In their article “5 ways to reduce waste and costs on your company’s campus”, authors Monique Dubos, Anna Arkin and Matt Domski claim that no matter what your line of business, if you have a physical workspace, you can make it more efficient and save money.
Read previous P2 Impact columns at http://www.greenbiz.com/blogs/enterprise/p2-impact.
Read the full post on the ACS Nexus Blog.
For more than two decades, EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program has required industrial facilities to disclose both their environmental releases and the measures they’ve taken to keep toxic chemicals out of our air, water, and land. It was only recently, however, that the TRI Program began promoting this treasure trove of pollution prevention (P2) data as a resource for identifying demonstrably-effective green practices.
More than 10,000 source reduction activities are reported to TRI each year, but can we tell which ones actually reduce releases? A rigorous statistical analysis of all TRI data shows that the average effect is highest for the reporting categories that include raw material (e.g., feedstock chemical) substitution and switches to aqueous cleaners from solvents. And a separate analysis of the pharmaceutical sector indicates that green chemistry practices contributed to dramatic reductions in the early-to-mid 2000s.
But more meaningful insights lie ahead. Beginning with reports due July 1 of this year, facilities will have the opportunity to report the estimated annual reduction associated with each newly implemented P2 activity. This information will shed new light on which types of practices (including six new green chemistry categories added in 2012) are having the biggest impact on companies’ environmental footprints. As always, facilities that implemented green chemistry will also be encouraged to highlight their successes by submitting a more detailed narrative in the optional P2 section of the form (see video).
Video for Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting facilities on the benefits of reporting pollution prevention information to TRI, with perspectives from industry and EPA.
Dates: March 31-April 2, 2015
Location: St. Louis, MO
For more information, visit http://nbdc.unomaha.edu/2015roundtable/index.htm
Who Should Attend
- Technical Assistance Programs (TAPs) attend all three days for training, networking, new program ideas and to learn new skills
- Craft Brewers attend Tuesday to learn how to make your brewery more efficient and lower environmental footprint
- Green Business Recognition Programs (GBP) attend Thursday to learn about other Green business program models, initiatives that work, and meet your peers
- Manufacturers attend Thursday to learn how to be more Lean and efficient within your operations to save money while lowering your environmental impact
Craft Breweries: On-site Training
Get training in pollution prevention assessments for craft breweries, the fastest growing segment of food processing, pollution prevention and lean principles. Training takes place at Schlafly Bottleworks and includes a walk-through of the brewery.
Day One Schedule
Networking: Getting to the Essence
A full day of facilitated interaction for P2 technical assistance professionals. We will share innovative program delivery methods; ways to measure P2 results; discuss barriers and benefits of P2 for businesses; and learn about technical assistance best practices, P2 policies, sources of funding, and more.
Day Two Schedule
Green Business Programs Breakouts
Featuring presenters from our regions and across the country, these sessions highlight different ways to structure Green Business Recognition or Certification Programs and details about initiatives that businesses are interested in adopting, their barriers and benefits.
Day Three Schedule
Tools for TAPs Breakouts
Technical Assistance Programs (TAPs) are in the business of marketing, cajoling, encouraging, being a technical resource, helping to implement changes at facilities and measuring it all. There’s alot to know! This session is designed to provide education on best practices and lessons learned, show new tools and resources, and give insight beyond the “low hanging fruit.”
Day Three Schedule
P2 and Lean Training
Geared for small or large manufacturers or any service provider that uses repetitive processes in their operations, this workshop teaches how to systematically analyze processes to identify the source of material waste or excess time and reduce or eliminate it. TAPs will get alot of information and tools to assist their clients.
Day Three Schedule
Read the full story in The Guardian.
Unilever has achieved zero non-hazardous waste to landfill ahead of its target date, and has created jobs and reduced costs in the process.
Presentation slides from yesterday’s webinar entitled “Corporate Sustainability and TRI: Exploring P2 Information for Facilities and Parent Companies,” have been posted to www.epa.gov/tri/p2. A recording of the webinar will be posted shortly. To learn about future TRI events, sign up for their mailing list at www.epa.gov/tri.