Meetings & webinars

Webinar: REAP Funding Opportunities for E3 Communities

Via the USDA:

As partners of the E3 framework, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) wants make sure you’re aware of possible funding opportunities to support your E3 activities as they pertain to rural small businesses and agricultural producers. These funding opportunities are contained in the recent modifications made to the USDA Rural Energy for America Program or REAP. The final rule that captures these modifications was published on December 29, 2014. The final rule became effective February 12, 2015.

The Energy Efficiency Improvement/Renewable Energy Systems (RES/EEI) component of the REAP program is the perfect complement to E3 Energy Audits because it provides grant and guaranteed loan funding for the integration of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements into a rural small business or agricultural producer’s operations. REAP can provide grant funding of up to $150,000 for EEI and $250,000 for RES. REAP Guaranteed loans can be up to $25 million and are eligible to be combined with a REAP grant.

We encourage you to take advantage of this exciting funding opportunity if you have recently received an E3 Energy Audit and want to take the next step toward energy efficiency or a renewable energy system that will save your business money on energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint.

To provide additional background on the program and to learn how agricultural producers and rural businesses can easily take advantage of REAP’s benefits, our REAP Outreach Team will host an interactive webinar, titled REAP Funding Opportunities for E3 Communities, specifically for E3 partners on Monday, March 30 from 1:00-2:30pm Eastern (12:00-1:30 Central; 11:00-12:30 Mountain; 10:00-11:30 Pacific). Please click on the following link to register for the free webinar:

Additional information on the REAP program can be found at: For further information and questions, please contact your State Energy Coordinator. A list of State Energy Coordinators can be found here:

Public Libraries, U. Wisconsin–Madison Team Up on Climate Change MOOC

Read the full story in Library Journal.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison (UWM) is offering a new four-week massive open online course (MOOC) on Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region. What’s different about this endeavor, besides the strong local interest angle, is that the university, in coordination with Wisconsin Library Services (WiLS), is partnering with 21 public libraries across the state. The collaborative venture will share scientific information about global warming via video, readings, an online discussion board, and quizzes, as well as in-person discussions at the libraries with scientists, staff, and graduate students from UWM, the National Weather Service, and the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.

Free OCAPP Webinar- Encouraging Environmental Excellence: Examples of Environmental Excellence

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 9:00 am
Register here.

Hosted and presented by Ohio EPA’s Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP). This webinar will discuss Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence Program and highlight the efforts of three Ohio businesses who have achieved environmental excellence. A brief overview of the Encouraging Environmental Excellence Program will be followed by a description of the pollution prevention and sustainability efforts of three Ohio businesses that have been recognized at the Bronze, Silver and Gold Level. A description of each company’s efforts to achieve environmental excellence will be used to demonstrate how other Ohio companies can be recognized for their environmental achievements. The webinar will identify how Ohio EPA’s Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) can assist businesses interested in participating in the Encouraging Environmental Excellence Program. We will be using the audio broadcast feature in WebEx to improve the sound quality of the webinar. You will need speakers on your computer or headphones connected to your computer to hear the audio portion of the webinar. You will be able to ask questions during the webinar using the chat feature in WebEx.

U.S. EPA: Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) Webinar: EnviroAtlas

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (CDT)
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Speakers: Anne Neale, US EPA National Exposure Research Laboratory, Laura Jackson, US EPA National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL), and Megan Mehaffey, US EPA National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL)

Abstract: EnviroAtlas is a web-based suite of interactive tools and resources that allows people to visualize and explore nature’s benefits, such as clean air and water, food, and opportunities for recreation. Centered on ecosystem services, EnviroAtlas encourages a systems approach to thinking about the world. EnviroAtlas resources can be used to inform may different types of decisions, including those that help lead to more sustainable and healthy communities. It integrates maps, analysis tools, downloadable geospatial data, and informational resources to help users understand the interactions between people and the environment, including how decisions may impact human well-being, ecosystems, and the provision of goods and services. The EnviroAtlas Interactive Map incorporates over 300 data layers, including demographic, developed through collaboration between EPA; US Geological Survey; US Forest Service; other federal, state, and non-profit organizations; and several universities. This seminar will introduce EnviroAtlas and provide an in-depth demonstration of the Interactive Map, using real-world examples to show how EnviroAtlas maps and tools can be used in different decision contexts. EnviroAtlas is available to anybody with access to a computer and an internet connection: 


Great Lakes Science Boot Camp – Save the date June 3-5, 2015

Please save the date (June 3-5, 2015) for the inaugural Great Lakes Science Boot Camp for librarians! This immersive 2½ day conference offers librarians an opportunity to learn about current research advancements in science. It will explore key concepts and research in Great Lakes Aquatic Ecosystems, Genomics, and Medical Chemistry. The Great Lakes Science Boot Camp will strive to cultivate an ongoing learning community of academic and medical librarians dedicated to providing research support to faculty and graduate students.

