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Thursday, May 14, 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.



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.


Grants Available for Pollution Prevention Projects
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Source Reduction Assistance Grants provide funding for projects that reduce or eliminate pollution at the source. Focus areas include pollution prevention projects that: achieve significant and measureable reductions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and/or energy efficiency through technical assistance to businesses; support more sustainable food manufacturing resulting in reduced greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, hazardous materials generation and use, and/or business costs; and implement state or community-based approaches to hazardous materials source reduction activities that result in reduced generation and use of hazardous materials. EPA anticipates having more than $1.2 million in funding available in 2015. Eligible entities include states, local governments, school districts, institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, and tribes. Learn more here. Application Deadline: May 28, 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.
Learn more here. Application Deadline: June 5, 2015

Community Health Projects Related to Contamination at Brownfield/Land Reuse Sites
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of $13.5 million in grant funding to help governments and nonprofit organizations switch to cleaner diesel engines. Local governments, tribal agencies and nonprofits can win grants up to $2.14 million each. Eligible applicants include regional, state, local or tribal agencies, and port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality. Nonprofit organizations may apply if they provide pollution reduction or educational services to diesel fleet owners or if their principal purpose is promoting clean transportation or air quality. Priority is given to fleets operating at goods-movements facilities in areas designated as having poor air quality, projects that engage and benefit local communities, and applicants that demonstrate an ability continue their emission-reduction efforts after the project has ended.
Learn more here. Application Deadline: June 15, 2015

Community Health Projects Related to Contamination at Brownfield/Land Reuse Sites
The ATSDR Community Health Projects (CHP) Related to Contamination at Brownfield/Land Reuse Sites purpose is to increase responsive public health actions by promoting healthy and safe environments and preventing harmful exposures related to contamination at Brownfield/Land Reuse Sites. Community health projects that address impacts of contamination at Brownfield/Land Reuse sites further ATSDR's public health mission to promote healthy and safe environments and prevent harmful exposures. These projects will have a particular emphasis on identifying health issues prior to redevelopment and/or assessing changes in community health associated with reuse plans and redevelopment.
Learn more here. Application Deadline: June, 22 2015


2015 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference
May 19 – May 21
The Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference is the premier gathering of leaders from across the country exploring innovative solutions for tackling vacant, abandoned and problem properties. In 2015, we're bringing the sixth Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference to Detroit! Themed Beyond Blight: Building a Bold Movement, the 2015 conference will explore the latest tools to combat vacancy and move beyond neighborhood blight, as well as how government officials, community leaders, and others in the field can join forces across departments, cities, and even states to achieve wide-scale positive change. Conference sessions will highlight work from around the country, including efforts in Michigan. Learn more here.

Webinar: Budgeting for Capital Improvements and Performance Improvements 
May 27, 2015 – 1:00 PM EST
Get a better handle on the budgeting process by learning the principles and concepts that everyone should understand. With ICMA’s new Budgeting Guide Webinar Series, local government managers will get a forward-looking, strategic examination of local government budgeting and how to improve the process. Led by the Center for Priority Based Budgeting’s Jon Johnson and Chris Fabian, this three-part webinar series will give local government managers and assistant managers the fundamentals needed to create a budget that will promote economic vitality in the community. Register for the webinar here.

Webinar: Leveraging Brownfields Assistance for Successful Redevelopment
May 27, 2015 – 2:00 PM EST
Left alone, brownfields are detriments to the landscape and environment, negatively affecting property values and deterring investment in nearby areas. Although challenging to finance due to cleanup costs, the redevelopment of brownfields can increase the tax base and property values, create jobs, and spur local investment. Whether you are unsure of what a brownfield is, or you are well-versed in state and EPA brownfields programs, this webinar will help you learn about leveraging brownfields assistance. We will learn about what brownfields are, where you can go for assistance in your community, and how the redevelopment of brownfields can improve the local economy. Register for the webinar here.

Webinar: Draft EJ 2020 Action Agenda Framework Overview 
May 28, 2015 – 1:00 PM EST
EJSCREEN is EPA’s environmental justice tool for highlighting places that may have higher environmental burdens and vulnerable populations. The tool offers a variety of powerful data and mapping capabilities that enable users to access environmental and demographic information at high geographic resolution, across the entire country. Each of the three sneak peeks will consist of an overview and demo of the tool, followed by a question and answer session. Register for the webinar here.

Webinar: Sustainable Transportation Fuels – Anchoring Themes 
May 29, 2015 – 1:15 PM EST
LightSpeed Solutions and LightWorks at Arizona State University (ASU) is hosting The Future of Sustainable Fuels Forum, a free four session webinar series, to engage all stakeholders (researchers, policy makers, vehicle manufacturers, fuel producers and users) in online conversations about the future of transportation fuel production and use. Webinar 1 will focus on major themes relevant to the future of sustainable transportation fuels and set the stage for subsequent webinars. Why is research and development of more fuel production options critical? How do we decide on making these investments? What incentives are needed? Register for the webinar here.


Knoxville Utilities Board, Partners Receive Extreme Energy Makeover Award
A team from the Knoxville Utilities Board will receive $7.12 million as a first round award winner in the Extreme Energy Makeovers project, part of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Smart Communities program. The KUB team included Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee, city of Knoxville, Alliance to Save Energy and Libera Inc. The Extreme Energy Makeovers project focuses on homes that are at least 20 years old and located in lower-income communities. The project’s goal is to achieve a 25 percent reduction in each home’s electric energy use through cost-effective, whole-home retrofits, with an estimated total project savings of 1,000 MWh per year at approximately $10 per square foot. Learn more here.


Waste Management Awards $300,000 for 2015 Think Green Grants Program
Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading nonprofit that builds clean, green and beautiful communities, and Waste Management recently announced that $300,000 in 2015 Waste Management Think Green Grants are being awarded to 39 Keep America Beautiful community-based affiliates and partner organizations across the country. This is the ninth year Waste Management and Keep America Beautiful have collaborated on community-based grant initiatives. During that time, Waste Management and Keep America Beautiful have awarded more than $1.3 million in grant monies to affiliates and partners in support of more than 205 community service projects and programs. 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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