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Announcements 2015

Find out about events and news of interest to those who live and work in Indian country, including upcoming training, conferences, workshops and the latest TribalAIR news.

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January - December 2015

 


04/30/15

Tailoring Rule Step 2 Actions Signed

Today the Administrator signed a direct final rule, with a parallel proposal, to narrowly amend the permit rescission provisions in the federal Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) regulations. This action will allow the rescission of Clean Air Act PSD permits issued by the EPA or delegated state and local permitting authorities under Step 2 of the Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule.

We will post the prepublication version of the notices and a summary fact sheet on the web later today at: http://www.epa.gov/airquality/permits/actions.html


image: Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Program

You Spoke, We Listened!
Smart, Sensible and Sustainable Pest Management in Your School
Once again, thank you for attending the Smart, Sensible and Sustainable Pest Management in Your School webinar, and thank you for your valuable feedback. Webinar attendees who provided feedback thought that their overall understanding of how to effectively use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) increased. More than half of you said your next step would be to inspect and monitor school environments for pests and establish an IPM plan. You also plan to inform your colleagues and community about the importance of proactive indoor air quality (IAQ) management in schools, and to use U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) IAQ Tools for Schools resources online. Many of you were seeking additional resources for implementing a proactive IPM and IAQ management program in your schools.
In response to your feedback, we have selected more resources that you may find helpful for integrating pest management in your schools:

  • EPA’s School Integrated Pest Management Resources
    • EPA’s Managing Pests in the School Environment Website
      www2.epa.gov/managing-pests-schools
    • EPA’s Center of Expertise for School IPM
      Contact information: school.ipm@epa.gov or 844-EPA-SIPM
    • Pest Control in the School Environment: Adopting Integrated Pest Management
      This information has been developed to encourage and assist school officials in examining and improving their pest management practices. It identifies ways to reduce dependence on pesticides in school buildings and landscapes and discusses alternative methods for managing pests commonly found in schools.
      www.epa.gov/pesticides/ipm/brochure/
    • EPA’s Model Pesticide Safety and IPM Guidance Policy for School Districts
      This model pesticide safety and IPM guidance provides the school district, and its individual school campuses, a sustainable and long-term pest management alternative to traditional pesticide-only approaches.
      www.epa.gov/pestwise/publications/ipm/Model-School-IPM-Policy.pdf
    • Integrated Pest Management Checklist
      School administrators, IAQ team members and others involved in creating healthy indoor school environments can use this checklist to ensure the district develops an official IPM policy that designates pest management roles; inspects, identifies and monitors pests; develops preventative strategies; and evaluates results.
      www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/pdfs/kit/checklists/ipmcklst.pdf
  • IPM Institute of North America
    www.ipminstitute.org/school.htm
  • IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit
    EPA developed guidance to reduce exposure to indoor environmental contaminants in schools through voluntary adoption of sound and effective IAQ management practices. The Action Kit provides best practices, industry guidelines, sample policies, and a sample management plan for improving indoor air problems at little or no cost using straightforward activities and in-house staff.
    www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/actionkit.html
  • IAQ Tools for Schools Framework for Effective School IAQ Management
    This set of strategies, approaches and techniques can be used to immediately put the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance into action to achieve results.
    www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/excellence.html

Mark your calendars!
IAQ Master Class Professional Training Webinar Series


Webinar Topic

Webinar Date

Creating Healthy Indoor Environments in Schools

Watch On-Demand!

Making the Case

Watch On-Demand!

HVAC Systems

Watch On-Demand!

Mold and Moisture

Watch On-Demand!

Energy Efficiency and IAQ

Watch On-Demand!

Integrated Pest Management

On-Demand Link Coming Soon! (Recorded 4/16/15)

Asthma Management

5/14/15 — Register Now!

Cleaning and Maintenance

6/4/15 — Register Now!

Materials Selection

7/16/15

Source Control

September 2015

Learn from technical experts, industry leaders and model school districts during these live webinars. Each webinar will be followed by a 30-minute mentoring Q&A session.
Gain Recognition for your knowledge acquisition and commitment to action through certificates of completion for each training. Additionally, when you complete all 10 hours, you will be acknowledged with a certificate that recognizes your efforts toward IAQ Mastery as a member of the 2015 SHIELD Network IAQ Master Class.
AIA CEUs Now Available! To receive 1.5 Learning Units toward the American Institute of Architects' (AIA) Health, Safety, and Welfare and Sustainable Design (HSW/SD) standards, please send your full name, AIA#, email address, and the name of the webinar you attended to iaqschools@epa.gov.

Questions?
If you have any questions about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance, please contact the IAQ Tools for Schools Connector Coordinator at IAQschools@epa.gov.

EPA offers free IAQ Tools for Schools comprehensive resources to help schools maintain a healthy environment in school buildings by identifying, correcting and preventing IAQ problems. Learn more about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance at http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools.


04/29/15

DOE Tribal Energy Program

April 2015—Upcoming Events, Technical Assistance and Funding Opportunities, and News

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following information that may be of interest to tribes:

  • Upcoming Events
  • Technical Assistance Opportunities
  • Funding and Financing Opportunities
  • News Highlights

Upcoming Events

Tribal Energy Program Review
May 4–7, 2015
Renaissance Denver Hotel
Denver, Colorado

The Tribal Energy Program Review is a tremendous opportunity for tribes to meet, share information, and learn from one another. Recognizing the increasing interest tribes have in developing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects on tribal lands and the benefit of tribes learning from tribes, the Tribal Energy Program opens this annual meeting up to Indian Country as a whole.

The 2015 Program Review will feature project status updates from tribes across the nation who are leveraging Tribal Energy Program grant funding to explore or deploy weatherization, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies.

Agenda
Please see the overview agenda and detailed agenda for additional details.

Registration
Online registration ended on April 23; however, we will be accepting on-site registrations beginning at noon on Monday, May 4, and at 8:00 each morning of the Review. Lunch will be provided on the three full days of the review (Tuesday, May 5 through Thursday, May 7, 2015).

Hotel
A block of rooms is available to meeting participants; however, the discounted room rate of $163 per night (below government per diem) was only guaranteed through April 13, 2015, and we are no longer able to guarantee room rate or availability.

Book your room today!

For additional event details and updates, visit the Program Review Meetings Web page.

DOE 2015 Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar:
Innovative Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, and Integration of Renewables with Off-Grid Diesel Hybrid Systems
April 29, 2015
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time

Learn about the latest developments in energy efficiency, net zero housing, solar, and wind. Attendees will find out how these developments are facilitating high renewable energy levels and how they may benefit tribal communities. In addition, learn how hybrid systems integrate renewable energy with diesel generators and energy storage for supplying power to remote and rural areas.

There is no cost to attend the webinar, but advance registration is required. Register now.

Alaska Solar Energy Workshop
Anchorage, Alaska
April 30, 2015; 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Organized by the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, this workshop will provide attendees with a forum for exchanging ideas and information about best practices, performance of systems in the arctic, project development and financing, and lessons learned about solar energy.

Learn more about the workshop.

DOE Regional Tribal Renewable Energy Development Workshops

The Tribal Energy Program and the DOE Office of Indian Energy, with support from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), are offering a series of interactive workshops that will walk participants through the process for developing commercial- and community-scale renewable energy projects on tribal lands.

The workshops offer a unique opportunity for participants to learn from renewable energy project experts, get hands-on experience using technology resource assessment tools, explore project case studies, and hear about lessons learned from other tribes.

Workshop Dates and Locations

June 9–11, 2015
Norman, Oklahoma
Riverwind Hotel and Casino

July 28–29, 2015
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Sandia National Laboratories

Sept. 1–3, 2015
Golden, Colorado
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Learn more about the workshops.

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For updates and other events, visit the complete events calendar on the Tribal Energy Program website.

Technical Assistance Opportunities for Tribes

DOE Tribal Energy Program Technical Assistance Applications Due: Ongoing opportunity; no deadline

The Tribal Energy Program, together with the DOE Office of Indian Energy, provides technical assistance to federally recognized tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and other organized tribal groups and communities to advance tribal renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

Technical experts from DOE, DOE's national laboratories, and others are available to provide up to 40 hours of in-depth support, including strategic energy planning and project development support.

The goal of the technical assistance is to address a specific challenge or fulfill a specific need that is essential to a current project's successful implementation. The intended result is a tangible product or specific deliverable designed to help move the project forward.

Learn more about eligibility, requirements, and how to apply.

DOE Office of Indian Energy START Renewable Energy Project Development Assistance
Applications Due:
May 1, 2015

The DOE Office of Indian Energy is accepting applications for the third round of the Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Renewable Energy Project Development Assistance Program to provide tribes with technical assistance to further the development of community- and commercial-scale renewable energy projects.

START will provide tribal project teams and tribal legal/finance specialists with long-term technical assistance focused on helping them reach a late-stage development decision point or milestone to advance a project toward development.

Learn more and apply.

Funding and Financing Opportunities

IEED Energy and Mineral Development Program Grants
Applications due:
June 23, 2015
Eligible entities: Federally recognized tribes

The Secretary of the Interior, through the U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI's) Office of lndian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), is soliciting grant proposals from federally recognized Indian tribes and tribal energy resource development organizations for projects that assess, evaluate, or otherwise promote the processing, use, or development of energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. Grant awards are subject to the availability of funds as appropriated by Congress and allotted to IEED.

Proposals must be used by an Indian tribe for the development of a tribal energy and mineral resource inventory, a tribal energy and mineral resource on Indian land, or for the preparation of a report necessary to develop energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. Evaluation of applications will promote community-scale energy development. Local-impact power generation promotes sovereignty, energy independence, security, reliability, diversification, environmental benefits, sustainability, and stronger Native economies.

The preferred method of submitting grant proposals is via email at IEEDGrants@bia.gov, Attention: Bernie Toyekoyah. Proposals can also be mailed to Bernie Toyekoyah at 1 Mile North on Highway 281, P.O. Box 368, Anadarko, OK 73005, but must be received by the June 23 deadline.

Learn more.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact Rebecca Naragon at 202-208-4401 or email Rebecca.Naragon@bia.gov.

IEED Tribal Energy Development to Build Tribal Energy Development Capacity
Applications due:
June 29, 2015
Eligible entities: Federally recognized tribes

The Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs for DOI, through IEED, is soliciting grant proposals from Indian tribes to build tribal capacity for energy resource development or management under DOl's Tribal Energy Development Capacity (TEDC) grant program. This program is designed to complement the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Home Ownership (HEARTH) Act of 2012, which makes a voluntary, alternative land leasing process available to tribes for surface leases. Once the Assistant Secretary approves tribal leasing regulations submitted under the HEARTH Act, a tribe may enter into surface leases of tribal trust or restricted land without the approval of the Bureau of lndian Affairs, including surface leases for development of energy projects. The HEARTH Act does not apply to mineral leases. The TEDC program is intended to provide the tools needed to regulate and/or maximize the economic impact of energy development for federally recognized tribes and enable them to take advantage of the regulatory flexibility and the opportunity for self-determination afforded by the HEARTH Act.

Funding is provided for two critical capacity-developing activities:

  1. To build capacity through the establishment of organizational structure(s) and/or business entity structure(s) capable of engaging in commercial energy development or management activities, including but not limited to leasing property, meeting lending requirements, entering into standard business contracts, and forming joint venture partnerships (these structures include tribal business charters under federal law [Indian Reorganization Act, 25 U.S.C. 477, Section 17 Corporation] and corporations formed under state or tribal incorporation codes)
  2. To provide funding for the development or enhancement of key regulatory activities, including but not limited to the establishment of tribal policies, enactment of tribal regulations for leasing of surface land for energy development pursuant to the HEARTH Act, establishment of legal infrastructure for business formation, enactment of ordinances related to regulating and developing energy resource(s), and adoption of a secured transactions code or a memorandum of understanding, compact, or letter of intent with the state to register liens attached pursuant to this code.

The preferred method of submitting grant proposals is via email to IEEDGrants@bia.gov, Attention: Bernie Toyekoyah. If you have questions about the application process, please contact Bernie Toyekoyah at 405-247-1652.

Learn more.

USDA Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Grants
Applications due:
April 30, 2015
Eligible entities: State, local, and tribal governments; institutions of higher education

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Rural Business Cooperative-Service Agency, under the Rural Energy for America Program, is accepting applications for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Assistance grants of $20,000 or less to establish programs to assist agricultural producers and rural small businesses with evaluating the potential to incorporate renewable energy technologies into their operations.

For more information, read the funding opportunity announcement.

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For more funding, financing, and technical assistance opportunities available to tribes, see our list on the Tribal Energy Program website.

News Highlights

Tribal Clean Energy and Climate Accomplishments Highlighted on NPR, White House Blog Tribal energy efficiency and renewable energy was in the spotlight last week, with National Public Radio (NPR) and the White House touting the progress tribes have made on the climate front.

NPR's Morning Edition featured a story highlighting the fact that ready access to electricity has long been considered a luxury in many tribal communities, including the Navajo Nation. Derrick Terry, a renewable energy specialist for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, described the challenges his own family faced in supplying their homes with enough power turn on the lights at night or watch TV—simple things most Americans take for granted—and the sense of awe and excitement he experienced the first time his grandmother's home had electricity for Christmas lights. NPR interviewed Sandra-Begay Campbell, a Navajo tribal member who manages the Tribal Energy Program at Sandia National Laboratories, about the technical and financial barriers associated with running transmission lines to remote, sparsely populated areas of Indian reservations. Begay-Campbell pointed to the technical assistance the Tribal Energy Program has provided to enable tribal members like Leo Thompson, who works as an electrician's assistant, to install solar photovoltaic systems as an affordable alternative. Listen to the full story on NPR.

The White House also recognized tribal achievements on the energy and climate front in a blog co-authored by Jana Ganion, Energy Director for Blue Lake Rancheria (CA), and Kathie Brosemer, Environmental Program Manager for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (MI). Their tribes were among 16 U.S. communities designated as Climate Action Champions by the White House in December 2014, and the blog highlighted the significant inroads both have made in addressing energy and climate challenges by establishing bold energy visions, pursuing proactive energy strategies, and implementing a variety of successful and profitable energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Read the White House blog.

Regards, EERE Tribal Energy Program 15013 Denver West Parkway Golden, CO 80401 tribal@ee.doe.gov For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.

Regards,
EERE Tribal Energy Program
15013 Denver West Parkway
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.


04/28/15

image: Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Program
image: Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Program

Asthma Awareness Month Is Coming Soon!
Asthma Awareness Month (AAM) is just weeks away! How will you raise awareness and take action in your school community?
Plan educational events and activities for students, staff and parents using EPA's AAM Event Planning Kit.
Share your activities with the AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org community by posting to the Events Calendar, Blog and Discussion Forum!


Teach Kids of All Ages How to Stop Asthma Triggers
For Young Kids


Looking for quick, effective ways to teach young kids and caregivers about asthma management?

Share The Breathe Easies’ online music videos at your school! This band of puppets sings about asthma triggers and how to prevent attacks.
For Older Kids


Looking for ideas to teach older kids about asthma? Try the creative and successful activities presented by the North East Independent School District’s Diane Rhodes in the 2013 Asthma Award Winners webinar.

North East Independent School District is one of many school programs that shares resources and connects with others on AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org.


Collaborate with other community programs, like the Girl Scouts, to offer educational opportunities to students.

The Asthma Awareness Patch Program teaches Girl Scouts about asthma, environmental triggers and how they can help friends with asthma avoid triggers.


Celebrate #AsthmaAwarenessMonth in Your School and Beyond
Consider using social media, like Facebook and Twitter, to promote AAM and events at your school and in your community. Use the sample posts below on your program's social media pages.


    Tweets — Follow EPA on Twitter @EPA

Sample Tweets
1 in every 10 school-age children has asthma. Plan an #AsthmaAwarenessMonth activity at your #school.
http://bit.ly/13kP57G
#DidYouKnow 25 million Americans have asthma? Let's work together to control it!
The Breathe Easies asthma rock band is here to teach you how you can reduce indoor triggers! http://www.noattacks.org


Facebook — Like EPA’s page

Sample Posts
What's the cause of 10.5 million missed school days each year and one of the most common chronic diseases among children? Asthma. An average of one out of every 10 school-aged children has asthma. This May, plan an Asthma Awareness Month activity at your school. http://epa.gov/asthma/pdfs/awm/event_planning_kit.pdf
Did you know that 25 million people in the United States— including almost 7 million children—are estimated to have asthma? The annual cost, including the cost of hospital stays and lost school and work days, is $56 billion. Let's work together to control asthma: http://www.epa.gov/asthma/awareness.html
Indoor environmental factors can trigger asthma attacks: dust mites, mold, cockroaches, pet dander and secondhand smoke. Let The Breathe Easies asthma rock band teach you how to reduce triggers! Learn more at http://www.noattacks.org/breathe-easies

Upcoming Webinar!
IAQ and Health: Managing Asthma for Improved Health and Academic Outcomes
May 14, 2015
1:00 p.m. EDT

Join the IAQ and Health: Managing Asthma for Improved Health and Academic Outcomes webinar to hear strategies from experts on managing asthma in the school environment, and learn about how to apply the IAQ Tools for Schools Technical Framework and Key Drivers to your school’s IAQ management plan. Register now!


Put Your School in the National Spotlight — and Receive a Network Kit!
Because your school is investing the time and resources to host events and activities, why not share your success with the national community? We would love to hear about it!
Create a Blog, Collect a Kit!
What is your program doing to celebrate AAM? Share news about your program’s AAM events on the Network Blog. The first 15 people to post to the blog about AAM events will receive an AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org kit! Contest closes June 30, 2015.


Resources for Schools
Closing the Gap: Addressing Asthma Disparities in Schools Webinar
Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Action Kit and Framework
Managing Asthma in the School Environment
EPA's Back-to-School Webinar: Managing Asthma in Schools


Contact Us
Do you have questions about Asthma Awareness Month or AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org? 
Ask via email:
EPAAsthmaProgram@asthmacommunity
network.org


Join AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org
Know someone who might be interested in joining AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org

 


DOE Tribal Energy Program

Register Now for April 29 Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar!

Energy Efficiency, Zero Energy Ready Homes, and Off-grid Hybrid Power Generation Systems

April 29, 2015
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, in partnership with Western Area Power Administration, will present the next Tribal Renewable Energy Series webinar, Energy Efficiency, Zero Energy Ready Homes, and Off-grid Hybrid Power Generation Systems, on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain time.

Attendees will learn about Zero Energy Ready Homes and discover how integrating off-grid diesel hybrid systems into such homes can deliver energy and comfort to rural Tribes.

“DOE defines a Zero Energy Ready Home as a high-performance home that is so energy efficient that a renewable energy system can offset all or most of its annual energy consumption,” said Amy Hollander, a project manager with DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and one of the webinar presenters.

Hollander and NREL Senior Electrical Engineer Robert Butt will discuss the latest developments in residential energy efficiency and highlight how the application of energy-efficient building principles and deep energy upgrades, in conjunction with the use of heat recovery ventilators, can create airtight, healthy homes with near net-zero energy needs.

“Tribes will gain knowledge about how to move toward energy independence by using both renewable-based and fossil-fueled power generation systems to supply electricity needs of remote communities,” said Butt.

There is no cost to attend the webinar, but advance registration is required. Register now.

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For updates and other events, visit the complete events calendar on the Tribal Energy Program website.

Regards,
EERE Tribal Energy Program
15013 Denver West Parkway
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.


ICDBG Mold Webcast

We now have a date for the webcast on the new ICDBG mold remediation and prevention NOFA.

It will be held on May 5, from 2 PM-5PM east coast time. Interested persons can find information about the webcast here. It is suggested that viewers ensure that they can view such webcasts well in advance of that date and time. http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/webcasts/schedule

The webcast will be archived for later viewing and the slides will be available a day or two after the session. http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/multimedia/videos

Please share if you would, with your tribal contacts. Thank you.


04/23/15

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Online Registration for the Tribal Energy Program Review Ends Tomorrow!

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following information about the upcoming Tribal Energy Program Review.

2015 Tribal Energy Program Review

May 4–7, 2015
Renaissance Denver Hotel
Denver, Colorado

The Tribal Energy Program Review is a tremendous opportunity for tribes to meet, share information, and learn from one another.

The 2015 Program Review will feature project status updates from tribes across the nation who are leveraging Tribal Energy Program grant funding to explore or deploy weatherization, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies.

Registration

There is no registration fee, but advance registration is requested to ensure sufficient seating and availability of food. Lunch will be provided on the three full days of the review (Tuesday, May 5 through Thursday, May 7, 2015). Travel and per diem are the individual's responsibility. The last day to register online is April 23, 2015. However, we will be accepting on-site registrations beginning at noon on Monday, May 4, and 8:00 each morning of the Review.

Register now.

Agenda

Please see the attached overview agenda and detailed agenda. For additional event details and updates, visit the Program Review Meetings Web page.

Regards,
EERE Tribal Energy Program
15013 Denver West Parkway
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.


Remaining MATS Reconsiderations Issues Denied

Yesterday late in the day, the Administrator signed a notice announcing that EPA has completed the review of the remaining requests to reconsider certain aspects of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) for power plants. EPA has decided to deny all remaining requests. We will post the notice announcing this decision and a document describing the issues raised and our reasons for denial at: http://www.epa.gov/mats/actions.html


04/22/15

image: Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Program

Energy Savings Plus Health:
Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for School Building Upgrades

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
2:00–3:00 p.m. EDT
Register today for the free webinar


Looking for a resource to help you protect indoor air quality (IAQ) and occupant health during energy efficiency upgrades in your school district? Join this webinar sponsored by the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) to learn about the Energy Savings Plus Health: Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for School Building Upgrades. Use this new resource to optimize energy efficiency upgrades without compromising occupant health during the retrofit process. The webinar also will provide in-depth details and a demonstration of the Energy Savings Plus Health Checklist Generator, a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet that helps you create a custom verification checklist for your building upgrades and identifies concurrent IAQ assessment protocols for each step of the upgrade process. The webinar will feature guest speaker David Cone, who successfully implemented energy efficiency measures while maintaining occupant health at Evergreen School District in Washington.

During the webinar, you will learn about —

  • EPA’s Energy Savings Plus Health: Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for School Building Upgrades and the Checklist Generator Tool.
  • The critical connection between IAQ and energy efficiency and the importance of properly integrating the two for optimal occupant health and building performance.
  • Taking a proactive approach to saving energy and money, including best practices, procedures, policies and key principles that facility managers need to understand to effectively protect IAQ while increasing energy efficiency.
  • How Evergreen School District in Washington implemented energy efficiency measures while maintaining occupant health.

Speakers

  • Gregory Brunner, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.
  • David Cone, Evergreen Public Schools, Washington

Please note: This webinar will last approximately 60 minutes. You will need a high-speed internet connection.

Register Today!

Spread the word! Forward this email to a colleague.

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Questions?
If you have any questions about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance, please contact the IAQ Tools for Schools Connector Coordinator at IAQschools@epa.gov.

EPA offers free IAQ Tools for Schools comprehensive resources to help schools maintain a healthy environment in school buildings by identifying, correcting and preventing IAQ problems. Learn more about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance at http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools.


Indian Housing Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Mold NOFA Published! Deadline to apply for funds is June 22, 2015

Approximately $12,400,000 for mold remediation and prevention in and on housing units owned or operated by tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHE) or assisted with HUD funding was announced today.

Program Guidance 2015-02

Application materials

Resources for Mold Remediation and Prevention


04/21/15

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

More than $528 million in funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Transportation (DOT), and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including economic development, sustainable communities, green infrastructure, and water efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

In addition, please visit the calendar of 2015 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.

USDA Rural Energy for America Program – Funding TBD

  • Applications Due:April 30, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: Agricultural producers and rural small businesses

USDA announced funding to assist agricultural producers and small business owners in applying for resources to purchase and install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. Eligible renewable energy systems include wind, solar, renewable biomass (including anaerobic digesters), small hydro-electric, ocean, geothermal, or hydrogen derived from these renewable resources.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity announcement.

EPA Environmental Finance Center Grant Program – $8 million

  • Applications Due: April 30, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: Public educational institutions (including state, tribal, or municipal colleges and universities)

EPA is making available funding to provide multi-media environmental finance expertise and outreach to regulated communities (such as states, tribes, local governments, and private sector entities) to help them meet environmental requirements. The program aims to address environmental finance-related priorities such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, developing decision tools and financial strategies for adaptation to adverse weather events and/or climate change, and improving drinking water and wastewater utility water conservation, energy efficiency, management, and capital planning.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity announcement.

