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March 23, 2017
In this session GSA will provide resources for their charging station BPA, go over GSA's electric vehicle offerings as well as provide time for Q&A.
Training explains utility energy service contracts (UESCs) and tells how they allow serving utilities to provide significant assistance to Federal agencies through comprehensive energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects. This workshop includes information about financing and performance assurance and 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. Registration is limited to Federal employees.
A bill to require drinking water systems to assess and address their vulnerabilities to climate change, source water degradation, and intentional acts to ensure security and resiliency; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 16 March 2017 [House], page 2148).
Sustainability is a significant and growing area of focus for US industry confronting increased materials and energy costs and heightened expectations from their customers, investors, and communities to address environmental and societal needs. In response, companies are seeking ways to measure, verify, benchmark, communicate and guide usage and impact across full product lifecycles and complex production and distribution systems and supply chains. Sustainability is addressed in higher education through a variety of comprehensive and interdisciplinary programs, however, the enabling role of technical standards is often absent. This 1.5 day workshops will explore what these standards are, how they are developing and how standards can be addressed in teaching. This event is sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Standards Coordination Office, NSF International, Michigan State University and Northwestern University.
The program will focus on topics that promise to be important for pretreatment programs in the future, as well as issues that are currently affecting these programs. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff will provide the latest updates on National Pretreatment Program initiatives and Dental Amalgam Rule. Panel presentations will address the best management practices for industrial users, permitting and tracking waste haulers, updates on flushable wipes and pharmaceuticals, and more.
This webinar feature experts providing critical legal and regulatory insights for both clean water attorneys and managers. The webinar is sponsored by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA).
March 22, 2017
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act with respect to the ethanol waiver for Reid vapor pressure limitations under such Act; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 2 March 2017 [Senate], page S1577).
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to provide for technical assistance for small treatment works; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 2 March 2017 [Senate], page S1577).
A bill to amend the Safe Water Drinking Act to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to establish maximum contaminant levels for certain contaminants, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 2 March 2017 [Senate], page S1577).
This webinar will provide an introduction to the revised Federal Food Service Guidelines, for Federal Facilities, share associated tools and resources, and highlight relevant examples or best practices to reduce wasted food.
Webinar features Steve Greenberg, a lead author of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's "Small Data Center Energy Savings Guide," who provides actionable guidance to save energy in small data centers (less than 5,000 square feet of computer floor). Small data centers are especially important because, while they house more than half of all servers (Shehabi et al 2016), they tend to have only fair energy management. This webinar is particularly relevant to Federal data centers implementing the Office of Management and Budget's Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI).
March 21, 2017
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions decreased by 146 million metric tons (MMmt), from 5,405 MMmt in 2014 to 5,259 MMmt in 2015. This decline occurred despite growth in real gross domestic product (GDP) of 2.6% as other factors more than offset the growth in GDP. Energy-related CO2 emissions in 2015 were about 12% below 2005 levels. Emissions have declined in 6 out of the past 10 years. For additional details see the report.
Under a new government-wide Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) GSA provides seven brands of EVSE charging stations, encompassing a wide range of commercially-available options for level 1, 2 and DC fast charging stations. Additionally, networked, non-networked, gateway, non-gateway and sub-metered stations were awarded.
A bill to promote energy savings in residential buildings and industry, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on the Budget, Financial Services, Science, Space, and Technology, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 9 March 2017 [House], page H2107).
Training Session by Sam Higuchi: How to Determine Physical Risks Using Climate Scenario Analysis; broadcast from NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX.
A bill to improve the control and management of invasive species that threaten and harm Federal land under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 2 March 2017 [Senate], page S1577).
In this session GSA will provide resources for their charging station BPA, go over GSA's electric vehicle offerings as well as provide time for Q&A.
March 20, 2017
By a letter dated 13 March 2017, the Administrator announced the convening of a proceeding for reconsideration of the final rule that amends the chemical accident prevention provisions addressing Risk Management Programs under the Clean Air Act published in the Federal Register on 13 January 2017. The effective date of these regulations had been 21 March 2017. By this action, the EPA is administratively staying and delaying the effective date of this rule for 90 days. Thus, the 13 January 2017 rule will become effective on 19 June 2017. POC is James Belke, United States EPA, Office of Land and Emergency Management, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. (Mail Code 5104A), Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-564-8023; email address: belke.jim@epa.gov (Federal Register; 16 March 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 13968-13969).
