Day: February 2, 2012

State and Local Climate and Energy Program Resources

The publications and tools on this page are compiled from across the State and Local Climate and Energy Web site for quick access. Descriptions of the resources, suggestions for their use, and additional case studies and links to other resources can be found on the topic pages of the Web site. [Hat tip to Nancy Holm for the link]

Funding Available for Installation Energy Technology Demonstrations

The Department of Defense (DoD), through the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), supports the demonstration of technologies that address priority DoD installation energy requirements.  The demonstrations are intended to generate supporting cost and performance data needed for validation of the technology.  The goal is to accelerate the deployment of innovative energy technologies and to enable promising technologies to receive end user acceptance and be fielded and commercialized more rapidly.

ESTCP is seeking proposals for demonstrations of energy technologies on DoD installations as candidates for funding in Fiscal Year (FY) 2013.  The solicitation requests pre-proposals via Calls for Proposals to DoD organizations and Federal (Non-DoD) organizations and via a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Private Sector organizations.

ESTCP requests pre-proposals for the following topics:

  1. Smart Secure Integrated Installation Energy Management;
  2. Cost Effective On-Site Distributed Generation;
  3. Advanced Component Technologies to Improve Building Energy Efficiency;
  4. Advanced Building Energy Management and Control;
  5. Tools and Processes for Decision-making Associated with Energy Use and Management; and
  6. (DOD ONLY) Advanced Water Management and Controls for DoD Buildings.

The due date for all pre-proposals is Thursday, March 29, 2012.  More information about the solicitation, including instructions and deadlines, is available on the SERDP and ESTCP web site at

WEBINAR for the ESTCP INSTALLATION ENERGY SOLICITATION – February 16: ESTCP Director Dr. Jeffrey Marqusee will conduct an online seminar “ESTCP Installation Energy Funding Opportunities” on February 16, 2012, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  This “how to play” briefing will offer valuable information for those interested in new ESTCP funding opportunities related to energy topics.  During the online seminar, participants may ask questions about the funding process, the current ESTCP solicitation, and the proposal submission process.  Pre-registration for this webinar is required.  To register, visit

If you have difficulty registering, please contact Jon Bunger at or 703-696-2126.

Site Characterization for Munitions Constituents

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This paper was prepared to provide remedial project managers and other federal, state, and private personnel working on hazardous waste sites the technical information needed to make decisions regarding the nature of energet-ic residues on Department of Defense training ranges (and other munitions sites such as Formerly Used Defense Sites), sampling strategies that provide representative samples, and analytical methods developed to characterize these samples.

Cultivating Green Energy on Brownfields: A Nuts and Bolts Primer for Local Governments

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This primer offers local governments a starting point for considering whether (and what) renewable energy facilities may be appropriate for local brownfield sites. It includes an overview of renewable energy options, tools for navigating the economic issues that determine project feasibility, information on the permitting, zoning, liability and other regulatory issues that affect the development of renewable energy projects on these sites, and suggestions for ways to promote the development of renewable energy on brownfield sites. Case examples, presented throughout the primer, demonstrate the success of existing policies and renewable energy projects operating on brownfields. The primer’s appendix provides a list of resources for more information on developing a renewable energy project on a brownfield.

Draft Solar and Wind Decision Trees

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While the decision tree focuses on potentially contaminated sites, this tool also provides information on rooftop and other applications in order to support complimentary evaluations. These decision trees can be used to screen individual sites for their solar or wind potential or for a community-scale evaluation of multiple sites. These trees are not intended to replace or substitute the need for a detailed site-specific assessment that would follow an initial screening based on criteria contained in the tree. Tips on how users can obtain information relevant to various parameters in the tree are provided. EPA is looking for your feedback on the decision trees. By 2/16/12, please send comments via email to Shea Jones (

Green Remediation Best Management Practices: Landfill Cover Systems & Energy Production

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Principles for Greener Cleanups outline the Agency’s policy for evaluating and minimizing the environmental footprint of activities undertaken when cleaning up a contaminated site. Use of the best management practices (BMPs) recommended in EPA’s series of green remediation fact sheets can help project managers and other stakeholders apply the principles on a routine basis while maintaining the cleanup objectives, ensuring protectiveness of a remedy, and improving its environmental outcome.

