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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DUE: Saturday, October 31, 2015
Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
This deadline for grant applications has designated funding for small projects requesting $20,000 or less (25% of total eligible project costs). Grant requests for this round have a simplified, streamlined process and can be as low as $2,500 for renewable energy projects and $1,500 for energy efficiency projects. All agricultural producers, including farmers and ranchers, who derive 50% or more of their gross income from agricultural operations are eligible. Businesses in a rural area, meeting the Small Business Administration size standards, may also apply.

CONF: Tuesday, November 3, 2015:
Iowa Energy Summit
This conference allows those attendees to step outside their area of expertise and expand their knowledge about related topics. It also provides an update on the work of various organizations striving to improve energy efficiency in the State of Iowa.

CONF: Wednesday, November 4-Thursday, November 5, 2015:
Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference
Attendees will hear from a variety of speakers on many topics including climate change impacts, battery storage, an update on Nebraska wind projects, community solar, the Clean Power Plan, solar for rural public power districts and cooperatives, integrating wind with wildlife, and is solar right for your farm?

WKSHP: Thursday, November 5, 2015 (9:00-3:30pm):
RCRA Simplified: Top 10 Violations and Other Common Slip Ups
In the morning, attendees will hear from an EPA Region 7 enforcement officer about common Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) violations and how to avoid them. In the afternoon we’ll hear from several state programs (including the Iowa Waste Reduction Center) that can provide financial and technical assistance to businesses trying to reduce their hazardous, special or solid waste generation. Please note there is a $40 registration fee to attend.

WKSHP: Saturday, November 7, 2015:
Iowa Brewers Education Seminar & Tippling
Amana IA Millstream Brewing CO
Join us at this the 2015 i-BEST, a daylong series of seminars designed by the Iowa Brewers Guild to educate and inspire Iowa’s brewing community. IWRC Associate Director, Dan Nickey, will be presenting on the waste management practices brewers must meet to be in compliance with environmental regulations, as well as practices that can be implemented to reduce waste and become more sustainable. Please note there is a cost to attend.

WBNR: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 (1:00-2:00pm):
Ongoing Efforts to Procure Climate-Friendly Refrigerants in the Federal Sector
Bella Maranion from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will provide an overview of initiatives in the Federal sector aimed at reducing emissions of high-global warming potential HFCs. John Stuit from the Defense Commissary Agency will describe the agency’s ongoing effort to evaluate and implement new technologies using climate-friendly refrigerants in its commissaries.
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WBNR: Monday, November 16, 2015 (1:00-2:00pm):
Ch. 7 – Building the Business Case for Green Chemistry
This Webinar series covers the content of the Green Chemistry Guide collaborated on by renowned university professors, industry professionals and the City of Los Angeles’s engineers. Al Innes, Michelle Butler and Kate Winnebeck present Chapter 7 – how to build the business case for green chemistry, the steps needed for initiating a successful program, and accounting for all cost

WBNR: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 (2:00-3:00pm):
Introduction to the State Electronics Challenge

WBNR: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 (2:00-3:00pm):
The Current is a speed networking webinar series for professionals engaged in water-related extension, research, and conservation activities. The North Central Region Water Network and Extension Directors from all 12 North Central states are sponsoring the seven part series to highlight the best water-related research and Extension programming in the region. Webinars will run for 60 minutes, with three 10-minute project snapshots and 30 minutes of QA/peer-to-peer interaction

WBNR: Thursday, November 19, 2015 (12:00-1:30pm):
State Policies to increase Organics Diversion from Landfills
EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Web Academy presents “State Policies to increase Organics Diversion from Landfills: MA and VT one year in and CA the new kid on the block”

WBNR: Thursday, November 19, 2015 (2:30-4:00pm):
HEASC Best Practices in Sustainability Internships
Want to learn about best practices in sustainability internships? Need resources and guidelines for managing internship programs? Interested in finding out what others are doing delivering internship experiences? The online gathering will feature Josh Stoffel and Emilie Rex, authors of AASHE’s Guide to Creating & Managing Sustainability Internship Programs. Case studies will also be provided from institutions managing and delivering sustainability internships. Guide to Creating and Managing Sustainability Internship Programs

MTG: Wednesday, November 18- Thursday, November 19, 2015:
Fall 2015 P2R7 Roundtable Meeting
The Fall Roundtable meeting will be located in Lenexa, Kansas at EPA Region 7 Headquarters. A draft agenda is available for viewing on the Roundtable webpage. Topics for the meeting include state report outs, ground level ozone in region 7, TRI training, and zero waste efforts in the region.


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: A look ahead Oct 30, 2015