-800-981-3173 and using the participant code 4248. Another email will be distributed prior to June 20 that will include a preconsultation briefing document to help you further prepare. A PowerPoint presentation based on the preconsultation briefing document will be used during the webinars to ensure that participants share a common understanding of the subject matter. As materials are prepared and updated, they will be posted at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/SupportDocuments/AI_ANConsultation.pdf.

Please direct any questions or concerns to Tedd Buelow, USDA Rural Development’s Native American Coordinator, at 720-544-2911 or tedd.buelow@wdc.usda.gov.

USDA Rural Development Tribal Preconsultation Briefing (RAVG)

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 2 p.m. Eastern Time
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Toll-free: +1 (800) 981-3173
Toll: +1 (202) 720-7039
Participant code: 4248

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USDA Rural Development Quarterly Tribal Consultation (RAVG)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 3 p.m. Eastern Time

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Toll-free: +1 (800) 981-3173
Toll: +1 (202) 720-7039
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Other Upcoming Events

For details and contact information on webinars and other upcoming events, visit the events calendar on the Tribal Energy Program website.

News and Information

USDA-RUS Infrastructure Funding for Substantially Underserved Trust Areas

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency within USDA Rural Development, was given new tools through the 2008 Farm Bill (the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008) to finance improvements in electric, telecommunications, and water and sewer infrastructure in substantially underserved trust areas—land held in trust by the United States for Native Americans. This part of the 2008 Farm Bill is known as the "Substantially Underserved Trust Area (SUTA) provisions." The provisions are designed to make RUS infrastructure financing more accessible to, and affordable for, Native Americans in trust areas because those areas, historically, have had difficulty receiving federal assistance. For more on the benefits of the SUTA Provisions, see the attached fact sheet.

USDA Requests Comments on Project Financing Program and Expanding Efforts in Renewable Energy Financing

On June 5, 2013, USDA announced publication of an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) to request public comment on expanding renewable energy and project financing programs. USDA will host two Town Hall meetings on July 9, 2013, to discuss the future proposed rulemaking. The meetings will be held at 9 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in the Jefferson Auditorium of the South Building, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. Registration will begin one hour before each meeting.

The RUS is open to any and all suggestions associated with this notice. Comments received will be used to determine what next steps will be taken to implement a Project Financing Program and to include renewable energy investments.

USDA has an extensive portfolio of rural infrastructure investments that revitalize rural communities and create sustainable opportunities for wealth, new jobs, and increased economic activity in rural America. Since 2009, USDA has funded 650 rural electric utility projects throughout the region. More than 8 million rural electric customers benefit from these projects annually.

For more information, read the attached ANPR.

Requests for Proposals for Renewable Energy

The following solicitations are included in this update as a courtesy to our subscribers. These requests for proposal (RFPs) are neither supported nor endorsed by the DOE Green Power Network. A complete list of active RFPs can found on the Renewable Energy RFPs page.

Deadline - June 19, 2013
General Services Administration Request for Information seeking interested parties for the installation of solar photovoltaic renewable energy conservation measures using energy savings performance contract authority at multiple federal government sites. Contact: Thuy Thanh Ta, 415-522-3603

Deadline - December 31, 2014
Connecticut Light & Power Company (CL&P) RFP offering to supply service to CL&P's customers on Standard Service. Companies are invited to submit a binding proposal for the right to provide load requirements identified in the RFP for Standard Service for all or a portion of the period from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2014. Seller shall be responsible for meeting the Renewable Portfolio Standard for the On-Peak CLQ(s) and Off-Peak CLQ(s). Contact: Joseph Fowler

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

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

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

The next webinar in the series is titled “Renewable Energy Project Leasing on Tribal Lands” and will be held on June 26, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MDT. There is no charge to participate in the webinar, but registration is required.

