March 17, 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).
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Webinars, Conferences, & Events

WBNR: March 22, 2017 (1:00-2:00 pm):

Turning Technical Assistance into Action: Funding and project development strategies for energy improvement projects

The Environmental Sustainability Resource Center (ESRC) is providing this invitation-only session exclusively for technical assistance providers (TAPs).

The webinar is designed to inform EPA grantees of funding mechanisms that can help the end user turn energy assessments into projects.

Grantees will learn about the community development approach to energy-related technical assistance and financing by two certified Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), incentive programs and lessons learned from a utility/government program administrator with a successful track record of project conversion.

A business that has received assistance/funding will also share its experience with going through the process, and decision points evaluated to move forward.  As a result of participating in this webinar, grantees should be able to identify providers of affordable/flexible funding in their service area and employ strategies for post-assessment engagement with recipients.

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.
WBNR: March 29, 2017 (12:30-2 pm):

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund: Flexible Funding for the Urban Tree Canopy

Since its inception, the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program has provided over $118 billion to projects nationwide, making it EPA’s largest source of funding for water quality. While the CWSRF has traditionally funded publicly-owned treatment works, it can also fund green infrastructure including tree planting and land acquisition for water quality improvement and protection. Attendees will learn about how the CWSRF can be used as a funding source for green infrastructure and urban forestry projects—a cost effective way to reduce combined sewage flooding problems. Heather Knizhnik of the NJ Department of Environmental Protection will provide an overview of the CWSRF program in New Jersey and how they support green infrastructure projects. Andy Kricun of the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority will discuss the Camden SMART Initiative and how the city of Camden, NJ utilized the CWSRF as well as an innovative partnership to manage the city’s stormwater. Jessica Franzini with the NJ Tree Foundation will discuss their role in the partnership and highlight several of the projects made possible with CWSRF funding.

Please use the information below to connect to the webinar:

1. FIRST TIME USERS: Make sure you are able to access Adobe Connect. Ensure you have a good Internet connection and Adobe Flash Player 11.2 or higher. You may connect to the web meeting via PC/laptop, Mondopad, and Android or Apple mobile devices (with the free Adobe Connect mobile app). You may TEST your connection prior to the forum by running the Adobe Connect Test (https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm). NOTE: you do not need the Adobe Connect add-in.

2. To connect to the webinar, go to https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/spf-ucf/ at the appropriate day and time. Registration isn’t required, but space is limited. Adobe Connect can accommodate up to 1,000 attendees. Therefore, space will be filled on a first-come first-serve basis.

WBNR: March 30, 2017 (11:00-12:00 pm):

Becoming a Nebraska Certified Electronics Recycler

Have you ever wondered about becoming a certified electronics recycler? This webinar will answer your questions by providing an overview of:
• What it means to be a certified electronics recycler
• The three electronics recycling standards (R2, R2/RIOS, e-Stewards)
• The value of being certified
• The process and costs associated with becoming certified

A new grant program for Nebraska-based electronics recyclers offering support for becoming certified will be announced and described.

The webinar will be presented by Lynn Rubinstein, Executive Director of the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC). She is a nationally recognized expert in electronics recycling and the recycling industry.

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.
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