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What's New in P2

Hello P2Techsters,

Every month, PPRC sends out a quick email compilation of interesting new P2 tidbits to our local TAPs - part of a two-way communication system we have with them.  One of our TAPs receiving the "What's New in P2" email suggested that we post it on P2Tech - that it would be of interest to folks in the P2 world beyond just the Pacific Northwest.  So, with out any further ado, I've included the April "What's New in P2" below.  We hope you enjoy it.


What's New in P2

April 2000
Number 23


	MSDS Fact Sheet
	Life Cycle Analysis Tool
	Risk Screening Environmental Indicators
	Climate Change Solutions	
	Green Purchasing Presentations
	Watershed Protection Tools
	Lawn and Garden Care
	Recycled Production Materials	
	Solar Arrays
	Pesticide Reduction
	Waste Information Network
	WA Governor's Award
	Science and Technology Solutions
	Green Design
	Motor Efficiency
	Hazardous Waste
	Steam Management
	"Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and the Environment: 
Business Imperatives"


There is a lot of stuff on PPRC's web site that 
assistance providers and businesses can 
make good use of. Each month, we will 
briefly highlight one resource. Here goes:

* Fact Sheet: How to Read a MSDS *

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS's) are essential tools 
for understanding the regulated chemicals contained in 
cleaners, coatings, lubricants, solvents, inks, and other 
process materials used by industries. This fact sheet, 
"Do Your Process Materials Contain Regulated Chemicals? 
How to Read a Material Safety Data Sheet to Find Out," 
walks you through reading MSDS's, estimating total 
annual usage of regulated chemicals, and exploring 
pollution prevention alternatives. The fact sheet includes 
a case study and contact information for Region 10 states. 
The fact sheet is available in HTML and PDF versions at 


* Life Cycle Analysis Tool * 

What are the impacts of producing a truck, catching fish, 
or buying office paper? The Green Design Initiative at 
Carnegie-Mellon University has developed an on-line tool, 
the Economic Input-Output Life Cycle Assessment, that 
estimates the economic and environmental impacts of 
purchases from any one of 500 sectors. The tool provides 
rough guidance on relative impacts across a particular 
product's supply chain. Find out more at http://www.eiolca.net.

* Risk Screening Environmental Indicators *

EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics has 
developed an on-line tool that permits screening-level 
analysis of risk-related impacts of toxic chemical releases 
and transfers. A set of four indicators will be developed. 
The first one available is the Chronic Human Health Indicator. 
The other three to be developed will focus on acute human 
health effects, and chronic and acute ecological effects. 
Indicator values can be viewed by year, environmental 
medium, industry sector, or geographic area. 
Find out more at http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/env_ind.

* Climate Change Solutions *

The Pembina Institute in Alberta is developing a site, 
http://www.climatechangesolutions.com, to help 
businesses, farms, local governments, and individuals 
reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The site will 
include opportunity areas, tools, success stories, and 
resource links.

* Green Purchasing Presentations *

Conference planners needing a presentation on green 
purchasing can contact the White House Task Force on 
Waste Prevention and Recycling. A 45- to 60-minute 
presentation tailored to procurement and program 
personnel is available. To find out more, contact 
Linda Mesaros at 202-564-5214 or mesaros.linda@epa.gov.

* Watershed Protection Tools *

The Center for Watershed Protection offers publications, 
CD-ROMs, workshops, model ordinances and other tools 
for protecting water quality in urban watersheds. There is also
a fun quiz to test your watershed and stormwater smarts.
Find out more at http://www.cwp.org.

* Lawn and Garden Care *

Environmental Defense (formerly the Environmental Defense 
Fund) has produced a lawn and garden care tip sheet for 
homeowners. It's on line at 


* Recycled Production Materials *

King County has launched the LinkUp program to 
encourage manufacturers to incorporate more 
recycled materials into their products. 
The program, sponsored by the King County 
Commission for Marketing Recyclable Materials, 
offers manufacturers services such as engineering 
expertise on product fabrication, evaluating market 
potential for recycled products, identifying funding 
sources, and locating reliable suppliers of recycled materials. 
Find out more by contacting Erv Sandlin at the commission, 
206-296-0233. Visit the commission at 

* Solar Arrays *

The city of Ashland and the Bonneville Power 
Administration are working to expand solar power in the 
community. At least 20 kilowatts of solar photovoltaic 
(PV) panels will be installed. PV will be installed on 
landmark buildings in the city, including the home of the 
famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Five-kilowatt solar 
panels also will be placed atop the local post office, the 
Southern Oregon University Library, Ashland City Council 
Chambers, and others. To find out more, visit 

Seattle Center, in collaboration with Seattle City Light, is 
installing a 2-kilowatt array of solar photovoltaic cells at the 
Northwest Rooms. The system is sized for a typical household 
application and will be used to educate Seattle Center visitors.

* Pesticide Reduction *

King County and the city of Seattle plan to reduce pesticide use 
on public property. Both agencies have created Integrated Pest 
Management (IPM) guidelines. IPM is a holistic approach to 
managing insect and plant pests, combining the use of biological, 
cultural, physical and chemical tools in order to minimize 
environmental risks. To find out more, including IPM guidelines, 
training opportunities and other links, visit 


* WIN Environmental Achievement Awards *

Businesses, organizations, and individuals that have 
prevented waste and reduced use of hazardous materials 
are eligible to receive the Waste Information Network (WIN) 
Environmental Achievement Awards for Hazardous 
Waste Prevention. Entry deadline is May 7, 2000. 
Mailed entries must be postmarked by that date. 
Fax and electronic entries must be received by that date. 
Entries can be faxed to 206-263-3070 or e-mailed to 
cwiley@pprc.org. Nominations can be submitted on line 
by visiting http://www.pprc.org/win/nomform.asp. 
To find out more, contact Josh Chaitin at King County, 
206-263-3076, josh.chaitin@metrokc.gov. Or, contact 
Chris Wiley at PPRC, 206-223-1151, cwiley@pprc.org.

