Webinar: How EPA’s Waste Reduction Model (WARM) Quantifies the GHG impacts of Organics Management

June 2, 1016 — 3-4 pm CDT
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2572695955138197506

EPA recently released an updated version (v.14) of the Waste Reduction Model (WARM). WARM calculates the energy and greenhouse emissions of baseline and alternative waste management practices–source reduction, recycling, anaerobic digestion, combustion, composting and landfilling. The newly added anaerobic digestion pathway enables users to quantify the energy and emissions benefits of sending organic materials to a wet or dry digester. Join this webinar to:

  • Learn how anaerobic digestion was modeled;
  • Understand how WARM models organics and the differences between the organics categories such as food waste, yard trimmings, and mixed organics;
  • Quantify the GHG emissions and energy impacts of source reducing, donating, and composting food; and
  • Discuss questions on the modeling of organics management pathways within WARM.

Webinar: Newest Research on the Value of Habitat for Pest Management

May 25, 2016, 1:00 pm
Register at http://www.conservationwebinars.net/webinars/newest-research-on-the-value-of-habitat-for-pest-management

Join this webinar to learn about the benefits of creating on-farm habitat to support conservation biological control. The webinar will emphasize the most current scientific research on enhancing native beneficial insects and why maintaining habitat is so critical to these insects. Learn how adding diversity into agricultural cropland can provide the basic requirements to support these insects and how other farm management practices may have an impact.

Webinar: Complying with the Clean Power Plan: An Opportunity for the Industrial Sector

Thu, May 19, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1917026384082411778

This is the third webinar in ACEEE’s series: Energy Efficiency and the Clean Power Plan.

The industrial sector represents a big opportunity for low-cost energy savings from utility energy efficiency programs. During this webinar we will hear from Meegan Kelly, ACEEE’s senior research analyst for industry, who will discuss the value of industrial energy efficiency programs and highlight the benefits of participating in them. We will also hear from Cassandra Kubes, ACEEE’s environmental policy analyst, about how these programs help states comply with the Clean Power Plan. Attendees will learn how industrial energy efficiency and combined heat and power (CHP) provide emission reductions and why states can’t afford to ignore industrial efficiency as they piece together compliance plans.

Visit ACEEE’s Clean Power Plan webpage (http://aceee.org/topics/clean-power-plan) for links to recordings of each webinar as they become available, along with our resources on incorporating energy efficiency as a compliance strategy. Please contact Cassandra Kubes (ckubes@aceee.org) for more information about this webinar series.

Webinar: Planning and Budgeting for the Evaluation of Energy Efficiency Programs

Date: Monday, May 23, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM (CDT)
Register at https://cc.readytalk.com/r/ra50col7znhp&eom

Please join the U.S. Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in collaboration with EPA for the first in a new series of webinars designed to support states considering and implementing evaluation, measurement and verification (EM&V) activities to document energy savings and other impacts of energy efficiency programs. In this webinar our panel of experts will discuss how states are establishing infrastructures, plans and budgets for their evaluations of efficiency programs funded by utility customers (ratepayers). State representatives who have developed EM&V strategies will share their experiences and lessons learned.

Topics covered:

  1. EM&V Planning Basics and Frameworks — Steven Schiller, Senior Advisor, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  2. State Examples of Planning Processes and Lessons Learned — Jennifer Meissner, Program Manager for Evaluation, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority; Katie Rich, Director, Infrastructure Policy & Homeland Security Coordinator, Public Utility Commission of Texas; Fred Gordon, Director of Planning and Evaluation, Energy Trust of Oregon
  3. Questions and Answers With Panel Members

Who should participate?

This webinar series is intended primarily for staff from public utility commissions, state energy offices, state environment departments, and non-profit organizations and offers an opportunity to engage with others in similar roles. The webinars will be of particular value for state officials starting or expanding their EM&V methods for a wide range of efficiency activities including utility customer-funded programs, building energy codes, appliance and equipment standards, energy savings performance contracting, and efficiency programs that support pollution reduction goals or regulations. Evaluation consultants, utilities, consumer organizations and other stakeholders also are welcome to participate.

What topics are covered in this webinar series?

EM&V documents energy and demand savings as well as environmental benefits and market effects to determine performance of efficiency activities with respect to defined goals. EM&V can also be used to evaluate processes to improve implementation of efficiency programs. In this and future webinars we will provide an overview of the who, what, when, where, why and how of EM&V used to document energy savings and other impacts of efficiency programs.

Information on the webinar series, webinar slides and recordings, and additional EM&V resources are available here.

6 things we learned about changing people’s minds on climate

Read the full story from the University of Minnesota Institute on Environment.

About 3 in 10 people in the U.S. reject that the Earth is warming, according to a recent poll. How can they be convinced otherwise?

Our April 20 Frontiers in the Environment presenter addressed that very question. Renowned climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University and CEO of climate consulting firm ATMOS Research, has taken on a second calling: communicating climate change to people who don’t think it’s real. Talk about a tough task.

Here are six key insights Hayhoe shared in her talk:

Virtual Climate Change Conference: Views from the Humanities

The Environmental Humanities Initiative at the University of California at Santa Barbara is currently hosting an online climate change conference that approaches the issue of climate change from the perspective of the humanities, rather than from that of the sciences and also in an attempt to host a zero emissions academic conference. The digital approach hosts conference keynotes, guest speakers, presentations and Q&As on its website. The conference talks and Q&A are hosted on the website, YouTube and SoundCloud and will be available until May 24.

Webinar: Introduction to Green Chemistry

Thu, Jul 21, 2016 noon-1 pm CDT
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5836687481544554753

Design for Environment (DfE) is the recognition that the environmental impacts of a product over its entire life cycle is largely determined at the design phase. DfE should form the foundation for a strong sustainability program, specifically for product stewardship. Green Chemistry, defined as a set of principles to minimize the use and generation of hazardous substances during the manufacture of product, is essentially the application of DfE at the molecular level. A central tenet of Green Chemistry is that hazard (i.e. negative impacts on human health and the environment) should be viewed as a design flaw.

Green Chemistry is a transformational approach to pollution prevention that can make your business more sustainable and, when integrated into the material innovation & exploration stage of new product development, can further lead to business opportunities through innovative design of products and processes. This webinar will provide a basic primer of the principles of Green Chemistry and a discussion of how Green Chemistry can be incorporated into your sustainability strategy.

Audience: This webinar is geared to professionals tasked in developing business sustainability programs as well as Research & Development staff or Project Managers creating new products or processes.

Presenter: Clinton S. Boyd, PhD, Principal-Green Chemistry & Sustainability for the Global Sustainability Initiatives team at Steelcase Inc.