Webinar: Reducing, Reusing & Recycling Waste Paint – Lessons Learned from 5 Rural Areas in the Northeast

December 17, 2013 — noon-2 pm
Register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/950333569

Jennifer Griffith & Rachel Smith from Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA) will present the findings & recommendations from their work with stakeholders in five rural areas in Maine, New York, & Vermont on waste paint reduction, reuse, & recycling. They will demonstrate the outreach & training materials that were developed through the project.

Tribal Pollution Prevention (Tribal P2) Announces Enhanced Tools for Tribal Environmental Professionals

TP2 logoThe national Tribal Pollution Prevention Network (Tribal P2) is proud to announce the launch of the newly renovated TribalP2.org website.   The website provides resources, current funding opportunities and events, and collaborative connection assistance in 19 different topic areas – from Solid Waste to Green Casinos to Climate Change.

One goal of the Network is to facilitate collaboration among peers, mentors, and experts in topics related to pollution prevention. To that end, the new website features an interactive member map  that provides contact information for Network members across the nation.  Many of the Network’s members have agreed to be collaborators – which means they are willing to share their expertise with you.

Visit the site to learn about pollution prevention (P2) opportunities and identify peers with expertise to share.  Join the Network listserv to receive information on regularly scheduled webinars, news, announcements and funding opportunities pertaining to timely and relevant P2 topics.

“…it all looks great!  I really like the way you set up the website […] it should be very beneficial for all the Tribes needing help on difficult issues.” Donna Marie Noel, Energy Project Manager Water Resources Department, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe

“…the listings are formatted in a user friendly way for communication and searching. It is a great tool!” Stan Belone, Environmental Engineer Air Quality Program, Environmental Protection & Natural Resources, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

The Tribal P2 Network was formed in December 2003 from an EPA grant issued as a result of tribal requests for more specific tribal communication about Pollution Prevention (P2) efforts directly relating to tribes. Tribal P2 consists of environmental professionals from tribal entities, local, state and federal agencies, academia, and not-for-profit organizations around the nation. The major objective of Tribal P2 is to share information and identify solutions to address environmental issues affecting the tribal nations using pollution prevention methodologies. Membership in the Network now stands at over 250 individual participants, with over 90 Tribes participating.

How to make sustainability ideas stick

In their P2 Impact article “How to make sustainability ideas stick“, authors Thomas Vinson and Jennifer Lasseterexplain how to improve your core business while at the same time making it cool.

Read previous P2 Impact columns at http://www.greenbiz.com/business/engage/enterprise-blogs/p2-pathways.

Announcing Pollution Prevention & Assistance Tracker (P2@), Version 3.2.7

The Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA) announces the release of “Pollution Prevention and Assistance Tracker,” or P2@, version 3.2.7.  This free software tool is designed to help pollution prevention and environmental assistance programs from state, local, county, and tribal governments, non-profits, and universities track their activities and the associated outcomes. It includes sections for tracking:

  • Work with individual clients (such as on-site visits, grants, awards, certifications, recognition, and research)
  • Educational and outreach materials
  • Workshops, conferences, and other training events
  • Responses to information requests
  • Sector-based, geographic-based, or others initiatives

P2@ (formerly called the Pollution Prevention and Compliance Assistance Metrics Database Software) enables programs to track the results associated with these activities, including changes in awareness and behavioral, environmental, and economic outcomes. Because each pollution prevention and assistance program is different, the software can be customized to best suit each program’s needs.

The recent upgrades to P2@ include:

  • A new section to help programs to track initiatives that involve a variety of assistance and P2 activities and bundle results for the entire initiative
  • A more user friendly interface that is easier to navigate and can be streamlined
  • Easier ways for programs to customize the database tool and allow them to eliminate sections that are not relevant for their program
  • Clearer indicators of required fields and smarter error handling
  • A new custom report that aggregates data according to the fields in the National P2 Results Data System so programs can use P2@ to collect data for reporting to P2 Results

How to get real green from your green certifications

The latest P2 Pathways column is available on GreenBiz at http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2013/02/21/how-get-real-green-certifications. Josephine Fleming discusses how companies can make green certification of their products work for them and avoid greenwashing.

Read the P2 Pathways archive at http://www.greenbiz.com/business/engage/enterprise-blogs/p2-pathways.

