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Thursday, April 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.

 

EPA UPDATE

On April 8, EPA’s Administrator signed a final rule to extend certifications for certain individual renovators (those who received initial certification prior to March 31, 2011) under the Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program. Learn more here.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

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. 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 more here. Application Deadline: April 30, 2015

$500 Million in Seventh Round of TIGER Funding
The U.S. Dept. of Transportation announced that $500 million will be made available for transportation projects across the country under the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. TIGER 2015 discretionary grants will fund capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure that will generate economic development and improve access to reliable, safe and affordable transportation, while emphasizing connections to employment, education, services and other opportunities, workforce development, or community revitalization.
Pre-application Deadline: May 4, 2015 Application Deadline: June 5, 2015
Learn more here.

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

Webinar: Planning and Climate Change Symposium
April 19, 2015 – 1:45 PM EST
Planning faces an enormous challenge from increased hazards and the effects of climate change. This program consists of five sessions, each focused on a different aspect of the challenge. Together they explore the known effects, approaches, and successes of preparing for change and planning for recovery. If you can't be in Seattle for APA's conference, this webcast is an excellent way to hear a variety of views on an essential issue. Register for the webinar here.

Webinar: The Benefits of Biomass Combined Heat & Power 
April 23, 2015 – 2:00 PM EST
In December, 2013, Sullivan County New Hampshire flipped the switch on a new $3.4 million biomass Combined Heat and Power (CHP) district energy system to serve its 166-bed nursing home and 168-bed prison complex, as well as two smaller on-site buildings in Unity, N.H. The system is almost entirely fueled by locally sourced, renewable wood chips and produces inexpensive heat and electricity for the more than 215,000 sq. ft. of conditioned space. The system has replaced 95 percent of fuel oil purchases and 10 percent of electric purchases in the nursing home. The county estimates the annual fuel savings will pay for the construction bond within 15 years. In this free, one-hour webinar, Sullivan County Facilities Director John Cressy will explain how the project was conceived and implemented, and how it has performed in its first full year of operation. Register for the webinar here.

Webinar: Growing a City to Meet Current and Future Needs – What Led to the Urban Resilience Movement
April 24, 2015 – 1:15 PM EST
This is the first webinar in the "Along the Urban Path" four-part webinar series, a collaborative effort between Arizona State University and The Security and Sustainability Forum. Along the Urban Path serves as a practical primer on the burgeoning topic of urban resiliency. Attendees will take home points that go beyond the vernacular to get to what resiliency actually means now, and what it could achieve for the future. The result will be a workable framework using S.E.T.S. (Social, Ecological, Technological Systems) that decision makers can use in planning for a more sustainable future. In this first webinar, Panelists will introduce attendees to urban resilience, including insights from the practitioner perspective. Register for the webinar here.

Webinar: Turning Up the Heat on Community Energy Security 
April 30, 2015 – 1:15 PM EST
Communities face growing risks of more frequent and longer power outages, due to extreme weather events, a changing climate and other natural and man-made hazards. These challenges affect both officials responsible for public safety and health, and especially our most vulnerable neighbor – the infirm, the aged and the very young. This webinar describes economical and effective strategies for making communities more resilient to disruptions of critical services, drawing on lessons learned in the field. Register for the webinar here.

Webinar: Developing/Financing a Capital Plan for a Water System 
May 5, 2015 – 1:00 PM EST
Establishing a Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is an important facet of the management of a water utility’s assets. This webinar will provide participants with an overview of the components of a CIP. It will also highlight how a CIP, along with other best management practices such as asset management and benchmarking, can improve a utility’s access to financing from the multiple federal and state programs that exist. The webinar will also provide participants with descriptions of these financing programs that provide funding for water infrastructure projects. Register for the webinar here.

LOCAL NEWS

A Little Wastewater Change Produces a Lot of Savings
Communities frequently begin energy efficiency projects with lighting or mechanical system upgrades in public buildings, or by looking at the fuel efficiency of their vehicles. However, one of the largest energy consuming operations in most cities is often a missed opportunity: Drinking water and wastewater treatment systems. Typically these systems account for 30-40 percent of a city’s total energy demand. A unique partnership led by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proving that low-cost changes to water and wastewater treatment plants can have big energy and cost savings. Learn more here.

Improve your community with the ATSDR Action Model Toolkit
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) created the ATSDR Brownfields/Land Revitalization Action Model as a tool to help you make changes were you live – like fixing up old buildings or cleaning up empty lots. By teaming up with other people – like neighbors, officials, developers, and community supporters – you can work together to make lasting improvements in your community. This toolkit will help you learn how to use the Action Model. Learn more here.

NATIONAL NEWS

EPA Releases New Website Enabling the Public to Track Compliance Status of Public Water Systems
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) dashboard, a user-friendly website that presents data about violations and the compliance status of public water systems. The dashboard contains interactive charts and graphs that provide information regarding the compliance of public water systems with federal drinking water regulations, as well as enforcement actions. Learn more here.

Water Utility Emergency Response On-The-Go Mobile Website Live
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched the Water Utility Response On-The-Go mobile website that consolidates – and makes accessible from the field – information and tools that water utility operators and their response partners may need during an emergency. The site allows users to: identify and contact emergency response partners; monitor local and national severe weather; review and complete incident-specific checklists; and populate, save and email both generic damage assessment forms and FEMA incident command system forms. Learn more here.

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