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Environmental Protection Agency (Region 7)


Communities Information Digest

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News
*USDA and EPA Launch U.S. Food Waste Challenge* The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently launched the U.S. Food Waste Challenge, calling on others across the food chainincluding producer groups, processors, manufacturers, retailers, communities, and other government agencies to join the effort to reduce, recover, and recycle food waste. Food waste in the United States is estimated at roughly between 30 to 40 percent of the food supply. In 2010, an estimated 133 billion pounds of food from U.S. retail food stores, restaurants, and homes never made it into people's stomachs. The amount of uneaten food in homes and restaurants was valued at almost $390 per U.S. consumer in 2008, more than an average month's worth of food expenditures. Through its Food Recovery Challenge, EPA will provide U.S. Food Waste Challenge participants with the opportunity to access data management software and technical assistance (www.epa.gov/smm/foodrecovery/) to help them quantify and improve their sustainable food management practices. To join the Challenge and learn more about USDA's activities and the activities of those who have already joined, visit: www.usda.gov/oce/foodwaste/index.htm. *EPA Announces More Than $3 Million in Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants to Help Facilitate Environmental Stewardship and Cleanup Across the Country* The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced the selection of 16 grantees for a total award of $3.2 million through the agency's Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) Program. The grants support local work to recruit, train, and place unemployed individuals in jobs that address environmental challenges in their communities. By providing Americans in economically disadvantaged communities with environmental job training, EWDJT grants promote environmental justice by equipping trainees with

environmental health and safety certifications while creating a locally skilled workforce that advances local economies. For more information on EPA's Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants Program: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/pilot_grants.htm. *EPA Awards $2 Million for Small Business Innovation Research: Promoting Green Jobs* The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced more than $2 million to 25 small businesses nationwide to develop new environmental technologies that will help protect peoples health and the environment. EPAs Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program funds innovative research resulting in new commercial products, processes and services that protect the environment, benefit the public, and promote the growth of small businesses. This years projects focus on drinking water, wastewater, manufacturing, green building, waste monitoring and management, air quality, sustainable use of biomass and homeland security. Each of the 25 companies will receive an SBIR Phase I contract of up to $80,000 to further develop their technology over the next six months. Once the project has been demonstrated to be commercially viable, then companies are eligible to compete for a Phase II award of up to $300,000 to commercialize their technology. To be eligible to participate in the SBIR program, a company must be an organized for-profit U.S. business, and have fewer than 500 employees. For more information on EPAs SBIR program, please visit: www.epa.gov/ncer/sbir.

Funding Opportunities
June 25: 2013 National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program http://epa.gov/cleandiesel/ June 27: DOE Community-scale Clean Energy Projects in Indian Country https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/Default.aspx#FoaIdff8e15b45138-484d-97c0-d8108f81e339 June 28: Rural Business Opportunity Grants http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-05-14/html/2013-11451.htm July 1: Creating a Climate for Health - Request for Applications http://www.phi.org/news-events/450/request-for-applications-creating-aclimate-for-health-pilot-projects July 10: USDARural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=235473 July 15: 2014 National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Grant Program Request for Proposals http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/nucfac *July 22: HUD HOPE VI Main Street Grant Program (~$500,000) http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=235258 *July 23: Concentrating Solar Power: Efficiently Leveraging Equilibrium Mechanisms for Engineering New Thermochemical Storage (CSP: ELEMENTS) http://www1.eere.energy.gov/solar/sunshot/financial_opps_detail.html?sol_id=601 *July 29: EPA School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Grants http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=TcQLR7GQrpj7FRjZLszN1jRLcb7dGYMLGz5xlv55dwjTQQLZnHyn!1910428741?oppId=2 36389&mode=VIEW September 10: National Science Foundation (NSF)- Water Sustainability and Climate http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13535/nsf13535.htm *September 10: HUD to Award $109 Million in Choice Neighborhood Grants http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2013/HUDNo.13-085 *September 13: EDA Economic Development Assistance Programs Federal Funding Opportunity

http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=knDpQzXGJ6gWnzy1h6Tn3D1fjKBNK9Fw40vlTDxWx3xrJGpLpCN4!861966415?oppId=208353&mode=VIEW *October 8: Healthy Schools: Environmental Factors, Children's Health and Performance, and Sustainable Building Practices http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2013/2013_star_healthy_schools.html

