The Business Environmental Program provides free and confidential environmental management assistance to business and government operations in Nevada. The Program specializes in cost effective strategies to reduce hazardous materials and waste generation, conserve water and energy, minimize air emissions, and maintain compliance with environmental requirements. The program provides training, on-site consultation, assistance over the phone and through its website and publications.
November 2012: Upcoming Climate and Energy Webcasts for State and Local Governments
This message provides details about 10 upcoming webcasts being offered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and others. All webcasts are offered free of charge, but space may be limited.
ENERGY STAR Webcasts
EPA and the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) will present a webinar for community grassroots groups and others who serve as community leaders about how to access and use EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory data. TRI can help address local community concerns about toxic chemical emissions and associated environmental impacts. Webinar participants will learn about TRI basics and EPA’s recent pilot projects with four communities, and will also hear from a grassroots group that, as a result of an EPA pilot project, is now using TRI data to build on its ongoing efforts to protect the community from industrial pollution.
Aided by favorable financing terms and high incentives in many markets, large-scale and multi-site solar installations are leading to significant cost savings for customers. By leveraging economies of scale to improve the financial advantages of solar power, solar installations can lead to lower-cost energy that reduces current expenses and hedges against utility price increases. Sponsored by EPA’s Green Power Partnership, this webinar will explore the broader U.S. solar market and pricing context and the decision-making implications for organizations considering solar.
The extraction, production, use, and disposal of goods and materials are responsible for an estimated 42 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Sponsored by EPA’s Local Climate and Energy Program, this webcast will demonstrate how local governments can work with residents, private companies, and other groups to cost-effectively reduce these emissions through resource conservation and recovery strategies that reduce waste generation and divert waste from landfills. Join us to hear how Alameda County, California, and Kansas City, Missouri, are successfully implementing innovative resource conservation and recovery strategies to reduce GHG emissions, waste disposal costs, and related energy use. Also learn about EPA tools and resources available to help you design and implement resource conservation and recovery programs that are right for your community. Learn more on this topic from EPA’s recently release guide for local governments, Resource Conservation and Recovery: A Guide to Developing and Implementing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs.
Food is among the largest, yet the least recovered, waste streams in the United States. At a retail value of $125 billion annually, Americans throw away about a quarter of all food purchases. At this webinar, local community stakeholders will present a toolkit developed as a result of a community pilot titled: “Food: Too Good to Waste.” This toolkit can be customized and used by any interested local government or community group. At this webinar you will learn: how the West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum communities collaborated to develop this toolkit, focusing on five key behaviors to reduce wasteful household food habits; how development of the toolkit led to cost savings and environmental benefits; and how the toolkit can be tailored for use by any interested local government or community.
***ENERGY STAR Webcasts
ENERGY STAR offers free online training to help you improve the energy performance of your organization. To register for any of these trainings or to see other upcoming ENERGY STAR trainings, visit the ENERGY STAR Trainings page.
This month’s ENERGY STAR National Building Competition webinar will explore water management best practices and resources. Water and energy use are closely linked, and this year’s competition is the first to recognize water efficiency improvements through EPA’s WaterSense program. Join this webinar to learn low- and no-cost water-saving strategies as well as tried and tested tools and resources available to help you make every drop count.
Attendees will learn how to use EPA tools and resources to help meet requirements for green building rating systems such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Green Globes system, and others.
*** U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Sponsored by DOE, this webinar will feature two presentations. The first is about the world’s largest geothermal heat pump district heating and cooling system, which is being installed at Ball State University in Indianapolis, Indiana. The second presentation focuses on efficiencies gained through systems engineering at the district heating system in St. Paul, Minnesota. For another example of a district energy project with renewables, learn about West Union, Iowa’s Climate Showcase Community Project.