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October 2010 Volume 24
Community Energy Challenge (CEC) Monthly Update

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Welcome to the Community Energy Challenge Monthly Update, a monthly publication by EPA New England promoting energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. Welcome to the Newest Members of the Community Energy Challenge: Torrington, East Haddam, New London, and Tolland, CT
  2. EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Webcasts resume at the end of October

ARTICLES

  1. Accelerating the Adoption of Market Ready Solid State Lighting
  2. 12 Cranston (RI) schools earn energy-efficiency label
  3. Vermont energy efficiency grants announced

EVENTS

  1. October is ENERGY MONTH! Check out events around New England
  2. Cambridge, MA – Cambridge Stretch Energy Code Workshop for Residential Projects – Oct 6
  3. Bow, NH – Free workshop: Weatherization to Keep the Heat in Your Home – Oct 14
  4. Cambridge, MA – Transatlantic Perceptions of Climate Change: The Role of the Arts & Media – Oct 18 & 19
  5. Concord, NH – Building New Hampshire Trade Show & Conference at the Grappone Center – Nov 2-4

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. Sustainability Training Grants from Enterprise Green Communities
  2. Incentives and rebates – visit dsireusa.org and click on your state

TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ENERGY STAR free webinars
  2. University of Rhode Island at Providence - Master Energy Training Program – October classes
  3. Department of Energy Solution Center Webcasts
  4. Remaining Massachusetts Energy Codes Trainings for 2010 – Westborough and Southeast/Brockton, MA
  5. Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Announces Energy Efficiency Training Courses – Middleton and Fall River, MA

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. Welcome to the Newest Member of the Community Energy Challenge: Torrington, East Haddam, New London, and Tolland, CT
    EPA New England welcomes the newest members of the Community Energy Challenge: Torrington, East Haddam, and New London, CT! These communities have pledged to form local energy committees, benchmark their municipal buildings, and reduce energy use by 10%. With this addition there are 181 CEC members. Welcome!

  2. EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Webcasts resume at the end of October
    EPA hosts the State Technical Forums and Local Climate and Energy Webcast Series to assist local governments with climate change and clean energy efforts.

    These webcasts will resume in late October 2010, with a two-part series on Adaptation to Climate Change. Dates and other details will be announced later.

    For more information or to view past webcasts »

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ARTICLES

  1. Accelerating the Adoption of Market Ready Solid State Lighting
    NEEP and DesignLights Consortium Announce Public Release of Qualified Products List

    Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships has announced the public release of the DesignLights Consortium's highly successful Qualified Products List, a list of independently verified first-class, energy efficient lighting products. Launched in October of 2009, the Qualified Products List provides a central place for manufacturers to submit product performance data for an independent, third-party assessment by the DLC. The list is a valuable resource for utilities and energy efficiency program administrators to identify products that can qualify for their incentive programs. Originally available only to members of the DLC, members agreed that a public version of the list could benefit the wider building and design industries after interest in the list and in DLC membership grew.

    Read full article »

  2. 12 Cranston (RI) schools earn energy-efficiency label
    The schools earned the label because they have worked to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This includes insulating windows to minimize air leaks, installing computerized energy systems, adding energy-efficient boilers, windows, lighting, ventilation equipment, carbon dioxide fan controls, temperature controls, water conservation upgrades and hiring an energy manger.

    Read full article (must scroll halfway down) »

  3. Vermont energy efficiency grants announced
    Vermont's congressional delegation announced at the end of August $5.7 million in federal funding to help Vermont households use "smart meter" systems and install solar thermal and solar hot water technologies.

    Read full article »

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EVENTS

  1. October is ENERGY MONTH! Check out events around New England
    Oct 2 NESEA Green Buildings Open House
    Find NESEA Green Buildings Open House Sites - Search NESEA's database of Green Buildings Open House sites to find the ones nearest you and to read a description of each site's sustainable features. Or you can search by building features in the link below called Request a List of Green Buildings.
       
