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12/21/2011

American Indian Air Quality Training Program

COURSE NOTICE FOR:

"Air Quality Computations" (Level 1)
March 5-9, 2012
Flagstaff, Arizona

Pre-Registration Date (for priority consideration): January 17, 2012
Download Course Application Packet here: PreReg-COMP.pdf [8 pgs]

Course Description: This course enhances the skills needed to work with air quality measurements. It is designed for tribal environmental personnel who have limited experience in air quality data computations. The course takes a “learn-by-doing” approach. Brief lectures will be interspersed with activities in which participants practice skills and learn to apply the math to air quality work. Each participant will have access to a calculator and/or computer as needed during the practice sessions. Applicants will complete a pre-course assignment and there will be homework each evening during the course.

Topics include:

    · Arithmetic computations in air quality
    · Metric system
    · Significant figures and rounding
    · Units conversion
    · Basic statistics
    · Problem solving
    · Volume, temperature, and pressure
    · Creating and interpreting graphs of air quality data
    · Calibration and slope
    · Bias and precision
    · Percent and percentile
    · Exponents
    · Working with Excel


Pre-Requisites: None
Prior completion of ITEP’s Introduction to Tribal Air Quality (or a basic familiarity with air quality topics) is strongly recommended.

This Air Quality Computations course (or equivalent education/training) is a pre-requisite for ITEP’s “Air Pollution Technology (TECH)” course and is recommended for those working on the technical side of air programs including: quality assurance/quality control, data management, and technical report-writing. If you have questions about the course, please call Pat Ellsworth (928-523-6721) or Lydia Scheer (928-523-6887) at ITEP.

For more information click here. 

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Clean, Green and Healthy Tribal Schools

Then Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8 will host a Clean, Green and Healthy Tribal Schools webinar series every Wednesday for six weeks starting on January 18, 2012 at 3:30 MST.   See the attached brochure for more information. 

Webinar

For more information click here.

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Approximately $62 Million in Federal Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments


The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to forward the following information on funding opportunities available to state, local, and tribal governments. (Information provided courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency's State and Local Climate and Energy Program.)

This message announces the availability of nearly $62 million in current or upcoming funding opportunities for state, local, and tribal governments from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Corporation for National and Community Service (CNSC), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Interior (DOI), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, and smart grid initiatives. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

***FHWA Transportation, Community, and System Preservation Program – $29 million
Applications due: January 6, 2012
Eligible entities: States, metropolitan planning organizations, local governments, and tribal governments

The Transportation, Community, and System Preservation Program provides funding for a comprehensive initiative, including planning grants, implementation grants, and research to investigate and address the relationships among transportation, community, and system preservation plans and practices and identify private sector-based initiatives to improve those relationships. Grants may be used to plan and implement strategies that improve the efficiency of the transportation system; reduce environmental impacts of transportation; reduce the need for costly future public infrastructure investments; ensure efficient access to jobs, services, and centers of trade; and examine development patterns and identify strategies to encourage private sector development patterns that achieve these goals.

For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Transportation's FHWA website.

*** CNCS AmeriCorps State and National Indian Tribes Planning Grants – TBD
Applications due: January 18, 2012
Eligible entities: Federally recognized Indian tribes

The purpose of planning grants is to support the development of AmeriCorps programs that will engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based interventions to solve community problems. The Corporation for National and Community Service will target AmeriCorps funding in six focus areas, one of which is Environmental Stewardship. Environmental Stewardship grants will provide direct services that contribute to increased energy and water efficiency, renewable energy use, or improving at-risk ecosystems, and support increased citizen behavioral change leading to increased efficiency, renewable energy use, and ecosystem improvements, particularly for economically disadvantaged households and economically disadvantaged communities.

For more information, visit the Corporation for National and Community Service website.

*** DOI WaterSMART: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants for FY 2012 – $18 million
Applications due: January 19, 2012
Eligible entities: States, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, or other organizations with water or power delivery authority. Applicants must also be located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, or the Virgin Islands.

The DOI WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America’s Resources for Tomorrow) Program establishes a framework to provide federal leadership and assistance on the efficient use of water, integrating water and energy policies to support the sustainable use of all natural resources, and coordinating the water conservation activities of various DOI bureaus and offices. DOI invites eligible entities to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with the Bureau of Reclamation on projects that seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency, benefit endangered and threatened species, facilitate water markets, or carry out other activities to address climate-related impacts on water or prevent any water-related crisis or conflict.

For more information, visit the grants.gov website.

*** EPA Urban Waters Small Grants - $1.8 to $3.8 million
Applications due: January 23, 2012
Eligible entities: States, local governments, territories, Indian tribes, and possessions of the U.S., public and private universities and colleges, public or private nonprofit institutions, intertribal consortia, and interstate agencies

The goal of the Urban Waters Small Grants is to fund research, studies, training, and demonstration projects that will advance the restoration of urban waters by improving water quality through activities that also support community revitalization and other local priorities. In general, projects should promote a comprehensive understanding of local water quality issues; identify and support activities that address these issues at the local level; engage, educate, and empower communities surrounding the urban water body; and benefit surrounding communities, including those that have been adversely affected by the water pollution issues affecting the urban water body. A webinar to assist applicants is open for registration and will be held on January 5, 2012.

For more information, visit: http://www.epa.gov/urbanwaters/funding/.

*** DOE Smart Grid Data Access Funding Opportunity – $8 million
Applications due: March 1, 2012
Eligible entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory is seeking applications aimed at empowering consumers to better manage their electricity use by enabling access to electricity consumption data by customers and their authorized third parties, and providing or supporting the use of third-party tools and software products that use the available data to deliver a value-added service to the customer. Projects under this funding opportunity announcement will be composed of two phases. Under Phase I, applicants will need to demonstrate the capability for electricity customers and or designated third parties to access their usage data and the functionality of their proposed tool or software product to provide this access. Phase II involves adoption of the tools and software products demonstrated in Phase I to an entire service territory, region, or community within the jurisdiction of the applicant or the utility partner of the applicant.

For more information, visit the grants.gov website.

*** USDA 2012 Hazardous Fuels Woody Biomass Utilization Grant – $3 million
Applications due: March 31, 2012
Eligible entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, businesses, companies, corporations, school districts, communities, nonprofit organizations, and special purpose districts

The U.S. Forest Service requests proposals for wood energy projects that require engineering services. These projects will use woody biomass, such as material removed from forest restoration activities, wildfire hazardous fuel treatments, insect and disease mitigation, and/or forest management due to catastrophic weather events. The woody biomass shall be used in a bioenergy facility that uses commercially proven technologies to produce thermal, electrical, or liquid/gaseous bioenergy. The funds from grant program must be used to further the planning of such facilities by funding the engineering services necessary for final design and cost analysis.

For more information, visit the grants.gov website.

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State 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 the EPA State and Local Climate and 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 Renewable Energy Development, visit our website.

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12/14/2011

 

Clean, Green and Healthy Tribal Schools Webinar Series,

The United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 8 invites you to participate in a webinar series in support of their national “Clean, Green and Healthy Tribal Schools” initiative beginning January 18 and concluding on February 22, 2012. The purpose of the series is to provide Tribal School Environmental Staff, School Administrative Staff, Business and Property Managers, Maintenance Staff, Parents, Community Leaders and EPA Professionals with necessary information, techniques and tools to proactively establish and maintain a Clean, Green and Healthy Tribal School environment.

Each webinar will be presented by EPA and independent professionals with expertise in the topic in which they will be presenting. Each webinar will present audio and visual instruction and allow a questions and answer session.

Each webinar is free of charge and available to any interested person or organization. Please feel free to send this invitation to anyone you feel can benefit from this program. Please reference the attached brochure outlining the topics, dates and presenters of each webinar and register at http://www.epa.gov/indian/calendar/webinars.htm

Save the Date Brochure


Shawn Lopez
President
Orion Environmental
3560 Brighton Blvd.
Denver, CO 80216
P(303) 993-2750 - F(303)955-1882
SBA 8(a), SBA HUBZone certified
Shawn.lopez@orionenvironmental.net

 

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Please forward to Tribal Housing Offices:

All,

I recommend that you consider participating in this program. If you have questions, please contact me at 928 523 1275 or mansel.nelson@nau.edu.


Title: Free Pest Management Training for HUD’s Conventional Public Housing Authorities

The Northeastern IPM Center plans to run twenty IPM in Multifamily Housing trainings. Does your PHA want to host one?
In 2007, HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control began to fund an IPM pilot project run through the Northeastern IPM Center at Cornell University. Since 2007, the program has developed IPM curricula for multifamily housing, completed 18 IPM trainings at public housing authorities, networked PHAs with local pest control experts, and supported trained PHAs in their implementation efforts. Explore the project’s website at www.stoppests.org.

The most effective way to manage pests is to implement a property-wide integrated pest management (IPM) program. An IPM program sets a property up for pest management success by

  • Preventing pests;
  • Finding beginning infestations before they grow or spread; and
  • Using least toxic, targeted control methods.

HUD supports IPM through

  • PIH 2011-22;
  • Awarding funds for IPM technical studies and pilot projects; and
  • Healthy homes and green initiatives.

For more information and success stories from PHAs, see http://www.nahro.org/sites/default/files/searchable/pest_management.pdf and http://www.hud.gov/offices/pih/programs/ph/phecc/pestmang.cfm

To participate in the training program,

1. The PHA identifies a pilot property or AMP where IPM training will occur and arranges for 25 trainees to attend the full day training. Representatives from pest control, site maintenance, resident leadership, pilot property management, and resident support services must be in attendance. PHAs are encouraged to invite local support agencies such as home health aides, cooperative extension agents, and health department staff.
2. The Northeastern IPM Center sends two IPM experts to the pilot property to run the training day. All materials, breakfast, and lunch are covered. The training day materials are available at www.stoppests.org/IPMinMFHTraining.htm.
3. The pilot property implements IPM with continued e-mail and phone support from the Northeastern IPM Center. Ideally, the PHA will implement the IPM program developed at the pilot site at other properties.

Interested in learning more?

Contact Allison Taisey at aat25@cornell.edu or 607-220-6417. She will explain the program, answer any questions, and direct interested PHAs in the next steps for setting up a training day.

Mansel Nelson
Senior Program Coordinator
Tribal Environmental Education Outreach
928-523-1275
mansel.nelson@nau.edu

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EPA Announces Solicitation of Applications for $1 Million in Environmental Justice Grants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the Agency is seeking applicants for $1 million in environmental justice small grants expected to be awarded in 2012. EPA's environmental justice efforts aim to ensure equal environmental and health protections for all Americans, regardless of race or socioeconomic status. The grants enable non-profit organizations to conduct research, provide education, and develop solutions to local health and environmental issues in communities overburdened by harmful pollution.

The 2012 grant solicitation is now open and will close on February 29, 2012. Applicants must be incorporated non-profits or tribal organizations working to educate, empower and enable their communities to understand and address local environmental and public health issues. EPA will host four pre-application teleconference calls on December 15, 2011, January 12, 2012, February 1, 2012 and February 15, 2012 to help applicants understand the requirements.

Environmental justice means the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people, regardless of race or income, in the environmental decision-making process. Since 1994, the environmental justice small grants program has provided more than $23 million in funding to community-based nonprofit organizations and local governments working to address environmental justice issues in more than 1,200 communities. The grants represent EPA's commitment to expand the conversation on environmentalism and advance environmental justice in communities across the nation.

More information on the Environmental Justice Small Grants program and a list of grantees: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/grants/ej-smgrants.html.
Environment Justice Small Grants 2012 Request for Proposals and schedule of pre-application teleconference calls: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice /resources/publications/grants/ej-smgrants-rfp-2012.pdf

If you are not already a member, the Office of Environmental Justice would like to invite you to join the EJ ListServ. The purpose of this information tool is to notify individuals about activities at EPA in the field of environmental justice. By subscribing to this list you will receive information on EPA's activities, programs, projects grants and about environmental justice activities at other agencies. Noteworthy news items, National meeting announcements, meeting summaries of NEJAC meetings, and new publication notices will also be distributed. Postings can only be made by the Office of Environmental Justice. To request an item to be posted, send your information to environmental-justice@epa.gov and indicate in the subject “Post to EPA-EJ ListServ”

To join the listserv go to: https://lists.epa.gov/read/all_forums/subscribe?name=epa-ej

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To unsubscribe, send a blank email to leave-1199499-834135.9b8010a82d7c9fc4aa70cee6808efe90@lists.epa.gov.

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EPA State and Local Climate and Energy

December 2011 – Approximately $62 Million in Federal Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments


This message announces the availability of nearly $62 million in current or upcoming funding opportunities for state, local, and tribal governments from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Corporation for National and Community Service (CNSC), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Interior (DOI), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, and smart grid initiatives. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

***FHWA Transportation, Community, and System Preservation Program – $29 million
Application Due: January 6, 2012
Eligible Entities: States, metropolitan planning organizations, local governments, and tribal governments

The Transportation, Community, and System Preservation Program provides funding for a comprehensive initiative including planning grants, implementation grants, and research to investigate and address the relationships among transportation, community, and system preservation plans and practices and identify private-sector-based initiatives to improve those relationships. Grants may be used to plan and implement strategies that improve the efficiency of the transportation system; reduce environmental impacts of transportation; reduce the need for costly future public infrastructure investments; ensure efficient access to jobs, services, and centers of trade; and examine development patterns and identify strategies to encourage private sector development patterns that achieve these goals.

For more information, visit: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/discretionary/tcsp2012selc.htm

*** CNCS AmeriCorps State and National Indian Tribes Planning Grants – TBD
Application Due: January 18, 2012
Eligible Entities: Federally recognized Indian tribes

The purpose of planning grants is to support the development of AmeriCorps programs that will engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based interventions to solve community problems. The Corporation for National and Community Service will target AmeriCorps funding in six focus areas, one of which is Environmental Stewardship. Environmental Stewardship grants will provide direct services that contribute to increased energy and water efficiency, renewable energy use, or improving at-risk ecosystems, and support increased citizen behavioral change leading to increased efficiency, renewable energy use, and ecosystem improvements, particularly for economically disadvantaged households and economically disadvantaged communities.

For more information, visit: http://www.nationalservice.gov/pdf/2012_indian_tribes_planning_grants_notice.pdf.

*** DOI WaterSMART: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants for FY 2012 – $18 million
Application Due: January 19, 2012
Eligible Entities: States, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, or other organizations with water or power delivery authority. Applicants must also be located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, or the Virgin Islands.


The DOI WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America’s Resources for Tomorrow) Program establishes a framework to provide federal leadership and assistance on the efficient use of water, integrating water and energy policies to support the sustainable use of all natural resources, and coordinating the water conservation activities of various DOI bureaus and offices. DOI invites eligible entities to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with the Bureau of Reclamation on projects that seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency, benefit endangered and threatened species, facilitate water markets, or carry out other activities to address climate-related impacts on water or prevent any water-related crisis or conflict.

For more information, visit:http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=B2MST8nNlTSvgpvpzTfTTKTMkBmvNjxgTNzLKgcxdTfW1cDwwfJr!-1135953825?oppId=130074&mode=VIEW

*** EPA Urban Waters Small Grants - $1.8 to $3.8 million
Application Due: January 23, 2012
Eligible Entities: States, local governments, territories, Indian tribes, and possessions of the U.S., public and private universities and colleges, public or private nonprofit institutions, intertribal consortia, and interstate agencies


The goal of the Urban Waters Small Grants is to fund research, studies, training, and demonstration projects that will advance the restoration of urban waters by improving water quality through activities that also support community revitalization and other local priorities. In general, projects should promote a comprehensive understanding of local water quality issues; identify and support activities that address these issues at the local level; engage, educate, and empower communities surrounding the urban water body; and benefit surrounding communities, including those that have been adversely affected by the water pollution issues affecting the urban water body. A webinar to assist applicants is open for registration and will be held on January 5, 2012.

For more information, visit: http://www.epa.gov/urbanwaters/funding/.

*** DOE Smart Grid Data Access Funding Opportunity – $8 million
Application Due: March 1, 2012
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes.


The U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory is seeking applications aimed at empowering consumers to better manage their electricity use by enabling access to electricity consumption data by customers and their authorized third parties, and providing or supporting the use of third-party tools and software products that use the available data to deliver a value-added service to the customer. Projects under this Funding Opportunity Announcement will be composed of two phases. Under Phase I, applicants will need to demonstrate the capability for electricity customers and or designated third parties to access their usage data and the functionality of their proposed tool or software product to provide this access. Phase II involves adoption of the tools and software products demonstrated in Phase I to an entire service territory, region, or community within the jurisdiction of the applicant or the utility partner of the applicant.

For more information, visit: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=130273.

*** USDA 2012 Hazardous Fuels Woody Biomass Utilization Grant – $3 million
Application Due: March 31, 2012
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, businesses, companies, corporations, school districts, communities, non-profit organizations, and special purpose districts.


The U.S. Forest Service requests proposals for wood energy projects that require engineering services. These projects will use woody biomass, such as material removed from forest restoration activities, wildfire hazardous fuel treatments, insect and disease mitigation, and/or forest management due to catastrophic weather events. The woody biomass shall be used in a bioenergy facility that uses commercially proven technologies to produce thermal, electrical, or liquid/gaseous bioenergy. The funds from grant program must be used to further the planning of such facilities by funding the engineering services necessary for final design and cost analysis.

For more information, visit: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=1qFvTv4bWP0M1fxLtTbX2QLFvplv1sS7HwHRfp6dXSgvKpyVLxrr!-1890905838?oppId=130235&mode=VIEW.

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State 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: http://www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate

To subscribe to or unsubscribe from this newsletter, go to: http://www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate/listservs/index.html

 


12/07/2011

 

Seeking Nominations for Members to EPA's National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT)

Call To Action

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently seeking nominations from a diverse range of candidates to serve on the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT), a federal advisory committee. This is an exciting opportunity for concerned citizens to join our mission to protect human health and the environment.

EPA established NACEPT in 1988 to provide advice to the EPA Administrator about a broad range of environmental policy, technology and management issues. Members serve as representatives from academia, industry, non-governmental organizations, and state, local, and tribal governments.

Candidates should possess the following qualifications:

· Extensive professional knowledge of environmental policy, management, and technology issues. An interdisciplinary sustainability background is highly desirable

· Ability to examine and analyze environmental issues with objectivity and integrity

· Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication, and consensus-building skills

· Ability to serve a 2-year appointment and to volunteer approximately 10 to 15 hours per month to support the Council's activities

In order to fill anticipated vacancies by February 2012, nominations should be received by December 9, 2011. For additional details regarding the nomination process and to learn more about NACEPT, please visit http://www.epa.gov/ofacmo/nacept/index.html.

For further questions regarding this notice, please contact the EPA Office of Federal Advisory Committee Management and Outreach at (202) 564-2294.

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DOE Tribal Energy Program


Native American Student Internships, Upcoming Webinars, Publications, and Tools

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Tribal Energy Program is pleased to forward the following information Native American student internships, upcoming webinars, and publications and tools for tribes. This bulletin provides information on the following:

  • A Citizen’s Guide to LEED for Neighborhood Development
  • Energy Department Releases Case Studies and Best Practices to Assist Innovative Energy Efficiency Programs
  • Livability Solutions Offers Free Technical Assistance for Sustainable Communities
  • NREL Publishes 2010 Renewable Energy Data Book
  • New Database Assists with Project Siting
  • Wind Powering America Webinars
  • Tribal Climate Change Webinar
  • Opportunity for Native American Graduate Students

A Citizen’s Guide to LEED for Neighborhood Development

The U.S. Green Building Council has created a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) standard, which provides a nationally recognized method for creating neighborhoods that are walkable, bikeable, resource-efficient, and equitable. How do you tell if your neighborhoods are smart and green? Download A Citizen’s Guide to LEED for Neighborhood Development.

Information provided courtesy of Brian Gillen, Native Programs Specialist, Eastern/Woodlands Office of Native American Programs (ONAP)

Energy Department Releases Case Studies and Best Practices to Assist Innovative Energy Efficiency Programs


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced new case studies and other online resources available to local governments that are designing, expanding, and enabling residential energy efficiency programs across the country. Developed using real-world results from DOE's Better Buildings Neighborhood Program, these case studies and step-by-step guides outline a framework for successful energy efficiency upgrade programs to help homeowners, businesses, and whole neighborhoods save money by saving energy. They are now available on the Better Buildings Neighborhood Program's website. Each partner in the Better Buildings Neighborhood Program is also highlighted on a profile page describing the business models they're using to make energy efficiency a part of their local economy.

Full story

Information provided courtesy of DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Livability Solutions Offers Free Technical Assistance for Sustainable Communities

Livability Solutions, a nonprofit coalition headquartered in New York City, is now accepting applications from communities that have a strong interest in and commitment to livability, smart growth, and sustainability principles, but face a significant challenge or barrier to moving forward. The coalition recently received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program to provide free technical assistance to communities seeking to implement sustainable and smart growth development and programs.

Livability Soluions’ partner organizations will provide six to twelve selected communities with free targeted technical assistance in the form of tools and improved capacity to achieve their livability, smart growth, and sustainability goals. Technical assistance services to be provided include auditing and improving neighborhood streets and public spaces, assessing the economic merits of green infrastructure practices, improving the safety and desirability of walking and bicycling to school, and more than a dozen other tools. Livability Solutions will also link successful applicants to a network of other communities working toward similar goals and facing similar challenges.

The deadline for applications is November 22, 2011 at 5:00pm PST. For more information and to apply for free technical assistance, visit the Livability Solutions website.

Information provided courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's State and Local Climate and Energy Program


NREL Publishes 2010 Renewable Energy Data Book

The 2010 Renewable Energy Data Book provides facts and figures on energy, renewable electricity in the United States, global renewable energy development, wind power, solar energy, geothermal power, biopower, hydropower, advanced water power, hydrogen, renewable fuels, and clean energy investments.

Information provided courtesy of Wind Powering America

New Database Assists with Project Siting

The U.S. Department of Defense and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) have created the Renewable Energy and Defense Geospatial Database, a mapping and analytic tool to help project developers identify possible barriers to a proposed project location, including nearby military bases, radar installations, missile silos, and flight paths. The database also shows endangered or threatened wildlife species near the proposed project site. The system will be free to developers if they sign a licensing agreement with the NRDC.

Information provided courtesy of Wind Powering America


Wind Powering America Webinars

Wind Powering America Webinar: Wind Power Economics: Past, Present, and Future Trends
December 14, 2011, 3 p.m. ET
This is an added webinar to the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Powering America 2011 webinar series.

This webinar will feature three related presentations that explore these historical trends related to wind power and provide insight on what the future may hold. Mark Bolinger of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) will cover highlights from the recent LBNL report Understanding Trends in Wind Turbine Prices Over the Past Decade, focusing in part on turbine scaling as a critical turbine price driver. Ryan Wiser of LBNL will demonstrate that the cost of wind generation from soon-to-be-built plants is lower than it has been in years. Finally, Eric Lantz of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory will discuss the potential for further technology-based cost reductions.

The webinar is free; no registration is required. Log-in information is below:

Audio Access
888-324-6860
Participant passcode: 6236585

Web Access
https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?i=PW9873779&p=6236585&t=c

Wind Powering America Webinar: Wind and Wildlife Interactions

December 21, 2011, 3 p.m. ET
This webinar is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Powering America 2011 webinar series. It will provide an overview of wind turbine and wildlife issues, including a summary of research plans by the American Wind and Wildlife Institute. Other topics will include an update of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wind regulations and bat/wind turbine interactions. The webinar is free; no registration is required. Log-in information is below:

Audio Access
888-603-6979
Participant passcode: 8894267

Web Access
https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?i=PW9527172&p=8894267&t=c

Information provided courtesy of Wind Powering America

Opportunity for Native American Graduate Students

The Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) is offering Native American Graduate Students in the fields of environmental science, forestry, biology, and engineering an opportunity to work collaboratively with the Columbia River Basin tribes on project teams for nine months beginning in fall 2012.

Research institutions involved in this alliance include:

  • University of Washington
  • Washington State University
  • University of Idaho
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Montana
  • Montana State University

Because most schools have grad application deadlines during the winter months for fall admission, graduate students who are interested in this opportunity should apply immediately.

Please visit the NARA website for more information. Questions may be directed to Laurel James, NARA Tribal Projects Team.

Information provided courtesy of NCAI and NARA Tribal Projects Team

DOE Tribal Energy Program Seeks Native American Students for 2012 Summer Internships

DOE's Tribal Energy Program is seeking current college upper-classmen and graduate students for summer 2012 internships. Students must be U.S. citizens and Native Americans (defined as a member of a federally recognized tribe, Alaska Village, or Alaska Corporation) with specific interest in renewable energy.

To apply, download the attached application form and send it to the attention of Sandra Begay-Campbell, Sandia National Laboratories, P.O. Box 5800, Albuquerque, NM 87185. Applications must be postmarked by February 17, 2012.

For more information on the internship program, including comments and papers from past interns, see the Tribal Energy Program and the attached application form.

Regards,

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

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

DOE Announces Technical Assistance Opportunity for Tribal Clean Energy Deployment
December 7, 2011
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Tribal Energy Program is pleased to forward the following on behalf of DOE’s Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs.


The DOE Office of Indian Energy, in conjunction with the White House Tribal Nations Summit, announced its Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) program on December 2, 2011.

Through START, the DOE Office of Indian Energy and National Laboratory experts will work directly with community-based project teams to evaluate financial and technical feasibility and provide early development technical assistance to get tribal energy projects better positioned for financing and construction. This initiative complements the DOE Office of Indian Energy’s efforts to make reliable technical information and training available to tribal communities throughout the United States.

Tracey A. LeBeau, Director of DOE's Office of Indian Energy, also featured it in her Department of Energy blog. In sharing the goal of this new initiative, LeBeau said, “The DOE Office of Indian Energy with its START Program seeks to collaborate with Tribes and Alaska Native entities to bring about the next generation of energy development in Indian Country. We were likewise delighted to announce that the Office of Indian Energy has partnered with the Denali Commission for the Alaska START program. Working together, we will provide reliable and accurate information to empower tribal leaders to make informed energy decisions.

"Through energy project planning, quality training, and technical assistance, the START program seeks to promote tribal economic development and job creation, foster tribal energy self-sufficiency and self-determination, and advance tribal visions for a sustainable energy future. The START program will likely leverage the early stage resource characterization and pre-feasibility investments that DOE has made in Indian Country over the years, and unlock the energy resources that exist on tribal lands to help build a 21st century tribal energy economy."

For more information and application requirements, please visit the DOE Office of Indian Energy website.

Important note: Concept applications (see below) are due by January 15, 2011.

START Application

START - ALASKA Application

TRACEY A. LeBEAU
Director
Office of Indian Energy Policy & Programs
U.S. Department of Energy


IndianEnergy@hq.doe.gov

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12/06/2011

 

Log in on Wednesday for an EPA Webcast on Climate Action Plan Evaluation

Please note that the email we sent earlier today had conflicting information about the date and day of this webcast: it will take place on Wednesday, December 7, 2011. The corrected text is shown below.

December 7, 2011, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) - Climate Action Plan Evaluation: Part 2

EPA’s Local Climate and Energy Program brings you the second of a two-part series on Climate Action Planning this Wednesday. It will focus on helping local governments measure and evaluate the progress of their climate mitigation work. A diverse group of local governments—Austin, Texas and Berkeley and Santa Monica, California—will discuss their experiences, including methods/tools/indicators used to measure progress, data sources and data management, benefits of climate actions, and communicating results.

Register: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/961077066

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12/01/2011

DOE Tribal Energy Program

December 1, 2011

The U.S. Department of Energy's Tribal Energy Program is pleased to forward the following information on funding opportunities available to tribal, state, and local governments. (Information provided courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's State and Local Climate and Energy Program.)

Approximately $30 Million in Federal Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

This message announces the availability of nearly $30 million in current or upcoming funding opportunities for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Department of Interior (DOI), and the Department of Energy (DOE) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including climate adaptation, energy efficiency, and regional planning. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

NOAA Sea Grant Community Climate Adaptation Initiative 2011 – $1 million
Applications Due: November 22, 2011
Eligible Entities: Sea Grant Institutional Programs, Sea Grant College Programs, the Guam Sea Grant Project, and the Lake Champlain Sea Grant Project.

Other interested parties are encouraged to work with the Sea Grant programs in their region to explore opportunities for partnering. NOAA Sea Grant expects to make available up to $1 million for a national competition to fund climate adaptation efforts for FY 2012-2013 as part of an overall plan to enhance climate adaptation in coastal communities. This Federal Funding Opportunity includes information on how to apply for this funding opportunity and criteria for climate adaptation projects requesting a total of up to $100,000 in federal funds. Matching funds are required. Climate adaptation projects are expected to be conducted in partnership with local community governments and state and federal agencies. Projects selected in this competition will be awarded and funded in FY 2012-2013 and must be completed by January 31, 2014.

For more information, visit grants.gov.


U.S. Forest Service 2012 National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant – Approximately $900,000
Applications Due: December 1, 2011
Eligible Entities: Any U.S. non-federal organization, operating within the United States or its territories.

The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council is offering Innovation Grants for program development, research, and collaboration to address the following three strategic priority issues widely seen as confronting the urban and community forestry community at a national or multistate level: Climate Change, Public Health, and Economic Development. The Council seeks proposals from organizations, agencies, and partnerships to fund innovative projects that will demonstrate the reach, resources, and expertise needed to address the three priority issues in ways that will lead to meaningful, replicable results. Pre-proposals will be required for Innovation Grants and are due December 1, 2011.

Download the Forest Service Request for Proposals document.

EPA Governors’ Institute for Community Design – $2 million
Applications Due: December 5, 2011
Eligible Entities: States, territories, Indian tribes, interstate organizations, intrastate organizations, and possessions of the United States, including the District of Columbia.

The Office of Sustainable Communities in EPA's Office of Policy is seeking proposals to conduct research and studies, analyze state policies and programs, and create and deliver technical assistance programs to leaders of states that are facing air and water pollution, land use, and development challenges. This Request for Proposals (RFP) seeks to fund one applicant to operate the Governors' Institute for Community Design. The institute will select and work with interested state leadership to deliver technical assistance that supports state efforts to implement smart growth and sustainable communities development approaches that protect the environment, improve public health, facilitate job creation and economic opportunity, and improve overall quality of life. The maximum amount of funding for an award under this RFP will be approximately $2 million over the five-year life of the agreement.

For more information, visit EPA's website.

DOI WaterSMART: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants for FY 2012 – $18 million
Applications Due: January 19, 2012
Eligible Entities: States, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, or other organizations with water or power delivery authority. Applicants must also be located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, or the Virgin Islands.

The DOI WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America’s Resources for Tomorrow) Program establishes a framework to provide federal leadership and assistance on the efficient use of water, integrating water and energy policies to support the sustainable use of all natural resources, and coordinating the water conservation activities of various DOI bureaus and offices. DOI invites eligible entities to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with the Bureau of Reclamation on projects that seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency, benefit endangered and threatened species, facilitate water markets, or carry out other activities to address climate-related impacts on water or prevent any water-related crisis or conflict.

For more information, visit grants.gov.

DOE Smart Grid Data Access Funding Opportunity – $8 million
Applications Due: March 1, 2012
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes.


The U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory is seeking applications aimed at empowering consumers to better manage their electricity use by enabling access to electricity consumption data by customers and their authorized third parties, and providing or supporting the use of third party tools and software products that use the available data to deliver a value-added service to the customer. Projects under this Funding Opportunity Announcement will be composed of two phases. Under Phase I, applicants will need to demonstrate the capability for electricity customers and or designated third parties to access their usage data and the functionality of their proposed tool or software product to provide this access. Phase II involves adoption of the tools and software products demonstrated in Phase I to an entire service territory, region, or community within the jurisdiction of the applicant or the utility partner of the applicant.

For more information, visit grants.gov.

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

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11/30/2011

December 2011: Upcoming Climate and Energy Webcasts for State and Local Governments

This message provides details about four upcoming webcasts being offered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE). All webcasts are offered free of charge, but space may be limited.

EPA Webcasts

· December 1, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) - Reducing Operating Costs with Energy Use Assessments and Auditing
· December 7, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) - Climate Action Plan Evaluation: Part 2

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

· December 6, 2:00-3:00 PM (EST) - K-12 Benchmarking 101
· December 2011, various times - Sneak Peek at the Portfolio Manager Upgrade

***EPA Webcasts

December 1, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) - Energy Management Webcast Series for Water and Wastewater Utilities: Reducing Operating Costs with Energy Use Assessments and Auditing
This EPA webcast will focus on two key elements of energy management for utilities: (1) determining how much energy your utility is using in each part of your operation, and (2) conducting an energy audit to identify specific opportunities for greater efficiency and expected cost savings. Information on various assessment and audit tools will be provided, including those geared specifically to small- and medium-sized utilities. http://cfpub2.epa.gov/npdes/outreach.cfm?program_id=0&otype=1.

December 7, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) - Climate Action Plan Evaluation: Part 2
EPA’s Local Climate and Energy Program is offering the second webinar of this two-part series on Climate Action Planning. It will focus on helping local governments measure and evaluate the progress of their climate mitigation work. A diverse group of local governments with firsthand experience will discuss their experiences, including methods/tools/indicators used to measure progress; data sources and data management; benefits of climate actions; and communicating results. https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/961077066.

