March 18, 2013
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
- 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.
The tools were reviewed by a panel from the P2 community and were showcased in national webinars and conferences reaching over 600 participants. Based on feedback the U.S. EPA reworked the tools to be more robust, user friendly, with better training elements. All of the P2 tools are in an Excel format and finalized as of November 2011. U.S. EPA will periodically update the tools as new information and data sources become available.
Please note: The U.S. EPA revised the tools based on new data sources on November 2012.
Who should use the tools?
Anyone can use the tools. The U.S. EPA designed them with state and local governments, business facilities, grantees, and project managers in mind.
What is the purpose and benefits of the tools?
They are designed to help calculate GHG emissions and cost savings from P2 activities, and to help convert gallons of hazardous materials into pounds. The tools help to convert standard business units into environmental measurement units, increase transparency of reported data, and make reference sources clear.
February 5, 2013
The purpose of this Report, A Cornerstone of Environmental Sustainability: Pollution Prevention Results from 2007 to 2009, is to present national results from government agencies involved in promoting P2 approaches for the years 2007-2009. To view the Report.
August 28, 2012
Produced by: National Pollution Prevention Roundtable
Funded by: Washington Department of Ecology
This online compendium of energy efficiency and pollution prevention best practices, serving as a model for businesses to pursue technical assistance opportunities for energy efficiency programs in their respective states. The programs are run by a wide range of organizations, including state governments, universities, nonprofits, and private companies. Types of assistance range from energy audits, workshops, webinars, financial assistance, and implementation assistance. The compendium begins with a list of federal and regional programs, before listing specific individual programs by state.
This is a living document that will be routinely updated. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any updates or additions.
Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance Compendium (Last updated 8/28/12)
February 25, 2012
The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable offers a menu of services for governments, academia, and industry. With over 25 years of experience NPPR will customize it’s services to your organizations needs.
- EMS Training
- Basic P2 101 Training
- Sector Specific P2 Training
- Meeting Planning and Facilitation
February 24, 2012
This catalog provides a summary of past and current NPPR projects.
February 21, 2012
The Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx™) is a national partnership of regional pollution prevention information centers. P2Rx host a pollution prevention programs directory, which is an on-line tool for locating pollution prevention business assistance and services. Information in this directory is maintained by the P2Rx regional centers.
The Centers build networks, deliver P2 information, and measure P2 program results. The strength of the Network lies in the expertise and diversity among the regional centers and the variety of audiences served including government and state environmental agencies, technical assistance providers, businesses, educators, nonprofit organizations, and the general public. There are eight Regional Centers located throughout the United States.
Region 1 & 2
Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA)
The Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan interstate association that has a membership composed of the hazardous waste, solid waste, waste site cleanup, and pollution prevention program directors for the environmental agencies throughout EPA Regions 1 and 2, which includes CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT.
NEWMOA’s mission is to develop and sustain an effective partnership of states that helps achieve a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment by exploring, developing, promoting, and implementing environmentally sound solutions for waste management and pollution prevention.
Region 3 & 4
Environmental Sustainability Resource Center (ESRC)
The ESRC serves the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regions III and IV with comprehensive online resources, news and information about pollution prevention. The center utilizes regional and national expertise to provide P2 information that is critical to state environmental agencies, businesses, educators, technical assistance providers and the general public.
ESRC believes that helping organizations move toward environmental sustainability will reduce costs, minimize our ecological impact and help conserve, protect and maintain our environment.
Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR)
The Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR) is a professional organization dedicated to promoting information exchange and providing networking opportunities in EPA Region 5 which includes IL, IN, MI, MN, NY, OH, PA, WI, and Ontario, Canada. GLRPPR offers services such as: providing pollution prevention information and training, improving collaboration between local, state, and regional agencies, providing a focal point for policy dialogue and discussion of regional pollution prevention and compliance issues and more.
Zero Waste Network (ZWN)
ZWN is an organization, located in EPA region 6, which includes AR, LA, NM, OK and TX, dedicated to protecting the environment by helping companies become more efficient. ZWN supplies tools to reduce production costs by lowering environmental impact. As a regional center ZWN works to help innovative state/local pollution prevention programs share their strategies and successes. ZWN’s expertise in offering technical assistance to businesses and its RENEW material exchange program.
Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center (P2Ric)
Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center (P2RIC) strives to improve resource sharing among the programs, businesses, and agencies of EPA Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska) that provide waste reduction services and expertise to business and industry.
Peaks to Prairies (Peaks)
Peaks to Prairies is located in EPA region 8 which includes CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY. Peaks is dedicated to helping citizens, small businesses, and local governments prevent pollution. Peaks focuses on properly exchanging and teaching information on pollution prevention, helping collaboration between organizations, and gathering data to help with future work. Peaks’ tribal pollution prevention programs and its expertise in sustainable construction make the organization unique within P2Rx.
Western Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Network (WSPPN)
Established in 1997 and run as service provided by The Business Environmental Program (BEP), a partner in the Business Services Group in the College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno, The Western Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Network (WSPPN) is a cooperative alliance of pollution prevention (P2) programs throughout EPA Region 9 (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Trust Territories, and Tribal Lands). The network serves as a technical resource for regional P2 issues through researching, consolidating, and disseminating P2 information. WSPPN is part of a national network of EPA funded regional information centers called the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx) that increase P2 effectiveness by providing P2 programs with timely, accurate and useful information and resources.
Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC)
PPRC, located in EPA Region 10, which includes WA, ID, OR and AK, is a nonprofit organization that is the Northwest’s leading source of high quality, unbiased pollution prevention (P2) information. PPRC works collaboratively with business, government, non-government organizations, and other sectors to promote environmental protection through pollution prevention.
PPRC’s central contributions are:
- Making high quality information available to decision-makers in business and other sectors to help them integrate pollution prevention into their operations
- Identifying P2 obstacles and opportunities through collaborative networking with business, government and other constituencies
- Catalyzing projects that address project needs, and bringing people and resources together to implement pollution prevention
- Promoting pollution prevention as an essential element of sustainable development strategies
PPRC has established itself in the Northwest and nationally as an essential resource for pollution prevention. As a neutral force, PPRC educates its audiences, facilitates communication, and initiates progressive change.
July 8, 2010
The Department of Commerce’s Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative (SMI) created a one-stop web portal, Sustainable Business Clearinghouse, of information available from federal and state programs on environmental sustainability. The portal is available at http://ita-web.ita.doc.gov/sbc/sbc.nsf/pgSearch?OpenPage. The clearinghouse is menu driven by choosing among the list of states (or all), sustainability issues (e.g., pollution prevention), industry sectors, and types of information.
February 4, 2010
NPPR in cooperation with the U.S. EPA and Centre Marocain de Production Propre (Moroccan Cleaner Production Center) created a brochure for the Moroccan Textile Industry. The brochure provides an outline of pollution prevention (P2), P2 opportunities, and economic incentives of P2. Information in this brochure can be expanded beyond the Moroccan Textile Industry. The Moroccan Textile Brochure can be viewed by clicking here. For a printable version contact NPPR at email@example.com.
States, Academics, and Industry to Collaborate and Promote Safer Products: New Report Outlines Framework for Green Chemisty and Design of Environment
November 17, 2009
WASHINGTON D.C., November 17, 2009 - Business, states and higher education have a new resource to support efforts to advance safer products in the market place.
It’s a report released today by the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3), National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR), and the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell (UMASS Lowell). See: http://www.p2.org/wp-content/uploads/growing-the-green-economy.pdf
The report, entitled “Growing the Green Economy through Green Chemistry and Design for Environment” is a resource guide to assist states to develop a green chemistry and design for environment framework. Seeking to reduce the use of hazardous substances and finding safer alternatives will in turn promote environmentally sustainable business practices and economic opportunities.
“Green chemistry offers states economic opportunity that focuses on safer chemicals and products,” said Ken Zarker, NPPR Policy Chair. “We expect this report will be a useful resource to those states considering opportunities for growing green jobs.”
Green chemistry was defined by Drs. Paul Anastas and John Warner as “the utilization of a set of principles that reduces or eliminates the use or generation of hazardous substances in the design, manufacture and application of chemicals products.”
Design for environment (DfE) is a program within the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency that “uses the office’s chemical assessment tools and expertise to inform substitution to safer chemistries.” This report clearly defines a vision and an approach to use creative green chemistry and DfE policy approaches as key economic tools.
The report recommends states take action to promote safer products in four broad areas: 1) information development, collection and dissemination, 2) economic incentives; 3) recognition programs, and 4) regulation and policy, including the following:
* Promote chemical information and alternatives assessment.
* Provide tax incentives for green chemistry and design for environment.
* Implement award programs for green chemistry and design for environment.
* Require safer alternatives planning.
“This report will promote new collaborations and business leadership to assist industry with the tools to spur cleaner products and services,” says Roger McFadden, Senior Scientist, Staples, Inc. “The successful completion of all these actions is needed to help drive innovation throughout the supply chain to promote sustainability.”
This project was a collaborative effort among business, government, nongovernmental organizations, and academia.
“This is a great first step forward,” says Joel Tickner, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at UMASS Lowell. “This report is both timely and strategic as it will promote states’ action on toxics reduction, greening the supply chain, and economic growth - the framework for a more sustainable chemical industry. We expect many new cross-sector initiatives that will advance the goals of environmental protection and economic development.”
The Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) is facilitated by the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at UMASS Lowell and provides an open forum for participants to discuss and share information and experiences relating to advancing green chemistry and design for the environment as it pertains to sustainable supply chain management. The mission of the GC3 is to promote and support green chemistry and the design for environment approach to research and practices nationally and internationally among companies and other governmental and non-governmental entities. See: http://greenchemistryandcommerce.org/home.php
The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is the largest membership organization in the United States devoted solely to pollution prevention (P2). The mission of the Roundtable is to provide a national forum for promoting the development, implementation, and evaluation of efforts to avoid, eliminate, or reduce pollution at the source. See: http://www.p2.org
The Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at UMASS Lowell facilitates the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council. It uses rigorous science, collaborative research, and innovative strategies to promote communities, workplaces, and products that are healthy, humane, and respectful of natural systems. The Center is composed of faculty, staff, and graduate students at the University of Massachusetts Lowell who work collaboratively with citizen groups, workers, businesses, institutions, and government agencies to build healthy work environments, thriving communities, and viable businesses that support a more sustainable world. See: http://www.sustainableproduction.org
Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) Roger McFadden, Vice President, Senior Scientist Staples, Inc.,
National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) Ken Zarker, Chair, Pollution Prevention Policy and Integration Committee Ph. 360-407-6724; Cell: 512-913-0731 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lowell Center for Sustainable Production Joel Tickner, Director and Associate Professor of Community Health and Sustainability University of Massachusetts Lowell, 978-934-2981,
August 20, 2009