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

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

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

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

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


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The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) are organizing conferences in June that include sessions relating to tribal energy development, tribal economic development, and a variety of other topics. The following two conferences will be held on the dates and locations indicated:

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

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

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

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

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


06/6/13

REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS

Applicants for the Tribal Support for the National Environmental Information Exchange Network RFA must submit an application package to EPA by August 30, 2013. The total estimated funding expected to be available under this competitive opportunity is approximately $800,000. EPA anticipates award of one cooperative agreement, whose annual value shall not exceed $160,000. The cooperative agreement will be funded incrementally up to four additional years. Additional funds may be added to each subsequent year of the agreement, subject to satisfactory performance, availability of funds, and other applicable considerations. In FY 2014, total funding shall not exceed $160,000. EPA will accept project proposals for this opportunity in one of two ways: 1) a hardcopy mailed or delivered application, including one original and two copies; or 2) a proposal submitted electronically through the grants.gov website. EPA anticipates that it will announce selection decisions in or around November 2013. EPA plans to issue the awards by December 15, 2013.

This opportunity has also been posted to grants.gov under CFDA number 66.608. Here are the various links:

**Posting on Grants.gov: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=SvrTRnPG0LtJhHLf2QFy6RrLyw1jglyDcqDmWMmVywwkMpXnWLvG!-260916589?oppId=235940&mode=VIEW

**Announcement on our EPA website: http://epa.gov/exchangenetwork/grants/


06/5/13

DOE Tribal Energy Program

DOE, USDA Announce Funding Opportunities

The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is pleased to share the following information on DOE and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) that may be of interest to Tribes.

DOE Community-Scale Clean Energy Projects in Indian Country – $4.5 Million
Applications due: June 27, 2013
Eligible entities: Indian Tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, or tribal consortiums on whose Indian lands the project(s) will be located.

The Energy Department is soliciting applications to install “community-scale” or “facility-scale” clean energy systems on Indian lands to provide electricity and/or heating and cooling for local use in tribal buildings. For purposes of this announcement, “clean energy systems” include “renewable energy systems” and “combined heat and power systems.” Projects selected under this FOA are intended to reduce energy costs and increase energy security for Indian Tribes and tribal members. For the complete FOA, visit the DOE Funding Opportunity Exchange website.

DOE Tribal Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Deployment Assistance – Approximately $2.5 Million
Applications due: June 20, 2013
Eligible entities: Indian Tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, or tribal consortiums on whose Indian lands the project(s) will be located.

The Energy Department is soliciting applications to install “community-scale” or “facility-scale” clean energy systems on Indian lands to provide electricity and/or heating and cooling for local use in tribal buildings. The renewable energy and/or energy efficiency projects are intended to provide electricity and/or heating and cooling or efficiency measures for existing tribal buildings, including homes, businesses, community buildings, government buildings, or other tribal facilities. Projects selected under this Funding Opportunity Announcement are intended to reduce energy costs and increase energy security for Indian Tribes and tribal members. For the complete FOA, visit the DOE Funding Opportunity Exchange website.

USDA Rural Business Opportunity Grants – $2.6 Million
Applications due: June 28 for paper applications; June 24 for electronic applications
Eligible entities: Public bodies, nonprofit corporations, institutions of higher education, Indian Tribes on federal or state reservations and other federally recognized Native American Tribes or tribal groups, and rural cooperatives.

The USDA Rural Business Cooperative Service is soliciting applications from qualified organizations to provide technical assistance to rural businesses to help them expand and create jobs. The announcement is part of the department's efforts to strengthen the rural economy.

Funding will be provided through USDA Rural Development's Rural Business Opportunity Grant (RBOG) program, and the maximum grant is $100,000. Grants may be used for feasibility studies, strategic planning, leadership training, and other types of business development activities.

USDA Rural Development is also soliciting RBOG applications to support a new Obama administration initiative called Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP). USDA is partnering with the Commerce Department, the Small Business Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency to promote development of new manufacturing jobs. RBOG applicants, for example, could seek grants to help rural communities develop long-term strategic plans for their manufacturing sectors or to provide training to entrepreneurs who want to create manufacturing businesses in rural areas. Applicants who receive RBOG funding complementing the IMCP initiative may later be eligible for larger grants directly through the initiative.

