EPA Region 7 Communities Information Digest



U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7


Communities Information Digest



March 6th, 2012

Questions? Contact: Tegan Vaughn at 913-551-7326, vaughn.tegan@epa.gov.
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*Request from EPA for Public Comment & Applications on the K-12 School Environmental Health Program Guidelines for States, Tribes and Territories* 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released for public comment ‘K-12 School Environmental Health Program Guidelines for States, Tribes and Territories.’ Your feedback will help in the development of useful guidelines to states, tribes, and territories that will better support healthy school environments for our nation's children.  Comments are due by April 13, 2012. Please visit the EPA's Office of Children's Health Protection School's website at www.epa.gov/schools to post your comments. EPA is also happy to announce the release of a Request for Applications (RFA) which will provide funding for implementation of the draft voluntary guidelines. Eligibility for funding under this competitive solicitation is limited to states, tribes and territories.  Total funding available is expected to be $750,000 and applications for up to $150,000 will be accepted.  The closing date for receipt of applications is April 10.  For more information, including a copy of the RFA, go to:  www.epa.gov/schools.


*2012 EPA National Award for Smart Growth Achievement Application Period Now Open*

EPA is pleased to announce that the application period for the 11th annual National Award for Smart Growth Achievement is now open. This competition is open to public- and private-sector entities that have successfully used smart growth principles to improve communities environmentally, socially, and economically. Winners will be recognized at a ceremony in Washington, DC, in December 2012.There is one application form for all three categories: Programs and Policies, Equitable Development, Main Street or Corridor Revitalization. The Application deadline is April 6, 2012. Public-sector winners will receive one complementary registration to the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in 2013. EPA will film short videos of the winning projects, which will be shown at the awards ceremony in 2012 and the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in 2013 and posted on the EPA smart growth website. All entries must be submitted using the application form. The application can be submitted by either a public-sector or private-sector entity, but all applications must include a public-sector partner. The official award guidelines and entry form can be found here: http://epa.gov/smartgrowth/awards.htm.


*MOEX Offshore Agrees to $90 Million Partial Settlement of Liability in Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill*

MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC has agreed to settle its liability in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in a settlement with the United States valued at $90 million, announced the Department of Justice, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently. Approximately $45 million of the $90 million settlement is going directly to the Gulf in the form of penalties or expedited environmental projects."This is good news for the Gulf Coast communities that are continuing to rebuild their economy and restore their ecosystem. This administration is going to stand with the people here to ensure a full recovery from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "Dedicating funds to actions that restore the local waters is a vital part of restoring these communities. As someone who grew up on the Gulf Coast, I know how important clean water is to the lives and livelihoods of the people here, and I know we need to take every possible action to get the ecosystem here on a path to long-term restoration."As part of the settlement, MOEX Offshore has agreed to pay $70 million in civil penalties, of which, $45 million will go to the United States. The money will go toward replenishing the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, where by law it will be available to pay for response actions, cleanup and damages caused by future spills. The remaining penalty will go to Gulf states that participate in the settlement. Those states will receive penalty payments as follows: $6.75 million to Louisiana, $5 million each to Alabama, Florida and Mississippi, and $3.25 million to Texas.  MOEX Offshore has also agreed to secure and protect properties of ecological significance for the Gulf habitats. For more information on the settlement, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/resources/cases/civil/caa/moex.html.


* Federal Agencies publish environmental justice strategies designed to ensure that all communities are protected from environmental harm and benefit from federal programs*

Recently, federal agencies, led by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), released environmental justice strategies, implementation plans and progress reports, outlining steps agencies will take to protect communities facing greater health and environmental risks. These strategies represent a significant step forward in the Administration’s commitment to integrating environmental justice into federal decision-making and programs in areas such as transportation, labor, health services, housing and others.The Administration believes that all Americans should be able to live in healthy communities, share in the benefits of federal programs and initiatives, and have a voice in the federal decision-making process. Yet too often that is not the case, particularly for low-income, minority and tribal populations. To make progress toward addressing these inequities, federal agencies have reviewed their portfolios to assess how their programs, policies, and activities may have disproportionately adverse health and environmental effects. Through this review, they have identified overarching strategies, as well as specific programs and initiatives, to reduce environmental or health hazards, ensure access to beneficial programs, and increase community participation in agency decision-making. Federal agencies releasing new environmental justice strategies by February 2012 include: the Department of Agriculture, Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Transportation, Department of Interior, Department of Veterans Affairs, and General Services Administration. The EPA and the Department of Energy published new strategies in 2011 and 2008, respectively, and released annual implementation plans last year. The U.S. Department of Justice recently released its annual implementation progress report. The Department of Defense released its strategy in 1995 and this year will be releasing an annual implementation progress report. The Department of Education, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Commerce have taken public comment on their draft strategies and are working to finalize their strategies and implementation reports. To learn more about agency strategies and implementation plans please visit: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/interagency/iwg-compen dium.html. 



Upcoming Funding Opportunities

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March 12-14: Active Living Research Annual ConferenceSan Diego, California -                                                       http://www.activelivingresearch.org/conference/2012

March 15-16: 2012 Good Jobs, Green Jobs West Regional Conference– Los Angeles,                         California - http://www.greenjobsconference.org/los-angeles

*March 20: Livability and Jobs*— Saint Louis, Missouri



March 27-29: AridLID 2012: Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development in Arid  EnvironmentsTucson, Arizona - http://www.aridlid.org/?page_id=277

*April 1-4: 2012 National Main Streets Conference*Baltimore, Maryland -                    http://www.preservationnation.org/main-street/training/conference/2012baltimore/

April 3-4: 2012 Good Jobs, Green Jobs East Regional Conference— Philadelphia,                                                    Pennsylvania -  http://www.greenjobsconference.org/philadelphia 

*April 3-4: Inaugural National Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Meeting* Washington, DC


April 10-11: National Training Conference on the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and

 Environmental Conditions in Communities— Washington, D.C.


*May 1-3: Growing Sustainable Communities Conference *— Sonoma County, California 



May 4:  Sustainability by Design: Retrofitting our Cities, Communities and

Neighborhoods - Portland, Oregon - http://sustain.uoregon.edu/workshops    /course_desc.php?CourseKey=633659


May 10-11: 2012 Good Jobs, Green Jobs North Regional Conference– Detroit, Michigan



May 15-17: 15th National Brownfields Conference— Atlanta, Georgia - www.brownfieldsconference.org


June 7-8: Promoting Intergenerational and Evironmental Health Across the Lifespan New York  City, New York - http://www.healthandenvironment.org/news/conference/intergen2012


June 20-22: Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference New Orleans, Louisiana –



*September 10-12: Missouri Recycling Association (MORA) Annual Conference*St. Louis,

                            Missouri - http://mora.org/

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*EPA Smart Growth Webinar: Transforming the Old North St. Louis Neighborhood, with Opening Remarks by Mayor Francis Slay, March 13, 2:30 p.m. (ET)*

On Tuesday, March 13, join Mayor Slay of St. Louis, MO and Sean Thomas, executive director of the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group to discuss smart growth approaches used to transform a largely abandoned area into a flourishing historic district. Hosted by EPA's Smart Growth Program, this webinar will focus on the transformation of Old North and lessons learned for other cities seeking to revitalize their communities. Old North St. Louis is the winner of EPA's 2011 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement in the Overall Excellence category. The application period for the 2012 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement is open through April 6. Public- and private-sector entities that have successfully used smart growth principles to improve their communities are encouraged to apply. Learn more at http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/awards.htm.Webinar Details (No Pre-Registration Required): Tuesday, March 13, 2:30-3:30 Eastern. To join this webinar, click on https://epa.connectsolutions.com/r1il752femj/.
Conference Number: (866) 299-3188, Participant Code: 2025662950

Freight and Livability Webinar, March 15, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (EST)

The purpose of the webinar is to explore linkages between freight movements and livability and highlight examples of transportation projects and programs underway to improve the quality of life for communities across the United States.  Agenda:  “Freight and Livability”- Chip Millard, FHWA Office of Freight Management (20 mins), “Reducing Diesel Idling Emissions in EJ Areas of Southern California near the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles”- Michelle Shultz Wood, California Air Resources Board (20 mins), “Transportation and Livability Case Studies”- Jason Bittner, University of South Florida Center for Urban Transportation Research (20 mins). To register for this webinar, visit:   https://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/resources/webconference/web_conf_learner_reg.aspx?webconfid=23933.

*Engaging Citizens with Technology,  March 15, 12:00 p.m. (CST)*

This webinar will feature Quint Pertzsch, GIS Coordinator for the City of Golden, Colorado, and Omar Chaudhry, Business Analyst at Cartegraph. We'll show you how organizations just like yours are using today's citizen request applications to engage the public, increase transparency, and work more efficiently. Register now for this one-hour webinar beginning at noon Central Time on Thursday, March 15. (Please note time zone.) You'll learn how the City of Golden allows citizens to report non-emergency issues and service requests, such as potholes, vandalism and streetlight outages, directly from their smart phones. We'll show you how the latest features work and step you through the implementation process. Join us Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 10 a.m. Pacific, 11 a.m. Mountain, noon Central and 1 p.m. Eastern. Click here to register.

*Energy Star Webcast: Benchmarking in Portfolio Manager for State and Local Governments, March 16, 2:00 - 3:15 p.m. (EDT)*

Sponsored by ENERGY STAR, this webinarwill review EPA’s online energy management tool, Portfolio Manager, which enables you to track the progress of energy efficiency efforts and compare the energy use of your buildings with that of peer buildings across the country. Attendees will learn how to measure and track energy use and carbon dioxide emission reductions to establish baseline energy use, prioritize investments, set goals, and track improvements over time. In addition, topics discussed will include best practices for bulk data management for new and existing accounts, real-life examples of organizations that have successfully benchmarked large portfolios of buildings. To register, visit the ENERGY STAR webcast site.


Roadmaps to Health Community Grants Applicant Web Conference Call,
March 20, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. (EST)  and April 10, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. (ET) 

The 2012 Roadmaps to Health Community Grants call for proposals is now available.The grants, which will support two-year state and local efforts among policymakers, business, education, health care, public health and community organizations, will be managed by Community Catalyst and are part of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). Up to 20 coalitions will be awarded grants to create policy or system change to address the social and economic factors that impact the health of people in their community. For more information, please visit: http://www.rwjf.org/applications/solicited/cfp.jsp?ID=21390&utm_source=February+27%2C+2012+County+Health+Rankings+%26amp%3B+Roadmaps+E-News&utm_campaign=February+28+Newsletter&utm_medium=email.

Webinar Series: Improving Children’s Health through Federal Collaboration, Second Thursday of every month from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (MST) 

The Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8, and the Health Resources and Services Administration, Region VIII, have organized, in collaboration with other Federal partners, a one-year-long webinar series titled Improving Children’s Health through Federal Collaboration. Protecting the health of children where they live, learn and play is fundamental to making the world a better place for future generations. The purpose of this webinar series is to encourage coordination, collaboration and information sharing across government agencies and organizations, health care providers, educators, and the general public in addressing children health issues. Please save these dates for the following FREE webinars. For additional information about each of the webinars, including registration information, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/region8/humanhealth/children/webinars.html. 

March 8, 2012 - Affordable Care Act

April 12, 2012 - Communities Working Together for Better Health

May 10, 2012 - Successful Asthma Management

June 14, 2012 - Healthy Homes

August 9, 2012 – Children’s Environmental Health Research

        September 13, 2012 - National Children Study




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OTHER COMMUNITY-RELATED INFORMATION & EVENTS                                                                      



*EPA's Green Infrastructure Program Unveils New Website & is Available for Assistance*

 Building on our 2011 Strategic Agenda, EPA's Green Infrastructure Program is pleased to unveil their new website and to announce the availability of technical assistance to 10-20 partner communities. The new website repackages and expands upon our previous website to showcase EPA's research on green infrastructure and to serve as a gateway to the wealth of resources developed by governmental agencies, academia, non-profits, and the private sector.  Stakeholders will be able to consult the website for up-to-date information on green infrastructure publications, tools, and opportunities. The first opportunity EPA is announcing through the website is the availability of direct assistance from EPA to facilitate the use of green infrastructure to protect water quality.  Technical assistance will be provided through EPA contract support, and will be directed to watersheds/sewersheds with significant water quality degradation associated with urban stormwater.  The total EPA assistance available is approximately $950,000, and will be distributed among 10-20 projects.  The value of the assistance available to each project will be approximately $50,000 - $100,000. Letters of interest must be received by April 6, 2012.  For more information, please visit: http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/greeninfrastructure/index.cfm#tabs-1. 

Or visit: http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/greeninfrastructure/gi_support.cfm#CommunityPartnerships.