* Governor's P2 Awards *

The Washington Department of Ecology is seeking 
applicants for the annual Governor's Award for 
Achievement in Pollution Prevention. Both businesses 
and government agencies are eligible. Small and large 
facilities that reduce use of toxic materials, reduce 
waste and emissions, and improve the efficiency of 
energy, water and materials usage are encouraged 
to apply. Entry deadline is June 19, 2000. To find out 
more, contact Joanne Phillipson at 360-407-6740 
or joph461@ecy.wa.gov.


* Science and Technology Solutions *

When: April 30-May 2, 2000
Where: Bell Harbor Conference Center, Seattle
The Linking Regional Resources Conference is a 
forum for representatives of five regionally important
industries - forest products, information technology, 
agriculture and food processing, biotechnology, 
and mining - to provide guidance to the federal 
government and universities about technological 
developments that would be of value to the industries. 
Speakers include Energy Secretary Bill Richardson 
and Allen Hammond, senior scientist for the 
World Resources Institute. Cost: $150. To find out more, 
visit http://www.pnl.gov/lrr. Or, contact Robin Conger
at PNL, 509-372-4328.

* Green Design *

When: May 18, 2000
Where: Seattle
GreenWorld 2000, sponsored by the International 
Interior Design Association, is a community forum 
on sustainable design. Speakers include Paul Hawken, 
co-author of "Natural Capitalism," and Dr. Judith Heerwagen, 
an environmental psychologist at the University of Washington. 
Cost ranges from $20 to $35. To find out more, contact 
Josie Briggs at NBBJ, 206-223-5061 or jbriggs@nbbj.com. 
Or, contact Jami Howard at SkB Architects, 206-903-0575 
or jhoward@skbarchitects.com.


* Motor Efficiency *

When & Where: 
April 26 in Everett
May 2 in Portland
May 4 in Tacoma
The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance is offering 
motor efficiency planning seminars for plant managers, 
operators and mechanics. A motor management 
guidebook and MotorMaster+ software is included. 
Cost: Free. Registration is required. To find out more, 
visit http://www.electricleague.net/motors.htm#FreeTraining, 
or call toll-free 1-888-720-6823.

* Hazardous Waste Conference *

When: May 21-24, 2000
Where: McMenamin Edgefield Manor, Troutdale, Oregon
This conference will focus on small business and household 
hazardous waste programs. Training courses include an 
introduction to household hazardous waste for new programs, 
identifying unlabeled household hazardous waste, and an 
OSHA health and safety refresher. Technical sessions will 
be offered also. Keynote speaker is Larry Chalfan, executive 
director of the Zero Waste Alliance. Achievement awards will 
be presented. Nominations are due May 1. Cost: Conference 
registration is $125. Some trainings cost extra. To find out 
more, call Connie Kinney at Portland Metro, 503-797-1643. 

* Steam Management *

When: May 11, 2000
Where: Portland
Manufacturers can learn more about efficient energy and 
steam management at this workshop, sponsored by the 
U.S. Department of Energy, Oregon Office of Energy, 
Northwest Natural Gas, and Portland Valve and Fitting. 
To find out more, contact Christopher Russell at the 
Alliance to Save Energy, crussell@ase.org.


Why is the message that good environmental management 
equals good business management not getting through? 
"Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and the Environment: 
Business Imperatives" is a solutions-oriented book that 
discusses the difficulties of engaging small and 
medium-sized businesses in environmental stewardship 
and ways to overcome them. It includes information on 
attitudes of small firms about the environment, practical 
strategies for reaching them, and case studies from 
around the world. To find out more, 
visit http://www.greenleaf-publishing.com, scroll down, 
and click on the book cover. 


Which of the following is emitted from the tailpipe of a 
hydrogen fuel cell vehicle?

A.  Benzene
B.  Warm water
C.  Carbon monoxide
D.  Sooty particulates
E.  All of the above

Answer below at end of bulletin


The National Library for the Environment contains books, 
reports, maps, databases, news, job listings, a calendar 
of events, and much more about a broad array of 
environmental topics. They include pollution, waste 
management, climate, energy, agriculture, biodiversity, 
forests, marine resources, and more. Have a look at 

If you know of good P2 resources on the web, please 
pass us the information and we'll share it with the rest 
of the network.


The correct answer is "B." Fuel cells use a combustion-free,
electrochemical process to generate electricity. Water 
is the only byproduct that comes out of the tailpipe. 
A great deal of public and private sector R&D is 
underway in the Northwest and nationwide to produce 
economical fuel cells to power vehicles and for use as power 
plants. To find out more about fuel cells, visit PPRC's 
Topical Report, Alternative Fuels for Fleet Vehicles, 
at http://www.pprc.org/pprc/pubs/topics/altfuels.html. Or, 
visit the National Fuel Cell Research Center at 

Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center
1326 5th Ave., Suite 650
Seattle, WA 98101
Tel: 206-223-1151
Fax: 206-223-1165
E-mail: office@pprc.org
Web: http://www.pprc.org