The Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN) will host the Triple Regional P2 Roundtable for EPA Regions 5, 7 and 8 to be held May 2-4 in Minneapolis. Network and discover new ideas in pollution prevention and source reduction!
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 should attend both full conference days for training, new program ideas and to learn new skills.
- Those new to pollution prevention/source reduction concepts should attend the P2 101 Preconference workshop on May 2, as well as both full conference days.
Visit the conference website to learn more and to register. The deadline for booking in the hotel room block is April 2.
In this webinar, EPA’s Kathy Lett and Mary Beth Sheridan will provide information and answer questions about recent changes to hazardous waste generator regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to improve compliance and thereby enhance protection of human health and the environment. These changes, which become effective on May 30, 2017, are both a result of EPA’s experience in implementing and evaluating the hazardous waste generator program over the last 30 years, as well as a response to concerns and issues identified by the states and regulated community. Hosts Lett and Sheridan, from EPA’s Office of Resource Conservation & Recovery, are experts on hazardous waste recycling and waste generation, and helped develop the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule.
Join us to hear a case study from an ENERGY STAR partner who has had success in reducing water use. The speaker will share their journey of benchmarking water use and roadblocks they overcame along their journey to conserve water. Find out how to implement best practices for water management in your sustainability plan to save both water and energy.
The CleanMed 2017 Conference & Exposition will be held May 16-18 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
CleanMed is a national environmental conference for leaders in health care sustainability who are on the leading edge of greening the health care sector. It’s a time for businesses with environmentally preferable products and services or nutritious, sustainable foods to connect with the health care leaders who make purchasing decisions for their facilities. The conference will connect you with the leaders at the forefront of implementing sustainability projects, green building design and environmentally preferable purchasing.
CleanMed is presented each year by Practice Greenhealth, a membership association for hospitals and businesses engaged in sustainable health care, and Health Care Without Harm, the campaign for environmentally responsible health care and advocate for environmental health and justice across the globe.
The Sustainability and Social Science Research Symposium will be held May 17-19 at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Many scholars perform high quality research on matters related to sustainability. Yet, there are relatively few events where a multidisciplinary overview of research efforts and projects has taken place, and where researchers and scholars from across the spectrum of the social sciences have had the opportunity to come together to discuss research methods, research findings or exchange ideas about on-going and future research opportunities focusing on sustainability.
The aims of the symposium are to provide social science researchers focusing on sustainability an opportunity to present and discuss their work (e.g. empirical work, case studies, teaching and learning innovations, applied projects, etc.); to foster the exchange of information, ideas and experiences acquired in the execution of research projects, especially initiatives that have influenced behavior, decision-making or policy; to discuss methodological approaches and projects that aim to offer a better understanding of sustainability across society and economic sectors; and to network the participants and provide a platform so they can explore possibilities for further cooperation.
A further aim of the event will be to document and disseminate the wealth of experiences on sustainability and social science research. To that end, a peer-reviewed book titled “Handbook of Sustainability and Social Science Research” will be published, with all accepted papers. This will be part of the award-winning “World Sustainability Series,” published by Springer, one of the world´s top five scientific publishers. Following the themes of previous World Sustainability Series events, this event will also have a focus on work in North America but participants from all regions are invited to attend.
The biennial Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RE3) Workshop will be held May 21-24 at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky. The workshop is funded by the National Science Foundation and coordinated through the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research (CCRER) at the University of Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering.
The workshop theme is “Defining and Refining the Energy-Water-Food Nexus.” The workshop encourages, strengthens and creates partnerships among stakeholders at the state, region and national arenas, forging connections and fostering innovation and intellectual exchange among academic, small businesses and entrepreneurial start-ups, and mature industrial partners.
Who should attend?
Participation is encouraged from faculty, students and staff of universities and institutes, business/corporate partners, national laboratories and entrepreneurs across the nation, as well as local and regional high schools and junior colleges.
What will be covered?
