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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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Tribal Air Web Postings

January - December 2015

 


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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EPA Tribal, State and Local


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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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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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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