Regional News

May 9, 2016

U.S. EPA Recognizes Four California Organizations as 2016 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award Winners

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is presenting Levi Strauss & Co., The Ashkin Group, Albertsons Companies (including their Northern California Safeway stores), and Clorox with Safer Choice Partner of the Year awards. They are among 24 winners across 12 states, the District of Columbia and Canada being recognized for outstanding achievement in the design, manufacture, promotion and use of a range of cleaning and other household products that carry EPA’s Safer Choice label.

“Everyone wants products with ingredients that are safer for their kids, pets, communities and the environment,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Using technology and innovation to turn challenges into profitable opportunities makes our businesses stronger and more competitive, our families and workers healthier, and our environment cleaner.”

EPA developed the new Safer Choice labels to make it easier for consumers and businesses to choose items that meet EPA’s safer product standards. In addition to meeting stringent safety criteria, every product with the Safer Choice label has met high standards for performance. Safer Choice currently has around 500 formulator-manufacturer partners who make more than 2,000 products for retail and institutional customers. Read more

Past Webinars

2015 Webinars




Managing Hazardous Waste in 2015 – Improving your Environmental Management

January 29, 2015

Businesses may use a variety of hazardous products in their day-to-day operations, ranging from cleaning chemicals and pesticides to fluorescent light bulbs and paint. When these items are discarded, they need to be managed as hazardous waste because of toxic, ignitable, or even corrosive characteristics. When these waste streams are not properly addressed, they often get thrown in the trash or poured down the drain. This webinar will provide a quick overview of common hazardous wastes, how to comply with the regulations, and prevention measures designed to reduce hazardous waste generation.

Sponsored by WSPPN, the State of Hawaii and the Hawaii Green Business Program, this information is valuable to any business in the nation looking to improve their environmental management and businesses that are considering participation in green businesses programs.

Presented by Roland Fornoff from the University of Nevada Business Environmental Program.


Donna Walden (WSPPN) overview – Download Presentation

Roland Fornoff – Download Presentation


ADEQ’s Pollution Prevention Program Webinar

March 6, 2015

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s (ADEQ’s) Pollution Prevention (P2) Program requires facilities that meet the State filing thresholds to prepare and implement a P2 Plan. Facilities use their knowledge of their operations to analyze processes and find opportunities for source reduction, transforming the company culture and progressing towards a sustainable business mentality.

This webinar is designed to educate Arizona facilities that meet the P2 Plan filing thresholds and focus on assisting facilities that use over ten thousand pounds of a toxic substance.



Donna Walden (WSPPN) overview – Download Presentation

Linneth Lopez and Jeanine Inman – Download Presentation




ADEQ’s Pollution Prevention Program Webinar

April 15, 2015

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s (ADEQ’s) Pollution Prevention (P2) Program requires facilities that meet the State filing thresholds to prepare and implement a P2 Plan. Facilities use their knowledge of their operations to analyze processes and find opportunities for source reduction, transforming the company culture and progressing towards a sustainable business mentality.
This webinar is designed to educate Arizona facilities that meet the P2 Plan filing thresholds and focus on assisting facilities that use over ten thousand pounds of a toxic substance.



Donna Walden (WSPPN) overview – Download Presentation

Linneth Lopez and Jeanine Inman – Download Presentation


How to Leverage the P2 Results Report 2010-2012

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From 2010-2012, approximately 90 P2 programs in the U.S. reported almost $5.4 billion in economic benefits; more than 8.9 billion pounds of pollution minimized or eliminated; approximately 8.8 billion gallons of water conserved; energy usage reduced by 1.4 billion kilowatts; over 1.7 billion pounds of greenhouse gases (GHG) no longer being released into the earth’s atmosphere associated with P2 activities.

What exactly does this mean for the P2 community and how can state and local P2 numbers use this information to leverage their programs?



Andy Bray from NEWMOA, Jeffrey Burke from the NPPR, and Ken Grimm from PPRC – Download Presentation

How to Start a Successful FOG Program (Learn from San Francisco about SFGreasecycle)

May 14, 2015 at 11:00 AM PDT

In this Webinar, Karri Ving, P2 Program Manager for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission will speak on the success of the SFGreasecycle program she launched in the Bay area. The program is part of their larger FOG program that also includes trap waste receiving and enforcement of the FOG Ordinance.

