2003 PPIS Grants
Region 1 (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)
Region 2 (NJ, NY, PR, VI)
Region 3 (DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV)
Region 4 (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN)
Region 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI)
Region 6 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX)
Region 7 (IA, KS, MO, NE)
Region 8 (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY)
Region 9 (AZ, CA, HI, NV, AS, GU)
Region 10 (AK, ID, OR, WA)
EPA P2 Coordinator's: Robert Guillemin and Abby Swaine
Recipient: Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
EPA Funding: $75,000
The DEP Office of Pollution Prevention and its partners will: 1) develop and conduct training for municipal procurement officers and facilities managers on environmentally preferable purchasing, contracts for such purchases, and online purchasing mechanisms; 2) provide coordination, outreach and education to local government jurisdictions to implement initial action steps that reduce greenhouse gases and save money based on the results of municipal greenhouse gas inventories; 3) reactivate its partnership with the Korean Drycleaners Association of CT, and along with other DEP bureaus provide up-to-date environmental information about regulations and pollution prevention to their members. Previous fact sheets will be revised to reflect recent changes in regulation and additional fact sheets will explain emerging technologies in green garment cleaning; 4) continue its work to clean up local junkyards by assisting with seminars and providing pollution prevention and compliance materials; 5) continue to work with automotive repair facilities, to provide the most up-to-date information about regulations and pollution prevention to their members; 6) establish a partnership with the Connecticut Hospital Association or a group of interested hospitals, to provide P2 technical assistance to Connecticut hospitals; 7) expand a pilot project on livable communities for urban neighborhoods; 8) develop an environmentally preferable cleaning guide, intended for trained outreach workers that visit urban residents with asthma; and 9) continue to publish and distribute their pollution prevention newsletter entitled, "P2 View." P2 View is the quarterly newsletter which attempts to inform businesses, individuals and institutions on ways to reduce and/or eliminate waste and pollution.
Recipient: Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
EPA Funding: $70,000
DEP's Office of Innovation and Assistance will establish an environmental management system (EMS) at four facilities. DEP will select facilities that already have an established environmental policy in place. DEP will partner with the Casco Bay Estuary Project in the facilitation of one EMS that will target golf courses. In related activities, DEP will: 1) encourage the elimination of mercury and the elimination or reduction of persistent bio-accumulating toxins from these facilities within the framework of the EMS; and 2) host an EMS training for the participating organizations and for other small businesses in the Casco Bay Watershed focusing on pollutant of concern. DEP will partner with Casco Bay Estuary Project, Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), Maine Chamber of Commerce, and the Environment and Energy Tech Council (E2Tech).
Contact: Peter Cook, phone: 207- 287-7100; email: email@example.com
Recipient: University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Project title: "The Smaller Business TCE Project"
EPA Funding: $52,390
The Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute has designated trichloroethylene (TCE) as one of five high priority substances that are to receive special attention in 2004, with the aim of attaining significant reduction in use. TCE, is historically used for metal degreasing. According to the Chemical Economics Handbook, 30,000 metric tons of TCE were used in the United States in 2000 for metal cleaning and other uses. The University's TURI program and Massachusetts' Office of Technical Assistance for Toxics Use and Reduction (OTA) will work collaboratively to: 1) identify all current users of TCE in Massachusetts, (the core of this constituency uses TCE primarily for cleaning/decreasing); 2) approach all identified users with offers of technical assistance to reduce or substitute TCE used in their processes and offer compliance assistance with MACT standards; 3) assess progress made during the year in contacting companies and offering them assistance; and 4) document any early successes in implementation of TCE substitution strategies. This project is targeted at smaller businesses using TCE, who do not have direct access to pollution prevention information and resources.
Contact: Michael Ellenbecker, phone: 978-934-3272
Recipient: Massachusetts Operational Services Division
EPA Funding: $25,350
Project title: "Toxics Use Reduction Assistance for Massachusetts Schools"
OSD will use statewide contracts (SWCs) to develop safer management guidance language addressing chemical use in public schools. The guidance document will explain how to use SWCs and make the transition to less toxic products. OSD will also design and implement a pilot training/technical assistance program that will teach school staff about how to use the contracts for safer chemical management. OSD will offer the guide, trainings and follow-up technical assistance in four schools over the course of six months. They will follow-up by conducting an evaluation of the pilot projects and use the information to finalize the guide and trainings. The finalized guide will be distributed to schools throughout the state.
Recipient: New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES)
EPA Funding: $75,000
Project Title: "Toxics Use Reduction in the Healthcare Sectors, Schools and Motor Vehicle Salvage Facilities"
DES will conduct three separate projects. First, DES, will partner with the University of New Hampshire (UNH), the NH Hospital Association's Foundation for Healthy Communities (FHC), and New Hampshire Health Care Association (NHHCA) to continue their ongoing efforts to promote mercury use elimination and dioxin emission reduction at health care facilities. The primary focus of this year's project will continue promoting the Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E) program, coordinating with New Hampshire Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (NH3E), and creating a mentoring program between hospitals and other healthcare providers, such as nursing homes, mental health clinics, specialty hospitals, and visiting nurses agencies. DES will also continue its outreach effort with the NH Dental Society by promoting available new technology to the dental community on amalgam separators.
Second, DES will continue to partner with the NH Department of Education (DOE), Department of Health and Human Services, EPA - New England representatives, local school authorities, municipals officials, and Northeast Waste Management Officials Association. DES will conduct outreach to school administrators, perform site visits, assist the schools in identifying ways to safely remove the materials, leverage disposal options, and educate school staff on prevention techniques. The primary focus of this year's project will be to create outreach documents for specific classrooms such as chemistry laboratories, vocational studies, and facility management and coordinating a workshop.
Third, DES will enter into Phase II of the NH Green Yards Project to address the Motor Vehicle Salvage Facility operations from an environmental perspective. DES will continue to assist in the education and outreach phase of the best management guidance document, provide technical assistance, coordinate workshops and conduct site visits.
Contact: Sara Johnson, phone: 603-271-6460; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Recipient: Rhode Island Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC)
EPA Funding: $25,000
Project title: "P2 for Auto Salvage Yards"
NBC will conduct a series of on-site pollution prevention/environmental compliance assistance assessments of at least five auto salvage yards located within the NBC servicing district. These assessments will be used to both educate NBC Pollution Prevention staff on waste management issues facing the auto salvage industry and educate auto salvage operators on pollution prevention and environmental compliance practices and procedures. Each assessment will focus on multi-media environmental issues, pollution prevention and environmental regulatory compliance. A major focus of this project will be to assist these and other auto salvage yard operators with understanding and complying with environmental regulations associated, industrial wastewater discharge permits, RCRA hazardous waste management, and the State of Rhode Island's solid waste and storm water management regulatory requirements.
By using the findings/results of these assessments, NBC will organize and sponsor a pollution prevention/environmental compliance educational workshop for all of Rhode Island's auto salvage industry. Information that is collected as part of the overall project will be used to measure the success these education efforts have on the environmental performance
Recipient: University of Rhode Island (URI)
EPA Funding: $80,000
Project title: "Pollution Prevention Technical Assistance for the RI Industry"
The URI Center for Pollution Prevention will partner with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) to continue providing pollution prevention technical assistance to Rhode Island businesses. For example, URI and DEM will provide technical assistance to businesses to eliminate their use of trichloroethylene (TCE), a hazardous chemical commonly used in metal degreasing operations.
In separate projects, URI and DEM will continue to: 1) implement a certification program for the Rhode Island autobody (auto refinishing) industry, a program that is modelled after the Massachusetts Environmental Results Program to assist businesses understand and comply with environmental and health/safety regulations; 2) will set up a similar certification program for the dry cleaning industry; and 3) establish a public/private pollution prevention roundtable whose purpose is to set priorities for pollution prevention in Rhode Island. Representatives from industry, government and academia will be invited to participate.
