Day: May 23, 2013

Webinar: Green Sports and Venues as Environmental Stewards

Wednesday, May 29, 1-2:30 pm
Register at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/692328314

Several prominent sports teams and not-for-profit organizations have a story to tell about why they got involved with environmental concerns at venues and the positive changes they have experienced when they track and measure these reduction. Learn about the challenges they faced during their initial assessments about understanding the A, B, C’s of environmental issues.Learn how the industry impacts our environment through simple things like our land, water and air. Learn about how these facilities have made enhancements in managing waste, conserving water, conserving energy, using carbon offsets. These organizations will share their plans to succeed before taking on these environmental challenges. Speakers will share their plans for the future environmental issues. Finally, the speakers their experience in reducing food waste and the benefits of the Food Recovery Challenge to reduce their environmental footprint, reduce production of greenhouse gases, reduce, reuse, recycle and RETHINK. Speakers will give an overview of their goals and share their lessons learned as a result of taking on the environmental challenge to reduce their environmental footprint:

  • these green initiatives were done voluntarily (not because of mandates)
  • environmental impact of the industry on our resources
  • determine ‘where do I start’
  • what can be included in assessing our environmental concerns
  • how to measure reduction of ghg’s (greenhouse gases)
  • how ‘green initiatives’ influence sponsorship
  • how ‘green initiatives’ raise awareness of players and fans

Moderator:

Steve Fishman: Steve Fishman is a Waste Management Specialist working at the US Environmental Protection Agency. He has worked in the Solid Waste industry for over 25 years, Special Waste Representative for Laidlaw Waste, Technical Sales Manager for CETCO and Business Manager for Superior Hazardous Waste Group. Steve has a B.A. degree from UMKC, was a Certified Hazardous Manager, Past President of the Missouri Recycling Association and Past Chair of the local chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association.

Speaker(s):

Syd Mandelbaum: A scientist working to reduce poverty and hunger. After working for 20 years for genetics, DNA and anti-cancer think tanks, Syd left the hard sciences to form Rock and Wrap It Up! an anti-poverty charity. As a greening, anti-poverty think tank, RWU has launched 6 asset recovery programs which have fed over one billion who hunger. Syd is currently working with the USDA and the EPA to reduce hunger through food recovery. Syd is also consulting with Congress to open up federal agencies and military bases for asset recovery.

Joe Abernathy: Currently the Vice-President of Stadium Operations for the St. Louis Cardinals. Joe is responsible for all day-to-day building operations and game-day event management activities at Busch Stadium, including ushering, guest services, security, medical services, maintenance, clean up, grounds keeping, and parking. Joe was a member of the design team and was also responsible for the commissioning and start-up of the new Busch Stadium for the 2006 season. Joe is currently the Past-President of the Board of Directors of the Stadium Managers Association. Joe also serves on the Stadium Operations Advisory Committee for Major League Baseball and is Co-Chairman of the Sustainable Operations sub-committee. Joe is also on the Board of Directors for the Green Sports Alliance. In these roles, he is spearheading the benchmarking of sustainable operations metrics for all MLB facilities.

Brandon Hamilton: Currently the Director of Facilities for Kansas City Chiefs, Inc. Brandon is responsible for facility management at the Stadium and Training Facility, and management of the engineering, grounds keeping, maintenance, and carpentry departments. Brandon is the Committee Chair for the Chiefs Green Initiative Committee and has a significant role in the recently announced environmental stewardship program for the Chiefs, “Extra Yard for the Environment”. Brandon is a member of the Green Sports Alliance and the International Association of Venue Managers.

Obama Administration Releases Updated Principles and Guidelines for Federal Investments in Water Resources (Including Climate Change Section) – Public Comments due June 27, 2013

The Obama Administration released updated Principles and Guidelines (P&G) for federal investments in water resources to accelerate project approvals, reduce costs, and support water infrastructure projects with the greatest economic and community benefits.  The modernized P&G will allow agencies to better consider the full range of long-term economic benefits associated with water investments, including protecting communities against future storm damage, promoting recreational opportunities that support local businesses, and supporting other local priorities as well as their water delivery, navigation, and flood prevention functions.  Climate change provisions are included as well.

The updated P&G will foster consistency and informed decision-making across federal agencies engaged in water resources planning.  The draft Guidelines will be available for public comment until June 27, 2013.  For more information and to submit comments, visit: www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/initiatives/PandG.

EPA to Host Free Webinar Series on Climate Change Adaptation for States, Tribes and Local Governments from June 3-12, 2013

EPA’s Office of Strategic Environmental Management and North Carolina State University will host a virtual symposium on climate change adaptation for states, tribes, and local governments in a series of on-line sessions over two weeks in June.

The series will bring together state, tribal, and local stakeholders; EPA representatives; and experts from a variety of sectors to consider the impact of EPA’s new Climate Change Adaptation Plan on the implementation of federal environmental programs and to present case studies, tools, and solutions to some of the most pressing climate change adaptation challenges.

Individual webinars are stand-alone educational opportunities for governments, planners, and policy makers, and participants can attend one or more webinars as meets their particular needs. Participants will obtain the most current knowledge and information applicable to states, tribes, and communities on adaptation practice and implementation to build community resiliency.  For more information and to register, visit: http://climate-adaptation-symposium.org/index.html.

EPA’s WaterSense Releases Tips and Tools for Sprinkler Spruce-ups

Homes with automatically timed irrigation systems use about 50 percent more water outdoors than those without.  A system can waste even more water if it’s programmed incorrectly, a sprinkler head is pointed in the wrong direction, or if a leak exists.  EPA’s WaterSense is encouraging homeowners to do a little “sprinkler spruce-up” this summer.

WaterSense has developed tips and tools to educate consumers about the importance of maintaining sprinkler systems to promote healthy landscapes and reduce water waste.  WaterSense is a partnership program sponsored by EPA that seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water.  To access these tips and tools, visit: http://www.epa.gov/watersense/outdoor/watering_tips.html.

Help wanted: Public needed to uncover clues in natural history collections

Read the full story from UC Berkeley.

Like bugs? Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at natural history museums? Interested in helping scientists understand our changing environment? These are just some of the reasons why people should join a project led by UC Berkeley’s Essig Museum of Entomology.

Through Calbug, any volunteer with Internet access can help read and transcribe hand-written field notes accompanying a million insect specimens, many dating back more than 100 years.

Along the way, participants are getting a peek into history and the treasures held in museum collections. Among the many scientifically valuable objects in the Essig collection is at least one – a ground beetle from Tierra del Fuego, Chile – that was collected in 1833 by none other than Charles Darwin.

Calbug teamed up with two other natural history collections – one focused on plants and the other on birds – to create Notes from Nature, a citizen science project that draws on the public to tame the voluminous records stored in drawers, jars and bookshelves in natural history museums throughout the world. The project was officially launched today (Wednesday, May 22).