Update from Big Sky Roundtable -1998
The Region 8 Peaks to Prairies Center is one of nine national
Centers. The coalition of regional centers is called P2Rx. EPA is requiring
a 3-year vision from each of the regional centers. Initiatives proposed for
Region 8 in 1999-2002 are as follows:
- Fine tuning regional and national networking - web site, conference calls,
annual roundtable, news distribution and developing partnerships with other
- Maintain/expand assistance provider and higher education databases.
- Maintain regional reference collection - loan library, collection of regionally
produced resources, linking with larger collections, publishing documents
on-line. Need input on other potential uses.
- Regional marketing support - define what is needed, regional P2 week activities?
These have been produced: television PSAs, Radio PSAs, web site, letterhead,
business card, P2Rx articles in nationally syndicated magazines.
- Sponsor one training per year of regional benefit.
- Develop evaluation/measurement standards or suggestions - send any metrics
used in your state.
- Mini-grants program for P2 efforts with regional benefit - currently funded:
Utah - construction waste P2, Montana - Enviro-Rangers youth club. New RFP
- P2 construction and autobody sector lead, expand to petroleum/refinery and
- Identify sustainable funding
EPA / State Updates
U.S. EPA - John Shoaff :
PPIS funding should stay the same at $4.995K nationally. He is
anticipating funds will be consistent, and is trying to keep money for those
initiatives. PPIS last year took out $50k for general program support and $50k
for tribal initiatives. Hoping to step up the Federal Register Notice in October
with replies due by January. Trends: Region 8 integrates pollution prevention
incentives for states (PPIS) with the performance partnership grants (PPG).
Many P2 benefits.
State technical assistance program brochure may come out in the
fall from headquarters serving as a reference guide to states programs. PBT
initiative with PPIS grants. This is to continue for the next few years. It
is designed to identify certain sectors that could identify sources of and how
to PBTs. Will trickle down to regional and state initiatives. Last year Region
5 was funded for combustion and boiler initiatives. He said that at minimum,
this will be a two year interest. There is a strategy and lists are on web site.
The National Resources Defense Council partnered with DOW Chemical
in a project to find pollution prevention opportunities at DOW's
Midland Michigan site. The program involved community groups, and set guidelines
with the expectation of a 35% reduction. The program exceeded every goal set,
and saved millions of dollars. John said EPA will work with NRDC to identify
more sites. They have identified 3 possible companies so far.
Innovative Approaches to Environmental Protection Taskforce was
created last year to give recognition to P2 programs. There were a handful of
new/different ideas used: environmental stewardship and compliance initiatives.
Project will bring compliance assistance people together. Aiming for Excellence
report will be on the web.
Environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) is a top priority.
The program received additional support from Congress in the last fiscal year.
A new feature of the program is a database of product categories that list and
reference environmental aspects of the products. Another pilot project dealt
with a renovation of the Pentagon.
EPA - Linda Walters:
Congress has provided a new mandate for strategic planning called
the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA). The Office of Pollution Prevention
and Toxics (OPPT), Washington, D.C., is integrating this document's objectives
and strategies in all activities and has passed along this guidance to the Regions.
The element of the plan that the Region 8 Pollution Prevention Program is guided
by is Goal 4, Objective 5: Protect Communities, Improve Pollution Prevention
Strategies, Tools, and Approaches. Performance measures of this goal are to
integrate P2 strategies, tools and approaches into state and tribal environmental
regulatory core programs and in regional multi-media and voluntary partnership
activities, maintain up-to-date information in the national GranTrack system
on all region P2 grants, ensure that the Regional P2 Resource Exchange (P2Rx)
Center is responsive to the needs of its states and that the Center collaborates
with other Centers to develop national standards for P2 information sharing,
ensure activities are ongoing to reduce or eliminate persistent bioaccumulative
and toxic (PBT) chemicals in the environment, and incorporate environmental
considerations into the design and redesign of products, processes, and technical
and management systems. Congress will continue to give EPA money as long as
they can show progress towards these efforts. Measuring results of these activities
will show progress and the states' creative ideas on measurements are solicited.