P2Rx™ Announces Behavioral Change Webinar Series for Technical Assistance Providers

The Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx™) will launch a comprehensive webinar training series in January 2013 to help pollution prevention technical assistance providers initiate, implement, and measure behavioral change resulting from their programs and initiatives.

There is a strong focus nationwide on being able to measure behavior change resulting from federal and state pollution prevention and sustainability initiatives.  There is also a lot of interest in how to use social media and social marketing to drive meaningful change in organizations.  To address these questions and help technical assistance providers expand their reach and better understand their effectiveness, the P2Rx centers have collaborated to develop a webinar training series featuring experts and specialists from around the country.  Five monthly webinar trainings are scheduled for January-May 2013.  A listing of these FREE webinars can be found at: www.P2Rx.org.

About P2Rx:

P2Rx is a national partnership of regional pollution prevention information centers funded in part through grants from EPA.  They build networks, deliver P2 information, and measure P2 program results.  The strength of the network lies in the expertise and diversity among the regional centers and the variety of audiences served including government and state environmental agencies, technical assistance providers, businesses, educators, nonprofit organizations, and the general public.  For more information, visit: www.p2rx.org.

Title: Beyond Energy Efficiency: Behavior Change Tactics for the Pollution Prevention Community
Thursday, January 17, 2013 / 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CST
Webinar link: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/833280647

Join Susan Mazur-Stommen, Director of Behavior and Human Dimensions Program at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), to discuss what behavior change research tells us about how people make decisions and what motivates them to make changes. She will also examine how pollution prevention technical assistance providers can use that research to influence behavior change and improve implementation rates at the companies they work with.

Title: Using Social Media Channels to Inspire Offline Action
Wednesday,February 20, 2013 /11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST
Webinar link: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/259888354

Zoey Kroll is an Internet Communications Coordinator at SF Environment and a Social Media Strategist at Hayes Valley Farm. She will talk about using social media channels to inspire offline action. In the webinar, we’ll interact with and discuss how apps (RecycleWhere), activity clubs (Photo Adventure Club), and social media tools can inspire people to move from clicks to compost.

Title: Embedding Sustainability In An Organizational Structure
Thursday, March 7, 2013 / 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM CST
Webinar link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6242325881081454848

An Assistant Professor in Technology and Operations Management at SFU Surrey, Stephanie Bertels’ research interests include innovations related to sustainability, institutional change, inter-organizational collaboration, and resilience and reliability. Her current research bridges organization theory and the issues surrounding sustainable development to explore how organizations can develop and implement innovative strategies for a more sustainable future.

Title: Make People Do Good Things (Sometimes Via Social Media)
Thursday, April 11, 2013 / 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
Webinar link: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/886701426

At San Francisco Dept. of Environment, Jessian Choy led the creation of SFApproved.org to make it easier for you to buy over 1,000 green products. And she uses fun scavenger hunts to engage 28,000 City staff with draconian laws to buy green. Jessian leads negotiation and role-play trainings to prevent good ideas from dying with bad storytelling and hecklers.

In this interactive event, get answers to these questions and more:

  • What are new, easy tips to make it fun for people to do good things?
  • How can you engage people if they unfollow or unlike you?
  • What should you do so your audience tweets about your event during and after?
  • How will it be easier for you to find less-toxic, green products with the improved SF Approved List coming in March 2013

Title: Environmental Sustainability and Behavioral Science: Meta-Analysis of Pro-environmental Behavior Experiments
Webinar link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6597474733924842752

Richard Osbaldiston has been working as a research psychologist for over 15 years. He has found there is one fundamental cause-effect relationship: the motivation that comes from within a person is what causes that person to behave in certain ways. When the right situations and settings are created, people can achieve unbelievable things. Richard’s goal is taking his work in the field of motivation and applying it to the long-term care industry to ultimately change people’s lives for the better. Richard received his PhD in Psychology with a minor in statistics and research methods from the University of Missouri.

7 steps to effective energy management

For the month of December, Cam Metcalf, Executive Director, Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center, wrote an article for GreenBiz’s P2 Pathways Column on the seven step process for implementing an energy management system in organizations to systematically get to P2 and E2 outcomes.

