July 3, 2014
Pollution Prevention Measurement Tools
RELEVANCE OF POLLUTION PREVENTION MEASURES - THINK CLIMATE CHANGE
Pollution prevention and climate change? You may be sure that pollution prevention can successfully tackle climate change–but can you prove it? Thanks to the U.S. EPA’s new pollution prevention calculators, you now can provide the numbers you need to convincingly make your case.
In our society, measurement is empowerment. From corporate managers to baseball fans, measurement bring credibility to discussions, informs us of where we are allows us to set goals for where we want to be. It allows us to evaluate the status quo, benchmark, and make changes. Whether you are in business, government agencies, and public institutions or at home–numbers inform good decisions. Among environmental solutions, pollution prevention solutions tend to have the strongest track record for delivering environmental benefits while preventing an economic burden on the marketplace. These calculators can empower those marketing pollution prevention solutions and making connections between P2 and positive environmental change for problems like climate change.
Suite of P2 Performance Measures
- The Calculator Tools will assist in capturing critical P2 outcome measures:
- Pounds of hazardous materials reduced;
- Gallons of water saved;
- Million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (greenhouse gas emissions) that are reduced or avoided;
- Dollars saved by businesses and institutions through P2 practices.
Who should use the tools?
Anyone can use the tools! In fact, federal agencies, state and local governments, NGOs, consultants, businesses and grantees have all benefited from using the tools.
What do the tools measure?