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4-22-2013 Communities Information Digest

4-22-2013 Communities Information Digest

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Learn about the latest environmental news, information, grants, funding opportunities, schools, webinars, and meetings in Region 7.
Learn about the latest environmental news, information, grants, funding opportunities, schools, webinars, and meetings in Region 7.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Region 7)
Communities Information Digest
Earth Day Edition
*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
. 
Thank you!*
 
Note: New items are in *asterisks*.
News
*Check O
ut EPA’s Interactive Map
- Watch the World Go Green! AndShare YOUR thoughts about Earth Day*
On EPA’s
interactive map, you can see where you and thousands of others around the world Pick 5 for the Environment.
 
Environmental actionmeans taking the simple steps in the different places where we all live. By choosing five or more of these ideas and sharing your own, you areoining thousands of others who are doing the same! Make your actions count today
on Earth Day! And, watch a video about how Eco-athlete and racecar driver Leilani Munter 
teams up with EPA’s pick 5 Pro
gram to talk about some of the simple steps every American can taketo help protect the environment. Go to: http://www.epa.gov/pick5/.After that, tell EPA what Earth Day means to you on the It's Our 
 
Environment blog.And join EPA Earth Day Twitter chats at http://www.epa.gov/earthday/askepa.html. 
 
*USDA Rural Development Celebrates Earth Day by Promoting Water Quality Projects in 32 States*
 As part of USDA's Earth Day celebration, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced support for projects that will improve water andwastewater services for rural Americans and benefit the environment across the country. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. Today's announcement is one part of theDepartment's efforts to strengthen the rural economy. "At USDA, we believe it is critical that communities across the country have reliable,clean and safe water," Vilsack said. "This Earth Day, I also encourage communities affected by natural disasters, including those hit hard byHurricane Sandy, to apply for funding through the Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants Program. In all, 43 water and wastewater projects in 32 states will be funded. Earth Day is observed annually on April 22 to raise awareness about the role each person can play to
 
protect vital natural resources and safeguard the environment. Since the first Earth Day celebration in 1970, the event has expanded toinclude participation by citizens and governments in more than 195 countries. As part of today's announcement, USDA Rural Development is providing more than $145.2 million to improve water quality and provide a safeand healthy environment for rural Americans. A complete list of water and wastewater award recipients is located at:http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/SupportDocuments/rd2013EarthDayProjectList4_22.pdf . 
 
*
EPA’s FY 2014 Budget Proposal Maintains the Strength of Federal, State, and Tribal Core Environmental and Human Health
Protections*
The Obama Administration recently proposed a Fiscal Year 2014 (FY 2014) budget of $8.153 billion for the U.S. Environmental Protection
 Agency (EPA). This request is $296 million below the EPA’s budget for Fiscal Year 2012. ―EPA’s FY 2014 budget reflects our firm
commitment to keeping American communities across our country healthy and clean, while also taking into consideration the difficult fiscal
situation and the declining resources of state, local and tribal programs,‖ said EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe. ―Ou
r request takes abalanced approach to funding the agency, including increased investments in more efficient technologies as well as necessary program
eliminations or reductions.‖ EPA’s FY 2014 request will allow EPA to continue its progress in addressing climate change; protecting t
he
nation’s air, waters, and lands; supporting sustainable water infrastructure; and assuring the safety of chemicals. EPA will
continue to lay thegroundwork to transform the way it does business, ensuring the best use of human and financial resources, while continuing to achieve the
agency’s mission effectively and efficiently.
For more information please visit: http://www2.epa.gov/planandbudget/fy2014. 
 
Funding Opportunities
April 24: Farm to School Grant Program 
 
May 1: Henry A. Jordan M.D. Preservation Excellence Fund
 
*May 22:
Funders’ Network Local Sustainability Matching Fund (~ $25,00
0 -$75,000 per project)
 
*May 24: Bikes Belong Community Partnership Grants
 
*May 28: HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods program Planning Grants
 
 
*May 29:
 
HUD’s FY 2013 Sustainable Communities Researc
h Grant Program
 
 June 25:
 
EPA Science for Sustainable and Healthy Tribes 
 
*July 1: Creating a Climate for Health
Request for Applications 
 
*July 15: 2014 National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Grant Program Request for Proposals
 
*September 10:
 
National Science Foundation (NSF)- Water Sustainability and Climate
 
Meetings, Conferences, & Events
April 24-26: 2013 National Rural Transportation Conference
 –
 
Greenville, South Carolina
 
May 6-8: Water Quality Standards Academy
 –
 
 
May 8-9:
2nd Annual U.S. Zero Waste Business Conference "Creating Value through Zero Waste”
 
 –
 
May 15-17: National Brownfields Conference
 –
 
 Atlanta, Georgia
 
May 20-24: Strategic Conservation Planning Using a Green Infrastructure Approach
 –
 
 
May 29-June 1: Congress for New Urbanism
21st Annual Conference
 –
Salt Lake City, Utah
 
*June 4-5: 2013 LOCUS Leadership Summit
 –
 
Washington, DC
 
*June 13-14: Streets as Places
 –
 
 
June 23-27:
 
Making Cities Livable
Reshaping Suburbia into Completely Healthy Communities
 
 –
 
June 23-26: Transit Initiatives and Communities Conference
 –
 
 Atlanta, Georgia
 
July 9-11:
 
National Environmental Health Association Annual Conference
 
 –
 
 
July 21-27: Hands-On PV Experience (HOPE) Workshop
 –
 
July 30-Aug. 1: 2013 EPA Community Involvement Training Conference: The Next Generation of Community Involvement
 –
 
 
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/2013-
 
September 9-11: Reclaiming Vacant Properties
5th National Conference
 –
 
 
October 29-Nov. 2: National Preservation Conference
 –
 
Indianapolis, Indiana
 
November 18-20: Behavior, Energy and Climate Change (BECC) Conference 2013
 
 –
Sacramento, Californiahttp://beccconference.org/ 
 
November 21: Massachusetts Smart Growth Conference
 –
Boston, Massachusetts
 

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