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Business Panel Session – “What are Businesses Looking for?” –  

Wednesday at 9:45am. The San Diego Regional Sustainability Partnership (SDRSP) is one of the sponsors of WSPPN and SDRSP members who are prominent businesses in the San Diego area will make up the panel and speak about their experience greening their operations. Joel Makower, who is an expert on greening businesses, will moderate this panel. Panelists include Les Hart, Community and Municipal Relations Manager for San Diego Waste Management and Lyn Hall, V.P. for Qualcomm and Cecilia Aguillon, Director of Market Development and Government Relations for Kyocera Solar.


Keynote Address – Wednesday at 8:30a.m. – Joel Makower, Greener World Media, Inc.
 

This year’s keynote speaker is Joel Makower who will be speaking on how mainstream companies are finding new sources of business value through the intersection of sustainability and innovation. Referred to as “The guru of green business practices” by The Associated Press, Joel is the author of Strategies for the Green Economy and producer of the popular business and corporate sustainability site GreenBiz.com. He is also the principal author of the annual State of Green Business report and chairs the Greener by Design conference, both produced by Greener World Media. Joel has helped a wide range of companies improve their environmental strategy and communications as well as advising more than a dozen early-stage companies focusing on environmentally sustainable products and services.


Lunch Program – Thursday at 11:30 a.m. - Sustaining Yellowstone National Park: a 138-Year Journey by Jim Evanoff
 

Yellowstone National Park created the “Greening of Yellowstone” concept in1995. Since then, the park has made remarkable progress in promoting sustainable practices and advancing sound environmental stewardship initiatives. This has been accomplished through the fostering of partnerships, coupled with a very aggressive education and outreach component to over three million annual visitors. The presentation will focus on the challenges of collaborating with both public and private entities to ensure success in instituting unique environmental programs. Jim will take you on a journey into the parks rich history and how Yellowstone has emerged as a leader in the national park system for instituting creative solutions.


Video Contest Winners Awarded at Lunch Ceremony on October 28
 

WSPPN and the California Environmental Protection Agency Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) cosponsored a video contest on the subject of pollution prevention in honor of the 20-year anniversary of the Pollution Prevention Act signed by Congress in 1990. The winning videos will be featured during Pollution Prevention Week September 20-27; and Video contest winners will be recognized at a lunch ceremony during WSPPN 2010 on October 28.


SDRSP Green Business Tour – Friday, October 29 from 8am to 12pm
 

The San Diego Regional Sustainability Partnership (SDRSP) will host a tour of San Diego businesses on Friday morning following the WSPPN conference. There is no additional fee for the tour, but carpooling may be necessary to enjoy this experience. Some of the tours planned are San Diego waste management facility, the navy sustainable furniture show-room, The Center for Sustainable Energy show-room for energy efficiency programs, and more to come.


California Center for Sustainable Energy ( CCSE
 

The California Center for Sustainable Energy ( CCSE) is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that helps residents, businesses and public agencies save energy, reduce grid demand and generate their own power through a variety of rebate, technical assistance and education programs. CCSE also provides the community with objective information, research, analysis and long-term planning on energy issues and technologies. The California Center for Sustainable Energy promotes change for a clean energy future. See http://energycenter.org/.


Services Department, the Ridgehaven “Green Building”
 

Home to the Environmental Services Department, the Ridgehaven “Green Building” Demonstration Project is one of the nation’s most energy efficient dwellings. In 1999, the building received the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s first Energy Star Label for Buildings. Ridgehaven’s energy consumption is 28 percent better than the California Energy Code (2005), and the building uses half the water of a comparable commercial facility. This translates to about $100,000 in annual estimated cost savings. In 2003, the building received photovoltaic panels that produce energy from sunlight. See http://www.sandiego.gov/environmental-services/.


KYOCERA International, Inc. US
San Diego, California
North American regional holding company for Kyoto, Japan based KYOCERA Corporation
 


Waste Management
 

Waste Management of San Diego provides service in three local cities — El Cajon, Santee and San Diego — and several communities in East San Diego County. Waste Management provide residential, commercial and industrial trash collection, recycling services and dumpster rentals. They also operate a buyback center in El Cajon. Also, residents can visit there center to bring recyclables to redeem for CRV, donate other recyclable materials or to safely dispose of your e-waste.

Waste Management of San Diego is dedicated to serving customers and communities as a safe and comprehensive service provider, a good corporate citizen and a responsible environmental steward.

