2015 Archive

• U.S. EPA Brownfields ARC Grant TABEZ grant writing tool webinar hosted by Kansas State University Technical Assistance to Brownfields Program (KSU TAB) on November 5, 2015 at 2pm (EST)

November 10, 2015
2pm (EST) U.S. EPA Brownfields ARC Grant Guidelines outreach/training webinar.

November 17, 2015
U.S. EPA Brownfields ARC Grant Guidelines outreach conference calls hosted by U.S. EPA Region 5.

November 17, 2015
Tips for Successful Brownfields Grant Proposals hosted by NALGEP.

November 18 -19, 2015
9am EST - 5:30pm EST
Indianapolis
Indiana Association for Community Economic (IACED) Neighborhood Stabilization as Community Development training. The focus will be on Brownfield assessment and cleanup to convert to new end uses. For more information and to register, see
http://bit.ly/nsbrownfields.

November 19, 2015
U.S. EPA Brownfields ARC Grant Guidelines outreach conference calls hosted by U.S. EPA Region 5.
Join the calls on 1-877-226-9607 / access code 662 382 2088. Check out the presentation at FY16 ARC R5 Presentation (s).pdf

November 30, 2015 Deadline to request from the Indiana Brownfields Program the required State Acknowledgement Letters/Petroleum Eligibility Determinations for the U.S. EPA Brownfields Grant Proposals. 

December 18, 2015
Deadline for U.S. EPA Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup (ARC) Grant Proposals.
See
http://www2.epa.gov/brownfields/apply-brownfields-grant-funding

September 28 – October 1, 2015
Indiana Association of Cities and Towns 2015 IACT Annual Conference & Exhibition: Events
French Lick Springs Hotel, IN
September 30, 2015
18th Annual Partners for Pollution Prevention Conference and Tradeshow 2015 “P2 Impact on Sustainability”
Plainfield, IN
For more information, visit http://www.in.gov/idem/ppp/2334.htm 

October 7-9, 2015                                                                                                                               
Indiana Chapter of American Planning Association (APAIN) and Indiana Association for Community Economic Development (IACED) Planning for Prosperity Conference
South Bend Century Center, IN
For more information, visit http://www.iaced.org

October 22, 2015                                                                                                                                            
Office of Community and Rural Affairs Environmental Training       http://www.in.gov/ocra/

October 27-28, 2015                                                                                                                                   
Indiana Chamber  2015 Indiana Environmental Conference
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, IN

August 20, 2015
WEBINAR: Indiana Brownfields Inventory Initiative
2:00pm-3:30pm Eastern Time
Please REGISTER to participate in this FREE webinar co-hosted by the Indiana Brownfields Program and Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) program.
For more information, contact: Michele Oertel, moertel@ifa.in.gov, 317-¬234-¬0235 or Blase Leven, baleven@ksu.edu, 785-532-0780

August 20, 2015
Webcast: First-Time Brownfields Conference Tips
3:30pm-4:30pm Eastern Time
Join this webcast to hear from EPA, conference organizer ICMA, and some brownfield conference veterans about how to make your time at Brownfields 2015 in Chicago on September 1-4 a valuable and enjoyable time that can help you move your brownfield initiatives forward. Check out this fact sheet .  


August 27, 2015
Deadline for HOPE VI Main Street Program Ap-plication
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the availability of funding for the HOPE VI Main Street Program to assist small com-munities with historic business districts

August 28, 2015
OCRA Public Facilities Program (PFP) - Awards announced

September 1, 2015
OCRA Blight Clearance Program (BCP) - Awards announced

September 1, 2015
Pre-2015 National Brownfields Training Conference events, Chicago, IL
Visit the Conference Website for additional information.

September 2-4, 2015
2015 National Brownfields Training Conference, cosponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Chicago Hilton on Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
Visit the Conference Website  for additional information

June 16, 2015
Brownfields Resources and Partners Workshop
co-hosted by Ball State University (BSU), TAB, and Indiana Brownfields Program
Indianapolis, IN

June 17, 2015
U.S. EPA Brownfields Grant Proposal Writing Strategies Workshop (FREE
co-hosted by BSU, TAB, and Indiana Brownfields Program
Indianapolis,IN                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

June 25, 2015
WEBINAR: SRI Webinar Series: Bringing Alternative Energy Projects to Superfund Sites
2:00 - 4:00 PM EDT


July 10, 2015
OCRA Public Facilities Program (PFP) - Applications due
http://www.in.gov/ocra/2331.htm

OCRA Blight Clearance Program (BCP) - Applications due
http://www.in.gov/ocra/2331.htm

July 17, 2015
OCRA Wastewater Drinking Water (WDW) - Awards announced

July 31, 2015
OCRA Stormwater Improvements (SIP) - Awards announced

June 15, 2015
DEADLINE: Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program Application
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of $13.5 million in grant funding to help governments and nonprofit organizations switch to cleaner diesel engines. Local governments, tribal agencies and nonprofits can win grants up to $2.14 million each. Eligible applicants include regional, state, local or tribal agencies, and port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality. Nonprofit organizations may apply if they provide pollution reduction or educational services to diesel fleet owners or if their principal purpose is promoting clean transportation or air quality. Priority is given to fleets operating at goods-movements facilities in areas designated as having poor air quality, projects that engage and benefit local communities, and applicants that demonstrate an ability continue their emission-reduction efforts after the project has ended.  