Contact: Eugene Park, phone: 401-874-4303; email:email@example.com
Recipient: Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC)
EPA Funding: $75,000
VT DEC and it partners will launch the following five projects: 1) provide support to the Vermont small business development centers; 2) support the Vermont business environmental partnership; 3) support mercury reduction in hospitals; 4) develop a pollution prevention metrics and assistance tracking base; and 5) develop environmental fact sheets.
Under the first project, VT DEC will partner with the Vermont Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to provide pollution prevention technical assistance to the Vermont Business Environmental Partnership, the Green Hotels Program and other business sectors. SBDC will also assist VT DEC in re-designing the Vermont Business Environmental Partnership (BEP). The new program is envisioned to have both a pollution prevention and a compliance assistance component with regulatory incentives for partners. VT DEC and SBDC anticipate that the addition of a regulatory incentive will attract more small businesses to the program such as automotive service and repair, metal fabrication and machining, drycleaners, lithographic printers, autobody and other miscellaneous sectors. In addition, SBDC will conduct 10-15 energy (lighting) assessments at commercial and institutional facilities and provide recommendations on lighting retrofits, modifications, potential payback calculations, and information on incentive/rebate programs. SBDC, will also develop and coordinate three regional workshops that will address pollution prevention and compliance issues for small businesses and institutions.
Second, VT DEC will work to strengthen the Vermont Business Environmental Partnership (BEP) for other business sectors The goal of BEP is to encourage small businesses to utilize the services of the Environmental Assistance Division (such as on-site visits and workshops) to improve environmental performance. VT DEC will attempt to build regulatory incentives into the program for the first time and strengthen public recognition incentives.
Third, VT DEC will continue to provide assistance to hospital-affiliated physicians' offices and clinics in reducing mercury-containing medical devices and instruments.
Fourth, VT DEC will complete the development of its P2 and Compliance Assistance tracking database. The database will be compatible with NEWMOA's P2 metrics database so that information can be reported and aggregated with data from other states.
Fifth, VT DEC will develop pollution prevention facts sheets based on regulatory and non-regulatory topics that have not been adequately addressed in Agency department materials. Such topics may include public and private water supply protection issues, wastewater issues such as care of septic systems, environmentally preferable purchasing issues, hazardous waste issues for households and for businesses, illegal burning of solid waste, lawn and garden care, management of and reduction of certain hazardous and solid wastes, energy and water conservation measures, vehicle maintenance, and many waste and regulatory issues pertinent to certain businesses sectors, such as, universal wastes, stormwater management, etc. DEC will post the fact sheets on its web site.
Contact: Gary Gulka, phone: 802-241-3626; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
EPA P2 Coordinator: Tristan Gillespie
Recipient: Center for Advanced Materials via Immiscible Polymer Processing (AMIPP)
Project title: "Recycling of Two-Stroke Marine Engines"
EPA Funding: $50,000
AMIPP will develop a two-stroke engine recycling program, in an effort to replace two-stroke marine engines with more environmentally friendly four-stroke engines. AMIPP will also identify recycling opportunities that either exist already or could be easily developed. The project addresses the following Region 2 priorities: 1) promoting environmental purchasing; and 2) reducing the incidence of chemicals of national concern.
Contact: Thomas Nosker, phone: 732-445-3631
Recipient: Rutgers -The State University of New Jersey
Project title: "Algal Bioreactor-An Air Emissions Cleanup and Renewable Energy Technology Demonstration"
EPA Funding: $100,000
The New Jersey Eco Complex at Rutgers University and its partners will develop a demonstration project that will attempt to display how cost-effective, environmentally friendly technology can remove carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide, and other pollutants from electrical power plants, and at the same time produce a biomass for renewable energy.
Contact: Harry Janes, phone: 609-499-3600; email: email@example.com
Recipient: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
EPA Funding: $82,740
NYSERDA and its partners will develop a network of three strategically-located public access ethanol (E85) fueling sites at NOCO Energy Corporation retail fueling stations in the Buffalo and Rochester, New York. The facilities will initially be used by the U.S. Postal Service to fuel 100 of its flexible-fuel postal vehicles in the Buffalo area, and 75 flexible-fuel postal vehicles in Rochester. The facilities will also be used by New York State agencies and other federal fleet facilities. Also, an additional 200 flexible-fuel vehicles are expected to use the fueling facilities over the next two years.
NOCO, National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition (NEVC), New York State Office of General Services (NYSOGS) and Clean Communities of Western New York (CCWNY) will market the availability of the fueling sites within the Western New York area. In addition, the New York State Thruway Authority will place three E85 fueling stations along the New York State Thruway to provide a "Clean Fuel Corridor" from the State's Capital in Albany to Buffalo, N.Y. The goal is to dispense approximately 175,000 gallons of E85 annually from this new network of fueling facilities. NYSERDA seeks partial reimbursement of the increased cost of this domestically produced cleaner burning fuel.
To accomplish these goals, NYSERDA and its partners will: 1) establish the first network of E85 fueling facilities in New York State; 2) provide an alternative-fuel source for the hundreds of FFVs being placed in New York by the USPS, federal and state fleets, and other consumers; 3) develop in-State production of ethanol; 4) reduce greenhouse gas emissions (CO2 equivalents) by 2800 tons over the life of the vehicles and petroleum consumption by 857,000 gallons over the life of the targeted vehicles; and 5) expand the use of ethanol across New York State to include State run facilities in Erie County, Onondaga County and Albany County, New York.
Contact: Patrick Bolton, phone: 518-862-1090
Recipient: State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook
Project title: "Energy Conservation and Electricity Load Management Strategies using an Energy/Electricity Management Modeling System for New York City"
EPA Funding: $100,000
SUNY and it partners will examine energy conservation and load management options for
New York City. The specific objectives of the work under this grant proposal are to:
1) explore the direct and indirect contributions of energy/electricity conservation policies, such as Energy Star, to mitigate the affect of environmental contaminants and pollutants resulting from energy use in New York City; and 2) identify and examine selected locales within New York City, such as the Lower Manhattan reconstruction area, that offer opportunities for electricity load management strategies and energy conservation programs and policies.
The project's objectives will be supported by the development of a framework that will serve as an energy/electricity load management and energy conservation modeling system. The framework will be based on New York City's Reference Energy System and associated energy/environmental (MARKAL) model.
Contact: T. Owen Carroll, phone: 631-632-7476
Recipient: Puerto Rico Department of Housing
Project title: "Low-Energy Homes for Puerto Rico"
EPA Funding: $60,000
In an effort to encourage energy conservation and reduce energy consumption within the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Department of Housing will partner with Caribbean Thermal Technologies (CTT) to develop a prototype for energy efficient single-family homes. The Department and CTT will design an interior and exterior model that is expected to provide at least 30 % more energy efficiency in comparison to equivalent sized homes. To accomplish this goal, the Department and CTT will enlist the help of research engineers, and architects to design the prototype. It is envisioned that the single-family homes will have a total floor area close to 1,200 square feet and have a total cost between $50,000 and $150,000. The grantee and its partners will equip the homes with solar hot water systems, day-lighting, glazing and shading, energy-efficient lighting, thermal insulation, domestic solar water heating system, tilted roof, natural ventilation, and high efficiency heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system. It is anticipated that constructing these energy-efficient homes will reduce green house gas emissions by 130,000 Tons of CO2 per year.
