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Webinar - Sustainable Manufacturing

September 16, 2010

The U.S. Department of Commerce fully recognizes that sustainability is a key competitiveness issue for U.S. manufacturers. To this end, Secretary Locke has made supporting green business a key departmental priority. The Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative and Public-Private Dialogue is designed to identify U.S. industry’s priority sustainability needs, challenges and opportunities, and to coordinate public-private efforts to address these priorities. Representatives from the Department will discuss the work of the initiative thus far, including a number of industry events to promote sustainable practices, the creation of the Sustainable Business Clearinghouse, and the development of a Sustainable Manufacturing 101 training module for companies. They will also discuss ways Commerce and the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable can work together in the future.

Morgan Barr is an international economist at the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. She works in the agency’s Manufacturing and services division on a variety of manufacturing and trade issues. She has been working on the Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative for three years, leading the OECD sustainable metrics toolkit project as well as working on the Sustainable Business Clearinghouse, the regional tour program, and leading a project to develop a training module for manufacturers on the basics of sustainable manufacturing practices.

Sustainable Manufacturing Presentation (PDF)

Webinar - Dry Cleaning Alternatives

March 22, 2010


Michael DiGiore is with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.  Mr. DiGiore will present on New Jersey’s Encouraging Wet Cleaning as an Alternative to Solvent Dry Cleaning- Pollution Prevention Education and Demonstration project.  This project, which is a partnership between the New Jersey Small Business Development Center and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, is being funded through U.S. EPA’s Pollution Prevention Grant.

Anne Zimmerman is with the Commercial Toxics Reduction Program of the San Francisco Department of the Environment. Her presentation will focus on the findings of the San Francisco Department of Environment’s dry cleaning alternatives assessment and the outreach strategies used by SFE to promote environmentally preferable wet cleaning in San Francisco. She will discuss San Francisco’s grant and demonstration program for new wet cleaners, as well as the barriers to widespread adoption of wet cleaning technology. The presentation will also highlight the phase-out of Perchloroethylene dry cleaning in California and how this has impacted local cleaners.

This webinar is being hosted by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and NPPR.  Please send request for these power point presentations to Angela Miller at

Webinar - Using Interns to Identify and Implement E2 Opportunities

October 28, 2009

This webinar was presented as a session at the 2009 Environmental Partnership Summit.  The presenters described how their programs have used interns to successfully find Energy Efficiency (E2) opportunities for several facilities.  For example, Kansas State University’s Nancy Larson will describe how one of the facilities they work with found E2 success through interns.  In two years 3 million kW/hour and nearly $300,000 saved, this facility now has a plan to save $6 million over the next few years.

Nancy Larson, Director, Kansas State University Pollution Prevention Institute
Krysta Larson, Intern Program Coordinator, Minnesota Technical Assistance Program
Jennifer Reutzel, Environmental Specialist, Pollution Prevention Services, Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Please send request for this power point presentation to Angela Miller at

This webinar is sponsored by MnTap, the State of New Jersey, and the State of Washington.

Pollution Prevention and Sustainability – Integrated Solutions and Multiple Outcomes

October 7, 2009

This webinar was presented as a session at the 2009 National Environmental Partnership Summit.  For this webinar the presenters worked with the audience to “harness the power of collaboration” by asking why pollution prevention, which has a history of working successfully with industry on process optimization and energy conservation programs, is generally not being included in sustainability programs.
Fred Granek, Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology Advancement
Bruce Taylor, Enviro-Stewards Inc
Steve Brachman, University of Wisconsin-Extension - The Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center

To view the video on Enviro-Stewards work in the Sudan -

This webinar is sponsored by MnTap, the State of New Jersey, and the State of Washington.

Webinar - Resource Efficiency and the Power of Metrics

September 2, 2009

Resource efficiency refers to the conservation of materials, energy, and water. Join us for trio of presentations demonstrating how companies of varying sizes and industries have tackled the challenge of improving resource efficiency. See how you can start with small projects to build momentum, develop sustainable programs, and grow into efficiency as a core value. Also, see how one company has reduced their carbon footprint with metrics.
To view the powerpoints from this webinar contact

Presenter Karen Reaume, Worthington Steel

Presenter Kristin Pelizza, Navistar Inc.
Presenter Jim Duffy, Alonzo Printing

Powerpoint Presentations for March 3, 2009 Webinar

March 6, 2009

Washington State Overview of Standards and Certifications
09-mar-05-overview-of-standards-and-certifications (ppt)

Avoid the Six Sins of Greenwashing
ecologo-six-sins-jan-2009 (ppt)

Green Seal’s Environmental Standards and Certifications
green-seal-for-nppr-3_09 (ppt)

Benefits of Certification versus Verification
benefits-of-certification-versus-verification (pdf)

Design for the Environment Program
us-epa-design-for-the-environment-program_webinar-on-march-5_v3 (ppt)

Toxics in Packaging Webinar

November 12, 2008

NPPR hosted “Toxics in Packaging” webinar, Wednesday, November 19th at 2:00 pm EST.The Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse (TPCH) presented the results of its research that screened over 750 packages, mostly from the retail sector, for the presence of 4 heavy metals – lead, cadmium, mercury, and hexavalent chromium – restricted by state toxics in packaging laws. These results are the first comprehensive assessments of restricted heavy metals in packaging, since 19 U.S. states passed toxics in packaging legislation 15 years ago, and indicate that heavy metals in packaging are still an issue and an opportunity for pollution prevention and product stewardship.

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