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October 18, 2017
Agenda for the Interagency Forum on Climate Risks*, Impacts & Adaptation held on September 21, 2017, from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm at NASA HQ in Washington DC.
Join the EPA's Office of Environmental Justice and Region 9 Environmental Justice Program as they host a webinar to share information on the recently updated EJSCREEN, the Agency's environmental justice screening and mapping tool, and the EPA Policy on Environmental Justice for Working with Federally Recognized Tribes and Indigenous Peoples (Tribal/Indigenous EJ Policy). The webinar is October 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm Eastern. No registration required.
EPA is announcing a 30-day extension of the comment period on two draft documents titled, Risk and Exposure Assessment for the Review of the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Sulfur Oxides, External Review Draft (draft REA) and Policy Assessment for the Review of the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Sulfur Oxides, External Review Draft (draft PA). The EPA is extending the comment period for an additional 30 days to provide stakeholders and the public with additional time to review these documents and to prepare meaningful comments. The original comment period was to end on 18 October 2017. The extended comment period will now close on 17 November 2017. POC is Dr. Nicole Hagan, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (Mail Code C504-06), U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-3153; fa: 919-541-5315; email:
firstname.lastname@example.org (Federal Register; 18 October 2017 [Notices], pages 48507-48508
Agenda for the Interagency Forum on Climate Risks*, Impacts & Adaptation to be held on November 02, 2017, from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm at NASA HQ in Washington DC.
This Federal Green Challenge webinar will discuss two ways to track and report facility environmental data. Caterina Hatcher from EPA's Energy Star program will review Portfolio Manager, a powerful online tool that many Federal Facilities use to measure energy, water and waste quantities. Rob Guillemin from EPA Region I Federal Green Challenge Program will demonstrate how to use Re-TRAC Connect, an online database used by Federal Green Challenge member facilities to report energy consumption, waste generation, water usage, transportation, electronics management, and green purchasing. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
October 16, 2017
EPA is proposing to repeal the Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units (EGUs), commonly referred to as the Clean Power Plan (CPP), as promulgated on 23 October 2015. Comments must be received on or before 15 December 2017. POC is Mr. Peter Tsirigotis, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D205-01), U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 888-627-7764; email: email@example.com. (Federal Register Volume 82, Number 198 (Monday, October 16, 2017)][Proposed Rules][Pages 48035-48049]
Available for data submission technical support between the hours 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Eastern. Phone: 888-890-1995, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
WARC conducts relevant and objective research, develops new approaches and technologies, and disseminates scientific information needed to understand, manage, conserve, and restore wetlands and other aquatic and coastal ecosystems and their associated plant and animal communities throughout the nation and the world.
A publicly accessible service that provides up-to-date information on regulatory requirements of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) including release notification, emergency planning, MSDS reporting, and Tier II chemical inventory reporting. The Information Center does not provide regulatory interpretations. It does, however, maintain up-to-date information on the availability and distribution of publications and other resources pertaining to its program areas. Phone: 800-424-9346 (select option #4 from menu) - Toll Free; 703-348-5070 in the Washington, DC Area / International. Staffed by live Information Specialists. Assistance is also available through the Emergency Management Frequently Asked Questions Database, which provides answers to frequently asked questions and an option to submit questions electronically to the Information Center. The hours of operation are 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST, Monday – Friday, Closed Federal Holidays.
A publically accessible service that provides communities with information that may assist in addressing potential environmental and/or public health issues, as well as fosters the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of low-income, minority, tribal and indigenous communities that may experience environmental and/or public health concerns. Operating hours are 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday – Friday, Closed Federal Holidays; After-hours services are available via voicemail. Phone: 800-962-6215 - Toll Free, E-mail: EJHotline@epa.gov.
October 13, 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
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
A bill to clarify that noncommercial species found entirely within the borders of a single State are not in interstate commerce or subject to regulation under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 or any other provision of law enacted as an exercise of the power of Congress to regulate interstate commerce; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 26 September 2017 [Senate], page S6134
Data traffic has grown tremendously in recent years, with no signs of slowing. Close to half of all the servers handling that data live in data centers less than 5,000 square feet; however these smaller data centers are often overlooked when it comes to energy efficiency. There are compelling benefits for deploying energy saving strategies in small data centers for institutions, state and local governments, utilities, and private companies. Learn about why effective energy management is worth your attention in small data centers, and which low-cost, high-win strategies can reduce energy demand.