In addition to the mandate from Congress, EPA also recognizes that the states
have environmental goals to meet and EPA will strive to balance the goals of
the states with those mandated by Congress.
Colorado - Parry Burnap:
Working on regulatory aspects of P2 and are involved in the SPRINT
project working with Tellus. So far they have listed all that has been done
in integration and have decided if they meet the seven SPRINT criteria required
to make P2 change comprehensive, systematic and quantifiable -- They will receive
18 month work plans, and get training for the P2 community.
P2 link is an inter-divisional team that has different job functions.
Consists of 30 people that were hand picked for their personality and job function.
They are getting together with the core P2 program staff and will be responsible
for implementing the SPRINT plan as well as other multi-media prevention-based
Still have governor's
challenge. Companies must make voluntary commitments to significant emissions
reductions through prevention practices. There are no minimum requirements.
In exchange, the companies receive technical assistance and public recognition.
Kathy runs this approximately $95,000 grants program. Each proposal
that she receives shows the amount of money that is matched. This program is
funded by the Colorado P2 act. To get the money, a fee was created from the
SARA 3 community right to know act. The money they receive goes straight into
the community. Projecting that they will get near $100,000 this year.
Some CDPHE staff have undergone Natural Step Training and there
are plans to integrate training with an environmental/economic efficiency strategy
for the agency. The Council of State Governments funded an exchange in P2 technology,
services and policy to enhance trade with Asia. The project was administered
by the Environmental Business Alliance who helped created a partnership with
Environmental Leadership Program. There are currently no leaders
but there are five candidates. All candidates have been admitted to the program
since August. She believes that the slow start of the program is due to the
fact that the agency doesn't yet provide
compelling incentives. The companies must have a clean compliance record for
3 years, an established P2 program, and community programs to be eligible.
Compass Project - this is a two year effort to create a system
that will measure environmental results of traditional and non-traditional compliance
activities of the agency. She expects it will be hard to design the soft ware,
but also difficult to get compliance staff to participate.
The air program is doing an online tool kit for inspectors. The
purpose is so the inspectors can quickly look at information before going on
to a inspection.
Montana - Mike Vogel, John Hudson, Lara Dando
The MSU Extension P2 program is involved in several related projects
outside PPIS funding including:
Linking with students and faculty at seven Montana tribal colleges
through internships funded by Environmental Justice mini-grants to do P2 work
National Resource Center for Sustainable Built Environments,
an initiative at Montana State University - Bozeman to collect information
about green building nationwide.
Mercury Thermostat Recovery Program started by the Low-Income
Weatherization Program in partnership with Johnstone Supply to replace old
mercury-containing thermostats with new non-mercury ones.
Healthy Indoor Air for America's
Homes - a national project with EPA and USDA. Program managers in 43 states,
mini-grants to all states to provide curriculum and train instructors in the
basics of indoor air quality in people's
homes, October is National IAQ month.
Home*A*Syst program is being used for consumer P2.
John Hudson described the EcoStar recognition program for businesses.
Businesses can use the recognition for marketing, but there is some fear of
being targeted by regulators. He also described the new equipment rebate program
which gives rebates for equipment or process changes. Maximum rebate is $250.
Working on eligibility issues (EcoStar winners?), business size and additional
STAR program -- Spray Technique Analysis and Research. This is
to tie in with the Rebate Program. There goal is to assist spray coating businesses
with P2 and lowering costs. Certification by Outside Agency: MCRA MDEQ, ICAR.
Lara Dando Local Government P2: Creating Pollution Prevention
Guide for Local Governments using portions of EPA's document to create a Montana-specific
guidebook. As a complimentary project, the EcoStar Community Awards Program
will award local governments for their pollution prevention efforts.
