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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


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

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


Using the GreenScreen™ to Identify Preferred Materials in HP’s Global Supply Chain Webinar

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.


Staples’ Commitment to Transitioning to Safer Chemicals Webinar

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.

Roger McFadden
Vice President, Senior Scientist
Staples, Inc.

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.

Staples’ Commitment to Transitioning to Safer Chemicals Slides


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