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Subject: October 2016 State and Local Climate and Energy Resource Roundup



Upcoming Webinars

New Resources and Reports

Upcoming Webinars


October 18, 2:30 PM (ET): EPA Webinar – Tribal Indoor Air Quality: Preparing for FY17 Tribal Housing Funding Opportunities

Learn about innovative, green, and sustainable building design and projects from tribal building experts. Learn how to be effective in gaining support from your Tribal Council and tribal members. Also, participants hear from key federal tribal housing grant program coordinators about how to prepare for upcoming fiscal year 2017 opportunities in federal tribal housing funding. 



October 26, 2:00 PM (ET): EPA Webinar – Toolkit of Available EPA Green Infrastructure Modeling Software

EPA’s Office of Research and Development is hosting a webinar on its “toolkit” of five models and tools for planning, designing, and evaluating green infrastructure. During the webinar you will learn from EPA researchers about these tools:



October 27, Noon (ET) – Antioch University Webinar: What Do Local Decision-Makers Need to Adapt to a Changing Climate

In this webinar, Antioch University's Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience will release findings and recommendations from the 2016 Local Solutions Report: Identifying and meeting the needs of local communities adapting to climate change. The report coalesces and analyzes data from a range of original sources—including the Local Solutions Survey, participant evaluations of climate preparedness capacity-building programs, and community need statements—to inform priorities for public policies, budget setting, private sector funding, investments, and action. This webinar will provide a brief overview of the report findings and discussion of multiple approaches to overcoming barriers, based on insights from field-tested examples. In addition, specific state and federal approaches and programs will be shared that assist communities to move forward with local climate resilience. 



New Resources and Reports


EPA launches new web portal to help communities prepare for climate change

EPA has launched a new online portal that provides local leaders with information and tools to increase resilience to climate change. Using a self-guided format, the Adaptation Resource Center (ARC-X) provides information tailored specifically to community needs. ARC-X leads users through all steps of an adaptation process, including: understanding the implications of climate change for their particular region or issues of concern; adaptation strategies that can be implemented to address climate-related risks; case studies that illustrate how other communities with similar concerns have already successfully adapted, along with instructions on how to replicate their efforts; potential EPA tools to help implement the adaptation strategies; and sources of funding and technical assistance from EPA and other federal agencies. To access this new resource, go to the ARC-X site.


EPA releases new report on green infrastructure and climate change

EPA announces the release of a new publication: Green Infrastructure and Climate Change: Collaborating to Improve Community Resiliency. As different parts of the country become drier, wetter, or hotter, community leaders and citizens are looking to green infrastructure to improve their community’s resiliency to the effects of climate change. In 2015, EPA convened charrettes, or intensive planning sessions, in four cities to demonstrate how this type of planning could be applied to communities dealing with a range of challenges. Each city’s charrette focused on different issues based on the most pressing climate change impacts they were facing and their current level of green infrastructure implementation. This new publication summarizes those issues and the recommendations developed by each charrette.


Georgetown Climate Center announces online green infrastructure resource

Georgetown Climate Center has announced the launch of its new online resource, the Green Infrastructure Toolkit, designed to help local governments at different stages find the resources and examples that are most helpful to them. The toolkit analyzes common trends in the approaches various cities are taking to planning, implementing, and funding green infrastructure to manage stormwater. Powered by the Center’s Adaptation Clearinghouse, the toolkit is organized by chapters:

  1. Introduction: explains the purpose of the toolkit as well as green infrastructure for newcomers
  2. Getting Started: focuses on best practices for pilot programs, including choosing sites, choosing techniques, and monitoring effectiveness
  3. Scaling Up:  focuses on taking pilot or demonstration projects city-wide and integrating green infrastructure into zoning codes, street design standards, etc. to make them regular practice
  4. How to Pay for Green Infrastructure: includes federal, state, and local sources of funding, as well as public and private financing strategies
  5. Communication Strategies: focuses on ways to talk about green infrastructure with both partner agencies and the public
  6. Equity: includes examples of local governments that have integrated climate equity and environmental justice into their green infrastructure and similar programs

Each chapter has an overview of the main issues and brief analysis, accompanied by in-depth case studies of local governments that have implemented the particular tool or policy.


Institutfor Local Self-Reliance releases mappintool of state energy policies and local projects

The Institute for Local Self-Reliancreleasethe Community Power Map, a mapping tool designed to showcase the relationship between state energy policies and the number of community energy projects or renewable policies that are being implemented. NeJersey, New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont werreported to have the strongest relationship between policies and a large number of projects.


Center for the New Energy Economy publishes report on renewable portfolio standards

The report, “Driving Renewable Energy Markets: The Conventional Approach,” looks at the history of state renewable portfolio standards (RPSs) and discusses what could happen when many states reach their ultimate RPS target. The paper “offers suggestions for mitigating the potential impacts on market certainty associated with expiring RPSs.”


Clean Energy States Alliance releases Spanish translation of Homeowner’s Guide to Solar Financing

The Spanish translation of CESA's 2015 publication, "A Homeowner’s Guide to Solar Financing: Leases, Loans and PPAs," is available here.


New Pacific Islands regional climate assessment website launched

The Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment launched a new website. The website provides information and resources about climate change in Hawaii and the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands, including tools, reports, case studies, and fact sheets.


George Mason University releases “Perceptions of Community Resilience: A Maryland Community Pilot Study, 2016”

For the first time, community resilience as it relates to climate change in four predominately African American neighborhoods is examined in the annual Maryland climate and energy survey reports released this month by George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication. "Perceptions of Community Resilience," released October 12, is one of four resources released this month. The other Maryland statewide surveys released by the Center for Climate Change Communication and Johns Hopkins are: “Public Perceptions of Climate Change,” “Public Knowledge, Behaviors & Preferences about Energy & Transportation,” and “Public Health, Energy & Climate Change.” They can be found here.

EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program logoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.

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