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GLRPPR Calendar

Below is a list of of events, training sessions, and conferences that relate to GLRPPR. To have an item added to the calendar, contact Laura Barnes, GLRPPR Executive Director.

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August 2016

The Resilient Business: Strategies for Pollution Prevention and Funding Energy Efficiency

August 31, 2016, Time: 9-10:30 am CDT
Webinar
Type: Event

Description:
Does your business use hazardous chemicals? Could you cope with a disaster such as a flood or major snowstorm, or a resulting power failure? National surveys have shown that many small businesses have not made simple preparations for such events - such as preparing an emergency plan, storing chemicals safely to avoid flood damage, having adequate insurance, and making arrangements for access to emergency power.

This 90-minute webinar will introduce you to free online resources to help you prepare for a disaster. By switching to less hazardous chemicals and reducing the amount of energy you use, you can reduce the risk and possible loss of such an event to your business and community and save money.

You will learn how to:

  • Determine which pollution prevention methods will work for your business,
  • Use online maps to quickly find out if you are in a floodprone area,
  • Comply with regulations & best practices for managing hazardous wastes & materials,
  • Prepare a business continuity plan,
  • Find financing & technical assistance, and
  • Get no-cost energy audits & funding for lighting and other energy efficiency measures from the National Grid Small Business Services Program and other Massachusetts utility business energy efficiency programs.

Contact Information:

Complimentary Community Workshop: Economic Revitalization Through Brownfields

August 31, 2016, Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Illinois National Bank Conference Center 431 South 4th Street Springfield, IL 62701
Type: Conference

Description:

Learn how to identify local Brownfield properties

Learn the steps for successful Brownfield redevelopment

Discover ideas on funding successful redevelopments and ways to identify State, Federal, and other financial and technical resources

Hear success stories from people around the state


Contact Information:
Contact: Lauren Gibson
Phone: (217) 789-2377
E-Mail: Lauren.Gibson@springfield.il.us
URL: https://www.ksutab.org/education/workshops/details?id=225

September 2016
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Sustainability Seminar Series: Lessons Learned from Two Decades of Research on Emerging Contaminants

September 8, 2016
noon-1pm at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign, IL)
Type: Conference

Description:

Presented by Diana S. Aga - Henry Woodburn Professor of Chemistry, Chemistry Department, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Buffalo, NY 14260

In the last twenty years, thousands of research papers covering different aspects of emerging contaminants have been published, ranging from environmental occurrence to treatment and ecological effects. Emerging contaminants are environmental pollutants that have been investigated widely only in the last 20 years, and include man-made and naturally occurring chemicals such as pharmaceuticals and personal care products and their metabolites, illicit drugs, engineered nanomaterials, and antibiotic resistance genes. The advancement in our knowledge on emerging contaminants has been the result of the appearance of highly sensitive and powerful analytical instrumentation that rapidly developed, allowing trace quantification and identification of unknown contaminants in complex environmental matrices. High efficiency chromatographic separations coupled to high-resolution mass spectrometers have become commonplace in environmental laboratories and the pillars of environmental research, increasing our understanding and awareness of the presence of emerging contaminants in the environment, their transformation and fate, and the complex ecological consequences that they pose on exposed biological systems. In this presentation an overview on key research milestones in the area of emerging contaminants, focusing on pharmaceuticals and personal care products and endocrine disrupting compounds, and highlighting some of our own research, will be presented to identify knowledge gaps and future needs where the analytical scientists and environmental engineers can contribute to advance this important area of research and provide solutions to problems related to the impacts of emerging contaminants in the environment.


Contact Information:
Contact: Elizabeth Meschewski
Phone: 217-333-7403
E-Mail: elm2@illinois.edu
URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6419324193220665091


Wicked Problems, Dynamic Solutions The Ecosystem Approach and Systems Thinking

September 12, 2016 - October 17, 2016
Online
Type: Event

Description:
A MOOC (massive open online course) developed by UNEP. Cost is free. Requires about 7 hours of effort per week.

We live in a complex and dynamic world. Many problems we face today involve interdependent structures, multiple actors, and are at least partly the result of past actions. Such problems are extremely difficult to tackle and conventional solutions have very often led to unintended consequences.

A systems thinking approach focuses on systems as a whole: how the parts interrelate and how interconnections create emerging patterns. Systems thinking tools allow us to map and explore dynamic complexity. With a better understanding of systems, we can identify leverage points that lead to desired outcomes and avoid unintended consequences. Environmental problems are often described as "wicked problems" to highlight their complexity and the difficulties they entail. Finding answers to current crises such as fisheries collapse, climate change, biodiversity loss, infectious diseases, and inequitable access to resources will be amongst the greatest challenges of our time. The ecosystem approach applies systems thinking to gain a better understanding of how ecosystems function. It can help us identify potential solutions to a myriad of problems inspired in part by the complex dynamics of ecosystems themselves.

Two certificates available:

  • Foundations: 40 hours of learning introducing the student to the basic concepts of the ecosystem and systems thinking approaches. This track consists of 10 modules geared towards university students, policymakers, managers and professionals who require an overview of the topic in order to integrate the concepts of the MOOC into their professions.
  • Advanced Certificate: 10 additional hours consisting of a final assignment for those who want to acquire more in-depth knowledge, insights and skills relating to the applicability of the ecosystem approach in their respective areas of specialization, in the larger framework of the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.

