P2RIC looks at the month ahead: September 2012

We collect and post dates of interest to sustainability and pollution prevention (P2) specialists in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska on the regional calendar at P2RIC.org, http://p2ric.org/temp_cal/index.cfm, or Facebook.com/P2RIC. The events are mostly webinars and grant deadlines from outside the region along with meetings and grant or awards deadlines from within the region, If you use Google Calendar, you can easily see these dates from your own calendar view. The calendar changes through the month, as we enter dates when we learn of them. We post webinars (WBNR), meetings (MTG), and deadlines (DUE).

Webinars [abbreviated as WBNR] Webinars we post are usually free and open to all.

September 5th: RFP application process and clarifying information

3pm – 4pm: EPA’s Office of Environmental Education has published a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Environmental​l Education Regional Model Grants Program. EPA will host two (2) webinars/conference calls for potential applicants interested in clarifying information about the RFP and the application process. You may submit questions up to two (2) business days prior to each webinar/call to EEGrants@epa.go​v
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September 6th: Lean and Six Sigma, the Ultimate Green Initiatives

10:00am – 11:30am: All MEP prospective clients that are interested in running more cost effective, environmentally friendly operations. Organizations take up a Lean or Six Sigma journey for very good reasons: higher customer satisfaction, lower costs, and better responsiveness. Often neglected in all of this is the “green” aspect to the journey. It’s a pity, because Lean and Six Sigma are unsurpassed as green initiatives. Come listen as Denton Bramwell, Sr. Master Black Belt, and president of Promontory Management Group explains the strong green connection of well executed process improvement programs.
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September 6th: Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR

1:00-2:15: Learn how public sector organizations are improving energy efficiency with innovative solutions to financial barriers. Attendees will learn about financing projects in the public and private sectors, the basics of performance contracting, and how EPA’s tools and resources can help you make the decision to improve your facilities now or later. Presenter: Neil Zobler
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September 11th: Computer Power Management with ENERGY STAR

1:00pm – 2:15pm: This training introduces an innovative software tool that enables monitor power management from a central location, as well as educational outreach material. Organizations utilizing this free software (which may be downloaded from the Web) can save $10 to $50 per computer. Who should participate? IT staff, energy managers, building managers, and upper management. Presenters: Robert Huang
Access webinar info here
: http://ow.ly/dsoRA


September 12th: Choosing Safer Sanitizers and Disinfectants

1pm – 3pm: This session discusses the health and environmental impacts of triclosan and will discuss how San Francisco evaluated alternative disinfectant chemicals. It features advice on safer disinfection products and practices, and outline ways that local governments can take action.
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: http://ow.ly/dmgZa


September 13th: Community Consultation For Sustainability Planning

12:00pm – 1:30pm: This webcast will focus on how utilities can engage with various stakeholders in the community to establish sustainability goals that reflect utility and community priorities. Two speakers will make presentations from their community.
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: http://ow.ly/dmh9l


September 18th: Learn the basics of benchmarking using Portfolio Manager, EPA’s ENERGY STAR Measurement & Tracking tool.

1:00pm – 2:15pm: This session will show you how easy it is to get started by providing an introduction to ENERGY STAR and walking you through setting up a building in Portfolio Manager. You will learn how to use Portfolio Manager to establish energy and water use baselines; track energy and water use and greenhouse gas emission reductions over time; and assess your building’s energy performance. Presenter: Philip Zapfel
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September 18th: Sustainable Hospitality

2pm – 3pm: Attend this webinar and learn what actions U.S. hotels are taking in these areas. We’ll cover best practices, “green” certifications and ways you can leverage your sustainability achievements to increase market share. We’ll also provide resources on incentives to help get your projects started.
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September 20th: Engaging Your Supply Chain featuring Steve Walker with World 50

1pm – 2pm: By building the right foundation for supply chain engagement you can increase the likelihood of mutual success and reduce your resource investment, but how do you begin? We’ll explore how to build the business case for supply chain sustainability along with how to overcome common challenges. Presenter: Steve Walker, Insights Director World 50
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September 26th: RFP application process and clarifying information