To help create safer working conditions for all Montanans, the
MSU Extension Service Pollution Prevention Program and the Montana Department
of Labor and Industry Safety Bureau have created a partnership. A brochure advertising
both agencies and the benefits of pollution prevention is being produced. Joint
workshops/trainings are also in the works. Funds from 1998-99 were used to create
a pollution prevention youth awareness curriculum packet and bring the activities
to six 4-H camps in June. Several other camps/schools also utilized the information
in the packet. The packet will be expanded over the next fiscal year so that
more camps and schools can use it to teach kids about pollution prevention.
Another service is the Montana Material Exchange: www.montana.edu/wwwated.mme.htm.
The MME has close to 200 listings, with, unfortunately, few documented exchanges.
Montana DEQ - Lou Moore:
Montana has pulled together various programs into a P2 bureau
to emphasize the importance of P2 in the agency. One important function is housing
the Small Business Ombudsman and managing the Small Business Assistance program.
In additional to regular program functions, DEQ has two special projects in
this area this year. First, Montana has been selected to hold the national conference
for Small Business Assistance Program managers and Small Business Ombudsmen
for 2000. The meeting will be held in Missoula Montana in June. Second, Montana
was selected through a competitive solicitation to receive $75,000 from EPA
to evaluate its small business efforts and to try different marketing strategies
for outreach to these businesses.
The P2 Bureau has responsibility for the Source Water Protection
Program and submitted its program plan to EPA in February. Montana has 1900
public water supplies that must complete delineations and assessments of their
water supplies in the next few years. The P2 bureau's goal is to have majority
of communities complete a source water protection plan in addition to the required
delineations and assessments for their public water supplies. The assessment
part of the SWAP identifies businesses or other sites within the delineated
area that pose potential risks of contamination because of the chemicals or
processes used. These businesses will be targeted for P2 assistance by the Ombudsman
and others at DEQ.
The DEQ P2 program has oversight of four local water quality districts
in the state. These are set up within local governments to address water quality
in specified areas. The bureau assists the districts as the request it with
individual requests such as source water planning and household hazardous waste
In the past year the P2 bureau has been involved in ground water
planning. The coordinated review and recommendations for a ground water plan
that was developed jointly with the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.
This coordination included permitting, remediation, planning, Pollution Prevention
and enforcement areas of the agency. The P2 bureau also manages the wetland
grants program and facilitates the statewide Wetland Council.
Another important area for the P2 bureau is the research, demonstration,
and promotion of alternative transportation fuels, primarily biofuels including
ethanol and biodiesel. The bureau issued a request for proposals and helped
establish the first E-85 refueling station in Montana last fall. Funding was
received from the Legislature to establish 2-4 additional E-85 stations in the
next two years. The bureau continues its work to promote E-10 (also known as
gasohol) used in two-cycle snowmobile engines. This work continues to focus
on the areas around Yellowstone National Park including the community of West
Yellowstone. The bureau has joined forces with the Greater Yellowstone Teton
Clean Cities Coalition. This group considers and recommends alternative modes
of transportation and alternative fuels to reduce traffic, congestion, and air
pollution in Montana and neighboring states due to tourism in Yellowstone and
Teton national parks.
Another major focus of the bureau is waste reduction efforts including
reuse and recycling. Montana needs to update its Integrated Waste Management
Plan this year and is beginning to collect information on the types and amounts
of wastes disposed of in Montana. An ambitious goal of reducing the amount of
waste generated in Montana by 25% was set in 1994. We are not achieving that
and will be looking at opportunities to improve. We have hired a second person
to work in this are and have good success in the area of glass recycling. We
have established local markets for glass recycling at two cement plants and
as road base in three communities. DEQ is working to reduce construction wastes
through an effort that combines P2 practices with energy efficiency practices
and affordable housing issues. This effort will include the demonstration of
resource efficient materials in 2-3 homes and inclusion of the homes in a book
of affordable, energy efficient house plans under development. This effort has
several partners including the MSU P2 program that will provide education and
outreach and the Montana Building Industries Association that will assist with
the demonstrations and printing the plan book.
