February 11, 2011

Jim Callier’s slide show can be found here

Region 7 Bi-Monthly Call Notes (by Zachary Lutz-Priefert)

February 11th 2011


Phone: 866.299.3188,  conference code: 913 551 7669#


PPS/IDNR            Jeff Fiagle            Jennifer Reutzel

IWRC/UNI           Dan Nickey

P3/UNL                                Stacey Hawkey

UNO                      Jean Waters

P2RIC/UNO        Rick Yoder           Zach Lutz-Priefert

KDHE                     Cathy Colglazier

PPI/KSU               David Carter

R7 EPA                  Jim Callier            Marcus Rivas

I.                    Marcus Rivas – Today’s presentations

a.       P2 & Sustainability

b.      Sustainable Materials Management

c.       EPA Funding Matters

d.      Roundtable Follow-up

II.                  Jim Callier – EPA’s P2 & Sustainability Initiatives

a.       P2 & Sustainability Initiatives

i.      Sustainable Products Initiative

ii.      National Academies of Science (NAS) Green Book “Framework for Sustainability

iii.      P2 and Sustainability Strategy

iv.      Sustainable Materials Management

b.      Sustainable Products initiative

i.      Define EPA’s Role

1.       With the Government we try to be careful of roles

2.       There are things we have authorities and responsibilities relative to products

ii.      Key Efforts

1.       Stakeholder Input

2.       E.O. 13514 On Sustainability

a.       October 2009

b.      Group is looking at What should the EPA be doing relative to this order to move it forward

3.       FTC’s Green Guides

a.       Revising guides for marketers who make environmental claims on products

b.      Want to make sure EPA is closely coordinated with other agencies in their roles as well

c. When will the procurement contractors start asking to see more green products? -Jean

i.      Different areas you will see different things happen

ii.      Particularly with things like travel. Some are tangible (Fleet mileage, benchmarking production and then doing reduction)

iii.      Specifically for procurement it is more most likely that we will see a stricter standard of set rules either by standards or performance levels

4.       Looking to put forward recommendations in a month

5.       Hoping to finalize work for the group in early summer

c.       National Academies of Science (NAS) Green Book

i.      Framework for Sustainability

1.       To provide “operational framework for sustainability that applies across all of the Agency’s programs, policies, and actions”-Director Jackson’s initiative

2.       Looking at risk assessment, scientific and analytical tool needs, metrics (what should they be, make sure they’re credible and verifiable) assessment techniques and accounting

3.       NAS will make recommendations with the “green book”

4.       Draft report early this summer

5.       Book will hopefully be put out in September

d.      P2 and Sustainability Strategy

i.      Administrator Jackson’s All hands on memo (9/20/2010)

1.       More fully integrate P2 in our Programs

2.       Enhance internal and external collaborations

3.       Focus our resources more effectively

4.       Use our information tools to better document progress in Pollution Prevention

ii.      This is more of a message to EPA to do more

iii.      Recommendations are to be made by March 1st of this year

iv.      P2 and Sustainability Strategy

e.      P2 & Sustainability Seven Subgroups

i.      Governance and Management

ii.      Grants

iii.      Toxics Transparency Initiative

iv.      Stretch Goals

v.      Right-to-Know

vi.      Regulations, Permits, Compliance and Enforcement

vii.      Communication

f.        Governance and management

i.      Are they equal?

1.        P2 is a subset of Sustainability

2.       Sustainability acts as an umbrella

ii.      How are we going to make sure this work is coordinated?

1.       Make sure these groups are integrated, so efforts aren’t duplicated. Making recommendations

2.       Maybe a steering committee within the agency

3.       Maybe a particularly agency will be the hub

g.       Grants

i.      Asking more or different terms and conditions of Grantees

ii.      Looking at Grants that we give out and RFP’s that come in have them focuses on P2 and Sustainable activities

h.      Toxics Transparency imitative

i.      Products – making sure consumer understand what toxic chemical are present

i.         Stretch goals

i.      Looking at the agency what can we do to change the paradigm that we are in right now?

