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May 27 – Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum

 MGCF May 2014 Happy Hour + Seminar

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 – 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Holiday Inn East Saint Paul (near 3M)
221 Burns Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55119

Kate Heiny, Senior Group Manager of Sustainability, Target

There is a growing consumer demand for more sustainable products and solutions, and retailers play a critical role in designing and encouraging the needed sustainable market transformation to meet the demand.

In support of Target’s commitment to expand their selection of sustainable product choices that effectively balance price, performance and convenience, Target developed the Sustainable Product Standard – a common language, definition and process for qualifying ‘more’ sustainable products within top priority categories.

Join us to learn about Target’s holistic approach to sustainability and how the Target Sustainable Product Standard is just one example of how Target integrates sustainability in all areas of their business, from the way stores are built to the products on their shelves.

Registration is $10 and includes appetizers. Visit the MGCF Event page to register.

WDNR Publishes Permeable Pavement Technical Standard

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) will now allow development projects that properly use permeable pavements to receive stormwater credits. Over the last two years, WDNR and the Standards Oversight Council have worked with a diverse team of experts to develop a conservation practice standard for permeable pavement systems that provides guidance on design, installation and maintenance to achieve desired water quality benefits. Developers that use permeable pavements instead of traditional asphalt or concrete are able to earn stormwater credit toward meeting water quality performance standards.

“Permeable pavement is an important addition to our toolbox of acceptable stormwater management practices. Allowing the use of an emerging technology like permeable pavement will benefit Wisconsin water resources and provide another option for the regulated community.” Pete Wood, Water Resources Engineer, WDNR; Permeable Pavement Standard Development team leader.

Permeable pavement is an alternative to concrete and asphalt that allows stormwater to move through the pavement surface and into a storage reservoir before soaking into the ground or being released. When it’s compared to asphalt or concrete, properly used permeable pavements can significantly reduce the volume of stormwater discharged from developed areas.

Construction permits issued by the WDNR require developers to use stormwater management practices to mitigate any negative impacts that a project will have on streams and wetlands. This technical standard for permeable pavements will be another tool that developers can use for offsetting environmental impacts of new developments or redevelopments. Research has shown that permeable pavement is able to reduce the quantity of pollutants, such as sediments and Phosphorus, from stormwater that passes through the pavement system. It also recharges more water into the ground, aquifers and streams.

“Prior to the standard it was unclear to designers what, if any, credit could be given to permeable pavements. The new technical standard clears the path for the use of permeable pavement systems to meet state and local water quality and infiltration standards.” Bob Givens, PE, Program Manager at Ommni Associates, Permeable Pavement Standard Development team member.

Proper maintenance of the permeable pavement is critical to continue receiving the intended benefits from its installation. Without ongoing, proper maintenance, sediments can clog the pores that allow infiltration and compromise the pavement’s effectiveness. The United States Geological Systems is partnering with WDNR and others to initiate an ongoing research project in Madison that will further explore the clogging capacity of these pavements and their potential for removing pollutants from stormwater.

The final technical standard was released in late February after a diverse team of experts spent one and a half years reviewing research and developing draft language. The team included several agency specialists from the WDNR and the Department of Transportation, private consultants, municipal reviewers, a contractor, and industry leaders. WDNR is partnering with University of Wisconsin-Extension to offer multiple webinar presentations to provide training on this new technical standard. The first training held on April 17th through the Water Star Wisconsin spring webinar series will provide an overview of permeable pavement systems and this practice standard. Find out more information at http://www.waterstarwisconsin.org/. Additional webinar and in-field trainings are being scheduled for this summer and fall.

The newly published permeable pavement technical standard can be found here: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/stormwater/standards/postconst_standards.html

For more information contact Pete Wood, Stormwater Engineer, WDNR at Peter.Wood@wisconsin.gov or (262) 884-2360.

Webinar Features Porous Pavments to Meet Stormwater Standards

Permeable Pavement Design for Storm Water Management – DNR Technical Standard 1008 with Case Studies
Thursday, April 17th
12:00 – 1:00pm

To Register:

DNR just released guidelines that clarify current best practices for the design and installation of permeable pavement materials which are defined as: A pavement system such as pervious concrete, porous asphalt, permeable pavers/blocks or similar surface that allows movement of storm water through the pavement surface and into a base/subbase reservoir designed to achieve water quality and quantity benefits. This program will discuss conditions where these systems make sense, system features, water quality and quantity calculations and maintenance criteria. Several cases studies will highlight the real world application of this relatively new stormwater management tool.

Pete Wood serves as a Water Resources Engineer for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in the State’s Southeast Region. He has been with the DNR since 1991 and his responsibilities include municipal and construction site storm water discharge regulations and urban storm water grants.