*EPA Releases Guide on Landfill Gas Energy for Local Governments* 

 EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program and Landfill Methane Outreach Program has released a final version of Landfill Gas Energy:  A Guide to Developing and Implementing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs(PDF, 547 K). Learn how communities can achieve energy, environmental, health, and economic benefits by using landfill gas (LFG) recovered from municipal solid waste landfills as a source of renewable energy. It is designed to be used by local governments, regulatory and planning agencies, developers, contractors, project partners, energy service companies, and end users, including business and industrial customers who work with project owners. Readers of the guide will learn about options to recover and use LFG from landfills, and get a clear idea of the steps and considerations involved in developing and implementing LFG projects as well as the expected costs and financing opportunities. This guide is part of the Local Government Climate and Energy Strategy Series, which is designed to help policy makers and program staff plan, implement, and evaluate cost-effective climate and energy projects that generate economic, environmental, social, and human health benefits. To access other documents in this series, please visit the Local Government Climate and Energy Strategy Series page on EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program website. To learn more about communities already investing in LFG projects, visit two of EPA’s Climate Showcase Communities: Keene, New Hampshire and Albuquerque, New Mexico.


*Promoting Environmental Justice Through Urban Green Space Access* 

 A new article by Ms. Viniece Jennings, a doctoral candidate in the School of Environment at Florida A&M University; Dr. Johnson Gaither, a research social scientist with the USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station Work Unit, in Athens, GA; and Dr. Schulterbrandt Gragg, an associate professor in environmental science and policy in the School of Environment at Florida A&M University, has been published. The article reviews literature on the connection between urban green space access and environmental justice. It discusses the dynamics of the relationship as it relates to factors such as environmental quality, land use, and environmental health disparities. To read the entire article, please visit: http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/env.2011.0007 


*Chesterfield, Missouri Citizens Committee for the Environment* 

 The Citizens Committee for the Environment (CCE) is actively participating in City and regional events to promote resource conservation and environmental awareness in Chesterfield, Missouri. They develop and disseminate educational materials on topics such as recycling, composting and proper disposal of household hazardous waste. The Committee hosts an Earth Day celebration - this year on April 21st, community recycle drives, and other fun environmental education events to engage residents. The CCE also works with TREEED Partners (Team for Regional Excellence in Energy and Environmental Design) to achieve greater contributions to sustainability locally and regionally. Click here for a current list of TREEED Partners. The Committee also worked to get Chesterfield named as a Certified Wildlife Habitat Community by the National Wildlife Federation in 2005, just the 9th in the nation. This designation goes to communities that provides habitat for wildlife throughout the community - in individual backyards, on school grounds and in public areas such as parks, community gardens, places of worship and businesses. If you want to learn more and get involved, contact the CCE at (636) 537-4000.  You can also view the CCE Brochure here and the city's CCE webpage here, http://www.chesterfield.mo.us/citizens-committee-for-the-environment.html 


*Creve Coeur, Missouri Launches Green Power Community Challenge*

 The Creve Coeur City Council voted to further the City's leading Climate Action effort by initiating an EPA Green Power Community (GPC) Challenge.  With the goal of achieving the prestigious GPC designation by Earth Day 2013, a Challenge Team has been formed that includes representatives from the City, the 

 Climate Action Task Force, 3Degrees, Ameren Missouri and Microgrid Energy. The GPC team will launch a citywide challenge encouraging private consumption of green power through the purchase of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) or installation of onsite renewable energy, such as solar or geothermal, by local businesses, residents and nonprofit organizations. The EPA GPC recognizes cities committed to reducing their carbon footprint while protecting the environment. This commitment also helps to increase community pride and engagement in conservation efforts. Under the program, Creve Coeur's Challenge goal is to make green power 3% of the city's energy consumption.  For more on Creve Coeur's GPC efforts, click here.  You can also monitor the status of the city's efforts at this website.  There will be a kick-off event on the morning of April 12th - check back soon on the Creve Coeur websitefor details at http://www.mogpc.com/creve-coeur/.


*New Matrix for Federal Funding Programs related to Sustainability*

 Reconnecting America recently put together a matrix of federal funding programs related to sustainability.  The list includes programs administered by agencies beyond HUD, DOT and EPA, including USDA, HHS and the IRS. To view the matrix, visit: http://www.reconnectingamerica.org/resource-center/federal-grant-opportunities/.


*March 15 Deadline for National Trust/ACHP Federal Partnerships Award* 

 The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the National Trust for Historic Preservation continue to seek exemplary historic preservation efforts to honor with their joint award. Nominated projects are accomplished through federal partnerships with at least one non-federal entity involved. The deadline for nominations is March 15, 2012. Please fully read the general eligibility and nomination requirements, and especially the award description for the National Trust/ACHP award before submitting. The entire application must be completed online. A jury of preservation professionals from the National Trust and the ACHP will review the nominations, and a winner will be honored in November 2012 at the National Trust’s conference in Spokane, Washington. For more information contact Patricia Knoll at 202-606-1385, pknoll@achp.gov, or visit http://www.preservationnation.org/take-action/awards/.


