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August 21, 2019
A bill to require the Secretary of Agriculture to direct a study on soil health of Federal lands. (Congressional Record: 30 July 2019) [House] Pages H7479-H7481)
August 20, 2019
A bill to promote the domestic development and deployment of clean energy technologies required for the 21st century. (Congressional Record: 25 July 2019 [House] Pages H7462-H7467).
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to permit Governors of States to regulate intrastate endangered species and intrastate threatened species, to amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to permit the taking of certain black vultures and ravens. (Congressional Record: 30 July 2019 [Senate] Pages S5195-S5196)
Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Conference and Expo is a 3-day event directed at energy professionals from commercial business, government, institutional, and industry organizations. Session tracks include energy security, high-performance communities, renewable energy and sustainable development, and a dedicated Better Buildings, Better Plants track.
August 19, 2019
The solar energy market has grown significantly in the past few years. With the increasing number of solar panels being sold and installed in the United States each year, solar panels are ending up in the waste stream as well. While solar panel recycling is not yet widespread in the United States, organizations are busy laying the important groundwork to build the necessary collection, management and recycling systems. This webinar will cover the basics of the solar panel technology design and will explore the impact of these solar panels on the waste management and recycling systems of today. We will also hear insights into efforts by state governments to address solar panels in the waste stream and the trends they are seeing.
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study with respect to stormwater runoff from oil and gas operations. (Congressional Record: 25 July 2019 [House] Pages H7462-H7467).
A bill to require the Corps of Engineers to carry out an assessment of the resiliency of the Great Lakes coastline. (Congressional Record: 25 July 2019 [House] Pages H7462-H7467).
August 16, 2019
This workshop assists utilities in connecting with their federal customers for training and partnering opportunities, while providing training and partnership opportunities for federal customers. These meetings are typically one day and include a utility energy service contract (UESC) overview as well as presentations from the host utility on programs offered to federal customers.
On August 8, 2019, the EPA Administrator signed a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) providing updates and clarifications to the substantive and procedural requirements for water quality certification under Clean Water Act. The agency is announcing that a public hearing will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 5 and 6, 2019. POC: Lauren Kasparek, Office of Water (4504-T), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460; tele: (202) 564-3351; email: cwa401@epa.gov. [Federal Register: 16 August 2019 [Proposed Rules] Pages 41948-41949).
August 15, 2019
The spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is an invasive planthopper native to China, India and Vietnam. This insect has the potential to greatly impact agricultural crops such as grapes, hops, and hardwoods. Spotted lanternfly can be controlled with a combination of physical removal of life stages on host trees, as well as pesticide applications. This webinar will instruct on what can be done to help slow the spread of this invasive pest, and how to report sightings of spotted lanternfly.
A free web-based system for entering and tracking energy savings performance contracting (ESPC) data through the life of a project. Developed by FEMP, eProject Builder produces ESPC task order schedules and provides a secure online system for easily accessing, tracking and reporting ESPC project data through the life of the contract for your portfolio of projects. Will introduce energy service companies, their customers, and other interested parties to ePB, covering the benefits of using ePB, project workflow, a walk-through of the data template, and a live demonstration.
A free web-based system for entering and tracking energy savings performance contracting (ESPC) data through the life of a project. Developed by FEMP, eProject Builder produces ESPC task order schedules and provides a secure online system for easily accessing, tracking and reporting ESPC project data through the life of the contract for your portfolio of projects. Advanced webinar on the M&V module and analysis and reporting feature.
Following up on Part I of this two–part series, this webinar will explore how to optimize laboratories through training and procurement. Part I spoke to the changes that can lead to more sustainable operations. Part II will address how training and smarter procurement choices can increase the impact of those changes in the laboratory.
Following up on Part I of this two–part series, this webinar will explore how to optimize laboratories through training and procurement. Part I spoke to the changes that can lead to more sustainable operations. Part II will address how training and smarter procurement choices can increase the impact of those changes in the laboratory.
August 14, 2019
The "Fish and Shellfish Program Newsletter" is published monthly by EPA's Office of Water. It highlights current information about fish and shellfish -- providing a snapshot of recent advisories, federal agency activities, publications, awarded research, and future meetings and conferences. Click here for the June 2019 edition.
The report describes EPA efforts to remediate Superfund sites and return these sites to productive use to communities, to improve air quality, and to finance critical investments to improve the nation's water infrastructure. It also describes actions to protect children from lead exposure, to provide funding and technical support for community-driven projects, and to integrate environmental justice into enforcement and science.
Accurate measurement of chlorine is essential to both ensuring proper chlorination of drinking water to protect human health and correct reporting of compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Maximum Residual Disinfectant Levels chlorine residual limit. The second presentation will provide an overview and description of key Water Laboratory Alliance (WLA) tools and resources available to increase Water Sector analytical resiliency to contamination events, including the newly released Analytical Preparedness Full Scale Exercise (AP-FSE) Toolkit and Analytical Preparedness Self-Assessment (APS) Tool.
August 13, 2019
Conference schedule as of 8/12/2019.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), propose to list the Franklin's bumble bee (Bombus franklini), an invertebrate species from Douglas, Jackson, and Josephine Counties in Oregon, and Siskiyou and Trinity Counties in California, as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We will accept comments received or postmarked on or before October 15, 2019. Comments submitted electronically using the Federal eRulemaking Portal must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date. POC Paul Henson, Field Supervisor, USFWS, Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office, 2600 SE 98th Ave. Suite 100, Portland, OR 97266; tele: 503-231-6179. (Federal Register: 13 August 2019 [Proposed Rules] Pages 40006-40019).
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service is hosting this webinar that will highlight innovations in water management from Conservation Innovation Grantees. Since 2004, Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) has supported the development of innovative approaches and technologies on agricultural lands. In this webinar, learn from four different grantees about the cutting edge approaches to water management generated through CIG projects.
The 2019 Better Buildings Summit was held in July in the Washington, D.C. metro area. This webinar features 3 of the top-rated presentations from the Summit a rare chance to catch one of the talks you might have missed! Presentations include: Buildings of the Future: Commercial Partner Strategies for Building Resilience, Grid Modernization: The Role of Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings, and Best of the Betters: 2019 Better Project and Better Practice Presentations.
August 12, 2019
Registration is now open for the 2019 Federal Environmental Symposium. Federal employees and sponsored contractors are invited to attend the Symposium, to be held at the Natcher Conference Center, NIH Bethesda Campus on October 30-31, 2019. The theme of the event is Federal Facilities Leading Environmental Change, and it will bring together federal staff and their contractors to discuss environmental regulations, successes and challenges, and, much more. The event is FREE and registration will end Friday, September 13, 2019, so mark your calendar and register now. For more information, please see the Symposium website at https://www.fedcenter.gov/fes2019.
The Section 106 Agreements Seminar is a one-day course that builds skills in managing consultation and documenting agreed upon steps to resolve adverse effects in a Section 106 review of a federal undertaking. The seminar is designed for cultural resources, environmental, and legal practitioners who are fluent in the Section 106 implementing regulations and the review process. Remaining dates are Sept. 12 and Oct. 10, 2019.
August 08, 2019
Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) is defined as compact, mixed-use development near transit that creates sustainable communities where people of all ages and incomes have transportation and housing choices where people can walk, bike, and take transit. The goal of this course is to help transportation and land use professionals effectively participate in the planning, funding, and implementation of transit-oriented projects that improve the environment, create a sense of community, and boost transit ridership.
Public Involvement is much more than posting notices and holding public hearings. Public participation involves creative thinking, with willingness and ability to interact openly to the public's preferred forms of communication. It is about being sensitive to disparate needs and conflicting priorities. It is about giving the public an opportunity to influence transportation decision-making. This course walks the talk by employing public involvement techniques as the means of conveying the key learning outcomes. It is a joint effort among FTA's Office of Planning, NTI, the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Office of Planning, and the National Highway Institute (NHI) and was recently updated to reflect changes in the Federal Transportation reauthorization.
August 07, 2019
August 2019 version of the quarterly publication of "The Corps Environment" newsletter published by the USACE Environmental Community of Practice. The purpose of this newsletter is to provide information about USACE and Army environmental actions, issues, policies and technologies. This edition highlights how the Corps employs an open and transparent process, in support of Environmental Operating Principle #7. In the spirit of transparency, this issue provides insight into the valuable role the Corps' National Program Managers (NPMs) play in championing environmental activities across the enterprise. It also includes content from some of the NPMs on the programs they support as well as highlights from the field.
The AMPO Conference will bring together MPO staff, Policy Board members, federal and state employees, and consultants to share information and best practices on a variety of current and emerging metropolitan planning issues.
APTA tech is a new conference that explores how the public can use innovative technologies to better navigate transit including emerging technologies in Fare Payment, Autonomous Vehicles, Security, Safety, Intelligent Transportation System Application, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), and customer information.
Join the tenth biennial ICOET conference hosted by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife, with support from the US DOT Federal Highway Administration. ICOET is an interdisciplinary, inter-agency supported conference addressing the broad range of ecological issues related to transportation systems in all modes.
The Vision Zero Cities conference is a gathering of hundreds of city officials, advocates, policymakers, planners and engineers who come together to learn, exchange ideas, and strategize about the problems facing modern city streets.
The ASCE Convention is the Society flagship membership event. It is the single annual opportunity that the entire Society is represented together and therefore needs to reflect the diversity that ASCE encompasses. The program for the Convention will be of an integrated, cross-cultural, technical, and educational nature.