DOE Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Renewable Energy Project Development Assistance Program

  • Applications Due: May 1, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: Indian tribes

DOE announced an initiative to provide tribes with technical assistance with furthering the development of community- and commercial-scale renewable energy projects. Successful applications should demonstrate that their renewable energy project is aligned with overarching tribal strategic energy goals, identify a likely purchaser for the power generated from the project for commercial-scale projects, and use a selected or evaluated commercially available renewable energy technology.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

DOE U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center: Energy and Water Program – $12.5 million

  • Applications Due: May 1, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments, for profit entities, educational institutions, and nonprofits

DOE announced funding to support the formation of a consortium with the knowledge and experience to undertake a collaborative research program in conjunction with researchers in China. DOE identified five research and development topics at the nexus of energy and water that must be addressed by proposals: water use reduction at thermoelectric plants, treatment and management of non-traditional waters, improving sustainable hydropower design and operation, climate impact modeling, methods, and scenarios to support improved energy and water systems understanding, and data and analysis to inform planning, policy, and other decisions.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

DOE Resilient Electricity Delivery Infrastructure (REDI) Initiative – $3.5 million

  • Applications Due: May 4, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: Local governments

DOE is making available funding to deploy smart grid technologies/tools to improve climate preparedness and resiliency of the electricity delivery infrastructure. Two topic areas are offered to accomplish the objectives of this initiative: Topic Area 1) implementation and deployment of the best, pre-commercial and/or commercial smart grid technologies/tools, and Topic Area 2) utilizing smart grid technologies/tools from the DOE National Laboratories. Applications must describe how the proposed smart grid technology/tool increases climate resilience, and include metrics for measuring resilience.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

DOT Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Program – $500 million

  • Pre-Applications Due: May 4, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and other political subdivisions of State or local governments

DOT announced funding to support capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure projects. Selection criteria for the TIGER program include environmental sustainability, economic competitiveness, and state of good repair. Components of environmental sustainability include improving energy efficiency, reducing dependence on oil, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, avoiding adverse environmental impacts to air or water quality, wetlands, and endangered species, redeveloping brownfields, recharging groundwater in areas of water scarcity, creating wetlands, improving habitat connectivity, mitigating stormwater runoff, and deploying green infrastructure.

For more information, visit the notice of funding availability.

EPA 2015 Pollution Prevention (P2) Grant Program – $4 million

  • Applications Due: May 14, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: State and tribal governments, and state colleges and universities

EPA is making available funding to encourage businesses to adopt strategies and solutions that can significantly reduce or eliminate pollution at its source. Extra consideration will be given to projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency, including activities states can include in state implementation plans to comply with EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Examples of acceptable pollution prevention (P2) grant activities include providing on-site P2 training for small to mid-sized businesses and large manufacturers, helping businesses set up environmental management system protocols, offering P2 workshops to businesses, offering technical advice to state agencies or state university staff that can train businesses on best management practices, providing certification seminars to businesses, and supporting recognition programs to honor businesses that adopt, implement, and promote P2.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA 2015 Pollution Prevention Information Network (PPIN) Grant Program – $800,000

  • Applications Due: May 22, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: State and tribal governments, and state colleges and universities

EPA announced funding to create a coordinated network of national pollution prevention (P2) information centers that promote P2 awareness and application of P2 practices. Proposals must address emphasis areas that include reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency, including activities states can include in state implementation plans to comply with EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Possible grant activities include information sharing, promoting mentoring between businesses, convening roundtables and technology exchange, partnering with colleges and universities to promote P2 research, creating technical assistance programs, and developing and promoting P2 case studies.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

BIA Grant Program to Assess, Evaluate and Promote Development of Tribal Energy and Mineral Resources – Funding TBD

  • Applications Due: June 23, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: Tribal governments

BIAis making available funding for projects that assess, evaluate, or promote the processing, use, or development of energy and mineral resources on tribal lands. Eligible projects include renewable energy or minerals development, conventional energy development, assessment studies, feasibility studies, or economic analysis. Successful applications should promote community-scale energy development, energy independence, security, and reliability, diversification, and environmental benefits.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

BIA Grant Program to Build Tribal Energy Development Capacity – Funding TBD

  • Applications Due: June 29, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: Tribal governments

BIA announced funding to build tribal capacity for energy resource development. The funding is intended to support a range of renewable energy projects, in terms of scale, technology, geographic location, and tribal representation. The funding is also intended to build capacity through the establishment of organizational structures capable of engaging in commercial energy development or management activities, and providing funding for the development of tribal energy policies.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

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04/20/15

DOE Tribal Energy Program

DOE to Kick Off Series of Regional Tribal Renewable Energy Workshops in Oklahoma; Register for April 29 Tribal Webinar

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following opportunities, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs.

Register Now for DOE's Oklahoma Community-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Development and Financing Workshop June 9–11

DOE's Office of Indian Energy, with support from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, is offering a series of interactive workshops that will walk participants through the process for developing commercial- and community-scale renewable energy projects on tribal lands.

The first workshop will take place June 9–11, 2015, in Norman, Oklahoma, at the Riverwind Hotel and Casino.

Workshop participants will learn about the five steps necessary to develop and finance renewable energy projects on tribal lands, including how to:

  • Assess project potential
  • Determine technology options
  • Refine the project
  • Implement financing and construction
  • Plan for project operations and maintenance.

Workshops are designed exclusively for elected tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff.

Registration

There is no cost to attend the workshops, but participants are responsible for their own lodging, dinner, and travel costs. Coffee, a light breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack will be provided.

RSVP to secure your spot by emailing tribalworkshops@nrel.gov.

Hotel

A block of rooms is available for meeting participants under the group name "Indian Energy Renewable Energy Project Development" at a discounted rate of $83 per night. Book your room.

Learn more about the Oklahoma workshop.

DOE 2015 Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Innovative Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, and Net Zero Ready Grid Technology Updates

April 29, 2015
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time

Learn about how energy efficiency housing and the integration of renewables with off-grid diesel hybrid systems can deliver energy and comfort to rural tribes. Attendees will hear how deep energy upgrades and heat recovery ventilators can create an air-tight healthy home with near net zero energy needs.

There is no cost to attend the webinar, but advance registration is required. Register now.

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For updates and other events, visit the complete Events calendar on the Tribal Energy Program website.

Regards,
EERE Tribal Energy Program
15013 Denver West Parkway
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.

 


04/15/15

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

Announcement

  • Public Comment Period Now Open for “Draft Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States” Report

Webcasts & Trainings

  • EPA Webcast: Understanding Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and the Procurement Process
  • EPA Webcast: Renewable Energy Certificate Tracking Systems: An Introduction
  • NESCAUM Webcast: Including Energy Programs in Air Quality Planning: State Perspectives

New Resources

  • U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit Releases Water Resources as Topic Area
  • Climate Access Resource Now Available: The Preparation Frame: A Guide to Building Understanding of Climate Impacts and Engagement in Solutions
  • IREC Resource Now Available: New Solar Financing Toolkit for Local Governments

Announcement

Public Comment Period Now Open for Draft “Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States” Report
Public comments are now being solicited for the draft version of The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment. This draft assessment report was developed by USGCRP’s Interagency Group on Climate Change and Human Health as part of the sustained National Climate Assessment and as called for under the President’s Climate Action Plan.

Climate change threatens human health and well-being in many ways. The draft report synthesizes the available scientific literature to assess observed and projected impacts of climate change on human health in the United States, with a particular focus on where impacts can be quantified. Once finalized, the assessment is intended to inform public health officials, urban planners, and others who are interested in better understanding the health hazards presented by climate change. More information about the assessment, access to the draft, and instructions for submitting comments is available here. All comments must be submitted by 12:00 PM (EDT) on Monday, June 8, 2015. Publication of the final assessment report is expected in spring 2016.

Webcasts & Trainings

EPA Webcast: Understanding Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and the Procurement Process

Are you interested in learning more about renewable energy certificates (RECs) and how your organization can procure them? Join EPA for an in-depth discussion of RECs, their significance in the renewable energy market, and the steps and best practices involved in making an organizational REC procurement. TD Bank will provide an energy consumers' perspective on the REC purchase process, including a discussion of how RECs relate to TD Bank's overarching green power strategy and how it communicates its green power use to stakeholders. EPA will also showcase its new video, " RECs: Making Green Power Possible," which provides an easy-to-understand description of RECs, their role in the green power market, and addresses common questions and concerns about the role and benefits of RECs.

  • Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
  • Time: 1:00–2:00 PM (EDT)
  • Register

EPA Webcast: Renewable Energy Certificate Tracking Systems: An Introcuction
This webinar explores the systems used to track renewable energy certificates (RECs). REC-tracking systems are electronic databases that account for the creation, ownership, and retirement of RECs. These systems are also used to verify compliance with state Renewable Portfolio Standard policies, create environmental disclosure labels for electricity products, and substantiate voluntary green power and environmental marketing claims. There are ten regionally based REC tracking systems currently in operation in the United States. The registries offer both public reports of aggregated REC data as well as database access for governmental staff to determine compliance.

  • Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
  • Time: 1:00–2:00 PM (EDT)
  • Register

NESCAUM Webcast: Including Energy Programs in Air Quality Planning: State Perspectives
In 2013, EPA released a roadmap for states to include energy efficiency and renewable energy in their air quality plans. Three states―Maryland, Massachusetts, and New York―developed case studies describing their experiences using the different pathways outlined in the Roadmap. These states will discuss the opportunity to include energy programs in air quality plans, describe their experiences with the Roadmap, and introduce the potential to include energy efficiency and renewable energy into a multi-pollutant, cross-sector planning process.

  • Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
  • Time: 3:00–4:15 PM (EDT)
  • Register

New Resources

U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit Releases Water Resources as Topic Area
The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit's Water Resources topic area is now live. Explore climate-related risks and opportunities related to municipal water supplies, flooding, drought, and water-related ecosystems. You'll also find tools and case studies to help manage water-related climate risk and build resilience.

Click here to access the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit homepage.

Climate Access Resource Now Available: The Preparation Frame: A Guide to Building Understanding of Climate Impacts and Engagement in Solutions
The Preparation Frame: A Guide to Building Understanding of Climate Impacts and Engagement in Solutions explores how to shift the climate conversation to a focus on preparing for and reducing the threat of climate disruption. The preparation frame is built around the fundamental challenges, choices, and opportunities we face in confronting climate disruption and puts people, prosperity, and security at the heart of the discussion.

The guide's recommendations are based on trends in public opinion and the latest social science research, as well as tools and best practices from climate leaders who are already engaging communities in preparation efforts.

IREC Resource Now Available: New Solar Financing Toolkit for Local Governments
In an effort to reduce solar soft costs and assist local governments and other public entities seeking to install and finance rooftop solar systems, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) has developed a comprehensive toolkit on retail solar power purchase agreements (PPAs).

IREC's new PPA toolkit is designed to help overcome the common challenges and costs associated with PPAs by providing a full suite of resources in a highly user-friendly format. With the addition of a free webinar on April 23rd and forthcoming toolkit workshops, IREC will supplement the toolkit with hands-on training to empower municipal entities that seek to utilize solar PPAs. The end goal, in line with the DOE SunShot Initiative goals, is to simplify, streamline, and reduce costs for solar.

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04/09/15

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Help spread the word about the next webinar in the IAQ Master Class Professional Training Webinar Series —
Smart, Sensible and Sustainable Pest Management in Your School

Thursday, April 16, 2015
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Webinar Topic

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Environments in Schools

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Making the Case

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HVAC Systems

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Mold and Moisture

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Watch On–Demand!

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Cleaning and Maintenance

6/4/15

Materials Selection

7/16/15

Source Control

September 2015

Learn from technical experts, industry leaders and model school districts during these live webinars, which will be followed by 30-minute mentoring Q&A sessions.
Gain Recognition for your knowledge acquisition and commitment to action through certificates of completion for each training. Additionally, when you complete all 10 hours, you will be acknowledged with a certificate that recognizes your efforts toward IAQ Mastery as a member of the 2015 SHIELD Network IAQ Master Class. CEUs are available.
Miss a live webinar? No worries! All webinars will be recorded and available for future on-demand viewing on EPA's website.

Questions?
If you have any questions about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance, please contact the IAQ Tools for Schools Connector Coordinator at IAQschools@epa.gov.
EPA offers free IAQ Tools for Schools comprehensive resources to help schools maintain a healthy environment in school buildings by identifying, correcting and preventing IAQ problems. Learn more about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance at http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools.


04/08/15

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Energy Savings Plus Health:
Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for School Building Upgrades

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT
Register today for this free webinar!

Looking for a resource to help you protect indoor air quality (IAQ) and occupant health during energy efficiency upgrades in your school district? Join this webinar sponsored by the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) to learn about the Energy Savings Plus Health: Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for School Building Upgrades. Use this new resource to optimize energy efficiency upgrades without compromising occupant health during the retrofit process. The webinar also will provide in-depth details and a demonstration of the Energy Savings Plus Health Checklist Generator, a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet that helps you create a custom verification checklist for your building upgrades and identifies concurrent IAQ assessment protocols for each step of the upgrade process. The webinar will feature guest speaker David Cone, who successfully implemented energy efficiency measures while maintaining occupant health at Evergreen School District in Washington.
During the webinar, you will learn about —

  • EPA’s Energy Savings Plus Health: Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for School Building Upgrades and the Checklist Generator Tool.
  • The critical connection between IAQ and energy efficiency and the importance of properly integrating the two for optimal occupant health and building performance.
  • Taking a proactive approach to saving energy and money, including best practices, procedures, policies and key principles that facility managers need to understand to effectively protect IAQ while increasing energy efficiency.
  • How Evergreen School District in Washington implemented energy efficiency measures while maintaining occupant health.

Speakers

  • Gregory Brunner, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.
  • David Cone, Evergreen Public Schools, Washington

Please note: This webinar will last approximately 60 minutes. You will need a high-speed internet connection.
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Tribal Energy Program

April 2015—Upcoming Events, Technical Assistance and Funding Opportunities, and News

April 7, 2015
The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following information that may be of interest to tribes:

Upcoming Events

Tribal Energy Program Review

May 4–7, 2015
Renaissance Denver Hotel
Denver, Colorado

The Tribal Energy Program Review is a tremendous opportunity for tribes to meet, share information, and learn from one another. Recognizing the increasing interest tribes have in developing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects on tribal lands and the benefit of tribes learning from tribes, the Tribal Energy Program opens this annual meeting up to Indian Country as a whole.
The 2015 Program Review will feature project status updates from tribes across the nation who are leveraging Tribal Energy Program grant funding to explore or deploy weatherization, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies.

Agenda

Please see the overview agenda PDF and detailed agenda PDF for additional details.

Registration

There is no registration fee, but advance registration is required to ensure sufficient seating and availability of food. Lunch will be provided on the three full days of the review (Tuesday, May 5 through Thursday, May 7, 2015).
Register now.

Hotel

A block of rooms is available to meeting participants at a discounted rate of $163.00 plus tax (below government per diem rate).The deadline for reserving a room at the group rate is April 13, 2015. After that date, we will be unable to guarantee room rate or availability.
Book your room at the group rate today!
For additional event details and updates, visit the Program Review Meetings Web page.

NOAA Webinar: The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

April 13, 2015 1–2:30 p.m. EDT

Hosted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this webinar will show attendees the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, which provides resources and a framework for understanding and addressing the climate issues that impact people and their communities.

There is no cost to attend the webinar, but advance registration is required. Register now.

DOE 2015 Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Innovative Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, and Integration of Renewables with Off-Grid Diesel Hybrid Systems

April 29, 2015
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time

Learn about the latest developments in energy efficiency, net zero housing, solar, and wind. Attendees will find out how these developments are facilitating high renewable energy levels and how they may benefit tribal communities. In addition, learn how hybrid systems integrate renewable energy with diesel generators and energy storage for supplying power to remote and rural areas.
There is no cost to attend the webinar, but advance registration is required. Register now.

Alaska Solar Energy Workshop

Anchorage, Alaska
April 30, 2015; 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Organized by the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, this workshop will provide attendees with a forum for exchanging ideas and information about best practices, performance of systems in the arctic, project development and financing, and lessons learned about solar energy.
Learn more about the workshop.
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For updates and other events, visit the complete events calendar on the Tribal Energy Program website.

 

Technical Assistance Opportunities for Tribes

DOE Tribal Energy Program Technical Assistance

Applications Due: Ongoing opportunity; no deadline

The Tribal Energy Program, together with the DOE Office of Indian Energy, provides technical assistance to federally recognized tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and other organized tribal groups and communities to advance tribal renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
Technical experts from DOE, DOE's national laboratories, and others are available to provide up to 40 hours of in-depth support, including strategic energy planning and project development support.
The goal of the technical assistance is to address a specific challenge or fulfill a specific need that is essential to a current project's successful implementation. The intended result is a tangible product or specific deliverable designed to help move the project forward.
Learn more about eligibility, requirements, and how to apply.

DOE Office of Indian Energy Announces Round 3 of START Renewable Energy Project Development Assistance

Applications Due: May 1, 2015
The DOE Office of Indian Energy is accepting applications for the third round of the Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Renewable Energy Project Development Assistance Program to provide tribes with technical assistance to further the development of community- and commercial-scale renewable energy projects.
START will provide tribal project teams and tribal legal/finance specialists with long-term technical assistance focused on helping them reach a late-stage development decision point or milestone to advance a project toward development.
Learn more and apply.

Funding and Financing Opportunities

IEED Energy and Mineral Development Program Grants

Applications due: June 23, 2015
Eligible entities: Federally recognized tribes
The Secretary of the Interior, through the U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI's) Office of lndian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), is soliciting grant proposals from federally recognized Indian tribes and tribal energy resource development organizations for projects that assess, evaluate, or otherwise promote the processing, use, or development of energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. Grant awards are subject to the availability of funds as appropriated by Congress and allotted to IEED.
Proposals must be used by an Indian tribe for the development of a tribal energy and mineral resource inventory, a tribal energy and mineral resource on Indian land, or for the preparation of a report necessary to develop energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. Evaluation of applications will promote community-scale energy development. Local-impact power generation promotes sovereignty, energy independence, security, reliability, diversification, environmental benefits, sustainability, and stronger Native economies.
The preferred method of submitting grant proposals is via email at IEEDGrants@bia.gov, Attention: Bernie Toyekoyah. Proposals can also be mailed to Bernie Toyekoyah at 1 Mile North on Highway 281, P.O. Box 368, Anadarko, OK 73005, but must be received by the June 23 deadline.
Learn more.

If you have questions about the appliation process, please contact Rebecca Naragon at 202-208-4401 or email Rebecca.Naragon@bia.gov.

IEED Tribal Energy Development to Build Tribal Energy Development Capacity

Applications due: June 29, 2015
Eligible entities: Federally recognized tribes
The Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs for DOI, through IEED, is soliciting grant proposals from Indian tribes to build tribal capacity for energy resource development or management under DOl's Tribal Energy Development Capacity (TEDC) grant program. This program is designed to complement the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Home Ownership (HEARTH) Act of 2012, which makes a voluntary, alternative land leasing process available to tribes for surface leases. Once the Assistant Secretary approves tribal leasing regulations submitted under the HEARTH Act, a tribe may enter into surface leases of tribal trust or restricted land without the approval of the Bureau of lndian Affairs, including surface leases for development of energy projects. The HEARTH Act does not apply to mineral leases. The TEDC program is intended to provide the tools needed to regulate and/or maximize the economic impact of energy development for federally recognized tribes and enable them to take advantage of the regulatory flexibility and the opportunity for self-determination afforded by the HEARTH Act.

Funding is provided for two critical capacity-developing activities:

  1. To build capacity through the establishment of organizational structure(s) and/or business entity structure(s) capable of engaging in commercial energy development or management activities, including but not limited to leasing property, meeting lending requirements, entering into standard business contracts, and forming joint venture partnerships (these structures include tribal business charters under federal law [Indian Reorganization Act, 25 U.S.C. 477, Section 17 Corporation] and corporations formed under state·or tribal incorporation codes)
  2. To provide funding for the development or enhancement of key regulatory activities, including but not limited to the establishment of tribal policies, enactment of tribal regulations for leasing of surface land for energy development pursuant to the HEARTH Act, establishment of legal infrastructure for business formation, enactment of ordinances related to regulating and developing energy resource(s), and adoption of a secured transactions code or a memorandum of understanding, compact, or letter of intent with the state to register liens attached pursuant to this code.


The preferred method of submitting grant proposals is via email to IEEDGrants@bia.gov, Attention: Bernie Toyekoyah. If you have questions about the application process, please contact Bernie Toyekoyah at 405-247-1652.
Learn more.

USDA Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Grants

Applications due: April 30, 2015
Eligible entities: State, local, and tribal governments; institutions of higher education
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Rural Business Cooperative-Service Agency, under the Rural Energy for America Program, is accepting applications for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Assistance grants of $20,000 or less to establish programs to assist agricultural producers and rural small businesses with evaluating the potential to incorporate renewable energy technologies into their operations.
For more information, read the funding opportunity announcement PDF.

IRS Clean Renewable Energy Bonds

Applications due: Ongoing opportunity; no deadline
Eligible entities: Governmental bodies, including tribes, and cooperative electric companies
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is accepting applications for a volume cap of up to $800 million to finance the costs of a qualified renewable energy facility or facilities, such as wind, closed- or open-loop biomass, geothermal, solar, and small irrigation facilities. The application must indicate the expected date of construction and when each facility will be placed in service.
Learn more PDF.
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For more funding, financing, and technical assistance opportunities available to tribes, see our list on the Tribal Energy Program website.

News Highlights

DOE Office of Indian Energy to Host Regional Tribal Renewable Energy Workshops This Summer

The DOE Office of Indian Energy, with support from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is offering a series of interactive workshops that will walk participants through the process for developing commercial- and community-scale renewable energy projects on tribal lands.
The workshops offer a unique opportunity for participants to learn from renewable energy project experts, get hands-on experience using technology resource assessment tools, explore project case studies, and hear about lessons learned from other tribes.
Workshop Dates and Locations

June 9–11, 2015

Norman, Oklahoma
Riverwind Hotel and Casino

July 27–29, 2015
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Sandia National Laboratories

Sept. 1–3, 2015
Golden, Colorado
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Learn more about the workshops.

DSIRE Launches New Website

The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) is the most comprehensive source of information related to policies and incentives that support that nation's use of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Funded by DOE, the revamped DSIRE database and website features new capabilities such as finding relevant policies and incentives by entering a ZIP Code, sorting through nearly 2,800 active policies and incentives by applying various filters to search results, and more. Visit the new DSIRE website.

Regards,
EERE Tribal Energy Program
15013 Denver West Parkway
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@ee.doe.gov
For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.

 


04/07/15

Alliance for Green Heat

Green Heat Newsletter April 2015 - Issue 68

Focus on NSPS - New EPA Stove Regulations Become Law on May 15

http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs104/1102613841668/archive/1120539164759.html

Green Heat Newsletter March 2015 - Issue 67

Focus on NSPS - AGH Position on the New NSPS

http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs104/1102613841668/archive/1120189857988.html


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Tribal Energy Program

Don't Wait! Program Review Hotel Discount Is Only Good Through April 13 

March 31, 2015
The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following information that may be of interest to tribes.

2015 Tribal Energy Program Review—Agendas, Registration, and Hotel Information 

May 4–7, 2015
Renaissance Denver Hotel
Denver, Colorado

The Tribal Energy Program Review is a tremendous opportunity for tribes to meet, share information, and learn from one another. Recognizing the increasing interest tribes have in developing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects on tribal lands and the benefit of tribes learning from tribes, the Tribal Energy Program opens this annual meeting up to Indian Country as a whole.
The 2015 Program Review will feature project status updates from tribes across the nation who are leveraging Tribal Energy Program grant funding to explore or deploy weatherization, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies.

Agenda

Please see the overview agenda and detailed agenda for additional details.

Registration

There is no registration fee, but advance registration is required to ensure sufficient seating and availability of food. Lunch will be provided on the three full days of the review (Tuesday, May 5 through Thursday, May 7, 2015). 
Register now.

Hotel

A block of rooms is available to meeting participants at a discounted rate of $163.00 plus tax (below government per diem rate).The deadline for reserving a room at the group rate is April 13, 2015. After that date, we will be unable to guarantee room rate or availability.
Book your room at the group rate today!
For additional event details and updates, visit the Program Review Meetings Web page.
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Regards,
EERE Tribal Energy Program
15013 Denver West Parkway
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@ee.doe.gov
For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.

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EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

Did you know that it’s National Public Health Week? To celebrate, we wanted to share a few of our Local Strategy Guides that make the connection between where you live and your health.

There is a clear link between your surroundings and your health: research has shown that automobile-oriented development is connected to the rise of obesity, respiratory illnesses, and other chronic diseases while compact, connected development patterns in a region will increase overall activity levels. Just 30 minutes per day of moderate exercise (such as walking) several times per week can reduce obesity and improve health. You can make it easier for people to be active and healthy by pursuing policies and programs that encourage multiple transportation options and smart growth.

Explore our Transportation Control Guide (pdf) and Smart Growth Guide (pdf), and you’ll learn things like:

  • Policies that offer more transportation options can have an immediate effect on public health by reducing air pollution from driving while increasing physical activity.
  • Compact, mixed-use communities with streets that are safe for pedestrians and bicyclists give people the opportunity to incorporate physical activity into their daily routine by walking or biking to school, work, transit, stores, and restaurants―or for recreation.
  • One study in the Atlanta region found that people who live in compact, more walkable neighborhoods drive 30 to 40 percent less than people who live in more dispersed areas, are more than twice as likely to get the recommended amount of physical activity, and weigh an average of 10 pounds less than people who live in more dispersed areas!
  • Increasing physical activity can make people healthier, often leading to a reduction in healthcare costs. For example, another study found that physically active people spend about $600 less on health care annually than inactive people.
  • Smart growth also improves emergency services response times as fire departments, emergency responders, and police stations are closer to the areas they serve and have more route options to respond to emergency calls, given a typically gridded street pattern with a choice of more direct routes.

