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05/04/2021

Green Revolving Funds Toolkit https://go.usa.gov/xHpsE
#acquisition #lessonslearned #greenpurchasing #renewableenergy #casestudies #energy
This collection of solutions provides guidance on establishing a green revolving fund to overcome a lack of dedicated capital. A green revolving fund is an internal capital pool dedicated to funding energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability projects that generate cost savings. A portion of those savings is then used to replenish the fund, establishing an ongoing funding vehicle to help drive energy efficiency and sustainability investment over time.

05/04/2021

EPA Moves Forward with Phase Down of Climate-Damaging Hydrofluorocarbons https://go.usa.gov/xHpmF
EPA is proposing its first rule under the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act of 2020 to phase down the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), highly potent greenhouse gases commonly used in refrigerators, air conditioners, and many other applications. The AIM Act directs EPA to sharply reduce production and consumption of these harmful pollutants by using an allowance allocation and trading program. This phasedown will decrease the production and import of HFCs in the United States by 85% over the next 15 years. A global HFC phasedown is expected to avoid up to 0.5 °C of global warming by 2100.

The AIM Act is among the most significant environmental laws from the U.S. Congress in recent years – co-sponsored and passed with strong, bipartisan support. Backed by a broad coalition of industry and environmental groups, it provides regulatory certainty across the United States for phasing down HFCs and ushers in the use of more climate friendly and efficient alternatives that will save consumers money while improving the environment. American companies are at the forefront of developing HFC alternatives and the technologies that use them, and the AIM Act allows these companies to continue to lead and innovate internationally.

EPA will accept comments on this proposal for 45 days after publication in the Federal Register and hold a public hearing. The agency plans to finalize this rule later this year.

05/04/2021

EPA’s Sanitary Surveys for Recreational Waters Tool (Web-based, Multiple Offerings) https://go.usa.gov/xHpmH
#environmentalcompliance #training #webinar #epa #sanitary #waterquality

May 12, 2021
2:00-3:30 PM (Eastern)

May 25, 2021 at 2:00-3:30 PM (Eastern)

May 26, 2021 at 3:00-4:30 PM (Eastern)

EPA’s new Sanitary Survey App for Marine and Fresh Waters is designed to help protect swimmers and other recreators while improving management decisions that can help keep recreational waters open for use. EPA recognizes the role of community participation in supporting robust water quality datasets. This tool can help citizen scientists provide data on sources of pollution in a watershed and information on potential harmful algal blooms in surface waters that public health officials need to protect a community. These efforts can also ultimately promote safe public access to urban waterways and lead to aquatic ecosystem restoration.
EPA is conducting virtual training sessions on how to use the App and access the saved data from the sanitary surveys.

05/04/2021

Revised Designation of Critical Habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl; Delay of Effective Date
(Rule) https://go.usa.gov/xHpm7
#finalregs #naturalresources #wildlife #usfws #habitat #threatenedspecies
USFWS are delaying the effective date of a final rule we published on 15 January 2021, revising the designation of critical habitat for the northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) under the ESA. This second delay is necessary to avoid placing undue risk on the conservation of northern spotted owl caused by allowing exclusions from its designated critical habitat to go into effect while the Service prepares a revision or withdrawal of the 15 January 2021, rule through additional rulemaking to address apparent defects; this second delay is also necessary to avoid confusion and disruption with Federal agencies in the implementation of section 7 of the ESA while the Service initiates and completes the rulemaking process for revising or withdrawing the 15 January 2021, rule. As of 29 April 2021, the effective date of the final rule published 15 January 2021, at 86 FR 4820, and delayed on 1 March 2021 (86 FR 11892), is further delayed until 15 December 2021. POC Paul Henson, State Supervisor, USFWS, Portland, OR 97030, tel 503-231-6179. (Federal Register 30 April 2021 [Rule] pages 22876-22882).

05/04/2021

Designation of Critical Habitat for the Northern Mexican Gartersnake (Rule) https://go.usa.gov/xHpmG
#finalregs #naturalresources #wildlife #usfws #habitat #threatenedspecies
USFWS, designated critical habitat for the northern Mexican gartersnake (Thamnophis eques megalops) under the ESA. In total, approximately 20,326 acres (8,226 hectares) in La Paz, Mohave, Yavapai, Gila, Cochise, Santa Cruz, and Pima Counties, Arizona, and Grant County, New Mexico, fall within the boundaries of the critical habitat designation for the northern Mexican gartersnake. This rule extends the Act's protections to the northern Mexican gartersnake's designated critical habitat. This rule is effective 28 May 2021. Jeff Humphrey, Field Supervisor, USFWS, Arizona Ecological Services Field Office, 9828 North 31st Ave #C3, Phoenix, AZ 85051-2517; tel 602-242-0210. (Federal Register 28 April 2021 [Rule] pages 22518-22580)

