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Communities Information Digest

Communities Information Digest

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News, funding, events, meetings, healthy schools, webinars and grant information.
News, funding, events, meetings, healthy schools, webinars and grant information.

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Published by: EPA Region 7 (Midwest) on Jun 26, 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
Thank you!*
Note: New items are in *asterisks*.
*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 chain
including 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 Statesis 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 foodstores, restaurants, and homes never made it into people's stomachs. The amount of uneaten food in homes and restaurants was valued atalmost $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 FacilitateEnvironmental 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 theagency's Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) Program. The grants support local work to recruit, train, andplace unemployed individuals in jobs that address environmental challenges in their communities. By providing Americans in economicallydisadvantaged 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 informationon 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 people’s health and the environment. EPA’s Small Business Innovation Resear 
ch (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 year’s 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 anSBIR Phase I contract of up to $80,000 to further develop their technology over the next six months. Once the project has been demonstratedto 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 EPA’s SBIR program, please visit:
Funding Opportunitie
June 25: 2013 National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program 
June 27: DOE Community-scale Clean Energy Projects in Indian Country
July 1: Creating a Climate for Health - Request for Applications 
July 10:
Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG)
July 15: 2014 National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Grant Program Request for Proposals
*July 22: HUD HOPE VI Main Street Grant Program (~$500,000)
*July 23: Concentrating Solar Power: Efficiently Leveraging Equilibrium Mechanisms for Engineering New Thermochemical Storage(CSP: ELEMENTS)
 September 10:
National Science Foundation (NSF)- Water Sustainability and Climate
*September 10: HUD to Award $109 Million in Choice Neighborhood Grants
*September 13:
EDA Economic Development Assistance Programs Federal Funding Opportunity
*October 8: Healthy Schools: Environmental Factors, Children's Health and Performance, and Sustainable Building Practices
Meetings, Conferences, & Events 
July 9-11:
National Environmental Health Association Annual Conference
San Antonio, Texas
 July 14-19:
7th International Conference on Energy Sustainability
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
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/2013-
August 18-22:
Coastal Protection Symposium
August 21-23:
8th Annual Georgia Environmental Conference
September 9-11: Reclaiming Vacant Properties
5th National Conference
*September 10-12
Chicago, IL
*September 11-12
Omni, Orlando, FL
*September 16-18:
Missouri Recycling Association Conference
Arlington, TX
*September 21-22
Washington, DC
September 23-24: Advancing Sustainable Communities Conference
Kansas City, MO
Details to follow soon
*September 24-25: Sustainable Communities Conference
Phoenix, AX
Plainfield, IN

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