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Vol. 22 No. 2 Fall 2012

 

FEATURE ARTICLE

Promoting Sustainability & P2 Across Sectors

PROGRAM UPDATES

Click on the links below for information and updates on key activities that programs in these states have been focusing on.

Connecticut
Maine
Massachusetts
New Jersey
New York
Rhode Island
Vermont
EPA Region 1
EPA Region 2
NEWMOA

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PROGRAM UPDATES
New Hampshire

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NH DES)

Green Hospitality
The NH Pollution Prevention Program (NHPPP) is working with the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association’s (NHLRA) Sustainability Program on a certification program.  NHLRA hired Jackie Albanese as a part-time staff person to manage the initiative.  NHLRA has redesigned the application for certification to make it easier to use and reduce paper waste and is in the process of redesigning its website.  Facilities that were certified in 2009 are in the process of being re-certified.  NHPPP contributes articles on various topics for NHLRA’s monthly newsletter to encourage readers to reduce waste, energy, and water use, and offers assistance with those efforts.  Future NHPPP work with the hospitality industry will focus on food waste reduction and educational workshops.

For more information, contact Melissa Zych.

 

P2 Internship Successes
The University of New Hampshire’s (UNH) and NH DES’ P2 Internship Program partnership  places students from UNH in organizations interested in working on P2, energy conservation, environmental management systems, lean manufacturing, and related projects over the summer.  This year, seven students, three companies, EPA Region 1, and NH DES participated in the Program. 

Two new companies employed interns to assist them with wastewater reductions and Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP).  NHPPP had visited both companies to offer assistance with hazardous waste issues and felt they would benefit from participation in the Program.  Both facilities were pleased with the results of their interns’ work and plan to participate next year.  Another company took on two interns to help them with chemical waste reduction and researching the installation of a geothermal system to heat and cool their buildings.  Two interns worked at EPA in Boston and another was employed by NHPPP to assist with grant projects.

For more information, contact Melissa Zych.

 

Greening Golf Courses
NHPPP has made progress with a greening golf courses recognition program.  The Program’s objective is to recognize and support NH golf courses that are achieving efficient use of, and significant reductions in their consumption of water, fertilizers, pesticides, and energy.  NHPPP has coordinated with the NH DES Watershed Bureau and Drinking Water/Groundwater Bureau to establish a baseline dataset of fertilizer and well-water usage by golf courses.  This data will be used to help establish qualifying standards.  NHPPP has also reached out to the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and the New Hampshire Golf Course Superintendents Association to establish a coordinated effort for the launch of and marketing of the program.  The official launch is slated for December 2012 at the NH Golf Course Superintendents Association annual meeting. 

For more information, contact Christopher Moore.

 

Concrete and Redi-Mix Facilities
Several concrete and redi-mix facilities in NH were recently fined for not having SWPPPs and best management practices (BMP) in place.  Regulations under the federal Clean Water Act require these plants and operations to obtain an industrial stormwater permit.  Through site visits and phone calls, NHPPP determined that most facilities were aware that they needed plans and had applied for coverage under the Industrial Stormwater General Permit.  NHPPP offered assistance to one facility to help them develop a SWPPP, register their above ground storage tanks, and properly manage used oil and hazardous waste.  NHPPP also offered information on energy efficient lighting for warehouses and proper management of waste bulbs.

For more information, contact Melissa Zych.

 

Staff Updates
The NHPPP promoted Melissa Zych, former P2 Specialist, to Program Manager and welcomes Christopher Moore, who was hired from within NH DES, to fill Melissa’s former position.

For more information, contact Stephanie D’Agostino.