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April 22, 2014
Online
EPA ENERGY STAR Webinar: How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR Join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to learn about applying for ENERGY STAR Certification in Portfolio Manager. Understand the value of the ENERGY STAR certification, see the step-by-step process of applying, and gain tips to help your property get from application to award.

Register online.

April 23, 2014
Online
DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Identifying Project Potential and Options Attendees will understand the components of identifying energy project potential and options. Presenters will discuss market considerations, initial site considerations, project savings or rate-of-return estimates, production potential, final site selection, tribal options, finance, partnerships, and participation processes. Attendees will also become familiar with data gathering and analysis procedures such as tribal facility electric cost data, regulations, and interconnection requirements; paths to market for project power; and renewable sales, risks; and utility rules. By following the steps outlined in the webinar, tribes can determine the range of potential project choices and options available to help them make the best decision that fits into their short- and long-term energy plans.

Register online. For more information, contact the Tribal Renewable Energy Series Help Desk.

April 24, 2014
Online
Climate Change Impacts and Indian Country Webinar: Natural Resources and Agriculture Current climate change impacts are felt first in our natural world, and the challenges to protecting those natural resources are shared across all of Indian Country. Hearing from federal agencies that support tribal natural resource development and protection with their assessment of climate change impacts will give tribes a broad understanding of those challenges and federal efforts to mitigate impacts and promote more resilient natural systems. This is the third of four webinars focused on topics and issues related to President Obama’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience and will provide tribal leaders with an opportunity to give feedback to the Task Force.

Register online.

April 24, 2014
Online
EPA ENERGY STAR Webinar: Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic Understanding Energy Metrics Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this webinar will give attendees an opportunity to ask their questions about Portfolio Manager directly to EPA in an open forum. The focus topic for April will be energy metrics, including the ENERGY STAR score, Weather Normalized Energy, Energy Use – Adjusted to the Current Year, National Median Energy use, and Site and Source Energy use. Learn about what each of these metrics means and how/when you should use these metrics in your benchmarking and reporting. Presenters will also discuss the best metrics for properties that cannot earn an ENERGY STAR score and demonstrate different reports/screens in Portfolio Manager than can help you access energy metrics.

Register online.

April 28-30, 2014
Chandler, Arizona
11th Annual Construction in Indian Country National Conference The Construction in Indian Country (CIIC) organization hosts its annual conference to educate tribes and industry by providing various informative workshops about the realities and opportunities concerning construction in Indian Country. The conference also aims to building trust, relationships, and networking opportunities among tribes, industry, and various entities. The proceeds and sponsorships from the conference go directly toward sustaining the CIIC organization and annual conference as well as CIIC's educational student grant and endowment.

Email: ciic@asu.edu
Phone: CIIC 480-466-4549
Conference & Registration: 888-999-6422 

April 28-30, 2014
Seattle, Washington
USDA Northwest Wood-Based Biofuels/Co-Products Conference Hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in conjunction with Washington State University Extension, this conference will bring together researchers, business leaders, government agencies, and economic development personnel to share and exchange research findings, ideas, and strategies for the common goal of sustainable development of wood-based biorefineries for production of biofuels and co-products in the Pacific Northwest.

Register online. For more information, contact Vikram Yadama at 509-335-6261 or email: vyadama@wsu.edu

April 29-30, 2014
Anchorage, Alaska
Alaska Native Village Energy Development Workshop Presented by the Tribal Energy Program and the DOE Office of Indian Energy, this workshop is designed to help Alaska Native villages and corporations understand the range of energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities that exist in their remote communities. Part of an overall effort to further support and encourage accelerated clean energy resource development in Alaska Native villages, it will take place during the week of the Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) Business of Clean Energy in Alaska Conference May 1-2. There is no cost to attend, but advance registration is requested.

 If you have questions, please email tribal@go.doe.gov.

April 30, 2014
Online
EPA ENERGY STAR Webinar: Register for the 2014 EPA ENERGY STAR National Building Competition Learn about the 2014 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: Team Challenge! Learn how you can earn recognition for energy and water savings, and how you can register to compete. Join thousands of buildings from across the nation in this annual competition that leads to millions of dollars and kBtus of savings! Registration is open April 16 through May 16.

Register online.

May 1-2, 2014
Anchorage, Alaska
REAP Business of Clean Energy Conference The Renewable Energy Alaska Project's 2014 Business of Clean Energy in Alaska Conference is right around the corner and plans are already under way to make this 6th annual event a huge success!