*Rural HUD Sustainable Communities Grantees Make Videos about their Planning* 

 Three rural HUD Sustainable Communities grantees, the Gulf Regional Planning Commission in Mississippi, the State of Colorado and Thunder Valley, South Dakota, describe in short video clips the innovative planning work their communities are undertaking. To view videos, see www.hud.gov/sustainability.



University of California at Davis Opens Doors to West Village, Aims to Be Largest Zero Net Energy Facility in U.S. 

In August 2011, the University of California at Davis (UC Davis) welcomed the first residents of UC Davis West Village, a multi-use development that aspires to be the largest zero net energy community in the country. Zero Net Energy (ZNE) means that the community expects to generate the same amount of energy that it consumes. Occupying 130 acres of the UC Davis campus, West Village encompasses 42,500 square feet of commercial space, including a recreational and leasing center, in addition to providing housing for the 800 students who will inhabit the West Village apartments. When completed, the development will include energy research centers and the Sacramento City College campus, the first community college to be located on a University of California campus. http://www.huduser.org/portal/sustainability/newsletter_010312_1.html#1.

Sense of Water Intergenerational Contest 

 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency invites the public to submit creative projects to the 6th annual Rachel Carson intergenerational “Sense of Wonder” contest. There are four categories: photography, essay, poetry and dance. This year, in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the contest will focus on a “Sense of Water.” Contest submissions are encouraged to focus on the various properties of water – how it tastes, what it sounds like, how it feels – and what water means to the entrants.
"Water means different things to different people, and this contest is a great opportunity for people of all ages to creatively express how water touches their life," said Nancy Stoner, EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for Water. The deadline for entries is June 1, 2012, and winners will be announced in September 2012. A panel of judges will select finalists in each category, and the winners will be determined by a public online vote that will begin in August 2012.Carson is considered to be the founder of the contemporary environmental movement through her landmark book, “Silent Spring.” The contest seeks to spur and instill the same sense of wonder Carson had among all generations. The contest is sponsored by EPA, the Dance Exchange, the Rachel Carson Council, Inc., and Generations United. For more information about the contest and to see the works of previous winners please see

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Livability Factsheets

 Livability fact sheets are now available on FHWA’s livability website at www.fhwa.dot.gov/livability/fact_sheets.  The fact sheets provide information and examples on how considering livability during the transportation decision-making process can benefit communities. The fact sheet topics include health, housing costs, freight, land use, safety, management and operations, rural communities, and the environment.

EPA Releases Document on Energy Efficiency in Local Government Operations 

EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program has released a final version of Energy Efficiency in Local Government Operations: A Guide to Developing and Implementing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs (PDF) (72 pp, 5.3 MB). This guide describes how local governments can lead by example and achieve multiple benefits by improving the energy efficiency of their new, existing, and renovated facilities and their day-to-day operations. It is designed to be used by facility managers, energy and environment staff, other local government agencies, and mayors and city councils.

 Readers of the guide will come away with an understanding of options to improve the energy efficiency of municipal facilities and operations, and how to motivate the private sector and other stakeholders to follow suit. Readers will also understand the steps and considerations involved in developing and implementing these energy efficiency improvements, as well as an awareness of expected investment and funding opportunities. This document is part of the Local Government Climate and Energy Strategy Series, which is designed to help policy makers and program staff plan, implement, and evaluate cost-effective climate and energy projects that generate economic, environmental, social, and human health benefits.

EPA Seeks Comment on its Draft Environmental Justice and Equitable Development Report “Creating Equitable, Healthy, and Sustainable Communities: Strategies for Advancing Smart Growth, Environmental Justice, and Equitable Development”  

Communities across the country are integrating smart growth and environmental justice approaches to achieve development that is healthy, environmentally and economically sustainable, and beneficial for all residents, regardless of race, ethnicity, and income. This publication aims to build on past successes and help other low-income, minority, tribal, and overburdened communities implement their own versions of equitable development. It identifies strategies that bring together smart growth and environmental justice principles and goals and can be used by community-based organizations, local and regional decision-makers, developers, and other stakeholders to shape land use decisions where they live. In order to ensure that this publication is as helpful as possible for communities, EPA is soliciting comments on the draft through March 1, 2012. Where appropriate, comments will be incorporated into the publication and will inform EPA's broader work on smart growth and environmental justice. To view instructions for commenting, visit http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/pdf/2012_0208_request-for-comments-on-a-draft-EPA-publication.pdf. To access the draft, please visit http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/pdf/2012_0208_creating-equitable-healthy-sustainable-communities.pdf. If you have questions about the draft or the review process, please contact EquitableDevelopment@sra.com.

