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EPA releases report on revitalizing vacant and abandoned properties
Monday, July 28, 2014-- Managing Vacant and Abandoned Property in the Green Zone of Saginaw, Michigan, a new report from EPAs Smart Growth Program, can help communities facing the challenge of returning vacant and abandoned properties to productive use. The report is the product of EPAs one-year Smart Growth Implementation Assistance project with the city of Saginaw to develop a land use and infrastructure strategy for the section of the city hit hardest by population decline. The report outlines options for dealing with infrastructure in areas that are largely vacant or abandoned, and highlights opportunities for green infrastructure and long-term economic growth. -- (full text)
[US EPA Smart Growth]

DOE Launches Microgrid Competition to Support Resiliency in Communities Across America
Wednesday, July 02, 2014-- The Energy Department launched the Microgrid 2014 MVP Challenge, a competition to support resiliency and adaptation in communities across America. The Challenge will recognize local organizations that have adopted successful grid strategies which can continue providing vital public services during power disruptions caused by severe weather and other events. As part of the Obama Administrations Climate Action Plan, the competition advances the Presidents commitment to helping the nation prepare for the impacts of climate change. -- (full text)
[US Department of Energy]

EPA Releases New Policy Statement on Climate Change Adaptation
Wednesday, July 02, 2014-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released a new policy statement on climate change adaptation to help the nation prepare for and respond to the impacts of a changing climate. The policy commits the Agency to work with states, tribes, and local communities to increase their resilience to extreme weather events and prepare for the impacts of climate change. -- (full text)
[US EPA]

EPA Proposes Updates to Reduce Methane, Other Harmful Pollution from New Landfills
Wednesday, July 02, 2014-- As part of the Presidents Climate Action Plan  Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing updates to its air standards for new municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. These updates would require certain landfills to capture additional landfill gas, which would reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and help further reduce pollution that harms public health. The agency also is seeking broad public feedback on how and whether to update guidelines for existing landfills. -- (full text)
[US EPA]

EPA Proposes First Guidelines to Cut Carbon Pollution from Existing Power Plants
Wednesday, June 25, 2014-- On June 2, 2014, EPA proposed a commonsense plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants. States, cities and businesses across the country are already taking action to address the risks of climate change. EPA's proposal builds on those actions and is flexible - reflecting that different states have a different mix of sources and opportunities, and reflecting the important role of states as full partners with the federal government in cutting pollution. This proposal will maintain an affordable, reliable energy system, while cutting pollution and protecting our health and environment now and for future generations. -- (full text)
[US EPA]

New Energy Efficiency Standardization Roadmap Establishes National Framework for Action
Tuesday, June 24, 2014-- With the release today of the Standardization Roadmap: Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment, U.S. industry, government, standards developing organizations (SDOs) and other energy efficiency stakeholders now have a national framework for action and coordination on future energy efficiency standardization. Developed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC)  a cross-sector group chaired by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Schneider Electric  the roadmap charts 125 recommendations and timelines for action to advance energy efficiency in the built environment. This important new resource is available as a free download at www.ansi.org/eescc. -- (full text)
[ANSI]

USDA Announced Resources for Bioenergy Research, Converting to Biomass Fuel Systems
Thursday, June 19, 2014-- USDA announced a valuable aid to those in, or interested in, starting a bio-energy business, the Bioeconomy Tool Shed. The Tool Shed is a portal offering users access to a complement of web-based tools and information, statistical data and other resources related to the sustainable production and conversion of biomass into products and fuel, a process often referred to as the bioeconomy. -- (full text)
[USDA Office of Communications]

EPA funding for integrated wastewater and stormwater planning  letters of interest due June 27
Friday, June 13, 2014-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys (EPA) Office of Wastewater Management is pleased to announce the availability of $335,000 in technical assistance for communities seeking technical support to develop an integrated planning approach to meeting Clean Water Act (CWA) requirements for municipal wastewater and stormwater management. The primary purpose of the technical assistance is to help EPA develop practical examples of how to implement the different steps in developing an integrated plan in order to provide useful information to communities across the nation who are interested in integrated planning. EPA anticipates providing assistance to 5 communities. Interested communities are encouraged to respond to the Request for Letters of Interest. Letters of interest must be received by June 27, 2014. If additional funding becomes available, EPA may return to the applicant pool to select additional recipient communities. -- (full text)
[US EPA]