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April 9, 2013
DEADLINE: U.S. EPA FY13 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant Proposals
Guidelines are available at http://www.epa.gov/oswer/grants-funding.htm. Or you may access them directly here.
To review/register for one of U.S. EPA's CLU-IN sessions for prospective Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grant applicants, please visit http://www.clu-in.org/conf/tio/bfjt2013/.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) will be posted to U.S. EPA's web site.
For further questions, please contact Joseph Bruss, Environmental Justice and Job Training Coordinator, U.S. EPA, Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, Phone: (202) 566-2772.
April 12, 2013
DEADLINE: U.S. EPA National Award for Smart Growth Achievement Applications
U.S. EPA will honor communities in four categories: (1) Built Projects; (2) Corridor and Neighborhood Revitalization; (3) Plazas, Parks and Public Places; and (4) Policies, Programs and Plans. For more information, contact Beth Zgoda, Policy Analyst at the Northeast-Midwest Institute.
April 15, 2013
DEADLINE: Brownfields 2013 Scholarship Applications
A limited number of scholarships for environmental justice and other community participants will be distributed among organizations and communities. Visit the conference website for more information: http://www.brownfieldsconference.org/en/Article/133/Scholarships_for_Brownfields_2013
April 19, 2013
DEADLINE: 2013 Indiana Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence
Nominations to recognize exemplary, innovative projects across Indiana that support environmental protection efforts and demonstrate significant and measurable results. To learn more, call 800.988.7901 or visit www.in.gov/idem/5147.htm. For more information, click here.
May 31, 2013
DEADLINE: Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs (OCRA) Community Focus Fund (CFF)/MSRP Applications
June 3, 2013
DEADLINE: IDEM Recycling Market Development Program Grant Applications
The State of Indiana has released a total of $500,000 to IDEM's Recycling Market Development Program. This money will be made available through grants to aid private businesses purchase equipment specifically needed to remanufacture recyclable materials into finished products or industrial feedstocks. Grants will range from $25,000 up to $200,000 with a required 50 percent match. The grant round is expected to be competitive.
June 3, 2013
DEADLINE: DOT TIGER Grant Application
The Department of Transportation (DOT) has grants for National Infrastructure Investments (known as TIGER Discretionary Grants) to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area, or a region. More information can be found here. For more information, contact Colin Wellenkamp, Director of the MS River Cities & Towns Initiative at the Northeast-Midwest Institute.
Deadline Extended: July 12, 2013
DEADLINE: Brownfield Renewal Awards Nominations
Five award winners will be announced in October and will be for projects that represent the gold standard of development across five distinct industry categories: environmental impact; economic impact; social impact; sustainability impact and brownfields for energy/brownfield to "brightfield." The Renewal Awards program is completely free; there is no fee for submitting a nomination. Nominations can be submitted on our website at http://www.brownfieldrenewal.com/.
July 16, 2013
WEBINAR: HUD Funding Availability for Sustainable Communities Program
2:00 - 3:00 pm ET The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announce a Notice of Fudning Availability (NOFA) for $4.5 million in capacity building grants for the Sustainable Communities program. The purpose of these grants is: 1) to assemble a consortium of capacity building service providers to work directly with Sustainable Communities Grantees; and 2) to maintain a national coalition and leadership network of Sustainable Communities Grantees that will facilitate the exchange of successful strategies, lessons learned, emerging tools and public engagement strategies, and approaches for avoiding or minimizing pitfalls. For more information, contact Colleen Cain, Senior Policy Analyst at the Northeast-Midwest Institute.
September 10, 2013
DEADLINE: Applications for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants
Help to transform distressed neighborhoods using place-based strategies to address the interconnected challenges of poor quality housing, inadequate schools, poor health, high crime, and lack of capital. HUD anticipates awarding 4 grants not to exceed $30 million each. Eligible applicants are public housing authorities, local governments, nonprofits, tribal entities, and for-profit developers.
