February 9, 2015
The Pinfa “Meeting Flammability Requirements for Commercial Buildings and Construction” conference co-sponsored by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) brings together plastic formulators, polymer producers, flame retardant manufacturers, construction material OEMs, component manufacturers, as well as government and non-governmental organizations to discuss fire safety and environmental topics critical to the commercial building and construction industries. In this one and a half day program, attendees will be able to listen and contribute to panel discussions from industry participants and decision makers involved in the advancement of the commercial building and construction safety needs. When: April 15-16, 2015 Time: 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm on April 15th and 8:30 am – 5:30 pm on April 16th Where: Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 N Bayshore Drive, Safety Harbor, FL 34695 Register at: www.pinfa-na.org
January 31, 2015
February 25, 2015 2 PM EDT
This fall we will be introduced to the completely renovated ISO 14001:2015 environmental management system – the one with that “risk-based thinking.” The new approach to environmental management will facilitate the move from compliance and process improvement to a new focus on meeting organizational objectives over the long term (sounds a little like “sustainability”). The international standard on risk management (ISO 31000) defines risk as the “effect of uncertainty on objectives.” In plain English this means that organizations should focus on meeting their objectives as it operates in an uncertain world. This “uncertainty” creates negative effects (threats) and positive effects (opportunities). Those of us working in P2 and energy conservation (P2E2) will continue to contribute to this risk-based thinking by developing the “opportunities” that can help offset the threats. This will help an organization meet its objectives. The focus is on meeting organizational objectives – not on conserving energy and reducing waste. Think more about how the organizations you deal with can use your services to help them meet the overarching objectives often stated in the mission statement.
There are eleven principles of risk management that help organizations create a great environmental MANAGEMENT system. You can take a look at these principles on the website:
http://www.praxiom.com/iso-31000.htm This website is called “Risk Management in Plain English.” There is also a framework and a process for risk management that is now embedded in the new ISO 14001:2015. Stakeholders, governance, environmental aspects, employees, operations, performance measurement and continual improvement continue to have a strong presence in the new standard. But the focus will be on the minimizing the threats and developing the opportunities that help the organization meet its objectives. P2E2 must create value, be part of ALL processes (no more silos), and be part of how decisions are made at all levels in the organization. This will take a little getting used to!
Who should pay attention to this new world of ISO management system standards? If a facility is part of a publicly traded company, this new approach will help the environmental, health and safety manager participate in the company’s enterprise risk management system (Sarbanes Oxley Section 404). Small and medium-sized companies are often tied to their customers through supplier codes of conduct that now contain risk-based thinking. There’s no escape. Everyone in operations (activities, products and services) should be interested in this topic. People involved in P2E2 and management system standards (quality, health & safety, assets management, information security, environment, business continuity, and ethical trading initiatives) will also find this webinar helpful since all of these management systems are now on the same high level numbering system. We guarantee that the topic will not be “risky” since we will be focused on the opportunities. We will also have a little fun along the way.
Robert B. Pojasek, Ph.D.
Dr. Pojasek is a market analyst who covers developments in the areas of environmental, health and safety as well as sustainability. Verdantix is an independent analyst firm that provides authoritative data, analysis and advice to help clients succeed with their energy, EH&S and sustainability strategies. Bob is an internationally recognized expert in sustainability and risk management. He has worked with a diverse range of clients in the manufacturing and services sectors both at the corporate and facility level in 25 countries.
Dr. Pojasek has been awarded the “Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Award” by the National
Pollution Prevention Roundtable and recognition for “Outstanding Dedication to Pollution
Prevention” by the Canadian Pollution Prevention Roundtable. He served as the Chairman of the
(former) American Institute for Pollution Prevention.
He has published more than 100 papers. His book, “Making the Business Case for EHS,” was
recognized by APEX as the best “how to” book published in 2005. Dr. Pojasek and Cam
Metcalf authored the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) publication, “An
Organizational Guide to Pollution Prevention.” Dr. Pojasek has served on the Science
Advisory Boards of the US EPA and the US Air Force. Dr. Pojasek has held leadership and Board positions in a number of professional associations.
Dr. Pojasek is an Adjunct Faculty Lecturer at Harvard University Extension School where he
teaches a popular distance-learning course, “Strategies for Sustainability Management.”
http://isites.harvard.edu/k107383 Dr. Pojasek was recognized for his distinguished service to his students by receiving the Petra T. Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Pojasek received his Ph.D from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and his B.S. from Rutgers University.
February 20, 2014
This webinar was hosted by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable.
Providing recommendations and assisting facilities with the implementation of pollution prevention projects has evolved over the years due to changes in environmental priorities, program resources and client needs.
This webinar will highlight the evolution, outcomes and lessons learned from Ohio EPA’s 20-year old pollution prevention assessment program that helps facilities optimize the use of resources, minimize losses and increase productivity. It will also share insights from one of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center’s flagship on-site technical assistance programs, which just completed its fifth year of working with rural communities and businesses to achieve measurable energy and water conservation improvements.
This webinar will be of particular interest to both long-time pollution prevention technical assistance programs and new technical assistance providers.
Mike Kelley, Ohio EPA, Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention
Dave Foulkes, Ohio EPA, Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention
Dan Marsch, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
Mike Springman, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
January 29, 2014
The organizations below have joined the Safer Chemistry Challenge Program (SCCP) as Alliance Members. A list of industry members is available here.
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
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/.