Fledgling Metro-Omaha Ride Sharing Program Seeks Participants [MAPA]
From their web site: "MetrO! Rideshare is a free, quick and secure service that connects commuters throughout the Metropolitan Omaha Region who are interested in carpooling. [One can] simply create a new account and profile and MetrO! Rideshare will automatically search for carpool matches according to your commuting preferences. Carpooling helps to save money on fuel costs and vehicle wear and tear. Having someone to share the ride with can also be fun and relaxing. And by carpooling you are helping to reduce our dependence on oil and decrease pollution in the Omaha metro area.
WMRC Announces A New Technical Publication [WMRC]
P2Rx affiliate, the Waste Management Research Center, has announced a new publication [PDF] of interest to P2 specialists everywhere: RR-111 Applicability of Microfiltration for Recycling Semi-Synthetic Metalworking Fluids / Wentz, John E.; Kapoor, Shiv G.; DeVor, Richard E.; Rajagopalan, Nandakishore. -- Champaign, IL: Illinois Waste Management and Research Center, 2007.
New Tool: Global Water Tool will help companies manage water use ( WBCSD)
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development will officially launch its Global Water Tool on August 15, 2007. The free and easy-to-use tool is designed to help companies and organizations map their water use and assess risks relative to their global operations and supply chains.
Through an easy to manage process, the tool allows companies to quickly and accurately compare their water use (including staff presence, industrial use, and supply chain) with validated water and sanitation availability information, both on a country and watershed basis; calculate water consumption and efficiency; establish relative water risks in their portfolio; and create key water Global Reporting Initiative indicators, inventories, risk and performance metrics. The tool will also enable effective communications between internal and external stakeholders on water issues. For more information, see the press release.
P2 events calendars for Region 7 to be available via RSS feed (P2RIC)
Do your clients want to know about upcoming pollution prevention (P2) events, grant application due dates or reporting deadlines? Or do you want to know what P2 conferences, meetings and conferences are occurring in your community or the EPA's four-state Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska)? Unless you know what you're looking for already or who to contact for details, finding this information can be time-consuming--and even then you might not find what want. Using P2RIC's new RSS (Really Simple Syndication) P2 calendar feeds will help solve this problem. And if you're trying to promote a conference, meeting or other event, you can be sure your information will reach the widest possible targeted audience.
P2RIC's calendar feeds will be easy to use and enable wide and immediate information distribution. Better yet, P2RIC calendar users will be able to enter their own event information, ensuring it is accurate and easy for clients to find--and to find more quickly.
Several RSS P2 calendar feeds will be available on P2RIC's calendar web page in the near future. There will be feeds for national, regional and each of the four Region 7 states. Each feed will list calendar events pertinent only to that feed's scope. The Nebraska RSS calendar feed, for example, will list only Nebraska events. All events will be listed chronologically.
RSS works by enabling web content such as events calendar listings to be shared between servers, or retrieved directly by web browsers using software tools known as news aggregators. Aggregators retrieve data from different RSS sources and post them to a single location on a web page.
P2RIC's web developer also will post information describing how to create one of two P2 Calendar Boxes for use on web sites. One Calendar Box will list events in headline format; the other will show events in calendar format. Both boxes will look similar to the existing P2 News Box.
New Tool: New water quality trading guide available (EPA)
A new EPA publication will help the regulated community design and implement voluntary water quality trading programs consistent with EPA's 2003 National Water Quality Trading Policy. This new guide will provide stakeholders with detailed guidance on the fundamental concepts of trading which can accelerate water quality improvement and reduce compliance costs.
Water quality trading is a voluntary option that regulated point sources can use to meet requirements under the Clean Water Act. The Water Quality Trading Toolkit for Permit Writers provides permitting authorities with the tools they need to incorporate trading provisions into required permits. The guide is focused on trading nitrogen and phosphorus, but other pollutants may be considered for trading on a case-by-case basis. The Toolkit discusses the fundamental concepts of designing and implementing trading programs including the relevant geographic scope, effluent limitations and other factors involved in defining a credit. The document also includes a set of appendices which feature detailed case studies based on actual trading programs.
New standard for cleaner transportation fuels released (UCDavis)
University of California experts last week released their much-anticipated blueprint for fighting global warming by reducing the amount of carbon emitted when transportation fuels are used in California. This "Low Carbon Fuel Standard," designed to stimulate improvements in transportation-fuel technologies, is expected to become the foundation for similar initiatives in other states, as well as nationally and internationally. For more information and links to the report, see the press release.
MO: "Take a Break from the Exhaust" saves local commuters money and miles; challenge inspires participants to drive less to reduce air pollution (MARC)
When Carol Nellis joined the Take a Break from the Exhaust challenge, she knew the miles she was saving by carpooling would earn her points and possibly prizes. What she didn't know was that she would be one of a group of several hundred Greater Kansas Citians who have so far saved enough vehicle miles to travel to the moon.
The challenge, which began July 1 and ends August 31, encourages employees of area organizations to carpool, bus, bike, walk, or take part in other activities that reduce pollution. The contest started only two weeks after preliminary data indicated that the Kansas City region violated the federal Clean Air Act. Vehicle emissions are a major contributor to regional ozone pollution.
Take a Break participants log their emissions-saving activities online, where a form translates the activities into amounts of miles and pollution saved. So far, the activities of program participants have:
• Saved 249,241 miles,
• Prevented 1,631 pounds of smog-forming pollutants, and
• Decreased carbon dioxide emissions by 229,152 pounds -- the work that 35,355 trees do in a month.
Nellis admits that she "would've been the last person to carpool." But after realizing she was putting 20,000 miles a year on her car by commuting from Lee's Summit to Kansas City, Mo., she reconsidered. Since the beginning of the year, Nellis has saved 3,773 miles.
New Tool: Freely accessible software assesses environmental performance of biofuel plants (IANR)
Measuring the environmental performance of individual biofuel plants is increasingly important for environmental, regulatory, political and economic reasons. But evaluating environmental performance has been difficult to do. Now agricultural researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have a solution: a newly developed a tool designed to assess greenhouse gas mitigation and energy efficiency of corn-based ethanol plants. The software and users guide can be downloaded for free at UNL's Biofuel Energy Systems Simulator website.
The computer modeling software analyzes energy yield and efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions and resource requirements for individual biofuel production systems. Called BESS for short, this "seed-to-fuel" tool quantifies lifecycle carbon savings and environmental impact of individual biofuel systems. It factors in energy use and greenhouse gases from crop production, ethanol conversion, byproduct use, waste disposal and transportation.
BESS is designed for easy use by ethanol plant operators, crop producers, researchers, regulators, policymakers or others concerned with optimizing biofuel systems' economic and environmental performance. The initial version of BESS is based on corn-based dry-milling ethanol production. In the future, UNL scientists plan to develop versions for soybean biodiesel and biomass ethanol production from switchgrass and corn stover, which eventually will allow performance comparisons of biofuel systems with different feedstocks. For more information, read the full press release.
Recycler turns old medications into energy (azcentral.com)
Don't be so quick to throw out that expired blood pressure medication. Drug disposal companies are taking outdated or recalled prescription drugs from pharmacies and manufacturers and incinerating them, generating energy.
Milwaukee-based Capital Returns Inc. last year created enough energy to power more than 220 homes for a year. To do that, it incinerated 6.5 million pounds of pills and other pharmaceuticals, which are sent from pharmacies and drug manufacturers around the country. To read the full article, click here.
New Tool: New website provides easier access to tribal environmental information (EPA)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched the first-of-its-kind portal website to help the tribal community, its supporters and the public find tribal environmental information and data through a single web-based access point. The new cross-agency website allows EPA to consolidate and share environmental information reflecting the tribal community's perspective and needs into a central, easy-to-navigate structure. Various EPA programs, such as enforcement, waste, underground storage tanks and water, are also consolidating their tribal information through this website. The site integrates the tribal content and functionality of many existing agency programs and regional websites. Visit the tribal portal at www.epa.gov/tribalportal.
MO: Coming soon -- Special household hazardous waste collection August 18 (MARC)
On Saturday, August 18, the city of Belton will host a collection event for the safe disposal of household hazardous waste. Residents can drop off antifreeze, batteries, paint and motor oil only. The event will be at Wallace Park on North Mullen Road from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Residents of Belton, Raymore, Harrisonville, Garden City, Peculiar, Cleveland, Pleasant Hill and other participating communities in the Regional Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Program may attend the event at no charge. Cass County is not a member, so residents of unincorporated Cass County will be charged a disposal fee of $75 if they choose to use the collection service. For more information on this event and other disposal options, please contact Nadja Karpilow at (816) 701-8226.
The Green Chamber: Bringing sustainability to communities around the country (Green Chamber / TreeHugger / GreenBiz)
A new and different kind of chamber of commerce was born on Wednesday, July 18. The all-new "Green Chamber," as it is called, offers "green-leaning" businesses, locally and nationally, the opportunity to work within a framework designed to foster and grow sustainable communities. The Green Chamber's goals include educating and promoting green principles to communities at all levels of life, from local to county to state to federal to global; promoting fair trade, non-toxic materials, recycling and waste reduction, and alternative energy use in our business and personal practice; and developing strategic partnerships and alliances with other green and non-green businesses for profit and non-profit organizations in order to increase business opportunities and enhance member benefits. Green Chamber members will soon have ready access to a wealth of online resources such as detailed membership lists from which to network with those of like interests; organize amongst themselves; post jobs; promote novel ideas and initiatives; and more.
New report shows environmental benefits from green computers (EPA)
Numerous environmental benefits achieved by buying high-performance, environmentally friendly computer equipment are highlighted in the first annual report issued this week by the Green Electronics Council. The report, called The Environmental Benefits of the Purchase or Sale of EPEAT Registered Products in 2006, states that the purchase of more than 36 million EPA-approved computer desktops, laptops and monitors has led to a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and helped to:
• Save 13.7 billion kWh of electricity, enough to power 1.2 million U.S. homes for a year;
• Save 24.4 million metric tons of primary materials, equivalent to the weight of 189 million refrigerators;
• Prevent 56.5 million metric tons of air emissions (including greenhouse gas emissions);
• Prevent 1.07 million metric tons of carbon equivalent greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to removing 852,000 cars from the road for a year;
• Prevent 118,000 metric tons of water pollutant emissions;
• Reduce the amount of toxic materials used by 1,070 metric tons, equivalent to the weight of 534,000 bricks, including enough mercury to fill 157,000 household fever thermometers; and
• Avoid the disposal of 41,100 metric tons of hazardous waste, equivalent to the weight of 20.5 million bricks.
EPEAT, which stands for Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, is an easy-to-use, on-line tool helping institutional purchasers select and compare computer desktops, laptops and monitors based on their environmental attributes.
Pharm waste disposal guide for communities routinely updated with new information (IISG)
Disposal of Unwanted Medicines: A Resource for Action in Your Community, by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG), contains information and resources for analyzing the current situation of unwanted pharmaceutical products. By identifying the various concerns related to this issue, the current barriers to improved disposal programs, and case studies of successful take-back programs, this kit serves as a resource and guide for future work in this field. Included in the kit are several examples of pamphlets, fact sheets and education materials that have been developed by communities and states as they wrestle with this complicated issue. The recommendations and advice, which are routinely updated, vary because jurisdictions are finding different ways to deal with the fact that at present, only interim solutions are available.
The Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program is one of more than 30 National Sea Grant College Programs. Created by Congress in 1966, Sea Grant combines university, government, business and industry expertise to address coastal and Great Lakes needs. Funding is provided by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U. S. Department of Commerce, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Purdue University at West Lafayette, Indiana.
MO: Special household hazardous waste collection scheduled for Aug. 4 (MARC)
On Saturday, Aug. 4, the city of Riverside, Mo., in partnership with Parkville and North Kansas City, will host a collection event for the safe disposal of household hazardous waste. Residents of Weatherby Lake, Lake Waukomis, Platte Woods and other participating communities in the Regional Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Program may also attend the event at no charge. Residents can drop off old paint, lawn and garden chemicals, house cleaners and other unwanted hazardous products from their homes at the city hall parking lot, 2950 N.W. Vivion Road, from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. No business waste will be accepted. Unincorporated Platte County is not a member of the program, so those residents will be charged a disposal fee of $75 if they choose to use the collection service.
Go Green! with new EPA newsletter for consumers (EPA)
America is shifting to a "green culture" in which citizens are recognizing environmental responsibility is everyone's responsibility. EPA is helping Americans learn more by launching a new monthly email newsletter, Go Green! Readers can expect to find "what you can do" information in the newsletter as well as information about activities and events everyone can use or participate in to make a difference just about anywhere - in homes, workplaces, schools and communities. To subscribe to the Go Green! newsletter by email, please register here.
Cut lawn care pollution and waste; water lightly in the middle of the day (The Environment Report)
One of the most polluting activities at many homes is lawn care. Lawn sprinklers can use massive amounts of water. And over-use of fertilizer can pollute nearby streams. The Environment Report's Lester Graham looks at simple things you can do to reduce waste and pollution and still have a green lawn. Read the article here.
New technology could lead to more energy-efficient ethanol production (USDA, ARS)
Ethanol to fuel cars, trucks and other vehicles might tomorrow take less energy to produce. U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists think it may be possible to cut energy costs by using a series of specially designed permeable plastic sheets, or membranes, to produce ethanol from fermented broths of corn, or straw and other kinds of biomass feedstocks. The researchers' invention, called a spiral-wound liquid membrane module, could potentially replace the widely used process of distilling ethanol from fermentation broths. The module offers ethanol producers the important advantage of combining two separation processes, extraction and membrane permeation, in one piece of equipment. With further research and development, the module would require less energy than distillation. Today, energy costs are ethanol producers' second largest expense; feedstocks are first.
In brief, the fermentation broth--typically containing about five to 12 percent ethanol--would travel through a sandwich-like configuration of membranes and mesh sheets, called spacers, that keep the membranes separate from each other. One membrane has a solvent in its pores that extracts the ethanol from the broth. A second membrane, with the help of a vacuum, pulls the ethanol out of the solvent. The ethanol-and-water vapor that results is then, in other equipment, condensed into an ethanol-rich liquid.
The device has other potential uses as well: cleaning up wastewater or treating natural gas for home use.
Plant lovers want nurseries to stop selling invasive plants that threaten environment (ENN)
Invasive plant species have spread far and wide and choked off once thriving communities of native plants and driven off indigenous and migratory birds by depriving them of natural food sources. [The need to water nonnative plants, including trees, used in landscaping can also negatively impact groundwater levels, especially in areas suffering from drought.] Environmental groups hope to slow the spread of decorative but invasive plants and reduce the associated impacts by persuading nurseries to stop selling them and instead to promote native species.
New Tool: Pollution data from over 30,000 industrial facilities in North America publicly accessible using Google Earth (CEC)
The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has created the first seamless, North America-wide map to connect citizens with point-specific industrial pollutant data from Canadian, Mexican and United States sources using Google Earth. Google Earth is an innovative and free computer program that allows users to explore geographic data projected over satellite images and aerial photography. The CEC's map layer plots over 33,000 North American industrial facilities that reported releases and transfers of pollutants in 2004, the most recent data available from all three countries, and allows users to learn about the pollution profile of industrial facilities located near their homes, their workplaces, or their schools. Users can learn which pollutants are generated and how the facility handles them. Users can also compare the performance of facilities in their community to similar facilities locally, nationally, and, now, across North America.
Information used in the mapping tool comes from publicly accessible "pollutant release and transfer registers," or PRTRs, maintained separately by the three North American countries: the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) in Canada, the Registro de Emisiones y Transferencias de Contaminantes (RETC) in Mexico, and the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) in the United States.
And the first-ever mayor's climate protection survey says? Best Practices Guide also available (U.S. Conference of Mayors)
The Survey on Mayoral Leadership on Climate Protection released last week by the U.S. Conference of Mayors indicates that cities throughout the country, regardless of size, have initiated a multitude of actions aimed at reducing carbon emissions despite the lack of federal support. Of the 400 mayors who had signed the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement at the time the survey was conducted, 134 provided data for this first-ever assessment of city climate protection efforts. Among the survey's key findings are:
- More than four out of five of the surveyed cities now use renewable energy, or are considering beginning by next year.
- All but four of the surveyed cities (97 percent) are using more energy-efficient lighting technologies in public buildings, streetlights, parks, traffic signals, and other applications, or expect to by next year.
- Seventy-two percent of the responding mayors stated that their city fleets now run on alternative fuels and/or use hybrid-electric technology.
- Nearly nine in ten of the cities require, or anticipate requiring in the next year, that new city government buildings be more energy efficient and environmentally sustainable.
- More than three out of four of the cities are undertaking efforts to encourage the private sector to construct buildings that are energy efficient and use sustainable building techniques.
In other news, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mayor Kathy Taylor in May became the 500th mayor to sign the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. Between then and June 21, the kick off date for the 75th Annual Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, 40 additional mayors have committed their cities to reducing carbon emissions below 1990 levels, in line with the Kyoto protocol. To learn what mayors and cities around the country are doing to fight climate change, improve the local environment and conserve energy, see the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Energy and Environment Best Practices Guide published in January 2007.
IA: State launches new online water information tool (IA DNR)
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has launched a new interactive online tool to help Iowans learn more about the state's surface water resources. When complete, the Iowa Water Web will offer Iowans information on everything water in Iowa, including information on recreation, watershed improvement and detailed scientific data.
New Tool (IA): Iowa Manure Management Action Group unveils new Web site (ISU)
The Iowa Manure Management Action Group (IMMAG) has unveiled a new Web site and a new link to the new site. IMMAG was initiated 10 years ago with the goal of providing a comprehensive and coordinated approach to manure management issues in Iowa, including pollution prevention. The newly revised Web site now can be found at: http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/homepage.html. Major changes to the site include updating the "Publications and Reports" page to be better organized and to highlight Iowa publications and research work being done in Iowa. Other changes include updates to the "Plans, Permits and Regulations" page and the addition of more reference material. In the future, users will have access to a new "Frequently Asked Questions" document. The old Web site will continue to work by referring users to the new site.
Backyard Conservation: Popular how-to publication revised by USDA and National Audubon Society (USDA, NRCS)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Audubon Society have revised and released the popular Backyard Conservation publication, which highlights 10 conservation practices used by farmers and ranchers that can be adapted by homeowners in their urban or suburban backyards. The 28-page publication features actions people can take to enhance or protect natural resources, including building a pond, composting, mulching, properly managing pests, terracing, tree planting, conserving water and creating wildlife habitat. The printed version has always been available in English; it will now also be available in Spanish. Both also are available online.
New Tool: Web site lists regulations with potential impact on agriculture (EPA)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today launched a new Web site containing an easy and succinct look-up tool that lists federal environmental regulations which could potentially apply to agriculture. Knowing the regulations beforehand will allow farmers to address these issues before they become problems.
MO: Special household hazardous waste collection June 30 (MARC)
On Saturday, June 30, Gladstone, MO, will host a collection event for the safe disposal of household hazardous waste. Residents can drop off antifreeze, batteries, oil and paint from their homes from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Gladstone Public Works facility at 4000 NE 76th St.
Residents of Gladstone, Pleasant Valley, Liberty, unincorporated Clay County and other participating communities in the Regional Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Program may attend the event at no charge. Only household waste will be accepted. No business waste is allowed.
Residents of non-participating communities will be charged a disposal fee of $75 if they choose to use the collection service. For more information on this event and other disposal options, please contact Nadja Karpilow at (816) 701-8226.
NE: WasteCap to host environmental webcast series this summer (WasteCap Nebraska)
June 20th marks the first in a series of four environmental webcasts hosted by WasteCap Nebraska. Topics for the webcasts include business energy conservation, hazardous and universal waste regulations, resource management and solid waste contracting, and "Liability and Identity Theft Protection for Computer Recycling." Each webcast will be offered on Wednesday afternoon--June 20, July 11, and August 8 and 29, respectively--from 1-2:30 p.m. CT.
These webcast events are designed to reach businesses in Nebraska and around the country with important environmental information. According to Carrie Hakenkamp, Executive Director of WasteCap Nebraska, "using the latest technology allows us to offer this training to businesses throughout the state that would not have otherwise been able to participate. This allows us to expand our reach in Nebraska without added travel expense and makes it very convenient for businesses to attend the seminars from their own desk."
WasteCap is able to offer these webcasts at reduced rates. Registration fees for the webcasts are as follows: WasteCap members: $69 for each webcast or $249 for all four webcasts; non-Members: $89 for each webcast or $319 for all four webcasts. Registrations should be received no later than the Friday prior to each webcast.
MO: Practical strategies for local government to reduce greenhouse gasses topic of June 12 training (HUEE)
Learn how local governments can reduce emissions. The Mid-America Regional Council and the City of Kansas City, MO, will host a free Web cast titled "Local government Climate Change Initiatives: Practical Strategies for Reducing Greenhouse Gasses" on June 12 from 2-3:30 p.m. Speakers will include Dennis Murphey, Chief Environmental Officer, Office of Environmental Quality, Kansas City, MO; and Mikaela Engert, Planner, City of Keene, NH. To register for the event at Metropolitan Community College's Business and Technology Center, Room 2003, contact Eliza Waterman at (816) 701-8387 or via email at email@example.com.
New Tool: Updated Green Suppliers Network Web site launched (EPA)
The Manufacturing Extension Partnership recently posted an improved Green Suppliers Network (GSN) web site. The updated site includes a wealth of new resources to help GSN participants learn ways to save money, increase capacity, and improve supply chain relationships. Among the improvements and new materials are an expanded Tools and Resource Section, including Lean and Clean training modules and other resources to enhance companies' participation in the program. Other resources are designed to further the impact of supply chain initiatives, including information on chemical use, energy efficiency, and product stewardship. The Web site will be continually updated as the program continues to expand and include new resources.
Climate change focus of June conference and training in Madison, WI (MSWG)
Experts will be in Madison, WI, June 18-20 to explore three forces shaping world environmental policies--climate, China and Europe--and what can be anticipated in the future, plus share best practices that communities can use today to reduce risk from climate change. The Multi-State Working Group on Environmental Performance (MSWG) workshop at Monona Terrace is open to all who want to hear about policies and business practices from other nations, as well as our own that may soon affect our commerce and our lives in major ways. The conference will feature speakers from around the world as well as a Climate Change Workshop for municipalities on Tuesday, June 19. The workshop provides advice and take-home materials on how to identify climate change's impact and the options you have to cope with that change. Examples will be shared from work in King County, Washington (Seattle), developed with ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability. King County is recognized world-wide for its forward-thinking approach to coping with climate change. Daily registration is $200; full workshop is $325; climate training is $95. Registration is required. For additional information, see the press release.
New version of NIST's product lifecycle environmental and economic impact software tool released (EPA/NIST)
BEES 4.0 (Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability version 4), the new version of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) software tool for selecting environmentally preferred, cost-effective building products, updates data on more than 200 products and adds 30 new products for review. This version also offers users the option of a new set of consensus weights for scoring the environmental impact of individual building products. The EPP Program was a part of the May 2006 stakeholder panel that developed this weighting scheme option and was one of the original funders of BEES. BEES 4.0 also includes a number of new products, including carpeting from several manufacturers who agree to purchase carbon credits to offset the product's life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions. These and other included products, such as biobased carpets, roof coatings, building maintenance products, and fertilizers that qualify for U.S. Department of Agriculture's Federal Biobased Preferred Procurement Program, could help policy developers and procurement officials in providing guidance on green building.
Gardeners can play an important role in reducing global warming (National Wildlife Federation)
Trade-in the SUV, use florescent light bulbs, turn down your thermostat. These are just some of the things we're being told we can do to reduce our impact on global warming. But according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation, A Gardeners Guide to Global Warming, there are many things you can do in the garden that will help combat this serious and potentially devastating environmental problem caused by our voracious appetite for fossil fuels. Read the complete press release here.
School bus study shows idling worse for children's health than re-starting engines (EPA)
Shut off those diesel school bus engines! A new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study shows that school buses that idle for more than three minutes generate more pollution than stopping and re-starting the engine -- debunking a widely held belief of some drivers. The level of pollution from buses that idled for more than three minutes was 66% higher in fine particles than pollution generated from shutting off the buses and then re-starting them. Diesel exhaust particles can penetrate deep into the lungs and pose serious health risks, including aggravating the symptoms of asthma and other respiratory problems in healthy individuals. For more information about reducing pollution from school buses, visit EPA's Clean School Bus USA website.
New Tool: EPA launches Chinese-language Web site (EPA)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a new consolidated Chinese-language Web site as part of its ongoing effort to provide environmental information in English, Spanish and Chinese. The new site compiles EPA Chinese-language materials on a wide variety of issues from lead poisoning prevention, energy efficiency, and clean water to proper management of pesticides. The site also serves as a valuable tool in delivering important health and environmental information to the Chinese-speaking community, both here in the U.S. and worldwide, to help protect local communities as well as the global environment.
WasteCap Nebraska's May newsletter available online (WasteCap NE)
Read about upcoming events such as the June 2007 Nebraska Battery Recycling Project, next month's Lincoln computer collection and WasteCap's summer lecture series webcasts. Also read local, regional and national news affecting Nebraska.
Study examines alternative asbestos removal technology, public comment sought (EPA)
The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the release of a draft report that evaluates an alternative demolition process for buildings containing asbestos. Scientists and engineers from EPA's National Risk Management Research Laboratory and the Dallas regional office compared the current process of demolishing a dilapidated, asbestos-containing structure with a new method called the Alternative Asbestos Control Method or AACM. The first demonstration project was successfully completed in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas. Preliminary findings show the AACM procedures to be protective for clean-up of many asbestos-containing buildings. Two similar buildings at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, containing similar types and quantities of asbestos, were demolished in April 2006. One demolition utilized the alternative method and one utilized the standard National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) method. As they were demolished, environmental emissions were monitored to determine if the alternative protected the environment as well as the NESHAP method.
The current NESHAP process involves removal of some asbestos materials prior to demolition of the structure. This process can be time-consuming and expensive. After demolition, the removed asbestos and the demolished structure are both disposed in approved landfills. Similarly, the alternative method removes some friable (capable of becoming airborne) asbestos materials, but some asbestos-containing materials are allowed to remain. The structure is then wetted with amended water to control asbestos fiber release prior to and during demolition. Demolition debris and several inches of affected soil from the AACM process are disposed as asbestos-containing debris at an approved landfill. Data from the evaluation demonstrated lower than expected levels of asbestos and reduced potential for worker exposure. The cost and time-savings for the first study were significant.
The draft report has been released for public comment and for peer review by a select panel of experts. The public is invited to review the draft report and submit comments by June 11, 2007.
New Tool: Responsible Purchasing Guide for Paint released (RPN)
The Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) has released a Responsible Purchasing Guide for Paint. The Guide, which is available on the web as a pdf document, as well as in print, includes information on the following: human health and environmental impacts; strategies for a successful paint program; cost, quality and supply of greener paint products; certifications and standards; sample policies and specifications; and database of certified green paint products. RPN membership is required to download the guide.
IA: Renewable energy from animal agriculture focus of two-day May ISU course (ISU)
As energy costs rise, agricultural producers are looking for ways to reduce costs and switch to renewable sources, such as energy generated from animal manure. Iowa State University is working to provide this information in a national short course on anaerobic treatment of agricultural wastes to be held May 21-22 in Des Moines.
