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12/27/2013

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Tribal Energy Program Review

March 24–28, 2014
Denver Marriott West
1717 Denver West Boulevard
Golden, Colorado 80401

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

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

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

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

Please note that the Denver March Powwow is the weekend before the Review (March 21-23, 2014).

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

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

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

Tribal Energy Program Launches New Funding Opportunities Database for Tribes

The Tribal Energy Program website has added a new feature highlighting the latest funding opportunities available to tribes at a glance. Our new funding opportunities database lists hundreds of millions of dollars in funding opportunities available to state, local, and tribal governments. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

Current Funding Opportunities

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following funding opportunities from the Economic Development Administration (EDA), Department of Housing and Urban Development (USDA), Department of the Interior (DOI), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Forest Foundation, Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem Solving (EJCPS) Program, Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), Funders' Network, Wells Fargo, the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), Georgetown Climate Center (GCC), National Endowment for the Arts, Georgetown University, and more. The awards can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including transit resiliency, green infrastructure, sustainable communities, coastal resiliency, and energy efficiency.

EDA Economic Development Assistance Programs Federal Funding

Applications Due: March 14, 2014
Eligible Entities: Federally recognized Native American tribal governments; private institutions of higher education; state governments; county governments; nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; cities or township governments.

Under the Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP) Federal Funding Opportunity announcement, the Economic Development Administration (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, visit the opportunity Web page.

USDA Rural Development Value Added Producer Grants

Applications Due: February 24, 2014
Eligible Entities: Independent producers, agricultural producer groups, farmers, rancher cooperatives, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures.

The primary objective of the Value-Added Producer Grants Program is to help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio-based value-added products. Generating new products, creating and expanding marketing opportunities, and increasing producer income are the end goals of this program. You may receive priority if you are a beginning farmer or rancher, a socially disadvantaged farmer or rancher, a small or medium-sized farm or ranch structured as a family farm, a farmer or rancher cooperative, or are proposing a mid-tier value chain, as defined in the Program Regulation. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. For more information, visit the funding opportunity page on the USDA website.

DOI Water and Energy Efficiency Grants

Applications Due: January 23, 2014
Eligible Entities: States, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, or other organizations with water or power delivery authority. Applicants must also be located in the western United States or territories as identified in the Reclamation Act of June 17, 1902, as amended and supplemented; specifically: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands. Those not eligible include the following entities: Federal governmental entities Institutions of higher education Individuals.

DOI's WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America's Resources for Tomorrow) Program establishes a framework to provide federal leadership and assistance on the efficient use of water, integrating water and energy policies to support the sustainable use of all natural resources, and coordinating the water conservation activities of various department bureaus and offices. Through the WaterSMART Program, the department is working to achieve a sustainable water management strategy to meet the nation's water needs. The objective of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to invite states, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with the Bureau of Reclamation on projects that seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency, benefit endangered and threatened species, facilitate water markets, or carry out other activities to address climate-related impacts on water or prevent any water-related crisis or conflict. WaterSMART Grants are an important part of the department's implementation of the President's June 2013 Climate Action Plan and the November 1, 2013, Executive Order, Preparing the United States for the impacts of climate change. For more information, visit the grant opportunity Web page.

EPA Environmental Model Grants

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

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

EPA Brownfields Grants

Applications Due: January 22, 2014
Eligible Entities: General purpose units of local government; land clearance authorities or other quasi-governmental entities that operate under the supervision and control of, or as agents of, a general purpose unit of local government; government entities created by state legislature; regional councils or groups of general purpose units of local government; redevelopment agencies that are chartered or otherwise sanctioned by the state; states; Indian tribes other than in Alaska (this exclusion is statutory); Alaska Native regional corporations, Alaska Native Village Corporations, and the Metlakatla Indian Community; nonprofit organizations.

The Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to publish guidance to assist applicants in preparing proposals for grants to assess and clean up brownfield sites. EPA’s Brownfields Program provides funds to empower states, communities, tribes, and nonprofits to prevent, inventory, assess, clean up, and reuse brownfield sites. EPA provides brownfields funding for three types of grants: 1. Brownfields Assessment Grants - provides funds to inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct planning (including cleanup planning) and community involvement related to brownfield sites. 2. Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grants – provides funding for a grant recipient to capitalize a revolving fund and to make loans and provide subgrants to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites. 3. Brownfields Cleanup Grants - provides funds to carry out cleanup activities at a specific brownfield site owned by the applicant. For more information, see the EPA Brownfields Grants & Funding page.

EPA Diesel Emission Reduction Act 2013 Construction Equipment Rebate Program

Applications Due: January 15, 2014
Eligible Entities: Eligible applicants include regional, state, local, or tribal agencies or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality. Municipalities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and counties are all eligible applicants for this rebate program to the extent that they fall within the definition above.

EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign opened a new rebate program on November 20, 2013. This round of rebates focuses on the retrofit and replacement of nonroad construction equipment engines in both public and private fleets. The total funding for this opportunity is approximately $2 million. Applicants may submit only one application for up to five pieces of equipment and up to $120,000 in rebate funds. For more information, see the opportunity page on the EPA website.

National Forest Foundation Community-Based and National Grants

Applications Due: January 15, 2014
Eligible Entities: Applications will be considered from non-federal partners, community-based organizations, Native American tribes and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations implementing action-oriented on-the-ground conservation and citizen-based monitoring projects on or around National Forests or Grasslands.

The National Forest Foundation grants are being provided to community-based and national nonprofit organizations that are able to engage in conservation initiatives that benefit the National Forest and Grasslands with forest stewardship, watershed health and restoration, wildlife habitat improvement, and recreation issues. For more information, visit the National Forest Foundation Matching Awards Program Web page.

Corporation for National and Community Service's AmeriCorps State and National Grants

Applications Due: January 22, 2014
Eligible Entities: Public or private nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and other community organizations; institutions of higher education; government entities within states or territories (e.g., cities, counties); labor organizations; partnerships and consortia; Indian tribes; and intermediaries planning to subgrant awarded funds.

The AmeriCorps State and National Grants provided funding to engage AmeriCorps members in service interventions to strengthen communities. Focus areas for the grants include: Disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families. Grants may be used to provide support for direct services that contribute to increased energy and water efficiency, renewable energy use, or improving at-risk ecosystems. For more information, visit the opportunity announcement on the CNCS website.

Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Program 2013 Request for Proposals

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

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

The Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities’ Local Sustainability Matching Fund

Applications Due: January 8, 2014
Eligible Entities: Local place-based foundations, public charities (501c3) created by a city or county government to accept grants, or a partnering nonprofit organization.

The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) joined together to launch a Local Sustainability Matching Fund. Now a project of the Funders’ Network, the fund is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, JPB Foundation, Kendeda Fund, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, New York Community Trust, Summit Foundation, and Surdna Foundation. The fund provides matching investments from national foundations on a competitive basis to build partnerships between sustainability directors and local place-based foundations to advance discrete sustainability initiatives that demonstrate broad-based community support and engagement. For more information, read the Request For Proposals (RFP).

EPA Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem Solving Program Request for Applications

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

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

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

Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Environmental Solutions for Communities RFP

Applications Due: December 16, 2013
Eligible Entities: State, tribal, and local governments; educational institutions; and nonprofit 501(c) organizations.

Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation seek to promote sustainable communities through Environmental Solutions for Communities by supporting highly-visible projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment. Funding priorities include "greening" traditional infrastructure and public projects such as storm water management and flood control, urban forestry, and education and training of community leaders on sustainable practices. For more information, read the RFP.

Georgetown Climate Center In-kind Legal and Policy Support for Adaptation

Applications Due: January 3, 2014
Eligible Entities: Government entities, NGOs working with government entities.

Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) has released an application to provide in-kind legal and policy support for state and local adaptation projects. GCC provides assistance to state and local communities that are preparing for and responding to the impacts of climate change. GCC is seeking projects that meet certain criteria, including projects: that address impacts or sectors including coastal, urban heat, transportation, water supply, water quality, and/or stormwater and wastewater management; with high likelihood of being implemented; and with high transferability of findings. Examples of previous GCC projects include model codes, analyses of legal authority, toolkits, and more. This assistance is made possible by the support of the Kresge Foundation. For more information, visit the application Web page.

National Endowment for the Arts FY 2014 Our Town Initiative – Grants Ranging from $25,000 to $200,000 Each

Applications Due: January 13, 2014
Eligible Entities: All applications must involve two primary partners: a local government entity and a nonprofit organization. Local governments include counties, parishes, cities, towns, villages, or federally recognized tribal governments. Local arts agencies or other departments, agencies, or entities within an eligible local government may submit the application on behalf of that local government.

The National Endowment for the Arts will provide a limited number of grants, ranging from $25,000 to $200,000, for creative placemaking projects that contribute toward the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. The Our Town initiative will invest in creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with their arts and design organizations and artists, seek to improve their quality of life, foster stronger community identity and a sense of place, and revitalize economic development. For more information, visit the grant opportunity Web page.

The Forest Service’s Community Forest and Open Space Program – $4 Million

Applications Due: January 15, 2014
Eligible Entities: Local governments, federally recognized tribes and Alaska Native corporations, and nonprofits that are eligible to hold title to land for conservation purposes.

The Community Forest Program is a grant program that authorizes the Forest Service to provide financial assistance to establish community forests that provide continuing and accessible community benefits. Community forests provide many benefits such as protection of habitat, water quality, and other environmental benefits, and they can provide economic benefits through timber resources. Community Forests have also long been sites for environmental and cultural education. For more information, visit the opportunity synopsis.

EPA Indoor Air and Climate Change – $4.5 Million

Applications Due: January 23, 2014
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, U.S. territories or possessions, and public and private nonprofit institutions/organizations located in the United States.

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

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

Applications Due: January 31, 2014
Eligible Entities: Local governments and agencies, federally recognized tribes, state government agencies, nonprofit 501(c) organizations, and academic institutions.

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

Georgetown University Energy Prize – $5 Million

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

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

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

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


12/24/2013

December 2013: Climate and Clean Energy Resource Roundup for Tribal, State and Local Governments

Community Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation

Energy Efficiency

Green and Livable Communities

Community Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation

***Apply for Georgetown Climate Center In-kind Support

The Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) is accepting applications forin-kind legal and policy support for state and local adaptation projects. GCC provides assistance to state and local communities that are preparing for and responding to the impacts of climate change. GCC seeks applications from government entities (or NGOs working with government entities) that need legal or policy support to identify or implement adaptation policies. Examples of previous GCC projects include model codes, analyses of legal authority, toolkits, and more. 
Use the online application form to tell GCC about your adaptation efforts (planning or implementation) and your legal and policy needs.  Applications are due by Friday, January 3, 2014. Selected projects will be announced by the end of January 2014. 
For more information about GCC's adaptation work, visit the organization’s adaptation overview page.
***EPA and Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Release Guideon Smart Growth Strategies to Create More Resilient Communities in the Washington, DC, Region
Using Smart Growth Strategies to Create More Resilient Communities in the Washington, D.C., Region, a new publication from EPA's Smart Growth Program, gives local governments in the metropolitan Washington area policy options to consider when preparing for climate risks while also meeting other environmental, economic, and social goals. While the guide was developed for the DC region, it will likely be helpful for other areas of the country as it presents approaches that can be used in city, suburban, or rural settings and in places with similar climate change projections. The guide describes smart growth approaches that can reduce climate change-related risks to the land use, transportation, water, and buildings sectors. These approaches focus on three major goals:

The report was developed as part of a technical assistance project that EPA conducted with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
***EPA's Climate Ready Estuaries Program, the State of Connecticut, and ICLEI Release Adaptation Resource Toolkit
The Connecticut Adaptation Resource Toolkit (CART) was developed by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA (ICLEI) with funding from the EPA Climate Ready Estuaries Program through the Long Island Sound Study. CART was developed to help local government staff have instant access to climate change adaptation resources. CART is a one-stop shopping website for ideas and methods on local climate change adaptation planning and action. The need for CART was identified through a prior EPA-funded CT DEEP and ICLEI collaborative project that involved working with Groton, Connecticut, on a model adaptation planning process. The project focused on identifying the needs and appropriate policies for each level of government as well as on helping the town conduct a preliminary vulnerability assessment. The administration in Groton has formally included adaptation criteria in the review and funding of capital improvements, and recently began developing a database as the basis for its infrastructure vulnerability assessment efforts. Access CART.

***Columbia University's Center for Climate Change Law Publishes Report on State by State Hazard Mitigation Plans and Climate Change
Climate change is affecting and will continue to affect the frequency and severity of natural hazard events, a trend that is of increasing concern for emergency managers and hazard mitigation agencies across the United States. Proper response to these hazards will require preparation and planning. However, states are not required to include analysis of climate change in their State Hazard Mitigation Plans. This leads to uneven treatment of the issue and missed opportunities for mitigation planning. This report from Columbia University identifies state plans that address climate change and climate-related issues in an accurate and helpful manner and those that do not. The results of the survey indicate that coastal states are more likely to include a discussion of climate change, possibly due in part to recent emphasis on and awareness of the relationship between climate change and sea level rise, coastal storms, and related hazards. The relative lack of discussion of climate change in land-locked states may point to a need for greater communication of how risks such as drought, floods, heat events, and non-coastal storms are affected by climate change. View the report (pdf).

***City of Boston Releases New Report on Municipal Climate Preparedness
Boston’s mayor signed an Executive Order on Climate Action in 2007. The central theme was that consideration of the changing climate must be incorporated into all planning, projects, permitting, and reviews that the city undertakes. The Executive Order also recognized that Boston’s residents, businesses, and institutions must take appropriate steps to ensure that their homes, families, businesses, and employees are prepared. With these aims in mind, the City of Boston recently released a report entitled “Climate Ready Boston: Municipal Vulnerability to Climate Change,” which identifies ways in which Boston has and will prepare for the impacts of climate change on municipal operations. Access the report.
***Coastal Resilience Network Releases New Suite of Interactive Tools
The Coastal Resilience Network recently released Coastal Resilience 2.0, an interactive suite of tools that help users visualize risks to coastal communities and habitats, and help decision makers reduce and mitigate the risks from storms and other hazards such as coastal erosion and flooding. The Coastal Resilience tools cover different regions including: a US national and global application, eight US states (Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey), two specific US locations (Puget Sound, Washington; and Ventura County, California), four countries in Latin America (Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras) and three island nations in the Caribbean (Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, U.S Virgin Islands). 
***Rockefeller Resilient Community Grant US Recipients (First 33 of 100)
The Rockefeller Foundation has announced the first group of cities selected through the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenges. These are cities that have demonstrated a dedicated commitment to building their own capacities to prepare for, withstand, and bounce back rapidly from shocks and stresses. The cities will receive four kinds of support: to hire and empower a chief resilience officer, to create a central point of contact within each city to coordinate and oversee the resilience activities, to coordinate stakeholders, and to ensure that resilience is a city-wide priority.
Eleven of the 33 initial recipients are located in the United States:

  1. Alameda (CA)
  2. Berkeley (CA)
  3. Boulder (CO)
  4. El Paso (TX)
  5. Jacksonville (FL)
  6. Los Angeles (CA)
  7. New Orleans (LA)
  8. New York City (NY)
  9. Norfolk (VA)
  10. Oakland (CA)
  11. San Francisco (CA)

Energy Efficiency

***Training Opportunity: Energy Efficiency and Process Optimization at Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities

On January 7-8, 2014, EPA Region 4 will host a training course (online or in person) on identifying opportunities to improve operation of water and wastewater treatment plants with the goal of reducing energy costs. The training is free and open to the public. The two-day training, conducted by Professor Larry Moore of the University of Memphis, will be held from 9am to 5pm each day. The training will cover the subject areas listed below:

  1. A half-day overview session outlining the general opportunities for energy efficiency at water and wastewater plants. This session will be most suitable for participants with beginner-level knowledge of water/wastewater processes.
  2. A 1.5-day session on specific techniques for evaluating treatment process and equipment efficiency. This session will be most suitable for participants with intermediate or advanced knowledge of treatment processes.

The training will be available online via Adobe Connect, accessible using the following links:

Adobe Connect does not require any software to be loaded on your computer; the links above will allow you to directly connect to both audio and video of the training.  Audio can be heard over your computer speakers or using standard headphones. No telephone conference line will be provided, but questions can be submitted via live chat.
Limited space is also available at the Sam Nunn Federal Center in Atlanta, Georgia. If you wish to attend in person, please RSVP to Brendan Held and Bob Freeman. Please include your name, job title, and organization.


Green Infrastructure and Smart Growth

***Greening America’s Capitals in Baton Rouge, Des Moines, Frankfort, Helena, and Indianapolis

In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Transportation, EPA’s Greening America’s Capitals Program provides design assistance to help our nation’s capitals develop an implementable vision for environmentally friendly neighborhoods that incorporate innovative green infrastructure strategies. Look to EPA's new reports on Baton Rouge, LA; Des Moines, IA; Frankfort, KY; Helena, MT; and Indianapolis, IN for design ideas that might help your city address its stormwater problems and also spur new economic development. 

***Four Appalachian Communities Win 2013 “Livable Communities” Competition
The Appalachian communities of Corbin, Kentucky; Anniston, Alabama; Pikeville, Tennessee; and Aberdeen, Mississippi have been selected by EPA, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to receive technical assistance and implementation support through the $250,000 Livable Communities program.

Support from the three agencies will help these communities promote economic development, preserve rural lands, and increase access to locally grown food. The 2013 Livable Communities program focuses on developing local food systems as a means of revitalizing traditional downtowns and promoting economic diversification.

For more information, read the press release.
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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 Programsite.  
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12/19/2013


Department of the Interior
FY 2014 Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations Modification 1

The Secretary of the Interior established the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program) to implement the land consolidation provisions of the Cobell Settlement Agreement, which provided $1.9 billion to consolidate fractional land interests across Indian country. The Buy-Back Program allows interested individual owners to sell their land and transfer ownership of their interests to the tribe of jurisdiction.

For more information on this grant opportunity click on this link: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=247193

 


12/18/2013

 

Comment Extension EJ Tribal and Indigenous Peoples Policy

At the request of a few offices, the EPA review and comment period for the Draft Final EPA Policy on Environmental Justice for Federally RecognizedTribes and Indigenous Peoples (“Policy”) has been extended to Friday, December 20.  Please provide any comments you may have on this Policy to JoAnn Chase, (chase.joann@epa.gov) and Matthew Tejada,(tejada.matthew@epa.gov).

Thank you.

JoAnn Chase, Director                                                   Matthew Tejada, Director
American Indian Environmental Office                   Office of Environmental Justice


12/17/2013

Using Effective Communication to Showcase Program Successes

Join us on Wednesday, December 18, from 1:00-2:30 PM (EST), for the third and final installment of our Effective Communications webcast series. This final installment will focus on showcasing program successes. Clean energy program success can mean many things, including the achievement of specific carbon emission or waste reduction goals, participation by a certain percentage of a targeted audience, or the lowering of a state or municipality’s energy costs. This webcast will explore how communities must publicize the success of their programs to show stakeholders that grants, donations, and other resources have been well spent; encourage ongoing participation and engagement in the program; and foster momentum in achieving clean energy goals. Key points include how to effectively showcase the benefits and successes of a clean energy initiative, and how to effectively share best practices to encourage replication of successes.

Register for the webcast.

Agenda:
Introduction: The State and Local Climate and Energy Program [5 min]

Overview:  Discussion of the importance of sharing program results to demonstrate accountability to the community, maintain stakeholder support and engagement, and encourage replication [10 min] Karina Castillo, The CLEO Project

Feature - Showcasing Success: What strategies and visualization techniques are effective for communicating data, results and benefits, sharing best practices, and encouraging replication? [15 min] Eileen Quigley & Elizabeth Willmott, Climate Solutions

Case Study: Local example of publicizing program success via effective communication tools [15 min], Keith Canfield, Clinton Climate Initiative

Case Study: State example of sharing best practices and replicating success [15 min] Kelly Lucci, Efficiency Vermont

Example Panel Questions: [10 min]
•      What is the role of behavior change in the long-term success of a program?
•      Additional tools to publicize successes?
•      How to be an effective mentor in sharing how your program has been successful?

Q&A [20 min]

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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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12/11/2013

Georgetown Climate Center: In-Kind Legal and Policy Support for State and Local Adaptation Projects

The Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) recently released this application to provide in-kind legal and policy support for state and local adaptation projects. GCC provides support to state and local communities that are preparing for and responding to the impacts of climate change. They are seeking applications from government entities (or NGOs working with government entities) that need legal or policy support to identify or implement adaptation policies. 

Examples of previous GCC projects include:
·         drafting model codes to implement adaptive land-use policies,
·         analyzing the authority of local governments to implement adaptive policies,
·         analyzing potential liability for implementing adaptive policies,
·         drafting model conservation easement language,
·         developing toolkits that identify a range of policy options for adapting to particular impacts and devising criteria to help decision-makers choose among options.

