Meetings & webinars

2015 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry: Call for Papers

Deadline for submissions: October 17, 2014.

ACEEE is now accepting abstracts for the 2015 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry, “Energy Efficiency: Integrating Technology, Policy, and People.” Submit abstracts online or visit the Call for Papers Web page for more information about submission options and abstract details.

2015 Summer Study 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 website for more information.

Global Warming Science

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MIT OpenCourseWare, a free online education initiative, was launched in 2002. Starting with 50 courses, by 2007 the university had posted over 1,800 courses in 33 academic disciplines. This revealing undergraduate module, based on a class taught by four MIT professors in 2012, focuses on the fundamental physical processes that shape climate. The course also covers evidence of past and present climate change, an overview of climate models, and discussions of climate change consequences. Navigating the system is easy. Begin with the Course Home page; then look over the Syllabus and Calendar before browsing the Readings, Lecture Notes, Assignments, and Projects.

Call for papers/presentations for the Midwest Bio-Economy and Safer Products Summit

Share your innovations, insights and strategies at the Regional Conference for green chemistry and the bio-economy taking place February 18th- 19th, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Abstracts are now being accepted for presentations and posters. This is the fifth annual conference hosted by the Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum.

This year the conference will be exploring the theme “Regional Innovation for Solving Global Problems” through crafted tracks.  The following general topic areas are being proposed for the conference and the final agenda will be chosen, in part, from the areas represented by the topics submitted:

  • Bio-Based Technology Development
    • Product Development
    • Feedstock Innovation
    • Supply Chain Management
    • The Advancement of Cellulosic Conversion
    • How Higher Education Institutions are Driving new Bio-Based Technologies
    • Academic Collaboration for Research and Innovation
    • Case Studies: Successes and Failure of Bio-based Technology
  • Consumer Safety: Greening the Supply Chain and Sustainability Initiatives 
    • Supply Chain Integration of Green Chemistry Strategies
    • Product Safety: Avoiding Regrettable Substitutions
    • Product Risks and Hazard Assessments
    • Company Policies and Sustainability Initiatives
    • Substitutions for Problem Chemicals
    • Marketing Green Products
  • Regulation and Policy
    • New State Regulations
    • New Opportunities and Innovation Driven by Regulation
    • Safer Product Legislation and TSCA Reform
    • REACH
    • California Safer Chemistry Act
    • MN Toxic Free Kids Act
    • The Future of Chemical Policy in the U.S.

Visit the Conference Program page today for more information on the summit’s topics.

Free online courses available through, a free online education platform, aims to provide high-quality, massive open online education in collaboration with the member institutions and partners of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). Launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in August 2012, SDSN mobilizes scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector in support of sustainable development problem solving at local, national, and global scales. currently offers three courses. Links and brief descriptions appear below.

  • The Age of Sustainable Development gives students an understanding of the key challenges and pathways to sustainable development – that is, economic development that is also socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable.
  • Climate Change Science and Negotiations is a two-semester course, with the first semester launching in fall 2014. During the first semester, you will learn about solutions to deeply decarbonize the global energy systems, and put the world on a 2°C pathway and how they can be applied in different national contexts, based on the results from the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP), a global initiative to show how countries can transition to a low carbon economy by 2050, and how the world can stay within the 2°C limit. The second semester of the course, which will open for registration in late fall 2014, will be a dynamic online climate change negotiation. The negotiation will be  modeled on the real negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which are scheduled to reach an agreement in Paris in December 2015, at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21). The outcomes of the second semester simulated negotiations will be presented to global leaders in advance of COP21.
  • Planetary Boundaries and Human Opportunities gives students an overview of a range of emerging concepts within sustainability science, like the Anthropocene, planetary boundaries, and resilience. These concepts are at the core of contemporary research and debate on global sustainability. They are key to frame and understand rapidly changing trends in global environmental change caused by humans, and to assess responses that aim at reversing global environmental change. They also help exploring pathways for ensuring safe and just human wellbeing for present and future generations.

Webinar: Greening Your Lab

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 11am-noon
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Representatives from Harvard University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute will discuss various ways in which they have worked towards reducing the energy impact of labs on campus.

GreenerU recognizes that there are many barriers to achieving sustainability in labs. In order to create a lasting impact, it is important for colleges and universities to tackle these issues with an integrated plan that addresses both technological and behavioral change.  Our speakers will discuss different ways to achieve this goal.

By joining our webinar, you will learn about different techniques used by GreenerU at WPI and methods used by Harvard University  to address lab sustainability through:

  • Managing laboratory ventilation and comfort
  • Lab equipment operation and configuration
  • Engaging lab users to maximize results
  • Managing implementation in active lab buildings

Call for Papers: 30th International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management

The International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management is an annual conference where researchers, government officials, consultants, educators, managers and community leaders from 40 countries meet to present and discuss important topics of solid waste technology and management. The conference will be held in Philadelphia on March 15-18, 2015.

Abstract submissions are invited for oral or poster presentation at the Conference.

Abstracts are encouraged from all areas of solid waste technology and management. See the Call for Papers for a complete list of topics or to submit an abstract.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is October 31, 2014.  Early submission is encouraged.

  • A discounted Conference registration fee will be available for authors of accepted papers.
  • Student presentations will be included in the Conference.
  • Written versions of papers presented at the Conference may be published in the Conference Proceedings.
  • Papers presented at the Conference may be reviewed for possible publication in the Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management.
  • Authors may submit multiple abstracts.  However, no person may present more than two papers at the Conference.
  • To learn about the Conference structure, you may wish to view the agenda of the 29th Conference: 29th Agenda

If you have any questions, please contact

National Biodiversity Teach-in: By Students. . .For Students

Elgin High School Environmental Science asks you to participate in the National Biodiversity Teach-In during the week of September 22-26, 2014. The event is designed to raise awareness about the importance of biodiversity while acknowledging the somber anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon.

Students have organized a series of Webinars that highlight the work of scientists, activists and grassroots organizations. The Webinars are open to everyone, but the students are especially interested in attracting classroom teachers and students. Registration is free and easy, but links are limited so register as soon as possible.

To register for the webinars, rollover the “Events” tab at the top of the page. Click on “Meet our Webinar Presenters”. Once you are on this page you will find a registration link under the bio of each presenter. Open the link and submit the requested information.

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