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US Census Wood Burning Data Analysis

2011 October 13

The Alliance for Green Heat released their analysis of the latest US Census data as it relates to wood burning.

http://www.forgreenheat.org/resources/press.pdf

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Possible Funding Available for Wood Smoke Programs

2011 October 5

People, Prosperity and the Planet
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for the National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3). The P3 Awards program was developed to foster progress toward sustainability by achieving the mutual goals of economic prosperity, protection of the planet, and improved quality of life for its people. Areas of interest include: Energy; Built Environment; Materials and Chemicals; Water; Agriculture; Green Infrastructure; and Clean Cookstoves. $1.05 million expected to be available, up to 45 awards anticipated. Responses due 12/22/11. For more info, contact Cynthia Nolt-Helms at nolthelms. cynthia@epa.gov or go to: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2012/2012_p3.html. Refer to EPAG2012-P3. (Grant.gov 10/2/11)

Environmental Education Sub-Grants
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for the Environmental Education Sub-Grants Program. The RFP will provide support to recipients that make and manage sub-awards to organizations, other than their own, to design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, and/or techniques. $1.5 million expected to be available, up to 10 awards anticipated. Responses Due 11/8/11. For more info, including Regional contacts, go to:http://www.epa.gov/enviroed/grants.html. Refer to Sol# EPA-EE-11-03. (Grants.gov 9/12/11)

Graduate Fellowships for the Environment
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for Graduate Fellowships, for master’s and doctoral level students in environmental fields of study. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to: Environmental Entrepreneurship; Global Change; Built Environment and Land Use/ Protection; Tribes and American Indian/Alaska Native/Pacific Islander Communities; Green Energy/Natural Resources Production & Use; and Green Engineering/Building/Chemical Products & Processes/Materials Development. $4.5 million expected to be available, 80 fellowships anticipated. Responses due 11/8/11. For more info, including contacts, go to: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2012/2012_star_gradfellow.html. Refer to Sol# EPA-F2012-STAR. (Grants.gov 9/15/11)

Wood Pellet Boiler Heating Demo – New York
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority requests proposals for the High Efficiency Wood Pellet Boiler Heating Demonstration. This RFP will support the demonstration and evaluation of high-efficiency and low emission wood-pellet boiler heating systems with hydronic thermal-storage and bulk pellet storage; air pollution control technology for commercial wood pellet systems; and pneumatic bulk pellet distribution systems. $1 million expected to be available. Responses due 11/30/11. For more info, contact Ellen Burkhard at nar@nyserda.org or go to: http://www.nyserda.org/funding/2357pon.asp. Refer to PON# 2357.

K-12 Environmental Projects
Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education Launch request applications for the We Can Change the World Challenge for K-12 Students. Through this Challenge, Siemens invites students to team up with classmates under teacher/mentors to solve environmental problems in their school, community, and world. $250K expected to be available, responses due 3/15/12. For more info, go to: http://www.wecanchange.com/. (RFP Bulletin 9/16/11)

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More Funding Available

2011 September 12

Model Forest Policy Program – 2012 Climate Solutions University: Forest and Water Strategies – $60K
Application Due: September 19, 2011
Eligible Entities: Local communities

The Model Forest Policy Program is now accepting applications for 2012 Climate Solutions University: Forest and Water Strategies. This program offers rural U.S. communities the opportunity to be part of climate adaptation solutions urgently needed across the country. Rural local governments are invited to apply. Six communities will be provided $10,000 scholarships. For more information and to apply, visit http://www.mfpp.org/csu/

HUD’s Energy Innovation Fund – Multifamily Pilot Program – $25 million
Application Due: October 20, 2011
Eligible Entities: National, regional or local private or non-profit entities currently administering affordable housing development and rehabilitation programs; special purpose financing entities; nonprofit or for-profit organizations that own or control a portfolio of Eligible Multifamily Properties

HUD’s Office of Affordable Housing Preservation is issuing a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Multifamily Energy Innovation Fund. This fund provides a total of $25 million in grants to be used for the purpose of energy efficiency upgrades at multifamily properties. The overall objective of the Energy Innovation Fund is to help catalyze a home energy retrofit market in the United States by accelerating private investment in cost-saving energy efficiency retrofits in the residential sector. The Energy Innovation NOFA can be found at:
http://www.hud.gov/offices/adm/grants/nofa10/grpeif.cfm

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Nearly $610 Million in Federal Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

2011 September 9

EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy sent a list of recent funding announcements. The following grant programs may be able to help fund wood smoke education and project implementation.

DOE State Energy Program FY 2011 Formula Award Funding – $39 million
Applications due: August 19, 2011
Eligible entities: state governments

DOE’s State Energy Program seeks to provide grants to state energy offices in all states and U.S. territories to design and carry out their own renewable energy and energy efficiency programs. States use grants to address their energy priorities and program funding to adopt emerging renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. For more information, visit grants.gov.