Contact Information:

GLRPPR Meeting

September 13, 2016, Time: 3-6 pm EDT
Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown, Grand Rapids MI
Type: Event

Description:
Join your pollution prevention technical assistance colleagues to discuss current projects, EPA's P2 National Emphasis Areas, barriers to implementation, and solutions for overcoming those barriers. Stay overnight and attend the Michigan Sustainability Conference the next day. For more information about the conference, visit the conference web site.

Contact Information:

2016 Michigan Sustainability Conference (MISCON)

September 14, 2016
Eberhard Center, Grand Rapids, MI
Type: Conference

Description:
By addressing the triple bottom line - environmental, economic, and social issues - your business can achieve cost savings and potential growth, and improve your brand and image to customers. MISCON will help forwardthinking business professionals to develop and strengthen the in-house sustainability practices and communication strategies needed to engage customers, shareholders, suppliers, management, and others. It will provide an opportunity to engage in peer-to-peer ideas through thought provoking discussions that will identify essential elements for success and inspire ongoing efforts to improve sustainability at your business.

The target audience for this event is businesses and their sustainability professionals, environmental health and safety coordinators, environmental engineers and staff, marketing and communications staff, and anyone interested in learning how to advance and communicate their organization's sustainability efforts. Continuing Education Credits will be available.


Contact Information:

The Resilient Business: Strategies for Pollution Prevention & Funding Energy Efficiency

September 14, 2016, Time: 10-11:30 am CDT
Webinar
Type: Event

Description:
Does your business use hazardous chemicals? Could you cope with a disaster such as a flood or major snowstorm, or a resulting power failure? National surveys have shown that many small businesses have not made simple preparations for such events - such as preparing an emergency plan, storing chemicals safely to avoid flood damage, having adequate insurance, and making arrangements for access to emergency power.

This 90-minute webinar will introduce you to free online resources to help you prepare for a disaster. By switching to less hazardous chemicals and reducing the amount of energy you use, you can reduce the risk and possible loss of such an event to your business and community and save money.

You will learn how to:

  • Determine which pollution prevention methods will work for your business,
  • Use online maps to quickly find out if you are in a floodprone area,
  • Comply with regulations & best practices for managing hazardous wastes & materials,
  • Prepare a business continuity plan,
  • Find financing & technical assistance, and
  • Get no-cost energy audits & funding for lighting and other energy efficiency measures from the National Grid Small Business Services Program and other Massachusetts utility business energy efficiency programs.

Contact Information:

Introducing Waste & Materials Tracking in Portfolio Manager

September 15, 2016, Time: noon CDT
Webinar
Type: Training

Description:
In addition to tracking energy and water consumption in Portfolio Manager, you can now track your building's waste & materials management. This 90 minute webinar will introduce the types of waste and disposal methods you can track, new metrics and reports, and how you can get started with the utility information you have on hand. About 30 minutes will be set aside for questions.

Contact Information:

Irrigate Smarter: Connecting Homeowners to Their Controllers

September 15, 2016, Time: 2 PM ET; 1 PM CT
Webinar
Type: Conference

Description:

Today's WaterSense labeled weather-based irrigation controllers incorporate "smart" technologies that can do the thinking for consumers in terms of when and how much to water, but they must be properly programmed to realize their full water-saving potential.

This webinar, which is co-sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense program and the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE), will discuss how water agencies, such as the City of Plano, Texas, are teaching residents how to correctly operate irrigation controllers to improve landscape health and reduce water waste due to runoff.

Speakers Abby Owens, sustainability and environmental education supervisor with the City of Plano, Texas, and Clay Kraus, director of market development with Rachio, will describe the challenges the City of Plano faces in educating homeowners about irrigation controllers, the resources they provide, and their new pilot project with Rachio controllers. This webinar will outline WaterSense labeling criteria, explain how controllers work, and cover what utilities and manufacturers can do to help homeowners realize the full water-saving potential of weather-based irrigation controllers.


Contact Information:
Contact: WaterSense Helpline
Phone: (866) WTR-SENS (987-7367)
E-Mail: watersense@epa.gov
URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7814410933964961282


E-Scrap 2016

September 20, 2016 - September 22, 2016
Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, LA
Type: Conference

Description:
With last year's conference bringing in over 1,200 attendees from more than 35 countries, this year's conference, entering into its 14th year, will offer a bustling exhibit hall, tear-down demos, exhilarating series of presentations, sessions and Q and A's featuring the leading industry executives and associations. Learn how to take advantage of the economy to maintain and grow your business from the leading experts in the field of electronics recycling. Speakers will present extensive and detailed industry assessments, including: analyses of stewardship and trends in the U.S. and Canada; e-scrap collection issues; recycling market factors; legislative and policy considerations. Connect with over 125 companies in the industry showcasing their products and services in the trade show.

Contact Information:

The Resilient Business: Strategies for Pollution Prevention & Reducing Flood Risk

September 21, 2016, Time: noon-1:30 pm CDT
Webinar
Type: Event

Description:
Does your business use hazardous chemicals? Could you cope with a disaster such as a flood or major snowstorm, or a resulting power failure? National surveys have shown that many small businesses have not made simple preparations for such events - such as preparing an emergency plan, storing chemicals safely to avoid flood damage, having adequate insurance, and making arrangements for access to emergency power.