Some of the funding available under this RBOG notice will be made available for projects benefitting federally recognized Indian Tribes and projects benefitting Rural Economic Area Partnerships. The remaining funds are open for national competition

For additional information on how to apply, see the May 14 Federal Register, page 28184, or the full RBOG NOFA.

For more information about the NOFA, read the press release.

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

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

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

Register for the June 26 Tribal Energy Webinar: Renewable Energy Project Leasing on Tribal Lands

The Tribal Energy Program, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs and the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), will present the next Tribal Renewable Energy Series webinar titled "Regional Transmission Planning" on Wednesday, May 29, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Speakers from WAPA's Rocky Mountain Region, its Upper Great Plains Region, and WestConnect will provide an overview of various interconnection-based regional transmission planning efforts. Helpful background information on the electricity grid can be found by viewing the free on-demand webinar titled Electricity Grid Basics, available on the National Training and Education Resource website.

Register to attend the webinar.

There is no cost to attend the webinar, but advance registration is required. To register for this and other webinars in the series, click on the links provided in the table below. Each of the following webinars will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Time.

DATE TOPIC
June 26, 2013 Renewable Energy Project Leasing on Tribal Lands
July 31, 2013 Conducting Transmission Feasibility and System Impact Studies
August 28, 2013 Renewable Energy Market Expectations and Trends
September 25, 2013 Tribal and Utility Partnership Opportunities
October 30, 2013 Renewable Energy Case Studies: Tribal and Developer Perspectives

Each of these webinars focuses on a different aspect of the energy project development process. Taken as a whole, the series is designed to help Tribes identify ways to promote tribal energy sufficiency and foster economic development and employment on tribal lands through renewable energy and energy efficiency technology development. For recordings and presentations from past webinars, go to www.wapa.gov and click the Renewables link, then click on the Tribal Webinar Series link.

For more information on the webinar series, see the attached flier or visit the Tribal Energy Program Webinars page.

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

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

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

Upcoming Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshop for Tribes

The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), is pleased to forward the following information on behalf of the DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs (Office of Indian Energy).

The DOE Office of Indian Energy is pleased to announce the “first of its kind” renewable energy development education and training curriculum for tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff. The curriculum is available through the National Training and Education Resource (NTER) online learning platform, and more in-depth training is being provided through in-person workshops, the first of which is being offered in July. These workshops are an excellent opportunity to build internal capacity on renewable energy development and advance the benefits of renewable energy for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native villages and corporations.

Commercial-Scale Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshop

July 9-11, 2013
Golden, Colorado

Who Should Attend: This workshop is specifically designed for, and limited to, elected tribal leaders and tribal executives, accountants, and attorneys interested in gaining knowledge and confidence to embark on the path of developing a commercial-scale renewable energy project.

What You Will Learn:
Using course materials and case studies, technical experts from DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will go over the steps necessary to develop and finance commercial-scale renewable energy projects on tribal lands, including how to:

Pricing and Registration:
There is no cost to attend the workshop, but participants will be responsible for their own meals and travel costs. Additional information about the location and detailed agendas will be provided in the next few weeks. To RSVP for this training, email kara.thate@nrel.gov.

In preparation for the meeting, we ask that attendees watch the “Foundational Topics” on the National Training & Education Resource website. From the NTER website, search for “DOE-IE Renewable Energy Curriculum."

If you have questions, please email indianenergy@hq.doe.gov.

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

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


06/4/13

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Tribal Energy and Environmental Information Clearinghouse
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EDA Economic Development Assistance Programs Funding Opportunity
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The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is accepting applications for funding under EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs. Grants made under these programs will leverage regional assets to support the implementation of regional economic development strategies designed to create jobs, leverage private capital, encourage economic development, and strengthen America’s ability to compete in the global marketplace.

