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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Environmental Education Week April 17-23, 2016
Earth Week April 18-22, 2016
Earth Day April 22, 2016

WBNR: Thursday, April 21, 2016 (12-3pm):
Making Net Zero Net Positive: Solving the Efficiency & Cost Paradox
This webcast will feature industry experts who will define the importance of, and why we should strive for, net zero in the built environment. Viewers will be able to identify behaviors that create more effective ownership, design and construction teams, and will recognize the value of a collaborative process in building design and the impact on costs.

WBNR: Thursday, April 21, 2016 (1:00-2:00pm):
NOAA Monthly Climate and Drought Summary and Outlook
This is a National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and climate partners monthly briefing that covers the region from the Rockies to the Great Lakes.

WBNR: Thursday, April 21, 2016 (6:30-7:30pm):
Transforming School Food
Our two presenters will share two different approaches that are currently underway. In the first, we’ll learn about California Thursdays, wherein participating school districts in that state serve locally grown, healthy foods in their cafeteria every Thursday. Following that, we’ll learn about the Slow Cookers for Kids project where a partnership with the culinary arts program at a local community college, teaches grade 7-8 students how to shop and prepare inexpensive, healthy meals.

CONF: Sunday, April 24 – Tuesday, April 26:
Water for Food
The seventh annual Water for Food Global Conference will focus on the powerful impact that can be achieved through public-private partnerships in water for food research, technology and project development. Please note there is a fee for attending this conference. Discounts offered to faculty/staff of Universities.

WBNR: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 (1-2pm):
Climate-friendly and Energy-Efficient Heat Exchanger Designs for Supermarket Application
Yunho Hwang from Optimized Thermal Systems will be describing heat exchanger design and applications for supermarket refrigeration systems, with a particular focus on climate-friendly refrigerants.

WBNR: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 (1-2pm):
Soil Erosion: A Historical Perspective
Dr. Montgomery will discuss the natural and cultural history of soil that sweeps from ancient civilizations to modern times, and he will explore the idea that we are – and have long been – using up Earth’s soil. Participants will learn how soil has shaped us and how we have shaped soil – as society after society has risen, prospered, and plowed through a natural endowment of fertile dirt.

WBNR: Thursday, April 28, 2016 (12-1pm):
Evaluation of Zero Blowdown Cooling Towers with Soft Water Makeup
This project conducted by the Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) evaluated a technology offered by Water Conservation Technology International (WCTI) that uses soft water to efficiently maintain and operate cooling towers. Maintaining the cooling towers in this manner would allow for less chemical use and also increase the cycles of concentration, thereby conserving water.

WBNR: Thursday, April 28, 2016 (12-1:30pm):
Effective Outreach to Drive Recycling & Reuse Behavior
This program will feature a primer on behavior change principles by a recognized leader in community based social marketing, followed by two case studies from universities that have incorporated behavior change strategies into their outreach programs.

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