Day: August 27, 2021

Webinar: Nature-based pollution prevention – Tactics for implementation, reporting, and partnerships

Sep 15, 2021 noon-1 pm CDT
Register here.

From strategic tree plantings to wetland restoration projects, nature-based solutions (NbS) are quickly becoming a key part of many pollution prevention strategies. These solutions are accessible, scalable and offer many co-benefits, like increased biodiversity and climate resilience. In this webinar, experts and advocates from a federal agency, the private sector and a nonprofit will explore how NbS can advance pollution prevention goals on corporate lands while enhancing ecosystem services and contributing to local, regional and large-scale restoration efforts. The panelists will explain how their respective organizations approach pollution prevention, provide insights on implementation and share success stories from their work.

What you’ll learn

  • Best practices for nature-based pollution prevention
  • How pollution prevention tactics can translate into key metrics
  • The benefits of forming inter-sector partnerships for pollution prevention initiatives

Who should take this webinar

  • Corporate teams looking to implement site-based pollution prevention work
  • Representatives from nonprofits and government agencies who want to learn how corporations are utilizing NbS for pollution prevention

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Read the full story from Los Angeles Magazine.

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Read the full story from NPR.

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