The "Anaerobic Treatment of Agricultural Wastes" short course will include information about a variety of topics related to anaerobic digestion, including biogas production rates, collection and handling; direct use of biogas; electricity generation with biogas; marketing of carbon credits; and anaerobic digestion and biogas use at ethanol plants.
Presenters will include Iowa State University faculty members, as well as experts from other academic institutions, government and industry.
The short course will be held at the Hotel Fort Des Moines. For more information, read the press release. The agenda and registration details also are available online.
KS: State joins multi-state effort to address climate change (KDHE)
Kansas joins with 30 states as charter members of The Climate Registry, the largest multi-state effort to address climate change. The newly formed organization will assist in measuring, tracking, and verifying emissions of greenhouse gases. It also will provide the measurement and reporting infrastructure to support voluntary, mandatory, market-based and emissions reduction programs that are consistent across borders and industry sectors. The Registry will accept reporting data beginning in January 2008.
"Getting accurate data on greenhouse gas emissions through this pilot project is a vital first step towards assessing the impacts of climate change on our state," said Roderick L. Bremby, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). "The Climate Registry will allow states to share resources, synchronize our programs, and help enhance the effectiveness of our efforts."
The Climate Registry is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Directors made up of state and tribal representatives, incorporated in March 2007. The list of charter members includes the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming and the Campo Kumeyaay Nation. Two Canadian provinces, British Columbia and Manitoba, have also committed to participate.
KS: SBEAP hosts Idling-Reduction Workshop in Kansas City (Pollution Prevention Institute)
Did you know fleet idling costs money and contributes to air pollution? In the next few years, in fact, fleets operating in Kansas City may be required to reduce idling. Here is your chance to learn about new technologies that can help reduce idling and save money. Don't sit idle - plan to attend the free May 15, 2007, Idling-Reduction Workshop in Kansas City. The workshop will run from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information or to register, go to the Pollution Prevention Institute's Web site or call Nancy Larson at 1-800-578-8898.
New Tool: Nonpoint Source Outreach Toolbox launched (EPA)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the Nonpoint Source Outreach Toolbox, a comprehensive set of Web-based resources designed to assist communities across the U.S. conduct locally effective watershed education and outreach activities. The Toolbox includes a searchable catalog of nearly 800 print, radio, and TV ads and outreach materials in the following categories: lawn and garden care, motor vehicle care, pet care, septic system care, household chemicals and waste, and general stormwater and storm drain awareness. This repository of contemporary, audience-tested materials is designed to meet the needs of stormwater professionals who might be strapped for ideas, money, time or staff to develop messages and products for their own communities. The Toolbox also provides EPA's publication Getting in Step - A Guide to Conducting Watershed Outreach Campaigns, as well as a comprehensive collection of surveys and evaluations of outreach programs from around the country and a collection of logos, slogans, and mascots to help unify a community's campaign.
New Tool: EPA tool helps answer air quality questions (EPA)
AirCompare, a new EPA-developed air quality tool, provides local air quality information to help people make informed decisions about moving, vacationing or living in different areas of the country.
AirCompare uses EPA's popular Air Quality Index (AQI) to explain air quality from a health perspective. A person with asthma, for example, can use AirCompare to select up to 10 counties across the country -- and with the click of a button, find out how many days the air was unhealthy for asthmatics last year. Or someone planning a trip can find out the best time of year to visit a particular area, based on concerns about asthma, heart disease, outdoor activity, or just general interest.
AirCompare searches EPA air quality databases to pull information about pollutants reported under the AQI -- and to translate it into charts that show simply whether the previous year's air quality was healthy, unhealthy or unhealthy for specific groups more susceptible to pollution. The tool also can provide a multi-year snapshot of a county's air quality, based on a particular health issue.
New Tool: Hazardous materials responders can access CAMEO online (NOAA)
A new online tool for first responders to hazardous chemical accidents has been released by NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration. The new Web site, CAMEO Chemicals, is the latest component of NOAA's popular CAMEO (Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations) software suite, and the first to be available for use online.
CAMEO Chemicals is an online, easy-to-use version of the most popular components of CAMEO, the chemical database and the reactivity prediction tool. CAMEO Chemicals was developed by NOAA in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard. Key features include:
Extensive Chemical Database: CAMEO Chemicals uses the same chemical database as CAMEO, which contains response recommendations for over 6,000 chemicals. The database also contains more than 100,000 chemical synonyms and identification numbers, which aid emergency responders in identifying unknown substances during an incident.
Critical Response Information: The revised search engine and new ranking order for search results makes finding chemicals easier. Data sheets on each chemical provide physical properties, health hazards, information about air and water hazards, and recommendations for firefighting, first aid, and spill response.
Chemical Reactivity: This tool predicts what hazards could arise if chemicals were to mix.
New Tool: EPA launches environmental stewardship Web site (EPA)
The new EPA Web site on stewardship programs, launched today, can help business, government and private citizens make intelligent choices on sustainable environmental benefits. Simple everyday decisions by organizations and individuals on such issues as recycling, reuse or choice of fuel support pollution prevention and environmental stewardship.
The Web site will enable users to find EPA partnership programs, such as the Energy Star energy saving program, which best align with their needs and interests. Businesses can search for EPA programs based on their industrial category, environmental issue of interest, and geographic area. One specific sub-site, for example, shows businesses how they can help employees reduce the environmental impacts of commuting.
The Web site also provides information links individuals can use to protect the environment in different settings, such as home, work, school and shopping. One sub-site, for example, shows citizens how they can use pesticides safely.
This tool is the latest in a series of steps EPA has taken to support environmental stewardship. In 2005, EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson endorsed a framework for EPA that recognizes environmental stewardship as the next phase in an ongoing evolution of environmental policy -- from pollution control to pollution prevention and sustainability.
More recycling on the farm could reduce environmental problems (American Institute of Biological Sciences)
Growing environmental problems resulting from farming argue for a shift toward practices that use lower inputs of pesticides and energy and promote more recycling of energy and materials, according to an article published in the May 2007 issue of BioScience. The author, Craig J. Pearson, of the University of Guelph, documents how semiclosed agricultural systems--which he terms "regenerative"--could enhance global sustainability of biological resources, curtail greenhouse gas emissions and groundwater contamination, and reduce farming's reliance on oil imports and water.
What do we do with the leftover paint? New EPA study shows millions of gallons available for safe disposal, reuse or recycling (EPA)
A new study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that about 10 percent of the U.S. house paint purchased each year - about 65 to 69 million gallons - is ultimately discarded.
Leftover paint comprises the largest volume of material collected by most household hazardous waste collection programs and represents a high cost for local governments. Despite existing collection efforts, large volumes of leftover paint remain stored in basements and garages across the country. Yet, leftover paint offers significant potential for reuse and recycling.
The study was released at a national meeting of the Paint Product Stewardship Initiative (PPSI) on April 18 and 19 in Washington, D.C. This initiative brings together paint manufacturers, retailers, recyclers, EPA officials, and representatives from more than two dozen state and local agencies to find better ways to manage leftover house paint. The PPSI has just completed a 2-year, $1 million research program laying the foundation for a nationally coordinated solution.
PPSI is spearheaded by the Product Stewardship Institute, a national nonprofit organization that works in partnership with government, business and other stakeholders to reduce the health and environmental impacts of consumer products.
New Tool: Improved water quality modeling tool now available without costly software (EPA)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a new version of its acclaimed watershed management program, making it easier to use and more readily available. Better Assessment Science Integrating Point and Nonpoint Sources (BASINS) is a multipurpose system that integrates environmental data, analytical tools, and modeling programs. BASINS will help regions, states, and local agencies develop cost-effective approaches to watershed management and environmental protection. BASINS 4.0 is a valuable tool for watershed and water quality-based analyses, including developing total maximum daily load (TMDL) allocations.
Unlike earlier releases, BASINS 4.0 runs on non-proprietary, open source, free geographic information system (GIS) software, making the tool universally available to anyone interested in the system. Prior versions required users to purchase costly GIS software to run the BASINS system. Once installed on a personal computer, BASINS 4.0 gives users access to large amounts of point and non-point source data, which they can use to assess or predict flow and water quality for selected streams or entire watersheds. For more information, see the BASINS 4.0 fact sheet.
New Tool: Global warming solutions added to GreenerChoices.org Web site (Consumer Reports)
Consumer Reports celebrated Earth Day 2007 with the launch of a new Web site, Global Warming Solutions Center. This new Web site offers consumers solutions for improving energy efficiency at home and fuel economy on the road, including tips for buying new appliances and cars that will reduce greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide (CO2)--a prime contributor to global warming. Consumers also will find articles about alternative and renewable sources of energy and fuel, and what government and industry are doing to address global warming.
The Web site is part of GreenerChoices.org, which was launched on Earth Day 2005 by Consumers Union, the non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports. GreenerChoices.org is a Web-based initiative designed to inform, engage, and empower consumers by providing them with information about environmentally-friendly products and practices.
Report proposes Green Biofuels Index to aid consumers, market (UC Berkeley)
The debate over whether biofuels like ethanol are better for the environment than fossil fuels has left many consumers confused and unsure where to fill their gas tanks. A new study by University of California, Berkeley, researchers, Creating Markets for Green Biofuels: Measuring and Improving Environmental Performance, proposes a biofuels rating system that could eliminate much of this confusion by representing the positive or negative environmental impacts of a particular fuel. A ratings system, like the Michelin stars for hotels and restaurants, would take into account all environmental aspects of biofuels processing and production, from the way biofuel crops are tilled and fertilized to the kinds of energy - coal, natural gas or biomass, for example - used to process them.
The report lays out a range of possible options for a Green Biofuels Index, from voluntary labeling akin to the "organic" food label, to mandatory labeling like today's nutrition information, to more stringent government regulations like those required by renewable portfolio standards, which mandate that a state generate a percentage of its electricity from renewable sources.
The UC Berkeley group urges environmental, agricultural and regulatory agencies to join forces with local, state and national governments to develop this Green Biofuels Index, and that funding agencies should research ways to measure the environmental performance of biofuels, such as their impacts on global warming or farmland. For more information, read the complete press release.
New Tool: Watershed Plan Builder released to accelerate planning (EPA)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the Watershed Plan Builder, an interactive, Web-based tool to improve efforts by states and local communities in protecting and restoring local water resources. The tool will help local watershed organizations develop integrated watershed plans to meet state and EPA requirements and promote water quality improvements. Practitioners from watershed organizations, federal and state agencies, tribes, universities and local governments will use the Watershed Plan Builder to address polluted runoff, the largest contributor to water quality problems nationwide.
During the next six months, the Watershed Plan Builder will be available to watershed organizations, federal and state agencies, tribes, universities and local governments to beta test the application and provide feedback. A team of experts from EPA's water programs developed the tool, with input from state, tribal and local agency experts and other local watershed practitioners.
EPA will host a Webcast on the Watershed Plan Builder on May 2, 2007 from 1-2:30 p.m. EDT.
Mercury: First nationwide mercury thermostat collection program launched for homeowners (TRC/PSI/NAHMMA)
The Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) and the Product Stewardship Institute, Inc. (PSI) this month announced the nation-wide rollout of a mercury thermostat recycling program via local household hazardous waste (HHW) collection facilities. The program expands a successful 8-month pilot project in which 50 municipal HHW facilities in five states safely recycled mercury thermostats from residents and their heating and cooling contractors free of charge.
To take advantage of the national program, homeowners can contact their local, municipal household waste management authorities for information on recycling locations. Consumers can also visit the Earth 911 Web site and searching via city or zip code for the closest HHW facility in their area.
Communities across Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Washington, and Florida participated in the pilot, which began May 1, 2006, and ended December 31, 2006. The 50 local programs, which operated 72 permanent facilities, 111 mobile facilities, and 14 one-time events, collected and shipped more than 3,000 mercury-added thermostats to TRC for recycling. Since TRC's inception, the organization has collected more than 530,000 mercury-containing thermostats, representing nearly 4,900 pounds of mercury.
National Pollution Prevention Roundtable training survey posted online (NPPR)
The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) has formed a Task Force to identify the pollution prevention (P2) training needs of our members and to investigate viable options for providing for those needs. Our first step is to solicit your views in this survey on current training available, gaps in that training, and interest in receiving or providing training. Please take the NPPR Training Survey in order to help out our Task Force.
NPPR's P2 survey will be available online until April 6th. The goal is to have 100 percent of the P2 community complete the survey.
NE: State's latest air quality newsletter available online (NDEQ)
The newest edition of "AirWaves," the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality's semi-annual air quality bulletin, is now available online. This edition includes information about new regulations, technology and EMS, upcoming training, reporting deadlines and more.
NE: Pharmaceutical and personal care products pollute drink water; topic of April conference in Lincoln (The Groundwater Foundation)
Most Americans take prescriptions or over-the-counter medications or use cosmetics, lotions, laundry detergents and cleaning agents on a daily basis. Increasingly, these common household pharmaceuticals and personal care products, or PPCPs, are found in drinking water. A recent U.S. Geological Survey study found PPCP chemicals such as steroids, nonprescription drugs, and insect repellents in 80 percent of streams and 93 percent of sampled groundwater.
The Groundwater Foundation's "Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in Drinking Water: Potential Risks and Best Practices" seminar will focus on the potential risks of PPCPs in drinking water and how Nebraskans can reduce those risks. The April 25 seminar in Lincoln, NE, features two nationally known speakers. Dr. Dana Kolpin, with the U.S. Geological Survey's Iowa Water Science Center, will provide more research data and discuss its implications. Cathy Lotzer, with Marshfield (Wisconsin) Utilities, will discuss lessons learned from conducting the Marshfield Area's "Rx Round-up" program.
Two panels of Nebraskans also will speak about the risks and best practices currently existing in the state, along with opportunities for education and take-back programs. During sessions and breaks, seminar attendees will be able to ask questions and network with the presenters and panelists.
The event is open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Registration is $34.95 prior to April 18; the registration fee increases to $44.95 after April 18, including the day of the seminar. Students may attend at the discounted rate of $19.95. For a complete agenda or to register, please contact The Groundwater Foundation at 1-800-858-4844 or visit the organization's Web site.
School chemicals focus of EPA, industry effort to mitigate potential hazards (EPA)
In a national kickoff, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign to help schools prevent chemical accidents. Under this program, EPA, working with the U.S. Department of Education and industry, will help schools safely manage chemicals. Across the country, EPA estimates that about 33,000 middle and high schools have laboratory and other chemicals that could cause accidents and injure students.
The Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign is an effort to help schools safely manage their chemicals and avoid costly and possibly dangerous accidents. Through the campaign, schools are connected with local chemical management experts and a web-based toolkit.
The Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign aims to raise awareness about chemical issues, promote sustainable solutions and ensure that all schools are free from hazards associated with inappropriate, outdated, unknown or mismanaged chemicals. The campaign gives K-12 schools information and tools to responsibly manage chemicals and its partners offer a broad range of services from conducting chemical inventories to training school personnel in responsible chemical management.
New tool tracks atmospheric carbon dioxide by source (NOAA)
CarbonTracker, a new tool that monitors changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by region and source, will enable users to evaluate the effectiveness of efforts to reduce or store carbon emissions. Potential users include corporations, cities, states and nations assessing their efforts to reduce or store fossil fuel emissions around the world, announced the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL).
Using the data that currently exist, the model can characterize emissions each month among U.S. regions, such as the West or the Southeast. As the data source observation network becomes denser and available data increases, however, policymakers will be able to check the CarbonTracker Web site to compare emissions from urban centers. For instance, the resolution will be fine enough to determine the difference in net emissions from Sacramento as compared to San Francisco.
CarbonTracker's initial applications are primarily for scientists, and to attract new partners in NOAA's efforts to expand greenhouse gas observations in the United States and globally. NOAA and its partners are encouraging the addition of new monitoring sites around the United States and around the world to increase the resolution of point sources. Ultimately, the site will provide easy-to-use information on local scales for policymakers, business leaders, teachers, and the public.
"CarbonTracker's potential is enormous," said Pieter Tans, head of NOAA/ESRL's Carbon Cycle Greenhouse Gases group, who developed the tool. "We are moving into an era where emissions could have a price tag. If carbon trading, emissions reduction and sequestration schemes become more common around the globe, society will need the ability to compare their relative value. Accurate and objective information on changing atmospheric concentrations will be essential for both research and impact assessments."
Read the full article here.
U.S. seeks to accelerate phase-out of ozone damaging chemicals (EPA)
The United States has submitted a proposal to adjust the Montreal Protocol, accelerating the phase-out of ozone damaging chemicals. The proposal includes four elements that can be considered individually or as a package:
* Accelerating the phase-out date of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) by 10 years;
* Adding interim reduction steps;
* Setting an earlier baseline;
* Phasing out the most damaging HCFCs to the ozone layer as the first priority.
These proposals, which mark the 20th anniversary year of the Montreal Protocol's signing, would accelerate existing efforts to address ozone layer protection, cleaner air, and climate change by calling on the global community to act more quickly in phasing out hydrochlorofluorocarbons.
New Tool: Online climate and environmental-reporting service details climate change impact, disease and other address-based environmental risks (Climate Appraisal Services)
The nation's first online, address-based climate and environmental-risk-reporting service has launched to meet a growing need for information. Climate Appraisal Services, LLC is the only single source that connects consumers with comprehensive address-based information on the possible impacts of global warming, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfires, drought, floods, industrial pollution and disease. The company offers both free and premium reports, which cost $30. Read more here.
KS: Spring air quality newsletter published by Pollution Prevention Institute (PPI)
April 1 is the deadline for the Class II emissions inventories, Kansas State University's Pollution Prevention Institute reports in its spring 2007 AIRlines newsletter. The newsletter, which is available online, also lists upcoming Kansas air quality training events. AIRlines is designed to provide small businesses with information to help them comply with the Air Quality Act.
Government releases framework for assessing environment-related metals risks (EPA)
Many U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) programs make regulatory decisions affecting metals, particularly with regard to controlling metals' release into the environment and establishing unacceptable air, water or land pollution levels. To assess better the hazards and risks from metals exposure, the agency has developed and released a Framework for Metals Risk Assessment. The document outlines key principles about metals that should be considered when conducting human health and ecological risk assessments. Topics addressed in the framework include principles for conducting metals risk assessments, environmental chemistry and fate and transport, and assessments related to human health, aquatic life, and land issues. The framework does not mandate how particular programs must conduct assessments; rather, it is a set of key principles that will be useful in preparing such assessments.
New facilities commit to environmental improvements and join EPA's National Performance Track program (EPA)
From leading food and beverage companies to a major automobile manufacturer, 55 new facilities have joined the National Environmental Performance Track. The partnership program recognizes facilities that set three-year goals for continuous improvements in environmental performance beyond their legal requirements, have internal systems in place to manage their environmental impacts, engage in local outreach about their performance and publicly report results.
Since the 2000 inception of this facility- rather than company-based program, Performance Track membership has grown to 470 members in 46 states and Puerto Rico, and those members have made 1,500 commitments to benefit the environment in both regulated and unregulated areas. To date, Performance Track members have collectively reduced their water use by 3.5 billion gallons, reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by 88,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, and conserved more than 14,000 acres of land while helping to protect their local and national environment.
Forty-seven of the 55 new members, which include three in Iowa, one in Kansas and one in Nebraska, have committed to reduce their waste generation over the next three years; 37 facilities plan to reduce energy use; 25 facilities pledge to reduce their water use; and 17 facilities have committed to reduce their air emissions. Sixteen have committed to focus on EPA-defined regional and national environmental priorities.
Performance Track members come from a wide range of industries, such as automotive, paper, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, and government agencies. This membership round also includes first-time applications from Boise Cascade, Frito-Lay Inc., Shaw Industries Inc., Swiss Re, Toshiba International Corp., and Toyota Motor Corp. Twelve companies already represented in Performance Track added new facilities to the program. Covanta Energy Corp. added eight new facilities for a total of 13 Performance Track facilities. Performance Track now has its first U.S. Federal Aviation Administration facility (the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City) and its second international airport, the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, in the program. A Swiss Re facility in Armonk, N.Y., is the first Performance Track member from the financial sector.
Performance Track facilities must meet all environmental regulatory requirements and typically make four additional commitments to the environment (small facilities make two). For example, the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and Swiss Re -- Armonk are each committing to reduce their energy use by 10 percent over the next three years through several means, including changing to compressed natural gas vehicles, increasing reliance on renewable energy sources, and offsetting carbon emissions.
MO: Liberty implementing new, free recycling program for cell phones and rechargeable batteries (MARC)
Not sure what to do with your old cell phone and rechargeable batteries? Recycle them with a new, free City of Liberty recycling program.
The City, working with the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), has implemented the "Call 2 Recycle" program, which will provide an easy way for area residents to recycle rechargeable batteries and cell phones. Boxes have been placed in the lobby of City Hall, the Community Center and Fire Station One for citizens to drop off their old rechargeable batteries and cell phones.
Rechargeable batteries are commonly found in cordless power tools, cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, digital cameras, two-way radios, camcorders, and remote control toys. Acceptable rechargeable batteries include: nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd), nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH), lithium ion (Li-ion) and small sealed lead (Pb). The program does not recycle lead batteries that weigh more than two pounds and car batteries.
All cell phones, regardless of size, make, model, age, and digital or analog phones are accepted. Cell phones must be deactivated prior to placing them into the collection box. Shipping batteries that have not been properly packaged may cause a battery to short-circuit and lead to a fire or explosion. Anyone taking advantage of this program must ensure they package the batteries or cell phone. To prevent fire and/or explosion, all cell phones and rechargeable batteries must be placed in an individual plastic bag (provided next to the collection box), or exposed battery terminals can be taped with non-conductive electrical tape before placing them in the collection box.
Recycling batteries allows materials to be reclaimed and used in the production of new batteries and other products. It conserves natural resources and prevents rechargeable batteries from entering the solid waste system. Cell phones that are collected are refurbished and resold when possible, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity.
The RBRC is a national non-profit service organization that provides this no-cost program to municipalities, businesses and communities throughout the United States and Canada. The program is funded by the manufacturers and marketers of rechargeable batteries and products that use rechargeable batteries. More than 30,000 organizations use RBRC collection boxes for the recycling of used batteries and cell phones, with nearly 5 million pounds recycled through the RBRC program in 2005.
MO: Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program announces 2007 schedule (MARC)
The Solid Waste Management District of the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) has announced the 2007 Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program. This year residents of 34 communities on the Missouri side of the region have access to 13 mobile events for the collection of residential household hazardous waste (HHW).
Because of their hazardous qualities, HHW cannot be thrown out with the regular trash. The Regional HHW Collection Program offers a safe way to properly dispose of unwanted hazardous wastes. Proper management improves water quality, protects public health and safety, and reduces illegal dumping.
Common household hazardous products include paint, paint strippers, varnishes, adhesives and glues, hobby supplies, batteries, motor oil, antifreeze, lawn & garden chemicals and pesticides. The program accepts household waste only; no business waste is accepted. Mobile events are well attended, providing convenient access for the proper disposal of HHW. All mobile events are open to residents of any participating community.
Although popular, mobile event dates and times may be inconvenient. So in addition to the mobile events, two permanent collection centers are located in Kansas City and Lee's Summit. Drop-off services are available at no charge to residents of participating communities. Others will be charged a disposal fee of $75 at the mobile events and $50 at the facilities.
The cities of Henrietta and Wood Heights, both in Ray County, have joined the program this year. Four communities opted out of the program. They are Greenwood, Lake Lotawana, Orrick and Richmond.
Applying nitrogen fertilizer to frozen soils can lead to surface water contamination (KSU)
Producers may plan to topdress nitrogen on wheat this winter while the ground is still firm and frozen, and before soils become too wet to accommodate fertilizer applicators. This practice, however, should be avoided, said Dan Devlin, a Kansas State University environmental quality scientist.
Nitrogen should not be applied to frozen soils because of the potential for surface runoff, Devlin said.
"When nitrogen is applied to frozen soils, it remains on the soil surface and on crop residue until the ground has thawed and precipitation moves the nitrogen into the soil," the K-State Research and Extension specialist explained. "If precipitation falls while the soil is still frozen, a high percentage of [nitrogen] could move off the field in runoff water and into nearby surface waters. This causes nitrogen contamination of surface waters, one of the major water pollution concerns in Kansas and nationwide."
Agricultural lands are the source of much of the nitrogen entering surface waters, according to research nationally.
When surface waters are enriched with nitrogen or phosphorus, excessive growth of algae and other aquatic vegetation can occur, Devlin said. This vegetation growth depletes the oxygen concentration in the water.
"When the vegetative mass dies and decomposes, oxygen is further depleted and compounds toxic to other aquatic life may be released resulting in eutrophication. Nitrogen in surface waters moves easily in the flow of water in streams and rivers. Much of that in the Mississippi River watershed eventually reaches the Gulf of Mexico, where it contributes to the 'dead zone' or the condition of hypoxia," he said.
Read the full article online, including the discussion of factors contributing to nitrogen runoff and management options to minimize nitrogen loss.
EPA issues first WaterSense label to Irrigation Association (EPA)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued its first WaterSense label for landscape irrigation just in time for the spring gardening season. As part of the agency's new water-efficiency partnership program, two certification programs for landscape irrigation professionals received the WaterSense label for their adherence to water-saving techniques.
The Irrigation Association's (IA) Certified Irrigation Designer (CID) program and Certified Irrigation Contractor (CIC) program each qualified for the national recognition. To earn the WaterSense label, IA's certification programs must test for the ability to design, install and maintain water-efficient landscape irrigation systems, including tailoring systems to the surrounding landscape, selecting water-efficient equipment, tracking local climate conditions, and developing appropriate schedules for watering.
"We are excited about continuing to work with the EPA to raise awareness of the importance of conserving water in the landscape and the role that certification plays in water efficiency," said IA Executive Director Deborah Hamlin. "WaterSense will help consumers understand that it pays to select certified. Certification demonstrates an understanding of industry best practices and a commitment to professionalism."
IA Certified Irrigation Designers and Certified Irrigation Contractors in good standing are now eligible to become WaterSense partners. A WaterSense partnership will allow CICs and CIDs to use the WaterSense label in addition to the IA certification logo. See IA's press release.
New tool calculates environmental benefits of electronics (FEC)
Used and obsolete electronics, such as computers, printers, mobile phones and fax machines, are part of an increasing and complex waste stream that poses challenging environmental management problems for federal and public sector facilities. The Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculator (EEBC), currently available in beta version, assists organizations estimate the environmental benefits of greening the purchase, use and disposal of electronics.
Electronic products contain an array of hazardous components -- cathode ray tubes, circuit boards, batteries, and other electronic parts -- that commonly include toxic materials such as lead, mercury, and cadmium. This growing and changing waste stream presents new challenges and responsibilities in designing and managing products to reduce the environmental impacts associated with each phase of the electronics life cycle -- acquisition and procurement, operation and maintenance, and end-of-life management.
