3rd Annual Seminole Tribe of Florida Renewable Energy & Sustainability Conference Call for Presenters

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The Call for Presentations is now open for our upcoming 3rd Annual Seminole Tribe of Florida Renewable Energy & Sustainability Conference. The Native Learning Center (NLC), a program of the Housing Department of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, recipient of HUD funds, offers tuition free training to Native Americans and those working within Indian Country. We look forward to receiving proposals that support the NLC’s mission to provide Native Americans with knowledge and skills that improves quality of life through housing related training programs.  

Call for Presentations Deadlines

Friday, September 6, 2019: Last day to submit as an applicant for the conference. 

Friday, September 27, 2019: The NLC will send out approval notices to all applicants that were selected as instructors. Denial letters, if any, will be sent out as well. 

Friday, November 1, 2019: First drafts of presentations and support materials from all approved instructors are due to the NLC. 

Monday, December 2, 2019: Final drafts of presentations and support materials from all approved instructors are due to the NLC. 

Presentation Guidelines

Each presentation session is limited to one (1) hour. The NLC recommends allotting 50 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for questions and answers. Consider limiting the amount of information or data on each slide to 5 or 6 bullet points or short statements. Also consider limiting your presentation to a maximum of 20 slides (10-15 slides are preferred) to allow sufficient time for each slide. Our attendees are looking for in-depth information on your energy and sustainability projects, including challenges faced, lessons learned, best practices and specific innovations incorporated. Interactive sessions are also welcomed. Selection CriteriaThe NLC staff will review all applicant presentations and reserves the right to approve or deny any presentation and/or applicants/instructor. Presentations with poor visual quality will be rejected. Incomplete presentations will not be considered. Presentations that contain marketing materials will not be considered. Presentations shall be assessed based upon Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) guidelines as well as the regulations from the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) competitive proposal process as defined in 2 CFR Part 200.320. In order to be considered, presentations must be received at the NLC by the Call for Presentations deadline as indicated above. 

Presentations can be submitted via email to NLCTTS@semtribe.com or by mail to the NLC’s Training and Technical Services Department, 6363 Taft Street, Hollywood, FL 33024.  Approved presentations and support materials will be duplicated by the NLC and incorporated into a comprehensive conference manual.  Native American Preference will be implemented. Refer to NAHASDA Statute (PL 104-330, as amended), Section 1. (b) Sec 4. for Definitions of Federal and State recognized tribes. The work to be performed under this contract is subject to Section 7(b) of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Act (25 U.S. C. 450e). Section 7(b) requires, to the greatest extent feasible, that:

  • Preference and opportunities for training and employment shall be given to Native Americans.
  • Preference in the award of contracts and subcontracts shall be given to Native American organizations and Native American-owned and operated economic enterprises.

Approved instructors will be compensated in accordance with the NLC’s Instructor Payment Schedule, which includes a pre-determined amount for each day of instruction along with a flat-rate amount for travel, if required. In addition, travel arrangements on a major airline and GSA-compatible overnight accommodations, if needed, will be coordinated by the NLC, for approved instructors.
Entries will be judged on:

  • Quality and merit of technical information and data presented
  • Relevance to NAHASDA guidelines and OMB regulations
  • Aspects of the presentation’s approach and concept, as well as the application of the technology. Is it sustainable, cutting-edge, unique, and/or noteworthy?
  • Lessons learned that the audience will take away from the presentation (i.e., the stated learning objectives).
  • Useful, tangible materials the audience can take away from the presentation, such as tools, resources, or samples.

Suggested Presentation Topics

NLC strives to provide presentations that meet the needs of the Native community. NLC welcomes presentations that:

  • Describe resources to help with Tribal energy projects
  • Assist in the Achievement of self-sufficiency through energy planning and resource development
  • Provide energy saving methods in design, development and construction
  • Demonstrate Tribes undertaking large scale energy projects
  • Showcase developments with driving change in the renewable energy and sustainability marketplace
  • Promote Tribal/private partnership opportunities
  • Describe Tribal case studies and lessons learned
  • Explain the funding sources for projects
  • Detail the leveraging available federal resources and materials to support Tribes and TDHE/Housing Departments

Additional Publication and Recognition Opportunities:

Presentations on the Native Learning Center Website

The NLC will make the conference presentations and support materials available to interested parties. Conference attendees will be able to access the presentations via a password-protected page on the NLC website for free for a limited period of time following the conference. 

After Acceptance

Complete the Vendor Application and Registration Form (if not already an approved vendor with the Tribe) Sign the Instructor Agreement Provide a copy of Commercial General Liability Insurance and Endorsements Provide an Instructor Travel Request (not processed until Instructor Agreement has been signed and executed) Provide an Invoice (Sent after the completion of training delivery) If an instructor is presenting on the behalf of an organization, that organization must complete the STOF Vendor Application and Registration Form and Instructor Agreement. Each individual instructor must complete the remainder of the forms listed above. All instructors providing services to the NLC are required to hold and provide complete documentation of Commercial General Liability Insurance no less than $1 million dollars. If an instructor is presenting on behalf of an organization, that organization must be required to provide the insurance documents listed below:

  • Certificate Holder – Seminole Tribe of Florida
  • Additional Insured by Endorsement – Seminole Tribe of Florida
  • Waiver of Subrogation by Endorsement

 The Certificate Holder’s information is:The Seminole Tribe of Florida, 6300 Stirling Road, Hollywood, Florida 33024
For instructors not receiving payment, Attachment E (In-Kind Donation) of the Instructor Agreement will need to be signed, and all other forms listed above completed, with the exception of the STOF Vendor Application and Registration Form and Invoice. Send inquiries to one of the below choices:

Email: NLCTTS@semtribe.com 

Mail: Seminole Tribe of Florida Native Learning Center
Training and Technical Services Department
6363 Taft Street
Hollywood, FL 33024 

The Native Learning Center is a Model Program supported by the Indian Housing Block Grant awarded by the Office of Native American Programs, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The opinions contained in education, training and technical assistance sessions are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the Native Learning Center, Seminole Tribe of Florida, Office of Native American Programs, or the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. References to specific agencies, organizations, firms, products, services, processes and procedures should not be considered an endorsement by the listed entities. Rather, the references are informational and illustrations to supplement discussions of the issues.