January 15, 2013
This webinar examined the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program that was launched in Connecticut. Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a tax-lien financing program that allows interested property owners to finance qualifying energy efficiency and clean energy improvements on their properties through an additional charge (”assessment”) on their property tax. Capital provided under the PACE program is secured by a lien on the owner’s property tax bill. Property owners pay the improvements back over time, based on the voluntary assessment placed on the property tax bill. Energy efficiency improvements are installations or renovations to a building that reduce a property’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, such as installing highly energy-efficient air conditioning and boiler systems, replacing windows, installing smart-meters that automatically turn lights and equipment off when not in use and many other solutions.
Presenter: Jessica Bailey
Director, Commercial and Industrial Property Assessed Clean Energy
Connecticut Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority
This webinar was funded by the Washington State Department of Ecology.
January 8, 2013
Date: Wednesday, May 15
Time: 2 ET
States in the U.S. are taking the lead in chemicals policy, resulting in a changing regulatory landscape for companies to navigate. This webinar provided an overview of current state legislation with different perspectives from across the country. Attendees learned about the variety of strategies and approaches being used in legislation including chemicals of concern, restricted substances lists, targeted sectors and products, and alternatives assessment tools.
This webinar is part of NPPR’s Safer Chemistry Challenge Program Webinar Series and was co-hosted with the P2 Policy and Integration Workgroup.
Maine Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Remediation and Waste Management
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Washington Department of Ecology
The Quick Chemical Assessment Tool (QCAT): Hazard Assessment tool for small and medium size businesses
December 10, 2012
Because of the high level of technical and resource commitments required by many hazard assessment tools, a simpler alternative called the Quick Chemical Assessment Tool (QCAT) has been developed by the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology). The primary goal of the QCAT is to assign an appropriate grade to a chemical using both:
1) A refined group of high priority hazard endpoints identified in the EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE) Program.
2) Fewer data sources.
QCAT was written enable small and medium sized businesses with limited resources and technical expertise to conduct a basic hazard assessment. QCAT provides an introduction to the hazard assessment process and allows the identification of those chemicals with the highest level of concern. For those companies new to the hazard assessment process, the QCAT provides a good starting point.
Alex Stone, Sc.D.
Washington State Department of Ecology
Dr. Stone has a BS in chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy New York, an MS in Environmental Engineering and Science from the University of Washington in Seattle and a Doctor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Oslo in Oslo, Norway. He has worked as a chemist for the Washington State Department of Ecology for the past 18 years. He currently functions as the Safer Chemical Alternative Chemist for the Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program. He has been selected as the chair by members of an association of eight states working together on an alternative assessment guidance document and is Ecology’s representative to the Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse. Alex works on a number of chemistry related projects including Washington’s Chemical Action Plans, safer chemical alternative assessments and Children’s Safe Product Act. Alex also acts as an adviser to Ecology management on chemical policy and other chemistry-related issues.
This webinar is part of the Safer Chemistry Challenge Program fall series.
November 1, 2012
Opening this webinar was Teresa McGrath with NSF International.
This webinar will provide an introduction to the GreenScreen™ for Safer Chemicals and one user’s experience. The GreenScreen is a method for comparative chemical hazard assessment that is currently used by a growing number of large manufacturers of products ranging from chemicals to electronics, apparel and footwear. That user is Hewlett Packard (HP) who has been a leader in using comparative chemical hazard assessment, specifically the GreenScreen, to identify safer alternatives to chemicals of concern in their global material supply chain.
Dr. Lauren Heine, Consulting Co-Director
Clean Production Action
She directs its GreenScreen Program. Lauren applies green chemistry, green engineering, multi-stakeholder collaboration and design for the environment (DfE) to business practices. Lauren serves on the California Green Ribbon Science Panel and works closely with the USEPA DfE Program to develop Criteria for Safer Chemicals and Alternatives Assessment Criteria for Hazard Evaluation. She co-authored Policy Principles for Sustainable Materials Management for the OECD and the university textbook, Introduction to Environmental Engineering 3rd ed. to integrate sustainable design concepts. She led the development of CleanGredients™, a web-based platform for identifying greener chemicals for use in cleaning products.
