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May. 14, 2019
Please note that the abstract submission period for this year's symposium has been extended to Friday, May 31, 2019. The symposium committee continues to encourage you to attend the 2019 Federal Environmental Symposium, October 30-31, 2019, hosted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at the Natcher Center campus in Bethesda, MD. This year's theme is Federal Agencies Leading Environmental Change. Federal, state and local agency personnel, academia, and contractors supporting their federal agencies are invited to participate as a presenter to convey information and generate discussion about their organization's own achievements and challenges across a wide array of environmental topics. The event schedule, registration dates, call for presentation abstracts, and continuous updates to the event can be found on the conference website.
May. 10, 2019
May 2019 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. This edition highlights how the Corps proactively considers environmental consequences and acts accordingly, in support of Environmental Operating Principle #2.
May. 8, 2019
The Green Electronics Council is holding a webinar to demonstrate new functionalities in EPEAT Product Registry and request feedback from federal agencies (www.epeat.net). Please contact Nancy Gillis, if you'd like to participate in this session
May. 3, 2019
The Chairman of the CEQ has issued instructions to Federal agencies for meeting energy and environmental performance requirements in a manner that increases efficiency, optimizes performance, eliminates unnecessary use of resources, and protects the environment, as required under E.O. 13834. The Implementing Instructions were issued on April 30, 2019, and are available.
May. 2, 2019
CLOSES FRIDAY MAY 3! The Federal sustainability community is cordially invited to attend the 2019 Federal Environmental Symposium, October 30-31, 2019, hosted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at the Natcher Center campus in Bethesda, MD. This year's theme is Federal Agencies Leading Environmental Change, for the purpose of sharing best practices, success stories, partnerships, and challenges and achievements of the federal practitioner community. The event schedule, registration dates, call for presentation abstracts (closes Friday, May 3rd), and continuous updates to the event can be found on the conference website.
Apr. 29, 2019
AIA's Committee on the Environment (COTE) has announced its Top Ten awardees for sustainable design in 2019. The 2019 COTE® Top Ten program highlights projects that meet the AIA Committee on the Environment's rigorous criteria for social, economic, and ecological value. The COTE® Top Ten Plus designation denotes projects with exemplary performance data and post occupancy lessons.
Apr. 29, 2019
EPA released draft interim guidance for addressing groundwater contaminated with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and/or perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) for public review and comment. This is a key component of the agency's PFAS Action Plan. These draft recommendations will help protect human health in communities across the country by providing clear and consistent guidance on addressing PFOA and PFOS in groundwater under federal cleanup programs. This information has been requested by other federal agencies and the states and could be used by other federal, state and tribal cleanup programs. EPA has opened a docket for a 45-day public comment period.
Apr. 15, 2019
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Green Electronics Council (GEC) Catalyst Awards that seek to inspire innovation in the design, manufacture and use of technology to advance sustainability. This year's Catalyst Awards, Leveraging Sensor Technology to Build Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Cities, will be awarded in two categories: Catalyzing Impact at Scale and Catalyzing Disruptive Innovation. Nominations are being accepted through June 17.
Apr. 15, 2019
The Central Review publishes environmental and energy related developments for DOD/Army leaders and installation staff. Covering the nine states in Federal Regions 6 and 7 the Central Review gives early notice of legislative and regulatory activities relevant to DOD interests. For installations that implement an environmental management system in accordance with ISO 14001 specifications, the content of the Review may help them identify emerging requirements.
Apr. 15, 2019
The U.S. Army Regional Environmental and Energy Office – Southern Region's April 2019 State Legislative and Regulatory REVIEW for Region 4 contains current legislative and regulatory activity pertinent to military interests. For installations that implement an environmental management system in accordance with ISO 14001 specifications, the content of the Review may help them identify emerging requirements.
Apr. 12, 2019
The Regional Environmental and Energy Office - Northern (REEO-N), March 2019 Northern Review contains current legislative and regulatory activity pertinent to military interests. Covering the 22 states and territories in Federal Regions 1, 2, 3, and 5, the Northern Review gives early notice of legislative and regulatory activities and for installations that implement an environmental management system in accordance with ISO 14001 specifications, the content of the Review may help them identify emerging requirements.