FedFleet 2018 willoffer more than 40 unique training sessions for federal fleet managers at no cost to federal employees. Sessions topics taught by experts will cover both agency-owned and leased fleets and willinclude hands-on computer lab training.Attendees will have access to the Washington AutoShow exhibit hall, including FedFleet specific vendors.
Planning stormwater infrastructure is difficult because proposed projects often have multiple objectives, including managing hydrology and water quality, providing communities with co-benefits, and minimizing life cycle costs that account for operation and maintenance. This presentation will highlight National Priorities grantee work on the development of a planning-level, integrated decision support tool, i-DST, which contains modules that simulate continuous runoff and water quality, using historical climate data and under different climate scenarios. The developed i-DST will also use a multiple-criteria decision analysis to optimize stormwater infrastructure based on user-defined institutional barriers, and economic, environmental, and societal objectives. Central to the estimation of economic costs is the valuation of operation and maintenance costs. The webinar will also overview synthesis of regional green infrastructure cost and performance parameters that allow for application of the tool across the different climatic regions of the United States.
October 12, 2017
Under Executive Order 13693 "Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade" Federal facilities are required to annually divert at least 50% of their non-hazardous waste, including food and compostable material. This half-day training will introduce you to New England facility award winners, specifically explain how to organize your own facility waste audit, and conduct an actual hands-on waste audit. Maximum 40 participants.
* Participate in an EPA waste audit that features best practices for measuring & communicating progress.
* Learn how a tiny trash program and a host of recycling techniques will achieve a 90% diversion rate.
* Obtain information on strategies for engaging tenants in recycling and waste minimization efforts.
* Hear about successful waste reduction projects from award winning Federal Facilities.
To register for this event please click here.
EPA is taking direct final action to correct an editing oversight that led to a potential conflict in a prior rulemaking as to whether or not containers holding two pounds or less of non-exempt substitute refrigerants for use in motor vehicle air conditioning that are not equipped with a self-sealing valve can be sold to persons that are not certified technicians, provided those small cans were manufactured or imported prior to 1 January 2018. This action clarifies that those small cans may continue to be sold to persons that are not certified as technicians under sections 608 or 609 of the Clean Air Act. This rule is effective on 27 December 2017 without further notice, unless EPA receives adverse comment by October 30, 2017. POC is Sara Kemme by regular mail: U.S. EPA, Stratospheric Protection Division(6205T), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; by tel: 202-566-0511; or by email: email@example.com (Federal Register; 28 September 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 45202-45205
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) presented the 2017 Housing Innovation Awards to 24 of the nation's leading builders yesterday at the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance's High Performance Home Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. Overall, 26 award-winning homes were selected from five categories: Affordable Homes, Multi-Family Homes, Production Homes, Custom Homes (Buyers), and Custom Homes (Spec).
October 11, 2017
Themes for the conference include: Design and Planning Processes; Building Processes; Environmental Impacts; and Social Impacts.
This tool from the U.S. Department of Energys (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory is a free publicly available tool that calculates and compares the costs and environmental benefits of a broad range of alternative fuel technologies. The AFLEET Tool is ideally suited to aid those who make purchasing decisions for fleets as they compare vehicle technologies for emission reductions and air quality gains.This new version adds the ability to look at air pollutant emissions from well-to-wheel as it lets users evaluate not just at-the-tailpipe air pollutants, but also those arising from fuel production.
Formal presentations by energy experts will be complemented by moderated formal and informal discussions, networking and technical exhibits demonstrating the state-of-the-art technologies and best practices. This Workshop is designed for decision makers, planners, energy managers, engineers, architects, energy performance companies and industry partners involved in installation-wide energy projects. See the website for the themes and topics. The workshop is sponsored by the Federal Facilities Council of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in partnership with the International Energy Agency EBC Program Annex 73, DOD, US Army, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers and the U.S. Department of Energy (FEMP)
October 10, 2017
While green infrastructure can help communities manage stormwater, using vegetated systems like green roofs and tree barriers can also help improve air quality and reduce urban heat island effects. These practices shade building surfaces, deflect radiation from the sun, and release moisture into the atmosphere. Additionally, natural features such as urban forests and vegetative barriers planted near roads, parking lots, and city centers, help reduce the impact of vehicle emissions and improve local air quality. Green infrastructure can assist in the reduction of particulate pollution and ground-level ozone as well as provide public health benefits. In this webcast, speakers from EPA's Office of Research and Development and Office of Atmospheric Programs discussed innovative research into the multiple benefits of green infrastructure and explore the nexus between green infrastrucutre and air quality. This webinar was originally presented on August 9, 2017.