The EEBC estimates the environmental and economic benefits of purchasing Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)-registered products and improving equipment operation and end-of-life management practices. The current version of the EEBC evaluates desktop processors (CPUs), cathode ray tube (CRT) and liquid crystal display (LCD) monitors and notebook computers by translating environmental performance attributes and activities into environmental benefits, including savings in energy and reductions in virgin material use, CO2/greenhouse gas emissions, toxic materials, solid waste and hazardous waste generation.
FEC is managed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Office of Federal Environmental Executive.
New technology cools effect of air conditioners on climate (EPA)
The automotive industry has developed new technologies that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from car and truck air conditioning systems. Now electronic leak detectors and new recycling machines will help reduce emissions during automotive air conditioner repairs. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Mobile Air Conditioning Climate Protection Partnership helped developed these advances.
These technologies, which are now commercially available, are technically as well as environmentally superior. New leak detector technology will help service professionals to identify and repair very small leaks in vehicle air conditioning systems. With current diagnostic technology, most refrigerant escapes into the atmosphere before leaks are detected.
New recycling machines can recover a higher amount of refrigerants from air conditioner systems, which will minimize the amount of refrigerant that leaks into the atmosphere during system repair. The equipment precisely recharges the AC system after it is repaired. A precise recharge is important because it helps avoids system failure due to overcharge, increases cooling capacity, and improves energy efficiency. The new technologies will help reduce emissions by 1 million metric tons of carbon equivalent from current levels, the equivalent of the annual emissions from more than 650,000 cars.
This equipment is expected to be in widespread use in repair shops within several years. Leak-tight replacement parts and improved service procedures are currently under development and will further reduce refrigerant emissions in the future.
Scientists map air pollution using corn grown in U.S. fields (UC Irvine)
Scientists at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) have mapped fossil fuel air pollution in the United States by analyzing corn collected from nearly 70 locations nationwide.
This novel way to measure carbon dioxide produced by burning coal, oil and natural gas will help atmospheric scientists better understand where pollution is located and how it mixes and moves in the air. Tracking fossil-fuel-emitted carbon dioxide will be important as countries throughout the world adhere to the Kyoto Protocol, an agreement among nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The United States signed the protocol, but the treaty has not been ratified by the U.S. Senate.
Atmospheric scientists typically measure carbon dioxide by collecting air samples, but this is the first time fossil-fuel-emitted carbon dioxide has been mapped using plants. This new method may complement existing air sampling techniques because plants provide a cost-effective way to record average daytime conditions over several months. Plants take in carbon dioxide gas, from both background and fossil fuel sources, during photosynthesis, and it becomes part of the plant tissue.
In summer 2004, UCI scientists collected corn from farms and gardens in 31 states, including Hawaii and Alaska. They chose corn because it is widely grown and, as an annual plant, all of its carbon is derived from a single growing season. The scientists avoided pollution point sources such as highways and power plants to allow for mapping of regional patterns across different states. Back in the laboratory, the scientists dried samples of corn leaves and husks, and then converted them to graphite using a series of chemical reactions. The graphite then was analyzed in the W.M. Keck Carbon Cycle Accelerator Mass Spectrometer, which measures a rare isotope of carbon, called radiocarbon. Carbon dioxide derived from fossil fuels contains no radiocarbon so it is easily distinguishable from other sources. With measurements from this machine, scientists calculated overall levels of carbon dioxide produced by fossil fuels at the location where the corn samples were collected.
California and the Ohio Valley had the most fossil-fuel-emitted carbon dioxide, while the Colorado region had the least. The scientists expected pollution from California and other western coastal states to drift east, but they found that the Rocky Mountains appeared to provide a barrier for the movement of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels.
Air in the Mountain West, including Colorado, Idaho and New Mexico, was the cleanest, with about 370 parts per million of carbon dioxide. Air in the Eastern United States, which includes Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York, contained an additional 2.7 parts per million of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel sources. Air in Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia had nearly twice as much additional carbon dioxide from fossil fuels, 4.3 parts per million.
The study appeared Jan. 23 in Geophysical Research Letters.
EPA, industry launch agreement for cleaner outdoor wood heaters (EPA)
Under a voluntary partnership agreement with EPA, key manufacturers have agreed to make cleaner outdoor wood-fired heaters available for purchase this year. Outdoor wood-burning units provide heat and hot water for homes and other buildings. The new heaters will be about 70 percent cleaner than models currently on the market.
"This partnership, along with efforts from Northeast states, will provide consumers with a choice to purchase cleaner outdoor wood heaters and communities with tools to take action now," said Bill Wehrum, acting assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. "Beginning this spring, consumers can look for the orange hang tag to identify new wood heaters that are both more efficient and less polluting."
Outdoor wood-fired heaters also are called outdoor wood boilers, outdoor wood furnaces, or outdoor wood-fired hydronic heaters. Use of the heaters has increased in recent years, prompting complaints about smoke and concern about the particle pollution the units produce.
Ten manufacturers--which make 80 percent of the units sold in the United States--have joined the partnership, agreeing to bring at least one unit meeting new performance specifications to market beginning in the spring of 2007. The cleaner models will be marked by an orange hang tag showing that a unit meets the requirements of the program.
EPA developed the voluntary program with input from heater manufacturers, states and the Hearth Patio & Barbecue Association, an industry trade group.
In addition to leading development of the voluntary agreement, EPA provided technical and financial support to a coalition of Northeast states for the development of a model rule that state and local governments can use to address wood heater use in their areas. That coalition, Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM), is making the model rule available today.
Under the voluntary partnership agreement, the new models must emit no more than 0.6 pounds (particle pollution per million BTUs of heat input, i.e., wood burned). The models must be tested by an accredited third-party laboratory to verify that they meet these levels.
High-efficiency toilets earn EPA's WaterSense label (EPA)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing a final specification for the latest generation of water-saving, high-efficiency toilets. Those that use less than 1.3 gallons per flush and meet performance standards for quality will qualify for EPA's WaterSense label to help consumers make informed buying decisions about water-efficient products.
The new toilets are the product of extensive research in fluid dynamics conducted over the last six years. While the exterior differs little from traditional toilets, interior redesign and new mechanical approaches significantly improve flow and reduce water usage.
During the development of its WaterSense program, EPA analysis determined that toilets represented a significant target for its water-efficiency activities. Toilet usage accounts for nearly one-third of home water consumption.
It is estimated that high-efficiency toilets can reduce water bills by about 10 percent. Replacing older, inefficient toilets, which are responsible for much of the water wasted in American homes, could save more than 900 billion gallons of water a year -- enough to supply almost 10 million households.
WaterSense-labeled toilets are certified by independent laboratory testing to meet rigorous criteria for both performance and efficiency. Only high-efficiency toilets that complete the third-party certification process can earn the WaterSense label.
IA: State joins efforts to create voluntary Midwest greenhouse gas registry (Waverly Light and Power/EERE)
Iowa, one of the top 25 green house gas emitting states, has joined several other Midwestern states in developing a voluntary Midwest registry for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The registry allows companies and industries in participating states to quantify emissions and document voluntary emission reductions.
"This voluntary registry will allow Iowa companies and industries to quantify emissions and document voluntary reductions aimed at addressing climate change," said Catharine Fitzsimmons, air quality bureau chief at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
The state environmental directors of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin have all signed a resolution in support of the registry. The effort will provide a GHG reporting platform, provide information to support policy initiatives, and assist companies with corporate GHG management strategies. Although Iowa currently does not require GHG reporting, the registry system will help Iowa companies document their GHG reductions in advance of any requirement to do so.
The initiative is being facilitated by the Lake Michigan Air Directors Consortium (LADCO), and the World Resources Institute is providing technical assistance.
IA: New tool helps producers calculate the Iowa Phosphorus Index (ISU)
Iowa State University (ISU) Extension in collaboration with U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has developed a publication that can be used as a tool for gathering field information needed for calculating the Iowa Phosphorus Index. The Iowa Phosphorus Index is a risk assessment tool for measuring the potential of phosphorus delivery from fields to surface waters. It is used in nutrient management and conservation planning tools for the USDA-NRCS and in manure management plans for the Iowa DNR.
DNR regulations require the Iowa Phosphorus Index be calculated for each individual management unit, or field, to establish its risk of phosphorus loss. These calculations require an estimation of sheet and rill erosion using a computer program known as RUSLE2 (Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation 2). RUSLE2 estimates average annual soil erosion as sheet and rill erosion in tons per acre per year for a given unit.
The "Data Collection Worksheet for RUSLE2 and Iowa Phosphorus Index" guides the user on how to collect information needed for RUSLE2 calculations, how to collect information needed for the Iowa Phosphorus Index calculations, and which set of data are appropriate to use for calculations. This publication is available only online.
Users of this publication should keep in mind that this document is an information gathering tool only. It is recommended that the users make sure they have the most recent version of the publication and the software available due to changing regulatory requirements. Calculation of soil loss using RUSLE2 and the Iowa Phosphorus Index should be done with assistance from NRCS service center personnel, ISU Extension staff or consultants who are trained in interpreting and using the information gathered in this document. Those who have not been trained on RUSLE2 and Iowa Phosphorus Index should seek training and or guidance prior using either software program.
Conserve energy: don't cut laboring furnaces' air flow (KSU)
Furnaces seemed to be running around the clock when January ushered back-to-back cold fronts through the central High Plains.
Homeowners probably heard the lengthy furnace cycles in terms of "nickel, nickel, nickel" for their next utility bill. They may have worried their furnace might overheat and quit.
"Often, however, the worst thing to do then is to close a lot of heat vents, thinking you are reducing the furnace's job," warned Bruce Snead, air quality and energy conservation specialist with Kansas State University's Energy Extension service. "In fact, heat pump owners should never close off any of the air supply to their home."
"And furnace owners need to avoid choking off too much of the air flow through their system. The rooms they close off shouldn't represent more than 15 percent of their home's total square footage."
The potential savings from closing vents are small, he added.
"But your savings will probably be greatest if the one or two rooms you close off are near the air handler or furnace. Because these rooms are near the source of the conditioned air, they normally would be warmest ones in winter. So, by closing off the air supply to them, you can redirect more of the conditioned air to other areas of your home--improving comfort in those spaces without increasing energy use," Snead said.
Well-maintained furnaces actually use fuel most efficiently during long heating cycles--just as cars get more miles per gallon on a long trip, rather than in stop-and-go driving, he said.
Driving at slower highway speeds can still save gas, though. And lower furnace settings can, too.
"We recommend setting your thermostat back just a degree or two--generally to about 68 degrees for household tasks. But, you shouldn't run any risk of hypothermia if you also set the thermostat back 10 degrees when everyone will be in bed or out of the house for an extended part of the day," he said.
More energy-saving tips, including ones on furnace maintenance, are available on K-State's Energy Extension Web site (click on "Cut Winter Costs").
New EPA guidance helps farmers convert manure into electricity (EPA)
Livestock manure processed under controlled conditions can produce biogas; biogas then can be used to generate electricity. New guidance released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its partners can help farmers manage their livestock waste and reduce greenhouse gases while boosting farm earnings.
"Using biogas has multiple benefits; it decreases greenhouse gas emissions, produces renewable energy for rural communities, and safeguards local air and water quality," said Bill Wehrum, EPA's acting assistant administrator of Air and Radiation. "This guidance will help farmers and potential investors make informed choices about which systems work best for farms, for profits, and for our environment."
Biogas is made up of methane and carbon dioxide. Because methane is more than 20 times as potent as carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere, capturing biogas provides significant environmental benefits. Also, farmers and project developers can increase their incomes by using biogas for on-site electricity generation or delivery to a local electric utility.
Waste methane recovery systems, also known as anaerobic digestion systems, are estimated to be feasible at about 7,000 dairy and swine operations in the United States. In 2005, about 110 systems were operational or under construction, and another 80 were in the planning stages.
The standardized guidance was developed jointly by EPA's AgStar Program, the Association of State Energy Research and Technology Transfer Institutions, and U.S. Department of Agriculture. The guidance will provide a standardized method that will allow farm operators and investors to compare the effectiveness of available waste methane recovery systems.
NE: State awards $1.5 million to recycling, litter programs (NE DEQ)
Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality Director Mike Linder has announced the awarding of $1,500,435 in 68 grants for litter cleanup, recycling, and public education programs and activities. Funds for the Litter Reduction and Recycling Grant Program are generated from a fee charged to certain manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers of products that commonly contribute to litter.
"Local programs and communities are essential to the state's efforts to promote litter reduction and recycling," Linder said. "As this year's outstanding projects demonstrate, the best ideas come from the people who are closest to the work and know what needs to be done."
Examples of this year's projects include:
Keep Nebraska Beautiful of Lincoln, in partnership with the Douglas County and Lancaster County Sheriff's Offices, was awarded $17,120 for the implementation of a Litter Hotline in the two counties. This will be a pilot project that can be expanded in future years. Citizens will be able to call the hotline and report the license number of litter offenders and a reminder letter will go out to the registered vehicle owner. The purpose is to raise the awareness of littering and to educate people on its potential consequences.
The City of Creighton was awarded $100,000 to construct and equip a new recycling facility. The Creighton Regional Recycling Center will be a recycling hub in the area serving Creighton as well as a number of surrounding communities. The City of Creighton and Keep Creighton Beautiful have been dedicated to recycling and environmental responsibility for over 20 years.
The City of Crawford was awarded $48,214 to fund the purchase of 125 new yard waste containers which will support the continuation of a residential yard waste collection program. The yard waste is either composted or used as a food supplement for livestock. Almost 200 cubic yards of landfill space per year has been saved through this program.
Pollution Prevention (P2) Results Data System training offered online (GLRPPR)
On Wednesday, January 24th, at 1:30 PM CT, Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR) will host a free, online training course for the P2 Results Data System. The course will include background information about the tool, step-by-step instructions for registering and entering data, plans for future improvements to the tool, and a question and answer session. The training will be given by Ken Grimm, and the web experts from Regions 5 and 7.
Each regional Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx) center data system module was designed to collect available data on waste reduction and resource efficiency efforts from public agencies. The modules will allow organizations and agencies within each region to enter data from pollution prevention programs. The regional modules will feed into the national database, and aggregated data at the national level will be reported to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This information will be used to demonstrate the value of publicly supported Pollution Prevention (P2) programs and will assist policymakers, government agencies, and P2 programs in setting priorities, goals, and plans for improvement.
To register for the seminar, go to the GLRPPR web site.
If you what to know more about the training, there is a fact sheet about it online on the GLRPPR site.
P2RIC updates service provider news sources on its web site (P2ric.org)
In searching for the most up-to-date, pertinent and helpful regional pollution prevention (P2) and related national news, P2RIC staff peruses an array of potential sources, particularly Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska P2 service providers' web sites and newsletters. This week, P2RIC staff updated and expanded its online list of P2 news sources. The updated list provides direct access to regional service providers' online news pages and electronic newsletters, where users can find the latest information about P2 programs, projects, initiatives, funding opportunities, accomplishments and more. P2RIC also added more direct links to federal and state agencies news sites, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Kansas Department of Health and Environment, to expedite access to information about new P2-related policies and regulations. Links to Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska universities and affiliated environmental research centers and extensions are also listed to provide service providers with direct access to information about the latest P2-related research and innovations, conferences, meetings and workshops. If there are news sites P2RIC has not included that might be helpful for regional P2 service providers, contact P2RIC (firstname.lastname@example.org) with information about the news source and a hyperlink.
MO: Department of Natural Resources certifies first Missouri electronics demanufacturer (MoDNR)
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has certified Computer Recycling Center for hazardous waste resource recovery. Computer Recycling Center is the first certified electronics demanufacturer in Missouri.
Computer Recycling Center is located at 1434 N. National Ave. in Springfield and demanufactures more than 3.25 tons of electronic scrap a month, including monitors, televisions, computers, mice, keyboards, printers, scanners, speakers, cell phones and various other e-scrap items. Computer Recycling Center currently recycles about 97 percent of its electronic scrap. Computer Recycling Center is aiming for 100 percent in the near future.
Demanufacturing electronics is not considered a hazardous waste management activity, nor does it require Resource Recovery Certification. However, when cathode ray tubes (CRTs) are broken in order to recover scrap metal, it does require the certification. The Computer Recycling Center has voluntarily requested the certification early. The center has plans to use a crusher to break the CRTs before sending them for recycling. By getting the certification now, Computer Recycling Center can simply request that the department modify its certification to include the crusher once it is installed, but before it is used.
CRTs are found in color computer monitors and televisions. If handled incorrectly, CRT recycling can produce hazardous wastes such as waste leaded glass. When handled correctly, CRTs provide leaded glass, plastic, metal, circuit boards, and other materials for recycling. Safely recycling outdated electronics can promote the safe management of hazardous components and supports the recovery and reuse of valuable materials.
New Tool: Leopold Center helps launch new water quality web tool (ISU)
The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture has helped develop a new web-based map and database designed to connect organizations throughout the Mississippi River watershed working on water quality.
RiverMap.org is an on-line database and interactive mapping system that highlights work by organizations and individuals to improve water quality and reduce practices that contribute to formation of the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico.
The site includes examples of farmers throughout the basin who have adopted best management, perennial cropping and other practices to improve water quality and watershed health. Read more here.
New Tool: New corn production web site launched (ISU)
Iowa State University's Department of Agronomy has designed and launched a new corn production web site for the ISU Extension and Iowa corn producers. The site provides recommendations and diagnostic tools based on research findings, including residue cover, soil loss, and corn nitrogen rate calculators. The web site's largest section is devoted to corn management. Additional information about tillage and soil fertility, pest management, alternative agriculture and end uses of corn also is available, as are extension newsletter articles and publications, scientific papers and current research.
EPA adds "ecology" to cost-benefit regulatory analysis (ASME/EPA)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it is adding "ecology" to its cost-benefit analysis of environmental regulations. The EPA's National Center for Environmental Economics (NCEE), a joint effort by the agency's Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation (OPEI) and the Office of Research and Development (ORD), released its new "Ecological Benefits of Assessment Strategic Plan" (EBASP). According to NCEE's website, the new plan is the "first comprehensive, peer-reviewed plan to address the strategic research and institutional actions needed to account fully for the beneficial contributions of policy alternatives to social welfare." EBASP will attempt to clarify the "linkages between ecological and economic systems."
The strategic plan will identify the roles for EPA's program offices and scientists to improve ecological benefit assessments and also key research needs at OPEI and ORD. Specifically, the EBASP will:
-- Identify the major technical and institutional advancements that would facilitate performance of rigorous and comprehensive ecological benefits assessments on a routine basis;
-- Describe a road map of specific actions that the Agency can take to promote those advancements; and,
-- Describe mechanisms to facilitate the adaptive implementations of the EBASP, including periodic adjustments to reflect progress in the state of knowledge.
New Tool: Green Cleaning Pollution Prevention Calculator available online (EPA/OFEE)
EPA has developed a Green Cleaning Pollution Prevention Calculator. The Calculator was designed primarily to assist Federal agencies in measuring pollution prevention results, but it is also available to the public. The initial version of the Calculator is available through the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive Web site.
The Calculator estimates the quantities of total product and hazardous chemical usage associated with routine cleaning tasks in an office building. Making this estimate involves entering the user's building size, and then listing the types of products that are used today to maintain the building. Next, the tool forecasts the reductions in total product and hazardous chemical usage that can be accomplished by doing some or all of a dozen typical pollution prevention measures. In making this forecast the user goes through a list of alternative measures and selects options that are feasible for the building.
EPA sharpens focus on ecological benefits of regulations (EPA)
What benefits do people actually derive from clean air, water and land? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken a major step toward answering this question with the release today of its Ecological Benefits Assessment Strategic Plan (EBASP).
EPA has traditionally been able to quantify human health benefits more easily than total ecological benefits when making regulatory decisions. The EBASP will help fill this gap by enabling the agency to more comprehensively address the full economic value of environmental protection.
The EBASP will be a vital tool for agency decision-makers, supplementing current practices for identifying and quantifying the ecological benefits of the agency's policies and actions. According to Benjamin Grumbles, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Water, "This plan will boost environmental protection by advancing knowledge of ecosystem benefits. Understanding the value of a clean stream or a healthy coast informs decisions and improves environmental results."
The plan was a collaborative effort among EPA's Offices of Research and Development; Policy, Economics and Innovation; Water; Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances; Air and Radiation; and Solid Waste and Emergency Response.
MO: Department of Agriculture, University of Missouri host pesticide training sessions (MDA)
Throughout the month of January, the Missouri Department of Agriculture ( MDA) and the University of Missouri will be holding training sessions on pesticide use for certified commercial, noncommercial and public applicators in addition to pesticide technicians. These sessions will provide valuable information on pesticide use, applicator protection, endangered species and water quality protection.
Advance registration is $70. Registration at the door is $95. For more information or to register for training, contact Haley Atkins at (866) 682-6663. Training session information can be obtained from Darryl Slade, MDA Bureau of Pesticide Control at (573) 751-5509.
USDA partners with Bureau of Indian Affairs to provide conservation programs for Indian lands (USDA)
Representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA), and U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Wednesday to facilitate the coordination, planning and implementation of USDA conservation programs on Indian lands.
The Memorandum of Understanding is the culmination of a concerted effort to bring about better coordination of USDA conservation programs on Indian lands by identifying the respective federal responsibilities that must be coordinated by the three agencies. It also recognizes the role of American Indians and Indian tribes as landowners, land users, and as sovereign governmental entities with authority and responsibility for the development and administration of natural resource programs on Indian lands.
The BIA, NRCS, and FSA share three common objectives, including consulting with Indian landowners and Indian tribes, promoting the best management practices for Indian lands and managing and conserving natural resources. BIA administers 55.7 million acres of land held in trust by the United States for American Indians, Indian tribes, and Alaska natives. There are 561 federally recognized tribal governments in the United States. NRCS provides technical and financial assistance for implementing conservation programs on non-federal, private, and tribal lands. FSA helps farmers and ranchers conserve land, air, wildlife, and water resources by providing credit to new or disadvantaged agricultural producers.
MO: Salvage yards encouraged to participate in mercury reduction program (MoDNR)
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with End of Life Vehicle Solutions (ELVS), a not-for-profit organization, is encouraging salvage yards to remove mercury switches from scrap vehicles before recycling them.
You can find pellet-sized mercury switches in the lights under trunk and hood compartments and in anti-lock brakes of some vehicles built as late as the 2002 model year. "By collecting mercury switches from scrap vehicles, recyclers and dismantlers will be playing a critical role in protecting our health and environment," said Department of Natural Resources Director Doyle Childers.
Mercury is extremely toxic to humans and can affect the central nervous system. If mercury is not properly collected and managed, it can also affect our environment. Removing mercury switches before they are crushed, shredded or melted for recycling will help eliminate additional releases of mercury.
When recyclers and dismantlers join ELVS, they will receive a collection bucket, educational materials, a list of vehicles that potentially contain mercury switches, and detailed instructions for shipping the ELVS buckets. ELVS will arrange for the shipping and recycling of the mercury switches collected at the facility--all of this free of charge to those participating in the voluntary program.
KS: Practical pollution prevention tips for the holidays (KDHE)
The holiday season means lots of gift wrapping as we exchange presents with family and friends. Most wrapping and packaging finds its way into trash bins and eventually, landfills. Fortunately, there are some easy and fun ways to celebrate the holidays in an environmentally friendly manner.
"I encourage everyone to consider ways to cut down on packaging and wrapping by focusing on recycling and re-using," stated Roderick L. Bremby, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). "On average, people throw away about 25 percent more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve."
Here are some tips for holiday gifts, gift wrap, and cards:
1) Look for gifts that are durable, energy efficient, recycled (for example, antiques or used bikes) and recyclable.
2) Avoid buying items that are over-packaged. Ask your store to support efforts to reduce packaging.
3) Give gifts that help reduce environmental impact all year long, such as re-usable linen napkins, canvas shopping bags or plants that help make indoor air healthier.
4) Give gifts that produce no waste like tickets to concerts, sporting events, movies, etc.
5) Make something or bake something to minimize waste generation or natural resource use.
6) Give rechargeable batteries and a charger.
7) Don't wrap oversized gifts. Re-use wrapping paper and gift bags.
8) Consider sending holiday postcards to save on postage, paper and envelopes.
9) Give homemade cards or make sure your cards are made from recycled paper.
10) If you are mailing gifts, use newspaper, real popcorn or corn-based peanuts instead of plastic foam peanuts for cushioning.
11) Buy less unneeded stuff! Give from your heart and your head. Let someone know you have made a charitable donation in their name instead of sending a gift.
12) Give the gift of time and shared experiences instead of unneeded things.
"If every American family wrapped just three presents in re-used paper or re-used gift bags, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields," said Bill Bider, Director of the KDHE Bureau of Waste Management. "By changing just one traditional practice, like re-using gift boxes and wrapping paper, it can make a huge difference."
NE: Nebraska phosphorus index with erosion calculator now available (IANR)
A new version of the Nebraska Phosphorus Index 2005 will make assessment of potential phosphorus runoff from agricultural land much easier.
The new version has a built-in calculator for estimating sheet and rill erosion, said Charles Wortmann, University of Nebraska-Lincoln nutrient management specialist.
"Most information needed to assess a field with a phosphorus index is easily available to a producer," Wortmann said. "However, the estimate of sheet and rill erosion is the most important information and relatively difficult to determine."
The new spreadsheet tool is available online for producers, field consultants and others. Background information and instructions also are available at the Nebraska Comprehensive Nutrient Management Planning Web site.
The erosion calculator was developed by UNL nutrient management specialists in partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
The calculator does not require any additional information entry than needed for the previous version of the phosphorus index. It estimates erosion loss in consideration of soil type, slope, rainfall, land use and crop rotation, tillage, crop yields and conservation practice. It is calibrated against the USDA-NRCS RUSLE2 erosion calculator.
All fields designated by a concentrated animal feeding operation, or CAFO, as being available for manure application need to be assessed for potential phosphorus loss in runoff and erosion. This assessment needs to be done with a phosphorus index before any manure can be applied to the field after Dec. 31.
KS: Kansas City hospital to host healthy environment workshop (kansascitykansan.com)
In an age when environmental experts warn of global warming, hospitals are actively looking for ways they can do their part to minimize exposure to pollution and toxins. That is why Providence Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., will host representatives from hospitals throughout the Midwest as they gather for the "Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E) Workshop" on Thursday, Dec. 7.
The conference will feature presentations on environmental compliance, Environmental Protection Agency requirements; and how health care can reduce its overall impact on the environment.
Featured national speakers for the workshop include Charlotte Smith, president of PharmEcology Associates, L.L.C., a pioneer in the application of the EPA's Resource Conservation and Recovery Act regulations; Janet Bowen, a specialist with the EPA in health care; and Janet Brown, an H2E partner coordinator committed to assisting health care facilities in the implementation and maintenance of environmentally responsible health care initiatives.
Health care professionals interested in attending this event should contact Jeff Fiagle at (515) 281-5353 or click here.
New Tool: Fleet Processing Tool enables fleet managers to evaluate fuel economy and emissions reductions (NextEnergy)
Fleet Processing Tool, a free, interactive website developed and launched by NextEnergy, allows fleet managers to determine and evaluate fuel economy improvements and emissions reductions for various types of new Powertrain technologies, engine sizes, idle reduction techniques, and alternative fuel vehicles.