In accordance with the Presidential directive as expressed in the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,' and the Federal Register document published by EPA on January 26, 2017, EPA is further delaying the effective dates for five regulations listed in text of the Federal Register notice. This regulation is effective March 21, 2017. The effective date of each regulation listed is delayed to a new effective date of 22 May 2017. POC is Sarah Rees, Director, Office of Regulatory Policy and Management, Office of Policy, Mail code 1804, U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW., Washington, DC 20460; (202) 564-1986; rees.sarah@epa.gov (Federal Register; 20 March 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 14324-14325).
EPA is taking final action to make a technical correction to equation 2 in appendix N to part 50, section 4.4(b) of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Particulate Matter. Equation 2 in appendix N describes an intermediate step in the calculation of the design value for the annual PM2.5 (particles with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to a nominal 2.5 micrometers) NAAQS. This action corrects Equation 2 to properly account for cases where a site has quarters without daily values and passes the minimum quarterly value data substitution test. This change accurately reflects the intended calculation of the annual PM2.5 design value and is consistent with the text of section 4.1 in appendix N to part 50. This final rule is effective on 19 May 2017. POC is Mr. Brett Gantt, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Air Quality Assessment Division, Air Quality Analysis Group (Mail Code: C304-04), EPA, 109 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-5274; email: gantt.brett@epa.gov (Federal Register, 20 March 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 14325-14327).
March 17, 2017
This interactive workshop is designed to teach participants to think with a prevention mindset, so that they work to eliminate waste at the beginning of a process, rather than consider waste exchange, treatment, or recycling options after the fact. The three-hour workshop will cover the principles of source reduction, teach root cause analysis, and engage participants with a group exercise that reinforces the pollution prevention paradigm. Presenters will also provide some real world examples of P2 projects from the regions' technical assistance programs. This workshop will be held during the Triple Regional P2 Roundtable conference on May 2 at University of Minnesota, University Office Plaza, 2221 University Avenue Se, Room 114/116
March 15, 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.
GSA is hosting a two-day, complimentary, acquisition training event for federal and military personnel on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 25-26, 2017 from 07:00AM-04:15PM at the Von Braun Center, 700 Monroe St., Huntsville, AL. The event is designed to: 1) provide tailored acquisition training to federal agency personnel who are responsible for mission-critical and significant federal budgetary spend, 2) raise awareness of new government-wide initiatives transforming the federal acquisition space, 3) create a forum for increased interaction between the federal acquisition community and our industry partners on the availability and use of established acquisition vehicles, and 4) provide an opportunity for attendees to consult with up to 150 GSA expert vendors exhibiting on the show floor. Click here to register.
March 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.
March 10, 2017
A bill to improve the control and management of invasive species that threaten and harm Federal land under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 2 March 2017 [House], page H1528).
This EPA tool allows the user to explore data on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from large facilities in the U.S.
March 09, 2017
To assist federal agencies in meeting energy reduction goals, FEMP designed the ENABLE program to encompass a standardized and streamlined process for small federal projects to install targeted energy conservation measures (ECMs) in six months or less. The program provides facilities an opportunity to implement specific ECMs, including lighting; water; simple heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) controls; HVAC system replacement; and solar photovoltaics. FEMP uses a set of pre-established procurement and technical tools to administer projects through the GSA Federal Supply Schedule 84, SIN 246-53. Note that this schedule comprises numerous highly qualified small business energy service firms federal agencies can utilize to meet small business goals.
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act with respect to the ethanol waiver for Reid vapor pressure limitations under such Act; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 2 March 2017 [House], page H1527).
A bill to repeal the renewable fuel program of the Environmental Protection Agency; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 2 March 2017 [House], page H1527).
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to eliminate certain requirements under the renewable fuel program, to prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from approving the introduction into commerce of gasoline that contains greater than 10-volume-percent ethanol, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 2 March 2017 [House], page H1527).
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to give States the option of monitoring covered criteria air pollutants in designated areas by greatly increasing the number of air quality sensors in exchange for greater regulatory flexibility in the methods of monitoring, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 2 March 2017 [House], page H1529).
A bill to amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to prohibit baiting exemptions on certain land; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Records; 1 March 2017 [Senate], page S1540).
March 08, 2017
Sponsored by EPA, the awards serve to recognize the leading actions of organizations, programs, and individuals that significantly advance the development of green power sources. Nominations are due 24 March 2017. Consult the website for the nomination categories and requirements.