This 90-minute webinar will introduce you to free online resources to help you prepare for a disaster. By switching to less hazardous chemicals and reducing the amount of energy you use, you can reduce the risk and possible loss of such an event to your business and community - and save money.

You will learn how to:

  • Determine which pollution prevention methods will work for your business,
  • Use online maps to quickly find out if you are in a floodprone area,
  • Comply with regulations & best practices for managing hazardous wastes & materials,
  • Prepare a business continuity plan,
  • Find financing & technical assistance,
  • Determine how well floodproofing products work and what they cost, and
  • Conduct an on-site evaluation of your flood risk, and develop a risk reduction and emergency response plan.

Contact Information:

Sustainability Seminar Series: Fluorescence spectroscopy as complementary technique for characterization of organic matter associated with produced waters from oil extraction

September 22, 2016
noon-1pm at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign, IL)
Type: Event

Description:

Presented by John Scott - Senior Analytical Chemist, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Unconventional sources of oil and gas are becoming increasingly important in meeting US energy demands. Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing of shales in locations such as Pennsylvania are commonplace in response to the need for domestically sourced energy. Although development of these new technologies has increased the domestic production of gas and oil, there have been many concerns relating to contamination of surface water, groundwater and drinking water supplies.

Fluorescence excitation-emission spectroscopy is a rapid and inexpensive technique that could be utilized as a screening tool for water samples suspected of contamination by hydraulic fracturing operations. In conjunction with computational analysis of the fluorescence data using techniques such as parallel factor analysis (PARAFAC) questions such as "Has there been contamination caused by fracking" can be answered rapidly and inexpensively.

Chemical additives used in fracturing fluids and chemical contaminates in produced waters, such as polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), could be used as a surrogate to determine if contamination of surface waters, groundwaters, and drinking waters was due to hydraulic fracturing operations in nearby locations. Methods developed in this project could aid in water quality monitoring and help guide decisions regarding further testing of water samples suspected of contamination.

This webinar will be broadcast live and also archived on ISTC's website, istc.illinois.edu, for later viewing. If you cannot attend the event at ISTC, you may view the webinar live by registering at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1595124567444122626. ISTC is a part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.


Contact Information:
Contact: Elizabeth Meschewski
Phone: 217-333-7403
E-Mail: elm2@illinois.edu
URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1595124567444122626


Engaging in Food Recovery - DEQ Sustainability Series Webinar

September 22, 2016, Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CDT
Online (webinar)
Type: Event

Description:
Food scraps are the 'final frontier' for organics recovery. Food is the most water, labor and nutrient intensive of the wastes we produce. And not all food that is wasted is unfit for a plate. Food recovery should come first. After that- diversion from landfills and then identifying the best options to recover what value we can from what we worked so hard to grow. Learn how your business or organization can avoid wasting this valuable resource. This webinar is geared towards any business or institution that generates food waste in a kitchen or cafeteria or through food processing, as well as anyone interested in learning more about food waste recovery. Presenter: Sally L. Brown, PhD is a Research Associate Professor at the University of Washington. She is a Fellow in the Soil Science Society of America, and was a member of the National Academy of Science Committee on Soils. She writes a monthly column for Biocycle magazine and a blog for the Huffington Post.

Contact Information:

89th Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference

September 24, 2016 - September 28, 2016
New Orleans, Louisiana
Type: Conference

Description:
WEFTEC, the Water Environment Federation's Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference, is the largest conference of its kind in North America and offers water quality professionals from around the world the best water quality education and training available today. Also recognized as the largest annual water quality exhibition in the world, the expansive show floor provides unparalleled access to the most cutting-edge technologies in the field; serves as a forum for domestic and international business opportunities; and promotes invaluable peer-to-peer networking among registrants.

Contact Information:
Contact: Tangela Williams
Phone: 877-933-4734
E-Mail: registration@wef.org
URL: http://www.weftec.org/exhibition/page.aspx?id=207


Sustainable Manufacturer Network 2016 Conference

September 26, 2016 - September 27, 2016
Oak Brook, IL
Type: Conference

Description:
If you are interested in making your company's processes, facilities, operations, and products more sustainable and profitable, then plan on attending the 2016 Sustainable Manufacturer Network (SMN) Conference.

At the SMN Conference you will:

  • Join your peers from across the country to learn about real-world applications of innovative technologies and sustainable trends;
  • Meet with federal agencies that advocate and advance sustainable manufacturing practices that can play a critical role in your company's growth; and
  • Network with others dedicated to best sustainable practices and minimizing environmental impact.

Contact Information:

19th Annual Indiana Pollution Prevention Conference and Tradeshow

September 27, 2016 - September 28, 2016

Type: Conference

Description:
For the past eighteen years, the Indiana Partners for Pollution Prevention (Partners) have sponsored a statewide pollution prevention conference and trade show. Conference topics have ranged from new and innovative pollution prevention technologies being used in Indiana to training on how pollution prevention (P2) can save facilities money. This year's theme is "P2 and Sustainability: Looking to the Future."

