2008 Spring

Project Update

Spring 2008 Region 5/7 Roundtable

Program Name: PPIS Grant “Advancing Michigan’s Pollution Prevention Programs”

Contact: Jeff Spencer

E-mail: spencerj3@michigan.gov

Phone: (517) 241-5719

Highlight projects or events your program has completed or is currently working on in the last 6 months.

  • Conducted a roundtable discussion with members of the MI Business Pollution Prevention Partnership on the present and future of the program.  A portion of the meeting was dedicated to conducting a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats).  This is currently being evaluated and will eventually transform into both short and long term objectives for the partnership.
  • Evaluating annual reporting content and structure with the goal of developing a user friendly reporting tool with online capability.  This tool will be developed with continual input from our P2 partners in order to make it a useful tool for both business and government.

List planned events (March 2008-March 2009) – (these are workshops, meetings, trainings, etc.) Include as much detail as possible; we will put these events on the P2RIC regional calendar, http://p2ric.org/calendar/

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Project Update

Spring 2008 Region 5/7 Roundtable

Program Name:  Workshop:  Unwanted Medicine Disposal-Doing It the Right Way, http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/deq-ess-brochure-workshop-medicinedisposal_223932_7.pdf

Contact:  Lucy Doroshko, Recycling Specialist

E-mail: doroshkl@michigan.gov

Phone: 517/373-1322

Highlight projects or events your program has completed or is currently working on in the last 6 months.  (Bullets with brief description)

  • Working with Illinois/Indiana Sea Grant, developed workshop to be held on April 2, 2008 in Howell, Michigan.  Audience is community household hazardous waste collection programs, pharmacies and medical facilities and offices.
  • Updated “A Remedy for Residential Drug Disposal” fact sheet.  Available on-line at http://www.deq.state.mi.us/documents/deq-ess-cau-RXbrochure.pdf
  • New publication to provide medical professionals information for medicine managements entitled, “Michigan Medical and Veterinary Care Facilities:  A Guide for Prescribing and Disposing of Unwanted Medications.”  This is being finalized and will be available for the April 2 Workshop and on-line, soon.

List planned events (March 2008-March 2009) – (these are workshops, meetings, trainings, etc.) Include as much detail as possible; we will put these events on the P2RIC regional calendar, http://p2ric.org/calendar/

Event (title or subject area):  Unwanted Medicine Disposal:  Doing It the Right Way

Location:  Johnson Center, Cleary University, Howell, Michigan

Dates:  Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Registration info (if available):  All day workshop including lunch, refreshments and materials, $75.

Summary or more information:  Morning session will cover general issues with medications in the environment, particularly those found in Michigan’s surface waters.  Regulatory issues will also be addressed.  Afternoon concurrent tracks will be focused on 1) community collections at household hazardous waste collections and pharmacies of residential medicines and 2) Michigan’s universal waste regulations and how they apply to medical facilities and offices.

Project Update

Spring 2008 Region 5/7 Roundtable

Program Name:           Green Suppliers Network

Contact:          Laura Rauwerda

E-mail:             rauwerdl@michigan.gov

Phone:             616.356.0034

Highlight projects or events your program has completed or is currently working on in the last 6 months.  (Bullets with brief description)

–          Great Lakes Sustainable Suppliers Environmental Network (GLSSEN) web site http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,1607,7-135-3585_4129_40313—,00.html

–          Rapid Line, Inc. presentation for Society for Manufacturing Engineers (SME)  A supplier in West Michigan realized the following savings through the GSN and P2 implementation:

Air compressor efficiency $4,180                   TOTAL ANNUAL SAVINGS =

Shop floor lighting efficiency $11,909           $56,522

Office lighting efficiency $1,060

Infrared Oven Optimization $34,556/yr

–          The Right Place Inc. is currently providing GSN – Lean and Clean assessments to an additional 15 small-medium sized suppliers in the West Michigan Region.

–          3 tools are being developed for the GSN project.  A marketing video including presentations and interviews from government stakeholders, the original equipment manufacturer and a supplier is nearly complete.  A best management practices guidebook for place-based sustainable business practices will be available in September 2008.  An integrated chemical management protocol for suppliers will also be available in September 2008.