 US Department of Labor’s Why Green Is Your Color: A Woman’s Guide to a Sustainable Career 

The Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau has released Why Green Is Your Color: A Woman's Guide to a Sustainable Career, a comprehensive manual designed to help women with job training and career development as they enter innovative and nontraditional jobs. It offers women resources and information they need in order to enter and succeed in jobs in the emerging green economy. The guide is for women at all stages of their careers— whether they are newly entering the workforce, transitioning to new careers, or returning to the workforce—who want to identify and take advantage of opportunities in the clean energy economy. It will help training providers, educators, counselors, and other workforce development professionals promote the recruitment and retention of women in green career paths. Additional resources to help women succeed in nontraditional and emerging job sectors are available by contacting the Women's Bureau.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Green Lab Publishes Report on Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse

The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse concludes that, when comparing buildings of equivalent size and function, building reuse almost always offers environmental savings over demolition and new construction. The report’s key findings offer policy-makers, building owners, developers, architects and engineers compelling evidence of the merits of reusing existing buildings as opposed to tearing them down and building new.

 New York, NY Adopts Green Building Codes, Aims to Save $400M

“New city building code that aims to lower carbon emissions, energy consumption and waste is slowly but surely paying off. A new report from the Urban Green Council shows that New York City has been making progress on building construction and renovation standards over the last two years that will save $400 million in energy costs over time. Since February 2010, both Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn convened the city’s Green Codes Task Force to examine how to mitigate the impact of green building construction and renovation. At this point, 29 of the council’s 111 ‘green’ recommendations have been adopted and incorporated into the city’s building code and laws – and eight more are currently in the pipeline.” For more information, please visit: http://www.globest.com/news/12_278/newyork/more_green/NYC-Adopts-Green-Building-Codes-Aims-to-Save-400M-318348.html

 Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Starts Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

On January 25, 2012, the FTA Administrator announced that the FTA has taken another critical step in modernizing and streamlining the New Starts/Small Starts Program. Published that day in the Federal Register was FTA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and accompanying draft guidance on a new and streamlined method by which we will evaluate the merits of these major transit investments.  The primary goal of the proposal is to better ensure that capital projects truly capture the vision and unique needs of local communities. No longer will we have rules that cause project sponsors to feel that the FTA is seeking to design their projects from Washington D.C. Information and documents on this proposed rulemaking can all be found on the docket at www.regulations.gov, docket number FTA-2010-0009-0189 and on FTA’s website (http://www.fta.dot.gov).  The 60-day public comment period expires on March 25, 2012.

Call for Papers on Community Colleges Green Workforce Development - Manuscript Deadline: April 1

 Sustainability: The Journal of Record is looking for manuscripts and best practice case studies on the role community colleges are playing in green workforce development. Community colleges are playing a major role in green workforce development and Sustainability: The Journal of Record is seeking submissions on this important topic. They welcome submissions from community college professors, administrators, faculty, and students; from advocates, partners, and policymakers at the local, state, and national level; and from private sector partners working with community colleges to build and support green workforce programs. Items to consider:

- Success stories with tangible results from green workforce programs
- Partnership stories between community colleges and the private
  sector/Ability of institutions to keep pace with industry demand
- Partnership stories between community colleges and universities
- High-resolution photographs are welcome

Submit your manuscripts to: http://www.liebertpub.com/manuscript/sustainability-the-journal-of-record/252/.

Next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: April 28, 2012

The Drug Enforcement Administration has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day which will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications. In March, please check the website to locate collection sites near you: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html.


Centers for Sustainable Molecular Design 

EPA, as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications for an interdisciplinary center focusing on the sustainable molecular design of chemicals.  The aim of the center will be to develop a set of parameters and strategies that will establish design criteria regarding the properties of chemicals that will lead to the development of intrinsically less hazardous substances when compared to those currently used in society.  These newly acquired criteria and design principles will direct researchers towards the generation of novel chemicals that will minimize, and preferably eliminate, associated potential environmental and human health impacts that may occur during the life cycle of that chemical. The advent of these novel chemicals and their respective discovery of correlations between a chemical’s inherent properties and their adverse impacts require the development of improved methods for the design of next generation chemicals. The deadline is April 25, 2012. For more information, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2012/2012_star_molecular_design.html.