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Monday, November 17, 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.



Brownfields National Training Conference Call for Ideas Extended to Dec. 8
The Brownfields 2015 Call for Ideas has been extended to December 8, 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. Find more information 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. 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.

Application Deadline: December 3, 2014.

The Community Planning Assistance Team (CPAT) Initiative
The CPAT initiative, through the American Planning Association, currently holds two annual application cycles for communities seeking planning-related assistance. Communities facing a range of challenges including, but not limited to, social equity and affordability, economic development, sustainability, consensus building, and urban design are well-suited for assistance through the program. Projects focus on localities with a demonstrated need for assistance, where planning resources and expertise may not otherwise be available. Learn more here.

Application Deadline: December 4, 2014

Grants Available to Meet Firefighting and Emergency Response
The Federal Emergency Management Agencys Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) help fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical service organizations meet firefighting and emergency response needs. The AFG program has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards. Approximately $305 million will be available in FY 2014. Visit to learn more and apply.
Application Deadline: December 5, 2014

Environmental Solutions for Communities Initiative
In 2012, Wells Fargo and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) launched the Environmental Solutions for Communities initiative, designed to support projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment. Grants will be offered once a year to support priority projects in states and communities where Wells Fargo operates. Find out more here. Application Deadline: December 10, 2014

2015 Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup Grants
EPA's Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup grants may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum). Opportunities for funding include Brownfields Assessment Grants (each funded up to $200,000 over three years; Assessment Coalitions are funded up to $600,000 over three years) and Brownfields Cleanup Grants (each funded up to $200,000 over three years). Explore and apply here.

Application Deadline: December 19, 2014

Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development Program (Ladders of Opportunity Initiative)
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of approximately $9 million for proposals that promote innovative nationally and regionally significant public transportation workforce development models and programs that invest in America’s economic growth and help build ladders of opportunity into the middle class for American workers. Synopses and the full announcement can be found here.

Application Deadline: December 23, 2014

FY 2014 CN Implementations 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


WEBINAR: Measuring Up: How to Track and Evaluate Local Sustainability Projects November 18, 2014 @ 2:00 PM EDT
Join this EPA Local Climate and Energy webinar to learn how to measure and evaluate the results of local climate, energy, and sustainability projects. You’ll learn about two new federal resources to help you measure, track, and report progress, based directly on the experiences of local governments across the country, and hear from one case study taking place in northwest Washington working to evaluate economic impacts of the program. Click here to 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.


Unlocking Your Potential for Clean Energy
Many communities want to use and provide renewable energy options. But moving from green energy ideas to a plan-of-action and an installed system can be an overwhelming process, stretching across years, changing budgets and the rapidly developing industry of renewable energy technology. Achieving the goal of increased renewable energy is possible and in a community's best interest, according to three presenters who discussed their initiatives during the session, "Unlocking Your Potential for Clean Energy," at the Growing Sustainable Communities Conference, held recently in Dubuque, Iowa. Click here to continue reading.


Request for Nominations to the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC): Deadline Extended
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC). The NEJAC was chartered to provide advice regarding broad, crosscutting issues related to environmental justice. This notice solicits nominations to fill approximately eight (8) vacancies for terms through September 2017. To maintain the representation outlined by the charter, nominees will be selected to represent: Academia; grassroots community-based organizations; non-governmental environmental organizations; local governments; business and industry; and tribal government and indigenous organizations. The Office of Environmental Justice will acknowledge receipt of nominations. The deadline for submitting nominations has been extended until November 22, 2014. Find out more here and submit nominations.

New Buildings Solution Center Shares Proven Strategies for Energy Efficiency Programs
The Energy Department released a new resource, the Better Buildings Residential Program Solution Center, to share proven methods for reducing energy waste and carbon emissions in U.S. buildings. A result of the Better Buildings Neighborhood Program, the Solution Center shows how to design, implement, and evaluate efficiency programs to improve the energy efficiency of communities across the nation. It profiles solutions used to improve the efficiency of many homes and other buildings by 20 percent or more. The Solution Center is a one-stop shop for residential energy efficiency program administrators and home performance professionals, highlights proven strategies that Better Buildings Neighborhood Program partners used to make energy efficiency more accessible to homes and businesses. Learn more here.


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