Category: Events

Webinar: Safer alternatives for solvent applications

May 26, 2021, 11:30 am-1:00 pm CDT
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A range of many different types of solvents are used in diverse ways by thousands of companies in the nation. Find out how you can help those companies adopt pollution prevention (P2) measures by guiding them to safer alternatives. Get ideas on where and how to focus P2 efforts.

The US EPA P2 grant program describes several National Emphasis Areas (NEAs) and solvents are used extensively by companies in these NEA sectors. This webinar, sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC), will identify nine major solvent applications used in two or more of the NEAs. They will describe:

  • How the solvents are used in the application
  • The types of solvents used
  • The safer alternatives that can be used in their place

Webinar attendees, including P2 program grantees, will have the opportunity to provide input on which solvent application areas they would like to learn more about. Additional webinars may be scheduled in the future that will cover the applications of interest and their alternatives in greater detail.

During the webinar, Dr. Wolf will answer questions on the solvents, safer alternatives, and implementation strategies.

Who should attend this webinar?

  • P2 program grantees
  • State and local government agency P2 technical assistance providers
  • EPA regional P2 staff
  • Industry representatives


  • Jean Waters, Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC)
  • Katy Wolf, Ph.D., Consultant

A Cli-Fi Book Club for College Educators and Sustainability Advocates

This short course in climate fiction (“Cli-Fi”) is the ultimate academic book club for anyone in the higher education sustainability community! Are you a non-literary type who has never attended a book club? Or a bookworm who is obsessed with Cli-Fi? Somewhere in between? Everyone is welcome!

Books stacked up behind an open laptop

The interdisciplinary short course in literary fiction will take place over 6 monthly meetings. We will begin with an overview of the emergent genre of Cli-Fi and a curated book list of “teachable” novels organized by theme. Selected novels integrate science, economics, engineering, and psychology into humanities, communication, and storytelling to imagine a new future. 

Participants will: 

  • Gain an understanding of the genres of climate fiction and post-apocalyptic fiction; 
  • Learn speed reading techniques and how to create time to read more;  
  • Practice discussion techniques with other sustainability champions; 
  • Engage with faculty from a variety of disciplines including science, humanities, and social sciences;
  • Integrate imagination and the envisioning of climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resilience.

Key Details

  • Event Date & Time: Course participants will meet virtually on the first Thursday of the month from 2:45–4:00 p.m. EDT starting on June 3 and continuing through November 4.
  • Location: The workshop will take place online via Zoom.
  • Registration Fee: $95 (AASHE members), $125 (AASHE non-members) and $50 for Student participants.

Registration Policies:

  • Registration deadline is Thursday, June 3, 12:00 p.m. EDT.
  • Payment is accepted in the form of Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover cards, ACH transfers or checks.
  • Cancellation Policy: A 20% processing fee applies to any cancellation prior to May 24, 2021. No refunds will be given after May 24, 2021.
  • No substitutions are allowed.
  • Review all Terms & Conditions.

Webinar: GTI Tech Talk: Producing Low or Negative Carbon Fuels from Sustainable Biomass Resources

May 12, 2021, 10 am CDT
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Pedro Ortiz-Toral discusses bio-derived diesel and biomass conversion

Biomass can be used to produce clean alternative transportation fuels that maintain the energy density and storability advantages of liquid fuels while offering unique solutions for difficult-to-decarbonize sectors such as marine transportation and aviation.

Transformational technologies that produce low-carbon fuels from renewable resources are being demonstrated at facilities all around the world. This engaging webinar will present insight on near-market and other improved process technologies that can even enable carbon negative energy when combined with carbon sequestration.

Webinar: Improve your bottom line: Reduce metal manufacturers processing energy and waste

May 20, 2021, 10-11 am
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Energy use is relatively high in a variety of machining and metal fabrication facilities. For metal casting foundries energy costs typically accounts for 5-10% of the overall operating costs. 

In this webinar, PennTAP will identify cost-effective practices and technologies to increase energy efficiency and pollution prevention ideas and suggestions that can help metal manufacturers facilities reduce energy use, waste, and operate more efficiently while saving money.  

Webinar: Too good to waste: Upcycling solutions for a more sustainable planet

May 5, 2021, 9 am CDT
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Enterprising startups are exploring innovative ways to realize a circular economy and create value-added products using byproducts from food processes or ingredients that would otherwise be thrown away. We bring together innovators and entrepreneurs to explore how they are contributing to the circular economy and building new supply chains using upcycled* ingredients, how they communicate the benefits to consumers, and what opportunities they are exploring.

