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Press Release - Bringing Back Manufacturing and Creating Local Jobs in WA State

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/)
www.libertybottles.com

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Broadcast version:

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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Press Release - The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable Announces: The 2013 MVP2 Award Winners

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.

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EPA Launches Online Green Sports Resource Directory

August 26, 2013

Release Date: 08/26/2013
Contact Information: Molly Hooven, Hooven.molly@epa.gov, 202-564-2313, 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON — The U. S. Environmental Protection agency (EPA) is unveiling a new online Green Sports Resource Directory that can help teams, venues, and leagues save money and reduce carbon pollution through increased energy efficiency, a key part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.

Additionally, the new directory contains information that can help teams reduce waste and gain recognition for their programs that reduce the environmental impact of their events. EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe made the announcement today during the third annual Green Sports Alliance summit in New York City.

“As a founding partner of the Green Sports Alliance, EPA is committed to working with its members to help teams and sports venues green their operations, and engage fans,” said Deputy Administrator Perciasepe. “EPA’s new Green Sports Resource Directory will provide easy access to information on Agency tools and programs along with success stories to serve as examples of what can be achieved with a winning game plan for going green.”

Currently, the Green Sports Alliance has more than 180 members and is working with more than 75 teams at both the professional and collegiate levels and over 100 stadiums and sports venues across the country, with participation increasing daily. This week’s Summit includes a number of EPA speakers as well as leaders from across the sports community who recognize the potential for real environmental benefits from greening sports events and venues, and the potential for teams to inspire fans to adopt greener practices in their daily lives.

The Green Sports Resource Directory brings together Agency resources to support teams and their fans, stadiums, and venues, who want to improve their waste management, water and energy conservation, and other sustainability efforts.

EPA compiled a Green “Scoreboard” that highlights a number of winning efforts across numerous sports leagues and some statistics on the environmental and saving benefits. The Scoreboard is available on the Green Sports Resource Directory.

More on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/image/president27sclimateactionplan.pdf

Visit the Green Sports Resource Directory and view the Scoreboard: http://www2.epa.gov/green-sports

More on the Green Sports Alliance, this week’s Summit, or to learn if your team is a member: http://greensportsalliance.org/

To view the original press release: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0c0affede4f840bc8525781f00436213/bfd6ba05f56a994885257bd3004b5f11!OpenDocument

State Chemicals Policy: Trends and Profiles

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).

Broadcast version:
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.

Report: State Chemicals Policy: Trends and Profiles

Press Release: NPPR States Policy Report Press Release

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

Press Release - The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable Announces: The 2012 MVP2 Award Winners

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.

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Press Release - National Pollution Prevention Week 2012

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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Safer Chemistry Challenge Program Deadline Approaching

July 12, 2012

IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 12, 2012

Safer Chemistry Challenge Program Deadline Approaching

WASHINGTON, DC – A leading national environmental association announced today that the application period for companies to be recognized as a 2012 leader for replacing hazardous chemicals, processes or products with safer alternatives is approaching September 30. “Over 100 environmental officials at the state and local level have joined forces to create the Safer Chemistry Challenge Program”, said Jeff Burke, executive director of the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR). “This is a collaborative effort between the private and public sectors which is designed to challenge, assist, and recognize businesses for reducing their use of chemicals of concern in the products they manufacture or consume, keeping them out of our air, water, land and food.” These include chemicals that have hazardous properties, concentrate in the food chain, do not readily degrade in the environment, and are a threat to workers, consumers, or public health.

Under the program, companies are asked to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals currently being used in their processes or products by applying one or more of the following approaches: using green chemistry practices, transitioning to cleaner and more sustainable production techniques, or working with suppliers to find safer raw materials that can degrade into innocuous substances after use. “Making products safer and preventing pollution is not only better for our environment and health, but it is also good for the bottom line,” said Cindy McComas, project manager for the Safer Chemistry Challenge Program. “Many companies have discovered that using less hazardous ingredients can open up new market opportunities, increase production efficiency, and lower costs as a result of greater efficiencies and improved environmental compliance.”

