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The Pollution Prevention Act (P2 Act) was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush in   1990. It came as a follow-up to a focus on waste reduction. Many professionals worked on reducing the amount of waste from a process by removing the water from it, or separating it into components that could be properly disposed. People realized that much more progress could be made by evaluating the process, the materials being used, the equipment, and training of personnel. With implementation of the P2 Act, it became the goal to make changes so that the waste was not created at all – or at least so that less waste was created. Pollution prevention is different than recycling or zero waste, because it’s not about diversion but is about prevention. The P2 act established the “waste management hierarchy” of preventing waste before it is generated, rather than focusing on how to reduce the quantity of waste.

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Many state and local programs currently provide some kind of technical assistance to businesses to help them implement P2 at their facilities. The U.S. EPA and state agencies are all incorporating P2 and the waste management hierarchy into their programs. P2 is the cornerstone of sustainability – it is still the best approach to make the biggest difference in the effort to conserve the Earth’s resources for future generations.

There are many ways to connect with professionals well-versed in P2. P2Rx, a collection of eight regional P2 Information Centers, has a nation-wide directory of P2 programs. EPA has many resources. The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable is made up of P2 professionals and offers resources. The federal government is taking leadership on pollution prevention at their facilities. New technologies are being developed to help prevent pollution and most P2 professionals have added behavior change initiatives to their programs to help ensure wider implementation of P2 projects. The P2 InfoHouse contains many documents from programs across the country – featuring case studies, informational booklets, and research projects. The recently published “P2 Results” report summarizes environmental outcomes from P2 projects throughout the country for the years 2010-2012. P2Rx created a press kit for P2 technical assistance programs to promote the P2 Results report and start a conversation about the value of P2.

Contact a P2Rx regional P2 Information Center today to learn more about P2 and get connected with information and assistance.

Choices and Trends in Solid Dosage Form Selection

Salt, Cocrystal, Prodrug or Amorphous?

August 27, 2015
Session 8 of the Drug Design and Delivery Symposium

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The solid-state form of an active pharmaceutical ingredient impacts almost every aspect of a pharmaceutical program so consideration and selection of an appropriate form is key. Join Scott Trzaska and Ron Smith as they outline the pros and cons of the different forms and what to consider when selecting.

What You Will Learn

  • Types of solid-state forms used in the industry
  • Considerations for selecting a solid-state form
  • What to do if one solid-state form does not satisfy all of the requirements of the program

Webinar Details

  • Date: Thursday, August 27, 2015 @ 2-3pm ET
  • Fee: Free to Attend
  • Download Slides: Available on the Day of Broadcast

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