Meetings, Conferences, & Events


July 9-11: National Environmental Health Association Annual Conference Washington, DC. http://neha2013aec.org/ July 12-13: 2013 Global Urban Environmental Accords Summit San Antonio, Texas July 14-19: 7th International Conference on Energy Sustainability Minneapolis, MN http://www.asmeconferences.org/ESFuelCell2013/ July 21-27: Hands-On PV Experience (HOPE) Workshop Golden, Colorado http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/solar/newsletter/detail.cfm/articleId=316 July 30-Aug. 1: 2013 EPA Community Involvement Training Conference: The Next Generation of Community Involvement Boston, Massachusetts http://www.epa.gov/ciconference/index.htm July 31-Aug. 4: Shadowcliff Sustainable Coordinators Workshop Grand Lake, Colorado www.shadowcliff.org August 13-15: Safe Routes to School National Conference Sacramento, California http://saferoutesconference.org August 18-21: 2013 International Low Impact Development Symposium Saint Paul, Minnesota http://www.cce.umn.edu/2013International-Low-Impact-Development-Symposium/index.html August 18-22: Coastal Protection Symposium Myrtle Beach, South Carolina http://www.stormcon.com/coastal_protection_symposium.html August 21-23: 8th Annual Georgia Environmental Conference Jekyll Island, GA http://www.georgiaenet.com/ September 9-11: Reclaiming Vacant Properties5th National Conference Philadelphia, Pennsylvania http://www.communityprogress.net/2013-reclaiming-vacant-properties-conference-pages356.php?utm_source=RVP+Announcement+final+Nov+1.+&utm_campaign=2013+RVP+Announcement+Nov+1&utm_medium=email *September 10-12: Sustainability in Manufacturing Chicago Chicago, IL *September 11-12: E-Scrap Conference Omni, Orlando, FL *September 16-18: Missouri Recycling Association Conference Jefferson City, MO http://www.moraconference.org/sessions-andspeakers.html *September 20-22: Pollution Prevention and Lean Principles Arlington, TX *September 21-22: 2013 Green Festival Washington, DC September 23-24: Advancing Sustainable Communities Conference Kansas City, MO Details to follow soon *September 24-25: Sustainable Communities Conference Dubuque, IA http://gscdubuque.com/ *September 24-26: Excellence in Building Science Phoenix, AX *September 25-26: 16th Annual Pollution Prevention Conference and Trade Show Plainfield, IN

*October 15-16: Sustainability in Manufacturing Texas Houston, TX October 17-18: Community Indicators Consortium Chicago, Illinois http://www.communityindicators.net/2013chicago *October 19-20: 2013 Green Festival Los Angeles, CA *October 21-24: Solar Power International 2013 Chicago, IL *October 23-26: Cities Alive 11th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference San Francisco, CA October 29-Nov. 2: National Preservation Conference Indianapolis, Indiana http://www.preservationnation.org/ November 3-6: Transportation and Development Institute Green Streets, Highways and Development Conference Austin, Texas http://content.asce.org/conferences/greenstreets-highways2013/ November 18-20: Behavior, Energy and Climate Change (BECC) Conference 2013 Sacramento, California http://beccconference.org/ November 21: Massachusetts Smart Growth Conference Boston, Massachusetts http://ma-smartgrowth.org/take-action/smart-growthconference/ta_111112_save-the-date-postcard/

Webinars & Conference Calls


EPA, HUD, and DOT Webinar Series: *Making Context-Sensitive Transportation Solutions a Standard Practice, July 10, 2:30-4:00 (EST)* This webinar will focus on Floridas experience integrating design flexibility and context sensitivity from planning through final design. Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District One Secretary Billy Hattaway will discuss how context-sensitive solutions are essential to projects ranging from maintenance to major construction in both urban and rural settings. Register at: http://contextsensitivesolutions.org/community/calendar/cal-item-view?cal_item_id=850013. *Green Infrastructure: Achieving Stormwater Management, Neighborhood Stabilization, and Complete Streets Using Formula Funds, July 16, 2:30-3:45 (EST)* Experts from EPA, HUD, and DOT and the city of Indianapolis will discuss ways communities can use green infrastructure to manage stormwater, help revitalize neighborhoods, and create complete streets, and how federal formula funds can be used to finance green infrastructure. For more information, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/webinars/index.html. *Joint Challenge-TIGER Experiment: Integrating Housing and Transportation Plans, July 25, 1:00-2:30 (EST)* This webinar will feature two grantee communities that undertook integrated housing and transportation planning with the assistance of HUD Community Challenge and DOT TIGER II Planning grants in 2010. The communities activities focus on connecting housing with affordable and sustainable transportation choices and improving access to employment. Email to RSVP *Department of Energy's (DOE) 2013 Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series* The DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Tribal Energy Program, and Western Area Power Administration are pleased to continue their joint sponsorship of the Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series in 2013. The series is intended for tribal leaders and staff who are interested in developing commercial-scale energy projects, responding to

utilities' requests for proposals, and learning more about the competitive power market. Each of these webinars focuses on a different aspect of the energy project development process. Taken as a whole, the series is designed to help Tribes identify ways to promote tribal energy self sufficiency and foster economic development and employment on tribal lands through renewable energy and energy efficiency technology development. For recordings and presentations from past webinars, go to www.wapa.gov and click the Renewable link, then click on the tribal webinar series link. There is no charge to participate in the webinars, but registration is required. To register for the upcoming webinars in the series, click on the links provided in the table below. The following webinars will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. June 26: Renewable Energy Project Leasing on Tribal Lands July 31: Conducting Transmission Feasibility and System Impact Studies August 28: Renewable Energy Market Expectations and Trends September 25: Tribal and Utility Partnership Opportunities October 30: Renewable Energy Case Studies: Tribal and Developer Perspectives EPA Webcast Files Now Available - EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Program Has Posted Presentations and Audio from Springs Webcast Series on Climate Change Adaptation for State and Local Governments This webinar series brought together representatives from a variety of sectors to offer examples and solutions to some of the most pressing challenges to climate change implementation for state and local governments - how to achieve buy-in, how to overcome the uncertainty barrier, and how to attract funding. Discussions covered why adaptation to climate change is critical, the current state of the field as it applies to states and communities, how to scale programs to meet local needs, and what actions can be taken at the state and local levels to build support for adaptation and to increase community resilience. Presentations and audio files are now available for two of three webcasts. The third webcast, Attracting Funding for Adaptation, will be available online in the coming weeks. To access the webcast files, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate/web-podcasts/local-webcasts-by-date.html.

