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Tuesday, November 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.



On November 5th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $4 million to four institutions to conduct research to combat the effects of drought and extreme events on water quality in watersheds and at drinking water utilities. 

'As a nation we are witnessing the harmful effects of droughts and extreme events, such as wildfires and flooding, that often follow drought conditions," said Thomas A. Burke, EPA Science Advisor and Deputy Assistant Administrator of EPA's Office of Research and Development. "This research will provide innovative strategies to help local communities, states, tribes, and the federal government better understand the impacts of these problems, and better protect our nation's water and the health of our friends and families who rely on those water resources." Learn more here.


Energy Department to Advance Solid-State Lighting Manufacturing R&D
The Energy Department has announced a solid-state lighting (SSL) funding opportunity titled “Solid-State Lighting Advanced Technology R&D 2016” that will award up to $10.5 million for targeted cost-shared R&D projects. The objectives of this funding opportunity are to maximize the energy efficiency of SSL products in the marketplace; remove market barriers; reduce costs; improve product consistency; and encourage the growth, leadership, and sustainability of U.S. manufacturing within the SSL industry. Learn more here.

Application Deadline: Submit concept papers by November 20 at 5:00 PM EST.

2015 Solar Energy RFP
Appalachian Power Company RFP seeking proposals to solicit and subsequently pre-qualify companies who have an interest in participating in the company's RFP for obtaining up to 10 MW (AC) of ground-mounted solar energy resources via either an asset purchase with 100% ownership or 20-year PPA. Proposed projects must be located within Virginia, be interconnected to the PJM Regional Transmission Operator or Appalachian Power's distribution system, and have a minimum nameplate rating of 5 MW (AC). The project must be capable of being operational by Dec. 31, 2017. Learn more here.

Application Deadline: A pre-qualification form is required and must be returned via email by December 4, 2015.

Solutions To Improve The Energy Efficiency Of U.S. Small And Medium Commercial Buildings
Through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), Department of Energy (DOE) seeks to fund the scale-up of promising solutions to the market barriers that hinder the growth of energy efficiency in the small and medium commercial buildings and tenant spaces. The objective of this funding is to build a path for market-ready solutions to be used at scale across the United States (US) to improve commercial building energy efficiency.

Concept Paper Deadline: December 4, 2015.

Full Application Deadline: February 1, 2016.


Webinar: EPA Clean Power Plan: What Tribes Need to Know
November 18, 2015
The Energy Department will present a live webinar titled “EPA Clean Power Plan: What Tribes Need to Know" on Wednesday, November 18, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. This webinar concludes the Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar series and will provide attendees further insight into the plan’s relevance to tribal communities. In addition attendees will learn how tribes can and should participate in the 90-day public comment process that kicked off with the publication of EPA’s final rule for the Clean Power Plan. Speakers Sara Drescher from Forest Country Potawatomi Community (WI), Jana Ganion from Blue Lake Rancheria (CA), and Laura McKelvey from EPA. Learn more and register here.

Webinar: Capturing Energy Efficiency in Residential Real Estate Transactions
November 18, 2015
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a new white paper highlighting how residential energy efficiency programs can help make homes’ energy efficiency visible to appraisers, real estate agents, mortgage lenders, homebuyers and sellers. The paper provides examples of programs around the U.S. that are successfully engaging the real estate community and overcoming barriers to valuing energy efficiency in the home resale process. Energy efficiency programs already capture data needed to make efficiency more visible in real estate transactions. Program administrators can make sure this information is transmitted to the people who need it in formats they can use and understand. A number of programs, highlighted in the paper, have already begun to close the energy information gap. Join the webinar and hear about the actions that a residential energy efficiency can take. Learn more and register here.

Greenbuild International Conference and Expo
November 18-20, 2015
Greenbuild is the premier event for sustainable building. Featuring three exhilarating days of uplifting speakers, unmatched networking opportunities, showcases, LEED workshops and tours of green buildings in Washington, DC, Greenbuild offers a place for thousands to gather and renew their commitment to the green movement. Find out more and register here.

Webinar: Addressing Plug & Process Loads
December 1, 2015
Plug and process loads become increasingly more important to address as the low hanging fruits of energy efficiency, such as lighting and projects with quick paybacks, are implemented. This webinar will include a discussion by NREL on simple low-cost and portable plug and process loads interventions. The General Service Administration will present one of its marquee projects of the federal government leading by example highlighting strategies for reducing plug and process loads in an historic zero energy building retrofit. Find out more and register here.

Webinar: SEE Action: Using Behavior Change Strategies in Traditional EE Programs
December 2, 2015
Join us as the SEE Action Behavior working group continues to explore behavior-based energy efficiency. This webinar will discuss how behavior change interventions can be implemented in traditional energy efficiency programs to enhance their effectiveness. Presenters: Anne Dougherty, Illume Advising Amanda Dwelley, Illume Advising Host: Michael Li, U.S. Department of Energy. Find out more and register here.

Webinar: Shark Tank: Residential Energy Efficiency Edition - Episode #2 (301)
December 3, 2015
Please join this peer exchange call to participate in the second episode of Residential Energy Efficiency Shark Tank - a dive deep into innovative ideas for advancing residential energy efficiency where speakers will pitch their best ideas for discussion. Find out more and register here.


