Save the Date & Register for Technical Webinar on Recently Released Endangered Species Assessments

On May 5, 2016, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM Eastern Time, EPA will hold an online technical briefing on the first-ever draft biological evaluations analyzing the nationwide effects of chlorpyrifos, diazinon and malathion on endangered and threatened species and designated critical habitat. Register for the webinar at https://epawebconferencing.acms.com/esapilotbioevals/event/registration.html. Continue reading

Save the Date for the Next EPA Grants Award Process Webinar

Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Grants and Debarment is hosting a webinar for the EPA grants community. The webinar will cover several topics related to applying for a grant, including:

  • How to find and apply for grant opportunities
  • EPA’s new Grants.gov requirement
  • Preparing a proper budget detail

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Writing an IPM Policy for your School District – EPA Webinar on November 10

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Center of Expertise for School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) will host a webinar, “Writing an IPM Policy for your School District,” on November 10 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Continue reading

Energy efficiency webinar for schools August 4

Increasing energy efficiency = decreasing openings for pests

EPA’s August 4, 2015 webinar features Information on How School Districts are Saving Money, Increasing Energy Efficiency and Protecting Health

Improved occupant health, cost savings, energy efficiency webinar, the NPSD Director of Facilities and Operations will share how he achieved health and energy savings goals using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Savings Plus Health: Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for School Building Upgrades (the Guide) and Energy Savings Plus Health Checklist Generator. Continue reading

Keeping Your School Free of Stinging Insects – EPA Webinar, May 19

EPA’s Center of Expertise for School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) will host a webinar, “Keeping Your School Free of Stinging Insects,” on May 19 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. This webinar will teach you how to identify these pests and will present the steps you can take to manage them as part of an IPM program. The webinar will feature:

  • Justin Schmidt, Entomologist, University of Arizona
  • Lynn Braband, Community IPM Educator, Cornell University
  • Mark Hardin, IPM Specialist, Howard County (Maryland) Public School System

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New webinars on indoor air quality

Indoor Air Quality Plus Energy Efficiency:  A Formula for Saving Money While Protecting Health

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET

Want to learn how to put in place key strategies for improving energy efficiency in your school buildings?  Join IAQ experts as they explain the link between IAQ and Energy Efficiency and how school districts are saving money and energy while improving occupant health and performance.

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EPA Hosts Webinar September 30 on Creating Tick-Safe Schools Using Integrated Pest Management

A webinar, Creating Tick-Safe Schools Using IPM, will be held on September 30, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern time.  This webinar is one in a series of EPA webinars to help school districts adopt a proactive approach to pest control by offering information on plans for implementing Integrated Pest Management.  Integrated Pest Management is a smart, sensible, and sustainable approach to managing pests.  IPM takes action to address the underlying causes that enable pests to thrive.

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EPA-Hosted Webinar on “School Community Mosquito IPM”

Mike Merchant, Texas A&M Ag Life Extension Service, will open with Mosquitoes: disease vectors of concern, their biology, ID, species comparisons, stages of development and disease. Mr. Joseph Conlon, American Mosquito Control Association, will follow with School Mosquito Integrated Pest Management, Integrating Mosquito Management into your School IPM plan, and Pesticides for mosquito management: why or why not – a decision making rationale. He will also discuss local health department mosquito monitoring and surveillance – the first step in IPM.

Dr. Marcia Anderson, EPA Center of Expertise for School IPM, will continue by identifying preferred mosquito breeding and feeding habits. She will discuss habitat modification another component of IPM, source reduction, and sanitation and maintenance to prevent mosquito borne diseases. Common biological controls will also be introduced, especially for school rain gardens, cisterns and other water collection areas. Dr. Merchant will discuss additional mosquito IPM controls: including mechanical devices, larvicides, IGR’s, and community pesticide spraying. Comments about additional national research, resources, and a Q&A session will conclude the webinar. Continue reading

Webinar: Protecting Kids from Pests and Pesticides

Pests and pesticides pose risks to the nearly 60 million children and staff who spend time in our nation’s schools. EPA recommends that schools use an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to reduce pesticide exposure in schools. Implementing IPM can help address the economic and health related issues caused by pests and pesticides. Sign up today for this free webinar and get new insight on putting IPM into practice in your school or district. This is part of the nine-part EPA Sensible Steps to Healthier School Environments series.

Upcoming Webinar: Development and Implementation of a School Environmental Health Program

Register for EPA’s upcoming webinars to learn more about healthy schools and the soon to be released Voluntary Guidelines to States:  Development and Implementation of a School Environmental Health Program.

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