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Feb. 15, 2017
Join broad consortium of agencies and organizations in highlighting the threat of invasive species and the steps being taken against them. This website highlight activities in Washington D.C, and throughout the U.S. associated with National Invasive Species Awareness Week.
Feb. 14, 2017
The Northern Review of Legislative & Regulatory Actions provides current information on government affairs, energy and environment relevant to Department of Defense interests in the 22 states and territories in Federal Regions 1, 2, 3 and 5. The Review is intended to be a tool useful to DoD and Army leaders, planners, and program managers in carrying out their responsibilities. The Northern Review of Legislative & Regulatory Actions monitors and targets proposed and final regulations and legislation that may affect Army or DoD operations. See attached.
Feb. 14, 2017
The Southern Review of Legislative & Regulatory Actions, published by the U.S. Army's Regional Environmental and Energy Office--Southern (REEO-S), is designed to provide current information to environmental decision makers, planners, and program managers regarding environmental actions and events throughout Federal EPA Region 4 (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee). Information listed may be relevant to the U.S. Army and other Military Services' activities and operations. See attached.
Feb. 13, 2017
In this report EPA identifies the chemical substances that will undergo risk evaluation during 2017, those for which risk evaluation will be initiated and those for which risk evaluation will be completed, including status and schedules.
Feb. 9, 2017
January 2017 version of the quarterly publication of "The Corps Environment" newsletter published by the USACE Environmental Community of Practice. The purpose of this newsletter is to provide information about USACE and Army environmental actions, issues, policies and technologies.
Feb. 6, 2017
The REC Review of Legislative & Regulatory Actions, published by the Navy Regional Environmental Coordination Office, highlights environmental and energy related developments for DoD/Navy leaders and Installation staff. Covering 20 states in Federal Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, the REC Review gives early notice of legislative and regulatory activities relevant to DoD interests. See attached.
Jan. 19, 2017
The DoD Cultural Resources UPDATE is sponsored by the DoD Cultural Resource Program. This edition highlights several current initiatives, provides an overview of new and ongoing training opportunities, and features information on recently published reports relevant to the DoD CRM community. See attached.
Jan. 17, 2017
Fall 2016 edition of the DoD Chesapeake Bay Program Journal, published quarterly and sponsored by the DOD/Navy Chesapeake Bay Program Office. See attached.
Jan. 17, 2017
On 11 January 2017, EPA's 2017 Construction General permit (CGP) was issued. It will take effect on 16 February 2017. The 2012 CGP will expire at midnight on February 16, 2017. During this time, web content for each permit will be online. Web content for the 2017 CGP will include the new permit and factsheet initially with supporting documents added soon. Web content for the 2012 CGP will remain posted online until the 2012 permit expires.
Jan. 13, 2017
The 2015 TRI National Analysis is EPA's summary and interpretation of the most recent data on toxic chemical releases and pollution prevention activities at more than 20,000 U.S. industrial facilities. In the National Analysis, you'll find local- and national-level data on toxic chemical releases to air, water and land, and information about what companies are doing to prevent these releases. With the report's integrated mapping features, you can take a closer look at this information for specific geographic locations, including your community.
Jan. 13, 2017
The Northern Review of Legislative & Regulatory Actions provides current information on government affairs, energy and environment relevant to Department of Defense interests in the 22 states and territories in Federal Regions 1, 2, 3 and 5. The Review is intended to be a tool useful to DoD and Army leaders, planners, and program managers in carrying out their responsibilities. The Northern Review of Legislative & Regulatory Actions monitors and targets proposed and final regulations and legislation that may affect Army or DoD operations. See attached.
Jan. 12, 2017
EPA's Environmental Science Center at Fort Meade, Md. has been certified for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) O + M (operation and maintenance) making it the first EPA laboratory nation-wide to achieve this certification. The Environmental Science Center earned the LEED certification in the existing building operation and maintenance category, and was rated as exceptional in both on-site storm-water management, and natural habitat – as well as excellent in green cleaning, indoor air quality, and water conservation.
Jan. 12, 2017
The Southern Review of Legislative & Regulatory Actions, published by the U.S. Army's Regional Environmental and Energy Office--Southern (REEO-S), is designed to provide current information to environmental decision makers, planners, and program managers regarding environmental actions and events throughout Federal EPA Region 4 (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee). Information listed may be relevant to the U.S. Army and other Military Services' activities and operations. See attached.
Jan. 11, 2017
The National Park Service (NPS) is releasing the Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy (CRCC Strategy). The CRCC Strategy sets out the broad scope of cultural resources in relation to climate change and identifies major directions of action in cultural resources and climate change for the NPS. These directions in turn will help shape and support collaboration with cultural resource and climate change partners both nationally and internationally. The CRCC Strategy is available online at https://www.nps.gov/subjects/climatechange/culturalresourcesstrategy.htm.