The application deadline varies by funding cycle, and the next deadline is June 13, 2013. Eligible entities include: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, nonprofits, and institutions of higher education.

About the TEEIC

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

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

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

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

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2013: Upcoming Climate and Energy Webcasts for State and Local Governments

EPA Webcasts

DOE Webcasts

FHWA Webcasts

ICMA Webcasts

IREC Webcasts

Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities Webcasts

Sustainability City Network

***EPA Webcasts

June 3-12, Times Vary – Climate Change Adaptation for States, Tribes and Local Governments
North Carolina State University, in cooperation with EPA's Office of Strategic Environmental Management, is hosting an online Symposium on climate change adaptation for states, tribes and local governments to be offered in a series of twelve on-line sessions over two weeks. The series will bring together tribal, state and local stakeholders, EPA representatives, and experts from a variety of sectors to consider the impact of EPA’s new Climate Change Adaptation Plan on the implementation of federal environmental programs, and to present case studies, tools and solutions to some of the most pressing climate change adaptation challenges. Individual webinars are stand-alone educational opportunities for governments, planners and policy makers, and participants can attend one or more webinars as meets their particular needs. Participants will learn about the most current knowledge and information applicable to states, tribes and communities on adaptation practice and implementation to build community resiliency.

June 11, 3:00-4:00 PM (EDT) - Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Training Academy
EPA delivers technical assistance through Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities. As part of this effort, EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities has developed 12 workshop tools that address common challenges faced by communities working to create more sustainable neighborhoods, cities, and regions. The next step is to create a training program for staff from public agencies and nonprofit organizations that provide technical assistance to communities. The training program will help these staff understand the Building Blocks tools and incorporate them into their technical assistance. During this listening session, we will gather input from key stakeholders on how best to design the training program and request feedback on specific questions.

Files Now Available - EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Program Has Posted Presentations and Audio from Springs Webcast Series on Climate Change Adaptation for State and Local Governments
This webinar series brought together representatives from a variety of sectors to offer examples and solutions to some of the most pressing challenges to climate change implementation for state and local governments - how to achieve buy-in, how to overcome the uncertainty barrier, and how to attract funding. Discussions covered why adaptation to climate change is critical, the current state of the field as it applies to states and communities, how to scale programs to meet local needs, and what actions can be taken at the state and local levels to build support for adaptation and to increase community resilience. Presentations and audio files are now available for two of three webcasts. The third webcast, Attracting Funding for Adaptation, will be available online in the coming weeks.

***DOE Webcasts

June 26, 11:00-12:30 PM (MDT) – Renewable Energy Project Leasing on Tribal Lands
According to the Intertribal Council on Utility Policy, wind resources on tribal lands in the Great Plains alone could power more than 50 million homes. The HEARTH Act of 2012 provides the opportunity for Tribes to eliminate delays, costs, federal environmental reviews, federal administrative and judicial litigation, and risks associated with Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) review and approval of tribal leases of tribal land. Attend this webinar to learn how to achieve BIA approval to adopt tribal leasing regulations.

***FHWA Webcasts

June 12, 2:00–3:30 PM (EDT) – Transportation, Climate Change & Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessment: Applying the Results
Part three of a four-part Webcast series sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration. Representatives from the Boston Region MPO and Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority will discuss incorporating vulnerability assessment results into agency decision making processes and developing adaptation options.

June 20, 2:00–3:30 PM (EDT) – Transportation, Climate Change & Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessment: Hurricane Sandy—Lessons Learned
Part four of a four-part webcast series sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration. The impacts of Hurricane Sandy underscore the need for proactive planning for extreme weather events. This session will focus on extreme weather preparations, emergency response, recovery, and planning for long-term resilience.

