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Is Starting a Nonprofit Right for You?

Starting a nonprofit can seem terrifically complicated--is it worth it?  This class can help you decide.

In this session you’ll learn the legal and logistical elements necessary to start a successful nonprofit.  You’ll also learn about possible alternatives to starting your own nonprofit that you may not have considered.  Finally, you’ll be introduced to a tool that will help you assess your own readiness to move forward.

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Modernizing Performance Metrics for Stormwater Infrastructure

The Minnesota Stormwater Seminar Series brings nationally recognized experts in stormwater management and green infrastructure to Minnesota for dialogue and discussion. This seminar includes an invited presentation by Elizabeth Fassman-Beck, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, titled, “Modernizing Performance Metrics for Stormwater Infrastructure” and a panel discussion with Ed Matthiesen (Wenck Associates, Inc.), Tim Sundby (Carver County Watershed Management Organization), Ben Janke (St.

Sustainability Education Curriculum Mapping and Assessment Planning

The interdisciplinary field of sustainability programs is trending at many institutions. Assessments of programs is part of that reality to be in compliance with the Higher Learning Commissions and the evaluation of program quality and continuous improvement. The key to a strong sustainability program and seamless assessment process is to ensure the curriculum is aligned to course and student artifacts and competencies are aligned with student learning outcomes.

Emerald Ash Borer Update

Nate Siegert, Ph.D., USDA Forest Service, discusses the latest information pertaining to the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and its continued spread across the urban forests of the U.S. and Canada. Learning Objective: Attendees will better understand the science, identification, natural history and management of Emerald Ash Borer.

Modernizing Compliance: Best Practices and Technologies for Performance Based Stormwater Management

Stormwater is a source of water pollution that poses challenges for many communities. Faced with shrinking budgets, aging infrastructure, extreme weather events, and population growth, municipal separate storm sewer system permittees and regulators alike are looking for cost-effective solutions and innovative electronic tools to better manage stormwater and build long-term community resilience.

Food & Agriculture Community Webinar: Soil Health

Learn about how Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms is working to develop vegetable farming systems that eliminate synthetic fertilizers, increase soil water holding capacity, and stimulate soil microbial activity all while sequestering more carbon. Chatfield Farms Director Larry Vickerman and Farm Manager Phil Cordelli will provide an overview of soil management and detail experiences from their first full season of minimal-till vegetable growing. Also hear a Community Update from Emily Hestness of United States Botanic Garden.

Florida Connecting to Collections 2012: Developing Emergency Plans

This program is now a self-paced program that collecting organizations from around the state can use to develop their own institution-wide emergency plan. It is specifically designed for museums, archives, libraries, historic sites, or organizations with living collections. Use these guidelines to create a new emergency plan or revise your institution’s existing plan. The program has been divided into 12 modules which can either be completed in order, or as needed.

Oak decline in the United States

Oak decline is a slow-acting disease complex that involves the interaction of biotic and abiotic factors such as climate, site quality and advancing tree age. Oak decline occurs more commonly among red oak species, but white oaks are susceptible as well. Oak decline can occur in forested and urban settings. Trees affected by oak decline show a reduction in growth, dieback, epicormic sprouting, yellowing leaves, sparse foliage and early leaf drop. Mature trees ( >70 years) growing on dry sites with shallow or rocky soils on ridgetops are most affected.

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