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Industrial Pretreatment Program PFAS Initiative (recorded 4/11/18, 61 min)
The DEQ held this webinar for Industrial Pretreatment Program (IPP) professionals to discuss the technical aspects of the IPP PFAS Initiative, including a description of expectations for the initial screening, monitoring plans, probable source monitoring, and evaluation, as well as information about sampling and analysis protocol and source reduction.


Liquid Industrial By-products Reporting Webinar (recorded 3/6/18, 83 min)
Does your facility accept liquid industrial by-products from off-site? If so, due to statutory changes that took effect in March 2016, you must annually report this activity to the DEQ, Waste Management and Radiological Protection Division by April 30th for the previous calendar year. Only sites that accept liquid industrial by-product from one site owned and operated by the same company are typically excluded from annual reporting. Some wastewaters, when regulated under other regulations, may also be excluded. View this webinar to learn more about the liquid industrial by-products designated facility handling and reporting requirements.



Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – how will they impact your business? (recorded 2/22/18, 61 min)
With 193 governments agreeing to deliver 17 goals tackling major world issues by 2030, change lies ahead for business, not only to rethink strategy and business behavior to align with the goals, but also to assess and evidence their impact. In this webinar attendees learn more about - Current business communication on the SDGs; Business and citizen's priorities on SDG reporting practices ; and PwC's support with the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, and GRI, the world’s leading organization for sustainability reporting, to create a mechanism to help businesses prioritize and report on the SDGs. Presenter:  Jessica Gehl, Manager, Sustainability Services and Risk Management at PwC is a Manager in PwC’s Sustainability Services practice.

Completing the new IPP Annual Report form in MiWaters (recorded 2/12/18, 31 min)
This webinar provides a demonstration of how to complete the new Industrial Pretreatment Program (IPP) Annual Report form in MiWaters with a time for questions at the end. The webinar is designed for Industrial Pretreatment Program managers or anyone responsible for working on the IPP Annual report for their Publicly Owned Treatment Works.


MAERS Review Webinar (recorded 1/23/18, 93 min)
Are you familiar with the Michigan Air Emissions Reporting System (MAERS) but in need of a little review? This webinar is geared for those that are familiar with MAERS but would like a quick review to get them ready for the next submittal. The webinar provides a  review of: the registration process, adding users to an account, navigating the forms, and submitting data.

Radon Awareness for Healthcare Providers and their Patients (live webinar recorded 1/16/18, 59 min)
There are ways to prevent certain types of cancer. Being aware of cancer risk factors allows patients to make informed decisions about their health and take action to prevent the disease. Radon is the second leading cause of unintentional lung cancer deaths in the United States, however its rarely discussed in clinical settings. Join the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Cancer Control and Prevention Section and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for a presentation on recommendations around radon testing, and ways to encourage the dialogue about radon exposure between patients and physicians. During this webinar, participants will learn about Radon (what it is, what it does, and how it gets into homes); how to test for radon; radon mitigation practices,  and the relationship between radon exposure and lung cancer.


SARA Title III - Tier II Reporting Basics (recorded 1/10/18, 85 min)
This webinar provides an overview of the basic requirements of SARA Title lll Tier ll Reporting and a step by step tutorial to logging into Tier ll Manager Program and initiating a 2017 Tier ll Annual Report. The webinar is geared towards facilities storing chemicals that require a Safety Data Sheet and needing to submit a Tier II Report in Michigan. This webinar is also applicable to those that may have never reported in the past or are unfamiliar with the online reporting process in Michigan.

Proposed Part 201 Rules: Calculating the Generic Screening Levels & Criteria for the Volatilization to Indoor Air Pathway (VIAP) (recorded 1/10/18, 60 min)
The goal of the webinar is to explain and demonstrate how the VIAP calculator implements the rules and how it can be used to generate generic criteria and screening levels using facility-specific inputs. The webinar will show example calculations and discuss the MDEQ’s calculator logic and design.




Household and Small Business Hazardous Waste Collection Site Regulations (recorded 11/28/17, 62 min)
Sites that collect household or small business unwanted solvents, medications, used oil, light bulbs, batteries and electronics for the purpose of diverting them from landfill disposal are subject to unique requirements under Michigan’s waste regulations. These collection sites must be licensed unless 1) the materials could have been lawfully landfilled, 2) the materials are collected safely and in accordance with the regulations, and 3) they are diverted to an environmentally preferred management option. If you are a household hazardous waste coordinator or a retailer responsible for this type of collection, this is the webinar for you. 


Can the Green Chemistry Enterprise Connect with Social and Environmental Justice? (recorded 10/19/17)
Green Chemistry is the science of making smart choices in how we design, make, use and dispose of chemicals and chemical products. However, chemists also need to be aware of the potential unintended consequences of hazardous chemicals that may disproportionally impact children and adults in low income, minority neighborhoods. This violates our definition of social and environmental justice where all people, regardless of race or economic status, have the right to live, work, play and learn in healthy, safe environments. The goal of this webinar is to explore some of these disparities, and discuss opportunities for collaboration between the social sciences and the green chemistry enterprise to better educate the public on the role of chemicals in their daily lives, and understand how the field of green chemistry might offer practical solutions to these disparities.

