Events

This calendar lists upcoming events in Indian Country sponsored by DOE and a variety of government agencies, associations, and organizations.

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July 9, 2015
Online
MIE Regional Climate Change Impact Webinar Series: Northeast The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Minorities in Energy Initiative is hosting a webinar on Northeast impacts of climate change on minority and tribal communities featuring presentations by nationally recognized policymakers, researchers, and educators. Speakers will highlight growing opportunities for workforce development, clean energy advancement, and increases in domestic energy production. Speakers include Emily Cloyd, Public Participation and Engagement Coordinator for the National Climate Assessment, and Fred Lipschultz, Regional Coordinator for the National Climate Assessment and Senior Scientist at USGCRP.

Register online.

July 10-11, 2015
Grand Ronde, Oregon
Native Veterans Summit Hosted by the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, this free event for Native veterans. will feature talking circles, support meetings, veterans' benefit information, and more. All meals will be provided.

Register online.

July 25, 2015
Anchorage, Alaska
REAP Renewable Energy Fair The Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) is hosting its 11th annual Renewable Energy Fair at Fairview Elementary School to highlight the benefits of clean energy. The event will feature clean energy workshops, demonstrations, booths, and fun educational activities, as well as live music and local food and craft vendors. This entertaining and educational community event is a great opportunity to learn about ways to save money through sharing resources, and work with REAP and others to build healthy and sustainable communities.

July 27, 2015
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Tribal Leader Forum on Tribal Energy and Economic Development: Tribal Utility Formation The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy is hosting the 11th in a series of planned strategic energy development forums for tribal leaders and interested staff on “Tribal Energy and Economic Development: Tribal Utility Formation.” The forum will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Register now to secure your spot by emailing tribalworkshops@nrel.gov or calling 303.275.3005.

July 28-29, 2015
Albuquerque, New Mexico
DOE New Mexico Community-Scale Workshop This workshop is a unique opportunity to learn from renewable energy project experts, get hands-on experience using technology resource assessment tools, explore project case studies, and hear about lessons learned from other Tribes. The interactive workshop is based on a dynamic new curriculum designed to walk participants through the five steps necessary to develop and finance renewable energy projects on tribal lands. The workshop will be held at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Albuquerque Historic Old Town in Albuquerque, NM. Like the July 27 Tribal Leader Forum, the workshop is limited to elected tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Participants are responsible for their own lodging, dinner, and travel costs.

Register now to secure your spot by emailing tribalworkshops@nrel.gov or calling 303-275-3005.

July 28-30, 2015
State College, Pennsylvania
Solar 2015 Conference The American Solar Energy Society is hosting a three-day conference where attendees can share sustainable energy ideas and network with other clean energy professionals who are driving solar change and industry innovation.

Register online.

August 5, 2015
Online
DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series: Best Practices in Procurement: Discover Tribal Benefits Through GSA and RFPs That Guarantee Cost Savings Effective procurement of goods and services for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects is a key to achieving cost savings and ensuring quality. Presenter Florence Francis of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) will discuss how Tribes are authorized via their P.L.93-638 contracts/compacts or their Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA) Indian Housing Block grants to access GSA supply sources and then explore how they can save program dollars by accessing goods and services through the GSA website. Francis will show attendees how the GSA eLibrary provides GSA contractor information and how GSA eBuy can be used to develop and distribute requests for information and requests for quotations that effectively encourage qualified bidders to respond with competitive prices. Attendees will also learn how a customized tribal request for proposals (RFP) can accelerate an energy efficiency or renewable energy project. Kosol Kiatreungwattana of NREL will demonstrate how a tribal request for technical assistance through the DOE Office of Indian Energy resulted in development of an RFP model designed to integrate with the System Advisor Model tool to solicit comparable bids on renewable energy projects. Finally, Todd Hooks of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians will discuss how a technical assistance request assisted the band in applying cost-effective procurement practices to execute a successful solar photovoltaic project. This webinar runs from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Register online.

