Partnership in the News: HUD and Efficiency Maine Launch PowerSaver Loan Program

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) recently began a pilot program for “PowerSaver”, a new loan that will allow Maine homeowners to borrow up to $25,000 to make energy improvements. These improvements will be based on a list of proven measures developed by FHA and the Department of Energy (DOE) that will make weatherization and comfort improvements easy and affordable across the state.

Webinar: Smart, Sustainable, Livable Communities: Plans, Projects and Key Market Drivers (Apr. 12)

From GOVERNING: GOVERNING invites you to participate in a FREE Webinar on April 12, 2011 from 2:00pm ET-3:00pm ET: Smart, Sustainable, Livable Communities: Plans, Projects and Key Market Drivers 80% of voters nationwide agree that sustainable communities are an important part of rebuilding the national economy. 84% of Americans believe that our country is too … Continued

Webinar: Community Renewables: Wind, Solar, and Model Program Rules

From EPA:

Sponsored by DOE’s Technical Assistance Program for state and local officials, this webinar will feature presentations on community renewable programs, with a focus on wind projects, and how these can be models for communities interested in owning and developing wind projects to provide locally produced clean energy.

Webinar: Achieving Greater Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings

From EPA:

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Technical Assistance Program for state and local officials, this webinar shares strategies to put existing public buildings on the path to becoming high-performance buildings. The webinar will give an overview of a new guide being developed by Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) and regional stakeholders filled with low- to no-cost strategies to reduce energy and water consumption, maintain renewable energy systems, commission your existing buildings, select environmentally friendly materials, and more.

GSA seeks to lead the way on sustainable building practices

A new article in National Geographic details the efforts of the federal General Services Administration (GSA) to improve sustainability in federal buildings, with the help of $4.5 billion in ARRA stimulus funds. The federal government leases or owns 500,000 buildings nationwide. So far, GSA has awarded 70 solar photovoltaic projects, projects for advanced electricity metering … Continued

$300 million in federal funding available for state, local, and tribal governments

EPA brings us their  round-up of available federal funding from HUD, USDA, the  Department of Commerce, and EPA that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives: EDA Global Climate Change Mitigation Incentive Fund – $14.7 million Application Due: September 30, 2010 Eligible Entities: State and local governments, nonprofit organizations The U.S. Department of … Continued

ICLEI launches "Planet Earth" magazine featuring local government innovations

ICLEI has launched a new digital magazine covering the innovative practices of local governments “to make their communities cleaner, more economically prosperous, and more livable.” As the magazine’s name Planet Earth suggests, coverage focuses on the environmental aspects of livability, from climate change to energy efficiency. The first issue is chock full of features including: … Continued

Webinar: Exploring Rural Policy Opportunities

From the National Rural Assembly: The National Rural Assembly is pleased to launch a webinar series that will explore rural policy opportunities at both the state and federal level. We invite you to participate in our first webinar on July 29, 2010 @2pm-3pm Eastern for a broad scan of rural policy issues, looking at rural economic development, … Continued

Federal grant round-up: $495 million for state, local, tribal governments

A steady stream of federal grant opportunities for sustainable communities has been released in the past month. To make sure no program is overlooked, EPA distributed a list (available below) of all current and upcoming funding opportunities for sustainable communities and related programs that tackle climate and energy challenges. (If you’re choosing which HUD regional … Continued