And with summer just around the corner (sort of?), explore our Heat Island topic area to learn about the critical connection between heat and health:

Heat waves often affect cities more than other areas because cities are already warmer than the surrounding non-urban areas due to the heat island effect. People and extreme heat don’t mix: they can suffer from potentially deadly heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Older adults, young children, low-income populations, and people in poor health are the most vulnerable to these health impacts.

Cities can incorporate heat island reduction strategies—such as green or cool roofs, cool pavements, or increased vegetation and trees—into long-term planning to lower city temperatures and reduce the harmful health impacts which are made worse during heat waves.

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IN THIS ISSUE

Did You Know...
EPA’s Indoor Environments Division recently launched the IAQ Master Class Webinar Series, comprised of ten 1-hour technical, core competency Web-based trainings designed to build the capacity of school district staff across the country to start, improve or sustain an IAQ management program.
This unique webinar series is developed and hosted in collaboration with a group of diverse stakeholders known as the School Health and Indoor Environments Leadership Development (SHIELD) Network. Together, the SHIELD Network and the Indoor Environments Division are helping schools across the country create healthy indoor environments using the comprehensive approach outlined in EPA’s Framework for Effective School IAQ Management, including the Key Drivers and Technical Solutions and the IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit.
Participants in the IAQ Master Class Webinar Series gain recognition for their increased knowledge and commitment to action through certificates of completion and CEUs. Share this information with your networks and contacts and check out our website at www.epa.gov/iaq/
schools/masterclasswebinars/index.html
for the complete schedule of IAQ Master Class webinars and to watch on-demand videos from previous webinars.
The latest webinar in the series, Mold and Moisture: Double Trouble in Schools, is now available to watch on-demand.

NEWS AND EVENTS


Celebrate National Healthy Schools Day. Celebrate the 13th Annual National Healthy Schools Day on April 7, 2015. Since 2002, parents, school district staff and local community advocates have been celebrating and promoting National Healthy Schools Day activities and events nationwide. There are many ways to be involved in Healthy Schools Day, everything from distributing Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools information to hosting green cleaning workshops at your local school. Get involved and make sure our nation's schools have healthy indoor environments for all children and staff. For ideas on activities, visit www.nationalhealthyschoolsday.org and click the Activities Map button. Also, be sure to register your planned activity so it can be posted on the map!
Collaborative for High Performance Schools Available Nationwide. The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) has released a new version of the CHPS Criteria rating system that can be used in every state and the District of Columbia. Until this release, only school districts in the 13 states with a customized CHPS Criteria could participate in the program. The new US-CHPS is applicable for new campuses, new buildings on existing campuses, major renovations and phased minor renovation projects. The US-CHPS Criteria are a companion to and based on the CHPS National Core Criteria and were developed to achieve the following three priority outcomes: maximize the health and performance of students and staff; conserve energy, water and other resources to reduce operating costs; and minimize environmental impacts created by the school. Find further information on the US-CHPS Criteria at www.chps.net/dev/drupal/us-chps-criteria.
Healthy Cleaning and Asthma-Safer Schools: A How-To Guide. Did you know that some cleaning products can cause asthma to become worse? The California Department of Public Health recently released a new guidance, Healthy Cleaning Asthma-Safer Schools: A How-To Guide, which helps school districts go green and save money by transitioning to safer cleaning products and practices. Find further information on the guide at us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=4586a1ad0b7ecd671f7295e07&id=a4c745f06e&e=c0bc56a864.

MOLD AND MOISTURE — POTENTIAL HEALTH EFFECTS AND SAFE CLEANUP PRACTICES


While we all look forward to April showers bringing May flowers, spring weather can also lead to mold and moisture issues in school buildings. As you prepare for warmer weather and snow and ice thaw, consider taking time to review your district’s mold and moisture control policies and procedures. Proactive moisture control practices are the key to controlling indoor mold growth and are especially important when the risk of over-saturation and flooding is high.
Why is mold and moisture control so important? Molds are a major source of indoor allergens and can trigger asthma in sensitive individuals. Even when spores are dead or unable to grow, mold can cause health effects, such as allergic reactions. The types and severity of health effects associated with exposure to mold depend, in part, on the type of mold present and the extent of the occupants’ exposure and existing sensitivities or allergies. Prompt and effective remediation of moisture problems is essential to minimize mold exposures and their health effects. These negative health effects can lead to increased absenteeism and reduced performance in both staff and students.
To learn more about how IAQ issues, including mold and moisture, can affect student and staff performance, visit www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/benefits.html.


How should mold be safely cleaned? It is essential to clean up mold, as well as excess water or moisture, because moisture is the key to mold control. If the excess water or moisture problem is not fixed, mold will most likely grow again, even if the area is completely cleaned. Clean hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry them quickly and completely. Absorbent materials, such as ceiling tiles, may have to be discarded if the mold cannot be completely removed.
To clean up mold safely and effectively, staff should wear waterproof gloves during cleanup and should not touch mold or moldy items with bare hands. Respiratory protection should also be used in most remediation situations to prevent inhalation exposure to mold.
To learn more about how to safely clean mold, visit www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/tfs/guideh.html#MoldCleanUp.

SPRING INTO ACTION: TOP 10 TIPS TO CONTROL MOLD AND MOISTURE
Spring is a great time to reinvigorate your school district’s moisture control practices. Following the tips below will help to prevent excess water from thawing snow or spring floods from turning into a mold crisis.

  • Establish a mold prevention and remediation plan within your greater IAQ management program.
  • View the IAQ Reference Guide on Mold and Moisture for tips on identifying and correcting common mold and moisture issues.
  • Conduct routine moisture inspections. Inspect all school buildings for signs of mold, moisture, leaks or spills, or evidence of past water damage.
  • Prevent moisture condensation by increasing surface temperature, installing proper insulation and improving air circulation.
  • Eliminate sources of moisture by reducing indoor humidity; maintain indoor humidity levels between 30 and 60 percent.
  • Respond promptly when you see signs of moisture and/or mold or when leaks or spills occur. Dry all wet areas within 24 to 48 hours.
  • Perform regular heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) inspections and maintenance as scheduled. Ensure HVAC drip pans are clean, unobstructed and flowing properly.
  • Review EPA’s Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings to learn about mold growth in schools and how it can be managed.
  • Educate school community members—including teachers, school officials, and facilities and maintenance staff—on the importance of mold and moisture control.
  • Review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health resources to aid school districts in the cleaning and remediation of flood-contaminated HVAC systems.

Get Answers to Your Questions
Is there a topic you want to see covered in an IAQ Tools for Schools Connector e-newsletter? Do you have suggestions for a webinar or e-newsletter feature, or do you have a question about a specific IAQ topic? If so, send us an email at iaqschools@epa.gov.

Share YOUR news and events!
Send us information to share with the school IAQ community. It could be featured in the next Connector e-newsletter. Email your news and events to iaqschools@epa.gov.
The IAQ Tools for Schools guidance is a comprehensive resource designed to help schools maintain a healthy indoor environment in school buildings by identifying, correcting and preventing IAQ problems. Learn more about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance at http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools


04/03/15

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Tribal Energy Program

Department of the Interior Solicits Grant Proposals for Two New Funding Opportunities

April 2, 2015
The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following opportunities courtesy of the U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI's) Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED).

Grant Program to Assess, Evaluate, and Promote Development of Tribal Energy and Mineral Resources

IEED Energy and Mineral Development Program Grants

Applications Due: June 23, 2015
The Secretary of the Interior, through IEED, is soliciting grant proposals from federally recognized Indian tribes and tribal energy resource development organizations for projects that assess, evaluate, or otherwise promote the processing, use, or development of energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. Grant awards are subject to the availability of funds as appropriated by Congress and allotted to IEED.
Proposals must be used by an Indian tribe for the development of a tribal energy and mineral resource inventory, a tribal energy and mineral resource on Indian land, or for the preparation of a report necessary to develop energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. Evaluation of applications will promote community-scale energy development. Local-impact power generation promotes sovereignty; energy independence; security; reliability; diversification; environmental benefits; sustainability; and stronger Native economies.
The preferred method of submitting grant proposals is via email to IEEDGrants@bia.gov, Attention: Bernie Toyekoyah. Proposals can also be mailed to Bernie Toyekoyah at 1 Mile North on Highway 281, P.O. Box 368, Anadarko, OK 73005, but must be received by the June 23 deadline.
If you have questions about the application process, please contact Rebecca Naragon at 202-208-4401 or e-mail Rebecca.Naragon@bia.gov.
Learn more.

Grant Program to Build Tribal Energy Development Capacity

Tribal Energy Development Capacity Grant Program

Applications Due: June 29, 2015
The Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs for DOI, through IEED, is soliciting grant proposals from Indian tribes to build tribal capacity for energy resource development or management under DOl's Tribal Energy Development Capacity (TEDC) grant program. This program is designed to complement the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Home Ownership (HEARTH) Act of 2012, which makes a voluntary, alternative land leasing process available to tribes for surface leases. Once the Assistant Secretary approves tribal leasing regulations submitted under the HEARTH Act, a tribe may enter into surface leases of tribal trust or restricted land without the approval of the Bureau of lndian Affairs, including surface leases for development of energy projects. The HEARTH Act does not apply to mineral leases. The TEDC program is intended to provide the tools needed to regulate and/or maximize the economic impact of energy development for federally recognized tribes and enable them to take advantage of the regulatory flexibility and the opportunity for self-determination afforded by the HEARTH Act.
Funding is provided for two critical capacity-developing activities: 1) To build capacity through the establishment of organizational structure(s) and/or business entity structure(s) capable of engaging in commercial energy development or management activities, including but not limited to leasing property, meeting lending requirements, entering into standard business contracts, and forming joint venture partnerships (these structures include tribal business charters under federal law [Indian Reorganization Act, 25 U.S.C. 477, Section 17 Corporation] and corporations formed under state·or tribal incorporation codes); 2) To provide funding for the development or enhancement of key regulatory activities, including but not limited to the establishment of tribal policies, enactment of tribal regulations for leasing of surface land for energy development pursuant to the HEARTH Act, establishment of legal infrastructure for business formation, enactment of ordinances related to regulating and developing energy resource(s), and adoption of a secured transactions code or a memorandum of understanding, compact, or letter of intent with the state to register liens attached pursuant to this code.
The preferred method of submitting grant proposals is via email to IEEDGrants@bia.gov, Attention: Bernie Toyekoyah. If you have questions about the application process, please contact Bernie Toyekoyah at 405-247-1652.
Learn more (click on the first item in the list: BIA-TEDC-15-FA-0002.)
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For other funding and technical assistance opportunities, see our list on the Tribal Energy Program website.
Regards,
EERE Tribal Energy Program
15013 Denver West Parkway
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@ee.doe.gov
For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.

 
 

04/02/15

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EPA's Tribal, State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

EPA Webcasts

  • April 2, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) – Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act: Overview of the State Plan Structure

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

  • April 23, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic: Responding to a Data Request
  • April 28, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 101
  • April 29, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 201
  • April 30, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR

DOE Webinars

  • April 7, 3:00-4:00 PM (EDT) – Zero Energy Buildings: What Are They and How Do We Build Them?
  • April 30, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT) – Benchmarking Data Cleansing: A Rite of Passage Along the Benchmarking Journey

NOAA Webinars

  • April 13, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

USA Webinars

  • April 2, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) – Rural Energy for America Program Round-Up: Project Financing

Council of Development Finance Agencies

  • April 7, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – Accessing Creative Revenue Sources for Energy Efficiency

Ecosystem-Based Management Tools Network

  • April 30, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – Community-Based Sea Level Rise Projections

Arizona State University and the Security & Sustainability Forum

  • April 24, 1:15-2:45 PM (EDT) – Growing a City to Meet Current and Future Needs: What Led to the Urban Resilience Movement

Carbon Disclosure Project Webinars

  • April 8, 12:00 PM (EDT) – Climate Change: A Challenge for Bond Analysts Webinar
  • April 2, 2:00 PM (EDT) – Reporting on City Climate Hazards, Risks, and Adaptation Webinar

EPA Webcasts

April 2, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) – Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act: Overview of the State Plan Structure
EPA invites communities to participate in a webinar that will provide an overview of the Clean Air Act, with a specific focus on section 111(d) and the state plan structure under section 111(d). The goal of this webinar is to provide communities with background information on the authorities that EPA is using to implement the Clean Power Plan.
Meeting Link: Here
Participant Number: 1-800-309-5450
Conference ID: 7490460

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

April 23, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic: Responding to a Data Request
Portfolio Manager "Office Hours" is a live webinar that gives all users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA in an open forum. We will plan to spend the first 20–30 minutes of each session discussing a specific focus topic. The remaining hour will be used to answer any questions you have about Portfolio Manager
Register

April 28, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 101
Join us as we introduce and demonstrate the core functionality of EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Attendees will learn how to: navigate the new Portfolio Manager; add a property and enter details about it; enter energy and water consumption data; share properties; generate performance reports to assess progress; and respond to data requests.
Register

April 29, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 201
Continue to learn about EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as: managing and tracking changes to your property uses over time; using spreadsheet templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; generating and using custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.
Register

April 30, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR
Join us to learn about applying for ENERGY STAR Certification in Portfolio Manager. Understand the value of the ENERGY STAR certification, see the step-by-step process of applying, and gain tips to avoid common errors, thereby helping your property get from application to award in less time.
Register

DOE Webinars

April 7, 3:00-4:00 PM (EDT) – Zero Energy Buildings: What Are They and How Do We Build Them?
During this DOE webinar, Better Buildings' partners, Walgreens, Rocky Mountain Institute, and the National Institute of Building Sciences will share details of their zero energy building efforts and their collaboration experiences to examine the feasibility of zero energy quick serve restaurants, as well as recent advances in the development of an industry definition for the term zero energy.
Register

April 30, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT) – Benchmarking Data Cleansing: A Rite of Passage Along the Benchmarking Journey
Hosted by DOE’s Technical Assistance Program (TAP), this webinar will train analysts, energy planners, and community officials on the principles used for identifying potential problems associated with benchmarking data, and a methodology for cleaning the data prior to analysis. This training session is intended for cities, communities, schools, and states that have implemented an internal or community-wide building benchmarking program and are working to better understand energy use trends and design targeted and effective energy efficiency programs.

Speakers include Shankar Earni, program manager at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Building Technologies and Urban Systems Division and Mona Khalil, policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Energy.
Register

NOAA Webinars

April 13, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit
Learn about the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit. This series is co-sponsored by the NOAA Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP), US National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), Water Research Foundation, Water Environment Federation (WEF), Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), American Water Works Association (AWWA), the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) and EPA’s Climate Ready Water Utility Initiative.
Register

USDA Webinars

April 2, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) – Rural Energy for America Program Round-Up: Project Financing
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has planned training webinars and provided a number of tools for applicants to access the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase or install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. These learning opportunities are particularly helpful given the recent overhaul of REAP.
Register

Council of Development Finance Agencies

April 7, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – Accessing Creative Revenue Sources for Energy Efficiency
As more firms are open to investing in energy efficiency, a wide range of financing programs are being designed to meet this demand and address credit challenges. This installment of the Yale CEFF & CDFA Energy Finance Webinar Series focuses on innovative state and local programs that are successfully catalyzing energy efficiency.
Register

Ecosystem-Based Management Tools Network

April 30, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – Community-Based Sea Level Rise Projections
Washington Sea Grant has partnered with the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe and Adaptation International to develop local sea level rise projections and sea level scenario maps for the Jamestown S'Klallam community. The assessments are being used to identify tribal areas or resources that are particularly vulnerable to sea level rise and priority adaptation actions and are already being integrated into long-term community planning. This webinar will present a process for developing community-based sea level rise projections and facilitating their use. Learn more about the project.
Register

Arizona State University and the Security & Sustainability Forum

April 24, 1:15-2:45 PM (EDT) – Growing a City to Meet Current and Future Needs: What Led to the Urban Resilience Movement
This is the first webinar in the "Along the Urban Path" four-part webinar series, a collaborative effort between Arizona State University and The Security and Sustainability Forum. Along the Urban Path serves as a practical primer on the burgeoning topic of urban resiliency. Attendees will take home points that go beyond the vernacular to get to what “resiliency” actually means now, and what it could achieve for the future. Presenters representing different disciplines will then take participants down different avenues using three resilience mechanisms―social, ecological, and technological―and where these avenues converge. The result will be a workable framework using S.E.T.S. (Social, Ecological, Technological Systems) that decision makers can use in planning for a more sustainable future. In this first webinar, panelists will introduce attendees to “urban resilience,” including insights from the practitioner perspective.
Register

Carbon Disclosure Project Webinars

April 8, 12:00 PM (EDT) –Climate Change: A Challenge for Bond Analysts Webinar
The U.S. municipal bond market had a rip-roaring 2014, a year characterized by low interest rates and global instability according to many market analysts. But 2014 can also be characterized by a watershed that is missing from most municipal market analyses: it was the hottest year on earth ever recorded. Climate change continues, and its impacts can present significant risks for municipalities and municipal bond investors. How can analysts begin to assess the impacts? Join CDP to discuss CDP’s latest white paper, recently featured in Institutional Investor, on how climate change poses a challenge for bond analysts.
Register

April 2, 2:00 PM (EDT) – Reporting on City Climate Hazards, Risks, and Adaptation Webinar
CDP Cities welcomes C40 who will provide a tutorial on how cities can report on the effects of climate change and hazard reporting on the CDP cities platform including how to use previously reported effects of climate change and risk, review and update previously reported data, report new hazards and effects of climate change. This webinar does NOT require pre-registration.
Please join at the start time here.
Global dial-in numbers
Conference Code: 986-414-6752

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EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program LogoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.

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Why should you register for this IAQ Master Class webinar? Smart, Sensible and Sustainable Pest Management in Your School

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Webinar:
1:00–2:00 p.m. EDT
Q&A session:
2:00–2:30 p.m. EDT

Top 5 Reasons to Register:

  1. Learn how to improve asthma and health outcomes, as well as increase school attendance, by implementing smart, sensible and sustainable approaches to pest management.
  2. Identify proven strategies to inspect and monitor for pests, and determine the best approach for treatment if pests are found.
  3. Understand the importance of incorporating Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as part of a comprehensive IAQ management program.
  4. Review national resources to establish or improve a comprehensive IPM plan, such as the IPM Checklist (PDF) from the IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit and the Model Pesticide Safety and IPM Guidance Policy for School Districts.
  5. Hear from IAQ experts and learn how a successful school district in Texas implemented sustainable IPM practices.

Register today!

Mark Your Calendars!
IAQ Master Class Webinar Series

Creating green, clean and healthy schools requires mastering the indoor environment using a comprehensive approach. The School Health and Indoor Environments Leadership Development (SHIELD) Network is a group of diverse stakeholders who, in collaboration with the U.S. EPA, are working toward the bold goal of ensuring that all schools have healthy indoor environments.
The SHIELD Network launched the IAQ Master Class webinar series, which comprises ten 1-hour technical, core competency Web-based trainings designed to build the capacity of school district staff across the country to start, improve or sustain an IAQ management program.
Learn from technical experts, industry leaders and model school districts during these live webinars, which will be followed by 30-minute mentoring Q&A sessions.
Gain Recognition for your knowledge acquisition and commitment to action through certificates of completion for each training. Additionally, when you complete all 10 hours, you will be acknowledged with a certificate that recognizes your efforts toward IAQ Mastery as a member of the 2015 SHIELD Network IAQ Master Class. CEUs are available.

Mark your calendar to join the upcomning webinars in the IAQ Master Class series!

Webinar Topic Webinar Date
Creating Healthy Indoor Environments in Schools Watch On-Demand!
Making the Case Watch On-Demand
HVAC Systems Watch On-Demand
Mold and Moisture Watch On-Demand
Energy Efficiency and IAQ On-Demand Link Coming Soon! (Recorded 3/12/15)
Integrated Pest Management 4/16/15 - Register Now!
Asthma Management 5/14/15 - Register Now!
Cleaning and Maintenance 6/4/15
Materials Selection 7/16/15
Source Control 8/6/15

Miss a live webinar? No worries! All webinars will be recorded and available for future on-demand viewing on EPA's website.

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Questions?
If you have any questions about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance, please contact the IAQ Tools for Schools Connector Coordinator at IAQschools@epa.gov.

EPA offers free IAQ Tools for Schools comprehensive resources to help schools maintain a healthy environment in school buildings by identifying, correcting and preventing IAQ problems. Learn more about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance at http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools.


Webinar July 9: Community Air Monitoring Training: A Glimpse into EPA's Air Sensor Toolbox

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is hosting a training webinar to share tools used to conduct citizen science projects involving Next Generation Air Monitoring (NGAM) technology and to educate interested groups and individuals on best practices for successful air monitoring projects.

Target Audience
Community action groups, nonprofit organizations, Tribal, regional, state and local air offices, and citizen scientists. Additional resources will be available on EPA’s Air Sensor Toolbox webpage.

Agenda
9:00 am: Introduction (Dan Costa, EPA)
9:15 am: Air Quality Basics, Air Pollution Monitoring, Sensor Technology, Performance Goals (Ron Williams, EPA)
9:45 am: How to Start a Citizen Science Program/ Obtain Funding (Linda Green, Univ. of Rhode Island)
10:15 am: Citizen Science Study Design (Rachelle Duvall, EPA)
11:00 am: Data Measurement, Management, Quality, Uncertainty (Bob Judge, EPA)
11:30 am: Quality Assurance (Donna Ringle, EPA)
12:00 pm: Short Term Measurements and Air Quality Messaging/ Regulatory Requirements for Data (Kristen Benedict, EPA

How to Register

Click on the link below to register: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/communityairmonitoringtraining/event/event_info.html

You will receive a confirmation email once registration is completed. Space is limited to 500 webinar registrations. We recommend viewing the webinar with a group in a conference room so we can maximize the number of participants.

Hosted by EPA’s Air, Climate, and Energy Program, in collaboration with EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, and EPA Regions.

Contacts: Amanda Kaufman kaufman.amanda@epa.gov 919-541-2388 or Ron Williams williams.ronald@epa.gov 919-541-2957


03/27/15

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Department of Interior Announces Funding Opportunity for Tribes

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following opportunity courtesy of the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED).

Grant Program to Assess, Evaluate, and Promote Development of Tribal Energy and Mineral Resources

IEED Energy and Mineral Development Program Grants Applications Due: June 23, 2015

The Secretary of the Interior, through the Office of lndian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), is soliciting grant proposals from federally recognized Indian tribes and tribal energy resource development organizations for projects that assess, evaluate, or otherwise promote the processing, use, or development of energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. Grant awards are subject to the availability of funds as appropriated by Congress and allotted to IEED.

Proposals must be used by an Indian tribe for the development of a tribal energy and mineral resource inventory, a tribal energy and mineral resource on Indian land, or for the preparation of a report necessary to develop energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. Evaluation of applications will promote community-scale energy development. Local-impact power generation promotes sovereignty; energy independence; security; reliability; diversification; environmental benefits; sustainability; and stronger Native economies.

The preferred method of submitting grant proposals is via email at IEEDGrants@bia.gov, Attention: Bernie Toyekoyah. Proposals can also be mailed to Bernie Toyekoyah at 1 Mile North on Highway 281, P.O. Box 368, Anadarko, OK 73005, but must be received by the June 23 deadline.

If you have questions about the EMDP program or the application process, please contact Rebecca Naragon, telephone 202-208-4401 or e-mail Rebecca.Naragon@bia.gov.

Learn more.

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For other funding and technical assistance opportunities, see our list on the Tribal Energy Program website.

Regards,

EERE Tribal Energy Program
15013 Denver West Parkway
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@ee.doe.gov

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.

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03/25/15

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Register for Today's Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar!

March 25, 2015

Tribal Energy Development Operation and Management Best Practices Webinar

March 25, 2015
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time

Attend today's webinar at 11 a.m. Mountain time and learn about the challenges and benefits of developing a tribal strategic energy plan. You'll walk away with proven methods for fostering and growing management capabilities, ways to ensure tribal staff and council members have access to key information they need to serve as a resource for tribal leaders, and much more! Presenters will share best practices in strategic energy planning, tips for overcoming challenges, and ideas for using public participation techniques to support plan development and implementation.

Speakers include Doug MacCourt, Partner at Ater Wynne LLP, and Brian Lipscomb, Chief Executive Officer of Energy Keepers. Learn more.

There is no cost to attend the webinar, but advance registration is required. Register now.

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For updates and other events, visit the complete events calendar on the Tribal Energy Program website.

Regards,

EERE Tribal Energy Program
15013 Denver West Parkway
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@ee.doe.gov

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.

