The Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance hosts technical webinars on important phosphorus management issues. Our members participate in the webinars and the phosphorus sustainability community is invited to attend.
In addition, we post video abstracts of phosphorus sustainability research that has been published recently in respected, peer-reviewed journals. The video abstracts are 5- to 10-minutes long and the researchers present their own findings.
Previous webinars and the video abstracts are posted on our YouTube channel.
The Vermont Phosphorus Innovation Challenge
As with so many states, Vermont has witnessed the effects of phosphorus pollution on its waters, particularly visible as algal blooms on Lake Champlain. While not all of this pollution comes from agriculture, a sizable share does. In response, the state government has launched the Vermont Phosphorus Innovation Challenge (VPIC) to incentivize the development and implementation of technologies that target reducing phosphorus loads that stem from manure application to farmlands.
From 27 applicants, VPIC has recently chosen six technologies to receive various amounts of seed funding, each toward piloting their technologies. At this webinar, we’ll hear from VPIC organizers and from the developers of three of those technologies.
Please join us on January 22 for this free 90-minute webinar. Ample time will be provided for audience Q&A.
- Kaitlin Hayes from the State of Vermont
- Jim Jutras from the Village of Essex Junction (working alongside Raju Badireddy from the University of Vermont)
- Mike Curtis from DVO, Inc. (working alongside Eric Roy from the University of Vermont)
- Bobby Levine from Digested Organics
When and Where
- Date: January 22, 2018
- Time: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM CST
- Location: Online webinar
- Details and registration: http://bit.ly/Webinar-VTChallenge-Reg
Webinar – Regulation of Biosolids and Manure Land Application
In the US, there is substantial state-by-state diversity in the rules for when, where, and how nutrients can be recycled through land application of biosolids and manure. This regulation impacts the recycling of nutrients in the food system, including phosphorus.
The Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance is reaching the culmination of a comparative analysis on state regulations of land application of biosolids and manure. The information is being rendered as text reports and as an online, ArcGIS Story Map.
On September 25, the Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance held a 90-minute webinar with an introduction to the reports and a demonstration some features of the ArcGIS tool.
Webinar – Phosphorus Recovery from Water Resource Recovery Facilities
Materials that were traditionally characterized as waste are often replete with commodities ready to be extracted and valorized. A number of companies have seized upon this opportunity and developed technologies that advance this beneficial reuse of phosphorus.
On May 24, the Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance held a 90-minute webinar with a discussion of the challenges and opportunities in harvesting phosphorus resources from wastewater streams.
Webinar – Extreme Climate, Extreme Phosphorus
Recent weather events around the globe–from intense hurricanes in the US to massive flooding in Asia–conform to the predictions of climate change models. If extreme weather continues to be the new normal, how will an intensification of storms affect phosphorus flows through the environment and how can we prepare for the increased phosphorus loads? In this webinar, our panelists discussed how climate change is impacting and will continue to change phosphorus flows, and what cities and farms will need to do to protect against increased phosphorus pollution of our waterways.
- Dr. Phil Haygarth, Professor in the Lancaster Environment Centre of Lancaster University
- Dr. Laura Johnson, Director of the National Center for Water Quality Research at Heidelberg University
Video Interviews — Phosphorus Science Now
Dr. Matt Scholz of the Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance has conducted interviews with scientists about their work in phosphorus sustainability. Learn about their findings in these four videos:
Legacy Phosphorus in Three River Basins,
about the Nature Geosciences article “Long-term Accumulation and Transport of Anthropogenic Phosphorus in Three River Basins.”
- Dr. Steve Powers of Washington State University
- Dr. Phil Haygarth of Lancaster University
- Dr. Jianbo Shen of China Agricultural University
Greening the Global Phosphorus Cycle,
about how green chemistry approaches can improve phosphorus use efficiency.
Prof. Paul Withers of Bangor University
Phosphorus Sustainability Projects in India,
about ongoing phosphorus recovery projects in India.
Prof. Vijay Chariar of the NSF’s Phosphorus Sustainability Research Coordination Network and IIT Dehli.
Total Value of Phosphorus Recovery,
about the Environmental Science & Technology paper, “Total Value of Phosphorus Recovery”
Prof. Brooke Mayer of the NSF’s Phosphorus Sustainability Research Coordination Network and Marquette University.