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February 2012

Welcome to the latest edition of the EFC eNews! Inside, you'll find recent news from EPA and other partners and organizations on environmental policy and issues, new publications, upcoming events, and funding opportunities. For more information on how to engage EFC, or to submit news and events, please feel free to contact us or visit our website.

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Sara Pesek
Environmental Finance Center
Special Opportunity

Job Opportunity: Director, NYS C&D Debris Recycling Institute  

Direct the new NYS Institute for Construction and Demolition (C&D) Recycling, located at the SyracuseCoE Center for Sustainable Community Solutions. The new institute will support and promote the growth of C&D recycling in New York through a variety of market-development and network-building activities. Key among them will be the provision of C&D materials management training to New York contractors and haulers.
More details on the position can be found at  http://www.sujobopps.com under "Exempt (Salaried) Opportunities."  
Workshops, Trainings & Webinars

TAPF: Wetlands, Watersheds and Resources 

Syracuse, NY | Mar. 22, 2012 

10:00 - 2:30 PM 


Hosted by EFC, this Technical Assistance Partnership Forum (TAPF) will include policy and funding updates on the Consolidated Funding Application, as well as an introduction to the different types of constructed wetlands and their various uses for municipalities. The one-day TAPF program is $30, and includes lunch. Registration for TAPF is now open -  click here to register. Space is limited, so please register by March 15. For more information, contact Melissa Young at  myoung@syracusecoe.org.

Smart Management for Small Communities: Practical Resources for Governance 

Blue Mountain Lake, NY | Apr. 10-12, 2012    


Continuing in the EFC tradition, our annual local leaders conference at Minnowbrook Conference Center in Blue Mountain Lake in the Adirondacks will focus on the needs of municipal leaders and provide technical assistance, funding updates and practical skill-building sessions. Speakers will address pressing environmental topics, equipping attendees with the tools needed to address environmental challenges in our communities.


Preliminary Agenda Topics Include:
  • Funding Updates
  • Tools for Public Outreach and Engagement
  • Smarter Planning for Land and Water
  • Municipal Solid Waste Management
  • Infrastructure Planning
Who Should Attend: 

Supervisors, Mayors, Council/Board Members, Clerks, County Leaders, and Other Interested Community Leaders


Conference registration is now open, click here to register. Contact Melissa Young for more information.

EPA Workshop Seeks Stakeholder Input on Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Management Plans 

New York, NY | Feb. 6, 2012 


EPA is holding a series of five workshops to solicit stakeholder input on the use of integrated municipal stormwater and wastewater plans to meet the water quality objectives of the Clean Water Act.  The workshops are intended to assist EPA in developing an integrated planning approach framework that could be used to help municipalities prioritize their infrastructure investments in order to maximize water quality benefits and consider various innovative approaches, such as green infrastructure, that may be more sustainable.  The details for the EPA Region 2 workshop are as follows:

February 6, 2012, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
EPA Region 2 Office
290 Broadway
New York, NY 10007-1866


For more information and to register, click here.

Webinar: Introduction to the State Electronics Challenge   

Online | Feb. 16, 2012  

3:00PM EST  


This webinar will help participants learn how state, tribal, regional, and local governments, schools, colleges and university can save energy, reduce costs, and achieve sustainability goals. This Webinar is an opportunity to learn about the State Electronics Challenge, a free program that provides support and recognition to state, tribal, regional, local governments, schools, college and universities for lifecycle stewardship of their computer equipment: buying green, energy and paper conservation during use, proper reuse and recycling at the end-of-life. To register, click here

Western New York Stormwater Conference  

Buffalo, NY | Mar. 12, 2012 


The 2012 Western New York Stormwater Conference & Tradeshow will focus on Green Infrastructure - technical considerations, MS4 applications and regulatory updates to help participants better understand how to reduce runoff and manage stormwater. For more details and to register, click here.

Stormwater Management for Linear Projects 

Syracuse, NY | Mar. 15, 2012 


Linear development projects, such as highways and pipelines, present unique stormwater management challenges. This class will provide the techniques and practices most applicable for achieving erosion and sediment control, peak flow mitigation, pollutant removal and runoff reduction on these confined site conditions.   


Topics Include:
* Linear projects and the stormwater permit
* Erosion and sediment control specifics for linear projects
* Applicable stormwater management practices
* NYDOT design criteria for stormwater management
* Hydrology & hydraulics
* Achieving runoff reduction
* Retrofits
* Maintenance


Registration deadline is March 8, 2012. To register, and for more information, click here.
Tools and Publications

EPA Guide Identifies Financing to Support Green Communities


EPA's Clean Energy Financing Decision Tool and Guide helps states and communities with the "how to pay" question for making green improvements. To view the tool, click here.

Water Reuse: Potential for Expanding the Nation's Water Supply through Reuse of Municipal Wastewater


Recently, the National Research Council released a report co-sponsored by EPA titled, "Water Reuse: Potential for Expanding the Nation's Water Supply through Reuse of Municipal Wastewater." The report highlights the potential that reuse of municipal wastewater can play in augmenting traditional water supplies, particularly in areas that are experiencing or expect to face challenges in meeting demand for water. To access the report, click here.  

