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October 2012 Volume 48
Community Energy Challenge (CEC) Monthly Update

Note: EPA no longer updates this information, but it may be useful as a reference or resource.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. U.S. EPA Announces Application Criteria for 2013 Climate Leadership Awards – deadline October 12
  2. U.S. EPA Finalizes 2013 Biodiesel Requirement

ARTICLES

  1. American Council for an Energy-Efficiency Economy Releases Report on Combined Heat and Power
  2. Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Receives Grant to Develop Global Warming Initiatives Tracking Tool

EVENTS

  1. Brunswick, ME – Winter Energy Savings Workshop for Homeowners – October 3, 6pm
  2. Medford, MA - 2012 Harvest Your Energy Festival – October 13
  3. New England/Northeast – NESEA Green Buildings Open House – October 13
  4. South Portland, ME – Alternative Fuel Vehicle Odyssey Day 2012 - October 19 & 20
  5. Norwood, MA – Seventh Annual AltWheels Fleet Day – October 22

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. AIA Sustainable Design Assessment Teams (SDAT) – Technical Assistance – deadline October 12
  2. U.S. EPA 2012 Environmental Education Regional Model Grants Solicitation – deadline November 21
  3. Clean Air – Cool Planet’s Community Catalyst Fund – rolling deadline
  4. Vermont Community Foundation Small and Inspiring Grants – monthly deadlines on the 15th of each month

TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ENERGY STAR webinars (free but registration required)
  2. New Tech Forum: Estimating the Health Impacts of Climate Change and Clean Energy Programs – October 11, 2pm

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. U.S. EPA Announces Application Criteria for 2013 Climate Leadership Awards – deadline October 12
    The U.S. EPA has announced criteria for the Climate Leadership Awards (CLA), which is co-sponsored with three NGO partners. The CLA is a national awards program that recognizes and incentivizes exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change.

    Eligible groups include governmental entities or academic organizations with annual budgets over $100 million, as well as legally recognized corporate organizations with annual revenue over $100 million. The application period opens on August 22, 2012, and closes October 12, 2012.

    Additional information on the application process and recognition categories is available »
  2. U.S. EPA Finalizes 2013 Biodiesel Requirement
    On September 14, 2012, the U.S. EPA established the amount of bio-diesel products required to be included in the 2013 diesel fuel market. EPA will require 1.28 billion gallons of bio-based diesel production, an increase from the one billion gallons that were required in 2012. This action is a part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which established the second phase of the Renewable Fuel Standards Program.

    Read news release.

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ARTICLES

  1. American Council for an Energy-Efficiency Economy Releases Report on Combined Heat and Power
    On September 19, 2012, the American Council for an Energy-Efficiency Economy (ACEEE) released a report which finds that utilities across the country could use highly efficient combined heat and power (CHP) to more cheaply replace a substantial portion of the coal-fired electric-generating capacity expected to retire in the near term. ACEEE’s report analyzes the potential for new CHP at energy-intensive industrial and commercial facilities, and finds that by encouraging utilities to invest in CHP on customer sites, states are expected to more easily meet future demand and offset some or all of the need to invest in new power plants.

    The report, "Coal Retirements and the CHP Investment Opportunity," is available.

    Read full article.
  2. Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Receives Grant to Develop Global Warming Initiatives Tracking Tool
    On September 19, 2012, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) announced it has received a $230,000 grant from The Barr Foundation that will fund the development of a performance management tool for the Commonwealth’s Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) initiatives. The system, or dashboard, is expected to track and communicate implementation of initiatives designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent from 1990 levels by 2020. Plans include a web-based scorecard to communicate the Commonwealth’s progress and a feedback mechanism to allow for input from stakeholders and the public.

    Read full article.

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EVENTS

  1. Brunswick, ME – Winter Energy Savings Workshop for Homeowners – October 3, 6 – 8 pm (PDF) (25 pp, 4.6 MB)
    Southern Maine Community College campus
    Brunswick Landing, 29 Sewall Street, Brunswick, ME

    This workshop, lead by weatherization professionals, will discuss some tricks and secrets to keeping your home warm and cozy during the cold winter months. Learn easy ways to keep the warm air inside where it matters most.

    This workshop is free and space is limited, so please register early.

