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DEADLINE: September 19, 2014 (extended)
National Award for Smart Growth Achievement Application
Through this award, U.S. EPA recognizes and supports communities that use innovative policies and strategies to strengthen their economies, provide housing and transportation choices, develop in ways that bring benefits to a wide range of residents, and protect the environment. Public-sector, private-sector, and nonprofit organizations that have successfully used smart growth principles to improve communities are encouraged to apply.
Learn more at

DEADLINE: September 22-October 24, 2014                                                                                                             
2014 Brownfield Renewal Person of the Year Program Nominations
The recognition award will go to an individual in the reuse and redevelopment industry who has demonstrated the ability to innovate, collaborate across multiple industry disciplines, execute the plan and deliver the goods and.  The award is for someone who has captured a unique vision of how to effect real change and generate positive results in the brownfield industry. Vote for your favorite. The winner will be announced in December. For additional information, click here .

DEADLINE: September 22, 2014
U.S. EPA Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant Proposals
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization offers grants to help eligible entities (nonprofit organizations, and local, state, and tribal governments) develop area-wide plans for brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse. This funding is for research, technical assistance, and/or training activities directed to one or more brownfield site(s) located in a specific area (such as a neighborhood, district, local commercial corridor, community waterfront or city block). Each project funded under this grant must result in an area-wide plan which includes specific plan implementation strategies for assessing, cleaning up, and reusing the brownfields site(s) as well as related brownfields and project area revitalization strategies. The City of Indianapolis was among the Thirteen NEMW communities that received area-wide planning grants in FY2013. This year, EPA anticipates awarding approximately 20 projects in total, funded at up to $200,000 each.
Learn more hereFor more information, contact Colleen Cain, Senior Policy Analyst at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (NEMW).

DEADLINE:  Registration opens September 2 and ends October 3, 2014, with entries due December 19, 2014
U.S. EPA’s Third Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge Entries
This is a green infrastructure design challenge for college and university students. Student teams, working with a faculty advisor, will submit design boards, a project narrative, and a letter of support describing a proposed green infrastructure project for a location on their campus. Winning teams will earn a student prize of $1,000-$2,000 to be divided evenly among student team members, and a faculty prize of $2,000-$3,000 to support green infrastructure research or training.
More information is available here.

DEADLINE: November 3, 2014
2015 National Brownfields Training Conference “Call for Ideas” Submittals
More information on the “Call for Ideas,” including proposed “Tracks” for the educational programming can be found on the website here

November 3, 2014
DEADLINE:  Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) Rental Housing Tax Credit Application Round

DEADLINE: December 2014
Rockefeller Foundation’s Second Round of Resilient Cities Challenge
The Rockefeller Foundation is holding its second round of 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) Challenge, a $100-million commitment to building resilience in cities around the world through technical support and other resources to help cities become more resilient to physical, social and economic challenges. The first group of 32 cities, announced in December 2013, included only one city from the NEMW region: New York City. The application for the second round can be found on the 100RC website. The foundation will choose the next 33 cities by the end of the year.
For more information, contact Colleen Cain, Senior Policy Analyst at the Northeast-Midwest Institute.

No Deadline
Leadership STAR Communities Program
In partnership with the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (TFN), STAR Communities will offer financial assistance to a limited number of communities that demonstrate need and the ability to leverage local philanthropic support for their participation in the Leadership STAR Community Program.

No Deadline
Solicitation for INVEST Implementation Projects, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
FHWA wants to use its INVEST 1.0 voluntary self-assessment tool to assess and enhance the sustainability of its projects and programs.  For this project, FHWA wants to partner with state departments of transportation (DOTs), metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), federal lands, and local governments.
FHWA's ultimate goal is to improve the sustainability of its highway programs' and projects' triple bottom line - social, economic, and environmental outcomes.
FHWA anticipates multiple awards of approximately $25,000 to $150,000, though projects may be larger or smaller depending on their context, scope and approach.  Federal statute requires a 100% nonfederal match (50-50 cost share).  In-kind contributions such as staffing can count toward the match requirement.  Information:

2014 Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) Comprehensive Site Redevelopment Program (CSRP) in partnership with Indiana Finance Authority (IFA)


Calendar of Events

Mention of non-IFA conferences, events and workshops does not constitute an IFA endorsement of their contents, only an acknowledgment that they exist and may be relevant to our brownfields redevelopment stakeholders.

September 26, 2014
WEBINAR: Contaminant Uptake in Food Crops grown on Brownfield Sites 
12:00 PM EST
Free to Attend - Sign up here!
(1 AICP CM Credit)

September 29 - October 1, 2014                                                                                                              
IACED and IHCDA Statewide Conference on Community Economic Development                                                                                                                                                                                           
Marriott East in Indianapolis                                                                                                                                      
For more information, visit or

October 2, 2014
WEBINAR: Green & Sustainable Remediation                                                                                                                                                                                 11:00AM-1:15PM EDT
The Interstate Technology Regulatory Council (ITRC) is presenting this webinar to discuss sustainable concepts and factors for cleanup remedies that are still protective of human health and the environment.  The consideration of these factors is Green and Sustainable Remediation (GSR) -- the site-specific employment of products, processes, technologies, and procedures that mitigate contaminant risk to receptors while making decisions that are cognizant of balancing community goals, economic impacts, and net environmental effects.  This training provides background on GSR concepts, a scalable and flexible framework and metrics, tools and resources to conduct GSR evaluations on remedial projects. The training is based on the ITRC's Technical & Regulatory Guidance Document: Green and Sustainable Remediation: A Practical Framework (GSR-2, 2011) as well as ITRC's Overview Document, Green and Sustainable Remediation: State of the Science and Practice (GSR-1, 2011).
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October 2, 2014
2014 Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs Regional Conferences

October 7, 2014
2014 Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs Regional Conferences
New Castle

October 8, 2014
2014 Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs Regional Conference

October 7-9, 2014
Sustainable Property Transactions:  Closing Deals and Capturing Market Opportunities
Philadelphia, PA
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October 10, 2014
2014 Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs Regional Conferences

October 14, 2014
2014 Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs Regional Conferences

October 15, 2014
WEBINAR:  Managing Contaminats in Urban Vegetable Gardens to Minimize Human Exposure
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
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October 21-22, 2014                                                                                                                                      
Indiana Chamber Indiana Environmental Conference                                                                                          
Indianapolis Marriott East                                                                                                                                        
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October 23, 2014
2014 Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs Regional Conferences

October 28, 2014
2014 Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs Regional Conferences

October 30, 2014
2014 Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs Regional Conferences

Fall 2014                                                                                                                                                     
DEADLINE anticipated for U.S. EPA Brownfield Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup (ARC) Grant Proposals                                                                                                                                                 
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Deadlines & Calendar of Events Archives

Project Highlights

A former Studebaker facility has been redeveloped into a new transfer/recycling station in South Bend, referred to as Green Tech Recycling (Green Tech). This is a great example of how thinking green for the environment can bring cost savings, new jobs, and community enrichment.

After a long industrial past, the former Studebaker Plant 8 facility sat vacant for 12 years. Mother Earth LLC (Mother Earth) then acquired the property in 2005 and invested $4 million for its demolition, remediation, and redevelopment. The Indiana Brownfields Program provided $45,123 in assessment and remediation grants to Saint Joseph County for the project, and the City of South Bend provided $67,000 in funding from a brownfield assessment grant that it received from the U.S. EPA.