Webinar: Sustainable Pyrotechnics: Flares and Projectiles

Thursday, July 16, 2015, 12:00 PM ET (9:00 AM PT)
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Webinar Topics 

Removal of Perchlorate Oxidizers from Red- and Green-Emitting Pyrotechnic Flares by Dr. Eric Miklaszewski

Potassium perchlorate (KClO4) and ammonium perchlorate (NH4ClO4) have been widely used as oxidizers in military and civilian pyrotechnics due to their high reactivity, low cost, low-moisture sensitivity, and high stability. However, these constituents have been identified to be highly toxic and damaging to the environment and have motivated multiple efforts to reformulate pyrotechnic formulations which contain these chemicals. Since 2002, SERDP and ESTCP have funded the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Crane Division, to reformulate several visible signal flares used within the Department of Defense (DoD) to achieve performance requirements while removing the environmentally-hazardous perchlorate oxidizers. The reformulation efforts were directed to engineer new formulations that meet the dominant wavelength, color purity, photometric intensity, and burn time requirements for specific red- and green-emitting signal flares. This presentation will review the current regulatory requirements that are driving these projects with a summary of each project’s scope, obstacles encountered, and successes during the development of new pyrotechnic formulations.

Sustainable Incendiary Projectiles by Dr. Jared Moretti

This presentation will describe recent efforts to identify one perchlorate-free incendiary formulation for the Army’s M8 and Navy’s Mk257 .50-caliber incendiary projectiles. As part of ESTCP project number WP-201110, the performance data of two perchlorate-free candidate formulations were compared to the current in-service incendiary mixture (IM-28) through system demonstration in the actual bullet hardware. The technical approach for this perchlorate elimination program has been comprised of a three-way teaming effort led by the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) and includes the NSWC, Crane Division, along with an industrial manufacturing partner, Alliant Techsystems’ (ATK) Small Caliber Division. The government laboratories (ARDEC and NSWC) collaborated on formulation development, while ATK fabricated, demonstrated and validated candidate formulations in the full-up M8 and Mk257 hardware. The initial two candidates were each composed of strontium nitrate and sodium meta-periodate, but the latter composition was down-selected on the basis of performance. Recent iterations of bullet manufacture at Lake City Army Ammunition Plant (LCAAP) provide insight into what factors most significantly affect .50-caliber bullet performance.

Webinar: Protecting the Pollinators: Purchasing Strategies to Protect Bees and Other Pollinators

Wed, Jul 15, 2015 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM CDT
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3671741382836935170

State and local governments, school districts, colleges and universities, hospitals and businesses spend millions of dollars a year on landscaping and pest management products and services.

During the past decade, many of these organizations have saved money and reduced toxic chemical use through integrated pest management (IPM). In addition, some organizations have eliminated the use of neonicotinoid pesticides (“neonics”) to protect bees and other pollinators.

On Wednesday, July 15th, Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) and Friends of the Earth (FOE) are co-hosting “Saving the Pollinators”, a webinar on purchasing strategies government agencies, educational institutions and businesses can take to protect bees and other pollinators.

During this webinar, you will learn about: (1) the latest scientific findings about neonics and their impact on pollinators; (2) what leading organizations are doing to make their landscape and pest management efforts pollinator friendly; (3) how your organization can use its purchasing policies and practices to protect pollinators; and (4) resources available to help organizations like yours take steps to adopt pollinator friendly purchasing policies and practices.


  • Tiffany Finck-Haynes, Food Futures Campaigner, Friends of the Earth
  • Chris Geiger, Ph.D., Toxics Use Reduction Program, San Francisco Department of the Environment
  • Rella Abernathy, Integrated Pest Management Coordinator, Boulder, Colorado
  • Ciannat Howett, Director of Sustainability Initiatives at Emory University
  • Scott Williams, Assistant VP of Quality Assurance and Environmental Stewardship for BJ’s Wholesale Club,
  • Susan Kegley, Ph.D, CEO, Pesticide Research Institute


  • Rebecca Calahan Klein, RPN

PCB Expert to Update Legacy and Emerging Issues at A&WMA Union League Club

Read the full post on the ISTC Blog.