The conference will feature a keynote, three concurrent breakout sessions, and a trade show of exhibitors displaying their products and services to promote P2. The conference will also feature a "Toxics Use Reduction to Achieve Enhanced Pollution Prevention Success" training given by Mark Myles with the Toxics Use Reduction Institute of Massachusetts. This training will be offered on September 27th, the day prior to the conference.


Contact Information:

The Resilient Business: Strategies for Pollution Prevention & Reducing Flood Risk

September 28, 2016, Time: 10-11:30 am CDT
Webinar
Type: Event

Description:
Does your business use hazardous chemicals? Could you cope with a disaster such as a flood or major snowstorm, or a resulting power failure? National surveys have shown that many small businesses have not made simple preparations for such events - such as preparing an emergency plan, storing chemicals safely to avoid flood damage, having adequate insurance, and making arrangements for access to emergency power.

This 90-minute webinar will introduce you to free online resources to help you prepare for a disaster. By switching to less hazardous chemicals and reducing the amount of energy you use, you can reduce the risk and possible loss of such an event to your business and community - and save money.

You will learn how to:

  • Determine which pollution prevention methods will work for your business,
  • Use online maps to quickly find out if you are in a floodprone area,
  • Comply with regulations & best practices for managing hazardous wastes & materials,
  • Prepare a business continuity plan,
  • Find financing & technical assistance,
  • Determine how well floodproofing products work and what they cost, and
  • Conduct an on-site evaluation of your flood risk, and develop a risk reduction and emergency response plan.

Contact Information:

October 2016
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2016 School Health Conference

October 6, 2016 - October 8, 2016
Baltimore, MD
Type: Conference

Description:
The American School Health Association (ASHA) 2016 School Health conference taking place at Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland from October 6-8 is a great resource for school health professionals across the US and internationally to learn, meet, and share ideas with like-minded professionals. Attendees represent schools, districts, state, communities, government, and other school health committed entities. Four interdisciplinary based tracks are offered during the conference for professionals to acquire the knowledge and resources to develop, support, and assess school health tenets while embracing the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model.

Contact Information:

Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change (BECC) Conference

October 19, 2016 - October 22, 2016
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace, Baltimore, MD
Type: Conference

Description:
The influential Behavior, Energy & Climate Change Conference (BECC) is the premier international conference focused on understanding human behavior and decision making to accelerate the transition to an energy-efficient and low-carbon future. BECC is currently in its tenth year and is associated with a growing set of allied conferences in Europe and Asia.

The BECC 2016 program will include more than 40 plenary and topic sessions showcasing over 150 presenters selected through a competitive abstract process or invited by the organizing committee, ensuring state-of-the-art information available in no other forum. There will also be poster presentations, workshops, and our traditional fun film festival.


Contact Information:

2016 National Training Conference on the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and Environmental Conditions in Communities

October 19, 2016 - October 21, 2016
Washington Court Hotel, Washington, DC
Type: Conference

Description:
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), which supports and promotes emergency planning and provides the public with information about releases of toxic chemicals in their community through the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). Join us for presentations, panels, discussions, exhibits, and networking opportunities as we celebrate TRI's 30th birthday and look ahead to the next 30 years of community right-to-know.

The TRI Program provides information on industrial releases and other waste management of toxic chemicals and what industrial facilities are doing to prevent pollution in communities. This conference is the TRI Program's main public outreach and training event, bringing together EPA, localities, states, tribes, federal agencies, companies, community groups, researchers, and non-governmental organizations.


Contact Information:

Green Business Engagement National Network Summit

October 19, 2016 - October 20, 2016
Commerce Bank Education Center, St. Louis, MO
Type: Conference

Description:
At the 2016 Summit, GBENN looks to build upon its strong foundation to grow and scale network impact nationally. Our objectives include:
  • Strengthen the dialogue and advance collaborative opportunities that began at the 2013 Summit;
  • Share best practice information across programs and foster collaboration that advances the unique objectives of green business programs;
  • Advance strategic development goals of the Green Business Engagement National Network - driving greater network impact;
  • Create collaborative programming that strategically stimulates network growth; and
  • Engage new green business engagement programs in the network, fostering networking and relationship-building between programs.

Contact Information:
Contact: Green Business Engagement National Network (GBENN)
Phone: (847) 530-0199
URL: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=vmo4qyua...


Illinois Water Conference 2016

October 25, 2016 - October 27, 2016
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illini Union
Type: Conference

Description:
Join us at the Illini Union at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for plenary and technical sessions highlighting the latest research on issues affecting the state's water resources and systems. Illinois Water 2016 will also include a student poster session and professional development events tailored for undergraduate and graduate participants.

Contact Information:
Contact: Carla Blue
Phone: 217-244-6916
E-Mail: blue1@illinois.edu
URL: http://www.ilwaterconference.org/


Airports Going Green 2016

October 31, 2016 - November 2, 2016
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Type: Conference

Description:
The annual AGG Conference serves as a valuable tool for the CDA to educate industry experts, airport and airline professionals, contractors, consultants, environmentalists, and the press on its industry-leading sustainability efforts.