They are seeking projects that meet many or all of the following criteria, including projects:

·         that address impacts or sectors within GCC’s areas of expertise: coastal, urban heat, transportation, water supply, water quality, and/or stormwater and wastewater management;
·         with high likelihood of being implemented;
·         with high transferability of findings;
·         with high relevance to preparing for or avoiding impacts from a changing climate;
·         that assist especially vulnerable populations (e.g., low-income communities); and
·         that provide multiple co-benefits (e.g., projects that may also reduce greenhouse gas emissions or improve water quality, among other non-climate benefits).

More at
http://www.georgetownclimate.org/application-for-requesting-in-kind-legal-and-policy-support-for-adaptation-projects-from-the-georget

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FY14 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant Guidelines

FY14 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant Guidelines
RFP# EPA-OSWER-OBLR-14-01 - Closing Date: February 13, 2014.

This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits proposals from eligible entities, including nonprofit organizations, to deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field, with a focus on solid and hazardous waste remediation, environmental health and safety, and wastewater-related training.

http://www.epa.gov/oswer/docs/grants/epa-oswer-oblr-14-01.pdf

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December 2013 – Nearly $130 Million in Funding and Technical Assistance Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

Nearly $130 million of funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Endowment for the Arts, the Forest Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, National Association of Counties, the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), and Georgetown University that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including economic development, sustainable communities, green infrastructure, and water efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

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

***EDA Economic Development Assistance Programs Federal Funding Opportunity – Total funding available TBD
Application Due: Varies by program year; next two due dates are December 13, 2013 and March 14, 2014
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, non-profits, institutions of higher education.

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

For more information, see the opportunity synopsis.

*** EPA Urban Waters Small Grants - $1.6 million
Application Due: December 16, 2013
Eligible Entities: States, local governments, territories, Indian tribes, and possessions of the United States; public and private universities and colleges; public or private nonprofit institutions; intertribal consortia; and interstate agencies. Note that for this grant cycle, projects proposed for funding must take place entirely within and focus on one of 18 specific Eligible Geographic Areas.

The goal of the Urban Waters Small Grants program is to fund research, investigations, experiments, training, surveys, studies, and demonstrations that will advance the restoration of urban waters by improving water quality through activities that also support community revitalization, economic development, and other local priorities, with an emphasis on underserved communities. Proposed projects should be one of the three project types: community greening and green infrastructure; communities and water quality data; and integration of water quality and community development in planning.

For more information, see the opportunity webpage.

***Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Environmental Solutions for Communities
Grants Program – Grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 each
Application Due: December 16, 2013
Eligible Entities: State, tribal, and local governments; educational institutions; and non-profit 501(c) organizations

Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation are offering financial assistance through their program, Environmental Solutions for Communities, whose mission is to help communities create a more sustainable future through responsible environmental stewardship. The grants program is designed to support highly-visible projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment. Funding priorities include greening traditional infrastructure and public projects such as storm water management and flood control, urban forestry, and education and training of community leaders on sustainable practices.

For more information, visit the request for proposals.

***The Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities’ Local Sustainability Matching Fund – Grants ranging from $25,000 to $150,000 each
Application Due: January 8, 2014
Eligible Entities: The proposal must be submitted by a team of at least two partners who are: (1) the sustainability director of a municipality or a county and (2) the local, place-based foundation.

In partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities announced the opening of Round Four of the Local Sustainability Matching Fund. The fund provides matching investments from national foundations on a competitive basis to build partnerships between sustainability directors and local place-based foundations to advance discrete sustainability initiatives that demonstrate broad-based community support and engagement.

For more information, visit funding opportunity webpage.

***National Endowment for the Arts FY 2014 Our Town Initiative – Grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000 each
Application Due: January 13, 2014
Eligible Entities: All applications must involve two primary partners: a local government entity and a nonprofit organization. Local governments include counties, parishes, cities, towns, villages, or federally recognized tribal governments. Local arts agencies or other departments, agencies, or entities within an eligible local government may submit the application on behalf of that local government.

The National Endowment for the Arts will provide a limited number of grants, ranging from $25,000 to $200,000, for creative placemaking projects that contribute toward the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. The Our Town initiative will invest in creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with their arts and design organizations and artists, seek to improve their quality of life, foster stronger community identity and a sense of place, and revitalize economic development.

For more information, visit the grant opportunity webpage.

***EPA’s Construction Equipment Rebate Program – $2 million
Application Due: January 15, 2014
Eligible Entities: Regional, state, local, or tribal agencies or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality.

EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) opened a new rebate program which focuses on the retrofit and replacement of nonroad construction equipment engines in both public and private fleets. 

For more information, see the rebate program webpage.

***The Forest Service’s Community Forest and Open Space Program – $4 million
Application Due: January 15, 2014
Eligible Entities: Local governments, federally recognized tribes and Alaskan Native Corporations, and non-profits who are eligible to hold title to land for conservation purposes.

The Community Forest Program is a grant program that authorizes the Forest Service to provide financial assistance to establish community forests that provide continuing and accessible community benefits. Community forests provide many benefits such as protection of habitat, water quality, and other environmental benefits, and they can provide economic benefits through timber resources. Community Forests have also long been sites for environmental and cultural education.

For more information, visit the opportunity synopsis.

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

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

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

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

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

For more information, visit the funding opportunity synopsis.

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

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

For more information, visit the program webpage.

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

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

For more information, see the grant webpage.

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

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

For more information, visit the energy prize website.

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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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12/10/2013

 

Dear asthma and schools stakeholders,

We are pleased to be able to share EPA's draft 2014-2018 Strategic Plan for your review and comment. This is a unique opportunity for you to provide input on the EPA guidance, tools and technical assistance you find most useful in serving your communities.

Below is a summary of the Federal Register notice announcing the availability of the Draft FY14-18 EPA Strategic Plan for public comment. Comments must be received on or before January 3, 2014. You can download the complete announcement, including instructions on how to submit comments, and a copy of the draft strategic plan at: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OA-2013-0555-0001.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
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Summary

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of the Draft FY 2014-2018 EPA Strategic Plan for public review and comment, as part of the periodic update required by the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) Modernization Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-352). The agency anticipates the final Strategic Plan will be submitted to Congress in February 2014.

The Strategic Plan provides the Agency's long-term direction and strategies for advancing human health and the environment. For this notice, the EPA is seeking comment from individual citizens, states, tribes, local government, industry, the academic community, non-governmental organizations, and all other interested parties. The agency is particularly interested in feedback addressing strategies contained in the goal narratives, cross-cutting fundamental strategies, and strategic measures. The agency made targeted revisions to our existing Plan that seek to advance efforts to address our changing climate, protect our precious water and land resources, and advance chemical safety.

The Plan seeks to outline how EPA will make a visible difference in communities across the country by advancing sustainability, innovation and providing sound scientific advice, technical and compliance assistance and other tools that support states, tribes, cities, towns, rural communities, and the private sector. Under this Plan, EPA will continue to improve the way we do business, engaging closely with our public sector partners at all levels and the regulated community to achieve environmental benefits in the most pragmatic, collaborative, and flexible way possible-for our children and future generations.In addition, the EPA is proposing new FY 2014-2015 Agency Priority Goals-a key component of the Administration's performance management system-to align more closely with our highest priorities, including improving the health of communities across the country and tackling the issue of climate change.

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Webinar Training for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills, December 10

Under EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule, owners or operators of municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills must report emissions from MSW landfills and all other source categories located at the landfill for which methods are defined in the rule. Owners or operators are required to collect emission data; calculate greenhouse gas emissions; and follow the specified procedures for quality assurance, missing data, recordkeeping, and reporting. On December 10, 2013, at 3pm EST, EPA will host a webinar that will cover who is subject to the reporting rule, review an applicability tool that can help facilities determine if they are subject, and address what to do if you must report.

Facilities that already report to the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program are not required to participate in this session. The webinar is geared toward those facilities that are either not familiar with the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule or are not certain if they are subject to the rule. Visit EPA’s website on MSW reporting for more information on the rule and its requirements.

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

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12/6/2013

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DOE Invests Over $7 Million to Deploy Tribal Clean Energy Projects
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On November 14, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced nine tribal clean energy projects to receive more than $7 million, in total. Highlighted during the 2013 White House Tribal Nations Conference, these awards will help American Indian and Alaska Native tribes deploy clean energy projects – saving these communities money, enhancing their energy security, and creating new job and business opportunities. For more information, visit the TEEIC Web site at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

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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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December 2013—Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Energy Efficiency Loan Program to Lower Consumer Costs, Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emmissions

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to pass along the following announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2013 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA will take new steps to save consumers money on their energy bills in partnership with rural electric cooperatives. USDA plans to provide rural electric cooperatives up to $250 million to lend to business and residential customers for energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy systems.

"Energy efficiency retrofitting can shrink home energy use by 40 percent, saving money for consumers and helping rural utilities manage their electric load more efficiently," said Vilsack. "Ultimately, reducing energy use helps pump capital back into rural communities. This program is designed to meet the unique needs of consumers and businesses to encourage energy efficiency retrofitting projects across rural America."

Vilsack noted that the Energy Efficiency and Loan Conservation Program, by promoting energy savings in rural areas, is another step by which USDA is supporting President Obama's Climate Action Plan. The program will help build a cleaner and more sustainable domestic energy sector for future generations by reducing barriers to investment in energy efficiency and potentially cutting energy bills for American families and businesses in the process.

Although energy efficiency measures can reduce home energy use considerably, many consumers and businesses do not invest in them because they lack the capital or financing to do so. Consistent with President Obama's Climate Action Plan, this program will reduce barriers to these investments by making financing more available.

Funding will be provided to rural electric cooperatives and utilities – the majority of which already have energy efficiency programs in place – who will then re-lend the money to help homeowners or businesses make energy efficiency improvements. In addition to energy audits, the loans may be used for upgrades to heating, lighting and insulation, and conversions to more efficient or renewable energy sources.

A March 2012 Rockefeller Foundation report on financing energy efficiency projects found that a $279 billion investment could yield more than $1 trillion in energy savings over 10 years. That is the equivalent of 30 percent of the annual electricity spending in the United States. Funding from the loan program will complement and strengthen other energy efficiency activities at USDA. Through its Rural Development mission area, USDA also supports the research, development and use of renewable fuels.

Vilsack noted that many of USDA's existing efforts to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency are provided by the Farm Bill – and he once again urged Congress to provide a new, multiyear Food, Farm and Jobs Bill that continues investing in a clean energy future for rural America.

The rule is scheduled to publish in the Dec. 5 issue of the Federal Register.

President Obama's plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President's leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America's economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA's investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values.

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

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


12/4/2013

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Funding Opportunities and Upcoming Events 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 opportunities and upcoming events that may be of interest to tribes.

Funding Opportunities

The Tribal Energy Program website has added a new feature highlighting the latest funding opportunities available to tribes at a glance. Our new funding opportunities database lists nearly $145 million in funding opportunities available to state, local, and tribal governments from the Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem Solving (EJCPS) Program, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), Wells Fargo, the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), Georgetown Climate Center (GCC), the National Endowment for the Arts, the U.S. Forest Service, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Georgetown University. The awards can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including transit resiliency, green infrastructure, sustainable communities, coastal resiliency, and energy efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem Solving Program Request for Applications

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

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

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

Corporation for National and Community Service’s AmeriCorps State and National Grants – Total Funding Available TBD

Notice of Intent Due: December 11, 2013
Applications Due: January 22, 2014
Eligible Entities: Government entities within states or territories; tribes; public or private nonprofit organizations; institutions of higher education; labor organizations; partnerships and consortia

The CNCS's AmeriCorps State and National Grants provide funding to engage AmeriCorps members in service interventions to strengthen communities. Focus areas for the grants include the following: Disaster Services, Economic Opportunity, Education, Environmental Stewardship, Healthy Futures, and Veterans and Military Families. Grants may be used to provide support for direct services that contribute to increased energy and water efficiency, renewable energy use, or improving at-risk ecosystems.

For more information, visit the AmeriCorps Grants Web page.

Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Environmental Solutions for Communities RFP

Applications Due: December 16, 2013
Eligible Entities: State, tribal, and local governments; educational institutions; and nonprofit 501(c) organizations

Wells Fargo and the NFWF seek to promote sustainable communities through Environmental Solutions for Communities by supporting highly-visible projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment. Funding priorities include "greening" traditional infrastructure and public projects such as storm water management and flood control, urban forestry, and education and training of community leaders on sustainable practices.

For more information, read the RFP.

Georgetown Climate Center In-kind Legal and Policy Support for Adaptation

Applications Due: January 3, 2014
Eligible Entities: Government entities, NGOs working with government entities

GCC has released an application to provide in-kind legal and policy support for state and local adaptation projects. GCC provides assistance to state and local communities that are preparing for and responding to the impacts of climate change. GCC is seeking projects that meet certain criteria, including projects: that address impacts or sectors including coastal, urban heat, transportation, water supply, water quality, and/or stormwater and wastewater management; with high likelihood of being implemented; and with high transferability of findings. Examples of previous GCC projects include model codes, analyses of legal authority, toolkits, and more. This assistance is made possible by the support of the Kresge Foundation.

For more information, visit the application Web page.

National Endowment for the Arts FY 2014 Our Town Initiative – Grants Ranging from $25,000 to $200,000 Each

Applications Due: January 13, 2014
Eligible Entities: All applications must involve two primary partners: a local government entity and a nonprofit organization. Local governments include counties, parishes, cities, towns, villages, or federally recognized tribal governments. Local arts agencies or other departments, agencies, or entities within an eligible local government may submit the application on behalf of that local government.

The National Endowment for the Arts will provide a limited number of grants, ranging from $25,000 to $200,000, for creative placemaking projects that contribute toward the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. The Our Town initiative will invest in creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with their arts and design organizations and artists, seek to improve their quality of life, foster stronger community identity and a sense of place, and revitalize economic development.

For more information, visit the grant opportunity Web page.

The Forest Service’s Community Forest and Open Space Program – $4 Million

Applications Due: January 15, 2014
Eligible Entities: Local governments, federally recognized tribes and Alaska Native corporations, and nonprofits that are eligible to hold title to land for conservation purposes

The Community Forest Program is a grant program that authorizes the Forest Service to provide financial assistance to establish community forests that provide continuing and accessible community benefits. Community forests provide many benefits such as protection of habitat, water quality, and other environmental benefits, and they can provide economic benefits through timber resources. Community Forests have also long been sites for environmental and cultural education.

For more information, visit the opportunity synopsis.

EPA Indoor Air and Climate Change – $4.5 Million

Applications Due: January 23, 2014
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, U.S. territories or possessions, and public and private nonprofit institutions/organizations located in the United States

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

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

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

Applications Due: January 31, 2014
Eligible Entities: Local governments and agencies, federally recognized tribes, state government agencies, nonprofit 501(c) organizations, and academic institutions

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

For more information, visit the program Web page.

Georgetown University Energy Prize – $5 Million

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

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

For more information, visit the energy prize website.

Upcoming Events

DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series 2014: Turning Knowledge into Energy Projects

The Tribal Energy Program, in cooperation with the DOE Office of Indian Energy and Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), is sponsoring the Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series. The 2014 series is intended for tribal leaders and staff who are interested in developing facility- and community-scale energy projects, responding to utilities' requests for proposals, and learning more about the competitive power market.

The 2014 DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series focuses on topics and issues related to facility- and community-scale renewable tribal energy projects. The webinar series is part of the DOE coordinated efforts to provide education and capacity-building for tribes and tribal energy resource development organizations. The webinars expand on the 2012 and 2013 webinar series and draw on the existing online training materials available to assist tribes interested in deploying renewable energy projects. Recordings and materials from past webinars in this series are available on WAPA's website.

Registration
There is no charge to participate in the webinars, but registration is required. To register for upcoming webinars, click on the links in the table below. All webinars are held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain time.

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

For more information on the 2014 DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series, see the attached flyer. For information on other webinars and events for tribes, visit our Events calendar.

DOE Webinar Series Flyer

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

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

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EPA Meeting with States and RPOs on EGU and non-EGU Emission Projections Methodologies to Support the Air Pollution Transport Rule

Subject: EGU and non-EGU Emission Projections Methodologies to Support the Air Pollution Transport Rule
Date: Thursday, December 12th
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 PM (Eastern time)
Dial-In Number: 866-299-3188 Conference Code: 5410878

Agenda items for this discussion will include:

*Please note: Because we have limited phone lines for this call, we encourage participants from the same location to gather in a common space to join the call.


11/27/2013

 

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Communications Methods for State and Local Climate and Clean Energy Programs
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In December, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting a three-part webcast series on communications strategies and methods that state and local governments can use to ensure the ongoing success of climate and clean energy programs. The structure of the three webcasts will parallel the general phases of program development and implementation: attracting stakeholder support and participation, sustaining change, and gaining momentum from program successes.

Participants will learn how to design communications strategies to engage and empower stakeholders, use communications methods to produce sustained behavior change and foster individual and community solutions, and effectively communicate their programs’ successes and resulting benefits to diverse audiences.

The webcasts will be held over three Wednesdays: December 4, 11, and 18. For more information, visit the TEEIC Web site at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

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DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series 2014: Turning Knowledge into Energy Projects

 

The Tribal Energy Program, in cooperation with the DOE Office of Indian Energy and Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), is sponsoring the Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series. The 2014 series is intended for tribal leaders and staff who are interested in developing facility- and community-scale energy projects, responding to utilities' requests for proposals, and learning more about the competitive power market.
The 2014 DOE Tribal Renewable Energy webinar series focuses on topics and issues related to facility- and community-scale renewable tribal energy projects. The webinar series is part of the DOE coordinated efforts to provide education and capacity-building for tribes and tribal energy resource development organizations. The webinars expand on the 2012 and 2013 webinar series and draw on the existing online training materials available to assist tribes interested in deploying renewable energy projects. Recordings and materials from past webinars in this series are available on WAPA's website.
For more on these upcoming webinars, see the attached flyerPDF.

Registration

There is no charge to participate in the webinars, but registration is required. To register for upcoming webinars, click on the links in the table below. All webinars are held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain time.


Date

Topic

November 27, 2013

Resources Available for Tribal Energy Project Development

January 29, 2014

Renewable Energy Market Update

February 26, 2014

Strategic Energy Planning

March 26, 2014

Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Framework: The Five-Step Process

April 30, 2014

Identifying Project Potential and Options

May 28, 2014

Renewable Energy Project Refinement

June 25, 2014

Net Metering

July 30, 2014

Project Implementation and O&M

August 27, 2014

Introduction to Facility- and Community-Scale Project Financing

September 24, 2014

Successful Project Financing Mechanisms: ESPCs and UESCs

October 29, 2014

Putting It All Together


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

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11/22/2013

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Tribal Energy in the Southwest Conference (December 9 & 10)
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Law Seminars International is presenting “A Comprehensive Conference on Tribal Energy in the Southwest: New Opportunities for Tribal Projects, New Policies, Regulations and Markets.” This conference will be held in Albuquerque, NM, on December 9 and 10, 2013, and will provide attorneys, tribal representatives, industry executives, and consultants with key information on successful tribal energy development in the Southwest.

The conference focuses on specific market opportunities in the Southwest for projects and energy or power sales from projects outside the region. Topics that presenters will discuss include federal and state policies, practicalities of funding projects, structuring deals, tools for overcoming regulatory hurdles, and transmission for getting energy or power to market. For more information, visit the TEEIC Web site at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

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

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

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

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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


11/21/2013

November 2013 – Nearly $145 Million in Funding and Technical Assistance Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

Nearly $145 million of funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the National Endowment for the Arts, the Forest Service, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, and Georgetown University that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including transit resiliency, green infrastructure, sustainable communities, coastal resiliency, and energy efficiency. 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.

***Bureau of Indian Affairs 2013 Tribal Climate Change Adaptation Grant Program - $600,000
Application Due: November 29, 2013
Eligible Entities: Federally Recognized Tribes and inter-tribal organizations

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has made available competitive grants for tribal adaptation, training, and tribal travel support to participate in technical training, workshops, forums, and cooperatives. Grants in the following categories will be considered for funding: Category I) Design a series of tribal workshops to support tribal leaders/climate change coordinators/planners to gain the skills needed to guide a tribal government level climate adaptation plan; Category II) Development of tribal government climate adaptation plans, vulnerability assessments, or data analysis that supports multiple tribes. Category III) Travel support to attend technical workshops or to participate in cooperative climate change adaptation efforts.

For more information, visit the request for proposals.

***FTA Innovative Safety, Resiliency, and All-Hazards Emergency Response and Recovery Research Demonstrations – $29 million
Application Due: December 2, 2013
Eligible Entities: State and local governmental entities; providers of public transportation; departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the Government including Federal laboratories; private or non-profit organizations; institutions of higher education; and technical and community colleges

The FTA announces the availability of funds for cooperative agreements to engage in the demonstration of innovative technologies, methods, practices, and techniques in three areas: (1) Operational safety, (2) infrastructure or equipment resiliency, and (3) all-hazards emergency response and recovery methods. Example demonstration projects include building resiliency of transit systems to flooding and high temperatures.

For more information, visit the grant opportunity synopsis.

