Meetings & webinars

Did you miss GLRPPR’s Green Libraries webinar?

If you missed yesterday’s Green Libraries webinar, co-sponsored by the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable and the Illinois Green Office Challenge and taught by yours truly, don’t despair. The archived recording and presentation slides are available on the GLRPPR web site.

Webinar: Introduction to the State Electronics Challenge

November 18, 2014, 2-3 pm CST
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Join Lynn Rubinstein from the State Electronics Challenge to learn how your organization can reduce its environmental footprint through improved management of electronic office equipment.

The State Electronics Challenge is a voluntary national program, open free of charge any state, tribal, regional, or local government agency, as well as any K-12 school or non-profit organization. The SEC promotes environmental stewardship of computers, monitors, and imaging equipment — from purchasing green office equipment through power management, paper use reduction, and responsible end-of-life management — resulting in measurable reductions in energy, greenhouse gases, solid and hazardous waste, and associated costs.

Attend this introductory webinar to learn how your organization can join the Challenge and benefit from the program’s proven free technical assistance, action plan, implementation tools, and environmental benefit calculations.

Measuring Up: How to Track and Evaluate Local Sustainability Projects

Tue, Nov 18, 2014 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM CST
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Join this EPA Local Climate and Energy webinar to learn how to measure and evaluate the results of local climate, energy, and sustainability projects.

Measuring, evaluating, and reporting on progress is an important part of local sustainability projects and programs. Tracking and analyzing results can help local entities assess program performance and success, identify specific areas for improvement or expansion, and make informed decisions about future actions. Public reporting can help generate interest in a project, promote accountability, demonstrate success, and attract political and financial support.

You’ll learn about two new federal resources to help you measure, track, and report progress, based directly on the experiences of local governments across the country, and hear from one case study taking place in northwest Washington working to evaluate economic impacts of the program:

• Emma Zinsmeister, EPA Local Climate and Energy Program: Learn about a new methodology outlining the key steps for developing, tracking, analyzing, and reporting on performance indicators for climate and clean energy programs.

• Ted Cochin, EPA Office of Sustainable Communities: This presentation will focus on the Sustainable Community Indicator Catalog, providing information on specific indicators that local entities can use to measure progress toward their sustainability objectives.

• Alex Ramel, Energy and Policy Director, Sustainable Connections: Learn about an on-the-ground effort to measure and evaluate the economic impacts of a community energy efficiency program implemented in Bellingham and other areas of northwest Washington.

Webcast: How Green Product Claims Affect Purchase Intent and Brand Perception

November 8, 2014 1-2 pm CST
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Great sustainable product stories, told well, can generate enormous benefits. That’s why leading global brands have made sustainable products and processes — and the effective communication of their efforts — a high priority.

But telling a sustainability story is rife with risks. Making unsubstantiated claims can damage your brand’s reputation and strain customer loyalty. On the other hand, communicating your sustainability efforts in a credible and compelling way can influence consumer purchase intent and brand perception.

How do you tell your product story effectively? That’s what UL Environment set out to uncover with a study, conducted by Shelton Group, that polled more than 1,000 consumers and conducted more than 40,000 head-to-head green product claim comparisons.

In this hour-long webcast, you’ll hear the key findings from that study and hear a discussion about how to leverage this information to enhance your company’s sustainability story to drive greater brand value.

Among the things you’ll learn:

  • What consumers want to know related to green product claims
  • The impact of green product claims on purchase intent
  • How consumers view claims that are vague or misleading


ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry Call for Papers Deadline Extended

The deadline to submit abstracts for the 2015 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry, “Energy Efficiency: Integrating Technology, Policy, and People,” has been extended to October 31.

Submit abstracts online or visit the Call for Papers Web page for more information about submission options and abstract details.

The Program Committee is looking for creative work in the any of the following panels:

  1. Strategic Energy Management
  2. Sustainability
  3. Smart Manufacturing
  4. Beyond Best Practices
  5. Policy & Resource Planning
  6. Delivering Results

Visit the ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry Web page for more information.

Webinar: Sustainable Printing: Panel Discussion on Paper, Ink and Going Digital

Wed, Oct 22, 2014 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT
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Sustainable printing is about more than just using recycled-content paper. It encompasses inks, printer settings, processes and much more in addition to paper—including doing away with printing altogether in some cases. Sports teams, venues, and leagues are embracing innovative ways to not only reduce paper waste, but to minimize the impact of the entire printing process. Deciding where to start and navigating all the options can be daunting, but our webinar panelists will shed light on more environmentally-friendly practices around printing, sharing valuable insights that Alliance members can implement right away.

For this webinar, we have assembled an all-star panel of experts on sustainable printing practices, including sports teams, industry partners, and NGO’s. We will learn about current sustainable printing practices in the sports industry, as well as future possibilities.


  • Allen Hershkowitz, Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council & Board of Directors, Green Sports Alliance (Moderator)
  • Ian Hanna, Director of Strategic Development, FSC International
  • Molly Ray, Environmental Solutions Manager | Office Depot, Inc.
  • Christina Reeves, Sustainability Consultant | Progressive Associates & Xcel Energy Center
  • Harlan Roberts, National Sales, bluemedia
  • Jeff Shaw, President | SEEDS Green Printing and Design
  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Speaker TBD)

Questions? Email Membership Director David Muller at

SERDP and ESTCP Kick Off Webinar Series

SERDP and ESTCP are proud to launch a new webinar series to promote the transfer of innovative, cost-effective and sustainable solutions developed using SERDP and ESTCP funding. The series is geared for Department of Defense and Department of Energy practitioners, the regulatory community, and environmental researchers. The goal is to provide cutting-edge and practical information that is easily accessible at no cost.

The webinars will be held approximately every two weeks on Thursdays from 12:00 to 1:30 PM ET. Each webinar will feature distinguished speakers from one of SERDP and ESTCP’s five program areas:

  1. Energy and Water
  2. Environmental Restoration
  3. Munitions Response
  4. Resource Conservation and Climate Change
  5. Weapons Systems and Platforms

The first webinar of this series will be held on October 30, 2014 on vapor intrusion at contaminated sites and will feature key results from three Environmental Restoration projects. Vapor intrusion webinar presenters include Dr. Paul Johnson (Arizona State University) and Dr. Thomas McHugh (GSI Environmental). Future webinar topics include waste-to-energy technologies, management of contaminated sediments, acoustic methods for underwater munitions, solar technologies, lead-free electronics and many others.

For information on how to register for the vapor intrusion mitigation webinar or to view the dates and topics of other webinars in the series, please see