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Grant Program RFP: Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), USDA Forest Service (USFS), the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Corporation for National and Community Service, FedEx, Southern Company, Bank of America and PG&E are pleased to solicit applications for the 2015 Five Star/Urban Waters Restoration Program. NFWF anticipates that approximately $2,000,000 in combined total funding will be available for this round of grants.


The Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships, particularly in underserved communities, for wetland, volunteer water quality monitoring, green infrastructure and stormwater management, projects that keep trash from entering waterways, riparian, forest and coastal habitat restoration, and urban wildlife conservation.


This RFP closes February 2, 2015. For more information go to www.nfwf.org/fivestar.

Also on the NFWF Website:


My Brother’s Keeper Call Tomorrow – Nov 6 at 12pm ET

Please join us to get updates and share best practices on the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Community Challenge.  Representatives of the White House will be available to answer your questions directly.

Date:  TOMORROW, November 6, 2014
Time:  11am -11:30am CT / 12pm -12:30pm ET
Dial-in:  605-477-2100 / passcode 931207
MBK Community Challenge Local Action Summit – Report your summit date:
As a reminder, the White House has asked that you provide the date and location of your local action summit for the MBK Community Challenge, if you have not done so already.  Please submit your date by emailing localgovernment@who.eop.gov, copying AfricanAmericanMayors@gmail.com as soon as possible.  Representatives of the White House are making efforts to attend some of the summits nationwide.
Please contact Stephanie Mash, Stephanie.AAMA@gmail.com, with any questions.

Free Webinar – Environmental Justice: A New Model for Planning in Underserved Communities

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST 
Certification Maintenance (CM) – 1.5 CM Pending

Register Now: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1023190489786336001

When EPA created the Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ), new tools were developed for the purpose of engaging and working with communities, including segments of the public that are underserved. Community planners and other allied professionals may be less familiar with the tools developed over time by OEJ to strengthen public involvement; encourage community action for a renewed environment; or advance collaborative problem solving. 
For this webinar, expert speakers will explain how environmental justice is a forward-thinking, sustainable approach. Participants will learn how citizens and professionals are making a visible difference in communities across the country through environmental justice. Presenters will show why a discussion about environmental justice is important given the renewed focus on social equity and planning among professionals. The webinar will reveal environmental justice is a planning issue, and there is a suite of promising practices which target the nexus between environmental justice and community planning. 
Learn about:

·    Tools, practices, and funding programs that will improve the proficiency of planners when working with underserved communities.

·    Techniques for encouraging environmental justice that can be integrated into place-based efforts.

·    Key strategies and best practices for addressing issues which target the social pillar of sustainability.

Join the Planning and the Black Community Division of the American Planning Association; the Planning Webcast Series Consortium; and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Justice for a conversation on environmental justice. Confirmed speakers for this webinar include Charles LeeMarva King, PhD; and Carlton Eley of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as well as Mildred McClain, Ed.D. of The Harambee House, Inc./Citizens for Environmental Justice. The conversation will be moderated by Carlton Eley, U.S. EPA Office of Environmental Justice. 
Register Now: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1023190489786336001. If you are not a member of a Division or Chapter of the American Planning Association, please type “EPA” in the required registration field titled “Division or Chapter in which you belong.
For more information about the webinar’s content, please contact Carlton Eley at eley.carlton@epa.gov. For registration questions or technical issues, please contact Benjamin Frost at bfrost@nhhfa.org. Past and upcoming webcasts scheduled are available at http://www.utah-apa.org/webcasts.
This webinar is part of a series leading up to the 6th Annual Equitable Development Workshop at the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference – http://www.newpartners.org/program/equitable-development.

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrollment Kick-Off Call This Friday (Oct 31st)

Dear AAMA Mayors and friends of AAMA,

Please join us for a brief Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrollment Kick-Off Call This Friday.  

Representatives from the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services will be available to answer your questions.

 Open enrollment for the ACA healthcare market place begins on November 15th at healthcare.gov, and AAMA is committed to having our mayors at the front lines of enrolling the nation’s uninsured.  Please make time to hear the latest ACA updates.  Your staff and ACA point persons are welcome to dial-in as well.

 Date:  THIS FRIDAY, October 31, 2014

Time:  2:00pm – 2:30pm CT / 3:00pm – 3:30pm ET

Dial-in:  605-477-2100/ passcode 931207

RSVP:  By reply to AfricanAmericanMayors@gmail.com, no later than Thursday, Oct 30th at 12pm