Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes

NEW! Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs; Your Tribal Nation by the Numbers: Census Bureau Webinar

September 27, 2022, | 3:00 PM EDT | Register Here

During this U.S. Census Bureau training you will learn how to access demographic, socioeconomic, and housing data about American Indian and Alaska Native populations, reservations, and trust lands. The workshop will teach novice data users, grant writers, and planners to navigate and use Census Bureau data products from the Decennial Census and the American Community Survey to benefit tribal communities.

NEW! Register today for EPA’s series of webinars, listed below, for grant applicants and recipients beginning in September! Participants will hear from EPA staff about key aspects of the grants process and have the opportunity to submit questions. Additional information on each webinar as well as registration information can be found below. Advance registration is required, and you must register for each webinar separately.  

September 13, 2022 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET | Register Here

            This webinar will cover how to find and successfully apply for EPA grants

September 20, 2022 | 2;00 PM – 3;00 PM ET | Register Here

Learn how to develop budgets and budget narratives in this instructor-led version of EPA’s How to Develop a Budget online training course. 

September 22, 2022 | 2;00 PM – 3:00 PM ET | Register Here

Learn how to identify key policies and procedures to be a grant recipient that effectively expends and documents the use of EPA grant funds.

NEW! EPA has scheduled two listening sessions to seek input on the development of a new Pollution Prevention (P2) grant opportunity

Please see below for additional details, including session dates/times and links to register. The session on Sept. 7 is specifically for tribes and intertribal consortia, while the session on Sept. 8 is for all potential applicants and stakeholders (including tribes).

Register for the webinars using the following links:

If any questions Contact:

Emily M. Ryan

Co-Regulator Liaison

Intergovernmental and Community Relations Branch

Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Ryan.Emily@epa.gov / (202) 566-1235


 NEW! U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) FY2022 Appropriations

To View Report Click Here.

This document was prepared by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). CRS serves as nonpartisan shared staff to congressional committees and Members of Congress. It operates solely at the behest of and under the direction of Congress. Information in a CRS Report should not be relied upon for purposes other than public understanding of information that has been provided by CRS to Members of Congress in connection with CRS’s institutional role.

Tribal Forestry Student Summit: Investing in the Future of Tribal Forest Resources Management and Wildland Fire

October 12–14, 2022 | Click Here for More Details

Mark your calendars for this hybrid event, featuring in-person and virtual participation options, to address tribal workforce development. This summit is designed for students in forestry or related resource management programs across the country. For more info, including agenda and summit details, please visit eri.nau.edu/tribal-forestry-student-summit. 

EPA: USEPA – SIGNED: Air Toxics Standards for Stationary Engines – Final Amendments to Address Court Vacatur

On August 4, 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule that amends the Code of Federal Regulations for two stationary engine rules. EPA does not expect any emissions changes as a result of this final action. The final action codifies a court mandate that has been in place since 2016 related to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Stationary Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE) and the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for Stationary Internal Combustion Engines (ICE). A pre-publication version of the notice and a fact sheet are available at https://www.epa.gov/stationary-engines and on the websites for each rule at:

NC Radon Program Social Media Toolkit

The NC Radon Program has created a free Radon Social Media Toolkit for your use. The materials are in both English and Spanish. All of the materials are in a Google Docs folder. To access this social media toolkit folder

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.

Mobile Sources Work Group: This next work group will be a special session of the Mobile Sources Work Group. See NTAA news for more information. Thursday, September 8, 1:30 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! Wednesday, September 28, 10 am AK or 2 pm ET
NTAA / EPA Air Policy Update Call: Join this monthly meeting to hear updates from EPA on important air quality and climate policy updates as well as updates around the country related to Tribal Air Programs. Calls are usually on the last Thursday of every month unless it falls on a national holiday. Contact Carolyn.Kelly@nau.edu to join the call!


Thursday, September 29, 2 pm ET
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Work Group: This work group meets Bi-Monthly and includes Tribal and EPA professionals with an interest in indoor air quality in Tribal homes and other buildings. Contact andy.bessler@nau.edu to join the call! Thursday, October 20, 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! ENERGY STAR Webinar Series: ENERGY STAR will offer several webinars on Portfolio Manager. These webinars explain how to navigate different parts of Portfolio Manager, from basics to advanced features.