September 13, 2013
DEADLINE: Funding (cycle 1) for Green Economic Development Projects
The Economic Development Administration's (EDA) Public Works Program provides grants to support job creation in economically distressed areas of the United States. EDA grants can support local renewable energy, green building, energy efficiency, and recycling projects. Click here for a copy of the RFP. Contact Andrew Seth at (202) 261-9881 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 23, 2013
DEADLINE: The Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge Registration
The Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge will provide communities (50,000 population or more) with technical support and resources for developing and implementing plans for urban resilience. Winning cities will receive membership in the 100 Resilient Cities Network, funding for a Chief Resilience Officer and support to create a resilience plan, along with tools and resources for implementation. Contact Sustainable Strategies DC for help in preparing your proposal. For more information, click here.
October 18, 2013
DEADLINE: 2013 Brownfield Renewal Person of the Year Nominations
For additional information, or to submit a nomination, click here.
November 1, 2013
DEADLINE: Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) Rental Housing Tax Credit Application Round
CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
April 3, 10, 17, 24, 2013
TRAINING (4 days): Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs (OCRA)
Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis
May 7-9, 2013
Northwest Indiana Environmental Boot Camp Workshop
NIRPC Office in Portage
Register at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WXZVMB9 or contact Meredith Stilwell at email@example.com, 219-763-6060 ext. 138 For more information, click here
May 8, 2013
Webinar: Brownfields BUILD Act
Smart Growth America will host a webinar on the Brownfields Utilization, Investment and Local Development (BUILD) Act, recently introduced by Senators Lautenberg (D-NJ), Inhofe (R-OK), Crapo (R-ID), and Udall (D-NM). The BUILD Act of 2013 would reauthorize U.S. EPA's Brownfields Program. It would also expand non-profit eligibility to receive brownfields grants and allow the U.S. EPA to award flexible multipurpose grants to take into account the varied nature of many projects. Register here. For more information, contact Colleen Cain, Senior Policy Analyst at the Northeast-Midwest Institute.
May 15-17, 2013
The National Brownfields 2013 Conference
The Conference, cosponsored by U.S. EPA, is considered the largest and most comprehensive event in the nation that focuses on issues important to community revitalization and the assessment, cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties. Detailed information about the conference is available at http://www.brownfieldscnference.org/en/home.
June 11, 2013
Listening Session: U.S. EPA Seeks Input on Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Training Academy
U.S. EPA Office of Sustainable Communities will hold a listening session on the design of the new Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Training Academy. Through the Building Blocks program, U.S. EPA delivers short-term, targeted technical assistance to communities wishing to create more sustainable neighborhoods, cities, and regions. U.S. EPA now wishes to create a training program for staff from public agencies and nonprofit organizations that provide technical assistance to communities for land use and planning. The training program will help these staff understand the Building Blocks tools and incorporate them into their technical assistance. The session is open to the public. Join the meeting by logging in here as a guest. For more information, contact Colleen Cain, Senior Policy Analyst at the Northeast-Midwest Institute Economic Redevelopment Forum - Indiana Delegation
July 16, 2013
WEBINAR: HUD Funding Availability for Sustainable Communities Program
2:00-3:00 pm ET
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for $4.5 million in capacity bulding grants for the Sustainable Communities program. The purpose of these grants is: 1) to assemble a consortium of capacity building service providers to work directly with Sustainable Communities Grantees; nd 2) to maintain a national coalition and leadership network of Sustainable Communities Grantees that will facilitate the exchange of successful strategies, lessons learned, emerging tools and public engagement strategies, and approaches for avoiding or minimizing pitfalls. For more infrmation, contact Colleen Cain, Senior Policy Analyst at the Northeast-Midwest Institute.
July 23, 2013
IRTC Green & Sustainable Remediation2:00-3:00 pm ET
The National Brownfields 2013 Conference will include the Economic Redevelopment Form - Stakeholder Marketplace. As in past conferences, each state can include a delegation of stakeholders to showcase brownfield properties (ones with known or perceived contamination) and brownfield incentives offered statewide. If you are interested in joining the Indiana delegation, then please contact Michele Oertel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stakeholder Marketplace information is available at the conference website: http://www.brownfieldsconference.org/en/Page/107/Economic_Redevelopment_Forum_2013.