There are several P2 regulatory integration efforts starting in
Montana and we are excited to expand them. Our efforts working with the Air
and Waste Management Bureau and the Board of Environmental Review to change
the permitting rules applicable to cement kilns has successfully allowed for
the substitutions of glass as a source of silica in the cement manufacturing
process. We now have both cement kilns in the state taking glass for recycling
in this manner. The Source Water Assessment Program worked with the Public Water
Supply Program to amend their rules to require all new applications for public
water supplies to complete delineations and assessments of the source of water
supplying the public system before applications can be approved. And while not
regulatory, integrating source reduction in the construction industry recommendations
into the energy efficient and affordable home efforts will have a more significant
impact that any single projects.
South Dakota - Dennis Clarke
The SD P2 Program is housed in the division of Financial and Technical
Assistance, Water Resource Assistance Program. The state does not see a need
for a P2 statute.
The primary focus of the SD P2 Program
has been rural and agricultural. The program is beginning a shift toward small
business. A P2 industrial assessment project is near completion. The project
partner is the SD School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T). During the project,
onsite P2 assistance was provided to five small industries. One of which is
the state cement plant. A new project to assist additional small businesses
through the formation of industry specific focus groups will be initiated through
the new PPIS Grant. SDSM&T will also serve as DENR's
project partner for the focus group project. One focus group will be the jewelry
One of the positive results realized from the ag focus is that
many reservations people had about participation in environmental projects have
been overcome through successful experiences with ag related projects completed
through the P2 Program. The Bootstraps and ag waste projects have been especially
successful in this regard.
A wastewater infiltration project was completed recently. Assistance
was provided to 20 communities during the project. This exceeds the established
milestone by eight. DENR completed the project through a partnership with the
SD Association of Rural Water Systems.
DENR has formed a partnership with SD State University (SDSU)
to continue development of precision farming practices. The project is supported
through PPIS and Sustainable P2 Grants from EPA, NASA ands several ag commodity
Groups. As part of the project, GIS and GPA technology is being integrated into
crop management to control seeding rates, the application of fertilizer and
pesticides and monitor yields based on site-specific areas in fields. All application
rates are linked to field scouting, soil samples and yield potential for each
management area in a field.
Environmental education modules focusing on source reduction were
developed and field-tested through SDSU. Teachers from 34 school districts were
involved in the development and learned effective environmental education methods
at workshops sponsored as part of the project. Approximately 34,000 students
were involved with the field test of the materials.
A source water protection video was
produced through a partnership with the City of Spearfish. The video is part
of a countrywide source water protection effort. DENR's
Source Water and Geologic Survey Programs and USGS provided technical assistance
for the project.
The SD P2 Program continues to be active in ag waste management
related projects. Financial and technical assistance has been provided for several
confined animal feeding operations (CAFO) and animal feeding operations (AFO)
projects. The ag waste projects are multimedia and enjoy support of the livestock
industry. Ag waste projects completed or in progress include:
Training for AFO/CAFO operators. Project partners - SDSU, SD Pork
Producers and DENR Ground water Program.
DakotaFest display - Managing Manure for Profit. A flier was provided
to persons visiting the exhibit. Project partners - NRCS, SDSU, SD Association
of Conservation Districts (SDACD), Resource Conservation and Development Associations
(RC&Ds) and several conservation districts and watershed projects.
A public involvement manual Getting Results for Public Involvement
is near completion. The manual is written to assist agency and organization
staff in obtaining effective public involvement when environmental projects
are being planned and completed. Funding for the project is from the Nonpoint
source program and Northwest Area Foundation. Primary project partners - SD
Coordinated Resource Management Technical Group, SDACD, SDSU and Midwest Mediation.
Phosphorous Based Nutrient Management
program. The project is designed to generate the information needed to begin
shifting from nitrogen to phosphorous-based nutrient management for crop production
in accordance with the Unified AFO/CAFO Strategy. Primary project partners -
Association, SD Pork Producers and SDSU.
