P2 News Items
|5 Steps to a Sustainable Supply Chain (12/11/2013)
Trusting your partners, treating other businesses how you would wish to be treated and extending participation beyond the first tier of suppliers are just three of the five key steps to building a sustainable trading partner network, according to supply chain software company E2open president and CEO, Mark Woodward.
As business sectors compartmentalize and an increasing part of any businesses services, such as logistics or manufacturing, are outsourced, it is becoming harder for companies to keep control of the activities in their supply chains. But by embracing five key ideas, it can be possible to have a successful, scalable and sustainable business network that achieves profit for all, Woodward writes on Supply-Demand Executive.
|EPA Honors Winners of the 2013 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards (12/11/2013)
WASHINGTON--The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing landmark green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that are contributing to the use of chemicals and products that are safer for people's health and the environment.
During the 18 years of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge program, EPA has received about 1500 nominations and presented awards to 93 technologies. Winning technologies over the lifetime of the program are responsible for reducing the use or generation of more than 826 million pounds of hazardous chemicals, saving 21 billion gallons of water, and eliminating 7.8 billion pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent releases to air.
"Today, EPA is recognizing groundbreaking scientific solutions to real-world environmental problems that improve the bottom line for America's manufacturing sector. These revolutionary technologies have great potential to make consumer products from adhesives to paints safer for us to use, as well as safer and less costly to manufacture by reducing hazardous wastes, energy, and water wastes, " said Jim Jones, EPA's Assistant Administrator for Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. "EPA congratulates the 2013 winners and looks forward to continuing to work with them as their technologies are adopted in the marketplace."
|EPA Program Seeks to Improve Air Quality in Port Communities (12/11/2013)
WASHINGTON - EPA is announcing the availability of $4 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from marine and inland water ports, many of which are in areas that face environmental justice challenges.
"Ports are essential to the nation's economy and transportation infrastructure, but they also are home to some of the nation's toughest environmental challenges," said Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. "These grants will help port authorities to provide immediate emissions reductions that will benefit those who work and live in port-side communities."
Most of the country's busiest ports are located near large metropolitan areas and, as a result, people in nearby communities can be exposed to high levels of diesel emissions. Older diesel engines can emit large amounts of air pollutants, such as nitrogen oxides (NOX) and particulate matter (PM). These pollutants are linked to a range of serious health problems including asthma, lung and heart disease, other respiratory ailments, and even premature death. Clean diesel projects at ports, employing readily available technology, will make immediate emissions reductions and provide health benefits
|Environmental Education (EE) Grants (12/10/2013)
This grant program funds environmental education (EE) projects. Environmental information and outreach may be important elements of EE projects, but these activities by themselves are not environmental education. By itself, environmental information only addresses awareness and knowledge, usually about a particular environmental issue. Outreach involves information dissemination and requests or suggestions for action on a particular issue (often without the critical thinking, problem solving and decision making steps in between). EE covers the range of steps and activities from awareness to action with an ultimate goal of environmental stewardship.
|How to make pollution-prevention systems work for your company (12/10/2013)
During P2 Week 2013, the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable promoted a Pollution Prevention (P2) Pioneer Webinar targeting state technical assistance programs (TAPs) and industry EHS staff. The webinar featured P2 pioneers Cindy McComas, Gary Hunt and Cam Metcalf, who shared their years of experience and thoughts on the evolution of P2.
They discussed the evolution perspectives from an end-of-pipe reactive mode to a production process approach and finally, to a proactive systems model. P2 has grown over the years, and it's now in the "environmental sustainability" phase. Good plans are in place, but upper management commitment is essential for the approaches to succeed.
|EPA gives $3.6 million in grants for projects to reduce mercury exposure in Great Lakes region (11/22/2013)
TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded four grants totaling over $3.6 million for projects designed to reduce exposure to mercury and other toxins for people eating Great Lakes fish.
State health departments in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin about nearly $1 million each. Cornell University got about $600,000 for a project to reduce toxic exposure among urban anglers in the Great Lakes region.
The grants came from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, an Obama administration program that focuses on some of the most persistent environmental problems affecting the lakes, including toxic pollution, invasive species and habitat loss.
|Grant targets exposure to tainted fish (11/22/2013)
The aim is to limit consumption by young women of mercury-tinged fish from the Lake Superior basin.
Minnesota will receive nearly $1 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to expand efforts to change fish consumption among young women, a response to high levels of mercury detected in the Lake Superior basin.
Along with an earlier grant, the Minnesota Department of Health will spend a total of $2.4 million to reduce mercury exposure in women of childbearing age by developing new public health messages delivered at the doctor's office.
The project follows a 2011 study that found 8 percent of the infants born around the shores of Lake Superior had unhealthy levels of mercury in their blood. In Minnesota, the rate was even higher -- one in 10. Mercury is a neurotoxin that causes developmental problems in children.
|Women still eating fish, but consuming less mercury (11/22/2013)
Warnings about the dangers of mercury appear to have resonated with women. Mercury blood levels in women of childbearing age have dropped by 34 percent, even though fish consumption has remained relatively constant over the past decade, a new government study shows.
Most likely that's because women between the ages of 16 and 49 have been choosing fish that is low in mercury, researchers from the Environmental Protection Agency concluded. "We were thrilled to have this finding," said Betsy Southerland, director of the Office of Science and Technology for the EPA's Office of Water.