December 2012I. Announcements, News, and blogs
I. Announcements, News, and Blogs
and EPA Release Annual Fuel Economy Guide with 2013 Models
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) are releasing the 2013 Fuel Economy Guide, giving consumers clear and easy-to-read information to help them choose the most fuel efficient and low greenhouse gas emitting vehicles that meet their needs. The 2013 models include efficient and low-emission vehicles in a variety of classes and sizes, but notable this year is the growing availability of hybrids and the increasing number of electric vehicles.
“This Administration has been working to foster a new generation of clean, fuel-efficient American vehicles, and part of that effort is ensuring that Americans have access to the best possible fuel economy information when they’re choosing a car,” said Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “The 2013 Fuel Economy Guide provides Americans information about which car on the lot offers the greatest fuel economy and the lowest environmental impact. These are important considerations that can help families save money while protecting their health and the environment.”
This year’s guide gives consumers a broad range of information that they can use to select their next fuel efficient vehicle, whether they want to consider an electric vehicle or one that uses a more conventional fuel. This year, for the first time, EPA and DOE have added a second top ten list of most efficient vehicles -- separating advanced technology vehicles from conventional gasoline and diesel vehicles. Electric and plug-in hybrid electric models are the most fuel-efficient and lowest-emission vehicles available today and are becoming more common. At the same time, consumers may still look up the conventional gasoline and diesel models that offer superior fuel efficiency.
The 2013 guide provides an estimated annual fuel cost for each vehicle. The estimate is calculated based on the vehicle’s miles per gallon (mpg) rating and national estimates for annual mileage and fuel prices. The online version of the guide allows consumers to enter their local gasoline prices and typical driving habits to receive a personalized fuel cost estimate. The 2013 guide also includes a greenhouse gas rating for each model.
More information, including a complete version of the guide and details on the fuel economy labels: http://www.fueleconomy.gov/ and at http://fueleconomy.gov/m/ for mobile devices.
Meet the 2012 Purpose Prize Winners
Guided by experience, drawing on creativity and anchored in pragmatism, they set out to find solutions. In their 60s, these five winners are changing the world – and with it perceptions of what is possible for millions of others flooding into the second half of life.
One of this year's winners is bringing safe drinking water to six villages in India, home to 10,000 people by collecting rain. Bhagwati Agrawal has long felt a desire to mitigate the water shortage by capitalizing on the expertise he gained in the United States during decades of bringing technology innovations to market. In 2003 he founded Aakash Ganga, or River from Sky, in hopes of creating a sustainable solution to the chronic water shortage by collecting a precious source of safe water – rain.
Aakash Ganga incorporates new technologies and modern management to a 600-year tradition of rainwater harvesting in India, Agrawal says. “Too often tradition can be seen as holding back progress. I believe we must understand traditions as cultural capital,” he says. “Rainwater harvesting is nothing new. The original systems are still engineering marvels, even if they are in ruins.”
Adapting models used by utilities, Aakash Ganga rents rooftop rain-collection rights from homeowners. Households pay 15 percent to 20 percent of the cost to have 6,600-gallon underground reservoirs built in their yards. Each village donates a 2.5-acre plot of land for a 105,000-gallon communal tank. The roof system feeds both the individual households and the communal tanks. Because most of the cost comes as an upfront infrastructure investment, the system is not something villagers can afford by themselves. To read more about his project see: http://www.encore.org/bp-agrawal-0
Nominations for the 2013 Purpose Prize will open in January. Perhaps this year's winners and fellows will inspire you to nominate someone you know who is helping change lives. Read their stories, and learn also about the 35 new Purpose Prize fellows – finalists for The Prize – at www.encore.org/prize
As part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department announced 20 new projects to help states and local governments cut red tape and develop the infrastructure, training and regional planning needed to help meet the demand for alternative fuel cars and trucks, including vehicles that run on natural gas, electricity and propane. These projects build on the important steps the Obama Administration has taken to expand the transportation options available for businesses and communities and improve the fuel efficiency of vehicles in the market today and for years to come.
