| Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Information Center
Montana State University Extension Service
EPA Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx)
FY 2002 Summary of Activities
http://peakstoprairies.org was launched
with a new look and improved services. The web site is a regional clearinghouse
for news and events, pollution prevention assistance and publications, and roundtable
happenings. Easy access to all state pollution prevention programs is available
from the home page. New features include a searchable "virtual library"
of state P2 publications, a searchable directory of regional programs, and improved
news sources. The site also contains topical information for Peaks to Prairies
focus areas: P2 in outdoor recreation, green building and sustainable development,
and P2 in education.
EPA Search Engine - Peaks to Prairies now has access to the EPA search
engine. The P2Rx web committee has recently completed plans with EPA HQ web
experts to incorporate EPA search power into all regional center sites. Now
anyone searching from EPA.gov or another P2Rx center site will find publications,
events, news and program information included in the Peaks to Prairies web site.
General Networking Activities - Managed the regional pollution prevention
list serve, organized bi-monthly regional conference calls, maintained a regional
programs directory, published a list of regional pollution prevention projects,
participated in national networking activities through P2Rx and NPPR, published
a bi-annual regional newsletter, updated P2 Week resources and promotion, maintained
and updated the regional publications library, participated in regional events
like the Clean Snowmobile Challenge, .
FOCUS AREA ACTIVITIES
Higher Ed Survey Update - As an update of the 1998 survey of universities
in the region, Peaks to Prairies is currently collecting and tabulating a survey
of trade and technical schools to determine if they teach pollution prevention
concepts in their coursework or are interested in doing so. Results will be
published on the web site.
Topic Hubs (P2Rx) - Topic Hubs are guides to pollution prevention on
a variety of subjects. During the past year, Peaks to Prairies completed five
hubs to add to the national P2Rx collection on these topics: Community Growth,
Autobody, Ag and Vocational Teaching Labs, Clean Snowmobiles, and Residential
Construction. All our hubs have been peer reviewed. Comments and suggestions
for new resources are always welcome. We are currently working on hubs for the
ski industry, youth education, and national/state parks; each with a particular
audience in mind. http://peakstoprairies.org/topichub/
P2 EnviroRangers - This web-based kid's club was revamped so youth can
register and complete activities on-line. The club is gaining quite a following
among home schoolers throughout the US. http://peakstoprairies.org/p2bande/YouthEd/EnviroRangers.cfm
P2 in Residential Construction - Web-based resources for this focus
area were added to and improved upon. The collection now includes: the Industry
Directory for Resource Efficient Residential Construction, a revamped Construction
& Demolition Waste Management Guide, the Residential Construction Contractor's
Guide, a homeowner's checklist for Lead -Based Paint, a selection of Recommended
Readings and other useful links. http://peakstoprairies.org/p2bande/construction/c&dwaste/infolinks.cfm.
Peaks to Prairies has also participated in the stakeholder meetings to create
a new OECA Construction Center.
Homes Across America - The groundwork has been laid and a demonstration
web site is available to showcase homes built in a resource efficient manner.
Pollution Prevention for Agricultural and Vocational Educators - A laboratory
self-audit guide was published both in hard copy and on the web to help high
school vo-ag teachers adopt best management practices in their teaching labs
where small quantities of a wide variety of wastes can be produced. http://peakstoprairies.org/p2bande/voed/P2Whatis.cfm
Ag P2 Projects Database - Information is being collected and contacts
are being made to create a regional clearinghouse for ag p2 research and demonstration
projects. Projects from a variety of agencies will be collected providing for
cross-agency sharing of information and demonstrating a link between agricultural
practices and pollution prevention.