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EPA Proposes Additional Details on the Clean Energy Incentive Program
Thursday, June 16, 2016-- After extensive engagement with community groups and other stakeholders, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing additional details for public comment about the optional Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP), which was included in the final Clean Power Plan. The CEIP was designed to help states and tribes meet their goals under the plan by encouraging early investments in zero-emitting renewable energy generation, and by removing barriers to investment in energy efficiency in low-income communities. Todays proposal will help guide states and tribes that choose to participate in the program when the Clean Power Plan becomes effective. -- (full text)
[EPA News Releases ]

EPA Proposes Lead and Arsenic Clean Up at Route 561 Dump Site in Gibbsboro, New Jersey
Monday, June 13, 2016-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a plan to clean up contaminated soil at the Route 561 Dump site in Gibbsboro, N.J. The site is an area near a former paint manufacturing plant and was previously used as a paint waste dump. The Route 561 Dump site includes businesses, a vacant lot, a small creek called White Sand Branch and wetlands. The soil at the Route 561 Dump site is contaminated with lead and arsenic. -- (full text)
[EPA News Releases ]

Rhode Island Receives Over $1.2 million in EPA Brownfields Funding
Monday, June 13, 2016-- EPA is awarding a total of $1,220,000 in Brownfield Grant funding to Rhode Island entities. The grants being awarded to Rhode Island are funded by EPA's Brownfields Assessment and Revolving Loan Fund program, and will provide communities with the funding they need to assess, clean up and redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies and leverage jobs while protecting public health and the environment. -- (full text)
[EPA News Releases ]

Proposed EPA Cleanup Plan Will Make Portland Harbor Safer and Healthier for All
Thursday, June 09, 2016-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its Proposed Plan to clean up the in-water portion of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site, an industrial waterway covering approximately 10 miles of the Lower Willamette River, from Broadway Bridge to the Columbia Slough. EPA proposes to dredge and cap the most contaminated sediment throughout the 10-mile stretch of the Lower Willamette, in areas where concentrations pose the highest risk to people, fish, and wildlife. -- (full text)
[EPA News Releases ]

Can More Cattle Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions?
Wednesday, June 08, 2016-- A new study co-authored by an Iowa State University researcher indicates that an increase in cattle production, and associated forage land, on Iowas agricultural landscape could lead to lower greenhouse gas emissions. The research, published recently in the peer-reviewed Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, found that cattle production yields a smaller percentage of greenhouse gas emissions than row-crop cultivation. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network ]

Pinpointing Clean Energy Financing Programs Just Got Easier
Thursday, June 02, 2016-- Not long ago, we let our fingers do the walking when searching for categories of businesses in the Yellow Pages. Now the Internet provides us with all that information at the click of a button. Single-click access was the Departments goal when it first published a government-wide guide to federal financing programs for clean energy in 2013. Today, the Department is releasing the third edition of this guide, Federal Financing Programs for Clean Energy, which provides an overview of clean energy financing programs available through ten agencies from across the government. -- (full text)
[Department of Energy ]

EPA Awards Environmental Education Grants to Alaska Songbird Institute, University of Washington, and Friends of the Teton River
Tuesday, May 31, 2016-- (Seattle  May 31, 2016) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced grant awards for environmental education to the Alaska Songbird Institute, University of Washington, and Friends of the Teton River. The local awards are among 35 grants completed nationwide under EPAs 2015 environmental education grants program. EPA awarded the Alaska Songbird Institute a $90,631 grant for its Alaska Swallow Monitoring Network in Fairbanks and in Native Villages. The network recruits and trains students, teachers and other volunteers over two field seasons to collect, analyze and present ecological data on climate change impacts to nesting tree swallows. In 2016 the network will train interns, middle and high school students, and community volunteers including teachers, senior citizens and Alaska Native Elders, to monitor existing swallow nests and establish and monitor additional swallow nesting sites. Volunteers will present their findings to the community through outreach and presentations at professional conferences. -- (full text)
[EPA News Releases ]

Public-Private Partnership to Improve Water Quality in Minnesota
Tuesday, May 31, 2016-- ARDEN HILLS, Minn. -- Governor Mark Dayton and Land O'Lakes, Inc., President and CEO Chris Policinski announced a new public-private partnership to protect and improve water quality across Minnesota. This new partnership is the first of its kind in the nation, partnering the state of Minnesota with Land O' Lakes and local farmers across Minnesota to improve water quality stewardship standards on their farms. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network ]

Nine Women to Receive U.S. Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Awards
Tuesday, May 31, 2016-- STANFORD, Calif. At the fifth annual Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Women in Clean Energy Symposium today, nine distinguished women across multiple disciplines will be honored for outstanding leadership and accomplishments in clean energy. The Symposium is being held at Stanford University and is hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), and Stanford University Precourt Institute for Energy. -- (full text)
[Department of Energy ]

Californias Clean Energy Pioneers Come in Black and White
Friday, May 27, 2016-- California has a pioneering spirit. Rural folks there have been on the frontier for generations. That frontier may have been gold mines and cattle grasslands in the past, but today that frontier is the very air, soil and water of California itself. Climate change is transforming California like its transforming our globe. But Californians are leading the pioneer charge to transform, with pragmatism, ingenuity and a commitment to rural communities. -- (full text)
[USDA]

Nutritional Security Through Sustainable Agriculture
Friday, May 27, 2016-- Achieving nutritional security in the context of the burgeoning population, climate change, diminishing land and water resources, environmental degradation, and changing incomes and diets will require not just approaches to sustainably producing more food, but also smarter ways of producing food, dealing with food waste, and promoting improved nutritional outcomes. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) invests in and advances agricultural research, education, and extension and seeks to make transformative discoveries that solve these societal challenges. NIFAs portfolio of support for nutritional security and sustainable agriculture includes literally thousands of impactful efforts across our nation; below are just a handful that speak to the transformative work transforming lives. -- (full text)
[U.S Department of Agriculture ]

