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06/25/2014

EPA Webinar Series for the proposed Clean Power Plan

REMINDER: Webinar #1:  Building State Goals
Date:  Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Time:  2:30 – 4:30 PM Eastern Time

Webinar #2:  Meeting State Goals
Date:  Thursday, June 26, 2014
Time:  3:00 – 4:30 PM Eastern Time

Webinar #3:  Implementation
Date:  Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Time:  3:00 – 4:30 PM Eastern Time

Following each 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.

Intended Audience:  State, tribal, and local air and energy agencies.

To Register:  Please send (1) your name, (2) affiliation, (3) telephone number, and (4) the number of individuals expected to listen to the webinar from your location to Jean Walker at: walker.jean@epa.gov

For more information about the proposed Clean Power Plan, please visit:  www.epa.gov/cleanpowerplan

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EPA Webinar:  Air Sensor Technology -- State of the Science


Presenter: Ron Williams, U.S. EPA’s National Exposure Research Laboratory

Intended Audience:   Local, State and Tribal air quality officials, environmental scientists, citizen scientists and sensor developers.

Date:  Tuesday July 8, 2014

Time:  1:00-2:30 EDT

Link to join the webinar:  https://epa.connectsolutions.com/sensortechnologystateofthescience/ 

 
What you will learn:
- Research findings of low-cost sensor performance
- Market survey results of available sensor instrumentation
- Information on how to use low-cost sensor technology
- New reports and published research on sensor technology evaluation and application

For more information, see http://epa.gov/research/airscience/next-generation-air-measuring.htm

Contact: Ron Williams, 919-541-2957, williams.ronald@epa.gov

 


06/24/2014

 

National Tribal Air Association
NTAA- EPA Air Policy Call Agenda
June 26th, 2014

NTAA Image  EPA Logo
Call In Number: 1-866-299-3188
Conference Code: 9195415624#

Call Time: 10 am AK, 11 am PT, 12 pm MT, 1 pm CT, and 2 pm ET

GotoWebinar page to view documents on the call:
 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3207916791458128641

 

Call Agenda:

  1. EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan: Presented by Janet McCabe, OAR – 30 minutes.

On June 2, 2014, the EPA proposed the Clean Power Plan that will maintain an affordable, reliable energy system, while cutting pollution and protecting our health and environment. Power plants are the largest source of carbon pollution in the U.S., accounting for roughly one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions. Nationwide, the Clean Power Plan will help cut carbon pollution from the power sector by 30 percent below 2005 levels. EPA’s Acting Assistant Administrator Janet McCabe will be on the call to present the Clean Power Plan and answer any questions for those on the call. The draft Clean Power Plan can be found here: http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards.

  1. EPA's Proposed Rule for Radon Emissions from Uranium mills: Presented by Reid Rosnick, ORIA - Time: 30 minutes.

On May 2nd, EPA proposed a rule which would revise Subpart W of 40 CFR Part 61, “National Emission Standards for Operating Uranium Mill Tailings.” The presentation will review the main points of the proposed rule with time for questions and answers. The draft rule can be found here: http://www.epa.gov/radiation/docs/neshaps/subpart-w/neshap_subpart-w_npr-final_-prepublication.pdf

  1. EPA Air Updates – (OAR, OAQPS, OTAQ, ORIA, OAP)

NTAA Updates – Bill Thompson, NTAA Chairman

The next NTAA/EPA Policy call will be on July 31st, 2014 at 12:00 Noon Mountain Time

 

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An Overview of Federal Indian Policy and Law: Implications for Tribal Environmental Management, a webinar, will be available free to all interested parties!

As part of the Tribal Environmental Management and Planning course, a FREE webinar is being offered to provide an overview of federal Indian policy and law, and examines the unique legal and political status of American Indian tribal nations. Participants will develop an understanding of the various land statuses within tribal reservations and Indian Country, and how various past and current events in American Indian policy affect environmental management for tribal nations in the 21st century.

Presented by: Dean B. Suagee, Of Counsel, Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP and Karen Jarratt-Snider, Ph.D., Northern Arizona University

Please register for An Overview of Federal Indian Policy & Law: Implications for Tribal Environmental Management on Jul 1, 2014 10:00 AM PDT at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2823193276050000898
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Priority for the question/answer period of this webinar will be given to participants registered for the Tribal Environmental Management and Planning Course and associated modules. Questions will be opened up to the larger audience if time allows.

Registration for the Tribal Environmental Management and Planning course and modules is available at www.nau.edu/Professional/Registration-Fees.

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Children’s Environmental Health Listserv
Special Announcement
June 11, 2014 

FDA and EPA issue updated draft advice for fish consumption

Advice encourages pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers to eat more fish that are lower in mercury
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today issued updated draft advice on fish consumption. The two agencies have concluded pregnant and breastfeeding women, those who might become pregnant, and young children should eat more fish that is lower in mercury in order to gain important developmental and health benefits. The updated draft advice is consistent with recommendations in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Previously, the FDA and the EPA recommended maximum amounts of fish that these population groups should consume, but did not promote a minimum amount. Over the past decade, however, emerging science has underscored the importance of appropriate amounts of fish in the diets of pregnant and breastfeeding women, and young children.

“For years many women have limited or avoided eating fish during pregnancy or feeding fish to their young children,” said Stephen Ostroff, M.D., the FDA’s acting chief scientist. “But emerging science now tells us that limiting or avoiding fish during pregnancy and early childhood can mean missing out on important nutrients that can have a positive impact on growth and development as well as on general health.”

An FDA analysis of seafood consumption data from over 1,000 pregnant women in the United States found that 21 percent of them ate no fish in the previous month, and those who ate fish ate far less than the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends–with 50 percent eating fewer than 2 ounces a week, and 75 percent eating fewer than 4 ounces a week. The updated draft advice recommends pregnant women eat at least 8 ounces and up to 12 ounces (2-3 servings) per week of a variety of fish that are lower in mercury to support fetal growth and development.

“Eating fish with lower levels of mercury provides numerous health and dietary benefits,” said Nancy Stoner, the EPA’s acting assistant administrator for the Office of Water. “This updated advice will help pregnant women and mothers make informed decisions about the right amount and right kinds of fish to eat during important times in their lives and their children’s lives.”

The updated draft advice cautions pregnant or breastfeeding women to avoid four types of fish that are associated with high mercury levels: tilefish from the Gulf of Mexico; shark; swordfish; and king mackerel. In addition, the updated draft advice recommends limiting consumption of white (albacore) tuna to 6 ounces a week.

Choices lower in mercury include some of the most commonly eaten fish, such as shrimp, pollock, salmon, canned light tuna, tilapia, catfish and cod.

When eating fish caught from local streams, rivers and lakes, follow fish advisories from local authorities. If advice isn’t available, limit your total intake of such fish to 6 ounces a week and 1-3 ounces for children.

Before issuing final advice, the agencies will consider public comments, and also intend to seek the advice of the FDA’s Risk Communication Advisory Committee and conduct a series of focus groups.

The public can provide comment on the draft advice and the supplemental questions and answers by submitting comments to the Federal Register docket or by participating in any public meetings that may be held. The comment period will be open until 30 days after the last transcript from the advisory committee meeting and any other public meetings becomes available. The dates of any public meetings, as well as when the public comment period will close, will be published in future Federal Register notices at www.federalregister.gov.
For more information:
·         Draft advice on fish consumption, and supplemental questions about the draft advice: http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/Metals/ucm393070.htm
·         Federal Register Notice: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/06/11/2014-13584/environmental-protection-agency-and-food-and-drug-administration-advice-about-eating-fish

To subscribe to EPA’s Children’s Environmental Health Listserv, email cook-shyovitz.becky@epa.gov. You can unsubscribe at any time by emailing unsubscribe-ceh-list@lists.epa.gov

 


06/17/2014

 

EPA Webinar Series for the proposed Clean Power Plan

Webinar #1:  Building State Goals
Date:  Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Time:  2:30 – 4:30 PM Eastern Time

Webinar #2:  Meeting State Goals
Date:  Thursday, June 26, 2014
Time:  3:00 – 4:30 PM Eastern Time

Webinar #3:  Implementation
Date:  Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Time:  3:00 – 4:30 PM Eastern Time

Following each 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.

Intended Audience:  State, tribal, and local air and energy agencies.

To Register:  Please send (1) your name, (2) affiliation, (3) telephone number, and (4) the number of individuals expected to listen to the webinar from your location to Jean Walker at: walker.jean@epa.gov

For more information about the proposed Clean Power Plan, please visit:  www.epa.gov/cleanpowerplan

 


06/16/2014

DOE Tribal Energy Program

June 2014—DOE Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement; Current Funding Opportunities for Tribes

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following information on upcoming and current funding opportunities that may be of interest to tribes. Note that the Tribal Energy Program has added a new feature on its website highlighting hundreds of millions of dollars in funding opportunities available to tribes at a glance. Be sure to check the funding opportunities list frequently for the most complete and up-to-date listing of funding opportunities available to state, local, and tribal governments.

DOE Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement for Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects on Indian Lands

The Tribal Energy Program, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Indian Energy, intends to solicit applications from Indian tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia to: (1) install clean energy and energy efficiency retrofit projects for tribal buildings; and (2) deploy clean energy systems on a community scale. For more, see the Notice of Intent (NOI).

Note that this is an NOI only. EERE may issue an FOA as described in the NOI, may issue an FOA that is significantly different than the FOA described in the NOI, or may not issue a FOA at all. .

Current Funding Opportunities

DOE Solar Market Pathways Grants - $15 Million

Applications Due: July 3, 2014
Eligible Entities: For-profit entities, educational institutions, nonprofits, state and local governments, federally recognized tribes, and federal agencies

DOE is making available grants to reduce solar “soft costs,” which are composed of access to capital, supply-chain costs, and connecting to the grid. Soft costs account for up to 64% of the cost of a residential solar installation. This funding opportunity supports demonstrations of methods and stakeholder processes to reduce those soft costs, as well as address market barriers, such as those within existing policy and regulatory environments. Case studies developed under this funding opportunity are intended to provide clear examples for consideration for replication by similar jurisdictions.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description

DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Incubator – $4.6 Million

Concept Papers Due: July 7, 2014
Full Applications Due: September 3, 2014
Eligible Entities: Individuals, domestic entities, foreign entities, incorporated consortia, and unincorporated consortia, subject to the definitions in Section III.A of the funding opportunity description.

DOE is seeking proposals to enable the commercialization of a portfolio of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies through applied research, technology development, and demonstration. Eligible fuel cell technologies can consist of biomass-based fuels, natural gas, and hydrogen produced from renewable resources. Furthermore, eligible fuel cell technologies can be utilized in a range of applications, including near-term markets such as distributed primary and backup power, lift trucks, and portable power; mid-term markets such as residential combined-heat-and-power systems, auxiliary power units, and fleet vehicles; and longer-term markets such as light-duty passenger vehicles.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

DOE State Energy Program 2014 Competitive Awards Program – $5 Million

Applications Due: June 30, 2014
Eligible Entities: State entities, including the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands

DOE is making available funding to advance policies, programs, and market strategies that accelerate job creation and reduce energy bills while increasing energy and climate security. This opportunity focuses on two areas: State Energy Planning and Innovative Opportunities for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Practices.

For more information, see the funding opportunity announcement.

EPA Local Foods, Local Places Grants – $650,000

Applications Due: July 15, 2014
Eligible Entities: Communities anywhere in the United States; particular consideration will be given to communities in certain areas (see the funding opportunity description for details)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting proposals for the Local Foods, Local Places program to boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses, foster entrepreneurship, and improve access to healthy local food, particularly among disadvantaged groups with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Additionally, the program aims to revitalize downtowns, main street districts, and traditional neighborhoods by supporting farmers’ markets, food hubs, community gardens, community kitchens, and other kinds of local food enterprises, and provide people with affordable choices for accessing those amenities, such as walking, biking, or taking transit.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

EPA Air, Climate, and Energy Centers: Science Supporting Solutions – $30 Million

Applications Due: September 4, 2014
Eligible Entities: Public nonprofit institutions and private nonprofit institutions/organizations, state and local governments, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, and U.S. territories or possessions

EPA is seeking proposals to support research on the development of sound science to inform state and local policy makers regarding the development of approaches to enable effective implementation of air pollution control strategies to achieve the greatest public health benefits by reducing exposure to harmful air pollution. Research areas include enhancing understanding of spatial and temporal differences in individual pollutants and advancing scientific knowledge and tools needed to develop strategies for air pollution control, including strategies that address climate change preparedness.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

USDA Biomass Crop Assistance Program – $1.7 Million

Applications Due: July 14, 2014
Eligible Entities: Qualified biomass conversion facilities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting applications on June 16 from energy facilities interested in receiving forest or agricultural residues to generate clean energy. The support comes through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

For more information, see the notice of funds availability.

USDA 2014 Hazardous Fuels Wood-to-Energy Grant Program – $2.8 Million

Applications Due: June 3, 2014
Eligible Entities: Nonprofits, public- and state-controlled institutions of higher education, state and local governments, federally recognized tribes

USDA is making available funding to support projects for which some or all of the woody biomass is generated from National Forest Service System lands as a result of hazardous fuel treatments, forest restoration activities, insect and disease mitigation, catastrophic weather events, or thinning overstocked stands. Examples of projects might include, but are not limited to, engineering design of a woody biomass boiler that generates steam at a sawmill, hospital, or school; a nonpressurized hot water system; a biomass power generation facility; or geographic or sector-based clusters of wood energy systems. Eligible projects must use at least some woody biomass from National Forest System lands.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

USDA Housing Preservation Grants

Applications Due: July 28, 2014
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, nonprofit corporations including but not be limited to faith-based and community organizations, federally recognized Indian tribes, and consortia of eligible entities. Pursuant to 7 CFR 1944.674, federally recognized Indian tribes are exempt from the requirement to consult with local leaders, including the requirement of announcing the availability of their statement of activities for review in a newspaper.

USDA is seeking applications for grants to preserve and repair housing for very-low- and low-income families living in rural areas. The funds are being made available through USDA Rural Development's Housing Preservation Grant program. Eligible applicants include town or county governments, public agencies, federally recognized Indian tribes, and nonprofit and faith-based organizations. USDA does not provide funding directly to homeowners under this program.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

USDA Rural Development Repowering Assistance Program

Applications Due: See the July 16, 2014, Federal Register Notice
Eligible Entities: See the July 16, 2014, Federal Register Notice

The USDA plans to make up to $12 million in payments for eligible biorefineries through RD's Repowering Assistance Program, which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Biorefineries in existence on or before June 18, 2008 are eligible for payments to replace fossil fuels used to produce heat or power with renewable biomass. Since President Obama took office, USDA has provided $6.9 million to help biorefineries transition from fossil fuels to renewable biomass systems. Applications, deadlines and details will be published in the Federal Register on Monday, June 16, 2014.

For more information, see USDA Rural Development website.

Indian Land Tenure Foundation Native Land Acquisition Grants

Letters of Inquiry Due: Ongoing
Eligible Entities: Indian nations

Grants of up to $100,000 to help Native tribes reacquire alienated federal lands and ensure that Indian people have, at minimum, access to the financial and natural resources within their own reservations. Applicants are encouraged to send Letters of Inquiry before submitting a complete proposal.

For more information, see the Indian Land Tenure Foundation website.

ACF Community Economic Development Healthy Food FinancinFor more information, see the Indian Land Tenure Foundation website. g Initiative Projects

Applications Due: July 21, 2014
Eligible Entities: Community development corporations

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS) will award up to $9.5 million in Community Economic Development (CED) discretionary grant funds to community development corporations (CDCs) for community-based efforts to improve the economic and physical health of people in areas designated as food deserts. Additionally or as an alternative, applicants can point to indicators of need, such as poor access to a healthy food retail outlet, a high percentage of low-income residents, incidence of diet-related health conditions, or high concentrations of persons eligible for food assistance programs. Through the CED program and within the framework of the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (CED-HFFI), OCS seeks to fund projects that implement strategies to increase healthy food access, foster self-sufficiency for low-income families, and create sustained employment opportunities in low-income communities. To do this, the CED-HFFI program will provide technical and financial assistance for healthy food ventures designed to: (1) improve access to and purchase and consumption of healthy, affordable foods; and (2) address the economic needs of low-income individuals and families through the creation of employment and business opportunities in low-income communities. For more information, see the ACF website.

Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation RFP for Pre-Feasibility Studies on Wood-Fired Heating Projects

Applications Due: June 19, 2014
Eligible Entities: Interested and qualified consultants, firms, and organizations that would complete an outlined scope of work in a predetermined rural Alaskan community

The Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation is soliciting pre-feasibility proposals from interested and qualified consultants, firms, and organizations that would complete an outlined scope of work in a predetermined rural Alaskan community in order to explore the pre-feasibility of a community heating project(s) for an individual facility, multiple facilities, community, and/or district heating projects that would utilize high-efficiency, low-emission, wood-fired systems. Communities have already submitted their statements of interest. This request for proposals (RFP) looks to determine the preliminary feasibility in the locations of submitted statements of interest in regards to site specifications and regional biomass.

For more information, see the request for proposals.

COCA-COLA Foundation Community Impact Grants

Applications Due: Ongoing
Eligible Entities: Nonprofit organizations

The COCA-COLA Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations to support programs that focus on one of the following four categories: water stewardship, healthy and active lifestyles that lead to physical activity and nutritional education programs, community recycling, and education.

For more information, see the COCA-COLA Foundation website.

Funders' Network Partners for Places Grant – $600,000

Applications Due: July 3, 2014
Eligible Entities: The proposal must be submitted by a team of at least two partners: the sustainability director of a city (municipality) or county and the local, place-based foundation(s). Eligible grant recipients must be a local, place-based foundation, a public charity (501c3) created by a city or county government to accept grants, or a partnering nonprofit organization.

The Funders' Network, through its Partners for Places Grant Program, is seeking proposals to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations. Through the program, funders invest in local projects to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well-being of residents. Through these projects, Partners for Places aims to foster long-term relationships that make urban areas more prosperous, livable, and vibrant.

For more information, see the request for proposals.

NIFA Sun Grant Program – $2.5 Million

Applications Due: July 9, 2014
Eligible Entities: See Part III, A of the request for applications

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking applications for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA's) Sun Grant Program. The purpose of this program is to provide a consortium of universities made up of a university from each of the sun grant regions and subcenter region (see Part III, A of the Request for Application for regions) with a grant to support a North-Central, Southeastern, South-Central, Western, and Northeastern Sun Grant Center and a Western Insular Pacific Subcenter. A Sun Grant Center or Subcenter will use 75% of grant funds to provide competitive grants within each region that are multi-institutional and integrated, multistate research, extension, and education programs on technology development and technology implementation and address bioenergy, biomass, or bioproducts research priorities.

For more information, see the request for applications.

HUD Indian Community Development Block Grants for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages

Applications Due: July 29, 2014
Eligible Entities: Native American tribal governments (federally recognized), Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments), Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is making $70 million in funding available to tribes and tribal organizations through its Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG). The purpose of this program is the development of viable Indian and Alaska Native communities, including the creation of decent housing, suitable living environments, and economic opportunities primarily for persons with low- and moderate- incomes. The Office of Native American Programs Office of Public and Indian Housing administer the program.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

Opportunity to Apply for Smart Growth Achievement Award

2015 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement Application Period Now Open

Applications Due: September 5, 2014
Eligible Entities: The application can be submitted by a public-sector, private-sector, or nonprofit organization, but all applications must be co-signed by a public-sector partner.

EPA is seeking applications for the 2015 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement. The competition is open to public-sector, private-sector, and nonprofit organizations that have used smart growth principles to improve communities environmentally, socially, and economically. EPA seeks to recognize urban, suburban, and rural communities that have used smart growth approaches that involve a broad variety of stakeholders, are innovative, and could be replicated elsewhere. The categories for 2015 are: Built Projects; Corridor or Neighborhood Revitalization; Plazas, Parks, and Public Places; and Policies, Programs, and Plans. In addition, the review panel will choose an Overall Excellence winner from among the applicants. Applications must be submitted electronically using the 2015 application form. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Eastern time, Friday, September 5, 2014.

For updates and additional information, please visit related funding opportunities on the Tribal Energy Program website.

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

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


06/13/2014

EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program banner

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

Webcasts

  • Keeping Your Cool: How Communities Across the Country are Reducing the Heat Island Effect
  • EPA’s Air Quality Rules for Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines and their application to Combined Heat and Power
  • Analyzing the Water-Energy Nexus: Case Studies that Examine the Crucial Connection

Funding & Award Opportunities

  • National Clean Diesel Campaign 2014 Tribal Request for Proposals Released
  • 2015 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement: Application Period Now Open

New Reports

  • Financing Energy Improvements on Utility Bills: Market Updates and Key Program Design Considerations for Policymakers and Administrators

Other Updates

  • Global Survey: Climate Change Now a Mainstream Part of City Planning
  • EIA Now Has a Flickr Account

Webcasts

Keeping Your Cool: How Communities Across the Country are Reducing the Heat Island Effect

The term "heat island" refers to built-up areas that are hotter than nearby rural areas. The heat island effect can negatively affect communities by increasing summertime peak energy demand, air conditioning costs, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, heat-related illness and mortality, and water quality.

As the 2014 summer heats up, learn how communities are taking a number of common-sense steps to reduce the effects of summertime heat islands. This webcast, featuring presentations and case studies from U.S. EPA and local governments, will give participants a better understanding of the heat island effect, its impacts, and the strategies that communities can take to reduce urban temperatures. It will feature case studies from across the country, showcasing the actions that communities are taking now to reduce the heat island effect, including cool roof ordinances, tree-planting campaigns, and heat management planning.

  • Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014
  • Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT
  • Register

EPA’s Air Quality Rules for Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines and Their Application to Combined Heat and Power

U.S. EPA has issued air quality regulations for reciprocating internal combustion engines that place requirements on manufacturers, owners, and operators of a wide variety of emergency and non-emergency stationary engines, including CHP systems that have a gas-fired reciprocating engine as the prime mover. Depending on the engine type, CHP system owners and operators may need to meet operating and maintenance requirements, install controls, or conduct a performance test.

The Combined Heat and Power Partnership is hosting a webinar that will include:

  • An overview of the regulations
  • A discussion of how the regulations apply to CHP systems
  • A summary of compliance issues affecting CHP systems
  • A step-by-step procedure for how to comply
  • A live demonstration of EPA’s online compliance resources and tools
  • A question-and-answer period

Featured speakers will include Melanie King, U.S. EPA Office of Air Quality Planning & Standards; Roy Crystal, U.S. EPA Region I; and Susan Lancey, U.S. EPA Region I.

  • Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
  • Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT
  • Register

Analyzing the Water-Energy Nexus: Case Studies that Examine the Crucial Connection

In this Applied Solutions webinar, learn about the water-energy nexus. In the past, water and energy have been addressed as two separate issues. But in reality, water and energy are profoundly connected and sustainable management of either resource requires consideration of the other.

As the need for energy increases, the need for water also increases, and with the growing population there is a growing demand for both of these resources. It takes a considerable amount of water to produce energy for fuel production, cooling, and hydropower among other things. It also takes a large amount of energy to extract, treat, and transport water for household and production uses. Our upcoming webinar will feature several case studies that examine this connection, and reveal fresh approaches to the management of energy and water.

Speakers include Ned Spang, Ph.D., program manager for the U.C. Davis Center for Water-Energy Efficiency; Heather Cooley, director of the Pacific Institute's Water Program; and Amanda Acheson, sustainable building program manager for Coconino County, Arizona.

  • Date: Monday, June 30, 2014
  • Time: 10:00-11:30 AM PDT
  • Register

Funding & Award Opportunities

National Clean Diesel Campaign 2014 Tribal Request for Proposals

EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) is now soliciting proposals from tribal applicants for projects that reduce emissions from older diesel engines. The total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity is $1 million and will be funded through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). The Request for Proposals (RFP) is available on the NCDC Tribal page and grants.gov.

This is the first time EPA has offered a separate Tribal RFP for DERA funds, and this is in response from feedback from tribal communities. Proposals must be received by August 12, 2014.

For more information on the Tribal RFP and other documents, please visit the NCDC Tribal page.

2015 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement: Application Period Now Open

EPA is seeking applications for the 2015 National Award for Smart Growth Acievement. The competition is open to public-sector, private-sector, and nonprofit organizations that have used smart growth principles to improve communities environmentally, socially, and economically. EPA seeks to recognize urban, suburban, and rural communities that have used smart growth approaches that involve a broad variety of stakeholders, are innovative, and could be replicated elsewhere.

The categories for 2015 are:

  • Built Projects
  • Corridor or Neighborhood Revitalization
  • Plazas, Parks, and Public Places
  • Policies, Programs, and Plans

In addition, the review panel will choose an Overall Excellence winner from among the applicants.

The application can be submitted by a public-sector, private-sector, or nonprofit organization, but all applications must be co-signed by a public-sector partner. Applications must be submitted electronically using the 2015 application form. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Friday, September 5, 2014.

New Reports

Financing Energy Improvements on Utility Bills: Market Updates and Key Program Design Considerations for Policymakers and Administrators

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is pleased to announce a new, comprehensive report on on-bill efficiency financing programs, which offer loans for energy improvements that can be paid back on the borrower's utility bill. The report, produced through the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action (SEE Action) Network, surveys the landscape of on-bill financing programs and carefully examines program design elements and key performance metrics (e.g., loan volume, default rates, etc.).

View the report and a summary presentation. States and utilities are increasingly turning to on-bill financing to stretch their limited efficiency program dollars and overcome barriers to the uptake of energy improvements in both residential and non-residential properties. Financing Energy Improvements on Utility Bills gives an updated overview of the landscape of on-bill programs and provides actionable insights for policymakers and administrators on key program design considerations.

The report describes the historical evolution of on-bill programs and draws on data collected from 30 on-bill programs (including 13 in-depth case studies) to review and analyze key trends in on-bill programs, including their geographic reach, loan volumes, loan performance, and four important program design features:

  • How is the loan product structured? Power disconnection and meter attachment
  • Where does loan funding come from? Selecting sources of capital
  • Who is eligible? Assessing customer creditworthiness, underwriting criteria
  • What can participants finance? Eligible energy, and non-energy, improvements

The report finds that on-bill programs have delivered more than $1.8 billion in loans, experiencing low default rates (ranging between 0 percent and 3 percent).

You can find the report by clicking the link above or visiting the SEE Action Financing Solutions Working Group Website.

Other Updates

Global Survey: Climate Change Now a Mainstream Part of City Planning

MIT Sloan’s Urban Climate Change Governance Survey finds that 75 percent of cities worldwide now tackle climate-change issues as a mainstream part of their planning, and 73 percent of cities are attempting both climate mitigation and climate adaptation. But only 21 percent of cities report tangible connections between the response to climate change and achieving other local development goals.

EIA Now Has a Flickr Account

View the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s graphs, charts, maps, and other images on a state-by-state basis via Flickr.

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

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06/16/2014

DOE Tribal Energy Program

June 2014—DOE Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement; Current Funding Opportunities for Tribes

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following information on upcoming and current funding opportunities that may be of interest to tribes. Note that the Tribal Energy Program has added a new feature on its website highlighting hundreds of millions of dollars in funding opportunities available to tribes at a glance. Be sure to check the funding opportunities list frequently for the most complete and up-to-date listing of funding opportunities available to state, local, and tribal governments.

DOE Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement for Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects on Indian Lands

The Tribal Energy Program, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Indian Energy, intends to solicit applications from Indian tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia to: (1) install clean energy and energy efficiency retrofit projects for tribal buildings; and (2) deploy clean energy systems on a community scale. For more, see the Notice of Intent (NOI).

Note that this is an NOI only. EERE may issue an FOA as described in the NOI, may issue an FOA that is significantly different than the FOA described in the NOI, or may not issue a FOA at all. .

Current Funding Opportunities

DOE Solar Market Pathways Grants - $15 Million

Applications Due: July 3, 2014
Eligible Entities: For-profit entities, educational institutions, nonprofits, state and local governments, federally recognized tribes, and federal agencies

DOE is making available grants to reduce solar “soft costs,” which are composed of access to capital, supply-chain costs, and connecting to the grid. Soft costs account for up to 64% of the cost of a residential solar installation. This funding opportunity supports demonstrations of methods and stakeholder processes to reduce those soft costs, as well as address market barriers, such as those within existing policy and regulatory environments. Case studies developed under this funding opportunity are intended to provide clear examples for consideration for replication by similar jurisdictions.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description

DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Incubator – $4.6 Million

Concept Papers Due: July 7, 2014
Full Applications Due: September 3, 2014
Eligible Entities: Individuals, domestic entities, foreign entities, incorporated consortia, and unincorporated consortia, subject to the definitions in Section III.A of the funding opportunity description.

DOE is seeking proposals to enable the commercialization of a portfolio of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies through applied research, technology development, and demonstration. Eligible fuel cell technologies can consist of biomass-based fuels, natural gas, and hydrogen produced from renewable resources. Furthermore, eligible fuel cell technologies can be utilized in a range of applications, including near-term markets such as distributed primary and backup power, lift trucks, and portable power; mid-term markets such as residential combined-heat-and-power systems, auxiliary power units, and fleet vehicles; and longer-term markets such as light-duty passenger vehicles.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

DOE State Energy Program 2014 Competitive Awards Program – $5 Million

Applications Due: June 30, 2014
Eligible Entities: State entities, including the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands

DOE is making available funding to advance policies, programs, and market strategies that accelerate job creation and reduce energy bills while increasing energy and climate security. This opportunity focuses on two areas: State Energy Planning and Innovative Opportunities for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Practices.

For more information, see the funding opportunity announcement.

EPA Local Foods, Local Places Grants – $650,000

Applications Due: July 15, 2014
Eligible Entities: Communities anywhere in the United States; particular consideration will be given to communities in certain areas (see the funding opportunity description for details)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting proposals for the Local Foods, Local Places program to boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses, foster entrepreneurship, and improve access to healthy local food, particularly among disadvantaged groups with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Additionally, the program aims to revitalize downtowns, main street districts, and traditional neighborhoods by supporting farmers’ markets, food hubs, community gardens, community kitchens, and other kinds of local food enterprises, and provide people with affordable choices for accessing those amenities, such as walking, biking, or taking transit.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

EPA Air, Climate, and Energy Centers: Science Supporting Solutions – $30 Million

Applications Due: September 4, 2014
Eligible Entities: Public nonprofit institutions and private nonprofit institutions/organizations, state and local governments, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, and U.S. territories or possessions

EPA is seeking proposals to support research on the development of sound science to inform state and local policy makers regarding the development of approaches to enable effective implementation of air pollution control strategies to achieve the greatest public health benefits by reducing exposure to harmful air pollution. Research areas include enhancing understanding of spatial and temporal differences in individual pollutants and advancing scientific knowledge and tools needed to develop strategies for air pollution control, including strategies that address climate change preparedness.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

USDA Biomass Crop Assistance Program – $1.7 Million

Applications Due: July 14, 2014
Eligible Entities: Qualified biomass conversion facilities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting applications on June 16 from energy facilities interested in receiving forest or agricultural residues to generate clean energy. The support comes through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

For more information, see the notice of funds availability.

USDA 2014 Hazardous Fuels Wood-to-Energy Grant Program – $2.8 Million

Applications Due: June 3, 2014
Eligible Entities: Nonprofits, public- and state-controlled institutions of higher education, state and local governments, federally recognized tribes

USDA is making available funding to support projects for which some or all of the woody biomass is generated from National Forest Service System lands as a result of hazardous fuel treatments, forest restoration activities, insect and disease mitigation, catastrophic weather events, or thinning overstocked stands. Examples of projects might include, but are not limited to, engineering design of a woody biomass boiler that generates steam at a sawmill, hospital, or school; a nonpressurized hot water system; a biomass power generation facility; or geographic or sector-based clusters of wood energy systems. Eligible projects must use at least some woody biomass from National Forest System lands.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

USDA Housing Preservation Grants

Applications Due: July 28, 2014
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, nonprofit corporations including but not be limited to faith-based and community organizations, federally recognized Indian tribes, and consortia of eligible entities. Pursuant to 7 CFR 1944.674, federally recognized Indian tribes are exempt from the requirement to consult with local leaders, including the requirement of announcing the availability of their statement of activities for review in a newspaper.

USDA is seeking applications for grants to preserve and repair housing for very-low- and low-income families living in rural areas. The funds are being made available through USDA Rural Development's Housing Preservation Grant program. Eligible applicants include town or county governments, public agencies, federally recognized Indian tribes, and nonprofit and faith-based organizations. USDA does not provide funding directly to homeowners under this program.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

USDA Rural Development Repowering Assistance Program

Applications Due: See the July 16, 2014, Federal Register Notice
Eligible Entities: See the July 16, 2014, Federal Register Notice

The USDA plans to make up to $12 million in payments for eligible biorefineries through RD's Repowering Assistance Program, which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Biorefineries in existence on or before June 18, 2008 are eligible for payments to replace fossil fuels used to produce heat or power with renewable biomass. Since President Obama took office, USDA has provided $6.9 million to help biorefineries transition from fossil fuels to renewable biomass systems. Applications, deadlines and details will be published in the Federal Register on Monday, June 16, 2014.

For more information, see USDA Rural Development website.

Indian Land Tenure Foundation Native Land Acquisition Grants

Letters of Inquiry Due: Ongoing
Eligible Entities: Indian nations

Grants of up to $100,000 to help Native tribes reacquire alienated federal lands and ensure that Indian people have, at minimum, access to the financial and natural resources within their own reservations. Applicants are encouraged to send Letters of Inquiry before submitting a complete proposal.

For more information, see the Indian Land Tenure Foundation website.

ACF Community Economic Development Healthy Food FinancinFor more information, see the Indian Land Tenure Foundation website. g Initiative Projects

Applications Due: July 21, 2014
Eligible Entities: Community development corporations

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS) will award up to $9.5 million in Community Economic Development (CED) discretionary grant funds to community development corporations (CDCs) for community-based efforts to improve the economic and physical health of people in areas designated as food deserts. Additionally or as an alternative, applicants can point to indicators of need, such as poor access to a healthy food retail outlet, a high percentage of low-income residents, incidence of diet-related health conditions, or high concentrations of persons eligible for food assistance programs. Through the CED program and within the framework of the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (CED-HFFI), OCS seeks to fund projects that implement strategies to increase healthy food access, foster self-sufficiency for low-income families, and create sustained employment opportunities in low-income communities. To do this, the CED-HFFI program will provide technical and financial assistance for healthy food ventures designed to: (1) improve access to and purchase and consumption of healthy, affordable foods; and (2) address the economic needs of low-income individuals and families through the creation of employment and business opportunities in low-income communities. For more information, see the ACF website.

Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation RFP for Pre-Feasibility Studies on Wood-Fired Heating Projects

Applications Due: June 19, 2014
Eligible Entities: Interested and qualified consultants, firms, and organizations that would complete an outlined scope of work in a predetermined rural Alaskan community

The Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation is soliciting pre-feasibility proposals from interested and qualified consultants, firms, and organizations that would complete an outlined scope of work in a predetermined rural Alaskan community in order to explore the pre-feasibility of a community heating project(s) for an individual facility, multiple facilities, community, and/or district heating projects that would utilize high-efficiency, low-emission, wood-fired systems. Communities have already submitted their statements of interest. This request for proposals (RFP) looks to determine the preliminary feasibility in the locations of submitted statements of interest in regards to site specifications and regional biomass.

For more information, see the request for proposals.

COCA-COLA Foundation Community Impact Grants

Applications Due: Ongoing
Eligible Entities: Nonprofit organizations

The COCA-COLA Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations to support programs that focus on one of the following four categories: water stewardship, healthy and active lifestyles that lead to physical activity and nutritional education programs, community recycling, and education.

For more information, see the COCA-COLA Foundation website.

Funders' Network Partners for Places Grant – $600,000

Applications Due: July 3, 2014
Eligible Entities: The proposal must be submitted by a team of at least two partners: the sustainability director of a city (municipality) or county and the local, place-based foundation(s). Eligible grant recipients must be a local, place-based foundation, a public charity (501c3) created by a city or county government to accept grants, or a partnering nonprofit organization.

The Funders' Network, through its Partners for Places Grant Program, is seeking proposals to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations. Through the program, funders invest in local projects to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well-being of residents. Through these projects, Partners for Places aims to foster long-term relationships that make urban areas more prosperous, livable, and vibrant.

For more information, see the request for proposals.

NIFA Sun Grant Program – $2.5 Million

Applications Due: July 9, 2014
Eligible Entities: See Part III, A of the request for applications

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking applications for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA's) Sun Grant Program. The purpose of this program is to provide a consortium of universities made up of a university from each of the sun grant regions and subcenter region (see Part III, A of the Request for Application for regions) with a grant to support a North-Central, Southeastern, South-Central, Western, and Northeastern Sun Grant Center and a Western Insular Pacific Subcenter. A Sun Grant Center or Subcenter will use 75% of grant funds to provide competitive grants within each region that are multi-institutional and integrated, multistate research, extension, and education programs on technology development and technology implementation and address bioenergy, biomass, or bioproducts research priorities.

For more information, see the request for applications.

HUD Indian Community Development Block Grants for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages

Applications Due: July 29, 2014
Eligible Entities: Native American tribal governments (federally recognized), Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments), Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is making $70 million in funding available to tribes and tribal organizations through its Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG). The purpose of this program is the development of viable Indian and Alaska Native communities, including the creation of decent housing, suitable living environments, and economic opportunities primarily for persons with low- and moderate- incomes. The Office of Native American Programs Office of Public and Indian Housing administer the program.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

Opportunity to Apply for Smart Growth Achievement Award

2015 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement Application Period Now Open

Applications Due: September 5, 2014
Eligible Entities: The application can be submitted by a public-sector, private-sector, or nonprofit organization, but all applications must be co-signed by a public-sector partner.

EPA is seeking applications for the 2015 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement. The competition is open to public-sector, private-sector, and nonprofit organizations that have used smart growth principles to improve communities environmentally, socially, and economically. EPA seeks to recognize urban, suburban, and rural communities that have used smart growth approaches that involve a broad variety of stakeholders, are innovative, and could be replicated elsewhere. The categories for 2015 are: Built Projects; Corridor or Neighborhood Revitalization; Plazas, Parks, and Public Places; and Policies, Programs, and Plans. In addition, the review panel will choose an Overall Excellence winner from among the applicants. Applications must be submitted electronically using the 2015 application form. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Eastern time, Friday, September 5, 2014.

For updates and additional information, please visit related funding opportunities on the Tribal Energy Program website.

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

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


06/12/2014

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Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities: Air Pollution Monitoring for Communities Air Pollution Monitoring for Communities

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Research and Development
National Center for Environmental Research
Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Program

This is the initial announcement of this funding opportunity.

Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-G2014-STAR-K1

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 66.509

Solicitation Opening Date: June 9, 2014
Solicitation Closing Date: October, 7, 2014, 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time

Technical Contact: Sherri Hunt (hunt.sherri@epa.gov); phone: 703-347-8042
Eligibility Contact: Ron Josephson (josephson.ron@epa.gov); phone: 703-308-0442
Electronic Submissions: Todd Peterson (peterson.todd@epa.gov); phone: 703-308-7224

Synopsis of Program:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research on empowering communities and individuals to take action to avoid air pollution exposure, using low-cost portable air pollution sensors. Specifically of interest is research on using low-cost portable sensors to understand and avoid air pollution exposure, on the ways communities and individuals interact with air pollution sensors and their data, on methods for understanding and managing the quality of data from air pollution sensors, and on how sensors and sensor networks compare to existing state-of-the-art air quality monitoring methods.

This solicitation provides the opportunity for the submission of applications for projects that may involve human subjects research. Human subjects research supported by the EPA is governed by EPA Regulation 40 CFR Part 26 (Protection of Human Subjects). This includes the Common Rule at subpart A and prohibitions and additional protections for pregnant women and fetuses, nursing women, and children at subparts B, C, and D. Research meeting the regulatory definition of intentional exposure research found in subpart B is prohibited by that subpart in pregnant women, nursing women, and children. Research meeting the regulatory definition of observational research found in subparts C and D is subject to the additional protections found in those subparts for pregnant women and fetuses (subpart C) and children (subpart D). All applications must include a Human Subjects Research Statement (HSRS, as described in Section IV.B.5.c), and if the project involves human subjects research, it will be subject to an additional level of review prior to funding decisions being made as described in Sections V.C and V.D of this solicitation.

For more information click here: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2014/2014-star-air-pollution-monitoring.html


06/10/2014

DOE Tribal Energy Program

June 2014 – Register Now for Summer Tribal Energy Development Workshops and Our Monthly Tribal Energy Webinar Series

The Tribal Energy Program has a great lineup of free renewable energy workshops and webinars this summer. Register today and take advantage of these exciting educational opportunities!

Upcoming Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshops

The DOE Tribal Energy Program and the DOE Office of Indian Energy, with support from DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, will host two interactive workshops on tribal renewable energy project development this summer. These workshops are designed for elected tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff interested in gaining knowledge and confidence to develop community-, facility-, and commercial-scale renewable energy projects.

For more or to register, see the Tribal Energy Program website at the links below.

1) Community- and Facility-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshop
July 10-11, 2014
Bonneville Power Administration
Portland, Oregon

2) Commercial-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshop
July 29-31, 2014
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Golden, Colorado

In preparation for these workshops, we ask that attendees review the "Foundational Topics" course material on the National Training & Education Resource website.

Registration and Lodging
There is no cost to attend these workshops, but advance registration is requested. Participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals, and travel costs.

Monthly Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series

The Tribal Energy Program, in cooperation with the DOE Office of Indian Energy and Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), is sponsoring the Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series. The series is intended for tribal leaders and staff who are interested in developing facility- and community-scale energy projects, responding to utilities' requests for proposals, and learning more about the competitive power market. Learn more about this series. There is no charge to participate in the webinars, but registration is required. The next webinar in the series is described below.

Net Metering
Wednesday, June 25, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Eastern time

This webinar will focus on the services provided by utility net metering and their importance in making projects cost-effective. Presenters will provide information based on case histories of how facilities that generate their own electricity from renewable energy sources can feed electricity they do not use back into the grid. Many states have net-metering laws with which utilities must comply. In states without such legislation, utilities may offer net-metering programs voluntarily or as a result of regulatory decisions. This webinar will cover the general differences between state legislation and implementation and highlight how net-metering benefits can vary widely for facilities in different areas of the country. Register for the webinar.

For information on other webinars in the series and to register, visit the Tribal Energy Program Webinars 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 Clean Energy Development, visit our website

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EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program banner

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

Nearly $66 million in funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy (DOE), and Funders Network that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including economic development, sustainable communities, green infrastructure, and water efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

In addition, please visit the calendar of 2014 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.

Special Announcement: DOE Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement for Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects on Indian Lands

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has released a notification of intent to issue a funding opportunity announcement for the Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects on Indian Lands Program. The program aims to promote tribal energy sufficiency and spur increased deployment of clean energy and energy efficiency projects on Indian lands.

For more information, visit the notice of intent.

DOE Solar Market Pathways Grant - $15 million

  • Applications Due: July 3, 2014
  • Eligible Entities: For-profit entities, educational institutions, nonprofits, state and local governments, federally recognized tribes, and federal agencies.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is making available grants to reduce solar “soft costs,” which are composed of access to capital, supply-chain costs, and connecting to the grid. Soft costs account for up to 64 percent of the cost of a residential solar installation. This funding opportunity supports demonstrations of methods and stakeholder processes to reduce those soft costs, as well as address market barriers, such as those within existing policy and regulatory environments. Case studies developed under this funding opportunity are intended to provide clear examples for consideration for replication by similar jurisdictions.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA Diesel Emissions Reduction Act National Funding Assistance Program - $9 million

  • Applications Due: June 17, 2014
  • Eligible Entities: State and local governments, tribal agencies/consortia, port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality, nonprofit organizations.

EPA is soliciting proposals 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 EPA Administrator as poor air quality areas. Eligible diesel emission reduction solutions include verified emission control technologies such as exhaust controls, cleaner fuels, and engine upgrades, verified idle reduction technologies, verified aerodynamic technologies and low rolling resistance tires, certified engine repowers, and/or certified vehicle or equipment replacement.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

DOE State Energy Program 2014 Competitive Awards Program - $5 million

  • Applications Due: June 30, 2014
  • Eligible Entities: State entities, including the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.

The Department of Energy is making available funding to advance policies, programs, and market strategies that accelerate job creation and reduce energy bills while increasing energy and climate security. This opportunity focuses on two areas: State Energy Planning and Innovative Opportunities for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Practices.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

Funders Network Partners for Places Grant - $600,000

  • Applications Due: July 3, 2014
  • Eligible Entities: The proposal must be submitted by a team of at least two partners: the sustainability director of a city (municipality) or a county, and the local, place-based foundation(s). Eligible grant recipients must be a local, place-based foundation, a public charity (501c3) created by a city or county government to accept grants, or a partnering nonprofit organization.

The Funders Network, through its Partners for Places Grant Program, is seeking proposals to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations. Through the program, funders invest in local projects to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well-being of residents. Through these projects, Partners for Places aims to foster long-term relationships that make urban areas more prosperous, livable, and vibrant.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Incubator - $4.6 million

  • Concept Papers Due: July 7, 2014; Full Applications Due: September 3, 2014
  • Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments, for-profit entities, educational institutions, nonprofits

The Department of Energy is seeking proposals to enable the commercialization of a portfolio of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies through applied research, technology development and demonstration. Eligible fuel cell technologies can consist of biomass-based fuels, natural gas, and hydrogen produced from renewable resources. Furthermore, eligible fuel cell technologies can be utilized in a range of applications, including near-term markets such as distributed primary and backup power, lift trucks, and portable power, mid-term markets such as residential combined-heat-and-power (CHP) systems, auxiliary power units, and fleet vehicles, and longer-term markets such as light-duty passenger vehicles.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA Local Foods, Local Places Grant - $650,000

  • Letter of Interest Due: July 15, 2014
  • Eligible Entities: Any community in the U.S. is eligible, with particular attention given to:
    • Areas served by the Appalachian Regional Commission in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
    • Areas served by the Delta Regional Authority in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.
    • Federally designated Promise Zones in the Choctaw Nation region of Southeast Oklahoma; Los Angeles, California; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; San Antonio, Texas; and Southeastern Kentucky.
    • USDA-designated StrikeForce counties in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia.

    EPA is soliciting proposals for the Local Foods, Local Places program to boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses, foster entrepreneurship, and improve access to healthy local food, particularly among disadvantaged groups with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Additionally, the program aims to revitalize downtowns, main street districts, and traditional neighborhoods by supporting farmers’ markets, food hubs, community gardens, community kitchens, and other kinds of local food enterprises, and provide people with affordable choices for accessing those amenities, such as walking, biking, or taking transit.

    For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

    EPA Air, Climate, and Energy Centers: Science Supporting Solutions - $30 million

    • Applications Due: September 4, 2014o
    • Eligible Entities: Public nonprofit institutions and private nonprofit institutions/organizations, state and local governments, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, and U.S. territories or possessions.

    EPA is seeking proposals to support research n the development of sound science to inform state and local policy makers regarding the development of approaches to enable effective implementation of air pollution control strategies to achieve the greatest public health benefits by reducing exposure to harmful air pollution. Research areas include enhancing understanding of spatial and temporal differences in individual pollutants and advancing scientific knowledge and tools needed to develop strategies for air pollution control, including strategies that address climate change preparedness.

    For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

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

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


    06/06/2014

    EPA Announces Funding for Tribes to Clean Up Diesel Engines


    WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that grant funding is available for tribal applicants to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from older diesel engines. Diesel engines are extremely efficient, but emit air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOX) and particulate matter (PM).  These pollutants are linked to serious health problems including asthma, lung and heart disease, other respiratory ailments, and premature death. This is the first time EPA is offering a separate tribal request for proposals for diesel emission reduction program (DERA) funds, and is in response to feedback from tribal communities.
    EPA is making $1 million available and anticipates awarding three to five tribal assistance agreements. Projects may include school buses, transit buses, heavy-duty diesel trucks, marine engines, locomotives, energy production generators, and other diesel engines. Proposals from tribal applicants must be received by August 12, 2014.
     
    This competition is part of the DERA program which funds projects to clean up the legacy fleet of diesel engines. The DERA program aims to achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution reduced and to reduce diesel emissions exposure, particularly for those living and working in areas disproportionately affected by poor air quality.
     
    Since the beginning of the DERA program in 2008, EPA has awarded over 600 grants across the US and reduced more than 250,000 tons of NOx and more than 14,000 tons of PM. EPA has awarded 11 Tribal grants for approximately $3 million.  DERA grants have significantly improved air quality and provided critical health benefits by reducing hundreds of thousands of tons of air pollution and saving millions of gallons of fuel.  Many of these grants fund clean diesel projects that operate in economically disadvantaged communities where residents suffer from higher-than-average instances of asthma, heart, and lung disease.
     
    More information on the Tribal Request for Proposals and related documents: www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/prgtribal.htm
     
    More information on the National Clean Diesel campaign: www.epa.gov/cleandiesel

     

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    WEBINAR: EPA’s Air Quality Rules for Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE) and Their Application to Combined Heat and Power (CHP)

    Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
    Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) has issued air quality regulations for reciprocating internal combustion engines (RICE) that place requirements on manufacturers, owners and operators of a wide variety of emergency and non-emergency stationary engines including CHP systems that have a gas-fired reciprocating engine as the prime mover. Depending on the engine type, CHP system owners and operators may need to meet operating and maintenance requirements, install controls, or conduct a performance test.

    The Combined Heat and Power Partnership is hosting an interactive webinar that will include:

    • An overview of the regulations
    • A discussion of how the regulations apply to CHP systems
    • A summary of compliance issues affecting CHP systems
    • A step-by-step procedure for how to comply
    • A live demonstration of EPA’s online compliance resources and tools
    • A question-and-answer period

    Featured speakers will include:

    • Melanie King, US EPA Office of Air Quality Planning & Standards
    • Roy Crystal, US EPA Region I
    • Susan Lancey, US EPA Region I

    Register here: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/164471538

    For more information on the EPA’s RICE rules: http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/icengines/

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    Information to share with the States, Regions and Tribes

    Two proposed rules signed late last week. They will be posted on the web soon. Thanks for sharing the news with your typical groups later today or tomorrow.

    On 5/29/14 - Proposed Withdrawal of the Determination that Compliance with Regional Emissions Trading Programs meets Clean Air Act Requirements to Control Emissions for the 1997 Ozone and Fine Particle Air Quality Standards - proposed a rule that would revise how emission controls for power plants should be treated in state plans to attain the 1997 ozone and fine particle air quality standards. Fact Sheet and prepublication proposal available at: http://www.epa.gov/airquality/ozonepollution/actions.html.

    On 5/30/14 - Proposed Risk and Technology Review for Offsite Waste and Recovery Operations - proposing more stringent provisions for emission points at facilities that receive certain wastes, used oil, or used solvents from off-site locations for storage, treatment, recovery, or disposal at the facility. Fact Sheet and prepublication proposal available at: http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/offwaste/oswropg.html

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    EPA Proposes First Guidelines to Cut Carbon Pollution from Existing Power Plants

    Clean Power Plan is flexible proposal to ensure a healthier environment, spur innovation and strengthen the economy

    WASHINGTON – At the direction of President Obama and after an unprecedented outreach effort, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is today releasing the Clean Power Plan proposal, which for the first time cuts carbon pollution from existing power plants, the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States. Today’s proposal will protect public health, move the United States toward a cleaner environment and fight climate change while supplying Americans with reliable and affordable power.

    "Climate change, fueled by carbon pollution, supercharges risks to our health, our economy, and our way of life. EPA is delivering on a vital piece of President Obama's Climate Action Plan by proposing a Clean Power Plan that will cut harmful carbon pollution from our largest source--power plants," said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. "By leveraging cleaner energy sources and cutting energy waste, this plan will clean the air we breathe while helping slow climate change so we can leave a safe and healthy future for our kids. We don't have to choose between a healthy economy and a healthy environment--our action will sharpen America’s competitive edge, spur innovation, and create jobs."

    Power plants account for roughly one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. While there are limits in place for the level of arsenic, mercury, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and particle pollution that power plants can emit, there are currently no national limits on carbon pollution levels.

    With the Clean Power Plan, EPA is proposing guidelines that build on trends already underway in states and the power sector to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants, making them more efficient and less polluting. This proposal follows through on the common-sense steps laid out in President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and the June 2013 Presidential Memorandum.

    By 2030, the steady and responsible steps EPA is taking will:

    • Cut carbon emission from the power sector by 30 percent nationwide below 2005 levels, which is equal to the emissions from powering more than half the homes in the United States for one year;
    • Cut particle pollution, nitrogen oxides, and sulfur dioxide by more than 25 percent as a co-benefit;
    • Avoid up to 6,600 premature deaths, up to 150,000 asthma attacks in children, and up to 490,000 missed work or school days—providing up to $93 billion in climate and public health benefits; and
    • Shrink electricity bills roughly 8 percent by increasing energy efficiency and reducing demand in the electricity system.

    The Clean Power Plan will be implemented through a state-federal partnership under which states identify a path forward using either current or new electricity production and pollution control policies to meet the goals of the proposed program. The proposal provides guidelines for states to develop plans to meet state-specific goals to reduce carbon pollution and gives them the flexibility to design a program that makes the most sense for their unique situation. States can choose the right mix of generation using diverse fuels, energy efficiency and demand-side management to meet the goals and their own needs. It allows them to work alone to develop individual plans or to work together with other states to develop multi-state plans.

    Also included in today’s proposal is a flexible timeline for states to follow for submitting plans to the agency—with plans due in June 2016, with the option to use a two-step process for submitting final plans if more time is needed. States that have already invested in energy efficiency programs will be able to build on these programs during the compliance period to help make progress toward meeting their goal.

    Since last summer, EPA has directly engaged with state, tribal, and local governments, industry and labor leaders, non-profits, and others. The data, information and feedback provided during this effort helped guide the development of the proposal and further confirmed that states have been leading the way for years in saving families and businesses money through improving efficiency, while cleaning up pollution from power plants. To date, 47 states have utilities that run demand-side energy efficiency programs, 38 have renewable portfolio standards or goals, and 10 have market-based greenhouse gas emissions programs. Together, the agency believes that these programs represent a proven, common-sense approach to cutting carbon pollution—one in which electricity is generated and used as efficiently as possible and which promotes a greater reliance on lower-carbon power sources.

    Today’s announcement marks the beginning of the second phase of the agency’s outreach efforts. EPA will accept comment on the proposal for 120 days after publication in the Federal Register and will hold four public hearings on the proposed Clean Power Plan during the week of July 28 in the following cities: Denver, Atlanta, Washington, DC and Pittsburgh. Based on this input, EPA will finalize standards next June following the schedule laid out in the June 2013 Presidential Memorandum.

    In 2009, EPA determined that greenhouse gas pollution threatens Americans' health and welfare by leading to long lasting changes in our climate that can have a range of negative effects on human health and the environment. Taking steady, responsible steps to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants will protect children’s health and will move our nation toward a cleaner, more stable environment for future generations, while supplying the reliable, affordable power needed for economic growth.

    Fact sheets and details about the proposed rule available at: http://www.epa.gov/cleanpowerplan

    More information on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan: http://www.whitehouse.gov/climate-change

    Video on today’s announcement from Administrator Gina McCarthy: http://www.epa.gov/

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    05/29/2014

     

    DOE Tribal Energy Program

    DOE Announces Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement for Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency on Indian Lands

    The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to announce its intent to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). The EERE Tribal Energy Program, in coordination with DOE's Office of Indian Energy, will be continuing its efforts to promote tribal energy sufficiency and to spur increased deployment of clean energy and energy efficiency on Indian lands. In support of these goals, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to solicit applications from Indian Tribes, Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations, and Tribal Consortia to: (1) install clean energy and energy efficiency retrofit projects for tribal buildings; and (2) deploy clean energy systems on a community scale.

    For more, see the Notice of Intent (NOI). Note that this is an NOI only. EERE may issue an FOA as described in the NOI, may issue an FOA that is significantly different than the FOA described in the NOI, or may not issue an FOA at all. To be notified, when (or if) an FOA is issued, please join our email list.

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    For a complete listing of upcoming events and funding opportunities that are of interest to tribes, please visit our funding opportunities listing.

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

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


    05/21/2014

     

    DOE Tribal Energy Program

    May 2014 – Summer Energy Development Workshops, New Learning and Funding Opportunities, and May 28 Tribal Energy Webinar

    The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to announce this summer's tribal energy development workshop schedule, share information on a funding opportunity and a student internship that may be of interest to Tribes, and remind our subscribers to register for the next Tribal Renewable Energy Series webinar on May 28.

    Upcoming Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshops

    The DOE Tribal Energy Program and the DOE Office of Indian Energy, with support from DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, will host two interactive workshops on tribal renewable energy project development this summer. These workshops are designed for elected tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff interested in gaining knowledge and confidence to develop community-, facility-, and commercial-scale renewable energy projects.

    For more or to register, see the Tribal Energy Program website at the links below.

    1) Community- and Facility - Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshop
    July 10-11, 2014
    Bonneville Power Administration
    Portland, Oregon

    2) Commercia l- Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshop
    July 29-31, 2014
    National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    Golden, Colorado

    In preparation for these workshops, we ask that attendees review the "Foundational Topics" course material on the National Training & Education Resource website.

    Registration and Lodging
    There is no cost to attend these workshops, but advance registration is requested. Participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals, and travel costs.

    DOE WINDExchange Webinar: Rural Energy for America Program 2014 Farm Bill

    Wednesday, May 21, 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time
    In February, Congress passed a new Farm Bill that includes an Energy Title. The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides grants and loan guarantees to farmers, ranchers, and rural small businesses and rural electric cooperatives to install energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. DOE's WINDExchange initiative will host a webinar providing an overview of the new Farm Bill and how rural stakeholders can submit successful applications for REAP funding. Join Environmental Law and Policy Center Senior Policy Advocate Andy Olsen as he describes the funding allocated to REAP in 2014, eligible recipients and technologies, and application deadlines. Charles Newcomb, director of technical strategy for Endurance Wind Power, will provide an industry perspective on the Farm Bill.

    The webinar is free. Advance registration is not required. Log-in information is below. Please note that the only way to access the audio portion of this webinar is by calling in.

    Audio Access
    Toll-free #: 888-461-9425
    Participant passcode: 3869930

    Web Access
    URL: https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?i=RW3109386&p=3869930&t=c

    If you have trouble with the above link, try going to this website and enter the information separately:
    URL: https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join/
    Conference number: RW3109386
    Audience passcode: 3869930

    USDA Renewable Energy for America Business and Cooperative Programs Grants and Loans

    Grant and Guaranteed Loan Applications Due: July 7, 2014
    Guaranteed Loan Only Applications Due: July 31, 2014
    Eligible Entities: Individuals and small businesses REAP provides grants to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy systems as well as to purchase and install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. The program 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 more information, see the funding opportunity description.

    Apply for 2014 Fall Term Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships

    Applications Due: May 30, 2014
    Eligible Entities: Must be currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at an accredited institution and must have completed at least one year as a matriculating undergraduate student at the time of applying. Learn more.

    The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages Native American undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the DOE laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 16 participating DOE laboratories. Under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, they perform research on projects that support the DOE mission.

    The Fall Term internships are 16 weeks in duration (August through December). Each DOE laboratory offers different research opportunities; not all DOE laboratories offer internships during the Fall Term. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Eastern time on May 30, 2014. Log in to apply.

    Register for May 28 Webinar

    Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Renewable Energy Project Refinement
    Wednesday, May 28, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Eastern time

    Sponsored by the DOE Tribal Energy Program, Office of Indian Energy, and Western Area Power Administration this webinar will focus on the three components of project refinement: project financing strategies, off-taker agreements, and vendor selection. Project refinement obstacles, particularly financing, can deter the deployment of renewable energy projects on tribal lands. Attendees will learn about the financial resources and ownership options available—including venture capital and innovative financing—that can help Tribes overcome longstanding barriers and attract higher levels of private investment. Finally, attendees will learn how project refinement can accelerate renewable energy development and, with it, tribal economic and community development. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Register for the webinar.

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    For a complete listing of upcoming events and funding opportunities that are of interest to tribes, please visit our Events calendar and our funding opportunities listing.

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

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


    05/15/2014

    EPA Tribal Consultation Opportunity

    Consultation Title

    Revised Draft: EPA Policy on Environmental Justice for Working with Federally Recognized Tribes and Indigenous Peoples

    EPA Lead Organization

    OITA

    Start Date

    5/5/2014

    End Date

    6/5/2014

    This is a courtesy announcement that the USEPA intends to consult with tribal governments on the above mentioned action. This announcement is being sent both to tribal governments' representatives and other organizations such as EPA's tribal partnership groups that may also be interested in this action.

    Official notification of consultation will be sent to tribal governments potentially affected by this action.

    OITA/AIEO initiated a consultation opportunity last week for tribal governments on the Revised draft of EPA’s Policy on EJ for Federally Recognized Tribes and Indigenous Peoples. A mailing and e-notification (below) was sent to tribal leaders and environmental directors on April 24th.  AIEO and OEJ will host two national consultation calls (May 19th and May 22nd ). You can download or view the materials for this consultation by clicking on the   Direct weblink for this consultation ==> Click here to open consultation.

    To obtain additional information about this action and other EPA consultations on going or planned Click here to open Tribal Portal

    The EPA contact for this List is: Dona M Harris

    American Indian Environmental Office/Office of International and Tribal Affairs

     

     


    05/14/2014

     

    DOE Tribal Energy Program

    May 2014 – Opportunities and Events for Tribes

    The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following information on upcoming opportunities and events for Tribes.

    HUD, USDA Seek Comments on Determination That Revised Energy Codes Will Not Impact Affordability, Availability of Housing

    Comments due: May 30, 2014

    The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) establishes procedures for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to adopt revisions to the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and to the 2004 energy codes of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), referred to as ASHRAE 90.1–2004, subject to: (1) A determination that the revised codes do not negatively affect the availability or affordability of new construction of single and multifamily housing covered by EISA, and (2) a determination by the Secretary of Energy that the revised codes ‘‘would improve energy efficiency.’’

    This notice announces the preliminary determination of HUD and USDA that the 2009 IECC and (with the exception of the State of Hawaii) ASHRAE 90.1–2007 will not negatively affect the affordability and availability of housing covered by EISA. As of September 2013, 32 states plus the District of Columbia have already adopted the 2009 IECC, its equivalent, or a higher standard for single family homes. Thirty-eight states plus the District of Columbia have already adopted ASHRAE 90.1–2007, its equivalent, or a higher standard for multifamily buildings. For those states that have not yet adopted either of these standards, this notice relies on several studies that show these codes are cost effective because the incremental cost of the additional efficiency measures pays for itself with energy cost savings on a life-cycle basis.

    Submit comments electronically through the federal eRulemaking portal (search for ASHRAE 90.1–2004) or mail comments to one of the following:

    Regulations Division, Office of General Counsel, Department of Housing and Urban Development
    451 7th Street SW., Room 10276
    Washington, DC 20410–0500

    OR

    Rural Housing Service, Department of Agriculture
    1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 5014–S
    Washington, DC 20250

    Upcoming DOE Webinars

    Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Renewable Energy Project Refinement

    Wednesday, May 28, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Eastern time
    Sponsored by the DOE Tribal Energy Program, Office of Indian Energy, and Western Area Power Administration this webinar will focus on the three components of project refinement (step 3 in the five-step project development process): project financing strategies, off-taker agreements, and vendor selection. Project refinement obstacles, particularly financing, can deter the deployment of renewable energy projects on tribal lands. Attendees will learn about the financial resources and ownership options available—including venture capital and innovative financing—that can help Tribes overcome longstanding barriers and attract higher levels of private investment. Finally, attendees will learn how project refinement can accelerate renewable energy development and, with it, tribal economic and community development. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Register for the webinar.

    DOE Zero Energy Ready Home: Building Energy Optimization Tool (BEopt) Training

    Thursday, May 15, 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Eastern time
    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is DOE’s primary lab for renewable energy and efficiency R&D. Through the Building America Program, NREL has developed free software to help design and sell cost-effective high-efficiency homes. This webinar will provide an overview of the powerful but easy-to-use BEopt (Building Energy Optimization) tool. Scott Horowitz and Craig Christensen will focus on opportunities for builders to improve their home designs by finding the best efficiency measures for their climate and costs.Register for the webinar. Register for this webinar.

    Solar Technical Assistance Team 2014 Webinars

    As part of a DIY Solar Market Analysis summer series, NREL's Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) is presenting four webinars to assist policymakers with solar market development. Mark your calendar for the second Wednesday of each month from May—August to learn about the following topics:

    Top Solar Tools: What Are They, And How Do They Help Policymakers?
    Wednesday, May 14, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Mountain time
    Join us to learn the basics behind some of the most popular solar tools available to policymakers. NREL experts will give an overview of how to use energy calculators such as PVWatts, financial estimators like JEDI, and solar data aggregators such as OpenPV

    Solar Resource and Technical Potential: Finding, Making, and Using Maps for Decision Makers
    Wednesday, June 11, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Mountain time
    Join us to learn how to find, use, and create your own location-specific solar resource maps from information such as real-time irradiance and meteorological data. While a range of renewable energy resource data is available for determining the best locations for solar energy systems, it is important to understand how solar resource differs from technical potential. NREL experts will explain how to effectively determine the levels of resource, technical, economic, and market potential in your locality using tools such as MapSearch and RE Atlas.

    DIY Solar Market Analysis Webinar Series: PVWatts
    Wednesday, July 9, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Mountain time
    Join us to learn tips and tricks for the latest update of NREL's PVWatts tool, which combines the capabilities of PVWatts V1, PVWatts V2, and IMBY. PVWatts allows homeowners, small building owners, installers, and manufacturers to easily estimate the performance of potential solar energy installations. The tool's developers will explain how to estimate the energy production and cost of energy for grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) systems throughout the world

    Community Solar Scenario Tool: Planning for a Fruitful Solar Garden
    Wednesday, August 13, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Mountain time
    Join us to learn about a new model that was developed to help municipal utilities, solar developers, and state and local advocates perform a "first cut" analysis of different community or shared solar program options. The Community Solar Scenario Tool allows users to see how various inputs, such as system size, location, and project costs, impact the economics of a project and from both a potential customer's perspective as well as the sponsoring utility.

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    For a complete listing of upcoming events that are of interest to tribes, please visit our Events calendar.

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

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

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    EPA Announces $3.6 Million in Environmental Job Training Grants to Provide Unemployed Residents with Job Opportunities Cleaning Up and Reducing Pollution Nationwide

    WASHINGTON –U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy today, on a press call with Joe Carbone, President of the Workplace, Inc. in Bridgeport, Conn., and Jason Wimmer, City of Durham, N.C., announced the selection of 18 grantees for the award of approximately $3.6 million through the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) program. The grants fund training programs in local nonprofit organizations, community colleges, cities, states, tribes, and counties that provide unemployed and under-employed, including veterans, minority, and predominately low income individuals with the comprehensive skills and certifications needed to enter full-time careers in the environmental field. The funding also supports job placement and recruitment activities. These green jobs give hope to individuals to overcome significant barriers to employment and help protect public health and the environment by providing a skilled job force to clean up contamination and build more sustainable futures for local communities.

    “A key aspect of the success of the program is the partnership between grantees and the private sector to design curricula based on local markets with an eye toward hiring graduates, which is why there is a 71percent placement rate,” said Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator. “We link our investment in communities with brownfields to enable residents from lower income communities that surround many of these sites with training opportunities.”

    Graduates of the program develop a comprehensive set of skills to secure full-time, sustainable employment in many areas of the environmental field and average an hourly starting wage of $14.00. This has resulted in an excellent cumulative job placement rate. Program graduates obtain employment within their own communities, areas often historically affected by blight, economic disinvestment, and sites contaminated with solid and hazardous wastes. Rather than filling local environmental jobs with professionals outside of these communities, these grants help provide an opportunity for local residents to secure careers that make a visible impact cleaning up their neighborhoods, creating a locally skilled workforce. Graduates obtain employment in fields such as: recycling, brownfields assessment and cleanup, wastewater treatment, stormwater management, emergency response, oil spill cleanup, solar installation, and Superfund site remediation.

    The 18 grantees are:

    • Hunters Point Family; San Francisco, Calif.
    • City of Durham, N.C.
    • Memphis Bioworks, Tenn.
    • City of Milwaukee, Wis.
    • Los Angeles Conservation Corps, Calif.
    • Cypress Mandela Training Center; Oakland, Calif.
    • St. Nicks Alliance; Brooklyn, N.Y.
    • Civic Works; Baltimore, Md.
    • Community Development Corporation of Tampa, Fla.
    • Limitless Vistas; New Orleans, La.
    • City of Camden, Ark.
    • Energy Coordinating Agency; Philadelphia, Penn.
    • Lewis and Clark County, Mont.
    • Alaska Forum
    • Northstar Center for Human Development; Hartford, Conn.
    • City of Detroit, Mich.
    • The Workplace, Inc.; Bridgeport, Conn.
    • Mo-Kan Regional Council; St. Joseph, Mo.

    Since the EWDJT program’s inception in 1998, the EPA has funded 239 job training grants totaling more than $50 million. More than 12,800 individuals have completed training, and of those, more than 9,100 have secured employment in the environmental field.

    More information on environmental workforce development and job training grants: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/pilot_grants.htm

    More information on EPA’s brownfields Program http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/

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    EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program banner

    EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

    Nearly $88 million of funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy (DOE), Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including economic development, sustainable communities, green infrastructure, and water efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

    In addition, please visit the calendar of 2014 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.

    DOE Commercial Building Technology Demonstrations Grant – $10 million

    • Application Due: May 19, 2014
    • Eligible Entities: For-profit entities, educational institutions, nonprofits, state and local governments, federally recognized tribes.