Green Schools
*EPA School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Grant Applications Due July 29* EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) announces the availability of approximately $700,000 for assistance agreements to further, through research, development, monitoring, public education, training, demonstrations, or studies, the adoption of verifiable integrated pest management (IPM) by the nation's kindergarten to 12th grade public and tribal schools. IPM is a sustainable approach to managing pests that combines biological, cultural, physical, and chemical tools in a way that minimizes economic, health, and environmental risks. A school IPM program uses easily implementable strategies to reduce sources of food, water, and shelter for pests in school buildings and grounds. Verifiable school IPM is an ongoing activity that includes all of these documented elements: understanding pests; setting action thresholds for key pests, i.e., knowing when to take action against key pests; monitoring for pests, their locations and populations; removing conditions that allow pest infestation; and using one or more effective pest control methods including sanitation, structural maintenance, and nonchemical methods in place of or in combination with pesticides. Applications are due July 29, 2013. For more information, please visit:

http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=TcQLR7GQrpj7FRjZLszN1jRLcb7dGYMLGz5xlv55dwjTQQLZnHyn!1910428741?oppId=2 36389&mode=VIEW. *Healthy Schools: Environmental Factors, Children's Health and Performance, and Sustainable Building Practices, Applications Due October 8* The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research that will inform school (K-12 educational facilities) building design, construction and operation practices in order to foster safe and healthy school environments and maximize student achievement and teacher and staff effectiveness. Specifically, the goal is to understand the relationship between environmental factors defined broadly and the health, safety and performance of students, teachers and staff. In addition to health-related concerns, the school environment may similarly impact the performance of students, teachers and staff, including lowering student achievement outcomes, and reducing teacher effectiveness. The results of this research will help ensure that the risks of environmentally-induced illness and injury to America's students, teachers and other school staff are diminished or avoided and that students, teachers and staff are provided with optimal learning environments in their schools. Applications are due Oct 8. 2013. For more information, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2013/2013_star_healthy_schools.html. *Fact Sheet: Green Strides and the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Recognition Award* The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognition award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools and districts that are exemplary in three areas: 1) reducing environmental impact and costs, including waste, water, energy use and alternative transportation; 2) improving the health and wellness of students and staff, covering environmental health and nutrition and fitness; and, finally, 3) providing effective sustainability education, requiring robust environmental education that engages STEM, civic skills and green career pathways. The award is a tool to encourage state education agencies to consider matters of facilities, health and environment comprehensively and in coordination with their state health, environment and energy counterparts. For more information, please visit: www.ed.gov/green-ribbon-schools or www.ed.gov/green-strides. *Goshen College Buys 100% Renewable Energy* Goshen College has entered into an agreement with Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) to purchase the equivalent of 100 percent renewable energy to power its campus. The college is NIPSCO's first major customer to join the utility's new Green Power Program, which provides Green-e Energy certified renewable energy certificates (REC) to customers for a monthly premium. The Green Power Program is available to all customers and allows a participant to designate a portion or all of their monthly electricity to be sourced from renewable energy. Leaders at the college expect that the carbon footprint of the campus will be reduced by 45 percent as a result of this purchase. The college has been committed to improving its electricity use since signing the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment in 2007 and has reduced electricity consumption on campus to a level equivalent to its use in 1992, despite adding 290,000 square feet of building space. For more information, please visit: http://apps3.eere.energy.gov/greenpower/news/news_template.shtml?id=1833. *EPA - New Student Environmental Curriculum* This nine-lesson program was designed to excite kids about environmental health and empower them to take steps in their everyday lives to improve the environment for their community and reduce their environmental risk. http://yosemite.epa.gov/ochp/ochpweb.nsf/content/curriculum.htm. EPA New Sensible Steps Webinar Series August 20 3:00 p.m. Eastern- Current Issues in Chemical Management, Best Practices for Schools and Districts

September 25 3:00 p.m. Eastern - Cleaning and Maintenance, Sensible Steps for Creating Healthier School Environments October 22 3:00 p.m. Eastern - Sensible Steps for Energy Efficiency and Waste Reduction in Schools November 19 3:00 p.m. Eastern - Sensible Steps for Mold and Moisture Control In Schools December 17 3:00 p.m. Eastern - Renovate Right: EPAs Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Program at Schools Participants will receive a certificate of completion for each webinar. Register Now for the 4th Safe Routes to School National Conference The 4th Safe Routes to School National Conference will be making its way to sunny Sacramento, CA, August 13-15, 2013. The conference will span three days and include over 50 sessions and many dynamic mobile workshops. Also included are several exciting Special Features that will engage participants and showcase Sacramento's bicycle and pedestrian-friendly streets. An onsite Bike Share program will allow participants the opportunity explore Sacramento's lively downtown and expansive bike trails. Wondering what to do in between sessions? Stop on by the Bike Build project and take part in building new bikes that will benefit local youth. Calling all Youth! The conference will include several opportunities for youth from throughout the region to participate in educational, interactive, fun and informative discussions and conference activities. Registration will open up in early April. Visit the conference web site for more details: http://saferoutesconference.org.