Fort Worth Recognized as Age-Friendly City
Tuesday, October 27, 2015--A growing number of cities and communities worldwide are striving to better meet the needs of older residents. The WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities was established to foster the exchange of experience and mutual learning between cities and communities worldwide. Fort Worth was recently recognized by the network for its efforts to become more age-friendly in diverse cultural and socioeconomic contexts. Cities and communities in the network are of different sizes and are located in different parts of the world. What all members of the network have in common is the desire and commitment to promote healthy and active aging and a favorable quality of life for older residents. Learn more here.

Grants for $1.75 Million Awarded to Improve Public Health in New England Communities
Monday, November 9, 2015--The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s New England office is awarding 21 grants across New England to fund community projects addressing environmental and public health issues. The projects, funded under the 2015 Healthy Communities Grant Program for a total of $1,754,157, will reduce environmental risks, protect and improve human health, and improve the quality of life for communities and residents in communities in all six New England states. Learn more here.

City of Boston Holds First-Ever "Housing Surge" for Homeless Veterans
Monday, November 9, 2015--Mayor Martin Walsh announced that as part of Boston's "Homes for the Brave" initiative, the city recently hosted its first-ever housing surge for veterans at Pine Street Inn. Representatives from 11 partner agencies gathered for the first time in one place to efficiently assist veterans in connecting with housing and housing resources. "One of the biggest barriers for a returning veteran is finding safe, affordable housing," said Mayor Walsh. "We must do all that we can to honor the men and women who have served our country, and I thank all of the partners who stepped forward to make this event a success. No veteran should be homeless - and in Boston, we are working to make that a reality." Learn more here.

NYC Invests in Resilience to Prepare for the Next 'Sandy' 
Wednesday, November 11, 2015--Three years after the storm, on Earth Day 2015, the mayor of New York City launched OneNYC, an ambitious plan to increase the growth, sustainability, resilience and equity of New York City. As New York City closes in on its fifth century in existence, a new generation of public infrastructure is needed, one that provides resiliency through small independent systems, rather than large centralized ones. Passive house and green infrastructure, such as bioswales, will not only provide residents more safety during disasters, but will move the city toward its long-term goals, like reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality. Learn more here.

Energy Department Recognizes General Mills for Leadership and Innovation at Iowa Plant
Monday, November 16, 2015— The Energy Department recently recognized General Mills, one of the world's leading food companies, for its leadership in pursuing energy savings through innovative technologies as demonstrated in its Cedar Rapids, Iowa plant. Through the Energy Department's Better Plants Challenge, General Mills has committed to 20 percent energy savings in 25 manufacturing plants. Altogether, the improvements at the Cedar Rapids plant alone are expected to save General Mills more than $4 million per year in energy costs, reducing the plant's total energy bill by more than a third. Learn more here.


Eighteen States Join Case to Defend Clean Power Plan
Monday, November 9, 2015--The attorneys general of 18 states launched a coordinated effort to defend the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan against legal challenge by Big Polluters and their allies seeking to block the first-ever limits on dangerous carbon pollution. The coalition of states is joined by numerous cities around the country that also want to intervene in support of the centerpiece of President Obama’s agenda to combat climate change.  Learn more here.

$4 Million in Grants to Research the Impact of Drought on Water Quality Awarded
Monday, November 9, 2015--The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $4 million to four institutions to conduct research to combat the effects of drought and extreme events on water quality in watersheds and at drinking water utilities. “As a nation we are witnessing the harmful effects of droughts and extreme events, such as wildfires and flooding, that often follow drought conditions," said Thomas A. Burke, EPA Science Advisor and Deputy Assistant Administrator of EPA's Office of Research and Development. "This research will provide innovative strategies to help local communities, states, tribes, and the federal government better understand the impacts of these problems, and better protect our nation's water and the health of our friends and families who rely on those water resources." Learn more here.

EPA Recognizes State Street Corporation as a Top Green Power Partner
Tuesday, November 10, 2015--State Street Corp., based in Boston, was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as one of the nation’s top 100 purchasers of Green Power. As part of EPA’s Green Power Partnership, more than 1,300 organizations are purchasing billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually, avoiding carbon pollution equal to that created by the electricity use of more than 2.5 million American homes. Learn more here.

HUD and VA Team Up to Help Homeless Veterans Find Permanent Home
Tuesday, November 10, 2015--The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced nearly $12 million to 79 local public housing agencies across the country to provide a permanent home to veterans experiencing homelessness. The supportive housing assistance announced is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA. HUD is providing $6.4 million to 27 local Public Housing Agencies to provide permanent supportive housing to an estimated 821 Veterans. These vouchers are being awarded through the HUD-VASH Project-based Voucher Set-Aside competition, announced in June 2015. These PBVS will enable homeless veterans and their families to access affordable housing with an array of supportive services. Learn more here.

Energy Department Announces Nearly $23 Million in Awards to Bring New Solar Technologies to Market
Monday, November 16, 2015--In support of President Obama’s comprehensive efforts to combat climate change and develop low-carbon alternatives to traditional electricity sources, the Energy Department today announced $22.7 million for 23 projects that will significantly reduce the costs for solar energy systems across a variety of technologies. The new projects will promote the next generation of products, services, and manufacturing processes to help accelerate the deployment and reduce the cost of solar energy across the United States. These private-sector companies will also help to grow the number of jobs in the domestic solar industry and increase U.S. solar energy manufacturing capabilities. Additionally, this will further the SunShot Initiative’s goal to make solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional forms of energy by 2020. Learn more here.


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