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February 15, 2019
The I2SL Annual Conference and Technology Fair is an international conference focused on energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in laboratories and related facilities. Through technical sessions, demonstrations, and exhibits, lab owners, operators, designers, engineers, safety managers, and users exchange information covering the life cycle of the laboratory from design to use to disposal of products and packaging.
The Low Impact Development (LID) Conference is organized by members of the ASCE-EWRI Urban Water Resources Research Council who are leaders in the development of LID and green infrastructure technology. This conference provides a national forum to present the latest developments, technologies and case studies related to LID and green infrastructure technology.
The Energy Policy Research Conference is an interdisciplinary forum in that examines the drivers and impacts of policy in energy-related systems. The conference will focus on how energy policy is framed, influences and is evaluated in times of disruptive change. The aim is to explore issues and opportunities with up-to-date, interdisciplinary research, while fostering in-depth, cross-cutting exchanges of ideas.
February 14, 2019
EPA and Army are publishing for public comment a proposed rule defining the scope of waters federally regulated under the Clean Water Act (CWA). This proposed rule is intended to increase CWA program predictability and consistency by increasing clarity as to the scope of ``waters of the United States' federally regulated under the Act. This proposed definition revision is also intended to clearly implement the overall objective of the CWA to restore and maintain the quality of the nation's waters while respecting State and tribal authority over their own land and water resources. POC is Michael McDavit, Oceans, Wetlands, and Communities Division, Office of Water (4504-T), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460; tele: (202) 566-2428; email: CWAwotus@epa.gov. (Federal Register: 14 February 2019 [Proposed Rules] Pages 4154-4220).
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.
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.
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).
February 13, 2019
Whether you're new to benchmarking your energy use in Portfolio Manager or a seasoned user, join the webinar to learn basic best practices and some lesser known methods to benchmark and obtain an accurate score. Topics such as what to exclude from your property, applying Data Center Energy Estimates, and what to include in your property description will be covered. During this session, attendees will learn helpful tips to help avoid common benchmarking pitfalls that may delay the process of earning ENERGY STAR certification. This webinar is offered by EPA EnergyStar.
A UESC is a limited-source contract between a federal agency and serving utility for energy management and demand-reduction services. This two-day advanced UESC training 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. This course is offered by FEMP.
EPA's Office of Research and Development and Office of Water host this monthly webinar series to discuss challenges and treatment solutions for small drinking water systems and communicate current small drinking water systems research along with Agency priorities.
A bill to require compliant flame mitigation devices to be used on portable fuel containers for flammable liquid fuels, and for other purposes. (Congressional Record: 28 January 2019 [House] Pages H1241-H1243).
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to address lead contamination in school drinking water. (Congressional Record: 29 January 2019 [House] Pages H1281-H1283).
A bill to amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify Congressional intent regarding the regulation of the use of pesticides in or near navigable waters. (Congressional Record: 30 January 2019 [House] Pages H1331-H1336).
A bill to amend title 40, United States Code, to direct the Administrator of General Services to incorporate bird-safe building materials and design features into public buildings. (Congressional Record: 30 January 2019 [House] Pages H1331-H1336).
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.
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.
Agenda for the Interagency Forum on Climate Risks, Impacts & Adaptation to be held on February 14, 2019, from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm at NASA HQ in Washington DC.
February 12, 2019
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing certain revisions to the NPDES permitting regulations proposed on 18 May 2016. The final regulatory changes will be effective starting 12 June 2019. The final revisions modernize the NPDES regulations, promote submission of complete permit applications, and clarify regulatory requirements to allow more timely development of NPDES permits that protect human health and the environment. POC: Frank Sylvester, Water Permits Division, Office of Wastewater Management, Mail Code 4203M, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564-1279; email address: sylvester.francis@epa.gov. (Federal Register 12 February 2019 [Rules and Regulations] Pages 3324-3338).
The Draft Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2017 is available for public review. EPA requests recommendations for improving the overall quality of the inventory report to be finalized in April 2019, as well as subsequent inventory reports. The draft report is available here.
The goal of this conference is to promote networking and present new techniques and workflows that practitioners make better decisions during the simulation and modeling process of an entire building life cycle.
