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EPA Highlights for the Week of August 29, 2016

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Enter the Smart City Air Challenge by October 28

horizon with city scape The challenge can help communities learn how to manage data and understand air quality.EPA recently launched the Smart City Air Challenge to encourage communities to deploy hundreds of air quality sensors and make the data public. EPA will award prizes of up to $40,000 each to two communities based on their strategies, including their plans to share their data management methods.

Prizes are intended to be seed money; communities are encouraged to partner with air sensor manufacturers, data management companies, and others to get resources and expertise. The challenge closes October 28, 2016. 

Read a blog post by Ann Dunkin, Chief Information Officer, about the new challenge.

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Register for Campus Rainworks Challenge by September 30

people walking through a rain gardenStormwater is one of the nation’s most widespread challenges to water quality.EPA is calling for entries in the annual Campus Rainworks Challenge, a green infrastructure design competition for undergraduate and graduate students. Using their campuses as labs, teams develop green infrastructure systems to reduce stormwater pollution and build resilience to climate change.

Registration opens September 1 and closes September 30, 2016. The first place team in each design category will receive a student prize of $2,000 to be divided evenly among the team and a faculty prize of $3,000. Learn more about the challenge and how to register.

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Apply for Small Business Funding by October 20

Light bulbAre you an entrepreneur with an idea for green technology? The SBIR Program may be an opportunity to help advance your innovation.EPA is calling for small businesses to apply for awards under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 1 Solicitation to support the development and commercialization of innovative environmental technologies. Each year, EPA funds many environmentally-minded small businesses to assist them in bringing their innovative technologies to market.

EPA will award up to $100,000 for small businesses to demonstrate proof of concept in the following topic areas: air and climate, manufacturing, toxic chemicals, water, water and homeland security, and greener buildings. Learn more about how to apply for SBIR.

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September is National Preparedness Month

aerial view of hurricaneDon't wait - make your family's emergency plan today.Each September, National Preparedness Month reminds Americans to be prepared for disasters and emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities. Find tips from EPA to help reduce the risks from environmental hazards to your health and the environment before, during, and after a natural disaster.

Visit to learn how to create a communication plan and emergency kit for your family.

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