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June 27 Webinar - Advancing Green Chemistry: PCBs in Pigments

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.

Presenters:
Dr. Lisa Rodenburg, Rutgers University
Adriane Borgias, Washington State Department of Ecology
Professor Robert Christie, Heriot-Watt University, Galashield, Scotland

PCBs in Pigments Presentation

June 12 Webinar - Chemical Policy Reform as a Driver for Green Chemistry

March 13, 2013

Date: Wednesday June 12, 2013
Time: 3 ET
Registration: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/206343880

Great Lakes Green Chemistry Network
Michigan Green Chemistry Clearinghouse

MIKE BELLIVEAU
President & CEO, Environmental Health Strategies Center
Senior Advisor, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families

Mike Belliveau is the founder and president of Environmental Health Strategy Center, a public health organization working for safer chemicals and a sustainable economy. He serves as senior advisor to Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, a national coalition focused on modernizing the federal chemical management system. A social entrepreneur, Mike organized a regional trade association to promote biobased manufacturing, the Sustainable Bioplastics Council of Maine. Belliveau has more than 30 years of experience in chemical hazard assessment, science policy analysis, and green chemistry solutions. Mike holds an environmental science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Online Resources for Safer Chemical Assessments Webinar

June 12, 2012

This webinar walked attendees through the Safer Chemical Alternatives Topic Hub and the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse (IC2) Safer Alternatives wiki.

About the Presenters:

Michelle Gaither has (a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from UW and MS in Envl Sci from WSU, and - can leave the educ stuff out if you want….) over and 15 years of environmental experience, providing technical assistance and support to government agencies, small businesses, and a national lab.  Focus areas have included pollution identification and prevention, toxics reduction, lean and green, and recycling.  She has been with the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) for twelve years, and is currently working with her the Washington State Department of Ecology and other PPRC staff, in piloting chemical alternatives assessment methodologies for various chemicals and products.

Pam Eliason is the Senior Associate Director and Industry Research Program Manager at the Toxics Use Reduction Institute.  Since 2000 she has managed several programs, including the Academic Research program, which provides funding for University of Massachusetts researchers to conduct pertinent research that could lead to the reduction in the use of toxic chemicals by Massachusetts industries.  Ms. Eliason was a lead researcher and author of the Institute’s Five Chemicals Alternatives Assessment Report, which was commissioned by the Massachusetts Legislature to evaluate the availability of technically and economically feasible safer alternatives to five specified chemicals.  She was instrumental in creating the methodology used to conduct this important research, and also focused her research activities on alternatives to the PVC plasticizer di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP).  Pam focuses on assessing and promoting the adoption of safer alternatives to toxic chemicals used in Massachusetts and around the world, and disseminating information on examples of successful implementation of cleaner technologies in industry. Perc Alternatives Assessment Fact Sheet

Click the presenters names to view their slides.

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Green Chemistry in Action Webinar: Lubrication Technologies Develops Water Based Paint Booth Cleaner

May 21, 2012

Lubrication Technologies offered to specifically develop a product for the St. Paul, Minnesota Ford Motor Plant that would be safer, more effective, and able to replace high VOC emitting solvents used in their glass cleaning, floor cleaning and paint booth maintenance operations. Lubrication Technologies worked with the Ford Motor Company to develop and test a cleaning product that works better than a solvent, contains less VOC’s per gallon, improves worker safety, and is competitively priced. After 17 prototypes, a formula was developed that breaks the paint sludge bonds by separating the solvent from paint solids thereby causing it to work effectively and longer on more surfaces than originally intended. As a result, Ford Sludge Remover (FSR) reduced paint department costs both in product and labor, provided a more employee friendly product, and significantly decreased Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions. Pollution is prevented at the source due to the reduced VOC content of the product coupled with the product’s ability to perform at a reduced usage rate.

Presenters:

Punch VanGrasstek started her career in 1969 as a product development chemist specializing in hard surface cleaning compounds used in industrial and institutional markets. Then in 1971, she partnered to develop and author a complete formulary for a new start up manufacturing company named Private Label Chemicals in Minneapolis, MN. The formulary encompassed cleaning compounds used for industrial processes, mass finishing, car washing, food processing, restaurants, janitorial, and personal care.

