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Energy and Global Climate Change in New England

July 2012 Volume 45
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. American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy Releases Report on Intelligent Efficiency
  2. Climate Central Releases Report on State-by-State Analysis of Temperature Trends

ARTICLES

  1. Green Roofs in Big Cities Bring Relief from Above
  2. Vermont Governor Signs Law Requiring Mandatory Recycling by 2020

EVENTS

  1. Montpelier, VT – Button Up Workshop – July 17
  2. Stratford, CT – 2009 IECC - Residential Training for Code Officials – July 18
  3. Boxborough, MA - EBC/DOER/MassDEP Renewable Energy at Closed Landfills Workshop – July 26 – register by July 20
  4. Boston, MA – Greenfest 2012 – August 16-18

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. U.S. Green Building Council Announces Funding for Sustainable Neighborhood Development Projects – deadline August 10
  2. New England Grassroots Environment Fund – SEED grants (rolling deadline) and GROW grants – deadline September 15
  3. Vermont – Small-Scale Renewable Energy Incentive Program – rolling deadline

TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ENERGY STAR webinars (free but registration required)
  2. U.S. Department of Energy Releases Methodology to Calculate Savings from Residential Energy Codes
  3. American Rivers Releases Green Roof Tool

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy Releases Report on Intelligent Efficiency
    The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released a report on the potential of “intelligent efficiency” to meet energy needs in the United States. Intelligent efficiency is focused on system-wide energy efficiency improvements, such as improvements to communication technologies, rather than device efficiency improvements. The study found that intelligent efficiency could reduce current U.S. energy consumption by about 22 percent.

    Report available »
  2. Climate Central Releases Report on State-by-State Analysis of Temperature Trends (PDF) (3 pp, 157 K)
    Climate Central released a report finding that the continental United States has warmed about 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit over the past 100 years, and that the top 10 states warmed 60 times faster than the bottom 10. The states that have warmed the most include northern-tier states from Minnesota to Maine and the Southwest, particularly Arizona and New Mexico. Places that have warmed the least include Southeast states, like Florida, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina, along with parts of the central Midwest, like Iowa and Nebraska.

    The report, "The Heat is On: U.S. Temperature Trends (PDF) (22 pp, 1.4 MB)," is available online.

    Read full release (PDF) (3 pp, 157 K) »

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ARTICLES

  1. Green Roofs in Big Cities Bring Relief from Above
    Cities are increasing their use of green roofs to protect and insulate their homes, keeping them cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. A study conducted by Columbia University and the City University of New York found that a green roof cut the rate of heat gained through the roof in summer by 84 percent, and the rate of heat lost through the roof in the winter by 34 percent. Another study found that green roofs are a very cost-effective way to reduce storm water runoff.

    Read full article »
  2. Vermont Governor Signs Law Requiring Mandatory Recycling by 2020
    On June 7, 2012, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed a law requiring mandatory recycling in Vermont by 2020. The recycling mandates will be phased in over time, beginning with large-volume generators of food waste, who will be required to recycle by 2014. Households would be required to recycle paper and plastics by 2015 and yard waste by 2016, and all organic matter would be required to be recycled by 2020.

    Read full article »

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EVENTS

  1. Montpelier, VT – Button Up Workshop – July 17
    Community College of Vermont
    Schulmaier Hall, Room 109, 32 College Street, Montpelier, VT 05602
    7pm – 9pm

    It’s time to start thinking about where your home or small business might be losing heat and costing you money.

    Attend a Button Up Vermont workshop to find out more about:
    • Reducing your energy bills,
    • Staying more comfortable in your home throughout the seasons,
    • How an energy audit can be the first step to improving the efficiency of your home.
    For more information »
  2. Stratford, CT – 2009 IECC - Residential Training for Code Officials – July 18
    Ring's End Learning Center, 160 Avon Street, Stratford, CT 06615
    8:00 am to 12:00 pm – Breakfast at 7:30 am

    The 2009 IECC – International Energy Conservation Code has officially been adopted in Connecticut. Learn about changes to the Building Energy Code standards.

    The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund, in partnership with CL&P and UI, is offering a 2009 IECC Residential Training Seminar for Code Officials (4.0 credit hours available).

    Register by email at Seminars@uinet.com

    For more information, contact Lisa Romano, lisa.romano@uinet.com, 203-499-2942

    Or visit http://www.ctenergyinfo.com/event.htm?id=0vubbpus&m=07&y=2012&p=0
  3. Boxborough, MA - EBC/DOER/MassDEP Renewable Energy at Closed Landfills Workshop – July 26 – register by July 20
    Holiday Inn, 242 Adams Place, Boxborough, MA 01719
    7am – 4pm

    Presented by
    Environmental Business Council of New England
    Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
    Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

    Generating solar and wind power on former municipal landfills makes both environmental and economic sense. It provides clean renewable energy, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and creates new revenue streams for cities and towns.

    The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and Department of Energy Resources (DOER) - with support from the Environmental Business Council of New England - are presenting this workshop to provide you with the tools you need to assess the redevelopment potential of closed landfill sites, navigate the permitting process, and harness state renewable energy incentives.

    The program will showcase successful renewable energy installations on closed municipal landfills, including a 2.3 megawatt solar array in Easthampton and a 1.8 megawatt wind turbine in Kingston, and other projects that are currently underway across Massachusetts.

    There will be ample networking opportunities, and both a continental breakfast and a deli lunch will be provided.