Intensive Grazing Demonstration Project The project is an outgrowth
of the NRCS Grazing Lands Initiative. Through the program good range/pasture,
management will be promoted and range health including bio-diversity increased.
The project is in development. Main project partners - NRCS, RC&Ds, SDSU,
SD Grasslands Coalition, conservation districts, SDACD and livestock producer
Manure Management video. A second manure management video is in
production. This edition will focus on best management practices that reduce
pollution during storage and application on fields. The video is being produced
so that 2-4 minute segments can be shown SD Ag Today. The show reaches approximately
45,000 persons each week.
Utah - Sonja Wallace:
Whole focus is currently the Olympics.
Gives out grants: PAWS (Ground Water and Protection).
Official DEQ Olympic Liaison - Works with: DEQ; six divisions;
EPHA (Environmental Public Health Alliance); Local Health Departments; State
and federal; EAC (Environmental Advisory Council);
EE Council; waste minimization; sustainable facilities; Public
Safety; Environmental Education Council
Coordinates guidelines for state energy efficiency
Mike Vogel - P2Rx
(Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange)
Consists of nine regional EPA Centers.
Goals: Support but work more closely with existing P2 information
providers, not just an internal program, improve networking and minimize
duplication of effort.
Coordinate networking among EPA Regions: Centers are state
liaisons to other regions
First stop shopping network - referral service to activities
throughout the nation and region.
Sector Lead Project: P2Rx decided on pursuing these efforts
because there is a lot of stuff produced that could be shared and benefit
more assistance providers with national coordination and leveraging of support.
Peaks to Prairies chose the autobody and construction sectors based on input
from state programs at the 1998 Roundtable.
Involved in national standard setting: web site development;
sector leads; contacts databases and activity measures. Standardization
is not a mandate, but being implemented to facilitate information sharing.
All 9 centers don't all look the
same, they are customized to each region.
Regional Action questions:
- Where does Region 8 fit?
- What are our regional priorities?
- What do we want to contribute nationally?
- Input on the 3 year plan and vision handed out.
Laura Estes - Web Site Tour of Peaks to Prairies:
Easier domain name coming - http://www.peakstoprairies.org. Current
- Regional map linking to general information about each state (suggestions
for additional content are welcome)
- Our purpose - describes Peaks to Prairies services and lists state program
expertise (check to see if your state's description is accurate)
- Definition of P2 (will check into using EPAs official definition)
- Case studies - are they useful to you? Would you prefer to have a template
to submit case studies on? Would other service providers in your state find
- Contacts - state service providers in the region, new survey will be done
in the coming year to make this list more complete, Judy Dorsey's survey of
P2 in higher education has been added here (with an input form ready for a
database), and Department of Defense contact information
- Sector Links - a hub for sector specific information
- Library page - not many inquiries, how could the library be more useful
to the region?
- News & Events - includes news items, training announcements, grant
RFPs. Advertise your upcoming event here or let others know about your accomplishments.
P2Rx is collaborating with Enviro$en$e on a news tagging standard so news
items can easily be shared nationwide. Watch for this to be implemented in
the next year.
- P2Rx Directory - Links to all the other regional Centers
2002 Olympics Winter Sports Park
The group toured the construction underway and completed at the
ski jumps and luge run.
Diane Conrad, Director of Environmental Programs for SLOC, gave
a short presentation of SLOC's environmental programs.
Enhancement projects. Tree Planting projects, Tree-Cology, Cool
Spaces 2002 - Use NASA data to identify hot spots, then plant trees in those
spots to reduce urban heat island effect. Plant an Olympic Family Tree. Trees
Two Aquatic Wetland Habitats restoration projects, Decker Lake
and Soldier Hollow.
Environmental Education Program. Held the first summit on November
20 of last year. Diane wants to do a video program with Bill Nye (The Science
Guy), and on online SIM venue.
Hotel and Restaurant greening. This program will be kicked off
in the winter. Designed to teach the hotel and restaurant industry to use
SLOC does have alternative fueled cars program. They don't have
CNG vans, however. They will probably get some vans in time for the games.