Earth Day is 22 April 2017. This year's campaign is all about environmental & climate literacy. This website provides toolkits and links for events across the U.S.
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act with respect to exceptional event demonstrations, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 27 February 2017 [Senate], page S1447).
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to delay the enforcement and implementation of the 2015 national ambient air quality standards for ozone; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 27 February 2017 [Senate], page S1447).
A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to include in any proposed rule that limits greenhouse gas emissions and imposes increased costs on other Federal agencies an offset from funds available to the Administrator for all projected increased costs that the proposed rule would impose on other Federal agencies; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 27 February 2017 [Senate], page S1447).
March 07, 2017
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require making available to States affected by determinations that species are endangered species or threatened species all data that is the basis of such determinations, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 1 March 2017 [House], page H1462).
The FEMP webinar series provides comprehensive instruction on the most current interior and exterior lighting system applications, including lighting sources, technologies, controls, and emerging trends, as well as federal procurement guidance, requirements, and resources.
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.
March 06, 2017
Produced and offered in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Colorado Water Conservation Board and Colorado Municipal League, workshop participants will learn from experts about greenhouse gas management and accounting, the energy-water-food nexus, organizational change, stakeholder engagement and basic adaptation planning frameworks with a regional focus added for Colorado and the Rockies. Professionals from the public and private sectors, higher education and the NGO community will benefit from the classroom-style, interactive training activities.
Held in partnership with the District Department of Energy & Environment, Metropolitan Washington Council on Governments, Exelon and Dentons, workshop participants will build upon foundational knowledge from the first two workshops in this series by learning about materiality and climate risk assessment, assessing the economic implications of climate change and prospective response initiatives, making the business case for climate action, and strategies for engaging across organizational and jurisdictional boundaries with a regional focus added for Florida. Professionals from the public and private sectors, higher education and the NGO community will benefit from the classroom-style, interactive training activities.
In accordance with a Presidential directive, the U.S. EPA and the Department of the Army announces its intention to review and rescind or revise the Clean Water Rule. POCs are: Ms. Donna Downing, Office of Water (4502-T), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-566-2428; email CWAwaters@epa.gov, and Mr. Gib Owen, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Department of the Army, 104 Army Pentagon, Washington, DC 20310-0104; tel: 703-695-4641; email gib.a.owen.civ@mail.mil (Federal Register; 6 March 2017 [Notices], page 12532).
EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register on 19 January 2017, about a 14 February 2017 public meeting and solicitation of comments to receive input and information in efforts to establish the scope of risk evaluations under development for the ten chemicals substances designated on 19 December 2016 for risk evaluations. The comment period closed on 1 March 2017. This document reopens the comment period related to the public meeting and for dockets for each of the ten chemical substances for which risk evaluations have begun for 14 days, from 1 March 2017 to 15 March 2017. POC is Sheila Canavan, Chemical Control Division (7405M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; tel: (202-566-1978; email address: Canavan.Sheila@epa.gov (Federal Register; 6 March 2017 [Notices], page 12589-12590).
Developed by the Stroud Water Research Center, this is a web toolkit to support citizens, conservation practitioners, municipal decision-makers, researchers, educators, and students to collaboratively advance knowledge and stewardship of fresh water. WikiWatershed web tools offer: 1) rapid visualization of watershed data; advanced geospatial analysis capabilities; and science-based predictions of human impacts on stormwater runoff and water quality.
March 03, 2017
If you're just focusing on energy, you may be leaving money on the table. Join us to learn how to incorporate water into your energy management activities by assessing your facility's water use and identifying areas of water waste. Find out what it takes to make your building more water-efficient from simple, low-cost changes to larger-scale improvements and how WaterSense tools can help you start maximizing your savings and building performance.
This 28 February 2017 EO directs the EPA and USACE to review the final rule entitled "Clean Water Rule: Definition of 'Waters of the United States,'" 80 Fed. Reg. 37054 (June 29, 2015), and publish for notice and comment a proposed rule rescinding or revising the rule, as appropriate and consistent with law.
Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the "Waters of the United States" Rule
28 February 2017
This EO directs the EPA and USACE to review the final rule entitled "Clean Water Rule: Definition of 'Waters of the United States,'" 80 Fed. Reg. 37054 (June 29, 2015), and publish for notice and comment a proposed rule rescinding or revising the rule, as appropriate and consistent with law.
