NEW! EPA Webinar: EPA’s Air Sensor Loan Pilot Programs – Successes,  New Resources, and Lessons Learned 

July 13, 2022, | 3:00 PM ET | Register Here 

This talk will briefly highlight the pilot air sensor loan programs that EPA  launched through partnerships with local organizations in EPA Regions 5, 9, and 

  1. Additionally, newly developed resources to support these programs will be  highlighted including 5 fully developed hands-on lesson plans that can be used for  group or individual instruction for elementary through adult learners. Other  educational efforts will also be shared. The presentation will discuss lessons  learned and best practice suggestions for others interested in developing and  offering similar air sensor loan programs in the future.  

EPA Clean School Bus Program – 2022 Rebates  

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EPA is offering $500 million in rebates for electric and low-emission school buses.  Register Today for the Webinars Below! Program Now Open!  


– July 13 – Office of the Inspector General: Fraud Prevention  – July 27 – How to Apply with Live Question & Answer Session  – August 10 – U.S. Department of Agriculture: Rural Electric Cooperatives  

Infrastructure Funding All webinars will be held at 1:00 PM Eastern.  – Submit Your Rebate Application by August 19, 2022 ATTENTION:  – Applying for a Rebate? Be sure to get an Active SAM.gov Account First! 

CSB Rebates Application deadline is August 19, 2022. SAM.gov entity  registration required. 

  • Click here to view the program guidance and a list of eligible/priority  applicants. 
  • Click here to begin the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebate  

Application process. 

  • Click here to sign-up for the Clean School Bus News listserv and  add cleanschoolbus@epa.gov to your email contacts to guarantee you  receive regular program updates and our messages don’t go to your  spam folder. 
  • Click here to access the EPA Clean School Bus website to learn more  about the program and the benefits of clean school buses. 
  • Email cleanschoolbus@epa.gov with any questions or feedback to  improve the program. 

The Earth to Sky Interagency Partnership, in collaboration with the Institute  for Tribal Environmental Professionals and Grand Canyon National Park, is  excited to announce an upcoming course for interpreters, informal educators,  and Tribal professionals on the Colorado Plateau. 

September 6 – 9, 2022 | Click Here for Application | Click Here to Learn More  This course is offered by the Earth to Sky Interagency Partnership in collaboration  with the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals and Grand Canyon  National Park. Together we will provide participants a foundation in climate  science and effective climate communication and interpretation; an understanding  of the connections between global and local processes; and perspectives on the 

interdependence of culture and climate on the Colorado Plateau. The course  emphasizes a supportive, collegial learning environment. You will:  Meet with NASA and regional scientists to learn about the latest global and  regional climate research and discuss their insights on understanding and  responding to changing climate  

  • Observe, practice, and discuss techniques for successful climate change  interpretation and communication  
  • Hear Native perspectives on climate change and learn about Tribal resilience  and adaptation strategies 
  • Experience first-hand evidence of and responses to local climate change  impacts on a field trip  
  • Meet colleagues from around the region and join a community of  interpreters, informal educators, and Tribal professionals committed to  communicating regional climate issues and solutions  
  • Depart with cutting-edge knowledge about climate change, and a plan for  bringing the climate story to your visitors in relevant, engaging, inspiring,  and hopeful ways  
  • Learn how you can stay connected with these scientists, fellow climate  communicators, and the national Earth to Sky community of practice over  the long term. You’re not alone in your efforts! 

EPA’s Community and Tribal Programs Group has a publicly facing Tribal  Actions and Events calendar for all to use! 

This calendar is also linked under the “Tribal Air and Climate Resources” webpage  under the “Policy and Planning” heading available at https://www.epa.gov/tribal air. The purpose of the calendar is to ensure that our Tribal partners are kept  apprised of EPA activities that are relevant to them. If you have any questions  about the calendars or any recommendations on how EPA can improve upon the  calendars please do not hesitate to reach out to Toni Colon (colon.toni@epa.gov)  and/or Loren Fox (fox.loren@epa.gov) with any feedback. 

New Air Knowledge E–Learning Content 

The Air Knowledge training team is pleased to announce the availability of new air  quality training materials! 

These e-learning courses and modules are at the foundational learning level and are  available to tribal, state, and local air agencies through our learning management  system (LMS) and to the public here. The website was recently enhanced to  provide additional self-instructional and instructor-led training materials. The new materials include: 

  • A course that explains the key historic events that led to air pollution control  legislation and describes progress made with air pollution control since the  passage of the Clean Air Act, 
  • A course that explains the basic components of state and tribal  implementation plans,
  • A module that generally defines the transport and fate of air pollutants and  how transport and fate are influenced by meteorology and topography, A module that explains the basic aspects of an air emissions inventory, and A module that explains the purposes and types of air emissions inventories,  including the inventories that the EPA develops. 