Jan. 10, 2017
The submission deadline for ideas and posters is 17 March 2017. Brownfields 2017 will be held 5 December 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA. Conference topic areas include: resilient and sustainable communities; liability, enforcement, and technical considerations; partnerships; and lessons learned.
Jan. 6, 2017
The REC Review of Legislative & Regulatory Actions, published by the Navy Regional Environmental Coordination Office, highlights environmental and energy related developments for DoD/Navy leaders and Installation staff. Covering 20 states in Federal Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, the REC Review gives early notice of legislative and regulatory activities relevant to DoD interests. See attached.
Dec. 22, 2016
This five-course training series offers provides updated guidance for complying with the 2016 Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings. The series is web-based and offered on-demand.
Dec. 22, 2016
Currently in beta test mode, the website presents information on approved jurisdictional determinations (JDs) made by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean Water Act since August 28, 2015. Users are able to search, sort, map, view, and download approved JDs from both agencies using different search parameters (e.g., by year, State, watershed).
Dec. 20, 2016
During EPA's 2016 fiscal year--which spanned October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016--EPA enforcement actions secured $13.7 billion in investments by companies for projects to control pollution. EPA also secured enforceable commitments that ensure the proper treatment, storage and disposal of an estimated 62 billion pounds of hazardous waste. For details of high profile enforcement actions and a map of FY16 cases, check out the website.
Dec. 14, 2016
This new report, done at the request of Congress, provides scientific evidence that hydraulic fracturing activities can impact drinking water resources in the United States under some circumstances. As part of the report, EPA identified conditions under which impacts from hydraulic fracturing activities can be more frequent or severe. The report also identifies uncertainties and data gaps. These uncertainties and data gaps limited EPA's ability to fully assess impacts to drinking water resources both locally and nationally. These final conclusions are based upon review of over 1,200 cited scientific sources; feedback from an independent peer review conducted by EPA's Science Advisory Board; input from engaged stakeholders; and new research conducted as part of the study.
Dec. 14, 2016
DOE has announced $3 million in funding for three projects to speed the adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies at facilities across the federal government. The selected agencies will use FEMP's Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) awards to institutionalize the use of DOE's Energy Savings Performance Contract ENABLE contract process to implement projects. Cost shared with industry, when all phases are complete, the total investment will be more than $50 million. Recipients are U.S. Forest Service, GSA, and the U.S. Air Force.
Dec. 14, 2016
The Southern Review of Legislative & Regulatory Actions, published by the U.S. Army's Regional Environmental and Energy Office--Southern (REEO-S), is designed to provide current information to environmental decision makers, planners, and program managers regarding environmental actions and events throughout Federal EPA Region 4 (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee). Information listed may be relevant to the U.S. Army and other Military Services' activities and operations. See attached.
Dec. 13, 2016
The Northern Review of Legislative & Regulatory Actions provides current information on government affairs, energy and environment relevant to Department of Defense interests in the 22 states and territories in Federal Regions 1, 2, 3 and 5. The Review is intended to be a tool useful to DoD and Army leaders, planners, and program managers in carrying out their responsibilities. The Northern Review of Legislative & Regulatory Actions monitors and targets proposed and final regulations and legislation that may affect Army or DoD operations. See attached.
Dec. 13, 2016
PHMSA is issuing this safety advisory notice to inform offerors and users of DOT Specification 39 (DOT-39) cylinders that DOT-39 cylinders with an internal volume exceeding 75 cubic inches (in\3\) (1.23 L) should not be filled with liquefied flammable compressed gas. PHMSA maintains filling or transporting DOT-39 cylinders with an internal volume exceeding 75 in\3\ (1.23 L) is not safe. POC is Refaat Shafkey, General Engineer, Engineering and Research Division, Office of Hazardous Materials Safety, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., Washington, DC 20590. Tel: (-202-366-4545 or, via email: refaat.shafkey@dot.gov (Federal Register; 13 December 2016 [Notices], pages 90061-90062).
Dec. 12, 2016
Three of the award-winning CHP systems are located at medical centers where energy efficiency is a key strategy to control the cost of health care. The fourth award-winning system is located at an Army National Guard facility where mission support helicopters are housed and maintained.
Dec. 9, 2016
The Energy Department recognized 30 winners across the federal government with the 2016 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards. These annual awards highlight federal agencies' commitments and accomplishments in leading the nation toward more sustainable energy, water and vehicle fleet use and saving taxpayer money and reducing pollution.Through their innovative efforts, winners--including staff serving the U.S. Air Force, Army, Army Corps of Engineers, Defense Logistics Agency, Marine Corps, and Navy; the Departments of Commerce, Health and Human Services, Interior, and Veterans Affairs; the General Services and National Aeronautics and Space Administrations; and the Environmental Protection Agency--netted an energy savings equivalent to removing almost 48,000 cars from the road for one year or eliminating the average annual energy use from almost 24,000 households.