June 22, 2015
DEADLINE: Community Health Projects Related to Contamination at Brownfield/Land Reuse Sites Application
The ATSDR Community Health Projects (CHP) Related to Contamination at Brownfield/Land Reuse Sites purpose is to increase responsive public health actions by promoting healthy and safe environments and preventing harmful exposures related to contamination at Brownfield/Land Reuse Sites. Community health projects that address impacts of contamination at Brownfield/Land Reuse sites further ATSDR's public health mission to promote healthy and safe environments and prevent harmful exposures. These projects will have a particular emphasis on identifying health issues prior to redevelopment and/or assessing changes in community health associated with reuse plans and redevelopment. 

May 27, 2015
WEBINAR: Leveraging Brownfields Assistance for Succesful Redevelopment
2:00 PM EST
Left alone, brownfields are detriments to the landscape and environment, negatively affecting property values and deterring investment in nearby areas. Although challenging to finance due to cleanup costs, the redevelopment of brownfields can increase the tax base and property values, create jobs, and spur local investment. Whether you are unsure of what a brownfield is, or you are well-versed in state and EPA brownfields programs, this webinar will help you learn about leveraging brownfields assistance. We will learn about what brownfields are, where you can go for assistance in your community, and how the redevelopment of brownfields can improve the local economy.


Last week of May 2015
HUD’s New Public Offering for Section 108 Guaranteed Loans
To enable state and local government Section 108 borrowers to obtain long-term, fixed rate financing for approved community and economic development projects. Section 108 staff will be discussing the details of such refinancing with borrowers and provide estimates of savings. Contact the Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program staff at 202-402-4654 for more information on accessing fixed rate financing.


May 29, 2015
OCRA Wastewater Drinking Water (WDW) - Applications due
http://www.in.gov/ocra/2331.htm

June 2, 2015
Midwestern States Environmental Consultants Association Quarterly Meeting
12:00pm - 4:45pm
 

June 5, 2015
OCRA Stormwater Improvements (SIP) - Applications due
http://www.in.gov/ocra/2331.htm

OCRA Main Street Revitalization Program (MSRP) - Applications due
http://www.in.gov/ocra/2331.htm

 

May 20, 2015
DEADLINE:  Brownfields 2015 National Conference Call for Poster Ideas
Opportunity for communities, property owners, and State and Tribal partners to showcase successful projects.  Posters can also serve as a tool for attracting prospective purchasers and investors for project areas that are in the implementation phase.
The submission form is available on the Brownfields 2015 website

May 28, 2015
DEADLINE: Pollution Prevention Projects Grant Applications
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Source Reduction Assistance Grants provide funding for projects that reduce or eliminate pollution at the source. Eligible entities include states, local governments, school districts, institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, and tribes.    

May 29, 2015
DEADLINE: Renewal Awards Nominations (Free)
Renewal Awards Ceremony at Brownfields 2015 National Conference
Nominations are only accepted through the online system    For questions, please contact Barbara Leopold at (312) 488-4830 x 107, or e-mail at bleopold@brownfieldrenewal.com.

June 1, 2015
DEADLINE: Brownfields 2015 Travel Scholarship Applications
for free.  For questions, please contact Cory Fleming at cfleming@icma.org or 207-854-1083.

June 5, 2015
DEADLINE:  Response to the IFA RFQ for environmental consulting services

April 24, 2015
WEBINAR:  Partnering for PREPARED -- CTDEEP's Web-Based Tool for Brownfield Reuse
12:00pm EST
Featured as a "Tool for 21st Century Cleanup and Redevelopment" at the June 2014 State Superfund and Brownfields Managers Symposium in Denver, Colorado, the newly interfaced PREPARED Workbook is now ready to help Connecticut communities navigate the brownfields regulatory system, which may be of value to Indiana stakeholders. Learn how the PREPARED Web-Portal helps municipalities and others deal with brownfield properties increase the success of their redevelopment projects by:
• Identifying, clarifying, and gaining support for brownfield reuse goals and objectives;
• Identifying and assessing options for involvement in a particular brownfield property;
• Evaluating the risks associated with different levels of involvement; and
• Formulating strategies for eliminating or minimizing those risks.

