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August 24 - September 4, 2017, 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM daily

Eco Experience Minnesota State Fair
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Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds
Progress Center, on the north side of Randall Avenue at Cosgrove Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Hosted by: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Department of Commerce

This one-of-a-kind educational exhibit is presented by the Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The information and activities are supported by dozens of local organizations. If you are looking for the products and organizations you saw at Eco Experience, visit EcoExperience.org.

Check back in the summer for a sampling of the new exhibits which will highlight the latest in easy, everyday reduce-reuse-recycle how-tos, healthy cooking, innovations in green technology and transportation, and other compelling topics on environmentally focused living.

Read more

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September 6-8, 2017, Des Moines, Iowa

Midwest Food Recovery Summit
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The first ever Midwest Food Recovery Summit will be taking place on September 6-8, 2017 in downtown Des Moines, Iowa.

The summit will welcome hundreds of food waste and food recovery advocates in an effort to provide the education, insight and connections needed to help ensure food is used as a resource and does not become waste. Throughout the summit, participants will be able to attend keynotes and breakout sessions to learn more about what is being done by others in their industry to reduce food waste and what the future holds. This includes an opening keynote featuring Tom Vilsack, known for his role as Iowa governor, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, and now president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council.

The summit will focus on all types of food waste, from businesses like grocery stores and food manufacturers to organizations that accept donations like food banks and food pantries.

The event is being hosted by the Iowa Waste Reduction Center at the University of Northern Iowa, in partnership with BioCycle.

For more information and to register, visit http://www.iwrc.uni.edu/foodrecoverysummit/attend.

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September 13, 2017, 4:00 - 7:00 PM

Metro CERT Annual Event
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Join Metro CERT friends past and present to celebrate our 10th year of connecting communities to resources!

As always, this free event is a chance to see good friends and make new connections with community members, local government staff, and professionals committed to renewable energy and energy efficiency while enjoying food and beverages.

Register

Agenda

4:00-4:30 Registration and Networking

4:30-6:30 Program

  • clean energy project highlights from communities
  • small group discussions on clean energy topics
  • live polling (please bring your fully-charged smart phone!)
  • tell us what you think!: program & funding priorities for Metro CERT 2018-2019

6:30-7:30 Networking

Many attendees will bus, bike, and carpool. Find your way: http://mncerts.org/metrocert2017

Parking options: http://bit.ly/2tKWZ9T

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September 14, 2017, 7:30-9:30 AM

Manufacturers Alliance Educational Seminar: Process Mapping for Improvement
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Mapping a process will help you see opportunities for improvement whether you focus on recruiting, scheduling, customer service or the shop floor. No matter what area you focus on this technique will help teams be on the same page, discuss cross-functional issues, and work together towards improvement.

Learn from several peers with different experiences and perspectives during our presentations, Q&A, and networking - what has worked and what hasn’t so you can successfully apply process mapping.

Presented by MTS Systems Corp., Whirltronics, Inc., and Boston Scientific
Co-Sponsored by MPS Technical and MnTAP

Location:
Dunwoody College
818 Dunwoody Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

More information and Register

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September 18, 2017, 2017 MN Energy Expo, Bloomington, MN

2017 MN Energy Expo
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11th Annual MN Energy Expo

Hosted by: MN ASHRAE & AEE-Twin Cities

We moved to a new venue this year - JW Marriott @ Mall of America (north side near IKEA). With this new venue we will offer an event app that will contain information such as speaker bios, vendor layout, and venue map - in addition to our standard paper program.

As usual, there will be three session tracks with four speakers each.

All attendees will require individual registration.

- Register

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September 18, 2017, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM, Eden Prarie, MN

Road Salt best Practices Training, Level 1
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Whether you are an environmental staff person wanting to learn more about the subject or a winter maintenance professional who maintains roads or other surfaces, the message is the same. 1 Tb salt contaminates 5 gallons of water.

The power of winter maintenance professionals is enormous. They are one of the few groups of people that can change the future of our water. One teaspoon of road salt will contaminate 5 gallons of water enough to exceed our federal chronic limit for chlorides. One tandem load of 10 yards of salt will contaminate about 8 million gallons of water.

All of the salt we have applied to the roads over the years is still with us, only in our water.

Workshops provide concrete suggestions for reducing chloride pollution while keeping the roads, parking lots, sidewalks safe.

