WSPPN Newsletter - February 2015
In This Issue
Call for P2 Results Data for 2013
Green Chemistry Connect
P2 Impact Articles
Receive P2 Certificate for 2014
Storm Water Regulations in California
2010-2012 P2 Results Report Available
Register for the 2015 Used Oil & HHW Conference
Register for the Triple Regional P2 Roundtable in St. Louis
Call for P2 Results Data for 2013
The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) and the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx) P2 Results Task Force requests that your program submit P2 results data to the P2 Results Data System for calendar year 2013. Data providers can submit information at any time, but an initial deadline of February 28, 2015 was set. 

Your sharing of data makes it possible to document impressive results. (see high lights of the 2010-2012 report). 

To submit your data.  

If you need help with your log-in or data entry, contract your P2Rx center measurement specialist
Online Community for Green Chemistry Practitioners
NEWMOA
announces the "Green Chemistry Connection," an online community of green chemistry practitioners and an information clearinghouse  created to facilitate the exchange of information, ideas and easy-to-access and use web platform.

Some of the features include discussion forums, blogs, news, calendar of events, jobs, groups, and member directory.

Visit the site for more information.   
P2 Impact Article

February 5 - In his article, "Finelite takes an enlight- ened approach to reusable packaging,"  

Justin Lehrer profiles a green lighting company's bright ideas for innovations in recycling and reuse deliver awards, customer satisfaction and tangible cost saving. 
Join P2 Certificate Program Now-- Receive Credit for 2015
The P2 Certificate Program gives non-accredited education hours for attending webinars, seminars and other P2 trainings throughout the nation. Sign up on the WSPPN website and receive monthly listings of all the trainings. 
 
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This month, Patrick Bryan from the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District talks about Storm Water History in a two part article about the new Storm Water Regulations in California and Municipal Storm Water Management.  The HHW/Used Oil Conference and the Triple Regional Roundtable are open for registration, and the City of Los Angeles and NPPR announce availability of the green chemistry manual. 

Share your P2 program news with folks in the network.  Send to dwalden@unr.edu in March content you would like to see published in the April 2015 newsletter.
Counting the Cost of Storm Water Pollution (Part 1)

By Patrick Bryan

Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District

 

Storm Water History 

The Cuyahoga River, once one of the most polluted rivers in the United States caught fire a recorded number of thirteen times starting in 1868. The most destructive fire in 1952 caused over $1.3 million in damages and the most fatal fire in 1912 resulted in five deaths. Inspired by the 1969 river fire, Congress was determined to resolve the issue of pollution, not just in Cleveland, but throughout the United States.  The legislature passed the National Environment Protection Act (NEPA) which was signed into law on January 1, 1970.  This act established the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would be given the responsibilities of managing the environmental risks and to regulate numerous sanitary-specific policies to address point-sources of pollution into the nation's water bodies. 

 

One of the first regulations the EPA put-forth was the Clean Water Act (1972), which mandated that all rivers throughout the United States be clean enough to safely allow community recreation, swimming and fish by 1983. Additionally, in the mid 1970's, Love Canal in Niagara Falls New York motivated the establishment of further environmental protection legislation.

 

In the 1980's a Nationwide Urban Runoff Program (NURP) study was conducted by the U.S. EPA to determine to what extent urban runoff is contributing to water quality problems and to evaluate various managing practices for controlling urban runoff.

 

One of the NURP study areas was the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District's municipal storm water basins. The District provides flood control and urban storm water services as well as groundwater recharge in a 400-square mile watershed located between the Kings and San Joaquin Rivers. The District is home to roughly 650,000 people and includes urban, industrial and agricultural land uses. The Fresno/Clovis urban area is served by a system of approximately 640 miles of pipeline and 154 storm water retention basins.

 

Read complete article.

 

NEXT ARTICLE: Storm Water Regulations and Municipal Storm Water Management

National P2 Results Report Available in March
NPPR will be publishing a three-year report on the National P2 Results Data System in the near future that covers 2010 to 2012.  The P2 Results Report will include data from over 80 P2 programs in the U.S. The results reported include: $5.4 billion in economic benefits; more than 8.9 billion pounds of pollution minimized or eliminated; approx. 8.8 billion gallons of water conserved; energy usage reduced by 1.4 billion kilowatts; over 1.7 billion pounds of greenhouse gases (GHG) no longer being released into the earth's atmosphere associated with P2 activities.

Other findings include:
  • over 29,999 attendees at P2-themed training events held;
  • more than 10,000 site visits conducted;
  • more than 240 environmental management systems developed; and
  • more than 350 P2-related suggestions implemented by more than 3,000 clients.

These results demonstrate the value of P2 in not only environ-mental and natural resource conservation terms, but also in economic benefits.  Visit the NPPR website to access the report.   

Green Chemistry Guide is Available Today
The City of Los Angeles and NPPR announce the availability of the Green Chemistry Guide collaborated on by renowned university professors, industry professionals and the City of Los Angeles's engineers.  This manual provides state agencies and technical assistance providers with tools and resources to better serve their clients who are looking for information and to support greening their operations, supply chains, processes, and products. 

The manual is free and downloadable from the NPPR site and the WSPPN site.  A series of webinars will begin in May that will cover the content of the manual chapter-by-chapter. 
Register Now for the Used Oil/HHW Conference in Universal City, California - April 7-10, 2015 

CalRecycle and DTSC invite you to the 2015 Used Oil/HHW Training and Conference April 7-10, 2015, at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, CA. The conference, titled "The Reduced, The Reused, and the Recycled", is a forum for toxics reduction, chemical waste management and sustainability for the public and private sectors.  Recycling coordinators, nonprofit agencies, state agencies, private businesses, and others who are involved in used oil recycling and household hazardous waste programs should attend.

 

Register on or before March 24.   

Registration is Now Open for the Triple Regional P2 Roundtable March 31- April 2 in St. Louis


Jointhe pollution prevention colleagues from the Mississippi River basin for a multi-regional roundtable that includes:

  • Training
  • Sharing of program innovations
  • Implementations and results of P2 projects
  • Networking with other P2 professionals as well as businesses interested in sustainability
  • Inspiration to lead and continuously improve your effective technical assistance program

The meeting will be held on the grounds of the Missouri Botanical Garden, a leader in sustainability and business assistance in St. Louis. Training includes pollution prevention assessments for Craft Breweries - the fastest growing segment of food processing and Lean & Green Training for businesses.

 

This event is presented by the TRIPLE REGIONAL P2 ROUNDTABLE hosted by the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR), Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center (P2RIC), and Zero Waste Network. Register by March 27. 

 

Let's make Region 9 stronger by joining forces to advocate for sustainability and pollution prevention.

 

Sincerely,

 

Donna Walden

Regional Coordinator, WSPPN

University of Nevada Reno/

Business Environmental Program

dwalden@unr.eduwww.wsppn.org

 

WSPPN is a proud member of P2Rx (www.P2Rx.org).