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The Fair Climate Connection

February 24, 2011

Welcome back, Fair Climate Advocate!
We use this newsletter as a means to communicate news, events, best practices and upcoming opportunities related to fair climate solutions.

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in this issue...
Clean Air Act 101
The Greenforce Initiative comes to NC!
Let's Move! Celebrates its 10 year anniversary
The Fair Climate Network reports out on the Green Jobs Green Jobs Conference
EPA to one final Listening Session on updating pollution standards
New Funding Opportunities
Gulf Coast Restoration Task Force to hold next meeting in New Orleans

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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
Webinars and Calls


Greener Campus Webinar Series:

Thursday, February 24, 2-3PM EST:

Thursday, March 10, 2-3PM EST: Green Community Partnerships - Advisory councils and other ways community college leaders are building partnerships for the success of green workforce initiatives  

March 25-27. At the Crowne Plaza in Austin, Texas 
April 3-5 at the Pennslyvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA   
The State of Environmenal Justice in America Conference: Building the Clean Energy Economy with Equity April 27-29 at the Washington Mariott at Metro Center in Washington, DC

Energy and Tribal Communities: Develop Tribal Community Energy Efficiency, Weatherization and Small Scale Renewable Energy Projects" in Chandler, AZ on March 22-23


Sponsored by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals and NWF

For information on how you can participate in the workshop or gain access to workshop information, contact Myra Wilensky.




 NTAA/EPA Air Policy Call February 24 (12:00 - noon - 2:00 pm)
 Tribal Designations Workgroup Call March 03 (12:00 - noon - 1:00 pm) 

 Tribal NSR Workgroup Call March 16 (12:00 - noon - 1:00 pm) 


Preparing States for a Changing Climate: Low-cost Strategies for State Climate Change Adaptation Planning- March 1, 1-2:30PM EST

This webcast will build on recent EPA adaptation webcasts that have focused on the process of identifying climate change vulnerabilities and initiating planning efforts. In this event, we will move beyond a focus on process to examine the most cost-effective and flexible management practices and policy changes for building resilience over the long term.  


America's Climate Choices
Hosted by the Union for Concerned Scientists and accessible at any time

 Climate Resilient Cities Program: Coastal Climate Adaptation in the Southeast (Available any time)
Presented by SACE (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy) and ICLEI's (Local Governments for Sustainability) Climate Adaptation Webinar series
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.
Clean Air Act 101 Training Webinar. Hosted by the EPA. Friday, February 25, 2-3:30PM EST



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Learn what you can do to support air quality in this EPA hosted webinar.

The EPA to host a Clean Air Act 101 Webinar Training on Friday, 2.25
Register to participate!  


WHO? Environmental Justice and Tribal Community Members and Organizations
WHAT? Webinar on Air Pollution Prevention and Control (CAA 101)
WHEN? February 25, 2011, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Eastern Time
On Friday, February 25, the Environmental Protection Agency will host a webinar on air pollution prevention and control. The webinar is designed for community members who would like a better understanding of the Clean Air Act and the roles of state, local, and tribal agencies and EPA in air quality management. Clean Air Act 101 will cover topics such as:

  How agencies plan and manage air pollution
  How commonly found pollutants are regulated
  How toxic air pollutants are regulated
  Opportunities for public involvement
Please join the CAA 101 webinar by registering in advance (at least 24 hours prior), using the following link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/824036753. For questions, please contact Regina Chappell at chappell.regina@epa.gov, or (919) 541-3650.
Fresh off the road from the VA summits, the Greenforce Initiative moves to NC next to help connect people to careers in emerging green sectors.

The Greenforce Initiative comes to North Carolina! 

by Carly Queen, Southeast Campus Field Coordinator, NWF

The Greenforce Initiative, a partnership between the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and Jobs for the Future (JFF) is strengthening the capacity of community colleges to implement or refine quality pathways that lead to careers in evolving and emerging green sectors by focusing in six regions/states: Metro Chicago, Michigan, North Carolina, northern Virginia, Seattle, and South Texas.


Our goals are to strengthen the capacity of colleges to develop, expand, or refine green pathway programs that:

 Lead to postsecondary certificates or degrees and employment in family-sustaining green careers;

 Are designed for lower-skilled adults and other nontraditional students who cannot currently access such programs; and

 Utilize campuses' greening efforts as "learning laboratories" for education and training activities.