September 7 – 21, 2022, All Times in ET | Click Here For More Information and Registration

NEW! Department of Energy (DOE) in collaboration with American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE): Strategies for Achieving Zero Energy in Multifamily Buildings

September 13, 2022, | 11:00 AM ET | Register Here

            This webinar was organized in collaboration with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). ASHRAE’s latest Advanced Energy Design Guide for Multifamily Buildings, developed with support from DOE, assists multifamily building owners and operators, design professionals, and developers in achieving zero energy buildings. The guide’s creators will walk attendees through various strategies while demonstrating how the document can serve as a step-by-step guide for organizations to pursue zero energy buildings.

NEW! Clean Energy Group: Advancing Solar for Manufactured Homes through Community Solar

September 14, 2022, | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT | Register Here

            In this Clean Energy States Alliance webinar, panelists will share more information about how community solar can be used to bring the benefits of solar to manufactured homes; how to engage with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Community Solar Partnership (NCSP); and successful examples of community solar projects that have benefitted manufactured homes and communities.

NEW! Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings: Show Me the Money: Financing Decarbonization Projects

September 27, 2022, | 11:00 AM ET | Register Here

            You’ve received approval for a decarbonization project, but how will you fund it? Learn about the carbon financing mechanisms Better Buildings Financial Allies use in their firms and others along with practical steps to identify and source capital from grants, third party investors, bonds, and more. 

EPA has updated the Tribal Greenhouse Gas Inventory Tool

EPA’s free, spreadsheet-based Tribal Greenhouse Gas Inventory Tool

            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:

Toxics/Mobile Sources

NEW! Clean Energy: “Transportation Electrification in the Southeast” Report Webinar

September 8, 2022, | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET | Register Here

            On Thursday, September 8, SACE will host a webinar on to discuss the forthcoming “Transportation Electrification in the Southeast” third annual report published in partnership with Atlas Public Policy. The updated report will release on the same day, September 8. This year’s report tracks substantial momentum in the Southeast across electric vehicle (EV)market indicators, including economic and workforce development, EV sales and charging infrastructure deployment, and government and electric utility funding. During the webinar, report author, Tom Taylor of Atlas Public Policy, and Stan Cross, Electric Transportation Policy Director at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, will highlight findings from the report and discuss how the Southeast can take a leadership role in the rapid transition to EVs.

NEW! U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) EV Grid Assist: Accelerating the Transition initiative Webinar Series

September 8 – November 10, 2022

            This webinar series is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) EV Grid Assist: Accelerating the Transition initiative. It aims to support decision makers by providing timely information on a wide range of topics important to the integration of electric vehicles and the grid.  To learn more about the EVGrid Assist initiative or to download a recording of past webinars, visit  www.energy.gov/evgridassist.

  • Grid Aware Selection, September 8, 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:30 EDT, Register Here
  • Charging Station Design – Part 1, September 27, 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:30 EDT, Register Here
  • Load Forecasting, October 3, 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT, Register Here
  • Rates and Incentives, October 25, 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT, Register Here
  • Planning for the future, November 10, 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT, Register Here 

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

Reminder! EPA Webinar: Innovations in Financing Environmental Asthma Home Visits

 Within Medicaid

September 13, 2022 | 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT | Register Here

EPA’s Indoor Environments Division (IED) will showcase solutions to help communities reduce indoor environmental risks to improve asthma disparities and community health, including health care reimbursement for multi-sector workforces that deliver home environmental asthma interventions.

IED will host a series of three webinars starting on September 13, 2022, to explore ways to address the indoor environmental determinants of health (IEDOH) where they cluster—in homes and communities—with a combination of the following:

  • Health care reimbursement mechanisms in use across states to support asthma home visits.
  • Trends in health care to pay new team members (e.g., community health workers) for home visits and for new services, including some home environment modifications.
  • Best asthma care strategies that align with environmental health equity goals where health and housing sectors collaborate to deliver healthy housing solutions.
  • Contact Us via email EPAAsthmaProgram@asthmacommunitynetwork.org.

NEW! EPA Webinar: Improve Indoor Air and Breathe Healthier Air in Houses of Worship & Other Facilities

September 20, 2022, | 6:30 PM (ET) | Register Here

            This webinar will focus on how Houses of Worship can improve and protect the indoor air of their worship centers and facilities, to make the indoors safe and healthy for members of the faith communities and those working in faith facilities. The webinar will include a discussion on effective ways to improve indoor air quality, including reducing indoor pollutants such as mold, safer chemical use and integrated pest management, as well as the importance of outdoor air, ventilation and other topics. There will be up to 60 minutes of presentation and at least 30 minutes of Q and A for participants to engage with the presenters. 

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!  

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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