"Traditional cultural places" (TCPs) play an important role in community cultural traditions, beliefs, and activities. TCPs must be considered in planning under the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, Executive Orders 12898 and 13007, and other authorities. Review methods of identifying TCPs, discuss evaluation for National Register eligibility, and explore management issues.
Water Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) Pollutant Loading Tool. You can now access it on the Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) website. The Loading Tool is designed to help users determine who is discharging, what pollutants they are discharging and how much, and where they are discharging. The tool calculates pollutant loadings from permit and DMR data and offers a variety of ways to customize searches. Pollutant loadings are presented as pounds per year and as toxic-weighted pounds per year to account for variations in toxicity among pollutants. The ECHO version of the Loading Tool has a similar look and feel as the current Loading Tool website, which will be retired in late November 2017, with some usability improvements.
U.S. Energy Information Administration has released its online analysis of 2016 energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. It indicates U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from the consumption of fossil fuels were 5,170 million metric tons carbon dioxide in 2016, a decrease of 1.7 percent from the 2015 level. Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions have declined in six of the last ten years. This analysis is based on data contained in the August 2017 Monthly Energy Review.
This web tool helps building owners evaluate the economics of grid-connected solar photovoltaics (PV) and battery storage at commercial sites. It identifies the optimal PV system size and battery dispatch strategy to minimize the life cycle cost of energy at a specific site. The web tool also estimates the amount of time a PV and battery system can sustain the site's critical load during a grid outage. The REopt Lite web tool was developed with funding from the U.S. Department of Energys (DOEs) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), the DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office, and the nonprofit Clean Energy Groups Resilient Power Project, with support from The Kresge Foundation.
October 03, 2017
Offered through support from the Nature Conservancy, this curriculum, consists of three, self-paced, online courses, provides a basic level of understanding of the basics of climate change, deforestation and forest degradation, and the REDD+ concept.
September 29, 2017
Co-sponsored by the AWWA and WEF, this conference is for water and wastewater managers to hear the latest approaches, practices, processes, techniques, case studies, and research in all aspects of utility management.
The complexity and range of legal issues that utilities face can be daunting, but the invaluable analyses and insights shared at the Seminar will help utilities develop the best solutions for today's legal challenges and make the entire sector stronger and better equipped to weather future legal storms.
September 28, 2017
(WASHINGTON, September 28, 2017) The Urban Waters Federal Partnership, an interagency group in which the Department of the Interior is one of the leaders, has won the "People's Choice" award in the Service to America Medals. The nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service announced the award on September 27 at its annual gala popularly dubbed the "Oscars of Government Service." Out of 430 nominees, the Urban Waters Team was chosen by popular vote for making the most admirable contribution to the American people. The team works through public-private partnerships to clean up and revitalize urban waterways and surrounding lands. Read more...
Sponsored by the AWWA, the focus of this conference is presenting solutions for balancing the benefits of conservation with the costs, managing water resources, sustainable utilities and infrastructure, urban planning and design, energy efficiency, water conservation, stormwater and reuse.
The theme for the conference and exposition is "Innovating the Future of Water."
September 27, 2017
Sponsored by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), a variety of topics will be addressed including: innovative ideas that will continue to strengthen wind energy's value proposition; illustrations of how technology advances will continue to lower LCOE; lessons learned from other industries that are more mature or have experienced similar rapid growth; state policy support; transmission infrastructure efforts; and emerging and growing offtake trends.
Sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), two of ASME's major conferences and two forums come together to create an event of major impact for the Power and Energy sectors: ASME 2018 Power & Energy, Fossil and nuclear power generation, renewables, energy storage, fuels, photovoltaics and much more will be discussed at each of the concurrent conferences within this larger event.
