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The Fair Climate Connection

 
January 27, 2011

Greetings, Fair Climate Advocate!
 
Welcome to the Fair Climate Connection!

We use this newsletter as a means to communicate news, events, and upcoming opportunities related to fair climate solutions.

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In this issue...
Fair Climate Network first annual National Summit
Metro Atlanta teens get down to protect their environment, communities, and health
EPA chooses Northern Cheyenne Tribe in Montana for Climate Showcase Community Initiative
Upcoming tribal energy efficiency workshop in Phoenix, Arizona
New Funding Opportunities

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About Us

The goal of NWF's Fair Climate Project is to build and engage a national network of leaders representing underserved communities to advance equitable and just solutions to climate change. We work to forge connections between community leaders and decision makers to jumpstart local projects and national initiatives that promote green communities, clean energy, and green jobs.


Clean air, clean water and abundant wildlife sustain Americans from all walks of life. We all have a shared responsibility to protect these resources for our children's future.  At NWF, we are working to bring together diverse voices to affect decisions that will create safe and healthy communities for all.

Follow-up Links
Upcoming Events

10th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

· Hosted by the Local Government Commission

· February 3-5, 2011  

· Charlotte, NC

· The Fair Climate Project's Marc Littlejohn will speak on the panel: "Linking Climate Justice and Sustainability to National Equitable Development Advocacy Concerns"

· The Diversity Scholarship Fund to cover expenses of individuals and groups who work on environmental equity issues (deadline January 14)

 

2011 Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference

· February 8-10
· Washington, DC

· This year's Conference is focused on putting into practice the ideas and strategies that will build a sustainable economy with millions of good, green jobs across the country. The Conference features two days of exciting plenaries and keynotes, and features more than 100 workshops on a wide range of topics focusing on building a cleaner, greener and more sustainable economy.
· There are state-based strategy meetings planned for 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. on February 7.

 
 
Webinars and Calls

 
NTAA/EPA Air Policy Call 
 
· January 27, 2011 at Noon - 1:30PM EST

EPA Environmental Justice Community Outreach Call -
· February 3, 2011 at 3PM EST

Climate Resilient Cities Program: Coastal Climate Adaptation in the Southeast
· Presented by SACE (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy) and ICLEI's (Local Governments for Sustainability) Climate Adaptation Webinar series
·Live webinar on January 27 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM EST 
· The Climate Resilient Cities Program was designed specifically to help communities be informed and engaged in climate change adaptation. It offers invaluable tools and free resources to help communities through the process of assessing vulnerabilities, setting goals for resilience, and developing adaptation strategies that integrate with existing hazard and comprehensive planning efforts.

America's Climate Choices
· Hosted by the Union for Concerned Scientists and accessible at any time
· Advancing the Science of Climate Change
 
· Limiting the Magnitude of Climate Change
 
· Informing an Effective Response to Climate Change
 
· Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change

 
EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program Webcasts
· Federal Resources and Support for Climate Change Adaptation, January 13
· Clean Energy & Transmission Planning in the Eastern Interconnection, January 31

ENERGY STAR Webcasts
· K-12 Benchmarking 101, January 11
· Benchmarking Water/Wastewater Plants in Portfolio Manager, January 12
· Purchasing and Procuring Efficient Equipment, January 19
· Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR, January 20

DOE Webcasts
· Achieving Greater Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings, January 18
· Risk Management and Continuous Improvement, January 19
· Community Renewables: Wind, Solar, and Model Program Rules, January 26

 
 

NWF logoFair Climate Network National Summit

January 31st-February 1st

by Marc Littlejohn, Manager of Diversity Partnerships at NWF


The National Wildlife Federation's Fair Climate National Summit will be bringing together community leaders representing underserved communities and communities of color from across the country to learn about the major priorities and challenges we are facing nationally in advancing clean air and clean energy to benefit all our communities.

 

Over the course of a two-day gathering, our network of leaders will be learning about the attacks that Congress plans to launch to roll back the Clean Air Act and EPA's authority to regulate pollution and how we can bridge movements and strengthen our advocacy skills to effectively advance a shared agenda. Our National Summit will also provide a unique forum for leaders to meet, connect and learn from each other as well as learn important skills such as lobbying, media outreach, capacity building and social media in our workshops. Additional time is set aside on the second day for leaders to take their communities' concerns directly to lawmakers.

 

The goals of the summit are to strengthen and develop effective partnerships among a diverse set of equity-minded leaders from across the U.S., to discuss critical issues related to the human and natural resource impacts of climate change, to share successes and challenges when building model initiatives for strong and sustainable communities and to sharpen community mobilization, media engagement and fundraising skills.