Thomas H. Price is Principal Civil Engineer/Hydrologist for the Conservation Design Forum. In over 20 years of practice he has been involved in a wide variety of stormwater and non-point pollution management activities including assisting watershed organizations prepare management plans; planning, designing and implementing stormwater BMPs; and teaching courses on BMP design and implementation ranging from naturalized detention basins, to bioretention, to streambank and shoreline restoration. His work has emphasized addressing the hydrologic impacts of development through integration of stormwater drainage and retention systems into the overall development plan. In his current post, Tom is responsible for the oversight of all engineering aspects and the integration of this discipline into every project at CDF. Working closely with other design professionals, Tom continues to identify and implement innovative stormwater management and stream and wetland restoration techniques to prevent and mitigate the impacts of urban development. Tom holds BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin.

Safer Chemistry Challenge Program Spring 2014 Series

Upcoming webinar on Thursday, April 17, 2014, 2:00 PM EST

Title: California Priority Products List

Presenter: Karl Palmer, Branch Chief, Safer Products and Workplaces Program, California EPA, Department of Toxic Substances Control

Under the California Safer Consumer Products Regulations (SCPR), California is carrying out a process of identifying chemicals of concern in products, requiring the evaluation of safer alternatives, and implementing regulations that promote reducing exposures to hazardous chemical-product combinations. The SCPR established a two-phase alternatives analysis process that requires manufacturers guides companies through steps to evaluate alternatives. The overall goal is safer alternatives and no regrettable substitutions. The CA Dept of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) recently released its first three priority products under the SCPR:

Children’s foam padded sleeping products containing the flame retardant TDCPP (chlorinated tris)

Spray polyurethane foam systems containing unreacted diisocyanates (used in home insulation), and

Paint and varnish strippers containing methylene chloride

Starting with these three initial “priority products”, California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control has initiated a process that launches a new framework for chemicals management and toxics exposure reduction in our homes, workplaces and environment. “We are very pleased to have reached an important milestone in implementing California’s Safer Consumer Product regulations. We believe our regulations and the process we’re starting will help stimulate development of safer products, meet consumer demand, and promote the protection of people and our environment.”
Register now! https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/46928611883553025

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Join the Safer Chemistry Challenge Program in 2014 at no cost! The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable invites companies to join the 2025 Safer Chemistry Challenge Program (SCCP). This voluntary initiative aims to motivate, challenge, and assist businesses in reducing their use of chemicals of concern to human health and the environment. The SCCP will also recognize and reward companies for finding safer alternatives to the hazardous chemicals they currently use. Questions can be directed to saferchemistry@gmail.com or Cindy McComas at mccom003@umn.edu. For information on how to become a member of the Safer Chemistry Challenge program visit: http://www.p2.org/challenge

Environmental Justice Webinar

This webinar is an introduction to the Environmental Justice Community Information Website, developed and maintained over the past three years through a partnership between Tennessee State University (TSU) and the U.S. Department of Energy.   The website is a one-stop-shop and training portal for several environmental and public health-based websites with mapping functions, including the EPA’s Environmental Justice Viewer, the National Institute of Health TOXMAP website, the Environmental Defense Fund’s Scorecard site and several others. Participants will be led through tutorials for accessing geospatial data from each site.  The tutorials are designed to make searches as user-friendly as possible, especially for less “computer literate” stakeholders.  The facilitator will provide guidance to enable even novice researches to obtain pertinent community data from all available online portals.
When: Friday 18 April 2014, 01:30 PM – 02:45 PM 
Central Time (US and Canada) (Please note that Daylight Saving Time (+01:00 hr) is in effect during this time)
To register for this event, please go to the following link:

Upcoming Pollution Prevention Webinars

NPPR P2 101 Webinar Training

This course will provide an outline allowing your organization to pursue P2 action while increasing your long-term profits. The course will consist of three one-hour webinars.

Why should you take this training?

· Your organization will learn how to involve employees and management to participate in addressing pollution sources and contribute to developing P2 solutions.

· This training will demonstrate how P2 will support other green initiatives employed by your organization.

· P2 101 is ideal for engineers, scientist, technical assistance providers, environmental health and safety managers, plant managers, production personnel and regulators who are interested in learning about the foundations and applications of P2.

Webinar Dates

· Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 2 PM ET

· Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 2 PM ET

· Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 2 PM ET


· This three-part webinar training series will be offered for $500 for up to three participants from your organization.

Please contact Kim Richards at kim@p2.org to register or request more information.


April 22, 2014 Monona Terrace Convention Center, Madison, WI

UW-Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies eighth annual conference, Earth: To Be Determined, will explore challenges and opportunities presented by rapid, large-scale changes in the global environment, including implications for energy and climate, human health, natural resources, the economy, urban development, the demographics of the environmental movement and more. To register, please go to nelson.wisc.edu/earthday.