    Oct 15 Take Charge!  Electric Vehicle (EV) Conference
    Powering the Future of Transportation in New England
    University of Rhode Island, Bay Campus in Narragansett
       
    Oct 18 Twelve Cranston schools receive ENERGY STAR labels
    School Committee Meeting
    Western Hills Middle School, Cranston, RI
    7pm
       
    Oct 19-20 NEWEA 2010 Joint Energy & Sustainability Specialty Seminar & Exhibit
    Conference, Exhibits and Tours
    at The Cape Codder, Hyannis, MA
       
    Oct 23 First Parish Church of Needham – first house of worship in the nation to receive an ENERGY STAR label
    ENERGY STAR workshop on resources for the faith community, co-sponsored by Mass Interfaith Power and Light
    9:00AM-12:30 PM, First Parish Church, 23 Dedham Avenue, Needham, MA 02492
       
  2. Cambridge Stretch Energy Code Workshop for Residential Projects – Oct 6
    Sponsored by the Cambridge Community Development Department & Inspectional Services Department
    Main Library Lecture Hall, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA
    Wednesday, October 6, 6:00 to 8:30 pm

    Find out about the Stretch Energy Code requirements for residential projects and get your questions answered

    RSVPs appreciated, but not required: jbolduc@cambridgema.gov or 617-349-4628

  3. Bow, NH – Free workshop: Weatherization to Keep the Heat in Your Home – Oct 14
    Sponsored by the Bow Energy Committee and Baker Free Library
    Baker Free Library, 509 South Street, Bow, NH
    6:30 – 8:00pm with plenty of time for Q and A.

    Button Up NH – Session led by Bob Tortorice (Certified Home Energy Rater HERS, BPI, MBA, CGB,CGP, and more) of Building Alternatives; presentation by Clean Air-Cool Planet and the New England Carbon Challenge.

    This workshop will include information on how simple household adjustments and modest investments can lead to significant energy savings over the long haul.

    ** Limited Seating **
    Please register at http://BowEnergyFrugality.eventbrite.com or sign up at the Baker Free Library (224-7113) or Bow Community Center (228-2222).

  4. Cambridge, MA – Transatlantic Perceptions of Climate Change: The Role of the Arts & Media – Oct 18 & 19
    Monday, Oct 18, 6 to 8 pm and Tuesday, Oct 19, 9 am to 1:30 pm

    Boston University School for Management, 595 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, free, RSVP requested at (617) 353-9720

    Andrew Revkin, NY Times Dot Earth blogger; Prof. Stefan Rahmstorf (Potsdam University; sea level rise expert) & others Organized by the Goethe Institut Boston

  5. Concord, NH – Building New Hampshire Trade Show & Conference at the Grappone Center – Nov 2-4
    Join us, learn, exchange ideas, and make new connections! This is your opportunity to display, explore, test, and demo the latest in energy-efficient, sustainable building materials and products. This exciting three-day conference will include professional development seminars, continuing education, and certification courses for building pros. Exhibits will include products from the design phase through the completion of residential built environment.

    For more information »

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. Sustainability Training Grants from Enterprise Green Communities
    Enterprise Green Communities offers Sustainability Training Grants up to $5,000 for affordable housing developers to maximize the health, economic and environmental benefits of green development throughout the project's life cycle. This grant program provides an opportunity to transfer the design knowledge that informed the Green Communities planning and construction process to the residents, as well as operations and management staff.

    Funding is available to cover the design and distribution of an operations and maintenance manual and the development as well as the implementation of a training curriculum that supports long-term operations and maintenance.
    • Open to 501(c)(3) nonprofits, tribally designated housing entities; and for-profit entities participating through joint ventures with qualified organizations.
    • Please note that applications for joint ventures must identify the nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization as the legal entity to receive the grant, if awarded funding.
    • The applicant and the development team must demonstrate their qualifications to successfully carry out the proposed development.
    More information »

  2. Incentives and rebates – visit dsireusa.org and click on your state
    DSIREUSA is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.

