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Staples’ Commitment to Transitioning to Safer Chemicals Webinar

October 9, 2012

Opening this webinar was Adam Siegel with the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA).

Through supply chain management and product design, Staples, a leading office products provider, continues to demonstrate its commitment to moving toward products that are safer and more sustainable. As part of its commitment to help ensure a healthy environment for future generations, Staples seeks to avoid the use of hazardous substances, transition to safer product alternatives, and prefer chemicals that have been designed using green chemistry principles.

Presenter:
Roger McFadden
Vice President, Senior Scientist
Staples, Inc.

Roger McFadden is Vice President and Senior Scientist at Staples, Inc., a position he has held since July 2009 when Corporate Express was acquired by Staples. Before joining Staples, Roger was Vice President and Chief Science Officer for Corporate Express with headquarters in Broomfield, CO a position he held from May 2006 until 2009. Before joining Corporate Express Roger was Vice President of Technical Services and Product Development for Coastwide Laboratories with headquarters in Portland, OR a position he held from1988 until 2006 when Corporate Express acquired Coastwide Laboratories. Before joining Coastwide, Roger worked as a consulting chemist and product engineer for several chemical manufacturing companies in both the U.S. and Canada.

Roger believes that we need a revolution in product design with an environmental conscience and commitment to green chemistry; the future belongs to companies that integrate green chemistry principles to eliminate hazard and waste at all stages of product life cycle; and that educational institutions can advance the benefits of green chemistry by incorporating it in textbooks, curriculum and across multidisciplinary fields including fundamental sciences, business, law and engineering.

This webinar is sponsored by the Safer Chemistry Challenge Program.

Staples’ Commitment to Transitioning to Safer Chemicals Slides

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Partnering to Provide Industrial Energy Efficiency Assistance Webinar

October 9, 2012

There are many ways that state technical assistance partners can collaborate to provide energy efficiency services to industrial clients. The webinar will describe some examples of how partnerships were initiated, funded, developed and strengthened (and how challenges were addressed). Case studies will include work with manufacturers to improve energy efficiency, the environment, employee empowerment and the bottom line. There will be some time for discussion, so participants can bring their own methods, stories and questions.

Presenters:
Cristiana Figueroa, P. E.
Cristiana currently serves as the Energy team (E-team) lead at the Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program, Department of Ecology. She also serves as a member of the Technical Resources for Engineering Efficiency (TREE) team. She has over 20 years of experience working in multiple facets within the environmental field. In her role as a technical assistance provider for companies engaged in pollution prevention planning, she works directly with industrial facilities to identify and implement opportunities for resource conservation, waste and toxicity minimization, and process optimization.

Hugh O’Neill
Hugh is senior project manager with the Washington Department of Ecology. He has worked on pollution prevention and waste reduction for over two decades. In addition, he has developed, supported and managed several business assistance services and partnerships at Ecology include: toxic chemical use, waste and emission reduction; with Ecology’s TREE Team - water and waste water reduction; with WSU Extension Energy Program/Utilities - energy efficiency; and with Impact Washington - lean and green assistance.

Tony Cooper, P.E.
Tony is a chemical engineer in the Department of Ecology’s Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction program. His technical assistance projects center on helping industrial companies implement lean manufacturing process optimizations, chemical substitution and toxicity reduction projects, and energy and water conservation efforts. He is a member of Ecology’s Lean and Green, Energy, and Technical Resources for Engineering Efficiency (TREE) teams.

Partnering to Provide Industrial Energy Efficiency Assistance Slides

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Engaging Your Supply Chain

September 20, 2012

A company may enjoy short-term success by eliminating a particular toxic compound and substituting a safer alternative. But, as an old African proverb says, “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Companies are finding next-level success through increasing collaboration with non-profits, academia, government agencies, and - in particular – their suppliers. By building the right foundation for supply chain engagement you can increase the likelihood of mutual success and reduce your resource investment, but how do you begin? We’ll explore how to build the business case for supply chain sustainability along with how to overcome common challenges.

Presenter:
Steve Walker, Insights Director
World 50

Steve is an Insights Director supporting the members of the Sustainability 50 and Supply Chain 50 communities. He is responsible for enhancing the member experience through programming, expansion of the peer network, and facilitating exchanges of ideas and best practices between members on relevant business and career issues. In addition, Steve is leading the Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative—a cross-function, in-depth effort to combine the resources and insights of subject matter experts across the Sustainability 50 and Supply Chain 50 member organizations.

Prior to joining World 50, Steve was Manager, Environmental Sustainability for the Burt’s Bees Division of The Clorox Company where he led environmental and social sustainability efforts including collaboration with their supply chain partners. Earlier in his career, Steve was Global Environmental and EHS Compliance Systems Manager for Federal-Mogul Corporation, a global Tier I automotive supplier. He was responsible for on-going environmental compliance activities along with achieving and maintaining third-party certification to the ISO 14001 standard at approximately 130 global locations.

