June 15 deadline: Fund for Environmental Journalism

TOPIC FOCUS:  THE POLITICS AND ECONOMICS OF RENEWABLE ENERGY IN THE U.S.

APPLICATION PERIOD: Proposals will be accepted APRIL 15, 2016 through JUNE 15, 2016, midnight local time.

WHO MAY APPLY FOR A GRANT?

Journalists working independently or on the staff of news organizations (for-profit or non-profit) are eligible for grants from the Fund for Environmental Journalism.

SEJ membership is not required, but all applicants must meet SEJ’s membership eligibility requirements.

If your work involves lobbying, media relations or public relations on environment-related issues you will not be eligible for membership in SEJ.  Please review requirements if you are not sure.

Applicants for FEJ story grants are limited to receipt of one grant per two-year period and two grants per five-year period. Prospective applicants who have served on the Society of Environmental Journalists board of directors, staff or FEJ grantee selection jury must observe a one-year blackout period before applying.

WILL PROPOSALS ON OTHER TOPICS BE CONSIDERED THIS ROUND?

No. For the June 15, 2016 deadline, grants from the Fund for Environmental Journalism will be available only for journalism projects covering “the politics and economics of renewable energy in the U. S.”

If your project is focused on a different topic, do not apply this time. 

Story project grants from the Fund for Environmental Journalism of the Society of Environmental Journalists can be provided only when opportunities are funded in advance through foundation grants and individual donations. SEJ will announce new categories and new deadlines when new underwriting can be secured.

For more information or to apply, visit http://www.sej.org/initiatives/fund-for-environmental-journalism.

USDA Announces $5.2 Million for Nanotechnology Research

Read the full story from USDA.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced an investment of more than $5.2 million to support nanotechnology research at 11 universities. The universities will research ways nanotechnology can be used to improve food safety, enhance renewable fuels, increase crop yields, manage agricultural pests, and more. The awards were made through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), the nation’s premier competitive, peer-reviewed grants program for fundamental and applied agricultural sciences.

How to Talk About Clean Energy With Conservatives

Read the full story at Yale Environment360.

Angel Garcia, of Young Conservatives for Energy Reform, is working to persuade Republicans about the need for renewable energy. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, he explains why his group avoids mentioning climate change when it makes its pitch to conservatives.

U.S. Renewables Portfolio Standards: 2016 Annual Status Report

This annual report, published in slide-deck form, describes key trends, including recent legislative revisions; RPS policy design features; past and projected impacts on renewables development; compliance with interim targets; and costs. Data files associated with several elements of this report are also available for download.

Corporate investment in renewable energy on the rise in Michigan

Read the full story in Crain’s Detroit Business.

Going green has been a mantra from some companies for decades, but the business case for it is evident in a new wave of large corporate-led investments in Michigan.

While some enable corporations to produce more renewable energy internally, others are aimed at improving overall energy efficiency. That’s as the major utilities and state lawmakers debate the merits and downsides of the next round of state energy legislation regarding renewable energy requirements.

There are noteworthy case studies in the making on the issue.

5 ways to grow the corporate clean energy market

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

RMI’s Business Renewables Center (BRC) has been focusing on renewables growth in large chunks — through corporations’ appetite to contract large amounts of electricity. And its member companies have been doing exactly that, in record numbers.