Category: Video

TCE Alternatives Webinars and Training

MnTAP staff has produced a series of webinars to provide information to companies on TCE alternatives. Subscribe to receive announcements of new webinars. The webinars support MnTAP’s TCE Alternatives Project. Videos are also available from TCE alternatives training that they co-hosted with the Toxics Use Reduction Institute.

Video: Sustainability in Manufacturing Virtual Summit: ‘Design for Repair / Reuse / Recycle’

On this panel, experts from the Manufacturing, 3D Printing and Product Development industries discuss ‘Design for Repair / Reuse / Recycle’ and the impact of sustainability when bringing a product to market.

Video: Don’t Recycle PPE

Recycled materials are key for everything from making new products to boxes to ship products and other essential supplies for the everyday needs of hospitals, grocery stores, pharmacies and American homes. There are critical needs for all raw materials in the manufacturing supply chain, especially paper and cardboard.

EPA encourages households to do their part – and recycle more and recycle right. Keep gloves, masks, other PPE out of recycling bins. Do not litter these items either and instead bag these items and dispose of them properly by following local and Center for Disease Control guidelines.

Some footage courtesy of Pratt Industries, Waste Management and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

pv magazine video: The pressing need for sustainability in solar

Read the full story from PV Magazine.

The solar industry faces many challenges in its move to become truly sustainable and that goal is imperative, rather than being simply a luxury, if the sector is to achieve terawatt scale. pv magazine’s first Sustainability Roundtable took place on June 10 and included discussion as to why sustainability matters in PV and which business, regulatory and technological approaches can be applied to achieve truly “green” solar power. A video of the event can be streamed online.

COVID-19, Climate Change, and Health webinar recording

The vast amounts of data being collected around the world on meteorology, air quality and human health have allowed scientists to observe the effects humans have on our climate as well as the effects of climate on human health. As the global COVID-19 pandemic changes human behavior researchers are looking into how these changes impact the climate. Lessons learned through this research could help improve air quality in the future, potentially leading to improved health in populations affected by poor air quality.

Speakers

  • Don Wuebbles, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Ashish Sharma, Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute
  • Larry Di Girolamo, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Solar Storage and End-of-Life Use and Recycling

Read the full story at Greentech News.

This training session provides information on solar storage and end-of-life use and recycling measures and practices. The content covers the need for energy storage, solar PV combined with storage technology, solar PV end-of-life management and battery end-of-life management.

EPA Announces Winners of its Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the winners of its eighth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a national competition that engages college students in the design of on-campus green infrastructure solutions to help address stormwater pollution. This year’s winning projects demonstrate innovative design and illustrate the health and environmental benefits of good stormwater management.

“EPA’s Campus RainWorks Challenge encourages students to transform classroom knowledge into innovative and replicable solutions for stormwater management,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “I congratulate this year’s winners and applaud the hard work of all of the teams that competed.”

Stormwater runoff is a significant source of water pollution in America. Managing runoff remains a complex environmental challenge for local communities across the country. EPA’s Campus RainWorks Challenge asks students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the country to apply green infrastructure design principles, foster interdisciplinary collaboration and increase the use of green infrastructure on the nation’s college campuses. Since 2012 more than 700 teams have participated in the challenge. 

In this year’s Challenge, EPA invited student teams to compete in two design categories. The Master Plan category examines how green infrastructure can be broadly integrated across campus while the Demonstration Project category focuses on how green infrastructure can address stormwater pollution at a specific site on campus. With the help of a faculty advisor, teams of students focused their expertise, creativity and energy on the challenges of stormwater management and showcased the environmental, economic and social benefits of green infrastructure.

The Challenge winners are:

Florida International University (1st Place Master Plan Category) – The “Coastal Eco-Waters: Adapting for a Resilient Campus” project redesigned the University’s Biscayne Bay campus to incorporate replicable green infrastructure practices that engage with the broader community to cultivate regional resiliency in an area that experiences extreme weather events.

University of California at Los Angeles (1st Place Demonstration Project Category) – The team’s project, titled “Little Steps to a Sustainable Future,” redesigned a local elementary school campus to incorporate a variety of green infrastructure practices. Extensive stakeholder engagement across the school district led to a realistic design capable of managing stormwater runoff onsite and providing hands-on environmental education that will connect students to their watershed.

University of Arizona (2nd Place Master Plan Category) – The “Against the Grain” project integrated multiple green infrastructure practices into a master plan design that revitalized key transportation and pedestrian corridors. This project sought to enhance flood protection through inclusion of bioretention facilities with native plants and trees and treat stormwater runoff as a resource by incorporating cisterns for irrigation.


Arizona State University (2nd Place Demonstration Project Category) – In their project titled, “Ready! Set! Activate!” this team worked with a local elementary school to reduce local flooding during Arizona’s monsoon season and create a resilient, multi-functional space that effectively manages stormwater runoff and yields educational and ecological benefits. 

EPA is also pleased to recognize the University of California at Berkeley for honorable mention in the Demonstration Project category and Michigan State University for honorable mention in the Master Plan category.

BACKGROUND

Green infrastructure tools and techniques for stormwater management include green roofs, permeable materials, alternative designs for streets and buildings, trees, habitat conservation, rain gardens and rain harvesting systems. Utilizing these tools decreases pollution to local waterways by treating rain where it falls and keeping polluted stormwater from entering sewer systems. Communities are increasingly using innovative green infrastructure to supplement “gray” infrastructure such as pipes, filters and ponds. Green infrastructure reduces water pollution while increasing economic activity and neighborhood revitalization, job creation, energy savings and open space.

First place teams will receive a $5,000 student prize to be split among team members and a $5,000 faculty prize to support green infrastructure research and training. Second place teams will receive a $2,500 student prize and a $2,500 faculty prize. Designs were completed and submitted to EPA last fall for review and consideration.  

Distilled #13: An Environmental Cowboy from the 1970s

Read the full story and watch the video from the Science History Institute.

Remember the fire-fighting mascot Smokey Bear? Meet Johnny Horizon, his little-remembered, pollution-fighting counterpart.

Environmental destruction is making the next coronavirus more likely

Sprawling cities, habitat loss, and climate change are a dangerous mix.

The Plastic Problem

Watch the documentary from PBS News Hour.

In “The Plastic Problem: PBS NewsHour Presents”, Amna Nawaz and her PBS NewsHour colleagues look at this now ubiquitous material and how it’s impacting the world, why it’s become so prevalent, what’s being done to mitigate its use, and what potential alternatives or solutions are out there. This hour-long program travels from Boston to Seattle, Costa Rica to Easter Island to bring the global scale of the problem to light.

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