More detailed information about the contents of these new materials can be found  in the attached document. 

To access the courses and modules on the LMS (https://epaapti.csod.com), tribal  air agencies and organizations can register, log in, and refer to the “What’s New”  section on the home page. All other users (the public, international community,  academia, industry, EPA staff, etc.) can access the courses and modules on the Air  Knowledge interim website

NTAA Upcoming Calls  

Contact Andy.Bessler@nau.edu if you have any questions about any call!  *Registration instructions* When you register for the GoToWebinar, please  remember to include your Tribe, Region, or Organization in parenthesis after your  last name. This allows you to see everyone on the call and prevents us from  conducting a rollcall, ultimately saving everyone’s time. 

EPA Policy Call: Call in to hear updates from EPA on policies, actions, and tools relevant to Indian Country  and Air Quality. Attend by clicking here. TBA 


2 pm ET

Mobile Sources Work Group: This monthly work  group addresses all mobile source pollution issues.  Attend by clicking here. Thursday, 

July 7, 

2 pm ET 

IAQ Work Group: Join the bi-monthly calls of the  NTAA IAQ work group. Attend by clicking here. The call this week has been cancelled, so next call will take place on June 16th at 2pm ET. TBA 

Thursday, 2  

pm ET

Wood Smoke Work Group: Join this work group  every other month to address wood smoke issues in  Indian Country. Attend by clicking here. July 26 


2 pm ET

Alaska Air Work Group: Join this work group to  hear updates from EPA and Alaskans working on air  quality. Contact andy.bessler@nau.edu to join the call! Thursday 

July 7, 

10 am AK or  

2 pm ET 


The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professional (ITEP) Click Here for ITEP’s new Tribal Environmental Management and Planning  Online Courses. Sign up for a self-paced course hosted by ITEP’s Waste and 

Response and Tribal Air Quality programs. New courses have been added, so  check it out! 

ITEP’s American Indian Air Quality Training Program (AIAQTP) hosts the  Building Performance: Improving IAQ in Cold Climates, Residential Building  Science Review, Radon Fundamentals, Quality Assurance Fundamental, Writing a  Quality Assurance Project Plan, Emissions Inventory Fundamentals, and  Emissions Inventory Advanced. 

AIAQTP Schedule and Registration 

Recorded Webinars 

Looking for more information check out the Tribal Air Quality Media Space  Channel. Recent webinars include an Introduction to Air Quality Programs,  Emissions Inventories, Remote Professional Assistance, and Woodstoves in Indian  Country. Older classics include a series on Air Quality Planning for Wildland  Smoke, Tribal Air Program and Grants, Data Management, and the Clean Air Act. 

ITEP’s Tribes and Climate Change Calendar includes conferences, trainings,  webinars, and other events related to tribes and climate change. 

EPA Tools and Resources Webinar Series  

Click here to see all past and upcoming webinars hosted by the EPA.  Climate Change / Energy 

NEW! Clean Energy Group Webinar: Scaling Up Solar – The Montgomery  County Green Bank and Sunnova’s Low-and Moderate-Income Solar Pilot  Program 

July 7, 2022, | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT | Register Here 

Earlier this year, the Montgomery County Green Bank launched a new $600K low and moderate-income (LMI) solar pilot program to test a different approach to  solar access in LMI communities. The pilot includes a dual track (ownership and  third party-owned) and an innovative third party owned pricing structure with solar  company Sunnova. 

During this webinar hosted by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA),  Tom Deyo, Chief Executive Officer of the Montgomery County Green Bank  (MCGB) and Stephen Morel, its Chief Investment Officer will present the structure  and the initial results of the pilot. Bert Hunter, Executive Vice President and Chief  Investment Officer of the Connecticut Green Bank, and Secretary of the Board of  Directors of MCGB will moderate a Q&A to help viewers better grasp differences  and similarities with the CT Solar for All program that is the focus of CESA’s  Scaling Up Solar for Under-Resourced Communities Project. CESA Project  Director Vero Bourg-Meyer will host. 

NEW! U.S Department of Energy Better Building Webinar: Financing  Solutions that Drive Energy Efficiency in the Water Nexus 

July 12, 2022, | 11:00 am ET | Register Here 

The efficient use of water results in lower operating costs, a more reliable water  supply, and improved water quality. Join to learn how market leaders in the  hospitality sector finance and deploy projects that tackle energy efficiency and the  water conservation nexus. 

