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What's New: June 2015

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Technical Assistance to Help Communities Use Local Food Production to Revitalize Neighborhoods

Global Green Technical Assistance
Global Green is accepting applications for no-cost technical assistance that can help communities create greener, more equitable, and more vibrant neighborhoods. The assistance uses Global Green’s sustainable neighborhood assessment tool, which is based on the LEED for Neighborhood Development standard, a nationally recognized method for creating neighborhoods that are walkable, bikeable, resource-efficient, and equitable. This free assistance is being provided under a grant to Global Green from EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities' Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program.

Eligible applicants are local and tribal governments. The deadline for applications is July 17, 2015, at midnight PST.

For more information and the application form »

Local Foods, Local Places Technical Assistance
Supporting local food production can improve economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses and give residents better access to healthy, fresh food. It can also spur revitalization of a main street, downtown, or neighborhood by bringing new activity. Communities interested in these benefits are invited to apply for technical assistance from the Local Foods, Local Places Program. The application deadline is September 15, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Local Foods, Local Places will provide direct technical support to selected communities. A team of experts will help community members develop action plans that use local foods to support healthy families and communities and to drive downtown and neighborhood revitalization. The assistance process features a community workshop that brings people together to develop shared goals and steps to achieve them. Representatives of communities (including neighborhoods or main street districts) anywhere in the United States are eligible to apply. We encourage applications from communities that are economically challenged and in the early phases of their efforts to promote local foods and community revitalization. Special consideration will be given to communities in federally designated Promise Zones or USDA StrikeForce counties.

Local Foods, Local Places is supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Delta Regional Authority, and the White House Rural Council.

For more information and a link to the application »

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Local Government Climate Adaptation Training

EPA has released a new online training module to help local government officials take actions to increase their communities’ resilience to a changing climate.

The training module can be accessed online.

The training explains how a changing climate may affect a variety of environmental and public health services, such as providing safe drinking water and managing the effects of drought, fires and floods. It describes how different communities are already adapting to climate-related challenges and provides examples of effective strategies that have been implemented in cities and towns across the country. The module also provides links to a number of resources that can help local government officials get started with adaptation planning in their own communities.

The training module was developed with advice from EPA’s Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC), which is composed of elected and appointed officials from states, tribes, and local communities from around the country. Read a related blog post, "Preparing Communities for Climate Change", from Mayor Bill Finch (Bridgeport, CT), who chairs the LGAC’s Climate Change Resiliency and Sustainability Workgroup.

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Brownfields 2015 Conference

Brownfields 2015 Conference
September 2-4, 2015 | Hilton Chicago | Chicago, IL

The National Brownfields Training Conference is the largest training and networking event in the nation focused on economic redevelopment and sustainability. Brownfields 2015, September 2-4, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois, will bring people together from a wide range of fields to learn, discuss, and take action on brownfield sites to restore the environment and revitalize communities.

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National Tanks Conference and Expo

25th National Tanks Conference and Expo
September 14 – 16, 2015 | Phoenix Sheraton Downtown Hotel

The conference will be held September 14 – 16, 2015 at the Phoenix Sheraton Downtown Hotel with pre-conference workshops on September 13. The National Tanks Conference and Expo conference website provides a wealth of conference information; including agendas, presenter bios and exhibitor profiles, information on the conference hotel, and travel into and around Phoenix.

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Online ACRES Training

EPA offers the following two online training courses to aid Brownfields Cooperative Agreement Recipients in reporting their grant-funded activities using ACRES:

Getting Started
For Assessment, RLF, Cleanup, and Section 128(a) Recipients just starting to use ACRES, this training will provide instruction on the process for submitting your property data and demonstrate how to use the tools and functions in ACRES. Approximately 90 minutes.

    • Next Sessions on:
      • Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 2:00 Eastern Time

The Next Level
For Assessment, RLF, Cleanup, and Section 128(a) Recipients that are familiar with using ACRES, this training will provide instruction on how to make ACRES work for you and your property scenarios, and the answers to some commonly asked questions. Approximately 90 minutes.

  • Next Sessions on:
    • Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 2:00 Eastern Time

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Wildlife Habitat Council

1,4-Dioxane Assessment & Remediation Workshop

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Westford Regency Inn and Conference Center
Westford, MA
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Quinebaug Valley Community College
Danielson, CT

Find out more about the 1,4-Dioxane Assessment & Remediation Workshop!
NEW! More Information about Exhibit Opportunities (PDF) (1 pg, 277 K)

Please join the Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA) for a 1,4-Dioxane Assessment & Remediation Workshop. The workshop will provide information on various aspects of investigating and mitigating sites with 1,4-dioxane contamination, including:

  • toxicology
  • fate & transport
  • historic use & prevalence
  • regulatory guidelines, policies, and approaches
  • treatment technologies & recent developments
  • case studies & state panel

Presenters include:
Paul Dombrowski, AECOM
Shannon Pociu, CT DEEP
Christopher Teaf, Florida State University
Steven Woodard, ECT
And case studies presented by CT DEEP, MassDEP, & NH DES

The workshop fee is $200 per person (with a reduced fee of $50 for government officials, non-profit staff and academic researchers) - continental breakfast and lunch are included.

Continuing Education Credits: NEWMOA has applied for at least 5.0 continuing education credits for CT LEPs, MA LSPs, and NJ LSRPs. NEWMOA will post the course numbers as approval is received.

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Wildlife Habitat Council

Wildlife Habitat Council Conservation Conference
November 11-12, 2015 | Baltimore, MD

The Wildlife Habitat Council Conservation Conference is taking the lead in offering timely education and networking opportunities, as well as celebrating corporate conservation efforts around the world. Registration is now open.

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