***ICMA Webcasts

June 4, 2013, 11:00 AM-Noon (EDT) - Addressing Risks and Engaging the Community in the Development of Urban Infrastructure for Climate Adaptation – US Case Studies
Katrina. Sandy. The destruction and loss of life caused by these two storms have altered the way city managers think about the impact of climate change on infrastructure. Local and state leaders are seeking more resilient solutions that are adapted to local impacts. The International Team at the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) invite you to participate in the first of two webinars hosted by the USAID-funded CityLinks program. The webinars will address how cities around the world are fostering locally-driven support and innovation to adapt cities to climate change. This first webinar will present case studies from Super Storm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina about how communities are planning to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Learn how to finance climate change adaptation in your community, and how to engage your citizens in climate change adaptation efforts.

***IREC Webcasts

June 4, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) - U.S. Solar Market and Installation Trends 2013
IREC's highly anticipated annual report, U.S. Solar Market and Installation Trends 2013, compiles and analyzes public data on U.S. solar installations by technology, state and market sector for 2012. Now in its sixth year, IREC's 2013 Solar Market Trends Report covers solar technologies that produce electricity, including photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP). The webinar will feature information about PV installations in 2012, including growth trends by sector and state rankings for installations. If you're involved in the solar industry, or wish to become involved, this webinar will provide valuable information about the rapidly changing solar market in the U.S.

***Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities Webcasts

June 12, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) - Where Climate Change and Land Use Collide: Lessons from Disaster Mitigation and Adaption
The past decade has brought increasingly unpredictable and damaging weather patterns. Join the Funders’ Network for a webcast that explores lessons learned from increasingly frequent experiences with “natural” disasters in the West and East -- and what it will take to better prepare for and avoid future disasters. Hear from experts about how communities in the west are coping with seasonal wildfires, and what communities in Vermont learned about land use planning and infrastructure in the aftermath of tropical storm Irene. Such strategies included designing safe and energy efficient manufactured housing for low and moderate income households, sharing what farmers are learning about ways to adjust to extreme weather events, and developing videos and other tools to share with local officials on road and culvert design, wetlands protection and other watershed management practices protect village centers.

***Sustainability City Network

June 13, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (CDT) – Sustainability Las Vegas Style
This Sustainable Cities Netwok webcast features Tom Perrigo, chief sustainability officer for the city of Las Vegas, who will provide an overview of his city's sustainability programs and answer audience questions. Since adopting its first Sustainable Energy Strategy in 2008, Las Vegas has, among other things:

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

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Gap Guidance Informational Webinars

On May 15, 2013, EPA released the new GAP Guidance

To help facilitate the implementation of the new guidance, EPA is hosting two informational webinars for tribal environmental professionals, the purpose of which is to provide a broad overview of the new GAP Guidance and to answer any initial questions tribal environmental professionals may have

These webinars will provide a 30-minute broad overview of the new GAP Guidance, followed by a question and answer session.

Webinar Schedule
To participate in either webinar, please register using the links below:

Thursday, June 6, 2013
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Eastern Standard Time
https://epa.connectsolutions.com/gap_guidance_webinar_6_june_2013/

Friday, June 7, 2013
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Eastern Standard Time
https://epa.connectsolutions.com/gap_guidance_webinar_7_june_2013/


05/31/13

DOE Tribal Energy Program

DOE Amends Funding Announcements for Tribal Clean Energy Projects

The Energy Department has amended the two Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) issued April 30, 2013. The purpose of the amendment is to omit the word “fossil,” such that the reduction of any fuel used in tribal buildings is eligible (regardless of whether the fuel is fossil-based or renewable).

Through these FOAs, the Energy Department is continuing its efforts to promote tribal energy sufficiency and to spur increased renewable energy and energy efficiency deployment on Indian lands. Under these FOAs, the Energy Department’s Tribal Energy Program, in cooperation with the Office of Indian Energy, is soliciting applications from Indian Tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia to install community- or facility-scale clean energy projects to provide electricity and/or heating and cooling for local use in tribal buildings. Read the full DOE Progress Alert.

Following is a summary of the FOAs (see links to the amended FOAs for more information):


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