05/04/2021

Threatened Species Status With Section 4(d) Rule for Big Creek Crayfish and St. Francis River Crayfish and Designations of Critical Habitat (Draft) https://go.usa.gov/xHpmf
#draftregs #naturalresources #wildlife #usfws #habitat #threatenedspecies
USFWS proposes to list the Big Creek crayfish and the St. Francis River crayfish as threatened species with section 4(d) rules and designations of critical habitat on 17 September 2020. They announced a 60-day public comment period on the proposed rule, ending 16 November 2020. They now reopened the public comment period to allow all interested parties additional time to comment on the proposed rule. They also announce a public informational meeting and public hearing on the proposed rule. They will accept comments received or postmarked on or before 27 May 2021. POC is Karen Herrington, Field Supervisor, USFWS, Missouri Ecological Services Field Office, 101 Park DeVille Drive, Suite A, Columbia, MO 65203-0057; tel 573-234-2132. (Federal Register 27 April 2021 [Proposed Rule] pages 22127-22129)

04/28/2021

EPA Announces Changes to Prevent Unsafe New PFAS from Entering the Market https://go.usa.gov/xHUUu
#announcement #cleanup #pfas #epa #policy
In support of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to tackling pollution from Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) and protecting human health and the environment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing important policy shifts in its review of new PFAS before they can enter the market.

Due to the scientific complexities associated with assessing PFAS, and the hazard potential associated with various sub-classes of PFAS, it is challenging to conduct an appropriately robust review of low volume exemptions (LVE) requests for PFAS in the 30 days the regulations allow. The regulations provide for the denial of LVE requests when EPA finds the chemical in question may cause serious human health effects or significant environmental effects, or when issues concerning toxicity or exposure require review that can’t be completed in 30 days.

These policy changes will ensure that if new PFAS are allowed to enter commerce, EPA will have reviewed all intended, known, and reasonably foreseen conditions of use and that these chemicals will not enter commerce absent appropriate and enforceable protections for human health, including that of workers, and the environment.

04/28/2021

Financing Green Infrastructure: Best Practices From the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (Web-based) https://go.usa.gov/xHUPc
#training #webinar #sustainability #stormwater #greeninfrastructure
May 12, 2021
1:00 – 2:30 PM (Eastern)
As one of the largest sources of public water quality financing in the United States, the EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program has the national reach and resources to expand the use of green infrastructure across the water sector. Since 2009, state CWSRF programs have provided nearly $2 billion for green infrastructure. Virtually any project that manages, reduces, captures, or treats stormwater is eligible for funding. This webcast will feature speakers from EPA Headquarters, PENNVEST, and Capital Region Water in Harrisburg, PA. Attendees will learn how the CWSRF program is supporting green infrastructure at the national, state, and local levels by creating incentives for implementation and providing a permanent source of low-cost financing.

04/28/2021

EPA Administrator Regan Establishes New Council on PFAS https://go.usa.gov/xHUPx
#announcement #epa #pfas #cleanup #federalfacilities
To help deliver on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) mission to protect human health and the environment, today Administrator Michael S. Regan issued a memorandum to EPA’s senior leadership calling for the creation of a new “EPA Council on PFAS” that is charged with building on the agency’s ongoing work to better understand and ultimately reduce the potential risks caused by these chemicals.

The ECP’s work will build on the important steps the Biden-Harris Administration has already taken to address these chemicals, including pulling down and updating a PFBS toxicity assessment that had been politically compromised and issued a new assessment backed by career scientists. EPA has also taken action to begin to develop a national primary drinking water regulation, to collect new data critically needed to improve EPA’s understanding of 29 PFAS, and to solicit data on the presence and treatment of PFAS in wastewater discharges. The agency also strongly supports President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, which calls for investing billions of dollars to monitor and treat PFAS in drinking water.

04/28/2021

Department of Energy Boosts Climate Change Mitigation at Federal Facilities through Efficient, Clean Energy Projects https://go.usa.gov/xHUPC
#announcement #energy #climateadaptation #climatechange #energyefficiency #federalfacilities #femp #doe #grants #affect
U.S Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) issued a $13 million solicitation for new energy projects that will help federal facilities improve the efficiency of their operations and reduce their carbon footprint. Through this Federal Agency Call (FAC), entitled, "Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT),” DOE will help ensure that the federal government is leading by example in the effort to achieve the Biden Administration’s goal of a 100% clean-energy economy and net-zero emissions by 2050.

