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GLRPPR Calendar

Below is a list of of events, training sessions, and conferences that relate to GLRPPR. To have an item added to the calendar, contact Laura Barnes, GLRPPR Executive Director.

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December 2017

SBIR and STTR -- What Are They and How Can You Partner and Benefit?

December 21, 2017, Time: 11 am-noon CST
Webinar
Type: Event

Description:
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is tasked with assisting small businesses through partnerships that can lead to research commercialization and job creation. Through a competitive process, the SBA has developed the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant programs. Kelly Wylam, program manager with the Ben Franklin Innovation Partnerships program will explain the basics of the program and highlight the application process. There will be time for a Q&A session to help attendees understand the opportunity and whether it applies to their current initiatives.

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January 2018
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Solar Panel Stewardship: the Future is Now

January 4, 2018, Time: noon-1:30 pm CST
Webinar
Type: Event

Description:
Solar panels emerged as an energy source in the early 1990's, and as the technology advanced and became more affordable, more U.S. households and businesses installed these devices. Fast forward to today -- nearly thirty years later -- and many of the first installed solar panels are in need of replacement. Solar modules contain hazardous materials, rare earth elements, and other materials that must be managed safely and responsibly, some of which have tangible economic value. What is the best way to manage spent solar panels, and how can we incorporate these products into the circular economy?

Washington State is leading the way in addressing the post-consumer management of spent solar panels. They recently passed a first-in-the-nation law (the Solar Incentives Job Bill (ESSB 5939)) requiring solar panel manufacturers to finance and manage the collection and processing of post-consumer photovoltaic modules. This extended producer responsibility law will reduce waste, increase recycling, save money for governments, and create jobs.

In this webinar, speakers from Washington State and the solar panel industry will discuss the environmental and economic problems with post-consumer solar panels, Washington's law, and how others can take the lead in properly managing these products when consumers are done with them.

Cost: Free to Product Stewardship Institute members; $100 for non-members.


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Relaunching the Pollution Prevention Options Assessment System (P2OASys) Tool for TUR Planners

January 8, 2018, Time: 11 am-noon CST
Webinar
Type: Event

Description:
TURI developed the Pollution Prevention Options Assessment System (P2OASys) tool to help companies determine whether the toxics use reduction (TUR) options they are considering improve upon their existing process when looking at environmental, health and safety topics. By using P2OASys, unforeseen negative environmental, worker or public health impacts may be identified prior to adopting the proposed changes.

Potential hazards posed by current and alternative processes identified during the TUR planning process are compared using data endpoints for eight main categories that encompass chemical, physical, psychological and environmental hazards.

Using both quantitative and qualitative data input, the tool has be set up to rate each category based on endpoints that correlate with values, key phrases, Global Harmonizing System (GHS) classifications, and other government agencies designations.


Contact Information:
Contact: Toxics Use Reduction Institute
URL: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/700331019421932034

February 2018
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The Road to Alternative Energy

February 15, 2018, Time: 11 am-noon CST
Webinar
Type: Event

Description:
Energy efficiency first, then add alternative energy projects to reduce the cost of energy and a company's environmental impact. PennTAP will review methods to maximize energy efficiency, in order to minimize alternative energy equipment and installation costs. PennTAP will also review funding opportunities for energy efficiency and alternative energy projects, to reduce the cost of implementation.

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Artificial Turf Alternatives

February 27, 2018, Time: 11 am-noon CST
Webinar
Type: Event

Description:
When municipalities, universities, schools and other institutions consider what type of athletic playing fields to install, they need to decide between natural grass, artificial turf with crumb rubber infill and artificial turf with other forms of infill. TURI has received requests for information about artificial turf fields as an alternative to natural grass fields. In response, we have developed an alternatives assessment for sports turf. This webinar will provide information on the ingredients of artificial turf infills.

