Webinar: Emerging Contaminants in the Environment: Extending Knowledge and Mitigation Strategies

Thu, Sep 24, 2015 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6647723536738560514

Presented by Wei Zheng – Senior Research Scientist, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, Prairie Research Institute and Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The widespread occurrence in watersheds of emerging contaminants, including pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs) and steroid hormones, has been recognized as a critical environmental issue. Effluents from sewage treatment plants (STPs) and reuse of wastewater from concentrated animal feed operations (CAFOs) have been identified to be the major sources discharging these emerging contaminants into the surrounding water bodies. Using these contaminated waters for agricultural irrigation may introduce wastewater-related emerging contaminants to soil and food products. Especially in arid and semi-arid regions, reclaimed wastewater is currently becoming an important source to supplement increasingly scarce fresh water sources for landscape irrigation.

In this presentation, we will introduce and discuss our several completed and ongoing projects associated with emerging contaminants funded by USDA, Illinois Hazardous Research Funds, and UI Extension Initiatives Grants. In these projects, we developed isotopic dilution methods for simultaneous analysis of trace levels of emerging contaminants in a variety of environmental samples. With the developed methods, we identified and quantified the occurrence of PPCP and hormone contaminants in STP effluent and CAFO wastewater, monitored their occurrence in receiving watersheds and surrounding fields, and investigated their degradation and transport processes in water-soil systems. In addition, the potential uptake and accumulation of emerging contaminants by plants irrigated with contaminated water were further evaluated. Several pollution prevention strategies and water treatment techniques associated with emerging contaminants were developed and illustrated, including a medicine take-back program, an on-site oil-sequester treatment approach, and an artificial riverbank filtration technology. These interdisciplinary works increase public knowledge about emerging contaminants, as well as expand our research and outreach capacity by partnering with Extension personnel.

Webinar: Using the Green Technologies & Practices (GTP) research to guide your P2 efforts

Thu, Sep 24, 2015 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CDT
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1885327459339958018

Please join us for a webinar that provides insights to where green technologies and practices have been adopted – and which industries and occupations led the implementation.

People and organizations choose many paths to green. Some do it “because it’s the right thing to do,” some because “it makes business sense.” While few may acknowledge it, many are influenced to adopt a green technology or practice (GTP) because others in their personal and business circles do.

Wouldn’t it be nice to know what parts of the country, sectors of the economy, or occupations have a higher proportion of GTP adoption? Presumably we could better target our own efforts to sell a green widget or service if we knew where the green hotspots lie, then build atop the social networks and community attitudes indicated by higher GTP adoption.

Fortunately, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) developed a survey of American businesses about Green Jobs. The BLS used its Green Technologies and Practices (GTP) survey to measure adoption of goods and services that can reduce the negative impact on the environment.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Business Administration pursued additional data review atop the results published by the BLS, thanks to a BLS process for working with outside researchers. That additional review tied the GTP survey results data to other datasets in an attempt to discover identifiable county level attributes that are correlated with high GTP adoption in our region, i.e., counties in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, and South Dakota. This webinar will provide insights from that additional review.

Science Based Targets Call to Action Webinar

CDP, UN Global Compact, World Resources Institute and WWF invite you to a webinar on August 27 to learn more about the Science Based Targets – Call to Action, a joint campaign calling on companies to demonstrate their leadership on climate action by publicly committing to science-based GHG reduction targets. The call to action is part of the Science Based Targets initiative and the Commitments to business leadership convened by CDP and We Mean Business.

The objective of the webinar is to provide guidance and clarification for companies that have expressed interest to participate in the call to action. The following content will be discussed during the webinar:

1. Call to Action eligibility criteria
2. Process to submit targets under the call to action
3. Quality check process
4. Profiling opportunities
5. Questions and answers

Webinar: Sustainable Acquisition: Biobased Requirements in the New Executive Order 13693

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM (ET) by live streaming on your computer or by satellite downlink
Register at http://seminar.us.com/course/seminar_registration.php?orgCode=USDABIO&courseID=201501

Get the latest on the requirements for mandatory federal purchasing of biobased products.

BioPreferred related Implementing Instructions for the new Executive Order 13693;

  • Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade
  • Demonstrating Progress in Meeting BioPreferred Requirements
  • It Matters: Recent Report on the Impact of Biobased Products on the U.S. Economy and U.S. Jobs

Webinar: Changing How We Think About Our Resources for a Better Tomorrow: How to Donate Surplus Food from K-12 Schools

Thu, Sep 17, 2015 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM CDT
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9090418359952984578

Every year, Americans throw away $165 billion worth of food. World-wide, 1/3 of all food is lost or wasted. We use 25% of our potable water to grow food that is ultimately lost or wasted. This occurs while 1 in 6 Americans is food insecure.

This U.S. EPA-hosted webinar will show K-12 schools how to improve their bottom line, feed hungry people, and reduce wasted food by learning from schools engaged in surplus food donation from school cafeterias. Also, the USDA will clarify its food donation policy and the legal implications of surplus food donation.


Jimmy Nguyen – U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington D.C., works for the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, where part of his role is to promote food waste reduction, recovery, and recycling activities in school cafeterias. Jimmy is also a part-time farmer and home builder in Fauquier County, Virginia, where he employs sustainable techniques to reduce consumption and increase fertility.

Gloria Quinn – Faculty at Ramona High School, Ramona, California, teaches functional skills training for grades 9-12 where students participate in hands-on activities that connect learning in a meaningful way.

André Villaseñor – Sustainable Materials Management coordinator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Los Angeles Field Office has served at EPA since 2005 and coordinates the Food Recovery Challenge. Prior to EPA, he served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Ecuador.

Kathleen Weil – Founder and Executive Director of The Food Bus, Arlington, Virginia leads this non-profit organization that helps K-12 schools build the foundation for recovering surplus food that is then donated to local food banks. Before Food Bus, Dr. Weil was an asst. professor of Health Sciences at Marymount University, after having spent many years working in the research areas of Genomics & Mental Health at the National Institutes of Health.

Webinar: Nab the Aquatic Invader! Educator Resources

Aug 26, 2015 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Register at https://ohioseagrant.osu.edu/news/calendar/2015/08/26/hdb6s/webinar-ais-education

Learn a multi-disciplinary approach for enhancing your current curriculum on biology, environmental science, and geography using an engaging web site; discover how to reduce the risks of school, science curricula and biological supply houses as pathways for aquatic invasive species; and hear about exemplary education resources to incorporate into your classroom instruction.

The webinar will be presented by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant staff who have incorporated the tools and resources in their professional development training with formal and non-formal educators.

Certificates of attendance for professional development contact hours can be requested after the webinar. Instructions will be provided during the session.

Green the Church National Summit, August 19-21, 2015, Chicago IL

The National Green the Church Summit will include three days of worship, discussion, and action. Join forces with folks from different denominations around the country who are committed to serving as good caretakers of our Earth.

To register or view the agenda, visit http://www.greenforall.org/events.