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Re: Measuring pollution prevention performance: metrics

The nice document Melissa refers to is online at EPA as a PDF file, you can
get it from


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----- Original Message -----
From: "Malkin Weber, Melissa" <mjmalkin@rti.org>
To: "'Jenna Latt'" <LATTJ@state.mi.us>; <p2tech@great-lakes.net>
Sent: Wednesday, March 15, 2000 10:40 AM
Subject: RE: Measuring pollution prevention performance: metrics

> Jenna,

> There's definitely been discussions on this topic on P2Tech before. Check
> the archives at http://www.great-lakes.net/lists/p2tech/index.html.
> On the topic of P2 per unit product, Tim Greiner & I did a report on
> production adjusted measurement a few years back: The title is "Developing
> and Using Production-Adjusted Measurement of Pollution Prevention". Here's
> how to get a copy: Contact EPA Office of Research and Development
> Publications Office. Phone (513) 569-7562. Fax (513) 569-7566. Ask for
> document number EPA/600/R-97/048. Documents are free.
> This report documents research conducted under a 3-year cooperative
> agreement between Research Triangle Institute (RTI) and the U.S.
> Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Office of Research and
> National Risk Management Research Laboratory. Subcontractor support was
> provided by Greiner Environmental. The purpose of the cooperative
> research is to identify ways to measure pollution prevention (P2) at
> industrial facilities. Research under the Cooperative Agreement is being
> conducted in phases. Phase I identified the state of the art in
> facility-level P2 measurement. These results are published separately
> (Environmental Progress, Vol. 14, No. 4, November 1995). Phase II involved
> the research documented in this Project Summary. Phase III of the research
> will produce an interactive Users Guide to P2 Measurement Tools.
> The research summarized here investigated how to account for varying
> of production in facility-level P2 measurements. It details a methodology
> for applying statistical and graphical tools to assess production-adjusted
> P2 measures. The report also provides case studies showing the application
> of the methodology at five industrial facilities. A framework for
> production-adjusted P2 measurement systems is contained in an appendix to
> the report.
> Melissa Malkin Weber
> Research Triangle Institute
> Pollution Prevention Program
> POB 12194, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 USA
> ph: (919) 541 6154 fx: (919) 541 7155
> http://cage.rti.org
> melissa@rti.org
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jenna Latt [mailto:LATTJ@state.mi.us]
> Sent: Wednesday, March 15, 2000 11:35 AM
> To: p2tech@great-lakes.net
> 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.
> Thanks,
> Jenna Latt
> Pollution Prevention Section
> Environmental Assistance Division
> Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality