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This year’s Build & Buy Green (B&BG) Conference and Expo is going to Kaka’ako – The annual event is celebrating its’ 14th year in Hawaii!


This annual BBG Conference has brought together nationally acclaimed keynote speakers and local experts in the fields of green building, design, engineering, construction and development to discuss merging and critical global issues related to green building and communities in Hawaii CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION


On March 13 California EPA and the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced the first three products under the Safer Consumer Products/ Green Chemistry Program.  The overall goal of the program, initiated by legislation in 2008, is to reduce toxic chemicals in consumer products and create business opportunities in the emerging safer consumer products economy.

The three priority products with specific chemicals listed are:  1) paint/varnish strippers and cleaners with methylene chloride, 2) spray polyurethane foam (SPF) systems with unreacted diisocyanates, and 3) children’s foam padded sleeping products with the flame retardant Tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCPP).

Next, DTSC will host three public workshops on the listed products in May and June.  After the workshops, DTSC will initiate rulemaking on the listed products. When final, manufacturers will be required to analyze alternatives to the chemicals in the products.

These chemicals are also being evaluated by EPA under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  U.S. EPA and California are collaborating on alternatives assessment, chemical data and advancement of safer products under the Green Chemistry MOU signed in 2012.

Visit DTSC Safer Consumer Products Website for more information.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Center for Corporate Climate Leadership announced the third annual Climate Leadership Award winners in partnership with the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and The Climate Registry (TCR). Nineteen awards were given to 15 organizations and two individuals in the public and private sectors for their leadership in addressing climate change by reducing carbon pollution. The 2014 Climate Leadership Award recipients are:

Organizational Leadership Award: City of Chula Vista, Sprint, and University of California, Irvine

Individual Leadership Award: Sam Brooks, Associate Director, D.C. Department of General Services, and Robert Taylor, Energy Manager, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission

Supply Chain Leadership Award: Sprint

Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Achievement Award): The Boeing Company; Caesars Entertainment; Cisco Systems, Inc.; Ecolab; The Hartford; IBM; Johnson Controls; Kohl’s Department Stores; Mack Trucks; and Novelis

Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Setting Certificate): Fruit of the Loom, Inc.; Hasbro, Inc.; and Kohl’s Department Stores

More information about the 2014 Climate Leadership Awards

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its ranking of the Top 10 States for LEED®, the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system. The list highlights the regions around the country that are at the forefront of sustainable building design and transformation. Utilizing less energy, LEED-certified spaces save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce carbon emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

The per-capita list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional green building projects that were certified throughout 2013. Among states, Illinois moved into the top position for LEED, certifying 171 projects representing 2.29 square feet of LEED space per resident.

The mid-Atlantic region reigned in 2013 with Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia all topping the list. Washington, D.C., had 106 LEED-certified projects representing 32.45 square feet of space per resident. Maryland and Virginia followed Illinois in the second and third positions, respectively, certifying 2.20 and 2.11 square feet of LEED space per resident in 2013.

New York and California, two of the most populous states in the nation, tied for fifth place, with each certifying 1.95 square feet of space per resident in 2013.

USGBC calculates the list using per-capita figures as a measure of the human element of green building, allowing for a fair comparison of the level of green building taking place among states with significant differences in population and, accordingly, number of overall buildings.

Reflecting the continued trend of LEED existing buildings outpacing their newly built counterparts, in 2013 the LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance rating system accounted for 48 percent of total square footage certified in these states. This compares to 43 percent of square footage certified under LEED for Building Design and Construction and 9 percent certified under LEED for Interior Design and Construction.

The full ranking is as follows:

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Notable projects in Region 9 that certified in these states in 2013 include:

• California: SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, LEED Gold.

• Hawaii: Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Kapolei, LEED Silver, the largest certified project in the state.

Collectively, 1,777 commercial and institutional projects became LEED certified within the top 10 states in 2013, representing 226.8 million square feet of real estate. Worldwide, 4,642 projects were certified in 2013, representing 596.8 million square feet.

Cumulatively, more than 20,000 projects representing 2.9 billion square feet of space have been LEED-certified worldwide, with another 37,000 projects representing 7.6 billion square feet in the pipeline for certification. USGBC launched LEED v4, the newest version of the rating system, in the fall of 2013. The latest version continues to raise the bar for the entire green building industry, which McGraw-Hill Construction projects could be worth up to $248 billion in the U.S. by 2016. LEED v4 features increased technical rigor; new market sector adaptations for data centers, warehouses and distribution centers, hospitality, existing schools, existing retail, and midrise residential projects; and a simplified submittal process supported by a robust and intuitive technology platform.

