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Re: Please Post on P2 Tech

I hope that the folks at the Southwest P2 Center will comment on the new
EPA P2 Guide that is challenging the theory that it is best to impose case
studies (often written by public relations experts with little quantitative
results to show) on companies.  There is a feeling that "employees never
resist their own ideas" and that by using widely available problem solving
and decision-making tools they could get better at P2 than having outside
"experts" coming in.  They could take advantage of continuous improvement
and "lessons learned" to grow their P2 program internally and be able to
handle their own problems better each year.  This is a better way to
integrate P2 into core business practice - something no expert can do with
a single visit or even with periodic visits.  

There is a national award given by the President each year to the companies
that use quality to become more competitive.  It stresses the need for
PLANNING.  The companies participating in the Baldrige program beat the S&P
500 Index financially by nearly 5 times.  Texas Nameplate Company has won
this award.  That in and of itself may answer Ms. Hsieh's question "Why the
heck would anyone want to do a pollution prevention plan?"  The Southwest
Pollution Prevention Center has information on the Green Zia program in its
web site.  Ms. Hsieh may wish to review it since it uses the Baldrige model
for continuous environmental improvement.  Planning is a major component of
this effort.  I would hope that you include Green Zia methods in your
training (since their scoring gives ZERO points for success stories - show
the RESULTS).  I hope you will review the new DRAFT EPA manual.  I hope you
will read the Environmental Justice Manual (recently translated by the
Green Zia folks into Spanish) to see how problem solving and
decision-making tools can be used by very small (1-3 person) micro-businesses.

Texas can learn a lot about P2 from its neighbor to the west.  I hope that
it takes the opportunity to do so.

Bob Pojasek

At 04:36 PM 2/5/01 -0600, you wrote:
>Why in the heck would anyone want to do a pollution prevention plan?
>Maybe you have a lot of extra time at your shop, but more likely you are
looking for ways to save money, reduce waste, and get fewer visits from
your friendly neighborhood government inspector.
>On March 5&6 the Southwest Pollution Prevention Center will be hosting a
workshop to show how you can help industrial facilities:
>Identify P2 options  using web technology, vendor information and site
>Use Case studies to find how others succeeded
>Identify the most profitable P2 options
>Workshop participants will leave with a plan to mobilize their employees,
sell their management, and change their role as an environmental manager.
>If you would like to know more please visit:
>or contact Hope Casdtilo at 512/239-3100
>Tomas Vinson
>Engineering Specialist
>TNRCC - Pollution Prevention
>PO Box 13087
>Austin, Tx 78711-3087

Dr. Robert B. Pojasek
Adjunct Faculty Lecturer
Harvard School of Public Health
P.O. Box 1333
E. Arlington, MA 02474-0071
(781) 641-2422
(617) 788-0288  fax