Water Quality Monitoring Requests – Background on the Process and How to Submit a Request (recorded 10/10/17, 42 min)
This webinar focuses on the process through which people can submit requests to have Michigan DEQ Water Resources Division (WRD) consider conducting various types of water quality related monitoring in a particular water body (e.g., stream, river, pond, lake). 


SARA Title III - U.S. EPA changes to Tier II Reporting (recorded 9/20/2017)
This webinar provides an overview of the U.S.EPA Changes to Tier II Manager Program. The webinar is geared towards facilities storing chemicals that require a Safety Data Sheet and needing to submit a Tier II Report in Michigan. This webinar is also applicable to those that may have never reported in the past or are unfamiliar with the online reporting process in Michigan.

Nonpoint Source (NPS) Grant Proposal Webinar (recorded 9/12/17)


High Risk Erosion Area Updates for KEWEENAW County (recorded 8/1/17)

High Risk Erosion Area Update for BARAGA County (recorded 8/1/17)


Nonpoint Source Grants Webinar (recorded 7/25/17, 76 min)

DEQ Nonpoint Source (NPS) staff explain the FY 2018 NPS Program funding for watershed planning and watershed implementation projects. NPS staff discuss the grant application schedule, program priorities, targeted water bodies, eligibility criteria, application requirements, and tips for successful applications. This webinar is intended for watershed groups, conservation organizations, municipal environmental coordinators, drain commissioners and others interested in applying for a nonpoint source grant to restore and protect watersheds through planning or implementing an approved plan.


Policy and Law Changes Recommended to Increase Recycling and Sustainability in Michigan (recorded 7/12/17, 61 min)
In this webinar, attendees learn about the Solid Waste and Sustainability Advisory Panel’s (SWSAP’s) and the Governor’s Recycling Council’s (GRC’s) recommendations. Specifically, the webinar covers their recommendations for 1) a holistic infrastructure system for managing materials more sustainably, 2) revitalizing the solid waste law, 3) developing actionable steps to achieve Governor’s recycling goal, and 4) options for broad-based, long-term public and private funding to achieve the recommendations.


Cranking Up Recycling: New research, free communications tools from The Recycling Partnership (recorded 6/27/17, 68 min)
Among the many insights gained in the 2016 State of Curbside Report, it is crystal clear that every high performing recycling program in America is run by an engaged staff. What do they do, and what tools can you use to join them? The Recycling Partnership presents key findings from recent national research, share approaches for developing common suites of materials across MRF-sheds, and walk through communications BMPS and free tools. 

Sustainability Series: Life Cycle Assessments (recorded 6/22/17, 57 min)
In this webinar, Rich Helling, Director of Sustainable Chemistry at the Dow Chemical Company, provides information about Life Cycle Assessments (LCA), including the value proposition of LCA and the first steps to incorporate LCA into your business. The LCA process assesses the potential environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product's life, and it can be used to help critique product designs and production operations.

Part 111 Hazardous Waste Management, Rule Changes Webinar (recorded 6/20/17, 60 min)
In this webinar, attendees will learn about the newly promulgated hazardous waste rule changes that went into effect on April 5, 2017. This webinar will provide attendees with an overview of the more notable changes associated with this rule package including Michigan’s adoption of 1) the federal disposable solvent wipes rule 2) the federal definition of solid waste changes establishing hazardous secondary materials for certain hazardous waste recycling activities 3) the federal legitimacy criteria for hazardous waste recycling 4) the federal coal combustion residue regulations 5) the federal carbon dioxide injection regulations and 6) the federal framework for electronic manifesting.


Sustainability Series: The Ins and Outs of B Corps (recorded 5/25/17)

Many businesses are pursuing objectives beyond profit maximization, and as a result, new types of business organizations are becoming more popular. “B Corps” and “Benefit Corporations” both focus on using business for good, but there are some important differences between them. Join us for a discussion with Elissa Hillary from Local First, to learn more about B-Corps and Benefit Corporations, the current legal status of Benefit Corporations in Michigan, how becoming a B-Corp can help advance your sustainability goals, and some actionable steps that you can take now.



2017 Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program (recorded 5/23/17, 29 min) 

A request for proposals under the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program (MISGP) was released on May 2, 2017. Pre-proposal applications are due June 13, 2017. The 2017 MISGP program will provide up to $3.6 million in grant funding in six focus areas. The purpose of the MISGP is to provide funding and technical assistance to prevent, detect, eradicate, manage and control terrestrial and aquatic invasive species. Staff from the Michigan departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development explain program goals, 2017 focus areas, applicant eligibility and the application process with opportunities for questions from potential applicants. For more information regarding grant details visit


Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator and Liquid Industrial By-product Generator Requirements (recorded 5/18/17, 90 min)

In this webinar, attendees learn what a generator must do to meet the conditionally exempt small quantity generator (CESQG) exemption from full regulation as a hazardous waste. Attendees also learn how exempted CESQG hazardous waste liquids and liquid industrial by-product must be managed to meet the state’s unique liquid industrial by-product regulations.



