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Partnering to Provide Industrial Energy Efficiency Assistance Webinar

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 O’Neill
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.

Partnering to Provide Industrial Energy Efficiency Assistance Slides


Engaging Your Supply Chain

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
World 50

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.

Engage Your Supply Chain Slides

EPA’s DfE Program and Other Initiatives

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.

EPA’s DfE Program and Other Initiatives Slides

DfE’ Safer Chemicals Ingredients List

Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center: An Award-Winning Energy Program Webinar

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.

Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center: An Award-Winning Energy Program Webinar

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