June 15, 2014
This webinar will provide an overview of a new program titled the Green Chemistry Commitment (www.greenchemistrycommitment.org). The program is a departmental commitment designed for higher educational institutions as a voluntary, flexible framework for chemistry departments to adopt green chemistry theory and practice. The Commitment is centered on student learning objectives that take into account topics such as green chemistry and toxicology, which have traditionally been absent from chemistry programs. College and university chemistry departments sign on to the Commitment, indicating that they value the student learning objectives and committing to working towards implementing the student learning objectives within their own departments. This presentation will feature an overview of the program, along with a perspective from Dr. Ed Brush, a GCC faculty advisory board member and professor of chemistry at Bridgewater State University, one of the first signers of the Commitment.
Amy Cannon, Beyond Benign
Amy holds the world’s first Ph.D. in Green Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts. Amy worked as an Assistant Professor of Green Chemistry and Director of Outreach and Community Education at the Center for Green Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts Lowell until September of 2007 when she left to co-found Beyond Benign, a non-profit dedicated to green chemistry education. Amy was awarded the 2012 EPA New England Environmental Merit award for her leadership and work on green chemistry education.
Edward Brush, Bridgewater State University
Ed Brush is professor of chemistry at Bridgewater State University, and coordinator of Project GreenLab; a regional center for green chemistry education. The mission of Project GreenLab is to bring the Principles of Green Chemistry into research, curriculum development and outreach education, and engages students and faculty at BSU and the regional community colleges.
June 1, 2014
Flame retardants are a diverse group of chemical substances which are added to plastics, wood or textiles to reduce their propensity to ignite. Since the 1990ies, flame retardants have started to raise environmental concerns, because some brominated flame retardants (e.g. polybrominated diphenylethers, PBDE) were found to form halogenated dioxins and furans in uncontrolled combustion and because the flame retardants were found in various environmental compartments and biota, including humans. This has lead to regulatory restrictions in Europe and elsewhere. A number of flame retardant producers have responded to these concerns by developing more environmentally compatible products based on phosphorus, inorganic and nitrogen chemistries (PIN FRs). This paper will present an overview of flame retardant alternatives and their health and environmental assessments, like the European collaborative research project ENFIRO as well as legislative activities in Europe in the context of REACH and RoHS. US activities like the US-EPA projects on Design for Environment and assessment schemes like Greenscreen, will also be touched upon.
flame retardants, ENFIRO, RoHS, WEEE, GreenScreen, DfE, US-EPA, halogen free, alternatives assessment
Presenter: Adrian Beard, Clariant Corporation
Adrian Beard works for Clariant Corporation, Hurth near Cologne in Germany, as Head of Marketing and Advocacy for the Flame Retardants Business Line of the Business Unit Additives. He is also a senior expert in fire safety and environmental properties of phosphorus based flame retardants. Since 2009-03, he is vice-chairman of the newly formed association for non-halogenated phosphorus, inorganic and nitrogen flame retardants (pinfa). From 2006 to 2008 he was president of the European Flame Retardants Association (EFRA). From 1991 to 1999, before joining Clariant, he was head of the environmental analytical laboratory at the Fraunhofer-Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology in Oberhausen, Germany.
April 23, 2014
Under the California Safer Consumer Products Regulations, California is carrying out a process of identifying chemicals of concern in products, requiring the evaluation of safer alternatives, and implementing regulations that promote reducing exposures to hazardous chemical-product combinations. The SCPR established a two-phase alternatives analysis process that requires manufacturers guides companies through steps to evaluate alternatives. The overall goal is safer alternatives and no regrettable substitutions. The CA Dept of Toxic Substances Control recently released its first three priority products under the SCPR:
-Children’s foam padded sleeping products containing the flame retardant TDCPP (chlorinated tris)
-Spray polyurethane foam systems containing unreacted diisocyanates (used in home insulation), and
-Paint and varnish strippers containing methylene chloride
Starting with these three initial “priority products”, California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control has initiated a process that launches a new framework for chemicals management and toxics exposure reduction in our homes, workplaces and environment.
Presenter: Karl Palmer, California Department of Toxic Substances
Karl Palmer works in the Department of Toxic Substances Control’s Safer Products and Workplaces Program where he is responsible for DTSC’s efforts to implement the department’s Safer Consumer Products regulations. These regulations establish a process to identify and prioritize hazardous chemicals in consumer products and to establish a process for evaluating options for safer alternatives. Karl’s team also administers DTSC’s other toxics in products laws and helps lead the Department’s efforts to expand pollution prevention practices, green chemistry strategies and sustainability initiatives throughout California
April 9 Webinar - TRI’s Pollution Prevention Search Tool: New Metrics for Assessing Progress in Sustainability
April 14, 2014
EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program collects a wealth of standardized multimedia environmental information from over 20,000 industrial facilities each year. The TRI’s unique combination of quantitative and qualitative information makes it a valuable resource for tracking environmental progress and identifying sustainable practices that have led to measurable improvements.
Over the past two years, EPA has taken steps to enhance the information reported to TRI under the Pollution Prevention (P2) Act and to make these data more accessible, meaningful, and intelligible. To this end, the new version of TRI’s P2 Search Tool (available at www.epa.gov/tri/p2) allows data users to graphically compare facilities and companies within the same industry using a variety of environmental metrics. Available metrics include toxic chemical waste generation, share of waste released to the environment, 5-year trend in waste per unit of output, greenhouse gas emissions, and P2 practices implemented.