“Building a clean and secure U.S. transportation system that leverages our domestic energy sources will give American families, businesses and communities more options and reduce fueling costs,” said U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “At the same time, these projects will help lead the way to further reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil and protecting our nation’s air and water.”
Through the Department’s Clean Cities initiative, these projects address a range of community infrastructure and training needs, such as providing safety and technical training for fleet operators, mechanics, first responders and code officials; streamlining permitting and procurement processes; and helping public and private fleets integrate petroleum reduction strategies into their operations. More information on this work is available on the Clean Cities website.
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally-funded program that helps low-income households pay their home heating and cooling bills. It operates in every state and the District of Columbia, as well as on most tribal reservations and U.S. territories. The LIHEAP Clearinghouse is an information resource for state, tribal and local LIHEAP providers, and others interested in low-income energy issues. This site is a supplement to the LIHEAP-related information the LIHEAP Clearinghouse currently provides through its phone line (406-494-8662) and newsletter.
Since 1988, the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) has operated the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Clearinghouse through a training and technical assistance contract from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services, Division of Energy Assistance
II. Research Findings and Reports
Madrigano J, Kloog I, Goldberg R, Coull BA,
Mittleman MA, Schwartz J. Long-term Exposure to PM2.5 and Incidence
Myocardial Infarction. Environ Health Perspect (): .doi:10.1289/ehp.1205284
Background: A number of studies have shown associations between chronic exposure to particulate air pollution and increased mortality, particularly from cardiovascular disease, but fewer studies have examined the association between long term exposure to fine particulate air pollution and specific cardiovascular events, such as acute myocardial infarction (AMI).
Objective: To understand how long-term exposure to area particulate matter impacts onset of AMI, and to distinguish between area and local pollutants.
Methods: Building on the Worcester Heart Attack Study, an ongoing community wide investigation examining changes over time in MI incidence in greater Worcester, Massachusetts, we conducted a case-control study of 4,467 confirmed cases of AMI diagnosed between 1995 and 2003 and 9,072 matched controls selected from Massachusetts resident lists. We used a prediction model based on satellite aerosol optical depth (AOD) measurements to generate both exposure to particulate matter less than 2.5 microns in diameter (PM2.5) at the area level (10 x 10 km) and the local level (100 m) based on local land use variables. We then examined the association between area and local particulate pollution and occurrence of AMI.
Results: An interquartile range (IQR) increase in area PM2.5 (0.59 μg/m3) was associated with a 16% increase in the odds of AMI (95% CI: 1.04, 1.29). An IQR increase in total PM2.5 (area + local, 1.05 μg/m3) was weakly associated with a 4% increase in the odds of AMI (95% CI: 0.96, 1.11).
Conclusions: Residential exposure to PM2.5 may best be represented by a combination of area and local PM2.5 and it is important to consider spatial gradients within a single metropolitan area when examining the relationship between particulate matter exposure and cardiovascular events.
Hou Y, Xue P, Woods CG, Wang X, Fu J, Yarborough K, Qu W, Zhang Q, Anderson ME, Pi J. Association between Arsenic Suppression of Adipogenesis and Induction of CHOP10 via the Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress Response. Environ Health Perspect (): .doi:10.1289/ehp.1205731
Background: There is growing evidence that chronic exposure to inorganic arsenic (iAs) is associated with increased prevalence of Type 2 diabetes (T2D). However, the mechanisms for the diabetogenic effect of iAs are still largely unknown. White adipose tissue (WAT) actively stores and releases energy and maintains lipid and glucose homeostasis.
Methods: The effects and associated mechanisms of iAs and its major metabolites on adipogenesis were determined in 3T3-L1 preadipocytes, mouse adipose-derived stromal-vascular fraction cells (ADSVFCs) and human adipose tissue-derived stem cells (ADSCs).