NEW! EPA Webinar: Building Performance Standards Development and  Implementation 

July 12, 2022, | 1:00 PM ET | Register Here 

EPA and the Department of Energy (DOE) are hosting a collaborative webinar  series designed to support state and local agencies interested in learning more  about designing and implementing building performance standards. This webinar  will introduce the teams at EPA and DOE, discuss relevant subnational goals and  processes, and dig a little deeper into available resources and technical assistance.  

NEW! U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy Webinars:  Organizing for the Transition to a Cleaner and More Sustainable Energy  Future 

July 13, 2022, | 1:00 PM ET | Register Here 

Hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, the  2022 Tribal Energy Webinar Series will focus on how tribes can position  themselves to participate in the energy transition to the benefit of their  communities and future generations. 

The realities of climate change and the goals of the Biden Administration  provide significant support for tribes who choose to lead the transition to a more  sustainable energy future. The opportunities are growing and accelerating; how can  tribes position themselves to take advantage of and benefit from those  opportunities? This webinar will provide some ideas. 

NEW! U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy Webinars: Energy  Access and Reliability on Tribal Lands Virtual Listening Session July 28, 2022, | 1:00 PM ET | Register Here 

This virtual listening session, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)  Office of Indian Energy, will explore challenges and potential solutions related to  energy access and reliability on tribal lands. The goal is to gather important insight  directly from Native Nations regarding the current status of unelectrified homes  and electricity reliability issues facing tribal communities. 

The Energy Act of 2020 included specific requirements for DOE to conduct  research and report back to Congress on these topics. In accordance with that Act, the Office of Indian Energy is hosting this listening session to provide tribal  leaders and staff from energy, planning, natural resources, and other relevant  departments the opportunity to make recommendations on the report.

This is a follow-up to the first listening session the Office of Indian Energy  hosted in November 2021; however, attendance at the first session is not a  prerequisite to participate in this one. During this listening session, the Office of  Indian Energy will discuss the results of the questionnaire conducted during the  first session and share findings from the report to date. 

Please note that there is a capacity limit for this listening session of 500  participants. Tribes and tribal staff will be given priority to attend if the capacity  limit is reached.  

EPA has updated the Tribal Greenhouse Gas Inventory Tool EPA’s free, spreadsheet-based Tribal Greenhouse Gas Inventory Tool, first  launched in 2013 and updated annually, is based on nationally and  internationally recognized GHG accounting and reporting principles.  This year’s updates include: 

  • An optional market-based method to calculate Scope 2 emissions from  electricity purchased through contractual instruments, such as Renewable  Energy Certificates (RECs).  
  • Revised Emissions & Generation Resource Integrated Database (eGRID)  factors from 1990 through 2019, as available.  
  • Updated default stationary energy emission factors and heat contents.  Kerosene and distillate fuel oil as additional stationary energy fuel types.  Find the updated Tribal community and government operations modules and users’  guides here. Are you a long-time inventory tool user with questions about the new  updates? Or is this your first GHG inventory? Join this webinar or upcoming  offices hours to learn more and ask questions: 

ITEP’s Climate Change Adaptation Training Courses registration is online! Learn more about the courses and register here. 

Toxics/Mobile Sources 

EPA is seeking nominations from representatives of nonfederal interests to  serve on the Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee (MSTRS).  EPA values and welcomes opportunities to increase diversity, equity,  inclusion, and accessibility on its Federal Advisory Committees. In an effort to  obtain nominations of diverse candidates, EPA encourages nominations of people  from all racial and ethnic groups. MSTRS members are appointed by the EPA  Administrator for three-year terms with the possibility of reappointment to a  second term.  

The MSTRS, a federal advisory committee chartered under the Federal  Advisory Committee Act, provides the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee with  independent advice, counsel, and recommendations on the scientific and technical  aspects of programs related to mobile source air pollution and its control. The 

subcommittee’s website is at https://www.epa.gov/caaac/mobile-sources-technical review-subcommittee-mstrs-caaac

For more information on how to submit a nomination, please see the Federal  Register Notice announcing the request for nominations. Nominations must be  received by July 11, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact: Julia Burch,  Designated Federal Officer; email: burch.julia@epa.gov

EPA Proposes Stronger Standards for Heavy-Duty Vehicles to Promote Clean  Air, Protect Communities, and Support Transition to Zero-Emissions Future The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing new, stronger  standards to promote clean air and reduce pollution from heavy-duty vehicles and  engines starting in model year (MY) 2027. The proposed standards would reduce  emissions of smog- and soot-forming nitrogen oxides (NOx) from heavy-duty  gasoline and diesel engines and set updated greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for  certain commercial vehicle categories. This proposed rule would ensure the  heavy-duty vehicles and engines that drive American commerce and connect  people across the country are as clean as possible while charting a path to advance  zero-emission vehicles in the heavy-duty fleet. Click Here for Full Press Release.  