List planned events (March 2008-March 2009) – (these are workshops, meetings, trainings, etc.) Include as much detail as possible; we will put these events on the P2RIC regional calendar, http://p2ric.org/calendar/

Event (title or subject area):  Lean and Clean Competency-Based Skill Development

Location:  TBD (Michigan)

Dates:   September 10-11, 2008

Registration info (if available): not available

Summary or more information:  For additional information contact Laura Rauwerda.

Project Update

Spring 2008 Region 5/7 Roundtable

Program Name:           Green Suppliers Network

Contact:          Laura Rauwerda

E-mail:             rauwerdl@michigan.gov

Phone:             616.356.0034

Highlight projects or events your program has completed or is currently working on in the last 6 months.  (Bullets with brief description)

–          Great Lakes Sustainable Suppliers Environmental Network (GLSSEN) web site http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,1607,7-135-3585_4129_40313—,00.html

–          Rapid Line, Inc. presentation for Society for Manufacturing Engineers (SME)  A supplier in West Michigan realized the following savings through the GSN and P2 implementation:

Air compressor efficiency $4,180                   TOTAL ANNUAL SAVINGS =

Shop floor lighting efficiency $11,909           $56,522

Office lighting efficiency $1,060

Infrared Oven Optimization $34,556/yr

–          The Right Place Inc. is currently providing GSN – Lean and Clean assessments to an additional 15 small-medium sized suppliers in the West Michigan Region.

–          3 tools are being developed for the GSN project.  A marketing video including presentations and interviews from government stakeholders, the original equipment manufacturer and a supplier is nearly complete.  A best management practices guidebook for place-based sustainable business practices will be available in September 2008.  An integrated chemical management protocol for suppliers will also be available in September 2008.

List planned events (March 2008-March 2009) – (these are workshops, meetings, trainings, etc.) Include as much detail as possible; we will put these events on the P2RIC regional calendar, http://p2ric.org/calendar/

Event (title or subject area):  Lean and Clean Competency-Based Skill Development

Location:  TBD (Michigan)

Dates:   September 10-11, 2008

Registration info (if available): not available

Summary or more information:  For additional information contact Laura Rauwerda.

Project Update

Spring 2008 Region 5/7 Roundtable

Program Name:           Green Suppliers Network

Contact:          Laura Rauwerda

E-mail:             rauwerdl@michigan.gov

Phone:             616.356.0034

Highlight projects or events your program has completed or is currently working on in the last 6 months.  (Bullets with brief description)

–          Great Lakes Sustainable Suppliers Environmental Network (GLSSEN) web site http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,1607,7-135-3585_4129_40313—,00.html

–          Rapid Line, Inc. presentation for Society for Manufacturing Engineers (SME)  A supplier in West Michigan realized the following savings through the GSN and P2 implementation:

Air compressor efficiency $4,180                   TOTAL ANNUAL SAVINGS =

Shop floor lighting efficiency $11,909           $56,522

Office lighting efficiency $1,060

Infrared Oven Optimization $34,556/yr

–          The Right Place Inc. is currently providing GSN – Lean and Clean assessments to an additional 15 small-medium sized suppliers in the West Michigan Region.

–          3 tools are being developed for the GSN project.  A marketing video including presentations and interviews from government stakeholders, the original equipment manufacturer and a supplier is nearly complete.  A best management practices guidebook for place-based sustainable business practices will be available in September 2008.  An integrated chemical management protocol for suppliers will also be available in September 2008.

List planned events (March 2008-March 2009) – (these are workshops, meetings, trainings, etc.) Include as much detail as possible; we will put these events on the P2RIC regional calendar, http://p2ric.org/calendar/

Event (title or subject area):  Lean and Clean Competency-Based Skill Development

Location:  TBD (Michigan)

Dates:   September 10-11, 2008

Registration info (if available): not available

Summary or more information:  For additional information contact Laura Rauwerda.

Program Update

Spring 2008 Region 7 Roundtable

Program Name: Partners in Pollution Prevention (P3) Summer Engineering Internship

Contact: Stacey Hawkey, Program Coordinator

E-mail: Shawkey2@unl.edu

Phone: 402-472-2838

Planned Events (March 2008-March 2009) – (these are workshops, meetings, trainings, etc.) Include as much detail as possible; we will put these events on the P2RIC regional calendar

Event (title or subject area): See below

Location:

Dates:

Summary or more information:

Planned activities (March 2008 – March 2009) – these are “regular” or on-going activities (such as technical assistance, on-site assistance, publications, etc).

Activity: Environmental Internship for College Students

Location: University of Nebraska – Lincoln providing technical assistance to business clients through out Nebraska

Dates: Student application deadline – Feb 4, 2008;

May –August: College coursework – May 19 – May 30, 2008

Mid-summer session – July 2-3

Field work – 47 days from June 2, 2008 – August 8, 2008, not including July 2-4

Final presentations – August 11-12, 2008

Contact person: Stacey Hawkey (see details above)

Summary or more information:

Students receive formal environmental training and gain “real world” experiences as they participate in actual pollution prevention and environmental projects with both small businesses and larger industries.  Goals of the P3 Internship Program are: 1) to educate students in pollution prevention through both formal training (a three-credit hour college engineering course is included) and field experience, 2) to provide technical assistance and training to businesses using engineering and science students, and 3) to perform research of complex pollution prevention problems.  In the summer of 2008, approximately 15 students will be admitted from the Region 7 area and work with 30-50 businesses in Nebraska.

Applications for both potential students and business clients is available on the website at www.p3.unl.edu

Completed activities (through October 2007)

Activity: See above

Contact person: Stacey Hawkey, P3 Program Coordinator

Summary, environmental outcomes or more information.

A total of 15 engineering and science students from eight (8) majors, at six (6) schools in four (4) states participated in this unique educational experience that is designed to build support for pollution prevention and to encourage the practice of sustainability far into the future.

During the entire year, 46 businesses in Nebraska were visited for the purpose of providing initial and follow-up technical assistance in pollution prevention.  Twenty four businesses received new assistance only; 16 received follow-up technical assistance visits (reassessments) only; and 6 businesses received both new work and reassessments of previous work.  A total of 78 project management reports were written by 2007 interns, 56 covering new work and 22 reassessment reports.  These reports documented the results of over 4400 hours of intern effort directed at providing technical assistance in pollution prevention and sustainability.

Data collected from the 56 new work management reports written in 2007 indicate that the businesses served can potentially realize significant waste reduction and cost savings as a result of participation in project efforts.  The pollution prevention suggestions offered have the potential to divert over four million pounds/year of solid waste from the landfill; reduce the generation of nearly 74,000 pounds/year of hazardous waste and reduce the use of over 176,000 pounds/year of hazardous materials; reduce water use by over ten million gallons/year and reduce water pollution by nearly 123,000 pounds/year; and reduce overall energy use by over 25 million MBtu/year.  In addition, recommendations offered to businesses have the potential to save them over $3.6 million/year.

During follow-up technical assistance visits (reassessments) conducted by interns in 2007, data was collected from 22 businesses previously served between 1999 and 2006.  During these visits, business clients were asked about specific outcomes and results from the original assistance.  The outcome data revealed that over 80% of the businesses had implemented at least one P2 recommendation, and that overall, over 40% of the recommendations made were implemented, resulting in businesses reporting nearly $280,000/year savings; over fifteen million pounds/year of solid waste diverted from the landfill; over 27,000 pounds/year of hazardous waste reduced; water use reduced by nearly 600,000 gallons/year and; and overall energy use reduced by nearly 2.8 million KWh/year.

