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Earth Month 2017

    All these events were recorded and are available here:

  1. Imagine A Day Without Environmental Health Staff?
    During April 2017, Earth Month, we hosted an event each Tuesday focusing on innovation and new thinking about ‘waste’ and ‘water’! But so much depends on local, state and national regulators to keep our water clean, safe and drinkable.


  2. Brewery Terra Firma
    “Since opening in 2013, we’ve reclaimed over 165,000 gallons of water and applied it to our crops!" John Niedermaier, the Brew Master at Brewery Terra Firma, Traverse City Michigan explains, "a 500 gallon batch of beer will generate 1200-3000 gallons or more of high and low organic content waste water to an average brewery. WE USE LESS! While this waste water wreaks havoc with municipal waste treatment plants and septic systems, it turns out to be just the thing for our farm. Every bit of water that we use during the brewing process that does not end up as beer is captured and reused for “fertigation", serving as both irrigation and a natural fertilizer for our crops."


  3. What is 'biochar'? WATCH INTRODUCTION RECORDING HERE
    AND MAIN BIOCHAR PRESENTATION HERE

    What would 1 Gigaton annual carbon sequestration look like?
    James Gaspard, CEO at Biochar Now, LLC, will be the guest to explain - What is 'biochar'? Simply put, biochar is a highly adsorbent, specially-produced charcoal originally used as a soil amendment. Scientists theorize biochar was first used in the Amazon Basin thousands of years ago where extensive regions of dark, highly fertile soil known as terra preta were discovered, revealing high concentrations of biochar and organic matter. Similar to charcoal, biochar is produced using the ancient practice of heating wood or other plant material (biomass) with little to no oxygen. However, unlike charcoal, which is often used for cooking, biochar is made under specific conditions with the intent to be applied to soil as a means to increase soil fertility and agricultural yields, sequester carbon to reverse global warming and bind toxic metals. Like a Phoenix from the ashes, biochar reuses timber destroyed by insect infestations.


  4. Small Communities ~ BIG Options ~ No water ‘wasted’ here!
    Jennifer Cisneros. [Recently a recipient of the Manufacturing Institute’s 5th annual “STEP Ahead” Awards Recognize Women for Excellence in Manufacturing] Never has it been more important to radically rethink how we view, use and reuse water. Throughout North America and even across the ‘Pond’ in the UK, many small communities struggle to pay for decent sanitation systems and services using conventional designs. Come hear how these communities have found a real 'solution' without 'dilution'! Engineered to fit most treatment capacities, communities showcased provide advanced wastewater treatment options over conventional sewer.


  5. Temporarily on hold due to unforeseen circumstances
    Cut the crap! - from wastewater ...

    On April 18, the “Earthy Matters’ Tuesday@2 series invites you to come meet Rachel Dyson of UK’s Anglian Water and hear about efforts to ‘cut the crap’ out of wastewater systems! It’s time to clear the ‘FOG’, plus the so-called flushables! When, in the mid 1800s engineer Eugène Belgrade was designing the present Parisian sewer and water supply networks or, at the same time, Joseph Bazalgette was addressing ’The Big Stink’ in London - no one could have foreseen what would end up clogging those sewer tunnels.... ‘fat bergs’ the size of mini vans, and a tangled web of plastic fibrous nastiness dumped down toilets and drains. The cost of dealing with this in municipal and onsite wastewater systems worldwide has been staggering, prompting numerous efforts to educate the public and redesign the manufacture and packaging of personal care products.


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