In 2001, Punch joined Lube-Tech and authored an industrial water-based cleaning formulary that targets their lubrication customers. Product uses include cleaners for transportation, industrial, automotive, and fleet customers.  Her responsibilities included working with sales staff, customers, product development, product safety, and trouble-shooting.

In January, 2011, Punch decided that it was time to retire. However, she continues to work with Lube-Tech on special projects and lab staff training on a very part time basis. Most of her time is now spent biking, walking, fly fishing, and working with science students.

Rich Limpert has been with Lube-Tech for 7 years as an Industrial Sales Representative STLE: Certified Lubrication Specialist.  Prior to coming to Lube-Tech, he worked with Gage Chemical Company as a Chemical Manager at various Ford Paint facilities world wide.  Prior to working for Gage Chemical, Rich worked with DuPont for 5 years as an Automation/ Electrocoat Deposition Specialist.

Webinar Slides Part 1

Webinar Slides Part 2

Webinar Slides Part 3

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This webinar was funded through a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant.

Life Cycle Assessment Webinar: Impact Assessment & the Uncertainty Implications

May 16, 2012

This webinar was a follow up to the “Tools to Measure Sustainability: Life Cycle Assessment” webinar conducted in March.

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a tool used to quantify the environmental impacts of a product throughout the entire life cycle, from material extraction, manufacturing, transportation, and end of life. The inputs and outputs of the product life cycle are quantified and then translated to environmental impact. Results are commonly used to compare the environmental footprint of multiple products which perform the same function. Life cycle impact assessment translates the life cycle inventory to environmental impacts. The elements of life cycle impact assessment will be explored, with a focus on uncertainty and data quality throughout the process.

Presenters: Dr. Anahita Williamson, Director, New York State Pollution Prevention Institute & Kate Winnebeck, Senior Environment, Health & Safety Specialist, New York State Pollution Prevention Institute

LCA Webinar: Impact Assessment & the Uncertainty Implications

Webinar - Introduction to GreenScreen™

April 3, 2012

The GreenScreen™ for Safer Chemicals is a method for chemical hazard assessment (CHA) to help move our society quickly and effectively toward the use of greener and safer chemicals. The GreenScreen™ is helping major companies and governments to substitute hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives.  This webinar will provide attendees with an overview of the GreenScreen™ tool and information on upcoming coming trainings.

Presenter:

Shari A. Franjevic
Green Chemistry & Sustainable Design Consultant
Transform to Green LLC

Ms. Shari Franjevic combines her strong technical foundation with her commitment to human and environmental health as a self-employed consultant.  For the past five years, Shari has been partnering with organizations such as Clean Production Action and facilitating diverse multi-stakeholder groups such as the USEPA Design for the Environment Technical Committees.  The focus of her work is to advance the understanding of, and promote design and use of green chemicals, sustainable materials and environmentally preferable products.

Shari began her career in industry, where she led research and design projects for consumer products companies including Procter & Gamble, Frito-Lay, General Mills, and 3M.  During her five years at P&G, she served as global technical adviser and research and development manager for a $200 million business in the chemicals division.  She has led process and product design projects for diverse product categories including surfactants, laundry detergents, foods, textiles, and sand paper. Shari earned her Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin.

Introduction to GreenScreen Slides

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Tools to Measure Sustainability: Life Cycle Assessment

February 24, 2012

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Presenters: Dr. Anahita Williamson, Director, New York State Pollution Prevention Institute & Kate Winnebeck, Senior Environment, Health & Safety Specialist, New York State Pollution Prevention Institute

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a tool used to quantify the environmental impacts of a product throughout the entire life cycle, from material extraction, manufacturing, transportation, and end of life. The inputs and outputs of the product life cycle are quantified and then translated to environmental impact. Results are commonly used to compare the environmental footprint of multiple products which perform the same function.

LCA results are useful for communicating the environmental impact of a product both internally and externally. Internally, LCA results allow those operations or materials which contribute significant environmental impact to be identified, allowing target future improvements to be targeted. Externally, LCA results can be used to validate marketing claims or compare the environmental impact of products by multiple manufacturers.  This webinar will focus on the LCA process and how LCA results can be used to drive sustainability. Case study examples will also be presented.