Awarded the 2010 San Diego Pollution Control District Clean Air Champions Award


GREENING OPERATIONS

 

Green Purchasing Track

 

Emerging Tools for Green PurchasingJohn Katz
 

“Green!” is the new “Low fat!” Purchasers and consumers are demanding goods and services with a lower environmental footprint, but the market is getting flooded with claims about constitutes a “green” product. This session will help participants sort through confusing claims about sustainable products, It will include a review of types of labels and what they mean, what to look for in labels and certifications, and new programs coming on line that will help all purchasers.

Presenters: Alicia Culverr, Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN); Phillip Kovernick, Responsible Purchasing Network Joshua Saunders, GoodGuide
 

EPP Tools
Good Guide
Sustainable Purchasing


Choosing Low VOC Architectural CoatingsMike Morris

 

Innovations in architectural coating technologies have led to an emerging market of ultra-low VOC, environmental preferable coatings. These products reduce indoor and outdoor air pollution, contain fewer hazardous chemicals, provide energy savings and are designed for sustainable building projects. The SCAQMD has developed a list of Super Compliant products containing less than 10 g/l of VOC that have been used successfully in homes, office building and high-traffic settings such as Disneyland. These environmentally preferable architectural coatings, including cool coatings, are being marketed with similar performance and cost characteristics as traditional, solvent-based coatings.

 

Moderator: Mike Morris, South Coast AQMD
 

Presenters: Heather Farr, South Coast AQMD,
Frank Dela Vera, The Walt Disney Company,
Chris Fisher
, DACM Project Management

 

Target Audience: Local and state P2 and sustainability technical assistance providers

 

Goals: Provide a technical update and assessment of emerging environmentally preferable architectural coatings.

 

Frank Dela Vera – Zero-VOC High Performance Architectural Coating
Heather Farr – Air Pollution Problems
Mike Morris – Urban Heat Island Impacts on Ozone Reduction
 


Green Electronics from Cradle to GraveJohn Katz
 

Electronics have transformed the ways in which we do business, obtain information, communicate and even socially interact. While these amazing digital devices offer organizations immense benefits, these complex products also utilize vast amounts of energy, resources and toxics. Additionally, electronic waste has become the fastest-growing segment of the municipal waste stream. Every year the world generates 40 million metric tons of electronic scrap. This session will provide an overview of the environmental and human health impacts associated with the lifecycle of electronics. We will review the tools and resources available to help organizations identify environmentally preferable electronics including purchasing tools such as EPEAT and a new Electronics Disclosure Questionnaire. We will also review tools that allow purchasers to convert their electronics sustainability efforts into easily understood metrics such as (reduced toxics, greenhouse gas emissions, etc). And since all electronics recyclers are not created equal, we will discuss tools to help organizations identify environmentally responsible recycling companies that are protective of human and environmental health and will contrast the two new e-waste recycling standards. Other suggestions on how to reduce the environmental footprint of organizations’ electronics programs will also be offered.
 

Presenters: John Katz, US EPA Region 9 & Judy Levin, Center for Environmental Health
 

Audience: advisors to businesses about environmentally preferable purchasing specifically electronic equipment.
 

Benefit: Identification of available resources and tools to assist with EPP of electronics and responsible management at end of life.
 

John Katz- Green Electronics from Cradle to Grave
Judy Levin- “BEYOND EPEAT” AND RESPONSIBLE END OF LIFE MANAGEMENT


Energy and GHG Track

 

Energy Efficiency and Water ConservationPatrick Bryan & Kevin Dick
 

Commercial buildings provide numerous opportunities for energy savings and water conservation. These not only conserve natural resources but also provide cost-savings, and reduction in greenhouse gases. The greenhouse gas reductions from energy efficiency seem obvious, not so obvious may be the huge energy costs associated with pumping and treating water supplies and for wastewater treatment.
This session will provide the audience with an understanding of the most common energy efficiency and water conservation practices and technologies for use in commercial buildings. It will provide training on practical approaches for implementing these practices, as well as resources that the audience can access to assist these efforts in their communities.
In addition, information on a website template and applications developed to showcase community sustainability initiatives will be presented.
 

Moderator: Patrick Bryan, Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District

 

Presenters: Cathleen Pieroni, Senior Water Resources Specialist, City of San Diego

Scott Terrell, Conservation Administrator, Truckee Donner Public Utility District.