August 6, 2015
Online
DOE Regional Climate Change Impact Webinar Series: Southeast & Caribbean The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Minorities in Energy Initiative is hosting a webinar on Southeast and Caribbean impacts of climate change on minority and tribal communities featuring presentations by nationally recognized policymakers, researchers, and educators. Speakers will highlight growing opportunities for workforce development, clean energy advancement, and increases in domestic energy production. Speakers include Jayantha Obeysekera, Chief Modeler of South Florida Water Management District, and Camille Coley, Senior Associate Vice President at Florida Atlantic University.

Register online.

August 11-13, 2015
Portland, Oregon
ATNI Energy Summit 2015 The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) is hosting a three-day event and training for tribal, utility, and technology executives featuring premier policy, utility, and technology innovators as well as a showcase of the latest innovations, projects, and emerging opportunities. Technical experts from DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory will be presenting on the following topics: Energy Efficiency First for Tribal Energy Programs, How Policies and Incentives Affect Renewable Energy Development on Tribal Land, and Building Consensus for Tribal Energy Plans.

Register online.

August 17-18, 2015
Seattle, Washington
Energy Exports in the Northwest Law Seminars International is hosting a two-day conference covering various energy topics, including air quality initiatives, federal regulatory structure, the role of tribes in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, and more.

Register online.

August 17-20, 2015
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
ITEP 2015 Tribal Lands and Environment Forum Hosted by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP), the annual Tribal Lands and Environment Forum will feature special trainings, field trips, and breakout sessions focused on solid/hazardous waste management, brownfields, Superfund sites, emergency response, and tribal water programs.

Register online.

August 26, 2015
Online
DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series: Successful Tribal Renewable Energy Projects Hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, in partnership with Western Area Power Administration (Western), this webinar will show attendees how Tribes have been able to identify, qualify, and develop successful facility-, community-, and utility-scale renewable energy projects, which cover the gamut of renewable energy technologies. Speakers will explore the keys to successful project implementation, including strategic planning, financing, overcoming barriers, reducing risks, and producing measurable results. This webinar runs from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Register online.

September 1-3, 2015
Golden, Colorado
DOE Colorado Commercial-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Workshop The U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, with support from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is presenting an interactive workshop that will walk participants through the process for developing commercial-scale renewable energy projects on tribal lands. The third in a series of tribal renewable energy development and financing workshops DOE is offering this summer, this workshop offers Tribes interested in developing commercial-scale projects a unique opportunity to learn from renewable energy project experts, get hands-on experience using technology resource assessment tools, explore project case studies, and hear about lessons learned from other Tribes. Workshop participants will learn about the five steps necessary to develop and finance commercial-scale renewable energy projects on tribal lands. The workshop is designed exclusively for, and limited to, elected tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff. This workshop will feature a tour of the lab.

RSVP to secure your spot by emailing tribalworkshops@nrel.gov or calling 303-275-3005.

September 2-4, 2015
Chicago, Illinois
EPA/ICMA 2015 Brownfields Conference Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the International City/County Management Association, the 2015 Brownfields Conference is a three-day conference focused on environmental revitalization and economic redevelopment. The conference has educational sessions with expert speakers, networking and business development opportunities, and mobile activities.

Register online.

September 3, 2015
Online
DOE Regional Climate Change Impact Webinar Series: Alaska The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Minorities in Energy Initiative (MIE) is hosting a webinar on Alaska impacts of climate change on minority and tribal communities featuring presentations by nationally recognized policymakers, researchers, and educators. Speakers will highlight growing opportunities for workforce development, clean energy advancement, and increases in domestic energy production. Guest speaker is Sarah Trainor, Director of the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy.

Register online.

September 9-13, 2015
Chicago, Illinois
10th Annual North American Passive House Conference Hosted by Passive House Institute US, this five-day conference will target both multifamily and single family housing design, engineering, and development along with Passive House certification.