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03/24/15

DOE Tribal Energy Program

March 2015—Tribal Energy News, Upcoming Events, Technical Assistance and Funding Opportunities

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following information that may be of interest to tribes:

  • News Highlights
  • Upcoming Events
  • Technical Assistance Opportunities
  • Funding and Financing Opportunities

News Highlights

DOE Selects 11 Tribal Communities to Deploy Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced this week that 11 tribal communities will receive nearly $6 million to accelerate the implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies on tribal lands.

As part of the Obama Administration's commitment to partner with tribal nations, these projects provide Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages clean energy options that will reduce fossil fuel use and save money. With tribal renewable energy resources comprising approximately 5% of all U.S. renewable energy resources, these facility- and community-scale projects support national energy goals to strengthen tribal energy self-sufficiency, create jobs, and further economic development.

The projects represent a total investment value of $13.5 million. The Energy Department's funding is expected to be leveraged by nearly $7.5 million in cost share by the selected Indian tribes.

For details, read the attached press release. For a list of requested funds by project, please see the Tribal Energy Program website.

Applications for Indian Energy Summer Internship Program Due March 27

Sponsored by the DOE Office of Indian Energy, the Indian Energy Summer Internship Program is now accepting applications for a 12-week internship at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Interns will get first-hand experience with existing tribal renewable energy projects and exposure to issues concerning tribal renewable energy technology use and application.

Applications are due March 27, 2015; students are encouraged to apply well in advance of the deadline.

Learn more and apply

Upcoming Events

Tribal Energy Program Review
May 4–7, 2015
Renaissance Denver Hotel
Denver, Colorado

The annual Program Review is intended as a forum for tribes to meet and learn from one another. Recognizing the increasing interest of tribes in energy efficiency and renewable energy and the benefit of tribes learning from tribes, we are opening this meeting to Indian Country as a whole.

The 2015 Tribal Energy Program Review will include an overview of the Tribal Energy Program and a series of presentations by tribes exploring or deploying weatherization, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies across the nation.

Registration
There is no registration fee, but advanced registration is required to ensure seating and availability of food. Lunch will be provided on the three full days of the Review (Tuesday, May 5 through Thursday, May 7, 2015).

Register now.

Hotel
A block of rooms is available at a discounted rate for meeting participants. The discounted group room rate is $163.00 plus tax (below government per diem rate).

The deadline for reservations at the group rate is April 13, 2015. After that date, we are unable to guarantee rate or availability.

Book your room at the group rate for the Tribal Energy Program Review.

Learn more about the Program Review, view agendas, and register on the Program Review Meetings Web page.

DOE Alaska Regional Energy Workshop Series:

March 23–25, 2015
Bethel
University of Alaska Fairbanks, College of Rural and Community Development
Kuskokwim Campus Cultural Center

March 26–28, 2015
Dillingham
University of Alaska Bristol Bay Campus

March 30–April 1, 2015
Juneau
University of Alaska Southeast

Presented by the DOE Office of Indian Energy with support from DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, these interactive workshops will guide participants through the process for developing community- and facility-scale renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in rural Alaska and highlight the potential opportunities and challenges involved. RSVP to secure your spot by emailing tribalworkshops@nrel.gov or calling 303-275-3005.

Learn more about some of the Department's work in Alaska.

DOE 2015 Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Tribal Energy Development Operation and Maintenance Best Practices
March 25, 2015
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time

Learn about the challenges and benefits of developing a tribal strategic energy plan, proven methods for fostering and growing management capabilities, and ways to ensure tribal staff and council members have access to key information they need to serve as a resource for tribal leaders. Presenters will share best practices in strategic energy planning, tips for overcoming challenges, and ideas for using public participation techniques to support plan development and implementation. Learn more.

Technical Assistance Opportunities

DOE Office of Indian Energy Announces Round 3 of STARTRenewable Energy Project Development Assistance
Applications Due:
May 1, 2015

The DOE Office of Indian Energy is accepting applications for the third round of the Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Renewable Energy Project Development Assistance Program to provide tribes with technical assistance to further the development of community- and commercial-scale renewable energy projects.

START will provide tribal project teams and tribal legal/finance specialists with long-term technical assistance focused on helping them reach a late-stage development decision point or milestone to advance a project toward development.

Learn more and apply.

DOE Tribal Energy Program Technical Assistance
Applications Due:
Ongoing opportunity; no deadline

The Tribal Energy Program, together with the DOE Office of Indian Energy, provides technical assistance to federally recognized tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and other organized tribal groups and communities to advance tribal renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

Technical experts from DOE, DOE's national laboratories, and others are available to provide up to 40 hours of in-depth support, including strategic energy planning and project development support.

The goal of the technical assistance is to address a specific challenge or fulfill a specific need that is essential to a current project's successful implementation. The intended result is a tangible product or specific deliverable designed to help move the project forward.

Learn more about eligibility, requirements, and how to apply.

Funding and Financing Opportunities

USDA Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency
Improvement Grants
Applications due:
April 30, 2015
Eligible entities: State, local, and tribal governments; institutions of higher education

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Rural Business Cooperative-Service Agency, under the Rural Energy for America Program, is accepting applications for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Assistance grants of $20,000 or less to establish programs to assist agricultural producers and rural small businesses with evaluating the potential to incorporate renewable energy technologies into their operations.

For more information, read the funding opportunity announcement.

IRS Clean Renewable Energy Bonds
Applications due:
Ongoing opportunity; no deadline
Eligible entities: Governmental bodies, including tribes, and cooperative electric companies

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is accepting applications for a volume cap of up to $800 million to finance the costs of a qualified renewable energy facility or facilities, such as wind, closed- or open-loop biomass, geothermal, solar, and small irrigation facilities. The application must indicate the expected date of construction and when each facility will be placed in service.

Learn more.

DOI Indian Loan Guaranty, Insurance, and Interest Subsidy Program
Applications due:
Ongoing opportunity; no deadline
Eligible entities: Federally recognized tribes or Alaska Native groups

The U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI's) Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development is accepting applications to develop viable Indian businesses through conventional lender financing. Program funds help lenders reduce excessive risks on loans they make. This in turn helps borrowers secure conventional financing that might otherwise be unavailable.

Learn more.

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For more funding, financing, and technical assistance opportunities available to tribes, see our list on the Tribal Energy Program website.

Regards,

EERE Tribal Energy Program
15013 Denver West Parkway
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@ee.doe.gov

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EPA's Tribal, State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

  • Apply Now for EPA’s Green Power Leadership Awards
  • Register Now for Tribal Energy Development Operation and Management Best Practices Webinar
  • Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency Launches New Website
  • Funding Newsletter Correction: EDA Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership Program
  • State Energy Program 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcement

Apply Now for EPA’s Green Power Leadership Awards
EPA's GreenPower Power Leadership Awards application period is now open through April 17! The awards serve to recognize the leading actions of organizations, programs, suppliers, and individuals that significantly advance the development of green power sources. #EPAGreenPower. Learn more and apply

Register Now for EPA Green Infrastructure Program Webcasts
EPA's Green Infrastructure Program announces the launch of their 2015 Webcast Series. This series is geared towards public officials and practitioners just beginning to implement green infrastructure, as well as those looking to enhance established programs. Leading academics and professionals from around the country will cover a range of emerging topics and applications, from implementing green infrastructure in arid climates to winter operations and maintenance.

March 24, 1:00–2:30 PM (EDT) – Green Infrastructure for Arid Communities
First in the series, this webcast showcases how green infrastructure practices and the many associated benefits can be effective in not only wetter climates, but also for those communities in arid and semi-arid regions around the nation that have different precipitation patterns and water demand challenges.
Learn more and register

Register Now for Tribal Energy Development Operation and Management Best Practices Webinar

March 25, 1:00–2:30 PM (EDT) – Tribal Energy Development Operation and Management Best Practices
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, this webinar is a continuation of the Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar series. Attendees will learn the challenges and benefits of developing a tribal strategic energy plan, proven methods for fostering and growing management capabilities, and ways to ensure tribal staff and council members have access to key information.
Register

Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency Launches New Website
Established in 1995, the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency is the most comprehensive source of information related to policies and incentives that support the nation’s use of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the DSIRE database and website implemented multiple enhancements during the past year. In addition to the informative and timely policy summaries, the website now features new tools and resources to make research even more accessible and useful:

  • Find relevant policies and incentives by entering a ZIP code.
  • Sort through nearly 2,800 active policies and incentives by applying various filters to search results.
  • Access machine-readable, quantitative incentive data for all renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.
  • Build the open data into your websites and tools with the Application Program Interface (API).
  • Build policy maps in real-time based on the current policy and incentive data in the database.
  • Subscribe to specific policies and incentives to know when and how they have changed.

Funding Newsletter Correction: EDA Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership Program
Please note that our monthly funding newsletter for March, which was sent to you on March 10, contained an announcement of an opportunity for the EDA Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership Program. The total amount of available funding under that program was listed as $1.3 billion. We want to clarify that there is no direct funding available through the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership Program. Rather, communities selected to be partners under the program may receive preferential consideration and/or a priority consideration in the determination of application merit, and/or grant supplemental awards under a variety of federal agency grant and economic development programs. The total amount of funding that may be available under all of those programs is $1.3 billion.

State Energy Program 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcement
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE's) State Energy Program (SEP) seeks applications for Fiscal Year 2015 Competitive Financial Assistance Awards. This competitive Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will allow states to compete for EERE funding focused on two areas of interest: State Energy Planning / Opportunities for Innovative Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Practices. This FOA provides up to $5 million for cooperative agreements that allow states to develop high-impact, innovative approaches and solutions to transform clean energy (including energy efficiency and renewable energy) markets and achieve the economic and environmental benefits that clean energy offers. Learn more here. Application Deadline: Rolling

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03/18/15

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Energy Department Selects 11 Tribal Communities to Deploy Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technologies

March 18, 2015

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that 11 tribal communities will receive nearly $6 million to accelerate the implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies on tribal lands.

As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to partner with tribal nations, these projects provide Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages clean energy options that will reduce fossil fuel use and save money. With tribal renewable energy resources comprising approximately 5% of all U.S. renewable energy resources, these facility- and community-scale projects support national energy goals to strengthen tribal energy self-sufficiency, create jobs, and further economic development.

The projects represent a total investment value of $13.5 million. The Energy Department’s funding is expected to be leveraged by nearly $7.5 million in cost share by the selected Indian tribes.

For details, read the attached press release. For a list of requested funds by project, please see the Tribal Energy Program website.

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Since 2002, DOE’s Tribal Energy Program has invested $41.8 million in 183 tribal clean energy projects and, in collaboration with DOE’s Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, continues to provide tribes with:

  • Financial and technical assistance for evaluation and development of their renewable energy resources and implementation of energy efficiency technologies to reduce energy use
  • Education and training to help build the knowledge and skills essential for sustainable energy projects.

Through these offerings, the Tribal Energy Program and the DOE Office of Indian Energy promote tribal energy sufficiency and foster economic development and employment on tribal lands by advancing the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

For a complete listing of current funding opportunities that may be of interest to tribes, please visit our Related Funding Opportunities page.

Regards,

EERE Tribal Energy Program
15013 Denver West Parkway
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@ee.doe.gov

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03/17/15

Children's Environmental Health Listserv
Special Edition
March 16, 2015

EPA Children's Health Announcements and Updates:

I. Extended Comment Period for Revised Chlorpyrifos Assessment

On March 13, 2015, the Federal Register announced a 45 day extension for public comment on EPA’s revised human health risk assessment for the registration review of chlorpyrifos. The public comment period was opened in a Federal Register notice published on January 14, 2015. Comments are now due by April 30, 2015.

The revised human health risk assessment provides an update to the preliminary human health risk assessment that was released for public comment in 2011. A Guide to Commenters document has been placed in the docket along with the revised human health assessment. The Agency will consider all public comments, responses to the questions, and any other information received in developing a proposed registration review decision on chlorpyrifos.

The most significant changes related to children’s health include the following:

  • EPA’s conclusion that chlorpyrifos likely played a role in the neurodevelopmental outcomes reported by epidemiology studies, resulting in the retention of the 10X FQPA Safety Factor for infants, children, youths, and women of childbearing age for all exposure scenarios.
  • Utilization of a physiologically-based pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic (PBPK-PD) model for all groups except women of childbearing age to calculate a data-derived intraspecies factor of 4X for chlorpyrifos and 5X for the oxon at the 99th percentile. For women of childbearing age, the default intraspecies uncertainty factor of 10X will be applied.

In 2000, EPA banned household uses of chlorpyrifos, with the exception of ant and roach bait in child-resistant packaging. Between 2000 and 2002, EPA cancelled or restricted uses on certain crops including apples, citrus and tree nuts. In 2012, EPA imposed “no-spray” buffer zones around public spaces, including recreational areas and homes, and significantly lowered pesticide application rates. Based on the results of this revised risk assessment, additional restrictions may be necessary to ensure that workers and drinking water sources are protected.

To view the 1/14/15 Federal Register notice: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0850-0200

To view the 3/13/15 Federal Register notice: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-13/pdf/2015-05844.pdf

To view EPA’s revised risk assessment: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0850-0195

To view the Guide to Commenters document: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0850-0201

To view EPA’s 2011 preliminary human health risk assessment: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0850-0025

To view additional related documents and submit comments, go to docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0850 at http://www.regulations.gov

To read more about chlorpyrifos and its uses visit: http://www2.epa.gov/ingredients-used-pesticide-products/revised-human-health-risk-assessment-chlorpyrifos

To subscribe to EPA's Children's Environmental Health listserv, send a blank email to join-ceh-list@lists.epa.gov. You can unsubscribe at any time by sending an email to unsubscribe-ceh-list@lists.epa.gov. For more information on children's environmental health, visit our website at epa.gov/children.


03/11/15

OAQPS Rules Signed Monday and Tuesday

Signed on 3/9/15
Final MATS E-reporting
This interim final rule will allow owners or operators of electric generating units to submit to EPA, in PDF format, emissions and compliance reports for the Mercury and Air Toxics rule. This rule clarifies that these reports should include complete (not summary) performance test data. We will post on the web at: http://www.epa.gov/airquality/powerplanttoxics/actions.html very soon.

Signed 3/10/15
Proposed PM Implementation rule
These proposed requirements for implementing the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for fine particle pollution would apply in areas that are designated nonattainment for these standards. The proposed requirements would apply to state, local and tribal air agencies developing plans that outline how nonattainment areas will meet and maintain fine particle standards including the PM2.5 standards established in 2012 as well as future fine particle pollution standards. EPA will accept comment on this proposed rule for 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register.

We also are proposing options for air agencies to demonstrate that one or more PM2.5 precursor does not contribute significantly to PM2.5 levels in a particular nonattainment area. In addition, this proposal addresses requirements for permitting the construction of new sources of PM2.5 and PM2.5 precursors in PM2.5 nonattainment areas. We also are proposing options to revoke the 1997 primary (not the secondary standard) annual PM2.5 standard of 15 µg/m3 because we lowered the primary annual standard in 2012 to 12 µg/m3.

We will hold a webinar for state, local, and tribal agencies to give an overview of this proposal and answer questions.
Date: Wednesday, March 18
Time: 12:30-2:00 pm Eastern Time
Intended Audience: Regions, State, Local, and Tribal Air Agencies
Link to Join Webinar: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/pm25naaqs/



Children’s Environmental Health Listserv
March 2015

Federal Children’s Health News & Announcement

Other Announcements & Upcoming Events

I. Federal Children’s Health News & Announcements

a. Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Prohibition of Children’s Toys and Child Care Articles Containing Specified Phthalates
  Section 108 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to convene a Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (CHAP) to study the effects on children’s health of all phthalates and phthalate alternatives as used in children’s toys and child care articles and to provide recommendations to the Commission regarding whether any phthalates or phthalate alternatives other than those already permanently prohibited should be prohibited. The CPSIA requires the Commission to promulgate a final rule after receiving the final CHAP report. The Commission is proposing this rule pursuant to section 108(b) of the CPSIA.
  Submit comments by March 16, 2015. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-30/pdf/2014-29967.pdf
b. EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs is Accepting Nominations for Candidates to be Considered for Appointment to the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee
  EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs is accepting nominations for candidates to be considered for appointment to the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC). The PPDC provides advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of issues concerning pesticide regulatory development and reform initiatives, evolving public policy and program implementation issues, and science issues associated with evaluating and reducing risks from pesticide use, including topics of relevance to children's health. Nominations are due by March 16, 2015.
  For more information on submitting nominations, see here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-13/pdf/2015-03054.pdf
  For more general information on the PPDC, see here: http://www2.epa.gov/pesticide-advisory-committees-and-regulatory-partners/pesticide-program-dialogue-committee-ppdc.
c. EPA and CEQ Open Application Period for National Environmental Educator Award
  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in partnership with the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), announced the opening of the application period for 2014-2015 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE). EPA and CEQ administer this award to honor, support and encourage educators who incorporate environmental education in their classrooms and teaching methods. Applications will be accepted through March 13, 2015.
  This award recognizes outstanding kindergarten through grade 12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for student learning. Up to two teachers from each of EPA's 10 regions, from different states, will be selected to receive this award.
  Winning teachers will receive an award of up to $2,500 to further the recipient's professional development in environmental education. The teacher's local education agency will also receive an award of up to $2,500 to fund environmental educational activities and programs.
  For more information and to apply, visit: http://www2.epa.gov/education/presidential-innovation-award-environmental-educators.
d. White House Launching the Every Kid in a Park Initiative and Designating New National Monuments
  As part of President Obama’s commitment to protect our Nation’s unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them, he will launch an “Every Kid in a Park” initiative that will provide all fourth grade students and their families with free admission to National Parks and other federal lands and waters for a full year. He will also announce the creation of three new National Monuments across the country.
  The President will make the announcements near the site of the historic Pullman town in Chicago, a location iconic for its history of labor unrest and civil rights advances, which will be the City’s first National Park Service (NPS) unit…The initiative will also:
  • Make it easy for schools and families to plan trips: The Administration will distribute information and resources to make it easy for teachers and families to identify nearby public lands and waters and to find programs that support youth outings.
  • Provide transportation support to schools with the most need: As an integral part of this effort, the National Park Foundation (NPF) – the congressionally chartered foundation of the National Park Service – is expanding and re-launching its Ticket to Ride program as Every Kid in a Park, which will award transportation grants for kids to visit parks, public lands and waters, focusing on schools that have the most need.
  • Provide educational materials: The initiative will build on a wide range of educational programs and tools that the federal land management agencies already use. For example, NPS has re-launched a website with over 1,000 materials developed for K-12 teachers, including science labs, lesson plans, and field trip guides. And a number of federal agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Education, and NPS participate in Hands on the Land, a national network of field classrooms and agency resources that connects students, teachers, families, and volunteers with public lands and waterways…
  More at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/02/19/fact-sheet-launching-every-kid-park-initiative-and-designating-new-natio
  And at http://www.nationalparks.org/ook/every-kid-in-a-park

II. Other Announcements & Events

The following announcements are provided for informational purposes only. EPA does not endorse any of these events or the sponsoring organizations.

a. Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health: New Online IPM Course for Pest Management Professionals
  The Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health (CERCH) is excited to present a new resource to help promote safe learning environments for children in California, an online course for Pest Management Professionals.
  New changes to the California Healthy Schools Act in 2015 strongly encourage schools and child care providers to use least toxic methods (called "integrated pest management", or IPM) to control pests and also puts new training requirements on pest control companies serving schools and childcare.
  To help Pest Management Professionals incorporate IPM and comply with the Healthy Schools Act, the CERCH at UC Berkeley, with UC IPM, UCSF, and Pestec, has developed a free online CEU course: Providing Integrated Pest Management Services in California Schools and Child Care. This course addresses:;
The Healthy Schools Act requirements and recommendations.
Common pests encountered in child care programs and schools.
The risks of pesticide exposure to young children.
Reasons to use IPM in child care programs and schools.
Steps to implement IPM in child care programs and schools.
Business aspects of incorporating IPM into your practice.
  Licensed pest management professionals will receive 2 hours of continuing education units. CERCH will keep a directory of Pest Management Professionals who have completed the course on their website (www.cerch.org/ipmtrainedpmps) to help school and child care providers connect with professionals who are can implement IPM strategies. Child care providers and school staff interested in learning about IPM and the Healthy Schools act can take the course as well.
  This course was funded by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) Pest Management Alliance Program with review and input by DPR, the Pest Control Operators of California, and many others.
  Click here to learn more about the course.
  Click here to go directly to the course.
  For questions on the course, please email Asa Bradman, PhD, MS Associate Director, CERCH at abradman@berkeley.edu.


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EPA's Tribal, State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

More than $1.6 billion in funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the Department of Energy (DOE), Economic Development Administration (EDA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including economic development, sustainable communities, green infrastructure, and water efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

In addition, please visit the calendar of 2015 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.

Special Announcement: DOT Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation has released a notification of intent to issue a funding opportunity announcement for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. The program is designed to invest in road, rail, transit, and port projects that promise to achieve five critical national objectives: safety, economic competitiveness, state of good repair, livability, and environmental sustainability.

For more information, visit the notice of intent.

DOE State Energy Program 2015 Competitive Awards - $5 million

  • Applications Due: March 31, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: State entities

DOE is making available funding to support state energy planning and innovative opportunities for energy efficiency and renewable energy practices. State planning activities include stakeholder and interagency discussions and related activities concerning the future direction of the energy sector, while renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities include developing or expanding utility-related programs, working with local governments, and developing or designing financing programs, EM&V strategies, or benchmarking & disclosure programs.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity announcement.

EDA Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership Program - $1.3 billion

  • Applications Due: April 1, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: Indian tribes, state and local governments, district organizations, institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations

EDA is making available funding to help communities cultivate an environment for businesses to create well-paying manufacturing jobs in regions across the country and accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing. The program aims to strengthen the following development areas: workforce and training, supplier networks, research and innovation, infrastructure/site development or redevelopment, trade and international investment, operational improvement, and capital access. Winning communities will receive funding from 10 participating government agencies in areas such as reducing reliance on nonrenewable energy resources by encouraging the development and construction of solar energy systems and other renewable energy systems and improving transportation efficiency.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity announcement.

USDA Conservation Innovation Grant Program - $20 million

  • Pre-proposals Due: April 1, 2015 (eligibility screening due March 12, 2015)
  • Eligible Entities: Indian tribes, state and local governments, non-governmental organizations, and individuals

USDA is making available funding to promote sharing of skills, knowledge, technologies, and facilities among communities, governments, and other institutions to ensure that scientific and technological developments are accessible to a wider range of users. Eligible projects should promote environmental protection or natural resources enhancement, such as establishing and demonstrating how farm and ranch energy efficiency and renewable energy can be quantified with enough certainty to allow for engagement with voluntary and regulatory carbon markets. Projects can also focus on establishing and demonstrating how implementation of soil health management systems can be integrated into carbon markets, as well as ways to expand the capture and use of methane from livestock systems.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity announcement.

EPA Tribal Training and Outreach Support for the American Indian Air Quality Training Program - $1.6 million

  • Applications Due: April 3, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: States, local governments, territories, Indian tribes, international organizations, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, and other public or private non-profit institutions

EPA announced funding to provide workshop training, internships, and technical support to tribal governments seeking to investigate, develop, and establish air quality management programs for lands under their jurisdiction and provides opportunity for American Indian students to pursue environmental careers in the field of air quality management. Applications must support progress in minimizing the threats posed by climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and taking actions that help to protect human health and help communities and ecosystems become more sustainable and resilient to the effects of climate change.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity announcement.

NOAA Strengthening the Public’s and/or K-12 Students’ Environmental Literacy for Community Resilience to Extreme Weather Events and Environmental Changes - $2 million

  • Applications Due: April 13, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: Institutions of higher education; nonprofits, such as museums, zoos, and aquariums; K-12 public and independent schools and school systems; and state, local and Indian tribal governments

NOAA announced a program to build environmental literacy necessary for community resilience by focusing on geographic awareness and an understanding of Earth systems and the threats and vulnerabilities that are associated with a community’s location. Projects must actively engage participants in learning about and addressing real-world issues, and are expected to be based on the latest science about the threats and vulnerabilities facing communities and consider socioeconomic and ecological factors. Projects must also utilize NOAA’s vast scientific data, data access tools, data visualizations, and/or other physical and intellectual assets available on these topics.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity announcement.

USDA Rural Energy for America Program - $280 million

  • Applications Due: April 30, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: Agricultural producers and rural small businesses

USDA announced funding to assist agricultural producers and small business owners in applying for resources to purchase and install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. Eligible renewable energy systems include wind, solar, renewable biomass (including anaerobic digesters), small hydro-electric, ocean, geothermal, or hydrogen derived from these renewable resources.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity announcement.

EPA Environmental Finance Center Grant Program - $8 million

  • Applications Due: April 30, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: Public educational institutions (including state, tribal, or municipal colleges and universities)

EPA is making available funding to provide multi-media environmental finance expertise and outreach to regulated communities (such as states, tribes, local governments, and private sector entities) to help them meet environmental requirements. The program aims to address environmental finance-related priorities such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions; developing decision tools and financial strategies for adaptation to adverse weather events and/or climate change; and improving drinking water and wastewater utility water conservation, energy efficiency, management, and capital planning.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity announcement.

