Environmental Protection Agency (Region 7)
Communities Information Digest

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*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 up contaminated 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 to communities who have already achieved success in their work to clean up and redevelop brownfields – will help boost local economies, create local jobs, and protect people from harmful pollution by expediting Brownfield projects,‖ said Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator 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 Program targets these sites to encourage redevelopment, and helps to provide the opportunity for productive community use of contaminated properties. EPA’s Brownfields investments overall have leveraged more than $20 billion in cleanup and redevelopment funding from public and private sources and on average, $17.79 is leveraged for every EPA Brownfields grant dollar spent. For more information on EPA’s Brownfields Program, 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 the Federal 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 pulls pedestrian safety information from both NHTSA and FHWA, and provides safety tips and resources that communities can use to keep pedestrians safe. These resources include information for parents on teaching children about safe walking, reports on effective pedestrian projects for state highway safety offices, and guides for community pedestrian safety advocates. For more information, check out NHTSA's new 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 provide preliminary screening results for renewable energy potential at 66,000, up from 24,000, contaminated lands, landfills, and mine sites across the country. The RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative, 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 pressing public concerns. 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: http://www.epa.gov/renewableenergyland *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 ential applications. 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 more 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 biofuels play 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 today announced 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 Opportunities
August 7: Capacity Building in Sustainable Communities, http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=L3RLRMTGnyZ7JTbbML2FSxjVRJPXYGH3CvwXmqL5hMTmTq81vGnM!1329833229?oppId=236800&mode=VIEW August 9: Marine Fisheries Initiative Grants, http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=236938 *August 14: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Request for Applications, http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/fund/2013rfa01/index.html *August 30: Tribal Support for the National Environmental Information Exchange Network, http://epa.gov/exchangenetwork/grants/ September 10: National Science Foundation (NSF)- Water Sustainability and Climate, http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13535/nsf13535.htm September 10: HUD to Award $109 Million in Choice Neighborhood Grants, http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2013/HUDNo.13-085 September 13: EDA Economic Development Assistance Programs Federal Funding Opportunity, http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=knDpQzXGJ6gWnzy1h6Tn3D1fjKBNK9Fw40vlTDxWx3xrJGpLpCN4!861966415?oppId=208353&mode=VIEW *September 26: USDA Small Business Innovation Research on Air, Water, and Soils Grant, http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/airwaterandsoilssbir.cfm October 8: Healthy Schools: Environmental Factors, Children's Health and Performance, and Sustainable Building Practices, http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2013/2013_star_healthy_schools.html

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/2013International-Low-Impact-Development-Symposium/index.html August 18-22: Coastal Protection Symposium – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina http://www.stormcon.com/coastal_protection_symposium.html August 21-23: 8th Annual Georgia Environmental Conference – Jekyll Island, GA http://www.georgiaenet.com/ *September 5: Building Resilience to Catastrophic Risks through Public-Private Partnerships: A Workshop – Washington, D.C. http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1313009/Registration-for-Building-Resilience-to-Catastrophic-Risks-through-Public-Private-PartnershipsSeptember-5-2013-NAS-Building-Washington-DC

September 9-11: Reclaiming Vacant Properties—5th National Conference – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania http://www.communityprogress.net/2013-reclaiming-vacant-properties-conference-pages356.php?utm_source=RVP+Announcement+final+Nov+1.+&utm_campaign=2013+RVP+Announcement+Nov+1&utm_medium=email September 9-12: Implementing Green Infrastructure at Multiple Scales – Shepherdstown, West Virginia September 10-12: Sustainability in Manufacturing Chicago – Chicago, IL September 11-12: E-Scrap Conference – Omni, Orlando, FL September 16-18: Missouri Recycling Association Conference – Jefferson City, MO http://www.moraconference.org/sessions-andspeakers.html September 20-22: Pollution Prevention and Lean Principles – Arlington, TX September 21-22: 2013 Green Festival – Washington, DC September 23-24: Advancing Sustainable Communities Conference – Kansas City, MO – Details to follow soon September 24-25: Sustainable Communities Conference – Dubuque, IA http://gscdubuque.com/ September 24-26: Excellence in Building Science – Phoenix, AX September 24-26: 50 Years of Watershed Modeling – Boulder, Colorado http://www.engconfintl.org/12ao.html September 25-26: 16th Annual Pollution Prevention Conference and Trade Show – Plainfield, IN September 25-28: Urban Waterfronts 2013 – Davenport, Iowa October 1-2: Mississippi Livable Communities Summit – Jackson, Mississippi October 14-17: Climate Strategies Forum – Washington, D.C. http://www.climatestrategiesforum.org/ October 15-16: Sustainability in Manufacturing Texas – Houston, TX October 17-18: Community Indicators Consortium – Chicago, Illinois http://www.communityindicators.net/2013chicago October 19-20: 2013 Green Festival – Los Angeles, CA October 20-23: Rail~Volution: Building Livable Communities with Transit – Seattle, Washington October 21-24: Solar Power International 2013 – Chicago, IL October 23-26: Cities Alive 11th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference – San Francisco, CA October 29-Nov. 2: National Preservation Conference – Indianapolis, Indiana http://www.preservationnation.org/ November 3-6: Transportation and Development Institute Green Streets, Highways and Development Conference – Austin, Texas http://content.asce.org/conferences/greenstreets-highways2013/ November 6-7: Green California Schools Summit – Pasadena, California http://www.green-technology.org/gcschools/ November 18-20: Behavior, Energy and Climate Change (BECC) Conference 2013 – Sacramento, California http://beccconference.org/ November 21: Massachusetts Smart Growth Conference – Boston, Massachusetts http://ma-smartgrowth.org/take-action/smart-growthconference/ta_111112_save-the-date-postcard/

Webinars & Conference Calls
*DOE Webinar- Innovation and Successes in Solar Net Metering and Interconnection, August 7, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. (EST)* The webcast will provide an overview of recent successes in efforts to streamline solar interconnection and net metering application