Dec. 8, 2016
The National Lakes Assessment 2012: A Collaborative Survey of Lakes in the United States is the second report assessing the condition of the nation's lakes. The NLA is one of a series of National Aquatic Resource Surveys, a national-scale monitoring program designed to produce statistically-valid assessments that answer critical questions about the condition of waters in the United States. The key goals of the NLA report are to describe the ecological and recreational condition of the nation's lakes, how those conditions are changing, and the key stressors affecting those waters. Using a statistical survey design, 1,038 sites were selected at random to represent the condition of the larger population of lakes across the lower 48 states including natural lakes and manmade reservoirs. The NLA Web site also includes findings at the ecoregional scale and allows users to explore additional results using a new interactive dashboard.
Dec. 8, 2016
This newsletter from the GSA Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings features research and resources related to the environmental, social and economic impacts of buildings and organizational practices.
Dec. 6, 2016
The REC Review of Legislative & Regulatory Actions, published by the Navy Regional Environmental Coordination Office, highlights environmental and energy related developments for DoD/Navy leaders and Installation staff. Covering 20 states in Federal Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, the REC Review gives early notice of legislative and regulatory activities relevant to DoD interests. See attached.
Dec. 2, 2016
Nominations for the Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards to be recognized in 2017 are due by March 1, 2017, using the guidance issued by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Energy, Installations & Environment). Each Military Service and Defense Agency may submit one nomination for each of the six Installation and three Individual/Team award categories listed in the guidance for accomplishments during the period October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2016. Award categories are: Natural Resources Conservation; Environmental Quality; Sustainability; Environmental Restoration; Cultural Resources Management; and Environmental Excellence in Weapons Systems Acquisition.
Dec. 1, 2016
EPA's Drinking Water Action Plan serves as a national call to action, urging all levels of government, utilities, community organizations, and other stakeholders to work together to increase the safety and reliability of drinking water. The Plan is organized around six Priority Areas in which there is significant opportunity for leadership from states and other partners. The Priority Areas include: 1) Building capacity for water infrastructure financing and management in disadvantaged, small, and environmental justice communities; 2) Advancing oversight of the Safe Drinking Water Act; 3) Strengthening source water protection and resilience of drinking water supplies; 4) Addressing unregulated contaminants; 5) Improving transparency, public education, and risk communication on drinking water safety; and 6) Reducing lead risks.
Dec. 1, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today launched season two of "Better Buildings Challenge SWAP," featuring the U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy. Both military operations swap energy teams to improve the energy efficiency of each one's campus.
Nov. 30, 2016
Published by the Department of Defense (DoD) Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health (ESOH) Office, this factsheet highlights recent DoD investments and accomplishments with respect to sustaining and protecting the environment through its environmental programs.
Nov. 30, 2016
EPA has announced the first 10 chemicals it will evaluate for potential risks to human health and the environment under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). They are: 1,4-Dioxane, 1-Bromopropane, Asbestos, Carbon Tetrachloride, Cyclic Aliphatic Bromide Cluster, Methylene Chloride, N-methylpyrrolidone, Pigment Violet 29, Tetrachloroethylene (also known as perchloroethylene), and Trichloroethylene.
Nov. 28, 2016
Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) 2017 will provide grants to federal agencies for projects in three topic areas: (1) Combined Heat and Power, (2) Renewable Energy and (3) Energy Efficiency Deep Retrofits. Applicants will be asked to show how the proposed project results are conducive to broader adoption at other Federal facilities, impacting the direction, strategy, and thinking of the agency to engage in similar efforts. The anticipated total funding level for AFFECT 2017 is $3.0 million, subject to appropriations, with anticipated funding per award to be between approximately $100,000 and $1.0 million. Letters of intent (LOI) are due by 22 December 2016, and full applications are due by 30 January 2017. Applicants must submit a LOI to be eligible to submit a full application. To apply to AFFECT 2017, applicants must register with and submit application materials through the EERE Exchange https://eere-exchange.energy.gov. Send direct questions regarding this FOA to FOA.AFFECT4@ee.doe.gov.
Nov. 28, 2016
EPA has finalized revisions to the RCRA hazardous waste generator regulatory program proposed on 25 September 2015. These revisions include reorganizing the hazardous waste generator regulations to make them more user-friendly and thus improve their usability by the regulated community; providing a better understanding of how the RCRA hazardous waste generator regulatory program works; addressing gaps in the existing regulations to strengthen environmental protection; providing greater flexibility for hazardous waste generators to manage their hazardous waste in a cost-effective and protective manner; and making technical corrections and conforming changes to address inadvertent errors and remove obsolete references to programs that no longer exist. This final rule is effective on 30 May 2017.
Nov. 23, 2016
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized several groups for their innovative work in environmental justice (EJ) at the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge, in coordination with a number of community groups, developed a plan to integrate the needs and mission of the refuge with those of the community. By using surveys and research the groups learned of the community's environmental concerns, such as stormwater management and water quality, and developed the plan to incorporate those concerns into the development and management of the refuge. The plan is the first environmental justice strategic plan for a public land site, and aims to serve as a model for other urban public lands.
