Webinar: Using the Green Technologies & Practices (GTP) research to guide your P2 efforts

Thu, Sep 24, 2015 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CDT
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1885327459339958018

Please join us for a webinar that provides insights to where green technologies and practices have been adopted – and which industries and occupations led the implementation.

People and organizations choose many paths to green. Some do it “because it’s the right thing to do,” some because “it makes business sense.” While few may acknowledge it, many are influenced to adopt a green technology or practice (GTP) because others in their personal and business circles do.

Wouldn’t it be nice to know what parts of the country, sectors of the economy, or occupations have a higher proportion of GTP adoption? Presumably we could better target our own efforts to sell a green widget or service if we knew where the green hotspots lie, then build atop the social networks and community attitudes indicated by higher GTP adoption.

Fortunately, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) developed a survey of American businesses about Green Jobs. The BLS used its Green Technologies and Practices (GTP) survey to measure adoption of goods and services that can reduce the negative impact on the environment.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Business Administration pursued additional data review atop the results published by the BLS, thanks to a BLS process for working with outside researchers. That additional review tied the GTP survey results data to other datasets in an attempt to discover identifiable county level attributes that are correlated with high GTP adoption in our region, i.e., counties in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, and South Dakota. This webinar will provide insights from that additional review.

Thinking in circles, cycles and loops

Read the full post at GreenBiz.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its annual municipal waste Facts and Figures report last month with a new tag line of “Advancing Sustainable Materials Management.” The new name comes at an interesting time in the world of municipal solid waste management in the U.S.

In short, if America wants to recycle, people will have to pay more. So far, there really has been no discussion about the underlying reality that current practices yield a lot of contamination (aka waste).

I recently spoke at a fundraising event in Barre, Vermont for the Toxics Action Center (TAC). As part of its mission to prevent landfill expansions and associated environmental impacts, TAC advocates for “zero waste” programs. I was asked to address zero waste initiatives, especially in light of Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law, which forbids disposal of recycled materials and organics by 2020.

While thinking about how to frame my remarks, it hit me that “zero waste” is equivalent to “100 percent resources.” In other words, every material manufactured or grown can be used or consumed, and then, because what’s left are resources, can be repurposed or reused as is, recycled, digested or composted.

Job announcement: Los Alamos National Laboratory — Environmental Professional 3 — Pollution Prevention Program

To apply,  go to www.lanl.gov and select the career link.  The job number is IRC42840.

Applications accepted through September 21, 2015.

What You Will Do

The Environmental Stewardship Services Group in the Environmental Protection Division is responsible for providing pollution prevention (P2) services across the Los Alamos National Laboratory programmatic work and operations.  The Laboratory takes a multi-media approach to pollution prevention by developing and implementing projects that reduce impacts to all types of environmental issues including waste, water and air quality, materials use and management, green procurement, and resource conservation.  This position will be a member of the Environmental Protection Division, Environmental Stewardship Services Group. Job duties will include:

  • Conducting pollution prevention opportunity assessments for potential reductions in waste, effluent, emissions, energy use, water use, resource use and materials management
  • Working within facilities to reduce environmental impact from operations and facility support processes
  • Providing technical support to waste generators and waste management operations to identify opportunities to eliminate or minimize waste streams, waste volumes, and/or waste toxicity characteristics
  • Providing technical support for LANL’s High Performance Sustainable Buildings program
  • Providing technical support for LANL’s recycling and re-use programs
    Supporting development and implementation of P2 initiatives targeting near and long-term environmental goals and objectives
  • Supporting execution of the LANL P2 awards program, and Federal environmental sustainability award programs
  • Providing presentations, as required, on various P2 topics to Lab organizations to communicate requirements and explain initiatives
  • Providing technical support for Lean/Six Sigma, and other management directed process improvement projects
  • Reporting on P2 program activities to management
  • Providing technical support for compliance programs, including participation in internal and external audit & assessments
  • Providing technical support for implementation of the LANL Site Sustainability Plan in accordance with DOE Order 436.1
  • Providing support for annual reports (i.e., Site Sustainability Plan, New Mexico Environment Department MED Hazardous Waste Mininmization Plan, etc)

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Advanced knowledge of and experience with implementation of pollution prevention techniques
  • Advanced knowledge of and experience with structured process analysis and improvement techniques (Lean/Six Sigma, Design for Environment, Lean and Green Manufacturing, or others)
  • Advanced knowledge of and experience in several of the following areas: environmental compliance, sustainability, resource use efficiency, green chemistry, green procurement, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
  • Knowledge of and experience with managing or operating facility support equipment such as chillers, boilers, cooling towers and other ancillary support processes
  • Demonstrated excellent report writing skills and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience organizing and performing activities requiring substantial planning and team interactions with diverse types of individuals.
  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance.

Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge of and experience with DOE/NNSA environmental programs, environmental risks and compliance issues and environmental scope of work
  • Advanced knowledge of Lean/Six Sigma, Design for Environment, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) tools and techniques
  • Demonstrated self-initiating, communicative work style with very strong interpersonal and collaborative-work capabilities

Education:

Bachelor’s degree or graduate degree in engineering, environmental science or related/relevant field, plus eight (8) years or more direct experience working in an environmental field or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Engineering degree preferred.

Notes to Applicants

There are no routine travel requirements associated with this position other than occasional professional meetings and training. Required application materials (e.g., writing samples).  Please provide a writing sample with this application.

