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Communities Information Digest 12-13-12

Communities Information Digest 12-13-12

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Published by: EPA Region 7 (Midwest) on Dec 14, 2012
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Region 7)
Communities Information Digest
December 12, 2012**Has this edition of the Communities Information Digest been forwarded to you? Would you like to regularly receive the digest toyour inbox? To receive this bi-monthly digest directly, please send an email to Tegan Vaughn, vaughn.tegan@epa.gov
Thank you.
This will help us better target our list of recipients.
Note: New items are in *asterisks*.
*EPA Announces Seven Winners of the 2012 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement*
EPA recently announced the seven winners of the 2012 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement. The Smart Growth awards are givenfor creative, sustainable initiatives that better protect the health and the environment of our communities while also strengthening localeconomies. This year, EPA chose four winners and three honorable mentions.WINNERS:Overall Excellence: BLVD Transformation Project, Lancaster, Calif.Equitable Development: The Mariposa District, Denver, Colo.Main Street or Corridor Revitalization: The Cooperative Building, Brattleboro, Vt.Programs and Policies: Destination Portsmouth, Portsmouth, Va.HONORABLE MENTIONSEquitable Development: Northwest Gardens, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.Main Street or Corridor Revitalization: The Larkin District, Buffalo, N.Y.Programs and Policies: Bay Area Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing Fund, San Francisco Bay Area, Calif.For more information, please visit:
*HUD Announces Notice of Funding Availability for the Strong Cities Strong Communities National Resource Network*
HUD recently announced its Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Strong Cities Strong Communities National Resource Network (SC2Network). The NOFA competes out approximately $10 million in funding to be awarded to only one entity or a consortium to manage andimplement the SC2 Network. Entities that are eligible to apply are nonprofit organizations, foundations, anchor institutions, for-profitcompanies, or a consortium of these entities with demonstrated ability to raise philanthropic support. Anchor institutions are defined as entitiesthat represent educational institutions, or regional and national organizations that support economic drivers such as in housing, infrastructure,and/or economic and workforce development. The SC2 Network is one of four key components of the Obama Administration’s Strong CitiesStrong Communities (SC2) initiative which provides capacity support and technical assistance to cities facing long-term economic challenges.The SC2 Network is a capacity building program targeted to assisting the nation’s most distressed cities, and will function as a central portal toconnect such places to national and local experts with wide-ranging expertise and skills. The objectives of the programs are as follows:
Provide communities facing long-term economic challenges with easily accessible and comprehensive technical assistance that can helpretool them for future economic growth;
Build capacity in distressed communities by connecting them with philanthropic organizations, non profits, public and private sector entitiesto facilitate long-term partnerships and economic investments;
Develop a set of best practices and policy recommendations that can be disseminated and shared across all communities facing similareconomic challenges; and
Improve the alignment of federal resources as well as strengthen federal and local partnerships.For more information on the SC2 Network, as well as information on how to apply, interested applicants should visit:https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/forms_apps_idx.html. 
*Energy Department Awards $130 Million for 66 Energy Technology Projects*
The Energy Department recently announced 66 research projects selected by its Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) toreceive a total of $130 million in funding through its "OPEN 2012" program. ARPA-E seeks out transformational technologies that showfundamental technical promise but are not ready for private-sector investment. The selected projects encompass 11 technology areas in 24states. The OPEN 2012 projects will focus on a wide array of technologies, including advanced fuels, vehicle design and materials, buildingefficiency, grid modernization, renewable power, and energy storage.For example, for the growing market of wind turbine generators and electric vehicle motors, the Electron Energy Corporation in Landisville,Pennsylvania, will develop a technology to manufacture permanent magnets that cost less and are stronger than those available today. Foranother project, the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota, will develop an air-cooled device for power plants that offers lowenvironmental impact and helps maintain water and power efficiency during electricity production.The projects were selected through a merit-based process from thousands of concept papers and hundreds of applications. They are based in24 states, with approximately 47% of the projects led by universities, 29% by small businesses, 15% by large businesses, 7.5% by nationallabs, and 1.5% by non-profits. The announcement brings ARPA-E's total portfolio of projects to about 285, for a total of approximately $770million in awards. For more information, please visit:http://energy.gov/articles/arpa-e-awards-130-million-66-transformational-energy-
Funding Opportunities 
December 14: U.S. Department of Interior, National Park Service’s Groundwork USA Program ($200,000 & Technical Assistance)
December 14:
Request for Proposals from Indian Tribes and Intertribal Consortia for Nonpoint Source Management Grants
*December 21: 2013 Source Water Collaborative (SWC) pilots* 
-December 12, 2012:
Notify the SWC with your intention to submit an Expression of Interest by emailing Christene Jenningschristene.jennings@saltermitchell.com 
-December 21, 2012 (No later than Noon EST):
Please email your formal Expressions of Interest to Christene Jennings(christene.jennings@saltermitchell.com) 
January 7, 2013: EPA 2013 Environmental Justice Small Grants 
January 14, 2013: National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” Grants 
January 17, 2013: U.S. Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants ($21 million)
*January 28:
Strong Cities Strong Communities Network (SC2) (~$10 million) 
February 7: Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program
2013 Request for Proposals
*March 1
EPA Request for Proposals: Increasing Community Awareness and Use of Environmental Information through Educationand Outreach 
Meetings, Conferences, & Events 
*January 15: 13th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment: Disasters and Environment - Science,Preparedness, and Resilience
*January 30 – 31: Community Builders Summit 2013 –
Bozeman, Montana
February 6:
  – http://secure.newpartners.org/confReg
February 7-9, 2013:
Annual 2013 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference –
Kansas City, Missouri http://www.newpartners.org/  
*February 19: Sustainable Development through Form-Based Codes –
Portland, Oregon

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