Wednesday, October 15, 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.
EPA Provides Technical Assistance to Five Communities for Integrated Planning of Stormwater and Wastewater Projects
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing $335,000 in technical assistance to five communities to help them develop components of integrated plans for wastewater and stormwater management. This assistance will help recipients meet Clean Water Act requirements for water management in a cost-effective and environmentally beneficial way through prioritizing projects to address the most serious water issues first. Click here for more information.
FUNDING AND OPPORTUNITIES
Free Workshops through Smart Growth America
Each year, Smart Growth America makes a limited number of technical assistance workshops available to interested communities for zero cost. This competitive award gives communities a chance to understand the technical aspects of smart growth development through a one or two-day workshop. Applications are now being accepted for our 2015 workshop series. Communities can apply for one of 12 workshop types as part of the free program, including: Implementing smart growth 101, Planning for economic and fiscal health, Sustainable land use code audit, Complete Streets, Using LEED-ND to accelerate the development of sustainable communities, Walkability workshop/audit, Regional planning for small communities, Smart growth zoning codes for small cities, Transportation performance measurement, Cool planning, Parking audits, and Implementing transit-oriented development 101. Any unit or subdivision of local government, Indian tribe, or regional government is eligible to apply for these free workshops. Communities may apply for more than one workshop, but must submit separate applications for each. Applications are due by Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 5:00 PM EDT. Find out more here.
Announcing the 2015 EJ Small Grants Request for Applications
EPA's Office of Environmental Justice announces the opening of its Request for Applications (RFA) for the 2015 Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program. The EJSG Program provides funding for eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and/or public health issues within an affected community. The EJSG Program is designed to help eligible non-profit organizations and Tribal communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks at the local level. The total estimated amount of funding available for awards under this solicitation for fiscal year 2015 is approximately $1,200,000. EPA anticipates awarding up to four grants per EPA region in amounts of up to $30,000 per award for a two-year project period. Find out more and apply here.
HUD Launches $1 Billion National Disaster Resilience Competition
In partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched a $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition. Today, HUD Secretary Julian Castro was joined by Dr. Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, in announcing that eligible states and localities can now begin applying for funds. Representatives from eligible communities will have the opportunity to attend Rockefeller-supported Resilience Academies across the country to strengthen their funding proposals. Get the fact sheet here.
Army Corps Accepting Water Resources Project Proposals
Under the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), which became law in June, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) is accepting proposals from local governments for feasibility studies and modifications to authorized water resources development projects. The request is open until December 3, 2014. WRRDA authorized flood protection, navigation and ecosystem restoration projects to help upgrade the nation’s aging infrastructure. A key WRRDA provision allows local project sponsors to submit proposals to Army Corps, which in turn will submit a list to Congress for authorization. Find out more here.
WEBINAR: Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR® – October 21, 2014 @ 1:00 PM EDT
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 EPAs tools and resources can help you make the decision to improve your facilities now or later. Click here to find out more and register.
WEBINAR: Designing and Planning for Healthy Cities – October 30, 2014 @ 12:45 PM EDT
The environment that we construct affects both humans and our natural world in myriad ways. There is a pressing need to create healthy places and to reduce the health threats inherent in places already built. However, there has been little awareness of the adverse effects of what we have constructed-or the positive benefits of well-designed built environments. Click here to find out more and register.
WEBINAR: How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR® – October 30, 2014 @ 1:00 PM EDT
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. In addition to the above trainings, the following ENERGY STAR Low Carbon IT webinars are offered monthly. Click here to find out more and register. Click here to find out more and register.
WEBINAR: Creating a Green Infrastructure Plan to Transform Your Community – November 18, 2014 @ 3:00 PM EDT
Green infrastructure approaches, such as incorporating trees and rain gardens into street designs, can help communities better manage stormwater while achieving other environmental, public health, social, and economic benefits, allowing communities to achieve more for their money. This webinar, Creating a Green Infrastructure Plan to Transform Your Community, will discuss how three different organizations (a regional association of governments, a local government, and a nonprofit organization) have developed and implemented plans for using green infrastructure to achieve multiple goals. Click here to find out more and register.
Cities Lead in Building Resilient Communities and Climate Change Mitigation Efforts
President Obama addressed the special U.N. climate summit about the critical need for international action to mitigate the harms of climate change and extreme weather. While international cooperation must clearly be a priority, cities across America are taking the lead by building resilient communities and developing regional climate mitigation solutions. Recently, the National League of Cities convened more than 60 city officials in the Midwest to discuss city resiliency strategies and tactics. The convening focused on how cities in the Midwest can develop strategies, promote discussion and strengthen engagement on the regional level. Find out more here.
Brownfields National Training Conference – Call for Ideas Announced
The Brownfields 2015 Call for Ideas is open from now until November 3, 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. Click here for more information.
New EPA Green Infrastructure Collaborative
On October 8th, 2014 EPA joined with federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private-sector entities to form the Green Infrastructure Collaborative, a network to help communities more easily implement green infrastructure. The Collaborative released a Statement of Support outlining commitments from members to advance coordination around green infrastructure initiatives. The Collaborative will build capacity for green infrastructure implementation by providing a platform for national stakeholders. Seven federal agencies have come together to support the Green Infrastructure Collaborative. Click here to learn more about the Green Infrastructure Collaborative.
Affordable Green Neighborhood Grant Recipients Announced
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Bank of America Charitable Foundation announced the 11 projects selected for the 2014 Affordable Green Neighborhoods (AGN) grant program. Each of these neighborhood redevelopment projects are pursuing certification under USGBCs LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system and are notable for their planned affordable housing, compact design, commitment to green building and sites located near transit or other existing amenities.
DOT Announces award of $584 in TIGER Grants to 72 Projects.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced the sixth round of TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant funding. Click here to view the interactive map.
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