3pm – 4pm: EPA’s Office of Environmental Education has published a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Environmental​l Education Regional Model Grants Program. EPA will host two (2) webinars/conference calls for potential applicants interested in clarifying information about the RFP and the application process. You may submit questions up to two (2) business days prior to each webinar/call to EEGrants@epa.go​v.
More info: http://www.epa.​gov/education/g​rants

Meetings [abbreviated as MTG on the P2RIC calendar]

September 5th: Adapting to a Changing Climate: Central Great Plains Conference

9am – 5pm; Ballroom at the K-State Student Union: This will advance the K-State conversation about climate change, its impacts and our opportunities as a university and higher education community for working in this area. August 30th is the last day to take advantage of the free registration. This event is free but does require advance registration.
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September 12th: NASDA 2012 & Sept 12th’s AGENDA

This year’s NASDA Annual meeting will be held in Des Moines, and will address several critical issues facing agriculture across the nation and your state. We have selected the theme of “New Technologies, Proud Traditions” and look forward to showing you some of Iowa’s agriculture, in addition to a meaningful program.

More info: http://www.nasd​a.org/?ID=30550 & Agenda Link: http://ow.ly/dspKX
to book Hotel: #515.245.5500

September 14th: Pediatric Environmental Health Conference (Iowa City)

8:00am – 4:30pm; City, Iowa: The Iowa Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is partnering with the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital to sponsor the Pediatric Environmental Health Conference. This conference will feature experts on a variety of environmental health issues to share the latest research, policies, and practices influencing child health.
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September 17th- 23rd: Pollution Prevention Week 2012

In celebration of National Pollution Prevention Week (September 17-23), DTSC and the Western Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Network (WSPPN) are asking people to make a short video that shows how making small changes in our daily lives can have a positive impact on the environment.
Please see for full details: http://ow.ly/dl​wWT


September 25th – 26th: Kansas Energy Conference

Planned topics include: Wind Solar Energy Efficiency Biofuels Speakers We are pleased to announce the following speakers will present General Sessions at this year’s conference. Kevin Rabinovitch – Global Sustainability Director, Mars Incorporated Mr. Rabinovitch develops and executes strategies and initiatives relating to all aspects of sustainability for Mars North America’s full supply chain and renewable energy projects.
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Deadlines [abbreviated as DUE on the P2RIC calendar]

September 12th: Pollution Prevention Video Submission Contest Deadline

7am – 8am: 1. Fill out the submission form, 2. Review the rules, 3.Submit your video response on or before Sept. 12, 2012, to our promotional video on DTSC’s YouTube contest site, and 4.send out the contest flyer to all your friends!
More information available here: http://ow.ly/dlwWT


September 30: Safer Chemistry Challenge Program

10am – 11am: The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) has launched the 2025 Safer Chemistry Challenge Program (SCCP), a voluntary initiative to motivate, challenge, and assist companies to reduce the use of chemicals of concern to human health and the environment. The SCCP also rewards companies for finding safer alternatives and builds on ongoing business efforts to make toxic chemical reduction a business reality.
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Dates from the Fight Waste calendar:

The Fight Waste calendar identifies anniversary dates of interest to the sustainability and P2 community. The dates can be used for internal education and promotion campaigns; they are posted HERE or HERE and also at Facebook.com/P2RIC. Here are just a couple of interests coming up.:

September is National Organic Harvest Month 

September 1st was Species Requiem Day – a reminder of that the current loss of biodiversity puts us in the Sixth Great Extinction of our planet.

September 15th is International Coastal Cleanup Day, and even those of us here in flyover country are encouraged to clean up local beaches.

September 16-22 is National Pollution Prevention Week, bookended by the World Preservation Day for the Ozone (succeeding because of a global prevention accord) and World Car-Free Day, another prevention oriented day.


How to access the calendars

P2RIC has made it easy to stay abreast of the P2 & sustainability activities of importance to technical assistance professionals in Region 7. Choose whatever method suits you (and your P2 & Sustainability Specialist friends) best. You can go to each site, or go to P2RIC.org, or even add the different information widgets to your own web site.

  • Check the regional calendar, P2RIC.org/temp_cal/index.cfm (It’s the best in the country for current events.)
  • Check the updates on Facebook.com/P2RIC (Get the P2 slant on sustainability posts.)
  • The Fight Waste calendar is available in agenda form on the bottom right hand column at http://calendar.p2ric.org/