Karri will explain what drove the need for a fats oils and grease (FOG) program, what actions were taken to address the need and share the program success. Also included in the presentation are lessons learned during the development of the SFGreasecycle Program for other agencies that are considering implementing similar programs.

(Cohosted by WSPPN and PPRC as part of an outreach program targeted at restaurants and bars for proper and cost effective handling of fats, oils and grease)
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.



WSPPN & PPRC overview – Download Presentation

Karri Ving – Download Presentation

Green Chemistry Guide Listen and Learn Webinar Series – What’s Inside the New Green Chemistry Guide?

Thursday, May 21 – 11:00 a.m. PDT

This Webinar series covers the content of the Green Chemistry Guide collaborated on by renowned university professors, industry professionals and the City of Los Angeles’s engineers.

Michael Simpson and Olga Krel will give an overview of how the guide was created and what is in the guide. They will cover the content of Chapters 1, 2 and 3 including the definition of green chemistry, and the relationship between pollution prevention and green chemistry.

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How to Start Green Business Programs for Grocery Stores

June 9, 2015

This Webinar is part of a green business series sponsored by the Western Sustainability & Pollution Prevention Network (WSPPN) and the Green Business Engagement National Network (GBENN).

This webinar will cover all aspects of the green business program for grocers. How grocers apply online for recognition, how state programs are able to review and approve applications and facilitate follow-up, and built-in calculators that will help programs report on the outcomes of program participants.
Andy Bray from the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA) launched a Regional Sustainable Grocers Initiative in 2012 to develop a model regional recognition program that states could use in acknowledging sustainable leaders in the industry. A number of grocery chains in the region, including Shaw’s, Market Basket, Price Chopper, and Stop & Shop operate in multiple states making an interstate approach to the sector sensible and efficient for state programs and grocers. A number of NEWMOA’s members are in the process of working with stores to pilot a model Sustainable Grocers Initiative workbook. The system is based on one that was developed and is used by the California Green Business Network.

Kevin Kumataka, Green Business Coordinator from Sonoma County will discuss how they developed the Grocery Store Checklist, give an overview of the certification process, and successful partnerships required to make the program a success. He will also highlight success stories from the program including lighting retrofit opportunities, variable speed drivers on refrigeration equipment, the Food runners program, and increases in recycled content purchasing.



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Andy Bray – Download Presentation

San Francisco Shares Checklist & Best Practices for Green Cleaning Program

June 25, 2015

In the last year, San Francisco Department of Environment (SFDoE) has honored many companies who successfully completed the Custodial Green Cleaning pilot program. Theirs is the first Green Business program in the nation focused on protecting custodial worker health by switching from harmful cleaning products to greener products and methods. SF Environment created a Green Business standards checklist for custodial companies wanting to go through the Green Business program. This checklist covers employee training, pollution prevention, purchasing and conservation practices. To date, over 300 custodians have been trained under the pilot program and over 12,000 gallons of harmful cleaning chemicals have been eliminated each year.

Swati Sharma from the San Francisco Department of Environment will speak about how SFDoE implemented the program including development of multi-lingual training videos and materials, provided consultation to custodial companies on Green Cleaning practices, and how a green business checklist was used to track the progress of each of these companies.

This Webinar is sponsored by WSPPN and the Green Business Engagement Network (GBENN).
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.



WSPPN overview – Download Presentation

GBENN overview – Tricia Dingle – Download Presentation

Swati Sharma & Anya Deepak – Download Presentation


Pretty Shouldn’t Stink: How a Healthy Nail Salon Program can help

July 23, 2015

Nail Salon employees are exposed to industrial chemicals without adequate protection or education. During their professional life, nail salon employees have repeated and prolonged exposure to toxic products and unsafe practices which increases their chances of cancer, birth defects, miscarriages and asthma. Currently, there is a lack of regulation for nail salon chemicals and lack of enforceable laws regulating the levels of exposure for nail salon employees. San Francisco was the first city in the country to adopt legislation to create a recognition program to help nail salons use safer products and practices and recognize them as businesses that enhance the well being of nail salon employees and customers.

