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Organization(s) Environmental Protection Agency - Region 2
Project Description As part of Region II's commitment to build capacity among Indian Nations to design and implementation pollution prevention programs, EPA awarded a small grant to the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe to fund a casino waste reduction workshop. Robert Pojasek of Pojasek & Associates facilitated the workshop in December 2000 at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino in Hogansburg, NY. For two days participants were exposed to a systems approach to P2. Participants were introduced to various tools in which they focused in on a specific process they conducted routinely in their work, for example, preparing a meal in the kitchen or changing an air filter. Participants learned to identify the P2 opportunity (note: not "problem"); look for the root cause of the loss (waste); derive alternative P2 measures; select an alternative approach; and write action items and implementation plan. The Solid Waste Director for the St. Regis Mohawk Nation worked with the participants on implementing P2 action plans and tracked results over the first few months. Mike Van Splinter, Director of Environmental Services at Foxwoods Resort Casino, participated in the workshop and shared examples from Foxwoods of what they are doing to minimize waste and institutionalize P2 at Foxwoods. EPA anticipates that this project will facilitate larger waste minimization/P2 initiatives at the casino and the reservation.

More Info www.epa.gov/Region2/nations/index.html
Project Contact
Name Marcia Seidner
Phone 212-647-3584
Project Keywords
Activity Keywords Funding and grants
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 11 No. 1, Spring 2001


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