Category: Events

SEDAC Public Water Infrastructure Webinar Series

SEDAC’s fall webinar series will help water and wastewater plants to learn about new technologies and strategies to save energy and improve operations.

Introduction to the Illinois EPA Public Water Infrastructure Energy Efficiency Program for Water Treatment Plants

  • ​Oct. 14th, 9 am.

Introduction to Aeration & Energy in Wastewater Treatment 

  • Oct. 19, 11 am. Activated Sludge Plants
  • Oct. 26, 11 am, Lagoon Systems

Oxygen Transfer Efficiency: Diffusers and Aerators

  • Nov. 16, 11 am, Activated Sludge Plants
  • Nov. 30, 11 am, Lagoon Systems

Register for upcoming webinars and view recordings of past events on the SEDAC website.

iSEE Congress Fall 2021: Circular Food Systems (virtual)

The eighth iSEE Congress will re-address the topic of feeding the world. A major challenge for agriculture in the coming decades: providing a secure and safe supply of food, feed, and fuel to an ever-increasing human population using agricultural practices that are ecologically sustainable and adaptable to climate change.

The Congress will consist of four one-hour sessions during October and November. Register for each session at the links below:

For more information, visit the Congress website.

EPA hosts biweekly National Environmental Justice Community Engagement Calls

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites Environmental Justice (EJ) advocates and the public to participate in the agency’s National Environmental Justice Community Engagement Calls, now happening biweekly, to discuss and receive feedback on all aspects of EJ at EPA with partners and communities. 

“The voice of communities is what centers and drives our efforts to advance environmental justice at EPA,” said Office of Environmental Justice Director Matthew Tejada. “Our mission to protect the health and environments of everyone in the United States can only be achieved if we listen to and engage with communities who have not received the same level of protection. Given the historic mandate of the Biden-Harris Administration and Administrator Regan’s leadership, these calls are a direct line for EPA to hear from communities.”

By increasing the community engagement calls from quarterly to biweekly, EPA will further encourage an open dialogue with EJ leaders and advocates. These meetings not only serve as an opportunity to give an update on EPA’s EJ work and its resources, but also to listen and learn from communities, partners, and stakeholders. Additionally, the biweekly community engagement calls speak to the agency’s commitment to Justice40, an initiative announced by President Joe Biden, to deliver 40 percent of the overall benefits of relevant federal investments to disadvantaged communities. 

The next National Environmental Justice Community Engagement Call is Oct. 12Register through the link. To see the calendar for upcoming calls, register for upcoming calls, and view meeting materials for past calls, visit the website.

View the calendar for upcoming calls, register for upcoming calls, and view meeting materials for past calls. You can also follow the EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice on Twitter (@EPAEnvJustice) and subscribe to the EPA’s EJ listserv by sending a blank email to join-epa-ej@lists.epa.gov.

Sustainable Refrigeration Summit

Sep 27-Oct 8. 2021 (free, online)
More information and to register

The zero emissions movement is expanding rapidly at the local, state, and federal levels, expanding regulatory pressures on food retailers to address refrigerant emissions. This free virtual summit will bring together key stakeholders – including food retailers, manufacturers, service contractors, engineers, government agencies, policymakers, utilities, energy, and environmental stakeholders – to advance the solutions needed to achieve a zero emissions future for supermarket refrigeration.

Hear the latest regulatory and industry trends and learn from the food retailers, industry experts, and policymakers shaping the future of sustainable refrigeration.

Hosted over a 2-week period, the summit will feature on-demand Technology Sessions and 1-2 daily live sessions. See the schedule here.

Webinar: The Multiple Aspects of a (Food) Waste to Biogas Project

Sep 30, 2021 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM CDT
Register here.

The multiple aspects of a (food) waste to biogas project: Two case studies from UW Oshkosh Biogas Systems – One case study from a new anaerobic digester-urban farm project in Chicago.

Anaerobic Digestion of organic waste such as food waste is an alternative to landfilling that results in environmental benefits such as improved air quality, biogas recovery, and nutrients recovery. Anaerobic digestion projects are multifaceted ventures, and each has its own peculiarity. During this webinar we will discuss some of the many aspects of a waste to biogas project, featuring two existing facilities owned by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and one new digester-urban farm project under construction in Chicago and we will talk about available technical and educational assistance from the University of Illinois Chicago.

New Wolfram U course explores data visualization

Read the full story from Wolfram.

After a few months of brainstorming ideas, developing notebooks and scripts and refining videos through several rounds of editing and refilming, we are pleased to announce that the Visual Explorations in Data Science massive open online course (MOOC) is now available.

The two guiding principles of this course are visualization and an example-driven approach. We employ a hands-on methodology for teaching data science with examples that slowly introduce various technical features, all of which are supplemented with an emphasis on visualization. The course consists of a dozen case studies spanning geography to engineering and analyzing flag similarity to periodic trends.

Webinar: K-State Pollution Prevention Institute P2 Intern Symposium

Sept 10, 2021 — 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
View the agenda and register.

The 2021 P2 interns have completed their internships and will be presenting the P2 reductions and strategies that were identified and recommended to Kansas companies who participated in this year’s program.

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

Webinar: How to Build the Carbon Removal Market We Need

How collaboration between companies, non-profits and policymakers can create an affordable and equitable supply of carbon removal credits.

Speakers: Elizabeth Willmott | Carbon Program Manager | Microsoft Julio Friedmann | Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy | Columbia University Shuchi Talati | Chief of Staff, Office of Fossil Energy | Department of Energy Tito Jankowski | Co-founder | Impossible Labs

This session was held at GreenBiz Group’s VERGE Net Zero, July 27-28, 2021. Learn more about the event here: https://events.greenbiz.com/events/verge-net-zero/online/2021

Webinar: The Energy Trifecta: Finding the Right Energy Balance for Your Organization

Sep 9, 2021 2-3pm CDT
Register here.

Simply announcing corporate sustainability goals is one thing. But when it comes to achieving those goals, organizations often find themselves in a balancing act with three competing drivers: sustainability, affordability and resiliency. 

How exactly are businesses, universities, and municipalities supposed to drive fast and furious carbon reduction goals while still reducing costs and ensuring more reliable backup power for their operations? What are the steps they need to take to achieve the coveted energy trifecta?

On Sept. 9, join Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions for a webcast with industry leaders to learn how to successfully balance priorities in energy strategies. They’ll share: 

  • How to push through challenges to find the right energy balance 
  • Which financing mechanisms and sustainable and resiliency solutions are the most promising for organizations
  • Why collaboration across industries can better help organizations achieve their own energy trifecta

Moderator

  • Sarah Golden, Senior Energy Analyst & VERGE Energy Chair, GreenBiz Group

Speakers

  • Michael Kilpatrick, Key Segment Manager, Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions
  • Mark Jacobson, Energy Project Manager, Microsoft
  • Craig D’Arcy, Director, Energy Management, The Home Depot

If you can’t tune in live, please register and GreenBiz. will email you a link to access the archived webcast footage and resources, available to you on-demand after the webcast.

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