White House National Ocean Council Announces Draft Plan to Address Challenges Facing the Ocean, Our Coasts and Great Lakes 


A healthy ocean and coasts are the foundation of a significant portion of the Nation's economy and are essential to public health and national security. The White House's National Ocean Council has released for public comment the draft National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan, an action plan to address the most pressing challenges facing ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources. To read the draft Implementation Plan, see the full range of proposed actions, and submit comments, click here.



Updates for CUPSS Asset Management Software Now Available 


Check Up Program for Small Systems (CUPSS) Version 1.3.7 is now available! Enhancements to the software include an option to upload multiple assets from a spreadsheet template and the ability to use the custom My CUPSS Plan as a submittal for Clean Water Needs Survey (CWNS) documentation. CUPSS, first released in 2008, is asset management software for small and medium-size water and wastewater utilities. To download the latest version of CUPSS, click here

EPA PCB TMDP Handbook Released  

EPA has issued a technical document titled Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Handbook, which provides EPA regions, states, and other stakeholders with updated information for addressing Clean Water Act (CWA) section 303(d) waters impaired by PCBs. This handbook identifies various approaches to developing PCB TMDLs and provides examples of TMDLs from around the country, complete with online references. To access the PCB TMDL Handbook, click here


EPA Issues Annual Report on Chemicals Released into Land, Air and Water in Puerto Rico 

EPA has released the 25th annual report on the amount of toxic chemicals released in 2010 to the land, air and water by industrial facilities in Puerto Rico. The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) report covers 115 Puerto Rico facilities that are required to report their releases to the EPA. Total releases of chemicals in Puerto Rico were 15% lower in 2010 than in 2009. For the full story, click here. 

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In This Issue 

Job Opportunity: Director, NYS C&D Debris Recycling Institute
TAPF: Wetlands, Watersheds and Resources
Smart Management for Small Communities
EPA Workshop Seeks Stakeholder Input on Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Management Plans
Webinar: Introduction to the State Electronics Challenge
Western New York Stormwater Conference
Stormwater Management for Linear Projects
EPA Guide Identifies Financing to Support Green Communities
Water Reuse: Potential for Expanding the Nation's Water Supply through Reuse of Municipal Wastewater
Draft Plan to Address Challenges Facing the Ocean, Great Lakes
Updates for CUPSS Asset Management Software Now Available
EPA PCB TMDP Handbook Released
EPA Issues Annual Report on Chemicals Released into Land, Air and Water in Puerto Rico


Feb. 6, 2012

EPA Municipal Stormwater Management Plans Workshop 

New York, NY



Feb. 8, 2012

Stormwater Ponds and Wetlands

Syracuse, NY



Feb. 16, 2012

Webinar: Introduction to State Electronics Challenge




Mar. 12, 2012

Western New York Stormwater Conference

Buffalo, NY



Mar. 15, 2012

Stormwater Management for Linear Projects

Syracuse, NY



Mar. 22, 2012

TAPF: Wetlands, Watersheds and Resources

Syracuse, NY



Apr. 10-12, 2012

Smart Management for Small Communities

Blue Mountain Lake, NY



Apr. 25, 2012

SWPPP Preparation and Review

Syracuse, NY


Funding Opportunities

Sustain Our Great Lakes:

2012 Community Grants Program

Deadline: Feb. 15



REAP-Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements

Deadline: Feb. 21 


Environmental Justice Small Grants

Deadline: Feb. 29  



Deadline: Apr. 10


Helpful links for funding sources, as well as a number of published funding guides, can be found at the EFC website.

Featured GPE Project 

Green Project Exchange

is a user-driven database that showcases innovative, environmentally focused projects from across New York State.


This month's featured project is Lighten Up Caroline. On April 19th, 2008, an estimated one-hundred volunteers set out to deliver informational goody bags, complete with a free compact fluorescent light bulb, to all of Caroline's 1,400 households. It took four hours for the volunteers to cover 37 routes in the 55-square-mile town by foot, bicycle, and even on horseback! The reusable bags were stuffed with literature to spread awareness about energy use, including information on renewable energy in Caroline and the Energy Star program.  

About EFC 

The  Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University facilitates the development of sustainable and resilient communities across US EPA Region 2 (New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and eight tribal nations).  


Located at the SyracuseCoE Center for Sustainable Community Solutions, EFC enhances the administrative and financial capacities of state and local government officials, nonprofit organizations, and private sectors to make change toward improved environmental infrastructure and quality of life.

Khristopher Dodson
Communications and
Program Manager

Kathy Forrest
Administrative Assistant

Mark Lichtenstein
 Principal Investigator

Carissa Matthews
Outreach Program Manager

Sara Pesek
EFC Director

Mandy Westerdahl
Education Program Manager

Melissa Young
Program Manager
Yusuf Abdul-Qadir 
Brad DeFrees  
Sam Lauritzen 
Lisa Ruggero

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