Air Permit Exemption –Rule 285 and Meaningful Change (recorded 4/24/17, 66 min)

One of the most confusing parts of properly continuing to use a Rule 201 air permit exemption is what to do when the process or equipment undergoes a minor change to the materials being used. In order to determine whether or not these changes trigger the need for an air permit, a meaningful change determination should be completed. This webinar will give valuable information and tools regarding how to complete this determination and what the update to Rule 285 and the “meaningful change” definition entails.


The Business Rationale of the Circular Economy (recorded 4/20/17, 54 min)

A circular economy is one that is restorative and regenerative by design and aims to keep products, components, and materials at their highest utility and value at all times. This new economic model seeks to ultimately decouple global economic development from finite resource consumption. The circular economy could create tremendous opportunities for industrial renewal, regeneration, and innovation. In this session we’ll deep dive on the business rationale of the circular economy; what are the drivers for change, concrete business opportunities and what does circular economy look like when applied in the real world. The format will be interactive with room for exercises, questions and discussions.

Presenter: Maja Johannessen, Government & Cities Program Associate, Ellen MacArthur Foundation


Hazardous Waste and Liquid Industrial By-Product Inspections and Recordkeeping (recorded 4/18/17, 67 min)

In this webinar, attendees learn about what to expect for an inspection and the specific records an inspector will want to see. It covers records that need to be maintained (e.g. waste characterizations, monthly waste inventory, uniform manifests, land disposal restriction notifications, etc.) and provides an overview of what happens when an inspector comes to your facility.


The Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Project: Overview, Preliminary Results, and Online Web Access (recorded 4/14/17, 68 min)

This informational webinar provides coastal land resource managers, state and federal agencies, tribal governments, watershed groups, conservation organizations, CISMAs, researchers, and other wetland professionals an opportunity to learn more about the Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Project. A new website which provides an interactive GIS mapping tool, information on when and where sites have been sampled, and preliminary condition rankings is also introduced


Air Permit Exemptions - Rule 290 and Rule 291 (recorded 4/10/17, 58 min)

This webinar focuses on the Rule 290 and Rule 291 air permit exemptions. These exemptions are used by many businesses to exempt activities with limited emissions. Both of these permit exemptions require that actual or potential emissions be evaluated in a specific manner. This webinar focuses on the Rule 290 changes as well as an explanation of Rule 291, which is a new exemption. Tools have been developed to aid in the evaluation of these permit exemptions. Information regarding where to find these tools will also be addressed.


Rebuilding Customer Trust with Stronger Sustainability Communication (recorded 3/30/17, 60 min)
In this webinar, Mike Hower, a GreenBiz blogger and current communications strategist at Edelman, discusses how companies can formulate effective strategies for engaging customers and local communities on sustainability — and how this can generate shared value that rebuilds trust while benefiting the bottom line.

Overview of the Air Quality Air Permit Exemption Changes (recorded 3/27/17, 63 min)
In December 2016 the Air Quality Division’s Rule 201 permit exemptions were updated. These updates included additions and changes to many of the rules contained in Rule 278 – Rule 290, including the addition of several new permitting exemptions, such as the addition of Rule 291. This webinar provides an overview of the changes to the air permit exemptions and provides valuable information to anyone evaluating existing or new equipment that may need an air quality permit.

Hazardous Waste and Liquid Industrial By-Product Accumulation and Labeling (recorded 3/22/17, 64 min)
In this webinar, attendees learn about the accumulation, storage, and labeling requirements that apply to the management of hazardous waste and liquid industrial by-product at conditionally exempt small quantity generators, small quantity generators, and large quantity generators of hazardous waste. Attendees learn about all the basic container and tank requirements and the session will touch on introductory details about tank and Subpart CC requirements.

Statewide E. coli TMDL – Info for Industrial Stormwater Permittees (recorded 3/3/17, 48 min)
This webinar provides the basics of the Draft Statewide E. coli Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) with a focus on Industrial Stormwater issues such as current permit requirements where an approved TMDL is in effect. There is a demonstration of the online mapping system which will bring local perspective and information to this statewide process. This webinar is intended primarily for NPDES permittees with industrial storm water permits, although could also be of interest to watershed groups, municipalities, and local agencies.


Toxics Use Reduction - Using Planning Techniques to Improve Efficiency and Promote a Safer Work Environment (recorded 2/16/17, 67 min)
In the past 25 years Massachusetts companies that use large quantities of toxic chemicals in their production processes have reduced their use by over 40%, and emissions to the environment by over 90%, by employing specific planning techniques for identifying opportunities to improve efficiency and minimize chemical hazards in their work places. Mark Myles and Pam Eliason, both with the UMASS Lowell Toxic Use Reduction Institute, provide examples of how these techniques have been effectively applied to both chemical and resource use.