Results: Exposure of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes to noncytotoxic levels of arsenic, including inorganic arsenite (iAs3+, up to 5 μM), inorganic arsenate (up to 20 μM), trivalent monomethylated arsenic (MMA3+, up to 1 μM) and trivalent dimethylated arsenic (DMA3+, up to 2 μM) decreased adipogenic hormone-induced adipogenesis in a concentration-dependent manner. In addition, iAs3+, MMA3+ and DMA3+ exhibited a strong inhibitory effect on adipogenesis in primary cultured mouse ADSVFCs and human ADSCs. Time-course studies in 3T3-L1 cells revealed that inhibition of adipogenesis by arsenic occurred in the early stage of terminal adipogenic differentiation and was highly correlated with induction of C/EBP homologous protein (CHOP10), an endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress response protein. Induction of CHOP10 by arsenic is associated with reduced DNA-binding activity of CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein β (C/EBPβ), which regulates the transcription of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ and C/EBPα.
Conclusions: Low-level iAs and MMA3+ trigger the ER stress response and upregulate CHOP10, which inhibits C/EBPβ transcriptional activity, and thus suppresses adipogenesis. Arsenic-induced dysfunctional adipogenesis may be associated with reduced capacity of WAT to store lipids and insulin resistance.
Chen A, Kim SS, Chung E, Dietrich KN. Thyroid Hormones in Relation to Lead, Mercury, and Cadmium Exposure in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2007–2008. Environ Health Perspect (): .doi:10.1289/ehp.1205239
Background: Heavy metals, such as lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), and cadmium (Cd), are known toxicants but their associations with the thyroid axis have not been well quantified at background U.S. levels.
Objectives: This study investigated the relationship between thyroid hormones (total and free thyroxine [TT4 and FT4], total and free triiodothyronine [TT3 and FT3], thyroid stimulating hormone [TSH], and thyroglobulin [Tg]) and Pb, Hg, and Cd concentrations in blood and Cd in urine.
Methods: We separately analyzed a sample of 1109 adolescents (12-19 years) and a sample of 4409 adults from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2007-08. We estimated associations after adjustment for age, sex, race, urinary iodine, BMI, and serum cotinine.
Results: The geometric means of blood Pb, total Hg, and Cd were 0.81 μg/dL, 0.47 μg/L, 0.21 μg/L in adolescents and 1.43 μg/dL, 0.96 μg/L, 0.38 μg/L in adults, respectively. The geometric mean of urinary Cd was 0.07 and 0.25 μg/g creatinine in adolescents and adults respectively. No consistent pattern of metal and thyroid hormone associations was observed in adolescents. In adults, blood Hg was inversely related to TT4, TT3, and FT3 and urinary Cd was positively associated with TT4, TT3, FT3, and Tg, but there were no associations with Pb. Associations were relatively weak at an individual level, with about 1-4% change in thyroid hormones per interquartile range increase in Hg or Cd.
Conclusions: The analysis suggests an inverse association between Hg exposure and thyroid hormones and a positive association for Cd in adults.
67 % of U.S. households were in counties hit by extreme weather events that cost over
$1 billion in 2011-2012
Hurricane Sandy is the latest in a line of extreme weather events that severely afflicted Americans over the past two years. The United States experienced every type of weather peril—tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, floods, drought and heat waves, wildfires, and winter storms. In the past two years alone, 67 percent of U.S. households were in disaster-declared areas due to extreme weather events with economic damages totaling $1 billion or more. From January 2011 through October 31, 2012, 21 billion-dollar damage events hit the United States. Destruction from these devastating events have resulted in at least $126 billion worth of economic damages. Lower- and middle-income households are disproportionately affected by many of the most expensive weather events in 2011 and 2012. (see Table 2 for more information)
From the use of personal products to our consumption of food, water, and air, people are exposed to a wide array of agents each day—many with the potential to affect health. Exposure science investigates the contact of humans or other organisms with those agents (that is, chemical, physical, and biologic stressors) and their fate in living systems. Exposure science has been instrumental in helping us understand how stressors affect human and ecosystem health, and in efforts to prevent or reduce contact with harmful stressors. In this way exposure science has played an integral role in many areas of environmental health, and can help meet growing needs in environmental regulation, urban and ecosystem planning, and disaster management.
