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April 9 Webinar - TRI’s Pollution Prevention Search Tool: New Metrics for Assessing Progress in Sustainability

April 14, 2014

EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program collects a wealth of standardized multimedia environmental information from over 20,000 industrial facilities each year. The TRI’s unique combination of quantitative and qualitative information makes it a valuable resource for tracking environmental progress and identifying sustainable practices that have led to measurable improvements.

Over the past two years, EPA has taken steps to enhance the information reported to TRI under the Pollution Prevention (P2) Act and to make these data more accessible, meaningful, and intelligible. To this end, the new version of TRI’s P2 Search Tool (available at allows data users to graphically compare facilities and companies within the same industry using a variety of environmental metrics. Available metrics include toxic chemical waste generation, share of waste released to the environment, 5-year trend in waste per unit of output, greenhouse gas emissions, and P2 practices implemented.

Join this webinar to see for yourself how the new version of this tool can help you identify candidates for recognition, technical assistance, or community focus. The webinar will also show you how to find P2 details for individual facilities and how to find opportunities for technology transfer using the P2 information reported to TRI.

Presenter: Daniel Teitelbaum, US EPA

Daniel Teitelbaum is the Pollution Prevention Staff Lead for the Toxics Release Inventory Program in EPA’s Office of Environmental Information. In this role he promotes the collection, dissemination, and use of information about environmental performance and effective P2 practices. Daniel joined the EPA as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2009 and has also worked in the Sustainability Program for EPA Region 2. He holds an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and a B.A. in Economics from Brown University.

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March 18 Webinar - EPA Design for the Environment Safer Chemicals

March 18, 2014

The Safer Chemical Ingredients List contains chemicals that meet the criteria of the Design for the Environment (DfE) Safer Product Labeling Program. This voluntary program recognizes products that are high-performance and cost-effective using the safest chemical ingredients. At present, more than 2,500 products carry the DfE Safer Product Label. This list of safer chemical ingredients is arranged by functional-use class and will assist product manufacturers in identifying chemicals that the DfE program has already evaluated and identified as safer.

Clive Davies, US EPA

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Trends in P2 On-Site Technical Assistance

February 20, 2014

This webinar was hosted by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable.

Providing recommendations and assisting facilities with the implementation of pollution prevention projects has evolved over the years due to changes in environmental priorities, program resources and client needs.

This webinar will highlight the evolution, outcomes and lessons learned from Ohio EPA’s 20-year old pollution prevention assessment program that helps facilities optimize the use of resources, minimize losses and increase productivity. It will also share insights from one of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center’s flagship on-site technical assistance programs, which just completed its fifth year of working with rural communities and businesses to achieve measurable energy and water conservation improvements.

This webinar will be of particular interest to both long-time pollution prevention technical assistance programs and new technical assistance providers.


Mike Kelley, Ohio EPA, Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention
Dave Foulkes, Ohio EPA, Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention

Dan Marsch, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
Mike Springman, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

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February 13 Webinar - Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program: A Holistic Continuous Improvement Framework

January 28, 2014

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2014

This webinar will discuss the Cradle to Cradle Certified Products program, a multi-attribute, continuous improvement methodology that provides a path to manufacturing healthy and sustainable products for our world. It requires a paradigm shift in thinking about how a product is designed, what it contains, how it is made, and where it goes after use. As a guidance system for product designers and manufacturers, the program leads to the creation of innovative products that redefine quality and beauty.

The program guides continual improvement towards products that are:
- made with materials that are safe for humans and the environment
- designed so all ingredients can be reused safely by nature or industry
- assembled and manufactured with renewable, non polluting energy
- made in ways that protect and enrich water supplies, and
- made in ways that advance social and environmental justice.

Presenter: Susan Klosterhaus, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute

Susan Klosterhaus is an environmental scientist with more than 15 years of experience studying the fate and toxicity of chemical contaminants in the environment. As the Institute’s Senior Scientist, Susan is the lead manager of the Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program and oversees development of the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard. Susan also serves as the Chair of the Institute’s Certification Standards Board. Prior to joining the Institute, Susan was the lead organic contaminant chemist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute, where she conducted water quality monitoring projects to support environmental management and policy development for San Francisco Bay. At SFEI she led research on contaminants of emerging concern in aquatic environments and the identification and analysis of flame retardant chemicals used in consumer products. Before moving to the Bay Area, Susan was a research scientist in laboratories at the University of Maryland and the University of South Carolina.

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November 14 Webinar - P2 Intern Program

October 25, 2013

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2014

*P2 intern programs deliver environmental and cost savings*

A dozen or more states across our NPPR membership host P2 summer intern programs. These non-regulatory programs are designed to link top-level engineering and environmental sciences students with business and industry. The “win-win” opportunities give students real-world experience, resulting in reduced energy use, emissions and wastes, which in turn benefit a company’s bottom line as well as the state’s environment.

And did you know that NPPR hosts a discussion group that helps support these P2 intern programs? We invite you to join us for a webinar that will feature an overview of the topics and lessons this discussion group has covered. It will also feature one of the premier P2 intern programs—the Iowa DNR Pollution Prevention Services Intern Program. It has been in operation for 14 years and annually places between 20-25 interns in companies across the state of Iowa. Its program personnel have mentored several other states, as well as serving as a model for many of the Region 7 states.

While these P2 intern programs produce great metrics, they can sometimes be daunting administratively. Thus, we hope your participation in this webinar will offer insight and information toward starting or expanding your own program.