About the U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit, explore the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG) and connect on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

About LEED

The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings. Every day, more than 1.5 million square feet of space is certified using LEED. More than 57,000 commercial and institutional projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising 10.5 billion square feet of construction space in 147 countries and territories. In addition, more than 50,000 residential units have been certified under the LEED for Homes rating system. Learn more at

Read the USGBC Issued Press Release.

Source: Federal Register:

SUMMARY: EPA’s Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (ORCR) is holding public meetings in Arlington, Virginia; Chicago, Illinois; and Denver, Colorado to discuss and obtain public input from stakeholders on a national electronic manifest (“e-Manifest”) system to capture information regarding the shipment of hazardous waste from the time it leaves the generator facility where it was produced, until it reaches the off-site waste management facility that will store, treat, or dispose of the hazardous waste. Specifically, the purpose of these meetings is to engage the states, industry, communities, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders on what expectations and technical requirements EPA should consider as the agency begins the planning stage of the e-Manifest system development process. EPA envisions that e-Manifest will facilitate the electronic transmittal of manifests throughout the hazardous waste shipping process, including enabling better transparency by sharing data with the public at appropriate stages. Each meeting will be approximately one and one-half days. In order to meet the goals of the meetings, we encourage meeting participants from a variety of professional backgrounds to attend, such as state governmental staff, hazardous waste handlers (generators, transporters, waste management firms) staff, and each of their information technology (IT) staff. EPA will use stakeholder input gathered during these meetings to finalize e-Manifest requirements and prepare for eventual system development.

DATES: EPA will conduct three face-to-face public meetings. The dates and locations for each meeting are as follows:

  • February 25-26, 2013: Arlington, Virginia, EPA Headquarters, One Potomac Yard, 2777 S. Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202.
  • March 14-15, 2013: Chicago, Illinois, EPA Region 5, Ralph Metcalfe Federal Building, 77 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604-3590.
  • March 21-22, 2013: Denver, Colorado, EPA Region 8, 1595 Wynkoop Street, Denver, CO 80202-1129.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristen Gunthardt, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, Program Implementation and Information Division (5303P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460, telephone number: (703) 347-8955; email address:

WSPPN is sponsoring the 2nd annual P2 Industry Track for the California Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) Forum to be held Monday, February 4, 2013. The 15th Annual CUPA Forum Conference is February 4 – 7, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency, Garden Grove in Orange County, California.
This P2 Industry track is a one day event with four two-hour sessions:

  • The Auto Mechanical and Collision Repair Industries Post Recent VOC Changes- A Mixed Bag
  • Update on California’s Paint Product Stewardship Program
  • E-Waste
  • P2 Success Stories

Look for more information from WSPPN. For more information on the unified program, please go to the CUPA Forum website:

The Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA) developed the Green Lodging Calculator to help lodging facilities and sustainable hospitality programs estimate the financial and environmental benefits and financial savings from sustainable practices. The calculator contains over 40 waste-, water-, and energy-related measures covering 18 common practices that lodging facilities can implement. Visit site now.

Join the NPPR’s Work Group Research, Technology and Energy, as they work on a project to develop a 101 Green Chemistry Guide for P2 Practitioners!
Michael Simpson, Sr. Environmental Engineer for the City of Los Angeles and NPPR Board Member is looking to put together a green chemistry workgroup to develop a 101 Green Chemistry Guide for P2 Practitioners. The committee estimates this effort to bring a manual ready for use will take approximately one year. He’s looking for P2 TAPs who have experience working in the field with green chemistry and have access to case studies and success stories. He’s also looking for individuals with experience with technical manuals or technical guides. Phone (323) 342-6047 or email

Debbie Raphael, Director of California's Department of Toxic
Substances Control, has spent the last 20 years working for the
cities of Santa Monica and San Francisco, and has dedicated her
professional career to creating partnerships that protect human
health and the environment by managing the use of chemicals in
commerce. (see full bio below)

Debbie Raphael, Director of California’s Department of Toxic
Substances Control, has spent the last 20 years working for the
cities of Santa Monica and San Francisco, and has dedicated her
professional career to creating partnerships that protect human
health and the environment by managing the use of chemicals in
commerce. (see full bio below)

(reprinted with permission of

By Deborah Raphael, Director, California Department of Toxic Substances Control

Twenty-two years ago, the Pollution Prevention Act marked a significant change in how we manage hazardous waste. Shifting away from an “end of the pipe” approach to controlling chemical hazards, it focused on controlling those hazards at their source and marked a major change in how we think about protecting our health and preserving the environment.