Contact: Juan Marcos Vargas Baba, phone: 787-274-2432
REGION 3 (DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, WV)
EPA P2 Coordinator's: Jeff Burke and Lorna Rosenberg
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Recipient: District of Columbia Department of Health
EPA Funding: $30,000
The District of Columbia Department will implement a new Sustainable Gardening Practices education program for community and school gardens in the District and to continue the District's Green Marina Program. Together, these two programs support the District's overall goal of pollution prevention improving environmental quality and the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.
Recipient: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)
EPA Funding: $51,000
DNREC intends to continue funding a full time Environmental Scientist position to serve as Delaware's pollution prevention advocate in order to provide the level of service necessary for continued growth of the P2 Program in Delaware.
Recipient: Maryland Department of the Environment (DEP)
EPA Funding: $160,000
DEP will assist Maryland businesses with reducing their waste streams and conserving raw materials, energy and water resources. Specifically, DEP and it partners will: 1) provide assistance to Maryland businesses in implementing ISO 14001-based Environmental Management Systems; 2) provide on-site multi-media P2 assessments and targeted P2 outreach; 3) support a P2 Internship Program; 4) promote Businesses for the Bay, a voluntary pollution prevention program for businesses located in the Chesapeake Bay watershed; 5) promote source reduction to Maryland counties and the general public; 6) provide P2 Training for MDE Staff; 7) support ongoing projects such as the Maryland Business Assistance Providers, Maryland; 8) hold a Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E) and the Mid-Atlantic P2 Conference; and 9) measure and publicize P2 activities and results.
Recipient: Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
EPA Funding: $40,000
DEP will use P2 Grant funds to support the Pennsylvania Energy and Environmental Challenge (PEEC) Grant program. The PEEC Grant program will allow DEP to form better relationships with business and research institutions. DEP will select PEEC Grants based upon the following project concentrations:
1) sustainable use of natural resources (e.g., projects that will result in reductions of natural resource use or contamination, or reductions in the dependence on fossil fuels; 2) climate change mitigation (e.g., reducing or mitigating the amounts and/or effect of greenhouse gases- carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, perfluorocarbons, hydrofluorocarbons, and sulfur hexafluoride; 3) ground level ozone mitigation (e.g., projects that result in emission reductions of nitrogen oxide and/or volatile organic compounds, particularly in metropolitan areas; 4)enhancement of biological diversity (e.g., projects that encourage the use of ecological practices that address wetlands and land use and their affect on biological diversity. Projects may include integration of water use and land use, and the building of sustainable communities to conserve and protect natural resources; and 5) toxics reduction in the environment (e.g, projects that result in the reduction of priority persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals - in hazardous waste by 50 percent by 2005).
Contact: Jeff Schaeberle, phone: 717- 772-8948
Recipient: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
EPA Funding: $93,000
DEQ and its partners will attempt to enhance and expand upon activities completed under previous and ongoing P2 grants. Primarily, DEQ will continue fostering the establishment of a statewide pollution prevention infrastructure involving all levels of government and continue to provide multimedia, pollution prevention outreach.
Recipient: West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
EPA Funding: $80,000
DEP will continue to integrate and incorporate pollution prevention principles throughout the state. Specifically, DEP will continue to provide free, voluntary, non-regulatory, technical assistance and materials to business, industry, governments, academia, non-profits, and the general public on how to prevent pollution.
Recipient: Wytheville Community College (WCC)
EPA Funding: $20,000
WCC will help to educate business owners about the benefits of pollution prevention and environmental compliance by providing technical assistance. WCC anticipates this assistance will assist small and medium sized businesses become compliant with environmental regulations. Specifically, WCC will provide engineering and innovative technology assistance and solutions to small and medium sized businesses.
REGION 4 (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN)
EPA P2 Coordinator: Dan Ahern
Recipient: Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM)
EPA Funding: $60,000
ADEM will initiate a feasibility study to determine the costs and benefits of implementing an environmental management system(EMS) within its department. The feasibility study will call for ADEM to: 1) collect information on state and local government agencies with operating EMSs, 2) research options for third party certification, 3) research options for self-certification, 4) identify potential environmental aspects, targets and objectives, estimating waste reduced from implementing an EMS, and 5) project budget and work level requirements. If the study proves beneficial ADEM will make recommendations on implementing an EMS, and provide introductory EMS training for key ADEM personnel.
Under a separate project, ADEM will develop an outreach program to encourage and assist businesses to develop EMSs. To accomplish this goal, ADEM will network with trade associations and business organizations to identify EMS assistance and training needs, collect information on incentives used by other states to encourage EMSs, evaluate regulatory procedures for adopting EMS incentives, make recommendations on the feasibility of implementing EMSs and propose a mechanism to project and measure reductions that occur as a result of this outreach effort.
ADEM will also continue to implement on-going activities under the Ombudsman/P2 Unit Action Plan. The plan encompasses a P2 awards program, a Department of Defense (DoD)/State P2 Partnership, and participation in ADEM meetings.
Recipient: Waste Reduction and Technology Transfer (WRATT) Foundation
Project Title: "Recycling, Reuse, or Proper Disposal of Electronic Equipment"
EPA Funding $20,000
WRATT will: 1) conduct an inventory of obsolete or unused electronic equipment currently held by Alabama educational institutions; 2) contact major computer or electronic equipment manufacturers or vendors to obtain their current practices and policies regarding returning, recycling, or trading-in their specific pieces of equipment, 3) communicate this information to Alabama schools to help influence future purchasing decisions; and 4) assemble an up-to-date listing of in-state or regional electronic recycling companies detailing their specific policies and practices. WRATT will communicate its findings to Alabama schools to help them recycle obsolete equipment.
Recipient: Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) P2 Program
EPA Funding: $60,000
FDEPs P2 Program will initiate three separate projects. First, the P2 Program will partner with the University of Florida's Training, Research & Education for Environmental Occupations (TREEO) Center, to establish an environmental management system (EMS) for a Florida State Agency. The selected state agency will be the first in Florida to implement an EMS. The agency will be selected based on its commitment to implement an EMS and the timing of the project. Progress will be documented throughout the project and a case study will be developed featuring improvements in environmental performance.
Second, the P2 Program will attempt to integrate pollution prevention into Florida's automobile salvage operations. To accomplish this goal, the P2 Program will create a partnership between the Automobile Salvage Facility trade association, automobile insurance companies, automobile auction facilities, FDEP and other interested parties. The partnership will encourage best management practices (BMPs) for recycling of gasoline prior to it becoming waste.
Third, the P2 Program will partner with the Miami-Dade Department of Environmental Resource Management's (DERM) P2 Program and other professional organizations to promote P2 site assessments. Outreach activities will include a lecture series at association meeting where staff will offer on-site P2 assessments and other technical assistance to members. Databases, mailing lists, and other sources of mass media will be used to advertise the events.
Recipient: FDEP P2 Program
EPA Funding: $16,500
The P2 Program will attempt to reduce the level of toxic chemicals (i.e., NOx and SOx), in the atmosphere, and attempt to reduce wastewater contaminants by providing: 1) compliance assistance, 2) pollution prevention assistance, and 3) EMS training for industries and large and small businesses in Florida's Northwest District.
Recipient: Georgia's Pollution Prevention Assistance Division (P²AD)
EPA Funding: $60,000
P²AD and its partners will initiate three separate projects. The first project will provide environmental sustainability on college campuses throughout the EPA Region IV area. To accomplish this goal, P²AD and its partners will provide five 60-minute training sessions on the following sustainable practices: 1) sustainable building; 2) environmentally preferable purchasing; 3) waste reduction; 4) energy efficiency; and 5) water efficiency. The target audience for each session will be campus staff responsible for making key decisions within each of the five sustainable practice areas. In addition, P²AD will conduct a live training session at a Georgia college or university (planned as a one-day workshop). Follow-up conferences and a listserv will serve to provide updated information on the project.