There are increasing demands for exposure science information, for example to meet needs for data on the thousands of chemicals introduced into the market each year, and to better understand the health effects of prolonged low-level exposure to stressors. Recent advances in tools and technologies—including sensor systems, analytic methods, molecular technologies, computational tools, and bioinformatics—have provided the potential for more accurate and comprehensive exposure science data than ever before. This report provides a roadmap to take advantage of the technologic innovations and strategic collaborations to move exposure science into the future.
Perceptions of the world’s ‘age burden’ are outdated. Older people can be athletes, statesmen, innovators, entrepreneurs, caregivers, activists. They can teach, inspire, influence, lead, innovate and create. As longevity increases and health improves, older people can contribute more to society than ever before. And their contributions will become increasingly important as the world grows older – a phenomenon that is happening in nearly every country and every region. Here are just a few examples:
106-year-old Saburo Schohi from Japan is the oldest person to travel around the world using public transport.
78-year-old Mama Rhoda from Kenya is an Age Demands Action campaigner and award-winning community worker. She represents her fellow older Kenyans at Gov't level.
94-year-old Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa, Nobel Peace Laureate, and founder of the Elders – a group of global leaders working together for peace and human rights.
To complement the release of a new report, Ageing in the 21st Century: A Celebration and a Challenge, UNFPA and HelpAge International are creating a list of 60 inspiring and influential older people over 60, and we need your help. Make your nominations for 60 over 60 now!
You can nominate yourself, or an older person you admire, beginning today. They are looking for a diverse group representing many nationalities and ages. There are three ways you can nominate your inspiring older person for the 60 over 60 list: Submit a photo and short story below, telling us in 150 words or less about the nominee’s accomplishments and qualities. Post an image to the UNFPA or HelpAge’s Facebook wall with a short text of100 words or less. Nominations will close on 31 December 2012. http://7billionactions.org/60over60
American Community Survey Briefs
The Food Stamp Act of 1977 defines this federally-funded program as one intended to "permit low-income households to obtain a more nutritious diet." In 2008, the Food Stamp Program was renamed the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program (SNAP).
In 2011, 14.9 million households reported receiving food stamp/SNAP benefits during the past 12 months. The state with the highest participation was Oregon (18.9%). Other states with high food stamp/SNAP participation included Michigan and Tenessee. In 2011, 13% of all households reported receipt of food stamps/SNAP, about a 10% increase over the 2010 figure of 11.9%. Forty-eight states experienced an increase in food stamp/SNAP receipt. The District of Columbia, Alabama and Hawaii were among the states with the largest increases between 2010 and 2011.
Science Resources at EPA: EPA's Office of Research and Development prepare three informational resources from the blog, "scientists@work", a greenversations blog called "It all Starts with Science" and a longer more comprehensive and in depth look at science topics at EPA "Science Matters."
Scientists@work Science forms the foundation of everything EPA does. It provides the information, tools, and innovations the Agency needs to meet its mission to protect human health and the environment. Behind that work are EPA scientists and engineers who explore the complex interrelationships between people and our environment. Click on the links below to meet some of our scientists, see how they got started in their careers, and learn about the important work they do.
It All Starts with Science Blog : Around the Water Cooler: What’s In Your Water?
Recently a friend who knows I work on water issues asked me, “What’s in our water?” Good question, right? The answer is a little more complex than just H2O. The truth is that things we flush, throw away, or pour down the sink all have an impact on “what’s in our water.”
Toxins, contaminants, sediments, and other pollutants all are things that can affect our water quality. But the good news is that EPA researchers are developing a variety of tools that can help water utilities better manage our water and make sure that it not only complies with the Safe Drinking Water Act, but goes beyond to protect public health and make sure we have tasty water to drink. To read more see http://blog.epa.gov/science/2012/11/around-the-water-cooler-what%E2%80%99s-in-your-water/
Who wouldn't want to arrive at their 40th
birthday healthier and in better shape than they were in their younger years?
If the Clean Water Act could throw a party, it would have a lot to celebrate.
Forty years ago, the dire state of the nation's water resources was a national concern. The assaults were direct and numerous: untreated sewage, industrial and toxic discharges, contaminated runoff, and widespread destruction of wetlands.