Hazardous Chemical Releases in Your Community

The Dillard University Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DU/DSCEJ) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) will host a free webinar that will  guide individuals through the data tools myRTK, My Environment, and ECHOS, to geographically view industrial facilities releasing toxic chemicals near their home, work and schools, access data on air and water quality and help users find permit, inspection, violation, enforcement action and penalty information in their communities.

Introduction to My Environment, myRTK, and ECHO TRI Data Tools

 Monday, March 10, 2014

 11:00 – 1:00 pm Central



Sandra Gaona – myRTK Data Tool

Sandra supports data access and analysis for the Toxics Release Inventory program.  Sandra received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton in International Business and her master’s degree from George Washington University in Environmental Engineering Management. Sandra has 12 years of experience working at the federal, state, local level on environmental information reporting and management, air quality permitting, and sustainable development.

Kim Balassiano – My Environment

Kim has been with the USEPA since 2007 and supports public access tool development for the Office of Environmental Information. Kim received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in Foreign Service and has her Geography Masters degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She has worked as a GIS analyst and geospatial project manager for industry and the government for nearly 20 years.

 Rebecca Kane – ECHO Data Tool

Rebecca Kane is a program analyst who has worked at EPA since October 2000. She’s spent most of her time in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance working on the Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) website and other web products.


Registration is free. Click on the link below to register for the webinar:




Mary I. Williams – Dillard University - mwilliams@dillard.edu

Christine Arcari –  EPA - arcari.christine.@epa.gov






New USGS Study – Coal Tar Sealcoats are Persistent Source of Toxics

Research by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) published in the journal Environmental Pollution shows high concentrations of toxic chemicals in runoff from coal tar sealcoated parking lots months after the sealcoat was applied.

In their abstract, the authors state that “Coal-tar-based sealcoat, used extensively on parking lots and driveways in North America, is a potent source of PAHs….. The [research] results demonstrate that runoff from Coal Tar-sealcoated pavement, in particular, continues to contain elevated concentrations of PAHs long after a 24-h curing time, with implications for the fate, transport, and ecotoxicological effects of contaminants in runoff from Coal Tar-sealcoated pavement.”

SHWEC encourages the use of non-coal tar asphalt sealcoats to reduce the health and environmental risks of coal tar-based sealcoat products. For more information on safer sealcoat alternatives, SHWEC has created an educational series on asphalt sealcoats to help guide Wisconsin citizens and communities on choosing safer asphalt sealcoats:

Coal Tar-Based Asphalt Sealcoats – A Health and Environmental Hazard
Keeping Coal Tar Out of School Yards
Avoiding High Costs from Stormwater Sediment Contaminated by Coal Tar-Based Sealcoats
Avoiding Coal Tar-Based Asphalt Sealcoats
Choosing a Coal Tar-Free Sealcoat

Safer Chemistry Challenge Program – Spring 2014 Series

Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 2:00 PM EST

Title: EPA’s Safer Chemical Ingredients List

Presenter: Clive Davies, Environmental Protection Agency, Chief, Design for the Environment Branch

Register now! https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8302663346085465602

The Safer Chemical Ingredients List was created in September 2012 and now contains almost 650 safer chemicals and includes more than 150 fragrance chemicals. The Safer Chemical Ingredients List serves as a resource for manufacturers interested in making safer products, health and environmental advocates seeking to encourage the use of safer chemicals, and consumers seeking information on the ingredients in safer chemical products. It serves as a guide for manufacturers of Design for the Environment (DfE) labeled products, which must meet EPA’s rigorous, scientific standards for protecting human health and the environment. For additional information, please visit www.epa.gov/dfe/saferingredients.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

2014 Great Lakes Green Chemistry Conference: Innovating for Success
April 1-2, 2014, Cleveland, OH, Wyndham Hotel Conference focus will be on the innovations in green chemistry that drive advances in business, academia, policy, and human health protection in the Great Lakes region, and how integration and collaboration of these areas are crucial for success. The conference will include keynotes (John Warner-Warner Babcock, Julie Zimmerman-Yale, and Dennis McGavis-Goodyear), plenary sessions, panel sessions, breakout sessions, and a poster networking exchange. The conference will be accompanied by a GreenScreen training and a half day meeting of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable. For more information, please visit our website at:

Join the Safer Chemistry Challenge Program in 2014 at no cost! The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable invites companies to join the 2025 Safer Chemistry Challenge Program (SCCP). This voluntary initiative aims to motivate, challenge, and assist businesses in reducing their use of chemicals of concern to human health and the environment. The SCCP will also recognize and reward companies for finding safer alternatives to the hazardous chemicals they currently use.

Questions can be directed to saferchemistry@gmail.com or Cindy McComas at mccom003@umn.edu.

For information on how to become a member of the Safer Chemistry Challenge program visit: http://www.p2.org/challenge

Spring 2014 SCCP Webinar Series

2014 GLGC Registration Flyer

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