Draft Statewide E. coli TMDL – Overview and Mapping System Demonstration (recorded 2/16/17, 61 min)
This webinar covers the basics of the draft Statewide E. coli Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), including a demonstration of the online mapping system which will bring local perspective and information to this statewide process. This webinar briefly covers each point and non-point source of E. coli, but does not go in depth into nonpoint source issues or storm water permit requirements.

Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Request for Information Question and Answer Webinar (recorded 2/22/17, 48 min)
Join this webinar to better understand the VW Environmental Mitigation Trust Request for Information comment submission process and to get your questions answered.

Statewide E. coli TMDL –Nonpoint Sources (recorded 2/23/17, 60 min)
This webinar focuses on nonpoint sources of E. coli, discusses watershed management planning, and provides guidance on using the Draft Statewide E. coli Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and associated tools to address issues. There will be a demonstration of the online mapping system which will bring local perspective and information to this statewide process. This webinar is intended primarily for watershed groups, the agricultural community, municipalities, and local/state agencies with an interest in watershed planning.

Used Oil Regulations (recorded 2/23/17, 62 min)
In this webinar attendees learn about how used oil is unique and characterized slightly differently than other wastes due to it historically being common to mixing other toxic solvents with the used oil. It discusses the management standards that apply to managing used oil, how to find recycling options, and the basic waste requirements for handling used oil.

Statewide E. coli TMDL – Info for MS4 Permittees (recorded 2/28/17, 59 min)
This webinar provides the basics of the Statewide E. coli Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) with a focus on urban E. coli pollution issues to municipal storm water systems, such as illicit connections, nuisance wildlife, pets, etc. There is a discussion of how the TMDL relates to municipal storm water permits (MS4s), and a demonstration of the online mapping system. This webinar is intended primarily for NPDES permittees with MS4 permits, although it could also be of interest to any watershed groups, municipalities, and local agencies with urban land area.

2017 DEQ Recycling Grants (recorded 2/7/17, 50 min)
This webinar provides information about 2017 DEQ recycling grant eligibility and requirements. Applications are due March 17, 2017, with funding announcements in May 2017.


Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Request for Proposal Question and Answer Webinar (recorded 1/19/17, 63 min)
The MDEQ recently issued a Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Request for Proposal in the amount of $475,000 for competitive grant funding to implement clean diesel projects in Michigan. Join this webinar to better understand the DERA Request for Proposal submission process and to get your questions answered.


MAERS Review Webinar 2017 (recorded 1/19/17, 93 min)
The MDEQ is pleased to provide this MAERS Review webinar. The webinar is geared for those that are familiar with MAERS but would like a quick review to get them ready for the next submittal. The webinar will provide a very brief review of the registration process, adding users to an account, navigating the forms, and submitting data. Note that this webinar is intended for experienced MAERS users. If you would like more detailed instruction, it is recommended that you attend one of the Introduction to MAERS workshops being held throughout the state in January and February (go to You can also watch detailed training whenever you want by accessing the MAERS Online Tutorials.


SARA Title III Tier II Reporting Basics (recorded 1/18/17, 68 min)
This webinar will provide an overview of the basic requirements of SARA Title lll Tier ll Reporting and a step by step tutorial to logging into Tier ll Manager Program and initiating a 2016 Tier ll Annual Report.  The webinar is geared towards facilities storing chemicals that require a Safety Data Sheet and needing to submit a Tier II Report in Michigan. This webinar is also applicable to those that may have never reported in the past or are unfamiliar with the online reporting process in Michigan.

Waste Characterization and Generator Status (recorded 1/18/17, 70 min)
In this webinar attendees will learn the basic steps for determining if a waste is a hazardous waste, liquid industrial by-product, or non-hazardous solid waste and how to calculate your site’s hazardous waste generator status.

Triple Bottom Line - DEQ Sustainability Series Webinar (recorded 1/12/17, 66 min)
Triple Bottom Line (TBL) is an accounting framework with three parts: social, environmental and financial. Many organizations have adopted the TBL framework to evaluate their performance in a broader perspective to create greater business value.  Dr. Steven Dunn provides a presentation on TBL, how your company can get started implementing a TBL framework and how you can improve your existing system. Dr. Dunn teaches in the University of Wisconsin Osh Kosh’s innovative Sustainability Management Minor and serves as Chair of the Finance and Business Law Department in the College of Business.


2016 Webinars


Radon in Real Estate (recorded 12/21/16, 68 min)
In this webinar attendees learn the origins of radon, health effects, and how it travels/enters into a structure. This webinar also provided information on how to test for radon, interpretation of testing results, radon mitigation systems within existing structures. This webinar is intended for REALTORS®, home inspectors, real-estate appraisers, and others interested in radon and real-estate transactions.

Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Request for Proposal and Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Request for Information (recorded 12/14/16, 43 min)
The MDEQ, recently issued a DERA Request for Proposal for competitive grant funding to implement clean diesel projects in Michigan. In conjunction with the DERA Request for Proposal, the MDEQ issued a Volkswagen (VW) Environmental Mitigation Trust Request for Information to solicit input on the State’s plan for funding projects that mitigate oxides of nitrogen emissions related to the partial settlement agreed to by VW. This webinar was offered to explain the differences between the DERA Request for Proposal and the VW Environmental Mitigation Trust Request for Information.


Green Infrastructure for Businesses: What it is, why you should consider it, and how to pay for it (recorded 11/22/16, 60 min)
Green infrastructure is a cost-effective way to manage storm water, improve water quality, while being beautiful and aesthetically pleasing, when it is professionally designed and correctly located. Utilizing green infrastructure is increasing across the country due to its significant socio-economic-environmental benefits, as well as its emerging relevance in regulatory compliance.  Sanjiv Sinha, Ph.D., P.E. ,and Rob Pettit with Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. (ECT) joined the MDEQ as presenters for this webinar.

Universal Waste (recorded 11/16/16, 68 min)
In this webinar attendees will learn the basics about Michigan’s universal waste regulations.  Attendees will learn why the universal waste regulations exist, what a universal waste is, and how universal waste must be handled and disposed to meet the universal waste partial exemption from hazardous waste regulation. 


International Standards - Environmental Management & Sustainability - DEQ Sustainability Series Webinar (recorded 10/20/16, 66 min)
Sustainability is a key component of the new International Standard for Environmental Management System (ISO 14001:2015). In order to achieve true sustainability, all three pillars of sustainability – economic, social, and environmental – must be balanced in equal harmony. Adherence to ISO 14001:2015 is critical to balancing the environmental pillar. This webinar focuses on how your organization can become more sustainable using ISO 14001:2015 and other environmental standards, including forestry certification, climate change initiatives, greenhouse gas validation, and electronic waste certification. Emerging trends associated with water sustainability and supply chain are also discussed in this webinar, in relation to balancing the three pillars. Speakers from NSF International join MDEQ for this webinar. NSF International has its global headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Sorting Recycling Facts & Fiction - Waste Management & Regulations Webinar Series (recorded 10/18/16, 63 min)
In this webinar attendees learn the basics about recycling. Why does it cost money to recycle? What are the impacts of putting the wrong items in the recycling bin? What should you know about contracting with a recycling provider? Staff from the DEQ Recycling Program answer common recycling questions and discuss issues to consider when starting or enhancing a recycling program in your community, business, or institution.

Michigan's New ReTRAC & Recycling Search System (Recorded 10/11/16, 40 min)
In this webinar attendees will receive an overview of  the new Part 175 Recycle Reporting law. DEQ staff will outline who is required to register and identify the reporting requirements under the law.  The webinar will also highlight the functionality of the new Re-TRAC Reporting system for Part 175 and the Recycle Search system. The Recycle Search system is an on-line directory that aims to assist residents and community members with finding a location to recycle any of a wide variety of items.  Companies and non-profits that provide recycling services will learn how to register and sign up with the Recycle Search system to help them promote the recycling or takeback services that they offer. There will be a Q & A session to field questions about these programs.

Presenter:  Steve Noble, Michigan’s e-waste takeback program specialist in the Office of Waste Management and Radiological Protection, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management from Lake Superior State University. 


Waste 101 - Waste Management & Regulations Webinar Series (Recorded 9/27/16, 61 min)
In this webinar attendees learn the basics about the various types of waste, what regulations apply, to whom and who implements the enforcement program. Attendees will come away with a big picture perspective of how the waste regulations work and what common wastes fall into the various regulations out there, including those that overlap. The webinar covers hazardous waste, liquid industrial by-products, solid waste, PCB waste, medical waste, radiological waste and will touch on recycling. The presenter is Jim Ferritto, Michigan’s waste characterization specialist with the Office of Waste Management and Radiological Protection.

Engaging in Food Recovery (Recorded 9/22/16, 65 min)
Food scraps are the “final frontier” for organics recovery. Food is the most water, labor and nutrient intensive of the wastes we produce. And not all food that is wasted is unfit for a plate. Food recovery should come first. After that, diversion from landfills, then identifying the best options to recover what value we can from what we worked so hard to grow. Learn how your business or organization can avoid wasting this valuable resource. This webinar is geared towards any business or institution that generates food waste in a kitchen or cafeteria or through food processing, as well as anyone interested in learning more about food waste recovery.  Presented by Sally L. Brown, PhD, a Research Associate Professor at the University of Washington. She is a Fellow in the Soil Science Society of America, and was a member of the National Academy of Science Committee on Soils. She writes a monthly column for Biocycle magazine and a blog for the Huffington Post.

Pharmaceutical Waste Regulations: Existing and Proposed Regulations and Strategies for Minimizing Pharm Waste in Healthcare (recorded 9/21/16, 102 min) Note: new regulations at the 30:17 mark, curing pharm waste presentation at 1:01:21 mark
In September 2015, the U.S. EPA issued proposed pharmaceutical waste regulations that propose to prohibit the sewering of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals from all healthcare providers. This webinar will cover the basics of existing and proposed regulation for managing pharmaceutical waste and ways to minimize the amount of pharmaceutical waste generated throughout healthcare.