Apr. 12, 2019
The Army's Region 8 Western Review contains summaries of current legislative and regulatory activity within EPA Region 8 states (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming), the Region 9 Western Review contains summaries within EPA Region 9 states (Arizona, California, Hawaii and Pacific Islands, and Nevada), and Region 10 Western Review contains summaries within EPA Region 10 states (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington).
Apr. 11, 2019
The DoD Cultural Resources UPDATE is sponsored by the DoD Cultural Resource Program. Highlights include military training on cultural resources at Fort Drum, a USAF case study on digital data curation, opportunities with the Corps Network, announcements, training, and more.
Mar. 27, 2019
GSA's Policy is a comprehensive set of recommendations, with background discussion on the opportunities for federal agencies to gain the benefits of greater building-to-grid integration.
Mar. 15, 2019
The U.S. Army Regional Environmental and Energy Office – Southern Region's February 2019 State Legislative and Regulatory REVIEW for Region 4 contains current legislative and regulatory activity pertinent to military interests. For installations that implement an environmental management system in accordance with ISO 14001 specifications, the content of the Review may help them identify emerging requirements.
Mar. 15, 2019
The Army's Region 8 Western Review contains summaries of current legislative and regulatory activity within EPA Region 8 states (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming), the Region 9 Western Review contains summaries within EPA Region 9 states (Arizona, California, Hawaii and Pacific Islands, and Nevada), and Region 10 Western Review contains summaries within EPA Region 10 states (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington).
Mar. 14, 2019
The Regional Environmental and Energy Office - Northern (REEO-N), February 2019 Northern Review contains current legislative and regulatory activity pertinent to military interests. Covering the 22 states and territories in Federal Regions 1, 2, 3, and 5, the Northern Review gives early notice of legislative and regulatory activities and for installations that implement an environmental management system in accordance with ISO 14001 specifications, the content of the Review may help them identify emerging requirements.
Mar. 7, 2019
This annual report is part of the EPA's commitment to providing the public with transparent information about new light-duty vehicle GHG emissions, fuel economy, technology data, and auto manufacturers' performance in meeting the agency's GHG emissions standards. This report includes content previously published in two separate reports, the Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends Report, and the GHG Manufacturer Performance Report.
Mar. 6, 2019
The Bioeconomy Initiative: Implementation Framework was developed by the federal Biomass Research and Development (BR&D) Board. The Bioeconomy Initiative is a multi-agency strategy to accelerate innovative technologies that harness the nation's biomass resources for affordable biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. The Framework will serve as a guiding document for the BR&D Board member agencies to increase government accountability and accelerate innovative and sustainable technologies that contribute to a secure, reliable, affordable, and enduring supply of U.S. energy and products.
Mar. 6, 2019
The date for the 2019 Federal Environmental Symposium has moved to October 30-31, 2019 so that federal employees can attend both the August 20-22, 2019 Energy Exchange and the 2019 Federal Environmental Symposium. Federal employees and sponsored contractors are invited to attend the Symposium, to be held at the Natcher Conference Center, NIH Bethesda Campus on October 30-31, 2019. The theme of the event will be Federal Facilities Leading Environmental Change, and it will bring together federal staff and their contractors to discuss environmental regulations, success and challenges. The event is FREE so mark your calendar and stay tuned to FedCenter for more information in the coming weeks! See attached flyer.
Feb. 14, 2019
The EPA is leading the national effort to understand PFAS and reduce PFAS risks to the public through implementation of this Action Plan and through active engagement and partnership with other federal agencies, states, tribes, industry groups, associations, local communities, and the public. This Action Plan describes the EPA's approach to identifying and understanding PFAS, approaches to addressing current PFAS contamination, preventing future contamination, and effectively communicating with the public about PFAS.
Feb. 14, 2019
The U.S. Army Regional Environmental and Energy Office – Southern Region's February 2019 State Legislative and Regulatory REVIEW for Region 4 contains current legislative and regulatory activity pertinent to military interests. For installations that implement an environmental management system in accordance with ISO 14001 specifications, the content of the Review may help them identify emerging requirements.
