U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Grants Award Process Webinar
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is hosting a Grants Award Process Webinar on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, from 2:00 to 3:00 Eastern time. The webinar will cover grants management topics, how to find and apply for grant opportunities, and how to prepare a proper budget detail. The second half of the webinar will be a question and answer session.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Indoor Air Quality Webinar
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is hosting the Living in a Material World: Selecting the Rigth Materials to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Schools (IAQ) Webinar on July 16, 2015, 1:00 to 2:00 EDT. The Webinar will be followed by a live mentoring and question and answer session from 2:00 to 2:30 EDT.
This Webinar will prepare you to:
- Explain how the selection and use of low-toxicity and low-emitting materials can improve IAQ and health outcomes among students and staff and reduce construction and operating costs.
- Develop low-emitting products purchasing and use policies in your school or school district, and create a management plan to ensure effective communication between custodial and facilities staff and teachers and students regarding the use of approved materials.
- Base materials selection on product ratings systems (e.g., ENERGY STAR, EPA's SAFER Choice, Green Seal, or UL's GREENGUARD and ECOLOGO).
- Create and maintain an inventory of purchased products, as well as their associated storage and chemical information and emergency procedures.
- Identify the types of materials that should be reviewed and considered, along with the associated pollutants that can adversely affect health and indoor air quality.
- Replicate strategies of a model school district that used the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance to develop a comprehensive IAQ management program that emphasizes smart material selection.
Drought Response Best Practices/Resources
The California Department of Education, School Facilities and Transportation Services Division has developed Best Practices and Resources that include strategies that school district can consider to reduce their water usage. The list is not exhaustive and each district should evaluate a strategy based on the district's climate, existing conditions, and water reduction efforts already completed.
Caltrans Awards Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants to Safe Routes to School Projects
Caltrans has announced the latest round of Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants , and three Safe Routes to School projects are among the winners. The cities of Compton and San Fernando, along with the Town of Apple Valley, will all prepare Safe Routes to School Master Plans. In addition, the cities of Los Angeles and Fontana won awards for active transportation planning. Many other awards will go to communities to create walking and bicycling master plans, conduct surveys and data collection and study corridors for complete streets improvements. A full list of award recipients may be found on Caltrans Web site .
State Water Board Approves $19 Million for Interim Emergency Drinking Water and Drought Related Projects
The State Water Resources Control Board approved guidelines for $19 million in funding (PDF) to help public agencies, community water systems, not-for-profit organizations and tribal governments meet emergency drinking water needs.
In an effort to distribute funds as quickly and efficiently as possible, the State Water Board will coordinate with the Regional Water Quality Control Boards, Division of Drinking Water, Department of Water Resources, Office of Emergency Services, and stakeholders to identify communities whose water supplies have been impacted by contamination or drought, and need financial assistance to maintain a safe drinking water supply.
Division of State Architect - Proposed Irrigation Water Efficiency Requirements
In response to the current drought state of emergency and Governor Brown's Executive Order B-29-15 (PDF), the Division of the State Architect (DSA) proposes new water efficiency requirements for public school and community college irrigated landscape areas.
The proposed changes to the 2013 California Green Building Standards ("CALGreen") Code (PDF) require reduction in outdoor potable water used for new building construction, alterations and additions and related site work on a new or existing site. Specific requirements include strict irrigation regulations, separate water meters, and automatic controllers that adapt to changes in weather and soil moisture.
The California Building Standards Commission approved the proposed rulemaking on May 29, 2015 (PDF). The new requirements will apply to projects submitted to DSA on or after July 1, 2015.
Designing for the Common Core
An overview of Common Core and examples of how districts have adapted their facilities to support common core (PPT).
Accessible version of an overview of Common Core and examples of how districts have adapted their facilities to support common core.\