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2005 PPIS Grants

EPA Regional P2 Coordinator: Robert Guillemin (guillemin.robert@epa.gov)

Recipient: Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (CT DEP)
EPA Funding: $75,000
The CT DEP P2 Grant proposal builds on past work with vehicle repair, garment cleaners, household hazardous waste coordinators, and CONNTAP to provide P2 technical assistance. CT DEP will continue to sponsor the Connecticut Hospital Environmental Roundtable (CHER), including two meetings that focus on environmental compliance, P2, and waste reduction. CT DEP will also continue to publish the quarterly newsletter "P2 View" to 1,800 readers. New efforts include work to promote organic land care at school and municipal athletic fields. Using the NEWMOA P2/CA Metrics Database, CT DEP will measure pounds of solid waste and hazardous cleaning materials reduced at hospitals, pounds of pesticides and fertilizers reduced on municipal athletic fields, and pounds of pollution reduced and energy saved at small businesses receiving technical assistance.


Recipient: Maine Department of Environmental Protection (ME DEP)
EPA Funding: $75,000
The P2 grant will fund 1 FTE to manage the state's P2 assistance office, including phone assistance, P2 presentations, and maintenance of P2 partnerships with Maine business and environmental organizations. Maine DEP will continue to provide technical assistance to small businesses, including boat building and repair facilities, metal products and wood products producers, and facilities that implement EMSs. The single new effort will be to launch a "green" certification program for Maine's lodging/hospitality sector. This will be accomplished by working in collaboration with Efficiency Maine, a program of the public utility commission, to provide free energy audits.

ME DEP will use the NEWMOA P2/CA Metric Database to track ongoing technical assistance efforts and results. Specifically, DEP will measure environmental compliance, performance, and behavioral change both before and after the successful hotel certifications are in place.


Recipient: New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NH DES)
EPA Funding: $80,000
DES will continue its work with healthcare facilities to reduce the use of mercury and improve compliance by encouraging participation in EPA's H2E program and coordinating the New Hampshire Hospitals for a Healthy Environment. To assist motor vehicle salvage facilities (MVSFs) with compliance and the voluntary collection of mercury switches, NH DES will offer workshops and a self-certification program based on the Environmental Results Program (ERP). NH DES will also revisit work conducted in 2001 and 2004 by conducting follow-up surveys to assess the impact of technical assistance for marinas. New work will includes an effort to "green" the state vehicle fleet, and implement a "Green Ski" program to improve efficiency and reduce pollution at ski resorts. An intern from UNH will also be hired to research cadmium and manage NEWMOA's P2/CA Metrics Database to measure a wide range of outcomes including pounds of pollution reduced, Kw of energy conserved, gallons of waste water reduced, and pounds of materials recycled.


Recipient: Rhode Island Narragansett Bay Commission (RI NBC)
EPA Funding: $35,000
The Narragansett Bay Commission is one of the largest consumers of electricity in the State of Rhode Island, with annual utility expenditures well over $1.5 million. In the next two years, the completion of an ultraviolet disinfection system and a combined sewer overflow abatement project will require a substantial increase in electrical use. To address this issue, RI NBC will conduct a detailed energy audit of its facilities and operations to identify energy saving opportunities and research the feasibility of renewable energy (i.e., wind, digester gas, and low impact hydraulic) on a large scale. The findings will be presented at a workshop for POTW operators in New England.

Recipient: University of Rhode Island (URI)
EPA Funding: $75,000
URI will conduct technical assistance efforts directed at small businesses to help reduce the use of hazardous materials, such as trichloroethylene (TCE), and minimize the generation of waste by-products. Typical industries include metal finishers, metal working, textiles, fish/food processing and autobody facilities. 5-10 new participants will receive on-site assessments and another 5-10 assessments will be given to companies with existing relationships. URI's second project is to continue to analyze the effectiveness of ERP self-certifications for the autobody industry in Rhode Island, including an assessment of P2 outcomes. The benefits of this effort will be reported with the NEWMOA P2/CA Metrics Database in the amounts of chemicals reduced and pollution prevented.