Where You Will Work

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security.  LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

This position is located in the Environmental Protection Division Environmental Stewardship Services group.  This group provides stewardships services for biological and cultural resources management, Natural Resources Damage Assessment, the Long Term Strategy for Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability, integrated project review, pollution prevention, environmental management system, environmental health physics, soil, foodstuffs and biota monitoring, National Environmental Policy Act EPA and SWEIS.  This is a diverse and dynamic group and this position will work closely with these different programs on a regular basis.

How Can Daycare Facilities Minimize Toxic Exposures?

Read the full response from the Pollution Prevention Resource Center.

The question relates to facilities that provide temporary, drop-in day care for children, ages three to ten. The facility consists of: a mat zone (for jumping and tumbling), a snack area, general toys and books, an arts and craft area, and periodic trips to the outdoor playground.

Since it is not a licensed day care, it is not bound by the same regulatory cleaning requirements as a daycare facility, but it does use bleach and various disinfectants including aerosol sprays and wipes.

The facility wants to prioritize and minimize toxic exposures to visiting children. The following sections provide some information and suggestions, categorized under cleaning exposure, cleaning and disinfection, building materials, toys, art, and pest management.

Exit Interview: Keith Miller, 3M

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Last week, Keith Miller spent his last day as a 3M employee after 37 years, most recently with the title of sustainability strategic advisor. 3M has been an iconic company in environmental circles, having issued its first environmental policy statement, adopted by its board, in 1975.

That same year it started a then-revolutionary program called Pollution Prevention Pays, which encourages ideas and innovations that have saved billions of pounds of waste and emissions. 3P has been copied by many companies and has received numerous awards.

During his final days at the company, I caught up with Miller to talk about his career path and the sustainability journey of his company. The conversation has been edited for clarity and length.

Job announcement: Director of the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute

The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is now accepting applications for the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute Director.

To view the full position announcement or to apply, visit http://careers.rit.edu/staff, click Search Openings, and enter 1850BR in the keyword field.

Salary range: $ 86,200 – $138,000

The Director leads and directs the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I), a statewide technology development, transfer, and assistance center whose mission is to make New York state more environmentally sustainable for businesses, workers, and the public through more efficient use of raw materials, energy and water, and reductions in toxic chemical use, emissions to the environment and waste generation.  NYSP2I is an integrated program of several major elements: direct technical assistance to industry and organizations; research, development, and diffusion; outreach; professional training; a community grants program; and academic educational program development. NYSP2I is led by the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and is a partnership between RIT, Clarkson University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University at Buffalo and the ten NYS Regional Technology Development Centers (RTDCs). The primary source of funding for NYSP2I is provided by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) through a dedicated line item. The Director will manage a team of professionals at the NYSP2I at RIT

This role will contribute to NYSP2I’s success by delivering quality work in the following service areas:

  • Engage New York State industry and organizations for the purpose of providing direct assistance in the areas of toxics use reduction, process improvement, and resource conservation;
  • Research, develop and transfer pollution prevention (P2) technologies to NY companies;
  • Assist NYS companies with introducing green technologies to the market;
  • Help companies achieve sustainable supply chain goals;
  • Develop P2 assessment tools and deliver P2 training to businesses, technical assistance providers, and community organizations;
  • Provide research and technical support to the RTDCs;
  • Develop and implement P2 priority setting and performance tracking programs to maximize program effectiveness; and
  • Provide grants to community projects that help to achieve pollution prevention.

Required Minimum Qualifications

Education
Demonstrated knowledge of engineering, science, green chemistry, environmental science or sustainability, in addition to project and business management principles, methods and techniques. Master’s degree in a technical field of study required (i.e. engineering, chemistry, environmental studies, sustainability, or related fields). PhD strongly preferred.

Experience

  • A minimum of ten years related work experience is required.
  • Must have a minimum of five years of experience in a technical P2, green chemistry, environmental science or sustainability position, in addition to experience in a leadership role with supervisory responsibility.
  • Must have experience in the following areas: project/program management, technical assistance and training, P2 technologies/approaches, manufacturing and/or P2 assessments.
  • Experience in environmental regulatory compliance and management systems will also be considered.
  • Experience with proposal development and securing grant funding.
  • Experience working with state and/or federal funding and contracting processes preferred.

Essential Skills and Abilities

  • Highly motivated and self-directed
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Knowledge and ability to work with a variety of persons and organizations having diverse issues, concerns, and agendas
  • Knowledge and ability to coordinate meetings, deliver presentations and collaborate with stakeholders
  • Knowledge and ability to lead; think creatively; proactively adapt to changing environment; act decisively, and inspire and empower others.
  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge and expertise in pollution prevention and sustainable consumption and production
  • Project organization and management skills.
  • Effective verbal communication and public speaking skills

Ending landfill from factories kickstarts wave of partnerships for Unilever

Read the full story in The Guardian.

When a business like Unilever stops sending waste to landfill from its global factory network, how does it deal with all the stuff that used to be thrown away?

It is a question that faces every large business that is serious about reducing its environmental impact and, while Unilever doesn’t claim to have all the answers, it has made this very clear: you can’t do it alone.

By the end of 2014, Unilever sent no non-hazardous waste to landfill from any of its network of 242 factories and manufacturing sites across 67 countries. This zero waste initiative helped achieve €220m (£159m) of cost savings, and created more than 1,000 jobs. It also opened up opportunities for partnerships, as Unilever looked for new ways to reuse, recycle or recover the materials that were still left over from manufacturing even after substantial efforts to reduce waste at source.

A new interactive Global Collaboration Map, created in a partnership between Unilever and 2degrees, shows Unilever’s global network of factories – all now sending zero waste to landfill.