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Re: P2 ROI / savings info - Office Paper


I have been working on 2 office paper reduction pilot projects.  Both pilot
projects confirmed what other studies have found -- the costs of using paper
far outweigh the cost of the paper itself.  A useful web site to check out
is the ReThink Paper site at http://www.rethinkpaper.org/index.html.  It was
developed by Earth Island Institute and contains lots of useful information
about paper and paper reduction.  Go to Toolbox - Paper Reduction -
Efficient Use to find a good article on paper efficiency by Bruce Nordman.
The article describes how to construct a Paper Usage and Cost Inventory that
includes the costs of using paper.  Once you have this information for a
given site, then you can calculate the ROI for various reduction activities.

Keep in mind that the Paper Usage and Cost Inventory presented by Mr.
Nordman does not include handling/labor costs associated with using paper.
If you are able to estimate these costs (not an easy task at all), the cost
of using paper rapidly skyrockets.

John Jaimez
Materials Productivity LLC
6701 Penn Ave. S., Ste. 200
Richfield, MN  55423-2067
Ph. 612-243-3605
Fax 612-243-3608

on 6/22/01 12:28 PM, Battagliese, Tom at TBattagliese@tlisystems.com wrote:

> Hi everyone, 
> As part of a statewide strategic EMS development for PennDOT, we are
> exploring P2/E2 opportunities based upon an audit sampling of PennDOT
> facilities that we have been working with PA DEP on. We are currently
> compiling a P2/E2 guidance manual for PennDOT, and we are finding very
> little resources pertaining to potential savings and ROI from certain P2
> projects. The P2 areas in the list below are areas that should have some
> sort of quantifiable return and savings, but we are lacking detailed
> information. Does anyone have any information on ROI/savings (environmental
> and economic) on these aspects?  Thanks in advance for your pointers.
> *    Green landscaping
> *    Integrated Pesticide Management, Natural / biological pesticide
> practices, and similar Pesticide Mgmt Practices
> *    Green Chemical Use / Chemical Replacement (since this is vague, I am
> particularly focusing on vehicle maintenance fluids and janitorial
> maintenance products)
> *    Paper Reduction (e.g. through Intranet development, computer and
> electronic document management training,
> *    Green Building Practices
> *    Enzymatic and/or Aqueous Parts Washers
> *    Vehicle Maintenance Fluids (e.g. use of antifreeze recycling
> systems, on-board filtering, etc.)
> *    Closed-loop Vehicle Wash Facilities
> Tom Battagliese
> EHS Management Systems Associate
> TLI Management Consultants
> 1 Penn Center, Suite 1705
> 1617 JFK Boulevard
> Philadelphia, PA 19103
> Phone: 215.557.3175
> Fax: 215.568.4386
> www.tlisystems.com