    The Department of Energy is making available grants to enhance and accelerate the deployment and adoption of a broad range of competitively solicited high-impact energy saving technologies as well as new technology integration approaches. Technologies selected under this funding opportunity will be ready for market adoption but may be underutilized due to market barriers, including perception of risk, gaps in information, and data on performance as well as cost.

    For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

    USDA 2014 Statewide Wood Energy Grant - $1.7 million

    • Applications Due: May 20, 2014
    • Eligible Entities: For profit institutions, nonprofits, public- and state-controlled institutions of higher education, state and local governments, federally recognized tribes.

    The Department of Agriculture is making available funding to support collaborative statewide wood energy teams that advance the installation of commercially viable wood energy systems in the public and private sectors that use woody biomass generated from National Forest System lands and other land ownerships. Activities may include, but are not limited to, workshops and assistance that provide technical, financial, and environmental information, preliminary engineering assessments, and community outreach needed to support development of wood energy projects in the public and private sectors. Eligible projects must use at least some woody biomass from National Forest System lands.

    For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

    DOE Solar Market Pathways Grant - $15 million

    • Concept Papers Due: May 28, 2014; Applications due: July 3, 2014
    • Eligible Entities: For-profit entities, educational institutions, nonprofits, state and local governments, federally recognized tribes, and federal agencies.

    The Department of Energy (DOE) is making available grants to reduce solar “soft costs,” which are composed of access to capital, supply-chain costs, and connecting to the grid. Soft costs account for up to 64 percent of the cost of a residential solar installation. This funding opportunity supports demonstrations of methods and stakeholder processes to reduce those soft costs, as well as address market barriers, such as those within existing policy and regulatory environments. Case studies developed under this funding opportunity are intended to provide clear examples for consideration for replication by similar jurisdictions.

    For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

    DOE Marine and Hydrokinetic Research and Development University Consortium Grant - $4 million

    • Applications due: May 30, 2014
    • Eligible Entities: Domestic universities; for-profit entities and nonprofits; state, local, and tribal governments (eligible as a Subrecipient, not a Prime recipient); federal agencies.

    The Department of Energy (DOE) is making available grants to access field research and development expertise and intellectual capital at universities to advance marine and hydrokinetic technology in the United States. Funding is intended to be used to research, develop, and test technologies capable of generating renewable, environmentally responsible, and cost-effective electricity from U.S. water resources, including energy from waves and from tidal, river, and ocean currents.

    For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

    USDA 2014 Hazardous Fuels Wood to Energy Grant Program – $2.8 million

    • Applications Due: June 3, 2014
    • Eligible Entities: Nonprofits, public- and state-controlled institutions of higher education, state and local governments, federally recognized tribes.

    The Department of Agriculture is making available funding to support projects for which some or all of the woody biomass is generated from National Forest Service System lands as a result of hazardous fuel treatments, forest restoration activities, insect and disease mitigation, catastrophic weather events, or thinning overstocked stands. Examples of projects might include, but are not limited to, engineering design of a woody biomass boiler that generates steam at a sawmill, hospital, or school; a non-pressurized hot water system; a biomass power generation facility; or geographic or sector-based clusters of wood energy systems. Eligible projects must use at least some woody biomass from National Forest System lands.

    For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

    Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART Program – Total Funding TBA

    • Applications Due: June 6, 2014
    • Eligible Entities: State, Indian tribe, irrigation district, water district, or other organization with water or power delivery authority. Must 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 Bureau of Reclamation has announced funding to promote efficient use of water, integrate water and energy policies to support the sustainable use of all natural resources, and coordinate with other Department bureaus and offices on water conservation activities. The purpose of the program is to improve water quality and ecological resilience, conserve water, and reduce conflicts over water through collaborative conservation efforts in the management of local watersheds.

    For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

    DOE Zero Emission Cargo Transport Demonstration Program - $10 million

    • Applications Due: June 11, 2014
    • Eligible Entities: Local governments, ports, metropolitan transportation authorities, air pollution control districts, or combinations of those governments, authorities, districts, and entities.

    The Department of Energy is seeking applications for projects to accelerate the introduction and penetration of electric transportation technologies (ETT) into the cargo transport sector. Objectives include demonstrating reductions of petroleum use, greenhouse gas emissions, and criteria pollutant and toxics emissions; evaluating the market viability of cargo ETT; and collecting detailed information to analyze benefits and project viability.

    For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

    DOE Methane Observation Networks with Innovative Technology to Obtain Reductions (MONITOR) Program - $30 million

    • Concept Papers Due: June 13, 2014
    • Eligible Entities: For-profit entities, educational institutions, nonprofits, state and local governments (as a member of a project team, but not a standalone applicant).

    The Department of Energy is making available funding to support the development of disruptive approaches for methane emission detection and measurement that will enable widespread utilization and facilitate reductions in methane emissions. The program implementation focus is on “oil and gas systems” from the wellhead to the end-user.

    For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

    EPA Diesel Emissions Reduction Act National Funding Assistance Program - $9 million

    • Applications Due: June 17, 2014
    • Eligible Entities: State and local governments, tribal agencies/consortia, port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality, nonprofit organizations.

    EPA is soliciting proposals 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 EPA Administrator as poor air quality areas. Eligible diesel emission reduction solutions include verified emission control technologies such as exhaust controls, cleaner fuels, and engine upgrades, verified idle reduction technologies, verified aerodynamic technologies and low rolling resistance tires, certified engine repowers, and/or certified vehicle or equipment replacement.

    For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

    DOE State Energy Program 2014 Competitive Awards Program - $5 million

    • Applications Due: June 30, 2014
    • Eligible Entities: State entities, including the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.

    The Department of Energy is making available funding to advance policies, programs, and market strategies that accelerate job creation and reduce energy bills while increasing energy and climate security. This opportunity focuses on two areas: State Energy Planning and Innovative Opportunities for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Practices.

    For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.


    05/08/2014

     

    EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program banner

    EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

    May Resources Roundup

    Funding

    • Special Announcement: DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement for State Energy Program 2014 Competitive Awards
    • Travel Grant Support Available for Local Solutions: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference

    Resources

    • National Climate Assessment Released: Climate Change Impacts in the United States
    • ICLEI’s new ClearPath Online Software for Local Governments
    • Center for Clean Air Policy Releases Green Resilience Report

    Webinars

    • The Smart Location Database: May 15 Webinar
    • Listen Now to Our Webcast on AVERT, the AVoided Emissions and geneRation Tool
    • Security & Sustainability Forum Announces Renewable Energy on Institutional Property Webinar Series

    Special Announcement: DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement for State Energy Program 2014 Competitive Awards

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE’s) State Energy Program is now seeking applications for Fiscal Year 2014 Competitive Financial Assistance Awards. This competitive Funding Opportunity Announcement will allow states to compete for EERE funding focused on two areas of interest:

    1. State Energy Planning
    2. Opportunities for Innovative Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Practices.

    Please note that only states are eligible to apply for these awards. There will be an informational webinar on May 12, and the submission deadline for full applications is June 30, 2014.

    For more information, access the FY14 SEP Competitive FOA.

    Travel Grant Support Available for Local Solutions: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference

    Are you a community decision-maker? The Local Solutions conference is offering travel grants to members of Town/City Municipal offices and related entities (e.g., selectmen, planners, public works); Regional Planning Agencies; the U.S. National Guard; and other regional or community organizations (e.g., conservation commission).

    Click here to learn more about the six travel grant categories. Funding is available through an easy application for individuals or teams, depending on the grant. APPLY NOW: the conference is May 19-21 in Manchester, NH.

    National Climate Assessment Released: Climate Change Impacts in the United States

    The Third National Climate Assessment (NCA), released on May 5, is the most comprehensive, authoritative, transparent scientific report ever generated on U.S. climate impacts, both as currently observed and as projected for the future. The Third NCA documents climate change-related impacts and responses across key sectors and all regions of the U.S. with the goal of better informing public and private decision-making at all levels.

    WHERE CAN YOU FINDTHE ASSESSMENT?

    The Third NCA is available to download and also can be explored in a novel interactive format through USGCRP’s newly redeployed web presence at the Global Change Website. An important feature of this interactivity is the traceability of the data and other information in the report, giving users the means to refer back to these data for their analyses and decision support:

    WHAT CAN BE FOUND IN THIS LATEST ASSESSMENT?

    The data and information in the Third NCA can be of great value to the adaptation planning and implementation efforts. Some examples include:

    • The latest science on observed trends and projected future conditions of changes in the climate across the 8 NCA regions and contiguous U.S. as well as 13 sectors and cross-sectors.
    • Examples throughout of on-the-ground impacts across the U.S., many of which are already directly affecting substantial numbers of Americans.
    • For the first time in a U.S. national assessment, explicit chapters on Decision Support, Mitigation, and Adaptation, with specific information on those topics as they are practiced now in addition to identifying research needs associated with these topics for improving future implementation of climate resilience measures. Specifically related to adaptation, the following information is captured in the Adaptation chapter:
      • Adaptation key terms defined
      • An overview of adaptation activities at multiple levels including the Federal government, states, tribes, local and regional governments, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector
      • Example barriers to adaptation
      • Several illustrative case studies of adaptation in action
    • A section that answers some frequently asked questions about climate change. The questions addressed range from those purely related to the science of climate change to those that extend to some of the issues being faced in consideration of mitigation and adaptation measures.

    ICLEI’s ClearPath Online Software for Local Governments

    ClearPath is the next generation of ICLEI’s online software for local governments, replacing the CACP tool that you may be familiar with. ClearPath is a cloud-based platform that allows the user to visualize your current and future emissions, and easily carry out sophisticated analysis to determine the right mix of policies to meet emissions reduction goals. ClearPath is available to ICLEI members, universities, consultants, as well as non-member local governments in the United States on a trial basis. It's also available to all local governments in California through a partnership with the State.

    Center for Clean Air Policy Releases Green Resilience Report

    The Center for Clean Air Policy’s Weathering Climate Risks program recently released the report, Green Resilience: Climate Adaptation + Mitigation Synergies. This report captures best practices and lessons learned from experts in the field who are contributing to an integrated approach to climate adaptation + mitigation (A+M) to cut carbon pollution (mitigation) and prepare the nation for climate change impacts (adaptation).

    The Smart Location Database: May 15 Webinar

    The Smart Location Database is an online mapping tool and free nationwide geospatial data resource for measuring location efficiency* and the built environment. Join EPA's Ted Cochin on Thursday, May 15, from 2:00-3:30 EDT for a tutorial on how to use the database, which includes more than 90 attributes that summarize characteristics such as housing density, diversity of land use, and neighborhood design.

    The Smart Location Database can be used for:

    • Assessing and comparing neighborhood conditions
    • Developing new indicators of workplace location efficiency
    • Regional land use scenario studies
    • Nationwide modeling studies on the relationships between built environment and daily travel

    The database was recently updated to include Access to Jobs and Workers Via Transit, a free geospatial data resource and web mapping tool for comparing the accessibility of neighborhoods via public transit service.

    To get the most out of this webinar, we advise that you review the Smart Location Database before the session begins here.

    Who Should Attend

    Planners; academics; researchers; state, local, and federal government staff; and others interested in location efficiency

    Continuing Education

    This webinar qualifies for 1.5 certification maintenance credits from the American Planning Association.

    Webinar Details

    • No pre-registration is required.
    • Click here, and log in as a guest.

    There is no conference call. Participants will hear the webinar through their computer speakers. Please check to be sure your speakers are turned on.

    Listen Now to Our Webcast on AVERT, the AVoided Emissions and geneRation Tool

    EPA’s State & Local Climate and Energy Program recently released the AVoided Emissions and geneRation Tool (AVERT). This free tool estimates the emissions benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and programs, and is designed to meet the needs of state air quality planners and other interested users. On this archived webcast, listen to EPA staff discuss potential uses of the tool. EPA staff also presented information on the projected impacts from key state energy efficiency and renewable energy policies not captured in the Energy Information Administration’s 2013 Annual Energy Outlook.

    Security & Sustainability Forum Announces Renewable Energy on Institutional Property Webinar Series

    Government and institutional facility managers are being tasked with alternative energy reduction mandates for environmental, security and financial reasons.

    This free eight episode webinar series centers on successful case studies and guidance for designing and implementing renewable energy technology and energy efficiency programs on military bases, national parks, government buildings, college campuses, medical complexes, prisons and other institutional property to meet government and institutional energy utilization program goals. Registration is open for the entire series.

    Learn more about the episodes and register.

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

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


    05/07/2014

     

    EPA Memo on Onroad NEI v2 Development

    Below is a memo from EPA’s emissions inventory staff to state and local air agencies summarizing plans for using MOVES2014 to characterize onroad mobile source emissions for the 2011 National Emissions Inventory.  While we know that tribes are not using MOVES2014 to model mobile source emission, we do want you to be aware of the issues we are raising with the state and local air agencies who are using the model.  Tribes that have questions or that wish to submit on-road emissions may contact Laurel Driver at driver.laurel@epa.gov.

    Memo on Onroad NEI v2 Development


    05/06/2014

     

    Notification of Public Comment Period for EPA's Policy on Environmental Justice for Tribes and Indigenous Peoples

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is creating a policy to work collaboratively with tribes and indigenous peoples to address their environmental justice issues. The Agency is making available the Revised Draft of the EPA Policy on Environmental Justice for Working with Federally Recognized Tribes and Indigenous Peoples for public input, during the May 5 - June 5, 2014 public comment period. The EPA is seeking input on the Revised Draft of the Policy and recommendations on the implementation of the Policy.

    A public outreach conference call on the Policy is scheduled for Wednesday, May 21, 12:30 - 2:00 ET. The conference call number is 1-866-299-3188, access code (202) 564-2576.

    The Revised Draft of the Policy, the Notification of Public Comment Period, and additional information on the Policy can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/indigenous/index.html. Comments on the Policy can be sent electronically to indigenous-ej-policy@epa.gov.

    For more information, contact Daniel Gogal, gogal.danny@epa.gov, (202) 564-2576.

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    Final Guidance on Title V

    Attached is a memorandum titled, “Implementation Guidance on Annual Compliance Certification Reporting and Statement of Basis Requirements for Title V Operating Permits.” The memo and attachments provide guidance on satisfying the CAA title V annual compliance certification reporting and statement of basis requirements. They address two recommendations made by the OIG in the report titled, “Substantial Changes Needed in Implementation and Oversight of Title V Permits if Program Goals are to be Fully Realized.”

    Memo_OAR_14_000_8602_Guidance on Annual Compliance Cert. Reporting and Statement Title V.pdf

    If you have any questions relating to this information, please contact Juan Santiago, Associate Director, Air Quality Policy Division/OAQPS/OAR, at (919) 541-1084, santiago.juan@epa.gov

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    EPA WEBINAR ANNOUNCEMENT: May 13th Webinar on the Proposed Data Requirements Rule for SO2

    Webinar: Proposed Data Requirements Rule for the 1-Hour Sulfur Dioxide Primary NAAQS -- General Overview
    Date: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
    Time: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time
    Intended Audience: State, Tribes and local agencies, as well as EPA Regional Offices

    Note: Due to the conflict with the National Tribal Forum on Air Quality, we will have a separate webinar for Tribes the following week (details will be sent to Tribal contacts soon).

    To register for the webinar, please contact Rhonda Wright at wright.rhonda@epa.gov with your name, title, and organization.

    Rich Damberg, from EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, will present an overview of the proposed rule.

    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.

    For those unable to attend the webinar, we will post a link to the recording at www.epa.gov/airquality/sulfurdioxide/implement.html as soon as we can after the webinar.

    See additional information about the proposed rule and fact sheet at www.epa.gov/airquality/sulfurdioxide/implement.html.

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    EPA WEBINAR (May 21) - Proposed Data Requirements Rule for the 1-Hr. SO2 NAAQS --General Overview

    Webinar: Proposed Data Requirements Rule for the 1-Hour Sulfur Dioxide Primary NAAQS -- General Overview
    Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
    Time: 2:00 - 3:30 pm (EDT); 1:00 – 2:30 pm (CDT); 12:00 – 1:30 pm (MDT); 11:00 am – 12:30 pm (Arizona); 11:00 am – 12:30 pm (PDT); 10:00 – 11:30 am (AKDT)
    Intended Audience: Tribes

    To register for the webinar, please contact Toni Colón at colon.toni@epa.gov with your name, title, and organization.

    Rich Damberg, from EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, will present an overview of the proposed rule.

    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.

    For those unable to attend the webinar, we will post a link to the recording at www.epa.gov/airquality/sulfurdioxide/implement.html as soon as we can after the webinar.

    See additional information about the proposed rule and fact sheet at www.epa.gov/airquality/sulfurdioxide/implement.html.


    05/05/2014

    DOE Tribal Energy Program

    Forum on Tribal Project Financing and Investing to be Held May 14 in San Diego

    The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following information on an upcoming event for tribal leaders.

    The DOE Office of Indian Energy Tribal Leader Forum on “Financing and Investing in Tribal Renewable Energy Projects” will take place Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at the US GRANT hotel in San Diego, California.

    Tribal Leader Forums are designed to support smart tribal energy development through collaboration and information sharing. The forums give tribal leaders an opportunity to receive the latest updates from and interact directly with other Tribes, industry, utilities, DOE, and other federal agencies on energy deployment efforts.

    This event is geared toward tribal leaders, executives, and other project stakeholders interested in looking at the potential for investing in tribal-owned energy projects or exploring the option of seeking outside investors to finance their energy projects.

    Agenda Highlights

    In addition to an overview of how energy projects are financed, the forum will cover the following topics:

    • Federal and state loan programs, current grant opportunities, and financing options
    • Potential investment opportunities during all phases of tribal energy projects
    • Case studies on current tribal renewable energy projects
    • Examples of why other Tribes and investment companies are currently investing in renewable energy projects
    • Specific investment opportunities for Tribes and others in tribal renewable energy projects

    For details, view the agenda.

    There is no fee to attend the forum, but registration is required by May 7, 2014. To register, complete the registration form and email it to mindy.bridges@ncsl.org.

    If you have general questions about the forum, please contact Sarai Geary, Program Manager, at (202) 287-6886 or asarai.geary@hq.doe.gov. Logistical questions can be directed to Mindy Bridges at (303) 856-1560 or mindy.bridges@ncsl.org.

    A limited block of rooms are available at a discounted rate at the US GRANT hotel. To make hotel reservations, call 800-325-3589 and mention that you are with the DOE Tribal Leader Energy Forum to receive the group rate.

    For a complete listing of upcoming events that are of interest to tribes, please visit our Events calendar.

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

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

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    EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

    The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE's) State Energy Program is now seeking applications for Fiscal Year 2014 Competitive Financial Assistance Awards. This competitive Funding Opportunity Announcement will allow states to compete for EERE funding focused on two areas of interest:

    1. State Energy Planning.
    2. Opportunities for Innovative Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Practices.

    Please note that only states are eligible to apply for these awards. There will be an informational webinar on May 12, and the submission deadline for full applications is June 30, 2014.

    For more information, access the FY14 SEP Competitive FOA and the original Notice of Intent.

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

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


    05/02/2014

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    EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

    This message provides details about 13 upcoming webcasts offered by the federal agencies and others. All webcasts are offered free of charge, but space may be limited.

    ENERGY STAR Webcasts

    • May 8, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – Planning for Updates to the ENERGY STAR 1 to 100 Score with 2012 CBECS Data
    • May 13, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – Benchmarking Water/Wastewater Treatment Facilities in Portfolio Manager
    • May 15, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic: Editing Use Details
    • May 15, 3:00-4:30 PM (EDT) – Using EPA’s Target Finder & Portfolio Manager for Commercial New Construction Projects
    • May 20, 2:00-3:15 PM (EDT) – Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR
    • May 21, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – ENERGY STAR Service and Product Provider Spring 2014 Web Conference
    • May 27, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 101
    • May 28, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 201
    • May 29, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR

    DOE Webcasts

    • May 7, 8:30 AM-1:30 PM (EDT) – Federal Utility Partnership Working Group Seminar
    • May 15, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Reducing Food Scraps at Home and Management of Organics in Small and Tribal Communities
    • May 28, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (MDT) – DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Renewable Energy Project Refinement

    ACEEE – SEE Action Webcasts

    • May 8, 4:00-5:15 PM (EDT) – ACEEE – SEE Action Behavior Webcast

    ENERGY STAR Webcasts

    May 8, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – Planning for Updates to the ENERGY STAR 1 to 100 Score with 2012 CBECS Data

    New data for many types of commercial buildings will be available next year, when the Energy Information Administration (EIA) releases the results of its 2012 Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS). EPA will provide an overview of how ENERGY STAR will use this data, the opportunities for input, and when you can expect to see updated ENERGY STAR scores based on the data. A representative from EIA will also present on the status of the 2012 CBECS data collection effort.

    Register

    May 13, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – Benchmarking Water/Wastewater Treatment Facilities in Portfolio Manager

    Learn how to track the progress of energy efficiency efforts and compare the energy use of wastewater treatment plants to other peer facilities across the country. Attendees will learn how to measure and track energy use and carbon dioxide emission reductions in water and wastewater treatment plants to establish baseline energy use, prioritize investments, set goals, and track improvements over time.

    Register

    May 15, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic: Editing Use Details

    Portfolio Manager "Office Hours" is a live webinar that gives all users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA in an open forum. In 2014, Office Hours will be held once a month. We will plan to spend the first 20-30 minutes of each session discussing a specific focus topic. The remaining hour will be used to answer any questions you have about Portfolio Manager (not limited to the focus topic).

    In May, the topic will be editing use details. Join us to learn how to correctly keep your property's use details accurate and up to date. We will be offering demonstrations and tips on the best practices for editing use details. Portfolio Manager uses a weighted average of use details during any 12 month period to calculate energy metrics. Incorrect edits to use details may affect your property's square footage, ENERGY STAR Score, or adjusted energy use intensity.

    If you would like to skip the specific topic portion, feel free to join the call at 1:30 for the Q&A portion.

    Register

    May 15, 3:00-4:30 PM (EDT) – Using EPA’s Target Finder & Portfolio Manager for Commercial New Construction Projects

    Join us as we demonstrate the Target Finder tool and its integration with the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool! Attendees will also learn the benefits of achieving ENERGY STAR on their building design projects, how to assess and improve the efficiency of their design’s intended energy use, and how to set and achieve design energy efficiency targets.

    Register

    May 20, 2:00-3:15 PM (EDT) – Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR

    Learn how public sector organizations are improving energy efficiency with innovative solutions to financial barriers. Attendees will learn about financing projects in the public and private sectors, the basics of performance contracting, and how EPA’s tools and resources can help you make the decision to improve your facilities now or later.

    Register

    May 21, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – ENERGY STAR Service and Product Provider Spring 2014 Web Conference

    This session will provide an update on the current activities of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Buildings Service and Product Provider program. Topics will include the next set of updates to Portfolio Manager, upcoming events and announcements, and particular market sectors and other focus areas for the ENERGY STAR program in the second half of 2014. Attendees will also hear from a 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year on ways to leverage ENERGY STAR partnership to grow business.

    • Learn the content and timeline of the set of changes to ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, including a new Multifamily score model and expanded Sharing capabilities
    • Learn ENERGY STAR priority building sectors for 2014 and beyond
    • Learn ways to enhance business value through ENERGY STAR program participation

    Register

    May 27, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 101

    Join us as we introduce and demonstrate the core functionality of EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Attendees will learn how to: navigate the new Portfolio Manager; add a property and enter details about it; enter energy and water consumption data; share properties; generate performance reports to assess progress; and respond to data requests.

    Register

    May 28, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 201

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

    Register

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

    Join us to learn about applying for ENERGY STAR Certification in Portfolio Manager. Understand the value of the ENERGY STAR certification, see the step-by-step process of applying, and gain tips to help your property get from application to award.

    Register

    DOE Webcasts

    May 7, 8:30 AM-1:30 PM (EDT) – Federal Utility Partnership Working Group Seminar

    The webinar will foster communication between federal agencies, specific sites, and utilities to implement cost-effective energy efficiency and water conservation projects.

    Register

    May 15, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Reducing Food Scraps at Home and Management of Organics in Small and Tribal Communities

    In this DOE-sponsored webinar, learn about EPA’s Food Too Good to Waste program. The program was started as a way to help people reduce food waste. The program’s “Toolkit to Reduce Household Food Waste” can be customized and used by any interested local government or community group. The toolkit demonstrates how to reduce wasteful household food consumption by focusing on social marketing incentives and messages directed at individuals within targeted communities.

    Rural and small communities around the country are implementing organics reduction, recovery, and composting programs. The presentation will highlight case study examples to describe the topics of reducing organics discards (smart landscaping, grasscycling, leaf mulching, food waste reduction); food recovery (food donation, farm gleaning, food to animals); backyard and neighborhood composting; commercial organics recycling; collection options; onsite community composting; and regional organics management.

    The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in Minnesota launched its Organics Recycling Facility in 2011. The facility accepts all organic materials including, brush, source-separated organics, manure, leaves, food waste, and paper waste. The operation has a 100,000 ton capacity and composted 46,000 tons of source-separated organics in 2013. Its proximity to the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area has proven to be a positive business investment for the tribe, which charges tip fees for disposal and produces a range of compost and compost blends for retail and wholesale.

    Register

    May 28, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (MDT) – DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Renewable Energy Project Refinement

    Attendees will become familiar with the three components of project refinement: project financing strategies, off-taker agreements, and vendor selection. Project refinement obstacles, particularly financing, can deter the deployment of renewable energy projects on tribal lands. The attendees will learn about the financial resources and ownership options available – including venture capital and innovative financing that overcomes longstanding barriers and attracts higher levels of private investment. They will understand how project refinement can accelerate renewable energy development, and, with it, tribal economic and community development. Periodically, there are technical difficulties with Go-to-Webinar; if you cannot participate the day of the webinar a recording will be available.

    Register

    ACEEE – SEE Action Webcasts

    May 8, 4:00-5:15 PM (EDT) – ACEEE – SEE Action Behavior Webcase

    "Behavioral" programs have been used in many different capacities in program portfolios, including as a stand-alone offering, as part of marketing and outreach programs, and as a component of multi-pronged efforts. During this webinar, Anne Dougherty from ILLUME, an expert in behavioral research and program evaluation, will assess the role of behavioral programs in portfolios, examine the planning challenges associated with these programs, and explore how behavioral programs and behavior-change elements are being incorporated into program portfolios.

    Specifically, this webinar will focus on the following considerations that have to be addressed when planning for behavior-based energy efficiency programs:

    • What weight should behavioral programs be given relative to installed measures?
    • Should behavioral programs be used drive cross-program participation? If so, how do we do this without penalizing programs for their success?
    • How can we better account for joint effects?
    • Are there ways to attribute benefits more fairly between programs?
    • What should be considered when implementing more than one behavioral strategy at a time?

    Presentations in this webinar series can be found on the SEE Action Events page.

    Register

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

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

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    EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

    EPA's RE-Powering America's Land Initiative is pleased to release a draft action plan for public input. The plan articulates the goals and objectives of the Initiative and details specific activities over the next two years to support the development of renewable energy projects on contaminated lands.

    These activities are intended to be practical and relevant to public and private efforts to site and develop less polluting forms of energy and to do so on lands that have been historically contaminated, previously disturbed or that may have limited other uses.

    The Agency is interested to hear from its stakeholders whether the identified actions will, from their perspective, impact the consideration and pace of renewable energy on contaminated lands and what actions might be missing, what actions might be overemphasized and how such actions might complement other on-going activities.

    The Agency posted this draft action plan on RE-Powering America's Land website (Action Plan 2.0) and is asking for comments to be submitted via email by May 30, 2014.

    For additional information, please see the program's website or contact Adam Klinger.

    Thank you for your continued interest in RE-Powering America’s Land.

    Register

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

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


    04/30/2014

    Community Working Session to gather input: May 6th 4-6:30 Delray Community Center

    Community Working Session
    May 6th
    4:00 - 6:30 PM
    Delray Community Center, 420 Leigh Street, Detroit MI

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), Department of Justice (DOJ) and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) will be hosting a working session to solicit ideas for supplemental environmental projects (SEP) related to a possible settlement of alleged Clean Air Act violations asserted against Severstal Dearborn's steel manufacturing plant in the future.

    A supplemental environmental project is an environmentally beneficial project that a defendant agrees to undertake to settle an enforcement action, but which it is not otherwise legally required to perform. The ultimate decision to participate in the SEP process and the project proposal will come from Severstal Dearborn. US EPA, MDEQ and DOJ will gather ideas to pass along to Severstal. These agencies will have to approve any project proposal prior to its inclusion in a settlement. All such projects must comply with the SEP policy*, including the requirement to have an adequate “nexus” to the violation. This means that there must be a specific connection between the proposed project and the violation.

    In this case, EPA and MDEQ have issued violation notices to Severstal, alleging, among other things, that it has violated state and federal rules limiting particulate matter emissions from Severstal’s iron and steel-making operations.

    We are looking for projects that relate to the violations and can be scaled to different project sizes. We will collect comments limited to five minutes in length and will collect any other ideas in writing after the meeting.

    Questions? Contact:
    Kasey Barton, Associate Regional Counsel
    US EPA Region 5
    Barton.Kasey@epa.gov
    Phone: 312-886-7163

    Please forward to interested parties and I apologize for duplicates. *EPA’s SEP Policy: http://www2.epa.gov/enforcement/supplemental-environmental-projects-seps

    On another note, we have updated our Detroit website: http://www.epa.gov/region5/swdetroit/


    04/24/2014

    DOE Tribal Energy Program

    April 2014 – Nearly $618 Million in Funding and Technical Assistance Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments; Tribal Leader Forum on Renewable Energy Project Financing

    The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following funding opportunities and information on an upcoming event for tribal leaders.

    Funding Opportunities

    Nearly $618 million in funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Departments of Energy (DOE), the Interior (DOI), and Transportation (DOT); Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); and Federal Transit Authority (FTA) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including economic development, sustainable communities, green infrastructure, and water efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

    Note that the Tribal Energy Program has added a new feature on its website highlighting hundreds of millions of dollars in funding opportunities available to tribes at a glance. Be sure to check the Tribal Energy Program's new funding opportunities list frequently for the most complete and up-to-date listing of funding opportunities available to state, local, and tribal governments.

    DOE Commercial Building Technology Demonstrations Grant – $10 Million

    Applications Due: May 19, 2014
    Eligible Entities: For-profit entities, educational institutions, nonprofits, state and local governments, federally recognized tribes

    DOE is making available grants to enhance and accelerate the deployment and adoption of a broad range of competitively solicited high-impact energy saving technologies as well as new technology integration approaches. Technologies selected under this funding opportunity will be ready for market adoption but may be underutilized due to market barriers, including perception of risk, gaps in information, and data on performance as well as cost. For more information, read the funding opportunity description.

    DOE Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement for Alternative Fuel Vehicle Deployment Initiatives

    The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has released a notice of intent to issue a funding opportunity announcement for alternative fuel vehicle deployment initiatives. The initiatives intend to decrease the nation’s dependence on petroleum and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by accelerating the deployment of alternative fuels. EERE plans to issue the funding opportunity announcement in April 2014. For more information, see the notice of intent.

    DOE Technology Incubator for Wind Energy Innovations – $4.5 Million

    Concept Papers Due: April 28, 2014
    Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, U.S. territories, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), other political subdivisions of state or local governments, and multistate or multijurisdictional groups applying through a single lead applicant

    DOE is making available grants to accelerate widespread domestic deployment of wind energy by lowering the unsubsidized levelized cost of energy and achieving grid parity for wind energy. Applications must demonstrate clear potential to result in low-cost electricity production. For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

    DOI Tribal Climate Change Grant – $600,000

    Applications Due: April 30, 2014
    Eligible Entities: Tribal governments

    DOI is making available grants to support tribes that are addressing challenges of climate change in tribal communities. The grants will support planning for, and adapting to, future climate impacts on the entire range of tribal government functions and traditional use. For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

    DOI WaterSMART: Development of Feasibility Studies Under the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program – $1.5 Million

    Applications Due: May 6, 2014
    Eligible Entities: State, regional, or local authorities; Indian tribes or tribal organizations; and other entities such as water districts, wastewater districts, or rural water districts. Applicants must be located within the 17 western states or Hawaii

    DOI is making available funds to support 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 Interior bureaus and offices. Water reuse projects must reclaim and reuse municipal, industrial, domestic, or agricultural wastewater and naturally impaired ground water and/or surface waters. Reclaimed water can be used for a variety of purposes, such as environmental restoration, fish and wildlife, recreation, ground water recharge, power generation, municipal, domestic, industrial, or agricultural. For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

    DOT National Infrastructure Investment “TIGER” Program – $600 Million

    Applications Due: April 28, 2014
    Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, U.S. territories, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations, other political subdivisions of state or local governments, and multistate or multijurisdictional groups applying through a single lead applicant

    DOT is making available $600 million under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 to national infrastructure investments. This appropriation is similar to the program funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 known as the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grants program. Eligible projects include highway or bridge projects eligible under title 23, United States Code (including bicycle and pedestrian related projects); public transportation projects eligible under chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code; passenger and freight rail transportation projects; port infrastructure investments; and intermodal projects. FY 2014 TIGER also allows for up to $35 million (of the $600 million) to be awarded as grants for the planning of eligible transportation facilities. Eligible planning projects include activities related to the planning, preparation, or design of a single surface transportation project, or activities related to regional transportation investment planning, including transportation planning that is coordinated with interdisciplinary factors including housing, economic development, stormwater and other infrastructure investments and/or that addresses future risks and vulnerabilities, including extreme weather and climate change. For more information, see the Federal Register funding notice.

    EPA Smart Growth Information Clearinghouse Program – $700,000

    Applications Due: May 12, 2014
    Eligible Entities: State and local governments, territories and possessions of the United States, including the District of Columbia; foreign governments; international organizations; federally recognized tribes, interstate and intrastate organizations; and public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, and other public or private nonprofit institutions

    The EPA is making available funds to support development and ongoing maintenance of a Web-based national information clearinghouse focused on smart growth. This clearinghouse will be designed to support communities by providing timely information that supports local decision-making that delivers better environmental and public health outcomes, such as lower air emissions, cleaner water, and better protection of open space and critical natural areas. Smart growth can also help communities reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation and building sectors, as well as help communities adapt to a changing climate. For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

    DOE Tribal Leader Forum

    Eighth in Series to Explore Financing and Investing in Renewable Energy Projects

    The DOE Office of Indian Energy is pleased to announce the upcoming DOE Tribal Leader Forum, “Financing and Investing in Tribal Renewable Energy Projects,” taking place Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at the US GRANT hotel in San Diego, California.

    Tribal Leader Forums are designed to support smart tribal energy development through collaboration and information sharing. The forums give tribal leaders an opportunity to receive the latest updates from and interact directly with other Tribes, industry, utilities, DOE, and other federal agencies on energy deployment efforts.

    The eighth in a series of DOE Office of Indian Energy-sponsored Tribal Leader Forums, this event is geared toward tribal leaders, executives, and other project stakeholders interested in looking at the potential for investing in tribal-owned energy projects or exploring the option of seeking outside investors to finance their energy projects.