Feb. 14, 2019
The Army's Region 8 Western Review contains summaries of current legislative and regulatory activity within EPA Region 8 states (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming), the Region 9 Western Review contains summaries within EPA Region 9 states (Arizona, California, Hawaii and Pacific Islands, and Nevada), and Region 10 Western Review contains summaries within EPA Region 10 states (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington).
Feb. 13, 2019
The Central Review publishes environmental and energy related developments for DOD/Army leaders and installation staff. Covering the nine states in Federal Regions 6 and 7 the Central Review gives early notice of legislative and regulatory activities relevant to DOD interests. For installations that implement an environmental management system in accordance with ISO 14001 specifications, the content of the Review may help them identify emerging requirements.
Feb. 13, 2019
The Regional Environmental and Energy Office - Northern (REEO-N), February 2019 Northern Review contains current legislative and regulatory activity pertinent to military interests. Covering the 22 states and territories in Federal Regions 1, 2, 3, and 5, the Northern Review gives early notice of legislative and regulatory activities and for installations that implement an environmental management system in accordance with ISO 14001 specifications, the content of the Review may help them identify emerging requirements.
Feb. 11, 2019
In FY 2018, the EPA worked in collaboration with state and tribal programs to assure compliance with federal environmental laws. EPA focused its enforcement and compliance resources in areas that would have a major environmental or human health impact, support the integrity of our environmental regulatory programs, create a deterrent effect, or promote cleanups. A portion of this report covers Federal facilities. To view the results and example cases, click on the link.
Feb. 11, 2019
The EPA's Enforcement and Compliance program establishes the National Compliance Initiatives (NCIs), previously called National Enforcement Initiatives (NEIs). EPA focuses its enforcement and compliance resources on the most serious environmental violations by developing and implementing national program priorities. These program priorities are communicated through the National Compliance Initiatives. Check out the 2019 NCIs for Air, Energy, Hazardous Materials, and Water as well as changes being contemplated for the FY2020–2023 cycle.
Feb. 1, 2019
February 2019 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. This edition focuses on risk management and NEPA.
Jan. 29, 2019
The updated ISO 14064-1, "Greenhouse Gases - Part 1: Specification with Guidance at the Organization Level for Quantification and Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Removals" specifies principles and requirements at the organization level for the quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals. It includes requirements for the design, development, management, reporting, and verification of an organization's GHG inventory.
Jan. 14, 2019
The Central Review publishes environmental and energy related developments for DOD/Army leaders and installation staff. Covering the nine states in Federal Regions 6 and 7 the Central Review gives early notice of legislative and regulatory activities relevant to DOD interests. For installations that implement an environmental management system in accordance with ISO 14001 specifications, the content of the Review may help them identify emerging requirements.
Jan. 14, 2019
The Regional Environmental and Energy Office - Northern (REEO-N), January 2019 Northern Review contains current legislative and regulatory activity pertinent to military interests. Covering the 22 states and territories in Federal Regions 1, 2, 3, and 5, the Northern Review gives early notice of legislative and regulatory activities and for installations that implement an environmental management system in accordance with ISO 14001 specifications, the content of the Review may help them identify emerging requirements.
Jan. 14, 2019
The U.S. Army Regional Environmental and Energy Office – Southern Region's January 2019 State Legislative and Regulatory REVIEW for Region 4 contains current legislative and regulatory activity pertinent to military interests. For installations that implement an environmental management system in accordance with ISO 14001 specifications, the content of the Review may help them identify emerging requirements.
Dec. 19, 2018
Revisiting the October 1992 Federal Facility Compliance Act (FFCA) enhancing local, state and EPA solid and hazardous waste enforcement authority against federal agencies.
Dec. 19, 2018
FedCenter has released a new tool combining its former EPA Enforcement Focus feature with Compliance Assistance information. Here you'll find the latest information being disseminated by EPA, national and regional, that affects your facilities today.
Dec. 18, 2018
The DoD Cultural Resources UPDATE is sponsored by the DoD Cultural Resource Program. Highlights include the new guidelines on maintaining the confidentiality of Indian sacred sites, historic masonry building reuse, the SOTIM at White Sands Missile Range, announcements, training, and more.
Dec. 17, 2018
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.
Dec. 13, 2018
The Central Review publishes environmental and energy related developments for DOD/Army leaders and installation staff. Covering the nine states in Federal Regions 6 and 7 the Central Review gives early notice of legislative and regulatory activities relevant to DOD interests. For installations that implement an environmental management system in accordance with ISO 14001 specifications, the content of the Review may help them identify emerging requirements.