Steve Brachman, Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center, UW - Extension
Nancy Larson, Pollution Prevention Institute, Kansas State University
Danielle Dilks, Iowa Pollution Prevention Services, Iowa DNR

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September 19 Webinar - P2 Pioneers

October 22, 2013

This webinar, designed specifically for P2 Week 2013, brought together a sampling of the pioneers in the pollution prevention field to discuss the development and progression of pollution prevention in policies, industries, and other institutions. This webinar reviewed the evolution of our field from waste minimization to pollution prevention to sustainability. It included a discussion on the use of tools such as P2 and energy efficiency assessments, the emergence of voluntary programs, the growth of networks and partnerships, the stabilization and expansion of performance metrics, and the skill sets needed to carry out these programs.

Cam Metcalf, Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center, University of Louisville
Cindy McComas, University of Minnesota
Gary Hunt, North Carolina State University

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June 27 Webinar - Advancing Green Chemistry: PCBs in Pigments

July 2, 2013

This Webinar was hosted by the Washington State Department of Ecology and the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable.

Advancing the design of PCB free pigments is a goal for the green chemistry community to help transition from research to development to market. This webinar described the issues related to the inadvertent production of PCBs in pigments.

The challenge of reducing Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) at the source is a national, even global issue as PCBs are globally transported, do not easily degrade, and bioaccumulate in the food chain. The EPA National Listing of Fish Advisories lists more than 1100 waterbodies in the United States where the PCB concentrations in fish render it unsafe to eat. There is also mounting evidence that even low levels of persistent chemicals have negative biological impacts of endocrine and neurological systems. PCBs are ubiquitous in the environment, not only as the result of legacy uses of Aroclors but, significantly, from residual PCBs that are still being legally produced as “inadvertent contaminants” in industrial processes. A specific example is PCBs in pigments used in inks, dyes, and other products.

This session provided historical and regulatory context to the issue, describe the changes, challenges, and solutions needed for effective source control of PCBs.

Dr. Lisa Rodenburg, Rutgers University
Adriane Borgias, Washington State Department of Ecology
Professor Robert Christie, Heriot-Watt University, Galashield, Scotland

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April 23 Webinar - Safer Alternatives to Methylene Chloride Consumer Product Paint Strippers

April 3, 2013

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Time: 12 ET

(This Webinar hosted by WSPPN and NPPR is part of the Safer Chemistry Challenge Program Series)

Methylene chloride has been used for many years in consumer product paint strippers that are purchased from Home Depot, paint supply and hardware stores.  The strippers are used by consumers, small furniture stripping companies, contractors, boatyards and various other businesses to strip a range of items.  The chemical is a carcinogen and acute exposure to methylene chloride strippers is linked to two deaths in California in the last few years.  This presentation will describe two projects that focused on developing, testing and demonstrating safer alternatives to methylene chloride consumer product paint strippers.  It will also focus on the actions California agencies could take to restrict the use of the strippers.

Dr. Katy Wolf is director of the Institute for Research and Technical Assistance (IRTA), a nonprofit organization established in 1989.  IRTA identifies, develops, tests and demonstrates safer alternatives for industrial and consumer product applications.  IRTA also performs emerging and advanced technology demonstrations that reduce or eliminate the use of hazardous substances.  IRTA’s work focuses heavily on solvent alternatives in cleaning, dry cleaning, electronics, paint stripping, coatings, lubricants and adhesives.  Over the last 20 years, IRTA’s projects have led to a reduction in the use of hazardous substances in California of more than 100 tons per day.  Dr. Wolf spent fourteen years at the Rand Corporation, where she performed research on alternatives to ozone depleting substances and chlorinated solvents. Dr. Wolf has authored more than 200 publications. She has a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics.

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June 12 Webinar - Chemical Policy Reform as a Driver for Green Chemistry

March 13, 2013

Date: Wednesday June 12, 2013
Time: 3 ET

Great Lakes Green Chemistry Network
Michigan Green Chemistry Clearinghouse

President & CEO, Environmental Health Strategies Center
Senior Advisor, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families

Mike Belliveau is the founder and president of Environmental Health Strategy Center, a public health organization working for safer chemicals and a sustainable economy. He serves as senior advisor to Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, a national coalition focused on modernizing the federal chemical management system. A social entrepreneur, Mike organized a regional trade association to promote biobased manufacturing, the Sustainable Bioplastics Council of Maine. Belliveau has more than 30 years of experience in chemical hazard assessment, science policy analysis, and green chemistry solutions. Mike holds an environmental science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Exploring the Toxics Release Inventory’s Pollution Prevention Information: A New Resource and a P2 Provider’s Perspective

March 12, 2013

The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), and the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable’s Safer Chemistry Challenge Program hosted this webinar: Exploring the Toxics Release Inventory’s Pollution Prevention Information: A New Resource and a P2 Provider’s Perspective.

This webinar provided an overview of the pollution prevention and waste management data collected by the TRI Program and introduced participants to a new search tool that makes this information easy to access, visualize, and use. Additionally, participants heard about the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP), how they use the TRI information, and how they plan to integrate the new pollution prevention tool into their outreach activities.

Featured presenters will include:
-Daniel Teitelbaum, Pollution Prevention Staff Lead, TRI Program Division, Office of Environmental Information, US EPA
-Laura Babcock, Ph.D., Director, MnTAP
-Robert Lundquist, Senior Engineer, MnTAP

Slides and recording are available at

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