May 17, 2013
Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Time: 3 ET
Find out how to transform the way your organization manages their energy costs with this free one hour webinar.
Steve O’Brien, PE, CEM, a consulting engineer with Basic American Foods, will describe how his company’s energy conservation journey over the last 35 plus years. He will focus the discussion on how BAF has evolved from a company that focused on project execution to a company with an energy management system.
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Steve O’Brien, PE, CEM
Steve has been addressing industrial energy issues for various companies since 1975. He currently works as a consulting engineer for Basic American Foods. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Wyoming and a Certified Energy Manager. He has managed many energy conservation project to reduce energy consumption. He also lead the effort establish sub-metering and energy use targets all of BAFs plant. His current efforts are to push energy control down to the floor level via lean principles. In his spare time Steve enjoys bicycling and travel with his wife Sharon.
ABOUT THE LEAN AND ENVIRONMENT WORKGROUP
The Lean and Environment Work Group is a workgroup from the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable meets on the third Tuesday of every month.
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April 22, 2013
Monday, April 22, 2013
For Immediate Release
WASHINGTON D.C. – A new report issued on by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) reveals significant state actions to address toxic chemical pollution. According to the research, over 77 individual chemical restriction bills have been passed by states in recent years, including 31 bills related specifically to mercury. The new report, “State Chemicals Policy: Trends and Profiles” reveals that almost all 50 states have either proposed or enacted legislation aimed to regulate chemicals. In 2013 alone, more than 26 states had bills introduced that are under consideration by state legislatures.
“Toxic chemical pollution is a growing and costly problem for our state,” said Ted Sturdevant, legislative and policy director for Washington State Governor Jay Inslee. “The costs of cleaning up from chemical pollution puts a drag on our economy and threatens public health. As the report shows, states are listening to citizens and taking actions on toxic threats.”
The report includes key trends and themes underway in the states, including six state toxic policy profiles. Some examples of recent trends include:
In late 2012, manufacturers were required to report the presence of certain toxic chemicals in children’s products to both Maine and Washington. In Washington State, a new publicly available data base of the reported chemicals is available to identify chemicals of concern in children’s products.
California adopted legislation to implement the nation’s most ambitious state-level program to monitor toxics levels over time in the human population. California has also issued draft regulations to address toxics in consumer products.
Oregon issued its toxics reduction strategy that is centered on a list of priority chemicals and a set of actions to reduce their presence in the environment and affects on human health.
Wisconsin passed legislation in 2012 that requires a publicly-available list of batteries that have been certified as containing low levels of mercury.
“Some consider state actions as a patchwork or piecemeal approach to chemical regulation. But in the absence of comprehensive and effective action at the federal level, we are seeing increasing states action,” said Ken Zarker, Chair of the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable.
“Ultimately, we realize that many states don’t have the resources to adequately deal with essentially the need for a national solution. This report can help states build on successful approaches taken by others, to learn from that experience. This report is aimed at facilitating that sharing. It will also help build consistency across the states, reducing the patchwork.
The report highlights key themes in state chemicals policy.
• States are transitioning from single-chemical solutions to more comprehensive approaches.
• States are focused on addressing state and regional needs to protect public health, especially children and pregnant women.
• States are embracing green purchasing policies for less toxic products.
• Even as many states move to comprehensive, risk-based systems for chemical management, restrictions on certain hazardous chemicals remains an important policy tool.
• States are embracing product lifecycle management solutions to prevent toxics release, rather than relying exclusively on end-of-pipe cleanup.
• States recognize the need for more information on toxics, including which chemicals are present in which products, which chemicals are present in human tissue, and exposure levels.
The report contains a recent history of state action on toxics, a summary table of legislative actions, key trends, and six state profiles (CA, ME, OR, MN, WA, WI).
A new report issued by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable highlights the increased action to address toxic chemical pollution. In recent years, almost all 50 states have either introduced or passed legislation that is focused on chemical regulations, but ultimately federal action is needed to make necessary reforms to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976.
Press Release: NPPR States Policy Report Press Release
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 http://www.chemicalright2know.org/2013-webinars/.
March 9, 2013
Date: June 27
Time: 12 ET
This Webinar is 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. Join this webinar to learn about 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.
The purpose of this session is to provide 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 (invited)
Adriane Borgias, Washington State Department of Ecology
Dr. Robert Christie, Heriot-Watt University, Galashields, Scotland
February 24, 2013
This webinar examined a year into the Safer Chemistry Challenge Program. It provided attendees with a background into the program and a case study of the program in action. Washing Systems, a SCCP charter member, has put significant effort and research toward safer chemistry in their cleaning formulations. Working with their customers, they are eliminating or reducing chemicals of concern. Washing Systems set the following reduction goals as part of their SCCP commitment: 100% nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE); 100% butyl cellosolve; 100% petroleum hydrocarbon based solvents; and 100% ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA). They have seen significant strides in reaching those goals and all chemical reductions are thus far on target. The most significant reduction has been with phosphates with a goal of 50% and a reduction of less than 5% prior to entering SCCP, they have already reduced 95%, exceeding their program goal.
This webinar is part of the Spring 2013 Safer Chemistry Challenge Program Webinar Series.