September 24-25, 2015
Washington, D.C., District of Columbia
National Tribal Energy Summit 2015 Energy security is of particular concern in many Native American communities, despite the ample resource potential that exists on Indian lands. Charged with promoting the well-being of current and future generations, tribal councils face unique and pressing challenges related to energy self-sufficiency and climate preparedness. To address these challenges, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is participating in a National Tribal Energy Summit September 24–25, 2015, in Washington, D.C. The National Summit supports the Obama Administration’s ongoing commitment to assist tribal efforts to enhance energy security, increase community resiliency, and cultivate a sustainable energy future.

Additional details about the location and how to register will be provided in the coming weeks. In the meantime, questions may be directed to Ana M. Han or 202-586-9820. 

September 30, 2015
Online
DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series: Working with Utilities: Effective Paths for Tribal Governments Hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, in partnership with Western Area Power Administration (Western), this webinar will cover how to work with utilities serving Indian Country to help improve the tribal economy, create local jobs, and enhance the lifestyle of the community. This webinar runs from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Register online.

September 30, 2015 -
October 2, 2015
Billings, Montana
NCAT Harvesting Clean Energy The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is hosting the 14th Annual Harvesting Clean Energy Conference to help advance rural economic development through clean energy development and to maximize the profits by practicing good stewardship.

Register online.

October 1, 2015
Online
DOE Regional Climate Change Impact Webinar Series: Midwest The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Minorities in Energy Initiative (MIE) is hosting a webinar on Midwest impacts of climate change on minority and tribal communities featuring presentations by nationally recognized policymakers, researchers, and educators. Speakers will highlight growing opportunities for workforce development, clean energy advancement, and increases in domestic energy production. Guest speaker is Sara Pryor, atmospheric scientist.

Register online.

October 28, 2015
Online
DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series: Advanced Financing Models Hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, in partnership with Western Area Power Administration (Western), this webinar will provide details about renewable project financing, presenters will cover federal and state incentives, local resources, and partnerships that can help develop creative project financing terms and structures. This webinar runs from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Register online.

November 5, 2015
Online
DOE Regional Climate Change Impact Webinar Series: Hawaii & Pacific Islands The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Minorities in Energy Initiative is hosting a webinar on Hawaii and Pacific Islands impacts of climate change on minority and tribal communities featuring presentations by nationally recognized policymakers, researchers, and educators. Speakers will highlight growing opportunities for workforce development, clean energy advancement, and increases in domestic energy production. Speakers include Jo-Ann Leong and Victoria Keener. The webinar runs from 1-2:30 Mountain Time.

Register online.

November 18, 2015
Online
DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series: Putting It All Together Hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, in partnership with Western Area Power Administration (Western), this webinar will review information from the previous webinars and learn about the tremendous energy development opportunities that continue to await Tribes. In revisiting the five-step project development process, speakers will discuss tribal experiences and collaborations that have revealed obstacles as well as opportunities for energy and infrastructure development and capacity building in Indian Country. During the final question-and-answer session, stakeholders will have an opportunity to weigh in on topics for the 2016 Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series. This webinar runs from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Register online.

December 3, 2015
Online
DOE Regional Climate Change Impact Webinar Series: Great Plains The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Minorities in Energy Initiative is hosting a webinar on the Great Plains impacts of climate change on minority and tribal communities featuring presentations by nationally recognized policymakers, researchers, and educators. Speakers will highlight growing opportunities for workforce development, clean energy advancement, and increases in domestic energy production. Guest speaker includes Bull Bennett.

Register online.

January 7, 2016
Online
DOE Regional Climate Change Impact Webinar Series: Southwest The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Minorities in Energy Initiative is hosting a webinar on Southwest impacts of climate change on minority and tribal communities featuring presentations by nationally recognized policymakers, researchers, and educators. Speakers will highlight growing opportunities for workforce development, clean energy advancement, and increases in domestic energy production. Guest speaker is Hilda Blanco.

Register online.

February 4, 2016
Online
DOE Regional Climate Change Impact Webinar Series: Northwest The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Minorities in Energy Initiative is hosting a webinar on Southwest impacts of climate change on minority and tribal communities featuring presentations by nationally recognized policymakers, researchers, and educators. Speakers will highlight growing opportunities for workforce development, clean energy advancement, and increases in domestic energy production.

Register online.