processes. Register to attend the webinar at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/134300614. Webinar: Mold and Moisture Control in Schools: Potential Health Effects and Safe Clean-Up Practices, August 7, 1:00- 2:15 p.m. (EST) The presence of mold in schools can be a serious health risk to students and staff because molds are a major source of indoor allergens and can trigger asthma attacks in sensitive individuals. Prompt and effective remediation of moisture problems is essential to minimize potential mold exposures and their potential health effects, and is an important part of a comprehensive indoor air quality (IAQ) management program. *ENERGY STAR Webinar: August 7, 1:00-2:00 p.m. (EST) – Get Ready to Launch: EPA’s 2013 National Building Competition* On Tuesday, August 20, EPA will launch its 2013 National Building Competition – and we have a ton of free resources to help you hit the ground running to promote your participation! Tune in to see the promotional materials set for release in early August to help you communicate your participation in the Battle of the Buildings. Then, download the materials and customize them for your employees, students, and other stakeholders. On August 20, the official launch date, join EPA and your fellow competitors by going public with tailored email blasts, newsletter articles, web text, and more. The webcast will also feature a past Battle of the Buildings competitor. They will share their best practices and secrets to success, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from their experience, and enhance your performance in the coming competition. View Webcast Registration for more information. *DOE Webcast: August 7, 2:00-3:00 p.m. (EST) – Innovation and Success in Solar Net Metering and Interconnection* Join the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative, in coordination with the Solar Outreach Partnership, for the final webinar in the Solar Action Webinar Series: Successes from the Rooftop Solar Challenge. The webinar will showcase the latest developments in solar net metering and interconnection. The discussion will include: an overview of recent successes in efforts to streamline interconnection and net metering application processes; case studies and lessons learned; an introduction to new resources for improving net metering; and interconnection policies and processes. View Webcast Registration for more information. *Energy Star Webinar: August 8, 1:00-2:30 p.m. (EST) – Portfolio Manager Office Hours* If you’ve taken Portfolio Manager 101 and 201, and you still have questions about how to use the new tool, this open session is for you! Even if you don’t have specific questions, feel free to join to hear what others are asking. In particular, we will address questions related to: • Entering and exporting data • Connecting and sharing with others • Creating reports • Setting targets and baselines • The sustainable buildings checklist • Technical details of metrics View Webcast Registration for more information. *DOE Webcast: August 15, 2:00-3:30 p.m. (EST) – Emerging Technologies* DOE will host leading edge technical experts in the topic of Emerging Technologies and Energy Efficiency to discuss how states can use new technologies to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. This webinar will highlight new technologies and approaches to auditing, building retrofitting, lighting, heating, cooling, retro-commissioning, and deep energy retrofits that can assist state and local programs in reaching energy sustainability. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions of the internationally known Jesse Dean of NREL and other presenters that offer local and national experience. View Webcast Registration for more information.

*Webinar - Including Solar Resources in Green Pricing Programs: Lessons from Leading Programs, August 20, 2–3:00 p.m. (EST)* This webinar will explore green pricing programs. Utility product managers Wade Hughes from Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Jennifer Lynn Wright from Tennessee Valley Authority will speak about the rational for modifying the product mix, the process for including more solar, and challenges they faced. SMUD and TVA were recently recognized as the top two programs incorporating solar into their green power supply, using 14.5% and 5.9% solar in 2012, respectively. To register, please visit: https://www.mymeetings.com/emeet/rsvp/index.jsp?customHeader=mymeetings&Conference_ID=6310004&passcode=2859668. *EPA Webcast: August 21, 1:00-2:00 p.m. (EST) - Sustainable Communities HotReport: How well is your community performing on transportation, housing, economic development, income, and equity?* The Sustainable Communities HotReport is a new web-based tool that gives community leaders and residents a quick and easy way to determine how well their community is performing on a variety of sustainability indicators, including transportation, housing, economic development, income, and equity. Produced by the U.S. Census Bureau and the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities, the tool can help communities measure their own performance and compare themselves to communities of a similar type. Speakers from EPA, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Mid-America Regional Council will walk through the tool and help participants understand how it can be help communities achieve their sustainability goals. No registration is required. Click on this link where you can log in as a guest. *August 22 Conference Call: Secrets of Successful Communities with Ed McMahon, 3-4:00 p.m. (EST)* Is your community on the verge of greatness, but needs a little kick in the pants? Do you wish more people would come together to make your town the best it can be? Host a listening party on the Secrets of Successful Communities with Ed McMahon. Ed will share his stories (and secrets) of successful communities on our August conference call, Thursday, August 22nd at 3 PM EDT. For more information, please visit: http://www.communitymatters.org/blog/host-sweet-communitymatters-listening-party. *August 28, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (MST) – Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar: Renewable Energy Market Expectations and Trends* Sponsored by DOE’s Office of Indian Energy Policy and Program, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Tribal Energy Program, and the Western Area Power Administration. The growth and pace of the renewable energy market is driven by many factors, including awareness and concern over remaining non-renewable resources, the need for imported energy and the security issues surrounding that need, and government support and financial incentives. Attend this webinar to hear how these factors and new technologies and applications may impact the future market. This webinar is intended for tribal leaders and staff who are interested in developing commercialscale projects, responding to utility-offered RFPs, and are interested in learning more about the competitive power market. View Webcast Registration for more information. *September 18, 3:00-4:00 p.m.* (EST) – Webinar: Smart Growth and Economic Success: Benefits for Real Estate Developers, Investors, Businesses, and Local Government, On September 18, 3:00-4:00 Eastern, Dr. Kramer will lead a second webinar on Smart Growth and Economic Success to explore how smart growth strategies at the regional, city, and neighborhood level can maximize economic advantages while creating attractive, healthy communities that help protect the environment. Dr. Kramer will discuss the report, Smart Growth and Economic Success: Benefits for Real Estate Developers, Investors, Businesses, and Local Government, and speakers from Lehigh Valley, PA, Champaign, IL, and Phoenix, AZ will discuss how smart growth is helping their communities prosper.

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Department of Energy's (DOE) 2013 Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series The DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Tribal Energy Program, and Western Area Power Administration are pleased to continue their joint sponsorship of the Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series in 2013. The series is intended for tribal leaders and staff who are interested in developing commercial-scale energy projects, responding to utilities' requests for proposals, and learning more about the competitive power market. Each of these webinars focuses on a different aspect of the energy project development process. Taken as a whole, the series is designed to help Tribes identify ways to promote tribal energy self sufficiency and foster economic development and employment on tribal lands through renewable energy and energy efficiency technology development. For recordings and presentations from past webinars, go to www.wapa.gov and click the Renewable link, then click on the tribal webinar series link. There is no charge to participate in the webinars, but registration is required. To register for the upcoming webinars in the series, click on the links provided in the table below. The following webinars will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. August 28: Renewable Energy Market Expectations and Trends September 25: Tribal and Utility Partnership Opportunities October 30: Renewable Energy Case Studies: Tribal and Developer Perspectives

Green Schools
*School Bus Company to Install Automatic Idle Shut-off Controls* As part of a settlement for excessive school bus idling in several Massachusetts communities, Eastern Bus Company will pay a $35,000 penalty and will increase its efforts to eliminate excessive idling. In addition to posting anti-idling signs, enhancing driver training and increasing supervisory presence in school bus lots, Eastern Bus Co. will install automatic idle shut-off controls on all its buses. Children, especially those suffering from asthma or other respiratory ailments, are particularly vulnerable to diesel exhaust. Idling diesel engines emit pollutants which can cause or aggravate a variety of health problems including asthma and other respiratory diseases, and the fine particles in diesel exhaust are a likely human carcinogen. Diesel exhaust not only contributes to area-wide air quality problems, but more direct exposure can cause lightheadedness, nausea, sore throat, coughing, and other symptoms. Drivers, school children riding on the buses, facility workers, neighbors and bystanders are all vulnerable. Idling school buses consume about one-half gallon of fuel per hour. By reducing the idling time of

each bus in its fleet by one hour per day, Eastern Bus Co. would reduce its fuel use by 16,200 gallons per year and avoid emitting more than 350,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. For more information, please visit: http://www.sustainablecitynetwork.com/topic_channels/environmental/article_5e549f4a-f331-11e2-b316001a4bcf6878.html?utm_source=SCN+InBox+e-Newsletter&utm_campaign=db1d9fbc79-Newsletter_7-242013_Admin&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_11e7ac761c-db1d9fbc79-188541149. *Sioux Students Kindle Solar Knowledge* Clean energy capabilities are igniting new possibilities for members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation. Through training courses offered by the Energy Department's SunShot Solar Instructor Training Network (SITN), a group of Oglala Lakota College undergraduates and their teachers are learning how to design and install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. For more information, please visit: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/solar/sunshot/project_highlights.html#oglala. *Can Electric School Buses Help Solve Our Grid Problems?* When school buses are not picking up eager school children and dropping them off at school, what are they doing? What about during the summer? They are sitting in lots just waiting to be put to use. Why not take these diesel engine buses, convert them to an all-electric fleet, and allow them to store power from the grid for when it is needed? Enter an idea backed by National Strategies (NSI), PJM Interconnection, and Clinton Global Initiative with a creative solution: use electric school bus fleets as a big renewable energy storage battery. ―School buses are a really good opportunity for electric storage,‖ says Scott Baker of PJM Interconnection, ―They have larger batteries with more energy capacity, they charge at night, and [they] are idle during the summertime.‖ He explains that PJM could really use the extra storage during the summer months when their system is at peak capacity. The project will produce eight electric (EV) school buses to be placed evenly in two school districts. Once the buses are placed in the school system, the team will run a ―project demonstration‖. Kevin Matthews of National Strategies describes the demonstration’s main components. For more information, please visit: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/07/02/2226771/can-electric-school-buses-help-solve-our-gridproblems/. *Healthy Schools: Environmental Factors, Children’s Health and Performance, and Sustainable Building Practices - EPA Deadline: October 8, 2013* The EPA, as part of its Science to Achieve Results program, is seeking applications proposing research that will inform school (K-12 educational facilities) building design, construction and operation practices in order to foster safe and healthy school environments and maximize student achievement and teacher and staff effectiveness. Specifically, the goal is to understand the relationship between environmental factors defined broadly and the health, safety and performance of students, teachers and staff. For more information, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2013/2013_star_healthy_schools.html. Mold and Moisture Control in Schools Webinar: Potential Health Effects and Safe Clean-Up Practices, August 7, 1- 2:15 p.m. (EST) The presence of mold in schools can be a serious health risk to students and staff because molds are a major source of indoor allergens and can trigger asthma attacks in sensitive individuals. Prompt and effective remediation of moisture problems is essential to minimize potential mold exposures and their potential health effects, and is an important part of a comprehensive indoor air quality (IAQ) management program. August 13-15: Register for the 4th Safe Routes to School National Conference The 4th Safe Routes to School National Conference will be making its way to sunny Sacramento, CA, August 13-15, 2013. The conference will span three days and include over 50 sessions and many dynamic mobile workshops. Also included are several exciting Special Features that will engage participants and showcase Sacramento's bicycle and pedestrian-friendly streets. An onsite Bike Share program will allow

participants the opportunity explore Sacramento's lively downtown and expansive bike trails. Wondering what to do in between sessions? Stop on by the Bike Build project and take part in building new bikes that will benefit local youth. Calling all Youth! The conference will include several opportunities for youth from throughout the region to participate in educational, interactive, fun and informative discussions and conference activities. Visit the conference web site for more details: http://saferoutesconference.org. EPA New Sensible Steps Webinar Series August 20 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern- Current Issues in Chemical Management, Best Practices for Schools and Districts September 25 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern - Cleaning and Maintenance, Sensible Steps for Creating Healthier School Environments October 22 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern - Sensible Steps for Energy Efficiency and Waste Reduction in Schools November 19 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern - Sensible Steps for Mold and Moisture Control In Schools December 17 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern - Renovate Right: EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Program at Schools Participants will receive a certificate of completion for each webinar. Healthy Schools: Environmental Factors, Children's Health and Performance, and Sustainable Building Practices, Applications Due October 8 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research that will inform school (K-12 educational facilities) building design, construction and operation practices in order to foster safe and healthy school environments and maximize student achievement and teacher and staff effectiveness. Specifically, the goal is to understand the relationship between environmental factors defined broadly and the health, safety and performance of students, teachers and staff. In addition to health-related concerns, the school environment may similarly impact the performance of students, teachers and staff, including lowering student achievement outcomes, and reducing teacher effectiveness. The results of this research will help ensure that the risks of environmentally-induced illness and injury to America's students, teachers and other school staff are diminished or avoided and that students, teachers and staff are provided with optimal learning environments in their schools. Applications are due Oct 8. 2013. For more information, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2013/2013_star_healthy_schools.html. November 6-7: Green California Schools Summit, Pasadena, California The Green California Schools Summit was established to provide a meeting place for stakeholders in the greening of California's schools from facility managers, finance officers, teachers and administrators to architects, engineers and curriculum developers. As one of the nation's largest annual green school events, the Summit provides a unique opportunity to share innovations in policy, technology and practice. California has long been on the leading edge of the green schools movement; it was here that the nation’s first green building rating program for K-12 schools was created. Visit the conference website for more details: http://www.green-technology.org/gcschools/.

Other Community-Related Information & Events
*Urban Transportation Systems Improve Energy Efficiency: International Energy Agency Report* Policies that improve the energy efficiency of urban transport systems could help save as much as $70 trillion in spending on vehicles, fuel,

and transportation infrastructure between now and 2050, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA). Released on July 10, the report, A Tale of Renewed Cities, draws on examples from more than 30 cities across the globe to show how to improve transport efficiency through better urban planning and travel demand management. Extra benefits include lower greenhouse-gas emissions and higher quality of life. The report offers three case studies to show how those cities have already improved their transport systems. For example, New York City shaved 11 minutes off travel times within a year of introducing express bus services, while at the same time attracting more passengers. Among the three broad categories of policies recommended in the report are those that allow travel to be avoided, those that shift travel to more efficient modes, and those that improve the efficiency of vehicle and fuel technologies. The report notes that if fully implemented across the global transportation sector, the "avoid, shift and improve‖ approach could save up to $70 trillion in terms of lo wer spending on fuel, roadway infrastructure, and vehicles. See the IEA press release and the report website: http://www.iea.org/publications/freepublications/publication/name,39940,en.html. *Energy Department Invests to Save Small Buildings Money by Saving Energy* Building on President Obama's Climate Action Plan, which calls for steady, responsible steps to reduce carbon pollution and reduce energy bills for U.S. businesses, the Energy Department today announced an award of $10 million for six projects to help small commercial buildings save money by saving energy. For more information, please visit: http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts.cfm/pa_id=904. *EPA Updates Green Power Partnership Rankings* The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership has released its quarterly rankings of green power users. Members of the Green Power Partnership commit to increasing their use of renewable energy through renewable energy certificates (RECs), on-site generation, or utility green power products. In the new National Top 50 rankings, Intel, Microsoft, and Kohl's continue to hold to the top three positions while the City of Houston got a bump into a top ten position of 8th for its green power purchase of 622,887 megawatt-hours (MWh). New members of the National Top 50 include Unilever (13th), JPMorgan Chase (26th), and EMC Corporation (32nd). Forest County Potawatomi Community (10th) of Crandon, WI, moved into the top 10 of Local Government Partners with a purchase of 55,035 MWh, while new members of the local government list include Western Pennsylvania Energy Consortium (12th), Los Angeles World Airports (16th), and the City of Boston (17th). Additional rankings such as the Top 20 Colleges and Universities, Top 20 On-site Generation, and Top 20 Retail can viewed on the EPA Green Power Partnership website. For more information, please visit: http://apps3.eere.energy.gov/greenpower/news/news_template.shtml?id=1854. *Free Asthma Continuing Education Workshop in Kansas City -September 18, 2013: The Asthma Management and Education Program* This program recognizes the critical role allied health professionals play in educating and caring for patients with asthma and allergies. Attendees will learn the latest techniques in asthma care and receive current and reliable patient education information and materials. Program participants will also learn proper techniques for using various medication devices and peak flow meters. For more information, please visit: http://aafaprograms.hbp.com/. *Water Sustainability and Climate—National Science Foundation Solicitation* One of the most urgent challenges facing the world today is ensuring an adequate supply and quality of water. This solicitation from the National Science Foundation seeks proposals to determine how our built water systems and our governance systems can be made more reliable, resilient, and sustainable to meet diverse needs. The application deadline is September 10, 2013. For more information, please visit: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13535/nsf13535.htm.

*Community Solar Garden Constructed in Rockford, MN* Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association has partnered with Clean Energy Collective to construct a community solar garden in Rockford, MN. Construction of the 32-kilowatt (kW) array was completed on July 17, 2013. Residents invested in the project by purchasing a solar panel for $869.17, and as the panels generate electricity, customers receive a credit on their electric bill. The project is sold out with 17 customers enrolled in the program, purchasing between 1 and 36 panels each, and was so successful that Wright-Hennepin is planning a second garden which will begin construction this fall. Community solar gardens enable residents to invest in solar while overcoming barriers of home installation such as roof orientation, renter's policies, and utility agreements. For more information, please visit: http://apps3.eere.energy.gov/greenpower/news/news_template.shtml?id=1853. *Habitat for Humanity Constructing Net-Zero Community* The Habitat for Humanity chapter of St. Croix, WI, is constructing an 18-home net-zero community called Eco Village. The project broke ground last summer and now has four completed homes ready for occupancy. The homes will each have a 6.5-kW roof-mounted solar array and a solar hot water system. An additional 75-kW solar array will be installed in the area for community purposes, such as lighting and powering an electric vehicle charging station. The project is expected to receive a LEED for Homes Platinum designation and create less expensive housing for low income families. For more information, please visit: http://apps3.eere.energy.gov/greenpower/news/news_template.shtml?id=1850. *Police Connect the Dots Between Sustainability and Public Safety* MADISON, Wis. -- When asked to explain the connection between social sustainability and public safety, Madison Police Chief Nobel Wray was stumped. The unusual connection took him back to one of his first assignments, in what was at the time the most dangerous neighborhood in Wisconsin's capital city. In 1987, Wray was assigned to the Simpson-Broadway neighborhood, an area with the city's highest percentage of children ages 12 to 21, and about as many homicides as in the rest of Madison's neighborhoods combined. Wray was stationed there with the task of reducing the crime rate in the neighborhood. "My responsibility was to go out there and change things. They assigned me as one individual officer to be a catalyst for change," Chief Wray explained at a quarterly Sustainable Business Network breakfast meeting hosted last week by Sustain Dane, a regional sustainability organization based in Dane County, Wis. For more information, please visit: http://www.sustainablecitynetwork.com/topic_channels/policy/article_59ee246c-fa0c-11e2-92ae001a4bcf6878.html?utm_source=SCN+InBox+e-Newsletter&utm_campaign=403ca9e575-Newsletter_7-312013_Admin&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_11e7ac761c-403ca9e575-188541149. *Energy Department Releases Updated eGallon Prices* The Energy Department on July 19 highlighted the continued growth of electric vehicle sales—doubling in the first six months of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012—as it released its most recent pricing data showing the low cost of fueling on electricity. The national eGallon, a way for consumers to compare the costs of fueling electric vehicles versus driving on gasoline, rose slightly to $1.18 from $1.14 in the latest monthly numbers, but remains far below the $3.49 national average retail cost of a gallon of gasoline. Plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) sales tripled from about 17,000 in 2011 to about 52,000 in 2012. During the first six months of 2013, Americans bought over 40,000 PEVs, more than twice as many sold during the same period in 2012. The latest numbers also show how the early years of the PEV market have seen much faster growth than the early years of the hybrid vehicle market. Thirty months after the first hybrid was introduced, monthly sales figures were under 3,000. By comparison, sales of PEVs, first introduced in December 2010, have soared to nearly 9,000 in the last month. At the same time, thanks to technology improvements and growing domestic manufacturing capacity, the cost of a battery has fallen by nearly 50% in the last four years, and is expected to drop to $10,000 by 2015. See the Energy Department press release: http://energy.gov/articles/energy-department-releases-updated-egallon-prices-electric-vehicle-sales-double.

*Updated RE-Powering Mapper Tool* EPA's RE-Powering America's Land Initiative has just released an updated RE-Powering Mapper tool, providing preliminary screening results for renewable energy potential at contaminated lands, landfills, and mine sites tracked by the EPA and select state agencies. Pulling from EPA databases of potentially and formerly contaminated lands, as well as partnering with state agencies from California, Hawaii, Oregon, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, West Virginia, and Virginia, the RE-Powering Initiative expanded the universe of sites from 24,000 to more than 66,000 sites today. Working in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), RE-Powering developed screening criteria for solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal potential at various levels of development. To date, over 70 renewable energy projects have been installed on contaminated lands nationwide. For more information on completed projects, check out our latest release of the RE-Powering Project Tracking Matrix. Please contact a member of the EPA's RE-Powering Rapid Response team if you have any follow-up questions or would like to learn more about the RE-Powering initiative. Comments should be submitted to cleanenergy@epa.gov. *Energy Department Invests to Save Energy in Small Buildings* The Energy Department on July 17 announced an award of $10 million—matched by at least $14 million in private sector funding—for six projects to help operators of small commercial buildings save money by saving energy. These buildings are less than 50,000 square feet in size and include schools, churches, strip malls, restaurants, and grocery stores. The six projects are aimed at developing user-friendly tools and resources that can be easily deployed at any small building. In the United States, the commercial building sector, of which more than 90% are small buildings, consumes about 20% of all U.S. energy. According to studies by NREL and the Department’s Pacific Northwe st National Laboratory, small buildings have tremendous potential to save energy and improve their bottom lines. See the Energy Department's press release: http://energy.gov/articles/energy-department-invests-save-small-buildings-money-saving-energy. *EPA Debuts Upgraded Energy Star Portfolio Manager Benchmarking Tool* The EPA on July 18 announced the release of an upgrade to its online energy management and tracking tool, the Energy Star Portfolio Manager. The upgraded tool can help businesses achieve President Obama’s call to make commercial buildings at least 20% more energy efficient by 2020. The new Energy Star Portfolio Manager delivers a more user-friendly interface, enhanced data sharing capabilities, better reporting, and for the first time, the ability to manage buildings across their lifecycle, from design through occupancy. Tens of thousands of organizations—including school districts, retail chains, hospital systems, and local governments—currently use Energy Star Portfolio Manager to measure the energy performance, water use, utility costs, and greenhouse gas emissions of more than 40 percent of the nation’s commercial building space. The tool will continue to deliver the nearly 150 energy, greenhouse gas (GHG), and water performance metrics that owners and managers of commercial buildings use to make strategic management decisions. One of these metrics, the 1–100 Energy Star score, rates a building’s energy efficiency against similar buildings nationwide. Energy Star-certified buildings use, on average, 35% less energy and generate 35% fewer GHG emissions than typical buildings. Studies have shown that they have lower operating costs, increased asset value, and higher occupancy rates. See the EPA press release and the Energy Star website: http://www.energystar.gov/. *Agriculture Secretary Announces Funding for Projects to Strengthen the Rural Electric Grid's Efficiency and Reliability* Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced funding for rural electric projects in seven states to provide reliable, affordable electricity for rural residents. USDA remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. This announcement is one part of the Department's efforts to strengthen the rural economy. "Funding for rural electric utilities is a cornerstone of the Obama Administration's continuing effort to develop a vibrant rural economy," Vilsack said. For more information, please visit: http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAOC/bulletins/83cc99.

*Try Out EPA’s Updated Co-Benefits Risk Assessment (COBRA) Model* EPA has made several updates to the Co-Benefits Risk Assessment (COBRA) screening model, a free tool that helps state and local governments estimate and map the air quality, human health and related economic benefits of clean energy policies and programs.State and local governments can use COBRA to: Better understand the potential for clean energy to enhance air quality, health, and social well being. Design or select program options that maximize benefits. Build support for clean energy investments based on the air and health benefits. Narrow a list of policy options to those that should be evaluated using more sophisticated air quality models. Present information about localized health benefits in easy–to–interpret tables and maps. Support a balanced decision-making process that considers both the potential costs and benefits of policy options. Download or request a copy of the revised version, with details about the current updates, from EPA’s COBRA web page. *Newest EJ Blog: Breathing Life Into a Dead Space* Read the newest contribution to the Environmental Justice in Action Blog written by Aissia Richardson, the president of the African American United Fund. In her article, she discusses the immense success a community in Philadelphia has had by reclaiming a dangerous and polluted vacant lot. They restored it into a community garden, which is utilized by neighbors for distributing produce locally, as a public meeting space, and even a site used as a job skills training program for adjudicated and formerly convicted youth. Blog Link: http://blog.epa.gov/ej/2013/07/breathing-life-into-a-dead-space/. *EPA Selects Eight Universities to Help Improve Public Health Data and Research* The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced its selection of academic partners for the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) University Challenge, a project designed to find innovative ways to increase public awareness of toxic chemical releases in their communities and around the country. TRI provides communities with information about toxic chemical releases to the air, water, and land and helps industry, government, non-governmental organizations, and the public make more informed decisions to protect their health and environment. Through these partnerships, EPA will work with eight diverse academic institutions to develop practical and replicable projects focused on pollution prevention, sustainability, community engagement, and technology for improving the presentation and understanding of TRI data. The selected projects were proposed by faculty and students from Drew University, Huston-Tillotson University, Indiana UniversityBloomington, SUNY Plattsburg, University of California-Los Angeles, University of Washington-Bothell, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and Washington University in St. Louis. While there is no financial award for this Challenge, academic partners will receive support from TRI Program staff and national recognition by being featured on the TRI website. In addition, partners will be encouraged to pursue opportunities to speak at relevant conferences and events. For more information on the TRI University Challenge, please visit: www.epa.gov/tri/university. For more information about TRI, please visit: www.epa.gov/tri. *Forest Service Study Finds Urban Trees Removing Fine Particulate Air Pollution, Saving Lives* In the first effort to estimate the overall impact of a city’s urban forest on concentrations of fine particulate pollution (particulate matter less than 2.5 microns, or PM2.5), a U.S. Forest Service and Davey Institute study found that urban trees and forests are saving an average of one life every year per city. In New York City, trees save an average of eight lives every year. Fine particulate air pollution has serious health effects, including premature mortality, pulmonary inflammation, accelerated atherosclerosis, and altered cardiac functions. In a study recently published on-line by the journal Environmental Pollution, researchers David Nowak and Robert Hoehn of the U.S. Forest Service and Satoshi Hirabayashi and Allison Bodine of the Davey Institute in Syracuse, N.Y., estimated how much fine particulate matter is removed by trees in 10 cities, their impact on PM2.5 concentrations and associated values and impacts on human health. The study, ―Modeled PM2.5 Removal by Trees in Ten U.S. Cities and Associated Health Effects,‖ is available at:

http://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/pubs/43676. *Dig, Eat, and Be Healthy A Guide to Growing Food on Public Property By ChangeLabSolutions* Although thriving gardens and farms have been established on public lands throughout the country, many communities have yet to make the most of the significant resource that such lands represent. For example, one study in Oakland, Calif., found that the city could grow 5 percent of its recommended vegetable needs using only half of its vacant and underutilized public land – that’s 4,650 tons of produce! And urban agriculture produces more benefits than just fresh, healthy food. It can also promote civic participation, public safety, food literacy, job skills, and urban greening – in short, healthier, more vibrant places. View the guide at: http://changelabsolutions.org/sites/default/files/Dig_Eat_and_Be_Happy_FINAL_20130610_0.pdf. *October 26, 2013 Next National Drug Take-Back Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.* The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Please check back on October 1, 2013 to locate collection sites near you. For more information, please visit: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/. *USDA and Interior Announce Partnership to Protect America's Water Supply from Increased Wildfire Risk* U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Vilsack and U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell today announced a federal, local and private partnership that will reduce the risks of wildfire to America's water supply in western states. The Western Watershed Enhancement Partnership is part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, which outlines a comprehensive approach to reduce carbon pollution and better prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change, including increased risk of wildfires and drought. For more information, please visit: http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAOC/bulletins/841bd1. *U.S. Forest Service Reports Visitors, Local Communities Receive Health, Economic Benefits from Visiting National Forests and Grasslands* Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released findings of a visitor survey that shows U.S. Forest Service lands are great recreation destinations that provide health benefits to tourists and $11 billion in tourist spending to businesses and communities that serve the more than 160 million forest visitors. The U.S. Forest Service National Visitor Use Monitoring Survey provides a glimpse into how people share the national forests and grasslands, as well as the value of that use beyond the agency's 193 million acres. The survey helps Forest Service land managers more clearly understand why people visit, what they do during their visits and their overall satisfaction with their recreation experience on a forest. For more information, please visit: http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentidonly=true&contentid=2013/07/0148.xml. *USDA Announces Results for 45th Conservation Reserve Program General Sign-Up* Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will accept 1.7 million acres offered under the 45th Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up. The Department received nearly 28,000 offers on more than 1.9 million acres of land, demonstrating CRP's continuing appeal as one of our nation's most successful voluntary programs for soil, water, and wildlife conservation. Under Vilsack's leadership, USDA has enrolled nearly 12 million acres in new CRP contracts since 2009. Currently, there are more than 26.9 million acres enrolled on 700,000 contracts. This year, farmers and ranchers have already offered more than 370,000 acres under Continuous CRP signup, a figure that is impressive given that the lack of a Farm Bill extension last fall meant that CRP enrollment only reopened this spring in May. Lack of a comprehensive Farm Bill this year has resulted in uncertainty for achieving further enrollment objectives under continuous CRP. For more information, please visit: http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAOC/bulletins/84669c.