Gene Matter, Senior Civil Engineer, Pollution Prevention Division, City of San Diego Storm Water Department

Scott Terell – Truckee: People, Organizations & Technology; Transforming to a Green Community!


Lower Your Energy Footprint: New Ways to Finance EE and RenewablesLinda Pratt

 

Audience: Federal, State and Local government and the private sector.

 

Municipal, State and Federal agencies understand that they can have a significant role in reducing energy consumption. The tools include understanding the audience (surveys) and the current energy use (audits and GHG emission inventories) and public incentive programs to encourage residents to invest in energy efficiency retrofits and renewable energy installations.

 

Financing Energy Efficiency through CPUC- Local Government Partnerships

A number of convergent trends have escalated the importance of energy efficiency in California. Unprecedented growth in demand, increasing fuel costs, and the pressing need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a rapid and low cost manner are key factors. The California Public Utilities Commission adopted the California Long-Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan, with support from the Governor’s Office, the California Energy Commission, the California Air Resource Board, the state’s utilities, local government, and other key stakeholders. Local governments are essential to the success of the program, and have been given the opportunity to participate in Local Government Partnership (LGP) Program to help California meet its ambitious goals. This funding opportunity can provide long-term support to programs.

What has been most successful at the local level? There are policy tools and implementation strategies that work. Learn about the City of San Diego’s LGP experience in 2007-2008 that resulted in exceeding CPUC goals. The therm savings goal was 109,779, and the City achieved 130,589 in savings. The kWh savings goal was kWh savings goal was 3,832,878 and it achieved: 4,167,012. Discussion will focus on opportunities for local government to increase energy efficiency increase the use of renewable resources through codes and standards, education and outreach, and planning tools.

 

Presenter: Linda Giannelli Pratt, Chief Program Manager, City of San Diego Environmental Services Department

 

Financial Pros and Cons of Residential Solar Installations

 

The San Diego Solar Survey- What does it take to increase the number of solar photovoltaic (PV) panel installations on residential and commercial buildings? Who do people listen to when considering solar energy as a viable option? How much value does a solar installation add to a home? How is the permit review process perceived by the public? What can municipal policies do to encourage the use of solar energy? When are state and federal incentives enough to make a difference? Who are the champions for solar installations and how can they expand the market?
These and other questions were among the topics recently explored by the City of San Diego. The goal of the study was to identify challenges and opportunities to advance residential and commercial solar installations. Information is from two sources: 1) a citywide Solar Survey of property owners with solar PV installations; and 2) three Focus Groups of specific market segments. The Survey provides a broad-brush overview of the experiences of more than 641 people who have solar PV installations. The three Focus Groups delve deeper into what impediments exist from the perspective of real estate and associated professionals, municipal permit review staff, and the residents who are using solar power.
 

Presenter: Joshua Brock, Environmental Specialist, City of San Diego Environmental Services Department
 

PACE Alternatives- Financing Mechanisms to Accelerate Energy Efficiency

Many communities have been compelled to review alternatives to PACE–Property-Assessed Clean Energy– to use State and Federal funding designed to offer alternative financing mechanisms that promote energy efficient retrofits and renewable energy installations. Learn more about the innovative options that may encourage residents to make these investments.
 

Presenter: Eric Engelman, Liaison to Mayor Jerry Sanders, City of San Diego Environmental Services Department

 

City of San Diego’s Energy Efficiency & Water Conservation
Lower Your Energy Footprint: New Ways to Finance EE and Renewables
PACE Alternatives
Residential Solar Installations


Benchmarking and Managing Building Energy and Water Use - Kevin Dick
 

This training session will provide a demonstration of EnergyStar Portfolio Manager: a free EPA/DOE online software tool designed to manage and track commercial building energy and water consumption and cost. The session will demonstrate how portfolio manager works, how energy and water use information can be displayed and managed, and how data is entered into the system. A group exercise will allow the audience to identify facility information to be entered into Portfolio Manager for different types of buildings and building operations.
For certain building types, Portfolio Manager can benchmark a building’s energy consumption against other buildings nationally, and can be used to obtain Energy Star certification of the building. For all building types Portfolio Manager can be used to establish baseline energy and water performance and benchmark the buildings performance against the baseline. The free program calculates energy use intensity, and GHG emissions tied specifically to the types of fuels used and the electric utility provider. Facilities can benefit from assistance setting up Portfolio Manager for their buildings, and service providers can benefit from easy access to the data Portfolio Manager provides on energy and water savings, and greenhouse gas reductions achieved. Perhaps you should include Portfolio Manager in your programs assistance offerings.
 

