Here’s a look at upcoming sustainability webinars, conferences, and events for technical assistance professionals. This bulletin is posted every two weeks. Please note all times are in Central Standard Time (CST).

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WBNR: Wednesday, February 10, 20016 (2:00-3:30pm):
Biodiversity-friendly Campuses
Colleges and universities are playing a crucial role in protecting wildlife and restoring habitats on and off campus, and students, faculty, administrators, and staff are champions for sustainable environmental practices. Join this webinar to learn more about different approaches to creating naturalized areas to protect and increase the local biodiversity including using long grasses, shrubs, and native trees to support pollinators, salmon, and other wildlife.

WBNR: Thursday, February 11, 2016 (10:30-11:30am):
Soil Water Sensors for Agriculture – Applications and Usefulness
This webinar will provide guidance for using the four main sensor technologies: neutron thermalization, resistance blocks, capacitance sensing (frequency domain sensing), and travel time sensing (time domain reflectometry and time domain transmission modes).

WBNR: Thursday, February 11, 2016 (11:00-12:00pm):
Chromate/Hazardous Material Free Coating Systems for Military Aircraft and Ground Support Equipment
Webinar topics: Non-Chromated Paint Primers; Non-Chromate Outer Moldline (OML) Coating System Transition Effort.

WBNR: Thursday, February 11, 2016 (12:00-1:00pm):
What is Forty Billion Gallons of Sewage Plant Effluent Worth?
This talk will review the issues associated with what is expected be the largest water reuse project in Illinois and the largest private sector investment in central Illinois in 30 years. In addition to the title’s subject, there will be discussion about why wastewater reuse is so uncommon in Illinois, Mahomet Aquifer issues, surface water and aquatic life needs, as well as other environmental aspects that are involved in this sale.

WBNR: Thursday, February 11, 2016 (1:00-2:00pm):
Get Recognized for you Sustainability Activities
State Electronics Challenge: The Challenge is open to local, regional, tribal, and state governments, all public & private K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and non-profit organizations. Participants receive access to free technical assistance, tools, resources, and recognition in support of their efforts to decrease the environmental impact of electronic office equipment.

CALL: Friday, February 12, 2016 (10:00-11:00am):
P2R7 Roundtable Bi Monthly Call
Agenda includes an update on letter to EPA regarding state/EPA dialog, topics for the 2016 conference calls, comments from the R7P2 RT in Kansas City, and a review of P2 RFP letter sent by EPA.

WBNR: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 (12:30-1:30pm):
Reuse: A Triple-Bottom Line Solution
States, communities, organizations, and companies are realizing that incorporating sustainability strategies into their programs and operations brings positive benefits to people, the planet, and economies (“profits”)—the “triple bottom line”. Reuse: a Triple-Bottom Line Solution will present insights into the many benefits of reuse and ways to measure these benefits.

WBNR: Thursday, February 18, 2016 (11:00-12:00pm):
Food Industry Pollution Prevention and Lean Manufacturing
PennTAP will review the common pollution prevention measures available within the food processing industry. PennTAP uses a mix of traditional pollution prevention tools and lean manufacturing techniques to maximize savings. The areas of focus will include food waste, packaging waste, solid waste, water, and energy.

WBNR: Thursday, February 25, 2016 (12:00-1:30pm):
Innovative Collaborations in the Hospitality Sector to increase Food Recovery
In this webinar you will hear from a variety of points of view including the National Restaurant Association, a Denver based catering company, a non for profit providing business technical assistance, and an S Corporation with the mission to feed the hungry.

WBNR: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 (12:00-1:00pm):
Loyola University Chicago’s Gallons Saved & Shared Project
In a partnership with the Departments of Residence Life, Facilities, Psychology, and the Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Loyola University Chicago installed water efficient fixtures on campus, engaged students to reduce their water use, and is sharing lessons learned with Illinois colleges and universities via a tool kit.

WBNR: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 (2:00-3:00pm):
Ramping up the Market for Zero Energy Buildings
The Department of Energy (DOE) will partner with the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) to host an informational webinar to address the current state of zero energy buildings in the marketplace and to provide a roadmap for participants to develop and implement a zero energy building program.


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.