2008 PPRC Webinar Series

PPRC and WSPPN's 2008 West Coast P2 Webinar Series is now complete. The schedule and presentations are avaliable below.

Topics

ABCs of Developing a Green Business Program (December)
Greening Your Chemical Inventories: innovations in identifying safer/greener product choices (November)
Opportunities in Lean and Green (October)
Safer Alternatives for Parts Cleaning in Auto Repair (September)
Safer Alternatives in Cleanup Solvents for Lithographic Printing (July)
Chemical Policy 101 and California's Green Chemistry Initiative (June)
Spray Paint Efficiency:  Techniques that Technical Assistance Providers Can Teach (May)
Safer Alternatives in Dry Cleaning (April)

Full Descriptions and Downlaods

ABCs of Developing a Green Business Program

Green Business Programs (“GBPs”) are being successfully implemented by local jurisdictions in California and other states. By certifying and promoting businesses that operate in an environmentally responsible way, GBPs conserve resources, prevent pollution and help consumers shop in line with their values.

The last decade has seen tremendous growth of and enthusiasm for GBPs. Several jurisdictions are in the process of establishing their own GBPs and many others have expressed interest in the same.

This webinar is specifically designed to provide an introduction to jurisdictions that are interested in launching GBPs, but will serve as a great refresher for upcoming GBPs as well.

Presenters:
Jo Fleming - Environmental Innovations
Pamela Evans - Alameda County Health Department (CA)

Date: Tuesday, December 16th
Time: 10 - 11:30 AM (Pacific Time)

Missed the webinar? Download the recorded presentation (101 MB Windows Media Player file).

 

Greening Your Chemical Inventories
innovations in identifying safer/greener product choices

This webinar will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about the newest innovations in greening chemical inventories. For those who are unfamiliar with chemical inventories, the webinar will begin with a brief summary of approaches and tools to greening chemical inventories, before moving on to focus on one of the biggest innovators, IHS Dolphin software.

Join us for this free webinar to:

Presenters:
Lauren Heine - Senior Science Advisor, Clean Production Action & Principal, Lauren Heine Group LLC
Stewart Bartlett– Account Manager, IHS Dolphin
Marilyn Johnson – Director Environmental Initiatives, Corporate Sustainability Environment, IHS Dolphin
Larry Brown – Health and Environmental Inspector, King County Department of Health

Date:
Wednesday, December 3rd
Time: 10 - 11:30 AM (Pacific Time)

Missed the webinar? Download the slides or download the recorded presentation (85 MB Windows Media Player file).

 

Opportunities in Lean and Green

This webinar will provide participants with a brief introduction on integrating lean and green, before diving in to more detailed information. Join us for this free webinar to:

Presenters:
Michelle Gaither, Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center
Dan Herring, IMC Consulting
Kathleen Mennillo, Society of Manufacturing Engineers
Hugh O'Neill, WA Department of Ecology
Laura Pyzik, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Jimmy Story, Missouri Enterprise 
Rhea Wallace, Washington Manufacturing Services

Date: Thursday, October 16th
Time: 10 - 11:45 AM (Pacific Time)

Missed the webinar? Download the slides.

 

Safer Alternatives for Parts Cleaning in Auto Repair

This webinar focuses on low-VOC, low toxicity cleaning alternatives for the auto repair industry.  It describes technical projects that were completed over the last 10 years in California.  The targeted cleaning applications that will be discussed are parts cleaning, brake cleaning and automotive aerosol cleaning.  IRTA identified, developed, tested and demonstrated safer alternatives in these applications. State and local regulatory agencies have adopted regulations that require the use of low-VOC cleaners.  Alternatives that are used and proved successful are water-based cleaners, soy cleaners and acetone based cleaners.  Acetone is not classified as a VOC and is lower in toxicity than almost all other organic solvents.  The use of the alternatives has reduced VOC emissions by more than 46 tons per day.  It has also reduce worker and community exposure to toxic solvents.

Presenter: Dr. Katy Wolf, director of the Institute for Research and Technical Assistance (IRTA)

Date: Tuesday, September 30th
Time: 10 - 11:30 AM (Pacific Time)

Missed the webinar? Download the slides.

 

Safer Alternatives in Cleanup Solvents for Lithographic Printing

There are thousands of lithographic printers in the U.S., most of them small businesses. Emissions of cleanup solvents used to clean rollers and blankets are very high, much higher than emissions of the solvents used in the inks.  Most of the cleanup solvents used in the industry are VOCs and many of them are also toxic. 

