The Food-Energy-Water Nexus Conference: 16th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy, and the Environment

January 19-12, 2016
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Addressing the interconnected systems involving food, water and energy is critical to achieving solutions to one of the most pressing issues facing our planet. The conference will address how to provide food, energy and water for a population of 9 billion by mid-century without overwhelming our environment. Join over 1,000 leaders in science, technology, government, business, civil society, and education to create strategies and initiatives that move policy into practice and transform ideas into action.

Webinar: Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program: How to Use FLIGHT to View Reporting Year 2014 Data

You’re invited to join EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program for one of two webinars about the new greenhouse gas emissions data for 2014, being published on October 6.

You’ll hear about the 2014 data and how to search and sort them using the FLIGHT online tool. You’ll also see new features available in FLIGHT, such as how to sort emissions by fossil-fuel-source, or by metropolitan area.

Webinar 1: October 6, 2015 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT

Webinar 2: October 8, 2015 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT

The Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program is the only program collecting facility-level greenhouse gas data from major industrial sources across the United States, including power plants, oil and gas production and refining, iron and steel mills, and landfills.

With the 2014 dataset, the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program now has five years of high-quality data at the facility, state, and regional level. These data can be used to track the largest sources of greenhouse gas pollution and view changes over time.

Webinar: Economics of Industrial Water Reuse

November 10, 2015, 11:30 am CST
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To effectively capture and prepare water for reuse will require a greater level of coordination between municipal agencies (water/wastewater), an understanding of the economic drivers influencing treatment or reuse, and the means of paying for the required infrastructure. In the third and final installment of our industrial water reuse webcast series, a team of Black & Veatch and industrial experts will address these topics, as well as the development of rates/economics and disposal of brine/residuals from treatment.

Upcoming green chemistry webinars focus on higher ed curriculum

The Green Chemistry Education Webinar Series highlights relevant topics for chemistry educators and students to incorporate green chemistry into their courses, labs and programs. The webinars are open to the community and are recorded and posted for access following the live webinar.

Selected Green Chemistry Metrics for Educators
Dr. Andy Dicks
, Associate Professor, University of Toronto
September 30, 2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm CDT
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Abstract: This webinar will begin with a discussion of several mass metrics of importance to green chemistry educators and their students (atom economy, reaction mass efficiency, E factor and process mass intensity (PMI)). Links will be made to the industrial significance of these metrics (especially PMI), and examples of how they are taught in undergraduate laboratory and lecture environments will be given. Lastly, other relevant green metrics related to solvent and reagent usage will be outlined, along with a related classroom activity.

Using Green Chemistry Principles As a Framework to Incorporate Research into the Organic Laboratory Curriculum
Dr. Rich Gurney
, Associate Professor, Simmons College
October 20, 2015 2:00pm – 3:00pm EDT
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Abstract: Despite the accepted pedagogical value of integrating research into the laboratory curriculum, this approach has not been widely adopted. The activation barrier to this change is high, especially in organic chemistry, where a large number of students are required to take this course, special glassware or setups may be needed, and dangerous chemicals and safety are of special concern. At Simmons College, the organic laboratory curriculum has been revamped by incorporating current faculty research since 2006. The general framework and methods for converting from traditional expository laboratories to research-integrated laboratories by incorporating green chemistry principles in the greening of synthetic reactions will be discussed. Examples of the successful incorporation of three entirely different faculty research projects will be discussed.  Research results and assessment of student learning and attitudes will be reported.

Webinar: Seize the Day – Using Building Milestones as Energy Efficiency Opportunities

Tue, Oct 6, 2015 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CDT
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Attend this webinar to learn more about transforming building milestones such as purchase, sale, tenant transitions, etc. into energy efficiency opportunities. Presenters from Better Buildings participants University of Virginia, the City of Hillsboro, Oregon, and Arby’s Restaurant Group share their strategies for taking advantage of these milestones to get more from their buildings.

Growing Sustainable Communities Conference

Dubuque, IA
October 6-7, 2015
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Hosted by the City of Dubuque, Iowa and Sustainable City Network, the Growing Sustainable Communities Conference will be held at the Grand River Center located in the Port of Dubuque at 500 Bell Street (View Map). The 8th annual Conference is two days of education, inspiration and collaboration on topics of interest to anyone who cares about the convergence of economic prosperity, ecological integrity and social/cultural vibrancy in community design and development.

In 2014, approximately 400 people from 100 different cities in 21 states attended the 7th annual event. This year, the conference will feature 30 workshops, two keynote luncheons, a networking reception, three mobile tours and a vendor exhibition. Attendees will include municipal leaders and staff, elected officials, college faculty, administrators and students, business leaders, nonprofits and sustainability managers from both the public and private sectors.

Webinar: Putting Food Waste on the Scoreboard: What You Need to Know

September 29, 2015, 1:00 pm CDT
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You measure your foodservice operation’s health by looking at a range of key metrics: quality, safety, sanitation and profit. But what about food waste? Is that on your daily “scoreboard” as a measure of success? For most, it’s missing.

Ignoring food waste as a component of an operation’s health is dangerous. The reality is, food is money. And every time food gets thrown in the trash, it literally represents money leaking from your bottom line.

This webinar will cover what you need to know about putting food waste on your operational scoreboard, starting with measurement and data. Attendees will learn about the principles of food waste prevention, tools to provide data, and strategies to make food waste a central focus for your operation.

What You Will Learn

  • Tools for gathering data and the key performance indicators of food efficiency
  • 5 questions to pressure-test whether food waste is currently on your scoreboard
  • Tips for staff engagement and consistent focus on food waste in the kitchen