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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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.



Interested in learning about anaerobic digestion, brownfields and urban sustainability? Listen to a previously recorded webinar at your convenience and learn about an innovative approach to anaerobic digestion in Chicago, IL. The webinar highlights the past successes and future initiatives of Green Era Educational NFP, an educational organization that connects organic waste, renewable energy and local food production. Using anaerobic digestion (AD), the project diverts organic waste from landfills to produce renewable energy and nutrient-rich soil. This will empower communities in South Chicago to increase organic waste recycling, create renewable energy and expand healthy food production. Speakers for the webinar are Linda Yang of Terracon Consultants, Inc., Jason Feldman of Green Era Educational NFP and Keary Cragan of U.S. EPA, Region 5. Find out more and listen here.


Funding Opportunity: Long-term Exposure to Air Pollution and Development of Cardiovascular Disease
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing to expand and inform the understanding of the mechanism(s) by which air pollution contributes to the development of cardiovascular disease. Specifically, research is needed to estimate the total cardiovascular risk associated with exposure to air pollution, including indicators of early subclinical damage and novel endpoints, in addition to established morbidity and mortality outcomes. Research is also needed to understand related endpoints such as markers of cardio-metabolic responses and cerebrovascular disease. In consideration of the implications of this research and of regulations promoting open access to federally funded data, the Agency is seeking applications that develop innovative methods for broad access to data generated in response to this solicitation. Learn more here.

Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-G2016-STAR-B1

Solicitation Closing Date: August 2nd, 2016 11:59:59 pm EST

For more information contact Vito Ilacqua (; phone: 202-564-4512.

Funding Opportunity: Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Water for Agriculture Challenge Area
This AFRI Challenge Area addresses critical water resources issues such as drought, excess soil moisture, flooding, quality and others in an agricultural context. Funding will be used to develop management practices, technologies, and tools for farmers, ranchers, forest owners and managers, public decision makers, public and private managers, and citizens to improve water resource quantity and quality. The long-term goal of the AFRI Water for Agriculture Challenge Area is to tackle critical water issues by developing both regional systems for the sustainable use and reuse, flow and management of water, and at the watershed and farm scales, water issues focused on production and environmental sustainability efforts. Project types supported within this Challenge area are multi-function Integrated Research, Education, and/or Extension Projects and Food and Agricultural Enhancement (FASE) Grants. Learn more here.

Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NIFA-AFRI-005460

Closing Date: August 4th, 2016

For more information contact James P. Dobrowolski (; phone: 202-401-3254.

Funding Opportunity: Play Everywhere Challenge
The Play Everywhere Challenge is a national competition that will award $1 million in prizes for the best replicable scalable innovations in city redevelopment and design that help make play easy, available and fun for kids and families.

Winning ideas will receive a share of $1 million. Prize amounts will fall within the following ranges: Small Scale [$500-$5,000], Medium Scale [$5,001-$25,000], and Large Scale [$25,001-$50,000]. Prizes will be determined after the finalist phase and will depend on project budgets and available funding. Large scale awards will be highly competitive with a maximum award of $50,000. Learn more here.

Deadline to Submit an Idea: May 31st, 2016

For more information contact KaBOOM! at (202) 659-0215.


Webinar: Making the Connection: Climate Changes Children’s Health (Part II of the Four-Part Making the Connection: Climate Changes Health)
Date: May 26th, 2016, Time: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm EST
APHA and ecoAmerica are proud to co-sponsor a four-part webinar series investigating the health impacts of climate change. The series explores the connection between climate change and key areas of our health: allergies and asthma; health risks in children; mental health; and transportation and healthy community design as a mitigation approach. During this webinar, participants will gain insights on how climate change can influence children’s health and well-being. For more information and to register, click here.

Webinar: Commercial Building Envelope Technology Webinar Series
Date: May 31st, 2016, Time: 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm EST
U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Building Alliance and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are hosting a webinar series focused on advancing envelope technologies in commercial buildings. For more information and to register, click here.

Webinar: Making the Connection: Changing Climate through Healthy Community Design and Transportation (Part III of the Four-Part Making the Connection: Climate Changes Health Series)
Date: June 7th, 2016, Time: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm EST
APHA and ecoAmerica are proud to co-sponsor a four-part webinar series investigating the health impacts of climate change. The series explores the connection between climate change and key areas of our health: allergies and asthma; health risks in children; mental health; and transportation and healthy community design as a mitigation approach. During this webinar, participants will discover how transportation and healthy community design can ease the clinical impacts of climate change. For more information and to register, click here.

Webinar: Air Quality Monitoring and Community Science
Date: June 15th, 2016, Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST
EPA researchers develop environmental and health-relevant tools with one overarching goal: to help solve problems. To ensure that the resources EPA develops are accessible and useful to needs on the ground, EPAs Office of Research and Development (ORD) hosts a Tools and Resources webinar the third Wednesday of each month to share our research, demonstrate tools and seek input from our partners. Representatives of state environment and health agencies, tribes, local governments, communities, and others interested in learning about EPA tools and resources available to help inform decision-making are welcome to attend. For more information and to register, click here.

