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Environmental Sustainability

Webinars

IHS-Sponsored Webinars

IHS sponsors a Sustainability Webinar Series highlighting various sustainability topics relevant to employees throughout the agency. Topics range from learning about what you can do to reduce waste in the workplace to what IHS is doing to meet Net-Zero Energy Consumption in new buildings.

Purpose:
  1. Generate a forum to discuss and gain insight into sustainable innovations.
  2. Encourage sharing of best practices through inter- and intra-agency collaboration.
  3. Give insight into the broad spectrum of sustainability issues.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Introduce attendee to achievable best practices.
  2. Give attendee understanding of sustainable practices, as it applies to their work.
  3. Change to Demonstrate how to implement sustainable practices.
  4. Demonstrate community collaboration and the impact of sustainable efforts.
  5. Provide examples of initiatives that display the full spectrum of sustainability efforts.

Join us on July 30th for our next Sustainability Webinar.
Register here for Pharmaceuticals in the Environment with James Laurenson, FDA toxicologist.

IHS Upcoming Webinars

Pharmaceuticals in the Environment
Date/Time: July 30, 2014@1 PM EST
Presenter: James Laurenson, FDA toxicologist

Description: The FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) has a proactive and dynamic Environmental Assessment (EA) program that has responded exceptionally to recent increases in scientific data and public interest regarding pharmaceuticals in the environment. While CDER's mandate for drug approval and other actions only requires consideration (as opposed to mitigation) of environmental impacts; CDER has embraced a leadership position as an environmental steward, and is working to identify, develop, and support sustainable opportunities. This presentation will address opportunities such as:

  • Pharmaceutical-related pollution prevention (e.g., drug take-back and disposal programs)
  • Source reduction (e.g., "green pharma", personalized medicine)
  • Environmental compliance (e.g., updated NEPA requirements)
  • Outreach and communications (e.g., drug package labeling, publications, websites)
  • Research (e.g., tools for predicting pharmaceutical aquatic toxicity)

Mr. Laurenson will also detail how these low-cost environmental stewardship efforts would translate into benefits such as reductions in toxicity to aquatic species (e.g., endocrine disruption) and potential risks to humans from pharmaceuticals approved and marketed in the US.

Lastly, this presentation will highlight CDER's commitment to better understand the risks of pharmaceuticals in the environment, providing a positive example for other regulatory agencies and institutions in the U.S. and internationally.

Register here for Pharmaceuticals in the Environment

What Facilities Need to Know about Pharmaceutical Waste Compliance
Date/Time: August 27, 2014@1 PM EST
Presenter: David Bales

Description: With the growing concern of Pharmaceutical waste contaminating the environment, regulatory oversight of its disposal has increased. Does your facility manage pharmaceutical waste properly? This presentation will explain the steps to successfully implement a Pharmaceutical waste program, and the collaboration needed from pharmacy, nursing, administration, safety and emergency management.

Register for What Facilities Need to Know about Pharmaceutical Waste Compliance

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Non-IHS Upcoming Webinars

C&D Waste Recycling and Deconstruction Training Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov
Date and Time: Periodic
Presenter: WasteCap

This day-long training provides the skills to develop, manage, monitor, document, and promote a successful recycling program for construction and demolition debris. Participants receive a three year Accreditation in Construction Waste Recycling and training to obtain LEED construction waste management points.

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Past Webinars

Composting/Food Deserts 11/13/2012
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Integrated Pest Management Program 3/12/2013
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HHS Green Champion: Data Center Upgrades 5/14/2013
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Sustainability Hero - USPS Lean Green Team 7/9/2013
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Energy and Sustainability Audits 9/10/2013
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Bemidji Community Projects 10/8/2013
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CDC's "Don't Mess with Mercury"
12/3/2013
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Mid-Atlantic Reverse Osmosis Team
1/14/2014
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Being More Sustainable, One Video Teleconference at a Time
2/18/2014
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