This tool allows fleet managers to compare and calculate the anticipated emissions and annual fuel costs for a wide variety of commercial passenger vehicles specific to driving cycles in an accurate and efficient manner. When building fleets, managers can compare and calculate potential advantages of E-85, B-20 biodiesel, and Hybrid Electric to help make more educated fleet purchasing decisions.
The core of the website is a vehicular modeling and simulation program developed by Southwest Research Institute and used on projects for the United States government, US Army and automotive manufacturers and suppliers. The program allows users to input a fleet's drive cycles (patterns) as a percentage of city and highway driving. Using this information, the web site projects the baseline fuel consumption and emissions produced. For side-by-side comparison, the website also contains information on new, alternative fuel and advanced Powertrain technologies. Users will be able to select from these different technologies to determine fuel economy and emissions reductions.
Green Cleaning Network launched (greencleaningnetwork.org)
The Green Cleaning Network will bring together and facilitate the sharing of information among a wide spectrum including schools and universities, healthcare facilities, government and commercial office buildings, hospitality and lodging facilities, as well as cleaning professionals, facility and property managers, policy makers, advocates, third-party certifiers, and many more.
"The rapid growth of the Green Cleaning movement over the past decade has created an urgent need for the establishment of a nonprofit group to serve as an umbrella organization for all the players involved with greening the cleaning industry," stated Stephen Ashkin, who will serve as the Executive Director.
Another goal of the Green Cleaning Network is to tear down barriers and to eliminate confusion about Green Cleaning and to better educate the marketplace. "There are a growing number of definitions for Green Cleaning today," Ashkin said. "The message to the marketplace about Green Cleaning is becoming confused because each industry sector defines Green Cleaning a little differently and is setting requirements for Green Cleaning programs that are unique to that sector."
The founding members of the Green Cleaning Network include the Healthy Schools Campaign, Hospitals for a Healthy Environment, International Executive Housekeepers Association, Responsible Purchasing Network, and the US Green Building Council. The Green Cleaning Network is being setup as a 501 c 3 not-for-profit educational organization with a goal of having 100,000 buildings in the Network.
Scrap tires can be used to filter wastewater (Penn State)
Every year, the United State produces millions of scrap tires that clog landfills and become breeding areas for pests. Finding adequate uses for castoff tires is a continuing challenge and illegal dumping has become a serious problem throughout the nation.
Dr. Yuefeng Xie, associate professor of environmental engineering at Penn State Harrisburg, has developed a method that uses crumb rubber to filter wastewater, which can help ease the tire problem and clean up the environment at the same time.
"My research has found that crumb rubber, derived from waste tires, can be used as a filter media," Xie explains. "The crumb rubber could be used for treating wastewater, ship ballast water, and storm water." Read more here.
USDA tools estimate energy use for animal housing, irrigation, nitrogen fertilizer and tillage; producers use energy estimators to predict energy savings (USDA)
USDA this week released a new Web-based energy awareness tool designed to help agricultural producers reduce energy costs related to animal housing. The Energy Estimator for Animal Housing evaluates the energy use and costs associated with heating, lighting and ventilating poultry, swine and dairy housing. This is the fourth energy estimator tool USDA has developed as part of its overall energy strategy to reduce the impacts of high energy costs and to help develop long-term solutions for producers.
Producers with animal feeding operations can save up to $250 million annually nationwide by regularly maintaining their ventilation and heating systems and using more energy-efficient fixtures and equipment. An individual producer may realize up to 50 percent savings in energy use by maintaining their ventilation and heating equipment regularly.
Producers should use the "Energy Estimator for Animal Housing" for guidance rather than as a sole source for decision-making on energy matters related to animal housing. This tool evaluates alternatives based on producer input, but does not offer site-specific recommendations. It also does not estimate the cost of implementing recommended practices. USDA recommends that producers take their animal housing energy analysis to their local USDA Service Center, Cooperative Extension office, or Rural Electric Cooperative for more field-specific assistance.
The other three estimators address energy costs and usage for tillage, nitrogen fertilizer and irrigation. Producers and NRCS field staff have used the estimators successfully to predict potential energy savings. After using the estimators by themselves or with USDA Service Center staff, some producers have switched to energy-saving equipment and conservation practices such as crop residue management and irrigation water management. For instance, several corn and soybean producers from Nebraska each reported saving up to $4,000 in fuel costs after switching from gravity surface irrigation to center pivot irrigation. An Indiana producer documented an estimated $14,000 in diesel fuel savings last year when he switched to no-till on his entire 1,400-acre corn and soybean operation. His documented savings were very close to the fuel savings predicted by the energy estimator.
New website: Mayors For Climate Protection (PRRC)
More than 400 mayors in 43 states are leading 66 million Americans to action on global warming. This site is intended to help them reach their greenhouse gas reduction goals. It includes many resources that are not only climate friendly, but also lead to profitable solutions. Find success stories; a "powerkit" of factsheets and powerpoint slides; a blueprint to build a city plan for long term solutions; and more.
EPA closing its regional libraries, raises questions of suppressing information (Austin American-Statesman)
The Environmental Protection Agency is closing libraries around the country, including one in Kansas City, Mo., saying it wants to cut costs and make materials more accessible by moving them to the Internet.
Open government advocates, lawmakers and EPA employees say the online effort will result in the opposite because the effort is poorly planned and underfunded.
The question is how much longer scientists, researchers and the public can use the agency's library collections, which offer information about environmental hazards, contaminated drinking water and pollution.
The library closings are important because scientists and the public will lose swift, librarian-guided access to studies, reports and reference materials about the environment, EPA employees said.
In a recent letter seeking help from Congress, EPA scientists said their ability to respond to emergencies will be reduced by the library closures.
And the Agency's own enforcement arm predicts that the closures will hurt its ability to crack down on companies that pollute because it will be harder to retrieve reports and information without the librarians who have an institutional knowledge of where materials are kept. Read more here.
P2RIC updating P2 directories, seeking input from service providers (P2RIC)
Businesses large and small, even Wal-Mart and Wells Fargo, are eager to improve business practices, cut expenses, and reduce and reuse waste. Pollution prevention (P2) information queries on the Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center's Web site soared 15-percent following March 30, 2006. P2, waste reduction, energy efficiency--these are where businesses are looking for expertise to assist them streamline operations and make them more cost-effective.
The Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center (P2RIC) refers its clients to the experts as well as provides its clients with information about business and manufacturing process alternatives and resources (e.g., publications), the latest technologies, newest environmental regulations, and available fund sources to increase returns on their investments. P2RIC, more importantly, provides its Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska clients with peer networking and partnership development opportunities.
Accurate information is what it takes. P2RIC's Service Provider Directories contain information supplied by pollution prevention professionals, agencies and organizations in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. Because P2RIC refers clients to the expertise they need to improve their bottomline, prevent pollution, and reduce waste management and energy costs, P2RIC wants the information its (and your) local, state, regional and national clients see to be accurate and up-to-date.
P2RIC currently is reviewing and updating its Service Provider Directories and has contacted listed service providers to confirm the currency and accuracy of their contact information, program descriptions, areas of expertise, publications and more. If agency, business or program information in P2RIC's directories needs to be updated, or if it is not listed, contact P2RIC's staff by phone (402-554-6258), e-mail (email@example.com) or mail (Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center, Attn: Jocelyn Hegge, University of Nebraska at Omaha, RH 308, Omaha, NE 68182). The new and updated information and the networking that results is what P2RIC's clients--and yours--will use as the basis for future business decisions and resource expenditures. Fight waste, contact P2RIC today!
Byproducts Beneficial Use Summit scheduled for November 29-30 (ChemAlliance.org)
Beneficial use of high-volume, low-hazard industrial byproducts is expanding, with a number of applications gaining market and regulator acceptance. The question of whether these byproducts can be recycled in an environmentally and economically sound manner, however, is currently an impediment to further development and expansion of the practice. The 2006 Byproducts Beneficial Use Summit is designed to exchange information about beneficial use and to provide a forum for the exchange of information and ideas between regulators and industry players. The Summit will be held at the Hilton San Francisco Financial District in San Francisco, Calif., Nov. 29-30.
The Summit supports discussions: (a) between industry and regulators to increase the understanding of industrial byproducts and regulatory programs; (b) among state regulators to share information and experiences on beneficial use regulations and determination processes; (c) among industries to share experiences on navigating the regulator process and to assess the potential to utilize each other's byproducts; and (d) among researchers, nonprofit reps and industries to share information and concerns regarding risk assessment, beneficial use determinations and environmental safety.
This conference allows regulators and industry players to exchange ideas about beneficial use, learn from case studies, learn about the status of government programs, and get "face-time" with regulators. The Summit will cover C&D, Foundry Sand, Coal Combustion Products and Organics, as well as other materials. General topics for discussion include economic/market issues, communication between sectors/partnerships, environmental health and safety, agricultural and horticultural uses, specifications, and state programs.
Responsible Appliance Disposal program announced by EPA (EPA)
Each year Americans dispose of roughly 13 million refrigerators and freezers and many of those contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) that deplete the ozone layer and contribute to climate change. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and nine utilities have launched the new, voluntary Responsible Appliance Disposal program to promote environmentally responsible disposal of these household appliances, which will significantly reduce emissions as well as save consumers money.
"Promoting the responsible use of products that emit ozone depleting and greenhouse gases makes business sense and protects the environment," said Bill Wehrum, acting assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. "We have the ability to make a difference by properly disposing of everyday household appliances."
Refrigerators and freezers manufactured before 1995 contain chlorofluorocarbons, which deplete the ozone layer. In addition, about 23 million U.S. households have secondary units in their basements or garages, which are often older, less efficient models that may consume three to four times more energy than newer units.
The new partnership will help utility companies encourage the retirement and proper disposal of these older units while ensuring that CFCs, both in the insulation foam and in the refrigerant, are captured and destroyed or recycled. The program also will promote the recovery and proper disposal of PCBs, mercury, and used oil contained in the appliances.
EPA dives into water efficiency, releases landscape irrigation specifications (EPA)
Looking to expand the water efficiency market, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued its first set of specifications to certify professionals in this field. Under the agency's WaterSense program, the specifications set technical requirements for certifying landscape irrigation professionals. Certification programs that meet the EPA's requirements will earn the WaterSense label.
"Wasting water through poor irrigation design is like watching your dollars go down the drain," said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. "WaterSense irrigation provides smart water solutions that are a win-win for our wallets, and our environment. WaterSense just makes sense."
The programs will test for the ability to design, install, maintain and audit water-efficient landscape irrigation systems, including tailoring systems to the surrounding landscape and local climate conditions; selecting equipment, laying out irrigation systems, and setting up proper scheduling; and auditing systems that deliver water unequally or inefficiently and recognizing how to improve performance.
The specifications will allow professionals to become WaterSense partners. They also may use the WaterSense logo to promote their water-efficient landscape and irrigation services to consumers.
EPA is inviting organizations that share a commitment to water efficiency to become WaterSense partners. Partnership is open to organizations that certify irrigation professionals and those interested in promoting the WaterSense program, such as water utilities and trade associations. In the future, a broad spectrum of water-efficient products will carry the WaterSense label, from lawn irrigation products to bathroom faucets. The companies that manufacture, distribute, or sell these products will also soon be eligible for partnership.
Clean Energy Alliance to expand NREL's business assistance model (NREL)
The National Alliance of Clean Energy Business Incubators (NACEBI) begun in 2000 by U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has become the Clean Energy Alliance, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development of clean energy businesses.
The Clean Energy Alliance will take the successful model of the NACEBI and expand on it by offering greater resources and a broader geographic reach. The NACEBI's 11 incubators graduated 69 companies, who commercialized 102 technologies.
"At a time in our nation's history when clean energy technologies are increasingly recognized as being of vital importance to the country's energy and economic future we look forward to the opportunity of establishing partnerships and extending our reach to achieve our vision: education and outreach, business acceleration, technology transfer, technology development and incubation services," said Pradeep Haldar, chair of the Clean Energy Alliance and director of E2TAC at Albany NanoTech.
The Clean Energy Alliance, which will maintain close ties with NREL and the Department of Energy, plans to add 10 more incubators in 2007, as well as offer expertise, business connections and information essential to accelerating the growth of clean energy businesses nationwide. The Alliance will host a variety of workshops and forums and develop assistance for refining company business plans, similar to NREL's Growth Forums. The 19th NREL Industry Growth Forum is Oct. 24-26 in Philadelphia.
Other activities of the Clean Energy Alliance will include education and outreach, developing and recognizing markets, and helping define research and development strategies.
"To see the clean energy companies become successful in the market has been wonderful," NREL's Dr. Lawrence Murphy said. "The Clean Energy Alliance will take what we began to the next level, greatly expanding the reach of these important technologies."
EPA promotes renewable fuels with new SmartWay Grow & Go program (EPA)
Promoting the environmental benefits of renewable fuels is the focus of the new SmartWay Grow & Go program, launched today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Expanding the successful SmartWay Transport Partnership, SmartWay Grow & Go companies are encouraged to make commitments toward improving the environment through the use of renewable fuels.
The goal of the SmartWay Grow & Go program is to have 25 percent of EPA's SmartWay Transport partners using renewable fuels by 2012, and 50 percent by 2020. There are currently 481 SmartWay Transport partners including major truck and rail carriers as well as shipping and logistics companies.
Currently available renewable fuels, like ethanol, reduce emissions of pollutants such as carbon monoxide and benzene, a known human carcinogen, while biodiesel provides significant reductions in carbon monoxide, particulate matter and sulfates. Use of ethanol and biodiesel results in less greenhouse gas emissions relative to conventional gasoline.
For additional information, visit EPA's Grow & Go Web site.
National P2 measurement data sought from P2 providers across the country (P2Rx/NPPR)
The Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx) and the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) have issued a national call for pollution prevention (P2) measurement data for the calendar years 2004 and 2005. The objective of this request is to create a national data repository of P2 activities, behavioral changes and outcome measures that can be used to evaluate and present the effectiveness of P2 initiatives, particularly environmental, public health and economic outcomes. A related goal is to enhance collaboration among the varied P2 programs in collecting and compiling useful measurement data to improve overall effectiveness of P2 strategies.
The National P2 Results Data System would be based on data collected, managed, and synthesized by individual state and local programs, non-profits, companies, and other P2 organizations. The Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange's regional centers would aggregate P2 data for their regions and share it with NPPR and P2Rx for use in preparing a biennial report on the national progress of P2. The collected data also could be used to provide secure, aggregated program-level reports; provide regional reports aggregating P2 results and showing improvements for each region; provide nationally aggregated results to the NPPR, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Office of Management and Budget; and demonstrate the value-added service provided by P2 program efforts through the use of customized calculators.
This collaborative project involves the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC), the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx), the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR), and the EPA, which have entered into the cooperative agreement to exchange regional and national P2 measurement data.
State and other programs can send P2 data to their respective regional P2Rx Center by entering data directly via a web-based module which is currently in operation. The data should be entered into the Regional Module after P2 providers have obtained a user name and password from their regional P2Rx center. In the future, state and other programs will be able to send data to the National P2 database via an automated node-to-node transfer.
Not sure what a "Regional Module" is, why P2Rx is collecting "data for 2004 and 2005," or why you would do this?
Please join the NPPR hosted web conference Tuesday, October 17, 2006, at 12 pm EDT. Ken Grimm (PPRC) and Prabin Kanel (P2RIC) will present the National P2 Results Data System that uses regional data input modules housed at P2Rx Centers. This will be your opportunity to learn about the data collection effort and learn how to use the regional modules.
Here's how you can participate:
Log into the conference no less than 10 minutes prior to start time. To join this meeting, please follow these steps:
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4) Wait for Jeff Burke to begin the meeting.
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New Tool: Colleges to receive assistance with environmental compliance (EPA)
Colleges and universities nationwide are getting a new learning tool in the form of a compliance assistance center that will help them understand and comply with environmental laws.
The center, which will also benefit grade schools, will be the 15th in a network of EPA-supported centers for various economic sectors, including hospitals and health care centers, auto service and repair facilities, and printers. When launched in mid-2007, this newest compliance assistance center will provide tools and information for improving environmental management on campuses.
Nationwide, more than 4,100 colleges and universities with total revenues of $270 billion employ 3.2 million workers. These facilities maintain many types of operations, such as laboratories, art studios, utility generation and transmission plants, dormitories and water distribution systems. As a result, these institutions also face a range of environmental management challenges.
The environmental performance of colleges and universities is profiled in EPA's 2006 Sector Strategies Performance Report (pages 23-28). The report highlights proactive programs at a number of schools to reduce air emissions, minimize waste, conserve water, and practice green construction.
More information about EPA's compliance assistance centers is available here.
Training: EPA to sponsor Sustainable Futures Training Workshop (SOCMA)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Sustainable Futures Initiative promotes efficiency through innovative processes and voluntary partnerships. As part of the initiative, EPA offers training workshops to demonstrate the use and application of EPA's predictive models for chemical risk screening. Through these workshops, stakeholders can learn how to conduct screening level hazard and risk assessments for chemicals of interest using free EPA predictive modeling software.
The next Sustainable Futures Training Workshop will be held December 5-6, 2006, in Chicago, Ill., and is hosted by Purdue University's Clean Manufacturing Technology and Safe Materials Institute (CMTI), the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association (SOCMA) and the Consortium for Environmental Risk Management (CERM).
During the 2-day hands-on workshop, presenters will cover a variety of computer-based models developed to assess physical-chemical properties, environmental fate, aquatic hazard, human health hazard and exposure components of a risk assessment. These techniques will be taught by a combination of EPA, SOCMA and CERM scientific staff with experience in the use and application of the models and methods as they relate to evaluation of new and existing chemical substances.
No prior training in chemical risk assessment is required to attend. Presentation materials are created for a diverse audience of participants with backgrounds in areas such as chemistry, toxicology, biology, regulatory affairs, etc. The workshop fee is $375.
DOE Energy Savings Assessment applications available online (DOE)
The Department of Energy (DOE) is now accepting online applications for industrial Energy Savings Assessments (ESAs) for 2007. The purpose of the no-cost assessments is to identify immediate opportunities to save energy and money, primarily by focusing energy intensive systems: process heating, steam, compressed air, fans and pumps. Fine-tuning of these systems may cost little but offers the potential to yield significant long-term savings.
The application period opened on October 2 and will remain open until January 19, 2007, or until the target of 250 assessments for calendar year 2007 is reached. Initial selections of applications for ESAs will be made in late November. Additional selections will be announced periodically until the target of 250 assessments is reached. All assessments will be completed by December 31, 2007.
To apply, review the eligibility requirements and complete the online application form accessible here.
MO, KS: RecycleSpot.org provides recycling information for Kansas City Metro area (MARC)
What do you do with old appliances, building materials, computers, old paint, tires and other items you want to recycle? If you live in the Kansas City Metro area, go to RecycleSpot.org, the one-stop "spot" where residents, businesses, schools, building designers and contractors can find recycling information.
RecycleSpot.org users can search for recycling information by material type; they can locate nearby recycling centers; and they can learn about curbside recycling and other solid waste services offered in their community. This fall users will also be able to search by address to allow them to locate the nearest recycling entity that accepts the item(s) they want to recycle.
RecycleSpot.org was developed by the Mid-America Regional Council for the MARC Solid Waste Management District. It is funded partially by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
New Tool: CleanerSolutions database helps manufacturers switch to safer chemistries (TURI)
The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell last month launched a surface cleaning online database called CleanerSolutions. The free, interactive web-based tool helps manufacturers find safer cleaning alternatives that perform as well as hazardous chemicals--without increasing risks.
The database is filled with over 10 years of performance testing results combined with health and environment indicators. The system helps companies understand how to choose alternatives so that overall risks to workers and the environment are reduced.
Companies are able to choose the contaminant, solvent to replace, type of equipment and the material that is being cleaned from a drop-down menu. The search results list possible replacement products, performance test results, and safety information based on five environmental and health indicators. The TURI Laboratory conducts a preliminary screening to determine a chemical's potential risk based on global warming potential, ozone depletion potential, volatile organic content, flammability/reactivity and acute toxicity.
EPA promotes healthy school environments (EPA)
October is Children's Health Month, and this year's theme is "Promoting Healthy School Environments." Beginning Oct. 5, EPA is offering webcasts to increase awareness about environmental risks, such as indoor air pollution, children face while they are in school. The webcasts will be available for parents, educators, facility managers, school administrators, architects, design engineers, school nurses, teachers, staff and healthcare practitioners.
EPA is also releasing its annual Children's Environmental Health Report that highlights the agency's recent efforts to protect the health of children by addressing threats in the environments where they develop, grow and thrive. Improving school environments, addressing indoor and outdoor air quality, and reducing exposures to chemicals and pesticides are a few of the activities described in the report, "Children's Environmental Health: 2006 Report; Environment, Health and a Focus on Children."
The report also highlights the Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool (HealthySEAT), a software program EPA developed to ensure a safe and healthy school environment. HealthySEAT provides a healthy environment by monitoring all of a school's environmental health and safety issues.
DOE releases Climate Change Technology Program Strategic Plan (DOE)
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) yesterday released the Climate Change Technology Program (CCTP) Strategic Plan. The plan details measures to accelerate the development and reduce the cost of new and advanced technologies that avoid, reduce, or capture and store greenhouse gas emissions.
The CCTP Strategic Plan organizes roughly $3 billion in federal spending for climate technology research, development, demonstration, and deployment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase economic growth. It provides a long-term planning context, establishes principles for formulating research and development portfolios to identify areas for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and highlights an array of technology strategies and investment criteria.
The Plan sets six complementary goals: (1) reducing emissions from energy use and infrastructure; (2) reducing emissions from energy supply; (3) capturing and sequestering carbon dioxide; (4) reducing emissions of other greenhouse gases; (5) measuring and monitoring emissions; and (6) bolstering the contributions of basic science to climate change. The Plan outlines approaches toward attaining these goals, articulates underlying technology development strategies, and identifies a series of next steps toward implementation.
New Tool: Semiconductor manufacturing P2 Topic Hub introduced (WRPPN)
Semiconductor Manufacturing, the newest Topic Hub™ from the Pacific NW Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) is a quick guide to essential pollution prevention (P2) information on Semiconductor Manufacturing. Intended to provide information about the semiconductor manufacturing industry, its challenges, drivers, and opportunities to become more efficient, This peer-reviewed Topic Hub offers an overview of the industry, a list of pollution prevention measures targeted to the industry, and a collection of internet references for additional information.
New Tool: Training video for new Hazardous Waste Manifest (www.pneac.org)
Not sure how to complete the new Hazardous Waste Manifest Form required after September 5? A new Flash video training from the Printer's National Environmental Assistance Center answers that question. The video introduces the new form, shows the differences between the new and old forms, and provides users with specific instructions for completing it.
MO: New sustainable buildings resource launched in St. Louis (Construction and Demolition Recycling Magazine)
ReSource St. Louis, a coalition of St. Louis businesses and organizations committed to promoting construction materials recycling and sustainable building practices, has launched a Web site, http://www.resourcestlouis.org. Developed with a grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District, the site provides a searchable database for online construction materials and makes available other useful tools for sustainable buildings, such as tips on methods to promote energy efficiency, improve air quality, reduce water consumption and implement sustainable operation practices.
New Tool: Green chemical purchases: wizard launched by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
The Green Chemical Alternatives Wizard is a web-based tool funded and designed by EPA and MIT that provides information on chemical alternatives to hazardous solvents and substances commonly used in research laboratories. The Green Chemical Alternatives Purchasing Wizard provides hundreds of journal references and case studies that detail alternative chemicals and/or processes available for hazardous solvents, reagents, and cleaning agents.
Tips for reducing waste on your summer vacation (EPA)
EPA has created a list of fun tips to help you reduce waste on your family's summer vacation.
OFEE is pleased to host a new green cleaning pollution prevention tool developed by EPA's pollution prevention program (OFEE)
The Green Cleaning Pollution Prevention Calculator quantifies the projected environmental benefits of purchasing and using "green" janitorial services and products. It is designed to forecast the environmental benefits of reducing chemical use by doing some or all pollution prevention measures typically involved in the routine interior cleaning of an office building. This tool also enables users to identify which green cleaning measures will have the greatest impact in reducing their use of hazardous chemicals and in preventing pollution.
New EPA program seeks to help consumers make water efficient choices (EPA)
On June 12, EPA launched a new program that seeks to raise awareness about the importance of water efficiency, ensure the performance of water-efficient products and provide good consumer information. WaterSense will educate American consumers on making smart water choices that save money and maintain high environmental standards without compromising performance, agency officials said.
EPA launches Urban Heat Island Mitigation Impact screening tool (EPA)
EPA is pleased to announce its new online urban heat island Mitigation Impact Screening Tool (MIST). MIST provides urban planners and environmental policy makers with a Web-based means of assessing the range of likely impacts of heat island mitigation strategies averaged at the city- scale. The Web site also offers a detailed help file, along with background information on options and impacts.
National Data Base of Incentives for Energy Efficiency Now
On-line (Interstate Renewable Energy Council)
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council has now developed a national database of incentives for energy efficiency to augment its already available database of incentives for renewable energy. The databases have been combined to become a one-stop source of information about state and federal government renewable energy and energy efficiency incentives and policies.
Trends and Issues a new reference guide is now available (WMRC)
Trends and Issues is now available on the WMRC Library web site. Originally developed as a handout to accompany a presentation to a science reference class at the UIUC Graduate School of Library and Information Science, this document also includes links to emerging issues and topics in environmental science information.
ClimateBiz.com launches Small Business Resource Center on Climate Management (ClimateBiz.com)
The free online business resource for climate management, has launched a new resource center focusing on the needs of small and midsized companies.The new sector resource page, found online at www.climatebiz.com/sections/smallbiz.cfm , offers backgrounders, tools, best practices, and other resources for smaller firms. It includes a briefing paper for companies offering an action plan for smaller firms to address their climate impacts. It also features links to worksheets, calculators, and other resources to help small firms to more easily understand and manage their impacts.
The small business resource center joins similar sector resources previously created by ClimateBiz.com, focusing on aluminum, food and agriculture, forestry, steel, and transportation.
"Individual small business owners often have difficulty imagining their role in managing climate for the simple reason that it's hard to measure climate impact on such a tiny scale," said ClimateBiz.com founder Joel Makower. "But the climate-related impact (or "carbon footprint") of small businesses and offices can add up. ClimateBiz.com's small business resource center brings together hundreds of valuable resources from government agencies, trade associations, academic institutions, nonprofits, and others to help these companies align their climate and business goals."
ClimateBiz is a program of the nonprofit National Environmental Education & Training Foundation, which also produces GreenBiz.com, GreenerBuildings.com, and GreenBizLeaders.com -- all acclaimed resource centers for companies. ClimateBiz.com is supported in part by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Climate Leaders program.
New Tool: New software tool to help school districts assess and manage their school facilities concerning environmental, health and safety concerns (EPA)
The Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool (HealthySEAT) is a self-assessment tool containing a comprehensive fully integrated environmental, health and safety checklist designed to be easily customized to reflect state and local requirements and policies.
WRPPN launches new Dental Chemical Use Website.
Western Regional Pollution Prevention Network has launched a new website dedicated to Dental Chemical Use.
As stated in the website, "The purpose of this website is to help dental professionals make informed choices about their chemical selection and use."