*As defined by the Upcycled Food Association (UFA), upcycled foods “use ingredients that otherwise would not have gone to human consumption, are procured and produced using verifiable supply chains, and have a positive impact on the environment.”

Call for co-creators for Next Library Festival 2021

Next Library Festival 2021 will be a free online event. It will run 24 hours on June 3 starting at 8 am (UTC+2) following the sun around the planet to the next morning 8 am (UTC+2). 

There will be keynotes, inspiration talks, participatory sessions, ignites, online happenings, The Next Room (drop-in-talkshows), singing, announcement of the winner of the Joy of Reading Award, surprises and much more. 

The program is co-created with you. And we are looking for 

A: Ignites: 5 minute talks (live or pre-recorded) 

B: Participatory sessions: Live workshops where we co-create and play together (45 minutes online sessions) 

C: Tour Your Library (live or pre-recorded): The Next Library Community can come visit you. What do you want to show? 

D: Wildcards: Ideas for online happenings, new rituals or social events 

Show us what you’ve got! Be brave and surprise us!  

The overall themes  of Next Library Festival 2021 are:   

  • Democracy   
  • Library as space for Playful Learning and Creativity  
  • Sustainable Development Goals  

We are looking for sessions, talks and happenings that could inspire, explore and share ideas related to these themes. 

How to  send a proposal?   

Please send us a short proposal of your initial idea and answer these questions:  

  • Who are you?  
  • What organization do you represent? 
  • What do you want to do, and in what format? Synchronous or asynchronous? If it is a jam session: how many participants can attend your session? 
  • What time zone are you in? 

Make it short and write in English and send it in MS Word or PDF to  

You may enclose or link to photos or short videos to explain the format or idea. 

Language?  The  language is English, and there will not be any interpretation services available. 


Send your ideas as soon as possible. Shortly after we will get back to you! 

NY Sustainable Brewery Summit

Join the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) for the NY Sustainable Brewery Summit on May 4 and May 11 from 1PM – 3:30PM EDT.

The two-part online event will discuss sustainability and pollution prevention best practices, focusing on three key areas:

  • The need for sustainability in brewing
  • Real-world solutions for energy, water, and chemical use reduction
  • Communicating sustainability with your supply chain and the public

The May 4 session will cover water and chemical use reduction and the May 11 session will cover waste reduction and energy conservation.

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Webinar series: Sustainable Solutions for Craft Beverage Producers

EPA Region 1, ENERGY STAR and the New Hampshire Pollution Prevention Program are hosting Sustainable Solutions for Craft Beverage Producers, a free three-part webinar series. The dates and topics are:

Webinar: Preventing and reducing occurrences of sexual harassment and assault among field-based research disciplines

Apr 27, 2021, 4:00 pm
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Speaker: Carol E. Colaninno: Research assistant professor, Center for STEM Research, Education, & Outreach, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Research suggests that sexual harassment and assault frequently occur during field research and students, trainees, and early career professionals are more subjected to harassing behaviors compared to mid-career and senior scientists. In many field-based research disciplines, students, trainees, and early career professional are put in situations where harassment traditionally has been unchecked. Field sites can be remote and students may be required to live on site with fellow students, teaching assistants, and field directors in relative isolation. In 2020 our research team, with funding from the National Science Foundation, began conducting investigations to document practices that field directors implement to reduce and prevent harassment; to understand how directors and students perceive these practices; and to reimagine mechanisms that help improve field site research, learning, and living conditions to more fully benefit the well-being of students, trainee, and early career professionals. Although only in the initial phase of our research, we have identified several practices that may be modified to reduce and prevent conditions that have the potential to lead to sexual harassment and assault. I discuss and review these initial findings and detail our future research plans. 

#SEJ2021 Webinar – The U.S. Climate Summit: What Comes Next?

Apr 26, 2021, noon CDT
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With this week’s U.S. Climate Summit, the Biden Administration is seeking to retake the reins on global climate change leadership by setting a new carbon emissions reduction target. But will this leadership translate into environmental policy changes that protect people, including marginalized communities at home and abroad?

Join the Society of Environmental Journalists on Monday for an overview of the flurry of federal climate change activity since Biden took office and hear from leaders in business, environmental justice, and the climate youth movement on what comes next.

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