The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) Tribes and Climate Change Program is excited to announce another summer internship opportunity with the Tanana Chiefs Conference working with the Henshaw weir doing salmon restoration work in Alaska. This position is open until filled and begins as soon as possible and goes through the end of August. Interested candidates should send a resume and letter of interest to

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is looking for experienced communicators to be part of its community involvement program. The program is responsible for engaging communities near its federal Superfund hazardous waste cleanup sites throughout the cleanup process. Many communities near these cleanup sites are underserved and face many environmental burdens. The community involvement program aims to give community members the information they need to make informed decisions about their health and environment and constructively engage with EPA during cleanups.

Ideal candidates have:

  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to collaborate and build partnerships across organizations and connect at the individual level
  • Experience preparing public-facing written materials (like fact sheets), website content and/or other outreach materials for diverse audiences
  • Experience developing and implementing community outreach strategies

TAMS Tribal Air Monitoring Technology Specialist Being Age 55 or Older is Good for The Environment! The Senior Environmental Employment (SEE) Program offers unique opportunities in Scientific, Technical, and Administrative / Office support for individuals aged 55 and over to support the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through a grant administered program through National Older Worker Career Center (NOWCC). This is a unique program where your talents, expertise and experience will truly be valued. The EPA provides a wonderful work atmosphere, and you’ll be working side-by-side with EPA staff that are doing important work every day.

Pay & Benefits: Pay rate: $18.01 /hr.

Benefits: Paid Health Insurance Premium if working 30+ hours per week, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Time, Paid Federal Holidays plus one Individual Holiday, and optional Vision and Dental Insurance available. Must be U.S Citizen and age 55 or older to apply. The duties of this position must be performed onsite at the EPA office location in Las Vegas, NV. For Full Description and to Apply Click Here

The Clean Energy Corps is hiring. We need talented, diverse, kind, and hardworking people like you to join this team.

With the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Clean Energy Corps is charged with investing more than $62 billion to deliver a more equitable clean energy future for the American people by:

  • Investing in American manufacturing
  • Creating good paying jobs
  • Expanding access to energy efficiency and clean energy for families, communities, and businesses
  • Delivering reliable, clean, and affordable power to more Americans
  • And building the technologies of tomorrow through clean energy research, development, and demonstrations

Apply Now!

You can find a great listing of Indian Country jobs on NCAI’s website here.

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes

NEW! EPA: Tribal and Insular Area Grants: Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Request for Applications OPEN!

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is excited to request applications for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions. EPA anticipates awarding approximately $8 million in total DERA funding and will have no mandatory cost share requirement for projects under this RFA. Eligible entities include tribal governments (or intertribal consortia) and Alaska Native Villages, or insular area government agencies that have jurisdiction over transportation or air quality. Insular areas include the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. For more information and to view the full RFA, please visit








NEW! The Richard King Mellon Foundation has just released a Request for Proposal (RFP) to fund projects designed to slow or stop the spread of harmful invasive plants in the United States.

This RFP focuses on the following three areas:

  • Strengthening Programs Limiting Invasive Plants in the Nursery Trade and Retail Outlets
  • Promoting Voluntary Efforts Through Outreach and Education
  • Integrating Warming Temperatures and Climate Change into Prevention and Early Detection/Rapid Response
  • Applications are due Friday, September 9 at 12:00 noon Eastern.


Contact Nikki Pirain (, Richard King Mellon Foundation. 

NEW! U.S. Forest Service Community Wildfire Defense Grant A Community Wildfire Defense Grant is announced which, according to the website (, “are intended to help at-risk local communities and Tribes plan and reduce the risk against wildfire.  The Act prioritizes at-risk communities in an area identified as having high or very high wildfire hazard potential, are low-income, and/or have been impacted by a severe disaster.” The webinar on the 9th is specifically for tribes.

Save the Date: The upcoming dates are available to attend the Community Wildfire Defense Grant Webinars for Applicants. Registration is now Open. To attend a webinar, follow the Registration Instructions available in the Wildland Fire Learning Portal to set-up an account.