In addition to the direct technical assistance provided, the P3 program undertook a series of activities to identify ways in which it can best evolve to be successful in providing Nebraska businesses with pollution prevention technical assistance and student interns with a relevant and meaningful educational experience.  Over 700 surveys were distributed to students to qualitatively and quantitatively measure the educational impact of the P3 program experience on graduates who are past P3 interns in terms of career choice and applying pollution prevention strategies early in their professional careers, as compared to a similar group of graduates who did not participate in the P3 program.  Although the survey process is ongoing, preliminary results are in and summarized below.  Two focus groups were conducted with key P3 program stakeholders to solicit feedback on how the program can improve the educational component (content and methodology) and the services to the business community.  Lastly, a conference call was conducted with experts in the field of P2 to determine what if any changes are needed in the way in which the program collects and reports activity and outcome data.

Program Update

Spring 2008 Region 7 Roundtable

Program Name: Partners in Pollution Prevention (P3) Summer Engineering Internship

Contact: Stacey Hawkey, Program Coordinator

E-mail: Shawkey2@unl.edu

Phone: 402-472-2838

Planned Events (March 2008-March 2009) – (these are workshops, meetings, trainings, etc.) Include as much detail as possible; we will put these events on the P2RIC regional calendar

Event (title or subject area): See below

Location:

Dates:

Summary or more information:

Planned activities (March 2008 – March 2009) – these are “regular” or on-going activities (such as technical assistance, on-site assistance, publications, etc).

Activity: Environmental Internship for College Students

Location: University of Nebraska – Lincoln providing technical assistance to business clients through out Nebraska

Dates: Student application deadline – Feb 4, 2008;

May –August: College coursework – May 19 – May 30, 2008

Mid-summer session – July 2-3

Field work – 47 days from June 2, 2008 – August 8, 2008, not including July 2-4

Final presentations – August 11-12, 2008

Contact person: Stacey Hawkey (see details above)

Summary or more information:

Students receive formal environmental training and gain “real world” experiences as they participate in actual pollution prevention and environmental projects with both small businesses and larger industries.  Goals of the P3 Internship Program are: 1) to educate students in pollution prevention through both formal training (a three-credit hour college engineering course is included) and field experience, 2) to provide technical assistance and training to businesses using engineering and science students, and 3) to perform research of complex pollution prevention problems.  In the summer of 2008, approximately 15 students will be admitted from the Region 7 area and work with 30-50 businesses in Nebraska.

Applications for both potential students and business clients is available on the website at www.p3.unl.edu

Completed activities (through October 2007)

Activity: See above

Contact person: Stacey Hawkey, P3 Program Coordinator

Summary, environmental outcomes or more information.

A total of 15 engineering and science students from eight (8) majors, at six (6) schools in four (4) states participated in this unique educational experience that is designed to build support for pollution prevention and to encourage the practice of sustainability far into the future.

During the entire year, 46 businesses in Nebraska were visited for the purpose of providing initial and follow-up technical assistance in pollution prevention.  Twenty four businesses received new assistance only; 16 received follow-up technical assistance visits (reassessments) only; and 6 businesses received both new work and reassessments of previous work.  A total of 78 project management reports were written by 2007 interns, 56 covering new work and 22 reassessment reports.  These reports documented the results of over 4400 hours of intern effort directed at providing technical assistance in pollution prevention and sustainability.

Data collected from the 56 new work management reports written in 2007 indicate that the businesses served can potentially realize significant waste reduction and cost savings as a result of participation in project efforts.  The pollution prevention suggestions offered have the potential to divert over four million pounds/year of solid waste from the landfill; reduce the generation of nearly 74,000 pounds/year of hazardous waste and reduce the use of over 176,000 pounds/year of hazardous materials; reduce water use by over ten million gallons/year and reduce water pollution by nearly 123,000 pounds/year; and reduce overall energy use by over 25 million MBtu/year.  In addition, recommendations offered to businesses have the potential to save them over $3.6 million/year.

During follow-up technical assistance visits (reassessments) conducted by interns in 2007, data was collected from 22 businesses previously served between 1999 and 2006.  During these visits, business clients were asked about specific outcomes and results from the original assistance.  The outcome data revealed that over 80% of the businesses had implemented at least one P2 recommendation, and that overall, over 40% of the recommendations made were implemented, resulting in businesses reporting nearly $280,000/year savings; over fifteen million pounds/year of solid waste diverted from the landfill; over 27,000 pounds/year of hazardous waste reduced; water use reduced by nearly 600,000 gallons/year and; and overall energy use reduced by nearly 2.8 million KWh/year.