***Corporation for National and Community Service’s AmeriCorps State and National Grants – Total funding available TBD
Notice of Intent Due: December 11, 2013
Application Due: January 22, 2014
Eligible Entities: Government entities within states or territories; Tribes; public or private nonprofit organizations; institutions of higher education; labor organizations; partnerships and consortia

The AmeriCorps State and National Grants provide funding to engage AmeriCorps members in service interventions strengthen communities. Focus areas for the grants include: Disaster Services, Economic Opportunity, Education, Environmental Stewardship, Healthy Futures, and Veterans and Military Families. Grants may be used to provide support for direct services that contribute to increased energy and water efficiency, renewable energy use, or improving at-risk ecosystems.

For more information, visit the AmeriCorps Grants webpage.

***Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Environmental Solutions for Communities Grants Program – Grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 each
Application Due: December 16, 2013
Eligible Entities: State, tribal, and local governments; educational institutions; and non-profit 501(c) organizations

Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation seek to promote sustainable communities through Environmental Solutions for Communities by supporting highly-visible projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment. Funding priorities include ‘greening’ traditional infrastructure and public projects such as storm water management and flood control, urban forestry, and education and training of community leaders on sustainable practices.

For more information, visit the request for proposals

***Georgetown Climate Center In-kind Legal and Policy Support for Adaptation Projects
Application Due: January 3, 2014
Eligible Entities: Government entities, NGOs working with government entities

The Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) has released an application to provide in-kind legal and policy support for state and local adaptation projects. GCC provides assistance to state and local communities that are preparing for and responding to the impacts of climate change. GCC is seeking projects that meet certain criteria, including projects: that address impacts or sectors including coastal, urban heat, transportation, water supply, water quality, and/or stormwater and wastewater management; with high likelihood of being implemented; and with high transferability of findings. Examples of previous GCC projects include model codes, analyses of legal authority, toolkits, and more. This assistance is made possible by the support of the Kresge Foundation.

For more information, visit the application webpage.

***National Endowment for the Arts FY 2014 Our Town Initiative – Grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000 each
Application Due: January 13, 2014
Eligible Entities: All applications must involve two primary partners: a local government entity and a nonprofit organization. Local governments include counties, parishes, cities, towns, villages, or federally recognized tribal governments. Local arts agencies or other departments, agencies, or entities within an eligible local government may submit the application on behalf of that local government.

The National Endowment for the Arts will provide a limited number of grants, ranging from $25,000 to $200,000, for creative placemaking projects that contribute toward the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. The Our Town initiative will invest in creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with their arts and design organizations and artists, seek to improve their quality of life, foster stronger community identity and a sense of place, and revitalize economic development.

For more information, visit the grant opportunity webpage.

***The Forest Service’s Community Forest and Open Space Program – $4 million
Application Due: January 15, 2014
Eligible Entities: Local governments, federally recognized tribes and Alaskan Native Corporations, and non-profits who are eligible to hold title to land for conservation purposes.

The Community Forest Program is a grant program that authorizes the Forest Service to provide financial assistance to establish community forests that provide continuing and accessible community benefits. Community forests provide many benefits such as protection of habitat, water quality, and other environmental benefits, and they can provide economic benefits through timber resources. Community Forests have also long been sites for environmental and cultural education.

For more information, visit the opportunity synopsis.

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

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

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

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

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

For more information, visit the program webpage.

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

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

For more information, visit the energy prize website.

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

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Sign up now for State and Local Webcasts on Communications for Climate and Clean Energy Programs

On December 4, 11 and 18, 2013, EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program will host a three-part webcast series on communications. This series will provide information on communications strategies and methods that state and local governments can use to ensure the ongoing success of climate and clean energy programs. The structure of the three webcasts will parallel the general phases of program development and implementation: attracting stakeholder support and participation, sustaining change, and gaining momentum from program successes. Participants will learn how to design communications strategies to engage and empower stakeholders, use communications methods to instigate and sustain behavior change and foster individual and community solutions, and effectively communicate their programs’ successes and resulting benefits to diverse audiences.

Webcast 1: Gaining Support and Attracting Participation through Communication
December 4, 2013, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST)
This webcast will explore how to gain support from partners and attract participation in climate and clean energy programs. It will address the importance of developing a communications plan and using it as a framework throughout the course of the initiative and cover tactics that engage, empower, and transform community-level participation into actionable results. The importance of understanding intended audiences and tailoring strategies to their needs will be emphasized.

Webcast 2: The Role of Communication in Ensuring Sustained Behavior Change
December 11, 2013, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST
This webcast will address how communications tools can be used throughout the implementation of climate and clean energy programs to achieve behavior change and ensure sustained, lasting impacts. Key points that will be discussed include the role of behavior change in the success of a program; the value of communicating program results and successes in sustaining change; and how to assess behavior change.

Webcast 3: Using Effective Communication to Showcase Program Successes
December 18, 2013, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST)
This webcast will focus on how communities can effectively showcase the benefits and successes of a clean energy initiative to ensure additional funding opportunities, continued engagement, and sustained behavior change. How to encourage replication of successes will also be addressed

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

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Webinar on November 27: Resources Available for Tribal Energy Project Development
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In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs and Western Area Power Administration (Western), the DOE Tribal Energy Program is sponsoring the Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series. The series is intended for tribal leaders and staff who are interested in developing facility- and community-scale energy projects, responding to utilities' requests for proposals, and learning more about the competitive power market.

The next webinar in the series is titled “Resources Available for Tribal Energy Project Development” and will be held on November 27, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MST. There is no charge to participate in the webinar, but registration is required.

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

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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EPA Announces Request for Applications for the 2014 Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program

EPA's Office of Environmental Justice announces the opening of its Request for Applications (RFA) for the 2014 Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program. The (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program provides funding for eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and/or public health issues within an affected community. The EJCPS Program is designed to help eligible non-profit and Native American communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks at the local level.

The total estimated available funding for awards under this competitive opportunity is $1,200,000. Awards will be made in amounts of up to $120,000 per award for a two year project period. Interested applicants are invited to participate in conference calls with EPA to address questions about the EJCPS Program and this solicitation. The following are the conference call dates and times:

Date Time (Eastern Standard)
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 9, 2014 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 (en Espanol) 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 25, 2014 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

For more information regarding the EJCPS Program, please visit http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/grants/ej-cps-grants.html or contact Sheritta Woodruff Taylor at (202) 564-1771 or taylor.sheritta@epa.gov.

If you are not already a member, the Office of Environmental Justice would like to invite you to join the EJ ListServ. The purpose of this information tool is to notify individuals about activities at EPA in the field of environmental justice. By subscribing to this list you will receive information on EPA's activities, programs, projects grants and about environmental justice activities at other agencies. Noteworthy news items, National meeting announcements, meeting summaries of NEJAC meetings, and new publication notices will also be distributed. Postings can only be made by the Office of Environmental Justice. To request an item to be posted, send your information to environmental-justice@epa.gov and indicate in the subject "Post to EPA-EJ ListServ".

To join the listserv go to: https://lists.epa.gov.


 

11/20/2013

Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program Grant

The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program provides funding for eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and/or public health issues within an affected community. The EJCPS Program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. 

For more information visit:  http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=247934  to view the full grant. 

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Call for Abstracts for the 2014 National Training Conference on the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and Environmental Conditions in Communities

The 2014 National Training Conference on the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and Environmental Conditions in Communities has been scheduled.  The conference will be held May 7-9, 2014 at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia  (just outside of Washington DC and very convenient to Reagan National Airport) and  will include sessions on pollution prevention, environmental justice, and environmental public health, along with TRI and other sources of environmental information.  

Our TRI National Conferences are widely attended by diverse audiences and cover broad topics, with our 2012 conference showcasing a special tribal breakout session with tribal presenters and topics of particular interest to tribes.  We are hoping for an even greater tribal presence at the 2014 conference and are encouraging you and your colleagues to share your insights with a broader community.

Check out the potential session topics and guidelines in the attached document or go to the Call for Abstracts link on the conference website. Submit your proposal for consideration by December 13, 2013. 

The conference will be cosponsored by US EPA and our new grantee, Dillard University’s Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ). DSCEJ has been awarded a five-year cooperative agreement to partner with the TRI Program. DSCEJ was founded in 1992 in collaboration with community environmental groups and other universities in the region to address environmental justice issues.

Click here for the Conference Call for Abstracts, for your consideration.  The cut-off date for submission of abstracts is COB December 13th.

 


11/19/2013

 

DOE Tribal Energy Program

November 2013—Energy Department to Invest Over $7 Million to Deploy Tribal Clean Energy Projects

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to pass along the following announcement from the Energy Department.

WASHINGTON – As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to strengthening partnerships with Tribal nations and building stronger, more resilient communities that are better prepared for a changing climate, the Energy Department today announced nine tribal clean energy projects to receive more than $7 million. Highlighted during the 2013 White House Tribal Nations Conference, these awards will help American Indian and Alaska Native tribes deploy clean energy projects—saving these communities money, enhancing their energy security and creating new job and business opportunities.

“American Indian and Alaska Native tribes host a wide range of untapped energy resources that can help build a sustainable energy future for their local communities,” Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said. “Responsible development of these clean energy resources will help cut energy waste and fight the harmful effects of carbon pollution – strengthening energy security of Tribal nations throughout the country.”

According to a recent study by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, American Indian land comprises two percent of the U.S. land, but contains an estimated five percent of all U.S. renewable energy resources.

The projects competitively selected to receive funding today include:

Since 2002, the Energy Department’s Tribal Energy Program has invested nearly $42 million in 175 tribal clean energy projects and, in collaboration with the Department’s Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, provides financial and technical assistance to tribes for the evaluation and development of their renewable energy resources, implementation of energy efficiency to reduce energy use, and education and training to help build the knowledge and skills essential for sustainable energy projects.

Find more information about the clean energy projects announced today and how these tribes are building a cleaner, more sustainable energy future.

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

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

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Creating Healthy Indoor Environments in Tribal Communities

Best Practices from Tribal Programs

Register Now

Monday, December 9, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET.

Join us to hear best practices and effective strategies for working with tribal communities to establish and sustain healthy indoor environments in school facilities. In addition to highlighting two tribal programs, this webinar will demonstrate how EPA’s IAQ Tools for Schools guidance can play a pivotal role in helping schools establish IAQ programs, reduce asthma triggers and enhance energy audits. Two leading Tribal Air Quality Coordinators will share the critical importance of ongoing education, training, and communication in starting, expanding, and maintaining successful IAQ management efforts.

Attend this webinar to:

Speakers:

Facilitator:

Take advantage of the opportunity to have your specific questions and interests addressed during the webinar. Send your questions to IAQTfSConnector@cadmusgroup.com by December 5, 2013.

Spread the word! Forward this email to a colleague.

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

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

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


11/15/2013

Environmental Protection Agency - FY 2014 Request for Proposals from Indian Tribes and Intertribal Consortia for Nonpoint Source Management Grants Under Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 319 Modification 1 For more information visit: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=246593

 


11/12/2013


Department of the Interior

Grant Opportunity LBBP-2014-1

FY 2014 Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=247193

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November 2013: Climate & Clean Energy Resource Roundup for State & Local Governments

*Upcoming Webinars on Clean Energy, Climate Change Adaptation
*New Adaptation-Related Resources
*New Clean Energy and Green Building Resources

*Upcoming Webinars on Clean Energy, Climate Change Adaptation

DOE Announces Webinars on Economic Impacts of Offshore Wind, Clean Energy Financing Programs
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will present a webinar titled "Jobs and Economic Development Impacts of Offshore Wind" on Wednesday, November 20, from 3:00-4:00 pm EST. This webinar will provide an overview of the new offshore wind Jobs and Economic Development Impacts model and review four completed economic assessments covering the Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and Gulf Coast regions.

DOE will also present a webinar titled "Tools for Designing and Implementing Better Clean Energy Financing Programs" on Thursday, November 21, from 3:30-4:45 pm EST. This webinar will outline key areas for consideration, including potential program sponsors, institutional structure, and potential sources of program revenue, and provide examples of how organizations across the country have blended design decisions into successful programs.

*First National Adaptation Forum Webinar on Funding Streams for Adaptation Planning and Implementation
On Thursday, November 21, from 1:00-2:00 pm EST for the First National Adaptation Forum Webinar: "Creating and Expanding Funding Streams for Adaptation Planning and Implementation" with Lara Hansen, Ph.D., chief scientist and executive director, EcoAdapt; Sara P. Hoverter, senior fellow and adjunct professor, Georgetown Law Center; and Jenita McGowan, chief of sustainability, City of Cleveland. For those who can’t attend, a recording will be made available for later viewing on the National Adaptation Forum website.

New Adaptation-Related Resources

*Draft EPA Office of Water Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plan Released for Public Review and Comment
EPA has released its draft Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plans for public review and comment, including the plan of the Office of Water. The implementation plans provide detailed information about the actions EPA plans to take to help communities adapt to a changing climate. The impacts of a changing climate, including increased extreme weather, floods, and droughts, affect EPA's work to protect clean air and water. The Draft EPA Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plans recognize that EPA must integrate climate adaptation planning into its programs, policies, rules, and operations to ensure that the Agency's work continues to be effective even as the climate changes. The Office of Water's Plan provides an overview of the opportunities available within the EPA to respond to the challenges that a changing climate poses to protect the quality of national water resources and drinking water. The public comment period closes on January 3, 2014. For more information, visit the EPA Adaptation Implementation Plans page.

*New Tools for Coastal Resilience
The Coastal Resilience Network has released Coastal Resilience 2.0, an interactive suite of tools that help users visualize risks to coastal communities and habitats, and help decision makers reduce and mitigate the risks from storms and other hazards like coastal erosion and flooding. This interactive suite of tools allows users to examine storm surge, sea level rise, natural resources and economic assets. It also allows users to develop risk reduction and restoration solutions. The Coastal Resilience tools cover different regions including: a U.S. National and Global application, eight U.S. States (Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey), two specific U.S. locations (Puget Sound, WA, and Ventura County, CA), four countries in Latin America (Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras) and three island nations in the Caribbean (Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, U.S Virgin Islands). For more information, visit the Coastal Resilience 2.0 website.

*EPA's Climate Ready Estuaries Program Releases Draft Workbook on Developing Climate Change Adaptation Plans, Seeks Public Comment
EPA has released a draft workbook for environmental professionals and city managers to help identify and manage risks associated with climate change, and is seeking comments from the public on the draft. The document, "Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans," provides a systematic process for environmental professionals and city managers to use in determining important climate risks that should be addressed, along with approaches for building local capacity to understand and manage these risks to protect future generations. The workbook was produced by EPA's Climate Ready Estuaries program, which works with 28 National Estuary Programs and the coastal management community to assess climate change vulnerabilities, develop and implement adaptation strategies, and engage and educate stakeholders.

To review the draft workbook, visit the Climate Ready Estuaries News and Events page. Written comments must be received by November 22, 2013 and should be sent by email to the Climate Ready Estuaries program.

*NOAA and Sea Grant Release Report on Cost-Efficient Climate Adaptation Best Practices in North Atlantic Communities
In an effort to raise awareness of best practices in leading North Atlantic communities, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration North Atlantic Regional Team and Sea Grant have issued "Cost-Efficient Climate Change Adaptation in the North Atlantic," a report that looks at community-level coastal flood management and climate change adaptation from Virginia to Maine. The authors identified low-cost, innovative ways that coastal communities are addressing climate change and related coastal hazard management best practices at the local level by looking at studies, laws, policies, outreach tools, and infrastructure investments that were voluntarily adopted by 34 local municipalities.

*Columbia University Publishes Handbook on Legal Tools to Limit Risks of Climate Change for Coastal Communities
Columbia University's Center for Climate Change Law has published "Managed Coastal Retreat: A Legal Handbook on Shifting Development Away from Vulnerable Areas," which examines the legal tools available to state and local governments to discourage or prevent development or redevelopment along risky coasts and other areas susceptible to natural hazards. The handbook describes legal principles and precedents that can serve as useful guides for new policies. It also examines case studies and lessons learned, and makes recommendations based on the experiences of states and municipalities that have implemented managed retreat to protect against future disasters.

New Clean Energy and Green Building Resources

*Where Does Your Community Stand in the Race to an Energy-Efficient Economy?
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has released the Local Energy Efficiency Self-Scoring Tool (version 1.0 BETA), which allows people to score the energy efficiency policies in their own community and to compare them with those of other localities. Communities derive their score by answering multiple choice questions related to their energy efficiency policies across local government operations, community-wide initiatives, buildings policies, energy and water utility policies, and transportation policies. By answering these and a series of other questions, communities can obtain a comprehensive view of the effectiveness of energy efficiency efforts in their community. For more information, see ACEEE’s blog post and the webpage for the scoring tool.

*EPA Updates its Sustainable Design and Green Building Toolkit for Communities
Earlier this year, EPA released an updated version of its Sustainable Design and Green Building Toolkit for Local Governments (PDF), designed to help local governments identify and remove barriers to sustainable design and green building in existing codes and ordinances. The toolkit discusses codes and ordinances that would affect the design, construction, renovation, and operation and maintenance of a building and its immediate site. The toolkit includes an assessment tool and resource guide, along with a guide to developing an action plan for implementing changes within a community’s permitting process.

*IREC Releases Solar Inspection Tool to Help Ensure Quality, Efficiency, and Safety
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. has released a Model Inspection Checklist for Rooftop Photovoltaic (PV) Systems (PDF), based on existing checklists in jurisdictions across the United States. Adoption of an inspection checklist provides benefits both to municipal staff and solar installers, serving as a supplementary educational tool for inspectors to ensure they are aware of the code requirements, and promoting consistent inspections. Municipalities can also use an inspection checklist to highlight particular issues that seem to be repeatedly problematic for installers. As code requirements change and municipalities adopt unique local rules and interpretations, they can be highlighted in an inspection checklist.

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

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11/05/2013

CALL FOR SPEAKERS AND POSTERS!

February 10-12, 2014

2014 NATIONAL AIR QUALITY CONFERENCES

Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center
Durham/RTP, North Carolina

The 2014 National Air Quality Conferences, sponsored by EPA and the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) – a MUST for air quality professionals from federal, state, local and tribal air pollution organizations, metropolitan and regional planning organizations, environmental and research organizations, and industry representatives – will be held February 10-12, 2014, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center, in Durham, North Carolina.

The conference will begin on Monday afternoon with an opening plenary session followed by one and one-half days of focused breakout sessions, exhibits, and a poster session. Wednesday afternoon we wrap up with a closing plenary session after which the conference will adjourn. Come share your experiences and knowledge, network with colleagues, and learn about new and innovative projects in the exhibits and poster areas. Come experience this unique opportunity to hear the latest information about air quality and your health, innovative federal, state and local outreach initiatives, and air quality forecasting, mapping and monitoring.

CALL FOR SPEAKERS AND POSTERS

If you are interested in participating as a speaker or poster presenter for the Air Quality Forecasting, Mapping, and Monitoring conference, please contact Cary Gentry (gentrycd@forsyth.cc) or Michael Goldstein (michael.goldstein@shelbycountytn.gov). Those interested in speaking or presenting a poster in the Communicating Air Quality conference, please click here for more information.

MEETING SITE AND HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

The conferences are being held at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Conference Center, which is located in Durham. The hotel conference rate is $89 per night for either a single or double occupancy room or you may upgrade your room to the Club Level for $129/$139 per night singe/double, plus applicable taxes. Please reference "NAQC or EPA" to receive the discounted rate. All reservations must be made by Wednesday, January 15, 2014. Reservations can also be made online by clicking here. The hotel is offering a limited number of rooms at the group rate 3 days before and after the conference for anyone looking to extend their trip to the Research Triangle Park area. Space is limited and not guaranteed, so reserve your room quickly.

EXHIBIT AND SUPPORTER OPPORTUNITIES

We welcome inquiries from potential exhibitors and conference supporters. This is a perfect opportunity to network with your colleagues, clients, and others interested and involved in air quality. In addition to onsite recognition during the conference, logos of exhibitors and supporters who commit early will be included online and in conference materials. For more information on these opportunities, contact Erin Pittorino at ERG at erin.pittorino@erg.com.

PASS THE WORD!

Help us spread the news about the conference by forwarding this e-mail to colleagues who may be interested in attending. Thank you.

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U.S. EPA Sponsored Webinar: PM Advance Measures to Address Mobile Sources

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2013
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Intended Audience: State, tribal and local air agencies that are participating in the PM Advance program, as well as agencies that may be considering joining the program.

To register, please email Carolyn Childers at: Childers.Carolyn@epa.gov

PM Advance is a collaborative effort by EPA, states, tribes, and local governments to encourage emission reductions in fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) attainment areas nationwide to maintain the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for PM 2.5. In many PM Advance areas, mobile sources account for a significant portion of total PM 2.5 emissions The webinar will provide an overview of some of the types of programs and projects that PM Advance areas may choose to implement to reduce PM 2.5 emissions from mobile sources. The webinar will include maps and data representing mobile source information in PM Advance areas, and an overview of available PM 2.5 reduction programs, incentives and initiatives for mobile sources. For those who cannot view it live, the webinar will be recorded and posted on the Advance website at www.epa.gov/ozonepmadvance.