For the latest information, visit the event Web page.

May 1, 2014
Online
Climate Change Impacts and Indian Country Webinar—Communities: Human Health and Community Development The multi-agency Sustainable Communities program is one of many designed to support state, local, and tribal governments in planning activities to develop their communities “in more environmentally and economically sustainable ways.” Developing more sustainable communities is important to our national goals of strengthening our economy, creating good jobs now while providing a foundation for lasting prosperity, using energy more efficiently to secure energy independence, and protecting our natural environment and human health. Attendees will learn about other programs federal agencies have in place to help local communities with climate change impact assessments, mitigation, and adaption. This is the last of four webinars focused on topics and issues related to President Obama’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience and will provide tribal leaders with an opportunity to give feedback to the Task Force.

Register online.

May 1, 2014
Online
Northeast Recycling Council Webinar Part I: Organics Management in Action in Small and Tribal Communities The first in a two-part series sponsored by the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC), this webinar will focus on food scraps, yard waste, and disaster debris management. Presenters include Franklin County Solid Jan Ameen, Executive Director of Franklin County Solid Waste Management District on food scrap composting; Steve Christman, Executive Director of Northeast Indiana Solid Waste Management District on regional composting systems; and Steve Tillotson, Assistant Director for the North Dakota Department of Health's Division of Waste Management on managment of organics in disaster debris.

For more information on the webinars or on NERC’s organics management project, contact Athena Lee Bradley at athena@nerc.org or 802-254-3636. NERC’s Organics Management Project is funded through a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant. 

May 4-8, 2014
Washington, District of Columbia
NCAI Tribal Self-Governance Annual Consultation Conference Save the date for the National Congress of American Indians 2014 Tribal Self-Governance Annual Consultation May 4-8, 2014 Crystal City Gateway Marriott

For more information please visit: www.tribalselfgov.org.   

May 7-9, 2014
Washington, District of Columbia
DOE Better Buildings Summit The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is holding a national summit to catalyze investment in energy efficiency across the public, private, commercial, industrial, and multifamily sectors. DOE will recognize energy efficiency leaders and highlight innovative market solutions and best practices at the event, which will bring together industry, government, and energy efficiency leaders and stakeholders.

Check out the DOE Better Buildings Summit event page regularly for updates, draft agenda, and more information.

May 15, 2014
Online
Northeast Recycling Council Webinar Part II: Organics Management in Action in Small and Tribal Communities The second in a two-part series sponsored by the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC), this webinar will focus on reducing food scraps at home. Presenters will highlight opportunities and share case studies while addressing program costs and funding; outreach and education; results and impacts; lessons learned; and equipment, containers, and collection.

For more information on the webinars or on NERC’s organics management project, contact Athena Lee Bradley at athena@nerc.org or 802-254-3636. NERC’s Organics Management Project is funded through a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant. 

May 18-24, 2014
Pine Ridge, South Dakota
Lakota Solar Enterprises Compressed Earth Block Training Compressed earth blocks are a sustainable construction material that uses high pressure to create blocks from soil, clay, and a tiny amount of cement. These blocks do not need to be cooked or heated like traditional bricks, and they require no mortar between joints. They also are great insulators, so they can keep heat in when it is cold out as well as keep the heat out when its hot outside. The cost for the Compressed Earth Block Trainings is $770 per student, and lodging and food are included. The lodging is on-site at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center in the brand new Sacred Earth Lodge and is dormitory-style and potentially co-ed.

For more information contact John Motley at john@treeswaterpeople.org or call 1-800-606-4897. Download a printable version of the registration form

May 28, 2014
Online
DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Renewable Energy Project Refinement Attendees will become familiar with the three components of project refinement: project financing strategies, off-taker agreements, and vendor selection. Project refinement obstacles, particularly financing, can deter the deployment of renewable energy projects on tribal lands. Attendees will learn about the financial resources and ownership options available—including venture capital and innovative financing—that can help tribes overcome longstanding barriers and attract higher levels of private investment. Finally, attendees will learn how project refinement can accelerate renewable energy development and, with it, tribal economic and community development.

Register online. For more information, contact the Tribal Energy Program Help Desk.

