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Below are relevant external events shared by the Green Pro Bono team. Please feel free to forward us any upcoming events you think the Green Pro Bono community would benefit from!
Chilean Constitutional Reform: Mother Nature, Mapuche Women, and Decolonial Perspectives (Hosted by Harvard Radcliffe Institute)

When: Jan 31, 2023 04:00PM EST

Where: Webinar. Register here.

Harvard Radcliffe Institute is pleased to welcome Elisa Loncón Antileo to deliver the Rama S. Mehta Lecture for 2022–2023. In 2021, Loncón was elected as one of the representatives of the Mapuche people to the Chilean Constitutional Convention, and was then named the Convention’s first president (July 2021–January 2022). The Convention was tasked with rewriting the dictatorship-era constitution, a process that began after mass protests across the nation in 2019 and a national vote in favor of replacing the old constitution in 2020. Although Chilean voters rejected the proposed revisions in September, the process of developing the recommendations—which directly addressed issues of gender parity in representation and environmental protections, among other changes—was instructive and will inform subsequent efforts toward reform.

Exploring Green Hydrogen's Role in our Energy Future (Co-hosted by Environmental Law Institute and Greentech)

When: February 2, 2023 3:00PM - 4:15PM EST

Where: Webinar. Register here.

As the United States moves towards a renewable future, many questions remain on how the country will transition to net zero. What is certain, is that the United States will need a variety of clean energy sources to achieve this transition. Green Hydrogen presents an opportunity to aid this transition, with the potential to save the 830 million tonnes of CO2 that are emitted annually when this gas is produced using fossil fuels. Hydrogen is storable, versatile, and sustainable, yet challenges remain to its adoption. This GreenTech webinar, moderated by Beth Deane, will explore the opportunities and challenges facing green hydrogen development.

Beth Deane - Chief Legal Officer, Electric Hydrogen

Sunita Satyapal - Director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Venella Yadhati - Senior Manager, P2X NA, Ørsted

Tyson Eckerle - Senior Advisor for Clean Infrastructure and Mobility, California Gov's Office of Business & Economic Development

Designed to Deliver: Lessons Learned from Architects, Engineers, and Contractors in Zero-Carbon Buildings (Hosted by U.S. Department of Energy)

When: Feb 14, 2023 11:00 AM EST

Where: Webinar. Register here.

Architects, engineers, and contractors (A/E/C) are essential in designing and delivering buildings that offer top value to clients while meeting energy and carbon goals. This discussion will highlight the A/E/C and client barriers to routine design and delivery of zero-carbon buildings, in addition to resources developed by the Better Buildings Design and Construction Allies that address the challenges.

Environmental Justice and the Built Environment: Protecting Children and Families (Co-hosted by BlueGreen Alliance, the Collaborative for Health & Environment, the Program for Reproductive Health and the Environment and Healthy Building Network)

When: February 23, 2023 2:00PM EST

Where: Webinar. Register here.

This webinar will provide an introduction to the role of building materials in influencing chemical exposures, as well as the latest science on disproportionate chemical exposures among pregnant people, infants and children. The speakers will explain the impacts of building materials across the product life cycle, exploring the ways in which manufacture, use and disposal of building materials all can contribute to chemical exposures.

This session will also provide a brief explanation of recent findings from the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcome (ECHO) Program, illuminating the chemical exposures of individuals in the US and the ways in which these exposures vary by race and ethnicity. This webinar will be of interest for building professionals, decision makers, and others who are working to create healthy homes and communities.

This webinar is the first in a three-part series exploring the disproportionate exposure of pregnant people, infants, children of color and other vulnerable populations to toxic chemicals and the ways in which choosing healthier building materials can protect vulnerable populations. This series is co-hosted by BlueGreen Alliance, the Collaborative for Health and Environment, the Program for Reproductive Health and the Environment, and Healthy Building Network.  

Featured Speakers:

El’gin Avila, PhD (ABD), MPH, CPH is Director of Occupational and Environmental Health and Equity (OEHE) at BlueGreen Alliance. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, El’gin’s passion stems from his experiences and knowledge of environmental and social injustices that have plagued disenfranchised and marginalized communities both in the US and abroad. As OEHE Director, he works to bring a more just approach to environmental and occupational health structures and systems. He aims to ensure that vulnerable and historically marginalized populations engaging in precarious work are protected regardless of worker classification, and looks to elucidate precarity and financial instability as a factor of worker health and wellness. El’gin uses his technical expertise as an industrial hygienist to enhance the capacity of BGA’s occupational and environmental health agenda.

Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH, is the Director of and Alison S. Carlson Endowed Professor for the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE) and is a Professor in the UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. She is also the Director of a newly awarded NIEHS Environmental Health Core Center grant, the Environmental Research and Translation for Health (EaRTH) Center at UCSF. She is a recognized expert on environmental pollution exposures and impacts on health, with a focus on pregnancy, infancy and childhood, and her innovations in translating and communicating scientific findings for clinical and policy audiences. She has authored numerous scientific publications and book chapters, and has been quoted widely in the press, including USA Today, the San Francisco Chronicle and The New York Times. Before joining UCSF, Dr. Woodruff was a senior scientist and policy advisor for the U.S. EPA’s Office of Policy. She was appointed by the governor of California in 2012 to the Science Advisory Board of the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant (DART) Identification Committee.

Rebecca Stamm, MS is passionate about improving human and environmental health through safer products. As Senior Researcher at Healthy Building Network, she works with the team to conduct vital research on the life cycle chemical impacts of materials to drive transparency and innovation. Rebecca has a B.S. from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an M.S. from Purdue University, where she studied Chemical Engineering and has worked extensively in building product and chemical hazard research.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Climate Planning (Hosted by U.S. Department of Energy)

When: Feb 28, 2023 11:00 AM EST

Where: Webinar. Register here.

Climate change disproportionately impacts certain communities, that is why diversity, equity, and inclusion are crucial to consider when creating a climate action plan. Learn how Better Buildings partners ensure their actions respond to the needs of those most impacted by climate change and policy.

It's Electric! Electrified Alternatives to Industrial Fossil Fuel Systems (Hosted by U.S. Department of Energy)

When: Mar 7, 2023 11:00AM EST

Where: Webinar. Register here.

Electrifying fossil fuel powered processes is a key decarbonization strategy for manufacturers. Electrification has the potential to provide other benefits too, such as higher energy efficiency, reduced maintenance costs, and even product quality improvements. Learn from Better Plants partners about the benefits and challenges in implementing electrified systems in your facilities.

From Measuring to Managing: Submetering Strategies for Plug and Process Loads in Healthcare Facilities (Hosted by U.S. Department of Energy)

When: Mar 14, 2023 11:00AM  EST

Where: Webinar. Register here.

In healthcare facilities, large plug and process loads pose a significant obstacle to reducing on-site energy consumption. Sub-metering medical equipment allows landlords and property managers to understand energy use patterns and helps energy managers match reduction strategies to different equipment types. Join this webinar to learn about how Better Buildings healthcare partners deploy submetering strategies to identify energy savings opportunities.

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