***ENERGY STAR Webcasts

ENERGY STAR offers free online training to help you improve the energy performance of your organization. To register for any of these trainings or to see other upcoming ENERGY STAR trainings, visit: https://energystar.webex.com.

December 6, 2:00-3:00 PM (EST) - K-12 Benchmarking 101
Sponsored by ENERGY STAR, this webinar will cover the basics of benchmarking your K-12 buildings using EPA's Portfolio Manager tool. Portfolio Manager can help measure and track energy and water use across an entire portfolio of buildings and identify weak links in energy performance. Buildings can earn an energy performance score compared with peer facilities across the country, and top performing buildings are eligible for national recognition.  https://energystar.webex.com.

December 2011, various times - Sneak Peek at the Portfolio Manager Upgrade
Sponsored by ENERGY STAR, this webinar, offered on several dates during December, will preview the new and improved Portfolio Manager. It will be easier and more intuitive to use, with simpler access to basic functionality, colorful and easy-to-generate reports, social media-like sharing tools, and more. Learn:

1) How the new Portfolio Manager will work more like TurboTax, with easy-to-use, intuitive interfaces.

2) What will happen to your existing data. (Short answer: Nothing! All your data will be transferred during the upgrade.)

3) What will happen between now and our Spring, 2013, anticipated release date.
https://energystar.webex.com

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11/23/2011

EPA's Region 1 Hosting Workshop/Webinars: EPA's New Air Quality Regulations for Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE)

Wed. January 11 and Wed. 18, 2012, registration 8:30 a.m., program 9-11 a.m (Eastern Time)

EPA has new National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) and New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for stationary RICE that affect both emergency and non-emergency uses. RICE are used for generating electricity and to power pumps and compressors in many industrial, agricultural, and municipal operations. Under this rule, facilities with stationary emergency engines will need to track their use to avoid exceeding a 50 hour per year limit on non-emergency use. Some non-emergency stationary engines will be subject to emission limits (which may require retrofit) and requirements to submit initial notifications that were due in August 2010 for diesel engines and February 2011 for gasoline engines. These requirements may apply to your facility! See http://www.epa.gov/region1/rice for more information.

A workshop/webinar is a workshop which is also broadcast live as a "webinar" over the Internet. You can either attend the workshop in person at the EPA Region 1 Laboratory, 11 Technology Drive, North Chelmsford MA, or participate in the interactive webinar (you will be able to see and hear the presentations and type in questions). The program will feature the RICE rule writer Melanie King and will cover compliance requirements, deadlines, and tools for compliance. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the new rules!

To register to participate in-person at one of the workshops at the EPA Region 1 Laboratory in North Chelmsford, MA, please send an email to Roy Crystal of EPA at crystal.roy@epa.gov (an online registration procedure will be available soon at the website above). Registration to participate via webinar is online at the links below:

January 11, 2012:
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/721742402

January 18, 2012:
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/356498938

If you have any questions, please contact Roy Crystal at crystal.roy@epa.gov

 


11/23/2011

 

Webinar for Tribes: Overview of U.S. Department of Energy Power Marketing Administrations


Wednesday, November 30
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Mountain Time
Speaker: John Worthington,
Western Area Power Administration


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, the DOE Tribal Energy Program, and the Western Area Power Administration (Western) are conducting a webinar to provide tribes with an overview of power marketing administrations (PMAs), including their service territories, their power resources, their role in delivering federal power to customers, and the methods of determining power rates. The webinar will also include a discussion of preference customer qualifications.
Space is limited.


Reserve your webinar seat now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/885412057

After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.

System Requirements

PC-based attendees
Required: Windows 7, Vista, XP, or 2003 Server
Macintosh-based attendees
Required: Mac OS X 10.5 or newer

This webinar is the second in a series that will continue through July 2012. The series is targeted to tribes interested in responding to utility-offered renewable RFPs or learning more about the competitive power market, as well as utilities interested in working with tribes on renewable energy development. It will address key technical, policy, and market issues that tribes will need to be aware of to successfully develop renewable generation proposals. Topics include tribal renewable project opportunities, transmission policy, vision of tomorrow’s transmission grid, what you need to know about National Energy Regulatory Commission (NERC) compliance, and overview of requesting transmission service.
The webinar series description is posted on the Tribal Energy Program website and will be updated as needed.

For copies of presentations from the August 17, 2011, webinar, Challenges and Opportunities with Tribal Renewable Energy Development, see the Renewable Energy Partnership website.

Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Boulevard
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov
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White House to Honor Native American Youth Leaders at Tribal Nations Conference

The U.S. Department of Energy's Tribal Energy Program is pleased to forward the following information from the White House.

White House Highlights Native American Youth as “Champions of Change”
WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, December 1st, 11 Native American Youth leaders will be honored at the White House as Champions of Change. These young people are champions in their tribes and communities as they work to improve the lives of those around them through innovative programs that help others and raise awareness of important issues like suicide and bullying prevention, energy efficiency and healthy eating.

“The Champions of Change for Native American youth [will be] here to share their stories and to attend the White House Tribal Nations Conference. They are examples of the generation that will build a stronger future for Indian Country by continuing to address the challenges facing American Indians and Alaska Natives,” said Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Charlie Galbraith.


The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different issue is highlighted and groups of champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community activists, are recognized for the work they are doing to better their communities.

These outstanding young Americans were selected from a group of hundreds who answered President Obama’s call to share their stories of leadership and community service. To watch this event live, visit www.whitehouse.gov/live at 12:00 pm ET December 1st. The White House’s Native American Youth Champions of Change honorees are:


Teressa Baldwin
Native Village of Kiana
Sitka, AK
Teressa Baldwin has been directly impacted by suicide and wanted to take action to help reduce the rate of suicide in her home state of Alaska. As a junior in high school, Teressa was appointed by Governor Sean Parnell to the Statewide Suicide Prevention council and became one of the youngest appointed representatives in the state of Alaska. Following her appointment, Teressa started her own organization teaching her peers about the signs of suicide and sharing her own story about how suicide affected her life. After facing common hurdles to suicide prevention programs, including high costs and low enrollment numbers in trainings, Teressa has been able to work with 12 schools on suicide prevention programs and is hoping to expand to more. Teressa feels that her work is part of her life goal to help lower the rates of suicide in not only Alaska but the rest of the country.

Morgan Fawcett
Tlingit and Haida
Fort Jones, CA
Morgan Fawcett was diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) when he was 15 years old. At the time of his diagnosis, Morgan knew that he wanted to help educate others about FASD, both among Native youth and all youth and adults across the country. Morgan has organized concerts and benefits that allow to him to speak about FASD at school assemblies, colleges, community colleges, hospitals, churches and more. Morgan has also created a flute program that has allowed him to donate over 650 Native flutes to at-risk youth and challenged individuals. The Alaska State Legislature recognized Morgan for his work by awarding him the NOFAS leadership award in 2011. Morgan hopes to begin college this year and show others that despite being born with a disability, with help from friends, family and the community you can succeed.

LeVon Totsohnii Thomas
Navajo
Cambridge, MA
Levon Totsohnii Thomas is currently studying Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has been actively engaged with the Navajo Nation government. Levon currently sits on the Navajo Green Economy Commission, which promotes green businesses/jobs and influences green legislation in the Navajo Nation. In addition, Levon has worked on wind energy development in the Navajo Nation to educate the people on the importance of sustainable development. He plans to use his education to help his community by bringing together the need for small businesses on the reservation with sustainable business practices.

Madeline Sayet
Mohegan
New York, NY
Madeleine Sayet keeps her culture alive by telling the stories of her tribal ancestry through storytelling and plays. Beginning as a teenager, Madeline spent summers creating and teaching shadow puppet plays of traditional stories in the Mohegan language to her Youth Camp. Madeline played a critical role in all aspects of the development and production of these plays, which were intended to help children gain a deeper understanding for their heritage and native tongue. She went on to receive a degree in theater from New York University (NYU), where she also served as co-president of the Native American Club. Since graduating, Madeline has performed a Native play by William Yellowrobe Jr. and still plays an active role on the campus of NYU as she continues her education. Madeline also writes about her homeland, including one short story published in the University of Nebraska’s forthcoming Anthology of New England Native Literature. She is currently working on her Masters thesis, which will be a play illustrating the life of her ancestor Fidelia Fielding, the last fluent speaker of the Mohegan language. She will perform the play at NYC this spring before performing it for her tribe back home.

Desiree Vea
Koloa, HI
When Desiree Vea returned home to Hawaii in 2009 after attending college in New York, homelessness was at its highest since 1997, with its highest rates among Native Hawaiians. Moved by the needs of her community, Desiree began developing a curriculum to help homeless families transition to permanent rentals. During this time, Desiree helped the community see how important their voice was, and as the 2011 legislative session began in Hawaii, she conducted her first workshop of 12 people who came together to organize a poverty simulation at the capitol. This group continued with her support to create community cash-flow projects, multi-family markets and micro-enterprise. Now they are rebuilding their community on their own and creating models for other communities.

Iko'tsimiskimaki “Ekoo” Beck
Blackfeet
Missoula, MT
Iko’tsimiskimaki “Ekoo” Beck is an advocate against bullying and after earning the My Idea Grant from AT&T and America’s Promise Alliance, she was able to fund her project “Inspire to Lead.” With this program, Ekoo has implemented a program that is providing peer-led prejudice reduction and violence prevention trainings for high school, middle school, and elementary school students, as well as after-school programs. In the course of these trainings, participants learn more about the effects of bullying, prejudice, and racism and how to end them. Ekoo’s program has impacted hundreds of students in Missoula through community and peer leaders. Due to Ekoo’s work on this important issue, she was appointed as a youth representative on the Board of Directors of America’s Promise Alliance, led and founded by General Colin Powell and Alma Powell.

Emmet Yepa
Jemez Pueblo
Jemez Pueblo, NM
Emmet Yepa from the Jemez Pueblo tribe in New Mexico, is an environmental advocate in his tribe and wants to find solutions to help educate his people and future generations about the importance of recycling. Emmet helped to form the Walatowa Green Stars Recyclying Group in 2010, which consists of four youth members and is focused on preserving and keeping their ancestral lands beautiful through recycling. Despite initial challenges to get approval, the Green Stars persisted and currently educate students at local schools and have implemented recycling bins in designated areas within their Pueblo. Since 2010, Walatowa Green Stars had been recognized with numerous awards and given opportunities to speak at local and national conferences. Emmet’s ultimate goal is for his tribe to eventually have its very own Recycling Center.

Lorna Her Many Horses
Rosebud
Rosebud, SD
Lorna Her Many Horses is dedicated to honoring the American Indian soldiers and veterans who serve this country at a higher per-capita rate than any other ethnic group. She has worked with elders and language teachers to translate the Star Spangled Banner into Lakota and Dakota because she feels that our soldiers and veterans deserve to be honored in their own language. To make this a reality, along with the help of others, she was able to record and produced CDs in her own community that have been given out to hundreds of Native American veterans and soldiers, and more than 50 schools and youth organizations.

Tiffany Calabaza
Kewa (formerly Santo Domingo Pueblo)
Colorado Springs, CO
Tiffany Calabaza is currently a student at Colorado College and has helped bring renewable energy technology to her hometown of Kewa, New Mexico. Tiffany worked with her advisor and others at Colorado College along with tribal community members and tribal community leaders on education and development of the energy technology. Through her community-based research, everyone agreed upon converting one of their community windmills into a solar water pumping station, which will pump ground water in a more efficient fashion, allowing livestock and other small wildlife to have a source of drinking water. The project continues to involve Colorado College students as well as Kewa tribal members. The goal is to educate her community on renewable energy technologies to raise awareness on the efficiency and benefits of engaging with this technology. Ultimately, Tiffany’s goal is to provide her people with solutions to allow the cattle to spread evenly throughout the rangelands and avoid over-grazing, preventing further damage to the land.

Cassandra Candice Steele
Pinoleville Pomo Nation
Ukiah, CA
Cassandra Steele started her tribe’s first traditional Pomo dance group and continues to work with a youth group she started to preserve their culture by learning traditions of basket-making, fishing, gathering, beading, speaking the Pomo language, singing traditional songs, and ceremonial dancing. Cassandra arranges fundraisers, activities, and talking circles for her youth group, which she works to keep inclusive of those in her tribe as well as others who want to participate. The main focus of the group is to improve life for young people in her community by preventing teen pregnancy, drug and alcohol abuse, suicide, and bullying, and to preserve their culture and tradition. In addition, Cassandra works to teach environmentally friendly practices to her community, including building a prototype house for tribal citizens. In July 2011, they broke ground on their first house, which will use solar energy, composting toilets, a rain water catch system, a grey water system, and hay bale materials, with a culturally inspired physical design. Cassandra remains focused on bridging the gap between the elders and youth in her community to preserve their culture for future generations.

Dallas Duplessis
Alaskan Native
Tulalip, WA
Dallas Duplessis is an advocate for healthier eating on her reservation. After seeing firsthand the negative effects of unhealthy eating habits, Dallas was focused on making a difference. Dallas and her family have been involved in the Hilbulb Cultural Center program “Growing Together as families,” which teaches families healthy eating habits. From her involvement with the Cultural Center, Dallas was inspired to start the Tulalip Youth Gardeners Club to inspire other kids to garden together with their families. Since the start of the club, they have been able to teach kids about gardening during the opening of the Hilbulb Center, at the Boys and Girls Club, and at the Evergreen State Fair, where they won 10 ribbons. As their club says, their goal is not to be couch potatoes but to grow some potatoes.

Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Boulevard
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov
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11/18/2011

 

The vacancy announcement for the following position is posted to open on USA Jobs, OPM's on-line application system. To be considered for this position, applicants must apply on-line at the USAJobs.gov website by the closing date of the announcement and follow the vacancy announcement instructions for providing any applicable supplemental information.

ANNOUNCEMENT #: LV-OAR-DE-2012-0012 (Delegated Examining - Open to Any Qualified U.S. Citizen)

POSITION: Environmental Engineer/Environmental Scientist GS-0819/1301-11/12 (full promotion potential to GS-13)

OFFICE: OAR/OAQPS/OID/CTPG

LOCATION: Durham, NC

OPENING DATE: 11/15/2011

CLOSING DATE: 12/06/2011


To review the vacancy announcement and instructions on how to apply for the position visit the USA Jobs website.

 



11/15/2011

Global Green Offers Free Sustainable Neighborhood Design Technical Assistance


Global Green, a national nonprofit organization, and a team of national experts are offering no-cost sustainable neighborhood design technical assistance to nine U.S. communities. This free assistance is provided under a grant to Global Green from the U.S. EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program.

The Global Green team will visit selected communities and help identify major opportunities to improve neighborhood sustainability. The team will provide specific recommendations for both physical and policy changes that may include ecological restoration, integrated energy and water infrastructure, or zoning code revisions to allow for urban agriculture or mixed-use development. The assistance is based on the LEED for Neighborhood Development standard, which provides a nationally recognized method for creating neighborhoods that are walkable, bikeable, resource-efficient, and equitable.

Global Green will accept request for proposals no later than November 23, 2011. For more information, visit: http://globalgreen.org/leedndtechassist.

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November 2011 – Approximately $30 Million in Federal Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

This message announces the availability of nearly $30 million in current or upcoming funding opportunities for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Department of Interior (DOI), and the Department of Energy (DOE) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including climate adaptation, energy efficiency, and regional planning. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

***NOAA Sea Grant Community Climate Adaptation Initiative 2011 – $1 million
Application Due: November 22, 2011
Eligible Entities: Sea Grant Institutional Programs, Sea Grant College Programs, the Guam Sea Grant Project, and the Lake Champlain Sea Grant Project. Other interested parties are encouraged to work with the Sea Grant programs in their region to explore opportunities for partnering.

NOAA Sea Grant expects to make available up to $1 million for a national competition to fund climate adaptation efforts for FY 2012-2013 as part of an overall plan to enhance climate adaptation in coastal communities. This Federal Funding Opportunity includes information on how to apply for this funding opportunity and criteria for climate adaptation projects requesting a total of up to $100,000 in federal funds. Matching funds are required. Climate adaptation projects are expected to be conducted in partnership with local community governments and state and federal agencies. Projects selected in this competition will be awarded and funded in FY 2012-2013 and must be completed by January 31, 2014.

More information is available at: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=mT9DTT2X6DPhyt8x1qZ0J6dTymhMvhLsqT1h1Qcf4cD5KBk0fhnm!-1660189374?oppId=103673&mode=VIEW.

***U.S. Forest Service 2012 National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant – approximately $900,000
Application Due: December 1, 2011
Eligible Entities: Any U.S. non-federal organization, operating within the United States or its territories.

The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council is offering Innovation Grants for program development, research, and collaboration to address the following three strategic priority issues widely seen as confronting the urban and community forestry community at a national or multistate level: Climate Change, Public Health, and Economic Development. The Council seeks proposals from organizations, agencies, and partnerships to fund innovative projects that will demonstrate the reach, resources, and expertise needed to address the three priority issues in ways that will lead to meaningful, replicable results. Pre-proposals will be required for Innovation Grants and are due December 1, 2011.

More information is available at: http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/supporting_docs/FY2012-NUCFAC-RFP-INSTRUCTIONS.pdf.

*** EPA Governors’ Institute for Community Design – $2 million
Application Due: December 5, 2011
Eligible Entities: States, territories, Indian tribes, interstate organizations, intrastate organizations, and possessions of the United States, including the District of Columbia.

The Office of Sustainable Communities in EPA's Office of Policy is seeking proposals to conduct research and studies, analyze state policies and programs, and create and deliver technical assistance programs to leaders of states that are facing air and water pollution, land use, and development challenges. This Request for Proposals (RFP) seeks to fund one applicant to operate the Governors' Institute for Community Design. The institute will select and work with interested state leadership to deliver technical assistance that supports state efforts to implement smart growth and sustainable communities development approaches that protect the environment, improve public health, facilitate job creation and economic opportunity, and improve overall quality of life. The maximum amount of funding for an award under this RFP will be approximately $2 million over the five-year life of the agreement.

For more information, visit: http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/gov-institute-2011-rfp.htm.

*** DOI WaterSMART: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants for FY 2012 – $18 million
Application Due: January 19, 2012
Eligible Entities: States, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, or other organizations with water or power delivery authority. Applicants must also be located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, or the Virgin Islands.

The DOI WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America’s Resources for Tomorrow) Program establishes a framework to provide federal leadership and assistance on the efficient use of water, integrating water and energy policies to support the sustainable use of all natural resources, and coordinating the water conservation activities of various DOI bureaus and offices. DOI invites eligible entities to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with the Bureau of Reclamation on projects that seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency, benefit endangered and threatened species, facilitate water markets, or carry out other activities to address climate-related impacts on water or prevent any water-related crisis or conflict.

For more information, visit: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=B2MST8nNlTSvgpvpzTfTTKTMkBmvNjxgTNzLKgcxdTfW1cDwwfJr!-1135953825?oppId=130074&mode=VIEW.

*** DOE Smart Grid Data Access Funding Opportunity – $8 million
Application Due: March 1, 2012
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes.

The U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory is seeking applications aimed at empowering consumers to better manage their electricity use by enabling access to electricity consumption data by customers and their authorized third parties, and providing or supporting the use of third party tools and software products that use the available data to deliver a value-added service to the customer. Projects under this Funding Opportunity Announcement will be composed of two phases. Under Phase I, applicants will need to demonstrate the capability for electricity customers and or designated third parties to access their usage data and the functionality of their proposed tool or software product to provide this access. Phase II involves adoption of the tools and software products demonstrated in Phase I to an entire service territory, region, or community within the jurisdiction of the applicant or the utility partner of the applicant.

For more information, visit: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=130273.

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2012 National Training Conference on the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and Environmental Conditions in Communities
 
"Understanding the Past and Promoting a Sustainable Future”
 


Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
Washington, D.C.
April 11 - 12, 2012 (Public Conference Session)
April 13, 2012 (US EPA, States, and Tribes Session)
 
 
Call for Abstracts
 
This is a “Call for Abstracts for Oral Presentations, Posters and Electronic Demonstrations” for the National Training Conference on the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and Environmental Conditions in Communities that will be held on April 11 - 13, 2012, in Washington, D.C., at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.  This year’s conference will focus on pollution prevention (P2) and using Toxics Release Inventory data to promote sustainability. It will also include sessions on environmental data and conditions and trends in ecological and human health. 
 
It is important to note that this Call for Abstracts uses a broader definition of “sustainability” which incorporates not only environmental components but also social and economic attributes.  For example, sustainability may include the use of TRI data in analyzing children’s public health in a community or the use of TRI data to construct a product responsibility business model where sustainability is addressed early in the product lifecycle. 
 
Co-sponsors of this year's conference — The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) and United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA)— invite you to submit an abstract for oral presentations, posters and electronic demonstrations following the theme of "Understanding the Past and Promoting a Sustainable Future.” 
 
Abstracts will be accepted through November 19, 2011
.  This is your opportunity to present knowledge, share experiences, and voice expectations and aspirations related to TRI topics and your vision for a sustainable future. 

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
Industry achievements and economic benefits of P2 initiatives
External influences on industry behavior (e.g. TRI reporting consumer behavior, Global Reporting Initiative)
Measuring and assessing corporate sustainability using TRI data alone or with other data
TRI influences on corporate research and development
Challenges to achieving sustainability
Providing information to data users through effective partnerships, innovative tools, and outreach (e.g. E3 Program, CARE grants)
How Federal programs are promoting sustainability (e.g.  Green Chemistry; Office of Sustainable Communities; Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics; Dept. of Defense; Dept. of Energy)
TRI, P2, and toxics reduction programs in localities, states, and Tribes
Current research on toxics reduction and sustainability
Improving public awareness and use of TRI
Improving understanding of environmental and health conditions in communities through use of TRI data

Abstracts that do not fit exactly into one of the suggested topics will also be considered.  Past presentations from the 2010 TRI National Training Conference can be found at http://www.chemicalright2know.com/events/past.
 
Abstracts should promote outreach, learning and networking among federal, state, and local government agencies, students, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, community groups, scientists, engineers and other professionals interested in exploring the role of TRI and other environmental data in promoting sustainability.  In addition to individual presentations, we encourage you to contact your colleagues and suggest ideas for dynamic and engaging panel discussions.
   
Guidelines for Submission
 
Abstracts should contain an overview of the topic, indicate the format envisioned (oral presentation, poster and/or electronic demonstration), and provide full contact information for each presenter.  Please indicate whether oral presentations will be given by an individual or a panel.  Abstracts should be no more than 300 words.  
 
Oral presentations, posters and electronic demonstrations selected in response to this call for abstracts will be given on April 11 - 12, 2012.  Please ensure a definite commitment that each presenter is available to participate in the conference on either April 11 or 12, 2012. 
 
Authors of accepted abstracts will receive a confirmation email by early January, 2012 with an acceptance form that must be returned.  The due date of the acceptance form will be contained in the email.  The confirmation email will also include specific instructions and formatting for presentations, posters and demonstrations.
  
Please submit abstracts via the form available at the following URL: 
 
http://www.chemicalright2know.net/tri-conference/2012-tri-national-conference/2012-abstract-submission-form/
 
 
by November 19, 2011
 
Contact Us
 
If you have an idea for a topic and aren’t sure if it fits, or any other questions, please contact Caitlin Briere of U.S. EPA at briere.caitlin@epa.gov/202-566-1646, Bryan Shipley of ECOS at bshipley@ecos.org/202-266-4928, or Angela Miller of NPPR at angela@p2.org/202-299-9701.

http://www.chemicalright2know.org/content/2012-national-training-conference-toxics-release-inventory-tri-and-environmental-conditions-

2012 Call for Abstracts.pdf

 

 



11/10/2011

November 2011: Upcoming Climate and Energy Webcasts for State and Local Governments

This message provides details about 11 upcoming webcasts being offered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Energy (DOE), and others. All webcasts are offered free of charge, but space may be limited.

EPA Webcasts

· November 17, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) Climate Action Planning: Part 1
· November 10, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) Aligning Green Power Partners with New Renewable Energy Projects
· November 15, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) Strengthening Critical Infrastructure: CHP at Wastewater Treatment Facilities
· Various Dates, 2:00-3:00 PM (EST) Webinar Series for Water Sector Utilities on Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT)

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

· November 9, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems
· November 16, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) Purchasing and Procuring Efficient Equipment
· November 29, 2:00-3:15 PM (EST) Benchmarking in Portfolio Manager for State and Local Governments

DOE Webcasts

· November 21, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) Leveraging Portfolio Manager for Disclosure and Green Leasing Practices
· November 22, 3:00-4:00 PM (EST) Collaboration and Consensus Building in States to Support Energy Efficiency as a Resource
· November 30, 3:00-4:00 PM (EST) Partnering with Utilities, Part 2: Topics for Local Governments – Creating Successful Partnerships with Utilities to Deliver Energy Efficiency Programs

***EPA Webcasts

November 17, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) Climate Action Planning: Part 1
Sponsored by EPA’s Local Climate and Energy Program. Are you eager to help your community reduce its energy use, save money, and become more sustainable? In Part 1 of a two-part series on Climate Action Planning (also called Energy or Sustainability Planning), a diverse group of local governments with firsthand climate action planning experience will discuss gathering support from key stakeholders, collecting data and setting goals, estimating greenhouse gas reduction potential and other benefits, working toward implementation, and tools and resources. http://epa.gov/statelocalclimate/web-podcasts/local-webcasts-by-date.html#upcomingwebcasts

November 10, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) Aligning Green Power Partners with New Renewable Energy Projects
Hosted by EPA’s Green Power Partnership, this webinar will provide a forum for attendees to learn about new, not-yet-built renewable energy projects that may align with their energy, environmental, and financial objectives. The webinar will feature nine short project presentations from renewable energy developers as well as a Q&A session. Developers will discuss project details, business models, and participation opportunities for attendees such as green power off-take, renewable energy certificate (REC) procurement, financial investment, and equity ownership opportunities. EPA will provide a mechanism for attendees to indicate their interest in specific projects at the conclusion of the webinar, and will forward attendees' opt-in choices to the project developer(s) identified. https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/327875130

November 15, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) Strengthening Critical Infrastructure: CHP at Wastewater Treatment Facilities
Sponsored by EPA’s Combined Heat and Power Partnerships, NYSERDA, and others, this webinar highlights the role CHP can play in strengthening critical infrastructure at wastewater treatment facilities. It will feature information on economically viable and technically feasible CHP applications for wastewater treatment plants. Experts from EPA will discuss the updated report “Opportunities for Combined Heat and Power at Wastewater Treatment Facilities: Market Analysis and Lessons from the Field,” as well as system operators of CHP at wastewater plants. NYSERDA and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Northeast Clean Energy Application Center will also offer a presentation on state and national incentives. https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/433638481

Various Dates and Times:

U.S. EPA to Host Webinar Series for Water Sector Utilities on Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT)
EPA has developed CREAT, a software tool to assist drinking water and wastewater utility owners and operators in understanding potential climate change threats and in assessing the related risks at their individual utilities. CREAT provides users with access to the most recent national assessment of climate change impacts for use in considering how these changes will impact utility operations and missions. For more information on CREAT, visit: http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/watersecurity/climate/creat.cfm.

To assist users in using CREAT, EPA will conduct free training sessions. Interested parties can register for the training at https://www.thetestportal.com/CREAT. Registration is capped at 50 participants per session and all sessions in November are currently closed; additional webinars will be scheduled as necessary in December 2011. Interested parties can register their interest at the link above; click the blue notification button at the bottom of the registration page to be notified of future webinar dates.

***ENERGY STAR Webcasts

ENERGY STAR offers free online training to help you improve the energy performance of your organization. To register for any of these trainings or to see other upcoming ENERGY STAR trainings, visit: https://energystar.webex.com.

November 9, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems
Sponsored by ENERGY STAR, this webinar will teach youhow 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. https://energystar.webex.com

November 16, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) Purchasing and Procuring Efficient Equipment
Sponsored by ENERGY STAR, this webinar includes information about ENERGY STAR resources to help your organization purchase products with superior energy performance; guidelines that define energy performance for numerous products; sample procurement language for stipulating energy performance attributes to vendors; and energy saving software that calculates the life cycle costs of ENERGY STAR products and their less efficient counterparts. https://energystar.webex.com

November 29, 2:00-3:15 PM (EST) Benchmarking in Portfolio Manager for State and Local Governments
Sponsored by ENERGY STAR, this session will review EPA’s online energy management tool, Portfolio Manager, which enables you to track the progress of energy efficiency efforts and compare the energy use of your buildings to peer buildings across the country. Attendees will learn how to measure and track energy use and carbon dioxide emission reductions to establish baseline energy use, prioritize investments, set goals, and track improvements over time. In addition, topics discussed will include best practices for bulk data management for new and existing accounts, real-life examples of organizations that have successfully benchmarked large portfolios of buildings, and helpful information on using Portfolio Manager for reporting and tracking for EECBG recipients. https://energystar.webex.com

***DOE Webcasts

November 21, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) Leveraging Portfolio Manager for Disclosure and Green Leasing Practices
Whole-building energy performance data is the foundation of any smart energy management program. State and local governments across the country are taking advantage of Portfolio Manager to implement energy benchmarking and disclosure requirements for commercial buildings. With benchmarking policies in place, governments can evaluate individual building data to verify energy improvements made with public funds, or aggregate many facilities’ energy consumption to create an accurate portrayal of their jurisdiction’s building stock. Some governments also require that potential lenders and buyers of commercial buildings receive a building energy profile as part of a real-estate transaction, thus factoring energy use and operating costs into the decision to lease or buy space. Sponsored by DOE, this training session highlights the best practices of state and local benchmarking and disclosure policies. We will briefly discuss benchmarking and its place in the larger context of energy management planning before exploring in detail some of the choices governments face when implementing these policies. https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/553659616

November 22, 3:00-4:00 PM (EST) Collaboration and Consensus Building in States to Support Energy Efficiency as a Resource
Sponsored by DOE, this webcast is part of a series created to support Stimulating Energy Efficiency Action in States award recipients (http://www1.eere.energy.gov/wip/energy_efficiency_action.html), but is open to all states. This webcast presents the story of a successful stakeholder process in Arkansas that led to the state's 2007 "Quick Start" utility-administered energy efficiency programs, the expansion of Quick Start programs to comprehensive programs in 2009, and the adoption in 2010 of increasing annual energy efficiency goals for 2011-2013. General principles of a successful collaborative process by utilities, utility regulators, customers and customer groups, state agencies, energy efficiency and consumer advocates, and others will be discussed. For background on the Arkansas story, webcast participants can read the Arkansas Public Service Commission's Sustainable Energy Resources Action Guide, available at http://www.apscservices.info/hottopics/APSCDocketNo08-144-USustainableEnergyResourcesActionGuide.pdf.
Register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/286717969

November 30, 3:00-4:00 PM (EST) Partnering with Utilities, Part 2: Topics for Local Governments – Creating Successful Partnerships with Utilities to Deliver Energy Efficiency Programs
Sponsored by DOE, this webcast will build on the “Partnering with Utilities, Part 1” webcast, which explored introductory topics such as understanding different types of utilities and other energy efficiency program administrators, key drivers of utility-administered energy efficiency programs, and examples of ways to partner with utilities. Part 2 focuses on advanced topics for local government-utility partnerships, with presentations from local governments and their partnering utilities that have well-developed, multi-year relationships and programs. Part 2 topics include:

• Designing energy efficiency programs to be responsive to each party’s needs and goals,
• Aligning program planning cycles and funding periods, and
• Developing an energy savings measurement and verification plan that meets utilities’ requirements for cost-effectiveness justification.

Attendees will gain an enhanced understanding from U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Technical Assistance Program (TAP) experts, local governments, and their partnering utilities of how to best work with utilities to meet mutual goals and successfully build or enhance local government energy efficiency programs. Participation in Part 1 is not a prerequisite for participation in Part 2. The Part 1 presentation is available at the DOE Solution Center at http://www1.eere.energy.gov/wip/solutioncenter/webcasts/default.html.
Register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/293435848.

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11/08/2011

Georgetown Climate Center Launches Online Adaptation Clearinghouse and Adaptation Reports

The Georgetown Climate Center, a nonprofit organization based at Georgetown Law in Washington, DC, has launched the Adaptation Clearinghouse, an online database and networking tool to assist state and local policymakers, resource managers, and others who are working to help communities adapt to climate change. The clearinghouse contains nearly 1,000 resources, including state and local adaptation plans and adaptation legislation, which are organized by geography, sector, and impact. The clearinghouse can be accessed at: http://www.AdaptationClearinghouse.com.

The Georgetown Climate Center has also released two new adaptation reports. Adaptation Tool Kit: Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Land Use explores 18 different land-use tools that can be used to respond to the threats posed by sea-level rise to coastal development and infrastructure, and strives to assist governments in determining which tools to employ to meet their unique socioeconomic and political contexts. The tool kit is available at: http://www.georgetownclimate.org/resources/adaptation-tool-kit-sea-level-rise-and-coastal-land-use. The second report, Adaptation Case Studies in the Western United States, contains case studies that explore water shortages in the West, water rights along the Colorado River, and the protection of an endangered bird. The report is available at: http://www.georgetownclimate.org/resources/adaptation-case-studies-in-the-western-united-states.