The second project will involve adopting a Green Seal standard for hotels within Georgia. P²AD will contract with Green Seal to implement a recognition program for hotels with comprehensive environmentally preferable programs (e.g., hotels that offer more than towel and linen reuse programs). P²AD and Green Seal will advertise the recognition program with assistance from the Georgia Travel Association, Georgia Department of Industry Trade and Tourism, Chambers of Commerce, and Convention and Visitors Bureaus. Hotels that meet specific P²AD eligibility criteria will be certified by P²AD and Green Seal as a Georgia Green Hotel.
Third, in September 2003, P²AD will unveil its Pioneers program. The program is an opportunity for eligible organizations to become a part of a network that supports a common goal - to prevent pollution and create sustainable business practices. The program will be open to organizations operating within the state of Georgia. P²AD is in the process of developing an incentives package for participating organizations. Incentives being considered are sector-specific networking, mentoring opportunities, environmental achievement awards, regulatory flexibility, and financial incentives. In order to provide financial incentives, P²AD will use EPA P2 Grant funds to establish a funding mechanism that rewards organizations which meet their Pioneer program requirements. In addition, organizations will need to document how they used a P2 practice (e.g., applying a technology technique, using a supply chain incentive, etc.). Organizations interested in receiving funds will need to submit a proposal, work plan and a list of deliverables that will demonstrate how they will improve their environmental performance and reduce pollutant discharge.
Recipient: Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC)
EPA Funding: $60,000
KPPC will initiate three separate projects. First, KPPC will coordinate with the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (KDEP) to encourage P2 regulatory integration.
To accomplish this goal, KPPC will outreach to inspectors in ten regional officer through a half-day training workshop at each office location. The program will include an overview of KPPC programs and services, a session how inspectors can enhance P2 in the field, a discussion on pre-site, on-site and post-P2 assessment in comparison to an inspection, P2 case studies for sectors identified by inspectors, and a hands-on demonstration of on-line P2 resources available through KPPC and other P2 agencies.
Second, KPPC will continue the Kentucky Metal Finishing Initiative (KMFI) to document barriers to implementing innovative P2 technologies involving painting, coatings and fiberglass reinforced plastics to document how those barriers were overcome. Case studies will be published at the conclusion of each sector document.
Third, KPPC will continue its Energy Efficiency (E2) initiative. E2 audits will be performed during the year with the goal of moving these feasibility audits into implementation using performance contracting. KPPC will partner with the Energy Services Coalition (Rebuild Kentucky) and the KY Division of Energy in delivering technology diffusion in energy conservation and efficiency through performance contracting.
EPA Funding: $30,519
In an attempt to raise awareness about environmental/homeland security in the P2 technical assistance provider (TAP) community, KPPC will offer training on how P2 can support the work of: Kentucky emergency management, chemical industry representatives industrial security, purchasing, and environmental, health and safety managers (and other environmental security core team members) from other manufacturing facilities. P2 tools, such as, vulnerability assessments, may be used to address opportunities and associated benefits from an environmental/homeland security perspective. KPPC will also apply a special focus on identifying, providing, and utilizing resources already familiar to many industrial organizations (e.g., 112(r) risk management plans, environmental management systems and environmentally preferable purchasing).
Recipient: Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ)
EPA Funding: $60,000
MDEQ and its partners will continue activities within their technical assistance/technology transfer P2 program. Activities include: 1) analyzing data (i.e., TRI, P2 plans, annual waste minimization certified reports, hazardous waste generation reports) to target outreach and technical assistance opportunities, with emphasis placed upon EPA Industrial Priority Sectors and PBT Action strategy; 2) providing a P2 analysis to identify methods for reducing/minimizing wastes; 3) organizing follow-up meetings with industries and businesses to determine pollution prevention methodologies implemented and their impact; 4) assisting and coordinating with the MDEQ small business ombudsman and all MDEQ regulatory programs with P2 technical assistance/technology transfer to enhance the Pollution Prevention Program, the Small Business Assistance Program, the MDEQ regulatory programs, and provide greater P2 assistance for the people of Mississippi including continued participation in state, regional and national regulatory, P2 and compliance meetings; 5) organizing a regional conference on environmental assistance, regulatory assistance, pollution prevention, compliance, enforcement, permitting, planning, policy and issue analysis in conjunction with EPA and the US Department of Defense planned and conducted by MDEQ/and the Environmental Resource Center (ERC); 6) providing assistance to industries and businesses in the formation of P2 teams and/or programs; 7) providing assistance to industries, businesses, local government and citizens in source reduction efforts and recycling efforts; 8) promoting pollution prevention in the state of Mississippi including permitting and compliance activities of MDEQ regulatory programs with coordination of state environmental goals and priorities; 9) producing P2 materials which can be used by all the Mississippi generators of targeted wastes to assist in their pollution prevention efforts and produce P2 materials to assist with incorporation of P2 into MDEQ regulatory programs; 10) coordinating with governmental and non-governmental entities in the state to institutionalize multimedia pollution prevention as an environmental management priority; 11) using methanol information to measure success of its overall multimedia P2 program in reducing pollutants; and 12) using TRI information to measure success of its overall multimedia P2 program in reducing pollutants. MDEQ/ERC will investigate the feasibility of measuring success based upon the tons of waste recycled and treated on site and off site at TRI reporting facilities. MDEQ/ERC will also consider utilizing Global Reporting Initiative Metrics (GRI) in reporting future estimates of environmental impact.
Recipient: North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
EPA Funding: $60,000
DENR will continue its Environmental Stewardship Initiative (ESI) to promote and encourage superior environmental performance by North Carolina's regulated community. The ESI project creates incentives and recognition activities to promote the use of multimedia P2 and innovative approaches to exceed regulatory requirements. There are two levels of participation in this voluntary program. The first level or "Environmental Partner"is designed for organizations that are interested in beginning the process of developing an approach for improving their environmental performance. The second level or "Environmental Steward" is for those organizations that have shown a commitment to environmental performance beyond what is required by law.
Recipient: South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)
EPA Funding: $60,000
DHEC and its partners will: 1) continue providing on-site, P2 technical assistance based upon general requests from regulated facilities, and through referral letters submitted by the air, water, and land and waste bureaus within Environmental Quality Control (EQC); 2) help develop and implement a P2/compliance assistance initiative targeting specialty chemical companies within South Carolina. This is a multimedia initiative being undertaken at the direction of the deputy commissioner for EQC to target small (200 or fewer employees) specialty chemical companies in the 2800 Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Code; 3) assist in expanding the Environmental Circuit Rider pilot program to the Upper Savannah district in South Carolina. The Circuit Rider program which provides multimedia assistance to small municipalities; 4) continue to promote and assist media programs with regulatory integration of P2 practices, policies and procedures, 5) assist in Environmental Quality Control's reorganized efforts to better coordinate and strengthen compliance assistance across bureaus; 6) continue to participate in the National and Regional P2 Roundtables; and 7) continue working through the Bureau of Water to assist small regulated Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) to implement the requirements of the Phase II National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater regulations.
Project title: "Small Specialty Chemical Companies in South Carolina"
EPA Funding: $27,721
DHEC and the University of South Carolina Institute for Public Service and Policy Research's (IPSPR) Environmental Research and Service unit (ERS) will: 1) develop mentoring opportunities so that the South Carolina Environmental Excellence Program (SCEEP) members, particularly the chemical facility members, can be available to work with facilities involved in the targeted compliance assistance effort; 2) provide technical assistance for facilities that may wish to develop an environmental management system; 3) provide logistical support for four compliance assistance workshops, including planning, registration, promotion, and evaluation; 4) assist in the targeted technical assistance activities, including development of fact sheets as requested, and tracking and documenting technical assistance visits; 5) pilot test Pollution Prevention and Compliance Assistance Measurement software to measure activities and accomplishments for potential use throughout SCDHEC; and 6) provide project support to evaluate the effectiveness of the compliance assistance activities, and consistency with EPA's compliance assistance measurement tools.
