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Re: Measuring pollution prevention performance: metrics

Massachusetts has done a considerable amount of work in measuring progress
in P2 and toxics use reduction using our state materials accounting data in
conjunction with the TRI data.  We look at use, byproducts
(production-related waste), amounts shipped in product, and releases to the
environment.  We look at a consistent data set from 1990 to the current
year, for both actual amounts reported as well as amounts adjusted to
account for production changes. (this would be equivalent to your per unit
of product suggestion)

We also commissioned a comprehensive TURA program evaluation a few years
ago to look at what the state had accomplished and whether the program had
had a positive economic impact on the state (the results showed that it had).

David Herb of MI DEQ (I'm assuming that he is in your office?) has all the
pertinent information on what we have done as well as the publications.  In
addition, the TURA Data is now up on TURI's web site at:


The 1990 to 1997 data is there currently; the 1998 data will be there in a
few weeks.

Liz Harriman

>>I was wondering whether anyone have information on corporate or state
>programs that are measuring pollution prevention progress or performance.
>Usually this is referred to as environmental performance indicators or
>metrics and goes beyond the traditional SARA TRI data reporting, "pounds
>released" or emissions reporting. For example, measurements used can be
>"amount of constituent reduced per amount of product produced," or some
>other similar metrics. I am particularly interested in what state programs
>are doing in this area.
>>Are there any websites or reports (specifically report names) I can be
>referred to? I have already checked www.epa.gov and the EPA P2 site but I
>may have missed a particular report.
>>Jenna Latt
>>Pollution Prevention Section 
>>Environmental Assistance Division
>>Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality

The TURA Data is now available on-line!

Liz Harriman
Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute
University of Massachusetts Lowell
One University Ave
Lowell, MA  01854

Phone: 978-934-3387	Fax: 978-934-3050