Environmental Preferable Purchasing (Recorded 8/25/2016, 56 min)
Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) means products or services that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing products or services that serve the same purpose. This applies to raw materials, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, use, reuse, operation, maintenance and disposal. This webinar will provide the basics on the Economy, Energy, and Environment Program (E3), electronics benefit calculator, and tips for businesses to become lean and green through EPP. Presenter: Christina Guthrie, Lead Environmental Protection Specialist at the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

JULY 2016

Introduction to Green Chemistry (Recorded 7/21/2016, 67 min)
Design for Environment (DfE) is the recognition that the environmental impacts of a product over its entire life cycle is largely determined at the design phase. DfE should form the foundation for a strong sustainability program, specifically for product stewardship. Green Chemistry, defined as a set of principles to minimize the use and generation of hazardous substances during the manufacture of product, is essentially the application of DfE at the molecular level. A central tenet of Green Chemistry is that hazard (i.e. negative impacts on human health and the environment) should be viewed as a design flaw. Green Chemistry is a transformational approach to pollution prevention that can make your business more sustainable and, when integrated into the material innovation & exploration stage of new product development, can further lead to business opportunities through innovative design of products and processes. This webinar will provide a basic primer of the principles of Green Chemistry and a discussion of how Green Chemistry can be incorporated into your sustainability strategy. Presented by Clinton S. Boyd, PhD, Principal-Green Chemistry & Sustainability for the Global Sustainability Initiatives team at Steelcase Inc.

JUNE 2016

Economic Impact Potential and Characterization of Municipal Solid Waste in Michigan (recorded 6/27/16, 62 min)
West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum WMSBF recently partnered with the DEQ to conduct a waste audit and economic analysis of the municipal solid waste stream in Michigan. The results of that initiative were recently published by WMSBF in the report titled Solid Waste Characterization and Valuation: Opportunities for Economic and Environmental Impact. Daniel Schoonmaker, Executive Director of WMSBF presents the project including the process WMSBF used to characterize the municipal solid waste stream, the findings, analysis and recommendations of the report.

Waste Reduction and Recycling - Making the Right Choices - DEQ Sustainability Series Webinar (Recorded 6/16/16, 61 min)
Recycling and waste reduction is not just about dumpster dives and weights anymore. The now “holistic approach” includes an assessment of the material stream. Programs are changing as material choices, commodity markets, goals and customer expectations are being challenged. A culture of sustainability is about the choices up front that influence the end result. How can “change” including a different way of thinking and collaborative solutions affect your recycling and waste program?

Complaints: Odors, Open burning, and Dust - Oh my! (Recorded 6/15/16, 63 min)
Have you ever called in a complaint to the AQD? The AQD receives hundreds of complaints from citizens, municipalities, and facilities every year. These complaints range in topic, but the ones that are received most often are odors, open burning and dust. The AQD strives to handle every complaint we receive in a timely and professional manner and these types of complaints are no different. After you call the Office of Environmental Assistance or the AQD what happens? This webinar will take you through the process as well as provide you a look into the investigation of AQD complaints.

MAY 2016

Optimizing Water Usage - Strategies to increase water efficiency and conservation (recorded 5/19/16, 65 min)
Water efficiency activities can be an important strategy to buffer the trend of rising utility costs and conserve our important water resources for other users and environmental services. This webinar will cover available resources to assist with auditing and retrofitting buildings to optimize water usage as well as a case study to showcase how water saving efforts can be accomplished

Enforcement – I received a Air Quality Violation Notice. Now what? (recorded 5/18/16, 65 min)
Getting a Violation Notice and thinking about potential enforcement action can be one of the most worrisome things a facility may have to work through with Air Quality Division (AQD) staff. The purpose of this webinar is to remove some of the unknowns from the enforcement process. AQD enforcement staff will discuss why a facility may get a Violation Notice and how best to work with AQD to resolve the violations. No one wants to get a Violations Notice, but this webinar will prepare you to move forward with confidence.

Submitting Wetlands, Lakes and Streams Applications in MiWaters (recorded 5/3/16, 91 min)
This webinar demonstrates how to locate and submit a variety of forms related to wetlands, lakes, and streams permits and programs. In particular, it shows how to: create an account; find forms; submit an application or request; include required and optional attachments; pay the applicable fee; check the status of your application after it has been submitted; edit the GIS site details of your site; and other relevant functions in MiWaters. This webinar will be of interest to individuals that will need to apply for a permit related to activities covered under the MDEQ/USACE "Joint Permit Application" (JPA). The JPA package covers permit requirements pursuant to state and federal rules and regulations for construction activities where the land meets the water including wetlands, often referred to as the land/water interface. The application covers activities on or for: Wetlands, Floodplains, Marinas, Dams, Inland Lakes and Streams, Great Lakes Bottom Lands, Critical Dunes, and High Risk Erosion Areas.