Metro Atlanta Teens Get Down to Earth to Protect their Environment, Communities, and Health

by Na'Taki Osborne Jelks, NWF Manager for Education and Advocacy Programs - Atlanta, Georgia

As the National Wildlife Federation celebrates its 75th Anniversary, NWF's Southeast Regional Center in Atlanta, Georgia is preparing to host the 10th Annual Earth Tomorrow® Summer Institute and kick off of a celebration of 10 years of engaging youth of color in environmental leadership, stewardship, and community building.

 

The Atlanta Earth Tomorrow® Program is a high school and community club-based program that creates opportunities for teens (ages 14-18) to become environmental leaders and stewards through a year-long cycle of leadership training, issues exploration, civic engagement, career development, community outreach and education, and student-led community action projects.  The program addresses both a local and national need to cultivate the next generation of environmental stewards while placing special emphasis on youth of color and other underrepresented populations in conservation. Currently, more than 500 youth leaders and over 100 adult volunteers from predominantly underserved African American communities are engaged in the Atlanta Earth Tomorrow program. 

 

1.27.2011 Green the Block in ATL
Volunteers after a hard day at work at Green the Block.

This spring, Earth Tomorrow leaders will engage in a number of exciting activities including the Annual Earth Tomorrow Day at the State Capitol and Georgia legislative Field Study in March and the Annual Earth Tomorrow Community Urban Forestry Festival in April. The highlight of this year's activities however will be the 10th Annual Earth Tomorrow® Summer Institute, a unique seven-day, residential, environmental leadership and education program that helps equips teen leaders from urban communities to  better understand environmental issues impacting their communities and obtain the skills needed to create and lead their own community and environmental action projects.  Held this year on the campus of the Georgia Tech (June 11-17, 2011), the institute will provide students the opportunity to hone leadership skills, investigate their local environment, participate in hands-on data collection and analysis, enjoy the "great outdoors," interact with local and national environmental leaders and professionals, and be exposed to college life.  Approximately 40 teen leaders from target communities and 10 Earth Tomorrow graduates/College Peer Mentors will participate in the institute.

 

Following the Institute, student leaders will return to their schools inspired to make a difference in the environmental health of their communities by implementing community action projects. In 2010 over 400 students logged in nearly 3,000 hours of service to implement a wide range of community action projects from starting school-wide recycling programs, creating wildlife habitat gardens on schools grounds and other urban spaces, installing compact florescent light bulbs in low-income households, and developing climate change awareness campaigns to encourage peers and community members to reduce their carbon footprint.

 

For more information about the program, please contact the program director, Na'Taki Osborne Jelks at Osborne@nwf.org or 404-876-8733.

 EPA chooses Northern Cheyenne Tribe in Montana for Climate Showcase Community Initiative

by Alexis Bonogofsky, Tribal Lands Senior Coordinator

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $200,000 to the Northern Cheyenne Tribe in Montana in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation, to advance greenhouse gas reduction activities as part of the Agency's Climate Showcase Community initiative. The Tribe is among 20 U.S. communities that received grants in 2010 for projects designed to reduce greenhouse gases and was one of the only proposals to take on the task of training community members for green jobs.

 

The Northern Cheyenne Tribal Environment Department has partnered with NWF to transform their office building, an abandoned but well built church, into an energy-efficiency demonstration and training project. A broad range of techniques will be used to improve the building, including retrofits and small scale renewable energy. A new heating system, new windows and doors and a hot water heater on demand have already been installed. We are currently seeking proposals to turn this building into the first LEED certified building in southeastern Montana.

The project actively involves local tribal college students and community members, through service learning, leveraging this as an opportunity to build green jobs skills in the community. The training program this year will cover three sessions on energy audits, energy efficiency and small scale renewable energy production.

 

We are excited for the upcoming March training on how to make solar air heaters. Henry Red Cloud from Lakota Solar Enterprises is coming to Northern Cheyenne for a two week training course to teach college students and community members how to build their own solar air heaters that will not only reduce extremely high winter energy costs but possibly become an entrepreneurial opportunity for the Tribe.

 

NWF is proud to be involved as a partner on this project because of its potential to both improve conditions on the Reservation and reduce carbon emissions. We continue to seek opportunities to undertake more projects like this with other tribes and communities.

 

For more information on this project, please go to www.climateshowcase.com
For more information on Lakota Solar Enterprises, please go to: http://www.lakotasolarenterprises.com/  

Upcoming tribal energy efficiency workshop in Phoenix, Arizona
 
by Myra Wilensky, Tribal Global Warming Outreach Manager - Boulder, CO

 

 

The Tribal Lands team of National Wildlife Federation is planning a workshop: Energy and Tribal Communities: Develop Tribal Community Energy Efficiency, Weatherization and Small Scale Renewable Energy Projects" in Chandler, AZ on March 22-223, 2011. The goal of the workshop is to encourage tribal participants from the Southwest Tribes to develop projects for their reservations. Participants of the conference will learn about the benefits of energy efficiency, weatherization and small scale renewable energy projects; will participate in idea sharing and planning discussions for getting projects up and running; and will learn about funding opportunities.  The workshop is co-sponsored by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals of Flagstaff, Arizona. Planning for a similar workshop in Billings, MT in late April is also underway.