Recipient: State of Tennessee
EPA Funding: $60,000
The state of Tennessee along with its partners will: 1) continue to administer the Tennessee Pollution Prevention Partnership (TP3), comprised of 211 members in six broad categories. The grantee will continue to use the network of Environmental Coordinators (EC) in four of the eight Environmental Assistance Centers (EAC) across the state, to make contact with schools, citizens, business, industry, organizations, and other governmental agencies. The grantee and the ECs will promote the prevention of pollution to be the first choice and pollution control as a distant second choice. This will be accomplished by enhancing the contacts and partnerships in the environmental and business sectors; 2) through TP3, the grantee will work with established groups (Saturn Plus Five, etc.) to promote the usefulness of Environmental Management Systems in compliance maintenance, and promote development and implementation of EMS as a vehicle to identify and address P2 opportunities; 3) the grantee will use information and partnerships through the National Environmental Performance Track (NEPT) and the Tennessee Pollution Prevention Roundtable (TP2R) to promote pollution prevention in regulated business and industry sectors; and 4) through TP3 Green Schools Program the grantee will partner with ECs, state and local environmental teacher associations, and other school-based environmental groups and organizations to promote pollution prevention and environmental stewardship in Tennessee schools.
Contact: Karen Grubbs, phone: 615-532-0463
EPA P2 Coordinator: Phil Kaplan
Recipient: Illinois EPA (IEPA) and Illinois Waste Management and Research Center (WMRC)
Project title: "Illinois Sustainable Schools Project"
EPA Funding: $106,000
Through a joint partnership, IEPA and WMRC will develop a project to improve the environmental health and safety for students, faculty, and facility workers in Illinois schools. The project will promote environmentally healthy practices that can help schools lower facility costs, improve learning conditions and increase energy efficiency. Specifically, the project will: expand collaboration and information exchange among state agencies, academic professionals, organizations and the K-12 educational community; promote the use of sustainable environmental practices in standards based on K-12 curricula; increase the safety of Illinois schools for students, teachers, administrative and facility staff, and the community; create a learning environment that sets an example for sustainable environmental behavior for K-12 students, and develop performance measures and track the progress of environmentally sustainable activities at schools.
Contacts: Kevin Greene, phone: 217-785-0833; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jini Cook, phone: 217-333-8940; email: email@example.com
Recipient: Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)
EPA Funding: $90,000
Project title: "Mercury Outreach for POTWs"
IDEM and its partners will develop a training program for publicly owned treatment work (POTW) facilities to reduce mercury emission and discharge. The training program will consist of workshops and site visits, which will be offered to at least 45 POTW facilities throughout the state. IDEM and it partners will provide POTWs with technical expertise in pollution prevention and source reduction, in an attempt to reduce mercury discharge and/or emission. The training will utilize the "train the trainer" concept and will equip the POTWs with the necessary pollution prevention/source reduction tools needed to promote mercury reduction within the local business community. IDEM is primarily focusing on POTWs delegated to issue and enforce Industrial Pretreatment permits. As a result, a portion of the training will focus on regulatory integration of pollution prevention and source reduction into permitting and enforcement programs of local pretreatment programs. IDEM foresees that the business outreach portion of the training could be transferred to non-delegated POTWs to utilize as well.
Contact: Roberta Steiff, phone: 317-233-6662; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Recipient: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
Project title: "Promoting Environmental Stewardship at Michigan State Parks"
EPA Funding: $83,538
DEQs Environmental Science and Services Division (ESSD), will offer pollution prevention, best management practice (BMP) training and outreach material to state park officials and park visitors. ESSD will work with their partners to: develop an E-Michigan Park Stewardship web site; develop and publish a guide book on park BMPs (which will cover waste management, energy efficiency, water conservation, environmentally preferable purchasing, and green buildings); provide training to park officials; develop demonstration projects; develop and pilot a KIOSK system at one state park to promote park practices; provide community P2 information; provide outreach and assistance to park officials through site visits, phone calls, program materials, and the Park Stewardship web site; and seek input from partnering organizations about additional opportunities for education and outreach.
Project success will be measured by the number of park managers who attend the training sessions, the number of pollution prevention technologies successfully implemented, the amount of waste reduced, the number of visitors who receive pollution prevention information via the information KIOSK and outreach activities. ESSD will administer a survey before and after the project to assess the success of the program through follow-up phone calls and/or site visits.
Contact: Marcia Horan, phone: 517-373-9122; email: email@example.com
Recipient: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
EPA Funding: $93,122
MPCA will partner with the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP), the Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance (OEA), and other organizations and agencies to address: water quality; regulatory integration; multimedia outreach; policy planning; and regional/national networking. Specifically, MPCA P2 staff and its partners, will launch a project to support water quality initiatives. The objective will be to develop compliance and assistance activities that focus on: 1) environmental protection through preventive practices; 2) expanding the network of potential partners interested in preventive environmental protection among local community and watershed organizations, agricultural and land development interests; 3) establishing new or strengthening existing partnerships between MPCA and non-regulatory assistance organizations that are critically needed for effective deployment of non-point and point source protections; 4) evaluating environmental, social and economic measures of prevention practices in non-point and point source scenarios; 5) implementing appropriate measures for the specific project; and 6) providing a grant, if necessary, to a non-regulatory technical assistance provider(s) to help develop and implement the compliance and assistance tools. In related work, MPCA P2 staff will coordinate pollution prevention planning and implementation to reduce phosphorus levels found in regional surface water bodies and in the Gulf of Mexico.
MCPA P2 staff will also work with its partners to initiate four separate projects which will:
1) identify two to five pilot projects that integrate preventive practices into regulatory programs; 2) develop session topics and recruit moderators and speakers for the Pollution Prevention and Sustainability Track conference; 3) work with communication experts within the Agency to explore a phased approach for developing a communication plan for the P2 regulatory integration; and 4) monitor Air Quality programs activities to identify future opportunities for P2 integration.
Contact: Cynthia Hilmoe, phone: 651-297-7783; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Recipient: University of Toledo
EPA Funding: $94,885
University of Toledo and members from the Ohio Statewide Environmental Network (OSEN) will work to supplement an existing pollution prevention grant by providing: 1) pollution prevention planning and implementation efforts statewide; 2) training in source reduction that will include a presentation of four OSEN seminars, one University workshop to provide outreach to Ohio Manufacturers, follow-up measurements on the effectiveness of the P2 seminars within the manufacturing sector; and 3) technical assistance to small and medium-size manufacturers, consisting of source reduction through pollution prevention, environmental management systems (EMSs), clean manufacturing, and energy consumption assessments with special attention being paid to persistent, bioaccumulative toxic (PBT) chemicals.
Contact: Ashok Kumar, phone:419-530-8136; email: email@example.com
Recipient: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR)
Project title: "Wisconsin Collaboration for Pollution Prevention"
EPA Funding: $107,195
WDNR and its partners will administer three separate projects addressing source reduction in PBTs and other potentially harmful pollutants. For the first project, WDNR will supplement an existing P2 grant project, which encourages businesses to use new materials, technologies and processes that can help to diminish hazardous air pollutants. WDNR will accomplish this goal by providing educational resources and technical assistance. WDNR will also encourage current air permit holders to consider the use of next generation materials, technologies, equipment or processes to help them reduce their total annual air emissions inventory.