Cory Robertson, Environmental Chemist
Cory is an environmental chemist at Hewlett-Packard where he applies the principles of green chemistry to evaluate and select alternatives to restricted substances. Cory uses tools such as the GreenScreen™ for Safer Chemicals and life cycle assessment to promote continuous improvement in the environmental and human health attributes of materials used in HP’s supply chain. Prior to his current position Cory worked as an analytical chemist in HP’s material science lab for 10 years. Cory holds a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Boise State University and a Master’s degree in environmental policy and management from the University of Denver.
This webinar is part of the Safer Chemistry Challenge Program fall series.
This webinar is sponsored by a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant.
October 9, 2012
Opening this webinar was Adam Siegel with the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA).
Through supply chain management and product design, Staples, a leading office products provider, continues to demonstrate its commitment to moving toward products that are safer and more sustainable. As part of its commitment to help ensure a healthy environment for future generations, Staples seeks to avoid the use of hazardous substances, transition to safer product alternatives, and prefer chemicals that have been designed using green chemistry principles.
Vice President, Senior Scientist
Roger McFadden is Vice President and Senior Scientist at Staples, Inc., a position he has held since July 2009 when Corporate Express was acquired by Staples. Before joining Staples, Roger was Vice President and Chief Science Officer for Corporate Express with headquarters in Broomfield, CO a position he held from May 2006 until 2009. Before joining Corporate Express Roger was Vice President of Technical Services and Product Development for Coastwide Laboratories with headquarters in Portland, OR a position he held from1988 until 2006 when Corporate Express acquired Coastwide Laboratories. Before joining Coastwide, Roger worked as a consulting chemist and product engineer for several chemical manufacturing companies in both the U.S. and Canada.
Roger believes that we need a revolution in product design with an environmental conscience and commitment to green chemistry; the future belongs to companies that integrate green chemistry principles to eliminate hazard and waste at all stages of product life cycle; and that educational institutions can advance the benefits of green chemistry by incorporating it in textbooks, curriculum and across multidisciplinary fields including fundamental sciences, business, law and engineering.
This webinar is sponsored by the Safer Chemistry Challenge Program.
October 9, 2012
There are many ways that state technical assistance partners can collaborate to provide energy efficiency services to industrial clients. The webinar will describe some examples of how partnerships were initiated, funded, developed and strengthened (and how challenges were addressed). Case studies will include work with manufacturers to improve energy efficiency, the environment, employee empowerment and the bottom line. There will be some time for discussion, so participants can bring their own methods, stories and questions.
Cristiana Figueroa, P. E.
Cristiana currently serves as the Energy team (E-team) lead at the Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program, Department of Ecology. She also serves as a member of the Technical Resources for Engineering Efficiency (TREE) team. She has over 20 years of experience working in multiple facets within the environmental field. In her role as a technical assistance provider for companies engaged in pollution prevention planning, she works directly with industrial facilities to identify and implement opportunities for resource conservation, waste and toxicity minimization, and process optimization.
Hugh is senior project manager with the Washington Department of Ecology. He has worked on pollution prevention and waste reduction for over two decades. In addition, he has developed, supported and managed several business assistance services and partnerships at Ecology include: toxic chemical use, waste and emission reduction; with Ecology’s TREE Team - water and waste water reduction; with WSU Extension Energy Program/Utilities - energy efficiency; and with Impact Washington - lean and green assistance.
Tony Cooper, P.E.
Tony is a chemical engineer in the Department of Ecology’s Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction program. His technical assistance projects center on helping industrial companies implement lean manufacturing process optimizations, chemical substitution and toxicity reduction projects, and energy and water conservation efforts. He is a member of Ecology’s Lean and Green, Energy, and Technical Resources for Engineering Efficiency (TREE) teams.