February 11, 2019
The Rangeland Analysis Platform (RAP) is free and was developed for use by landowners and natural resource managers to track vegetation through time and plan actions to improve productivity of grazing lands, manage weeds, mitigate impacts of wildfire and drought, and benefit wildlife habitats. This webinar provides an overview of how the RAP is used to monitor rangeland vegetation and examples of how the technology is being applied to advance key missions of existing science-agency-landowner partnerships in the Great Plains.
States, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority are eligible. Projects should focus on conserving and using water more efficiently; increasing the production of hydropower; mitigating conflict risk in areas at a high risk of future water conflict; and accomplishing other benefits that contribute to water supply reliability in the western United States. Projects are selected through a competitive process and the focus is on projects that can be completed within two or three years.
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.
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.
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.
February 07, 2019
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a revision to its response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Michigan v. EPA which held that the EPA erred by not considering cost in its determination that regulation under section 112 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) of hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions from coal- and oil-fired electric utility steam generating units (EGUs) is appropriate and necessary. POC: Mary Johnson, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D243-01), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, EPA, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711; tele: (919) 541-5025 and email: johnson.mary@epa.gov. (Federal Register: 7 February 2019 [Proposed Rules] Pages 2670-2704).
On December 11, 2018, the EPA and the U.S. Department of the Army (the agencies) signed a proposed rule revising the definition of ``waters of the United States' to clarify the scope of waters federally regulated under the Clean Water Act. The agencies are announcing that a public hearing will be held in Kansas City, Kansas on February 27 and 28, 2019, to provide interested parties the opportunity to present data, views, or information concerning the proposed rule (https://www.epa.gov/wotus-rule/step-two-revise). POC: Damaris Christensen, Office of Water (4504-T), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460; tele: (202) 566-2428; email: WOTUS-outreach@epa.gov. (Federal Register: 7 February 2019 [Proposed Rules] Pages 2483-2484).
A bill to amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to establish January 31 of each year as the Federal framework closing date for the duck hunting season and to establish special duck hunting days for youths, veterans, and active military personnel, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources. (Congressional Record: 24 January 2019 [House] Pages H1209-H1211).
On December 6, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule titled ``Review of Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units.' The EPA is extending the public comment period from February 19, 2019, until March 18, 2019, which is consistent with the requirement to keep the record open for at least 30 days after the public hearing, which is scheduled for February 14, 2019, in Washington, DC. POC : Christian Fellner, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D205-01), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, EPA, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711; tele: (919) 541-4003 and email: fellner.christian@epa.gov. (Federal Register 7 February 2019 [Proposed Rules] Page 2485).
February 06, 2019
A bill to prevent catastrophic failure or shutdown of remote diesel power engines due to emission control devices, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works. (Congressional Record: 16 January 2019 [Senate] Pages S273-S274).
A bill to establish a national mercury monitoring program, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works. (Congressional Record: 17 January 2019 [Senate]Pages S292-S293).
The EPA webinar will provide an overview of the new features in CMAQ that include: more detailed representation of the characteristics of particulate matter (PM), expanded chemistry for ozone and PM formation from global-to-local scales, more complex land and atmosphere interactions to support both air quality and ecosystems applications, increased emphasis on pollutants originating outside the US, increased scientific consistency between meteorology and chemistry models, and greater flexibility to support increasingly diverse uses of CMAQ.
The Energy Exchange Training Conference will focus on the integrated aspects of ensuring efficient and mission-ready federal operations. Resilience portfolio planning is critical to optimized operations to meet agency mission requirements. Resilient agencies have the capabilities and trained personnel to anticipate, prepare for, adapt, withstand, respond to, and recover rapidly from energy and water disruption due to planned and unplanned events.
February 05, 2019
A bill to repeal the Waters of the United States rule and amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act definition of navigable waters, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. (Congressional Record: 17 January 2019 [House] Pages H715-H719).
A bill to amend the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 to authorize insect and disease treatment programs on certain Federal land, and for other purposes. (Congressional Record: 18 January 2019 [House] Page H958).
February 04, 2019
For USACE NEPA is a tool to help reduce their impact to environment. Additionally NEPA assists USACE to engage with stakeholders early and help formulate alternative solutions to reduce risk. The link below is a fact sheet we developed that answers commonly-asked questions with respect to NEPA.
Sample of a Green Meetings and Conferences Policy including sample checklists for hosting a green conference or meeting, statement of work language, after-event questionnaire, event signage, documentation requirements, solicitation provisions, and reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.
