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Weekly Update 27 March 2006




·         Job Opening – Senior Policy Analyst on Finance

·         Great Lakes Legacy Act – Briefing

·         Energy Efficiency – Senate Letter

·         Great Lakes Programs – Letters

·         Farmers’ Markets – Web Site

Job Opening – Senior Policy Analyst on Finance

The Northeast-Midwest Institute is seeking a senior policy analyst to help develop financing vehicles for economic development and environmental projects.  The analyst will pay particular attention to brownfield cleanup and reuse, urban forestry, community development, and ecosystem restoration.  Tasks will include researching case studies, preparing reports, organizing workshops and briefings, and advancing policy proposals on Capitol Hill.  Click here to review a job announcement.


Great Lakes Legacy Act – Briefing


The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, March 30, will brief congressional staff on the implementation of the Great Lakes Legacy program.  The act was passed in 2002 in order to provide funds to the EPA to clean up contaminated sediments at Areas of Concern. The March 30 briefing will begin at 2:00 pm in 2218 Rayburn House Office Building.  Contact: Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Force (202/224-1211).


Energy Efficiency – Senate Letter


Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Jack Reed (D-RI), Arlen Specter (R-PA), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) are seeking signatures on a letter that asks appropriators to fund critical energy efficiency programs at the Department of Energy.  Highlighted initiatives include Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), State Energy Program (SEP), energy efficiency deployment programs, Industrial Technologies Program, Equipment Standards and Analysis Program, Federal Energy Management Program, and Distributed Energy Program.  Also important is the Energy Information Administration (EIA) that presents unbiased data so we can effectively respond to changes and fluctuations in energy markets.  The letter’s signature deadline is COB Thursday, April 4.  Contact: Ari Strauss with the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606).


Great Lakes Programs – Letters


The House and Senate Great Lakes Task Forces are seeking signatures on letters asking appropriators to provide funds to priority programs in the Great Lakes, such as the Great Lakes Legacy Program, Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab, Great Lakes National Program Office, and dispersal barrier.  The signature deadlines are March 27 in the House and March 31 in the Senate.  Contact: Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Force (202/224-1211). 

Farmers' Markets – Web Site

The Northeast-Midwest Institute, a major partner in the Farmers’ Market Project, announces the launch of a new website, Resources for Farmers’ Markets at www.farmersmarketsusa.org.  The website allows consumers to search for markets, provides information about funding opportunities and policy developments, and enables market managers and farmers to showcase their markets and products.  Contact: Alan Hunt at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/464-4016). 


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