ENVIRONMENTAL & ENERGY TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL OF MAINE

Feb 16th Forum - E2Tech Myth Busters

  • Thursday, February 16, 2012
  • 7:15 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Wishcamper Center, USM, Portland

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Laurie LehmbergTexas Instruments

Anne K HewesEcoMaine 


In the environmental and energy technology sector, we often run up against common myths which belie hard science:

  • Why recycle? There’s no market for it.
  • Industrial chemicals cannot be eco-friendly.
  • Making your house airtight is dangerous--they need to breathe.

We’ve all heard them and many of us believe them because we’ve had no other reason not to. It’s time to set the record straight. Myths are costly to business and consumers while facts inform good decision-making and enable a wise use of time, energy and other resources. Join E2Tech on February 16th to get your questions answered by myth busting experts from the environmental and energy technology sector. Subject areas to be covered:

Can industrial chemicals be eco-friendly?

Industrial chemicals are often blamed for poisoned waterways and ground sites, but are overlooked as among the easiest materials or commodities to re-use or converted to vastly different kinds of end products. While many used chemicals are dangerous, they still retain their purity and are valuable on the secondary market.  This discussion will explain some of the secondary useof industrial chemicals and how they can be safely reused.
speaker: Laurie Lehmberg,Environmental Safety and Health, Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX).  
Why are we trash talking our waste stream?
Do recycling trucks burn more energy and produce more pollution than recycling saves? Why recycle when all our discarded paper, plastic, metal and glass has to be painstakingly (and expensively) sorted by hand? That depends on who you ask. You'll find plenty of people on both sides of the great recycling debate, each equally convinced the other side is ill-informed. The truth is that opponents and proponents alike often rely on facts that are outdated, oversimplified or simply untrue.
speaker: Anne K. Hewes, Ph.D., Environmental Manager, EcoMaine

Debunking Home Energy Myths

Now more than ever, we are all looking for ways to use energy more efficiently and reduce utility bills. But when it comes to heating, cooling and using home appliances, there are almost as many myths, urban legends, and old-wives-tales out there than wasted kilowatt hours and BTUs. Some of the more popular myths that purport to be saving us energy and money are, in fact, actually doing the opposite. 
speakers: Andy Meyer & Dana Fischer of Efficiency Maine 

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