A new online interactive computer program is taking the guesswork out of finding the fuel needed by the thousands of alternative vehicles on the road today in the United States. The user-friendly national locator can help drivers find ethanol and methanol blends, electricity, propane and natural gas. Drivers can search by a specific address, city, state or region.
"Tools like this will help us get more alternative fuel vehicles on the road," said Cynthia Riley, AFDC program manager. "Drivers can now have more confidence to plan cross-country trips and be able to find the fuel they need."
The new refueling station locator is supported by one of the most complete alternative fuel databases in the country. In addition to locating individual refueling stops, a user can "zoom in" and "zoom out" to view surrounding areas and streets and print the maps as needed.
The Trust for Public Land will help raise as much as $20 billion in state and local funds to protect lands threatened by sprawl over the next five years. TPL's Public Finance program helps communities mount campaigns to raise funds for parks and open space through bonds or taxes.
The program offers technical assistance to elected officials, public agencies, and legislatures. Services focus on the research and development of legislative and ballot measures that reflect popular priorities, often evaluated through public opinion surveys. The Trust often brings partners such as local business councils or national conservation organizations that can pool resources. In some cases, it also assists citizen groups with campaigns to win voter approval of land conservation measures.
In recent years TPL has helped design and pass major funding measures in dozens of sprawl-threatened communities, including Tucson, Arizona; Ocean County, New Jersey; Forsyth County, Georgia; and Routt County, Colorado.
In the two-year election cycle concluding in November 1998, the Trustís public finance team was actively involved in 29 different State and local public finance initiatives. Of those, 26 succeeded at the polls, securing approximately $2.6 billion in new conservation funding. These included statewide open space funding measures in Minnesota, New Jersey, and Florida; as well as local measures in Austin, Texas; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and in fifteen communities on rapidly developing Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
For more information, visit TPL at http://www.tpl.org.
DEED (Demonstration of Energy-Efficient Developments), a program of the American Public Power Association (APPA), funds investigation by utilities, joint action agencies and state and regional associations of technologies that will provide direct and tangible benefits to consumer-owned electric utilities.
The DEED program encourages and promotes energy efficiency, works to improve efficiency in all aspects of utility operations, and funds the development and demonstration of new technologies and techniques through research conducted by DEED members, APPA committees, and university students.
DEED funds are available as grants and scholarships. Grants are for demonstration or early commercialization projects at DEED member utilities that promise either to improve efficiencies or lower costs in the provision of energy services to public power customers. The transferability of project results to other utilities is a key consideration in deciding which projects receive DEED funding.
DEED scholarships support education in energy-related fields and increase awareness about career opportunities in public power. Up to ten $3,000 scholarships are awarded each year to college or university students. Scholarship funds may be applied to tuition, work study, hardware acquisitions, or computer time.
Funding awards are made twice a year by the DEED board of directors, which meets in the spring and fall. Requests for DEED grants generally range from $10,000 to $50,000, and may be submitted for any amount up to 25 percent of all available funds.
The upcoming deadline for applications is July 15th. For a funding application or more information about DEED and DEED funding, contact Holly Riester, DEED administrator, at 202/467-2960 or e-mail email@example.com.
The National Science Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency invite research proposals that advance the development and use of innovative technologies and approaches directed at avoiding or minimizing the generation of pollutants at the source. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, industrial ecology, and chemistry and engineering for pollution avoidance and prevention. Up to $5 million is available, with 20 awards anticipated. Proposals are due July 26, 1999. For more information, visit http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf99108.
The Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is soliciting grant proposals for projects in communities facing economic distress. A high priority will be placed on sustainable development projects, including the redevelopment of brownfield sites and the development of eco-industrial parks. Proposals may be submitted at any time. For more information, visit http://www.doc.gov/eda/pdf/99edanofa.pdf.
DOE has announced a pre-proposal screening opportunity for the FY00 National Industrial Competitiveness Through Energy, Environment, and Economics (NICE3) Program. NICE3 is an annual solicitation that provides funding for the demonstration of innovative industrial technologies and processes that reduce energy consumption, waste production, and operating costs. Up to $6 million is expected to be available. For more details, click here.
The Acorn Foundation supports projects that will help create and build a sustainable future. The foundation funds community-based projects focused on environmental justice, the alleviation of pollution from industrial, chemical and nuclear sources, and the preservation and restoration of habitats that support biological diversity. Grants range from $4,000 to $8,000. For details, visit http://www.commoncounsel.org/foundation.html.
The Energy Foundation awards grants in five areas: utilities, buildings, transportation, renewable energy, and integrated issues. Applications are accepted continuously. For more information on programs and guidelines, visit http://www.ef.org.
Green Energy Finance is a one-stop web site of energy efficiency financing resources for homeowners, building managers, architects, lending institutions, and others interested in clean energy financing. Sponsored by DOE and EPA, it offers a database searchable by keyword or category. To check it out, visit http://www.energyfinance.org.
Green Schools is a comprehensive program designed for K-12 schools that creates energy awareness, enhances experiential learning, and saves schools money on energy costs. Sponsored by the Alliance to Save Energy, the program involves everyone at a school, from custodians, to students, to teachers, to administrators, to save both energy and money. Pilot schools are saving an average of $7,700 a year. The program offers curriculum materials, energy audit software, and more. To check it out, visit http://www.ase.org/greenschools.
Home Energy Saver, an interactive tool that helps consumers calculate the energy they use in their homes, identifies ways to save energy and money. It was developed by the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. To calculate your homeís energy uses, visit http://homeenergysaver.lbl.gov.
A newly revised toolkit containing a collection of visioning, design, and planning tools to aid in creating sustainable communities is now available. The toolkit includes Geographic Information System (GIS) programs, predictive models, impact analysis programs, visualization programs and relevant information materials. A number of tools are identified for each of the following areas: land-use planning, green buildings, transportation, economics, industry, disaster planning, and community development. To access the toolkit, visit http://www.sustainable.doe.gov/toolkit/toolkit.htm.
An Open Space Planning Packet, produced by NEMO (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials), a University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System project, informs the open space planning process and offers tools and techniques for acquiring open space. It is comprised of 20 individual fact sheets, a set of model open space regulations, and a manual on how to conduct a natural resource inventory. To order, visit the NEMO order form at http://www.canr.uconn.edu/ces/nemo/npubsform.html. Cost $5.
The Community Image Survey helps inform and engage community members in land use planning decisions. Using 40 slides, participants can create a shared vision of the characteristics they would like to see in their community and learn what makes a community more livable. To check out this resource, visit http://www.lgc.org/clc/cis.html.
Minnesotaís Office of Environmental Assistance has a free model sustainable downtown plan for use by small cities in Minnesota. It is designed for use by persons interested in relating the redevelopment of their downtown area with sustainable development principles. It includes chapters on land use, transportation, urban design improvements, pollution prevention and waste management, energy efficiency, and development, each with action steps and resources for more information and assistance. Chapters have short case studies, sample processes and strategies, legal requirements, and educational sections.
For a copy, please contact Pat Gerbozy at 800-657-3843 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Green Communities Assistance Kit, developed by the EPA, is a step-by-step guide for planning and implementing sustainable actions. The kit poses four basic questions, each resulting in a specific outcome. To access the kit, visit http://www.epa.gov/greenkit/.
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