December 11 2009

Next Call Scheduled December 11

Dial-In Number 866 299 3188

Conf. Code 913 551 7554 #


We will have the typical agenda as follows:

Greetings/Welcome!

go around the line (by geographic location – but EPA last) – IA, KS, NE and MO

(AGAIN) please give name, organization, what hope to get from the call today, and if someone asked you for one of your top 10 (not the necessarily the best) reference document or resource element for P2 – what would it be?  Try to focus on something others will not name.

P2 headlines (Round the Region, 1-2 minutes from each program)

Monthly Topic: “Strong environmental health connections.”

Minutes:

P2R7 Call

December 11, 2009

NEBRASKA

Stacey Hawkey – UNL

Rick Yoder – P2RIC

Erin Bass– P2RIC

KANSAS

Cathy Colglazier – Department of Health and Environment

Nancy Larson – PPI

IOWA

MISSOURI

Marie Steinwachs – University of Missouri Environmental Assistance Center

P2 Headlines

Cathy Colglazier – there will not be a campus environmental conference next year. She has submitted a draft proposal to Marcus because they will not do the conference. They hope to start them up again in 2011. They will still have their P2 awards. They were thinking about having a small P2 training or workshop with the awards.

Nancy Larson – PPI is still waiting for their money to come through and will follow-up. They are doing Pollution Prevention Intern and Host company recruitment. David did a webinar for industry to get involved in the intern program and it’s posted on their website. They were also involved in the career fair at KSU that promoted the program to 400 companies. They are also working with IOWA to put out a newsletter to recruit industry. Cathy, Nancy, and Stephen kicked off the intern workgroup with NPPR. Andy Bray went through the P2 Intern topic hub at this program. There were probably 16 different states represented in that workgroup.

Stacey Hawkey – UNL is on the speaking circuit speaking in Omaha and assisting classes and at other speaking engagements across the state. She will speak in Omaha next week.

Rick Yoder – P2RIC has unveiled the new website. They are still trying to get a training/webinar in place for people to know how to post things to the new R7 Roundtable website. He was going to go with Sustainability Business RIC but decided to go stay with P2 because he is trying to bridge the gap between sustainability and P2. Monday there is a call with Ken Zarker and Jeff Burke from NPPR about P2 and sustainability. Nancy noted that part of the focus of the group is to talk with Jeff about funding and lobbying efforts, while influencing OPPT’s approach to P2 and sustainability. EPA – Kathleen Fenton had sent an email so that everyone knows that the CARE grant solicitations will be coming up soon. Rick does know that one of the collections of counties received a CARE grant and that their product is available online.

Marie Steinwachs – launch of a best management practices and are still trying to come up with ideas for continuing education or online webinar courses. If anyone has good ideas, they’d be interested in hearing about them. Lean & Green grant – will be presenting at an annual conference to 60-70 businesses. Construction/Demolition P2 efforts are of interest to them in the University. Green Builders Conference in March in Jefferson, MO. Will probably develop courses with the contact person for this conference who has experience in creating green building projects.

Discuss Monthly Topic – How do we make strong Environmental Health connections to the work we do?

Nancy Larson – One of the things Marcus wanted to know and wanted us to work on is how do we train our interns to specifically understand that what they are doing has both an environmental benefit and an environmental health connection. She wanted to know if anyone does a segment or module on environmental health in their intern training.

Stacey Hawkey – She brings a module or two every time she teaches; there’s an element of that in the discussion. Mostly they put it in terms of their indirect benefits discussion. Those things that are not directly measurable metrics and not monetary or cost benefits. What they find though is that the engineering students, because of their interest and their backgrounds, don’t really care. It’s a constant struggle to get them interested in something else.

Rick Yoder – Doesn’t have an intern program but does lecture at UNMC. The public health students aren’t keenly interested in environmental health, but it’s a core course. It’s unfortunate but there isn’t an interdisciplinary bent on engineering or environmental health.

Marie Steinwachs – They don’t do anything like that in their P2 class, but they do environmental safety. Mostly she wants to help them understand that the materials they’re dealing with in industry have safety hazards. Hopefully they make a leap and think about the effects of these chemicals not only on them, but on the community. It’s a very short segment and doesn’t get into the bigger issues.

Nancy Larson – If you don’t have environmental health first, you will be negatively affecting public health.  She and David have naturally weaved environmental health and the public health impacts into their coursework, but have felt the need to incorporate engineering because many of their students are engineering students. Generally the last 2 years they have been attracting pre-med students. Where the engineers have not necessarily made those connections, the med students have. Want to develop a module specifically on environmental health and make sure the interns include that section in their final report.

Stacey Hawkey – IN 2005 a graduate student did some targeted research on what we call indirect benefits, trying to quantify them and come up with methodology that could put value on research time. The result of his research indicated that the values for the indirect benefits were approximately equal to the value of the direct benefits.

Cathy Colglazier – She will try to get her bureau of environmental health more involved in the conference and maybe some newsletter articles.

Open it up to other Environmental Health connections

Nancy Larson – Lisa Jackson declared climate endangerment to the climate related to greenhouse gases in Copenhagen at the summit. It was enlightening and she talked about this being one of the number one threats to public health. The connection Nancy made was that energy efficiency can relate to greenhouse gases and using other examples to connect to environmental and public health.

Rick Yoder – will post this definition to Endangerment on delicious. He thinks endangerment relates to statute or case laws to act because congress is not.

Any other discussion on Environmental Health connections

Stacey Hawkey – do you think that public or private health organizations are the best way to enter into that area?

Nancy Larson – Public health is so overwhelmed with their projects and since their strength is with the industry, maybe regionally they should work together with one problem where  we know there are major problems environmentally so that we can make a consorted effort in our region to reduce endangerment.

Marie Steinwachs – The CARE grant that was mentioned earlier really does help eradicating community health issues through extensive partnerships. A CARE grant is a way to develop those relationships.

Nancy Larson – those CARE grants are gathering baseline data to find out what the environmental priorities are.

Marie Steinwachs – They are usually in two rounds. The first to collect that data. The second to implement and measure the data.

Nancy Larson – They are more cooperative than other grants.

If anyone ever wants to do something regionally, she would love to work with anybody on that to extend our efforts regionally.

Cathy Colglazier – She will email Ken Zucker’s idea of P2 and sustainability project with NPPR. She has the draft so that they can talk about it on the call on Monday. She wants to know if people think she should support this project. She doesn’t think it would be a lot of extra effort, but is a way to get national recognition.