Nov. 15, 2016
In honor of America Recycles Day, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing significant findings on the economic benefits of the recycling industry with an update to the national Recycling Economic Information (REI) Study, including information on the 750,000 jobs supporting recycling. This study analyzes the numbers of jobs, wages and tax revenues attributed to recycling. Click here for the study and click here for the Presidential Proclamation.
Nov. 15, 2016
The REC Review of Legislative & Regulatory Actions, published by the Navy Regional Environmental Coordination Office, highlights environmental and energy related developments for DoD/Navy leaders and Installation staff. Covering 20 states in Federal Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, the REC Review gives early notice of legislative and regulatory activities relevant to DoD interests. See attached.
Nov. 14, 2016
The Southern Review of Legislative & Regulatory Actions, published by the U.S. Army's Regional Environmental and Energy Office--Southern (REEO-S), is designed to provide current information to environmental decision makers, planners, and program managers regarding environmental actions and events throughout Federal EPA Region 4 (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee). Information listed may be relevant to the U.S. Army and other Military Services' activities and operations. See attached.
Nov. 14, 2016
A new version of the Building Life Cycle Cost (BLCC) software is now available for download. The latest BLCC, version 5.3-16, contains the following modules: FEMP Analysis, Energy Project; Federal Analysis, Financed Project Office of Management and Budget Analysis; MILCON Analysis, Energy Project; MILCON Analysis, Energy Conservation Investment Program Project; and MILCON Analysis, Non-Energy Project. BLCC conducts economic analyses by evaluating the relative cost effectiveness of alternative buildings and building-related systems or components. Typically, BLCC is used to evaluate alternative designs that have higher initial costs but lower operating costs over the project life than the lowest-initial-cost design. It is especially useful for evaluating the costs and benefits of energy and water conservation and renewable energy projects.
Nov. 10, 2016
The U.S. Forest Service released a report that synthesizes the impacts of climate change on indigenous communities, the key frameworks that inform indigenous understandings of climate change, and the knowledge and strategies that indigenous communities are pursuing. The report is intended to serve as a resource for the 4th National Climate Assessment, future research, tribal and agency climate initiatives, and policy development
Nov. 9, 2016
The Northern Review of Legislative & Regulatory Actions provides current information on government affairs, energy and environment relevant to Department of Defense interests in the 22 states and territories in Federal Regions 1, 2, 3 and 5. The Review is intended to be a tool useful to DoD and Army leaders, planners, and program managers in carrying out their responsibilities. The Northern Review of Legislative & Regulatory Actions monitors and targets proposed and final regulations and legislation that may affect Army or DoD operations. See attached.
Nov. 4, 2016
EPA today announced over 100 federal enforcement actions completed over the last year that require entities like renovation contractors, landlords and property managers to protect communities and public health from exposure to lead. Lead paint is the main way people are exposed to lead in the United States, and lead exposure can cause a range of health problems, from behavioral disorders and learning disabilities to seizures and death, putting young children and their developing nervous systems at the greatest risk. From October 2015 through September 2016, EPA entered into 123 settlements for alleged violations of one or more of the three lead-based paint rules--the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule; the Lead Disclosure Rule; and the Lead-based Paint Activities Rule for abatements--and filed six complaints for ongoing actions. Each settlement requires that the alleged violator return to compliance and, in most cases, pay civil penalties. Collectively, the settlements require violators to pay $1,046,655 in penalties.
Nov. 4, 2016
GSA's Sustainable Facilities Tool now allows you to search brands and products that align with federal sustainability requirements. Use SFTool Product Search to view sets of compliant products by brand and model, sort them by energy and water performance, and even gather documentation to streamline procurement.
Nov. 4, 2016
Several new features have been released on ECHO Gov - the government-only area of the Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) website. They include a powerful air targeting tool, a water quality indicators map, and more. To learn about these features, please navigate to ECHO at https://echo.epa.gov, click "ECHO Gov Login" at the top right, log in with your EPA LAN or Web Application Access (also known as WAM) ID and password, and visit the "What's New in ECHO Gov" page.
Nov. 4, 2016
This newsletter from the GSA Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings features research and resources related to the environmental, social and economic impacts of buildings and organizational practices. This edition discuss the benefits of continuous retuning of facilities.
Nov. 3, 2016
The EPA Administrator signed the final Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule on October 28, 2016 and will be published in the Federal Register (FR) in the coming weeks. This rule finalizes a much-needed update to the hazardous waste generator regulations to make the rules easier to understand, facilitate better compliance, provide greater flexibility in how hazardous waste is managed, and close important gaps in the regulations. This website provides a summary of the changes and a pre-publication copy of the regulation.
Oct. 28, 2016
EPA has released the Environmental Justice 2020 Action Agenda (EJ 2020), the Agency's environmental justice strategic plan for 2016 to 2020. EJ 2020 will further integrate environmental justice considerations in all of the Agency's programs, strengthen EPA's collaboration with partners, and demonstrate progress on significant national challenges facing minority and low-income communities. EJ 2020 builds on the foundation established by EPA's previous strategic plan, Plan EJ 2014, as well as decades of significant environmental justice practice by the Agency, communities, and other environmental justice stakeholders.