In addition to the direct technical assistance provided, the P3 program undertook a series of activities to identify ways in which it can best evolve to be successful in providing Nebraska businesses with pollution prevention technical assistance and student interns with a relevant and meaningful educational experience.  Over 700 surveys were distributed to students to qualitatively and quantitatively measure the educational impact of the P3 program experience on graduates who are past P3 interns in terms of career choice and applying pollution prevention strategies early in their professional careers, as compared to a similar group of graduates who did not participate in the P3 program.  Although the survey process is ongoing, preliminary results are in and summarized below.  Two focus groups were conducted with key P3 program stakeholders to solicit feedback on how the program can improve the educational component (content and methodology) and the services to the business community.  Lastly, a conference call was conducted with experts in the field of P2 to determine what if any changes are needed in the way in which the program collects and reports activity and outcome data.

Project Update

Spring 2008 Region 5/7 Roundtable

Program Name:  Promoting Recycling in the Construction Industry

Contact:  Maggie Fields

E-mail:   fieldsm@michigan.gov

Phone:  517-335-6250

Highlight projects or events your program has completed or is currently working on in the last 6 months.  (Bullets with brief description)

Under the grant, an extensive number of resources were created on the DEQ construction website www.michigan.gov/deqconstruction that assist in construction waste recycling.  The grant is finished and closed but has sparked efforts that continue which include the following.

Landfill Audit

MSU is working with the DEQ to develop a methodology and effort to audit landfill waste and develop an accurate measure of the amount of construction waste being landfilled in the state.

MSHDA – Cities of Blight Deconstruction

Blight elimination funding being provided to cities by MSHDA now encourages efforts on deconstruction vs disposal.

MDOT Recycling

Discussions are starting about increasing recycling of materials within the highway projects such as shingles.

Drywall –Manufacturer Recycling

There is regional interest in starting an effort to recycle drywall wastes through retailers.

Landfill/Transfer station  MRFs

MSU is meeting with an area landfill to develop an on-site recycling facility with a primary focus on construction waste.  If successful, it is hoped other landfills would institute this effort.

Waste Exchange

Emails continue to be received about materials available for reuse.  These are sent to contacts and large volumes of materials have been diverted from the landfill.  This has included 20 semi loads of oak lumber and 30,000 sf of carpeting.

List planned events (March 2008-March 2009) – (these are workshops, meetings, trainings, etc.) Include as much detail as possible; we will put these events on the P2RIC regional calendar, http://p2ric.org/calendar/

Again, the grant is closed.  Thus, no workshops are planned but we continue speaking to groups and provide handouts at a variety of upcoming conferences including: DEQ compliance workshops;  Municipal Planners conference; State green building conference, www.greatlakesgreen2008.com ;   and others.

Project Update

Spring 2008 Region 5/7 Roundtable

Program Name:

Contact: Audrey A. Wierenga

E-mail:  Wierenga@michigan.gov

Phone:  269-567-3509

Highlight projects or events your program has completed or is currently working on in the last 6 months.

The purpose of the Healthy Schools Project is to create a model, incorporating multiple P2 programs, which will be made available to each and every school in Michigan.  The Healthy Schools Project Model will bundle information, tools, and outreach materials to integrate a P2 ethic within K-12 schools.

  • Case Study development begun for three Michigan Community P2 grants. The grantees include Lansing, Grand Rapids and Wyandotte.  MDEQ grant managers are working with grantees based on a case study template designed by MDEQ.
  • Continued development of the draft Model Program for Healthy Schools in Michigan using partner input. Draft sections specific to administrators, transportation staff, maintenance staff and teachers have been completed.  Graphics work and compact disc formatting have begun.
  • Researched potential education associations who would be interested in disseminating the Healthy Schools Model.  Data base has been started which includes existing contacts through the MDEQ Environmental Education Curriculum, Community P2 Grantees, Michigan Energy Educators Network, Michigan Association of Community & Adult Education and Michigan Middle Schools Teacher’s Association.
  • Draft application of Healthy Schools Project Model to existing Michigan Healthy Schools web page.

