August 13 2010

August 13, 2010

Attending

Jean Waters: NBDC

Marcus Rivas: EPA Region 7

Marie Steinwachs: University of Missouri – Environmental Assistance Center

Rick Yoder: University of Nebraska/Omaha – Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center

Jennifer Reutzel: Iowa Department of Natural Resources – Pollution Prevention Services

Nancy Larson: Kansas State University – Pollution Prevention Institute

Kim Plouzek: Public Health Solutions

  1. Around the Region – what’s going on for P2 Week?
    1. Missouri
      1. i.      Marie Steinwachs
        1. Reevaluate EAC’s  first two years data to assess the program
        2. Enter data into national database
        3. Intern report out (first of three) is September 30th in Kansas City
  2. Kansas
    1. i.      Nancy Larson
      1. P2 Week committee to give the Governor’s P2 Awards during P2 week
      2. Central Plains conference September 24th
        1. Hospital purchasing agents meeting
        2. Nancy is presenting on EPP and a few other topics- compliance issues for hospitals , etc.
      3. Intern report outs September 17th , 1-5p in Manhattan
  3. Nebraska
    1. i.      Jean Waters
      1. Nothing (yet) for P2 Week
      2. Her current work focus is on energy for small businesses
    2. ii.      Rick Yoder
      1. Standing meeting and a presentation Green Business Council Wednesday ,  September 22nd , as well as Green Drinks that evening
      2. The 23rd the Nebraska Economic Development Organization has requested some speakers taking the “LEED” tying energy efficiency to economic development
    3. iii.      Kim  Plouzek:
      1. New to this, so nothing yet to offer
      2. Working on Care Level one grant may be implemented with that week in September
  4. Iowa
    1. i.      Jennifer Reutzel
      1. Nothing formalized some tie-ins with it being the ten year anniversary of Iowa’s intern program
      2. No specifically planned activities.  Staff are working  through the last week of the intern program following it ending there will be more time to plan how to promote
      3. Areas for Enhanced Collaboration on Similar State and Federal P2 Programs
        1. Goal:  Identify areas where enhanced collaboration may be helpful and exchange information
        2. There will be a new Source Reduction Assistance grant multi-regional solicitation this winter.  It will focus on three areas: Hospitality, Healthcare, and Greening Existing Buildings, and be limited to specific EPA Regions – currently New England, the Southeast and Region  7.  This source reduction effort will be similar to the existing source reduction solicitation except that it is targeted to the named sectors.  Contact Marcus if you want more information.
        3. What areas do you see as problems, what legislative agendas need to be implemented?
          1. i.      Climate Change and air quality
          2. ii.      At the State Level there are PTAC’s, they have a database of companies that want to contract with the federal government, they yet to have no “Green” check mark in the database.  Contrast that with an existing Executive Order and EPA urging more green technical purchasing. This represents an opportunity for improved collaboration.
            1. Marie notes that there are increasing amounts of Green Purchasing each year
            2. Still need the demarcation of what is green, what identifies it and have it available among the state and federal purchasing agencies, it is not happening in the way it is happening
            3. 3)  Strengthening the National Response to Prevent Pollution
              1. Goal:  Identify specific efforts to advance P2 on a national scale and increase results.
                1. i.      States with formal hospitality program:
                  1. IA IDNR not doing anything directly targeting hospitality, unsure about other programs that may be doing more outreach.
                  2. NE: tourism put together the greener byways association of all the groups associated with tourism, DED has green tourism guide, and we are assisting with green lodging and green conferences locally.
                  3. KS: Green lodging program through a part time intern this summer, focus on energy and water establishments at hospitality; one a lot of hotels are already doing a lot of great things and want more promotion so we need to move the program in that area trying to do more of the assistance identification, and are going to host a site for the hospitality webinar trying to pull in some KS City facilities, hope to grow the program more, and possibly put together an advisory board.
                  4. 4. MO: spent part of the past year to determine niche, MO health and lodging has a green hospitality program,  no third party follow up; Missouri has guidelines in place but it is not being implemented; then worked with college of agriculture begin to explore local hotels and what they can do to improve there wasn’t any really good methodology this gets more of the interns involved in helping the hotels to do that
    2. ii.      Is hospitality the best response?
      1. 1. Other than saying there’s a huge opportunity here, why is this sector better than any of the dozen other things.
      2. 2. Note that having a sector focus is important and useful. But it’s only one thing and should be presented in context with other “national responses” and the drivers for the foci.
      3. What are you seeing as the key developmental areas, where should EPA be focusing to bring state and local EPA programs forward
        1. If P2 Programs are going to be held to rigorous data program and methodology and others can ballpark it then we will always be limited in what we can do.
        2. One of P2’s strengths is that it can give very implemented and strong results, but those numbers can be discounted when federal solicitations are not holding other programs or other initiatives to the same standards. From our stand point it would be nice if all federal agencies that that is where P2 Can specialize or that is where we shine
        3. What do you or do you not appreciate about the grant process?
          1. i.      Not enough money –even at full funding is it enough funding compared to the big three, they do say
  5. State of the programs and key challenges faced to hold the programs afloat:
    1. i.      P2 Intern program is probably the most work, if it could be recognized for more than a waste reduction, or energy efficiency program but a program of training future leaders. It doesn’t get the appreciation that it deserves from EPA and above