*Help Map Environmental Justice Conflicts in the United States* Read a recent contribution to the Environmental Justice in Action Blog written by student researchers working on the Environmental Justice Organizations, Liability and Trade (EJOLT), which is an international Environmental Justice Mapping Project. They are attempting to document the 40 most important environmental justice case studies in the U.S., and need your feedback to narrow down their list. What do you think should be included in the 40 most important environmental justice case studies? Take a survey to help the researchers! Blog Link: http://blog.epa.gov/ej/2013/08/help-us-map-environmental-justice-conflicts-in-the-united-states/. *EPA Software Helps Reduce Water Pollution as Part of President’s Climate Action Plan* As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released the National Stormwater Calculator, an innovative addition to the administration’s virtual climate resilience toolkit. EPA’s new calculator will help property owners, developers, landscapers, and urban planners make informed land-use decisions to protect local waterways from pollution caused by stormwater runoff. Preventing stormwater runoff, which can impact drinking water resources and local ecosystems, protects people’s health and the environment.The calculator, which is phase I of the Stormwater Calculator and Climate Assessment Tool package announced in the President’s Climate Action Plan in June, is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of stormwater runoff from a specific site, based on local soil conditions, slope, land cover, and historical rainfall records. Users can enter any U.S. location and select different scenarios to learn how specific green infrastructure changes, including inexpensive changes like rain barrels and rain gardens, can prevent pollution. This information helps users determine how adding green infrastructure can be one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce stormwater runoff. Each year billions of gallons of raw sewage, trash, household chemicals, and urban runoff flow into our streams, rivers and lakes. Polluted stormwater runoff can adversely affect plants, animals, and people. It also adversely affects our economy – from closed beaches to decreased fishing and hunting in polluted areas. Green infrastructure is an affordable solution to promote healthy waters and support sustainable communities. For more information about the National Stormwater Calculator, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/nrmrl/wswrd/wq/models/swc/. For more information about the virtual climate resilience toolkit, please visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/image/president27sclimateactionplan.pdf. For more information on EPA’s Green Infrastructure research, please visit: http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/greeninfrastructure/index.cfm. *Energy Department Reports U.S. Wind Energy Production and Manufacturing Reaches Record Highs* The Energy Department released two new reports today showcasing record growth across the U.S. wind market, supporting an increase in America’s share of clean, renewable energy and tens of thousands of jobs nationwide. According to these reports, the United States continues to be one of the world's largest and fastest growing wind markets. In 2012, wind energy became the number one source of new U.S. electricity generation capacity for the first time—representing 43% of all new electric additions and accounting for $25 billion in U.S. investment. For more information, please visit: http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts.cfm/pa_id=911. President Obama Announces Climate Action Plan On Monday, June 25th, 2013, the President delivered remarks to outline his vision for a comprehensive plan to address climate change. The President's comprehensive plan has three main objectives: 1. To prevent the worst effects of climate change by reducing our carbon pollution. 2. To prepare this country for the impacts of climate change we can't avoid. 3. To lead the rest of the world around combating changing climate. Together, these steps will also spark the sort of innovation that drives economic growth and creates good-paying jobs that can't be shipped overseas; help modernize our power plants by equipping them with the latest technology to reduce carbon emissions so America remains competitive with other countries; and move our economy towards cleaner, more efficient forms of energy that will cut our reliance on foreign oil. While no single step can reverse the effects of climate change, the President believes we have a moral obligation to our kids to leave them

a planet that's not polluted and damaged. For more information on the plan: http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/climate-actionplan?utm_source=email&utm_medium=social&utm_content=062513p1&utm_campaign=climatechange. $4.5 Million Available for Capacity Building in Sustainable Communities U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for $4.5 million in grants on behalf of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities with EPA and DOT. Successful grantees will provide capacity-building support for communities engaged in planning efforts that support community involvement and integrate economic and workforce development, housing, land use, land cleanup and preparation for reuse, transportation, and infrastructure investments. An informational webinar on the NOFA will be held on July 16. The proposal due date is August 7, 2013 For more information, please visit: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=L3RLRMTGnyZ7JTbbML2FSxjVRJPXYGH3CvwXmqL5hMTmTq81vGnM!1329833229?oppId=236800&mode=VIEW EPA Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Awards Announced EPA is providing technical assistance through its Smart Growth Implementation Assistance (SGIA) program to three areas of the country to help improve their economy and create jobs while protecting health and the environment:  In Rhode Island, EPA will help the state assess impacts from climate change on economic activity in North Kingstown and prioritize actions in the state’s economic development plans.  In Mississippi County, Arkansas, EPA will help local leaders and residents capitalize on potential redevelopment projects related to new steel manufacturing jobs coming to the region.  In Kelso, Washington, EPA will work with the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments to identify economic development strategies for encouraging redevelopment, and to create guidelines for public investments that will improve health and equity for residents. EPA selected these three recipients from a pool of 79 applicants. The projects are coordinated through the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, a joint effort of EPA, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). For more information on Smart Growth, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/sgia.htm. Public Health and Climate Communication Resources at Climate Access From allergies and asthmas to heat stroke and vector-borne diseases, the public health impacts of climate change are n increasing concern. The resources in this Climate Access collection provide background information and recommendations for communicating a public health message within a climate context. For more information, please visit: http://www.climateaccess.org/resource/collection/public-healthresources?utm_source=Climate+Access+Newsletter&utm_campaign=31f325f4e5Update_6_13_136_13_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_967f14f722-31f325f4e5-330043661. 2014 Climate Leadership Awards Application Period Now Open EPA and its three NGO partners -- the Association of Climate Change Officers, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and The Climate Registry- are now accepting applications for the 2014 Climate Leadership Awards, which call national attention to exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change. The application period will be open through September 13, 2013, with a new early bird deadline of August 7, 2013. EPA’s Climate Leadership Awards webpage details the application process: http://www.epa.gov/climateleadership/awards/. Check Out the New EJ Comic Book Read the newest contribution to the Environmental Justice in Action Blog about Mayah's Lot, a new beautifully illustrated comic book depicting a young heroine who galvanizes her community into action to protect the public health of her community and fight a hazardous waste facility