    Agenda Highlights

    In addition to an overview of how energy projects are financed, the Forum will cover the following topics:

    • Federal and state loan programs, current grant opportunities, and financing options
    • Potential investment opportunities during all phases of tribal energy projects
    • Case studies on current tribal renewable energy projects
    • Examples of why other Tribes and investment companies are currently investing in renewable energy projects
    • Specific investment opportunities for Tribes and others in tribal renewable energy projects

    For details, view the agenda. There is no fee to attend the forum, but registration is required by May 7, 2014. To register, email the attached registration form to mindy.bridges@ncsl.org. If you have general questions about the forum, please contact Sarai Geary, Program Manager, at (202) 287-6886 or sarai.geary@hq.doe.gov. Logistical questions can be directed to Mindy Bridges at (303) 856-1560 or mindy.bridges@ncsl.org.

    To make hotel reservations, please call the US GRANT hotel in San Diego directly at (619) 232-3121. To receive the group rate, mention that you are with the DOE Tribal Leader Energy Forum.

    ***

    For a complete listing of upcoming events that are of interest to tribes, please visit our Events calendar.

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

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


    04/17/2014

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    Coming this May: Asthma Awareness Month

    For more information click here


    04/16/2014

    DOE Tribal Energy Program

    Online Registration for Alaska Native Village Energy Development Workshop Ends April 17: Register Today!

    Alaska Native Village Energy Development Workshop

    April 29-30, 2014
    Dena'ina Convention Center
    Anchorage, Alaska

    Presented by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal Energy Program and Office of Indian Energy, the Alaska Native Village Energy Development workshop will take place April 29-30 in Anchorage as a lead-in to the Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) Business of Clean Energy in Alaska Conference May 1-2. The workshop is designed to help Alaska Native villages and corporations understand the range of energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities that exist in their remote communities. Part of an overall effort to further support and encourage accelerated clean energy resource development in Alaska Native villages, the workshop will cover topics such as:

    • Strategic energy planning
    • Clean energy project development and financing
    • Technology updates
    • Energy efficiency
    • Weatherization
    • Workforce development

    Agenda
    See the attached draft agenda for details on workshop topics and presentations.

    Registration and Lodging
    There is no cost to attend the workshop, but participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals, and travel costs. Visit the REAP website for lodging recommendations. Advance registration is requested. Register now.

    If you have questions about the workshop, email tribal@go.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 Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website

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    EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program banner

    EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

    Nearly $618 million of funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy (DOE), and the Department of the Interior (DOI) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including economic development, sustainable communities, green infrastructure, and water efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

    In addition, please visit the calendar of 2014 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.

    DOE Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement for State Energy Program 2014 Competitive Awards

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has released a notification of intent to issue a funding opportunity announcement for the State Energy Program 2014 Competitive Awards. DOE seeks to fund projects in two areas of interest: 1) State Energy Planning, and 2) Opportunities for Innovative Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Practices. EERE plans to issue the funding opportunity announcement on or about April 21, 2014, via FedConnect and Grants.gov. Please note that only states are eligible to apply for these awards.

    For more information, see the notification of intent.

    DOE Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement for Alternative Fuel Vehicle Deployment Initiatives

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has released a notification of intent to issue a funding opportunity announcement for alternative fuel vehicle deployment initiatives. The initiatives intend to decrease the nation’s dependence on petroleum and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by accelerating the deployment of alternative fuels. EERE plans to issue the funding opportunity announcement in April 2014.

    For more information, see the notice of intent.

    DOT National Infrastructure Investment “TIGER” Program – $600 million

    • Application Due: April 28, 2014
    • Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, U.S. territories, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), other political subdivisions of state or local governments, and multi-state or multi-jurisdictional groups applying through a single lead applicant.

    The Department of Transportation is making available $600 million under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 to national infrastructure investments. This appropriation is similar to the program funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 known as the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or “TIGER Discretionary Grants,” program. Eligible projects include highway or bridge projects eligible under title 23, United States Code (including bicycle and pedestrian related projects); public transportation projects eligible under chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code; passenger and freight rail transportation projects; port infrastructure investments; and intermodal projects. FY 2014 TIGER also allows for up to $35 million (of the $600 million) to be awarded as grants for the planning of eligible transportation facilities. Eligible planning project include activities related to the planning, preparation, or design of a single surface transportation project, or activities related to regional transportation investment planning, including transportation planning that is coordinated with interdisciplinary factors including housing, economic development, stormwater and other infrastructure investments, and/or that addresses future risks and vulnerabilities, including extreme weather and climate change.

    For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

    DOE Technology Incubator for Wind Energy Innovations – $4.5 million

    • Concept Papers Due: April 28, 2014
    • Eligible Entities: For-profit entities, educational institutions, nonprofits, state, local, and tribal government entities, federally funded research and development centers

    The Department of Energy is making available grants to accelerate widespread domestic deployment of wind energy by lowering the unsubsidized levelized cost of energy and achieving grid parity for wind energy. Applications must demonstrate clear potential to result in low-cost electricity production.

    For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

    DOI Tribal Climate Change Grant – $600,000

    • Application Due: April 30, 2014
    • Eligible Entities: Tribal governments

    The Department of Interior is making available grants to support tribes that are addressing challenges of climate change in tribal communities. The grants will support planning for, and adapting to, future climate impacts on the entire range of tribal government functions and traditional use.

    For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

    DOI WaterSMART: Development of Feasibility Studies under the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program –$1.5 million

    • Application Due: May 6, 2014
    • Eligible Entities: State, regional, or local authorities; Indian tribes or tribal organizations; or other entities such as a water district, wastewater district, or rural water district. Applicants must be located within the 17 western states or Hawaii.

    The Department of the Interior is making available funds to support for 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 Interior bureaus and offices. Water reuse projects must reclaim and reuse municipal, industrial, domestic, or agricultural wastewater and naturally impaired ground water and/or surface waters. Reclaimed water can be used for a variety of purposes, such as environmental restoration, fish and wildlife, ground water recharge, municipal, domestic, industrial, agricultural, power generation, or recreation.

    For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

    EPA Smart Growth Information Clearinghouse Program – $700,000

    • Application Due: May 12, 2014
    • Eligible Entities: State and local governments, territories and possessions, foreign governments, international organizations, federally recognized tribes, interstate organizations, intrastate organizations, and possessions of the United States, including the District of Columbia; public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, and other public or private nonprofit institutions.

    The Environmental Protection Agency is making available funds to support development and ongoing maintenance of a web-based national information clearinghouse focused on smart growth. This clearinghouse will be designed to support communities by providing timely information that supports local decision-making that delivers better environmental and public health outcomes, such as lower air emissions, cleaner water, and better protection of open space and critical natural areas. Smart growth can also help communities reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation and building sectors, as well as help communities adapt to a changing climate.

    For more information visit the funding opportunity description.

    DOE Commercial Building Technology Demonstrations Grant – $10 million

    • Application Due: May 19, 2014
    • Eligible Entities: For-profit entities, educational institutions, nonprofits, state and local governments, federally recognized tribes.

    The Department of Energy is making available grants to enhance and accelerate the deployment and adoption of a broad range of competitively solicited high-impact energy saving technologies as well as new technology integration approaches. Technologies selected under this funding opportunity will be ready for market adoption but may be underutilized due to market barriers, including perception of risk, gaps in information, and data on performance as well as cost.

    For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

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

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

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    The Office of Children’s Health Protection invites you to attend an upcoming webinar, “EPA’s Action Development Process: Considering Children’s Health”, to be held on April 30, 2014, 12:00-1:00 pm.

    This webinar is designed for regulation developers and builds on the overview presentation in the Action Development at EPA 2-day training course, but is available to all EPA staff. The “Guide to Considering Children’s Health When Developing EPA Actions” will be discussed in detail and examples of regulations will be provided in order to enhance understanding of children's environmental health and its application within EPA's regulatory process.

    To register, please email Stephanie N. Brown (brown.stephanien@epa.gov). To find details about the course: http://intranet.epa.gov/orpm/training/children.htm.


    04/11/2014

    EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program banner

    EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

    From Salt Lake City and Central New York to Medellín, Colombia.

    The World Urban Forum is well underway in Medellín, Colombia. The World Urban Forum is the premier technical conference on cities, hosted every two years by UN-Habitat. The conference focuses on the most pressing issues facing human settlements, including rapid urbanization and its impact on cities, communities, economies, climate change, and policies.

    Two of EPA’s Climate Showcase Community Programs – Salt Lake City Green and the Central New York Energy Challenge – will be there to share their knowledge and experience at today’s event: “Clean Energy and Transport Solutions in an Urban Hemisphere: Lessons from the Americas.”

    Experienced practitioners from four communities across the Americas will discuss successful strategies and tools that promote the use of clean energy and innovative, practical transportation solutions. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with these experts to share ideas for creating similar sustainability initiatives around the world. Implementers from San Jose (Costa Rica), Salt Lake City (USA), Baja Verapaz Department (Guatemala), and Central New York (USA) will share their experiences in developing sustainable transport and clean energy projects, including the role of community engagement.

    These four projects were supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Showcase Communities Program and the Organization of American States (OAS) Sustainable Communities in Central America and the Caribbean Project. This event will include an introduction to the urban sustainability resources available through U.S. EPA and the OAS. The OAS will also announce the second phase of its Sustainable Cities and Communities in the Americas Project, which includes new grant opportunities.

    This event is co-sponsored by OAS, U.S. EPA, and the U.S. Department of State. To learn from other Climate Showcase Communities, register now for the free Climate Showcase Communities Replication Workshop in Baltimore, MD on April 30.

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the sixth annual list of the top 25 U.S. metropolitan areas with the largest number of ENERGY STAR certified buildings

    On April 20, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the sixth annual list of the top 25 U.S. metropolitan areas with the largest number of ENERGY STAR certified buildings. The cities on this list demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits achieved by facility owners and managers when they apply a proven approach to energy efficiency to their buildings.

    The Top 10 cities on the list are Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta; New York; San Francisco; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Philadelphia; and Houston.

    Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for 17 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. ENERGY STAR certified office buildings cost $0.50 less per square foot to operate than average office buildings, and use nearly two times less energy per square foot than average office buildings.

    The data also show that more than 23,000 buildings across America earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification by the end of 2013. These buildings saved more than $3.1 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use from 2.2 million homes.

    Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR must perform in the top 25 percent of similar buildings nationwide and must be independently verified by a licensed professional engineer or a registered architect. ENERGY STAR certified buildings use an average of 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent less carbon dioxide emissions than typical buildings. Many types of commercial buildings can earn the ENERGY STAR, including office buildings, K-12 schools, hotels, and retail stores.

    Products, homes and buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR label prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency requirements set by the U.S. EPA. In 2013 alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved an estimated $30 billion on their utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the annual electricity use of more than 38 million homes. From the first ENERGY STAR qualified computer in 1992, the ENERGY STAR label can now be found on products in more than 70 different categories, with more than 4.5 billion sold. Over 1.5 million new homes and 23,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants have earned the ENERGY STAR label.

    The 2014 ENERGY STAR Top Cities are:

    1. Los Angeles
    2. Washington, DC
    3. Atlanta
    4. New York
    5. San Francisco
    6. Chicago
    7. Dallas-Fort Worth
    8. Denver
    9. Philadelphia
    10. Houston
    11. Charlotte
    12. Phoenix
    13. Boston
    14. Seattle
    15. San Diego
    16. Minneapolis - St. Paul
    17. Sacramento
    18. Miami
    19. Cincinnati
    20. San Jose
    21. Columbus, Ohio
    22. Riverside, Calif.
    23. Detroit
    24. Portland, Oregon
    25. Louisville

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

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

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    ITEP


    ITEP’s American Indian Air Quality Training Program

    Course Notice for:

    "Air Pollution Technology" (a Level 2 course)
    June 2-6, 2014
    Flagstaff, Arizona

    Pre-Registration Date (EXTENDED!): April 22, 2014

    Download course application form 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.

    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 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:ITEPwill 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.

    NOTE: 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. 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.

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    Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals
    Northern Arizona University
    NAU-Box 15004
    Flagstaff, AZ 86011
    Ph: 928.523.9555
    Fx: 928.523.1266

    www.nau.edu/itep


    04/07/2014

    DOE Tribal Energy Program

    Alaska Native Village Energy Development Workshop: Register Today!

    Alaska Native Village Energy Development Workshop

    April 29-30, 2014
    Dena'ina Convention Center
    Anchorage, Alaska

    Presented by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal Energy Program and Office of Indian Energy, the Alaska Native Village Energy Development workshop will take place April 29-30 in Anchorage as a lead-in to the Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) Business of Clean Energy in Alaska Conference May 1-2. The workshop is designed to help Alaska Native villages and corporations understand the range of energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities that exist in their remote communities. Part of an overall effort to further support and encourage accelerated clean energy resource development in Alaska Native villages, the workshop will cover topics such as:

    • Strategic energy planning
    • Clean energy project development and financing
    • Technology updates
    • Energy efficiency
    • Weatherization
    • Workforce development

    Agenda
    See the attached draft agenda for details on workshop topics and presentations.

    Registration and Lodging
    There is no cost to attend the workshop, but participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals, and travel costs. Visit the REAP website for lodging recommendations. Advance registration is requested. Register now.

    If you have questions about the workshop, email tribal@go.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 Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website


    04/03/2014

    The White House has posted a fact sheet on the CLIMATE ACTION PLAN - STRATEGY TO REDUCE METHANE EMISSIONS.

    Click here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/03/28/fact-sheet-climate-action-plan-strategy-cut-methane-emissions

    Click here for the Fact Sheet

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    E Opportunities

    University of Phoenix Offering Two Full Scholarships to AISES Members!

    The mission of the AISES is to substantially increase the representation of American Indians and Alaska Natives in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies and careers. Members from over 200 tribal nations are represented within AISES, and AISES enjoys the support and partnership of corporate, government, academic, and tribal decision-makers.
    Through this scholarship program, two (2) full-tuition scholarships will be offered. Each scholarship will allow a prospective student the opportunity to complete an undergraduate or master’s degree program at University of Phoenix. Recipients may choose to attend a University of Phoenix on-ground campus or may attend University of Phoenix online.
    Scholarship Amount: two (2) full-tuition scholarships
    Eligible Degrees:  Applicants must plan to pursue an undergraduate degree or master’s degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math focused) field of study.
    Eligibility Requirements:
    - Applicants must be a current member in good standing with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES).
    - Applicants must plan to pursue an undergraduate degree or master’s degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math focused) field of study.
    - Applicants must be a member of a state or federally recognized tribe.
    - Applicants must meet all admissions requirements of University of Phoenix.
    - Applicants must not be currently enrolled nor in the process of enrolling at any University of Phoenix campus or in any online program at any time prior to the scholarship award date.
    - Applicants must not be an employee or family member (spouse, dependent child or domestic partner) of an employee of Apollo Education Group, Inc., University of Phoenix, Western International University, Institute for Professional Development or any other subsidiary of Apollo Education Group, Inc.
    Open Application: March 27, 2014
    Application deadline: April 30, 2014
    Scholarship award date: June 26, 2014
    To get an application, and for additional eligibility requirements, visit phoenix.edu/aisesscholar

     

    American Indian Science and Engineering Society
    P.O. Box 9828
    Albuquerque, NM 87119-9828

    www.aises.org

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    ITEP


    ITEP’s American Indian Air Quality Training Program

    Course Notice for:

    "Air Pollution Technology" (a Level 2 course)
    June 2-6, 2014
    Flagstaff, Arizona

    Pre-Registration Date (for priority consideration): April 7, 2014

    Download course application form 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.

    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 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:ITEPwill 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.

    NOTE: 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. 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.

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    Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals
    Northern Arizona University
    NAU-Box 15004
    Flagstaff, AZ 86011
    Ph: 928.523.9555
    Fx: 928.523.1266

    www.nau.edu/itep

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    Closing the Gap:
    Addressing Asthma Disparities in Schools

    Register Now for the Mold and Moisture Contol in  Schools webinar

    Thursday, May 1, 2014
    Webinar: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT. Hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    Question & Answer Session: 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. EDT in the AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org Discussion Forum
    Join this webinar to hear how two innovative programs used a comprehensive, partnership-based approach to reduce the burden of asthma in their school systems.

    • Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD): This is the second largest public school district in the nation, with about 650,000 students, many of whom are from families living at or below the national poverty level. LAUSD’s program is remarkable: it reduced the number of ER visits and hospitalizations for its kids, increased attendance rates and brought in an additional $100,000 in revenue to the district as a result of improved attendance.
    • The Pediatric/Adult Asthma Coalition of New Jersey (PACNJ): PACNJ partners with schools, physicians, health insurance companies, community groups, child care providers and environmental agencies to reach many of the largest inner city school districts in New Jersey struggling with asthma disparities. To promote asthma friendly environments, PACNJ developed the criteria-based Asthma Friendly School Award. Over 600 schools have received the award demonstrating their commitment to indoor air quality.

    Speakers:

    Facilitator:

    • Sheila Brown, U.S. EPA, Indoor Environments Division

    Register today!


    Do you have a question for the speakers?
    Please post your questions in the Discussion Forum on AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org. Questions will be answered online in the Discussion Forum from 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. EDT during the Q&A Session.
    How do I post a question?
    To post a question, you must be a member of AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org. Not a member? Visit AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org and click "Join Now" in the top right-hand side of the screen. Then, click on the Discussion Forum to post a question and access the online Q&A session after the webinar.
    If you are already a member, be sure to log-in to access the Discussion Forum.

    Please note: This webinar will last approximately 60 minutes and the Q&A session will last approximately 30 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.


    Join AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org!
    Are you a member of AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org? If not, we encourage you to join today! This online Network is designed for school and community-based asthma programs that are committed to improving asthma outcomes in their communities. AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org also features resources tailored for schools, including:
    Evaluating School-based Asthma Programs webinar: Learn about applying the CDC Framework for Program Evaluation to the design and implementation of school-based asthma program evaluations.
    The Pediatric/Adult Asthma Coalition of New Jersey’s Asthma Treatment Plan: Check out this plan that is designed for students to carry with their inhaler in school.
    May is Asthma Awareness Month! Visit the Network to identify organizations in your community to partner with and raise asthma awareness.

    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.

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

    For the complete Newsletter click here.

     

     

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    U.S. EPA Climate Showcase Communities Replication Workshop
    April 30, 2014—Hotel Monaco, Baltimore, MD

    U.S. EPA’s Climate Showcase Communities program is hosting a free, one-day workshop highlighting successful local and tribal government climate and energy strategies that can be replicated in communities across the United States. Attendees of the workshop will have the unique opportunity to hear directly from the government staff that designed and implemented these impressive programs that have achieved meaningful greenhouse gas reductions and other benefits for their communities. Through panel presentations, facilitated discussions, and a program showcase featuring 20 federal and community based programs, attendees will learn about best practices, tools, and resources that they can use to catalyze similar action in their own community.
    Please register for the workshop by April 15, 2014.

    There is no registration fee, but space is limited, so priority for registration will be given to staff from local and tribal governments and local/tribal associations. 
    Watch a short video of past CSC Workshops.

    Featured Projects and Programs Will Include:
    (for descriptions of each CSC project, please visit the Climate Showcase Communities website)

    • Home Energy Affordability Loan Program, Little Rock, AR
    • Industrial Packaging Prevention and Reuse Project, Alameda County, CA
    • Community Energy Project, Santa Ynez Chumash Tribe, CA
    • Home Energy Retrofits for All, Greenfield, MA
    • Cold Climate Community Solutions, Duluth, MN
    • Tri-County Small Business Efficiency Program, Lewis and Clark County, MT
    • Fire Chief’s Challenge, Cary, NC
    • Reducing GHGs Through Neighborhood Home Efficiency Upgrades, Durham, NC
    • Renewable Energy and Sustainable Agriculture, Keene, NH
    • Sustainable Energy Efficiency Demo Projects/Sustainable Jersey, Cherry Hill, NJ
    • Integrating ME3 and BPS at Landfills, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, OH
    • Energize Corvallis, Corvallis, OR
    • Regional Circuit Rider for Local Government Energy Efficiency, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, PA
    • Reenergizing Our Urban Community, Aiken, SC
    • Sustainable Transportation for a Sustainable Future, Salt Lake City, UT
    • The Seattle 2030 District, Seattle, WA
    • MPower Champions, Madison, WI
    • EPA Local Climate and Energy Program
    • EPA Office of Sustainable Communities
    • EPA Green Power Partnership
    • DOE Solar Programs

    Register

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

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    EPA Webcasts

    • April 8, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT) – New developments in Energy Efficiency Impact Evaluation
    • April 16, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – Solar Procurement Templates and Tools for Higher Education

    ENERGY STAR Webcasts

    • April 16, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – Announcing the 2013 EPA ENERGY STAR National Building Competition Winner, and Registration for the 2014 Competition!
    • April 17, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 101
    • April 22, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR
    • April 24, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic Understanding Energy Metrics
    • April 30, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – Register for the 2014 EPA ENERGY STAR National Building Competition!

    DOE Webcasts

    • April 1, 3:00-4:00 PM (EDT) – Engaging Building Occupants to Reduce Energy Use
    • April 2, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (MDT) – DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series - Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Framework: The Five Step Process
    • April 3, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM (MDT) – Climate Change Impacts and Indian Country: Disaster Response and Recovery
    • April 10, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM (MDT) – Climate Change Impacts and Indian Country: Built Systems and Other Infrastructure
    • April 23, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (MDT)  – DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series – Identifying Project Potential and Options
    • April 24, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM (MDT) – Climate Change Impacts and Indian Country: Natural Resources and Agriculture

    ICMA Webcasts

    • April 1, 10:00-11:00 AM (EDT) – Improving Coastal Resilience Efforts

    ACEEE Webcasts

    • April 3, 4:00-5:30 PM (EDT) – ACEEE – SEE Action Behavior Webinar

    EPA Webcast

    April 8, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT) – New developments in Energy Efficiency Impact Evaluation

    This webinar will survey three emerging energy efficiency evaluation, measurement, and verification (EM&V) topics that are relevant to state officials from utility commissions, energy offices, and air quality departments. Speakers and topics for this webinar include:

    • Steven Schiller (Schiller Consulting, Inc.) will moderate and provide a brief introduction and overview
    • Julie Michals (NEEP EM&V Forum) will discuss a range of emerging regional and national efforts to improve EM&V consistency
    • Erin Hult and Annika Todd (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) will talk about how “Big Data”—the analysis of  large quantities of energy data from smart meters and other sources—is creating opportunities for EM&V 
    • Peter Miller (Natural Resources Defense Council) will introduce a new EM&V effort, the California Technical Forum, and describe the “Regional Energy Deemed Savings and Algorithm Resources”

    Register

    April 16, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – Solar Procurement Templates and Tools for Higher Education

    Installed solar capacity in the higher education sector has grown dramatically in recent years, and for good reason: schools are taking advantage of dropping solar prices and state and federal incentives, and many see solar as a way to meet greenhouse gas reduction goals and stabilize or reduce energy costs. This webinar will provide specific strategic and tactical guidance for higher education institutions interested in pursuing options for solar power on their facilities, and will offer a host of resources that schools can use to shape and manage the solar procurement process to a successful outcome. Tools for schools interested in solar hot water systems will also be included.

    Tools and topics to be presented include:

    • Procurement process outline
    • Solar system specifications
    • Vendor proposal checklist: ensures you have all relevant documents for decision-making
    • Pricing worksheet: enables transparent and comparable vendor pricing
    • Proposal evaluation criteria
    • Levelized Cost of Energy Calculator: assists in evaluating informal/unsolicited bid pricing

    Register

    ENERGY STAR Webcasts

    April 16, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – Announcing the 2013 EPA ENERGY STAR National Building Competition Winner, and Registration for the 2014 Competition!

    On April 16th, EPA will announce the results of the 2013 EPA ENERGY STAR National Building Competition. Learn about the winners and their impressive achievements, and about the achievements of the entire competitor pool of more than 3,000 buildings. This webinar will also announce the 2014 EPA ENERGY STAR National Building Competition and provide details about how to register to compete.

    Register

    April 17, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 101

    Join ENERGY STAR as they introduce and demonstrate the core functionality of EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Attendees will learn how to navigate the new Portfolio Manager, add a property and enter details about it, enter energy and water consumption data, share properties, generate performance reports to assess progress, and respond to data requests.

    Register

    April 22, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR

    Learn about applying for ENERGY STAR Certification in Portfolio Manager. Understand the value of the ENERGY STAR certification, see the step-by-step process of applying, and gain tips to help your property get from application to award.

    Register

    April 24, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic Understanding Energy Metrics

    Portfolio Manager "Office Hours" is a live webinar that gives all users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA in an open forum. In 2014, Office Hours will be held once a month. The first 20-30 minutes of each session will be spent discussing a specific focus topic. The remaining hour will be used to answer any questions you have about Portfolio Manager (not limited to the focus topic). In April, the focus topic will be energy metrics. In particular, learn about the ENERGY STAR score, Weather Normalized Energy, Energy Use – Adjusted to the Current Year, National Median Energy use, and Site and Source Energy use. Learn what each of these metrics means and how/when you should use these metrics in your benchmarking and reporting. Different reports/screens in Portfolio Manager that can help you access energy metrics will be demonstrated.

    Register

    April 30, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – Register for the 2014 EPA ENERGY STAR National Building Competition!

    Learn about the 2014 EPA ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: Team Challenge! Learn how you can earn recognition for energy and water savings, and how you can register to compete. Join thousands of buildings from across the nation in this annual competition that leads to millions of dollars and kBtus of savings! Registration is open April 16th to May 16th at www.energystar.gov/battleofthebuildings

    Register

    DOE Webcasts

    April 1, 3:00-4:00 PM (EDT) – Engaging Building Occupants to Reduce Energy Use

    Building occupants are often keen to support energy efficiency efforts; we just have to ask!  Learn how Better Buildings Challenge partners Michigan State University (MSU), Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and Transwestern have done just that. MSU's Environmental Stewards program enlists a champion from individual campus units or departments who tracks the department's energy metrics on a monthly basis, promotes energy saving practices to colleagues and students, and serves as a liaison to the campus sustainability program. Cleveland Clinic Foundation is transforming resource intensive operating rooms through partnerships with clinicians, who help smooth the way for technology upgrades and behavior change strategies to reduce energy and water consumption. Transwestern has developed a number of programs to encourage energy use reductions by commercial building tenants.

    Register

    April 2, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (MDT) – DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series–Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Framework: The Five Step Process

    Attendees will be learn about the five key steps of the Energy Project Framework that lead up to a successful project (1) Understanding Project Savings and Production Potential, (2) Project Options, (3) Project Refinement, (4) Project Implementation, and (5) Project Operations and Maintenance. Each of the five steps will be covered in more detail in the remaining webinars in the 2014 series.

    Register

    April 3, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM (MDT) – Climate Change Impacts and Indian Country: Disaster Response and Recovery

    Attendees will learn about the primary efforts of FEMA and DHS to evaluate, assess and mitigate the impacts of climate change on their disaster recovery and response programs. Under the Stafford Act, tribes are eligible to receive direct assistance from FEMA. Tribes can learn from FEMA and others’ efforts as they assess, plan and implement disaster response and recovery plans impacted by a changing climate.

    Register

    April 10, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM (MDT) – Climate Change Impacts and Indian Country: Built Systems and Other Infrastructure

    The federal, state, and many local governments are evaluating the impacts of climate changes on the built systems and infrastructure—roads, energy, electricity, telecommunications, water—that are critical to functioning communities, government activities, and public health and safety. Attendees will hear from several federal agencies about their assessments of climate change impacts on the built environment, planning efforts underway to mitigate those impacts, and implementing resilient systems to protect key infrastructure.

    Register 

    April 23, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (MDT) -

    DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series – Identifying Project Potential and Options

    Attendees will learn the components of identifying energy project potential and options. Components discussed include market considerations, initial site considerations, project savings or rate of return estimates, production potential, final site selection, Tribal options, financing, partnerships, and participation processes. The attendees will also become familiar with data gathering and analysis procedures such as Tribal facility electric cost data, regulations, and interconnection requirements, paths to market for project power and renewable sales, risks and utility rules. By following the steps outlined in the webinar, Tribes can determine the range of potential project choices and options available to help them make the best decision that fits into their short- and long-term energy plans.

    Register

    April 24, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM (MDT) - Climate Change Impacts and Indian Country: Natural Resources and Agriculture

    Current climate change impacts are felt first in our natural world, and the challenges to protecting those natural resources are shared across all of Indian Country. Hearing from federal agencies that support tribal natural resource development and the protection of those resources with their assessment of climate change impacts will give tribes an understanding of those challenges and efforts to mitigate impacts and promote more resilient natural systems.

    Register

    ICMA Webcasts

    April 1, 10:00-11:00 AM (EDT) – Improving Coastal Resilience Efforts

    Coastal communities are among the most vulnerable areas impacted by the effects of climate change. Prone to sea-level rise, land erosion, and coastal flooding, it has become crucial for these cities to develop climate-resilient plans to protect their communities. The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) invites you to participate in a webinar hosted by the USAID-funded CityLinks program. Join Dr. Ben Strauss, (Climate Central), Lee Jay Feldman (Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission), and Jonathan Cook (Global Climate Change Team at the United States Agency for International Development) to hear about the effects of climate change and how to better protect your coastal community.
    You will learn about:

    • The latest technology for analyzing the effects of sea level rise
    • Case studies from coastal communities in Maine
    • Examples of improving infrastructure to withstand the impacts of climate change in developing countries

    Register

    ACEEE Webcasts

    April 3, 4:00-5:30 PM (EDT) – ACEEE – SEE Action Behavior Webinar

    During this webinar, speakers take a closer look at what we know about the energy savings from behavior based efficiency programs. Speakers will answer these questions and more:

    • Can we reliably measure the savings from behavior based programs?
    • How can we measure how long savings last once the program stops?
    • What factors affect duration of savings?
    • Do the savings persist day-to-day in a relatively consistent manner?
    • What should a regulator consider regarding the "measure life" of home energy reports?

    Register

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

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    Don't Miss This Week's Tribal Renewable Energy and Climate Change Impacts Webinars: Register Now!

    The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following information about tribal webinars happening today and tomorrow.

    Climate Change Impacts Webinar: Disaster Response and Recovery 

    Thursday, April 3, 2014, 11 a.m. Mountain time
    Learn about the primary efforts of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) to evaluate, assess, and mitigate the impacts of climate change on their disaster recovery and response programs. Under the Stafford Act, Tribes are eligible to receive direct assistance from FEMA. Tribes can learn from FEMA and others’ efforts as they assess, plan, and implement their own disaster response and recovery plans to address climate change impacts on their communities.

    This webinar is the first in the four-part “Climate Change Impacts and Indian Country” webinar series, which will focus on topics and issues related to President Obama’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience and provide tribal leaders with an opportunity to give feedback to the Task Force. Sponsored by the White House Office of Public Engagement and Council on Environmental Quality in conjunction with DHS, FEMA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Housing and Urban Development, the Interior, and Transportation, all four webinars will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain time. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required.
    Register for the webinar

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

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

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    TOPIC: EPA Clean Air Act Rulemaking and Permitting Training -Detroit

    DATE: April 25-26, 2014

    LOCATION: University of Michigan Detroit Center, Ann Arbor Conference Room, 3663 Woodward Avenue, Suite 150, Detroit Michigan

    INTENDED AUDIENCE: Environmental Justice Communities

    SAVE-THE-DATE NOTICE (PDF) (1 p, 184K, April 2, 2014)
    DRAFT AGENDA (PDF) (3 pp, 462K, April 2, 2014)

    REGISTRATION: FREE. Register at: http://cfpub.epa.gov/oarweb/ejcall/. Due to limited seating, registration is on a first come, first-serve basis.

    PURPOSE: This training will provide an opportunity for participants to better understand the Clear Air Act, the benefits of early and meaningful public involvement, and to learn how existing training materials can help communities identify strategies for effective participation in EPA's rulemaking and air permitting process. Participants will have opportunities to interact with EPA rulewriters, managers and other key staff on air quality issues.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: For more information please contact:Lena Epps-Price (epps-price.lena@epa.gov) at (919) 541-5573

    This announcement is located at: http://www.epa.gov/air/ej/announce.html


    03/26/2014

    Be a School IAQ Detective:
    Using the Walkthrough to Identify and Solve
    Common IAQ Problems

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EDT

    Register Now

    Put your detective skills to the test and learn how to successfully assess your school facilities. Join our expert speakers to learn how conducting a school walkthrough can help you identify and solve common Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) issues in your school, including mold, poor ventilation rates and pest problems.

    Meet the featured speaker

    Dave Blake created and has managed the indoor air program at Northwest Clean Air Agency since 1991. Working in close collaboration with Rich Prill, Building Scientist, of Washington State University Cooperative Extension Energy Program, Dave has completed evaluations of all public and most private schools in a three county area of NW Washington State. He has responded to a steady flow of indoor air quality concerns in homes, public and commercial buildings referred to him by three county health departments since 1992. He has delivered hundreds of presentations to diverse audiences on many topics relating to indoor air quality.

    Facilitator:

    • Jennifer Lemon, Indoor Environments Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    Get ready for action

    • Gain insight on how to identify potential IAQ issues before they become major problems for your school community.
    • Learn when and how to take, interpret and use IAQ-related measurements to determine the condition of your school buildings.
    • Discover tools and resources your school can use, including checklists within the IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit, to conduct a thorough and effective walkthrough investigation.
    • Learn the importance of prioritizing IAQ issues and the power of effective communication when responding to reports and concerns.

    Take advantage of the opportunity to have your specific questions and interests addressed during the webinar. Send your questions to IAQTfSConnector@cadmusgroup.com by April 7, 2014.

    Register today! https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/239297410

    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.

    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.

    TheIAQ Tools for Schools guidance is a comprehensive resource 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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    Please note: we are resending this message to include the registration link for the workshop, which was inadvertently omitted.

    US EPA Climate Showcase Communities Replication Workshop
    April 30, 2014—Hotel Monaco, Baltimore, MD

    US EPA’s Climate Showcase Communities program is hosting a free, 1-day workshop highlighting successful local and tribal government climate and energy strategies that can be replicated in communities across the US. Attendees of the workshop will have the unique opportunity to hear directly from the government staff that designed and implemented these impressive programs that have achieved meaningful greenhouse gas reductions and other benefits for their communities. Through panel presentations and facilitated discussions featuring nearly 20 community based programs, attendees will learn about best practices, tools, and resources that they can use to catalyze similar action in their own community. Panel themes will include:

    • Engaging the Community and Changing Behavior
    • Big Opportunities for Small Communities
    • Innovative Green Business Solutions
    • Leveraging Partnerships and Opportunities

    Attendees will also have the opportunity to talk informally with community and federal representatives during café style discussions.

    Please register for the workshop by April 15, 2014 at the conference registration website. There is no registration fee, but space is limited, so priority for registration will be given to staff from local and tribal governments and local/tribal associations. A limited number of government rate hotel rooms ($147+tax) are available at the conference hotel—please see the registration page for more information.