Second, WDNR will offer assistance to small businesses by offering training in: 1) trade show presentations; 2) integrating pollution prevention material in trade publications; 3) providing face-to- face training sessions; and 4) developing and integrating pollution prevention material in business law and insurance training curriculum. An additional component of this project will provide environmental management system (EMS) training to the small business community. The training will consist of introductory courses, access to EMS professionals and links to technical EMS web sites.
Third, WDNR will develop an EMS model for agricultural-chemical facilities. The two objectives for this project are to define the environmental aspects and institutional benefits of instituting an agricultural-chemical facility EMS, and determining what kind of insurance benefits an agricultural-chemical facility could garner from instituting an EMS.
Contact: Candice Sovinski, phone: 608-267-7407; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
EPA P2 Coordinator's: Joy Campbell and Eli Martinez
Recipient: New Mexico Environmental Department (NMED)
Project title: "Green Zia Pollution Prevention"
EPA Funding: $44,000
NMED and its partners through the Green Zia P2 Program, will provide training in pollution prevention assessments and the establishing environmental management systems (EMSs) for large and small businesses, federal facilities and other organizations. In addition, NMED and its partners will produce, print and distribute promotional and technical assistance materials to Green Zia P2 Program participants. The material will be made available through hard copy and posted to applicable web sites. Partners for this project include the WERC Pollution Prevention Resource Center, the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the Small Business Development Center Network, the Southwest Pollution Prevention Center (i.e., Region 5 P2Rx Center) and other professional organizations.
Contact: Dave Wunker, phone: 505-827-0677; email: email@example.com or,
Michelle Vattano, phone: 505-827-2855; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Recipient: Regents of New Mexico State University, WERC Consortium
EPA Funding: $102,785
WERC will continue to provide New Mexico industries, small business owners, community planners and local government offices with pollution prevention technical assistance and training in energy efficiency. WERC will also partner with the New Mexico Junior College (Hobbs)
and the College of the Southwest (Carlsbad) to organize pollution prevention workshops for business sectors that include but are not limited to: agricultural, oil and gas and automotive sectors. In addition, WERC and its partners will urge local companies to reduce and properly manage their waste streams by incorporating best management practices (BMP) and best available technology (BAT).
Contact: Dr. Abbas Ghassemi, phone: 1-800-523-5996; email: email@example.com or,
Christopher Campbell, phone: 505-843-4521; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Recipient: Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
Project title: "Model for Measuring Progress in Pollution Prevention and Environmental Excellence"
EPA Funding: $116,662
DEQs Pollution Prevention Program and its partners will carry out the following four tasks: 1) train large and small businesses, federal facilities and other organizations in performing pollution prevention assessments and establishing environmental management systems (EMSs); and 2) launch the Oklahoma Star Incentive Program for small businesses to help them integrate environmental management into their core business practices, implement EMSs, and emphasize pollution prevention and resource efficiency. Some small business sectors that will be targeted for this task include: automotive/repair services, food-handling facilities, printing/photo-processing facilities, and metal finishing facilities. In addition, DEQ will host a conference with the Oklahoma Sustainability Network; and produce, print, and distribute promotional and technical assistance material, as well as, post this information on applicable web sites.
Contact: Diane Wilkins, phone: 405-702-9128; email: email@example.com
Recipient: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
EPA Funding: $146,405
TCEQ Small Business and Environmental Assistance (SBEA) Division and its partners will launch four separate projects. In the first project TCEQ will launch a homeland security and environmental management system (EMS) with help from the Texan Chemical Industry. Through this initiative TCEQ and its partners will: 1) promote prevention-based risk reduction opportunities; 2) facilitate the integration of the Texas EMS with the new Responsible Care Management System (RCMS); and 3) conduct quarterly meetings and/or conference calls and conduct at least two presentations annually with the chemical industry to promote adoption of the Texas EMS and RCMS. The objective of this initiative is to integrate pollution prevention activities into the TCEQ homeland security strategy in an attempt to reduce the potential for public exposure of chemicals released into the environment.
Second, TECQ will promote air quality improvement by applying pollution prevention principles. Under this initiative, TCEQ and its partners will: 1) support an internal Air P2 Workgroup of SBEA and Air Permit staff to promote P2 opportunities in the air permitting program, including the New Source Review (NSR) Program; 2) develop NSR pollution prevention fact sheets and conduct training for staff and the regulated community. TCEQ will coordinate with State and Territorial Air Pollution Program Administrators and the Association of Air Pollution Control Officials (STAPPA/ALAPCO) on the fact sheets. The objective is to integrate pollution prevention into the core functional areas of the agency.
Third, TCEQ and its partners will: 1) organize a workgroup to develop a biosolids management sustainable practices checklist and create a biosolids management total cost assessment tool; and 2) facilitate participants to develop and implement a biosolids environmental management system. The objective is to encourage local governments to use environmentally sound and sustainable biosolids practices.
Fourth, TCEQ and its partners will: 1) organize a tribal EMS workgroup, to support the implementation of a Tribal EMS pilot project with the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe, and 2) prepare a case study of the Tribal EMS Pilot project. The results of the case study will be coordinated with the Forum on State and Tribal Toxics Activities (FOSTTA). The objective of this initiative is to encourage Texas Tribal Councils to develop EMSs and help the Texas Tribal Councils understand the costs and benefits of implementing EMSs.
Contact: Ken Zarker, phone: 512-239-3145; email: kzarker@TCEQ.state.tx.us
Recipient: University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)
Project title: "Environmental Management Systems Training Implementation"
EPA Funding: $100,888
UTA will partner with the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC), the Texas Commission Environmental Quality (TCEQ), and the Risk Management Small Business Development Center to provide environmental management system (EMS) training workshops to area small business manufactures over a five month period. The objective is to guide these businesses to achieve the International Standards Organization (ISO) 14001 readiness and compliance to meet the requirements of the Texas EMS program. The program is designed for busy manufacturers who want to become compliant in five months, significantly faster than the usual year long schedule. TMAC's EMS tool, developed by the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership will use the "JumpStart" program. The program will help area manufacturers spend less time with EMS documentation formats and wording requirements and more time working with employees to involve them in a results driven working EMS program. Attendees will be encouraged to look at source reduction and identification of alternate materials when setting objectives for their business targets. The training will also incorporate the requirements of the Texas EMS program which encourages companies to address targets for regulated items and produce quantifiable and measurable results. Upon the completion of the workshops, TMAC will conduct an onsite audit of all EMS programs to identify non-conformance. In addition, participating companies will be asked to submit an application to participate in Clean Texas and EPA's National Environmental Performance Track (NEPT) recognition programs. Project results and training materials will be posted on the TCEQ and TMAC web sites.
Contact: Drew Casani, phone: (817) 272-5922
REGION 7 (IA, KS, MO, NE)
EPA P2 Coordinator's: Gary Bertram and Chilton McLaughlin
Recipient: Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)
EPA Funding: $99,750
IDNR and its partners will establish a revolving equipment loan program, which is designed to encourage process and equipment efficiency within business, industry, and local governments. It is anticipated that institutions which participate in the loan program will markedly reduce their overhead costs. IDNR and its partners will: 1) measure the environmental improvements resulting from organizations participating in the revolving equipment loan program; 2) continue to provide other types of technical assistance to these organizations; and 3) strengthen the relationships with other involved agencies/partners.