Here is the link to the P2 Pathways landing page: http://www.greenbiz.com/business/engage/enterprise-blogs/p2-pathways.

Where do you get your P2 information? P2Rx wants to know

The P2Rx Regional Centers are conducting a brief survey to determine where people seek and find information about P2, waste reduction and sustainability.  We would really appreciate your feedback to help us continue to improve on the services we provide the P2 community.


State environmental commissioners pass resolution supporting National Pollution Prevention Roundtable’s 2025 Safer Chemistry Industry Challenge Program

Here’s the full text of the resolution:


WHEREAS, the 2011 International Year of Chemistry established by the United Nations commemorates the achievements of chemistry; and

WHEREAS, raising awareness of chemistry among the general public to attract young people into the field, as well as highlighting the role of chemistry in solving global problems is critical; and

WHEREAS, the chemical industry is responsible for significant improvements to the health and well being of all Americans and for people around the world, and is vital to the U.S. economy by providing hundreds of thousands of jobs and supplying hundreds of products; and

WHEREAS, there are increasing concerns about the safety of chemicals in commerce and an overwhelming agreement on the need to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures brought thousands of people from across the United States to create an Action Agenda to help governments strengthen efforts to protect the public from harmful chemical exposures; and

WHEREAS, people expect to be kept safe from harmful chemical exposures and recognize the urgency to protect children and other vulnerable populations and the environment; and

WHEREAS, workers have the greatest risk of industrial chemical exposure given their proximity to chemicals in the workplace, often in high concentrations; and

WHEREAS, many businesses are working to achieve high levels of environmental compliance and performance through sustainable business practices to remain competitive in the global marketplace; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. EPA’s National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP) reduced 42 million pounds of chemicals in partnership with more than 280 public and private organizations; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention intends to identify priority chemicals for review and possible risk management action under TSCA, and supports enhanced chemicals management and design for environment (DfE) programs to assess the full life-cycle risks posed by the use of toxic chemicals in products; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office has awarded a grant to the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) to conduct business technical assistance to reduce the use of priority chemicals of concern through source reduction with a goal to prevent at least 2 million pounds of toxic chemicals from entering the Great Lakes ecosystem; and

WHEREAS, alternatives assessment is a process of identifying and comparing potential chemical and non-chemical alternatives to a chemical of concern to facilitate informed substitution; and

WHEREAS, pollution prevention can achieve toxics use reduction, promote green chemistry and engineering, and provide educational and economic opportunities to develop safer chemicals, processes and products; and

WHEREAS, states, universities, and businesses play an important role in implementing pollution prevention programs, voluntary initiatives, and technical assistance services, including providing assistance to small businesses.


ECOS member states should actively participate in U.S. EPA’s process for identifying priority chemicals for review and assessment, including providing input on data sources for prioritization. States should provide input on sources of hazard data sources and risk data sources to assist U.S. EPA in selecting specific chemicals from the initial group for further assessment. U.S. EPA’s identification process is outlined here: http://www.epa.gov/oppt/existingchemicals/pubs/chempridiscguide.html.

ECOS state members, led by the Great Lakes region, support collaborative efforts to work with the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable and other organizations to support the 2025 Safer Chemistry Industry Challenge Program with a goal to reduce the use of chemicals of concern by 25% using 2005 use as a baseline.

To the extent possible, states should work in partnership with industry sectors or individual facilities to target chemicals of concern to promote the substitution of hazardous chemicals with less toxic alternatives, green chemistry, research and development, recognition programs, and public education.

ECOS requests the Administrator of the U.S. EPA to endorse and fund toxic use reduction efforts through the State Performance Partnership Agreements, state pollution prevention grants, and public-private partnership efforts.

Green Hotel Group Helps Owners Navigate Sea of Eco Practices

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Hotels have seen a surge in green labels and environmental improvement programs in recent years, with programs aimed at everything from certifying greener buildings and facilities to identifying greener hospitality programs and services. But most hotels had to tackle green efforts on their own. Not so anymore.

After a soft launch earlier this year, the National Sustainable Lodging Network made its national debut last week. The network aims to bring together hotel owners and operators through an interactive website to compare notes on green practices. More than 195 people have joined the network to date, said Andy Bray, a spokesman for the network.