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Webinar: Introduction to Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) for Communities (TRI Basics #1)
Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Eastern (11:00 am – 1:00 pm Central)
The Dillard University Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host the Toxics Release Inventory webinar on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm eastern (11:00 am – 1:00 pm central). The webinar is entitled “Introduction to the Toxics Release Inventory for Communities (TRI Basics # 1). The purpose of the webinar is to provide an introduction to TRI along with some historical case studies to grassroots community groups, environmental justice organizations and others who serve communities exposed to pollution.
- Increase use and understanding of the Toxics Release Inventory among environmental justice communities and other stakeholders.
- Learn basic information about TRI including why it was created and how communities can benefit from using TRI.
- Learn how TRI was used in the early development of the Environmental Justice movement to lay the scientific basis for protection of communities living in close proximity to toxic facilities.
Registration is required to participate. Please register at: http://www.dscej.org/index.php?option=com_rsform&formId=13. Each participant will be provided with webinar connection instructions once their registration has been accepted. There is no registration fee.
Dr. Beverly Wright, Executive Director, Dillard University, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, New Orleans, LA.
Shelley Fudge, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Environmental Analysis Division
Christine Arcari, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Environmental Analysis Division
Contact: Mary I. Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-816-4028.
Communications Methods for State and Local Climate and Clean Energy Programs
This December, USEPA will offer a three-part webcast series on communications strategies and methods that state and local governments can use to ensure the ongoing success of climate and clean energy programs. The structure of the three webcasts will parallel the general phases of program development and implementation: attracting stakeholder support and participation, sustaining change, and gaining momentum from program successes. Participants will learn how to design communications strategies to engage and empower stakeholders, use communications methods to instigate and sustain behavior change and foster individual and community solutions, and effectively communicate their programs’ successes and resulting benefits to diverse audiences.
December 4, 2013, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) – Gaining Support and Attracting Participation through Communication
Part 1 will explore how to gain support from partners and attract participation in climate and clean energy programs. The webcast will address the importance of developing a communications plan and using it as a framework throughout the course of the initiative and cover tactics that engage, empower, and transform community-level participation into actionable results. The importance of understanding intended audiences and tailoring strategies to their needs will be emphasized.
December 11, 2013, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) – The Role of Communication in Ensuring Sustained Behavior Change
Part 2 will address how communications tools can be used throughout the implementation of climate and clean energy programs to achieve behavior change and ensure sustained, lasting impacts. Speakers will discuss the role of behavior change in the success of a program; the value of communicating program results and successes in sustaining change; and how to assess behavior change.
December 18, 2013, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) – Using Effective Communication to Showcase Program Successes
Part 3 will focus on how communities can effectively showcase the benefits and successes of a clean energy initiative to ensure additional funding opportunities, continued engagement, and sustained behavior change. Speakers will also cover how to encourage replication of success.
The WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection recently awarded over 3/4 million dollars in grants to local communities in support of agriculture, household hazardous waste, and pharmaceutical drug collection programs. These grants provide partial support to local government efforts to keep toxic, difficult to dispose chemicals and household products out of the environment. Below is a summary of the grant awards by category:
State/provincial-level programs – Wednesday, November 20th, from 9:30-10:30 Central time
Please register through http://www.pca.state.mn.us/h8udqd6
In addition to providing more background on coal tar sealcoat use and efforts in 3 states to reduce associated PAH releases, we will describe studies done in the Great Lakes area and how they can help focus reduction programs.
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
- Amanda Minks, DNR
Adaptive management and water quality trading may be primarily geared toward helping wastewater dischargers meet phosphorus limits, but these tools may present opportunities for Wisconsin farmers and for the land conservation staff who advise them. A webinar series starting in December 2013 is aimed at helping LCD staff and others learn more about these approaches and whether they are a good option to achieve conservation and other goals. The webinars complement the guidance documents we released earlier this year for adaptive management and water quality trading. We hope you’ll join us for the live webcasts or view them later at your convenience. We believe that LCDs can help achieve their conservation mission while finding valuable allies and ultimately funding sources as a result of adaptive management and water quality trading partnerships.