The outline for training includes topics such as:

  • The power you have today, to make changes, to protect our water.
  • The effect of winter maintenance on our lakes and rivers.
  • How do de-icers and abrasives work.
  • Decisions on anti-icing and de-icing.
  • Selection of the best product for the conditions.
  • Cost savings tips

Contact Gael Zembal at zembal@ninemilecreek.org to register.

Training by Fortin Consulting, Inc.

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September 18 - 24, 2017

Pollution Prevention week - Minnesota
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During Pollution Prevention Week we urge you to continue to spread the word: think of ways to prevent pollution in your world, innovate, and do it the green way from the beginning! That's the key to saving our planet's resources and moving toward sustainability. Please join in, renew your efforts and pat yourself on the back for progress you've made. Congratulations on every step!

Learn more about EPA's P2 program. Pollution Prevention (P2) Week -- September 18 to 24, 2017 -- highlights the many efforts of EPA, its state partners, industry and citizens to prevent pollution before it begins. Eliminating the sources of pollution prevents damage from being done in the first place and it eliminates the need for costly controls and cleanup.

Our EPA blog asks: What's an ounce of prevention worth?

Another EPA blog on how "Preventing pollution begins at home."

The MnPCA can help iIf you have a specific question about pollution prevention options or practices, send us an email: p2.pca@state.mn.us. Our P2 staff will respond with an answer or a referral as appropriate.

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September 19, 2017, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM, Minneapolis, MN

Road Salt best Practices Training, Level 1
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Whether you are an environmental staff person wanting to learn more about the subject or a winter maintenance professional who maintains roads or other surfaces, the message is the same. 1 Tb salt contaminates 5 gallons of water.

The power of winter maintenance professionals is enormous. They are one of the few groups of people that can change the future of our water. One teaspoon of road salt will contaminate 5 gallons of water enough to exceed our federal chronic limit for chlorides. One tandem load of 10 yards of salt will contaminate about 8 million gallons of water.

All of the salt we have applied to the roads over the years is still with us, only in our water.

Workshops provide concrete suggestions for reducing chloride pollution while keeping the roads, parking lots, sidewalks safe.

The outline for training includes topics such as:

  • The power you have today, to make changes, to protect our water.
  • The effect of winter maintenance on our lakes and rivers.
  • How do de-icers and abrasives work.
  • Decisions on anti-icing and de-icing.
  • Selection of the best product for the conditions.
  • Cost savings tips

Contact Lauren Tjaden at Lauren@fortinconsulting.com to register.

Training by Fortin Consulting, Inc.

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September 19, 2017, 12:00 - 3:00 PM, HealthEast Midway, St. Paul, MN

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: A PRESCRIPTION FOR A HEALTHY CLIMATE AND THE BOTTOM LINE
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HEARRT MIDWEST

Healthcare is energy intensive; it is the second largest consumer of energy after the food processing industry. We now know that the burning of fossil fuels to produce energy has profoundly affected not only air quality, but has altered the climate due to the heat holding capacity of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases released from fossil fuel combustion.

As the impacts of climate change are being more fully realized, healthcare facilities, (clinics, hospitals, surgery centers), are working to reduce their energy consumption and their carbon footprint.

We invite you to come learn about why climate change is critical for human- and environmental health, what leading institutions are doing to improve energy efficiency and how you can become more energy efficient as well.

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  • 12:00-12:45 The Health Impacts of Climate Change & How Health Care can Respond, Kristin Raab, MPH, MN Climate & Health Program, MN Department of Health
  • 12:45-1:15 Mayo Clinic’s quest to reduce energy use by 20% by 2020, Brett Gorden, PE, Section Head, Facility Operations, Mayo Clinic
  • 1:15-1:45 Focus on Clinics and Small Hospitals: what you can do at work and at home to reduce energy and prevent climate change. Chris Plumb, Program Manager, Center for Energy and the Environment
  • 2:00-3:00 Network and visit with representatives from Centerpoint, MN Power and Xcel (MN and WI).

We invite you to join us for lunch; with your own brown bag or at HealthEast Midway's cafeteria (just across the hall from the event's room).

- For more Information and Registration

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September 20, 2017, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM, Jordan, MN

Road Salt best Practices Training, Level 1
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Whether you are an environmental staff person wanting to learn more about the subject or a winter maintenance professional who maintains roads or other surfaces, the message is the same. 1 Tb salt contaminates 5 gallons of water.

The power of winter maintenance professionals is enormous. They are one of the few groups of people that can change the future of our water. One teaspoon of road salt will contaminate 5 gallons of water enough to exceed our federal chronic limit for chlorides. One tandem load of 10 yards of salt will contaminate about 8 million gallons of water.

