Meetings & webinars

Webinar: The Circular Economy is Calling: Closing the Loop in the Smartphone Industry

April 22, 2015 – 11:00am CDT
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Of the 1.9 billion mobile phones shipped worldwide in 2014, few will be recycled. Used electronics, including smartphones, represent one of the largest and fastest growing waste types around the globe. Yet with the emergence of the circular economy, innovative companies are stepping up and reusing, refurbishing and recycling products that would most likely be discarded, lessening their organization’s environmental impact and strengthening their bottom line.

Join this webinar to hear Darren Beck, Director of Environmental Initiatives at Sprint, share both the successes and challenges of applying closed-loop strategies to Sprint’s business. Then, the three finalists of the Smartphone Encore Challenge will share their winning ideas for upcycling old smartphones in new and profitable ways.

You’ll walk away understanding the potential of the circular economy in the electronics industry, and perhaps be inspired to revolutionize an industry yourself!

Webinar: Resolving Codes and Standards Issues to Energy Innovations

Wed, May 20, 2015 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM CDT
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The Building America Program is hosting a no-cost, webinar on identifying and overcoming code and standards barriers to Building America innovations. This webinar will provide an overview of how Building America has impacted codes and standards over the past fifteen years and potential impacts in the future. Learn about new content on the Building America Solution Center that will help builders meet code requirements and will help code officials apply codes to new and emerging innovations.

Webinar: Sustaining America’s Cities: The Role Businesses Can Play

April 21, 2015, noon CDT
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The global rise of cities has been unprecedented. In 1800, 2% of the world’s population lived in cities. Now it’s 50%. Every week, some 1.5 million people join the urban population, through a combination of migration and childbirth.  At the same time, cities are faced with challenges to prepare for droughts, extreme heat days, and other effects of climate change. How will these cities sustain themselves and what role can businesses play?

Several US cities have taken a proactive stance in planning for this challenge. To succeed — economically, culturally and environmentally — cities must accommodate new individuals, maintain standards of livability, prepare for threats like water scarcity, more intense storms and compete for talent and brand leadership with other cities.  Their ability to do this successfully has major implications for the private sector as well.  Corporations are attracted by a reliable, talented workforce.

In this free, hour-long webcast, current and former sustainability directors from three major US cities – Matt Petersen from Los Angeles, Katherine Gajewski from Philadelphia, Brian Swett from Boston –  will share their experiences in setting strategy, developing public-private partnerships, and making a citywide sustainability strategy work for residents, businesses and other stakeholders.  Clinton Moloney, Managing Director at PwC and Shana Rappaport from GreenBiz will moderate.

During this webcast, you’ll understand:

  • The case for sustainable cities
  • Lessons from the front lines on the challenges cities face as they become more sustainable – and strategies that are making a difference
  • How cities and businesses can partner to play an active role in one another’s success


EPA and Partners Announce Extreme Events and Climate Adaptation Training Workshops for Utilities and Technical Assistance Providers

EPA, in partnership with water sector associations, is offering a series of 8 workshops for drinking water, wastewater and stormwater utilities, and technical assistance providers. The workshops will focus on understanding and adapting to challenges from extreme events, featuring training on the Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT). These interactive, two-day workshops will have hands-on technical training sessions using CREAT, as well as panel discussions on funding and implementation for adaptation strategies.

Workshop: Saving Water Through Behavior Changing Technologies

April 29-30, 2015
Argonne National Laboratory
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This workshop will bring together experts in water efficiency, behavioral sciences, design, engineering and other fields, along with commercial developers, focusing on those who can most contribute to the design, development and dissemination of  behavior-changing  technologies that reduce water consumption for buildings.

The agenda will include presentations from thought-leaders in these fields and discussion sessions focused on key topic areas including, but not limited to, new technologies under development, key research paths, barriers to advancement, and opportunities for deployment.


The purpose of this workshop is to promote discussion and collaboration between stakeholders who have a wide range of different experience with water-related issues.  The agenda will be structured around four primary sessions, with each session consisting of three components:

  1. A short presentation from an expert in the field to motivate discussion.
  2. 3-4 concurrent breakout sessions where attendees will discuss relevant topics in an open and informal setting.
  3. Reconvening of the larger group, with each breakout session presenting a brief overview of their discussion and findings.

Webinar: REAP Funding Opportunities for E3 Communities

Via the USDA:

As partners of the E3 framework, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) wants make sure you’re aware of possible funding opportunities to support your E3 activities as they pertain to rural small businesses and agricultural producers. These funding opportunities are contained in the recent modifications made to the USDA Rural Energy for America Program or REAP. The final rule that captures these modifications was published on December 29, 2014. The final rule became effective February 12, 2015.

The Energy Efficiency Improvement/Renewable Energy Systems (RES/EEI) component of the REAP program is the perfect complement to E3 Energy Audits because it provides grant and guaranteed loan funding for the integration of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements into a rural small business or agricultural producer’s operations. REAP can provide grant funding of up to $150,000 for EEI and $250,000 for RES. REAP Guaranteed loans can be up to $25 million and are eligible to be combined with a REAP grant.

We encourage you to take advantage of this exciting funding opportunity if you have recently received an E3 Energy Audit and want to take the next step toward energy efficiency or a renewable energy system that will save your business money on energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint.

To provide additional background on the program and to learn how agricultural producers and rural businesses can easily take advantage of REAP’s benefits, our REAP Outreach Team will host an interactive webinar, titled REAP Funding Opportunities for E3 Communities, specifically for E3 partners on Monday, March 30 from 1:00-2:30pm Eastern (12:00-1:30 Central; 11:00-12:30 Mountain; 10:00-11:30 Pacific). Please click on the following link to register for the free webinar:

Additional information on the REAP program can be found at: For further information and questions, please contact your State Energy Coordinator. A list of State Energy Coordinators can be found here:

Public Libraries, U. Wisconsin–Madison Team Up on Climate Change MOOC

Read the full story in Library Journal.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison (UWM) is offering a new four-week massive open online course (MOOC) on Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region. What’s different about this endeavor, besides the strong local interest angle, is that the university, in coordination with Wisconsin Library Services (WiLS), is partnering with 21 public libraries across the state. The collaborative venture will share scientific information about global warming via video, readings, an online discussion board, and quizzes, as well as in-person discussions at the libraries with scientists, staff, and graduate students from UWM, the National Weather Service, and the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.