An Ohio native, Steve holds a Master of Science in Environmental Management from the University of Findlay and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering Technology from the University of Dayton.

This webinar was part of the Safer Chemistry Challenge Program fall series.

Engage Your Supply Chain Slides

EPA’s DfE Program and Other Initiatives

September 10, 2012

The New York Pollution Prevention Institute’s EcoHour series and the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable co-hosted this webinar as part of Pollution Prevention Week 2012, “Safer Chemicals for a Safer World”. This webinar focused on the EPA’s Design for the Environment Program. It also looked at other EPA initiatives such as the Green Sports Initiative.

Presenter:

Bridget Williams is the Outreach Lead for the EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE) Program. As part of the DfE team, Bridget collaborates with a broad range of stakeholders, including science and policy professionals, product manufacturers, and environmental advocacy groups, to improve the human and environmental health effects of chemical-intensive products. Prior to joining DfE, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the West African country Burkina Faso where she taught high school Physics and Chemistry. Bridget has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Washington and a B.S. in Chemistry from Colorado State University.

EPA’s DfE Program and Other Initiatives Slides

DfE’ Safer Chemicals Ingredients List

Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center: An Award-Winning Energy Program Webinar

August 24, 2012

KPPC’s industrial and commercial clients began asking the Center for help in understanding and addressing energy efficiency at their facilities in response to rising energy costs. In response, and with state and federal support, KPPC developed a number of programs to identify E2 opportunities for energy-intensive facilities and to help them build self-sustaining energy management programs.

During this webinar, executive director Cam Metcalf and technical services program manager Richard Meisenhelder will discuss KPPC’s nationally-recognized efforts that help Kentucky industries make significant, long-term reductions in their energy usage:
• Kentucky Save Energy Now
• Kentucky Energy Alliance
• Northeast Demonstration Project

Presenters:
Cam Metcalf is a national leader in pollution prevention and energy efficiency technical assistance, training and applied research with a career that spans more than 30 years. He joined KPPC as Executive Director in 1995. His experience in P2 evolution and sustainability also include tenures at the University of Tennessee’s Center for Industrial Services, as a Training Manager and Waste Reduction Engineer; the University of North Carolina-Asheville, as Director of both the Environmental Quality Institute and the Project FireHAT-Hazardous Awareness Teamwork; and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as an Environmental and Physical Scientist.

Richard Meisenhelder served as KPPC’s Technical Coordinator for almost five years, organizing teams comprised of engineers and other technical staff to perform up to fifty P2 and E2 assessments per year. He then worked for three years as a Project Engineer at Fellon-McCord & Associates, which at the time was a consulting arm of Constellation Energy, the largest independent energy provider in the U.S. In 2008, Mr. Meisenhelder returned to KPPC to serve as Project Manager for Environmental Sustainability Services, providing oversight to KPPC’s technical personnel servicing the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors.

Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center: An Award-Winning Energy Program Webinar

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Online Resources for Safer Chemical Assessments Webinar

June 12, 2012

This webinar walked attendees through the Safer Chemical Alternatives Topic Hub and the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse (IC2) Safer Alternatives wiki.

About the Presenters:

Michelle Gaither has (a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from UW and MS in Envl Sci from WSU, and - can leave the educ stuff out if you want….) over and 15 years of environmental experience, providing technical assistance and support to government agencies, small businesses, and a national lab.  Focus areas have included pollution identification and prevention, toxics reduction, lean and green, and recycling.  She has been with the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) for twelve years, and is currently working with her the Washington State Department of Ecology and other PPRC staff, in piloting chemical alternatives assessment methodologies for various chemicals and products.

Pam Eliason is the Senior Associate Director and Industry Research Program Manager at the Toxics Use Reduction Institute.  Since 2000 she has managed several programs, including the Academic Research program, which provides funding for University of Massachusetts researchers to conduct pertinent research that could lead to the reduction in the use of toxic chemicals by Massachusetts industries.  Ms. Eliason was a lead researcher and author of the Institute’s Five Chemicals Alternatives Assessment Report, which was commissioned by the Massachusetts Legislature to evaluate the availability of technically and economically feasible safer alternatives to five specified chemicals.  She was instrumental in creating the methodology used to conduct this important research, and also focused her research activities on alternatives to the PVC plasticizer di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP).  Pam focuses on assessing and promoting the adoption of safer alternatives to toxic chemicals used in Massachusetts and around the world, and disseminating information on examples of successful implementation of cleaner technologies in industry. Perc Alternatives Assessment Fact Sheet

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Green Chemistry in Action Webinar: Lubrication Technologies Develops Water Based Paint Booth Cleaner

May 21, 2012

Lubrication Technologies offered to specifically develop a product for the St. Paul, Minnesota Ford Motor Plant that would be safer, more effective, and able to replace high VOC emitting solvents used in their glass cleaning, floor cleaning and paint booth maintenance operations. Lubrication Technologies worked with the Ford Motor Company to develop and test a cleaning product that works better than a solvent, contains less VOC’s per gallon, improves worker safety, and is competitively priced. After 17 prototypes, a formula was developed that breaks the paint sludge bonds by separating the solvent from paint solids thereby causing it to work effectively and longer on more surfaces than originally intended. As a result, Ford Sludge Remover (FSR) reduced paint department costs both in product and labor, provided a more employee friendly product, and significantly decreased Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions. Pollution is prevented at the source due to the reduced VOC content of the product coupled with the product’s ability to perform at a reduced usage rate.