Join this webinar to see for yourself how the new version of this tool can help you identify candidates for recognition, technical assistance, or community focus. The webinar will also show you how to find P2 details for individual facilities and how to find opportunities for technology transfer using the P2 information reported to TRI.
Presenter: Daniel Teitelbaum, US EPA
Daniel Teitelbaum is the Pollution Prevention Staff Lead for the Toxics Release Inventory Program in EPA’s Office of Environmental Information. In this role he promotes the collection, dissemination, and use of information about environmental performance and effective P2 practices. Daniel joined the EPA as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2009 and has also worked in the Sustainability Program for EPA Region 2. He holds an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and a B.A. in Economics from Brown University.
March 18, 2014
The Safer Chemical Ingredients List contains chemicals that meet the criteria of the Design for the Environment (DfE) Safer Product Labeling Program. This voluntary program recognizes products that are high-performance and cost-effective using the safest chemical ingredients. At present, more than 2,500 products carry the DfE Safer Product Label. This list of safer chemical ingredients is arranged by functional-use class and will assist product manufacturers in identifying chemicals that the DfE program has already evaluated and identified as safer.
Clive Davies, US EPA
February 20, 2014
This webinar was hosted by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable.
Providing recommendations and assisting facilities with the implementation of pollution prevention projects has evolved over the years due to changes in environmental priorities, program resources and client needs.
This webinar will highlight the evolution, outcomes and lessons learned from Ohio EPA’s 20-year old pollution prevention assessment program that helps facilities optimize the use of resources, minimize losses and increase productivity. It will also share insights from one of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center’s flagship on-site technical assistance programs, which just completed its fifth year of working with rural communities and businesses to achieve measurable energy and water conservation improvements.
This webinar will be of particular interest to both long-time pollution prevention technical assistance programs and new technical assistance providers.
Mike Kelley, Ohio EPA, Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention
Dave Foulkes, Ohio EPA, Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention
Dan Marsch, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
Mike Springman, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
February 13 Webinar - Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program: A Holistic Continuous Improvement Framework
January 28, 2014
Date: Thursday, February 13, 2014
This webinar will discuss the Cradle to Cradle Certified Products program, a multi-attribute, continuous improvement methodology that provides a path to manufacturing healthy and sustainable products for our world. It requires a paradigm shift in thinking about how a product is designed, what it contains, how it is made, and where it goes after use. As a guidance system for product designers and manufacturers, the program leads to the creation of innovative products that redefine quality and beauty.
The program guides continual improvement towards products that are:
- made with materials that are safe for humans and the environment
- designed so all ingredients can be reused safely by nature or industry
- assembled and manufactured with renewable, non polluting energy
- made in ways that protect and enrich water supplies, and
- made in ways that advance social and environmental justice.
Presenter: Susan Klosterhaus, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
Susan Klosterhaus is an environmental scientist with more than 15 years of experience studying the fate and toxicity of chemical contaminants in the environment. As the Institute’s Senior Scientist, Susan is the lead manager of the Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program and oversees development of the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard. Susan also serves as the Chair of the Institute’s Certification Standards Board. Prior to joining the Institute, Susan was the lead organic contaminant chemist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute, where she conducted water quality monitoring projects to support environmental management and policy development for San Francisco Bay. At SFEI she led research on contaminants of emerging concern in aquatic environments and the identification and analysis of flame retardant chemicals used in consumer products. Before moving to the Bay Area, Susan was a research scientist in laboratories at the University of Maryland and the University of South Carolina.
January 10, 2014
GreenWERCS is a formulation profiling tool that uses a comprehensive database of chemical lists to score a product based on relative industry criteria. The program is designed to adapt to the ever changing regulatory landscape and incorporate chemical data from any source. This flexible approach allows for unlimited scoring methods that vary depending on the types of lists and chemical information used to assess the product(s).
Presenter: Sean Burek, The Wercs, Ltd.
Sean Burek is a Business Development Spealist with The Wercs, Ltd. He is a consultant with experience using automation technology to assess the potential hazards within a chemical containing product. Sean received is Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and Economics at Lafayette College.
October 25, 2013
Date: Thursday, November 14, 2014
*P2 intern programs deliver environmental and cost savings*
A dozen or more states across our NPPR membership host P2 summer intern programs. These non-regulatory programs are designed to link top-level engineering and environmental sciences students with business and industry. The “win-win” opportunities give students real-world experience, resulting in reduced energy use, emissions and wastes, which in turn benefit a company’s bottom line as well as the state’s environment.
And did you know that NPPR hosts a discussion group that helps support these P2 intern programs? We invite you to join us for a webinar that will feature an overview of the topics and lessons this discussion group has covered. It will also feature one of the premier P2 intern programs—the Iowa DNR Pollution Prevention Services Intern Program. It has been in operation for 14 years and annually places between 20-25 interns in companies across the state of Iowa. Its program personnel have mentored several other states, as well as serving as a model for many of the Region 7 states.
While these P2 intern programs produce great metrics, they can sometimes be daunting administratively. Thus, we hope your participation in this webinar will offer insight and information toward starting or expanding your own program.
Steve Brachman, Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center, UW - Extension
Nancy Larson, Pollution Prevention Institute, Kansas State University
Danielle Dilks, Iowa Pollution Prevention Services, Iowa DNR
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