August 06, 2019
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to prohibit sewage dumping into the Great Lakes. (Congressional Record: 23 July 2019 [Senate] Pages S5011-S5013).
A bill to require Federal agencies to address environmental justice, to require consideration of cumulative impacts in certain permitting decisions. (Congressional Record: 23 July 2019 [Senate] Pages S5011-S5013) .
August 05, 2019
A bill to require Federal agencies to address environmental justice, to require consideration of cumulative impacts in certain permitting decisions. (Congressional Record 23 July 2019 [House] Pages H7239-H7242) .
August 02, 2019
EPA has updated its Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Eco-labels to help federal agencies efficiently and effectively identify environmentally preferable products and services. EPA will continue to coordinate across the federal government to increase access to information and resources on sustainable acquisition and assist with incorporating sustainability requirements and specifications into federal purchasing practices and contracts.
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to prohibit sewage dumping into the Great Lakes. (Congressional Record 23 July 2019 [House] Pages H7239-H7242).
August 01, 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.
July 31, 2019
USFWS issued a final rule to comply with a court order that reinstated the regulatory protections under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA), for the grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. This action is effective July 31, 2019. However, the court order had legal effect immediately upon being filed on September 24, 2018. POC Dr. Hilary Cooley, Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator, USFWS, University Hall, Room #309, University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812; tel: 406-243-4903. (Federal Register: 31 July 2019 [Rules and Regulations] Pages 37144-37145).
July 29, 2019
EPA's National Compliance Initiatives (NCIs) advance the Agency Strategic Plan's objectives to improve air quality, provide for clean and safe water, ensure chemical safety, and improve compliance with our nation's environmental laws while enhancing shared accountability between the EPA and states and tribes with authorized environmental programs.
A bill to require a report on the effects of climate change on the Coast Guard. (Congressional Record: 17 July 2019 [Senate] Page S4907).
July 25, 2019
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Federal Energy Program (FEMP) at the U.S. Department of Energy issued a Federal Agency Call (FAC) on EERE Exchange titled "Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) 2019" (DE-FOA-0002143). AFFECT 2019 will build on FEMP's prior AFFECT grant program efforts to facilitate or promote the wider adoption of energy and water efficiency projects and processes at all federal facilities, and has been revised and updated to provide federal agencies a more streamlined and efficient application, review, and selection process.
The Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) meets twice per year to share success stories, information about Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) activities, and other business.
A bill to amend title 23, United States Code, to require transportation planners to consider projects and strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Congressional Record: 10 July 2019 [Senate] Page S4773).
July 24, 2019
Caulk containing potentially harmful polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) was used in many buildings in the 1950s through the 1970s. PCBs in caulk have not been found in single-family homes. EPA has only found the chemical in caulk in large, older apartment complexes and some older buildings, such as schools.
On June 26, 2019, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) published draft guidance on how National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis and documentation should address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The CEQ is extending the comment period on the draft guidance, which was scheduled to close on July 26, 2019, for 31 days until August 26, 2019. The CEQ is making this change in response to public requests for an extension of the comment period. POC: Edward A. Boling, Associate Director for the National Environmental Policy Act, Council on Environmental Quality, 730 Jackson Place NW, Washington, DC 20503. Tel: (202) 395-5750. Comments should be submitted on or before August 26, 2019.(Federal Register: 24 July 2019 [Notices] Page 35607).
The pace of cleanup at federal facility Superfund sites can be delayed when Federal Facility Agreement (FFA) parties continue disputes beyond the agreed-upon dispute resolution timelines specified in negotiated FFAs.However, because disagreements and disputes are fact-specific, a fluid rather than a one-size-fits-all process may at times be necessary. This memorandum sets out principles clarifying and reinforcing the importance of adhering to agreed-upon FFA informaland formal dispute timelines. These principles support Recommendation 18 of the Administrator's Superfund Task Force Recommendations report, released on July 25, 2017.
Recommendation 30 of EPA's Superfund Task Force Report directed EPA to develop Federal facilities language for placing Federal Facility Agreement (FFA) provisions on hold in instances where a third partywants to do the work. This Recommendation is also part of the Report's Goal 3 of "Encouraging Private Investment." To encourage reuse and redevelopment, either of these two FFA amendments could be used as a starting point for negotiations with the applicableFederal agency. EPA developed these amendments taking into account Federal agency and state comments.
Recommendation 30 of EPA's Superfund Task Force Report directed EPA to develop Federal facilities language for placing Federal Facility Agreement (FFA) provisions on hold in instances where a third partywants to do the work. This Recommendation is also part of the Report's Goal 3 of "Encouraging Private Investment." To encourage reuse and redevelopment, either of these two FFA amendments could be used as a starting point for negotiations with the applicableFederal agency. EPA developed these amendments taking into account Federal agency and state comments.
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