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

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12/20/12

Tribal New Source Review

EPA responds to petitions to reconsider and requests to stay the Tribal New Source Review Rule

For more information click here.

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Bureau of Indian Affairs Leasing Final Rule Published November 27, 2012
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On November 27, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn announced final regulations that will streamline the leasing approval process on Indian land, spurring increased homeownership, and expediting business and commercial development, including renewable energy projects.

The comprehensive reform, informed by nation-to-nation tribal consultations and public comment, overhauls antiquated regulations governing the Bureau of Indian Affairs� process for approving the surface leases on lands the federal government holds in trust for Indian tribes and individuals. As trustee, Interior manages about 56 million surface acres in Indian Country.

For more information, visit the TEEIC Web site at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

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Bristol Bay Conducted a Wood Heating Survey

Bristol Bay in AK conducted a wood heating survey and developed messaging to reduce wood smoke. For more information click below.

http://www.epa.gov/air/tribal/pdfs/Final Draft QAPP for BBNA AQ Project 5-21-2012.pdf

http://www.epa.gov/air/tribal/pdfs/BBNA Burn Baby Burn flyer 9-2012.pdf

http://www.epa.gov/air/tribal/pdfs/Burn Baby burn or Not ATCEM 11-6-2012.pdf

 


12/18/2012

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WaterSMART: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants (Applications due: Jan. 17, 2013)
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The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant program provides funding to communities in the western United States 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, and carry out activities to address climate-related impacts on water.

The application deadline for a 2013 WaterSMART grant is January 17, 2013. The following entities may apply provided they are located in an eligible region of the United States: any state, Indian tribe, irrigation district, water district, or other organization with water or power delivery authority. Eligible regions of the U.S. are the following western states and U.S. territories: 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, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

For more information, visit the TEEIC Web site at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

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Approximately $23 Million in Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

This message announces the availability of approximately $23 million in current opportunities for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Endowment for the Arts, Bureau of Land Reclamation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and Economic Development Administration (EDA) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including community sustainability, water efficiency, and climate vulnerability assessments. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.
 
In addition, please visit the calendar of 2012 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.
 
***EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants Program – $1.5 million
Application Due: January 7, 2013
Eligible Entities: Federally recognized tribal governments; tribal organizations working to educate, empower, and enable their communities; or incorporated nonprofits.
 
The Environmental Justice Small Grants Program provides funding for projects that address local environmental and public health issues within an affected community. The grants enable award recipients to conduct research, provide education, and develop solutions to local health and environmental issues in communities overburdened by harmful pollution.
 
For more information, visit the grant opportunity webpage.
 
***National Endowment for the Arts FY 2013 Our Town Initiative – Grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000 each
Application Due: January 14, 2013
Eligible Entities: All applications must involve two primary partners: a local government entity and a nonprofit organization. Local governments include counties, parishes, cities, towns, villages, or federally recognized tribal governments.
 
The National Endowment for the Arts will provide a limited number of grants, ranging from $25,000 to $200,000, for creative placemaking projects that contribute toward the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. The Our Town initiative will invest in creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with their arts and design organizations and artists, seek to improve their quality of life, foster stronger community identity and a sense of place, and revitalize economic development.
 
For more information, visit the grant opportunity webpage.
 
***U.S. Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants – $21 million
Application Due: January 17, 2013
Eligible Entities: State, Indian tribe, irrigation district, water district, or other organization with water or power delivery authority. Applicants must also be located in the western United States or Territories: 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, and the Virgin Islands.
 
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant program provides funding to communities in the western United States 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, and carry out activities to address climate-related impacts on water.
 
For more information, visit the grant opportunity webpage.
 
***FHWA Pilot Projects: Climate Change and Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessments and Adaptation Options Analyses - $75,000 to $300,000 per pilot project
Application Due: January 22, 2013
Eligible Entities: State Departments of Transportation (DOTs), Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), Federal Land Management Agencies (FLMAs), and tribes must be leads on the project. Partnerships and collaboration with local governments, public transportation agencies, universities, airport authorities, and non-profits are encouraged.
 
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is soliciting pilot projects to conduct analysis in one of two areas related to climate change and extreme weather adaptation: 1) assessments of transportation vulnerability to climate change and extreme weather events, or 2) developing options for improving resiliency of transportation facilities or systems to climate changes and/or extreme weather events. It is anticipated that 8 to 15 pilots will be selected and funded.
 
For more information, visit the pilot project solicitation.
 
***EDA Economic Development Assistance Programs Federal Funding Opportunity – Total funding available TBD
Application Due: Varies by program year; next due date is March 13, 2013
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, non-profits, institutions of higher education.
 
Under the Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP) Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) announcement, EDA will make construction, non-construction, and revolving loan fund investments under the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs. Grants made under these programs will leverage regional assets to support the implementation of regional economic development strategies designed to create jobs, leverage private capital, encourage economic development, and strengthen America’s ability to compete in the global marketplace. Through the EDAP FFO, EDA solicits applications from rural and urban communities to develop initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions. EDA’s investment priorities include environmentally-sustainable development and economically distressed and underserved communities.
 
For more information, visit the grant opportunity synopsis.
 
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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 site.
 
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12/14/2012

State and Local
Subject: INVITATION TODAY: Stakeholder Briefing on Clean Air Act

Dear Friend:
Today, December 14 at 2:30 p.m. EST, EPA will make an announcement regarding the Clean Air Act aimed at protecting public health.
Details of the call can be found below:
Participant Dial- In Number: (877) 290-8017
Conference ID # 80133022
When: Friday, December 14, 2012
Time: 2:30 p.m. EST


12/13/2012

Free Online Program Educates Homeowners with Water Wells
by Bridget O'Grady


Homeowners in small communities and rural areas without a public water supply often don’t fully understand how to manage, operate, and protect their private well.

The Illinois State Water Survey and the Illinois Water Resources Center at the University of Illinois are pleased to announce a new nationwide training initiative funded by the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. [Ed. Note:  This is part of the competitive grant award for small and rural water systems technical assistance announced by EPA in August.]

The Private Well Class is a free, step-by-step education program to help well owners understand groundwater basics, well care best practices, and how to find assistance. It will also teach well owners how to sample their well, how to interpret sample results, and what they can do to protect their well and source water from contamination. The program combines a 10-part online class with live, interactive webinar events in which the material will be reinforced and questions answered. Steve Wilson, a groundwater hydrologist with the Illinois State Water Survey with over 20 years of experience working with private well owners, will serve as the primary instructor for The Private Well Class.

The Private Well Class seeks partners in various sectors to extend the reach of this initiative and connect with private well owners. State agencies, local governments, and industry professionals alike are invited to become a partner and assist with promoting this free service. We especially invite partners to host webinar viewing events that facilitate questions and answers about local groundwater issues.  This flyer can be distributed in areas where private wells prevail or shared with others with an interest in private well initiatives.

This is taken from the ASDWA "blog", maintained by Bridget O'Grady. The link to the web site is:

http://privatewellclass.org/Home/tabid/100/Default.aspx

Private Well Class.pdf

The free online course helps homeowners understand and care for their water well. Through ten weekly lessons (delivered via email) and monthly webinar trainings, private well owners will learn the basics of managing and protecting their water source. Lessons begin January 1, 2013 but enrollment is ongoing.

Monthly webinars will be held through August 2013

January 16, 2013 2-3:30pm ET
How Your Private Well Works
Register: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/721453302

February 6, 2013 2-3:30pm ET
Proper Care of Your Private Well
Register: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/851179006

February 27, 2013 2-3:30pm ET
Water Quality and Your Private Well
Register: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/376390494

Daria Evans-Walker, PE

U.S. EPA Region 9
Drinking Water Office (WTR-6)
75 Hawthorne Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (415) 972-3451
Fax: (415) 947-3549
E-mail: evans-walker.daria@epa.gov

 

 

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Summer 2013 Science Undergraduate Lahboratory Internships (Applications due Jan. 10, 2013)
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The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of the participating DOE laboratories. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.

Applications are currently being accepted for the Summer 2013 SULI Program. The deadline to apply is January 10, 2013. Applicants must identify their first and second choice laboratories where they would like to do their research internship when they apply.

For more information, visit the TEEIC website at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

About the TEEIC
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The TEEIC Web site (http://teeic.anl.gov) provides information about the environmental effects of energy development on tribal lands.

The site includes information about energy resource development and associated environmental impacts and mitigation measures; guidance for conducting site-specific environmental assessments and developing monitoring programs; information about applicable federal laws and regulations; and federal and tribal points of contact.

The U.S. Department of the Interior is funding the maintenance of the TEEIC through the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs' Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development.

For More Information
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If you have questions or need more information, visit the TEEIC Web site (http://teeic.anl.gov) or contact the TEEIC Webmaster at teeicwebmaster@anl.gov


12/12/2012

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Climate Change Indicators in the United States, 2012 report has been released! We appreciate your feedback, contribution and interest in this effort and look forward to working with you going forward. The report brings together data from multiple public and peer-reviewed datasets to show observed changes over time in 26 indicators of climate change – including measures of greenhouse gases, high and low temperatures, heavy rainfall, snowfall, pollen season and sea level rise. The report is now more accessible than ever and available as an online resource!

To access the report, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/indicators/

Feel free to join us for an outreach webinar on the report:
What: Climate Change Indicators in the United States, 2012 Report – EPA Outreach Webinar
Date: Thursday, December 13th, 2012
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

Call in details:
Website: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/612959514
Phone: (914) 339-0028
Access Code: 991-233-311

Sincerely,

Michael Kolian

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Atmospheric Programs, Climate Change Division
Washington, D.C.

 

 


12/10/2012

2013 National Tribal Air Association Scope of Work
Feedback and Comments Teleconference


EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) will release a Request for Applications (RFA) in 2013 for the successful support and management of the National Tribal Air Association.  OAR will hold a teleconference prior to the release of the 2013 RFA to provide any interested parties the opportunity to comment and voice feedback on areas of improvement pertaining to the scope of work listed in the previous (2010) National Tribal Air Association’s RFA.

The teleconference call will take place on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM (EDT).  The conference call-in number is: 1.866.299.3188; call-in code: 202.343.9534.

Presentation Slides (PDF) (18pp, 88k)

Please reference the 2010 National Tribal Air Association’s RFA (Number: EPA-OAR-IO-10-06) (PDF) (25pp, 902k)

Please contact Rosalva Tapia (tapia.rosalva@epa.gov or 202.343.9534) if you have any logistical questions prior to the teleconference.

 

 


12/07/2012

Funding Opportunities, Training, Events, Resources, and News for Tribes

The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is pleased to forward the following information courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) State and Local Climate and Energy Program, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) Office of Native American Programs (ONAP), and DOE's Green Power Network.

This issue contains the following topics:

  • Funding Opportunities
  • Green Training and Organizational
  • Accreditation
  • Upcoming Events
  • News and Information
  • Renewable Energy Requests for Proposals

Funding Opportunities

Request for Proposals: Native Agriculture & Food Systems Initiative
Applications due:
December 21, 2012
Eligible entities: Native American-controlled nonprofits [501(c)(3)]; tribal organizations designated as �7871 under the Internal Revenue Code; or community-based Native groups such as community garden projects, food banks, and/or food pantries that serve their communities are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to projects aimed at increasing the availability of healthy, locally produced foods in Native communities, reducing food insecurity, and entrepreneurship, and/or programs that create systemic change by increasing community control of local food systems. Moreover, this project will give priority to organizations that can assist and contribute to the development of emerging and promising practices in strengthening Native food systems.

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is now accepting proposals for its Native Agriculture & Food Systems Initiative (NAFSI). Through the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, First Nations plans to make up to 10 awards averaging $37,500 each to support projects working to address food systems, food insecurity, and food access in Native communities.

The goal of the NAFSI project is to build local and systemic infrastructure in Native American communities to address food system control, food insecurity, and food access, thereby benefiting Native American communities with increased access to healthy and fresh foods and greater awareness of and control over where their food comes from, while expanding knowledge of the links between food and Native cultures and between families� incomes and entrepreneurial food ventures.

Proposals will be accepted online and must be submitted by 5 p.m. Mountain Time on December 21, 2012.

For additional information about this program, please email Raymond Foxworth, senior program and research officer at First Nations. Visit the First Nations website for information on eligibility and to begin the application.

EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants Program � $1.5 Million
Applications due:
January 7, 2013
Eligible entities: Federally recognized tribal governments; tribal organizations working to educate, empower, and enable their communities; or incorporated nonprofits

The Environmental Justice Small Grants Program provides funding for projects that address local environmental and public health issues within an affected community. The grants enable award recipients to conduct research, provide education, and develop solutions to local health and environmental issues in communities overburdened by harmful pollution. EPA will host a pre-application assistance call on December 13, 2012.

For more information, visit the grant opportunity Web page.

National Endowment for the Arts Fiscal Year 2013 Our Town Initiative � Grants Ranging from $25,000 to $200,000 Each
Applications due:
January 14, 2013
Eligible entities: All applications must involve two primary partners: a local government entity and a nonprofit organization. Local governments include counties, parishes, cities, towns, villages, or federally recognized tribal governments.

The National Endowment for the Arts will provide a limited number of grants, ranging from $25,000 to $200,000, for creative placemaking projects that contribute to the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. The Our Town initiative will invest in creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with their arts and design organizations and artists, seek to improve their quality of life, foster stronger community identity and a sense of place, and revitalize economic development.

For more information, visit the grant opportunity Web page.

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants � $21 Million
Applications due:
January 17, 2013
Eligible entities: State, Indian Tribe, irrigation district, water district, or other organization with water or power delivery authority. Applicants must also be located in the western United States or territories: 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, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation�s WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant program provides funding to communities in the western United States 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, and carry out activities to address climate-related impacts on water.

For more information, visit the grant opportunity Web page.

HUD Announces $10 Million Competition for White House Initiative
Applications due:
January 28, 2013
Eligible entities: Entities that are eligible to apply are nonprofit organizations, foundations, anchor institutions, for-profit companies, or a consortium of these entities with demonstrated ability to raise philanthropic support. Anchor institutions are defined as entities that represent educational institutions, or regional and national organizations that support economic drivers such as in housing, infrastructure, and/or economic and workforce development.

HUD is pleased to announce its Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Strong Cities Strong Communities National Resource Network (SC2 Network). As many of you may know, HUD has been an integral partner of the Obama Administration�s Strong Cities Strong Communities (SC2) Initiative, a federal interagency initiative focused on improving technical assistance and capacity support to cities facing long-term economic challenges. The SC2 Network is one of SC2�s four key components. The NOFA competes out approximately $10 million in funding to be awarded to only one entity or a consortium to manage and implement the SC2 Network.

The SC2 Network is a capacity-building program to assist the nation�s most distressed cities and will function as a central portal to connect such places to national and local experts with wide-ranging expertise and skills. It will align federal resources as well as coordinate the separate and wide-ranging pools of technical experts and assistance programs with the needs of each community to help them make more effective investments at the local level. The objectives of the programs are as follows:

  • Provide communities facing long-term economic challenges with easily accessible and comprehensive technical assistance that can help retool them for future economic growth.
  • Build capacity in distressed communities by connecting them with philanthropic organizations, nonprofits, and public and private sector entities to facilitate long-term partnerships and economic investments.
  • Develop a set of best practices and policy recommendations that can be disseminated and shared across all communities facing similar economic challenges.
  • Improve the alignment of federal resources as well as strengthen federal and local partnerships.

Applicants must apply by January 28, 2013. For more information on the SC2 Network, as well as how to apply, interested applicants should visit grants.gov. At this website, applicants will be prompted to enter an identifier code for the SC2 Network. To get the SC2 Network NOFA, along with the application materials, applicants should enter 14.534 under the heading for �CFDA Number.�

AmeriCorps State and National Grants FY 2013
Applications due:
February 6, 2013
Grant making for fiscal year 2013 in six focus areas: (1) Disaster Services; (2) Economic Opportunity; (3) Education; (4) Environmental Stewardship; (5) Healthy Futures; and (6) Veterans and Military Families. For more, see the notice.

Green Training and Organizational Accreditation

HUD's Affordable Green Initiative

HUD's Affordable Green Initiative is a new pilot program to support HUD grantees and affordable housing organizations in achieving portfolio-wide improvements. The vision of the initiative is to enable organizations to institutionalize sustainability and achieve higher levels of performance of the management of their housing portfolios. Comprehensive support through training, technical assistance, and accreditation is completely subsidized by HUD and free to all participants.

HUD Green Academy Training
The comprehensive Green Academy Training Program strives to build the capacity of organizations to promote and facilitate energy efficiency and green practices across the spectrum of HUD�s affordable housing programs. These trainings are being rolled out in up to 19 locations between October 2012 and February 2013. Courses include 1) Introduction to Green Building for Affordable Housing; 2) Executive Decision Making; 3) Best Practices for Green Building Operations; 4) Financing Green Building; and 5) Energy Performance Contracting for Small Public Housing Authorities. Registration is now open for various locations. Register online.

Multicourse training including, Intro to Green Building, Executive Decision Making, Green Building Operations, Financing Green Building, and Energy Performance Contracting. Session locations are as follows:

  • December 4-7, San Francisco, CA
  • December 10-14, Salt Lake City, UT, and Newark, NJ
  • January 14-18, Hartford, CT, Columbus, OH, and Houston, TX
  • January 28-February 1, Los Angeles, CA, and Albuquerque, NM
  • February 4-8, Boise, ID, and New York, NY
  • February 11-15, Bozeman, MT

Green Organizational Accreditation
The Green Organizational Accreditation pilot program supports HUD grantees and affordable housing organizations in achieving portfolio-wide improvements. The vision of this initiative is to enable organizations to institutionalize sustainability and achieve higher levels of performance of the management of their housing portfolios.

Accreditation will differentiate organizations that seek to implement green building and operational best practices, build capacity of staff, track and measure building performance effectively over time, realize significant improvements in health and energy efficiency, and achieve exemplary cost savings.

Registration for accreditation opened on November 8, 2012.

Upcoming Events

USDA Rural Development Tribal Pre-Consultation Briefing
In preparation for the Quarterly Tribal Consultation event scheduled for January 16, 2013, USDA Rural Development will host a pre-consultation briefing webinar/teleconference on Tuesday December 18 at 3:00 PM EST to walk through the contemplated changes and provide tibal leaders ample time to work with tribal staff to better inform the consultation and the input received from Tribes on (or before) January 16.

For details and contact information on this and other upcoming events, visit the events calendar on the Tribal Energy Program website.

News and Information

NAHASDA Final Rule Published December 3, 2012

The Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) final rule will be effective on January 2, 2013. View online.

Bureau of Indian Affairs Leasing Final Rule Published November 27, 2012

Read the press release, fact sheets, questions and answers, comparison, and the final rule on the U.S. Department of the Interior website.

HUD Launches Online Forum for Collecting and Sharing Innovations

HUD recently launched Innovation of the Day (IOD), a new online platform that will collect and share innovative practices in affordable housing, community development, and urban planning from around the world. Its purpose is to seek new and bold ideas to stimulate uncommon solutions to our everyday problems. These ideas can be leveraged not only within HUD but among other agencies, communities, philanthropic organizations, and nonprofit agencies. The innovators with the most promising ideas from each region will be invited to Washington, D.C., in early 2013 for HUD's first ever Innovation Summit. Learn more and submit ideas on the HUD IOD website.

Treasury Solicits Comments on Proposed Report on Access to Capital and Credit in Native Communities

The U.S. Department of the Treasury�s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund is soliciting comments for a proposed report to assess the state of access to capital and credit in Native communities. Learn more.

NREL Accepting Applications for Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Program

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is now accepting applications for the 2013 Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) Summer Program. The deadline to apply is January 10. Apply online now.

NREL is the only DOE laboratory that focuses on renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. NREL advances science and engineering, and transfers the knowledge and innovations to address the nation's energy and environmental goals.

Benefits of the summer SULI program include:

  • 10 weeks (June 3�August 9, 2013) engaged in a research project under the direction of a laboratory scientist or engineer.
  • Professional development workshops.
  • Stipend of $500 per week.
  • Travel reimbursement (for those who qualify).
  • Housing allowance (for those who qualify).

Contact Linda Lung for additional information.

Renewable Energy Requests for Proposals

This update contains solicitations for renewable energy generation, renewable energy certificates, and green power as a courtesy to our subscribers. Unless otherwise noted, these Requests For Proposals (RFPs) and solicitations are neither supported nor endorsed by the DOE Green Power Network. A complete list of active RFPs can found on the Renewable Energy RFPs page.

Deadline - December 18, 2012
City of Perth Amboy, New Jersey RFP - Seeking proposals to provide complete design-build services for the construction of electric generating solar photovoltaic rooftop system or parking canopy systems of approximately 10-20 kilowatts (Kw) in size. The project is to be sited at 260-A Front Street, Perth Amboy, NJ, and must be completed and operational prior to June 30, 2013. A pre-proposal meeting was held on November 20, 2012. Contact: Gary Muska, 732-826-0290 ext. 4010

Deadline - December 19, 2012
University of California, Riverside (UCR) RFP - Seeking proposals to provide a privately owned solar photovoltaic energy system and sell the electricity output to the UCR campus in Riverside, CA. The successful proposer will be required to finance, design, install, own, operate, and maintain a solar energy system. UCR has established a Green Building Design/Clean Energy policy for the university that aims to develop 10 megawatts (MW) of local renewable power projects by 2014. A pre-proposal meeting and site tour was held on November 14, 2012. Contact: Leslie Rose, westcampus-solar@ucr.edu, 951-827-2433

Deadline - December 20, 2012
Black Hills Power(BHP) RFP - Seeking bids for a contractual relationship to purchase 300 kW, scalable to 500 kW by 2015, of energy from a qualified Community Renewable Energy Project (CREP) in accordance with standards issued by the State of Montana for CREP facilities. BHP is seeking a 10-year contract term, unless a shorter contract term is more cost advantageous for customers. A notice of intent to bid was due by November 27, 2012, with initial proposals due by December 4, 2012. Contact: BHPCREPRFP@blackhillscorp.com

Deadline - January 8, 2013
DLA Energy RFP (Sol. SP0600-13-R-0400) - Seeking competitive proposals for an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) power purchase agreement Ground Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Array for the U.S. EPA Division of Environmental Science and Assessment Laboratory Branch, located in Edison, NJ. Estimated array size is 2 MW and includes approximately 275,000 square feet at the facility location. This ESPC must comply with all of the 42 USC 8287 ESPC authority requirements. Provider must be approved and identified on the DOE's Qualified List of Energy Service Companies. Contact: Jezabel Aviles, 703-767-2394

Deadline - January 18, 2013
U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration RFP - Seeking a solar energy project developer to design, finance, build, operate, and maintain a photovoltaic system at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, CA, on approximately 10 acres of DOE-owned federal property. One pre-proposal site visit was held on November 13, 2012. Contact: David Goett, 925-422-8217

Deadline - January 31, 2013
Public Service Company of New Mexico RFP - Seeking proposals for renewable energy certificates (RECs) and accompanying renewable electric energy or RECs without accompanying energy up to a maximum of 375,000 megawatt-hours per year starting no earlier than January 1, 2014. Procurement of RECs with or without accompanying renewable electric energy must comply with New Mexico's definition of renewable energy sources stipulated in the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard. A pre-bid conference will be held on December 10, 2012. Contact: RenewableRFP@pnmresources.com

Deadline - February 15, 2013
New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) RFP - Seeking proposals for the long-term lease of approximately 75 acres of land on and adjacent to the former Fresh Kills Landfill for the ownership, design, construction, and operation of utility-scale installations of solar and wind energy facilities. Contact: renewablerfp@nycedc.com

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

 


12/06/2012

December 2012: Upcoming Climate and Energy Webcasts for State and Local Governments


This message provides details about 10 upcoming webcasts being offered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and others. All webcasts are offered free of charge, but space may be limited.

EPA Webcasts:

  • December 6, 3:00-4:30 PM (EST) � Energy Efficiency Competitions for Local Governments
  • December 7, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) �Global Warming's Six Americas: Understanding and Communicating with a Diverse Public
  • December 11, 2:00-4:00 PM (EST) � Learn how Tribes are Confronting Climate Change
  • December 11, 2:00-3:00 PM (EST) �New Guidance on Energy Efficiency Program Evaluation: Calculating Energy & Emissions Impacts
  • December 11, 12:30-2:00 PM (EST) - Materials Management through Sustainable Consumption: Public Perceptions and Sustainable Consumption

ENERGY STAR Webcasts:

  • December 6, 2:00-3:15 PM (EST) � Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR
  • December 12, 2:00-3:00 PM (EST) � Setting Energy Use Targets with ENERGY STAR

NACO Webcasts:

  • December 6, 2:00-3:15 PM (EST) � Successfully Managing and Promoting Wind Power in America�s Counties

Lincoln Land Institute Webcasts:

  • December 5, 2:00 PM-3:30 PM (EST) � Climate Change Preparedness Planning in the West � Lessons from Local Governments

Applied Solutions Webcasts:

  • December 19, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (EST) � Larimer County�s Regional Energy Master Plan Consortium Collaborative Webinar

***EPA Webcasts:

December 6, 3:00-4:30 PM (EST) � Energy Efficiency Competitions for Local Governments
In this webinar sponsored by EPA�s Local Climate and Energy Program, learn how local governments can plan and run an energy efficiency competition to encourage energy reductions in their communities. Experts from EPA�s ENERGY STAR program will discuss the benefits of a competition, the basic steps involved, common barriers and possible solutions, and free resources to help you put together your own local competition. You�ll also hear speakers from Climate Showcase Community Cary, North Carolina, talk about their efforts to reduce energy use in their fire stations�and get a sneak peek at their upcoming Fire Chief�s Challenge for fire stations nationwide.

December 7, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) � Global Warming's Six Americas: Understanding and Communicating with a Diverse Public
Americans differ in their beliefs and concern about climate change. Understanding the differences is vital to effective engagement and to bring about positive behavioral change. Insight into stakeholders' views can help organizations communicate the importance of using green power and saving energy. In this webinar sponsored by EPA�s Green Power Partnership, Dr. Edward Maibach, professor and director of George Mason University's Center for Climate Change Communication, will provide a summary of recent findings from the �Climate Change in the American Mind� and �Global Warming's Six Americas� audience research studies conducted by George Mason University and Yale University. He will address a range of topics, including recent increases in public engagement in climate change, perceptions about extreme weather and its relationship to climate change, and public policy preferences.

December 11, 2:00-4:00 PM (EST) � Learn how Tribes are Confronting Climate Change
This webcast, hosted by EPA's Office of Atmospheric Programs, will showcase tribes that are implementing programs in energy efficiency, materials recycling, and climate change adaptation. Learn how the Gila River Indian Community and Choctaw Nation are reducing greenhouse gas emissions through recycling and energy efficiency audits, and learn how the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin is integrating climate change considerations into its overall decision-making and in its water management programs. Two of these tribes have implemented a variety of clean energy projects under EPA�s Climate Showcase Communities program: Gila River has completed a community-wide greenhouse gas inventory and developed programs for curbside recycling, energy-efficient lighting, and green buildings; Choctaw Nation is implementing a project to improve energy efficiency throughout its hospital system. The webcast will also provide information about resources and funding ideas to help tribal governments design and implement climate change programs.

December 11, 2:00-3:00 PM (EST) - New Guidance on Energy Efficiency Program Evaluation: Calculating Energy & Emissions Impacts This webcast, sponsored by EPA�s State and Local Climate and Energy Program and the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action), will provide a preview of the forthcoming Energy Efficiency Program Impact Evaluation Guide from SEE Action. The new guide significantly updates the widely used 2007 National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency Model Impact Evaluation Guide. It provides an introduction to the key issues, practices, and steps for calculating efficiency program energy savings, avoided emissions, and other non-energy impacts. The following topics from the new guide will be discussed in the webcast:
• basics of evaluation and standardized definitions;
• calculating avoided emissions and energy savings; and
• key issues to be addressed in impact evaluation planning efforts, as well as a hierarchy of documents for addressing these issues.

December 11, 12:30-2:00 PM (EST) - Materials Management through Sustainable Consumption: Public Perceptions and Sustainable Consumption
In this session, we will explore public opinions on climate change and the role of individuals, governments, and institutions in addressing climate change issues. Connie Roser-Renouf, Yale Center for Climate Communication, is the featured speaker. This webinar is part of EPA's Materials Management through Sustainable Consumption Webinar Series, which focuses on helping regulators and environmental management experts share information about existing research, programs and practices.

***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 the ENERGY STAR Trainings page.

December 6, 2:00-3:15 PM (EST) � Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR
Learn how public sector organizations are improving energy efficiency with innovative solutions to financial barriers. Attendees will learn about financing projects in the public and private sectors, the basics of performance contracting, and how EPA�s tools and resources can help you make the decision to improve your facilities now or later.

December 12, 2:00-3:00 PM (EST) � Setting Energy Use Targets with ENERGY STAR
Learn how EPA�s online Target Finder tool can help you set a building�s energy use intensity target corresponding to superior energy performance. Use Target Finder to set an energy use intensity target at the beginning of a project, and again at the conclusion of a project to determine if your design earns your firm EPA recognition and meets American Institute of Architects� carbon reduction goals. Target Finder also provides energy cost data and a CO2-equivalent emissions value.

*** NACO Webcasts
December 6, 2:00-3:15 PM (EST) � Successfully Managing and Promoting Wind Power in America�s Counties

County leaders are working with the wind industry to responsibly develop wind energy in their communities, protecting public safety while respecting individual property rights and promoting development. Sponsored by the National Association of Counties, this webcast will discuss the recently published �County Strategies for Successfully Managing and Promoting Wind Power,� which shares criteria to consider when planning for wind installations of various scales and model ordinances to guide development. You�ll also hear from county planners with firsthand experience.

***Lincoln Land Institute Webcasts

December 5, 2:00 PM-3:30 PM (EST) � Climate Change Preparedness Planning in the West: Lessons from Local Governments
Sponsored by the Lincoln Land Institute and the Sonoran Institute, this webcast will examine the impacts of climate change on the Southwest and what communities are doing to become more resilient to changes in climate and resource availability. Sustainability specialists from Boulder County, Colorado, and Flagstaff, Arizona, will examine the impacts of climate change on their communities and how they plan to become more resilient.

*** Applied Solutions Webcasts

December 19, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (EST) � Larimer County�s Regional Energy Master Plan Consortium Collaborative Webinar
Larimer County, Colorado, is working with a wide variety of stakeholders to develop a regional energy master plan. Two local government organizations that have successfully developed regional energy plans will participate in this interactive, collaborative work session webinar with Larimer County. Speaking on behalf of the program is Michael Kirk, director of facilities services at Larimer County, with input and feedback from John Hume, planning development director at Montachusett Regional Planning Commission (Massachusetts), and Elisabeth Russell, special projects manager of the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (California).

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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 site.

 

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Roundup of Climate Change Adaptation Resources for State and Local Governments

Climate change is a global problem, but its impacts will be felt locally. Much of the responsibility for adapting to those impacts will fall on state and local agencies. We�ve rounded up a list of resources and tools that may be useful to state and local governments as they work on adaptation initiatives.

***EPA Directories of Adaptation Tools and Resources for Public Officials
EPA�s State and Local Climate and Energy site has a topic page on impacts and adaptation that includes links to state adaptation plans, guidebooks, programs, and tools. EPA�s Climate Change Site includes a list of adaptation-related tools, guidebooks, clearinghouses, and other resources for public officials. The page includes links to clearinghouses (online directories of adaptation resources), sector-specific tools and resources, region-specific tools and resources, and a series of guidebooks on adaptation-related topics.

***EPA�s Webcast Series on Climate Change Adaptation for State and Local Governments
EPA�s Local Climate and Energy Program and the State Technical Forum jointly held a series of three webcasts on this topic in November and December 2010 and January 2011. All of the presentations, papers, and audio recordings from these webcasts are available on EPA�s State and Local Climate and Energy Program website. The webcasts covered climate impacts and risk communication, adaptation planning and implementation, and federal resources and support for climate change adaptation.

***Preparing for Climate Change: A Guidebook for Local, Regional, and State Governments
This guidebook, published in 2007 by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, presents a detailed, easy-to-understand process for climate change preparedness based on familiar resources and tools. ICLEI�s website also provides links to a number of other free adaptation resources.

***Georgetown Climate Center Adaptation Portal
The nonprofit Georgetown Climate Center has developed a clearinghouse of information on impacts and adaptation for state and local governments, including news and updates, a directory of resources and tools, and state and local adaptation stories. The Georgetown Climate Center has also developed an adaptation toolkit for sea-level rise and coastal land use.

***Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE)
CAKE, a joint project of Island Press and EcoAdapt, aims to build a shared knowledge base for managing natural systems in the face of rapid climate change. The CAKE website provides a virtual library, case studies, a directory of people and organizations, and tools.

***NOAA�s Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook Reports for State and Local Governments
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and regional partners around the United States have teamed up to issue a series of quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook reports aimed at assisting policymakers as they prepare for drought and other extreme weather events. The reportshighlight trends in temperature, precipitation, and climate in four regions of the country (Central Region, Southern Great Plains, the Eastern Region, and the Western Region). Maps of areas of significant fire potential and drought may help state and local officials in their planning efforts.

The reports are available on the U.S. Drought Portal, along with a number of other climate- and drought-related resources.

***Coastal Climate Adaptation Community of Practice for State and Local Governments
NOAA�s Coastal Climate Adaptation site is a community of practice for state and local officials in coastal areas of the United States. The site includes a searchable online database of adaptation action plans, policies, assessments, case studies, communication and outreach materials, and other resources posted by members, as well as basic climate change information.

***NOAA and EPA Report: Achieving Hazard-Resilient Coastal & Waterfront Smart Growth
Coauthored by EPA and NOAA, this Coastal and Waterfront Smart Growth Hazard Mitigation Roundtable Report presents ideas on research, tools, services, and approaches communities can use to integrate smart growth and hazard mitigation strategies on the coast. This report is part of the work conducted under a joint agreement between EPA and NOAA to help coastal communities become more environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable.

***Adapting to Urban Heat: A Tool Kit for Local Governments
In August 2012, the Georgetown Law Center released a toolkit to help local governments reduce the effects of increased heat on their communities and citizens. It provides an analytic tool for policy makers to consider a combination of four built-environment changes (cool roofs, green roofs, cool pavements, and urban forestry), providing criteria for selecting among these approaches. It also examines the roles that governments can play in pursuing these changes: shaping their own operations, mandating or providing incentives for private choices, and engaging in public education.

***UK Climate Impacts Program (UKCIP) Tools and Case Studies
UKCIP, based at the University of Oxford, UK, provides information, tools, case studies, news, and links to resources on climate change adaptation. While designed for users in the UK, many of its products and resources are applicable to the United States and other areas.

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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 site.

 

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12/05/2012

SCRAM Website RSS Feed is Live

Today, we are adding a Rich Site Summary (also known as Really Simple Syndication or RSS) feed to the SCRAM website. The SCRAM website RSS feed will allow anyone with interest to receive automatic notifications of any new posting or additions to the website. This new functionality should assist with efficient communications to the broader air quality modeling community of updates to the preferred / recommended Appendix W models, of the release of clarification memorandums, guidance documentation, and reports, of upcoming meetings and workshops, and of other general announcements. Most email programs, Internet browsers, and online news readers, have the ability to follow this RSS feed and offer a variety of ways to notify you of new postings when they occur. The SCRAM website RSS feed will also serve as a running archive of SCRAM related activities since we do not plan on purging older post in the future.

To find the new RSS feed, look for the icon and related hyperlink in the header of the Recent Additions portion of the main SCRAM website or by following the following web address: http://www.epa.gov/ttn/scram/rss/scram_rss_feed.xml

Much more information about RSS feeds can be found through a quick search using your preferred web search site. It is also recommended that you search through the options of your primary email program to understand its potential ability to subscribe and follow RSS feeds without having to install additional software.

Please forward this information along to your respective state, local, and/or tribal agencies for further dissemination throughout the air quality modeling community. We welcome questions, feedback, and additional suggestions.

George M. Bridgers, CPM, Environmental Scientist
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards
AQAD - Air Quality Modeling Group
109 TW Alexander Drive
Room C431B - Mail Drop C439-01
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711
Phone: 919-541-5563
Fax: 919-541-0044

 


11/27/2012

 

Host Sites Needed for Summer 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 college student for a 10 week summer internship. Tribal environmental offices, 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.

The projects MUST focus on addressing air quality or climate change issues in tribal communities.

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

Deadline: Apply by January 7, 2013.
Interns must apply by February 15, 2013.

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.

Graylynn J. Hudson
Instructor Specialist
ITEP-Environmental Education Outreach Program
Northern Arizona University

Phone: 928-523-8864
www.nau.edu/eeop

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Upcoming Conferences, Webcasts, Calls for Papers, and New Publications of Interest to State and Local Governments



This newsletter provides details on upcoming conferences that will focus on local climate change adaptation, a webcast on community-shared solar energy, and a new publication on improving travel efficiency at the local level.

***Call for Presentation Proposals for the National Adaptation Forum (Deadline: November 30, 2012)
The National Adaptation Forum will convene practitioners and innovators who are actively engaged or interested in climate change adaptation on April 2-4, 2013, in Denver, Colorado. Each day of the conference will focus on a different step in the adaptation process. Participants are invited to submit a proposal for a symposium, an oral or a poster presentation, or lead a training event or working group. Conference organizers are particularly interested in proposals that address multiple sectors and present innovative ways to advance climate change adaptation. The deadline to submit proposals is November 30, 2012. For more information about submitting a proposal, visit the call for presentations page.

***Call for Proposals for ICLEI's Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation - Resilient Cities 2013 (Deadline: November 30, 2012)
The organizers of ICLEI's Annual Global Forum, "Resilient Cities 2013," are looking for contributions for the conference, which will be held May 31-June 2, 2013 in Bonn, Germany. Contributions may include ideas for presentations, panels, workshop sessions, poster sessions, and co-events. "Resilience 2013" will offer sessions and events on a wide variety of topics such as urban risk, resilient urban logistics, financing the resilient city, urban agriculture and smart infrastructure. For more information, visit the Resilient Cities website.

***13th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment: Disasters and Environment - Science, Preparedness, and Resilience (Washington, DC, January 15, 2013)
Resilience and sustainability are key considerations in the planning for disasters. This national conference, sponsored by the National Council for Science and the Environment, will explore issues including transportation, land use, infrastructure, energy and water supply, waste management, local commerce, job creation, poverty alleviation, and emergency preparedness. A symposium during the conference will highlight EPA's unique role in the disaster area, and will focus in part on several EPA research projects aimed at strengthening community resilience. For more information on the conference, visit the conference home page.

***Webcast on Community Shared Solar Success Stories (November 28, 2012)
On Wednesday, November 28, 2012, from 2:00-3:00 pm EST, ICLEI-USA will sponsor a webcast on community-shared solar energy. Community-shared solar can allow individuals and organizations unable to take advantage of on-site renewable generation to participate in distributed generation and support the development of renewable energy. Community facilities can also take advantage of economies of scale in a way that on-site generation often cannot, resulting in lower prices for participants. In this webcast, Erica Schroeder from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. will examine successful programs run by a variety of entities, with a focus on municipal-level programs. She will be joined by Rich Swope from Colorado Springs Utilities, a municipal utility in Colorado, who will discuss the utility’s successful Community Solar Gardens program.

To reserve your seat, please visit the webcast registration page.

***New Guide on Improving Travel Efficiency at the Local Level
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has released a new guide to help municipalities and metropolitan regions identify policies to expand transportation choices and improve transportation system efficiency. The toolkit is targeted at local policymakers and stakeholders interested in reducing transportation-related fuel consumption in their communities. To read the guide, visit the ACEEE publication page.

To read a blog post summarizing the toolkit policies visit ACEEE’s blog.

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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 site.

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Learn How Tribes Are Confronting Climate Change, December 11

On Tuesday, December 11, 2012, from 2:00-4:00 pm EST, EPA's Office of Atmospheric Programs will host a webcast showcasing tribes that are implementing programs in energy efficiency, materials recycling, and climate change adaptation.

Learn how Gila River Indian Community and Choctaw Nation are reducing greenhouse gas emissions through recycling and energy efficiency audits, and learn how the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin is integrating climate change considerations into its overall decision-making and in its water management programs. Two of these tribes have implemented a variety of clean energy projects under EPA’s Climate Showcase Communities program: Gila River has completed a community-wide greenhouse gas inventory and developed programs for curbside recycling, energy-efficient lighting, and green buildings; Choctaw Nation is implementing a project to improve energy efficiency throughout its hospital system.

The webcast will also provide information about resources and funding ideas to help tribal governments design and implement climate change programs.

To sign up for this webcast, visit the webcast registration page.

For more information, visit:
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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 site.

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11/21/2012

Upcoming EPA Webcast: Learning from Peers – Tribal Approaches to Reduce GHG Emissions and Address the Changing Climate

EPA's Office of Atmospheric Programs will host a webcast showcasing tribes who are implementing energy conservation, materials recycling, and adaptation programs.

Learn how Gila River Indian Community and Choctaw Nation are reducing greenhouse gas emissions through recycling and energy efficiency audits. Learn how the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin is integrating climate change considerations into their decision-making and water management programs.

Also learn about resources and funding ideas to design and implement climate change programs that may be right for your tribe.

Reserve your webcast seat now at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/478698930

For more information, visit:
• Visit EPA's Tribal Climate and Energy Website: http://epa.gov/statelocalclimate/tribal/index.html
• Gila River Indian Community: http://www.gilariver.org/
• Choctaw Nation: http://www.choctawnation.com/
• Oneida Nation of Wisconsin: http://www.oneidanation.org/
• University of Oregon Tribal Climate Change Funding Guide: http://envs.uoregon.edu/tribal-climate/


11/20/2012

2013 National Tribal Air Association Scope of Work
Feedback and Comments Teleconference

 

EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) will release a Request for Applications (RFA) in 2013 for the successful support and management of the National Tribal Air Association.  OAR will hold a teleconference prior to the release of the 2013 RFA to provide any interested parties the opportunity to comment and voice feedback on areas of improvement pertaining to the scope of work listed in the previous (2010) National Tribal Air Association’s RFA.

The teleconference call will take place on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM (EDT).  The conference call-in number is: 1.866.299.3188; call-in code: 202.343.9534.

Presentation Slides (PDF) (18pp, 88k)

Please reference the 2010 National Tribal Air Association’s RFA (Number: EPA-OAR-IO-10-06) (PDF) (25pp, 902k)

Please contact Rosalva Tapia (tapia.rosalva@epa.gov or 202.343.9534) if you have any logistical questions prior to the teleconference.

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U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Tribal Energy Program
Postponed: Nov. 30 Tribal Leader Forum in San Francisco

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to forward the following notice for tribal leaders courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs.

*Nov. 16, 2012*

Dear Tribal Leader,

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs (DOE-IE) Tribal Leader Forum: Leveraging Tribal Renewable Resources to Support Military Energy Goals, originally scheduled for November 30, 2012, in San Francisco, has been postponed. A new date is yet to be determined.

Please know that interest and commitment to providing information for tribal and military leaders on the renewable energy resource development potential on tribal lands remains high, and we are excited to continue planning an interactive and effective meeting in the coming months. This forum will provide a venue for tribal leaders and military leaders to explore the opportunities for partnerships between tribes and military installations, and to promote energy development on tribal lands to achieve military and tribal energy goals. We will also host preliminary educational webinars prior to the forum to provide an overview of military energy goals, tribal land renewable energy potential, market and regulatory context, and contracting and procurement requirements.

 Email notifications about the webinars and the new Tribal Leader Forum date are forthcoming.

Please accept my apologies for any inconveniences this may have caused. We look forward to your participation in the future.

Please contact DOE-IE Deputy Director Pilar Thomas at 202-287-6566 or pilar.thomas@hq.doe.gov with any questions.

Sincerely,

Tracey LeBeau
Director
Office of Indian Energy 

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 [ http://www1.eere.energy.gov/tribalenergy/guide/index.html ], visit our website

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Learn How Local Governments Can Use Energy Efficiency Competitions to Reduce Energy Use, December 6


On December 6, 2012, from 3-4:30 pm EST, EPA’s Local Climate and Energy Program will hold a webcast describing how local governments can plan and run an energy efficiency competition to encourage energy reductions in their communities. Experts from EPA's ENERGY STAR program will discuss the benefits of a competition, the basic steps involved, common barriers and possible solutions, and free resources to help local governments put together their own competition.

Participants will also hear speakers from Cary, North Carolina, talk about their efforts to reduce energy use across their fire stations, along with a sneak peek at Cary’s upcoming Fire Chief's Challenge for fire stations nationwide.

To sign up for the webcast, please visit the webcast registration page. The presentations and audio will be archived for later viewing on the State and Local Climate and Energy Program’s Webcasts and Podcasts page.

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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 site.

 


11/14/2012

REMINDER: EPA Announces the FY 2013 Environmental Justice Small Grants Program Request for Applications and Pre-Application Assistance Call Today

November 14, 2012 from 4:00 to 5:30 Eastern Time

EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice has released a Request for Applications (RFA) announcing the availability of funds for the Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program for fiscal year 2013 (FY13). The EJSG Program provides funding to eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and public health issues within affected communities. Successful projects include activities designed to educate, empower and enable communities to understand environmental and public health issues and to identify ways to address these issues at the local level. This year’s Small Grants Program solicitation will emphasize supporting the critical role of community-based and grassroots organizations in helping communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks.

Begun in 1994 and having provided more than 1300 grants nationwide, the EJSG Program continues to assist recipients and affected communities in building self-sustaining, community-based partnerships involving strategic plans that work towards addressing local environmental and public health issues.

For more information, visit EPA’s Environmental Justice webpage. For additional questions, contact Sheritta Woodruff woodruff.sheritta@epa.gov or (202) 564-1771.

Pre-Application Assistance Call Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 4:00 to 5:30 Eastern Time. Interested persons may join the pre-application assistance calls by dialing 1-866-299-3188 and entering the code 202-564-1771 when prompted.

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”

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USEPA School Bus Replacement Funding Opportunity (Pilot)

EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) will begin accepting applications for a new rebate program on November 13, 2012. An important change in the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) reauthorization was to allow EPA to award rebates. This first year of rebates will be a pilot program focusing on the replacement of older school buses in both public and private fleets. The total funding for this opportunity will be approximately $2 million. Applicants must be the owners of the school buses. To learn more about the rebate program, applicant eligibility and selection process, please visit http://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/dera-rebate.htm

EPA will collect rebate applications from November 13 to December 14, 2012. Applicants may submit only one application for up to five buses, and applications may be downloaded from http://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/dera-rebate.htm

Completed application packages should be emailed to cleandieselrebate@epa.gov with the subject line "DERA School Bus Rebate Application." A full informational guide about the rebate program and application process is available online at http://epa.gov/cleandiesel/documents/420r12029.pdf

EPA will offer a webinar to interested applicants on November 15, 2012, at 2pm EST. The link for the webinar is https://epa.connectsolutions.com/schoolbusrebates/. EPA will use a conference call line as well: 866-299-3188, code: 3327333#
Questions about the rebate program should be sent to cleandieselrebate@epa.gov.

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”

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November 2012 – Approximately $30 Million in Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments


This message announces the availability of more than $30 million and technical assistance in current opportunities for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Park Service (NPS), National Endowment for the Arts, Bureau of Land Reclamation, and Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including brownfields cleanup, urban forestry, community sustainability, environmental education, and water efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

In addition, please visit the calendar of 2012 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.

***EPA Brownfield Area-wide Planning Grant – $4 Million
Application Due: November 30, 2012
Eligible Entities: General purpose unit of local government; Indian tribe other than in Alaska, Alaska Native Regional Corporation, Alaska Native Village Corporation, and Metlakatla Indian Community; land clearance authority or other quasi-governmental entity; regional council or group of general purpose units of local government; government entity created by state legislature; redevelopment agency that is chartered or otherwise sanctioned by a state; a state that is serving in a fiscal and administrative capacity on behalf of a local community; nonprofit organizations, including institutions of higher education.

This grant will fund projects to facilitate community involvement and conduct research, training, and technical assistance necessary to develop area-wide plans and implementation strategies to facilitate brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse. Brownfields area-wide planning grant funding must be directed to specific areas affected by a single large or multiple brownfield sites, such as a neighborhood, downtown district, city block, or local commercial corridor. The grant funding will result in an area-wide plan, including implementation strategies, for the brownfields-affected area.

For more information, see the request for proposals.

***USDA 2013 Urban and Community Forestry Grant – Approximately $900,000
Application Due: December 3, 2012
Eligible Entities: Any U.S. non-federal organization, operating within the United States or its territories.

The 2013 National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program will support urban and community forestry projects on non-federal public land that have a national or widespread impact and application. The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council is seeking innovative grants proposals for program development, research, and collaboration to address the following two strategic priority issues: proposals that demonstrate the connection between the personal benefits of urban forests and quality of life within a community through community engagement, and proposals that design an urban forestry recruitment program and retention strategies that support existing urban forestry academic curricula. Urban and community forests demonstrate benefits including urban heat island reduction. All grant funds must be matched at least equally with non-federal source funds.

For more information, see the request for proposals.

***Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities Grants Program – Grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 each
Application Due: December 3, 2012
Eligible Entities: State, tribal, and local governments; educational institutions; and non-profit 501(c) organizations.

Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation are offering financial assistance through the Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities program, whose mission is to help communities create a more sustainable future through responsible environmental stewardship. Funding priorities include community-based conservation projects that protect and restore local habitats and natural areas, enhance water quality, promote urban forestry, educate and train community leaders on sustainable practices, promote related job creation and training, and engage diverse partners and volunteers; demonstration projects that showcase approaches to improve environmental conditions within urban communities by “greening” traditional infrastructure and public projects such as stormwater management and flood control, public park enhancements, and renovations to public facilities; and projects that increase the resilience of the nation’s coastal communities and ecosystems by restoring coastal habitats, living resources, and water quality.

For more information, visit the request for proposals.

***EPA Environmental Education Regional Model Grants – $2.16 million
Application Due: December 12, 2012
Eligible Entities: Any local education agency, college or university, state education or environmental agency, nonprofit organization, or a noncommercial educational broadcasting entity. Tribal education agencies that are eligible to apply include a school or community college controlled by an Indian tribe, band, or nation that is recognized as eligible for special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians and which is not administered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The purpose of the Environmental Education Regional Grant Program is to increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment. In order to be eligible, all applications must address at least one of the EPA educational priorities listed and at least one EPA environmental priority. EPA educational priorities are community projects, human health and the environment, and career development. EPA environmental priorities include protecting air quality, preventing pollution, cleaning up our communities, and protecting America’s waters. EPA expects to award one grant per Region for an expected 10 grants nationwide.

For more information, visit the grant opportunity webpage. http://www.epa.gov/education/grants/index.html

***NPS Groundwork USA – $200,000 and technical assistance
Application Due: December 14, 2012
Eligible Entities: Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education. Interested communities should convene a key group of diverse stakeholders to submit a letter of interest.

A Groundwork Trust can help reclaim derelict lands and improve access to parks, recreation, and conserved natural resources in a community. Interested applicants should convene a key group of diverse stakeholders (Groundwork Steering Committee) to discuss the opportunity and submit a letter of interest. Up to two communities will be selected for funding and technical assistance to develop a Groundwork Trust. If a community is selected, NPS and Groundwork USA will work with the local Groundwork Steering Committee to undertake a Groundwork Feasibility Study. Upon successful completion of the Feasibility Study, the focus will be on launching the new Groundwork Trust and initiating projects and programs identified in the feasibility study.

For more information, see the funding announcement.

***EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants Program – $1.5 million
Application Due: January 7, 2013
Eligible Entities: Federally recognized tribal governments; tribal organizations working to educate, empower and enable their communities; or incorporated nonprofits.

The Environmental Justice Small Grants Program provides funding for projects that address local environmental and public health issues within an affected community. The grants enable award recipients to conduct research, provide education, and develop solutions to local health and environmental issues in communities overburdened by harmful pollution.

EPA will host pre-application assistance calls on December 1 and 13, 2012.

For more information, visit the grant opportunity webpage.

***National Endowment for the Arts FY 2013 Our Town Initiative – Grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000 each
Application Due: January 14, 2013
Eligible Entities: All applications must involve two primary partners: a local government entity and a nonprofit organization. Local governments include counties, parishes, cities, towns, villages, or federally recognized tribal governments.

The National Endowment for the Arts will provide a limited number of grants, ranging from $25,000 to $200,000, for creative placemaking projects that contribute toward the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. The Our Town initiative will invest in creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with their arts and design organizations and artists, seek to improve their quality of life, foster stronger community identity and a sense of place, and revitalize economic development.

For more information, visit the grant opportunity webpage.

***U.S. Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants – $21 million
Application Due: January 17, 2013
Eligible Entities: State, Indian tribe, irrigation district, water district, or other organization with water or power delivery authority. Applicants must also be located in the western United States or Territories: 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, and the Virgin Islands.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant program provides funding to communities in the western United States 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, and carry out activities to address climate-related impacts on water.

For more information, visit the grant opportunity webpage.

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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 site.

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11/13/2012

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Upcoming Events and Information Resources for Tribes

The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is pleased to forward the following information behalf of DOE's Office of Indian Energy.

Upcoming Events

Tribal Leader Forum on Leveraging Energy Resources and Military Partnerships: November 30

The DOE Office of Indian Energy will host a day-long Tribal Leader Forum on November 30, 2012, at the EPA Region 9 Office in San Francisco. The forum will be held in conjunction with the 20th Anniversary Annual Tribal/EPA Conference, which will take place at the InterContinental San Francisco hotel on November 27-29, 2012. The seventh in a series of planned DOE Office of Indian Energy-sponsored strategic energy development and investment forums, this Tribal Leader Forum is designed to provide information for tribal leaders on the various aspects and opportunities to promote energy development on tribal lands near military installations. Please contact Brandt Petrasek, Special Advisor, at (202) 586-4818 or albert.petrasek@hq.doe.gov with any questions about the forum. Any other logistical questions can be directed to Jacquelyn Pless at (303) 856-1509, or jacquelyn.pless@ncsl.org.
Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series: January-October 2013

The DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Tribal Energy Program, and Western Area Power Administration are pleased to continue their sponsorship of the Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series. The series is intended for tribal leaders and staff who are interested in developing commercial-scale energy projects, responding to utilities' requests for proposals, and learning more about the competitive power market. Each webinar focuses on a different aspect of the energy project development process. Taken as a whole, the series is designed to help Tribes identify ways to promote tribal energy sufficiency and foster economic development and employment on tribal lands through renewable energy and energy efficiency technology development. These free webinars will be held the last Wednesday of every month from January through October 2013. View the complete list and register.

News and Information Resources

Workshop Presentations Available for Download

In October, the DOE Office of Indian Energy presented workshops at two major events. Presentations from those workshops are now available for download.