August 20, 2013
IACT Workshop: In the Weeds - A Thorough Review of Abandoned Property and Foreclosure Laws and Creative Solutions for Cleaning up Your Neighborhoods
Monon Community Center, Carmel, IN
The economic hardships of the last decade left its mark in the form of abandoned and problem properties that scatter neighborhoods across the nation. Indiana is not alone. But, many communities are taking action to reverse the blight and engage the community. At this day-long workshop, learn how recent legislation passed by the Indiana General Assembly can aid your city and town. Hear how others are using data to guide their strategies. Gain practical ideas for tackling the touch challenge of rehabilitating and re-purposing properties. For more information: http://www.citiesandtowns.org/EducationEvents/Workshops/tabid/14406/Default.aspx
August 27, 2013
Ball State University Economic Redevelopment Resources for Blighted Properties Workshop
August 28, 2013
U.S. EPA Brownfield Grant Proposal Writing Strategies Workshop
Indianapolis, IN http://cms.bsu.edu/About/AdministrativeOffices/BBC/Training/BrownsfieldResourcesandPartnersWorkshop.aspx
September 12, 2013
American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Indiana Seminar Brownfields Session
Marriott East, Indianapolis, IN
If you have a brownfield property in Indiana that is ripe for redevelopment, then please consider listing it on the Brownfields 2013 Economic Redevelopment Forum Brownfields Property Map; this interactive Google map is a free service. Click here to access this interactive Google map to list your brownfield property(ies). Attendance at the Economic Redevelopment Forum is not required to list your brownfield property(ies).
September 25-26, 2013
2013 Annual Pollution Prevention Conference and Trade Show
Due to the growing interest in pollution prevention across the country and beyond, this year the conference will be a two-day event as the Indiana Partners for Pollution Prevention joins forces with the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) in an effort to broaden the scope of the conference and bring it to a national level. Both days of the conference will consist of three concurrent tracks. Day one offers the option of a full day of GreenScreen™ Training which is a special addition to this year's agenda. Visit http://www.in.gov/idem/ppp/2334.htm for more details.
October 3, 2013
WEBINAR: EPA's Brownfield Grant Opportunities: Funding for Assessment, Cleanup and Planning hosted by Climate Communities
2:00 pm EST
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will soon seek applications for its Brownfields Grants. The webinar will provide an overview of the grant opportunities, highlight the types of projects that can be implemented with Brownfields funding, and answer questions about this funding. REGISTER HERE. Presentation slides will be available at the Climate Communities web site at http://climatecommunities.us/about.html.
October 6-8, 2013
IACT Annual Conference & Exhibition
JW Marriott Downtown Indianapolis, IN
October 10-11, 2013
GreenTown Conference - Michiana
South Bend, IN
Topics to be discussed include Health and Wellness, Sustainability, Energy and the Built Environment, Transportation, Sustainable Business, Food and Waste, and Water. For more information, check out http://www.michiana360.com/event/greentown-conference--michiana.html.
Webinar: Spurring Local Economic Development with Clean Energy Programs
3-4:30 p.m. EST This U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) webinar discusses how communities can use energy efficiency and renewable energy programs for local economic development. Efforts to improve energy efficiency and generate renewable energy can benefit a local economy in much the same way as other development activities. In fact, unlike financial incentive programs and speculative infrastructure investments that depend on positive business responses to yield benefits, many clean energy investments produce immediate economic returns to localities—and thus can be attractive options for local economic development organizations. This webinar reviews these often overlooked returns on investment and the factors that shape their local economic impacts. Register here. http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/technical-assistance/free-annual-workshops-2014
A former Studebaker facility has been redeveloped into a new transfer/recycling station in South Bend, referred to as Green Tech Recycling (Green Tech). This is a great example of how thinking green for the environment can bring cost savings, new jobs, and community enrichment.
After a long industrial past, the former Studebaker Plant 8 facility sat vacant for 12 years. Mother Earth LLC (Mother Earth) then acquired the property in 2005 and invested $4 million for its demolition, remediation, and redevelopment. The Indiana Brownfields Program provided $45,123 in assessment and remediation grants to Saint Joseph County for the project, and the City of South Bend provided $67,000 in funding from a brownfield assessment grant that it received from the U.S. EPA.