Presenters:

Punch VanGrasstek started her career in 1969 as a product development chemist specializing in hard surface cleaning compounds used in industrial and institutional markets. Then in 1971, she partnered to develop and author a complete formulary for a new start up manufacturing company named Private Label Chemicals in Minneapolis, MN. The formulary encompassed cleaning compounds used for industrial processes, mass finishing, car washing, food processing, restaurants, janitorial, and personal care.

In 2001, Punch joined Lube-Tech and authored an industrial water-based cleaning formulary that targets their lubrication customers. Product uses include cleaners for transportation, industrial, automotive, and fleet customers.  Her responsibilities included working with sales staff, customers, product development, product safety, and trouble-shooting.

In January, 2011, Punch decided that it was time to retire. However, she continues to work with Lube-Tech on special projects and lab staff training on a very part time basis. Most of her time is now spent biking, walking, fly fishing, and working with science students.

Rich Limpert has been with Lube-Tech for 7 years as an Industrial Sales Representative STLE: Certified Lubrication Specialist.  Prior to coming to Lube-Tech, he worked with Gage Chemical Company as a Chemical Manager at various Ford Paint facilities world wide.  Prior to working for Gage Chemical, Rich worked with DuPont for 5 years as an Automation/ Electrocoat Deposition Specialist.

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This webinar was funded through a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant.

Life Cycle Assessment Webinar: Impact Assessment & the Uncertainty Implications

May 16, 2012

This webinar was a follow up to the “Tools to Measure Sustainability: Life Cycle Assessment” webinar conducted in March.

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a tool used to quantify the environmental impacts of a product throughout the entire life cycle, from material extraction, manufacturing, transportation, and end of life. The inputs and outputs of the product life cycle are quantified and then translated to environmental impact. Results are commonly used to compare the environmental footprint of multiple products which perform the same function. Life cycle impact assessment translates the life cycle inventory to environmental impacts. The elements of life cycle impact assessment will be explored, with a focus on uncertainty and data quality throughout the process.

Presenters: Dr. Anahita Williamson, Director, New York State Pollution Prevention Institute & Kate Winnebeck, Senior Environment, Health & Safety Specialist, New York State Pollution Prevention Institute

LCA Webinar: Impact Assessment & the Uncertainty Implications

Webinar - Introduction to GreenScreen™

April 3, 2012

The GreenScreen™ for Safer Chemicals is a method for chemical hazard assessment (CHA) to help move our society quickly and effectively toward the use of greener and safer chemicals. The GreenScreen™ is helping major companies and governments to substitute hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives.  This webinar will provide attendees with an overview of the GreenScreen™ tool and information on upcoming coming trainings.

Presenter:

Shari A. Franjevic
Green Chemistry & Sustainable Design Consultant
Transform to Green LLC

Ms. Shari Franjevic combines her strong technical foundation with her commitment to human and environmental health as a self-employed consultant.  For the past five years, Shari has been partnering with organizations such as Clean Production Action and facilitating diverse multi-stakeholder groups such as the USEPA Design for the Environment Technical Committees.  The focus of her work is to advance the understanding of, and promote design and use of green chemicals, sustainable materials and environmentally preferable products.

Shari began her career in industry, where she led research and design projects for consumer products companies including Procter & Gamble, Frito-Lay, General Mills, and 3M.  During her five years at P&G, she served as global technical adviser and research and development manager for a $200 million business in the chemicals division.  She has led process and product design projects for diverse product categories including surfactants, laundry detergents, foods, textiles, and sand paper. Shari earned her Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin.

Introduction to GreenScreen Slides

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Tools to Measure Sustainability: Life Cycle Assessment

February 24, 2012

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Presenters: Dr. Anahita Williamson, Director, New York State Pollution Prevention Institute & Kate Winnebeck, Senior Environment, Health & Safety Specialist, New York State Pollution Prevention Institute

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a tool used to quantify the environmental impacts of a product throughout the entire life cycle, from material extraction, manufacturing, transportation, and end of life. The inputs and outputs of the product life cycle are quantified and then translated to environmental impact. Results are commonly used to compare the environmental footprint of multiple products which perform the same function.

LCA results are useful for communicating the environmental impact of a product both internally and externally. Internally, LCA results allow those operations or materials which contribute significant environmental impact to be identified, allowing target future improvements to be targeted. Externally, LCA results can be used to validate marketing claims or compare the environmental impact of products by multiple manufacturers.  This webinar will focus on the LCA process and how LCA results can be used to drive sustainability. Case study examples will also be presented.

LCA Webinar Slides

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