LCA Webinar Slides

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Case Study Webinar: Transitioning to Greener Chemicals and the Benefits

February 8, 2012

Cintas-Washington State implemented a program to eliminate 25,000 gallons of detergent that contained nonylphenol ethoxylates  (NPEs) in the laundry process.  James Wagoner with Cintas will be discussing the process of which Cintas transitioned to new greener chemicals and the benefits. Roy Praechter and Jim Gifford with Washing Systems Inc will be discussing the development of greener wash chemicals. Cintas won a 2012 MVP2 Award for their work on chemical reduction and cutting cost.

About the Presenters:

James Wagoner PE, Regional Field Engineer, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Northern California. Oversee the engineering, maintenance, processes, and facilities of 8 laundry washing facilities and 12 laundry storage warehouses. He has been in the Regional Field Engineer role for 5 years at Cintas. Recently awarded the Association of Washington Business Environmental Excellence Award for Resource Conservation and Pollution Prevention.

Roy Praechter, Vice President of Research & Development, Washing Systems, LLC.  Overall responsibility for the research, development, regulatory compliance, environmental compliance, and technical service of Washing Systems.  He has been in the commercial laundry industry for 28 years serving as a development chemist and technical director prior to his present position as vice president.  He has developed numerous products being used throughout the industry today.

Jim Gifford, Cintas National Account Manager, Washing Systems LLC.  Primary responsibility is assisting in the development and role out of joint Cintas & Washing Systems initiatives.  He has been in the commercial laundry industry for 19 years. Prior to his present position as the Washing Systems National Account Manager to Cintas he was a Laundry Resource Manager responsible for Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky.

Presentation: Case Study: Transitioning to Greener Chemicals and the Benefits

How to Take Advantage of Tax Incentives to Help Lower Your Energy Costs (BAE Case Study on Developing Energy Management Program)

August 1, 2011

Tax History, 100% of the cost of an alternative energy project can be expensed for tax purposes for projects completed after September 8, 2010 and before December 31, 2011.  Act now:  EPAct has been extended through 2013 and other alternative energy tax incentives are available through 2016.  Find out what tax incentives are available and how to take advantage of them.

At BAE Systems, Facility Managers played an important role in reducing utility costs by up to 48% while saving approx. $2 million in energy costs across enterprise in 2010.  Learn how a successful energy management strategy can positively impact your business, how to actively engage your employees, and learn practical measures you can implement for immediate success.

Presenters:

Sean Delehanty, Sustainability and Energy Management Manager for Electronic Solutions, BAE Systems will give a case study on how BAE Systems leveraged their Strategic Energy Program to get energy savings.

Morgan Rooney, Energy Management/Sustainability Communications Representative, BAE Systems will talk about personnel programs implemented at BAE to motivate behavior change across the enterprise.

Charles Goulding, Attorney/CPA & President and Founder of Energy Tax Savers, Inc. (ETSI), Energy Tax Saver’s Inc.  will talk about EPAct and tax incentives that everyone can leverage in their energy savings programs.

Tools to Measure Sustainability: Life Cycle Assessment

May 31, 2011

Presenters: Anahita Williamson, Ph.D. & Kate Winnebeck, New York State Pollution Prevention Institute

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a tool used to quantify the environmental impacts of a product throughout the entire life cycle, from material extraction, manufacturing, transportation, and end of life. The inputs and outputs of the product life cycle are quantified and then translated to environmental impact. Results are commonly used to compare the environmental footprint of multiple products which perform the same function.

LCA results are useful for communicating the environmental impact of a product both internally and externally. Internally, LCA results allow those operations or materials which contribute significant environmental impact to be identified, allowing target future improvements to be targeted. Externally, LCA results can be used to validate marketing claims or compare the environmental impact of products by multiple manufacturers.  This webinar will focus on the LCA process and how LCA results can be used to drive sustainability. Case study examples will also be presented.

Presentation: Tools to Measure Sustainability Life Cycle Assessment

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