Today we are in the midst of another change, one that will further the vision of pollution prevention by advancing efforts to find safer alternatives to toxic ingredients in consumer products.

Building on the foundational efforts of several countries and at least four states in the U.S., California has released the nation’s first comprehensive approach for reducing toxics in products. Our proposed Safer Consumer Products Regulation requires manufacturers to ask the questions: “Is this toxic ingredient necessary?” and “Is there a safer alternative?”

The regulation takes pollution prevention to a higher level. ”P2”programs well understood that finding safer alternatives for the toxic chemicals in our products provides a long-lasting sustainable approach to environmental protection. Instead of reducing the use of chemicals that threaten our health and contaminate our environment, our new approach mandates the rethinking of ingredients during the design phase of a product. That mandate is a fundamental change in the way the department regulates toxics in consumer products.

The alternative assessment process is an essential component of this effort. The assessment affects manufacturers whose products contain one or more ingredients designated as

a “chemical of concern” that has the ability to cause health or environmental impacts and where there is evidence of exposure. Boiled down to its most essential element, the assessment is meant to determine if a particular toxic ingredient is necessary, and to compare that ingredient with alternatives, giving consideration to life cycle impacts; impacts on product function; performance and legal requirements; and economic impacts.

If a safer alternative is not feasible, or cannot be found, the department is now authorized to impose a number of regulatory responses including mandating end-of-life management, use restrictions, engineering or administrative controls, the funding of research to design safer alternatives, and ultimately a ban on sales in California.

Those following our efforts have witnessed a difficult journey. Like all new approaches, the proposal sparked the passion of industry, environmental and health groups. Since 2008, when the enacting law was signed, debate over the specific language has generated many drafts of the regulation, and volumes of public comments. With an understanding that our proposal breaks new ground (coupled with limitations on budgetary resources), our proposal sets forth the modest goal of initially looking at no more than five “priority” products.

It’s a modest beginning to be sure, but it’s also a significant one. Like the visionaries who laid out the principles of pollution prevention more than two decades ago, we understand that we are part of an evolutionary process. Today new visions point us to a time when we focus less on avoiding “chemicals of concern” and instead turn to processes and ingredients that mimic nature to produce truly non-toxic and biodegradable products.

Twenty-two years later, pollution prevention is still an essential part of our efforts to protect the environment, and this year’s Pollution Prevention Week theme – “Safer Chemicals for a Safer World,” demonstrates how far our thinking has evolved. While we will never step away from encouraging “P2” efforts in various industry sectors, California has the opportunity to put the mandatory “shall” into safer product design and to make our world safer by reducing toxic chemicals and creating that safe and sustainable vision laid out in 1990.

Debbie Raphael, Director of California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control, has spent the last 20 years working for the cities of Santa Monica and San Francisco, and has dedicated her professional career to creating partnerships that protect human health and the environment by managing the use of chemicals in commerce. She has forged alliances between diverse stakeholders in order to build support for benchmark environmental initiatives, which in many cases have been replicated across the nation.

Raphael is recognized internationally as the architect of San Francisco’s groundbreaking Precautionary Principle legislation and spearheaded the citywide adoption of a precautionary approach to environmental decision-making.

Raphael takes a pragmatic approach to chemical regulation. She relies on the best available science when designing and implementing programs, including San Francisco’s award-winning Integrated Pest Management, Environmentally Preferable Purchasing, Green Business Certification, and Green Building programs. She has successfully crafted and implemented local legislation regulating toxic chemical content in consumer products including phthalates in children’s products and mercury in fever thermometers.

Raphael has been at the forefront of a statewide effort to reformulate consumer products through product re-design, incentives, and consumer right-to-know efforts. Working with sectors such as garment cleaning, wood preservatives, dental offices, nail salons, and janitorial services to identify safer alternatives to the use of hazardous chemicals. She served as co-chair of California’s AB1109 Taskforce and Green Ribbon Science Panel, advising the state on issues around end-of-life management of fluorescent lights and the development of Green Chemistry regulations. She has been part of numerous statewide efforts to craft policy on hazardous waste management and extended producer responsibility.