from opening in her neighborhood. The comic book has been heralded as a powerful learning tool for young students in urban areas, teaching them that the environment is something that exists everywhere, not just in rural places far from their homes. If you find this blog engaging or educational, please express your thoughts and share the post with your friends! Also, check out our 20th Anniversary Video Series where we feature federal and local government officials, non-profit leaders and students who tell stories about the lessons that they have learned over their time working on environmental justice. Also, be sure to add your e-mail address to the subscribe link on the upper-right side of the blog's home page to receive our future posts directly each week. Click the "Like" button to let your friends know about this great resource. Blog Link: http://blog.epa.gov/ej/2013/06/reaching-new-audiences-with-an-environmental-justice-message/. Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) Launches Tribal Climate Change Website, Newsletter, Webinars, and Regional Adaptation Courses The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals has launched a website to provide information and resources tailored to helping Native people gain a better understanding of climate change and its impacts on their communities. The website includes basic climate change information; profiles of Tribes in diverse regions of the United States, including Alaska, who are coping with climate change impacts; audio files of elders discussing the issue from traditional perspectives; and resources and contacts to use in developing climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. A monthly newsletter, to which one can subscribe, provides announcements about funding opportunities, conferences, training, and other information relevant to tribal climate change issues. A number of upcoming trainings, courses, and webinars are also mentioned on the site, including one on Climate Change Adaptation Planning. To learn more, visit the Tribal Climate Change Website: http://www4.nau.edu/tribalclimatechange/index.asp. 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge To help 100 cities better address major 21st century challenges, the Rockefeller Foundation is inviting cities from around the world to apply for the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge. Winning cities will be announced in rounds over the next three years, with the final round of winners announced in 2015. Each winning city will receive membership in the 100 Resilient Cities Network, support to hire a Chief Resilience Officer to oversee the development of a resilience strategy for the city; and support to create a resilience plan, along with tools and resources for implementation. The formal application process opens in August. For more information, please visit: http://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/our-work/current-work/100-resilient-cities. HUD Rebuild By Design—Regional Design Competition HUD has announced a design competition that centers on four topics: coastal communities, high-density urban environments, ecological networks, and other innovative questions and proposals. Design teams will start with regional analyses to understand major vulnerabilities, and then focus on local implementation and key projects for improving a region's resilience. Proposal Due Date: July 19, 2013. For more information, please visit: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/sandyrebuilding/rebuildbydesign. TIGER-Funded Transit Station Dedicated in Kansas City Urban Area The opening of the Mission Transit Center, which will connect thousands of daily riders to jobs and other destinations in the Kansas City region, was recently announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation. DOT helped fund the project as part of a $50 million TIGER grant to revitalize key neighborhoods in Kansas City's urban area. For more information, please visit: https://www.dot.gov/fastlane/fta-celebratesopening-mission-transit-center. Energy Department Announces Investment to Accelerate Next Generation Biofuels Following the rollout of President Obama's plan to cut carbon pollution, the Energy Department announced four research and development projects to bring next generation biofuels on line faster and drive down the cost of producing gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels from biomass. The

projects—located in Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin—represent a $13 million Energy Department investment. For more information, please visit: http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts.cfm/pa_id=900 EPA and Commerce Link U.S. Analysis and Companies in Environmental Solutions Toolkit The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Commerce are announcing the launch of an interactive online reference tool for international audiences that connects EPA environmental analysis and regulatory structure to U.S. solutions providers. The U.S. Environmental Solutions Toolkit was developed as a joint venture between the EPA and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) to offer environmental stakeholders in other countries a broad perspective on the U.S. approach to specific environmental issues. For more information, please visit www.epa.gov/international/trade/exports, https://new.export.gov/envirotech/toolkit. In their Voice: Middletown High School Students in Tampa, FL Vision for Their Community High School Students in Tampa, FL adopted a specific area of the Nebraska St.-Hillsborough Corridor and collaborated with the InVision Tampa Sustainable Communities team to analyze street, transit, stormwater, parks, green networks, and cultural assets. By engaging the students, InVision Tampa received valuable, diverse input on their master plan from future community leaders. See before and after videos capturing their effort here: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/sustainable_housing_communities/ITV. Top Mayors Pledge Action to Respond to Extreme Weather and Climate Mayors of Washington DC, Denver, Cincinnati, Sacramento, San Diego, and over 40 other communities recently signed an agreement committing them to create more resilient cities and counties in response to the nation's growing extreme weather, climate, and energy challenges. The Resilient Communities for America campaign is sponsored by ICLEI USA, the U.S. Green Building Council, the National League of Cities, and the World Wildlife Fund. For more information, please visit: http://www.resilientamerica.org/. EPA Strengthens Energy Star Requirements for Refrigerators and Freezers The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has revised its Energy Star requirements for residential refrigerators and freezers. The updated requirements raise the bar for energy efficiency in these products and, for the first time, encourage manufacturers of Energy Star appliances to include optional ―connected‖ features. These features would offer consumers more ways to reduce the energy cons umption of their refrigerators and freezers, help lower their utility bills, and better protect the environment and the climate. Under the new standards, Energy Star certified refrigerators and freezers will use at least 10 percent less energy than models meeting 2014 federal minimum efficiency standards. If all refrigerators and freezers sold in the United States were to meet the updated requirements, energy cost savings would grow to more than $890 million each year and reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of those from more than one million vehicles. Learn more about Energy Star at: www.energystar.gov. For more information on the updated Energy Star refrigerators and freezers specification, please visit: https://www.energystar.gov/products/specs/node/125. Pentagon Issues Mandatory Smart Growth Planning Criteria The Pentagon has released new criteria that incorporate smart growth planning approaches to redesign the vast amounts of land it controls at its military bases. The new criteria incorporate principles of compact, transit-oriented, mixed-use infill development. The criteria state that "high connectivity, mixed land uses, and well-designed pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure decrease auto dependence and increase levels of walking, running, and cycling." For more information, please visit: http://dc.streetsblog.org/2013/06/18/new-pentagon-mandate-make-militarybases-livable-thats-an-order/ EPA Releases Guide to Energy Efficiency in Water and Wastewater Facilities for Local Governments