This website can be found at http://www.wrppn.org/dental/index.cfm.
New Tool: New tool for determining cause of ecological harm to rivers and streams (EPA)
To improve the nation's waters, EPA has released a new web-based tool, the Causal Analysis/Diagnosis Decision Information System (CADDIS), which simplifies determining the cause of contamination in impaired rivers, streams and estuaries. An impaired body of water does not meet the state or federal water quality standards for one or more pollutants.
Free EPA Software Tool Will Help Schools Protect Kids' Learning Environment (EPA)
EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson today announced the release of a new tool to help schools identify and prevent health, safety and environmental problems before they arise, building on the agency's voluntary school indoor air quality program. Using a holistic approach to school health, EPA's new Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool (HealthySEAT) is a free software tool that school districts can customize to assess potential issues such as mold, asbestos and lead paint, then evaluate and manage information on conditions at each school.
Watershed Planning Handbook is Published! (EPA)
EPA's Office of Water has published a guide to watershed management to
help various organizations develop and implement watershed plans. The
Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect Our
Waters is aimed toward communities, watershed groups, and local, state,tribal, and federal environmental agencies.
The 414 page handbook is designed to take the user through each step ofthe watershed planning process:
watershed monitoring and assessment
selection and application of available models
best management practices
effectiveness data bases
Calculator To Help Users Understand, Improve Daily Paper Use (EP Online)
Environmental Defense has announced the release of its "new and improved" Paper Calculator -- a web-based tool that enables companies, communities, schools other organizations to understand and improve their daily paper use.
New Tool: Guide to Protecting and Restoring Wetlands for Pollution Reduction (EPA)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a document entitled "National Management Measures to Protect and Restore Wetlands and Riparian Areas for the Abatement of Nonpoint Source Pollution" that provides guidance.
New Program: NPEP Mercury Challenge (EPA)
What EPA can offer you:
- identification of possible mercury sources,
- suggestions for mercury-free alternatives and mercury product disposal options, and
- examples of mercury reduction programs.
Green Guide for Health Care (GGHC)
A best practices guide for healthy and sustainable building
design, construction, and operations for the healthcare industry.
EPA Tool Helps States Show Air Quality Improvements from Commuter Programs (EPA)
With new guidance from EPA, state and local air pollution control
agencies can demonstrate air quality improvements from commuter programs that encourage carpooling, public transit or other commuting
alternatives that cut emissions by reducing the number of cars on the
road. EPA released its guidance document to use in determining
pollution reductions for their State Implementation Plans (SIPs) and
transportation conformity determinations required by the Clean Air Act.
In Case You Missed It - Environmental Innovation Portfolio (EPA)
The hope is that the Portfolio will help you take advantage of the wealth of experience of your fellow travelers in the quest for increasingly effective environmental protection strategies. We look forward to continuing our partnership with you in that journey, and in continuously improving our methods for sharing our collective experience along the way.
New Rehab the Lab Brochure (KSU PPI)
The Pollution Prevention Institute (PPI) recently completed a brochure featuring case studies about the work several Kansas colleges have been doing toward "rehabbing" their chemistry laboratories. With a grant from EPA Region 7, PPI has been assisting college (mainly community college) science laboratories with identification, reduction, and elimination of high-risk and PBT (persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic) materials. For hard copies call 800-578-8898
New Tool: 'Greener Choices' Website (Consumer Reports)
Consumer Reports recently launched the Greener Choices, a new website dedicated to the environmental impact of consumer products.
New Tools to Improve Environmental Decisions on Transportation Projects (CTE)
Eight innovative technologies to improve the environmental decisions for transportation projects have been selected from a field of 70 as "the most promising tools that have the potential to speed projects, reduce costs and advance environmental quality throughout transportation agency operations." The results of the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) project 25-22(2) will be formally released as a research report in 2006; however, a Web teleconference broadcast the overall findings on September 29th.
Alliance to Save Energy Launches Searchable State Policy Index (ASE)
The Alliance to Save Energy's online searchable State Energy Efficiency Policy Index is now live. This comprehensive index allows users to search for energy-efficiency laws in by state or policy topic.
The index is organized by the following eight policy issues: appliance standards, building codes, greenhouse gas emission cap & trade programs, energy-efficiency funds, public benefits funds, tax incentives, transportation initiatives, and other legislation. The index also allows users to click on an interactive map of the United States to download a full listing of energy-efficiency laws in each state.
EERE Launches its Financial Opportunities Web Site (EERE)
DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has launched a new Web site that lists opportunities for financial assistance. The site lists current and past solicitations from EERE and provides specific funding information for business, industry, and universities, as well as consumers, federal energy managers, inventors, states, and tribes.
New Toolbox for Manufacturing Systems now available (ASME Capitol Update)
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has created a "toolbox" to assist persons in the development, validation and
implementation of international standards for manufacturing systems. The Web-based toolbox contains links to databases, software packages and other information developed by NIST's Manufacturing Systems Integration Division.
The toolbox consists of four sections: testing and evaluation; semantic technology; application support; and, standards development.
New Handbook to Help Accelerate Watershed-Protection Programs (EPA)
Questions about managing pollution runoff, increasing wildlife habitat
and controlling invasive species in the nation's estuaries are among
those addressed in a new Environmental Protection Agency handbook
released at the White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation in
Community-Based Watershed Management: Lessons from the National Estuary Program is an update to Saving Bays and Estuaries, published in 1989. While the new handbook focuses on estuaries, its principles and examples are relevant to any organization involved in watershed management.
The 98-page handbook describes innovative approaches developed and
conducted by the 28 National Estuary Programs, which are community-based watershed-management organizations that restore and protect coastal watersheds. Topics covered range from starting a program, identifying problems and solutions to plan development and action steps.
NEW TOOL: Calculate the Benefits of Switching Your Fleet to Hybrid Vehicles (U.S. DOE)
Fleet managers can use a new, free software tool to help them calculate the environmental and financial benefits of switching to hybrid vehicles. The Hybrid Electric Vehicle Fleet Cost and Benefits Calculator Tool was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy.
RECYCLING CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION WASTES A Guide for Architects and Contractors (NEWMOA)
This document has been produced for architects, engineers, specification writers, and contractors who have an interest in and understand the goals of job site recycling, but are not familiar with its practicalities. Without this familiarity, it's difficult to piece together how recycling works into overall project management, or to counter the concerns of those who object to job site recycling on the basis of cost, complexity, unreliability, or other factors. This document is intended to provide the information to understand and address those objections, and lay the foundation for successful recycling from any new construction, renovation or demolition project.
New Resource on Mercury Switch Recycling (Illinois Environmental Protection Agency)
Tribes have the opportunity to develop a sustainable industry that also benefits the environment by recovering mercury switches in junk vehicles. A new resource provides recommendations on how to recycle mercury components in thermostats and motor vehicles.
Notice of Data Availability: Revised Hazard Assessment for Diisononyl Phthalate (DINP) (EPA)
On September 5, 2000, in response to a petition, EPA proposed to add a
DINP category to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) list of toxic
chemicals. EPA proposed to add this chemical category because, based on EPA's hazard assessment, EPA believed that this category met the
criterion for listing chemicals on the TRI. In response to the
proposal, EPA received significant comments on its original DINP hazard assessment both during the comment period and in later submissions to the Agency. Based on the comments EPA received, the Agency decided to revise the DINP hazard assessment and subject the document to a peer review process. The revised DINP hazard assessment was reviewed by experts within EPA and then by a group of external peer reviewers. Based on these reviews EPA made additional revisions to the DINP hazard assessment. The revisions to the hazard assessment have an impact on the preliminary conclusions that EPA reached in the proposal. Therefore, in an effort to ensure adequate opportunities for input from all affected parties, EPA has issued a Notice of Data Availability (NODA) in the Federal Register to allow the public to comment on the revised DINP hazard assessment (70 FR 34437, Tuesday, June 14, 2005).
Energy Star Savings Calculator for computers and monitors (EPA)
EPA and DOE developed the following simple savings tool to help
organizations make the most economical purchases for your facilities.
This tool encompasses a range of energy-efficient products: office
equipment such as computers and monitors, fax machines, and copiers;
household goods such as televisions, VCRs, and lighting; appliances such as heating/cooling systems; and more. Please note that this tool was not developed to provide a detailed analysis of expected costs; its objective is only to show the user a simple estimate of potential savings. The tool uses differing consumption, maintenance, and usage assumptions for each product, but it calculates with a standard set of base assumptions pertaining to electricity price, carbon conversion, and pollution prevention equivalents. Note that the Net Present Value is used for the energy savings per individual product lifetimes.
New Release of EPA's Compliance Assistance Guide for the Construction
EPA's Office of Compliance has just published the Managing Your
Environmental Responsibilities: A Planning Guide for Construction and
Development (the MYER Guide). This assistance tool reflects significant input from stakeholders and is a product of joint effort by the industry, states, other federal agencies, non-governmental organizations and EPA.
The MYER Guide is designed so that each of the checklists and chapters
can be pulled out and used in the field. You can obtain an electronic
copy of the guide at http://www.cicacenter.org/links or a hard copy at
no cost from the National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP) at (800) 490-9198 or visit
. Please specify document number EPA305-B-04-003 when you request a
Water efficiency practices for golf courses (Stevens Publishing)
Irrigation of turf grass is a water use-intensive practice, so conservation techniques can help reduce demands on surface and groundwater supplies. Water efficiency practices lower the long-term costs of irrigation and ensure sufficient supplies are available for future use and the environment.
Irrigation water efficiency practices use techniques that minimize water losses while satisfying turf grass water use needs. Water losses typically include evaporation, deep percolation and runoff. Implementing the water conservation practices below can help control losses through the use of efficient irrigation technology, effective irrigation scheduling, soil moisture determination and retention and other water-saving practices.
These tips are courtesy of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.
See EPA's Reccomendations for Staying Cool this Summer and Saving Energy (EPA)
High temperatures are on the way, but that doesn't have to mean high energy bills this summer. EPA's Energy Star program has advice on smart ways to keep cool with energy-efficient products and practices.
"Every person can make a difference this summer," EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson said. "When we use less energy as a nation, we preserve our energy resources, save money for American families, and help protect our environment."
The Quest for Less: A Teacher's Guide to Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling (EPA)
The Quest for Less provides resources about solid waste for teachers, including hands-on lessons and activities, enrichment ideas, journal writing assignments, and other educational tools related to preventing and reducing trash.
New Tool: Gear Up for Summer Energy Savings (DOE)
There are two new sites that offer interactive ways to save energy in your home. One site is offered by DOE and is called Energy Savers Virtual Home . This site lets you play a game or to start the virtual home tour based on the type of home you own.
IMRC Website Good for Tracking All Things Mercury (NEWMOA)
Mercury database website.
EPA Releases 2003 TRI Report (EPA)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the 2003 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data on May 11. The Toxics Release Inventory, created under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986, requires certain facilities to annually report their chemical releases and other waste management activities to EPA and the states. In addition, the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA) of 1990 mandates collection of data from these facilities on toxic chemicals treated on-site, recycled, and combusted for energy recovery.
EPA’s 2003 Toxic Release Inventory (TRI), shows that the amount of toxic chemicals released into the environment by reporting
facilities continues to decline, with total reductions of 42% since 1998 and a six percent decrease from 2002 to 2003. There are certain
increases in mercury, lead, PCBs and dioxin in the 2003 TRI data. Some of these increases are due to reporting anomalies. Analyses are
available on EPA's Web site that provide context for understanding the
full picture presented by the 2003 data.
A summary of the 2003 TRI data and background materials is
available on the Internet at http://www.epa.gov/tri. The TRI Internet
site also provides a link to the TRI Explorer, an electronic search tool that makes the TRI data more easily accessible and understandable.
If you have questions or comments on the TRI data or the reports, please contact the Mike Petruska, TRI Program Division Director at (202) 566-1686.
NEW TOOL: Local Harvest Search (Peaks to Prairies)
A website that has a map showing the locations of farmers' markets, family farms, locally grown produce, grass-fed meats, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area and throughout the United States.
EPA to Host Webcast On Smart Growth Efforts (LGEAN)
The EPA will host a webcast titled "Working Together for a Better Quality of Life and Clean Environment - Three Approaches," on April 14, 2005 from 1-2:30 EST. The webcast will address the issue of sprawl and its impacts on quality of life.
New Video Clips Available in the P2RIC Digital Video Library
P2RIC is constantly adding new publications to our Virtual Library including manuals and videos. Check out our new additions to the video library. They include interviews with Amory Lovins, Dr. Colin Campbell, Professor Paul Connett, and Director of the IISD, Mark Halle.
While your there - look for updates on the Region 7 and National calanders for the latest P2 event listings.
Western's Energy Services (PPRC)
Energy Services is a division of Western Area Power Administration, a U.S. Department of Energy agency that markets and transmits federal hydroelectric power in 15 western states. The program's web site features tools and resources on energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions. Find calculators, fact sheets, an energy solutions database, and other resources for utilities and their commerical and industrial customers.
The Latest Issue of the BMA Update is Now Available (EPA)
An excerpt from this update:
NIST Software to Guide Federal Biobased Products Purchases
A National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) analysis and
decision-making software program will play a key role in selection of biobased products that qualify for a major federal “green” preferential purchase program, according to USDA rules published in the Federal Register that became effective Feb. 10.
The USDA guidelines begin a federal government program authorized by the 2002 Farm Bill to require purchase of biobased products containing renewable agricultural materials (including plant, animal and marine material) or forestry materials. Within one year, all federal agencies must create a biobased preferred procurement
program based on the USDA rules.
Washington Sustainable Schools Planning Workbook for High Performance
School Facilities ( WA OFFICE OF SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION)
This Planning Workbook is intended to be a tool for School
Districts and other planners in Washington State hoping to
implement the Washington Sustainable Schools (WSS)
Protocol in their school design and construction projects for energy efficiency.
EPA Issues Guide to Encourage Recycling, Waste Reduction at U.S Shopping Centers (EPA)
Property owners and managers of shopping centers and malls throughout the nation now have access to an Environmental Protection Agency guide released Jan. 3 to help them reduce waste and implement recycling programs.
EPA Announces Four New Environmental Management System (EMS) Local Resource Centers (WRRC)
EPA announced the selection of four new Public Entity EMS Resource Centers (PEER Centers) to help local governments learn more about and adopt EMSs for their operations. The new centers are located at the University of Missouri-Rolla, Kansas State University, the University of Colorado and EcoVenture in Oakland, Calif. EMSs provide organizations with a structured approach for assessing and reducing their environmental impacts on a continual basis.
EPA Releases 2003 TRI Data Early (ChemAlliance)
To better inform communities, the EPA for the first time has released facility information about toxic chemical releases as reported to the agency, rather than waiting until release as part of the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) report. In the past, this data was received, quality-checked, analyzed and released in the annual TRI report that resulted from the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986. The TRI program requires industrial facilities to publicly report quantities of toxic chemicals annually released into the air, water and land.
2005 Green Vehicle Guide
The EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy has released the 2005 Fuel Economy Guide in order to help consumers make informed decisions when they purchase a new vehicle.
Closing the Circle News, Special Issue:Electronics Stewardship
This newsletter gives information regarding the management and disposal of electronics. The Federal government has always been a strong advocate of sustainable environmental stewardship in its mission of safeguarding the welfare of all its citizens. This is especially the case when new environmental challenges surface, such as the management of our electronic assets. The Federal government is the largest block purchaser of electronics in the world. The IT budget for FY 2003 alone was $54.2 billion. The majority of the 1.8 million employees in the Federal government have a personal computer;therefore,given an average three-year life cycle,the government discards approximately 10,000 computers each week. In addition to the volume of waste generated, the volume of hazardous chemicals associated with the electronics waste is also an issue.
National Environmental Performance Track: Open Application Until Oct. 31 (US EPA)
EPA's National Environmental Performance Track is designed to motivate and reward top environmental performance. Currently, the program has over 300 members - including a dozen facilities in Iowa, Missouri & Nebraska. EPA is currently accepting new program applicants for Performance Track. As part of membership in Performance Track, participants receive a range of incentives, including public recognition, low priority for routine inspections and networking opportunities. Open Application Season ends October 31, 2004. FOr more information, visit www.epa.gov/performancetrack or call Martha Curran at 617-918-1802.
Gateway To International Best Practices And Innovations Available On EPA Website (US EPA)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched a new website which contains various international best practices and environmental policies. This online library provides a number of links to an assortment of publications including databases, journals, policies and programs. It also has information on EMS, smart growth and sustainable transport.
Draft Environmental Impact Statement Focuses On Wind Energy Development On BLM–Administered Public Lands (BLM)
Rebecca Watson, assistant secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management announced the availability of a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement on Wind Energy Development on BLM-Administered Lands in the Western United States. The public is invited to review the document and submit comments during the next 90 days.
“As we look closer to home for ways to help meet America’s energy needs in an environmentally sound manner, it’s apparent that our public lands have much to offer in terms of renewable energy resources, including wind energy,” Watson said. “Our national energy strategy includes not only enhancing supplies of renewable and nonrenewable energy, but also places an important focus on conservation.”
The Draft Programmatic EIS was prepared to assess the environmental, social and economic impacts associated with wind energy development on public lands in 11 western states, and to evaluate a number of alternatives to determine the best management approach to mitigating potential impacts and facilitating wind energy development. The study does not include Alaska.
The Draft Programmatic EIS is in response to recommendations set forth in the President’s National Energy Policy, which encourages the development of renewable energy resources on public lands.
“We are working aggressively with communities and local officials to promote and encourage the development and use of our domestic renewable energy sources,” Watson said. “Our approach is consistent with the President’s National Energy Policy for diversifying the nation’s energy portfolio by encouraging the use of biomass, geothermal, wind and solar energy on federally owned lands.”
Public comments are encouraged via the web. Written comments should be mailed to BLM Wind Energy Programmatic EIS, Argonne National Laboratory, EAS/900, 9700 S. Cass Ave., Argonne, IL 60439.
New And Free Renewable Energy E-Book Available Online (zelicoff.com)
Dr. Allan P. Zelicoff has written a new free e-book concerning conservation and renewable energy. Saving Energy Without Derision has a number of recommendations that are easy to apply and geared for the average person. The author focuses on the easy actions anyone can take to reduce energy costs and environmental impact. The book will be updated on a regular basis to deal with the latest issues. The next issue he plans to tackle is that of hydrogen-powered vehicles. Saving Energy Without Derision is available at a number of mirror sites listed at the link below.
Green Building Costs Little Extra According To New Study (Davis Langdon Adamson)
An international management construction firm has conducted a study that concludes Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) projects are not statistically more expensive than non-LEED projects.
New Online EMS Manuals Available (PA Dept. of Environmental Protection)
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has posted new Environmental Management System tools on their website. These tools are to assist small businesses and local governments in energy and monetary savings through environmental performance improvements.
"Environmental Management Systems: A Guidebook for Improving Energy and Environmental Performance in Local Government" will assist local governments to implement an EMS with little outside support. Such an implementation will lay the groundwork to address environmental issues such as pollution prevention, energy efficiency, generation of waste, and natural resource conservation.
"Steps for Improving Your Business and the Environment" will assist small to medium sized businesses enhance economic performance through environmental management. This is a good resource for a small to medium sized company unsure where to start to implement an EMS.
New Stormwater Resources For Construction Sites Now Available (US EPA)
Two new EPA resources will help contractors know how to handle new stormwater regulations. Does Your Construction Site Need a Stormwater Permit? is a guide for construction site managers affecting parcels of one acre or more. It includes an overview of filing the electronic Construction General Permit (CPG). Resource List for Stormwater Management Programs helps managers start developing or improve their stormwater programs including sections about construction and post-construction site runoff control.
EPA Requests Comment On Draft Guide For Green Buildings (US EPA)
The EPA's draft Federal Guide for Green Construction Specs is ready for public comment. This tool will help promote environmentally preferable purchasing during construction and renovation of buildings for Federal agencies. Comments must be received on or before September 27, 2004.
New EPA Reports Highlight Ground-Breaking Techniques In Environmental Protection (US EPA)
Two new reports provide information about innovative approaches to environmental protection. The 2004 Sector Strategies Performance Report provides environmental data on 12 key industrial and service sectors that are collaborating with EPA to improve environmental performance. The report provides a baseline for tracking environmental progress and will help in identifying knowledge gaps that need to be filled to improve performance measurement in the future. Protecting Water Resources with Smart Growth documents 75 innovative approaches including redeveloping abandoned properties, encouraging rooftop gardens, creating shared parking, and promoting tree planting that state and local governments and water quality professionals can use to achieve their smart growth and water quality goals.
To access these reports, go to:
New Web-Based Tools Provide Unprecedented Public Access
To Local Brownfields Information (US EPA)
EPA introduced two new Web-based Brownfields tools EnviroMapper and Envirofacts that will give the public
unprecedented access to interrelated information about local Brownfields properties. The tools allow residents to locate Brownfields in their area and provide access to new detailed information about the individual Brownfields grants.
Don't forget the 2004 national Brownfields conference will be held in St. Louis, Sept. 20-22, 2004. Visit http://www.brownfields2004.org/en/index.aspx for more information on Brownfields 2004, Gateway to Revitalization.
EPP Guides Available For Public Review (p2.org)
A Federal Register notice has been published announcing the availability of four Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Guides for review. These guides are to be used by procurement personnel making EPP choices. The guides include:
"Greening Your Purchase of Carpet: A Guide For Federal Purchasers"
"Greening Your Meetings and Conferences: A Guide For Federal Purchasers"
"Greening Your Purchase of Cleaning Products: A Guide For Federal
"Greening Your Purchase of Copiers: A Guide For Federal Purchasers"
Earlier drafts of these guides were issued in 2002, but recalled due to content and reviewing issues. This time round, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is posting the guides as drafts with a 60-day public review phase. These documents may be accessed at http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/06jun20041800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-14831.htm
For more information on these guides, contact Terry Grogan at (202)
564-6317. For more information on the review and comment process,
contact Jesse Eaves at (202) 564-8867.
2002 Toxics Release Inventory Public Data Release (EPA / Greenwatch)
On June 23, 2004 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the 2002 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data. The Toxics Release Inventory, created under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986, requires certain facilities to annually report their chemical releases and other waste management activities to EPA and the states.
This year the EPA has seen an increase in electronic reporting from
the TRI community, a significant step in advancing “E-Government” as
called for in the President’s Management Agenda. Electronic reporting
is a key part of the Agency’s efforts to improve TRI data quality and
the timeliness of making these data available to the public.
A summary of the 2002 TRI data and background materials are
available on the Internet at http://www.epa.gov/tri. The TRI Internet site also provides a link to the TRI Explorer, an electronic search tool that makes the TRI data more easily accessible and understandable.
The new TRI report was not released without some controversy. Some environmental groups dispute the numbers. http://www.epa.gov/tri/tridata/tri02/index.htm
National Hotline Unveiled for the Conservation Security Program (CFRA)
The Center for Rural Affairs has opened a “Hotline” to connect farmers and ranchers practicing effective conservation to the Conservation Security Program (CSP) created by the 2002 Farm Bill. The Hotline’s number is 402-687-2100 and will be open once the CSP sign-up begins.
The Conservation Security Program (CSP) is a 2002 Farm Bill initiative
written by Congress to provide financial assistance to farmers and ranchers who are solving key natural resource and environmental problems by adopting sustainable practices and systems. The CSP was designed by Congress to provide support to farmers and ranchers who are already engaged in strong conservation systems to protect soil, water, air, and wildlife or who will adopt more sustainable systems as part of the program. Traci Bruckner, policy analyst and Hotline director for the Center, said, “This program is the most promising conservation proposal in the Farm Bill. It was designed by Congress to reward the best conservation farmers and ranchers.”
However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is intending to implement the program with some very severe geographic restrictions by limiting it to only 18 watersheds across the country for this first sign-up and expanding slowly to other watersheds on a rotational basis. Add the weak and complicated payment methods they have proposed, and you have a much weaker program than Congress intended.
The hotline is timed to coincide with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s release of the interim final rule and the subsequent sign-up announcement for the CSP. Sign-up will run from July 6th to July 30th. Bruckner views USDA’s very short sign-up timeframe as a step in the wrong direction. “The administration’s plan to run a brief sign-up period during the middle of summer, when farmer’s schedules run from dawn to dusk, will stunt the growth potential of this program. This program is about planning and short sign-ups fail to facilitate such planning. The Administration cares more about getting the money out than running a workable program.”
These factors only contribute to the Hotline’s importance for farmers and ranchers truly committed to improving stewardship, according to Bruckner. “We want to ensure that the farmers and ranchers this program was intended to reward are able to fully access the program.” The Hotline is designed to assist farmers and ranchers with questions regarding how to apply and program eligibility. Eligibility questions will center around the self-assessment that farmers and ranchers will need to complete. This self-assessment can serve as the first hurdle to cross in accessing the CSP and the Hotline will be there to assist farmers and ranchers with this process.
For more information on the Conservation Security Program or the Hotline, contact Traci Bruckner at 402-687-2100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.cfra.org/resources/FarmBill_Implementation/conservation.htm#Conservation%20Security%20Program
Local Governments Gain Access To Online Training In Pollution Prevention And Safety For Vehicle Repair Operations (CCAR)
Two of the national “Environmental Compliance Assistance Centers” established in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are working together to provide city and county governments with online training in environmental and related safety concerns for their vehicle repair operations.
The Coordinating Committee For Automotive Repair (CCAR), which operates the “CCAR-GreenLink” center, announced that its “S/P2” online training in Safety and Pollution Prevention is now available to local governments through “LGEAN,” the Local Government Environmental Assistance Network.
LGEAN provides environmental management, planning, funding, and regulatory information for local government elected and appointed officials, managers and staff.
The LGEAN center is operated by a partnership of organizations managed by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). “S/P2” is CCAR’s Internet-based training to address the key safety and pollution prevention issues faced by professionals working in automotive service and collision repair. S/P2 was developed by CCAR in concurrence with U.S. EPA and OSHA standards, which require that shop personnel be trained at least annually on safety and environmental regulations. “Local governments must comply with the same EPA and OSHA requirements as private-sector automotive facilities,” said Andrew Seth, LGEAN’s director. “The online S/P2 training will provide cities and counties with a cost-effective means to meet environmental and safety standards.” “CCAR-GreenLink is pleased to be working with LGEAN to expand our audience for this important training,” said Robert G. Stewart, CCAR President. “We look forward to assisting local governments in bringing this information to their vehicle maintenance and repair facilities.” CCAR makes S/P2 available in separate versions for mechanical repair/service and autobody/collision repair. Each version of S/P2 is available for a $299 annual subscription per facility. The S/P2 program tracks individual progress through the training, evaluates test results, and provides printable certificates of completion. For more information on the S/P2 training for local governments, visit the LGEAN web site at www.lgean.org/html/sp2.cfm or call toll-free at 1-866-477-2669. http://www.lgean.org/html/sp2.cfm
New Sustainable Business And Finance Report Available From Cleaner Production International (Cleaner Production International LLC)
Cleaner Production International has published a new report about criteria for corporate social responsibility used by socially responsible investment funds and indexes. It includes a new model integrating CSR criteria with quality management in the Baldridge quality system, and sections on CSR in banking, pension fund investment, quality management and applications in Peru as an example of a developing country. It is widely applicable and includes a number of references to great publications that may as yet be unknown. This is a preliminary report; comments and feedback are invited. http://www.cleanerproduction.com/misc/CIESreport.htm
Extensive Storm Water Education Campaign Begins in Los Angeles County (California EPA SWRCB)
The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), the State agency responsible for preserving the quality of California’s waters, launched a two-year, $5 million public education campaign to reduce harmful storm water pollution in Los Angeles County and improve the environment of the region’s coastal and inland communities. The Erase the Waste-themed campaign, which marks the first State-funded countywide storm water public education effort in California, unveiled its first nine-week wave of multi-ethnic paid advertising to Los Angeles residents on August 4, 2003. The campaign includes English and Spanish print, radio and television advertisements – including first-time use of paid, network television advertising to address the storm water issue in the LA media market. Total campaign funding comes from California’s Cleanup and Abatement Account (CAA), which derives funds from court judgments and administrative sanctions levied against corporate, government and industry polluters. All CAA funds, by law, must be used for clean water purposes, and do not represent taxpayer dollars.