2012 Alaska Federation of Natives Convention
During the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention held October 18–20 in Anchorage, Alaska, the DOE Office of Indian Energy and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Tribal Energy Program presented a preconference workshop entitled “Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Alaska Native Community Development.” The workshop was designed to help tribal leaders and staff understand the range of energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities that exist in their remote communities, and also covered project development and financing for clean energy projects. Download the Alaska workshop presentations

RETECH 2012
The DOE Office of Indian Energy sponsored a pre-conference session at the Renewable Energy Technology Conference (RETECH) held October 16. The event brought together government, tribal, and industry renewable energy leaders to explore best practices, public-private partnerships to support and encourage energy infrastructure solutions, and public finance options for tribal clean energy projects. Participants received updates on federal policy and program support for Indian Country clean energy initiatives; the rapidly expanding federal energy marketplace; tribal clean energy marketing opportunities; and opportunities for interactive discussion with renewable energy companies that already work in Indian Country, and those seeking collaborative partnerships with Tribes and tribal corporations. Download the RETECH presentations

New Fall 2012 Newsletter

Be sure to check out the latest issue of the DOE Office of Indian Energy newsletter. This issue is filled with information on our most recent activities to accelerate energy development in Indian Country, as well as several feature stories, including:

  • DOE Office of Indian Energy Provides Tribes with Hands-On Support to Advance Tribal Energy Projects
  • DOE Office of Indian Energy Commissions Regional Transmission and Renewable Energy Analysis
  • ICEIWG Quarterly Meeting Held in Portland
  • Seminole Tribe to Host Grant Proposal Writing Workshop
  • Crow Nation Students Participate in Algae Biomass Research Project
  • DOE-IE Sponsors Two Sandia Student Interns
  • Women in Power: Andrea Alexander, Kathy Mayo, and Tara Hess-McGeown
  • Oneida Seven Generations WTE Project

Send us your ideas! If you have suggestions for feature stories, interviews, or news relevant to Indian energy, please submit your ideas toindianenergy@hq.doe.gov.

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

 


11/08/2012

WEBINAR: Dynamic Air Quality Management Grant Kickoff and Air Quality & Adaptation Grant Progress Review

EPA's Office of Research and Development/National Center for Environmental Research invites you to participate in the following webinar: EPA STAR Dynamic Air Quality Management Grant Kickoff and Air Quality & Adaptation Grant Progress Review.

This 2 day webinar will be held on: Thursday, November 8, 2012 from 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM EST, and Friday, November 9, 2012 from 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM EST

Register at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/835933414

We urge you to let your colleagues know about this webinar - there is no limit to the number of people that can participate in the webinar.

What will you learn?

  • How research can help improve the processes by which information is used to protect air quality
  • How changes in regional development, land use, climate, and air quality are linked
  • How fires can impact air quality, and how those effects can be managed

Free And Open to the Public

This is a kick-off and progress review meeting for 13 STAR grants from the EPA Office of Research and Development which focus on the information that is needed to help keep our air clean today and make sure it stays clean in the future. Eight projects funded under the solicitation �Adaptation for Future Air Quality Analysis and Decision Support Tools in Light of Global Change Impacts and Mitigation (2008)� look at how future changes in emissions and land use may affect air quality and air quality management strategies. Five projects funded under the solicitation �Dynamic Air Quality Management (2012)� will examine ways to incorporate information more quickly into decisions regarding emissions control strategies.

Agenda: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/events/calendar/2012/nov08/agenda.html

For more information on the research projects that will be discussed during the Air Quality & Adaptation Grant Progress Review see the following Star Grants and Star Centers:

For more information on the research projects that will be discussed during the Dynamic Air Quality Management Kick-off Meeting see:

For more information on this webinar series and to register see: /http://www.epa.gov/ncer/events/#nov0812

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November 2012: Upcoming Climate and Energy Webcasts for State and Local Governments


This message provides details about 10 upcoming webcasts being offered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and others. All webcasts are offered free of charge, but space may be limited.

EPA Webcasts

  • November 8, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) � Introduction to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) for Communities
  • November 14, 1:00-2:00 pm (EST) � Solar Economics: The Benefits of Hedging with Solar Power
  • November 15, 2:30-4:00 PM (EST) � Resource Conservation and Recovery Strategies for Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • November 15, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) � Sustainable Food Management: Food: Too Good to Waste

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

  • November 7, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) � Overflowing Value: Best Practices to Save Water and Money
  • November 8, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) � ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems

DOE Webcasts

  • November 20, 3:00-4:15 PM (EST) � District Heating with Renewable Energy

***EPA Webcasts

November 8, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) � Introduction to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) for Communities
EPA and the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) will present a webinar for community grassroots groups and others who serve as community leaders about how to access and use EPA�s Toxics Release Inventory data. TRI can help address local community concerns about toxic chemical emissions and associated environmental impacts. Webinar participants will learn about TRI basics and EPA�s recent pilot projects with four communities, and will also hear from a grassroots group that, as a result of an EPA pilot project, is now using TRI data to build on its ongoing efforts to protect the community from industrial pollution.

November 14, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) � Solar Economics: The Benefits of Hedging with Solar Power
Aided by favorable financing terms and high incentives in many markets, large-scale and multi-site solar installations are leading to significant cost savings for customers. By leveraging economies of scale to improve the financial advantages of solar power, solar installations can lead to lower-cost energy that reduces current expenses and hedges against utility price increases. Sponsored by EPA�s Green Power Partnership, this webinar will explore the broader U.S. solar market and pricing context and the decision-making implications for organizations considering solar.

November 15, 2:30-4:00 PM (EST) � Resource Conservation and Recovery Strategies for Greenhouse Gas Reductions
The extraction, production, use, and disposal of goods and materials are responsible for an estimated 42 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Sponsored by EPA�s Local Climate and Energy Program, this webcast will demonstrate how local governments can work with residents, private companies, and other groups to cost-effectively reduce these emissions through resource conservation and recovery strategies that reduce waste generation and divert waste from landfills. Join us to hear how Alameda County, California, and Kansas City, Missouri, are successfully implementing innovative resource conservation and recovery strategies to reduce GHG emissions, waste disposal costs, and related energy use. Also learn about EPA tools and resources available to help you design and implement resource conservation and recovery programs that are right for your community. Learn more on this topic from EPA's recently release guide for local governments, Resource Conservation and Recovery: A Guide to Developing and Implementing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs.

November 15, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) � Sustainable Food Management: Food: Too Good to Waste
Food is among the largest, yet the least recovered, waste streams in the United States. At a retail value of $125 billion annually, Americans throw away about a quarter of all food purchases. At this webinar, local community stakeholders will present a toolkit developed as a result of a community pilot titled: �Food: Too Good to Waste.� This toolkit can be customized and used by any interested local government or community group. At this webinar you will learn: how the West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum communities collaborated to develop this toolkit, focusing on five key behaviors to reduce wasteful household food habits; how development of the toolkit led to cost savings and environmental benefits; and how the toolkit can be tailored for use by any interested local government or community.

***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 the ENERGY STAR Trainings page.

November 7, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) � Overflowing Value: Best Practices to Save Water and Money

This month�s ENERGY STAR National Building Competition webinar will explore water management best practices and resources. Water and energy use are closely linked, and this year�s competition is the first to recognize water efficiency improvements through EPA�s WaterSense program. Join this webinar to learn low- and no-cost water-saving strategies as well as tried and tested tools and resources available to help you make every drop count.

November 8, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) � ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems
Attendees will learn how to use EPA tools and resources to help meet requirements for green building rating systems such as the U.S. Green Building Council�s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Green Globes system, and others.

*** U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
November 20, 3:00-4:15 PM (EST) � District Heating with Renewable Energy
Sponsored by DOE, this webinar will feature two presentations. The first is about the world's largest geothermal heat pump district heating and cooling system, which is being installed at Ball State University in Indianapolis, Indiana. The second presentation focuses on efficiencies gained through systems engineering at the district heating system in St. Paul, Minnesota. For another example of a district energy project with renewables, learn about West Union, Iowa�s Climate Showcase Community Project.

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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 site.

 

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

Upcoming DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Webinars

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Tribal Energy Program, and Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) are pleased to continue their sponsorship of the Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series.

The series is intended for tribal leaders and staff who are interested in developing commercial-scale energy projects, responding to utilities' requests for proposals, and learning more about the competitive power market.

Registration
There is no charge to participate in the webinars, but registration is required. To register, click on the links provided in the table below.

The following webinars will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Time:

Each of these webinars focuses on a different aspect of the energy project development process. Taken as a whole, the series is designed to help Tribes identify ways to promote tribal energy sufficiency and foster economic development and employment on tribal lands through renewable energy and energy efficiency technology development.? For more on these upcoming webinars, see the attached flyer. For recordings and presentations from past webinars, go to www.wapa.gov and click the Renewable link, then click on the Tribal webinar series link.

DOE Tribal Webinars Flyer

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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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal Energy Program offers free technical assistance for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects that fit within the program's scope and can be addressed with available resources. Requests are only considered from federally recognized Indian Tribes, bands, nations, and other organized groups and communities�including Alaska Native villages or regional and village corporations.

Typically limited to 40 hours, technical assistance may include renewable energy technology information, renewable resource information, energy efficiency techniques, project support, system performance modeling, policy information, design review, special studies, strategic energy planning, and training.

About the TEEIC
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The TEEIC Web site (http://teeic.anl.gov) provides information about the environmental effects of energy development on tribal lands.

The site includes information about energy resource development and associated environmental impacts and mitigation measures; guidance for conducting site-specific environmental assessments and developing monitoring programs; information about applicable federal laws and regulations; and federal and tribal points of contact.

The U.S. Department of the Interior is funding the maintenance of the TEEIC through the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs' Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development.

For More Information
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If you have questions or need more information, visit the TEEIC Web site (http://teeic.anl.gov) or contact the TEEIC Webmaster at teeicwebmaster@anl.gov

Please forward this message to any party you feel may be interested in the TEEIC or tribal energy development.

 


11/07/2012

DRAFT PM Advance Guidance

In January 2013, EPA plans to expand the Advance program (which currently focuses on ozone - see www.epa.gov/ozoneadvance) to include areas interested in reducing particulate matter (PM). PM Advance will be aimed at helping PM attainment areas take proactive steps to stay in attainment. Near-term actions to reduce PM precursors can (1) ensure continued health protection, (2) better position areas to remain in attainment, and (3) efficiently direct available resources toward actions to address ozone problems quickly.

We welcome your review of the draft guidance for the PM Advance program (attached); please send comments to ADVANCE@epa.gov by December 10.

During the review period, EPA will offer a webinar to provide information about PM Advance and to answer your questions. The webinar will be held on November 29 from 2-3:30pm EST. To register, click on the following link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/302192401.

Questions may be referred to Laura Bunte, EPA/OAR/OAQPS/Outreach and Information Division, bunte.laura@epa.gov, (919) 541-0889.

 


11/01/2012

Take Advantage of Discounted Lodging for the Tribal Energy Program Review: Make Your Reservation today!

DOE Tribal Energy Program Review
November 13-16, 2012
Renaissance Denver Hotel
3801 Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80207
303-399-7500

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.

The gathering will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 13 and continue through 4 p.m. on Friday, November 16, 2012.

Registration
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.

Agenda
See the attached 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

Discounted room rate for meeting participants: $149 per night (or prevailing government per diem rate). This is the current local Government Services Administration (GSA) per diem rate.

Reservation deadline: Friday, October 26, 2012. 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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The Seminole Tribe of Florida Native Learning Center will present a Grant Researching and Proposal Writing in Indian Country Workshop from December 3-5, 2012, in Orlando, Florida. Designed for anyone from a beginner to an expert, this three-day workshop will provide the skills necessary to explore, seek out, and successfully write a grant proposal.

Registration is free to Native Americans and those working within Indian Country. A prearranged lodging rate is available before November 2, 2012. For more information, visit the TEEIC Web site at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

About the TEEIC
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The TEEIC Web site (http://teeic.anl.gov) provides information about the environmental effects of energy development on tribal lands.

The site includes information about energy resource development and associated environmental impacts and mitigation measures; guidance for conducting site-specific environmental assessments and developing monitoring programs; information about applicable federal laws and regulations; and federal and tribal points of contact.

The U.S. Department of the Interior is funding the maintenance of the TEEIC through the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs' Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development.

For More Information
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If you have questions or need more information, visit the TEEIC Web site (http://teeic.anl.gov) or contact the TEEIC Webmaster at teeicwebmaster@anl.gov

Please forward this message to any party you feel may be interested in the TEEIC or tribal energy development.

 


10/25/2012

Updated Tool Helps State and Local Governments Make the Case for Clean Energy

EPA has just released version 2.4 of the Co-Benefits Risk Assessment (COBRA) screening model, a free tool that helps state and local governments estimate and map the potential air quality, human health, and related economic benefits from clean energy policies or programs (due to expected reductions in particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, ammonia , and volatile organic compounds).

COBRA 2.4 includes updated emissions levels, health impact functions, health incidence data, population projections, economic values, and discount rate options�all consistent with what EPA uses for regulatory analyses.

State and local governments can use COBRA 2.4 to:

  • Better understand the potential for clean energy to enhance air quality, health, and social well-being.
  • Design or select program options that maximize benefits.
  • Build support for clean energy investments based on air and health benefits.
  • Narrow a list of policy options to those that should be evaluated using more sophisticated air quality models.
  • Present information about localized health benefits in easy-to-interpret tables and maps.
  • Support a balanced decision-making process that considers both the potential costs and benefits of policy options. Learn more about COBRA and download the tool at EPA�s COBRA page. You can also learn how others have used COBRA by viewing example analyses.

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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 site.

 

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10/23/2012

Request for Applications Released: Tribal Support for National Environmental Information Exchange Network

EPA has just release it's RFA for the Tribal Support of the Exchange Network. I have included a brief description from the website below. Click on the link for more details. Please forward to tribes in your regions and any tribal organizations. The tribal RFA is available on http://www.epa.gov/exchangenetwork/grants/ .

Applicants for the Tribal Support for the National Environmental Information Exchange Network RFA must submit an application package to EPA by December 31, 2012. The total estimated funding expected to be available under this competitive opportunity is approximately $800,000. EPA anticipates award of one cooperative agreement, whose annual value shall not exceed $160,000. The cooperative agreement will be funded incrementally up to four additional years. Additional funds may be added to each subsequent year of the agreement, subject to satisfactory performance, availability of funds, and other applicable considerations.

In FY 2013, total funding shall not exceed $160,000. EPA will accept project proposals for this opportunity in one of two ways: 1) a hardcopy mailed or delivered application, including one original and two copies; or 2) a proposal submitted electronically through the grants.gov website. EPA anticipates that it will announce selection decisions in or around April 2013. EPA plans to issue the awards by April 15, 2013.

Beth Jackson, Tribal Program Coordinator
US EPA, Office of Environmental Information
Environmental Analysis Division
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue (Mail 2842T)
Washington, D.C. 20460
PHONE: (202) 566-0626

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Check Out Tox Town: A Great Resource for Educating Children About Chemicals

Our newest blog post highlights a great interactive website called "Tox Town," which was created by the National Library of Medicine to introduce middle school, high school, and college students to toxic chemicals in their everyday environment. Tox Town helps students and teachers learn about environmental health concerns and toxic chemicals pictured in imaginary Cities, Farms, Towns, the US Border Regions, Ports, and the US Southwest. Read more about it here!

If you find this tool useful, please share your thoughts about it, as well as share it with your friends! Also, be sure to add your e-mail to the subscribe link on the upper-right side of the blog's home page to receive our future posts directly each week. Click the "Like" button to let your friends know about this great resource!

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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Communities Can Apply for Free Technical Assistance: Request for Letters of Interest/Second Webinar

EPA's Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program will be offering free technical assistance to communities interested in implementing smart growth approaches.

· EPA's Request for Letters of Interest has been posted on the Building Blocks page at http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/buildingblocks.htm#afepa
· On October 4th, 3:00-4:00 Eastern, EPA hosted a second webinar for those who were not able to attend the first. The webinar provided an overview of the Building Blocks program and the application process. For details, visit http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/webinars/index.html

Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities provides quick, targeted technical assistance using a wide variety of tools designed to help stimulate a discussion about growth and strengthen local capacity to implement sustainable approaches. EPA will offer nine tools in 2013, including Supporting Equitable Development, which will help communities evaluate their needs around equitable development and identify the most effective tools and strategies.

EPA will select up to 44 communities through a competitive process; applications will be accepted between September 26 and October 26.

 


10/18/2012

Opportunity for Early Input into FY2014 NPM Guidance: Input due November 9, 2012

EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) and Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) will soon start drafting their Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 National Program Manager (NPM) guidances. As we prepare to begin this process, we would like to invite NTAA to offer any early input or advance comments that they would like OAR or OECA to consider before we start developing the FY 2014 guidances. We have also invited early input from the Environmental Council of the States, the National Association of Clean Air Agencies, and individual state air agencies.

If you would like to provide advance comments, please send them no later than November 9, 2012 to Mike Hadrick of OAR at hadrick.michael@epa.gov and Maureen Lydon of OECA at lydon.maureen@epa.gov. It would be helpful to receive any enforcement related comments earlier if feasible.

The FY 2014 NPM guidances will be shorter and look a little different from past years due to an Agency-wide streamlining effort. Although still under refinement, we are expecting a new more concise format that will focus on priorities, and highlight the expected work of EPA regions, states, and tribes as applicable, along with some EPA Headquarters work as well. You may find the FY 2013 NPM guidances to be helpful points of reference. They are available on EPA’s website at http://www.epa.gov/planandbudget/annualplan/fy2013.html.

In addition to this invitation to provide early input, EPA’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer is managing a consultation and coordination process on the FY 14 NPM guidances in accordance with the EPA Policy on Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribes, and will soon be contacting tribal governments about this effort. NTAA, tribes, states, and the public will also have the opportunity to submit written comments on the draft FY 14 NPM guidances when EPA posts them for comment in February 2013.

Thank you for considering this request for early comment, and we look forward to working with you on this, If you have any questions please let me know.

Sincerely,
Pat Childers
U.S. EPA
(202) 564-1082

 


10/17/2012

Webinars Upcoming for Brownfields Grants, Environmental Justice and Sustainability, Solar Hot Water in Higher Education Facilities, and Small-Scale CHP


This newsletter provides details for four webinars scheduled for October 2012 that may be of interest to state and local governments. All webinars are offered free of charge; preregistration is required for some webinars (see the descriptions below for details).

***October 22, 2012, 2:00–3:00 pm (EDT)EPA FY13 Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant Guidelines
All potential EPA Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant applicants are invited to this webinar, which will walk through the FY13 Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant Guidelines, discuss eligibility and ranking criteria, and answer any questions potential applicants may have.
Webinar link (no preregistration required; log in as “Guest” when the webinar starts).
Call-in for audio: (866) 299-3188. Participant passcode: 202 566 2773

***October 22, 2012, 11:00am–12:00 pm (EDT)Mayor Bill Finch (Bridgeport, Connecticut) Speaks on Government Support for Environmental Justice and the BGreen 2020 Plan
Join Mayor Bill Finch of Bridgeport, Connecticut, and the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities for a webinar on how the city of Bridgeport is working to become “New England's greenest city.” An EPA Environmental Justice Showcase Community, Bridgeport was featured in the Partnership's 2012 Accomplishments Report and recent Partnership video.

Mayor Finch will discuss Bridgeport's BGreen 2020 plan for a sustainable Bridgeport and how Bridgeport accessed support from state and federal agencies to help improve the quality of life for city residents. Officials from HUD, DOT, and EPA will discuss how the Partnership (which helps communities improve access to affordable housing, increase transportation options, and protect the environment) has been working to assist environmental justice communities.
Webinar link (no preregistration required; log in as “Guest” when the webinar starts.
Call-in for audio: (888) 850-4523. Participant passcode: 719661.Note that this conference has a maximum audio capacity of 299 callers. Please share phone lines if possible.

***October 25, 2012, 1:00–2:30 pm (EDT)Saving Energy through Solar Water Heating Technologies in Higher Education Buildings
This webinar, hosted by EPA’s Energy Supply and Industry Branch, will showcase solar thermal technology applications in higher education facilities that reduce water heating costs for cleaning, showering, and laundering. Two university professionals will discuss the economic, energy, and social motivations that led them to consider a solar water heating system, how they handled perceived and real risks or barriers to project development, as well as the financial and energy savings each institution has experienced. A technical expert will also provide an overview of the common solar thermal technologies in higher education that reduce water heating costs.
Preregistration (required).

***October 30, 2012, 1:00–2:00 pm (EDT)Combined Heat and Power In the Mid-Atlantic: How Small-Scale CHP Systems Can Boost Energy Efficiency and Save Money
EPA Region 3 will host a webinar on small-scale combined heat and power (CHP) application in the Mid-Atlantic. The webinar will provide a forum for attendees to learn about small-scale CHP systems their economic, environmental, and efficiency benefits—particularly for hotel, college/university, and office buildings. Examples of current CHP applications in downtown Philadelphia will be profiled to highlight the CHP process. The webinar will include a presentation and case studies by Philadelphia Gas Works, the nation’s largest municipally owned natural gas utility, serving more than 500,000 customers.
Preregistration (required). Note that participation is limited to the first 50 registrants.

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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 site.

 

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

Funding and Training Opportunities for Tribes


The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is pleased to forward the following information on funding and training opportunities that may be of interest to tribes. Please contact each funding entity directly regarding eligibility.

Funding Opportunities

EPA Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities – Technical Assistance

The EPA Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program provides quick, targeted technical assistance to selected local and/or tribal governments using a variety of tools that have demonstrated results and widespread application. Technical assistance will be delivered by EPA staff and by four nonprofit organizations with expertise in sustainable communities.

Assistance from EPA
Applications due: October 26, 2012
Eligible entities: Local, county, or tribal governments

EPA will offer nine tools, including planning bikeshare programs, creating a green streets strategy, and a green building toolkit. In 2013, EPA will select up to 44 communities for assistance.

For more information, see the technical assistance Web page.
Assistance from EPA Grantees
Applications due: Varies by organization. Due dates range from October 25, 2012, to February 2013.
Eligible entities: Varies by organization. Eligible entities encompass local, county, or tribal governments

Four nonprofit organizations, Forterra, Global Green USA, Project for Public Spaces, and Smart Growth America, have received grants from EPA to offer assistance using tools they have chosen.

Global Green’s assistance is based on the LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) standard, which provides a nationally recognized method for creating neighborhoods that are walkable, bikeable, resource-efficient, and equitable. Livability Solutions will offer technical assistance to 6 to 12 communities, enabling local governments and communities to implement changes that move them toward smart growth and sustainability. This technical assistance will take the form of one- to two-day workshops. Smartgrowth America will offer technical assistance in 12 types of one- or two-day workshops such as sustainable land use code audit and local strategies to slow climate change. Forterra’s competition is expected to open in February 2013.

For more information, see the technical assistance Web page.

FEMA 2012 Community Resilience Innovation Challenge – Up to $35,000 Per Selected Project

Applications due: November 16, 2012
Eligible entities: Agencies, institutions, business entities, associations, organizations, or groups (public or private sector) operating within the local jurisdiction where the project will be conducted.

The 2012 Challenge program will support a broad range of activities designed to foster community resilience. Particular focus will be placed on reaching across social sectors, while a specific goal will be increased local dialogue that includes the sharing of information about local risks and the vulnerabilities of and consequences for local residents and their well-being. Activities can range from establishing a way to train neighborhoods to prepare and take care of themselves and others in an emergency situation to co-hosting initiatives with the private sector to actively involve businesses and organizations to improve preparedness programs, from involving children and youth through educational programs and activities to sponsoring drills for local hazards.

For more information, visit the Challenge Web page.

AIA Sustainable Design Assessment Teams (SDAT) – Technical Assistance

Applications due: November 16, 2012
Eligible entities: Committees with a cross-section of residents, local government agencies, businesses, institutions, and community groups. A letter of support from the local AIA chapter is required.

The Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) program focuses on the importance of developing sustainable communities through design. The American Institute of Architects’ Center for Communities by Design is seeking potential partner communities that can demonstrate the capacity to convene a diverse set of community leaders and stakeholders for an intensive, collaborative planning process focused on long-term sustainability. The Center is particularly focused on identifying communities that have the ability to leverage local resources and build strong partnerships for implementation of an SDAT process. Awarded communities will receive pro bono services from a multidisciplinary team through the program, and the AIA commits to funding up to $15,000 for each project to cover team expenses.

For more information, visit the AIA SDAT page.

EPA Environmental Education Regional Model Grants – $2.16 million
Applications due: November 21, 2012
Eligible entities: Any local education agency, college or university, state education or environmental agency, nonprofit organization, or noncommercial educational broadcasting entity. Tribal education agencies that are eligible to apply include a school or community college controlled by an Indian tribe, band, or nation that is recognized as eligible for special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians and that is not administered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The purpose of the Environmental Education Regional Grant Program is to increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment. In order to be eligible, all applications must address at least one of the EPA educational priorities listed and at least one EPA environmental priority. EPA educational priorities are community projects, human health and the environment, and career development. EPA environmental priorities include protecting air quality, preventing pollution, cleaning up our communities, and protecting America’s waters. EPA expects to award one grant per region for an expected 10 grants nationwide.

For more information, visit the grant opportunity Web page.

EPA Brownfield Area-wide Planning Grant – $4 Million
Applications due: November 30, 2012
Eligible entities: General purpose unit of local government; Indian Tribe other than in Alaska, Alaska Native Regional Corporation, Alaska Native Village Corporation, and Metlakatla Indian Community; land clearance authority or other quasi-governmental entity; regional council or group of general purpose units of local government; government entity created by state legislature; redevelopment agency that is chartered or otherwise sanctioned by a state; a state that is serving in a fiscal and administrative capacity on behalf of a local community; nonprofit organizations, including institutions of higher education.

This grant will fund projects to facilitate community involvement and conduct research, training, and technical assistance necessary to develop area-wide plans and implementation strategies to facilitate brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse. Brownfields area-wide planning grant funding must be directed to specific areas affected by a single large or multiple brownfield sites, such as a neighborhood, downtown district, city block, or local commercial corridor. The grant funding will result in an area-wide plan, including implementation strategies, for the brownfields-affected area.

For more information, see the request for proposals.

USDA 2013 Urban and Community Forestry Grant – Approximately $900,000
Applications due: December 3, 2012
Eligible entities: Any U.S. nonfederal organization, operating within the United States or its territories

The 2013 National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program will support urban and community forestry projects on nonfederal public land that have a national or widespread impact and application. The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council is seeking innovative grants proposals for program development, research, and collaboration to address the following two strategic priority issues: proposals that demonstrate the connection between the personal benefits of urban forests and quality of life within a community through community engagement; and proposals that design an urban forestry recruitment program and retention strategies that support existing urban forestry academic curricula. Urban and community forests demonstrate benefits including urban heat island reduction. All grant funds must be matched at least equally with non-federal source funds.

For more information, see the request for proposals.

Green Power Network Renewable Energy RFPs
This update contains solicitations for renewable energy generation, renewable energy certificates, and green power. Unless otherwise noted, these requests for proposals and solicitations are neither supported nor endorsed by the U.S. Department of Energy, Green Power Network.
Deadline - November 13, 2012
DLA Energy RFP (Sol. SP0600-13-R-0400) seeking competitive proposals for an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) PPA Ground Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Array for the U.S. EPA Division of Environmental Science and Assessment Laboratory Branch, located in Edison, New Jersey. Estimated array size is 2 MW and includes approximately 275,000 ft2 at the facility location. This ESPC must comply with all of the 42 USC 8287 ESPC authority requirements. Provider must be approved and identified on the Department of Energy's Qualified List of Energy Service Companies. The preproposal conference for Wednesday, October 17, 2012, has been postponed, and interested parties should register to stay up to date. Contact: Jezabel Aviles, 703-767-2394

Deadline - December 31, 2015
State of New York Energy Research and Development Authority RFP (PON 2439) announcing the availability of approximately $13.8 million in incentives to encourage the installation of end-use wind energy systems for residential, commercial, institutional or government use. The incentives, of up to $400,000 per site/customer, will be paid to eligible installers who install new approved grid-connected wind energy systems using qualified equipment, in accordance with the eligibility requirements described below. The maximum equipment size shall be 2 MW per site/customer. NYSERDAs incentive shall not exceed 50% of the total installed cost of the system. Applications accepted from January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2015, or until funds are fully committed. Contact: smallwind@nyserda.org
A complete list of active RFPs can found on the Green Power Network Financial Opportunities page.

Training Opportunities:

HUD ONAP Greener Homes Regional Training

Hosted by HUD's Office of Native American Programs (ONAP), this training will provide tools for tribal housing entities to measure and determine how well their green buildings are performing by providing techniques for data monitoring and collecting as well as cost/benefit analysis. This session will also introduce the grid-tied net-zero-energy home, rainwater gardens and collection, and key energy cost reduction measures for upgrading inefficient buildings. Register online. For further information, email plee@firstpic.org or call 202-393-6400.

When Every Drop Counts: Initiatives in Indian Country Webinar
Monday, October 22
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. EDT


American Indian and Alaska Native tribes in the United States are an especially vulnerable population faced with the burden of establishing short- and long-term strategies related to the public health implications of extreme weather conditions. During this webinar, tribal professionals will discuss access to safe water, changes to subsistence lifestyles, adaptation planning, training, collaboration and challenges in obtaining adequate funding to implement sustainable strategies.

This is the fourth in a four-part series “Drought: When Every Drop Counts,” co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and the American Public Health Association.

Moderator:
Annabelle Allison, Tribal Liaison, NCEH/ATSDR Office of Tribal Affairs

Speakers:
Sue Wotkyns, Climate Change Program Manager
Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, Northern Arizona University

Seth Moore, PhD
Director of Biology and Environment Grand Portage Band of Chippewa

Ed Knight, AICP
Senior Planner, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Register now.

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.

 


10/16/2012

EPA Announces Opportunity to Apply for 2013 Environmental Justice Small Grants

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that it is seeking applicants for a total of $1.5 million in environmental justice small grants to be awarded in 2013. 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. Grants are available for up to $30,000 each.

“Environmental justice grants support efforts to raise awareness about local health and environmental concerns,” said Lisa Garcia, EPA’s senior advisor to the administrator for environmental justice. “By supporting local projects in under-served communities, communities are able to develop plans and partnerships that will continue to improve their local environment and better protect human health into the future.”

The 2013 grant solicitation is now open and will close on Jan. 7, 2013. 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 Oct. 30, 2012; Nov. 14, 2012; Dec. 1, 2012; and Dec. 13, 2012 to help applicants understand the requirements.

Previous grants have supported activities including projects to better protect children in the Boston-area from incidences of lead poisoning and asthma attacks, conduct research on air quality in a portside Philadelphia community and provide support to residents on the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota to repair failing septic systems and identify water that is unsafe to drink.

The principles of environmental justice uphold the idea that all communities overburdened by pollution – particularly minority, low income and indigenous communities – deserve the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards, equal access to the decision-making process and a healthy environment in which to live, learn and work. Since 1994, the environmental justice small grants program has provided funding in more than 1,300 communities, to community-based non-profit organizations and local governments working to address environmental justice issues. The grants represent EPA’s commitment to expand the conversation on environmentalism and advance environmental justice in communities across the nation.

More information about the Environmental Justice Small Grants program:
http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/grants/ej-smgrants.html

Environment Justice Small Grants 2013 Request for Proposals and schedule of pre-application teleconference calls: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/resources/publications/grants/ej-smgrants-rfp-2013.pdf

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US EPA's National Center for Environmental Research invites you to join us for the first of several Tribal Research Program Webinars which will discuss research progress of our STAR grantees:
The October 17th Webinar will include a presentation on:


Comprehensive Community-based Risk Assessment of Exposure to Water-borne Contaminants on the Crow Reservation

What will you learn?
1. Understand how traditional ecological knowledge frames risk identification and risk reduction.
2. Understand how community-engaged research has been carried out and improved project relevance.
3. Understand the complexities of characterizing cumulative risks and complex exposures in a tribal setting.

The following speakers will take part in this discussion:
NCER's Tribal Environmental Health Research Program has supported studies to better understand the health effects of environmental contaminants on tribal populations. EPA STAR tribal environmental health research has focused on identifying and quantifying cumulative risk, determining the impacts of climate change, and identifying dietary exposure risks of traditional subsistence diets.
We urge you to let your colleagues know about these webinars - there is no limit to the number of people that can participate in the webinar.
This webinar will be held on:
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT
To register: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/events/#oct1712

Biosketches
Timothy Ford Ph.D. Dean of Graduate Studies, Interim Dean of the Westbrook College of Health Professions, University of New England, has both directed and participated in water quality related projects in the US, Canada, the UK, Mexico, India, Russia and the Philippines, and is currently building collaborations with colleagues in Hong Kong and China. In terms of scholarship, he has more than 150 papers, chapters and review articles published and in press and has received funding from the NIH, NSF, EPA, NASA, the Office of Naval Research and the US Air Force. As a faculty member at the Harvard School of Public Health, he both founded and directed the School???s Program in Water and Health. He was also supported through the NIEHS Superfund program to examine marine microbial communities in sediments from an EPA-designated superfund site, New Bedford Harbor, MA, as potential ecological biomarkers of exposure to high levels of contaminant chemicals. After moving to Montana State University as head of Microbiology in 2002, Ford served as Principal Investigator for the NIH-funded Montana Idea Networks for Biomedical Research Excellence Program (MT-INBRE). This five year, $17 million program was designed to build research infrastructure in infectious disease and environmental health research throughout the state of Montana.

Mari Eggers Ph.D., Research Associate Little Big Horn College, (and 2006 EPA STAR Fellow) moved with her husband, an enrolled Tribal member, to the Crow Reservation in 1993. She has been teaching science and doing environmental health research with students at Little Big Horn College (LBHC), the local Tribal college, since 1996. Currently, she serves as the Project Leader for the Crow Water Quality Project, working with community stakeholders, LBHC staff and students and other academic partners to conduct a comprehensive community-based risk assessment of exposure to contaminants via water sources on the Crow Reservation. The data from this community-based participatory research project have been useful to the local water and wastewater authority in raising some $20 million for infrastructure improvements in Crow Agency. Eggers has an M.A. from Stanford University, an M.S. in ecology from Montana State University Bozeman (MSU) and is currently a doctoral candidate in environmental health at MSU. EPA STAR Fellowships have supported her Masters and Doctoral research.

Tamara Old Coyote Coordinator of the Water Quality Project Little Big Horn College in Crow Agency, Montana. She plays several roles in her community as an educator, researcher and advocate. Her cultural upbringing has taught her the sacredness of the elements and she uses that knowledge to address health concerns in her community. She received her Associates in Natural Science from Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, KS, and her Baccalaureate in Plant Science/Plant Biology from Montana State University Bozeman, MT. Tamra continues to collaborate with other Community-Based Participatory Researchers on health disparities and maintains successful partnerships with her community on Environmental Health.

Dayle "Candy" Felicia Graduate student Montana State University-Bozeman, is a member of the Crow, Northern Cheyenne and Black Foot tribes and the married mother of two boys. She began her academic journey at the Crow tribal college called Little Big Horn College, where she double majored in Community Health and Environmental Health. While at Little Big Horn College, she worked with the Water Quality Team.

Brandon Good Luck Crow Tribal Environmental Director, is currently working toward a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies and has been working with the Crow EPA Program for 4 years as the Non-Point Source Coordinator. He has completed the First Crow Tribe Non-Point Source Mini Grant, which consisted of riparian fencing and off-river watering for livestock. In his spare time, Mr. Good Luck enjoys spending time with his son, family and hunting in the Wolf, Big Horn Mountains and fishing in Upper Little Horn, Big Horn River and the Black Canyon Creek.

For more information on this webinar series and to register see:  http://www.epa.gov/ncer/events/#oct1712

 


10/12/2012

Make Plans to Attend the Tribal Energy Program Review

DOE Tribal Energy Program Review
November 13-16, 2012
Renaissance Denver Hotel
3801 Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80207
303-399-7500

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.

The gathering will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 13 and continue through 4 p.m. on Friday, November 16, 2012. 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 (attached). 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

Discounted room rate for meeting participants: $149 per night (or prevailing government per diem rate). This is the current local Government Services Administration (GSA) per diem rate.

Reservation deadline: Friday, October 26, 2012. 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.

 


10/11/2012

Spokane Tribal Air Quality Program - WSU Extension Energy Program - Spokane Indian Housing Authority - Environmental Protection Agency

Training Announcement: Radon, Weatherization and Indoor Air Quality

A 3-Day workshop on radon and indoor air quality for single family and multifamily remodels and new homes. The workshop will consist of both classroom and hands-on activities. Topics will include:

  • Radon Resistant New Construction
  • Codes and Specifications
  • Crawlspace and Concrete Slab Mitigation
  • Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality
  • Energy Efficiency and Weatherization

Date: November 27-29th, 2012
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: Spokane Tribal Longhouse-Wellpinit, WA

Please see attached flyer for more information:

Radon_Training_Spokane_Reservation_Nov_2012.pdf

 

 


10/09/2012

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Ala., recently announced that a biomass-related amendment she submitted for inclusion in the Tribal Energy Bill, S. 1684, was passed unanimously by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Sept. 13.

According to information released by Murkowski’s office, the legislation contains a provision for tribes to participate in rural biomass energy demonstration projects—particularly tribes in the lower 48 states. Murkowski’s amendment creates the same opportunities in Alaska for Native corporation lands.

Biomass Demonstration Projects - for more information click here: http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/8080/murkowski-biomass-amendment-passed-by-senate-committee

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Date: October 16, 2012

Time: 2:00-3:30 pm Eastern Time

Register at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/923734304

Loren Raun and Don Richner of the City of Houston will present results of a comprehensive survey project regarding emissions of benzene and other Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from a combined petroleum refinery and chemical plant complex in the Houston Ship Channel area. The project used Differential Absorption Light Detection and Ranging (DIAL), a remote sensing methodology for measuring air pollutants They will also present results of two other measurement techniques explored to validate or augment DIAL measurements -- open path Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) and a fixed point Monitor on a Mobile Ambient Air Monitoring Laboratory (MAAML).

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

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

Reminder Notice from the DOE Office Of Indian Energy: Free Registration for Tribal Leaders RETECH 2012 Conference October 16-18, Washington, D.C.

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to forward the following special offer for tribal leaders courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs.

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy (DOE-IE) is a Gold Sponsor of RETECH 2012 this year, and we are pleased to offer free registration for the RETECH convention for tribal elected leaders or their designated representatives, if tribal leadership cannot attend. Join us on Tuesday, October 16, for a day-long pre-conference workshop on tribal renewable energy solutions and partnerships (see the attached agenda).

Directly after the pre-conference workshop from 4-5:30 p.m., we invite you to stay for a networking session with renewable energy companies already working in Indian Country and those seeking collaborative partnerships with Tribes and tribal corporations. This is an opportunity for you to meet and speak one-on-one with key representatives from the renewable energy industry about your projects, ideas, and challenges.

Take advantage of this incredible opportunity to connect with renewable energy leaders from around the world. There is no charge to attend the pre-conference workshop and networking session, but please sign up by contacting DOE-IE at IndianEnergy@hq.doe.gov.

Tribal government employees and staff may register for the full RETECH conference package at the government rate of $895. Additional information about the pre-conference workshop, and the RETECH conference can be found at the RETECH website www.retech2012.com.

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.

 

 


09/27/2012

 

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Register Now for Free Tribal Training Oct. 16-17, Anchorage, Ak
February 15-17, 2012

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Tribal Energy Program are pleased to announce the following tribal training opportunity. No registration fee is being charged for this event, but advance registration is required.

The lodging discount for the following workshop has been extended to this Friday, September 28.

National Training

DOE's Office of Indian Energy and EERE Tribal Energy Program are offering the following course to help Alaska tribal leaders and staff members understand the range of energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities that exist in their communities. The training will also cover project development and financing for clean energy projects. Don't miss the opportunity to learn from other Alaska Native Villages about their efforts to deploy clean energy technologies. Register for this meeting.

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Alaska Native Community Development
October 16-17, 2012
Hilton Anchorage
500 W. 3rd Avenue
Anchorage, AK
(907) 272-7411

Lodging: To make reservations for lodging, call the hotel directly at (907) 272-7411. Be sure to ask for the discounted group rate for "Renewable Energy for Tribal Community Development Workshop."

Room rate: $97.00 single or double occupancy (current government per diem rate for location).

Reservation deadline: Friday, September 21, 2012. After that date we will be unable to guarantee rate or availability.

See the attached draft agenda and check the Tribal Energy Program website for more details.

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

AK Workshop Agenda Overview 9-14-12.pdf

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Tribal Renewable Energy Solutions and Partnerships Workshop at RETECH 2012
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RETECH 2012, which is a renewable energy technology conference and exhibition, will be held from October 16-19, 2012, in Washington, D.C. On October 16, 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy (DOE-IE) will host an RETECH 2012 pre-conference day-long workshop titled �Tribal Renewable Energy Solutions and Partnerships: Collaborating through the Headwinds of Change.� This workshop will bring together tribal and industry renewable energy leaders to explore best practices, public-private partnerships to support and encourage energy infrastructure solutions, and public finance options for tribal clean energy projects.

DOE-IE is extending an exclusive invitation to tribal elected leaders or their designated representatives to attend DOE-IE�s pre-conference workshop, all conference sessions, and the exhibition free of charge.

For more information and to register, visit the TEEIC Web site at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

About the TEEIC
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The TEEIC Web site (http://teeic.anl.gov) provides information about the environmental effects of energy development on tribal lands.

The site includes information about energy resource development and associated environmental impacts and mitigation measures; guidance for conducting site-specific environmental assessments and developing monitoring programs; information about applicable federal laws and regulations; and federal and tribal points of contact.

The U.S. Department of the Interior is funding the maintenance of the TEEIC through the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs' Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development.

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If you have questions or need more information, visit the TEEIC Web site (http://teeic.anl.gov) or contact the TEEIC Webmaster at teeicwebmaster@anl.gov

Please forward this message to any party you feel may be interested in the TEEIC or tribal energy development.


09/25/2012

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Special Offer for Tribal Leaders: Attend RETECH 2012 for FREE

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to forward the following special offer for tribal leaders courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs.

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs (DOE-IE) is pleased to announce the upcoming 2012 Renewable Energy Technology Conference (RETECH) October 16�19, 2012, in Washington, D.C. RETECH is THE renewable energy industry's meeting place for more than 3,000 government, utility, finance, and technology professionals in 60 countries and is the only event dedicated to delivering coverage on every discipline of renewable energy technology.

On October 16, 2012, DOE-IE is hosting a day-long pre-conference workshop, Tribal Renewable Energy Solutions and Partnerships: Collaborating through the Headwinds of Change. This workshop will bring together tribal and industry renewable energy leaders to:

  • Receive updates on federal policy and program support for clean energy initiatives
  • Explore best practices in renewable energy and infrastructure development on Indian lands and with tribal corporations and governments, including:
    • Public-private partnerships dedicated to fostering energy infrastructure solutions
    • Public financing options, tools, and trends for tribal clean energy projects
  • Learn about tribal clean energy marketing opportunities and the rapidly expanding federal energy marketplace
  • Engage in interactive discussions with renewable energy companies already working in Indian Country and those seeking collaborative partnerships with Tribes and tribal corporations.

Following the pre-conference workshop, RETECH's conference sessions will deliver valuable educational content, including business development opportunities, topical professional development information, current trends, cutting-edge technologies, and important updates on the changing legislative and regulatory landscapes. And the conference exhibition will offer tribal leaders, executives, and staff unparalleled opportunities to network with people and organizations in the industry.

Additional information about the RETECH conference can be found on the RETECH website at www.retech2012.com.

As a Gold sponsor, DOE-IE is pleased to be able to extend an exclusive invitation to tribal elected leaders or their designated representatives to attend our pre-conference workshop, all conference sessions, and the exhibition free of charge. Tribal government employees and staff may also register for the full RETECH conference package at the government rate of $695. We encourage you to take advantage of this incredible opportunity to connect with renewable energy leaders from around the world. To take advantage of the free registration offer, please contact the Office of Indian Energy at IndianEnergy@hq.doe.gov for additional registration information. Tribal government employees can register for the conference, at the government rate, at www.retech2012.com.

If you have any questions, please call Pilar Thomas, DOE-IE Deputy Director, at (202) 287-6566, or email pilar.thomas@hq.doe.gov.

We hope to see you in Washington, D.C.

Tracey LeBeau
Director
Office of Indian Energy

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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The annual U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal Energy Program Review will provide an overview of the wide range of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under way in Indian Country. The annual gathering provides Tribes an opportunity to network, report on their energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, and learn from the experience of other tribes pursuing similar projects. Currently, the program has more than 50 active projects.

The Tribal Energy Program Review will take place from November 13 through November 16, 2012, and will be held in Denver, Colorado, at the Renaissance Denver Hotel. There is no registration fee for attending, but advance registration is required.

For more information and to register, visit the TEEIC Web site at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

About the TEEIC
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The TEEIC Web site (http://teeic.anl.gov) provides information about the environmental effects of energy development on tribal lands.

The site includes information about energy resource development and associated environmental impacts and mitigation measures; guidance for conducting site-specific environmental assessments and developing monitoring programs; information about applicable federal laws and regulations; and federal and tribal points of contact.

The U.S. Department of the Interior is funding the maintenance of the TEEIC through the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs' Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development.

For More Information
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If you have questions or need more information, visit the TEEIC Web site (http://teeic.anl.gov) or contact the TEEIC Webmaster at teeicwebmaster@anl.gov

Please forward this message to any party you feel may be interested in the TEEIC or tribal energy development.


09/14/2012

DOE Tribal Energy Program

U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Tribal Energy Program

Save the Dates and Register for�Tribal Energy Training in Alaska and 2012 Tribal Energy Program Review in Denver.

The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), is pleased to�announce the following tribal training opportunity and the upcoming 2012 Program Review. No registration fee is being charged for these events, but advance registration http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/tribalenergy/register_meeting.cfm is required.�

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National Training

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Alaska Native Community Development
The EERE�Tribal Energy Program is offering this course to help Alaska tribal leaders and staff members understand the range of energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities that exist in�their�communities. The training will also cover project development and financing for clean energy projects.�Don't miss the opportunity to learn from other Alaska Native Villages about their efforts to deploy clean energy technologies.

October 16-17, 2012
Hilton Anchorage
500 W. 3rd Avenue
Anchorage, AK
(907) 272-7411

Lodging: To make reservations for lodging, call the hotel directly at (907) 272-7411. Be sure to ask for the discounted group rate for "Renewable Energy for Tribal Community Development Workshop."

Room rate:$97.00 single or double occupancy (current government per diem rate for location).

Reservation deadline: Friday, September 21, 2012. After that date we will be unable to guarantee rate or availability.

For more details: Check the Tribal Energy Program website at http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/tribalenergy/workshops.cfm

Register: http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/tribalenergy/register_meeting.cfm for this meeting.

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Upcoming Event

Annual Tribal Energy Program Review
November 13-16, 2012
Renaissance Denver Hotel
3801 Quebec St.
Denver, CO 80207

The Tribal Energy Program Review will provide an overview of the wide range of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under way in Indian Country. The annual gathering provides Tribes an opportunity to network, report on their energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, and learn from the experience of other tribes pursuing similar projects. Currently, the program has more than 50 active projects. Check the Tribal Energy Program�website http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/tribalenergy/workshops.cfm for additional details.

Register at: http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/tribalenergy/register_meeting.cfm for this meeting.

Hotel reservations: call the hotel directly at (303) 399-7500, or call Renaissance Central Reservations at 888-228-9290. Request the discounted group rate for "Tribal Energy Program Review."

Discounted room rate for meeting participants: $149 per night (or the prevailing government per diem rate). This rate is the current local Government Services Administration (GSA) per diem rate.

Reservation deadline: Friday, October 26, 2012. After that date, we will be unable to guarantee rate or delivery.

Regards,

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

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/tribalenergy/ and our Guide to Tribal Energy Development http://www1.eere.energy.gov/tribalenergy/guide/, visit our website.
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09/13/2012

Pollution, Poverty, People of Color: Warnings about contaminated fish fail to reach people most at risk

Every state has issued health advisories that warn of the dangers of eating fish tainted with industrial compounds and other chemicals. People of color eat a lot of locally-caught fish for economic and cultural reasons. And yet they are the least likely to be warned because state efforts fail to reach minority and low-income populations.

Environmental Health News
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2012/fish-advisories-and-environmental-justice


09/12/2012

EPA Releases Final FY 2013 EN Grant Solicitation Notice


EPA has released the FY 2013 National Environmental Information Exchange Network Grant Program Solicitation Notice. States, Federally recognized Tribes, and Territories are eligible to apply. The Notice is available at www.epa.gov/exchangenetwork/grants. Applications are due 9 November 2012.

In FY 2013, EPA expects to award an estimated $10,000,000 for 40-50 grants of up to $300,000 for individual applicants and $500,000 for partnerships. The number of awards will depend on the final amount of EPA’s appropriation for the Grant program, the number of applications received, the amounts of proposed budgets, and the outcome of EPA's reviews. Applications may be submitted as hardcopy or electronically at Grants.gov. EPA anticipates that it will inform applicants of its selection decisions in or around April 2013 and plans to issue awards by 31 July 2013.

Questions should be directed to EPA's Salena Reynolds at 202.566.0466 or reynolds.salena@epa.gov.

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This webinar is one in a series of webinars developed for the U.S. Department of Educations’ Green Strides Webinar Series.  

The School Flag Program --- Protecting Students’ Health Through Air Quality Awareness
Date:  Wednesday September 19th
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm EDT

Register for this free webinar:  https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/356754848 

Ellen Wildermann with the U.S. EPA will describe how the School Flag Program can help schools improve the health and wellness of students and staff.
Children’s health protection is an essential component of green, healthy schools.  EPA’s School Flag Program helps the school community be aware of outdoor air quality conditions so teachers, coaches, and students can take protective measures to reduce exposure to air pollution.  
States, districts and schools may attend this webinar to:

·        Discover how the flag program raises awareness of the air we breathe
·        Understand how air pollution can affect the health of children, especially those with asthma
·        Find out recommendations for modifying outdoor activities when air quality has reached unhealthy levels

Learn the simple steps to get the School Flag Program started at your school to ensure healthy learning environments. It’s low cost and easy!

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Law Seminars International is organizing a conference on new legal issues for tribes in Tribal Rights, Sovereignty and Economic Development. The conference will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 18 and 19, 2012.

This conference will provide an update on legal and policy developments impacting tribes. There will be discussions of tribal energy and environmental matters, including the interplay with recent federal efforts to regulate Indian Country. The conference will address federal efforts, via the National Labor Relations Board, to intervene in tribal matters. Additional topics to be covered include settlement of trust fund management lawsuits, taxation, tribal water rights, and federal responsibilities for funding tribal contracts in the wake of Salazar v. Ramah Navajo Chapter.

For more information and to register, visit the TEEIC Web site at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

Approximately $21 Million in Funding Available for Tribal Energy Projects
September 12, 2012

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to announce the availability of more than $21 million in funding and technical assistance opportunities for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Funders’ Network, and American Institute of Architects (AIA) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including sustainability, drought adaptation, and environmental education. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

Value-Added Producer Grant - $14 Million
Applications due: October 15, 2012
Eligible entities: See attached notice of funding availability (NOFA)
The USDA announces the availability of grants through the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program
for Fiscal Year 2012. Approximately $14 million in competitive grant funds for FY 2012 is available to help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities. At the discretion of the secretary, additional funds may be made available to qualified ranking applications that respond to this announcement from prior-year carryover funds. Awards may be made for either economic planning or working capital activities related to the processing and/or marketing of valued-added agricultural products. The maximum amount for a planning grant is $100,000, and the maximum amount for a working capital grant is $300,000. There is a matching funds requirement of at least $1 for every $1 in grant funds provided by the agency (matching funds plus grant funds must equal proposed total project costs). For more information, see the attached NOFA files below.

2012 VAPG NOFA.pdf

VAPG AN 4670.pdf

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, visit our website.

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September 2012 – Approximately $7.4 Million in Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

This message announces the availability of nearly $7.4 million and technical assistance in current opportunities for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Funders’ Network, and American Institute of Architects (AIA) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including sustainability, drought adaptation, and environmental education. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

In addition, please visit the calendar of 2012 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.

***Funders’ Network Local Sustainability Matching Fund – $250,000
Application Due: October 1, 2012
Eligible Entities: The proposal must be submitted by a team of at least two partners who are (1) the sustainability director of a city (municipality) or a county and (2) the local, place-based foundation.

The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network have joined together to launch a Local Sustainability Matching Fund. The fund will provide matching investments from national foundations on a competitive basis to build partnerships between sustainability directors and local place-based foundations to advance discrete sustainability initiatives that demonstrate broad-based community support and engagement.

For more information, visit the Funders’ Network.

***AIA Sustainable Design Assessment Teams (SDAT) – Technical Assistance
Application Due: Two review cycles; upcoming due date is October 12, 2012
Eligible Entities: Committees with a cross-section of residents, local government agencies, businesses, institutions, and community groups. A letter of support from the local AIA chapter is required.

The Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) program focuses on the importance of developing sustainable communities through design. The American Institute of Architects’ Center for Communities by Design is seeking potential partner communities that can demonstrate the capacity to convene a diverse set of community leaders and stakeholders for an intensive, collaborative planning process focused on long-term sustainability. The Center is particularly focused on identifying communities that have the ability to leverage local resources and build strong partnerships for implementation of an SDAT process. Awarded communities will receive pro bono services from a multidisciplinary team through the program, and the AIA commits to funding up to $15,000 for each project to cover team expenses.

For more information, visit the AIA SDAT page.

***EPA Climate Leadership Awards
Application Due: October 12, 2012
Eligible Entities: Governmental entities or academic organizations with annual budgets over $100 million; legally recognized corporate organizations with annual revenue over $100 million.

EPA co-sponsors the Climate Leadership Awards (CLA) with three NGO partners: The Climate Registry, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and the Association of Climate Change Officers. The CLA is a national awards program that recognizes and incentivizes exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change. Applications will be accepted for the following recognition categories: Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Setting Certificate), Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management, Supply Chain Leadership Award, Organizational Leadership Award, and Individual Leadership Award. This year’s award winners will be publicly recognized in early 2013 at the awards gala, held in Washington, DC, in conjunction with the Climate Leadership Conference.

For more information, visit the Climate Leadership Awards site.

***USDA Conservation Innovation Grants – $5 million
Application Due: October 15, 2012
Eligible Entities: Federally recognized Indian tribes, state and local units of government, and non-governmental organizations and individuals.

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) is a program intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction with agricultural production. In fiscal year 2013, USDA is offering an adaptation to drought funding category for CIG projects that demonstrate and/or enhance system resilience to drought. Proposal ideas include demonstration of innovative cropping or grazing systems that increase resilience to drought; alternative animal feeding systems that incorporate novel drought-tolerant feedstocks; and alternative housing and/or heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) systems for confined animal operations to promote animal productivity even during periods of extreme temperatures.

For more information, see the funding notice.

***EPA Environmental Education Regional Model Grants – $2.16 million
Application Due: November 21, 2012
Eligible Entities: Any local education agency, college or university, state education or environmental agency, nonprofit organization, or a noncommercial educational broadcasting entity. Tribal education agencies that are eligible to apply include a school or community college controlled by an Indian tribe, band, or nation that is recognized as eligible for special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians and which is not administered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The purpose of the Environmental Education Regional Grant Program is to increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment. In order to be eligible, all applications must address at least one of the EPA educational priorities listed and at least one EPA environmental priority. EPA educational priorities are community projects, human health and the environment, and career development. EPA environmental priorities include protecting air quality, preventing pollution, cleaning up our communities, and protecting America’s waters. EPA expects to award one grant per Region for an expected 10 grants nationwide.

