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Log-in and Reporting on NEW GSC Website

Your username and password should be the same. Click here to view the PowerPoint to learn more about: 

  • Logging In (slides 3-4)
  • Home Page (slide 5)
  • NEW GSCs – Instruction and Registration Form (slides 6-8)
  • View/Add Action Contact (slides 9-11)
  • View/Add Action Report (slides 12-13)
  • Editing an Action Report (slide 14)
  • Adding a New Action Report (slide 15)
  • Additional Website Tips (slide 16)
Post on: 07/03/2019

Home Energy Hub

The Center for Energy and Environment designed Home Energy Hub for residents of cold climate states such as Minnesota. Developed by home energy experts, our site encourages action — in approachable language, visitors learn about everything from new technologies to mitigating vermiculite insulation and avoiding ice dams. If anyone has questions or needs extra help, CEE’s free Energy Advisors are standing by to answer calls and emails.

Start exploring at homeenergyhub.org.

Related to: Education, Energy
Post on: 06/26/2019

EPA Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool

Starting in late July, EPA’s Office of Research and Development will be hosting a series of 9 weekly webinars to help water quality professionals learn how to apply EPA's Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool v. 3.01 (WMOST)WMOST is designed to facilitate integrated water resources management, allowing users to find the most cost effective management options within stormwater (including green infrastructure), wastewater, drinking water, and land conservation practices to meet water quantity and water quality goals. WMOST is designed for the community and small watershed (10,000 - 250,000 acre) scale, and a portion of a larger watershed can be modeled. These training sessions are geared towards those who are interested in applying WMOST to their own watershed(s) and community(ies) of interest. Topics will include:

 

  1. WMOST Conceptual Model
  2. Sources of baseline models to generate input time series, including overview of HAWQS to generate SWAT model for watersheds of interest
  3. Use of pre-processor to format existing watershed model output for use in WMOST
  4. Baseline Hydrology Module and Calibration Process
  5. Stormwater Module and Alternative BMPs
  6. Water Demand, Infrastructure, and CSO Modules
  7. Optimization process
  8. Scenario Development and Robust Decision-Making
  9. Wrap-up: New features and feedback from participants on their applications of WMOST

 

REGISTRATION:

To register, please send an email to detenbeck.naomi@epa.gov with the words "WMOST training 2019" in the subject line (preferably by 7/17/19), and include your name, email, and affiliation (needed to set up accounts for sharing course materials). The exact schedule will be established following a poll of participants regarding optimal time slots.

Related to: Water, Resources, Training
Post on: 07/11/2019

Technical Assistance Available

We surveyed communities in our annual GreenStep survey in January, 2019. The following topic areas have staff available to provide one-on-one assistance for the 2019 calendar year. Contact us if you are interested in connecting on any of these actions! 

 

Energy conservation, financing city-owned buildings 

Energy/climate change peer network

Education/regulation backyard/rec burning

Emerald Ash Borer management plans 

Fleets - efficiency, right size/purpose

Electric vehicles - charging infrastructure, fleets  

Road diet: convert undivided 4-lane roads to safer layout 

Post on: 07/09/2019

Inclusive Healthy Places: An Evaluation & Implementation Framework

How do we know when public space supports health, and when processes that shape public spaces are inclusive? Despite the growing evidence connecting place and health, design and physical activity, the natural environment and mental well-being, and more, there are few available resources. Here is one from the Gehl Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Related to: Resources, Education
Post on: 07/08/2019

Current Grant Opportunities - League of Minnesota Cities Database

See current grant opportunities as part of the LMC Resource Library - https://www.lmc.org/page/1/current-grant.jsp

Post on: 06/26/2019

Clean Water Partnership Loans

The Clean Water Partnership (CWP) program offers zero-interest loans to local units of government for implementing nonpoint-source best management practices and other activities that target the restoration and protection of a water resource such as a lake, stream, or groundwater aquifer.

Eligible projects include:

  • Urban green infrastructure such as rain water reuse, green roofs, porous pavement, or any stormwater best management practice (BMP)
  • Buffers: purchase of native seeds and vegetation
  • Septic system upgrades and replacements
  • Technical assistance, outreach, and education
  • Equipment such as conservation tillage equipment
  • Any nonpoint source BMP
  • Feedlot upgrades and replacement  

Funding: Up to $2 million, 0% interest
Timing: Accepted on a rolling basis
Link: https://www.pca.state.mn.us/water/cwp-loans

 

Post on: 06/26/2019

Resilience Planning and Adaptation Training for Water Utilities - July 18

Building Resilience to Extreme Weather Events July 18, 2019, St. Cloud, MN. Register by July 2nd at: https://www.sciencemissionsupport.com/creatminnesotareg 

Related to: Water, Adaptation, Training
Post on: 06/17/2019

Edina Adopts Commercial Energy Benchmarking Ordinance

to be phased in for commercial/multi-family buildings over 25,000 sq. ft. See details of this GreenStep BP action # 2.3 in the council decision packet

Related to: Energy
Post on: 06/14/2019