The Federal Green Challenge (FGC) is a national effort under EPA's Sustainable Materials Management Program, challenging EPA and other federal agencies throughout the country to lead by example in reducing the federal government's environmental impact. It furthers the goals of the President's Executive Order Regarding Efficient Federal Operations. This website provides federal installations guidance on reducing, reusing, and recycling resources.
February 01, 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.
January 31, 2019
The Headwaters Intermittency Prediction Tool provides managers with a prediction map of the expected permanence of water flows in streams. A second tool the PRObability of Streamflow PERmanence (PROSPER) model indicates the probability of certain types of stream channels having year-round flow in the Pacific Northwest region. These tools may help managers in identifying areas that may be resilient or sensitive to drought conditions.
USFWS announce the availability of 26 draft recovery plan amendments for 42 endangered and threatened species. USFWS are amending recovery criteria to better assist in determining when an endangered species has recovered to the point that it may be reclassified as threatened, or that the protections afforded by the ESA are no longer necessary and the endangered species may be removed from the Act's protections. USFWS is requesting review and comments on these draft recovery plan amendments from local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and the public. In order to be considered, comments on the draft recovery plan amendments must be received on or before April 1, 2019. POC: For information on a particular species, contact the appropriate person listed in the table for each species in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION (hyperlink with this https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-01-31/html/2019-00436.htm). (Federal Register: 31 January 2019 [Notices] Pages 790-795).
USFWS is reopening the comment period on our October 7, 2014, proposed rule to list the West Coast distinct population segment (DPS) of fisher (Pekania pennanti) as a threatened species. USFWS is reopening the comment period for 30 days to give all interested parties further opportunity to comment on the proposed rule. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted. Comments submitted electronically using the Federal eRulemaking Portal must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time March 4, 2019. POC: Jenny Ericson, Field Supervisor, USFWS, Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office, 1829 South Oregon Street, Yreka, CA 96097; tel: 530-842-5763. (Federal Register: 31 January 2019 [Proposed Rules] Pages 644-645).
A bill to require the Administrator of the EPA to shall designate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 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: 14 January 2019 [House] Pages H543-H544).
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to vest in the Secretary of the Interior functions under that Act with respect to species of fish that spawn in fresh or estuarine waters and migrate to ocean waters, and species of fish that spawn in ocean waters and migrate to fresh waters; to the Committee on Natural Resources. ( Congressional Record: 15 January 2019 [House] Pages H600-H602).
January 30, 2019
The Green Electronics Council holds an annual awards ceremony to recognize excellence in sustainable procurement of IT products through their EPEAT Purchaser Awards. All organizations using EPEAT to purchase IT products are eligible for an EPEAT Purchaser Award. Applications due April 1, 2019. Winners will be honored at a ceremony in Portland, Oregon on the evening of May 22, 2019, happening at the same time as the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council Summit.
The Green Electronics Council annually recognizes excellence in sustainable procurement of IT products through their EPEAT Purchaser Awards. All organizations using EPEAT to purchase IT products are eligible for an EPEAT Purchaser Award.
January 29, 2019
This Act amends the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to provide for an integrated planning process, to promote green infrastructure. Signed on January 14, 2019. (Public Law 115-436)).
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.
This standard 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.
Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council's (SPLC) is accepting case study submissions from public and private sector organizations who demonstrate overall sustainable purchasing. SPLC accepts case study submissions year-round, but to be considered for the 2019 Awards, submissions must be received by March 8, 2019. All case study submissions that meet pre-defined quality criteria will earn an Outstanding Case Study award.
Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council's (SPLC) annual Summit empowers sustainable purchasing champions at all maturities to take their organization's efforts to the next level. In addition to dozens of sessions focused on specific categories, issues, case studies, best practices, and tools, there will be a Teaching Track that helps attendees develop key competencies for running successful sustainable purchasing programs.
Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council's (SPLC) awards case studies from public and private sector organizations who demonstrate overall sustainable purchasing.
January 28, 2019
This webinar will present an overview of the online DCPro energy assessment tool for data centers followed by a walk-through of the tool's inputs, outputs, and other considerations. Additionally, an industry power user of the tool will give a presentation on how the tool has enhanced their ability to control energy costs in data centers. This webinar is useful for both beginners and more experienced users.