    For more information about the Climate Showcase Communities program, including a list of grantees and project descriptions, visit the Climate Showcase Communities website. To view a short video overview of past CSC Workshops, please visit our YouTube channel.

    Please contact Andrea Denny with any questions.

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

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    DOE Tribal Energy Program

    March 2014 – Educational and Career Opportunities for Native Students

    The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share two exciting opportunities for Native American college students—our College Student Summer Internship Program and the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings.

    Tribal Energy Program Summer Internship Application Deadline Extended to March 28

    The Tribal Energy Program is accepting applications for our Summer Internship opportunity through next Friday, March 28, 2014. Interested students may apply via the Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) website by searching on the key word tribal energy.

    The 12-week 2014 Tribal Energy Program Summer Internship will be located at SNL in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Working closely with experienced renewable energy program staff and tribes interested in deploying renewable energy systems, interns will benefit from direct tribal energy project experience and exposure to a variety of issues concerning tribal renewable energy technology use and application. Frequent travel will be required, as interns will participate in field visits to current tribal energy projects. For details about eligibility, application requirements, and compensation, see the attached SNL flier. The Tribal Energy Program provides Native communities with education and training to build the knowledge and skills that are essential to developing, implementing, and sustaining energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Indian Country. Because future generations have an important role in fulfilling that mission, our summer internships provide opportunities for full-time technical undergraduate and graduate students to gain on-the-ground experience in clean energy technology deployment in Indian Country

    Visit the Tribal Energy Program website to learn more about the Tribal Energy Program College Student Summer Internships.

    ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings Accepting Applications Through March 21

    ACEEE is accepting applications for Linda Latham Scholarships to attend the 2014 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings through March 21, 2014. Scholarships are funded by the Linda Latham Scholarship Fund, which was established in memory of Linda Latham, who served as ACEEE’s Chief Operating Officer until her untimely death in September 2011. Linda believed that students bring talent and creativity to the field of energy efficiency, especially if we provide a venue to inspire and educate them.

    To be eligible, the applicant must be an undergraduate or graduate student in an accredited college or university whose course work is related to energy/energy efficiency, climate change, environmental science, or a related field of study, and who is considering a career in energy/energy efficiency. “Latham Scholars” will be exposed to new ideas and opportunities as they interact with energy efficiency experts from around the world. In turn, Summer Study attendees will be able to meet these exceptional students—a reciprocal opportunity for all!

    For the 2014 Summer Study, the Linda Latham Scholarship fund will award scholarships to students at three different scholarship levels. Level 1 awardees will receive a full conference registration, housing and meals, and up to $500 toward transportation costs. Level II scholars will receive a full conference registration and housing and meals. Level III winners will receive a full registration to the conference. There are more Level III scholarships available than Level II scholarships, and more Level II scholarships than Level I; therefore, chances of selection will be highest at Level III and lowest at Level I.

    Applicants are encouraged to complete the online application, or they may use the word formatted application form available on the ACEEE website and e-mail it to scholarships@aceee.org. Applications must be submitted with required attachments including a copy of the applicant’s Student ID and proof of student status (unofficial transcript/enrollment for current semester). No applications will be accepted after the March 21, 2014 deadline. Applications will be reviewed and chosen by a committee of ACEEE staff. Applications will be reviewed and chosen by a committee of ACEEE staff, and scholarship winners will be notified by April 4, 2014. Please contact scholarships@aceee.org if you have questions.


    03/24/2014

    DOE Tribal Energy Program

    March 2014 – Nearly $3.8 Billion in Funding and Technical Assistance Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

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

    Funding Opportunities

    Nearly $3.8 billion of funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of the Interior (DOI), and Department of Commerce (DOC) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including economic development, sustainable communities, green infrastructure, and water efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

    Note that the Tribal Energy Program has added a new feature on its website highlighting hundreds of millions of dollars in funding opportunities available to tribes at a glance. Be sure to check the Tribal Energy Program's new funding opportunities list frequently for the most complete and up-to-date listing of funding opportunities available to state, local, and tribal governments.

    DOT INVEST Implementation Projects – Round 2 ~ $150,000 (with a 100% Nonfederal Match)

    Letter of Interest Due: March 28, 2014
    Eligible Entities: State DOTs, metropolitan planning organizations, and federal lands

    DOT is making available funds to support INVEST (Infrastructure Voluntary Evaluation Sustainability Tool)—a practical, Web-based, collection of voluntary best practices and criteria designed to help transportation agencies integrate sustainable practices into their projects. Funding will support eligible entities using INVEST to review operations and maintenance programs at the district or statewide level. Additionally, funding will help assess and improve the sustainability of specific transportation projects under development, or learn from projects already completed. The intent of this research funding opportunity is to develop case studies and analysis showing sustainability improvements from INVEST. For more information, read the funding opportunity description.

    FTA Resilience Projects in Response to Hurricane Sandy – $3 Billion

    Applications Due: March 28, 2014
    Eligible Entities: Eligible applicants must be located in or provide public transportation service in one of the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, which are defined as areas for which President Obama declared a major disaster under the Stafford Act in response to Hurricane Sandy. Eligible entities include state and local governments, federally recognized tribes, authorities and public transportation agencies that receive funding through FTA formula programs, other entities responsible for an eligible public transportation capital project that enter into a subrecipient arrangement with an existing FTA grantee, and entities that provide intercity passenger rail service.

    The FTA is soliciting proposals for resilience projects, defined as those projects designed and built to address current and future vulnerabilities to a public transportation facility or system due to future occurrence or recurrence of emergencies or major disasters that are likely to occur in the geographic area in which the public transportation system is located. This resilience funding is intended to protect public transportation infrastructure that has been repaired or rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy or that is at risk of being damaged or destroyed by a future natural disaster. For more information, read the funding opportunity description.

    DOE Vehicle Technologies Program – $51.4 Million

    Applications Due: April 1, 2014
    Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes public institutions of higher education and hospitals) and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes private institutions of higher education and hospitals) located in the United States and U.S. territories or possessions

    The DOE Vehicle Technologies Office supports a broad research, development, and deployment technology portfolio focused on reducing the cost and improving the performance of a mix of near- and long-term vehicle technologies, including advanced batteries, power electronics and electric motors, lightweight and propulsion materials, advanced combustion engines, advanced fuels and lubricants, and other enabling technologies. Specifically, activities are aimed at improving vehicle technologies such as powertrains, fuel, tires, and auxiliary systems. This funding opportunity announcement contains a total of 14 areas of interest in the general areas of advanced light-weighting; advanced battery development; power electronics; advanced heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems; and fuels and lubricants. For more information, read the funding opportunity description.

    DOC Coastal Resilience Networks Grant – $300,000

    Applications Due: April 11, 2014
    Eligible Entities: Nonprofits, federally recognized tribes, state and local governments, small businesses, for-profit organizations other than small businesses, public and state-controlled institutions of higher education

    DOC is soliciting grant proposals from eligible organizations to implement activities that enhance resilience of coastal communities to natural hazard and climate risks through a local, regional, or national network. Proposals submitted in response to this announcement shall provide beneficial public outcomes for coastal communities related to addressing existing and future risks to the natural environment, infrastructure, local economies, and vulnerable populations. Proposals must also leverage, enhance, or create a human or technical network in which one or more coastal hazard issues can be addressed through partnerships to enhance communication, cooperation, coordination, and/or collaboration. For more information, read the funding opportunity description.

    EPA Pollution Prevention Information Network (PPIN) Grant – $700,000

    Applications Due: April 15, 2014
    Eligible Entities: State governments, federally recognized tribes, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, any territory or possession of the United States, any agency or instrumentality of a state, and state colleges and universities

    The Pollution Prevention Information Network (PPIN) grant program funds regional centers that serve both regional and national pollution prevention information needs. Grantees determine audience needs and then supply quality information and training on source reduction and related pollution prevention practices. Grantees provide assistance and training to businesses whose lack of information may be an impediment to implementing source reduction, preventing pollution or adopting sustainable practices. For more information, read the funding opportunity description.

    DOT National Infrastructure Investment “TIGER” Program – $600 Million

    Applications Due: April 28, 2014
    Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, U.S. territories, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations, other political subdivisions of state or local governments, and multistate or multijurisdictional groups applying through a single lead applicant

    DOT is making available $600 million under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 to national infrastructure investments. This appropriation is similar to the program funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 known as the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grants program. Eligible projects include highway or bridge projects eligible under title 23, United States Code (including bicycle and pedestrian related projects); public transportation projects eligible under chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code; passenger and freight rail transportation projects; port infrastructure investments; and intermodal projects. FY 2014 TIGER also allows for up to $35 million (of the $600 million) to be awarded as grants for the planning of eligible transportation facilities. Eligible planning projects include activities related to the planning, preparation, or design of a single surface transportation project, or activities related to regional transportation investment planning, including transportation planning that is coordinated with interdisciplinary factors including housing, economic development, stormwater and other infrastructure investments, and/or that addresses future risks and vulnerabilities, including extreme weather and climate change. For more information, visit the Federal Register funding notice.

    DOI Tribal Climate Change Grant – $600,000

    Applications Due: April 30, 2014
    Eligible Entities: Tribal governments

    DOI is making available grants to support tribes that are addressing challenges of climate change in tribal communities. The grants will support planning for, and adapting to, future climate impacts on the entire range of tribal government functions and traditional use. For more information, read the funding opportunity description.

    DOE Commercial Building Technology Demonstrations Grant – $10 Million

    Applications Due: May 19, 2014
    Eligible Entities: For-profit entities, educational institutions, nonprofits, state and local governments, federally recognized tribes

    DOE is making available grants to enhance and accelerate the deployment and adoption of a broad range of competitively solicited high-impact energy saving technologies as well as new technology integration approaches. Technologies selected under this funding opportunity will be ready for market adoption but may be underutilized due to market barriers, including perception of risk, gaps in information, and data on performance as well as cost. For more information, read the funding opportunity description

    Regards,

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

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


    03/19/2014

    Rule and Implementation Information for Pulp and Paper Production

    EPA issued final amendments to the new source performance standards for kraft pulp mills. The final standards apply to recovery furnaces, smelt dissolving tanks and lime kilns commencing construction, reconstruction or modification after May 23, 2013. For more information click here: http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/pulp/pulppg.html

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    EPA to Host Two Webinars on Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Tribal Competition RFP

    The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is pleased to forward the following announcement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    In fiscal year (FY) 2014, the National Clean Diesel Campaign will issue a standalone Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Tribal Competition Request for Proposals (RFP) for a total of up to $1 million. Prior to issuing the RFP, EPA will host a webinar to discuss this new tribal grant competition and proposed changes to the RFP. This webinar/teleconference will:

    • Detail the historical DERA Tribal Competition application process
    • Offer grant tips
    • Address grant and general DERA competition questions
    • Seek feedback on how this RFP can help Tribes reduce diesel emissions that impact tribal communities.

    The FY 2014 DERA Tribal Competition RFP is tentatively scheduled to open around April 8, 2014. There will be a second Tribal Competition webinar/teleconference after the RFP opens. Please see below for details on both webinars. For information on previous DERA Tribal Competition grants, visit the EPA website or contact Rosalva Tapia at 202-343-9534 or tapia.rosalva@epa.gov.

    DERA Tribal Competition PRE-Open and Feedback 2014 RFP
    Webinar/Teleconference

    Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
    Time: 3:00 p.m. Eastern
    Call-in number: 1-866-299-3188
    Call-in code: 202-343-9534
    Adobe Connect link: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/deratribalrfppreopenfeedbak/

    DERA Tribal Competition POST-Open and Feedback 2014 RFP
    Webinar/Teleconference

    DERA Tribal Competition POST-Open 2014
    RFP Webinar/Teleconference
    Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
    Time: 3:00 p.m. Eastern
    Call-in number: 1-866-299-3188
    Call-in code: 202-343-9534
    Adobe Connect link: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/deratribalrfppostopen/

    For a complete listing that includes these and other funding opportunities available to tribes, please visit the Tribal Energy Program's new funding opportunities database, which lists hundreds of millions of dollars in funding opportunities available to state, local, and tribal governments.

    Regards,

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

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

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    Last Day of Online Registration for the Tribal Energy Program Review

    The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is hosting its annual Program Review in Denver March 24-27. Online registration closes today. Register now.

    As you make your travel plans, note that the Review is scheduled to end Thursday, March 27. Also, keep in mind that the Denver March Powwow is the weekend before the Review (March 21-23).

    Tribal Energy Program Review

    March 24-27, 2014
    Denver Marriott West
    1717 Denver West Boulevard
    Golden, Colorado 80401
    1-888-236-2427 (toll-free)

    Recognizing tribes' increasing interest in energy efficiency and renewable energy, our annual Program Review is a gathering that enables tribes to meet and learn from other tribes that are pursuing energy sufficiency and reduced carbon pollution through energy efficiency and/or renewable energy development, and to share in each other's successes. This is a unique forum that provides an excellent overview of the wide range of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under way in Indian Country.

    The Review will include an overview of the Tribal Energy Program and a series of presentations by tribes exploring or deploying weatherization, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies across the nation. Because human capacity is a focus of the Tribal Energy Program, you will also learn about our internship program and hear directly from young and inspiring Native American students about their experiences and summer projects. For additional details, including the agenda, visit our website. If you have questions, please contact tribal@go.doe.gov.

    Registration
    There is no cost to attend the workshop, but participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals, and travel costs. Advance registration is requested. Register now. Although online registration closed today, on-site registration will be available.

    Lodging
    The Denver Marriott West is making a block of rooms available to meeting participants at a discounted rate of $156.00 plus tax (government 2014 per diem rate). For a map and directions and to make reservations at the group rate, book online or call 1-888-236-2427 (toll-free). When booking, be sure to reference the "TEP Program Review." The deadline for reservations at the group rate was March 10, 2014. While you may still request the discount, we are no longer able to guarantee rate or availability.

    Optional Sustainable NREL Walking Campus Tour – Friday, March 28, 9 a.m.
    Join us for an optional walking tour of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) campus from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Friday (after the Review). NREL exemplifies environmental sustainability throughout its operations, and this tour is an opportunity to learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency research as well as see for yourself how the campus is demonstrating clean energy technologies, reducing waste, and eliminating atmospheric pollution. The tour is a vigorous outdoor walking tour, so please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.

    Register for the tour at the Tribal Energy Program Review on Monday and Tuesday morning. The tour is limited to 20 people, so registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. If you will not be onsite Monday and Tuesday but would like to join the tour, please express your interest via email to tribal@go.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 Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.

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    EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

    Nearly $3.8 billion of funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of the Interior (DOI), and the Department of Commerce (DOC) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including economic development, sustainable communities, green infrastructure, and water efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

    In addition, please visit the calendar of 2014 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.

    Special Announcement: DOE Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement for State Energy Program 2014 Competitive Awards

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has released a notification of intent to issue a funding opportunity announcement for the State Energy Program 2014 Competitive Awards. DOE seeks to fund projects in two areas of interest: 1) State Energy Planning, and 2) Opportunities for Innovative Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Practices. EERE plans to issue the funding opportunity announcement on or about April 21, 2014, via FedConnect and Grants.gov. Please note that only states are eligible to apply for these awards.

    For more information, see the full notification of intent and instructions attached to this newsletter.

    INVEST Implementation Projects – Round 2 ~ $150,000 (with a 100 percent Non-federal match)

    • Letter of Interest Due: March 28, 2014
    • Eligible Entities: State DOTs, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and federal lands.

    The Department of Transportation is making available funds to support INVEST (Infrastructure Voluntary Evaluation Sustainability Tool)—a practical, web-based, collection of voluntary best practices and criteria designed to help transportation agencies integrate sustainable practices into their projects. Funding will support eligible entities using INVEST to review operations and maintenance programs at the district or statewide level. Additionally, funding will help assess and improve the sustainability of specific transportation projects under development, or learn from projects already completed. The intent of this research funding opportunity is to develop case studies and analysis showing sustainability improvements from INVEST.

    For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

    Resilience Projects in Response to Hurricane Sandy– $3 billion

    • Application Due: March 28, 2014
    • Eligible Entities: Eligible applicants must be located in or provide public transportation service in one of the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, which are defined as areas for which President Obama declared a major disaster under the Stafford Act in response to Hurricane Sandy. Eligible entities include state and local governments, federally recognized tribes, authorities and public transportation agencies that receive funding through FTA formula programs, other entities responsible for an eligible public transportation capital project that enter into a sub-recipient arrangement with an existing FTA grantee, and entities that provide intercity passenger rail service.

    The Federal Transit Administration is soliciting proposals for resilience projects, defined as those projects designed and built to address current and future vulnerabilities to a public transportation facility or system due to future occurrence or recurrence of emergencies or major disasters that are likely to occur in the geographic area in which the public transportation system is located. This resilience funding is intended to protect public transportation infrastructure that has been repaired or rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy or that is at risk of being damaged or destroyed by a future natural disaster.

    For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

    Vehicle Technologies Program – $51.4 million

    • Application Due: April 1, 2014
    • Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes public institutions of higher education and hospitals) and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes private institutions of higher education and hospitals) located in the United States and U.S. territories or possessions.

    The Vehicle Technologies Office from the Department of Energy supports a broad research, development, and deployment technology portfolio focused on reducing the cost and improving the performance of a mix of near- and long-term vehicle technologies including advanced batteries, power electronics and electric motors, lightweight and propulsion materials, advanced combustion engines, advanced fuels and lubricants, and other enabling technologies. Specifically, activities are aimed at improving vehicle technologies such as powertrains, fuel, tires, and auxiliary systems. This Funding Opportunity Announcement contains a total of 14 areas of interest in the general areas of advanced light-weighting; advanced battery development; power electronics; advanced heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems; and fuels and lubricants.

    For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

    Coastal Resilience Networks Grant– $300,000

    • Application Due: April 11, 2014
    • Eligible Entities: Nonprofits, federally recognized tribes, state and local governments, small businesses, for-profit organizations other than small businesses, public and state-controlled institutions of higher education.

    The Department of Commerce is soliciting grant proposals from eligible organizations to implement activities that enhance resilience of coastal communities to natural hazard and climate risks through a local, regional, or national network. Proposals submitted in response to this announcement shall provide beneficial public outcomes for coastal communities related to addressing existing and future risks to the natural environment, infrastructure, local economies, and vulnerable populations. Proposals must also leverage, enhance, or create a human or technical network in which one or more coastal hazard issues can be addressed through partnerships to enhance communication, cooperation, coordination, and/or collaboration.

    For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

    Pollution Prevention Information Network (PPIN) Grant– $700,000

    • Application Due: April 15, 2014
    • Eligible Entities: State governments, federally recognized tribes, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, any territory or possession of the United States, any agency or instrumentality of a state, and state colleges and universities.

    The Pollution Prevention Information Network (PPIN) grant program funds regional centers that serve both regional and national pollution prevention information needs. Grantees determine audience needs and then supply quality information and training on source reduction and related pollution prevention practices. Grantees provide assistance and training to businesses whose lack of information may be an impediment to implementing source reduction, preventing pollution or adopting sustainable practices.

    For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

    National Infrastructure Investment “TIGER” Program – $600 million

    • Application Due: April 28, 2014
    • Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, U.S. territories, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), other political subdivisions of state or local governments, and multi-state or multi-jurisdictional groups applying through a single lead applicant.

    The Department of Transportation is making available $600 million under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 to national infrastructure investments. This appropriation is similar to the program funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 known as the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or “TIGER Discretionary Grants,” program. Eligible projects include highway or bridge projects eligible under title 23, United States Code (including bicycle and pedestrian related projects); public transportation projects eligible under chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code; passenger and freight rail transportation projects; port infrastructure investments; and intermodal projects. FY 2014 TIGER also allows for up to $35 million (of the $600 million) to be awarded as grants for the planning of eligible transportation facilities. Eligible planning project include activities related to the planning, preparation, or design of a single surface transportation project, or activities related to regional transportation investment planning, including transportation planning that is coordinated with interdisciplinary factors including housing, economic development, stormwater and other infrastructure investments, and/or that addresses future risks and vulnerabilities, including extreme weather and climate change. Note: Applications open on April 3, 2014.

    For more information, visit the Federal Register Funding Notice.

    Tribal Climate Change Grant – $600,000

    • Application Due: April 30, 2014
    • Eligible Entities: Tribal governments

    The Department of Interior is making available grants to support tribes that are addressing challenges of climate change in tribal communities. The grants will support planning for, and adapting to, future climate impacts on the entire range of tribal government functions and traditional use.

    For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

    Commercial Building Technology Demonstrations Grant – $10 million

    • Application Due: May 19, 2014
    • Eligible Entities: For-profit entities, educational institutions, nonprofits, state and local governments, federally recognized tribes.

    The Department of Energy is making available grants to enhance and accelerate the deployment and adoption of a broad range of competitively solicited high-impact energy saving technologies as well as new technology integration approaches. Technologies selected under this funding opportunity will be ready for market adoption but may be underutilized due to market barriers, including perception of risk, gaps in information, and data on performance as well as cost.

    For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

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

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

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    EPA Requests Rehearing in Indian Country NSR Case

    The Environmental Protection Agency has asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for panel rehearing or rehearing en banc in a case that vacated a final rule establishing new source review programs in Indian country... https://essential.bna.com/login/signin_pref.jsp?orig=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.bna.com%2Fdeln%2FDELNWB%2Fsplit_display.adp%3Ffedfid%3D43254284%26vname%3Ddennotallissues%26jd%3Da0e7x5q6c0%26split%3D0


    03/12/2014

    Exciting news! This year, fiscal year (FY) 2014, the National Clean Diesel Campaign will issue a standalone Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Tribal Competition Request for Proposals (RFP) for a total of up to $1 million.

    Please join me for a discussion of this new Tribal grant competition and the proposed changes to the RFP. This webinar/teleconference will:

    • detail the historical DERA Tribal Competition application process,
    • offer grant tips,
    • address grant and general DERA competition questions, and
    • seek your feedback on how this RFP can help Tribes reduce diesel emissions that impact Tribal communities.

    The FY 2014 DERA Tribal Competition RFP is tentatively scheduled to open around April 8, 2014. There will be a second Tribal Competition webinar/teleconference AFTER the RFP opens. Please see below for details on both webinars.

    For information on previous DERA Tribal Competition grants, please visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/prgtribal.htm or contact Rosalva Tapia at 202.343.9534 or tapia.rosalva@epa.gov.

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

    DERA Tribal Competition PRE-Open and Feedback 2014 RFP Webinar/Teleconference
    Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
    Time: 3:00 PM (EDT)
    Call in Number: 1.866.299.3188
    Call in Code: 202.343.9534
    Adobe Connect link: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/deratribalrfppreopenfeedbak/

    DERA Tribal Competition POST-Open 2014 RFP Webinar/Teleconference
    Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
    Time: 3:00 PM (EDT)
    Call in Number: 1.866.299.3188
    Call in Code: 202.343.9534
    Adobe Connect link: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/deratribalrfppostopen/

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    Tribal Energy Program Summer Internship Posting Delayed; Application Deadline Extended to March 28

    Posting of the Tribal Energy Program Summer Internship opportunity announced last week has been delayed due to a system glitch. The opportunity will be posted later this week, and interested students may apply via the Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) website by searching on the key word tribal energy. Because of delayed posting, the Tribal Energy Program is extending the deadline for submitting applications to March 28, 2014.

    The 12-week 2014 Tribal Energy Program Summer Internship will be located at SNL in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Working closely with experienced renewable energy program staff and tribes interested in deploying renewable energy systems, interns will benefit from direct tribal energy project experience and exposure to a variety of issues concerning tribal renewable energy technology use and application. Frequent travel will be required, as interns will participate in field visits to current tribal energy projects.

    For details about eligibility, application requirements, and compensation, see the attached SNL flier.

    The Tribal Energy Program provides Native communities with education and training to build the knowledge and skills that are essential to developing, implementing, and sustaining energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Indian Country. Because future generations have an important role in fulfilling that mission, our summer internships provide opportunities for full-time technical undergraduate and graduate students to gain on-the-ground experience in clean energy technology deployment in Indian Country.

    Visit the Tribal Energy Program website to learn more about the Tribal Energy Program College Student Summer Internships.

    Regards,

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

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

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    EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

    EPA has released two climate and energy strategy guides for local governments.

    On-Site Renewable Energy Generation. A growing number of local governments are turning to renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, biomass, hydropower, and landfill gas, to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, improve air quality and energy security, boost the local economy, and pave the way to a sustainable energy future. Local governments can work with utilities, local businesses, nonprofit groups, residents, state agencies, and green power marketers and brokers to plan and implement on-site renewable energy generation projects at local government facilities and throughout their communities.

    Combined Heat and Power. Combined heat and power, also known as cogeneration, refers to the simultaneous production of electricity and thermal energy from a single fuel source. Simultaneous production is more efficient than producing electricity and thermal energy through two separate power systems and requires less fuel. Reductions in fuel use can produce a number of benefits, including energy cost savings, reduced GHG emissions, and reductions in other air emissions.

    These guides provide comprehensive information for local government staff and policy makers on how to implement these GHG reduction strategies, including:

    • Products/technologies and their applications
    • Environmental, energy, and economic benefits
    • Steps for designing procurement plans/installations
    • Key stakeholders to engage
    • Policy mechanisms for initiating programs
    • Implementation strategies for success
    • Costs and funding opportunities

    Key features of the guides include:

    • Case studies and examples from communities across the United States
    • Links to technical resources, analytical tools, and sources of funding

    These guides are part of EPA’s 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 environmental, economic, social, and human health benefits.

    To access these guides and others in this series, please visit the Local Climate and Energy Strategy Series page.

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

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


    03/10/2014

    DOE Tribal Energy Program

    The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is pleased to announce the following summer internship opportunity.

    Tribal Energy Program Announces Summer Internship Opportunity; Application Deadline is March 21

    As part of its mission, Tribal Energy Program provides Native communities with education and training to build the knowledge and skills that are essential to developing, implementing, and sustaining energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Indian Country. Because future generations have an important role in fulfilling that mission, each year the program offers summer internship opportunities for full-time technical undergraduate and graduate students interested in gaining on-the-ground experience in clean energy technology deployment in Indian Country.

    The 12-week 2014 Tribal Energy Program Summer Internship will be located at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Working closely with experienced renewable energy program staff and Tribes interested in deploying renewable energy systems, interns will benefit from direct tribal energy project experience and exposure to a variety of issues concerning tribal renewable energy technology use and application. Frequent travel will be required, as interns will participate in field visits to current tribal energy projects.

    The application period is March 10–March 21. Interested students may apply via the SNL website beginning March 10, by searching on the key word tribal energy.

    The deadline for submitting applications is March 21, 2014.

    For details about eligibility, application requirements, and compensation, see the SNL flier.

    Visit the Tribal Energy Program website to learn more about the Tribal Energy Program College Student Summer Internships.

    Regards,

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

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


    03/06/2014

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    EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

    This message provides details about eight upcoming webcasts offered by federal agencies. All webcasts are offered free of charge, but space may be limited.
    EPA Webcasts

    • March 10, 3:00-4:00 PM (EDT) – Scenario Planning and Fiscal Impact Modeling
    • March 13, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – Long-Term Green Power Procurement from Wind Projects
    • March 18, 2:00-3:30PM (EDT) –  AVoided Emissions and geneRation Tool (AVERT)

    ENERGY STAR Webcasts

    • March 12, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Benchmarking Water/Wastewater Facilities in Portfolio Manager and Using the Cash Flow Opportunity Calculator
    • March 25, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 101
    • March 25, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 201

    DOE Webcasts

    • March 19, 3:00-4:00 PM (EDT) – Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach: Wind Energy and Property Values
    • March 31, 1:00 PM (EDT) – Best of the Clean Cities Tools and Resources

    EPA Webcasts

    March 10, 3:00-4:00 PM (EDT) – Scenario Planning and Fiscal Impact Modeling
    Developing a clear-eyed understanding of the short- and long-term fiscal implications of development choices has never been so necessary for planners in local and regional agencies. This webinar from EPA’s Smart Growth Program explores the development and use of scenario planning and fiscal impact modeling, investigating their use of analytical tools to explain fiscal costs (including local infrastructure capital and operations and maintenance costs and revenues). Speakers will discuss how scenario planning and fiscal impact tools can support smart growth implementation at a range of scales through innovative methods, and how communities can use fiscal impact analyses to support planning and economic development decisions.
    Register


    March 13, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – Long-Term Green Power Procurement from Wind Projects
    In today’s green power market, many forward-thinking organizations are looking to long-term procurements from wind power projects to meet their renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals. Large companies and corporations, as well as governments and institutions of higher education, are interested in working with utilities and green power suppliers to meet their electricity needs, reduce their carbon footprints, hedge against future electricity price increases, and support the development of new clean energy resources in the United States. Long-term commitments also help to guarantee a renewable energy project’s financial viability.

    This webinar will examine various procurement options, the steps involved in making a long-term commitment, challenges, and other considerations. We’ll also hear from Renewable Choice Energy, a renewable energy provider, on what’s involved in making long-term procurements a reality.
    Register


    March 18, 2:00-3:30PM (EDT) – AVoided Emissions and geneRation Tool (AVERT)
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s State & Local Climate and Energy program is pleased to invite you to a webinar on the newly released AVoided Emissions and geneRation Tool (AVERT). This free tool estimates the emissions benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and programs, and is designed to meet the needs of state air quality planners and other interested users. 
    EPA staff will discuss potential uses of the tool, and will provide a brief demonstration. 
    In addition, staff will present information on projected impacts from key state energy efficiency and renewable energy policies not captured in the Energy Information Administration’s 2013 Annual Energy Outlook.
    Register

    ENERGY STAR Webcasts

    March 12, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Benchmarking Water/Wastewater Facilities in Portfolio Manager and Using the Cash Flow Opportunity Calculator
    Learn how to track the progress of energy efficiency efforts and compare the energy use of wastewater treatment plants with that of other peer facilities across the country. Attendees will learn how to measure and track energy use and carbon dioxide emission reductions in water and wastewater treatment plants to establish baseline energy use, prioritize investments, set goals, and track improvements over time.

    Attendees will also receive a live demonstration of the Cash Flow Opportunity Calculator (CFO Calculator). The US EPA has developed the CFO Calculator to help decision makers quantify these opportunity costs by addressing three critical questions about energy efficiency investments:

    • How much new energy efficiency equipment can be purchased from the anticipated savings?
    • Should this equipment purchase be financed now or paid for later with cash from a future budget?
    • Is money being lost by waiting for a lower interest rate?

    Register
    March 25, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 101
    Join ENERGY STAR as they introduce and demonstrate the core functionality of EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Attendees will learn how to navigate the new Portfolio Manager, add a property and enter details about it, enter energy and water consumption data, share properties, generate performance reports to assess progress, and respond to data requests.
    Register


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

    DOE Webcasts

    March 19, 3:00-4:00 PM (EDT) – Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach: Wind Energy and Property Values
    DOE's Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach initiative will host a webinar presenting the topic of wind turbines and property values. Lead author Carol Atkinson-Palombo, assistant professor at the University of Connecticut, will present on her research from the recently released report The Relationship Between Wind Turbines and Residential Property Values in Massachusetts. Ben Hoen, staff research associate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will present findings from the report A Spatial Hedonic Analysis of the Effects of Wind Energy Facilities on Surrounding Property Values in the United States.
    Their research examined 122,000 Massachusetts real estate transactions between 1998 and 2012, and 50,000 U.S. transactions between 1996 and 2011, respectively. The authors will provide an overview of each of the report's methods and findings and will answer questions after the presentations.
    Register


    March 31, 1:00 PM (EDT) – Best of the Clean Cities Tools and Resources
    During this webinar, you will learn about the top 10 resources the Clean Cities Technical Response Service uses to answer common questions related to alternative fuels, advanced vehicles, and other petroleum-reduction strategies. The presentation will give a brief overview of popular Alternative Fuels Data Center tools as well as resources available from the national laboratories, other federal agencies, and industry. Clean Cities TRS staff will review the tools, including the type of questions each can help answer.
    Register

    EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program logoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.
    To subscribe to or unsubscribe from this newsletter, go to the Newsletters page.

     

     


    03/05/2014

     

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

    Book Your Lodging for the Annual Tribal Energy Program Review by March 10

    The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is hosting its annual Program Review in Denver March 24-27. Register today and be sure to book your lodging by March 10 to get the group discount!
     As you make your travel plans, note that the Review is now scheduled to end Thursday, March 27. Also, keep in mind that the Denver March Powwow is the weekend before the Review (March 21-23).

    Tribal Energy Program Review

    March 24-27, 2014
    Denver Marriott West
    1717 Denver West Boulevard
    Golden, Colorado 80401 
    1-888-236-2427 (toll-free)

    Recognizing tribes' increasing interest in energy efficiency and renewable energy, our annual Program Review is a gathering that enables tribes to meet and learn from other tribes that are pursuing energy sufficiency and reduced carbon pollution through energy efficiency and/or renewable energy development, and to share in each other's successes. This is a unique forum that provides an excellent overview of the wide range of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under way in Indian Country.

    The Review will include an overview of the Tribal Energy Program and a series of presentations by tribes exploring or deploying weatherization, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies across the nation. Because human capacity is a focus of the Tribal Energy Program, you will also learn about our internship program and hear directly from young and inspiring Native American students about their experiences and summer projects. For additional details, including the agenda, visit our website. If you have questions, please contact tribal@go.doe.gov.

    Registration
    There is no cost to attend the workshop, but participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals, and travel costs. Advance registration is requested. Register now.

    Lodging
    The Denver Marriott West is making a block of rooms available to meeting participants at a discounted rate of $156.00 plus tax (government 2014 per diem rate). For a map and directions and to make reservations at the group rate, book online or call 1-888-236-2427 (toll-free). When booking, be sure to reference the "TEP Program Review." The deadline for reservations at the group rate is March 10, 2014. After that date we will be unable to guarantee rate or availability.


    Optional Sustainable NREL Walking Campus Tour – Friday, March 28, 9 a.m.
    Join us for an optional walking tour of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) campus from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Friday (after the Review). NREL exemplifies environmental sustainability throughout its operations, and this tour is an opportunity to learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency research as well as see for yourself how the campus is demonstrating clean energy technologies, reducing waste, and eliminating atmospheric pollution. The tour is a vigorous outdoor walking tour, so please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.

    Register for the tour at the Tribal Energy Program Review on Monday and Tuesday morning. The tour is limited to 20 people, so registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. If you will not be onsite Monday and Tuesday but would like to join the tour, please express your interest via email to tribal@go.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 Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.  

     


    03/04/2014

    Tier 3 Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards Program

    New!March 3, 2014: EPA Finalizes Tighter Vehicle and Fuel Standards to Reduce Emissions.

    The Tier 3 program is part of a comprehensive approach to reducing the impacts of motor vehicles on air quality and public health. The program considers the vehicle and its fuel as an integrated system, setting new vehicle emissions standards and lowering the sulfur content of gasoline beginning in 2017. The vehicle standards will reduce both tailpipe and evaporative emissions from passenger cars, light-duty trucks, medium-duty passenger vehicles, and some heavy-duty vehicles. The gasoline sulfur standard will enable more stringent vehicle emissions standards and will make emissions control systems more effective.