The conferences have featured the airlines' perspectives on sustainability, nationally and internationally recognized airport leaders, and case studies on topics ranging from the use of emerging technologies, research, and funding; increased attention on green roofs, wind turbines, alternative renewable energy such as photovoltaic and geothermal; use of alternative fuels; waste reduction and recycling initiatives; and the design, construction, and commissioning of LEED-certified terminals.


Contact Information:
Contact: Natalie Fleet
E-Mail: Natalie.Fleet@aaae.org
URL: http://www.aaae.org/AGG2016

November 2016
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Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award Ceremony

November 1, 2016
Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago IL
Type: Event

Description:

Since 1987, the Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award has recognized private and public Illinois organizations who have implemented outstanding and innovative sustainable techniques or technologies, demonstrating a commitment to sustaining our environmental, social and economic health.

Governor's Sustainability Award winners are an elite group of committed leaders reducing environmental impact, contributing to the growth of a more sustainable Illinois economy. By prioritizing sustainability throughout their operations, programs, technology, products and company culture, they serve as a model within their industry and community.

Each year, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center honors Illinois Governor Sustainability Award winners at an Awards Ceremony in the fall. Organizations that attend the Award Ceremony have an opportunity to interface and network directly with leading sustainable organizations, speakers and keynotes and learn more about how organizations throughout Illinois are implementing sustainability.


Contact Information:
Contact: Deb Jacobson
Phone: 630-472-5019
E-Mail: djacobso@illinois.edu
URL: http://www.istc.illinois.edu/info/govs_awards.cfm


Disruptive Innovation Festival

November 7, 2016 - November 25, 2016
Online
Type: Event

Description:

The DIF brings together thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, businesses, makers, learners and doers to catalyse system-level change for a future economy. Over three weeks, using a mix of online and face to face events, participants have an abundance of opportunities to explore the economy through a different lens. We want to share all the ways you and our partners are challenging the linear 'take make and dispose' model of the economy, replacing it by a more prosperous regenerative and circular economy - is this the ultimate disruption?


Contact Information:

greenUp: 2016 Michigan Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference

November 17, 2016
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Type: Conference

Description:
The Michigan "GreenUp" Conference is designed to be a valuable experience for sharing information, networking, and learning. Green chemistry and engineering can help businesses create new markets, reduce costs, increase safety, and gain a competitive edge. If you are interested in innovation and sustainability in Michigan, this conference is the opportunity to hear from leading experts and share solutions to "green up" Michigan through green chemistry and engineering.

Contact Information:

January 2017
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Environmental Communication For Behavior Change

January 1, 2017 - May 15, 2017
Online, Spring 2017
Type: Training

Description:
This course provides environmental professionals with a practical introduction to the strategies, methods, and tools of environmental communication that effectively lead to changes in behavior, primarily using social marketing. The field-based skills gained through this course will benefit all practicing environmental professionals faced with the challenge of changing behaviors.

Most often environmental professionals face problems and apply well-developed planning, management, engineering, and scientific principles to address their problems. The premise of this course is that most environmental problems are caused by human behavior and have long-term implications. To address and create long-term solutions to these problems, behavior needs to change. The newly emerging field of environmental communication brings together a set of behavior change tools that can help with environmental enforcement, compliance with regulations, and desired changes in behavior when no policy or law exists to force that behavior. Students will be exposed to the very fast growing set of resources -- papers, publications, case studies, people, and programs that offer assistance in addressing behavior change questions. Students will develop a plan targeted to one specific audience and aimed at changing one behavior.

The course is seven weeks in length and is taught in an entirely online, distance learning format, with both asynchronous and synchronous portions. No campus visits are required. Depending upon enrollment, we anticipate offering 1-2 times each week that you can interact with instructors and classmates via WebEx (note: last year, we offered 1 session each Monday 5:00-6:00 PM EDT).

A different theme within the topic of environmental communication will be addressed each week.


Contact Information:
Contact: Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment
E-Mail: del@nicholas.duke.edu
URL: https://nicholas.duke.edu/programs/execed/courses/environmental-c...

May 2017
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National Adaptation Forum

May 9, 2017 - May 11, 2017
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Type: Conference

Description:
The Forum gathers the adaptation community to foster knowledge exchange, innovation and mutual support for a better tomorrow. We invite you to join the convening of adaptation practitioners from around the country focused on moving beyond adaptation awareness and planning to adaptation action.

The Forum includes opportunities for professional development through formal trainings, facilitated practitioner presentations, and informal exchange of information all at a single venue. This event affords attendees the opportunity to learn more about how to make their work climate smart, share what they have learned with others, and develop a stronger network to be climate savvy in all that they do.


Contact Information:
Contact: National Adaptation Forum
URL: http://www.nationaladaptationforum.org/


Sustainability and Social Science Research Symposium

May 17, 2017 - May 19, 2017
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Type: Conference

Description:
This symposium aims to document and disseminate the wealth of experiences on sustainability and social science research by providing social science researchers focusing on sustainability an opportunity to present and discuss their work (e.g. empirical work, case studies, teaching and learning innovations, applied projects). Part of Springer's World Sustainability Series, a peer-reviewed book titled "Handbook of Sustainability and Social Science Research" will be published, with all accepted papers.