Recipient: Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC)
EPA Funding: $75,000
VT DEC will continue to support its partner, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), in providing P2 assistance to business, including the Green Hotel program (5-10 new "Green Hotels" will be enlisted), administration of the Vermont Business Environmental Partnership (5-10 facilities enlisted into the program), 5-10 opportunity assessments for P2 and energy efficiency, and five P2 and compliance workshops for Conditionally Exempt Generators. Other sectors that will receive attention include POTWs (15 onsite assessments planned), microbreweries (a workshop and manual featuring BMPs) and vehicle service and repair facilities (re-publish guide and conduct 2-3 workshops). VT DEC will use the NEWMOA P2/CA Metric Database to track ongoing technical assistance efforts and results.

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Region 2 (NJ, NY, PR, VI)
EPA Regional P2 Coordinator: Tristan Gillespie (gillespie.tristan@epa.gov)

Recipient: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)
Project Title: "Anti-Idling Challenge for Truck Stops and Locomotives"
EPA Funding: $20,000
This proposal will educate /challenge trucking and locomotive companies to eliminate unnecessary idling of diesel vehicles and locomotives, reduce the amount of fuel burned, and prevent harmful emissions from diesel engines. NJ DEP will build partnerships, develop educational materials, and conduct outreach/training regarding pollution prevention (P2)/anti-idling technologies, costs/energy savings, and health benefits associated with reducing idling. Training will identify negative health impacts associated with diesel exhaust, positive economic benefits from P2 techniques/technologies, and provide incentives for truck drivers and locomotive workers who implement best practices. The NJDEP will follow-up with counties and residents to determine if noticeable improvements in air quality and noise occurred. Contact: Sharon Davis, email: sharon.davis@dep.state.nj.us

Recipient: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)
Project Title: "Investigation of Release, Fate and Transport of Lead from Automotive Wheel Weights, and Development and Evaluation of Best Management Approaches"
EPA Funding: $40,000
NJDEP will investigate the release of automotive lead wheel weights to the environment. In Phase I of this project, the quantity of lead from automotive wheel weights entering the New Jersey environment will be estimated, and its importance in the overall cycle of anthropogenic lead in the state will be assessed. If Phase I findings indicate that lead from this source has a significant impact, Phase II will be initiated. Phase II will develop management approaches and evaluate their effectiveness through a series of pilot projects.
Contact: Michael Aucott, email: michael.aucott@dep.state.nj.us

Recipient: Rowan University
Project Title: "Using Engineering Clinics to Advance Pollution Prevention in the Chemical Industry"
EPA Funding: $40,000
Through this project, Rowan University will assist chemical, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, specialty chemical, and agribusiness in New Jersey with source reduction, pollution prevention, and green engineering design through a unique partnership activity: "engineering clinics." Rowan will visit corporate sites to train practicing scientists and engineers from the chemical processing industry in the current state-of-the-art in green engineering fundamentals to design. They will develop a model program for partnerships between state universities and industry by providing pollution prevention services through an "engineering clinic" program. Through this project, Rowan expects to achieve significant reductions in pollution in terms waste reduced, energy conserved and dollars saved. Contact: Dr. C. Stewart Slater, email: slater@rowan.edu

Recipient: Rutgers University, New Jersey EcoComplex
Project Title: "Providing Technical Assistance and Outreach to Achieve a Successful Food Waste and Organics Recycling System in New Jersey: A Model Program"
EPA Funding: $30,000
The Rutgers University, Solid Waste Policy Group (SWPG), and its partners seek to build on experience gathered through the last eight years in the area of food waste recycling to bring the State of New Jersey past a critical stage in the development of food waste recycling markets and systems in the state. The SWPG will draw on models from other states as well as its own observations in dissolving the considerable barriers to successful food waste recycling within the State. This project will deliver technical assistance to recycling operations, which, as in Massachusetts, may mean the difference between success and failure.
Contact: Priscilla Hayes, email: hayes@aesop.rutgers.edu


Recipient: Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Project Title: "Facilitating Agricultural Plastic Film Recycling as a Means for Reducing Pollution from Open Burning"
EPA Funding: $60,000
Over the past several decades, plastics have become ubiquitous throughout agriculture. With few options for off-farm disposal, used plastics are often burned in open fires, releasing levels of dioxins, heavy metals and particulate matter that create serious health risks. In this project, Cornell University will facilitate the building of an infrastructure in New York State for collection and pollution-preventing disposal of agricultural films. Cornell will implement pilot recycling programs; use them as a "field laboratory" for testing and disseminating "Best Management" protocols; cultivate markets for reprocessed film; and lay groundwork fo