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11/03/2011

 

UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC 27711
OFFICE OF AIR QUALITY PLANNING AND STANDARDS

October 17, 2011

Dear Tribal Leader:

The purpose of this letter is to provide you with information about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s review of the new source performance standards (NSPS) and national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for petroleum refineries and to invite you to consult, should you believe that your tribe could be affected by these standards.

The Clean Air Act (CAA) requires that every 8 years the EPA review existing standards, specifically, the NSPS(under CAA section 111(b)) that addresses emissions of criteria pollutants from petroleum refinery operations; and NESHAP (under CAA sections 112 (d) and 112(f)) that address toxic air pollutants from petroleum refinery operations. We issued the existing NSPS in 2008 and the two NESHAP in 1995 and 2002.

It should be noted that the EPA entered into a settlement agreement - to address petitions filed by state petitioners, including: New York, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the District of Columbia and the City of New York; and environmental petitioners, including: Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club and Environmental Integrity Project - that requires proposed action based on our review by December 10, 2011, and final action by October 10, 2012.

Because the standards apply to petroleum refineries located within or near Indian country, the agency believes it is important to offer consultation with federally recognized tribes. The EPA expects the proposed rules to improve environmental protection within Indian country and nationwide. However, to ensure that your lands and interests are protected, we are prepared to consult with you or your designee should you desire. If you would like to initiate government- to- government consultation with the EPA, please contact Angel McCormack at (919) 541-3588, e-mail: mccormack.angel@epa.gov or Laura McKelvey at (919) 541-5497, e-mail: mckelvey.laura@epa.gov. Due to the Court imposed deadline, however, we kindly request that you notify the EPA of your request for consultation by November 4, 2011.

We request your input to assure we develop the best rule possible. We endeavor to conduct our efforts with sensitivity to the needs and culture of your tribe and with attention to the potential impact of our actions. We look forward to receiving your input.

Sincerely,

Peter Tsirigotis
Director
Sector Policies and Programs Division

 

 


 

11/02/2011

Melanie King of the US EPA's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards will  provide an overview of EPA's National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) and New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for stationary reciprocating internal combustion engines (RICE).  Topics covered include the timeline of EPA's rule makings for stationary engines, the applicability of the rules, an overview of the emission standards and other compliance requirements, and the compliance deadlines.  The webinar will include time for questions and answers.

    This webinar is intended for US EPA, State, local and tribal regulators only.
    Title:
    Stationary RICE NESHAP and NSPS
    Date:
    Wednesday, December 7, 2011
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
 To Register:                     https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/873392224

    After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
    System Requirements
    PC-based attendees
    Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
 
    Macintosh®-based attendees
    Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

Please feel free to contact Hillary Hecht, Phone: (415) 947-4266 or the U.S. EPA Region 10 Compliance Assistance Coordinator, Gabriela Carvalho at (206) 553-6698 with questions.


10/26/2011

Department of Energy

Tribal Energy Program

Energy Events at NCAI National Convention

Portland, Oregon
October 30-November 4, 2011

The National Congress of the American Indian (NCAI) 2011 Convention (Footprints into the Future: Our Shared Journey Toward Tribal Prosperity) is being held October 30 through November 4, 2011, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. For more information, see NCAI's website.

During the convention, DOE's Office of Indian Energy will convene the second session of the Indian Country Energy and Infrastructure Working Group, announce the kick-off of its newly developed Tribal Leader Energy Education and Technical Assistance Initiative, and conduct consultation on pending DOE Indian energy policy initiatives and changes, specifically the process of implementing procurement preferences for purchasing renewable energy products, including electricity, and by-products from Indian tribes and tribal enterprises.

For an agenda of energy events to be held as part of the NCAI 68th Annual Convention click here.

Regards,

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

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

If you did not receive this e-mail directly but would like to receive future e-mails and the Tribal Energy Program newsletter, please join our e-mail list. If you no longer wish to receive these updates, unsubscribe.  Feel free to forward this information.

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Department of Energy

Tribal Energy Program

 

Seeking Native American Students for 2012 Summer Internships

October 25, 2011
DOE's Tribal Energy Program is seeking current college upper-classmen and graduate students for summer 2012 internships. Students must be U.S. citizens and Native Americans (defined as a member of a federally recognized tribe, Alaska Village, or Alaska Corporation) with specific interest in renewable energy.

To apply, download the application form and send it to the attention of Sandra Begay-Campbell, Sandia National Laboratories, P.O. Box 5800, Albuquerque, NM 87185.

Applications must be postmarked by February 17, 2012.

For more information on the internship program, including comments and papers from past interns, see the Tribal Energy Program website and the application form.

If you did not receive this e-mail directly but would like to receive future e-mails and the Tribal Energy Program newsletter, join our e-mail list. If you are no longer interested in receiving these updates, unsubscribe. Feel free to forward this information.

 


 

10/18/2011

Hi, Regional EJ Coordinators and Tribal Air Coordinators. OAQPS is conducting a webinar for communities on the rulemaking for the petroleum refinery sector. This is being done pre-proposal, as a way of fostering meaningful involvement, and is one of several outreach efforts to different stakeholder groups.

The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, October 18 at 4-5:30 pm Eastern.

We are separately sending notices to community organizations that we have identified as being interested in this rulemaking.

Please share the attached notice with tribal and EJ community groups that you think would be interested in participating. There are a limited number of phone lines for the webinar, and we want to focus outreach efforts for the webinar to make sure that our target audience (EJ and tribal communities) gets a chance to participate.
Thanks for your help.

Candace Carraway
Environmental Justice Coordinator
Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards
US Environmental Protection Agency (C304-04)
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711
(919) 541-3189

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Department of Energy

Tribal Energy Program

October 14, 2011
The U.S. Department of Energy's Tribal Energy Program is pleased to forward the following information on funding opportunities available to tribal, state, and local governments. (Information provided courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's State and Local Climate and Energy Program.)

Take Advantage of Available Funding and Other Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Tribal Energy Program is pleased to forward the following message on funding and training opportunities available to tribes. This information is provided courtesy of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Native American Programs (ONAP). For details, please visit the links provided below.

Indian Community Development Block Grant Program FY 2012 Notice of Funding Availability Published
Applications due: January 4, 2012

The Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) program was established in 1977 to help Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages meet their community development needs. Recipients use the funding to develop viable communities, including rehabilitating housing or building new housing, or to buy land to support new housing construction. The funding can also be used to build infrastructure such as roads, water and sewer facilities, to create suitable living environments, and to spur economic development.

Because HUD has not received a final appropriation for FY 2012 yet, the notice of funding availability (NOFA) does not include a total dollar amount or breakdowns for each area ONAP. The NOFA is available at grants.gov.

Rural Senior Housing Funds Available
Applications due: December 15, 2011

Nonprofits and tribally designated housing entities are eligible for funding via the new Rural Senior Housing Fund offered by the Housing Assistance Council (HAC) and The Atlantic Philanthropies. HAC is making $275,000 available in the first year of the awards. Applicants must apply to support any programs targeting seniors age 62 and over who are at or below 80% of the area median income who meet the Agriculture Department's definition of rural housing. Funding partnerships and collaborations are encouraged with local, state, and national stakeholders. Funds received can be used for salaries and related costs for housing staff; housing project costs, including construction; rural senior housing advocacy; program capacity building; revenue development and financial management systems; asset management systems; training; and outreach. Contact Janice Clark, HAC Rural Senior Housing Initiative Coordinator, 202-842-8600 x131.

EPA Technical Assistance Available

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Building Blocks program supports the priorities of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, a collaborative effort among HUD, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and EPA to protect the environment, promote equitable development, and help address the challenges of climate change.

The EPA's Smart Growth Implementation Assistance program is an annual, competitive solicitation open to state, local, regional, and tribal governments (and nonprofits that have partnered with a governmental entity) that want to incorporate smart growth techniques into their future development. EPA provides the assistance through a contractor team of national experts–not a grant. Through a multiple-day site visit and a detailed final report, the multi-disciplinary teams provide information to help the community achieve its goal of encouraging growth that fosters economic progress and environmental protection. Examples of Smart Growth in tribal communities include:

Land use planning to better guide and link federal investments that support tribal communities, including EPA, HUD, DOT, and USDA Rural Development investments for housing, transportation, and water and wastewater infrastructure.

Energy sovereignty and independence, including renewable energy generation on tribal lands.

Emerging economic development opportunities on tribal lands, including land use planning for industry, such as agricultural and renewable energy, as well as tourism and recreation.

Development and implementation of culturally appropriate codes and standards for sustainable community design.

For more information, visit the EPA's Smart Growth website or contact Abby Hall, EPA Office of Sustainable Communities, 202-566-2086

Tribal Healthy Homes Top 10 Affordable and Healthy Building Materials Webinar
October 25, 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m.


This webinar focuses on practical, reasonably priced healthy building materials that your tribe can readily incorporate into its repairs, renovations, and new construction. Featured speakers are Thor Peterson, green building educator and former Research Director for the Cascadia Green Building Council, and Doug Kennedy, a Northwest pioneer in bringing indoor air quality into construction practices. Register for this webinar at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/758203062.

Regards,

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

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

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10/13/2011

 

RTI Gravimetric laboratory

The TAMS Center is pleased to announce that a contract has been executed between the EPA R&IE National Laboratory and the RTI International Laboratory to provide particulate monitoring gravimetric analysis services to the tribes that have been affected by shut down of the TAMS Gravimetric laboratory effective August 24, 2011.  This contract will allow the TAMS Gravimetric Lab to focus on completing improvements in the quality system of the laboratory.  The projected start time for this new service is the week of October 17, 2011.  The estimated duration of this contract is 90 days.

The initial contact with RTI was established today and six tribal professionals participated in the conference call with RTI.  Your principal contact for information at the RTI lab is Jim O’Rourke.  Jim’s contact information is as follows:

Jim O’Rourke, Manager Environmental Chemistry
RTI International
1000 Parliament Court Suite 100 Room 152
Durham, North Carolina 27703
Ph: 919-541-8996
Fax: 919-541-8956
Email: jao@rti.org

It is crucial for all participating tribes to contact Jim directly to begin communication on their specific tribal projects.  Jim is the person that can answer your questions regarding the new transition.

Please call either Dr. Jayanty, or, Ed Rickman in case you cannot contact Jim.  Dr. Jay can be reached at 919-541-6483 and Ed can be contacted at, 919-541-5908.

Respectfully,

Farshid Farsi
US EPA TAMS Co-Director
P.O. Box 98517
Las Vegas, Nevada 89193-8517
Ph: (702)784-8263
Fax: (702)784-8261

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Department of Energy

Tribal Energy Program


The U.S. Department of Energy's Tribal Energy Program is pleased to forward the following information on funding opportunities available to tribal, state, and local governments. (Information provided courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's State and Local Climate and Energy Program.)

Approximately $63 Million in Federal Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

This message announces the availability of nearly $63 million in current or upcoming funding opportunities for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including energy efficiency, regional planning, and renewable energy. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

HUD’s Energy Innovation Fund – Multifamily Pilot Program – $25 Million
Applications due: October 20, 2011
Eligible entities: National, regional, and local private or nonprofit entities currently administering affordable housing development and rehabilitation programs; special purpose financing entities; nonprofit or for-profit organizations that own or control a portfolio of Eligible Multifamily Properties
HUD’s Office of Affordable Housing Preservation is issuing a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Multifamily Energy Innovation Fund. This fund provides a total of $25 million in grants to be used for energy efficiency upgrades at multifamily properties. The overall objective of the Energy Innovation Fund is to help catalyze a home energy retrofit market in the United States by accelerating private investment in cost-saving energy efficiency retrofits in the residential sector. The Energy Innovation NOFA can be found on the HUD website.

EPA 2011 Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program – $225,000 to $300,000
Applications due: October 28, 2011
Eligible entities: Tribal, local, regional, and state governments and nonprofit organizations that have a demonstrated partnership with a governmental entity
The Office of Sustainable Communities in EPA’s Office of Policy is seeking letters of interest from states, regions, and communities that want to develop in ways that protect the environment, use resources efficiently, create economic opportunities, and provide a high quality of life. The Smart Growth Implementation Assistance program provides assistance from national experts to help communities explore barriers to smart growth implementation and pilot innovative ideas that create more sustainable communities. EPA will provide this assistance through an agency contract, not a grant. For more information, see the request for letters of interest.

EPA 2011 Smart Growth Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program
Applications due: October 28, 2011
Eligible entities: Tribal, local, regional, and state governments and nonprofit organizations that have a demonstrated partnership with a governmental entity
Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities seeks to provide quick, targeted technical assistance to communities using a variety of tools that have demonstrated results and widespread application. This technical assistance will help selected local and/or tribal governments implement development approaches that protect the environment, improve public health, create jobs, expand economic opportunity, and improve overall quality of life. Assistance will be provided in two ways: first, EPA will select up to 50 communities and provide direct assistance by EPA staff and private sector experts, and second, EPA has awarded cooperative agreements to four nongovernment organizations with sustainable community expertise to deliver technical assistance. For more information, visit the EPA website.

EPA FY 2012 National Environmental Information Exchange Network Grant Program – $10 Million
Applications due: November 4, 2011
Eligible entities: State and local governments, U.S. territories, federally recognized tribes, others
EPA, states, tribes, and territories are working together to implement the Exchange Network, a secure, Internet- and standards-based way to support electronic data reporting, sharing, and integration of both regulatory and nonregulatory environmental data. The Exchange Network Grant Program provides funding to states, tribes, intertribal consortia, and territories to develop and implement the information technology and information management capabilities they need to actively participate in the Exchange Network. This grant program supports the exchange of environmental data and collaborative work within the Exchange Network. Grantees may also use grant funds for the standardization, exchange, and integration of geospatial information to support work to preserve and improve the environment, natural resources, and human health. In FY 2012, EPA expects to award about $10 million for 40 to 50 grants of up to $350,000. The exact number of grants will depend on the final amount of EPA’s appropriation for the grant program, the number of applications submitted to EPA by the application deadline, the amounts of proposed budgets, and the outcome of application reviews. For more information, visit the EPA website.

NOAA Sea Grant Community Climate Adaptation Initiative 2011 – $1 Million
Applications due: November 22, 2011
Eligible entities: Sea Grant Institutional Programs, Sea Grant College Programs, the Guam Sea Grant Project, and the Lake Champlain Sea Grant Project. Other interested parties are encouraged to work with the Sea Grant programs in their region to explore opportunities for partnering.
NOAA Sea Grant expects to make available up to $1 million for a national competition to fund climate adaptation efforts for FY 2012-2013 as part of an overall plan to enhance climate adaptation in coastal communities. This Federal Funding Opportunity includes information on how to apply for this funding opportunity and criteria for climate adaptation projects requesting a total of up to $100,000 in federal funds. Matching funds are required. Climate adaptation projects are expected to be conducted in partnership with local community governments and state and federal agencies. Projects selected in this competition will be awarded and funded in FY 2012-2013 and must be completed by January 31, 2014. More information is available on grants.gov.

EPA Governors’ Institute for Community Design – $2 Million
Applications due: December 5, 2011
Eligible entities: States, territories, Indian tribes, interstate organizations, intrastate organizations, and possessions of the U.S., including the District of Columbia
The Office of Sustainable Communities in EPA's Office of Policy is seeking proposals to conduct research and studies, analyze state policies and programs, and create and deliver technical assistance programs to leaders of states that are facing air and water pollution, land use, and development challenges. This request for proposals (RFP) seeks to fund one applicant to operate the Governors' Institute for Community Design. The institute will select and work with interested state leadership to deliver technical assistance that supports state efforts to implement smart growth and sustainable communities development approaches that protect the environment, improve public health, facilitate job creation and economic opportunity, and improve overall quality of life. The maximum amount of funding for an award under this RFP will be approximately $2 million over the five-year life of the agreement. For more information, visit the EPA website.

DOC Economic Development Administration Public Works, Economic Adjustment, and Global Climate Change Mitigation Programs Opportunity – Likely ~$25 Million
Applications due: December 15, 2011
Eligible entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, nonprofits, private institutions of higher education
This U.S. Department of Commerce grant program supports projects that foster economic competitiveness while enhancing environmental quality. These funds will be used to advance the green economy by supporting projects that create jobs through — and increase — private capital investment in initiatives to limit the nation's dependence on fossil fuels, enhance energy efficiency, curb greenhouse gas emissions, and protect natural systems. Available funding is likely to be nearly $25 million. For more information, including regional contacts, visit grants.gov.

State 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 the EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Program website.

Regards,

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

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

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10/12/2011

 

• SAVE THE DATE •

National Air Quality Conference
AMBIENT MONITORING 2012

Denver Marriott City Center
Denver, Colorado
May 14-17, 2012

The EPA in conjunction with the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) is pleased to announce the National Air Quality Conference - Ambient Monitoring 2012. In previous years, there has been a National Ambient Air Monitoring Conference in addition to the annual National Air Quality Conference. To use resources more efficiently, the National Air Quality Conference concept will continue annually, but will alternate its identified agenda focus to reflect the current priorities of the greater air quality community. For 2012, that focus will be ambient air monitoring.

Denver, CO


GET ESSENTIAL TRAINING ON AIR MONITORING TOPICS!

Whether your previous air monitoring experience spans months, years, or decades, this conference will provide you with the skills and information to help prepare for the future challenges of air monitoring.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

State, local, and Tribal air quality staff involved with operating, planning, or managing air monitoring networks and reporting data to AQS, AIRNOW, and other users. We hope that you will plan to join us and share your experiences, meet your colleagues, make new contacts, and benefit from the latest information on ambient air monitoring technologies and requirements. We also encourage other stakeholders including health researchers, dispersion modelers, data analysts, and air quality policy staff to attend to gain additional perspectives on how air monitoring data are collected and utilized.

BlueBear

EXHIBIT AND SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Promote your business or organization to the people leading the nation’s ambient air monitoring resources. In addition to on-site recognition during the conference, logos of sponsors who commit early will be included in conference materials. For more information on exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, contact Erin Pittorino at ERG (erin.pittorino@erg.com).

HOTEL RESERVATION INFORMATION

This year's conference is being held at the Denver Marriott City Center, which is located in Downtown Denver, CO. You are responsible for making your hotel reservations. The hotel conference rate is $149 a night for a single or double room, plus applicable taxes (currently 14.85% per room per night).

All reservations must be made by Monday, April 20, 2012. After this date, reservations are subject to space and rate availability. To make your reservation, please call 1-800-266-9432 and reference the group code NAQC and the hotel name to receive the group rate. Reservations can also be made online by clicking here.

PASS THIS NOTICE ON!

Help us spread the news about the conference by forwarding this email to colleagues who may be interested in attending.

NEED MORE INFORMATION?

If you have suggestions for training or agenda topics or would like more information about the conference, please contact Laurie Trinca (trinca.laurie@epa.gov) or Kevin Cavender (cavender.kevin@epa.gov).

Additional details regarding conference topics, the call for papers and posters, and the online registration process will be available on EPA's website (http://www.epa.gov/ttn/amtic/naamc.html) in the coming months.

This year, due to the current economic climate and government regulations, an Optional Refreshment Fee ($75.00) will be charged to cover the cost of the morning and afternoon light refreshments.

Contact ERG, EPA's contractor for more information regarding conference registration and logistics at 781-674-7374 or Meetings at ERG (meetings@erg.com), subject line: National Air Quality Conference - Ambient Monitoring 2012.

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State and Local Climate Energy Program

October 2011 – Approximately $63 Million in Federal Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

This message announces the availability of nearly $63 million in current or upcoming funding opportunities for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including energy efficiency, regional planning, and renewable energy. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

*** HUD’s Energy Innovation Fund – Multifamily Pilot Program – $25 million

Application Due: October 20, 2011
Eligible Entities: National, regional, or local private or non-profit entities currently administering affordable housing development and rehabilitation programs; special purpose financing entities; non-profit or for-profit organizations that own or control a portfolio of Eligible Multifamily Properties.

HUD’s Office of Affordable Housing Preservation is issuing a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Multifamily Energy Innovation Fund. This fund provides a total of $25 million in grants to be used for energy efficiency upgrades at multifamily properties. The overall objective of the Energy Innovation Fund is to help catalyze a home energy retrofit market in the United States by accelerating private investment in cost-saving energy efficiency retrofits in the residential sector. The Energy Innovation NOFA can be found at:
http://www.hud.gov/offices/adm/grants/nofa10/grpeif.cfm.

*** EPA 2011 Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program – $225,000 to $300,000
Application Due: October 28, 2011
Eligible Entities: Tribal, local, regional, and state governments and non-profit organizations that have a demonstrated partnership with a governmental entity.

The Office of Sustainable Communities in EPA’s Office of Policy is seeking letters of interest from states, regions, and communities that want to develop in ways that protect the environment, use resources efficiently, create economic opportunities, and provide a high quality of life. The Smart Growth Implementation Assistance program provides assistance from national experts to help communities explore barriers to smart growth implementation and pilot innovative ideas that create more sustainable communities. EPA will provide this assistance through an Agency contract, not a grant. For more information, visit: http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/pdf/sgia_2011_rfli.pdf.

*** EPA 2011 Smart Growth Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program
Application Due: October 28, 2011
Eligible Entities: Tribal, local, regional, and state governments and non-profit organizations that have a demonstrated partnership with a governmental entity.

Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities seeks to provide quick, targeted technical assistance to communities using a variety of tools that have demonstrated results and widespread application. This technical assistance will help selected local and/or tribal governments to implement development approaches that protect the environment, improve public health, create jobs, expand economic opportunity, and improve overall quality of life. Assistance will be provided in two ways: first, EPA will select up to 50 communities and provide direct assistance by EPA staff and private sector experts, and second, EPA has awarded cooperative agreements to four non-government organizations with sustainable community expertise to deliver technical assistance. For more information, visit: http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/buildingblocks-2011-rfli.htm.

*** EPA FY 2012 National Environmental Information Exchange Network Grant Program – $10 million

Application Due: November 4, 2011
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, U.S. territories, federally recognized tribes, others.

EPA, states, tribes, and territories are working together to implement the Exchange Network, a secure, Internet- and standards-based way to support electronic data reporting, sharing, and integration of both regulatory and non-regulatory environmental data. The Exchange Network Grant Program provides funding to states, tribes, inter-tribal consortia, and territories to develop and implement the information technology and information management capabilities they need to actively participate in the Exchange Network. This grant program supports the exchange of environmental data and collaborative work within the Exchange Network. Grantees may also use grant funds for the standardization, exchange and integration of geospatial information to support work to preserve and improve the environment, natural resources, and human health. In FY 2012, EPA expects to award about $10 million for 40 to 50 grants of up to $350,000. The exact number of grants will depend on the final amount of EPA’s appropriation for the grant program, the number of applications submitted to EPA by the application deadline, the amounts of proposed budgets, and the outcome of application reviews. For more information, visit http://www.epa.gov/exchangenetwork/grants/index.html.

***NOAA Sea Grant Community Climate Adaptation Initiative 2011 – $1 million
Application Due: November 22, 2011
Eligible Entities: Sea Grant Institutional Programs, Sea Grant College Programs, the Guam Sea Grant Project, and the Lake Champlain Sea Grant Project. Other interested parties are encouraged to work with the Sea Grant programs in their region to explore opportunities for partnering.

NOAA Sea Grant expects to make available up to $1 million for a national competition to fund climate adaptation efforts for FY 2012-2013 as part of an overall plan to enhance climate adaptation in coastal communities. This Federal Funding Opportunity includes information on how to apply for this funding opportunity and criteria for climate adaptation projects requesting a total of up to $100,000 in federal funds. Matching funds are required. Climate adaptation projects are expected to be conducted in partnership with local community governments and state and federal agencies. Projects selected in this competition will be awarded and funded in FY 2012-2013 and must be completed by January 31, 2014. More information is available at: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=mT9DTT2X6DPhyt8x1qZ0J6dTymhMvhLsqT1h1Qcf4cD5KBk0fhnm!-1660189374?oppId=103673&mode=VIEW.

*** EPA Governors’ Institute for Community Design – $2 million
Application Due: December 5, 2011
Eligible Entities: States, territories, Indian Tribes, interstate organizations, intrastate organizations, and possessions of the U.S., including the District of Columbia.

The Office of Sustainable Communities in EPA's Office of Policy is seeking proposals to conduct research and studies, analyze state policies and programs, and create and deliver technical assistance programs to leaders of states that are facing air and water pollution, land use, and development challenges. This Request for Proposals (RFP) seeks to fund one applicant to operate the Governors' Institute for Community Design. The institute will select and work with interested state leadership to deliver technical assistance that supports state efforts to implement smart growth and sustainable communities development approaches that protect the environment, improve public health, facilitate job creation and economic opportunity, and improve overall quality of life. The maximum amount of funding for an award under this RFP will be approximately $2 million over the five-year life of the agreement. For more information, visit http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/gov-institute-2011-rfp.htm.

*** DOC Economic Development Administration Public Works, Economic Adjustment, and Global Climate Change Mitigation Programs Opportunity – Likely ~$25 million

Application Due: December 15, 2011
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, non-profits, private institutions of higher education.

This U.S. Department of Commerce grant program supports projects that foster economic competitiveness while enhancing environmental quality. These funds will be used to advance the green economy by supporting projects that create jobs through — and increase — private capital investment in initiatives to limit the nation's dependence on fossil fuels, enhance energy efficiency, curb greenhouse gas emissions, and protect natural systems. Available funding is likely to be near $25 million. For more info, including regional contacts, go to: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=0l8VTTTDZ3rmz0Tm1vTJFQy0T2tz3cpjXLLdfXp2yybsBBvV11LB!-586801207?oppId=58457&mode=VIEW.

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State 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: http://www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate

To subscribe to or unsubscribe from this listserv, go to: http://www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate/listservs/index.html

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ITEP Internship Program

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals – Environmental Education Outreach Program at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona is seeking air quality and climate change focused offices and programs to host a summer intern for 10 weeks. Tribal environmental offices, regional EPA offices, and other tribal environmental organizations are encouraged to apply.

The interns will be undergraduate or graduate students majoring in environmental or related careers from different colleges and universities nationwide. ITEP provides each student intern with a $4,000 stipend, and limited housing and travel allowances. The host site provides a work place and supervision for the intern.

PLEASE NOTE that the projects must be focused on addressing air quality and/or climate change issues in tribal communities.

Submit an application online at http://www4.nau.edu/eeop/internships/ssi_host.asp

Deadline: Apply by the end of December 2011.

Interns must apply by February 15, 2012.

For detailed information on the requirements and internship, visit our site at http://www4.nau.edu/eeop/internships/ssi_host.asp.

Please contact Graylynn Hudson at Graylynn.Hudson@nau.edu or 928-523-8864 if you have questions about submitting an application.

 


10/06/2011

 

Department of Energy

Tribal Energy Program

Make Plans to Attend the 2011 Tribal Energy Program Review

October 5, 2011

DOE Tribal Energy Program Review
November 14-18, 2011

Renaissance Denver Hotel
3801 Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80207

Our annual 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. Recognizing tribes' increasing interest in energy efficiency and renewable energy and the benefits of tribes learning from each other, we are opening up this meeting to Indian Country as a whole.

This is a unique forum that provides an excellent overview of the wide range of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under way in Indian Country. The 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.

Because human capacity is a focus of the Tribal Energy Program, you will also learn about our internship program and hear directly from young and inspiring Native American students about their experiences and summer projects.

The gathering will begin at 1 p.m. on Monday, November 14 and continue through 4 p.m. on Friday, November 18, 2011. There is no registration fee; however; advance registration is required to ensure adequate seating and food service. Travel and per diem are the individual's responsibility.

For details, see the event overview and detailed agenda . For more information and updates, visit the Tribal Energy Program website.

Register for this meeting.

Lodging
Renaissance Denver Hotel
3801 Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80207
Room rate: $141 or prevailing government per diem rate (note next fiscal year begins on October 1, 2010, at which time the rate will adjust to revised per diem).

Reservation deadline: October 28, 2011. After this date, we will be unable to guarantee rate or availability. To make reservations, contact the hotel directly at 303-399-7500 or Marriott Reservations at 1-888-228-9290. When calling, be sure to ask for the discounted group room rate for the "Tribal Energy Program Review."

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 Renewable Energy Development, visit our website.


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EPA Seeks Letters of Interest for the Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program

EPA’s Smart Growth Implementation Assistance program is an annual, competitive solicitation open to state, local, regional, and tribal governments, along with non-profits that have partnered with a governmental entity that want to incorporate smart growth techniques into their future development.

Once selected, communities receive direct technical assistance from a team of national experts in one of two areas: 1) policy analysis, such as reviewing state and local codes, school siting guidelines, transportation policies, etc., or 2) public participatory processes, such as visioning, design workshops, alternative analysis, build-out analysis, etc. The assistance is tailored to the community's unique situation and priorities. EPA provides the assistance through a contractor team rather than a grant. Through a multiple-day site visit and a detailed final report, the multidisciplinary team provides information to help the community achieve its goal of encouraging growth that fosters economic progress and environmental protection.

EPA will accept letters of interest from September 26 to October 28, 2011. For more information, visit: http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/sgia.htm.

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State 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: http://www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate

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10/05/2011

Department of Energy

Tribal Energy Program

Take Advantage of Funding Opportunities for Tribes

October 5, 2011

There are 21 funding notices included in the attachment (click here for Solicitations List) . Please check each notice for eligibility, as many are not specific to tribes. Questions should be directed to the contacts identified for each notice.

Issue 215! A huge thanks to Laurie Brown and the Washington State University (WSU) Extention Energy Program for distributing these Solicitations newsletters for more than 12 years. Thank you, Laurie and WSU!

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 Renewable Energy Development, visit our website.


If you did not receive this e-mail directly but would like to receive future e-mails and the Tribal Energy Program newsletter, please join our e-mail list. Feel free to forward this information.

 


09/27/2011

Notification of Outreach on Plan EJ 2014 and the Nine Implementation Plans for Indigenous Environmental Justice Stakeholders

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is conducting outreach to Native Hawaiians, state-recognized tribes, indigenous grassroots organizations, communities, tribal colleges, individuals and others interested indigenous stakeholders to obtain input on EPA’s Plan EJ 2014 and the nine Implementation Plans. Please note the Agency is planning separate tribal consultation sessions with federally recognized tribes. EPA’s timeline for obtaining input is September 21 – November 21, 2011. Plan EJ 2014, and the nine Implementation Plans, are available on EPA’s environmental justice website: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/plan-ej/index.html.

Input EPA is Seeking

· What changes or additions do indigenous stakeholders suggest for the “strategies” identified in each of the nine Implementation Plans?
· What outcome measures should EPA include in the Implementation Plans?
· How can the EPA improve the communication of updates to Plan EJ 2014 with indigenous stakeholders?
· What tools or practices would be more effective for EPA to use to implement Plan EJ 2014 in Indian country, and for indigenous peoples throughout the United States?

EPA invites interested parties to participate in the Plan EJ 2014 indigenous stakeholders webinar/conference call planned for Thursday, October 13, 2011, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). The conference call line is: 1-866-299-3188, access code: 2025642597#.

To register for the webinar/conference call, please visit the following website:


Thursday, October 13, 2011, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/926713472

Please do not hesitate to contact your regional environmental justice offices, as well as the following Agency representative:

Danny Gogal                                        Office of Environmental Justice (MC 2201-A)
Phone: 202.564.2576                          US Environmental Protection Agency
Email: gogal.danny@epa.gov               Washington, DC

 

Get up-to-date information about upcoming meetings, events, and other environmental justice topics and activities. Sign up for the EPA-EJ Listserv.

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U. S. Department of Energy

Tribal Energy Program

Take the Native American Youth Challenge
Deadline: September 30, 2011

Are you doing extraordinary things to make a difference for your tribe, village, or community?  President Obama wants to hear about what you are doing to help give Indian Country a brighter future. Take the Native American Youth Challenge and share your stories of service or leadership.

By taking this challenge and sharing your story, you could be selected to join a group of exceptional Native youth community leaders who will be invited to the White House this fall in conjunction with the activities of Native American Heritage Month.* Your story could also be one of a number of compelling stories that will be featured on the White House website.


To see President Obama's video on this opportunity, visit the White House website.

Requirements for Submitting Your Story of Service or Leadership

·You must be age 13-25.
·You must tell your story in 250 words or less.
·Your story must be submitted by September 30, 2011.
·Your submission may be about yourself or another leader in your community; however, the person who writes the story must be age 25 or younger.
·Your submissions should include a description of the leadership or community activity, the number of people involved or impacted, key examples of success, and barriers or challenges for the leadership efforts and how they were overcome.

* Any individuals invited to the White House wil be responsible for obtaining their own travel and lodging.

President Obama has challenged us all to help win the future by out-educating, out-innovating, and out-building our competitors in the 21st century. Everyone has a part to play, and everyone has a story to tell.

Take the Native American Youth Challenge and submit your story today at Whitehouse.gov.

 

 


09/22/2011

 

Implementation of the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard

The purpose of this memorandum is to clarify for state and local air agenices the status of the ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) and to outline implementation steps moving forward.

For the complete document click here.

 


09/14/2011

SUBJECT: Webinar on Tribal New Source Review Implementation

EPA will be conducting a webinar on the Implementation of the Tribal New Source Review (NSR) Program. NSR is a Clean Air Act program commonly known as the “preconstruction air permitting program” that requires industrial facilities to install modern pollution control equipment when they are built or when making a change that increases emissions significantly.