Contact Information:

Events With No Specific Date
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ACI Webcast Training

Web site/computer
Type: Training

Description:

ACI (Affordable Comfort, Inc.) is a non-profit organization, founded on an assembly of people who gathered in Pittsburgh, PA in 1986. They had a common interest in sharing what they understood about making homes energy efficient, comfortable, and affordable, without risk to the residents and building structure. This approach to weatherizing, remodeling, or building came to be known as "House as a System."

ACI offers a Webcast training on a wide array of home building topics. To see a list of upcoming topics and dates, visit their Web site.


Contact Information:
Phone: 800-344-4866
URL: http://www.affordablecomfort.org


Advanced Hazardous Waste Management

Various locations and dates
Type: Training

Description:
You will learn:
  • How new and proposed regulations will affect your site
  • How to classify hazardous waste using information you won't find in the regulations
  • Exemptions and exclusions that can save you money

Who should attend? Anyone who wants to go beyond the basic RCRA requirements, while meeting the annual training requirement.

For course topics, locations, class fee, and schedule visit the Environmental Resource Center Web site listed below.


Contact Information:
Phone: 800-537-2372
E-Mail: service@ercweb.com
URL: http://www.ercweb.com


American Chemical Society Webcasts

Online
Type: Training

Description:

The American Chemical Society's webcast Courses provide the same high-quality instruction you expect from ACS, but without the added expense and frustration of travel. The course catalog covers a wide variety of topics and skill levels. A complete list of webcast courses can be found by visiting the Web site.


Contact Information:

Building Energy and Sustainability Technician (BEST)

various community colleges in Illinois
Type: Training

Description:
The BEST course and certification program was developed to raise the professional standards of those engaged in building energy and sustainability; to improve the practice of building energy and sustainability by encouraging professionals to partake in a continuing education course of professional development for building energy and sustainability technicians; to identify persons with acceptable knowledge of the principles and practices of building energy and sustainability technicians through completing the certification and fulfilling prescribed standards of performance and conduct; and to award special recognition to those energy professionals who have demonstrated a high level of competence and ethical fitness in building energy and sustainability. BEST candidates must meet pre-qualifications and have work experience established by the independent BEST board and pass the BEST certification exam. The written BEST examination deals with such subjects as: Financial Considerations for Equipment Purchases, Building Utilities, Energy Audits and Instrumentation, Lighting, Energy Savings, HVAC Systems, Heating & Refrigeration Systems, Controls and Compressed Air Systems.

Contact Information:

Certified Energy Auditor (CEA)

various community colleges in Illinois
Type: Conference

Description:
Based on the growing demand for qualified professionals, the Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) certification was developed and added to the broad portfolio of professional certifications offered by the Association of Energy Engineers. Rising energy costs and inefficiency in plants and buildings is continually driving the need for trained and experienced energy auditors. The CEA certification is one that identifies professionals as having the required knowledge and experience needed to succeed in the growing field of energy auditing.

Contact Information:

Climate Adaptation Implementation Program

Available to communities nationwide
Type: Event

Description:
This multi-year program is for communities who have an existing adaptation plan that has not yet been fully implemented. New participants join a nationwide network of adaptation planning communities and receive customized individual coaching and peer-to-peer assistance to implement their plan.

Need-based scholarships for participating communities are available.


Contact Information:
Contact: Model Forest Policy Program
Phone: (530) 355 -- 9880
E-Mail: jeff@mfpp.org
URL: http://www.mfpp.org/csu/our-programs/implementation_program/


Climate Adaptation Plan Development Program

Available to communities nationwide
Type: Event

Description:
The Model Forest Policy Program provides training, mentoring, access to new tools and resources, and support to each community in the program to develop a comprehensive climate adaptation plan for their community, region, or geographic territory.

The CSU team and guest presenters break the planning process into step-by-step components providing eight learning module presentations, monthly conference calls, and individual coaching.

Over ten months, each community develops a Forest and Water Climate Adaptation Plan.

Need-based scholarships are available for communities wishing to participate.


Contact Information:
Contact: Model Forest Policy Program
Phone: (530) 355 -- 9880
E-Mail: jeff@mfpp.org
URL: http://www.mfpp.org/csu/our-programs/plan_development_program/


Creating Sustainable Change

various community colleges in Illinois
Type: Training

Description:
This workshop focuses on how to use the Path to Sustainable Change and connect the few and the many. There are four steps in creating sustainable change. This workshop explains these steps, provides examples -- based in energy efficiency and behavior change - of each, and lets participants practice creating sustainable behavior change in energy efficiency that can be translated into their organizations.

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Developing and Maintaining a Skilled Energy Efficiency Workforce

various community colleges in Illinois
Type: Training

Description:
Building a skilled and vibrant workforce that is knowledgeable about energy efficiency requires an ongoing commitment, as well as access to resources that support the continuous development of well-trained workers. This half-day workshop will look at various ways an employer can build and continue to enhance the skills of this workforce--from identifying the needs within the industry itself, to identifying resources available locally and regionally to build and continually improve the workforce, to establishing partnerships that continue to support the skills enhancements of an energy efficiency workforce.

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DOT Hazardous Materials Training

Various locations and dates
Type: Training

Description:

You will learn:

  • How to package, mark, and label hazardous materials
  • How to choose the correct DOT shipping name
  • How to complete shipping papers
  • How to load, unload, and placard properly
  • Your responsibilities to ensure hazardous material security
  • Recent changes in the regulations

Who must attend? Personnel responsible for the safe shipment of hazardous materials, including anyone who fills packages, marks or labels containers, completes or signs shipping papers, loads or uloads vehicles, or operates vehicles used to transport hazardous materials.