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June 2018
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Safer Solutions for Methylene Chloride

June 5, 2018, Time: 11 am-noon CDT
Webinar
Type: Event

Description:
TURI has been working with the U.S. EPA, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, paint stripper product manufacturers, and furniture refinishers to identify and evaluate solvent blends with equal or better paint stripping performance, comparable ingredient costs, and a safer environmental, health, and safety profile as compared to methylene chloride. This webinar will describe why methylene chloride is a higher hazard substance as designated by TURA and findings from the research into safer formulations

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2018 Emerging Contaminants in the Aquatic Environment Conference

June 5, 2018 - June 6, 2018
Champaign, IL
Type: Conference

Description:
The conference will feature presentations and posters on the latest in emerging contaminant research, policies, and education. There will be a special session focused on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), which includes perfluorooctyl sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). In addition, there will be plenty of opportunities for discussion and networking with those interested in all aspects of emerging contaminants in the aquatic environment.

Researchers, educators, businesses, government officials, regulatory agencies, policy makers, outreach and extension professionals, environmental groups, members of the general public, and medical, veterinary, and public health professionals are encouraged to attend the conference.


Contact Information:

Events With No Specific Date
These events either have no dates set yet, or they are schedule upon demand.
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ACI Webcast Training

Web site/computer
Type: Training

Description:

ACI (Affordable Comfort, Inc.) is a non-profit organization, founded on an assembly of people who gathered in Pittsburgh, PA in 1986. They had a common interest in sharing what they understood about making homes energy efficient, comfortable, and affordable, without risk to the residents and building structure. This approach to weatherizing, remodeling, or building came to be known as "House as a System."

ACI offers a Webcast training on a wide array of home building topics. To see a list of upcoming topics and dates, visit their Web site.


Contact Information:
Phone: 800-344-4866
URL: http://www.affordablecomfort.org


Advanced Hazardous Waste Management

Various locations and dates
Type: Training

Description:
You will learn:
  • How new and proposed regulations will affect your site
  • How to classify hazardous waste using information you won't find in the regulations
  • Exemptions and exclusions that can save you money

Who should attend? Anyone who wants to go beyond the basic RCRA requirements, while meeting the annual training requirement.

For course topics, locations, class fee, and schedule visit the Environmental Resource Center Web site listed below.


Contact Information:
Phone: 800-537-2372
E-Mail: service@ercweb.com
URL: http://www.ercweb.com


American Chemical Society Webcasts

Online
Type: Training

Description:

The American Chemical Society's webcast Courses provide the same high-quality instruction you expect from ACS, but without the added expense and frustration of travel. The course catalog covers a wide variety of topics and skill levels. A complete list of webcast courses can be found by visiting the Web site.


Contact Information:

Building Energy and Sustainability Technician (BEST)

various community colleges in Illinois
Type: Training

Description:
The BEST course and certification program was developed to raise the professional standards of those engaged in building energy and sustainability; to improve the practice of building energy and sustainability by encouraging professionals to partake in a continuing education course of professional development for building energy and sustainability technicians; to identify persons with acceptable knowledge of the principles and practices of building energy and sustainability technicians through completing the certification and fulfilling prescribed standards of performance and conduct; and to award special recognition to those energy professionals who have demonstrated a high level of competence and ethical fitness in building energy and sustainability. BEST candidates must meet pre-qualifications and have work experience established by the independent BEST board and pass the BEST certification exam. The written BEST examination deals with such subjects as: Financial Considerations for Equipment Purchases, Building Utilities, Energy Audits and Instrumentation, Lighting, Energy Savings, HVAC Systems, Heating & Refrigeration Systems, Controls and Compressed Air Systems.

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Certified Energy Auditor (CEA)

various community colleges in Illinois
Type: Conference

Description:
Based on the growing demand for qualified professionals, the Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) certification was developed and added to the broad portfolio of professional certifications offered by the Association of Energy Engineers. Rising energy costs and inefficiency in plants and buildings is continually driving the need for trained and experienced energy auditors. The CEA certification is one that identifies professionals as having the required knowledge and experience needed to succeed in the growing field of energy auditing.

