February 2, 2018
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 P2RIC.org or look us up on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates on sustainability issues!
Conferences & Events
CONF: February 11-14, 2018
North America’s #1 technical conference for the presentation of applied and fundamental research and case studies on waste management. This year’s GWMS program will be more comprehensive than ever, delivering the critical content and research that you need to know—and that warrants the two-year wait. Industry experts will be covering the topics you that you asked to learn more about.
Webinars
WBNR: Feb 6 & 13, 2018 (2:30 pm-3:30 pm/1:00 pm – 2:00 pm)
The U.S. energy storage market experienced substantial growth in 2017. In this webinar, guest speakers from GTM Research will share insights related to recent developments in the U.S. energy storage market, including deployment trends, policy updates, and market outlook.
WBNR: Feb 7, 2018 (2:00 pm-3:30 pm)
Since 2012, AASHE has collaborated with Sierra magazine and The Princeton Review to allow colleges and universities to use the STARS Reporting Tool to share their sustainability data for potential inclusion in Sierra’s Cool Schools ranking and The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges. This year, in response to feedback from AASHE members, AASHE, Sierra and Princeton Review have made some significant changes to the data sharing process. Join this webinar to learn about these changes and how they impact you. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.
WBNR: Feb 14, 2018 (1:00 pm-2:00 pm)
Natural assets like parks, street trees, and floodplains provide a broad range of benefits for urban communities such as flood risk reduction, clean air, and opportunities for recreation. These benefits build community climate resilience and support resident health and equity. However, many of our most important infrastructure and community design decisions continue to be made without fully considering the resilient and cost-effective solutions provided by nature. Nature does not have a seat at the planning table!
WBNR: Feb 21, 2018 (1:00 pm-2:00 pm)
In addition to benchmarking energy and water use in Portfolio Manager, you can measure and track waste & materials generated by your building. Upgrade from the cumbersome spreadsheet you have been using, or get started for the first time, and learn how to use the waste tracking feature.
Grants & Awards
$2,500 community project grants are available to organizations, businesses and passionate residents. Grant applications are reviewed bi-annually, based on funding availability.
Deadlines for fiscal year 2018: April 1, 2018
Any Nebraska organization, including schools, municipalities and other government entities, nonprofit organizations and recycling companies is eligible. Examples of recycling companies are those that collect, process and/or ship recycling; waste haulers with recycling routes, or starting or expanding recycling services.
Due by the 15th of each month until depleted
Pollution Prevention
Get Out of Major Source Status with P2!
Once in always in? Not anymore. Now, there is more incentive than ever to use pollution prevention (P2) to reduce emissions.
Since 1995, U.S. EPA has regulated major sources of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). EPA’s policy established that any source, once subject by rule as a major HAP source, would be subject to the major source HAP rule for as long as it operated, even if eventually the HAP emissions were classified as safe or below major source levels. This resulted in no incentive or motivation to practice P2 efforts for sources subject to this rule. Recently, this policy has undergone some change. With the new guidance, sources of HAPs previously classified as major sources may be reclassified as area sources at any time, as long as that facility is still limiting its emissions below the major source thresholds. With what some people call the “Once in, Always in” policy being changed, businesses can now turn to pollution prevention and waste reduction tactics to better save money and help the environment. The EPA has not developed the language to reflect this policy change, but will soon publish a notice in the Federal Register.
“Beet”-ing the Ice
Winter weather is amongst us, and states are coming up with sustainable tools to battle it. The Kansas Department of Transportation has introduced the idea of adding Sugar Beet Juice to Salt Brine. Beet Juice is an agricultural byproduct produced in the manufacturing of sugar, and does an incredible job melting ice. Salt Brine is most effective when temperatures reach 25 degrees, but when Beet Juice is added to Salt Brine, it helps the brine stick, and the two together can prevent ice from crystallizing and melt ice at near-zero temperatures. Beet Juice is also very safe, so safe in fact, that you could even drink it! What a sustainable practice!
 Region 7 News
Resources
Food Rescue Locator
EPA P2 grant programs;webinar and questions link included
P2RIC Calendar and P2RX calendar for upcoming events and webinars
Podcasts
Sustainable Ventura is committed to the preservation of the environment through innovative waste reduction and pollution prevention programs.
Joshua Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less things.
Newsletters
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
UNO/CBA/NBDC
University of Nebraska at Omaha
6001 Dodge St. MH200E
Omaha, NE 68182
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