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Monday, May 2, 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

Interested in learning about anaerobic digestion, brownfields and urban sustainability? Listen to a previously recorded webinar at your convenience and learn about an innovative approach to anaerobic digestion in Chicago, IL. The webinar highlights the past successes and future initiatives of Green Era Educational NFP, an educational organization that connects organic waste, renewable energy and local food production. Using anaerobic digestion (AD), the project diverts organic waste from landfills to produce renewable energy and nutrient-rich soil. This will empower communities in South Chicago to increase organic waste recycling, create renewable energy and expand healthy food production. Speakers for the webinar are Linda Yang of Terracon Consultants, Inc., Jason Feldman of Green Era Educational NFP and Keary Cragan of U.S. EPA, Region 5. Find out more and listen here.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Seminole Electric Cooperative RFP
Seminole Electric Cooperative RFP (RFP No. FC 2021) seeking qualified bidders to provide 600 MW of firm capacity by June 2021 with total needs increasing to 1,000 MW in June 2022 and thereafter. Proposals from renewable resources must be greater than a minimum of 25 MW. Non-dispatchable renewable proposals of 75 MW or more will not be eligible. Bidders should complete a Seminole Bidder Qualification Questionnaire and must submit the bid proposals via e-mail to SeminolePowerRFP@seminole-electric.com. Learn more here.

Proposals Due: May 2, 2016

WaterSMART: Cooperative Watershed Management Program (CWMP) for fiscal year (FY) 2016
The objective of this FOA is to invite States, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, local governmental entities, non-profit organizations, existing watershed groups, and local and special districts (e.g., irrigation and water districts, county soil conservation districts) to submit proposals for Phase I activities to establish or further develop a watershed group. Funding provided under this FOA may be used to develop a mission statement, project concepts, and/or a restoration plan. See Sec. III.C. Eligible Activities for a more comprehensive description. All work must be completed within two years from the date of award. Learn more here.

Applications Due: May 4, 2016

Development of Technologies for Sensing, Analyzing, and Utilizing Novel Subsurface Signals in Support of the Subsurface Technology and Engineering (SubTER) Crosscut Initiative
The DOE announced the release of a joint Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) between Fossil Energy’s Carbon Storage Program and Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office entitled “Development of Technologies for Sensing, Analyzing, and Utilizing Novel Subsurface Signals in Support of the Subsurface Technology and Engineering (SubTER) Crosscut Initiative”. The Department will provide approximately $9 million for four (4) to eight (8) RD&D projects that will 1) deploy and validate prototype carbon storage Monitoring, Verification, and Accounting (MVA) technologies in an operational field environment and 2) identify and validate new subsurface signals to characterize and image the subsurface advancing the state of knowledge in geothermal exploration. The DOE established SubTER initiative addresses the development of solutions to the technical challenges presented by the subsurface environment. The initiative is a collaboration between integrated teams composed of experts in subsurface disciplines such as characterization, drilling, manipulation and control of subsurface conditions, and monitoring. Recognizing the need to expand the research effort beyond the National Laboratory network, this FOA seeks to expand the SubTER crosscut initiative to leverage RD&D conducted by industry, academia, and other research entities. Learn more here.

Responses Due: May 5, 2016

FY 2016 and FY 2017 Pollution Prevention Grant Program Request for Proposals
Pollution Prevention Grant Program funds grants or cooperative agreements that implement pollution prevention technical assistance services and/or training for businesses and support projects that utilize pollution prevention techniques to reduce and/or eliminate pollution from air, water and/or land. EPA plans to award approximately $7.94 million in P2 grants: $3.97 million in FY 2016 and $3.97 million in FY 2017. Eligible applicants for these grants are: state governments, colleges and universities (recognized as instrumentalities of the state), federally-recognized tribes and intertribal consortia. Please refer to the request for proposals for further information. Learn more here.