American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) State Wind Energy Forum
Date: June 22nd, 2016, Time: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm EST
Location: James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is hosting the AWEA State Wind Energy Forum Virginia in collaboration with partners and colleagues in the state. You'll learn about the benefits and challenges of Virginia's potential for land-based and offshore wind industry from state policy, industry, government, and other thought leaders, as well as experts on national, regional, and state wind markets; grid integration; wildlife impacts and mitigation; economics; local economic development benefits; and water and air impacts. For more information and to register, click here.


When buildings compete, we all win 
Friday, May 20, 2016 -- Today, EPA is announcing the results of the 2015 Battle of the Buildings, a national competition between building managers to save the most energy and water. Our nation’s buildings play a vital role in public health because they can harm the environment and cause health problems. We are also announcing the return of the competition in 2016 as Energy Star Bootcamp, which will kick off September 1 and end on November 30. Learn more here.

New Watershed Signs Remind Everyone to Protect the Great Lakes
Friday, May 20, 2016 -- (New York, N.Y. May 20, 2016) A new network of Great Lakes watershed road signs will remind people that the creek, stream or roadside drainage area that they just drove by is part of a system that feeds into the Great Lakes. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck and New York State Department of Environmental Protection Great Lakes Program Coordinator Donald Zelazny unveiled two of the new signs at a ceremony today at Beaver Island State Park in Grand Island, N.Y. The EPA, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Department of Transportation and New York State Thruway Authority are collaborating to install signs along major highways throughout the Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, and St. Lawrence River basins to alert people who don’t see the Great Lakes in their daily lives they have entered the Great Lakes Watershed. Work began in December 2015 to install 15 signs along major highways and will be completed in July 2016. The signs will say: Entering Lake Erie Watershed, Entering Lake Ontario Watershed, or Entering St. Lawrence River Watershed. Learn more here.

The SunShot Story: Challenging the Solar Industry to Say 'What If' Since 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 -- Since 2011, the SunShot Initiative has bolstered the U.S. solar energy industry by funding innovative, cutting-edge technologies that have an immediate, measurable impact on reducing the cost of solar power in an effort to make solar electricity fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources, without incentives, by 2020. The program funds research, development, demonstration, and deployment projects that help the United States reestablish market leadership while improving energy security, strengthening the economy, and combatting climate change. Five years into the SunShot Initiative, the solar industry is already 70% of the way to achieving the SunShot goals, but the remaining 30% of this goal represents some of the toughest work ahead. Learn more here.

EPA Proposes Increase in Renewable Fuel Levels 
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 -- WASHINGTON The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed increases in renewable fuel volume requirements across all types of biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. The proposed increases would boost renewable fuel production and provide for ambitious yet achievable growth. The Renewable Fuel Standards program is a success story that has driven biofuel production and use in the U.S. to levels higher than any other nation, said Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. This administration is committed to keeping the RFS program on track, spurring continued growth in biofuel production and use, and achieving the climate and energy independence benefits that Congress envisioned from this program. Learn more here.

Invasive Tree Pests Cost U.S. Communities $2 Billion Per Year
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 -- MILLBROOK, N.Y. - Imported forest pests cause billions of dollars in damages each year, and U.S. property owners and municipalities foot most of the bill. Efforts to prevent new pests are not keeping pace with escalating trade and must be strengthened if we are to slow the loss of our nation’s trees. So reports a team of 16 scientists in a new paper recently published in the journal Ecological Applications. Dr. Gary Lovett, a forest ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and the paper’s lead author, explains, imported forest pests are the most pressing and underappreciated forest health issue in the U.S. today. We need to act now to strengthen prevention if we are going to protect billions of valuable trees in communities and forests all across the U.S. Learn more here.

New York High School Student Receives Prestigious Award for Developing Clean Drinking Water Project
Friday, May 13, 2016 -- WASHINGTON A Dix Hills, New York, high school senior has won the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award for a project currently providing clean drinking water affordably to a community in Kenya. "On behalf of the agency, I am proud to announce Alexis D Alessandro as the Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability award winner for her work to protect public health and the environment said Dr. Thomas A. Burke, EPA science advisor and deputy assistant administrator of EPA's Office of Research and Development. This award is just one way EPA helps encourage and support the next generation of scientists and engineers to put their passion for innovation into practice." Learn more here.

Cities Hold Key to Saving the Bees 
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 -- If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man. Despite this dire warning, sometimes dubiously attributed to Albert Einstein, America’s natural and commercial bee populations continue to decline dramatically, decimated by pesticides, pathogens, parasites, harsh weather, disappearing pollinator habitats, and climate change all of which seem to be contributing to the mysterious phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder. For Danielle Bilot, we don’t have to be Einsteins to recognize that there are serious problems facing bees. Learn more here.


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