Presenter: Kevin Dick

 

Audience: Assistance programs, governments and businesses seeking to improve energy efficiency and water conservation in commercial or public buildings.
 

Benefit: Engage facilities in tracking energy and water consumption, measure environmental outcomes and cost savings.
 

Kevin Dick – EPA’s Energy Performance Rating System: Portfolio Manager
Portfolio Manager Quick Reference Guide


EMERGING ISSUES IN GREEN CHEMISTRY AND SUSTAINABILITY

 

Green Chemistry Track
 

Emerging Chemicals and Nanotech - Karl Palmer
 

Paper 1: Case Studies in Selecting P2 Chemical Substitutions: Green Chemistry at Work

 
The session will explore how various industrial sectors have evaluated new chemicals and processes to identify safe, effective, economical and regulations compliant alternatives.

The focus will be on real-world examples and approaches used to identify, develop, test and demonstrate safer alternatives and emerging technologies and processes. The session will also highlight the importance of working with regulators to ensure sensible policies promoting P2 and safer alternatives are implemented.
 

Presenter: Katy Wolf, Institute for Research and Technical Assistance
 

IRTA has extensive expertise in finding alternatives in a wide variety of sectors; from dry cleaning and furniture stripping, to electronics and auto repair and maintenance.
 

Audience: Attendees interested in pollution prevention, green chemistry and the use of lower toxicity materials in consumer and industrial products. It should be of particular interest to local, state and federal government representatives.

 

Benefit: The session will help the audience to understand strategies for demonstrating the viability of safer alternatives and the challenges of putting in place effective policies for controlling the introduction and widespread use of new toxic or possibly toxic materials.

 

Paper 2: Nanotech and the current regulatory framework
 

The nanotechnologies and their applications encompass many areas because of their unique properties such as optical, physicochemical, thermal, and electrical properties. However, there are large knowledge gaps in properties of nanomaterials. Because of their unique properties, nanomaterials might have the potential to adversely effects to human health and the environment. The potential risks of nanomaterials are not well known, thus a safe and responsible approach for nanotechnology is necessary.
As the first step to understanding these potential risks, the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) requested information from manufacturers of carbon nanotubes in 2009, pursuant to California law. As a continuing effort, DTSC will initiate an information call-in from manufacturers of some nanometal oxides and nanometals in 2010. DTSC will request the information regarding analytical test methods, fate and transport and other relevant information from manufacturers.
This California’s information call-in is the first mandatory program to address an approach for safe nanotechnology. Understanding the nature of the nanomaterials and their fate and transport is critical to both the safe economic growth, and protection of public health.
 

Presenters: Jeff Wong, Chief Scientist, DTSC
 

Audience: Industry, government and academic persons
 

Benefits: Information about emerging nanotechnology. AB289 information call-in program by Ca/EPA
 

California Approach to Nanotechnology & the Future
The Problem of Emerging Chemicals: The DMC Example


Controlling Hazardous Chemicals in Products; Victories and Challenges for NGOs, Local and State Government - Karl Palmer
 

Given the lack of comprehensive chemical management reform, advocacy groups, state and local governments have tried a variety of different approaches to reduce the risk of toxics in products. This panel will explore challenges and successes at the local and state government level and by advocacy groups in implementation of chemical-specific laws and ordinances. Whether the issue is lead in jewelry, phthalates in children’s toys, mercury in medical devices or lead wheel weights on cars, a variety of strategies have been used to address environmental and public health issues posed by these products. Come hear how different approaches and strategies have worked.
 

Presenters:
 

Local Government: Debbie Raphael, Toxics Reduction/Green Building Program Manager
San Francisco Department of the Environment
 

State Government: Andre Algazi, DTSC Toxics in Products Unit Chief
 

NGO: Caroline Cox, Research Director, Center for Environmental Health

 

Audience: Anyone interested in alternative approaches to dealing with toxics in products.

 

Benefit: Identify the benefits and pitfalls of different strategies and approaches.
 