All of the salt we have applied to the roads over the years is still with us, only in our water.

Workshops provide concrete suggestions for reducing chloride pollution while keeping the roads, parking lots, sidewalks safe. The outline for training includes topics such as:
  • The power you have today, to make changes, to protect our water.
  • The effect of winter maintenance on our lakes and rivers.
  • How do de-icers and abrasives work.
  • Decisions on anti-icing and de-icing.
  • Selection of the best product for the conditions.
  • Cost savings tips

Contact Joe Wiita at JWiita@co.scott.mn.us to register.

Training by Fortin Consulting, Inc.

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September 21, 2017, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM, Roseville, MN

Parking Lot & Sidewalks Salt best Practices Training, Level 1
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Whether you are an environmental staff person wanting to learn more about the subject or a winter maintenance professional who maintains roads or other surfaces, the message is the same. 1 Tb salt contaminates 5 gallons of water.

The power of winter maintenance professionals is enormous. They are one of the few groups of people that can change the future of our water. One teaspoon of road salt will contaminate 5 gallons of water enough to exceed our federal chronic limit for chlorides. One tandem load of 10 yards of salt will contaminate about 8 million gallons of water.

All of the salt we have applied to the roads over the years is still with us, only in our water.

Workshops provide concrete suggestions for reducing chloride pollution while keeping the roads, parking lots, sidewalks safe. The outline for training includes topics such as:
  • The power you have today, to make changes, to protect our water.
  • The effect of winter maintenance on our lakes and rivers.
  • How do de-icers and abrasives work.
  • Decisions on anti-icing and de-icing.
  • Selection of the best product for the conditions.
  • Cost savings tips

Contact Josh Dix josh.dix@cityofroseville.com to register.

Training by Fortin Consulting, Inc.

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September 22, 2017, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM, Apple Valley, MN

Parking Lot & Sidewalks Salt best Practices Training, Level 1
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Whether you are an environmental staff person wanting to learn more about the subject or a winter maintenance professional who maintains roads or other surfaces, the message is the same. 1 Tb salt contaminates 5 gallons of water.

The power of winter maintenance professionals is enormous. They are one of the few groups of people that can change the future of our water. One teaspoon of road salt will contaminate 5 gallons of water enough to exceed our federal chronic limit for chlorides. One tandem load of 10 yards of salt will contaminate about 8 million gallons of water.

All of the salt we have applied to the roads over the years is still with us, only in our water.

Workshops provide concrete suggestions for reducing chloride pollution while keeping the roads, parking lots, sidewalks safe. The outline for training includes topics such as:
  • The power you have today, to make changes, to protect our water.
  • The effect of winter maintenance on our lakes and rivers.
  • How do de-icers and abrasives work.
  • Decisions on anti-icing and de-icing.
  • Selection of the best product for the conditions.
  • Cost savings tips

Contact Paula Leopold at Paula.Liepold@CO.DAKOTA.MN.US to register.

Training by Fortin Consulting, Inc.

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September 26, 2017, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Chicago, IL

EPA: Lead Workshop for Communities
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EPA Region 5 is hosting an introductory workshop for communities and their partners about lead poisoning prevention. The workshop will cover a range of tools, strategies, and resources to help eliminate lead poisoning. Speakers are expected to include federal, state, and local governments, community leaders, and non-governmental partners with experience in working to eliminate lead poisoning. The workshop will also include time for dialogue and networking to foster the exchange of ideas and support a growing community of practice in this important area of environmental and public health protection.

Location: Metcalfe Federal Building, 77 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL

- For More Information and Registration

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September 28, 2017, 12:30 - 2:00 PM, Webinar

Reducing Waste Disposal at Transfer Stations in Rural Communities
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Register for the free webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1178009445850594306

 In many rural areas in the Northeast, towns operate transfer stations to provide waste management and recycling services to their residents. NEWMOA partnered with waste management authorities and transfer stations in rural areas of New Hampshire and Vermont to improve worker safety and promote waste reduction. NEWMOA provided technical assistance and training by:

  • Publishing a series of outreach handouts and posters
  • Hosting workshops for transfer station workers on reducing waste disposal

 This webinar will offer strategies for transfer station attendants to communicate the importance of waste reduction, reuse, and recycling to residents. NEWMOA's recently published handouts and posters will also be highlighted.

 Join us to learn more about the project and its results, including new outreach materials, lessons learned, and next steps. The webinar is open to all - please share this information with others.

- Read more about NEWMOA

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