Amanda Hughes, one of the star experts at the Prairie Research Institute’s Sept. 17 workshop on “PCBs and Their Impact in Illinois” will be the special guest speaker at the Air & Waste Management Association, Lake Michigan States Section June Environmental Breakfast on Tuesday, June 23…

Registration is required for the 8-10 a.m. breakfast and payments ($40/$20 for students)) can be made at the organization’s website. The event is CLE and PDH credit-eligible.

Webinar: Changing Behavior Through Purposeful Work: The Journey to 100% Engagement

June 23, 2015, noon CDT
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Every business is facing the challenge of how to engage employees around sustainability. When employees are empowered to be instrumental agents of change, they become more purpose-driven, innovative, productive — and yes, engaged.

But how do business leaders design and deliver programs that work? Forward-thinking companies are developing programs that involve designing for both deep and broad engagement.

In this webcast, leaders and practitioners will discuss their experiences in influencing human behavior and creating an organizational culture for the greater good. You will learn how leading practitioners are developing programs that influence employee behavior and work to create a purposeful organizational culture of sustainability. You’ll also learn the three essential steps to achieve your employee engagement goals:

  1. Raise awareness with behavioral design
  2. Utilize technology to promote sustainable habits
  3. Change attitudes through immersion in corporate culture

Climate Solutions University Now Accepting Applications for 2016

Climate Solutions University has helped more than 30 communities create adaptation plans that are ready for implementation. Your region is a good fit for the program if you need to tackle the following challenges:

  • Social equity and the impact of climate change on vulnerable citizens
  • A regional approach to planning that integrates urban and rural linkages
  • Threats to watersheds, forest, and economic resources using an ecosystem services model

Who should apply to Climate Solutions University?

  • Community leaders of local government agencies
  • Watershed organizations and resource conservation districts
  • Nonprofits
  • Civic organizations

Participants foster positive, sustainable connections between people, economic, and ecosystem health! This is done through market solutions based in solid research. Visit Climate Solutions University or contact Recruitment Coordinator Josh Dye via email or at 612-481-8059 to get started.

Upcoming webinar: Do you want your receipt? How simple steps can reduce use of and occupational exposure to BPA and BPS in thermal receipt paper

Jul 28, 2015 2:00 PM CDT

Are you a cashier? Own a business that uses thermal receipt paper? Manage point-of-sale operations or sustainable purchasing? If so, you may have wondered how to respond to news that thermal receipt papers are often coated with endocrine active chemicals BPA or its chemical cousin, BPS. Whatever your business — from one-register coffee shops to grocery stores, bookstores, or national retailers — you can take actions that will make a measurable difference.

Madalyn Cioci from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will help you understand the issue and offer practical steps you can take to reduce exposure to these chemicals. Jolene Parker from Minneapolis’ Linden Hills Co-op will describe the challenges faced and successes achieved her business when they changed their receipt handling procedures.

The information and case studies presented are the result of a partnership project which tested thermal papers for concentrations of BPA and BPS and measured how much chemical and paper could be eliminated through a variety of actions.

Hosted by the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable.

Webinar: Impacts of Climate Change on Tribal Health

Wed, Jun 24, 2015 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM CDT
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4202798900971276545

Climate change, together with other natural and human-made health stressors, threatens our health and well-being in many ways. This webinar will provide an overview of climate-related health impacts facing tribes and indigenous peoples in the United States, drawing mainly from the results of the Third National Climate Assessment. This webinar will also present work by EPA to compile a set of key indicators related to the causes and effects of climate change into a report entitled: Climate Change Indicators in the United States. The presentation will focus on climate-related health indicators and how the report highlights the far-reaching significance of these changes and their possible consequences for people, the environment, and society.