DOE Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Renewable Energy Project Development Assistance Program

  • Applications Due: May 1, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: Indian tribes

DOE announced an initiative to provide tribes with technical assistance with furthering the development of community- and commercial-scale renewable energy projects. Successful applications should demonstrate that their renewable energy project is aligned with overarching tribal strategic energy goals, identify a likely purchaser for the power generated from the project for commercial-scale projects, and use a selected or evaluated commercially available renewable energy technology.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

DOE U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center: Energy and Water Program - $12.5 million

  • Applications Due: May 1, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments, for profit entities, educational institutions, and nonprofits

DOE announced funding to support the formation of a consortium with the knowledge and experience to undertake a collaborative research program in conjunction with researchers in China. DOE identified five research and development topics at the nexus of energy and water that must be addressed by proposals: water use reduction at thermoelectric plants, treatment and management of non-traditional waters, improving sustainable hydropower design and operation, climate impact modeling, methods, and scenarios to support improved energy and water systems understanding, and data and analysis to inform planning, policy, and other decisions.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

DOE Resilient Electricity Delivery Infrastructure (REDI) Initiative - $3.5 million

  • Applications Due: May 4, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: Local governments

DOE is making available funding to deploy smart grid technologies/tools to improve climate preparedness and resiliency of the electricity delivery infrastructure. Two topic areas are offered to accomplish the objectives of this initiative: Topic Area 1) implementation and deployment of the best, pre-commercial and/or commercial smart grid technologies/tools, and Topic Area 2) utilizing smart grid technologies/tools from the DOE National Laboratories. Applications must describe how the proposed smart grid technology/tool increases climate resilience, and include metrics for measuring resilience.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

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03/09/15

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Don't Wait! Register Now for the Tribal Energy Program Review

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following information that may be of interest to tribes.

2015 Tribal Energy Program Review—Agendas, Registration, and Hotel Information

May 4–7, 2015
Renaissance Denver Hotel
Denver, Colorado

This annual program review is intended as a forum for tribes to meet and learn from other tribes. Recognizing the increasing interest of tribes in energy efficiency and renewable energy and the benefit of tribes learning from tribes, we are opening this meeting to Indian Country as a whole.

The 2015 Tribal Energy Program (TEP) Review will include an overview of TEP and a series of presentations by tribes exploring or deploying weatherization, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies across the nation.

Registration

There is no registration fee, but advanced registration is required to ensure seating and availability of food. Lunch will be provided on the three full days of the review (Tuesday, May 5 through Thursday, May 7, 2015).

Register now.

Hotel

A block of rooms is available at a discounted rate for meeting participants. The discounted group room rate is $163.00 plus tax (below government per diem rate). The deadline for reservations at the group rate is April 13, 2015. After that date, we are unable to guarantee rate or availability.

Book your room at the group rate for the TEP Program Review.

Learn more about the TEP Review, view agendas, and register on the Program Review Meetings Web page.

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Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.


 

03/04/15

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EPA's Tribal, State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

Announcements

  • Locals collect wins at the 2015 Climate Leadership Awards
  • HUD extends deadline for the National Disaster Resilience Competition to March 27, 2015

Webinars

  • Webinar: Accessing Secondary Markets as a Capital Source for Energy Efficiency Programs (Tuesday, March 10)
  • Attend a live demonstration of the new North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center DSIRE website (Thursday, March 12)

Resources

  • New EPA resource available: “Green Infrastructure Opportunities that Arise During Municipal Operations”
  • Federal Highway Administration and Georgetown Climate Center announce climate change adaptation and resilience case studies series
  • Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals releases video highlighting climate change impacts on tribes in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska

Announcements

Locals collect wins at the 2015 Climate Leadership Awards
Congratulations to the 2015 Climate Leadership Award Winners! Mayor Bill Finch of Bridgeport, Connecticut, the City and County of San Francisco, the California Department of Water Resources, and the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative were publicly recognized for their leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions as part of the Climate Leadership Conference in late February. Click here to read more about the winners.

HUD extends deadline for the National Disaster Resilience Competition to March 27, 2015
Details have been posted here on grants.gov.

Webinars

Webinar: Accessing Secondary Markets as a Capital Source for Energy Efficiency Programs
A new report from SEE Action, Accessing Secondary Markets as a Capital Source for Energy Efficiency Finance Programs: Program Design Considerations for Policymakers and Administrators, provides guidance to energy efficiency program administrators and policymakers with information on how to access secondary markets as part of their energy efficiency deployment strategy.

The upcoming webinar on the report will cover:

  • Defining secondary markets for energy efficiency
  • Energy efficiency-related secondary market transactions to date
  • Perspectives of key actors in secondary market transactions
  • Considerations for program administrators in weighing the pursuit of secondary market capital against other program objectives.

Who should attend: Staff from state energy offices, public utility commissions, energy efficiency program administrators, utilities, and others interested in industrial energy efficiency programs.

This series is made available by SEE Action's Financing Solutions Working Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the Yale Center for Business and the Environment's Clean Energy Finance Forum.

  • Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015
  • Time: 12–1 PM EDT
  • Register

Attend a live demonstration of the new North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center DSIRE website

Established in 1995, the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) is the most comprehensive source of information related to policies and incentives that support the nation’s use of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the DSIRE database and website implemented multiple enhancements during the past year. The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center has launched a new and improved DSIRE website that now features new tools and resources to make research even more accessible. and useful including:

  • Find relevant policies and incentives by entering a ZIP code.
  • Sort through nearly 2,800 active policies and incentives by applying various filters to search results.
  • Access machine-readable, quantitative incentive data for all renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.
  • Build open data into websites and tools with the Application Program Interface (API).
  • Build policy maps in real-time based on the current policy and incentive data in the database.
  • Subscribe to specific policies and incentives to know when and how they have changed.

These enhancements contribute to federal open data initiatives. The federal government views open data as an important national asset to fuel entrepreneurship, innovation, scientific discovery, and economic growth. The new DSIRE API and open data will support private sector entrepreneurs, technologists, and innovators to build new tools, services, and infrastructure that advance a clean energy economy.

  • Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015
  • Time: 2:00 PM EDT
  • Register

Resources

New EPA resource available: “Green Infrastructure Opportunities that Arise During Municipal Operations”
This new resource provides approaches that small to midsize communities can use to incorporate green infrastructure components into work they are doing in public spaces. The document presents examples and case studies of how integrating green infrastructure methods can enhance retrofits and maintenance projects and provide other multiple community benefits. Access the document here.

Federal Highway Administration and Georgetown Climate Center announce climate change adaptation and resilience case studies series
The Federal Highway Administration will be highlighting climate change adaptation and resilience work in the transportation sector through a new series developed by the Georgetown Climate Center under a cooperative agreement.

The first of these new resources is now available online with over 100 additional case studies to be added in the coming months. These resources will also be available through the Georgetown Climate Center Adaptation Clearinghouse.

Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals releases video highlighting climate change impacts on tribes in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska
The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) recently produced a video, "Adapting to Change," that highlights climate change impacts on tribes and their resources in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, as well as their adaptation efforts. The video also includes information from ITEP's Climate Change Adaptation training.

Click here to view the video.

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03/03/15

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EPA's Tribal, State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

This message provides details about 12 upcoming webcasts offered by the federal agencies and others. All webcasts are offered free of charge, but space may be limited.

EPA Webcasts

  • March 16, 3:00-4:30 PM (EDT) – Financing CHP at Wastewater Treatment Facilities with Clean Water Revolving Fund Resources

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

  • March 3, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) – ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems
  • March 4, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) – Energy Savings Plus Health: Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for School Building Upgrades
  • March 12, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic: Understanding Energy Metrics
  • March 24, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 101
  • March 25, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 201
  • March 26, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR

DOT Federal Highway Administration Webcasts

  • March 3, 2-3:30 PM (EST) – Engineering Roads and Other Transportation Assets to be Resilient to Climate Change
  • March 10, 2-3:30 PM (EDT) – Developing Future Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge Scenarios
  • March 17, 2-3:30 (EDT) – Assessing Vulnerability with the Vulnerability Assessment Scoring Tool
  • March 24, 2:00-4:00 PM (EDT) – Climate Resilience Pilots: Results from Maryland, Tennessee, Hillsborough, and Southeast Florida Institute for Tribal Professionals and US EPA
  • March 10, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (PDT) – Innovative Approaches, Successes, and Challenges to Developing an ETEP

EPA Webcasts

March 16, 3:00-4:30 PM (EDT) – Financing CHP at Wastewater Treatment Facilities with Clean Water Revolving Fund Resources

CHP is a reliable, cost-effective, and proven solution for producing electricity and thermal energy at wastewater treatment facilities (WWTFs). Obtaining capital to finance CHP systems can be a challenge for facilities, but EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), which provides low-interest loans for publicly owned WWTFs, can help overcome the financing challenge. The EPA CHP Partnership explores this financing mechanism in a recently released fact sheet about CWSRF financing for CHP.

This webinar will:

  • Provide an overview of EPA’s CWSRF, and how CWSRF resources can be used to finance CHP projects
  • Present a case study of Delhi Charter Township Wastewater Treatment Plant in Michigan, a facility that used CWSRF resources for facility improvements including the installation of a 60 kW CHP system
  • Highlight the outreach and support provided to WWTFs by DOE’s CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships
  • Highlight CHP project development resources available through the Partnership

Register

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

March 3, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) – ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems
During this session, attendees will learn how to use EPA tools and resources to help meet requirements for green building rating systems such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Green Globes system, and others.

  1. Learn about the importance of energy efficiency in the broader scope of sustainability
  2. Discover which green building rating systems require the use of EPA ENERGY STAR tools
  3. Learn how you can leverage EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and Target Finder tools to help your buildings earn certification under any of these rating systems
  4. See how four state and local governments have successfully used EPA ENERGY STAR tools and resources to pursue LEED and other certification types for their buildings

Register

March 4, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) – Energy Savings Plus Health: Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for School Building Upgrades
Looking for a resource to help you protect indoor air quality (IAQ) and occupant health during energy efficiency upgrades in your school or district? EPA has a new resource to help. Join this session to learn about the Energy Savings Plus Health: Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for School Building Upgrades. You can use the guide to optimize energy efficiency upgrades without compromising occupant health during the building retrofit process. The session will include a demonstration of the Energy Savings Plus Health Checklist Generator, a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet that helps you create a custom verification checklist for both your building upgrades and concurrent IAQ assessment protocols for each step of the upgrade process. You will also hear about some ENERGY STAR tools and resources that can help you with your energy efficiency efforts. The session will include commentary from guest speaker Tom Schneider, who successfully implemented energy efficiency measures while maintaining occupant health at North Penn School District, Pennsylvania.

Register

March 12, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic: Understanding Energy Metrics
Portfolio Manager "Office Hours" is a live webinar that gives all users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA in an open forum. We will plan to spend the first 20–30 minutes of each session discussing a specific focus topic. The remaining hour will be used to answer any questions you have about Portfolio Manager.

Register

March 24, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 101
Join us as we introduce and demonstrate the core functionality of EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Attendees will learn how to: navigate the new Portfolio Manager; add a property and enter details about it; enter energy and water consumption data; share properties; generate performance reports to assess progress; and respond to data requests.

Register

March 25, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 201
Continue to learn about EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as: managing and tracking changes to your property uses over time; using spreadsheet templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; generating and using custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.

Register

March 26, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR
Join us to learn about applying for ENERGY STAR Certification in Portfolio Manager. Understand the value of the ENERGY STAR certification, see the step-by-step process of applying, and gain tips to avoid common errors, thereby helping your property get from application to award in less time.

Register

DOT Federal Highway Administration Webcasts

March 3, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) – Engineering Roads and Other Transportation Assets to be Resilient to Climate Change
This webinar will focus on methods for analyzing facility level vulnerability and adaptation options, as well as examples of these kinds of analyses from the Gulf Coast 2 study and others.

  • 11-Step Process for Facility Level Adaptation Assessments
  • Facility-Level Engineering Case Studies
  • Minnesota DOT Experience

Register

March 10, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT) – Developing Future Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge Scenarios
This webinar will focus on methods for analyzing vulnerability to sea level rise and coastal storms.

  • Regional Coastal Processes, Damage Mechanisms, Risk, Vulnerability, and Adaptation Strategies
  • Example Calculation of Projected Future Sea Level (USACE Method)
  • Analysis Methods for Assessing Extreme Events
  • MassDOT Experience: Coastal Modeling in Boston Harbor

Register

March 17, 2:00-3:30 (EDT) – Assessing Vulnerability with the Vulnerability Assessment Scoring Tool
This webinar will focus on using the Vulnerability Assessment Scoring Tool (VAST) to assess vulnerability to climate change and extreme weather events, including example applications of the tool.

  • Gulf Coast 2 Assessment of Vulnerability
  • Overview of the Vulnerability Assessment Scoring Tool (VAST)
  • Applying VAST in Maryland

Register

March 24, 2:00-4:00 PM (EDT) – Climate Resilience Pilots: Results from Maryland, Tennessee, Hillsborough, and Southeast Florida
Representatives from Maryland State Highway Administration, Tennessee DOT, Hillsborough MPO, and Broward MPO will present results and lessons learned from their climate change resilience pilot projects.

Register

Institute for Tribal Professionals and US EPA

March 10, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (PDT) – Innovative Approaches, Successes, and Challenges to Developing an ETEP
This webinar will provide a brief overview of EPA-Tribal Environmental Plan (ETEP) requirements under the GAP guidance and innovative approaches, successes, and challenges to developing an ETEP presented by EPA regional staff from EPA Region 1 and EPA Region 9. Attendees are welcome and encouraged to submit written questions throughout the webinar.

Register

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

February 2015—Events, Funding and Technical Assistance Opportunities, and News

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following information that may be of interest to tribes:

  • Upcoming Events
  • Funding and Technical Assistance Opportunities
  • News and Features

Upcoming Events

Save the Dates for the EERE Tribal Energy Program Review
May 4–7, 2015
Denver, Colorado

The annual EERE Tribal Energy Program Review is a gathering that enables tribes to meet and learn from other tribes that are pursuing energy sufficiency through efficiency and/or renewable energy projects, and to share in each other's successes. As energy sufficiency is a priority throughout Indian Country and rural Alaska, this unique forum is open to all tribes, Alaska Native villages, and others with an interest in renewable energy and energy efficiency project development on tribal lands. Watch future newsletters and the Tribal Energy Program website for details.

DOE Tribal Leaders Forum on Climate Preparedness and Resiliency
March 4, 2015; RSVP by Feb. 27
Thunder Valley Casino Resort, Lincoln, California

DOE's Office of Indian Energy is hosting the 10th in a series of planned strategic energy development forums for tribal leaders and interested staff on "Tribal Energy Systems: Climate Preparedness and Resiliency." This forum is open to tribal leaders and tribal staff only. Register now.

DOE Alaska Regional Energy Workshop Series

Presented by the DOE Office of Indian Energy with support from DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, these interactive workshops will guide participants through the process for developing community- and facility-scale renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in rural Alaska and highlight the potential opportunities and challenges involved. RSVP to secure your spot by emailing tribalworkshops@nrel.gov or calling 303-275-3005.

March 23–25, 2015
Bethel
University of Alaska Fairbanks, College of Rural and Community Development
Kuskokwim Campus Cultural Center

March 26–28, 2015
Dillingham
University of Alaska Bristol Bay Campus

March 30–April 1, 2015
Juneau
University of Alaska Southeast

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For updates and other events, visit the complete events calendar on the Tribal Energy Program website.

Funding and Technical Assistance Opportunities

DOE REDI Initiative Grants—$3.5 Million
Applications Due:
March 4, 2015
Learn more.

EPA Environmental Education Local Grants Program—$2.7 Million
Applications Due:
March 6, 2015
Learn more.

DOE Office of Indian Energy Announces Round 3 of START
Renewable Energy Project Development Assistance Applications Due:
May 1, 2015

DOE Office of Indian Energy is accepting applications for the third round of the Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Renewable Energy Project Development Assistance Program to provide tribes with technical assistance with furthering the development of community- and commercial-scale renewable energy projects.

START will provide tribal project teams and tribal legal/finance specialists with long-term technical assistance focused on helping them reach a late-stage development decision point or milestone to further a project toward development.

Learn more.

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For other funding and technical assistance opportunities, see our list on the Tribal Energy Program website.

News and Features

Energy Department's Weatherization Assistance Program Opens Doors for Taos Pueblo Native Jasmine Ramero

Jasmine Ramero, a Taos Pueblo Native, is on her way to becoming the first female weatherization quality control inspector/auditor in the State of New Mexico, thanks to the Weatherization Assistance Program. Read more.

White House Launches Generation Indigenous Native Youth Challenge

Announced at the 2015 United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) Midyear Conference, Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) Challenge invites Native youth and organizations across the country to become a part of the Administration's Gen-I initiative by joining the National Native Youth Network—a White House partnership with the Aspen Institute's Center for Native American Youth and the U.S. Department of the Interior. President Obama launched the Gen-I Initiative at the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference to focus on improving the lives of Native youth by removing the barriers that stand between Native youth and their opportunity to succeed. Read more in the White House blog.

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For updates and other events, visit the complete Events calendar on the Tribal Energy Program website.

Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.


02/24/15

USDA Announces $9 Million to Support Community Food Projects Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of $9 million in funding to assist low-income individuals and communities in developing local and independent food systems. NIFA is funding the grants through the Community Food Projects program (CFP), authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill).
"Community Foods Projects provide the opportunity for low-income communities to become more self-reliant and take control of their own food systems," said Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA director. "These projects create food systems that are economically equitable and socially and environmentally sustainable, providing real solutions for communities most in need."
Community Food Projects involve the entire food system. Projects assess strengths and establish connections among existing food systems, resulting in improved food systems that support self-reliance.

Grants are intended to help eligible, private, nonprofit entities in need of a one-time installment of federal assistance to establish and carry out multipurpose community food projects. Projects are funded from $10,000 to $300,000 and up to 36 months. All grants require a dollar-for-dollar match in resources.

Applications are due March 17, 2015. Please see the request for applications for specific program requirements: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/communityfoodprojects.cfm

CFP is an important part of USDA's Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative, which works to strengthen and support local and regional food systems. More information on the initiative, including an interactive map of CFP and other federally-supported local food projects, can be found at: http://www.usda.gov/knowyourfarmer.The primary goals of the Community Food Projects program are to (1) meet the food needs of low-income individuals; (2) increase the food self-reliance of low-income communities; (3) promote comprehensive responses to local food, farm and nutrition issues; and (4) meet specific state, local or neighborhood food and agricultural needs, including needs relating to infrastructure improvement and development, planning for long-term solutions and the creation of innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and low-income consumers.
Since 2009, NIFA has provided more than $28 million to 154 Community Food Project awards in 48 states to help communities improve access to healthy, local food. Past projects include Philadelphia Green, which supports small-scale growers in their efforts to bring fresh, locally grown produce to the Philadelphia metro area, and RootDown LA, which is engaging Los Angeles-area youth in community gardens.

Funding for the CFP program is authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. The Farm Bill builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past six years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for taxpayers. Since enactment, USDA has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit http://www.usda.gov/farmbill.Through federal funding and leadership for research, education and extension programs, NIFA focuses on investing in science and solving critical issues impacting people's daily lives and the nation's future. More information is at: http://www.nifa.usda.gov.


 

image: Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Program

Energy Savings Plus Health:
Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for School Building Upgrades
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST
Register today for this free webinar!
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Looking for a resource to help you protect indoor air quality (IAQ) and occupant health during energy efficiency upgrades in your school district? EPA has a new resource to help. Join the webinar to learn about the Energy Savings Plus Health: Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for School Building Upgrades. Use this new resource to optimize energy efficiency upgrades without compromising occupant health during the retrofit process. The webinar will also provide in-depth details and a demonstration of the Energy Savings Plus Health Checklist Generator, a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet that helps you create a custom verification checklist for your building upgrades and concurrent IAQ assessment protocols for each step of the upgrade process. You also will hear about ENERGY STAR® tools and resources that can help you with your energy efficiency efforts. The webinar will feature guest speaker Tom Schneider, who successfully implemented energy efficiency measures while maintaining occupant health at the North Penn School District, Pennsylvania.
During the webinar, you will learn about —

Speakers

  • Kudret Ütebay, The Cadmus Group, Inc., Deputy Program Manager for EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Commercial, Institutional and Industrial Sectors, Washington, DC
  • Tom Schneider, Director of Energy and Operational Efficiencies, North Penn School District, Pennsylvania

Please note: This webinar will run approximately 60 minutes. You will need a high-speed internet connection.
Register Today!
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EPA offers free IAQ Tools for Schools comprehensive resources to help schools maintain a healthy environment in school buildings by identifying, correcting and preventing IAQ problems. Learn more about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance at http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools.


DOE Tribal Energy Program
 

Register Now for Energy Development Webinar, Tribal Leaders Climate Forum

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to forward the following information from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs.

Feb. 25 Webinar to Focus on Managing and Implementing Energy Projects for Community Economic Development

The DOE Office of Indian Energy, in partnership with Western Area Power Administration (Western), will present the next Tribal Renewable Energy Series webinar, Organizational Models for Tribal Energy Development, on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain time.

Attendees will learn about the benefits of developing new organizations to support energy project development, including the ability to effectively manage and implement projects that significantly contribute to community economic development and support tribal goals of energy self-sufficiency and self-determination.

In addition to learning about available business models, attendees will learn how to identify the optimal model for establishing strategic partnerships with private industry to advance tribal energy projects and initiatives.

There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Register now.

About the Presenters

Margie Schaff provides tribal clients and energy companies with energy- and business-related legal advice and consultation. She has practiced energy law for 27 years and has experience in projects ranging from tribal utility formation to business structuring for tribal entities.

Doug MacCourt is Chair of Ater Wynne's Tribal Business Group and author of Renewable Energy Development in Indian Country: A Handbook for Tribes. For more than 25 years, he has specialized in environmental and energy law and regulation, land use, and business law for Native American Tribes and Alaska Native corporations, industry, and local government.

See the full schedule of 2015 webinars.

Registration Deadline for Tribal Leaders Forum Extended to Friday, Feb. 27

On Wednesday, March 4, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy is hosting the 10th in a series of planned strategic energy development forums for tribal leaders and interested staff on "Tribal Energy Systems: Climate Preparedness and Resiliency." The forum will take place from 9 a.m.–5:45 p.m. at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, California. This forum is open to tribal leaders and tribal staff only. There is no fee to attend, but you must register by Friday, Feb. 27. When you register, you will also find information about making your hotel reservations. Register now.

Geared specifically toward tribal leaders and staff, the forum provides an opportunity for attendees to interact with other Tribes, federal agencies, and industry to learn more about climate change and resiliency efforts. The forum will cover topics such as tribal energy systems, models and best practices, clean and efficient climate-resilient energy developments, and climate-smart energy development practices and uses of green and natural infrastructure.

Speakers will include representatives from:

  • Blue Lake Rancheria
  • Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
  • Muscogee (Creek) Nation
  • Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
  • Yurok Tribe
  • Various federal agencies

View the agenda for details.

If you have questions about the forum, please contact DOE Office of Indian Energy Program Manager Sarai Geary by email or phone at 202-287-6886.

For updates and other events, visit the complete events calendar on the Tribal Energy Program website.

Regards,

DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.

 


02/20/15

Ozone Implementation

Implementing the 2008 8-hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards

Click here for the Final Rule and Fact Sheet: http://www.epa.gov/air/ozonepollution/actions.html#impl


Final SIP Requirements Rule for the 2008 Ozone NAAQS Webinar

Webinar: Final SIP Requirements Rule for the 2008 Ozone NAAQS
Date: Thursday, February 26
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm Eastern Time
Intended Audience: State, Local, and Tribal Air Agencies
Link to Join Webinar: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/ozonenaaqs2008/

Description: On February 13, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule that addresses a range of implementation requirements for the 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone. The EPA set the final primary and secondary standards at 0.075 ppm on March 12, 2008. Implementation of the ozone standards is a shared responsibility of the EPA and states and tribes. This final rule interprets the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and includes provisions that give the EPA’s partners flexibility to minimize administrative burdens while still ensuring the public health protections achieved by meeting the 2008 ozone standards.

Logistics: You will listen to the audio via your computer. We highly recommend running a connect test on your system before logging into the webinar to ensure that the proper add-ins are enabled and the audio is working properly: http://admin.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.


National Clean Diesel Campaign

This year, fiscal year (FY) 2015, the National Clean Diesel Campaign will issue a standalone Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Tribal Competition Request for Proposals (RFP) for a total of up to $1 million.

Please join me for a discussion of the DERA Tribal RFP’s grant competition structure, opportunities, and proposed changes. I will cover the following topics during the webinar:

  • Detail the historical DERA Tribal competition application process,
  • Offer grant tips, and
  • Address grant and general DERA competition questions.