  • Western States and Territories, August 10, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. Mountain time / 11:00 a.m. Pacific time.
  • Due to high demand, an additional Webinar is now being offered for the Community Wildfire Defense Grant Applicants.
  • Applications now available. For questions regarding applications, please contact Melissa Aulisio,


NEW! EPA Announces Initial Availability of $11 Million for Technical Assistance Centers to Support Underserved Communities. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $11 million in initial grant funding to establish Environmental Justice (EJ) Thriving Community Technical Assistance Centers across the nation. The EPA funding is available under the first year of a partnership with the Department of Energy, with future phases of up to 10 multi-year awards for a maximum potential program value of $50 million.

This opportunity is available to public and private universities and colleges; public and private nonprofit institutions/organizations; and collaborating tribal governments. Applications are due on October 4, 2022. Awards will be issued as cooperative agreements and EPA will be substantially involved in the operation of the centers.

NEW! EPA Grant Opportunity: National Tribal Air Association Operations

Closing Date August 23, 2022, | Click Here for More Information

This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits applications from eligible entities to provide comprehensive air quality policy and regulatory analysis including support and national coordination activities to assist tribes in understanding, participating in and responding to EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation’s policy and regulatory activities.

Contact Information:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Office of Air and Radiation

ATTN: Pat Childers

William Jefferson Clinton Building North, Room # 6510A

1200 Pennsylvania Ave, NW (Mail Code: 6510a)

Washington, DC 20460

Pat Childers: 

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) Tribes and Climate Change Program Summer internship opportunity with the Tanana Chiefs Conference working with the Henshaw weir doing salmon restoration work in Alaska.

Click Here For More Information

This position is open until filled and begins as soon as possible and goes through the end of August. Interested candidates should send a resume and letter of interest to

Air Monitoring Equipment Available for Loan to State, Local, and Tribal Agencies

In 2021, EPA’s Office of Research and Development initiated the Wildfire Smoke Air Monitoring Response Technology (WSMART) Pilot, loaning air monitoring technologies to state, local, and tribal air organizations to support supplemental air monitoring in areas affected by wildfire smoke and with observational data coverage gaps. During 2022, this pilot technology loan program will continue to provide several technology types – including stationary air sensor systems and a compact mobile monitoring system – to state and local air agency monitoring staff and professional tribal air quality staff members upon request. The equipment is not available for general public use. For more information and access to the loan request webform, please visit the WSMART website:

For technical questions, please contact

Communication Channels for NASA Funding Opportunities

Please consider signing up for the following communication channels. These channels will ensure that you are informed of student engagement and other funding opportunities:

  • Register for an account with NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES). You’ll need to create an account if you don’t already have one. Once you have an account you’ll be able to sign up for notifications to be alerted when new funding opportunities are released. There are sometimes opportunities released specifically for Minority Serving Institutions (including TCUs and other indigenous serving higher education institutions) so it’s good to receive the notifications to stay on top of new opportunities.
  • Sign up for our MUREP Newsletterwhich goes out every 2 weeks on Fridays.
  • Check our MUREP websitefor announcements regarding MUREP specific funding opportunities.

EPA recently shared documents from the May 2021 Workshop on Wildfire Smoke and Children’s Health.

The workshop summary recaps expert presentation and topics discussed during the May event. The recommendations were drafted by multistakeholder workgroups and contain a collection of evidence-based information for decision making and for developing educational materials.

You can find the documents attached and posted on the AirNow website: At this site you will also see a link to A Story of Health, a multimedia eBook from the Western States Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit that explores how our environments interact with our genes to influence health across the lifespan. The latest chapter, Sofia’s Story, explores the health effects of wildfires.  Go directly to Story of Health here: For more information, contact EPA’s Martha Berger at

Office of Research and Development recently conducted planning discussions regarding the WSMART program. One decision we are activating now is a testing partner loan option during periods of lower wildfire activity (winter through early spring), with loans for up to 3 months. The website FAQs were updated today to outline that option (refer to: “Can I request this equipment to try out before the next wildfire season?”):

To view and/or receive ITEP’s American Indian Air Quality Training Program newsletter, Native Voices, click here!

Climate Change/Energy

Join NCAI’s Climate Action email listserv here! 

Sign up for the Alliance for Green Heat’s newsletter! 