April 24, 2015
OCRA Public Facilities Program (PFP) - Proposals due
http://www.in.gov/ocra/2331.htm

OCRA Comprehensive Site Redevelopment Program (CSRP)/Blight Clearance Program (BCP) - Letters of Intent due
http://www.in.gov/ocra/2331.htm

May 11, 2015
WEBINAR: Green Infrastructure: Reusing Contaminated Sites and Promoting Sustainable Communities
2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
This webinar will introduce green infrastructure elements in the context of reusing and revitalizing contaminated lands. Site-specific projects will be used to discuss reuse projects that with green infrastructure elements such as habitat conservation, stormwater management, recreational opportunities and quality of life for communities nearby the contaminated land. The webinar will also share green infrastructure considerations and opportunities for future projects looking to sustainably return contaminated lands to productive and beneficial use for communities.

May 15-19, 2015
2015 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference
Detroit, MI
Themed “Beyond Blight: Building a Bold Movement,” the 2015 conference will explore the latest tools to combat vacancy and move beyond neighborhood blight, as well as how government officials, community leaders, and others in the field can join forces across departments, cities, and even states to achieve wide-scale positive change. Conference sessions will highlight work from around the country, including efforts in Michigan.

May 19, 2015
Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) In-Person Brownfields Project Marketplace
CDFA's Rosenberg Center, Columbus OH
For questions, contact infor@cdfa.net.

April 17, 2015
DEADLINE: Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence Nominations
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), in cooperation with the Lieutenant Governor’s Office of Energy Development, the Indiana Department of Administration, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, is seeking nominations for the 2015 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence. These awards recognize Indiana’s leaders who have implemented outstanding environmental strategies into their operations and decision-making processes. By seeking out and utilizing innovative environmental practices, facilities/programs reduce waste, save money, and contribute greatly to Indiana’s environmental protection efforts, as well as benefit the health and welfare of Indiana’s communities and the state as a whole.  For more information, please check out the IDEM web site.

Stellar Communities (multi-agency partnership)
January 30, 2015, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
http://www.in.gov/ocra/2601.htm

February 3, 2015
DEADLINE: Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) Grant Proposals
This funding to nonprofit organizations and eligible entities to deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs focuses on hazardous and solid waste management, assessment, and cleanup associated activities, chemical safety, and wastewater management. These Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) grants are provided to recruit, train, and place, unemployed and under-employed, including low-income and minority, residents historically affected by hazardous and solid waste sites and facilities who have the skills needed to secure full-time, sustainable employment in the environmental field and in the assessment and cleanup work taking place in their communities.

February 9, 2015
DEADLINE: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Application
Public housing authorities, local governments, nonprofits, tribal entities, and for-profit developers are eligible to apply. Applications must present a plan to revitalize a severely distressed public and/or HUD-assisted multifamily housing project located in a distressed neighborhood into a viable, mixed-income community. Find the full application package at www.grants.gov. Click on Search Grants. The CFDA number is 14.889.

February 17, 2015
WEBINAR: ITRC Petroleum Vapor Intrusion: Fundamentals of Screening, Investigation, and Management
1:00pm - 3:15pm EST
This webinar will provide regulators and practitioners with consensus information based on empirical data and recent research to support Petroleum Vapor Intrusion decision making under different regulatory frameworks. .

March 6, 2015
OCRA Wastewater Drinking Water (WDW) - Proposals due
http://www.in.gov/ocra/2331.htm

March 16, 2015
Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT) Legislative Day
Hyatt Regency, 1 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis
http://www.citiesandtowns.org/

March 16 - 20, 2015
Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) Online Brownfields Project Marketplace
Sessions to receive group technical assistance and explore potential financing sources scheduled in 30-minute time slots to occur sometime during that week.  Complete the Project Marketplace Application here.  For questions, contact info@cdfa.net.

March 20, 2015
OCRA Stormwater Improvements (SIP) - Proposals due
http://www.in.gov/ocra/2331.htm

OCRA Main Street Revitalization Program (MSRP) -
Proposals due http://www.in.gov/ocra/2331.htm

March 24, 2015
WEBINAR: Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT) Newly Elected Officials Training http://www.citiesandtowns.org/

March 25, 2015
WEBINAR: Risk Management and Assessing Liability: Helping Communities Pursue Reuse Opportunities at Contaminated Properties
2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
This webinar is intended to share two critical resources to guide municipal governments, developers, investors and communities in how to mitigate risk and achieve local land revitalization goals. Presenters will share available information in U.S. EPA's Revitalization Handbook  Revitalizing Contaminated Lands: Addressing Liability Concerns and in U.S. EPA's Process for Risk Evaluation, Property Analysis and Reuse Decisions (PREPARED) Workbook. 

