The ESRC E3 Project Profiles provide a detailed look at E3 (Economy, Energy, Environment) projects recently completed or currently under way in EPA Regions 3 and 4. The information, gathered primarily from the ESRC February 2014 survey, will help our respective programs network and develop responsive, coordinated efforts for achieving E3 goals.
The Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center has released a video describing their work over the past year. Among the highlights:
- Technical resources for reducing zinc in stormwater
- Technical assistance and training for craft breweries
- Paint spray efficiency training
- Fats, oils, and grease (FOG) prevention training
- EcoBiz certification program (targeting automotive repair and landscaping companies)
- Green sports directory
Establishing a chemical management system that goes beyond simply complying with OSHA standards and strives to reduce or eliminate chemical hazards at the source through informed substitution best protects workers. Transitioning to safer alternatives can be a complex undertaking, but a variety of existing resources make it easier. OSHA has developed this step-by-step toolkit to provide employers and workers with information, methods, tools, and guidance on using informed substitution in the workplace.
In the latest P2 Impact article, author Jean Ponzi writes about how biodiversity projects can build better businesses and more sustainable communities. Read previous P2 Impact articles at http://www.greenbiz.com/blogs/enterprise/p2-pathways.
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.
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.
Read the full post from Yale University.
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.