In North Carolina, The Greenforce Initiative is collaborating with the Code Green Initiative, the Code Green Super Curriculum Improvement Project (CIP), and the North Carolina Community College System to host a summit in each of the three geographic regions of North Carolina: the Mountains, Piedmont and Coastal Plains.  The purpose of these summits is to provide in-person opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, sharing of best practices, and networking among curriculum-level education, workforce development, basic skills and sustainability leaders from community colleges in each region.  Each gathering will also serve as a launching point for a regional learning community.


Save These Dates!

 Western North Carolina Greenforce Summit

- Friday, March 4, 8:30am-4:30pm

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Candler, NC

 Central North Carolina Greenforce Summit

- Friday, March 18, 8:30am-5:00pm

Guilford Technical Community College, Greensboro, NC

 Eastern North Carolina Greenforce Summit

- Friday, March 25, 8:30am-3:00pm

Pamlico Community College, Grantsboro, NC


To learn more about the events and how to attend, visit this website

or contact Carly Queen, Southeast Campus Field Coordinator at NWF.

Office: (404)876-8733 x238

Mobile: (404)312-2860





Let's Move! is a comprehensive initiative that seeks to ensure a healthy future for our children by improving community development and child nutrition and activity programs.

Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Initiative Celebrates Its One Year Anniversary
By Jenna Peters, Education Advocacy Intern at NWF


One year ago, First Lady Michelle Obama launched Let's Move! aimed at ending childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and be able to pursue their dreams.  On February 8th, First Lady Michelle Obama, Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Co-Chair Dominique Dawes, and others, spoke about working together to ensure that America's Kids get 60 minutes of physical activity a day. Secretary Salazar focused on Let's Move Outside, especially by getting outside safely in urban settings, stating that every person should have access to National Parks and there is one within an hour of every major city.


Let's Move! is going to be planning and hosting a set of listening sessions about how to get more parks and playgrounds into communities and how to make urban parks safe spaces for kids to play. The initiative has stressed that mayors and community leaders can promote physical fitness by working to increase safe routes for kids to walk and ride to school; by revitalizing parks, playgrounds, and community centers; and by providing fun and affordable sports and fitness programs. 


The Let's Move! blog is a great resource to learn about local initiatives related to healthy community development for healthier kids.

Watch the First Lady's Let's Move! Anniversary Video. 
Learn More on the Let's Move Outside! website. 

The Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference, held by the Blue Green Alliance in early February, was attended by many Fair Climate Network members.

The Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference

by Marc Littlejohn, Manager of Diversity Partnerships
Organized by the BlueGreen Alliance, a national partnership between labor unions and environmental organizations with 14 million members, the event brought together over 1500 enthusiasts for protecting the environment and creating jobs from organizations across the country.  They came for an expansive list of speakers, plenary sessions and dozens of workshops examining how to make smart investments, regulations and public-private partnerships that will lead the country to a clean energy economy.
John Podesta, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress, who moderated the plenary panel, pointed out that "environmental protection is not just environmental strategy, its central to economic development." The speakers on Podesta's panel, including United Steel Workers International, President Leo W. Gerard, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Nancy Sutley and Union of Concerned Scientists President, Kevin Knobloch, agreed and added that the country needs to commit to a long-term, sustainable economic strategy that incorporates environmental protection at its core.
Over the course of the three day conference, the participants were actively engaged in many workshops and sessions that covered equity issues, environmental issues, clean energy jobs and legislation as well as impacts of energy inefficiency. The event finale was an advocacy day on the hill.

The people at the Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference have shifted the debate and shown that environmental protection and economic growth can go hand in hand. There was a perfect mix of enviros and union members working towards environmental interests and business interests.

Fair Climate Network member Yolanda Pearison attended and echoed that she appreciated the mix of participants and found the event valuable "because the public and private sectors were in dialogue about how we all can move forward together... there needs to be solutions that will drive the cost down for clean technology and renewable energy so that businesses and individuals will be able to afford them."
For more information on the BlueGreen Alliance or on the Good Jobs Green Jobs conference, visit their website.

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The EPA wants to hear your thoughts on vital clean air protections.

EPA to hold one more Listening Session on Updating the Clean Air Act's Pollution Standards for Power Plants and Fossil Fuel Refineries

Don't let your voice go unheard!


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold one more listening session to complete its circuit of five that will help the agency update the Clean Air Act pollution standards to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution from fossil fuel power plants and petroleum refineries. The listening session will be open to the public and will help EPA develop a common-sense approach to reduce GHGs from two of the largest industrial pollution sources, which are responsible for nearly 40% of the GHG pollution in the US. Reducing greenhouse gas pollution can also result in reductions to other harmful air pollutants emitted by these facilities.