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.  

EPA Past SmartWay Webinars and Events  

To address these trends and challenges, EPA developed the SmartWay program. Launched in 2004, this voluntary public-private program: 

  • provides a comprehensive and well-recognized system for tracking,  documenting and sharing information about fuel use and freight emissions  across supply chains 
  • helps companies identify and select more efficient freight carriers, transport  modes, equipment, and operational strategies to improve supply chain  sustainability and lower costs from goods movement 
  • supports global energy security and offsets environmental risk for companies  and countries 
  • reduces freight transportation-related emissions by accelerating the use of  advanced fuel-saving technologies 
  • is supported by major transportation industry associations, environmental  groups, state and local governments, international agencies, and the  corporate community

View the SmartWay timeline and learn about the program’s achievements and key  milestones reached since SmartWay’s launch in 2002. Our progress to making  freight in the supply chain more sustainable and efficient is due to the vision,  commitment and hard work of SmartWay Partners and Affiliates! Two Decades of  Progress: SmartWay Partnership Milestones (PDF)(1 pg, 345 K, June 2021, EPA 420-H-21-001). Click Here to view past webinars and upcoming webinars 

Indoor Air Quality 

NEW! EPA Webinar: Why Indoor Chemistry Matters: Findings from a  National Academies Consensus Study 

July 7, 2022 | 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET | Register Here 

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM)  recently released the consensus study report, Why Indoor Chemistry Matters, sponsored by EPA, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, CDC, and NIEHS. This  

webinar will present the main conclusions and recommendations of the report,  which identifies gaps in the current understanding of indoor chemistry and new  approaches that can be applied to measure, manage, and limit chemical exposures.  Dr. David Dorman, who served as Chair of the study committee, will summarize  high-level main messages from the report, followed by a deeper dive into the  report’s findings related to the management and removal of contaminants indoors.  The published consensus study report is available to download for free from the  National Academies Press website.  

NEW! National Radon Training Event in Seattle, Washington October 24 – 26, 2022, | Register Here 

The Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors invites you to join us for  our National Radon Training Event in Seattle, Washington October 24 – 26, 2022.  It’s an exciting time as we get to meet again in person!  

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) Released Allergy  Capitals 2022

This report ranks the top 100 cities in the continental United States where it is most  challenging to live with seasonal pollen allergies, which may worsen chronic  respiratory diseases, including asthma. AAFA’s report is an annual research and  educational project designed to help people recognize, prevent and manage allergy  symptoms. It also helps communities see where the needs of people with allergic  diseases, like seasonal allergies, can be better met. 

Scranton, Pennsylvania, ranks #1 overall again this year. City rankings are based  on higher-than-average spring and fall pollen scores, higher-than-average  medication usage, and availability of board-certified allergists/immunologists in  the area. Visit AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org to see if your city made the list and  see what actions you can take to reduce your contact with pollen.

Available Now: An Introduction to Radon Gas in Homes Webinar Recording EPA’s Indoor Environments Division recently hosted a webinar to provide an  overview of the key basic facts of radon – what it is, what it does to us, how we  measure it, how we reduce our exposure, and where to find resources and  additional information. A recording of An Introduction to Radon Gas in Homes is  now available online. The recorded webinar features a presentation by Bruce  Snead, Director of Engineering Extension at Kansas State University and director  of the National Radon Program Services effort for EPA since 2009. 

EPA: A Fact Sheet for Tribes on State and Tribal Indoor Radon Grants  EPA’s Indoor Environments Division is pleased to announce the State and Tribal  Indoor Radon Grants (SIRG) Program Fact Sheet. This fact sheet has information  on SIRG eligibility, matching requirements, allowable activities, EPA contacts,  and more. EPA works collaboratively and values our tribal partnership to support  healthy indoor air quality (IAQ) in tribal communities. We work together to  develop tools and resources that address the health and the safety of tribal members  when it comes to indoor air quality.  

Please visit the Indoor Air Quality in Tribal Communities or State Indoor Radon  Grants (SIRG) Program and Resources pages to learn more and download the fact  sheet.  

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