September 19, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 19, 2013
BRINGING BACK MANUFACTURING AND CREATING LOCAL JOBS
WASHINGTON, DC – Liberty Bottleworks, was awarded this week a 2013 Most Valuable Pollution Prevention (MVP2) award in Washington D.C., for their work on sustainable manufacturing and pollution prevention. Liberty Bottleworks is one of ten projects to be honored by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable at an annual ceremony in Washington, D.C. Tim Andis, President/CEO received the award on behalf of Liberty Bottleworks for their sustainable manufacturing practices in producing the only American-made drinking bottle made from recyclable aluminum.
The three-year-old company from Union Gap, Washington is focused on providing consumers with innovative products produced with sustainable business practices. Liberty Bottleworks manufactures America’s first 100% Made in the USA reusable aluminum water bottle and the only bottle in the world to made from recycled materials. The bottles high resolution digital graphics feature numerous artists and are sold through retailers like REI, Whole Foods, LL Bean and thousands of specialty retailers. Many breweries, bands and companies have selected Liberty as their preferred custom graphic reusable bottle vendor for their sustainable practices, unmatched graphics capability and commitment to American manufacturing. The 35,000 sq ft factory built in 2010 is based in central Washington in the Yakima Valley and currently has more than 40 employees. Liberty Bottleworks actively promotes the hiring of military vets and is committed to creating a positive impact on their community, through volunteerism, leadership and engaging the local culture. Earlier this year, the company was awarded the Environmental Excellence Award for green manufacturing from the Association of Washington Businesses (AWB). This past month, Liberty Bottleworks celebrated the delivery of their millionth bottle. With an average bottle life expectancy of 5 years, their current bottles in the market have the capacity to reduce landfill by over a billion one time use bottles.
“The MVP2 Award is a real honor and I’m thrilled for the recognition in our efforts to not only reduce how many plastic one time use bottles go into the landfill but our leadership efforts in zero waste manufacturing,” said Tim Andis, Liberty Bottleworks President.
“Liberty Bottleworks is a tremendous success story on several levels. As innovators, Liberty has re-engineered a common household item using green processes and creative design,” said Don Brunell, President, Association of Washington Business. “As a manufacturer, Liberty has committed to producing its product in the USA and, perhaps more importantly, created great jobs for people here in Washington. The MVP2 Award is well-deserved.”
“What’s good for American manufacturing is good for jobs and the environment,” said Ken Zarker, Pollution Prevention Section Manager at the Washington Department of Ecology, who nominated Liberty. He added, “Liberty is a leader in moving toward sustainable manufacturing. We are proud this company and other pollution prevention winners have shown significant results in saving water, reducing pollution and conserving energy.”
The company has also taken steps to implement a chemicals management program to address chemicals of concern to customers, including Bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates that meets customer expectations and performance needs.
The MVP2 Award from the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPRR) demonstrates how organizations can become more competitive, form partnerships, realize cost savings and enhance environmental quality, all at the same time. Jeffrey Burke, NPPR Executive Director, stated, “These organizations have clearly demonstrated that pollution prevention is a smart business strategy and we applaud Liberty Bottleworks for their leadership and commitment to promoting a sustainable future.”
The Washington Department of Ecology worked with the Association of Washington Business (AWB) to forward Liberty Bottleworks to the national awards competition, after Liberty won the statewide AWB Environmental Excellence Award earlier this year.
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For more information:
Department of Ecology (www.ecy.wa.gov/) BLOG
MVP2 Award (www.p2.org/category/news/press-releases/)
A local outdoor industry company, Liberty Bottleworks, received the Most Valuable Pollution Prevention (MVP2) Award in Washington, DC, today for their sustainable manufacturing practices. As the only producer of an American-made metal drinking bottle, the three-year-old company is making great strides as a leader toward zero-waste manufacturer. Earlier this year, Liberty Bottleworks won the Environmental Excellence Award from the Association of Washington Business. The company has also been working to eliminate the use of chemicals of concern to consumers, including Bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates. On the outside, the bottle makes a fashion statement with original artwork.
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The MVP2 awards are awarded during National Pollution Prevention Week, which is the third week of September, September 15–21, 2013. Since Pollution Prevention Week became a national event in 1995, the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) has been advancing pollution prevention awareness through its efforts to encourage and promote widespread participation during this week. By sharing information, National Pollution Prevention Week is a time when organizations can become more competitive, can realize cost savings, and enhance environmental quality.
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September 3, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC – The 2013 Most Valuable Pollution Prevention (MVP2) awards presented by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) celebrate 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 2013 MVP2 recipients represent a broad range of backgrounds including academia, industries, non- profits and individuals that have demonstrated significant accomplishments in pollution prevention. Together, these programs and projects reduced hazardous materials by 757,000 pounds, non-hazardous materials by 7.8 million pounds, water use by 484 million gallons, air emissions by 137 million pounds, and energy use by 484 million kWh. These prestigious awards will be presented at a ceremony in Washington, DC on September 18, 2013.
Awards are presented in four categories. This year’s winners for the Projects/Programs Award were Associated Air Center, Denyo, Liberty Bottleworks, IBM Vermont, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center, Norchem, Owens Corning, SABIC, and Toyota of West Virginia. Honorable Mentions went to Community Closet, Watson Furniture, StandardAero, The Green Building, Toyota of West Virginia, and Washing Systems. Rick Bossingham with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management took home the award for P2 Champion. Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Scott Butner, formerly with the Pacific Northwest National laboratory and a volunteer member of the Pacific Northwest Pollution prevention Resource Centerr, and Donna Walden of the Western Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Network.
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.
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
May 17, 2013
Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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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.
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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/.
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.