September 26, 2017
EPA is announcing the Smart Sectors program in the Office of Policy. Based on the successful EPA Sector Strategies program, EPA's Smart Sectors program will re-examine how EPA engages with industry in order to reduce unnecessary regulatory burden, create certainty and predictability, and improve the ability of both EPA and industry to conduct long-term regulatory planning while also protecting the environment and public health. EPA has initially identified the following sectors to work with: Aerospace; agriculture; automotive; cement and concrete; chemical manufacturing; construction; electronics and technology; iron and steel; oil and gas; ports and shipping; and utilities and power generation. Sectors were selected based on each sector's potential to improve the environment and public health. EPA welcomes participation from other stakeholders. For additional information, check out the Federal Register Notice
EPA is extending the comment period for the Draft Updated Aquatic Life Ambient Water Quality Criteria for Aluminum in Freshwater. The current comment period closes on 26 September 2017. The public comment period will be extended for an additional 30 days. Comments must be received on or before 26 October 2017. POC is Diana Eignor, Health and Ecological Criteria Division, Office of Water (Mail Code 4304T), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-566-1143; email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Federal Register; 26 September 2017 [Notices], page 44784
ATTAINS allows for the submission of 303(d)/305(b) water quality data, Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) information, and support program goals aligned with both submissions processes. The ATTAINS system replaces the existing Assessment Database (ADB), the National TMDL Tracking System (NTTS). ATTAINS also replaces the Clean Water Act Integrated Reporting, Water Quality Assessment, Impaired Waters -OWIR data exchange
September 22, 2017
The Energy Exchange is the Federal Energy Management Program's flagship event that brings together subject matter experts from a wide range of technical disciplines to share their knowledge of government best practices with the federal energy management community. From the opening keynote to the closing session, the Energy Exchange actively supports the development of federal energy efficiency champions by offering a comprehensive selection of training sessions and a technology-focused trade show.
The conference addresses a broad range of topics pertinent to landscape professionals.
The theme of the conference is "Building Resilient Communities, Environments and Economies." The National Outdoor Recreation Conference, held annually by the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals, showcases innovative and creative approaches to nature-based outdoor recreation research, planning, and management.
This two-day workshop examines strategies and methods used by experienced contracting officers and their technical teams--from project development to contract award and post-acceptance. Attendees will work through exercises designed to develop a project using templates and samples. The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) helps agencies meet their mandated energy savings goals by offering training and partnership opportunities with their serving utilities that explore available contracting options including utility energy service contracts (UESCs). Used for small and large projects, a UESC is a limited-source contract between a federal agency and serving utility for energy management and demand-reduction services. Federal sites benefit from UESCs by meeting federal mandates, resolving site-specific challenges such as replacing aging equipment with new more energy-efficient equipment, and reducing operating costs.
September 21, 2017
Offered by EPA's Air Pollution Training Institute (APTI), the modules in this course (APTI SI-422) serve to provide the student with an introduction or refresher in the basics of air pollution control. After completing this course, the student should be familiar with the various interrelated aspects of air pollution control, understand the basic terminology, and have a rudimentary understanding of some of the technical aspects of regulating, measuring, and controlling air pollution. The student will find links to the EPA Web site for further research in the air pollution control field. Each module in the course is composed of units that include introductory materials, graphics, and a quick quiz for review. After completing the course, the student must pass the final test with a score of 90% or better to earn a certificate.
The intent of the ASEH is to promote the understanding of current environmental issues by analyzing their historical background.
Sponsored by the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), this is an education and training conference for engineers and related professionals working in the A/E/C industry and focused on developing solutions that benefit national security, including uniformed sevicemembers, federal, state and municipal civilians, and private sector industry firms.
Version 8.0 of this MS Excel workbook, released September 2017, by DOE's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), provides electronic reporting capability for the Federal agency compiled comprehensive GHG inventory for FY2017. Updates to the version 7.0 workbook incorporate reporting and accounting changes stemming from Executive Order 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade and the associated Implementing Instructions. The workbook collects agency-aggregated data necessary for calculating scope 1, 2, and 3 GHG emissions in the commonly-used, native units of energy consumption and fugitive emissions as well as activity data for estimating scope 3 indirect emissions. It provides users with the summation of their calculated emissions as well as other performance results for other sustainability goals. More information on the reporting tool can be found here