H E A D L I N E S
* Great Lakes Cities Initiative
* LIHEAP Appropriations
* Manufacturing Extension Partnership
* Childhood Lead Poisoning
* Community Forestry
* Cogeneration for Manufacturers
GREAT LAKES CITIES INITIATIVE
The Great Lakes Cities Initiative has launched a new web site to help mayors and other local officials develop and advocate programs that improve the Great Lakes. The site includes mayoral resolutions on Great Lakes restoration, and it increasingly will feature community efforts to protect the ecosystem.
The Great Lakes Cities Initiative, chaired by Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, is a project of the Northeast-Midwest Institute.
Contact: David Ullrich with the Great Lakes Cities Initiative (312/201-4516).
Leaders of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalitions are circulating a letter that asks appropriation conferees to support the higher Senate mark for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The Senate Labor-HHS appropriations bill provides $2 billion for LIHEAP’s state grant program, while the House bill only offers $1.7 billion for that program and $100 million for the contingency fund.
A similar letter from the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition recently was endorsed by 52 senators. To sign the House letter, offices should contact Michael Beckerman at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (202/226-9496).
MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP
The House Manufacturing Task Force, co-chaired by Reps. Jack Quinn (R-NY) and Marty Meehan (D-MA), is circulating a letter to yet-to-be-named conferees seeking restored funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). The House Commerce-Justice-State appropriation bill slashed the MEP budget by more than 60 percent, from $106.6 million in fiscal 2003. The Senate panel provided level funding. As a public-private partnership, MEP's 60 centers provide valuable technical assistance and business support services to small manufacturers.
House offices wanting to sign the letter should contact Michael Beckerman at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (202/226-9496).
CHILDHOOD LEAD POISONING
Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Christopher Bond (R-MO) are seeking cosponsors on a resolution to designate the last week of October 2003 and 2004 as National Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. Northeastern and midwestern states suffer some of the highest levels of childhood lead poisoning due to the older age of the region’s housing stock.
Children with lead poisoning are six times more likely to have reading disabilities and seven times more likely to drop out of high school. On average, it costs our education system $10,000 more per child to educate a student with lead poisoning than one without. Education is one of the best tools for combating childhood lead poisoning since it leads to early testing and detection, prevention of poisoning in the first place, and making homes lead-safe.
Contact: Kris Sarri at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606).
Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI), co-chairs of the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition, are seeking cosponsors for the Suburban and Community Forestry and Open Space Act (S. 1208). The legislation provides federal support for locally-driven efforts to protect forest lands threatened by urban and suburban growth. Program funds would support projects that purchase land or conservation easements in order to preserve working forest lands. The bill also amends the Forest Legacy Program, providing states with the option to permit qualified non-profit organizations, such as land trusts, to hold easements that are purchased in part or in whole with Forest Legacy Funds. Currently, land trusts may only hold easements through Forest Legacy if such easements are donated.
Contact: Kris Sarri with the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606).
COGENERATION FOR MANUFACTURERS
The Northeast-Midwest Institute will sponsor a workshop in Worcester, Massachusetts, Thursday, October 23, on combined heat and power (CHP) for manufacturers. The event is part of the 2003 Salute to Manufacturing Week. Workshop presenters will help Massachusetts manufacturers better understand the energy opportunity represented by using a combined heat and power system in their manufacturing facility. They will use case studies; highlight economic, environmental, and reliability benefits of these projects; and discuss available financing and resources. The October 23 event will be held at the Centrum Centre in Worcester.