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Climate Change: External Outreach and Assistance

Other EPA Region 3 Climate Change Information
"How you can help," with the following bullets:
  • Assistance to Key Municipalities
  • Regional Priority Projects:
  • Assistance to Key Municipalities

    Recognizing both the size of their populations and the extent of environmental challenges faced by our large urban areas, we have focused our greenhouse gas emissions reduction assistance on these key municipalities. This is consistent with the approach we have used for several other stewardship and grant programs, including our diesel emissions reduction efforts.

    EPA's own analyses and other risk assessment activities point to diesel exhaust as a major risk contributor affecting our densely populated neighborhoods - places where our most vulnerable and sensitive populations often reside in great numbers. The Mid-Atlantic Diesel Collaborative Exit EPA Click for disclaimer- through the Urban Fleets Sector - focuses on the primary sources and contributors of diesel emissions from fleets, including garbage trucks, fire engines, ambulances, street sweepers, etc.

    Large urban areas also play a significant role in greenhouse gas emissions. As these cities begin to implement their own climate change and sustainability plans, we have developed a Climate Change Crosswalk (C3). The C3 identifies common themes in the plans of multiple municipalities and pinpoints specific areas in which we might offer targeted assistance:

    1. reducing building energy use
    2. procuring energy efficient products
    3. generating renewable energy
    4. public education
    5. engaging K-12 schools

    Using the C3 as a guide, we will use existing stewardship programs (ENERGY STAR, Green Power Partnership, Combined Heat & Power Partnership and the State and Local Climate and Energy Program), paired with hands-on technical assistance, to help municipalities achieve significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and share lessons learned with each other.

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    In February 2009, working from the City of Philadelphia's April 2007 Local Action Plan for Climate Change, Exit EPA Click for disclaimer (PDF, 33 pp., 343KB, About PDF) we held our first targeted technical assistance event - a training for more than 50 Philadelphia procurement officials to demonstrate the tools available to help with the purchase of ENERGY STAR equipment and services. Staff from the City's procurement department and from individual offices across the City government attended the training, which included a live web-based demonstration of ENERGY STAR and other energy efficiency tools. Following the training, Regional and City staff discussed its success and identified additional opportunities to coordinate on meeting the City's climate change mitigation goals.

    Regional Priority Projects

    Energy and Resource Conservation Challenge (RCC)

    Energy and Resource Conservation Challenge (RCC): EPA Region 3's Energy and Resource Conservation Challenge (RCC) Exit EPA Click for disclaimer Priority increases energy efficiency and more effectively manages and conserves energy, water, and other resources. Tremendous savings in energy and resources will increase sustainability in the mid-Atlantic region and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to help mitigate climate change impact.

    This goal is accomplished through collaborative, cross-program projects; these integrate EPA programs that focus on energy and resource conservation from across the Region and involve partnering with external federal, state, local, and industry stakeholders. Major projects include:

    Healthy Air

    This priority will be more effectively reduce the human health risks associated with poor air quality by focusing additional efforts and resources towards areas of Region 3 which are impaired due to a combination of high levels of ozone, particulate matter and toxic air pollutants. Focusing our efforts on these pollutant groups will not only make the mid-Atlantic region's air healthier to breathe, but will reduce ecosystem damage and help address our global air quality problems.

    The Ports and Goods Movement Project focuses on the ports of Baltimore and Norfolk. The ports priority will support the efforts to acquire port-related air quality and source emissions data and achieve emission reductions to support attainment of health-based air quality standards at the ports of Baltimore and Norfolk. Despite aggressive regulation of new trucks and off-road equipment, there is a need to promote voluntary reductions from the existing legacy fleets. Port-related sources in this category include cargo-handling equipment (e.g., yard hostlers, cranes), harbor craft (e.g., tugs), and dray trucks.

    As part of the Mid-Atlantic Diesel Collaborative's Goods Movement Forum, Exit EPA Click for disclaimer additional work is underway at the ports of Philadelphia, Wilmington, and the Port of Pittsburgh. Addressing port, freight and rail issues together responds to a growing need to better quantify and improve the performance throughout the entire integrated transportation supply chain. Goals include information-sharing and leveraging of significant new resources to expand voluntary diesel emission mitigation efforts.

    To find a person who can provide more detailed information regarding climate change issues go to EPA Regional Climate Change Contacts page.


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