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EPA Advances Cooperative Federalism Through Designation Process for Sulfur Dioxide and Ozone Standards
Saturday, December 22, 2018-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking the next steps in the Clean Air Act process to determine which areas of the country meet national air quality standards for ground-level ozone and sulfur dioxide. In November 2017, the Agency designated the vast majority of U.S. counties as meeting the air quality standards set by EPAs 2015 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone. EPA is responding to state and tribal recommendations for ozone designations for the remaining areas and providing additional opportunities for state, tribal, and public input on those areas designations. The Agency is also finalizing designations for certain areas for the 2010 sulfur dioxide NAAQS. -- (full text)
[EPA]

Fort Worth Designated First Age-Friendly Community in Texas
Tuesday, December 18, 2018-- Dec 18 - The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities helps participating communities become great places for all ages by adopting such features as safe, walkable streets; better housing and transportation options; access to key services; and opportunities for residents to participate in community activities. "This is really a communitywide effort," said Mayor Betsy Price. "Once again we are leading the charge to improve the quality of life and quality of place so everyone can enjoy their life here in Fort Worth." -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

EPA Releases Superfund Redevelopment Focus List
Wednesday, January 17, 2018-- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its initial list of Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) sites with the greatest expected redevelopment and commercial potential. EPA is more than a collaborative partner to remediate the nations most contaminated sites, were also working to successfully integrate Superfund sites back into communities across the country, said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. Todays redevelopment list incorporates Superfund sites ready to become catalysts for economic growth and revitalization. -- (full text)
[EPA]

City Receives EPA Grant to Improve Water Infrastructure
Monday, January 15, 2018-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a one-time $485,000 Special Appropriation Act Program grant to the village of Bartlett, Ill., to help finance water infrastructure projects. The funds will help the village connect to the DuPage Water Commission in order to purchase Lake Michigan drinking water. "President Trump has made updating our nations infrastructure a top priority, and this grant demonstrates EPAs commitment to carrying out improvements," said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. "These types of investments help grow the economy while solving real environmental problems in local communities." -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

CenturyLink Field in Seattle earns EPAs WasteWise award for reducing waste, saving resources
Friday, January 12, 2018-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is honoring CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington, for its sustainability accomplishments and green sports leadership. CenturyLink Field, home to the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders FC, earned national recognition for its programs to reduce waste, divert material from landfills, and recover organic resource value through composting. CenturyLink Field is among 16 WasteWise national award winners, who collectively prevented and recycled over 355,801 tons of waste, saving $17.7 million in avoided landfill fees. -- (full text)
[EPA]

EPA makes up to $3 Million available for locally-focused environmental education grants
Thursday, January 11, 2018-- EPA is pleased to announce that up to $3 million in funding for locally-focused environmental education grants are now available under the 2018 EE Local Grant Program. EPA will award three to four grants in each of EPAs ten Regions, for no less than $50,000 and no more than $100,000 each, for a total of 30-35 grants nationwide. Proposals are due March 15, 2018. The Requests for Proposals is posted on www.grants.gov. -- (full text)
[EPA]

EPA provides $485,000 to improve water infrastructure in Bartlett, Illinois
Thursday, January 11, 2018-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a one-time $485,000 Special Appropriation Act Program grant to the Village of Bartlett, Ill., to help finance water infrastructure projects. The funds will help the village connect to the DuPage Water Commission in order to purchase Lake Michigan drinking water. President Trump has made updating our nations infrastructure a top priority, and this grant demonstrates EPAs commitment to carrying out improvements, said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. These types of investments help grow the economy while solving real environmental problems in local communities. -- (full text)
[EPA]

Mayors: Energy Efficiency Important in Meeting Climate Goals
Tuesday, January 02, 2018-- At the North American Climate Summit this month in Chicago, city officials from several countries recognized energy efficiency as an important emissions reduction strategy. Many described how they are making it part of their climate action plans. The summit brought together mayors and other officials from 50-plus municipalities, including large cities like Austin and Phoenix and smaller communities like Pittsboro, N.C. Officials from the United States, Canada, Mexico and other countries gathered to sign the Chicago Climate Charter and discuss strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Signatories of the Charter committed to several provisions, including decreasing their communities emissions by the same percentage as the reduction that their nations agreed to in the Paris Agreement. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

Evanston Designated SolSmart Gold for Advancing Solar Energy
Monday, December 18, 2017-- The city of Evanston, Ill., has received a gold designation from the national SolSmart program for making it faster, easier, and more affordable for homes and businesses to go solar. Evanstons gold SolSmart designation builds on the citys commitment to making carbon-free energy available to all Evanston residents, and is in line with the citys STAR Community Rating goals, Paris Climate Accord commitment, and Mayor Hagertys pledge to achieve 100 percent renewable energy. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