Recipient: University of Northern Iowa (UNI)
Project title: "Pollution Prevention and Biobased University: Reducing the Environmental Footprint of the Soybean, and Educating Industrial and Technical Assistance Providers"
EPA Funding: $118,727
UNI's Agriculture Based Industrial Lubricants (ABIL) research program will partner with soybean suppliers, metalworking establishments, pollution prevention technical assistance providers, UNI's Institute for Decision Making, economic developers and industry partners to: 1) increase access to information on biobased industrial lubricants; 2) better define and transfer economic and environmental benefit information on biobased metalworking fluids; 3) provide pollution prevention knowledge and information about reducing agriculture soybean suppliers environmental footprint; and 4) provide environmental outreach in the form of distributing an analysis of the project at the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable annual conference and distributing fact sheets on biobased products through the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx) network.
Recipient: Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE)
EPA Funding: $168,500
KDHE will host an annual conference, offer P2 award recognition, publish their quarterly newsletter and analyze the success of pollution prevention activities with regard to regulatory inspections. In addition to those activities, KDHE with support from the Kansas State University Pollution Prevention Institute (KSU PPI) will: 1) use workshops to train permit writers, compliance and enforcement staff, and field inspectors in an effort to integrate pollution prevention concepts, including alternative technologies, into regulatory programs; 2) publish a case study guide entitled, "Best of the Best"which is a collection of data from businesses over the past several years relating to changes in behavior as a result of using PPI and the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) services; 3) increase technical assistance outreach to businesses by partnering with the Small Business Development Center to present workshops for increasing awareness of the services offered by the PPI; 4) provide a detailed analysis of the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) program; 5) provide educational courses to the agricultural sector about the potential risks of chemical use and preventive steps to take to reduce pollutants; 6) continue to offer technical assistance to businesses; and 7) provide educational courses to the agricultural sector about water conservation and improved water management.
Recipient: Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ)
EPA Funding: $87,763
NDEQ will partner with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) to: 1) provide training to university students about pollution prevention techniques and technologies; 2) technical assistance, training and written reports to small businesses and industries throughout Nebraska representing the agriculture, metal finishing, auto repair and pharmaceutical sectors about pollution prevention; 3) provide follow-up technical assistance and training to business clients previously assisted by the program; and 4) collect data for the P2 Regional Information Center (P2RIC) on where different types of businesses get pollution prevention information.
REGION 8 (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY)
EPA P2 Coordinator: Linda Walters
Recipient: Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE)
EPA Funding: $104,000
CDPHE and its partners will: 1) launch a mercury reduction project which encompasses reducing mercury waste in dental offices and local POTWs, encourage area hospitals to join the Hospitals for a Health Environment (H2E) program, continue mercury switch removal projects, and expand local thermostat and thermometer exchange programs; 2) promote pollution prevention (P2) and environmental management system (EMS) training within the agriculture industry; 3) promote energy and water conservation and integrate EMSs in state agency programs; 4) continue to integrate P2 into media divisions; 5) recognize internal and external P2 success stories; 6) coordinate quarterly meetings focused on leadership concepts; 7) collaborate with industry, not-for-profits, and governmental agencies in sustainability and energy education; 8) coordinate cross-media compliance assistance, and 9) track P2 output measures.
Contact: Jill Cooper, phone: 303-692-2007; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Recipient: Montana State University Extension Service (MSU)
EPA Funding: $93,700
MSU and its partners will: 1) initiate a pollution prevention strategic planning exercise by surveying the public, regulatory agencies, and small businesses to determine P2 perceptions; 2) continue to promote the Montana material exchange program; 3) initiate a consumer awareness program for P2, 4) provide P2 training for autobody repair personnel; 5) strengthen the Montana Energy Star Homes program through stakeholder building; 6) coordinate a P2 in state parks conference; 7) host a tribal P2 forum; 8) develop a computer program for home owners on P2; and 9) provide P2 homeland security to consumers, educators, and agencies.
Contact: Dr. Michael Vogel, email: email@example.com
Recipient: North Dakota Department of Health (NDDH)
EPA Funding: $30,000
NDDH and its partners will: 1) host an EMS training program advancing the National Park Service/EPA partnership project objectives while providing regulatory agencies and industrial groups with exposure to pollution prevention (P2) program planning; 2) work with agriculture processing companies and livestock sale facilities to stimulate appropriate use of agriculture waste materials; 3) initiate a materials exchange program; 4) collect banned chemicals stored by the state's agricultural community; 5) promote the use of P2 Best Management Practices by North Dakota Department of Transportation, fleet maintenance and county highway departments; 6) assist the City of Jamestown in developing plans for capturing methane gas; and 7) promote an anaerobic digestion facility for capturing methane gases released into the atmosphere during the decomposition of dairy farm waste materials.
Recipient: South Dakota Department of Environment & Natural Resources (SDDENR)
Project title: "Logging Operations and the Construction Industry"
EPA Funding: $71,025
SDDENR and its partners will: 1) develop and conduct Best Management Practices training for the timber and construction industries; 2) develop and maintain the DENR web site as a P2 source reduction information transfer and technical assistance tool; 3) market source reduction as the preferred environmental strategy; and 4) provide technical assistance to the state's agricultural and business sectors.
Contact: Dr. Dennis Clarke, phone: 605-773-4254; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Recipient: Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
EPA Funding: $85,000
DEQ and its partners will: 1) finalize an environmental management system (EMS) for DEQ; 2) establish criteria that define excellence in environmental quality; 3) promote sustainable relationship between economic development and environmental quality; 4) improve effectiveness of efficiency of statewide delivery of environmental services by strengthening relationships with all levels of government; 5) create new and strengthen existing partnerships; 6) promote pollution prevention accomplishments; and 7) develop strategies to measure the effectiveness of DEQs P2 integration effort by examining the following ongoing initiatives - supplemental environmental protection enforcement actions, EMSs, annual P2 conferences, P2 waste assessments, the Mercury Recovery Project, and the "Choose Clean Air! Campaign."
Recipient: Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
EPA Funding: $91,015
DEQ and its partners will: 1) complete eighteen pollution prevention assessments of small businesses; 2) develop training materials for teachers in school labs about proper storage, handling, disposal, inventory management, environmentally preferable purchasing, and multimedia pollution prevention practices; 3) develop P2 workshops for four state regional parks; and 4) assess the air borne particulate matter (PM 10) affects on local and regional air quality. A final report documenting the results will be prepared and brochures will be distributed to those responsible for maintaining rural road ways about the benefits of practicing pollution prevention to address this environmental concern.
Contact: Stephen Roseberry, phone: 307-777-6105; email: email@example.com
EPA P2 Coordinator's: Jessica Counts, John Katz, Leif Magnuson, and Eileen Sheehan
Recipient: California Department of General Services, Division of State Architect (DSA)
Project title: "Environmentally Preferable Products Database"
EPA Funding: $50,000
DSA and its partners will develop a school building/site construction product database. The database will list products that meet the criteria for environmentally superior performance relative to existing commercially available products. Products will be evaluated by considering their full lifecycle attributes. Environmentally preferable product determination will be made by using a methodology developed by DSA's contract team.
Recipient: California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)
Project title: "Safer Cleaning Alternatives for the Screen Printing Industry"
EPA Funding: $40,000
DTSC and its partners will identify, test, and implement alternative cleanup solvents used in screen printing facilities. DTSC will focus on textile print facilities, which are generally small firms who need assistance in converting their operations. Seven facilities will be assisted through this project.
Recipient: California Energy Commission (CEC)
Project title: "Interstate Clean Transportation Corridor Project"
EPA Funding: $100,000
CEC will partner with Gladstein & Associates to reduce diesel emissions in California , with special attention being paid to the Central Valley region. CEC and its partner will provide outreach and technical assistance through the Interstate Clean Transportation Corridor (ICTC) Project. The ICTC Project is the nation's first economically sustainable network of alternative fuel infrastructure that supports alternative fuel trucks that transport goods throughout the western United States. For this project, CEC and its partner will attempt to: 1) foster the establishment of 23 natural gas fueling stations; 2) deploy 550 clean, alternative fuel heavy-duty vehicles to utilize this infrastructure; 3) reduce emissions of NOx by over 336 tons annually; 4) displace nearly 4.1 million gallons of diesel per year; and 5) generate over $57.5 million dollars in public and private economic activity.