The feedback from all of these sessions and comments submitted online will play an important role in helping EPA develop smart, cost-effective and protective standards that reflect the latest and best information available.


Registration is not required to attend the session. There will be a short period of time at the end of the session for the public to provide comments. To speak during these times, please notify EPA when signing in. If you do not have the opportunity to speak during these times or you cannot make it to the sessions, written comments on these planned rulemakings may also be submitted. The agency requests that written comments be submitted by March 18, 2011. 

For those interested who are not able to attend the sessions, each session will be webcast and recorded for later viewing via the EPA website
Session 5: Petroleum Refinery Industry Representatives

Date: Friday, March 4

Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and public comments 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Session Location: Washington, D.C. 
EPA Ariel Rios East Building
1301 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Room 1153
Washington, D.C. 
More information and instructions for submitting written comments.  If you have any questions, or want to discuss any aspect of these hearings, don't hesitate to get in touch with us at the Fair Climate Project. After all, that's what we are here for!
Funding Opportunities 

HUD Sustainable Communities Research Grants - $1.5 million

Application Due: March 4, 2011 (Deadline has been extended)

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. For more information, click here.


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 Student Environmental Development Program - $315,000

Application Due: March 15, 2011

Eligible Entities: State and local governments, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, and other public or private nonprofit institutions


The Student Environmental Development Program is an educational and leadership development program established in Philadelphia, Pa. (EPA Region 3) in 1993. SEDP provides a six to seven-week summer course to rising eighth grade students in lower income inner city neighborhoods. The program provides a holistic approach to science-based environmental education. Students concurrently learn communication skills, cultural awareness, and career training. Students participate in hands-on classroom activities, relevant extended learning experiences, service learning, and community service. Each week, lecturers from EPA and other federal, state, and local governments as well as non-government organizations cover a wide spectrum of environmental, science, health, and personal development topics. From recycling to air and water quality, participants develop a stronger understanding of environmental stewardship and individual responsibility. SEDP has provided a successful model for other organizations and the format is being used by environmental, conservation and outdoor educational programs nationwide.


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.

Environmental Justice Small Grants Program - $1.2 million

Application due: March 31, 2011 


Since its inception in 1994, the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program has awarded more than $21 million in funding to 1,200 community-based organizations, and local and tribal organizations working with communities facing environmental justice issues.
The Environmental Justice Small Grants Program, supports and empowers communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues. The program assists recipients in building collaborative partnerships to help them understand and address environmental and public health issues in their communities. Successful collaborative partnerships involve not only well-designed strategic plans to build, maintain and sustain the partnerships, but also working towards addressing the local environmental and public health issues. For more information, click here.


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

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Meeting
New Orleans, February 28, 2011 

On Monday, February 28, 2011 at 8AM CT, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Taskforce will hold a meeting in New Orleans to further the task force's ongoing commitment to supporting the conservation and restoration of resilient and healthy ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico.

During the meeting, task force members, including EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, a New Orleans native who chairs the task force, will review progress on the group's Restoration Strategy and provide ongoing guidance to intergovernmental teams on the timeline of actions and the objectives of the president's Executive Order. The strategy is envisioned as a blueprint for action in restoring the Gulf ecosystem and builds upon existing plans, good science and the input of the residents of the Gulf.
The New Orleans meeting will be the latest in a series of meetings that the task force is holding throughout the five Gulf States. The task force is committed to ensuring ongoing input from Gulf residents and local leaders throughout the strategy development process and will continue to receive feedback during this meeting.
President Obama issued an Executive Order in October to create the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, continuing the administration's ongoing commitment to the gulf region. The task force works to integrate federal restoration efforts with those of local stakeholders, state and tribal governments, and to facilitate accountability and support throughout the restoration process.

To pre-register for this meeting, please email gulfcoasttaskforce@epa.gov.

The Gulf Coast Task Force will be hosting two calls to discuss details of the February 28 meeting, as well as future task force meetings and ways you can provide input. The calls will take place:
Friday, February 18, 2011, from 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. EST
Call-in Number: (877) 290-8017
Conference Code: 45755689
Tuesday, February 22, 2011, from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. EST
Call-in Number: (877) 290-8017
Conference Code: 45759047
If you are interested in participating in one of the calls, please RSVP to GulfCoastTaskForce@epa.gov.