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December 2010 Volume 26
Community Energy Challenge (CEC) Monthly Update

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Welcome to the Community Energy Challenge Monthly Update, a monthly publication by EPA New England promoting energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. Welcome to the Newest Member of the Community Energy Challenge: Granby, CT
  2. New Fuel Economy Guidelines
  3. ENERGY STAR is for Congregations too!
  4. Switzer Environmental Fellowships – deadline January 15, 2011
  5. International Young Eco-Hero Awards – deadline February 28, 2011

ARTICLES

  1. College kids display real-time energy cuts online
  2. Climate change muting fall color of sugar maples
  3. EPA Recognizes Eastern Maine Medical Center with Energy Star Award

EVENTS

  1. Fairlee, VT – VECAN Community Energy and Climate Action Conference – December 4, 2010
  2. Burlington, VT – Better Buildings by Design – February 9 and 10, 2011

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet – deadline December 22, 2010
  2. USDA Water & Wastewater Technical Assistance – deadline December 31, 2010
  3. NOAA K-12 Environmental Literacy Grants – deadline January 12, 2011
  4. National Clean Diesel Funding – deadline January 13, 2011
  5. EPA Upcoming Request for Applications for Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants Program – deadline January 14, 2011
  6. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) RFA for Commonwealth Wind: Community Scale Initiative – deadline January 20, 2011, 4pm
  7. IBM Smarter Cities Challenge – deadline December 31, 2010
  8. We Can Change the World Challenge – deadline March 15, 2011

TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ENERGY STAR free webinars
  2. EPA Local Climate Change Adaptation Webcast Series – Part Two: Adaptation Planning and Implementation - December 15, 2010
  3. ME DEP Developing Resilient Communities in a Changing Climate – December 15, 2010
  4. EPA Local Climate Change Adaptation Webcast Series – Part Three: Federal Resources and Support for Climate Change Adaptation – January 13, 2011
  5. Building a Resilient Coast: Maine Confronts Climate Change (DVD)
  6. NH PUC Learn about MyEnergyPlan and EnergyNotebook!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. Welcome to the Newest Member of the Community Energy Challenge!
    EPA New England welcomes the newest members of the Community Energy Challenge: Bloomfield, CT and Roxbury, CT! These communities have pledged to form local energy committees, benchmark their municipal buildings, and reduce energy use by 10%. With these additions there are 184 CEC members. Welcome! See a list of all CEC members.

  2. New Fuel Economy Guidelines
    To assist consumers in making well-informed choices when purchasing new vehicles, EPA and the Department of Energy (DOE) have recently released the 2011 Fuel Economy Guide.

    Each vehicle listing in the Fuel Economy Guide provides an estimated annual fuel cost and includes hybrid-electric, flexible-fuel, and alternative fuel vehicles. The guide includes an interactive feature that allows consumers to insert their local gasoline prices and typical driving habits to receive a personalized fuel cost estimate.

    Also, on the EPA website listed below, you can find information on changes that are being proposed to the fuel consumption label (commonly referred to as the "window sticker"). The proposed changes intend to make the label more straightforward for making energy and environmental comparisons across different vehicles types including electric vehicles (EV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), and conventional gasoline/diesel vehicles.

    Fuel Economy Guide »
    Comprehensive information about EPA's Fuel Economy program »

  3. ENERGY STAR is for Congregations too!
    Most congregations can cut energy costs by up to 30% by investing strategically in efficient equipment, facility upgrades and maintenance. With free, unbiased information and technical support from ENERGY STAR, your congregation can improve stewardship of the earth by reducing energy waste and energy costs, while protecting the environment.

    Learn about ENERGY STAR for Congregations »

  4. Switzer Environmental Fellowships – deadline January 15, 2011
    The Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation request proposals for the Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program. This program provides fellowships to graduate students in New England and California whose studies are directed toward improving environmental quality and who demonstrate the potential for leadership in their field. Awards have been made to students pursuing environmental policy, economics, land and water conservation, public health, journalism, architecture, environmental justice, business, and law as well as the more traditional sciences of biology, chemistry, and engineering. 20 fellowships of $15K each are anticipated, as well as networking and leadership support. Responses due 1/15/11.