“The Davis Administration has made the protection of California’s waters a top priority,” said Arthur Baggett, Jr., Chair, State Water Resources Control Board. “Polluted storm water runoff is the greatest danger to water quality in Southern California and poses significant threats to public heath and safety, natural resources, and the region’s economic vitality. Through the Erase the Waste storm water campaign, the State is committed to providing critical resources to improve the region’s water quality for Los Angeles County’s 10 million residents.”
The Erase the Waste campaign encourages residents to take ownership of their communities, help reduce storm water pollution from the local landscape, and be part of the “pollution solution” by adopting simple, everyday action steps. The multifaceted program will primarily reach out to the region’s “greatest polluters, most likely to change their polluting behaviors.” This group comprises three primary sub-audiences, defined by their unique polluting tendencies and lifestyle characteristics as “Neat Neighbors,” “ Fix-It Foul-Ups,” and “Rubbish Rebels.” Collectively, these groups make up more than seven million residents, approximately 72 percent of the total County population, and represent all ethnicities, genders and levels of socio-economic status. http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/erasethewaste/
New Dry Cleaner Compliance Website Now Available (Iowa Waste Reduction Center)
The Iowa Air Emissions Assistance Program (IAEAP) at the Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) is publicizing their new Dry Cleaner Compliance Website. This resource can be used as a reference guide to current air regulations, hazardous waste management, wastewater discharge, solid waste management and general operating practices. The website can be accessed by dry cleaners nationwide. http://www.iwrc.org/pubs/clspring2004.cfm#2
Free Soils Best Management Practices Manual Now Available (PPRC)
The Washington Organic Recycling Council has posted a free soils BMP manual on its website entitled “Guidelines and Resources for Implementing Soil Depth and Quality BMPs.”
New Sustainable Building Tool Now Available (PPRC)
The City of Seattle has launched Implement, a new Web site designed for architects, designers, developers, project managers and building owners and operators to help them make sustainable design decisions based on energy consumption and costs.
EPA's "State and Local Climate Change Program" Provides Assistance to Public Officials Interested in Addressing Climate Change Issues (EPA)
The State and Local Climate Change Program was established by the U.S. EPA to help states and communities prepare for climate change and act on it. The program's "State and Local Outreach Kit" provides educational and outreach materials designed to inform the public about global warming, with a primary focus on voluntary greenhouse gas reduction strategies that help states, communities, and individuals save money, improve air quality, and lower risks to human health. The program website also provides access to background material on climate change, a database of state-specific emissions data and information, and "Inside the Greenhouse," a publication highlighting greenhouse gas mitigation success stories and other climate change news. For more information, visit EPA's Global Warming Visitor Center for Public Officials at http://yosemite.epa.gov/oar/globalwarming.nsf/content/VisitorCenterPublicOfficials.html.
EPA's ENERGY STAR Program Offers Online Energy Efficiency Training and Presentations to Help Organizations Become Environmental Leaders - Summer Training Sessions Now Available Online (ENERGY STAR)
EPA's ENERGY STAR is a government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. Often the environmental option can also be the best financial decision. ENERGY STAR offers a suite of free online training sessions that demonstrate how to incorporate energy efficiency into the planning processes of organizations such as local government agencies, school districts, colleges, and businesses. Participants in the live 30 to 60 minute sessions exchange ideas and interact with experienced energy or financial consultants on a toll-free conference call while logged into a presentation on the Internet. Full descriptions of each presentation, online registration, and the schedule for May through July are available at: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=business.bus_internet_presentations. For more information on energy efficiency strategies that save money and prevent pollution, visit the Energy Star website at
New Drinking Water Source Protection Guide Now Available (Clean Water Network)
A new water source protection guide has been developed by the Clean Water Network (CWN), Clean Water Fund, and the Campaign for Safe and Affordable Drinking Water. This guide, entitled Source Water Stewardship: A Guide to Protecting and Restoring Your Drinking Water is designed to provide citizen leaders and activists the information, tools, training and support needed to develop models for source water and watershed protection activities. To view the guide (46-page PDF), visit the CWN website at: http://www.cwn.org/sourceguide.pdf. Or request a free printed copy by contacting Eddie at email@example.com.
New Interactive Tool Designed by Rocky Mountain Institute to Help Communities Adopt Renewable Energy Strategies (RMI)
A new interactive tool called The Community Energy Opportunity Finder was released in February 2004 by the Rocky Mountain Institute, a nonprofit organization that works with businesses, communities, individuals, and governments to foster the efficient and sustainable use of natural, human and other capital. The Rocky Mountain Institute says its Community Energy Opportunity Finder ('the Finder') is comparable to the initial analysis of an energy consultant, providing an evaluation of opportunities for community energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The Finder helps users collect information on their community's energy use, and then demonstrates potential energy savings, cost savings, job creation, and reductions in carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and sulfur dioxide emissions. The Finder also provides information on available green power sources, as well as ideas for funding energy projects, case studies on successful programs in other U.S. communities, and other resources. The Finder has been designed for economic development advocates, businesses striving to reduce costs, communities working to ensure sustainable economic development, individuals hoping to reduce energy costs, local leaders seeking a sustainable future for their community, and advocates of renewable energy, sustainability and energy efficiency. For more information, visit the RMI website at http://finder.rmi.org/ or http://www.rmi.org.
Small Business Assistance National Conference Scheduled for June 2-5, 2004 in Sacramento (SBO-SBAP)
The eleventh annual 2004 Small Business Ombudsman / Small Business Assistance Programs National Conference is being hosted by the Sacramento Business Environmental Resource Center, June 2-5, 2004, in Sacramento, California. State program representatives and federal EPA officials will assemble to discuss small business compliance program issues, such as innovations, technology, funding, program efficiency, parterships, fuel cells, transportation, storm water, and agriculture. State small business assistance programs were established to help small businesses meet the requirements of the Federal Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, and these assistance programs have since expanded to provide assistance on water, waste, and other environmental issues. For more information about the conference, visit the Sacramento Business Environmental Resource Center's website at http://www.sacberc.org/2004SBO-SBAPconference.html.
NPPR's Most Valuable Pollution Prevention (MVP2) Award Applications Accepted Now Through May 17 (NPPR)
The application deadline is May 17, 2004, for the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR)'s Most Valuable Pollution Prevention (MVP2) Awards, presented annually to recognize the outstanding P2 efforts of local government, state government, Federal government, tribal, and not-for-profit organizations or agencies, as well as private industry. Applications will be evaluated on innovation in P2, measurable P2 results, transferability to other projects or programs, commitment to P2, and optimization of available project resources. In addition to outstanding projects, an Environmental Writing Award will be awarded to recognize publications that have had a major impact on P2. Eligible publications include, but are not limited to books, fact sheets, case studies, articles in popular press, peer reviewed journal articles, and editorials or opinion letters. NPPR also awards the Volunteer of the Year Award to an individual whose efforts have had an outstanding impact on implementing pollution prevention in one or more of the following areas: setting P2 vision and strategies, leading and directing P2 programs, implementing P2 projects, and achievement of significant impact on P2. Self-nomination is accepted for all awards. For more information and an application, visit the NPPR website at http://www.p2.org/p2week/awards.cfm.
"Product Stewardship Institute" Website and Newsletter Provide Support to Help Reduce Environmental Impacts of Consumer Products (PSI)
The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) has recently launched a website and newsletter that will assist state and local agencies to partner with manufacturers, retailers, environmental groups, federal agencies, and other stakeholders to reduce the health and environmental impacts of consumer products. PSI is a national organization affiliated with the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts. Using the Principles of Product Stewardship as its guide, PSI is designed to provide (1) Policy Development Assistance - promoting model product stewardship policies, programs, and legislation; researching technical issues; and helping agencies, organizaitons, and companies develop viable solutions, (2) Coordination, Facilitation, and Mediation - bringing key stakeholders together to reach voluntary negotiated agreements on specific products, and (3) Outreach and Education - serving as a clearinghouse for information and as a network for product stewardship education, training, and development. PSI takes a unique approach to solving waste management problems by encouraging product design changes and mediating stakeholder dialogues, and is involved in several priority product areas, including: carpet, electronics, gas cylinders, mercury products, paint, pesticide, radioactive devices, and tires. For more information view the PSI website at http://productstewardship.us/.
U.S. Department of Commerce's Technology Administration Releases 50-State Science and Technology Indicators (Capitol Update)
The Technology Administration (TA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce has released its guide to science and technology (S&T) indicators for all 50 states. The guide, entitled "The Dynamics of Technology-based Economic Development: State Science & Technology Indicators (Fourth Edition)," provides updated information on the technology infrastructure of states (such as high school and advanced degree graduation rates), R&D investment, and the numbers of patents issued. The guide also contains a section showing changes in data for periods of up to 10 years, which TA hopes will aid efforts to track state performance trends and the impact of policy decisions. The guide is available [PDF] at: http://www.technology.gov/p_Reports.htm. The Technology Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce works to maximize technology's contribution to America's economic growth by: advocating for technology in the federal policy-making process, expanding opportunity for high-technology business, and promoting the development and commercialization of new innovations and state-of-the-art technologies.
EPA "Compliance Assistance Centers" Provide Sector Specific Environmental Resources (US EPA)
In recognition of the challenges faced by small- and medium-sized businesses, local governments, and Federal agencies, EPA has partnered with industry, academia, environmental groups, and other government agencies to create sector specific Compliance Assistance Centers. Each Center helps businesses and other agencies by providing relevant environmental compliance resources such as pollution prevention strategies, technology databases, regulatory explanations and updates, compliance tools, and related links. Compliance Centers currently available include:
*Construction Industry Compliance Assistance Center,
*Environmental Compliance for Automotive Recyclers,
*Local Government Environmental Assistance Network,
*National Agriculture Compliance Assistance Center,
*National Metal Finishing Resource Center,
*Paints & Coatings Resource Center,
*Printed Wiring Board Resource Center,
*Printers National Environmental Assistance Center,
*Transportation Environmental Resource Center.
For more information, visit the Compliance Assistance Homepage at www.assistancecenters.net.
Online P2 Video Library Now Available at p2ric.org (P2RIC)
The Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center (P2RIC), with funding from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality has created an online video library to make pollution prevention and waste reduction videos easily accessible to educators worldwide. This unique collection complements the document library implemented by the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx). The purpose of the library is to provide better access to useful resources for waste reduction educators and service providers. This invaluable online resource is the first of its kind for this subject matter. The online library is now active and continually growing. It can be accessed at http://www.p2ric.org/video/index.cfm. The library is also accessible from the P2RIC homepage under Virtual Library => Video Library. You can Watch P2 videos online or download video segments for use in PowerPoint presentations. This library offers resources of great value to educators and trainers who want to add punch to their presentations. Many organizations have been generous enough to donate the videos they have produced. If your organization has produced or knows of videos that pertain to pollution prevention and would like them to be included in this library, please contact Dan O’Dell at 402/595-1823, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To view the P2RIC Virtual Library, visit http://www.p2ric.org/Vlibrary/index.cfm.
New Tool Developed To Help Hog Producers Protect Environment (Crop Decisions - St Louis,MO)
A new EMS tool has been developed to provide hog producers an organized approach to identify and manage swine operations that may affect the environment, such as feeding, clean-up, waste treatment systems and spray irrigation. The tool was developed by the North Carolina Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance and Murphy-Brown LLC, a swine production subsidiary of Smithfield Foods Inc. The EMS tool consists of policies and practices designed to ensure that high environmental standards are maintained at swine operations nationwide, which may lead to a number of business benefits as well. The system is being made available to all producers across the United States free of charge. For more information visit the North Carolina Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance website at http://www.p2pays.org/iso/agriculture/pork/smithfield.asp.
Nebraska MEP is Cosponsor of the "Southwestern Lean Manufacturing Conference" in June 2004 (Nebraska MEP)
Nebraska Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is cosponsoring a Regional Lean Manufacturing Conference in Tulsa, OK, June 16-18, 2004. This conference will address Lean concepts and techniques in the manufacturing, support and administrative areas of small to medium-sized manufacturers. The conference will include a variety of workshops featuring world-renowned speakers, as well as opportunities to learn the latest tools and technology for improving your business, such as Lean accounting, advanced Lean concepts, supply chain management, mixed model value stream, material flow for job shops, and strategic planning. CEOs, business owners, managers, supervisors, front line employees, and office employees are encouraged to attend. For more information or to register, visit www.isiworld.net/summit or call 918/712-8922.
Register Now for the Region 7 Spring Meeting April 5-7, 2004 (P2RIC)
Federal, state, local and non-profit pollution prevention service providers are encouraged to attend the Region 7 Roundtable Conference April 5–7, 2004, on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The conference will include an ethanol learning session including a tour of the Kaapa Ethanol plant and waste reduction discussions with plant engineers, an introduction to P2 opportunities presented by the MS4 program, updates on measurement, news, funding, and peer programs, and opportunities to network with P2 peers and with the P2 staff of the US Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, Sandhill Crane viewing on the Platte River will be available on April 5th and throughout the week. For more information view http://www.p2ric.org/Roundtable/2004_spring_meeting.cfm or contact Rick Yoder at 402/595-1653 or email@example.com.
Interested individuals can register the following ways:
*Online: https://nbdc.unomaha.edu/regforms/roundreg.cfm - pay with PO number or credit card
*Fax: 402-595-2385 - pay with PO number or credit card
*Mail: Mail registration form with check ($50) payable to NBDC, PO number, or credit card information to: Attn: Karen Lund, Nebraska Business Development Center, PKCC 230, Omaha, NE 68182.
*Phone: Call Karen at 402-595-3259 weekdays, 8am to 4pm.
Airport Environmental Efforts Highlighted in Book from World's Third Busiest Airport (DFW International Airport)
Dallas-Fort Worth Airport recently released a book entitled "DFW: A Balance of Nature and Global Technology" that highlights their environmental stewardship efforts and celebrates their 30th anniversary. The book, written and produced by DFW's Environmental Affairs Department, will be made available to other airports as well as city, government, and environmental leaders. Excerpts of the publication will also be available on www.dfwairport.com. DFW's primary environmental priorities are pollution prevention, source reduction, waste minimization and continuous environmental improvements that focus on reducing air emissions and assuring that storm water quality meets the quality standards. Other priorities include improving energy efficiencies and facilitating environmentally friendly procurement policies. In addition, all 1,600 of DFW's employees must complete an extensive environmental stewardship-training program. For more information, visit the DFW Airport website at http://www.dfwairport.com.
EMS Implementation Guide for Specialty-Batch Chemical Facilities Now Available from US EPA's Sector Strategies Program (US EPA, SOCMA)
The US EPA has recently released a new EMS guide entitled "Environmental Management System (EMS) Implementation Guide for Specialty-Batch Chemical Sector." This step-by-step 'how-to' guide is based on ISO 14001 standards and conforms with EMS criteria for the National Environmental Performance Track. The EMS Implementation Guide was jointly developed by the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association (SOCMA) and EPA's Sector Strategies Program. Later this year, SOCMA will be incorporating EMS requirements into their new Responsible Care® Management Systems (RCMS) program. The EMS Implementation Guide will be the first step for specialty-batch chemical facilities that do not have a process in place to weave environmental decision making and improvement into their daily processes and businesses. For more information, contact Janice Bryant at 202-566-2956, or visit http://www.epa.gov/sectors/sbchemical/sb_ems.html#ems.
National Environmental Assistance Summit Nearing Capacity (National Pollution Prevention Roundtable)
The National Environmental Assistance Summit scheduled for April 19-22 is nearing capacity. Interested parties are encouraged to visit the summit website at www.p2.org/summit2004 for registration and other conference information. This Summit will bring together individuals who work in the environmental assistance arena for sessions focusing on pollution prevention, compliance assistance, environmental policy innovations, environmental management systems, sustainability and best practices. Industry, small business and trade association representatives are encouraged to attend. The goal of the Summit is to enable members of the environmental assistance community to learn from each other how to provide more effective assistance to improve environmental performance. For more information, visit the Summit website at www.p2.org/summit2004.
Draft Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks Available for Public Review (US EPA Federal Register)
The 1990-2002 Draft Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks is available for public review and comment. The draft can be viewed at http://yosemite.epa.gov/oar/globalwarming.nsf/content/ResourceCenterPublicationsGHGEmissionsUSEmissionsInventory2004.html. Annual U.S. emissions for 1990-2002 are summarized and presented by source category and sector. The inventory contains estimates of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), perfluorocarbons (PFC), and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) emissions. The inventory also includes estimates of carbon sequestration in U.S. forests. To ensure your comments are considered for the final version of the document, please submit comments by March 31, 2004. However, comments received after that date will still be welcomed and considered for the next edition of this report. Send comments to Mr. Leif Hockstad at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Environmental Protection Agency, Clean Air Markets Division (6204J), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460, Fax: (202) 343-2356. For more information visit
"Green Procurement" Added to the Joint Service Pollution Prevention Technical Library (Joint Service)
The Joint Service Pollution Prevention Technical Library has added a new listing of resources for purchasing more environmentally friendly products. The "Green Procurement" library site can be located at http://p2library.nfesc.navy.mil/topics/green.html and includes P2 opportunity datasheets, documents, factsheets, presentations, web links, and related resources. The Joint Service P2 Technical Library is a comprehensive resource for information on equipment, technologies, and management practices that reduce or eliminate the generation, disposal, and release of pollutants, and is useful for researching pollution prevention opportunities during P2 plan development and other projects. The website is funded by the Joint Services, the Defense Logistics Agency, and the U.S. Coast Guard and can be viewed at http://p2library.nfesc.navy.mil/index.html.
"Water Stewards Network" Promotes Water Issue Awareness and Encourages a Shift in Water Management Strategies (Water Stewards Network)
The "Water Stewards Network" is a project working to unite individuals and organizations to restore and preserve the world's water resources. It strives to build cohesiveness among the water movements and networks emerging around the world and to emphasize the theme of stewardship in the global dialogue. The network provides a number of valuable resources designed to raise awareness about global water issues and disseminates information about sustainable approaches to water management. Resources include a free electronic newsletter, educational tools for classrooms and educators, and networking opportunities using a database of water-related organizations around the world. For more information, visit their website at http://www.WaterStewards.org.
"Environmental Health Perspectives" Research and News Journal Available On-line (EHP)
Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) is a peer-reviewed journal that provides current, credible, peer-reviewed research and news on environmental factors that affect human health. EHP is a publication of the Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Full articles are now available online at ehponline. Seventeen annual issues include current information on environmental health issues, as well as monthly sections devoted to children’s health and environmental medicine, a toxicogenomics research section published in separate quarterly issues, and an annual review issue. Publications of the National Toxicology Program including the Report on Carcinogens are also available on ehponline. Visit Environmental Health Perspectives at:
Early Registration Deadline for "National Environmental Assistance Summit" Extended to February 20th, 2004 (National Pollution Prevention Roundtable)
The early registration deadline for the National Environmental Assistance Summit scheduled for April 19-22, 2004, in Baltimore, MD, has been extended. Early registration will continue through close of business on February 20th. The registration fee will then increase from $295 to $375 per person. Visit the Summit web-site at http://www.p2.org/summit2004/ for more information about conference speakers, agenda, group rates, and other conference information.
Internet Presentation on Energy Performance for New Building Design is Scheduled for February 10, 2004 (ENERGY STAR)
An Internet presentation entitled "Achieve Energy Performance Goals for New Building Design" is scheduled for Tuesday, 2/10/04, from 1:00-1:45 PM, EDT. This presentation describes how to use ENERGY STAR's software tool "Target Finder," and how it complements energy simulation modeling and the LEED rating system. Target Finder takes rudimentary building and occupant data and yields the annual energy use value required if the building is to perform in the top 25 percent of U.S. building stock. Target Finder and integrated design assistance has been developed for office buildings and other medium to large scale buildings such as schools, hospitals and hotels. The presentation also presents strategies that enhance performance and illustrates how building owners and designers can evaluate and achieve energy-based design targets. ENERGY STAR offers additional presentations on topics such as: Benchmarking Tool/Portfolio Manager, Money for Your Energy Upgrades, The Five-Stage Approach to Building Upgrades, Cost Savings through ENERGY STAR Purchasing, and Monitor Power Management. To see the schedule or to register, visit www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=business.bus_internet_presentations. There is no cost for participation. You simply view the presentation on your office computer and converse with the presenter using a toll-free telephone line. For more information on saving money and preventing pollution through energy efficiency, visit http://www.energystar.gov.
"Virtual Plant Tour" Provides P2 Techniques for Chemistry Industry (ChemAlliance)
ChemAlliance's "Virtual Plant Tour" provides a factory-level view of environmental regulations, as well as applicable pollution prevention and management practice techniques. In addition to a process-oriented overview of regulatory requirements, the virtual tour provides more than 350 pollution prevention case studies and 200 good management practices, each linked to specific process operations and site locations where they can be applied. ChemAlliance is operated by a partnership of environmental professionals in academia, government and industry, and provides up-to-date information concerning environmental regulations and P2 opportunities affecting the chemical industry.
New Television Special about Watersheds to Air on The Weather Channel February 4, 2004 (US EPA)
A half-hour television special about watersheds called "After the Storm" has been co-produced by the US EPA and The Weather Channel and will premier on The Weather Channel on Wednesday, 02/04/04, at 8 pm and 11 pm EST. Additional showings are set for Sunday, 05/09/04, at 8:30 and 11:30 pm EST, and Saturday, 06/26/04, at 8:30 and 11:30 pm EST. This special will address the threats facing U.S. waters from polluted runoff and will show the connection between weather and watersheds and the importance of watershed protection. Three case studies — Santa Monica Bay, the Mississippi River Basin/Gulf of Mexico, and New York City — illustrate how polluted runoff threatens watersheds highly valued for recreation, commercial fisheries, navigation, and drinking water. In addition, the special offers solutions and useful tips on how people can help make a difference, and shows how some communities and private companies are getting involved through low impact development. Viewers are encouraged to visit the EPA web site – www.epa.gov/weatherchannel - for more information about what they can do, including a free brochure about stormwater pollution. The US EPA will eventually gain rights to the special and intends to make "After the Storm" available to other television stations and educational organizations interested in broadcasting the show.
Applied Environmental Management Systems in Agriculture Conference Announced for May 25 and 26, 2004 (SES, Inc.)
The U.S. EPA has announced a two-day conference focusing on environmental management systems (EMS) and how these systems relate to food production and processing. This national conference, co-sponsored by the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and SES, Inc. of Lenexa, Kan., will be held May 25-26, 2004 in Kansas City, KS. This conference will address environmental management issues in major agricultural sectors and promote a practical discussion EMS already being implemented, with emphasis on the benefits and challenges faced during the creation and implementation process. Discussions also will include information about current incentive programs and how new incentives could further promote the use of EMS in agriculture. This conference will build upon an EPA/USDA conference about Environmental Management Systems policy scheduled for March 2004. The conferences will work together to cover all aspects of how EMS can support the goals of American agriculture. Limited exhibit space will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Additional conference information, including registration forms and agenda, are available at http://www.ses-corp.com, or by contacting Frank Bryant, SES, Inc. at 1-800-897-1163.
Green Building Guide For Non-Profits Now Available (Kresge Foundation)
A new document called "How Do I Build Green?" is now available from the Kresge Foundation Green Building Initiative. This backgrounder on green building strategies was specifically written with nonprofit organizations in mind. The guide describes steps of the integrated design process -- planning, design, construction, and maintenance. Other Green Building information is available on their web-site, including documents on why to build green and how to apply for green building grants.
ENERGY STAR Internet-based Training Sessions and Presentations Available (ENERGY STAR)
EPA’s ENERGY STAR offers a number of free Internet-based training sessions and presentations that demonstrate how to incorporate energy efficiency into an organization’s planning process. These resources are available to help organizations further their partnership with ENERGY STAR and/or to educate already active staff about the depth of ENERGY STAR's resources. Participants in these live sessions interact via telephone with financial or energy experts while logged into a presentation on the Internet. For more information, visit http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=business.bus_internet_presentations.
On-line EMS Course Offers Assistance for Academic Institutions Interested in Improving Environmental Performance (U of Missouri-Rolla)
An on-line course entitled "Elements of an Effective Environmental Management System in Academia" provides instruction for colleges and universities interested in Environmental Management Systems (EMS) aimed at preventing pollution, ensuring compliance with environmental regulations, and establishing processes for continual environmental improvement. This on-line course is offered on an on-going, individualized basis, so participants can take part at their convenience. Courses are technical in nature and are worth 2.0 PDH (professional development hours). The University of Missouri-Rolla offers a number of online seminars to satisfy continuing education needs and to aid in recertification of professional engineer's licenses. For more information, visit http://campus.umr.edu/dce/noncredit/online/availablecourses/index.htm.
EPA Launches New Environmental Technology Resource (EPA)
EPA has launched the Environmental Technology Opportunities Portal (ETOP), a network designed to promote programs that foster development of cost-effective environmental technologies and to pass on existing EPA environmental technology information. ETOP relays funding opportunities, information, and links to EPA programs that assist in development and commercialization, as well as programs that foster the use and acceptance of innovative technologies through collaborative recognition and incentive, and advocacy and information programs. ETOP keeps users up-to-date through its single portal page and associated tools, including central database searches, notifications of new funding opportunities and updates from the ETOP mailing list. For more information, visit ETOP at http://www.epa.gov/etop/.
"Computer Procurement Network" Requests Input from State and Local Representatives (Center for a New American Dream)
The Institutional Purchasing Program at the Center for a New American Dream helps institutional purchasers buy less polluting products from less polluting companies, and is currently looking to expand state and local government representation in its Computer Procurement Network. The Network is composed of institutional purchasers and other experts who address green computer procurement issues, and convenes via conference call on a monthly basis. The Computer Procurement Network is developing guidelines for purchasing environmentally preferable computers that would eventually be used by state and local government purchasers. The Network is also harmonizing with other initiatives such as the Computer Take-Back Campaign, Health Care Without Harm, the Federal Electronics Challenge (FEC), and the Environmental Products Evaluation Assessment Tool Project (EPEAT). For more information visit THe Center for a New American Dream web-site at http://www.newdream.org/procure. To participate in the Network, please send your contact information to email@example.com.