April 1, 2015
WEBINAR: Adaptation of Superfund Cleanup to Climate Change
2:00PM-4:00PM EDT
This will provide an overview of climate change vulnerability analyses and adaptation at contaminated sites. In some circumstances, climate change may result in vulnerabilities in the protectiveness of contaminated site remedies. This discussion will focus on how such vulnerability may be better understood and on the means of achieving increased remedy resilience through adaptation measures. This webinar builds upon a general understanding of the Superfund process, but is relevant to most cleanup programs. Participants will gain a better understanding of the following topics: overview of Superfund-specific climate change action plan; framing site-specific analyses to understand remedy vulnerabilities throughout the life of a remedy, and of adaptation measures that may increase remedy resilience; tapping existing and relevant information resources when evaluating the potential impacts of climate at Superfund sites; and regional case studies of Superfund sites that have been impacted by a major weather event.

February 9, 2015
DEADLINE: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Application Public housing authorities, local governments, nonprofits, tribal entities, and for-profit developers are eligible to apply. Applications must present a plan to revitalize a severely distressed public and/or HUD-assisted multifamily housing project located in a distressed neighborhood into a viable, mixed-income community. Find the full application package at www.grants.gov. Click on Search Grants. The CFDA number is 14.889. 

No Deadline
Leadership STAR Communities Program
In partnership with the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (TFN), STAR Communities will offer financial assistance to a limited number of communities that demonstrate need and the ability to leverage local philanthropic support for their participation in the Leadership STAR Community Program.  http://www.starcommunities.org/get-started/leadership-star-community-program

No Deadline
Solicitation for INVEST Implementation Projects, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
FHWA wants to use its INVEST 1.0 voluntary self-assessment tool to assess and enhance the sustainability of its projects and programs.  For this project, FHWA wants to partner with state departments of transportation (DOTs), metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), federal lands, and local governments.
FHWA's ultimate goal is to improve the sustainability of its highway programs' and projects' triple bottom line - social, economic, and environmental outcomes.
FHWA anticipates multiple awards of approximately $25,000 to $150,000, though projects may be larger or smaller depending on their context, scope and approach.  Federal statute requires a 100% nonfederal match (50-50 cost share).  In-kind contributions such as staffing can count toward the match requirement.  Information:  http://www.sustainablehighways.dot.gov/project_solicitation.aspx

 

ITRC Petroleum Vapor Intrusion: Fundamentals of Screening, Investigation, and Management
January 13, 2015, 1:00PM-3:15PM EST (18:00-20:15 GMT).
Chemical contaminants in soil and groundwater can volatilize into soil gas and migrate through unsaturated soils of the vadose zone. Vapor intrusion (VI) occurs when these vapors migrate upward into overlying buildings through cracks and gaps in the building floors, foundations, and utility conduits, and contaminate indoor air. If present at sufficiently high concentrations, these vapors may present a threat to the health and safety of building occupants. Petroleum vapor intrusion (PVI) is a subset of VI and is the process by which volatile petroleum hydrocarbons (PHCs) released as vapors from light nonaqueous phase liquids (LNAPL), petroleum-contaminated soils, or petroleum-contaminated groundwater migrate through the vadose zone and into overlying buildings. The ITRC Technical and Regulatory Guidance Web-Based Document, Petroleum Vapor Intrusion: Fundamentals of Screening, Investigation, and Management (PVI-1, 2014) and this associated Internet-based training provides regulators and practitioners with consensus information based on empirical data and recent research to support PVI decision making under different regulatory frameworks. The PVI assessment strategy described in this guidance document enables confident decision making that protects human health for various types of petroleum sites and multiple PHC compounds. This guidance provides a comprehensive methodology for screening, investigating, and managing potential PVI sites and is intended to promote the efficient use of resources and increase confidence in decision making when evaluating the potential for vapor intrusion at petroleum-contaminated sites. By using the ITRC guidance document, the vapor intrusion pathway can be eliminated from further investigation at many sites where soil or groundwater is contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons or where LNAPL is present. 

RCRA Corrective Action Inspection Training
January 14, 2015, 1:00PM-3:00PM EST (18:00-20:00 GMT).
This 2-hr webinar, designed for Federal and State RCRA compliance, enforcement and permitting personnel who have responsibility for Corrective Action (including Corrective Action Project Managers and RCRA regulatory inspectors who may be asked to inspect Corrective Action activities), will provide information on how to prepare and conduct various types of RCRA Corrective Action Inspections, as well as report writing and case development after the inspection has concluded.