Andre Algazi: State Legislation on Hazardous Chemicals in Products: California’s Experience
Caroline Cox: Getting Lead Out of California Jewelry
Debbie Raphael: Reducing Toxic Chemicals in Products: Carrots and Sticks


CA Chemistry Safer Alternative Legislation and Regulations - Karl Palmer
 

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is adopting regulations to implement California’s groundbreaking new approach for regulating chemicals of concern in consumer products.
The historic approach to regulation of toxic chemicals started with the identification of a chemical or product that posed a hazard, followed by a problem-specific response. This approach amounted to a continuous game of “catch up” where replacement chemicals could be just as or more toxic than the original chemical or product. The ineffectiveness of a chemical-by-chemical approach illustrates the need for a paradigm shift that creates a proactive, solutions-oriented approach toward creating safer products.
The new regulations outline rules and guidelines for scientific and systematic prioritization of chemicals and products of concern, certification of alternatives assessments and development of DTSC’s regulatory responses. The regulations will require manufacturers of consumer products containing chemicals of concern to consider safer alternatives, which will in turn lead to safer products, fewer exposures to dangerous chemicals and a healthier environment.
This session will provide an update on the status of the regulations and discussion on the key technical and policy issues.
 

Audience: Those interested in the cutting edge of chemicals policy and regulations should attend.
 

Karl Palmer – “Quest For Safer Products”


Sustainability Track

 

Taking Sustainability from Gown to TownJohn Katz
 

There has been a growing trend for colleges and universities to develop academic programs around sustainability. These range from multi-disciplinary undergraduate majors to “green MBAs” to full-blown research centers on sustainability, and everything in between. This panel will ask leaders from several of these programs to discuss the goals of their programs (including what aspects of “sustainability” they address), the breadth of research and teaching they conduct, and real-world outcomes they project for their students and faculty. Most importantly, we hope to explore opportunities for collaboration between academia and our network of practitioners, and identify take-away resources to strengthen all our programs. The format will be a moderated session with a moderator (TBD) asking key questions of the panelists, followed by audience Q&A.
 

Presenters: Dr. Lisa Shaffer, Dr. Rob Melnick, Dr. James Goodrich
 

Dr. Lisa Shaffer is a Lecturer at UC San Diego and Dr. Melnick is the Executive Dean and Chief Operating Officer of the Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS) at Arizona State University.

Rob Melnick – ORNL Sustainable Campus Initiative


Steps and Success in Building Collaborative Partnerships – Kacey Christie
 

There is a saying that there is power in numbers. This presentation describes how building partnerships will enhance the power of your pollution prevention efforts, particularly in environmental justice areas. Gaining interagency commitment, building trust, grant funding jump-starts, small and large business involvement, community partnerships and continually building on successes are key topics that will be discussed during this session as members of the Negocio Verde EJ Task Force will describe their lessons learned during their 9-year partnership. In additional they’ll describe their outreach to automotive businesses in the San Diego Border Region by providing bilingual compliance assistance, pollution prevention and ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Workshops via their BADGER (Border Area Development & Growth of Environmental Responsibility) Program that was funded by a grant from the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC).
 

Presenters: Presented by members of the Negocio Verde Task Force Environmental Justice Task Force: Task Force Member 1: Kacey Christie, Environmental, Health & Safety Manager, GKN Aerospace. Task Force Member 2: Susan Hahn, Environmental Health Specialist III, County of San Diego, Dept. of Environmental Health, Hazardous Materials Division
 
Kacey Christie – Collaborative Partnerships: Negocio Verde Environmental Justice Task Force


DoD Panel: Integrated approach to making facility-wide GHG and environmental improvements - Al Hurt
 

On October 5, 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order 13514 that set sustainability goals for Federal agencies and focuses on making improvements in their environmental, energy and economic performance. This panel will provide their insights to the question: What are West Coast federal facilities doing to meet the challenge of the Executive Order, especially in the areas of greenhouse gas emissions, green procurement, and the development of sustainability plans focused on cost-effective projects and programs?
 

Presenters - Phil Consiglio of SoCal Edison and one or two of the facilities he works with will address implementation of 13423, energy audits, and implementation and financing issues. They will also touch on what happens next relative to EO 13514 which adds carbon footprint issues.

Presidential Executive Orders Regarding Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects


P2 TOOLBOX

 

Sector Track

 

Low Impact Development (storm water design and maintenance)Patrick Bryan & Al Hurt
 

Patrick Bryan will summarize history of the NPDES Program and the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District’s storm drain system. Gene Matter, Senior Civil Engineer for City of San Diego’s Storm Water Department, will give a LID presentation. Bioengineering Group will present three case studies which are a mix of Federal and City examples of water management in developing sustainable sites/civil/landscape designs, including consistency with the LEED Silver objectives.
 