The Tribal New Source Review rule finalizes a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) for the major NSR program in nonattainment areas and the minor NSR program for both attainment and nonattainment areas in Indian country. For a rule fact sheet, go to http://epa.gov/nsr/tribalnsr/20110613tribalnsrfs.pdf

A copy of the Federal Register notice can be found at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-07-01/pdf/2011-14981.pdf.

This webinar is open to tribal communities interested in knowing more about plans for implementing the rule. Please forward this note if you know of anyone that may be interested in this training.

WEBINAR
TOPIC: NSR Implementation
DATE: Wednesday, October 5, 2011
TIME: (EDT) 1:00 - 3:00 PM; (CMT) 12:00 - 2:00 PM; (MST) 11:00 - 1:00 pm; (PT)10:00-12:00 PM
REGISTRATION: To reserve your webinar seat now, please visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/314993609

The topics covered in this webinar will include:
· TIP/TAS/Delegation
· Tribal Roles in Implementing NSR
· Tribal Decision Making Process
· Implementation of Guidance

Presentation materials will be available on September 29, 2011 at http://www.epa.gov/air/tribal/tribalnsr.html. If you have any questions about the presentation material, please email them ahead of time to Laura McKelvey at mckelvey.laura@epa.gov. Questions that are of general interest to all will be addressed at the beginning of the question and answer session during the webinar.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

To ensure your seat, please register for each webinar at least 24 hours in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the session. Please plan to join the webinar at least 10 minutes prior to the start time so that we may begin on time. Note: in addition to joining the webinar through the computer link provided at registration, you will also need to call the toll free phone number and enter the access code (also provided when you register). The phone line will be muted during the presentation but open for questions after the presentation is over.

 


09/13/2011

EPA State and Local Climate and Energy

September 2011 – Nearly $155 Million in Federal Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments


This message announces the availability of nearly $155 million in current or upcoming funding opportunities for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including energy efficiency, regional planning, and renewable energy. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below. For more information visit: http://www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate

*** DOC Economic Development Administration Public Works, Economic Adjustment, and Global Climate Change Mitigation Programs Opportunity – Likely ~$25 million
Application Due: September 15, 2011
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, nonprofits, private institutions of higher education

This grant program supports projects that foster economic competitiveness while enhancing environmental quality. The funds will be used to advance the green economy by supporting projects that create jobs through—and increase—private capital investment in initiatives to limit the nation's dependence on fossil fuels, enhance energy efficiency, curb greenhouse gas emissions, and protect natural systems. Available funding is likely to be near $25 million. For more info, including regional contacts, go to: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=58457.

*** HUD’s FY2011 Community Challenge Planning Grant Program– $28 million
Application Due: September 16, 2011
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, including U.S. territories, tribal governments, political subdivisions of state or local governments, and multi-state or multijurisdictional groupings.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s $28 million Community Challenge Planning Grant Program fosters reform and reduces barriers to achieving affordable, economically vital, and sustainable communities. Such efforts may include amending or replacing local master plans, zoning codes, and building codes, either on a jurisdiction-wide basis or in a specific neighborhood, district, corridor, or sector to promote mixed-use development, affordable housing, the reuse of older buildings and structures for new purposes, and similar activities with the goal of promoting sustainability at the local or neighborhood level. This program also supports the development of affordable housing through the development and adoption of inclusionary zoning ordinances and other activities to support planning implementation. For more information, visit http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/sustainable_housing_communities/HUD-DOT_Community_Challenge_Grants.

*** Model Forest Policy Program – 2012 Climate Solutions University: Forest and Water Strategies – $60K
Application Due: September 19, 2011
Eligible Entities: Local communities

The Model Forest Policy Program is now accepting applications for 2012 Climate Solutions University: Forest and Water Strategies. This program offers rural U.S. communities the opportunity to be part of climate adaptation solutions urgently needed across the country. Rural local governments are invited to apply. Six communities will be provided $10,000 scholarships. For more information and to apply, visit http://www.mfpp.org/csu/

*** NOAA FY 2010-FY2011 Broad Agency Announcement
Application Due: Sep 30, 2011
Eligible Entities: Individuals, state, local and Indian tribal governments. Institutions of higher education, nonprofits, commercial organizations, and international or foreign organizations or governments.

The NOAA FY 2010-FY2011 Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) requests proposals for special projects and programs associated with NOAA’s strategic plan and mission goals, as well as to provide the public with information and guidelines on how NOAA will select proposals and administer discretionary federal assistance under this BAA. This BAA is a mechanism to encourage research, education and outreach, innovative projects, or sponsorships that are not addressed through NOAA’s competitive discretionary programs. Funding for potential projects in this notice is contingent upon the availability of Fiscal Year 2010, Fiscal Year 2011 and Fiscal Year 2012 appropriations. Applicants are hereby given notice that funds have not yet been appropriated for any proposed activities in this notice. For more information, visit http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=L9nbTqxF2TYLQLdTypyqNnVsxpyNDXKnMWv5QJXQqF256Btmvqs4!1090492312?oppId=51101&mode=VIEW.

*** HUD’s Energy Innovation Fund – Multifamily Pilot Program – $25 million
Application Due: October 20, 2011
Eligible Entities: National, regional or local private or non-profit entities currently administering affordable housing development and rehabilitation programs; special purpose financing entities; nonprofit or for-profit organizations that own or control a portfolio of Eligible Multifamily Properties

HUD’s Office of Affordable Housing Preservation is issuing a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Multifamily Energy Innovation Fund. This fund provides a total of $25 million in grants to be used for the purpose of energy efficiency upgrades at multifamily properties. The overall objective of the Energy Innovation Fund is to help catalyze a home energy retrofit market in the United States by accelerating private investment in cost-saving energy efficiency retrofits in the residential sector. The Energy Innovation NOFA can be found at:
http://www.hud.gov/offices/adm/grants/nofa10/grpeif.cfm

*** EPA FY 2012 National Environmental Information Exchange Network Grant Program – $10 million
Application Due: November 4, 2011
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, U.S. territories, federally recognized tribes, others

EPA, states, tribes, and territories are working together to implement the Exchange Network, a secure, Internet- and standards-based way to support electronic data reporting, sharing, and integration of both regulatory and non-regulatory environmental data. The Exchange Network Grant Program provides funding to states, tribes, inter-tribal consortia, and territories to develop and implement the information technology and information management capabilities they need to actively participate in the Exchange Network. This grant program supports the exchange of environmental data and collaborative work within the Exchange Network. Grantees may also use grant funds for the standardization, exchange and integration of geospatial information to support work to preserve and improve the environment, natural resources, and human health. In FY 2012, EPA expects to award about $10,000,000 for 40 to 50 grants of up to $350,000. The exact number of grants will depend on the final amount of EPA’s appropriation for the grant program, the number of applications submitted to EPA by the application deadline, the amounts of proposed budgets, and the outcome of application reviews. For more information, visit http://www.epa.gov/exchangenetwork/grants/index.html

*** HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program Advance Notice – $67 million
HUD has released advance notice of funding for the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program. This program supports metropolitan and multijurisdictional planning efforts that integrate housing, land use, economic and workforce development, transportation, and infrastructure investments in a manner that empowers jurisdictions to consider the interdependent challenges of economic competitiveness and revitalization; (social equity, inclusion, and access to opportunity; energy use and climate change; and public health and environmental impact. HUD is not yet receiving preapplications or applications. Specific questions regarding program requirements should be directed to sustainablecommunities@hud.gov or through www.hud.gov/sustainability. To download the advance notice of requirements, visit http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=ascrp01nofa.pdf

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US EPA Region 9 is accepting applications for a Supervisory position in the Communities and Ecosystems Division, Tribal Program Office. As manager of the Tribal Program office in the Communities and Ecosystems Division, you will:

supervise a staff of 11 to 12 people, who as grant project officers award more than $15 million annually in grants to approximately 130 tribes and tribal consortia to develop their environmental capacity (each staff member has liaison or coordination responsibilities with the other divisions and programs in the region, or lead responsibilities for the four Regional Tribal Operations Committee meetings each year, Annual Tribal Conference, annual accomplishments report, Tribal Consultation Policy, or General Assistance Program grant awards);

consult with the other divisions and programs in the region to coordinate the work on Indian Lands;
coordinate policy development and implementation with the other regions and headquarters; and
work with senior tribal leaders to resolve issues.

ANNOUNCEMENT #: LV-R9-MP-2011-0069 (Merit Promotion - for applicants with federal status)
LV-R9-DE-2011-0031 (Delegated Examining - Open to Any Qualified U.S. Citizen)

POSITION: Supv Environmental Protection Specialist, GS-0028-14

OFFICE: Communities and Ecosystems Division, Tribal Program Office

LOCATION: Region 9 San Francisco, CA

OPENING DATE MP: 09/12/11 DE: 09/19/11

CLOSING DATE: MP: 09/23/11 DE: 09/23/11

For more information on these announcements, see the attached recruitment flyers.

To review the vacancy announcement and instructions on how to apply for the position visit the USA Jobs website.

 


09/08/2011

Department of Energy: Tribal Energy Program

Possible Funding Opportunities for Tribal Energy Projects
September 06, 2011

There are 22 funding notices included in the attachment. Please check each notice for eligibility, as many are not specific to tribes. Please direct questions to the contacts identified for each notice.

Issue 214! A huge thanks to Laurie Brown and the Washington State University (WSU) Extension Energy Program for distributing these solicitation newsletters for more than 12 years. Thank you, Laurie and WSU.

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 Energy Development, please visit our website.

If you did not receive this e-mail directly but would like to receive future e-mails and the Tribal Energy Program newsletter, please join our e-mail list.

Solicitation_Issue_214.pdf

 


09/06/2011

 

Statement by the President on the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards

Over the last two and half years, my administration, under the leadership of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, has taken some of the strongest actions since the enactment of the Clean Air Act four decades ago to protect our environment and the health of our families from air pollution. From reducing mercury and other toxic air pollution from outdated power plants to doubling the fuel efficiency of our cars and trucks, the historic steps we’ve taken will save tens of thousands of lives each year, remove over a billion tons of pollution from our air, and produce hundreds of billions of dollars in benefits for the American people.

At the same time, I have continued to underscore the importance of reducing regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty, particularly as our economy continues to recover. With that in mind, and after careful consideration, I have requested that Administrator Jackson withdraw the draft Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards at this time. Work is already underway to update a 2006 review of the science that will result in the reconsideration of the ozone standard in 2013. Ultimately, I did not support asking state and local governments to begin implementing a new standard that will soon be reconsidered.

I want to be clear: my commitment and the commitment of my administration to protecting public health and the environment is unwavering. I will continue to stand with the hardworking men and women at the EPA as they strive every day to hold polluters accountable and protect our families from harmful pollution. And my administration will continue to vigorously oppose efforts to weaken EPA’s authority under the Clean Air Act or dismantle the progress we have made.
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Statement by EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson on the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Since day one, under President Obama’s leadership, EPA has worked to ensure health protections for the American people, and has made tremendous progress to ensure that Clean Air Act standards protect all Americans by reducing our exposures to harmful air pollution like mercury, arsenic and carbon dioxide. This Administration has put in place some of the most important standards and safeguards for clean air in U.S. history: the most significant reduction of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide air pollution across state borders; a long-overdue proposal to finally cut mercury pollution from power plants; and the first-ever carbon pollution standards for cars and trucks. We will revisit the ozone standard, in compliance with the Clean Air Act.

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Department of Energy: Tribal Energy Program

National Service Agency Announces 2012 AmeriCorps Funding Opportunities
September 2, 2011

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) announces the availability of funding for AmeriCorps State and National and Indian Tribes Planning Grants. Planning grants support the development of AmeriCorps programs so the applicants are better prepared to compete for an AmeriCorps grant in the following grant cycle. The actual level of funding will be subject to the availability of annual appropriations, which have not been made. Applicants may apply for up to $50,000. Organizations applying for planning grants must not have previously received an AmeriCorps grant.
The 2012 AmeriCorps grant competition focuses on six different areas: economic opportunity, disaster services, healthy futures, education, veterans and military families, and environmental stewardship. The three grant opportunities include Indian Tribes Planning Grants, State and National Grants, and State and National Planning Grants.

The CNCS is seeking to target the focus areas of Education, Disaster Services, and Veterans and Military Families Focus Areas. The purpose of the grants is to support the development of AmeriCorps programs that will engage members in evidence-based interventions to solve community problems. Planning grants help support the development of AmeriCorps programs so that applicants are better prepared to compete for an AmeriCorps grant in the following grant cycle.
Organizations that are interested in using national service as a solution to problems are encouraged to apply for these grants. Public or private nonprofit organizations are eligible to compete for the three grant opportunities, including Indian tribes; faith-based and other community organizations; partnerships and consortia; intermediaries planning to subgrant funds; labor organizations; institutions of higher education; and states or territories.

Intent to Apply
Organizations applying for an AmeriCorps grant are encouraged to send an Intent to Apply via e-mail by December 15, 2011. E-mails can be sent to americorpsgrants@cnc.gov, and should include a statement of intent and the name of the Notice of Federal Funding Opportunity.

Deadline
Applications for any of the grants are due January 18, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and successful applicants will be notified by mid-April, 2012. Applicants must apply using eGrants, the web-based application system. Indian tribes may apply through state commissions, or directly to CNCS.

For More Information
For more information, contact AmeriCorps Grants at:
americorpsgrants@cnc.gov or 202-606-7508

Regards,

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

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Energy Development, please visit our website.
If you did not receive this e-mail directly but would like to receive future e-mails and the Tribal Energy Program newsletter, please join our e-mail list.

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Department of Energy: Tribal Energy Program

NMAI and Tribes Launch Environmental Website
September 2, 2011

Working in partnership with four Indian tribes, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) has launched a website that demonstrates how tribes use traditional culture, values, and indigenous knowledge in combination with science and technology to tackle environmental issues.

The site, called “American Indian Responses to Environmental Challenges" is designed to educate middle school and high school students and teachers. Visitors to the website can watch up to 20 different videos, explore images and objects from the museum’s collection, learn Native terms, and test their knowledge by taking quizzes. In addition, the site has an interactive element that enables students to document environmental issues of their own and upload their work to the website.

Environmental stewardship is a deeply held Native cultural value that remains important to many American Indians to this day. The website shows visitors how American Indian communities are dealing with contemporary environmental and cultural issues. The partnering tribes that assisted with this website are the Akwesasne Mohawk of New York, the Campo Kumeyaay Nation of California, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe of Minnesota, and the Lummi Nation of Washington.

For More Information

To learn more, visit the American Indian Responses to Environmental Challenges website.

Regards,

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

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Energy Development, please visit our website.
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08/23/2011

 

Comprehensive settlement to improve environmental conditions at 164 DOI schools in Indian Country, benefitting more than 40,000 students

 

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a comprehensive settlement with the Department of the Interior (DOI) to address alleged violations of waste, water, air, toxics and community right-to-know laws at schools and public water systems in Indian Country owned, operated, or the legal responsibility of DOI’s Indian Affairs Office. The settlement will protect student’s health and the health of communities in Indian Country by reducing potential exposure to environmental hazards.

For more information click here.

 

 


08/17/2011

Webinar for Tribes on Winning Utility Renewable RFPs

Wednesday, August 17
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Mountain Time

Join Western Area Power Administration (Western) and the DOE Tribal Energy Program today, August 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mountain Time for a FREE webinar on Challenges and Opportunities with Tribal Renewable Energy Development. This webinar is for tribes that are interested in responding to renewable requests for proposals (RFPs) from utilities, or that simply want to learn more about the competitive power market.

At any given time, utilities across Western's 15-state service area are issuing RFPs for renewable energy and accompanying renewable energy certificates. Western would like more Tribal renewable projects online resulting from utility RFPs. This webinar will examine what utilities expect in a responsive tribal proposal to a renewable RFP; examine the challenges and opportunities with tribal renewable project development, including challenges with transmission interconnection and availability; discuss ideas from the utility’s perspective on how tribal renewable projects could be more successful; learn about key elements that comprise a winning strategic partnerships between tribes and developers; and explore how Western and the DOE Tribal Energy Program could assist tribes to be more successful with renewable project development.

For the full announcement, see http://esnews.wapa.gov/wordpress/?p=884.

Register online at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/406514510, or contact Guy Nelson at 541-994-4670 or 541-921-1127 for more information. Due to limited space, early registration is STRONGLY encouraged.

Upcoming Transmission Planning Webinars for Tribes

On August 18th and September 1st, Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) will host informational webinars to:

Introduce tribal leaders to the Regional Transmission Expansion Planning process
Provide an overview of “Environmental Recommendations for Transmission Planning” and the Environmental Data Task Force process
Provide an overview of WECC’s 10-Year Regional Transmission Plan.

Both webinars will have the same content. WECC’s goals for these webinars are to acquaint Tribal leaders and representatives with major transmission planning initiatives that are active in the Western Interconnection and to explore ways that they can collaborate more effectively with Tribes in the West.

Attached are meeting announcements for the two upcoming webinars.

RTEP Planning Process 18 August 2011

RTEP Planning Process 1 September 2011

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

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

 

 


08/10/2011

EPA Webinar on Converting Food Waste to Energy, August 17

On Wednesday, August 17, 2011, from 1-2 pm (EDT), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership will host a webinar examining the anaerobic digestion of food waste to generate renewable energy.

Food waste is one of the most important materials to divert from landfills: as food decomposes it creates methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. In 2009, food waste was the largest category of municipal solid waste disposed, with more than 33 million tons of food waste sent to landfills. If half of the food waste generated each year were anaerobically digested, the amount of electricity generated could power more than 2.8 million average American homes for a year.

Anaerobic digestion can be performed at wastewater treatment plants, dairy digesters, or dedicated digesters for the organic portion of municipal solid waste. Anaerobic digestion produces two main products: biogas and a soil amendment. Biogas can be used for electricity generation, as a substitute for natural gas, or for vehicle fueling.

This webinar will explore how food scraps can be diverted from landfills and used to generate renewable energy. The webinar will review the environmental impacts associated with food waste disposal, the anaerobic digestion process, food waste collection programs, the use of biogas for energy, available EPA resources and tools, and the opportunities and hurdles associated with expanding the anaerobic digestion of food scraps. It will also highlight a unique partnership between the City of West Lafayette, Indiana and Purdue University whereby food scraps from the university’s cafeteria are sent to the city’s wastewater treatment plant to be used as an energy source.

Speakers include:

Blaine Collison, Program Director, U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership
Laura Moreno, Environmental Scientist, U.S. EPA, Pacific Southwest Region
David Henderson, Utility Director, West Lafayette, Indiana

Register for this webinar at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/450657026
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State 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: http://www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate

To subscribe to or unsubscribe from this listserv, go to: http://www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate/listservs/index.html

 

 


08/09/2011

Obama Administration Advances Efforts to Protect Health of U.S. Communities Overburdened by Pollution
Federal Agencies Sign Environmental Justice Memorandum of Understanding

WASHINGTON – Building on its commitment to ensuring strong protection from environmental and health hazards for all Americans, the Obama Administration today announced Federal agencies have agreed to develop environmental justice strategies to protect the health of people living in communities overburdened by pollution and provide the public with annual progress reports on their efforts. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder were joined by agency heads across the Administration in signing the “Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Justice and Executive Order 12898” (EJ MOU).

"All too often, low-income, minority and Native Americans live in the shadows of our society's worst pollution, facing disproportionate health impacts and greater obstacles to economic growth in communities that can’t attract businesses and new jobs. Expanding the conversation on environmentalism and working for environmental justice are some of my top priorities for the work of the EPA, and we're glad to have President Obama's leadership and the help of our federal partners in this important effort," said Jackson. "Every agency has a unique and important role to play in ensuring that all communities receive the health and environmental protections they deserve. Our broad collaboration will mean real progress for overburdened communities."

“All Americans deserve the opportunity to enjoy the health and economic benefits of a clean environment. Too many low-income and minority communities shoulder an unacceptable burden of pollution, affecting the health of American families and the economic potential of American communities, and the country as a whole,” said Sutley. "The Memorandum of Understanding helps integrate environmental justice into the missions of Federal agencies, demonstrating our commitment to ensuring America truly is a country of equal opportunity for all."

"Today's memorandum will reinforce the federal government’s commitment to the guiding principles of environmental justice - that the wealth, poverty, or race of any people should not determine the quality and health of the environment in which they live their lives,” said Holder. “These are important steps to ensure that environmental justice is an integral part of our work.”

"Today, we understand better than ever that our health is not just determined by what happens in the doctor’s office. It is affected by where we live, work, go to school and play, by what we eat and drink, and by the air we breathe,” said U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Katherine Sebelius. “HHS is committed to working with our partners across government to build healthy communities, especially in those areas burdened by environmental hazards."

“Every community deserves strong federal protection against pollution and other environmental hazards,” said U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. “The Department of the Interior is committed to ensuring environmental justice for all populations in the United States – including American Indians, Alaska Natives and rural communities who may be among the most vulnerable to health risks.”

“This agreement is an important step in furthering the Administration’s commitment to ensuring healthy communities for all Americans – free from environmental and health hazards,” said U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “The Department of Energy is aggressively investing in clean energy in order to improve the environment, strengthen the economy, save families money, and create the clean technology jobs of the future here at home.”

"No one should have to work in unhealthy or hazardous conditions," said U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis. "The Department of Labor is pleased to be part of this important initiative to ensure that vulnerable workers have access to information and can voice their concerns about
their working environment."

"Like so many things, environmental justice starts in the home, where families spend most of their time," said U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan. "Whether it's removing potentially dangerous lead-based paint from homes or helping to redevelop polluted brownfields, HUD is a critical part of the President's plan to protect the health of people living in environmentally challenged parts of our country."

Environmental justice means that all communities overburdened by pollution – particularly minority, low income and tribal communities – deserve the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards, equal access to the Federal decision-making process, and a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.

The signing of the EJ MOU is the latest in a series of steps the Obama Administration has taken to elevate the environmental justice conversation and address the inequities that may be present in some communities. Last September, Jackson and Sutley reconvened the Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice (EJ IWG) for the first time in more than a decade. In December, at the White House Environmental Justice Forum, Cabinet Secretaries and other senior Administration officials met with more than 100 environmental justice leaders from across the country to engage advocates on issues that are affecting their communities, including reducing air pollution, addressing health disparities, and capitalizing on emerging clean energy job opportunities. The EJ MOU reflects the dialogue, concerns and commitments made at the forum and other public events. Since her appointment, Jackson has also joined congressional leaders across the country to tour impacted communities and hear residents’ concerns.

The MOU advances agency responsibilities outlined in the 1994 Executive Order 12898, “Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations.” The Executive Order directs each of the named Federal agencies to make environmental justice part of its mission and to work with the other agencies on environmental justice issues as members of the EJ IWG. The EJ MOU broadens the reach of the EJ IWG to include participant agencies not originally named in Executive Order 12898 and adopts an EJ IWG charter, which provides the workgroup with more structure and direction. It also formalizes the environmental justice commitments that agencies have made over the past year, providing a roadmap for agencies to better coordinate their efforts. Specific areas of focus include considering the environmental justice impacts of climate adaptation and commercial transportation, and strengthening environmental justice efforts under the National Environmental Policy Act and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The MOU also outlines processes and procedures to help overburdened communities more efficiently and effectively engage agencies as they make decisions.

The following agencies signed the EJ MOU: Environmental Protection Agency; White House Council on Environmental Quality; Department of Health and Human Services; Department of Justice; Department of Agriculture; Department of Commerce; Department of Defense; Department of Education; Department of Energy; Department of Homeland Security; Department of Housing and Urban Development; Department of Interior; Department of Labor; Department of Transportation; Department of Veterans Affairs; General Services Administration; and Small Business Administration.

Read the EJ MOU: http://epa.gov/environmentaljustice/resources/publications/interagency/ej-mou-2011-08.pdf

More information on the EJ IWG: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/ej/interagency/index.html

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HUD and EPA Grant Opportunities

The Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities (OSHC) administers three grant programs that help communities around the country achieve its mission of creating strong, sustainable communities by connecting housing to jobs, fostering local innovation, and helping to build a clean energy economy.

FY2011 Grants

Capacity Building for Sustainable Communities
Link: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/sustainable_housing_communities/capacity-building
This program, jointly funded by HUD and EPA, will identify intermediaries to provide additional assistance to the recipients of Sustainable Communities assistance from the two grant programs below.

Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants
Link: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/sustainable_housing_communities/sustainable_communities_regional_planning_grants
This program provides grants to help improve regional planning efforts that integrate housing and transportation decisions, and increase state, regional, and local capacity to incorporate livability, sustainability, and social equity values into land use plans and zoning. The program supports metropolitan and multi-jurisdictional planning efforts through a consortium-based model that brings together numerous groups to inform the planning process.

OSHC staff will hold a webcast on August 12th from 1-2pm EDT to give an overview of the FY2011 Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant NOFA. There will be opportunity for questions following the presentation. Please visit www.hud.gov/sustainability on that day for a link to the webcast.

Community Challenge Grants
Link: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/sustainable_housing_communities/HUD-DOT_Community_Challenge_Grants
The program provides grants to enable communities in fostering reform and reducing barriers to achieving affordable, economically vital, and sustainable communities. Such efforts may include amending or replacing local master plans, zoning codes, and building codes, either on a jurisdiction-wide basis or in a specific neighborhood, district, corridor, or sector to promote mixed-use development, affordable housing, the reuse of older buildings and structures for new purposes, and similar activities with the goal of promoting sustainability at the local or neighborhood level. This Program also supports the development of affordable housing through the development and adoption of inclusionary zoning ordinances and other activities such as acquisition of land for affordable housing projects.

OSHC staff will hold a webcast on August 11th from 3:30-4:30pm EDT to give an overview of the FY2011 Community Challenge Planning Grant NOFA. There will be opportunity for questions following the presentation. Please visit www.hud.gov/sustainability on that day for a link to the webcast.

 

 


08/02/2011

Proposed Amendments to Air Regulations for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry FACT SHEET - On July 28, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a suite of highly cost-effective regulations that would reduce harmful air pollution from the oil and natural gas industry while allowing continued, responsible growth in U.S. oil and natural gas production.

Addressing Air Emissions from the Oil and Natural Gas Industry presentation - An Overview of EPA’s Proposed New Source Performance Standards and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants.

 


07/26/2011

Administrator Jackson is fully committed to finalizing EPA’s reconsideration of the Clean Air Act health standard for ground level ozone. That reconsideration is currently going through interagency review led by OMB.

Following completion of this final step, EPA will finalize its reconsideration, but will not issue the final rule on July 29th, the date the agency had intended. We look forward to finalizing this standard shortly.

A new ozone standard will be based on the best science and meet the obligation established under the Clean Air Act to protect the health of the American people.

In implementing this new standard, EPA will use the long-standing flexibility in the Clean Air Act to consider costs, jobs and the economy.

 

 


07/21/2011

Tribal Energy Program: Take Advantage of Funding and Training Opportunities for Tribes

Funding Opportunities
There are 39 funding notices included in the attachment. Please check each notice for eligibility, as many are not specific to tribes. Questions should be directed to the contacts identified for each notice. A huge thanks to Laurie Brown and the Washington State University (WSU) Extention Energy Program for distributing these Solicitations newsletters for more than 12 years. Thank you, Laurie and WSU!

Upcoming Training

Tribal Renewable Energy Business Development and Financing
August 23-25, 2011
Renaissance Denver Hotel
3801 Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80207

Business and legal frameworks are necessary elements in developing and sustaining renewable energy projects. This workshop is designed to identify the business structures, financing methods, and legal and institutional frameworks needed to make planned projects (particularly larger ones) a reality. This unique course will help tribal leaders, tribal staff, and other interested parties understand the complexities of tribally owned, joint venture, or tax-leveraged energy projects, as well as provide tools and knowledge needed for tribal project development.

There is no registration fee for this meeting; however, advance registration is required to ensure adequate seating and food service. Travel and per diem are the individual's responsibility. For an agenda and lodging information, visit the Tribal Energy Program website.

Register for this meeting.

DOE Tribal Energy Program Review
SAVE THE DATE: November 14-18, 2011
Renaissance Denver Hotel
3801 Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80207

Our annual 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. Recognizing tribes' increasing interest in energy efficiency and renewable energy and the benefits of tribes learning from each other, we are opening up this meeting to Indian Country as a whole.

This is a unique forum that provides an excellent overview of the wide range of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under way in Indian Country. The 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.

Because human capacity is a focus of the Tribal Energy Program, you will also learn about our internship program and hear directly from young and inspiring Native American students about their experiences and summer projects.

The gathering will begin at 1 p.m. on Monday, November 14 and continue through noon on Friday, November 18, 2011. There is no registration fee; however; advance registration is required to ensure adequate seating and food service. Travel and per diem are the individual's responsibility.

For more information and updates, visit the Tribal Energy Program website.

Register for this meeting.

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 Renewable Energy Development, visit our website.

 

NABDI Accepting Applications for Tribal Economic Development Project Funding Through August 12, 2011

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to forward the following information, courtesy of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Division of Energy and Mineral Development.

The Native American Business Development Institute (NABDI) Grant Program is accepting applications for possible funding. Grants provide funding for technical assistance in the form of economic development feasibility studies or reservation-wide economic development plans performed by universities or colleges, private consulting firms, nonprofit entities, and others.

The primary objective of the proposed projects is to create jobs and foster economic activity within tribal communities. Projects must be on land held in trust or restricted fee by the federal government, and all proposed projects should be completed in one year.

Proposals should be submitted in digital format to Vic Christiansen at the Division of Economic Development by August 12, 2011.

For more information, please see the attached Federal Register Notice. If you have any questions, please e-mail Vic Christiansen or call him at 202-219-0739.

07-13-11NABDI_Solicitation.pdf

Regards,

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

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

If you did not receive this e-mail directly but would like to receive future e-mails and the Tribal Energy Program newsletter, please join our e-mail list.


07/19/2011

 

EPA is seeking nominations for Clean Air Excellence Awards --- Applications due August 24

To help recognize some of the most innovate and successful programs, projects, and technologies that reduce pollution and achieve cleaner air around the United States, EPA is accepting applications for the 12th Annual Clean Air Excellence Awards Program. The Clean Air Excellence Awards give national-level recognition to individuals and organizations that develop exceptional projects that help make the air healthier for everyone that breaths.

Applications are judged on five awards categories: (1) Clean Air Technology; (2) Community Action; (3) Education/Outreach (4) Regulatory/Policy Innovations; and (5) Transportation Efficiency Innovations. In addition to the five award categories, the Clean Air Excellence Award Program will recognize two special award categories: the Gregg Cooke Visionary Program Award, which recognizes an applicant that successfully blends two or more of the existing awards categories, and the Thomas W. Zosel Outstanding Individual Achievement Award, which recognizes one individual for their outstanding achievement, leadership, and commitment to promote clean air and achieve better air quality.

All applications for the awards must be sent to Pat Childers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at 202-564-1352 (Fax), mailing address: Office of Air and Radiation (6102A, 1200 Pennsylvania, Avenue, NW., Washington, D.C. 20004, postmarked by August 24th 2011.

Applications and more information about the awards and their criteria are available on the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee website: http://www.epa.gov/air/cleanairawards/index.html.

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Webinar on PM Health Effects from Wood Smoke, July 28, 2:00--3:00 pm Eastern Time

The US EPA will present a webinar featuring Dr. C Arden Pope III, Professor at Brigham Young University, on Thursday, July 28, 2011 from 2:00–3:00 pm EDT, on the health effects associated with particle pollution and wood smoke. Dr. Pope has collaborated on various human health effects studies that relate to short- and long-term air pollution exposure. He is considered one of the world’s most widely cited and recognized experts on the health effects of air pollution.

The webinar will answer questions such as:

Does particle pollution exposure affect children, women, and men the same?
How does exposure to particle pollution compare with cigarette smoking?
How small are fine particles?
Is there such a thing as "Killer Smog?"
Can short-term exposure contribute to acute coronary events?

If you would like the answers to these questions and others, please join us on July 28, 2:00–3:00 pm EDT.

To register, please visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/209975528.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Please plan to join the webinar a few minutes prior to the start time so that we may begin on time. Note that no phone line or microphone is needed for the webinar. You can hear the audio through the speakers on your computer. There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions at the end of Dr. Pope's presentation. You may use the “questions” function during the presentation to type and send in questions.

For more information on wood smoke and health effects, please visit: www.epa.gov/burnwise/healtheffects.html.

The webinar is open to state, tribal and local agencies and organizations interested in knowing more about the health effects associated with particle pollution emissions and wood smoke.

If you already have questions about particle pollution health effects, please email them ahead of time to finch.pat@epa.gov. Dr. Pope will try to respond to those questions sent ahead of time at the beginning of the question and answer session.

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www.epa.gov/burnwise



07/14/2011

Proposed NOx/SOx Secondary Air Quality Standards Informational Materials

Apologies for the late notice, but just wanted to flag that EPA has announced the proposed secondary air quality standards for nitrogen and sulfur oxides on July 13, 2011.

EPA is proposing to set two different secondary standards for each pollutant. We are proposing to:

  • Retain the current secondary standards for both pollutants
  • Set a new standard for each pollutant that is identical to the primary, health-based standards we finalized last year.

