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Green Buildings

Green Building/High Performance Buildings Exit EPA Disclaimer Web sites provide a comprehensive overview of topics related to green buildings.

Building Site Location & Smart Growth Exit EPA Disclaimer Web site provides comprehensive guidance and recommendations for optimizing site potential.

EPA's Smart Growth Web site provides links and resources on development that serves the economy, the community, and the environment.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System Exit EPA Disclaimer provides information on renovating existing buildings in a manner that maximizes operational efficiency while minimizing environmental impacts.

LEED Information for Commercial Interiors Exit EPA Disclaimer provides information about major interior renovations.

Whole Building Design Guide Exit EPA Disclaimer is the gateway to up-to-date information on integrated whole building design techniques and technologies.

Guide to Designing for Deconstruction and Material Reuse associated with the selective disassembly of buildings to reuse and recycle parts.

Federal Green Construction Guide for Specifiers Exit EPA Disclaimer is designed to help federal building project managers meet various green mandates as established by federal law and Executive Orders, as well as, EPA and DOE program recommendations.

Green Indoor Environments Program provides information on building greener, which includes using healthier, less polluting and more resource-efficient practices.

Comprehensive Guide to the Energy Star Program offers information to help businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency, including savings associated with heating and cooling systems, lighting, and appliances.

EPA's Water Efficiency Program offers information on helping to reduce the need for costly water supply and wastewater treatment facilities through water efficiency practices and products.

Non-Point Source Pollution Reduction Resources, offers resources including information on low-impact development utilizing/retaining storm water on-site, green roofs, rain gardens.

Collecting Rainwater (PDF) Exit EPA Disclaimer (2 pp, 1MB, About PDF) provides how-to-guides on constructing and installing a rain barrel and rain garden.

Overview of Environmentally Beneficial and Water Efficient Landscaping provides resources related to cost efficient and environmentally friendly landscaping.

Comprehensive Guide to the Green Power Partnership by offers information everything needed to know about green power and how to purchase it.

DOE's Gateway to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Resources provides U.S. Department of Energy links to resources related to renewable energy.

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Air Resources

Asbestos and Radon

Tribal School Compliance Initiative - AHERA trains representatives of tribal schools in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon to ensure compliance with requirements of AHERA. Joint project between EPA Region 10 and Bureau of Indian Affairs. Contact Jayne Carlin (carlin.jayne@epa.gov) or (206) 553-4762.

Regional Radon Training Centers develop information and provide training to government officials, professional and private firms, and the public on radon health risks and methods of radon measurement and mitigation. Contact (800) 513-8332.

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As part of EPA's National Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Priority in Indian country, EPA is assisting BIA and tribal schools understand and address environmental issues including asbestos, lead in paint and drinking water, pesticides, laboratory chemicals, and poly-chlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The information is available in a bound notebook, a CD-ROM, and on the Internet. The materials are available on EPA's Region 10 Tribal Schools Compliance Assistance Notebook Web site.


EPA's Asbestos Management in Schools Web site is designed to provide information to regulators, parents and schools about asbestos in schools; including Federal Requirements for Asbestos Management in Schools and 20 Frequently Asked Questions About Asbestos in Schools.

Lead-Based Paint

How Mother Bear Taught the Children about Lead is an educational activity book on lead based-paint prevention. Designed for Native American Children in grades 3-4, the activity book teaches children to protect themselves and their siblings.

Little Moccasins - A Lead Poisoning Prevention Manual for Tribal Day Cares and Families is a part of EPA's First Steps Program. Contact Phillip Quint (quint@ainop.com) with the Lead-Housing-Sanitation Director, Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians at (207) 532-7260.

EPA's Training, Certification, and Accreditation Web site provides training courses regarding lead-safe work practices during building renovation, remodeling, rehabilitation, maintenance, sampling/evaluation, and abatement.

EPA's Lead Awareness Program designs outreach activities and educational materials, awards grants, and manages a toll-free hotline to help parents, home owners, and lead professionals learn what they can do to protect their families from the dangers of lead.

Federal lead-based paint Rules and Regulations Web site provides links to regulations related to lead found in paint, dust, and soil.

The National Lead Information Center (NLIC) provides the general public and professionals with information about lead hazards and their prevention. Call (800) 424-LEAD (5323).

EPA's Regional Lead Coordinators oversee the development of lead-poisoning prevention efforts and coordination with tribes, states, and local governments.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control brings together health and housing professionals to eliminate lead-based paint hazards in privately-owned and low-income housing.

The Occupational Health and Safety Organization's Lead Web site provides links and information concerning lead in the workplace.

Healthy Schools Network, Inc. Exit EPA Disclaimer is a national not for profit organization, centered on children's environmental health.

National Safety Council Exit EPA Disclaimer provides comprehensive information about lead based paint.

Certified Environmental Registry and Tracking System supports a free database about lead inspections. The system tracks licenses, training, citations, violations, and blood lead levels. The system also can be used to track asbestos, radon, and information about the licensing of pesticides applicators. Contact James Bryson (bryson.james@epa.gov), or at (617) 565-3836.

Children and the Hazards of Lead-Based Paint in Tribal Communities provides background material on issues related to lead-based paint. It describes the risks that lead-based paint poses to children, explains how children can be tested for exposure to lead, highlights steps that can be taken to avoid lead poisoning, and lists the names and telephone numbers of organizations that can assist tribes address lead-based paint issues. Contact Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. at (602) 248-0071.

Comprehensive Home Inspection for Lead Detection provides a free software program for tracking children affected by lead poisoning and the homes in which they live. Using the software, tribes can produce a list of all residents who have high lead blood levels and the homes in which they live. Contact James Bryson (bryson.james@epa.gov), or at (617) 565-3836.

