Pollution Prevention Week, September 17 - 23, 2012
P2 at Work
Take Action at Work
Environmental Management Systems (EMS). Any business or facility can put an Environmental Management System (EMS) in place to reduce their environmental footprint. The plan can reduce the impact of your energy and water use, waste generation, natural resource depletion, and pollution associated with operating your facilities.
You can Take Action At Work by improving energy efficiency and planning environmentally aware events such as meetings and workshops.
Your business can become more energy efficient by choosing office products (computers, faxes, etc.) that have earned an ENERGY STAR label.
Improving the energy efficiency of the places where we work helps us save energy, save money and fight global warming. Through ENERGY STAR, EPA has helped thousands of businesses and organizations tap these savings. Find tools, experienced professionals, strategy and recognition.
EPEAT-registered products are manufactured with fewer toxins, and are designed to be easily recycled. EPEAT-registered products also meet the latest ENERGY STAR® specifications, so they can help you lower your energy use.
You can reduce the impacts of electronic products by donating or recycling your obsolete electronics: Plug Into eCycling.
Pollution Prevention Assistance
E3: Economy, Energy and Environment. Operating under the umbrella of the Green Suppliers Network, E3 is a coordinated federal and local technical assistance initiative to help manufacturers adapt and thrive in a new business era focused on sustainability. The program provides technical assessments of production processes and training in four key areas; Lean, Clean, Energy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
Compliance Assistance Centers are a source of compliance assistance and P2 information for agriculture, auto repair, chemical, printing, transportation, metal finishing, painting and coating, federal facilities, and other sectors.
Regional P2 Resources
P2 for Government at Work:
Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) helps the federal government "buy green," and uses the federal government's enormous buying power to stimulate market demand for green products and services. This web site can help green vendors, businesses large and small -- and consumers.
Federal Electronics Challenge (FEC) is a partnership program that encourages federal facilities and agencies to improve their electronics stewardship practices in all three lifecycle phases: purchasing, use and disposal.
Greening Schools has information for schools to help reduce costs and create a healthier environment.
The Climate Change Program's Best Practices Framework offers suggestions for local action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in ten areas for agency operations and the community at large. Suggestions are designed to reflect the variation among cities and counties and offer a variety of options ranging from simple steps to more complex projects.
The National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) is the only national non-profit organization whose membership includes the governor-designated energy officials from each state and territory. NASEO was formed by the states and through an agreement with the National Governors Association in 1986. The organization was created to improve the effectiveness and quality of state energy programs and policies, provide policy input and analysis, share successes among the states, and to be a repository of information.
The Partnership for Sustainable Communities provides access to research and reports on communities that are working with HUD, DOT, EPA, and other Federal agencies to invest in transportation, affordable housing, and environmental protection.