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Fall '06 P2 Program Activities in Maine

Organization(s) Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection
Project Description The current activities of the Pollution Prevention Program in Maine Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Office of Innovation and Assistance (OIA) include: -Implementing a state environmental certification program for the hospitality sector targeting hotels, motels, and inns. The initiative was launched in November of 2005, and currently there are 26 certified businesses in Maine. The P2 program has performed 30 site visits for this program making an average of 10 P2 recommendations at each facility. The staff has also made presentations at several tourism conferences and workshops.

-Assisting businesses and organizations with calculating their greenhouse gas emissions inventory as part of the Governor's Carbon Challenge.

-Managing the Clean Government Initiative to encourage toxics reduction, energy efficiency, and environmentally preferable procurement within Maine state government.

-Assisting five companies with the implementation of their environmental management systems.

-Conducting onsite compliance assistance utilizing Maines Small Business Compliance Incentive Policy (SBCIP).

-Continuing to provide assistance to the Green Campus Consortium in their efforts to move towards sustainability.

-Working in conjunction with the Climate Change Steering Committee of the New England Governors Conference and Eastern Canadian Premiers initiative to reduce greenhouse gas levels by 10 percent under 1990 levels by 2012.

-Continuing to provide assistance to a number of industry sectors.

-Revitalizing the Compliance Advisory Panel (CAP) as an effective tool to weigh in on OIA activities.

Project Contact
Name Peter Cooke
Phone 207-287-7100
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Energy Efficiency, Environmental Management Systems, Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
Industrial Sectors Hospitality Industry
Newsletter Northeast Assistance & Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 16 No. 2, Fall 2006 [PDF]


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