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Regional Planning and Services Workshop Materials

Air Quality Workshops

Energy Efficiency

This workshop focused on energy efficiency measures and resources that local governments and building owners could implement to improve energy and water consumption and improve air quality. 

The workshop included the following presenters and topics:

Energy Efficiency for Local Governments presented by the South-central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER)

  • SPEER and the City Efficiency Leadership Council
  • Local Government Energy Reporting
  • Actions Cities can Take to Support Energy Efficiency in Texas
    > Download the presentation.

SECO Resources presented by the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO)

  • LoanSTAR Revolving Loan Program
  • Free technical assistance to public entities, including preliminary energy assessments
    > Download the presentation.

Implementing Energy Retrofit Projects presented by TEESI Engineering

Overview of Texas PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) by the Texas PACE Authority

  • 100% long term, low cost financing for energy efficiency, distributed generation, water conservation and resiliency projects in existing privately owned buildings
  • Commercial, industrial, and multi-family
    > Download the presentation.

Fleet Management Workshop Series

This two-part series of workshops focused on how fleet managers can institute several best practices to reduce the emissions on their entities vehicles while also providing information on grant funding sources to help reduce the cost of operating a cleaner fleet.

The first workshop, Fleet Management & Practices, included the following topics:

  • The regional Air Quality Plan and Emission Reduction Measures
  • Fleet Management Policies that Prioritize Low NOx Emissions
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, and Installation and Operation of Fueling/Electric Infrastructure

> Download all the workshop presentations. (.zip)

The second workshop, Fleet Grants, discussed a number of funding sources to replace or improve vehicles so they limit their NOx emissions. Grant opportunities discussed included:

  • The Texas Emissions Reduction Program (TERP)
  • EPA’s Clean Diesel Program
  • Texas Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust

It also featured a panel of TERP grant recipients.

> Download all the workshop presentations. (.zip)

These workshops were held on Feb. 26 and 27, 2019.

Solid Waste Management Workshops

CAPCOG HHW Management Workshop

CAPCOG conducted a half-day Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Management Workshop that discussed the best practices of managing local household hazardous waste collection events. The workshop covered the regulations for managing and running the events, how to plan the events, best local governments contracting practices, and provided the opportunity to learn how communities throughout the region have reduced costs while hosting HHW events or (batteries, oil, paint, antifreeze, tires, and electronics) BOPATE events.

> Download the Strategic Planning for HHW Programs presentation.
> Download the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality HHW presentation.
> Read the workshop's Questions and Answers.

CAPCOG hosted the workshop on June 29, 2018.

CAPCOG Solid Waste Grant Writing Workshop

This workshop reviewed the process and activities for which entities can apply for funding through the Fiscal Year 2018-19 CAPCOG Solid Waste Grant Program. The program started accepting applications in November and has an application deadline of Dec. 29, 2017. Funding will be distributed in 2018 and 2019. Project funding categories include:

  • Household hazardous waste management
  • Environmental local enforcement
  • Litter and illegal dumping clean-up and community collection events
  • Source reduction and recycling
  • Citizens’ collection stations
  • Educational and training programs
  • Other projects, including scrap tires projects

> Download the presentation.

The first of four grant workshops took place on Nov. 10, 2017. 

Commercial Food Waste Collection & Diversion

Food waste is one of the largest components of the waste stream in the United States. It is estimated that less than five percent of all food waste that can be diverted from landfills is actually being diverted. During the Commercial Food Waste Collection and Diversion Workshop attendees learned about food waste and opportunities to collaborate on diverting food waste in the Central Texas region. The workshop covered the following topics:

  • A background on food waste
  • Recently completed commercial food waste collection and diversion studies and the associated findings
  • Best management practices for large institutions and food generators

> Download the workshop presentation.

CAPCOG hosted David Yanke, the director of NewGen Strategies & Solutions, to conduct the workshop on Aug. 24, 2017.