Although we have made significant progress in developing a multi-pollutant standard that would protect ecosystems, we do not yet have enough information to set a standard that specifically protects ecosystems, so we are also proposing to conduct a field pilot program to collect and analyze additional data and information.

Below are some of the materials for background purposes.

Thanks,

Laura McKelvey, Group Leader, Communities and Tribal Program Group, OAQPS, OAR, U. S. EPA

NOxSOx_Proposal_Fact_SheetV7.pdf

NOxSOx_NAAQS_Proposal_July2011_v6.pdf

 

 

 


07/13/2011

 

Webinar Series on New Source Review (NSR) Program for Tribes

EPA will be conducting three webinars on the New Source Review (NSR) Program as shown below. The first webinar in this series will focus on the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and the Nonattainment NSR (NA NSR). The second webinar will focus on the Minor NSR Program and the third webinar will be on the Implementation of the NSR rule.

NSR is a Clean Air Act program commonly known as the “preconstruction air permitting program” that requires industrial facilities to install modern pollution control equipment when they are built or when making a change that increases emissions significantly. The NSR is divided into three parts: the PSD, the NA NSR and the Minor NSR program.

EPA recently finalized a NSR rule that will establish the major NSR program in nonattainment areas and the minor NSR program for both attainment and nonattainment areas in Indian country. The purpose of these webinars is to inform and train tribal environmental professionals interested in knowing more about NSR and the rule or that will be in charge of implementing the rule.

The webinars will summarize the most relevant provisions of the PSD, major NA NSR and minor NSR programs and will provide the opportunity for participants to ask questions. Previous background on NSR would be very helpful, but not necessary.

Please forward this note if you know of any other tribal environmental professional that may be interested in this training.

Tribal NSR Webinar Series

WEBINAR #1
TOPIC: Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and the Nonattainment NSR (NA NSR)
DATE: July 20, 2011
TIME: (EDT)1:00 - 3:00 PM; (CMT)12:00 - 2:00 PM; (MST)11:00 - 1:00 pm; (PT)10:00 - 12:00 PM
REGISTRATION: To reserve your webinar seat now, please visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/401842016

This webinar’s areas of discussion will include:
· PSD (~45 minutes)
· Nonattainment major NSR rule (~45 minutes)
· Q & A’s (~30 minutes)

Click here for the presentation materials. If you have any questions about the presentation materials or the rule in general, please email them ahead of time to Jessica Montanez at montanez.jessica@epa.gov. If the question is of general interest to all, Jessica will respond to it at the beginning of the question and answer session.

WEBINAR #2
TOPIC: Minor NSR Program
DATE: July 25, 2011
TIME: (EDT)1:00 - 3:00 PM; (CMT)12:00 - 2:00 PM; (MST)11:00 - 1:00 pm; (PT)10:00 - 12:00 PM
REGISTRATION: To reserve your webinar seat now, please visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/637380617

This webinar’s area of discussion will include:
· Minor NSR rule (~1 hr. 30 minutes)
· Q & A’s (~30 minutes)

Click here for the presentation materials. If you have any questions about the presentation materials or the rule in general, please email them ahead of time to Jessica Montanez at montanez.jessica@epa.gov. If the question is of general interest to all, Jessica will respond to it at the beginning of the question and answer session.

WEBINAR #3
TOPIC: NSR Implementation
DATE: August 1, 2011
TIME: (EDT)1:00 - 4:00 PM; (CMT)12:00 - 3:00 PM; (MST)11:00 - 2:00 pm; (PT)10:00 - 1:00 PM
REGISTRATION: To reserve your webinar seat now, please visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/894095992

This webinar’s areas of discussion will include:
· TIP/TAS/Delegation
· Tribal Roles in Implementing NSR
· Tribal Decision Making Process
· Implementation of Guidance

Presentation materials will be available on July 27 at http://www.epa.gov/air/tribal/. If you have any questions about the presentation material, please email them ahead of time to Angel McCormack at mccormack.angel@epa.gov. If the question is of general interest to all, Angel will respond to it at the beginning of the question and answer session.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

To ensure your seat, please register for each webinar at least 24 hours in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the session. Please plan to join the webinar at least 10 minutes prior to the start time so that we may begin on time. Note: in addition to joining the webinar through the computer link provided at registration, you will also need to call the toll free phone number and enter the access code (also provided when you register). The phone line will be muted during the presentation but open for questions after the presentation is over.

For the rule fact sheet, go to http://epa.gov/nsr/tribalnsr/20110613tribalnsrfs.pdf.

A copy of the Federal Register notice can be found at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-07-01/pdf/2011-14981.pdf.

For more information about these webinars, please contact Toni Colón, 919-541-0069 or colon.toni@epa.gov.

Toni G. Colón
Community & Tribal Programs Group
Outreach & Information Division
Office of Air Quality Planning & Standards
Tel: (919) 541-0069
Fax: (919) 541-0942

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USDA Housing Preservation Grant

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announces the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Housing Preservation Grant Program. This program is available for residents of rural areas whose incomes fall into the low and very low income categories and who need assistance to repair or rehabilitate their homes. An area is considered rural if it is populated with 20,000 people or less. Urban area residents would not be eligible for the program. Nonprofits, local governments, and Native American tribes can receive the grant funding to repair the properties of these residents. Grant funding is not provided to individuals.

The deadline to submit the pre-application is August 22, 2011.

NOFA - Housing Preservation Grants

Notice of Funding Availability: Section 533 Housing Preservation Grants for Fiscal Year 2011.

FY 2011 Pre-application for Housing Preservation Grants

The Section 533 HPG Pre-application form may be accessed from this site and submitted electronically. You may also contact the State Office in the state the project is located for hard-copy forms. Hard copy pre-applications and additional materials can be mailed to the State Office with your complete application package.

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Update and Conference Call on Waters of the U.S. Draft Guidance

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host a one-hour call for public health and environmental justice organizations on Monday, July 18th, at 3:30 PM EDT to discuss the draft guidance for determining whether a waterway, water body, or wetland is protected by the Clean Water Act. This guidance, known as the Draft Guidance on Identifying Waters Protected by the Clean Water Act, was jointly prepared by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Clean water serves everyone, from families who want safe places to swim, to fishermen who want to know their catch is safe to eat, to farmers who rely on it to grow their crops, and everyone in between. About 117 million Americans – more than one-third of the U.S. population – get their drinking water in part from water sources that lack clear protection from pollution.

In this draft guidance, we are focusing on returning protections to smaller waters that feed into larger ones, to keep downstream water safe from upstream pollutants. And we are reaffirming protection for wetlands that filter pollution and store water, and help keep communities safe from floods.

We encourage you to review the draft guidance and other background material in preparation for the call (see link). The EPA and the ACE have extended the public comment period by 30 days for the draft guidance. The draft guidance is now available for public comment until July 31, 2011.

We look forward to discussing this important issue with you and answering any questions that you may have.

Please reserve this time on your calendar to join us.

Conference Call Information

Date: July 18, 2011
Time: 3:30 PM EDT
Speakers: Nancy Stoner, Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Water; David Evans, Director, Wetlands Division, Office of Wetlands, Oceans & Watersheds, Office of Water
Dial-in Number: 1-877-290-8017
Conference ID#: 81996907

For more information about the Clean Water Act definition of "Waters of the United States": http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/guidance/wetlands/CWAwaters.cfm

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National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities - Call for Nominations

The National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA), a public-private initiative is accepting nominations for membership on Regional Health Equity Councils (RHEC). Nominations will be accepted until July 18 2011. For additional information and details about the nomination process, please visit the following website: http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/npa/templates/browse.aspx?lvl=1&lvlid=42

About the NPA
The mission of the NPA is to increase the effectiveness of programs that target the elimination of health disparities through the coordination of partners, leaders, and stakeholders who share the same goals and vision and who are committed to action. The NPA seeks to mobilize a nationwide, comprehensive, community-driven, and sustained approach to combating health disparities and to move the nation toward achieving health equity. The partnership's organizational structure currently includes a Federal Interagency Health Equity Team (FIHET) including EPA, and 10 RHECs that will be comprised of community and other stakeholder group representatives.

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07/12/2011

Webcast Today on Energy Efficiency in Municipal Operations

Join us on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at 2 PM (EDT) for a Webcast on Energy Efficiency in Municipal Operations

Did you know that energy used by commercial and industrial buildings in the United States is responsible for nearly 50 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions? By improving their energy efficiency, local governments can gain substantial energy cost savings, demonstrate energy and environmental leadership, and raise public awareness of the benefits of energy efficiency to reduce GHG emissions.

This Local Climate and Energy Webcast will provide an overview of how local governments can plan, implement, and evaluate projects to reduce the energy consumption and GHG emissions of their buildings.

The Webcast will cover:

  • Lead by example activities for local governments;
  • ENERGY STAR tools, resources, and examples; and
  • Case studies of energy efficiency in local government buildings, featuring EPA's Climate Showcase Communities.

Register at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/663615099
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http://www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate

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EPA Process and Policy Guidance Consultation Letter

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is initiating consultation and coordination with federally-recognized Indian tribes on two guidance documents for EPA’s Regional Offices regarding the inclusion of tribes in the process of designating areas following the completion of a National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS).

EPA Process and Policy Guidance Consultation Letter.pdf

 

 


07/07/2011

Tribal Business Development and Financing

Denver, Colorado
August 23-25, 2011

Business and legal frameworks are necessary elements in developing and sustaining renewable energy projects. This workshop is designed to identify the business structures, financing methods, and legal and institutional frameworks needed to make planned projects (particularly larger ones) a reality.

This unique course will help tribal leaders, tribal staffs, and other interested parties understand the complexities of tribally owned, joint venture, and tax-leveraged energy projects. In addition, it will provide the tools and knowledge needed for tribal project development.

Registration
There is no registration fee for this meeting; however, advance registration is required to ensure adequate seating and food service. Visit the Tribal Energy Program website to register online.

Lodging
Renaissance Hotel Denver
3801 Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80207
Room rate: $141 per night (government per diem)

The deadline for hotel reservations is August 5, 2011. After this date, we will be unable to guarantee rate or availability. To make hotel reservations, call the hotel directly at 303-399-7500 or Mariott Reservations at 1-888-228-9290. When booking your reservation, be sure to ask for the discounted group room rate for the "National Renewable Energy Laboratory."
Regards,

DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Boulevard
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov
For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Energy Development, please visit our website.

 


07/06/2011

Tribal Listening Session on
Plan EJ 2014: Considering Environmental Justice in Permitting

Conference ID # 81633506

Participant Dial-In Number(s):
*Operator Assisted Toll-Free Dial-In Number: (877) 290-8017

Session for Tribal Governments, Tribal Businesses and Tribal Members and Representatives
Thursday, July 7, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm EST

Purpose of the Listening Sessions: The listening sessions will provide an opportunity for speakers to convey to EPA ideas, concerns and recommendations in connection with EPA’s EJ Permitting Initiative. The comments will inform EPA’s work on the EJ permitting initiative going forward.

Suggested topics for comment at the upcoming Tribal Listening Session are:

  • To what extent should tribal communities be considered environmental justice communities in the context of the EJ permitting initiative?
  • What ideas do you have for tools or mechanisms to assist in incorporating EJ into permitting, or better representing tribal interests in permitting?
  • In light of your experience with environmental justice issues in the context of a facility permit, what are your successes and lessons learned?
  • Do you have recommendations on how EPA can engage tribal governments and tribal communities, accounting for the diversity of tribal communities and the sovereignty of tribal nations?
  • What permits (e.g., the type and location) should EPA focus on in the initiative?
  • Some states have developed programs addressing EJ in Permitting. For example, Connecticut and Illinois:
  • Do you have any recommendation for the EPA initiative based on the state programs?

For Additional Information or Questions, please contact ejpermitting@epa.gov.

Original Announcement posted 06/28/2011 below.

 


06/30/2011

NOTICE: Director, American Indian Center - Job Opening

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the American Indian Center,
which was established in 2006. The successful candidate will enjoy the opportunity to link the richness of American Indian nations and
communities with the strengths of Carolina's research, education, and teaching.

This campus-wide Center advances the University's overall mission by creating an environment in which research and teaching related to
American Indians is strengthened, nurtured, and applied in service to the public. North Carolina is home to the largest Native population in
the eastern United States, and the Center serves as the University's front door to American Indian communities across the state and the
nation. The Center enables Carolina, as the University of the People, to truly serve the First People of North Carolina. The Center advances
campus diversity and dialogue by facilitating the inclusion of American Indian perspectives, enriching the learning environment of the entire
University.

The Director of the American Indian Center has overall responsibility for the activities, programs, and operations of the Center. Specific
responsibilities include the following:

* Strategic planning and research development. In collaboration with University and community colleagues, the Director gathers information on institutional and public priorities, establishes a shared vision and purpose, and stimulates responsive and innovative programs of research, instruction, and outreach.

* Program development, implementation, and evaluation. The Director oversees the planning and implementation of the Center's programs and scholarly activities, which involve collaborations among faculty, staff, students, and community members and agencies. Ongoing evaluation of programs and activities is an essential responsibility to ensure accountability, documentation of impact, and continuous improvement. The Director leads efforts to generate support for the Center's research, programs, and activities through grants and donations.

* Outreach and partnership development. The Director is responsible for scholarly engagement with Native nations and communities within the state and beyond. The person in this position collaborates with faculty, staff, administrators, and students from all areas of the campus as well as with alumni and community partners. The American Indian Center links communities with the research and academic programs of the University.

* Fiscal and administrative oversight. The Director is responsible for sound financial management of the Center and its programs. The Director prepares budgets, follows accepted fiscal practices, and provides timely reports and financial analyses. He or she promotes the financial wellbeing and economic stability of the Center and secures resources through which the goals of the Center are accomplished. The Director effectively supervises staff, promoting teamwork and open communication, fostering a culture of scholarly engagement and service, evaluating performance, and providing opportunities for recognition, training, and professional development.

The position requires significant experience and achievement in program leadership and administration and a minimum of a Master's degree, with
doctorate strongly preferred. The successful candidate will be committed to engagement with Native nations and communities and will be
able to communicate effectively and build relationships with a wide variety of partners and constituents. The Director must demonstrate
many of the following qualifications: visionary leadership; extensive knowledge of American Indian perspectives; strong managerial, fiscal,
and administrative abilities; an understanding of academic culture, policies, and procedures typical of major public research universities;
experience with academic outreach and community engagement; fundraising ability and entrepreneurship; ability to garner the support of
volunteers and appreciate their contributions; passion and drive for the goals of the Center.

The Director reports to the Provost through the Associate Provost for Academic Initiatives, and prepares and transmits to the Associate
Provost an annual budget and annual assessments of the Center's and Director's activities. The Center's internal and external advisory
boards support the Director in achieving the goals of the American Indian Center.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a comprehensive research-intensive university offering the highest academic quality and a
culture of achievement and collaboration. Chartered in 1789, UNC is the oldest state university in the United States. The University enrolls
29,390 students, and is ranked in the top five public national universities by U.S. News and World Report. The University's fourteen
colleges and schools provide instruction offering baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral programs, as well as programs in dentistry, medicine,
pharmacy, law, nursing, business, and other professions. The University is situated in one of the premier college communities in the nation.

To apply, go to http://jobs.unc.edu/2501359. Inquiries may be addressed to Dr. Todd Boyette, Chair, American Indian Center Director Search
Committee, at tboy@email.unc.edu or 919-843-2085.

Nominations may be addressed to Dr. Boyette, c/o Debbie Stevenson, 104 South Building, CB# 3000, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3000 or Debbie_stevenson@unc.edu.

Review of applications will begin August 1, 2011, and continue until the position is filled. Anticipated start date is October 1, 2011, but is
negotiable. This is an at-will EPA-Non Faculty position with the possibility of an adjunct faculty appointment.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This email is sponsored by: Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor

 


06/28/2011

 

Tribal Listening Session on
Plan EJ 2014: Considering Environmental Justice in Permitting

Environmental Justice is one of Administrator Lisa P. Jackson's top priorities for EPA. Plan EJ 2014 is EPA's roadmap for carrying out the Administrator's priority.

As laid out in the ‘Plan EJ 2014 Considering Environmental Justice in Permitting’ draft implementation plan, EPA is examining ways to better integrate environmental justice considerations into the permits issued under the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act and other federal environmental laws. A crucial step in this process is for EPA to get feedback from individuals and organizations that have experience and an interest in this issue on the focus and outcomes of the initiative. Accordingly, EPA has scheduled six Listening Sessions, organized by stakeholder group, to provide an opportunity for those stakeholders to express their views on the initiative.

Suggested topics for comment at the upcoming Tribal Listening Session are:

  • To what extent should tribal communities be considered environmental justice communities in the context of the EJ permitting initiative?
  • What ideas do you have for tools or mechanisms to assist in incorporating EJ into permitting, or better representing tribal interests in permitting?
  • In light of your experience with environmental justice issues in the context of a facility permit, what are your successes and lessons learned?
  • Do you have recommendations on how EPA can engage tribal governments and tribal communities, accounting for the diversity of tribal communities and the sovereignty of tribal nations?
  • What permits (e.g., the type and location) should EPA focus on in the initiative?
  • Some states have developed programs addressing EJ in Permitting. For example, Connecticut and Illinois:
  • Do you have any recommendation for the EPA initiative based on the state programs?

Session for Tribal Governments, Tribal Businesses and Tribal Members and Representatives
Thursday, July 7, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm EST

Please send an email to ejpermitting@epa.gov with the header “July 7 Tribal Listening Session” by July 6 if you plan on calling in. Then you will receive the call-in number via email.

Purpose of the Listening Sessions: The listening sessions will provide an opportunity for speakers to convey to EPA ideas, concerns and recommendations in connection with EPA’s EJ Permitting Initiative. The comments will inform EPA’s work on the EJ permitting initiative going forward.

How the Listening Sessions Will Work: EPA has designed a process to allow EPA to hear from as many organizations and individuals as possible. Each Listening Session will focus on a particular stakeholder group. To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to share their views, we ask that only members of that particular stakeholder group ask to speak and only one representative of a particular organization provide remarks during the Listening Session. Individuals that are not able to speak on the call can submit written comments before and after the Listening Sessions. A recording and transcript of every listening session will be available on the EJ website after the sessions.

To Submit Written Comments
We welcome written comments before or after the Listening Sessions. The deadline for submitting written comments is July 8, 2011. Please submit written comments via email to ejpermitting@epa.gov.
For Additional Information or Questions, please contact ejpermitting@epa.gov.

 

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Dear NTAA Executive Committee:

On behalf of OAR I am pleased to attach the document Janet McCabe mentioned at last week's NTF in Washington state. The draft document summarizes the major activities being undertaken throughout the Office of Air and Radiation (including the Offices of Transportation Air Quality, Radiation and Indoor Air, Air Quality Planning and Standards and, Atmospheric Programs). While not meant to be comprehensive, it does detail outputs and deliverables that we are committed to accomplishing this fiscal year.

Many of the activities are already underway, but we encourage and welcome your input. This is a draft document and we can certainly make adjustments based on your input. This also presents a good opportunity to include your comments as we prepare for new, continuing and ongoing activities in FY12 starting October 1, so we hope to hear from you with any comments. We do plan to share this widely, so feel free to distribute this draft.

Janet also wishes to express her appreciation to everyone who planned and participated in the NTF. She was very impressed with all the air quality work undertaken by and for tribes nationwide.

thanks.....Darrel

OAR Tribal Activities Summary draftb 6_11.pdf

visit http://www.epa.gov/air/tribal for news and information

Join the TribalAir listserver community at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Tribalair/

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C. Darrel Harmon
Senior Indian Program Manager
US EPA - Office of Air and Radiation
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. (6101A)
Washington D.C. 20460
202-564-7416 / fax 202-564-1408
harmon.darrel@epa.gov

Note: Overnight shippers will not deliver promptly unless you add: Ariel Rios North, Room 5426G

 


06/23/2011

Community Conference Call

Intended Audience: Environmental Justice and Tribal Communities or Organizations

When: Thursday, June 30, 2011

Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm EST

Conference Line: 1-866-299-3188; code: 919-541-0773#
(phone limited to 125 participants on a first-come first-serve basis)

Purpose:

To provide more information on upcoming activities in EPA’s Air Programs and foster a dialog with communities on their air quality issues. This call will provide an:

  • Overview of the Upcoming Air Rule for the Pulp and Paper Industry and other air quality rules
  • Discussion of the purpose and process for developing the Environmental Justice Community Learning Center
  • Opportunity for community members to ask questions regarding the topics discussed.

To register for the call/webinar: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/742361808. You Must register 24 hours before the webinar.

For more information about the conference call, contact Lena Epps-Price (epps-price.lena@epa.gov), (919) 541-5573.

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NTOC Reinvorgoration Documents

Hi: AIEO is undertaking an effort to reinvigorate the NTC/NTOC to improve and ensure tribal input and interaction with the highest levels
of EPA leadership.

They would really like to hear back from tribal representatives on how that system could be improved, particularly in response to the draft proposals and discussion documents attached below.

We would all appreciate any tribal input and encourage you to review and comment by the end of June in order to be able to move ahead at the July
NTOC meeting.

Please share and distribute widely.

Assessment Executive Summary

Proposed Path Forward

Purpose Statement

Tribal Letter

Send any comments to David Jones or me.

thanks.....Darrel

visit http://www.epa.gov/air/tribal for news and information

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C. Darrel Harmon
Senior Indian Program Manager
US EPA - Office of Air and Radiation
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. (6101A)
Washington D.C. 20460
202-564-7416 / fax 202-564-1408
harmon.darrel@epa.gov

David B. Jones
American Indian Environmental Office (MC 2690-M)
US Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460
(202) 564-4368
Fax: 202-564-0298


06/22/2011

EPA Extends Public Comment on Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

Extension will have no impact on timeline for finalizing standards


WASHINGTON -- In response to requests from members of Congress and to encourage additional public comment, EPA today extended the timeline for public input by 30 days on the proposed mercury and air toxics standards, an extension that will not alter the timeline for issuing the final standards in November 2011.

"EPA will put these long-overdue standards in effect in November, as planned. In our effort to be responsive to Congress and to build on the robust public comment process, we will extend the timeline for public input by 30 days, which will not impact the timeline for issuing the final standards," said Administrator Jackson. "These standards are critically important to the health of the American people and will leverage technology already in use at over half of the nation’s coal power plants to slash emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants. When these new standards are finalized, they will assist in preventing 11,000 heart attacks, 17,000 premature deaths, 120,000 cases of childhood asthma symptoms and approximately 11,000 fewer cases of acute bronchitis among children each year. Hospital visits will be reduced and nearly 850,000 fewer days of work will be missed due to illness.”

EPA proposed the first ever national mercury and air toxics standards in March. The standards will be phased in over three years, and states have the ability to give facilities a fourth year to comply. Currently, more than half of all coal-fired power plants already deploy widely available pollution control technologies that are called for to meet these important standards. Once they are final in November, these standards will ensure the remaining coal-fired plants, roughly 44 percent, take similar steps to decrease dangerous pollutants.

More information on the mercury and air toxics standards: http://epa.gov/airquality/powerplanttoxics/

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EPA is presenting a series of training webinars on "How to Create a Successful Air Toxics Monitoring Project".

Materials for the class are currently located on the AMTIC site if you want a preview - http://www.epa.gov/ttn/amtic/airtox-daw-2011.html

Some of these materials may be updated prior to the training. You must register to participate in the training. You will receive information about how to call in when you register.

Dates are August 24, August 31, September 7 and September 14. All webinars will start at 1:30 eastern time, but you may log in earlier. There will be an hour presentation followed by 30 minutes of Q&A.

Topics covered by week are:
1. Overview of successful air toxics monitoring projects + getting started/setting project goals
2. Monitoring strategy and design
3. Collect and QC data plus data analysis and interpretation
4. Taking action and Summary

You will need to register separately for each session you plan on participating in.
Here are the links to the webinars:

8/24 1:30-3 PM eastern time: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/272896537

8/31 1:30-3 PM https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/594743064

9/7 1:30-3 PM https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/796103392

9/14 1:30-3 PM https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/614013824

Sessions will be recorded and posted on the AMTIC site.

If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Driscoll at driscoll.barbara@epa.gov

 

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Vacancy Announcement for Supervisory Physical Scientist (Director), GS-1301-15

The vacancy announcement for the following position is posted to open onUSA Jobs, OPM's on-line application system. To be considered for this position, applicants must apply on-line at the USAJobs.gov website by the closing date of the announcement and follow the vacancy announcement instructions for providing any applicable supplemental information.

ANNOUNCEMENT #: LV-OAR-MP-2011-0103 (Merit Promotion - for applicants with federal status)
LV-OARDE-2011-0111 (Delegated Examining - Open to Any Qualified U.S. Citizen)

POSITION: Supervisory Physical Scientist (Director), GS-1301-15

OFFICE: OAR/ORIA/RIENL

LOCATION: Las Vegas, NV

OPENING DATE: June 20, 2011

CLOSING DATE: July 11, 2011


To review the vacancy announcement and instructions on how to apply for the position visit the USA Jobs website.

Deborah Lafayette
Human Resources Specialist
Phone: (702) 798-2456
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, HR Shared Service Center
Human Resources Management Division - Las Vegas (Team Vegas)
Mail Address: Overnight/Fed-Ex Mail Address:
P.O. Box 98516 4220 S. Maryland Parkway, Building A, Suite 100
Las Vegas, NV 89193-8516 Las Vegas, Nevada 89119

 


06/14/2011

EPA rule improves clean-air permitting in Indian country

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized rules to ensure that Clean Air Act permitting requirements are applied consistently to facilities in Indian country to better protect the health of people living near them. This action will provide tribes with the tools they need to ensure that newly built or expanding facilities meet these requirements, while giving industries the flexibility to choose the most practical and cost effective way to do so. These sensible steps were developed after considering public input from key stakeholders including tribes, industry, and states. Pollutants covered under these permits, such as sulfur dioxide and particles, can cause a number of serious health problems including aggravated asthma, increased emergency room visits, heart attacks and premature death.

For more information: http://www.epa.gov/nsr

Fact Sheet: Review of New Sources and Modifications in Indian Country

 


6/09/2011

 

EPA Webinar June 15 - Guidance Development on Permitting the Use of Diesel Fuels in Hydraulic Fracturing

EPA is hosting a public informational webinar on June 15, 2011, from 2:00 - 5:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time, to discuss and to solicit input on a guidance the Agency is developing to assist the Underground Injection Control Program in issuing permits for the use of diesel fuels in oil and gas hydraulic fracturing. The webinar is open to the public, and all interested stakeholders are invited to attend. Stakeholders interested in attending the webinar are invited to pre-register at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/854776506 at least three (3) days in advance. Pre-registering for the meeting will allow EPA to improve meeting planning.

The webinar will begin with a presentation by the EPA Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water on the Underground Injection Control program and possible approaches the Agency may recommend in a guidance for permitting the use of diesel fuels in hydraulic fracturing activities related to oil and natural gas extraction. EPA will answer questions and take comments submitted by webinar attendees for the remainder of the webinar.

Persons who are successfully registered for the webinar may:

1. submit questions and comments to EPA during the online registration process and during the webinar, or
2. submit written comments to hydraulic.fracturing@epa.gov by June 29, 2011.

Due to time limits, EPA may not be able to answer every question submitted during the registration process and during the webinar. Persons wishing to contribute written comments to EPA regarding the development of permitting guidance for oil and gas hydraulic fracturing activities using diesel fuels may also send written comments to hydraulic.fracturing@epa.gov with the words "Diesel Fuels Guidance Comments" in the subject line by June 29, 2011. EPA will not provide individual responses to written comments received by email.


For more information and registration link, please see http://www.epa.gov/hydraulicfracturing.
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06/02/2011

EPA will have an EJ Permitting Listening Session on June 13 for tribal governments, businesses and community members. We realize that there is a possible scheduling conflict for tribal representatives attending the National Tribal Air Forum on Air Quality. The tribal listening session was not intentionally scheduled to conflict with this meeting. Tribal representatives that are unable to attend the tribal listening session are encouraged to submit written comments to ejpermitting@epa.gov until June 30 or attend another listening session. If tribal representatives have still not been able to submit comments via a listening session or through written comments, EPA will consider hosting an additional call for those unable to submit comments previously.

Listening Sessions on
Plan EJ 2014: Considering Environmental Justice in Permitting

Environmental Justice is one of Administrator Lisa P. Jackson's top priorities for EPA. Plan EJ 2014 is EPA's roadmap for carrying out the Administrator's priority.
As laid out in the ‘Plan EJ 2014 Considering Environmental Justice in Permitting’ draft implementation plan, EPA is examining ways to better integrate environmental justice considerations into the permits issued under the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act and other environmental laws. A crucial step in this process is for EPA to get feedback from individuals and organizations that have experience and an interest in this issue on the focus and outcomes of the initiative. Accordingly, EPA has scheduled six Listening Sessions, organized by stakeholder group, to provide an opportunity for those stakeholders to express their views on the initiative.

Suggested topics for comment are:

· What ideas do you have for tools or mechanisms to assist in incorporating EJ into permitting?
· In light of your experience with environmental justice issues in the context of a facility permit, what are your successes and lessons learned?
· What permits (e.g., the type and location) should EPA focus on in the initiative?
· Some states have developed programs addressing EJ in Permitting. For example, Connecticut and Indiana:

o www.ct.gov/dep/environmentaljustice (Connecticut)
o http://www.epa.state.il.us/environmental-justice/public-participation-policy.pdf (Illinois)

· Do you have any recommendation for the EPA initiative based on the state programs?

Schedule for Listening Sessions:

Tribes: Governments, Communities, Businesses
June 13, 2011, 2 pm to 3 pm EST
Call In Number: (877) 290-8017 Conference ID # 71564865

Purpose of the Listening Sessions: The listening sessions will provide an opportunity for speakers to convey to EPA ideas, concerns and recommendations in connection with EPA’s EJ Permitting Initiative. These Listening Sessions are intended as opportunities for EPA to listen to you, therefore EPA will not be responding to comments on the call. The comments will inform EPA’s work on the EJ permitting initiative going forward.

How the Listening Sessions Will Work: EPA has designed a process to allow EPA to hear from as many organizations and individuals as possible. Each Listening Session will focus on a particular stakeholder group. To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to share their views, we ask that only members of that particular stakeholder group ask to speak and only one representative of a particular organization provide remarks during the Listening Session. Individuals that are not able to speak on the call can submit written comments before and after the Listening Sessions. A recording and transcript of every listening session will be available on the EJ website after the sessions.
To Submit Written Comments:
We welcome written comments before or after the Listening Sessions. The deadline for submitting written comments is June 30, 2011. Please submit written comments via email to ejpermitting@epa.gov.
For Additional Information or Questions, please contact ejpermitting@epa.gov.

EJPermittingFINAL.pdf gives complete details and schedules.

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Save the Date: 2011 Conference on Environmental Justice (EJ)
One Community - One Environment

Who: Community-based organizations, indigenous organizations, community members, advocates, city/county/state governments, colleges/universities, faith-based organizations, businesses and other stakeholders interested in learning about opportunities to work towards environmental justice in their communities.

Where: Detroit, Michigan

Dates: August 23-26, 2011 (Conference dates are August 24-26; August 23 is an Optional Training Day)

More Info: For more information please visit http://www.cleanairinfo.com/ejconference/2011/

Contact:

Call for Abstracts: The planning committee invites abstracts for poster presentations during this conference. A Call for Abstracts will be posted on the above website soon.


Topics

This Conference provides an opportunity for participants to learn about the following:

- Models for Effective Community Engagement & Capacity Building
- Strategies for Addressing Pollutions Sources that Impact EJ Communities
- Federal Interagency Working Group on EJ
- Workforce Development Training and Job Creation
- Updates: Federal Agencies' Priorities for EJ
- Hands-on Demonstrations of Tools & Resources
- Funding Opportunities

Co-sponsored by EPA, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and Greendoor Initiative (Detroit based organization).

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05/24/2011

U.S.EPA Sustainable and Healthy Communities Research Program (SHCRP)
Seminar Series Presents

Lynne Barker, Ph.D. and Jennifer Ewing-Thiel
ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability


ICLEI STAR Community Index and other Sustainability Tools
Thursday, May 26, 2011
12:00 - 1:30 pm EDT


ABSTRACT:
The STAR Community Index™ (STAR) is a pioneering strategic planning and performance management system that will offer local governments a roadmap for creating healthy, inclusive and prosperous communities. STAR takes an integrated approach, addressing the three intertwining facets of sustainability—economy, environment and society.

Join Lynne Barker, STAR Program Director to learn about how local governments will utilize STAR. STAR is being developed in collaboration with more than 60 cities and 10 counties from across the nation. The framework is comprised of a set of guiding principles, sustainability goals and performance measures that collectively define community-scale sustainability, and present a vision of how communities can become more sustainable across eight specific categories. Lynne will introduce to the first set of 20 sustainability goals and validation measures, STAR Module One: Sustainability Assessment and Climate Protection. STAR is a tool that supports Executive Order 13514 Federal Leadership in Environment, Energy, and Economic Performance.