10/31/2013

***SAVE THE DATE***

National Ambient Air Monitoring Conference
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Atlanta, Georgia
August 11-14, 2014

The EPA in conjunction with the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) is pleased to announce the National Ambient Air Monitoring Conference*.

GET ESSENTIAL TRAINING ON AIR MONITORING TOPICS!
Whether your previous air monitoring experience spans months, years, or decades, this conference will provide you with the skills and information to help prepare for the future challenges of air monitoring.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
State, local, Tribal and international air quality staff involved with operating, planning, or managing air monitoring networks and reporting data to AQS, AIRNOW, and other users. We also encourage other stakeholders including health researchers, dispersion modelers, data analysts, and air quality policy staff to attend to gain additional perspectives on how air monitoring data are collected and utilized.

EXHIBIT AND SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Promote your business or organization to the people leading the nation's ambient air monitoring programs by exhibiting and/or sponsoring. Exhibits are an integral portion of the conference and spaces will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Sponsorship opportunities exist for hosting a breakfast; afternoon break; a coffee/tea service and/or the evening reception. For more information on exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, contact Erin Pittorino at ERG.

HOTEL RESERVATION INFORMATION
This year's conference is being held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, which is located in Downtown Atlanta, GA. You are responsible for making your hotel reservations. The hotel conference rate is $133 a night for a single or double room, plus applicable taxes (currently 16% per room per night). All reservations must be made by Monday, July 21, 2014. After this date, reservations are subject to space and rate availability. To make your reservation, please call the national reservation number at 1-800-228-9290 and reference NAAMC or EPA and the Atlanta Marriott Marquis to receive the group rate. Reservations can also be made online by clicking here.

PASS THIS NOTICE ON!
Help us spread the news about the conference by forwarding this email to colleagues who may be interested in attending.

NEED MORE INFORMATION?
If you have suggestions for training or agenda topics or would like more information about the conference, please contact Laurie Trinca or Kevin Cavender.

Additional details regarding conference topics, the call for papers and posters, and the online registration process will be available on EPA's website in the coming months. Contact ERG, EPA's contractor for more information regarding conference registration and logistics at 781-674-7374 or Meetings at ERG, subject line: National Ambient Air Monitoring Conference.

*This conference is not to be confused with the National Air Quality Conference being held in February 2014 in Durham, NC. That conference will focus exclusively on air quality forecasting, mapping and communications.

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EPA Indoor Air and Climate Change Research Grant Opportunity - Due January 23, 2014

EPA's ORD has announced its Research RFA for Indoor Air and Climate Change, as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program. Please share the information with all eligible researchers and groups that might be interested.

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

Open: October 24, 2013
Closing: January 23, 2014

http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2014/2014_star_indoor_air.html

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National Tribal Air Association
NTAA- EPA Air Policy Call Agenda – October 31, 2013

We are using “Adobe Connect” so everyone can view presentations if we have them –
To view, please register at the following link:

Adobe Connect: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/r7m09sd94v7/
(Enter as “Guest” and type in your name and organization.)

Call In Number: 1-866-299-3188
Conference Code: 9195415624#

(10 AM Alaska, 11 AM Pacific, 12 Noon Mountain, 1 PM Central, 2 PM Eastern)

Call Agenda:

1. Overview of NTAA Work Plan and Introduction of ITEP Staff – Mehrdad Khatibi (ITEP)

2. Other EPA Air Updates – (OAR, OAQPS, OTAQ, ORIA, OAP)

3. NTAA Updates

Next call will be on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 12:00 noon Mountain Time

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USDA Announces Availabity of funding to Develop Advanced Biofuels Projects
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced the availability of funding under the Biorefinery Assistance Program for guaranteed loans to develop commercial-scale biorefineries or retrofit existing facilities with appropriate technology to develop advanced biofuels.

The application deadline is January 30, 2014. Eligible entities include Indian tribes, State or local governments, corporations, farmer co-ops, agricultural producer associations, higher education institutions, rural electric co-ops, public power entities, and consortiums of any of the above.

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

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

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

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

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


10/24/2013

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Postponed: Tribal Energy Program Review and Alaska Native Village Energy Development Workshop
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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal Energy Program Review originally scheduled for November 18-22, 2013, has been postponed. The Tribal Energy Program Review is tentatively rescheduled for the week of March 24, 2014

In addition, the Alaska Native Village Energy Development Workshop originally scheduled for October 21-23, 2013, has been postponed. This workshop has not yet been rescheduled.

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

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

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

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

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

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

Tribal Energy Program Review Postponed Until March 2014

The Tribal Energy Program Review originally scheduled for November 18-22, 2013, has been postponed and will be rescheduled for next calendar year.

Please accept our apologies for the late notice and any inconvenience this may cause. We are tentatively planning to reschedule for the week of March 24, 2014, and will announce the details as soon as they are available.

We look forward to seeing you in the spring!

Note: For those of you with projects ending December 31, 2013, your participation is expected and will be considered part of your final reporting.

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

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

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EPA Releases Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data from Large Facilities / Carbon pollution from power plants declines 10 percent from 2010 due to growing use of natural gas

Release Date: 10/23/2013
Contact Information: CONTACT: Julia P. Valentine (News Media Only), valentine.julia@epa.gov, 202-564-0496, 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its third year of greenhouse gas data detailing carbon pollution emissions and trends broken down by industrial sector, greenhouse gas, geographic region, and individual facility. The data, required to be collected annually by Congress, highlight a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions as more utilities switch to cleaner burning natural gas.

“EPA is supporting President Obama’s Climate Action Plan by providing the high-quality data necessary to help guide common-sense solutions to address climate change,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Putting this data in the hands of the public increases transparency, supports accountability, and unlocks innovation.”

Greenhouse gases emitted through human activities such as transportation and power generation are the primary driver of recent climate change, which threatens the health and welfare of Americans—by increasing the likelihood of hotter, longer heat waves, fueling more frequent and intense extreme weather events, and worsening ground level ozone, an air pollutant that causes respiratory and cardiovascular health problems.

EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program collects annual greenhouse gas information from over 8,000 facilities in the largest emitting industries, including power plants, oil and gas production and refining, iron and steel mills, and landfills. In addition, the program is receiving data on the increasing production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) predominantly used in refrigeration and air-conditioning. The Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program is the only program that collects facility-level greenhouse gas data from major industrial sources across the United States.

The 2012 data show that in the two years since reporting began, emissions from power plants have decreased 10 percent. This is due to a switch from coal to natural gas for electricity generation and a slight decrease in electricity production. Fossil-fuel fired power plants remain the largest source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. With just under 1,600 facilities emitting over 2 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2012, these plants account for roughly 40 percent of total U.S. carbon pollution.

The data are accessible through EPA’s online data publication tool, FLIGHT, which is available for both desktop and mobile devices. This year, with three years of data for most sources, FLIGHT has been updated with new features, including the ability to view trend graphs by sector and facility, and download charts and graphs for use in presentations and reports. The data are also published through EnviroFacts, which allows the public to download data for further analyses.

Access EPA’s GHG Reporting Program Data and Data Publication Tool:
http://www.epa.gov/ghgreporting/

Access EnviroFacts:
http://epa.gov/enviro/

http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/bd4379a92ceceeac8525735900400c27/eecb62db73ee67b485257c0d0058936b!OpenDocument


10/23/2013

October 2013 – Nearly $10 Million in Funding and Technical Assistance Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

Nearly $10 million of funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the National Endowment for the Arts, the Forest Service, Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, and Georgetown University that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including sustainable communities, community forests, and energy efficiency. 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.

***Bureau of Indian Affairs 2013 Tribal Climate Change Adaptation Grant Program - $600,000
Application Due: November 29, 2013
Eligible Entities: Federally Recognized Tribes and inter-tribal organizations

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has made available competitive grants for tribal adaptation, training, and tribal travel support to participate in technical training, workshops, forums, and cooperatives. Grants in the following categories will be considered for funding: Category I) Design a series of tribal workshops to support tribal leaders/climate change coordinators/planners to gain the skills needed to guide a tribal government level climate adaptation plan; Category II) Development of tribal government climate adaptation plans, vulnerability assessments, or data analysis that supports multiple tribes. Category III) Travel support to attend technical workshops or to participate in cooperative climate change adaptation efforts.

For more information, visit the request for proposals.

***Corporation for National and Community Service’s AmeriCorps State and National Grants – Total funding available TBD
Notice of Intent Due: December 11, 2013
Application Due: January 8, 2014
Eligible Entities: Government entities within states or territories; Tribes; public or private nonprofit organizations; institutions of higher education; labor organizations; partnerships and consortia

The AmeriCorps State and National Grants provide funding to engage AmeriCorps members in service interventions strengthen communities. Focus areas for the grants include: Disaster Services, Economic Opportunity, Education, Environmental Stewardship, Healthy Futures, and Veterans and Military Families. Grants may be used to provide support for direct services that contribute to increased energy and water efficiency, renewable energy use, or improving at-risk ecosystems.

For more information, visit the AmeriCorps Grants webpage.

***Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Environmental Solutions for Communities
Grants Program – Grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 each

Application Due: December 16, 2013
Eligible Entities: State, tribal, and local governments; educational institutions; and non-profit 501(c) organizations

Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation seek to promote sustainable communities through Environmental Solutions for Communities by supporting highly-visible projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment. Funding priorities include ‘greening’ traditional infrastructure and public projects such as storm water management and flood control, urban forestry, and education and training of community leaders on sustainable practices.

For more information, visit the request for proposals.

***National Endowment for the Arts FY 2014 Our Town Initiative – Grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000 each
Application Due: January 13, 2014
Eligible Entities: All applications must involve two primary partners: a local government entity and a nonprofit organization. Local governments include counties, parishes, cities, towns, villages, or federally recognized tribal governments. Local arts agencies or other departments, agencies, or entities within an eligible local government may submit the application on behalf of that local government.

The National Endowment for the Arts will provide a limited number of grants, ranging from $25,000 to $200,000, for creative placemaking projects that contribute toward the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. The Our Town initiative will invest in creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with their arts and design organizations and artists, seek to improve their quality of life, foster stronger community identity and a sense of place, and revitalize economic development.

For more information, visit the grant opportunity webpage.

***The Forest Service’s Community Forest and Open Space Program – $4 million
Application Due: January 15, 2014
Eligible Entities: Local governments, federally recognized tribes and Alaskan Native Corporations, and non-profits who are eligible to hold title to land for conservation purposes.

The Community Forest Program is a grant program that authorizes the Forest Service to provide financial assistance to establish community forests that provide continuing and accessible community benefits. Community forests provide many benefits such as protection of habitat, water quality, and other environmental benefits, and they can provide economic benefits through timber resources. Community Forests have also long been sites for environmental and cultural education.

For more information, visit the opportunity synopsis.

***Georgetown University Energy Prize –$5 million
Letters of Intent Due: February 201
Eligible Entities: For this competition, a “community” is defined geographically by the limits of a municipality – a town, city, or county that has corporate status and local government. All small to medium municipalities in the U.S.A. with populations between 5,000 and 250,000 are eligible to apply.

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

For more information, visit the energy prize website.

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EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program logo

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

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10/22/2013

TRAINING HAS BEEN POSTPONED !!

EPA Clean Air Act Rulemaking and Permitting Training
Original Date Scheduled for October 29-31, 2013
New Date TBD
8am – 5pm
RTP Campus, Building C Auditorium
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

Target Audience: Environmental and Social Justice Community Advocates

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

Registration Fee: None

Training Location:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)
Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS)
109 TW Alexander Drive
RTP, NC 27709

For more information contact:
Holly Wilson, 919-541-5623, wilson.holly@epa.gov
Lena Epps-Price (919-541-5573, epps-price.lena@epa.gov

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UPDATED: EPA to Hold Public Listening Sessions on Reducing Carbon Pollution from Existing Power Plants

Sessions in Boston, Philadelphia Rescheduled Due to Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON – Following through on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold 11 public listening sessions across the country to solicit ideas and input from the public and stakeholders about the best Clean Air Act approaches to reducing carbon pollution from existing power plants. Power plants are the nation’s largest stationary source of carbon pollution, responsible for about one third of all greenhouse gas pollution in the United States.

The President’s Climate Action Plan takes steady and responsible steps to cut the harmful carbon pollution that fuels a changing climate while continuing to provide affordable, reliable energy. The feedback from these 11 public listening sessions will play an important role in helping EPA develop smart, cost-effective guidelines that reflect the latest and best information available. The agency will seek additional public input during the notice and comment period once it issues a proposal, by June 2014.

The Clean Air Act gives both EPA and states a role in reducing air pollution from power plants that are already in operation. The law directs EPA to establish guidelines, which states use to design their own programs to reduce emissions. Before proposing guidelines, EPA must consider how power plants with a variety of different configurations would be able to reduce carbon pollution in a cost-effective way.

For more information on these sessions and to register online, go to: http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards/public-listening-sessions. For those who cannot attend these sessions, input can be e-mailed to carbonpollutioninput@epa.gov by November 8, 2013.

More information about EPA’s carbon pollution standards for the power sector: http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards

Public Sessions on Reducing Carbon Pollution from Existing Power Plants (all times are local):

DATE: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
TIME: 9:00 am - 12 Noon; and 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
EPA REGION & LOCATION:
US EPA Region 2
290 Broadway, Room 27A
New York

DATE: October 23, 2013
TIMES: 2:00 – 5:00 pm; and 6:00 – 9:00 pm EDT
EPA REGION & LOCATION:
US EPA Region 4
Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center
Bridge Conference Rooms
61 Forsyth Street, S.W.
Atlanta

DATE: Wednesday, October 30, 201
TIME: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm MDT (last 2 hours for call ins)
EPA REGION & LOCATION:
US EPA Region 8
1595 Wynkoop Street
Denver

DATE: Monday, November 4, 2013
TIME: 4:00 – 8:00 pm CDT
EPA REGION & LOCATION:
US EPA Region 7
11201 Renner Blvd.
Lenexa

DATE: Monday, November 4, 2013
TIME: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm EDT
EPA REGION & LOCATION
US EPA New England
Memorial Hall
5 Post Office Square
Boston

DATE: Tuesday, November 5, 2013
TIME: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm PDT
EPA REGION & LOCATION:
US EPA Region 9
75 Hawthorne St.
San Francisco

DATE: Thursday, November 7, 2013
TIME: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm EDT
LOCATION: US EPA Headquarters
William Jefferson Clinton East
1201 Constitution Ave.
Washington, DC

DATE: Thursday, November 7, 2013
TIME: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm CDT
EPA REGION & LOCATION:
US EPA Region 6
Auditorium- 1st floor
J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
1515 Young St.
Dallas

DATE: Thursday, November 7, 2013
TIME: 3:00 – 6:00 pm PDT
EPA REGION & LOCATION:
US EPA Region 10
Jackson Federal Bldg.
915 Second Ave.
Seattle

DATE: Friday, November 8, 2013
TIME: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm EDT
EPA REGION & LOCATION:
US EPA Region 3
William J. Green, Jr.
Federal Building
600 Arch Street
Philadelphia

DATE: November 8, 2013
TIME 9:00 am - 4:00 pm CDT
EPA REGION & LOCATION:
US EPA Region 5
Metcalfe Federal Building
Lake Michigan Room
77 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago

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Renewable Energy Case Studies Webinar on October 30
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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 final webinar in the 2013 series is titled “Renewable Energy Case Studies: Tribal and Developer Perspectives” and will be held on October 30, 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.

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


10/18/2013

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

This message provides details about thirteen upcoming webcasts offered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and others. All webcasts are offered free of charge, but space may be limited.

EPA Webcasts

DOE Webcasts

SEE Action Webcasts

ACEEE Webinars

***EPA Webcasts

October 2, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) - EPA Watershed Academy to Host Webinar on National Stormwater Calculator
Join EPA's Watershed Academy Webinar to learn about the new National Stormwater Calculator. This calculator is designed for site developers, landscape architects, urban planners, homeowners, and others who are interested in reducing runoff from a property. The calculator can help users decide on the stormwater management practices to install such as a rain garden or a green roof. It is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States (including Puerto Rico). Estimates are based on local soil conditions, land cover, and historic rainfall records. The Stormwater Calculator can be downloaded at www.epa.gov/nrmrl/wswrd/wq/models/swc/.

October 8, 9:30-11:00 AM (PDT) - Climate-Friendly Government Purchasing
EPA's Materials Management through Sustainable Consumption Webinar Series is designed to provide examples of communities around the US and internationally who are reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and creating more sustainable patterns of consumption in their communities. This webinar series focuses on helping regulators and environmental management experts share information about existing research, programs and practices. This particular webinar will focus on climate-friendly government purchasing.

October 9, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) - EPA Climate Ready Water Utilities to Host Webinar on Scenario Planning to Support Decision Making
Many water utilities are thinking critically about how to best manage water resources and utility assets when future conditions are uncertain due to the impacts of climate change. Join this webinar to learn about scenario planning, a method that allows a flexible approach to strategic long-term planning. It will also highlight examples from utility representatives that have used scenario planning. This webinar is part of a series that extends through March 2014.

October 30, 2:00-3:30 PM EDT – Energy Efficiency in Water and Wastewater Facilities
Water and wastewater facilities are among the largest consumers of energy in a community, accounting for 35 percent of typical U.S. municipal energy budgets. Local governments have a tremendous opportunity to reduce energy costs and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by working with these facilities to improve the Energy Efficiency (EE) of their new and existing buildings and day-to-day operations.

Join us to learn how local governments have achieved sustained energy improvements at their water and wastewater facilities through equipment upgrades, operational modifications, and modifications to facility buildings. This webcast will outline a step-by-step approach for developing and implementing energy management plans at these facilities, featuring presentations and case studies from U.S. EPA and local governments. We will also discuss relevant tools, resources, and funding opportunities to support EE improvements, including U.S. EPA's recently released guide for local governments, Energy Efficiency in Water and Wastewater Facilities: A Guide to Developing and Implementing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs.

***ENERGY STAR Webcasts

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

October 10, 2:00-3:15 PM (EDT) – ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems
During this session, attendees will learn how to use EPA tools and resources to help meet requirements for green building rating systems such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Green Globes system, and others.

  1. Learn about the importance of energy efficiency in the broader scope of sustainability
  2. Discover which green building rating systems require the use of EPA ENERGY STAR tools
  3. Learn how you can leverage EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and Target Finder tools to help your buildings earn certification under any of these rating systems
  4. See how four state and local governments have successfully leveraged EPA ENERGY STAR tools and resources to pursue LEED and other certification types for their buildings

October 16, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) - Water: Benchmarking and Best Practices from WaterSense
Organizations can track their facilities’ water use along with energy use in Portfolio Manager to increase efficiency and improve performance. This webinar will feature the water management features in Portfolio Manager and give an overview of water trends in the thousands of facilities across the country that already use these features. Next the WaterSense program will discuss ways to save water and energy with WaterSense labeled products and best management practices. Finally, examples and case studies will detail improvements made in facilities and lessons learned along the way.

  1. Learn about new water tracking features in Portfolio Manager and data trends in water use across the country.
  2. Discover new ways to reduce water use in your facility with WaterSense products and best management practices.
  3. Hear examples and case studies where facilities have achieved water, energy, and money savings.

October 17, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT) - Portfolio Manager 101
In this session, EPA introduces and demonstrates the core functionality of EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Attendees will learn how to: navigate the new Portfolio Manager; add a property and enter details about it; enter energy and water consumption data; share properties; generate performance reports to assess progress; and respond to data requests.

October 22, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) - How to Launch an ENERGY STAR Energy Efficiency Competition
Learn about the benefits of an energy efficiency competition, the basic steps you can take to plan and launch a competition, and the resources made available by EPA’s ENERGY STAR program that can help you in this process, including the ENERGY STAR Guide to Energy Efficiency Competitions.

By the end of this session, attendees will recognize and understand:

  1. The power of competition as a driver of energy efficiency
  2. How to plan and launch an energy efficiency competition
  3. How to leverage ENERGY STAR to plan a competition and make it a success!

October 24, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager “Office Hours”
Join this open session to ask your questions about the new Portfolio Manager tool. Portfolio Manager expert and technical team lead, Alexandra Sullivan, will be answering questions on the general features and calculations of Portfolio Manager that are applicable to everyone. Please note that property specific questions, such as why/how your property’s metrics have changed or why the tool shows certain values for particular years need to be investigated by an ENERGY STAR analyst to review your account, so please submit those questions through www.energystar.gov/buildingshelp. Drop in to get an answer to your general question, or stay for the whole session to get the latest updates and learn more about Portfolio Manager by hearing the responses to others’ questions.