1.        a zero-waste goal is an example

ii.      Right-to-know

1.       313 and Toxic inventory reporting

2.       Can we look at this and can there be consideration to expanding that program beyond where it’s at right now?

j.        Regulations, Permits, Compliance, and enforcement

i.      Getting to all the other programs what can we do with other programs that might advance the bar

ii.      Some programs where it might be appropriate to look at the permitting and look at the regulations, make them more friendly to P2 programs

k.       Communication

i.      Looking at the agency’s image

1.       What can we do to rebrand the agency’s image

2.       Potentially giving more opportunities like Energy star

ii.      also looking at training

l.         Recommendations

1.       Initially to senior career personnel (Deputy Assistant Administrators and (DAA) and Deputy Regional Administrators ( DRAs)  on 2/10/11

2.       Final to Administrator Jackson on 3/1/11

m.    Further Questions

i. When you say EPA needs to get there house in order are you talking about the integration of P2 or what?

1.       There are a lot of Initiatives that are going and on individual work in different programs going on, but it is more about getting the governance work in and getting better cross-communication.

III.                Sustainable Materials Management

a.       Charge from OSWER AA and DD’s

i.      Shift focus from Waste Management to an upstream approach using Life Cycle analysis

ii.      Prepare Recommendations for January 27, 2011 Summit of AA’s and RA’s

b.      Workgroup of Headquarters and Regional Program Managers (formed approximately one year ago)

i.      Establish “Bold Goals”

ii.      Success in twelve Months

iii.      Outcome Oriented

c.       Four action areas

i.      Lead by Example

1.       Similar to other goals

2.       Potential goal of zero waste

3.       Emphasis on Federal Procurement practices

ii.      Build on State and Local Relationships

1.       Similar to P2 and Sustainability we haven’t talked a lot to stakeholders about this process either.

2.       Build around Solid waste programs

3.       BMP’s

4.       Tools

5.       Business and Economics

a.       Byproduct Synergy

b.      If we don’t come up with recommendations that work for Business and the Economy they aren’t going to go anywhere

6.       Model state management plans

d.      Sector Strategies

i.      Identify strategies for reducing a generation of waste

ii.      Focused off a document “The Road ahead”

iii.      States that we’re focusing on the wrong things

iv.      Document goes through and analyzes a lot of industry sectors

v.      Potential Sectors

1.       Electronics

2.       Food Waste

3.       Construction and Demolition

4.       Packaging

e.      Visibility in permitting and regulatory work

i.      Develop a strategy

ii.      Select potential opportunities and partners

iii.      Results oriented

f.        National effort of Headquarters and Regions focused on One National Program

g.       No more “1000 flowers blooming”

i.      No more individual look at each region utilizing special projects to reduce the generation of waste

h.      Criteria for actions

i.      Near term results within a year

ii.      Use 2009 as a baseline

iii.      Produces measurable results and outcomes

iv.      Metrics must be available

v.      Address significant problems

i.         Schedule

i.      This material was rolled out 2/10/11 to the program managers, and deputy directors

ii.      By 3/25 all the strategies and plans must be in place

j.        Questions

i. Isn’t the 1 year time line unrealistic?-David

1.       We have to come up with something’s that would work in the interim.

2.       Something’s we can act on quicker

a.       Such as lead by example

IV.                Funding

a.       No one has received their P2 Grants

i.      In process the grants office moved some staff around. EPA P2 helping them through it all. Checked on the status of all the grants

1.       All are moving forward

2.       Two are close to moving forward

3.       The other two aren’t far behind

ii.      Incremental funding

1.       Grants where money from FY10 is locked down. The second increment is from the FY11 at this time we do not have the funds as of this date.

2.       If the budget stays the same for FY11 then funding will stay the same. If there are substantial, cuts could have changes.  So until the budget is decided it is hard to tell what is available.

3.       Priority is to fill the second increment

iii.      What competitions are there right now?

1.       Source Reduction currently going on and closes 24 February.

2.       P2 ending the 28th of March

3.       Multi regional source reduction assistance competition

a.       Regions 1, 4, 7

b.      Focus on Sustainability in one of three sectors

i.      Healthcare

ii.      Hospitality

iii.      Existing and historic buildings

V.                  Roundtable

a.       Action Items – Committee Work Developed in November

i.      We have committee chairs identified in notes.  They need to build teams.

ii.      Committees need to move on the action items established in November