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Challenges for Collaborative Technical Assistance Delivery Panel Discussion

Interagency Panel Members

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Manufacturing Extension Partnership/NIST
Midwest Assistance Program
Nevada SBDC
Yellowstone National Park
Boulder County PACE
Western Regional P2 Network
University of Northern Colorado
Department of Defense
EPA Region 5 Tribal Program
Texas Natural Resource Conservation
Commission (TNRCC)

The interagency panel discussion explored what other groups are doing to improve their technical assistance delivery, how they collaborate with other groups, and how that collaboration helps them improve technical assistance. Members of the Region 8 Roundtable used this information as a benchmark to prepare the emerging Region 8 strategic plan. 

Bill Boone, Senior Technical Advisor, Manufacturing Extension Partnership/ National Institute of Standards and Technology
The mission of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership is "To strengthen the global competitiveness of US-based manufacturing by providing information, decision support, and implementation assistance to smaller manufacturing firms in adopting new, more advanced manufacturing technologies, techniques, and business best practices." MEP Report (in pdf format, use your back button to return).

Kenneth Bruzelius - Executive Director, Midwest Assistance Program (MAP)
MAP was established in 1979 as a non-profit corporation and provides technical assistance and training relating to water, wastewater and solid waste. MAP's services benefit rural communities in nine states (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming). Field-based staff offer community leaders tailored, on-site technical assistance and training, using a capacity-building approach at no cost. Midwest Assistance Program is dedicated to helping rural communities improve their environment, quality of life and be self- sustaining. MAP Report (in pdf format, use your back button to return).

Kevin Dick - Manager, Business Environmental Program (BEP), Nevada Small Business Development Center
The Business Environmental Program was established as part of the Nevada SBDC in 1988. The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, USEPA, and the Washoe and Clark County Air Quality Management Divisions provide funding for the program. The Program provides free and confidential regulatory compliance and pollution prevention assistance to Nevada businesses using the statewide network of SBDC service centers. BEP provides assistance with hazardous waste management and air quality regulations that enable businesses to develop cost-effective compliance strategies focusing on minimizing the creation of pollution. NSBDC Report (in pdf format, use your back button to return).

Jim Evanoff - Management Assistant, Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone was set aside as the world’s first national park in 1872. Its popularity is evident by the increasing number of visitors. It was visited by 50 million people during the first 100 years of its existence and visited by another 50 million during the next 25 years. In the summer, it is transformed into a virtual city with 1.5 million people visiting in July and August alone. Because of these ever-burgeoning numbers, Yellowstone must be a flagship for the National Park Service’s mission in sustainability and environmental conservation.
Yellowstone Report (in pdf format, use your back button to return).

Anne Kaufmann - Pollution Prevention Specialist, Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE), Boulder County Health Department
The PACE program is a cooperative effort of the city of Boulder Office of Environmental Affairs, Boulder County Health Department, City of Longmont, Boulder Energy Conservation Center, and Boulder Chamber of Commerce. The overall goal of the PACE program is to reduce the use of hazardous materials and the amount of waste to water, land, and air that results from business, government, and household activities in Boulder County. In order to meet this goal, PACE staff identify P2 outreach needs, compile information, and provide motivation for businesses to achieve emission and waste reductions beyond compliance levels. PACE Report (in pdf format, use your back button to return).

Isao Kobashi - Program Manager, Western Regional Pollution Prevention Network (WRPPN)
The Western Regional Pollution Prevention Network is a cooperative alliance of pollution prevention (P2) programs throughout the region. The network focuses on regional P2 issues through researching, consolidating, and disseminating P2 information. The network increases P2 effectiveness by providing P2 programs with timely, accurate and useful information and resources. WRPPN Report (in pdf format, use your back button to return).

Steve Kluess - District Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Jackson Service Center
The Natural Resources Conservation Service is a Federal agency that works in partnership with the American people to conserve and sustain our natural resources. URL For the Agency is:; for the Wyoming NRCS it is

Charles E. Olmsted - Professor and Environmental Studies Program Coordinator, University of Northern Colorado
The Environmental Studies Program seeks to match student interns with government agencies and other organizations to both provide technical assistance to service providers and to enhance educational development. NCOU Report (in pdf format, use your back button to return).

Phil Rasmussen - Coordinator, Western Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)
SARE is a USDA-CSREES competitive grants program with a regional orientation and leadership structure. Its mission is to expand knowledge and adoption of sustainable agriculture practices that are economically viable, environmentally sound and socially acceptable. SARE is designed to provide both a research and education base for the future economic viability of U.S. Agriculture. Funding for SARE is authorized under Subtitle B of Title XVI of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act of 1990 (FACTA).
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Maureen Sullivan - Team Leader, Pollution Prevention and Compliance Assistance, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Environmental Security)
The Department of Defense (DoD) uses pollution prevention as its preferred approach to environmental management and is integrating the practices into all activities, from redesigning weapon systems to improving the management of hazardous materials at installations. DoD Report (in pdf format, use your back button to return).

Dolly Tong - Environmental Scientist, Pollution Prevention, U.S. EPA, Region 5
EPA Region 5 Tribal Solid Waste and Pollution Prevention Program Goal - To encourage comprehensive integrated solid waste management and waste reduction practices in Indian Country that are protective of human health and the environment by: building tribal capacity for developing and implementing municipal solid waste activities; developing tribal organization infrastructures; realizing economic sustainability of tribal solid waste programs; and building partnerships among tribes, states, and local communities. EPA Region 5 Report (in pdf format, use your back button to return).

Ken Zarker - Strategic Partnerships, Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission (TNRCC)
Ken works in the Small Business and Environmental Assistance Division of the TNRCC. This group provides compliance and pollution prevention assistance to the regulated community. Ken is a board member of the NPPR, participates in the ECOS Regulatory Innovation Workgroup, and serves as the state Project XL contact. NRCC Report (in pdf format, use your back button to return).

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