• Webinar 1- Introduction to Water Quality Trading and Adaptive Management • Date: 12/17/2013 • Time: 9-10:30 am
• Webinar 2- Finding and Quantifying Offsets for Water Quality Trading and Adaptive Management • Date: 1/22/2014 • Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
• Webinar 3- Developing a Successful Trading or Adaptive Management Plan • Date: 3/19/2014 • Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
• Webinar 4- Implementing and Verifying Offsets for Trading and Adaptive Management • Date: 4/9/2014 • Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
If you’re interested in participating in the webinar series or in downloading available guidance, visit http://dnr.wi.gov/, keywords “adaptive management” or “water quality trading.” Adaptive management or water quality trading questions may also be submitted in advance of the webinars to Amanda.Minks@Wisconsin.gov, 608-264-9223. An adaptive management and water quality trading presentation will also be offered at the WLWCA annual conference in March
The Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center surveyed 50 municipalities in Wisconsin to learn more about the cost of providing solid waste, recycling and yard waste services to residents. The survey had a 42% response rate and yielded some interesting results that were summarized by Joe Van Rossum and posted to SHWEC’s publication library. Some key highlights:
- Recycling – cost per ton - $154; cost per household – $34.82
- Average cost per ton solid waste – $ 134; cost per household – $99.50
- Average recycling rate with yard materials – 37%
The full report, Cost of Providing Solid Waste and Recycling Services, can be found on SHWEC main website.
NPPR’s Safer Chemistry Challenge Program would like to inform you of the many already planned webinars for the fall of 2013. The attached webinar flyer Fall 2013 SC Webinar series has these many webinars listed with registration information from the following organizations: Green Science Policy, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and the Great Lakes Green Chemistry Network. Look out for the spring 2014 SCCP webinar series that will focus on various tools and case studies related to finding safer alternative chemicals.
Join the Safer Chemistry Challenge Program at no cost! The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable invites companies to join the 2025 Safer Chemistry Challenge Program (SCCP). The objective of this voluntary initiative is 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. For information on how to become a member of the Safer Chemistry Challenge program visit www.p2.org/challenge. Questions can be directed to email@example.com or Cindy McComas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark your calendars for the 2014 Great Lakes Green Chemistry Conference: Innovating for Success.(see: 2014 Save the Date ) This conference will be held in Cleveland, OH, on April 1-2, 2014, accompanied by a GreenScreen training and a half day meeting of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable. Conference focus will be on 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, plenary sessions, panel sessions, breakout sessions, and a poster networking exchange. For more information, please visit our website at: http://www.glrppr.org/conference2013/index-3.html.
A workshop, “Safe Products, Made Safely: Green Chemistry Tools for Business”, is being held at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, on November 13-14. The focus will be on safer chemistry, and cover regulations, policy, and tools for evaluating chemical hazards and safer alternatives. For further information on this 1 1/2 day workshop, click here: workshop.
September 27, 2013 – California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law today a producer responsibility bill for post-consumer mattresses that calls for manufacturers to create and manage a mattress recycling program. The signing of SB 254 makes California the third state in the nation to address the end-of-life management of mattresses through product stewardship policy.
As part of his signing message to the members of the State Senate, Gov. Brown called for a “clean-up” of the bill’s “ambiguous” language during the next legislative session. Of concern to the governor is “language that appears to limit the regulatory authority of the Department (of Resources Recycling and Recovery) and the requirement that the Department reduce its administrative costs by the amount of penalties it collects.”
Under the provisions of the law, mattress manufacturers are required to create and manage a single mattress recycling organization that will provide recycling services to municipalities free of charge. The program will be financed by a visible state mattress recycling charge, or “eco-fee,” which will be collected from consumers at point-of-sale. The mattress recycling organization must submit a plan detailing the operations of the program to the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) on or before July 1, 2015.
Similar to laws passed in Connecticut and Rhode Island earlier this year, the stewardship organization will be required to establish performance goals for the first two years of the program, and to report on program results. After the first two years, the the mattress recycling organization will provide updated performance goals to CalRecycle on an annual basis. Only manufacturers who participate in the program will be permitted to sell mattresses in the state.
The law also requires the mattress stewardship council to reimburse costs for administration and oversight to CalRecycle. CalRecycle may promulgate emergency regulations necessary for implementation.
Source: Product Stewardship Institute