By Michaela Burns
Our holiday gift to you—the last EPA events of the year.
Black Carbon’s Role in Global to Local Scale Climate and Air Quality
Friday, December 9th at 12:00 p.m. ET
Black carbon—the sooty material emitted from combustion processes—can affect human health and the climate. In 2010, EPA awarded ten grants through the Science to Achieve Results program to universities and organizations to address Black Carbon’s role in global to local scale climate and air quality. Grantees focused on various black carbon research issues, such as better accounting for emissions and uncertainty, tracking how black carbon “ages” or reacts in the atmosphere, and better representing its ability to impact cloud droplet formation. Highlights from the research findings will be summarized in this four-part webinar series. Register for the latest webinar here.
Using Systems Dynamics and Systems Modeling to Create Sustainable Solutions
Monday, December 12th at 4:00 p.m. ET
EPA is providing training on the theory, methods, and tools of systems thinking and system dynamics. These approaches are useful for modeling and analyzing socio-economic and environmental issues. This webinar will provide a basic understanding of systems dynamics, systems modeling, and the use of Causal Loop Diagrams to analyze real-world complex systems. The trainer, Andrea Bassi, is an internationally known thought leader on systems dynamics. Register for the webinar.
Small Drinking Water Systems
Tuesday, December 13th at 2:00 p.m. ET
As part of the Science to Achieve Results grant program, EPA has funded two National Research Centers for Small Drinking Water Systems: The Design of Risk Reducing, Innovative Implementable Small System Knowledge Center at the University of Colorado Boulder and the Water Innovation Network for Sustainable Small Systems Center at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. These centers will develop and demonstrate innovative technologies to better reduce, control, and eliminate groups of chemical or microbial contaminants in small water systems. This month’s small drinking water systems webinar will present some of the centers’ drinking water treatment technology research efforts. Register now to learn more.
The Toxic Substances Control Act Stakeholder Meeting – New Chemicals Review Program
Wednesday, December 14th at 9:00 am
EPA is holding a meeting to obtain input into the Agency’s implementation of new requirements for the New Chemicals Review Program under the Toxic Substances Control Act as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. EPA will describe its review process for new chemicals under the amended statute, as well as discuss issues, challenges, and opportunities that the Agency has identified in the first few months of implementation. Register to attend by Tuesday, December 13th.
Green Infrastructure Modeling Toolkit Webinar
Wednesday, December 14th at 3:00 p.m. ET
This webinar will present a toolkit consisting of five EPA green infrastructure models and tools, along with communication material that can be used as a quick reference resource when making green infrastructure implementation decisions. Register now.
Systems View of Nutrient Management – Nutrient Recovery from Human Urine
Wednesday, December 14th at 2:00 p.m. ET
Urine is the primary source of phosphorus and nitrogen in municipal wastewater. Accordingly, it is important to consider for nutrient management. This webinar will cover new science on recovering nutrients from human urine. This includes issues of source separation in buildings, use at a research farm in Vermont, review of health issues, and factors influencing the environmental sustainability of nutrient management strategies. This webinar is an update on preliminary scientific research and demonstrations from the EPA funded Centers for Water Research on National Priorities Related to a Systems View of Nutrient Management. Register now for this webinar.
For more events head on over to the EPA research event page.