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Monday, February 16, 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.



Development of Feasibility Studies under the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program for Fiscal Year 2015
The U.S. Department of the Interior’s WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America’s Resources for Tomorrow) program establishes a framework to provide Federal leadership and assistance for using water efficiently, integrating water and energy policies to support the sustainable use of all natural resources, and coordinating the water conservation activities of various Interior bureaus and offices. Click here to learn more and apply. Application Deadline: March 3, 2015

EPA Announces $2.7 Million in Environmental Education Grants
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the availability of $2,730,000 of funding for Environmental Education Local Grants. The maximum allowed grant under the program is $91,000. The purpose of the Environmental Education Local Grants Program is to support locally-focused environmental education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues. The grants program also provides participants with the opportunity to develop skills needed in order to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment. Learn more here. Application Deadline: March 6, 2015


Webinar: $1.4 Billion in New Clean Renewable Energy Bonds
February 17, 2015 – 1:00 PM EST
The IRS recently released guidance announcing the reallocation of remaining volume cap for New Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (New CREBs), a tool to finance facilities generating electricity from wind, solar, landfill gas, biomass, geothermal and hydro. During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, learn from our expert panel about the availability of New CREBs, how to navigate the application process, and the types of projects that are eligible to use these bonds.
Register for the webinar here.

WEBINAR: Sustaining Places Through the Comprehensive Plan
February 18, 2015 – 4:00 PM EST
Sustainability and comprehensive planning can run on two separate tracks within local government. To create sustaining places, the programs have to come together - but how? APA has worked with 13 communities to develop standards for integrating sustainability into comprehensive plans. Hear about the standards and the goals behind them. Find out what goes into the plan, and get tips for successful public participation and plan implementation. Officials and their staff will see what makes a good comprehensive plan and how it can guide the community's future. Register here.

WEBINAR: Financing Tools for Brownfields Transformation
February 19, 2015 – 2:00 PM EST
This webinar will highlight communities that have successfully employed the development finance toolbox to transform former brownfield sites into economic assets. Attend this webinar to discover how tools such as tax increment finance, loan funds and tax credits can bring your brownfield redevelopment projects to life! The series will include three 90-minute webinars over the year and will focus on effective utilization of brownfields and redevelopment financing tools, while highlighting best practices, case studies, and CDFA’s technical assistance program participants. This series is designed for professionals who work directly with brownfield sites as well as economic development professionals and communities interested in shaping programs to enhance redevelopment financing opportunities. Register for this webinar here.

WEBINAR: Collaborating for Resilience
February 26, 2015 – 12:00 PM EST
The challenging impacts of climate change disproportionately affect those with the least resources to prepare, sustain and recover. How do municipal decision makers and civic leaders promote effective engagement with all community members, especially those that are likely to be most impacted? This webinar will cover: How to build equity into resilience and adaptation planning and implementation; and how to promote effective engagement with community-based organizations and historically marginalized populations. Register here.

WEBINAR: Using Solar Energy to Enhance Community Resilience
February 26, 2015 – 3:00 PM EST
In this webinar, local energy planner Stephan Schmidt will highlight a number of potential connections between solar energy use and community resilience and present a series of recommendations for local governments. Then, hazards planning expert Jim Schwab, AICP, will discuss opportunities to improve energy security and reduce economic uncertainty by integrating solar development into hazard mitigation and post-disaster recovery planning efforts. Finally, clean energy finance expert Rob Sanders will discuss planning and financing clean, resilient power projects (i.e., using solar energy systems with on-site storage to power critical infrastructure). Register here.


Community-driven Revitalization: Together in Freeport, Illinois
The East Side of Freeport, Illinois, is a remarkable place. This African-American neighborhood has been home to families for generations. Residents have a strong sense of community and deep affection for the area. However, frequent flooding from the Pecatonica River has not just damaged homes but impacted the community’s economic vitality. The community also has vacant former industrial areas, petroleum contamination, and has been subject to illegal dumping at the CMC Heartland Superfund site. These have exacerbated the legacy of racial segregation, strained relationships with civic leadership, and diminished access to community amenities. In 2013, community members began to tackle these challenges. Click here to learn more about their efforts.


New Executive Order: Federal Flood Risk Management Standard
President Obama signed Executive Order 13690, Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input, on January 30, 2015. The new E.O. amends E.O. 11988, Floodplain Management, and, among other things, provides 3 approaches that federal agencies can use now to establish the flood elevation and hazard area for consideration in their decision making: climate-informed science approach, adding 2-3 feet of elevation to the 100-year floodplain, and using the 500-year floodplain. Click here to learn more.


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