Oct. 28, 2016
EPA is releasing a White Paper on the Lead and Copper Rule Revisions to ensure that stakeholders are informed of the options that EPA is considering as part of the rulemaking process. This paper provides examples of regulatory options that EPA is evaluating and highlights key challenges, opportunities, and analytical issues presented by these options. EPA expects the paper will help facilitate our ongoing engagement with stakeholders and the public as we work to develop a proposed rule.
Oct. 27, 2016
In a 14 October 2016 announcement at the operationalization of the federal government's largest investment in clean energy in history President Obama stated that the Obama Administration is launching another ambitious target – a new goal for civilian agencies to procure and facilitate development of 1 gigawatt of new renewable electricity by 2021. This goal promotes installation of renewable energy on federal land, the development of new solar through power purchase agreements, and procurement of bundled green energy to power federal facilities. Additionally, this target will also incentivize projects on federal land where the government is not the sole user, such as enhanced use leases and facilitation of private development. This goal builds on last year's goal that 30 percent of electricity used by the federal government will come from renewable sources by 2025.
Oct. 21, 2016
EPA has released its sixth year of Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program data, detailing greenhouse gas pollution trends and emissions broken down by industrial sector, geographic region and individual facilities. In 2015, reported emissions from large industrial sources, representing approximately 50 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, were 4.9 percent lower than 2014, and 8.2 percent lower than 2011.
Oct. 21, 2016
The U.S. joined other partners in the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in endorsing the Kigali Amendment which reduces the emissions of powerful greenhouse gases, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The goal is the prevention of up to 0.5 degrees Celsius of global warming by the end of this century. Developing countries will follow with a freeze of HFCs consumption levels in 2024, with some countries freezing consumption in 2028. By the late 2040s, all countries are expected to consume no more than 15-20 per cent of their respective baselines.
Oct. 20, 2016
EPA is releasing the final Geologic Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide Guidance. This guidance will assist permit applicants and owners or operators in submitting and managing the large volumes of information associated with Class VI geologic sequestration projects. The guidance identifies common file formats used for geologic data and technical reports and describes how Class VI permit applicants and owners or operators can use the Agency's electronic Geologic Sequestration Data Tool to meet the Class VI electronic reporting requirements throughout the duration of a Class VI project.
Oct. 20, 2016
The Paris Agreement, which calls for this zeroing-out of net carbon pollution by the end of the century, was ratified on 5 October 2016 and will enter into force on 4 November 2016.
Oct. 19, 2016
October 17, 2016, marked the 30th anniversary of the TRI Program's creation under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). Check out how the data has been used over the years to improve our environment and how it could be used in the future!
Oct. 18, 2016
The Northern Review of Legislative & Regulatory Actions provides current information on government affairs, energy and environment relevant to Department of Defense interests in the 22 states and territories in Federal Regions 1, 2, 3 and 5. The Review is intended to be a tool useful to DoD and Army leaders, planners, and program managers in carrying out their responsibilities. The Northern Review of Legislative & Regulatory Actions monitors and targets proposed and final regulations and legislation that may affect Army or DoD operations. See attached.
Oct. 18, 2016
The Southern Review of Legislative & Regulatory Actions, published by the U.S. Army's Regional Environmental and Energy Office--Southern (REEO-S), is designed to provide current information to environmental decision makers, planners, and program managers regarding environmental actions and events throughout Federal EPA Region 4 (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee). Information listed may be relevant to the U.S. Army and other Military Services' activities and operations. See attached.
Oct. 6, 2016
(WASHINGTON, 10/06/2016) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today launched a new online portal that will provide local leaders in the nation's 40,000 communities with information and tools to increase resilience to climate change. Using a self-guided format, the Adaptation Resource Center (ARC-X) provides users with information tailored specifically to their needs, based on where they live and the particular issues of concern to them.
Oct. 6, 2016
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the Department of Energy intends to issue, on behalf of the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) titled "Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) 2017." The FOA will provide grants to federal agencies for the following three topic areas: 1) Combined heat and power, 2) Renewable energy, and 3) Energy efficiency deep retrofits. EERE plans to issue the FOA in November or December 2016 via the EERE Exchange website. If applicants wish to receive official notifications and information from EERE regarding this FOA, they should register in EERE Exchange. When the FOA is released, applications will be accepted only through EERE Exchange. For more information, including application submission steps, see the notice of intent.
Oct. 5, 2016
The Interior Lighting Campaign (ILC) is a recognition and guidance program designed to help facility owners and managers take advantage of savings opportunities from high efficiency interior lighting solutions. The initial campaign focus is on troffer lighting, with a goal to document upgrading of 1 million troffers to high-efficiency troffer systems by April 2017. Projects completed through April 2017 are eligible for awards recognition in spring of 2017. Campaign organizers, Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA), Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) serve on the ILC Organizing Committee.
