Category Archives: Meetings & webinars

Prairie Research Institute Anniversary Lecture Series: Nunavut: Canada’s Frozen Territory on April 30

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
4:00 p.m. Lecture
Beckman Auditorium of the Beckman Institute
405 N. Mathews, Urbana
Free and open to the public
Directions and Parking Information
RSVP on the facebook event page.

Speaker: Bill Shilts, Founding Executive Director of the Prairie Research Institute

Nunavut, created in 1999, is one of the most remote, sparsely populated regions in the world with only 32,000 residents in an area larger than Mexico. Nearly all of Nunavut is in the zone of continuous permafrost, and glaciers and ice caps abound in its northernmost plateaux and highlands. In his 30-year career with the Geological Survey of Canada, Dr. Shilts carried out major research projects that provided a unique understanding of the permafrost, periglacial features, and glaciers of this arctic region. The modern world he experienced in Canada’s arctic is virtually identical to the world we would inhabit in Champaign County, if we had lived here 19,000 years ago.



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Posted by on April 16, 2014 in Geology, Meetings & webinars


Webinar: Student Affairs Stories of Sustainability: Resources to Engage Students and Remove Silos

Thursday, April 17, 2014, noon-1 pm CDT
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Just in time for Earth Day! Student Affairs Stories of Sustainability: Resources to Engage Students and Remove Silos – a FREE Webinar sponsored by the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) and supported by AASHE. Learn about student affairs sustainability initiatives around the United States. Identify how to engage students and remove silos. Network with peers in sustainability and student affairs to share ideas and best practices.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify benefits of sustainability efforts on campus
    1. Student engagement
    2. Organizing for a better future
  2. Categorize silos hindering sustainability on campus
    1. Within Student Affairs
    2. Between Student Affairs and other divisions on campus
  3. Provide stories of sustainability initiatives on campus

    1. 1-2 stories in traditional student affairs division
    2. 1-2 stories that cross between divisional lines (illustrating collaboration)
  4. Share in peer-to-peer interaction in an open Q&A session
  5. Connect to association resources for sustainability efforts


  • Debra Rowe, PhD, U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
  • Kaye Holman, PhD, HEASC Sustainability Fellow


  • Tim Broderick, Sustainability Coordinator in Housing and Dining Services, Colorado State University, Chair of the NASPA Sustainability Knowledge Community
  • Janice DeMonsi, Director of Recreation, Santa Clara University
  • Maureen McGonagle, MBA, Director of Campus Recreation, DePaul University, Former President of NIRSA
  • James Tweedy, PhD, Senior Associate Director of Residence Life & Housing, University of Delaware, Chair of the ACPA Sustainability Advisory Committee

Using EPA’s Pollution Prevention Greenhouse Gas and Cost Calculators to Measure Environmental Outcomes

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, noon-1 pm CDT
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Are you a U.S. EPA grantee, state, city, NGO, business or consultant looking to demonstrate the environmental benefits of the ground efforts in sustainability or pollution prevention?

Kathy Davey and Natalie Hummel from U.S. EPA will provide an overview of the Pollution Prevention (P2) GHG and Cost Calculators, which are designed to capture GHG reductions and cost savings from energy conservation, green energy, stationary & mobile source fuel reduction/substitutions, water conservation, greener chemical use, and more. The speakers will provide examples and the discuss the latest updates to the calculators.

This webinar is hosted by the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR).

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Posted by on April 9, 2014 in Calculators, Meetings & webinars


April Frontiers in the Environment talks

Developing world changers, saving Yellowstone, the real global disease hotspots, social responsibility in Scandinavia and the frontiers of carbon reduction are the featured topics for April’s Frontiers in the Environment talks, held at noon Wednesdays in St. Paul or online. Each session includes a lively 30-minute presentation followed by Q&A and a networking reception. If you can’t attend in person, you can watch live. Links available at

Wednesdays, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
IonE Seminar Room R380, Learning & Environmental Sciences Bldg., St. Paul, MN

Free and open to the public; no registration required

April 2 — Developing World Changers in Graduate Education
Kate Knuth, Director, Boreas Leadership Program, Institute on the Environment

April 9 — Yellowstone: More Valuable than Gold
Mike Clark, Former Executive Director of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition

April 16 — Global Capital and Disease Hot Spots
Rob Wallace, Visiting Scholar, Institute for Global Studies

April 23 — Scandinavia: Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility
Robert Strand, Assistant Professor of Leadership & Sustainability, Copenhagen Business School and Director of Nordic Network for Sustainability

April 30 — Adventures on the Frontiers of Carbon Reduction
J. Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director, Fresh Energy

For more information on these or other Frontiers in the Environment talks, visit

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Posted by on March 31, 2014 in Meetings & webinars


14th Biennial USAIN Conference Sustainable Agriculture: Stewardship of Our Information Ecosystem

The 2014 USAIN Conference, “Sustainable Agriculture: Stewardship of Our Information Ecosystem,” will take place in Burlington, Vermont, from May 4-7, 2014, followed immediately by the Agriculture Network Information Collaborative (AgNIC) Annual Meeting, May 7-8, 2014.


