EPA Pacific Southwest Environmental Awards
There is still time to get your nominations in for the EPA Region 9 Environmental Awards for 2013! This year, nominations are not limited to a specific set of categories, so nominators can focus on the areas of
recognition they choose. A total of six to eight winners will be selected in the fall of 2013; nominations must be submitted by May 31, 2013.
This is a great opportunity to bring public attention to individuals and groups outside of EPA who are working to protect public health and the environment through innovative approaches, development and implementation of successful programs, and inspirational leadership. For more details or to submit a nomination, visit: EPA’s website.
“More than Honey” Buzzes Across the USA
Oscar-nominated director Filmmaker, Markus Imhoof, is getting international attention with his award winning film. “More Than Honey” covers the concern worldwide over declining bee health. Over the past 15 years, bee populations have mysteriously decreased at an alarming rate; a trend which could devastate the world food supply. Several contributing factors are suspected including parasites, disease, poor nutrition, exposure to pesticides, new viruses, and travel stress. Already Imhoof has received dozens of awards internationally.
Check out the trailer: Here
USA Public screenings:
June 2 - San Francisco Green Film Festival at the New People’s Cinema in Japantown. Purchase Tickets.
June 12 - The opening in New York is in NY Film forum, 209 West Houston St. west of 6th Ave. Screenings on Wednesday, June 12 – Tuesday, June 25 - Purchase Tickets.
Call for 2010 and 2011 P2 Results Data
It’s time to collect data for the P2 Results Measurement System. The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) / Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx) P2 Results Task Force requests that your program submits P2 results data to the P2 Results System for calendar years 2010 and 2011. Data providers can submit information at any time, but an initial deadline has been set for July 1, 2013.
Use this link to submit your data. (http://www.p2rx.org/measurement/index.cfm?page=login) For assistance entering data or for login credentials, contact your regional P2Rx center measurement person at: (http://www.p2rx.org/measurement/index.cfm?page=more). We have included “Guidance on Submitting Data to the P2 Results Data System” with this Call for Data that we urge you to review when you are gathering and submitting your results.
Webinar: Managing Electronic Waste (E-Waste)
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 5 – 11:00 AM PDT
The e-waste recovery infrastructure fostered by the CEW recycling program has resulted in approximately 1.2 billion pounds of obsolete TVs and monitors collected and dismantled in California over the past seven years. However, traditional markets for used CRT glass have diminished, creating challenges for recyclers looking for outlets for this material, even as an increasing amount of non-CRT video displays are joining the e-waste stream. CalRecycle and DTSC have been working on revised regulations to address this. Speakers Jeff Hunts from CalRecycle and Kevin Sanchez from DTSC will present an update on regulations and also provide a review of the e-waste claims and reporting processes.
Webinar Link: Click Here
Webinar: Colony Collapse Disorder and What’s Being Done to Protect our Pollinators
Date/Time: Tuesday, June 11 – 11:00 AM PDT
The decline of bees is getting global attention as we risk losing the ecosystem services these important pollinators provide. On April 29, it was announced that the European Union will enforce the world’s first near continent-wide ban on widely used insecticides found to present an unacceptable risk to bees when properly applying the precautionary principle.
Walter Haefeker, a beekeeper in Bavaria serving as the President of the European Professional Bee Keepers Association helped lead the European beekeeping community’s efforts to support the EU Commission’s proposal to restrict the use of 3 neonicotinoids (clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam) for seed treatment, soil application (granulate) and foliar treatment on bee attractive plants and cereals.
During this Webinar, Walter will speak about critical issues facing bees today including diseases, pesticides, genetically modified crops and intensive agricultural practices. He will share his experience working in coordination with environ- mental NGOs and family farmers organizations towards more bee-friendly friendly production of food, textiles and energy. He will discuss the successful “Fair Milk” campaign where Walter worked together with independent German dairy farmers to use bee friendly methods of feed production and land management.
He will also provide insights into a new cooperation with the German Biogas Producers organization to replace corn with flowering plants to produce renewable energy and honey while promoting biodiversity and regenerating soil. Finally, Walter will introduce a new international label developed and owned by the beekeeping community, which is designed to mobilize consumer demand for certified bee-friendly production.
Register for Webinar: Click Here
The Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E), held June 18-20 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in the Washington D.C. area, is an opportunity to propel your understanding of green chemistry and engineering forward, build valuable connections, and share research and insights with others.
Sponsored by the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute, GC&E offers 3 days of programming including world-renowned keynote speakers, 2 poster sessions and more than 25 technical sessions on subjects such as designing safer chemicals and products, bio-based chemical feedstocks, green chemistry education, and new business through green chemistry innovations. Visit the conference site for more information: http://gcande.org/
Sign Up Now for P2 Certificate Program
The Western Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Network (WSPPN) announces its 2013 P2 Certificate Program where participants can receive non-accredited education hours for attending webinars, seminars and other pollution prevention trainings in Region 9 and throughout the nation. For details and contest rules: REGISTER NOW
See WINNERS of the 2012 P2 Week Video Contest
The Western Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Network (WSPPN) and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) display the winners of the 2012 P2 Week Video Contest. See the winners of the P2 Week Video Contest for 2013
P2-101 Training Videos
WSPPN responded to its state technical assistance providers by designing a P2-101 basic training module to address the turnover of P2 professionals at manufacturing facilities. Ten 5 to 20 minute videos were produced and other P2 training links were added to the WSPPN website. See http://wsppn.org/p2-training/p2-101-basic-training/.