December 9, 2016
Here’s a look at upcoming sustainability webinars, conferences, and events for technical assistance professionals. This bulletin is posted every two weeks. Please note times are in Central Standard Time (CST).
For the most current information check out the P2RIC Calendar at or look us up on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates on sustainability issues!

WBNR: December 12, 2016 (3:00 to 4:30 pm):

To help build the Environmental Protection Agency’s capabilities to address our agency’s mission in a more holistic and sustainable manner, EPA’s office of Research and Development is providing training on the theory, methods and tools of Systems Thinking (ST) and System Dynamics (SD), which are useful for modeling and analysis of socio-economic and environmental issues. This webinar is a 1.5 hours introductory session that will provide all EPA staff and our partners with a basic understanding of systems dynamics, systems modeling, the use of Causal Loop Diagrams (CLD) to analyze real-world complex systems and how to apply it in EPA’s programs. The trainer, Andrea Bassi, is an internationally known thought leader on systems dynamics.

WBNR: December 13, 2016 (9:30 to 11:00 am):

Exploring the Circular Economy and How EPR Fits In

In December 2015, the European Commission announced its Circular Economy Package, a plan to “end our reliance on the rubbish heap and turn waste into a resource.” By incorporating eco-design, waste prevention, and reuse and recycling into business strategy, the European Commission hopes to save money, create jobs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the continent. This PSI webinar will explore how the concept of the “circular economy” emerged, how it is different from concepts we’re all familiar with – cradle to cradle, recycling, and zero waste – and why extended producer responsibility (EPR) systems play such an important role in accomplishing the European Commission’s goals. Those working closely to implement the Circular Economy Package will provide a status update and lay out next steps. Speakers will also offer concrete examples of the circular economy at work, including a deep dive into packaging EPR programs throughout Europe. Lastly, we will explore how we can translate these concepts, case studies, and plans to the U.S., joining Europe in their goal of simultaneously improving the environment and the economy.
WBNR: December 14, 2016 (2:00-3:00 pm):

Waste Streams and Treatment in the Plant

Join fellow suppliers and processors in this FREE webinar addressing one of the most important production issues at a food or beverage processing plant – effective and economical treatment of wastewater.
Guest presenters from Baswood will present this important topic and identify new technologies that can help the processor save money by reducing water usage.
WBNR: December 14, 2016 (12:30-1:30 pm):
Non-energy impacts are those associated with efficiency activities other than direct energy and demand savings. While these impacts can be positive or negative, most are considered benefits (non-energy benefits, or NEBs). Some examples include reduced emissions, comfort and productivity improvements, local economic development, and reduced risk of utility service disruptions or price spikes. There are a number of methods for evaluating, measuring, and verifying(EM&V) NEBs. This webinar will provide an introduction to the types of NEBs and NEB categories, recent trends, and present portfolio, program and project level approaches to NEB EM&V. The presenters include experts in this field and two state agency representatives discussing how their states include consideration of NEBs in their efficiency portfolios. Following presentations, speakers will answer questions from the audience.
WBNR: December 15, 2016 (12:00-1:30pm):

Through a discussion of the upcoming Facts and Figures Report, participants in this webinar will hear about the updated Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures 2014 report. Previously called the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Characterization Report, this report provides national solid waste generation, recycling, composting, combustion with energy recovery and landfilling numbers. The new report also includes data on construction and demolition debris generation and economic analysis.

WBNR: December 20, 2016 (11:30-1:00 pm):

Climate Friendly Purchasing for Professional Services Contracts

Did you know professional service contracting is a significant source of a public institution’s purchasing greenhouse gas (GHS) emissions?  These supply chain GHG  emissions can account for up to 27 percent, and, therefore, represent a huge opportunity for emissions reduction actions.

Join us to learn where emissions occur within the professional services contracting, and strategies to shift vendors to more sustainable operating practices.

WBNR: January 25, 2017 (1:00-2:30 pm):
U.S. EPA Region 5 partnered with the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa to create a Tribal Community-Based Social Marketing (CBSM) Training Guide. This training guide provides an overview of how to use the CBSM process to increase sustainable behaviors in tribal communities. CBSM combines marketing techniques with community engagement and has proven to be far more effective in leading to sustainable behaviors than information dissemination alone.

Learn more about CBSM, how to use the Tribal CBSM Training Guide, and how to receive peer mentoring to develop your own CBSM project through the EPA Tribal Waste Management Peer Matching Program.

Students who attend the NCSE 2017 Conference will have opportunities to lead, learn, network, and engage throughout the conference:
-Meet and network with current leaders in health and the environment during a mentoring lunch
-Attend a Student Network Leadership Meeting to share ideas and best practices for sustainability programs on campus
-Present a research poster
-Attend student-focused and student-driven sessions throughout the conference
-Register for a career development panel to hear advice on how to grow as a leader and young professional exploring career pathways in science and the environment
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. 
Kind regards,
Richard Yoder, P.E.
CBA Chief Sustainability Officer
University of Nebraska at Omaha
6001 Dodge St.  MH200E
Omaha, NE 68182
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UNO’s College of Business Administration, Nebraska Business Development Center

P2RIC Region 7

Food Rescue Locator
EPA P2 grant programs; webinar and questions link included


The Renewable Energy Toolkit for Affordable Housing


Local Greenhouse Gas Inventory Tool or
State Greenhouse Gas Inventory Tool

P2RIC Calendar and P2RX calendar for upcoming events and webinars

Grants & Awards
Due Dec. 31, 2016

USDA National Conservation Innovation Grants Program
Due Jan. 9, 2017

Due Jan. 17, 2017

Due Jan. 31, 2017

Due Jan. 31, 2017
Due Jan. 31st (for Energy Audit Program) and Mar. 31, 2017 (for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program)