Resources and Links

These links provide additional information about a variety of pollution prevention topics and related issues.

U.S. General Services Administration's Sustainable Facilities Tool: This tool is a one-stop online resource to support decision-making regarding sustainable building principles, materials, and systems.  Targeted to help project personnel identify and prioritize cost-effective, sustainable strategies for small projects that do not normally engage workplace consultants or designers, the tool helps users understand and select environmentally preferable solutions for renovations, alterations and leases.  Key features of the tool include a 3-D interactive walkthrough of office interiors and material comparisons that prompt visitors to consider multiple aspects of office performance, and suggest detailed material and system choices to help green the workplace.  The website also features sustainable metrics, links to essential regulations and guidelines, case studies, and an easy to navigate user interface. For Federal users, it provides useful information to meet and exceed sustainability mandates.

"Lean Ecology" Resources

Lean Ecology is the bridge that joins productivity and profit with pollution prevention and environmental responsibility.  Taiichi Ohno, the "father" of the Toyota Production System (also known as Lean), said that "the basis of [Lean] is the absolute elimination of waste."  It is through this aggressive reduction of waste that companies throughout the world are enjoying breakthrough productivity gains.  The "absolute elimination of waste" aligns with the goals of those who care about pollution prevention and reducing environmental impact.  Lean provides a proven method to make those reductions a reality.
  • EPA's Lean Toolkit: This toolkit is intended to enable Lean practitioners to improve both their business performance and their environmental performance by identifying and eliminating environmental wastes at their organizations.  The toolkit offers practical strategies and tools for integrating environmental considerations into Lean initiatives in ways that support Lean’s focus on the elimination of waste and non-value added activity.
  • EPA's Lean in Government Starter Kit

Pollution Prevention Information

  • EPA Greener Products Web Portal: The site is designed to help the user navigate the increasingly important and complex world of greener products.  It allows users to search for EPA programs related to greener products based on the type of user and their specific product interests.  It also links to additional greener products information from EPA and other sources.  
  • P2Rx: A network of pollution prevention regional centers provide easy access, high quality pollution prevention information, including case studies and general p2 implementation as well as those for specific sectors and topics.

Manufacturing

  • Industrial Assessment Centers Database: A collection of recommendations developed from in-depth assessments of facilities to find potential opportunities for savings through energy efficiency improvements, waste minimization and pollution prevention, and productivity improvement.

Other P2 topics

P2 Climate Change Tools

  • EPA created the Recycled Content (ReCon) Tool to help companies and individuals estimate life-cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy impacts from purchasing and/or manufacturing materials with varying degrees of post-consumer recycled content.
  • The Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator expresses quantities of GHGs in terms of metrics such as number of cars, gallons of gasoline, acres of forest, etc. This calculator is useful for expressing GHG reductions or emissions in a way that is easier to comprehend.
  • EPA's Waste Reduction (WARM) Model is a tool that calculates and totals greenhouse gas emissions of baseline and alternative waste management practices: source reduction, recycling, combustion, composting, and landfilling.

Information on Compliance with Regulations

 

 

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