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Tuesday, December 2, 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.



Brownfields National Training Conference Call for Ideas – session ideas must be submitted by December 8th!
The Brownfields 2015 Call for Ideas has been extended to December 8, 2014! Your ideas for interactive, insightful, and engaging educational sessions are being sought for Brownfields 2015. Submit your ideas for educational sessions tailored to encourage conversations and participation from attendees. Find more information here.


Environmental Solutions for Communities Initiative
In 2012, Wells Fargo and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) launched the Environmental Solutions for Communities initiative, designed to support projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment. Find out more here.
Application Deadline: December 10, 2014

2015 Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup Grants
EPA's Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup grants may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum). Opportunities for funding include Brownfields Assessment Grants (each funded up to $200,000 over three years; Assessment Coalitions are funded up to $600,000 over three years) and Brownfields Cleanup Grants (each funded up to $200,000 over three years). Explore and apply here.
Application Deadline: December 19, 2014

Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development Program
(Ladders of Opportunity Initiative)
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of approximately $9 million for proposals that promote innovative nationally and regionally significant public transportation workforce development models and programs that invest in America’s economic growth and help build ladders of opportunity into the middle class for American workers. Synopses and the full announcement can be found here.
Application Deadline: December 23, 2014

Grants Available for Stormwater Management, Habitat Restoration
The National Association of Counties, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Wildlife Habitat Council, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USDA Forest Service, Southern Company, FedEx and PG&E, are seeking applications for the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program. Approximately $2.1 million will be available in 2015, and grants will range from $20,000 to $50,000. Projects should engage diverse partners for wetland, forest, riparian and coastal habitat restoration, stormwater management, outreach and stewardship with a particular focus on water quality, watersheds and habitats. Communities must provide a 1:1 match. Contact Sustainable Strategies DC for help in preparing your proposal. Explore and apply here.
Application Deadline: February 3, 2015

FY 2014 CN Implementations Grants NOFA
The FY2014 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants Notice of Funds Availability was issued on November 6, 2014 and announced approximately $76 million available for awards. Eligible applicants are public housing authorities, local governments, nonprofits, tribal entities and for-profit developers. Applications must present a plan to revitalize a severely distressed public and/or HUD-assisted multifamily housing project located in a distressed neighborhood into a viable, mixed-income community. Learn more here. Application Deadline: February 9, 2015


WEBINAR: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities
December 4, 2014 @ 1:30 PM EST
How can we improve conditions in some of the country’s most distressed places? What Counts: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities, a new volume of essays published jointly by the Urban Institute and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, addresses this question. Its contributors argue that the answers must be data-driven and require better collection, use, and sharing of information across sectors. Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the volume brings together authors from community development, public health, education, and related fields. Learn more and register here.

WEBINAR: How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR
December 4, 2014 @ 1:00 PM EST
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. Learn more here.

WEBINAR: Recent Changes to the National Flood Insurance Program – What can a planner do?
December 5, 2014 @ 1:00 PM EST
Seventy years ago, efforts to control floodwater in the United States focused on structural projects such as dams, levees, and seawalls. This approach did not reduce flood losses and development continued in flood hazard areas. A broader strategy developed over time to include both the management of floodwater and damage-prone development. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1968, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) provides a general framework to mitigate future flood losses that communities must adopt and enforce as a condition for federally backed flood insurance protection. Mounting flood losses and recent catastrophic events, however, have bankrupted the NFIP. This financial instability led to the adoption of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act in 2012 (BW-12) to extend the NFIP for five years and make significant changes in insurance and mapping requirements. This presentation will review some of these changes and outline steps that planners can take to mitigate present and future impacts of the new law. Learn more and register here.

WEBINAR: Using EPA’s Target Finder & Portfolio Manager for Commercial New Construction Projects
December 16, 2014 @ 2:00 PM EST
This webinar will demonstrate the Target Finder tool and its integration with the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Attendees will also learn the benefits of achieving ENERGY STAR on building design projects, how to assess and improve the efficiency of design’s intended energy use, and how to set and achieve design energy efficiency targets. Learn more here.


Evanston Designated as EPA “Green Power Community”
Evanston, Ill., has been recognized as an official “Green Power Community” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Residents, businesses and the city collectively use more than 228 million kWh of green electricity annually, making up 30.3 percent of Evanston’s total electricity usage. That far exceeds the 3 percent minimum green power use requirement set forth by the EPA to earn GPC recognition. “Evanston has always been a leader in protecting the environment and supporting sustainable living,” said Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl. Evanston residents and small businesses purchase 130 million kWh of green power annually through the city's Community Choice Aggregation program. In April, the Evanston City Council approved a three-year contract with Homefield Energy, providing participating residents and small business with 100 percent renewable energy. Learn more about Evanston, Illinois energy usage here.


2015 ENERGY STAR Awards Application Deadline Approaching
Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) honor organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. Next year's winners will be recognized at the ENERGY STAR Awards Ceremony on April 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. All organizations participating in the ENERGY STAR program are encouraged to apply for an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award. The deadline to submit a Final Award Application through your MESA Account is 8 PM EST on December 4, 2014. Explore and learn more here.

EPA to Assist Water Utilities in Bolstering Climate Resilience and Readiness
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing up to $600,000 in training and technical assistance to help water utilities in more than 20 communities bolster their climate change resilience and readiness. "Climate change isn’t a distant threat – it is already impacting communities across the country,” said Ken Kopocis, deputy assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Water. "EPA is helping water utilities plan for and adapt to these challenges to ensure that they can continue to meet their public health and environmental missions no matter what circumstances may arise in the future.” During each risk assessment, utilities will consider potential future climate change impacts in an effort to build more climate-ready and resilient water services and infrastructure. See the list of communities receiving assistance from the EPA here.


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