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Communities Information Digest 3-18-13

Communities Information Digest 3-18-13

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Find the latest regional environmental news, events, workshops, webinars, and grant information with the Communities Information Digest.
Find the latest regional environmental news, events, workshops, webinars, and grant information with the Communities Information Digest.

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Published by: EPA Region 7 (Midwest) on Mar 28, 2013
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Region 7)
Communities Information Digest
*Has this edition of the digest been forwarded to you by a friend or colleague? Would you like to sign up to receive the digest?Please send an email to Tegan Vaughn, vaughn.tegan@epa.gov
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Thank you!*
 
Note: New items are in *asterisks*.
News
*EPA Announces U.S. Cities with the Most Energy Star Buildings*
 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star certified buildings in2012, highlighting how owners and managers of commercial buildings across the country are taking action on climate change while deliveringreal financial savings to the bottom line.
―Through their partnership with EPA, the owners and managers of Energy Star certified buildings arehelping reduce greenhouse gas emissions while saving on utility bills,‖ said EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe. ―With E
nergy Star,cities acro
ss America are helping achieve President Obama’s goal to cut in half the energy wasted by our businesses over the next 20 years.‖
 In 2012, more than 20,000 Energy Star certified buildings across America helped save more than $2.7 billion in annual utility bills whilepreventing greenhouse gas emissions equal to emissions from the annual electricity use of more than two million homes.For the fifth year in a row, Los Angeles continues to hold on to first place, with 528 buildings. Washington, D.C., with 462 buildings, is acompetitive front-runner. In third place, with 353 buildings, Chicago has risen through the rankings each year, starting in sixth place in 2008and increasing the number of buildings certified by an average of 32 percent each year. New York, which recently required its commercialbuildings to publicly disclose their energy use, secured fourth place. Phoenix broke into the top 10 for the first time, with 202 buildings. Boston,a newcomer to the list last year, held on to 10th place, with 11th place Philadelphia not far behind. Seventh-place Houston, with 241 buildings,is home to one in particular that stands out: Phoenix Tower, a 34-
story office building, has earned EPA’s Energy Star 14 times—
more thanany other building in America. To see a complete list of Top Cities, please visit: http://energystar.gov/topcities.For more information about
 
earning the Energy Star for commercial buildings, please visit: http://energystar.gov/labeledbuildings 
 
 
*President Obama Nominates New Energy Department and EPA Heads*
President Obama on March 4 nominated Ernest Moniz to replace Steven Chu as Secretary of Energy, and Gina McCarthy to take over U.S.Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) leadership from Lisa Jackson. Of his new Energy Secretary nominee, Obama said "Ernie knows thatwe can produce more energy and grow our economy while still taking care of our air, our water and our climate." The president praised Moniz,who served as Undersecretary of Energy for President Bill Clinton and directs the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) EnergyInitiative, which brings together prominent thinkers and energy companies to develop the technologies that can increase energy independenceand create new jobs. In announcing McCarthy's nomination, President Obama called her a top environmental official in Massachusetts andConnecticut, where she helped design programs to expand energy efficiency and promote renewable energy. She previously served as theassistant administrator of the EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. President Obama said both nominees are "going to be making sure that we'reinvesting in American energy; that we're doing everything that we can to combat the threat of climate change; that we're going to be creatingobs and economic opportunity in the first place. They are going to be a great team. And these are some of my top priorities going forward."See the White House press release:
 
*EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities Seeks Summer Interns*
EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities (OSC), which manages 
,is seeking interns for summer 2013. Interns
 
will have the opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research, support technical assistance efforts in states and communities, develop tools,and gain insight into environmental policymaking and planning. Interns must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program to apply. Allinternships will be housed in US EPA Headquarters in Washington, DC. Two positions are being advertised; Sustainable Communities Internand Communications Intern. Applicants should submit a brief cover letter summarizing their interests and qualifications (not to exceed onepage), current resume, and writing sample (no longer than five pages) to Adhir Kackar at kackar.adhir@epa.gov.Applications for internships
 
are due April 19, 2013.
*Energy Department Offers $15 Million for Innovations in U.S. Solar Manufacturing*
 As part of the Energy Department's SunShot Initiative, the Department has announced $15 million in new funding to spur innovation inmanufacturing processes for solar energy systems. This investment will help ensure that the energy technologies of the future are made in theUnited States. Projects selected for the Solar Manufacturing Technology (SolarMat) funding will aid the development of next-generation
 
technologies that reduce the cost and increase the efficiency of manufacturing processes for photovoltaics and concentrating solar power 
which will create jobs and boost American competitiveness in the industry. For more information, please visit:http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/solar/newsletter/detail.cfm/articleId=351. 
 
Funding Opportunities
March 20: Inclusive Coordinated Transportation Partnership Project
 
March 25: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Transformation Initiative: Sustainable Construction in IndianCountry Small Grant Program 
 
April 5: EPA Request For Proposals (RFP) for the Pollution Prevention Information Network Grant Program
 
*April 8: National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Program Office
 
*April 8: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Woody Biomass Utilization Grant
 
April 9: Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant 
 
*
April 11:
 
USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Childhood Obesity Prevention
 
*April 19: NOAA Sea Grant Community Climate Adaptation Initiative 2013
 
April 15: Environmental Justice (EJ)/Community Scholarships for Brownfields
 
*April 22: Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants
 
April 24: Farm to School Grant Program 
 
*May 1: Henry A. Jordan M.D. Preservation Excellence Fund
 
*May 24: Bikes Belong Community Partnership Grants
 
*
June 25:
 
EPA Science for Sustainable and Healthy Tribes 
 
Meetings, Conferences, & Events
April 10: SunShot Prize Workshop
 
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*April 10-12: 2013 Transforming Local Government Conference
 –
 
April 13-17:American Planning Association
National Planning Conference
 –
 
April 24-26: 2013 National Rural Transportation Conference
 –
 
Greenville, South Carolina
 
May 6-8: Water Quality Standards Academy
 –
 
 
May 15-17: National Brownfields Conference
 –
 
 Atlanta, Georgia
 
May 20-24: Strategic Conservation Planning Using a Green Infrastructure Approach
 

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