This course meets DOT requirements for initial and recurrent training.

For course topics, locations, class fee, and schedule visit the Web site listed below.


Contact Information:
Phone: 800-537-2372
E-Mail: service@ercweb.com
URL: http://www.ercweb.com


Efficient Motor Control

various community colleges in Illinois
Type: Training

Description:
This training covers maintenance issues around efficient motor control. Topics include how an electric motor works, power factor, load factor, high efficiency motors, higher efficiency mechanical drives, and adjustable speed electric motor drives.

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Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing 3-Course Series

various community colleges in Illinois
Type: Training

Description:
Overview of how maintenance contributes to a company's bottom line and how senior management can lead an organization from a reactive to proactive culture creating Reliable Capacity resulting in lower downtime, defects, customer service issues and energy cost. This course clearly shows how effective maintenance increases profit through high productivity, lower energy usage and less rework.

Contact Information:

Federal Energy Management Program First Thursday Seminars

Online
Type: Training

Description:
The Federal Energy Management Program's (FEMP) First Thursday Seminars offer Federal energy, environmental, and fleet professionals online training at no cost by leading experts.

FEMP offers a certificate of completion upon successfully finishing a First Thursday Seminar and submitting an evaluation. Certified FEMP First Thursday Seminars award IACET-accredited continuing education units (CEUs) that are recognized internationally by credentialing associations, licensing bodies, and employers. One hour of study is equivalent to .1 CEU.


Contact Information:

Frontiers in the Environment seminar series

University of Minnesota & online
Type: Event

Description:
Weekly seminar series with topics covering all aspects of the environment and sustainability. Live streaming at http://umconnect.umn.edu/IonEFrontiers.

Contact Information:
Contact: UMn Institite on the Environment
URL: http://www.environment.umn.edu/news_events/events/frontiers.html


GPRO Fundamentals of Building Green

various community colleges in Illinois
Type: Training

Description:
This course teaches the basics of sustainability and the essential strategies and work practices that make buildings green. The program materials and exam cover the "green gap" between standard trade skills and the new awareness and skills required to successfully implement green building. Individuals with experience in construction and building operations will have an advantage when taking Fundamentals of Building Green and in passing the certificate exam (optional), but anyone with an interest in green building is encouraged to participate. A GPRO certificate presented after a passing exam score, demonstrates that an individual understands green building as it applies to his or her trade and enhances that person's ability to compete for and participate in green jobs.

Those who complete the four-hour training may choose to sit for the optional certification test offered at the end of the training. Certification testing is $75.00 per person and must be paid via check payable to the U.S. Green Building Council - Illinois Chapter. Certification testing payment is to be given directly to the instructor during the training.


Contact Information:

Green Lunchroom Challenge Kickoff Training Materials

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, Champaign, IL
Type: Training

Description:

On September 17, 2015, a Green Lunchroom Challenge Kickoff Workshop and Training was held at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center in Champaign, IL. This session provided an overview of the Green Lunchroom Challenge, presentations on relevant tools and programs, and a group discussion of barriers and opportunities related to food waste prevention and reduction in K-12 schools. A free school food service training session was also presented by Greg Christian, Founder and CEO of Beyond Green Partners, a food service and consulting company focused on nutritional and environmental impacts of school food.

The presentations and training were videotaped to enable schools unable to attend, or which learned of the Challenge after the kickoff, to benefit from the information shared. Videos and PDF versions of the presenter's slides are available. Also, a summary of the group discussion focused on barriers and opportunities to prevent and reduce food waste in K-12 schools is provided. Our goal is to help schools fight food waste while providing nutritious meals and meeting legislative requirements; your input helps us ensure we're providing the necessary support and assistance.


Contact Information:
Contact: Joy Scrogrum
Phone: 217-333-8948
E-Mail: jscrogrum@illinois.edu
URL: https://www.greenlunchroom.org/kickoffMaterials.cfm


Greener Campus Webinar Series

Webinar
Type: Event

Description:
Campus Ecology's Greener Campus Conference Series gives NWF Campus Ecology members and partners the opportunity to hear from leading practitioners in the field on conservation and sustainability topics and to provide a forum for questions and discussion.

Each conference features three to four speakers and provides a question and answer session to encourage discussion among the participants and speakers.

The site also includes archives of past webinars.


Contact Information:

Hazardous Waste Management: The Complete Course

Various locations and dates
Type: Training

Description:

You will learn:

  • How to determine which of your wastes are hazardous waste
  • Status of the new shop towel rule
  • How to manage universal waste and used oil
  • How to store hazardous waste at satellite and accumulation points
  • How to select the right container for your waste and ensure that it is properly makred, labeled, and sealed
  • How to complete the hazardous waste manifest
  • How to prepare for and respond to emergencies

Who must attend? Annual training is required (40 CFR 265.16) for all personnel who handle hazardous waste. And if you sign a hazardous waste manifes, you also are required to have DOT training.

For course topics, locations, class fee, and schedule visit the Web site listed below.