    For more information »

  5. International Young Eco-Hero Awards – deadline February 28, 2011
    Action For Nature invites applications for the International Young Eco-Hero Awards, to recognize the individual accomplishments of young people, ages 8 to 16, for their outstanding accomplishments in environmental advocacy, environmental health, research, or protection of the natural world. Winners will receive public recognition, cash prizes, and certificates for their outstanding efforts to help protect and preserve the environment. Responses due 2/28/11.

    For more information »

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ARTICLES

  1. College kids display real-time energy cuts online
    Another conservation contest on college campuses is nothing new. How they're showing off the results makes this one notable. About 40 colleges in the U.S. and Canada are competing for "biggest loser" status by cutting energy and water use in the Campus Conservation Nationals. The competitors are using an online application called Building Dashboard, which makes energy and water use visible in real time on the web.

    Read full article »

  2. Climate change muting fall color of sugar maples and dropping sugar content
    "I think there's a general sense within the forest community that we're seeing the beginning of the loss … of sugar maples," said Rock, a professor of forestry and botany at the University of New Hampshire, who has studied New England's woodlands for decades. Sugar content in the tree sap has also dropped from 3 to 1%.

    He attributes the maple trees' problems largely to the effects of climate change that is worsened by human activity and says it is was predicted years ago but is occurring faster than expected.

    Read full article »

  3. EPA Recognizes Eastern Maine Medical Center with Energy Star Award
    EPA recently presented a 2010 Energy Star Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Award to Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) in Bangor, Maine. The Energy Star CHP Award recognizes highly efficient CHP systems that reduce emissions and use at least five percent less fuel than comparable, state-of-the-art, separate heat and power generation.

    Read more »

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EVENTS

  1. Fairlee, VT – VECAN Community Energy and Climate Action Conference – December 4, 2010 at Lake Morey Inn
    Registration is now open! Find out more about this year's fantastic workshops, our stellar keynote speaker, the regional roundtable sessions and the likelihood that we will hear from Vermont's new Governor-Elect Peter Shumlin about his vision for Vermont's energy future.

    Get the details and register today »

  2. Burlington, VT – Better Buildings by Design – February 9 and 10, 2011 Sheraton Conference Center
    Better Buildings by Design is the region's premier design and construction conference, featuring interactive learning about building durability, efficiency, and value for both residential and commercial projects. Learn from leaders in the design and construction fields about the latest techniques and technologies for superior building efficiency, performance, and value. Find out what works, what doesn't, and what you can put into practice immediately. Experience the latest energy-efficient products and services available for both the commercial and residential markets.

    For more information »

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet – deadline December 22, 2010
    EPA, as part of the P3 Award Program, is seeking applications proposing to research, develop, and design solutions to real world challenges involving the overall sustainability of human society. The P3 Awards program was developed to foster progress toward sustainability by achieving the mutual goals of economic prosperity, protection of the planet, and improved quality of life for its people. Areas of interest include: Energy; Built Environment; Materials and Chemicals; Water; and Agriculture. EPA anticipates funding of approximately $2.310 million for 79 awards. The solicitation closing date is December 22, 2010.

    For more information, contact Cynthia Nolt-Helms (nolt-helms.cynthia@epa.gov) or go to: www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2011/2011_p3.html

  2. USDA Water & Wastewater Technical Assistance – deadline December 31, 2010
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture requests proposals for the Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program. This RFP will fund projects that assist communities with water or wastewater systems through free technical assistance and/or training provided by the grant recipients. USDA expects $17 million to be available, up to 6 awards anticipated. Responses due 12/31/10.