Other Community-Related Information & Events


*Dubuque, Iowa to Host 6th Annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference September 24-25* Three women who have helped community leaders and some of the world's most successful companies plot a course toward a more sustainable future will deliver keynote addresses at the 6th annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference Sept. 24-25 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque. Michele Hunt, founder of Vision & Values, a leadership consulting firm based in Washington D.C., will share her thoughts on The Power of Visionary Leadership; Rebecca Ryan, futurist, author and founder of Next Generation Consulting, will present Cities 3.0: Reflecting, Responding and Redesigning for an Uncertain Future; and Deb Frodl, global executive director of General Electric's ecomagination, will describe how the third largest company in the world is addressing today's environmental challenges while driving economic growth. Presented by the City of Dubuque and Sustainable City Network, the conference will feature 25 educational workshops and mobile tours related to sustainability, resource conservation and community engagement. For more information, please visit: http://gscdubuque.com/. *EPA Grant of $200,000 Awarded to Childrens Mercy Hospital* EPA has awarded a $200,000 Environmental Education Grant to Childrens Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., for a collaborative pr oject to teach health care students about pediatric environmental health and healthy homes, with emphasis on indoor air quality and pesticide use in homes. EPAs Environmental Education Grant Program is a competitive grant program that supports efforts to enhance the publics awareness and knowledge about environmental issues. This grant program supports environmental education projects to increase skills and to help people make informed decisions that affect environmental quality and to take responsible actions toward the environment. Visit: http://www2.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grants to learn more about EPA's Environmental Education Grant Program.

*Historic Strip Gets Long-Awaited Makeover in Branson, Missouri* In Branson, Mo., Highway 76 is an economic and cultural lifeline. Home to more than 100 shops, theaters, restaurants, and other attractions, the historic stretch tells the story of the Ozark getaway dating back to the 1950s. Residents and visitors to Branson right now are shaping the next era of Highway 76 on Spirit of 76. Theyre suggesting changes that would improve aging theaters curb appeal, reduce traffic congestion on the busy strip, and make the area struck by a devastating tornado just over a year ago better protected from the forces of nature. Branson residents are learning from their past to create a better future in their online conversation. For more information, please visit: http://ideas.bransonspiritof76.com/. *EPA Seeking Comment on Proposed Tier 3 Rule for Motor Vehicle and Fuel Standards* EPA recently proposed "Tier 3" regulations for motor vehicle and fuel standards. The proposed Tier 3 rule would set tighter vehicle emissions standards and lower the sulfur content of gasoline, considering the vehicle and its fuel as an integrated system. These standards would result in reductions in pollutants such as ozone, particulate matter, and air toxics. EPA invites the public to submit comments before the deadline of July 1, 2013. For more information on the rulemaking and how to comment, visit: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/tier3.htm. *New Resource: Database Tracks Energy Legislation in All 50 States* Colorado State Universitys Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) has gone live with an online database of energy-related legislation pending in all 50 states. The Advanced Energy Legislation (AEL) Tracker, which was created in partnership with Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), is tracking the more than 2,100 bills under consideration in state legislatures that could change the way Americans produce, buy and use energy. *EPA Report Details How Development Can Impact Public Health, Environment* EPA today released its most comprehensive review to date on how the built environment the way we build our cities and towns directly affects our environment and public health. The report was announced by EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe during a national Twitter Town Hall meeting in Washington, DC with Maurice Jones, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing, and Development (HUD), and John Porcari, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the HUD-DOTEPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities. The publication, Our Built and Natural Environments: A Technical Review of the Interactions among Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Quality, provides evidence that certain kinds of land use and transportation strategies where and how we build our communities can reduce the environmental and human health impacts of development. Although findings might differ on the magnitude of the effects of different practices, the evidence is overwhelming that som e types of development yield better environmental results than others, the report concludes. The publication is important and timely for understanding the most environmentally responsible way to develop as our nations population grows over the next half century and beyond. For more information, please visit: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/bd4379a92ceceeac8525735900400c27/04f0eccb0b6626b685257b8d0057489a!OpenDocument. *EPA Awards more than $4.3 Million in Partnership with NSF and NOAA for Climate and Air Quality Research* The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on June 5th, more than $4.3 million in grants to 13 institutions to study and improve our understanding of how certain organic compounds form in the atmosphere. Research performed by grantees will help the federal government improve its air quality management systems and climate change models with respect to organic aerosol formation and help EPA continue its work of protecting peoples health and the environment. These research grants support EPAs Air, Climate, and Energy research program, providing integrated science to address complex air quality issues. For more information about these grants, visit http://epa.gov/ncer/orgaerosol. For more about EPAs air research visit www.epa.gov/airscience .

