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Social Impact Bonds (SIBs)

Sponsor: EPA Region 4

Fiscal Year: 2012

Partners: Memphis, Memphis-Shelby County, Memphis Bioworks Foundation

Overview: SIBs concentrate investment on programs that create measureable social benefits, thus potentially saving taxpayer money. SIBs establish incentives tied to the people employed and jobs retained. This proposal will analyze using SIBs to finance and track environmental job training programs already created or are underway in Memphis, TN.

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Tribal Green Building

Sponsor: EPA Region 9

Fiscal Year: 2012

Partners: Intertribal Council on Utility Policy, Pinoleville Pomo Nation, Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, HUD-Southwest Office of Native American Programs, Smart Growth Office, AIEO.

Overview: This project will develop an online Tribal Green Building Toolkit based on the model IWG Sustainable Design and Green Building Toolkit for Local Governments. The toolkit will support shifting tribal green building efforts from pilots to sustainable code-based approaches. Tribes have unique government structures and important cultural priorities that must be addressed to make the current Toolkit optimal for tribes.

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Greener Cleanup Standard Tool (Superfund)

Sponsor: EPA Region 3

Fiscal Year: 2012

Partners: ASTM

Overview: This project will expand implementation by making the ASTM standard a more user-friendly tool by incorporating electronic capabilities. The final standard will establish a consistent, transparent process to evaluate, prioritize, and justify green cleanup approaches from a comprehensive list of greener cleanup BMPs and expand use of OSRTIā€™s environmental footprint methodology.

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Zero Waste Tool

Sponsor: EPA Region 1

Fiscal Year: 2012

Partners: 3 Communities (more will be signed up for piloting the tool), Massachusetts, Connecticut, Ecocycle , Region 2, Region 4, Region 5, Region 7, Region 8, Region 9, Region 10.

Overview: The objective of this project is to give communities information they need to create strategic and value-based decisions about how to move to zero waste. The product will be an assessment framework that will identify best practices and result in a report to guide local government decision-makers in moving toward zero waste.

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Bedrock Fracture Methodology (Superfund)

Sponsor: EPA Region 1

Fiscal Year: 2012

Partner: Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, City of Soda Springs, ID, Idaho State University, DOE Idaho National Lab, Idaho DEQ, Region 1, Region 10, Office of Superfund Remediation & Technology Innovation (OSRTI), and the Office of Research and Development (ORD).

Overview:This project will evaluate the applicability of using cheap, readily available passive radon detectors to identify conductive structures (i.e., fractures, and fracture networks) in the subsurface that control the transport of contaminants at fracture dominated Superfund site.

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Financial Breakeven Calculator (Superfund)

Sponsor: EPA Region 5

Fiscal Year: 2012


Overview: The recently released EPA environmental footprint methodology does not include any method to calculate the financial break-even point for purchasing, shipping, and installing equipment that could be used to perform Greener Cleanups. The Region 5 financial break-even point calculator project will fill this gap, which is essential to the process of getting Greener Cleanups implemented at contaminated sites managed under EPA cleanup programs.

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