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Register now for new webcast series on Climate Change Adaptation for State and Local Governments

EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program is hosting a three-part webcast series on climate change adaptation for state and local governments. The series will bring together state and local stakeholders share examples and solutions to some of the most pressing challenges to implementation – how to achieve buy-in, how to overcome the uncertainty barrier, and how to attract funding. Participants should come away from the series with an understanding of why adaptation to climate change is critical, the current state of the field as it applies to states and communities, how to scale programs to meet local needs, and what actions can be taken at the state and local levels to build support for adaptation and increase community resilience.

Webcast #1: Achieving Buy-In for Adaptation

The first webcast will be held from 1:00pm-2:30pm EDT on Thursday, March 21st and will address the challenge of achieving community buy-in for adaptation projects. Through presentations on best practices, case studies, and an interactive panel, experts will discuss how to integrate resilience considerations into mainstream decision-making and how to simultaneously address mitigation and adaptation. Register now.

AGENDA

  • Introduction
  • Overview: What is risk communication? Who should be on board? What types of stakeholders in your community should reach out to for project support? (Cara Pike, The Social Capital Project)
  • Best Practices: Educating the community on climate impacts using best available science (Cynthia Rosenzweig, NASA)
  • Case Study: How to communicate risk to key communities (Nancy Gilliam/Gwen Griffith, Climate Solutions University)
  • Case Study: How to establish community buy-in (Jonathan Lockman, Catalysis Adaptation Partners)
  • Facilitated Panel Discussion
  • Q&A

Webcast #2: Overcoming the Uncertainty Barrier to Adaptation

The second webcast will be held later in the spring (date/time TBD) and will address the challenge of planning for climate change in the face of uncertainty. Through presentations on best practices, case studies, and an interactive panel, experts will discuss how to look at historical information to understand future vulnerability and how to use downscaling tools that are appropriate for local governments of various sizes and capacities.

Webcast #3: Attracting Funding for Adaptation

The third webcast will be held later in the spring (date/time TBD) and will focus on how to secure funding for adaptation. The presentations will provide examples of how communities of various sizes have attracted funding and provide available resources for participants to identify appropriate funds. The experts who present on this webcast will discuss how to maximize funding by mainstreaming adaptation planning and how to simultaneously address adaptation and mitigation.

 

ANSI Seeks Comments on Proposed New ISO Field of Activity on Water Re-use

The Standardization Administration of China (SAC), the Chinese member body to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), in conjunction with the Standards Institution of Israel (SII), the Israeli member body to ISO, and the Japanese Industrial Standards Committee (JISC), the Japanese member body to ISO, has submitted a proposal for a new field of technical activity on water re-use.

The proposal cancels and replaces a 2012 proposal regarding the creation of a new technical activity on the re-use of treated wastewater in urban areas [see related story], and, if approved, will be merged with ISO Project Committee (PC) 253, Treated wastewater re-use for irrigation. As the U.S. member body to ISO, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) invites all interested stakeholders to submit comments on the proposal by Friday, April 19, 2013.

According to the new work item proposal, the committee associated with the proposed technical activity would begin its work by focusing on standards related to the treatment of wastewater for use in irrigation and in urban areas, as well as in connection with performance and risk evaluation for water re-use systems. The activities related to the re-use of wastewater for irrigation are already underway under the auspices of ISO PC 253 and include the development of guidelines for the use of treated wastewater in irrigation projects. In connection with the urban re-use of wastewater, the proposed committee would work to set down general requirements and basic standards for urban sewage treatment and reuse, with a focus on the planning, design, and supervision of urban sewage treatment facilities. The committee will also seek to establish methods and indicators allowing for the effective measurement of water re-use system performance, as well as risks associated with such systems.

All comments on this proposal should be sent to Steven Cornish, ANSI senior director for international policy (isot@ansi.org). Feedback received by the April 19 deadline will be reviewed and compiled for the recommended ANSI position and comment, which will then be presented to the ANSI ISO Council for formal approval.

The full proposal filed by SAC, SII, and JISC is available here.