APRIL 2016

Energy Audits - Who? What? When? Why? How?  (recorded 4/28/16, 48 min)
Michigan Energy Options has been serving Michigan residents for over 35 years. A large part of their role has been the development of energy audit markets in the state. This webinar will explore the reasons for energy audits, what different energy audit regimes can provide and how to choose the right energy audit for your needs. Presenters Ed Love and Scott Durrett with Michigan Energy Options.

Groundwater Discharge Program in the New MiWaters (recorded 4/15/16, 63 min)
This webinar focuses on how to submit a groundwater discharge permit application in MiWaters. Specifics of entering and submitting monitoring data once a permit has been issued is also reviewed. This webinar should be of interest to any facility required to have a groundwater discharge permit, their certified operators, and consultants.

Dust: Fugitive Dust Regulations and Fugitive Dust Plans (recorded 4/13/16, 70 min)
Air Quality Division (AQD) staff provide a broad overview of the AQD's Fugitive Dust regulations and associated requirements. This webinar provides a nice look into how AQD handles fugitive dust across the state.

MARCH 2016

Michigan Green Labs Webinar (recorded 3/31/16, 48 min)
The Michigan Green Labs Webinar covers a successful green labs program at the University of Michigan and examines an initiative to take the University of Michigan model and expand it to business orientated labs. This webinar is geared toward lab professionals, facilities managers, green team leaders, academics, process improvement professionals, and sustainability professionals. This webinar was hosted by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in partnership with the University of Michigan and the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum.  Presenters: Dr. Sudhakar G. Reddy with the University of Michigan and Mr. Daniel Schoonmaker with the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum.

Creating a Culture of Sustainability (recorded 3/17/16, 67 min)
Creating a culture of sustainability can seem like a daunting task. This webinar will offer a structure to integrate sustainability within your organization and a pathway to begin your journey towards sustainability or to further the efforts you already have in place. Topics will include integration within your business plan and vision, the importance of goals and reporting, employee engagement, and accountability. Kris Spaulding from Brewery Vivant will share their secrets to successfully implementing the triple bottom line (people, planet, profit) into their business model.

Air Monitoring: History and Rationale (recorded 3/16/16, 67 min)
Were you aware that the AQD watches emissions of certain types of air contaminants through a network of locations all over the state? This network consists of meteorological, gaseous, particle and air toxics monitors. The information gathered is used to provide the public with real-time air quality measurements, track air quality trends and to assist in the development of air pollution abatement strategies. This webinar will give a detailed look into how monitoring is done and how AQD uses the collected data. Anyone that has ever wanted to get a little more insight into this topic will want to take the time to listen in to this webinar.

Waste to By-product - Reforms to Part 121 of the Michigan Natural and Environmental Protection Act (recorded 3/1/16, 90 min)
This webinar provides attendees with an overview of the Part 121, Liquid Industrial By-product statutory changes and other conforming statutory amendments enacted under Acts 224, 225, and 226 of 2015.This webinar will be beneficial to anyone who manages non-hazardous liquid waste byproducts from a business or institution. 


Stack Testing: What is it and why is it necessary? (recorded 2/24/16, 75 min)
Sometimes emissions from certain industrial processes and/or the efficiency of process control equipment need to be verified. The way this is completed is through various types of stack testing. AQD has dedicated staff that attends and observes stack tests across the state to ensure the validity of the test being conducted. If you have ever wondered how exactly stack testing is done, or if you are interested in why stack testing may or may not be necessary - then you will definitely enjoy hearing this first hand perspective from one of our resident stack testing staff.

The Business of Sustainability - DEQ Sustainability Series Webinars (recorded 2/18/16, 65 min.)
The Business of Sustainability webinar will explore the interrelationship between stakeholder preferences, business leadership and environmental regulations and how these drivers can affect sustainable business practices. Case studies and trends will be examined to illustrate how these factors are helping to advance society toward a safer and more sustainable future through business practices.


Air Dispersion Modeling: What the heck is it? (recorded 1/20/16, 64 min)
Sometimes a permit contains an emission limit for a specific air toxic, such as formaldehyde. Have you ever wondered why this happens? There are AQD staff members that specialize in air dispersion modeling. Air dispersion modeling is a tool for predicting source impacts through computer simulations. Use of air dispersion modeling is sometimes required to demonstrate compliance with various state and federal ambient air quality standards. If you have ever wondered how this process works or why AQD implements it, then you will be interested in this webinar.

E. coli in Surface Waters: Michigan’s Statewide Bacterial Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) (recorded 1/19/16, 59 min)
This webinar discusses why the DEQ has decided to take a statewide approach, what the statewide TMDL will include, and how it will be updated as well as provide background information on the TMDL process and potential E. coli sources. This webinar will interest general public, watershed groups, municipalities, Tribes, and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permittees.