EPA has released a new climate and energy strategy guide for local governments, entitled "Energy Efficiency in Water and Wastewater Facilities: A Guide to Developing and Implementing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs." Water and wastewater facilities are among the largest consumers of energy in a community, accounting for 35 percent of typical U.S. municipal energy budgets. Local governments can reduce their energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions by working with these facilities to improve the energy efficiency of their new, existing and renovated buildings and their day-to-day operations. This guide provides comprehensive information for local government staff and policy makers on designing and implementing energy management programs for water and wastewater facilities. To read the guide, visit: http://www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate/documents/pdf/wastewater-guide.pdf. NOAA Launches Redesigned Climate.Gov Website and Offers Communication Pathways for Online Users NOAA's climate.gov website provides science and information for a climate-smart nation. It has recently been completely re-designed based upon public feedback. Each section has refined its user interface, enhanced its functionality, and expanded its scope of contents. With timely and authoritative scientific data and information about climate, the website aims to promote the public's understanding of climate science and climate-related events, to make NOAA data products and services easy to access and use, to provide climate-related support to the private sector and the Nation's economy, and to serve people making climate-related decisions with tools and resources that help them answer specific questions. To learn more, visit: http://www.climate.gov/. For additional information, users can access NOAA's climate information and updates via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NOAAClimateGov?ref=stream, Twitter: @NOAAClimate, and YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/NOAAClimate. EPA Updates its Ranking of Community Green Power Use The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership has released an updated ranking of the country's top Green Power Communities (GPC). A GPC is one which meets or exceeds the program's green power purchase requirements. The communities are ranked based on both the volume of green power used and green power as a percentage of its total power use. In this new ranking, Washington D.C. maintains the number one spot as a user of the greenest power with more than 1 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) consumed. The community with the largest percentage of green power used is Oak Park, IL at 91.9%. The rankings welcome several new members this year, including Cincinnati, OH; Creve Coeur, MO; and Arlington Heights, IL. For more information, please visit: http://apps3.eere.energy.gov/greenpower/news/news_template.shtml?id=1842. NOAA's Climate Ready Great Lakes Offers Free Online Training Modules NOAA's Climate Ready Great Lakes posted three training modules online designed to help create a Great Lakes region that is "climate ready." These modules provide stakeholders and decision makers with clear information about the Great Lakes climate, as well as strategies on adaptation. This project was sponsored by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network and the NOAA Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Team. Each module consists of a PowerPoint presentation and supplemental materials, including worksheets, handouts, and evaluation forms. Presenters may wish to use the evaluations at the end of a presentation or training workshop. The modules may be presented in their entirety, or users may wish to select a subset of the PowerPoint slides and support materials from one or more modules to suit their particular needs. For more information, visit: http://www.regions.noaa.gov/great-lakes/?page_id=395. Association of Climate Change Officers Launches Inaugural Climate Strategies Forum on October 14-17, 2013 in Washington, D.C. The Association of Climate Change Officers will host its inaugural Climate Strategies Forum to launch in-depth training programs in conjunction with their recent publication of Core Competencies for Climate Change Officers. The Forum will feature prominent leaders from across sectors in a plenary format and a series of half-day boot camps aligned with the core competencies. Plenary sessions will focus on climate and energy, and boot camps will focus on topics including adaptation planning, implementing change management schemes, and building a public-private partnership project. For more information, visit: http://www.climatestrategiesforum.org/.

Solar Technologies Garner Two R&D 100 Awards R&D Magazine selected two SunShot-funded solar technologies to be among the 100 most significant innovations of 2013: Sandia National Laboratories' Solar Glare Hazard Analysis Tool, and a high-efficiency silicon solar cell developed by TetraSun under a SunShot Incubator award. For more information, please visit: http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/solar/newsletter/detail.cfm/articleId=404. *Climate and Health Communication Toolkit from the Centers for Disease Control* With summer upon us, the National Tracking Program's toolkit can help educate the public on how the environment is connected to climate change, extreme heat, and public health. To access or receive more information on the toolkit, please click here (pdf). The National Tracking Network also collects data on heat-related deaths and illnesses throughout the United States and provides information so people can protect themselves. For more information, please see the Network's Extreme Heat Infographic. Energy Intensity of Federal Buildings Slashed 25% in Past Decade The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), which builds and manages federal buildings, recently announced that it cut federal energy spending by $65.5 million in fiscal year (FY) 2012 by reducing the energy use intensity levels in its buildings by nearly 25% since FY 2003. That placed the GSA well ahead of its goal of a 21% reduction in energy intensity. The agency also exceeded its FY 2020 greenhouse gas reduction target in FY 2012, reducing emissions by more than 35% from FY 2008 levels—equivalent to taking 162,000 vehicles off the road for a year. The GSA has also reduced its water usage in buildings by nearly 20% since FY 2007. The milestones were noted as part of the GSA's sustainability and energy performance scorecard for FY 2012. The GSA has worked to reduce the environmental impact of federal buildings through the use of innovative technologies such as solar panels, advanced lighting systems, geothermal technology, wind power, and low-flow plumbing systems. For more information, see the GSA press release.

Solar Plane Prototype Lands in New York City The Solar Impulse, a solar-powered airplane, on July 6 successfully landed at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport after an 18hour flight from Washington Dulles airport. The Swiss prototype crossed the United States to showcase its ability to fly day and night powered exclusively by solar energy. Dubbed the journey "Across America," the flight started on May 3 in San Francisco, California, and included stops in Phoenix, Arizona; Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; St. Louis, Missouri; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Washington, D.C. The journey took a total of 105 hours over 3,511 miles at an average speed of about 31 miles per hour. The aircraft has nearly 12,000 silicon mono-crystalline solar cells on its wings and on its horizontal stabilizer that provide power to the craft's four 10-horsepower electric engines. For more information, see the Solar Impulse website. Urban Forest Assessment Resource Guide A variety of assessment tools have been developed to help officials understand the benefits that urban forests provide, and to help quantify these benefits. This new guide provides the latest framework for practitioners interested in conducting urban forest ecosystem assessments. This guide includes an overview of urban forest management and a section on how to choose an urban forest assessment tool. To view the guide, please visit: http://www.americanforests.org/our-programs/urbanforests/urban-forests-tools-resources/urban-forest-assessmentsresource-guide/. Secretary Vilsack Announces Steps to Conserve 17-Million Acre Tongass National Forest by Transitioning to Sustainable, Second Growth Forest Management Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently outlined a series of actions by the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

to conserve the old-growth forests of the Tongass National Forest. The actions will focus on speeding the transition to management of secondgrowth (previously harvested) forests. At 17 million acres, the Tongass is the largest national forest in the United States. It contains large stands of old-growth rainforest, and provides world-class recreation and fishing while supporting local communities through a variety of economic activities. The Secretary's memorandum is available online at http://www.ocio.usda.gov/document/sm1044-009%E2%80%9Caddressing-sustainable-forestry-southeast-alaska. Dubuque, Iowa to Host 6th Annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference September 24-25 Three women who have helped community leaders and some of the world's most successful companies plot a course toward a more sustainable future will deliver keynote addresses at the 6th annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference Sept. 24-25 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque. Michele Hunt, founder of Vision & Values, a leadership consulting firm based in Washington D.C., will share her thoughts on The Power of Visionary Leadership; Rebecca Ryan, futurist, author and founder of Next Generation Consulting, will present Cities 3.0: Reflecting, Responding and Redesigning for an Uncertain Future; and Deb Frodl, global executive director of General Electric's ecomagination, will describe how the third largest company in the world is addressing today's environmental challenges while driving economic growth. Presented by the City of Dubuque and Sustainable City Network, the conference will feature 25 educational workshops and mobile tours related to sustainability, resource conservation and community engagement. For more information, please visit: http://gscdubuque.com/. Green Infrastructure Challenge - Application Deadline: October 1, 2013 The Green Infrastructure Challenge will award more than $1 million for design and construction projects that green the District of Columbia. Proposals must focus on ways to absorb rain water on public, private, government, and institutional properties before it reaches the storm and sewer systems. Prize money will be awarded to winning designs, and selected projects will receive construction funding. For more information, please visit: http://dcwater.com/greenchallenge. This digest is being provided by EPA Region 7 for informational purposes only. This digest contains links to information, agencies, sites, and organizations outside of the EPA website. EPA is not responsible for third party links. EPA does not endorse third party organizations or agencies.

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