October 29, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) - Portfolio Manager 201
Continue to learn about EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as:

  1. Managing and tracking changes to your property uses over time;
  2. Using spreadsheet templates to update property data;
  3. Setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties;
  4. Generating and using custom reports; and
  5. Using the Sustainability Checklist

*** DOE Webcasts

October 1, 3:00-4:00 PM (EDT) – Speaking the CFO Language: Building the Case for Energy Efficiency with Financial Decision-Makers
Getting approval for energy efficiency measures can sometimes be the most challenging aspect of the project. Join Better Buildings Challenge partners USAA Real Estate Company, University of California at Irvine, and Kohl's as they share their best practices for communicating the value of building energy efficiency projects and working with financial decision-makers to make those projects happen.

October 16, 3:00-4:00 PM (EDT) – The Effects of Wind Energy Facilities on Surrounding Property Values in the United States
The Wind Powering America team hosts live webinars on a variety of themes on the third Wednesday of every month. The October webinar features Ben Hoen, principal research associate in the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and lead author of the new report A Spatial Hedonic Analysis of the Effects of Wind Energy Facilities on Surrounding Property Values in the United States. This report builds on a 2009 study that also investigated impacts on home values near wind facilities. As part of the new study, the researchers analyzed more than 50,000 home sales near 67 wind facilities in 27 counties across nine states. The research did not find any statistically identifiable impacts of wind facilities to nearby home property values. Dial in number is 888-396-0679 and participant passcode is 8466385.

October 30, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (MDT) – Renewable Energy Case Studies: Tribal and Developer Perspectives
In this DOE webcast, you will learn how two Tribes have successfully implemented renewable energy projects using innovative programs and practices, and how those can be applied to your project. You’ll get perspectives from both the Tribes and the developer, and learn about tribal community engagement, tribal energy goals, project business plans, site and feasibility studies, project organization and management, financing, risk management, environmental studies, and permitting.

*** SEE Action Webinars

October 29, 3:00-4:00 PM (EDT) – State and Local Audit and Retro-Commissioning Policy
This webinar will describe key issues for consideration when designing, implementing, and enforcing auditing and retro-commissioning policies, featuring real-word examples and success stories of local jurisdictions who have been involved in this space as well as a discussion of the development and application of tools to aid implementing staff in capturing consistent and relevant data to support future energy policy initiatives.

***ACEEE Webinars

October 1, 3:00-4:30 PM (EDT) - Tracking Local Leadership on Energy Efficiency
Local leadership and commitment to energy efficiency continue to grow stronger as a result of increasing recognition that efficiency can serve a myriad of critical interests. Local communities are learning that investments in energy efficiency can save money for households, businesses and local governments; reduce the costs and risks of critical infrastructure investments; create jobs; improve the environment; and gain them recognition on a national stage.

The first edition of ACEEE's City Energy Efficiency Scorecard report ranks many of the most populous U.S cities on their policies and actions to advance energy efficiency in buildings, transportation and local government operations. This session will cover which cities are top achievers in efficiency and why. It will also provide examples of best practices being taken by leading cities in various policy areas and cover actions that local governments of all kinds can take to improve efficiency and their scores in future editions of the Scorecard.

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

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October 30, 2:00-3:30 PM EDT – Energy Efficiency in Water and Wastewater Facilities

Water and wastewater facilities are among the largest consumers of energy in a community, accounting for 35 percent of typical U.S. municipal energy budgets. Local governments have a tremendous opportunity to reduce energy costs and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by working with these facilities to improve the Energy Efficiency (EE) of their new and existing buildings and day-to-day operations.

Join us to learn how local governments have achieved sustained energy improvements at their water and wastewater facilities through equipment upgrades, operational modifications, and modifications to facility buildings. This webcast will outline a step-by-step approach for developing and implementing energy management plans at these facilities, featuring presentations and case studies from U.S. EPA and local governments. We will also discuss relevant tools, resources, and funding opportunities to support EE improvements, including U.S. EPA's recently released guide for local governments, Energy Efficiency in Water and Wastewater Facilities: A Guide to Developing and Implementing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs.

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

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09/27/2013

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Annual DOE Tribal Energy Program Review (November 18-22 in Denver, CO)
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The annual U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal Energy Program Review will provide an overview of the wide range of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under way in Indian Country. The annual gathering enables tribes to meet and learn from other tribes that are pursuing energy sufficiency through efficiency and/or renewable energy projects. The review will include information on the Tribal Energy Program and a series of presentations by tribes exploring or deploying weatherization, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies across the nation.

The Tribal Energy Program Review will be held from November 18 through November 22, 2013, in Denver, Colorado. For more information and to register, visit the TEEIC Web site at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

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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


09/26/2013

Green Schools National Conference

Greetings Green Schools Thought Leaders and Early Adopters!

The deadline for the Call for Presentations is only 5 days away! Make sure you submit your proposal!

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Call for Presentations: The conference will be held in Sacramento from March 27-29

The support for our work in California is amazing! We are expecting another uptick in our numbers! Share your ideas and best practices with others! Stay on the cutting edge by learning from others!

Our conference theme is "Working Together for Healthy, Sustainable Schools."

Presentations that include successful partnerships among education, non-profit, corporate and public sector individuals and organizations will be the cornerstone of the conference.

Don't miss this opportunity to share your work! Submit your proposal today: Call for Presentations

If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Tabola, Director of Program Content and Design: jtabola@greenschoolsnationalnetwork.org

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SAVE THE DATE!

Northwest Children's Environmental Health Forum

Healthy Environments for Healthy Babies - Preventing Harmful Environmental Exposures Before and During Pregnancy

Date: December 4, 2013
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Tukwila Community Center, Tukwila, WA

Concerned about the effects of environmental exposures before and during pregnancy on babies' health?

Who should attend:
Healthcare and public health professionals, health educators, child and family advocates, infertility counselors, midwives, policy advisors, social service workers, current and future moms and dads.

For more information, visit http://washington.chenw.org/CEHforum2013.html

Provider approved by the California board of Registered Nursing
Provide Number CEP14441 for 7.5 contact hours
Karen R. Bowman, MN, RN, COHN-SCEP

Organized by the Children's Environmental Health Working Group of the Colloborative on Health and the Environment - Washington


09/24/2013

CEFNS Career Fair

College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences Career Fair

Fall 2013 CEFNS Career Fair will be held Tuesday, October 8, 2013. See you there!

The CEFNS Career Fair is a special opportunity for all CEFNS related majors to explore and network with companies they may be interested to work for in the future. We bring all types of companies from around the country to recruit students here on campus. The employers come with job opportunities as well as internships for the summer. Students get face-time with the companies and organizations to discuss jobs and internships. By attending, students can gain valuable experience interacting with the employers and recruiters to prepare for careers after graduation.

Student and Employer Registration: Jobs for Jacks.

Have additional questions? Need assistance with this event? Contact Elizabeth Glass, CEFNS Director of Career Development at elizabeth.glass@nau.edu or 928-523-5704.


09/23/2013

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Register and Book Your Lodging Soon for the Upcoming Alaska Native Energy Development Workshop in Fairbanks September 20, 2013

The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, would like to remind Alaska Native villages and corporations of the energy development workshop taking place in Fairbanks next month. Register today to take advantage of this popular training opportunity, and be sure to book your lodging while space is still available.

Alaska Native Village Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Training

October 21-23, 2013
Fairbanks, Alaska

Presented by the Tribal Energy Program and the DOE Office of Indian Energy, this workshop is designed to help Alaska Native villages and corporations understand the range of energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities that exist in their remote communities. Part of an overall effort to further support and encourage accelerated clean energy resource development in Alaska Native villages, the workshop will cover topics such as:

Location
The workshop, which is co-sponsored by the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, will be held at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Wood Center Ballroom during the week of the Alaska Federation of Natives Conference October 24-26.

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

Lodging
Early registrations indicate this will be a very popular training, and area hotels will likely be booked to capacity during the Alaska Federation of Natives Conference taking place in Fairbanks the same week. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you make hotel reservations as soon as possible in order to secure a room.

More Information
An agenda and location information will be available soon. If you have questions, please email tribal@go.doe.gov.

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

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

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Register for the September 25 Webinar on Tribal and Utility Partnership Opportunities

The Tribal Energy Program, in partnership with U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy and the Western Area Power Administration, will present the next Tribal Renewable Energy Series webinar, "Tribal and Utility Partnership Opportunities," on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

The future utility’s resource portfolio will likely be a hybrid of centralized power plants, distributed generation, microgrids, and demand response programs that result in a more efficient system of generation and consumption. With that scenario in mind, this webinar will focus on opportunities for Tribes and utilities to form partnerships with the potential to improve the energy system and stimulate economic development on tribal lands. There is no charge for the webinar, but registration is required.

To register for this and/or the final webinar in the series on October 30, click on the links provided below Each of the following webinars will be held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time:

For more information on the webinar series, visit the Tribal Energy Program Webinars page.

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.

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

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


09/19/2013

2014 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality (NTF)

Would your tribe or inter-tribal organization like to further its commitment to environmental sustainability? Are you interested in showcasing your environmental efforts to both local and national stakeholders?

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) and the National Tribal Air Association (NTAA) are looking for tribes or inter-tribal organizations interested in co-hosting the 2014 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality (NTF). The NTF is a premier national conference focused on improving air quality and addressing the impacts of climate change that draws up to 200 environmental professionals from tribes, state and federal agencies, and other organizations from across the country. For information about past conferences, please visit the NTF website: http://www4.nau.edu/itep/conferences/confr_ntf.asp.

Hosting or co-hosting this important event is an excellent way to share your environmental efforts and affirm your commitment to environmental sustainability. Tribal hosts will have the opportunity to meet with upper-level federal officials and staff, interact with environmental professionals from across the country, present on their environmental projects, and be involved in the planning and delivery of the event, among other things.

Interested tribes or tribal organizations should submit a proposal (see attached for guidelines) detailing the types of support they are willing and able to offer as a host including any recommendations for lodging, meeting venues, and/or other amenities, if available. Hosts are welcomed, but not expected, to participate directly in the event, and are simply encouraged to offer any types of assistance or support they are willing to make available. Additionally, more than one tribe or organization may be selected to serve as co-hosts, depending on proposals received. Proposals for tribal hosts or co-hosts must be submitted to the information below no later than October 15, 2013.

Opportunities for contributing:
-Sponsorship for or underwriting of event or associated activities
-Welcoming speaker and/or invocations
-Site visits or tours at tribal monitoring or other project sites
-Transportation to/from conference and/or local areas
-On-site support (staff, logistics, etc.)
-Traditional cultural performances or activities
-Meals, refreshments, and/or entertainments
-Deliver presentation(s) and/or poster(s) of tribal projects
-Assist with planning conference agenda, keynote speakers, etc.
-Outreach to potential sponsors and underwriters
-Connect with local press and outreach to communites
-Other areas as determined

Benefits to the tribal host:
-Exclusive access to invited upper-level officials and staff from EPA and other federal agencies
-Showcase environmental projects, achievements, endeavors, challenges to a national audiences
-Attract conference attendees to local area and businesses, including local artisans that may wish to be vendors during the conferences
-Prominent recognition on all publications, announcements, and advertising
-Waived conference registration fees for all tribal employees or community members
-Complimentary exhibit space for poster displays and/or outreach materials

Please forward this announcement to others who may be interested. Thank you!

http://www4.nau.edu/itep/

https://www.facebook.com/ITEPnau

Tribal Host Proplsal Guide_2014.pdf


09/18/2013

September 2013 – Nearly $31 Million in Funding and Technical Assistance Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

Nearly $31 million of funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the Forest Service, The Rockefeller Foundation, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), and Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including energy efficiency, resilience planning, sustainable communities, and community forests. 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.

***FTA Bus Efficiency Enhancements Research and Demonstrations – $3 million
Application Due: September 20, 2013
Eligible Entities: State and local governmental entities; providers of public transportation; Departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the Government; private or non-profit organizations; institutions of higher education; and technical and community colleges.

The FTA seeks to promote the development and demonstration of targeted energy efficiency-enhancing technologies, specifically enhanced Electrification of Accessories and improvements in Thermal Management of Bus Bodies, for buses utilized in public transportation. Teams must include key roles by individuals representing both (1) a public transportation agency and (2) a bus manufacturer or supplier of relevant systems or components.

For more information, see the grant opportunity synopsis.

***EPA Greening America's Capitals – Technical Assistance
Letters of Interest Deadline: September 23, 2013
Eligible Entities: Any city department, office, or agency on behalf of a state capital city

The goal of Greening America’s Capitals is to help state capital cities create a clear, implementable vision of environmentally friendly neighborhoods that incorporate smart growth strategies and green infrastructure systems. EPA will fund a team of designers to visit the city to produce schematic designs intended to catalyze or complement a larger planning process for the pilot neighborhood. Additionally, this project could be the testing ground for broader, citywide actions the city might wish to undertake, such as changes to local codes and ordinances to better support smart growth and green infrastructure approaches. The design team and EPA, HUD, and DOT staff will also assist the city staff in developing specific implementation strategies.

For more information, refer to the Request for Letters of Interest.

***Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge – Total funding available TBD
Registration Deadline: September 23, 2013
Eligible Entities: Municipal governments or major institutions that have an affiliation with a city. Applications representing regional or metropolitan areas are permissible.

The 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challengeis designed to enable cities to develop and implement plans for urban resilience to withstand natural and manmade catastrophic events. The Rockefeller Foundation's partners will work with selected applicants to establish a suite of financial and technical assistance support to develop and implement the resilience plan. Each selected community is expected to be an integrated member of the 100 Resilient Cities Network and create or expand the role of a Chief Resilience Officer within the municipal government.

For the purposes of this challenge, a city will be defined by a population with over 50,000 inhabitants.Registration is required by September 23, 2013 in order to receive the application.

For more information, visit the Centennial Challenge webpage.

***Appalachian Regional Commission and EPA Livable Communities in Appalachia – $200,000 in Technical Assistance and Implementation
Letter of Interest Due: October 4, 2013
Eligible Entities: Communities in the ARC-defined Appalachia region

Appalachian communities interested in revitalizing their downtowns, promoting local food systems, and using other smart growth approaches to improve human health and the environment are invited to apply for technical support and implementation assistance through the Sustainable Communities in Appalachia partnership. The partnership is a program of EPA and ARC and have committed up to $200,000 for technical assistance and implementation in four Appalachian communities. Funds will be used to develop action plans and provide small cash grants for first-step implementation efforts.

For more information, view the opportunity announcement.

***FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program – $23.7 million
Application Due: October 18, 2013
Eligible Entities: States, territories, Indian tribal governments, communities, and universities

The Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program provides funds for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation hazard mitigation of projects prior to a disaster event. Funding these plans and projects reduces overall risks to the population and structures, while also reducing reliance on funding from actual disaster declarations. Eligible activities include: property acquisition and structure demolition or relocation; structure elevation; dry floodproofing; minor localized flood reduction activities; structural or non-structural retrofitting of existing buildings; infrastructure retrofits; soil stabilization; wildfire mitigation; and hazard mitigation planning.

For more information, visit the grant opportunity synopsis.

***Corporation for National and Community Service’s AmeriCorps State and National Grants – Total funding available TBD
Notice of Intent Due: December 11, 2013
Application Due: January 8, 2014
Eligible Entities: Government entities within states or territories; Tribes; public or private nonprofit organizations; institutions of higher education; labor organizations; partnerships and consortia

The AmeriCorps State and National Grants provide funding to engage AmeriCorps members in service interventions strengthen communities. Focus areas for the grants include: Disaster Services, Economic Opportunity, Education, Environmental Stewardship, Healthy Futures, and Veterans and Military Families. Grants may be used to provide support for direct services that contribute to increased energy and water efficiency, renewable energy use, or improving at-risk ecosystems.

For more information, visit the AmeriCorps Grants webpage.

***Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Environmental Solutions for Communities
Grants Program – Grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 each

Application Due: December 16, 2013
Eligible Entities: State, tribal, and local governments; educational institutions; and non-profit 501(c) organizations

Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation seek to promote sustainable communities through Environmental Solutions for Communities by supporting highly-visible projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment. Funding priorities include ‘greening’ traditional infrastructure and public projects such as storm water management and flood control, urban forestry, and education and training of community leaders on sustainable practices.

For more information, visit the request for proposals.

***The Forest Service’s Community Forest and Open Space Program – $4 million
Application Due: January 15, 2014
Eligible Entities: Local governments, federally recognized tribes and Alaskan Native Corporations, and non-profits who are eligible to hold title to land for conservation purposes.

The Community Forest Program is a grant program that authorizes the Forest Service to provide financial assistance to establish community forests that provide continuing and accessible community benefits. Community forests provide many benefits such as protection of habitat, water quality, and other environmental benefits, and they can provide economic benefits through timber resources. Community Forests have also long been sites for environmental and cultural education.

For more information, visit the opportunity synopsis.

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

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09/13/2013

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Webinar on September 25: Tribal and Utility Partnership Opportunities
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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 “Tribal and Utility Partnership Opportunities” and will be held on September 25, 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 about the workshop and the conferences, visit the TEEIC Web site at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

Register for the Alaska Native Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Training and the Tribal Energy Program Review

The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is pleased to announce the following training opportunities for tribes.

Alaska Native Village Energy Development Workshop Workshop

October 21-23, 2013
Fairbanks, Alaska

Presented by the Tribal Energy Program and the DOE Office of Indian Energy, this workshop is designed to help Alaska Native villages and corporations understand the range of energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities that exist in their remote communities. Part of an overall effort to further support and encourage accelerated clean energy resource development in Alaska Native villages, the workshop will cover topics such as:

Location
The workshop, which is co-sponsored by the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, will be held at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Wood Center Ballroom during the week of the Alaska Federation of Natives Conference October 24-26.

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

More Information
An agenda and location information will be available soon. If you have questions, please email tribal@go.doe.gov.

2013 Tribal Energy Program Review

November 18-22, 2013
Denver, Colorado

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

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

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

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

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

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September 2013: Climate & Clean Energy Resource Roundup for State & Local Governments

*What does your city need to be resilient? Join the conversation.

*Your feedback needed: updating the State and Local Climate and Energy website

*Greening America’s Capitals: EPA Seeking Letters of Interest by September 23

*New Energy Efficiency EM&V Resource Portal

*Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) Releases Map Showing Status of State and Local Adaptation Efforts across United States

*The U.S. Energy Information Administration Releases State Fact Sheets on Household Energy Use

*New State Fact Sheets on Household Energy Use from EIA

*NOAA Coastal Services Center Releases Economic Framework Guide for Coastal Community Infrastructure

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*What does your city need to be resilient?

Cities around the world are growing at unprecedented rates. As a result, far too many are finding themselves unprepared to withstand and bounce back from disaster. As Fukushima, New York, Cairo, and others have demonstrated, there is an urgent need to focus on urban resilience.

Our global future is an urban one: by 2050, an estimated 75 percent of humanity will live in cities. As cities grow, it becomes ever more important that they do so with a vision of resilience, so that they are prepared for the shocks and stresses they will encounter. It's not a question of if, but when.

One Aim of the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge is to explore how the global community views, interacts with, and thinks about urban resilience.

Join the conversation and share what your city needs to be resilient. More redundancy in the electrical grid, formalized evacuation routes, more sidewalks? Use the buttons below to share your thoughts:

*Your feedback needed: updating the State and Local Climate and Energy website
We will be updating the State and Local Climate and Energy website over the coming months. If you have any ideas, comments, suggestions, or anything else you wish to share with us to improve the site, please let us know by sending an email to: bollerud.erica@epa.gov.

*Greening America’s Capitals: EPA Seeking Letters of Interest by September 23
EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities is seeking letters of interest from state capital cities interested in receiving design assistance to create a clear and implementable vision of distinctive, environmentally friendly neighborhoods that incorporate smart growth strategies and green infrastructure systems. Letters of interest are due no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on September 23, 2013.

Design assistance is provided through the Greening America’s Capitals program, administered by EPA. EPA conducts the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) through the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. Fourteen state capitals plus the District of Columbia have received assistance from the Greening America’s Capitals program to date; up to 5 capital cities will be selected in 2013.

EPA is providing this design assistance to help state capitals create stronger neighborhoods that protect the environment. EPA will fund a team of designers to visit the successful applicants’ capital cities for up to three days to produce schematic designs and illustrations intended to catalyze or complement a larger planning process for a neighborhood. In the past, the EPA team has provided sustainable design techniques for streets, parks, waterfronts, and town squares. This assistance will help the selected state capitals envision ways to clean up and reuse vacant lands, provide more housing and transportation choices, reduce infrastructure and energy costs, and build civic pride in neighborhoods and the city as a whole. The design team and EPA, HUD, and DOT staff will also assist the city staff in developing specific implementation strategies.

Read the Request for Letters of Interest (pdf)

*New Energy Efficiency EM&V Resource Portal
The State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action) Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification (EM&V) Resource Portal provides a one-stop-shop for energy efficiency program administrators and project managers looking for:

To learn more and download resources, visit the EM&V Resource Portal.

The EM&V Resource Portal was developed by SEE Action’s EM&V Working Group, which leads efforts to improve energy efficiency management by increasing the accuracy, credibility, and timeliness of EM&V results

If you scroll down this webpage, you will see a list of recorded webinars on different types of topics related to ecosystem-based management tools. I wanted to share this with you in case you have other federal adaptation COP members who are looking for decision-making tools.

*Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) Releases Map Showing Status of State and Local Adaptation Efforts
Each community will be affected differently by climate change. States and municipalities are recognizing the importance of pre-emptive action to address their vulnerabilities to climate change impacts. Many have begun to address adaptation concerns either within broader climate action plans or through separate efforts. C2ES has released a map to illustrate how cities and states are adapting, or becoming more resilient, to their individual vulnerabilities. The map highlights examples of municipal adaptation planning efforts and concrete adaptation actions. It also indicates the status of adaptation planning for each state and provides plan details where available.

*New State Fact Sheets on Household Energy Use from EIA
EIA’s Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) gathers information through personal interviews with a nationwide sample of homes and energy suppliers. The 2009 survey resulted in energy consumption profiles for 16 individual states. Access fact sheets about residential energy consumption for Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

*NOAA Coastal Services Center Releases Economic Framework Guide for Coastal Community Infrastructure
Coastal areas across the United States are beginning to incorporate sea level rise adaptation into their community planning. One of the most challenging aspects of adapting to sea level rise is understanding the economic implications of future inundation risk and the costs and benefits of different adaptation options. Communities are already grappling with difficult decisions about how to locate, maintain, and protect expensive community infrastructure such as roads, hospitals, and wastewater treatment plants. This report, "What Will Adaptation Cost? An Economic Framework for Coastal Community Infrastructure," provides a framework that community leaders and planners can use to make more economically informed decisions about adapting to sea level rise and storm flooding.

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

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09/06/2013

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs and the DOE Tribal Energy Program are holding an “Alaska Native Village Energy Development Workshop” from October 21-23, 2013.

In addition, a solar energy-focused conference titled “Solar Power International ‘13” will be held from October 21-24, 2013, and the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s “Reservation Economic Summit (RES) Arizona” will be held from October 22-24, 2013.

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

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

One Week Left; to Register for; Tribal; Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance; Training in Golden, Colorado; Save the Date for Tribal Energy Program Review; November 18-22

The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is pleased to announce the following training opportunities for tribes.

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

September 18-20, 2013
Golden, Colorado

Presented by the Tribal Energy Program and the DOE Office of Indian Energy with support from DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, this interactive workshop will walk participants through five steps to help tribes understand the process for and potential pitfalls of developing community- and facility-scale renewable energy projects. For details, see the agenda.

Attendees will learn how the development of a renewable energy project could further a tribe's goals, and hear from other tribes about their experiences.

Eligible Attendees:
This workshop is specifically designed for, and limited to, elected tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff interested in gaining knowledge and confidence to develop community- and facility-scale renewable energy projects.

Pricing and Registration:
There is no cost to attend this workshop, but participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals, and travel costs. Eligible attendees must;RSVP to kara.thate@nrel.gov; by Thursday, September 12.
In preparation for the meeting, we ask that attendees review the ; Foundational Topics; course on the National Training; Education Resource website.

Save the Date: 2013 Tribal Energy Program Review

November 18-22, 2013
Golden, Colorado

Recognizing tribes' increasing interest in energy efficiency and renewable energy, our annual Program Review is a gathering that enables tribes to meet and learn from other tribes that are pursuing energy sufficiency through efficiency and/or renewable energy projects, and to share in each other's successes. This is a unique forum that provides an excellent overview of the wide range of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under way in Indian Country. The review will include an overview of the Tribal Energy Program and a series of presentations by tribes exploring or deploying weatherization, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies across the nation. Because human capacity is a focus of the Tribal Energy Program, you will also learn about our internship program and hear directly from young and inspiring Native American students about their experiences and summer projects. For more information, contact tribal@go.doe.gov.

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

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


09/05/2013

Webinar:  Reducing Residential Wood Smoke:  Is it Worth it?


Date:  Thursday, September 19, 2013
Time:  3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Reducing Residential Wood Smoke:  “Is it Worth it?”
Join us September 19th at 3:00 PM EDT to find out whether or not an on-bill utility burn-ban subsidy program or modifications to a wood stove replacement grant program will significantly reduce fine particle pollution in the Puget Sound area.  The findings are the result of a joint project between the US EPA, the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill (EFC), and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA).  The project examined the cost benefit of proposed wood smoke reduction programs for the Tacoma-Pierce County PM2.5 nonattainment area.  Jen Weiss of the EFC and Kathy Strange of PSCAA will present.     

To register, please email Leigh Herrington at herrington.leigh@epa.gov
                               
Jen Weiss is a Senior Finance Analyst at the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, focused on financial models and mechanisms that can be used by universities, non-profits, and other organizations to encourage the implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Jen holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University, an MBA from the University of Michigan, and an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of California in San Diego. Jen has over 13 years of consumer and small business banking experience including commercial lending, product management, and online services.

Kathy Strange is the Technical Analysis Manager at the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency in Seattle, Washington.  She manages the Monitoring and Planning & Analysis teams.  Along with her teams and a community-based stakeholder group, she’s worked to develop strategies that improve air quality in the Agency’s PM2.5 Tacoma-Pierce County nonattainment area.   Her technical background includes a B.S. in Environmental Engineering and a M.S. in Environmental Health (Public Health). 

Visit www.epa.gov/burnwise to find additional tools and information on wood smoke reduction programs. 


09/04/2013

Stakeholder Outreach for Carbon Pollution Standards -Teleconference Announcements

As a follow-up to last week’s webinar on EPA’s Carbon Pollution Standards, we’re holding one-hour Q&A teleconferences with four stakeholder groups next week:

Attached are announcements for you to send to your contacts with information on dates, times and call-in numbers.  The only ones who have this information are people who have watched the August 27th webinar, so if you could send this information out as soon as possible, it will ensure that more people can participate on the calls.  

Teleconference for Communities

Teleconference for States and Tribes

Teleconference for Environmental Groups

Teleconference for Industry

Feel free to call me with any questions.

Thanks,
Julia Miller
State Climate and Energy Program
U.S. EPA
(202) 343-9341
www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate

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

This message provides details about ten upcoming webcasts offered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and others. All webcasts are offered free of charge, but space may be limited.

EPA Webcasts

DOE Webcasts

SEE Action Webcasts

NACo Webinars

Security & Sustainability Forum Webinars

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September 10, 1:00-2:00 pm (EDT) - The Power of Aggregated Purchasing: How to Green Your Electricity Supply & Save Money
EPA’s Green Power Partnership hosts this webinar discussing how an aggregated model for renewable energy purchases can lead to significant energy, environmental and financial benefits by addressing administrative cost barriers and leveraging the shared purchasing power of multiple organizations. By pooling their purchasing power, many organizations have been able to secure competitive renewable electricity supply at a lower cost as compared to conventional sources. 

The webinar will examine the aggregated purchasing experiences of the Western Pennsylvania Energy Consortium and the Nonprofit Energy Alliance, including lessons learned and best practices for organizations interested in using an aggregated model. The Consortium, a municipal electricity purchasing group, has seen electricity cost savings of close to 20 percent while increasing green power use to 25 percent among members. The Nonprofit Energy Alliance is a group of nonprofit organizations that have joined together to negotiate for cheaper, greener electricity, resulting in meaningful cost savings and environmental benefits. 

September 11, 2-3:30 PM (EDT) – Sources of Energy Efficiency Program Savings for Air Regulators
Sponsored by EPA’s State Climate and Energy Program, and the State Energy efficiency Action Network, this webinar will focus on energy efficiency evaluation, measurement, and verification (EM&V). Experts will discuss how and where state air quality regulation agencies and others can find information to support the use of energy efficiency to achieve emissions reductions and other co-benefits. Webinar participants will learn about key sources of efficiency savings information – at the national, regional, and state levels – and about ways to access and apply it.   

Webinar presentations will cover:

The presentations will be of particular relevance to jurisdictions considering the use of end-use (e.g., buildings) energy efficiency in their criteria pollutant State Implementation Plans (SIPs), and to states interested in quantifying the co-benefits of efficiency.

September 18, 3:00-4:00 PM (EDT) - Smart Growth and Economic Success
Sponsored by EPA’s Smart Growth Office, this webinar will explore how smart growth strategies at the regional, city, and neighborhood level can maximize economic advantages while creating attractive, healthy communities that help protect the environment. Dr. Kramer will discuss the report, Smart Growth and Economic Success: Benefits for Real Estate Developers, Investors, Businesses, and Local Government, and speakers from Lehigh Valley, PA, Champaign, IL, and Phoenix, AZ will discuss how smart growth is helping their communities prosper.

September 18, 1:00--2:00 PM (EDT) – Sustainability and Adaptation
This webinar is an introduction to EPA’s Climate Ready Water Utility initiative and climate change adaptation planning. The recently updated CRWU Adaptation Strategies Guide highlights strategies for pursuing both adaptation and sustainability goals, specifically those related to green infrastructure and energy management. This webinar will provide an in depth look at the new sustainability information in the Guide and utility representatives will share their experience planning and implementing sustainable strategies.

September 24, 3:00-4:00 PM (EDT) - Infrastructure Financing for Transit-Oriented Development
Transit-oriented development (TOD) offers a mix of housing, employment, shopping, and transportation choices that can help reduce air pollution and development on open lands and improve water quality and access to jobs. Yet the infrastructure required to create TOD is expensive and funding for infrastructure for new TOD can be difficult to obtain. Sponsored by EPA’s Smart Growth Office, this webinar will cover some of the lessons learned from a year-long Smart Growth Implementation Assistance project on financing TOD infrastructure. Speakers from the Utah Transit Authority and the NoMa Business Improvement District in Washington, DC will then discuss TOD in their communities.

***DOE Webcasts

September 25, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (MDT) – Tribal and Utility Partnership Opportunities
Tribes and utilities can be a nexus of renewable energy project development. The future utility likely will have a resource portfolio that is a hybrid of centralized power plants, distributed generation, microgrids, and demand response programs that result in a more efficient system of both generation and consumption. This webinar focuses on the opportunities for a partnership between Tribes and utilities that improves the energy system and stimulates economic development on tribal lands.

***SEE Action Webcasts

September 26, 2:00–3:00 PM (EDT) - Using Integrated Resource Planning to Encourage Investment in Cost-Effective Energy Efficiency Measures
An integrated resource plan (IRP) is a long-range utility plan for meeting the forecasted demand for energy within a defined geographic area through a combination of supply-side resources and demand-side resources. Generally speaking, the goal of an IRP is to identify the mix of resources that will minimize future energy system costs while ensuring safe and reliable operation of the system. This webinar, sponsored by SEE Action,  will highlight SEE Action's Using Integrated Resource Planning to Encourage Investment in Cost-Effective Energy Efficiency MeasuresPDF report, which explains the purpose and use of IRP, recommendations for successful IRP, alternatives to IRP in states with competitive retail markets, examples of successful IRP efforts, and how IRP interacts with other energy efficiency policies and programs.

***NACo Webinars

September 5, 2:00-3:15 PM (EDT) – Updating Your County’s Green Building Toolbox
Building green provides many benefits: efficient operations, higher property value, comfortable and healthy spaces, creation of skilled jobs, and more. County governments can support local construction economies and meet growing demand for green buildings with thoughtfully designed policies, mandatory codes, and voluntary incentive programs. In this National Association of Counties (NACo) webinar, the first of two, industry experts will outline best-available building rating systems, standards, and model codes, highlighting recent updates.

***Security & Sustainability Forum Webinars

September 4, 1:15-2:45 PM (EDT) – Community Shared Solar and Urban Neighborhoods
 In this Security & Sustainability Forum webinar, solar experts explore emerging approaches to Community Shared Solar. This solar development model allows consumers to lease or purchase the output of a solar project, with each participant receiving a share of the benefits-usually credited to their utility bill. The panelists will discuss approaches that maximize the benefits for participants and for the community at large, in part through utility innovation.

September 5, 1:15-2:45 PM (EDT) – Empowering Communities to Find Resilient Solutions
In this Security & Sustainability Forum webinar, panelists will discuss innovative tools for bringing together diverse interests in dialogue where they can learn, build relationships, and face tough choices together. The session will focus on case studies that highlight the role of community engagement in decision-making on challenging issues related to both the "before" and "after" of extreme environmental events. There will be time for questions from the participants.

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

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Tribal Energy Webinar on Renewable Energy Market Expectations and Trends Rescheduled for September 4; Register Today

The Renewable Energy Market Expectations and Trends webinar originally scheduled to take place on August 28 had to be canceled due to technical difficulties. We apologize for any inconvenience. The rescheduled webinar will be held next Wednesday, September 4, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time. 

This webinar will examine the many factors that drive the growth and pace of the renewable energy market and how they may impact the future market. Participants will also learn about trends in the compliance and voluntary markets, including options for procuring renewable energy, what claims can be made with each type of purchase, and how tribes can operate in renewable energy certificate markets, either as buyers or sellers.

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

Register to attend the webinar.

To register for this and; the remaining; webinars in the series, click on the links provided in the table below. Each of the following webinars will be held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

DATE TOPIC
September 4, 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.

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 Clean Energy Development, visit our website.


08/23/13

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) - Region 5: "The Clean & Healthy Tribal Casinos Workshop" held Sept 18-19, 2012

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), Region 5: “The Clean & Healthy Tribal Casinos Workshop,“ was held September 18 & 19, 2012, at the Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, Grand Portage, MN. You can read about what the experts and science had to say at Region 5's first highly successful Tribal Casinos Workshop focusing on Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS), Traditional and Commercial tobacco.

This Workshop was lead by Region 5 Tribes in collaboration with U.S. EPA staff, “Connecting Culture to Policy Change in Indian Country”. What is the health impact, and can reducing ETS toxicity purify the air enough to be considered healthy? What are the pros and cons of “Smoke Free Casinos”. Take a look at the Agenda, Speakers, Presentations and Pictures that are now available on our Tribal AIR website: http://www.epa.gov/air/tribal/airprogs.html#R5-Clean. Various topics are listed and are linked for easy reading.

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Announcing an EPA Presentation for State and Tribal Officials Titled “Building a Common Understanding: Clean Air Act and Upcoming Carbon Pollution Guidelines for Existing Power Plants.”

This presentation will be presented through Adobe Connect Meeting. Please email walker.jean@epa.gov to register.

Summary: To provide the state and tribal officials with an overview of Clean Air Act provisions for regulating carbon pollution from existing power plants.

When: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Eastern); 12:00 – 1:30 PM (Central); 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (Mountain);
10:00 – 11:30 AM (Pacific); 9:00 – 10:30 AM (Alaskan)

Background:

On June 25, 2013, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to work expeditiously to complete carbon pollution standards for the power sector.

The agency is using its authority under section 111 of the Clean Air Act to issue standards, regulations or guidelines, as appropriate that address carbon pollution from existing power plants, including modifications of those plants. The Presidential Memorandum specifically directs EPA to build on state leadership, provide flexibility and take advantage of a wide range of energy sources and technologies towards building a cleaner power sector.

This overview presentation is an initial step in EPA’s effort to engage directly with states on issues informing the design of the existing source program. This webinar presentation provides a basic understanding of Clean Air Act section 111 to prepare participants for more in-depth discussions with EPA. In the coming weeks and months, there will be many opportunities to further engage with EPA in-person and by teleconference on issues that may inform the design of the program. State participants will be able to view and listen to this webinar online and submit questions to EPA staff. In addition, a recording of this webinar will be posted at http://epa.gov/airquality/cps/webinar.html and on EPA’s YouTube Channel by August 28th.

EPA will offer a follow-up conference call about the overview presentation for states and tribes on September 9th. Similar follow-up conversations about the overview presentation will be available for community groups, industry and environmental groups. Additional information about these calls, as well as further tribal consultation, will be available in the coming weeks.

The Presidential Memorandum directs EPA to issue proposed carbon pollution standards, regulations, or guidelines, as appropriate, for modified and existing power plants by no later than June 1, 2014 and issue final standards, regulations, or guidelines, as appropriate, by no later than June 1, 2015. In addition, the Presidential Memorandum directs EPA to include in the guidelines addressing existing power plants a requirement that states submit to EPA the implementation plans required under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act and its implementing regulations by no later than June 30, 2016.

Please email walker.jean@epa.gov to register for the webinar.

For more information on the Presidential Memorandum please visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/06/25/presidential-memorandum-power-sector-carbon-pollution-standards.

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The 5th Annual Renewable Energy Technology Conference and Exhibition (RETECH 2013) will be held from September 9 to 11, 2013, in Washington, DC. RETECH will unite business leaders; investors; technology innovators; federal, state, and local government officials; and university educators from across the world to address today’s most pressing issues and opportunities facing every discipline of the Renewable Energy Industry.

RETECH 2013 offers a wide variety of workshops and sessions on renewable energy development-related topics.

The advance discount registration rate for RETECH 2013 ends August 23. For more information and to register, visit the TEEIC Web site at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

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Register for the August 28 Tribal Energy Webinar on Renewable Energy Market Expectations and Trends

The Tribal Energy Program, in partnership with U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy and the Western Area Power Administration, will present the next Tribal Renewable Energy Series webinar, "Renewable Energy Market Expectations and Trends," on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time. This webinar will examine the many factors that drive the growth and pace of the renewable energy market and how they may impact the future market. Participants will also learn about trends in the compliance and voluntary markets, including options for procuring renewable energy, what claims can be made with each type of purchase, and how tribes can operate in renewable energy certificate markets, either as buyers or sellers.

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

Register to attend the webinar.

To register for this and the remaining webinars in the series, click on the links provided in the table below. Each of the following webinars will be held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

DATE TOPIC
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 Clean Energy Development, visit our website

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08/20/13

LAW SEMINARS INTERNATIONAL

Tribal Rights, Sovereignty & Economic Development
October 10 & 11, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (Bally's Las Vegas Hotel and Casino)

View the agenda here. Register now!

Law Seminars International’s second annual conference on Tribal Rights, Sovereignty and Economic Development takes place during the week before the NCAI, making it a can’t-miss primer for anybody planning in participating in the NCAI discussions as well as Tribal law and business professionals.

This conference will offer in-depth discussions on a number of hot topics in Indian Country, including:

This conference will feature practical strategies for Tribal leaders and attorneys. Register soon to reserve your seat at this timely annual event.

Registration
Register here or call us at (206) 567-4490.

Intended Audience
Attorneys, Tribal representatives, industry executives and governmental officials.

Program Chairs
Jennifer H. Weddle, Esq. of Greenberg Traurig, LLP and
Karrie S. Wichtman, Esq. of Rosette, LLP

Available Credits
Live credits: This program qualifies for 12 NV CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.

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USDA Announces New Funding Opportunities

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to forward the following information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Create Jobs, Economic Opportunity in Rural Area

WASHINGTON, August 14, 2013 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking applications for grants that will be awarded to organizations to help rural businesses create jobs and spur economic development. USDA is making $5.6 million available through the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI), a program that generates economic activity in rural areas.

"This funding will help local and regional organizations as they assist small and emerging businesses," Vilsack said. "The Obama Administration recognizes small businesses as the engines of job creation and essential to strengthening our national economy."

Strengthening the rural economy remains a main focus of USDA, despite budget uncertainties. Qualified intermediary organizations receiving the grants will provide financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop their capacity to undertake housing, community facilities, or community and economic development projects. Recipients will be nonprofit organizations, low-income rural communities, or federally recognized tribes. Intermediary organizations must provide matching funds at least equal to the RCDI grant. Funds are not directly provided to business recipients by USDA under the program.

The deadline for submitting RCDI applications is November 12, 2013. Applications must be submitted to the USDA Rural Development state office where the applicant's headquarters are located. A list of these offices is available on the USDA Rural Development website. For more information, see the August 14, 2013 Federal Register at www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-14/pdf/2013-19773.pdf.

RCDI brings economic opportunity to rural areas. For example, in 2012, NC REAL Enterprises in North Carolina received a grant for its "Growing Small Businesses in Rural North Carolina" project. NC REAL Enterprises provides entrepreneurship education to a network of more than 300 certified facilitators (teachers and civic leaders) who, in turn, provide courses to individuals seeking to transition to an entrepreneurial small business career. Over a two-year period, RCDI funding is expected to provide business education and training to at least 2,000 individuals participating in this project, help start 40 new businesses, and improve the capacity of 20 existing businesses.

Secretary Vilsack said that today's announcement is another reminder of the importance of USDA programs for rural America. A comprehensive new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill would further expand the rural economy, Vilsack added, saying that's just one reason Congress must get a comprehensive bill done as soon as possible.

President Obama's plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President's leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses, and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way—strengthening America's economy, small towns, and rural communities.

USDA's investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs, and working families in rural communities.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has a portfolio of programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers, and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. USDA has made a concerted effort to deliver results for the American people, even as the Department implements sequestration—the across-the-board budget reductions mandated under terms of the Budget Control Act.

USDA has already undertaken historic efforts since 2009 to save more than $828 million in taxpayer funds through targeted, common-sense budget reductions. These reductions have put USDA in a better position to carry out its mission while implementing sequester budget reductions in a fair manner that causes as little disruption as possible.