Oct. 3, 2016
Summer 2016 edition of the DoD Chesapeake Bay Program Journal, published quarterly and sponsored by the DOD/Navy Chesapeake Bay Program Office. See attached.
Oct. 3, 2016
The Federal Government has already reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent. In their Fiscal Year 2016 Sustainability Plans, agencies outline the actions they will take to continue their progress. Click on"Supporting Information".
Sep. 30, 2016
CREAT 3.0 assists drinking water, wastewater and stormwater utility owners and operators in understanding potential climate change threats and in assessing the related risks at their individual utilities. CREAT 3.0 is now web-based and features a series of intuitive modules designed to help utilities complete a climate change risk assessment, redesigned from the ground up to provide a more user-friendly experience.
Sep. 30, 2016
President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum (PM) on Climate Change and National Security, establishing a policy that the impacts of climate change must be considered in the development of national security-related doctrine, policies, and plans. To achieve this, 20 Federal agencies and offices with climate science, intelligence analysis, and national security policy development missions and responsibilities will collaborate to ensure the best information on climate impacts is available to strengthen our national security. The PM was released alongside a report from the National Intelligence Council identifying pathways through which climate change will likely pose significant national security challenges for the United States over the next two decades, including threatening the stability of other countries.
Sep. 29, 2016
U.S. General Services Administration's Green Proving Ground (GPG) program and the U.S. Department of Energy's High Impact Technology (HIT) Catalyst program have issued a joint Request for Information (RFI) seeking information on next-generation sustainable building technologies to measure and validate in select federal and commercial buildings. There will be a webinar about the RFI on 3 November 2016. To attend, register at https://goo.gl/aU6Wi4. To submit your technology, please complete the RFI by Friday, 18 November 2016 at 11:59 PM ET.
Sep. 29, 2016
This study was commissioned to estimate the groundwater recharge benefits from application of small storm retention practices on new development and redevelopment nationwide. The study focuses on areas in the United States where groundwater is a significant contributor to urban and agricultural uses and where water shortages may occur in the future under different climate change scenarios. The results suggest that over time the use of green infrastructure can save hundreds of millions of dollars in groundwater resources when only applying the practices to new development and redevelopment. If retrofitting or increased retention were to occur, the groundwater benefits would be even more significant.
Sep. 19, 2016
The Southern Review of Legislative & Regulatory Actions, published by the U.S. Army's Regional Environmental and Energy Office--Southern (REEO-S), is designed to provide current information to environmental decision makers, planners, and program managers regarding environmental actions and events throughout Federal EPA Region 4 (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee). Information listed may be relevant to the U.S. Army and other Military Services' activities and operations. See attached.
Sep. 16, 2016
On September 7th, 2016, the White House launched a new tool to further sustainable purchasing and strengthen environmental stewardship requirements in Government acquisitions. The more than 10,000 federal users of GSA's Acquisition Gateway – a one-stop portal supporting Category Management that includes contract information by category, like pricing tools, best practices, and other information – will now see a new Green Check tag next to contract vehicles that are identified as sustainable and that advance Federal green purchasing goals. By integrating Green Check into the Acquisition Gateway, it will be easier for agencies to find and select contracts that meet aggressive energy standards and creating a more energy-efficient, climate-smart, and sustainable Federal supply chain.
Sep. 15, 2016
FEDSAT is a no-cost, online skills assessment tool that allows Federal facilities personnel to demonstrate compliance with the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act (FBPTA) of 2010. Facility managers are assessed on high-priority FBPTA 'performances' and provided learning resources within the identified competency areas. Learn more, connect to the Facilities Management Institute, and get started at https://sftool.gov/fedsat.
Sep. 12, 2016
It's now easier to buy computers and other IT hardware, save money, AND meet green purchasing requirements. The new content tags identify shared acquisition contract vehicles that meet or exceed all current sustainability requirements. For IT Hardware, these tags mean energy efficiency and environmental preferability. These tags are now visible in the Solutions Finder to help acquisition professionals identify IT Hardware contract vehicles that are consistent with Federal Sustainability requirements.
Sep. 12, 2016
The Northern Review of Legislative & Regulatory Actions provides current information on government affairs, energy and environment relevant to Department of Defense interests in the 22 states and territories in Federal Regions 1, 2, 3 and 5. The Review is intended to be a tool useful to DoD and Army leaders, planners, and program managers in carrying out their responsibilities. The Northern Review of Legislative & Regulatory Actions monitors and targets proposed and final regulations and legislation that may affect Army or DoD operations. See attached.
Sep. 8, 2016
The White House has announced the winners of the 2016 GreenGov Presidential Awards, honoring those who have gone above and beyond to implement innovative sustainability projects within the government. Senior Administration officials will recognize the 12 individuals and team winners September 8, 2016 in a ceremony at the White House. Winners include EPA, NASA, DHHS, VA, and USACE.