Cost of Illegal Dumping

Illegal dumping is one of the most pervasive problems for cities and counties and has been for decades. The Cost of Illegal Dumping Workshop provided attendees with an opportunity to: 

  • Learn about the history of illegal dumping 
  • Discuss a regional approach to combatting illegal dumping 
  • Evaluate the costs, and associated benefits, of an illegal dumping/environmental enforcement program 
  • Discuss legal issues (public vs. private property, etc.) 
  • Share and network with other entities regarding illegal dumping efforts

CAPCOG hosted David Yanke, the director of NewGen Strategies & Solutions, to conduct the workshop on July 26, 2017.

> Download the workshop presentation.

The Full Cost of Accounting for Municipal Solid Waste Services

The Full Cost Accounting for Municipal Solid Waste Services Workshop provided municipal solid waste service managers, finance staff members, planners and other municipal personnel with a system for collecting cost data and establishing rates which reflect the full cost of providing solid waste services. CAPCOG hosted David Yanke, the director of NewGen Strategies & Solutions, to conduct the workshop on June 21, 2017.

> Download the workshop presentation.

Disaster Debris Management Documentation and Closeout

Determining eligibility for federal assistance for disaster related debris can be a complicated process and having a working knowledge of the documentation necessary before a disaster strikes is invaluable. CAPCOG hosted a Disaster Debris Management Documentation and Closeout workshop course on April 16, 2015. It highlighted opportunities for receiving the maximum benefits from the FEMA Public Assistance Grant Program while minimizing the out-of-pocket cost.

Discussion points for the workshop included best practices for documentation, close-out, project worksheet components and process and audits.

> Download the workshop presentation.

Developing and Exercising a Debris Management Plan

The FEMA Alternate Procedures Pilot Program allows communities with Disaster Debris Management Plan to qualify for additional Federal cost share after a disaster. CAPCOG hosted a Developing and Exercising Debris Management Plan workshop on April 7, 2015 so its communities could benefit from the polit program. The workshop discussed the purpose of a debris management plan, critical planning elements and best practices for validating a plan through workshops and exercises.

Topics covered by the workshop included events and assumptions, collection and removal operations, important pre-identified debris management sites, use of force account labor, use and procurement of contracted services, monitoring, health and safety, public information, regulatory consideration, and conducting seminars, workshops, tabletops and functional exercises.

> Download the workshop presentation.
> Review FEMA's Comprehensive Planning Guide 101 Version 2.
> Read FEMA's Debris Management Plan Review Job Aid.

Disaster Debris Management 101

This workshop, which took place on March 19, 2015, served as a refresher course on general debris operations and included what’s new in debris management and lessons learned from recent debris generating events. It also offered new debris managers an overview of debris operation through a time delineated process through the planning stages to the end of a project.

Debris Management 101 covered the following topics: debris management basics, recent guidance changes for handling dead animals, health and safety planning, prevention event preparedness. It also will discuss a recent FEMA study on the public assistance processes.

> Download the presentation given during the workshop.

Recycling 101: Tools for Local and Regional Governments

A May 15, 2014, workshop offered a real-world look at various components of material recovery programs - whether green-waste diversion, electronics recycling, household hazardous waste collection or end-use development.

> David Yanke - Recycling 101: Basics & Benefits
> TCEQ sample HHW collection event notification
> Sample HHW collection event flier
> Sample HHW collection event operations Plan
> Jack Ranney - HHW Strategic Planning
> Rusty Getter - End-Use Market Development and Recycling Trends
> Selected HHW provisions from Title 30 of the Texas Administrative Code
> Stacy Guidry - Zero Waste Strategies: Organics Recovery, Extended Producer Responsibility, Legislation

Disaster Debris Management 101: Tools for Local and Regional Governments

A Oct. 30, 2013, workshop - offering candid tips and case studies on planning, protecting public health and natural resources and ensuring cleanups meet state and federal funding requirements - featured government and industry experts for a full-day session at CAPCOG's Austin headquarters. 

> Disaster Management: Before, During and After, Mike Fisher
> Bastrop Complex Fire Debris Management, Part I, Ronnie Moore
> Bastrop Complex Fire Debris Management, Part II, Ronnie Moore
> Case Study: Debris Processing and Recycling, Commissioner Clara Beckett
> Disaster Debris Management: Recovery, Ben Patterson
> Government Contracts for Emergency Events, John Buri