ANSI has published an explanatory information document outlining the process used to develop U.S. positions on issues and activities under consideration by ISO and IEC. Click here to download the document.

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2013 in Standards, Water

 

Webinar: Creating the Right Chemistry in Consumer Goods

March 19, 2013, 11 am-noon CDT
Register at http://info.greenbiz.com/03192013BASFWebcast_03-2013-webcast.html

Creating more sustainable products takes more than a single company — it takes an entire value chain. Today, successful companies are finding new ways to partner with upstream suppliers and downstream companies to identify and address environmental and social issues along the supply chain.

That’s particularly true when it comes to designing products for the entire life-cycle, from building materials to everyday consumer goods and packaging. There are qualitative and quantitative measures that need to be assessed – ranging from stakeholder concerns to carbon footprint to conservation of resources.

In this free, one-hour webcast, you’ll hear from the world’s largest chemical company, a consumer products company and the world’s largest retailer about how companies can work together to make an entire value chain more sustainable. You’ll hear about the ripple effect, as each player leverages the others’ capabilities to create an ever-larger impact.

Among the things you’ll learn:

  • How to conduct a product assessment to identify key sustainability issues along the value chain
  • Translating sustainability into procurement language for buyers and suppliers
  • How to work with your supply-chain partners to maximize impact of driving sustainability improvements
 

How Smarter Thermostat Control Yields Energy Savings

Read the full story in Triple Pundit.

Heating and cooling a home, residential or commercial building has always been a major expense for home and business owners, one that’s more likely than not to rise in coming years given current trends in energy costs and consumption. The increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events and changing climatic conditions, along with the uncertainty of economic conditions and government policies, complicate matters further.

All this has not gone unnoticed by home and business owners or the U.S. government, all of whom are on the lookout for new climate control and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) methods and technology that can lower energy usage, monthly expenses and greenhouse gas emissions.

Finding ways to meet these needs is opening up new sustainable business and market opportunities. Energy efficiency and HVAC equipment and service providers large and small, new and well established are coming out with a new generation of “smart” thermostat control equipment, systems and service solutions that make use of the latest business models, technological advances and innovations.

But what makes an HVAC or climate control system “smart”? What are the benefits and how can home and business owners looking to reduce their energy bills by making energy efficiency improvements educate and familiarize themselves with the latest HVAC and climate control systems and services in order to make the best possible decisions?

 

Right On Tech: Why your IT department may hold the key to creating sustainable business change

Read the full story in Sustainable Industries.

IT and sustainability professionals share common characteristics and aspirations. Both are passionate about their field of work, and both want to make a genuine difference within the business. More often than they realize, both sets of goals are aligned – just the language used is very different. Sustainability professionals can be inconsistent in the way they express their aims (EMC’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Kathrin Winkler writes a great blog on this topic), and the IT industry is too often full of jargon, which can make it difficult to agree on – and align – strategies. In this situation, the simplest approach is to look at how IT can address three areas that are both an economic and environmental drain on a business: travel, energy and waste.

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2013 in Green business

 

Green Seal Publishes Standard On Laundry Products

Read the full post from Today’s Facility Manager.

This past January, Green Seal, a nonprofit certification organization founded in 1989, announced the publication of GS-51: Laundry Care Products for Industrial and Institutional Use.

Designed to address the life cycle impacts of laundry care products used in institutional and industrial settings, GS-51 specifies performance, environmental, and health requirements such as concentration, reduced toxicity, biodegradability, and reduced and recyclable packaging.

The standard covers more than 20 product categories for conventional laundry and dry cleaning, including detergents, prewash products, spot removers, laundry additives, and fabric care products.

 

Construction That Focuses on Health of Residents

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Some projects are now including health impact assessments, which include environmentally friendly materials and ways to promote physical activity.

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2013 in Green building

 

Energy-Efficient Choices Preserve Hospital Margins

Read the full story in HealthLeaders Magazine.

As healthcare CFOs devise plans to counteract thinning reimbursements and diminishing margins, many are finding that energy-efficiency choices are helping to help solidify long-term, sustainable cost reductions.

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2013 in Health care facilities

 
 
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