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Re: Measuring pollution prevention performance: metrics
This is a very interesting thought. The Baldrige model measures
environmental performance in Category 7 - Results. It measures
environmental progress by giving the organization a score against a
"best-in-class" organization. Just like the standardized tests that are
used to rate schools in communities, you can trend your way to excellence
over the years - in this case environmental progress. The greatness of
this measure is that ALL TYPES of organizations can be compared, "apples to
apples." The composite scores obtained within the state can be used to
evaluate the pollution prevention program in that state since pollution
prevention is a means of obtaining environmental excellence - the quality
measured by the Baldrige model. An organization can use an EMS, Toxics Use
Reduction, a sustainable development program, a quality program and other
means to attain environmental excellence. I am proposing to use the
Baldrige environmental excellence model only to recognize organizations for
what they have attained and not how they attained it. The State of New
Mexico use the Baldrige model to drive environmental excellence through
continuous environmental improvement. The Baldrige Model will be featured
in the new EPA Facility Pollution Prevention Guide that will be released
later this year. It is one of many models for an organization to use to
implement a P2 program. I am sure there will be much buzz about this model
at the NPPR meeting.
At 05:33 PM 3/16/00 -0800, you wrote:
>There's a big difference between measuring environmental performance and
>measuring environmental progress.
>I've compared the environmental performance of chemical plants that have
>similar product slates by looking at potency-weighted releases on a per unit
>of production basis. What we saw was that there are vast differences from
>one facility to the next not only in how much waste was generated on a
>per-unit-of-production basis but in how the wastes were managed. Some
>facilities were clearly ahead of others on the pollution prevention curve.
>This is very useful and interesting information, and comparing a facility to
>other like facilities in this manner is an excellent way to evaluate
>environmental *performance*. As time goes on, it's becoming clear that
>environmental performance is linked to shareholder value and I expect more
>of these types of studies to be done. However, this is a really complicated
>and expensive type of analysis, requiring a knowledge of what compounds are
>emitted during the production of each product, what production quantities
>Even within the chemical industry, it would be misleading to adopt any one
>indicator of production (sales, man-hours, cost-of-production,
>pounds-of-production, etc.) across the board and measure environmental
>performance using that single metric. Using a single metric across many
>industries would be even less meaningful.
>Evaluating environmental *progress* for a facility is simpler. For example,
>potency-weighted releases, summed by facility over time and adjusted for
>production, give a quantitative measure of environmental progress and are
>fairly easy to develop. However, a facility can make a tremendous amount of
>environmental progress and still not have good environmental performance,
>and that distinction must be made.
>Kirsten Sinclair Rosselot, P.E.
>P.O. Box 8264
>Calabasas, CA 91372-8264
>----- Original Message -----
>From: Jenna Latt <LATTJ@state.mi.us>
>Sent: Wednesday, March 15, 2000 8:35 AM
>Subject: Measuring pollution prevention performance: metrics
>> 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