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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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 Market Expectations and Trends” and will be held on August 28, 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/

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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


08/09/13

August 2013 – Nearly $159 Million in Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

Nearly $159 million of funding is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Economic Development Administration (EDA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Corporation for National and Community Service, and The Rockefeller Foundation that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including energy efficiency and resilience planning. 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.

***USDA High Energy Cost Grant and Bulk Fuel Grant Program – $8.76 million
Registration Deadline: September 3, 2013
Eligible Entities: State or local governments, any agencies or instrumentalities of a State or local government, Indian tribes, tribally-owned entities, Alaska Native Corporations, for-profits, non-profits, sole proprietorships, and individuals.

Up to $7.7 million in High Energy Cost Grants is available to assist communities where home energy expenditures exceed 275 percent of the national average. Grants under this program may be used for the acquisition, construction, installation, repair, replacement, or improvement of energy generation, transmission, or distribution facilities in communities with extremely high energy costs. On-grid and off-grid renewable energy projects, and energy efficiency, and energy conservation projects are eligible.

Up to $1 million in bulk fuel grants is available to state entities to establish a revolving loan fund to provide a more cost-effective means of purchasing fuel that cannot be shipped by road or rail. Eligible areas include places where fuel delivery by surface transportation is not practical or is prohibitively expensive and where the area primarily depends on delivery by water or air.

For more information, search for funding opportunity number “RD-RUS-HECG2013” on the federal grants webpage.

***Corporation for National and Community Service’s Senior Corps: RSVP – $14.5 million
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 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 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.

For more information, search for funding opportunity number “CNCS-06-10-13-01” on the federal grants webpage.

***HUD Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants – $109 million
Application Due:September 10, 2013
Eligible Entities: Public housing authorities, local governments, nonprofits, tribal entities, and for-profit developers that apply jointly with a public entity.

The Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants support the development of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans which, when implemented, will be expected to achieve the following three core goals: 1) Housing: Replace distressed public and assisted housing with high-quality mixed-income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood; 2) People: Improve educational outcomes and intergenerational mobility for youth and supports delivered directly to youth and their families; and 3) Neighborhood: Create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to offer the kinds of amenities and assets, including safety, good schools, and commercial activity, that are important to families’ choices about their community.

For more information, search for funding opportunity number “FR-5700-N-25” on the federal grants webpage.

***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, search for funding opportunity number “EDAP2013” on the federal grants webpage.

***FTA Bus Efficiency Enhancements Research and Demonstrations – $3 million
Application Due: September 20, 2013
Eligible Entities: State and local governmental entities; providers of public transportation; Departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the Government; private or non-profit organizations; institutions of higher education; and technical and community colleges.

The FTA seeks to promote the development and demonstration of targeted energy efficiency-enhancing technologies, specifically enhanced Electrification of Accessories and improvements in Thermal Management of Bus Bodies, for buses utilized in public transportation. Teams must include key roles by individuals representing both (1) a public transportation agency and (2) a bus manufacturer or supplier of relevant systems or components.

For more information, search for funding opportunity number “FTA-2013-003-TRI” on the federal grants webpage.

***Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge – Total funding available TBD
Registration Deadline: September 23, 2013
Eligible Entities: Municipal governments or major institutions that have an affiliation with a city. Applications representing regional or metropolitan areas are permissible.

The 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challengeis designed to enable cities to develop and implement plans for urban resilience to withstand natural and manmade catastrophic events. The Rockefeller Foundation's partners will work with selected applicants to establish a suite of financial and technical assistance support to develop and implement the resilience plan. Each selected community is expected to be an integrated member of the 100 Resilient Cities Network and create or expand the role of a Chief Resilience Officer within the municipal government.

For the purposes of this challenge, a city will be defined by a population with over 50,000 inhabitants. Registration is required by September 23, 2013 in order to receive the application.

For more information, visit the Centennial Challenge webpage.

***FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program – $23.7 million
Application Due: September 23, 2013
Eligible Entities: States, territories, Indian tribal governments, communities, and universities

The Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program provides funds for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation hazard mitigation of projects prior to a disaster event. Funding these plans and projects reduces overall risks to the population and structures, while also reducing reliance on funding from actual disaster declarations. Eligible activities include: property acquisition and structure demolition or relocation; structure elevation; dry floodproofing; minor localized flood reduction activities; structural or non-structural retrofitting of existing buildings; infrastructure retrofits; soil stabilization; wildfire mitigation; and hazard mitigation planning.

For more information, search for funding opportunity number “DHS-13-MT-047-000-99” on the federal grants webpage.

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Announcing an EPA presentation for state and tribal officials
“Building a Common Understanding: Clean Air Act and Upcoming Carbon Pollution Guidelines for Existing Power Plants.”

This presentation will be presented through Adobe Connect Meeting.

Summary:

To provide the state and tribal officials with an overview of Clean Air Act provisions for regulating carbon pollution from existing power plants.

When: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Please email walker.jean@epa.gov. to register.

Background:

On June 25, 2013, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to work expeditiously to complete carbon pollution standards for the power sector.

The agency is using its authority under section 111 of the Clean Air Act to issue standards, regulations or guidelines, as appropriate that address carbon pollution from existing power plants, including modifications of those plants. The Presidential Memorandum specifically directs EPA to build on state leadership, provide flexibility and take advantage of a wide range of energy sources and technologies towards building a cleaner power sector.

This overview presentation is an initial step in EPA’s effort to engage directly with states on issues informing the design of the existing source program. This webinar presentation provides a basic understanding of Clean Air Act section 111 to prepare participants for more in-depth discussions with EPA. In the coming weeks and months, there will be many opportunities to further engage with EPA in-person and by teleconference on issues that may inform the design of the program. State participants will be able to view and listen to this webinar online and submit questions to EPA staff. In addition, a recording of this webinar will be posted at http://epa.gov/airquality/cps/webinar.html and on EPA’s YouTube Channel by August 28th.

EPA will offer a follow-up conference call about the overview presentation for states and tribes on September 9th. Similar follow-up conversations about the overview presentation will be available for community groups, industry and environmental groups. Additional information about these calls, as well as further tribal consultation, will be available in the coming weeks.

The Presidential Memorandum directs EPA to issue proposed carbon pollution standards, regulations, or guidelines, as appropriate, for modified and existing power plants by no later than June 1, 2014 and issue final standards, regulations, or guidelines, as appropriate, by no later than June 1, 2015. In addition, the Presidential Memorandum directs EPA to include in the guidelines addressing existing power plants a requirement that states submit to EPA the implementation plans required under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act and its implementing regulations by no later than June 30, 2016.

Please email walker.jean@epa.gov to register for the webinar.

For more information on the Presidential Memorandum please visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/06/25/presidential-memorandum-power-sector-carbon-pollution-standards.


08/09/13

REMINDER - The Request for Applications (RFA) for the National Environmental Information Exchange Network Tribal Support has been re-released.

The Request for Applications (RFA) for the National Environmental Information Exchange Network Tribal Support has been re-released. RFAs are due to EPA by August 30, 2013. This is a competitive announcement open to all. Please spread to tribes and tribal organizations in your Region and share with tribal partnership groups. Please contact Salena Reynolds, National Environmental Information Exchange Network Grant Program Manager, at (202) 566-0466 or reynolds.salena@epa.gov or Beth Jackson, Tribal Program Coordinator, at (202) 566-0626 or jackson.elizabeth@epa.gov directly with any questions.

See below for details.

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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/

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

Upcoming Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Training for Tribes

The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is please to announce the following training opportunity for tribes.

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

September 18-20, 2013
Golden, Colorado

Presented by the Tribal Energy Program and the DOE Office of Indian Energy with support from DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, this interactive workshop will walk participants through five steps to help tribes understand the process for and potential pitfalls of developing community- and facility-scale renewable energy projects. For details, see the agenda (attached).

Attendees will learn how the development of a renewable energy project could further a tribe’s goals, and hear from other tribes about their experiences.

Eligible Attendees
This workshop is specifically designed for, and limited to, elected tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff interested in gaining knowledge and confidence to develop community- and facility-scale renewable energy projects.

Pricing and Registration
There is no cost to attend this workshop, but participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals, and travel costs. Eligible attendees must RSVP by August 30 to kara.thate@nrel.gov.

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

Alaska Native Village Energy Development Workshop

October 21-23, 2013
Fairbanks, Alaska

Presented by the Tribal Energy Program and the DOE Office of Indian Energy, this workshop is designed to help Alaska Native villages and corporations understand the range of energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities that exist in their remote communities.

Part of an overall effort to further support and encourage accelerated clean energy resource development in Alaska Native villages, the workshop will cover topics such as:

The workshop is co-sponsored by the Alaska Center for Energy and Power and will be held at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks (exact location forthcoming) during the week of the Alaska Federation of Natives Conference October 24-26.

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

More Information
An agenda and location information will be available in the coming months. If you have questions, please email tribal@go.doe.gov.

Save the Date: 2013 Tribal Energy Program Review

November 18-22, 2013
Golden, Colorado

Recognizing tribes' increasing interest in energy efficiency and renewable energy, our annual Program Review is a gathering that enables tribes to meet and learn from other tribes that are pursuing energy sufficiency through efficiency and/or renewable energy projects, and to share in each other's successes. This is a unique forum that provides an excellent overview of the wide range of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under way in Indian Country. The review will include an overview of the Tribal Energy Program and a series of presentations by tribes exploring or deploying weatherization, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies across the nation. Because human capacity is a focus of the Tribal Energy Program, you will also learn about our internship program and hear directly from young and inspiring Native American students about their experiences and summer projects. For more information, contact tribal@go.doe.gov.

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

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


08/08/13

EPA’s Air Rules for the Oil & Natural Gas Industry

FINAL UPDATES TO REQUIREMENTS FOR STORAGE TANKS USED IN OIL AND NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION AND TRANSMISSION

Click here for more information: http://www.epa.gov/airquality/oilandgas/pdfs/20130805fs.pdf

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Announcement of WRAP Fire / Ozone Impacts (DEASCO3) Project Outreach Call and Webinar

Title: DEASCO3 Online Tool Demonstration Webinar
Date: Thursday, August 22, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM MDT

We will have a webinar and conference call on Thursday August 22nd at 1100 AM Mountain Daylight Time to review results from the WRAP Fire / Ozone Impacts (DEASCO3) Project.

This information is posted on the WRAP calendar at: http://www.wrapair2.org/calendar/viewitem.jsp?&cal_item_id=84. Please register and join us on the 22nd.

The DEASCO3 project, funded by the Joint Fire Sciences Program, has produced analytical results and a dynamic and accessible technical tool that enables Federal Land Managers (FLMs) to participate more fully in ozone air quality planning efforts. Technical analyses of a series of well-chosen historic Case Study events have been made accessible using tables, charts, and maps that describe how and to what extent fires contributed to ambient ozone concentrations. Nineteen (19) Case Studies were developed to characterize the relationship of emissions from fire to ozone concentrations across a broad range of circumstances (e.g., geographic locations, fuel conditions, time of year, fire types, and contributions to elevated background levels and levels in excess of the current and proposed Ozone NAAQS). The online tools allow FLM, state, and EPA users and others to survey, review, and grab the technical results and findings of the most analogous Case Studies, and/or generate new Case Studies, to effectively contribute to the state and EPA processes of SIP development, declaration of Exceptional Events, non-attainment area designations, establishing background levels of ozone, and others. The webinar will provide a live demonstration of the features and functions of the online tools and key findings of the project. If you are unable to attend the webinar, but are interested in using the WRAP FETS and the DEASCO3 tools, please note that documentation on the http://wraptools.org/ site contains extensive background information and user guides.

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

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

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

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

Thanks, Tom Moore


08/01/13

Nominations for Members to the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT)

The Office of Diversity, Advisory Committee Management and Outreach is seeking nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). Specifically, we have a need for qualified candidates that can represent tribal governments, and/or other tribal groups and organizations. Vacancies are anticipated to be filled in mid-September 2013.

EPA established NACEPT to provide independent advice to the Administrator on a broad range of domestic and international environmental policy, technology and high-level management issues. Presently, NACEPT is providing advice on the social pillar of sustainability.

I invite each of you to nominate candidates for this important EPA advisory committee. In the event you have nominees, please contact the Acting Designated Federal Officer, Mark Joyce. Mark can be reached at joyce.mark@epa.gov, or (202) 564-2130. I also invite you to share with others the Federal Register Notice requesting nominations. I have attached the FRN below.

Thank you, beforehand, for your assistance. In the event you would like to contact me regarding this, I can be reached at jones-jackson.cynthia@epa.gov, or (202) 564-2321.


07/31/13

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

This message provides details about 11 upcoming webcasts being offered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and others. All webcasts are offered free of charge, but space may be limited.

EPA Webcasts

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

DOE Webcasts

FHWA Webcasts

***EPA Webcasts

August 21, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) - Sustainable Communities HotReport: How well is your community performing on transportation, housing, economic development, income, and equity?
The Sustainable Communities HotReport is a new web-based tool that gives community leaders and residents a quick and easy way to determine how well their community is performing on a variety of sustainability indicators, including transportation, housing, economic development, income, and equity. Produced by the U.S. Census Bureau and the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities, the tool can help communities measure their own performance and compare themselves to communities of a similar type. Speakers from EPA, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Mid-America Regional Council will walk through the tool and help participants understand how it can be help communities achieve their sustainability goals. No registration is required. Click on this link where you can log in as a guest.

***ENERGY STAR

August 7, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – Get Ready to Launch: EPA’s 2013 National Building Competition
On Tuesday, August 20, EPA will launch its 2013 National Building Competition – and we have a ton of free resources to help you hit the ground running to promote your participation! Tune in to see the promotional materials set for release in early August to help you communicate your participation in the Battle of the Buildings. Then, download the materials and customize them for your employees, students, and other stakeholders. On August 20, the official launch date, join EPA and your fellow competitors by going public with tailored email blasts, newsletter articles, web text, and more.

The webcast will also feature a past Battle of the Buildings competitor. They will share their best practices and secrets to success, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from their experience, and enhance your performance in the coming competition.

August 8, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager Office Hours
If you’ve taken Portfolio Manager 101 and 201, and you still have questions about how to use the new tool, this open session is for you! Even if you don’t have specific questions, feel free to join to hear what others are asking. In particular, we will address questions related to:
• Entering and exporting data
• Connecting and sharing with others
• Creating reports
• Setting targets and baselines
• The sustainable buildings checklist
• Technical details of metrics

*** DOE Webcasts

August 1, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT) – Energy Efficiency in Higher Education
DOE hosts leading edge technical experts to discuss how states can help colleges and universities reduce their campus energy consumption and carbon emissions. This webinar will highlight valuable information, lessons learned, common retrofits and financing strategies by states and universities. NREL engineer, Caleb Rockenbaugh, will present on technical information, then you will hear case studies on energy upgrades for higher education buildings by experienced local and national higher education building experts.

August 6, 3:00-4:30 PM (EDT) – Commercial Building Energy Data Access: A Success Story
Join the Better Buildings Initiative and SEE Action Network for a presentation on the underlying barriers to energy data access. Learn about solutions underway across the country, including a successful collaboration between building owners, utilities, regulators, and policymakers in Philadelphia who worked together to provide access to whole-building energy use data. The session will also highlight new resources to help you replicate this model in your community.

August 7, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) – Innovation and Success in Solar Net Metering and Interconnection
Join the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative, in coordination with the Solar Outreach Partnership, for the final webinar in the Solar Action Webinar Series: Successes from the Rooftop Solar Challenge. The webinar will showcase the latest developments in solar net metering and interconnection. The discussion will include: an overview of recent successes in efforts to streamline interconnection and net metering application processes; case studies and lessons learned; an introduction to new resources for improving net metering; and interconnection policies and processes.

August 15, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT) – Emerging Technologies
DOE will host leading edge technical experts in the topic of Emerging Technologies and Energy Efficiency to discuss how states can use new technologies to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. This webinar will highlight new technologies and approaches to auditing, building retrofitting, lighting, heating, cooling, retro-commissioning, and deep energy retrofits that can assist state and local programs in reaching energy sustainability. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions of the internationally known Jesse Dean of NREL and other presenters that offer local and national experience.

August 28, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (MDT) – Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar: Renewable Energy Market Expectations and Trends
Sponsored by DOE’s Office of Indian Energy Policy and Program, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Tribal Energy Program, and the Western Area Power Administration. The growth and pace of the renewable energy market is driven by many factors, including awareness and concern over remaining non-renewable resources, the need for imported energy and the security issues surrounding that need, and government support and financial incentives. Attend this webinar to hear how these factors and new technologies and applications may impact the future market. This webinar is intended for tribal leaders and staff who are interested in developing commercial-scale projects, responding to utility-offered RFPs, and are interested in learning more about the competitive power market.

***FHWA Webcasts

August 7, Noon-1:30 PM (EDT) – Part 1: Final Transportation Alternatives Program Guidance and Qs & As
FHWA is hosting a series of Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) webinars to provide outreach on TAP. FHWA encourage Division Office Staff to participate as well as State Department of Transportation, State Resource Agencies, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, and local stakeholders and partners potentially interested in TAP projects, recreational trails, and safe routes to school. Space is limited; however each webinar will be recorded.

August 12, Noon-1:30 PM (EDT) – Part 2: TAP Implementation Roundtable Discussion
The purpose of this webinar is to highlight how SDOTs and MPOs have implemented the Transportation Alternatives Program.

August 29, Noon-1:30 PM (EDT) – Part 3: Outreach and Discussion on Program Performance Information
The purpose of this webinar is to gather Transportation Alternatives Program performance information.

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07/24/13

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Register for the July 31 Tribal Energy Webinar on Conducting Transmission Feasibility and System Impact Studies

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, "Conducting Transmission Feasibility and System Impact Studies," on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time. This webinar will examine the process of assessing and analyzing the impacts, costs, and benefits of transmission line upgrades and additions. Gayle Nansel, Transmission System Planning Manager for WAPA’s Upper Great Plains Region, will highlight WAPA’s internal process for conducting feasibility and system impact studies, and Ed Weber, Senior Technical Advisor from HDR Engineering, will provide an overview of the interconnection process in the Western United States.

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

Webinar Serier Flyer

Register to attend the webinar.

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 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern 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
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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Job announcement for a Senior Assistant General Counsel with the Gila River Indian Community

This position will work closely with the Department of Environmental Quality.

Announcement 13-1627 Senior Assistant General Counsel (DOE)

Ondrea Barber
Executive Director
Department of Environmental Quality
Gila River Indian Community
P.O. Box 97
Sacaton, Arizona 85147
Phone: (520) 562-2234 Ext. 2225
Cell: (520) 610-0257
ondrea.barber@gric.nsn.us

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EPA is now accepting applications for the 2014 Clean Air Excellence Awards. The website, with the application information is at http://www.epa.gov/air/cleanairawards/index.html. Would you please help us get the word out to your various stakeholders that the application process is now open? Thanks!

A couple of notes:

  1. Applications must be emailed or postmarked by FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2013. The website says (in one place anyway) Friday, September 24. This is wrong and we are in the process of correcting the website to say September 27.
  2. A Federal Register notice announcing the application period is expected to be published this Thursday.
  3. If you have any questions about the award nomination process, please contact Jenny Craig in DC (craig.jeneva@epa.gov).
  4. Language you can use to spread the word is below.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now accepting applications for the 2014 Clean Air Excellence Awards Program. EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) established this awards program in 2000 at the recommendation of the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC), a senior-level policy committee that provides advice to EPA on air issues. Through this program, OAR recognizes and honors individuals and organizations whose efforts have helped to make progress in achieving cleaner air. The award recipients are selected for developing innovative, replicable, and sustainable programs; serving as pioneers in their fields; and improving air quality either directly or indirectly through reduced emissions of criteria pollutants, hazardous air pollutants, and/or greenhouse gases. The five awards categories are: (1) Clean Air Technology; (2) Community Action; (3) Education/Outreach (4) Regulatory/Policy Innovations; and (5) Transportation Efficiency Innovations. In addition, to these award categories, the Clean Air Excellence Award Program will recognize two special award categories: (1) Gregg Cooke Visionary Program Award, honoring a former EPA Regional Administrator, is given to the air quality project or program that successfully blends two or more of the existing awards categories; and (2) The Thomas W. Zosel Outstanding Individual Achievement Award, honoring a former member of the CAAAC and environmental leader at 3M, recognizes one individual for their outstanding achievement, leadership, and lasting commitment to promote clean air and achieve better air quality.

In the past, this prestigious national award has recognized accomplished professionals, including public servants who have dedicated their careers to reducing air pollution and influential scientists and engineers whose groundbreaking efforts have advanced environmental protection. It has also recognized a diverse and exceptional array of innovative projects, such as a hybrid tug boat; remote air quality monitoring; wide ranging, effective community-based approaches to protect air quality such as bike share and dust-control programs; and Tribal leadership in air quality such as the Nez Perce tribe’s smoke management program.

