September 11 2009

R7 Roundtable Conference Call September 11

11 September 2009 Conference Call

Dial-In # 8662993188

Conf. Code # 9135517554

Attending:

Iowa: Jennifer Reutzel

Kansas: Nancy Larson, Cathy Colglazier

Missouri: Marie Steinwachs, Doug Neidigh

Nebraska: Bruce Dvorak, Chad Wetzel, Marcy Bauer

Tribes: None

EPA: Marcus Rivas

P2 Priorities and Process

Marcus: Informing R7 of P2 specific goals, regional priority changes, strategic plan, and process.

Marcus-EPA headquarters message-changes to RFPs need to be submitted by September 20.  Marcus requesting feedback about regional priorities, strategic plans, and process.   Strategic plan has 5 specific goals and 5 supporting sector groups to work toward these goals.

New Strategic Priorities (No Order of Importance):

1-Reduce greenhouse gases to mitigate climate change

2-Reduce use and disposal of hazardous materials

3-Reduce water and conserve natural resources

4-Create business efficiency and cost reduction strategies

5-Institutionalize pollution prevention (Create daily pattern of P2 process through learning, target audience is all industries

(Eliminated Agriculture from these priorities)

Supporting Sectors:

1-Muncipalities/Institutions-Variety of sectors, i.e. hospitals, universities, local govts

2-Buildings and Construction-High performance buildings, P2 strategies for buildings

3-Electronics-Focusing on new advances such as nanotechnology

4-Hospitality-Collaboration with other regions, P2RIC focus

5-Manufacturing-Hazardous materials reduction, move towards an effort that is similar to European reduction strategies

Regional Priorities:

1-Reduction of greenhouse gases

2-Reduction of hazardous substances

3-Economic savings through energy efficiency

4-Technical assistance

5-Intern Programs

6-Partnership programs

7-Expansion of chemical information to focus on adding new chemicals of concern

8-Water savings/conservation methods

9-Tools for helping recruit businesses to participate in P2

10-Calculators and tools for measuring efficiency, emissions, and benefits of P2 Implementations

Thoughts on Changing Process:

1-Desiring stringent standards on process/how we report numbers

2-Better partnership/collaboration

3-Requesting more time-specifically 15 months instead of 12 to allow for quality assurance and reviews

4-Measurement of results-Intern provides measurement process in fall…but then remains dormant… follow-up results are needed

5-Conference calls for review work of RFPs during competition process

Specific Comments from Individuals:

Nancy Larson-(Kansas State Pollution Prevention Institute)-Agriculture removal not detrimental to their region, desiring standard measuring process, 30 days past pre-proposal to get back to EPA for reviews and quality assurances, and also the 15-month grant extension, mentions interest and importance of water conservation for businesses as well.  Hospitals for a Healthy Environment workshop-October 2nd, Overland Park KS, P2 intern webinar in November.

Cathy Colglazier- (Kansas Department of Health and Environment)-minutes are now going to be added to NPPR website but will be a month behind because of the approval that is needed.  Also agrees with 15 month extension for grants.  Expresses concern with relationships to the universities during grant proposals.

Jennifer Reutzel-(Iowa Department of Natural Resources)-Confirms strong interest in water conservation and that businesses have requested additional resources/help with reducing water usage.  Mentioned that food processing is still a big focus and that agriculture will need to still need attention but that P2 could develop relationships with departments of agriculture in order to maintain help with pollution prevention in that sector.

Doug Neidigh-(Drury University, Missouri)-priorities for P2 includes manufacturing sector and water conservation.  Doug is currently working on the Ozarks Center for Sustainable Solutions that will help implement pollution prevention strategies and provide P2 auditing/assessment.

Marcy Bauer-(Public Health Solutions, Nebraska)-hospitals and agricultural still important for region because of the economic base-major waste and pollution problems.  Water and crop pollution still a big problem…stresses that is still needs attention.  Since losing agriculture, need to identify what unit operations are most important in the agriculture sector.  Also indicates importance of building a communication with agriculture groups in order to still help that sector and maintain pollution prevention strategies.

Bruce Dvorak-(Partners in Pollution Prevention (P3), Nebraska)-indicates a surge in interest in water conservation and competition for water with area states.  Students and interns have helped assist cutting water use by helping businesses and organizations.  P3 is also developing best practices for environmental management….using Ozarks GreenScore as a tool for prevention, education, and technical assistance.  He mentioned Green Conference in October that will address P2 and new cap and trade bill.

Marie Steinwachs-(Missouri Environmental Assistance Center)-indicated most important sector for them is construction/building industry.  They are currently creating a website on construction remodeling with a complementary piece on green building design and alternative energy sources.  They recently had an article about the work that the interns were doing placed in the local chamber of commerce publication and have been receiving a significant amount of feedback and interest already.