Contact Information:
Phone: 800-537-2372
E-Mail: service@ercweb.com
URL: http://www.ercweb.com


High Efficiency Lighting

various community colleges in Illinois
Type: Training

Description:
This training covers human needs for lighting, lighting terminology and lighting types.

Contact Information:

Introduction to Hazardous Waste Regulations Webinars (Recordings)


Type: Event

Description:
The Michigan DEQ's Introduction to Hazardous Waste Regulations webinar series is designed to help you understand and comply with the hazardous waste regulations.

There are three approximately 1 hour webinar recordings.


Contact Information:

Key to the Energy Audit: Boiler Efficiency Measurement & Improvement

various community colleges in Illinois
Type: Training

Description:
Learn to determine the actual efficiency of existing boilers -- a key measurement in facility energy auditing -- and to diagnose boiler problems. These are valuable techniques for handling customer high-usage complaints. Understand how the efficiency of existing boilers can be improved without replacement or major expenditure, and enhance your customer relationships. Topics include the concept of flue gas analysis, combustion efficiency measurement, combustion efficiency charts, efficiency and saving calculations, how a burner retuning actually done, and case studies

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Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) Workshops

Various Locations (check the Web site)
Type: Training

Description:

MREA offers workshops that cover a variety of topics in renewable energy. Come learn from experts in the field about subjects including:

  • wind systems
  • PV-photovoltaics (solar electric)
  • solar thermal systems for domestic hot water and space heating
  • photovoltaic, wind and solar thermal site assessor training and certification.
  • women only workshops
  • biodiesel and veggie oil for diesel vehicles and space heating
  • window quilts
  • masonry heaters
  • energy efficient and alternative construction; women's construction. straw bale, superinsulation techniques, passive solar design, timber framing

Contact Information:

OneNOAA Science Seminars

Webinars, times and dates vary
Type: Event

Description:
This seminar series is an integrated calendar of NOAA science and climate seminars.

Contact Information:

Online Training Available for Hazardous Materials


Type: Training

Description:

The Minnesota Department of Transportation, Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations has developed an online eLearning system for Hazardous Materials (HM) training. It will teach the fundamental requirements for preparing HM for transportation as well as the basic requirements for transporting HM on public highways.

This type of training allows you to learn from the comfort of your home or place of work, you can learn at your own pace, it is available 24 hours a day from your computer, and it saves on time, travel, and lodging.

There are 9 modules that comprise the HM E-Learning training, and they do not need to be taken in any specific order. The 9 modules are: Introduction; HAZMAT Table; Shipping Papers; Marking and Labeling; >Placarding; Packaging; Security; Training; and Transportation by Highway.


Contact Information:

Online Training in Watershed Management

Online
Type: Training

Description:
Watershed Academy Web, is the program's distance learning program. The website offers a variety of self-paced training modules that represent a basic and broad introduction to the watershed management field. The modules are organized by the six themes listed below. Modules vary in the time they take to complete, from ½ hour to two hours. Fifteen of them (marked with asterisks *) are the core modules for the Watershed Academy Certificate Program.

Contact Information:

SEDAC Energy Efficiency Workshops

Various
Type: Training

Description:
Attend the latest workshop series geared toward facility managers, owners, users, designers, and engineers of commercial buildings, public K-12 schools, community colleges, universities, park districts, libraries, local governments, water and waste water treatment facilities.

Learn about various energy topics and the latest incentives available from DCEO and Ameren Illinois, ComEd, Nicor, North Shore and Peoples Gas.

Also includes training opportunities from DCEO and other organizations.


Contact Information:
Contact: Smart Energy Design Assistance Center
Phone: 1-800-214-7954
E-Mail: info@sedac.org
URL: http://smartenergy.illinois.edu/training-and-outreach.html


Storm Water Training

webinar recordings
Type: Training

Description:
Four sessions on the Michigan DEQ's website discussing a variety of storm water topics.

Contact Information:

Transportation of Dangerous Goods: Compliance with IATA and IMO Regulations

Various locations and dates
Type: Training

Description:

You will learn:

  • How to safely prepare dangerous goods for air and water transportation
  • How to avoid expensive fines from the FAA and Coast Guard
  • How to comply with DOT requirements for international shipments
  • Essential steps for compliance with IATA and IMO regulations
  • What's new in the 2008 IATA DGR and IMDG code

Who should attend? Anyone involved with classifying, packaging, labeling, marking, or completing shipping papers for air or vessel trapnsportation of dangerous goods.

This course meets your IATA and IMO initial and recurrent training requirements.

For course topics, locations, class fee, and schedule visit the Web site listed below.


Contact Information:
Phone: 800-537-2372
E-Mail: service@ercweb.com
URL: http://www.ercweb.com


WaterSense & Energy Star webinar series


Type: Event

Description:

WaterSense is teaming up with ENERGY STAR to host a new webinar series in the United States on water and energy efficiency for commercial and institutional facilities. Each webinar features content from WaterSense at Work and ENERGY STAR resources that can help organisations save water, energy, and money in different areas of their facilities.


Contact Information:
Contact: WaterSense Helpline
Phone: 866-987-7367
E-Mail: watersense@epa.gov
URL: https://www3.epa.gov/watersense/commercial/tools.html#tabs-webina...


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