May 28-30, 2014
Nashville, Tennessee
HUD 2014 Healthy Homes Conference The nation's leading interdisciplinary event brings together health, housing and other professionals dedicated to improving the lives and homes of America's families and communities. Hosted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), this national conference brings you leaders from the forefront of the healthy homes industry and offers the opportunity to learn from professionals, stakeholders, and leading experts that are guiding the nation toward healthier homes and communities with more than 130 sessions in six dynamic tracks.

For information and  to register, visit the event Web page

June 3-5, 2014
South, Florida
Native Learning Center's 6th Annual Summer Conference Save the Date for Native Learning Center’s 6th Annual Summer Conference. NLC partners with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to offer tuition-FREE courses and trainings to Native Americans and indigenous people with an emphasis on the educational needs of tribal members and their communities.

For more information, visit www.nativelearningcenter.com.

June 8-11, 2014
Anchorage, Alaska
NCAI 2014 Mid Year Conference Save the date for the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) 2014 Mid Year Conference.  
June 16-17, 2014
Anaheim, California
National Native American Economic Development Conference in Conjunction with Energy Projects in Indian Country Conference Native Nation Events will host the 8th Annual National Native American Economic Development Conference in conjunction with 7th Annual Energy Projects in Indian Country Conference at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

To speak with a representative about attending, exhibiting or sponsoring, please call 201-857-5333.

June 23-26, 2014
Coeur d'Alene , Idaho
Intertribal Timber Council National Indian Timber Symposium Save the Date for the 38th Annual National Indian Timber Symposium Hosted by the Coeur d'Alene Tribe.

For more information, contact the Intertribal Timber Coundil at  503-282-4296, or email itc1@teleport.com.

June 24-25, 2014
Denver, Colorado
Strategic Application of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in Indian Country Hold the dates for a workshop on the strategic application of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in Indian Country. Sponsored by the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management, this workshop is designed for tribal council members, attorneys, natural and cultural resource specialists as well as environmental protection professionals, federal agency personnel, and contractors working in Indian Country.

Mervyn L. Tano, President

International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management

444 South Emerson Street

Denver, Colorado 80209-2216

Phone: 303-733-0481

June 25, 2014
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DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Net Metering Attendees will become familiar with the services provided by utility net metering and their importance in making projects cost-effective. The speakers will provide information based on case histories of how facilities that generate their own electricity from renewable energy sources can feed electricity they do not use back into the grid. Many states have net-metering laws with which utilities must comply. In states without such legislation, utilities may offer net-metering programs voluntarily or as a result of regulatory decisions. The webinar will cover the general differences between states' legislation and implementation and how the net-metering benefits can vary widely for facilities in different areas of the country.

Register online. For more information, contact the Tribal Energy Program Help Desk.

July 21-24, 2014
ChampionsGate, Florida
Energy 2014 Training Seminar and Services/Technology Showcase The Energy 2014 Training Seminar and Services/Technology Showcase uses the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act (FBPTA) Core Competencies as a guide for the technical training presented. The training sessions will fit into the FBPTA-designated categories. Energy 2014 will be attended by federal, state, and local government, Department of Defense, Army Corps of Engineers, hospitals, schools, and universities energy/facility managers. Energy 2014 Technical Energy Training Seminar will be hands on training on energy basics, alternative financing, case studies, lighting, water conservation, cogeneration and more.

For more information, call 301-865-9684 or email info@energy2014.org.  

July 29-30, 2014
Washington, District of Columbia
DOE Biomass 2014 Conference: Growing the Future Bioeconomy Co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and Advanced Biofuels USA, this year's conference will take place at the Washington Convention Center. As in past years, Biomass 2014 will bring together top government officials and members of Congress—with industry leaders and experts from across the bioenergy supply chain—to continue ongoing dialogue about the critical challenges and key opportunities for the industry. The event will focus on the innovative technologies, priority pathways, financing strategies, and public policies needed to grow the bioeconomy of the future.

Register online. For more information, email biomass2014info@bcs-hq.com 

July 30, 2014
Online
DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Project Implementation and O&M Attendees will become familiar with the last two steps of the five-step energy project development framework: Project Implementation (Step 4) and Operations and Maintenance (Step 5). Information on project management, reporting, monitoring, and commissioning will be provided. Other topics the presenters will cover include project agreements, vendor contracting process, preconstruction tasks, and equipment installation. The webinar will stress the importance of developing a long-term operations and maintenance (O&M) plan, establishing a maintenance schedule, replacing worn or disabled equipment, establishing and enhancing an effective and motivated O&M staff, evaluating warranty agreements and extensions, and budgeting for O&M.