*Re-Powering Americas Land Initiative Recognized as a Top 25 Innovator in American Government* EPAs RE-Powering Americas Land Initiative is being recognized as one of the Top 25 Innovations in American Government according to Harvard Universitys Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. The award program is one of the nations most prestigious and highlights exemplary models of government innovation and efforts to address the nations most pressing public concerns. The RE-Powering Initiative encourages the development of renewable energy on potentially contaminated land, landfills and mining sites. The initiative creates new markets for blighted lands and seeks to transform vacant and underutilized properties into community assets, realizing environmental, economic and social benefits. Such opportunities can give developers access to infrastructure that is already in place, properties zoned for this type of development and, often, community partners who are eager to see blighted areas put to productive use. Please contact a member of EPAs RE-Powering Rapid Response Team with any questions. *Air Quality Index Applications for iphones and Androids* The AIRNow mobile application provides you real-time air quality information that you can use to protect your health when planning your day. You can get location-specific reports on current air quality and air quality forecasts for both ozone and fine particle pollution (PM2.5). Air quality maps from the AIRNow website provide visual depictions of current and forecast air quality nationwide, and a page on air qualityrelated health effects explains what actions people can take to protect their health at different AQI levels, such as "code orange." For more information see http://m.epa.gov/apps/airnow.html. *EPA Seeks Input on New Clean Air Standards for Solid Waste Landfills* The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting small businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations to participate as Small Entity Representatives (SERs) for a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panel. This panel will focus on the agencys review of its New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for municipal solid waste landfills. The Clean Air Act requires EPA to review new source performance standards every eight years and revise them if necessary. EPA is under a court-ordered deadline to complete its review and propose how to address the results of that review by Feb. 4, 2014 and to take final action by Dec. 17, 2014. For more information please visit: http://www.epa.gov/ttnatw01/landfill/landflpg.html. *New Data Tool Illustrates Global-to Community-Scale Energy Trends* As part of the Energy Data Initiative, the Energy Department, its Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and the Planetary Skin Institute released a new open tool to better visualize energy data and make this information more available and useful for state and local governments, private industry, and other energy researchers. The Free Energy Data platform (FRED) builds on the broader Energy Data Initiativemaking energy usage and generation data more transparent, while accelerating the transition to a clean energy future. Open energy data and analytics can play a pivotal role in developing cost-effective, long-term energy solutions that save money and help protect the environment. Based on data from the Energy Information Administration, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Solar Energy Industries Association, FRED offers a common format for diverse inputs and allows users to adjust their focus from global to city-level scales. FRED also allows users to enter their own data and compare their performance with other jurisdictions and institutions, or track performance over time. Data can also be viewed in graphical formats showing present and past energy demand by fuel and sector; this data can be compared across jurisdictions as well as through flow diagrams that visualize how multiple sectors use different energy sources. *EPA Recognizes Students for Sustainable Environmental Solutions* The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that seven university and college teams received the coveted P3 Award for their innovative solutions to some of todays toughest public health and environmental challenges. EPAs People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) award competition was held at the 9th Annual National Sustainable Design Expo. Each award winning team qualifies to receive a

grant of up to $90,000 to further develop their design and potentially bring it to the marketplace. Winners of this years awards are: Loyola University of Chicago University of Massachusetts Lowell Radford University San Jose State University Georgia Southern University Cornell University Cornell University For more information on the P3 award competition, please visit: www.epa.gov/p3/2013winners. For more information on the P3 program, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/P3/. *Facing Climate Change: Stories from the Pacific Northwest* Facing Climate Change is a documentary project that tells the story of global change through local people. This new video series is from the Pacific Northwest, and features stories about oyster farmers confronting ocean acidification, coastal Tribes planning for sea level rise, potato farmers adjusting to reduced snowpack, and plateau Tribes concerned about habitat loss. *New Tool: Metadata Access Tool for Climate and Health (MATCH)* The Metadata Access Tool for Climate and Health (MATCH) is a publicly accessible, online tool for researchers that offers centralized access to metadata standardized contextual information about thousands of government-held datasets related to health, the environment, and climate-science. MATCH is one of a growing number of tools, driven by open data, that are being made available by the Obama Administration as fuel for innovation, ideas, and insights in this case, at the important intersection of climate and human health. *Energy Department Announces $9 Million to Advance Cost-Effective Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies* In support of the Obama Administration's all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department today announced up to $9 million in new funding to accelerate the development of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies for use in vehicles, backup power systems, and hydrogen refueling components. These investments will strengthen U.S. leadership in cost-effective hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and help industry bring these technologies into the marketplace at lower cost. For more information, please visit: http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts.cfm/pa_id=893. *Tribal Support for the National Environmental Information Exchange Network* EPA announces the availability of funds and solicits applications from eligible organizations that are broadly representative of federally recognized tribes and are familiar with tribal environmental issues, programs and data to provide outreach to increase and enhance tribal participation in the National Environmental Information Exchange Network, also known as the Exchange Network. The overall goal of this cooperative agreement is to enhance tribal participation in the Exchange Network which is a partnership to support better environmental decisions through improved exchange of, and access to, environmental information. Deadline: August 30, 2013. For more information, please visit: http://epa.gov/exchangenetwork/grants/. *USDA Announces a Notice of Contract Proposals to Support Advanced Biofuels Production* Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the availability of up to $98.6 million to support the production of advanced biofuels, and an opportunity for eligible producers to submit applications. USDA remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. Today's announcement is one part of the Department's efforts to strengthen the rural economy. "The United