Proposals Due: May 9, 2016

New York / New Jersey Aquatic Trash Prevention 2016 Grant Program
The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state partners, is inviting proposals for projects to be funded under the New York / New Jersey Aquatic Trash Prevention Grant Program. EPA is providing these financial resources for projects aligned with the goals of EPA’s Trash Free Waters program, for watersheds in both New York and New Jersey. NEIWPCC will distribute $365,000 in grant funds, designed for individual grants of at least $45,000. Learn more here.

Proposals Due: May 10, 2016

Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge
The Challenge is a partnership between the Aetna Foundation, the American Public Health Association and the National Association of Counties and administered by CEOs For Cities. The partnership empowers small to mid-size U.S. cities and counties to create a positive health impact. The Challenge is awarding more than $1.5 million in prizes to cities, counties and federally recognized tribes most able to show measurable changes in health and wellness over the next several years. Learn more here

Application Due: May 31, 2016

UPCOMING EVENTS

Webinar: The Value of Environmental Health Services
May 5, 2016
The National Environmental Health Partnership Council along with the American Public Health Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are proud to present The Value of Environmental Health Services webinar. Environmental health interventions fundamentally focus on upstream actions to prevent disease and create healthy, supportive environments downstream. This webinar will give an overview of an economic evaluation of environmental health interventions and the shared value of investing in environmental health. May 5 from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. EST. Find out more and register here.

Better Buildings Summit
May 9-11, 2016
The Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) will be hosting The 2016 Better Buildings Summit on May 9-11, 2015. This 3-day event is a national meeting where leading organizations across key sectors showcase solutions to cut energy intensity in their buildings portfolio-wide by 20% over the next ten years. It is designed for partners and stakeholders to exchange best practices and highlight demonstrated market solutions with an equal emphasis on discussing future opportunities for greater energy efficiency in America’s homes and buildings. Discussion topics include energy efficiency technologies, business practices, and partnerships to save money on utility bills, create new jobs, and improve their organization’s competitiveness. At the 2015 Summit, more than 900 participants engaged in dialogue focused on sharing proven approaches. Speakers from the commercial, industrial, public, multifamily, residential, and data center sectors shared how they draw on energy efficiency technologies, business practices, and partnerships to save money on utility bills, create new jobs, and improve their organization’s competitiveness. On-site registration will be available but advance registration is recommended to guarantee your participation. Find out more and register here.

AEMC Northeast Regional Summit
May 12, 2016
Registration is now open for the 2016 American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) Northeast Regional Summit: Innovating for a Clean Energy Future on May 12 at the City College of New York (CUNY) in New York, New York. The Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI) and the Council on Competitiveness will co-host the 4th Annual AEMC Summit with prominent leaders in industry, academia, national laboratories, government and media. The Summit will highlight regional successes in catalyzing clean energy manufacturing and focus attention on the design and build out over the past four years of an innovation ecosystem and a range of public-private partnerships based around the capabilities of the Energy Department’s national laboratories. Through keynote addresses, presentations, C-suite panels, and interactive exhibits, the Summit will also showcase promising energy and manufacturing innovations. Find out more and register here.

Webinar: On the Rise: Improving Mercury Thermostat Collection Programs
May 18, 2016
Many older household thermostats contain mercury, a toxic heavy metal that can pollute our waterways and cause serious human health problems when it enters the environment. Recycling mercury thermostats is an easy way to prevent the health and environmental impacts this metal can pose. On this free webinar, PSI’s expert speakers will explore lessons learned from successful mandatory and voluntary mercury thermostat recycling initiatives, and discuss how these tactics can help improve collection programs around the country. What incentive, policy, and collection strategies best drive mercury thermostat recycling? What innovative outreach and education techniques encourage both contractors and the public to return mercury thermostats for recycling? How can we increase the engagement, commitment, and interest of established collection sites, including those situated at household hazardous waste drop-off locations? Complete with an ample Q&A period, this webinar will leave you with a list of tangible techniques for increasing mercury thermostat collection in your area. Find out more and register here.

