In 2017, EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) and Office of Water (OW) will host monthly webinars to discuss challenges and treatment solutions for small drinking water and wastewater systems.
First, Jeffrey Fencil will introduce the Resiliency Framework and provide an overview of the Route to Resilience Tool, which is specifically designed to help small- and medium-sized drinking water and wastewater utilities learn more about becoming resilient to all-hazards, such as floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and contamination incidents.
Then Dr. Regan Murray will demonstrate a new hydraulic modeling tool — the Water Network Tool for Resilience (WNTR) — that helps water utilities investigate the resilience of their water systems to a wide range of hazardous scenarios and evaluate emergency response actions and long term resilience-enhancing strategies.
An innovative collaboration between the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), the Staples Sustainable Innovation Lab and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) completed a comprehensive analysis to determine the material footprint of consumer technology being used in U.S. households from 1990 to 2015. Phase One of this study focused on 21 of the most common consumer technologies during this time frame including TVs, phones, computers, monitors and various entertainment devices. The materials consumed, those held in stock and those that are entering the waste stream and available for recycling, were quantified using a material flows analysis approach. The analysis looked at products, weights and key materials consumed. One key finding was that while the number and type of products sold have increased, the net material consumption has declined to levels not seen since the early 1990s. These finding are significant from a Sustainable Materials Management perspective and the implications for future recycling needs and technology development.
In this webinar, you will hear from the three key collaborators of this project: Dr. Callie Babbitt, Associate Professor at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at RIT; Mark Buckley, Vice President of Environmental Affairs at Staples; and Walter Alcorn, Vice President of Environmental Affairs and Industry Sustainability, who will discuss their organizations roles in the study and the importance of the findings.
In this webinar, EPA’s Kathy Lett and Mary Beth Sheridan will provide information and answer questions about recent changes to hazardous waste generator regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to improve compliance and thereby enhance protection of human health and the environment. These changes, which become effective on May 30, 2017, are both a result of EPA’s experience in implementing and evaluating the hazardous waste generator program over the last 30 years, as well as a response to concerns and issues identified by the states and regulated community. Hosts Lett and Sheridan, from EPA’s Office of Resource Conservation & Recovery, are experts on hazardous waste recycling and waste generation, and helped develop the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule.
The Louisville Energy Alliance, in partnership with Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Sustainability, will host a FREE EPA ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager training session on May 23 from 1-3 p.m.
The training will include a one-hour webinar hosted by an EPA ENERGY STAR professional followed by on-site assistance with creating Portfolio Manager accounts and entering data into the software. Attendees will learn the basic functionality of Portfolio Manager as well as how to log energy and water use data and generate custom reports using the data. By the end of the session, attendees will have entered one year of energy data, have a basic understanding of the capabilities of Portfolio Manager and be one step closer to ENERGY STAR certification. Additionally, senior engineers from the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) will be on-hand to answer any technical assistance questions.
Portfolio Manager is a free, online software that enables building owners and managers to track and evaluate a facility’s energy and water consumption over time. Buildings that perform in the top 25% of their peers, receiving a minimum score of 75/100, are eligible to receive the ENERGY STAR certification.
Attendees will learn how to:
- Operate Portfolio Manager
- Set up a new property
- Set up water and energy meters
- Log energy and water use data
- Create custom reports from the data
Why ENERGY STAR Certification?
- ENERGY STAR buildings are seen as top performers in energy-efficiency
- Lower operating costs
- Higher marketability
- Fewer greenhouse gas emissions
- Higher rental rates
Join us as we introduce and demonstrate the core functionality of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Attendees will learn how to: navigate Portfolio Manager; add a property and enter details about it; enter energy and water consumption data; share properties; and generate template performance reports to assess progress.
Continue to learn about EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as: managing and tracking changes to your property uses over time; using spreadsheet templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; generating and using custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.
With a good background on the basic functionality of EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® tool, learn about some advanced features including: using spreadsheet upload templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; creating custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.