    For more information click on this link: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/tier3.htm

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    EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s State & Local Climate and Energy program is pleased to invite you to a webinar on the newly released AVoided Emissions and GeneRation Tool (AVERT). This free tool estimates the emissions benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and programs, and is designed to meet the needs of state air quality planners and other interested users.  EPA staff will discuss potential uses of the tool, and will provide a brief demonstration. 

    In addition, staff will present information on projected impacts from key state energy efficiency and renewable energy policies not captured in the Energy Information Administration’s 2013 Annual Energy Outlook.

    What: Avoided Emissions and Generation Tool (AVERT) – EPA Webinar
    Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
    Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EDT

    For background materials on this webinar and information on past webinars, please visit EPA’s State Climate and Energy Webcasts page.

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

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

     

     

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    Grant Program Creates Opportunities for Alaska Natives

    March 3, 2014
    The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is pleased to forward the following announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Office in Palmer, Alaska.

    Alaska USDA Rural Development Office Announces FY14 Rural Business Enterprise Grants; Submission Deadline Is April 10

    The USDA Rural Development Office in Palmer, Alaska would like to announce that it is accepting applications for the Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) Program for Fiscal Year 2014.

    Those who would like to submit an application for these funds should have their hard copy submissions in to this office by close of business on April 10, 2014. Emailed applications will not be accepted.

    The primary purpose of the RBEG is to support the development of small and emerging private business enterprises in rural areas with populations of less than 50,000. In Alaska the Municipality of Anchorage is the only area where the population exceeds this rural limit. However, applicants based in Anchorage can still apply for funding as long as proposed activities support small business development in rural areas.

    Eligible applicants include nonprofits, public bodies (e.g., states, boroughs, cities, townships, and incorporated towns and villages, authorities, and districts), and federally recognized Tribes. The small and emerging private business that derives the benefits from the applicant must have (or will have) under 50 employees and less than $1 million in gross revenue.

    Eligible projects to be carried out by the RBEG vary and can range from technical assistance workshops to specialized equipment to be leased by small business. Last year the Alaska USDA Rural Development Office supported various applicants with a wide range of projects. Some examples include energy audits for small businesses, small business development technical assistance, and agricultural technical assistance for farmers.
    For more information regarding this grant, please visit the Tribal Energy Program website or contact:

    J. Chad Stovall
    Business & Energy Programs Specialist
    USDA Rural Development| Alaska State Office
    800 W. Evergreen, Ste 201| Palmer, AK 99645
    Phone: (907) 761-7718| Fax: (907) 761-7783
    chad.stovall@ak.usda.gov

    For a complete listing that includes these and other funding opportunities available to tribes, please visit the Tribal Energy Program's new funding opportunities database, which lists hundreds of millions of dollars in funding opportunities available to state, local, and tribal governments.

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

    If you did not receive this e-mail directly but would like to receive future e-mails and the TEP newsletter, please join our e-mail list by sending your contact information to tribal@go.doe.gov. Feel free to forward this information.

     


    02/28/2014

     

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    EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

    Listen Now to EPA’s Webcast Series on Communications for Climate and Clean Energy Programs

    If you missed our popular December 2013 webcast series on communications strategies for state and local governments, you can listen now to all three online, access presentations, and read audience Qs&As. Over 1,000 state and local staff tuned in to listen to some or all of these webcasts, making it one of our most popular offerings to date.
    The structure of the three webcasts parallels the general phases of program development and implementation: attracting stakeholder support and participation, sustaining change, and gaining momentum from program successes. Participants will learn how to design communications strategies to engage and empower stakeholders, use communications methods to instigate and sustain behavior change and foster individual and community solutions, and effectively communicate their programs’ successes and resulting benefits to diverse audiences.

    New Report on Municipal Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction

    This report, drafted by the Environmental Financial Advisory Board, was written to help smaller communities understand the benefits of developing and methods of financing energy efficiency projects. The Board reviewed existing information and distilled it down into this report to help communities, particularly those without dedicated energy staff, decide whether and how to move forward on efficiency measures.
    The report is available on EPA’s Environmental Finance site.

    EPA Regions and Antioch University-New England to Host Regional Conference, "Local Solutions: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness," May 19-21 in Manchester, New Hampshire

    Antioch University-New England and EPA will host a regional conference this May for local planners, decision makers, and educators to understand how to create healthy resilient communities that are better prepared to handle severe weather and climate impacts. The first two days of the conference will focus on the topic of Building Resilient Communities: informing community planners, decision makers, and those responsible for implementing change at the local level how best to identify current and future vulnerabilities, followed by adaptive responses to build resilient communities. The last day of the conference will feature an Educators Summit, which will inform middle and high school teachers how to design a community-based, problem-solving curriculum that will teach students how best to support municipal officials preparing for impacts from a changing climate. For more information and to register, visit the conference website.

    USDA Announces Regional Hubs to Help Agriculture, Forestry Mitigate Impacts of Changing Climate

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the creation of the first ever Regional Hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change at seven locations around the country. These “Climate Hubs” will address increasing risks such as fires, invasive pests, floods, and droughts on a regional basis, aiming to translate science and research into information to farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners on ways to adapt and adjust their resource management. The Hubs were chosen through a competitive process among USDA facilities. In addition to the seven Hubs, USDA is designating three Subsidiary Hubs (“Sub Hubs”) that will function within the Southeast, Midwest, and Southwest. The Sub Hubs will support the Hub within their region and focus on a unique set of issues in that region. The Climate Hubs will build on the capacity within USDA to deliver science-based knowledge and practical information to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to support decision-making related to climate change across the country. For more information, see the press release.

    U.S. Geological Survey Tool Provides County-Level Maps with Historical and Projected Climate Change Data for 21st Century

    For the first time, maps and summaries of historical and projected temperature and precipitation changes for the 21st century for the continental United States are accessible at a county-by-county level on a website developed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in collaboration with the College of Earth, Oceanic, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. The maps and summaries are based on NASA downscaling of the 33 climate models used in the 5th Climate Model Intercomparison Project and the current Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report. The USGS leveraged this massive dataset and distilled the information into easily understood maps, 3-page summaries, and spreadsheet compatible data files for each state and county in the United States. A similar implementation for the USGS nested hydrologic units will be available in the next month. Other useful tools for characterizing climate change include plots of monthly averages of temperature and precipitation, time-series spanning 1950-2099, and tables that summarize possible changes in the extremes of temperature and precipitation. For more information, see the press release.

    Federal Funding Compendium for Urban Heat Adaptation

    Given that city residents are particularly vulnerable to the public health and environmental impacts of escalating temperatures, state and local governments are often looking for creative sources of funds to prepare for climate changes.
    This compendium, recently released by the Georgetown Climate Center, seeks to provide assistance to local and state governments that are striving to adapt to urban heat islands in their communities. While none of the 44 programs within the compendium were created specifically to address the problem of urban heat, all of the programs allow funds to be used for projects that would provide urban heat relief while also addressing important program objectives, such as promoting economic development and energy efficiency.
    The compendium examines each program for its potential to fund urban heat adaptation. For each program, we also include information on the following:

    • Who can apply for the funds
    • What activities the funds can support
    • The amount of money in the program 
    • The average size of grant 

    Download the compendium

    Lessons Learned from Irene: Climate Change, Federal Disaster Relief, and Barriers to Adaptive Reconstruction

    A recently released case study by the Georgetown Climate Center examines the challenges encountered by Vermont localities trying to use federal disaster relief funds to rebuild their transportation system to be more resilient to future climate impacts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.
    Irene dumped more than seven inches of rain on the state over the course of two days, which washed out hundreds of miles of roads and bridges. In the aftermath of the disaster, Vermont chose to rebuild its roads and bridges to higher state standards, but encountered legal barriers when FEMA initially refused to reimburse communities for the added costs. The state appealed the decision and ultimately FEMA allowed one locality to be reimbursed and is considering the appeals of other localities. 
    The story of the Vermont appeal highlights some of the challenges that states and localities face in trying to adapt to climate changes by rebuilding differently after a natural disaster. 
    Download the case study

    “Beyond the Basics" Website Shares Best Practices in Local Mitigation Planning 

    The "Beyond the Basics" website is the product of a five-year research study conducted by the Coastal Hazards Center and the Center for Sustainable Community Design at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). As part of this study, researchers at UNC systematically analyzed 175 local hazard mitigation plans drawn from six states to assess their content and quality. Each plan was evaluated using a hazard mitigation plan quality protocol that has been developed, tested, and applied over several projects across the country. The website is designed to help guide the user through the process of developing or updating a local hazard mitigation plan that will meet the requirements for approval by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). To learn more, visit the mitigation guide website.

    Adaptation Planning: Kingston Tidal Waterfront Flooding Task Force

    Kingston, New York, has piloted a climate adaptation planning process with several analytical tools and extended citizen engagement in the process. The city unanimously adopted the resulting report through the town council and is pursuing capital improvements, long-term land use planning, and state and federal grants in accordance with the “Planning for Rising Waters” report.
    For more information, see the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Climate January 2014 Smart Webinar on Kingston’s Tidal Waterfront Flooding Task Force.

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

    Book Your Lodging for the Annual Tribal Energy Program Review by March 10

    The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is hosting its annual Program Review in Denver March 24-27. Register today and be sure to book your lodging by March 10 to get the group discount!

     As you make your travel plans, note that the Review is now scheduled to end Thursday, March 27. Also, keep in mind that the Denver March Powwow is the weekend before the Review (March 21-23).

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    Tribal Energy Program Review


    March 24-27, 2014
    Denver Marriott West
    1717 Denver West Boulevard
    Golden, Colorado 80401 
    1-888-236-2427 (toll-free)


    Recognizing tribes' increasing interest in energy efficiency and renewable energy, our annual Program Review is a gathering that enables tribes to meet and learn from other tribes that are pursuing energy sufficiency and reduced carbon pollution through energy efficiency and/or renewable energy development, and to share in each other's successes. This is a unique forum that provides an excellent overview of the wide range of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under way in Indian Country.

    The Review will include an overview of the Tribal Energy Program and a series of presentations by tribes exploring or deploying weatherization, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies across the nation. Because human capacity is a focus of the Tribal Energy Program, you will also learn about our internship program and hear directly from young and inspiring Native American students about their experiences and summer projects. For additional details, including the agenda, visit our website. If you have questions, please contact tribal@go.doe.gov.

    Registration
    There is no cost to attend the workshop, but participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals, and travel costs. Advance registration is requested. Register now.

    Lodging
    The Denver Marriott West is making a block of rooms available to meeting participants at a discounted rate of $156.00 plus tax (government 2014 per diem rate). For a map and directions and to make reservations at the group rate, book online or call 1-888-236-2427 (toll-free). When booking, be sure to reference the "TEP Program Review." The deadline for reservations at the group rate is March 10, 2014. After that date we will be unable to guarantee rate or availability.

    Optional Sustainable NREL Walking Campus Tour – Friday, March 28, 9 a.m.
    Join us for an optional walking tour of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) campus from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Friday (after the Review). NREL exemplifies environmental sustainability throughout its operations, and this tour is an opportunity to learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency research as well as see for yourself how the campus is demonstrating clean energy technologies, reducing waste, and eliminating atmospheric pollution. The tour is a vigorous outdoor walking tour, so please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.

    Register for the tour at the Tribal Energy Program Review on Monday and Tuesday morning. The tour is limited to 20 people, so registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. If you will not be onsite Monday and Tuesday but would like to join the tour, please express your interest via email to tribal@go.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 Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.

     


    02/27/2014

    FY2014 Brownfields Training, Research, and Technical Assistance Grants Request for Proposals Issued

    RFP# EPA-OSWER-OBLR-14-2

    Closing Date: April 18, 2014

    This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits proposals from eligible entities, including nonprofit organizations, to conduct research, or provide technical assistance to communities facing Brownfields cleanup and revitalization challenges.

    Focus areas of this announcement include:

    • technical assistance to environmental workforce development and job training grantees,
    • technical assistance on the integration of environmental justice and equitable development for brownfields-impacted communities,
    • research on the benefits of Brownfields redevelopment, and
    • technical assistance on Brownfields financing and economic development strategies to brownfields-impacted communities.

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    February 2014 - Funding Opportunities and Upcoming Events for Tribes

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

    Funding Opportunities

    The following funding opportunities can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including energy efficiency, pollution prevention, and sustainable water infrastructure. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

    Note that the Tribal Energy Program has added a new feature on its website highlighting hundreds of millions of dollars in funding opportunities available to tribes at a glance. Be sure to check the Tribal Energy Program's new funding opportunities list frequently for the most complete and up-to-date listing of funding opportunities available to state, local, and tribal governments.

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

    ANA 2014 Funding Opportunities for Tribes

    Concept Papers Due: April 15, 2014
    Eligible Entities: Varies by focus area

    The Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Native Americans (ANA) has announced the availability of Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 funding opportunities. Competitively selected awards will fund projects focused in the following areas: Environmental Regulatory Enhancement, Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance, Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance–Esther Martinez Immersion, Social and Economic Development Strategies, and Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies. ANA project funding is available in short-term development terms of 12, 24, 36, and 60 months. All ANA community projects must be completed by the end of the project period or supported by alternative funds. ANA provides training and technical assistance to applicants for project and proposal development and to grantees for project implementation and reporting. For additional details about each FOA, including information on how to apply, visit the Administration for Children and Families website.

    DOE Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Incubator Technologies (BENEFIT) – $14 Million

    Concept Papers Due: March 6, 2014
    Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, for-profit entities, educational institutions, and nonprofits

    The Emerging Technologies Program of DOE’s Building Technologies Office enables cost-effective, energy-efficient technologies to be developed and introduced into the marketplace. Awards will be issued in the following areas: Open Topic for Energy Efficiency Solutions for Residential and Commercial Buildings, Innovative Sensors & Sensor Systems, Advanced Energy-Efficient Clothes Dryers, and Highly Insulating Building Envelope Components.

    For more information, read the funding opportunity description.

    DOE Vehicle Technologies Program – $51.4 Million

    Applications Due: April 1, 2014
    Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes public institutions of higher education and hospitals), and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes private institutions of higher education and hospitals) located in the United States and U.S. territories or possessions

    DOE's Vehicle Technologies Office supports a broad research, development, and deployment technology portfolio focused on reducing the cost and improving the performance of a mix of near- and long-term vehicle technologies. Specifically, activities are aimed at improving vehicle technologies such as electric vehicles, powertrains, fuel, tires, and auxiliary systems. This funding opportunity announcement contains a total of 14 areas of interest in the general areas of advanced light-weighting; advanced battery development; power electronics; advanced heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems; and fuels and lubricants.

    For more information, read the funding opportunity synopsis.

    EDA Economic Development Assistance Programs Federal Funding Opportunity –Total Funding Available TBD

    Applications Due Varies by program year; next due date is March 14, 2014
    Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, nonprofits, institutions of higher education

    Under the Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP) federal funding opportunity 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. EDA is soliciting 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, see the funding opportunity synopsis.

    EPA National Center for Sustainable Water Infrastructure Modeling Research – $4 Million

    Applications Due: March 10, 2014
    Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes public institutions of higher education and hospitals), and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes private institutions of higher education and hospitals) located in the United States and U.S. territories or possessions

    EPA, as part of its Science to Achieve Results program, is seeking applications proposing the creation of a National Center for Sustainable Water Infrastructure Modeling Research. The intent of the center should be to facilitate technology transfer of open source water infrastructure models and share green infrastructure tools and research advancements with local communities and stakeholders. The objective of the award is to establish a center that coordinates the following three components to the advancement of sustainable water models and model research:

    • Novel Research that engages sustainable water infrastructure models, including those that provide solutions to impacts to water from climate change and extreme events
    • Community Support and Outreach that fosters a global community of sustainable water infrastructure modelers, model users, and stakeholders
    • Model and Code Development that supports freely available software models of sustainable stormwater, wastewater, and water supply systems.

    For more information, see the funding opportunity synopsis.

    EPA Pollution Prevention Grant Program – $4.1 Million

    Applications Due: March 20, 2014
    Eligible Entities: State governments, federally recognized tribes and intertribal consortia, colleges and universities (recognized as instrumentalities of the state)

    The intent of EPA’s Pollution Prevention (P2) Grant Program is to assist state and tribal governments in encouraging businesses to adopt environmental strategies and solutions that significantly reduce or eliminate waste or pollution from air, water, and/or land. Examples of P2/source reduction projects include, but are not limited to, delivering technical assistance and education related to greenhouse gas emission reduction and providing technical assistance on source reduction to manufacturers or small businesses. Get additional information on allowable P2 grant projects and summaries of awarded P2 grants.

    For more information, see the funding opportunity synopsis.

    EPA Source Reduction Assistance Program – $1.3 Million

    Applications Due: March 11, 2014
    Eligible Entities: State, local, city, or township governments; federally recognized tribes; the U.S. Virgin Islands; the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; any territory or possession of the United States; independent school district governments; state-controlled institutions of higher education; nonprofit organizations (other than institutions of higher education); private institutions of higher education; and community-based grassroots organizations

    The Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) Grant Program will support pollution prevention (P2)/source reduction and/or resource conservation projects. Successful work plans will be those that present innovative project tools; forge partnerships that engage and educate communities about P2 practices; or augment existing P2 practices by taking a business, community, or locality into a new and resourceful direction to benefit human health and the environment. Demonstrations of P2 practices must involve new or experimental technologies, methods, or approaches, where the results of the project will be disseminated so that others can benefit from the knowledge gained in the demonstration project. Projects awarded in the past include assessments and trainings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency. Read summaries of FY 2012 SRA grants.

    For more information, see the funding opportunity synopsis.

    FTA Low- or No-Emission Vehicle Deployment Program – $24.9 Million

    Applications Due: March 10, 2014
    Eligible Entities: An eligible area is designated as a nonattainment area or a maintenance area for ozone or carbon monoxide as defined under the Clean Air Act.

    FTA announces the availability of $24.9 million for the deployment of low- or no-emission transit buses. The main purpose of the program is to deploy the cleanest and most energy-efficient U.S.-made transit buses that have been largely proven in testing and demonstrations but are not yet widely deployed in transit fleets. The program provides funding for transit agencies for capital acquisitions and leases of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities such as recharging, refueling, and maintenance facilities. Of that total funding, $21.6 million is available for buses and $3.3 million is available for supporting facilities and related equipment.

    For more information, see the grant opportunity synopsis.

    Georgetown University Energy Prize – $5 Million

    Letters of Intent Due: February 28, 2014
    Eligible Entities: For this competition, a “community” is defined geographically by the limits of a municipality—a town, city, or county that has corporate status and local government. All small-to-medium municipalities in the United States with populations between 5,000 and 250,000 are eligible to apply.

    The Georgetown University Energy Prize is a competition in which communities will be challenged to work together with their local governments and utilities in order to develop and begin implementing plans for innovative, replicable, scalable, and continual reductions in the per capita energy consumed from local natural gas and electric utilities. Participating communities will be asked to develop a long-term energy efficiency plan and to demonstrate initial effectiveness and sustainability over a two-year period. Participating communities will benefit from access to various resources and the winning community will receive $5 million, which will help to support their continuing community-based energy efficiency efforts. Interested communities are encouraged to submit a nonbinding letter of intent as soon as possible. For more information, visit the energy prize website.

    Upcoming Events

    The Tribal Energy Program, in partnership with the DOE Office of Indian Energy and the Western Area Power Administration, will present the next Tribal Renewable Energy Series webinar, Strategic Energy Planning, on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern time. Attendees will learn about developing a strategic energy plan using key aspects of successful energy planning and available information and resources, as well as how the plan enables a Tribe to mobilize long-term support that extends beyond changing political administrations, helps address barriers to energy development, and engages stakeholders from all segments of the community. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask the presenters questions during a brief Q&A session at the end of the webinar.

    There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Register for the webinar.

    Tribal Energy Program Review – March 24-27 in Golden, Colorado

    The Tribal Energy Program is hosting its annual Tribal Energy Program Review in Golden, Colorado, March 24-27. This unique forum provides attendees with an in-depth view of the wide range of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under way in Indian Country.

    The Review will feature 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. Attendees will also learn about the Tribal Energy Program's internship program and hear directly from young and inspiring Native American college students about their experiences and summer projects. For additional details about the event, including the agenda, visit our website.

    The Review will take place at the Denver Marriott West, 1717 Denver West Blvd., Golden, Colorado. There is no cost to attend the Tribal Energy Program Review, but advance registration is requested. Register now.

    DOE to Sponsor Reservation Economic Summit (RES) 2014 – Don't Miss the Energy Forum on March 17

    As part of DOE's Silver-Level sponsorship of RES 2014, the DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs will present an energy forum on March 17, 2014, from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The forum will feature the following roundtable sessions:

    • Roundtable Session One: Tribes and Utilities — This roundtable will focus on the complex relationship Tribes have with local incumbent utilities, including how Tribes and utilities have come to cooperate as good neighbors and what can be done to create future opportunities.
    • Roundtable Session Two: Energy Project Success in Indian Country — This roundtable discussion will focus on recent successful tribal and nontribal energy projects.
    • Roundtable Session Three: Game Changers: Energy Investment Strategies and New IRS Rulings — This roundtable will focus on three topics: 1) Renewable energy as an investment from electric vehicles to solar farms, 2) the recent IRS ruling on the Investment Tax Credit and what it means for Tribes, and 3) solar distributed generation and net metering in Indian Country.
    • Roundtable Session Four: Indian Country and Energy: Now and Looking to the Future — This roundtable discussion will focus on the current state of Indian Country’s energy opportunity in terms of both resource development and project development.

    View the full agenda for more details. The cost to attend this forum is included with conference registration. The National RES 2014 conference will take place March 17-20, 2014. Register for RES 2014, and be sure to visit DOE at Booth 2105 while you're there!

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

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

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    EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

    EPA has released updated draft projections of energy impacts from key state Energy Efficiency (EE) and Renewable Energy (RE) policies not captured in the Energy Information Administration's Annual Energy Outlook (AEO). These policies include:

    • Energy Efficiency Resource Standards (EERS) and EE funding policies that reduce electricity demand through the use of energy efficient equipment, technologies and practices, and
    • Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requirements beyond what is assumed in AEO 2013

    EPA encourages state representatives and other interested parties to submit comments on these draft projections. EPA will carefully consider all comments received, and will make appropriate changes to our analysis on the basis of your input. Please submit your comments by April 1, 2014.

    Background: EPA and many states rely on the Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) demand forecast for power sector modeling and emissions planning. The AEO forecast includes some EE/RE policies, but does not explicitly account for several key EE/RE policies currently “on the books” in many states. With this announcement, EPA is providing draft impact projections for these policies.

    How These Projections Help States: States may use EPA’s EE/RE projections to quantify the associated emissions reductions, and then include these reductions in their SIP submittals. Jurisdictions not currently preparing a SIP but interested in better understanding the energy and emissions impacts of EE/RE policies may likewise use EPA’s methodology and estimates to identify strategies for staying in attainment with the NAAQS.

    Input Requested: EPA is requesting comments on its draft impact projections and supporting documentation, including:

    • Background and Methodology Document - explains EPA’s approach to projecting the impacts of “on the books” EE/RE policies that are not explicitly reflected in the EIA’s AEO 2013 electricity projections.
    • Embedded Methodology Document - provides detail on EPA’s approach to identifying the fraction of total annual energy savings from state EE policies already embedded in AEO 2013.
    • Annual Energy Savings and Generation Estimates - provides EPA’s numeric estimates of the policy impacts not explicitly accounted for in AEO 2013 forecast, as determined by applying the previous two documents to the current EE/RE policy landscape in the United States.

    Key Questions: EPA encourages state representatives and other interested parties to submit comment on the draft resources described above. The following questions are provided to help guide your review:

    • Is EPA’s description of EE/RE policies currently “on the books” in your state accurate, and are the energy impact projections reasonable? If not, what changes are needed?
    • Is EPA’s overall approach to projecting energy and peak demand impacts from state EE/RE policies analytically sound and consistent with industry practice? Why or why not?
    • Are there uncertainties, issues, or limitations related to estimating EE/RE impacts that are not identified and addressed in this analysis? If so, what are they?
    • Are the EE/RE projections presented in a clear and understandable way, given that the key audiences include both air and energy regulators? If not, what changes are needed?
    • Do you have suggestions for modifying or improving the ways that EPA makes its impact projections available for download, analysis, and manipulation by the states?

    Learn more.

    Questions? Contact EPA by email.

    EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program logoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.
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    02/24/2014

    DOE Tribal Energy Program

    Register to Attend the Tribal Strategic Energy Planning Webinar on February 26

    The Tribal Energy Program, in partnership with the DOE Office of Indian Energy and Western Area Power Administration, will present the next Tribal Renewable Energy Series webinar, Strategic Energy Planning, on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern time. Attendees will learn about developing a strategic energy plan using key aspects of successful energy planning and available information and resources, as well as how the plan enables a tribe to mobilize long-term support that extends beyond changing political administrations, helps address barriers to energy development, and engages stakeholders from all segments of the community.

    Attendees will have an opportunity to ask the presenters questions during a brief Q&A session at the end of the webinar.

    There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Register for the webinar.

    For a complete list of the 2014 Tribal Renewable Energy Series of webinars and to register, visit our website.

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

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


    02/20/2014

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    Learn about policies and practices being used by school districts across the country to ensure a healthy and safe learning environment
    CDC School Health Policies and Practices Study Results in School Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Management 
    Register Now for the Mold and Moisture Contol in  Schools webinar
    February 27, 2014, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST.
    Join us to hear results from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS). SHPPS is a national survey periodically conducted to assess school health policies and practices at the state, district, school and classroom levels.
    Attend this webinar to:

    • Understandthe key findings from the 2012 study, the fourth in a series, which presents data on school health policies and practices at the state and district level, including a significant increase in the number of schools with IAQ management programs in place, since 2006.
    • Hear about the progress districts have made in implementing IAQ management programs and other initiatives, and how the vast majority of these districts (more than 82 percent) used EPA's IAQ Tools for Schools guidance to direct their efforts.
    • Gather statistics that could help you in communicating the value and importance of IAQ management and continued IAQ training opportunities to your school community and key decision-makers.
    • Learn about the most common IAQ initiatives nationwide, and areas in which work remains to be done, including pest management, ventilation standards and smoke-free environments.
    • Get information on state initiatives and other potential funding, training and technical assistance opportunities that can help you start, expand or maintain successful IAQ management programs today.

    Speaker:

    • Sherry Everett Jones, PhD, MPH, JD,U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Facilitator:

    • Brenda Doroski,U.S. EPA, Indoor Environments Division. 

    Take advantage of the opportunity to have your specific questions and interests addressed during the webinar. Send your questions to IAQTfSConnector@cadmusgroup.com by February 24, 2014.
    Register today! https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/361152842
    Spread the word! Forward this email to a colleague.
    Please note: This webinar will last approximately 60 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 a comprehensive resource 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.


    02/19/2014

    Federal Grant Opportunities

    EPA
    Environmental Protection Agency
    Fiscal Year 2014 Pollution Prevention Grant Program Modification 1
    http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=250337

    USDA
    Department of Agriculture
    Natural Resources Conservation Service
    USDA-NRCS-NHQ-14-01
    Grant
    http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=250998

    DOI
    Department of the Interior
    National Park Service
    Tribal Heritage Grants
    Grant
    http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=251013

     

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    EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

    AVERT logoEPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program has launched a new tool that estimates the emissions benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and programs. The AVoided Emissions and geneRation Tool (AVERT) is a free tool with a simple user interface designed to meet the needs of state air quality planners and other interested users. Non-experts can easily use AVERT to evaluate county-level reductions of electric power plant emissions due to energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy (RE) policies and programs.
    State air quality planners, energy office staff, public utility commission staff, and other organizations interested in knowing the emission benefits of EE/RE policies and programs can use AVERT to:

    • Quantify the nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (S02), and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions benefits of state and multi-state EE/RE policies and programs.
    • Examine the regional, state, and county level emission impacts of different EE/RE programs based on temporal energy savings and hourly generation profiles.
    • Include AVERT-calculated emission impacts of EE/RE policies and programs in air quality modeling and Clean Air Act plans used to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, with the concurrence of the appropriate EPA regional office.
    • Compare the emissions impacts of different types of EE/RE programs, such as the emissions impacts of wind installations versus solar installations.
    • Understand the emissions impacts of different EE/RE policies and programs during high electricity demand days.
    • Analyze the emissions benefits of EE/RE programs implemented in multiple states within an AVERT region.
    • Share information about location-specific emissions benefits in easy-to-interpret tables and maps.

    Learn more.

    EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program logoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.
    To subscribe to or unsubscribe from this newsletter, go to the Newsletters page.
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    EJ in Action Blog: Looking Back on 20 Years of Working toward Environmental Justice

    Check out our latest blog post, Evolving Visions of Environmental Justice: An EJ Pioneer's Reflections on Executive Order 12898 after Twenty Years, by Charles Lee of the EPA's Office of Environmental Justice. Mr. Lee writes about the 20th anniversary of EO 12898, which established the Office of Environmental Justice and helped to amplify much of the community activism that lead to its signing by President Bill Clinton on February 11, 1994.

    Also, check out our 20th Anniversary Video Series, which features federal and local government officials, non-profit leaders and students who share stories about their lessons learned over time working on environmental and climate justice.
    Be sure to add your e-mail address 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. Thank you for helping up spread the word!

    Link: http://blog.epa.gov/ej/2014/02/evolving-visions-of-ej/

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    Embracing Environmental Justice: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of E.O. 12898

    By Administrator Gina McCarthy EPA’s mission to protect public health and the environment is driven by a fundamental belief that regardless of who you are or where you come from, we all have a right to clean air to breathe, safe water to drink, and healthy land to call our home. At the heart of of that belief is our unwavering pursuit of environmental justice for minority, low-income, and tribal communities that have been long overburdened by environmental threats.

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    Save the Date!

    2014 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality

    May 13-15, 2014
    Pre-conference Sessions Available May 12
    Hosted by: Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

     

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    How is the Nation Faring on Indoor Air Quality in Schools?
    Results from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2012 School Health Policies and Practices Study 
    Register Now for the Mold and Moisture Contol in  Schools webinar
    Thursday, February 27, 2014, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST.
    Join us to hear results from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS). SHPPS is a national survey periodically conducted to assess school health policies and practices at the state, district, school and classroom levels.
    This webinar will cover the successes our nation's schools have had in protecting children and the broader school community against the harmful impacts of poor indoor air quality (IAQ), the work that remains to be done, and key opportunities for starting or expanding your school or district's IAQ management program. This webinar will also highlight how EPA's IAQ Tools for Schoolsguidance has played a pivotal role in helping the majority of schools establish IAQ management programs, and the critical importance of ongoing education, training and communication in starting, expanding and maintaining successful IAQ management efforts.
    Speaker:

    • Sherry Everett Jones, PhD, MPH, JD , U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sherry Everett Jones has been a Health Scientist in the Division of Adolescent and School Health at the CDC since 1996. She has authored nearly 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and CDC reports. Dr. Jones's primary areas of interest are the use of school-based research to measure adolescent risk behaviors and evaluate health-promoting school policies and practices, the influence of school and community design on health and academic achievement, and the role of law in promoting the public's health.

    Facilitator:

    • Brenda Doroski, U.S. EPA Headquarters, Indoor Environments Division.Brenda Doroski is the Director of the Center for Asthma and Schools in EPA's Office of Radiation and Indoor Air, Indoor Environments Division. She currently leads EPA's asthma, schools and international cookstoves programs to improve health, livelihood and quality of life by reducing exposure to indoor air pollution.

    Take advantage of the opportunity to have your specific questions and interests addressed during the webinar. Send your questions to IAQTfSConnector@cadmusgroup.com by February 24, 2014.
    Register today! https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/361152842
    Spread the word! Forward this email to a colleague.
    Please note: This webinar will last approximately 60 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.
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    Questions?
    If you have any questions about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance, please contact the IAQ Tools for Schools Connector Coordinator at IAQTfSConnector@cadmusgroup.com.

    The IAQ Tools for Schools guidance is a comprehensive resource 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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    Dear School IEQ Champion,
    Join your peers at the Healthy Schools – Healthy Children Conference on March 6, 2014, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This FREE, one-day training will focus on how school district personnel can take simple, low-cost steps to advance comprehensive indoor air quality (IAQ) management in schools while saving money, improving health, and decreasing student and staff absenteeism. 


    When: March 6, 2014, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET.

    Where: School District of Philadelphia Education Center
                   440 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130

    Cost: FREE!
    Register Now for the Mold and Moisture Contol in  Schools webinar

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    Attend this training to:

    • Identify basic strategies and tools needed to develop a comprehensive IAQ management program.
    • Learn from experts on environmental health and school facility management.
    • Network with peers who are successfully addressing IAQ in schools.
    • Prepare IAQ management plans and identify strategies for sustaining momentum to create green and healthy schools in your district.

    This conference will be hosted by EPA Region 3, EPA Headquarters Office, the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic and the School District of Philadelphia. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from experts committed to improving the health of indoor environments in schools. Register today!
    Spread the word! Please forward this email to a friend.
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    Showcasing the Importance of Proactive IAQ Management –
    Join EPA at the Green Schools National Conference


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    GSNC 2014 Sessions Presented by SHIELD Network Members:


    Healthy Facilities: Spurring Action with an Innovative National Partnership Model
    Claire Burnett, Healthy Schools Network
    Dan Tracy Enger, U.S. EPA
    Dave Hill, Blue Valley Schools District

    Healthy Environments + Healthy Children = Success: How School Nurses Help the Cause
    Shelly Rosenblum, U.S. EPA
    Shirley Schantz, National Association of School Nurses
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    It's not Green, if it's not Healthy!
    Kenny Foscue, CT Department of Public Health
    Dr. Richard Shaughnessy, Unversity of Tulsa
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    Keeping Kids Healthy in the Classroom and Keeping Bugs Out
    Sherry Glick, U.S. EPA

    Think Global/Act Local: Tailoring the 21st Century Classroom
    Bill Orr, Collaborative for High Performance Schools
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    Whole District/School Sustainability: Leadership Matters!
    Anisa Baldwin Metzger, USGBC Center for Green Schools

    The EPA Indoor Environments Division and other EPA Offices will be presenting at the 4th annual Green Schools National Conference to be held on March 27 – 29, 2014, in Sacramento, California. The conference unites advocates, educators and health experts from across the country to discuss best practices for improving the nation's schools. 

    At the conference, EPA will promote the importance of proactive management of the indoor environment as an essential component of a green school. EPA's breakout session will showcase how the School Health and Indoor Environments Leadership Development (SHIELD) model can be used to foster the partnerships and leadership networks necessary to sustain successful indoor air quality (IAQ) management programs and promote healthy school facilities. If you plan on being at the conference, be sure to attend this session to learn how to create meaningful partnerships that will lead to direct, quantifiable results for school communities, facilities and academic programs.