Environmental programs only have a budget of about 4 million
1999 Mini-grant Projects
Brooke Williams - Construction Waste Minimization Mini-Grant
He works on ideas of how to use the economy to fix the environment.
For the mini-grant he is developing a web site to link relevant construction
waste sites. It will have a downloadable spreadsheet to track recycled materials
from construction waste. He is involved in a Trash Equals Cash Program. He will
create a pamphlet to go with the Contractor's
Awareness program on construction waste that will help contractors figure out
where the most waste is and how to reduce, reuse and recycle construction wastes.
He is also working with Sonja on the temporary facilities program with SLOC.
However since the Olympic scandal, the budget has been cut. The original project
was to build a sustainable buildings that could be reused when the Olympics
P2 Enviro-Rangers Web-based Kids Club Mini-Grant Report
Lara Dando reported that the Club is available to all kids under
age 18 interested in helping the earth by practicing pollution prevention. The
club offers prizes for completing games and activities that help them learn
about P2. It is also a good resource for teachers and youth leaders. To be a
member, kids take a quiz and sign a proclamation that they will practice P2.
Contacts in all region 8 states have been established. Web site address is:
. The group suggested EnviroRangers try to get links to the club from nationally
known kid's sites like American Dolls, Lego, Pokemon, Beanie Babies, American
Education Association, Girl & Boy Scout Clubs of America, 4-H, and other
environmental education groups.
Mike Vogel - P2 PSAs Mini-Grant
A draft 30-second PSA customized for each state by scenic shots,
was shown. States participating were Montana, Utah, Colorado, South Dakota,
and North Dakota. North Dakota also helped develop an airing tips fact sheet.
States are encouraged to work with their state media departments for airing.
The mini-grant covered production costs, a beta cam SP copy and VHS copy of
the video to each state, a DAT cassette recording of the script to be used for
radio PSAs. Using MSU-based resources for this project resulted in a total project
cost of under $3,000 compared to the $15,000+ quoted by a private contractor.
States should work with Laura on any changes that need to be made. Parry suggested
the PSA might be a useful tool for P2 week.
Kevin McMindes - Construction and
Autobody Sector Leads
Purpose: Create a first-stop-shopping collection of information.
In the process of collecting resources. Hard-copy resources are included in
the lending library. Other resources being collected are web sites, contact
people, trade associations, etc. One of the tasks of the upcoming year is to
define construction and autobody sectors as it pertains to our collection.
Construction: Many of the resources gathered so far are for residential
construction. NAICS definition of construction is broad with three subcategories:
1) building, land and subdivision and development; 2) heavy construction; 3)
activities by specialty trade contractors; includes commercial, sustainable,
demolition, reconstruction, highway, water, power, waste reduction, energy efficiency.
Autobody: NAICS autobody definition fairly straightforward:
- Repairing or customizing automotive vehicles - cars, vans, trucks, etc.;
- Painting automotive vehicle and trailer bodies;
- Replacing, repairing, etc. automotive vehicle glass;
- Customizing vehicles for physically disabled, other special cases.
Sixteen states have contributed resources; 15-20 resources received
from EPA Region 8 states. All resources in the collection are currently listed
on the Peaks to Prairies web site.
Sector Lead Database: Approximately 195 entries, 133 construction
and 62 Autobody. Categories are still being defined. Keywords will eventually
tied into a controlled vocabulary used nationwide. Goal is fully functioning
database by end of September 1999.
Other links and partners for the P2 Construction Sector Project:
- National Resource Center for Sustainable Building (MSU project)
- 2002 Olympic efforts
- Colorado efforts
Other links and partners for the P2 Autobody Sector Project:
- Illinois Waste Reduction Center/STAR Program
- OECA/Greenlink Connection
Tellus SPRINT (State Pollution
Prevention Regulatory Integration Initiative) Presentation
A preview of the day long workshop available to state agencies
was given and the SPRINT Compendium was distributed. Workshop Objective: Learn
the tools to integrate P2 into your agency's
day to day activities by identifying ripe processes, developing a plan using
case studies and IP's and working
through seven criteria to make it stick. P2 paradigms are evolving.