For more information, visit the grant opportunity webpage.

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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 site.

 

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Announcing two upcoming training opportunities for tribes on air quality management! Both courses are designed to complement each other, with the “Tribal Participation in the SIP Process” course being a pre-requisite for the “Treatment as a State/Tribal Implementation Plan” course. Please see below for more information on both courses.

“Tribal Participation in the State Implementation Plan (SIP) Process” (Level 2)
(Formerly “Improve and Protect Air Quality in Indian Country”)
December 4-7, 2012; Flagstaff, Arizona
Pre-registration Deadline: October 16, 2012
Download course registration packet: http://www4.nau.edu/itep/air/docs/PreReg-SIP.pdf

Course Description: Tribal air quality is often impaired by pollution from upwind off-reservation sources subject to regulations contained in a State Implementation Plan (SIP). Giving input concerning how and when the sources are controlled could improve air quality for down-wind tribal communities. Tribes in such a situation may want to learn about, and perhaps get involved in, the neighboring jurisdiction’s SIP development process. This course will focus on tribal authority, the State Implementation Plan (SIP) process, geographic information tools (GIS), and data needed for addressing air quality problems. Participants will learn ways to build successful working relationships with federal and state air quality agencies, with the goal of reducing local air pollution.

Topics Include:
· The impact of federal air quality programs on tribes.
· TAR, TAS, and TIP
· How states develop/implement federal, state, and local air programs and why it matters to tribes.
· How the SIP process gives tribes opportunities to engage.
· Assessing air quality using GIS.
· The role of emissions inventory in SIP development
· How a tribe can work most effectively with state agencies.
· Opportunities for collaboration with tribal, state, and federal air quality experts.


“Treatment as State (TAS) and Tribal Implementation Plan (TIP)” (Level 3)
January 8-11, 2013; Seattle, Washington
Pre-Registration Deadline: November 13, 2012
Download Course Registration Packet: http://www4.nau.edu/itep/air/docs/PreReg-TAS-TIP.pdf

Course Description: The first 3 days of this course will provide detailed information for tribes who want a good understanding of TAS and TIP. Attendees may or may not be ready to actually write these documents. The 4th day is designed for tribes who are ready to prepare a TAS application and/or develop a TIP. Participants will have blocks of time to write, with experienced instructors present to offer guidance.


Topics Include:
· Relationship among TAR, TAS, SIP, TIP, FIP
· Engaging in the SIP process
· Steps in preparing a TAS application
· Steps in developing a TIP
· Options for TAS and/or TIP, including delegation
· EPA’s review process
· Strategic planning for TAS and/or TIP
· Advantages and disadvantages of TAS/TIP/delegation
· Gaining tribal support through community education
· Resources to assist in developing a TIP

Lydia Scheer, Program 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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08/28/2012

 

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal Energy Program will be conducting a course titled "Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Alaska Native Community Development" in Anchorage, Alaska, from October 16-17, 2012. The training is being offered at no cost, but advance registration is requested.

This course is intended to help Alaska tribal leaders and staff understand the range of energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities that exist in their remote communities. The course will also cover project development and financing for clean energy projects, and there will be case studies highlighting the efforts of Alaska Native Villages to deploy clean energy technologies.

For more information, visit the TEEIC website at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

About the TEEIC
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The TEEIC Web site (http://teeic.anl.gov) provides information about the environmental effects of energy development on tribal lands.

The site includes information about energy resource development and associated environmental impacts and mitigation measures; guidance for conducting site-specific environmental assessments and developing monitoring programs; information about applicable federal laws and regulations; and federal and tribal points of contact.

The U.S. Department of the Interior is funding the maintenance of the TEEIC through the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs' Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development.

For More Information
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If you have questions or need more information, visit the TEEIC Web site (http://teeic.anl.gov) or contact the TEEIC Webmaster at teeicwebmaster@anl.gov

Please forward this message to any party you feel may be interested in the TEEIC or tribal energy development.

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

Resources and News for Tribes

The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is pleased to forward information on the following resources and news items that are relevant to tribes.

New DOE Reports Support Life Cycle Analysis of Clean Energy Technologies

The following reports, recently released by DOE and its national laboratories, provide information on performing LED lighting assessments and using a new assessment tool to analyze perform power system life cycle analyses.

  • Life-Cycle Assessment of Energy and Environmental Impacts of LED Lighting Products, a DOE Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Building Technologies Program Report
    • Part 1: Review of the Life-Cycle Energy Consumption of Incandescent, Compact Fluorescent, and LED Lamps
    • Part 2: LED Manufacturing and PerformancePower Systems Life Cycle Analysis Tool (Power LCAT), a New Energy Production Technology Analysis Tool Developed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and Sandia National Laboratory.
  • Power Systems Life Cycle Analysis Tool (Power LCAT), a New Energy Production Technology Analysis Tool Developed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and Sandia National Laboratory.

New Resources from NREL Explore Renewable Energy Potential, Challenges, and Costs

U.S. Renewable Energy Technical Potentials: A GIS-Based Analysis is a new study of renewable energy's technical potential, and it finds that every state in the nation has the space and resource to generate clean energy. Analysts at DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) conducted a spatial analysis to calculate energy technical potential for six renewable technologies. This report presents state-level results and is valuable for decision makers and utility executives because it shows the achievable energy generation of a particular technology given resource availability�solar, wind, and geothermal, for example�system performance, topographic limitations, and environmental and land-use constraints.

Another report published by NREL, the Renewable Electricity Futures Study (RE Futures), is an initial investigation of the extent to which renewable energy supply can meet the electricity demands of the continental United States over the next several decades. This study explores the implications and challenges of very high renewable electricity generation levels�from 30% to 90%, focusing on 80%, of all U.S. electricity generation from renewable technologies�in 2050. At such high levels of renewable electricity generation, the unique characteristics of some renewable resources, specifically geographical distribution and variability and uncertainty in output, pose challenges to the operability of the nation's electric system. See NREL's website for key findings and visualizations.

The Transparent Cost Database (TCDB) provides utilities, policymakers, consumers, and academics with access to published historical and projected cost estimates for electricity generation, biofuels, and vehicle technologies. These technology cost and performance estimates can be used to benchmark company costs, model energy scenarios, and inform research and development decisions. All data are downloadable for full transparency. Drawing from thousands of estimates from more than 100 reports, the Web-based TCDB provides cost comparisons and shows the range of estimates for what energy technologies�such as a utility-scale wind farm�might cost today or in the future. In the future, TCDB will allow experts to contribute reliable new information and validate the cost information available to the public. TCDB is available on OpenEI.org, an open source for energy data and information.

Energy Department Releases New Land-Based/Offshore Wind Resource Map

The Energy Department recently released a new wind resource map compiled by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and AWS Truepower that combines land-based with offshore resources.

The new combined map, posted on the Department's Wind Program website, provides developers and policymakers a comprehensive picture of the nation's wind resources at 80 m for all 50 states as well as offshore resources up to 50 nautical miles from shore. It allows users to easily compare land-based with offshore wind resources. For example, it shows that the offshore wind resource of the Great Lakes is comparable to that found in the windier areas of the western plains states. It also demonstrates the potential for offshore resources to provide for the electricity needs of the heavily populated coastal regions.

The map is available for viewing on the Resource Assessment & Characterization page of the DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Wind Program website. For more information, see the article announcing the release of the map.

Secretary Salazar Approves First Commercial Solar Energy Project on American Indian Trust Lands

On June 21, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar approved a 350-MW solar energy project on tribal trust land of the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians in Clark County, Nevada. The project marks a milestone as the first-ever utility-scale solar project approved for development on tribal lands.

The Record of Decision signed on June 21 approves the construction, operation, and maintenance of a low-impact PV facility and associated infrastructure on about 2,000 acres of the tribe�s reservation, located about 30 miles northeast of Las Vegas. The site represents about 3% of the tribe�s 71,954 acres, which are held in trust by the U.S. government. The project is expected to generate about 400 jobs at peak construction and 15 to 20 permanent jobs.

For more information, see the U.S. Department of the Interior press release about the solar project.

BIA Holds First in a Series of Listening Sessions for Sacred Sites

The Bureau of Indian Affairs held the first listening session on sacred sites in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Monday. According to the Associated Press, about four dozen tribal leaders and representatives participated in the session. Many said they were frustrated the lack of legal protections for sacred sites and by the federal government's use of sacred sites for development projects.

Additional meetings take place in Montana, Minnesota, Connecticut, and Oregon.

For more and the dates of additional meetings, see news release.

Interagency Guide Highlights Federal Resources That Support Sustainable Rural Communities

The Partnership for Sustainable Communities�made up of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)�is coordinating with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ensure that the four agencies� spending, policies, and programs support rural communities� efforts to be vibrant, thriving places for current and future generations.

The Federal Resources for Sustainable Rural Communities guide highlights federal resources through to HUD, DOT, EPA, and USDA programs that rural communities (including tribes) can use to promote economic competitiveness, protect healthy environments, and enhance quality of life. It provides key information on funding and technical assistance opportunities available from the four agencies, as well as examples of how rural communities across the country have put these programs into action.

See the complete guide.

Federal Lands Open to Renewables

On August 6, the Pentagon opened 16 million acres of public land for renewable energy development. An agreement between the Department of Defense and Department of the Interior makes it possible to build new renewable energy projects on land previously used for military purposes.

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Funding and Training Opportunities for Tribes
August 23, 2012

The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is pleased to forward the following information on funding and training opportunities that may be of interest to tribes.

Funding Opportunities

Army Announces $7 Billion Action to Support Renewable Energy

The U.S. Army announced on August 7 that it has issued a $7 billion request for proposals to procure renewable and alternative energy on federal property through power purchase agreements. The $7 billion capacity would be expended for the purchase of energy over 30 years or less from renewable energy plants that are constructed and operated by contractors using private sector financing. Contracts will be awarded to both large and small businesses among four different renewable energy technologies: solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass.

Project locations may be on any federal property located within the United States or U.S. territories, or other property under the control of the U.S. government. The solicitation will be available for 60 days, with responses due by October 5. These contracts are part of a U.S. Department of Defense goal to get 25% of its total energy from renewable sources by 2025. See the army press release.

Renewable Energy RFPs

This update contains solicitations for renewable energy generation, renewable energy certificates, and green power as a courtesy to our subscribers. Unless otherwise noted, these requests for proposals and solicitations are neither supported nor endorsed by the DOE Green Power Network.
Deadline – August 23, 2012
City of Palm Springs, CA, RFP (SOI 02-13) seeking statements of interest from qualified firms to design, install, operate and maintain a minimum 300-kilowatt (kW) photovoltaic (PV) system on the Palm Springs Animal Shelter for the purpose of selling the electric output via a power purchase agreement. The PV system must be sufficient to generate electricity to satisfy 100% of Palm Springs Animal Shelter's electric load at competitive electricity rates.
Contact: Cheryl Martin, 760-322-8373

Deadline - August 31, 2012
TerraPass Inc. RFP seeking proposals for development-stage renewable energy projects in the Pacific Northwest that can deliver up to 400 gigawatt-hours (GWh) per year by or before 2015 for large voluntary green power purchasers.
Contact: Mark Mondik

Deadline – September 5, 2012
SRECTrade Monthly Solar Renewable Energy Certificate Auction with certificates available from Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC. The auction is live, open to buyers and sellers, and will end on Wednesday, September 5 at 5 p.m. EDT.
Contact: customerservice@srectrade.com, 877-466-4606

Deadline – September 28, 2012
NorthWestern Energy RFP seeking up to 45 megawatts (MW) of renewable generation that qualify under Montana's community renewable resource requirement. Customers with questions are encouraged to contact Lands Energy Consulting for RFP documents and schedule notices.
Contacts: Steve Lewis, 206-726-3695; Tim Castille, 503-704-4313

Deadline - October 5, 2012
U.S. Army RFP seeking reliable, locally generated renewable and alternative energy utilizing power purchase agreements (PPAs) or other contractual equivalents. Over the course of 10 years, a total budget of $7 billion will be made available and power purchase agreements will be acceptable for periods up to 30 years.
Contact: Sarah M. Tierney, 256-895-1219

Deadline - October 8, 2012
Arizona Public Service Company (APS) RFP seeking proposals from solar developers to construct a 32-MW solar PV facility to be financed by APS through the utility's AZ Sun Program. Bid submission period opens August 22, 2012, with a bidder's webinar on August 29, 2012. Registration with PowerAdvocate is required.
Contact:Jessica Hernandez

A complete list of active RFPs can found on the Green Power Network's Renewable Energy RFPs page.

USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Help Agricultural Producers Bring Increased Value to Their Products

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is making up to $14 million in grants available for projects that help farmers and ranchers produce bio-based products from agricultural commodities. The grants, which are competitively awarded, are available for planning activities or for working capital expenses, but not for both. The maximum grant amount is $100,000 for planning grants and $300,000 for working capital grants. Generating new products, creating and expanding marketing opportunities, and increasing producer income are the goals of the Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program.

Applicants have until October 15, 2012, to apply.

There is a matching funds requirement of at least $1 for every $1 in grant funds provided by the agency (matching funds plus grant funds must equal proposed total project costs). Eligible applicants are independent producers, agricultural producer groups, farmer or rancher cooperatives, and majority- controlled produced-based businesses.
For information on how to apply, see page 48951 of the August 15, 2012, Federal Register.

Training Opportunities


Midwest Native American Economic Development Conference
October 17-18, 2012
The Millenium Knickerbocker Hotel
Chicago, Illinois

This year at Native Nation Events’ Midwest Native American Economic Development Conference, tribal leaders and industry professionals will share essential information on how to create various economic development opportunities for future generations. This two-day event in Chicago will incorporate ways to boost employment and generate a sustainable economy in Indian Country. Attendees will network with tribal leaders and professionals who have achieved great success with their economic development projects. This event will explore topics including project financing, legislation, gaming, construction, renewable energy projects, and sovereignty.
Visit the Native Nation Events website to view the most current conference details.

Law Seminars: Tribal Rights, Sovereignty and Economic Development Conference
October 18-19, 2012
Embassy Suites Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada

Law Seminars International is pleased to present a valuable update on current legal issues impacting tribes. Many of these issues are addressed by tribal leaders attending the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Annual Convention, set to take place this year from October 21-26 in Sacramento, California. To help tribal leaders and their attorneys, get ready for their NCAI discussions, this conference will offer in-depth looks at a number of legal hot topics, including the settlement of trust fund management lawsuits, taxation, tribal water rights, and federal responsibilities for funding tribal contracts in the wake of Salazar v. Ramah Navajo Chapter.

The conference will also place significant focus on legal and regulatory developments for tribal energy and environmental matters, including the interplay with recent federal efforts to regulate Indian Country. The conference will address federal efforts, via the National Labor Relations Board, to intervene in tribal matters. Lastly, the conference will address tribal e-commerce, opportunities and pitfalls in internet gaming and consumer lending. Federal leaders, leading private practitioners, and tribal leaders and attorneys will provide the latest insights on the variety of current legal topics with significant tribal sovereignty implications.

Don't miss this excellent updated overview on today's legal and policy developments, along with practical strategies and tips to assist attorneys, tribal representatives, agency officials and consultants in navigating these latest issues, and to be ready to engage in informed policy discussions at NCAI.

Agenda
View the agenda here.

Registration
Register here or call 206-567-4490.

Intended Audience
Attorneys, tribal representatives, industry executives, and governmental officials

Cost (includes the written course materials)
Standard rate: $895 per person
Group: $670 per person
Government: $595 per person
Student/new to job: $447.50 per person

HUD Webinar Series on Conducting Environmental Reviews

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD’s) Office of Community Planning and Development is offering a series of webinars to explain and explore how to conduct an environmental review. The purpose is to improve projects by making the environmental review requirements easier to understand and comply with.
The Understanding HUD Environmental Reviews webinar series will provide comprehensive information for grantees and staff on the various components of the environmental review process. All major topics will be discussed by subject matter experts. preview the topics for upcoming webinars. HUD willl records all of these training webinars and will make the webinar presentations and accompanying materials available on the HUD Office of Environment and Energy website.

Visit HUD's Environment and Energy website to preview topics and register for the following upcoming HUD webinars:

  • Environmental Justice, August 29, 2012
  • Habitat (Endangered Species, Farmlands, and Wild and Scenic Rivers), September 5, 2012
  • Historic Preservation, September 12, 2012
  • NEPA, September 19, 2012
  • Water Resources (wetlands, floodplains, CBRA, CZMA), September 26, 2012

Please direct any questions or technical problems with registration or joining the webinar to Melissa Cogswell, 617-467-6014.

NREL State and Local Webinars

DOE and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) invite state and local officials to participate in the following SunShot webinars For more information about these events, visit the State and Local Webinars page on the NREL website.

  • Policy Environments that Draw Manufacturers and Create Jobs
    Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 2 p.m.-3 p.m. EDT
    This discussion will focus on strategies that have successfully boosted manufacturing in states. Case studies will be provided to illustrate how favorable policy environments have been able to draw manufacturing operations to certain states to create jobs. Register.
  • Regulatory Strategies for Driving the Distributed Solar Market
    Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 3 p.m.-4 p.m. EDT
    Targeting regulators and staff, this webinar will provide an overview of policy and program actions that stakeholders can implement to support solar markets. The presentations will include examples of different regulatory actions that have been successful. Register.

Climate and Energy Webcasts for State and Local Governments

EPA Webcast: Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy Manual
August 27, 1:30 p.m. -3 p.m. EDT
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is starting a new initiative to encourage state, tribal, and local agencies to incorporate energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and programs in their State and Tribal Implementation Plans. This initiative includes a manual, training, tools, and technical assistance. This webinar will provide an overview of the manual, tools, and technical assistance.

For those who cannot view it live, the webinar will be recorded and posted at EPA’s Air Pollution Training Institute website. The primary audience for this webinar is state, tribal, and local air agencies that develop air quality plans. Register for this webcast. For more information, including background information and training videos, go to EPA’s Incorporating Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy in State and Tribal Implementation Plans website.

ENERGY STAR Webcast: Low-Cost Best Practices from Energy Start Partner of the Year Winners
August 27, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. EDT
This month’s National Building Competition webinar will explore how ENERGY STAR Award winners are implementing low-cost measures and practices to achieve significant savings. These successful partners have demonstrated that it’s possible to improve efficiency without making large capital investments. Register for this webinar.

This webinar is one of many free online training courses ENERGY STAR offers 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 the ENERGY STAR Trainings Web page.

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, visit our website.

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08/23/2012

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Job Opening at National Renewable Energy Laboratory to Support the EERE Tribal Energy Program

The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), is pleased to forward the following job announcement from DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

This position will support the U.S. Department of Energy�s (DOE�s) Tribal Energy Program, which promotes tribal energy sufficiency, economic growth, and employment on tribal lands through the deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The program, part of DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, provides financial and technical assistance to federally recognized Native American Indian Tribes. The Tribal Energy Program supports strategic energy planning; technology feasibility assessments; project development, including environmental assessments, interconnection and purchase power agreements; and implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy measures.

The position requires a deep understanding of all aspects of the clean energy sector�from technology to economics and project development. Project technology areas span the portfolio of commercial renewable energy technologies (e.g., solar, biomass, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric) and energy efficiency measures (e.g., building envelope improvements, space heating and cooling, water heating, lighting, appliances, office equipment and building electrical equipment). Tribal Energy Program projects cover the breadth of project development phases, from strategic energy planning and feasibility studies through development and deployment.

Applicants must have experience in the following two areas: (1) experience working directly with Native American tribal governments; and (2) experience as an engineer or physical scientist with renewable energy, energy efficiency, or related experience that demonstrates that the applicant could assume lead responsibility for technical support to multiple renewable energy or energy efficiency projects. The applicant must have a minimum of five years of the specialized experience described above.

If interested and for more information on how to apply, search keyword �Tribal� on NREL�s Job Openings Web page.

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, visit our website.

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Tribal Energy Program Website Features New Look and Improved Functionality

The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), is pleased to announce the launch of its newly redesigned Tribal Energy Program website.

The new site, which went live today, provides the same valuable resources Tribes have relied on for years to make informed decisions about developing their renewable energy resources and reducing their energy use and costs through efficiency and weatherization. The difference is that the newly redesigned site is based on direct input from users and features a new look and improved architecture.

Built with efficiency and ease of use in mind, the new website is geared toward helping visitors navigate quickly to the information and resources they need most, including:

We value your opinions and suggestions! Please let us know what you like about the site or how we can improve it to better meet your needs. Just send your comments to tribal@go.doe.gov. We look forward to hearing from you!

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, visit our website.

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WEBINARS

TOPIC: EPA�s Office of Radiation and Indoor Air Tribal Strategy and Plan

DATES: Wednesday, August 29, 2012, and Thursday, September 6, 2012

TIME: 1:00 - 3:00 PM (Eastern); 12:00 - 2:00 PM (Central); 11:00 - 1:00 PM (Mountain); 10:00 - 12:00 PM (Pacific); 9:00 � 11:00 AM (Alaskan)

REGISTRATION: To reserve your webinar seat for one of these sessions, please visit:

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/309788264

Thursday, September 6, 2012
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/302623464

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Radiation and Indoor Air (ORIA) is developing a Tribal Radiation and Indoor Air program strategy and plan. A draft �straw� plan was made available May 21, 2012 at the National Tribal Forum (NTF) on Air Quality in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The priorities and recommendations in the �straw� plan were developed with the help of tribes who have significant experience in dealing with indoor air quality and/or specific radiation concerns.

The EPA invites all tribes to review the �straw� plan and provide comments on the priorities, recommendations, and specific suggestions on actions the EPA can take to improve the plan. The purpose of the plan is to:

  • Optimize the EPA�s radiation and indoor air programs� limited resources;
  • Increase collaboration across the EPA and its regional offices; and,
  • Increase responsiveness to tribes.

ORIA has scheduled two informational webinars on the strategy and plan. The purpose of the webinars is to provide an opportunity for tribal air staff and others interested to learn about the program strategy and plan, as well as ORIA�s approach. This will also be an opportunity for tribes to ask questions and provide comments.

All comments received through September 2012 will be considered prior to developing a final plan.

For additional information please contact Jed Harrison, ORIA Tribal Advisor, at (702) 784 8218 or harrison.jed@epa.gov.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

To ensure your seat, please register for the webinar at least 24 hours in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the session. 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 (provided when you register).

Please plan to join the webinar at least 10 minutes prior to the start time so that we may begin on time. The phone line will be muted during the presentation but open for questions after the presentation is over.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact Toni Col�n at (919) 541-0069 or email: colon.toni@epa.gov.

Thank you.
Toni Col�n, Communications Specialist
Community & Tribal Programs Group/Outreach & Information Division
Office of Air Quality Planning & Standards/U.S. EPA
Tel: (919) 541-0069/Fax: (919) 541-0942/Email: colon.toni@epa.gov OAQPS Tribal Consultation Policy /Tribal Air Website

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

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Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs (DOE-IE) announced tribes to receive technical assistance through the Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) initiative. START is a project of DOE-IE aimed at advancing next-generation energy development in Indian Country. The START initiative is focused on the 48 contiguous states and Alaska. It is led by a technical assistance team comprised of experts from DOE and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

For more information, visit the TEEIC website at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

About the TEEIC
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The TEEIC Web site (http://teeic.anl.gov) provides information about the environmental effects of energy development on tribal lands.

The site includes information about energy resource development and associated environmental impacts and mitigation measures; guidance for conducting site-specific environmental assessments and developing monitoring programs; information about applicable federal laws and regulations; and federal and tribal points of contact.

The U.S. Department of the Interior is funding the maintenance of the TEEIC through the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs' Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development.

For More Information
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If you have questions or need more information, visit the TEEIC Web site (http://teeic.anl.gov) or contact the TEEIC Webmaster at teeicwebmaster@anl.gov

Please forward this message to any party you feel may be interested in the TEEIC or tribal energy development.

 


08/16/2012

Submissions Invited for Smart Growth Ideas and an Update on EPA�s Green Power Communities

***National Smart Growth conversation: Call for Blog Posts

The Smart Growth Network�s National Conversation blog, devoted to ongoing conversations about the future of America�s communities, invites photos, videos, presentations, and written content for the blog. Submissions may focus on topics such as envisioning future communities; innovative current activities; and new directions for development, transportation, or public health.

Please submit blog post(s) to the National Conversations blog by August 29, 2012, to help launch the conversation nationwide. The Smart Growth Network will review and get back to you about your submission. Written blog posts are limited to 500 words, and attachments are limited to 30 MB. If you would like to send a bigger file, please submit it by email. For more information about the National Conversation, please visit the blog.

***Update on EPA's Green Power Communities Initiative

EPA�s Green Power Communities initiative welcomes its newest members: Oak Park, Illinois; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Wellesley, Massachusetts. Green Power Communities are towns, villages, cities, counties, or tribal governments in which the local government, businesses, and residents collectively buy green power in amounts that meet or exceed EPA's Green Power Community purchase requirements.

The program now has 34 member communities, which together are purchasing more than 4.2 billion kilowatt-hours of green power each year, avoiding carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to those from the annual electricity use of more than 367,000 American homes.

To learn how to become a Green Power Community, please visit the program�s 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 EPA�s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.

 

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Period extended for comments from tribes on draft EPA Climate Change Adaptation Plan

In response to several requests from tribes, EPA has extended the deadline for comments from tribes on the draft EPA Climate Change Adaptation Plan through August 31, 2012. EPA has posted notices on both the Agency consultation portal and the secured website that contains the draft Plan.

Please contact Joel Scheraga with questions and to get access to the password-protected tribal site at (202) 564-3385, scheraga.joel@epa.gov.

Erika Wilson
Office of Air and Radiation - Clean Air Markets Division
Washington, DC
Phone: (202) 343-9113
www.twitter.com/EPAairmarkets
www.facebook.com/EPAairmarkets

 


08/15/2012

August 2012 – Approximately $50 Million in Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Government

This message announces the availability of nearly $50 million and technical assistance in current funding opportunities for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Economic Development Agency (EDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), IBM, Funders’ Network, and American Institute of Architects (AIA) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including smart growth, sustainability, and economic development. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

In addition, please visit the calendar of 2012 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.

***IBM Smarter Cities Challenge – Technical Assistance
Application Due: September 7, 2012
Eligible Entities: Cities, with a letter of affirmation from the mayor or equivalent executive officer of the municipal government.

The Smarter Cities Challenge is designed to help cities address some of the critical challenges they are facing, such as energy efficiency and climate change impacts. Selected cities will receive assistance from IBM experts from different business units and geographies, who will work on the ground with city leaders and deliver recommendations on how to make the city smarter and more effective.

For more information, visit the Challenge page.

***EDA Economic Development Assistance Programs Federal Funding Opportunity – $50.06 million
Application Due: Varies by program year; next due date is September 14, 2012
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, non-profits, institutions of higher education.

Under the Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP) Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) announcement, EDA will make construction, non-construction, and revolving loan fund investments under the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs. Grants made under these programs will leverage regional assets to support the implementation of regional economic development strategies designed to create jobs, leverage private capital, encourage economic development, and strengthen America’s ability to compete in the global marketplace. Through the EDAP FFO, EDA solicits applications from rural and urban communities to develop initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions. In fiscal year 2012, a total of $50,060,000 is available.

For more information, visit the EDA grant opportunity synopsis.

***Funders’ Network Local Sustainability Matching Fund – $250,000
Application Due: October 1, 2012
Eligible Entities: The proposal must be submitted by a team of at least two partners who are (1) the sustainability director of a city (municipality) or a county and (2) the local, place-based foundation.

The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network have joined together to launch a Local Sustainability Matching Fund. The fund will provide matching investments from national foundations on a competitive basis to build partnerships between sustainability directors and local place-based foundations to advance discrete sustainability initiatives that demonstrate broad-based community support and engagement.

For more information, visit the Funders’ Network.

***AIA Sustainable Design Assessment Teams (SDAT) – Technical Assistance
Application Due: Two review cycles; upcoming due date is October 12, 2012
Eligible Entities: Committees with a cross-section of residents, local government agencies, businesses, institutions, and community groups. A letter of support from the local AIA chapter is required.

The Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) program focuses on the importance of developing sustainable communities through design. The American Institute of Architects’ Center for Communities by Design is seeking potential partner communities that can demonstrate the capacity to convene a diverse set of community leaders and stakeholders for an intensive, collaborative planning process focused on long-term sustainability. The Center is particularly focused on identifying communities that have the ability to leverage local resources and build strong partnerships for implementation of an SDAT process. Awarded communities will receive pro bono services from a multidisciplinary team through the program, and the AIA commits to funding up to $15,000 for each project to cover team expenses.

For more information, visit the AIA SDAT page.

***EPA Climate Leadership Awards
Application Due: October 12, 2012. Application period opens August 22, 2012.
Eligible Entities: Governmental entities or academic organizations with annual budgets over $100 million; legally recognized corporate organizations with annual revenue over $100 million.

EPA co-sponsors the Climate Leadership Awards (CLA) with three NGO partners: The Climate Registry, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and the Association of Climate Change Officers. The CLA is a national awards program that recognizes and incentivizes exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change. Applications will be accepted for the following recognition categories: Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Setting Certificate), Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management, Supply Chain Leadership Award, Organizational Leadership Award, and Individual Leadership Award. This year’s award winners will be publicly recognized in early 2013 at the awards gala, held in Washington, DC, in conjunction with the Climate Leadership Conference.

For more information, visit the Climate Leadership Awards site.

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 site.

 

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On June 21, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar approved a 350-MW solar energy project on tribal trust land of the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians in Clark County, Nevada. The project marks a milestone as the first-ever, utility-scale solar project approved for development on tribal lands.

The Record of Decision signed on June 21 approves the construction, operation and maintenance of a low-impact PV facility and associated infrastructure on about 2,000 acres of the Tribe’s reservation, located about 30 miles northeast of Las Vegas. The site represents about 3 percent of the Tribe’s 71,954 acres, which are held in trust by the U.S. government. The project is expected to generate about 400 jobs at peak construction and 15 to 20 permanent jobs.

For more information, visit the TEEIC website at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

 


08/07/2012

 

August 2012: 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) and others. All webcasts are offered free of charge, but space may be limited.

EPA Webcasts

  • August 8, 2:00-4:00 PM (EDT) � Beating the Heat: Effective Approaches to Heat Island Reduction
  • August 8, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT) � Documenting Avoided Emissions from Energy Efficiency Programs
  • August 9, 3:00-4:00 PM (EDT) � Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grants: Opportunities for Local Governments and Nonprofits
  • August 16, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) � Greener Packaging: Integrating Reusable Transport Packaging into Your Supply Train
  • August 16, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) � Essential Smart Growth Fixes: Ideas for Rural Communities
  • August 27, 1:30-3:00 PM (EDT) - Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy Manual

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

  • August 21, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) � Basics of Benchmarking in Portfolio Manager

DOE & NREL Webcasts

  • August 15, 3:00-4:00 PM (EDT) � Solar Technology Options and Resource Assessment
  • August 22, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) � Policy for Distributed Solar 101: What Makes a Solar DG Market?
  • August 29, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) � Policy Environments that Draw Manufacturers and Create Jobs

FHWA Webcasts

  • August 9, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) - Advancing Livability with GIS

***EPA Webcast

August 8, 2:00-4:00 PM (EDT) � Beating the Heat: Effective Approached to Heat Island Reduction
The heat island effect can increase summertime energy use, air conditioning costs, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, heat-related illness and mortality, and reduce air quality. In this webcast, learn about the benefits of taking local action to reduce heat islands; hear from local governments and organizations about heat island reduction strategies, monitoring and evaluation; and listen in as cities share lessons learned on how to design and implement effective programs and policies, including cool pavements, shade trees, and cool roofs.

August 8, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT) � Documenting Avoided Emissions from Energy Efficiency Programs
This webinar for staff from public utility commissions; state energy, air, and environmental offices; and evaluation professionals will discuss how state agencies are documenting the air quality and emissions-reductions benefits of energy efficiency programs, with a focus on calculation methods and policy drivers. This webinar is part of the Energy Efficiency Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification series hosted by SEE Action and EPA�s State Climate and Energy Program.

August 9, 3:00-4:00 PM (EDT) � Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grants: Opportunities for Local Governments and Nonprofits
Sponsored by EPA�s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, this webinar will focus on the benefits of area-wide planning for brownfields development and a new grant opportunity for local governments and nonprofits. The webinar will feature Drew Curtis of the Ironbound Community Corporation in Newark, New Jersey, and Jim Gulnac of Sanford, Maine, who will discuss pilot projects and lessons learned in their communities. AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance credits for this activity. To learn more about the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program, visit the program�s website. Sign in as �guest� using the link below when the webinar starts.

August 16, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) � Greener Packaging: Integrating Reusable Transport Packaging into Your Supply Train
Forward-thinking companies today are reaping the financial and operational benefits of replacing limited-life transport packaging materials�such as wood pallets and cardboard boxes�with durable, reusable alternatives. Municipal waste management authorities such as Alameda County, California, are getting into the game as well by providing business assistance programs aimed at reducing and preventing waste and related greenhouse gas emissions. Sponsored by EPA, this introductory webinar will cover the basics of reusable transport packaging, address the benefits and challenges of integrating reusable packaging into company operations, and present real-life scenarios to share best practices. It features Justin Lehrer, program manager of the public agency StopWaste.org (an EPA Climate Showcase Community grantee), Michael Vincente, director of supply chain sustainability for Safeway, and Rick LeBlanc of Reusable Packaging News.

August 16, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) � Essential Smart Growth Fixes: Ideas for Rural Communities
This webinar will focus on tools and strategies that can help rural communities spur economic growth while maintaining their rural character. Presenters Ben Herman (FAICP and principal of Clarion Associates, a national land use firm) and Dean Severson (AICP and principal agricultural and rural planning analyst for the Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Planning Commission) will highlight zoning strategies from EPA's recent publication, "Essential Smart Growth Fixes for Rural Planning, Zoning, and Development Codes," and provide tips for implementation. Download the report from EPA�s Smart Growth Publications page. AICP members can earn certification maintenance credits for this activity. Sign in as �guest� using the link below when the webinar starts.

August 27, 1:30-3:00 PM (EDT) - Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy Manual
EPA is starting a new initiative to encourage state, tribal, and local agencies to incorporate energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and programs in their State and Tribal Implementation Plans. This initiative includes a manual, training, tools, and technical assistance. The webinar will provide an overview of the manual, tools, and technical assistance. For those who cannot view it live, the webinar will be recorded and posted at EPA�s Air Pollution Training Institute website. The primary audience for this webinar is state, tribal, and local air agencies that develop air quality plans. For more information, including background information and training videos, go to EPA�s Incorporating Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy in State and Tribal Implementation Plans website.

***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 the ENERGY STAR Trainings page.

August 21, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) � Basics of Benchmarking in Portfolio Manager
Learn the basics of benchmarking using Portfolio Manager, EPA�s ENERGY STAR measurement and tracking tool. Portfolio Manager enables you to track the progress of energy and water efficiency efforts and compare the energy use of your buildings with that of similar buildings nationwide. Regardless of whether you are looking to benchmark a K-12 school, fire station, courthouse, retail store, supermarket, or office, this session will show you how easy it is to get started by providing an introduction to ENERGY STAR and walking you through setting up a building in Portfolio Manager. You will learn how to use Portfolio Manager to establish energy and water use baselines, track energy and water use and greenhouse gas emission reductions over time, and assess your building's energy performance.

*** DOE & NREL Webcasts

August 15, 3:00-4:00 PM (EDT) � Solar Technology Options and Resource Assessment
Sponsored by DOE and NREL, this webinar will provide an overview of solar technology options, how they work, and how to determine what locations are appropriate for a particular technology such as solar water heating, photovoltaics, or concentrating solar power.

August 22, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) � Policy for Distributed Solar 101: What Makes a Solar DG Market?
Sponsored by DOE and NREL, this webinar will provide an overview of the policies that states and localities can use to develop solar distributed generation (DG) markets. Case studies and research will illustrate the potential impact of various policies.

August 29, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) � Policy Environments that Draw Manufacturers and Create Jobs
Sponsored by DOE and NREL, this webinar will focus on strategies that have successfully boosted manufacturing in states. Case studies will be provided to illustrate how favorable policy environments have been able to draw manufacturing operations to certain states to create jobs.

***FHWA Webcasts

August 9, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) - Advancing Livability with GIS
Sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, thiswebinar will help planning and development practitioners to better understand the potential applications of geospatial technologies for advancing livability. Includes presentations on the following:

Webcast registration.

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08/07/2012

Feeling the heat this summer in your city?
Special Summer Topic: Cooling your community and reducing the urban heat island effect

Summer in a city can be HOT�much hotter than surrounding areas. That's because roads and buildings absorb the Sun's rays, and radiate its heat back at you, a phenomenon known as the heat island effect. The heat island effect can be harmful to your health; high temperatures can make it harder for everyone to breathe, especially children, the elderly, and those who are already sick. Heat islands can also affect communities by increasing summertime peak energy demand, air conditioning costs, air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions, and reducing water quality.

It can be a major summertime issue for cities, and many have started making changes to cool their communities by planting more trees, installing cool and green roofs, and making their parking lots and roads cooler.

Read on to learn about heat island resources and how to cool your community, including:

  • Upcoming webcast on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - Ways to Beat the Heat: Effective Approaches to Heat Island Reduction
  • EPA�s Heat Island Reduction website and other resources
  • Resources from other organizations to help with green building, trees and vegetation, green roofs, cool roofs, and cool pavements.

EPA Resources
EPA�s Heat Island Reduction Program is a comprehensive source of urban heat island resources including webcasts, reports, and newsletters.

***Upcoming Webcast - Ways to Beat the Heat: Effective Approaches to Heat Island Reduction
Date:Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Time:
2:00 PM � 4:00 PM EDT

Sponsored by EPA�s Local Government Climate and Energy program and the Heat Island Reduction Program, this webcast covers the benefits and strategies for taking local action to reduce urban heat islands. Cities will share lessons learned on how to design and implement effective programs and policies.

The webcast will start with an overview about the urban heat island effect and EPA�s program by Neelam Patel, Program Manager. Brian Stone, researcher from Georgia Institute of Technology�s School of City and Regional Planning will discuss how recent trends show that city temperatures cities are warming. Brendan Reed from the city of Chula Vista, CA will provide an overview of how shade trees, cool roofs and cool pavements were included in the city�s adaptation plan and the progress on each implementation plan. Matt Grubisich of the Texas Tree Foundation will discuss strategic planting in Dallas and explain the value of partnering with non-profit organizations. Norman Muraya from Austin Energy will share how Austin developed and implemented its roofing program to cool their community. The webcast will conclude with a question and answer session.

"Reserve your webcast seat now."

***Reducing Urban Heat Islands: Compendium of Strategies
Reducing Urban Heat Islands: Compendium of Strategies describes the causes and impacts of summertime urban heat islands and promotes strategies for lowering temperatures in U.S. communities. It provides an overview of heat islands, how they form, and their impacts, and describes key urban heat island reduction strategies in depth. It also describes voluntary and policy efforts undertaken by state and local governments to mitigate urban heat islands. The report is available on the EPA heat island website.

*** Urban Heat Island Mitigation Learn more about heat island mitigation strategies including trees and vegetation, green roofs, cool roofs, and cool pavements. Details on strategies and benefits are available on the EPA heat island website.

*** Learn about Examples of the Urban Heat Island Mitigation
Access information on more than 75 local and statewide initiatives to reduce heat islands and achieve related benefits. Examples available at http://yosemite.epa.gov/gw/heatisland.nsf/webpages/HIRI_Initiatives.html

*** Urban Heat Island Newsroom
The Newsroom provides current news and links to news releases related to urban heat island impacts, mitigation strategies, and community initiatives. The Newsroom is available on the EPA heat island website.

***Heat Island Newsletter
EPA's Heat Island Newsletter keeps you informed with periodic announcements of funding opportunities, webcasts, publications, and events of interest to the urban heat island community. To sign up for the newsletter, visit the sign-up form.

Heat Island Related Organizations
Organizations outside the EPA also serve as comprehensive urban heat island resources.

*** Heat Island Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
The Heat Island Group features background on the science of heat islands and mitigation strategies, conducts projects including advanced surfaces and cool communities, and lists resources such as guides, presentations, and savings calculators. Learn more on the LBNL�s Heat Island Group�s website.

*** Global Cool Cities Alliance
The Global Cool Cities Alliance is a non-profit dedicated to advancing policies and actions that increase the solar reflectance of our buildings and pavements as a low cost way to promote cool buildings and cool cities and to mitigate the effects of climate change through global cooling. Learn more on the Global Cool Cities Alliance�s website.

Urban Heat Island Mitigation Tools and Resources
There are multiple ways to cool your community including green roofs and infrastructure and cool roofs and pavements. There are multiple resources and tools to aid with implementation of these strategies.

*** Green Roofs and Green Infrastructure Resources
Green infrastructure uses vegetation, soils, and natural processes to manage stormwater, and can decrease temperatures in the urban environment by deflecting solar radiation, providing shade, and removing heat from the air through evapotranspiration.

  • Get More Green: An American Rivers Initiative
    The rivers and streams advocacy group, American Rivers, has developed a tool to simulate energy, water, and economic savings from a green roof. Discover the savings from greening a roof in your community on the Get More Green website.
  • U.S. Department of Energy�s New & Underutilized Technology: Green Roofs
    The U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program, under the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office (EERE), has recently updated the �New & Underutilized Technology: Green Roofs� webpage to include information that outlines key deployment considerations for green roofs within the federal sector.Learn more on the EERE website.
  • EPA Heat Island Webcast Presentations: Green Roofs
    Archived webcasts related to green roofs provide information on implementing projects at the local level; benefits to energy, the urban atmosphere, and stormwater management; city case studies; and green roof standards. View the webcast presentations on the EPA heat island website.
  • EPA Green Infrastructure Website
    EPA's Green Infrastructure Program has unveiled a new website to showcase the agency�s research on green infrastructure and to serve as a gateway to resources developed by government agencies, academia, nonprofits, and the private sector. The website features up-to-date information on green infrastructure publications, tools, and opportunities. For more information, visit the EPA Green Infrastructure website.

***Cool Roofs and Pavements Resources
Cool roofs and pavements utilize materials that reflect more solar energy.

  • Cool Roofs and Pavements Toolkit
    The Global Cool Cities Alliance launched a toolkit featuring cool surface and urban heat island information. The toolkit is comprised of A Practical Guide to Cool Roofs and Cool Pavements; a Knowledge Base which serves as a repository for research, program materials, sample documents, presentations, case studies, and codes and standards related to the topic; and a list of other sources of relevant information. Learn more about the Cool Roofs and Cool Pavements Toolkit.

***Green Building Resources

  • GSA�s Sustainable Facilities Tool
    This tool from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) helps identify and prioritize cost-effective green building strategies that facilities managers or owners can implement to incorporate sustainable concepts into any remodel or small project. The tool allows users to compare materials and systems, access design guidance, ask questions, and share their knowledge to help others �green� their projects as well. The tool addresses the benefits of heat island strategies such as cool pavements and green roofs. Learn more about the Sustainable Facilities Tool.

*** Other Reports and Tools Related to Heat

  • EPA Mitigation Impact Screening Tool (MIST)
    The Mitigation Impact Screening Tool (MIST) is a software tool that estimates the impacts of urban heat island mitigation strategies on urban air temperatures, ozone, and energy consumption. Learn more about MIST.
  • CCAP�s The Value of Green Infrastructure for Urban Climate Adaptation
    The Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) released a report which provides information on the costs and benefits of green infrastructure practices, such as green and cool roofs, urban forestry, and cool pavements. The report provides examples of different approaches that have been used as well as the benefits to urban communities, including increased resilience to climate impacts, improvements in land value, quality of life, public health, hazard mitigation, and regulatory compliance. This report is available on CCAP�s website.
  • CCAP�s Lessons Learned on Local Climate Adaptation from the Urban Leaders Adaptation Initiative
    The Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) released a report which 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, including heat island mitigation measures. The report concludes that effective approaches include comprehensive planning, using �no-regrets� strategies, and �mainstreaming� adaptation efforts into existing policies. Lessons Learned on Local Climate Adaptation from the Urban Leaders Adaptation Initiative is available on CCAP�s website.
  • NRDC�s Extreme Weather Mapping Tool
    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has developed an interactive extreme weather mapping tool to allow Americans to draw connections between climate change and extreme weather in their communities. The map and supplementary data tables provide information on extreme weather events in each state, including record-breaking temperatures. The Extreme Weather Map is available on NRDC�s website.
  • Georgetown Climate Center Adaptation Clearinghouse
    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 resources on urban heat island impacts and mitigation options. Visit the Adaptation Clearinghouse.
  • NRDC�s �Killer Summer Heat�
    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has released a report on heat-related death toll projections through the end of the 21st century in the most populated U.S. cities. According to the report, more than 150,000 additional Americans could die by the end of this century due to excessive heat caused by climate change. City dwellers are at particular risk because of elevated temperatures in cities brought about by the heat island effect. The report, �Killer Summer Heat,� is available on the NRDC 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 EPA�s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.

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08/02/2012

Tribal Energy and Environmental Information Clearinghouse

Solar Energy environmental Mapper Update

Solar Energy Environmental Mapper (http://solarmapper.anl.gov) is an interactive web-based map of information relevant to siting of utility-scale solar energy development in six southwestern states. It was developed to share information about decisions being evaluated in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Development Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Solar PEIS, http://solareis.anl.gov). The Final Solar PEIS was released on July 24, 2012.

Version 1.4 has been released with following enhancements:

  • Updated layers for the Solar PEIS alternatives.
  • New layer displaying data from the Solar Energy Industries Association about existing, planned, and proposed solar projects in the U.S.
  • New tool to view interactive 3D panoramic photos taken at the proposed Solar Energy Zones
  • New report based on the USGS GAP Protected Areas Database
  • Other new map layers including:
    • Brownfield sites from the Environmental Protection Agency
    • Formerly Used Defense Sites from the Department of Defense

Solar Mapper provides access to data about the Solar PEIS alternatives, land use designations, hydrography, and ecological resources in six southwestern states. The site supports analysis of environmental and other siting conflicts that might be present at specific locations, particularly in the context of BLM's new solar energy program.

View this announcement on the TEEIC website at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

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The TEEIC Web site (http://teeic.anl.gov) provides information about the environmental effects of energy development on tribal lands.

The site includes information about energy resource development and associated environmental impacts and mitigation measures; guidance for conducting site-specific environmental assessments and developing monitoring programs; information about applicable federal laws and regulations; and federal and tribal points of contact.

The U.S. Department of the Interior is funding the maintenance of the TEEIC through the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs' Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development.

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08/01/2012

Tribal Energy and Environmental Information Clearinghouse

Workshop Related to Small Hydropower Development (August 23, 2012)

On August 23, 2012, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will hold a joint workshop to focus on small and low-impact hydropower licensing and exemption processes. This workshop is part of the National Hydropower Association�s Alaska Regional Meeting, which will be held from August 21-23, 2012, in Sitka, Alaska.

The purpose of the workshop is to share information with prospective small hydropower developers on tools the FERC has recently made available to assist with preparation of small hydropower project applications. The workshop will walk participants through the licensing and exemption processes for small hydropower projects, and will include participation from the DOI and other entities regarding their involvement in the review of hydropower licenses and exemptions. The workshop will include a discussion of opportunities to develop hydropower in small communities and Alaska Native villages that may have limited access to other power sources.

For more information, visit the TEEIC Web site at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

About the TEEIC
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The TEEIC Web site (http://teeic.anl.gov) provides information about the environmental effects of energy development on tribal lands.

The site includes information about energy resource development and associated environmental impacts and mitigation measures; guidance for conducting site-specific environmental assessments and developing monitoring programs; information about applicable federal laws and regulations; and federal and tribal points of contact.

The U.S. Department of the Interior is funding the maintenance of the TEEIC through the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs' Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development.

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

Upcoming Tribal Training

The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), is pleased to announce the following tribal training opportunities and the upcoming 2012 Program Review.National Trainings

The EERE Tribal Energy Program is offering the following courses to help tribal leaders and staff members understand the range of energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities that exist within their communities. The trainings will also cover project development and financing for clean energy projects. Don't miss the opportunity to learn from other Tribes about their efforts to deploy clean energy technologies on their reservations.

See the attached draft agenda and check the Tribal Energy Program website for more details.

Renewable Energy & Efficiency for Tribal Community Development
August 7-9, 2012
Forest County Potawatomi Bingo Casino
1721 West Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
No registration fee is being charged, but advance registration is required for meeting space and food service planning. Register now.
NOTE: The Forest County Potawatomi Bingo Casino does not have lodging. For nearby hotels, see the Potawatomi Partner Hotels Web page.

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Alaska Native Community Development
October 16-17, 2012
Anchorage, AK

No registration fee is being charged for this event, but advance registration is required for meeting space and food service planning. Register now.

Upcoming Events

Annual Tribal Energy Program Review
November 13-16, 2012
Renaissance Denver Hotel
3801 Quebec St.
Denver, CO 80207

The Tribal Energy Program Review will provide an overview of the wide range of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under way in Indian Country. The annual gathering provides Tribes an opportunity to network, report on their energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, and learn from the experience of other tribes pursuing similar projects. Currently, the program has more than 50 active projects.

No registration fee is being charged, but advance registration required for meeting space and food service planning. Register now.

To make hotel reservations, call the hotel directly at 303-399-7500, or call Renaissance Central Reservations at 1-888-228-9290. Request the discounted group rate for "Tribal Energy Program Review."

  • Discounted room rate for meeting participants: $149 per night (or the prevailing government per diem rate). This rate is the current local Government Services Administration (GSA) per diem rate.
  • Reservation deadline: Friday, October 26, 2012. After that date, we will be unable to guarantee rate or delivery.

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, visit our website.

 

 


07/26/2012

Tribal Energy and Environmental Information Clearinghouse

Electric Utility Basics Seminar (August 21-22, 2012)

�Electric Utility Basics: Generation, Delivery, Operations, Regulation, and Economics� is a two-day course that will be held in Portland, Oregon, on August 21 and 22, 2012. This course is organized by Electric Utility Consultants Inc. (EUCI).

This seminar will cover material on basic concepts, terms, and integration of functions in electric power systems. It will address the primary functions of generation, transmission and distribution, planning concepts, operations and maintenance, regulation, rates, and economics. The course will identify challenges, opportunities, and uncertainties that the energy industry faces in the energy market and evolving regulatory environment.

A reduced registration rate is available through August 10, 2012. For more information, visit the TEEIC Web site at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

For more information, visit the TEEIC Web site at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

About the TEEIC
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The TEEIC Web site (http://teeic.anl.gov) provides information about the environmental effects of energy development on tribal lands.

The site includes information about energy resource development and associated environmental impacts and mitigation measures; guidance for conducting site-specific environmental assessments and developing monitoring programs; information about applicable federal laws and regulations; and federal and tribal points of contact.

The U.S. Department of the Interior is funding the maintenance of the TEEIC through the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs' Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development.

For More Information
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If you have questions or need more information, visit the TEEIC Web site (http://teeic.anl.gov) or contact the TEEIC Webmaster at teeicwebmaster@anl.gov

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More than 500 State, Local, Tribal Facilities Participating in ENERGY STAR Battle of the Buildings

EPA�s third annual ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings has attracted 3,200 contestants nationwide, including more than 500 facilities from state, local, and tribal governments. Among the participating facilities are 225 K-12 schools, 89 state or municipal office buildings, 86 fire and police stations, 16 city libraries, 8 courthouses, and 7 museums and convention centers.

Phoenix, Arizona alone has 166 facilities entered in the competition. Alachua County Public Schools in Florida has 44 facilities competing, and Louisville, Kentucky, has 30.

Two EPA Climate Showcase Communities are participating: Cary, North Carolina, which has six fire stations competing, and Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, which has four buildings entered in the competition.

For more information, visit the ENERGY STAR Battle of the Buildings page.

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07/24/2012

Tribal Energy and Environmental Information Clearinghouse

Tribal Energy and Energy Efficiency for Tribal Community Developement

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal Energy Program will be conducting a course titled �Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Tribal Community Development� in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from August 7 to 9, 2012. The training is being offered at no cost, but advance registration is requested.

This course is intended to help tribal leaders and staff understand the range of energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities that exist within their communities. The course will also cover project development and financing for clean energy projects, and there will be case studies of tribes� efforts to deploy clean energy technologies on their reservations.

For more information, visit the TEEIC Web site at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

About the TEEIC
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The TEEIC Web site (http://teeic.anl.gov) provides information about the environmental effects of energy development on tribal lands.

The site includes information about energy resource development and associated environmental impacts and mitigation measures; guidance for conducting site-specific environmental assessments and developing monitoring programs; information about applicable federal laws and regulations; and federal and tribal points of contact.

The U.S. Department of the Interior is funding the maintenance of the TEEIC through the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs' Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development.

For More Information
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07/19/2012

 

Approximately $167 Million in Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments
The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to forward the following information on the availability of nearly $167 million in current funding opportunities and technical assistance for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Economic Development Agency (EDA), Department of Energy (DOE), Bloomberg Philanthropies, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), IBM, and American Institute of Architects (AIA) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including smart growth, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and economic development. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

In addition, please visit the calendar of 2012 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.

IRS Releases Public Guidance on Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds
On June 25, 2012, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service released guidance regarding certain qualified conservation purposes eligible for financing with qualified energy conservation bonds (QECBs). The guidance is expected to make it easier for state and local governments to access more than $2 billion in existing low-cost financing to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy projects through QECBs. QECBs provide state and local governments with access to low-cost financing to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. For more information, view the IRS notice.

Bloomberg Philanthropies� Mayors Challenge � $9 million
RSVPs due: July 16, 2012
Applications due: September 14, 201
Eligible entities: Cities with 30,000 or more residents residing within their official municipal boundaries as of the 2010 Census. Applications must be submitted by city hall under the direction of the mayor.

The Mayors Challenge is designed to celebrate the creative problem solving and innovation that is happening in city halls from coast to coast. Project ideas will be evaluated based on boldness, strength of planning, potential for impact, and replicability. Twenty finalists will be invited to attend Ideas Camp this fall, a two-day gathering of city innovators to strengthen each other's ideas and plans. The five boldest ideas with the greatest potential for impact will be awarded funding. For more information, visit the Challenge page.

USDA High Energy Cost Grants � $7 million
Applications due: July 30, 2012
Eligible entities: County governments, city or township governments, federally recognized Native American tribal governments, independent school districts, public and state-controlled institutions of higher education, nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, private institutions of higher education, for- profit organizations other than small businesses

The Rural Utilities Service, an agency of the USDA, announces the availability of competitive grants to assist communities with extremely high energy costs. The grant funds may be used to acquire, construct, extend, upgrade, or otherwise improve energy generation, transmission, or distribution facilities serving communities in which the average residential expenditure for home energy exceeds 275 percent of the national average. For more information, see the grant opportunity synopsis.

EDA Strong Cities, Strong Communities Visioning Challenge � $6 million
Applications due: July 31, 2012
Eligible entities: Cities with a population of at least 100,000 persons residing within their official municipal boundaries as of the 2010 Census. Cities must also meet EDA�s economic distress criteria.

The Strong Cities, Strong Communities Visioning Challenge is designed to assist cities experiencing chronic economic distress with leveraging innovative ideas and approaches from diverse perspectives to create and adopt actionable economic development proposals and plans. Each city selected for an award under this grant will hold challenge competitions that will incentivize teams of professionals from various fields related to economic development, such as transportation planning and engineering, to submit economic development proposals that outline how cutting-edge concepts and ideas could be applied to address the persistent economic development challenges faced by the city. For more information, visit the EDA Challenge page.

DOE State Energy Program Program Year 2012 Formula Grants � $30 million
Applications due: Varies by program year; next due date is August 1, 2012
Eligible entities: States, territories, and the District of Columbia

DOE is soliciting annual grant applications under the State Energy Program for Program Year 2012. The program seeks to provide grants to state energy offices in all states and U.S. territories to design and carry out their own energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. States use grants to address their energy priorities and program funding to adopt emerging energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. For more information, visit the DOE grant opportunity synopsis.

DOE Program Year 2012 Weatherization Formula Grants � $65 million
Applications due: Varies by program year; next due date is August 1, 2012
Eligible entities: State governments and federally recognized tribes

The purpose of the Weatherization Assistance Program is to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons, reduce their total residential expenditures, and improve their health and safety. The priority population for the Weatherization Assistance Program is people who are particularly vulnerable, such as the elderly, persons with disabilities, families with children, high residential energy users, and households with high energy burden. In fiscal year 2012, a total of $65 million is available. For more information, visit the DOE grant opportunity synopsis.

USGBC 2012 Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program � $250,000
Applications due: August 10, 2012
Eligible entities: Public agencies or 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations involved in the ownership, development, or financing of the project.

The 2012 Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program will award grants and provide educational resources to affordable housing developers and related public agencies that choose to pursue LEED 2009 for Neighborhood Development certification (LEED-ND). LEED-ND promotes integration of the principles of smart growth, urbanism, and green building into a system for neighborhood design. Preference will be given to qualifying projects that meet additional goals, including effort to strengthen the surrounding neighborhoods, commitment to engage stakeholders in the development process, and the provision of green housing for a range of income levels. For more information, visit the USGBC grant opportunity synopsis.

IBM Smarter Cities Challenge � Technical Assistance
Applications due: September 7, 201
Eligible entities: Cities with a letter of affirmation from the mayor or equivalent executive officer of the municipal government.

The Smarter Cities Challenge is designed to help cities address some of the critical challenges they are facing, such as energy efficiency and climate change impacts. Selected cities will receive assistance from IBM experts from different business units and geographies, who will work on the ground with city leaders and deliver recommendations on how to make the city smarter and more effective. For more information, visit the Challenge page.

EDA Economic Development Assistance Programs Federal Funding Opportunity �$50.06 million
Applications due: Varies by program year; next due date is September 14, 2012
Eligible entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, nonprofits, institutions of higher education.

Under the Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP) Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) announcement, EDA will make construction, non-construction, and revolving loan fund investments under the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs. Grants made under these programs will leverage regional assets to support the implementation of regional economic development strategies designed to create jobs, leverage private capital, encourage economic development, and strengthen America�s ability to compete in the global marketplace. Through the EDAP FFO, EDA solicits applications from rural and urban communities to develop initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions. In fiscal year 2012, a total of $50,060,000 is available. For more information, visit the EDA grant opportunity synopsis.

AIA Sustainable Design Assessment Teams (SDAT) � Technical Assistance
Applications due: Two review cycles; upcoming due date is October 12, 2012
Eligible entities: Committees with a cross-section of residents, local government agencies, businesses, institutions, and community groups. A letter of support from the local AIA chapter is required.

The Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) program focuses on the importance of developing sustainable communities through design. The American Institute of Architects� Center for Communities by Design is seeking potential partner communities that can demonstrate the capacity to convene a diverse set of community leaders and stakeholders for an intensive, collaborative planning process focused on long-term sustainability. The Center is particularly focused on identifying communities that have the ability to leverage local resources and build strong partnerships for implementation of an SDAT process. Awarded communities will receive pro bono services from a multidisciplinary team through the program, and the AIA commits to funding up to $15,000 for each project to cover team expenses. For more information, visit the SDAT page.

Funders Network Local Sustainability Matching Fund � Advanced Notice
The Funders� Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network have joined together to launch a Local Sustainability Matching Fund. The fund will provide matching investments from national foundations on a competitive basis to build partnerships between sustainability directors and local place-based foundations to advance discrete sustainability initiatives that demonstrate broad-based community support and engagement. The Local Sustainability Matching Fund will begin accepting applications for its next round of funding in late summer 2012. For more information, visit the Funders� Network.

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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 site.

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, visit our website.

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Report Showcases Clean Energy Solutions from Small- and Medium-Sized Cities

A new report from the nonprofit organization Climate Solutions presents the early results of a range of small- and medium-sized cities that are testing and refining strategies for clean energy and energy efficiency. The report, entitled Powering the New Energy Future from the Ground Up, describes innovative financial mechanisms, pilot projects, and clean energy marketing strategies that can serve as models for other communities around the United States.

Many of the communities profiled in the report used federal grants to jumpstart their clean energy initiatives. Among them are 14 recipients of EPA’s Climate Showcase Communities grants:

(The links above go to profiles of each community’s Climate Showcase Communities project.)

The report is available online from Climate Solutions’ New Energy Cities project website, along with a press release and a recorded telebriefing explaining the report’s findings.

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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 site.

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07/18/2012

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Webinar to Focus on Grid Reliability and Impacts to Tribal Renewable Energy Projects

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to forward the following information on an upcoming webinar the program is co-hosting.

Grid Reliability: Impacts to Tribal Renewable Projects
July 25, 11:00 a.m.�12:30 p.m. MDT

Space is limited. Reserve your webinar seat now.

The Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, the Department of Energy Tribal Energy Program, and the Western Area Power Administration are conducting a webinar entitled Grid Reliability � Impacts to Tribal Renewable Projects, scheduled for July 25, 2012, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Time.

Summary: In 2008 NERC reliability standards compliance became mandatory. This has raised the importance of compliance programs throughout the electric industry, as noncompliance can result in monetary sanctions. This webinar will provide an overview of the purpose and organization of a compliance program, what parts of the bulk electric system are in scope, the range of reliability standards affecting power operations and maintenance, responsible registered entities, and how tribal renewable projects can be impacted by reliability requirements.

This webinar is being presented free of charge, but registration is required. Register now.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees: Require Windows� 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh�-based attendees: Require Mac OS� X 10.5 or newer

This webinar is the seventh in a series that started in August 2011 and will continue through September 2012. Upcoming tribal webinars are listed on the Public Renewables Partnership website, where previous webinar presentations are also available.

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, visit our website.

 

 


07/17/2012

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Upcoming Tribal Training

The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), is pleased to announce the following tribal training opportunities and the upcoming 2012 Program Review. No registration fee is being charged for these events, but advance registration is required.

National Trainings

The EERE Tribal Energy Program is offering the following courses to help tribal leaders and staff members understand the range of energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities that exist within their communities. The trainings will also cover project development and financing for clean energy projects. Don't miss the opportunity to learn from other Tribes about their efforts to deploy clean energy technologies on their reservations.

See the attached draft agenda and check the Tribal Energy Program website for more details.

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Renewable Energy & Efficiency for Tribal Community Development
August 7-9, 2012
Forest County Potawatomi Bingo Casino
1721 West Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Register now.
Workshop draft agenda
NOTE: The Forest County Potawatomi Bingo Casino does not have lodging. For nearby hotels, see the Potawatomi Partner Hotels Web page.

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Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Alaska Native Community Development
October 16-17, 2012
Anchorage, AK

Upcoming Events

Annual Tribal Energy Program Review
November 13-16, 2012
Renaissance Denver Hotel
3801 Quebec St.
Denver, CO 80207

The Tribal Energy Program Review will provide an overview of the wide range of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under way in Indian Country. The annual gathering provides Tribes an opportunity to network, report on their energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, and learn from the experience of other tribes pursuing similar projects. Currently, the program has more than 50 active projects.

To make hotel reservations, call the hotel directly at (303) 399-7500, or call Renaissance Central Reservations at 1-888-228-9290. Request the discounted group rate for "Tribal Energy Program Review."

  • Discounted room rate for meeting participants: $149 per night (or the prevailing government per diem rate). This rate is the current local Government Services Administration (GSA) per diem rate.
  • Reservation deadline: Friday, October 26, 2012. After that date, we will be unable to guarantee rate or delivery.

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, visit our website.

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July 2012 � Approximately $167 Million in Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

This message announces the availability of nearly $167 million and technical assistance in current funding opportunities for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Economic Development Agency (EDA), Department of Energy (DOE), Bloomberg Philanthropies, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), IBM, and American Institute of Architects (AIA) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including smart growth, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and economic development. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

In addition, please visit the calendar of 2012 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.

***IRS Releases Public Guidance on Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds
On June 25, 2012, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service released guidance regarding certain qualified conservation purposes eligible for financing with qualified energy conservation bonds (QECBs). The guidance is expected to make it easier for state and local governments to access more than $2 billion in existing low-cost financing to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy projects through QECBs. QECBs provide state and local governments with access to low-cost financing to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. For more information, view the IRS notice.

***Bloomberg Philanthropies� Mayors Challenge �$9 million
Application Due: RSVPs due by July 16, 2012. Applications due September 14, 2012 Eligible Entities: Cities with 30,000 or more residents residing within their official municipal boundaries as of the 2010 Census. Applications must be submitted by city hall under the direction of the mayor.

The Mayors Challenge is designed to celebrate the creative problem solving and innovation that is happening in city halls from coast to coast. Project ideas will be evaluated based on boldness, strength of planning, potential for impact, and replicability. Twenty finalists will be invited to attend Ideas Camp this fall, a two-day gathering of city innovators to strengthen each other's ideas and plans. The five boldest ideas with the greatest potential for impact will be awarded funding.

For more information, visit the Challenge page.

***USDA High Energy Cost Grants �$7 million
Application Due: July 30, 2012
Eligible Entities: County governments, city or township governments, federally recognized Native American tribal governments, independent school districts, public and state controlled institutions of higher education, nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, private institutions of higher education, for profit organizations other than small businesses.

The Rural Utilities Service, an agency of the USDA, announces the availability of competitive grants to assist communities with extremely high energy costs. The grant funds may be used to acquire, construct, extend, upgrade, or otherwise improve energy generation, transmission, or distribution facilities serving communities in which the average residential expenditure for home energy exceeds 275 percent of the national average.

For more information, visit the grant opportunity synopsis.

***EDA Strong Cities, Strong Communities Visioning Challenge �$6 million
Application Due: July 31, 2012
Eligible Entities: Cities with a population of at least 100,000 persons residing within their official municipal boundaries as of the 2010 Census. Cities must also meet EDA�s economic distress criteria.

The Strong Cities, Strong Communities Visioning Challenge is designed to assist cities experiencing chronic economic distress with leveraging innovative ideas and approaches from diverse perspectives to create and adopt actionable economic development proposals and plans. Each city selected for an award under this grant will hold challenge competitions that will incentivize teams of professionals from various fields related to economic development, such as transportation planning and engineering, to submit economic development proposals that outline how cutting-edge concepts and ideas could be applied to address the persistent economic development challenges faced by the city.

For more information, visit the EDA Challenge page.

*** DOE State Energy Program PY 2012 Formula Grants �$30 million
Application Due: Varies by program year, next due date is August 1, 2012
Eligible Entities: States, territories, and the District of Columbia.

DOE is soliciting annual grant applications under the State Energy Program for Program Year 2012. The program seeks to provide grants to state energy offices in all states and U.S. territories to design and carry out their own energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. States use grants to address their energy priorities and program funding to adopt emerging energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

For more information, visit the DOE grant opportunity synopsis.

***DOE Program Year 2012 Weatherization Formula Grants �$65 million
Application Due: Varies by program year, next due date is August 1, 2012
Eligible Entities: State governments and federally recognized tribes.

The purpose of the Weatherization Assistance Program is to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons, reduce their total residential expenditures, and improve their health and safety. The priority population for the Weatherization Assistance Program is people who are particularly vulnerable, such as the elderly, persons with disabilities, families with children, high residential energy users, and households with high energy burden. In fiscal year 2012, a total of $65 million is available.

For more information, visit the DOE grant opportunity synopsis.

***USGBC 2012 Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program � $250,000
Application Due: August 10, 2012
Eligible Entities: Public agencies or 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations involved in the ownership, development, or financing of the project.

The 2012 Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program will award grants and provide educational resources to affordable housing developers and related public agencies that choose to pursue LEED 2009 for Neighborhood Development certification (LEED-ND). LEED-ND promotes integration of the principles of smart growth, urbanism, and green building into a system for neighborhood design. Preference will be given to qualifying projects that meet additional goals, including effort to strengthen the surrounding neighborhoods, commitment to engage stakeholders in the development process, and the provision of green housing for a range of income levels.

For more information, visit the USGBC grant opportunity synopsis.

***IBM Smarter Cities Challenge � Technical Assistance
Application Due: September 7, 2012
Eligible Entities: Cities, with a letter of affirmation from the mayor or equivalent executive officer of the municipal government.

The Smarter Cities Challenge is designed to help cities address some of the critical challenges they are facing, such as energy efficiency and climate change impacts. Selected cities will receive assistance from IBM experts from different business units and geographies, who will work on the ground with city leaders and deliver recommendations on how to make the city smarter and more effective.

For more information, visit the Challenge page.

***EDA Economic Development Assistance Programs Federal Funding Opportunity �$50.06 million
Application Due: Varies by program year; next due date is September 14, 2012
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, non-profits, institutions of higher education.

Under the Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP) Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) announcement, EDA will make construction, non-construction, and revolving loan fund investments under the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs. Grants made under these programs will leverage regional assets to support the implementation of regional economic development strategies designed to create jobs, leverage private capital, encourage economic development, and strengthen America�s ability to compete in the global marketplace. Through the EDAP FFO, EDA solicits applications from rural and urban communities to develop initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions. In fiscal year 2012, a total of $50,060,000 is available.

For more information, visit the EDA grant opportunity synopsis.

***AIA Sustainable Design Assessment Teams (SDAT) � Technical Assistance
Application Due: Two review cycles; upcoming due date is October 12, 2012
Eligible Entities: Committees with a cross-section of residents, local government agencies, businesses, institutions, and community groups. A letter of support from the local AIA chapter is required.

The Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) program focuses on the importance of developing sustainable communities through design. The American Institute of Architects� Center for Communities by Design is seeking potential partner communities that can demonstrate the capacity to convene a diverse set of community leaders and stakeholders for an intensive, collaborative planning process focused on long-term sustainability. The Center is particularly focused on identifying communities that have the ability to leverage local resources and build strong partnerships for implementation of an SDAT process. Awarded communities will receive pro bono services from a multidisciplinary team through the program, and the AIA commits to funding up to $15,000 for each project to cover team expenses.

For more information, visit the AIA SDAT page.

***Funders Network Local Sustainability Matching Fund � Advanced Notice
The Funders� Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network have joined together to launch a Local Sustainability Matching Fund. The fund will provide matching investments from national foundations on a competitive basis to build partnerships between sustainability directors and local place-based foundations to advance discrete sustainability initiatives that demonstrate broad-based community support and engagement.

The Local Sustainability Matching Fund will begin accepting applications for its next round of funding in late summer 2012. For more information, visit the Funders� Network.

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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 site.

 

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Tribes and Energy Development news articles

Passing out news story on Moapa. Feel free to help out our cause by forwarding on to others. Thank you very much for all your help & concern. Moapa Environmental Committee

Part 1 - 7/9/12
Moapa Tribe's Side of Story
http://www.mynews3.com/content/news/story/Moapa-Paiutes-point-to-power-plant-for-health/vy6Qe8vz8E6N9fJPFOdkBA.cspx

Part 2 - 7/10/12
Nevada Energy's Side of Story
http://www.mynews3.com/content/news/local/story/NV-Energy-We-have-spent-millions-to-improve-plant/7qIYegv8tEyJ1TYAIEIbQg.cspx

Part 3 - 7/11/12
Local Chemist Analyswww.mynews3is Coal Ash Found at Plant - (Differs from what Nevada Power Reports
http://.com/content/news/local/story/Applying-science-to-the-coal-plant-emissions/DJ5LJAincE-Vcz5bMDihUQ.cspx

Last Week Article
Article out on Associated Press 7/4/12 on Indians Tribes next to Power Plants (Moapa Included)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/the-power-plant-next-door-indian-tribes-disproportionately-exposed-to-energy-development/2012/07/04/gJQAg0OINW_story.html


07/12/2012

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Funding & Training Opportunities and Tribal Energy News

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to forward the following information on funding opportunities, renewable energy Requests For Proposals (RFPs), training opportunities, and tribal energy news.

Funding Opportunities

USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Assist Rural Communities with Extremely High Energy Costs

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is making available up to $7 million in High Energy Cost Grants during fiscal year 2012 to assist communities where expenditures for home energy exceed 275 percent of the national average. The maximum amount of grant assistance that will be awarded under this notice is $3 million.

Applicants must demonstrate that proposed communities meet one or more high energy cost benchmarks, such as average total household energy costs that exceed $4,860 annually. Funds may be used to acquire, construct, extend, upgrade, or otherwise improve energy generation, transmission, or distribution facilities.

Extremely high energy costs in rural and remote communities typically result from a combination of factors, including high energy consumption, high per-unit energy costs, limited availability of energy sources, extreme climate conditions, and housing that is not energy efficient.

Eligible applicants include, states, local governments, businesses, federally recognized Indian Tribes and tribal entities, and other entities organized under state law.

Applications are due July 30.

For additional information, please see page 38570 of the June 28, 2012 Federal Register, or visit the USDA Rural Utilities Service website.

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USDA Announces the Availability of Grants through the Rural Business Opportunity Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2012

Public bodies, nonprofit corporations, institutions of higher education, rural cooperatives, and Native American Tribes may apply for grants to support projects that will improve economic conditions in rural areas. RBOG is a highly competitive program that emphasizes sustainable economic development in rural communities with exceptional needs. It is estimated that USDA will only be able to accommodate approximately 24 grant requests nationwide, given the funding available.

Application Deadline: Applications must be received by August 6, 2012 at the USDA Rural Development state office in order to be considered for funding.

Available Funding: Just over $1.2 million is available nationwide for grant requests of $50,000 or less. Applications will be evaluated through a competitive process based on specified program priorities. Another $1.14 million is available for projects benefitting federally recognized Native American Tribes and communities in rural areas. Grant requests will be evaluated on a competitive basis. There is no grant size restriction on these funds.

Program Priorities and Eligibility: All applications will be evaluated for funding consideration based on program purposes and priorities. Only the highest-scoring applications will be funded. Please view the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) in the Federal Register for a complete listing of requirements, priorities, and restrictions. Please pay particular attention to the specific scoring criteria laid out in the NOFA. The specific nature of the scoring regime requires applicants to be complete in all responses.

The primary objective of the RBOG program is to improve the economic conditions of rural areas. Assistance provided to rural areas under this program includes:

  • Rural business incubators
  • Technology-based economic development
  • Feasibility studies and business plans
  • Long-term business strategic planning
  • Leadership and entrepreneur training.

In addition, interested applicants are advised that:

  • USDA encourages applications that will support regional economic development
  • Public bodies, nonprofit corporations, institutions of higher education, Indian Tribes on federal or state reservations and other federally recognized Native American Tribes or tribal groups, and rural cooperatives may be eligible to apply
  • Projects must benefit a rural area; thus, all ultimate recipients of services provided through the project must either reside in a rural area (if an individual) or be located in a rural area (if a business)
  • Project funds cannot be used for construction, planning a facility, engineering work, or revolving loan funds.

More information and how to apply:

Read the the Notice of Funding Availability published in the Federal Register on June 7, 2012.

View grant and application information on the Grants.gov website.

Find assistance and contact info on the USDA Rural Development website.

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USDA Offering Grants to Assist Rural Communities with Extremely High Energy Costs
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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is making available up to $7 million in High Energy Cost Grants during fiscal year 2012 to assist communities where expenditures for home energy exceed 275 percent of the national average. The maximum amount of grant assistance that will be awarded is $3 million.

Applications for grants are due July 30, 2012.

For more information, visit the TEEIC Web site at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

 

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Technical Assistance

DOE Tribal Energy Program Technical Assistance
Deadline: Ongoing

Free technical assistance is available to assist federally recognized Indian Tribes, bands, nations, and other organized groups and communities�including Alaska Native villages or regional and village corporations�with renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Typically limited to 40 hours, technical assistance through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal Energy Program may include renewable energy technology information, renewable resource information, energy efficiency techniques, project support, system performance modeling, policy information, design review, special studies, strategic energy planning, and training. To request assistance, visit the Tribal Energy Program website and complete the online request form.

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Renewable Energy RFPs

The Tribal Energy Program provides the following information on solicitations for renewable energy generation, renewable energy certificates, and green power as a courtesy to our subscribers. Unless otherwise noted, these requests for proposals and solicitations are neither supported nor endorsed by the DOE Green Power Network.
Deadline - July 17, 2012

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Iowa State University (ISU) RFP seeking proposals for the installation of a 50- to 100-kilowatt wind turbine on the ISU campus. The university intends for this installation to be a wind energy demonstration site located adjacent to the ISU Power Plant.
Contact: Al Brooks, (515) 294-7040
Deadline - August 30, 2012

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East Kentucky Power Cooperative RFP seeking to obtain up to 300 megawatts (MW) of generation, including renewable resources with a capacity of 5 MW or larger. EKPC will retain all environmental attributes associated with the renewable resources.
Contact: ekpc-rfp@brattle.com
Notice of intent to bid is due by July 3, 2012

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Progress Energy Carolinas RFP seeking to purchase qualifying "all-in" generation from non-solar renewable resources that are less than 10 MW via power purchase agreement to meet the North Carolina RPS requirements.
Contact: Nancy Barwick, PECRenewableRFP@pgnmail.com
Deadline - Open Ended

A complete list of active RFPs can found on the DOE Green Power Network's Renewable Energy RFPs page

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Upcoming Webinars

Implementing Deep Retrofits: A Whole Building Approach
July 12, 2012, 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by the Energy Department, this webcast will benefit energy managers and other professionals interested in learning how to maximize building performance with an optimal mix of energy efficiency technologies. Register here to attend the webinar.

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Community Renewable Energy Success Stories: Landfill Gas-to-Energy Projects
July 17, 2012, 3 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Eastern Time

Presented by the Energy Department, this webcast will highlight both the challenges and benefits of developing successful community landfill gas-to-energy projects at the Prairie View Recycling and Disposal Facility in Will County, Illinois, and the Perdido Landfill Gas-to-Electricity Project in Escambia County, Florida. Register here to attend the webinar.

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Full story
Grid Reliability: Impacts to Tribal Renewable Projects
July 25, 2012, 1 p.m. Eastern Time

This webinar is part of a series presented by the Energy Department's Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, the Energy Department's Tribal Energy Program, the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership Program, and Western Area Power Administration. The webinars promote tribal energy sufficiency and foster economic development and employment on tribal lands through the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Tribes interested in responding to utility-offered renewable RFPs and/or learning more about the competitive power market, utility staff, and other stakeholders should attend. The webinar is free, but registration is required.

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Office of Indian EnergySTART Program Status
September 26, 2012, 1 p.m. Eastern Time

This webinar is part of a series provided by the Energy Department's Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, the Energy Department's Tribal Energy Program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership Program, and Western Area Power Administration. The webinars promote tribal energy sufficiency and foster economic development and employment on tribal lands through the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Tribes interested in responding to utility-offered renewable RFPs and/or interested in learning more about the competitive power market, utility staff, and other stakeholders should attend. The webinar is free, but registration is required.

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Native Learning Center Offers FREE Courses and Training to Native Americans and Indiginous People
The Native Learning Center (NLC) offers FREE courses and training to Native Americans and indigenous people with an emphasis on the educational needs of tribal members and their communities. The NLC is a program of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and was established in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 2008.

The NLC�s learning opportunities and resources focus on areas that are critical to the growth and improved quality of life for Native communities. Focus areas include celebrating culture and language, financial wellness, grant education, housing strategies, and tribal government.

Motivation and Team Building, July 11, 2012, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Grants Education � Before You Seek a Grant, July 18, 2012, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Tribal Government � Writing Persuasively, July 25, 2012, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Eastern Time

To register, see the NLC website.

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Recent News
DOE Office of Indian Energy Announces Tribes to Receive Technical Assistance Through the Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START)

The Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) initiative is a project of the DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs (DOE-IE) aimed at advancing next-generation energy development in Indian Country. The START initiative is focused on the 48 contiguous states and Alaska. It is led by a technical assistance team comprised of experts from DOE and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

The following Tribes have been selected to receive technical assistance through the START Program in the 48 contiguous states:

  • Campo Band of the Kumeyaay Nation in Campo, California, will receive technical assistance and financial analysis of renewable energy project opportunities, including commercial-scale wind on tribal lands.
  • Forest County Potawatomi Tribe in Crandon, Wisconsin, will receive technical and financial analysis to support the development of a community-scale biomass project that will utilize local nonfood feedstocks.
  • Hualapai Tribe of Peach Springs, Arizona, will receive technical and financial feasibility analyses of projects on tribal lands, with primary focus on community-scale renewable energy projects to help power the Tribe's facilities at Grand Canyon West.
  • Pascua Yaqui Tribe in Tucson, Arizona, will receive financial and market analysis assistance to support prioritization and feasibility analyses for community-scale solar power generation development.
  • Passamaquoddy Tribe of Indian Township in Pleasant Point, Maine, will receive technical and financial analysis supporting the potential for commercial-scale wind project development.
  • Pueblo of Zuni in Zuni, New Mexico, will receive technical assistance to support a community-scale solar project that supports the Pueblo�s water supply infrastructure with a sustainable, distributed power supply.

The following Alaska Native Tribes have been selected to receive technical assistance through START Alaska:

  • Arctic Village Council will receive assistance to help improve diesel powerhouse operations; reinstate Power Cost Equalization (PCE) � a longstanding State of Alaska electrical subsidy program for low income households; install prepay meters for residential buildings; repair existing photovoltaic (PV) systems; and explore feasibility of community-scale solar energy generation.
  • Native Village of Kwinhagak/Quinhagak will receive assistance to help develop a community energy plan; increase residential energy efficiency; implement a heat recovery project for the community sewer and water facility; improve energy efficiency in new residential housing; produce a wind-to-heat analysis; and prepare for additional funding opportunities.
  • Native Village of Teller will receive assistance to help address the community�s long-term bulk fuel storage capacity needs; identify opportunities to increase residential energy efficiency, including education and training; implement retrofits and repairs for public facilities; and prepare for additional funding opportunities.
  • Organized Village of Kake will receive assistance to help develop a community energy plan; relocate a wind met-tower closer to the village; conduct biomass and hydro generation feasibility studies; install a PV system; identify bulk diesel improvements; and initiate residential energy efficiency activities.
  • Venetie Village Council will receive assistance to help develop a community energy plan; repair public utility generation infrastructure; reinstate PCE; develop utility rate structure; and conduct a community-scale PV program as well as a biomass feasibility study and project design review.

For more, see the DOE-IE START Web page. Any questions can be directed to IndianEnergy@hq.doe.gov.

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Salazar Approves First-Ever Commercial Solar Energy Project on American Indian Trust Lands
On June 21, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar approved a 350-MW solar energy project on tribal trust land of the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians in Clark County, Nevada. The project marks a milestone as the first-ever, utility-scale solar project approved for development on tribal lands, and is one of the many steps the administration has taken to help strengthen tribal communities.

The Record of Decision signed on June 21 approves the construction, operation and maintenance of a low-impact PV facility and associated infrastructure on about 2,000 acres of the Tribe�s reservation, located 30 miles north of Las Vegas. The site represents about 3 percent of the Tribe�s 71,954 acres, which are held in trust by the U.S. government. The project is expected to generate about 400 jobs at peak construction and 15 to 20 permanent jobs.

�This is a great day for the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians, and for Indian Country as a whole,� said Donald �Del� Laverdure, Acting Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs. �As our nation�s energy portfolio continues to grow, it is important that tribal communities have the opportunity to harness the energy of the wind and sun in a way that can power our homes, businesses and economies. Today is a important step in that direction.�

Under the Obama administration�s initiatives to foster tribal energy self-sufficiency and advance economic competitiveness, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is also engaged in a sweeping reform of federal surface leasing regulations for American Indian lands that will streamline the approval process for home ownership and spur renewable energy development in Indian Country. As trustee for the land and resources of federally recognized tribes, Interior is responsible for managing about 55 million surface acres in Indian Country.

A fact sheet on the Moapa Project is available on the DOI website. A map of the project area is available here.

For more, see the full press release.

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2012 Tribal Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) Awards from USDA Rural Development Announced - Funding Also Will Improve Public Transit in Tribal Communities
On June 18, 2012, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the selection of 27 projects in 14 states to support small business and job creation opportunities and train workers in Native American communities. Janie Hipp, Senior Advisor for Tribal Relations, made the announcement on behalf of Secretary Vilsack while attending the National Congress of American Indians mid-year conference in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The announcement followed the previous week's announcement by the secretary that the USDA will implement measures to make it easier for individuals living in Substantially Underserved Trust Areas (SUTA) to obtain USDA funding to improve basic services, including water and sewer systems, broadband and electric infrastructure. These measures are a crucial step for American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders to build modern utility infrastructure, create jobs and improve their quality of life. The enhancements are being implemented through a final regulation published in the Federal Register.

The more than $3.2 million in grants is being administered through USDA Rural Development's Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program. This program provides grants for rural projects that finance the development of small and emerging rural businesses, help fund distance learning networks, and help fund employment-related adult education programs.

For more, see the full press release and list of projects.

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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Economic Development Funding to Support Business Growth, Create Jobs
On June 26, 2012, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the selection of 28 recipients in rural communities for loans and grants to spur economic development and create or save jobs.

"The funding I am announcing today will help rural businesses, entrepreneurs and tribal communities obtain the financing they need to grow their businesses and create jobs," Vilsack said. "These grants and loans represent the Obama Administration's commitment to ensure that rural communities attract capital investments that lead to successful business development, job creation, infrastructure improvements and economically vibrant communities."

USDA Rural Development is providing the loans and grants through the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program, the Intermediary Relending Program (IRP), and the Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program.

USDA Rural Development's RBEG program is funding nine projects to assist rural businesses and citizens and improve public transit for tribal communities in several states. The RBEG program provides grants to small and emerging rural businesses for projects such as distance learning networks and employment-related adult education programs. Rural public entities (towns, communities, state agencies, and municipal authorities), Indian Tribes and rural private nonprofit corporations are eligible to apply for funding under this program.

For example, the Community Transportation Association of America, Inc. (CTAA) was selected to receive a $250,000 grant to provide technical assistance to develop public transit programs for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan; the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe in Nevada; the Nooksack Indian Tribe in Washington; the Chickaloon Village Traditional Council in Alaska; the Northern Arapahoe Tribe of Wyoming; the Poarch Band Creek Indians in Alabama; the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians in Oregon; and the Squaxin Island Tribe in Washington.

Read the full press release and list of all recipients selected for funding.
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, visit our website.

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New EPA Air Quality Planning Resources for State, Tribal and Local Air Agencies

EPA has released a new Roadmap to help state, tribal, and local air agencies include emission reductions from energy efficiency and renewable energy in State and Tribal Implementation Plans (SIPs/TIPs) to improve air quality. The Roadmap focuses on emissions benefits from energy efficiency/renewable energy policies and programs in the electric power sector. It reflects input received from a number of stakeholders, including state and local energy and air quality agencies.

Now is a great time to include energy efficiency/renewable energy strategies in SIPs and TIPs. First, many states have substantially increased their commitment to energy efficiency/renewable energy policies and programs over the last 10 years. The emissions impacts from these policies and programs are already happening: this manual outlines the latest tools, information, and approaches to quantifying those impacts. Second, emissions reductions from energy efficiency/renewable energy policies and programs can help states and tribes comply with National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) at a lower cost than traditional control measures. Third, this information could be very helpful for areas participating in the Ozone Advance Program. Finally, these resources can help state, tribal, and local agencies estimate potential emissions reductions and determine whether they want to reflect those reductions in their SIPs/TIPs.

To accompany the Roadmap, EPA is providing:

  • A webinar on the Roadmap.
  • Draft tool for quantifying the emissions impacts of state, tribal, and local energy efficiency/renewable energy policies and programs.
  • Online training for air quality planners on the electric energy sector.
  • Data on the projected energy impacts of existing state energy efficiency/renewable energy policies to help states and tribes account for policies not reflected in Energy Information Administration's Annual Energy Outlook 2010.

For more information, please visit the Roadmap website.

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Financing Local Clean Energy Programs: Popular Webcast Recordings Now Online

In May and June 2012, EPA�s Local Climate and Energy Program held a three-part webcast series to help local governments learn how to secure adequate and sustained financing for their clean energy initiatives. This was one of our most popular webcast series ever, so we are very glad to announce that recordings, transcripts, and presentations from all three webcasts are now available on EPA�s local webcasts page, including the Q&A sessions from each webcast.

Part I of the series discussed how to design and implement funding programs, line up partners, and gain support for clean energy programs through both conventional and non-conventional methods. Part II discussed how to locate available sources of funding, and Part III discussed how to leverage existing funds and make clean energy investments more affordable for clean energy program audiences.

Direct links to the files are provided below:

Part 1 (�Getting Started�)

Part 2 (�Getting it Funded")

Part 3 (�Keeping it Going�)

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Submit Comments on Draft Community GHG Emissions Protocol by July 30, 2012

ICLEI�Local Governments for Sustainability USA has released a draft Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Accounting and Reporting Protocol for public comment. ICLEI USA seeks feedback on the draft protocol from local government staff and technical experts in fields such as transportation, the built environment, wastewater, solid waste, agriculture, urban planning, and sustainability. Feedback will ensure that the protocol meets the GHG accounting needs of local governments and related stakeholders, and that the protocol�s development continues to be a fair and open process.

Steps to Submit Comments

  1. Download and review. Get the draft Community Protocol document, along with the reviewers� guidelines and the comment form.
  2. Attend the Webinar on July 19. ICLEI will host a webinar on July 19, 2012, at 2 p.m. Eastern to provide an overview of the Community Protocol�s structure and give reviewers an opportunity to ask questions. Register now.
  3. Take a survey. Fill out a short online survey about the Community Protocol.
  4. Submit comments.Email ICLEI your Word doc comment form at iclei-usa@iclei.org no later than July 30, 2012 at 5 p.m. Eastern.

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

WAPA Webinar to Focus on Achieving a More Secure and Sustainable Electric Sector

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to forward the following information on tomorrow's webinar hosted by the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA).

Pre-Workshop Webinar � "Defining the Future" Initiative
July 12, 11:00 a.m.�12:30 p.m. MDT

This webinar will kick off the Energy Department's and Western Area Power Administration's public involvement and stakeholder process in our "Defining the Future" Initiative to achieve a more secure and sustainable electric sector in the United States. Visit the WAPA website to learn more about these efforts.

The webinar will include a presentation of the workshop and listening session formats, directions on how to access read-ahead material, a preview of information that will be presented during the workshops, and a summary of the process for stakeholder participation during workshops and listening sessions. There is no charge to attend the webinar, but registration is required. Register now.

Upcoming Workshop Dates
Stakeholder participation will help guide this effort to transform our transmission grid into a 21st century system, stimulate job creation, take greater advantage of new technologies and existing resources, reduce price and supply risk, and advance our international competitiveness. The Energy Department and WAPA look forward to working closely with you throughout the public process. Please register for one of our events listed below (registration will close two weeks before each event):

July 17�Rapid City, SD
July 18�Billings, MT (listening session only)
July 24�Phoenix, AZ
July 26�Sacramento/Folsom, CA (held in Rancho Cordova)
July 31�Loveland, CO
Aug. 2�Sioux Falls, SD

If you are not able to attend a meeting, you may still comment via email to JOT@wapa.gov. Please provide your name and identify your organizational affiliation in your submission. Your comments will be most useful to the team if submitted by August 3, 2012; however, we will accept comments until August 17, 2012. The team will review all comments submitted but will not respond individually to any single comment.

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.


07/05/2012

July 2012: Upcoming Climate and Energy Webcasts for State and Local Governments

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

EPA Webcasts

  • July 17, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) � Aligning Green Power Partners with New Renewable Energy Projects

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

  • July 19, 2:30-3:30 PM (EDT) � Portfolio Manager: Advanced Features
  • July 30, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) � Benchmark Energy Performance Using EPA�s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager: for Energy Efficiency Program Sponsors

DOE Webcasts

  • July 12, 1:30-3:00 PM (EDT) � Implementing Deep Retrofits: a Whole Building Approach
  • July 17, 3:00-4:14 PM (EDT) � Community Renewable Energy Deployment Success Stories: Landfill Gas-to-Energy

NOAA Webcasts

  • July 10, 3:00-4:00 PM (EDT) � Locating Offshore Wind Energy Sites Using the Habitat Priority Planner
  • July 11, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) � The Social Coast: Social Science, Simply Explained and Applied

***EPA Webcasts

July 17, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) � Aligning Green Power Partners with New Renewable Energy Projects
Sponsored 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 five to eight 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. All projects meet EPA's definition of eligible green power resources.

To sign up, please visit the webinar registration page.

***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 the ENERGY STAR webcasts page.

July 19, 2:30-3:30 PM (EDT) � Portfolio Manager: Advanced Features
Sponsored by ENERGY STAR, this webinar will provide you with in-depth knowledge of the advanced features of EPA's measurement and tracking tool, Portfolio Manager. You will learn how Portfolio Manager can be used to benchmark, monitor, and enhance energy and water performance. Upon successfully completing this webinar, you will be able to define your space data, correct and update space and utility data, describe the importance of maintaining accurate space attributes, understand reporting, use multi-facility meter updates, develop custom views, set baselines and targets, use the Statement of Energy Performance, and more. Registration page.

July 30, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) � Benchmark Energy Performance Using EPA�s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager: for Energy Efficiency Program Sponsors
This training is meant for energy efficiency program sponsors�regulated utilities; publicly owned utilities; energy delivery companies; national, regional, state, or local government entities; or organizations that administer energy efficiency programs promoting ENERGY STAR�interested in using EPA's Portfolio Manager. The training provides a high-level, introductory overview of Portfolio Manager enabling program sponsors to assist customers in using the tool. The training will provide an online demonstration of the benchmarking process, including creating a user account, identifying data requirements, managing and sharing information, and establishing an energy performance score. It will also provide an introduction to additional ENERGY STAR tools and resources that support program implementation in the commercial/industrial market. Registration page.

*** DOE Webcasts

July 12, 1:30-3:00 PM (EDT) � Implementing Deep Retrofits: a Whole Building Approach
Sponsored by DOE, this webinar will benefit energy managers and other professionals interested in learning how to maximize building performance with an optimal mix of energy efficiency technologies. Deep retrofit projects rely on an integrated design process that leverages the synergies of simultaneously retrofitting multiple building systems and assemblies such as building envelope, lighting, plug loads, and HVAC.To sign up, please visit the webinar registration page.

July 17, 3:00-4:14 PM (EDT) � Community Renewable Energy Deployment Success Stories: Landfill Gas-to-Energy
Sponsored by DOE, this webinar will highlight both the challenges and benefits of developing successful community land gas-to-energy projects at the Prairie View Recycling and Disposal Facility in Will County, Illinois, and the Perdido Landfill Gas-to-Electricity Project in Escambia County, Florida. To sign up, please visit the
webinar registration page.

*** NOAA Webcasts

July 10, 3:00-4:00 PM (EDT) � Locating Offshore Wind Energy Sites Using the Habitat Priority Planner
Sponsored by NOAA, this webinar will provide an example of how to use spatial analysis and a decision support tool to help locate appropriate sites for offshore wind energy infrastructure. It will describe the functionality of the Habitat Priority Planner tool, and provide resources useful for offshore planning. To register, send an e-mail to the webinar organizers.

July 11, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) � The Social Coast: Social Science, Simply Explained and Applied
Sponsored by NOAA, this webinar will provide a guided tour of the Social Coast website and provide real-world success stories on using demographic and economic data in coastal management. The Social Coast website provides data, tools, training, and stories on one of the most important aspects of coastal management: the people. The Social Coast filters out the relevant demographic and economic data sets available through the Digital Coast, provides examples of how to use them, and demonstrates their benefits. These data narrow in on the coastal components of a broad range of demographic and economic data sets from agencies such as the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and others. To sign up, please visit the webinar registration page.

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

Upcoming Tribal Training

The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), is pleased to announce the following tribal training opportunities and the upcoming 2012 Program Review. No registration fee is being charged for these events, but advance registration is highly recommended.

National Trainings

The EERE Tribal Energy Program is offering the following courses to help tribal leaders and staff members understand the range of energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities that exist within their communities. The trainings will also cover project development and financing for clean energy projects. Don't miss the opportunity to learn from other Tribes about their efforts to deploy clean energy technologies on their reservations.

Check the Tribal Energy Program website for more details as they become available.

Renewable Energy & Efficiency for Tribal Community Development
August 7-9, 2012
Forest County Potawatomi Bingo Casino
1721 West Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233

NOTE: The Forest County Potawatomi Bingo Casino does not have lodging. For nearby hotels, see the Potawatomi Partner Hotels Web page.

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Alaska Native Community Development
October 16-17, 2012
Anchorage, AK

Upcoming Events

Annual Tribal Energy Program Review
November 13-16, 2012
Renaissance Denver Hotel
3801 Quebec St
Denver, CO 80207

The Tribal Energy Program Review will provide an overview of the wide range of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under way in Indian Country. The annual gathering provides Tribes an opportunity to network, report on their energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, and learn from the experience of other tribes pursuing similar projects. Currently, the program has more than 50 active projects.

To make hotel reservations, call the hotel directly at (303)399-7500, or call Renaissance Central Reservations at 1-888-228-9290. Request the discounted group rate for "Tribal Energy Program Review."

  • Discounted room rate for meeting participants: $149 per night (or the prevailing government per diem rate). This rate is the current local Government Services Administration (GSA) per diem rate.
  • Reservation deadline: Friday, October 26, 2012. After that date, we will be unable to guarantee rate or delivery.

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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Financing Local Clean Energy Programs: Popular Webcast Recordings Now Online

In May and June 2012, EPA�s Local Climate and Energy Program held a three-part webcast series to help local governments learn how to secure adequate and sustained financing for their clean energy initiatives. This was one of our most popular webcast series ever, so we are very glad to announce that recordings, transcripts, and presentations from all three webcasts are now available on EPA�s local webcasts page, including the Q&A sessions from each webcast.

Part I of the series discussed how to design and implement funding programs, line up partners, and gain support for clean energy programs through both conventional and non-conventional methods. Part II discussed how to locate available sources of funding, and Part III discussed how to leverage existing funds and make clean energy investments more affordable for clean energy program audiences.

Direct links to the files are provided below:

Part 1 (�Getting Started")

Part 2 (�Getting it Funded�)

Part 3 (�Keeping it Going�)

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07/03/2012

Final Step 3 for the GHG Tailoring Rule Continues to Focus Permitting on the Largest Emitters.

Consistent with its common-sense, phased-in approach to Greenhouse Gas (GHG) permitting under the Clean Air Act, EPA will not revise the applicability thresholds for the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Title V Operating Permit programs currently in effect under the GHG Tailoring Rule. EPA believes that state permitting authorities have not had sufficient time to develop necessary program infrastructure and increase their GHG permitting expertise, to make it administratively feasible to apply PSD and title V permitting requirements to additional sources. By the same token, EPA and the state permitting authorities have not had the opportunity to develop and implement streamlining approaches.

EPA also is finalizing changes to Plantwide Applicability Limits (PALs) for GHGs that will streamline GHG permitting by making PALs work for GHGs the way they work for other pollutants. A PAL is an emissions limit applied sourcewide rather than to specific emissions points. With a PAL, a source can make changes to the facility without triggering PSD permitting requirements as long as emissions do not increase above the limit established by the PAL. These changes will allow:

  1. GHG PALS to be established on a CO2e basis;
  2. a facility to obtain a GHG PAL while maintaining minor source status for other regulated pollutants; and
  3. a facility to rely upon a GHG PAL to determine if PSD permitting requirements have been triggered. The facility would avoid PSD permitting requirements as long as it maintains emissions below its GHG PAL.

A news announcement went out July 3rd, 2012 and the rule and fact sheet are posted on the web at www.epa.gov/nsr.

 


06/28/2012

WEBINAR: June 2012 Proposal to Revise the PM NAAQS -- General Overview

DATE: Thursday, July 12, 2012

TIME: 1:00-2:30 EDT

REGISTER AT: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/800183417

EPA will present an overview of the proposal revisions to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Particulate Matter (PM) and will outline:

  • Proposed updates to PM monitoring requirements, including a proposed requirement for near-road PM2.5 measurements.
  • Proposed revisions to the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permitting program with respect to the proposed revisions in the standards.
  • Expected implementation timeline for the proposed standards.

Following the presentation, EPA will answer clarifying questions. Note that although EPA is hosting the webinar during the public comment period, the webinar is not a means of providing comment on the proposed rule.

The webinar is open to state, local, and tribal agencies, as well as EPA Regional Offices. For complete proposal information, including fact sheets, tables and maps, and technical support documents see: http://www.epa.gov/air/particlepollution/actions.html. The webinar will be recorded and posted at www.epa.gov/apti/broadcast.html.

If you have any questions (or suggestions) about what will be included in the webinar, please contact Beth Hassett-Sipple at hassett-sipple.beth@epa.gov.

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EPA Seeks Public Comment on Proposals for Promoting Public Participation in Permitting

To implement Administrator Lisa P. Jackson's priority on environmental justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing a federal register notice for public comment regarding "Proposed Regional Actions to Promote Public Participation in the Permitting Process" and "Draft Best Practices for Permit Applicants Seeking EPA-Issued Permits: Ways to Engage the Communities at the Fence-Line."

The "Proposed Regional Actions to Promote Public Participation in the Permitting Process" presents agency-wide guidelines that will inform the development of regional implementation plans to provide opportunities for overburdened communities to participate meaningfully in the permitting process for priority permits. EPA is also encouraging permit applicants to make an effort to meaningfully involve overburdened communities in the permitting process. To that end, EPA is releasing "Draft Best Practices for Permit Applicants Seeking EPA-Issued Permits: Ways to Engage the Communities at the Fence-Line" for public comment.

You can view and comment on the federal register notice on Regulations.gov (Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2012-0452). EPA is also using the Environmental Justice in Action Blog, which will go live on Thursday June 28th, to encourage different public stakeholders to dialogue over the ideas set forth in the federal register notice The Environmental Justice in Action Blog does not replace the conventional public comment process described in the notice. You can access the blog at https://blog.epa.gov/ej/.

Additionally, EPA is hosting two calls to discuss the details of the proposed guidelines and best practices. To attend a call, please RSVP to ejpermitting@epa.gov indicating which call(s) you wish to attend and you will receive a reply with call-in information.

  • Thursday, July 12, 2012
    2:30-4 PM EST
  • Wednesday, August 1, 2012
    4-5:30 PM EST

The proposed guidelines and best practices are intended to help integrate environmental justice considerations in EPA-issued permits. These efforts are important initiatives under Plan EJ 2014, EPA's road map for carrying out the Administrator's priority on environmental justice.

For Additional Information or Questions:
If you have questions about the federal register notice or calls that EPA is hosting, please submit your questions to ejpermitting@epa.gov.

For more information about the Considering Environmental Justice in Permitting Initiative of Plan EJ 2014, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/plan-ej/permitting.html.

 


06/27/2012

 

Discover how to reduce radon in your school!

Register Today for a Free Webinar!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 2 – 3:30 p.m. EDT


Effective radon control is a critical component of any comprehensive indoor air quality (IAQ) management program. Attend the Technical Webinar – Reducing Radon in Schools on Wednesday, July 18, 2012, from 2 – 3:30 p.m. EDT, to learn how to manage this pollutant in your school.

This webinar will provide technical guidance about effective radon testing and control strategies for schools, including how to operate and install a radon mitigation depressurization system. Radon experts Josh Miller and Josh Kerber from the Minnesota Department of Health, both specialists in radon control in school environments, will be featured in this webinar. Attend this webinar to:

  • Learn about the risk of radon in schools and why it's necessary to test every school for radon.
  • Discover effective and practical strategies for radon testing and control, including continuous radon monitoring (CRM).
  • Apply mitigation techniques, such as sub-slab depressurization and HVAC modification.
  • Get answers to your technical radon questions from leading radon experts.
  • Increase your understanding of how radon management fits into an integrated school environmental health program with the Framework for Effective School IAQ Management and how it helps meet the Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools requirements for Pillar Two – healthy school environments.

Speakers:

  • Josh Kerber, Environmental Research Scientist, Minnesota Department of Health.
  • Josh Miller, Research Scientist, Minnesota Department of Health.

This webinar is offered at no cost to participants. Don't miss your chance to have your questions about the program answered during the webinar. Send your questions to IAQTfSConnector@cadmusgroup.com by July 11, 2012. Register today! Spread the word! Forward this email to a colleague. Please note: This webinar will last approximately 90 minutes. You will need a high-speed Internet connection and a telephone line to interact with speakers and other participants. Call-in information will be provided upon registration.

Questions?
If you have any questions about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance, please contact the IAQ Tools for Schools Connector Coordinator at IAQTfSConnector@cadmusgroup.com. The IAQ Tools for Schools guidance is designed to help schools maintain a healthy environment in school buildings by identifying, correcting and preventing IAQ problems. Learn more about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance at http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/

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OAR EJ Community Conference Call

Intended Audience: Environmental Justice and Tribal Communities or Organizations

When: June 27, 2012
Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm EST
Conference Line: 1-866-299-3188; code: 919-541-5624#
(To participate, please plan to join the call at least 10 minutes prior to the start time. The phone line is limited to 125 participants on a first-come first-served basis)

Purpose: To provide information on upcoming activities in EPA's Air Programs and foster a dialog with communities on their air quality issues. This call will provide updates on the:

  • National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) Meeting scheduled for July 24-25, 2012
  • Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities
  • New features of the Ultraviolet Index and how it differs from EPA's Air Quality Index
  • Air emissions and associated health impacts as a result of shale gas drilling, fracturing and production
  • EPA's Air Programs and Regulations
  • Federal Implementation Plan and Revisions to Regional Haze
  • Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards (PM NAAQS)
  • Portland Cement-Amendments in Response to Reconsideration
  • Polyvinyl Chloride and Copolymers Production (PVC) NESHA

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

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Exceptional Events Draft release for comment

Over the past year, EPA staff have developed draft guidance documents to clarify key provisions of the 2007 Exceptional Events Rule (EER) and to respond to questions and issues that have arisen since the rule was promulgated. EPA released previous versions of these documents to state, local, and tribal agencies and to other parties as requested in May of 2011. Numerous commenters provided feedback. The EPA has incorporated commenters' feedback into the revised draft guidance documents, which we are now making broadly available for a 60-day public notice and comment through a Notice of Availability (NOA) in the Federal Register (FR). The draft guidance will be available in the docket for this action (EPA-HQ-OAR-2011-0887) when the NOA publishes, but EPA is also making these documents available for download on EPA's Exceptional Events website at http://www.epa.gov/ttn/analysis/exevents.htm. We anticipate the draft guidance documents and the pre-publication NOA will be available at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, June 27. The draft guidance documents include the following:

  • Draft Guidance to Implement Requirements for the Treatment of Air Quality Monitoring Data Influenced by Exceptional Events (EER Draft Guidance Overview Doc_final.pdf)
  • Attachment 1 - Draft Exceptional Events Rule Frequently Asked Questions (EER Q&A Doc_final.pdf)
  • Attachment 2 - 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_final.pdf)
  • Attachment 3 - Request for Comments on the Draft Guidance Documents on the Implementation of the Exceptional Events Rule (Request_for_Comments_final.pdf)

In addition, EPA prepared a response to comments document detailing the preliminary comment and response process. This document entitled, “Responses to Significant First-Round Comments on the Draft Guidance Documents on the Implementation of the Exceptional Events Rule” (Response to Comments on EE Draft Guidance_final.pdf) is also available in the docket and on the website.

EPA provides these documents, along with examples of approved demonstrations and links to publicly available support information and tools, 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 feedback received during the public comment period 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 expects to formalize the concepts in the revised draft guidance documents by issuing final guidance, EPA has not excluded the possibility of issuing rule revisions. The EPA intends to follow the draft guidance during the public comment period and document finalization process, because we believe it is consistent with the Exceptional Events Rule and the guidance already provided in the preamble to the rule.

EPA intends to hold a conference call to provide interested stakeholders with an overview of the Exceptional Events draft guidance. Additional details on this call are available on EPA's Exceptional Events website. We are taking comments for 60 days.

For guidance related questions, please contact Beth Palma at (919) 541-5432 or palma.elizabeth@epa.gov.

 


06/21/2012

 

Tribal Energy and Environmental Information Clearinghouse

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the availability of funding through the Rural Business Opportunity Grant Program (RBOG) and Rural Cooperative Development Grants (RCDG). These opportunities may be able to be used to support energy-related initiatives. Applications for both opportunities are due August 6, 2012.

For more information, visit the TEEIC Web site at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

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Smart Growth Network Calls for Submissions in National Conversation on the Future of Our Communities

Join the Smart Growth Network (SGN) in the first national conversation about how neighborhoods and regions could be planned, designed, or developed to meet the needs of current and future generations. Your ideas will help the members of SGN form strategies to help communities grow in ways that strengthen the economy, protect the environment, and improve the quality of life. Here�s how to participate:

Submit a short paper by June 30 about a community planning, design, or development issue you believe communities will be facing in the next 15 years. Visit the National Conversation website for details. Deadline: June 30, 2012.

Submit blog posts, videos, and photos describing your image of the ideal community, which will launch in late summer 2012. Submission details will be available by July 9 at the National Conversation website.

What will happen to your contribution? Select submissions will be posted on the National Conversation website and shared among smart growth organizations. Submissions may also be featured at the National Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, Feb. 7-9, 2013.

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06/20/2012

Tribal Energy and Environmental Information Clearinghouse

Conferences on Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Residences

The U.S. Department of Energy is hosting two conferences in the coming weeks to highlight the successes achieved by state and local communities to improve the energy efficiency of public, commercial, and residential buildings. Registration is free for both conferences. The conference titles, dates, and locations are provided below.

- Better Buildings Summit for State and Local Communities (June 26-27 in Denver, CO)

- Residential Energy Efficiency Solutions: From Innovation to Market Transformation (July 9-11 in Arlington, VA)

For more information about the conferences and to register, visit the TEEIC Web site.

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Wastewater Treatment Course Taught by EPA / USDOJ Expert Witnesses

Refinery Water Engineering & Associates, Inc. is retained by the U.S. Dept. of Justice as Expert Technical Witnesses for Oil Refinery & Petrochemical plant wastewater compliance enforcement actions.


Petrochemical plant and Oil Refinery wastewater treatment is clearly the most difficult to manage versus any other industry types, based on the frequent variation of feed characteristics and the range of difficult contaminants to remove. Published educational materials are mainly based on Municipal Sewage systems, which do not provide an adequate foundation for process control in petrochemical and refinery wastewater. The subject educational course is the only available training we know of anywhere, which is designed specifically for petrochemical and refinery treatment process and compliance control.
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With 5 weeks left for registration to the only environmental training course of its kind, Exxon and Chevron are tied for the most people registered. RWE congratulates these 2 companies for their obvious statement of commitment to furthering their expertise in the area of environmental compliance.

Refinery Wastewater Associates (RWA) is pleased to announce the offering of the next
Oil Refining & Petrochemical Specific Wastewater Treatment Training Course. This course contains a blended content such that plant operators, engineers, lab personnel, and regulatory specialists can all benefit from participation. The layout and delivery of this course has been designed to accommodate part time participation by attendees whose interests may only be related to specific segments of the curriculum. The entire course covers 40 hours of training over 5 days, and each participant can earn CEU\PDH credits at a rate of 1 credit per 8 hours of attendance.

This is the only course of its kind available anywhere, in that it provides:
1. Class room and field training specific to petrochemical industry wastewater processes and characteristics.
2. Certification in the form of a graduation diploma with CEU\PDH credits.
3. Instruction by a committee of industry experts with a cumulative direct experience totaling more than 290 years, several of whom are world renowned (BIOs available at: http://refinerywater.net/files/BIO_Slides.ppt), including:

  1. Dr. Davis Ford: Professor at U of Texas, 45 years.
  2. Dr. David Jenkins: Professor at U of California-Berkeley, 45 years.
  3. Mr. David Kujawski: 33 years of Operations, Process & Environmental Engineering experience in 47 oil refinery wastewater plants.
  4. Dr. Jerry Lin: Professor at Lamar University & w/industry experience, 23 years.
  5. Dr. Bill Batchelor: Professor at Texas A&M, 36 years.
  6. Dr. Mike Stenstrom: Professor at UCLA, 35 years.
  7. Dr. Lial Tischler: 37 years experience in all environmental disciplines, consulting to most major petrochemical plants in Texas and Louisiana during his career.

4. Course Notes & Training Manual specific to this training program.
5. An excellent forum within which students can benefit from sharing with each other their valuable operating experiences.
6. A statement to various regulatory agencies that the companies participating are interactively increasing their knowledge base in their mission of environmental compliance.

The dates for this upcoming session are Aug. 13 through Aug. 17, 9am to 5pm. The host and location of this RWA event is LamarUniversity, Beaumont, TX.

Since we expect a good turnout of refinery & petrochemical plant personnel, this event will also be an excellent forum for related suppliers to network with plant people in an interactive problem solving environment.

The price options for this session is as follows:
$2000 per person for the entire course.
$750 per person per day.

Below is a copy of the Course Syllabus:

1. Day One:

  1. Biological Removal of Organics.
  2. Biological Removal of Ammonia.
    1. Heterotrophic Uptake.
    2. Nitrification.
  3. Principles of Liquid - Solids Separation.
  4. Principles of Mechanical Oil Removal.

2. Day Two:

  1. MCRT Process Control Strategy.
  2. 13 Routine Process Control Analytical Tests.
  3. Oxygen Uptake Rate Test Interpretations.
  4. Microscopic Evaluations.
  5. Nitrogen Balance Calculations.
  6. Process Control Variable Adjustment Procedures.

3. Day Three:

  1. Nearby Wastewater Plant Field Operations Trip.
    1. Standard Observational Monitoring.
    2. Unique Process Control Considerations.
  2. Upstream Source Control.
    1. Early Warning Strategies.
    2. Diversionary Strategies.

4. Day Four:

  1. Pretreatment & Polishing.
    1. Oil Skimmers & API Separator Operations.
    2. Dissolved Air Flotation Operations.
    3. Filter Operations.
  2. Lab Field Trip \ Hands-On Training.
    1. Analytical Testing Methods.
    2. Microscopic Techniques.

5. Day Five:

  1. Regulatory Compliance Concerns.
    1. NPDES permits.
    2. RCRA permits.
    3. Clean Air Act related to Wastewater.
      • Control of Wastewater Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC).

2. Special Consideration Contaminants (Amine, Selenium, Mercury, Sulfate, Chloride, TDS).
3. Problem Solving \ Practical Examples \ Troubleshooting Quiz.

Below is a LINK to a video excerpt from the course we did at OklahomaStateUniversity in 2011: http://ra.okstate.edu/STW_CEAT/ECKENFELDER/David Kujawski.wmv
Please feel free to contact us for more information as outlined below. Thank you for this opportunity to be of service.

Best regards,
David Kujawski
Vice-President
Refinery Wastewater Associates (RWA)
Refinery Wastewater Operations (RWO)
Refinery Water Engineering & Associates, Inc. (RWE)
Specialists in Oil Refinery Global Water Management
dk@refinerywater.info
http://refinerywater.net/
Team BIOs: http://refinerywater.net/files/BIO_Slides.ppt
ELSF Representative for U.S. Universities (Wesley Eckenfelder Foundation)
RWA\RWE\RWO
3312 Hwy. 365, Suite 213
Nederland, Texas 77627
Office: (409) 548-4661
Fax: (509) 691-3258
Cellular: (949) 433-0301

 


06/19/2012

2011 Submission Window Open for QA Submittals!


The submission window for the 2011 inventory is now open for QA submissions only for facility, point, and nonpoint data categories. The Production Environment will open June 1st.

QA and Production windows for the onroad, nonroad, and event data categories will open on July 1st.
Posted by Sally Dombrowski on 2012-05-16 03:29 PM

Additional information about the 2011 submissions are also available on the Chief website (http://www.epa.gov/ttn/chief/net/2011inventory.html).

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QA Keys for Tribal Grantees:
Tuesday, June 26th 10 a.m. PST

This 90 minute webinar is designed for tribes who are now, or will soon be, gathering air monitoring data under a grant from the US EPA. The webinar will cover:

  • Terminology of QA/QC
  • QAPPs and EPA's Graded Approach
  • QC measurements required for gaseous and PM analyzers (in brief, with references covering specifics)
  • The 4 types of audits, including those that are required for comparing data to the NAAQS
  • PQAOs
  • Data validation requirements

The webinar will not go into detail due to time constraints, but handouts and references will be provided.
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/join/272651592

Dial +1 (646) 982-0000
Access Code: 272-651-592
Meeting ID: 272-651-592

QA Keyes for Tribal Grantees.pdf


Melinda Ronca-Battista, Health Physicist, CQA
NAU ITEP, TAMS Website: http://www4.nau.edu/tams/index.asp
16206 South 26th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85048
480-759-1544 cell 602 616 2218
Email: melinda.ronca-battista@nau.edu

See our movies: http://www4.nau.edu/itep/air/aq_wbivw.asp

 


06/15/2012

DOE Tribal Energy Program

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to forward information on a possible funding opportunity through the U.S, Department of Agriculture (USDA). Also, see the Substantially Underserved Trust Areas (SUTA) Final Rule that implements measures that will make it easier for individuals living in Substantially Underserved Trust Areas (SUTA) to obtain USDA funding to improve basic services, including water and sewer systems, broadband and electric infrastructure.

USDA Announces the Availability of Grants through the Rural Business Opportunity Grant Program (RBOG) for Fiscal Year 2012
Public bodies, nonprofit corporations, institutions of higher education, rural cooperatives, and Native American tribes may apply for grants to support projects that will improve economic conditions in rural areas. RBOG is a highly competitive program that emphasizes sustainable economic development in rural communities with exceptional needs. It is estimated that USDA will only be able to accommodate approximately 24 grant requests nationwide, given the funding available.

Application Deadline: Applications must be received by August 6, 2012 at the USDA Rural Development State Office in order to be considered for funding.

Available Funding: Just over $1.2 million is available nationwide for grant requests of $50,000 or less. Applications will be evaluated through a competitive process based on specified program priorities. Another $1.14 million is available for projects benefitting Federally Recognized Native American tribes and communities in rural areas. Grant requests will be evaluated on a competitive basis. There is no grant size restriction on these funds.

Program Priorities and Eligibility: All applications will be evaluated for funding consideration based on program purposes and priorities. Only the highest scoring applications will be funded. Please view the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) in the Federal Register for a complete listing of requirements, priorities and restrictions. Please pay particular attention to the specific scoring criteria laid out in the NOFA. The specific nature of the scoring regime requires applicants to be complete in all responses.

The primary objective of the RBOG program is to improve the economic conditions of rural areas. Assistance provided to rural areas under this program includes:

  • Rural business incubators
  • Technology-based economic development
  • Feasibility studies and business plans
  • Long-term business strategic planning
  • Leadership and entrepreneur training

In addition, interested applicants are advised that:

  • USDA encourages applications that will support regional economic development.
  • Public bodies, nonprofit corporations institutions of higher education, Indian tribes on Federal or State reservations and other Federally Recognized Native American tribes or tribal groups, and rural cooperatives may be eligible to apply.
  • Projects must benefit a rural area; thus, all ultimate recipients of services provided through the project myst either reside in a rural area (if an individual) or be located in a rural area (if a business)
  • Project funds cannot be used for construction, planning a facility, engineering work, or revolving loan funds

More Information and How to Apply:

Click here to view the Notice of Funding Availability published in the Federal Register on June 7, 2012: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-07/pdf/2012-13835.pdf.

Click here to view grant and application information at GRANTS.GOV: Rural Business Opportunity Grants (RBOG)

Click here for assistance and contact info: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/recd_map.html.

Substantially Underserved Trust Areas (SUTA) Final Rule

On June 13, 2012, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the implementation of measures that will make it easier for individuals living in Substantially Underserved Trust Areas (SUTA) to obtain USDA funding to improve basic services, including water and sewer systems, broadband and electric infrastructure.

"These measures are a crucial step for American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders to build modern utility infrastructure, create jobs and improve their quality of life," Vilsack said. "The changes will put resources where they are most needed and will give USDA Rural Development added flexibility that will help tribes located in Trust Areas."

A Substantially Underserved Trust Area is any land that: (1) is held in trust by the United States for Native Americans; (2) is subject to restrictions on alienation imposed by the United States on Indian lands (including Native Hawaiian homelands); (3) is owned by a Regional Corporation or a Village Corporation as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act; or (4) is on any island in the Pacific Ocean if such land is communally-owned land by cultural tradition.

The changes, which apply to the Rural Utilities Service program area (RUS) give the Secretary of Agriculture authority to:

  • Make loans and issue loan guarantees with interest rates as low as 2 percent and with extended repayment terms;
  • Waive certain matching fund or credit support requirements for loans and grants. This will facilitate infrastructure construction, acquisition or improvements;
  • Give highest priority to designated projects on Substantially Underserved Trust Areas.

For more, see the complete News Release and the Final Regulations.

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June 2012 � Approximately $153 Million in Federal Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

This message announces the availability of nearly $153 million in current funding opportunities for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Energy (DOE), Green Building Council (USGBC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Economic Development Agency (EDA) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including public health adaptation, renewable energy, smart growth, and energy efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

In addition, please visit the calendar of 2012 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.

***CDC Building Resilience Against Climate Effects in State, Territorial, and Tribal Health Departments �$2.5 million

Application Due: June 18, 2012
Eligible Entities: State, tribal, and territorial health departments/agencies

The Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework is a five-step process that enables state, territorial, and tribal health departments to combine best available public health and environmental exposure data into an approach designed to improve the development and implementation of a unified climate and health adaptation strategy for their jurisdictions. This award will provide funding for up to twelve jurisdictions to conduct analytic and programmatic activities aimed at reducing the health consequences of climate change and variability by developing public health adaptation strategies.

For more information, visit the CDC grant opportunity synopsis.

*** DOE Clean Cities Program - Implementation Initiatives to Advance Alternative Fuel Markets �$5 million

Application Due: June 18, 2012
Eligible Entities: All types of domestic entities. Teaming arrangements are strongly encouraged; team members of particular interest include state agencies (e.g., state energy offices) and/or local government agencies/organizations/transit agencies. Teams may span more than one municipality, region, or state.

DOE�s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is seeking applications that address and assist in reducing multiple barriers to the adoption and use of alternative fuel vehicles. The Clean Cities program has identified the following four critical areas that provide significant obstacles to alternative fuel vehicle use: 1) Policies, 2) Barrier Reduction, 3) Safety and Training, and 4) Market Development/Outreach. DOE�s Clean Cities program wishes to fund projects that target and remedy these specific obstacles to alternative fuel vehicle adoption and use in local, regional, and/or statewide sectors and niche markets.

For more information, visit the DOE grant opportunity synopsis.

***USGBC 2012 Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program � $250,000

Application Due: August 10, 2012
Eligible Entities: Public agencies or 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations involved in the ownership, development, or financing of the project

The 2012 Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program will award grants and provide educational resources to affordable housing developers and related public agencies that choose to pursue LEED 2009 for Neighborhood Development certification (LEED-ND). LEED-ND promotes integration of the principles of smart growth, urbanism, and green building into a system for neighborhood design. Preference will be given to qualifying projects that meet additional goals, including effort to strengthen the surrounding neighborhoods, commitment to engage stakeholders in the development process, and the provision of green housing for a range of income levels.

A webcast for interested applicants will be held on June 21, 2012 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET. For more information, visit the USGBC grant opportunity synopsis.

***EPA Greening America�s Capitals

Letters of Interest Due: June 29, 2012
Eligible Entities:Any city department, office, or agency in a state capital

The Office of Sustainable Communities in the EPA�s Office of Policy is seeking letters of interest from state capital cities that want to develop in ways that use smart growth and green building. The goal of Greening America�s Capitals is to help state capital cities create a clear, implementable vision of distinctive, environmentally friendly neighborhoods that incorporate innovative green building and green infrastructure systems. EPA will fund a team of designers to visit the city for up to three days to produce schematic designs and illustrations intended to catalyze or complement a larger planning process for the pilot neighborhood. EPA will provide this assistance through an Agency contract vehicle, not a grant.

For more information, visit the EPA request for letters of interest.

*** DOE State Energy Program PY 2012 Formula Grants �$30 million

Application Due: Varies by program year, next due date is July 2, 2012
Eligible Entities: States, territories, and the District of Columbia.

DOE is soliciting annual grant applications under the State Energy Program for Program Year 2012. The program seeks to provide grants to state energy offices in all states and U.S. territories to design and carry out their own energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. States use grants to address their energy priorities and program funding to adopt emerging energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

For more information, visit the DOE grant opportunity synopsis.

***DOE Program Year 2012 Weatherization Formula Grants �$65 million

Application Due: Varies by program year, next due date is August 1, 2012
Eligible Entities: State governments and federally recognized tribes.

The purpose of the Weatherization Assistance Program is to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons, reduce their total residential expenditures, and improve their health and safety. The priority population for the Weatherization Assistance Program is people who are particularly vulnerable, such as the elderly, persons with disabilities, families with children, high residential energy users, and households with high energy burden. In fiscal year 2012, a total of $65 million is available.

For more information, visit the DOE grant opportunity synopsis.

***EDA Economic Development Assistance Programs Federal Funding Opportunity �$50.06 million

Application Due: Varies by program year; next due date is September 14, 2012
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, non-profits, institutions of higher education.

Under the Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP) Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) announcement, EDA will make construction, non-construction, and revolving loan fund investments under the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs. Grants made under these programs will leverage regional assets to support the implementation of regional economic development strategies designed to create jobs, leverage private capital, encourage economic development, and strengthen America�s ability to compete in the global marketplace. Through the EDAP FFO, EDA solicits applications from rural and urban communities to develop initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions. In fiscal year 2012, a total of $50,060,000 is available.

For more information, visit the EDA grant opportunity synopsis.

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 site.

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06/14/20

DOE Tribal Energy Program

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to forward the following information on upcoming tribal energy events, training opportunities, tools & resources, and news.

USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Help Rural Businesses Create Jobs
The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to forward information on possible funding opportunities through the U.S, Department of Agriculture (USDA). Tribally colleges are eligible for the Rural Cooperative Development Grants (RCDG) and Tribes are directly eligible for the Rural Development's Rural Business Opportunity Grant (RBOG) through a Tribal set-aside; however, please verify eligibility directly with USDA.

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2012 � Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is accepting applications for grants to help promote sustainable economic development and job creation in rural communities. "Cooperative enterprises often lead economic growth and job creation in rural areas," Vilsack said. "USDA is offering grants to help organizations start cooperatives, expand existing ones or help develop business opportunities in rural areas." USDA is offering Rural Cooperative Development Grants (RCDG) to non-profit corporations and institutions of higher education. The grants also may be used to conduct feasibility studies, create and implement business plans, and help businesses develop new markets for their products and services.

One-year grants up to $175,000 are available. In most cases, grants may be used to pay for up to 75 percent of the cost of establishing and operating rural cooperative development centers. Recipients are required to match 25 percent of the award amount. The grant period should begin no earlier than October 1, 2012, and no later than January 1, 2013.

Many RCDG recipients have a long history of job creation and economic development. In Great Falls, MT, the Montana Cooperative Development Center has helped 123 entities and guided the formation of 37 cooperatives since its inception in 1999. One of these cooperatives, the Last Chance Caf�, in Sunburst, MT, near the Canadian border, would have closed without help from the development center and its USDA Rural Cooperative Development Grant. This iconic caf� is once again a successful local diner and a gathering spot for the local community.

Through this notice, USDA may award up to $5.8 million in grants. The deadline for RCDG applications is August 6, 2012. For additional information, see the June 7, 2012 Federal Register or contact the USDA Rural Development state office.

In addition, USDA is offering almost $2.37 million in grants through USDA Rural Development's Rural Business Opportunity Grant (RBOG). The program promotes sustainable economic development in rural communities and regions with exceptional needs. For example, in 2011, USDA Rural Development awarded Southwestern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission a $90,000 grant to assist with the development of a local food prospectus for rural areas in the tri-state region of Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois. The Commission will use the grant award with partner agencies in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa to improve the local food opportunities in the tri-state region. The two-year effort will identify agricultural strengths, regional opportunities, and recommend a unified network of processing, storage, and distribution facilities throughout the region.

The RBOG program provides training and technical assistance grants for business development, entrepreneurs, and economic development officials and assists with economic development planning. Funding is available to rural public bodies, nonprofit corporations, Native American tribes and cooperatives with primarily rural members that conduct activities for the mutual benefit of the membership.

Applications for Rural Business Opportunity Grants are due August 6, 2012. Application instructions may be obtained from the June 7, 2012 Federal Register, or by contacting a USDA Rural Development State Office.

Save the Date: Renewable Energy & Efficiency for Tribal Community Development
August 7-9, 2012
Forest County Potawantomi Bingo Casino
1721 West Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
(414)645-6888

The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE�s) Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EERE), is conducting this unique course to help tribal leaders and staff understand the range of energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities that exist within their communities. The course will also cover project development and financing for clean energy projects. Don�t miss the opportunity to learn from other Tribes about their efforts to deploy clean energy technologies on their reservations.

The Forest County Potawatomi Community has graciously offered to host the event at their Forest County Potawatomi Bingo Casino.

Check the Tribal Energy Program website for more details as they become available.

Also, see more on the following events on the Tribal Energy Program events calendar:

  • June 11-15 - PV 203 - Battery-Based Solar Electric Design and Installation; Anchorage, AK
  • June 17-20 - NCAI Mid-Year Conference - Lincoln, NE
  • June 25-29 - ST 101: Solar Hot Water Design and Installation - Anchorage, AK
  • July 9-10 - Energy in the Southwest - Santa Fe, NM
  • July 16-20 - WP 101: Wind Design and Installation - Anchorage, AK
  • July 17-20 - First Stewards Symposium - Washington, DC
  • July 25 - Grid Reliability - Impacts to Tribal Renewable Projects - Online Webinar
  • July 30-31 - Energy Development on Tribal Lands Course - Minneapolis, MN
  • August 21-22 - EUCI's Electric Utility Basics: Generation, Delivery, Operations, Regulation, and Economics - Portland, OR
  • September 26 - DOE Office of Indian Energy's START Program Status Updates - Online Webinar
  • October 21-26 - NCAI 69th Annual Convention - Sacramento, CA<

UPCOMING WEBINARS

DOE's Free Tribal Webinar Series on Energy Self-Sufficiency
Join the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), the DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, and DOE's Tribal Energy Program for a free webinar series to promote tribal energy sufficiency and foster economic development and employment on tribal lands through renewable energy and energy-efficiency technologies.

The webinar series started in August 2011 and will continue through September 2012. A complete list of upcoming tribal webinars is provided below and on the Public Renewables Partnership website, where previous webinar presentations are also available.

Who Should Attend: Tribes interested in responding to utility-offered renewable RFPs and/or interested in learning more about the competitive power market, utility staff, and other stakeholders.

Registration: There is no charge to participate in the webinars. However, you must register to join them. To register, go to www.repartners.org.

Each of the webinars listed below will be presented from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Time.

  • July 25, 2012 � Grid Reliability � Impacts to Tribal Renewable Projects
  • September 26, 2012 � DOE Office of Indian Energy's START Program Status Updates

Visit WAPA's webcast library to see presentations and recordings from past webinars in the tribal series.

EPA�s Funding & Financing Local Government Clean Energy Programs Part III:
Keeping it Going: Financing Options for your Clean Energy Programs

June 13, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Eastern Time
It's one thing to secure initial funding to launch a clean energy program; it's another to implement smart financing mechanisms that can help leverage existing funds and make clean energy investments more affordable for clean energy program audiences (residential, commercial, and municipal sectors). In Part III of this webinar series, learn how to choose and implement financing options that meet local needs. Hear from local governments about successful programs using a variety of financing models. Also learn about new resources from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that can help identify and design financing programs that are specific to a community�s needs: the Financing Program Decision Tool and Clean Energy Financing Programs: A Decision Resource for States and Communities. To register, visit the registration page for Part III.

Financing Energy Efficient Upgrade with ENERGY STAR
June 14, 2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Eastern Time
Sponsored by ENERGY STAR, this webcast will cover how public sector organizations are improving energy efficiency with innovative solutions to financial barriers. Attendees will learn about financing projects in the public and private sectors, the basics of performance contracting, and how EPA�s tools and resources can help you make the decision to improve your facilities now or later. Register at the ENERGY STAR trainings page.

Effective Implementation of Traffic Operations and Management Technical Assistance Grants for Plans, Policies, and Practices for Sustainable Communities
June 26, 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Sponsored by the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), this webcast explores how MPOs are building on existing transportation management and operations programs to meet climate and energy planning needs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and better prepare for emergency response. To register, visit the webcast registration page.

TOOLS AND RESOURCES

U.S. EPA Launches Innovative New Tools to Determine Solar and Wind Energy Potential on Contaminated Lands
EPA and DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed new tools designed to test underutilized sites and contaminated land for solar and wind energy potential. The alternative energy "decision trees" leverage NREL's knowledge of renewable energy technologies and EPA's experience in returning contaminated lands to productive use. Note that the Wind Energy Decision Tree is a useful tool not only for projects on contaminated lands but also for general siting. The tools and a podcast on the solar and wind decision trees are now available on EPA's website.

U.S. Energy Department Releases New Land-Based/Offshore Wind Resource Maps
The Energy Department recently released a new wind resource map compiled by NREL and AWS Truepower that combines land-based with offshore resources.

The new combined map, posted on the department's Wind Program website, provides developers and policymakers a comprehensive picture of the nation's wind resources at 80 m for all 50 states as well as offshore resources up to 50 nautical miles from shore.

A technical wind resource assessment completed by the Wind Program in 2009 estimated that the land-based wind energy potential for the contiguous United States is 10,500 GW capacity at 80 m and 12,000 GW capacity at 100 m heights, assuming a capacity factor of at least 30%. A 2010 report estimates the technical offshore wind energy potential to be 4,150 GW. The estimate was calculated from the total offshore area within 50 nautical miles of shore in areas where average annual wind speeds are at least 7 m per second at a height of 90 m.

NEWS

William Barquin, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, Portland, Ore. Named to U.S. Department of Agriculture�s Planning Rule Advisory Group

June 5, 2012�Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today named the members of an advisory committee charged with providing guidance and recommendations on the implementation of the new U.S. Forest Service Planning Rule.

"Members of this federal advisory committee will give unique perspectives on land management issues under the new planning rule, which provides stronger protections for forests, water, and wildlife while supporting the economic vitality of rural communities," said Vilsack. "The committee's input will be very important as we begin to implement the new rule and address critical management needs on our national forests and grasslands."

Read the full story.

Energy Department Announces New Method to Ensure Cost-Effectiveness of Residential Building Energy Codes
As part of the Obama Administration's commitment to clean, efficient energy solutions that help families save money on their energy bills, the Energy Department recently released a new methodology for evaluating homeowner savings through residential energy codes. These codes are commonly adopted by states and local code enforcement jurisdictions across the nation to make homes more efficient and cheaper to power. DOE's new approach is based on a life-cycle analysis that balances initial costs with the longer-term savings these codes make possible. By demonstrating savings available to homeowners, this methodology will aid the adoption of cost-effective, energy-saving codes for residential buildings, and help families save money over the lifetime of their home.

Read the full story

EPA Announces Brownfield Grants to Tribes
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced grants to the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and Standing Rock Sioux Tribes. The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa will receive a $200,000 Brownfields grant to clean up an abandoned Tribal Administration Building on Highway 5 West near Belcourt, North Dakota. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will receive a $200,000 Brownfields grant to clean up the Smee School Teacher�s quarters located at 101 Main Street in the Wakapala community. The site is contaminated with heavy metals and inorganic materials.

These awards are part of $69.3 million in EPA Brownfields grants provided to 245 communities across the nation to clean and redevelop contaminated properties, protect public health, and create jobs.

"Restored Brownfield properties can serve as cornerstones for rebuilding struggling communities. These grants will be the first step in getting pollution out and putting jobs back into neighborhoods across the country,� said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. �Clean, healthy communities are places where people want to live, work, and start businesses. We're providing targeted resources to help local partners transform blighted, contaminated areas into centers of economic growth."

The 245 grantees include tribes and communities in 39 states across the country, funded by EPA�s Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup (ARC) grants, and Revolving Loan Fund Supplemental grants. The grants awarded will assess and clean up abandoned industrial and commercial properties. Nearly half of the grantees this year are new awardees who demonstrate a high level of commitment for undertaking specific projects and leveraging the funding to move those projects forward.

Approximately 29 percent of the grants are being awarded to non-urban areas with populations of 100,000 or less, 16 percent are being awarded to �micro� communities with populations of 10,000 or less, and the remaining grants are being awarded to urban areas with populations exceeding 100,000.

There are an estimated 450,000 abandoned and contaminated waste sites in America. In 2011, EPA�s brownfields program leveraged 6,447 jobs and $2.14 billion in cleanup and redevelopment funds. Since its inception EPA�s brownfields investments have leveraged more than $18.3 billion in cleanup and redevelopment funding from a variety of public and private sources and have resulted in approximately 75,500 jobs. More than 18,000 properties have been assessed, and over 700 properties have been cleaned up. Brownfields grants also target under-served and low income neighborhoods � places where environmental cleanups and new jobs are most needed.

See list of all awarded brownfields grants by state: http://cfpub.epa.gov/bf_factsheets/

More information on EPA�s brownfields program: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/

More information on brownfields success stories: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/success/index.htm

HUD Awards $56 Million in Grants to Promote Affordable Housing and Economic Development in Native American Communities Grants support critical projects in tribal areas to address housing, community development, and jobs
WASHINGTON � The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded more than $56 million to 76 tribal communities throughout the nation to improve housing conditions, promote community development, and spur local economies with construction projects and jobs. The competitive grants awarded are part of HUD�s Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program that address a wide variety of community development and affordable housing activities for low- to moderate-income families (see project summaries here).

�These grants are a step forward in forging solutions to improve the housing and economic conditions for some of our country�s most culturally rich neighborhoods,� said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. �I�m impressed at the energy and creativity in how these communities are leveraging public funds to create lasting solutions for countless families.�

Read the full story.

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.


06/12/2012

U.S. Department of Energy Offers Conferences for State and Local Communities on Energy Efficiency in Buildings

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is hosting two conferences in the coming weeks to highlight the successes achieved by state and local communities to improve the energy efficiency of public, commercial, and residential buildings.

  ***Better Buildings Summit for State and Local Communities, June 26–27, 2012, Denver, Colorado

The Better Buildings Summit for State and Local Communities will focus on working with public sector professionals to build sustainable programs for public and commercial buildings. Managers of state and local energy programs, as well as managers from school districts and other related public sector offices are invited to join Better Buildings Challenge Partners and fellow public leaders to discuss what is working to reduce energy consumption, create jobs, and save on the operating costs of commercial buildings. The event will feature interactive sessions on topics such as portfolio-wide energy management, successful public-private collaborations, policy development, available technical assistance, financing options, and much more.

Registration for the event is free. DOE may have the ability to provide financial assistance for the cost of traveling to the Summit on a limited basis. A limited number of reimbursements for travel expenses may be available on a case-by-case basis for those state and local jurisdictions wishing to attend the Summit that do not have an existing grant agreement with DOE. Requests for travel cost reimbursements must be made by June 8 via email to Julia Downing.

For more information about the summit, visit the summit website or contact Lauren Hall (202-287-1870).

  ***Residential Energy Efficiency Solutions: From Innovation to Market Transformation, July 9–11, 2012, Arlington, Virginia

This conference aims to engage administrators and implementers of residential energy efficiency programs, including state and local governments and Better Buildings Neighborhood Program grant recipients. The objective of the conference is to:

  • Showcase innovations, highlight accomplishments, and spark connections across residential energy efficiency programs.
  • Capture and share diverse program implementation solutions, strategies, and techniques.
  • Highlight effective approaches to residential energy efficiency market transformation.

The event will feature sessions on successful program innovations, lessons, and approaches on topics including driving demand for energy upgrades, financing options, engaging partners, sustainable business models, and other strategies for success.
Registration for the event is free. For additional information, visit the Better Buildings Neighborhood Program Website, or contact the conference organizers.

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June 2012: Upcoming Climate and Energy Webcasts for State and Local Governments

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

Register for Tomorrow’s EPA Webcast: Financing Options for Local Clean Energy Programs
Tune in tomorrow afternoon (June 13, 2012, from 2:00-3:30 PM EDT) for the conclusion to EPA's three-part series on local clean energy program funding and financing:

Part III: Keeping it Going: Financing Options for Local Clean Energy Programs
It's one thing to secure initial funding to launch a clean energy program; it's another to implement smart financing mechanisms that can help leverage existing funds and make clean energy investments more affordable for clean energy program audiences (residential, commercial and municipal sectors). In this webcast, learn how to choose and implement financing options that meet your local needs. Hear from local governments about successful programs using a variety of financing models. Also learn about new resources from EPA that can help identify and design financing programs that are specific to a community’s needs: the Financing Program Decision Tool, and Clean Energy Financing Programs: A Decision Resource for State and Communities.

Sign up for this webcast at the registration page.

Missed Parts I (“Getting Started”) & II (“Getting it Funded”)? You can listen to recordings, access transcripts and presentations, and read Q&As on EPA’s local webcasts page.

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ENERGY STAR Webcasts
June 14, 2:00-3:15 (EDT) – Financing Energy Efficient Upgrade with ENERGY STAR

AMPO (Association of Metropolitan Planning Organization) Webcasts
June 26, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT) – Effective Implementation of Traffic Operations and Management

 

***EPA Webcasts
June 13, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT) – Part III: Keeping it Going: Financing Options for your Clean Energy Programs
It's one thing to secure initial funding to launch a clean energy program; it's another to implement smart financing mechanisms that can help leverage existing funds and make clean energy investments more affordable for clean energy program audiences (residential, commercial and municipal sectors). In this webcast, learn how to choose and implement financing options that meet local needs. Hear from Sacramento as they discuss how they financed multiple solar arrays with a low cost power purchase agreement. They’ll present negotiation tips, lessons learned, and how they were able to wrap the city’s administration costs into the agreement. Little Rock, AR will be presenting their 3rd party lending model using a local credit union. Learn how they approached the credit union and won their support. They’ll also discuss how they successfully marketed the program through local employers. Finally, learn about new resources from EPA that can help identify and design financing programs that are specific to a community's needs.
To register, visit the webcast registration page.

***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 the ENERGY STAR trainings calendar.

June 14, 2:00-3:15 (EDT) – Financing Energy Efficient Upgrade with ENERGY STAR
Sponsored by ENERGY STAR, this webcast will cover how public sector organizations are improving energy efficiency with innovative solutions to financial barriers. Attendees will learn about financing projects in the public and private sectors, the basics of performance contracting, and how EPA’s tools and resources can help you make the decision to improve your facilities now or later.
Register at the ENERGY STAR trainings page.

*** AMPO (Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations) Webcasts
June 26, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT) – Effective Implementation of Traffic Operations and Management
Sponsored by the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations, this webcast explores how MPOs are building on existing transportation management and operations programs to meet climate and energy planning needs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and better prepare for emergency response.

To register, visit the webcast registration page.

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

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

 

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The tribal layer of EPA's Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule Data Tool is now live! We estimate that there are 29 facilities in Indian country that reported greenhouse gas emissions to EPA for 2010. Please explore the tool and all the interactive data features and let me know if you have any questions or comments regarding the tribal data layer. Thanks!

http://ghgdata.epa.gov/

To access the tribal layer, click on the "Tribal Land" button in the far right-hand lower corner of the map.

For more information on the GHG Reporting Rule, please visit: http://epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/ghgrulemaking.html

Erika Wilson
Office of Air and Radiation - Clean Air Markets Division
Washington, DC
Phone: 202-343-9113
www.twitter.com/EPAairmarkets
www.facebook.com/EPAairmarkets

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U.S. EPA Launches First Waste to Biogas Mapping Tool
Promotes Using Organic Waste for Generating Energy

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Pacific Southwest Region has launched an online “waste to biogas mapping tool” to support the use of organic waste for energy projects.

“This innovative mapping tool, the first of its kind in the nation, helps restaurants, hotels and other food waste generators to connect with large energy producers,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “Harvesting this energy prevents waste from ending up in landfills or clogging sewer lines.”

The tool is an interactive map created to link food and other biodegradable waste sources with facilities such as wastewater treatment plants that can enhance energy production with their existing infrastructure. Wastewater treatment plants and some dairies manage waste with anaerobic digesters, which produce methane-rich biogas as a natural byproduct.

By adding food scraps or fats, oils, and grease to an anaerobic digester, facilities can increase biogas production to make money while providing a renewable energy source, reducing greenhouse gas emissions. These business and environmental opportunities may present a largely unrealized potential.

The tool is designed for decision-makers with technical expertise in the fields of waste management, wastewater treatment, and renewable energy. This includes businesses, state and local governments, and non-profits. The tool allows users to determine the types of facilities in their area, where clusters are located, and the distance between a waste producer and an anaerobic digester. The tool also functions in reverse – allowing generators of organic waste to find partner facilities that will accept it.

Features include:

  • Fats, oils, and grease (FOG) hauler information for California, Arizona and Nevada
  • California landfill information
  • On-site energy generation for California dairies with digesters (in kilowatt hours per year)
  • Energy estimates for wastewater treatment facilities, with and without co-digesting FOG (in kilowatt hours per year for California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii).
  • A “correct record” option that allows facilities to change information presented on the map.

A study performed by the Northern California Power Agency in 2008 determined that agricultural, wastewater, and food processing wastes could be digested to obtain 453 megawatts of energy – enough to run a utility-scale power plant while also preventing 3.7 million dry tons of organic material from ending up in a landfill. This use of biogas to displace natural gas would have a climate change abatement potential equal to taking approximately 160,000 cars off the road.

A prime example is in Millbrae, Calif. Grease is collected by a licensed material hauler, transported to the wastewater treatment facility in 3,000 to 5,000 gallon tanker trucks, and added to a FOG-condition system, where it is converted into biogas used to meet 80 percent of the facility’s needs. Millbrae has increased biogas production by nearly 100 percent, reducing their utility energy bill by 75 to 80 percent, preventing some 589 tons of green house gas from being emitted into the atmosphere annually, and reducing annual dewatered bio-solids hauling by 35 percent.

Wastewater treatment plants in the region's four Pacific Southwest states are co-digesting more than FOG. Organic materials – including food waste, yard trimmings, soiled paper, and green waste – comprise two-thirds of the solid waste stream. According to the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), food waste has up to three times as much energy production potential as biosolids. An EBMUD demonstration project indicated that 100 tons of food waste digested per day produces enough energy to power up to 1,400 homes.

Financial assistance provided by federal, state, and private sources can make on-site generation affordable and practical. The federal government provides grants, loans, and rebates. State agencies also provide grants, loans, rebates, renewable credits, and stand-by rates for energy generation. Local utility districts provide private sources of funding as do private third-party leasing arrangements and pooled bond financing.

The mapping tool is found at: www.epa.gov/region9/biogas

More information about co-digestion and funding sources is found at: www.epa.gov/region09/waterinfrastructure/funding.html

Media Contact: Michael Ardito, 415-972-3081

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Tribal Energy and Environmental Information Clearinghouse

Energy in the Southwest Conference (July 9-10, 2012)

Law Seminars International is organizing the Ninth Annual Comprehensive Conference on Energy in the Southwest, which will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on July 9 and 10, 2012.

This conference will provide a comprehensive look at recent trends and developments in energy policy in the Southwest. The challenges facing each major fuel source in the region's diverse energy portfolio will be discussed and coupled with expert analysis of financial and regulatory trends at the federal and state level. Additional topics to be discussed include the impacts of FERC Order 1000, the status of major transmission projects in the region, and pending legal challenges to pertinent environmental regulations. Meet and hear from state commissioners, federal regulators, leading energy lawyers, and other experts, and participate in the ongoing dialogue that will shape the future of the electric industry in the Southwest.

For more information, visit the TEEIC Web site at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

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New Energy Resource Library for Tribes

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy recently released a resource library that provides links to helpful resources for Tribes on energy project development and financing in Indian Country. The library includes links to more than 85 topically relevant publications, websites, videos, and more produced by the Office of Indian Energy and external organizations. The resources are specifically focused on energy topics that help promote Indian tribal energy development, efficiency, and use.

For more information, visit the TEEIC Web site at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

 

 


06/05/2012

 

Tribal Strategy and Plan for EPA's Office of Radiation & Indoor Air

A draft "straw" plan was made available May 21, 2012 at the National Tribal Forum (NTF) on Air Quality in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The priorities and recommendations in the "straw" plan were developed with the help of tribes with significant experience dealing with IAQ or specific radiation concerns. EPA invites all Tribes to review the straw plan and provide comments on the priorities, recommendations, and specific suggestions on actions EPA can take to improve the plan.

The purpose of the Plan is to:

  • Optimize EPA's radiation and indoor air programs' limited resources;
  • Increase collaboration across EPA and its Regional Offices; and,
  • Increase responsiveness to tribes.

You can access the "Straw" ORIA Tribal Strategy & Plan from the EPA Tribal IAQ Website:
http://www.epa.gov/iaqtribal/

All comments will be considered prior to developing a final plan in September 2012.
For additional information please contact: Jed Harrison, ORIA Tribal Advisor (702) 784 8218.

 


05/31/2012

 

Webinar Announcement

TOPIC: Challenges in Modeling Compliance for New NAAQS: 1-hour NO2 & SO2 and PM 2.5

DATE: Wednesday, June 13, 2012

TIME: (EDT) 2:00 - 4:00 PM; (CMT) 1:00 � 3:00 PM; (MST) 12:00 PM � 2:00 PM (PT) 11:00 AM -1:00 PM; (Alaskan) 10:00 AM � 12:00 PM

REGISTRATION: To reserve your webinar seat now, please visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/845210160. In addition, you will need to call: Tel: 1-866-299-3188 Code: 9195410773#

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a webinar for tribal environmental professionals that will provide information on current challenges in demonstrating compliance under NSR/PSD for the new 1-hour NO2 and SO2 NAAQS and PM2.5 NAAQS with details on what guidance that the EPA has provided to assist state, local, and tribal agencies and stakeholders.

A copy of the presentation is attached. If you have any questions about the presentation material, please email them ahead of time to Tyler Fox at fox.tyler@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 the 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 above referenced toll free phone number and enter the access code (also provide when you register). The phone line will be muted during the presentation but open for questions after the presentation is over. If you experience difficulty in connecting to the webinar, please contact Regina Chappell at (919) 541-3650 or chappell.regina@epa.gov.

CAAAC_Modeling Challenges.pdf

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U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Public Affairs
Tribal Energy Program

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

News Media contact: (202) 586-4940
For Immediate Release: Thursday, May 24, 2012

Alaska Native Tribes Receive Technical Assistance for Local Clean Energy Projects
Energy Department and Denali Commission Announce
Partnership to Strengthen Tribal Energy in Alaska

WASHINGTON, D.C. � As part of the Obama Administration�s commitments to reduce America�s reliance on imported oil and protect our nation�s air and water, the U.S. Energy Department and the Denali Commission announced today that five Alaska Native Tribes have been selected to receive technical assistance to accelerate clean energy project development and advance energy self-sufficiency and job creation in these communities. The Energy Department and the Denali Commission also announced a partnership to pursue collaborative clean energy projects in rural Alaska.

�We are excited to join with the Denali Commission to leverage our shared technical resources and expertise and help Alaska Native communities across the state improve their energy security and build a sustainable energy future,� said Tracey LeBeau, director of the Department�s Office of Indian Energy. �The technical assistance awards for clean energy tribal projects announced today will help strengthen the economic competitiveness of Alaska Native tribes, creating jobs and reducing dependence on foreign oil.�

Through the Energy Department�s Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program, the five Alaska Native communities selected today for technical assistance will conduct community-based planning and training and implement a variety of clean energy projects, including energy storage infrastructure, renewable energy deployment and housing energy efficiency.

�The announced partnership between the Commission and DOE is just one part of the story. The five selected communities all asked to participate in the START Program. Community improvements�from energy to housing, health care, education, or any other community need�must first come from an engaged community seeking local solutions to local problems,� said Joel Neimeyer, federal co-chair of the Denali Commission. �The staff of the Commission looks forward to working with the five communities and DOE on the START Program.�

In support of the Alaska START Program, the Energy Department and the Denali Commission also announced today a joint partnership, leveraging the best practices, tools and expertise of each organization to promote economic growth in the area. Respectful of the unique energy challenges facing Alaskan communities, the START Program provides a comprehensive approach to reducing the cost and price of energy, while increasing clean energy deployment and financing opportunities for tribal communities and local utilities.

Through START, Energy Department and National Laboratory experts will work directly with community-based teams to evaluate project financial and technical feasibility, provide ongoing training to community members and help implement initiatives that save money by saving energy.

The following communities were selected to receive Alaska START technical assistance over the next six months:

  • Arctic Village Council will receive assistance to help improve diesel powerhouse operations; reinstate Power Cost Equalization (PCE), a longstanding State of Alaska electrical subsidy program for low-households; install pre-pay meters for residential buildings; repair existing photovoltaic (PV) systems; and explore feasibility of community-scale solar energy generation.
  • Native Village of Kwinhagak/Quinhagak will receive assistance to help develop a community energy plan, increase residential energy efficiency, implement a heat recovery project for the community sewer and water facility, improve energy efficiency in new residential housing, produce a wind-to-heat analysis, and prepare for additional funding opportunities.
  • Native Village of Teller will receive assistance to help address the community�s long-term bulk fuel storage capacity needs; identify opportunities to increase residential energy efficiency, including education and training; implement retrofits and repairs for public facilities, and prepare for additional funding opportunities.
  • Organized Village of Kake will receive assistance to help develop a community energy plan, relocate a wind met-tower closer to the village, conduct biomass and hydro-generation feasibility studies, install a PV system, identify bulk diesel improvements, and initiate residential energy efficiency activities.
  • Venetie Village Council will receive assistance to help develop a community energy plan, repair public utility generation infrastructure, reinstate PCE, develop a utility rate structure, and conduct a community-scale PV program as well as a biomass feasibility study and project design review.

The Energy Department�s Office of Indian Energy directs, fosters, coordinates and implements energy planning, education, management and programs that assist Tribes with energy development capacity building, energy infrastructure, energy costs and electrification of Indian lands and homes.

The Denali Commission is an independent federal agency designed to provide critical utilities, infrastructure and economic support throughout Alaska. With the creation of the Denali Commission in 1998, Congress acknowledged the need for increased inter-agency cooperation and focus on Alaska�s remote communities.

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To learn more about the DOE Office of Indian Energy�s work to accelerate energy development on tribal lands in support of the Obama Administration�s �all-of-the-above� energy strategy, read an interview with Tracey A. LeBeau published in the Minot Daily News about the oil boom on the Fort Berthold Reservation and her position as director of the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs.

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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Tribal Energy and Environmental Information Clearinghouse

Renewable Energy Training Courses in Anchorage, Alaska

The Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council (YRITWC) is organizing several renewable energy training opportunities in summer 2012 that will be held in Anchorage, Alaska. These training courses are being offered by Solar Energy International. The courses available are listed below:

ST 101: Solar Hot Water Design and Installation � June 25-29, 2012
WP 101: Wind Design and Installation � July 16-20, 2012
Hooper Bay AK Wind Turbine Installation � August 2012 (exact dates TBD)

For more information, visit the TEEIC Web site at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

About the TEEIC
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The TEEIC Web site (http://teeic.anl.gov) provides
information about the environmental effects of energy
development on tribal lands.

The site includes information about energy resource
development and associated environmental impacts and
mitigation measures; guidance for conducting site-specific
environmental assessments and developing monitoring
programs; information about applicable federal laws and
regulations; and federal and tribal points of contact.

The U.S. Department of the Interior is funding the
development of the TEEIC through the Assistant Secretary of
Indian Affairs' Office of Indian Energy and Economic
Development.

For More Information
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If you have questions or need more information, visit
the TEEIC Web site (http://teeic.anl.gov) or contact the
TEEIC Webmaster at teeicwebmaster@anl.gov

Please forward this message to any party you feel may
be interested in the TEEIC or tribal energy development.


05/22/2012

Office of Air Quality Planning & Standards

Tribal Training Support for the Community and Tribal Air Quality Programs 
RFA# EPA-OAR-OAQPS-12-06
Closing Date: July 2, 2012
SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits applications from eligible entities to provide tribal training and technical support to tribal governments seeking to investigate, develop, and establish air quality management programs for lands under their jurisdiction. See the Competitive Grants and Funding website at http://www.epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html.

 


05/17/2012

Renewable Energy Training Courses in Anchorage, Alaska

On behalf of Solar Energy International and the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council (YRITWC), the Tribal Energy Program is pleased to forward the following information on renewable energy training courses being held in Alaska this summer. Contact YRITWC for information on travel scholarships. 

Learn New Skills, Attract New Clients, Build Your Resume
Solar Energy International, a premier energy trainer in the lower 48, is coming to Alaska and will be offering five training courses in Anchorage this summer:

PV 101: Grid-Tie Solar Electric Design and Installation - June 4-8
PV 203: Battery-Based Solar Electric Design and Installation - June 11-15
ST 101: Solar Hot Water Design and Installation - June 25-29
WP 101: Wind Design and Installation - July 16-20
Hooper Bay AK Wind Turbine Installation - August (TBD)

Course participants will receive a nationally recognized certificate of completion and 40 credit hours toward the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certification.

These courses (a $1,080 value each) are being offered free of charge for Alaska residents through an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant administered by the Alaska Department of Labor. Travel scholarships are available; contact YRITWC for more information.

Space is limited; register today! (application attached)

For additional details, please see the attached flyer or contact YRITWC.

*This is an Equal Opportunity training program; auxiliary aids and services are available upon request for individuals with disabilities.

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.


05/15/2012

Approximately $180 Million in Federal Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments
This message announces the availability of nearly $180 million in current funding opportunities for state, local, and tribal governments from the Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Economic Development Agency (EDA), and Department of Energy (DOE) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including energy efficiency and renewable energy. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

In addition, please visit the calendar of 2012 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.

USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program – $10 million
Application Due: May 21, 2012
Eligible Entities: Local and tribal governments, agricultural cooperatives, producer networks, producer associations, non-profit corporations, public benefit corporations, economic development corporations, and regional farmers’ market authorities.

The Farmers Market Promotion Program offers grants to help improve and expand domestic farmers’ markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agri-tourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. Among other benefits, locally sourced food reduces emissions associated with transport.

For more information, visit the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program page.

 

EPA National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program FY 2012 – $20 million
Application Due: June 4, 2012
Eligible Entities: Regional, state, local, or tribal agencies (or intertribal consortia), or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality, and non-profit organizations or institutions.

EPA's National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas. Eligible diesel emission reduction solutions include verified emission control technologies such as retrofit devices, cleaner fuels, and engine upgrades, and/or vehicle or equipment replacement.

For more information, visit the EPA grant opportunity synopsis.

EDA Economic Development Assistance Programs Federal Funding Opportunity – $50.06 million
Application Due: Varies by program year; next due date is June 8, 2012
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, non-profits, institutions of higher education.

Under the Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP) Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) announcement, EDA will make construction, non-construction, and revolving loan fund investments under the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs. Grants made under these programs will leverage regional assets to support the implementation of regional economic development strategies designed to create jobs, leverage private capital, encourage economic development, and strengthen America’s ability to compete in the global marketplace. Through the EDAP FFO, EDA solicits applications from rural and urban communities to develop initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions. In fiscal year 2012, a total of $50,060,000 is available.

For more information, visit the EDA grant opportunity synopsis.

DOE Clean Cities Program - Implementation Initiatives to Advance Alternative Fuel Markets – $5 million
Application Due: June 18, 2012
Eligible Entities: All types of domestic entities. Teaming arrangements are strongly encouraged; team members of particular interest include state agencies (e.g., state energy offices) and/or local government agencies/organizations/transit agencies. Teams may span more than one municipality, region, or state.

DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is seeking applications that address and assist in reducing multiple barriers to the adoption and use of alternative fuel vehicles. The Clean Cities program has identified the following four critical areas that provide significant obstacles to alternative fuel vehicle use: 1) Policies, 2) Barrier Reduction, 3) Safety and Training, and 4) Market Development/Outreach. DOE’s Clean Cities program wishes to fund projects that target and remedy these specific obstacles to alternative fuel vehicle adoption and use in local, regional, and/or statewide sectors and niche markets.

For more information, visit the DOE grant opportunity synopsis.

DOE State Energy Program PY 2012 Formula Grants – $30 million
Application Due: Varies by program year, next due date is July 2, 2012
Eligible Entities: States, territories, and the District of Columbia.

DOE is soliciting annual grant applications under the State Energy Program for Program Year 2012. The program seeks to provide grants to state energy offices in all states and U.S. territories to design and carry out their own energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. States use grants to address their energy priorities and program funding to adopt emerging energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

For more information, visit the DOE grant opportunity synopsis.

DOE Program Year 2012 Weatherization Formula Grants – $65 million
Application Due: Varies by program year, next due date is August 1, 2012
Eligible Entities: State governments and federally recognized tribes.

The purpose of the Weatherization Assistance Program is to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons, reduce their total residential expenditures, and improve their health and safety. The priority population for the Weatherization Assistance Program is people who are particularly vulnerable, such as the elderly, persons with disabilities, families with children, high residential energy users, and households with high energy burden. In fiscal year 2012, a total of $65 million is available.

For more information, visit the DOE grant opportunity synopsis.

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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 site.

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

 


05/15/2012

Tribal Energy and Environmental Information Clearinghouse

Tools to Determine Solar and Wind Energy Potential on Contaminated Lands

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed and launched two new tools designed to test underutilized sites and contaminated land for solar and wind energy potential. State and local governments, site owners, and community members can use the tools to help identify the most desirable sites for solar or wind installations from both a logistical and economic standpoint, without the need for technical expertise.

The EPA will host a webinar to discuss these and related tools on May 22, 2012. For more information and to view the tools visit the TEEIC Web site at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

About the TEEIC
***************

The TEEIC Web site (http://teeic.anl.gov) provides
information about the environmental effects of energy
development on tribal lands.

The site includes information about energy resource
development and associated environmental impacts and
mitigation measures; guidance for conducting site-specific
environmental assessments and developing monitoring
programs; information about applicable federal laws and
regulations; and federal and tribal points of contact.

The U.S. Department of the Interior is funding the
development of the TEEIC through the Assistant Secretary of
Indian Affairs' Office of Indian Energy and Economic
Development.

For More Information
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If you have questions or need more information, visit
the TEEIC Web site (http://teeic.anl.gov) or contact the
TEEIC Webmaster at teeicwebmaster@anl.gov

Please forward this message to any party you feel may
be interested in the TEEIC or tribal energy development


05/11/2012

Plan to Attend These Upcoming Events and Webinars

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to forward the following information on upcoming events and webinars of interest to Tribes. Information courtesy of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) Office of Native American Programs (ONAP), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Upcoming Events:

Tribal Leaders Consultation on HUD's Native Housing Needs Study
HUD will be conducting a series of consultations between HUD officials and tribal leaders on the agency's study, Assessment of Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Housing Needs (Housing Needs Study). During this consultation, tribal leaders will have an opportunity to comment on the scope and design of the pending study.

The Northwest Regional Consultation is scheduled for Thursday, May 24, 2012, between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City, OR. The consultation is scheduled in conjunction with the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians mid-year meeting. Please visit the HUD website to register.

2012 Consultations:
May 10 - Northern Plains, Denver, CO
May 20 - Eastern Woodlands Paragon Casino Resort, Marksville, LA
May 24 - Northwest Chinook Winds Casino Resort, Lincoln City, OR
June 17 - National Lincoln, NE
July 9 - Southern Plains Durant, OK

National Indian Timber Symposium
May 14-17, 2012
Warm Springs, OR
The Intertribal Timber Council and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation of Oregon are proud to present the 36th Annual National Indian Timber Symposium:�Expanding Roots: Cultivating Relationships & Opportunities� at the Kah-Nee-Ta High Desert Resort in Warm Springs, Oregon. Register online.

Turning Up the Heat on Energy Conservation
May 15, 2012
Olympia, WA
This training will proactively address the impact of rising heating costs on both residents and tribal housing programs. Participants will walk away with new tools to decrease energy costs that can be implemented as training curriculum for residents and incorporated into the annual maintenance inventory. Sponsored by HUD, USDA Rural Development, the Washington State Housing Finance Commission, and the Washington Department of Commerce. Register online.

Renewable Energy Projects in Indian Country
May 21-22, 2012
Scottsdale, AZ
At the fifth annual Renewable Energy Projects in Indian Country Conference, tribal leaders and professionals will discuss the significant opportunities for energy development in Indian Country, as well as the barriers that tribes must overcome to bring energy projects to fruition. Discussions will include increasing access to private capital, feasibility studies, and how tribes can create sustainable and environmentally responsible economies for the future generations of Indian Country. Register online.

Energy in the Southwest
July 9-10, 2012
Santa Fe, NM
This Energy in the Southwest conference will provide a comprehensive look at recent trends and developments in energy policy in the Southwest. The challenges facing each major fuel source in the region's diverse energy portfolio will be discussed and coupled with expert analysis of financial and regulatory trends at the federal and state level. Also on the agenda are the impacts of FERC Order 1000, the status of major transmission projects in the region, and pending legal challenges to pertinent environmental regulations. Meet and hear from state commissioners, federal regulators, leading energy lawyers and other experts, and participate in the ongoing dialogue that will shape the future of the electric industry in the Southwest. Register online. For more information, visit the conference Web page.

DOE WEBINARS

Regulatory Considerations for Developing Distributed Generation Projects
May 23, 2012
1:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (MDT)
This webinar will educate National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and American Public Power Association members, tribes, and federal energy managers about a few of the regulatory issues that should be considered in developing business plans for distributed generation projects, addressing issues such as: Does any party qualify as a �public utility� under federal law before or after the transaction? Does any party qualify as a �transmitting utility� under federal law before or after the transaction? Does any party need to register with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) for the first time or for additional functions as a result of the transaction? The webinar is intended to increase awareness of these issues so utilities and end-use customers can address potential problems proactively by developing onsite renewable energy projects with excess generation going to the grid. Register online.

Today's Energy Supply - Yesterday's Grid
May 30, 2012
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (MDT)
Hosted by the DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, DOE's Tribal Energy Program, the EPA, and the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), this Web seminar will include an informative session and discussion on how utilities� generation portfolios are changing, often faster than the grid infrastructure that supports them, and the challenges currently being faced to integrate new generation and demand (load) response technologies into a grid that was designed to operate a different way. Discussions will include transmission studies from the Western Grid Group and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This is the sixth in a series of webinars that will run through September 2012. Register online.

Grid Reliability - Impacts to Tribal Renewable Projects
July 25, 2012
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (MDT)
Hosted by DOE's Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, DOE's Tribal Energy Program, the EPA, and WAPA, this Web seminar will provide an overview of NERC compliance from a power system operations and maintenance perspective, as well as discuss the purpose of a compliance program, who the responsible parties are and their roles, and how tribal renewable projects can be impacted by reliability requirements. This is the seventh in a series of webinars that will continue through September 2012. Register online.

EPA Webcasts

Funding & Financing Local Government Clean Energy Programs, Part I: Getting Started: Answering Big Picture Funding Questions
May 16, 2012

2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (EDT)

Many local governments are investing in clean energy programs to meet their energy, environmental, and economic policy goals. In this post-ARRA world, they're also asking how they should fund these clean energy programs. This introductory webinar, sponsored by EPA�s Local Climate and Energy Program, will cover the big picture questions that local governments should consider. What resources are available? What are the program priorities? How can these programs pay for themselves? What funding is available? This webinar will guide local governments through these and other questions in the context of their own unique circumstances and illustrate the concepts through case studies that explore how local governments have used both conventional and unconventional methods to gain support, line up partners, and design and implement their funding programs. To register, visit the EPA's webinar page.

Innovative Energy Conservation Measures at Wastewater Treatment Facilities
May 17, 2012
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (EDT)

This EPA webinar will discuss innovative energy conservation measures at wastewater treatment facilities. Improving energy efficiency is an ongoing challenge for water sector utilities. While energy costs often represent 25 to 30 percent of a plant's total operation and maintenance costs, they also represent the largest controllable cost of providing water and wastewater services. One key step for wastewater utilities to take to become more energy efficient is to evaluate and adopt innovative measures to conserve energy and move toward energy self-sufficiency.

The first part of this webcast will focus on energy conservation and self-sufficiency. The second part of the webcast will focus on the successful implementation of the various measures and energy recovery at the Sheboygan Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in Wisconsin. To register, visit the EPA's webinar page.

Funding & Financing Local Government Clean Energy Programs, Part II: Getting it Funded: Finding Funding for your Clean Energy Programs
May 30, 2012
2:00 - 3:00 pm (EDT)

Part II of this EPA Local Climate and Energy webinar series explores the holy grail of local government program design: finding sources of funding. This fast-paced presentation will cover seed funding versus sustainable funding, funding that can be used up versus what must be repaid, sources of revenue, and more. Local government case studies will demonstrate how to identify and understand the sources of funding, including grants, energy savings, partnering with the private sector, fees and taxes, leasing agreements, and bonds. To register, visit the EPA's webinar page.

Funding & Financing Local Government Clean Energy Programs, Part III: Keeping it Going: Financing Options for your Clean Energy Programs
June 13, 2012
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (EDT)

It's one thing to secure initial funding to launch a clean energy program; it's another to implement smart financing mechanisms that can help leverage existing funds and make clean energy investments more affordable for clean energy program audiences (residential, commercial, and municipal sectors). In Part III of this webinar series, learn how to choose and implement financing options that meet local needs. Hear from local governments about successful programs using a variety of financing models. Also learn about new resources from EPA that can help identify and design financing programs that are specific to a community�s needs: the Financing Program Decision Tool, and Clean Energy Financing Programs: A Decision Resource for States and Communities. To register, visit the registration page for Part III.

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 trainings, visit the ENERGY STAR trainings calendar.

Benchmarking in Portfolio Manager for State and Local Governments
May 10, 2012
2:00 - 3:15 p.m. (EDT)

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. Register at the ENERGY STAR trainings page.

How to Apply for EPA�s 2012 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition
May 15, 2012
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (EDT)

From April 30�May 23, EPA is accepting applications to compete in the 2012 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition. Back by popular demand, this year�s competition features new ways to participate, including monthly networking sessions and recognition for top water savers and any building that improves energy efficiency by 20 percent or more!
Once again, all organizations that apply and provide all required data for their nominated building(s) will be invited to compete and work off their energy waste with help from EPA�s ENERGY STAR program. This year�s application process has changed, so don�t be left out! Attend this webinar to learn how to apply and what�s in store for this year. It will discuss:

  • How your organization can benefit from competing
  • The ground rules and what's new for 2012
  • What data you'll need and how to apply
  • Tips for identifyijng buildings to nominate.


Register at the ENERGY STAR trainings page.

ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems
May 16, 2012
2:00 - 2:30 p.m. (EDT)

During this webinar, attendees will learn how to use EPA tools and resources to help meet requirements for green building rating systems such as the U.S. Green Building Council�s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Green Globes system, and others. Register at the ENERGY STAR trainings page.

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.


05/10/2012

New Information about Air Emissions from Electricity Generation (eGRID and Power Profiler) Available Now
Today EPA released a new edition of the Emissions and Generation Integrated Resource Database (eGRID), a comprehensive source of data on the environmental characteristics of virtually all electric power plants in the United States. EPA also released an updated Power Profiler, an easy-to-use application that helps people understand how their electricity use affects the environment.

eGRID2012 with year 2009 data is now available
eGRID�s carbon dioxide output emission rates are commonly used in carbon footprinting calculators and greenhouse gas inventories. eGRID provides researchers and policy makers with a powerful set of information about electric generators in one place. eGRID data are used widely by EPA and others to show the impacts of electricity generation and the benefits of reducing demand for grid-supplied electricity.

eGRID contains emissions and emission rate information for the following air pollutants and greenhouse gases: nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2), carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O). CO2, CH4, and N2O are greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming or climate change. NOx and SO2 contribute to unhealthy air quality and acid rain in many parts of the country. eGRID also includes data on electric generation, fuel mix (for renewable and nonrenewable generation), and many other power plant attributes. eGRID presents this information for power plants and for states, three different sets of electric grid boundaries, and the United States in total

See the eGRID website for details.

EPA�s Power Profiler updated with new eGRID data
Power Profiler is an online application that reveals the resource mix and air emissions information about electricity generation in your region. Enter a zip code, select a utility, and learn about the impacts of energy generation in your area.

See the Power Profiler website for details.

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05/09/2012

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Information Resources and Funding Opportunities for Tribes

May 8, 2012
The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to forward the following information on information resources and tools, funding opportunities, upcoming events, and webinars. Information courtesy of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) Office of Native American Programs (ONAP), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Information Resources and Tools

New Energy Resource Library for Tribes
The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy (DOE-IE) resource library provides links to helpful resources for Tribes on energy project development and financing in Indian Country. The library includes links to more than 85 topically relevant publications, websites, videos, and more produced by DOE-IE and external organizations. The resources are specifically focused on energy topics that help promote Indian tribal energy development, efficiency, and use.

To access the library, visit the DOE-IE website. For additional resources, see the wealth of information in the Tribal Energy Program's Guide to Tribal Energy Development, short courses, and publications.

EPA, Department of Energy Launch Tools to Determine Solar and Wind Energy Potential on Contaminated Lands
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed and launched two new tools designed to test underutilized sites and contaminated land for solar and wind energy potential. State and local governments, site owners, and community members can use the tools to help identify the most desirable sites for solar or wind installations from both a logistical and economic standpoint, without the need for technical expertise.

EPA estimates that there are approximately 490,000 sites and almost 15 million acres of potentially contaminated properties nationwide. Positioning renewable energy on these sites can increase their economic value, provide a sustainable land reuse option, create local green jobs, and provide clean energy for use on-site or for the utility grid. The new tools can be used to evaluate individual or multiple sites, such as brownfields, Superfund and other hazardous waste sites, abandoned parcels, landfills, parking lots, and commercial or industrial roofs, depending on the technology.

The City of Richmond, California, is serving as a pilot community for development of the tools. Direct links to the tools:
Screening sites for Solar PV Potential (PDF) (18 pp, 814K)
Screening sites for Wind Energy Potential (PDF) (18 pp, 863K)

EPA will host a webinar to discuss these and related tools on May 22, 2012, from 2-3:30 pm EDT. For more information or to register for the webinar, visit the EPA's webinar page. For more information on siting renewable energy on underutilized lands, visit EPA’s RE-Powering America’s Land website.

Funding Opportunities
USDA Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program
Deadline: May 15, 2012
Eligible entities: Local governments, federally recognized tribes, nonprofit entities
The purpose of the Community Forest program is to establish community forests by protecting forest land from conversion to non-forest uses and provide community benefits such as sustainable forest management; environmental benefits including clean air, water, and wildlife habitat; benefits from forest-based educational programs; benefits from serving as models of effective forest stewardship; and recreational benefits secured with public access. Eligible entities may apply for grants to establish community forests through fee-simple acquisition of private forest land. Individual grant applications may not exceed $400,000 and all applicants must demonstrate a 50% match of the total project cost. For more information, visit the USDA funding notice page.

ONAP's Proposed Training and Technical Assistance NOFA
Comments due: May 21, 2012

HUD intends to competitively award training and technical assistance contracts to national and regional nonprofit and for-profit entities with demonstrated experience and expertise in the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA).
HUD is soliciting public comments, under the Paperwork Reduction Act, on the information and data collection requirements for ONAP's proposed Training and Technical Assistance Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). The data required includes pre-award application materials required to be submitted, and post-award requirements under the cooperative agreement, including technical budgets and reports on financial and task progress.
For details, see the Federal Register Notice published March 20, 2012.

Energy Department Announces $2.5 Million to Advance Technologies for Clean-Burning, Efficient Biomass Cookstoves
Deadline: May 23, 2012

The Energy Department announced last week that it is making $2.5 million available this year for applied research to advance clean biomass cookstove technologies for use in developing countries. The funding will support the development of innovative cookstove designs that allow users to burn wood or crop residues more efficiently and with less smoke than open fires and traditional stoves, helping to save lives and improve livelihoods. DOE, along with other federal agencies, is a founding partner of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public-private partnership to advance cookstove technologies that improve indoor air quality, reduce carbon emissions, and deliver important benefits for people's health and the economies of developing nations around the world. Learn more.

Energy Department Announces $5 Million to Assess Upgrade Opportunities at Hydropower Facilities
Letter of intent submission deadline: May 3, 2012
Full application submission deadline: June 14, 2012

In support of President Obama's all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department announced this week up to $5 million available this year to assess opportunities to increase power production at up to 40 existing hydropower facilities around the nation. Through this competitive funding opportunity, DOE will work with hydropower professionals to conduct standardized assessments to identify opportunities to increase generation and value at hydropower plants, which are already the nation's largest source of renewable energy. As much of America's aging hydropower infrastructure is more than 50 years old, this effort could help accelerate the deployment of upgrades at existing hydropower facilities, creating clean energy jobs, supporting our nation's economic competitiveness, and increasing the supply of renewable energy to tribal families and businesses. Learn more.

Economic Development Administration Economic Development Programs
Applications due: Varies by program year; next due date is June 8, 2012

Eligible entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, nonprofits, institutions of higher education
Under the Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP) Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) announcement, EDA will make construction, nonconstruction, and revolving loan fund investments under the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs. Grants made under these programs will leverage regional assets to support the implementation of regional economic development strategies designed to create jobs, leverage private capital, encourage economic development, and strengthen America's ability to compete in the global marketplace. Through the EDAP FFO, EDA solicits applications from rural and urban communities to develop initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions. In fiscal year 2012, a total of $50,060,000 is available. For more information, visit the EDA grant opportunity synopsis.

USDA Invites Applications for Grants to Provide Broadband Service to Remote Rural Communities
Deadline: June 18, 2012

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is accepting applications through the Community Connect Broadband program for grants to provide broadband service to residents of remote, rural communities.

Community Connect grants are made available to the most rural, unserved and economically challenged areas. The funds are used to build broadband infrastructure. Awardees are also required to establish community centers that offer free public access to broadband.
Information on available funding and application requirements are published on page 26241 of the May 3, 2012 Federal Register. More information on Community Connect Grants, including the application guide, can be viewed from the USDA Rural Development website.

FInding Grant Opportunities Online
For a simple, straightforward, funding opportunity matrix on sustainability grants, visit the Reconnecting America website.
Renewable Energy RFPs
Information on solicitations for renewable energy generation, renewable energy certificates, and green power courtesy of Green Power Network. Unless otherwise noted, these requests for proposals and solicitations are neither supported nor endorsed by the U.S. Department of Energy, Green Power Network.
Deadline: May 29, 2012
Tucson Airport Authority RFP (#10112269) seeking qualified parties to design and build a 1 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic array on a canopy structure in the Daily Parking Lot at the Tucson International Airport, which will export all generated electricity to the utility grid. The project will require canopy structures, solar photovoltaic panels, electrical equipment including combiners, inverters, metering and utility interconnect, and control and communications equipment including an energy production monitoring system.
Contact: Sylvia Granillo, 520-573-4821
Deadline: June 28, 2012

King County (WA) RFP seeking proposals from groups organized under the Washington State Renewable Energy System Cost Recovery Program (WAC, 458-20-273) to install qualifying solar energy systems on King County, Washington property. King County has pre-selected several sites on which it would like to invite community solar groups to consider for installing solar projects, and is prepared to enter into lease agreements with groups where the value of power produced and fed to the facility is credited against lease fees for the sites.
Contact:Roy Dodman, 206-263-9293

A complete list of active RFPs can found on the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Green Power Network website.
Regards,

DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401

tribal@go.doe.gov

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05/08/2012

EPA, Dept. of Energy Launch Tools to Determine Solar and Wind Energy Potential on Contaminated Lands

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed and launched two new tools designed to test underutilized sites and contaminated land for solar and wind energy potential. State and local governments, site owners, and community members can use the tools to help identify the most desirable sites for solar or wind installations from both a logistical and economic standpoint, without the need for technical expertise.

EPA estimates that there are approximately 490,000 sites and almost 15 million acres of potentially contaminated properties nationwide. Positioning renewable energy on these sites can increase their economic value, provide a sustainable land reuse option, create local green jobs, and provide clean energy for use on-site or for the utility grid.

The new tools can be used to evaluate individual or multiple sites, such as brownfields, Superfund and other hazardous waste sites, abandoned parcels, landfills, parking lots, and commercial or industrial roofs, depending on the technology. The City of Richmond, California is serving as a pilot community for development of the tools.

Direct links to the tools:
Screening sites for Solar PV Potential (PDF) (18 pp, 814K)
Screening sites for Wind Energy Potential (PDF) (18 pp, 863K)

EPA will host a webinar to discuss these and related tools on May 22, 2012, from 2-3:30 pm EDT. For more information, or to register for the webinar, visit the webinar page.

For more information on siting renewable energy on underutilized lands, visit EPA’s RE-Powering America’s Land 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 EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.

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05/01/2012

Pulp and Paper Webinar Recording Available

Recording of Webinar held 1/31/2012 - Overview of the Pulp and Paper Risk and Technology Review Proposal (Subpart S)

 


04/24/2012

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Webinars:
EPA's Air Quality Regulations for Stationary Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE) and Proposed Rule Reconsideration

Dates: Thursday, June 14, 2012, and Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Time, both dates: Thursday, June 14, 2012, and Wednesday, June 20, 2012 // 1:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time)

This two-part webinar provides an overview of EPA's regulations for stationary reciprocating internal combustion engines (RICE), and an update on potential revisions. 

To view the complete flier on the webinars click here.   For more information on RICE click here


U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Tribal Energy Program Upcoming Opportunities for Tribes

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to forward the following information on job openings, upcoming webinars, and funding opportunities. Information courtesy of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) Office of Native American Programs (ONAP), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Consultation - Tribal Leaders Consultation on HUD's Native Housing Needs Study:

HUD will be conducting a series of consultations between HUD officials and tribal leaders on the agency's study, "Assessment of Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Housing Needs" (Housing Needs Study) at http://www.huduser.org/portal/native_american_assessment/home.html. During this consultation, tribal leaders will have an opportunity to comment on the scope and design of the pending study.

The Northwest Regional Consultation is scheduled for Thursday, May 24, 2012, between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City, OR. The consultation is scheduled in conjunction with the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians mid-year meeting.

Please visit http://www.huduser.org/portal/consultations/ to register.

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2012 Dates:
April 25 Southwest Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Albuquerque, NM
April 27 Alaska Anchorage, AK
May 10 Northern Plains Denver, CO
May 20 Eastern Woodlands Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, LA May 24 Northwest Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City, OR
June 17 National Lincoln, NE
July 9 Southern Plains Durant, OK

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Funding and Training Opportunities:

ONAP's Proposed Training and Technical Assistance NOFA

HUD intends to competitively award training and technical assistance contracts to national and regional nonprofit and for-profit entities with demonstrated experience and expertise in the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA)

HUD is soliciting public comments, under the Paperwork Reduction Act, on the information and data collection requirements for ONAP's proposed Training and Technical Assistance Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). The data required includes pre-award application materials required to be submitted, and post-award requirements under the cooperative agreement, including technical budgets and reports on financial and task progress.

Comments are due *May 21, 2012*. For details, see the Federal Register Notice PDF at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-03-20/pdf/2012-6675.pdf published March 20, 2012.

Energy Department Announces $2.5 Million to Advance Technologies for Clean-Burning, Efficient Biomass Cookstoves

Deadline: *May 23, 2012 *The Energy Department announced last week that it is making $2.5 million available this year for applied research to advance clean biomass cookstove technologies for use in developing countries. The funding will support the development of innovative cookstove designs that allow users to burn wood or crop residues more efficiently and with less smoke than open fires and traditional stoves, helping to save lives and improve livelihoods. DOE, along with other federal agencies, is a founding partner of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public-private partnership to advance cookstove technologies that improve indoor air quality, reduce carbon emissions, and deliver important benefits for people's health and the economies of developing nations around the world. Learn more at: http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts.cfm/pa_id=711 .

Energy Department Announces $5 Million to Assess Upgrade Opportunities at Hydropower Facilities

Letter of intent submission deadline: *May 3, 2012 *Full application submission deadline: *June 14, 2012* In support of President Obama's all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department announced this week up to $5 million available this year to assess opportunities to increase power production at up to 40 existing hydropower facilities around the nation. Through this competitive funding opportunity, DOE will work with hydropower professionals to conduct standardized assessments to identify opportunities to increase generation and value at hydropower plants, which are already the nation's largest source of renewable energy. As much of America's aging hydropower infrastructure is more than 50 years old, this effort could help accelerate the deployment of upgrades at existing hydropower facilities, creating clean energy jobs, supporting our nation's economic competitiveness, and increasing the supply of renewable energy to tribal families and businesses. Learn more at: http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts.cfm/pa_id=714 .

Free Technical Assistance Grants for Plans, Policies, and Practices for Sustainable Communities (EPA)

Deadline: *April 30, 2012* Free technical assistance is available to help communities implement smart growth strategies that attract growth, protect the environment, improve public health, facilitate job creation and economic opportunity, and improve overall quality of life. Competitively awarded grant funds from the EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities' Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program to Forterra (formerly Cascade Land Conservancy) and a consortium of partners will provide technical assistance to help communities get the kinds of development they want. Assistance is limited to� communities in four regions throughout the country: Central Puget Sound and the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State (counties of King, Pierce, Snohomish, Kittitas, Kitsap, Clallam, Jefferson, Mason or Grays Harbor), the San Francisco Bay Area in California, the Twin Cities Metro Area and Greater Minnesota and the Greater Boston Area in Massachusetts. Washington: application information [ http://www.forterra.org/what_we_do/build_community/free_technical_assistance ]. For more information, visit the Forterra website at: http://www.forterra.org/what_we_do/build_community/free_technical_assistance.

New Choice Neighborhoods Funding Opportunity (HUD)

Deadline: *May 1, 2012* HUD announced availability of $5 million in planning funds to help communities develop grassroots plans that link affordable housing with quality education, public transportation, good jobs and safe streets. For information about these opportunities, click here http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/public_indian_housing/programs/ph/cn/fy12funding

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Deadline: *May 2, 2012* RWJ Foundation is offering grants to nonprofits and tribal groups for the Roadmaps to Health: Community Grants program. Funding will support communities' implementation of policy or system changes that address one of the social or economic factors that, as defined by the County Health Rankings, most strongly influences health outcomes in the community. These include education; employment and income; family and social support; and community safety. To learn more, click here http://rurallisc.cmail3.com/t/r/l/dtkjtdl/qvydkydr/o/.

YouthBuild Grants (U.S. Department of Labor)

Deadline: *May 8, 2012* The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will award grants to organizations to oversee the provision of education, occupational skills training, and employment services to disadvantaged youth in their communities while performing meaningful work and service to their communities. Based on FY 2012 funding, DOL expects to make 75 grants ranging from $700,000 to $1.1 million. View the full announcement PDF at: http://www.doleta.gov/grants/pdf/youthbuild_sga_dfa_py_11_06.pdf.

Rural Community Development Initiative Grants (USDA)

Deadline: *May 9, 2012* This opportunity will support customized solutions targeted to address the gaps and opportunities specific for individual regions by strengthening linkages to self-identified, high-potential industry clusters such as renewable energy, natural resources, food production, rural tourism, and advanced manufacturing. For more information, visit the Grants.gov website at: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?oppId=150574.

USDA Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program

eadline: *May 15, 2012* *Eligible entities:* Local governments, federally recognized tribes, nonprofit entities The purpose of the Community Forest program is to establish community forests by protecting forest land from conversion to non-forest uses and provide community benefits such as sustainable forest management; environmental benefits including clean air, water, and wildlife habitat; benefits from forest-based educational programs; benefits from serving as models of effective forest stewardship; and recreational benefits secured with public access. Eligible entities may apply for grants to establish community forests through fee-simple acquisition of private forest land. Individual grant applications may not exceed $400,000 and all applicants must demonstrate a 50% match of the total project cost.

For more information, visit the USDA funding notice page at: http://listserve.icfi.com/t/416036/473702/11858/0/.

Economic Development Administration Economic Development Programs

pplications due: Varies by program year; next due date is *June 8, 2012* *Eligible entities:* State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, nonprofits, institutions of higher education Under the Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP) Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) announcement, EDA will make construction, nonconstruction, and revolving loan fund investments under the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs. Grants made under these programs will leverage regional assets to support the implementation of regional economic development strategies designed to create jobs, leverage private capital, encourage economic development, and strengthen America's ability to compete in the global marketplace. Through the EDAP FFO, EDA solicits applications from rural and urban communities to develop initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions. In fiscal year 2012, a total of $50,060,000 is available.

For more information, visit the EDA grant opportunity synopsis at: http://listserve.icfi.com/t/416036/473702/11859/0/.

Energy Department Webinar April 23

Educational Opportunities in Bioenergy at National Laboratories

The Energy Department will present a live webcast�on educational opportunities in bioenergy on Monday April 23, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Experts from DOE's National REnewable Energy Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory will showcase specific bioenergy research programs and exciting educational opportunities available for undergraducate, graduate, and post-doctoral students at both national labs. Learn more at http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts.cfm/pa_id=712 .

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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04/24/2012

Greetings,

I hope all is well. Please note that the Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 DERA National Funding Assistance Program�s request for proposals (RFP), including the Tribal Competition component, opened on Friday, April 20, 2012. It will remain open until June 4, 2012.

You may find the RFP on our webpage at http://epa.gov/cleandiesel/prgnational.htm, or link directly to it at http://www.epa.gov/air/grants/rfp-epa-oar-otaq-12-05.pdf.

Please join me for a FY 2012 RFP Tribal Competition Teleconference to review the RFP with a focus on Tribal applications.

Event: FY 2012 RFP Tribal Competition Teleconference
Date: Thursday, May 3, 2012
Time: 3:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Call in number: 1.866.299.3188
Call in code: 202.343.9534#

You are also welcomed to attend regionally focused RFP information webinars (total of three) starting on April 24, 2012. Please see http://epa.gov/cleandiesel/prgnational.htm for the schedule.

Feel free to forward this information to any interested party.

Best regards,
Rosalva

Rosalva Tapia
Environmental Protection Specialist
Innovative Strategies Group
Office of Transportation and Air Quality
United States Environmental Protection Agency
1310 L Street, Mail Code 6405J
Washington, DC 20005
202.343.9534
tapia.rosalva@epa.gov


04/20/2012

The STAR solicitation on cookstoves and residential burning in the developing world and in Indian lands and Alaska Native communities just opened this week. Please pass this on to any researchers you think would be interested.

The RFA specifically focuses on Alaska Native and Tribal issues and can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2012/2012_star_cook_heat_light.html "Researchers applying for Early Career awards should use measurements (or both measurements and modeling) of ambient or indoor air quality to address at least one of the following questions:

1. How would a feasible set of interventions for residential heating or lighting in Indian tribal or Alaska Native households impact air quality?2. How would a feasible set of interventions for residential cooking in Indian tribal or Alaska Native households impact air quality?"

Please direct any questions my way.

John P. Dawson, Ph.D. | Physical Scientist | 703-347-8109 |  dawson.john@epa.gov U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Center for Environmental Research

Office/Courier:

2777 S. Crystal Drive

Room S11315

Arlington, VA 22202

US Mail:

1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW (8726P)

Washington, DC 20460

Please note that EPA's DERA National Program's (with Tribal Competition) request for proposals (RFP) is now open. You can find the RFP on our webpage at http://epa.gov/cleandiesel/prgnational.htm, or link directly to it here http://www.epa.gov/air/grants/rfp-epa-oar-otaq-12-05.pdf. It will go up on grants.gov on Monday.

Best regards,
Rosalva

Rosalva Tapia
Environmental Protection Specialist
Innovative Strategies Group
Office of Transportation and Air Quality
United States Environmental Protection Agency
1310 L Street, Mail Code 6405J
Washington, DC 20005
202.343.9534
tapia.rosalva@epa.gov

 


04/19/2012

We are writing to inform you that the "Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Reporting for Facilities Located in Indian Country and Clarification of Additional Opportunities Available to Tribal Governments Under the TRI Program" final rule was published in the Federal Register today (April 19, 2012). Please see below for more information on the rule, including the link to access the rule notice in the Federal Register.

EPA has taken an important step in finalizing a rule that provides tribal governments with more opportunities to fully participate in the TRI Program. Under this rule, facilities located in Indian country are required to submit TRI reports to EPA and the appropriate Tribe, rather than to the State in which the facility is geographically located. The final rule also more explicitly clarifies the provision that a Tribal chairperson or equivalent elected official has the same opportunities as a State Governor to petition EPA to request: 1) that individual facilities located within their Indian country be added to TRI, and 2) that a particular chemical(s) be added to or deleted from the TRI chemical list.

The Agency�s action is part of its ongoing efforts to increase tribal participation in the TRI Program and improve access to information on toxic chemical releases that affect the local communities in Indian country. Through this final rule, EPA provides tribal governments with the right to directly receive release reporting information from facilities located in Indian country, and also explicitly clarifies the rights of tribal leaders to take an active role in TRI through petitions to modify the toxic chemical list or requests to add a facility within their Indian country to TRI. The final rule was published in the Federal Register on April 19, 2012 and can be accessed online via http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-04-19/pdf/2012-9442.pdf Important stakeholder outreach and technical implementation efforts are currently underway.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Louise Camalier at 202-566-0503 (Camalier.Louise@epa.gov) or Beth Jackson at 202-566-0626 (Jackson.Elizabethepa.gov)


04/19/2012

Tribal Energy and Environmental Information Clearinghouse

Energy Development on Tribal Lands Course (July 30-31, 2012)

Energy Development on Tribal Lands� is a two-day course organized by Electric Utility Consultants Inc. (EUCI) that will be instructed by the U.S. Department of the Interior and other Indian country experts. The course will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on July 30-31, 2012.

This course will outline why developing an energy project with a tribal entity on tribal land is not a conventional transaction with conventional leases, terms, financing, and collateral. This course will provide a basic understanding of federal Indian law, tribal sovereignty, governments and dispute resolution systems, and more.

A reduced registration rate is available through July 20, 2012. For more information, visit the TEEIC Web site at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

About the TEEIC
***************

The TEEIC Web site (http://teeic.anl.gov) provides
information about the environmental effects of energy
development on tribal lands.

The site includes information about energy resource
development and associated environmental impacts and
mitigation measures; guidance for conducting site-specific
environmental assessments and developing monitoring
programs; information about applicable federal laws and
regulations; and federal and tribal points of contact.

The U.S. Department of the Interior is funding the
development of the TEEIC through the Assistant Secretary of
Indian Affairs' Office of Indian Energy and Economic
Development.

For More Information
********************

If you have questions or need more information, visit
the TEEIC Web site (http://teeic.anl.gov) or contact the
TEEIC Webmaster at teeicwebmaster@anl.gov

Please forward this message to any party you feel may
be interested in the TEEIC or tribal energy development.


04/18/2012

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Plan to Attend These Upcoming Webinars on Clean Energy Opportunities Available to Tribes
April 17, 2012

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to provide the following information on upcoming webinars focused on clean energy opportunities available to tribes.

DOE Building Certification Webinars

To support professional certification for the home energy efficiency workforce, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is sponsoring a series of webinars hosted by Sustainable Ideas, beginning on April 18, 2012. These webinars target building performance companies and focus on new certifications, which are currently being developed under the Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals project.

Offered by the Building Performance Institute and funded by DOE and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the four certifications focus on the most common job classifications in the home energy upgrade industry: energy auditor, retrofit installer, crew leader, and quality control inspector. The webinar series will examine how companies can grow their business by offering quality energy upgrades delivered by nationally certified employees. Topics will include:

Industry opportunities How building science and sales connect

Preparing for certification prerequisites

Update on the background check requirements

Registering for the pilot certification program.

Learn more and register.

Free Tribal Webinar Series on Energy Self-Sufficiency
Join the Western Area Power Authority, the DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, and DOE's Tribal Energy Program for a free webinar series to promote tribal energy sufficiency and foster economic development and employment on tribal lands through renewable energy and energy-efficiency technologies.

The webinar series started in August 2011 and will continue through September 2012. A complete list of upcoming tribal webinars is provided below and on the Public Renewables Partnership website, where previous webinar presentations are also available.
Who Should Attend: Tribes interested in responding to utility-offered renewable RFPs and/or interested in learning more about the competitive power market, utility staff, and other stakeholders.
Registration: There is no charge to participate in the webinars. However, you must register to join them. To register, go to www.repartners.org.
Each of the webinars listed below will be presented from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Time.

May 30, 2012 – Today's Energy Supply – Yesterday's Grid
July 25, 2012 – Grid Reliability – Impacts to Tribal Renewable Projects
September 26, 2012 – DOE Office of Indian Energy's START Program Status Updates

EPA Webinar Series on Clean Energy Funding and Financing
Through May and June, the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Local Government Climate and Energy Program will host a three-part webcast series about funding options for clean energy programs. Many local governments are investing in clean energy programs to meet their energy, environment, and economic policy goals. In this post-ARRA world, they're also asking how they should fund these clean energy programs. In this webcast series, experts will discuss how to identify funding opportunities that could work in your community while explaining different types of funding sources and financing programs. Learn how local governments selected and designed their programs through a variety of case studies. More information on registration coming soon.

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, join our e-mail list. If you no longer wish to receive these updates, unsubscribe. Feel free to forward this information.


04/17/2012

DOE Tribal Energy Program

 

Upcoming Opportunities for Tribes
April 5, 2012

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to forward the following information on job openings, upcoming webinars, and funding opportunities. Information courtesy of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's)Office of Native American Programs (ONAP), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Department of Energy (DOE).


Job Opportunity
NCAI Seeking Legislative Associate
NCAI is a leader in national legislative affairs, providing essential information and education on key policy initiatives, enhancing coordination and consultation with tribal governments, and leading tribal advocacy efforts to unite tribal advocates to promote progressive, proactive Indian policy. We also work to enhance relationships between tribal governments and the federal, state, and local governments in order to better meet the needs of tribal citizens and uphold the government-to-government principals that are essential to the autonomy of tribal governments. The Legislative Associate will lead NCAI's efforts to advance the priorities of tribal governments in the areas of energy, climate change, natural resources, and the environment.
For more on the job requirements and how to apply, see the attached announcement.
Consultation
Tribal Leaders Consultation on HUD's Native Housing Needs Study
HUD will be conducting a series of consultations between HUD officials and tribal leaders on the agency's study, Assessment of Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Housing Needs (Housing Needs Study). During this consultation, tribal leaders will have an opportunity to comment on the scope and design of the pending study.
The Northwest Regional Consultation is scheduled for Thursday, May 24, 2012, between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City, OR. The consultation is scheduled in conjunction with the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians mid-year meeting.
Please visit http://www.huduser.org/portal/consultations/ to register.

2012 Dates:
March 5 National L'Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC
April 25 Southwest Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Albuquerque, NM
April 27 Alaska Anchorage, AK
May 10 Northern Plains Denver, CO
May 20 Eastern Woodlands Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, LA
May 24 Northwest Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City, OR
June 17 National Lincoln, NE
July 9 Southern Plains Durant, OK

ONAP's Proposed Training and Technical Assistance NOFA
HUD intends to competitively award training and technical assistance contracts to national and regional nonprofit and for-profit entities with demonstrated experience and expertise in the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA).
HUD is soliciting public comments, under the Paperwork Reduction Act, on the information and data collection requirements for ONAP's proposed Training and Technical Assistance Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). The data required includes pre-award application materials required to be submitted, and post-award requirements under the cooperative agreement, including technical budgets and reports on financial and task progress.
Comments are due May 21, 2012. For details, see the Federal Register Notice published March 20, 2012.

Funding Opportunities
Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance Grants (U.S. Department of Justice)
Deadline: April 17, 2012
Grants are available for Indian tribes and tribal organizations to provide legal services for indigent defendants and respondents in tribal justice systems and other legal-related services. For more information, visit the Bureau of Justice Assistance website.

FY 2012 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (U.S. Department of Justice)
Deadline: April 18, 2012
More than $101.4 million in grant funding is available from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The funding can be used to conduct comprehensive planning, enhance law enforcement, bolster justice systems, support and enhance tribal efforts to prevent and control delinquency and strengthen the juvenile justice system, prevent youth substance abuse, serve victims of crime, and support efforts to combat crimes. To view the fact sheet on the FY 2012 CTA visit the DOJ website. For more information, contact the COPS Office Response Center at 1‐800‐421‐6770 or by email at tribalgrants@usdoj.gov
Free Technical Assistance Grants for Plans, Policies, and Practices for Sustainable Communities (EPA)
Deadline: April 30, 2012
Free technical assistance is available to help communities implement smart growth strategies that attract growth, protect the environment, improve public health, facilitate job creation and economic opportunity, and improve overall quality of life. Competitively awarded grant funds from the EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities' Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program to Forterra (formerly Cascade Land Conservancy) and a consortium of partners will provide technical assistance to help communities get the kinds of development they want. Assistance is limited to communities in four regions throughout the country: Central Puget Sound and the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State (counties of King, Pierce, Snohomish, Kittitas, Kitsap, Clallam, Jefferson, Mason or Grays Harbor), the San Francisco Bay Area in California, the Twin Cities Metro Area and Greater Minnesota and the Greater Boston Area in Massachusetts. Washington: application information. For more information, visit the Forterra website.

New Choice Neighborhoods Funding Opportunity (HUD)
Deadline: May 1, 2012
HUD announced availability of $5 million in planning funds to help communities develop grassroots plans that link affordable housing with quality education, public transportation, good jobs and safe streets. For information about these opportunities, click here.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Deadline: May 2, 2012
RWJ Foundation is offering grants to nonprofits and tribal groups for the Roadmaps to Health: Community Grants program. Funding will support communities' implementation of policy or system changes that address one of the social or economic factors that, as defined by the County Health Rankings, most strongly influences health outcomes in the community. These include education; employment and income; family and social support; and community safety. To learn more, click here.
YouthBuild Grants (U.S. Department of Labor)
Deadline: May 8, 2012
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will award grants to organizations to oversee the provision of education, occupational skills training, and employment services to disadvantaged youth in their communities while performing meaningful work and service to their communities. Based on FY 2012 funding, DOL expects to make 75 grants ranging from $700,000 to $1.1 million. View the full announcement.
Rural Community Development Initiative Grants (USDA)
Deadline: May 9, 2012
This opportunity will support customized solutions targeted to address the gaps and opportunities specific for individual regions by strengthening linkages to self-identified, high-potential industry clusters such as renewable energy, natural resources, food production, rural tourism, and advanced manufacturing. For more information, visit the Grants.gov website.
USDA Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program
Deadline:
May 15, 2012
Eligible entities: Local governments, federally recognized tribes, nonprofit entities
The purpose of the Community Forest program is to establish community forests by protecting forest land from conversion to non-forest uses and provide community benefits such as sustainable forest management; environmental benefits including clean air, water, and wildlife habitat; benefits from forest-based educational programs; benefits from serving as models of effective forest stewardship; and recreational benefits secured with public access. Eligible entities may apply for grants to establish community forests through fee-simple acquisition of private forest land. Individual grant applications may not exceed $400,000 and all applicants must demonstrate a 50% match of the total project cost.
For more information, visit the USDA funding notice page.
Economic Development Administration Economic Development Programs
Applications due: Varies by program year; next due date is June 8, 2012
Eligible entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, nonprofits, institutions of higher education
Under the Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP) Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) announcement, EDA will make construction, nonconstruction, and revolving loan fund investments under the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs. Grants made under these programs will leverage regional assets to support the implementation of regional economic development strategies designed to create jobs, leverage private capital, encourage economic development, and strengthen America's ability to compete in the global marketplace. Through the EDAP FFO, EDA solicits applications from rural and urban communities to develop initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions. In fiscal year 2012, a total of $50,060,000 is available.
For more information, visit the EDA grant opportunity synopsis.
Upcoming Webinars
Free Tribal Webinar Series Focuses on Energy Self-Sufficiency
Join the Western Area Power Authority, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, and DOE's Tribal Energy Program for a free webinar series to promote tribal energy sufficiency and foster economic development and employment on tribal lands through renewable energy and energy-efficiency technologies.
The webinar series started in August 2011 and will continue through September 2012. A complete list of upcoming tribal webinars is provided below and on the Public Renewables Partnership website, where previous webinar presentations are also available.
Who Should Attend: Tribes interested in responding to utility-offered renewable RFPs and/or interested in learning more about the competitive power market, utility staff, and other stakeholders.
Registration: There is no charge to participate in the webinars. However, you must register to join them. To register, go to www.repartners.org.
Each of the webinars listed below will be presented from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Time.
May 30, 2012 – Today's Energy Supply – Yesterday's Grid
July 25, 2012 – Grid Reliability – Impacts to Tribal Renewable Projects
September 26, 2012 – DOE Office of Indian Energy's START Program Status Updates

EPA Webinar Series on Clean Energy Funding and Financing
Through May and June, EPA's Local Government Climate and Energy Program will host a three-part webcast series about funding options for clean energy programs. Many local governments are investing in clean energy programs to meet their energy, environment, and economic policy goals. In this post-ARRA world, they're also asking how they should fund these clean energy programs. In this webcast series, experts will discuss how to identify funding opportunities that could work in your community while explaining different types of funding sources and financing programs. Learn how local governments selected and designed their programs through a variety of case studies. More information on registration click here.

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, join our e-mail list. If you no longer wish to receive these updates, unsubscribe. Feel free to forward this information.

 


04/11/2012

 

TAMS

American Indian Air Quality Training Program’s
Tribal Air Monitoring Support Center


COURSE NOTICE FOR:

“AIR MONITORING Data Management” (Level 3)
June 5-8, 2012
TAMS Center, Las Vegas, NV


Pre-Registration Date (for priority consideration): April 17, 2012
Download Course Application Packet here: PreReg-DataMgmt.pdf [9 pgs]

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 Pre-Registration date listed for priority consideration. Applications received after the pre-registration period will be considered if there is still space available.
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. Selections for the course will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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. 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 travel arrangements.


· Lodging Costs: ITEP will pay Participant lodging expenses (room and tax only). All incidentals will be paid by the participant.
· Meals (per diem): Meals will be reimbursed, at the State of Arizona rate, AFTER successful completion of the course.
· Transportation Costs: ITEP will provide a limited number of scholarships to help tribes pay transportation costs for tribal employees; only ONE scholarship per tribe will be provided. Applications for a transportation scholarship are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and are awarded based on availability of funds.


NEW! Scholarships will be issued AFTER successful completion of the course, and will be used to reimburse eligible expenses including airfare and mileage, up to the amount of $400.00.

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 a transportation scholarship has been awarded, we will require full reimbursement of that award and any other costs incurred. Please read the enclosed “Attendee Expectations” & “Cancellation Policy” for more information. Families are not encouraged to travel as full participation by the attendee is required. Excessive cancellations or poor attendance may jeopardize your eligibility for future courses.
* * *
As a cooperative effort between Northern Arizona University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the American Indian Air Quality Training Program seeks to fulfill the mandate of the 1990 Clean Air Act to offer Native American tribes full partnership in the management of air quality on tribal lands.


Lydia Scheer, Program 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/

 


04/10/2012

 

NIH Funding for Research to Action: Assessing & Addressing Community Exposures to Environmental Contaminants

The National Institute of Environmental Health and the National Institute of
Nursing Research are collaborating on this funding opportunity announcement
(FOA) that encourages applications using community-engaged research methods to
investigate the potential health risks of environmental exposures of concern to
the community and to implement an environmental public health action plan based
on research findings. The overall goal is to support changes to prevent or
reduce exposure to harmful environmental exposures and improve the health of a
community.

Research to Action: Assessing and Addressing Community Exposures to
Environmental Contaminants (R01) is part of the National
Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) “Partnerships for
Environmental Public Health” (PEPH) program (http://1.usa.gov/IagVnh).

Those of you attending Community-Campus Partnerships for Health's 15th
anniversary conference this month in Houston can learn more about the PEHP
program during it's workshop on evaluating community-academic partnerships on
Fri morning Apr 20: http://bit.ly/slWgvN

Below are excerpts from the FOA that may be of particular interest. The
complete FOA is available at http://1.usa.gov/HcY50i

"Community engagement (CE) lies on a continuum that reflects the level of
involvement of community members, or representatives of community
populations, in the research.  This continuum of involvement ranges from
community consent to research to full participation and shared leadership of
community members in the research design and implementation.  Community
based participatory research (CBPR) is a well-known framework for Community
Engaged Research (CEnR). 

For the purpose of this FOA, CE connotes full participation of community
members in the development of the research questions and research design; in
the identification of exposures of concern to that community, suitable
cohorts and the specific needs of subpopulations; the translation and
dissemination of study results; in the development and implementation of an
environmental action plan; and in the development of methods for evaluating
the success of the project.  In addition, for the purpose of this FOA, CEnR
should entail the involvement of sufficient numbers of individuals to
adequately represent all segments of their community.  By the involvement of
larger numbers of community members, CEnR can more effectively align with a
community’s shared vision and values, create an inclusive environment,
nurture collaboration, build community capacity to sustain interventions and
implementation plans, and increase health and environmental literacy among
those involved.

All studies should be motivated by expressed concerns of a community and the
need for scientifically-based information to develop or test the
environmental public action component of the project.  The research
component of projects may include descriptive research (for example, to
characterize  sources of exposures, measure exposure levels, or the
prevalence of exposure-related health conditions among members of the
community and the community itself), as well as hypothesis-driven studies
designed to improve understanding of the exposure-health outcome
relationship.  The environmental public health action component may include
a variety of training/education, outreach, prevention, or behavioral change
activities.  This component should be evidence-based, incorporating
knowledge gained through the research component of the project, and targeted
towards supporting change that will improve the health of a community or
decrease the prevalence of local exposure-related health conditions. 

Finally, evaluation is a critical component of PEPH and this FOA.  Each
project should implement an evaluation of project processes and, when
possible, outcomes.  The evaluation component should provide systematic
information that can be used to strengthen the project over the life cycle
and to assess the effectiveness and impact of the project.

Protecting the public from environmental health risks requires both the
generation of science-based information about exposure occurrences and
exposure-health relationships, as well as the translation of such
information into actions to reduce or eliminate exposure, prevent disease,
and promote health. The distinctive needs of individual communities are key
for identifying environmental health problems and devising appropriate
disease and exposure prevention or remediation tactics.  Furthermore, by
fostering community-researcher partnerships, vital information that has been
identified by the community about exposures and disease prevalence can be
used by the researchers to identify the linkages between such exposures and
disease and to develop preventive strategies to promote health and reduce
risk of disease across the populations at highest risk.  Placing an emphasis
on CEnR partnerships between community and researcher in environmental
public health research also ensures that:   

* Communities will have a role in identifying and defining problems and
risks related to environmental exposures and stressors that are of
greatest importance to them.
* Communities will receive the scientific and financial support necessary
to conduct high quality research in partnership with researchers that
will accurately characterize the distributions and sources of
environmental exposures and exposure-health relationships in their
community, and empower all involved to take action to reduce potential
health risks.
* Communities will actively participate with researchers and public health
professionals in developing effective strategies for training/education,
outreach, remediation and prevention in response to environmental
threats in order to reduce or eliminate such exposures and to improve
health outcomes.
* Communities will ensure that strategies and education are provided in
accessible, culturally sensitive formats and developed at a literacy
level and language appropriate for members of that community.

CE is particularly vital in addressing environmental justice issues. 
Environmental justice refers to the need to remedy the unequal burden of
exposure and disease borne by socioeconomically disadvantaged persons (e.g.
populations defined as minority, low income, and Indian tribes).  Geographic
location and socioeconomic status play important roles in environmental
exposure of these sub-populations as does multigenerational exposures.  In
addition, the lack of resources for early identification of the effects of
toxic agents, or the means to address known exposures, may lead to an
increased disease burden among people who are economically least able to
cope with it.  Research to identify and characterize environmental exposures
that disproportionately burden these sub-populations can lead to public
health action that will reduce the associated health disparities. 

Furthermore, active participation of community members in the formulation of
environmental health research questions and in the conduct and translation
of research findings can help community members better understand the
associated health risks and empower them to make informed decisions or to
initiate local activities to prevent ongoing chronic and/or cumulative
exposures that disproportionately affect them."

Thanks,

Rahma Osman
CCPH Program Assistant

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Community-Campus Partnerships for Health promotes health (broadly defined)
through partnerships between communities and higher educational institutions.
Join us for our 15th anniversary conference, April 18-21, 2012 in Houston TX!
Stay on top of the latest CCPH news through Facebook, LinkedIn & Twitter!
http://www.ccph.info

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Tribal Energy and Environmental Information Clearinghouse

National Tribal Healthy Homes and Energy Efficiency Conference (May 8-10, 2012)

The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are sponsoring the National Tribal Healthy Homes and Energy Efficiency Conference. The conference will be held in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, from May 8 to 10, 2012.

Themed "Pulling It All Together," this conference covers a variety of topics to assist Tribes in developing comprehensive programs geared toward creating healthy, energy-efficient homes. Topics covered include developing sustainable tribal communities, healthy & energy efficient heating and cooling systems, drinking water & septic systems, and many more.

For more information, visit the TEEIC Web site at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

About the TEEIC
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The TEEIC Web site (http://teeic.anl.gov) provides information about the environmental effects of energy development on tribal lands.

The site includes information about energy resource development and associated environmental impacts and mitigation measures; guidance for conducting site-specific environmental assessments and developing monitoring programs; information about applicable federal laws and regulations; and federal and tribal points of contact.

The U.S. Department of the Interior is funding the development of the TEEIC through the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs' Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development.

For More Information
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If you have questions or need more information, visit the TEEIC Web site (http://teeic.anl.gov) or contact the TEEIC Webmaster at teeicwebmaster@anl.gov

Please forward this message to any party you feel may be interested in the TEEIC or tribal energy development.

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

Renewable Energy RFPs

April 6, 2012
The Tribal Energy Program is please to forward the DOE Green Power Network RFP update which contains solicitations for renewable energy generation, renewable energy certificates, and green power. Unless otherwise noted, these requests for proposals and solicitations are neither supported nor endorsed by the U.S. Department of Energy, Green Power Network. A complete list of active RFPs can found on the Financial Opportunities page.

To subscribe directly to the Green Power Network Newsletter or any other DOE newsletters or Notices, subscribe to “Get Updates by E-mail” at http://www.eere.energy.gov/.

Deadline: April 16, 2012
Commonwealth Edison RFP seeking suppliers to deliver 1,335,673 MWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs) generated by renewable energy resources as defined in Illinois Pubic Act 95-0481, for the compliance period June 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013.
Contact: ComEdPA@nera.com

Deadline: May 10, 2012
Ameren Illinois RFP seeking suppliers to deliver 523,376 MWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs) generated by renewable energy resources as defined in Illinois Pubic Act 95-0481, for the compliance period June 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013.
Contact: John Bitler, 617-531-2818 ext. 22

Deadline: May 24, 2012
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) RFP seeking qualified parties for power purchase agreements (PPAs) to design, permit, finance, install, own, operate, and maintain solar PV power generation facilities on MBTA properties. The solar installations will be located at the Wonderland Station Parking Garage in Revere, Massachusetts, and at Readville Yard 5, in Dedham, Massachusetts. The minimum annual generating capacity of the PV systems is 200 kW for the Wonderland Garage site, and 2.3 MW for the Readville Yard 5 site.
Contact: Phil Jean, 617-482-2525

Deadline: June 4, 2012
Holy Cross Energy (HCE) RFP seeking to purchase energy and renewable energy certificates (RECs) from two solar facilities, each with an AC capacity of 100 to 300 kW. Facilities must be located within HCE's service territory, and only projects with a levelized cost at or below $130/MWh (including RECs) will be considered.
Contact:Chris Hildred

Deadline: December 31, 2012
Pacific Power RFP seeking new renewable energy projects or project additions located in the Pacific Power service area. Projects must be locally owned and commercial scale, with capacity less than 10 MW. Preference is given to local projects with a strong educational component that bring a broader understanding of renewable energy development and generation, and/or further research and development of new renewable energy-generation technologies.
Contact: blueskyprojects@pacificpower.net

Deadline: December 31, 2012
Rocky Mountain Power RFP seeking new renewable energy projects or project additions located in the Rocky Mountain Power service area. Projects must be locally owned and commercial scale, with capacity less than 10 MW. Preference is given to local projects with a strong educational component that bring a broader understanding of renewable energy development and generation, and/or further research and development of new renewable energy-generation technologies.
Contact: blueskyprojects@rockymountainpower.net

Deadline: February 15, 2013
New York City Economic Development Corporation RFP seeking proposals for the long-term lease of approximately 75 acres of land on and adjacent to the former Fresh Kills Landfill for the ownership, design, construction, and operation of utility-scale installations of solar and wind energy facilities.
Contact: renewablerfp@nycedc.com

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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04/05/2012

Ozone Advance Program - Final Guidance

Attached you will find guidance for Ozone Advance, a voluntary program that encourages ozone attainment and maintenance areas nationwide to take near-term, proactive steps to improve air quality and ensure continued health protection over the long term. Please forward the guidance to your states, tribes and local agencies that may have an interest in this initiative. Actions undertaken as part of the program could result in air quality improvements that provide a buffer against future violations of the standard. Ozone Advance will encourage the use of local strategies to reduce ground-level ozone and will emphasize coordination with stakeholders.

Some Regional Offices may prefer and are encouraged to work with interested states, tribes, and local agencies directly as part of this program, in coordination with OAQPS. Other Regional Offices may prefer to refer interested agencies to OAQPS, who will engage with the agencies directly in coordination with the Regional Office. In either case, we will involve the Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ) if the area is interested in mobile source strategies or needs assistance with on- or near-road inventories.

You may contact Laura Bunte of my staff at (919) 541-0889 or ADVANCE@epa.gov if you have questions about Ozone Advance. Additional information about the program may be found at www.epa.gov/ozoneadvance. An informational webinar will be broadcast April 24th  Below is the registration announcement with the information on the webinar. 

Ozone Advance Final Memo to Regional Air Directors.pdf

Ozone Advance Guidance - March 2012.pdf

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Ozone Advance Webinar

Topic: Ozone Advance
Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Time: 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Time
Register at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/381404233

EPA is hosting a webinar on Ozone Advance, a voluntary program that encourages ozone attainment areas nationwide to take near-term, proactive steps to improve air quality and ensure continued health protection over the long term. Actions undertaken as part of the program could result in air quality improvements that provide a buffer against future violations of the standard. Ozone Advance will encourage the use of local strategies to reduce ground-level ozone and will emphasize coordination with stakeholders. Additional information about the program may be found at www.epa.gov/ozoneadvance.

Laura Bunte from EPA’s Office of Program Planning and Standards will provide an overview of the final Ozone Advance program guidance. This will include a discussion of changes EPA made to the draft program based on stakeholder input, and a question and answer session.

Comments and questions may be referred to Laura Bunte: ADVANCE@epa.gov or (919) 541-0889.


04/03/2012

EPA has made it easier for communities to access our community-based grant resources at: http://www.epa.gov/ogd/training/resources for communities/community grants table.htm.

For the first time, on the EPA website is a calendar of upcoming grant opportunities in 2012 to help communities address environmental challenges. This page will be updated periodically to reflect upcoming EPA grant opportunities. In addition, EPA is offering a Grants 101 Tutorial

We welcome your comments about how we can make this resource more helpful to you. You can contact us at: http://www.epa.gov/air/care/comments.htm.


04/03/2012

Urban Sustainability Leadership Academy Workshop scheduled for June 6-8 in Denver Colorado

The Institute for Sustainable Communities, in partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, has announced the third Urban Sustainability Leadership Academy workshop, to be held on June 6-8, 2012, in Denver, Colorado. This peer-learning and training program is designed to help sustainability directors in local governments lead, manage, and catalyze change more successfully.

Eligibility is limited to senior local government sustainability directors or coordinators. There is no registration fee; travel costs are covered up to $500, and free lodging and meals (except for dinners) are provided. Note that participants will need to pay for their own ground transportation to and from the airport.

To apply, visit the Urban Sustainability Leadership Academy web page; applications are due April 11, 2012.

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 site.

 

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


04/03/2012

Consultation with Tribes on Developing EJ Guiding Principles or Policy

Consultation-Draft Doc: Tribal&IndigenousEJGuidingPrinciples

Event Information: Consultation Opportunity with Tribal Governments on EPA's draft Tribal & Indigenous Environmental Justice Guiding Principles/Policy document

Detailed Information: This is a national call with tribal leaders to consult on the draft Tribal and Indigenous Peoples Environmental Justice Guiding

Principles/Policy. The draft document reflects input from tribal representatives. This call is part of EPA consultation process with tribal governments on this issue.

This call will be repeated on April 4th @ 1 pm est.

Start Time: 04/03/2012 1:00 PM

End Time: 04/03/2012 3:00 PM

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Language: English

Type: Meeting

Presentation:  National Call-Tribal & Indigenous Draft Guiding Principles

Edit URL: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/e1m4t2hmwea/event/

Participant View: Preview  event information, login and registration pages. Preview  event listing page.

Event User Policy: All users created through event form are guests

Status: This event has been published.

To participate here is the URL:  https://epa.connectsolutions.com/r3jly843gu9/

 

EPA Tribal Indigenous Peoples Guiding Principles Policy Overview.pdf

 

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Tribal Energy and Environmental Information Clearinghouse
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Renewable Energy Projects in Indian Country Conference (May 21-22, 2012)
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Native Nation Events is hosting the Fifth Annual Renewable Energy Projects in Indian Country Conference, which will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona, from May 21-22, 2012. At the conference, tribal leaders and professionals will discuss the significant opportunities for energy development in Indian Country, as well as the barriers that tribes must overcome to bring energy projects to fruition. Discussions will include increasing access to private capital, feasibility studies, and how tribes can create sustainable economies with renewable energy projects.

A reduced registration rate is available if registration and payment is received by April 6, 2012. For more information, visit the TEEIC Web site at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

 

About the TEEIC
***************

The TEEIC Web site (http://teeic.anl.gov) provides
information about the environmental effects of energy
development on tribal lands.

The site includes information about energy resource
development and associated environmental impacts and
mitigation measures; guidance for conducting site-specific
environmental assessments and developing monitoring
programs; information about applicable federal laws and
regulations; and federal and tribal points of contact.

The U.S. Department of the Interior is funding the
development of the TEEIC through the Assistant Secretary of
Indian Affairs' Office of Indian Energy and Economic
Development.

For More Information
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If you have questions or need more information, visit
the TEEIC Web site (http://teeic.anl.gov) or contact the
TEEIC Webmaster at teeicwebmaster@anl.gov

Please forward this message to any party you feel may
be interested in the TEEIC or tribal energy development.

 


03/27/2012

 

Outreach Materials for Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants

On March 27, 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a Carbon Pollution Standard for New Power Plants.  The web site is
http://epa.gov/carbonpollutionstandard/

This common‐sense step under the Clean Air Act would, for the first time, set national limits on the amount of carbon pollution power plants, built in the future,  can emit.  See documents below for more information.

Fact Sheet:  Proposed Carbon Pollution Standard for New Power Plants.pdf

Presentation:  Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants.pdf

 


03/23/2012

WHO

You are cordially invited to the inaugural webinar of the WHO series on Climate Change and Health which will be discussing Communicating Climate Change and Health.

This will be taking place on April 4, 2012 at 1800 GMT+1

The webinar will discuss how the public health community can best communicate the climate and health message, reflect on how those messages are being discussed in media and their use in the UN climate process.

The webinar will last 90 minutes with opportunities to ask questions of the panel.

Confirmed speakers include:

Dr. Margaret Chan (Director General at WHO)

Moderator Alex Kirby (Former Chief Environmental Correspondent at the BBC)

Professor Tony McMichael (Australia Fellow at the Australian National University)

Dr. Anthony Leiserwitz (Director of Yale Project on Climate Communication

Nicholas Watts (Coordinator of Healthy Planet International at IFMSA)

To register go to https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/256610512 

Organized in partnership with:

IFMSA

 

 


03/15/2012

 

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Obama Administration Announces $15 Million Multi-Agency Challenge To Foster Job Creation and Business Innovation
in Rural America

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to forward the following announcement on behalf of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development program.

On March 8 the Obama Administration announced a $15 million multi-agency Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge to spur job creation and economic growth in distressed rural communities. This competition, which is being funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Delta Regional Authority, and the Appalachian Regional Commission, was designed by the Taskforce for the Advancement of Regional Innovation Clusters and the White House Rural Council.

The Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge is expected to give out approximately 20 awards, depending on the number of eligible applications. To be eligible for an award, projects must benefit rural communities, but the applicant is not required to be located in a rural area. Nonprofits, higher education institutions, tribes, and state and local governments can collaborate to apply for funding. Although businesses are not eligible to apply directly, applicants can also partner with the private sector on implementation.

In addition to the four funding partners, the initiative is supported by nine other federal agencies: Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership; Denali Commission; U.S. Department of Education; U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration; U.S. Department of Energy; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; and the Small Business Administration.

The deadline for applications is May 9, 2012, and guidelines for submissions are accessible here.

Click here to read press release. Click here to access the federal funding opportunity announcement on grants.gov.

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, join our e-mail list. If you no longer wish to receive these updates, unsubscribe. Feel free to forward this information.

 

 


03/14/2012

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Apply Now for Internship Opportunities

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to forward the following information on internship opportunities, courtesy of the White House and the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance.

Fall 2012 White House Internship Program
The application for the Fall 2012 White House Internship program is now open. Encourage the young leaders you know to apply.
White House Interns dedicate their time, talents, energy, and service to better the White House, the community, and the nation. They become a part of the White House team, and the assignments given to them on any given day could include conducting research, managing incoming inquiries, attending meetings, writing memos, and staffing events. They also participate in a weekly speaker series with senior staff members and small group meetings exploring different policy aspects of the Executive Office of the President through speakers, discussion and off-site field trips. Most importantly, the internship experience includes an emphasis on service, and interns participate in regularly scheduled service projects at schools and nonprofit organizations in Washington DC.

Please visit www.whitehouse.gov/internships for detailed information about the program, the application process, a timeline with deadlines, and the departments that participate in the program. A complete application includes: short answers, two essay questions, a one-page resume, and two letters of recommendation. The deadline to apply for Fall 2012 is April 1, 2012.

Columbia River Basin Nine-Month Internship
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, and 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.

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, join our e-mail list. If you no longer wish to receive these updates, unsubscribe. Feel free to forward this information.

 


03/13/2012

 

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Funding and Internship/Training Opportunities

March 9, 2012


The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to forward information on possible funding and internship and trainee opportunities. Information courtesy of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Native American Programs (ONAP), the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development's (IEED's) Division of Energy and Mineral Development (DEMD), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Western Area Power Authority (WAPA).


Funding Opportunities
HUD OneCPD Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Grants – Applications Due March 15, 2012
Indian tribes are eligible applicants for $62 million available through the Office of Community Planning and Development’s (CPD) OneCPD and Core Curricula Programs. OneCPD will fund results-oriented technical assistance and capacity building. For more information, visit the Grants.gov website.

DOI Grant Opportunity to Assess, Evaluate, and Promote Development of Tribal Energy and Mineral Resources – Applications Due March 16, 2012

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 this goal, DOI'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 an award.

Grant announcement: See the attached Federal Register announcement.

Deadline: Submit grant proposals on or before March 16, 2012. Proposals received after this date will not be considered.

Application: Submitting your proposal electronically is highly recommended this year. You may e-mail your proposal to Amanda John or Amber Beckham.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Huntsville Issues RFP for Large Scale Renewable Energy Production for Federal Installations – Comments Due March 21, 2012

This draft RFP is being provided to industry for receipt of industry comments only. This is NOT a request for proposal (RFP) at this time. In accordance with FAR 52.215-3, this solicitation is issued as a request for information only. No awards will be made from this draft RFP. The final RFP, when issued, may vary significantly rom this draft. Any comments regarding this draft solicitation are to be submitted by firms via the ProjNet website. To submit comments firms will need to self-register in the system if they are not already registered.

The objective of this acquisition is to procure reliable, locally generated renewable and alternative energy utilizing power purchase agreements or other contractual equivalents. It is the intent of the government only to purchase the energy that is produced and not to acquire any generation assets. The contractor shall develop, finance, design, build, operate, own, and maintain the energy plant. The government will contract to purchase the energy for up to 30 years in accordance with the terms and conditions stipulated in site/project-specific agreements resulting from Task Orders awarded under multiple indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contracts (see Section H). Project locations may be on or near any federal property located within the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii, territories, provinces, and other property under the control of the U.S. government for the duration of contract performance. The intent is to award contracts to all qualified and responsible offerors, both large and small businesses.

The estimated maximum contract amount for the multiple award ID/IQ contracts (sum of all Task Orders awarded) is $7 billion over a period of 10 years (if the options are exercised).

For more, go to the Fed BizOps website and search solicitation number W912DY11R0036.

HUD ROSS Service Coordinator NOFA – Applications Due March 27, 2012

HUD has announced the Fiscal Year 2012 notices of funding availability (NOFAs) for the Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency Service Coordinator (ROSS-SC) program. The NOFAs contain application information and can be accessed at Grants.gov.

Public housing authorities, nonprofit agencies, public housing resident associations and tribes/tribally designated housing entities are eligible for $35 million in ROSS-SC funding.

The program allows recipient entities to hire or retain program or service coordinators to link low-income residents with local organizations that provide education, job training, child care, counseling, transportation, job placement programs, and/or computer and financial literacy services to residents, thereby helping them achieve economic self-sufficiency. For the elderly or disabled, the ROSS-SC program provides funding to hire an SC who arranges supportive services that allow residents to maintain their independent lifestyle.

USDA Announces 2012 Funding and Stakeholder Meetings for REAP – Application Deadlines: March 30, 2012 and June 29, 2012 (see below)

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) is designed to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and consumption and help meet the nation's critical energy needs. For 2012, USDA was appropriated funding to support at least $12.5 million in grants and approximately $48.5 million in guaranteed loans through REAP. For details, view the REAP 1012 Notice of Funding Availability in its entirety on the USDA website. You can also read a USDA press release regarding this funding opportunity. USDA Rural Development is currently accepting the following applications:

  • Renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement grant applications and combination grant and guaranteed loan applications accepted until March 30, 2012—Tribes are not eligible to apply directly for this assistance, as there is a legislative prohibition of any applicant being directly controlled by a governmental body. However, Tribal Section 17 Corporations are eligible, and other similarly structured tribal corporations may be eligible to apply after the corporate structure has been reviewed by Rural Development and legal counsel to ensure that there is no direct governmental control of the applicant. The maximum amount for the grant portion is $500,000 for renewable energy systems and $250,000 for energy efficiency improvements, or 25% of the project cost (whichever is lower). The minimum amount of the grant portion is $1,500 for either renewable energy systems or energy efficiency improvements. The maximum loan guarantee amount is $25 million or 75% of the project cost, whichever is lower. For grant and loan combination applications, the loan and grant dollar amount limits are the same, but Rural Development’s combined support for the project cannot exceed 75% of the project cost.
  • Renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement guaranteed loan only applications accepted on a continuous basis up to June 29, 2012—Tribes are not eligible to apply directly for this assistance, as there is a legislative prohibition of any applicant being directly controlled by a governmental body. However, Tribal Section 17 Corporations are eligible, and other similarly structured tribal corporations may be eligible to apply after the corporate structure has been reviewed by Rural Development and legal counsel to ensure that there is no direct governmental control of the applicant. The maximum loan guarantee amount is $25 million or 75% of the project cost, whichever is lower.
  • Renewable energy system feasibility study applications accepted through March 30, 2012—Tribes are not eligible to apply directly for this assistance, as there is a legislative prohibition of any applicant being directly controlled by a governmental body. However, Tribal Section 17 Corporations are eligible, and other similarly structured tribal corporations may be eligible to apply after the corporate structure has been reviewed by Rural Development and legal counsel to ensure that there is no direct governmental control of the applicant. The maximum amount of grant funds that will be made available for an eligible feasibility study project under this subpart to any one recipient will not exceed $50,000 or 25% of the total eligible project cost of the study, whichever is less.

USDA Rural Development will hold stakeholder meetings focusing on REAP during the first quarter of calendar year 2012—These meetings will be hosted by Rural Development state directors. Stakeholders must contact the appropriate Rural Development state office to participate. In recognition of current budget conditions and as we approach the time for developing the next Farm Bill, Rural Development is calling together stakeholders in order to provide updates on REAP; discuss ways we can leverage agency resources, including working with private and public partners and emphasizing guaranteed loans; and reiterate our commitment to helping meet President Obama’s energy independence goals.

Tribal leaders, tribal professionals, and other tribal stakeholders are encouraged to participate. Please note that, due to space limitations, participation in each stakeholder meeting will be limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, we encourage you to contact, as soon as possible, your Rural Development State Energy Coordinator to obtain information on participating in the meeting in your state. Please be advised that if you participate in one of these meetings, you are responsible for your own transportation and any other costs (e.g., food) incurred in participating in the meeting.

For more information, contact your USDA Rural Development State Energy Coordinator (refer to the list of state coordinators), or browse the REAP Web page. If you prefer a single point of contact, please direct all tribal REAP-related inquires to USDA Rural Development’s Native American Coordinator, Tedd Buelow, at 720-544-2911.

EPA Issues FY12 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant Guidelines – Applications Due April 12, 2012

EPA announces FY12 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant Guidelines. See the EPA website for the guidelines.

Under this opportunity, EPA is soliciting proposals from eligible entities, including nonprofit organizations, to deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs that recruit, train, and place local unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field, with a focus on solid and hazardous waste remediation, environmental health and safety, and wastewater-related training.

The total funding available under this competitive opportunity is approximately $2.8 million, subject to availability of funds, quality of proposals received, and other applicable considerations. EPA anticipates awarding approximately 14 environmental workforce development and job training cooperative agreements from this competitive opportunity.

U.S. Department of Justice Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance Grants – Applications Due April 17, 2012

Grants are available from the U.S. Department of Justice for Indian tribes and tribal organizations to provide legal services for indigent defendants and respondents in tribal justice systems and other legal-related services. For more information, see the competitive grant announcement.

U.S. Department of Justice FY 2012 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation – Applications Due April 18, 2012

More than $101.4 million in grant funding is available from the Department of Justice. The funding can be used to conduct comprehensive planning, enhance law enforcement, bolster justice systems, support and enhance tribal efforts to prevent and control delinquency and strengthen the juvenile justice system, prevent youth substance abuse, serve victims of crime, and support efforts to combat crimes. See the fact sheet on the FY 2012 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation on the Justice.gov website for additional details. For more information, contact the COPS Office Response Center at 1‐800‐421‐6770 or by email at tribalgrants@usdoj.gov.

NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants – Applications Due April 20, 2012

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) requests proposals from eligible government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, or individuals seeking competitive consideration of grant awards for projects between one and three years in duration. The Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program does not fund research projects; rather, it funds proposals that stimulate the development and adoption of conservation approaches or technologies that have been studied sufficiently to indicate a likelihood of success. CIG funds projects targeting innovative on-the-ground conservation, including pilot projects and field demonstrations. To be eligible, projects must involve landowners who meet the EQIP eligibility requirements. For more information, see the Grants.gov website.

HUD New Choice Neighborhoods Funding Opportunity – Applications Due May 1, 2012

HUD has announced the availability of $5 million in planning funds to help communities develop grassroots plans that link affordable housing with quality education, public transportation, good jobs and safe streets. For information about these opportunities, visit the HUD website.

Internships and Training Opportunity

Columbia River Basin (9-Month Internship)
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, and 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.

WAPA Seeking Student Trainee – Applications Due March 16, 2012

STUDENT TRAINEE ((METER & RELAY CRAFTSMAN), WB-2610-00
Step 1: $26.45 per hour Step 2: $27.60 per hour
Targeted for APPRENTICE Meter & Relay Craftsman
Desert Southwest Regional Office
Assistant Regional Manager for Maintenance Protection and Communication Maintenance
Duty location: Phoenix, AZ

This is a student trainee position in a pre-apprentice electrical trade, and appointment will be made in accordance with provisions of the Student Career Experience Program. This position provides training and work experience to the student and gives support to the maintenance function within the Desert Southwest Region. During the term of this appointment, the student gains the basic theoretical and practical knowledge and skill and ability of the trade that are necessary to enter the apprenticeship program and perform successfully as an apprentice. For more information, see the attachment.

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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Tribal Healthy Homes & EPA Lead RRP Certification Training
Bozeman, MT
March 12-15, 2012
The Montana Weatherization Training Center is hosting a Tribal Healthy Homes training, as well as an EPA Lead Repair, Renovation, & Paint Certification Training. This training will not only provide a comprehensive overview of healthy home/safety issues but also emphasize testing/assessment equipment and protocols, as well as low-cost mitigation for a variety of issues impacting the health and safety of tribal homes. There are travel scholarships, as well as waived registration fees for the EPA training, available. For more information, visit the Tribal Healthy Homes website.

International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Workshop
March 21-22
Denver, CO
The International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management (IIIRM) will be conducting a workshop on the strategic application of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). For more see the workshop agenda or contact Mervyn L. Tano, President, IIIRM, at 303-733-0481 or mervtano@iiirm.org.

ENERGY STAR Webcast: Benchmarking in Portfolio Manager for State and Local Governments
March 16, 2:00-3:15 p.m. Eastern Time

Sponsored by ENERGY STAR, this webinar 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 with that of 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. To register, visit the ENERGY STAR webcast site.

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 the ENERGY STAR webcast site.

Free Tribal Webinar Series Focused on Energy Self-Sufficiency
Join the Western Area Power Authority, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, and DOE’s Tribal Energy Program for a free webinar series to promote tribal energy sufficiency and foster economic development and employment on tribal lands through renewable energy and energy-efficiency technologies.

The webinar series started in August 2011 and will continue through September 2012. A complete list of upcoming tribal webinars is provided below and on the Public Renewables Partnership website, where previous webinar presentations are also available.

Who Should Attend: Tribes interested in responding to utility-offered renewable RFPs and/or interested in learning more about the competitive power market, utility staff, and other stakeholders.

Registration: There is no charge to participate in the webinars. However, you must register to join them. To register, go to www.repartners.org.
Understanding the Interconnection and Transmission Service Queues
March 28, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mountain Time

Western Area Power Administration has more than 16,000 megawatts of proposed renewable resources in its collective Large Generator Interconnection Queues, representing more than 79 requests. Learn about the procedure for interconnection, how to request transmission service and what tribes can do to gain access to the transmission system. Register now at www.repartners.org.

Save the Dates for the Other Webinars in the Series

Each of the webinars listed below will be presented from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Time.
May 30, 2012 – Today's Energy Supply – Yesterday's Grid
July 25, 2012 – Grid Reliability – Impacts to Tribal Renewable Projects
September 26, 2012 – DOE Office of Indian Energy's START Program Status Updates

EPA Region 10 Tribal Leaders' Summit
April 30-May 4
Grand Ronde, OR

With a focus on "Common Ground: Sharing Successes, Experiences, and Resources," the EPA Region 10 Tribal Leders' Summit will bring together federal and tribal governments to explore opportunities to partner and leverage shared resources. For more information, visit the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde website.

Michigan National Tribal Healthy Homes & Energy Efficiency Conference

May 8-10
Sault Ste. Marie, MI

Sponsored by the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan (ITCM) and the EPA, this conference, themed "Pulling It All Together," will focus on bring continuity the many programs geared toward creating health, energy-efficient tribal homes. For more information, see the ITCM website or contact Sheri Laaksonen, Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc., at 906-632-6896 x 121.

HUD Training: Turning Up the Heat on Energy Conservation

May 15
Olympia, WA

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), this training will focus on proactively addressing the impact of rising heating costs on both residents and tribal housing programs. Participants will walk away with new tools to decrease energy costs that can be implemented as training curriculum for residents and incorporated into the annual maintenance inventory. To register, visit the HUD website.

Renewable Energy Projects in Indian Country Conference
May 21-22
Scottsdale, AZ

At the fifth annual Renewable Energy Projects in Indian Country Conference, tribal leaders and professionals will discuss the significant opportunities for energy development in Indian Country, as well as the barriers that tribes must overcome to bring energy projects to fruition. Discussions will include increasing access to private capital, feasibility studies, and how tribes can create sustainable and environmentally responsible economies for the future generations of Indian Country. For more information, visit the Native Nation Events website.

2012 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality
May 22-24
Tulsa, OK

This forum on improving air quality is co-sponsored by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) and the National Tribal Air Association in partnership with the EPA. Contact Lydia Scheer or Sue Wotkyns to request a presentation proposal form. Watch the ITEP website for details.


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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03/08/2012


2012 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality

The NTF provides tribes, EPA, and other organizations an opportunity to meet, exchange ideas, and discuss current policies, regulatory initiatives, funding, and technical topics in air quality.

Registration:
Online registration is now open! There will be NO registration fee for the 2012 NTF! Click HERE to register.

Scholarships:
ITEP will provide a limited number of scholarships to cover eligible travel expenses for tribal employees to be reimbursed after the Forum. Requests for scholarships should be made using the online registration form. Deadline to request a scholarship is March 21, 2012.

Hotel:
Lodging arrangements will be made by ITEP for scholarship recipients, eligible present­ers, and NTAA Executive Committee Members only; please DO NOT contact the hotel directly if your lodging is to be paid by ITEP. All other attendees must make hotel reservations directly with the hotel. A group block reservation has been made at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa for the rate of $77/night + 6% tribal transaction fee; this rate is available until May 6, 2012, or until group rooming block has been exceeded. Contact the Hotel by phone at 1-800-760-6700 or online at www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com. Use booking code “AIRQUALITY2012” for the group block rate.

Optional Training Sessions:

Several optional training sessions are planned for Monday, May 21, 2012. The training sessions are free to attend, however, travel support will not be provided for attendees.

· Session 1, Monday, 5/21, 8:30 am – 12 pm: EPA-OAQPS Tribal Consultation Policy
· Session 2, Monday, 5/21, 1:30 pm – 5 pm: EPA-ORIA Tribal Strategy
· Session 3, Monday, 5/21, 8:30 am – 5 pm: Indoor Air Quality
· Session 4, Monday, 5/21, 12 pm – 7 pm: Site visit to Tar Creek Superfund Site, Picher-Cardin, OK
· Session 5, Monday, 5/21, 1 pm – 6 pm: Site visit to Cherokee Nation NCore Monitoring Site, Stillwell, OK


Presentations, Posters and Exhibits:
We want to hear from YOU at this conference! If you're interested in presenting a poster or giving a presentation please let us know! The more we can do to highlight the good work of the tribes, the more we'll learn from one-another.

Click HERE to download the Presentation request form.
Click HERE to download the Eco-Café & Poster request form.

Check our website for more information! Click HERE for the announcement. 


The NTF is a cooperative endeavor co-sponsored by The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) and the National Tribal Air Association (NTAA) with funds made available by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Questions or comments? E-mail us at Lydia.Scheer@nau.edu or Ondrea.Barber@ntec.org

 


03/07/2012

 

March 2012 State and Local Resource Roundup

***New ACEEE White Paper Details Innovative Local Delivery of Energy Efficiency


The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has released a white paper entitled The Role of Local Governments and Community Organizations as Energy Efficiency Implementation Partners: Case Studies and a Review of Trends.

Local governments and community organizations across the country are adopting policies, strategies, and partnerships that promote energy efficiency, save money, and reduce pollution. The white paper, developed by ACEEE and the MIT Energy Efficiency Strategy Project, focuses on the roles of local governments, community organizations, and utilities in developing and delivering energy efficiency programs. The paper presents eight case studies from communities across the country and showcases how local governments and civil society can support energy efficiency efforts through enabling policies and program partnerships.

For more profiles of communities taking action, visit EPA’s Climate Showcase Communities Program.

***Register your Earth Day Events

The Earth Day Network invites communities to register their events to help advertise Earth Day festivals across the country. To find out more please go to the Earth Day 2012 site.

***EPA Announces New Green Infrastructure Website and Technical Assistance

EPA's Green Infrastructure Program is pleased to unveil a new website and to announce the availability of technical assistance to 10-20 partner communities.

The program’s new website repackages and expands upon its previous site to showcase EPA's research on green infrastructure and to serve as a gateway to the wealth of resources developed by governmental agencies, academia, non-profits, and the private sector. Stakeholders can consult the website for up-to-date information on green infrastructure publications, tools, and opportunities.

The first opportunity announced through the new website is the availability of direct assistance from EPA to facilitate the use of green infrastructure to protect water quality. Technical assistance will be provided through EPA contract support, and will be directed to watersheds/sewersheds with significant water quality degradation associated with urban stormwater. The total EPA assistance available is approximately $950,000, and will be distributed among 10-20 projects. The value of the assistance available to each project will be approximately $50,000 - $100,000. Letters of interest must be received by April 6, 2012.

***
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 site.

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03/06/2012

 

News Release: EPA approves Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s air permitting program

EPA approves Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s air permitting program
 
Southwest Colorado Tribe is first in nation to operate Clean Air Act program for large sources of air emissions 
 
Contact Information:
U.S. EPA:
Carl Daly, 303-312-6416; Richard Mylott, 303-312-6654
Southern Ute Indian Tribe: Andrea Taylor, 970-563-0100 x 2250

(Denver, Colo. - March 5, 2012) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced its approval of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s air permitting program, making the Tribe the first in the nation to operate an EPA-approved Clean Air Act program for large sources of air emissions. The Tribe’s headquarters are located near Ignacio, Colorado.  
 
The Clean Air Act operating permits program allows the Tribe to issue permits and perform inspections at large stationary sources of air emissions on the Reservation, the majority of which are associated with oil and gas production. EPA will continue to work with the Tribe in an oversight capacity, as it does for State permitting programs.
  
 
“The assumption of this program is a significant step forward for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and the environment,” said Jim Martin, EPA’s Regional Administrator in Denver.   “EPA’s approval reflects the Tribe’s exceptional effort to build the expertise and capacity to manage air quality on the Reservation.”
 
The Tribe’s effort to obtain authority to implement the program has been underway for nearly a decade and has involved extensive communication and outreach with industry, the State of Colorado and surrounding communities. Previously, EPA had served as the permitting authority on behalf of the Tribe.
 
In commenting on the approval, Tribal Chairman Jimmy R. Newton, Jr. stated that, “EPA approval of this program is an achievement that was envisioned by many past tribal leaders and is the culmination of extensive cooperation among the Tribe, EPA, State of Colorado, La Plata County, and oil and gas industry operators. The Tribe looks forward to administering the program in a manner that ensures protection of the Reservation air shed and contributes positively to regional air quality.”
 

Clean Air Act operating permits are legally enforceable documents that authorities issue to air pollution sources after the source has begun to operate. This requirement comes from Title V of the Clean Air Act, as amended in 1990.  The Southern Ute Indian Tribe is located on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation in southwest Colorado. The Reservation land area includes more than a thousand square miles in La Plata, Archuleta and Montezuma counties.   More on the Clean Air Act operating permits program: http://www.epa.gov/oaqps001/permits/ 
Southern Ute Indian Tribe: http://www.southern-ute.nsn.us/

 

 


03/01/2012

March 2012: Upcoming Climate and Energy Webcasts for State and Local Governments

This message provides details about five 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

· March 1, 2:00-3:00 PM (EST) – Using EPA’s GHG Reporting Rule Data for State and Local Governments
· March 6, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – Community Choice Aggregation: Leveraging a Collective Procurement Model to Drive New Renewable Energy Generation

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

· March 16, 2:00-3:15 PM (EDT) – Benchmarking in Portfolio Manager for State and Local Governments Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Webcasts

· March 6, 3:00-4:30 PM (EST) – Financing Middle Income Energy Improvements AMPO (Association of Metropolitan Planning Organization) Webcasts

· March 6, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) - Climate Change Communications


***EPA Webcasts

March 1, 2:00-3:00 PM (EST) – Using EPA’s GHG Reporting Rule Data for State and Local Governments
For the first time, comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) data reported directly from large facilities and suppliers across the country are now easily accessible to the public through EPA’s GHG Reporting Program. The 2010 GHG data include public information from facilities in nine industry groups, including 29 source categories, that directly emit large quantities of GHGs, as well as suppliers of certain fossil fuels and industrial gases. This information can be used by state and local governments to identify nearby sources of GHGs, identify opportunities to improve efficiency and reduce emissions, or to inform policies and programs.

Staff from the GHG Reporting Program will take attendees through EPA’s online data publication tool that allows users to view and sort GHG data for calendar year 2010 from more than 6,700 facilities in a variety of ways—including by facility, location, industrial sector, and the type of GHG emitted—and will discuss ways in which state and local governments may be able to use this data.

To register, visit the webcast registration page.

March 6, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – Community Choice Aggregation: Leveraging a Collective Procurement Model to Drive New Renewable Energy Generation
EPA’s Green Power Partnership is hosting a webinar on community choice aggregation (CCA) and how municipalities can leverage this procurement model to advance renewable energy generation. CCA is a procurement framework that allows municipalities to procure electricity to meet the collective load of their local residents and businesses. In deregulated and semi-deregulated states, CCAs provide municipalities with access to the wholesale power market to meet their desired electricity supply portfolio, while the local utility still provides transmission and distribution services.

The reasons municipalities pursue CCAs include:
· lower electricity costs,
· greater reliance on a renewable energy supply,
· reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and
· economic growth and job creation through the development of local generation assets.

CCA is currently adopted into law in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, and Rhode Island.

This webinar will examine the CCA model, how it works, potential risks, how it can be used by municipalities to increase the supply of green power locally and nationally, current state-level status and potential areas of expansion, CCA enabling legislation, and linkages between CCA and EPA’s Green Power Partnership program. The webinar will also feature case studies of Marin County, California; and Oak Park, Illinois.

For more information, or to register, visit the webcast registration page.

***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 the ENERGY STAR webcast site.

March 16, 2:00-3:15 PM (EDT) – Benchmarking in Portfolio Manager for State and Local Governments
Sponsored by ENERGY STAR, this webinarwill 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 with that of 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.

To register, visit the ENERGY STAR webcast site.

*** Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Webcasts

March 6, 3:00-4:30 PM (EST) – Financing Middle Income Energy Improvements
This webinar is based on the study Delivering Energy Efficiency to Middle Income Single Family Households. Many of today’s energy efficiency financing programs reject half or more of applicants; these rejection rates are higher among middle income households. How can we overcome the up-front cost barrier by responsibly increasing access to capital? Hear from program managers and financial experts about what’s being piloted today and what’s being planned for tomorrow.

To register, visit the webcast registration page.

*** AMPO (Association of Metropolitan Planning Organization) Webcasts

March 6, 2012, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) – Climate Change Communications
Sponsored by the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations, this webinar will discuss how MPOs are communicating climate change challenges to local officials and the public. The webinar will discuss approaches that have worked well in a variety of MPOs.

To register, visit the webcast registration page.

 


EPA Releases Guide on Landfill Gas Energy for Local Governments


EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program and Landfill Methane Outreach Program have released a final version of Landfill Gas Energy: A Guide to Developing and Implementing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs(PDF, 547 K). Learn how communities can achieve energy, environmental, health, and economic benefits by using landfill gas (LFG) recovered from municipal solid waste landfills as a source of renewable energy. It is designed to be used by local governments, regulatory and planning agencies, developers, contractors, project partners, energy service companies, and end users, including business and industrial customers who work with project owners.

Readers of the guide will learn about options to recover and use LFG from landfills, and get a clear idea of the steps and considerations involved in developing and implementing LFG projects as well as the expected costs and financing opportunities.

This guide is part of the Local Government Climate and Energy Strategy Series, which is designed to help policy makers and program staff plan, implement, and evaluate cost-effective climate and energy projects that generate economic, environmental, social, and human health benefits.

To access other documents in this series, please visit the Local Government Climate and Energy Strategy Series page on EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program website.

To learn more about communities already investing in LFG projects, visit two of EPA’s Climate Showcase Communities: Keene, New Hampshire and Albuquerque, New Mexico.


***
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 site.

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HKYoungNativeWriters


Announcing the 2012
Young Native Writers Essay Contest


The Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation is proud to welcome entries for the Young Native Writers Essay Contest, which we organize each year in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.


This essay contest for Native American high school students is designed to encourage young Native Americans to think about the most important issues affecting their tribal communities, as well as ways in which challenges can be addressed.


Hundreds of Native American high school students participate each year. While all participants receive a Certificate of Honor for submitting their essays and adding their voices to this important dialogue in Indian Country, the five first-place winners are awarded an all-expenses-paid "Scholar Week" trip to Washington, D.C., accompanied by a teacher or mentor nominated by each winner, to visit the National Museum of the American Indian and other prominent Washington, D.C. sites. Each winner also receives a $2,500 college scholarship.


Please help us spread the word about this year’s contest by forwarding this email to groups and individuals who might be interested in submitting an essay. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2012.


We look forward to reading this year’s essays!


For more details please visit: http://www.nativewriters.hklaw.com/


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ITEP NAU

American Indian Air Quality Training Program

Course Notice for:

“Weatherization & Indoor Air Quality” (Level 2)
April 24-27, 2012
Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin

Pre-Registration Date (for priority consideration): March 6, 2012
Download Course Application Packet here: PreReg-WIAQ.pdf [8 pgs]


Course Description:
This Level 2 course will bring together tribal environmental, housing, and health staff to learn how weatherization can impact indoor air quality. After completing this course, participants will be able to assess a home for indoor air pollutants, conduct an investigation for combustion safety, test a home for radon, and educate occupants about the importance of a healthful indoor environment.

The course is structured as an intensive training that uses multiple approaches to learning: lecture/discussion, hands-on, and small-group activities. Site visits will also be conducted. The content is designed to further one’s understanding of indoor air quality topics as they are related to weatherization activities.

Topics include:
· Current research on IAQ and health
· Balancing energy efficiency with indoor air quality
· EPA IAQ-Weatherization Protocols
· Combustion safety
· Moisture measurement and mold assessment
· Importance of ventilation
· Assessing a home for indoor air pollutants
· Radon measurements and methods for mitigation
· Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
· Education and outreach for indoor air quality

Pre-Requisites: (or equivalent experience)
Indoor Air Quality in Tribal Communities, OR
Indoor Air Quality in Alaska Native Villages, OR
Tribal Healthy Homes

How to Apply for the Course: Read all enclosed information carefully. Fill out both sides of the enclosed Application Form and fax it to ITEP by the Pre-Registration date listed for priority consideration. Applications received after the pre-registration period will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

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 16 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.
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As a cooperative effort between Northern Arizona University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the American Indian Air Quality Training Program seeks to fulfill the mandate of the 1990 Clean Air Act to offer Native American tribes full partnership in the management of air quality on tribal lands.

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Lydia Scheer, Program 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/

 


02/29/2012

DOE Tribal Energy Program

 

 

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to forward the following information on a series of upcoming webinars for Tribes.

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, DOE's Tribal Energy Program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Green Power Partnership Program, and Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) are conducting a series of webinars that promote tribal energy sufficiency and foster economic development and employment on tribal lands through the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

The webinar series started in August 2011 and will continue through September 2012. Topics include EPA's Green Power Partnership Program, an overview of the Power Marketing Administrations, 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. A complete list of upcoming tribal webinars is provided below and at www.repartners.org, where previous webinar presentations are also available.

Who Should Attend: Tribes interested in responding to utility-offered renewable RFPs and/or interested in learning more about the competitive power market, utility staff, and other stakeholders.

Sponsors: WAPA, DOE – Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, DOE – Tribal Energy Program, and EPA – Green Power Partnership Program.

Registration: There is no charge to participate in the webinars. However, you must register to join them. To register, go to www.repartners.org and click on the Tribal Webinar Series icon.

Topics and Dates: Each of the webinars listed below will be presented from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Time

Register Today!

February 29, 2012 – Unwinding Transmission Policies

Summary: This webinar will answer the following questions: What is transmission policy, how is it established, and who are the players? How is transmission policy enforced, and who does it? What are some of the policy issues today, and what is their potential impact on transmission resources, i.e. Order 1000 (Transmission Planning and Cost Allocation)?

Save the Dates for the Other Webinars in the Series:
March 28, 2012 – Understanding the Interconnection and Transmission Service Queues
May 30, 2012 – Today's Energy Supply – Yesterday's Grid
July 25, 2012 – Grid Reliability – Impacts to Tribal Renewable Projects
September 26, 2012 – DOE Office of Indian Energy's START Program Status Updates

Visit www.repartners.org for more on these upcoming webinars and material on past webinars.
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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02/28/2012

REMINDER

Understanding the Chromium Electroplating

Risk and Technology Review

Supplemental Proposal

Webinar

February 29, 2012, 2:30 ET

EPA invites tribal and environmental justice advocates and others to participate in a webinar on EPA’s proposed amendments to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Hard and Decorative Chromium Electroplating and Chromium Anodizing Tanks, which will take place on February 29, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. ET.

To Register:  https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/994462808

Conference Line:  1-866-299-3188

Conference Code:  919 541 5624

Phone is limited to 125 participants, with tribal and community organizations having priority.

For more information click here


02/22/2012

 

Webinar on the National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy (Strategy)

for tribes to be held on February 29th.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
1:00 – 3:00 pm EST

Please click here to register for this Webinar:

Register

The Webinar is an opportunity to learn more about the development and goals of the Strategy, ask questions, and provide comments verbally or in writing.

Developed by federal, state, and tribal agency partners, the draft Strategy is a framework for unified action to help decision makers and resource managers prepare for and reduce the impacts of climate change on species, ecosystems, and the people and economies that depend on them.

The draft Strategy is available for public review and comment through March 5, 2012, at the web site www.wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov.

Please share this information with anyone who you believe should or would like to attend.  If questions contact Devon Ryan (dryan@fishwildlife.org) or Christina Stringer (Christina.Stringer@bia.gov).

Thank you,

The Strategy Management Team

National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy

U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222

Arlington, VA 22203

 


DEADLINE EXTENDED!
CALL FOR PAPERS AND POSTERS DUE
March 2nd
National Air Quality Conference
AMBIENT MONITORING 2012
Denver Marriott City Center
Denver, Colorado
May 14-17, 2012

 Denver
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The EPA in conjunction with the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) is pleased to invite you to 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.

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.

CALL FOR PAPERS AND POSTERS DUE MARCH 2nd

Interested in presenting a paper or a poster at the Conference? Great! We want to hear from you. A draft agenda is posted on EPA's website (http://www.epa.gov/ttn/amtic/naamc.html). We are interested in receiving proposals related to the agenda technical sessions listed. Please send your abstracts to Laurie Trinca (trinca.laurie@epa.gov) and Kevin Cavender (cavender.kevin@epa.gov). Abstracts are due no later than March 2, 2012.

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.

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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).

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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 Friday, 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.

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NEED MORE INFORMATION?

Contact Laurie Trinca (trinca.laurie@epa.gov) or Kevin Cavender (cavender.kevin@epa.gov).
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.


DOE Tribal Energy Program

Tribal Clean Energy Projects to Receive $6.5 Million from U.S. Energy Department
February 16, 2012

As part of the Obama Administration's commitment to strengthening partnerships with tribal nations and supporting tribal energy development, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that 19 clean energy projects will receive more than $6.5 million. These competitively selected projects will allow Native American Tribes to advance clean energy within their communities by assessing local energy resources, developing renewable energy projects, and deploying clean energy technologies.

Since 2002, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Tribal Energy Program has provided $36 million to 159 tribal energy projects. The projects selected for negotiation of award today fall under three project areas:

1) $3.6 Million for Feasibility Studies – Thirteen projects will receive $3.6 million to assess the technical and economic viability of developing renewable energy resources on tribal lands to generate utility-scale power or study the feasibility of installing renewable energy systems on buildings to reduce energy use by 30%.
2) $1.7 Million for Renewable Energy Development Projects – Four projects will receive $1.7 million for pre-construction development activities. Three are developing more than 250 megawatts (MW) of new renewable energy generation, and one, when implemented, would reduce the need for diesel fuel for heating by 80% – or 9,600 gallons annually.
3) $1.3 Million for Installation Projects – Two projects will receive $1.3 million to deploy renewable energy technologies to convert waste and other biomass to energy. Once installed, the projects will generate 5 MW of energy per hour using municipal solid waste and using cordwood for heating to save between 2,500 and 3,200 gallons of propane.

The tribal energy projects announced today were selected as a result of a DOE funding opportunity announcement issued last year. See a summary of all 19 selected tribal energy projects.

For the full press release, see the Energy.gov 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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DOE Tribal Energy Program

Approximately $1.5 Billion 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 $1.5 billion in current or upcoming funding opportunities for state, local, and tribal governments from the Department of Transportation (DOT), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy (DOE), Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (TFN), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including transportation, energy efficiency, smart grid initiatives, and sustainability planning. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

***DOT 2012 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Discretionary Grant Program – $500 million
Applications due: Preapplications due February 20, 2012; final applications due March 19, 2012

Eligible entities: State, local, and tribal governments, including U.S. territories, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), other political subdivisions of state or local governments, and multi-state or multijurisdictional groups applying through a single lead applicant.

The FY 2012 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grants are for capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure and are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area, or a region.

Projects that are eligible include, but are not limited to: (1) highway or bridge projects eligible under title 23, United States Code; (2) public transportation projects eligible under chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code; (3) passenger and freight rail transportation projects; and (4) marine port infrastructure investments. Projects will be evaluated on primary criteria that include safety, economic competitiveness, livability, environmental sustainability, state of repair, and short-term job creation.

For more information, visit the DOT website.

***EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants Program – $1 million
Applications due: February 29, 2012

Eligible entities: Federally recognized tribes, tribal organizations, and incorporated nonprofit organizations.

EPA’s Environmental Justice Small Grants Program (EJSG) provides funding for projects that address local environmental and public health issues within an affected community. EPA will award grants that support activities designed to educate, empower, and enable communities to understand environmental and public health issues and to identify ways to address these issues at the local level. The long-term goals of the EJSG program are to help build the capacity of communities with environmental justice concerns and create self-sustaining, community-based partnerships that will continue to improve local environments in the future. Eligible applicants must demonstrate that they have worked directly with the affected community.

For more information, visit the EPA website.

***DOE Smart Grid Data Access Funding Opportunity – $8 million


Applications due:
March 1, 2012

Eligible entities: state and local governments, federally recognized tribes

DOE’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 the applicant’s 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 Forest Service 2012 Hazardous Fuels Woody Biomass Utilization Grant – $3 million

Applications due: March 1, 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 this 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.

***DOE Program Year 2012 Weatherization Formula Grants – $65 million

Applications due: Varies by program year, next due date is March 1, 2012

Eligible entities: state governments and federally recognized tribes.

The purpose of the Weatherization Assistance Program is to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons, reduce their total residential expenditures, and improve their health and safety. The priority population for the Weatherization Assistance Program is people who are particularly vulnerable, such as the elderly, persons with disabilities, families with children, high residential energy users, and households with high energy burden. In fiscal year 2012, a total of $65 million is available.

For more information, visit the grants.gov website.

***TFN’s Local Sustainability Matching Fund – $750,000

Applications due:
March 5, 2012

Eligible entities: Partnerships between sustainability directors and local, place-based foundations. A sustainability director can include any person who leads a multi-department and community-wide urban sustainability initiative from within a local government or an Urban Sustainability Directors Network member from throughout North America.

In partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (TFN) has announced the Local Sustainability Matching Fund. TFN is a membership organization that helps grant makers across North America advance strategies to create fair, prosperous, and sustainable regions and communities.

The Matching Fund will provide matching investments from national foundations on a competitive basis to build partnerships between local sustainability directors and local place-based foundations to advance discrete sustainability initiatives. Partnership investments will be between $25,000 and $75,000, with a 1:1 match required by one or more local place-based foundations. The pool will support approximately nine to ten partnership projects in the first year for projects to be carried out over a 12-month period, in most cases.

For more information about the funding opportunity, view the request for proposals.

***FTA FY 2012 Bus and Bus Facilities Program: State of Good Repair Initiative – $650 million


Applications due: March 22, 2012

Eligible entities:
“Direct Recipients” within the meaning of FTA’s Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula program, states, or Indian tribes.

The State of Good Repair Initiative under the FTA FY 2012 Bus and Bus Facilities Program is designed to improve the condition of public transportation capital assets by providing financial assistance for recapitalization of buses and bus facilities. As part of the program, FTA will prioritize the replacement and rehabilitation of intermodal facilities that support the connection of bus service with multiple modes of transportation, including but not limited to rail, ferry, intercity bus, and private transportation providers. Criteria on which the projects will be evaluated include the project’s ability to improve energy efficiency, reduce energy consumption/greenhouse gas emissions, or support emerging or advanced technologies and green building initiatives.

For more information, visit the FTA website.

***FTA FY 2012 Bus and Bus Facilities Program: Bus and Bus Facilities Livability Initiative – $125 million

Applications due: March 29, 2012

Eligible entities: “Direct Recipients” within the meaning of FTA’s Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula program, states, or Indian tribes.

The Bus Livability Initiative under the FTA FY 2012 Bus and Bus Facilities Program makes funds available to public transportation providers to finance capital projects to replace, rehabilitate, and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities. Projects should demonstrate a linkage to environmental sustainability, which will be evaluated based on the project’s ability to (1) improve energy efficiency or reduce energy consumption/greenhouse gas emissions and (2) to maintain, protect, or enhance the environment, as evidenced by environmentally friendly policies and practices used in the project design, construction, and operation that exceed the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act.

For more information, visit the FTA website.

***FTA FY 2012 Clean Fuels Program – $51.5 million

Applications due: April 5, 2012

Eligible entities: Designated recipients in maintenance or nonattainment areas for ozone or carbon monoxide under section 107(d) of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7407(d)), that are entities designated to receive federal urbanized formula funds under 49 U.S.C. 5307. Tribes, states and designated recipients may submit consolidated proposals for projects in non-urbanized areas. FTA will also accept applications from direct recipients, tribes, and state departments of transportation in attainment areas for projects that meet eligibility criteria under the Bus and Bus Facilities Program.

FTA’s FY 2012 Clean Fuels Program supports emerging clean fuel and advanced propulsion technologies for transit buses and markets for those technologies. The program funds projects from non-attainment or maintenance areas in achieving or maintaining the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone and carbon monoxide. FTA also intends to further its environmental sustainability goals by allowing proposers in attainment areas that are not eligible under the Clean Fuels Grant Program to apply for projects that promote the use of clean fuels, and to fund those projects with FTA Bus and Bus Facilities program funds as appropriate.

For more information, visit the FTA website.

***HUD Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grants – $110 million


Applications due:
April 10, 2012

Eligible entities: Local governments, tribal entities, public housing authorities, nonprofits, and for-profit developers that apply jointly with a public entity.

The HUD Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants Program is aimed at helping communities develop and implement a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization strategy to achieve three core goals. The goals include transforming distressed public and assisted housing into energy-efficient, mixed-income housing that is physically and financially viable over the long term, and transforming distressed, high-poverty neighborhoods into viable, mixed-income neighborhoods with access to well-functioning services, including public transportation.

For more information, visit the grants.gov website.

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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02/16/2012

 

National Program Guidance

The American Indian Environmental Office (AIEO) and the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) are seeking assistance to help tribes learn about the opportunity to provide feedback and comments to EPA on the draft National Program Managers Guidance.

OCFO along with NPM staff will host (2) two national teleconference calls on March 2 and March 9 (see call-in information below) to exchange information and gather comments from tribal leaders and/or their designees on EPA's draft FY 2013 NPM guidance documents. These calls will focus on the"Summary of Key Changes for Tribes" templates, which are attached for your convenience. A notification letter is also being sent to all tribal leaders about this opportunity.

Call in Information

Friday, March 2, 2012 from 1:30 PM est - 3:00 PM est - Call in number:1 866 299 3188, code 202 564 3020#

Friday, March 9, 2012 from 1:30 PM est - 3:00 PM est - Call in number:1 866 299 3188, code 202 564 3020#

OCFO will also solicit comments via the tribal portal as part of its 30-day public comment process. Links to the draft FY 2013 NPM guidance documents and the "Summary of Key Changes for Tribes" templates will also be posted on the tribal portal by February 17, 2012.

EPA's HQ media offices have been communicating with their respective tribal media partnership councils about the draft FY 2013 NPM guidance documents. OCFO is using this process to extend that outreach to tribal governments.

Click here for the Key Changes for Tribes on the FY 13 Guidance.


 

Webinar on U.S. EPA's Proposed Rule to Reduce Emissions from Chromium Electroplating and Anodizing Facilities
February 29, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. ET

EPA invites tribal and environmental justice advocates and others to participate in a webinar on EPA’s proposed amendments to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Hard and Decorative Chromium Electroplating and Chromium Anodizing Tanks, which will take place on February 29, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. ET.

For more information click here:  Chrome Webinar


EPA has developed two informational videos: 1) Gasoline Distribution NESHAP 6C (Stage 1) and 2) National Air Toxics Assessment

1. Gas Distribution NESHAP 6C (Stage I) - Informational Video at http://www.epa.gov/apti/video/GasDistributionNESHAPVideo0112.html

EPA has developed an informational video describing “Stage I" gasoline storage tank filling control requirements. These requirements result from the Gas Distribution NESHAP 6C Rule. This 22 minute video is intended to educate 57,000 Gas Distribution Facility owner/operators affected by the NESHAP 6C Rule and to encourage them to apply for their Stage I compliance inspection. The video explains what a NESHAP is, why it exists, the general requirements of the 6C rule and which specific businesses are affected.

The video details that the purpose of the rule is to regulate the gasoline vapors that are emitted when a storage tank is filled (Stage I). It also explains the equipment and testing requirements (pressure/vacuum vent valves and static pressure of tanks); best management practices; and highlights the fittings and adaptors needed to properly capture gasoline vapors during unloading.

2. National Air Toxics Assessment (NATA) Informational Video at http://www.epa.gov/apti/video/NATAVideo1011.html

There are 8 video modules in this set. They include an overview, demonstration of how to navigate results, and examples of how the assessment is used. These modules range in length from 2 to 12 minutes running time.

As background, NATA identifies and prioritizes air toxics, emission source types, and locations that are of greatest potential concern in terms of contributing to population risk. EPA uses the results of these assessments in many ways, including:

* To work with communities in designing their own local-scale assessments
* To set priorities for improving data in emissions inventories, and
* To help direct priorities for expanding and improving the network of air toxics monitoring


New Sustainability, Green Jobs, Energy, and Air Quality Resources for State and Local Governments, February 2012

This message provides details on four new resources related to sustainability, green jobs, energy, and air quality that may be of interest to state and local governments.

***HUD’s New Sustainable Communities Resource Center

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s new Sustainable Communities Resource Center features a comprehensive set of information that supports local and regional strategies, with a particular emphasis on sustainable housing and planning. The Resource Center provides ready access to best practices, cutting edge research, new reports and resources, and spotlights innovation in the field.

***US Department of Labor’s Why Green Is Your Color: A Woman’s Guide to a Sustainable Career

The Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau has released Why Green Is Your Color: A Woman's Guide to a Sustainable Career, a comprehensive manual designed to help women with job training and career development as they enter innovative and nontraditional jobs. It offers women resources and information they need in order to enter and succeed in jobs in the emerging green economy. The guide is for women at all stages of their careers— whether they are newly entering the workforce, transitioning to new careers, or returning to the workforce—who want to identify and take advantage of opportunities in the clean energy economy. It will help training providers, educators, counselors, and other workforce development professionals promote the recruitment and retention of women in green career paths.

Additional resources to help women succeed in nontraditional and emerging job sectors are available by contacting the Women's Bureau.

***New Report from ACEEE: Energy Efficiency: The Slip Switch to a New Track Toward Compliance with Federal Air Regulations

A new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) discusses how energy efficiency can be used by states, policymakers, and utilities developing compliance strategies to meet the goals of federal air regulations. As mandated under the Clean Air Act, a suite of upcoming air regulations will impose limits on the emissions of multiple air pollutants. The report, entitled Energy Efficiency: The Slip Switch to a New Track Toward Compliance with Federal Air Regulations, maps opportunities in these new regulations where energy efficiency can be used as a compliance tool.

***The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Green Lab Publishes Report on Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse

The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse concludes that, when comparing buildings of equivalent size and function, building reuse almost always offers environmental savings over demolition and new construction. The report’s key findings offer policy-makers, building owners, developers, architects and engineers compelling evidence of the merits of reusing existing buildings as opposed to tearing them down and building new.

***
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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02/14/2012

 

Announcing Tribal Consultation - Development of EPA Climate Change Adaptation Plan

We want to inform you about the beginning of the Tribal Consultation process for the development of the Agency's Climate Change Adaptation Plan. Notice was sent to the Tribes by mail last week and a copy of the notification template is attached to this note. The Office of Policy will host three webinar sessions to provide a briefing and initiate the dialogue with Tribes:

1. Thursday, February 23, 2012; 2:00PM-3:30PM EST/11:00AM-12:30PM PST (for western Tribes);
Webinar connection: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/synchOutlook?wid=331970560&uid=105434308
Conference line alternative: 1-866-299-3188 with the access code: 519-584-6853#

2. Thursday, March 1, 2012; 10:00AM- 11:30AM EST (for eastern Tribes);
Webinar connection: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/synchOutlook?wid=638434056&uid=105128414
Conference line alternative:1-866-299-3188 with the access code: 519-584-6853#

3. Thursday, March 8, 2012; 2:00PM – 3:30PM EST/11:00AM- 12:30PM PST (for any Tribes unable to make the earlier calls).
Webinar Connection: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/synchOutlook?wid=738473281&uid=105062578
Conference line alternative:1-866-299-3188 with the access code: 519-584-6853#

Please note that it will be possible for representatives of the Tribes to connect to the sessions by toll-free conference line if webinar connectivity is not possible. OP will work to incorporate what we hear from these sessions into the draft plan which will be transmitted to the Tribes and made available for public review on-or-about April 1. The review and comment period will last until May 15, 2012.

Tribal Consultation Blank Letter

Please contact me if you have any questions. Materials for these sessions will be posted later this week on the Tribal Consultation website.

Gerald (Jerry) Filbin, Ph.D., Director
Program Support Staff
Office of Strategic Environmental Management (OSEM)
Room 4104 EPA West
Office of Policy (1807T)
US Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania, Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460

202-566-2182
202-566-2211 FAX



February 2012 – Approximately $1.5 Billion in Federal Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

This message announces the availability of nearly $1.5 billion in current or upcoming funding opportunities for state, local, and tribal governments from the Department of Transportation (DOT), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy (DOE), Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (TFN), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including transportation, energy efficiency, smart grid initiatives, and sustainability planning. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

*** DOT 2012 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Discretionary Grant Program – $500 million

Application Due: Pre-applications due February 20, 2012; final applications due March 19, 2012
Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments, including U.S. territories, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), other political subdivisions of state or local governments, and multi-state or multijurisdictional groups applying through a single lead applicant.

The FY 2012 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grants are for capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure and are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area, or a region. Projects that are eligible include, but are not limited to: (1) Highway or bridge projects eligible under title 23, United States Code; (2) public transportation projects eligible under chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code; (3) passenger and freight rail transportation projects; and (4) marine port infrastructure investments. Projects will be evaluated on primary criteria that include safety, economic competitiveness, livability, environmental sustainability, state of repair, and short-term job creation.

For more information, visit http://www.dot.gov/tiger/docs/fy12_tiger_nofa.pdf.

*** EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants Program – $1 million
Application Due: February 29, 2012
Eligible Entities: Federally recognized tribes, tribal organizations, and incorporated non-profit organizations.

EPA’s Environmental Justice Small Grants Program (EJSG) provides funding for projects that address local environmental and public health issues within an affected community. EPA will award grants that support activities designed to educate, empower, and enable communities to understand environmental and public health issues and to identify ways to address these issues at the local level. The long-term goals of the EJSG program are to help build the capacity of communities with environmental justice concerns and create self-sustaining, community-based partnerships that will continue to improve local environments in the future. Eligible applicants must demonstrate that they have worked directly with the affected community.

For more information, visit http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/resources/publications/grants/ej-smgrants-rfp-2012.pdf.

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

DOE’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 the applicant’s 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 Forest Service 2012 Hazardous Fuels Woody Biomass Utilization Grant – $3 million
Application Due: March 1, 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 this grant program must be used to further the planning of such facilities by funding the engineering services necessary for final design and cost analysis.

More information

***DOE Program Year 2012 Weatherization Formula Grants – $65 million
Application Due: Varies by program year, next due date is March 1, 2012
Eligible Entities: State governments and federally recognized tribes.

The purpose of the Weatherization Assistance Program is to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons, reduce their total residential expenditures, and improve their health and safety. The priority population for the Weatherization Assistance Program is people who are particularly vulnerable, such as the elderly, persons with disabilities, families with children, high residential energy users, and households with high energy burden. In fiscal year 2012, a total of $65 million is available.

More information


*** TFN’s Local Sustainability Matching Fund – $750,000
Application Due: March 5, 2012
Eligible Entities: Partnerships between sustainability directors and local, place-based foundations. A sustainability director can include any person who leads a multi-department and community-wide urban sustainability initiative from within a local government or an Urban Sustainability Directors Network member from throughout North America.

In partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (TFN) has announced the Local Sustainability Matching Fund. TFN is a membership organization that helps grant makers across North America advance strategies to create fair, prosperous, and sustainable regions and communities.

The Matching Fund will provide matching investments from national foundations on a competitive basis to build partnerships between local sustainability directors and local place-based foundations to advance discrete sustainability initiatives. Partnership investments will be between $25,000 and $75,000, with a 1:1 match required by one or more local place-based foundations. The pool will support approximately nine to ten partnership projects in the first year for projects to be carried out over a twelve-month period, in most cases.

For more information about the funding opportunity, visit: http://www.fundersnetwork.org/files/misc/Local_Sustainability_Matching_Fund_RFP_111213.pdf.

***FTA FY 2012 Bus and Bus Facilities Program: State of Good Repair Initiative – $650 million
Application Due: March 22, 2012
Eligible Entities: “Direct Recipients” within the meaning of FTA’s Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula program, states, or Indian tribes.

The State of Good Repair Initiative under the FTA FY 2012 Bus and Bus Facilities Program is designed to improve the condition of public transportation capital assets by providing financial assistance for recapitalization of buses and bus facilities. As part of the program, FTA will prioritize the replacement and rehabilitation of intermodal facilities that support the connection of bus service with multiple modes of transportation, including but not limited to rail, ferry, intercity bus, and private transportation providers. Criteria on which the projects will be evaluated include the project’s ability to improve energy efficiency, reduce energy consumption/greenhouse gas emissions, or support emerging or advanced technologies and green building initiatives.

For more information, visit: http://fta.dot.gov/grants/13077_14330.html.

***FTA FY 2012 Bus and Bus Facilities Program: Bus and Bus Facilities Livability Initiative – $125 million
Application Due: March 29, 2012
Eligible Entities: “Direct Recipients” within the meaning of FTA’s Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula program, states, or Indian tribes.

The Bus Livability Initiative under the FTA FY 2012 Bus and Bus Facilities Program makes funds available to public transportation providers to finance capital projects to replace, rehabilitate, and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities. Projects should demonstrate a linkage to environmental sustainability, which will be evaluated based on the project’s ability to (1) improve energy efficiency or reduce energy consumption/greenhouse gas emissions and (2) to maintain, protect, or enhance the environment, as evidenced by environmentally friendly policies and practices used in the project design, construction, and operation that exceed the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act.

For more information, visit: http://fta.dot.gov/grants/13077_14331.html.

*** FTA FY 2012 Clean Fuels Program – $51.5 million
Application Due: April 5, 2012
Eligible Entities: Designated recipients in maintenance or non-attainment areas for ozone or carbon monoxide under section 107(d) of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7407(d)), that are entities designated to receive federal urbanized formula funds under 49 U.S.C. 5307. Tribes, states and designated recipients may submit consolidated proposals for projects in non-urbanized areas. FTA will also accept applications from direct recipients, tribes, and state departments of transportation in attainment areas for projects that meet eligibility criteria under the Bus and Bus Facilities Program.

FTA’s FY 2012 Clean Fuels Program supports emerging clean fuel and advanced propulsion technologies for transit buses and markets for those technologies. The program funds projects from non-attainment or maintenance areas in achieving or maintaining the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone and carbon monoxide. FTA also intends to further its environmental sustainability goals by allowing proposers in attainment areas that are not eligible under the Clean Fuels Grant Program to apply for projects that promote the use of clean fuels, and to fund those projects with FTA Bus and Bus Facilities program funds as appropriate.

For more information, visit http://fta.dot.gov/grants/13077_14329.html.

*** HUD Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grants – $110 million
Application Due: April 10, 2012
Eligible Entities: Local governments, tribal entities, public housing authorities, non-profits, and for-profit developers that apply jointly with a public entity.

The HUD Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants Program is aimed at helping communities develop and implement a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization strategy to achieve three core goals. The goals include transforming distressed public and assisted housing into energy-efficient, mixed-income housing that is physically and financially viable over the long term, and transforming distressed, high-poverty neighborhoods into viable, mixed-income neighborhoods with access to well-functioning services, including public transportation.

More information

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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


Reminder:  Clean, Green and Healthy Tribal Schools

Webinar:  02/15/2012  3:30 pm - 5:30 pm MST

Indoor Air in Tribal Schools

Mansel Nelson, Graylynn Jaysue Hudson

Northern Arizona University

Webinar on IAQ in schools

http://www.epa.gov/region8/TribalSchoolsWebinarsEarly2012.pdf

http://www.epa.gov/region8/tribalschools/

INVITATION AND DOWNLOAD INFORMATION

INVITATION: Please join us on February 15, 2012 3:30-5:00 p.m. MST for our feature presentation on Indoor Air Quality. The program covers indoor air, asthma, radon, mold and Tools for Schools, the fifth in the series of six free webinars scheduled for this and next Wednesday, February 22 3:30-5:00 MST. The webinars are sponsored by the Clean, Green and Healthy Tribal Schools Initiative of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Register at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/593167754

 

If you missed our earlier webinars (see topics below), they will soon be available at http://www.epa.gov/region8/tribalschools

DOWNLOAD INFORMATION

You can now download the following webinar slides and/or programs from: http://www.dropbox.com. Unfortunately, I have to "invite" you in order for you to be able to download the files. If you are interested, please send me an email with this request in the subject line: Please Invite Me to Dropbox

Sincerely,
Carolyna Smiley-Marquez, Ph.D.
Project Coordinator
303-772-1714

Orion Environmental
Shawn Lopez, Project Manager
3660 Brighton Blvd.
Denver, Colorado 80216
303-993-2750
shawn.lopez@orionenvironmental.net

Environmental Protection Agency
Region 8
Matthew Langenfeld, Contract Manager
1595 Wynkoop Street, 8P-P3T
Denver, CO 80202
303-312-6284
langenfeld.matthew@epa.gov

 

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

 


02/08/2012

 

The Office of Grants and Debarment is pleased to announce that it is hosting another EPA Grants Award Process Webinar for our external grants community! We'd appreciate it if you could pass this information along to anyone you think might be interested. Please note that registration is limited.

Event: EPA Grants Award Process Webinar

Date: February 23, 2012

Time: 2pm ET

Description: EPA's Office of Grants and Debarment is hosting a webinar for the EPA grants community. The webinar will cover grants management topics, including: how to find and apply for grant opportunities; FFATA reporting requirements; and preparing a proper budget detail. In addition, we will be hosting a Q&A session during the second half of the webinar. If you have any questions, please email it to ogdweb.gad@epa.gov in advance of the call. We will cover as many questions as possible during the session.

For more information and to register: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/grantswebinar/event/event_info.html


The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to forward the following on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs.

***SAVE THE DATE***

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs
Conventional Energy Forum

March 1, 2012
at RES 2012

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada

More details to follow. Visit our website or contact us at indianenergy@hq.doe.gov.

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 email directly but would like to receive future emails and the Tribal Energy Program newsletter, join our email list. If you no longer wish to receive these updates, unsubscribe. Feel free to forward this information. This email was sent on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy, 1000 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20585.

 


EPA Releases Document on Energy Efficiency in Local Government Operations

EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program has released a final version of Energy Efficiency in Local Government Operations: A Guide to Developing and Implementing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs (PDF) (72 pp, 5.3 MB). This guide describes how local governments can lead by example and achieve multiple benefits by improving the energy efficiency of their new, existing, and renovated facilities and their day-to-day operations. It is designed to be used by facility managers, energy and environment staff, other local government agencies, and mayors and city councils.

Readers of the guide will come away with an understanding of options to improve the energy efficiency of municipal facilities and operations, and how to motivate the private sector and other stakeholders to follow suit. Readers will also understand the steps and considerations involved in developing and implementing these energy efficiency improvements, as well as an awareness of expected investment and funding opportunities.

This document is part of the Local Government Climate and Energy Strategy Series, which is designed to help policy makers and program staff plan, implement, and evaluate cost-effective climate and energy projects that generate economic, environmental, social, and human health benefits.

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USDA Announces CRP General Sign-up

Landowners and Producers Will Have 4-Week Window Beginning in March to Enroll

Acting Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services (FFAS) Michael Scuse announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will conduct a four-week Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup, beginning on March 12 and ending on April 6. CRP has a 25-year legacy of successfully protecting the nation's natural resources through voluntary participation, while providing significant economic and environmental benefits to rural communities across the United States.

"It is USDA's goal to ensure that we use CRP to address our most critical resource issues," said Scuse. "CRP is an important program for protecting our most environmentally sensitive lands from erosion and sedimentation, and for ensuring the sustainability of our groundwater, lakes, rivers, ponds and streams. As always, we expect strong competition to enroll acres into CRP, and we urge interested producers to maximize their environmental benefits and to make cost-effective offers."

CRP is a voluntary program available to agricultural producers to help them use environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits. Producers enrolled in CRP plant long-term, resource-conserving covers to improve the quality of water, control soil erosion and develop wildlife habitat. In return, USDA provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance. Contract duration is between 10 and 15 years. Producers with expiring contracts and producers with environmentally sensitive land are encouraged to evaluate their options under CRP. Producers also are encouraged to look into CRP's other enrollment opportunities offered on a continuous, non-competitive, signup basis.

Currently, about 30 million acres are enrolled in CRP; and contracts on an estimated 6.5 million acres will expire on Sept. 30, 2012.
Offers for CRP contracts are ranked according to the Environmental Benefits Index (EBI). USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) collects data for each of the EBI factors based on the relative environmental benefits for the land offered. Each eligible offer is ranked in comparison to all other offers and selections made from that ranking. FSA uses the following EBI factors to assess the environmental benefits for the land offered:

· Wildlife habitat benefits resulting from covers on contract acreage;
· Water quality benefits from reduced erosion, runoff and leaching;
· On-farm benefits from reduced erosion;
· Benefits that will likely endure beyond the contract period;
· Air quality benefits from reduced wind erosion; and
· Cost.

Over the past 25 years, farmers, ranchers, conservationists, hunters, fishermen and other outdoor enthusiasts have made CRP the largest and one of the most important in USDA's conservation portfolio. CRP continues to make major contributions to national efforts to improve water and air quality, prevent soil erosion by protecting the most sensitive areas including those prone to flash flooding and runoff. At the same time, CRP has helped increase populations of pheasants, quail, ducks, and other rare species, like the sage grouse, the lesser prairie chicken, and others. Highlights of CRP include:

· CRP has restored more than two million acres of wetlands and two million acres of riparian buffers;
· Each year, CRP keeps more than 600 million pounds of nitrogen and more than 100 million pounds of phosphorous from flowing into our nation's streams, rivers, and lakes.
· CRP provides $1.8 billion annually to landowners—dollars that make their way into local economies, supporting small businesses and creating jobs; and
· CRP is the largest private lands carbon sequestration program in the country. By placing vulnerable cropland into conservation, CRP sequesters carbon in plants and soil, and reduces both fuel and fertilizer usage. In 2010, CRP resulted in carbon sequestration equal to taking almost 10 million cars off the road.

In 2011, USDA enrolled a record number of acres of private working lands in conservation programs, working with more than 500,000 farmers and ranchers to implement conservation practices that clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and prevent soil erosion. Moreover, the Obama Administration, with Agriculture Secretary Vilsack's leadership, has worked tirelessly to strengthen rural America, implement the Farm Bill, maintain a strong farm safety net, and create opportunities for America's farmers and ranchers. U.S. agriculture is currently experiencing one of its most productive periods in American history thanks to the productivity, resiliency, and resourcefulness of our producers.

 


02/02/2012

 

2012 National Training Conference on TRI & Environmental Conditions in Communities

Join us for the exciting 2012 National Training Conference on the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and Environmental Conditions in Communities being held on April 11-13, 2012 in Washington, DC at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill (http://washingtonregency.hyatt.com).

Why You Should Consider Attending:  The Conference serves as the principal nationwide event for the TRI community.  The leading members of the TRI and environmental conditions community are either in attendance, presenting, or have submitted their work in the form of a demonstration or poster.  The diverse attendance provides a perfect networking opportunity for all.  This year, we have some fantastic sessions, including a breakout session entitled "Environmental Conditions & Toxics Reductions in Tribal Communities" and a demonstration and discussion of Tribal-Focused Environmental Risk and Sustainability Tool (Tribal - FERST).

The theme, Understanding the Past and Promoting a Sustainable Future, offers a plethora of presentation topics that will engage participants.  Below are topic examples that laid the foundation for the Call for Abstracts:

  • Industry achievements in pollution prevention and sustainability
  • Using TRI data to enhance community engagement;
  • Pollution prevention initiatives in both state and federal organizations;
  • Efforts to improve environmental conditions on Tribal lands;
  • Finding, understanding and using environmental information and analytical tools;
  • Innovative ways of communicating and understanding TRI data; and
  • New research focusing on TRI data and other environmental information.

Get your early-bird discount today through March 1st!  Travel scholarships will be also be available on a limited basis. Please send requests for assistance to Bryan Shipley, ECOS, at: bshipley@ecos.org .

To register please click here:
TRI Conference Registration


Department of Energy - Tribal Energy Program

USDA Rural Development Announces 2012 Funding and Stakeholder Meetings for the Rural Energy for America Program
February 2, 2012

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to forward information on possible funding opportunities through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Please check eligibility requirements. If you have questions, please contact the Rural Development State Energy Coordinator for your state (refer to the list of state coordinators), or browse the Rural Energy for America Program Web page.

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) is designed to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and consumption and help meet the nation's critical energy needs. For 2012, USDA was appropriated funding to support at least $12.5 million in grants and approximately $48.5 million in guaranteed loans through REAP. For details, view the REAP 2012 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) in its entirety. You can also read a USDA press release regarding this funding opportunity. USDA Rural Development is currently accepting the following applications:

  • Renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement grant applications and combination grant and guaranteed loan applications accepted until March 30, 2012—Tribes are not eligible to apply directly for this assistance, as there is a legislative prohibition of any applicant being directly controlled by a governmental body. However, Tribal Section 17 Corporations are eligible to apply for assistance, and other similarly structured tribal corporations may be eligible to apply after the corporate structure has been reviewed by Rural Development and legal counsel to ensure that there is no direct governmental control of the applicant. The maximum amount for the grant portion is $500,000 for renewable energy systems and $250,000 for energy efficiency improvements, or 25% of the project cost (whichever is lower). The minimum amount of the grant portion is $1,500 for either renewable energy systems or energy efficiency improvements. The maximum loan guarantee amount is $25 million or 75% of the project cost, whichever is lower. For grant and loan combination applications, the loan and grant dollar amount limits are the same, but Rural Development’s combined support for the project cannot exceed 75% of the project cost.
  • Renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement guaranteed loan only applications accepted on a continuous basis up to June 29, 2012—Tribes are not eligible to apply directly for this assistance, as there is a legislative prohibition of any applicant being directly controlled by a governmental body. However, Tribal Section 17 Corporations are eligible to apply for assistance, and other similarly structured tribal corporations may be eligible to apply after the corporate structure has been reviewed by Rural Development and legal counsel to ensure that there is no direct governmental control of the applicant. The maximum loan guarantee amount is $25 million or 75% of the project cost, whichever is lower.
  • Renewable energy system feasibility study applications accepted through March 30, 2012—Tribes are not eligible to apply directly for this assistance, as there is a legislative prohibition of any applicant being directly controlled by a governmental body. However, Tribal Section 17 Corporations are eligible to apply for assistance, and other similarly structured tribal corporations may be eligible to apply after the corporate structure has been reviewed by Rural Development and legal counsel to ensure that there is no direct governmental control of the applicant. The maximum amount of grant funds that will be made available for an eligible feasibility study project under this subpart to any one recipient will not exceed $50,000 or 25% of the total eligible project cost of the study, whichever is less.
  • Energy audits and renewable energy development assistance applications accepted through February 21, 2012—Eligible applicants must be one of the following: (i) a unit of state, tribal, or local government; (ii) a land-grant college or university or other institution of higher education; (iii) a rural electric cooperative; (iv) apublic power entity; or (v) an instrumentality of a state, tribal, or local government. The maximum aggregate amount of energy audit and renewable energy development assistance grants awarded to any one recipient under this notice cannot exceed $100,000. In addition, the recipient of a grant that conducts an energy audit for an agricultural producer or a rural small business must require the agricultural producer or rural small business to pay at least 25% of the cost of the energy audit. Energy audits and renewable energy development assistance conducted by the recipient can only be done for the benefit of agricultural producers or rural small businesses.

USDA Rural Development will hold meetings for stakeholders focusing on the Rural Energy for America Program during the first quarter of calendar year 2012—These meetings will be hosted by Rural Development state directors. Stakeholders must contact the appropriate Rural Development state office to participate. In recognition of current budget conditions and as we approach the time for developing the next Farm Bill, Rural Development is calling together stakeholders in order to provide updates on the Rural Energy for America Program; discuss ways we can leverage agency resources, including working with private and public partners and emphasizing guaranteed loans; and reiterate our commitment to helping meet President Obama’s energy independence goals.
Tribal leaders, tribal professionals, and other tribal stakeholders are encouraged to participate. Please note that, due to space limitations, participation in each stakeholder meeting will be limited and will be on a "first-come, first-served" basis. Therefore, we encourage you to contact, as soon as possible, your Rural Development State Energy Coordinator to obtain information on participating in the meeting in your state. Please be advised that if you participate in one of these meetings, you are responsible for your own transportation and any other costs (e.g., food) incurred in participating in the meeting.

For more information, contact your USDA Rural Development State Energy Coordinator (refer to the list of state coordinators), or browse the REAP Web page. If you prefer a single point of contact, please direct all tribal REAP-related inquires to USDA Rural Development’s Native American Coordinator, Tedd Buelow, at 720-544-2911.

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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01/31/2012

Webinar Recording

Pulp and Paper Webinar

January 31, 2012      2:30 PM EST

Overview of the Pulp and Paper Risk and Technology Review Proposal (Subpart S)

Today's webinar is part of EPA's overall outreach strategy to Stakeholders. For more information please click on the link below. 

Pulp and Paper Webinar.pdf


Public Webinar on U.S. EPA’s DRAFT Proposed Rule –
NSPS for New Residential Wood Heaters February 9 at 2:00 PM ET

The U.S. EPA invites the public to participate in a webinar on EPA’s upcoming proposed New Source Performance Standards for New Residential Wood Heaters, New Residential Hydronic Heaters and Forced-Air Furnaces, and New Residential Masonry Heaters.

The webinar will take place on Thursday, February 9, 2012, from 2:00-3:15 p.m. Eastern Time.

EPA will provide information about the current drafts of the upcoming proposals. The proposals, which are still in development, include:

- tighter emission limits for new residential wood stoves to reflect today’s Best Systems of Emission Reduction;
- new emission limits for new residential hydronic heaters and forced air furnaces and new residential masonry heaters to reflect today’s Best Systems of Emission Reduction;
- elimination of the current exemption for pellet stoves and single burn rate stoves;
- test method revisions as appropriate; and
- compliance assurance process improvements.

 

EPA does not expect to include any requirements for heaters that are solely fired by gas or oil. EPA also does not expect to include any requirements for wood-fired fireplaces. Please note: these proposals apply only to new appliances.

Go to https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/619081801 to register for the upcoming webinar on the NSPS for New Residential Wood Heaters. A copy of EPA’s webinar presentation is currently posted on www.epa.gov/burnwise. Questions related to the technical aspects of the NSPS will be answered as time allows. Please make sure to submit questions at the time of the webinar. Instructions on how to submit questions can be found once the webinar begins.

Contact Rick Copland at copland.rick@epa.gov for IT questions related to the webinar registration.

 


Online Resources Available: Clean Energy Calculators, Decision Tools and Resource Maps


January 30, 2012
The Tribal Energy Program is please to forward information on a variety of on-line clean energy calculators, decision, analysis, prospecting and mapping tools offered by the Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, and the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

New Online State and Local Resource Available Now: Clean Energy Financing Decision Tool and Guide

States and communities are increasingly investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy to achieve their air quality, economic, and energy goals. In doing so, they have found that the up-front costs of improving energy efficiency and increasing renewable energy generation can be a barrier for many homeowners, building owners, and businesses. One way to address these barriers is by adopting clean energy financing programs that can make efficiency and renewable energy more affordable for these sectors. EPA's State and Local Climate and Clean Energy Program is supporting these efforts with the launch of a new online Financing Program Decision Tool and a Financing Program Decision Guide.

The Financing Program Decision Tool is designed for state and local staff in the early stages of choosing a clean energy financing program. Answer a handful of simple questions, and the Tool highlights quickly the most promising program options for your jurisdiction to pursue.

The Financing Program Decision Guide complements the Tool. This Guide includes the basics on financing-program options, as well as key considerations and factors for states and communities to weigh as they start up or expand their clean energy financing programs.

Learn more here: http://epa.gov/statelocalclimate/state/activities/financing.html

New Resources for Development of Clean Energy on Contaminated Sites

EPA, the Department of Energy, and the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals have developed resources for local governments to cultivate renewable energy on potentially contaminated and underutilized sites.

***Solar & Wind Energy Screening Decision Trees
EPA and the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab have developed draft decision trees to screen brownfields, greyfields, rooftops, abandoned parcels, and landfills for solar and wind energy potential. The solar and wind screening decision trees are designed to encourage leadership from local governments and other stakeholders in the development of renewable energy resources at the community level.

The decision trees address a gap of expertise that typically lies with solar and wind developers. They provide specific criteria in a step-by-step process, are formatted so users can evaluate either an individual site or sites across a community, and address both privately and publicly owned sites.

EPA is accepting comments on the draft decision trees through February 16, 2012, and seeks city and county volunteers to beta test the decision trees. Please email Karen Irwin at irwin.karen@epa.gov if you would like to volunteer. For more information, visit: http://www.epa.gov/renewableenergyland.

***Cultivating Green Energy on Brownfields: A Nuts and Bolts Primer for Local Governments

The National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals recently released a primer that will help local governments evaluate the potential for developing renewable energy on brownfields and other contaminated sites. The resource, “Cultivating Green Energy on Brownfields: A Nuts and Bolts Primer for Local Governments,” serves as a starting point for local governments considering renewable energy as part of redevelopment strategies for brownfields.

Distributed Wind Site Analysis Tool Now Available

Distributed wind systems are typically installed near the point of electricity use at residences, businesses, and community institutions such as schools and hospitals to help save energy, reduce energy bills, and cut carbon emissions. The Distributed Wind Site Analysis Tool, developed by the Cadmus Group, Inc., allows users to input location and terrain information about a potential wind system site in the United States and predict the energy output and environmental benefits of that site. The tool is designed to help potential wind energy system consumers choose the most effective site for their wind energy project. The standard version of the tool was developed in partnership with the U.S Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Encraft. The standard version is free, and a version with more advanced features is available for an annual subscription fee. The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy funded development of the tool through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants.

Online tools Available through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Many of NREL's major research programs have analysis functions—from life-cycle to vehicle systems to online RE analysis applications. The following is a list of models and tools that can assist in learning more about our main renewable energy technologies and their uses. Most of these tools can be applied on a global, regional, local, or project basis.


Additionally, NREL offers a wealth of on-line mapping tools to explore renewable energy resources, calculate energy production and costs of various renewable energy technologies, and locate alternative fuel production facilities. Specifically, the Renewable (RE) Atlas now includes tribal lands. A list of available on-line mapping tools is below. All these tools can be found at http://maps.nrel.gov/

  • RE Atlas
    The Renewable Energy Atlas is an interactive mapping tool to allow users to explore base level renewable energy resource datasets. The intention is to provide a broad overview of available data and provide appropriate links to allow users to explore the data in greater detail.



  • The Solar Power Prospector
    The Prospector is a mapping tool developed for the Solar Power industry. This tool is designed to help developers site large-scale solar plants by providing easy access to solar resource datasets and other data relevant to utility-scale solar power projects.


  • The Geothermal Prospector (beta)
    The Geothermal Prospector is a mapping tool developed for the Geothermal Power industry. This tool is designed to help developers site large-scale geothermal plants by providing easy access to geothermal resource datasets and other data relevant to utility-scale geothermal power projects.

  • PVWatts Viewer
    The PVWatts Viewer application is an interactive map-based interface that provides easy and efficient access to the PVWatts™ Calculator. The PVWatts™ Calculator allows users to determine the energy production and cost savings of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems both in the United States and at select international sites.

  • PVDAQ
    PVDAQ is a comprehensive mapping tool to help industry and government planners study solar array efficiency.


  • TransAtlas
    Find alternative fueling stations, discover where alternative fuel vehicles are concentrated, and explore alternative fuel production facilities on an interactive map.


  • In My Backyard (IMBY)
    The In My Backyard (IMBY) tool estimates the electricity you can produce with a solar photovoltaic (PV) array or wind turbine at your home or business.


  • HyDRA
    HyDRA (Hydrogen Demand and Resource Analysis) allows users to view, download, and analyze hydrogen data spatially and dynamically. HyDRA contains hydrogen demand, resource, infrastructure, cost, production, and distribution data.


  • BioPower Atlas
    BioPower is an interactive map for comparing biomass feedstocks and biopower by location. This tool helps users select from and apply biomass data layers to a map as well as query and download biopower and feedstock data. The analysis function offers common conversion factors that allow users to determine the potential biopower production for a selected feedstock in a specific area.


  • BioFuels Atlas
    BioFuels Atlas is an interactive map for comparing biomass feedstocks and biofuels by location. This tool helps users select from and apply biomass data layers to a map as well as query and download biofuels and feedstock data. The state zoom function summarizes state energy use and infrastructure for traditional and bioenergy power, fuels, and resources. The tool also calculates the biofuels potential for a given area.


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, join our e-mail list. Please feel free to forward this information. If you no longer wish to receive these updates, unsubscribe. Feel free to forward this information.

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EPA Announces Solicitation of Applications for $1 Million in Environmental Justice Grants – Applications Due February 29, 2012

January 30, 2012
The Tribal Energy Program is please to forward information on a possible grant opportunity offered through the Environmental Protection Agency. Please note the dates for the pre-application teleconferences.

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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

Update your subscriptions, modify your password or e-mail address, or stop subscriptions at any time on your Subscriber Preferences Page. You will need to use your e-mail address to log in. If you have questions or problems with the subscription service, please contact support@govdelivery.com.
This service is provided to you at no charge by DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE). Visit the Web site at http://www.eere.energy.gov.

 


01/25/2012

 

Register Now for New EPA Tech Forum: Deciding How to Quantify Emissions Reductions from Clean Energy


EPA's State Climate and Energy Technical Forum will hold a webinar on January 30, 2012 from 2:00-3:30pm EST on different approaches to quantifying emissions reductions from energy efficiency and renewable energy, and how to choose the best method for your state’s needs.

Speakers will include Robyn DeYoung from U.S. EPA, Sharon Weber from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Carol Stemrich from the Wisconsin Public Service Commission, and David Sumi from the Cadmus Group.

To register, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/584591818

For more information on this topic, and to view presentations as they become available, visit: http://www.epatechforum.org

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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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01/24/2012

Tribal Healthy Homes Regional Training

February 15-17, 2012

Cherokee, North Carolina

Strengthening the Capacity of All American Indian Communities Through Education and Training
Montana State University Extension National Tribal Healthy Homes Assessment, Training and Technical Assistance Support Center in partnership with EBCI Housing Division & North Carolina Cooperative Extension

REGISTRATION FOR THE FEBRUARY 15-17 TRIBAL HEALTHY HOMES TRAINING IN CHEROKEE, NORTH CAROLINA IS NOW OPEN.

This is the only East Coast training to be done so mailings have gone out to include most of the upper and central Atlantic states
The postcard can also be found on the web at http://www.tribalhealthyhomes.org/training_schedule.htm
You can access the training information and registration form from the main training page - http://www.tribalhealthyhomes.org/training_schedule.htm - or at http://www.tribalhealthyhomes.org/Cherokee.html

 

                


Paulette Cox, Interim Director for Tribal Housing
Housing & Community Development
756 Acquoni Road
Cherokee, NC
(828) 554-6904


Community Environmental Demonstration Project Grants

The ALASKA NATIVE TRIBAL HEALTH CONSORTIUM provides one year Community Environmental Demonstration Project Grants ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 to local environmental projects that improve health and the environment throughout rural Alaska communities. Funding is made possible through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Alaska Tribal Multi-media Program. ANTHC has awarded over $300,000 since 2009. For FY12 ANTHC and Zender Environmental will be partnering to provide Community Environmental Demonstration Project Grants to rural Alaska communities. For more information, go to http://www.anthc.org/chs/ces/hve/upload/CEDP-rfp-final.docx.

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


**February 15 (TELECONFERENCE SEMINAR)
COAL'S ASSAULT ON HUMAN HEALTH will be held from 9 to 10am as part of the Alaska Collaborative on Health and the Environment teleconference seminar series. At every stage – from mining, transportation, storage, combustion, and disposal of post-combustion wastes – coal development threatens human health. Pollutants from coal damage all major organ systems in the human body. Coal combustion releases mercury, particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and dozens of other substances known to be hazardous to human health.

Guest Presenter ALAN H. LOCKWOOD, MD will discuss the growing body of medical evidence linking coal development to human health risks. Dr. Lockwood is principal author of the Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) report "Coal's Assault on Human Health" which takes a new look at the devastating impacts of coal on the human body.

For more information, or to join this FREE call and receive the dial-up instructions, please RSVP to ACAT at heather@akaction.org or (907) 222-7714.

 

 


01/18/2012

 

American Indian Air Quality Training Program’s
Tribal Air Monitoring Support Center


COURSE NOTICE FOR:

"Air Pollution Technology" (Level 2)
April 2-6, 2012
Las Vegas, Nevada

Pre-Registration Date (for priority consideration): February 7, 2012
Download Course Application Packet here: PreReg-TECH.pdf [8 pgs]

Course Description: This course provides an overview of the science of air pollution and techniques of air quality management. This is an intensive training course with large-group lectures and discussions, laboratory activities and demonstrations, computer and problem-solving exercises, and small-group work. There will be evening homework assignments.

    Topics include:

· Emissions inventory
· Basic statistics and data analysis
· Air pollution meteorology
· Ambient air sampling and monitoring
· Basic dispersion modeling
· Air pollution control technology
· Air monitoring data management
· Internet resources

This course is open to tribal air quality personnel who have successfully completed ITEP’s Introduction to Tribal Air Quality and Air Quality Computations courses or who have sufficient academic training in science, mathematics, and/or engineering. Attendance at this course will be contingent upon completion of a pre-course module that will be sent with selection materials.

This course is required for those who need to move on to technical Level 3 training courses; if you have questions about eligibility for courses, please contact Lydia Scheer (928-523-6887).

Pre-Requisites:

· Introduction to Tribal Air Quality (or equivalent training/experience)
· Air Quality Computations (or equivalent training/experience)

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 Pre-Registration date listed for priority consideration. Applications received after the pre-registration period will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

The “Personal Data” section is required for first-time applicants or applicants who need to update information. The “Course-Related Information” section is required for 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.

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.”

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. 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 travel arrangements.

· Lodging Costs: ITEP will pay participant lodging expenses (room and tax only). All incidentals will be paid by the participant.
· Meals (per diem): Meals will be reimbursed, at the State of Arizona rate, after successful completion of the course.
· Transportation Costs: ITEP will provide a limited number of scholarships to help tribes pay transportation costs for tribal employees; only one scholarship per tribe will be provided. Applications for a transportation scholarship are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and are awarded based on availability of funds.

NEW! Scholarships will be issued after successful completion of the course, and will be used to reimburse eligible expenses including airfare and mileage, up to the amount of $400.00.

Additional Responsibilities: Once you have agreed to attend it is 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.
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As a cooperative effort between Northern Arizona University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the American Indian Air Quality Training Program seeks to fulfill the mandate of the 1990 Clean Air Act to offer Native American tribes full partnership in the management of air quality on tribal lands.

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Lydia Scheer, Program 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/

 


01/18/2012

 

DERA Program Received $30M in FY 2012 Funding

Congress appropriated $30 million to fund the DERA Program this Fiscal Year (FY 2012). The National Funding Assistance Program, which is the competitive portion of the DERA Program, will receive 70 percent of these funds. The FY 2012 request for proposals (RFP) will include a tribal competition, where proposals from eligible tribal agencies or intertribal consortia proposals will compete only among other eligible tribal proposals for grant funding.

We expect to release the RFP in early April. Until then, please note that I am available to try to answer any questions you may have regarding the FY 2012 DERA National Funding Assistance Program Tribal Competition.

I will host two Tribal focused DERA teleconferences, one before the RFP opens and one after the RFP opening date.

First DERA Tribal Competition Teleconference

Event: General DERA Tribal Competition and Grant Overview
Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012
Time: 3:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Call in number: 1.866.299.3188
Call in code: 202.343.9534#

Second DERA Tribal Competition Teleconference

Event: FY 2012 RFP Overview - Post-Open Date Review
Tentative Date: Thursday, April 12, 2012
Time: 3:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Call in number: 1.866.299.3188
Call in code: 202.343.9534#

Please visit the DERA Program webpage for more information: www.epa.gov/cleandiesel.

Rosalva Tapia
Environmental Protection Specialist
Innovative Strategies Group
Office of Transportation and Air Quality
United States Environmental Protection Agency
1310 L Street, Mail Code 6405J
Washington, DC 20005
202.343.9534
tapia.rosalva@epa.gov


New Online State and Local Resource Available Now: Clean Energy Financing Decision Tool and Guide

New Online State and Local Resource Available Now: Clean Energy Financing Decision Tool and Guide

States and communities are increasingly investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy to achieve their air quality, economic, and energy goals. In doing so, they have found that the up-front costs of improving energy efficiency and increasing renewable energy generation can be a barrier for many homeowners, building owners, and businesses. One way to address these barriers is by adopting clean energy financing programs that can make efficiency and renewable energy more affordable for these sectors. EPA's State and Local Climate and Clean Energy Program is supporting these efforts with the launch of a new online Financing Program Decision Tool and a Financing Program Decision Guide.

The Financing Program Decision Tool is designed for state and local staff in the early stages of choosing a clean energy financing program. Answer a handful of simple questions, and the Tool highlights quickly the most promising program options for your jurisdiction to pursue.

The Financing Program Decision Guide complements the Tool. This Guide includes the basics on financing-program options, as well as key considerations and factors for states and communities to weigh as they start up or expand their clean energy financing programs.

Learn more here: http://epa.gov/statelocalclimate/state/activities/financing.html

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01/12/2012

 

Learn about Your State and Local GHG Emissions with EPA's new GHG Map Tool

For the first time, comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) data reported directly from large facilities and suppliers across the country are now easily accessible to the public through EPA’s GHG Reporting Program. The 2010 GHG data released today include public information from facilities in nine industry groups that directly emit large quantities of GHGs, as well as suppliers of certain fossil fuels.

“Thanks to strong collaboration and feedback from industry, states, and other organizations, today we have a transparent, powerful data resource available to the public,” said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “The GHG Reporting Program data provides a critical tool for businesses and other innovators to find cost- and fuel-saving efficiencies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and foster technologies to protect public health and the environment.”

EPA’s interactive GHG Map Tool allows users to view and sort GHG data for calendar year 2010 from more than 6,700 facilities in a variety of ways—including by state, county, facility, industrial sector, and the type of GHG emitted. This information can be used by communities to identify nearby sources of GHGs, help businesses compare and track emissions, and provide information to state and local governments.

GHG data for direct emitters show that in 2010:

•Power plants were the largest stationary sources of direct emissions, with 2,324 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (mmtCO2e), followed by petroleum refineries with emissions of 183 mmtCO2e.

•CO2 accounted for the largest share of direct GHG emissions, with 95 percent, followed by methane with 4 percent, and nitrous oxide and fluorinated gases accounting for the remaining 1 percent.

•100 facilities each reported emissions over 7 mmtCO2e, including 96 power plants, two iron and steel mills, and two refineries.

Mandated by the FY2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act, EPA launched the GHG Reporting Program in October 2009, requiring the reporting of GHG data from large emission sources across a range of industry sectors, as well as suppliers of products that would emit GHGs if released or combusted. Most reporting entities submitted data for calendar year 2010. An additional 12 source categories will begin reporting their 2011 GHG data this year.

Access EPA’s GHG Reporting Program Data and Data Publication Tool: http://epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/ghgdata/

Information on the GHG Reporting Program: http://epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/ghgrulemaking.html

Information on the U.S. Inventory of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Sources and Sinks: http://epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/usinventoryreport.html

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Approximately $34 Million in Federal Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

January 2012 Approximately $34 Million in Federal Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments
This message announces the availability of nearly $34 million in current or upcoming funding opportunities for state, local, and tribal governments from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNSC), Department of Interior (DOI), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (TFN), and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including energy efficiency, smart grid initiatives, and sustainability planning. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

*** 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.

More information

*** 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 United States; 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.

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.

*** TFN’s Local Sustainability Matching Fund – $750,000
Application Due: March 5, 2012
Eligible Entities: Partnerships between sustainability directors and local, place-based foundations. A sustainability director can include any person who leads a multi-department and community-wide urban sustainability initiative from within a local government or an Urban Sustainability Directors Network member from throughout North America.

In partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (TFN) has announced the Local Sustainability Matching Fund. TFN is a membership organization that helps grant makers across North America advance strategies to create fair, prosperous, and sustainable regions and communities.

The Matching Fund will provide matching investments from national foundations on a competitive basis to build partnerships between local sustainability directors and local place-based foundations to advance discrete sustainability initiatives. Partnership investments will be between $25,000 and $75,000, with a 1:1 match required by one or more local place-based foundations. The pool will support approximately nine to ten partnership projects in the first year for projects to be carried out over a twelve-month period, in most cases.

An information call for interested applicants will be held on January 24, 2012 at 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern. For more information about the funding opportunity, visit: http://www.fundersnetwork.org/files/misc/Local_Sustainability_Matching_Fund_RFP_111213.pdf.

*** 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.

More information

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01/10/2012

 

Upcoming Climate and Energy Webcasts for State and Local Governments

January 2012: Upcoming Climate and Energy Webcasts for State and Local Governments
This message provides details about six 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

  · January 18, 1:00-2:15 PM (EST) – Making an Impact on Energy Use in Your Community: EPA’s Green Power Communities and Local Climate and    Energy Program
· January 30, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) – Deciding How to Quantify Emissions Reductions from Clean Energy

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

  · January 19, 2:00-3:15 PM (EST) – Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR
  · January 24, 2:00-3:15 PM (EST) – Benchmarking in Portfolio Manager for State and Local Governments and EECBG Recipients
  · January 25, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) – Energy Efficiency Program Sponsors: Scoring Energy Performance with EPA’s Portfolio Manager

AMPO (Association of Metropolitan Planning Organization) Webcasts

  · January 10, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) – Climate Change Partners and Collaboration

***EPA Webcasts

January 18, 1:00-2:15 PM (EST) - Making an Impact on Energy Use in Your Community: EPA's Green Power Communities and Local Climate and Energy Program
Green Power Partners will co-host a webinar with EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program to highlight how municipalities from around the country are leveraging EPA programs to reduce the impacts of their communities’ energy use. EPA program managers will discuss the Green Power Community and Climate Showcase Communities programs as well as the tools and resources these programs offer participating communities. Representatives from two EPA Green Power Communities – Washington, DC and Corvallis, Oregon – will present information on their Green Power Community experience; Corvallis will also discuss its Climate Showcase activities.
http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/events/18jan12_webinar.htm

January 30, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST)Deciding How to Quantify Emissions Reductions from Clean Energy
Sponsored by EPA's State Climate and Energy Technical Forum, this webinar will cover different approaches to quantifying emissions reductions from energy efficiency and renewable energy, and how to choose the best method for your state’s needs. Registration information will be available soon at http://www.epatechforum.org

***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.

January 19, 2:00-3:15 PM (EST)Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR
Sponsored by ENERGY STAR, this webinar will cover how public sector organizations are improving energy efficiency with innovative solutions to financial barriers. Attendees will learn about financing projects in the public and private sectors, the basics of performance contracting, and how EPA’s tools and resources can help you make the decision to improve your facilities now or later.  https://energystar.webex.com

January 24, 2:00-3:15 PM (EST)Benchmarking in Portfolio Manager for State and Local Governments and EECBG Recipients
Sponsored by ENERGY STAR, this webinar 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 with that of 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. Also covered: best practices for bulk data management, real-life examples of organizations that have successfully benchmarked large portfolios of buildings.
https://energystar.webex.com

January 25, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST)Energy Efficiency Program Sponsors: Scoring Energy Performance with EPA’s Portfolio Manager
Sponsored by ENERGY STAR, this webinar is meant for energy efficiency program sponsors—regulated utilities, publicly owned utilities, energy delivery companies, national, regional, state, or local government entities, or organizations that administer energy efficiency programs promoting ENERGY STAR—interested in using EPA's Portfolio Manager. The training provides a high-level introductory overview of Portfolio Manager, enabling program sponsors to assist customers in using the tool. The training will provide an online demonstration of the benchmarking process, including creating a user account, identifying data requirements, managing and sharing information, and establishing an energy performance score. It will also introduce other ENERGY STAR tools and resources that support program implementation in the C&I market. https://energystar.webex.com

*** AMPO (Association of Metropolitan Planning Organization) Webcasts

January 10, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) Climate Change Partners and Collaboration
Sponsored by the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations, this webinar will discuss who MPO’s are partnering with on climate change, and where MPOs can go for climate impact forecasts. The webinar will also cover good examples of MPO partnerships, and discuss what MPOs bring to the table in these partnerships.
https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/963050838

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Seeking Nominations for Members to EPA's National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC)

The National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) is looking for member nominations, including one member from a Tribal government or indigenous group. Nominations are due January 25th through an online template available at http://epa.gov/environmentaljustice/nejac/index.html#membership.

For further questions regarding this notice, please contact the EPA Office of Environmental Justice at (202) 564-2515.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC).  The NEJAC is a multi-stakeholder federal advisory committee that provides independent advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator about cross-cutting issues related to environmental justice. 

This notice solicits nominations to fill eight (8) new vacancies.  To maintain the representation outlined by the charter, nominees will be selected to represent the following stakeholder work force sectors:

 

·  Academia (1 vacancy)

·   Business and industry (2 vacancies)

·   Grassroots Community-based organizations (1 vacancy)

·     Non-governmental/environmental organizations (1 vacancy)

·    State and local government agencies (2 vacancies)

·      Tribal governments and indigenous groups (1 vacancy)

 

Within these sectors, EPA is seeking nominees with knowledge in community sustainability, public health and health disparities, land use and sustainable development, green jobs and economic initiatives, energy, and environmental financing.  In an effort to obtain nominations of diverse candidates, the agency encourages nominations of women and men of all racial and ethnic groups.  All nominations will be fully considered.

 

Any interested person or organization may nominate qualified persons to be considered for appointment to this advisory committee.  Individuals may self-nominate.  Nominees should possess the following qualifications:

 

·                     Demonstrated experience with environmental justice and community sustainability issues at the national, state, or local level;

·                     Excellent interpersonal and consensus-building skills

·                     Willingness to commit time to the committee and demonstrated ability to work constructively and effectively on committees

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

·                     Ability to serve a 3-year appointment and to volunteer approximately 5 to 8 hours per month to support the Council’s activities

 

How to Submit Nominations:  Nominations can be submitted in electronic format (preferred) following the template available at http://epa.gov/environmentaljustice/nejac/index.html#membership.  In order to fill anticipated vacancies by May 2012, nominations should be received by January 25, 2012.  For additional details regarding the nomination process and to learn more about NEJAC, please visit http://www.epa.gov/environmental justice/NEJAC/index.html.

To be considered, all nomination packages should include:

·                     Current contact information for the nominee, including the nominee's name, organization (and position within that organization), current business address, e-mail address, and daytime telephone number.

·                     Brief Statement describing the nominee’s interest in serving on the NEJAC

·                     Résumé and a short biography (no more than 2 paragraphs) describing the professional and educational qualifications of the nominee, including a list of relevant activities, and any current or previous service on advisory committees

·                     Letter[s] of recommendation from a third party supporting the nomination.  The letter(s) should describe how the nominee’s experience and knowledge would bring value to the work of the NEJAC.

 


01/04/2012

 

ITEP-EEOP Summer Internship 2 days to deadline

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 January 6, 2012.

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.

Graylynn Hudson
Instructor Specialist, Sr.
ITEP - Environmental Education Outreach Program Northern Arizona University

phone: 928-523-8864
www.nau.edu/eeop


 

American Indian Air Quality Training Program

Course Notice for:

“Tribal New Source Review (NSR)”
February 14-17, 2012
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Pre-Registration Date (for priority consideration): January 10, 2012

Download Course Application Packet here: PreReg-NSR.pdf [8 pgs]

Course Description: This course will provide an overview of the Tribal New Source Review (NSR) Rule, including significant portions of the rule, implementation work and possible impacts to individual tribes. There will be lectures and discussions with visual aids, as well as interactive activities.

Topics include:

· Overview of Tribal New Source Review Rule
· Prevention of Significant Deterioration New Source Review (PSD-NSR)
· Non-Attainment Area New Source Review (NAA-NSR)
· Minor New Source Review
· Requirements of Permitting
· Implementation Guidance
· Options for Tribes
· A Decision Matrix
· Capacity-Building

This course is open to tribal air quality professionals who are interested in learning more about the Tribal New Source Review Rule. It is suggested, but not required, that applicants have completed at least one of the following preparatory courses, or have equivalent training/experience.

Suggested Pre-Requisites:

· Introduction to Tribal Air Quality
· Management of Tribal Air Programs and Grants
· Improve and Protect Air Quality in Indian Country

How to Apply for the Course: Read all enclosed information carefully. Fill out both sides of the enclosed Application Form and fax it to ITEP by the Pre-Registration date listed for priority consideration. Applications received after the pre-registration period will be considered if there is still space available.


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. Selections for the course will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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. 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 travel arrangements.

· Lodging Costs: ITEP will pay Participant lodging expenses (room and tax only). All incidentals will be paid by the participant.

· Meals (per diem): Meals will be reimbursed, at the State of Arizona rate, AFTER successful completion of the course.

· Transportation Costs: ITEP will provide a limited number of scholarships to help tribes pay transportation costs for tribal employees; only ONE scholarship per tribe will be provided. Applications for a transportation scholarship are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and are awarded based on availability of funds.


NEW! Scholarships will be issued AFTER successful completion of the course, and will be used to reimburse eligible expenses including airfare and mileage, up to the amount of $400.00.

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 a transportation scholarship has been awarded, we will require full reimbursement of that award and any other costs incurred. Please read the enclosed “Attendee Expectations” & “Cancellation Policy” for more information. Families are not encouraged to travel as full participation by the attendee is required. Excessive cancellations or poor attendance may jeopardize your eligibility for future courses.

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As a cooperative effort between Northern Arizona University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the American Indian Air Quality Training Program seeks to fulfill the mandate of the 1990 Clean Air Act to offer Native American tribes full partnership in the management of air quality on tribal lands.

 

Lydia Scheer, Program 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/

http://www.facebook.com/ITEPnau

 


DOE Tribal Energy Program

Webcast: Overview of the U.S. EPA's Green Power Program
Tuesday, January 25, 2012
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Mountain Time

Register now

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, the DOE Tribal Energy Program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Western Area Power Administration are conducting a webinar entitled Overview of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Program on January 25, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. MST.
The EPA Green Power Program is a voluntary program that supports commercial and institutional energy users' procurement of green power by offering expert advice, technical support, tools, and resources. Organizations that partner with the EPA in this program can lower the transaction costs of buying green power, reduce their carbon footprint, and communicate their leadership to key stakeholders.

The partnership can provide support and recognition for tribes that are interested in utilizing green power for their own operations. The partnership's expanding roster of more than 1,300 current Green Power Partners may also represent unique opportunities to participate in tribal green power generation projects.

The speakers will discuss the qualifying green power sources and the steps to becoming a Green Power Partner, as well as the program's efforts to help Partners identify compelling project participation opportunities.

This webinar is the third in a series that will continue through September 2012. Webinar series 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 and presentations from past webinars are posted on the Renewable Energy Partnership website and will be updated as needed.

Registration
Register now by clicking the link below:

https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/315871304

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

System Requirements

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

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The U.S. EPA's Annual International Emissions Inventory Conference will be held in Florida, between the months of June, July and August 2012. We invite you to submit a short abstract proposing a topic you would like to present during the conference.

This year's conference focuses on how emission inventories meet the challenges posed by emerging global, national, regional and local air quality issues. This theme highlights issues such as:

* How inventories can be used to assess the impacts of long-range transport on local NAAQS and other air quality issues;

* How inventories need to be adapted to support emerging climate issues (including multi-pollutant strategies for air quality vs climate benefits issues);

* How the NEI and other emission inventory collection efforts can benefit by looking to special studies and other active on-going research in the areas of focus for this conference;

* Which sectors in the inventory are the most difficult to characterize in a given area facing air quality and climate issues? How can the emissions in these sectors be improved?

Our conference will provide a useful forum for the exchange of ideas and information on the development and uses of emissions data. Participating organizations are expected to include state, local, tribal, regional, international agencies, industry and academia.

Invitation to Submit Abstracts for Papers and Presentation
You are invited to submit a short abstract on a relevant topic that you would like to present by podium (orally) or by poster (visual display), or both. Authors will be notified upon selection of abstracts. A paper submission will be required for podium presentations. Podium presentations are a maximum of 25 minutes in length, including questions and answers.

A paper submission or an extended abstract will be required for posters. Posters may be submitted alone, or to compliment a podium presentation. Abstracts and papers will be included in the conference program and proceedings.

The topic may present studies and projects such as:

** Analysis techniques to identify potentially missing emissions sources or those in need of improved characterization in areas with air quality issues (comparisons with ambient data, recpeptor modeling techniques, source tagging analyses, etc.)

** Use of GIS methods and other innovative tools for inventory development activities

** Improvement of meta-data reporting and review as part of emission inventory submittals

** Efficient approaches for developing, handling, analyzing, and quality assuring emissions data

** Requirements and uses of local and regional emission inventories in global air quality and climate assessment --- including ways to make inventory data available to a variety of end users

** Comprehensive data management or air quality management approaches that integrate multiple pollutants for multiple uses

** Integrations of HAPs/CAPs with GHGs

** Speciation improvements for particulate matter and precursors, volatile organic compounds, and air toxics -- incuding improving characterization at international level

** Analysis of multi-pollutant emissions and controls for a specific source sector in a Non-Attainment area or in an area that faces multi-faceted Air Quality and/ or climate issues.

Your abstract topic may fall into one or more of the subject session areas below. When submitting your abstract, you will be prompted to indicate which of the session areas best suit your abstract topic. If your abstract matches more than one session area, list your choices of other sessions in your preferred order. Based on topics received, sessions may be adjusted.

Session Areas

*** Innovative EI Development Methods

*** Stationary Sources/Area Sources

*** Biomass Burning -- Managed Burning, Wildfires, Agricultural Burning

*** Emission Factors

*** EI Preparation for Modeling

*** Global/International Issues ---including those that may impact US Air Quality

*** Air Toxics

*** Tools - Leveraging Technology for Improved Inventories

*** Mobile Sources

*** EI Validation & Quality Assurance

*** Tribal Inventories and Issues

*** New Technology - GIS, Satellites and other remote sensings tools

*** PM and ammonia emissions from Agriculture

*** Emissions Impacts of Renewable Fuels

*** Emission Projection Schemes--domestically and globally

*** Greenhouse Gases (GHG) including Short-Lived Climate Forcers ("SLCFs": Black Carbon, Ozone, Methane

Invitation to Submit Ideas for Special-Topic Sessions
In addition to the topics and potential sessions listed above, if you have ideas about special topics that could benefit the emissions inventory community, please let us know. For example, we are hopeful to have a "roundtable" discussion on how to improve US biomass burning inventories as part of that session. If you make a suggestion, please be specific about the topic as possible and the intended audience (i.e., whether it may benefit the broader inventory community or be more useful for a narrower audience), and suggest how you think it could be delivered within the technical program. Such special topics might be woven into the technical program as a new session area, panel discussion forums, lunchtime informational seminars, part of the plenary session, or as Internet-Web session. Please email your specific ideas by Friday, December 16th, 2011 to Tesh Rao, at EIC2012@epamail.epa.gov.

Emissions Inventory Software Showcase
During the conference week, we will also highlight ideas and solutions regarding software for emissions inventory applications. This is an opportunity for conference attendees to demonstrate emission inventory related software. If you are interested in demonstrating software for the showcase, complete the pdf document located at http://www.epa.gov/ttn/chief/conference/ei20/showcase_form.pdf and email to EIC2012@epamail.epa.gov.

Submission Procedures
ABSTRACTS ARE DUE NO LATER THAN December 16th, 2011.
Abstracts will be used in the preliminary program. Authors will be notified upon selection of abstracts. Podium presentations will require a paper submission. Poster presentations will require an extended abstract or a paper submission. The due dates for papers and presentations will be announced in the program timeline in the next few weeks.

To submit an abstract not to exceed 250 words complete the pdf document located at http://www.epa.gov/ttn/chief/conference/ei20/abtract_form.pdf and email to EIC2012@epamail.epa.gov. This procedure will be the primary mechanism for submitting abstracts, papers, and presentation materials. You will be asked to provide your contact information for conference planning correspondence. Correspondence will include emails confirming abstract receipt, session assignment, reviews of submissions, and reminders of due dates.

You can find a Style Guide for abstracts, papers, and posters at http://www.epa.gov/ttn/chief/conference/styleguide_12.pdf

EPA Conference Sponsors and Contacts:
Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards
Emissions Inventory and Analysis Group

If you have questions about the abstract submission process, please contact: Tesh Rao - Technical Program Chair at 919-541-1173 or Kim Paylor - Conference Coordinator at 919-541-5474

 


 

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