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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 Hampshire
New Jersey
Rhode Island
Vermont
EPA Region 1
EPA Region 2
NEWMOA

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PROGRAM UPDATES
New York

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC)

Buying Green
NYS DEC is implementing its green procurement program under Executive Order 4.  The Subcommittee for Development considers such factors as available expertise and purchasing needs and is evaluating approximately twenty specifications in fiscal year 2013.

The Subcommittee will use several scoping documents, which were drafted to provide necessary background information, to determine the need for specification development.  Several work groups are in various stages of drafting specifications for particular products and services.

For more information, contact Bob Lazzara.

Environmental Leaders Program
The New York Environmental Leaders (NYEL) Program provides recognition and incentives for organizations that demonstrate the use of P2, sustainable business practices, or perform beyond compliance.  NYEL provides these organizations with incentives to sustain their existing high levels of performance and leverages this work to motivate and enable other organizations that are committed to reaching higher levels of performance.  The Program is now open for enrollment.

The Program has thirteen members, and NYS DEC staff has started to conduct site visits and review their annual reports.  The Department is also reviewing applications submitted by prospective members.  The enrollment period for new applicants is open through October 31st. 

For more information, contact John Vana.

 

Self-Audit Policy
NYS DEC is developing a policy that will provide incentives for the voluntary disclosure of violations discovered through facility self-audits, and possibly include incentives for facilities that go beyond audits and implement comprehensive management systems and integrate P2.  The Department anticipates that the policy will provide greater incentives for facilities to consider the use of P2 approaches as they correct discovered violations.  NYS DEC is formally drafting the policy and will present it to stakeholders in the near future, with the expectation that it will be finalized by the end of 2012.

For more information, contact John Vana.

 

New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I)

P2 in Food Processing
NYSP2I has partnered with the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies to help develop and support a Finger Lakes Food Processing Cluster Initiative.  With funds from the NYS DEC as well as a federal “Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge” grant, the Initiative totals over $1.9 million and includes three programs for advancement, training, and small business assistance.

NYSP2I is fully immersed in the Finger Lakes Food Processing Cluster Advancement Program, providing assistance to area food processing and agricultural businesses.  This work includes identifying and implementing technical improvements and sustainable manufacturing process technologies to reduce operating costs, minimize environmental impacts, open market opportunities, start new businesses, and retain and grow jobs.

NYSP2I held a half-day conference in July to provide networking opportunities.  Approximately 140 participants discussed food waste-to-energy initiatives, innovative packaging, buying/selling local, exporting, supply chains, and the agricultural benefits of the region.

 

Other P2 Initiatives
NYSP2I has made progress on several other initiatives in the past few months, including: