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September 19 Webinar - P2 Pioneers

October 22, 2013

This webinar, designed specifically for P2 Week 2013, brought together a sampling of the pioneers in the pollution prevention field to discuss the development and progression of pollution prevention in policies, industries, and other institutions. This webinar reviewed the evolution of our field from waste minimization to pollution prevention to sustainability. It included a discussion on the use of tools such as P2 and energy efficiency assessments, the emergence of voluntary programs, the growth of networks and partnerships, the stabilization and expansion of performance metrics, and the skill sets needed to carry out these programs.

Cam Metcalf, Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center, University of Louisville
Cindy McComas, University of Minnesota
Gary Hunt, North Carolina State University

Webinar Slides


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.

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

PCBs in Pigments Presentation

April 23 Webinar - Safer Alternatives to Methylene Chloride Consumer Product Paint Strippers

April 3, 2013

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Time: 12 ET

(This Webinar hosted by WSPPN and NPPR is part of the Safer Chemistry Challenge Program Series)

Methylene chloride has been used for many years in consumer product paint strippers that are purchased from Home Depot, paint supply and hardware stores.  The strippers are used by consumers, small furniture stripping companies, contractors, boatyards and various other businesses to strip a range of items.  The chemical is a carcinogen and acute exposure to methylene chloride strippers is linked to two deaths in California in the last few years.  This presentation will describe two projects that focused on developing, testing and demonstrating safer alternatives to methylene chloride consumer product paint strippers.  It will also focus on the actions California agencies could take to restrict the use of the strippers.

Dr. Katy Wolf is director of the Institute for Research and Technical Assistance (IRTA), a nonprofit organization established in 1989.  IRTA identifies, develops, tests and demonstrates safer alternatives for industrial and consumer product applications.  IRTA also performs emerging and advanced technology demonstrations that reduce or eliminate the use of hazardous substances.  IRTA’s work focuses heavily on solvent alternatives in cleaning, dry cleaning, electronics, paint stripping, coatings, lubricants and adhesives.  Over the last 20 years, IRTA’s projects have led to a reduction in the use of hazardous substances in California of more than 100 tons per day.  Dr. Wolf spent fourteen years at the Rand Corporation, where she performed research on alternatives to ozone depleting substances and chlorinated solvents. Dr. Wolf has authored more than 200 publications. She has a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics.

PowerPoint Presentation

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

March 13, 2013

Date: Wednesday June 12, 2013
Time: 3 ET

Great Lakes Green Chemistry Network
Michigan Green Chemistry Clearinghouse

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.

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

Sharing Successes from the Safer Chemistry Challenge Program: Washing Systems

February 24, 2013

This webinar examined a year into the Safer Chemistry Challenge Program. It provided attendees with a background into the program and a case study of the program in action. Washing Systems, a SCCP charter member, has put significant effort and research toward safer chemistry in their cleaning formulations. Working with their customers, they are eliminating or reducing chemicals of concern. Washing Systems set the following reduction goals as part of their SCCP commitment: 100% nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE); 100% butyl cellosolve; 100% petroleum hydrocarbon based solvents; and 100% ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA). They have seen significant strides in reaching those goals and all chemical reductions are thus far on target. The most significant reduction has been with phosphates with a goal of 50% and a reduction of less than 5% prior to entering SCCP, they have already reduced 95%, exceeding their program goal.

This webinar is part of the Spring 2013 Safer Chemistry Challenge Program Webinar Series.

Leah Boyd
Safety, Environmental, and Regulatory Manager
Washing Systems

Cindy McComas
Co-Project Manager, Safer Chemistry Challenge Program
National Pollution Prevention Roundtable

Webinar Slides


A Cornerstone of Environmental Sustainability: Pollution Prevention Results from 2007 to 2009 Report Webinar

February 5, 2013

This webinar provided attendees with an overview of the “A Cornerstone of Environmental Sustainability: Pollution Prevention Results from 2007 to 2009” Report that the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable recently released. The purpose of the Report is to present national results from government agencies involved in promoting P2 approaches for the years 2007-2009.

Jeffrey Burke
Executive Director
National Pollution Prevention Roundtable



An Examination of the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program

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

PACE Webinar Slides


This webinar was funded by the Washington State Department of Ecology.

May 15 - State Profiles in Chemical Policy Implementation Webinar

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.

Kerri Malinowski
Maine Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Remediation and Waste Management

Cathy O’Dell
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Carol Kraege
Washington Department of Ecology

State Profiles in Chemical Policy Implementation Presentation


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.
Senior Chemist
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.

Quick Chemical Assessment Tool (QCAT) Webinar Slides


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