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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CONF: Monday, March 21- Wednesday, March 23, 2016:
North Central Region Water Network

WBNR: Monday, March 21, 2016 (1:00-2:00pm):
Adapting to Changing Water Needs
Water: it seems like there is always too much or too little! Hear how two communities are adapting their infrastructure to changing water needs in this members-only webinar. Staff from Las Vegas, NV, Monroe County, FL, and the Association of Climate Change Officers will talk about what they are doing to address very different pressing water issues.

WBNR: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 (12:00-1:00pm):
EPA Portfolio Manager 101
Get started using EPA’s Portfolio Manager tool. An introduction and demonstration of the core functionality of the Portfolio Manager tool, including how to enter properties, enter energy and water data, share data with others, and generate performance reports.

WBNR: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 (1:00-2:30pm)
EPA National Grants Webinar
Prospective applicants interested in applying for federal grant funding under EPA’s Pollution Prevention; Pollution Prevention Information Network; or Source Reduction Assistance Grant Programs are encouraged to participate in this live event. Participants will hear important new information concerning the grant solicitations – solicitation cycles, submission timeframes, scope of grant activity, among other key topics.

WBNR: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 (1:00-2:00pm)
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Rural Development Memorandum of Understanding, Coordination of Programs, and the Ability to Stack REAP and EQIP Funding for Energy Programs
This webinar is a review of the new USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Rural Development (RD) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The webinar will look at on-farm energy efficiency projects from both NRCS and RD and the use of funding sources from both the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP, NRCS) and Rural Energy for America Program (REAP, RD) to leverage on-farm projects

WBNR: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 (12:00-1:00pm)
EPA Portfolio Manager 201
Learn about some advanced features including: using spreadsheet upload templates to update property data, setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties, creating custom reports and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.

WBNR: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 (12:00-1:00pm)
Putting Food Waste on the Scoreboard: What You Need to Know
Join LeanPath CEO Andrew Shakman as we discuss what you need to know about putting food waste on your operational scoreboard, starting with measurement and data. You’ll learn about the principles of food waste prevention, tools to provide data, and strategies to make food waste a central focus for your operation.

CONF: Wednesday, March 23 – Thursday, March 24, 2016
10th Annual Iowa Water Conference

WBNR: Thursday, March 24, 2016 (12:00-2:00pm)
Stuck on Reuse!? – Resources for Making it Work
Reuse projects and programs play a significant role in addressing the priorities of rural and urban communities. The webinar will showcase a variety of reuse guides, reference materials, programs, and strategies that may be adapted to fit the needs of individual communities.

WBNR: Thursday, March 24, 2016 (12:00-1:00pm)
Creating a Winning Collegiate Sports Sustainability Program
This webinar will highlight collegiate sports greening and its benefits to the campus, how athletics and sustainability staff and other stakeholders can work together to build a collegiate sports greening program, how to get credit for sports greening in STARS, and how to win new sponsors to help fund sustainability.

WBNR: Thursday, March 24, 2016 (12:00-1:00pm)
EPA Portfolio Manager 301
Take a deeper dive into the more advanced features of Portfolio Manager, such as managing changes in property uses over time, using spreadsheet templates to quickly upload data, setting goals, and creating custom reports.

WBNR: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 (12:00-1:00pm)
Raising the Bar: Driving & Measuring Impacts of Community Relations Programs
When planned for, executed and measured correctly, community relations programs and initiatives can have a legacy effect – creating positive impact, generating goodwill and building partner platforms. Speakers will be sharing their discoveries and insights from current and future programs, how they are measuring the impact, and what’s next in the world of community relations.

WBNR: Thursday, March 31, 2016 (12:00-1:00pm)
Sustainable Seminar Series – Applications of Gases for Environmental Issues
This presentation is focused on applications of these gases for Environmental issues such as sewage and process water treatment, pH control, drinking and surface water processes, emission from the chemical plants and aerobic fermentation processes, oxidation and high temperature processes, operational safety, repair and maintenance, extraction and pressure applications, etc. in a variety of industries with attractive ROI.

WBNR: Thursday, March 31, 2016 (1:00-3:00pm)
Community Wastewater System Owners Guide Tool Demonstration
Newly developed free software is available that allows wastewater professionals to generate an owner guide customized for an individual client’s system. This USDA grant funded project, led by the University of Minnesota (UMN), has developed a tool available at the website

CALL: Friday, April 8, 2016 (10:00am-11:00am)
P2R7 Bi-Monthly Roundtable Call

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