This seminar covers the need for additional Combined Heat and Power resources, a review of the use of Combined Heat and Power in the Federal sector, a summary of various prime mover and thermally activated technologies and their applications. The course also covers case studies and best practices and the opportunities to develop alternative financing and project funding to support CHP technology deployment.
An online dashboard that provides step-by-step guidance to implementing and maintaining an energy management system in conformance with the principles of ISO 50001, "Energy Management". The 50001 Ready program also accepts energy performance improvement data from other readily available tools including the Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. After implementing the system, users can submit their facilities for 50001 Ready recognition directly through the Navigator. 5001 Ready Navigator is maintained by DOE.
This DOE web-based tool enables users to estimate energy savings relative to relevant variables like production levels and weather.
January 25, 2019
A bill to amend the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 to authorize assignment to States of Federal agency environmental review responsibilities, and for other purposes. (Congressional Record: 9 January 2019 [House] Pages H356-H359).
Participants will learn about how to determine the likelihood of flooding at any given site in a stream corridor, using two recently updated analysis tools: the USGS web-based tool StreamStats, and computer programs to compute streamflow frequency of gaged flows, updated for the new Bulletin 17C.
Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) is an annual conference for public fleets. Attendees can receive fleet-specific training, connect with peers, and get hands-on with the latest vehicles and technologies for the industry. GFX is designed for fleet managers, procurement specialists, analysts, maintenance supervisors, and others who work with fleets.
FUPWG meets twice per year to share success stories, information on Federal Energy Management Program activities and other business.
Review the federal laws intended to preserve Native American heritage through the protection of cultural practices and sacred lands. Examine the use of statutes as tools to manage tangible and intangible cultural property. Discuss government-to-government obligations, court decisions, and case studies to illustrate federal policies and practice. Consider the legal, cultural, and historical perspectives resulting from decisions affecting Native American cultural property. Learn how the consultation process enables tribes, federal entities, and other parties to achieve resolution Offered by the National Preservation Institute.
The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties form the basis for historic property rehabilitation for all federal undertakings, for federal tax benefits, and often for state, local, and private projects. Explore the standards in detail with particular attention to the preservation of historic fabric, sustainable strategies, energy conservation, accessibility considerations, health and safety codes, security issues, and climate change. Participants have the opportunity to discuss the application of the Standards to their projects.
Become familiar with principles and methods for curation and management of archaeological collections. Topics will include responsibilities under federal regulations (36 CFR Part 79), archaeological standards, collections policies, costs of curation, storage facilities, proper housing of collections, archaeological laboratory procedures, cataloguing systems, and educating the public with archaeological collections.
January 24, 2019
Review regulations, standards, guidelines, and related laws relevant to Section 106 review. Discuss issues, problems, and "tricks of the trade," with an emphasis on ways to employ creativity and flexibility to reduce complexity and improve effectiveness. This seminar is offered by the National Preservation Institute.
Review the historical context and intent of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and the Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA). Learn how these laws apply to the treatment, repatriation, and disposition of Native American cultural items and to the protection of archaeological resources on federal and tribal lands. Examine differences in legal definitions, when and how regulations apply, and permit requirements. Discuss practical applications and effective strategies for developing agreements prior to ground-disturbing actions. This seminar is offered by the National Preservation Institute.
Explore a holistic stewardship approach to an integrated management strategy for cultural and natural resources on public and private lands. These resources often are analyzed and planned for independently, leading to isolated approaches. Through case studies, discuss and evaluate long-term planning and decision making processes that combine legal and management frameworks to better conserve and preserve the core values of these resources. This seminar is offered by the National Preservation Institute.
In this introduction to the basics of cultural landscapes, learn about designed, vernacular, and ethnographic landscapes, and historic sites. Review applicable laws and regulations, and discuss how to identify and inventory character-defining features of a landscape. Explore the concepts of preservation planning and documentation, and the development of the cultural landscape report for use in managing historic and cultural landscapes. Case studies illustrate realistic approaches to effective landscape management and preservation. This seminar is offered by the National Preservation Institute.
January 22, 2019
A bill to exempt certain wildfire mitigation activities from certain environmental requirements, 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: 4 January 2019 [House], Pages H227-H228).
A bill to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the climate; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, 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: 8 January 2019 [House], Pages H280-H284).
January 21, 2019
Document includes FY11-FY17 DOE GreenBuy Award winners
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