Dec. 13, 2018
The Final Rule, Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals and Amendment to the P075 Listing for Nicotine was signed by EPA's Acting Administrator Wheeler on 11-Dec-2018. When the final rule is published in the Federal Register it will be announced in the Regulatory Watch section of Fedcenter.gov. Until that time, a prepublication version is available.
Dec. 12, 2018
EPA and the Army are proposing a new definition of "waters of the United States" that clarifies federal authority under the Clean Water Act. This new definition, when finalized, would replace the 2015 definition. The agencies will take comment on the proposal for 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. EPA and the Army will also hold an informational webcast on 10 January 2019, and will host a listening session on the proposed rule in Kansas City, KS, on 23 January 2019. When published, the link to the Federal Register official version of the proposed definition will be found in the "Regulatory Watch" section of Fedcenter.gov.
Dec. 12, 2018
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. 3, 2018
EPA is announcing an updated and validated way to test for an additional four per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water, including the GenX chemical, hexafluoropropylene oxide dimer acid (HFPO-DA).
Dec. 3, 2018
The "Fish and Shellfish Program Newsletter" is published monthly by EPA's Office of Water. It highlights current information about fish and shellfish -- providing a snapshot of recent advisories, federal agency activities, publications, awarded research, and future meetings and conferences. Click here for the October edition.
Dec. 3, 2018
The next live Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) webinar is on Tuesday, 18 December 2018, from 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EST. This webinar will provide an overview of the data in ECHO and guide users through using the site to answer environmental enforcement and compliance questions. The focus of this session will be a collection of short, step-by-step demonstrations geared toward new and infrequent users.
Nov. 27, 2018
This report is published in response to mandates established in The Global Change Research Act of 1990. The Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) fulfills that mandate in two volumes. This report, Volume II, draws on the foundational science described in Volume I, the Climate Science Special Report (CSSR) [issued in 2017]. Volume II focuses on the human welfare, societal, and environmental elements of climate change and variability for 10 regions and 18 national topics, with particular attention paid to observed and projected risks, impacts, consideration of risk reduction, and implications under different mitigation pathways. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) served as the administrative lead agency for the preparation of this report. A Federal Steering Committee, composed of representatives from U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) agencies, oversaw the report's development.
Nov. 20, 2018
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have received USDA's Excellence in BioPreferred Procurement Awards for Fiscal Year 2018 for testing and adopting biobased products within their operations. See the press release for details on the steps taken at these labs.
Nov. 19, 2018
Recorded (.MP4) proceedings of the RCRA Non-Compliance at Federally-Owned Medical Facilities webinar conducted October 23, 2018 by EPA. 88MB.
Nov. 15, 2018
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. 13, 2018
The "Fish and Shellfish Program Newsletter" is published monthly by EPA's Office of Water. It highlights current information about fish and shellfish -- providing a snapshot of recent advisories, federal agency activities, publications, awarded research, and future meetings and conferences. Click here for the September edition.
Nov. 13, 2018
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. 7, 2018
This Fact Sheet provides general information on e-Manifest; implementation of actual response is based on cleanup authorities applicable to the site.
Oct. 31, 2018
The U.S. Army at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska has paid the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency a stipulated penalty of $87,000 for failure to complete the terms of a signed Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO).
Oct. 30, 2018
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented its first annual "National Federal Facility Excellence in Site Reuse" award to the former McClellan Air Force Base, in Sacramento County, in recognition of exemplary work transforming the Superfund site into a successful business park. The 3,452-acre McClellan Business Park now supports more than 17,000 jobs and has generated $580 million in public and private investment.
Oct. 29, 2018
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a science-based, sustainable decision-making process that uses information on pest biology, environmental data, and technology to manage pest damage in a way that minimizes both economic costs and risks to people, property, and the environment. This is the first update since 2013 and is the culmination of a yearlong review by the Federal Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Coordinating Committee (FIPMCC), a joint effort that is coordinated by the Office of Pest Management Policy in the Office of USDA's Chief Economist with representatives of all federal agencies with responsibilities in IPM research, implementation, or education programs. These agencies include Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of the Interior (DOI), and Department of Defense (DoD).