June 3-5, 2015
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan
Boot Camp website:
Registration opens in mid-March
Please contact Katherine Akers, Wayne State University, if you have any questions.

2015 Groundwater Foundation National Conference Call for Papers

October 20-22, 2015
Embassy Suites
Lincoln, Nebraska
For more information:

The Groundwater Foundation began in 1985 with enthusiasm and passion for groundwater. Now, 30 years later, the Foundation celebrates this milestone by looking to the future: it truly is just the beginning.

Groundwater is perhaps an even more critical resource now than three decades ago. Increased demand for groundwater for drinking water, agriculture, and industry, along with ever-changing threats from contamination, puts groundwater at an important juncture – one that necessitates action by each and every one of us.

The 2015 Groundwater Foundation National Conference will serve as a call to action on behalf of groundwater.  The future is upon us, and action is needed to identify challenges and develop approaches and solutions to address them. From climate change and growing societal needs to a wide variety of emerging contaminants, each of us will need to be prepared to prevent and mitigate the potential risks to this precious resource.

Through knowledgeable speakers, educational workshops, and unique tours, conference participants will find tools and experiences to help them take action to protect groundwater in their communities.

Abstracts are now being accepted for the 2015 National Conference. Deadline for submission is March 31, 2015.

DOE Announces Webinars on the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s FY2016 Budget Request, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.

Upcoming Webinars

February 25: Live Webinar on Models for Tribal Energy Development Organizations

Webinar Sponsors: Office of Indian Energy, Western Area Power Administration

The Energy Department’s Office of Indian Energy and the Western Area Power Administration will present a live webinar titled “Models for Tribal Energy Development Organizations” on Wednesday, February 25, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.  The webinar is part of the Energy Department’s Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series. Presenters will discuss the benefits of developing new organizations to support energy project development, including organizations with the ability to effectively manage and implement projects that significantly contribute to community economic development and support tribal goals of energy self-sufficiency and self-determination. In addition to learning about available business models, attendees will learn how to establish strategic partnerships with private industry to advance tribal energy projects and initiatives.

Register for the webinar.

February 26: Live Webinar on Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy

Webinar Sponsor: Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office

The Energy Department will present a live webinar titled “Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy” on Thursday, February 26, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.  This Technical Assistance Program webinar will feature a comparative analysis of program design elements of existing property assessed clean energy (PACE) programs across the country. PACE is an innovative financing technique that allows energy efficiency and renewable energy investments to be made on existing structures, and is continuing to expand in communities across the country. This webinar will feature research recently conducted by Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory (LBNL) and provide insight into how different commercial PACE programs have structured their programs in areas such as capital sources, underwriting criteria, and eligible energy upgrades. Attendees will leave with a deeper understanding of how PACE works, program design element choices, and lessons learned from early adopters.

Speakers include the Energy Department’s Eleni Pelican; LBNL’s Emily Fadrhonc, Program Manager of Electricity Markets and Policy; and Chris Kramer with Energy Futures Group, Inc.

Register now.

March 3: Dealerships to Donuts: Best Practices for Energy Efficiency in the Franchise Model

Webinar Sponsor: Better Buildings

The Energy Department will present a live webinar titled “Dealerships to Donuts: Best Practices for Energy Efficiency in the Franchise Model” on Tuesday, March 3, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Finding energy savings opportunities for a business franchise can be easy, but getting them implemented can be hard. While franchisors typically supply business knowledge, architectural designs, and equipment, franchise agreements and business models are not often designed to make it simple for franchisees to capitalize on energy efficiency opportunities.

Learn about the programs and tools being employed by Better Buildings partners Dunkin’ Brands and InterContinental Hotels Group to bridge this gap and motivate franchisees to save energy and reduce their environmental impact.

Register for the webinar.

March 3-5: Live Webinars on the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s FY2016 Budget Request

Webinar Sponsor: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy will present a series of webinars on our Fiscal Year 2016 budget request from Tuesday, March 3 through Thursday, March 5. The webinars will feature our deputy assistant secretaries and technology office directors providing in-depth presentations of the budget proposal by sector, including specific technology office requests, and an opportunity for participants to ask questions.  Topics and registration details are below:

  • Tuesday, March 3, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time: Sustainable Transportation, led by Deputy Assistant Secretary Reuben Sarkar. Register for the webinar.
  • Wednesday, March 4, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time:  Energy Efficiency, led by Deputy Assistant Secretary Kathleen Hogan. Register for the webinar.
  • Thursday, March 5, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time: Renewable Power, led by Deputy Assistant Secretary Doug Hollett. Register for the webinar.