Computerized Lead Auditing Support System is a free auditing system for providers of lead training. The system standardizes the auditing check list for the EPA Model Lead course. The system tracks lead training and produces reports. Contact James Bryson (bryson.james@epa.gov), or at (617) 565-3836.

GateKeeper is an electronic system for tribes and states to use in managing the delivery of lead inspection examinations. The system offers tribes and states a no-cost alternative to administering inspections for third-party lead inspectors. Contact James Bryson (bryson.james@epa.gov), or at (617) 565-3836.

State Tribal Application for Model Lead Procedures describes the process through which states and tribes can set their own lead regulations and supplies information about lead contamination. Encourages tribes to negotiate with EPA agreements related to regulations governing lead. Contact James Bryson (bryson.james@epa.gov), or at (617) 565-3836.

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General Assistance Materials

Everything You Wanted to Know About Environmental Regulations..But Were Afraid to Ask offers brief, clear information on many topics and identifies where tribes can turn for in-depth information and assistance. Contact: EPA Region 7, Elizabeth Wendt (wendt.elizabeth@epa.gov).

Compliance and Technical Assistance Training

EPA's National Enforcement Training Institute (NETI) trains federal, state, tribal, and local lawyers, inspectors, civil and criminal investigators, and technical experts in the enforcement of the Nation's environmental laws. NETI provides a comprehensive and integrated approach to training in which enforcement and compliance personnel are trained in a range of specialities in order to work together more effectively as a team. The Government Training, National Enforcement Training Institute Web site provides more information.

Emergency Management Framework for Tribal Governments courses offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to tribal members who have emergency management responsibilities. The Tribal Information page of the FEMA Web site provides more information.

EPA's Working Effectively with Tribal Governments Training is designed to increase EPA staff understanding of tribal legal and cultural issues, acquaint EPA staff with the EPA Indian policy and its place in the management of environmental programs, and provide suggestions and practical tips for EPA staff members who work with tribes. EPA's Tribal Training Materials page of the American Indian Environmental Office Web site provides more information.

Western Community Policing Center's Tribal Training Program Exit EPA Disclaimer promotes safe, healthy, and stable Indian reservation communities by providing tribal justice systems with the funding and technical assistance necessary to effectively reduce crime and administer justice.

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Tribal Environmental Health Education Program (PDF) (2 pp, 156K, About PDF) provides resources for tribal health professionals to identify, prevent, and respond to health issues related to environmental contamination.

Training Tribal Environmental Professionals: Using a Project, Not a Projector [by P. Ellsworth, et al.,] offers training that is sensitive to the vast cultural heritage of Native Americans.

EPA's Grant Writing Tutorial Exit EPA Disclaimer is interactive software that walks users through the grant-writing process and helps them learn to write more competitive grants. The program includes detailed information and tips on writing a grant proposal, how to complete a grant application package, and program-specific sections on three EPA grant programs: environmental justice, environmental justice through pollution prevention, and environmental education.

Cherokee Nation Geographic Information System Training Program is for tribal map-making professionals and those interested in learning more about tribal mapping methods and GIS technology. Contact Laura Harjo (gis-info@cherokee.org) or at (800) 256-0671, ext. 2421.

Compliance Assistance Centers

Each Compliance Assistance Center Exit EPA Disclaimer addresses real world issues faced by a specific industry or government sector. The Centers deliver information in many forms: Web sites, telephone assistance lines, fax-back systems, and e-mail discussion groups. The Centers help tribes understand an array of environmental requirements, and offers information on how to save money by preventing pollution in the first place.

The Centers Include:
CCAR-GreenLink® Exit EPA Disclaimer ChemAlliance Exit EPA Disclaimer
The Printers' National Environmental Assistance Center Exit EPA Disclaimer The Transportation Center Exit EPA Disclaimer
The Paint and Coatings Resource Center Exit EPA Disclaimer The National Metal Finishing Center Exit EPA Disclaimer
The Printing and Wiring Board Resource Center Exit EPA Disclaimer FedCenter
The Local Government Environmental Assistance Network Exit EPA Disclaimer Environmental Compliance for Automotive Recyclers Exit EPA Disclaimer
The Construction Industry Compliance Assistance Center Exit EPA Disclaimer The Border Compliance Assistance Center Exit EPA Disclaimer

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Selected Enforcement and Compliance Guidance Related to Indian Country

Protecting Public Health and the Environment Through Enforcement and Compliance Assurance in Indian Country, A Strategy for Results (March 2004) is provided on the Compliance and Enforcement Tribal Resources Web site.

Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments (November 2000) is provided on the Federal Register Environmental Documents Web site.

EPA Policy for the Administration of Environmental Programs on Indian Reservations (November 8, 1984) Web site provides information about and the text of the policy.

Guidance on the Enforcement Principles Outlined in the 1984 Indian Policy (January, 17, 2001), the EPA's Tribal Compliance and Enforcement Web site provides links related to the guidance for the 1984 Indian Policy.

EPA Region 4 Policy and Practices for Environmental Protection in Indian Country (November, 2001) provides guidance and information for employees of Region 4 working with federally recognized tribes.

EPA Region 5 Direct Implementation Strategy for Indian Country for Fiscal Year 2005, the Region 5 Indian Environmental Office Web site provides links to the 2005 and 2006 versions of the document.

EPA Region 8 Guidance for Compliance Monitoring, Compliance Assistance and Enforcement Procedures in Indian Country (January 10, 2001) sets the procedures for compliance assistance and enforcement procedures in Region 8 Indian country.

Interim Final National Policy Statement for Underground Storage Tank Program Implementation in Indian Country (OSWER Directive 9610.15A).

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For related information visit EPA’s National Indian Country Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Priority site and EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program in Indian country site.

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