    For more information, contact Anita O'Brien (anita.obrien@wdc.usda.gov) or go to: http://www.usda.gov/rus/water/tatg.htm Refer to Solicitation# RDUP-TAT-FY11.

  3. NOAA K-12 Environmental Literacy Grants – deadline January 12, 2011
    The U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), requests proposals for Environmental Literacy Grants for Formal K-12 Education. This RFP will support K-12 education projects that advance inquiry-based Earth System Science learning and stewardship directly tied to the school curriculum, with a particular interest in increasing climate literacy. NOAA expects $8 million to be available, and anticipates making up to 10 awards.

    For more information, contact Carrie McDougall (oed.grants@noaa.gov) or go to: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=56016 Refer to Solicitation# NOAA-SEC-OED-2011-2002608.

  4. National Clean Diesel Funding – deadline January 13, 2011
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. This RFP will support projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas. Eligible diesel emission reduction solutions include, but are not limited to: Retrofit devices, cleaner fuels, and vehicle or equipment replacement. EPA expects $32 million to be available, and anticipates awarding up to 50 grants. Responses due 1/13/11.

    For more info, including Regional contacts. Refer to Solicitation# EPA-OAR-OTAQ-11-01

  5. EPA Upcoming Request for Applications for Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants Program – deadline January 14, 2011
    Eligible Entities: Local governments, Indian tribes, non-profit organizations, and others

    EPA solicited comments through September 13th, 2010, on the new FY2011 Grant Application Guidelines for this funding opportunity. The RFA announces availability of grants for helping eligible entities deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs focused on hazardous and solid waste management, assessment, and cleanup activities. EPA anticipates awarding approximately 13 environmental workforce development and job training cooperative agreements from this competitive opportunity.

    For more information »
    Access the draft grant application guidelines (PDF) (32 pp, 216 K).

  6. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) RFA for Commonwealth Wind: Community Scale Initiative – deadline January 20, 2011, 4pm

    As of November 24, 2010, MassCEC will be accepting applications for Feasibility Study, Design and Construction grants for the development of eligible Community Scale wind energy projects. The applicant and project site must either be a customer of a Massachusetts investor-owned electric distribution utility or be a customer of a Municipal Light Plant Department that pays into MassCEC's Renewable Energy Trust Fund.

    Access the solicitation, application and other documents related to the Commonwealth Wind: Community Scale Wind Initiative »

    MassCEC will hold a bidders conference on December 7, 2010, 2pm-3pm. To register »

    Site assessment services are available to all qualified public entities on a rolling basis. More information on site assessment services »

    If you have any questions about the solicitation, please contact commwind@masscec.com
    Answers to all questions will be periodically posted on the CommWind web site.

  7. IBM Smarter Cities Challenge – deadline December 31, 2010
    Launched in 2010, the Smarter Cities Challenge is a 3-year IBM Corporate Citizenship initiative to enable up to 100 cities around the world to become smarter by enhancing their capacity to collect, analyze, and act upon information across multiple core systems; to apply data-driven system of systems analysis to the key problems facing cities; to create an environment where global cities can learn from one another; and to foster cross-sector partnerships that address critical challenges, enabling cities around the world to become more vibrant and livable places for their citizens.

    Each city participating in the Challenge will receive a donation of IBM services and/or technology valued at $250,000-$400,000 USD to address a specific problem or opportunity selected by the city in collaboration with IBM.

    For more information and to apply »

  8. We Can Change the World Challenge – deadline March 15, 2011
    The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, and the National Science Teachers Association, request proposals for the We Can Change the World Challenge, a program designed to educate, empower, and engage students and teachers across the U.S. to become "Agents of Change" in identifying and solving environmental problems.

