Pollution prevention

Iowa Waste Reduction Center published results of compressed air leak management pilot project

How much money and energy is wasted through air leaks?

Funded by a state energy grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority, that is the question the Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) aimed to answer through this 2014 pilot project. Equipped with ultrasonic detection equipment, IWRC environmental specialists conducted 25 audits at small businesses – auto body and manufacturing facilities – throughout Iowa.

IWRC specialists identified and tagged compressed air leaks throughout each facility, documented energy loss and cost savings associated with the leaks and provided corrective action recommendations.

Available documents include an overview and results of the pilot project; a checklist of tips and most common air leak sources; and full results from all 25 businesses.

The Boston Safe Shops Model: An Integrated Approach to Community Environmental and Occupational Health

Cora Roelofs, Paul Shoemaker, Tiffany Skogstrom, Persio Acevedo, Jumaane Kendrick, and Nancie Nguyen. The Boston Safe Shops Model: An Integrated Approach to Community Environmental and Occupational Health. American Journal of Public Health: April 2010, Vol. 100, No. S1, pp. S52-S55. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2009.176511

Abstract: Small, immigrant-owned businesses, such as auto repair shops and nail salons, often face barriers to environmental and occupational health compliance and may be a source of neighborhood pollution complaints. The Boston Public Health Commission established the Safe Shops Project to improve safety and environmental practices in such businesses using a community partnership model that incorporates enforcement inspection findings, worker training, technical assistance, and referral to health care and business resources. This integrated technical assistance approach has led to improved occupational health and environmental conditions, adoption of pollution prevention technologies, novel problem-solving, and dozens of health screenings and insurance referrals for workers and their neighbors.

Yale Journal: How, When, and Why Industrial Ecology is Good for Business

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Industrial ecology, a rapidly growing field focused on sustainable production and consumption, has contributed numerous important tools to modern environmental management — life cycle assessment; “industrial symbiosis,” or the by-product exchange between neighboring facilities; “design for environment”; and the use of material flow analysis to track resource use in supply chains, companies, and economies.

A new special feature of Yale’s Journal of Industrial Ecology, titled “Industrial Ecology as a Source of Competitive Advantage,” presents new research on how, when, and why the use of industrial ecology by business can lead to cost savings, higher profits, and other, more intangible, business benefits…

Articles in the special feature will be freely available online for a limited time.

The Journal of Industrial Ecology is a bimonthly peer-reviewed scientific journal, owned by Yale University, published by Wiley-Blackwell and headquartered at the Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

University of Illinois Homecoming goes green with gameday recycling challenge

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This year’s U. of I. Homecoming game against the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers is about more than Orange and Blue – it’s also about green. Various campus and community partners are working together to raise awareness and have a positive lasting impact at the inaugural zero-waste football game. Hundreds of volunteers from the Champaign-Urbana community will assist the thousands of spectators in reducing waste…

Leading this cooperative initiative are ISTC; the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics; Facilities and Services; and the Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment. To volunteer for the event, sign up at: http://bit.ly/1vN44SK. Organizers hope to have many students involved in making this event a success.

Nationwide, the Game Day Recycling Challenge is a partnership of the College and University Recycling Coalition, RecycleMania and Keep America Beautiful, and is supported by EPA’s WasteWise program.

Supporters of the cause are encouraged to like the Fighting Illini Gameday Recycling Challenge Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/518311078270593/.

For more information, contact Bart Bartels at bbartel@illinois.edu.

NEWMOA Launches Zero Waste Connection

NEWMOA, GLRPPR’s P2Rx partner, invites you to the Zero Waste Connection, an online community of zero waste practitioners and a clearinghouse to support the work of this community.

What It Is

The Zero Waste Connection is a professional social network of zero waste program managers and staff from the federal, state, and local programs, as well as independent experts. Its goals are to :

  • Promote pollution prevention and sustainability as the preferred methods of achieving zero waste
  • Provide forums for zero waste professionals to share information on program development and implementation
  • Foster innovation in zero waste programs through the exchange of ideas in real time
  • Increase the adoption of zero waste practices among practitioners
  • Increase awareness of zero waste opportunities and resources

Zero Waste Connection focuses on all aspects of zero waste from source reduction, to reuse, to composting, to recycling. Features of the site currently include:

  • Members – identify organizations, companies, and communities that are pursuing zero waste
  • Groups – join a sub-group to connect with other individuals interested in a particular zero waste topic
  • Forums – share your comments and ideas or post questions
  • Events – post announcements about upcoming events and activities
  • Sites – find websites of zero waste groups and useful information sources
  • Jobs – post job announcements or search for job openings

The site also includes a resource library.

Join the Network

To join the Network, visit: http://zerowasteconnection.org/join.php. When setting up your account, you will be prompted to enter your name, email address, and program affiliation to create a profile so that you can access all of the features.  We encourage you to explore the network and to add information and tools, submit comments, join a group, or start a discussion.

For help with joining the Network and setting up your account, view the video tutorial.  For “how to” guidance on using some of the site’s other features, view our online User Guide. We will hold a webinar on November 12th, from 1:00 – 2:00 EST to explain the site’s features and talk about its goals and objectives.


Contact Andy Bray at abray@newmoa.org, 617-367-8558 ext. 306.

Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center 2013-2014 annual report now available

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The report highlights some of our client’s many success stories and demonstrates how the Center has helped facilities around the Commonwealth achieve cost savings and establish environmental sustainability as a component of sound business practices.

Effectiveness of State Pollution Prevention Programs and Policies

Harrington, Donna Ramirez (2013). “Effectiveness of State Pollution Prevention Programs and Policies.” Contemporary Economic Policy 31(2), 255–278. DOI: 10.1111/j.1465-7287.2011.00312.x

Abstract: States are using regulatory-, information-, and management-based policies to encourage the adoption of pollution prevention (P2) and reduce pollution. Using a sample of facilities of S&P 500 firms which report to the Toxic Releases Inventory from 1991 to 2001, this study employs dynamic panel data models to examine the effectiveness of state legislations and policies in increasing P2 and reducing toxic releases. I find that toxic waste legislations are effective in reducing toxic releases and in promoting P2, but the effect of policy instruments differ. Facilities in states with reporting requirement and mandatory planning adopt more P2 even in states that do not emphasize toxic waste reduction. The effectiveness of reporting is stronger among facilities with good environmental performance, while the potency of mandatory planning is greater among facilities with past P2 experience. In contrast, numerical goals reduce toxic pollution levels only among those which have been subjected to high levels of enforcement action. These suggest that reporting requirement and mandatory planning may be promoting the P2 practices which can improve public image and which benefit from enhanced technical know-how, but they are not causing meaningful pollution reductions, implying that the existing policies must be complemented by other approaches to achieve higher reductions in toxic pollution levels.