Oct. 16, 2018
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to close 62 campground pit toilets, considered to be large capacity cesspools, at seven national forests across California. USFS, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will have until December 2020 to comply with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act's ban on large capacity cesspools (LCC). USFS will be closing 62 pit toilets in seven national forests across California: Angeles, Eldorado, Inyo, Los Padres, Plumas, Sierra, and Tahoe National Forests. USFS has estimated the costs to close and remove the non-compliant systems and install new toilets is over $1.1 million dollars. The agreement also includes specific reporting requirements and allows for penalties should USFS fail to meet deadlines.
Oct. 15, 2018
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. 11, 2018
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. 9, 2018
The "Fish and Shellfish Program Newsletter" is published monthly by EPA's Office of Water. It highlights current information about fish and shellfish -- providing a snapshot of recent advisories, federal agency activities, publications, awarded research, and future meetings and conferences. Click here for the August edition.
Oct. 2, 2018
The Green Electronics Council (GEC) has launched a mobile phone module, the first in a series of expansions and updates to the existing EPEAT Environmental Benefits Calculator, to support public and private sector purchasers in calculating the environmental benefits of purchasing EPEAT registered mobile phones. The mobile phone module of the EPEAT Environmental Benefits Calculator helps organizations quantify impacts such as reductions in energy use, greenhouse gases and water consumption, as well as cost savings. The EPEAT Environmental Benefits Calculator results can be used by organizations as part of their CDP and GRI reporting.
Sep. 27, 2018
The Bureau of Reclamation has settled federal hazardous waste handling violations with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at Grand Coulee Dam in Northeastern Washington. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) violations discovered during EPA's 2017 inspection included: failure to conduct weekly inspections of hazardous waste accumulation areas; improper container management and failure to follow waste labeling requirements; improper hazardous waste storage (beyond 180 days) without a permit; violations of used oil and universal waste management requirements; and failure to make a hazardous waste determination. The waste in question included ignitable and corrosive compounds, used oil, mercury light ballasts and lithium batteries. As part of the Consent Agreement and Final Order with EPA, a $115,500 penalty was assessed. None of the violations outlined above occurred in publicly accessible areas.
Sep. 21, 2018
The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) sponsors the annual Federal Energy and Water Management Awards to recognize individuals and organizations for significant contributions to energy and water efficiency within the federal government. Winners come from the Air Force, Army, Navy, VA, DOE, CDC, DHHS, DOI, and multiple other agencies.
Sep. 18, 2018
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. 17, 2018
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. 31, 2018
The Federal Energy Management Program's (FEMP) annual FEDS Spotlight recognition program was presented at the 2018 Energy Exchange. The 2018 winners are being recognized by agency leaders and peers as federal champions who are working hard to implement exceptional projects and programs that help agencies achieve missions and meet energy, water, and fleet management goals. The Spotlight recipients and their achievement can be found on the website.
Aug. 31, 2018
Federal agencies continue to demonstrate progress and performance on energy efficiency and sustainability. The Office of Federal Sustainability website has been updated with the FY17 sustainability progress data, agency OMB Scorecards, and the list of agency Chief Sustainability Officers.
Aug. 29, 2018
In the U.S. District Court for South Carolina Judge David C. Norton issued an injunction against the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers' "Suspension Rule" that delayed the effective date of the Clean Water Rule for 2 years. The result of this injunction is to essentially reinstate the Clean Water Rule (26 June 2015, Federal Register) in 26 states; the remaining states are subject to district court injunctions currently blocking implementation of the Clean Water Rule.
Aug. 21, 2018
The Summer 2018 issue of Natural Selections, the DoD Natural Resources Program quarterly newsletter, is attached. The newsletter highlights training within DoD and includes updates from various DoD programs, initiatives, and partnerships.
Aug. 17, 2018
The new report, "Our Nation's Air: Status and Trends Through 2017" documents the considerable improvements in air quality across America over more than 45 years.
