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NARC Summary of President’s FY2015 Budget Request

NARC has completed its summary of the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget request, which highlights core priorities for regions. In other budget news, appropriators in both Chambers of Congress have set their timetable for the FY15 appropriations process to be enacted before the start of the new fiscal year on October 1. Markups are […]

Help NARC Create an Effective Green Infrastructure Framework

Today, NARC announced that it is working with Virginia Tech University’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS) to create a framework and tool set that can help regional planning organizations encourage and guide municipalities to develop and implement effective green infrastructure plans that incorporate ecosystem services provided by urban tree canopies. NARC and CLiGS […]

Solar Energy Solutions for Transportation Webinar

Solar Energy Solutions for Transportation: Improving Air Quality & Saving Fuel with Idle Reduction Technology March 25, 2:00-3:00 PM ET The average heavy-duty truck uses up to 2,500 gallons of fuel per year idling its engine to run auxiliary equipment. Fuel consumed for idling drives up transportation costs and produces thousands of pounds of greenhouse […]

NARC Releases Greening the Grey: Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Development

NARC and Virginia Tech University’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS) recently released Greening the Grey: Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Development (Greening). This report evaluates the support system for green infrastructure planning in the U.S. and seeks to answer: What are strategic scales, policies, programs and partnerships for implementing green infrastructure in the U.S.? What […]

NARCs’ Grant Opportunity for Green Infrastructure Initiatives – New Funding Amount

NARC, with support from the U.S. Forest Service, is seeking applications for the distribution of a grant to a regional organization promoting the use of green infrastructure. One $8,000 grant will be awarded to a regional planning organization to promote green infrastructure best-practices, programs, and projects to their peers through communication projects. The awardee will be […]

NARC Launches New Solar Ready Webpage

NARC launched a new Solar Ready website as part of the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge, Solar Ready II project (SRII). Through SRII, NARC is partnering with the Mid-America Regional Council, Meister Consultants Group, and the Council of State Governments to assist nine regional planning councils in their efforts to implement […]

NARC Announces Regional Centers of Excellence Initiative

NARC, with support from the U.S. Forest Service, is seeking applications for the distribution of grants to regional organizations promoting the use of green infrastructure.  Two $4,000 grants OR one $8,000 grant will be awarded to regional planning organization(s) to promote green infrastructure best-practices, programs and projects to their peers through communication projects. The awardee(s) […]

NARC Partners with Mid-America Regional Council to Bolster Regional Adoption of Solar Energy: U.S. Department of Energy Funds Regional Councils to Improve Solar Processes

Washington, DC (November 6, 2013) – The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) is partnering with the Mid-America Regional Council, Meister Consultants Group, and the Council of State Governments on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Rooftop Solar Challenge II project. Through this award, NARC is assisting nine regional councils in their efforts to implement best […]

SEMCOG Sponsors Green Infrastructure Survey

The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) is offering its residents a unique opportunity to provide input for where additional green infrastructure, or natural areas, are located in Southeast Michigan. SEMCOG and its partner organization, the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC) are sponsoring a regional survey, available HERE. Green infrastructure can provide additional recreation opportunities, improve […]

Metropolitan Council: Sun Will Grow Energy Savings at Blue Lake

Sunshine will help power wastewater treatment at one of the largest metro-area treatment plants, once thousands of solar panels are up and running near the Blue Lake plant in Shakopee, MN. The Metropolitan Council recently approved a long-term arrangement with a contractor that will allow the Council to lease buffer land just west of the […]

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