    Awards vary by grade levels and include savings bonds and school grants. Applications are being accepted from August 31, 2010 through March 15, 2011

    For more information »

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TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ENERGY STAR webinars (all times are EST; registration required but free)
    • Dec 7, 2pm, Benchmarking in Portfolio Manager for State and Local Governments
    • Dec 8, 1pm, Motivating Change through Competition: How You Can Launch your Own Energy- Saving Competition
    • Dec 8, 2pm, ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems
    • Dec 14, 1pm, Computer Power Management with ENERGY STAR
    • Dec 14, 2pm, Responding to the Climate Change Imperative: Setting Energy Use Targets with ENERGY STAR
    • Dec 15, 1pm, Purchasing and Procuring Efficient Equipment
    • Dec 16, 2pm, K-12 Benchmarking 101
    Register for all ENERGY STAR webinars »

  2. EPA Local Climate Change Adaptation Webcast Series – Part Two: Adaptation Planning and Implementation - December 15, 2010 2-3:30pm EST
    The second session of this webcast mini-series will focus on frameworks that state and local governments can use to assess vulnerability to climate change, develop adaption action plans, and implement adaptation strategies for building resilience–all in the light of uncertainty regarding climate change impacts. Particular emphasis will be placed on the importance of coordinating climate mitigation and adaptation efforts and integrating adaptation considerations into existing operations. An overview of the general status of adaptation efforts across the United States will be provided, and specific state and local case studies will be shared.

    To register »
    Please note that the audio portion of this webcast will only be available by dialing into a toll-free conference call.

  3. Maine DEP presents Developing Resilient Communities in a Changing Climate – December 15, 2010, 1pm-2:30pm; free webinar
    This webinar will allow local officials to learn more about key consequences of a changing climate that they may not have considered yet. After a brief review of current information about observed and forecast climatic changes in Maine and potential local impacts, the webinar will focus on the need to assess vulnerability and develop forward-looking responses in four critical areas:
    • Public safety and emergency preparedness
    • Public health
    • Public infrastructure, including transportation and drinking/waste/stormwater management
    • Local housing and development
    The webinar will introduce the concept of "resilience" as a lens for assessment and planning. The response period will include opportunities for participants to identify tools and resources that will be needed for their climate change toolkit, and discuss with their peers subjects such as regional and inter-local approaches.

    To register »

  4. Local Climate Change Adaptation Webcast Series – Part Three: Federal Resources and Support for Climate Change Adaptation – January 13, 2011, 2-3:30pm EST; free webinar
    The third webcast in this series will discuss the role of the federal government in promoting adaptation to climate change in the United States. Presenters will summarize the recent recommendations of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) for creating a national climate change adaptation strategy; next steps for implementing this strategy; and the existing guidance, data, tools, and other resources that state and local governments can access to support their adaptation efforts. Opportunities and strategies for fostering coordination across levels of government will be highlighted, and a case study of successful collaboration will be shared.

    To register »
    Please note that the audio portion of this webcast will only be available by dialing into a toll-free conference call.

    Background Information for Part Three:

    White House Council on Environmental Quality – Progress Report of the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force: Recommended Actions in Support of a National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (PDF) (72 pp, 1 MB)

  5. Building a Resilient Coast: Maine Confronts Climate Change (DVD)
    Hear and see what your neighbors, town officials, and scientists have to say about sea-level rise, coastal flooding, and erosion; what it means to you; and what you can do about it. The documentary is composed of five segments:
    • Introduction
    • Changing Climate, Changing Coast: Science & Economics
    • How Shoreline Property May Be Affected
    • How Coastal Communities May Be Affected
    • What Individuals & Communities Can Do To Protect Themselves
    View the video online, or contact the Maine Sea Grant office for a free copy.

  6. New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission - Learn about MyEnergyPlan and EnergyNotebook!
    Are you interested in reducing the energy you use to heat your home and power your appliances and other electrical gadgets? Do you want to shave a little (or a lot) off your energy bills and need some help getting started? Or maybe you're interested in getting a home energy audit and need to find a skilled professional auditor?

    Whether you're just getting started or have made a lot of energy improvements already and are ready for renewable energy, our tools can help your household reduce your energy consumption and environmental impact. And save money in the process!

    For more information »

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