Companies that participate in the Safer Chemistry Challenge Program (SCCP) will be acknowledged for their efforts through web site exposure, press releases, success stories, and recognition events. Members of the program will be provided access to SCCP resources, especially state and regional technical assistance staff with knowledge in manufacturing processes and product chemistries.

“The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable has been hosting a series of safer chemistry webinars to help companies move to safer chemicals, products and processes” said Burke. He added that the group will be sponsoring a green chemistry conference November 13-14 in Chicago, followed by a GreenScreen training session on November 15. The conference and training will focus on ways to identify hazardous ingredients in consumer and commercial products and whether an alternative to a hazardous chemical is better.

For information on how to become a member of the Safer Chemistry Challenge Program and details on the green chemistry conference, visit the NPPR’s website at www.p2.org/challenge.

Press Release (PDF)

2012 MVP2 Awards Open for Nominations

April 13, 2012

IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 13, 2012

2012 MVP2 Awards Open for Nominations

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable is accepting nominees for the 2012 Most Valuable Pollution Prevention (MVP2) Awards. The MVP2 awards are presented annually during National Pollution Prevention Week. National Pollution Prevention week is the third week of September, September 17th – 23rd, 2012.

Awards are presented in four categories, Project/Program, Best Multimedia, P2 Champion, and P2 Volunteer of the Year. The MVP2 Project/Program, P2 Champion, and Best P2 Multimedia are open to all levels of government, industry, small business, non-profit, and academia. The awards are designed to recognize outstanding and innovative P2 projects/programs. As in years past, awards are judged on the following five broad criteria: innovation, measurable results, transferability, commitment, and optimization of available project resources.

The deadline for applications is July 1, 2012.

Information on past recipients and this year’s application are available at www.p2.org.

2012 MVP2 Awards Press Release (PDF)

PRESS RELEASE: The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable Announces: Safer Chemistry Challenge Program

March 12, 2012

IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 12, 2012

THE NATIONAL POLLUTION PREVENTION ROUNDTABLE ANNOUNCES:

SAFER CHEMISTRY CHALLENGE PROGRAM

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) has launched the 2025 Safer Chemistry Challenge Program (SCCP), a voluntary initiative to motivate, challenge, and assist companies to reduce the use of chemicals of concern to human health and the environment. The SCCP also rewards companies for finding safer alternatives and builds on ongoing business efforts to make toxic chemical reduction a business reality.

Forward thinking companies are focused on achieving high levels of environmental performance through sustainable business practices, including moving toward safer chemistries in the products companies manufacture and consume. It is also a way to address the ever-changing chemicals regulatory landscape. Jeffrey Burke quote: “Participating in the SCCP challenge not only gives companies an opportunity to cut costs but also a chance to become an industry leader in managing environmental responsibilities, reducing and preventing pollution, eliminating the use of toxic compounds, and substituting safer alternatives.”

The SCCP seeks to target reduction or elimination of the most toxic compounds that can be achieved by industry through pollution prevention or source reduction approaches. Companies have the flexibility to select chemicals for reduction to meet specific business objectives to focus reduction efforts on, or use the SCCP list of priority chemicals as guidance.

Companies that participate will be asked to reduce their use of chemicals by:

  • Moving toward cleaner processes, including adopting greener, more sustainable technologies
  • Using green chemistry tools and designs that avoid the use and generation of toxic chemicals
  • Selecting and using safe alternatives, such as benign or low toxicity materials or those that degrade into innocuous substances

Another value of the SCCP is that companies are encouraged to partner with state and local technical assistance programs to help identify effective ways to reduce waste and emissions and adopt safer substitute chemicals.

The SCCP offers industry a unique leadership opportunity for public and private sector collaboration that fosters a cleaner environment, new market opportunities, improved competitive advantage, while enhancing corporate image Additional resources and application information can be found at www.p2.org/challenge.

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SCCP Press Release (PDF)