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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

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

The 2016 Urban Waters National Training Workshop, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and on behalf of the Urban Waters Federal Partnership (UWFP), will convene July 26 – 28, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. The UWFP seeks to reconnect urban communities, particularly those that are overburdened or economically distressed, with their waterways to become stewards for clean urban waters. It is supported by 14 Federal agencies and more than 28 non-governmental organization partners working in 19 designated locations. Through the Partnership, communities gain economic, environmental, and social benefits, and collaborate with Federal agencies, state and local agencies, and community-led efforts to achieve common goals. For more information, click here.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Funding Opportunity: Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Reducing Embodied-energy of Materials and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) in Manufacturing
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), invests in cutting-edge research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) activities focused on sustainable transportation, renewable power, and energy efficiency. In 2013, EERE launched its Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI) with the goal of significantly increasing U.S. manufacturing competitiveness in the production of clean energy products and in domestic manufacturing across the board by increasing industrial energy productivity. EERE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) plays a key role in executing the mission for CEMI by supporting research and development projects, shared research facilities and technical consortia, and technical assistance programs. AMO establishes Manufacturing Innovation Institutes in the Administration’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) as shared research, development, and demonstration facilities to overcome cross-cutting challenges related to the manufacturing of clean energy and energy efficiency products, in addition to challenges associated with improving the energy efficiency of the manufacturing sector across the board.

This funding opportunity supports the establishment of a Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Reducing EMbodied-energy And Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) in Materials Manufacturing. This Institute will enable the development and widespread deployment of key industrial platform technologies that will dramatically reduce life-cycle energy consumption and carbon emissions associated with industrial-scale materials production and processing through the development of technologies for reuse, recycling, and remanufacturing of materials. Solving this enormous and currently unmet challenge could significantly reduce U.S. primary energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions in the manufacturing sector, which represents a particularly challenging sector to decarbonize, and improve U.S. manufacturing competiveness in the process. For more information, click here.

Funding Opportunity Number: DE-FOA-0001594

Closing Date: Concept Paper Submission July 28, 2016 at 5:00 PM EST; Full Application Submission September 28, 2016 at 5:00 PM EST

For questions, contact Melissa A. Jacobi at melissa.jacobi@ee.doe.gov.

Funding Opportunity: BLM Utah Air Quality Modeling and Monitoring Support for Rural Areas
There is currently a dearth of air monitoring data and analytical tools available to characterize ambient air quality in rural areas of Utah, and specifically on federally managed public lands. In addition, there is a need to develop modeling tools and data to conduct analysis of air quality issues in these areas. Projects enabled by this assistance agreement will help BLM and other agencies to determine whether adverse impacts to public health and/or other air quality related values are occurring due to BLM authorized activities, and to take appropriate action when issues are discovered. This will help insure that management decisions related to air quality do not have unintended consequences to the general public, public lands, and the resources on those lands. Without the types of data this project is intended to provide the BLM cannot make reasoned decisions on these issues. For more information, click here.

Funding Opportunity Number: L16AS00248

Closing Date: August 8, 2016 at 5:00 PM MST

For questions, contact Melanie Beckstead at mbeckstead@blm.gov.  

Funding Opportunity: ENabling Extreme Real-time Grid Integration of Solar Energy (ENERGISE)
As part of the Department of Energy’s Grid Modernization and SunShot Initiatives, this Enabling Extreme Real-Time Grid Integrations of Solar Energy (ENERGISE) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) supports the research and development of highly scalable distribution system planning and real-time operation solutions that enables seamless interconnection and integration of high penetration solar generation onto the electricity grid in a cost-effective, secure, and reliable manner. The envisioned ENERGISE solutions will require the extensive use of sensor, communication, and data analytics technologies to gather up-to-the-minute measurement and forecast data from diverse sources and perform continuous optimization analysis and active control for existing and new PV installations in real time. The solutions need be compatible with the existing grid architecture in the near term and with the advanced grid architecture in the long term. The solutions should also be designed with consideration of the interoperability and cybersecurity requirements. For more information, click here.

