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    Bergen, CAP Receives 2012 Energy Efficiency Award

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    Hawkeye Area Community ActionProgram

    One of its weatherization team member insulation a household attic.

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    Community Action of Laramie County

    Volunteers from Warren Air Force Base installing gutters, building handrails,and refurnishing housing for homeless veterans.

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    CAP of Ramsey and Washington Counties

    Journeyman Ken Roath and apprentice Ryan Orvis repairing the roof vent after the insulation work was completed.

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Center for Creative Land Recycling
The Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR or "see clear") is a nonprofit organization focused on creating sustainable and equitable communities by encouraging responsible patterns of land use and development. Its mission is to reduce energy consumption and reverse global climate change by facilitating land recycling and brownfield redevelopment through creative public, private, and nonprofit partnerships.

Institute for Local Self-Reliance
The Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s (ILSR) mission is to provide innovative strategies, working models and timely information to support environmentally sound and equitable community development. To this end, ILSR works with citizens, activists, policymakers and entrepreneurs to design systems, policies and enterprises that meet local or regional needs; to maximize human, material, natural and financial resources; and to ensure that the benefits of these systems and resources accrue to all local citizens. Since 1974, ILSR has been working to enable communities with tools to increase economic effectiveness, reduce wastes, decrease environmental impacts and provide for local ownership of the infrastructure and resources essential for community well-being.

Intertribal Council on Utility Policy
The Intertribal Council on Utility Policy’s (Intertribal COUP) mission is to identify renewable sources of electric power production, develop specific goals for project build out, and to ultimately create a beneficial impact in new domestic sources of clean energy and a more sustainable future for the country. Intertribal COUP was formed in 1994 to provide a forum of utility issues discussion from regulatory and economic perspectives. The Intertribal COUP Council has representatives from ten Tribes located in a three state are in the Northern Plains. Intertribal COUP provides policy analysis and recommendations, as well as workshops, on telecommunications, climate change research, Western Area Power Administration hydropower allocations, energy efficiency, energy planning, and renewable energy, with a heavy emphasis on wind energy development.

The Land Trust Alliance
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The Land Trust Alliance (LTA) promotes voluntary private land conservation to benefit communities and natural systems. LTA is the national convener, strategist, and representative of more than 1,600 land trusts across America. To fulfill its mission of saving the places people love by strengthening land conservation, LTA works with the national conservation community - comprised of 1.5 million dedicated land conservation professionals, volunteers and supporters - to quickly, effectively and permanently save natural resources across America. LTA dramatically expands the pace of land conservation through tax incentives, builds strong land trusts, defends the permanence of conservation easements, and ensures that the work of land trusts is as strategically directed as possible.

Rural Community Assistance Partnership
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Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) works with small, rural communities to assist them in improving environmental and community health, developing sustainable water and waste-disposal facilities, increasing the capability of local leaders to address current and future needs and being in compliance with Federal and state regulations. RCAP’s priority areas are: create new services and new approaches to existing services to meet the critical needs of rural communities; increase RCAP’s visibility nationally and regionally, become more effective at mobilizing the political support necessary to influence Congress and various funding agencies, and become a truly national partnership. RCAP provides onsite technical assistance to address water-supply and waste-disposal needs, training for community leaders, utility board and staff members, publication and dissemination of information and instructional materials, and financing assistance to undertake infrastructure improvements.

Scenic America
Scenic America is a national nonprofit organization dedicated solely to preserving and enhancing the visual character of America's communities and countryside. This mission is accomplished through national advocacy efforts and technical assistance services, local and national projects, and the support of state affiliates. Scenic America strives to promote awareness of the responsibilities that federal, state, and local land management agencies have for managing scenic resources as a public resource valued by recreation visitors, gateway communities, and the American public in general. Scenic America actively focuses on the promotion and protection of scenic resources within public lands.

Sierra Club
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Since 1892, the Sierra Club has been working to protect communities, wild places, and the planet itself. As a grassroots environmental organization, the Sierra Club explores, enjoys, and protects the wild places of the earth; practices and promotes the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources; educates and enlists humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and uses all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

Smart Growth Network
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The Smart Growth Network (SGN) is a nationwide effort coordinated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Division of Development, Community and Environment. SGN was formed in response to increasing community concerns about the need for new ways to grow that boost the economy, protect the environment, and enhance community vitality. SGN's partners include environmental groups, historic preservation organizations, professional organizations, developers, real estate interests; local and state government entities. SGN is a forum for raising public awareness of how growth can improve community quality of life; promoting smart growth best practices; developing and sharing information, innovative policies, tools and ideas; and cultivating strategies to address barriers to and advance opportunities for smart growth.

Sprawl Watch Clearinghouse
The Sprawl Watch Clearinghouse was launched in 1998 to make the tools, techniques, and strategies developed to manage growth accessible to citizens, grassroots organizations, environmentalists, public officials, planners, architects, the media, and business leaders. The Clearinghouse identifies, collects, compiles and disseminates information on the best land use practices.

The Surface Transportation Policy Project
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The Surface Transportation Policy Project (STPP) is a nationwide coalition working to ensure safer communities and smarter transportation choices that enhance the economy, improve public health, promote social equity, and protect the environment. Through STPP’s research information, reports, and interactive library, STPP engages and empowers communities to advocate for transportation systems that consider and respond to the health, safety, equity, livability, environmental and economic prosperity issues.

Transportation Equity Network
The Transportation Equity Network is a national grassroots organization that fights for transportation equity. TEN organizes to transform federal transportation and mass transit policy and funding to address the needs of the poor, the working class, the middle class, and people of color in regard to jobs, mass transit, and growth that is smart and equitable. TEN focuses on mobilizing affected people, local faith-based organizations, labor unions, and local and state governments in the home states and districts of key senators and House members, in coordination with DC-based advocacy on Capitol Hill.

The Trust for Public Land
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The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national, nonprofit, land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. TPL helps agencies and communities define priorities for new parks and land conservation, identify lands to be protected, and plan networks of conserved land that meet public need, often employing specialized Geographic Information Systems techniques. TPL also helps agencies and communities identify and generate funds for conservation from federal, state, local, and philanthropic sources. TPL's Federal Affairs staff works with Congress and administration officials to secure federal funding. TPL's Conservation Finance Program helps states, counties, and municipalities design legislation and ballot measures that will dedicate public funds for new parks and land conservation.

Urban Institute
2100 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
tel (202) 833-7200 - fax (202) 331-9747
The Urban Institute (UI) is a nonprofit policy research organization that gathers data, conducts research, evaluates programs, offers technical assistance overseas, and educates Americans on social and economic issues. It evaluates existing policy options on a wide range of issues and offers conceptual clarification and technical assistance in the development of new strategies. A multidisciplinary staff works in seven policy centers: Health Policy, Human Resources Policy, Income and Benefits Policy, International Activities, Population Studies, Public Finance and Housing, and State Policy.

The Urban Land Institute
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The Urban Land Institute (ULI) is a nonprofit research and education organization supported by its members. ULI represents the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines, working in private enterprise and public service. ULI facilitates the open exchange of ideas, information and experience among local, national and international industry leaders and policy makers. ULI initiates research that anticipates emerging land use trends and issues, proposing creative solutions based on that research. Its practice program is interdisciplinary and practical, focusing on trends and the basics of many different parts of the industry. ULI documents best practices and publishes books to impart cumulative knowledge to help the development community continuously improve its performance. In local communities, ULI district councils bring together a variety of stakeholders to find solutions and build consensus around land use and development challenges.

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