EPA Releases Annual Regulatory Plan
Thursday, December 14, 2017-- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with the rest of the federal government, released its Semiannual Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions and Regulatory Plan. The Semiannual Regulatory Agenda provides updates to the public about regulatory activity to support EPAs core mission to protect human health and the environment. The latest Regulatory Plan describes the 13 most significant regulatory priorities the Agency expects to propose or finalize in the upcoming year. -- (full text)
[EPA]

EPA announces funding for Puget Sound protection, conservation & recovery
Wednesday, December 13, 2017-- The Northwest office of the Environmental Protection Agency announced today that through its National Estuary Program it is providing $25.2 million in grant funds to state, local and tribal Puget Sound recovery and conservation efforts. A healthy Puget Sound is vital to the environmental and economic health of Washington state, said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. EPA is succeeding in protecting and restoring habitats and water quality by supporting local partners and projects. -- (full text)
[EPA]

Pruitt to Chair Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council
Tuesday, December 12, 2017-- President Donald Trump appointed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt as the new chairperson of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council. "I am honored to be selected by the states and look forward to working with the governors to continue the excellent work of this Council to further the critical mission of restoring the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem," said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces $18.5 Million for Offshore Wind Research
Tuesday, December 12, 2017-- Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced $18.5 million in new Department of Energy (DOE) funding for an offshore wind research and development (R&D) consortium that will conduct U.S.-specific research aimed at reducing the cost of offshore wind in the U.S. This consortium will be a cooperative private-public innovation hub addressing topics, including wind plant technology advancement, resource and physical site characterization, installation, operations and maintenance, and supply chain technology solutions. -- (full text)
[Department of Energy]

Energy Department Recognizes Shari's Café & Pies and King County International Airport for Leadership in Energy Efficiency
Tuesday, December 12, 2017-- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized two Seattle-area Better Buildings Challenge partners, King County and Shari's Café & Pies, for their successful energy-efficient upgrade achievements at the King County International Airport and the local Shari's in Lynnwood, Washington. Through the Better Buildings Challenge, these two partners committed to reducing energy use across their properties by at least 20% in 10 years. -- (full text)
[Energy Department]

EPA Awards $150,000 to University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science to Upgrade Information Technology for Chesapeake Bay Restoration
Monday, December 11, 2017-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it is providing an additional $150,000 to the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) to continue support for managing and improving the computer technology used for Chesapeake Bay restoration. Clean water is a top priority for EPA said EPA Regional Administrator Cosmo Servidio This continuing collaboration is critical to building and maintaining the information infrastructure that supports the ongoing restoration efforts in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. -- (full text)
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EPA Releases List of Superfund Sites Targeted for Immediate, Intense Attention
Friday, December 08, 2017-- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the list of Superfund sites that Administrator Pruitt has targeted for immediate and intense attention. The 21 sites on the list  from across the United States  are in direct response to the Superfund Task Force Recommendations, issued this summer, calling for this list. -- (full text)
[EPA]

House Passes Brownfields Reauthorization Bill
Tuesday, December 05, 2017-- Thursday, November 30, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3017, the Brownfields Enhancement, Economic Redevelopment, and Reauthorization Act of 2017, that would allow up to $250 million to clean up brownfield sites each year. Smart Growth America, LOCUS and the National Brownfields Coalition support the bills provisions and commend the bills sponsors for their hard work to bring this bill to fruition. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys Brownfields program has been instrumental in creating thousands of jobs, and helping communities prevent, assess, safely clean up and sustainably restore more than a million acre contaminated lands known as "brownfields." -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

$2.04 Million in Grants Will Improve the Health of Long Island Sound
Monday, December 04, 2017-- Today, top federal and state environmental officials from New York announced 31 grants totaling $2.04 million to local government and community groups to improve the health and ecosystem of Long Island Sound. Fifteen projects, totaling $1.05 million directly benefit New York. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator, Pete Lopez, joined U.S. Congressman Lee Zeldin, Carrie Meek Gallagher from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Amanda Bassow from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) at the Childs Mansion and Flax Pond Marine Laboratory to highlight how the grants will benefit people who live, work and play around Long Island. -- (full text)
[EPA]

Energy Department Announces $25 Million for Combined Heat and Power Technologies
Tuesday, November 28, 2017-- Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced nearly $25 million for a selected eight organizations to further the installation of cost-effective, highly efficient combined heat and power (CHP) technologies. The use of CHP can support U.S. economic competitive advantage, promote economic development, instill resiliency in businesses and communities, create and maintain local energy-related jobs, and provide solutions for modernizing energy generation and delivery. -- (full text)
[Department of Energy]