Pollution Prevention News from NPPR – Feb 2017

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A message from the NPPR Board

We are pleased to start off 2017 by sharing some pollution prevention-related news items with our members.  This is the inaugural edition of a new quarterly electronic newsletter designed to keep members informed of all things P2.

It is important to note that NPPR has faced significant challenges as federal and state funding directed toward P2 has diminished quite substantially over the past few years.  However, NPPR’s Board of Directors is actively engaged in identifying opportunities to better position the organization so that it can continue to provide a national platform for P2.  Through the transition, this group of volunteers has remained committed to helping NPPR maintain its website as a portal to valuable P2 resources, disseminate relevant P2 information through webinars and continue the tradition of recognizing P2 achievements through the annual MVP2 Awards, which were presented in conjunction with National P2 Week in 2016.

This newsletter will serve as a venue to keep members updated on the continued progress as we move forward, and you are also encouraged to visit the website at www.p2.org. Thanks for everything you do in the P2 world!!  We hope that you will continue your support of NPPR as it goes through this transition and strives to spread the P2 message.

Meet NPPR’s Executive Committee

Chair: Jonathan Rivin
Jonathan consults (World Environmental Consulting) with expertise in sustainable materials management.

Vice Chair: Laura Henne
Laura works for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in the Bureau of Compliance Support and Pollution Prevention. The P2 Section promotes multi-media environmental management and tracks the storage, use and release of hazardous substances at New Jersey industrial facilities.

Secretary: Meghann Quinn
Meghann works for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality as the manager of the Office of Pollution Prevention, which provides technical pollution prevention assistance and recognition to Virginia organizations.

Treasurer: Ken Zarker
Ken Zarker has been supporting the NPPR for over 25 years to help support the P2 community. He has held a number of leadership positions and is a past-chair of the NPPR. Ken is also working on efforts to implement the updated Toxics Substances Control Act and advancing green chemistry.

Thank you Jeff!!

Jeff Burke stepped down in 2015 as Executive Director of NPPR.  We would like to thank him for his leadership and tireless efforts as he served in this capacity for many years.  Since leaving, Jeff has continued to volunteer his time to assist the Board during the transition, and we are grateful for his dedication, both past and present.

Thank you and congratulations Landon!!

Landon Brown stepped down as Chair after winning the Wyoming 9th District State House race. Landon’s leadership guided the NPPR this past year.  The Board congratulates Landon on his new role and thanks him for his support and guidance.  Wyoming will benefit from Landon’s environmental background and focused leadership.

2016 Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Awards

The 2016 Most Valuable Pollution Prevention (MVP2) awards presented by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) celebrate the successes of innovators in the areas of pollution prevention and sustainability.

The 2016 MVP2 Award Winners are:

  • Global Foundries Vermont
  • Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, P2 and Stewardship Unit
  • Chesterfield, VA County’s Department of Utilities
  • Don Rivard – Individual Merit / P2 Champion Award
  • Abigail Giarrosso – Student of the Year
  • Alicia McCarthy – Student of the Year
  • Meghann Quinn – Volunteer of the Year

Learn more about the MVP2 Awards

Restoring Pollution Prevention and the Concept of Positive Freedom

In November Board Member Rick Reibstein’s pieceRick Reibstein entitled “Restoring Pollution Prevention and the Concept of Positive Freedom” was published on RegBlog, a regulatory news, analysis and opinion site hosted by the Penn Program on Regulation.  Reibstein cited the fact that businesses receiving assistance from state pollution prevention programs during the 1990s saved $652 million, and these programs largely subsisted on investment by EPA of less than $6 million per year.  He commented that “We should pay more attention to efficient investment when it occurs, including by the government.  Returns on investment in pollution prevention far surpass what would count for stunning success in the private sector.  Something government has done has worked, and we should build on it.”

Read Rick’s full article

Decision Maker’s Guide Available on Artificial Turf

When municipalities, universities, schools and other institutions consider what type of athletic playing fields to install, they need to decide between natural grass, artificial turf with crumb rubber infill and artificial turf with other forms of infill.

The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) is compiling information that describes considerations such as performance, safety, cost and the potential environmental and health impacts, as well as alternatives assessments.

View the Artificial Turf Guide

Tennessee Green Star Partnership Highlight – Unilever

Green Star Partnership (TGSP) is an environmental leadership program facilitated by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. The partnership recognizes Tennessee industries that are committed to sustainability and that exhibit continuous improvement throughout their entire operation. Sharing successes, networking and best management practices are just a few of the opportunities TGSP offers its members.  In December, TGSP’s partner highlight was Unilever of Covington, Tennessee, which has set an ambition to be one of the most sustainable corporations on the planet.

Read the full member highlight