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RE: Off on a tangent, as usual: In search of environmental management buzz phrases



Scott--

 

Among Dawkins' memes can we include euphemistic buzzwords too? For instance, thermally oxidizing biosolids instead of incinerating sludge. (Yeah, not P2.)

 

More seriously, one could add:

Smart growth

New urbanism

Low impact development

Better site design

Green development

Green building

Green design

Green power

Green chemistry

Natural capitalism (which I think is trademarked)

Xeriscaping

 

If you’re not limiting this to purely P2 orientation:

Environmental justice

Watershed (stewardship, protection, or restoration)

Brownfields

Biodiversity

Genetic diversity

--and one of my favorites from the biodiversity field “charismatic megafauna”

 

In the light pollution arena there’s “dark sky” and “dark sky friendly” (there’s even a dark sky friendly label for outdoor lighting products from the International Dark-Sky association).

     

I’m not sure if this is what you were looking for.

 

Rod

 

Rodney Sobin

Office of Air Permit Programs

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Postal: P.O. Box 10009, Richmond, VA 23240-0009

Street:  629 E. Main St., Richmond, VA 23233-2429

Tel. 804-698-4382   fax 804-698-4264 

rsobin@deq.virginia.gov

________________________________________________________

DEQ Air Quality http://www.deq.virginia.gov/air/

DEQ Innovative Technology http://www.deq.virginia.gov/innovtech

DEQ Distributed Energy Resources http://www.deq.virginia.gov/innovtech/der1.html

Chesapeake Bay Program Innovative Technology http://www.chesapeakebay.net/innovative.htm

Environmental Assistance for Small Businesses http://www.deq.virginia.gov/osba/smallbiz.html

 

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Minicucci, Bob [mailto:rminicucci@des.state.nh.us]
Sent: Thursday, March 24, 2005 8:13 AM
To: Burton Hamner; owner-p2tech@great-lakes.net; P2tech@great-lakes.net
Subject: RE: Off on a tangent, as usual: In search of environmental management buzz phrases

 

Cradle to Cradle is indeed a rising phrase.  We'll hear it more.  Here are a few more:

 

Sustainability.

 

Environmental systems management.

 

Environmental performance.

 

Stewardship, product stewardship.

 

Green investing, environmental investing.

 

Bob Minicucci

NH DES (www.des.state.nh.us)

Secretary, MSWG (www.mwsg.org)

603-271-2941

fax: 271-2456

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-----Original Message-----

From: owner-p2tech@great-lakes.net

[mailto:owner-p2tech@great-lakes.net]On Behalf Of Burton Hamner

Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2005 5:09 PM

To: owner-p2tech@great-lakes.net; P2tech@great-lakes.net

Subject: RE: Off on a tangent, as usual: In search of environmental

management buzz phrases

 

 

Cradle to cradle seems a little ambitious, how about "lust to dust"?  I

heard a lady from Dow use that phrase and I still like it.

 

Burt Hamner

 

 

Scott, Hearing C2C as well these days (cradle to cradle).  Carolyn

Gangmark

 

 

 

 

 

 

is this what you are looking for?

 

Terms synonymous with pollution prevention include: best management

practices - better performance - cleaner production - design for the

environment - eco-efficiency - energy conservation - energy efficiency -

green business - green productivity - increased efficiency - industrial

ecology - materials efficiency - materials productivity - pollution

prevention - process efficiency - process improvement - process

optimization - reusability - resource efficiency - source reduction -

sustainable development - toxics use reduction - TQEM - waste

minimization - waste reduction - water conservation

 

links to many of the above terms (although I see some of them need

updating) found on the P2 Topic Hub:

http://www.p2ric.org/TopicHubs/subsection.cfm?hub=26&subsec=1&nav=1&CFID=258

846&CFTOKEN=61680637

 

 

Product Modifications:

.        Material Substitution replaces hazardous substances with less

toxic alternatives

.        Product and Packaging Redesign uses fewer parts or less

material

Process Modifications

.        Efficiency Improvements allow one to perform the same task with

less energy or materials by designing new or modifying existing systems.

 

.        Equipment Modification or Replacement allows more efficient,

newer technologies to replace costlier, older equipment

.        Modification or Redesign improves materials management and work

methods.

Good Operating Practices:

.        Inventory Control improves quality of input and reduces

spoilage.

.        Supply Chain Management reduces waste coming into an

enterprise.

.        Preventive Maintenance finds and reduces leaks and spills while

prolonging equipment life.

.        Improved Housekeeping reduces opportunities of accidents and

increases likelihood of finding spills.

.        Employee Training raises awareness and reinforces optimum

practices.

.        Material Segregation reduces cross-contamination of resources

.        Facility Management provides savings in energy and water use..

                                                                         

        Richard Yoder, PE (Embedded     PLEASE NOTE NEW ADDRESS & PHONE  

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        vox: 402-554-6257               P2RIC, the Pollution Prevention  

        fax: 402-554-6260               Regional Information Center, is  

    http://www.p2ric.org/               a proud member of the Pollution  

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                                        Resource Exchange, P2Rx.org.     

                                                                         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                       

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P2TECHies -

 

 

I am mentoring a group of Washington State University computer science

students, who are developing what amounts to a "buzz index" to keep

track of the rising (and waning) popularity of various environmental

concepts or phrases.  This work is being done as their "capstone" design

course and I hope to take the finished product and make it available at

ChemAlliance sometime later this summer, but more about that later.

 

 

if you are not familiar with the idea of a "buzz index," you can visit

Yahoo's version:  http://buzz.yahoo.com/overall/.  Basically, the idea

is to leverage the millions of users of the internet (and some nifty

little features built into the popular search engines) to determine what

new concepts or phrases are swimming around in the collective brain pool

of the P2 community.

 

 

In order to do this, I need to provide my students with a list of

phrases/concepts (collectively referred to as "memes," borrowing the

term from the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, who used it to

refer to the elemental pieces of ideas that continually combine, split,

and recombine to form our culture) that they can use as seeds for this

index.

 

 

I am hoping, via this e-mail, to solicit submissions of a set of such

memes, along with a short definition, and a web link which does a good

job of providing additional information.

 

 

For example,  in the Chemical industry, one such buzz phrase might be

"Responsible Care Management System (RCMS)" which is, in essence, a

marriage between the Responsible Care program and Environmental

Management Systems.  A good link is the one provided by SOCMA (

http://www.socma.com/ResponsibleCare/rcms.htm).

 

 

You get the idea, I hope.

 

 

Being largely immersed in information technology research problems these

days, I do not have my ear to the ground as much as I once did, at least

when it comes to environmental concepts.  I am hoping that my friends on

P2TECH can once again come to the rescue and provide me with a few (or a

few dozen) candidate phrases that you'd like to see monitored for

popularity.  I won't mention any names (Bob, Cam) but I know that there

are SOME denizens of this list who are ALWAYS prepared with the latest

and greatest in buzz phrases, and we love them for it.

 

 

You can submit the suggestions to me in response to this note.  I will

inform the list when the buzz index is online (expected early June

2005).

 

 

========================================

Scott Butner

Director, ChemAlliance

c/o Pacific NW National Laboratory

PO Box 999

Richland, WA  99352

Voice: (509)-372-4946/Fax: (509) 375-2443

Website: http://www.chemalliance.org/

E-mail: scott.butner@pnl.gov

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