04/28/2021

Register for Thermal Energy Storage Systems for Buildings Workshop (Virtual) https://go.usa.gov/xHUPY
#workshop #events #hpb #energy #research #energyefficiency
May 11- 12, 2021
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Eastern)
World leaders in the thermal energy storage (TES) field will focus on the goal of advancing thermal storage solutions for buildings. Participants from industry, academia, and government will discuss the latest developments in low-temperature TES technologies and systems to identify approaches that overcome technology gaps, building integration issues, and market adoption challenges that are preventing the widespread deployment of TES solutions in buildings. Buildings, and the advanced TES technology within them, are a key element in achieving a zero-carbon electric sector by 2035. The discussions will help inform the Building Technologies Office's TES technology roadmap and its plans to support this goal by coordinating and directing future pre-competitive R&D and technology and market-scaling activities related to latent, sensible, and thermochemical TES for buildings.

04/27/2021

ICOE 2021 International Conference on Ocean Energy (Virtual) https://go.usa.gov/xHQpf
April 28-30
Virtual
The ocean energy industry will come together April 28-30, 2021 to discuss device innovation, new market developments and regulatory frameworks to spur commercialization. In addition to unparalleled opportunities to network and learn from industry leaders from around the world, ICOE 2021 provides a variety of forums for attendees to share advancements in research and technology breakthroughs.

The theme for ICOE 2021 is “Energizing a Powerful Blue Economy”. NHA is excited to showcase innovations in ocean energy technology research and development, prepare ocean renewable energy to benefit the larger “Blue Economy” and the electrical grid, and identify research needed to further advance the state of the technology.

04/27/2021

NAEP 2021 Conference & Training Symposium (Virtual) https://go.usa.gov/xHQpg
May 17-20 , 2021
Virtual
The NAEP 2021 Conference & Training Symposium invites environmental professionals from across the United States to share in the opportunity to learn about new projects, share technical knowledge, network with other industry professionals, and experience a new and unique experience!

04/27/2021

Society of American Military Engineers, Joint Engineer Training Conference (Virtual) https://go.usa.gov/xHQp2
May 17-21, 2021
Virtual
Built on a robust and highly interactive online platform, designed by leading A/E/C experts, and delivered by senior government and industry decision-makers, Virtual JETC is THE place to stay up to speed in the joint engineering community. Hear how your profession is tackling the infrastructure-related national security issues we all face both in this era of Great Power Competition and unprecedented COVID-challenged environment.

04/27/2021

The Constructed Environment: Building the Anthropocene (Virtual) https://go.usa.gov/xHQpT
May 12-14, 2021
Virtual
The Eleventh International Conference on The Constructed Environment calls for research addressing the following annual themes and special focus: Design of Space and Place, Constructing the Environment, Environmental Impacts, Social Impacts

04/27/2021

EPA Reconsiders Previous Administration’s Withdrawal of California’s Waiver to Enforce Greenhouse Gas Standards for Cars and Light Trucks https://go.usa.gov/xHQyR
As directed in President Biden’s Executive Order 13990 on “Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis,” and in response to requests by states and other stakeholders, today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public input on its reconsideration of the Agency’s 2019 action titled The Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Rule Part One: One National Program Rule (SAFE-1) for the purposes of rescinding the action taken by the prior administration.

04/27/2021

Resilience Through Collaboration: First Year Highlights and Future Directions of the National Water Reuse Action Plan (Web-based) https://go.usa.gov/xHQyn
#training #webinar #waterefficiency #climatechange
April 29, 2021
2:00 – 3:30 PM (Eastern)
Presentation will celebrate accomplishments of action leaders and partners and forecast anticipated 2021 outcomes. Presentation will also feature a lively discussion with leaders from across the water sector about the future of reuse and its importance as a tool to address the impacts of climate change and meet local water demands. The virtual event will be complemented by the release of a progress report that provides a “year in review” and forecasts anticipated WRAP-related efforts and outputs.

04/27/2021

2021 Energy Efficiency Finance Forum (Virtual-Event) https://go.usa.gov/xHQyU
#energy #conference #energyefficiency
May 25 -26, 2021
Join the 13th Energy Efficiency Finance Forum (EEFF) to explore the vital role that financing will play in cutting-edge initiatives and major opportunities to finance projects that save energy, reduce costs, and create jobs. Participants will have an opportunity to network with leaders in finance, government, utilities, and energy service companies. In interactive sessions and dynamic plenaries, participants will learn about successful projects and innovative models. participants will discover ways to overcome barriers, scale the industry, and deliver deep energy savings.

04/27/2021

Memorandum for Agency Compliance with Sections 301 Through 313 of The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act https://go.usa.gov/xHQyP
#environmentalcompliance #epcra #federalfacilities

The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued this guidance consistent with section 211 and 219 of Executive Order 14008, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, to direct Federal departments and agencies on reporting in accordance with the requirements of section 301 through 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986 (42 U.S.C. §§ 11001–11023).

04/26/2021

Climate Leadership Exchange (Virtual) https://go.usa.gov/xHn56
May 25, 2021
Virtual
As 2021 kicks off a decade of climate transformation, the virtual Climate Leadership Exchange is your opportunity to engage and connect with North America’s most influential community of climate leaders from business, government, academia, and the non-profit sector.

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