This presentation will focus on the results of projects that were conducted in the Los Angeles area over the last few years by the Institute for Research and Technical Assistance (IRTA), a nonprofit organization.  In these projects, IRTA worked with 21 lithographic printing facilities to identify, develop, test and demonstrate low-VOC, low toxicity alternative cleanup materials.  IRTA found and demonstrated water-based, acetone based and soy based cleaning alternatives that were effective.  The South Coast Air Quality Management District adopted a VOC regulation that became effective January 1, 2008 based on the results of the IRTA projects.

Presenter: Dr. Katy Wolf, director of the Institute for Research and Technical Assistance (IRTA)

Date: Thursday, July 17th
Time: 10 - 11:30 AM (Pacific Time)

Missed the webinar? Download the slides.

 

Chemical Policy 101 and California's Green Chemistry Initiative

Ken Zarker from the WA Department of Ecology will begin the presentation with an overview of national policies regarding chemicals used in everyday products and their risks. He will also discuss international policies such as the EU’s REACH program and the importance of educating regional businesses who export to the EU.  

In 2007 the State of California launched the California Green Chemistry Initiative; part of this process was creating a public process to fill information and safety gaps about chemicals, developing overall policy goals, and finally, identifying and recommending policy options. Don Owens, Green Chemistry Initiative Coordinator’s, presentation will focus on the current status of the Initiative and will give us an inside look on what issues they intend to address in the future.

Green Chemistry is a strategy to reduce the use of toxic substances so that they do not harm the public or contaminate the environment. It is a sharp departure from managing industrial wastes by disposal or incineration. Green Chemistry is a way to make goods and engineer processes using less toxic materials, less energy, and less waste. Renewable feedstocks, recycling, sustainability, and other life-cycle attributes are incorporated at the design stage. This “cradle-to-cradle” approach of Green Chemistry means fewer hazardous substances along with improved air quality, cleaner drinking water, and a safer workplace.

Presenters:
Ken Zarker, Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program, WA  Department of Ecology
Don Owens, Green Chemistry Initiative Coordinator, CA Department of Toxic Substances Control

Date: Friday, June 20th
Time: 9:30-11:00 AM (Pacific Time)

Missed the Webinar? Download the slides.

 

Spray Paint Efficiency 
Techniques that Technical Assistance Providers Can Teach

This webinar will provide P2 Technical Assistance Providers with an opportunity to learn how to identify opportunities to improve the overall efficiency of manual spray coating operations by enhancing the techniques of painters.  The information presented in this webinar draws on the fundamental techniques that are offered in the Spray Technique Analysis and Research (STAR®) training developed by the Iowa Waste Reduction Center. 

The webinar will discuss the following topics for achieving maximum efficiency:

The next time you visit a collision repair shop or facility that spray paints their products you will be able to identify techniques that promote coating inconsistency and increase waste and offer qualified advice for improvement.  Ken Grimm is a certified STAR trainer and has over 20 years combined industrial and automotive painting experience.

Bonus webinar content:  This webinar will also provide an overview of the new EPA Surface Coating NESHAP, highlighting the elements that are met by STAR training, and providing information on accessing materials that will help shops understand and comply with the new regulations.

Presenter: Ken Grimm, Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC)

Date: Thursday, May 15th
Time: 10-11:30 AM (Pacific Time)

Missed the webinar? Download the slides.

 

Safer Alternatives in Dry Cleaning

This webinar will focus on alternatives to perchloroethylene (PERC) in dry cleaning.  PERC is a carcinogen and PERC dry cleaning is scheduled to be phased out over the next several years in dry cleaning in California.  Other states are also considering similar regulations.  There are a variety of alternatives that are replacing PERC including hydrocarbon, Green Earth, glycol ether cleaning, water-based cleaning using various processes, and carbon dioxide cleaning.  Characteristics of these cleaning processes will be discussed.  The webinar will also focus on safer alternatives to PERC and trichloroethylene (TCE) used extensively in the textile cleaning industry for spotting.  TCE, like PERC, is a carcinogen.  Alternatives that can be used for spotting garments include water-based and soy based cleaners.

Presenter: Dr. Katy Wolf, director of the Institute for Research and Technical Assistance (IRTA)

Date: Thursday, April 17th
Time: 10 - 11:30 AM (Pacific Time)

Missed the webinar? Download the slides.

Questions

If you have questions please contact Chloe Birnel (PPRC) at cbirnel@pprc.org or Raul "Ed" Gonzalez (WSPPN) at raulg@unr.edu.