I also seek feedback from the tribal communities on how this RFP can help reduce diesel emissions that impact tribal communities. Please consider the following topics for the discussion.

  • Does your tribe experience diesel related pollution issues? (e.g. truck stops, distribution centers, ports, marine vessels, school buses, construction equipment, agricultural equipment, generators, etc.)
  • What types of diesel engines/vehicles is your tribe seeking to retrofit, repower and/or replace?
  • How can this RFP best help promote tribal participation?

The FY 2015 DERA Tribal RFP is tentatively scheduled to open around March 18, 2015. There will be a second Tribal competition webinar/teleconference AFTER the RFP opens. Please see below for details on both webinars.

For information on previous years’ DERA Tribal Program competitions, please visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/prgtribal.htm or contact Rosalva Tapia at 202.343.9534 or tapia.rosalva@epa.gov, or Connie Ruth at 734.214.4815 or ruth.connie@epa.gov.

DERA FY 2015 Tribal Competition RFP PRE- Open and Feedback Webinar/Teleconference

Date: Thursday, February, 26, 2015

Time: 4:00 PM (EDT)

Call in Number: 1.866.299.3188

Call in Code: 202.343.9534

Adobe Connect link: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/deratribalpreopen/

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DERA FY 2015 Tribal Competition RFP POST- Open Webinar/Teleconference

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Time: 3:00 PM (EDT)

Call in Number: 1.866.299.3188

Call in Code: 202.343.9534

Adobe Connect link: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/deratribalpostopen/

Please forward this information to anyone who may be interested in attending these sessions or helpful in disseminating this information.

 

Best regards,
Rosalva Tapia
Environmental Protection Specialist
Office of Transportation and Air Quality
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
202.343.9534
tapia.rosalva@epa.gov

 


02/19/15

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EPA's Tribal, State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

More than $1.6 billion in funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Economic Development Administration (EDA), and Department of Agriculture (USDA) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including economic development, sustainable communities, green infrastructure, and water efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.In addition, please visit the calendar of 2015 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.

Special Announcement: DOT Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation has released a notification of intent to issue a funding opportunity announcement for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. The program is designed to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve five critical national objectives: safety, economic competitiveness, state of good repair, livability, and environmental sustainability.

For more information, visit the notice of intent.

FTA Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program - $5 million

  • Applications Due: February 18, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: Federally recognized Indian tribes or Alaska Native villages, groups, or communities as identified by the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)

FTA is making available funding to support transportation planning, capital, and―in limited circumstances―operating assistance for tribal public transit services. Public transportation includes regular, ongoing shared-ride surface transportation services open to the public or open to a segment of the public defined by age, disability, or low income. Specific types of projects include capital projects for start-ups, replacement or expansion needs, operating assistance for start-ups, and planning projects up to $25,000.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity announcement.

DOE Resilient Electricity Delivery Infrastructure (REDI) Initiative - $3.5 million

  • Applications Due: March 4, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: Local governments

DOE is making available funding to deploy smart grid technologies/tools to improve climate preparedness and resiliency of the electricity delivery infrastructure. Two topic areas are offered to accomplish the objectives of this initiative: Topic Area 1) implementation and deployment of the best, pre-commercial and/or commercial smart grid technologies/tools, and Topic Area 2) utilizing smart grid technologies/tools from the DOE National Laboratories. Applications must describe how the proposed smart grid technology/tool increases climate resilience, and include metrics for measuring resilience.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA Environmental Education Local Grants Program - $2.7 million

  • Applications Due: March 6, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: Any local education agency, college or university, state education or environmental agency, nonprofit organization as described in Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a noncommercial educational broadcasting entity as defined and licensed by the Federal Communications Commission may submit a proposal

EPA is seeking proposals that support locally focused environmental education projects that promote environmental stewardship; help develop informed, knowledgeable, and responsible citizens; and encourage behavioral change that improves the environment. EPA’s priorities include developing teaching skills that focus on climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, and addressing air quality by preventing pollution and increasing energy efficiency, improving indoor and outdoor air quality, reducing industrial air pollution and pollution from vehicles and engines, protecting the stratospheric ozone layer, reducing acid rain, and addressing climate change.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity announcement

DOE State Energy Program 2015 Competitive Awards - $5 million

  • Applications Due: March 31, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: State entities

DOE is making available funding to support state energy planning and innovative opportunities for energy efficiency and renewable energy practices. State planning activities include stakeholder and interagency discussions and related activities concerning the future direction of the energy sector, while renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities include developing or expanding utility-related programs, working with local governments, and developing or designing financing programs, EM&V strategies, or benchmarking & disclosure programs.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity announcement.

EDA Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership Program - $1.3 billion

  • Applications Due: April 1, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: Indian tribes, state and local governments, district organizations, institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations

EDA is making available funding to help communities cultivate an environment for businesses to create well-paying manufacturing jobs in regions across the country and accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing. The program aims to strengthen the following development areas: workforce and training, supplier networks, research and innovation, infrastructure/site development or redevelopment, trade and international investment, operational improvement, and capital access. Winning communities will receive funding from 10 participating government agencies in areas such as reducing reliance on nonrenewable energy resources by encouraging the development and construction of solar energy systems and other renewable energy systems and improving transportation efficiency.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity announcement.

USDA Conservation Innovation Grant Program - $20 million

  • Pre-proposals Due: April 1, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: Indian tribes, state and local governments, non-governmental organizations, and individuals

USDA is making available funding to promote sharing of skills, knowledge, technologies, and facilities among communities, governments, and other institutions to ensure that scientific and technological developments are accessible to a wider range of users. Eligible projects should promote environmental protection or natural resources enhancement, such as establishing and demonstrating how farm and ranch energy efficiency and renewable energy can be quantified with enough certainty to allow for engagement with voluntary and regulatory carbon markets. Projects can also focus on establishing and demonstrating how implementation of soil health management systems can be integrated into carbon markets, as well as ways to expand the capture and use of methane from livestock systems.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity announcement.

EPA Tribal Training and Outreach Support for the American Indian Air Quality Training Program - $1.6 million

  • Applications Due: April 3, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: States, local governments, territories, Indian tribes, international organizations, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, and other public or private non-profit institutions

EPA announced funding to provide workshop training, internships, and technical support to tribal governments seeking to investigate, develop, and establish air quality management programs for lands under their jurisdiction and provides opportunity for American Indian students to pursue environmental careers in the field of air quality management. Applications must support progress in minimizing the threats posed by climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and taking actions that help to protect human health and help communities and ecosystems become more sustainable and resilient to the effects of climate change.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity announcement.

USDA Rural Energy for America Program - $280 million

  • Applications Due: April 30, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: Agricultural producers and rural small businesses

USDA announced funding to assist agricultural producers and small business owners in applying for resources to purchase and install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. Eligible renewable energy systems include wind, solar, renewable biomass (including anaerobic digesters), small hydro-electric, ocean, geothermal, or hydrogen derived from these renewable resources. For more information, visit the funding opportunity announcement.

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EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program LogoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.

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02/10/15

Reminder for Organizations or Tribes interested in the Tribal Training and Outreach Support for the American Indian Air Quality Training Program, there is a call to respond to questions at 2:00 eastern standard time on February 12. 2015

Call in number is  1 866  299 3188,     conference code 2025641082

For more information click:   http://www.epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html


 

02/04/15

 

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EPA's Tribal, State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

This message provides details about 12 upcoming webcasts offered by federal agencies and others. All webcasts are offered free of charge, but space may be limited.

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

  • February 10, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – 2015 EPA National Building Competition
  • February 12, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – Benchmarking Water/Wastewater Treatment Facilities in Portfolio Manager
  • February 19, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic: Reporting in Portfolio Manager
  • February 24, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager 101
  • February 24, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) – ENERGY STAR Resources for Local Governments
  • February 25, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager 201
  • February 26, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR

DOE Webcasts

  • February 3, 3:00-4:00 PM (EST) – ESPC 2.0: How a New Generation of Energy Savings Performance Contracting is Improving Energy Efficiency in U.S. Buildings
  • February 25, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) – Models for Tribal Energy Development Organizations
  • February 26, 2:00-3:00 PM (EST) – Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy

HUD: National Disaster Resilience Competition Webinar Series

  • Webinar Series about the National Disaster Resilience Competition in particular and climate resilience in general. Various dates through February 2015.

Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals

  • February 25, 10:00 AM-11:15 AM (PST) – Climate Change Funding and Technical Resources for Tribes Antioch University New England and US EPA
  • February 26, 12:00-1:15 PM (EST) – Collaborating for Resilience

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

February 10, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – 2015 EPA National Building Competition
Registration for the 2015 EPA National Building Competition opens in January. Don't wait until the last minute to set up your winning team or start assembling your energy-saving playbook! Join us on January 19th to learn tips and strategies for forming and registering a team to compete this year. We'll also cover ENERGY STAR tools you can use to get started on your way to cost and energy savings, as well as some well-deserved EPA recognition.

Register

February 12, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – Benchmarking Water/Wastewater Treatment Facilities in Portfolio Manager
Learn how to track the progress of energy efficiency efforts and compare the energy use of wastewater treatment plants to other peer facilities across the country. Attendees will learn how to measure and track energy use and carbon dioxide emission reductions in water and wastewater treatment plants to establish baseline energy use, prioritize investments, set goals, and track improvements over time.

Register

February 19, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic: Reporting in Portfolio Manager
Portfolio Manager "Office Hours" is a live webinar that gives all users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA in an open forum. We will plan to spend the first 20–30 minutes of each session discussing a specific focus topic. The remaining hour will be used to answer any questions you have about Portfolio Manager.

Register

February 24, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager 101
Join us as we introduce and demonstrate the core functionality of EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Attendees will learn how to: navigate the new Portfolio Manager; add a property and enter details about it; enter energy and water consumption data; share properties; generate performance reports to assess progress; and respond to data requests.

Register

February 24, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) – ENERGY STAR Resources for Local Governments
Brought to you by ICMA and the ENERGY STAR program, join us as we introduce the basics of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool and other ENERGY STAR resources that hundreds of local governments have used to benchmark and save energy over the years. Learn from Kansas City’s experience in becoming a more energy efficient government and community through using ENERGY STAR tools such as Portfolio Manager, updating their Climate Protection Plan, and participating in the City Energy Project.

Register

February 25, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager 201
Continue to learn about EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as: managing and tracking changes to your property uses over time; using spreadsheet templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; generating and using custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.

Register

February 26, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR
Join us to learn about applying for ENERGY STAR Certification in Portfolio Manager. Understand the value of the ENERGY STAR certification, see the step-by-step process of applying, and gain tips to avoid common errors, thereby helping your property get from application to award in less time.

Register

DOE Webcasts

February 3, 3:00-4:00 PM (EST) – ESPC 2.0: How a New Generation of Energy Savings Performance Contracting is Improving Energy Efficiency in U.S. Buildings
Join Better Buildings Challenge Partners and Allies to learn how they are employing energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) to improve long-term energy performance in their buildings with little or no upfront cost. A representative from the Energy Department will also introduce our ESPC Accelerator, a high-impact program designed to support expanded use of ESPCs by state and local governments.

Register

February 25, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) – Models for Tribal Energy Development Organizations
Although energy projects can be accomplished outside the construct of a formal organization, tribes are recognizing the benefits of developing new organizations to support energy project development. One high-level benefit is the ability to effectively and comprehensively manage and implement projects that significantly contribute to community economic development. Learn about available business models such as the Section 17 corporation and the tribal utility. Also, get tips on how to determine the optimal model for establishing strategic partnerships with private industry to support tribal goals of energy self-sufficiency and self-determination.

Register

February 26, 2:00-3:00 PM (EST) – Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy
Hosted by the Technical Assistance Program (TAP), this webinar is a comparative analysis of program design elements of existing Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs across the country. PACE, an innovative financing technique that allows energy efficiency and renewable energy investments to be made on existing structures, is continuing to expand in communities across the country. This webinar will provide insight into how different commercial PACE programs have structured their programs in areas such as capital sources, underwriting criteria and eligible measures. Attendees will leave with a deeper understanding of how PACE works, design element choices and lessons learned from early adopters.

Register

HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition Webinar Series

To foster awareness about the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC), HUD is offering a series of webinars throughout February 2015 to discuss NDRC NOFA Requirements, answer NDRC NOFA questions and start a dialogue about climate resilience.

Some webinars will have a technical focus on the NDRC NOFA requirements and NDRC eligible applicants. Other webinars will provide broad topical information about citizen engagement, climate adaptation planning, regional consortia building, innovative resilience, water management, rural community engagement, equity, infrastructure resilience, and sustainable energy, intended to be useful for anyone interested in learning about climate resilience.

Register

Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals

February 25, 10:00 AM-11:15 AM (PST) – Climate Change Funding and Technical Resources for Tribes
This webinar will provide an overview of funding and technical resources available to tribes to support their climate change adaptation planning and implementation initiatives. It will include resources specific to tribes in the Pacific Northwest, as well as other resources. This presentation will highlight existing guides for climate change assessments and planning, as well as current grants related to funding for climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Register

Antioch University New and England and US EPA

February 26, 12:00-1:15 PM (EST) – Collaborating for Resilience
The challenging impacts of climate change disproportionately affect those with the least resources to prepare, sustain and recover. How do municipal decision makers and civic leaders promote effective engagement with all community members, especially those that are likely to be most impacted? This webinar will cover:

  • Concrete community engagement and climate change preparedness success stories.
  • What approaches to engagement are effective in reaching historically marginalized populations.
  • How municipal decision makers and staff can work effectively with community-based organizations.

Register

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EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program LogoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.

To subscribe to or unsubscribe from this newsletter, go to the Newsletters page.

 


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Take action now and register for the fourth webinar in the
IAQ Master Class Webinar Series –
Mold and Moisture: Double Trouble for Schools

IAQ

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 1:00–2:00 p.m. EST
Followed by a live mentoring Q&A session, 2:00–2:30 p.m. EST

This webinar will help you:

  • Discover effective strategies for responding quickly to moisture problems and learn about proper mold remediation and clean-up practices in schools.
  • Communicate effectively with your community stakeholders about how a mold issue is being handled and avert a potential media crisis.
  • Gain access to tools and resources within EPA's Framework for Effective School IAQ Management and Action Kit that can help your school or district effectively manage mold and moisture problems.
  • Hear from a school district in Texas that struggled with mold issues and used the Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools guidance to successfully institutionalize effective mold and moisture prevention practices. 

Featured IAQ Experts from the SHIELD Network:

  • Steven Caulfield, Senior Vice President, Turner Building Science and Design, and Immediate Past President of the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council, Harrison, Maine.
  • Peggy Caruso, Assistant Director, Environmental and Safety Department, Katy Independent School District, Katy, Texas.
  • Arnold Anderson, Environmental Manager, Katy Independent School District, Katy, Texas.

Register today to learn more about how effectively managing IAQ in schools can contribute to a healthier learning environment, improved academic performance, and more efficiently performing facilities.
American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education Systems (CES) Learning Units (LU's) are available for this webinar. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members will be available upon request.
Visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/100000000065847265 to register today!
Mark Your Calendars!
Announcing the IAQ Master Class Webinar Series


Building Capacity for IAQ Mastery:
Creating green, clean and healthy schools requires mastering the indoor environment using a comprehensive approach. The School Health and Indoor Environments Leadership Development (SHIELD) Network is a group of diverse stakeholders who, in collaboration with the U.S. EPA, are working toward the Bold Goal of ensuring that all schools have healthy indoor environments.
The SHIELD Network launched the IAQ Master Class Webinar Series, which comprises ten 1-hour technical, core competency Web-based trainings which build the capacity of school district staff across the country to start, improve or sustain an IAQ management program.
Learn from technical experts, industry leaders and model school districts during these live webinars, which will be followed by 30-minute mentoring Q&A.
Gain Recognition for your knowledge acquisition and commitment to action through certificates of completion for each training. Additionally, when you complete all 10 hours, you will be acknowledged with a certificate that recognizes your efforts toward IAQ Mastery as a member of the 2015 SHIELD Network IAQ Master Class. CEUs are available for this webinar.

Mark your calendar to join the upcoming webinars in the IAQ Master Class Webinar Series!


Webinar Topic

Webinar Date

Creating Healthy Indoor Environments in Schools

Watch On-Demand!

Making the Case

On-Demand Link Coming Soon! (Recorded December 11, 2014)

HVAC Systems

On-Demand Link Coming Soon! (Recorded January 22, 2015)

Mold and Moisture

2/12/15

Energy Efficiency and IAQ

3/12/15

Integrated Pest Management

4/16/15

Asthma Management

5/7/15

Cleaning and Maintenance

6/4/15

Materials Selection

7/16/15

Source Control

8/6/15

Miss a live webinar? No worries! All webinars will be recorded and available for future on-demand viewing on EPA's website.

Questions?
If you have any questions about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance, please contact the IAQ Tools for Schools Connector Coordinator at IAQschools@epa.gov.

EPA offers free IAQ Tools for Schools comprehensive resources to help schools maintain a healthy environment in school buildings by identifying, correcting and preventing IAQ problems. Learn more about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance at http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools.

 


EPA Finalizes Updates to Air Standards for Future Wood Heaters

Phased-in updates will ensure a smooth transition to cleaner and more efficient wood heaters

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing standards to limit the amount of pollution that wood heaters, which will be manufactured and sold in the future, can emit. These standards, which were last updated in 1988, reflect the significantly improved technology that is now available to make a range of models cleaner burning and more efficient. Today’s final rule will provide important health benefits to communities across the country and will be phased in over a five-year period, giving manufacturers time to adapt their product lines to develop the best next-generation models to meet these new standards. The final rule does not affect current heaters already in use in homes today. It also does not replace state or local requirements governing wood heater use. Instead, it ensures that consumers buying wood heaters anywhere in the United States in the future will be able to choose from cleaner-burning models.

Wood heaters, which are used around the clock in some areas, can increase particle pollution, sometimes called soot to levels that pose serious health concerns. Particle pollution is linked to a wide range of serious health effects, including heart attacks, strokes and asthma attacks. People with heart, vascular or lung disease, older adults and children are the most at risk from particle pollution exposure. Smoke from wood heaters also includes volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide and air toxics. EPA’s updated standards will build on the work that states and local communities have done to improve air quality in these communities and are based on significant improvements in technology.

Emissions from new models will be reduced by roughly two-thirds, improving air quality and providing between $3.4 and $7.6 billion in public health benefits. This means that for every dollar spent to bring cleaner heaters to market, the American public will see between $74 and $165 in health benefits. Consumers purchasing new models will also benefit from efficiency improvements, which means they will use less wood to heat their homes. Consumers can play an important role in cutting pollution by following the guidelines in their owner’s manuals and following best burning practices available on EPA’s website.

EPA conducted extensive public outreach as it developed the proposed rule, seeking input from numerous wood heater manufacturers, state, local and tribal governments, regional air quality agencies, and citizen and environmental groups. The agency also participated in a Small Business Advocacy Review Panel to seek input and advice as it developed the proposed rule.

Based on public comment on the proposal and additional information submitted to the agency, the agency’s final standards make a number of important updates from the proposal including changes to provide manufacturers the time and flexibility they need to ensure a smooth transition to cleaner heaters. EPA is also updating the final emissions limits to reflect changes the agency made to the emissions test method requirements based on input received during the comment period.

The Clean Air Act requires EPA to set new source performance standards (NSPS) for categories of stationary sources of pollution that cause, or significantly contribute to, air pollution that may endanger public health or welfare. The agency’s final rule announced today updates the 1988 standards for woodstoves and sets the first-ever federal standards for hydronic heaters, wood-fired forced air furnaces (also called warm-air furnaces), pellet stoves and a previously unregulated type of woodstove called a single burn-rate stove. These standards do not cover fireplaces, fire pits, pizza ovens, barbecues or chimineas.

EPA received nearly 8,000 comments on the proposed rule and held one public hearing.

More information: http://www2.epa.gov/residential-wood-heaters

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01/28/15

Grant Opportunities


Department of Education
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE): Office of Indian Education (OIE): Indian education Formula Grants to Local Educational Agencies CFDA Number 84.060 Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=272008


Department of Commerce

FY 2015 Alaska Native Organization Co-Management Funding Program Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=272030


QA101 Announcement Quality Assurance and Control Webinars

NAU ITEP

Click here for an announcement of an informal series of live webinars on the basics of QA.  These webinars are not exclusive to Alaskans, so please pass the announcement along to anyone who would be interested.  This will go out on ITEP’s listserv, but that does sometimes miss people.  All the webinars will be recorded and then highly edited (removing pauses, etc.) and will be available on the ITEP/TAMS website for those who miss a webinar.  Please email me with suggestions or questions; these webinars are intended to provide immediately usable information so ideas are welcome.  Also, we have a dropbox site dedicated to sharing material (noted in the announcement, but we will be adding more files), and if you have example documents that would be useful to others we will all be grateful and benefit from your generosity.  
Thank you!

Melinda Ronca-Battista
NAU ITEP,   Health Physicist, CQA
cell 602 616 2218
melinda.ronca-battista@nau.edu  
See our QA101 and other video playlists: http://www4.nau.edu/tams/tools/res_wbnrQA-agenda.asp
and on TurboQAPP: http://www4.nau.edu/itep/air/aq_wbivw.asp
and AQS: http://www4.nau.edu/tams/tools/tools_fasttrack.asp
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCow3f4mA8T8gPH9CeILln7w/playlists


image: Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Program

Take action now and register for the fourth webinar in the
IAQ Master Class Webinar Series –
Mold and Moisture: Double Trouble for Schools

IAQ

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 1:00–2:00 p.m. EST
Followed by a live mentoring Q&A session, 2:00–2:30 p.m. EST

This webinar will help you:

  • Discover effective strategies for responding quickly to moisture problems and learn about proper mold remediation and clean-up practices in schools.
  • Communicate effectively with your community stakeholders about how a mold issue is being handled and avert a potential media crisis.
  • Gain access to tools and resources within EPA's Framework for Effective School IAQ Management and Action Kit that can help your school or district effectively manage mold and moisture problems.
  • Hear from a school district in Texas that struggled with mold issues and used the Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools guidance to successfully institutionalize effective mold and moisture prevention practices. 

Featured IAQ Experts from the SHIELD Network:

  • Steven Caulfield, Senior Vice President, Turner Building Science and Design, and Immediate Past President of the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council, Harrison, Maine.
  • Peggy Caruso, Assistant Director, Environmental and Safety Department, Katy Independent School District, Katy, Texas.
  • Arnold Anderson, Environmental Manager, Katy Independent School District, Katy, Texas.

Register today to learn more about how effectively managing IAQ in schools can contribute to a healthier learning environment, improved academic performance, and more efficiently performing facilities.
American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education Systems (CES) Learning Units (LU's) are available for this webinar. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members will be available upon request.
Visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/100000000065847265 to register today!
Mark Your Calendars!
Announcing the IAQ Master Class Webinar Series


Building Capacity for IAQ Mastery:
Creating green, clean and healthy schools requires mastering the indoor environment using a comprehensive approach. The School Health and Indoor Environments Leadership Development (SHIELD) Network is a group of diverse stakeholders who, in collaboration with the U.S. EPA, are working toward the Bold Goal of ensuring that all schools have healthy indoor environments.
The SHIELD Network launched the IAQ Master Class Webinar Series, which comprises ten 1-hour technical, core competency Web-based trainings which build the capacity of school district staff across the country to start, improve or sustain an IAQ management program.
Learn from technical experts, industry leaders and model school districts during these live webinars, which will be followed by 30-minute mentoring Q&A.
Gain Recognition for your knowledge acquisition and commitment to action through certificates of completion for each training. Additionally, when you complete all 10 hours, you will be acknowledged with a certificate that recognizes your efforts toward IAQ Mastery as a member of the 2015 SHIELD Network IAQ Master Class. CEUs are available for this webinar.

Mark your calendar to join the upcoming webinars in the IAQ Master Class Webinar Series!


Webinar Topic

Webinar Date

Creating Healthy Indoor Environments in Schools

Watch On-Demand!

Making the Case

On-Demand Link Coming Soon! (Recorded December 11, 2014)

HVAC Systems

On-Demand Link Coming Soon! (Recorded January 22, 2015)

Mold and Moisture

2/12/15

Energy Efficiency and IAQ

3/12/15

Integrated Pest Management

4/16/15

Asthma Management

5/7/15

Cleaning and Maintenance

6/4/15

Materials Selection

7/16/15

Source Control

8/6/15

Miss a live webinar? No worries! All webinars will be recorded and available for future on-demand viewing on EPA's website.

Questions?
If you have any questions about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance, please contact the IAQ Tools for Schools Connector Coordinator at IAQschools@epa.gov.

EPA offers free IAQ Tools for Schools comprehensive resources to help schools maintain a healthy environment in school buildings by identifying, correcting and preventing IAQ problems. Learn more about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance at http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools.

