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Communities Information Digest 8-6-13

Communities Information Digest 8-6-13

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The Communities Information Digest is a bi weekly publication that helps local communities find environmental news, conferences, meetings, funding, schools information and more.

Has this edition of the digest been forwarded to you by a friend or colleague? Would you like to sign up to receive future digests?
If so, please send an email to Tegan Vaughn, vaughn.tegan@epa.gov. Thank you!*
August 6, 2013
Find us @ www.facebook.com/eparegion7 or https://twitter.com/eparegion7.
The Communities Information Digest is a bi weekly publication that helps local communities find environmental news, conferences, meetings, funding, schools information and more.

Has this edition of the digest been forwarded to you by a friend or colleague? Would you like to sign up to receive future digests?
If so, please send an email to Tegan Vaughn, vaughn.tegan@epa.gov. Thank you!*
August 6, 2013
Find us @ www.facebook.com/eparegion7 or https://twitter.com/eparegion7.

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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 future digests?If so, please send an email to Tegan Vaughn, vaughn.tegan@epa.gov
. 
Thank you!*
 
Note: New items are in *asterisks*.
News 
*EPA Announces $15 Million in Supplemental Funds to Clean up and Redevelop Contaminated Brownfield Sites Across the Country*
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced approximately $15 million in supplemental funding to help clean upcontaminated brownfield properties. The Revolving Loan Funding (RLF) will help 41 communities carry out cleanup and redevelopment
projects. These projects will help communities create jobs while protecting people’s health and the environment.
 
―These funds –
granted tocommunities who have already achieved success in their work to clean up and redevelop brownfields
 –
will help boost local economies, createlocal jobs, and protect people from harmful pollution by expediting Brownfield pro
 jects,‖ said Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Ad
ministrator for 
EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. There are an estimated 450,000
abandoned and contaminated sites in the United
States. EPA’s Brownfields P
rogram targets these sites to encourage redevelopment, and helps to provide the opportunity for productive
community use of contaminated properties. EPA’s Brownfields investments ove
rall have leveraged more than $20 billion in cleanup andredevelopment funding from public and private sources and on average, $17.79 is leveraged for every EPA Brownfields grant dollar spent. For more in
formation on EPA’s Brownfields P
rogram, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/.For more information on Brownfields Revolving
 
Loan Fund grants, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/rlflst.htm. 
 
*Department of Transportation Unveils New Tools to Help Communities Keep Pedestrians Safe*
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced a new set of tools to help communities combat the rising number of pedestrian
deaths that have occurred over the last two years. As part of the campaign, the Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety
 Administration
 
(NHTSA) is making $2 million in pedestrian safety grants available to cities with the highest rate of pedestrian deaths, and along with theFederal Highway Administration (FHWA), is launching a one-stop shop website with safety tips and resources for local leaders, city planners,parents and others involved in improving pedestrian safety. States have until Aug. 30 to apply for a total of $2 million that can be used for 
 
education and enforcement initiatives in 22 focus cities where pedestrian deaths are greater than the national average. The new website pullspedestrian safety information from both NHTSA and FHWA, and provides safety tips and resources that communities can use to keeppedestrians safe. These resources include information for parents on teaching children about safe walking, reports on effective pedestrianprojects for state highway safety offices, and guides for community pedestrian safety advocates. For more information, check out NHTSA'snew website with pedestrian safety resources www.nhtsa.gov/everyoneisapedestrian. 
 
*EPA Screens More Than 66,000 Contaminated Sites for Renewable Energy Potential*
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently updated its RE-Powering Mapping and Screening Tool, which will now providepreliminary screening results for renewable energy potential at 66,000, up from 24,000, contaminated lands, landfills, and mine sites acrossthe country. The RE-
Powering America’s Land Ini
tiative, started by EPA in 2008 encourages development of renewable energy on potentially
contaminated land, landfills and mine sites when it is aligned with the community’s vision for the site.
In 2013, RE-
Powering America’s Land
Initiative was recognized as one of the Top 25 Innovations in American Government by Harvard University. This award program is one of the
nation’s most prestigious and highlights exemplary models of government innovation and efforts to address the nation’s most p
ressing publicconcerns. More information on the RE-Powering Mapper:http://www.epa.gov/renewableenergyland/rd_mapping_tool.htm.More information
 
on the RE-
Powering America’s Land Initiative: 
 
*EPA Awards $2 Million to Small Businesses for Sustainable Technology Development*
 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the awarding of more than $2 million in contracts to seven small
businesses to develop sustainable technologies that will help protect human health and the environment. EPA’s Small Business
Innovation
Research (SBIR) program funded 25 research proposals from small businesses for six months through last year’s Phase
I contracts of 
$80,000. The agency’s Phase I funding allowed each of the companies to investigate its proposed project’s feasibility and pot
entialapplications. Following a competitive peer-review process, seven Phase I recipients are now being awarded Phase II contracts for up to$300,000, supporting further development and commercialization of their technology. For more information on the SBIR Phase II recipients,please visit: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/2013sbirph2.For m
ore information on EPA’s SBIR program criteria
, please visit: http://epa.gov/ncer/sbir/. 
 
For more information on the SBIR Phase I RFA, open until August 13, 2013, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/sbir14ph1. 
 
*Energy Department Secretary Moniz Announces New Biofuels Projects to Drive Cost Reductions, Technological Breakthroughs*
During remarks at the Energy Department's Biomass 2013 annual conference, Secretary Moniz today highlighted the important role biofuelsplay in the administration's Climate Action Plan to increase our energy security and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector. For more information, please visit: http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts.cfm/pa_id=910. 
 
*Energy Department Announces New Investment to Reduce Fuel Cell Costs*
In support of the Obama Administration's all-of-the-above strategy to develop clean, domestic energy sources, the Energy Department todayannounced a $4.5 million investment in two projects
led by Minnesota-based 3M and the Colorado School of Mines
to lower the cost,improve the durability, and increase the efficiency of next-generation fuel cell systems. For more information, please visit:http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts.cfm/pa_id=908. 
 
 
Funding Opportunitie
August 7: Capacity Building in Sustainable Communities,
 
August 9: Marine Fisheries Initiative Grants,
 
*August 14: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Request for Applications
 
*August 30: Tribal Support for the National Environmental Information Exchange Network, 
 
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,
 
*September 26: USDA Small Business Innovation Research on Air, Water, and Soils Grant,
 
October 8: Healthy Schools: Environmental Factors, Children's Health and Performance, and Sustainable Building Practices,
 
Meetings, Conferences, & Events 
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 5: Building Resilience to Catastrophic Risks through Public-Private Partnerships: A Workshop
 –

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