To view and/or receive ITEP’s Climate Change newsletter, click here!

Toxics/Mobile Sources

Performance Reports on Electric Trucks Operating in Four Key Freight Markets Now Available!

A new series of five reports documenting the performance of 13 electric trucks is now available from the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE), a SmartWay Affiliate. NACFE’s Electric Trucks Have Arrived report series provides key metrics, consistent data sets, and presents important findings and insight into how these electric trucks operate to meet the operational demands of four critical freight markets. The report series is based on a comprehensive range of real-world data collected by NACFE during its Run on Less – Electric (ROL-E) truck demonstration conducted last fall. The series of reports also draw on extensive field research, studies, interviews, and related documents published by NACFE on the development and emergence of electric trucks in recent years.

For the Electric Trucks Have Arrived series, thirteen fleets and truck manufacturers paired up and collaborated with NACFE for its ROL-E demonstration. They agreed to equip their electric trucks with instruments and to continuously track, collect and provide NACFE with key data points, driver experience and other information on the performance of the trucks over the course of three weeks last fall. Each of the Electric Trucks Have Arrived reports covers specific market segments served by the participating fleets, as follows:

1.     Three electric terminal tractors

2.     Three electric delivery vans/step vans

3.     Three electric medium-duty box trucks, and

4.     Four electric heavy duty regional haul tractors

A fifth report, Electric Trucks Have Arrived: Documenting a Real-World Electric Trucking Demonstration provides an overview of the demonstration project, including details on the methods used to select the fleets that participated in the project, routes, and equipment, and the metrics that measured the 13 participating pairs of fleets and truck manufacturers.

Among its key findings, NACFE concludes that ROL-E demonstrates that for the market segments covered, the technology supporting electric trucks is mature enough for fleets to be making investments in production commercial battery electric vehicles. It expects continuous improvements will be rapid as these technologies gain market share, and that the environmental benefits of reducing emissions is significant for replacing traditional diesel and gasoline-based vehicles.

To access one or more of the reports available as part of the NACFE Electric Trucks Have Arrived series, click on the respective links above. For more information on NACFE visit

CSCMP Publishes 2022 State of Logistics Report

The Council of Supply Management Professionals (CSCMP), a SmartWay Affiliate, published its 2022 State of Logistics Report, June 21, 2022. The annual report provides a snapshot of the American economy through the lens of the logistics sector and its role in overall supply chains. It is a compilation of leading logistics intelligence from around the world and shines a spotlight on industry trends and key insights on supply chains across a number of sectors.

A key statistic that the report generates is the United States business logistics costs, or USBLC. In 2021, USBLC was elevated by 22.4% to $1.85 trillion, representing 8% of 2021’s $23 trillion GDP.

For More Information: 

Help Save the US DOT Equity Action Plan

This week the House of Representatives is voting on whether or not the US Department of Transportation (DOT) can implement its Equity Action Plan .

As part of a vote on the transportation budget, the House is considering an amendment by Representative Glenn Grothman (R-WI) that would cut funding for the implementation of the DOT’s Equity Action Plan.

Please ask your Representative to vote NO on the Grothman Amendment

The US DOT Equity Action Plan includes actions to address inequities, and build a better, more equitable transportation system. This means increasing safe access to everyday destinations for everyone — including improving multimodal options, like bicycling, walking and transit, that have been neglected over decades. 

U.S. Department of Energy: The Information Source for Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles

The Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) provides information, data, and tools to help fleets and other transportation decision makers find ways to reach their energy and economic goals through the use of alternative and renewable fuels, advanced vehicles, and other fuel-saving measures. Click Here for more information about the resources available.

Recent additions to OTAQ’s website in August 2022

You can access these additions as well as new press releases and Federal Register notices related to OTAQ on our website.

Indoor Air Quality

Resource for Healthy Indoor Air Quality

Check out the website for many resources related to healthy homes and indoor air quality!

The Tribal Healthy Homes Network (THHN) has a webpage dedicated to Funding Opportunities! Additionally, THHN has developed a Funding Guide for American Indian and Alaska Native Communities.

Most Recent Listing: EPA Rules from the Federal Register can be found here.

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