Paper: “Memorial Park Infiltration Project: Challenges and Successes”
 

The Memorial Park Infiltration LID Project Design began in 2007 as an LID infiltration in a local community park. The original project was a component of the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Division’s Strategic Plan that included incorporating varying projects aimed at preventing pollution across the City’s six watersheds. By May 2010, the newly formed Storm Water Department had successfully completed the planning process, and construction began. Construction is planned to be completed by October 2010. Mr. Matter will discuss the progress of the project from design through construction completion. The presentation will focus on the constructability of this type of the project in an urban park environment and conclude with lessons learned.
 

Case Study 1 – Lexington DPW
 

The role of Bioengineering Group was to serve as sustainability consultant, obtain all required permits, and to develop a sustainable site/civil/landscape design consistent with the LEED Silver objective. The Bioengineering Group team developed the site design, incorporating on-site management of storm water using a combination of management practices including minimizing paved areas and incorporating a green roof to reduce impervious surface, using rainwater harvesting to recycle rainwater for vehicle washing, and matching pre-development water budget functions. In addition, cut and fill volumes were carefully balanced to minimize the amount of potentially contaminated material for disposal.

 

Case Study 2 – Ft. Bragg Child Development Centers, Fayetteville, NC
 

Bioengineering Group provided sustainable site civil and landscape design solutions for two (2) separate sites. One site, four acres in size was located in the Linden Oaks section of the base and the other, nine acres in size was located on the main cantonment. For both sites the Bioengineering team created water efficient landscapes with native plant materials that were capable of surviving without irrigation. Stormwater was directed towards bio-basins which provided a treatment train system to capture and treat polluted pavement runoff water and allowed for infiltration of clean water through engineered soils.

 

Case Study 3 – Little Fresh Pond Shoreline Restoration
 

To protect reservoir water quality, densely vegetative swales and buffers were established to intercept and treat runoff. The main theme to resolve the competing interests revolved around providing safe and controlled access along a reconstructed perimeter roadway and creation of a seating area with limited access to the pond at an appropriately surfaced “dog beach.”

 

Moderator: Patrick Bryan, Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District
 

Presenters: Gene Matter, Senior Civil Engineer, Pollution Prevention Division, City of San Diego, Storm Water Department; Duke Bitsko, Director, Interdisciplinary Design, Bioengineering Group; Katherine Bradford, Sr. Landscape Architect/Design Branch Coordinator for Bioengineering Group
 

Al Hurt – A Federal Perspective: Integrated Stormwater Management: Lexington DPW Facility
Gene Matte – City of San Diego Structural BMP Program
Patrick Bryan – Storm Water and Lid Session


Green Lodging - Wendi Shafir
 

Understanding Green Lodging labels and certifications. What is the difference between Green Globe, Green Key and Green Seal? Is there LEED for hotels? Is green-washing a problem? Navigating the confusing world of green lodging requires some basic understanding of the types of certifications and labels out there. You will get a basic understanding and be able to evaluate them for yourself.
 

Greening your Hotel: Winning strategies. During this downturn in the hospitality field, how can you encourage or implement greener practices? By demonstrating that they save money and do not negatively impact the guest experience! You will learn some of the best things you can do from an economic, environmental and hospitality standpoint.
 

Green Lodging Programs: How does hospitality fit in to a green business program? What are the benefits? How interested are hotels? Potential guests? Are green hotels required or encouraged by government travelers? Learn from those who have successfully implemented a green lodging program as part of their green business program.
 

Moderator: Matthew J. McCarron, Senior Hazardous Substances Scientist, California Department of Toxic Substances Control.
 

Presenters: Mark J. Dibella, General Manager, Hotel Solamar (a Kimpton Hotel); Pie Roque, proprietor of the El Primero Hotel; Lynn France, Environmental Services Program Manager for the City Of Chula Vista
 

Audience: Travelers, Green Business Programs, hotel management, those responsible for pollution prevention or climate change in their jurisdiction.
 

