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2021 Virtual P2 Roundtable: Call for Presentations

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       SAVE THE DATE & CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS            P2 West: Inspiration, Innovation, & Implementation

                       Region 9/10 Pollution Prevention Regional Roundtable                                               October 20, 21, 27, 28 at 10:00 – 2:30 PT Each Day

The P2 West: Inspiration, Innovation and Implementation Conference is an EPA Region 9 and 10 Pollution Prevention Regional Roundtable (R9/10 P2RT) partnership. The Roundtable will be held on consecutive Wednesdays and Thursdays – Oct 20, 21, 27, and 28 from 10:00 – 2:30 PT. 

This is a premier event for P2 Technical Assistance Providers, Green Business Programs, Sustainability Experts, and Zero Waste and Pretreatment Professionals working with small businesses and industry to reduce pollution.

A full agenda will be forthcoming. Currently, we’re filling out the planned sessions.  If you want to present at a session, please submit a presentation. Preferred presentations will be educational and emphasize “upstream solutions,” not the ubiquitousness of the pollutant or waste management. Presentations proposed for sessions can be “Poster” style (5 minutes), “Short” presentation (8 min), “Summary” style (15 minutes) or “Training” style (30 min). Case studies are welcome to apply to be presented at any session. Case studies should emphasize the results so that others can replicate the success with their clients.

Proposed sessions include: Emerging Pollutants: PFAS Source Reduction, Emerging Pollutants: 6PPD, Food ware, Safer Choice, Prioritization of Toxics Reductions, Projects Considering Environmental Justice, Dry Cleaner Reimbursement Programs, Efficiency/Lean, Breweries, Breweries, wineries, and fermenters, Healthy Nail Salons, Barriers to P2 Adoption, Program Updates/Networking, Rapid-Fire Poster Session, Tribal Projects, Green Biz Programs, Internship Programs, Case Studies, Pathway to Decarbonization GHG Emissions/calculators, P2 and Resiliency, Coastal Resilience Panel, Pandemic/sustainability, and Indoor Air Quality

The R9/10 P2RT Advisory Committee is: Alex Bertoluccci, Oregon DEQ, Belinda Breidenbach, Idaho SBDC, Ben Jarvis, Idaho DEQ, Brian Clapp, U.S. EPA, Brittney Wendell, PPRC, Cassie Carroll, GBENN, Chris Lynch, Nevada BEP, Ed Gonzalez, PPRC, Gail Zuzuki-Jones, Hawaii Green Business Program, Hugh O’Neill, Washington Ecology, Jean Waters, PPRC, Jen Jackson, City of San Francisco, Jessica Count-Arnold, U.S. EPA, Jo Fleming, CA Green Business Network, John Katz U.S. EPA, Kami Snowden Tribal Solid Waste Authority Network, Kat Compton, U.S. EPA, Ken Grimm, PPRC, Ken Zarker, Washington Ecology, Kristy Fry, U.S. EPA, Krysta Thornton, PPRC, Lisa Cox, Oregon DEQ, Michelle Gaither, PPRC, Myles Perkins, Washington Ecology, Singe Lindquist, Cascadia Consulting, Stephanie Thomas Cascadia Consulting, Tyyo Chase, Arizona DEQ.

Proposed sessions include:

