Meetings & webinars

Webinar: Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program: How to Use FLIGHT to View Reporting Year 2013 Data

With the release of the Reporting Year 2013 data, EPA will host two technical webinars to showcase the Facility Level Information on Greenhouse Gases Tool (FLIGHT), demonstrate common searches, show how to do custom queries, and highlight new features this year. Other GHGRP data summaries will also be highlighted. The webinars will feature identical content.

  • September 30, 2014, noon-1 pm CDT — REGISTER
  • October 2, 2014, 2-3 pm CDT — REGISTER

University of Minnesota Institute on Environment Fall Seminar series

This fall, Frontiers in the Environment will ask some BIG QUESTIONS and host solutions-focused conversations about the next wave of research and discovery. Held at noon Wednesdays in St. Paul or online, each session includes a lively 30-minute discussion followed by Q&A and a networking reception. Here’s the schedule through October.

9/24 – IonE resident fellow Matteo Convertino, an IonE resident fellow and assistant professor in the School of Public Health, and Craig Hedberg, SPH professor, discuss how computer models can predict and deal with foodborne disease outbreaks in Can We Build a More Resilient Food Distribution System?

10/1 – Get a peek at IonE’s recently launched Energy Transition Lab when the lab’s executive director, Ellen Anderson, and faculty director, Hari Osofsky, ask How Can the University of Minnesota Assist in the Energy Transition?

10/8 – A panel of urban planning experts, including Patrick Hamilton, IonE resident fellow and director of the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Global Change Initiatives; Ann Hunt, environmental policy director for the City of St. Paul; Peter Frosch, director of Strategic Partnerships, Greater MSP; and Mike Greco, program director of the Resilient Communities Project, will focus on cities of the future in How Might the Twin Cities Catalyze Needed Global Urban Innovations?

10/15 – IonE’s Natural Capital Project lead Steve Polasky, IonE resident fellow and professor in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, will lead a discussion of the big question, Should Society Put a Price Tag on Nature?

10/22 – What Does a Sustainable Clean Water Future for Minnesota Look Like? is the question to be considered by panelists Bonnie Keeler, Natural Capital Project lead scientist; Deb Swackhamer, Water Resources Center program director; and John Linc Stine, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency commissioner.

10/29 – Political thought leaders David Gillette, special correspondent for Twin Cities Public Television; Amy Koch, small business owner and former Minnesota senate majority leader; and Mark Andrew, president of Greenmark, will dive into What is the Role of the Environment in This Year’s Minnesota Elections?

View the complete fall schedule or browse the archives here 

School IPM Webinar Series

Are you a school facility manager, IPM Coordinator, building and grounds supervisor, nurse, administrator, or pest management professional? If so, you play a critical role in reducing the number of pests in your school and in minimizing the exposure of students and staff to pesticides. To help you be better prepared to fill your role, EPA’s Center of Expertise for School IPM will host a series of webinars in the coming months on pest management topics of special interest to the school community. These monthly webinars, beginning on August 20, 2014, will include presentations from experts in the field.

Upcoming webinars

Creating Tick Safe Schools Using IPM

September 30, 2014 | 2 PM Eastern – Register Now

Join us to learn about this increasingly important pest and what you can do to reduce the risk to students, faculty and staff in schools.

  • Thomas Mather, University of the Rhode Island Center for Vector Borne Diseases, will discuss tick borne diseases and prevalence, the identification, inspection and removal of ticks,and the Tick Encounter web resource.
  • Marcia Anderson, EPA’s School IPM Center of Expertise, will review passive prevention using landscape design, sanitation, maintenance, the Agency’s role in tick IPM, and on how to incorporate tick prevention into your school IPM plan.
  • Kathy Murray, Maine Department of Agriculture, will discuss the importance of monitoring, repellents, active prevention using pesticidal tools, research, and information resources.
  • Christine Dunathan, Friends Community School (College Park, MD), will discuss real world school tick issues and first-hand challenges with tick management.
  • A Q&A session will conclude the webinar.

The Basics of Schools IPM

October 21, 2014 | 2 PM Eastern – Register Now

School experts from around the country will explain and demonstrate the basics of school IPM, a smart, sensible, and sustainable approach to managing pests in schools. This webinar that will describe school IPM, why it is important, how it is implemented, and where and when to utilize IPM tactics. A discussion of how to monitor for pests, pest exclusionary practices, and the importance of sanitation and maintenance of waste/recycling areas will ensue. The presenters will share insights on dealing with the most pest-challenging areas in schools – the kitchens and cafeterias. A virtual walk-through of a school will instruct you on how to identify and manage pest prone areas. The webinar will conclude with a Q&A session.

Illinois compost group solicits input from local businesses and government

Currently in the state of Illinois, if your organization produces lots of food scraps, the most cost-effective removal option is to put them in your trash and pay your waste hauler to bring them to the landfill. But according to EPA, Illinois landfills have only 21 years of capacity, and it is costly to build new ones–in dollars and environmental costs.

A group of more than 100 Illinois businesses, municipalities, county governments, universities and nonprofit organizations wants to address these issues by developing and promoting solutions for affordable, state-wide food scrap composting. Food scrap composting–which turns the material into usable soil nutrients–can take pressure off landfills and extend their life.

The Illinois Food Scrap Coalition (www.illinoiscomposts.org) will hold a FREE Food Scrap Composting Challenges and Solutions in Illinois Stakeholder Forum at the Champaign Public Library on September 22 from noon to 4 p.m. The group invites entities that produce food scraps, such as restaurants, hotels, hospitals, colleges and large businesses; large and small waste haulers; commercial compost facilities; and municipalities, government agencies, landscape companies, golf courses and others who use, or have the potential to use, large amounts of finished compost.

“In order for our project to work, we need input from Illinois stakeholders about their experiences and challenges with regard to composting,” says Cassandra Carroll, Executive Director of the Illinois Green Business Association and member of the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition. “Their day-to-day experiences in dealing with food discards will help shape practical solutions for advancing food scrap composting in the state.”

Three other forums are being held across the state. Forums in Central and Southern Illinois will also explore the agricultural aspects of commercial composting. This work is generously sponsored by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).

Recommendations from the Food Scrap Composting Challenges and Solutions in Illinois Stakeholder Forums will be incorporated into a formal report providing a snapshot of the food scrap activities already underway in Illinois and including recommendations on how to encourage more food scrap diversion from landfills. The report summary will be presented to the Task Force on the Advancement of Materials Recycling, which, in turn, is required to submit a report to the Governor and General Assembly by January 1, 2015.

To register for the forum, visit http://illinoiscomposts.org/forums

The Illinois Food Scrap Coalition (IFSC) is a group of more than 100 solid waste agencies, county governments, nonprofit organizations and state and federal agencies organized to promote food scrap composting in Illinois. Founding members include representatives from: Seven Generations Ahead, School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education (SCARCE), Solid Waste Association of Northern America (SWANA), Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC), Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO), Illinois Counties Solid Waste Management Association (ILCSWMA), Kendall County, DuPage County, Kane County, Cook County, Will County, Loyola University, McHenry County College, Village of Oak Park, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). Learn more at www.illinoiscomposts.org

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

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2014.

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.