    Registration fees for this Program:
    • Private Company $50
    • Non-Profit Organization $25
    • Municipal Government $25*
      *To obtain a complimentary registration through the DOER Green Communities Act Scholarships contact Joanne Bissetta of DOER before you register at (978) 694-3315 or joanne.bissetta@state.ma.us.
    Registration Deadline: Friday, July 20, 2012

    For more information and to register »
  4. Boston, MA – Greenfest 2012 – August 16-18
    City Hall Plaza/Government Center

    Thursday, Aug 16, 5 pm - 9:30 pm, (Performers/Food)
    Friday, Aug 17, noon - 9:30 pm, (Exhibitors/Food/Vendors/Performers)
    Saturday, Aug 18, 11 am - 8 pm, (Exhibitors/Food/Vendors/Performers)

    2012 HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Native American Drum Ceremony
    • Over 200 Exhibitors
    • 100 Live Performances
    • GreenSouleStage, EcoStage, Family Stage
    • Eco Dine & Drink Emporium
    • NOCHE LATINA
    • EcoSalsa Fashion Show
    • Tap Off with Boston Tap Company
    • Green Entrepreneur Small Biz Forum
    • EcoCafé, EcoGallery, EcoBazaar
    • GreenFilmFest
    • One Gallon Challenge™
    • EcoTimeTrail
    • BPS EcoPhoto Contest
    • Fun for Kids!
    Boston GreenFest is organized by the Foundation for a Green Future, Inc. As the region's largest multicultural environmental festival, Boston GreenFest celebrates the many ways we can create a better world by greening our lives and our communities. We can have fun at the same time!

    For more information »

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. U.S. Green Building Council Announces Funding for Sustainable Neighborhood Development Projects – deadline August 10
    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the availability of $250,000 in funding to public agencies through its 2012 Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program. The program funds projects seeking to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) 2009 for neighborhood development (LEED-ND) certification. LEED-ND promotes integration of the principles of smart growth, urbanism, and green building into a system for neighborhood design.

    Applications are due August 10, 2012.

    Additional information is available.
  2. New England Grassroots Environment Fund – SEED grants (rolling deadline) and GROW grants – September 15
    NEGEF grants are designed for groups that:
    • are doing community-based environmental work in CT, ME, MA, NH, RI or VT;
    • are volunteer-driven or have up to 2 full-time paid staff (or equivalents);
    • have an annual budget up to $100,000
    SEED grants are for quick project-focused grants dedicated to help volunteer groups launch and build their newly evolving project(s).

    Deadline: Apply anytime (expect a decision in 3 weeks)
    Grant range: $250 – $1,000
    Apply for a Seed grant if your group:
    • is launching a new or evolving community-based project;
    • expenses are for materials, outreach and/or other project expenses;
    • project costs generally less than $10,000;
    • needs a quick decision;
    • has not received a SEED grant within one year of the current application.
    GROW grants are competitive group development grants dedicated to help established groups increase capacity, collaborate, and leverage impact.

    Deadlines: March 15 & September 15 (expect decisions early June & December)

    Grant range: $1,000 – $3,500
    Apply for a Grow grant if your group:
    • needs help evolving and expanding the community group;
    • expenses can include general operating, stipends, capacity building, program development, expert assistance, etc.
    • has been active for more than 1 year;
    • has not received a GROW grant within one year of the current application.
    For more information »
  3. Vermont – Small-Scale Renewable Energy Incentive Program – rolling deadline
    The Vermont Small-Scale Renewable Energy Incentive Program provides incentives for qualifying solar electric, solar hot water, small wind systems, and micro-hydro systems and is now accepting Incentive Reservation Applications for the 2012 Incentive Program.

    *****New mailing address for all submissions:
    Renewable Energy Resource Center
    Vermont Renewable Energy Incentive Program
    128 Lakeside Avenue, Suite 401
    Burlington, VT 05401

    You should submit the form as soon as you are committed to install a system. Incentives are reserved on a first-come first-served basis.

    For more information, visit http://www.rerc-vt.org/incentives/index.htm and http://www.rerc-vt.org/incentives/forms.htm or contact the Renewable Energy Resource Center at 1-877-888-7372

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TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ENERGY STAR webinars (free but registration required)
    • July 10, 2pm, Computer Power Management with ENERGY STAR
    • July 19, 2:30pm, Portfolio Manager: Advanced Features
    • July 25, 2pm, Pillar I: Winning Schools Conserve and Save Money
    • July 30, 1pm, Benchmark Energy Performance Using EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager: For Energy Efficiency Program Sponsors
    Register for all ENERGY STAR webinars
  2. U.S. Department of Energy Releases Methodology to Calculate Savings from Residential Energy Codes
    On June 1, 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a new methodology for evaluating energy savings through residential energy codes. The new approach is based on a life-cycle analysis that balances initial costs with longer-term savings. The methodology provides policymakers with an estimate of the economic benefits of energy codes though a life-cycle cost assessment over a 30-year period, based on a set of parameters typical for an average mortgage. The assessment includes both single-family and multifamily buildings, as well as a variety of common building foundation and fuel types. The method is intended to aid the adoption of cost-effective energy-saving codes for residential buildings by demonstrating the savings available to homeowners.

    The methodology is available.
  3. American Rivers Releases Green Roof Tool
    American Rivers released a tool to help explain the importance of green roofs. The new tool allows users to simulate a green roof on nearly any building in Google Maps to determine potential energy and water savings. The American Rivers website provides reductions in heating/cooling costs and water consumption for interesting examples including the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Grand Central Station in New York City, and the Pentagon in Arlington.

    The tool is available online.

    Read more about it.

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