 


01/22/15

 

EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program banner

EPA's Tribal, State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

More than $95 million in funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the Funders’ Network, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and the Department of Energy (DOE) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including economic development, sustainable communities, green infrastructure, and water efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.
In addition, please visit the calendar of 2015 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.
Funders’ Network Partners for Places Program - $500,000
Applications Due: January 28, 2015
Eligible Entities: local governments
The Funders’ Network is announcing funding to build valuable working relationships and projects in local communities, while at the same time increasing the visibility and importance of this work in the local philanthropic community. Proposals will be evaluated partly on the extent to which the partnership project addresses one of eight sustainability priorities: making climate change preparation a factor for every government decision from health to infrastructure, pursuing deep greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions, integrating climate change preparation and GHG emissions reductions, embedding equity in sustainability and/or climate action, incorporating sustainability and/or climate action into economic development initiatives, using community-wide sustainability performance metrics to evaluate progress, and mobilizing resident and business actions that advance sustainability and/or climate action.
For more information, visit the request for proposals.
EPA Environmental Education Model Grants Program - $576,600
Applications Due: February 2, 2015
Eligible Entities: Any local education agency, college or university, state education or environmental agency, nonprofit organization as described in Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a noncommercial educational broadcasting entity as defined and licensed by Federal Communications Commission may submit a proposal.
EPA is seeking proposals that support environmental education projects that promote environmental stewardship; help develop informed, knowledgeable, and responsible citizens; and encourage behavioral change that improves the environment. Selections and awards will be for model projects, each of which is to be conducted in at least two different locations during the project period, in order to demonstrate replicability. EPA’s priorities include developing teaching skills that focus on climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, and addressing air quality by preventing pollution and increasing energy efficiency, improving indoor and outdoor air quality, reducing industrial air pollution and pollution from vehicles and engines, protecting the stratospheric ozone layer, reducing acid rain, and addressing climate change.
For more information, visit the request for proposals.                                    
NFWF Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Program 2015 - $2.1 million
Applications Due: February 3, 2015
Eligible Entities: state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes and educational institutions, non-profit 501(c) organizations
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is making available funding to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships for stormwater management, wetland, riparian, forest and coastal habitat restoration, urban wildlife conservation, as well as outreach, education and stewardship. Eligible projects include increasing tree canopy, bio swales, permeable pavers, bio retention, green roofs, downspout disconnection, installation of native vegetation and other proven practices for water quality, habitats, and species.
For more information, visit the funding opportunity announcement.
HUD Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Program - $76 million
Applications Due: February 9, 2015
Eligible Entities: Eligible applicants are Public Housing Authorities, local governments, for-profit entities, nonprofit entities and tribal entities
HUD is announcing funding to improve local housing, educational outcomes, and create private investment in neighborhoods. Proposals must include activities that incorporate energy efficient design principles into building rehabilitation, and consideration will be given to projects that both demonstrate high utility costs from energy inefficiencies and improve structural and design deficiencies that cause environmental or climate hazards.
For more information, visit the funding opportunity announcement.
FTA Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program - $5 million
Applications Due: February 18, 2015
Eligible Entities: federally recognized Indian tribes or Alaska Native villages, groups, or communities as identified by the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)
FTA is making available funding to support planning, capital, and, in limited circumstances, operating assistance for tribal public transit services. Eligible projects include public transportation planning, capital and operating projects, in limited circumstances. Public transportation includes regular, continuing shared-ride surface transportation services open to the public or open to a segment of the public defined by age, disability, or low income. Specific types of projects include capital projects for start-ups, replacement or expansion needs, operating assistance for start-ups, and planning projects up to $25,000.
For more information, visit the funding opportunity announcement.
DOE Resilient Electricity Delivery Infrastructure (REDI) Initiative - $3.5 million
Applications Due: March 4, 2015
Eligible Entities: local governments
DOE is making available funding to deploy smart grid technologies/tools to improve climate preparedness and resiliency of the electricity delivery infrastructure. Two topic areas are offered to accomplish the objectives of this initiative:  1) implementation and deployment of the best, pre-commercial and/or commercial smart grid technologies/tools (Topic Area 1) and 2) utilizing smart grid technologies/tools from the DOE National Laboratories (Topic Area 2). Applications must describe how the proposed smart grid technology/tool increases climate resilience, and include metrics for measuring resilience.
For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.
EPA Environmental Education Local Grants Program - $2.7 million
Applications Due: March 6, 2015
Eligible Entities: Any local education agency, college or university, state education or environmental agency, nonprofit organization as described in Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a noncommercial educational broadcasting entity as defined and licensed by Federal Communications Commission may submit a proposal.
EPA is seeking proposals that support locally focused environmental education projects that promote environmental stewardship; help develop informed, knowledgeable, and responsible citizens; and encourage behavioral change that improves the environment. EPA’s priorities include developing teaching skills that focus on climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, and addressing air quality by preventing pollution and increasing energy efficiency, improving indoor and outdoor air quality, reducing industrial air pollution and pollution from vehicles and engines, protecting the stratospheric ozone layer, reducing acid rain, and addressing climate change.
For more information, visit the funding opportunity announcement.
DOE State Energy Program 2015 Competitive Awards- $5 million
Applications Due: March 31, 2015 (Webinar on January 27, 2015)
Eligible Entities: State entities
DOE is making available funding to support state energy planning and innovative opportunities for energy efficiency and renewable energy practices. State planning activities include stakeholder and interagency discussions and related activities concerning the future direction of the energy sector, while renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities include developing or expanding utility-related programs, working with local governments, and developing or designing financing programs, EM&V strategies, or benchmarking & disclosure programs.
For more information, visit the funding opportunity announcement.


EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program logoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.
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Action today for a better tomorrow

May 12-14, 2015 - St. Louis, Missouri


HAPPY NEW YEAR, ADAPTATION PARTNERS!

  • 2015 has arrived and the National Adaptation Forum is just around the corner. We encourage you to take advantage of Early Bird Registration to receive discounted rates. Register TODAY as Early Bird Registration ends on February 28th. 
     
  • We are pleased to announce that due to a handful of generous sponsors, travel support to attend the National Adaptation Forum is now available for a limited number of participants. Learn more about this opportunity, including how to apply, by visiting the Travel Support page on the Forum website.
  • Mark your calendars for the next National Adaptation Forum webinar on February 12, 2015, entitled "Ensuring Social Equity in Preparing for Climate Change: Challenges and Solutions." Stay tuned to the Forum website for additional details.
  • The deadline for the American Society of Adaptation Professionals 2015 Prize for Progress in Adapting to Climate Change has been extended to Friday, January 23rd. You still have one more week to apply. **The top three finalists will each receive a FREE National Adaptation Forum registration!**

 


01/21/15

DOE Tribal Energy Program

January 2015—DOE Funding Opportunity Upcoming Events

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following funding opportunities and upcoming events that may be of interest to tribes.

Funding and Technical Assistance Opportunities; Requests for Proposals

For updates and additional information, please see Related Opportunities on the Tribal Energy Program website.

USDA Forest Service Wood Innovations Funding Opportunity
Applications Due:
Jan. 23, 2015
Eligible Entities: All entities are eligible.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Forest Service is seeking applications to substantially expand and accelerate wood energy and wood product markets throughout the United States to support forest management needs on National Forest System and other forest lands.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

EPA Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act Grant
Applications Due:
Jan. 31, 2015
Eligible Entities: To be eligible, a state or tribe must demonstrate that its response program includes, or is taking reasonable steps to include, the four elements of a response program described in Section IV of this guidance; or be a party to a voluntary response program memorandum of agreement (VRP MOA) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and maintain and make available to the public a record of sites at which response actions have been completed in the previous year and are planned to be addressed in the upcoming year.

The EPA is seeking applications for a noncompetitive $50 million grant program to establish and enhance state and tribal response programs. Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) 128(a) response program grants are funded with State and Tribal Assistance Grant (STAG) appropriations. Generally, these response programs address the assessment, cleanup, and redevelopment of brownfields sites with actual or perceived contamination. See the Funding Guidance document for information on the allocation and use of Fiscal Year 2015 section 128(a) funds.

For more information, see the Federal Register Notice.

EPA Environmental Education Model Grants Program
Applications Due:
Feb. 2, 2015
Eligible Entities:; Colleges or universities, nonprofits, state education or environmental agencies, and tribes (which includes schools and community colleges controlled by an Indian tribe or nation)

The EPA is accepting grant proposals from eligible applicants to support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

EPA Workforce Development and Job Training Grants
Applications Due:
Feb. 3, 2015
Eligible Entities: Nonprofits, state and local governments, tribes (excluding Alaska), Alaska Native Regional Corporations, Alaska Native Village Corporations, and the Metlakatla Indian Community

The EPA is accepting applications to deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field, with a focus on solid and hazardous waste remediation, environmental health and safety, and wastewater-related training.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

DOE Alaska START Program for Community Energy Planning and Projects—Applications Due Soon
Applications Due:
Feb. 6, 2015
Eligible Entities: Alaska Native corporations and federally recognized Alaska Native governments

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy is accepting applications for the third round of the Alaska Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program to assist Alaska Native corporations and federally recognized Alaska Native governments with accelerating clean energy projects. Alaska START is a competitive technical assistance opportunity aimed at achieving the following goals:

  • Reducing the cost and use of energy for rural Alaska consumers and communities
  • Increasing local capacity, energy efficiency, and conservation through training and public education
  • Increasing renewable energy deployment and financing opportunities for communities and utilities.

Through Alaska START, DOE and the Denali Commission, along with DOE's national laboratories and other local and national experts, will assist rural Alaska Native communities in developing strategic energy plans to help mitigate climate change, conducting energy awareness and training programs, and pursuing new renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

HUD Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants — $76 Million
Applications Due:
Feb. 9, 2015
Eligible Entities: Public housing authorities, local governments, for-profits, nonprofits, and tribal entities

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is accepting applications to support communities that have undergone a comprehensive local planning process and are ready to implement their "Transformation Plan" to redevelop the neighborhood. HUD will award up to four grants, not to exceed $30 million each.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

USDA Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants
Applications Due:
Feb. 12, 2015
Eligible Entities: Units of state, tribal, or local governments; instrumentalities of state, tribal, or local governments; institutions of higher education; rural electric cooperatives; public power entities, or councils, as defined in 16 U.S.C. 3451

The USDA Rural Business Cooperative-Service Agency, under the Rural Energy for America Program, is accepting applications for Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance (REDA) grants to establish programs to assist agricultural producers and rural small businesses with evaluating energy efficiency and the potential to incorporate renewable energy technologies into their operations.

For more information, see the Federal Register Notice.

Informational Webinar
Date:
Jan. 21, 2015
Time: 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Learn about the REDA program purposes and eligibility requirements. There is no cost, but registration is required. Register now.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company Request for Offers
Applications Due:
Feb. 17, 2015
Eligible Entities: Please view the Solicitation Protocol document for more details on eligibility.

To achieve its procurement targets as required by California Public Utilities Commission, Pacific Gas and Electric Company has issued a request for offers for 74 megawatts (MW) of energy storage—50 MW on the transmission grid and an additional 24 MW on distribution circuits.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

Defense Logistics Agency Energy Request for Proposals: Renewable Energy Supply for Department of Navy — Naval District of Washington
Applications Due:
Feb. 17, 2015
Eligible Entities: All entities are eligible.

Defense Logistics Agency Energy has issued a request for proposals for a long-term supply and purchase of electricity generated from newly constructed renewable energy generation assets for delivery to various naval installations located in the Military District of Washington and the Pennsylvania, Jersey, Maryland (PJM) Power Pool market footprint. The long-term Renewable Energy Supply Agreement (RESA) states that the contractor agrees to finance, design, install, operate, and maintain a renewable power generation system on private land and the government will agree to purchase the energy produced from the system at a firm-fixed price. The RFP requests that the contractor furnish all labor, materials, tools, equipment, and incidentals required to produce and deliver electricity generated from a newly constructed off-site renewable energy generation system, which totals to 425,463,439 kilowatt-hours (kWhs) annually. At a minimum, the contractor's system must be capable of supplying at least 235 million kilowatt-hours annually.

For more information, see the funding opportunity.

DLA Energy RFP: Department of Navy — Middle Atlantic Region
Applications Due:
Feb. 17, 2015
Eligible Entities: All entities are eligible.

DLA Energy is issuing a procurement for a long-term supply and purchase of electricity generated from newly constructed renewable energy generation assets for delivery to various naval installations located in the Middle Atlantic Region and PJM market footprint. The long-term RESA states that the contractor agrees to finance, design, install, operate, and maintain a renewable power generation system on private land and the government will agree to purchase the energy produced from the system at a firm-fixed price. The RFP will request that the contractor furnish all labor, materials, tools, equipment, and incidentals required to produce and deliver electricity generated from a newly constructed off-site renewable energy generation system, which totals 217,885,331 kWhs annually. At a minimum, the contractor's system must be capable of supplying at least 113 million kWhs annually.

For more information, see the procurement notice.

EPA Environmental Education Local Grants Program — $2.7 Million
Applications Due:
March 6, 2015
Eligible Entities: Local education agencies, colleges, and universities, state education or environmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, and noncommercial educational broadcasting entities as defined and licensed by the Federal Communications Commission

The EPA is accepting applications for Environmental Education Local Grants to support locally focused environmental education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide the skills needed to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment.

The EPA expects to award three grants from each of its 10 Regional Offices, for a total of approximately 30 grants nationwide. Each grant will be approximately, but no more than, $91,000. Applicants must demonstrate how they will provide nonfederal matching funds of at least 25% of the total cost of the project.

For more information, see the solicitation notice.

HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition — $1 Billion
Applications Due:
March 16, 2015
Eligible Applicants: All states with counties that experienced a Presidentially Declared Major Disaster in 2011, 2012, or 2013 are eligible to submit applications that address unmet needs as well as vulnerabilities to future extreme events, stresses, threats, hazards, or other shocks in areas that were most impacted and distressed as a result of the effects of the qualified disaster. This includes 48 of 50 states plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. In addition, 17 local governments that have received funding under the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 (PL 113-2) are eligible.See the complete list of eligible applicants.

The HUD's National Disaster Resilience Competition makes $1 billion available to communities that have been struck by natural disasters in recent years. The competition promotes risk assessment and planning and will fund the implementation of innovative resilience projects to better prepare communities for future storms and other extreme events. Funding for the competition is from the disaster recovery Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-DR) appropriation provided by PL 113-2. This competition responds to requests from state, local, and tribal leaders who have asked the federal government to help them prepare their communities for the impacts of climate change and support investments in more resilient infrastructure. Read more about the competition on the HUD website.

Informational Webinars
HUD is hosting a webinar series to foster awareness about the National Disaster Resilience Competition. The webinars will answer questions about the competition, cover requirements, and talk about climate resilience. Save the dates for the following webinars:

  • Feb. 12, 2015 — Q&A Session: Walk through FAQs
  • Feb. 26, 2015 — Q&A Session: Review Completeness Requirements.

Learn more.

Southern California Edison Renewable Energy Request for Offers
Applications Due:
April 1, 2015
Eligible Entities: All entities are eligible.

Southern California Edison (SCE) has issued a request for offers seeking up to 50 MW of renewable power from new distributed generating facilities to support SCE's Preferred Resources Pilot in central and south Orange County via power purchase agreements. Eligible projects must be at least 500 kilowatts and connected to SCE's distributed system in the area.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description

NC GreenPower Open RFP for Carbon Offsets and RECs

NC GreenPower is a North Carolina-based nonprofit program designed to improve the quality of the environment by encouraging the development of renewable energy resources through consumers' voluntary funding of green power purchases by electric utilities, and by the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions through customers' voluntary funding of carbon offsets. Program revenues provide economic incentives for electricity generators that use renewable sources and for project developers that mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

NC GreenPower is seeking proposals for projects that mitigate greenhouse gases; projects that reduce emissions indirectly from displaced electricity are not eligible. Priority will be given to purchasing carbon offsets from participating utility service territories in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. For more information, see the RFP.

In addition, NC GreenPower is accepting bids for renewable energy credits (RECs) associated with renewable energy generated in North Carolina and supplied to the North Carolina electric grid. These bids provide NC GreenPower with a portfolio of available renewable energy projects to offer to NC GreenPower customers who purchase $15,000 or more annually on renewable energy credits (called a Brokered Bid). This is an ongoing, open-bid process for the Brokered Bid product only and includes any eligible renewable energy project, including large solar PV (over 5.0 kW) and large wind (over 10.0 kW). To submit a bid, generators should complete a bid sheet following the instructions.

Indian Land Tenure Foundation Grants
Eligible Entities:
Tribal, local, and state governments; 501c3 nonprofits organizations including educational institutions

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

USDA Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants
Eligible Entities:
Nonprofits and Indian tribes serving rural areas. The areas to be served may not be located in cities or towns with a population in excess of 10,000, nor may they have a median household income of more than 100% of a state's nonmetropolitan median household income.

The USDA is accepting applications to assist rural communities that have experienced a significant decline in quantity or quality of drinking water due to an emergency, or in which such decline is considered imminent, to obtain or maintain adequate quantities of water that meets the standards set by the Safe Drinking Water Act. This emergency is considered an occurrence of an incident such as, but not limited to, a drought, earthquake, flood, tornado, hurricane, disease outbreak, or chemical spill.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

DOI Indian Loan Guaranty, Insurance, and Interest Subsidy Program
Eligible Entities:
Federally recognized tribes or Alaska Native groups

The U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI's) Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development is accepting applications to develop viable Indian businesses through conventional lender financing. Funds will help lenders reduce excessive risks on loans they make.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

Upcoming Events

UNEP Webinar—Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate
Weekly webinars through March

Hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), this webinar will feature ecosystem-based solutions for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation over the course of 13 weeks. Each week will cover different ecosystem-based tools, issues, and policies. Dr. Achim Steiner, executive director of UNEP, will teach the course as well as speakers from the United Nations for Disaster Risk Reduction, TERI University, and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Register now.

DOE Building America Webinar: Central Multifamily Water Heating Systems
Jan. 21, 2015; 3–4:30 p.m. EST

Hosted by DOE's Building America program, this webinar will focus on the effective use of central heat pump water heaters and control systems to reduce the energy use in hot water distribution. Register now.

EPA ENERGY STAR Webcast: Team Up Now for the 2015 EPA National Building Competition
Jan. 22, 2015; 1–2 p.m. EST

Hosted by EPA's ENERGY STAR, this webinar will cover the 2015 EPA National Building Competition. Attendees will learn tips and strategies for forming and registering a team to compete this year. The webinar will also cover ENERGY STAR tools you can use to get started on your way to cost and energy savings, as well as some well-deserved EPA recognition. Register now.

MATIC Money & More Tribal Resource Forum for Arizona Tribes and Tribal Organizations
Jan. 22, 2015
Phoenix, Arizona

Hosted by the Multi-Agency Tribal Infrastructure Collaborative (MATIC), this free Multi-Agency Resource Forum will share funding, technical assistance, training, and other resources available to Arizona tribes and tribal organizations. Attendees and participants will have an opportunity to learn about the various funding and other assistance available for tribal development projects. Register now.

EPA ENERGY STAR Webcast: Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic: Portfolio Manager 2015 Priorities
Jan. 22, 2015; 1–2:30 p.m. EST

Hosted by EPA's ENERGY STAR, this is a live webinar that gives all users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA in an open forum. The hosts will plan to spend the first 20-30 minutes of each session discussing a specific focus topic. The remaining hour will be used to answer any questions you have about Portfolio Manager. Register now.

DOE and USDA Webinar: Solar Program Overview
Jan. 22, 2015; 3–4:30 p.m. EST

Hosted by DOE and the USDA, this webinar features solar experts who will discuss how to develop a solar power program for your community. This webinar will introduce a range of policy and program options that have been successfully tested in cities and counties around the country, and highlight lessons learned and best practices. Register now.

EPA ENERGY STAR Webcast: Portfolio Manager 101
Jan. 27, 2015; 1–2:30 p.m. EST

Hosted by EPA's ENERGY STAR, this webinar will introduce and demonstrate the EPA's new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Attendees will learn how to navigate the new Portfolio Manager, add a property and enter details about it, enter energy and water consumption data, and more. Register now

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USDA Rural Development Washington Workshop
Jan. 27-28, 2015
Olympia, Washington

Hosted by USDA's Rural Development Office, this two-day workshop will cover how to apply for rural developing funding and broadband. Attendees will hear local and regional broadband success stories, environmental review help and guidelines, and available rural development funding. Register now.

National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment
Jan. 27–29, 2015
Washington, D.C.

The 15th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment: Energy and Climate Change will develop and advance partnerships that focus on transitioning the world to a new low-carbon, climate-resilient energy system. It will emphasize putting ideas into action and moving forward on policy and practice. Register now

DOE 2015 Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Best Practices in Developing a Tribal Strategic Energy Plan
Jan. 28, 2015; 11 a.m. –12:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time

Learn from experts who have overcome typical barriers with strategic energy plans and used community participation to gain support and ownership. Speakers include Laverne Kyriss, Managing Director for the League of Extraordinary Trainers, Jeff Fuller, Director of Client Services for The Energy Authority, and Michael Cardwell and Jesse Cardenas from the Quinault Indian Nation.

There is no cost to attend the webinar, but advance registration is required. Register now.

The series is part of DOE's coordinated efforts to provide education and capacity-building for Tribes and tribal energy resource development organizations. See the full schedule of 2015 webinars.

EPA ENERGY STAR Webcast: Portfolio Manager 201
Jan. 28, 2015; 1–2:30 p.m. EST

This webinar continues to explore the EPA's new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Attendees will learn the more advanced functionalities, such as managing and tracking changes to your property uses over time, using spreadsheet templates to update property data, setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties, generating and using custom reports, and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist. Register now.

EPA ENERGY STAR Webcast: How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR
Jan. 29, 2015; 1–2:30 p.m. EST

AHosted by EPA's ENERGY STAR, this webinar is how to apply for ENERGY STAR certification in Portfolio Manager. Understand the value of the ENERGY STAR certification, see the step-by-step process of applying, and gain tips to help your property get from application to award. Register now.

New Partners for Smart Growth Conference
Jan. 29–31, 2015
Baltimore, Maryland

The New Partners for Smart Growth Conference is the nation's largest smart growth and sustainability conference. The three-day conference will include workshops, training sessions, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, and networking activities. Register now.

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For updates and other events, visit the complete Events calendar on the Tribal Energy Program website.

Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.

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Grant Request for Proposal Announcement for AIAQTP (TAMS) Grant

Funding Opportunity Title: Tribal Training and Outreach Support for the American Indian Air Quality Training Program Environmental Protection Agency Grant
Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-OAR-IO-15-03
Closing Date: April 3, 2015

View full Grant here


01/15/15

image: Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Program

Fresh Air: Optimal HVAC Management for Improved IAQ and Health

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Webinar:
1:00–2:00 p.m. EST
Q&A session:
2:00–2:30 p.m. EST

Don't miss out on the opportunity to learn how school districts are saving money and energy, while improving occupant health and performance through providing proper ventilation. This webinar will help you:

  • Understand the importance of optimal HVAC design, operation and maintenance in providing clean and healthy air in schools.
  • Put in place key strategies for Quality HVAC, including developing a plan to regularly inspect and maintain HVAC systems, as well as provide outdoor air in accordance with ASHRAE standards.
  • Review tools and guidance to inspect ventilation systems, such as the Ventilation Checklist (PDF).

Featured IAQ Experts from the SHIELD Network:

  • Tracy Enger, EPA Indoor Environments Division, Office of Air and Radiation
  • Ian Hadden, Director of Energy Management Services, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, AR
  • Frederick P. Remelius, Director of Operations, Upper Merion Area School District, PA

Register today to learn more about how effectively managing IAQ in schools can contribute to a healthier learning environment, improved academic performance, and more efficient facilities.

Visit https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/819368434 to register today!

Mark your Calendars!
Announcing the IAQ Master Class Webinar Series

Building Capacity for IAQ Mastery:

Creating green, clean and healthy schools requires mastering the indoor environment using a comprehensive approach. The School Health and Indoor Environments Leadership Development (SHIELD) Network is a group of diverse stakeholders who, in collaboration with the U.S. EPA, are working toward the bold goal of ensuring that all schools have healthy indoor environments.

The SHIELD Network launched the IAQ Master Class webinar series, which comprises ten 1-hour, technical, core-competency, Web-based trainings designed to build the capacity of school district staff across the country to start, improve or sustain an IAQ management program.

Learn from technical experts, industry leaders and model school districts during these live webinars, which will be followed by 30-minute mentoring Q&A sessions.

Gain Recognition for your knowledge acquisition and commitment to action through certificates of completion for each training. Additionally, when you complete all 10 hours, you will be acknowledged with a certificate that recognizes your efforts toward IAQ Mastery as a member of the 2015 SHIELD Network IAQ Master Class (CEUs pending).

Mark your calendar to join the upcoming webinars in the IAQ Master Class series!