The 2017 RE3 Workshop features presentations by speakers from universities, businesses, national laboratories and funding agencies on the latest technical discoveries and thematic priorities for renewable energy and efficiency in the following key areas: Energy-Water-Food (EWF) Nexus, Materials and Process Innovation, and Materials and Energy Entrepreneurship. Plenary lectures will focus on the grand challenges facing the EWF Nexus, with particular emphasis around how clean energy research can link the necessary science to push the scientific boundaries of the nexus further.
The workshop will be divided into three topical tracks that will be the focus of afternoon sessions of invited and submitted talks: Clean Energy-Food, Clean Energy-Water and Clean Energy-Entrepreneurship.
In addition to plenary lectures and presentations, short educational courses for students, faculty and industry are offered as a prelude to the kickoff for the workshop, including: 1) Materials Discovery and Advanced Materials Characterization; 2) Additive Manufacturing, Biogas production and Combined Heat & Power; and 3) The Next Step: Technical Entrepreneurship in the Materials and Energy Sector.
A key outcome is enabling students and researchers in academia, government and industry in energy-related fields and disciplines to increase national research competitiveness and viable renewable energy technology transfer and commercialization offerings.
The workshop agenda also features a poster session and formal and informal networking opportunities in addition to the short courses, presentations and product demonstrations. Conference talks will be presented as papers as a special online issue of ACS Energy Letters.
Visit the workshop website to learn more, submit papers and posters, apply for Student Travel Awards and to register. Early Bird registration is available until April 28.
The Louisville Energy Alliance, in partnership with Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Sustainability, will host a FREE EPA ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager training session on May 23 from 1-3 p.m.
The training will include a one-hour webinar hosted by an EPA ENERGY STAR professional followed by on-site assistance with creating Portfolio Manager accounts and entering data into the software. Attendees will learn the basic functionality of Portfolio Manager as well as how to log energy and water use data and generate custom reports using the data. By the end of the session, attendees will have entered one year of energy data, have a basic understanding of the capabilities of Portfolio Manager and be one step closer to ENERGY STAR certification. Additionally, a senior engineer from the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) will be on-hand to answer any technical assistance questions to help companies improve their energy management.
Portfolio Manager is a free, online software that enables building owners and managers to track and evaluate a facility’s energy and water consumption over time. Buildings that perform in the top 25% of their peers, receiving a minimum score of 75/100, are eligible to receive the ENERGY STAR certification.
Attendees will learn how to:
- Operate Portfolio Manager
- Set up a new property
- Set up water and energy meters
- Log energy and water use data
- Create custom reports from the data
Why ENERGY STAR Certification?
- ENERGY STAR buildings are seen as top performers in energy efficiency
- Lower operating costs
- Higher marketability
- Fewer greenhouse gas emissions
- Higher rental rates
Join us as we introduce and demonstrate the core functionality of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Attendees will learn how to: navigate Portfolio Manager; add a property and enter details about it; enter energy and water consumption data; share properties; and generate template performance reports to assess progress.
Save money. Fix problems.
Every Kentucky city and county is looking for new dollars. Did you ever think that some of those funds could be found in your utility bills?
The Kentucky High Performance Public Facilities Workshop will showcase how public facilities can become more efficient and generate real savings in the community.
What you will learn:
– How to manage your energy costs
– How to procure energy efficient upgrades
– Hear real Kentucky case studies
– Meet local vendors and industry experts
Who should attend:
– Local Government Officials
– School Board Members and Superintendents
– Facility Managers
– Energy Managers
– Anyone that wants to fix problems and cut costs
CEU and PDH Credits are Available
Continuing Education Units and Professional Development Hours:
– AIA Learning Units: Architects may earn 6.0 Learning Units in Health, Safety and Welfare categories
– Department for Local Government Learning Units 6.75 credit hours for the County Officials Training Program
– University of Kentucky may award a total of 6 PDH Hours for full workshop attendance
Every Wednesday at noon, we’ll hold Portfolio Manager “Ask the Expert.” It’s a live webinar that gives all users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA experts in an open forum. Want to talk to a “real” person? Have a question about how Portfolio Manager calculates your score? Want to learn more about entering Green Power? Join us, and we’ll answer all your questions about ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager in this public forum.