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June 14, 2019
June 13, 2019
A bill to establish an integrated national approach to respond to ongoing and expected effects of extreme weather and climate change by protecting, managing, and conserving the fish, wildlife, and plants of the United States, and to maximize Government efficiency and reduce costs, in cooperation with State, local, and Tribal governments and other entities. (Congressional Record: 15 May 2019 [Senate] Pages S2883-S2884
June 12, 2019
June 11, 2019
During this webinar, you'll hear from two ENERGY STAR partners that have saved energy in their commercial buildings through innovative approaches. Beacon Capital Partners will share how encouraging the use of revolving doors and installing regenerative elevator drives reduced energy use significantly in their buildings; and how office building tenants were interested in "calculating their personal carbon footprint" as related to today's climate change issues. Tishman Speyer will explain their thermal ice storage pilot program which has demonstrated a 60% decrease in energy intensity thus far.
During this webinar, attendees will learn how to use EPA tools and resources to help meet requirements for green building rating systems such as the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Green Globes system, and others.
June 10, 2019
Executive Order 13868 directs EPA to propose new rules modernizing the agency's CWA Section 401 implementing regulations by August 8, 2019. The agency intends to propose regulations that may help further clarify and streamline CWA Section 401 certifications.
June 07, 2019
A bill to establish an integrated national approach to respond to ongoing and expected effects of extreme weather and climate change by protecting, managing, and conserving the fish, wildlife, and plants of the United States, and to maximize Government efficiency and reduce costs, in cooperation with State, local, and Tribal Governments and other entities. (Congressional Record: 15 May 2019 [House] Pages H3840-H3842
June 06, 2019
USFWS recently published a proposal to remove the gray wolf from the List of
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife, and announced the opening of a 60-day public comment period on the proposed action, ending May 14, 2019. USFWS then extended the comment period by 60 days, ending July, 15, 2019, to allow all interested parties additional time to comment on the proposed rule. USFWS is announcing a public information open house and public hearing on their proposed rule and, notifying the public of the availability of the final peer review report containing the individual peer reviews of their proposal and information on the peer review process. POC: Don Morgan, Chief, Branch of Delisting and Foreign Species, Ecological Services; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Headquarters Office, MS: ES, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803. (Federal Register: 6 June 2019 [Proposed Rules] Pages 26393-26394
As part of the U.S. EPA's July 25, 2017, Superfund Task Force Report (Report) Recommendation 30, EPA revised its 1997 "Policy Towards Landowners and Transferees of Federal Facilities." Recommendation 30 directed the revision as part of the Report's Goal 3, "Encouraging Private Investment." Formerly, the 1997 policy indicated that prospective purchaser agreements would not be necessary for landowners and transferees of federal facilities. In addition, it did not encourage the use of various tools, such as comfort letters, to give transferees confidence that EPA would generally not take CERCLA enforcement action against them. The revised policy is intended to encourage reuse and redevelopment of federal property. It supports the use of tools such as comfort letters and other agreements to address potential liability concerns of landowners and transferees who acquire federal property, and aims to alleviate uncertainty regarding potential enforcement by EPA for contamination existing as of the date of property acquisition. EPA developed the policy in coordination with two state organizations, ECOS and ASTSWMO, and other federal agencies. Susan Bodine, EPA's Assistant Administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, issued the revised policy on May 17, 2019. See attachment
June 05, 2019
The Green Electronics Council (GEC), the organization that manages the EPEAT ecolabel, recognized the 2019 EPEAT Purchaser Award winners at an evening celebration held on May 22nd in Portland, Oregon. Fifty-nine organizations, including cities, states, US Federal agencies and companies from around the globe were honored for their decision to purchase sustainable IT products.