States is on the path to a cleaner, more secure energy future," Vilsack said. "By helping producers to support and expand the production of advanced biofuels, USDA is ensuring that Rural America is a key component of President Obama's 'all-of-the-above' energy strategy to reduce the Nation's reliance on foreign oil." For more information, please visit: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-06-11/pdf/201313778.pdf. EPA Awards $4 Million to Help Support Cleanup and Reuse of Brownfields Sites The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded approximately $4 million in grants to 20 communities to assist with planning for cleanup and reuse of brownfields properties. The EPA awards of up to $200,000 per community will allow the recipients to conduct brownfields planning activities in neighborhoods, downtown districts, city blocks, former industrial areas or local commercial corridors. For more information, please visit: http://www.smartgrowth.org/engine/index.php/funding/. Kansas City Implements Green Neighborhood Recognition Program The city of Kansas City, Mo., recently launched its new KC Green Neighborhood Recognition Program. The program, a part of the citys KC Green initiative, will recognize registered neighborhoods that have broadly implemented sustainable practices. Registered neighborhoods may apply to be a KC Green Neighborhood online. The city will award neighborhoods with a Platinum, Gold or Silver designation based on the green/sustainable initiatives they have implemented. Winners will be announced in the fall. For more information, please visit: http://www.sustainablecitynetwork.com/topic_channels/policy/article_ef462dca-b5e7-11e2-af29001a4bcf6878.html?utm_source=SCN+InBox+e-Newsletter&utm_campaign=e163c6684a-Newsletter_5-82013_Admin&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_11e7ac761c-e163c6684a-188541149 Harvard University Recognizes EPA Renewable Energy Program as a Top Government Innovation The U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys (EPA) RE-Powering Americas Land Initiative was recently recognized as one of the Top 25 Innovations in American Government by Harvard University. The initiative, started at EPA in 2008, encourages development of renewable energy on potentially contaminated lands, landfills and mining sites. The RE-Powering Initiative supports the transformation of liabilities into assets for surrounding communities. Since RE-Powerings inception, more than 70 renewable energy projects have been installed on contaminated sites or landfills. These early projects represent over 215 MW of installed capacity, which could power approximately 35,000 homes, and provide a foundation for future development as demonstrations of the latest technologies in both renewable energy and remediation design. For more information on the Innovations in American Government program and the Top 25 programs recognized, please visit: www.innovations.harvard.edu. For more information on the RE-Powering Americas Land Initiative please visit: http://www.epa.gov/renewableenergyland/. Energy Department Announces Over $16 Million for Innovative Small Businesses Focused on Energy Technologies To highlight President Obama's focus on small businesses as leaders in an economy built to last, Acting Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman today announced that the Energy Department will award 88 grants to small businesses in 28 states to develop clean energy technologies with a strong potential for commercialization and job creation. These awards, totaling over $16 million in investments, will help small businesses with promising ideas that could improve manufacturing processes, boost the efficiency of buildings, reduce reliance on foreign oil, and

generate electricity from renewable sources. For more information, please visit: http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts.cfm/pa_id=879. Lead; Renovation, Repair and Painting Program for Public and Commercial Buildings; Notice of Public Meeting and Reopening of Comment Period In 2010, EPA issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) concerning renovation, repair, and painting activities in public and commercial buildings. EPA is in the process of determining whether these activities create lead-based paint hazards, and, for those that do, developing certification, training, and work practice requirements as directed by the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The comment period has been reopened until July 12, 2013, and a public meeting will be held on June 26, 2013. EPA has also developed a discussion guide for the meeting that includes a description of the information received during the comment period earlier this year. The discussion guide has been placed in the docket for this action. For more information, please visit: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPPT-2010-0173-0162 Green Infrastructure Challenge - Application Deadline: October 1, 2013 The Green Infrastructure Challenge will award more than $1 million for design and construction projects that green the District of Columbia. Proposals must focus on ways to absorb rain water on public, private, government, and institutional properties before it reaches the storm and sewer systems. Prize money will be awarded to winning designs, and selected projects will receive construction funding. For more information, please visit: http://dcwater.com/greenchallenge. EPA Releases Updated Green Power Partner Lists The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Partnership has released its updated list of the National Top 50 Partners. This list is comprised of the organizations making the largest green power purchases in the United States. Collectively, the top 50 organizations account for more than 17 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power purchased annually. This list welcomed four new members, including Apple (10th), Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Company (31st), the State of Wisconsin (32nd), and Appleton Coated LLC (47th). Intel Corporation continues to hold top spot, while Microsoft Corporation took the second position from Kohl's Department Stores. Additionally, U.S. Department of Energy (6th) and Starbucks (8th) moved into the Top Ten. This release is accompanied by the new EPA Long-term Contracts list featuring organizations that have committed to purchasing green power for five years or more. The top partners were University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and Amway. Among the 47 members of the list are fifteen higher education institutions, with seven standing in the Top Ten. For more information, please visit: http://apps3.eere.energy.gov/greenpower/news/news_template.shtml?id=1830. EPA releases guide for local governments on reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency in water facilities EPA has released a new climate and energy strategy guide for local governments, titled Energy Efficiency in Water and Wastewater Facilities: A Guide to Developing and Implementing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs (pdf). Water and wastewater facilities are among the largest consumers of energy in a community, accounting for 35 percent of typical U.S. municipal energy budgets. Local governments have an important opportunity to reduce their energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions by working these facilities to improve the energy efficiency of their new, existing, and renovated buildings and their day-to-day operations. To view the guide, please visit:

http://epa.gov/statelocalclimate/documents/pdf/wastewater-guide.pdf. Energy Department Announces $7 Million to Promote Clean Energy in Tribal Communities The Energy Department today announced up to $7 million to deploy clean energy projects in tribal communities, reducing reliance on fossil fuels and promoting economic development on tribal lands. For more information, please visit: http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts.cfm/pa_id=871. Smart Growth Stories from Iowa Acres of preserved farmland and prairie are making Carlisle, IA a beautiful place to live, and that's a key economic development strategy for Carlisle Mayor Ruth Randleman. "We like to think that as we enhance our community, businesses will find it an attractive place to come, plus it will draw people for the workforce," explains Randleman, who is an Advisory Board Member of Smart Growth Americas Local Leaders Council. "If you watch growing, thriving communities, theres always that vibrancy and quality of life that fosters the businesses and then the businesses then foster that back for the citizens." For more information, please visit: http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/2013/04/30/mayorruth-randleman-on-protecting-taxpayers-in-carlisle-iowa/. New Data Tool Illustrates Global-to-Community-Scale Energy Trends The Energy Department, its Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and the Planetary Skin Institute on May 2 released a new open tool to better visualize energy data and make this information more available and useful for state and local governments, private industry, and other energy researchers. The Free Energy Data platform (FRED) builds on the broader Energy Data Initiative, making energy usage and generation data more transparent, while accelerating the transition to a clean energy future. Open energy data and analytics can play a pivotal role in developing cost-effective, long-term energy solutions that save money and help protect the environment. Based on data from the Energy Information Administration, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Solar Energy Industries Association, FRED offers a common format for diverse inputs and allows users to adjust their focus from global to city-level scales. See the Energy Department Progress Alert and the FRED website: http://en.openei.org/apps/FRED/web/#layer. America's Home Energy Education Challenge 2013-14 Program Launched Registration opened on May 7 for Americas Home Energy Education Challenge (AHEEC), a national student competition created to help families save money by saving energy. Administered for the Energy Department by the National Science Teachers Association, the Challenge is designed to inspire student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math, while encouraging elementary and middle school students to make smarter energy choices and save energy at home. The AHEEC has two parts: the Home Energy Challenge and the Energy Fitness Award. Each is designed to encourage students to learn about science and home energy savings, and participants can chose one or get involved with both. All students from third to eighth grade are eligible to enter for both parts of the challenge, including students in after school and home school programs Registration runs through November 15, 2013. For more information, please visit the Energy Department press release and the Home Energy Challenge website. USDA and EPA Release New Report on Honey Bee Health

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a comprehensive scientific report on honey bee health. The report states that there are multiple factors playing a role in honey bee colony declines, including parasites and disease, genetics, poor nutrition and pesticide exposure. "There is an important link between the health of American agriculture and the health of our honeybees for our country's long term agricultural productivity," said Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan. "The forces impacting honeybee health are complex and USDA, our research partners, and key stakeholders will be engaged in addressing this challenge." For more information, please visit: http://www.usda.gov/documents/ReportHoneyBeeHealth.pdf. Alaska Native Communities Receive Clean Energy Technical Assistance The Energy Department and the Denali Commission recently announced that five Alaska Native communities will receive technical expertise through the Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) program. Building on five technical assistance awards made last year, the projects selected will further accelerate local clean energy and energy efficiency projects that advance energy self-sufficiency and job creation in rural Alaska. Through the START awards, each Alaska Native tribe will receive technical assistance focused on community-based energy planning, energy awareness and training programs, and clean energy deployment and financing opportunities. Additionally, each village selected this year is eligible for up to $250,000 in financial assistance to deploy a renewable energy or energy efficiency project, supported by the Departments Tribal Energy grant program. For more information, please visit the Energy Department press rel ease: http://energy.gov/articles/alaska-native-communities-receive-technical-assistance-local-clean-energy-development. Energy Department Launches Public-Private Partnership to Deploy Hydrogen Infrastructure The Energy Department recently launched H2USAa new public-private partnership focused on advancing hydrogen infrastructure to support more transportation energy options for U.S. consumers, including fuel cell electric vehicles. The new partnership brings together automakers, government agencies, gas suppliers, and the hydrogen and fuel cell industries to coordinate research and identify cost-effective solutions to deploy infrastructure that can deliver affordable, clean hydrogen fuel in the United States. For more information, please visit: http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts.cfm/pa_id=881. Smarter Sustainable Dubuque Named as Top 25 Innovation The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University has named Smarter Sustainable Dubuque as one of the Top 25 programs in this years Innovations in American Government Award competition. Smarter Sustainable Dubuque is the research function of the Sustainable Dubuque initiative, which seeks to make Dubuque a community that meets the environmental, economic, and social equity needs of its residents today without reducing the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Smarter Sustainable Dubuque is a unique partnership of the city of Dubuque, IBM Research, and a variety of public and private sector partners designed to give people what they need so they can do what they want. The project was initiated in September 2009 when the city of Dubuque and IBM announced their intentions to make Dubuque one of the first smarter sustainable cities in the U.S. through the development of new smarter technologies coupled with community outreach and implementation strategies. Since 2009, pilot studies have already been conducted in smarter water, electricity, and transportation and volunteer recruitment is currently under way for studies on Smarter Health and Wellness and Smarter Discards. For more information, please visit: http://www.sustainablecitynetwork.com/topic_channels/policy/article_6e8d3de6-b5e6-11e2-9e0c001a4bcf6878.html?utm_source=SCN+InBox+e-Newsletter&utm_campaign=e163c6684a-Newsletter_5-8-

