Pollution prevention

4th Annual National Zero Waste Business Conference

May 5-7, 2015
Millennium Biltmore, Los Angeles CA
For more information, visit http://www.uszwbc.org/2015conference

Zero Waste businesses are leading the way by diverting over 90% of their waste from landfill, incineration and the environment. This conference will demonstrate how Zero Waste can be a key part of business climate change and sustainability plans by reducing greenhouse gases and increasing operating efficiencies. Experts from a diverse range of industries will share innovative ideas, practical tools, and first-hand experience at creating value for their business through Zero Waste.

Heading for zero

Read the full story from DC Velocity.

Ace Hardware worked with its waste and recycling contractor to get one DC to the point where it ships nothing to a landfill. A second DC is close behind. And that’s only a part of the hardware cooperative’s sustainability efforts.

ESRC E3 Project Profiles

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.

Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center – 2014 Year in Review [Video]

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

Transitioning to Safer Chemicals: A Toolkit for Employers and Workers

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.

St. Louis businesses use biodiversity to improve their footprint

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.

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.