Safety, Environmental, and Regulatory Manager
Co-Project Manager, Safer Chemistry Challenge Program
National Pollution Prevention Roundtable
Report Demonstrates Over $6.6 Billion in Economic Benefits from Pollution Prevention A Result of Waste Reductions, Resource Conservation, and Cost Savings
February 5, 2013
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
For Immediate Release
A Cornerstone of Environmental Sustainability: Pollution Prevention Results from 2007 to 2009 presents available information on the achievements of state and local P2 programs for the calendar years 2007 to 2009. The Report was produced by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) based upon the results shared by 90 pollution prevention (P2) programs in the United States.
The Report shows that there were almost $6.6 billion in economic benefits and more than 7 billion pounds of pollution minimized or eliminated during the three year period. 7 billion pounds of waste is equivalent to the amount of waste generated by 350 thousand households, the approximate size of Columbus, Ohio. This study affirms that pollution prevention results in conservation of valuable resources and significant waste reductions, as well cost savings that were four times greater than the funds used to support the various P2 programs.
The Report is a product of the P2 Results Task Force, whose membership includes representatives from State P2 programs, EPA Headquarters and Regions, Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange Centers (P2Rx), as well as NPPR. The Task Force has developed a National Pollution Prevention Results Data System, (the System). The System aggregates data that is collected, managed, and synthesized by state and local P2 programs, non-profits, companies, and other organizations.
The Report documents additional benefits of P2 activities, including: approximately 16 billion gallons of water conserved; almost 2.5 billion kilowatt hours of reduced energy usage; more than 33 billion pounds of greenhouse gases (GHG) no longer being released into the atmosphere.
NPPR will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, February 21 at 2 ET to provide an overview of the report. Register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2030884086456328960
To view the Report, go to http://www.p2.org/wp-content/uploads/p2-results-2007-9-final.pdf.
Press Release: press_release_2007_2009_results-report
A Cornerstone of Environmental Sustainability: Pollution Prevention Results from 2007 to 2009 Report Webinar
February 5, 2013
This webinar provided attendees with an overview of the “A Cornerstone of Environmental Sustainability: Pollution Prevention Results from 2007 to 2009” Report that the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable recently released. The purpose of the Report is to present national results from government agencies involved in promoting P2 approaches for the years 2007-2009.
National Pollution Prevention Roundtable
January 16, 2013
The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) has released two reports of activities from 2012 for its’ members.
2012 Membership Survey Results
The first report provides an overview and results from NPPR’s annual membership survey. The purpose of this report is to twofold: to share the survey results with the NPPR membership and interested parties and set the ground work for updating and improving member benefits. Additional comments to recommendations presented in the report are welcomed.
2012 SCCP Webinar Series Report
The second report outlined NPPR’s Safer Chemistry Challenge Program webinar series, which ran in two parts beginning February 2012 and concluding December 2012.
Thank you to all our members who participated in the survey and webinar series.
September 19, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC – The 2012 Most Valuable Pollution Prevention (MVP2) awards presented by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) celebrates the successes of innovators in the areas of pollution prevention and sustainability. The MVP2 awards are presented annually during National Pollution Prevention (P2) Week. Since P2 Week became a national event in 1995, NPPR has been advancing pollution prevention awareness by encouraging and promoting widespread participation during this week.
The 2012 MVP2 recipients represent a broad range of backgrounds including federal government agencies, academia, industries, non-profits and individuals that have demonstrated significant accomplishments in pollution prevention. These prestigious awards were presented at a ceremony in Washington, DC on September 19, 2012.
Awards are presented in four categories. This year’s winners for the Projects/Programs Award were Earth Friendly Products, IBM Fishkill, IBM Burlington, Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center and Washing Systems LLC. The Multimedia Award was presented to the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center for their YouTube Media Channel as well as to Cimira Studios, Impact Washington, US EPA OSEM and Washington State Department of Ecology for their video, “AccraFab - Lean and Environment Reduces Wastewater Costs for Plating Company”. Paul Anastas with Yale University and Allen White with Tellus Institute took home the awards for P2 Champion. Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Cathy Colglazier with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Jeffrey Burke, Executive Director of NPPR, stated, “These organizations have clearly demonstrated that pollution prevention is beneficial to both the environment and the economy. They are being recognized for their leadership and commitment to promoting a sustainable future”. The MVP2 awards demonstrate how organizations can become more competitive, form partnerships, realize cost savings and enhance environmental quality all at the same time.
For more information on the MVP2 Awards and NPPR, visit www.p2.org.
September 17, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC – Today marks the first day of National Pollution Prevention Week. Pollution Prevention Week is annually the third week of September. Pollution Prevention Week is a time when businesses, environmental groups and citizens can join forces for a common cause. By sharing information about pollution prevention, businesses can become more competitive, businesses and government can realize cost savings, and environmental quality can be enhanced.
The theme for Pollution Prevention Week 2012 is “Safer Chemicals for a Safer World”, which embodies a national effort for safer alternatives to chemicals of concern. This is to ensure the safety and health of workers and communities. Using safer chemical alternatives also provides companies with a marketing edge over their competitors.
The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR), the largest organization in the United States solely focused on pollution prevention, has several events planned throughout the week. NPPR will honor leaders in pollution prevention on Wednesday, September 19 during their annual awards the Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Awards (MVP2). September 20th NPPR will host a webinar entitled, Engaging Your Supply, with presenter Steve Walker, Insights Director with World 50. NPPR will end Pollution Prevention Week co-sponsoring a webinar with the New York State Pollution Institute that will be focused on the U.S. EPA’s Design for the Environment program.
Pollution Prevention Week is the third week of September, September 17th – 23rd, 2012. To learn more about Pollution Prevention Week activities visit the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable’s website at www.p2.org.
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