2013_Admin&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_11e7ac761c-e163c6684a-188541149. Green Building Advisory Committee Recommends LEED for All Buildings The Green Building Advisory Committee established by the General Services Administration, officially recommended to GSA that the LEED green building certification system be used for all GSA buildings as the best measure of building efficiency. The committee also conveyed that LEED should be the primary way to show how agency buildings use energy and water and that LEED standards are the most conducive to meet the Energy Independence and Security Act. The Green Building Advisory Committee has evaluated more than 160 tools and systems since it began in 2011, and in February, GSA released a request for information that publicly lauded the value of green building rating systems like LEED and asked for additional input into important issues that could help GSA accelerate and improve its green building work. GSA has been a leader in energy and sustainability, and we are thrilled to see the leaders in the public and private sectors continue to recommend LEED as the best choice for GSA to maintain its leadership status while improving sustainability, reducing energy and saving money for its buildings, said Roger Platt, senior vice president of Global Policy & Law, U.S. Green Building Council. Consensus-based and market-driven, LEED has been and continues to be invaluable to thousands of building professionals and remains the best option for the GSA and any governmental agency looking to save taxpayer dollars and increase energy efficiency. For more information, please visit: http://www.usgbc.org/. The Diane Lupke Scholarship Fund to Economic Development Professionals Working in Distressed Communities to Attend an IEDC Education Course If you work in a distressed community and are interested in pursuing professional development opportunities, we have an opportunity for you. Through the Diane Lupke Scholarship Fund, International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is proud to award four scholarships to economic development professionals working in distressed communities to attend an IEDC education course of the recipients choice. Please download the application (PDF) for and submit all materials by Friday, August 2 to be eligible for consideration. Submit application materials and direct questions to Emily Bell at ebell@iedconline.org. The IEDC Scholarship Task Force will review all submissions. The scholarship winners will be announced at the 2013 Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA on October 6-9, 2013. For more information, please visit: http://www.iedconline.org/. New Partners for Smart Growth Call for Session Proposals The Call for Session Proposals (CFSP) for the 13th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference is just days away! The conference will be held February 13-15, 2014 in Denver, CO. The CFSP Online Submittal Form and Instructions will be available on the conference web site on Monday, June 3rd! The CFSP process is open from June 3 through July 8, 2013 at http://www.newpartners.org/program/cfsp/. Historic Preservation Analysis Reveals Positive Impact on CommunitiesIowa Study According to the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the Main Street Iowa program is accomplishing its mission of helping Iowa communities use their historic downtowns and neighborhoods as effective vehicles for economic development. A recent analysis of the economic impact of Main Street Iowa programs found that there has been net growth in new businesses every year for the past quarter century in Main Street Iowa districts. For more information, please visit: http://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/IDRC/MainStreetIowa.

Control of Air Pollution from Motor Vehicles: Tier 3 New Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards Comment Period Open EPA recently proposed the next phase of new vehicle and fuel standards, building on the success of the Tier 2 Vehicle and Gasoline Sulfur Program in reducing air pollution from tailpipes nationwide. This proposed rule was signed by the Acting Administrator March 29 and will establish new standards in 2017 for new light-duty vehicles and their fuels in order to reduce emissions of criteria and toxic pollutants and their impact on air quality and health. Children are considered at higher risk of health effects from these pollutants, and may have greater exposure to them from near-roadway areas, than adults. This action will set forth a comprehensive approach toward regulating motor vehicles for nongreenhouse gas pollutants, with the same timeline as the greenhouse gas emission rules, as requested by a May 2010 Presidential memorandum. The standards will lead to reductions in nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds, particulate matter, and air toxics. Public hearings were held April 24 and 29, the public comment period is open through June 13, and the proposed rule will be published in the Federal Register in early May. For more information including a pre-publication copy of the signed notice of proposed rulemaking, see: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/tier3.htm or www.regulations.gov docket EPA-HQ-OAR-2011-0135. Federal Highway Administrations New Livable Communities Discussion Board The Federal Highway Administration recently established the Livable Communities Discussion Board, a community of practice, or online public forum for users to share information and ask questions about livable communities, including scenario planning, performance measures, walking and bicycling, and transportation and land use connections. As the site is a public forum, we are hoping to encourage participation from a wide range of users and practitioners. We would like to request your assistance in sharing information about the site with your colleagues and stakeholders. Attached please find an announcement for distribution. Please share this announcement at your earliest convenience to spread the word about the Livable Communities Discussion Board. We also encourage you to register for the site to join the discussions, promote new activities, or provide information. To view the discussion board, please visit: https://www.transportationresearch.gov/dot/fhwa/livablecommunities/default.aspx. Shadowcliff Sustainable Coordinators Workshop July 31-August 4 Shadowcliff is teaming with The Sustainable Communities Institute of the National League of Cities to host a Sustainable Coordinators Workshop this summer. Sustainability Coordinators/Managers, City Managers and other professionals addressing local sustainability policies and programs should attend. The Chief Sustainability Officers of Fort Collins, Kansas City, and Flagstaff who have been there and done that and know the challenges as well as the pathways to success will be helping lead the workshops.For reservations and information contact Director Carl Sniffen: carl@shadowcliff.org. For more information about Shadowcliff, visit: www.shadowcliff.org.