New Edition of "What's New in P2" Now Available (PPRC)
PPRC, a member of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx) has just issued its January 2004 edition of "What's New in P2." This issue contains summaries of P2 resources, upcoming events, job postings, P2 news, 'Web-site of the Month', and other interesting facts. For more information, visit http://www.pprc.org/pprc/pubs/whatsnew.html.
EPA's "Science Inventory" Now Available (USEPA)
The EPA has recently launched its Science Inventory, a searchable, Agency-wide catalog of current, recently completed, and archived science activities and products. The Science Inventory contains thousands of records providing information such as project descriptions, contacts for additional information and electronic links to related work and final reports. Users can perform keyword searches or can search within specific science topics. The database is managed by EPA's Office of Research and Development under the guidance of the Agency's Science Policy Council. For more information contact Paul Zielinski at 202-564-6772 or visit the Science Inventory at http://www.epa.gov/si.
Best Construction Practices for Watersheds and Streams Available from the Missouri Department of Conservation (Missouri Dept of Natural Resources)
The Missouri Department of Conservation has developed management recommendations for certain construction projects. The recommendations are for construction projects that affect karst habitat, streams and rivers, and wetlands. These areas are sensitive to the potential impacts of construction; however, preventative measures can be taken to avoid or minimize adverse affects. To learn more, visit the following web sites:
Streams and Rivers - http://www.conservation.state.mo.us/documents/nathis/endangered/streams.pdf
Wetlands - http://www.conservation.state.mo.us/documents/nathis/endangered/wetlands.pdf
Karst habitat - http://www.conservation.state.mo.us/documents/nathis/endangered/karst.pdf.
Seven New EMS Products Recently Released by Sector Strategies Program (USEPA)
The Sector Strategies Program has recently released the following seven products:
(1) Customized EMS Implementation Guides for four sectors: Die Casting, Meat Processing, Metal Finishing, and Shipbuilding & Ship Repair. These guides provide detailed step-by-step instructions for EMS implementation in each sector. The Guides were road-tested in pilots sponsored by the Sector Strategies Program and incorporate examples drawn from the experiences of facilities that participated in the pilots.
(2) Business Case for EMS brochures for three sectors: Meat Processing, Metalcasting (die casting & foundries), and Shipbuilding & Ship Repair. These brochures highlight the benefits of EMS implementation realized by
firms in each of the sectors.
All of the documents are now available for download on the Sector Strategies website at www.epa.gov/sectors.
In May 2003, the Sector Strategies Program launched new partnerships with the following eight sectors: Agribusiness, Cement, Colleges & Universities, Construction, Forest Products, Iron & Steel, Paint & Coatings, and Ports. A strategy to promote the use of EMS in these sectors is being developed by EPA staff, trade association representatives, industry leadership, and interested state staff. If you would like to lend your expertise or share the work you have done with these sectors, please contact Shannon Kenny at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-566-2964.
New CDROM Training Tool Entitled "Environmental, Health and Safety Issues in Health Care Occupations" Now Available (ATEEC)
The Advanced Technology Environmental Education Center (ATEEC) at Scott Community College in Bettendorf, Iowa, is an Advanced Technological Education Center of Excellence funded by the National Science Foundation. Their goal is to promote environmental technology education through curriculum development, professional workshops, and program improvement. ATEEC has recently released a new CDROM curriculum product entitled "Environmental, Health and Safety Issues in Health Care Occupations" that provides information for improving safety in the workplace and raising awareness of important regulatory issues. This CDROM introduces environmental, health, and safety issues in various health care and technical occupations. Click on the following link for ordering information: http://www.ateec.org/publ/order.pdf.
Announcing the National Environmental Assistance Summit - A Merger of the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable Spring Conference and the National Compliance Assistance Providers Forum - April 19-22, 2004, in Baltimore, Maryland (U.S. EPA)
The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable and the EPA National Compliance Assistance Providers Forum have teamed up to host "One Environment - One Conference" National Environmental Assistance Summit: An Alliance to Prevent Pollution, Achieve Compliance, and Innovate for Environmental Results. This event will bring together members of the environmental assistance community - those who create, fund, deliver and receive environmental assistance - to learn how to provide more effective assistance to improve environmental performance. The summit will include workshops, field trips, presentations and dialog, as well as a special Earth Day celebration, including an outdoor earth restoration work event and a keynote address by Lester Brown, founder of the Worldwatch Institute, originator of the "State of the World" reports, a prolific author, and Founder/President of the Earth Policy Institute. The first 500 registered attendees will receive a free copy of Mr. Brown's most recent book: "Plan B: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble." Visit the Pollution Prevention Roundtable web-site at www.p2.org/summit2004/ for more information, including summit agenda, list of speakers, abstract submission deadlines and registration information.
Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
"NREL's Electronic Outreach Network" (NEON) Provides Energy Efficiency Products and Services for P2 Specialists and Consumers (NREL)
NEON is a weekly email service from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. This weekly email service provides publications and other products on a variety of energy topics and technologies. Recent editions provided information on the following services:
NOVEMBER 3, 2003
*Alternative Fuel Vehicles Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) Federal Technology Alert - This publication describes the government's plans and progress in meeting goals for the use of AFVs, as well as the types of AFVs available. It also lists actual and potential federal uses, makes general recommendations, and presents field experiences to date.
*Daylighting in Laboratories, Laboratories for the 21st Century: Best Practices - This best practices guide describes how designing a building to include daylighting can save energy and utility costs (especially energy costs for electric lighting) while improving productivity and morale among a building's occupants.
*Energy Recovery for Ventilation Air in Laboratories Laboratories for the 21st Century: Best Practices - This publication describes how using air-to-air energy recovery methods — such as enthalpy (desiccant) wheels, heat pipes, or run-around loops — allows laboratory building designers to specify smaller heating and cooling systems, which in turn reduces the total amount of energy they use.
OCTOBER 20, 2003
*Conservation Update - Your Connection to Energy Projects
in the States - This newsletter features articles on state energy efficiency strategies and news, as well as state web-sites and publications. A recent edition highlighted the Iowa-launched Solar Power in the Midwest web-site, which offers resources for consumers and professionals on incorporating photovoltaic (PV) cells into buildings.
*Energy Savers - A Consumer Guide to Energy Efficiency and
Renewable Energy provides information, resources, and tools on renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Click on the links above for more information or to subscribe to these services.
Improvements Made to P2 Topic Hubs (P2Rx)
The P2 Topic Hubs are web-based subject-specific resource guides, which serve P2 Specialists and their clients. The following improvements have been made to make these hubs more user-friendly and informative:
**The date a hub was last updated now appears at the bottom of each page within the hub. This allows users to better gauge the accuracy and relevancy of the information contained within the hub.
**In the hubs' List of Links sections, "core" documents are now listed separately from "non-core" documents to assist the user in quickly identifying the links the hub authors consider key resources for the given topic.
For more information about pollution prevention topic hubs, visit the P2RIC web-site at http://www.p2ric.org/TopicHubs/index.cfm or the P2Rx web-site at http://www.p2rx.org/P2InfoNexpert/TopicHubs_2.cfm.
New Topic Hub on "P2 and Environmental Security" Now Available on P2RIC (P2Rx)
A new Topic Hub on "Pollution Prevention and Environmental Security" is available at http://www.p2ric.org/TopicHubs/toc.cfm?hub=505&subsec=7&nav=7. This hub provides information on national and environmental security issues with respect to P2 strategies and describes how P2 projects within facilities add value to national and local security efforts. In addition, this hub provides resources to help educate businesses and manufacturers about environmentally-related security risks; suggest practical actions, tools and systems that can help reduce risks; and offer links to specific resources and information to assist in improving security at plants. The types of resources presented include plant-specific P2 opportunities, guidance documents on assessing risk and vulnerabilities, and additional relevant information about opportunities, regulations, and the connection between pollution prevention and security.
Please note that the "Where to Go For Help" section of this hub is temporarily unavailable as changes are being implemented. In the meantime, consult the "Key Contacts" section for a listing of individuals and organizations to contact for more information about pollution prevention as it relates to environmental security.
This hub is the result of collaboration between GLRPPR and the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC). For more information on topic hubs and other Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx) products, see http://www.p2rx.org/.
Hospital Assessment Tool Results Demonstrate Environmental Performance of 25 New England Hospitals (New Hampshire Pollution Prevention Partnership)
Pollution prevention interns at the New Hampshire Pollution Prevention Partnership (NHP2P) recently conducted an EPA-sponsored environmental survey at hospitals in Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island in order to obtain data on the basic environmental performance of hospitals in the New England area. Data analysis revealed the following potential training oportunities for hospitals: P2 practices related to waste/water/energy reduction, reuse, and recycling, as well as RCRA contingency plans, storage area inspections (BMP), universal waste documentation, SPCC plans, the One Plan, Stage 2 vapor recovery on gasoline dispensing units, vehicle idling, NPDES, possible outlets for recycling in the New England region, reusable materials, ‘green’ purchasing, alternatives for EtO, PVC, DEHP, EnergyStar equipment, and energy/water conservation. The final report entitled, "Data Collection and Compilation of EPA's 2003 Hospital Assessment Tool" has been posted on the University of New Hampshire NHP2P website. Visit the New Hampshire Pollution Prevention Partnership (NHPPP) website for more information.
"Local Government Environmental Toolkit" Now Available on CD (International City/County Management Association)
The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) has released a CD-ROM toolkit called the "Local Government Environmental Toolkit." This resource contains a number of publications, fact sheets, and other resources to help local government officials meet environmental and economic development challenges. Contents include resources on: Brownfields, Smart Growth, Military Base Reuse, and Environmental Liability. To request a free copy of this toolkit, call (877)865-4326 or write to email@example.com.
ICMA's mission is to create excellence in local government by developing and fostering professional local government management worldwide. Since 1914, ICMA has provided technical and management assistance, training, and information resources to its members and the local government community. Other environmental information and resources include: air/climate management, drinking water, energy efficiency, environmental liability, environmental management, hazardous waste, wastewater, water quality, and water resources management.
Don't Miss the 11/17/03 Videoconference Training Workshop on P2 Mercury Reduction Projects in Schools and Labs - CEU's Available (EPA)
A web-based videoconference workshop entitled "Enhancing Pollution Prevention in School and Laboratory Facilities: Lessons Learned from Mercury Reduction Programs" will be broadcast on 11/17/03 from 1-4 pm EST. This workshop will cover the use of sustainable science when teaching students while emphasizing the importance of minimizing the impact on the environment and the risks associated with mercury in schools.
The workshop agenda includes:
*Background information on House Bill 75 Environment - Mercury and Products that Contain Mercury
*Mercury in Schools
*Lessons Learned from Mercury Reduction Programs
*Q & A Session (Panel and Audience)
You can access the workshop at http://videocast.nih.gov. The feed will be broadcast at high speed and 56 bps so users can access the workshop by dial up modems or higher speed connections such as cable. All viewers will need to have player software to view the workshop which can be downloaded for free beforehand from Real Networks at http://www.real.com. The workshop will be recorded and can be accessed after 11/17/03 for credit. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and CPDUs will be available for those who register.
This workshop has been developed by the U.S. EPA in conjunction with NIEHS, EPA Region 3, University of Illinois – Waste Management and Resource Center, University of Wisconsin Extension Program, and Maryland Department of Environment.
New U.S. Department of Energy web site "Energy Savers for Industry Plant Managers and Engineers" Offers Tools for Industrial Energy Use Savings (DOE)
The U.S. Department of Energy has launched a new Web site, Energy Savers for Industry Plant Managers and Engineers, that offers a variety of tips, practices, information, and software tools that can have immediate savings impacts on energy use in industrial manufacturing facilities. Features of the site include:
· 20 ways to save energy on combustion, steam, and process heating systems
· Case studies of successful energy saving programs and projects
· Steps to develop an energy management action plan
· Software tools to identify energy saving opportunities in industrial systems
· Information on plant energy assessments and technical assistance.
"Kansas Hospitals for a Healthy Environment" Has Just Been Released! [PDF] (PPI)
KSU's Pollution Prevention Institute (PPI) has just published a healthcare waste reduction factsheet that features case study data and information about different Kansas healthcare facilities. It's useful for those interested in mercury reduction, Environmental Management Systems (EMS), and resources to learn more.
Japan for Sustainability Newsletter Follows P2 Trends in Japan (JFS)
This news digest (in English) follows the latest trends and sustainable topics in Japan.
Surface Water Pollution: Applications for Instructor Professional Development Now Open (ATEEC)
Each Year the Advanced Technology Environmental Education Center(ATEEC) Fellows Institute gives teachers the opportunity to study the latest information and research on current environmental issues. For the June 17-23, 2004 Institute, ATEEC is inviting 20 high school and community college science, math, and environmental technology teachers to learn about the topic of surface water pollution. For more information, contact Jeanette Bryson at 563-441-4091, or firstname.lastname@example.org
IAQ Design Tools for Schools Now Available (US EPA)
This new web-based resource contains recommendations and tools to help
communities and design professionals integrate good indoor air quality
practices into the design, construction, renovation, and operation and
maintenance of K-12 school facilities. Practical, cost-effective actions ranging from walk-off entry mats to advanced ventilation systems can reduce contaminants in schools and help protect the health of children and staff.
Help Improve the National Environmental Compliance Assistance Clearinghouse To Better Serve You! (US EPA)
The EPA is running an online customer satisfaction survey for the Clearinghouse, and if you just take a few minutes to fill out the survey, you will be entered into a drawing for a Palm Pilot. EPA launched the National Environmental Compliance Assistance Clearinghouse to help the assistance providers and the industry findcompliance assistance information quickly. EPA wants to be certain that the Clearinghouse is providing the services you need. Improvement of the Clearinghouse is made on a regular basis and thesurvey will take no more than 5 minutes to complete. By filling out the survey, you will be eligible for a drawing to receive a free Palm Pilot.
"Model State Compliance Assurance Program Guide for Auto Recycling Facilities" is Now Available (US EPA)
This page is designed to help the states and other assistance providers set up a comprehensive compliance assurance program for the auto recycling facilities. It provides information on how to identify the universe, develop a baseline of performance, and other steps needed to set up and measure the success of a comprehensive compliance assurance program. It also provides case studies from a number of states for the readers to consider. The P2 component of the collection, Fuel for Thought...How to Reduce Wastes at Your Shop[PDF] emphasizes recycling and waste segregation.
"Regulators Handbook on Tradable Renewable Certificates" Available On-Line. (Sustainable Practices)
From the Center for Resource Solutions, this handbook provides a resource for energy regulators and for renewable energy advocates. The Handbook discusses basic principles and best practices for using Tradable Emissions Certificates (TRCs). It also covers issues such as property rights and ownership of TRCs, rate setting issues, consumer protection issues, and using TRCs to satisfy mandated renewable energy programs.
Put Your Stamp of Approval on a Waste Reduction Warrior. (P2RIC.org)
Looking for a small reward to give those who make a difference during P2 Week this year? How about our new Fight Waste! temporary tattos? The bold eagle design was derived from a poster campaign promoting waste reduction during World War II. The message is as true today as it was for our Greatest Generation. You, too, can proudly display the emblem of a P2 Patriot.
EPA's Free Watershed Academy Web Training CD Now Available
New Report On Manure Management For Water Quality Available
A new report from the Department of Agriculture analyzes various aspects of nutrient application standards in the Clean Water Act and discusses implementation and management in regards to this issue.
New P2 Week Posters Available
The posters are now available to view on the web and purchase.
Dell Offers 99 Cent Computer Recycling
Those who take advantage of the program may recycle up to 3 items of select equipment, such as desktops, monitors, or notebooks for only 99 cents per unit.
2001 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) State Fact Sheets Report Released
The EPA's latest TRI Report is full of information on both state and national TRI data. Region 7: Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska all ranked in the 30's (in terms of the amount of TRI chamicals released out of the 50 states) while Missouri ranked #16.
Grant Awarded To Develop Mobile Environmental Education Center
The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality’s (NDEQ) Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentives Grant Program has awarded a grant to Midland Recycling and WasteCap of Lincoln to build and develop a Mobile Environmental Education Center. The two-year project will convert a 53-foot semi trailer into an interactive environmental classroom for people of ages and is based on similar projects in Tennessee and Iowa.
Event Recycling Workshop July 22nd at ISU in Ames, Iowa
The Iowa Recycling Association will host a regional one-day workshop on July 22nd at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, focusing on best practices in event recycling. The workshop is targeted to events and facilities managers, recycling coordinators, and athletic department staff for colleges and universities in the Midwest. Registration is open to anyone who wishes to attend.
Environmental Mentoring Topic Hub Now Available at PPRC
"PPRC proudly announces the availability of our latest topic hub -
Environmental Mentoring. Environmental mentoring is a partnership between two or more peers where one voluntarily shares recognized environmental experience with other entity(ies) that have similar issues or challenges. Implementing progressive and proactive improvements to reap environmental benefits, such as reduced energy, water, or resource consumption, can require significant resources and a steep "learning curve". Some organizations, especially those on a tight budget, are not able to invest or dedicate resources to such efforts without assistance. Environmental mentoring is an effective tool to bridge this resource gap." --Chris Wiley, Executive Director, PPRC
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Publishes Fuel-Efficiency Vehicle Guide for 2003
ACEEE's Green Book®, thought of by many as the preeminent buyer's guide to environmentally friendly passenger cars, trucks, and SUVs, helps consumers compare vehicles on the basis of a "Green Score," a measure that incorporates fuel consumption and air pollution, including both unhealthy tailpipe emissions and the emissions of gases that cause global warming.
New tool helps producers calculate the Iowa Phosphorus Index (ISU)
Iowa State University (ISU) Extension in collaboration with U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has developed a publication that can be used as a tool for gathering field information needed for calculating the Iowa Phosphorus Index. The Iowa Phosphorus Index is a risk assessment tool for measuring the potential of phosphorus delivery from fields to surface waters. It is used in nutrient management and conservation planning tools for the USDA-NRCS and in manure management plans for the Iowa DNR.
DNR regulations require the Iowa Phosphorus Index be calculated for each individual management unit, or field, to establish its risk of phosphorus loss. These calculations require an estimation of sheet and rill erosion using a computer program known as RUSLE2 (Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation 2). RUSLE2 estimates average annual soil erosion as sheet and rill erosion in tons per acre per year for a given unit.
The "Data Collection Worksheet for RUSLE2 and Iowa Phosphorus Index" guides the user on how to collect information needed for RUSLE2 calculations, how to collect information needed for the Iowa Phosphorus Index calculations, and which set of data are appropriate to use for calculations. This publication is available only online.
Users of this publication should keep in mind that this document is an information gathering tool only. It is recommended that the users make sure they have the most recent version of the publication and the software available due to changing regulatory requirements. Calculation of soil loss using RUSLE2 and the Iowa Phosphorus Index should be done with assistance from NRCS service center personnel, ISU Extension staff or consultants who are trained in interpreting and using the information gathered in this document. Those who have not been trained on RUSLE2 and Iowa Phosphorus Index should seek training and or guidance prior using either software program.
National Library of Medicine Introduces Tox Town: New Website To Help Inform About Toxic Chemicals
EPA and the Environmental Council of the States Seek Input On New ECHO (Pilot Online Tool to Access Facilities' Environmental Compliance) System
In a joint cooperative effort, the Environmental Protection Agency and ECOS (Environmental Council Of the States) have developed an online tool with which anyone can access environmental records on more than 800,000 facilities via the Internet.
EPA and DOE Announce Automobile Fuel-Efficiency Leaders
Energy Star Presentations Available
Reducing waste in the office (Environmental Protection)
Some tips on how to reduce the amount of waste generated in the office.
Study: Residents living near areas fertilized with biosolids have increased risk of illness (University of Georgia)
Researchers found that those affected lived less than one mile from land fertilized with Class B biosolids. Most problems increased after exposure to winds blowing from treated fields.
Stanford University professor studies effects of pesticides on children (Stanford Report)
Professor James O. Leckie has received an EPA grant to study the effects of pesticide exposure in children, especially the sons and daughters of farmworkers.
Liquid carbon dioxide - another way to clean clothes (Blackstocks)
Customers have a new way to clean their clothes and it's called liquid carbon dioxide.
Scientists have found way to bring life to dead ecosystems (USDA)
Scientists discover that adding biosolids and industrial byproducts improves soil quality and boosts plant growth in areas once occupied by zinc and lead mining and smelting operations.
New uses found for alfalfa plant, including fuel replacement and plastic (Agricultural Research)
Scientists claim that alfalfa has the potential to be the first dual-purpose biofuel plant with its stems harvested for fuel and leaves for other products.
Environmentally friendly compound stops nutrients and microbes from escaping farmers' fields (Agricultural Research)
Researchers claim that by mixing PAM - a polyacrylamide - with irrigation water growers can expect to reduce erosion by 80 to 99 percent.
Study finds ethanol plants give communities economic boost (Renewable Fuels Assn)
"Ethanol and the Local Community" examines the impact of a hypothetical 40 million gallon per year ethanol plant based on national averages. The results demonstrate that the local economy will receive a one-time boost of $142 million during construction alone.
Pollution prevention for the refining industry (Water & Wastewater Products)
A checklist of what a business can do for stormwater management and wastewater and sludge treatment.
Purdue University study indicates that wetlands improve water quality (Purdue University)
University study could provide solutions for protection of wetlands by using urban golf courses. The five-year water monitoring project was cofunded by the U.S. Golf Association and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
How to reduce toxins in the home (Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance)
Contains information on how to reduce toxins in the home, how to select products and personal care items, and indicates safer ways to clean the home and eradicate pests. Also contains information about how to reduce toxins in the yard and in building material.
Graywater: What is it and what are its uses (National Small Flows Clearinghouse)
What is graywater and how can it be reused or recycled; what are the advantages and disadvantages?
Nutrient Management Education Project educates Iowans about pollution issues. (Nonpoint Source News-Notes)
Iowans better educated about nutrient pollution sources, the impacts of pollution and the regulation and management of these issues thanks to Iowa State University Extension and its partners, including the Nutrient Management Education Project.
100 ways to save water (Water Use It Wisely)
Fact sheet on the ways consumers can save water.
How to conserve water using xeriscape (xeriscape.org)
A fundamental guide to xeriscaping. This Web site also includes a bibliography for further reading, demonstration gardens and a history.
Researchers find new use for kenaf (USDA)
An Agricultural Research Service scientist believes that a reedlike crop could offer a new source of insulation material for diminishing road noise in cars and other vehicles. This plant, kenaf, is now mainly grown as an alternative source of fiber other than tree wood. It is used in low-grade paper, particle board, animal bedding, oil absorbents and other products. However, it is believed that kenaf fiber also can be made into lightweight insulation against road noise.
Scientists find that caffeine can repel snails (USDA)
Study shows that caffeine can be an effective, environmentally safe snail deterrent.
University researchers using nematodes to stop cattle feed lot flies (USDA)
Researchers at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln are investigating the efficacy of nematodes to curbing cattle feed lot flies. These tiny parasitic roundworms prey on maggots.
Managing pesticide drift can impact environment, wallet (UNL's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources)
Because spray drift can negatively affect susceptible vegetation, water supplies and wildlife beyond the field being sprayed researchers claim getting control of pesticide drift is important.
Officials encourage transporters of hazardous materials to register online (Dept. of Transportation)
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Special Programs Administration encourages shippers, transporters and carriers of hazardous materials to register on the Internet through a system that has been available for two years.
New York Academy of Sciences report tackles issue of mercury (New York Academy of Sciences)
The New York Academy of Sciences has released an indepth 113-page report that outlines how various segments of the public can prevent further mercury pollution of the New York and New Jersey Harbor.
Workshop in rural Nebraska looks at converting manure to energy source(York News Times)
Methane workshop recently held in York, Neb., discusses working toward converting manure into an energy source.
American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy plans summer program (ACEEE)
ACEEE will present a conference, Aug. 18 - 23, in Pacific Grove, Calif., to discuss the technological basis for and practical implementation of improving energy use in buildings.
Reduce costs, emissions in summer with EPA's Cool Change (US Department of Energy)(PDF)
Ten-page document demonstrates how consumers can save money by making some adjustments to create energy-efficient cooling.
Resources for those in the metal finishing industry (National Metal Finishing Resource Center)
Information includes a report providing TRI compliance guidance focusing on the new lead threshold, Form R instructions, ask the experts and a TRI Lead Reporting Threshold Worksheet.
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture reports on 20 projects (Iowa State University)
The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University issued its new Center Progress Report with data on 20 projects. Topics include agriculture and communities, crop systems, ecology, livestock systems, and special projects.
EPA announces new electronic public docket and comment system (USEPA)
EPA is announcing the availability of a new electronic public
docket and comment system designed to greatly expand access to EPA's
public dockets, and facilitate the submission of public comments to
EPA, providing an unprecedented level of online access to EPA's
programs and rulemaking processes.
Environmental workshop offered July 30 (Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency)
Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency and Iowa Waste Reduction Center to offer environmental and safety assistance workshop.
Researchers enjoy success from yield-boosting bacterium (USDA)
Two decade old bacterium finally being used as a commercial soybean inoculant.
New P2 topic hub has been added (PPRC)
The Environmental Measurement and the DoD Construction and Demolition Topic Hubs have been added to the growing list of P2Rx topic hubs.
Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America finds 3.4 million tons of chemical waste generated in 1999 (CEC)
In its annual "Taking Stock" report released May 29, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America found that in 1999 factories, electric utilities, hazardous waste management facilities and coal mines in Canada and the United States generated nearly 3.4 million tons of toxic chemical waste.
Energy Star Offers Free Software to Manage Computer Monitor Energy Use (Energy Star)
Energy Star offers free tools that can set your computer monitors to go into a low-power mode after a certain period of inactivity. Different software packages are available to handle your unique situation. For every 1,000 computers, Energy Star estimates that enabling monitor power management can save your organization 200,000 kWh per year or $20,000 at 10 cents per kWh.
P2RIC.org Offers Information-rich Topic Hubs (P2RIC)
The Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center offers a wealth of online P2 services at your fingertips, including environmental topic hubs. These topic hubs provide quality information on specific industries or topics, operational issues, waste reduction options, incentives to change, and where to go for technical assisatnce.
Groundwater Foundation Accepting Annual Conference Presentation Proposals (Groundwater Foundation)
The Groundwater Foundation is now accepting presentation proposals for its 2002 Annual Conference in Eugene, Oregon, November 18-20. This year's theme will be "Groundwater, the Forgotten Element of Watershed Protection." Presentation proposals are due June 1, 2002.
College and University Hazardous Waste Conference (Iowa State University)
The 20th Annual College and University Hazardous Waste Conference is scheduled for August 11-13, 2002 at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Stellar speakers, topics, entertainment, food, sponsors and exhibitors are scheduled. Early bird registration deadline is May 31.
May Issue of "What's New in P2" Available (Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center)
The May issue of "What's New in P2" is available on the web. This month's issue covers new P2 resources, new P2 tools, and interesting P2 news. The news section includes stories on fuel cells, urban forests, turning waste into marketable products, and more.
Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa Offers Eco-Fair 2002, May 9-12 (Maharishi University of Management)
Internationally famous speakers, including Time Magazine's "Hero of the Planet," Michael Corbett, will present lectures and workshops at Eco-Fair 2002, offered by University of Management, May 9-12. The goal of Eco-Fair 2002 is to educate people about the today's ecological technologies.
Nebraska Energy Office Online Newsletter (Nebraska Energy Office)
The Nebraska Energy Office's Energy Quarterly Newsletter has gone completely online. This issue includes articles on the use of fuel cells at the Omaha zoo, efficient air conditioning, and a home improvement toolbox from the USEPA's Energy Star program.
New TRI Software Helps Small Businesses Prepare Reports (USEPA)
US EPA's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program has released
a new software tool, TRI-Made Easy (TRI-ME). The tool helps businesses comply with the TRI reporting requirements. The software was mailed to facilities that reported to TRI in the past two years, but others may request the softwared from EPA, or download it from the Internet.
The Groundwater Foundation's Groundwater University Set for June 18-20(Groundwater Foundation)
Kids and groundwater experts from across the United States will be involved in this unique three-day event held on June 18-20, 2002. Groundwater University educates kids from ages 12-15 about groundwater. The event will take place 25 miles northeast of Lincoln, Nebraska. Apply before Friday, May 3, 2002.
Organizational Guide to Pollution Prevention (P2RIC)
This Guide presents an alternative approach to implementing P2 in your organizatin. As you will see, it documents how P2 is moving from a specialized environmental initiative to a mainstream business activity. The guide covers techniques for getting started, some P2 tools, the traditional P2 approach, the EMS approach, finding your own way to implementing P2.
Region VII Pollution Prevention Service Provider Directory (P2RIC)
The Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center offers a wealth of online P2 services at your fingertips, including a regional P2 service provider directory. This tool gives you contact and service information from environmental programs and agencies in EPA Region VII.
April Issue of 'What's New in P2' Available (Pollution Prevention Resource Center)
This month's issue of "What's New in P2?" includes a lengthy list of some new new P2 resources. A thorough listing of Pollution Prevention news is also included. Finally, funding and other award opportunities are described.
Midwest Waste Exchange Roundtable Planned for May (Recycle Iowa)
US EPA Region 7, Recycle Iowa and Keep Nebraska Beautiful will host the upcoming Midwest Waste Exchange Roundtable May 7th and 8th, 2002 in Des Moines, Iowa. The Roundtable will focus on issues affecting materials exchange operations in the Midwest.
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Report Published (University of Iowa)
A recently published report addresses air quality issues related to Iowa Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations. The document discusses topics such as emissions and community exposure, social and community impacts, and relevant laws, regulations, and decisions.
Missouri DNR Workshops Prevent, Enforce Illegal Dumping (Missouri DNR)
The Missouri DNR will host free workshops throughout the state to help local governments address illegal dumping problems. Workshops are schedule in March, April, and May. They will be held in Columbia, Osage Beach, St. Joseph, Nevada, and West Plains.
EPA Resources Compliment Poison Prevention Week (USEPA)
In commemoration of National Poison Prevention Week, March 17-23, EPA is making available several resources to parents and community organizations to help inform people about potential dangers found in homes.
March Issue of 'What's New In P2' Avaialable (Pollution Prevention Resource Center)
The March issue of "What's New In P2" is now avaialable. This month's issue includes new P2 resources and tools, as well as recent P2 news and upcoming events.
WasteCap of Lincoln's Winter 2002 Newsletter Available (PDF) (WasteCap of Lincoln)
The Winter 2002 issue of WasteCap's newsletter, INFORMation, is now available. Read how WasteCap is making news, and view calendar of upcoming recycling events.
EPA To Conduct Workshops On Toxic Release Reporting Requirements (USEPA)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 7 will conduct four Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA) workshops during April-May 2002. These workshops assist facilities in preparing annual reports on toxic releases and other waste management activities as required by environmental laws.
New Guide to Developing Indicators for Community Based Environmental Projects (Virginia Tech)
This manual can be helpful for organizations of all sizes that are working on community based environmental protection. It will assist you in developing indicators that measure your success. It also will show you how your activities are connected between the environment, economy and society.
Small Business Environmental Compliance Assistance Regulatory Calendar (Smallbiz-enviroweb.org)
This site conveniently lists environmental reporting requirements in a calendar format. Regulatory deadlines and reporting requirements are included.
Northeast States Form Mercury Reduction Clearinghouse (NEWMOA)
Eight Northeast states have joined resources to form an information clearinghouse to help implement laws and programs aimed at eliminating mercury from consumer products, the waste stream, and the environment.
Green Power Newsletter from Western Area Power Administration (WAPA)
The Western Area Power Administration publishes a comprehensive weekly newsletter of green power issues affecting the western United States. Previous issues of Green Power and Market Research News also are available.
OMB Watch Executive Report Begins Publication (OMB Watch)
The Executive Report will be posted on the third Wednesday of each month. It will explore executive branch issues, including the regulatory process and the enforcement of health, safety and environmental protections. Topics will be examined with some emphasis on the Enviornmental Protection Agency's views.
National Wildlife Federation Publishes College and University Environmental Report (National Wildlife Federation)
The report, State of the Campus Environment: A National Report Card on Environmental Performance and Sustainability in Higher Education, indicates that many of the nation's colleges and universities are operating in an environmentally sustainable manner. However, some schools still have room for improvement.
Opportunity for Educators: ATEEC Seeks Applications for 2002 Fellows Institute (ATEEC)
Each year, ATEEC selects educators from high schools and community colleges for the ATEEC Fellows Institute, which evaluates and improves environmental technology curricula. This year, the University of Northern Iowa will host the Institute, June 17 - 27. If interested, submit an application by January 22. Selectees will recieve funds to attend this professional development workshop.
'What's New in P2' January Issue Available (PPRC)
The latest issue of "What's New in P2" is now available from the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center. This month's issue includes lists of P2 news, resources, tools, and events with regional and national focus.
New Ecological Footprint Calculator (Redefining Progress)
Redefining Progress has posted a new, upgraded web-based
Ecological Footprint Quiz calculator that measures our individual
impact on the planet. The 13-question quiz is a quick and easy way to calculate your individual ecological footprint.
Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Guide Highlights Computer Purchasing (Northwest Product Stewardship Council)
The "Guide to Environmentally Preferable Computer Purchasing" offers general guidance for purchasing computer equipment in an environmentally friendly manner. The guide highlights current products, suggests purchasing requirements, and describes environmental ratings and labels.
Environmental and Safety Compliance Assistance Workshop (Iowa Waste Reduction Center)
This confidential, non-regulatory workshop is for the small manufacturing and automotive service industries. It will be held December 6 at the UNI Regional Business Center in Waterloo, Iowa. See the posted agenda for meeting specifics.
EPA Pollution Prevention Pocketbook Available (USEPA)
Copies of an easy-to-use pollution prevention reference guide from EPA and the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange are now available. The guide, "Why should you care about preventing waste? -- The Pollution Prevention Pocketbook", highlights P2 resources and provides steps to developing waste reduction success.
November Issue of "What's New In P2?" Available (Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center)
This month's issue includes a variety of pollution prevention topics, including an update on the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange's topic hub projects. Other P2 tools and news of regional and national interest are provided.
Workshop for Teachers Will Address Waste Reduction Education (Iowa Waste Reduction Center)
This workshop is designed for teachers of grades 7-12 who want to incorporate waste reduction into their curriculum. Held in several locations throughout Iowa, the workshop will provide waste reduction education knowledge and one graduate credit through the University of Northern Iowa.
October Issue of "What's New in P2?" Now Available (Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center)
The Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center compiles an excellent monthly newsletter of various P2 issues that apply not only to the Northwest, but to areas throughout the country. This month highlights several P2 related web sites, listings of upcoming events, and much more.
Web Site Posts Nebraska Energy Data (Nebraska Energy Quarterly)
Nebraska energy statistics are now available from the Energy Office's Energy Statistics web page. This site categorizes the data into three categories: 1) state totals of energy use, 2) energy used by certain sectors, and 3) the types of fuel consumed most abundantly.
New Web Site Provides Environmental Information Resource (USEPA)
The Information Products Bulletin web site is a joint effort by EPA and the Environmental Council of States (ECOS). It provides a central location for upcoming significant information products such as computer modeling tools and data bases. It will be updated every four months and will offer comment opportunities during
development of some of these products.
New Technique Cuts Cooling Costs at Commercial Buildings (Purdue University)
Air conditioning buildings overnight, or "pre-cooling", can cut electricity costs by up to 40 percent. Recently, at Purdue University, engineers have created a computer-simulation tool to accurately estimate the savings that could be realized by using this technique in specific buildings.
EPA's Central Data Exchange to Support Environmental Data Submissions (USEPA)
The United States EPA is establishing a model system for electronic reporting and record keeping. This Central Data Exchange will become the point of entry for nearly all environmental data submissions to the Agency, resulting in more efficient processes.
EPA's New England Region Develops EMS Guide for Colleges and
EPA New England and colleges and universities (C/Us) nationwide have cooperatively developed a C/U EMS guide. The guide helps C/Us design cost-effective EMSs that improve compliance, promote P2 and save money.
Kansas Home*A*Syst for Home-Based Occupations and Hobbyists Now Available (Kansas State University Pollution Prevention Institute)
This short manual is designed to help home-based business owners and
hobbyists identify primary waste streams and pollution prevention
opportunities. The manual consists of easy-to-use checklists, designed after material from the National Home*A*Syst program. A limited number of hard copies are available by calling 1-800-578-8898.
Heavy-Duty Diesel Fuel Analysis Program to Quantify Effects of Emissions (USEPA)
The EPA's heavy-duty diesel fuel analysis program seeks to quantify the air pollution emission effects of diesel fuel parameters on various nonroad and highway heavy-duty diesel engines. EPA intends to produce a technical report in May 2001, and welcomes feedback on the program from all interested parties.
Missouri Materials Exchange Web Site Available (Missouri Department of Natural Resources)
Similar to other waste exchanges, Missouri's own Industry Online Central is a new service provided to match excess materials and equipment with businesses who can use them. In addtion to helping your bottom line, this serivce can help to improve the environment by reducing the amount of waste being sent to the landfill.
Iowa Waste Reduction Center to Host Sustainable Production Indicators Workshop (IWRC)
This course, developed by the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production (LCSP) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, can give your business or organization the tools needed to operate in a sustainable manner. The course is a combination of interactive discussion, group exercises, and lecture.
New Pollution Prevention Framework Web Site Now Available (USEPA)
The P2 Framework evaluates risk based on pollution prevention principles in the design and development stage of chemicals. Through this framework, decision makers can select safer chemicals and processes in the early stages of development.
Hazardous Waste Management Summer Institute (University of Missouri - Columbia)
The 20th Annual Hazardous Waste Management Summer Institute is scheduled for August 6 - 10, 2001 in Columbia, Missouri. The event will update waste management, health and safety professionals, and will include a waste management regulatory/legal update.
US Clean Technology Exchange Provides On-line Information Forum (EarthVision Environmental News)
The US Clean Technology Exchange has seen recent success in creating market-based solutions for urban and industrial environmental problems. The exchange allows businesses, organizations, and municipalities to exchange environmental technologies through the Internet.
Environmental Innovations Summit 2001 Set for September (Environmental Innovations Summit)
The summit will be held in Washington, D.C. from September 10-13, 2001, and will bring together all levels of government, and the private sector. The sessions will discuss environmental protection, energy efficiency, and the latest environmental management innovations in a variety of sectors.
New Web Site Offers Extensive Envrionmental Information (World Resources Institute)
This tool provides current environmental and economic information from different countries. The site includes, maps, articles, energy output data, greenhouse gas emissions data, and country profiles about the environment and sustainable development.
EPA Launches Waters Web Site (USEPA)
The Environmental Protection Agency has launched a new web site listing water quality information by geographic area. The site uses the U.S. Geological Survey's National Hydrographic Dataset, as well as several state and EPA databases.
Refrigerator Maintenance Lowers Energy Costs (Iowa Energy Center)
Refrigerators consume a large amount of energy. However, simple measures, such as cleaning and defrosting our units, can improve efficiency and save us money.
Missouri Fuels Bulletins Available (Missouri DNR Energy Center)
With input from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Energy Center and the Energy Information Administration, Missouri Fuels Bulletins provide information on recent fuel prices and supplies.
2001 Environmental Research Conference and Workshops (Kansas State University)
The Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Hazardous Substance Research Center is holding the 2001 Conference on Environmental Research and Workshops at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, May 21-24, 2001. This year's theme will be "New Approaches to Managing Environmental Quality in the Heartland."
Green Building Training (US Green Building Council)
LEED, a program of the U.S. Green Building Council, is planning a training session in Kansas City for it's green building rating and certification system. This system is a useful tool for determining the level of environmental friendliness for a building project.
Cool Energy Costs in Hot Summer Months (Iowa Energy Center)
Staying cool during the hot summer months can lead to high energy bills. However, by implementing some wise changes in your personal habits, you can significantly reduce your cooling costs.
The Groundwater Foundation Seeks Presentation Material For Annual Fall Conference (Groundwater Foundation)
The Groundwater Foundation is looking for presenters and papers for presentation at its annual fall conference. The conference is November 14 –16 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The conference will investigate how technology can help protect drinking water.
Nebraska Used Oil Collection Program (Keep Nebraska Beautiful)
Through this program, Nebraskans can dispose of their oil properly. Used oil will be reused, recovered for energy, used in asphalt applications, or re-refined.
Missouri Offers Free Rideshare (Missouri DNR Energy Center)
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Energy Center offers a free Mid-Missouri Rideshare Program. The program helps communters in the same vicinity organize carpools.
Workshops To Teach Oil Producers About Preventing Oil Spills (USEPA)
Oil producers can learn about federal oil pollution prevention regulations at four U.S. EPA workshops in April. The workshops are for oil-producing facilities.
Golf Season Exposes Course Owners to Pollution Penalties (Iowa Waste Reduction Center)
Overlooking environmental compliance can expose golf course owners to extensive penalties and fines, leading to a poor public image for the golf course. However, the Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) can help prevent these problems with their on-site review program for small businesses, including golf courses.
Tool Evaluates Energy Use at Your Business (Alliance to Save Energy)
This tool, called the "Business Energy Checkup," allows you to explore the benefits and costs of energy efficiency measures in your building. Financial and energy savings can be calculated. This tool is simple to use and does not require a high level of technical knowlegde.
New Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Tool (USEPA)
EPA has launched a new web site that provides environmental information for all model year 2000 and 2001 vehicles sold in the United States. Using the 5-star Green Vehicle Class Rating system, vehicles are rated against vehicles in the same class, measuring both emissions and fuel economy performance.
National Compliance Assistance Providers Forum (USEPA)
This event, held from March 7-9, 2001, will include highly interactive sessions to promote dialog among providers. Participants will use this dialog to address several timely compliance concerns, and the resources to use in order to comply with today's environmental regulations. A complete adenda and registration form is provided.
DOE Offers Code Compliance Tools (Department of Energy)
The U.S. Department of Energy's Building Standards and Guidlines Program has several tools available to simplify compliance with building energy codes. These tools apply to a variety of buildings, including residential, commercial, and federal buildings.
New Green Engineering Web Site (USEPA)
Green engineering supports early application of environmental awareness to the design and development phases of a product or process. The Green Engineering web site contains information on the new Green Engineering Textbook, upcoming Green Engineering workshops, software, and other related internet links.
New Web Site for Measuring Home Energy Efficiency (Department of Energy)
This new tool allows homeowners analyze their energy use. Part of the Energy Star Program, the Home Energy Saver's online energy calculator allows users to see the savings by implementing one or more energy saving techniques.
National Agriculture Compliance Assistance Center (USEPA)
This site offers comprehensive, easy-to-understand information about agricultural compliance that is both environmentally protective and agriculturally sound. The Center also provides information on reducing pollution and making good use of the latest pollution prevention technologies.
National Compliance Assistance Clearinghouse Now Available (USEPA)
The National Compliance Assistance Clearinghouse is a guide to compliance information on the Internet. It provides quick access to compliance tools, contacts, and planned activities from across EPA as well as other compliance assistance providers. Information is organized by topical category. You can also use our search tools to narrow your search within each topic.
EPA's "Quest for Less" Available to Show Children How to Reduce Wastes (USEPA)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designed this resource as a flexible educational tool for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. This tool can be used to instill pollution prevention awareness in children, forming a strong base of waste reduction support that can be passed along to future generations.
Homeowners May Save Energy and Money With New Internet-Based Tool (USEPA)
This tool provides the five most cost-effective, energy-efficient improvements homeowners can use in home projects. It calculates energy consumption and suggests upgrades to reduce leakage and improve efficiency. This tool could save the average U.S. household 30 percent on energy costs and help protect the environment. Power plants burn fuels that produce air pollution; the less energy used in homes contributes to cleaner air.
Resource Offers Ways to Reduce Manufacturers' Energy Costs (National Association of Manufacturers)
This guide helps make energy efficiency a routine aspect for manufacturers and their employees. Information comes from surveys of over 400 manufacturers. The toolkit offers many resources that can help an organization reduce energy and increase productivity. The guide also illustrates eight energy-efficiency success stories.
Report Highlights Alternatives to Common Toxic Chemicals
A new study by the Worldwatch Institute indicates chemical pollutants that are harmful to our society could be greatly reduced without significantly disturbing the current economy. The study shows that environmentally friendly alternatives are available at competitive prices. Supporting evidence from three industrial three sectors-paper manufacturing, pesticides, and PVC plastics-is offered.
Market Analysis Shows Most U.S. Industries Would Profit from Energy Efficiency Policy (Center for a Sustainable Economy)
The Center for a Sustainable Economy (CSE) has released Good Business: A Market Analysis of Energy Efficiency Policy. This report analyzes the impacts of recent U.S. Department of Energy policy recommendations on many U.S. industries. The results show that more than 84 percent of U.S. industries would see cost reductions from the new policy recommendations.
Greenleaf Offers Useful Pollution Prevention Tool (Greenleaf)
Greenleaf attempts to address environmental and social topics of growing a business competitively, while staying within sustainable standards. The link to the Greener Management International (GMI) journal will take the user to the GMI site which provides useful articles relating to strategic environmental and sustainability issues that affect organizations around the world.
Greenbiz.com Offers Tool for Finding Green Jobs (Greenbiz.com)
The Greenbiz.com employment site is comprehensive resource for an individual seeking an environmental, or "green" job. The site is also helpful for employers trying to fill open environmental positions. Greenbiz.com offers the ability to search or view jobs, search or view resumes, post jobs or resumes, or view a variety of career tools.
Measures to Control Nonpoint Source Pollution from Agriculture (USEPA)
This is a draft technical guidance and reference document for use by State, local, and tribal managers in the implementation of nonpoint source pollution management programs. It contains information on the best available, economically achievable means of reducing pollution of surface and ground water from agriculture.
EPA Offers Model Year 2001 Fuel Economy Estimates and Guide (USEPA)
This site provides various information on fuel efficiency. Included, for example, is an EPA news release announcing the 26th annual Miles Per Gallon rankings for 2001 model year passenger vehicles. Also included is a useful Model 2001 Fuel Economy Guide that offers fuel economy data for many cars, tips for achieving better fuel efficiency, and new technologies that are improving fuel economies.
EPA Launches Virtual Auto Refinishing Shop (CCAR-Greenlink®)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Automotive Compliance Assistance Center have developed a virtual, one-stop auto refinishing shop. The site includes links to auto collision repair, auto painting, and auto mechanical repair. These links include information on related health, safety, and environmental, issues.
21 Water Conservation Measures for Everybody (USEPA)
Our wasteful habits not only deplete clean water reserves faster than we can replenish them, but they also pollute waterways, rendering them unfit for human consumption. They also stress aging drinking water and sewage treatment facilities beyond their capacities.
By following a few simple steps, a typical family of four can save an astounding 50,000 to 100,000 gallons of water per year.
Study Shows National and State Energy Use and Emissions Trends (ACEEE)
A new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy shows energy use and carbon emission data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Progress throughout the country is uneven, as the tables and maps show. There are differences in the energy use and emissions intensity between the states. Differences are also seen in the rate of decline in energy use and emissions. (PDF)
Total Maximum Daily Load Program Provides Maps Showing Impaired Waters (USEPA)
A TMDL or Total Maximum Daily Load is a calculation of the maximum amount of a pollutant that a waterbody can receive and still meet water quality standards, and an allocation of that amount to the pollutant's sources. The provided "National Overview of Impaired Waters" includes maps, graphs, and other representations of the nation's waters in regards to their level of impairment.
Sector-based Environmental Protection Resources at State Web Sites (NSMS)
This table lists each of the specific industry sectors for which special programs or information resources can be found referred to on state websites. It provides a convenient way to gauge which sectors are receiving the most attention, and what types of resources are being developed for them.
Environmental Purchasing Guide On The Web (PPRC)
The Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) has compiled information that will assist purchasers in their efforts to establish or maintain an environmental purchasing program. Included is information that can assist in identifying "green" products, setting up an environmental purchasing program, general and specific resources that are available to purchasers, guides for locating green products, and examples of procurement programs that can be used as a guide for purchasers building or improving their own programs.
Resource Offers Help In Switching To Green Cleaning Products (GreenBiz)
This document offers information about the worker safety and environmental benefits of "green" cleaning products. It also gives guidance in developing a plan for making the switch, describing obstacles to overcome, and resources to find more information. (PDF)
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Buyers Guide (DOE)
According to the federal Energy Policy Act of 1992, many
public agencies and private employers are required to add alternative fuel vehicles (AFV's) to their fleets in order to help prevent air pollution. This Clean Cities Alternative Fuel Vehicle Fleet Buyer's Guide offers on-line guidance to this act, allowing you to find out if the regulations apply to you, and instruction on buying an AFV.
From Policy to Reality: Model Ordinances For Sustainable Development
This guide includes tools to make the choices today that will be best for the future health of the community. Communities can modify the model ordinances in this guide to apply to their own circumstances.
The model ordinances address issues such as citizen participation, growth management, managing community resources, resource-efficient buildings, and economic development.
Summer Ethanol 2000 Newsletter Available (Governor's Ethanol Coalition)
Ethanol news and information is available through this Ethanol Alert. Included at this site are several news topics dealing with Ethanol. These topics include fuel use, recent Congressional news, individual states, new technology, and others.
Software Available For Calculating VOC Emissions
The Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) has developed a number of software applications to help facilities monitor their operations, improve efficiency, reduce waste and comply with particular reporting requirements. RUNVOC is a program that performs the necessary calculations and generates a completed SFP1 form, as required for DEP Limited Plan Approval (LPA) or Comprehensive Plan Approval (CPA). Copies of this software are available for downloading.
Web Site Lists Pollution Prevention Tools for Metal Finishers
View and download tools used to implement Strategic Goals Programs around the country. These tools include new programs, checklists for compliance issues, resources, financing, fact sheets, and waste reduction ideas to use in a local SGP Program. Many of these resources are designed for metal finishers.
Web Site Shows Benefits of Energy Deregulation Changes (Energyguide)
This site includes links that will help you understand energy deregulation options, and ways you can save money from them. The site tracks regulatory changes, and indicates various options for taking advantage of these changes.
Website Merges Economic, Environmental Success (EarthVision Environmental News)
GreenBiz.com offers free information to companies interested in maintaining environmental responsibility while operating a successful business. The site features a variety of information from companies, government agencies, business groups, activist groups, academic institutions, and other organizations.
"RCRA In Focus" Provides Industry-Specific Information (USEPA)
RCRA in Focus is a series of publications providing an overview of the RCRA regulations affecting specific industry sectors. Intended as a guide for small businesses, RIF presents the lifecycle of a typical waste for each industry and focuses on recycling and pollution prevention options. Each issue contains a hazardous waste table of RCRA requirements for small businesses and answers frequently asked questions. Done for Dry Cleaning, Leather Manufacturing, Motor Freight & Railroad Transportation, Photo Processing, Printing, and Vehicle Maintenance.
"Killer" Application, BEES, Now Available! (NIST)
The BEES (Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability) software brings to your fingertips a powerful technique for balancing the environmental and economic performance of building products. The tool is based on consensus standards and designed to be practical, flexible, and transparent. Version 2.0 is aimed at designers, builders, and product manufacturers, includes actual environmental and economic performance data for 65 building products. BEES measures the environmental performance of building products by using the environmental life-cycle assessment approach specified in ISO 14000 standards.
You can download your free copy of BEES 2.0, or if you prefer a free BEES 2.0 compact disc and printed manual, place your order through the EPA Pollution Prevention Information Clearinghouse by calling (202) 260-1023 or e-mailing email@example.com.
Earth Day 2000 Video News Release (Alliance To Save Energy)
Earth Day 2000 Video News Release
Earth Day is a great day to promote Energy Star products. Here's a video clip useable by your favorite news source.
Green Rider Pack Helps Green Builders Working With EPA (EPA)
The Green Rider Information Pack provides information on the EPA programs that promote environmentally and economically sound building practices and energy efficiency.
2nd Edition of Federal Funding For Watershed Protection (USEPA)
This new funding Catalog presents information on 69 federal funding sources (grants and loans) that may be used to fund watershed projects.
AAA Has Hot Tips For Summer Motoring: Fuel Efficiency (AAA)
AAA's energy conservation guidelines, contained in the booklet "AAA Gas Watcher's Guide" are available from AAA clubs and in abbreviated form on-line.
The Green Building Program Newsletter Available Electronically (Sustainable Sources)
The Green Building Program Newsletter - a newsletter from the City of Austin's Green Builder Program, intended to replace their print version (To subscribe, send email from your account to GBNews@lists.greenbuilder.com with the word "SUBSCRIBE" in the SUBJECT line). Austin's Green Building Program is the origin of the nation's first environmental rating system for new homes.
New Polychlorinated Biphenals (PCBs) Site (EPA)
This new site was developed to increase access to information on PCB's. Information available includes fact sheets, waste handler information, regulations, and more.
New Resources For Sustainable Communities Are Now Available. (SCN)
A Collection Of Solid Waste Resources On CD ROM. (EPA)
OSW's Communications Information and Resources Management Division
released the latest edition of Solid Waste Resources on CD ROM
P2 Materials For Auto Repair And Vehicle Fleet Maintenance. (EPA)
The Toolkits are a set of 12
fact sheets and 2 videos that provide detailed information on the top P2 fixes
for auto repair and fleet maintenance operations
P2 Materials For Auto Repair And Vehicle Fleet Maintenance
Region 9 Pollution Prevention Toolkits For Auto Repair And Maintenance is now available
EPA Introduces Sustainablility in CD-ROM (Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce)
The CD-ROM contains a broad overview of sustainable business strategies, global climate change and smart growth effort
Tier II Software Y2K Compliant Free Update Is Available. (EPA)
EPA has updated Tier II software to be Y2K compliant.
Project XL 1999 Comprehensive Report
It describes how the program is promoting innovations that are designed to improve regulations and other aspects of environmental management
Tier II Software Available (EPA)
The Tier II Reporting software walks you through the preparation of the Tier II
reporting form due annually under EPCRA.
Paints And Coatings Resources Center Has New Features.(EPA)
Please take a minute to look at a new resource to help users of paints
and coatings work cleaner and better.