June 04, 2019
EPA Regions issued a final modification to the 2017 NPDES general permit for stormwater discharges from construction activities, also referred to as the ``2017 Construction General Permit (CGP)' or ``2017 CGP,' which became effective on February 16, 2017. The modified permit, hereinafter known as the ``modified 2017 CGP' or ``final modified permit,' replaces several conditions in the original 2017 CGP and relevant fact sheet sections. For further information on the permit, contact the appropriate EPA Regional office. (Federal Register: 28 May 2019 [Notices] Pages 24503-24506
USFWS designated critical habitat for the spring pygmy sunfish (Elassoma alabamae) under
the Endangered Species Act. In total, approximately 10.9 kilometers (6.7 miles) of streams and 1,330 acres (538 hectares) in Limestone and Madison Counties, Alabama, fall within the boundaries of the critical habitat designation. POC: William Pearson, Field Supervisor, USFWS tele: 251-441-5184. (Federal Register 30 May 2019 [Rules and Regulations]Pages 24987-25009
June 03, 2019
Join the Green Electronics Council (GEC) as they explore the hidden impacts, opportunities and challenges associated with smart cities and the technologies that make them possible. This free five-part webinar series takes an uncompromising look at whether a city can be smart, sustainable, and resilient; if in the rush to be smart, cities are ignoring the potential consequences of the proliferation of technology; how cities of any size can ensure that their vulnerable populations do not get left behind in the smart city revolution; what are the necessary human components that make a smart city prosper; and concludes with identifying leaders who are making the "smart cities" we want to live in.
May 30, 2019
May 29, 2019
May 28, 2019
GSA's online resource for professional development of federal buildings management personnel. This tool includes resources, links to training and a self-assessment function designed to help develop an individual's potential throughout their career.
May 24, 2019
USFWS, announced a 12-month finding on a petition to list two North Carolina species, the Neuse River waterdog (Necturus lewisi) and the Carolina madtom (Noturus furiosus), as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). After review of the best available scientific and commercial information, USFWS finds that listing both species is warranted. USFWS proposes to designate critical habitat for both species under the Act. In total, approximately 738 river miles (1,188 river kilometers) in 16 units in North Carolina fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation for the Neuse River waterdog. Approximately 257 river miles (414 river kilometers) in 7 units in North Carolina are being proposed as critical habitat for the Carolina madtom. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before July 22, 2019. POC: Pete Benjamin, Field Supervisor, USFWS, Raleigh Ecological Services Field Office, 551F Pylon Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606; tel: 919-856-4520. (Federal Register: 22 May 2019 [Proposed Rules] Pages 23644-23691
May 22, 2019
The 2019 Digital Intelligence for Energy Summit will focus on the technical capabilities and business models supporting the use of big data in the energy sector: from creating digital strategies that lead to business value and help inform capital investments, to current and near term technical capabilities including RPA, advanced analytics and AI applications.
The 2019 Microgrid and DERS Summit will focus on the technical capabilities and innovations that are allowing for the increased integration and penetration of DERS and microgrid projects into our national energy infrastructure. Equally, the Summit will serve as a conduit for developing the strategic business models and use cases while discussing the current regulatory and market landscape.
The 2019 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit is an opportunity for industry professionals and partners to explore emerging technologies and share innovative strategies in energy and water efficiency.
Through participation in the Better Buildings Initiative more than 900 public and private sector organizations have saved nearly 1.4 quadrillion British thermal units (Btus) of energy since the program began. This is a savings of nearly $8.5 billion and more than 80 million tons of CO2. Partners also have reduced their water use by more than 6.5 billion gallons.
May 21, 2019
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to publish a maximum contaminant level goal and promulgate a national primary drinking water regulation for total per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. (Congressional Record: 29 April 2019 [House] Pages H3302-H3303
This year's Energy Exchange will offer a comprehensive range of technical-based training for the federal energy management community. View this years session line up in the Agenda at a Glance
. Topics featured at this years event reflect the critical needs of the federal government. Sessions will cover the security and reliability of energy infrastructure, using advanced integrated technologies for portfolio adoption, and forecasting storage options to enhance resilience and more. Don't miss this unique opportunity to receive accredited training and updates on recent policy. Details about individual sessions (including speaker info and session descriptions) are coming soon.
May 20, 2019
On March 15, 2019, the Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to remove gray wolves in the lower 48 United States and Mexico from the List and opened a 60-day public
comment period on the proposed action (84 FR 9648). The Service now extends the comment period is extended to July 15, 2019. For further information contact: Don
Morgan, Chief, Branch of Delisting and Foreign Species, Ecological Services; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Headquarters Office, MS: ES, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041–3803. (Federal Register, 14 May 2019, [Proposed Rules] Pages 2312-21313