Submitting a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) Annual Report in MiWaters (recorded 1/5/16, 70 min)
This webinar explains how to submit a SWPPP Annual report in the new MIWaters system. It also provides an overview on how to setup accounts in MIWaters to establish authorized users for submitting the SWPPP Annual Report. More information about MiWaters can be found at


2015 Webinars


Understanding the National Flood Insurance Program and Local Floodplain Building Code Requirements (recorded 12/17/15, 85 min)
This Webinar is intended to highlight the responsibilities of the local community in administering National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requirements at the local level. Local officials/building inspectors, planners and consultants who are responsible for carrying out the local floodplain development responsibilities should attend. The purpose of the Webinar is to provide an overview for communities new to the NFIP and a refresher to those communities already in the NFIP. Presenters will also briefly discuss the new MIWaters System as it relates to Part 31.

What is the Michigan Air Emissions Reporting System (MAERS) and what is the data used for? (recorded 12/16/15, 55 min)
Michigan Air Pollution Control Rule R336.202 (Rule 2) requires an annual report from many commercial, industrial, or governmental sources of air contaminants. In Michigan facilities submit their emissions calculations through the Michigan Air Emissions Reporting System (MAERS). Maybe you know about MAERS, but have you ever wondered where that data goes and what it is used for? This webinar will give you a good idea of what happens after you click the submit button.


Air Quality and the Nonmetallic Mineral Crushing Industry webinar (recorded 11/19/15, 80 min).
The nonmetallic mineral crushing industry, especially in regard to portable crushing, is one with specific requirements that are sometimes slightly different than that of a typical stationary source. There are notifications that must be submitted for certain activities. This webinar will focus on the specific air quality rules that apply to this industry and some of the challenges that industry and regulators face. You will want to view this webinar if you are a nonmetallic mineral crusher, portable or stationary, or if you are interested in an AQD inspector's perspective on the challenges associated with compliance.

Water Quality Monitoring Requests – Background on the Process and How to Submit a Request webinar (recorded 11/5/15, 49 min)
This webinar will focuses on the process through which people can submit requests to have Michigan DEQ Water Resources Division (WRD) consider conducting various types of water quality related monitoring in a particular water body (e.g., stream, river, pond, lake). Background will be provided on the common types of monitoring the WRD performs and the DEQ WRD’s five-year rotating watershed prioritization system. An overview of how to submit a monitoring request will be provided followed by a question and answer period. The request process is open to anyone including municipal, state, or federal staff; conservation or other nonprofit organizations; and the general public.


Introduction to Air Permit to Install (recorded 10/21/15, 69 min)
As a preamble to the next Air Permit to Install (PTI) Application Training that will take place on November 10, 2015, this webinar will discuss the Air Quality Division's (AQD) PTI program. This webinar will appeal to those who are interested in learning more about the PTI application process as well as how Michigan’s AQD PTI program works. For instance, did you know that the PTI Program has specific units and staff that handle and specialize in particular processes? If you have ever applied for an air permit, or think you may have to, then this webinar would be of interest


Potential to Emit: What is it and why are all Air Quality Rules based on it? webinar (recorded 9/23/15, 71 min).
Potential to Emit (PTE) can be a confusing topic for all sectors of industry. However, PTE is something that most businesses should be assessing on a more regular basis. This webinar will focus on what PTE is and why it is used to determine applicability for most air regulations. If PTE confounds you, then this webinar would be a good way to begin your PTE education.


What to Expect from an Air Inspection webinar (recorded 8/26/15, 62 min).
In the second installment of the Year of Clear Air - AQD 101 Series, inspections is discussed in detail. This webinar discusses what happens when the inspector knocks on your door. What are your responsibilities? What might your inspector want to look at during the inspection? What should you have ready to show your inspector? And most importantly, what happens next? If you have ever had an AQD inspection, or think you may have one in the future, then this would be a great webinar to check out.

Introduction to MiWaters for Facilities Covered Under a DEQ Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) Permit webinar (recorded 8/21/15, 91 min).
This webinar focuses on how MiWaters will affect facilities covered under the DEQ CAFO Permit. DEQ staff will provide a step-by-step navigation through MiWaters that will cover the submittal of an application, checking the status of a permit, and how to use important compliance notification features. The webinar will also highlight changes made to the new general permit and offer a question and answer session. Facilities covered under a DEQ CAFO Permit, as well as consultants and other interested parties are encouraged to view this webinar.

Informational Webinar on Draft Michigan Water Strategy (recorded 8/17/15, 87 min).
The DEQ's Office of the Great Lakes hosted an informational webinar on the Draft Water Strategy. The public is encouraged to participate to learn more about the draft Water Strategy and discuss opportunities for involvement in implementation.

JULY 2015

Introduction to the AQD: Protecting Michigan’s air since 1965 webinar (recorded 7/23/15, 42 min).
The Year of Clear Air - AQD 101 Series webinars kicked off with this introduction to the Air Quality Division (AQD). In celebration of 50 years of protecting Michigan’s air, the AQD will be exploring many different aspects of Air Quality in Michigan. This introductory webinar will focus on a broad overview of the AQD’s people and programs

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