STAR’s ambitious vision is primed for success thanks to the unprecedented collaboration involved in its creation. ICLEI USA is developing STAR with a number of key partners including the U.S. Green Building Council, the Center for American Progress, and the National League of Cities. In addition, ICLEI USA has enlisted 160 volunteers representing 130 organizations, including 60 cities and 10 counties, state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, national associations, universities, utilities, and private corporations. These volunteers bring a diversity of perspectives and expertise and provide a formidable brain trust for informing both the structure and content of the program. This level of local government engagement has built a constituency of early adopters that will help provide fertile ground on which STAR can grow once established.


BIOS:
Lynne Barker manages the development and implementation of the STAR Community Index. Prior to joining ICLEI, Lynne was the Sustainable Community Planner for the City of Seattle. Lynne was responsible for promoting sustainable community development and developing innovative public policies and programs. Her prior experience includes Sustainable Construction Manager for Sellen Construction Co. Lynne co-chaired the LEED™ Committee of the US Green Building Council, served two terms on the US Green Building Council’s Board of Directors and was a co-founder and founding board member of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council. She was a recipient of the 2007 Cascadia Fellows Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2007, she formed a consortium of public agencies, non-profit organizations and utilities to develop the “Playbook for Green Buildings + Neighborhoods,” a web-based tool to support local governments in meeting climate action goals by advancing green buildings and neighborhoods.

Jennifer is the Director of ICLEI’s Tools and Technical Innovation Division and oversees the development of ICLEI’s greenhouse gas emissions management protocols, software, and consulting services.  In this capacity, she is responsible for the ongoing development of ICLEI’s technical guidance and software applications for climate protection and sustainability and is leading the development of the STAR online platform. Jennifer has consulted numerous cities on their greenhouse gas emissions inventories, climate action plans, and sustainability plans, including Miami-Dade County, New Rochelle, NY, Newark, NJ, the District of Columbia, Everett, WA, St. Louis County, MO, Seattle, WA, and Monmouth County, NJ.  She also developed ICLEI’s Sustainability Planning Toolkit in collaboration with the City of New York, based on the city’s sustainability plan, PlaNYC.

To Access the Web Conference:
1. Dial: (866) 299-3188, then enter the conference code 919-541-4909#
2. Click on the conference link: http://hawkeye.epa.gov/imtapp/app/sch_mtg_details.uix?mID=537997
3. Mute your phone, and do not put it on hold

Please Note:
If you have trouble accessing the link above, presentation materials will also be available on the EPA Environmental Science Connector (http://portal.epa.gov/ESC) in the SHCRP Seminar Series Project at least by COB the day prior to the seminar. These materials can be found by date and topic under the 2011 Seminar Series folder.
All seminars will be recorded. Instructions for listening to the recording will be posted with the presentation materials within a few business days following the seminar.
If possible, please arrange to connect to the conference from a central location to ensure that we have sufficient conference lines
For those who have not included the "SHCRP Seminar Series" as one of their projects on the Environmental Science Connector (ESC) Project Workbench, please do so to access all presentation materials. If you are unsure how to accomplish this, please refer to "Add An Existing Project" under the "Help" link in the ESC.
If you do not wish to be included on this mailing list for the seminars, please email Llael Cox at cox.llael@epa.gov


For additional information contact Llael Cox, Student Contractor, (919) 541-2544 or cox.llael@epa.gov
or Rick Linthurst, SHCRP National Program Director, (919) 541-4909 or linthurst.rick@epa.gov

 


05/18/11

Removing Toxic Pollution from Power Plants webinar recording.


$100 Million in Affordable Care Act Grants to Help Create Healthier U.S. Communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 13, 2011
Contact: HHS Press Office (202) 690-6343

Prevention grants to focus on improving health, which can lower costs

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today the availability of over $100 million in funding for up to 75 Community Transformation Grants. Created by the Affordable Care Act, these grants are aimed at helping communities implement projects proven to reduce chronic diseases – such as diabetes and heart disease. By promoting healthy lifestyles and communities, especially among population groups experiencing the greatest burden of chronic disease, these grants will help improve health, reduce health disparities, and lower health care costs.

“Community Transformation Grants will empower local communities with resources, information, and flexibility to help make their residents healthier,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “By helping to transform communities at the ground level, these efforts can have a major impact on the health of Americans.”

“It is critical that we sustain our work to develop and spread effective programs that address leading killers like heart disease, cancer, and stroke,” said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which oversees the Community Transformation Grants program. “These funds will allow us to build on successful programs that have helped people lead healthier lifestyles and help us save millions in health care costs in the future.”

Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes are taking a devastating toll on our nation’s health. Seven of every 10 deaths are from a chronic disease – mostly caused by tobacco use, obesity, poor diet, and too little physical activity. Treatment for people with chronic conditions accounts for more than 75% of the more than $2 trillion spent on annual U.S. medical care costs. Obesity is a significant health care cost driver; in 2008, about $147 billion of medical bills were weight-related.

Consistent with the law, these grants will focus on five priority areas:
1. tobacco-free living;
2. active living and healthy eating;
3. evidence-based quality clinical and other preventive services, specifically prevention and control of high blood pressure and high cholesterol;
4. social and emotional wellness, such as facilitating early identification of mental health needs and access to quality services, especially for people with chronic conditions; and
5. healthy and safe physical environments.

Successful applicants must use evidence-based strategies and ensure that their activities not only have broad population impact, but also help address health disparities. Examples of projects that could qualify for grants include eliminating food deserts and increasing access to healthy food options, including efforts to improve school nutrition or bring healthier food to corner markets in urban areas. Other examples include promoting blood pressure and cholesterol screenings.

Communities may also address additional areas of disease prevention and health promotion that will contribute to the overall goal of reducing chronic disease rates. These areas include adolescent health; arthritis and osteoporosis; cancer; diabetes; disabilities and secondary conditions; educational and community-based services; environmental health; HIV; injury and violence prevention; maternal, infant, and child health; mental health and mental disorders; health of older adults; oral health; and sexually transmitted diseases.

State and local government agencies, tribes and territories, and state and local non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for Community Transformation Grants. At least 20-percent of grant funds will be directed to rural and frontier areas. Applications are due to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in July 2011, with awards expected to be announced near the end of summer. The grants are expected to run for five years, with projects expanding their scope and reach over time as resources permit.

The Community Transformation Grants are one piece of a broader effort by the Obama Administration to address the health and well-being of our communities through initiatives such as the President’s Childhood Obesity Task Force, the First Lady’s Let’s Move! campaign, the National Prevention Strategy, the National Quality Strategy, and HHS’ Communities Putting Prevention to Work program. The Prevention and Public Health Fund, as part of the Affordable Care Act, is supporting this and other initiatives designed to expand and sustain the necessary capacity to prevent disease, detect it early, manage conditions before they become severe, and provide states and communities the resources they need to promote healthy living.

For more information about how the Fund is helping promote prevention in every state, visit www.HealthCare.gov/news/factsheets/prevention02092011a.html.

The official funding opportunity announcement for the Community Transformation Grants can be found at www.Grants.gov by searching for CDFA 93.531.

For more information about the grants, visit www.healthcare.gov/news/factsheets/grants05132011a.html or www.cdc.gov/communitytransformation.

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05/17/11

May 2011 - Over $259 Million in Federal Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments
This message announces the availability of more than $259 million in current or upcoming funding opportunities for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including energy efficiency, regional planning, heat island reduction projects, and community education. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

***EPA Siting Renewable Energy on Potentially Contaminated Land and Mine Sites
Application Due: May 20, 2011
Eligible Applications: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, regional governments, and communities

Through its RE-Powering America’s Land: Siting Renewable Energy on Potentially Contaminated Land and Mine Sites initiative, EPA is soliciting applications from states, tribes, regional governments, and communities that want to evaluate the potential development of renewable energy on potentially or formerly contaminated properties. EPA will provide technical assistance in the form of a feasibility study from DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory that will determine the best renewable energy technology for the site, the optimal location for placement of the renewable energy technology, potential energy generating capacity, the return on the investment, and the economic feasibility of the renewable energy projects. The purpose of the technical assistance is to reuse sites, improve communities, create jobs, develop partnerships, decrease the use of greenspace for siting renewable energy, and increase the amount of renewable energy generated. Proposals are due to EPA Friday May 20, and may be submitted to Lura Matthews. More information on the RE-Powering initiative and the request for applications can be found at http://www.epa.gov/renewableenergyland/.

***DOC Green Economies – $6 million

Application Due: May 26, 2011
Eligible Applications: District Organization (as defined in 13 C.F.R. § 304.2), federally recognized tribes, state or local governments, institutes of higher education, public or private non-profit organizations, or associations acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a state

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, requests proposals for i6 Green. This multi-agency competition focuses on the nexus between economic development and environmental quality, spotlighting the best ideas that contribute to a vibrant, innovative clean economy. Applicants must address a persistent problem or an unaddressed opportunity with a sense of urgency and demonstrate how an i6 Green Proof of Concept Center will avoid duplication of existing efforts, remove road blocks, and spark sustainable economic opportunities in the applicant’s region. $6 million expected to be available, up to 6 awards anticipated. Letters of Intent are required, and are due 5/2/11, final proposals due 5/26/11. For more info, including regional contacts, go to: http://www.eda.gov/i6. Refer to Sol# I6GREENEDA031011.

***HUD Healthy Homes Production Grant Program - $13.3 million
Application Due: June 9, 2011
Eligible Applications: States, Native American tribes, cities, counties/parishes, or other units of local government

The Healthy Homes Production Program (HHP) is part of HUD’s overall Healthy Homes Initiative launched in 1999. The program takes a comprehensive approach to addressing multiple childhood diseases and injuries in the home by focusing on housing-related hazards in a coordinated fashion, rather than addressing a single hazard at a time. HUD is especially interested in funding projects that integrate healthy homes principles and practices into existing housing rehabilitation, property maintenance, weatherization, energy efficiency improvements, and other housing improvement programs. For more information, visit Grants.gov/Healthy Homes Production Program .

*** NETL Clean Cities Community Readiness and Planning for Plug-In Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure – $5 million
Application Due: June 13, 2011
Eligible Applications: Unrestricted

The President has a goal of putting 1 million advanced technology vehicles on the road in the United States by 2015. In support of this goal and emphasizing electricity as a transportation fuel, NETL has released a Funding Opportunity Announcement that seeks projects to plan and implement policies, procedures, and incentives that facilitate that development. The planning and policy activities will prepare communities for successful deployment and implementation of plug-in electric drive vehicles. Overall, this effort will help to decrease the nation's dependence on petroleum and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by accelerating the deployment of plug-in electric drive vehicles and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). This FOA will serve as a pilot program to stimulate community based electric vehicle infrastructure readiness planning and implementation activities in anticipation of larger electric vehicle deployment efforts in the future. For more info, visit https://www.fedconnect.net/fedconnect/?doc=DE-FOA-0000451&agency=DOE.

*** DOC Economic Development Administration Public Works, Economic Adjustment, and Global Climate Change Mitigation Programs Opportunity – Likely ~$25 million
Application Due: Depends on funding cycle; next funding cycle is due June 10, 2011
Eligible Applications: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, non-profits, private institutes of higher education

DOC’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) helps distressed communities establish a foundation for durable regional economies throughout the United States. EDA generally allocates funds for the Global Climate Change Mitigation Incentive Fund (GCCMIF) to support projects that foster economic competitiveness while enhancing environmental quality. EDA anticipates that these funds will be used to advance the green economy by supporting projects that create jobs through and increase private capital investment in initiatives to limit the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels, enhance energy efficiency, curb greenhouse gas emissions, and protect natural systems.

While the amount of funding available through this opportunity is dependent on FY2011 appropriations and is not yet known, EDA allocated $25,000,000 for the GCCMIF in 2010. The average size of a GCCMIF investment was approximately $840,000. For more info, including regional contacts, go to: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=58457.

*** DOE Weatherization Formula Grants – Likely to be approximately $210 million
Application Due: Varies by program year
Eligible Applications: Agencies that administer the WAP program

DOE requests proposals for the Weatherization Assistance Program Formula Grant. The purpose of WAP is to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons, reduce residential expenditures, and improve health and safety. Lead applicants must be agencies that administer the WAP program. Proposal due date varies by prime applicant’s program year. Grantees will be notified as soon as an update on FY 2011 funding becomes available. For planning purposes, grantees should proceed with their respective plans using the same funding level as the DOE 2010 appropriated funds. For more info, contact Meghaan Hampton or go to FedConnect.
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State 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 website.

To subscribe to or unsubscribe from this listserv, go to: http://www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate/listservs/index.html

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POTENTIAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRIBAL ENERGY PROJECTS
May 17, 2011
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Tribal Energy Program is pleased provide information on possible funding opportunities for tribal energy projects. See below and attached for more information.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Solicitations Issue 212 (attached) includes 32 funding notices. Please check each notice for eligibility, as many are not specific to tribes. Questions should be directed to the contacts identified for each notice.
A huge thanks to Laurie Brown and the Washington State University (WSU) Extension Energy Program for distributing these solicitations newsletters for more than 12 years. Thank you, Laurie and WSU.

Please note that concept papers for some DOE request for proposals (RFPs) are due 5/19/11. These RFPs are listed in the newsletter as follows: 1) Solar Agile Delivery of Electrical Power Technology (#6); 2) Green Electricity Network (#8); 3) Advanced Thermal Storage (#9); and Plants Engineered to Replace Oil (#20).

HUD ISSUES INDIAN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANTS - DUE DATE: JUNE 15
The purpose of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program is the development of viable Indian and Alaska Native communities, including the creation of decent housing, suitable living environments, and economic opportunities, primarily for people with low and moderate incomes (see attached program guidance). For more, including training material, see the HUD website.

Application: Funding Opportunity Number FR-5500-N-04
A broadcast training for the ICDBG notice of funding availability (NOFA) will be held within a few weeks of the date of the NOFA's posting. Applicants may view the broadcast at HUD's website, where the NOFA Webcast schedule can also be found.

DOI-DEMD GRANTS TO ASSESS, EVALUATE, AND PROMOTE DEVELOPMENT OF TRIBAL ENERGY AND MINERAL REOSURCES - DUE DATE: JUNE 23
The Energy and Mineral Development Program (EMDP) provides funding to Indian tribes with the mission goal of assessing, evaluating, and promoting energy and mineral resources on Indian trust lands for the economic benefit of Indian mineral owners. To achieve these goals, the Department of the Interior's Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), through its Division of Energy and Mineral Development (DEMD) office, is soliciting proposals from tribes. The department will use a competitive evaluation process to select several proposed projects to receive awards.

Submit grant proposals on or before June 23, 2011. Proposals received after this date will not be considered. Submitting your proposal electronically is highly recommended this year. You may e-mail your proposal to either Robert Anderson or Amanda John. For more information, see the attached Federal Register announcement and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) website.

USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT FUNDING OPPORTUNITY (REAP GRANTS) - DUE DATES: JUNE 15 and JUNE 30 (DEPENDING ON PROJECT TYPE)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development invites applications for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects (REAP). Please verify eligibility directly with your local USDA Rural Development office. USDA is providing funding for up to $61 million in guaranteed loans and $42 million in grants through REAP. Funds are available to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses develop renewable energy systems, make energy efficiency improvements, and conduct studies to determine the feasibility of renewable energy systems. The deadlines for submitting completed REAP applications are June 15 and June 30, depending on the type of project to be funded.

Last week USDA issued a rule to clarify that the definition of renewable energy systems in REAP includes flexible fuel pumps, sometimes referred to as "blender pumps." The rule also makes the following clarifications: 1) Grants are available for audits of energy improvements and studies to determine the feasibility of renewable energy systems; and 2) Agricultural producers in nonrural areas are eligible for REAP assistance. Small businesses must still be located in rural areas. This clarification makes REAP eligibility requirements consistent with those of other USDA energy programs.

For information on how to apply for assistance, contact your local USDA Rural Development office or see page 20943 of the April 14 Federal Register announcement (attached).
Regards,

DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Boulevard
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov
For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Energy Development, please visit our website.

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Department of Energy Tribal Summit: Winning Our Energy Future (Recap)
May 16, 2011

Forging a new era of Department of Energy (DOE) and tribal relations, more than 350 people, including representatives from 54 tribes across the continental United States, attended the May 4-5, 2011 Department of Energy Tribal Summit. The summit provided a historic opportunity for the department and tribal leaders to discuss a broad range of critical energy and environmental issues in Indian Country.

DOE Secretary Chu said, "By working together, we can promote economic development and help many more tribes and villages seize the clean energy opportunity." See Secretary Chu's prepared remarks attached.
Three cabinet secretaries, one agency administrator, White House representatives, and DOE leadership also participated. See all the photos and videos of this event on the Energy.gov Energy Blog. For more information, see DOE's Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs Website.

Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Boulevard
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov
For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Energy Development, please visit our Website.

Tribal Summit Prepared Remarks.pdf

 


5/11/11

National Tribal Energy Program Training Workshops
Building knowledge and skills is essential to developing, implementing, and sustaining conservation and renewable energy projects on tribal lands. Take advantage of the following upcoming workshops sponsored by the Tribal Energy Program. Both workshops will be held in Denver, Colorado.

Renewable Energy and Efficiency for Tribal Community Development
June 28-30, 2011
Renaissance Hotel Denver
3801 Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80207
Room Rate: $141 per night (government per diem)

This unique course will help tribal leaders and staffs understand the range of energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities that exist within their communities. The course will focus on:
Technology 201-level information on each of the renewable energy technologies:

solar
wind
geothermal
biomass
hydropower
Energy efficiency and weatherization technology and implementation
Dialogue with National Laboratory and private sector experts on technology status and implementation
Organizing for tribal community energy sufficiency through education, project development, and networking.

Agenda
For an agenda, see attached or visit the Tribal Energy Program Website.

Registration
There is no registration fee for this meeting; however, advance registration is required to ensure adequate seating and food service. Please complete the attached registration form and return to tribal@go.doe.gov or fax to 720-356-1350.

Lodging
The deadline for hotel reservations is June 10, 2011. After this date, we will be unable to guarantee rate or availability. To make hotel reservations, call the hotel directly at 303-399-7500 or Marriott Reservations at 1-888-228-9290. When booking your reservation, be sure to ask for the discounted group room rate for the "National Renewable Energy Laboratory."
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Tribal Business Development Financing
August 23-25, 2011
Renaissance Hotel Denver

3801 Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80207
Room rate: $141 per night (government per diem)
Business and legal frameworks are necessary elements in developing and sustaining renewable energy projects. This workshop is designed to identify the business structures, financing methods, and legal and institutional frameworks needed make planned projects (particularly larger ones) a reality.
This unique course will help tribal leaders, tribal staff, and other interested parties understand the complexities of tribally owned, joint venture, or tax-leveraged energy projects. In addition, it will provide tools and knowledge tribal project development.

Agenda - Coming soon.

Registration
There is no registration fee for this meeting; however, advance registration is required to ensure adequate seating and food service. Please complete the attached registration form and return to tribal@go.doe.gov or fax to 720-356-1350.

Lodging
The deadline for hotel reservations is August 5, 2011. After this date, we will be unable to guarantee rate or availability. To make hotel reservations, call the hotel directly at 303-399-7500 or Marriott Reservations at 1-888-228-9290. When booking your reservaton, be sure to ask for the discounted group room rate for the "National Renewable Energy Laboratory."

Tribal Case Studies
Tribes that have renewable or efficiency projects under way with a focus on later-stage project development/deployment, or that have recently completed projects, who are willing to share their experiences and successes in a 20-minute presentation, should contact Roger Taylor, or call 303-384-7389.
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Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Boulevard
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov
For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Energy Development, please visit our Web site.
If you did not receive this e-mail directly, but would like to receive future e-mails and the TEP newsletter, please join our e-mail list by sending your contact information to tribal@go.doe.gov. Feel free to forward this information.


Attention NRDAR/OPA Tribal Environmental Professionals: A very exciting opportunity is coming to Indian Country July 19-21, 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency – through the American Indian Environmental Office (AIEO) has provided funding for the very first National Tribal NRDAR/OPA Conference to be held in Mt. Pleasant, MI at the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan's Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort. This conference will cover the fundamentals of Natural Resources Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) and Oil Pollution Act (OPA) under federal statutes, and provide an opportunity for regional networking by tribal and federal agency representatives to establish working relationships for NRD activities.

Travel scholarships will be provided to 100 tribal NRD practitioners. More details on the scholarships will be available very soon, however, for planning purposes you may consider the following: $500 (max) transportation reimbursement and four (4) nights lodging will be provided, as well as, refreshments and some meals to make this affordable and accessible for tribal NRD practitioners to participate in this training and build capacity. It is, also, a great networking opportunity.

Who Should Attend?
Tribal Leaders
NRD practitioners/Trustees (Tribal, State and Federal)
Federal Agencies (EPA, BIA, USFWS, BLM, etc) Managers, Solicitors, Project Officers working with Tribes regarding NRDAR/OPA concerns.


For planning purposes we're treating Monday and Friday as travel days; Tues, Wed. and Thurs. are full days with a robust agenda. We will have travel logistics available very soon, hopefully, as early as next week. For now, mark your calendars and we look forward to seeing you in July!


5/5/11

Presentation materials for the EPA’s Proposed Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for Power Plants for Tribal Environmental Professionals webinar to be held on May 5, 2011 at Noon Eastern Time.

Materials (pdf 35 pp, 1,200 kb)


5/3/11

Exceptional Events Guidance

The draft guidance consists of the following attached documents:

1. Note to Reviewers - Overview of Draft Guidance Documents on the Implementation of the Exceptional Events Rule (EER Draft Guidance Overview Doc_050211_external.pdf)
2. Draft Exceptional Events Rule Frequently Asked Questions (EER Q&A Doc_050211_external.pdf)
3. Draft Guidance on the Preparation of Demonstrations in Support of Requests to Exclude Ambient Air Quality Data Affected by High Winds under the Exceptional Events Rule (HWDE_Strategy_050211_external.pdf)

EPA is providing these 3 documents, along with examples of approved demonstrations on EPA's website at http://www.epa.gov/ttn/analysis/exevents.htm, to facilitate review by state, local and tribal agencies. EPA will consider stakeholder feedback as we continue efforts to ensure an efficient and effective process for considering air quality data that have been affected by exceptional events. Although EPA hopes to formalize the concepts in the attached draft guidance documents by issuing final guidance, EPA has not excluded the possibility of issuing rule revisions. EPA expects to adhere to the draft guidance provided in these documents during the review and document finalization process because we believe it is consistent with the EER and the guidance already provided in the preamble to the rule.

Thank you in advance for distributing these documents to your membership. Comments on these draft guidance documents should be directed to EEGuidanceComments@epa.gov by June 30, 2011. For guidance related questions, please contact Beth Palma at 919-541-5432.

PrepGuidance (pdf 65 pp, 9.490 kb)

Overview of Draft Guidance (pdf 1 pp, 148 kb)

QA Doc (pdf 39 pp, 987 kb)


Department of Energy to host Tribal Leader Summit with Secretary Chu
NAIHC encourages tribal leaders to participate in this important dialogue.


The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs is hosting a two-day tribal summit for tribal leaders and tribal policy makers on May 4-5 in Washington, DC. The summit will begin with focused themed roundtables on May 4 for tribal leaders followed by the summit with DOE Secretary Steven Chu on May 5.
The DOE Tribal Summit is being held in accordance with President Obama's Memorandum on Consultation and DOE's Tribal Government Policy, which sets the Department's principles to effectively implement the government-to-government relationship with American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments. Click here for the tribal Summit fact sheet.
SUMMIT INFORMATION:
Attention: Tribal leadership and tribal policy makers
Event: Department of Energy: Tribal Leader Roundtables and Summit with U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Chu, DOE Senior Leadership and DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs
Date: May 4-5, 2011
Location: Washington, DC area
Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, Virginia 22202

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
All tribal leaders and attendees must register. There are no registration fees to participate. Click here to complete the registration form. Submit the registration form by email to: registertribalsummit@hq.doe.gov or fax it to the attention of Ms. Pilar Thomas at 202.586.5497

HOTEL INFORMATION & RESERVATIONS:
A limited number of hotel rooms are still available at the Crystal Gateway Marriott for the nights of May 3 and 4.
Hotel room rate: $209.00/night plus taxes
Reservations: 703.920.3230
Deadline: April 28, 2011
Code: DOE Tribal Summit
www.crystalgatewaymarriott.com

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, QUESTIONS & COMMENTS:
For more information, including the agenda and FAQ's, please visit www.energy.gov\indianenergy. Questions, comments or problems with registration or hotel can be directed to tribalsummitquestions@hq.doe.gov.

NOTE:
Tribal leaders must make their own arrangements for travel and accommodations. Given the full schedule of the meetings between tribes and DOE on May 4-5, the hotel is providing some refreshments and some meals as part of the working sessions. Also, roundtables are for tribal leadership and DOE leadership. Tribal leader support staff may attend roundtables only if tribal leaders are in attendance.


Potential Funding Opportunities for Tribal Energy Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Tribal Energy Program is pleased provide information on various funding opportunities. See below and attached for more information.
DOE TRIBAL ENERGY PROGRAM FUNDING OPPORTUNITY
On January 19, 2011, DOE announced nearly $10 million in funding to support the evaluation, development, and deployment of energy on tribal lands. Read a full copy of the DOE press release. DOE's Tribal Energy Program is currently seeking applications for funding from Indian tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortiums.
Renewable Energy Development and Deployment in Indian Country (FOA number DE-FOA-0000424)
Submittal deadline: March 31, 2011 - Extended to May 11, 2011
See the Tribal Energy Program Web site for more on these funding opportunity announcements (FOAs).
DOE AND USDA FUNDING OPPORTUNITY
To support President Obama's goal of reducing America's oil imports by one-third by 2025, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Energy (DOE) have jointly announced up to $30 million over three to four years that will support research and development in advanced biofuels, bioenergy, and high-value biobased products. The projects, funded through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI), will help create a diverse group of economically and environmentally sustainable sources of renewable biomass and increase the availability of alternative renewable fuels and biobased products. Advanced biofuels produced from these projects are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a minimum of 50% compared to fossil fuels and will play an important role in diversifying America's energy portfolio. Read the full story.
DOE AND DOI FUNDING OPPORUNITY
U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu and U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar have announced $26.6 million in funding for research and development projects to advance hydropower technology, including pumped storage hydropower. This funding is focused on development of innovative technologies that can produce power more efficiently, reduce costs, and increase sustainable hydropower generation at sites not previously considered practical. Read the full story.
USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT FUNDING OPPORTUNITY
USDA Rural Development invites applications for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects (REAP). Please verify eligibility directly with your local USDA Rural Development office. USDA is providing funding for up to $61 million in guaranteed loans and $42 million in grants through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Funds are available to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses develop renewable energy systems, make energy efficiency improvements, and conduct studies to determine the feasibility of renewable energy systems.
Last week USDA issued a rule to clarify that the definition of renewable energy systems in REAP includes flexible fuel pumps, sometimes referred to as "blender pumps." The rule also makes the following clarifications: 1) Grants are available for audits of energy improvements and studies to determine the feasibility of renewable energy systems; and 2) Agricultural producers in nonrural areas are eligible for REAP assistance. Small businesses must still be located in rural areas. This clarification makes REAP eligibility requirements consistent with those of other USDA energy programs.
The deadlines for submitting completed REAP applications are June 15 and June 30, depending on the type of project to be funded. For information on how to apply for assistance, contact your local USDA Rural Development office or see page 20943 of the April 14 Federal Register.
OTHER FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
In addition to the funding opportunities above, there are 26 funding notices included in Solicitations Issue 211 (attached). Please check each notice for eligibility, as many are not specific to tribes. Questions should be directed to the contacts identified for each notice. A huge thanks to Laurie Brown and the Washington State University (WSU) Extension Energy Program for distributing these solicitation newsletters for more than 12 years. Thank you, Laurie and WSU.


4/19/11

EPA Seeks Applicants for Environmental Justice Green Jobs Development Pilot Projects
 
To support underserved populations, the EPA Region 6 office in Dallas is accepting applications for a $100,000 grant for projects that promote Green Job Training and Green Job Placement. An eligible applicant MUST BE:

  • an incorporated non-profit organization;
  • a Native American tribal government (Federally recognized); or
  • Intertribal Consortium or Consortia.

In addition, an eligible applicant must be located within the same state, territory, commonwealth, or tribe that the proposed project will be located and able to demonstrate that it has worked directly with the affected community.

An underserved population, for the purposes of this Request for Application, is a community, including minority, low-income, or indigenous populations or communities, that is disproportionately impacted by environmental harms and risks and has a local environmental and public health issue that is identified in the proposal. Projects must be performed in one of the following Region 6 states: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and/or Texas.

Environmental justice means the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people, regardless of race or income, in the environmental decision-making process. Environmental justice issues often involve multiple sources of contamination, like pollution from several industrial facilities within one neighborhood, environmental hazards at the workplace or home, or contamination resulting from the consumption of fish or other subsistence foods.

Applications must be postmarked by May 10, 2011.


4/14/11

“AIR MONITORING Data Management” (Level 3) May 24-27, 2011 - Phoenix, Arizona
 
Pre-Registration Date (for priority consideration): April 13, 2011
Download Course Application Packet here: PreReg-DataMgmt.pdf (10pp, 903k)
Course Description:
   This course will provide air quality managers and technical personnel with an understanding of the skills needed to successfully plan for, manage, report, and present air quality data.  The course will focus on project planning, project operations, measurement data management, and using Microsoft Excel for air monitoring data management. Participants will be expected to bring electronic copies of a sample of their own air monitoring data.  If data cannot be provided, an example of a typical file produced by the equipment should be brought to the course (please contact ITEP if this will be a problem).
Topics include:

    ·      Legally-defensible data
    ·      Data transfer and reconstruction of lost information
    ·      Data review and validation
    ·      Data summary and presentation
    ·      Gathering, recording, and managing quality control data
    ·      Calculation of precision and bias statistics
    ·      Reporting
    ·      Preparing for audits
    ·      Using Microsoft Excel for basic data review
This course takes a “learn by doing” approach.  Lectures will be interspersed with activities in which participants practice the skills introduced during the lectures.  Hands-on activities will follow the data management process from collecting data from an analyzer or datalogger through the validation and reporting process.  

Pre-Requisites: Participants must be conducting ambient air monitoring or have equipment in-house and plan to start monitoring within 6 months. In addition, the following ITEP courses (or equivalent training/experience) are required:

    ·      Introduction to Tribal Air Quality 
    ·      Air Quality Computations 
    ·      Air Pollution Technology 
    Academic Credit:  This training course may be taken for academic credit.  For additional information about academic credit options, please refer to the enclosed “Receiving Academic Credit for Courses Offered by the American Indian Air Quality Training Program.”

    How to Apply for the Course:  Read all enclosed information carefully.  Fill out both sides of the enclosed Application Form and fax it to the TAMS Center by the deadline listed.  The “Personal Data” section is required for first-time applicants or applicants who need to update information.  The “Course-Related Information” section is required of all applicants.  Information obtained on the application form is used to aid the selection process and prepare instructors for interaction with participants; please be as specific as possible.  Incomplete application forms may be omitted from the applicant pool.   Selection for the course will be on a "space availability" basis and will be limited to 12 registrants.  ITEP staff will review each application and will determine those who would most benefit from this training.
     
    Training Course Costs:  Lodging and reimbursement for meal costs will be paid by ITEP and will be limited to course participants from federally recognized tribes. Reimbursement forms must be submitted 10 business days after the end of the course. Costs for transportation to and from the training location, as well as incidentals such as phone calls, and room service are the responsibility of the participant.  Additional travel assistance to cover some or all of the costs associated with transportation to/from the training location can be granted by ITEP to eligible applicants.  Applications for additional travel assistance are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and are awarded based on availability of funds. 
    Travel and Hotel Arrangements:  Your hotel reservations will be made by ITEP.  Detailed information regarding hotel arrangements will be sent to you with notification of your selection for this training course.  Lodging costs are FREE to tribal participants, provided that they attend the entire course.  Please read the enclosed “Attendee Expectations” sheet for more information.  Transportation arrangements to and from the training location are the responsibility of the participant; however, you must obtain a letter of selection for the course prior to making airline arrangements. Families are not encouraged to travel as full participation by the attendee is required.
    Additional Responsibilities:  Once you have agreed to attend it is absolutely essential that you complete the training course in full in order to receive your Certificate of Completion.  If you must cancel after additional travel assistance has been awarded, we will require full reimbursement of that award and any other costs incurred.  Excessive cancellations or poor attendance may jeopardize your eligibility for future courses.


EPA Extreme Event Impacts on Air Quality and Water Quality with a Changing Global Climate - $6 million
Applications due: April 18, 2011
Eligible entities: Public nonprofit institutions/organizations, private nonprofit institutions/organizations, state and local governments, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, and U.S. territories or possessions

EPA requests proposals for Impacts on Air Quality and Water Quality with a Changing Global Climate. Through this RFP, EPA seeks projects focused on the development of assessments, tools and techniques, and demonstration of innovative technologies for providing information and capacity to adequately prepare for climate-induced changes in extreme events in the context of air and water quality management. $6 million expected to be available; up to six awards anticipated. For more information, contact Bryan Bloomer or visit the EPA website.

 

4/8/11

National PETE, via a joint OGD/OSBP contract, will be offering the entire Administrative and Financial Guidance for U.S. EPA Assistance Agreements training via Webinar in May and June 2011. The training is targeted towards Tribes, U.S. Territories, and Insular Areas. Please pass the following information on to anyone you think might be interested. Please note that free registration is required. Webinars will be recorded and made available on www.petetribal.org.