Session Name Session Description
Emerging Pollutants: PFAS Source Reduction A large group of chemicals, categorized as PFAS, and often referred to as “forever chemicals”, are found in hundreds of consumer and household products, manufactured goods, and are also used in manufacturing processes and firefighting.  They impact our environment and our bodies and can reduce our resiliency in the face of climate events and pandemics.  Learn where to find these forever chemicals and then brainstorm with us what consumers and TAPs can do about them.
Emerging Pollutants: 6PPD This session will provide an overview of the Urban Runoff Mortality Syndrome (URMS), also known as Coho pre-spawn mortality, a condition first identified on the West Coast of the United States where adult Coho salmon die when returning to freshwater streams before spawning. In December 2020, researchers identified 6PPD-quinone, a transformation product of the tire anti-degradant 6PPD, as the chemical responsible for URMS.
Food Ware Food ware comprises one of the largest categories of single-use litter ending up in our waterways globally. Locally, municipalities are increasingly passing ordinances to address this waste stream. Learn from regulatory law developers, education and outreach programs, and even how new vendors/industries can help eliminate the food ware waste problem.
Safer Choice EPA’s Safer Choice helps consumers, businesses, and purchasers find products that perform and contain ingredients that are safer for human health and the environment. In this session, we will feature case studies of how purchasers and product manufacturers have relied on the Safer Choice program to reduce the use of hazardous ingredients, market safer products, and protect the health of their customers and employees. We are interested in featuring businesses, state or local governments, or others who have found Safer Choice to be a helpful tool in their sustainability toolbox.
Prioritization of Toxics Reductions This session will cover scientific approaches to prioritization of toxics reductions. With tens of thousands of chemicals in commerce, it can be daunting to consider what chemicals of concern to prioritize and then implement toxics reduction initiatives. Learn how different organizations have approached this dilemma.
Projects Considering Environmental Justice Environmental Justice (EJ) and service equity have become a stronger focus at the federal, state, and local level. Organizations now have access to environmental, demographic, and human health data that can be used to help make informed decisions. Organizations are also learning the importance of incorporating lived experiences into their equity work. This session will focus on how state and local organizations have incorporated EJ approaches into technical assistance and pollution prevention efforts and include some tangible project examples.
Dry Cleaner Reimbursement Programs The Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County (Haz Waste Program) and the Washington State Department of Ecology both provided financial reimbursement for PERC dry cleaning businesses to transition to safer cleaning alternatives. This session will be focused on summarizing the collaborative roll-out of two separate financial reimbursement programs that successfully transitioned 30 PERC dry cleaners in King County and 20 elsewhere in Washington State. 
Efficiency/Lean The session will provide a basic foundation of Lean terminology and provide participants with an understanding of how to use continuous improvement tools to help businesses reduce environmental impact and costs. Specifically, we will learn to see environmental wastes as a part of the 8 lean wastes. Presenters will provide examples of how to visualize and integrate pollution prevention opportunities into lean process improvements. Presenters include Kurt Middelkoop and Brion Hurley.
Breweries, wineries, fermenters Breweries, wineries, and fermenters use significant amounts of water and energy during production processes. They also have unique opportunities for integration into local economies due to their by-products. This session will focus on learning from those who have been successful in integrating P2 practices into their facilities, have insights into emerging technologies and/or have formed sustainable partnerships with local businesses or organizations. 
Healthy Nail Salons This session will cover the initial and ongoing research that led to Healthy Nail Salons programs. It includes a detailed description of Healthy Nail Salon Collaboration program in California – how it works, the verification of implementation, how it addresses Environmental Justice and the impact of COVID-19 on this industry. This will include DTSC resources for launching new programs. It covers legislative and regulatory initiatives to protect these workers, and a case study from a model salon.
Barriers to P2 Adoption Session to examine factors that increase the uptake and implementation of P2 practices and strategizing about how to utilize these factors to accelerate and improve the effectiveness of P2 programs.
Program Updates/Networking Impromptu Networking (small breakout groups to build connections)
Rapid-Fire Poster Session Rapid Poster Session (e.g., 5 minutes each): Do you have a success story to share? A good story about a TA visit? An unexpected lesson learned. Share you story in this rapid-fire presentation format. Each presenter will have 5 min to present a poster or no more than 5 ppt slides. A panel of judges will award bragging rights for high impact storytelling, most surprising outcome, and humor.
Tribal Projects This session will showcase innovative pollution prevention projects conducted in tribal communities. We are looking for success stories from tribal communities that have used pollution prevention activities to improve environmental health. These success stories should include the barriers faced during implementation, and how the project overcame them.  The aim of this session is to share pollution prevention success stories that are applicable to tribal communities.