September 20, 2012
A company may enjoy short-term success by eliminating a particular toxic compound and substituting a safer alternative. But, as an old African proverb says, “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Companies are finding next-level success through increasing collaboration with non-profits, academia, government agencies, and - in particular – their suppliers. By building the right foundation for supply chain engagement you can increase the likelihood of mutual success and reduce your resource investment, but how do you begin? We’ll explore how to build the business case for supply chain sustainability along with how to overcome common challenges.
Steve Walker, Insights Director
Steve is an Insights Director supporting the members of the Sustainability 50 and Supply Chain 50 communities. He is responsible for enhancing the member experience through programming, expansion of the peer network, and facilitating exchanges of ideas and best practices between members on relevant business and career issues. In addition, Steve is leading the Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative—a cross-function, in-depth effort to combine the resources and insights of subject matter experts across the Sustainability 50 and Supply Chain 50 member organizations.
Prior to joining World 50, Steve was Manager, Environmental Sustainability for the Burt’s Bees Division of The Clorox Company where he led environmental and social sustainability efforts including collaboration with their supply chain partners. Earlier in his career, Steve was Global Environmental and EHS Compliance Systems Manager for Federal-Mogul Corporation, a global Tier I automotive supplier. He was responsible for on-going environmental compliance activities along with achieving and maintaining third-party certification to the ISO 14001 standard at approximately 130 global locations.
An Ohio native, Steve holds a Master of Science in Environmental Management from the University of Findlay and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering Technology from the University of Dayton.
This webinar was part of the Safer Chemistry Challenge Program fall series.
September 10, 2012
The New York Pollution Prevention Institute’s EcoHour series and the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable co-hosted this webinar as part of Pollution Prevention Week 2012, “Safer Chemicals for a Safer World”. This webinar focused on the EPA’s Design for the Environment Program. It also looked at other EPA initiatives such as the Green Sports Initiative.
Bridget Williams is the Outreach Lead for the EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE) Program. As part of the DfE team, Bridget collaborates with a broad range of stakeholders, including science and policy professionals, product manufacturers, and environmental advocacy groups, to improve the human and environmental health effects of chemical-intensive products. Prior to joining DfE, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the West African country Burkina Faso where she taught high school Physics and Chemistry. Bridget has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Washington and a B.S. in Chemistry from Colorado State University.
August 24, 2012
KPPC’s industrial and commercial clients began asking the Center for help in understanding and addressing energy efficiency at their facilities in response to rising energy costs. In response, and with state and federal support, KPPC developed a number of programs to identify E2 opportunities for energy-intensive facilities and to help them build self-sustaining energy management programs.
During this webinar, executive director Cam Metcalf and technical services program manager Richard Meisenhelder will discuss KPPC’s nationally-recognized efforts that help Kentucky industries make significant, long-term reductions in their energy usage:
• Kentucky Save Energy Now
• Kentucky Energy Alliance
• Northeast Demonstration Project
Cam Metcalf is a national leader in pollution prevention and energy efficiency technical assistance, training and applied research with a career that spans more than 30 years. He joined KPPC as Executive Director in 1995. His experience in P2 evolution and sustainability also include tenures at the University of Tennessee’s Center for Industrial Services, as a Training Manager and Waste Reduction Engineer; the University of North Carolina-Asheville, as Director of both the Environmental Quality Institute and the Project FireHAT-Hazardous Awareness Teamwork; and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as an Environmental and Physical Scientist.
Richard Meisenhelder served as KPPC’s Technical Coordinator for almost five years, organizing teams comprised of engineers and other technical staff to perform up to fifty P2 and E2 assessments per year. He then worked for three years as a Project Engineer at Fellon-McCord & Associates, which at the time was a consulting arm of Constellation Energy, the largest independent energy provider in the U.S. In 2008, Mr. Meisenhelder returned to KPPC to serve as Project Manager for Environmental Sustainability Services, providing oversight to KPPC’s technical personnel servicing the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors.
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
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