Benefit: Learn to identify best practices to green hotel, understand green lodging labels and certifications, and include lodging in a green business program
 

Gail Jones – Hawaii Green Business Program
Lynn France – Your Guide to Clean
Mark Dibella – Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants
Matt McCarron – Green Business Models for Hotels
Pie Roque – The “Greening” Of El Primero Boutique Bed and Breakfast Hotel


Printing Industry – A case study on how the printing industry has responded to the demand for sustainability by its customers and other stakeholders- Lisa Antone.

Starting in 2007, the printing industry was besieged with requests on how to become sustainable and recognize sustainable printing operations. As a response, the industry developed and launched the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership, which is a certification program for printers.

The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership can serve as a model for other industry sectors and will reveal an industry sector moved forward, and most importantly, the benefits reaped by participating companies will be presented. It is the intent to provide a case study that provides tangible benefits, both environmental as well as economic. As a result, it is anticipated that future partnerships will be developed between the industry sector and others to move the sustainability message and industry program forward. Discussion questions will be incorporated.
 

Case Study: Keeping up with the social thought process of honest transparent sustainable practices. This study shows and proves that being more sustainable helps improve your triple bottom line. Helps you stay viable and endears you to a broader public who is searching for sustain-ably produced products. Keeping your social bank account full and creating a better work environment for yourself your employees and your local environment.
 

Moderator: Lisa Antone, Environmental Quality Project Assistant, Gila River Indian Community/DEQ

 

Presenter: Gary Jones, Director, EHS Affairs for the Printing Industry of America, Thomas Ackerman, Jr., Principal, Spirit Graphics and Printing, Inc.

 

Audience: Those who want to create a sustainability program that is credible, transparent, and effective and consumers of print.

Benefit: This session will provide a repeatable program that can be adopted by other industry sectors seeking to establish sustainability models. For the government sector, it will provide a sustainable business approach that goes beyond the environmental sustainability issues.
 

Gary Jones – Intro To Sustainable Green Printing and the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership
Thomas Ackerman – Spirit Graphics and Printing


Understanding the Environmental and Health Impacts of Personal Care ProductsJessica Counts – Arnold
 

Session focusing on investigating the health and environmental impacts of personal care products. Exchange of information on best management practices, science research data, and regulation of the beauty industry. Inter-agency developments of green checklist for nail salons and researching the safety of products on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin-Deep Database. In addition, Environmental Finance Center 9 and EPA collaborative introduce a Healthy Hair Guide that highlights information on techniques and tips for selecting safe, less toxic ingredients and encouraging reduction of hazardous chemicals to promote less toxic environment for cosmetologist and consumers.
 

Presenters:

Matthew J. McCarron, Senior Hazardous Substances Scientist, California Department of Toxic Substances Control and Jessica Counts (EPA Region 9).
 

Audience: Green Business Program Managers, P2 Technical Assistance Providers, and Environmental professionals from business, academia, nonprofit organizations and local government
 

Benefit: Share information on best management practices for the beauty industry
 

Jessica Counts – Environmental Health & Personal Care Products
Matt McCarron – Green Business Model for Nail Salons
 


Program Development Track:

 

Funding Opportunities and Grant PreparationKariLyn Merlos
 

How can local government agencies get grants? This presentation will give an overview of the grant writing process, including assessing the RFP package, identifying your target audience, building strong partnerships, determining project logic and outcome, and drafting a problem statement. Overall, participants will leave with tools necessary to strengthen grant proposals.

 

Speakers: Jessica Counts (EPA Region 9) will be presenting on EPA grant opportunities.

 

Teresa Brownyard, served for several years as the County of San Diego Grants coordinator and has tips for successful applications.
 

Jessica Counts-Arnold – Planning and Writing Federal Grant Proposals
Teresa Brownyard – Show Me the Grant Money
 


How to Speak the New Business Buzzwords: Risk, Resilience and P2Marc Siegel

Enterprise risk management and organizational resilience are changing the way businesses look at P2, sustainability and environmental management. Environmental management is now seen as an integral part of an enterprise-wide risk management strategy. The ISO 31000 Risk Management standard is changing the way businesses look at environmental risk. Resilience and the new ANSI Organizational Resilience standard are major themes of government programs. What are the roles of P2 and sustainability in this new business reality? What do you need to know about these new ISO and ANSI standards to make your program part of a comprehensive risk management program? How do you speak to risk managers? What are the convergence points between security, environmental, resilience and risk management?
Presenter: Dr. Marc Siegel, Commissioner, Global Standards Initiative, ASIS International, European Bureau, Brussels, Belgium