For more information including how to register, please go to:  http://tinyurl.com/tribaltrainingwebinar2011


EPA to Hold Conference Call for Tribes on the Clean Air Acts Pollution Standards for Power Plants and Refineries


EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation Gina McCarthy will host a conference call to seek important input from tribes on the Clean Air Act standards to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution from fossil fuel power plants and petroleum refineries. This call is a follow up to the listening session for state and tribal representatives the agency held in February.
The conference call is open to all tribal representatives and tribal organizations, and the feedback from this call will help EPA develop a common-sense approach to reduce GHGs from two of the largest industrial pollution sources.

What: Conference call on the Clean Air Act's Pollution Standards for Power Plants and Refineries
When: April 20, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT (GMT -4)
Phone: 1-866-299-3188 Conference code: 2025642915

Contacts: Darrel Harmon 202-564-7416 harmon.darrel@epa.gov
Laura McKelvey 919-541-5247 mckelvey.laura@epa.gov

The call will feature a discussion among tribal representatives and organizations who have requested an opportunity to provide information and feedback to EPA.

As part of a settlement agreement announced in December 2010, EPA will propose GHG standards based on existing technologies for power plants in July 2011 and for refineries in December 2011. The agency will issue final standards in May 2012 and November 2012, respectively. In addition to these listening sessions the Agency is also offering to consult with tribes on these rules, either individually or in a group. If you are interested in consultation on these rules please contact Laura McKelvey directly.

More information about these standards please visit:
http://www.epa.gov/airquality/listen.html


4/6/11

External Request for Input Environmental Justice and Permitting (PDF) (2 pp 66 kb)


4/1/11

Utility Green House Gas (GHG) Rulemaking Letter (PDF) (2 pp, 123 kb)


3/29/11

Tribal Consultation Call - March 31, 3-4 Eastern Time

Date:  Thursday (3/31)
Time:  3:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern Daylight Time)
Call-in #:  1-866-299-3188       Code:  919-541-5624


3/24/11

QA101-Plus Air Agenda:

This online, informal course will consist of seven interactive 60-minute weekly webinars presented using gotowebinar in which participants log in to informal online sessions incorporating lecture, question and answer, videos, and celebrity guest speakers.  Short exercises will be made available for some concepts (such as bias, precision, and US EPA’s use of the calculations) for interested participants who request certificates of completion.  The course will cover 7 weeks in two parts: first, 4 webinars will present general QA terms, definitions, calculations, and their use in environmental measurements.  The second 3 webinars will focus on QA for criteria air pollutant monitoring.  The focus will be on how small programs can produce legally defensible data and meet US EPA requirements for NAAQS-comparable measurements.
April 7: QA Systems, EPA definitions, PQAOs and common sense – Mike Papp
April 14: Routine Quality Control and Data Management (1-pt QC, flow rate, and instrument stability checks)
April 21: Audits Overview (NPAP, PEP, Annual PE, Flow Rate Audits) – Jeremy Howe
April 28: Calculating Bias and Precision and AQS reports
May 5: 40 CFR 58 App. A- Gaseous Pollutants – Glenn Gehring
May 12: 40 CFR 58 App. A- Ozone – Brenda Jarrell
May 19: 40 CFR 58 App. A- PM filter and continuous methods –Brandy Toft
This Webinar is held every week on Thursday, from:
    Apr 7, 2011 to May 19, 2011 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM MDT
    Register Now at:
    Once registered you will receive an email confirming your registration with information you need to join the Webinar.
    System Requirements
    PC-based attendees
    Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server 
    Macintosh®-based attendees
    Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer 
 
Lydia Scheer, Training Coordinator

American Indian Air Quality Training Program
Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals
Northern Arizona University
Box 15004
Flagstaff, AZ  86011

Ph: 928.523.6887
Fx: 928.523.1266 

http://www.nau.edu/itep/ 
 
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3/23/11

Closing Dates Extended for Tribal Energy Program Funding Opportunity Announcements
March 23, 2011

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has extended the application due dates for the following Funding Opportunity Announcements:

  • Energy Efficiency Development and Deployment in Indian Country (FOA number DE-FOA-0000423) - Submission deadline extended to April 13, 2011
  • Renewable Energy Development and Deployment in Indian Country (FOA number DE-FOA-0000424) - Submission deadline extended to May 11, 2011

Also, to better address the interests of Indian Country, the Funding Opportunity Announcements have been amended to define "Tribal or Inter-tribal Organizations" and to allow authorized "Tribal or Inter-tribal Organizations" to submit an application on behalf of an Indian Tribe, provided evidence of that authority is supplied as part of the application. For purposes of the Funding Opportunity Announcements, "Tribal or Inter-tribal Organization" means any legally established organization of an Indian Tribe(s), which is controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by
the recognized governing body of an Indian Tribe(s). A "Tribal or Inter-tribal Organization" may include, but is not limited to, a subsidiary, subdivision, or band of an Indian Tribe, or organizations established under Congressional, State or Tribal law to act on behalf of an Indian Tribe(s)."

See the full amendments for additional changes. The amendments are posted on www.FedConnect.net. Amendment 003 to the Funding Opportunity Announcements is included directly after the cover page of each Funding Opportunity Announcement document.

NOTE: All questions must be submitted in writing through FedConnect (www.FedConnect.net). The requirement for written questions is to preserve the integrity of the competitive process, provide you an official response, and ensure others who may have a similar question receive the same response.
Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov


Group Consultation Call on Revision to New Source Performance Standards for Residential Wood Heaters

As you all may or may know we have been sending out letters and reminder emails for a consultation on the Revision to New Source Performance Standards for Residential Wood Heaters. We have held an initial consultation/informational call with a handful of tribes on the issue and will be holding a second call on March 29, 2011. We have decided to open this call up to all tribes who would like to join in and learn more about the rule. We know you have very full plates and this issue may have fallen through the cracks or maybe you do not know enough about it. Most of the responses we did receive were from tribes who wanted not so much formal consultation but a more "informational" consultation/informational session. This is a great opportunity for you to find out more about this new re-proposal of the rule and determine what impacts if any it will have on your respective areas of Indian country.

Please let me know if you have any questions, the call information is below.
Angel McCormack
C-304-03
109 TW Alexander DR
RTP, NC 27705
Phone: 919-541-3588
Fax: 919-541-0942
mccormack.angel@epa.gov

Date: Tuesday (3/29/11)
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm (eastern daylight time)

Call-in #: 1-866-299-3188 Code: 919-541-5624

Talking Points (PDF 27 pp, 916 kb)


3/22/11

Request For Proposals (RFP) for "Community-Scale Air Toxics Ambient Monitoring" grants is posted

As of 3/22/11, a Request For Proposals (RFP) for "Community-Scale Air Toxics Ambient Monitoring" grants is posted at http://www.epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html. Please note that applicant eligibility is limited to "... air pollution control agencies, as defined by Section 302(b) of the Clean Air Act (CAA), that are also eligible to receive grants under section 105 of the Clean Air Act, and/or federally recognized tribes." Also note that the closing date and time for receipt of proposal submissions, regardless of mode of submission, is April 23, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT.


Consultation with Tribal Leaders or Designates: Enhancing Tribal Participation in the TRI Program
Presentation Material (PDF 35 pp, 1,920 kb)


3/18/11

NIEHS is seeking input from the public as well as researchers for its new strategic plan.

Below are excerpts from a press release issued today by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).  The NIEHS, one of the institutes comprising the National Institutes of Health, supports research to understand the effects of the environment on human health. This is an important opportunity to weigh in on the future of U.S. federal funding for community-based participatory research and environmental justice.  Please note the April 30 deadline. NIEHS is seeking input from the public as well as researchers for its new strategic plan. To get involved, submit an idea for research or nominate a workshop participant. "We are looking for visionary ideas to help define the institute's future directions, research goals, and resource priorities," said NIEHS Deputy Director Richard Woychik, Ph.D., who is leading the strategic planning effort. The NIEHS is the nation's leading federal biomedical agency supporting research to discover how the environment influences health. It's part of the National Institutes of Health. Visionary ideas can be submitted through the Internet at http://bit.ly/eYhgzH All submitted ideas will be posted to the Internet site, and anyone can comment on the ideas or give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down rating. The site also integrates with Facebook and Twitter. Submissions will be accepted through April 30, 2011. Additionally, NIEHS is seeking nominations for a stakeholder community workshop in mid-July in Research Triangle Park, N. C. You can nominate yourself, a colleague or anyone who is passionate about research on our environment, and improving public health and preventing disease. Nominations can be made at http://1.usa.gov/i1xSGq "This is an opportunity for everyone who cares about environmental health to have a voice in shaping the direction of our research," said Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., NIEHS and National ToxicologyProgram director. The public will have many opportunities to provide input and review throughout the 15-month strategic planning process.

Thanks,
Rahma Osman
Program Assistant


3/17/11

2011 Carol Jorgensen Scholarship for Environmental Stewardship

This scholarship provides $1,000 to a full time student pursuing an undergraduate degree in an environmental stewardship discipline, including environmental studies, natural resource management, the natural sciences, public administration, public policy, and related disciplines.

SAIGE established this award to honor the memory and legacy of Carol Jorgensen whose service to her family, community, country, and Mother Earth was an inspiration for all. Carol was Tlingit from the Yandestake Village in southeast Alaska and was part of the Eagle/Killer Whale Fin House of Klukwan. She served many years in public service, most recently as Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s American Indian Environmental Office. She had a deep connection to our shared Earth and was a passionate advocate for protecting the environment and human health in American Indian and Alaskan Native communities.

ELIGIBILITY

Eligible applicants must be affiliated with a federally recognized tribe and be a full time student pursuing an undergraduate degree in an environmental stewardship discipline (e.g., environmental studies, natural resource management, the natural sciences, public policy/administration with environmental focus, and related disciplines). Tribal enrollment is not required, but tribal affiliation must be verified by a letter of support from a current or former tribal government official or respected member of the tribal community.

APPLICATION PACKAGE

Transcript
: A copy of your most recent undergraduate transcript (enrolled freshmen may substitute a high school transcript).

Letter of Support
: Applicants must submit a letter of support from a current or former tribal government official or respected member of the tribal community. This letter should attest to the applicant’s commitment to community service, leadership, or record of participation in the cultural and spiritual life of the community.

Personal Statement
: The personal statement is the most important part of the application. It is your opportunity to tell evaluators about yourself and your interest in environmental stewardship. Your essay should be personal, clear, concise, and describe how your undergraduate studies support your commitment to environmental stewardship. We recommend that applicants use their personal statements to highlight any past activities that illustrate a commitment to environmental stewardship. Personal statements should not exceed 2 pages in length and should contain the applicants full name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.

Optional Material
: In addition to the above, applicants may include additional documents (e.g., additional letters of support from community members/educators; a personal resume highlighting work or volunteer activities in environmental, natural resource, and/or community services; writing samples; etc.). Evaluators will take these additional materials into account, but they are not required for a complete application package.

APPLICATION PROCESS & DEADLINE

A complete application package (transcript, letter of support, and personal statement) must be received by end of business on June 3, 2011. All material should be sent via e-mail (jones.luke@epa.gov), fax (202.564.0298), or regular mail to:

SAIGE Carol Jorgensen Memorial Scholarship for Environmental Stewardship
c/o Luke Jones, American Indian Environmental Office (2690-M)
US Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460
More Information (pdf 2 pp, 409 kb)


Air Toxics Rule Meeting Documents

Utility Toxics Presentation (Powerpoint)
Overview Fact Sheet (Word)
Toxics Rule Fact Sheet (Word)


3/15/11

Help Guide EPA Research for Sustainable and Healthy Communities
Webinar March 23 from 3:00 to 4:30 Eastern Daylight Time

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Research and Development is designing a new research program aimed at assisting communities to become more sustainable, as well as assisting EPA or State programs that support such efforts.  The Sustainable and Healthy Communities Research Program seeks to conduct integrated, transdisciplinary projects in order to provide useful data, information, and approaches to communities.  Our goal is to help them identify, evaluate and implement options to ensure that people remain healthy and that ecosystems continue to provide valuable services and benefits, in a way that is economically sustainable and socially just.  EPA would like to solicit input from tribal communities actively working on sustainability or related issues to help design a valuable applied research program that is locally and nationally relevant.
We are engaging tribal communities to help identify critical issues and knowledge gaps that create barriers to effective sustainability actions.  We will use the input provided to help us to target relevant and feasible research and development activities.   Our goal is practical: to advance sustainability action at the community level, to use that experience to translate data and tools for a wide variety of communities and to inform further local research
We hope you will participate in our webinar:
March 23 from 3:00 to 4:30 Eastern Daylight Time

To register go to: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/284488553


Announcement by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson regarding an important action being taken on the Clean Air Act aimed at protecting public health.

On Wednesday March 16, 2011 at 11:00 AM EST there will be an announcement by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson regarding an important action
being taken on the Clean Air Act aimed at protecting public health.
You can view this announcement live at www.epa.gov/live.
Following the announcement, EPA invites participation in a briefing with senior EPA officials about this action and its public health implications.
You will have the opportunity to ask questions during this briefing. We hope you can attend.
The call in details are:
Time: 1:00 PM EST
Call in number: 877-290-8017
Conference ID#: 52262665
I f you have any questions or need more information please contact Jen Youngblood, NTAA at jen@ntaatribalair.org or
John Larmett, EPA Office of Public Engagement at Larmett.John@epa.gov


Management of Tribal Air Quality in Alaska" Anchorage, AK April 26-29, 2011

This course will focus on strategic PLANNING for air quality work and on Project Management. It is not for beginners in air quality. It is for IGAP and environmental coordinators. Although applications received by March 9, 2011 will have priority consideration, there is still room in the course so I encourage more of you to apply. Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals: Pat Ellsworth patricia.ellsworth@nau.edu or 928-523-6721. ITEP website for applications: http://www4.nau.edu/itep/air/training_aq.asp


3/10/11

New CCAP Reports on Local Climate Adaptation and Green Infrastructure Efforts
The Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) recently released two new reports on improving community resilience and prosperity by incorporating climate change adaptation best practices into city planning strategies. The reports, The Value of Green Infrastructure for Urban Climate Adaptation  and Lessons Learned on Local Climate Adaptation from the Urban Leaders Adaptation Initiative , include examples of local government adaptation planning and discuss the multiple benefits of using green infrastructure.
 
The Value of Green Infrastructure for Urban Climate Adaptation  provides information on the costs and benefits of green infrastructure practices, such as eco-roofs, green alleys, and urban forestry. The report provides examples of a variety of approaches as well as the benefits to urban communities, such as improvements in land value, quality of life, public health, hazard mitigation, and regulatory compliance. The report also examines how local governments can use managerial, institutional, and market-based approaches to reduce climate risks and maintain resilience.
 
The Value of Green Infrastructure for Urban Climate Adaptation  is available at
http://www.ccap.org/docs/resources/989/Green_Infrastructure_FINAL.pdf .
 
Lessons Learned on Local Climate Adaptation from the Urban Leaders Adaptation Initiative  summarizes the main findings of CCAP’s Urban Leaders Adaptation Initiative. This partnership with local government leaders served to empower local communities to develop and implement climate-resilient strategies. The report concludes that effective approaches include comprehensive planning, using “no-regrets” strategies, and “mainstreaming” adaptation efforts into existing policies. In addition, the report finds that examining and communicating the multiple benefits of adaptation strategies can be especially useful for developing public support for initiatives.
 
Lessons Learned on Local Climate Adaptation from the Urban Leaders Adaptation Initiative  is available at
http://www.ccap.org/docs/resources/988/Urban_Leaders_Lessons_Learned_FINAL.pdf .


3/9/11

40 CFR 58 App A and QA Monitoring Requirements for Tribes--What Does it Mean for Me?


When: March 10, 2011 at 11:00 am Pacific
Call-in: 866-299-3188
Conf Code: 7027848263
Download a helpful guide for accessing the CFR documents and Appendix A from here:
http://itep68.itep.nau.edu/itep_downloads/AppA_Resources/
Ideas for the call include addressing some of the most frequently asked questions, as well as other questions asked by callers. Questions we have been asked before include:
What audits am I required to have?
Can my annual audit that I get from my nearby agency count as my NPAP or PEP audit?
Do I have to load my QC data into AQS?
How does this differ from loading the hourly (raw) data?
Why don't my QC checks show up in my AQS report as fulfilling the requirements?
Should I routinely invalidate high values if I am not sure about them?
Can I change data that I have already loaded into AQS?
Can I use the Tribal Data Toolbox just to get my data into the right format for AQS?
How can I tell if there is a trend in my data from year to year?
What about negative numbers in my data? Should I invalidate all of them, or change them to zeros? (please don't!)
And anything else you can think of!
Experts available on the call will include: Mike Papp, US EPA OAQPS; Jeremy Howe, Little River Band of Odawa Indians; Melinda Ronca-Battista, Glenn Gehring and Henry Gerard of the TAMS Center.


 

EPA Announces Next Steps for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Program

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is announcing that its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reporting Program has recently completed extensive work to develop GHG data reporting requirements for a wide range of different industries in response to Congressional mandates. This program will provide Congress, stakeholder groups and the public with information about these emissions while helping businesses identify cost effective ways to reduce emissions in the future.

To ensure that the requirements are practical and understandable to the thousands of companies already registered to report under the program, the agency is in the process of finalizing a user friendly online electronic reporting platform.

Following conversations with industry and others, and in the interest of providing high quality data to the public this year, EPA is extending this year's reporting deadline – originally March 31 – and plans to have the final uploading tool available this summer, with the data scheduled to be published later this year. This extension will allow EPA to further test the system that facilities will use to submit data and give industry the opportunity to test the tool, provide feedback, and have sufficient time to become familiar with the tool prior to reporting. The agency will provide more detail on these intended changes in the coming weeks and will ensure that this reporting extension is in effect before the original reporting deadline of March 31, 2011.

In addition to the nine rulemakings necessary to comply with congressional direction for the program, over the past two years EPA has established a public help center that operates through our website and efficient mechanisms for stakeholders to get answers from EPA experts to detailed technical questions. EPA has also conducted training sessions with each affected sector and held hundreds of meetings with stakeholders across the country.

EPA's greenhouse gas reporting program, launched in October 2009, requires the reporting of GHG emissions data from large emission sources and fuel suppliers across a range of industry sectors. This program will provide data that will help industries find ways to be more efficient and save money.

More information on these actions: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/extension.html

More information on the GHG Reporting Program: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/ghgrulemaking.html


3/3/11

Reminder the following letter was sent out to all the Tribal leaders on February 18, 2011, the deadline for responding or requesting consultation of this rule is coming quickly, March 10, 2011.

Dear Tribal Leader:

The purpose of this letter is to provide you with information about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) development of revised New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) under the Clean Air Act for new residential wood heaters and to invite you to consult should you believe that your Tribe could be affected by these standards.  

The wood heaters that are subject to the existing 1988 standards primarily include wood stoves, but exclude a number of other wood-burning appliances.   Technological   improvements have resulted in better performance of residential wood heaters; therefore, EPA plans to revise the standards to tighten the emission limits for new wood stoves and add regulations for additional types of new residential wood heaters:  new hydronic heaters (aka wood boilers), new wood-fired forced-air furnaces, new pellet stoves, and new masonry heaters.  EPA anticipates proposing the revisions and the new regulations this summer.  The proposed federal regulations would not affect existing units, but instead would be focused on improving new units. Manufacturers would comply with the standards primarily by improving combustion and efficiency.  

 Like the 1988 standards, the national standards EPA plans to propose would require manufacturers of new appliances to design those appliances to meet particulate matter emission limits, have representative model lines tested by independent, accredited labs, and attach EPA labels and hangtags after EPA approval.  In a number of communities, residential wood smoke increases particle pollution to levels that cause significant health concerns (e.g., asthma, heart attacks, premature death),  especially for elders and children.

EPA has already had outreach/informational meetings with some tribal representatives to provide opportunities for input prior to development of the proposed rule.  We provided information at the July 2010 National Tribal Forum/National Tribal Air Association (NTAA)  meeting in Albuquerque, NM and the November 2010 EPA Region 10 Tribal Leaders Summit in Juneau, AK.  We have also presented information on this proposed rulemaking in the April 2010 issue of Tribal Air News, and during EPA/NTAA Tribal workgroup conference calls (April 2010, July 2010, August 2010).  Specifically, we received input from EPA/NTAA Tribal workgroup members on culturally relevant exclusions from the proposed standards.

Because the standards would apply to newly-manufactured residential wood heater appliances that could be sold for use within Indian country, the Agency believes it is important to offer consultation with federally-recognized tribes.  EPA expects the proposed rule to improve  environmental protection within Indian country and nationwide. We are prepared to consult with you or your designee should you desire it.  If you would like to initiate or decline government-to-government consultation with EPA, please contact Laura McKelvey at mckelvey.laura@epa.gov  or (919) 541-5497.  Because of our tight schedule to propose regulations this summer, we kindly ask that you notify EPA of your intention regarding consultation by March 10, 2011.

We request your input to assure we develop the best rule possible.  We endeavor to conduct our efforts with sensitivity to the needs and culture of your tribe and with attention to the potential impacts of our actions.  We look forward to receiving your input.

Sincerely,

Gregory Green
Director
Outreach and Information Division


3/2/11

EPA Webcasts:

March 2011: Upcoming Climate and Energy Webcasts for State and Local Governments
This message provides details about nine upcoming webcasts being offered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Energy (DOE), and others. All webcasts are offered free of charge, but space may be limited.

ENERGY STAR Webcasts
Tips for Celebrating Earth Day, March 2
Benchmarking Water/Wastewater Plants in Portfolio Manager, March 10
Purchasing and Procuring Efficient Equipment, March 16
Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR, March 17
ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems, March 23
Other EPA Webcasts
Local Government Tools for Sustainable Design and Green Building Implementation, March 9
DOE Webcasts
Small and Distributed Wind, March 16
Developing Low-Interest Retrofit Programs for the Multifamily Sector, March 23
NOAA Webcasts
Roadmap for Adapting to Coastal Risk, March 8
APHA Webcasts
A Look at State and Local Climate Change Action Planning, March 2
***ENERGY STAR Webcasts

ENERGY STAR offers free online training to help you improve the energy performance of your organization. To register for any of these trainings or to see other upcoming ENERGY STAR trainings, visit: https://energystar.webex.com.

March 2, 2011, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST): Tips for Celebrating Earth Day
ENERGY STAR offers quarterly webinars on how to promote your sustainability efforts to your community. The topic this quarter: maximizing Earth Day opportunities to tell the story of your sustainability efforts.

March 10, 2011, 2:00-3:15 PM (EST): Benchmarking Water/Wastewater Plants in Portfolio Manager
ENERGY STAR offers free online training to teach you 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 wastewater treatment plants to establish baseline energy use, prioritize investments, set goals, and track improvements over time.

March 16, 2011: 1:00-2:00 PM (EST): Purchasing and Procuring Efficient Equipment
ENERGY STAR will host this webcast covering resources to help your organization purchase products with superior energy performance, guidelines that define energy performance for numerous products, sample procurement language, and software that calculates the life cycle costs of products.

March 17, 2011, 2:00-3:00 PM (EST): Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR will host this webcast on ways 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.

March 23, 2011, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST): ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems
ENERGY STAR will host this webcast covering 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.

*** Other EPA Webcasts

March 9, 2011, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST): Local Government Tools for Sustainable Design and Green Building Implementation: Removing Barriers and Providing Incentives for Change
Sponsored by EPA, this webinar will discuss how to promote and incorporate sustainable design and development components in local codes of ordinances, standards, and policies. The webinar will also introduce recently released EPA resources, including the Sustainable Design & Green Building Toolkit for Local Governments (www.epa.gov/region04/recycle/green-building-toolkit.pdf). Participants will be introduced to the concept of "Administrative Lean," and how it can be used to improve efficiencies and support green building incentive programs without increasing costs (http://www.epa.gov/lean). To register, visit: https://srameeting.webex.com/srameeting/j.php?ED=143048512&RG=1&UID=0

***DOE Webcasts

March 16, 2011, 1:00 PM (EST): Small and Distributed Wind
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind & Water Power Program, this webinar will discuss small, distributed, and community wind. For more information, or to register, visit: http://www.windpoweringamerica.gov/filter_detail.asp?itemid=2951

March 23, 2011, 3:00 PM (EST): Developing Low-Interest Retrofit Programs for the Multifamily Sector
Sponsored by DOE's Technical Assistance Program, this webinar discuss creating low-interest loan programs for the multifamily affordable housing sector. In addition to explaining several models for multifamily weatherization programs, there will be information about a ratepayer funding on-bill repayment program, a complementary 2009 Recovery Act-funded pilot program for low-income properties, and a low-interest pilot program that serves borrowers investing in affordable housing. Presenters will also offer information about selecting auditing firms and contractors, marketing a multifamily program to property owners, and verifying that tenants receive the energy savings and benefits that result from this sort of retrofit. To learn more, or to register, visit: http://www.nrel.gov/applying_technologies/state_local_activities/webinar_20110330.html

***NOAA Webcasts

March 8, 2011, 1:00-4:00 PM (EST): Roadmap for Adapting to Coastal Risk
Sponsored by the NOAA Coastal Services Center, this webinar introduces the "Roadmap" assessment methodology designed to help communities characterize their exposure to current and future hazard and climate threats and assess how existing planning and policy efforts may integrate this information to address community issues. To learn more, or to register, visit: http://www.csc.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/training/coastalrisk.html

To see other NOAA community risk and vulnerability assessment tools and methods, visit http://www.csc.noaa.gov/tools/

***APHA Webcasts

March 2, 2011, 2:00-3:00 PM (EST): A Look at State and Local Climate Change Action Planning
Sponsored by the American Public Health Association, this webinar is the first in a series that will feature speakers who will highlight state and local public health practices, climate change action planning, and how traditional public health tools can be used to enhance the capacity of state and local health departments in addressing climate change. To learn more, or to register, visit: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/schedule/display.do?udc=hktm33l21yx7March 2011: Upcoming Climate and Energy Webcasts for State and Local
Governments
This message provides details about nine upcoming webcasts being offered
by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of
Energy (DOE), and others. All webcasts are offered free of charge, but
space may be limited.

ENERGY STAR Webcasts
Tips for Celebrating Earth Day, March 2
Benchmarking Water/Wastewater Plants in Portfolio Manager, March 10
Purchasing and Procuring Efficient Equipment, March 16
Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR, March 17
ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems, March 23
Other EPA Webcasts
Local Government Tools for Sustainable Design and Green Building
Implementation, March 9
DOE Webcasts
Small and Distributed Wind, March 16
Developing Low-Interest Retrofit Programs for the Multifamily
Sector, March 23
NOAA Webcasts
Roadmap for Adapting to Coastal Risk, March 8
APHA Webcasts
A Look at State and Local Climate Change Action Planning, March 2
***ENERGY STAR Webcasts

ENERGY STAR offers free online training to help you improve the energy
performance of your organization. To register for any of these trainings
or to see other upcoming ENERGY STAR trainings, visit:
https://energystar.webex.com.

March 2, 2011, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST): Tips for Celebrating Earth Day
ENERGY STAR offers quarterly webinars on how to promote your
sustainability efforts to your community. The topic this quarter:
maximizing Earth Day opportunities to tell the story of your
sustainability efforts.

March 10, 2011, 2:00-3:15 PM (EST): Benchmarking Water/Wastewater Plants
in Portfolio Manager
ENERGY STAR offers free online training to teach you 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 wastewater treatment plants to establish
baseline energy use, prioritize investments, set goals, and track
improvements over time.

March 16, 2011: 1:00-2:00 PM (EST): Purchasing and Procuring Efficient
Equipment
ENERGY STAR will host this webcast covering resources to help your
organization purchase products with superior energy performance,
guidelines that define energy performance for numerous products, sample
procurement language, and software that calculates the life cycle costs
of products.

March 17, 2011, 2:00-3:00 PM (EST): Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades
with ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR will host this webcast on ways 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.

March 23, 2011, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST): ENERGY STAR and Green Building
Rating Systems
ENERGY STAR will host this webcast covering 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.

*** Other EPA Webcasts

March 9, 2011, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST): Local Government Tools for
Sustainable Design and Green Building Implementation: Removing Barriers
and Providing Incentives for Change
Sponsored by EPA, this webinar will discuss how to promote and
incorporate sustainable design and development components in local codes
of ordinances, standards, and policies. The webinar will also introduce
recently released EPA resources, including the Sustainable Design &
Green Building Toolkit for Local Governments (
www.epa.gov/region04/recycle/green-building-toolkit.pdf). Participants
will be introduced to the concept of "Administrative Lean," and how it
can be used to improve efficiencies and support green building incentive
programs without increasing costs (http://www.epa.gov/lean). To
register, visit:
https://srameeting.webex.com/srameeting/j.php?ED=143048512&RG=1&UID=0

***DOE Webcasts

March 16, 2011, 1:00 PM (EST): Small and Distributed Wind
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind & Water Power
Program, this webinar will discuss small, distributed, and community
wind. For more information, or to register, visit:
http://www.windpoweringamerica.gov/filter_detail.asp?itemid=2951

March 23, 2011, 3:00 PM (EST): Developing Low-Interest Retrofit Programs
for the Multifamily Sector
Sponsored by DOE's Technical Assistance Program, this webinar discuss
creating low-interest loan programs for the multifamily affordable
housing sector. In addition to explaining several models for multifamily
weatherization programs, there will be information about a ratepayer
funding on-bill repayment program, a complementary 2009 Recovery
Act-funded pilot program for low-income properties, and a low-interest
pilot program that serves borrowers investing in affordable housing.
Presenters will also offer information about selecting auditing firms
and contractors, marketing a multifamily program to property owners, and
verifying that tenants receive the energy savings and benefits that
result from this sort of retrofit. To learn more, or to register, visit:
http://www.nrel.gov/applying_technologies/state_local_activities/webinar_20110330.html

***NOAA Webcasts

March 8, 2011, 1:00-4:00 PM (EST): Roadmap for Adapting to Coastal Risk
Sponsored by the NOAA Coastal Services Center, this webinar introduces
the "Roadmap" assessment methodology designed to help communities
characterize their exposure to current and future hazard and climate
threats and assess how existing planning and policy efforts may
integrate this information to address community issues. To learn more,
or to register, visit:
http://www.csc.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/training/coastalrisk.html

To see other NOAA community risk and vulnerability assessment tools and
methods, visit http://www.csc.noaa.gov/tools/

***APHA Webcasts

March 2, 2011, 2:00-3:00 PM (EST): A Look at State and Local Climate
Change Action Planning
Sponsored by the American Public Health Association, this webinar is the
first in a series that will feature speakers who will highlight state
and local public health practices, climate change action planning, and
how traditional public health tools can be used to enhance the capacity
of state and local health departments in addressing climate change. To
learn more, or to register, visit:
https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/schedule/display.do?udc=hktm33l21yx7


2/22/11

Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, request proposals for the Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. Through this RFP, CDC seeks projects that reduce or eliminate housing-related health hazards and that promote housing that is healthy, safe, affordable, and accessible. Special emphasis should be placed on populations who suffer disproportionately from housing-related disease. $69 million expected to be available, up to 40 awards anticipated. Letters of Intent are requested but not required, and are due 2/28/11, final proposals due 3/18/11. For more info, contact Barry Brooks at BBrooks@cdc.gov or go to: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=67294. Refer to Sol# CDC-RFA-EH11-1102. (Grants.gov 1/31/11)


Overview of the NNEMS 2011 Program
(EPA's National Network for Environmental Management Studies Fellowship Program)


The purpose of the NNEMS program is to:
Provide students with practical research opportunities and experiences in an EPA office or laboratory
Increase public awareness of and involvement in environmental issues
Encourage qualified individuals to pursue environmental careers

Help defray the costs associated with the pursuit of academic programs related to the field of environmental protection, such as pollution control, science, engineering, technology, social science, and specialty areas
Each year, the NNEMS program offers fellowships developed and sponsored by EPA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and in EPA's 10 regional offices and laboratories throughout the United States. The projects are specifically narrow in scope, allowing students to complete the fellowship while working full-time at EPA during the summer or part-time during the school year.
Recipients of NNEMS fellowships receive a stipend based on the student's level of education and the duration and location of the project.
Complete details about the NNEMS program are provided in the NNEMS Catalog for 2011 [PDF, 3.0 MB, 90 pages, about PDF]. Portions of the information provided in the catalog are available online at this site, including:
2011 Research Projects
A matrix provides a list of projects available in 2011, grouped by category. Detailed descriptions of each of the fellowships offered in 2011 are available online, including an overview of the project, list of project goals, and final product to be developed for the project; information about the EPA office sponsoring the project; the location and duration of the project; and the desired educational level of the student.
How to Apply
Review a summary of the application procedures and eligibility requirements and download blank application forms.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Review a list of questions asked by applicants in previous years.
NNEMS Program Coordinators
Click here for a list of the schools or educational institutions that have NNEMS University Coordinators.
For more information: http://www.epa.gov/education/NNEMS/


Conference on Climate Adaptation: Practical Solutions for a Warming World.
The American Meteorological Society (AMS) Conference on Climate Adaptation: Practical Solutions for a Warming World is accepting abstracts until March 18, 2011.

