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Tuesday, March 17, 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.



Funding to Strengthen Environmental Literacy for Community Resilience
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Office of Education is now accepting applications for the 2015 "Strengthening the Public's and/or K-12 Students Environmental Literacy for Community Resilience to Extreme Weather Events and Environmental Changes" competitive grants program. NOAA will support projects that build the environmental literacy necessary for community resilience by focusing on geographic awareness and an understanding of Earth systems and the threats and vulnerabilities that are associated with a community's location. Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education, educational non-profits including museums, zoos, and aquariums, K-12 public and independent school systems, and state, local and Indian tribal governments. Proposed projects should be between two and five years in duration and have total budget requests of $250,000 to $500,000 for all years of the project. Learn more here. Application Deadline: April 13, 2015

Environmental Finance Centers (EFCs) Grant Competition
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of funds and solicits applications from eligible entities for regional Environmental Finance Centers (EFCs) that provide multi-media environmental finance expertise and outreach to regulated communities. EPA recognizes that given the trends of growing costs and increasing resource pressures, the need to support the environmental work of regulated communities through vehicles such as the regional Environmental Finance Centers is as important and timely as ever. The EFC’s will be established and supported in EPA regions across the country to provide regulated parties with finance-related training, technical assistance, finance studies, and other analytical support (eligible services) to help them develop sustainable solutions to the critical “how-to-pay” issues associated with meeting environmental standards and goals. Learn eligibility details and application instructions through this link. Application Deadline: April 30, 2015

State Energy Program 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcement
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE's) State Energy Program (SEP) seeks applications for Fiscal Year 2015 Competitive Financial Assistance Awards. This competitive Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will allow states to compete for EERE funding focused on two areas of interest: State Energy Planning / Opportunities for Innovative Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Practices. This FOA provides up to $5 million for cooperative agreements that allow states to develop high-impact, innovative approaches and solutions to transform clean energy (including energy efficiency and renewable energy) markets and achieve the economic and environmental benefits that clean energy offers. Learn more here. Application Deadline: Rolling


Webinar: Spring “Cleaning” – Innovative Energy Solutions on Institutional Property
March 19, 2015 – 1:15 PM EST
NREL's analysis informs various stakeholders on technological, environmental, policy and economic decisions as energy-efficient and renewable energy technologies advance from concept to commercial application to market penetration. With objective, technology-neutral analysis, NREL aims to increase the understanding of energy policies, markets, resources, technologies, and infrastructure and connections between these and economic, environmental, and security priorities. Click here to register for the webinar.

Webinar: Sustainable City Year – Linking College Students with Local Entities to Move toward a Sustainable Future in Oregon 
March 19, 2015 – 2:00 PM EST
The Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP) links the students of the University of Oregon with an Oregon city, county, special district, or partnership of governments for an entire academic year. Each year, a partner city receives assistance with their sustainability goals through the work of student classes across the University. In a typical year, 400+ students from 10-12 disciplines across 20-30 classes might work on 15-20 partner-directed projects, devoting 40,000+ hours of work to helping a local entity transition to a more sustainable future. Now in its sixth year, SCYP is enabling cities to reach their sustainability goals in an affordable manner while transforming higher education into an arena where students can learn through real-life problem solving. Register here.

Webinar: The Mississippi River – Is Sustainable Infrastructure a Watershed Solution?
March 25, 2015 – 12:00 PM EST
Through the efforts of several national civil engineering associations and the Harvard School of Design, the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) formed to advance the development and practice of a web based tool for measuring and encouraging sustainability in civil infrastructure projects of all kinds, other than habitable buildings. "Envision"" is now an in-depth guidance and rating system used to assess and improve the sustainability metrics of all types and sizes of infrastructure projects. During this interview, participants with learn about Envision's watershed approach to water infrastructure as panelists explore Envision's application to water infrastructure projects on the Mississippi River. In this day and age of casting about for ways to address the great river’s water quality and its infrastructure, Envision provides a practical and feasible way forward. Register here.

Webinar: Climate Impacts – Getting the Message Out 
March 26, 2015 – 12:00 PM EST
How can we connect the dots for people in our communities about climate impacts? This webinar will build participants' skills in targeting communication strategies and messaging to effectively engage and strengthen community support. This webinar will cover: Language to include and avoid while talking about climate change; How to frame messages on climate mitigation and adaptation; How to identify community values and interests in order to connect with mainstream Americans. Password to Register is: resilience. Register for the webinar here.


Marin County Partners Launch App to Track Sustainability
A partnership of 16 jurisdictions in Marin County has launched a new interactive sustainability tracker illustrating progress being made by local governing bodies, residents and businesses toward reducing emissions and increasing sustainable practices. The Marin Sustainability Tracker includes 12 metrics gauging a community’s level of consumption and implementation of sustainability measures related to energy, waste, transportation, water and greenhouse gas reductions. Learn more here.

Free Livability Technical Assistance Coming to Nine Communities
Project for Public Spaces and their partners at Livability Solutions are pleased to announce the nine communities selected to receive free technical assistance in 2015, thanks to a grant to Project for Public Spaces from the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Sustainable Communities under their Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program. Each recipient will receive a one- or two-day workshop with one of our Livability Solutions partners to tackle a particular sustainable communities challenge or opportunity in their community. The nine selected applicants represent a diverse group of communities from across the United States, from large cities to rural communities. Learn more here.


Advancing Sustainable Development in the United States
A United Nations summit to adopt sustainable development goals will take place this September. Among these is a proposed goal to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, which expresses global intent to provide adequate water and sanitation to everyone. When we think about inadequate drinking water and wastewater treatment, it usually brings to mind developing countries. But in our work in the Office of Wastewater Management, we see examples in rural Alaska, Appalachia, the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as smaller communities like Willisville and Lowndes County. Learn more here.


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