    In addition, SHIELD Network members will be presenting sessions to share best practices, case studies and lessons learned in creating and sustaining healthy and green school environments. Check out the listing of sessions in the box to the right. Last year's conference attracted over 1,200 participants. View resources from past conferences to better understand the scope of this national event. Register for the conference today!

     


    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.
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    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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    Webinar on February 26: Strategic Energy Planning
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    In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs and Western Area Power Administration (Western), the DOE Tribal Energy Program is sponsoring the Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series. The series is intended for tribal leaders and staff who are interested in developing facility- and community-scale energy projects, responding to utilities' requests for proposals, and learning more about the competitive power market.

    The next webinar in the series is titled “Strategic Energy Planning” and will be held on February 26, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MST. There is no charge to participate in the webinar, but registration is required.

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

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    Funding Opportunities and Grant Writing Assistance Related to Tribal Energy Development

    Agriculture Energies is accepting applications from minority farm or ranch owners in Arizona for grant writing assistance. In addition, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are accepting applications for loan guarantee and funding opportunities. These opportunities may be able to be used to support tribal energy development-related initiatives. The titles of the opportunities and application deadlines are provided below.

    - Agriculture and Energy Grant Assistance Program (first come, first served until July 31, 2014)
    - DOE Solicitation for Advanced Fossil Energy Projects (February 28, 2014)
    - USDA Conservation Innovation Grants (March 7, 2014)

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

     

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    February 2014 – Upcoming Webinars; Nearly $105 Million in Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

    February 12, 2014 

    The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following upcoming events that may be of interest to tribes, along with funding opportunities available to state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Economic Development Administration (EDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Federal Transit Administration, and Georgetown University. 
     


    Upcoming Events 

    USDA Climate Hubs Webinar – February 14, 2014, 2-3 p.m. Eastern Time

    This webinar will explain the purpose, structure, and background of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Regional Climate Hubs, which were announced by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on February 5, 2014.
    Seven Regional Hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change were established to build on the capacity within USDA to deliver science-based knowledge and practical information to farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners to support decision-making related to climate change across the country. The hubs will address increasing risks such as fires, invasive pests, devastating floods, and crippling droughts on a regional basis.
    Webinar Presenters:

    • Butch Blazer, Deputy Under Secretary, Natural Resources and Environment
    • Randy Johnson, National Hubs Leader
    • William Hohenstein, Director, Climate Change Program Office

    Read the news release about the USDA Climate Hubs.
    Register for this webinar.

    Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Strategic Energy Planning – February 26, 2014, 1- 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time

    The Tribal Energy Program, in partnership with the DOE Office of Indian Energy and the Western Area Power Administration, will present the next Tribal Renewable Energy Series webinar, Strategic Energy Planning, on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern time. Attendees will learn about developing a strategic energy plan using key aspects of successful energy planning and available information and resources, as well as how the plan enables a Tribe to mobilize long-term support that extends beyond changing political administrations, helps address barriers to energy development, and engages stakeholders from all segments of the community. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask the presenters questions during a brief Q&A session at the end of the webinar.
    There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Register for the webinar.

    Funding Opportunities 

    The following funding opportunities can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including energy efficiency, pollution prevention, and sustainable water infrastructure. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.
    Note that the Tribal Energy Program has added a new feature on its website highlighting hundreds of millions of dollars in funding opportunities available to tribes at a glance. Be sure to check the Tribal Energy Program's new funding opportunities list frequently for the most complete and up-to-date listing of funding opportunities available to state, local, and tribal governments.
    In addition, please visit the calendar of EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to tribal communities.

    DOE Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Incubator Technologies (BENEFIT) – $14 Million

    Concept Papers Due: March 6, 2014
    Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, for-profit entities, educational institutions, and nonprofits

    The Emerging Technologies Program of DOE’s Building Technologies Office enables cost‐effective, energy‐efficient technologies to be developed and introduced into the marketplace. Awards will be issued in the following areas: Open Topic for Energy Efficiency Solutions for Residential and Commercial Buildings, Innovative Sensors & Sensor Systems, Advanced Energy‐Efficient Clothes Dryers, and Highly Insulating Building Envelope Components.
     
    For more information, read the funding opportunity description.

    DOE Vehicle Technologies Program – $51.4 Million

    Applications Due: April 1, 2014
    Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes public institutions of higher education and hospitals), and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes private institutions of higher education and hospitals) located in the United States and U.S. territories or possessions

    DOE's Vehicle Technologies Office supports a broad research, development, and deployment technology portfolio focused on reducing the cost and improving the performance of a mix of near- and long-term vehicle technologies. Specifically, activities are aimed at improving vehicle technologies such as electric vehicles, powertrains, fuel, tires, and auxiliary systems. This funding opportunity announcement contains a total of 14 areas of interest in the general areas of advanced light-weighting; advanced battery development; power electronics; advanced heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems; and fuels and lubricants.
     
    For more information, read the funding opportunity synopsis.

    EDA Economic Development Assistance Programs Federal Funding Opportunity –Total Funding Available TBD

    Applications Due: Varies by program year; next due date is March 14, 2014
    Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, nonprofits, institutions of higher education

    Under the Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP) federal funding opportunity 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. EDA is soliciting 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, see the funding opportunity synopsis.

    EPA National Center for Sustainable Water Infrastructure Modeling Research – $4 Million

    Applications Due: March 10, 2014
    Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes public institutions of higher education and hospitals), and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes private institutions of higher education and hospitals) located in the United States and U.S. territories or possessions

    EPA, as part of its Science to Achieve Results program, is seeking applications proposing the creation of a National Center for Sustainable Water Infrastructure Modeling Research. The intent of the center should be to facilitate technology transfer of open source water infrastructure models and share green infrastructure tools and research advancements with local communities and stakeholders. The objective of the award is to establish a center that coordinates the following three components to the advancement of sustainable water models and model research:

    • Novel Research that engages sustainable water infrastructure models, including those that provide solutions to impacts to water from climate change and extreme events
    • Community Support and Outreach that fosters a global community of sustainable water infrastructure modelers, model users, and stakeholders
    • Model and Code Development that supports freely available software models of sustainable stormwater, wastewater, and water supply systems.

    For more information, see the funding opportunity synopsis.

    EPA Pollution Prevention Grant Program – $4.1 Million

    Applications Due: March 20, 2014
    Eligible Entities: State governments, federally recognized tribes and intertribal consortia, colleges and universities (recognized as instrumentalities of the state)

    The intent of EPA’s Pollution Prevention (P2) Grant Program is to assist state and tribal governments in encouraging businesses to adopt environmental strategies and solutions that significantly reduce or eliminate waste or pollution from air, water, and/or land. Examples of P2/source reduction projects include, but are not limited to, delivering technical assistance and education related to greenhouse gas emission reduction and providing technical assistance on source reduction to manufacturers or small businesses. Get additional information on allowable P2 grant projects and summaries of awarded P2 grants.
    For more information, see the funding opportunity synopsis.

    EPA Source Reduction Assistance Program – $1.3 Million

    Applications Due: March 11, 2014
    Eligible Entities: State, local, city, or township governments; federally recognized tribes; the U.S. Virgin Islands; the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; any territory or possession of the United States; independent school district governments; state-controlled institutions of higher education; nonprofit organizations (other than institutions of higher education); private institutions of higher education; and community-based grassroots organizations

    The Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) Grant Program will support pollution prevention (P2)/source reduction and/or resource conservation projects. Successful work plans will be those that present innovative project tools; forge partnerships that engage and educate communities about P2 practices; or augment existing P2 practices by taking a business, community, or locality into a new and resourceful direction to benefit human health and the environment. Demonstrations of P2 practices must involve new or experimental technologies, methods, or approaches, where the results of the project will be disseminated so that others can benefit from the knowledge gained in the demonstration project. Projects awarded in the past include assessments and trainings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency. Read summaries of FY 2012 SRA grants.
    For more information, see the funding opportunity synopsis.

    FTA Low- or No-Emission Vehicle Deployment Program – $24.9 Million

    Applications Due: March 10, 2014
    Eligible Entities: An eligible area is designated as a nonattainment area or a maintenance area for ozone or carbon monoxide as defined under the Clean Air Act.

    FTA announces the availability of $24.9 million for the deployment of low- or no-emission transit buses. The main purpose of the program is to deploy the cleanest and most energy-efficient U.S.-made transit buses that have been largely proven in testing and demonstrations but are not yet widely deployed in transit fleets. The program provides funding for transit agencies for capital acquisitions and leases of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities such as recharging, refueling, and maintenance facilities. Of that total funding, $21.6 million is available for buses and $3.3 million is available for supporting facilities and related equipment. 
    For more information, see the grant opportunity synopsis.

    Georgetown University Energy Prize – $5 Million  

    Letters of Intent Due: February 28, 2014
    Eligible Entities: For this competition, a “community” is defined geographically by the limits of a municipality—a town, city, or county that has corporate status and local government. All small-to-medium municipalities in the United States with populations between 5,000 and 250,000 are eligible to apply.
     
    The Georgetown University Energy Prize is a competition in which communities will be challenged to work together with their local governments and utilities in order to develop and begin implementing plans for innovative, replicable, scalable, and continual reductions in the per capita energy consumed from local natural gas and electric utilities. Participating communities will be asked to develop a long-term energy efficiency plan and to demonstrate initial effectiveness and sustainability over a two-year period. Participating communities will benefit from access to various resources and the winning community will receive $5 million, which will help to support their continuing community-based energy efficiency efforts. Interested communities are encouraged to submit a nonbinding letter of intent as soon as possible. For more information, visit the energy prize website.
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    EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

    Nearly $105 million in funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy (DOE), and Georgetown University that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including energy efficiency, pollution prevention, and sustainable water infrastructure. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.
    In addition, please visit the calendar of 2014 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.
    Georgetown University Energy Prize – $5 million

    • Letters of Intent Due: February 2014
    • Eligible Entities: For this competition, a “community” is defined geographically by the limits of a municipality: a town, city, or county that has corporate status and local government. All small to medium municipalities in the United States with populations between 5,000 and 250,000 are eligible to apply.

    The Georgetown University Energy Prize is a competition in which communities will be challenged to work together with their local governments and utilities in order to develop and begin implementing plans for innovative, replicable, scalable, and continual reductions in the per capita energy consumed from local natural gas and electric utilities. Participating communities will be asked to develop a long-term energy efficiency plan and to demonstrate initial effectiveness and sustainability over a two-year period. Participating communities will benefit from access to various resources and the winning community will receive $5 million, which will help to support their continuing community-based energy efficiency efforts. Interested communities are encouraged to submit a non-binding letter of intent as soon as possible.
    For more information, visit the energy prize website.
    DOE Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Incubator Technologies (BENEFIT) – $14 million

    • Concept Papers due: March 6, 2014
    • Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally-recognized tribes, for‐profit entities, educational institutions, and nonprofits

    The Emerging Technologies Program of DOE’s Building Technologies Office enables cost‐effective, energy‐efficient technologies to be developed and introduced into the marketplace. Awards will be issued in the following areas: Open Topic for Energy Efficiency Solutions for Residential and Commercial Buildings, Innovative Sensors & Sensor Systems, Advanced Energy‐Efficient Clothes Dryers, and Highly Insulating Building Envelope Components.
    For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.
    FTA Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program – $24.9 million

    • Application Due: March 10, 2014
    • Eligible Entities: An Eligible Area is designated as a nonattainment area or a maintenance area for ozone or carbon monoxide as defined under the Clean Air Act.

    FTA announces the availability of $24.9 million for the deployment of low- or no-emission transit buses. The main purpose of the program is to deploy the cleanest and most energy efficient U.S.-made transit buses that have been largely proven in testing and demonstrations but are not yet widely deployed in transit fleets. The program provides funding for transit agencies for capital acquisitions and leases of zero- and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities such as recharging, refueling, and maintenance facilities. Of that total funding, $21.6 million is available for buses and $3.3 million is available for supporting facilities and related equipment.
    For more information, visit the grant opportunity synopsis.
    EPA National Center for Sustainable Water Infrastructure Modeling Research – $4 million

    • Application Due: March 10, 2014
    • Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes public institutions of higher education and hospitals), and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes private institutions of higher education and hospitals) located in the United States and U.S. territories or possessions.

    EPA, as part of its Science to Achieve Results program, is seeking applications proposing the creation of a National Center for Sustainable Water Infrastructure Modeling Research. The center should intend to facilitate technology transfer of open source water infrastructure models and share green infrastructure tools and research advancements with local communities and stakeholders. The objective of the award is to establish a center that coordinates the following three components to the advancement of sustainable water models and model research:

    • Novel Research that engages sustainable water infrastructure models, including those that provide solutions to impacts to water from climate change and extreme events;
    • Community Support and Outreach that fosters a global community of sustainable water infrastructure modelers, model users, and stakeholders; and
    • Model and Code Development that supports freely available software models of sustainable stormwater, wastewater, and water supply systems. 

    For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.
    EPA Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) Grant Program – $1.029 million

    • Application Due: March 11, 2014
    • Eligible Entities: State, local, city or township governments, federally recognized tribes, the United States Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, any territory or possession of the United States, independent school district governments, state controlled institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations (other than institutions of higher education), private institutions of higher education, community-based grassroots organizations.

    The Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) Grant Program will support pollution prevention (P2)/source reduction and/or resource conservation projects. Successful work plans will be those that present innovative project tools; forge partnerships that engage and educate communities about P2 practices; or augment existing P2 practices by taking a business, community, or locality into a new and resourceful direction to benefit human health and the environment. Demonstrations of P2 practices must involve new or experimental technologies, methods, or approaches, where the results of the project will be disseminated so that others can benefit from the knowledge gained in the demonstration project. Projects awarded in the past include assessments and trainings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency. Click here for summaries of FY 2012 SRA grants.                                                                                                                                                            
    For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.
    EDA Economic Development Assistance Programs Federal Funding Opportunity – Total funding available TBD

    • Application Due: Varies by program year; next due date is March 14, 2014
    • Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, non-profits, institutions of higher education.

    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. EDA is soliciting 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, see the opportunity synopsis.
    EPA Pollution Prevention Grant Program – $4.1 million

    • Application Due: March 20, 2014
    • Eligible Entities: State governments, federally recognized tribes and intertribal consortia, colleges and universities (recognized as instrumentalities of the state).

    The intent of EPA’s Pollution Prevention (P2) Grant Program is to assist state and tribal governments in encouraging businesses to adopt environmental strategies and solutions that significantly reduce or eliminate waste or pollution from air, water, and/or land. Examples of P2/source reduction projects include, but are not limited to, delivering technical assistance and education related to greenhouse gas emission reduction and providing technical assistance on source reduction to manufacturers or small businesses. Click here for additional information on allowable P2 grant projects and here for summaries of awarded P2 grants.
    For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.                                
    DOE Vehicle Technologies Program – $51.4 million

    • Application Due: April 1, 2014
    • Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes public institutions of higher education and hospitals) and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes private institutions of higher education and hospitals) located in the United States and U.S. territories or possessions.

    DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office supports a broad research, development, and deployment technology portfolio focused on reducing the cost and improving the performance of a mix of near- and long-term vehicle technologies. Specifically, activities are aimed at improving vehicle technologies such as electric vehicles, powertrains, fuel, tires, and auxiliary systems. This Funding Opportunity Announcement contains a total of 14 areas of interest in the general areas of advanced light-weighting; advanced battery development; power electronics; advanced heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems; and fuels and lubricants.
    For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.              

    EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program logoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.
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    02/06/2014

    Clean Air Act Rulemaking and Permitting Training

    EPA's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards will host the "Clean Air Act Rulemaking and Permitting Training" in Research Triangle Park on March 18-20, 2014. This training will provide an opportunity for participants to better understand the Clear Air Act, the benefits of early and meaningful public involvement, and to learn how existing training materials can help communities effectively participate in EPA's rulemaking and air permitting process.

    Target Audience: Environmental Justice Communities
    Registration Fee: None

    Due to limited seating, registration is on a first-come, firs-serve basis.
    Register at: http://www.epaejtraining.org/OAQPS/

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    To All State, Local and Tribal Agencies:
    Hello Everyone! The 2014 Air Quality Awareness Week (AQAW) will be Monday, April 28 - Friday, May 2.  We are happy to announce the theme for 2014 will be:  What's Your Air Quality IQ?  Look for daily trivia questions on our AirNow Facebook and Twitter pages to test your knowledge during AQAW!

    We are pleased to announce that we will continue to work with NOAA to issue Public Information Statements that will be available to your local National Weather Service Forecast office to use if they choose.  We look forward to collaborating with them as we continue to promote a healthier and cleaner environment.
     
    Hopefully, many of you have already begun to plan events for your community and we invite you to share those plans with us.  We would be delighted to highlight your events during AQAW, by posting information and pictures on the AQAW web site, AirNow Facebook and Twitter pages.  Here are a few suggestions you and your office might consider for AQAW:

    Cycle Sunday:  Ride your bicycle to places you would normally drive your car.  Get some fresh air and save some gas.

    Alternative Mode Monday:  Use alternate modes of transportation.  Consider riding by light rail, bus or vanpool.

    Ride Together Tuesday:  Carpool to as many locations as possible.  Riding together decreases the amount of dust and emissions in the air.

    Walk Somewhere Wednesday:  Walk to nearby locations instead of driving.  Increasing the number of steps you take will improve your health.

    No Drive-Thru Thursday:  Avoid the drive-thru and go inside to order your food, coffee or prescriptions.  You'll reduce exhaust emissions from your idling car.

    Fuel After Dark Friday:  Hot temperatures and gasoline fumes create ground-level ozone.  Refueling your vehicle later in the evening reduces air pollution.

    Sweep It Up Saturday:  Sweep your driveway, patio, or deck, instead of using a leaf blower.  And what about using a rake in the yard?  Get some exercise and breathe in fresh air while you burn a few calories.

    We have updated the daily messages on the AQAW web and we encourage you to share them with your local media, particularly meteorologists.  Access to the AQAW Event Planning Kit, which contains information on working with the media and the public to create a successful awareness event, can be downloaded at this web site:  http://www.epa.gov/airnow/airaware/resources.html.   

    During AQAW week, please consider visiting us on Facebook to post a comment about the AQI in your area (i.e. Today's air quality index is good here today in Durham, NC, so I think I'll do some gardening). You could also consider sending out a press release or news pegs during the week to highlight your program. 

    If you have any comments or events and pictures you would like posted, please send them to Debra Lee:  lee.debra@epa.gov.  If you have any questions, please give her a call at: (919) 541-0860.

    We look forward to working with all of you on another successful Air Quality Awareness Week!

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    EPA has released a new climate and energy strategy guide for local governments, titled Green Power Procurement: A Guide to Developing and Implementing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs (pdf).
    Green power is a subset of renewable energy produced with no greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, typically from solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, biomass, or low-impact hydroelectric sources. By substituting green power for conventional electricity, which is produced primarily by combusting fossil fuels and accounts for nearly 33 percent of total U.S. energy-related GHG emissions, local governments and their communities can achieve significant energy, environmental, and economic benefits.
    This guide provides comprehensive information for local government staff and policy makers on how to implement these GHG reduction strategies, including:

    • Products/technologies and their applications
    • Environmental, energy, and economic benefits
    • Steps for designing procurement plans/installations
    • Key stakeholders to engage
    • Policy mechanisms for initiating programs
    • Implementation strategies for success
    • Costs and funding opportunities

    Key features of the guide include:

    • Case studies and examples from communities across the United States
    • Links to technical resources, analytical tools, and sources of funding

    This guide is part of EPA’s 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 environmental, economic, social, and human health benefits. 

    EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program logoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.
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    Electronic Reporting for Sources Complying with the Area Source Boiler Rule Videos

    The US EPA is pleased to announce the availability of 2 new videos explaining Electronic Reporting for sources complying with the area source boiler rule. 

    These videos will hopefully help sources understand how to register to use EPA’s Compliance and Emissions Data Reporting Interface (CEDRI) through EPA’s Central Data Exchange.  To go directly to the video for Registering with CEDRI go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIRrMxrcTzE

    For a video that takes you through the process of submitting a Notification of Compliance Status specifically for the area source boiler rule go here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-fCRb8wKGs

    We hope these videos will help area source boiler owners and operators comply with electronic reporting requirements of the rule.  If you have any questions on the rule itself contact Mary Johnson at 919-541-5025 or Jim Eddinger at 919-541-5426. 


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    Emissions Testing and Polymers and Resins Group IV

    Last week the EPA Administrator signed 2 separate but related rules.  The final Polymers and Resins Group IV Risk and Technology Review Rule and a final update to Emissions Test Methods which contains methodologies referenced in the Risk and Technology Review Rule.  This information has also be shared with ECOS, NACAA, and AAPCA.

    The Final Test Methods rule will be posted on the web at:  http://www.epa.gov/ttn/emc/approalt.html

    The Polymers & Resins IV rule will be posted at:  http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/pr4/pr4pg.html

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    DOE Tribal Energy Program Review (March 24-27 in Golden, CO)

    The 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 Program Review enables tribes to meet and learn from other tribes that are pursuing energy sufficiency through efficiency and/or renewable energy projects. Participants will also be given an overview of the Tribal Energy Program and learn about their internship program.

    The Tribal Energy Program Review will be held from March 24-27, 2014, at the Denver Marriott West in Golden, Colorado. There is no cost to attend the Program Review, but participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals, and travel costs. For more information and to register, visit the TEEIC Web site at http://teeic.anl.gov/news/

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

    EPA Webcasts

    • February 6, 2:00-3:00 PM (EST) – Improving Building Performance: CHP’s Role in Public and Private Real Estate Development
    • February 12, 1:00-2:00 pm (EST) – Smart Roofs: Portfolio-Based Roof Asset and Energy Management

    ENERGY STAR Webcasts

    • February 18, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – Get Ready for the 2014 EPA National Building Competition
    • February 18, 2:30-4:00 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager 101
    • February 19, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager 201
    • February 20, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic: Campuses
    • February 20, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) – ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems

    DOE Webcasts

    • February 4, 3:00-4:00 PM (EST) – Real-Time Energy Management: Improving Energy Efficiency Every 15 Minutes
    • February 26, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (MST) – DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Strategic Energy Planning

    NACo Webcasts

    • February 27, 2:00-3:15 PM (EST) – Green Technology: How Tech Enables Counties to Invest in Renewables

    EPA Webcasts 

    February 6, 2:00-3:00 PM (EST) – Improving Building Performance: CHP’s Role in Public and Private Real Estate Development
    In this webinar sponsored by EPA’s Combined Heat and Power Partnership, learn how the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are promoting CHP in funding multifamily housing and other facilities. HUD is using the Guide to Using CHP for Enhancing Reliability and Resiliency in Buildings and other mechanisms to promote CHP, including to recipients of Community Development Block Grants in the response to Hurricane Sandy.
    Register here
    February 12, 2014, 1:00-2:00 pm (EST) – Smart Roofs: Portfolio-Based Roof Asset and Energy Management
    The way you manage your roofs can have a big impact on your energy consumption and carbon footprint, and position you as a community leader. This webinar, sponsored by EPA’s Green Power Partnership, will demonstrate, through a case study in our nation’s capital, how you can turn your roofs from a liability into a sustainable asset. The Washington, DC, Department of General Services is successfully integrating roof asset and energy management to reduce its energy use by 20 percent across its entire municipal portfolio, including schools, police and fire facilities, and parks and recreation buildings. The municipality includes 435 buildings with more than 40 million square feet.
    Participants will learn about how to implement the following Smart Roof Objectives:

    • Conserving Energy: Insulating, air-barrier, and daylighting
    • Reducing Runoff: Collecting, retaining, and re-using rainwater
    • Reflecting Heat: Reducing temperatures across the city
    • Collecting Solar Energy: Producing electricity and hot water
    • Managing Carbon: Tracking and reducing carbon footprints
    • Leading: Identifying and demonstrating best practices

    Speakers include:

    • Blaine Collison, Program Director, U.S. EPA's Green Power Partnership
    • Sam Brooks, Associate Director, D.C. Department of General Services, Energy & Sustainability Division
    • Paul Lanning, Vice President, BLUEFIN, LLC, a national roof management company.

    Register here

    ENERGY STAR Webcasts

    February 18, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – Get Ready for the 2014 EPA National Building Competition
    EPA is announcing the 2014 EPA National Building Competition! Come to learn about this year’s competition, what it entails, how you can enter, and what kind of EPA recognition you can earn. This webinar is appropriate for every ENERGY STAR commercial buildings stakeholder.
    Register here
    February 18, 2:30-4:00 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager 101
    Join ENERGY STAR as it introduces and demonstrates the core functionality of EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Attendees will learn how to: navigate the new Portfolio Manager; add a property and enter details about it; enter energy and water consumption data; share properties; generate performance reports to assess progress; and respond to data requests.
    Register here
    February 19, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager 201
    Continue to learn about EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as managing and tracking changes to your property uses over time, using spreadsheet templates to update property data, setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties, generating and using custom reports, and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.
    Register here
    February 20, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic: Campuses
    Portfolio Manager "Office Hours" is a live webinar that gives all users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA in an open forum. In 2014, Office Hours will be held once a month. We will plan to spend the first 20-30 minutes of each session discussing a specific focus topic. The remaining hour will be used to answer any questions you have about Portfolio Manager (not limited to the focus topic).

    In February, the focus topic will be benchmarking campuses. We will provide an overview of basic features that have been designed to help you benchmark a campus (parent property) with multiple buildings (child properties). The campus feature offers a lot of flexibility, so we’ll talk about the different ways to can enter your data in order to meet your benchmarking objectives. We’ll enter data in a few different ways to illustrate these features. 

    If you would like to skip the Campus discussion, feel free to join the call at 1:30 for the Q&A portion.
    Register here
    February 20, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) – ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems
    During this session, attendees will learn how to use EPA tools and resources to help meet requirements for green building rating systems such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Green Globes system, and others.

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

    Register here

    DOE & NREL Webcasts

    February 4, 3:00-4:00 PM (EST) – Real-Time Energy Management: Improving Energy Efficiency Every 15 Minutes
    Organizations have traditionally relied on monthly utility bills to track whole-building energy use, and to benchmark against previous year’s use or against other buildings. Tracking energy use at a more granular level within buildings--by system or piece of equipment, with reporting every 15 minutes in some cases--can help building staff isolate energy use issues and correct them much more quickly. This session features Better Buildings Challenge partners that are employing real-time energy management to achieve their energy reduction goals. The Tower Companies describe their efforts working with a third party vendor that installed sensors throughout their commercial and residential buildings and acts as an “energy guardian angel,” alerting Tower of energy anomalies and proposed corrections. The City of Beaverton, Oregon, will present its pilot real-time energy monitoring program for city buildings. Best Buy will describe the successful deployment of a real-time energy management system across its retail building portfolio.
    Register here
    February 26, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (MST) - DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Strategic Energy Planning
    Attendees will learn about developing a strategic energy plan, identifying key aspects of successful energy planning, and using available information and resources. The available resources include archived webinars in the series from the DOE Office of Indian Energy Education Initiative. Attendees will learn how the plan (1) helps the tribe to mobilize the long-term support necessary for energy project development that extends beyond changing political administrations, (2) helps address barriers to energy development by providing a long-term view that prioritizes projects over not just years but several decades, and (3) engages stakeholders from all segments of the community to help the tribe pursue energy development projects in a thoughtful and strategic manner. If you cannot participate the day of the webinar a recording will be available
    Register here

    NACo Webcasts

    February 27, 2:00-3:15 PM (EST) – Green Technology: How Tech Enables Counties to Invest in Renewables
    Recent advancements in technology have spurred interest and growth across the nation in renewable energy. Technology is allowing counties to more efficiently develop renewable energy programs--from siting new wind energy facilities, to creating energy from once unused sources (including converting post-recycled solid waste into electricity), to ensuring reliable and secure transmission of energy via smart grids. By providing an easier path to renewable energy, technology is helping counties reduce energy costs and generate new economic activity, while meeting sustainability goals.
    Register here


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

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    01/31/2014

    Tribal Listening Sessions with White House Climate Task Force Listening Session

    Please join us for two listening sessions with Karen Diver, Chairwoman of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, and Reggie Joule, Mayor of the Northwest Arctic Borough, appointees to President Obama’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. The calls will focus on how the Federal Government can respond to communities that are dealing with the impacts of climate change.  

    To ensure a sufficient number of lines for these calls, please respond to IndianCountry@who.eop.gov by 1:00 pm EST on January 31st if you plan to join.  

    Conference call topics, times, and call-in information are below.

     

    Call 1: “Disaster Recover & Resilience” and “ Built Systems: Transportation, Water, Energy, and Other Infrastructure”

    Call Date/Time: Friday, January 31st, 2:00pm-3:00pm EST

    Disaster Recovery and Resilience. This call will discuss catastrophic and non-catastrophic hazards and the overall cycle of disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery, and how Federal, state, local and tribal policies impact decisions made. Participants should consider outcomes that build Federal, State, Local, and Tribal capacity to become resilient to current and future hazards and disasters and proactive planning and preparedness measures that incorporate resilience, as well as post-disaster recovery and rebuilding.

    Built Systems: Transportation, Water, Energy, and Other Infrastructure. This call will also discuss built systems, especially transportation, water, and energy. Participants should consider 1) all built systems, including interactions between systems and concerns about cascading failures between and among systems; 2) the interaction of built and natural systems, including the use of natural infrastructure to increase resilience; 3) what drives Federal, state, local and tribal decisions on infrastructure investment; and 4) whether Federal, state, local and tribal policies can/should work together to incentivize the private sector to incorporate climate resilience into their decisions.

    DIAL-IN NUMBER
    1 (866) 233-3842
    PASSCODE
    318211

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    Call 2: “Natural Resources and Agriculture” and “ Communities: Human Health and Community Development”

    Call Date/Time: Friday, January 31st, 4:00pm-5:00pm EST

    Natural Resources and Agriculture. This call will discuss water resources, agriculture, forests, ecosystems, biodiversity, and ecosystem services, as well as the impacts to human communities of changes in these systems. Participants should cover all aspects of natural resources and agriculture, especially the interactions and connectivity between these systems and among these systems and human communities and the built environment. Participants will discuss long-term strategies to protect and restore natural resources and systems and the ecosystem services they provide and to enhance overall resilience in the face of a changing climate.

    Communities: Human Health and Community Development. This call will also discuss social resilience and human health. Participants should address public health impacts of climate change, from both extreme events and slow onset changes. Participants should also consider impacts on vulnerable communities and populations and opportunities for building social resilience in communities of all types, sizes, and demographic makeups. We welcome suggestions on how multiple levels of government can work together to build social resilience at the local level and develop long-term strategies for resilient communities.

    DIAL-IN NUMBER
    1 (800) 260-0712
    PASSCODE
    318191

    Note: This call is off the record and not for press purposes.  Please dial in 5-10 minutes early to help avoid any delays in joining the call.

    Sincerely,

    Raina Thiele

    The White House
    Raina_D_Thiele@who.eop.gov

     


    01/30/2014

    Resources for Improving IAQ In Schools In Tribal Communities
    By Luke Gard

    Schools across the country, including those in tribal communities, are facing challenges associated with reduced funding, leading to deferred maintenance and cuts to custodial and maintenance staff. Many communities have been enduring financial hardships for a longer period of time, possibly leading to more numerous and/or severe indoor air quality issues in school facilities.

    One of the key populations facility managers and administrators need to be aware of are those with allergies and asthma, which together result in more missed school days than any other cause. Older furnishings, such as carpeting and upholstery, can act as reservoirs for allergens and other contaminants. In addition, teaching staff have a tendency to hold onto supplies, materials and other items, as there is uncertainty regarding budgets in upcoming years, which may lead to clutter in the classrooms.

    Remove animals from the classroom to prevent allergies. Prevent air handling vents from being blocked. Photo: Luke Gard

    A final result of diminished budgets may involve cuts to custodial and maintenance staff who care for and maintain the facilities. Teaching staff may bring in and use outside cleaning chemicals and products to supplement any perceived custodial shortcomings. Unfortunately, these chemicals brought in by staff may not be stored in locked cabinets or out of reach of young children, which may pose a significant safety hazard.

    The IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit can be adapted to address specific issues faced by schools across the country – including schools in urban, rural and tribal communities. The Kit includes easy to use checklists, best practices and reference guides to help schools start or improve an IAQ management program. To get started, check out these few, low-cost suggestions that may improve environmental conditions in school facilities:

    • Do not allow pets in the classroom as they could exacerbate student asthma or allergies.
    • Use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to manage pests.
      • Seal up gaps, cracks and other openings.
      • Eliminate harborage sites and food and water sources in and around the facility.
      • Use targeted baits, traps and gels (no spraying of pesticides).
    • Minimize carpeted and upholstered surfaces, which are allergen reservoirs.
    • Reduce or eliminate chemical products brought into the facility by staff.
    • Reduce or eliminate fragranced products brought into the facility by staff.
    • Ask staff to report any moisture issues immediately and resolve promptly to minimize/prevent mold growth.
    • Assess and document student allergies, asthma and other health conditions.

    One final recommendation would be to establish policies that support the schools' efforts to create the safest and healthiest learning environments possible. -Luke Gard Safe and Healthy School Program Manager for the Center for Environmental Health, Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics.

    Access Tribal Webinar Resources – Now Available Online

    On December 9, 2013, EPA hosted a webinar titled, Creating Healthy Indoor Environments in Tribal Communities: Best Practices from Tribal Programs. During this webinar EPA's IAQ Tools for Schools guidance was featured as a valuable resource in helping schools establish, expand and maintain IAQ management programs. In addition, this webinar highlighted success stories of two tribal environmental health professionals and how they work with schools in their communities to proactively manage IAQ. Johna Boulafentis, Environmental Outreach Specialist, Air Quality Program, with the Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho and Scott Weir, Air Quality Coordinator with the Kickapoo Environmental Office, Kansas, both provided important insight and effective strategies for working with tribal communities to establish and sustain healthy indoor environments in their facilities. Their dedication and creative problem-solving have resulted in effective communication with school stakeholders in tribal communities, buy-in from school personnel on the importance of addressing IAQ in school facilities, and the integration of teamwork to successfully maintain healthy indoor environments in these tribal communities.

    The slide deck, with the transcript and a comprehensive questions and answers document from this webinar are available on EPA's webinar resources page.

    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 a comprehensive resource 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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    In February and March, there are several conferences that may provide information relevant to tribal energy development. The conferences focus on a variety of topics including tribal renewable energy development, the environment, clean energy, and business development. The titles and dates of each conference are provided below.

    • Alaska Forum on the Environment (February 3-7, 2014)
    • 2014 Harvesting Clean Energy (February 4-6, 2014)
    • Tribal Energy Development in the Great Lakes (February 20-21, 2014)
    • National Reservation Economic Summit (RES) (March 17-20, 2014)

    For more information and to register for the conferences, 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

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    DOE Tribal Energy Program

    The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following funding opportunities from The U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI's) Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED). For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

    Deadline for DOI Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development Grant Proposals Is February 18

    WASHINGTON – On December 23, Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn announced that IEED is soliciting grant proposals from Indian tribes and Alaska Native regional and village corporations for projects to 1) build tribal capacity for energy resource development and 2) promote the processing, use, or development of energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. Proposals for both grants are due by February 18, 2014. The announcements are summarized below.