Funding Opportunity Number: DE-FOA-0001495

Closing Date: August 26, 2016 at 5:00 PM EST

For questions, contact Energise@ee.doe.gov.

UPCOMING EVENTS

EPA’s 2016 ENERGY STAR® National Building Competition: BOOTCAMP

Dates:

  • July 17: Registration closes!
  • September 1: BOOTCAMP begins!
  • November 30: BOOTCAMP ends.
  • January 15: Competitors submit energy (and water) data to EPA.
  • Winter 2017: EPA announces winners.

EPA invites you to transform your buildings into lean, green, energy-saving machines in just 90 days this year, with the ENERGY STAR® National Building Competition: BOOTCAMP! Join the fun and team up with ENERGY STAR to engage your building occupants and employees, and build a workplace culture of energy conservation. Enroll up to five buildings today to: Cut out energy waste and save money on your utility bills; Earn EPA recognition for your environmental leadership; Engage your employees and boost workplace pride; Deliver value to tenants in the form of a more efficient workplace; Achieve lasting benefits for your bottom line in just three months; Use EPA-provided resources to save time and effort!

EPA will provide competitors with themed BOOTCAMP training kits, chock full of printable posters, social media posts, energy-saving reminders, door signs, and more. Each training kit focuses on a new energy or water-saving action in the workplace. Use the kits to engage your employees, students, and other occupants in tackling energy waste together. Track your energy and water performance each month in EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® tool, and report your savings at the end of the competition period. Within each building type category, the building with the greatest verified weather normalized energy savings (on a percentage basis) will take home top honors!

For more information and to register, click here.

Webinar: Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home Orientation Webinar
Date: July 14, 2016
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST
The DOE Zero Energy Ready Home represents a whole new level of home performance, with rigorous requirements that ensure outstanding levels of energy savings, comfort, health, and durability. This webinar will provide an overview of the Zero Energy Ready Home program including the business case and how to be recognized by DOE as an industry leader. Builders and energy raters will also learn how to quickly become DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Partners and begin qualifying homes. For more information and to register, click here.

Webinar: Zerh Webinar: Part 1 - High Performance Plus Ultra Efficient Equals Truly Affordable
Date: July 19, 2016
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM EST
Can a home be truly affordable if low-income owners have to manage unnecessarily high expenses for energy, maintenance, and respiratory health? And is a home truly affordable if its future value is constrained by built-in obsolescence? U.S. Department of Energy “Zero Energy Ready Homes” ensure proven innovations for performance and efficiency are included in every labeled home to help make it truly affordable on a cost of ownership basis … the cost that really matters. This is achieved with complete systems for thermal protection, comfort, indoor air quality, moisture protection, and renewable readiness … yes, even low-income households should have the opportunity for a zero energy bill experience. In this webinar, you will hear from DOE Zero Energy Ready Home staff about the technical and market imperatives for these homes and the technical requirements that are readily available and highly cost-effective. For more information and to register, click here.

Webinar: Energy Efficiency Olympiad: Best Practices from Around the World Date: August 4, 2016
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM EST
This is a peer exchange call to hear about residential energy efficiency practices from around the world. For more information and to register, click here.

13th Annual U.S. EPA Drinking Water Workshop
Small Drinking Water Systems: Challenges and Solutions

Date: August 23-25, 2016
Location: Cincinnati, OH
To support the efforts of state and local officials to assist small systems, EPA, in cooperation with the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA), has conducted an annual workshop for the past 12 years to provide timely information on a variety of drinking water topics relevant to small systems, including treatment technologies, drinking water regulations, compliance issues, and emerging contaminants. Past workshops have attracted up to 259 participants with as many as 100 state personnel representing over 40 state drinking water programs.