The conference will occur during July 18- 20, 2011 in Asheville, North Carolina.

The Conference will offer a unique opportunity for scientists and non-scientists to interact and hear from one another. Joint sessions will be held with the 19th Conference on Applied Climatology and the 36th Annual Meeting of the American Association of State Climatologists.

This conference will showcase state-of-the-art adaptation research, present real-world examples from practitioners, and explore the role of science in adaptation planning and decision-making. Oral and poster presentations are solicited from a wide range of academic disciplines and professional groups (including local and state and tribal governments, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations).
Topics include but are not limited to:
· What are the latest advancements in climate product development, modeling capabilities, downscaling techniques
· Climate model downscaling: techniques, limitations, and opportunities
· Integrated modeling: natural, technological, ecological, and social
· Climate information and decision support tools
· Is science meeting adaptation needs
· Risk communication
· Dealing with uncertainty
· Approaches to climate change assessment
· Adaptation metrics
· How is society responding to the adaptation message
· From global to local: adaptation from a stakeholder's perspective
· Governance and institutions: making it work with and without special rules and regulations
· Linking science to policy and planning
· Education efforts/training/tools/models: what is already available and how is it helping
· What are the limits of our ability to prepare for coming climate challenges
· Climate extremes
· Financing: public and private options: by whom and how are adaptation actions being funded
· The intersection of adaptation and mitigation
Please submit your abstract electronically via the Web by March 18, 2011 (refer to the AMS Web page at http://www.ametsoc.org for instructions.) An abstract fee of $95 (payable by credit card or purchase order)is charged at the time of submission (refundable only if abstract is not accepted). This abstract fee will also include the costs for submission of an extended electronic manuscript (details below) and digital recording of all oral presentations.
A preliminary program, registration, hotel, and general information will appear on the AMS website http://www.ametsoc.org in April 2011.
For additional information please contact the program chairs:
· Lee Tryhorn, Northeast Regional Climate Center <lmt72@cornell.edu>, 607-254-6396
· Lynne Carter, Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program, <lynne@srcc.lsu.edu>, 225 578-8374
· Lisa Dilling, University of Colorado, Boulder, <ldilling@colorado.edu>, 303-735-3678


2/17/11

National Wildlife Federation Tribal Lands Conservation Program Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals - March 22-23, 2011

Registration


Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy for Tribal Community Development
Workshops
http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/tribalenergy/upcoming_events.cfm

EERE Tribal Energy Program

Coming Soon to a Location Near You: Tribal EECBG Strategic Planning
Workshops

The Tribal Energy Program and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Block Grant (EECBG) Program are offering several "Energy Efficiency and
Renewable Energy for Tribal Community Development" workshops in early
2011.
These workshops are designed to assist tribes with the development and
implementation of long-term strategic energy plans, from developing an
energy vision (where you are and where you want to go) to identifying
current and future energy needs and exploring the portfolio of available
energy efficiency and renewable energy options to following the process
for fulfilling the vision. For Tribal EECBG recipients, the workshops
will also be an opportunity for you to meet the DOE program staff
working on your grant, learn how to get technical assistance, and hear
from other tribes about their energy projects. These three-day workshops
are scheduled across the country.

February Workshops
Date Location
Feb 15-17 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Feb 22-24 Seattle/Tacoma, Washington

March Workshops
Date Location
March 8-10 Green Bay, Wisconsin
March 22-24 Palm Springs, California

April Workshops
Date Location
April 12-14 Fairbanks, Alaska

Registration
No registration fee is being charged, but advance registration is
required to ensure adequate seating and food service. To register,
please complete the attached registration form and return it by e-mail
to tribaleecbg@go.doe.gov  (subject line: EECBG Workshop Registration) or
by fax to 720-356-1350.

For more information on the agenda or lodging information, please see
the Upcoming Tribal Energy Program Events page on the Tribal Energy
Program Web site
http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/tribalenergy/upcoming_events.cfm


CEQ Extends Comment Period for Tribes RE: Climate Change Effects and GHG Emissions

On February 18, 2010, the President's Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued a guidance document captioned "Draft NEPA Guidance on Consideration of the Effects of Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions". Although the period for filing public comments on the CC/GHG Guidance has closed, in recognition of the government-to-government relationship with tribes, CEQ will accept comments from tribes; CEQ is quite interested in receiving such comments. Tribal comments should filed by email to Scott Nuzum at Robert_S._Nuzum@ceq.eop.gov   no later than February 28, 2011 .

http://mail.hsdwdc.com/eflyers/2011/GM_11 009_CEQ_GuidanceGreenhouseGasEmissions.pd f


2/16/11

February 2011 - Over $228 Million in Federal Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

This message announces the availability of more than $228 million in current or upcoming funding opportunities for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Department of Transportation (DOT) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including energy efficiency, regional planning, and community education. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

*** EPA Integrated Assessment of Transportation-Related Policies on Greenhouse Gases, Land Use Change, and Other Economy-Wide Impacts – $0.5 million
Application Due: February 17, 2011
Eligible Entities: States, local governments, territories, Indian tribes, and possessions of the United States

EPA requests proposals for Integrated Assessment of Transportation-Related Policies on Greenhouse Gases, Land Use Change, and Other Economy-Wide Impacts. Through this RFP, EPA seeks projects that advance comprehensive, integrated modeling and assessment of multiple greenhouse gases and air pollutants; to further the public's understanding of the interaction of the economic, energy, and environmental impacts of increased renewable fuel use in the U.S. transportation sector using a robust modeling framework. $500K expected to be available, 1 award anticipated. For more info, contact Sharyn Lie at lie.sharyn@epa.gov or go to: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=61714.

*** EPA Reducing Children's Environmental Exposures – $1.5 million
Application Due: February 18, 2011
Eligible Entities: States or state agencies, territories, city or township governments, county governments, the District of Columbia, federally recognized American Indian Tribes, and other

EPA requests proposals for Building Capacity to Reduce Children's Environmental Exposures in Child-Occupied Settings. This program seeks to address children's environmental health in underserved communities by building capacity to reduce exposures in child-occupied settings. Targeted health hazards include, but are not limited to, lead, mercury, and arsenic; air pollutants, both indoor and ambient; radon; carbon monoxide; asbestos; and water pollution. $1.5 million expected to be available, up to 20 awards anticipated. Responses due 2/18/11. For more info, contact Kathy Seikel at seikel.kathy@epa.gov or go to: http://yosemite.epa.gov/ochp/ochpweb.nsf/content/grants.htm.

***EPA Source Reduction Assistance Grant Program - $1.17 million
Application Due: February 24, 2011
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes and tribal consortia

EPA Regions (with the exception of Region 6) request proposals for the Source Reduction Assistance Grant Program, for projects that support pollution prevention and source reduction. Priority areas vary by EPA Region. Examples include developing/implementing green curricula; funding interns to conduct P2/source reduction projects; eliminating toxics by using more benign substitutes in schools, hospitals, or elsewhere; sustainable manufacturing; green chemistry; green economy/green jobs; and environmental justice. $1.17 million expected to be available, 20 awards anticipated. For more info, including EPA Regional priorities, go to: http://www.epa.gov/p2/pubs/grants/.

*** DOE Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency on Tribal Lands - $1.5 million
Application Due: March 3, 2011
Eligible Entities: Indian tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, or tribal consortia

DOE requests proposals for First Steps Toward Developing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency on Tribal Lands. Areas of interest include strategic planning, energy options analysis, energy organization development, and human capacity building related to sustainable energy efficiency implementation and/or renewable energy development. Up to $1.5 million expected to be available, up to 20 awards anticipated. Responses due 3/3/11. For more info, contact Paige Smith at paige.smith@go.doe.gov or go to: https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/?doc=DE-FOA-0000422&agency=DOE.

*** HUD Sustainable Communities Research Grants - $1.5 million
Application Due: March 4, 2011 (Due date extended)
Eligible Entities: Nationally recognized and accredited institutions of higher education; non-profit foundations, think tanks, research consortia or policy institutes, and for-profit organizations located in the United States.

HUD request proposals for the Transformation Initiative: Sustainable Communities Research Grant Program. Through this RFP, HUD is interested primarily in sponsoring cutting-edge research in affordable housing development and preservation, transportation-related issues, economic development and job creation, land use planning and urban design, green and sustainable energy practices, and a range of issues related to sustainability. Up to $1.5 million expected to be available, individual awards not to exceed $500K. For more info, go to: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=61813.

*** DOC Economic Development Administration Public Works, Economic Adjustment, and Global Climate Change Mitigation Programs Opportunity – Likely ~$25 million
Application Due: Depends on funding cycle; next funding cycle is due March 10, 2011
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, non-profits, private institutes of higher education

DOC's Economic Development Administration (EDA) helps distressed communities establish a foundation for durable regional economies throughout the United States. EDA generally allocates funds for the Global Climate Change Mitigation Incentive Fund (GCCMIF) to support projects that foster economic competitiveness while enhancing environmental quality. EDA anticipates that these funds will be used to advance the green economy by supporting projects that create jobs through and increase private capital investment in initiatives to limit the nation's dependence on fossil fuels, enhance energy efficiency, curb greenhouse gas emissions, and protect natural systems.

While the amount of funding available through this opportunity is dependent on FY2011 appropriations and is not yet known, EDA allocated $25,000,000 for the GCCMIF in 2010. The average size of a GCCMIF investment was approximately $840,000. For more info, including regional contacts, go to: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=58457.

*** DOT Innovative Transit Workforce Development - $1 million
Application Due: March 15, 2011
Eligible Entities: Urban and rural transit agencies, state departments of transportation (DOTs) providing public transportation services, and Indian tribes
DOT's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requests proposals for the Innovative Transit Workforce Development Program. This RFP will support projects that demonstrate innovative workforce development practices and programs in public transportation. FTA will accept applications targeting one or more of the following activity areas: tracked pre-employment training/preparation, recruitment and hiring, incumbent worker training and retention, and succession planning/phased retirement. $1 million expected to be available, individual awards not to exceed $500K. Responses due 3/15/11. For more info, contact Jarrett Stoltzfus at jarrett.stoltzfus@dot.gov or go to: http://www.fta.dot.gov/funding/grants_financing_7829.html.

*** DOE Energy Efficiency Development and Deployment in Indian Country - $4 million
Application Due: March 16, 2011
Eligible Entities: Indian tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, or tribal consortia

DOE requests proposals for Energy Efficiency Development and Deployment in Indian Country. Areas of interest include: 1) feasibility studies to assess and determine the technical and economic feasibility of energy efficiency improvements to existing tribally owned buildings, and 2) installation of energy efficiency improvements at existing tribally owned buildings. Up to $4 million expected to be available, up to 20 awards anticipated. For more info, contact Kasey Koch at kasey.koch@go.doe.gov or go to: https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/?doc=DE-FOA-0000423&agency=DOE.

*** EPA FY11 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant Guidelines - $4 million
Application Due: March 18, 2011
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, tribes, non-profit organizations, other

This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits proposals from eligible entities, including non-profit organizations, to deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs focused on hazardous and solid waste management, assessment, and cleanup-associated activities. While Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants focus on hazardous and solid waste remediation and health and safety, including required core training in HAZWOPER, applicants may design their own curriculums by choosing what types of supplemental environmental training they want to provide. For more information, visit http://www.epa.gov/brownfields or access the RFP at http://www.epa.gov/oswer/docs/grants/epa-oswer-oblr-11-01.pdf.

*** EPA FY 2011 Pollution Prevention Grant Program - $4.1 million
Application Due: March 29, 2011
Eligible Entities: States, state agencies, federally recognized tribes and intertribal consortia, others

EPA's Pollution Prevention (P2) grant program supports state and tribal technical assistance programs to help businesses identify better environmental strategies and solutions for reducing or eliminating waste at the source. EPA Regions will award P2 grants and/or cooperative agreements to support state and tribal technical assistance programs that address the reduction or elimination of pollution by businesses across all environmental media: air, water, and land. Under this year's competition, proposals must describe activities that address one or more of the national focus areas: greenhouse gas reduction, toxic and hazardous materials reduction, resource conservation, business efficiency, and P2 integration. To complement the five national focus areas identified above, each EPA Region has developed a set of priorities that highlight specific environmental issues, projects, and/or programs that are of significant interest to the Region. Applicants must address at least one or more of the priorities from the EPA Region in which the project will take place. For more information, contact Michelle Amhaz at (202)-564-8857 or visit http://www.epa.gov/ogd/competition/open_awards.htm

*** DOE Renewable Energy Development and Deployment in Indian Country - $4 million
Application Due: March 31, 2011
Eligible Entities: Indian tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, or tribal consortia

DOE requests proposals for Renewable Energy Development and Deployment in Indian Country. Areas of interest include: 1) feasibility studies to determine the technical and economic viability of a future renewable project, 2) development (pre-construction) activities leading to the deployment of renewable energy projects, and 3) deployment (construction) of renewable energy projects for power production. Up to $4 million expected to be available, up to 20 awards anticipated. For more info, contact Kathryn Buckley at kathryn.buckley@go.doe.gov or go to: https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/?doc=DE-FOA-0000424&agency=DOE.

*** DOE Weatherization Formula Grants – approximately $180 million
Application Due: Varies by program year
Eligible Applications: Agencies that administer the WAP program

DOE requests proposals for the Weatherization Assistance Program Formula Grant. The purpose of WAP is to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons, reduce residential expenditures, and improve health and safety. Lead applicants must be agencies that administer the WAP program. Approx. $180 million expected to be available, 50 awards anticipated. Proposals due date varies by prime applicants program year. For more info, contact Meghaan Hampton at Meghaan.Hampton@netl.doe.gov or go to: https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/?doc=DE-FOA-0000446&agency=DOE.


2/15/11

Tribal Construction Projects Conference. March 10 & 11 in Albuquerque, NM

Law Seminars International is pleased to announce a comprehensive
conference on Tribal Construction and Infrastructure Project
Development. Tribal construction faces its own unique set of issues.
This two-day seminar addresses topics that are fundamental and cutting
edge and critically important for all attorneys, tribal
representatives, industry executives and governmental officials
involved with or considering involvement with tribal construction
projects.

We have drawn speakers from around the country with special expertise
in tribal infrastructure and construction issues to provide valuable
information on funding and financing issues; best project delivery
methods; management tips for federal projects; tips for getting
qualified as contractors; liability and risk issues, structuring
business relationships; NEPA review for non-tribal projects on tribal
lands, and contracting drafting tips for effective supervision and
dispute resolution. This program is an exceptional informative and
networking opportunity and should not be missed.

For more information and to register please visit http://www.lawseminars.com/detail.php?SeminarCode=11TCONNM
or call Law Seminars International at (206) 567-4490.

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Tribal Energy in the Southwest Conference. April 28 & 29 in Scottsdale/
Fountain Hills, AZ.

Law Seminars International is pleased to announce the 6th annual
"Tribal Energy in the Southwest" Conference. Administration policy
and state renewable energy mandates are combining to empower
Southwestern tribes to transition from merely providing land, fuels or
rights of way, to becoming active entrepreneurial participants in
energy projects. The President has made new commitments to the
Nation's tribes to support economic diversification and development,
especially in the energy sector.

This conference focuses on specific opportunities for projects in the
Southwest and energy or power sales from projects outside the region.
We will discuss federal and state policies, including the latest moves
to promote tribal economic development in the energy arena, the
practicalities of funding projects, structuring deals, and tools for
overcoming regulatory hurdles.

Our distinguished faculty will provide practical tips for companies
dealing with tribes, and vice versa, and lessons from the trenches for
all participants in energy projects in Indian country. This conference
is a must for attorneys, tribal representatives, industry executives
and consultants seeking key information on tribal energy development
in the Southwest. Sign up soon.

For more information and to register please visit http://www.lawseminars.com/detail.php?SeminarCode=11TRIBAZ
or call Law Seminars International at (206) 567-4490.

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Tribal Water in the Pacific Northwest. April 11 & 12 in Seattle, WA.

Law Seminars International is pleased to announce an important and
timely conference on Tribal Water in the Pacific Northwest. Tribal
water rights are becoming increasingly critical. In addition to the
traditional Winters Doctrine concerns over determining the Tribal
allocation of water based on the reservation PIA (Practical Irrigable
Acreage), there is a growing emphasis on so-called Winans rights which
involve a heavy emphasis on Treaty rights and stream flows needed to
support those rights. This is obvious in the Puget Sound basin because
of the large number of fish-producing rivers that have been dammed,
large diversions and withdrawals of ground water adjacent to streams,
and similar problems in other major river systems including the
Columbia and Klamath River basins.

This seminar will examine Tribal demands for water flows in hydro
relicensing and the possibility of federal court adjudications of
stream flows in the absence of state-sponsored stream adjudications
among other recent developments. Register soon.

For more information and to register please visit http://www.lawseminars.com/detail.php?SeminarCode=11TRIBWWA
or call Law Seminars International at (206) 567-4490.


45-minute webinar for State & Tribal stakeholders to walk through the Agency's draft study plan on hydraulic fracturing

On Wednesday, February 16 at 1:15 PM EST, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be hosting a 45-minute webinar for State & Tribal stakeholders to walk through the Agency's draft study plan on hydraulic fracturing. This study plan is currently under review with the Agency's Science Advisory Board (SAB). Specific instructions for joining the conference are below. If you are a first-time webinar user, please be sure to sign on 15 minutes prior to the start time in order to register and download the necessary software.

Instructions for Joining the Webinar:

Conference Link: http://portal.epa.gov/webconference (This link should be used by all attendees)
Conference ID: 147034
Conference Key: ope (This key is used with along with the unique six-digit Conference ID)
Dial-in Number: 1-877-290-8017

1. From any browser, go to: http://portal.epa.gov/webconference. No portal login will be required.
2. First time users of the web conference software will be asked to either install or run a desktop client that supports the webinar. This is an automated one-time process that takes less than a minute. Once complete, you will be prompted for a conference id, a conference key, and your name. We strongly suggest that this process be started 15 minutes before the conference.
3. In the "Join Conference" box on the right side of the screen, enter the six-digit conference ID for the specific session you wish to attend. Enter your name where requested and the three-digit Conference Key: ope
4. These webinars are not supported on Apple computers. A computer with a Windows operating system is required.
5. Users of Vista or Windows 7 operating systems should follow the attached instructions to enable the download of the webinar client. This is also a one-time process that takes 1-2 minutes.


2/10/11

March 1, 2011, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM (EST): Preparing States for a Changing Climate: Low-cost Strategies for State Climate Change Adaptation Planning
 
American Rivers presents a webcast on climate change adaptation planning that provides an in-depth look at recently released adaptation frameworks from Maryland and Oregon. The webcast will examine how Maryland and Oregon plan to reduce vulnerability to climate change in a budget-constrained environment. Representatives from state agencies directly involved in these planning processes will highlight key elements from their states’ adaptation planning frameworks, discuss lessons learned in the process, and examine the challenges that lay ahead in implementing the recommendations.

This webcast will build on recent EPA adaptation webcasts that have focused on the process of identifying climate change vulnerabilities and initiating planning efforts. In this event, we will move beyond a focus on process to examine the most cost-effective and flexible management practices and policy changes for building resilience over the long term. For more information, or to register, visit: http://www.americanrivers.org/newsroom/blog/preparing-states-for-changing-climate-2-4-2011.html


EPA Offers Proven Solutions to Support Sustainable Community Goals
 
On February 3, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the Sustainable Communities Building Blocks Program, an initiative designed to help interested communities adopt sustainable planning methods. The program will provide quick, targeted technical assistance to 20 local and/or tribal governments in the United States, using a variety of tools that have demonstrated results and widespread application. This technical assistance will help communities implement development approaches that protect the environment, improve public health, create jobs, expand economic opportunity, and improve overall quality of life.
 
Each technical assistance project will include: 

    • Public engagement — for example, a one-day workshop that is open to the public.
    • Direct consultation with relevant decision-makers.
    • A memo outlining specific steps the community could take if it wants to implement the ideas generated during the site visit.
Among the tools that will be used are zoning code reviews, walkability assessments, parking policy analysis, climate action planning, commuter benefits, complete streets, and fiscal and economic tools. 
EPA will work with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to select 20 participating communities through a competitive process. 
Sustainable Communities Building Blocks is being coordinated through the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, a joint effort between the EPA, HUD, and DOT to coordinate federal actions on housing, transportation, and environmental protection. This interagency collaboration achieves efficient federal investments in infrastructure, facilities, and services that meet multiple economic, environmental, and community objectives.
 
The application period opens on February 3 and ends on February 23, 2011. 
More information and submission instructions for the Sustainable Communities Building Blocks Program:
http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/buildingblocks.htm
 
More information on the Partnership for Sustainable Communities:
http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/partnership/index.html

2011 National Indian Energy Group- First Annual Tribal Sustainability Conference

Renewable Energy . Green Building . Sustainable Living
. May 17-19, 2011
. Billings Hotel and Convention Center, Billings MT

Come join us at the beautiful Billings Hotel and Convention Center in Billings Montana for our first annual Tribal Sustainable Communities Conference.

As Native Americans, you hold the keys to some of North America's most valuable natural resources.  Understanding how to properly utilize these resources to develop self-sustaining economies and jobs while protecting the spiritual, traditional, and environmental need of the tribes and your land is crucial to your future.

The two day conference agenda will cover a range of topics, including:
. Renewable energy technology basics and project development on tribal lands
. "Green" building technologies
. Sustainable, alternative agriculture methods for both self-sustenance and revenue/job creation
. Grant writing and government programs
. Community and project planning techniques
. Successful tribal business models
. Project Financing

Other activities and sessions will include a Tribal Leadership Roundtable, Year in Review, Legal Update, and discussions on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Evenings will include several opportunities for networking and meeting other tribal members as well as representatives from government agencies and energy vendors.  Make sure to bring plenty of business cards!
Our event for the night of Wednesday, May 18th will include a message from our Keynote speaker (to be announced), and end with an evening of entertainment by our good friend Jared Stewart, award winning blues artist and member of the Crow Nation.

Contact Paul Lindsey for more details at: paul@nationalindianenergy.com  or call 773-234-5882

Developing sustainable communities is the goal of all indigenous peoples.  It is NIEG's charter to assist you in reaching that goal in any way possible.
Don't miss this exciting networking and learning opportunity!
http://www.nationalindianenergy.com/events.html

2/8/11

2011 National Indian Energy Group First Annual Tribal Sustainability Conference

Renewable Energy . Green Building . Sustainable Living
. May 17-19, 2011
. Billings Hotel and Convention Center, Billings MT

Come join us at the beautiful Billings Hotel and Convention Center in Billings Montana for our first annual Tribal Sustainable Communities Conference.

As Native Americans, you hold the keys to some of North America's most valuable natural resources.  Understanding how to properly utilize these resources to develop self-sustaining economies and jobs while protecting the spiritual, traditional, and environmental need of the tribes and your land is crucial to your future.

The two day conference agenda will cover a range of topics, including:
. Renewable energy technology basics and project development on tribal lands
. "Green" building technologies
. Sustainable, alternative agriculture methods for both self-sustenance and revenue/job creation
. Grant writing and government programs
. Community and project planning techniques
. Successful tribal business models
. Project Financing

Other activities and sessions will include a Tribal Leadership Roundtable, Year in Review, Legal Update, and discussions on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Evenings will include several opportunities for networking and meeting other tribal members as well as representatives from government agencies and energy vendors.  Make sure to bring plenty of business cards!
Our event for the night of Wednesday, May 18th will include a message from our Keynote speaker (to be announced), and end with an evening of entertainment by our good friend Jared Stewart, award winning blues artist and member of the Crow Nation.
Contact Paul Lindsey for more details at: paul@nationalindianenergy.com  or call 773-234-5882

Developing sustainable communities is the goal of all indigenous peoples.  It is NIEG's charter to assist you in reaching that goal in any way possible.
Don't miss this exciting networking and learning opportunity!
http://www.nationalindianenergy.com/events.html


2/1/11

    DOE Tribal Summit, Funding Opportunities, Upcoming Training, Internships, and MoreJanuary 28, 2011

     
    The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Tribal Energy Program is pleased to announce the issuance of three tribal energy funding opportunities, a series of regional workshops, and an opportunity for tribal students to intern with the Tribal Energy Program. DOE has also announced its upcoming Tribal Summit and the appointment of Tracey LeBeau as the Director of Indian Energy Policy and Programs.  Please also find a list of other funding opportunities that may be of interest to tribes, attached. See below and attached for more information.

    DOE Tribal Summit
    DOE will host a summit of American Indian/Alaska Native Governments in Washington DC on May 5, 2011 (please see the save-the-date flyer on the Tribal Energy Program Web site ; more information will be dissiminated as it becomes available).

    DOE's New Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs
    DOE has established an Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs. The office, to be led by Tracey A. LeBeau, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, was established to more effectively engage tribal governments in our national energy priorities and to promote tribal energy development.

    Funding Opportunities
    On January 19, 2011, DOE announced nearly $10 million in funding to support the evaluation, development, and deployment of energy on tribal lands. Read a full copy of the DOE press release . DOE's Tribal Energy Program is currently seeking applications for funding from Indian tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortiums. See the Tribal Energy Program Web site for more on these funding opportunity announcements .

    In addition to DOE's FOAs, there are 24 funding notices included in Solicitations Issue 208  (attached). Please check each notice for eligibility, as many are not specific to tribes. Questions should be directed to the contacts identified for each notice. A huge thanks to Laurie Brown and the Washington State University (WSU) Extension Energy Program for distributing these solicitation newsletters for more than 12 years. Thank you, Laurie and WSU.

    Upcoming Training
    DOE's Tribal Energy Program and Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program is offering several "Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for Tribal Community Development" workshops in early 2011. These workshops are designed to assist tribes with the development and implementation of long-term strategic energy plans, from developing an energy vision (where you are and where you want to go) to identifying current and future energy needs and exploring the portfolio of available energy efficiency and renewable energy options to the process toward fulfilling the vision. For Tribal EECBG recipients, the workshops will also be an opportunity for you to meet the DOE program staff working on your grant, learn how to get technical assistance, and hear from other tribes about their energy projects. These three-day workshops are scheduled across the country. For dates, locations, agenda, and registration information, please see the Upcoming Tribal Energy Program Events page on the Tribal Energy Program Web site .

    Student Internships  
    DOE's Tribal Energy Program is seeking current college upper-classmen and graduate students for summer 2011 internships. Students must be U.S. citizens and Native Americans (defined as a member of a federally recognized tribe, Alaska Village, or Alaska Corporation) with specific interest in renewable energy. Applications are due February 18, 2011. To apply, download the attached application form and send it to the attention of Sandra Begay-Campbell, Sandia National Laboratories, P.O. Box 5800, Albuquerque, NM 87185. For more information on the internship program, including comments and papers from past interns, see the Tribal Energy Program Web site  and the attached application form.

    Regards,


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

    For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Energy Development , please visit our Web site .


1/25/11

Extreme Event Impacts on Air Quality and Water Quality with a Changing Global Climate

Opening Date: January 21, 2011
Closing Date: April 18, 2011 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time
http://epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2011/2011_star_extremeevent.html

Synopsis of Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing the development of assessments, tools and techniques, and demonstration of innovative technologies for providing information and capacity to adequately prepare for climate-induced changes in extreme events in the context of air and water quality management.  A goal of this RFA is to seek a better understanding of the hazards (the extreme events) and to establish ways for climate scientists, impact assessment modelers, air and water quality managers, and other stakeholders to co-produce information necessary to form sound policy in relation to extreme events and their impact on air and water quality under a changing climate.

In addition to regular awards, this solicitation includes the opportunity for early career projects. The purpose of the early career award is to fund research projects smaller in scope and budget by early career PIs.  Please see Section III of this Request for Applications (RFA) for details on the early career eligibility criteria.

Specific Research Areas of Interest/Expected Output and Outcomes

Note to applicant:  The term "output" means an environmental activity or effort, and associated work products, related to a specific environmental goal(s), (e.g., testing a new methodology), that will be produced or developed over a period of time under the agreement. The term "outcome" means the result, effect, or consequence that will occur from the above activit(ies) that is related to an environmental, behavioral, or health-related objective.

Applications should respond to two or more of the following topics:

1. What tools or techniques are available, or can be developed, and can be demonstrated to identify changes across historical data records of extreme events that impact air or water quality?  Can these tools or techniques demonstrate the linkages between observed events, past trends in events, and future predicted climate change induced extreme events that impact air or water quality?
2. Can we identify the likelihood of multiple extreme events occurring together in a given region that impact air or water quality? What might be the likely impacts of these (multiple) events on regional to local scale air and water quality?
3. How can air quality and water quality models be enhanced to capture the changes in various kinds of extreme events, likely in different regions of the country over the next several decades, that impact air or water quality? 
4. What tools or techniques can provide local and regional scale information on extreme events to policy makers and planners who are developing sustainable systems to be in place over the next several decades that affect air and water quality?

Award Information

Anticipated Type of Award: Grant 
Estimated Number of Awards: Approximately 6 regular awards and approximately 4 early career awards.
Anticipated Funding Amount: Approximately $6 million total for all awards
Potential Funding per Award: Up to a total of $750,000 for regular awards and $375,000 for early career awards, including direct and indirect costs, with a maximum duration of 3 years. Cost-sharing is not required.  Proposals with budgets exceeding the total award limits will not be considered.

Eligibility Information

Public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes public institutions of higher education and hospitals) and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes private institutions of higher education and hospitals) located in the U.S., state and local governments, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, and U.S. territories or possessions are eligible to apply.  Special eligibility criteria apply to the early career project portion of this RFA. See full announcement for more details.


1/25/11

EPA/Office of Children's Health Protection - Grant Funding Opportunity (Tribes Eligible) - Closing Date = February 18, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

EPA's Office of Children's Health Protection is pleased to announce the release of a solicitation for grant proposals to address children's environmental health in underserved communities by building capacity for these communities to reduce environmental exposures in child-occupied settings, eg, homes, schools and child care centers. Funds available for award are expected to total approximately $1.5 million, and EPA intends to award approximately 15-20 awards, each for an amount not to exceed $100,000. The due date for initial proposals is February 18, 2011. Assistance under this competition is available to States or state agencies, territories, city or township governments, county governments, the District of Columbia, federally recognized American Indian Tribes, possessions of the U.S, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, other public or private nonprofit institutions, and 501(c)(3) organizations.

For complete information regarding this Request for Initial Proposals, see: http://yosemite.epa.gov/ochp/ochpweb.nsf/content/grants.htm


1/21/11

EPA Seeks Applications for Environmental Community Grants

EPA is making approximately $2 million available in 2011 to reduce pollution at the local level through the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program. CARE is a community-based program that works with county and local governments, tribes, non-profit organizations and universities to help the public understand and reduce toxic risks from numerous sources.  Since 2005, CARE has reached 78 communities in several states and territories. A recent evaluation by the National Association of Public Administration (NAPA) recognized the CARE program as a solid tested framework for engaging communities and other stakeholders.
EPA will award CARE cooperative agreements in two levels. Level I awards range from $75,000 to $100,000 each and will help establish community-based partnerships to develop local environmental priorities.  Level II awards range from $150,000 to $300,000 each and will support communities that have established broad-based partnerships, have identified the priority toxic risks in the community, and are prepared to measure results, implement risk-reduction activities and become self-sustaining.  

Please note that due to appropriation law concerns, until Congress provides separate authorization, EPA can only award CARE Level II cooperative agreements to applicants that have already received CARE Level I cooperative agreements.

Applications for the CARE assistance agreements are due by March 22, 2011, 4 p.m. EST.  EPA will conduct three Webcasts to answer questions from prospective applicants about the application process on February 8 and 23, and March 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For more information about the CARE assistance agreements visit: http://www.epa.gov/care/  

2011 CARE Request for Proposals (RFP)

News release


Secretary Chu Announces New Efforts to Promote Clean Energy in Tribal Communities

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today two new initiatives to promote tribal energy development and continue strengthening the partnership between the Department of Energy (DOE) and tribal nations. Up to $10 million will be available this year through the DOE's Tribal Energy Program to support the evaluation, development and deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects on tribal lands that will help save energy and money, expand the use of renewable energy resources, and promote economic development for tribal communities.
Read the whole article


1/13/11

Residential Wood Smoke Workshop, March 1-3 in Salt Lake City.  

EPA and WESTAR are sponsoring a Residential Wood Smoke Workshop, March 1-3 in Salt Lake City.   Attached is the agenda and brochure that outlines workshop topics, registration and hotel  information.   The Workshop is being held at the same time as the hearth industry's national EXPO which allows workshop participants to tour the EXPO floor/burn area - see agenda for details and for more info on the hearth EXPO go to: http://www.hpbexpo.com/ .  

The workshop registration date and hotel deadline is Monday, February 14 (Note: Hotel registration will not start until Monday, January 17).  If you have questions or comments feel free to contact Bob Lebens at blebens@westar.org or 503-478-4956 or Larry Brockman at  brockman.larry@epa.gov or 919-541-5398. We hope you or a representative of your organization can join us.

Brochure (PDF)
Agenda (PDF)


1/7/11

Woodstove Heating in Tribal Homes Webinar, Tuesday, January 25th, 2011,  
10:00 am - 11:30 am (PST)

Announcement (PDF) (1 pp, 593 kb)
   


 

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