    Visit www.dsireusa.org

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TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ENERGY STAR webinars (all times are EST; registration required but free)
    • Oct 5,1pm, For NACo Members: ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for America's Counties
    • Oct 6, 3pm, Earth Care Congregations and How ENERGY STAR Can Help
    • Oct 20, 12pm, Office Buildings: Rating Energy Performance with EPA's Portfolio Manager
    • Oct 28, 1pm, Energy Efficiency Program Sponsors: Scoring Energy Performance with EPA's Portfolio Manager
    Register for all ENERGY STAR webinars »

  2. University of Rhode Island at Providence - Master Energy Training Program – October classes
    The Master Energy Training Program is a 7-session training program that provides interested homeowners and business owners with practical information on how to save money and the environment with energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy.

    Dates & Topics:
    Tuesday, Oct 5, 6-8 pm, From Fossil Fuels to Future Fuels
    Thursday, Oct 7, 6-8 pm,  Energy Management and Planning
    Tuesday, Oct 12, 6-8 pm, Low Cost/No Cost Energy Solutions
    Thursday, Oct 14, 6-8 pm, Big Investment, Big Return: Renewable Energy
    Tuesday, Oct 19, 6-8 pm, Energy Policy from the Ground Up: Legislation, Policy and Incentives
    Thursday, Oct 21, 6-8 pm, Cutting Edge Energy Research in Rhode Island
    Tuesday ,Oct 26, 6-8 pm, Educating the Public on Energy: Volunteering and Final Exam

    More Information »

  3. Department of Energy Solution Center Webcasts
    DOE offers free online training to help organizations improve their energy performance.

    Oct 5, 2pm, Sustainable Communities and Vehicle Miles Traveled Reduction
    Oct 7, 2pm, Strategies for Making Existing Buildings High-Performance
    Oct 12, 1:30pm, Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) Pricing and Financing
    Oct 13, 12pm, Future Funding: Effective Models for Leveraging Public Funds
    Oct 14, 2pm, Energy Code Compliance and Enforcement Best Practices
    Oct 15, 12pm, Energy Management Systems: Maximizing Energy Savings

    Register for any of these trainings or to view past webcast »

  4. Remaining Massachusetts Energy Codes Trainings for 2010 – Westborough and Southeast/Brockton, MA

    A few remaining classes are being offered this fall to help Building Professionals and Code Officials prepare for the changes to the MA Energy Code implemented in 2010. The class covers incremental changes over the 7th Edition, several significant departures from the current (and previous) editions of the code, and the optional MA Stretch code which has been adopted by over 40 MA communities. CEUs are available from BBRS, BPI, NAHB, ASHI and AIA.

    Massachusetts Commercial Energy Code schedule:
    Friday, 10/8/10, 8:30am - Westborough
    Friday, 10/15/10, 8:30am - Southeast/Brockton
    Friday, 10/22/10, 8:30am - Westborough

    More information »
    Register for a class »
    Questions? Contact 800-369-3333 x301 or training@cetonline.org

  5. Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Announces Energy Efficiency Training Courses – Middleton and Fall River, MA
    Massachusetts Clean Energy Center announced the second round of weatherization workshops under the MassGREEN Initiative, which provides energy efficiency workforce training for individuals and contracting firms throughout the Commonwealth.

    Seating is limited to 12 people per class. Courses consist of 26 three-hour sessions over seven to eight weeks, for a total of 78 hours of classroom and hands-on training. For more information about the class schedule visit the following websites:

    North Shore Community College – Middleton, MA
    North Shore Technical High School
    October 4 to December 15
    Search course: CSA825

    Bristol Community College – Fall River
    The Green Center
    October 18 to January 24

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