For many, the symbol of that decay came in June of 1969, when something perhaps as simple as a wayward spark from a passing train ignited a mass of oil-soaked debris floating on the surface of the contaminated Cuyahoga River—sending thick, billowing black clouds of smoke into the air. But then things started to change. The newly established U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was given clear direction "to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Nation's waters" through major revisions to the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, better known as the Clean Water Act (CWA). In the 40 years since, much of the nation's waters have become significantly cleaner and safer.
How did that success story unfold? It all started with science. EPA researchers and their partners provided the strong, scientific foundation that watershed and land managers, water system operators, state, local and tribal governments, and others needed to take action.
Carbon Monoxide (Co) Prevention
According to the experts at America’s 57 local poison centers, carbon monoxide poisoning is the most common poison-related cause of hospitalization and death in the wake of hurricanes. It is called a “silent killer” because there are no odors or symptoms that signal a problem. When people use generators improperly – too close to homes, in garages or outside bedroom windows – carbon monoxide can seep in and sicken or even kill. Open windows or outside garage doors do not provide adequate ventilation for generators or other gas-powered equipment. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, as of November 1st, 118 persons were exposed to carbon monoxide following Hurricane Sandy. See http://www.aapcc.org/press/8/
Carbon monoxide (CO) is the most common cause of poisoning death in the United States. Approximately 500 deaths and 15,000 visits to the emergency room occur annually due to unintentional CO poisoning.
Older adults over 65 years of age are especially vulnerable to unintentional CO poisoning due to their high frequency of pre-existing medical conditions. While CO alarms can save lives, less than one third of American homes have them installed. To learn more about preventing carbon monoxide poisoning, see http://www.epa.gov/aging/resources/factsheets/pcmp/pcmp_english_100-F-09-001.pdf
You may also order a copy at http://www.epa.gov/aging/resources/factsheets/order.htm
When Your Furnace Kicks on, Be Sure Poison Gas is Not Coming Out
Every winter when the temperature drops, your furnace can become a silent killer. Gas and oil burning furnaces produce carbon monoxide an invisible, odorless, poison gas that kills hundreds and makes thousands sick every year. Have your furnace inspected every year. Install battery-operated or battery-backed up CO detectors near every sleeping area in your home. Check CO detectors regulary to ensure they are working properly.
Fact sheet from CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/co/pdfs/furnace.pdf
III. Sustainable Communities
Register Now for the 12th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, February 7-9, 2013 in Kansas City, MO.
The multi-disciplinary program includes over 90 workshops, breakouts, plenaries and trainings, and will feature cutting-edge policies and programs, projects, best practices, as well as strategies and implementation tools that address the challenges of implementing smart growth development principles. The conference will also feature a half-day pre-conference workshop on equitable development titled "Sustainable Neighborhoods, Thriving Residents: Strategies for Building Equitable Communities." Other exciting conference features include:
To make your reservations at the Marriott Kansas City Downtown Hotel, call 1-877-303-0104 and indicate that you are attending the New Partners Conference.
To move more deliberately toward anything resembling a sustainable future, we need to use land more efficiently, building more compactly, with significantly higher densities of homes and businesses per acre than we built, on average, in the late 20th century. We particularly must do this in two circumstances: (1) by retrofitting or “repairing” what are now low-density suburbs with aging commercial buildings going out of service, and (2) by reinvesting and rebuilding in disinvested parts of central cities and older towns and suburbs. Those aren’t the only circumstances in which we should accommodate more people, homes, and buildings than we may have now, but it would be a heck of a start.
The rewards are substantial: less pressure to develop what are now rural lands; reduced rates of driving and cleaner air through consequent reduced emissions; more walkable neighborhoods and more viable public transit; cleaner waterways through reduced spread of runoff-causing pavement around what are now well-functioning watersheds; increased tax revenues for cash-strapped local governments; and opportunities to apply design lessons so that we may create better places. While I am on record as saying that we don’t necessarily need high densities to achieve these improvements, we certainly need to do much, much better than sprawl.