 

 

 

Funding Opportunities

 

Application Due: January 14, 2011
Eligible Entities: Local governments, Indian tribes, non-profit organizations, and others
 

EPA solicited comments through September 13th, 2010, on the new FY2011 Grant Application Guidelines for this funding opportunity. The RFA announces availability of grants for helping eligible entities deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs focused on hazardous and solid waste management, assessment, and cleanup activities. EPA anticipates awarding approximately 13 environmental workforce development and job training cooperative agreements from this competitive opportunity. For more information,

check out the draft grant application guidelines.

 

HUD Sustainable Communities Research Grants - $1.5 million

Application Due: February 4, 2011

Eligible Entities: Nationally recognized and accredited institutions of higher education; non-profit foundations, think tanks, research consortia or policy institutes, and for-profit organizations located in the United States.

 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development request proposals for the Transformation Initiative: Sustainable Communities Research Grant Program. Through this RFP, HUD is primarily interested in sponsoring cutting edge research in affordable housing development and preservation, transportation-related issues, economic development and job creation, land use planning and urban design, green and sustainable energy practices, and a range of issues related to sustainability. Up to $1.5 million expected to be available, individual awards not to exceed $500K.

 

HUD Assisted Housing Stability and Home Energy Retrofit Loan Pilot Program - $25 million
 

Application Due: February 16, 2011

Eligible Entities: Homeowners
 

Under the Retrofit Pilot Program, HUD, through FHA-approved lenders, will insure loans for eligible homeowners who are seeking to make energy and green retrofit investments in the property, to ensure the maintenance and preservation of the property, the continued operation and maintenance of energy efficiency technologies, and the timely expenditure of funds

For more information, see the full announcement and the grant listing, or contact john.f.prusch@hud.gov.
 

EPA's Office of Children's Health Protection Solicits Grant Proposals to Address Children's Environmental Health - $1.5 million   

Application due: February 18, 2011

Eligible Entities: States and state agencies, territories, city or township governments, county governments, federally recognized American Indian Tribes, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, other public or private nonprofit institutions, and 501(c)(3) organizations

 

EPA's Office of Children's Health Protection is pleased to announce the release of a solicitation for grant proposals to address children's environmental health in underserved communities by building capacity for these communities to reduce environmental exposures in child-occupied settings (e.g. homes, schools and child care centers). Funds available for award are expected to total approximately $1.5 million, and EPA intends to award approximately 15-20 awards, each for an amount not to exceed $100,000.

 

DOC Economic Development Administration Public Works, Economic Adjustment, and Global Climate Change Mitigation Programs Opportunity - $25 million expected

Application Due: March 10, 2011

Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, non-profits, private institutes of higher education

 

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) helps distressed communities establish a foundation for durable regional economies throughout the United States. EDA generally allocates funds for the Global Climate Change Mitigation Incentive Fund (GCCMIF) to support projects that foster economic competitiveness while enhancing environmental quality. EDA anticipates that these funds will be used to advance the green economy by supporting projects that create jobs through and increase private capital investment in initiatives to limit the nation's dependence on fossil fuels, enhance energy efficiency, curb greenhouse gas emissions, and protect natural systems. 

 

EPA FY11 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant Guidelines - $4 million

Application Due: March 18, 2011

Eligible Entities: State and local governments, tribes, non-profit organizations, other

 

This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits proposals from eligible entities, including non-profit organizations, to deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs focused on hazardous and solid waste management, assessment, and cleanup-associated activities, as referenced in Section I.B., Use of Grant Funds. While Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants focus on hazardous and solid waste remediation and health and safety, including required core training in HAZWOPER, applicants may design their own curriculums by choosing what types of supplemental environmental training they want to provide.

 

Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) Program - $2 million

Application due: March 22, 2011 

Eligible Entities: Local public non-profits, federally-recognized Indian tribal government, Native American organizations, private non-profits, quasi-public nonprofits, local government, colleges, and universities

 

The Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) competitive grant program is a unique community-based, community-driven, multimedia demonstration program designed to help communities understand and reduce risks due to toxic pollutants and environmental concerns from all sources.

The CARE grant program works with applicants and recipients to help their communities form collaborative partnerships, develop an understanding of the many local sources of toxic pollutants and environmental risks, set priorities, and identify and carry out projects to reduce risks through collaborative action at the local level. CARE's long-term goal is to help communities build self-sustaining, community-based partnerships that will continue to improve human health and local environments into the future.

Currently, the Fair Climate Project is working to create an online resource for funding updates. Stay tuned on this development!