Remediation at thousands of sites across the United States involves hazardous waste from former industrial landfills or waste piles, aged municipal landfills, or illegal dumps. A cover system is commonly installed at these areas as part of proper closure to serve as a surface barrier that contains the source material, reduces contaminant exposure or migration, and manages associated risk. The environmental footprint of activities needed to install and maintain a cover system can be reduced by adhering to EPA’s Principles for Greener Cleanups

ESTCP FY2013 Environmental Technologies Solicitation

The Department of Defense (DoD), through the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), supports the demonstration of technologies that address priority DoD environmental requirements. The goal of ESTCP is to promote the transfer of innovative environmental technologies through demonstrations that collect the data needed for regulatory and DoD end-user acceptance. Projects conduct formal demonstrations at DoD facilities and sites in operational settings to document and validate improved performance and cost savings.

ESTCP is seeking proposals for innovative environmental technology demonstrations as candidates for funding beginning in FY2013. This solicitation requests pre-proposals via Calls for Proposals to Federal organizations and via a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Private Sector organizations. Pre-proposals are due by Thursday, March 15, 2012. More information and detailed instructions for DoD, Non-DoD Federal, and BAA proposers at .

Illinois Wind for Schools Application Due March 1

A new program designed to incorporate wind energy topics into middle and high school classrooms is slated to begin during the 2012-2013 school year. Illinois Wind for Schools is an initiative sponsored through a partnership with the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University, the Western Illinois University Department of Engineering Technology, the Center for Renewable Energy at Illinois State University, and the College of Education at Illinois State University.

The program will offer curriculum development resources, teacher professional development, on-site technical assistance, and instructional equipment to middle school and high school teachers across the state. All training, curriculum, and equipment will be offered at no charge to schools selected for the program.

Applications and guidelines are available at the Illinois Wind for Schools website. Schools selected for the program will be notified by April 2. Although Illinois is not one of the official 11 DOE-funded Wind for Schools project states, it is eligible to take advantage of the Wind for Schools Affiliate Project.

Golden, Colorado siblings receive President’s Environmental Youth Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Christina and Eric Bear of Golden, Colo., have received the President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) for developing a project to inform Colorado homeowners about the dangers of radon exposure.

Christina and Eric, in eighth and sixth grade respectively, initially reached out to EPA, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the American Lung Association in 2010 to get the Radon Awareness Project started. Eight months later, the siblings expanded the project to include the Jefferson County Health Department, Habitat for Humanity, Girl Scouts, 4-H, and CanSAR (Cancer Survivors against Radon) in a targeted campaign to educate homeowners about radon and testing.

The results of their efforts include reaching over 500,000 people via newspapers, TV, social media and rallies. Over 500 schools were contacted to participate in a Colorado radon poster contest and legislative action has been initiated as a result of this awareness project.

Radon, an invisible, odorless gas, can enter homes as a result of the natural decay of radioactive material in rocks and soil, and is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S.  Colorado has an unusually high level of the gas; over 21,000 people die from radon each year in the U. S. and estimated 500 die in Colorado.

“Christina and Eric Bear have demonstrated that kids, no matter how young, can have a positive impact on environmental awareness and improving health,” said Wendy Dew, EPA’s environmental education coordinator in Denver. “The Bears have been tireless in spreading the word about radon, and their ability to bring groups together to work towards a common goal is an exceptional aspect of this project.”

The President’s Environmental Youth Award program promotes awareness of our nation’s natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. Since 1971, the President of the United States has joined with EPA to recognize young people across the U.S. for protecting our nation’s air, water, land, and ecology. It is one of the most important ways EPA and the Administration demonstrate commitment to environmental stewardship efforts created and conducted by our nation’s young people.

Ten outstanding projects are selected for national recognition each year. Projects are developed by young individuals, school classes (K-12), summer camps, and youth organizations to promote environmental stewardship. Thousands of young people from all 50 states and the U.S. territories have submitted projects to EPA for consideration. Winning projects in the past have covered a wide range of subject areas, including:

  • environmental science projects
  • recycling programs in schools and communities
  • construction of nature preserves
  • major tree planting programs
  • videos, skits, and newsletters that focused on environmental issues

For more on PEYA, visit:

Un-Shopping, reCommerce & Building a Business on Buying Less

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Gadget junkies: It’s time to explore the possibilities and benefits of stepping off the treadmill of constantly upgrading to the latest and greatest gear, and setting your unwanted electronics free to find second lives.