Applied Solutions Webinar: 2012 Federal Sustainability Policy and Funding Outlook
Date: December 8, 2011
Time: 9am Pacific/Noon Eastern
In 2011, local governments have seen concerted efforts in the U.S. House of Representatives to slash and cut important federal sustainability programs that benefit cities and counties. In efforts toward deficit reduction, Congress has sought to eliminate funding for renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean vehicles, smart growth, green infrastructure and more. This federal investment is critical to local efforts to reduce energy use, curb greenhouse gas emissions, improve air and water quality and decrease vehicle miles traveled. As communities have demonstrated, federal sustainability funding enables cities and counties to leverage additional public and private dollars, and helps to create new jobs and economic growth.
As local governments prepare for 2012, several key questions should be asked:
- What types of federal sustainability funding will be available, and how can localities prepare to be competitive?
- What types of technical assistance will be available from EPA, DOE, DOT and other federal agencies?
- What federal sustainability policies are likely to be debated in Congress, and how will they impact cities and counties?
This webinar will last approximately one hour, and there is no cost to participate.
Supervisor Valerie Brown, Sonoma County, California
Supervisor Brown will discuss the value of a local government voice at the federal level.
Michelle Wyman, Executive Director of Applied Solutions
Ms. Wyman will give an introduction to the Applied Solutions Webinar Series.
Andrew Seth and Matt Ward, Climate Communities
Mr. Seth and Mr. Ward will identify opportunities for cities and counties to support local priorities with federal sustainability funding next year, and provide an overview of the federal sustainability policy landscape in 2012.
|About the Learning Network
The Sustainable Communities Learning Network is a service for local officials offered by the Institute for Local Government in partnership with the Information Center for the Environment at the University of California, Davis, with support from the Strategic Growth Council and The California Endowment.