Sep. 1, 2016
Aside from rising temperatures, the impacts of climate change are likely to be very different from state to state. Increased rainfall intensity will cause more flooding in some states, while increasingly severe droughts may threaten water supplies in other states. Farms and forests will be less productive in some states, but warmer temperatures may extend growing seasons in others. To learn more about the likely impacts of climate change where you live, click on your state or territory.
Sep. 1, 2016
The National Water Model forecasting tool simulates how water moves throughout the nation's rivers and streams generating hourly forecasts for the entire river network. The model also improves NOAA's ability to meet the needs of its stakeholders -- such as emergency managers, reservoir operators, first responders, recreationists, farmers, barge operators, and ecosystem and floodplain managers -- with more accurate, detailed, frequent and expanded water information. Initially, the model will benefit flash flood forecasts in headwater areas and provide water forecast information for many areas that currently aren't covered. As the model evolves, it will provide "zoomed-in," street-level forecasts and inundation maps to improve flood warnings, and will expand to include water quality forecasts.
Aug. 30, 2016
EPA's Office of Air and Radiation recently released its annual AirTrends Report 2016, which tracks air quality data and trends through 2015. This new report is presented through an interactive web app featuring a suite of visualization tools.
Aug. 25, 2016
Identify the purpose and benefits of federal sustainable acquisition goals and mandates. Develop a purchasing strategy as part of an Environmental Management System (EMS). Build internal agency programs, processes, and tools to support sustainable acquisition. Integrate sustainable acquisition best practices into contracts and purchase agreements. Locate and buy designated products and services to meet reporting requirements. This is a no-cost, online, open access 24/7, self-paced, 2 hour training course where you can earn continuing education credits. See attached flyer for more info.
Aug. 23, 2016
November 15 is America Recycles Day and a variety of resources, graphics, and suggestions been made available for free on how your office, agency, or installation can prepare for November 15 and make this year the best recycling event ever.
Aug. 19, 2016
Federal agencies are required to purchase energy-efficient products. To help buyers meet these requirements, FEMP maintains acquisition guidance product categories, covered by various efficiency programs. In August 2016 the following categories were updated: various types of boilers, various types of water heaters, and light commercial heating and cooling equipment.
Aug. 17, 2016
Submit an abstract now for the IAFOR International Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment - Hawaii 2017. The conference will be held January 5 – 7, 2017. Conference themes include: Cultural Sustainability; Renewable Energy and Environmental Solutions; and a variety of topics under the theme Environmental Sustainability & Environmental Management. Abstracts are due 1 September 2016.
Aug. 17, 2016
The REC Review of Legislative & Regulatory Actions, published by the Navy Regional Environmental Coordination Office, highlights environmental and energy related developments for DoD/Navy leaders and Installation staff. Covering 20 states in Federal Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, the REC Review gives early notice of legislative and regulatory activities relevant to DoD interests. See attached.
Aug. 12, 2016
The Southern Review of Legislative & Regulatory Actions, published by the U.S. Army's Regional Environmental and Energy Office--Southern (REEO-S), is designed to provide current information to environmental decision makers, planners, and program managers regarding environmental actions and events throughout Federal EPA Region 4 (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee). Information listed may be relevant to the U.S. Army and other Military Services' activities and operations. See attached.
Aug. 9, 2016
The DoD Cultural Resources UPDATE is sponsored by the DoD Cultural Resource Program. This edition highlights several current initiatives, provides an overview of new and ongoing training opportunities, and features information on recently published reports relevant to the DoD CRM community. See attached.
Aug. 8, 2016
The Northern Review of Legislative & Regulatory Actions provides current information on government affairs, energy and environment relevant to Department of Defense interests in the 22 states and territories in Federal Regions 1, 2, 3 and 5. The Review is intended to be a tool useful to DoD and Army leaders, planners, and program managers in carrying out their responsibilities. The Northern Review of Legislative & Regulatory Actions monitors and targets proposed and final regulations and legislation that may affect Army or DoD operations. See attached.
Aug. 4, 2016
This new EPA report features observed trend data on 37 climate indicators, including U.S and global temperatures, ocean acidity, sea level, river flooding, droughts, and wildfires.
Aug. 3, 2016
The purpose of the 1 August 2016 document is to assist Federal agencies in their consideration of the effects of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate change when evaluating proposed Federal actions in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the CEQ Regulations Implementing the Procedural Provisions of NEPA (CEQ Regulations).
Aug. 2, 2016
The Initiative requires agencies to implement strategies to consolidate inefficient infrastructure, optimize existing facilities, improve security posture, achieve cost savings, and transition to more efficient infrastructure, such as cloud services and inter-agency shared services. As part of this process, agencies will be required to achieve five optimization targets that will dramatically improve the efficiency of Federal data centers. Agencies are also tasked to close and consolidate duplicative Federal data centers. Lastly, the initiative sets a goal of reducing annual costs associated with Federal data centers by at least 25 percent by the end of FY 2018.
