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We post Action Items and key up-coming Grants and RFPs that focus on and offer support for some element of waste conversion to energy, biofuels and bioproducts. If you see something coming up that everyone should know about so they can become engaged and respond directly, SAY SO: contact us with the relevant information that people need to act. There are always hearings and rulemakings that languish for want of Public Interaction.

Due 06/30/2015: Comments to CEC for Emerging Opportunities Solicitation

California Energy CommissionThe California Energy Commission (CEC) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to determine if there are areas in need of funding which have not been previously addressed by the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP). Responses received from this RFI, as well as staff research and public comments from the ARFVTP Investment Plan Advisory Committee workshops, will guide the development of the next solicitation that will utilize the Emerging Opportunities funding allocation. Comments should address one or more of the following concepts: 1) New funding areas that target projects which do not readily fit into current investment plan categories (with the exception of the Emerging Opportunities funding category); 2) A new federal cost-share solicitation similar to PON-13-604: and 3) A solicitation limited to small grants of $150,000 or less. Suggested funding areas should not duplicate or overlap with any existing or previous ARFVTP funding area. Suggested funding areas must be eligible for ARFVTP funding. Comments may be submitted through June 30, 2015, and must be emailed to <> and the subject line must begin with “RFI Emerging Opportunities”. 05/13/2015 

Due 07/24/2015: Applications for CA 2015 Governor's Leadership Awards

State of CaliforniaThe Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award Program recognizes individuals, organizations, and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made notable, voluntary contributions in conserving California's precious resources, protecting and enhancing our environment, building public-private partnerships and strengthening the State's economy. The awards will be presented for voluntary achievements culminated in 2014. Competition is open to all California residents, businesses, non-profit organizations, professional and trade associations, communities, state and local government entities, tribes, and federal agencies operating in California. Projects are deemed ineligible if they are the result of mitigation, litigation, or required by legislation. Those who applied previously are welcome to apply again. For any questions regarding the application process, please contact Nilan Watmore at <>. Applications are being accepted through July 24, 2015. 06/02/2015  

Due 08/20/2015: Comments to EU on Circular Economy Package

European CommissionThe European Commission (EU) has announced a Public Consultation on its recently released Circular Economy Package and is seeking stakeholder comment. The EU intends to formalize a circular economy strategy late in 2015, "...to transform Europe into a more competitive resource-efficient economy, addressing a range of economic sectors, including waste. The strategy will be fully aligned with the priorities of the new Commission. It will comprise a revised legislative proposal on waste and a Communication setting out an action plan on the circular economy for the rest of this Commission’s term of office. The action plan will cover the whole value chain, and focus on concrete measures with clear EU added value, aiming at ‘closing the loop’ of the circular economy. The Commission is engaged in a thorough reflection on how the objective of circular economy can be reached in an efficient way that is fully compatible with the jobs and growth agenda." Comments may be submitted on-line to <> or by mail to Unit A1 Eco-innovation and Circular Economy, Avenue de Beaulieu 9, B-1160 Brussels. 05/29/2015 

Due 09/04/2015: Comments to EC on Functioning of EU Waste Markets

European CommissionThe European Commission (EC) has opened a consultation to obtain a better understanding of the nature and the extent of regulatory failures causing undue distortions to European Union (EU) waste markets for recycling and recovery. In January 2015, the EC launched a study to examine obstacles and regulatory failures affecting the functioning of waste markets in the EU. The information gathered through the consultation will contribute to the finalization of the above-mentioned study and will be taken into consideration in preparation of the new initiative on the Circular Economy. The EU's waste management industry has a high potential for growth and job creation. According to existing rules, waste to be prepared for re-use, recycled, or subject to other recovery activities should move freely within the EU, without any unjustified restrictions. In some cases, however, the regulatory environment may hamper the efficient functioning of waste markets and fail to ensure optimal implementation of the waste hierarchy. The consultation period is open until September 4, 2015. 06/15/2015 

Due 09/14/2015: Applications to Elsevier Sustainable Chemistry Challenge

ElsevierThe Elsevier Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge is open to individuals or organizations operating in the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors from all countries.  Projects can be in any field of Green or Sustainable Chemistry so long as they are applicable for use in developing countries. Projects which are within their early stage are preferred. The winning project in the Elsevier Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge will receive a single payment of € 50,000; the winner of the second prize will receive a single payment of € 25,000. The submission system for the Challenge will open on June 1, 2015 (12:00 GMT). Upon registration, you will be able to access the online application. All submissions must be in English and submitted by September 14, 2015 (23:59 GMT). 05/20/2015 

Due 12/31/2015: Proposals to NYSERDA for AD Gas-to-Electricity

NYSERDAThe New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced the availability of approximately $20.4 million in Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) funding through 2015 to support the installation and operation of Anaerobic Digester Gas (ADG)- to-Electricity Systems in the state. Funding is available under Program Opportunity Notice (PON) 2828 on a first-come, first-served basis; up to $2 million is available per project, depending on the project specifications. Application Packages must be received by NYSERDA on or before 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on December 31, 2015 or prior to the exhaustion of the available funding, whichever comes first. 07/31/2014  

 
 

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