Aug. 15, 2018
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. 14, 2018
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. 13, 2018
This new SFTool section is dedicated to integrative design and collaborative construction practices. Construction project teams using integrative design approaches and collaborative practices save time and money by reducing the number of hand-offs between the design team and builder, creating a sense of mutual trust among the project team, and increasing stakeholder partnerships throughout the project. The new section presents real-world examples from GSA capital construction projects featuring four project role perspectives and how they used collaborative strategies to deliver high-performance buildings on time and on budget.
Aug. 7, 2018
The "Fish and Shellfish Program Newsletter" is published monthly by EPA's Office of Water. It highlights current information about fish and shellfish -- providing a snapshot of recent advisories, federal agency activities, publications, awarded research, and future meetings and conferences. Click here for the June edition.
Jul. 24, 2018
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.
Jul. 23, 2018
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.
Jul. 16, 2018
EPA is pleased to announce the 7th annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a green infrastructure design competition open to colleges and universities across the country. The challenge seeks to engage with undergraduate and graduate students to foster a dialogue about stormwater management and showcase the environmental, economic, and social benefits of green infrastructure practices. Pollution associated with urban stormwater runoff is a problem that is growing in magnitude. The Campus RainWorks Challenge invites the current generation of scholars to lend their creativity and knowledge to the green infrastructure design process and become part of the solution to stormwater pollution. Registration is September 1-30, 2018, deadline for entries is December 14, 2018, and winners will be announced Spring 2019.
Jul. 12, 2018
GSA's Office of Federal High-Performance Buildings is excited to share our latest features which include: the new Health and Buildings Module, including the Health and Wellness Guidance Crosswalk, and a redesigned Submetering Wizard.

Learn: Health and Buildings Module - Learn about the financial benefits of and best practices for proactively improving health outcomes and reducing health risks in buildings. The module uses graphics and plain language to introduce and define health and well-being in an accessible way. It's supplemented by new content across SFTool on circadian light, biophilic design, fenestration, daylight modeling, and much more.

Learn: Health and Wellness Guidance Crosswalk - Explore a new crosswalk that connects the dots between the Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings and other industry standards, guidelines and rating systems. Choose those criteria that best suit your project to promote health and wellness as optimally as possible.

Plan: Submetering Wizard - We've redesigned our submetering wizard to be even easier to use. Just select a submetering type and your desired features to learn about additional benefits (security, environmental, reliability, behavioral, and economic). You can also mark which benefits you've attained in an already installed system and print or export a customized list of benefits.

Jul. 10, 2018
GSA has redesigned their submetering wizard to be even easier to use. Just select a submetering type and your desired features to learn about additional benefits (security, environmental, reliability, behavioral, and economic). You can also mark which benefits you've attained in an already installed system and print or export a customized list of benefits.
Jun. 29, 2018
In this June 2018 study GSA compares 100 GSA high-performance buildings to 100 GSA legacy stock buildings looking at actual performance data in five key metrics from the last three years. The comparison found that high-performance buildings save energy, save water, cost less to operate, produce less waste, and have more satisfied occupants compared with typical buildings.
Jun. 28, 2018
The user fees for fiscal years 2018/2019 (June 30, 2018, through September 30, 2019) for the e-Manifest system have been announced by EPA.
Jun. 27, 2018
The streamlined process showcased in the video supports President Trumps One Federal Decision Memorandum of Understanding signed by 12 federal agencies in April directing the establishment of a coordinated and timely process for environmental reviews of infrastructure projects. The video also underscores EPAs goal to reach permitting-related decisions within 6 mo by 30 September 2022. The video was developed by EPAs Smart Sectors program, which works with the aerospace industry and 13 other sectors of the economy to better understand the challenges and opportunities surrounding regulated industries.
Jun. 26, 2018
EPA's e-manifest system will officially launch in June 2018. The system will facilitate the electronic transmission of the uniform manifest form, which accompanies shipments of hazardous waste. As a result of the testing period and test user lessons learned the Fact Sheets for the various users (generators, transporters, tsdfs, etc) have been updated.
Jun. 20, 2018
Eleven years ago the U.S. Senate's unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as "National Pollinator Week" marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles. This year, June 18 – 24, 2018 is the designated week. Check out the Pollinator Partnership website for events and resources.
Jun. 19, 2018
The "Fish and Shellfish Program Newsletter" is published monthly by EPA's Office of Water. It highlights current information about fish and shellfish -- providing a snapshot of recent advisories, federal agency activities, publications, awarded research, and future meetings and conferences. Click here for April, here for May.
