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Drew University will present a webinar
Using TRI to Better Understand Risks of Industrial Pollution
December 16, 2014
11 am-12:30 pm Central Time
The Drew University Spatial Data Center team will describe their research, which involves spatial analysis of TRI data sources, in combination with other federal and local geospatial data sets.
Lisa Jordan directs the Spatial Data Center at Drew University, where she has led the EPA-TRI University Challenge partnership for the past two years. The partnership has resulted in several GIS tutorials on the Toxics Release Inventory, as well as numerous student-led research projects and posters. Caitlin Briere is a program analyst for the US EPA’s Environmental Analysis Division. She is currently the project lead for the TRI University Challenge.
To register, please use this link:
The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) is sponsoring two more webinars in 2014 concerning safer chemical substitution and alternatives assessments:
The OECD Substitution and Alternatives Assessment ToolBox
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM EST
Presenter: Jonathan Rivin, University of Wisconsin-Extension
For Description of webinar & Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1309580281150186753
Initial Results from Evaluating the IC2 Alternatives Assessment Guide Using Copper Boat Data
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 2:00 PM EST
Presenter: Alex Stone, Washington Department of Ecology
For a full list of NPPR events, please visit http://www.p2.org/category/events/.
The National Recycling Coalition is presenting a webinar on Asphalt Shingle Recycling on Tuesday October 21, 12:30-2:45pm CST. The webinar will discuss markets for pre and post consumer asphalt shingles and feature Jason Haus, CEO Dem-Con Companies as the lead presenter. Register for this webinar at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/700496817.
In their continuing Sustainable Materials Management webinar series the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a webinar on Thursday November 13th, Noon-1pm CST, on “The Changing Waste Stream”. Susan Robinson, public affairs director for Waste Management, will be the featured presenter. Recyclers across the U.S. are confronted with the realities of the changing waste stream, and the broader range of recyclables collected in single stream recycling programs – all at the same time that global markets are constricting. This ultimately trickles down to local community recycling programs, including the need for robust public education and outreach efforts, and changes in recycling partnerships.
The East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, in partnership with the Bay-Lake RPC, UW-Extension, and the Niagrara Escarpment Resource Network are sponsoring a full day work-shop topic of managing urban and rural stormwater runoff in karst environments.
Thursday, October 9th, 2014 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Liberty Hall
Workshop Brochure: Oct9_2014_Karst&StormwaterConferenceProgram-1
BizNGO, with leadership by HP, developed a model alternatives assessment designed to meet the requirements of the California Safer Consumer Products regulation. The exercise was intended to better understand the implications of the regulation and to provide guidance to alternatives assessment practitioners. The flame retardant Decabromodiphenyl ether (DecaBDE) in laptop computers was selected for assessment based on the availability of well-understood alternatives. The report and lessons learned were presented to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) as part of an ongoing dialog to improve alternative assessments. The model led to changes in California’s alternative assessment guidelines, frameworks and guidance documents. This webinar will present the key points of the report as well as a discussion of the challenges encountered and lessons learned.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Cindy McComas at email@example.com. For information on how to become a member of the Safer Chemistry Challenge program visit: http://www.p2.org/challenge
WPDES MS4 General Permit No. WI-S050075-2: What Covered Municipalities Need to Know
Thursday, October 9, 2014, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Description: In May 2014 the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reissued Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) General Permit No. WI-S050075-2. This MS4 General Permit covers storm water discharges to waters of the state from 142 municipalities statewide. This webinar will provide an overview of the MS4 General Permit, the changes from the previous version, and the compliance schedule. Time for questions will be provided.
This webinar is intended for the municipalities covered under MS4 General Permit No. WI-S050075-2. However, the webinar is open to all who are interested. Click here to see a list of municipalities covered under this MS4 General Permit.
Click here to access the webinar registration. The webinar is free of charge and representatives of municipalities covered under MS4 General Permit No. WI-S050075-2 are highly encouraged to participate.
Gas stations around southeast Wisconsin are beginning to change, though you may not even notice. The Stage II Vapor Recovery systems installed in stations across the area in the early 1990’s to reduce gasoline vapor release while vehicles dispense fuel are no longer needed. Advancements in vehicle technology on newer models in conjunction with more citizens driving newer model vehicles led to the fueling station changes. For more information download this fact sheet from the DNR Small Business Environmental Assistance Program.
The Midwest Bio-Economy and Safer Products Summit
Regional Innovation Solving Global Problems
Hosted by the Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum
Call for Presentations and Posters
Submit By November 3rd, 2014
Share your innovations, insights and strategies at the Regional Conference for green chemistry and the bio-economy taking place February 18th- 19th, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This is the fifth annual conference hosted by the Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum.
This year the conference will be exploring the theme “Regional Innovation for Solving Global Problems” through crafted tracks. The following general topic areas are being proposed for the conference and the final agenda will be chosen, in part, from the areas represented by the topics submitted:
- Bio-Based Technology Development
- Product Development
- Feedstock Innovation
- Supply Chain Management
- The Advancement of Cellulosic Conversion
- How Higher Education Institutions are Driving new Bio-Based Technologies
- Academic Collaboration for Research and Innovation
- Case Studies: Successes and Failure of Bio-based Technology
- Consumer Safety: Greening the Supply Chain and Sustainability Initiatives
- Supply Chain Integration of Green Chemistry Strategies
- Product Safety: Avoiding Regrettable Substitutions
- Product Risks and Hazard Assessments
- Company Policies and Sustainability Initiatives
- Substitutions for Problem Chemicals
- Marketing Green Products
- Regulation and Policy
- New State Regulations
- New Opportunities and Innovation Driven by Regulation
- Safer Product Legislation and TSCA Reform
- California Safer Chemistry Act
- MN Toxic Free Kids Act
- The Future of Chemical Policy in the U.S.
Visit the Conference Program page today for more information on the summit’s topics.
Innovation for solving our global problems starts with you. Submit your abstract today.
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The University of Washington is now offering a professional development course in Green Chemistry and Chemical Stewardship. The objective of this on-line certificate program is to help chemists, environmental and sustainability professionals, health and safety professionals and product managers make informed product decisions that take into account sustainability, toxicity and human health concerns. The program includes three classes that will be offered sequentially, beginning in January, 2015, and concluding in August, 2015. Go to http://www.pce.uw.edu/certificates/green-chemistry-chemical-stewardship.html to learn more.