    Tribal Energy Development Capacity-Building Grant Proposals

    Applications Due: February 18, 2014
    Eligible Entities: Federally recognized tribes, including Alaska Native regional and village corporations and tribal energy resource development organizations

    The Tribal Energy Development and Capacity-Building (TEDC) grant program helps tribes in assessing, developing, or obtaining the managerial and technical capacity needed to develop energy resources on Indian land and properly account for energy resource production and revenues, as provided for under Title V. Section 503 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The TEDC grants are intended to help eligible entities meet the following goals regarding energy resources they intend to develop, or are developing, on Indian land:

    • Determine the current level of a tribe's or tribal energy resource development organization's technical, administrative, or management capacity for identified energy resource development activities
    • Determine which technical, administrative, or management capacities for tribal energy resource development need enhancement
    • Determine what processes and/or procedures may be used to eliminate capacity gaps or obtain the development of energy resources development capacity (including training and policy and code development)
    • Determine how the processes and/or procedures identified will be implemented

    Examples of activities eligible for TEDC grants include, but are not limited to, assessing or determining how to develop or obtain an eligible entity's capacity for:

    • Reviewing proposals for leases, business agreements, or rights-of-way
    • Negotiating and reviewing leases, business agreements, or rights-of-way
    • Evaluating the environmental effects of energy resource development projects the applicant may enter into, including those related to cultural resources
    • Monitoring the compliance of a third party with the terms and conditions of any leases, business agreements, and rights-of-way the applicant may enter into
    • Establishing or managing energy development-related departments or administrative divisions within the tribe or tribal energy resource development organization
    • Developing or enhancing tribal policies, codes, regulations, or ordinances related to regulating energy resource development
    • Accounting for energy resource production and revenues.

    Tribal Council resolution is a prerequisite for consideration of the grant proposal, due on or before February 18, 2014. Proposals may be mailed or hand-delivered to the Department of the Interior, Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, Attention: Ashley Stockdale, 1951 Constitution Ave., N.W., MS-20-MIB, Washington, D.C. 20240, or emailed to Ashley Stockdale at Ashley.Stockdale@bia.gov.

    For more information, read the full DOI news release and Federal Register Notice.

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

    Applications Due: February 18, 2014
    Eligible Entities: Federally recognized tribes, including Alaska Native regional and village corporations, and tribal energy resource development organizations

    IEED, through the Division of Energy and Minerals (DEMD), is soliciting grant proposals for projects that explore for energy and mineral resources, inventory or assess known resources, or perform feasibility or market studies about the use and development of known energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. See the Federal Register Notice for information on eligibility and other requirements.

    DEMD also offers tribes many in-house technical capabilities and services at no charge to tribes. For more on DEMD's technical services, see the Federal Register Notice or contact DEMD directly.

    Grant awards are subject to the availability of funds as appropriated by Congress. Tribal Council resolution is a prerequisite for consideration of the grant proposal, due on or before February 18, 2014. Proposals may mailed or hand-delivered to the Department of the Interior, Division of Energy and Mineral Development, Attention: Energy and Mineral Development Program, c/o Dawn Charging, 13922 Denver West Parkway, Suite 200 (#253), Lakewood, CO 80401-3142, or emailed to dawn.charging@bia.gov.

    For more information, read the full DOI news release and the Federal Register Notice.

    For a complete listing that includes these and other funding opportunities available to tribes, please visit the Tribal Energy Program's new funding opportunities database, which lists hundreds of millions of dollars in funding opportunities available to state, local, and tribal governments.

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

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


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    Tribal Energy Development and Mineral Resources Exploration Funding Opportunities
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    On December 23, 2013, Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn announced two funding opportunities for which the Department of the Interior (DOI), Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) is soliciting grant proposals from federally recognized tribes, Alaska Native regional and village corporations, and tribal energy resource development organizations.

    One funding opportunity is for projects to build tribal capacity for energy resource development and the other is for projects that promote the processing, use, or development of energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. For both opportunities, applications are due on February 18, 2014.

    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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    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


    01/23/2014

    Webinar: Proposed NSPS Revision for Residential Wood Heaters -- General Overview

    Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

    Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time

    Intended Audience: State, tribal, and local agencies, as well as EPA Regional Offices

    Register at: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/woodheaters/

    Gil Wood, from EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, will present an overview of the proposed updates to the New Source Performance Standards for Residential Wood Heaters. The updates are designed to make new residential wood heaters significantly cleaner, beginning in 2015. The proposed updates would strengthen the emissions standards for new wood stoves, while establishing federal air standards for other new wood heaters, including outdoor and indoor wood-fired hydronic heaters, forced-air furnaces and masonry heaters. The proposal would not affect existing woodstoves and other wood-burning heaters currently in use in people’s homes. The proposal would not affect heaters fueled solely by gas, oil or coal.

    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.

    More information – including the rule, fact sheets, how to register on-line to speak at the February 26th public hearing in Boston and how to submit comments and data to the docket – is available at http://www2.epa.gov/residential-wood-heaters/proposed-new-source-performance-standards-residential-wood-heaters.

    If you have any questions, please contact Gil Wood at Wood.Gil@epa.gov.

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    DOE Tribal Energy Program

    January 29 Webinar to Highlight the Latest Developments in Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy

    The Tribal Energy Program, in partnership with U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy and the Western Area Power Administration, will present the next Tribal Renewable Energy Series webinar, "Renewable and Energy Efficiency Market Update," on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern time.

    Technical experts from DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory will explore the latest developments in renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. In addition to learning about the unique characteristics of biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind, and energy efficiency technologies, attendees will gain insight into how the various technologies are competing in the marketplace and how Tribes can use them separately and in combination to the greatest benefit of their communities.

    The lineup of NREL presenters includes:

    • Kristen Ardani – Solar
    • Robi Robichaud – Wind and Small Hydro
    • Randy Hunsberger – Biomass
    • Kermit Witherbee – Geothermal
    • Amy Hollander – Energy Efficiency

    Attendees will have an opportunity to ask the presenters questions during a brief Q&A session at the end of the webinar.

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

    Register to attend the webinar.

    To register for upcoming webinars, click on the links in the table below. Note that the dates of the originally scheduled March and April webinars have changed; the updates are reflected below. If you have previously registered for those webinars, you will need to re-register.

    Date Topic
    January 29, 2014 Renewable and Energy Efficiency Market Update
    February 26, 2014 Strategic Energy Planning
    April 2, 2014 Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Framework: The Five-Step Process
    April 23, 2014 Identifying Project Potential and Options
    May 28, 2014 Renewable Energy Project Refinement
    June 25, 2014 Net Metering
    July 30, 2014 Project Implementation and O&M
    August 27, 2014 Introduction to Facility - and Community - Scale Project Financing
    September 24, 2014 Successful Project Financing Mechanisms: ESPCs and UESCs
    October 29, 2014 Putting It All Together

    For more information on the 2014 DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series, see the attached flier, which has been updated to reflect recent changes in the webinar schedule.

    For information on other webinars and events for tribes, visit our Events calendar.

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

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

    Tribal Webinar Series Flier


    01/21/2014

     

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    DOE Tribal Energy Program

    January 2014 - Nearly $151 Million in Funding and Technical Assistance Available for State, Local and Tribal Governments

    The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following funding opportunities available to state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Reclamation, Economic Development Administration (EDA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), National Association of Counties, the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), and Georgetown University that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including economic development, sustainable communities, green infrastructure, and water efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.
     
    The Tribal Energy Program has added a new feature on its website highlighting hundreds of millions of dollars in funding opportunities available to tribes at a glance. Be sure to check the Tribal Energy Program's new funding opportunities database frequently for the most complete and up-to-date listing of funding opportunities available to state, local, and tribal governments.

    EPA Indoor Air and Climate Change – $4.5 Million

    Applications Due: January 23, 2014
    Eligible Entities: State and local governments, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, U.S. territories or possessions, and public and private nonprofit institutions/organizations located in the U.S.

    As part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, the EPA is seeking applications proposing research to improve understanding of the effects of climate change on indoor air quality and the resulting health effects. EPA is interested in supporting research that will explore the anticipated effects of climate change on indoor air quality directly through a variety of mechanisms, and indirectly through adaptations in building use and design.
     
    For more information, read the funding opportunity description.

    Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants for FY 2014 – $12 Million

    Applications Due: January 23, 2014
    Eligible Entities: State, Indian tribe, irrigation district, water district, or other organization with water or power delivery authority. Must 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

    DOI's WaterSMART is accepting proposals for 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. Through near-term improvements, projects carried out as WaterSMART Grants can increase water management flexibility, making our water supply more resilient and thereby helping to prepare for the impacts of climate change.
     
    For more information, read the funding opportunity synopsis.

    EPA Green Infrastructure Technical Assistance Program – $400,000 in Technical Assistance

    Applications Due: January 24, 2014
    Eligible Entities: Any combination of local government departments, offices, or agencies or non-profit organizations may submit a letter of interest. Applicants must include a representative of local government

    EPA's Office of Wastewater Management is seeking letters of interest from communities that want to implement green infrastructure to protect water quality and build more sustainable communities. The Green Infrastructure Technical Assistance program provides assistance to help communities 1) overcome the most significant barriers to green infrastructure and 2) develop innovative approaches to implementation that meet multiple environmental, social, and economic goals. Assistance will be provided to 5-7 communities through an EPA contract, not a grant.
     
    For more information, see the request for letters of interest.

    EPA Environmental Model Grants

    Applications Due: February 4, 2014
    Eligible Entities: Local education agencies, state education or environmental agencies, colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, noncommercial educational broadcasting entities, and tribal education agencies (including schools and community colleges controlled by and Indian tribe, band, or nation)

    EPA is currently accepting applications for environmental education projects under the agency’s Environmental Education Grant Program. The program works to engage communities across the country through a wide variety of educational projects that have a lasting impact on people’s health by facilitating environmental stewardship. Projects in the past have engaged students in stream monitoring, created sustainable mentoring communities, and provided professional development to teachers on subjects including science, technology, engineering and math. For more information, visit the opportunity Web page.

    Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Program 2013 Request for Proposals

    Applications Due: February 5, 2014
    Eligible Entities: The Five Star/Urban Waters Restoration Program is open to any entity that can receive grants. While partnerships are encouraged to include state and federal agencies as partners, those entities may not serve as the grantee unless the community partners demonstrate that the state or federal agency is best suited to coordinate the community-based project.

    The National Association of Counties, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the Wildlife Habitat Council, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USDA Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southern Company, FedEx, and PG&E are seeking applications for the Five Star/Urban Waters Restoration Program. The program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources by providing financial assistance to diverse local partnerships for wetland, forest, riparian, and coastal habitat restoration, stormwater management, outreach, and stewardship with a particular focus on water quality, watersheds, and the habitats they support. Project ideas include urban forest restoration and green infrastructure. For more information, visit the opportunity Web page on the NFWF website.

    EPA Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem Solving Program Request for Applications

    Applications Due: February 18, 2014
    Eligible Entities: Nonprofit organizations, including environmental justice networks; federal recognized tribal governments; Native American organizations (including Indian groups, cooperatives, partnerships, and associations)

    The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem Solving (EJCPS) Program provides funding for eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and/or public health issues within an affected community. The EJCPS Program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. An eligible applicant to the EJCPS request for applications (RFA) MUST BE one of the following entities:

    • Nonprofit organization, including environmental justice networks
    • Federally recognized tribal governments
    • Native American organizations (includes Indian groups, cooperatives, partnerships, associations

    The EJCPS Program requires selected applicants, or recipients, to use the EPA’s Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Model as part of their projects. The model aims to address local environmental and/or public health issues in a collaborative manner with various stakeholders such as communities, industry, academic institutions, and others. For more information, read the RFA.  

    NFWF 2013 Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grants Program – $100 Million  

    Applications Due: January 31, 2014
    Eligible Entities: Local governments and agencies, federally recognized tribes, state government agencies, nonprofit 501(c) organizations, and academic institutions
     
    Marking the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Department of the Interior launched the NFWF Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program. The program will use competitive grants to award funding for science-based solutions by states, local communities, nonprofit organizations, and other partners to help restore key habitats and bolster natural systems, enabling these areas to withstand the impacts and better protect local communities from future storms. For more information, visit the program Web page.

    Georgetown University Energy Prize – $5 Million  

    Letters of Intent Due: February 2014
    Eligible Entities: For this competition, a “community” is defined geographically by the limits of a municipality—a town, city, or county that has corporate status and local government. All small-to-medium municipalities in the United States with populations between 5,000 and 250,000 are eligible to apply.
     
    The Georgetown University Energy Prize is a competition in which communities will be challenged to work together with their local governments and utilities in order to develop and begin implementing plans for innovative, replicable, scalable, and continual reductions in the per capita energy consumed from local natural gas and electric utilities. Participating communities will be asked to develop a long-term energy efficiency plan and to demonstrate initial effectiveness and sustainability over a two-year period. Participating communities will benefit from access to various resources and the winning community will receive $5 million, which will help to support their continuing community-based energy efficiency efforts. Interested communities are encouraged to submit a nonbinding letter of intent as soon as possible. For more information, visit the energy prize website.

    EPA Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant – $2.4 Million 

    Applications Due: February 13, 2014
    Eligible Entities: Local governments, tribes, nonprofit organizations
     
    The program provides funding to eligible entities 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, including solid waste management, wastewater treatment, and emergency response.
     
    For more information, read the grant guidelines.

    EDA Economic Development Assistance Programs Federal Funding Opportunity – Total Funding Available TBD  

    Applications Due: Varies by program year; next due date is March 14, 2014
    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 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. EDA is soliciting 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, read the opportunity synopsis.

    Low- or No-Emission Vehicle Deployment Program – $24.9 Million  

    Applications Due: March 10, 2014
    Eligible Entities: An eligible area is designated as a nonattainment area or a maintenance area for ozone or carbon monoxide as defined under the Clean Air Act.

    The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of $24.9 million for the deployment of low or no emission transit buses. The main purpose of the Program is to deploy the cleanest and most energy efficient U.S.-made transit buses that have been largely proven in testing and demonstrations but are not yet widely deployed in transit fleets. The Program provides funding for transit agencies for capital acquisitions and leases of zero emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities such as recharging, refueling, and maintenance facilities. Of that total funding, $21.6 million is available for buses and $3.3 million is available for supporting facilities and related equipment.
     
    For more information, visit the grant opportunity page.
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    In addition, please visit the calendar of EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to tribal communities.

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

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

     

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    The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation are accepting applications for funding opportunities. These opportunities may be able to be used to support tribal energy development-related initiatives. The titles of the opportunities and application deadlines are provided below.

    - WaterSMART: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants for FY 2014 (January 23, 2014)
    - FY 2014 Economic Development Assistance Programs (varies by funding cycle; the next deadline is March 14, 2014)

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


    01/16/2014

     

    Mold Control is Moisture Control:

    Beyond the Basics for Addressing Mold Issues in Schools

    Webinar Resources Now Available!

    The Mold Control is Moisture Control webinar was held on November 19, 2013, and presenters shared tactics for both managing mold remediation in schools and communicating effectively about mold issues to community stakeholders.

    The audio recording and PDF presentation slides are now available on the Indoor Air Quality
    Tools for Schools webinar resources page!

    Do you have a question about mold and moisture control in schools? Check out the Question and Answer document to read the experts' responses to the questions asked during the webinar.

    To access additional resources and past technical webinars, visit the IAQ Tools for Schools webinar archive. The archive is a great resource to help you learn how to better manage IAQ in your schools.

    Have a colleague that would benefit from this information, but who was unable to make the webinar?

    Get Involved and Join the Schools Email Discussion List

    If you are not already a member, we encourage you to join the Email Discussion List today. This interactive email exchange is a great way for you to discuss best-practices and share news and events with other IAQ champions or have your IAQ management questions answered by other IAQ stakeholders. To join, send a blank email message to schools_iaq_connector-subscribe@lists.epa.gov. Then, check your email inbox for confirmation and membership details.

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    Questions?

    If you have any questions about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance, please contact the IAQ Tools for Schools Connector Coordinator at IAQTfSConnector@cadmusgroup.com.

    The IAQ Tools for Schools guidance is designed to help schools maintain a healthy indoor environment by identifying, correcting and preventing IAQ problems. Learn more about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance at http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools.


    01/15/2014

    DOE Tribal Energy Program

    Register and Book Your Lodging for the Annual Tribal Energy Program Review Mar. 24-27 in Denver, Colorado

    The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is hosting its annual Program Review in Denver March 24-27. Register today and be sure to book your lodging while space is still available!

    As you make your travel plans, note that the Review is now scheduled to end Thursday, March 27. Also, keep in mind that the Denver March Powwow is the weekend before the Review (March 21-23).

    Tribal Energy Program Review

    March 24-27, 2014
    Denver Marriott West
    1717 Denver West Boulevard
    Golden, Colorado 80401

    Recognizing tribes' increasing interest in energy efficiency and renewable energy, our annual Program Review is a gathering that enables tribes to meet and learn from other tribes that are pursuing energy sufficiency and reduced carbon pollution through energy efficiency and/or renewable energy development, and to share in each other's successes. This is a unique forum that provides an excellent overview of the wide range of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under way in Indian Country.

    The Review will include an overview of the Tribal Energy Program and a series of presentations by tribes exploring or deploying weatherization, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies across the nation. Because human capacity is a focus of the Tribal Energy Program, you will also learn about our internship program and hear directly from young and inspiring Native American students about their experiences and summer projects.

    Agenda
    See the attached overview of the agenda and full agenda for details. For more information, contact tribal@go.doe.gov.

    Registration
    There is no cost to attend the workshop, but participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals, and travel costs. Advance registration is requested. Register now.

    Lodging
    The Denver Marriott West is making a block of rooms available to meeting participants at a discounted rate of $156.00 plus tax (government 2014 per diem rate). For a map and directions and to make reservations at the group rate, book o-line or call 1-888-236-2427 (toll-free). When booking, be sure to reference the "TEP Program Review." The deadline for reservations at the group rate is March 10, 2014. After that date we will be unable to guarantee rate or availability.

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

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

    Review agenda detailed updated 010914 (pdf)

    Review agenda overview updated 010914 (pdf)


    01/14/2014

    U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
    National clean Diesel Campaign

    EPA Clean Diesel News: 1/6/14

    Due to inclement weather and office closures, the construction rebate eligibility webinar scheduled for 01/07/2014 has been moved to January 16, 2014, at 2pm EST.; The link to join the webinar is https://epa.connectsolutions.com/r6yytc889jp/. The conference call line is 866-299-3188, code 7342144815#.

    Additionally, EPA is extending the deadline to submit applications for the construction rebate program until January 29, 2014, at 4pm EST.

    For more information about this funding opportunity, please visit the construction rebate page. Questions may be sent to CleanDieselRebate@epa.gov.

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    www.epa.gov/cleandiesel

    E-mail: cleandiesel@epa.gov

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    EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Request for Applications

    National Center for Sustainable Water Infrastructure Modeling Research

    URL: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2014/2014_star_sustainable-water.html

    Open Date: 01/13/2014 - Close Date: 03/10/2014

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announces the posting of the Request for Applications (RFA), National Center for Sustainable Water Infrastructure Modeling Research. The RFA goal is to fund a National Center focused on novel research, community support, and model development related to sustainable water infrastructure. The funded Center will facilitate the technology transfer of open source (shared, common platform) water infrastructure models. It will also seek to share green infrastructure tools and research methods with local communities and key stakeholders.

    The objective of this solicitation is to establish a Center that features three critical core components to the advancement of sustainable water models and research. The three aspects that must be considered include:

    • Novel research that engages water models, modelers and users
    • Community support and outreach that trains the global community
    • Model and code development that supports freely available software

    Protecting our nation’s water resources is one of EPA’s top priorities. EPA’s Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Research Program is designed to provide the science and innovative technologies needed to protect our nation’s water resources. Significant threats to our resources include factors such as increased demand, changing land uses, aging water infrastructure and climate change/variability. In facing these threats, the SSWR Program focuses on two main areas: ensuring water quality and availability, and promoting a sustainable water infrastructure. Through the SSWR program, EPA continues to respond to today’s challenges by addressing the nation’s highest science priorities.

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    January 2014 – Nearly $151 Million in Funding and Technical Assistance Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

    Nearly $151 million of funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Reclamation, Economic Development Administration (EDA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), National Association of Counties, the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), and Georgetown University that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including economic development, sustainable communities, green infrastructure, and water efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

    In addition, please visit the calendar of 2014 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.

    ***EPA Indoor Air and Climate Change – $4.5 million
    Application Due: January 23, 2014
    Eligible Entities: State and local governments, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, U.S. territories or possessions, and public and private nonprofit institutions/organizations located in the U.S.

    As part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, the EPA is seeking applications proposing research to improve understanding of the effects of climate change on indoor air quality and the resulting health effects. EPA is interested in supporting research that will explore the anticipated effects of climate change on indoor air quality directly through a variety of mechanisms, and indirectly through adaptations in building use and design.

    For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

    ***Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants for FY 2014 – $12 million
    Application Due: January 23, 2014
    Eligible Entities: State, Indian tribe, irrigation district, water district, or other organization with water or power delivery authority. Must 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.

    WaterSMART is accepting proposals for 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. Through near-term improvements, projects carried out as WaterSMART Grants can increase water management flexibility, making our water supply more resilient and thereby helping to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

    For more information, visit the funding opportunity synopsis.

    ***EPA Green Infrastructure Technical Assistance Program – $400,000 in technical assistance
    Application Due: January 24, 2014
    Eligible Entities: Any combination of local government departments, offices, or agencies or non-profit organizations may submit a letter of interest. Applicants must include a representative of local government.

    EPA's Office of Wastewater Management is seeking letters of interest from communities that want to implement green infrastructure to protect water quality and build more sustainable communities. The Green Infrastructure Technical Assistance program provides assistance to help communities 1) overcome the most significant barriers to green infrastructure and 2) develop innovative approaches to implementation that meet multiple environmental, social, and economic goals. Assistance will be provided to 5-7 communities through an EPA contract, not a grant.

    For more information, visit the request for letters of interest

    ***NFWF 2013 Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grants Program – $100 million
    Application Due: January 31, 2014
    Eligible Entities: Local governments and agencies, recognized tribes, state government agencies, non-profit 501(c) organizations, and academic institutions.

    Marking the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Department of the Interior launched the Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program. The program will use competitive grants to award funding for science-based solutions by states, local communities, non-profit organizations, and other partners to help restore key habitats and bolster natural systems, enabling these areas to withstand the impacts and better protect local communities from future storms.

    For more information, visit the program webpage.

    ***Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Program 2014 Request for Proposals – $1.8 million
    Application Due: February 5, 2014
    Eligible Entities: Any public or private entity. Preference is shown to organizations directly connected to the local community who can monitor and sustain these projects for 5 years or more.

    The National Association of Counties, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), and the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), USDA Forest Service (USFS), the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Southern Company, FedEx and PG&E are seeking applications for the Five Star/Urban Waters Restoration Program. The Program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources by providing financial assistance to diverse local partnerships for wetland, forest, riparian and coastal habitat restoration, stormwater management, outreach and stewardship with a particular focus on water quality, watersheds and the habitats they support. Project ideas include urban forest restoration and green infrastructure.

    For more information, see the grant webpage.

    ***EPA Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant – $2.4 million
    Application Due: February 13, 2014
    Eligible Entities: Local governments, tribes, nonprofit organizations, and other

    The program provides funding to eligible entities 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, including solid waste management, wastewater treatment, and emergency response.

    For more information, view the grant guidelines.

    ***Georgetown University Energy Prize –$5 million
    Letters of Intent Due: February 2014
    Eligible Entities: For this competition, a “community” is defined geographically by the limits of a municipality – a town, city, or county that has corporate status and local government. All small to medium municipalities in the U.S.A. with populations between 5,000 and 250,000 are eligible to apply.

    The Georgetown University Energy Prize is a competition in which communities will be challenged to work together with their local governments and utilities in order to develop and begin implementing plans for innovative, replicable, scalable, and continual reductions in the per capita energy consumed from local natural gas and electric utilities. Participating communities will be asked to develop a long-term energy efficiency plan and to demonstrate initial effectiveness and sustainability over a two-year period. Participating communities will benefit from access to various resources and the winning community will receive $5 million, which will help to support their continuing community-based energy efficiency efforts. Interested communities are encouraged to submit a non-binding letter of intent as soon as possible.

    For more information, visit the energy prize website.

    ***EDA Economic Development Assistance Programs Federal Funding Opportunity – Total funding available TBD
    Application Due: Varies by program year; next due date is March 14, 2014
    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 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. EDA is soliciting 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, see the opportunity synopsis.

    ***FTA Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program – $24.9 million
    Application Due: March 10, 2014
    Eligible Entities: An Eligible Area is designated as a nonattainment area or a maintenance area for ozone or carbon monoxide as defined under the Clean Air Act.

    The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of $24.9 million for the deployment of low or no emission transit buses. The main purpose of the Program is to deploy the cleanest and most energy efficient U.S.-made transit buses that have been largely proven in testing and demonstrations but are not yet widely deployed in transit fleets. The Program provides funding for transit agencies for capital acquisitions and leases of zero emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities such as recharging, refueling, and maintenance facilities. Of that total funding, $21.6 million is available for buses and $3.3 million is available for supporting facilities and related equipment.

    For more information, visit the grant opportunity synopsis.

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

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

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

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


    01/09/2014

    January 2014: Upcoming Climate and Energy Webcasts for State and Local Governments

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

    ENERGY STAR Webcasts

    • January 15, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – Getting to know the new ENERGY STAR Buildings & Plants website
    • January 16, 2:00-3:15 PM (EST) – Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR

    DOE Webcasts

    • January 7, 3:00-4:00 PM (EST) – Kick-Starting Your Energy Management Program
    • January 14, 2:00-3:00 PM (EST) – How are Utilities Incorporating Solar Generation in
    • Resource Planning
    • January 23, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) – Energy Efficiency in Correctional Facilities & Opportunities for State Energy Office Engagement
    • January 29, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (MST) – DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Renewable Energy Market Update USDA Webcasts
    • January 14, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) – USDA’s Value-Added Producer Grants for Tribes NACo Webcasts
    • January 22, 2:00-3:15 PM (EST) – Green Goods: How to Create Sustainable County Purchasing and Procurement Programs

    ***ENERGY STAR Webcasts

    January 15, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – Getting to know the new ENERGY STAR Buildings & Plants website
    The recently redesigned ENERGY STAR website is quite different from the old one. Come to this webinar to take a quick tour of the new site, learn about new features, and discover how to find all your favorite resources. Plus, we’ll let you know what enhancements to expect in 2014!
    Register here

    January 16, 2:00-3:15 PM (EST) – Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR
    Learn how public sector organizations are improving energy efficiency with innovative solutions to financial barriers. Attendees will learn about financing projects in the public and private sectors, the basics of performance contracting, and how EPA’s tools and resources can help you make the decision to improve your facilities now or later.
    Register here

    *** DOE & NREL Webcasts

    January 7, 3:00-4:00 PM (EST) – Kick-Starting Your Energy Management Program
    Time, money, and expertise are often barriers to a robust energy management program. Join Better Buildings Challenge Partners Shorenstein and Allegheny College as they describe solutions that have helped them jump these hurdles to develop a culture of sustainability within their organizations – and a track record of successful energy efficiency projects. Jaxon Love details Shorenstein’s experience bringing on energy management fellows for summer appointments, which built the case for a full-time sustainability position at the company. Kelly Boulton outlines how she and campus professors have worked together, engaging students to develop and present the business case for campus energy efficiency projects to administrators. Renee Lafrenz will profile the Alliance to Save Energy's PowerSave Campus program, a student internship supporting energy efficiency efforts in schools.
    Register here

    January 14, 2:00-3:00 PM (EST) – How are Utilities Incorporating Solar Generation in Resource Planning
    Today’s utility planners have a different market and economic context than their predecessors, including planning for the growth of renewable energy. State and federal support policies, solar photovoltaic (PV) price declines, and the introduction of new business models for solar PV “ownership” are leading to increasing interest in solar technologies, especially PV.

    In this free webinar, you will hear how utilities are incorporating solar generation into their resource planning processes. Analysts from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) will share findings from their recent report Treatment of Solar Generation in Electric Utility Resource Planning. Specifically, this webinar will provide an overview of:

    • How utilities conduct resource planning activities
    • The benefits and challenges of incorporating solar generation into resource planning processes
    • Potential analysis options for more accurately incorporating solar generation into utility long-term planning processes
    • Utility analysis needs that would better inform solar supply planning.

    Register here

    January 23, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) – Energy Efficiency in Correctional Facilities & Opportunities for State Energy Office Engagement
    Investing in our nation’s correctional facilities to make them more energy efficient and sustainable provides an extraordinary opportunity – to reduce the financial and human capital costs of prisons through reduced energy and resource consumption, while engaging inmates in hands-on work experiences and training, to prepare them for jobs in the emerging clean economy. This webinar will focus on how state energy offices can drive and support energy efficiency investments at correctional facilities, to save taxpayers millions in energy cost savings and produce healthier environments. Participants of this webinar will hear:

    • An overview of best practices for energy efficiency and green technology upgrades in correctional facilities,
    • Energy savings potential and other benefits related to the greening of correctional facilities, and
    • How energy offices are administering and supporting state initiatives to make correctional facilities more energy efficient.

    Speakers will include Stephanie Davidson, to discuss the U.S. Department of Justice’s The Greening of Corrections: Creating a Sustainable System, and Jennifer Young, of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA).
    Register here

    January 29, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (MST) – DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Renewable Energy Market Update
    Attendees will learn about the latest developments of the five types of renewable energy technologies (biomass, geothermal, low-head hydro, solar, and wind). Attendees will also get comfortable with each technology’s unique characteristics, how they are competing in the marketplace, and how they can be used separately and in combination to provide the most benefit to the Tribal community. If you cannot participate the day of the webinar a recording will be made available here.
    Register here

    ***USDA Webcasts

    January 14, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) – USDA’s Value-Added Producer Grants for Tribes
    The primary objective of the VAPG program is to help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio-based value-added products. Generating new products, creating and expanding marketing opportunities, and increasing producer income are the end goals of this program. You may receive priority if you are a beginning farmer or rancher, a socially-disadvantaged farmer or rancher, a small or medium-sized farm or ranch structured as a family farm, a farmer or rancher cooperative, or are proposing a mid-tier value chain, as defined in the Program Regulation. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. Join this webinar if you are a prospective tribal applicant or technical assistance provider.
    Register here

    *** NACo Webcasts

    January 22, 2:00-3:15 PM (EST) – Green Goods: How to Create Sustainable County Purchasing and Procurement Programs
    As counties strive to reduce waste, conserve energy and lower operational costs, purchasing recycled and environmentally friendly goods, materials and services can greatly contribute to meeting a county's financial and sustainability goals. The National Associations of Counties hosts this webcast on how you can help your county develop an environmentally preferred purchasing program, navigate the myriad of product eco-labels and green purchasing guidelines and hear success stories from counties that have established sustainable purchasing and procurement programs.
    Register here

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

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

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    DOE Tribal Energy Program

    Tribal Energy Program Review

    The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following funding opportunities from The U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI's) Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED). For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

    DOI Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development Solicits Grant Proposals from Tribes

    WASHINGTON – On December 23, Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn announced that IEED is soliciting grant proposals from Indian tribes and Alaska Native regional and village corporations for projects to 1) build tribal capacity for energy resource development and 2) promote the processing, use, or development of energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. The announcements are summarized below.

    Tribal Energy Development Capacity-Building Grant Proposals

    Applications Due February 18, 2014
    Eligible Entities: Federally recognized tribes, including Alaska Native regional and village corporations and tribal energy resource development organizations

    The Tribal Energy Development and Capacity-Building (TEDC) grant program helps tribes in assessing, developing, or obtaining the managerial and technical capacity needed to develop energy resources on Indian land and properly account for energy resource production and revenues, as provided for under Title V. Section 503 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The TEDC grants are intended to help eligible entities meet the following goals regarding energy resources they intend to develop, or are developing, on Indian land:

    • Determine the current level of a tribe's or tribal energy resource development organization's technical, administrative, or management capacity for identified energy resource development activities
    • Determine which technical, administrative, or management capacities for tribal energy resource development need enhancement
    • Determine what processes and/or procedures may be used to eliminate capacity gaps or obtain the development of energy resources development capacity (including training and policy and code development)
    • Determine how the processes and/or procedures identified will be implemented.

    Examples of activities eligible for TEDC grants include, but are not limited to, assessing or determining how to develop or obtain an eligible entity's capacity for:

    • Reviewing proposals for leases, business agreements, or rights-of-way
    • Negotiating and reviewing leases, business agreements, or rights-of-way
    • Evaluating the environmental effects of energy resource development projects the applicant may enter into, including those related to cultural resources
    • Monitoring the compliance of a third party with the terms and conditions of any leases, business agreements, and rights-of-way the applicant may enter into
    • Establishing or managing energy development-related departments or administrative divisions within the tribe or tribal energy resource development organization
    • Developing or enhancing tribal policies, codes, regulations, or ordinances related to regulating energy resource development
    • Accounting for energy resource production and revenues.

    Tribal Council resolution is a prerequisite for consideration of the grant proposal, due on or before February 18, 2014. Proposals may be mailed or hand-delivered to the Department of the Interior, Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, Attention: Ashley Stockdale, 1951 Constitution Ave., N.W., MS-20-MIB, Washington, D.C. 20240, or emailed to Ashley Stockdale@bia.gov.

    For more information, read the full DOI news release and Federal Register Notice.

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

    Applications Due: February 18, 2014
    Eligible Entities: Federally recognized tribes, including Alaska Native regional and village corporations, and tribal energy resource development organizations

    IEED, through the Division of Energy and Minerals (DEMD), is soliciting grant proposals for projects that explore for energy and mineral resources, inventory or assess known resources, or perform feasibility or market studies about the use and development of known energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. See the Federal Register Notice for information on eligibility and other requirements.

    DEMD also offers tribes many in-house technical capabilities and services at no charge to tribes. For more on DEMD's technical services, see the Federal Register Notice or contact DEMD directly.

    Grant awards are subject to the availability of funds as appropriated by Congress. Tribal Council resolution is a prerequisite for consideration of the grant proposal, due on or before February 18, 2014. Proposals may mailed or hand-delivered to the Department of the Interior, Division of Energy and Mineral Development, Attention: Energy and Mineral Development Program, c/o Dawn Charging, 13922 Denver West Parkway, Suite 200 (#253), Lakewood, CO 80401-3142, or emailed to dawn.charging@bia.gov.

    For more information, read the full DOI news release and the Federal Register Notice.

    For a complete listing that includes these and other funding opportunities available to tribes, please visit the Tribal Energy Program's new funding opportunities database, which lists hundreds of millions of dollars in funding opportunities available to state, local, and tribal governments.

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

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

     

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