Our engaging and inspiring program will feature dynamic invited speakers, the opportunity to learn about work in support of agricultural information and education, and networking with your colleagues. For the most up-to-date conference schedule, see:

The full conference registration fee includes: your registration and conference materials; Sunday evening dessert reception; Monday breakfast, lunch and two breaks; Tuesday breakfast, lunch, two breaks, and Awards Dinner; and Wednesday breakfast, morning break, and lunch.

Early bird registration prices are available until March 15, 2014:


  • USAIN Member (early bird $325 / regular $375)
  • IAALD Member (early bird $325 / regular $375)
  • Non-USAIN Member (early bird $375 / regular $425)
  • Student (early bird $150 / regular $150)
  • One Day (Any Day) (early bird $150 / regular $150)
  • Exhibitor (early bird $325 / regular $375)


You also have the option of adding on the AgNIC Annual Meeting, pre-conference workshops and local tours.

We are offering two pre-conferences on Sunday, May 4, from 8:30am-12:30pm, at a cost of $50:

  • Cultivating Authentic Engagement: Outreach from Start to Finish
  • Scholarly Metrics Bootcamp

Additionally, there are three official – and one unofficial – tour options:

  • Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour, Sunday, May 4, 2:00-5:00, $20
  • Bird Walk in the Winooski Intervale, May 4, 2:45-4:45, $10
  • Unofficial USAIN Pub Crawl, May 5, 7:30-9:30, free
  • The Intervale Center Walking Tour, May 7, 1:00-2:30, $10


For more information about the conference, please check out the conference website:


OneNOAA Science Seminars

NOAA’s National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) has developed an integrated calendar of webinars on climate and science topics given by NOAA researchers from across the country. The Google calendar is available in XML, HTML, and ICAL formats.


WaterSense H2Otel Challenge Webinars

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officially launched the WaterSense H2Otel Challenge one month ago to help hotels assess, change, and track their water use using best management practices. Interested hotels can dive right in and take the pledge today, and any organization can help spread the word and recruit hotels.

As part of the H2Otel Challenge, WaterSense is offering a series of technical training webinars that begin this week. To learn more about the WaterSense H2Otel Challenge, review specific water best management practices, and hear from professionals who are using water more efficiently, register now:


Listen Now to EPA’s Webcast Series on Communications for Climate and Clean Energy Programs

If you missed our popular December 2013 webcast series on communications strategies for state and local governments, you can listen now to all three online, access presentations, and read audience Qs&As.

The structure of the three webcasts parallels the general phases of program development and implementation: attracting stakeholder support and participation, sustaining change, and gaining momentum from program successes. Participants learned 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.


Funding Opportunity – DOE Commercial Building Technology Demonstrations

The Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office has announced the availability of up to $10 million under the Commercial Building Technologies Demonstration Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001084.

DOE seeks to fund demonstrations of commercial building technologies and integrated technology-based strategies that are market ready and underutilized. The objective of this funding is to generate and deploy data, case studies and information that lower perceived risk regarding the efficacy and economic benefits of innovative and under-utilized commercial building technologies that can save significant amounts of energy in new and existing commercial buildings. Technologies funded under this FOA are likely to meet the investment hurdles for the commercial real estate market at scale, but may not at the current time, and will have the potential to significantly reduce energy consumption in U.S. commercial buildings.

To be eligible for consideration, a concept paper must be submitted no later than March 31, 2014. Questions about this FOA may be sent to

Join us for a Webinar on March 5

Title: DOE Commercial Building Technology Demonstrations Funding Opportunity
Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.


2014 National Training Conference on the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and Environmental Conditions in Communities

Online registration is now open for the 2014 National Training Conference on the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and Environmental Conditions in Communities, which will be held May 7-9, 2014 at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, VA.

The Dillard University Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and the United States Environmental Protection Agency are co-sponsoring the conference, which aims to promote greater participation, collaboration, community awareness, and public involvement regarding data on toxic chemical releases and related environmental information. This years conference agenda includes sessions on current and emerging right-to-know issues, pollution prevention, community engagement, tools and data, and environmental public health from a diverse group of presenters. Conference participants will experience dynamic discussions, great networking opportunities, and a conference full of valuable information.

For more information and to register, see

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Posted by on March 3, 2014 in Meetings & webinars


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