    To register call 207-741-5758. See more info (PDF) (25 pp, 4.6MB) »
  2. Medford, MA - 2012 Harvest Your Energy Festival – October 13, 1-4pm
    At the base of Windy, the Wind Turbine, Riverbend Park behind the McGlynn Schools, Freedom Way, Medford, MA
    Rain Location: McGlynn School Building Cafeteria

    The City of Medford’s Energy Committee and Mass Energy Consumer Alliance are excited to bring together local businesses, organizations and citizens for a third year to share involvement in the world of energy and the environment. This event is becoming an important local tradition and all are welcome to help it grow. Bring your family and friends to find an all inclusive atmosphere where an attitude of caring and responsibility will be clear to all at the Harvest Your Energy Festival on October 13, 2012.
    • Wind Turbine Presentations every hour followed by tours of "Windy" the Wind Turbine!
    • Learn how to save energy and money with home energy assessments, tap the power of solar energy, color wind turbine bookmarks and MORE!
    • Support local organizations; buy their food and energy/environment-related products
    • Enjoy a beautiful fall day along the Mystic River and see the wind turbine up close
    • Enjoy the live music!
    • Mass Energy will be there to connect you with free home energy assessments and energy upgrade rebates
    For more information »
  3. New England/Northeast – NESEA Green Buildings Open House – October 13
    The annual Green Buildings Open House organized by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) is the largest sustainable energy event in the Northeastern US, from Maine to Pennsylvania.

    On October 13, 2012, hundreds of sustainability-minded property owners will open their doors to let visitors see their sustainability features first hand and learn from their experience.

    Learn more and find host sites »
  4. South Portland, ME – Alternative Fuel Vehicle Odyssey Day 2012 - October 19 & 20
    Southern Maine Community College, 2 Fort Road, South Portland, ME

    Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Odyssey Day will build awareness and enthusiasm for alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, showcasing a wide range of technologies and fuels, including electric, propane, natural gas, biodiesel, hybrids, and idle reduction.

    Maine Clean Communities and Southern Maine Community College's (SMCC) Transportation Technology Department are teaming up again to offer "Odyssey Day" in South Portland on Friday October 19, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 20th from 10:00-3:00 p.m. at SMCC. (In case of bad weather the event will be held inside.)

    Numerous alternative fuel vehicles, along with displays and exhibitors of fuel reduction techniques, speakers and experts will be on hand to promote the newest in alternative fuel vehicles and technologies.

    For more information »
  5. Norwood, MA – Seventh Annual AltWheels Fleet Day – October 22
    Monday, October 22, 2012, Four Points By Sheraton, Norwood, MA

    AltWheels Fleet Day, the largest meeting of corporate and municipal Fleet Managers on the East Coast, consists of panels, exhibits, breakout sessions, and vehicles offering a showcase of alternative transportation solutions – from concept vehicles to vehicles that are available and affordable today.

    If you are a fleet manager dealing with fuel costs, come to AltWheels Fleet Day to learn how to achieve maximum energy efficiency and emissions reduction for your fleet.

    Join corporate and government fleet managers at this showcase of cutting-edge vehicles and technologies in response to the problem of high fuel prices.
    • Learn directly from fleet managers who have succeeded in reducing costs and their fleet’s impact on the environment.
    • Learn techniques that make a big difference from companies like Staples, Frito Lay, and National Grid; and from government agencies and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
    • Hear about the latest and greatest technologies and vehicles, both currently available and coming soon, including CNG, LNG, hydrogen, propane, hybrids, electrics, idle reduction technologies, and more.
    • Leave with a list of specific steps you can take right away to start cutting costs!
    For more information and to register »

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. AIA Sustainable Design Assessment Teams (SDAT) – Technical Assistance – deadline October 12
    Application Due: Two review cycles; upcoming due date is October 12, 2012

    Eligible Entities: Committees with a cross-section of residents, local government agencies, businesses, institutions, and community groups. A letter of support from the local AIA chapter is required.

