Tuesday, September 23, 2008

2008 Western Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Network Conference

The Western Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Network (WSPPN) will be holding its annual conference in Monterey from October 22-24. I was not familiar with the organization, and was asked to speak at their conference. WRPPN was established in 1997 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to improve communication and information dissemination among network members to maximize efficiency of P2 implementation. As I have discovered, "P2" stands for "pollution prevention." After researching their website at www.wsppn.org, I realized that they are a valuable resource for sustainable practices. For example, they have posted a study on Janitorial cleaners. I will be using their study to further develop green cleaning programs. As a communication extension of the EPA, they can provide valuable information on a regional basis.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Hartnell College Environmental Management & Sustainable Design Committee

As part of Hartnell College's Center for Sustainable Construction Program, I will be chairing an advisory group. The advisory group is titled "Environmental Management & Sustainable Design." The group will help guide the formation of a Sustainable Academy at Hartnell College. I am very excited about this undertaking, and I am enthused to have outstanding community members as part of this group. The vision we create will foster programs that embrace the new green economy. We will ultimately better prepare our local workforce, create certificate programs and help students on to 4 year degrees in a sustainable field.