Register online. For more information, contact the Tribal Energy Program Help Desk.

August 27, 2014
Online
DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Introduction to Facility- and Community-Scale Project Financing Although smaller in scale than commercial projects, these projects often cannot hurdle the financing barrier. Attendees will become knowledgeable about the types of financing that exist for smaller projects that serve an individual facility or community and their advantages and disadvantages to tribal communities. They will also learn about the importance of including cost-effective energy efficiency improvements in the project design and how to calculate the life-cycle cost of various options under consideration.

Register online.

September 10-13, 2014
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Native Learning Center Second Annual Indian Housing Training Conference The Native Learning Center (NLC), a Seminole Tribe of Florida program dedicated to the development of cultural and quality of life skills for all Native and Indigenous people, announces the expansion of our trainings outside the state of Florida! The Indian Housing Training Conference has been moved to the DoubleTree by Hilton Tulsa Downtown. The NLC will provide housing professionals with the tools to maintain good homes, build affordable homes, improve public safety, and provide essential building blocks to a healthy community in the heart of Indian Country. Over the course of this four-day conference, participants will be able to join critical sessions related to Tribal housing programs that are imperative to HUD’s Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Program.

To register for the conference and see a preliminary agenda, visit the NLC website at http://nativelearningcenter.com/indianhousingtrainingconference

September 23-25, 2014
Fairbanks, Alaska
Alaska Rural Energy Conference The Alaska Rural Energy Conference is a three-day event offering a large variety of technical sessions covering new and ongoing energy projects in Alaska, as well as new technologies and needs for Alaska's remote communities. The 2013 conference in Anchorage attracted almost 500 people from more than 75 villages and towns in Alaska and beyond. Building on the growing success, the Alaska Energy Authority and the Alaska Center for Energy and Power have joined forces again to organize and sponsor the 9th annual Alaska Rural Energy Conference.

Register online. To learn more and download the agenda, visit the event website.

September 24, 2014
Online
DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Successful Project Financing Mechanisms - ESPCs and UESCs The attendees will learn about two popular mechanisms developed for federal agencies to finance renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) and utility energy service contracts (UESCs). The discussion includes how these two methods allow tribes to develop the projects with limited to no up-front capital costs, thus minimizing the need for including the project costs in budgets or requesting congressional appropriations for them. The speakers will also identify best implementation practices developed over nearly 15 years and hundreds of projects.

Register online. For more information, contact the Tribal Energy Program Help Desk.

October 15-17, 2014
Keshena, Wisconsin
SDI Shifting Seasons Summit Hosted by the College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), this three-day summit will focus on different levels of climate change adaptation training for tribes. There will also be ample opportunities for networking among indigenous practitioners, tribal leaders and land managers, federal agencies, and climate change scientists. The information is specific to the Northeast region but is open to all who are interested in the issues of climate change and tribes. The event is being planned with assistance from the Northern Arizona University Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals and Michigan State University faculty and is funded by the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs Climate Change program and the Northeast Climate Science Center. Additional assistance will be provided from the Penn State University-led Sustainable Climate Risk Management Strategies network. For tribes in the northeast who may not be able to travel to the summit, some funding is available to set up satellite locations for participation via live streaming broadcast.

Please contact pwaukau@menominee.edu for more information.

October 26-31, 2014
Atlanta, Georgia
NCAI 71st Annual Convention Save the date for the National Congress of American Indians 71st Annual Convention at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

For the latest information, visit the event Web page.

October 29, 2014
Online
DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Putting It All Together Attendees will hear a recap of the information covered in the previous webinars and the tremendous opportunities that are waiting to be taken advantage of. Attendees will hear about the data from a 2012 National Renewable Energy Laboratory report, which cites that American Indian land comprises 2% of U.S. land but contains an estimated 5% of all renewable energy resources. Presenters include participants in the Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program and the Indian Country Energy and Infrastructure Working Group. Attendees will learn about the DOE Office of Indian Energy collaborations and tribal experiences that identified obstacles and opportunities in energy and related infrastructure development and capacity building in Indian Country. The question-and-answer session will emphasize the need to get feedback from the key stakeholders on the topics for the 2015 Tribal Webinar Series.

Register online. For more information, contact the Tribal Energy Program Help Desk.