Here’s a look at upcoming sustainability webinars, conferences, and events for technical assistance professionals. This bulletin is posted every two weeks.

For the most current information check out the P2RIC Calendar at P2RIC.org or look us up on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates on sustainability issues!

CONF: Mon. Jan 12th -Wed. Jan 14th    
Industrial Environment Sustainability Practices
K-State’s Pollution Prevention Institute is hosting an Industrial Environment Sustainability Practices intersession course on the K-State Manhattan campus, Jan. 12-14, 2015. Designed to provide an overview of pollution prevention (P2) and environmental sustainability opportunities, this course could ultimately save money for your facility. Topics will address industrial systems that may include building envelope, lighting, HVAC systems, motors, compressed air, steam, fans, pumps, chemical use, green procurement, water and wastewater, as well as zero waste. Please note there is a fee for attending this conference.

CONF: Tuesday, January 13th –Wednesday, January 14th
Pollution Prevention Conference P2: Increase Profits Reduce Pollution
NPPR and Air & Waste Management Association will be co-hosting the Pollution Prevention Conference in Cincinnati titled “P2: Increase Profits Reduce Pollution.” This conference will be focused on pollution prevention and hosts speakers that will discuss numerous topics of varying aspects related to pollution prevention. Please note the keynote speaker on the morning of Wednesday, January 14 will be Cam Metcalf!
Please note there is a fee for attending this conference.

WBNR: Tuesday, January 13th 2015 (1:00-2:00pm):
Experiences with Hybrid CO2 Systems in the U.S.
Dan O’Brien from Zero Zone will be discussing the benefits of hybrid CO2 systems. In particular, he will be describing Zero Zone’s experience designing a hybrid CO2 secondary loop and cascade system for a recently opened Whole Foods store. Tristam Coffin from Whole Foods will provide thoughts on the project from a supermarket perspective.

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Call the toll free call-in number: 1-866-299-3188 (706-758-1822 from outside the U.S.)
Use Conference Code: 202 343 9185#

WBNR: Thursday, January 15, 2015 (1:00-2:00pm):
The Future of Microplastics
Microplastic pollution is a global dilemma that has received an increasing amount of attention over the years due to the harmful effects being caused to the aquatic environment. Microbeads fall under the category of microplastic pollution found in many personal hygiene / beauty products. Due to its miniscule size, fish and other aquatic animals mistake the microbeads for food. Microbeads are capable of absorbing persistent organic pollutants which can affect both the fish consuming the microbead as well as humans consuming the tainted fish. Studies are being conducted to determine if Publically Owned Treatment Works (POTW’s) have the technology in place in order to filter the microbeads. Environmentally favored alternatives are being considered for future implementation as well.

For more pollution prevention information check out these two great resources!

P2 Success Stories and Case Study database: Add your story or see what others have done. Search for information by industry, process, waste reduced, company, state, or year.

P2 InfoHouse: This is a searchable online collection of more than 50,000 pollution prevention related publications, fact sheets, case studies and technical reports. It’s the largest single electronic resource for P2 information in the country.

PDF version:  A look ahead Dec 26, 2014