Jun. 19, 2018
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.
Jun. 15, 2018
On 14 June 2018 EPA recognized federal facilities for conserving resources and saving taxpayers' money as part of the Federal Green Challenge (FGC). These efforts across the federal government have not only resulted in approximately $22 million in cost savings in the last year, but also further the goals of the President's17 May 2018, EO Regarding Efficient Federal Operations.
Jun. 14, 2018
A recording of the 13 June 2018 EPA webinar about the impact of implementing e-manifesting on hazardous waste generators is now available. The webinar also addresses common questions from generators.
Jun. 14, 2018
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.
Jun. 12, 2018
On 25 June 2018, the U.S. EPA will kick off the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) community engagements in Exeter, New Hampshire with a two-day public event. This event allows EPA to hear directly from New England communities, state, local, and tribal partners to take action on PFAS. Both days will be open to the public and the press. The public is invited to speak during the June 25th listening session. Those interested in attending or speaking can sign up for a three-minute speaking slot on the website.
Jun. 4, 2018
President Trump issued Proclamation 9757 designating June 2018 as Great Outdoors month . This website from the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable provides ideas and encourages us to all get outdoors.
May. 29, 2018
The Office of Federal Sustainability has posted a website with resources related to the implementation of EO 13834.
May. 21, 2018
The Green Electronics Council (GEC), the organization that manages the EPEAT ecolabel, announced its 2018 EPEAT Purchaser Award winners on May 14th at a ceremony in Minneapolis, MN. The awards program honors organizations that show leadership in the procurement of sustainable IT products. This year's awardees include national and local governments, financial institutions, healthcare organizations, K-12 schools, institutions of higher learning, and businesses from around the globe. Multiple federal agencies were honored across the product categories: PCs and Displays, Imaging Equipment, Mobile Phones, and Televisions.
May. 17, 2018
April 2018 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.
May. 16, 2018
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.
May. 15, 2018
These fact sheets provide an overview of the e-Manifest program and the impacts it will have on each stakeholder (i.e., generators, transporters, TSDFs). Each fact sheet outlines basic information about the e-Manifest system, how the specific stakeholder will be impacted, and what actions they need to take to use the e-Manifest system. The fact sheets here are written from EPA's federal perspective.
May. 14, 2018
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.
May. 11, 2018
Through participation in the Better Buildings Initiative more than 900 public and private-sector organizations are driving energy efficiency in the U.S. economy. This includes 380 trillion Btus, or $3.1 billion in reported cumulative energy and cost savings. The newly released report highlights this progress in the commercial, industrial, residential and public sectors to improve energy productivity.
May. 8, 2018
This review report describes the state of the science since the release of the 2012 RWQC, related to the protection of human health in water bodies designated for primary contact recreation (e.g., swimming). Based on the EPAs review of the existing criteria and developments in the available science, and consistent with CWA Section 304(a)(9)(B), the EPA has decided not to revise the 2012 Recreational Water Criteria during this review cycle.
Apr. 27, 2018
The 25 April 2018 webinar proceedings about the coming RCRA e-manifest system is available for viewing. Topics covered include: The Site Managers role, where to find helpful instructional videos; updates on e-Manifest System Functionality; and a system demon on "How to sign manifest."
Apr. 26, 2018
This year's American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Awards includes the Los Angeles Federal Courthouse, a LEED Platinum building, among the winners this year. Also placing in the Top Ten was the major renovation of The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Apr. 23, 2018
The DoD Cultural Resources UPDATE is sponsored by the DoD Cultural Resource Program. Highlights include the USAF/ACHP collaborative training effort, introduction to the new Tribal Liaison, review of the last Native Hawaiian consultation course, six new federally-recognized tribes in Virginia, announcements, training, and more. See attached.
Apr. 23, 2018
(WASHINGTON, April 20, 2018) The Defense Department is honoring nine winners with the 2018 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards for exceptional environmental achievements and innovative, cost-effective environmental practices. The department has honored individuals, teams and installations each year since 1962 for remarkable achievements in these environmental management strategies that successfully support mission readiness, Ellen M. Lord, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, said in the memorandum announcing the recipients.
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