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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01/01/2015-03/31/2015
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UNEP MOOC Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is launching the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Disasters and Ecosystems. The course is an outcome of the long-standing collaboration between UNEP and the Center for Natural Resources and Development. It features ecosystem-based solutions for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, case studies, guest speakers, etc.

Register online.

March 1-30, 2015
Online
Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region Webinar This four-week course will feature a new season each week through short lectures and activities covering Great Lakes weather, observed changes in the climate, and societal impacts of climate change.

Register online.

March 30, 2015 -
April 1, 2015
Juneau, Alaska
DOE Alaska Native Village Renewable Energy Project Development Workshop Presented by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Indian Energy with support from DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, this interactive workshop will walk participants through the process of developing renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in rural Alaska and highlight the potential opportunities and challenges involved.

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

March 31, 2015
Golden, Colorado
Working in Indian Country: Building Successful Business Relationships with American Indian Tribes Workshop Sponsored by the Association on American Indian Affairs, this one-day conference is for federal, state, and local government officials and business leaders who have a need to develop working relationships with tribes and organizations.

Register online.

April 7-8, 2015
Arlington, Virginia
5th Defense Renewable Energy Summit The 5th Defense Renewable Energy Summit brings together U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and military decision-makers with renewable energy developers, utilities, and leading financiers to facilitate the formation of this new market. The summit will explore how viable and financeable projects can be developed for profit. DOD plans on meeting at least 20% of energy demand with renewable energy resources by 2020. Over $7 billion in investments is needed in the near future to supply renewable energy to the DOD.

Register online.

April 9, 2015
Flagstaff, Arizona
CAIED Tribal Economic Development Outlook Conference The Center for American Indian Economic Development (CAIED) is hosting a conference on the impact that business and the economy will have on the next year for tribes. The conference is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Register online

April 16-17, 2015
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Tribal Economic Development in the Southwest Hosted by Law Seminars International, this two-day conference will cover the basic factors involved with Tribal economic development and provide recent updates in jurisdiction and sovereignty issues.

Register online.

April 22-23, 2015
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Tribes and the New Energy Economy Conference Hosted by the COTA Holdings, this two-day conference brings tribes, government, and industry together to discuss the new energy economy. Attendees will hear speakers from the U.S. Department of Interiors' Indian Affairs, Southern Ute Tribe, and more. Registration fee is $350 before March 13.

Register online.

April 29, 2015
Online
DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series: Innovative Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, and Grid Technology Update 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 the latest developments in biomass, geothermal, low-head hydro, solar, and wind. Explore each technology’s unique characteristics, find out how they are competing in the marketplace, and understand how to use them separately or in combination to realize the greatest benefit to the tribal community. This webinar runs from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Register online.

May 12-14, 2015
Monterey, California
2015 Energy Symposium The Energy Symposium 2015 training event will provide a forum to obtain valuable training, provide CEUs, facilitate the application of best practices, cover topics related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, CHP, water efficiency, and more. Attendees will hear real case studies, presented by the people involved, and learn what has worked well and what has been a challenge.

Register online.

May 20-22, 2015
Fort Collins, Colorado
2015 NC CSC Open Science Conference This three-day conference will bring the regional climate research community (North Central region universities, DOI agencies, and other research institutions) and stakeholders, including local, federal, and tribal resource managers and leaders, to foster productive engagement, interactions, and involvement with the North Central Climate Science Center (NC CSC). The conference will strive to identify emerging research issues and topics.

Register online.

May 27, 2015
Online
DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series: Models and Tools for Evaluating Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Project Opportunities 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 is about the models and tools developed by DOE and its partners to assist Tribes in assessing renewable energy and energy efficiency project potential. Presenters will explore the use of publicly available energy data and maps, analysis tools, software, and calculators in developing tribal energy projects. The webinar runs from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Register online.

May 27-29, 2015
Washington, DC, District of Columbia
2015 Better Buildings Summit The U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Summit is a national meeting where leading organizations across key sectors showcase solutions to cut energy intensity in their buildings portfolio-wide by 20% over the next ten years. This Summit is designed for partners and stakeholders to exchange best practices and highlight demonstrated market solutions with an equal emphasis on discussing future opportunities for greater energy efficiency in America’s homes and buildings.

Register online.

May 31, 2015 -
June 5, 2015
Fort Collins, Colorado
Green Business Development in Indian Country Hosted by Trees, Water, and People, this five-day course is based on the Indianpreneurship curriculum developed by Our Native Business Network. The workshop walks attendees through the process of creating a draft business plan, a start-up budget, and an operating budget. Tuition is $1,000.

Register online.

June 15-16, 2015
Buena Vista, Florida
Ninth Annual Native American Economic Development, Diversification, & Energy Projects Conference The 9th Annual Native American Economic Development Conference in conjunction with the Environmental Programs and Energy Projects Symposium will host two conferences, Native American Economic Development Conference and The Inaugural Leaders of Tomorrow Workshop. The Economic Development Conference feature a series of panels, round-table discussions, and speakers. Attendees will hear from top experts focusing on economic diversification. The Leaders of Tomorrow Workshop is for Native youth (16-20 year olds) who strive to make an impact in their communities.

Register now.

June 24, 2015
Online
DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series: Regulatory Impacts on Indian Lands 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 how Tribes play an increasing and critical role in regulating activities on Indian lands. Presenters will describe the latest developments surrounding the HEARTH Act and discuss how it can help tribal communities create a bright future by supporting tribal self-determination, encouraging economic growth, and promoting community development in Indian Country. This webinar runs from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Register online.

June 29, 2015 -
July 1, 2015
Boulder, Colorado
Rising Voices 3: Learning and Doing - Education and Adaptation through Diverse Ways of Knowing The Rising Voices workshop, in collaboration with the Engineering for Climate Extremes Partnership, will cover how to improve methods of incorporating resilience and cultural values explicitly in future planning programs. Attendees will hear about scientific-indigenous partnerships in response to climate variability and change, education curricula and student engagement on climate issues, and ways to further a more inclusive understanding of natural resources and ecosystem services.

Register online.

July 29, 2015
Online
DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series: Best Practices for Developing and Implementing a Request for Proposal 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 develop RFPs that effectively reflect the tribal strategic plan and encourage qualified bidders to respond. In addition, get tips for ensuring that your RFP gets wide distribution and response and learn how responses are judged using structured evaluation and selection procedures. This webinar runs from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Register online.

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

Register online.

August 17-20, 2015
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
2015 Tribal Lands and Environment Forum The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) are hosting the annual Tribal Lands and Environment Forum. The four-day forum will feature special trainings, field trips, and breakout sessions focused on 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 2-4, 2015
Chicago, Illinois
2015 Brownfields Conference The 2015 Brownsfield 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.

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September 30, 2015
Online
DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series: Effective Ways for Tribal Governments to Work with Utilities 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.

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 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.