Jul. 27, 2016
This new DOE report, "Hydropower Vision: A New Chapter for America's First Renewable Electricity Source," looks at the future of hydropower through 2050. According to the report, with continued technology advancements, innovative market mechanisms, and a focus on environmental sustainability, hydropower in the United States could grow from 101 gigawatts (GW) to nearly 150 GW of combined electricity generation and storage capacity by 2050. Achieving this growth would help advance America's low-carbon economy and leverage renewable energy sources.
Jul. 22, 2016
The Climate Ready Estuaries program (CRE) works with the National Estuary Programs and the coastal management community to assess climate change vulnerabilities, develop and implement adaptation strategies, and engage and educate stakeholders. Recently added resources to the CRE website address how much the sea has risen, how much it might rise, and what the impacts might be.
Jul. 21, 2016
This dataset contains the most current TRI data on toxic chemical releases and pollution prevention activities at U.S. industrial facilities. EPA will update the dataset several times during the summer and early fall based on information from facilities. The TRI Program provides this dataset each July to give you an opportunity to find TRI data for facilities in your community prior to the publication of the TRI National Analysis report in January.
Jul. 18, 2016
EPA is partnering with Public Architecture's 1+ program to match ENERGY STAR-eligible buildings owned by nonprofits and government agencies with architects and engineers willing to verify applications on a cost-free, "pro bono" basis. If you have a facility that is currently eligible for ENERGY STAR certification, you can register on the 1+ website. Architects and engineers will be able to search the directory and respond to requests for pro bono services. To register, visit the 1+ website and click the "Join Now" link under Nonprofit Membership. There is no fee to register, but registration is only open to nonprofit and public organizations.
Jul. 14, 2016
This July 2016 advice letter sent to GSA by the Green Building Advisory Committee includes a set of recommendations for Federal agencies to incorporate integrated portfolio planning to strategically address sustainability, resilience, and effective space utilization.
Jul. 7, 2016
This document, dated June 2016, provides basic information for Federal staff who are new to the concept of renewable energy and renewable energy certificates (RECs), and are seeking to better understand the options for using RECs to meet Federal renewable energy targets. This guide serves as the "CEQ REC Guidance" referenced in the E.O. 13693 implementing instructions and is intended to assist agencies in understanding the use of RECs to meet the statutory and Executive Order goals for renewable energy. It does not specifically address the process for agencies to report renewable energy consumption. Agencies should refer to the most recent Department of Energy reporting guidance2 for instructions on how to report renewable energy consumption. The document is issued by the Office of Federal Sustainability, Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).
Jun. 24, 2016
A new feature in the ECHO Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) Pollutant Loading Tool will provide easier access and analysis of toxic pollutant releases to sewage treatment facilities, as reported under EPA's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). This new feature provide better integration with TRI indirect release data (i.e., TRI releases to sewage treatment facilities) with Clean Water Act DMR data. The main way to access these data is though the Loading Tool "EZ Search" and "Advanced Search" as well as the "Indirect Industrial Discharger Report" on the "Everyday Search" tab. The Loading Tool now makes it easy to see identify facilities that release TRI chemicals to sewage treatment plants. The ECHO DMR Pollutant Loading Tool is updated weekly with DMR data from industrial facilities and sewage treatment plants. States authorized to administer the CWA permit program collect these monitoring data and share these data with EPA's national database (ICIS-NPDES). ECHO provides integrated compliance and enforcement information for about 800,000 regulated facilities nationwide.
Jun. 23, 2016
On 22 June 2016 President Obama signed Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act which amends the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). According to EPA, this is the first major update to an environmental statute in 20 years. Check out the website for a copy of the Act, a summary of key provisions, and a Q&A. Additional material, including an Implementation Plan on activities that are required in the first year, will be posted in the coming days.
Jun. 22, 2016
EPA has announced an agreement with the U.S. Army to close four illegal large capacity cesspools on Oahu and eight on the Big Island. The Army will pay a $100,000 fine, the first time EPA has imposed a civil penalty against a federal government facility for operating banned cesspools.
Jun. 22, 2016
EPA's inspections at the Guam Shipyard facility in 2012, 2013 and 2014 documented illegal storage and improperly contained hazardous wastes. Guam Shipyard, which operated the facility where the violations occurred, will pay a penalty of $44,893 and the Navy will pay $80,680 to settle its violations. In addition, Guam Shipyard has agreed to spend an estimated $250,000 to $330,000 to remove the abandoned vessel the Guahan-I located on the shoreline of the Outer Piti Channel in Apra Harbor. Guam Shipyard is a contractor to the U.S. Navy, operating on leased federal land. The U.S. Navy also generated a portion of the hazardous waste stored at the Guam Shipyard facility. The wastes included discarded flammable liquids, waste battery acid, lead paint, zinc powder, fluorescent light bulbs, and oily rags. All of the hazardous waste has since been properly disposed.
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