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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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.



The 16th National Brownfields Training Conference, the largest event focused on environmental revitalization and economic redevelopment, will take place on September 2-4, 2015 in Chicago, IL. Educational tracks focus on environmental cleanup and assessment, liability and enforcement, sustainable communities, state/tribal/local partnerships, and much more. This event is cosponsored by the U.S. EPA and ICMA. Find out more here.


National Science Foundation’s Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events Program (IMEE)
The IMEE program supports fundamental, multidisciplinary research on the impact of hazards and extreme events upon civil infrastructure and society. The program is focused upon research on the mitigation of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from multi-hazard disasters. Community and societal resilience and sustainability are important topics within the research portfolio of IMEE. The program is deeply multidisciplinary and attempts to integrate multiple issues from civil, mechanical, transportation, and system engineering, sociology, psychology, economics, geography, political science, urban planning, epidemiology, natural and physical science, and computer science. Learn more here.

Application Deadline: September 15, 2015

Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council’s Spill Impact Component Planning Grants
Gulf Coast States of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas are invited to apply for grants to fund planning activities to develop individual State Expenditure Plans (SEP) under the Spill Impact Component of the Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act). Learn more here.

Application Deadline: December 31, 2015


Webinar: Building Climate Resilient Cities
July 30, 2015 @ 1:00-2:30PM EST--This webinar will share tools and innovative practices for building city-level resilience to climate change, developed under USAID’s Climate Resilient Infrastructure Services (CRIS) program, an initiative of CCRD. Cities face challenges from rapid growth, pressure to meet immediate short term needs, at the expense of long term sustainability, a lack of coordination between departments and with regional and national counterparts, and limited technical knowledge, financial resources, access to climate data, and capacity to manage risks posed by climate change. This webinar will focus on practical approaches for promoting resilience in cities, including tools and resources developed by CRIS. Register for the webinar here.

Webinar: No Safety, No Health: A Conversation About Race, Place and Preventing Violence
August 4, 2015 @ 2:00PM EST--The recent events in Charleston, South Carolina, Baltimore, Maryland, and Ferguson, Missouri, remind us that stigma, inequalities and civil rights injustices remain in our society today. Racism, both intentional and unintentional, affects the health and well-being of individuals and communities and stifles the opportunity of many to contribute fully to the future and growth of this nation. Join the leadership of the American Public Health Association in a summer webinar series about racism's impact on health and disparities. In the second of four webinars, hear from APHA Past President Linda Degutis, former director of the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Howard Pinderhughes of UC San Francisco, Policy Link, and the Prevention Institute for an important discussion about race, place and preventing violence. This webinar will explore the role of public health in preventing this epidemic and the value of engaging many sectors in the solution. Register for the webinar here.

2015 Community Involvement Training Conference (Atlanta, GA)
August 4-6, 2015--The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 14th Community Involvement Training Conference will be held August 4 – 6, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia. This dynamic conference brings together more than 450 people from EPA and the Agency’s partners and stakeholders who plan and implement environmental community involvement, partnership, stewardship, outreach, and education programs. This three-day conference features plenary sessions with guest speakers, topical discussions, multiple 90-minute information sessions, and dozens of engaging and interactive 3-, 4-, and 7-hour training sessions. The conference also includes field trips demonstrating the power of effective community involvement and cooperative conservation efforts in the Atlanta area, an eco-café, exhibits, and networking opportunities. Learn more and register here.

Climate Education Regional Workshop (Silver Spring, MD)
August 5, 2015 @ 8:00AM-4:30PM EST--NOAA's Climate Stewards Education Project (CSEP) is collaborating with Federal, State and NGO partners to convene four climate-science workshops for formal and informal educators. Participants will hear from and interact with climate science, education and communication experts, and visit research facilities to explore foundational technologies and innovations in Earth-system research. This workshop will focus on the region and topical impacts of climate change, with a goal of connecting educators and their students/audiences to the best-available, science-based information and resources about climate change. Learn more and register here.

National Brownfields Training Conference (Chicago, IL)
September 2-4, 2015--Brownfields 2015 is the premier conference and trade show focused on environmental revitalization and economic redevelopment. Features of the conference include a dynamic educational program of speakers, discussions, mobile workshops, films and other learning formats that are calibrated to provide you with case study examples, program updates, and useful strategies for meeting your brownfield challenges head on. Find out more and register here.


U.S. Requires Arizona and New Mexico Plant Owners to Reduce Emissions at Navajo Nation Four Corners Power Plant
Wednesday, June 24, 2015--The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice announced a federal Clean Air Act settlement with several Arizona and New Mexico-based utility companies to install pollution control technology to reduce harmful air pollution from the Four Corners Power Plant located on the Navajo Nation near Shiprock, New Mexico. The settlement requires an estimated $160 million in upgrades to the plant’s sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution controls. The settlement also requires $6.7 million to be spent on three health and environmental mitigation projects for tribal members and payment of a $1.5 million civil penalty. EPA expects that the actions required by the settlement will reduce harmful emissions by approximately 5,540 tons per year. Learn more here.


White House, EPA Honor Environmental Education Award Winners
Friday, July 17, 2015-- The White House Council on Environmental Quality, in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recognized the winners and honorable mentions for the annual President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) and Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE). The 44 students and 27 teachers from across the country were honored at a ceremony at the White House for outstanding contributions to environmental education and stewardship. Learn more here.

EPA Sixth Annual National Building Competition 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015-- For the sixth consecutive year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR program is hosting the National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings to help organizations improve the energy and water efficiency of their commercial buildings, save money, and protect the environment. More than 125 teams and more than 6,500 individual competitors are measuring and tracking their building's monthly energy and water consumption using ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®, EPA's online measurement and tracking tool. Learn more here.

EPA Report to Congress: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is Accelerating Great Lakes Cleanup and Protection
Tuesday, July 28, 2015-- During its first five years, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative implemented more than 2500 projects to improve water quality, clean up contaminated shoreline, protect and restore native habitat and species and prevent and control invasive species in the Great Lakes. That work, which began in 2010, is summarized in a new Report to Congress and the President. This project has produced unparalleled results, including delisting five Great Lakes Areas of Concern, protecting, enhancing and restoring over 148,000 acres of wetlands, coastal, upland and island habitat, working with the agricultural community to reduce phosphorus runoff, which contributes to algal blooms, and preventing new introductions of invasive species. Learn more here.


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