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The Fair Climate Connection

 
March 10, 2011

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In this issue...
Senate Continuing Resolution Must Stand up for Mainstream Values
Share your Input on the EPA's EJ Action Development Process Guide
New CCAP Reports on Local Climate Adaptation and Green Infrastructure Efforts
Developing Low-Interest Retrofit Programs for the Multifamily Sector
The National Environmental Justice Advisory Council National Public Teleconference Meeting
The Greenforce Initiative comes to NC!
New Funding Opportunities
Senate Continuing Resolution Must Stand
Speak out! The budget legislation as it stands threatens the rights of our communities to clean water, clean air, and clean energy

Up for Mainstream American Values: Clean Air, Clean Water, Healthy Communities

Your congressmen need to hear that you won't tolerate rollbacks on the hardfought environmental protections of the last half century.
 

Yesterday, the US Senate voted down the House of Representative-approved H.R. 1, which was legislation to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011 (through September 30, 2011).


As passed by the US House of Representatives, H.R. 1 would slash funding to the EPA and threaten the bedrock of our country's environmental protection laws: the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. It would cut essential services to low-and middle-income Americans and eliminate necessary investments in our nation's human capital, our infrastructure, and the next generation of scientific and technological advances while not touching tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans, corporate subsidies that encourage shipping jobs overseas and billions in subsidies for select multinational companies.
  
"Unfortunately, under the guise of cutting federal spending, the House passed what amounted to a bailout for polluters. Riddled with riders that create environmental loopholes that trash decades of bi-partisan protection for clean air, clean water and our natural resources, HR 1 is a serious threat to the health and well-being of American families, our economy and our way of life," executive director of NWF's National Advocacy Center Adam Kolton said yesterday.
  
Even Goldman Sach weighed in, issuing a report that demonstrates how HR 1 would be a drag on the economy, cutting economic growth by as much as two percent of GDP. 


 

As Congressional leaders start to negotiate which cuts will be approved over the next few weeks, it is incredibly important that they hear that the American people oppose subsidizing oil companies already raking in billions in annual profit on the backs of lower and middle income Americans! 

 

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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

 
National Latino Congreso

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.

 

 

  Tribal NSR Workgroup Call March 16 (7-8pm)

 NTAA/EPA Air Policy Call March 24 (7-8 pm)
 Tribal Designations Workgroup Call April 7 (7-8 pm)  

  

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

 

 

Share your Input on the EPA's EJ Action

Share your lessons learned from working on the ground so that the EPA can better integrate EJ concerns in future actions!

Development Process Guide

Close of Public Comment Period is April 8, 2011 

  
In July 2010, EPA released an interim guide on incorporating environmental justice into the Agency's process for developing rules and regulations.
  
The Interim Guidance on Considering Environmental Justice During the Development of an Action is a step-by-step guide that helps EPA staff ask questions and evaluate environmental justice considerations at key points in the rulemaking process. It helps EPA staff determine whether actions raise possible environmental justice concerns and encourages public participation in the rulemaking process.

Since releasing the guide, EPA is looking for feedback and input on how to best implement and improve the guide and on ways EPA can further advance efforts toward environmental justice. The public comment period for this guide will close on April 8, 2011. Submit your comment by going to this link: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/resources/policy/ej-rulemaking.html  

 

New CCAP Reports on Local Climate Adaptation and Green Infrastructure Efforts

The Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) recently released two new reports on improving community resilience and prosperity by incorporating climate change adaptation best practices into city planning strategies. The reports, The Value of Green Infrastructure for Urban Climate Adaptation and Lessons Learned on Local Climate Adaptation from the Urban Leaders Adaptation Initiative, include examples of local government adaptation planning and discuss the multiple benefits of using green infrastructure.
 
The Value of Green Infrastructure for Urban Climate Adaptation provides information on the costs and benefits of green infrastructure practices, such as eco-roofs, green alleys, and urban forestry. The report provides examples of a variety of approaches as well as the benefits to urban communities, such as improvements in land value, quality of life, public health, hazard mitigation, and regulatory compliance. The report also examines how local governments can use managerial, institutional, and market-based approaches to reduce climate risks and maintain resilience. 
 
Lessons Learned on Local Climate Adaptation from the Urban Leaders Adaptation Initiative summarizes the main findings of CCAP's Urban Leaders Adaptation Initiative. This partnership with local government leaders served to empower local communities to develop and implement climate-resilient strategies. The report concludes that effective approaches include comprehensive planning, using "no-regrets" strategies, and "mainstreaming" adaptation efforts into existing policies. In addition, the report finds that examining and communicating the multiple benefits of adaptation strategies can be especially useful for developing public support for initiatives. 


 

Department of Energy hosts a webinar on low-interest loan programs for weatherization.

Developing Low-Interest Retrofit Programs for the Multifamily Sector

Sponsored by DOE's Technical Assistance Program, this webinar discuss creating low-interest loan programs for the multifamily affordable housing sector. In addition to explaining several models for multifamily weatherization programs, there will be information about a ratepayer funding on-bill repayment program, a complementary 2009 Recovery Act-funded pilot program for low-income properties, and a low-interest pilot program that serves borrowers investing in affordable housing. Presenters will also offer information about selecting auditing firms and contractors, marketing a multifamily program to property owners, and verifying that tenants receive the energy savings and benefits that result from this sort of retrofit.

 

To learn more, or to register, visit: http://www.nrel.gov/applying_technologies/state_local_activities/webinar_20110330.html 

To register, visit: https://energystar.webex.com/mw0306lc/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=energystar

The National Environmental Justice Advisory Council National Public Teleconference Meeting 

Thursday, March 31, 2011 

 

NEJAC will host a public teleconference meeting on Thursday, 3/31 from 1-4PM EST. The primary topic of discussion will be EPA's charge to the NEJAC on ensuring long-term engagement of communities in Gulf Coast eco-system restoration efforts. There will be a public comment period from 2:30-4PM EST. Comments requested should respond to how best to:

  1. Engage minority, low-income, and tribal/indigenous communities for input into decisions about Gulf Coast restoration plans, particularly for the impacts of such plans on permitting and how best to facilitate the participation of immigrant populations and communities with potential language barriers.
  2. Consider indigenous, cultural, and historical concerns during restoration and recovery
  3. Identify any regulatory and policy hurdles that impede, complicate, or discourage sustained community engagement in decisions about restoration and recovery.

To Register:

  • By E-mail: Send an e-mail to March2011NEJACMeeting@AlwaysPursuingExcellence.com with "Register for the NEJAC-March Teleconference" in the subject line. Please provide your name, organization, city and state, e-mail address, and telephone number for future follow-up.
  • Please also state whether you would like to be put on the list to provide public comment, and whether you are submitting written comments before the Wednesday, March 23 deadline. Non-English speaking attendees wishing to arrange for a foreign language interpreter may also make appropriate arrangements.

Written comments received by 11AM EST on Wednesday, 3/23 will be included in the materials distributed to the members of the NEJAC prior to the teleconference meeting. Written comments received after that time will be provided to the NEJAC as time allows.


All written comments should be sent to EPA's support contractor, APEX Direct, Inc., via e-mail at March2011NEJACMeeting@AlwaysPursuingExcellence.com or fax at 877-773-1489. 

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!

 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

 

Funding Opportunities 

 

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!