All applications for the awards must be mailed or emailed to Jeneva Craig, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Air and Radiation, 6103A, Room 5442L, 1200 Pennsylvania, Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20460, or email at craig.jeneva@epa.gov. Applications must be emailed or postmarked by September 27, 2013. Applications and more information about the awards and their criteria are available on the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee website at http://www.epa.gov/air/cleanairawards/index.html.


07/16/13

TAMS Administrative Associate Position

Special Information:

This position is a part-time position (30 hr/wk) with the Tribal Air Monitoring Support (TAMS) Center located at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Center for Radiation Field Operations (NCRFO) in Las Vegas, NV.

Job Description:

Under supervision of the NAU-ITEP TAMS Co-Director, the Administrative Associate will perform administrative tasks associated with the operation of the TAMS Center The TAMS Center is a collaborative national support program between NAU-ITEP and the USEPA NCRFO in Las Vegas, NV. The goal of the TAMS Center is to provide training and technical support for tribal air quality monitoring and other air quality assessment projects. The Administrative Associatet will be an employee of NAU-ITEP.

Job Responsibilities:

Minimum Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications:

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

General Information:

This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

Salary:

$24,620 to $26,564 Depending on Experience.

FLSA Status:

Exempt.

Benefits:

This is a Classified Staff (CLS) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System; paid vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at www.nau.edu/hr. Classified Staff employees are in a probationary status for their first six months at NAU.

Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan) after 90 days of employment. Additionally, new employees will begin participating in the Arizona State Retirement System, and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it, on the first of the pay period following 6 months after your start date. More information is available at:
http://hr.nau.edu/benefits/elig_enroll.

Application Deadline:

July 25, 2013 at midnight.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply Now" button on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline. If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on line at http://hr.nau.edu or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Affirmative Action Office at 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

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07/15/13

EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation’s Community Conference Call

Intended Audience: Environmental Justice and Tribal Communities or Organizations

When: July 17, 2013

Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm EST

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

Purpose: To provide information on upcoming activities in EPA’s Air Programs and foster a dialog with communities on their air quality issues. This call will provide updates on the:

To register for the call, click here http://cfpub.epa.gov/oarweb/ejcall/

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

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July Resources Roundup

*Projected Climate Impacts by State
*Climate Change Impact on Health and the Environment in Your Region
*2014 Climate Leadership Awards Application Period Now Open
*Georgetown’s State Energy Analysis Tool
*Building Resilience against Climate Change: Climate-Ready States Webinar
*Aligning Green Power Partners with New Renewable Energy Projects: Green Power Partners Webinar
*Insights from UT Austin Energy Poll on U.S. Consumer Attitudes: DOE Better Buildings Webinar
*Climate and Health Communication Toolkit from the Centers for Disease Control
*States Drive Northeast Electric Vehicle Network Forward, Releasing a Suite of Documents to Prepare Policymakers and Businesses for EV Growth
*Federal Agencies Release Sea Level Rise Planning Tool for parts of New York and New Jersey Impacted by Hurricane Sandy

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*Projected Climate Impacts by State
Want to know how climate change will impact your state? Find out with these state-by-state reports on severe weather and carbon pollution.

*Climate Change Impact on Health and the Environment in Your Region
What does climate change mean for health and the environment in your region? Click below to find out:

*2014 Climate Leadership Awards Application Period Now Open
EPA and its three NGO partners -- the Association of Climate Change Officers, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and The Climate Registry - are now accepting applications for the 2014 Climate Leadership Awards, which call national attention to exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change.

The application period will be open through September 13, 2013, with a new early bird deadline of August 7, 2013. EPA’s Climate Leadership Awards webpage details the application process.

*Georgetown’s State Energy Analysis Tool
The Georgetown Climate Center has launched a new online tool designed to help states analyze their energy data. The State Energy Analysis Tool consolidates energy and economic databases from organizations like the Energy Information Administration and the National Conference of State Legislatures. The tool profiles and compares state energy data, including data related to states' mix of energy generation, emissions, energy production and consumption, energy efficiency policies and spending, electricity prices, and characteristics of states' energy markets.

*Building Resilience against Climate Change: Climate-Ready States Webinar
To help public health professionals prepare for the effects of climate change, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have developed the Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework. This framework supports health departments in incorporating advanced climate models into health department planning and response activities. Join ASTHO on Wednesday, July 17th at 2 pm EDT for a 60-minute webinar on how two climate-ready states have applied CDC’s BRACE framework to address climate- and weather-related health issues.

*Aligning Green Power Partners with New Renewable Energy Projects: Green Power Partners Webinar
EPA’s Green Power Partnership is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, July 24 from 1:00-2:30pm (EDT) on "Aligning Green Power Partners with New Renewable Energy Projects." The webinar will provide a forum for attendees to learn about new, not-yet-built renewable energy projects that may align with their energy, environmental, and financial objectives. The webinar will feature several short project presentations from renewable energy developers as well as a Q&A session. Developers will discuss project details, business models, and participation opportunities for attendees such as green power off-take, renewable energy certificate (REC) procurement, financial investment, and equity ownership opportunities. EPA previously hosted two similar "alignment" webinars in 2011 and 2012.

*Insights from UT Austin Energy Poll on U.S. Consumer Attitudes: DOE Better Buildings Webinar
DOE’s Better Buildings Program is hosting a webcast on Wednesday, July 24 from 3:00-4:00 PM (EDT)on how your residential upgrade program can use the insights and data from a nationwide public opinion poll conducted by the University of Texas at Austin. Since 2011, the Energy Poll has measured and reports biannually (October and April) on consumer opinions and attitudes toward energy efficiency, climate change, energy consumption, pricing, development and regulation. These poll results provide an impartial and authoritative source of public perspectives on energy to inform and guide discussion, business planning, and policy development.

*Climate and Health Communication Toolkit from the Centers for Disease Control
With summer upon us, the National Tracking Program's toolkit can help educate the public on how the environment is connected to climate change, extreme heat, and public health. To access or receive more information on the toolkit, please click here (pdf). The National Tracking Network also collects data on heat-related deaths and illnesses throughout the United States and provides information so people can protect themselves. For more information, please see the Network's Extreme Heat Infographic.

*States Drive Northeast Electric Vehicle Network Forward, Releasing a Suite of Documents to Prepare Policymakers and Businesses for EV Growth
As part of a major push to prepare the U.S. Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions for the anticipated growth in electric vehicle use, states participating in the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network have released a suite of reports and analyses to help communities, employers, property owners, and local residents. The Network has also released a series of educational materials and a web-based tool for locating the more than 900 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations already available to the public across the region.

The reports are being used by states as they develop their own programs to promote electric vehicles, including the state of Massachusetts, which recently launched an electric vehicles incentive program that will help municipalities acquire EVs and build charging stations by offsetting some of the initial costs.

*Federal Agencies Release Sea Level Rise Planning Tool for parts of New York and New Jersey Impacted by Hurricane Sandy
The U.S. Global Change Research Program, NOAA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and FEMA recently released a sea level rise (SLR) planning tool, which includes interactive SLR maps and a SLR calculator. This tool provides information on future risk of coastal flooding in parts of New York and New Jersey impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Using the best available science and data, federal agencies jointly developed this tool to help state and local officials, community planners, and infrastructure managers understand possible future flood risks from SLR and use that information in planning decisions. The tool does not tell communities or individuals how to rebuild; however, it can be used to inform decisions on how to balance the cost of rebuilding based on the amount of risk a community can tolerate over the long term.

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

Webinars, Training, and Events for Tribes

The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), is pleased to provide the following information on upcoming tribal webinars, workshops, and events.

Webinars

July 31 Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar to Cover Transmission Feasibility and System Impact Studies

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, "Conducting Transmission Feasibility and System Impact Studies," on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Time. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required.

Register for the July 31 webinar.

To register for other 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
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

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.

Trainings

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

Save the Date: Week of September 16, 2013
Golden, Colorado

Presented by the DOE Office of Indian Energy and EERE Tribal Energy Program with support from DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, this interactive workshop will walk participants through five steps to help tribes understand the process for and potential pitfalls of developing community and facility-scale renewable energy projects. Attendees will learn how the development of a renewable energy project could further a tribe’s goals, and hear from other tribes about their experiences.

This workshop is specifically designed for, and limited to, elected tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff interested in gaining knowledge and confidence to develop community and facility-scale renewable energy projects. There is no cost to attend this workshop, but participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals, and travel costs. Specific dates and additional details will be posted on the Tribal Energy Program website as they become available.

Alaska Native Village Energy Development Workshop

October 21-23, 2013
Fairbanks, Alaska

Save the date for the second annual “Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Alaska Native Community Development” workshop October 21-23, 2013, in Fairbanks, Alaska. Presented by the DOE Office of Indian Energy and EERE Tribal Energy Program, the workshop is designed to help Alaska Native villages and corporations understand the range of energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities that exist in their remote communities. Part of an overall effort to further support and encourage accelerated clean energy resource development in Alaska Native villages, the workshop will cover topics such as strategic energy planning, clean energy project development and financing, technology updates, energy efficiency, and weatherization. The workshop will be held during the week of the Alaska Federation of Natives Conference.

Cost
There is no cost to attend the workshop, but participants will be responsible for their own meals.

How to Register
To register, visit the Tribal Energy Program website.

More Information
An agenda and location information will be available in the coming months. Watch the Tribal Energy Program website for additional details. If you have questions, please contact the Tribal Energy Program Help Desk.

Events

Save the Date: Tribal Energy Program Review November 18–22, 2013

Recognizing tribes' increasing interest in energy efficiency and renewable energy, our annual Program Review is a gathering that enables tribes to meet and learn from other tribes that are pursuing energy sufficiency through efficiency and/or renewable energy projects, and to share in each other's successes. Held in Denver, Colorado, this unique forum provides an excellent overview of the wide range of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under way in Indian Country. The review will include an overview of the Tribal Energy Program and a series of presentations by tribes exploring or deploying weatherization, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies across the nation.

Because human capacity is also a focus of the Tribal Energy Program, you will also learn about our internship program and hear directly from young and inspiring Native American students about their experiences and summer projects.

For more information, contact tribal@go.doe.gov.

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

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

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July 2013 – Nearly $132 Million in Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

Nearly $132 million of funding is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of Energy (DOE), Economic Development Administration (EDA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and the Corporation for National and Community Service that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including energy efficiency and sustainable planning. 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.

***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.

***DOE State Energy Program 2013 Competitive Awards – $5 million
Application Due: July 25, 2013
Eligible Entities: State Energy Office (SEO) or other agency responsible for administering the State Energy Program. States may work in collaboration with non-State entities including local governments.

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s State Energy Program seeks applications to advance policies, programs, and market strategies that accelerate job creation and reduce energy bills while achieving energy and climate security for the nation. The funding opportunity’s areas of interest include: 1) Advancing Industrial Energy Efficiency; 2) Stimulating Energy Efficiency Action in States; 3) Driving Demand for Public Facility Retrofits; and 3) Clean-Energy Economic Opportunity Roadmaps.

For more information, visit the funding announcement.

***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.

***HUD Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants – $109 million
Application Due: September 10, 2013
Eligible Entities: Public housing authorities, local governments, nonprofits, tribal entities, and for-profit developers that apply jointly with a public entity.

The Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants support the development of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans which, when implemented, will be expected to achieve the following three core goals: 1) Housing: Replace distressed public and assisted housing with high-quality mixed-income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood; 2) People: Improve educational outcomes and intergenerational mobility for youth and supports delivered directly to youth and their families; and 3) Neighborhood: Create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to offer the kinds of amenities and assets, including safety, good schools, and commercial activity, that are important to families’ choices about their community.

For more information, visit the funding announcement.

***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.

***FTA Bus Efficiency Enhancements Research and Demonstrations – $3 million
Application Due: September 20, 2013
Eligible Entities: State and local governmental entities; providers of public transportation; Departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the Government; private or non-profit organizations; institutions of higher education; and technical and community colleges.

The FTA seeks to promote the development and demonstration of targeted energy efficiency-enhancing technologies, specifically enhanced Electrification of Accessories and improvements in Thermal Management of Bus Bodies, for buses utilized in public transportation. Teams must include key roles by individuals representing both (1) a public transportation agency and (2) a bus manufacturer or supplier of relevant systems or components.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity webpage.

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07/01/13

DOE Tribal Energy Program

NEW HUD Funding Opportunity Announcements

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following information on new U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding opportunities that may be of interest to tribes. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below or visit the HUD website to read the full funding opportunity announcements (FOAs).

Office of Native American Programs Training and Technical Assistance Grant – $4.6 Million

Applications due: July 25, 2013
Eligible entities: Varies by category This NOFA has three categories:

For details, read the full NOFA. Please contact Mike Andrews with questions about the NOFA.

Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants (Section 4) Grant – $33 Million

Applications due: July 24, 2013
Eligible entities: The competition is limited to the organizations identified in the Department of Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2013. These organizations are: Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. (formerly The Enterprise Foundation), the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and Habitat for Humanity International.

This NOFA makes Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 funding available to carry out eligible activities related to community development and affordable housing projects and programs for the Section 4 Capacity Building Program of which at least $5 million shall be made available for rural capacity building activities.

For more information, read the full NOFA.

Border Community Capital Initiative (BCCI) Modification 1 – Up to $2 Million

Applications due: August 26, 2013
Eligible entities: Local rural nonprofits and federally recognized Indian tribes as defined in Section II.A.5, with demonstrated experience in lending or investing for affordable housing, small business development, and/or community facilities. Such applicants may be certified Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), but CDFI certification is not required.

The BCCI is a collaborative effort among three federal agencies: HUD, the Department of the Treasury - CDFI Fund and the Department of Agriculture - Rural Development (USDA-RD). The Initiative's goal is to increase access to capital for affordable housing, business lending and community facilities in the chronically underserved and undercapitalized U.S./Mexico border region. Specifically, it will provide direct investment and technical assistance to community development lending and investing institutions that focus on affordable housing, small business, and community facilities to benefit the residents of colonias.

For more information, read the full NOFA.

Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grant – $4.7 Million

Applications due: July 25, 2013
Eligible entities: National nonprofit entities with ongoing experience in rural housing, including experience working with rural housing organizations, local governments, and Indian tribes, as evidenced by past and continuing work in one or more states in five or more of the federal regions described on the HUD website. To be eligible for HUD to rate and rank your application, all applicants must also meet the threshold requirements at Section III.C.2. of the FY 2013 General Section, including the Civil Rights threshold at Section III.C.2.d. Eligible applicants may propose assistance using in-house staff, consultants, and local organizations in the capacity of subcontractors or subrecipients provided they have the requisite experience and capabilities.

Through the Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Program, it is HUD's intent to fund a mix of applicants with demonstrated skills to carry out the eligible activities related to affordable housing and community development. Through the funding of national organizations with expertise in rural housing and community development, the program seeks to enhance the capacity and ability of local governments, Indian tribes, housing development organizations, rural community development corporations, and rural community housing development organizations to undertake effective community development activities that benefit low- and moderate-income families and persons in rural areas.

For more information, read the full NOFA.

OneCPD Plus: Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Under the Transformation Initiative Grant – Approximately $16.5 Million

Applications due: July 31, 2013
Eligible entities: States or units of general local governments; public housing authorities; and public or private nonprofit organizations or intermediaries, including educational institutions and area-wide planning organizations or Indian tribes; for-profit organizations.

This NOFA is designed as a cross-program, assessment-based and impact-focused delivery system. OneCPD+ is intended as a collaborative effort among HUD, our customers – state and local grantees, public housing agencies, owners and managers of HUD-assisted housing, Continuums of Care, nonprofit grantees, HUD-approved housing counseling agencies and counselors, and other stakeholders – and successful applicants focused on building the kind of management systems and functional capacity necessary to successfully carry out comprehensive and sustainable “place-based” development and revitalization strategies. Just as importantly, OneCPD+ will allow customers to showcase accomplishments by measuring not only the outputs of this technical and capacity building assistance but the outcomes and the impact on communities as well.

Through OneCPD+, HUD can develop a new level of technical assistance and capacity building to meet the challenges facing its customers during the current nationwide economic retrenchment. Many of HUD’s state and local government grantees, owners of assisted rental properties, and public housing agencies have lost some of the capacity, resources, and skills necessary to administer HUD programs within the contexts of their local markets.

In accordance with the faith-based initiative, HUD welcomes the participation of eligible faith-based and other community organizations in these programs. Applicants should be aware that HUD does not provide any funding to nor does it accept applications from individuals through its competitive NOFA process.

For more information, read the full NOFA.

Office of Policy Development and Research, Program Evaluation Division Transformation Initiative: Rental Assistance Demonstration Small Research Grant Program – $400,000

Applications due: July 8, 2013
Eligible entities: Nonprofit organizations; for-profit organizations located in the United States (HUD will not pay fee or profit for the work conducted under this NOFA); foundations; think tanks; consortia; institutions of higher education accredited by a national or regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education; and other entities that will sponsor a researcher, expert or analyst. HUD will not directly fund individual researchers.

The funding available through this program supports research projects that will produce policy-relevant new knowledge about the implementation and results of HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), which allows proven financing tools to be applied to at-risk public and other HUD-assisted rental housing. For more information on RAD and its application process, visit HUD's website. This program is undertaken by HUD’s research authority under the Transformation Initiative Fund. The maximum award performance period is three years (36 months), and the maximum award amount is $400,000. Awards under this notice will be made in the form of a cooperative agreement. A cooperative agreement means HUD will have substantial involvement during the performance of the research project.

For more information, read the full NOFA.

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

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

EPA Webcasts

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

DOE & NREL Webcasts

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July 16, 2:30-3:45 (EDT) - Green Infrastructure: Achieving Stormwater Management, Neighborhood Stabilization, and Complete Streets Using Formula Funds
Experts from EPA, HUD, and DOT and the city of Indianapolis will discuss ways communities can use green infrastructure to manage stormwater, help revitalize neighborhoods, and create complete streets, and how federal formula funds can be used to finance green infrastructure. This webinar is one in a series of three webinars sponsored by the Partnership for Sustainable Communities.

July 24, 2:00-3:00 (EDT) – Our Built and Natural Environments
Current patterns of land use, building, and travel behavior have affected the environment in many ways. EPA's Smart Growth Program invites you to participate in a webinar that examines how we could reduce those impacts as our nation's population grows. The webinar will provide an overview of EPA's recent report, Our Built and Natural Environments: A Technical Review of the Interactions among Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Quality. Dr. Melissa Kramer, the report's author, and John Frece, director of EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities, will discuss how development affects human health and the environment and land use and transportation strategies that yield better environmental results.

***ENERGY STAR Webcasts

Multiple Dates and Times – Portfolio Manager 101
ENERGY STAR will introduce and demonstrate the core functionality of EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Attendees will learn how to: navigate the new Portfolio Manager; add a property and enter details about it; enter energy and water consumption data; share properties; generate performance reports to assess progress; and respond to data requests. Webcasts available on July 15 at noon and 3 PM, July 17 at noon and 3 PM; July 22 at 2 PM; July 24 at 2 PM; July 25 at 2 PM; July 30 at 2 PM; and July 31 at 2 PM.

July 24 & 31, 1:00-2:00 PM – Introducing the New Portfolio Manager: For Service Providers and Implementers of Utility and Government Benchmarking Programs
Service providers and implementers of utility and government benchmarking programs are invited to a webinar introducing the new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. This session will provide an overview of EPA’s recently upgraded benchmarking tool and review tactics to deploy the new Portfolio Manager in building energy efficiency programs and benchmarking services. In particular, attendees will:
- Learn about enhancements made to the New Portfolio Manager including a user-friendly interface, streamlined functionality, and enhanced reporting capabilities, and
- Review new Portfolio Manager training and communication resources that are available from EPA.

***DOE & NREL Webcasts

July 9, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) - Shared Solar Programs: Opportunities & Challenges
Sponsored by DOE and NREL, this webinar provides and overview of issues related to shared solar, the critical elements of a program to make it successful, and examples of locations that have implemented a shared solar or community-based solar program.

July 10, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) – Innovation and Success in Solar Financing
This DOE webcast will highlight recent developments in solar project financing and customer acquisition models. It will also outline recent developments in third-party solar financing, community shared solar, bulk purchasing, and Clean Local Energy Accessible Now (CLEAN)/feed-in-tariff programs.

July 24, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) - Innovation and Success in Solar Planning and Zoning


This DOE webcast will highlight successful initiatives to implement zoning codes conducive to developing solar and update building codes to accommodate solar planning and development. The discussion will include: a brief explanation of where solar fits into planning and zoning processes; best practices in planning and zoning for solar; highlights from a number of recent initiatives to facilitate solar energy deployment through changes in local planning and zoning requirements.

July 31, 11:00 Am-12:30 PM (MDT) – Tribal Renewable Energy Series: Conducting Transmission Feasibility and System Impact Studies
The development of more renewable energy resources raises challenges and opportunities for the electric grid relating to upgrades and potential new construction. This DOE webcast addresses the components needed to analyze and assess the impacts, costs, and benefits of transmission line upgrades and additions. • Webcast Registration

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