IV. Pharmaceuticals in the Environment
2013 National Take Back Day
The DEA is planning the next National Take-Back Day on April 27, 2013. The take back day will be on the last Saturday of April from (10:00AM - 2:00PM). For more information please check the website.
Medicines play an important role in treating many conditions and diseases, but when they are no longer needed it’s important to dispose of them properly to avoid harm to others. Below, we list some disposal options and some special disposal instructions for you to consider when throwing out expired, unwanted, or unused medicines.
Medicine Take-Back Programs
Medicine take-back programs for disposal are a good way to remove expired, unwanted, or unused medicines from the home and reduce the chance that others may accidentally take the medicine. Contact your city or county government's household trash and recycling service to see if there is a medicine take-back program in your community and learn about any special rules regarding which medicines can be taken back. You can also talk to your pharmacist to see if he or she knows of other medicine disposal programs in your area.
Disposal in Household Trash
If no medicine take-back program is available in your area, consumers can also follow these simple steps to dispose of most medicines in the household trash:1
V. Environment and the Arts
Announcing Amara Tabor-Smith and Jill Sigman as Green Choreographers-in-Residence
This fall, Dance Exchange launched the Green Choreographer Initiative with the Green Choreographer Research Residency at Dance Exchange. Dance Exchange has selected two guest artists as the inaugural GreenChoreographers-in-Residence: Jill Sigman, Artistic Director of jill sigman/thinkdance in New York City, and Amara Tabor-Smith, Artistic Director of Deep Waters Dance Theater in San Francisco. Tabor-Smith will join Dance Exchange December 3-7, 2012 and Sigman will be in residence January 28-February 1, 2013.
In its post-founder era, Dance Exchange is expanding its role in the field of dance by becoming an incubation site and facilitator of work by multiple artists outside of the company, drawing artists from around the country to share work and research within the DC region. The Green Choreographer Initiative highlights exemplary choreographers with socially engaged artistic practices who address environmental issues in their work, and use art to facilitate a dialogue around these issues that will resonate beyond the dance field.
This incubator series will provide select dance makers the opportunity to share artistic practices and be in conversation with local artists and environmental partners. Each inaugural green choreographer will receive an unrestricted residency award of $5000 to use as they see fit, plus additional in-kind support of $7500 worth of studio space, facilitated feedback sessions with Dance Exchange artists and invited guests, and time with the Dance Exchange resident artists and Artistic Director. These residencies are the first phase of a larger initiative fostering a community of dance makers interested in building cultural capacity to address pressing environmental and social issues. The dialogue and discoveries in year one’s residency program will shape subsequent residencies and programming.
Dance Exchange is taking a leadership role specific to environmentally-related work that encompasses more than just making art about environmental issues. Dance Exchange Artistic Director Cassie Meador has long been a champion of environmental awareness and conservation efforts, and her recent choreographic works address issues of land use and mountaintop removal. Meador’s Moving Field Guides take participants into parks, forests and fields to explore the habitat through the guidance of dancers, historians, and naturalists. Of the program, Meador states, “This initiative establishes Dance Exchange as a place for artists not only to research how the changing environment is shaping our lives, but also as a place to examine their own practices. Jill and Amara both use art to shed light on some of the most important and pressing issues of our time and we hope that they will leave Dance Exchange with a sense that they’ve discovered something new about the usefulness of their work in the world.”
Each year, United States Artists honors 50 of America's finest artists with individual fellowship awards of $50,000 each.
