NRWA’s “Water University On-line” Hosts Webinar on Water-Energy Assessments

Energy Assessments and Audits: The First Step to Saving Energy and Money is the title of tomorrow’s no cost webinar sponsored by NRWA’s Water University On-line.

DATE:  July 31, 2014

TIME:   3:00-4:00 (eastern)

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Reducing energy consumption and costs is one of the most important actions systems of all sizes can undertake. Energy costs often comprise 30-40% of a system’s total operating costs and there are a number of common-sense, low cost actions systems can take to become more energy efficient.

Perhaps the two most important steps systems can take include doing an energy assessment to determine how much energy the system is using across various processes, and following this up with an energy audit to identify specific actions that can be taken to reduce energy consumption.

EPA, working with small and medium sized utilities across the country, has used or developed a number of tools to help systems assess their energy consumption and undertake energy audits. EPA experts will summarize these tools for webinar participants, describe how they work, and identify the kinds of benefits systems can expect to see as they use them.

EPA’s SmartGrowth Program to Host Flood Resilience Webinar

WEBINAR EVENT:  Flood Resilience and Recovery Assistance:  Lessons Learned from Vermont

DATE:  August 13, 2014

TIME:   1:00-2:30PM (eastern)

REGISTRATION:  Click https://epa.connectsolutions.com/epasmartgrowth at the time of the event.  No pre-registration required but you must log in as a “Guest.”  Audio is through computer speakers only – no dial in available.

The state of Vermont experienced major damage to roads, houses, and businesses due to flood impacts from Tropical Storm Irene in fall 2011. Vermont’s Agency of Commerce and Community Development, along with the Agency of Natural Resources, Agency of Transportation, and the Mad River Valley Planning District, requested assistance from EPA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to recover from flood impacts and plan for long-term resilience to future disasters. Through EPA’s Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program, EPA and FEMA worked with state agencies and communities in Vermont to identify smart growth strategies that can help vulnerable communities prepare for and recover from floods. The project resulted in the report, Planning for Flood Recovery and Long-Term Resilience in Vermont: Smart Growth Approaches for Disaster-Resilient Communities, and a Flood Resilience Checklist, available at http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/sgia_communities.htm#rec1.

This webinar will discuss the project, highlighting Smart Growth approaches and strategies communities can consider to become more flood resilient and what the state of Vermont and communities in the Mad River Valley have done since Irene to help enhance flood resilience by building back better than before.

Who Should Attend
Planners; community leaders; state, local, and federal government staff; academics; researchers; and others interested in helping communities prepare for and recover from floods.

Continuing Education
This webinar qualifies for 1.5 certification maintenance credits from the American Planning Association.

Please use http://admin.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm to test your computer before attending the event.

EPA Transmits Award Funds to EFC Network

Earlier this week, EPA formally transmitted the $2 million in competitive award funds to the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) Network, the final recipient for the FY 13 awards.  The EFCs at the University of North Carolina and University of New Mexico are co-managing the effort through which all of the EFCs will work collaboratively with state primacy agencies to identify appropriate training and technical assistance for small systems in the areas of financial and managerial capacity.

More specifically, beyond traditional asset management training, the EFCs are also hoping to focus on additional topics such as rate-setting, fiscal planning, energy management, water loss reduction, regional collaboration/coordination/partnerships, access to funding sources, leadership, and strategies to enhance regulatory compliance through sustainable financing and management.  The EFCs are partnering with the American Water Works Association (AWWA) for some of these trainings.  The goal is to take advantage of AWWA’s regulatory and electronic expertise to enhance attendance at training and technical assistance events and to make free eLearning modules available.  The EFCs also expect to offer training through a mix of in-person workshops, smaller group work sessions, “funder forums,” webinars, in-depth, onsite technical assistance, assistance via phone and email consultation, and online rate benchmarking dashboards.

While the preliminary outreach to state primacy agencies is likely to be through one of the UNC or UNM co-managers, the actual training and assistance is more likely to come from one or more of the EFCs that specialize in a particular training focus area.  This means that your state’s actual training could come from one of these universities as well as the co-managers:  Southern Maine, Syracuse, Maryland, Louisville (KY), Cleveland State, Wichita State (KS), and Dominican (CA).  Again, depending on the type of training you and the EFCs arrange, your training could also come from AWWA.