List planned events (March 2008-March 2009) – (these are workshops, meetings, trainings, etc.) Include as much detail as possible; we will put these events on the P2RIC regional calendar, http://p2ric.org/calendar/

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Project Update

Spring 2008 Region 5/7 Roundtable

Program Name: UW-Extension Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Program

Contact: Steve Brachman

E-mail:  steve.brachman@ces.uwex.edu

Phone:  414-227-3160

Highlight projects or events your program has completed or is currently working on in the last 6 months.  (Bullets with brief description)

The Wisconsin Healthcare for a Healthy Environment project was kicked off in Oct, 2007.  Here are some highlights:

  • Over 60 healthcare facilities and vendors have registered to be part of the emerging organization. 2 meetings have been held focused on organizational issues.
  • Data collection is a key challenge – a webcast was held in March to demonstrate data tools for easing data collection and analysis.
  • 4 facilities have agreed to host student interns as part of the pilot intern program.   Students will participate in a MnTap training in May and be placed shortly thereafter.
  • A critical concern of healthcare facilities is emerging contaminants, particularly pharmaceutical waste.  Additional training and assistance will be needed regarding this issue
  • 2 hospital waste assessments have been conducted to date.

List planned events (March 2008-March 2009) – (these are workshops, meetings, trainings, etc.) Include as much detail as possible; we will put these events on the P2RIC regional calendar,http://p2ric.org/calendar/

Event (title or subject area):  Take the Bite out of Dental Amalgam – a workshop to help waste water facilities reduce discharges of dental amalgam.

Location: Milwaukee, WI

Dates: April 30, 2008

Registrationinfo(ifavailable):

https://www4.uwm.edu/sce/registration/add.cfm?id=25582

Summary or more information: Travel scholarships are still available!

http://www4.uwm.edu/shwec/workshop/index.cfm

Project Update

Spring 2008 Region 5/7 Roundtable

Program Name:           Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Contact:          Cathy Colglazier

E-mail:             ccolglaz@kdhe.state.ks.us

Phone:             785-296-0669

Highlight projects or events your program has completed or is currently working on in the last 6 months.  (Bullets with brief description)

  • The quarterly newsletter Kansas Environmental News can be found at:  http://www.kdheks.gov/sbcs/

List planned events (March 2008-March 2009) – (these are workshops, meetings, trainings, etc.) Include as much detail as possible; we will put these events on the P2RIC regional calendar, http://p2ric.org/calendar/

Event (title or subject area):    Kansas Environmental Conference

Location:         Overland Park Convention Center, Overland Park, Kansas

Dates:              August 5 – 7, 2008

Registration info (if available):  Will be available at http://www.kdheks.gov/sbcs/environment_conf.html

Summary or more information:  Agenda and registration information will be posted mid-May at http://www.kdheks.gov/sbcs/environment_conf.html.

Project Update

Spring 2008 Region 5/7 Roundtable

Program Name: UW-Extension, Solid and Hazardous Waste Educations Center

Contact: Phillip (Jack) Annis

E-mail: jannis@uwsp.edu

Phone: 715-346-2793

Pollution Prevention Grant: Using Pollution Prevention as a Strategy to Reduce Pollutant/Hydraulic Loading to Small Community POTWs

 

Results from the project are included below.

  • Estimated cost savings of over $76,500 for P2 assessments, wastewater surcharges eliminated and EMS development services provided vs $69,300 cost of project
  • Approximately 13,870 pounds of toxics removed from wastewater or  solid waste streams
  • Approximately 33,600 gallons of wastewater removed containing over 1,300 pounds of BOD5, nitrogen, ammonia, phosphorous and chlorides

The fact sheet series developed as part of the project can be accessed through the Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center web site at www.shwec.uwm.edu or the hyperlinked titles below.

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