Webinar Topic

Webinar Date

Creating Healthy Indoor Environments in Schools: The Knowledge Network and Actions you Need

On-Demand Link Coming Soon (Recorded April 30, 2014)

Making the Case

On-Demand Link Coming Soon (Recorded December 11, 2014)

HVAC Systems

1/22/15

Moisture and Mold

2/12/15

Energy Efficiency and IAQ

3/12/15

Integrated Pest Management

4/16/15

Asthma Management

5/07/15

Cleaning and Maintenance

6/04/15

Materials Selection

7/16/15

Source Control

8/06/15

Miss a live webinar? No worries, all webinars will be recorded and available for future on-demand viewing on EPA's Web site.

Questions?
If you have any questions about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance, please contact the IAQ Tools for Schools Connector Coordinator at IAQschools@epa.gov.

EPA offers free IAQ Tools for Schools comprehensive resources to help schools maintain a healthy environment in school buildings by identifying, correcting and preventing IAQ problems. Learn more about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance at http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools.


Children’s Environmental Health Listserv
January 2015

Welcome to the latest edition of EPA’s Children’s Environmental Health Listserv!  The listserv is meant to enhance collaboration by sharing children’s environmental health information, upcoming events and/or opportunities.  It is free and your email address will remain private.  To subscribe, email Kargbo.marcia@epa.gov.  You can unsubscribe at any time by sending an email to unsubscribe-ceh-list@lists.epa.gov.  This month’s issue features:
I.         EPA Children’s Health News
II.       Grant Opportunities
III.      Announcements & Upcoming Events
I.    EPA’s Children’s Health News
a.   EPA Welcomes Dr. Ruth Etzel as the Director of the Office of Children’s Health Protection
EPA welcomes Dr. Ruth Etzel as the new Director of the Office of Children’s Health Protection and senior advisor to the Administrator.  Dr. Etzel brings a breadth and depth of experience and a passion for children’s health to EPA.  As a physician and epidemiologist, she has been a strong advocate for children and has worked on variety of issues, including the removal of mercury in indoor paint and the ban on smoking in U.S. airliners.  Dr. Etzel has studied air pollutants leading to asthma and conducted investigations on epidemics, including food borne illnesses and exposures to chemicals and pesticides.  She also worked on investigating exposure to burning oil wells during the first Gulf War.
Dr. Etzel comes to EPA from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, where she was a Professor of Epidemiology.  Previously, she led the Children’s Environmental Health Unit at the World Health Organization in Geneva.  She also has a wide portfolio of federal experience as a Commissioned Officer in the United States Public Health Service, including tenures at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Agriculture and the Indian Health Service.

b.   Revised Chlorpyrifos Assessment Open for Public Comment
On January 14, 2015, the Federal Register announced the availability of EPA’s revised human health risk assessment for the registration review of chlorpyrifos and opened a comment period on this document.  This provides an update to the preliminary human health risk assessment that was released for public comment in 2011.  A Guide to Commenters document has been placed in the docket along with the revised human health assessment.  The Agency will consider all public comments, responses to the questions, and any other information received in developing a proposed registration review decision on chlorpyrifos.  Comments are due by March 16, 2015.
To view the Federal Register notice: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0850-0200

c.   National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Lead; Proposed Rule
The Clean Air Act requires EPA to set national ambient air quality standards for “criteria pollutants.” Currently, lead and five other major pollutants are listed as criteria pollutants. The law also requires EPA to periodically review the relevant scientific information and the standards and revise them if appropriate to ensure that the standards provide the requisite protection for human health and the environment.​ EPA recently published its proposed decision to retain, without revision, the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for lead of 0.15 ug/m3, in terms of a 3- month average concentration. The comment period on the proposed rule is open until April 6, 2015.
For more information on the proposed regulation, please visit: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-05/pdf/2014-30681.pdf.

d.   The National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC) Lead and Copper Rule Working Group (LCRWG) Meeting
The goal for the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) Long-Term Revisions is to improve public health protection provided by the LCR by making substantive changes based on topics that were identified in the 2004 National Review, and to streamline the rule requirements. This year, EPA has convened three in a series of public meetings of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC) Lead and Copper Rule Working Group (LCRWG). The LCRWG and EPA have previously focused discussions on the LCR revision issues associated with optimal corrosion control treatment, sample site selection criteria, lead and copper sampling protocols, public education requirements, and lead service line replacements. The fifth public meeting takes place on February 5 and 6, 2015 and will focus discussions on the Lead and Copper Rule revisions and developing the first draft of the working group’s report to the Council.
For background information on the Lead and Copper Rule, please visit: http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/rulesregs/sdwa/lcr/index.cfm.
For information on the February 5-6 public meeting, please visit: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-15/pdf/2014-30495.pdf.

e.   Clean, Green and Healthy Schools Regional Highlights
The 2014 Clean, Green and Healthy Schools Regional Highlights are now available.  With these success stories, EPA’s Office of Children’s Health Protection seeks to showcase some of the exceptional school environmental health projects within each of EPA’s ten regions.  The accomplishments range from work in local schools, to building partnerships with community organizations, to influencing policy at the state level.  Each article highlights just some of the extensive work that each region is doing on behalf of children’s environmental health in schools. The Highlights articles also illustrate tangible health benefits and cost savings realized through work within the regions.
View it at: http://www.epa.gov/schools/guidelinestools/highlights/index.html
f.    2013 TRI National Analysis Report Now Available
Tens of thousands of chemicals are used by industries and businesses in the United States to make the products on which our society depends, such as pharmaceuticals, clothing, and automobiles. Many of the chemicals needed to create these products are toxic, and while the majority of toxic chemicals are managed so that they are not released into the environment, some releases of toxic chemicals are inevitable.
It is your right to know what toxic chemicals are being used in your community, how they are being disposed of or otherwise managed, and whether their releases to the environment are increasing or decreasing over time. The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) is an EPA program that tracks the management of certain toxic chemicals that may pose a threat to human health and the environment. This information is submitted by thousands of U.S. facilities on over 650 chemicals and chemical categories under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA).
Visit: http://www2.epa.gov/toxics-release-inventory-tri-program/2013-tri-national-analysis-introduction

II.       Grant Opportunities
a.   2014 EE Grant Program Now Accepting Proposals
Proposals for the initial stage of the2014 Environmental Education (EE) Grants Programare now being accepted. This year, EPA intends to issue two Requests for Proposals (RFP) under the EE Grants Program; the EE Model Grants RFP is now available for viewing. Three grants, for approximately $192,200 each, will be awarded under this RFP.
Under the EE Model Grants RFP, EPA seeks grant proposals to support EE projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship. Projects under this RFP will help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. Proposals must include projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate model EE practices, methods, or techniques. Each funded proposal must demonstrate replicability by locating and conducting the project in more than one state or U.S. territory during the project period.
EPA anticipates releasing an additional RFP under the 2014 EE Grants Program in early winter, for local grants that will be awarded by EPA regional offices. Visit the 2014 EE Grants Program webpagefor details on how to apply. Responses to frequently asked questions will be posted shortly.
http://www2.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grants

III.      Announcements & Upcoming Events
a.   ATSDR Safeguarding our Communities from Harmful Chemicals: A Five-Part Webinar Series
The American Public Health Association and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are proud to co-sponsor a five-part webinar series highlighting the vital work of the ATSDR.  The series explores the Agency's role as an integral partner in: determining chemical threats; supporting communities with their environmental health concerns; protecting children and vulnerable populations; and supporting the specific needs of Native Tribes.
Part I – Introducing ATSDR
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EST
Don't miss the start of the series! Introducing ATSDR provides a broad overview of the invaluable contributions ATSDR has made over the past years – from who they are to how they work to protect our communities from harmful chemical exposures. This is a webinar not to miss!
More information at: http://action.apha.org/site/MessageViewer?dlv_id=57661&em_id=52601.0

b.   EHP’s Children’s Health Collection 2014
EHP’s fifth annual Children’s Health Collectionis now available. The collection comprises abstracts of all relevant articles published in EHP from October 2013 through September 2014: peer-reviewed research articles, news features, Science Selections, and editorial http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/chc-2014/

c.   EPA/NIEHS Children’s Centers February 2015 Webinar
Title:  The Role of Environmental Exposure in Childhood Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and Neurobehavioral Abnormalities in Adolescence
Date:  February 11, 2015, (Postponed from December. 2014)
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST
Purpose:The causes of the childhood epidemics of neurodevelopmental disorders, obesity and its metabolic consequences, including diabetes, are not well understood. Emerging evidence suggests that exposure to common environmental chemicals, prenatally and across the course of childhood, may contribute to these outcomes. Investigators from the Children’s Environmental Health Centers will present new results on associations of ambient air pollutants, metals and endocrine disrupting chemicals with obesity and metabolic disease, and will describe potential biological pathways explaining these effects. Endocrine disrupting chemicals may target multiple organ systems, including neurobehavioral abnormalities also under study in Children’s Center cohorts.

To Register:http://epa.gov/ncer/events/#cehc-feb
d.   Children’s Environmental Health Network Research Conference
On March 2-3, 2015, the Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine will host a workshop entitled The Interplay Between Environmental Exposures and Obesity

The workshop will explore the role of chemical exposures in the development of obesity through sessions focused on a life span view, possible biologic pathways and environmental influences, and effects of food additives and antibiotics.  Speakers will make links between exposure to environmental chemicals and increased incidence of weight gain, glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity, inflammation, and aspects of metabolic syndrome in animal models and human studies.  Two panels at the end of the workshop will provide a chance to discuss opportunities for new research and possible policy actions to address exposure to chemicals associated with the development of obesity.

The workshop will be held at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park, NC, and will be webcast for those who are unable to attend in person. Please check the workshop page for an updated agenda and other workshop materials as they become available: www.iom.edu/chemicalsandobesity.


01/07/15

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

This message provides details about ten upcoming webcasts offered by the federal agencies and others. All webcasts are offered free of charge, but space may be limited.

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

  • January 15, 2:00-3:15 PM (EST) – Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with
  • January 19, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – Team Up Now for the 2015 EPA National Building Competition
  • January 22, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic: Portfolio Manager 2015 Priorities
  • January 27, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager 101
  • January 28, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager 201
  • January 29, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) – How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR

USDA & DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program Webcast Series

  • January 8, 3:00-4:00 PM (EST) – USDA Energy Efficiency Conservation Loan Program and On-Bill Financing Webinar
  • January 22, 3:00-4:00 PM (EST) – Solar Program Overview

DOE Webcasts

  • January 28, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (MST) – Best Practices in Developing a Tribal Strategic Energy Plan

HUD: National Disaster Resilience Competition Webinar Series

  • Webinar Series about the National Disaster Resilience Competition in particular and climate resilience in general. Various dates through February 2015

Antioch University New England and US EPA

  • January 29, 12:00-1:15 PM (EST) – Green Infrastructure and Flood Resiliency – Land Use Management as an Adaptation Strategy in the Built Environment

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

January 15, 2:00-3:15 PM (EST) – Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR
Learn how public sector organizations are improving energy efficiency with innovative solutions to financial barriers. Attendees will learn about financing projects in the public and private sectors, the basics of performance contracting, and how EPA’s tools and resources can help you make the decision to improve your facilities now or later.
Register

January 19, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – Team Up Now for the 2015 EPA National Building Competition
Registration for the 2015 EPA National Building Competition opens in January. Don't wait until the last minute to set up your winning team or start assembling your energy-saving playbook! Join us on January 19th to learn tips and strategies for forming and registering a team to compete this year. We'll also cover ENERGY STAR tools you can use to get started on your way to cost and energy savings, as well as some well-deserved EPA recognition.
Register

January 22, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic: Portfolio Manager 2015 Priorities
Portfolio Manager "Office Hours" is a live webinar that gives all users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA in an open forum. We will plan to spend the first 20-30 minutes of each session discussing a specific focus topic. The remaining hour will be used to answer any questions you have about Portfolio Manager.
Register

January 27, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager 101
Learn all about EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Tool. Attendees will learn how to: navigate the new Portfolio Manager; add a property and enter details about it; enter energy and water consumption data; share properties; generate performance reports to assess progress; and respond to data requests.
Register

January 28, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager 201
Continue to learn about EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as: managing and tracking changes to your property uses over time; using spreadsheet templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; generating and using custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.
Register

January 29, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) – How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR

Join us to learn about applying for ENERGY STAR Certification in Portfolio Manager. Understand the value of the ENERGY STAR certification, see the step-by-step process of applying, and learn tips to avoid common errors, thereby helping your property get from application to award in less time.
Register

USDA & DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program Webcast Series

Join experts from the USDA and DOE to learn about the Rural Utilities Service’s new Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program (EECLP). Through the EECLP the Rural Utilities Service provides direct loans to rural electric cooperatives and other rural electricity providers. The webcast series will cover the basics about the EECLP and the energy activities the program supports.

January 8, 3:00-4:00 PM (EST) – USDA Energy Efficiency Conservation Loan Program and On-Bill Financing Webinar
Interested in learning more about financing energy improvements in your community? This webinar, jointly hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy and the USDA, will focus on financing programs that help customers make energy improvements through their utility bills and will feature SEE Action’s guide, Financing Energy Improvements on Utility Bills: Market Updates and Key Program Design Considerations for Policymakers and Administrators. The webinar will also feature speakers from Roanoke Electric and North Arkansas Electric, and will highlight examples of on-bill financing programs from cooperatives around the country.
Register

January 22, 3:00-4:00 PM (EST) – Solar Program Overview
This webinar, hosted jointly by the U.S. Department of Energy and the USDA, features solar experts who will discuss how to develop a solar power program for your community. This webinar will introduce a range of policy and program options that have been successfully tested in cities and counties around the country, and highlight lessons learned and best practices.
Register

DOE Webcasts

January 28, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (MST) – Best Practices in Developing a Tribal Strategic Energy Plan
The DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, in partnership with the Western Area Power Administration, is pleased to continue its sponsorship of the DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series for 2015. The series is intended for tribal leaders and staff who are interested in developing facility- and community-scale energy projects, responding to utilities' requests for proposals, and learning more about the competitive power market.

A strategic energy plan is the most effective first step in developing projects that conserver energy, generate clean renewable energy, and create efficient and environmentally friendly buildings and other energy-related community or business projects. Learn from experts who have overcome typical barriers and used community participation to gain support and ownership.
Register

HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition Webinar Series
To foster awareness about the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC), HUD is offering a series of webinars from now through February 2015 to discuss NDRC NOFA Requirements, answer NDRC NOFA questions and start a dialogue about climate resilience.

Some webinars will have a technical focus on the NDRC NOFA requirements and NDRC Eligible Applicants. Other webinars will provide broad topical information about citizen engagement, climate adaptation planning, regional consortia building, innovative resilience, water management, rural community engagement, equity, infrastructure resilience, and sustainable energy, intended to be useful for anyone interested in learning about climate resilience.
Register

Antioch University New and England and US EPA
January 29, 12:00-1:15 PM (EST) – Green Infrastructure and Flood Resiliency – Land Use Management as an Adaptation Strategy in the Built Environment.

Part of the webinar series, Weathering Change: Local Solutions for Strong Communities. This webinar addresses assessment, planning, and adaptation to not only better prepare for the next emergency, but to sustainably manage flooding and stormwater to maintain human health and a vibrant local economy. Participants will leave this webinar with knowledge about the latest innovative approaches to understanding the effects of inland flooding and apply low-impact development, site design, and smart growth practices at different scales of implementation.
Register

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

January 2015—DOE Funding Opportunity Upcoming Events

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following funding opportunities upcoming events, and news that may be of interest to tribes.

Funding and Technical Assistance Opportunities; Requests for Proposals

DOE Alaska START Program for Community Energy Planning and Projects
Applications Due:
Feb. 6, 2015
Eligible Entities: Alaska Native corporations and federally recognized Alaska Native governments The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy is accepting applications for the third round of the Alaska Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program to assist Alaska Native corporations and federally recognized Alaska Native governments with accelerating clean energy projects. Alaska START is a competitive technical assistance opportunity aimed at achieving the following goals:

  • Reducing the cost and use of energy for rural Alaska consumers and communities
  • Increasing local capacity, energy efficiency, and conservation through training and public education
  • Increasing renewable energy deployment and financing opportunities for communities and utilities.

Through Alaska START, DOE and the Denali Commission, along with DOE’s national laboratories and other local and national experts, will assist rural Alaska Native communities in developing strategic energy plans to help mitigate climate change, conducting energy awareness and training programs, and pursuing new renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities. For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

Southern California Edison Solar PV Program RFO
Applications Due:
Jan. 6, 2015
Eligible Entities: All entities are eligible.

Southern California Edison (SCE) has issued a Request For Offers (RFO) seeking up to 125 megawatts (MW) of installed capacity from rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems (1 MW to 2 MW range) and will allow, but not exceed, 25 MW from ground-mounted PV from facilities with gross power ratings of 500 kilowatts (kW) to 10 MW. For more information, see the request for offers.

EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants Program – $1.2 Million
Applications Due:
Jan. 9, 2015
Eligible Entities: Tribal governments and nonprofits

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking applications to support activities designed to empower and educate communities to understand environmental and public health issues and to identify ways to address these issues at the local level. The funding will focus on proposals supporting community-based preparedness and community climate resiliency efforts.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

USDA Forest Service Wood Innovations Funding Opportunity
Applications Due:
Jan. 23, 2015
Eligible Entities: All entities are eligible. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Forest Service is seeking applications to substantially expand and accelerate wood energy and wood product markets throughout the United States to support forest management needs on National Forest System and other forest lands.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

EPA Environmental Education Model Grants Program
Applications Due:
Feb. 2, 2015
Eligible Entities: Colleges or universities, nonprofits, state education or environmental agencies, and Tribes (which includes schools and community colleges controlled by an Indian Tribe or Nation).

The EPA is accepting grant proposals from eligible applicants to support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

EPA Environmental Education Local Grants Program: $2.7 Million
Applications Due:
March 6, 2015
Eligible Entities: Local education agencies, colleges and universities, state education or environmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, and noncommercial educational broadcasting entities as defined and licensed by the Federal Communications Commission.

The EPA is accepting applications for Environmental Education Local Grants to support locally focused environmental education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide the skills needed to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment.

The EPA expects to award three grants from each of its 10 Regional Offices, for a total of approximately 30 grants nationwide. Each grant will be approximately, but no more than, $91,000. Applicants must demonstrate how they will provide nonfederal matching funds of at least 25% of the total cost of the project.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition – $1 Billion
Applications Due:
March 16, 2015
Eligible Applicants: All states with counties that experienced a Presidentially Declared Major Disaster in 2011, 2012, or 2013 are eligible to submit applications that address unmet needs as well as vulnerabilities to future extreme events, stresses, threats, hazards, or other shocks in areas that were most impacted and distressed as a result of the effects of the qualified disaster. This includes 48 of 50 states plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. In addition, 17 local governments that have received funding under the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 (PL 113-2) are eligible. See the complete list of eligible applicants.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) National Disaster Resilience Competition makes $1 billion available to communities that have been struck by natural disasters in recent years. The competition promotes risk assessment and planning and will fund the implementation of innovative resilience projects to better prepare communities for future storms and other extreme events. Funding for the competition is from the disaster recovery Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-DR) appropriation provided by PL 113-2. This competition responds to requests from state, local, and tribal leaders who have asked the federal government to help them prepare their communities for the impacts of climate change and support investments in more resilient infrastructure. Read more about the competition on the HUD website.

Informational Webinars

HUD is hosting a webinar series to foster awareness about the National Disaster Resilience Competition. The webinars will answer questions about the competition, cover requirements, and talk about climate resilience. Save the dates for the following webinars:

  • Jan. 15, 2015 — Q&A Session: Available Resources on the HUD Exchange
  • Feb. 12, 2015 — Q&A Session: Walk through FAQs
  • Feb. 26, 2015 — Q&A Session: Review Completeness Requirements

Southern California Edison Renewable Energy RFO
Applications Due:
April 1, 2015
Eligible Entities: All entities are eligible

Southern California Edison (SCE) has issued a request for offers seeking up to 50 MW of renewable power from new distributed generating facilities to support SCE’s Preferred Resources Pilot in central and south Orange County via power purchase agreements. Eligible projects must be at least 500 kW and connected to its distributed system in the area.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

NC GreenPower Open RFP for Carbon Offsets and RECs
NC GreenPower is a North Carolina-based nonprofit program designed to improve the quality of the environment by encouraging the development of renewable energy resources through consumers' voluntary funding of green power purchases by electric utilities, and by the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions through customers’ voluntary funding of carbon offsets. Program revenues provide economic incentives for electricity generators that use renewable sources and for project developers that mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

NC GreenPower is seeking proposals for projects that mitigate greenhouse gases; projects that reduce emissions indirectly from displaced electricity are not eligible. Priority will be given to purchasing carbon offsets from participating utility service territories in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. For more information, see the RFP.

In addition, NC GreenPower is accepting bids for Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) associated with renewable energy generated in North Carolina and supplied to the North Carolina electric grid. These bids provide NC GreenPower with a portfolio of available renewable energy projects to offer to NC GreenPower customers who purchase $15,000 or more annually on renewable energy credits (called a Brokered Bid). This is an ongoing, open-bid process for the Brokered Bid product only and includes any eligible renewable energy project, including large solar PV (over 5.0 kW) and large wind (over 10.0 kW). To submit a bid, generators should complete a bid sheet following the instructions.

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For updates and additional information, please see Related Opportunities on the Tribal Energy Program website.

Upcoming Events

Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate Webinar
Jan. 12, 2015; continuous webinar until March

Hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), this webinar will feature ecosystem-based solutions for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation over the course of 13 weeks. Each week will cover different ecosystem-based tools, issues, and policies. Dr. Achim Steiner, executive director of UNEP, will teach the course as well as speakers from the United Nations for Disaster Risk Reduction, TERI University, and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Register now.

ATNI Tribal Leaders Summit on Climate Change
Jan. 15–16, 2015
Portland, Oregon

The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) is hosting the Tribal Leaders Summit on Climate Change conference. The conference will share tribal strategies, plans, and regional, national, and international policies on climate change, energy and carbon emissions as well as discuss tribal needs and funding opportunities. Register now.

National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment
Jan. 26–29, 2015
Washington, D.C.

The 15th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment: Energy and Climate Change will develop and advance partnerships that focus on transitioning the world to a new low- carbon, climate-resilient energy system. It will emphasize putting ideas into action and moving forward on policy and practice. Register now.

DOE 2015 Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Best Practices in Developing a Tribal Strategic Energy Plan
Jan. 28, 2015

The DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, in partnership with Western Area Power Administration, will continue its sponsorship of the DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series in 2015. The series is part of DOE’s ongoing, coordinated efforts to provide education and capacity-building for tribes and tribal energy resource development organizations.

The first webinar in the 2015 series is Best Practices in Developing a Tribal Strategic Energy Plan. A strategic energy plan is the most effective first step in developing projects that conserve energy, generate clean renewable energy, and create efficient and environmentally friendly buildings and other energy-related community or business projects. Learn from experts about the process and pitfalls of developing a strategic energy plan. The speakers will focus on overcoming the barriers project proponents are likely to encounter, as well as using community participation to gain support and ownership.

Speakers include:

  • Laverne Kyriss, Managing Director for the League of Extraordinary Trainers, a partnership of public participation practitioners who provide training and consultation to a variety of corporate, governmental, and nonprofit clients
  • Jeff Fuller, Director of Client Services for The Energy Authority, a firm that helps tribes develop strategic plans
  • Michael Cardwell and Jesse Cardenas from the Quinault Indian Nation; Cardwell and Cardenas were instrumental in developing the Nation's comprehensive biomass strategy and demonstrating how it fits into the tribe’s strategic plan.

There is no cost to attend the webinar, but advance registration is required. Register now.

See the full schedule of 2015 webinars.

New Partners for Smart Growth Conference
Jan. 29–31, 2015
Baltimore, Maryland

The New Partners for Smart Growth Conference is the nation’s largest smart growth and sustainability conference. The three-day conference will include workshops, training sessions, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, and networking activities. Register now.

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For updates and other events, visit the complete Events calendar on the Tribal Energy Program website.

News

Secretary Moniz Meets with Tribal Leaders in Indian Country

Building on President Obama’s commitment to strengthen the government-to-government relationship with tribal nations, Secretary Moniz traveled to Arizona earlier this month for a summit and roundtable discussion with tribal leaders.

The Secretary’s visit marked the first official visit of a cabinet secretary with tribal leaders in Indian Country after the White House Tribal Nations Conference December 3.

As a co-chair of the White House Council on Native American Affairs Energy Sub-Group, Secretary Moniz is supporting DOE’s efforts to foster an ongoing and meaningful dialogue with tribal leaders on climate action adaptation and resiliency strategies and clean energy solutions in Indian Country. DOE plans to sustain that dialogue through the national Tribal Energy Conference taking place in Washington in the spring of 2015, in addition to other future efforts.

Making the most of his first official visit to Arizona and the Gila River Indian Community, Moniz also took the opportunity to discuss the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education for Native American youth as a means of creating hope for the future, developing resilient economies for tribal governments, and building strong Native nations for future generations. Read more.

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For updates and other events, visit the complete Events calendar on the Tribal Energy Program website.

Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.


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