Contact Information:

Climate Adaptation Implementation Program

Available to communities nationwide
Type: Event

Description:
This multi-year program is for communities who have an existing adaptation plan that has not yet been fully implemented. New participants join a nationwide network of adaptation planning communities and receive customized individual coaching and peer-to-peer assistance to implement their plan.

Need-based scholarships for participating communities are available.


Contact Information:
Contact: Model Forest Policy Program
Phone: (530) 355 -- 9880
E-Mail: jeff@mfpp.org
URL: http://www.mfpp.org/csu/our-programs/implementation_program/


Climate Adaptation Plan Development Program

Available to communities nationwide
Type: Event

Description:
The Model Forest Policy Program provides training, mentoring, access to new tools and resources, and support to each community in the program to develop a comprehensive climate adaptation plan for their community, region, or geographic territory.

The CSU team and guest presenters break the planning process into step-by-step components providing eight learning module presentations, monthly conference calls, and individual coaching.

Over ten months, each community develops a Forest and Water Climate Adaptation Plan.

Need-based scholarships are available for communities wishing to participate.


Contact Information:
Contact: Model Forest Policy Program
Phone: (530) 355 -- 9880
E-Mail: jeff@mfpp.org
URL: http://www.mfpp.org/csu/our-programs/plan_development_program/


Creating Sustainable Change

various community colleges in Illinois
Type: Training

Description:
This workshop focuses on how to use the Path to Sustainable Change and connect the few and the many. There are four steps in creating sustainable change. This workshop explains these steps, provides examples -- based in energy efficiency and behavior change - of each, and lets participants practice creating sustainable behavior change in energy efficiency that can be translated into their organizations.

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Developing and Maintaining a Skilled Energy Efficiency Workforce

various community colleges in Illinois
Type: Training

Description:
Building a skilled and vibrant workforce that is knowledgeable about energy efficiency requires an ongoing commitment, as well as access to resources that support the continuous development of well-trained workers. This half-day workshop will look at various ways an employer can build and continue to enhance the skills of this workforce--from identifying the needs within the industry itself, to identifying resources available locally and regionally to build and continually improve the workforce, to establishing partnerships that continue to support the skills enhancements of an energy efficiency workforce.

Contact Information:

DOT Hazardous Materials Training

Various locations and dates
Type: Training

Description:

You will learn:

  • How to package, mark, and label hazardous materials
  • How to choose the correct DOT shipping name
  • How to complete shipping papers
  • How to load, unload, and placard properly
  • Your responsibilities to ensure hazardous material security
  • Recent changes in the regulations

Who must attend? Personnel responsible for the safe shipment of hazardous materials, including anyone who fills packages, marks or labels containers, completes or signs shipping papers, loads or uloads vehicles, or operates vehicles used to transport hazardous materials.

This course meets DOT requirements for initial and recurrent training.

For course topics, locations, class fee, and schedule visit the Web site listed below.


Contact Information:
Phone: 800-537-2372
E-Mail: service@ercweb.com
URL: http://www.ercweb.com


Efficient Motor Control

various community colleges in Illinois
Type: Training

Description:
This training covers maintenance issues around efficient motor control. Topics include how an electric motor works, power factor, load factor, high efficiency motors, higher efficiency mechanical drives, and adjustable speed electric motor drives.

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Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing 3-Course Series

various community colleges in Illinois
Type: Training

Description:
Overview of how maintenance contributes to a company's bottom line and how senior management can lead an organization from a reactive to proactive culture creating Reliable Capacity resulting in lower downtime, defects, customer service issues and energy cost. This course clearly shows how effective maintenance increases profit through high productivity, lower energy usage and less rework.

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Federal Energy Management Program First Thursday Seminars

Online
Type: Training

Description:
The Federal Energy Management Program's (FEMP) First Thursday Seminars offer Federal energy, environmental, and fleet professionals online training at no cost by leading experts.

FEMP offers a certificate of completion upon successfully finishing a First Thursday Seminar and submitting an evaluation. Certified FEMP First Thursday Seminars award IACET-accredited continuing education units (CEUs) that are recognized internationally by credentialing associations, licensing bodies, and employers. One hour of study is equivalent to .1 CEU.


