Proposals due: Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 11:59 pm (EDT)
Link to full solicitation: http://epa.gov/p2/pubs/grants/srap/srap12.pdf
This Request for Proposals announces that EPA’s Regional Pollution Prevention Program Offices (herein referred to as the Regions) anticipate having up to $147,000 per region or up to $1,470,000 in total award funding to issue Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) awards in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 to support pollution prevention (P2)/source reduction projects activities that will begin in FY 2013. The Regions will issue the awards in the form of grants and/or cooperative agreements. Award selection, funding and grant oversight will be managed by the Regions.
SRA awards are issued annually by the Regions, subject to Congressional appropriation and the quality of proposals received. The purpose of the program is to support environmental projects that reduce or eliminate pollution at the source. Collectively, the Regions are interested in funding proposals that support the P2 program’s strategic goals – reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs), reduce toxic and hazardous materials, increase resource conservation, promote efficient business practices and support P2 integration. However, independently, each Region has developed a set of P2 related priorities (refer to Section I.C) that address specific areas of interest applicable to the Region. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit proposals that demonstrate new, innovative techniques, surveys, or studies that use research, investigations, experiments, and/or training to promote P2/source reduction efforts. Proposals that principally support recycling, clean-up, treatment, disposal and/or energy recovery activities will not be considered for funding.
The priorities are provided to highlight specific environmental issues/projects/programs of interest to each Region. At least one or more of the priorities listed must be addressed in the applicant’s work plan. When the applicant determines which priority to address in their work plan, the applicant should make sure to incorporate a method for applying the priority by means of using research, investigation, experimentation, training, surveys, studies, or demonstrations of new or innovative P2 techniques. Work plans that involve more than one Region will not be considered for funding.
Region 1 (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)
- Sector-Based Pollution Prevention efforts (e.g., hospitality, golf courses, grocery stores, autobody and auto repair, healthcare) that will lead to long-term sustainable environmental results.
- Projects that help states, tribes, local governments and/or businesses manage materials in a more sustainable way and which include an emphasis on source reduction and related measurable environmental outcomes.
- Projects that develop or strengthen collaborations among assistance providers (e.g., a multi-state or regional approach to the grocery store sector, a region-wide initiative on another multi-state priority area of concern) and include projected environmental outcomes in pounds of hazardous materials reduced, CO2 reduced, gallons of water saved or dollars saved.
Region 2 (NJ, NY, PR, VI)
- Promote projects that prevent pollution through the use of sustainability (e.g., green chemistry/engineering), and achieve measurable results in reducing greenhouse gases, hazardous materials, conserving water or saving money.
- Promote projects that address the above criteria and focus on the hospitality and manufacturing sectors; and/or in the geographical areas of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Region 3 (DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV)
- Promote sustainable manufacturing through collaborative efforts with partners including communities, manufacturers, utility companies, and states. Possible federal partners include EPA’s Green Suppliers Network, Department of Energy’s Industrial Technologies Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnerships, Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, and the Small Business Development Program. Of particular interest are proposals to implement the Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) initiative by combining Lean/Green reviews and Greenhouse Gas evaluations.
Region 4 (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN)
- Promote P2 using lean and green (refer to http://www.epa.gov/lean ) initiatives by encouraging industries, utilities, municipalities and other institutions to reduce pounds of pollution, conserve water and/or energy, reduce greenhouse gases, and save money. Provide technical assistance and P2 expertise to Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) projects to enable businesses to lean and green their operations.
- Implement P2 projects focusing on the hospitality sector (e.g., green lodging, green venues).
- Implement P2 projects for green building and/or construction sectors focusing on reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency and water conservation. Projects that will not be considered under this topic area include those that seek to use funds for equipment and supplies that will be used to retrofit buildings (e.g., changing out lighting, windows etc.) or building systems upgrades.
Region 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI)
- Projects that prevent pollution in the hospitality (e.g., hotels, venues, restaurants), health care, and sports sectors through the use of environmentally sustainable tools, processes, practices and/or programs.
- Promote geographically-based projects that support sustainable manufacturing through the use of pollution prevention. These projects must make use of networks such as Economy, Energy, and Environment (E3) partnerships or other local collaborations to provide technical assistance to the sector.
- Promote tribal college/university-based technical assistance programs that assist tribal facilities in preventing pollution through the use of tools that promote environmentally-sustainable processes, practices and/or programs.
Region 6 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX)
- Promote projects in environmental justice communities with information and/or training on how to live greener, healthier lives, while living within their means.
