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

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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.

WBNR: Tuesday, January 13, 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.

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

WBNR: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 (12:00-1:00Pm):
Review EE Model Grants RFP
If you are interested in applying for the EE Model Grants RFP, consider attending this webinar to learn more. Staff from EPA’s Office of Environmental Education will review the EE Model Grants RFP and respond to questions. The EE Model Grants RFP is due February 2, 2015.

WBNR: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 (12:00-1:00pm):
Data Center Profiler Tool Training
This webinar provides information on how to use the Data Center Profiler (DC Pro) tool suite to profile data center energy use and to identify energy efficiency action. The DC Pro tool is used to identify and evaluate energy-efficiency opportunities in data centers. DC Pro is designed for data center owners and operators to diagnose how energy is used in data centers and determine ways to save energy and money. DC Pro features advanced data center profiling algorithms developed with data center experts at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and allow users to perform preliminary energy assessments of data centers.

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.

WBNR: Thursday, January 15, 2015 (1:00-2:00pm):
Food Waste Reduction Alliance
The issue of food ”waste” is a hot topic among sustainability professionals, government agencies, media and the general public.  Stresses on food production systems due to multiple social, economic and environmental factors have revealed alarming statistics about the amount, causes and consequences of wasted food in the US and globally.  This presentation will dive into the wasted food problem and share information about the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, a unique collaboration working to address it.

WBNR: Thursday, January 15, 2015 (1:00-2:00pm):
Sustainable City Network will host a free one-hour webinar featuring Jerry Tinianow, chief sustainability officer for the City of Denver, Colo., and members of his staff. Tinianow and key staff members will discuss the challenges in taking a city’s sustainability efforts to scale with everybody playing, and what they are doing to meet those challenges. Hear about how to get agency personnel out of silos, thinking big, and taking ownership of ambitious goals.

WBNR: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 (12:00-1:00pm):
Innovations in Water Management: Stormwater & Recycled Water Systems
Green Sports Alliance Webinar; On this webinar, we will hear an overview of the Storm water Pollution Prevention Manual, a resource for sports venues recently developed by the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC). We will then hear a pair of case studies about venues that are using recycled water to offset a substantial portion of their overall water needs.

WBNR: Thursday, January 22, 2015 (1:00-2:00pm):
The Most Sustainable Communities in the Country
In 2014 two communities, Seattle and Northampton, achieved the highest level of certification available through STAR Communities. Staff from the two cities will share what they did to achieve their 5-STAR Community Rating as well as what they’ve got planned next to continue to advance local sustainability.

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 Jan 9, 2015