Contact Information:

Frontiers in the Environment seminar series

University of Minnesota & online
Type: Event

Description:
Weekly seminar series with topics covering all aspects of the environment and sustainability. Live streaming at http://umconnect.umn.edu/IonEFrontiers.

Contact Information:
Contact: UMN Institute on the Environment
URL: http://environment.umn.edu/frontiers/


GPRO Fundamentals of Building Green

various community colleges in Illinois
Type: Training

Description:
This course teaches the basics of sustainability and the essential strategies and work practices that make buildings green. The program materials and exam cover the "green gap" between standard trade skills and the new awareness and skills required to successfully implement green building. Individuals with experience in construction and building operations will have an advantage when taking Fundamentals of Building Green and in passing the certificate exam (optional), but anyone with an interest in green building is encouraged to participate. A GPRO certificate presented after a passing exam score, demonstrates that an individual understands green building as it applies to his or her trade and enhances that person's ability to compete for and participate in green jobs.

Those who complete the four-hour training may choose to sit for the optional certification test offered at the end of the training. Certification testing is $75.00 per person and must be paid via check payable to the U.S. Green Building Council - Illinois Chapter. Certification testing payment is to be given directly to the instructor during the training.


Contact Information:

Greener Campus Webinar Series

Webinar
Type: Event

Description:
Campus Ecology's Greener Campus Conference Series gives NWF Campus Ecology members and partners the opportunity to hear from leading practitioners in the field on conservation and sustainability topics and to provide a forum for questions and discussion.

Each conference features three to four speakers and provides a question and answer session to encourage discussion among the participants and speakers.

The site also includes archives of past webinars.


Contact Information:

Hazardous Waste Management: The Complete Course

Various locations and dates
Type: Training

Description:

You will learn:

  • How to determine which of your wastes are hazardous waste
  • Status of the new shop towel rule
  • How to manage universal waste and used oil
  • How to store hazardous waste at satellite and accumulation points
  • How to select the right container for your waste and ensure that it is properly makred, labeled, and sealed
  • How to complete the hazardous waste manifest
  • How to prepare for and respond to emergencies

Who must attend? Annual training is required (40 CFR 265.16) for all personnel who handle hazardous waste. And if you sign a hazardous waste manifes, you also are required to have DOT training.

For course topics, locations, class fee, and schedule visit the Web site listed below.


Contact Information:
Phone: 800-537-2372
E-Mail: service@ercweb.com
URL: http://www.ercweb.com


High Efficiency Lighting

various community colleges in Illinois
Type: Training

Description:
This training covers human needs for lighting, lighting terminology and lighting types.

Contact Information:

Introduction to Hazardous Waste Regulations Webinars (Recordings)


Type: Event

Description:
The Michigan DEQ's Introduction to Hazardous Waste Regulations webinar series is designed to help you understand and comply with the hazardous waste regulations.

There are three approximately 1 hour webinar recordings.


Contact Information:

Key to the Energy Audit: Boiler Efficiency Measurement & Improvement

various community colleges in Illinois
Type: Training

Description:
Learn to determine the actual efficiency of existing boilers -- a key measurement in facility energy auditing -- and to diagnose boiler problems. These are valuable techniques for handling customer high-usage complaints. Understand how the efficiency of existing boilers can be improved without replacement or major expenditure, and enhance your customer relationships. Topics include the concept of flue gas analysis, combustion efficiency measurement, combustion efficiency charts, efficiency and saving calculations, how a burner retuning actually done, and case studies

Contact Information:

Michigan DEQ Sustainability Series webinars

Webinar
Type: Event

Description:
This series is intended to promote meaningful engagement with Michigan DEQ's current and future customers around the topic of business sustainability.