Green Biz Programs Achieve your pollution prevention goals in the largest portion of our economy, small to medium sized businesses, by “right sizing” sustainability initiatives with green business programs. This session will share lessons learned and best practices to prevent and minimize hazardous waste, air, and water pollution as well as conservation of energy, materials, and water through case studies. We’ll feature a variety of new and existing green business program models and environmental impact tracking and measurement methods.
Internship Programs Pollution Prevention Internship programs are a proven tool to build relationships with businesses, garner high-impact P2 results, and provide real-world training opportunities for the next generation of sustainability leaders. This session will cover what it takes to kick off a pollution prevention internship. Participants will learn more about the costs, barriers, resources, reporting and benefits of conducting an internship program, and innovative program structures that leverage the expertise of universities, State environmental agencies, and federal resources. Examples of project results (types of projects/internships) will be shared.
Case Studies Case studies offer insight into the challenges, benefits, timeframes, and costs associated to real-world applications of P2. This session will focus on innovative successes found at facilities within the P2 National Emphasis Areas (NEAs). The NEAs are food and beverage manufacturing and processing; chemical manufacturing, processing, and formulation; automotive manufacturing and maintenance; aerospace product and parts manufacturing and maintenance; and metal manufacturing and fabrication.
Pathway to Decarbonization What kinds of trade-offs and choices are being made as we go down the path to decarbonization, balancing the electric grid, and building resilient communities? Compare energy efficiency in buildings, electrification of transportation, reduction of air travel, equitable housing, sustainable material sourcing, and decarbonizing of consumption.
GHG Emissions/calculators How to use GHG and other environmental calculators to help with benchmarking and baselining to drive environmental reduction in various categories (water, waste, etc.).  GHG calculators and carbon calculators are becoming more and more important to many programs as municipalities, states, regions focus on decarbonization strategies. Using these tools can help with reporting and contribute to local, regional, national carbon reduction goals. We will cover how calculators can advance P2 activities for benchmarking and baselining current emissions to drive climate action. We will try to highlight a case study and conduct a demonstration of select calculators. We will also provide a resource list of available environmental calculators that can support these efforts.
P2 and Resiliency Pollution prevention activities help make communities safer, healthier, and more resilient. P2 implementation builds community resilience by reducing the demand for raw materials and the cost of power, water, and wastewater treatment through energy and water efficiency. P2 can also increase the efficiency of materials use and reuse through source reduction, in-process recycling, innovative reuse of materials, and by fostering systems in which materials are used for their best and highest purpose. We invite presentations about innovative P2 projects that help build community resilience including case studies on funding opportunities for P2 implementation. For this session, we define resilience broadly as the ability of a community/system to withstand shocks and bounce back quickly. Topics include, but are not limited to, climate resilience, deconstruction and building materials reuse, resilient food systems, single use vs. reuse, and community health.
Coastal Resilience Panel The western states’ coastline is vulnerable to sea level rise and coastal erosion due to climate change. Communities up and down the coast, from Alaska to California and Hawaii, are already seeing the effects of climate change on their communities and are making plans for “managed retreat.” This panel will explore how EPA, FEMA, the Army Corps of Engineers, states, and coastal communities are working together to embed pollution prevention efforts into their adaptation planning as they work to keep their communities safe and build resilience.
Pandemic/sustainability The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all aspects of our lives, affecting everything from purchasing and practices to the related and supporting policies and programs. This session will focus on the longer-term impact the pandemic may have and how we can address cleaner and safer workplaces, hospitality properties, and educational facilities.  Case studies will feature how public and private entities have adjusted to creating a new normal with clean and green policies, practices programs and projects.
Indoor Air Quality The average American spends 90% of their life indoors, which is often 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air. This session will explore P2 best management practices for improving indoor environments in homes, schools, and places of work, such as increased ventilation; dust management; energy efficient appliances that improve indoor air quality; procurement of safer carpets, furniture and other finishes; and Safer Choice cleaners. We invite presentations from a diversity of specialties and industries to provide their expertise on how residents and businesses can improve their indoor air quality and/or reduce exposures to toxic chemicals. 

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