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Published by: EPA Region 7 (Midwest) on Jan 04, 2013
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Region 7)
Communities Information Digest
January 3, 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 Next Round of Clean Air Standards to Reduce Harmful Soot Pollution*
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently finalized an update to its national air quality standards for harmful fine particlepollution (PM2.5), including soot, setting the annual health standard at 12 micrograms per cubic meter. By 2020, ninety-nine percent of U.S.counties are projected to meet revised health standard without any additional actions. Fine particle pollution can penetrate deep into the lungsand has been linked to a wide range of serious health effects, including premature death, heart attacks, and strokes, as well as acutebronchitis and aggravated asthma among children. For more information, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/pm.To view EPA administrator 
Jackson’s video, please visit: 
*Agriculture Secretary Announces Funding for Projects Which Support Rural Economic Development in Seven States*
 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the selection of recipients for grants and loans to help spur economic development andcreate or save jobs in rural communities in seven Midwestern and Southern states. Funding will be provided to applicants in Indiana, Iowa,Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska and Tennessee. USDA Rural Development is providing support through the Rural EconomicDevelopment Loan and Grant program (REDLG), which provides zero-interest loans to local utilities that they, in turn, pass through to localbusinesses for projects to create and retain employment in rural areas. For more information about the REDLG program, visit:
*EPA & National Science Foundation Support Research for Safer Chemical Design*
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in collaboration with the National Science Foundation (NSF), recently announced twofunding opportunities for up to ten grants totaling up to $32 million for research on the design of safer chemicals. These two Requests for  Applications (RFAs), which focus on sustainable chemical design and assessment of the life cycle impacts of chemicals from production todisposal, will support research to create chemicals that are safer for people and the environment. The two RFAs are now open for submissions. For more information on the RFAs, please visit:http://epa.gov/ncer/rfa/
.For more information on EPA’s chemical safety
research, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/research/chemicalscience/.For more information about the National Science Foundation, please
Funding Opportunities 
January 7: EPA 2013 Environmental Justice Small Grants 
January 14: National Endowment for the Arts ―Our Town‖ Grants 
January 17: U.S. Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants ($21 million)
*January 22:
Federal Highway Administration Pilot Projects: Climate Change and Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessments andAdaptation Options Analyses ($75,000 to $300,000 per pilot project)
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 
*March 13: Economic Development Assistance Programs Federal Funding Opportunity
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:
February 7-9, 2013:
Annual 2013 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference
Kansas City, Missouri http://www.newpartners.org/
*February 16: Crafting Corridors: Reinventing the Urban Street
February 19: Sustainable Development through Form-Based Codes
Portland, Oregon
*February 19:
Financial Options for Energy-Related Projects Workshop
*March 13-14: Greenprints Conference 2013
May 15-17, 2013: Brownfields Conference
 Atlanta, Georgia
May 29-June 1, 2013: Congress for New Urbanism
21st Annual Conference
Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23-27, 2013:
Making Cities Livable
Reshaping Suburbia into Completely Healthy Communities
July 9-11, 2013:
National Environmental Health Association Annual Conference
July 21-27: 2013 Hands-On PV Experience (HOPE) Workshop
September 9-11, 2013: Reclaiming Vacant Properties
5th National Conference
*November 21: Massachusetts Smart Growth Conference
Boston, Massachusetts

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