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Re: Exams for P2 knowledge?


The state of Massachusetts has developed a P2 certification exam used to 
license Toxics Use Reduction Planners a.k.a P2 professionals recognized by 
the state. Much of the exam tests the readers ability to identify the six 
common methods initiating P2 as well as focusing on input and output flow in 
the production process as a means to review the raw materials and wastes 
generated by a manufacturing activity. Some of the questions are 
hypothetical or casestudy driven. This may be a starting point for you to 
consider. I have found this to be very useful as a local environmental 
regulatory official.

For more information you can contact Steve Greska at the Massachusetts 
Toxics Use Reduction Institute at UMass - Lowell at 978- 934-3294.

Good luck,

Todd Dresser, CHMM, TURP
Environmental Engineer
Burlington Board of Health
29 Center Street
Burlington, MA 01803

>From: Buxbaum.Diane@epamail.epa.gov
>Reply-To: Buxbaum.Diane@epamail.epa.gov
>To: Burton Hamner <bhamner@cleanerproduction.com>
>CC: apcpnet@tei.or.th, ONE-L@CLVM.CLARKSON.EDU, p2tech@great-lakes.net
>Subject: Re: Exams for P2 knowledge?
>Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2001 13:51:07 -0400
>If you find such exams, please share them with me in Region 2.  Thanks.
>Diane D. Buxbaum, MPH
>US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2
>Compliance Assistance and Program Support Branch
>290 Broadway, 21st Floor, East
>New York, New York 10007
>212-637-3919 (fax 212-637-4086)
>                     Burton Hamner
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><p2tech@great-lakes.net>, ONE-L
>                     ction.com>                   
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>                     08/31/01 12:31 PM
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>                     Burton Hamner
>Howdy all.  I am looking for some examples of good exams or tests of basic
>knowledge of P2 principles that are appropriate for local government staff
>learning how to promote P2 to business.  We have been building a team of
>such folks in the Philippines for several years, now they want to test
>themselves!  They are all senior city officials, most of them are the
>personal advisors of the mayor.  (our project website is
>I have considered giving them a case study, for example:  If you are the
>mayor's "go-to" guy, what could you do about a local food processing
>company is polluting the local river badly but employs a lot of people and
>the owner is probably married to the mayor's second cousin and the local
>enviro officials are so badly paid that a $10 bribe makes them go away.
>Like the real world.  With such a case exam I might ask the participants
>themselves to grade the answers by having each person give a short
>presentation about what they would do, and have the group discuss the
>proposed solution.  I won't tell them that I plan to have the person with
>the best answers take over the training.
>However a good multiple-choice test might also be good, and easier for them
>to cope with.  They are not used to taking tests, they are mostly
>50-year-old wise guys or city technical managers.
>As always I will be happy to post an edited compendium of any responses.
>Burt Hamner

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