    The Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) program focuses on the importance of developing sustainable communities through design. The American Institute of Architects’ Center for Communities by Design is seeking potential partner communities that can demonstrate the capacity to convene a diverse set of community leaders and stakeholders for an intensive, collaborative planning process focused on long-term sustainability. The Center is particularly focused on identifying communities that have the ability to leverage local resources and build strong partnerships for implementation of an SDAT process. Awarded communities will receive pro bono services from a multidisciplinary team through the program, and the AIA commits to funding up to $15,000 for each project to cover team expenses.

    For more information, visit the AIA SDAT page.
  2. U.S. EPA 2012 Environmental Education Regional Model Grants Solicitation – deadline November 21
    EPA's Office of Environmental Education grants program supports environmental education projects that enhance the public's awareness, knowledge, and skills to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions towards the environment.

    The 2012 EE Regional Model Grants Solicitation Notice was updated August 27, 2012 to reflect the new electronic submission procedures for grants.gov. Please see Appendix D for the updated instructions.

    EPA will host two (2) webinars/conference calls for potential applicants interested in additional information about the application process. The date, time and call-in information for the webinars/conference calls will be posted at http://www.epa.gov/education/grants/index.html

    You may submit questions up to two (2) business days prior to each webinar/call to EEGrants@epa.gov. A consolidated list of the questions will be answered on the calls and/or on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

    The title of the new RFP is Environmental Education Regional Grants -- Solicitation Notice for 2012. The RFP number is EPA-EE-12-01; Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 66.951.

    Applications must be postmarked by November 21, 2012, 11:59 pm local time; hand delivered by the end of the business day November 21, 2012, in the regional office to which the application is being submitted; or submitted electronically via www.grants.gov by November 21, 2012, 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) in order to be considered for funding.

    The total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity is approximately $2,160,000 nationwide. EPA expects to award one (1) grant per Region for an expected 10 grants nationwide; the award amount is approximately (but no more than) $216,000, subject to the availability of funds, the quality and quantity of applications received, and other applicable considerations.

    Access the RFP or further clarifying information on our website or in the online Frequently Asked Questions.
  3. Clean Air – Cool Planet’s Community Catalyst Fund – rolling deadline
    Through generous support from The Overbrook Foundation, Community Catalyst Fund grants are available to groups in New York, New Jersey and the six New England states working to improve local environmental sustainability and energy efficiency.

    To be eligible, an applying organization must have an annual budget of less than $150,000, and the project in question must serve at least one community of fewer than 25,000 permanent residents.

    Grants in this program will range in size from $250 to $2,500. There are no deadlines for grant submission, and proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis. Successful applicants will be asked to submit a short grant report (250-500 words) to be posted to Clean Air-Cool Planet's blog site once their project has been completed or Community Catalyst Fund grant monies have been spent.

    For more information »

  4. Vermont Community Foundation Small and Inspiring Grants – monthly deadlines on the 15th of each month
    Applications will be considered from nonprofit organizations, schools, municipal entities, or groups with a fiscal sponsor for projects that address the Community Foundation’s purposes, including projects that:
    • connect people to each other through volunteer work or community-building efforts
    • connect people to the environment around them in new ways
    • bring people together and provide opportunities for positive social interaction and benefit
    Grant applications will be accepted from organizations that are located in or serve the people of Vermont. Organizations must be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be a public agency or municipality in the state of Vermont.

    Grants will be in the range of $500-$2,500.

    For more information »

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TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ENERGY STAR webinars (free but registration required)
    • Oct 11, 11am, Portfolio Manager and White House Recognition for Worship Facilities
    • Oct 18, 1pm, How to Apply for ENERGY STAR Certification
    • Oct 23, 2pm, The Basics of Benchmarking in Portfolio Manager
    Register for all ENERGY STAR webinars.
  2. New Tech Forum: Estimating the Health Impacts of Climate Change and Clean Energy Programs – October 11, 2pm
    Join EPA’s State Climate and Energy Program for a new Tech Forum on Thursday, October 11, 2012 from 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT). State and local climate change and clean energy policies can improve air quality, reduce negative impacts on people’s health, and save lives. This webinar will cover three EPA tools that state and local governments can use to estimate the health and related economic benefits of programs that reduce air emissions:
    • Diesel Emissions Quantifier (DEQ)
    • CO-Benefit Risk Assessment (COBRA) screening model
    • Environmental Benefits Mapping and Analysis Program (BenMAP)
    Registration link »

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