- Promote projects that use P2/source reduction techniques and strategies for businesses, government and consumers (e.g., energy efficiency, Lean and Green techniques) and achieve measurable results by reducing pollution and hazardous waste, limiting water use, saving money and/or conserving energy, e.g., through telework, commuter solutions, etc.
- Promote P2 results in high impact sectors/fields such as entertainment (sports, hospitality, parks), petrochemicals, resource extraction, government and military installations, agriculture and consumer consumption.
- Promote development and implementation of measurement methods that exceed national standards.
- Promote P2 integration in emerging environmental challenges, e.g., drought, weather variability, peak demand, etc.
- Promote scalable demonstration projects that help states, tribes, local governments and businesses manage materials in a more sustainable way with an emphasis on source reduction.
Region 7 (IA, KS, MO, NE)
The Region has chosen priorities that are designed to improve performance by extending current capabilities and experiences. The two-part goal of the Region 7 P2 program is to: 1) improve and increase the use of sustainable practices by businesses and industry and 2) expand P2 education in Region 7. This builds upon historic efforts to build programmatic and industrial capacity to achieve even greater environmental outcomes. The Region anticipates the technical assistance providers will have significant contributions, facilitating powerful numeric outcomes (defined below) and/or innovating strategic efforts to enable institutions to produce a workforce that is more able to achieve those powerful numeric environmental outcomes that are indicators of a more healthy and sustainable community.
Region 7 designates two defined priorities that are to be achieved within three years (by FY 2015). The first objective is numeric. The second objective is programmatic capacity.
- By 2015, Region 7 through its P2 technical assistance programs proposes to achieve the following numeric environmental outcomes:
- Reduce carbon dioxide equivalents by 20 million metric tons,
- Conserve 1 billion gallons of water,
- Eliminate 1 million pounds of toxics, and
- Implement savings of $20,000,000 (including both direct and indirect savings)
Consistent with the proposed scoring rubric, Region 7 will assess forecast reliability to achieve implemented environmental outcomes relative to reductions in carbon dioxide equivalents, water consumption and toxic loads, as well as an increase in direct savings. The assessment will measure past ability to forecast implemented outcomes. The assessment acknowledges that programs without experience will have a neutral standing.
- By 2015, Region 7 educational institutions will have programs that teach the practice of P2. The programmatic capacity objective builds upon a consistent strength in the Region to develop educational programs to produce P2 professionals. The Region will support the development and implementation of rigorous, appropriate P2 curricula for post-secondary education, including continuing education. It is expected that programs could range from vocational-technical training to continuing education for licensed professionals. Such curricula should lead to the accomplishment of an accredited certificate or post-secondary education degree that substantially integrates P2 precepts.
Region 8 (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY)
- Promote partnerships and technical assistance efforts to support EPA’s Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) initiative by testing the approach in manufacturing and agriculture. Assessments and training opportunities will emphasize the following:
- energy efficiency,
- hazardous materials reduction,
- carbon emissions reduction, and
- sustainable practices and growth.
Region 9 (AZ, CA, HI, NV, AS, GU)
The Region is seeking proposals for projects that can lead to or result in significant marketplace change by addressing demand for or supply of sustainable goods and services. Specifically, proposals should address one or more of the following Regional priorities:
- Promote market transformation and product redesign through implementing green chemistry approaches and improving public access to and transparency of information on chemicals in products.
- Promote source reduction projects that demonstrate innovative, scalable approaches for addressing Region 9’s sector priorities:
- electronics design for the environment,
- hospitality sector including lodging and sports venues, and/or
- sources of marine debris including packaging
- Promote scalable demonstration projects to improve environmentally preferable purchasing of products and services by states, tribes, and local governments; other large institutions; and consumers, with a focus on the sectors mentioned above. Projects will make it easier for other states, tribes, local governments and institutions to buy greener products.
- Promote projects that develop and implement a financially self-sustaining on-site P2 technical assistance program for manufacturers to support EPA’s Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) partnerships.
- Promote scalable demonstration projects that help states, tribes, local governments and businesses manage materials in a more sustainable way with an emphasis on source reduction
Region 10 (AK, ID, OR, WA)
- Promote technical assistance provider programs/networks in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington that assist businesses in preventing and reducing air, water, waste and greenhouse gas emissions at the source.
- Promote lean and the environment and/or Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) programs in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, to achieve P2 outcomes.