Contact: Jerry Wiens; phone: 916-654-4649; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Recipient: Environmental Finance Center for Region IX (EFC9)
Project title: "Regional Green Business Program Coordination"
EPA Funding: $110,000
EFC9 will work with the City and County of San Francisco, Sacramento County, San Diego County and the Bay Area Green Business program to promote, develop and institutionalize pollution prevention and resource conservation for area businesses, while ensuring consistent growth and continuity for regional Green Business Programs (GBP). To accomplish these goals, EFC9 will act as a Regional GBP Coordinator for area businesses. EFC9 and its partners will: 1) provide mini-grant opportunities for start-up GBPs that agree to accept Bay Area Green Business standards as a baseline; 2) assist start-up GBPs to help launch their programs; 3) provide basic information and presentations on the GBP throughout the Region including the annual WRPPN conference; 4) create a Region IX Green Business Program Electronic Report to inform the Region and other States about our activities; 5) help new and existing GBPs identify, establish and expand partnerships with key agencies and organizations; 6) supply technical assistance to all GBPs; 7) assist with understanding and set-up of universal measurement methods; 8) host a GBP resource website; 9) help establish regional advertising and logo; and 10) seek broad support at the state and national level for the expansion of the Green Business Program concept.
Contact: Sarah Diefendorf, phone: 415-664-4715
Recipient: University of Nevada, Reno (UNR)
EPA Funding: $100,000
UNR and the Nevada Small Business Development Center (NSBDC) will continue to support the Pollution Prevention Assistance Program (PPAP) activities. P2 grant funds will be used to: 1) continue existing PPAP services;2) maintain existing pollution prevention staffing levels; 3) continue to measure outcomes of pollution prevention assistance efforts quantitatively; 4) continue PPAP's partnerships with agencies, businesses, and economic development organizations; 5) promote partnering among environmental and business assistance providers; 6) advance State environmental goals by addressing priorities identified in the State's Strategic Plan; 7) promote accomplishments within the State's environmental programs by communicating pollution prevention successes in advancing multi-media environmental protection to regulatory agencies and other environmental and business programs; 8) provide assistance to a broad cross-section of businesses and government operations by responding to telephone assistance requests, distributing information and publications, maintaining a website, delivering on-site assistance, and providing training seminars; and, 9) use and build upon research and approaches developed through EPA initiatives, and/or other regional, state, or local efforts, to provide training and outreach addressing state and federal priorities.
Recipient: University of Nevada, Reno (UNR)
EPA Funding: $74,740
UNR and the Western Regional Pollution Prevention Network (WRPPN) along with its partners will seek to enhance regional collaborations, support and improve communication between WRPPN members, and provide a forum for WRPPN members to network and learn about important issues at the annual WRPPN conference.
EPA P2 Coordinator's: Robert Drake and Carolyn Gangmark
Recipient: University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA)
Project title: "Pollution Prevention Education and Assistance for Small Businesses"
EPA Funding: $111,441
UAA and its partners will perform the following six projects: 1) work with small business development centers (SBDCs) and small rural communities to develop environmental management system (EMS) training, 2) initiate a statewide mercury-containing switch collection and replacement project for all Alaska Department of Transportation vehicles, University vehicles, and first student bus systems and other fleet managers, 3) partner with Green Star -Anchorage and the University of Alaska to develop a web-based version of the Alaska Materials Exchange (AME) catalog, 4) develop practical methods for measuring pollution prevention outcomes and develop an intern program that requires students to gather pertinent information, 5) develop a multi-media network to support pollution prevention for long-term sustainability, and 6) develop a program to assess energy-saving measures at UAA.
Contact: Stephen Colt; phone: 907-786-1753; email: email@example.com
Recipient: Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
EPA Funding: $140,176
DEQ will perform the following tasks: 1) evaluate past pollution prevention (P2) measurements and existing facility reports in relation to compliance metrics developed by the DEQ compliance team; 2) develop a P2 toolbox of compliance assistance information (e.g., fact sheets, brochures, etc.) for sectors identified as having low compliance rates; 3) explore the role of supplemental environmental projects in implementing P2; 4) integrate P2 into multi-media inspector training; 5) work with GEMStars to hold a cross-sector industry roundtable in Idaho; 5)conduct a coating process workshop for the auto body shop industry or the wood manufacturing or fiberglass industry, 6) develop five case studies highlighting P2 achievements of Idaho businesses. The case study information will be circulated through fact sheets and will be available on the DEQ web site; 7) provide technical assistance for dental offices and other DEQ internal and external customers; and 8) provide P2 assistance to five state agencies, regional offices or commercial businesses to reduce the environmental affects from office activities by improving energy and water conservation, waste reduction and recycling rates, and offering environment friendly transportation options.
Contact: Patti Best; phone: 208-373-0146; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Recipient: Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
EPA Funding: $93,011
DEQ will initiate three separate projects. For the first project DEQ will work with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, the Oregon State University Extension Service and the Oregon Dairy Farmers to replace mercury-containing dairy manometers with mercury-free devices at a marginal cost to dairy farmers. This project will help reduce the amount of mercury released into the environment.
Second, DEQ will increase energy efficiency for commercial and industrial boilers. DEQ will work with the Oregon Environmental Council, the Oregon State University Industrial Assessment Center and the Oregon Office of Energy to promote energy efficiency opportunities available for institutional and industrial boilers. The expectation of this project is to increase energy efficiency and generate cost savings while at the same time, reduce discharges of toxic chemicals.
Third, DEQ will provide technical assistance to vehicle recycling yards. To accomplish this goal, DEQ will work with vehicle recycling yards and metal recycling facilities to provide technical assistance to vehicle recycling yards on the removal of mercury-containing devices from vehicles.
Contact: Eric Blischke, phone: 503-229-5648; email: email@example.com
Recipient: Washington Department of Ecology
Project title: "Dental Amalgam Best Management Practices"
EPA Funding: $130,000
The Washington Department of Ecology will launch two projects. For the first project, the Department will work with Washington-area dentists and local, state and federal entities to reduce the potential for mercury released into the environment. To accomplish this goal, the Department will launch a voluntary pilot project to improve the disposal of dental amalgam at area dental facilities. Dentists who participate, will be asked to install dental amalgam separators in their facilities. Through the duration of the pilot project the Department will: 1) encourage source reduction, 2) encourage regulatory compliance, 3) develop and publish educational materials, 4) conduct technical assistance site visits, 5) launch a recognition program for participants, 6) work with the Washington State Dental Association and waste collection companies to determine available resources to better manage and reduce waste, 7) clarify handling practices and disposal options for amalgam cartridges and other dental waste, and 8) promote the program at dental professional association meetings, and at state and regional conferences
For the second project, the Department will provide free in-depth technical assistance to business through the Technical Resources for Engineering Efficiency (TREE) program. The Department will select two industrial facilities to improve their process efficiencies, reduce waste, and save resources and money. To accomplish this, the Department will work with company and facility managers to determine the criteria to be used in making process decisions, and will provide free technical assistance to businesses. The technical assistance will necessitate a three to four month audit to determine opportunities for process improvements. Upon completion the Department will report recommendations to the company.
Contact: Mariann Cook Andrews; phone: 360-407-6740; email: firstname.lastname@example.org