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EPA Urban Waters Regional Winners

Congratulations to Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission in Portage, IN and the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments in Toledo, OH on winning the 2014 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Urban Waters grants. The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) will engage community members by establishing a volunteer stream monitoring network in the Little Calumet-Galien sub-basin. In […]

Columbus Regional Energy Action Plan Released by NARC and MORPC: Plan provides Assessment of Economic, Social, and Policy Energy Realities of Region

Washington, DC (July 14, 2014) – Today, the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) released the first-of-its-kind Regional Energy Action Plan. Made possible through the support and guidance provided by The Energy Foundation, the Regional Energy Action Plan provides an assessment of the economic, social, and policy realities […]

Congress Passes Water Resources Bill; Measure Goes to President for Signature

This week Congress overwhelmingly approved the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) (H.R. 3080), and it is now headed to President Obama for signature. The House passed WRRDA by a vote of 412-4 on Tuesday; the Senate passed the bill Thursday by a vote of 91-7. The bill authorizes over $8 billion in critical marine […]

NARC Selects Two Regional Centers of Excellence: Eastgate Regional Council of Governments and Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council Recognized for Outstanding Urban Forestry Projects

NARC, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, recognized two green infrastructure programs to serve as national models of urban forestry focused green infrastructure. Eastgate Regional Council of Governments (Eastgate) in Youngstown, OH and the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council (SWFRPC) in Fort Myers, FL will carry out peer-to-peer communication projects, present at NARC’s 48th […]

NARC Invites Regions to Submit Letters of Interest for Funding Opportunity

NARC and the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) are partnering to apply for the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Solar Market Pathways grant. Through this project, MARC and NARC seek to catalyze on its established regional engagement model to further reduce solar soft costs. If funded, we will partner with up to 11 regional planning […]

National Climate Assessment

On Tuesday May 6, 2014 the White House hosted a stakeholder event featuring speakers from the Administration and the authors of the Third National Climate Assessment report, released this week. During the event, the speakers asserted that every American will find something in the National Climate Assessment that matters to them. The report summarizes the […]

Solar On Schools: A Brighter Future for Students and the Environment

On April 23rd, NARC published a blog post highlighting the use of solar energy on public schools across the country. Thousands of schools are beginning to see the benefits of solar, by implementing it on their roofs and in their classrooms. Schools across the country are realizing that solar can save them money, benefit the […]

Free Solar Energy Technical Assistance At NARC’s Annual Conference

Are you trying to incorporate solar into your comprehensive plan? Do you want to streamline solar permitting in your region? Do you want to know more about your region’s solar potential? Solar experts from the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership will be on hand during NARC’s 48thAnnual Conference and Exhibition to provide free technical assistance (TA) consultations on planning for […]

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 […]

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