March 3, 2017
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!
Webinars, Conferences, & Events
WBNR:  March 7, 2017 (2:00-3:00 pm):
Find out about Zero Energy Buildings (ZEB) in the public and commercial sector and how they’ve spread across the country. ZEBs combine energy efficiency and renewable energy generation to consume only as much energy as can be produced onsite through renewable resources over a specified time period. Achieving zero energy is an ambitious yet increasingly achievable goal that is gaining momentum across geographic regions and markets.
Sign up and hear how the Energy Department and Better Buildings Accelerator partners are leading the way and get a few tips on how you can make zero energy a reality in your building.
WBNR: March 9, 2017 (1:00-2:00 pm):
Green Infrastructure in Parks
Exciting new opportunities for green stormwater management in parks are taking shape in urban communities across the nation.  Public parks offer ideal locations for green infrastructure approaches to stormwater management and have the added benefit of providing sites that engage the public and empower communities to become involved in the design, installation, and maintenance of green infrastructure projects.  Presenters include representatives from municipal stormwater management agencies and urban park systems who will discuss their experiences with implementing green infrastructure stormwater management projects in parks. Content will include a preview of the final draft of EPA’s new technical publication, “Green Infrastructure in Parks: A Guide to Collaboration, Funding, and Community Engagement.”

This webinar will be of interest to parks and water utility administrators, landscape architects, representatives of community organizations, and anyone interested in building a new collaborative approach to green infrastructure projects that go beyond the functional benefits of capturing and treating stormwater to engaging and empowering communities for the benefit of all.

WBNR: March 14, 2017 (1:00-2:30 pm):

EPA Star Grants: Moving Green Infrastructure Forward

Attending the webcast is free but registration is required. Click on the link above to register for the webcast and learn more about our speakers and their research.
EPA’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grant program funds research grants in numerous environmental programs, including stormwater management. This webcast presents the work of successful STAR grantees who partnered with EPA to pursue research in support of green infrastructure implementation. Featured speakers include Don Katnik and Amanda Shearin with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, who will illustrate how urban planners can use geospatial information systems to map regional development for the purpose of preserving and enhancing green infrastructure. In addition, Robert Traver with Villanova University will focus on the performance monitoring of urban green infrastructure practices in Philadelphia. EPA’s STAR grants continue to engage the nation’s scientists and engineers in targeted research to support the next generation of the next generation of green infrastructure practices.
CONF: March 22 to March 23, 2017:
11th Annual Iowa Water Conference

The theme of the 11th annual Iowa Water Conference, “Watershed Management: Partnerships for Progress,” promotes water resource management from a watershed perspective, with a particular emphasis on the partnerships necessary to accomplish goals. Improving water management on a watershed scale is a complex undertaking due to the variety and sheer number of stakeholders. Watersheds do not adhere to political jurisdictions; they often cross borders of different cities of town, counties, and in some cases, states.
CONF: April 28, 2017 (11:00 – 6:00 pm):
This forum will be hosted at the Courtyard Marriott in La Vista, NE.
CONF: May 2 – 4, 2017:
Triple Regional P2 Roundtable

Why Attend:  Researching on the internet only takes you so far. Meeting in person and talking with other professionals lead to connections and insights that you might not otherwise gain. Serendipitous discoveries made in face-to-face encounters lead to innovation. You will leave with new ideas, connections, and tools to move your projects forward.

Who should attend: Technical assistance programs (TAPs), tribal environmental representatives, and others working in the sustainability field attend both full conference days for training, new program ideas, and to learn new skills.

Those new to pollution prevention/source reduction concepts attend the P2 101 Preconference workshop, as well as both full conference days.

CONF: September 6 to September 8, 2017:

As food waste continues to become a mainstream problem, the need for resources and information about how to reduce it from the start, recover it if possible and where it should go become essential. The Midwest Food Recovery Summit will focus on ALL of the recovery options.
  Region 7 News
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
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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