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JUN
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On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency released their Clean Power Plan proposal. This proposal aims to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants, the largest sources of carbon pollution in the United States.  Power plants are responsible for approximately one-third of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.  This proposed rule will amend the existing Clean Air Act and marks the first time that carbon pollution from power plants has been regulated at a federal level.

 

The Clean Power Plan aims to cut carbon emissions nationwide from existing power plants by thirty percent below 2005 levels by 2030. According to EPA’s proposal, this reduction in carbon pollution will also result in reducing particle pollution, nitrogen oxides, and sulfur dioxide emissions by more than 25 percent.

 

EPA will implement the Clean Power Plan through a state-federal partnership. States will have until June 2016 to create and submit a plan to EPA to comply with the new proposal.  Many states have already adopted energy efficiency/ renewable energy (EE/RE) programs to encourage energy conservation and reduce the amount of emissions produced by energy production.  The Clean Power Plan gives states the flexibility to build upon these existing conservation plans or create new ones to meet the Plan’s new pollution limits. States will have the option of partnering with nearby states to create programs that will comply with the new proposal. States will also have the flexibility to set differing pollution limits and use a variety of methods to meet the plans goals, as long as it doesn’t affect the nationwide limit.

 

The EPA is expected to finalize the rule next summer. After the rule is published in the Federal Register, interested stakeholders have 120 days to comment on the proposal.

 

This proposal is part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. The President’s Climate Action Plan is the Obama Administration’s strategic initiative to cut carbon pollution; prepare the US for the impacts of climate change; and lead international efforts to combat global climate change.

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MAY
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The APWA Center for Sustainability is pleased to announce that the APWA Sustainability Conference is now a part of the APWA Public Works International Congress and Exposition and will feature over 40 sessions on environmental/sustainability issues as part of your Conference registration. 

 

APWA Center for Sustainability Chair Jennifer Winter, Project Director, HR Green INC, noted “this move is reflective of the fact that sustainability traverses all areas of public works -- water, roads, transportation, parks, asset management, emergency management -- and should be presented to broadest possible audience of public works professionals.  These sessions are being presented by a variety of APWA Technical Committees and seasoned professionals from both sides of the border and reveals the breadth of the role that sustainability plays in our infrastructure, communities, and in in our chosen profession.”

 

The Center for Sustainability knows you won’t want to miss this “conference-within-a-conference” if you have an interest in the most sustainable approaches to public works.  Register today!

15
MAY
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APWA members – note APWA is a partner organization for this conference and our members will receive a registration discount.  Past President Diane Linderman will be speaking on resiliency in a plenary session.

 

Special Offer for APWA Members: AGC Contractors Environmental Conference
June 12-13, 2014 | Arlington, Va.

The Associated General Contractors of America will hold its third Contractors Environmental Conference on June 12-13, in Arlington, Va.  As an Industry Partner for this conference, APWA Members receive a savings of $100 off the non-AGC member rates that kick in on April 26.

 

From leadership in sustainability to compliance with legal requirements, the 2014 AGC CEC will provide invaluable resources for environmental professionals in the construction industry. Here are five reasons why you should attend: (1) Learn how to manage the issues that keep you up at night before they result in an emergency situation; (2) Get up-to-date information on compliance and sustainability issues that most often show up on your to-do list; (3) Hear about initiatives and trends that could be a new source of savings or revenue for your company; (4) Interact and learn from federal agency representatives; and (5) Network with your peers.  Learn more about this year’s conference and register here.

 

APWA Members can take advantage of their membership discounts with a special Industry Partner Code to use during registration.  Start your registration as a “non-AGC member” but then enter the code PTNR14CEC to receive the member rate for normal registration, which begins April 26.  Everyone benefits from the early-bird registration savings through April 25.

15
MAY
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The White House May 6 released the third National Climate Change Assessment (NCA) documenting the impact climate change has on the United States. The current report is a key component of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. The President’s Climate Action Plan is the Obama Administration’s strategic initiative to cut carbon pollution; prepare the US for the impacts of climate change; and lead international efforts to combat global climate change.

 

The NCA states that climate change is having wide ranging environmental impacts on all regions of the United States.  The report also states that climate change will have impacts on key sectors of society and the US economy.  The effects of climate change, documented by the NCA include heat waves, storm surges and extreme precipitation in the Northeast; increased risk of droughts and wild fires in the Southwest; and receding summer sea ice and shrinking glaciers off of the coast of Alaska.  The report also states that climate change’s impact on health and the economy include decreased air quality and decreased agricultural output.  The NCA states that adapting strategies that encourage conservation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions can mitigate the effects of climate change and increase community resiliency.

 

The NCA is a requirement of the Global Change Research Act of 1990 (GCRA).  The GCRA requires a report to the President and Congress every four years.  The first NCA was released in 2000 and the second was released in 2009.  The federal government is responsible for producing these reports through the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), a collaboration of 13 federal agencies and departments, and must be approved by the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC).  NCADAC is a 60-person U.S. Federal Advisory Committee which oversees the development of the NCA.  NCADAC was established in 2010 and is supported through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

 

To learn more about the National Climate Change Assessment and to read the full report, visit www.globalchange.gov

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