March 02, 2017
Because the frequency and magnitude of droughts will increase in a warmer climate, scientific information on drought effects is needed to inform management and planning to ensure long-term sustainability of forest ecosystems. Join the USDA Office of Sustainability and Climate for a webinar that will explore current issues related to drought in forests.
Learn how native plant community restoration can be guided by existing natural inventories.
The Winter 2017 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.
This is a set of voluntary best business practices that can be used to increase healthy and safe food options for employees. The standards in the Food Service Guidelines for Federal Facilities are designed to achieve three primary goals: 1) Healthier foods and beverages are available and encouraged at federal facilities; 2) Environmentally responsible practices are conducted in federal food service venues; and 3) Food safety practices are followed to minimize the risk of foodborne illnesses. The Food Service Guidelines for Federal Facilities are intended to be used by federal facilities in their food service concession and vending operations.
March 01, 2017
This webcast series is for public officials and practitioners beginning to implement green infrastructure, as well as for those looking to enhance established programs. Initiated in 2014, the Series has featured leading academics and professionals from around the country sharing their expertise on a range of topics related to green infrastructure.
February 28, 2017
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to increase assistance for States, water systems, and disadvantaged communities; to encourage good financial and environmental management of water systems; to strengthen the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to enforce the requirements of the Act; and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 15 February 2017 [House], page H1242).
A bill to repeal the rule entitled ``Clean Water Rule: Definition of `Waters of the United States' '; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (Congressional Record; 16 February 2017 [House], page H1297).
The Water Quality Standards (WQS) Academy provides technology transfer and implementation information to WQS professionals associated with the federal, state, tribal and local agencies as well as the private sector. In late 2015, EPA finalized revisions to the federal Water Quality Standards regulation at 40 CFR Part 131. The Academy materials have been updated accordingly to provide students with the most current information on the interpretation and application of the revised regulations. Registration requests are due by March 20, 2017.
February 27, 2017
This award celebrates parking areas which have achieved exemplary energy efficiency in their lighting. New lighting installs and retrofits since January, 2010 may be recognized in the following categories: Lighting Retrofits of Existing Parking Facilities; Lighting in Parking Facility New Construction; Best and Brightest; Best in Parking Facility Sector (including Federal). Award recipients will be recognized at IFMA's World Workplace Conference & Expo 2017 on October 18 - 20, 2017 in Houston, TX. Nominations are due 2 June 2017.
The U.S. Army Reserve 9th Mission Support Command received recognition for Highest Percentage Savings in a Retrofit at a Single Parking Lot in the 2016 LEEP Campaign. The Maui, Hawaii Army Reserve Center site replaced twenty-two 400-watt high pressure sodium flood lights with 200-watt LED flood lights, resulting in 92% energy savings.
(acquisition buyinggreen greenproducts procurement energy energyefficient) In February 2017 thirteen covered categories and the Low Standby Product List were updated. These categories are: Enterprise Servers; Computers; Displays and Monitors; Data Center Storage; Imaging Equipment; Uninterruptable Power Supply; Residential Dishwashers; Residential Freezers; Residential Refrigerators; Room Air Conditioners; Televisions; Windows, Doors & Skylights; and Cool Roofs. Consult the website for the full list of products in these categories.
February 23, 2017
EPA has released an updated version of its Sampling Guidance for Unknown Contaminants in Drinking Water, which provides utilities, emergency responders, and laboratories with recommended procedures for conducting routine and baseline monitoring in response to a contamination incident and sampling in support of remediation or decontamination efforts. The guidance covers the collection, storage, preservation and transport of potentially contaminated water samples and provides recommendations for better supporting the detection and identification of many types of contaminants in drinking water.
On 27 December 2016, the EPA proposed a rule titled, ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP): Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW).' The EPA is extending the comment period on the proposed rule that was scheduled to close on 27 February 2017, by 30 days until 29 March 2017. The EPA is making this change based on one request for additional time to prepare comments on this proposed rule. Written comments must be received on or before 29 March 2017. POC is Karen Marsh, Sector Policies and Programs Division, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (E143-05), EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: (919) 541-1065; email: marsh.karen@epa.gov (Federal Register; 22 February 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 11334-11335).
This memorandum, dated 24 October 2016, outlines the DOE plans for the continued implementation of EMS.
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