Webinar: Environmental Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Biodiversity

June 17, 2015 1 pm CDT
For more information: http://www.conservationwebinars.net/webinars/environmental-benefits-of-organic-agriculture-biodiversity

Organic systems enhance biodiversity at several levels. A variety of seeds and breeds are chosen for greater resistance to diseases, climate, and pests. Producers employ diverse combinations and rotations of plants and animals to increase yields and income. The maintenance and planting of natural areas within and around organic fields and the absence of chemical inputs create suitable habitats for wildlife and important pollinators and beneficial insects. This session will present scientific research examining the biodiversity benefits of organic farming practices in temperate and tropical farm systems.

This webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. It is the second in a four-part series exploring the environmental benefits of organic agriculture. Contact Ben Bowell, Organic Specialist, for more information about this webinar.


Tribal Climate Change Webinar Series Announced for May-June 2015

This series of four webinars will introduce the Local Environmental Observer (LEO) network, discuss extreme weather events, and delve into the impacts of climate change on human health and fish and wildlife. The webinars are being offered by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) at Northern Arizona University with support from EPA.

EPA Local Government Climate Adaptation Training Module Available Online

EPA has released an online training module to help local government officials take actions to increase their communities’ resiliency to a changing climate. The virtual training, which lasts about 30 minutes, was developed with EPA’s Local Government Advisory Committee. It illustrates how a changing climate may affect a variety of environmental and public health services, describes how different communities are already adapting to climate-related challenges, and links to a number of federal and state resources that can help communities assess their unique climate-related risks and opportunities to become more resilient to climate change.

AASHE Research in Sustainability Webinar Series – 2015

Our urgent sustainability challenges require integrated, cross-disciplinary thinking. By researching sustainability issues and refining theories and concepts, higher education institutions can lead the transition to a sustainable future and continue help the world understand sustainability challenges while developing new technologies, strategies, and approaches to address those challenges.

In recognition of the importance of emerging scholarship in sustainability, AASHE is pleased to announce the “Research in Sustainability” Webinar Series which precedes the 2015 AASHE Conference & Expo’s new “Research” track dedicated to workshops and presentations about sustainability-oriented research.

Through the “Research in Sustainability” Webinar Series, AASHE is inviting you to explore the current models of research in sustainability, the future of engaged sustainability education, and how to institutionalize research in sustainability. Sustainability officers, faculty, researchers, students, chief academic officers, staff of teaching and learning centers and others are invited to participate in the conversation about breaking down barriers and building coalitions to support institution-wide research in sustainability and key innovation happening in curricular and co-curricular activities. You can also email your questions and thoughts in advance to webinars@aashe.org.

  • Webinar #1 (May 20, 2015, 3:00-4:30PM ET) From Classroom to Community and Planet: The Future of Engaged Learning and Research in Sustainability features Rod Parnell – moderator (Professor of Earth Science & Environmental Sustainability and Coordinator of Academic Sustainability Programs at Northern Arizona University), Debra Rowe (Faculty in Sustainable Energies and Behavioral Sciences at Oakland Community College) and Steve Boss (Director of Environmental Dynamics Program and Sustainability Academic Programs at University of Arkansas). This first webinar in the series will briefly present an overview of different models of research, applied learning and community engagement in sustainability – not just learning taking place in the classroom or laboratory but engagement at various levels on campus and in the community. Panelists will also share some of the professional organizations with which they are affiliated that provide resources for improving co-curricular activities. The formal presentation will be followed by a moderated discussion with participants’ input on developing and improving community-based research and service learning. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and participate in the conversation about key innovations happening in curricular and co-curricular activities related to research in sustainability. For more information and to register, please click here.
  • Webinar #2 (June 10, 2015, 3:00-4:30PM ET) Institutionalizing Research in Sustainability in the Context of Competing University Priorities features Jacob Park – moderator (Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy at Green Mountain College), Debra Rowe (Faculty in Sustainable Energies and Behavioral Sciences at Oakland Community College) and David Auston (Executive Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency (IEE) at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a member of the UC President’s Global Climate Leadership Council). They will continue the conversation started in the first webinar and will focus on different models and strategies that support integrating research with operations in the light of competing university priorities and tips on institutionalizing research in sustainability. The formal presentation will be followed by a moderated discussion with participants’ input on how to break barriers, where to find allies and how to build coalitions to to support institution-wide research in sustainability. For more information and to register, please click here.

Conference to Address Threats of E-waste, Toxic Chemicals

Read the full story from Voice of America.

Over the next two weeks, 1,500 representatives from 180 countries will seek ways to reduce risks from hazardous chemicals and waste through the sustainable management of these potentially life-threatening substances.

Participants of the conference, which opened Monday in Geneva, also will seek ways to strengthen three international Conventions that together form the basis for addressing these global environmental problems.

The Basel Convention is the most comprehensive international environmental agreement on hazardous and other waste.  The Rotterdam Convention deals primarily with the safe international trade of industrial chemicals and pesticides.  The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants is a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from chemicals that remain in the environment for long periods.

2015 National Brownfields Training Conference

Chicago, IL, September 24, 2015.

Brownfields 2015 promises something for all levels of stakeholders and practitioners. The conference program includes speakers, discussions, mobile workshops, films, and other learning formats that are calibrated to provide you with case study examples, program updates, and useful strategies for meeting your brownfield challenges head on.

For more information and to register, see http://www.brownfieldsconference.org/en/registerinfo.

Call for Proposals: 2015 Tribal Lands and Environment Forum

Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, August 1720, 2015.

In addition to topics on solid/hazardous waste management, brownfields, UST/LUSTs, Superfund, emergency response, and cross-over land/water issues associated with these fields, the 2015 Tribal Lands and Environment Forum is requesting proposals on the areas of ground/surface water quality and management, habitat restoration (including wetlands, streams, and fisheries for example), and drinking water/wastewater systems.

The deadline for all proposals is May 11, 2015. For more information and to submit a proposal, see http://www4.nau.edu/itep/conferences/confr_tlf.asp.