DOE Weatherization Formula Grants – Likely to be approximately $210 million
Applications due: Varies by program year; next due date is August 19, 2011
Eligible entities: agencies that administer the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

DOE requests proposals for the Weatherization Assistance Program Formula Grant. The purpose of WAP is to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons, reduce residential expenditures, and improve health and safety. Lead applicants must be agencies that administer WAP. Proposal due date varies by prime applicant’s program year. Grantees will be notified as soon as an update on FY 2011 funding becomes available. For planning purposes, grantees should proceed with their respective plans using the same funding level as the DOE 2010 appropriated funds. For more information, contact Meghaan Hampton, Meghaan.Hampton@netl.doe.gov, or go to grants.gov.

HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program Advance Notice – $67 million
HUD has released advance notice of funding for the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program. This program supports metropolitan and multi-jurisdictional planning efforts that integrate housing, land use, economic and workforce development, transportation, and infrastructure investments in a manner that empowers jurisdictions to consider the interdependent challenges of: (1) economic competitiveness and revitalization; (2) social equity, inclusion, and access to opportunity;(3) energy use and climate change; and (4) public health and environmental impact. HUD is not yet receiving pre-applications or applications. Specific questions regarding program requirements should be directed to sustainablecommunities@hud.gov or through the HUD website. Download the advance notice of requirements.

Here’s the link to the complete listing- http://listserve.icfi.com/read/messages?id=46070

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Funds Available- Navajo and Apache County, AZ

2011 September 7

Today, the Salt River Project Wood and Coal Stove changeout program made $225K available for income qualified stove owners living in Apache and Navajo counties, AZ. Qualified homeowners can receive up to $3000 to upgrade their old coal stove or non EPA-certified wood stove to a cleaner burning heating appliance. Act fast!! The program anticipates that the funds will go quickly.

To learn more (the website should be updated soon with the new income qualified program info) visit http://www.lungarizona.org/north/clean_exchange2.htm#retailer

You can also contact the American Lung Association in AZ who is administering the program for more information: 1-800-586-4872 or alaa@lungarizona.org.

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Gel Fuel and Fireglass

2011 September 1

(from Laura Scatena, NJ DEP)

Gel Fuel and Fireglass – Should we be concerned?
Also, I’m wondering how much people are aware or know about:

a. Gel fuel units, http://www.realflame.com/, http://www.alternative-heating.com/gel-fuel-fireplaces.html; and

b. Fireglass alternatives, http://americanfireglass.com/, http://americanfireglass.com/eco-glass/eco-glass.html.

These seem to be attractive for people not looking to use wood and pellets as heat but more for the aesthetic value. I’m wondering how much attention we, government officials, should be putting toward these kind of appliances. Real flame claims to meet EPA standards – is that true?

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Strange bedfellows back bill using mortgages to spur energy retrofits

2011 August 26

From Greenwire-
The “Sensible Accounting to Value Energy Act,” or SAVE Act, which is expected to be introduced this fall by Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), would require federal loan agencies to include projected energy costs when financing a house, essentially offering better mortgage values on properties that are more energy efficient.

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Woodstove Emissions as Offsets

2011 August 26

(from Jill Inahara, OR DEQ)

We have an area that exceeded the PM2.5 standard but has not yet been designated as a nonattainment area. The exceedances have occurred at night in the winter time so it’s most likely due to woodstove emissions. There is a company that wants to install a cogeneration facility but cannot get all the offsets it needs from industrial sources. Do you know of any instances where states have used woodstove upgrades/changeouts to offset industrial emissions?

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Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) Receives Funding to Reduce Indoor Air Contaminants

2011 August 23

Great news from our friends in rural Alaska! They received funding from The Commission for Environmental Cooperation to develop a pilot project that will address respiratory illnesses through implementing various interventions in the homes to reduce exposure to airborne contaminants (wood smoke, mold, etc). They plan to implement similar projects in rural Canada and Mexico.

The pilot project will “reduce the need for respiratory medical care in severely impacted children in Alaskan Native populations and in other indigenous communities in North America. The project addresses acute and chronic respiratory conditions through interventions to reduce exposure to airborne contaminants in homes.”

Official title: “Improving Indoor Air Quality to Reduce Exposure to Airborne Contaminants, Including Fine Particulates and Chemical Compounds, in Alaskan Native Populations and other Indigenous Communities in North America”

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Pellet Stoves- practical?

2011 August 22

Laura Scatena of NJ’s Department of Environmental Protection sent a few questions over. We’d thought we’d see if anyone out there has thoughts. I’ll post the remaining questions throughout the week. Please reply here if you have ideas or suggestions. Thanks.

Are Pellet Stoves Practical for the Average Consumer?
I visited a local wood stove dealer/retailer this weekend and I found out that there are some definite geographic preferences for pellet stoves. I’m wondering if other states/locals have had this similar experience. During our discussion, the salesperson described the maintenance and impracticality of the pellet stove for certain customers, e.g., weekly, biweekly, and monthly maintenance, yet the EPA website claims that pellet stoves “may be the easiest to operate and maintain.” http://www.epa.gov/burnwise/pelletstoves.html Also, finding pellets to buy and then storing the pellets may pose difficulties, or “inconveniences.”

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