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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

Contacts:

Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) Roger McFadden, Vice President, Senior Scientist Staples, Inc.,
303-862-0421, Roger.McFadden@Staples.com

National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) Ken Zarker, Chair, Pollution Prevention Policy and Integration Committee Ph. 360-407-6724; Cell: 512-913-0731 kzar461@ecy.wa.gov

Lowell Center for Sustainable Production Joel Tickner, Director and Associate Professor of Community Health and Sustainability University of Massachusetts Lowell, 978-934-2981,
Joel_Tickner@uml.edu

For a PDF of this press release 11-17-09-final-green-chemistry-press-release-2.

P2 Measurement Tools Methodologies Report

August 20, 2009

The Data Measurement Tools project is part of a cooperative agreement between NPPR and US EPA.  The objective of this agreement was to identify various Data Measurement Tools methodologies that are being used by state, local and tribal governments, and academia.  The project aimed to address aspects of P2 results measurement dealing with data collection tools, data calculators, and data management systems.  The P2 Measurements Tools Methodologies Report is a first step in putting together resources related to Data Measurement Tools.
This report is a “living” document.  Other terminology and additional comments/suggestions/edits are welcome.  If you are developing new tools they may be submitted for including.  Please send our information to Kim Richards at kim@p2.org.
To view the report - P2 Measurement Tools Final Draft (PDF)

Growing the Green Economy Report

August 18, 2009

This guide will help state governments promote green chemistry practices, create green economic opportunities, and move national policy forward.  For more than fifteen years, green chemistry (GC) and design for the environment (DfE) have successfully been used to benefit the environment and the economy.  The Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) and the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) developed this guide to further entrench these approaches as the bedrock of industry practices and government policies regarding chemical and materials selection.  The guide outlines options for states to promote research, development, and use of GC and DfE to eliminate or reduce the use or generation of hazardous chemical in manufacturing, and promote the development of the green economy.To view the report: Growing the Green Economy Guide (PDF)

Asbestos-Contaminated Vermiculite Insulation Fact Sheet

June 23, 2009

In light of the U.S. EPA’s recent action to declare a public health emergency for Libby, Montana, last week, they are launching a renewed public awareness campaign to notify the public about the important information on vermiculite insulation and its potential to be contaminated with asbestos fibers.

For more information on vermiculite insulation:

http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/pubs/verm.html

Fact Sheet (pdf).

P2 Results Data System Report

March 4, 2009

This is the P2 Results Data System Report, A Road to Sustainability: Pollution Prevention Progress from 2004 to 2006. If you are interested in obtaining a hard copy of the final report please contact, NPPR@p2.org.  To view the report, click the link below:

Road to Sustainability 2004 - 2006

On-Line Calculators, Tools, and Resources that Measure, Track, and Evaluate Pollution Prevention Activities

November 12, 2008

The PDF document below briefly describes on-line calculators, tools, and resources that measure, track, and evaluate pollution prevention activities.  The 53 listings include websites with multiple resources, stand-alone programs, and simple spreadsheets.  These sites have not been fully reviewed for their contents however; the research goal was to seek tools and resources that would benefit pollution prevention measurement and evaluation activities.

To view the document, click here.

Pollution Prevention Produces Results

July 8, 2008

In 2005, NPPR began collecting data from pollution prevention programs throughout the United States for a comprehensive evaluation of the achievements of these programs from 2001 to 2003. In September 2006, NPPR released “Pollution Prevention Produces Results.”

“Pollution Prevention Produces Results: Waste Reductions, Resource Conservation, and Cost Savings” is a collection and evaluation of the pollution prevention (P2) efforts of 29 state, regional, and local governments in the United States from 2001 to 2003. the documented achievements for those three years include: over 6 billion pounds of air and water pollution as well as hazardous and solid waste that are no longer being released into the environment; a reduction in energy usage by 1.2 billion kiloWatt hours; and conservation of potable water of over 44 billion gallons. The resultant cost savings and economic benefit add up to more than $500 million. This is about 5 times the total budget for these P2 programs for the corresponding time period, and more than 25 times the federal investment.

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