Colorado is currently using SPRINT and Montana has signed up and
will have a workshop in late September. Sonja asked how the program has been
marketed to groups like ECOS, FOSTA, and Media State Associations. Look at specific
management practices of industry that can be adopted.
John Shoaff - EPA Summary (followup
notes from John included)
National network meeting convening process - no date has been
set. EPA has hired independent mediators to advise on the process, consult with
stakeholders and recommend meeting invitees. Agency is updating P2 Facility
Guide, Emma Lou George is the contact. More systematic approach, integrate quality
Innovations Task Force report was posted on the web at http://www.epa.gov/reinvent/taskforce.
Appendix 3 outlines what actions will occur as a result of the task force report.
P2 is mentioned in the report in a number of places and is even included among
a few actions. In particular, the convening process or national network of business
and environmental assistance providers is listed under Action Item 4, task 2.
There are a number of other tasks that may tie into regiona, state or local
interests, i.e. tasks spanning regulatory and economic incentives, use of environmental
management systems (EMSs), permitting (air and NPRDES), smart growth, and community
Incentives workgroup for the last year, they will have a meeting
in the fall.
New York Times article featuring Dow Chemical's
partnership with environmental groups was sent by email or fax to all states.
For the full report on what is formally known as the Michigan Source Reduction
initiative (MSRI), see NRDC's web
site at: http://www.nrdc.org/nrdcpro/msri/msriinx.html . A handful of additional
facilities will be identified to further pilot the success of MSRI. This expansion
of the project is known as the Voluntary Initiative for Source Reduction
(VISR). For various reasons, EPA may pursue a more active government role in
the effort which could include a regional and state P2 technical assistance
program role in identifying and working with facilities to pursue priority PBT
and other release (e.g., TRI, air carcinogens or local priority concerns) reductions.
Environmentally preferable purchasing project has a list serve
called EPP Net. To join, follow these instructions: 1) send a message to email@example.com
and in the body of the message, write subscribe eppnet (first name) (last name),
2) send a short message to firstname.lastname@example.org
(Mary Ann Remolador) just giving her a quick idea of who you are and what you
do and this can be as general or specific as you want. The web site for EPP
is located at: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/epp/.
The Private Sector Pioneers article mentioned can be found from this
Other resources -
Official national definition of P2 can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/p2/epamemo.htm.
No amendments are planned.
EPA's Environmental Education Office web site contains information
on their grants program, regional contacts and additional links to resources
such as Partnership for Environmental Technology and Education (PETE) and
the National P2 Center for Higher Education (NPPC). See http://www.epa.gov/enviroed/
The Lovinses and Hawken article entitled ANatural
Capitalism is in the May/June issue of the Harvard Business Review
(page 99309) and can be purchased on line at: http://harvardbusinessonline.hbsp.harvard.edu/b01/en/hbr/hbr_home.jhtml;jsessionid=N0ZKLIVLIC2J2AKRGWDSELQ?_requestid=49091
Trainings of potential regional interest identified were:
Environmentally Preferable Purchasing, Public Information Delivery, PBTs, Ski
Industry Assessments. Discussion as to how, when, and to whom these will be
offered is an action item.
Department of Defense state contact lists were passed out. State
programs interested in partnering can find out more about their efforts on the
web site. They would like to join an upcoming regional conference call.
Jackson Hole was voted as the location for the next roundtable
providing reasonable lodging can be found. Since a new P2 Coordinator has not
yet been hired. Linda volunteered to check into this. Tentative dates were set
for August 9-11, 2000.
The new RFP for Peaks to Prairies mini-grants is now available.
Projects should be of regional benefit and must be completed by September 30,
2000 with a 50% match from non-federal funds.
Utah made a collection of all handouts from the meeting. The complete
set, or individual pieces, can be borrowed from the Peaks to Prairies Library.