Friday, 16 April 2010

Upcoming Climate and Energy Webcasts for State and Local Governments

From the US EPA:


April 2010-Upcoming Climate and Energy Webcasts for State and Local Governments
This message provides details about ten upcoming webcasts being offered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE). All webcasts are offered free of charge, but space may be limited.

Local Climate and Energy Program Webcasts
  • Smart Grid for Local Governments, April 29
  • Green Roofs, late May
ENERGY STAR Webcast Opportunities
  • Purchasing and Procuring Efficient Equipment, April 21
  • Portfolio Manager for EECBG Grantees and State and Local Governments, April 21
  • Benchmarking Water/Wastewater Plants in Portfolio Manager, April 28
  • ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Programs, April 29
  • Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR, May 11
  • K-12 Benchmarking 101, May 13
Additional Webcast Opportunities 
  • DOE: Midsize Wind Turbines for the U.S. Community Wind Market, April 28
  • CHP Partnership: District Heating, May 20 

***Local Climate and Energy Webcasts
EPA hosts the Local Climate and Energy Webcast Series to assist local government with climate change and clean energy efforts. These regular webcasts highlight EPA resources available to local governments, and present examples of successful climate and energy programs and policies implemented locally. For more information or to view past webcasts, visit: http://www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate/web-podcasts/local-webcasts-by-date.html


April 29, 2010, 2-3:30 PM EDT: Smart Grid and Clean Energy for Local Governments
This webcast will provide an introduction to the smart grid and its potential to help local governments improve energy efficiency, integrate renewable energy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their communities. It will cover smart grid technologies, challenges and considerations for implementation, smart grid projects being implemented with ARRA funding, and smart grid resources for local governments. Austin, TX and Boulder, CO will share their experiences with developing and implementing programs to deploy smart grid technologies.
To register for this webinar, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/935539555

Late May, 2010: Green Roofs
In May, EPA’s Local Climate and Energy Program and Heat Island Reduction Initiative will co-sponsor a webcast on Green Roofs. The webcast will cover the benefits of green roofs, technical considerations for installing green roofs, and feature a local government case study. The exact date and registration details will be announced next month.

 ***ENERGY STAR Webcasts
ENERGY STAR offers free online training to help you improve the energy performance of your organization. To register for any of these trainings or to see other upcoming ENERGY STAR trainings, visit: https://energystar.webex.com

April 21, 2010, 1-2 PM EDT: Purchasing and Procuring Efficient Equipment
ENERGY STAR will offer a webcast covering resources to help your organization purchase products with superior energy performance, guidelines that define energy performance for numerous products, sample procurement language, and software that calculates the life cycle costs of products. This webcast will be repeated on May 19 from 1-2 PM Eastern.

April 21, 2010, 2-3 PM EDT: Portfolio Manager for EECBG Grantees and State and Local Governments
In this webcast, co-hosted by EPA and DOE, participants will learn how to use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager (EPA’s building energy benchmarking tool) for effective municipal building retrofit projects and efficiency programs for target markets in the community. The session will be repeated on May 5 and May 19 (2-3 PM EDT for both webcasts).

April 28, 2010, 2-3 PM EDT: Benchmarking Water/Wastewater Plants in Portfolio Manager
ENERGY STAR will show participants how to track the progress of energy efficiency efforts and compare the energy use of wastewater treatment plants with other peer facilities across the country. Attendees will learn how to measure and track energy use and carbon dioxide emission reductions in wastewater treatment plants to establish baseline energy use, prioritize investments, set goals, and track improvements over time. This webcast will be repeated on May 20 from 2-3 PM EDT.

April 29, 2010, 2-3 PM EDT: ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Programs
During this session, attendees will learn how to use EPA tools and resources to help meet requirements for green building rating systems such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Green Globes system, and others. This webcast will be repeated on May 26 from 2-3 PM EDT.

May 11, 2010, 2-3 PM EDT: Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR
Attendees will learn about financing projects in the public and private sectors, the basics of performance contracting, and how EPA’s tools and resources can help you make the decision to improve your facilities now or later.

May 13, 2010, 2-3 PM EDT: K-12 Benchmarking 101
EPA will host this webcast to teach attendees the basics of benchmarking K-12 buildings using EPA's Portfolio Manager tool. Portfolio Manager can help measure and track energy and water use across an entire portfolio of buildings. Buildings can earn an energy performance rating compared with peer facilities across the country, and top-performing buildings are eligible for national recognition.

 ***Additional Webcast Opportunities

April 28, 2010, 3-4:15 PM EDT: Midsize Wind Turbines for the U.S. Community Wind Market
DOE’s Technical Assistance Project is hosting this webcast, in which state and local officials can learn about DOE efforts to create and manufacture domestic midsized wind turbines for the community wind market in the United States. The webcast will outline the DOE Midsize Wind Turbine Development Project, explain how this turbine size seems to fit the budgets of most existing community wind projects, and give some examples of community wind projects. For more information or to register, visit: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/wip/webinar_20100428.html

May 20, 2010 (Time TBA): District Heating
EPA’s Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Partnership will host a webcast on District Heating.  The exact time and registration details will be announced soon. For more information visit: http://epa.gov/chp/events/webinars.html

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