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Monday, July 7, 2014

LGEAN Update is a biweekly newsletter published by the International City/County Management Association. Its purpose is to keep you up to date on the latest environmental information of interest to local governments.


EPA Releases New Policy Statement on Climate Change Adaptation
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released a new policy statement on climate change adaptation to help the nation prepare for and respond to the impacts of a changing climate. The policy commits the Agency to work with states, tribes, and local communities to increase their resilience to extreme weather events and prepare for the impacts of climate change. -- (full text)

EPA Proposes Updates to Reduce Methane, Other Harmful Pollution from New Landfills
As part of the President’s Climate Action Plan Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing updates to its air standards for new municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. These updates would require certain landfills to capture additional landfill gas, which would reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and help further reduce pollution that harms public health. The agency also is seeking broad public feedback on how and whether to update guidelines for existing landfills. -- (full text)

EPA Proposes First Guidelines to Cut Carbon Pollution from Existing Power PlantsOn June 2, 2014, EPA proposed a commonsense plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants. States, cities and businesses across the country are already taking action to address the risks of climate change. EPA's proposal builds on those actions and is flexible - reflecting that different states have a different mix of sources and opportunities, and reflecting the important role of states as full partners with the federal government in cutting pollution. This proposal will maintain an affordable, reliable energy system, while cutting pollution and protecting our health and environment now and for future generations. -- (full text)


New Energy Efficiency Standardization Roadmap Establishes National Framework for Action
With the release today of the Standardization Roadmap: Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment, U.S. industry, government, standards developing organizations (SDOs) and other energy efficiency stakeholders now have a national framework for action and coordination on future energy efficiency standardization. Developed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC) a cross-sector group chaired by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Schneider Electric the roadmap charts 125 recommendations and timelines for action to advance energy efficiency in the built environment. This important new resource is available as a free download at

USDA Announced Resources for Bioenergy Research, Converting to Biomass Fuel Systems
USDA announced a valuable aid to those in, or interested in, starting a bio-energy business, the Bioeconomy Tool Shed. The Tool Shed is a portal offering users access to a complement of web-based tools and information, statistical data and other resources related to the sustainable production and conversion of biomass into products and fuel, a process often referred to as the bioeconomy. Find out more here.

Water Security Resources from the US EPA now available on LGEAN!
Check out resources from the U.S. EPA's Office of Water that have been added to the Drinking Water, Wastewater, and Public Safety/Emergency Management pages on (located in the "Resources" section under "EPA"). Learn about the importance of protecting the health and safety of your community's residents on the "Basic Information about Water Security" page by watching the "Don't Get Soaked" video. – Click here to view these resources on the Emergency Management Page.


WEBINAR: Green Infrastructure: Enhancing Cities by Managing Stormwater -- Jul 02, 2014 @ 4PM EDT
Stormwater Management has changed dramatically in the last several years, as it has moved away from a flood control perspective toward sustainability of our rivers and watersheds. We have moved from detention basins, to incorporating stormwater wetlands, to pervious pavements, green roofs and bioretention and Low Impact Development utilizing green technologies. Stormwater Control Measures have been constructed and are under study at Villanova University. Dr. Traver will discuss the issues, and results from these studies, focusing on biofiltration, and the lessons learned from using the campus as a field research site. Webinar information/registration.

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  • The Federal Guiding Principles Checklist in ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® -- Jul 10, 2014 @ 2PM EDT. Tailored to Federal energy and sustainability professionals, learn how to use Portfolio Manager to help ensure compliance with the Guiding Principles for High Performance Sustainable Buildings required by Executive Orders 13423 and 13514.

  • Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR ® -- Jul 17, 2014 @ 2PM EDT. Learn how public sector organizations are improving energy efficiency with innovative solutions to financial barriers. Topics include financing projects in the public and private sectors, the basics of performance contracting, and how EPAs tools and resources can help you make the decision to improve your facilities now or later.

  • Portfolio Manager® Office Hours, Focus Topic: Green Power -- Jul 24, 2014 @ 1PM EDT. 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 July, the topic will be Green Power in Portfolio Manager. The first 20-30 minutes of the session will be spent on this topic, while the remaining hour will be used to answer any questions you have about Portfolio Manager (not limited to the focus topic).

  • Portfolio Manager® 101-- Jul 29, 2014 @ 1PM EDT. Get started using EPAs Portfolio Manager tool. Well introduce and demonstrate the core functionality of the Portfolio Manager tool, including how to enter properties, enter energy and water data, share data with others, and generate performance reports.

  • Portfolio Manager® 201-- Jul 30, 2014 @ 1PM EDT. Take a deeper dive into the more advanced functionalities of Portfolio Manager such as managing changes in property uses over time, using spreadsheet templates to quickly upload data, setting goals, and creating custom reports.

  • How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR® -- Jul 31, 2014 @ 1PM EDT. 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.

Local News

Milwaukee’s Green Infrastructure Program Finances 21 Projects
The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District will assist in financing 21 rain capturing projects from rooftop gardens and porous pavement to cisterns, wetlands and roadside swales through communities, schools, churches and businesses. If all 21 projects succeed, they will collect nearly 3.5 million gallons of rain from a single storm, and keep the flow out of sewers. The green infrastructure program, known as Fresh Coast 740, will distribute $1.3 billion over the next 20 years in grants to its Milwaukee-area green infrastructure partners. Read the full story here.


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