Contact Information:

Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) Workshops

Various Locations (check the Web site)
Type: Training

Description:

MREA offers workshops that cover a variety of topics in renewable energy. Come learn from experts in the field about subjects including:

  • wind systems
  • PV-photovoltaics (solar electric)
  • solar thermal systems for domestic hot water and space heating
  • photovoltaic, wind and solar thermal site assessor training and certification.
  • women only workshops
  • biodiesel and veggie oil for diesel vehicles and space heating
  • window quilts
  • masonry heaters
  • energy efficient and alternative construction; women's construction. straw bale, superinsulation techniques, passive solar design, timber framing

Contact Information:

OneNOAA Science Seminars

Webinars, times and dates vary
Type: Event

Description:
This seminar series is an integrated calendar of NOAA science and climate seminars.

Contact Information:

Online Training Available for Hazardous Materials


Type: Training

Description:

The Minnesota Department of Transportation, Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations has developed an online eLearning system for Hazardous Materials (HM) training. It will teach the fundamental requirements for preparing HM for transportation as well as the basic requirements for transporting HM on public highways.

This type of training allows you to learn from the comfort of your home or place of work, you can learn at your own pace, it is available 24 hours a day from your computer, and it saves on time, travel, and lodging.

There are 9 modules that comprise the HM E-Learning training, and they do not need to be taken in any specific order. The 9 modules are: Introduction; HAZMAT Table; Shipping Papers; Marking and Labeling; >Placarding; Packaging; Security; Training; and Transportation by Highway.


Contact Information:

Online Training in Watershed Management

Online
Type: Training

Description:
Watershed Academy Web, is the program's distance learning program. The website offers a variety of self-paced training modules that represent a basic and broad introduction to the watershed management field. The modules are organized by the six themes listed below. Modules vary in the time they take to complete, from ½ hour to two hours. Fifteen of them (marked with asterisks *) are the core modules for the Watershed Academy Certificate Program.

Contact Information:

SEDAC Energy Efficiency Workshops

Various
Type: Training

Description:
Attend the latest workshop series geared toward facility managers, owners, users, designers, and engineers of commercial buildings, public K-12 schools, community colleges, universities, park districts, libraries, local governments, water and waste water treatment facilities.

Learn about various energy topics and the latest incentives available from DCEO and Ameren Illinois, ComEd, Nicor, North Shore and Peoples Gas.

Also includes training opportunities from DCEO and other organizations.


Contact Information:
Contact: Smart Energy Design Assistance Center
Phone: 1-800-214-7954
E-Mail: info@sedac.org
URL: http://smartenergy.illinois.edu/training-and-outreach.html


Storm Water Training

webinar recordings
Type: Training

Description:
Four sessions on the Michigan DEQ's website discussing a variety of storm water topics.

Contact Information:

Transportation of Dangerous Goods: Compliance with IATA and IMO Regulations

Various locations and dates
Type: Training

Description:

You will learn:

  • How to safely prepare dangerous goods for air and water transportation
  • How to avoid expensive fines from the FAA and Coast Guard
  • How to comply with DOT requirements for international shipments
  • Essential steps for compliance with IATA and IMO regulations
  • What's new in the 2008 IATA DGR and IMDG code

Who should attend? Anyone involved with classifying, packaging, labeling, marking, or completing shipping papers for air or vessel trapnsportation of dangerous goods.

This course meets your IATA and IMO initial and recurrent training requirements.

For course topics, locations, class fee, and schedule visit the Web site listed below.


Contact Information:
Phone: 800-537-2372
E-Mail: service@ercweb.com
URL: http://www.ercweb.com


WaterSense & Energy Star webinar series


Type: Event

Description:

WaterSense is teaming up with ENERGY STAR to host a new webinar series in the United States on water and energy efficiency for commercial and institutional facilities. Each webinar features content from WaterSense at Work and ENERGY STAR resources that can help organisations save water, energy, and money in different areas of their facilities.


Contact Information:
Contact: WaterSense Helpline
Phone: 866-987-7367
E-Mail: watersense@epa.gov
URL: https://www3.epa.gov/watersense/commercial/tools.html#tabs-webina...


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