The 13th annual workshop will provide in-depth training and information on various solutions and strategies for handling small system problems and compliance challenges. The workshop offers multiple sessions and activities:

  • Opening session
  • Nine technical sessions
  • Six breakout groups
  • Ask the experts and poster session
  • Crosscutting issues of concern session
  • Wrap-up session
  • Optional tour of EPA’s Andrew W. Breidenbach Environmental Research Center.

For more information and to register, click here.

NEWS

EPA: Compliance with Environmental Laws Helps Protect Air, Water and Land in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington Communities
June 28, 2016 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 10 completed 38 environmental compliance and enforcement actions in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington from January 1, 2016 through March 31, 2016.

Violations of environmental laws put public health and the environment at risk. EPA enforces federal environmental laws to protect communities and to keep our air, land, and water healthy. These compliance and enforcement efforts also level the playing field by deterring violators who might otherwise have an unfair business advantage over environmentally compliant facilities and businesses. Learn more here.

Seventeen Projects Unveiled to ‘Green’ Local Communities
June 28, 2016 – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Chesapeake Bay Trust, in partnership with Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources, announced $803,489 in grants to be awarded to 17 organizations through the “Green Streets, Green Towns, Green Jobs” Grant Initiative (G3).  This program was created in 2011 to advance watershed protection and economic vitality by developing green stormwater management techniques that create jobs and help make communities more livable.

Today’s announcement includes five projects designed to improve central Pennsylvania, as well as twelve other initiatives in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.

“These funds help communities transition to a sustainable environment and economy by creating a cycle of pollution prevention, greening and job creation - leading to a better quality of life,” said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. “By keeping rain water from coming into contact with pollution in the first place, green infrastructure improves the health of our waters, while reducing flooding, and helping our communities become more resilient to climate change.” Learn more here.

EPA Awards $2.7 million to Virginia Foundation To Research Stormwater Options, Water Reuse
June 29, 2016 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced two grants totaling $2.7 million to the Water Environment and Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) of Alexandria, Va. for water research projects that will benefit communities nationwide and in the Potomac watershed.

The grants include $1.95 million to develop tools that will help communities choose the best ways to control stormwater runoff and $750,000 for improving water reuse and water conservation in the Potomac watershed.

“EPA has done extensive research on green infrastructure, water reuse, and water conservation to help ensure the availability and quality of water in the United States,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin “These grants will help take this work a step further by developing technologies that communities can use nationwide.” Learn more here.

U.S. EPA Proposes Greater Protection from Selenium in San Francisco Bay and Delta
July 1, 2016 - Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a federal Clean Water Act rule to tighten the current selenium water quality criteria for the waters of San Francisco Bay and Delta. The proposed change would better protect aquatic species, including salmon, smelt, and diving ducks, that are dependent on the Bay and Delta ecosystem, from harmful exposure to elevated levels of selenium.

“Reducing selenium in the San Francisco Bay and Delta will benefit the wildlife that are part of this critical ecosystem,” said Alexis Strauss, EPA’s Acting Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “This proposal is based on years of scientific study, and will accelerate the restoration of the Bay and Delta.”

The Bay and Delta support a significant diversity of fish and wildlife species including federally listed threatened and endangered green sturgeon, Chinook salmon, steelhead trout, delta smelt and the California Ridgway’s rail, as well as many migratory bird species that use the estuary as a wintering ground. Learn more here.

EPA Announces Stabilization Work Resuming at Gold King Mine
July 8, 2016 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is mobilizing contractors to complete work started last fall at the Gold King Mine. This work involves the continued stabilization of the mine adit, as well as additional stabilization of the mine waste pile located in front of the adit. EPA’s contractor will begin this work on Saturday, July 9, and will continue work through October 2016.

We anticipate that the interim water treatment plant at Gladstone will continue to capture and treat any discharge from the mine. However, should any of this work impact downstream watersheds, EPA will notify stakeholders in accordance with the Gold King Mine Stakeholders Alert and Notification Plan available on EPA’s website. Learn more here.

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