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Thursday, January 15, 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.


Survive, Adapt, and Grow:
EPA & Rockefeller Foundation Team Up for Resilient Cities

EPA recently announced a partnership to help communities across the United States and around the world achieve that very definition of city resilience by supporting 100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. Agency sustainability scientists and other experts will help urban communities take actions today to realize vibrant and healthy futures. Click here to learn more.


Matching Grants Available for Local Sustainability Projects
A successful matching grant program, Partners for Places creates opportunities for cities and counties in the United States and Canada to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations. National funders invest in local projects to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well-being of all residents. Through these projects, Partners for Places fosters long-term relationships that make our urban areas more prosperous, livable, and vibrant. The grant program will provide partnership investments between $25,000 and $75,000 for one year projects, or $50,000 and $150,000 for two year projects, with a 1:1 match required by one or more local foundations. Apply here.
Application Deadline: January 28, 2015

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. Apply here.

Application Deadline: February 3, 2015

FY 2014 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation 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

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. Please refer to the full announcement, including Section IV, for additional information on submission methods and due dates. Learn more and apply here.
Application Deadline: March 6, 2015


WEBINAR: Innovative Approaches to Sustainability Education
January 14, 2015 – 1:00 PM EST
Arizona State University has taken many innovative steps in sustainability education. In this webinar, attendees will learn how Arizona State University and other leading U.S. universities are providing future sustainability leaders with the modern education they need now, and in order to move the sustainability field forward. The session will be moderated by Shirley Vincent, Director of the Center for Education Research at the National Council for Science and the Environment. Learn more and register here.

WEBINAR: Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR
January 15, 2015 – 2:00 PM EST
Learn how public sector organizations are improving energy efficiency with innovative solutions to financial barriers. Attendees will learn about financing projects in the public and private sectors, the basics of performance contracting, and how EPA’s tools and resources can help you make the decision to improve your facilities now or later.
Learn more and register here.

WEBINAR: Sustainability in the Mile High City
January 15, 2015 – 2:00 PM EST
Under first-term Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Denver has taken its sustainability efforts to the high board. Mayor Hancock gave his newly-created Office of Sustainability a four-word agenda: Scale, and Everybody Plays. Scale, as in “we need to move our sustainability indicators in a big way.” Everybody Plays, as in “sustainability has to be the basic operating mode of every city department, no matter what its function is.” It’s a big, scary, but absolutely necessary leap for every serious urban sustainability program. This free, one-hour webinar, sponsored by Crescent Electric Supply Company, will feature Denver's Chief Sustainability Officer Jerry Tinianow and key staff members discussing the challenges in taking a city’s sustainability efforts to scale with everybody playing, and what they are doing to meet those challenges. Hear about how to get agency personnel out of silos, thinking big, and taking ownership of ambitious goals. Learn more here.

WEBINAR: Green Infrastructure and Flood Resiliency – Land Use Management as an Adaptation Strategy in the Built Environment
January 29, 2015 – 12:00 PM EST
This webinar addresses assessment, planning, and adaptation to not only better prepare for the next emergency, but to sustainably manage flooding, and stormwater to maintain human health and a vibrant local economy. Participants will leave this webinar with knowledge about the latest innovative approaches to understand the effects of inland flooding and apply low-impact development (LID), site design, and smart growth practices at different scales of implementation. There will be reference to pioneering hydrology-based, sub-watershed approaches that have shown mitigation potential not only for storm water and flooding, but to the loss and degradation in water quality.
Learn more and register here.

Brownfields 2015 Conference Early Bird Registration
Early bird registration and the official housing site are now open for Brownfields 2015 taking place in Chicago, September 2 through September 4.
Early bird conference registration rates are only available until February 1, 2015.  
Book your hotel as well while you're scoring those early bird rates.
Click here to learn more.


EPA Will Review 24 Hazardous Site Cleanups during 2015
EPA will review site clean ups and remedies at 20 Superfund Sites and oversee reviews at 4 Federal Facilities across New England this year by doing scheduled Five-Year Reviews at each site. EPA conducts evaluations every five years on previously-completed clean up and remediation work performed at Superfund sites and Federal Facilities listed on the National Priorities List (aka Superfund sites) to determine whether the implemented remedies at the sites continue to be protective of human health and the environment. Further, five year review evaluations identify any deficiencies to the previous work and, if called for, recommend action(s) necessary to address them.
Learn more about EPA Hazardous Site Reviews here.


EPA Recommends Radon Testing in January
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated January as national Radon Action Month, a perfect time for you to protect your family by testing your home for radon. Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas, so testing is the only way to know if radon is present in your home or school. Test kits are available in home improvement centers, hardware stores and online. They cost approximately $20. The kits are simple to use with easy testing and mailing instructions. "Testing for radon is an easy and important step in protecting the health of your family," said EPA Mid-Atlantic Region Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. "By reducing radon exposure, we can make our homes, schools and communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play."
Learn more here.

EPA to Assist Water Utilities in 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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