Webinar: Advanced Paint Stewardship 2016
May 24, 2016
In the last seven years, eight states and the District of Columbia have successfully passed paint stewardship legislation, creating an industry-run program for managing the reuse, recycling, and safe disposal of leftover paint. The American Coatings Association, PaintCare, PSI, and other stakeholders are working tirelessly to pass similar legislation in states across the country while implementing the programs currently in place. For those looking for a deep dive into the paint stewardship landscape, this free, interactive webinar will provide an update on program roll-out, legislative developments, and significant challenges and solutions. Expert speakers will discuss key aspects of passing paint stewardship legislation, including how to overcome opposition and why local governments play a pivotal role in laying the groundwork for passing new laws. On the implementation side, speakers from PaintCare and PSI will detail how the program affects retailers, household hazardous waste programs, and contractors; how data, evaluation, and reporting are harmonized across state programs; and key strategies for running a successful program. Learn more and register here.

LOCAL NEWS

Communities Invited to Become SolSmart; Receive Recognition and Technical Assistance for Reducing Solar Energy Costs
Wednesday, April 27, 2016-- The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and The Solar Foundation (TSF) today announced the launch of the SolSmart designation program. SolSmart will recognize leading solar cities and counties as well as empower new communities to advance through no-cost technical assistance. A core component of the technical assistance program are the SolSmart Advisors, fully-funded temporary staff embedded in up to 40 communities to help each achieve designation. Communities interested in pursuing SolSmart designation, receiving technical assistance, and applying to host an Advisor can learn more and take action at solsmart.org. SolSmart is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. Learn more here

EPA Grant Will Help Central States Improve Air Quality
Tuesday, April 12, 2016-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $561,507 to the Central States Air Resource Agencies Association to help states collaborate on improving air quality. This group of nine states in the central U.S. will work on issues related to air pollution moving between states, and provide lower-cost training for state staff. Learn more here

NATIONAL NEWS

EPA History: Earth Day
Friday, April 22, 2016-- It may be hard to imagine that before 1970, a factory could spew black clouds of toxic into the air or dump tons of toxic waste into a nearby stream, and that was perfectly legal. They could not be taken to court to stop it. How was that possible? Because there was no EPA, no Clean Air Act, no Clean Water Act. There were no legal or regulatory mechanisms to protect our environment. Learn more here

Superfund is Making a Visible Difference
Wednesday, April 20, 2016-- Thirty-five years ago, the Superfund program was created to clean up sites where hazardous releases have occurred or might occur. At some of these sites, there are potential long-term human health effects from contamination, such as cancers, birth defects, or respiratory issues. Contaminated sites can also cause long-term harm to fish, wildlife, and other natural resources if not addressed and managed. At other sites, the risk might be more immediate in the form of fires and explosions. By implementing the Superfund statute with the help of residents, and collaboration with state, tribal and local officials, we can restore these sites that threaten the health and environment of communities across the country. That is why we recently added five sites, and proposed adding an additional eight to the National Priorities List (NPL). Learn more here

EPA Publishes 21st Annual U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory
Friday, April 15, 2016-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its 21st annual Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks (GHG Inventory), today, which presents a national-level overview of annual greenhouse gas emissions since 1990. The inventory shows a nine percent drop in emissions since 2005, and a one percent increase in greenhouse gas emissions in 2014 from 2013 levels. Learn more here

Permission to Build? Why Well-Maintained Hazardous Waste Permits are Good for the Environment, Good for our Communities, and Good for Business
Tuesday, April 12, 2016-- We all know this principle: that which is built, also must be maintained. This applies to the houses and buildings we live in, the bridges and roads we travel, and the infrastructure that provides us reliable electricity and clean water. And it also applies to the facilities that treat, store, and dispose of hazardous waste including the operating conditions and requirements at manufacturing facilities that also manage hazardous waste (treatment, storage, or disposal facilities). These requirements are maintained in their hazardous waste permits. Learn more here

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