Trisha Brown, one of the great innovators of postmodern dance, first emerged in the 1960s. Brown pushed the limits of what could be considered appropriate movement for choreography. She started Trisha Brown Dance Company in 1970, creating dances for alternative spaces and the rooftops and walls of buildings in downtown New York. Brown has collaborated with numerous artists, choreographed to classical music and jazz, and directed several operas. The recipient of many honors, including a Bessie Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize (both 2011), Brown was also the first woman choreographer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship (1991). http://www.usafellows.org/fellow/trisha_brown
VI. Intergenerational Activities
new report on hunger and nutrition in the United States is based on findings of
a new poll commissioned by Generations United and conducted by Harris
Interactive. Among the report findings,
in the past year, nearly one-third of adults in America have either experienced
lack of food or been concerned about food insecurity among their family,
friends, or neighbors. Equally troubling, one in 10 adults went without a basic
need (such as food, medicine, or health care) to provide food for another
LEGACY PROJECT (LEGACY CENTER):
The Legacy Project is an international big-picture learning project working with youth, adults, and elders toward a more meaningful, equitable, and sustainable world. Through an intergenerational TreeKeepers program and the 15-acre Legacy Center arboretum, trees are used in scientific explorations and as creative metaphors for exploring the life course and environmental legacies. The global YOU 177 education campaign brings youth and elders together to spark conversation over story sharing, learn seven-generation thinking, and apply new ideas in legacy projects that can transform lives and communities. For more information, see http://www.legacyproject.org .
VII. Funding Opportunities and Resources
EPA Funding Opportunities
EPA is soliciting proposals pursuant to Section 319 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) from eligible tribes and intertribal consortia to develop and/or implement watershed-based plans and on-the-ground projects that will result in significant steps towards solving Nonpoint Source (NPS) impairments on a watershed-wide basis.
Deadline: December 14, 2012.
NEW-- Western Governors' Association development of a sustainable strategy supporting transportation planning and conservation priorities across the West --DOT
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is accepting applications for one cooperative agreement to awardees (“Recipients”) to implement policy priorities analogous to those identified through FHWA’s Eco-Logical program and to utilize the Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT). The intent of CHAT is to inform gross infrastructure planning efforts, wildlife corridor identification, and conservation planning. By putting these complementary approaches into operation in a collaborative manner, FHWA will be building on national ecosystem activities and maximizing implementation of its Eco-Logical program.
Deadline: Dec 29, 2012
EPA as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program is seeking applications to establish Centers to conduct water research and demonstration projects that are innovative and sustainable using a systems approach for nutrient management in the Nation’s waters.
Proposed research areas should include:
• Science to achieve sustainable and cost effective health and environmental outcomes as part of water management.
• Demonstration projects to support efficacy of water management systems with and beyond current technology and information at appropriate scales.
• Community involvement in the design, acceptance and implementation of nutrient management systems.
Deadline: January 15, 2013.
New -- EPA RFP: Increasing Community Awareness and Use of Environmental Information through Education and Outreach
This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits proposals for projects that will provide key audiences with an opportunity to attain a greater understanding of Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data and other related toxic chemical information. This announcement is consistent with the purpose of TRI as stated in the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) 42 U.S.C. 11023 which is to provide the public and local governments with information concerning potential chemical hazards present in their communities. EPA believes that an important way to promote greater awareness, understanding and use of the TRI data and other related information is to provide financial assistance for a project to increase awareness of that information among new audiences and through new avenues.
Deadline: March 1, 2013.
New-- Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) Core Centers (P30) --NIEHS
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) invites applications from qualified institutions for support of Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHS CC). The Centers are designed to establish leadership and support for programs of excellence in environmental health sciences by providing scientific guidance, technology, and career development opportunities for promising investigators. A Core Center Grant is an institutional award to support centralized scientific resources and facilities shared by investigators with existing research projects. By providing structure and resources, this support is intended to enhance the ability of scientists working in the field of environmental health sciences to identify and capitalize on emerging opportunities that will translate into advances improving the understanding of the relationships among environmental exposures, human biology, and disease. Deadline: January 14, 2013.
NEW -- Community Based Dental Partnership Program --HRSA
The goals of the Dental Community Partnership Program are to increase access to oral health care for patients with HIV in areas that remain underserved, especially in communities without dental education programs, and to increase the number of dental providers capable of managing the oral health needs of patients with HIV, through community-based service-learning experiences. Eligible applicants must work collaboratively with community-based dental providers (such as community-based organizations or agencies that currently provide or plan to provide oral health services, or private practice dental providers) to address unmet oral health needs of vulnerable populations with HIV.
Deadline: January 28, 2013.