EPA and NIH Award $25.5 Million to Help Improve Environmental Conditions in Disadvantaged Communities
Wednesday, May 25, 2016-- WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), are funding research centers at five universities to work with local communities to better understand ways to improve environmental conditions for vulnerable populations. Exposures to harmful contaminants in low-income communities is an ongoing problem in our country, said Michael Slimak, director of EPAs sustainable and healthy communities research program. With the support of these centers of excellence, EPA is working to address this issue and protect human health. -- (full text)
[EPA News Releases ]

EPA Takes Action to Protect Agricultural Workers in Nevada
Tuesday, May 24, 2016-- SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fined Moana Nursery in Reno, Nev. $2,640 and issued a warning to Genoa Trees and Landscape Materials of Minden, Nev. for violating federal pesticide worker safety laws. These actions are part of a larger effort focused on the enforcement of requirements that protect farm and nursery workers from the risk of illness due to pesticide exposure. -- (full text)
[EPA News Releases ]

When buildings compete, we all win
Friday, May 20, 2016-- Today, EPA is announcing the results of the 2015 Battle of the Buildings, a national competition between building managers to save the most energy and water. Our nations buildings play a vital role in public health because they can harm the environment and cause health problems. We are also announcing the return of the competition in 2016 as Energy Star Bootcamp, which will kick off September 1 and end on November 30. -- (full text)
[EPA News Releases ]

New Watershed Signs Remind Everyone to Protect the Great Lakes
Friday, May 20, 2016-- (New York, N.Y.  May 20, 2016) A new network of Great Lakes watershed road signs will remind people that the creek, stream or roadside drainage area that they just drove by is part of a system that feeds into the Great Lakes. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck and New York State Department of Environmental Protection Great Lakes Program Coordinator Donald Zelazny unveiled two of the new signs at a ceremony today at Beaver Island State Park in Grand Island, N.Y. The EPA, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Department of Transportation and New York State Thruway Authority are collaborating to install signs along major highways throughout the Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, and St. Lawrence River basins to alert people who dont see the Great Lakes in their daily lives they have entered the Great Lakes Watershed. Work began in December 2015 to install 15 signs along major highways and will be completed in July 2016. The signs will say: Entering Lake Erie Watershed, Entering Lake Ontario Watershed, or Entering St. Lawrence River Watershed. -- (full text)
[EPA News Releases ]

EPA Proposes Increase in Renewable Fuel Levels
Wednesday, May 18, 2016-- WASHINGTON  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed increases in renewable fuel volume requirements across all types of biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. The proposed increases would boost renewable fuel production and provide for ambitious yet achievable growth. The Renewable Fuel Standards program is a success story that has driven biofuel production and use in the U.S. to levels higher than any other nation, said Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPAs Office of Air and Radiation. This administration is committed to keeping the RFS program on track, spurring continued growth in biofuel production and use, and achieving the climate and energy independence benefits that Congress envisioned from this program. -- (full text)
[EPA News Releases ]

The SunShot Story: Challenging the Solar Industry to Say 'What If' Since 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2016-- Since 2011, the SunShot Initiative has bolstered the U.S. solar energy industry by funding innovative, cutting-edge technologies that have an immediate, measurable impact on reducing the cost of solar power in an effort to make solar electricity fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources, without incentives, by 2020. The program funds research, development, demonstration, and deployment projects that help the United States reestablish market leadership while improving energy security, strengthening the economy, and combatting climate change. Five years into the SunShot Initiative, the solar industry is already 70% of the way to achieving the SunShot goals, but the remaining 30% of this goal represents some of the toughest work ahead. -- (full text)
[Department of Energy ]

Invasive Tree Pests Cost U.S. Communities $2 Billion Per Year
Wednesday, May 18, 2016-- MILLBROOK, N.Y. - Imported forest pests cause billions of dollars in damages each year, and U.S. property owners and municipalities foot most of the bill. Efforts to prevent new pests are not keeping pace with escalating trade and must be strengthened if we are to slow the loss of our nations trees. So reports a team of 16 scientists in a new paper recently published in the journal Ecological Applications. Dr. Gary Lovett, a forest ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and the papers lead author, explains, Imported forest pests are the most pressing and underappreciated forest health issue in the U.S. today. We need to act now to strengthen prevention if we are going to protect billions of valuable trees in communities and forests all across the U.S. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network ]

New York High School Student Receives Prestigious Award for Developing Clean Drinking Water Project
Friday, May 13, 2016-- WASHINGTON  A Dix Hills, New York, high school senior has won the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award for a project currently providing clean drinking water affordably to a community in Kenya. "On behalf of the agency, I am proud to announce Alexis DAlessandro as the Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability award winner for her work to protect public health and the environment said Dr. Thomas A. Burke, EPA science advisor and deputy assistant administrator of EPA's Office of Research and Development. This award is just one way EPA helps encourage and support the next generation of scientists and engineers to put their passion for innovation into practice." -- (full text)
[EPA News Releases ]

Cities Hold Key to Saving the Bees
Wednesday, May 11, 2016-- If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man. Despite this dire warning, sometimes dubiously attributed to Albert Einstein, Americas natural and commercial bee populations continue to decline dramatically, decimated by pesticides, pathogens, parasites, harsh weather, disappearing pollinator habitats, and climate change  all of which seem to be contributing to the mysterious phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder. For Danielle Bilot, we dont have to be Einsteins to recognize that there are serious problems facing bees. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network ]