NEW -- Sustainable Landscapes, Clean Energy and Adaptation--USAID
USAID’s climate change program uses three pillars of funding—“Sustainable Landscapes” investments in land use practices that stop, slow, and reverse emissions from deforestation and degradation of forests and other landscapes; “Clean Energy” investments to establish a foundation for low carbon energy systems; and “Adaptation” to increase the resilience of people, places and livelihoods to a changing climate. This Addendum to the GDA APS seeks private sector partners that wish to collaborate with USAID on programs that realize these three pillars while pursuing their own business or philanthropic interests.
Deadline: January 31, 2013.
In FY 2012, NSF funded six Phase II Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP-II) projects. The PI's, Co-PI's and significant partners of the six CCEP-II projects constitute the CCEP "network". The lead PI's for the six projects comprise the CCEP Alliance (CCEPA), which will convene on a regular basis in order to identify common needs and opportunities for collaboration across the CCEP network. Key to the success of this networked approach is the creation of a CCEP Alliance Office (CCEPA Office), which will: facilitate communication among the projects participating within the CCEP-II network; enable and nurture cross-project coordination and collaboration, such as assisting with data collection for a program-wide evaluation undertaken by NSF; and, support dissemination of resources developed by the CCEP-II network to the larger scientific community and the public. The CCEPA Office is also expected to foster coordination of CCEP-II activities with the larger climate change education community.
Letter of Intent Due Date(s) (required) December 06, 2012 Letter of Intent (Required)
Full Proposal Deadline(s): February 05, 2013. http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf13513
B-WET Chesapeake is a competitive grant program that supports existing, high quality environmental education programs, fosters the growth of new, innovative programs, and encourages capacity building and partnership development for environmental education programs throughout the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed. Successful projects advance the goals of the NOAA Education Strategic Plan and the Mid Atlantic Elementary and Secondary Environmental Literacy Strategy by providing hands-on environmental education about issues affecting the Chesapeake Bay watershed for students, related professional development for teachers, and/or capacity building for watershed education. These Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) integrate field experiences with classroom activities and instruction in NOAA-related content. Letters of Intent due 10/30/2012. Applications are due: 12/19/2012.
Deadline: November 26, 2012.
Deadline: December 18, 2012.
Deadline: November 8, 2012- December 8, 2015.
Organizations may apply for creative placemaking projects that contribute to the livability of communities and place the arts at their core. An organization may request a grant amount from $25,000 to $200,000.
Art works to improve the lives of America's citizens in many ways. Communities across our nation are leveraging the arts and engaging design to make their communities more livable with enhanced quality of life, increased creative activity, a distinct sense of place, and vibrant local economies that together capitalize on their existing assets. The NEA defines these efforts as the process of Creative Placemaking:
"In creative placemaking, partners from public, private, nonprofit, and community sectors strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, tribe, city, or region around arts and cultural activities. Creative placemaking animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety, and brings diverse people together to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired."
Through Our Town, subject to the availability of funding, the National Endowment for the Arts will provide a limited number of grants, ranging from $25,000 to $200,000, for creative placemaking projects that contribute toward the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core.
See "Intended NEA Outcome" for more details. Deadline: January 14, 2013. Guidance to prepare and application: http://www.arts.gov/grants/apply/OurTown/How-to-apply.html
Deadline: January 16, 2013.
Deadline: February 5, 2013.
Deadline: February 5, 2013. June 5, 2013.
Deadline: February 14, 2013.
VIII. 2013 Calendar
January 11, 2013.
Birthday of Aldo Leopold, author of A Sand County Almanac
He was born in 1887. Read more about Leopold at http://www.aldoleopold.org/AldoLeopold/leopold_bio.shtml
February 7-9, 2013. Kansas City, MO
February 15-18, 2013
February 26-28, 2013. San Diego, CA
Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting
March 10-14, 2013
San Antonio, TX
National Groundwater Week
March 10-16, 2013.
World Glaucoma Week
March 10-16, 2013.
American Society on Aging
March 12-16, 2013
World Water Day
March 22, 2013.
April 21, 2013