Join the San Francisco Department for the Environment and the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative for a webinar on July 23rd where they discuss how the Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Program was established, its key components, how to run a successful Healthy Nail Salon Program and the challenges faced. Speakers will also talk about the progress made towards legislation and what next steps are in store.

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Green Chemistry Guide Listen and Learn Webinar Series – The Green Chemistry Mindset and Life Cycle Thinking

Tuesday, September 15 – 11:00 a.m. PDT

Chapter 5  by author Ally LaTourelle covers what is the green chemistry mindset from different vantage points, the beneficial outcomes for companies that embrace green chemistry principles, and green chemistry and life cycle assessment.

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ADEQ’s P2 Program Webinar: National Pollution Prevention Week

Tuesday, September 22 – 10:00 a.m. PDT

For National Pollution Prevention Week (September 21st – 27th) this year, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Pollution Prevention (P2) Program is hosting a webinar featuring examples of successful P2 goals implemented by a few of their program facilities. The reduction of hazardous waste generation and toxic substance use is a requirement of the P2 planning program. Currently, over 300 facilities participate in ADEQ’s P2 program.

Please join us in the webinar to learn about methods that have been successful in not only reducing pollution at these facilities, but also have improved efficiency and saved money. The following facilities will be presenting: Read more

EPA Funds Small Businesses to Develop Environmental Technologies

EPA News

WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced eight contracts to small businesses to develop innovative technologies to protect the environment, funded through EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. “The green technologies that these SBIR companies are developing will help us address some of today’s most pressing environmental and public health issues” said Dr. Thomas A. Burke, EPA’s Science Advisor and Deputy Assistant Administrator of EPA’s Office of Research and Development. The phase II contracts announced today provide the companies $300,000 to further develop and commercialize their products and ideas. Phase II awards are only available to companies that previously submitted research proposals for their innovative technologies and were awarded phase I contracts up to $100,000. Today’s recipients include:

  • Aspen Products Group, Inc. – Marlborough, Mass. for developing a filtration device to control emerging contaminants in drinking water supplies.
  • Environmental Fuel Research, LLC – Philadelphia, Pa. for developing a system to produce biofuel from grease trap waste.
  • ETSVP-JV, LLC – Roanoke, Va. for developing innovative filters using nanomaterials to remove gaseous pollutants and particulates from contaminated air streams.
  • Lucid Design Group, Inc. – Oakland, Calif. for developing technology to drive behavior energy savings in commercial buildings.
  • MesoCoat, Inc. – Euclid, Ohio for developing corrosion-resistant coatings on steel to replace current more hazardous methods.
  • Precision Combustion, Inc. – North Haven, Conn. for developing regenerable high efficiency filter technology to remove gaseous pollutants from indoor air.
  • Sustainable Bioproducts, LLC – Bozeman, Mont. for developing a low-cost, simple, and scalable microbial process for conversion of municipal solid waste to fuels using fungus.
  • Vista Photonics, Inc. – Las Cruces, N.M. for developing an inexpensive, high-performance, portable air pollution monitor to continuously measure atmospheric ammonia.

EPA funds many environmentally-minded small businesses so they can bring their innovative technologies to market. A previous SBIR winner, GVD Corporation, created an environmentally friendly mold-release coating that makes indoor air healthier in manufacturing facilities by reducing the use of harmful chemicals. Okeanos Technologies is developing a new energy-efficient seawater desalination technology that could provide clean and affordable water where it is needed most. Providence Photonics is working to develop a real-time monitor that optimizes flare operation and reduces overall air toxics emissions from flaring activities in industrial facilities across the United States. EPA is one of 11 federal agencies that participate in the SBIR program, which was enacted in 1982 to strengthen the role of small businesses in federal research and development, create jobs and promote U.S. technical innovation. To be eligible to participate in the SBIR program, a company must be an organized, for-profit U.S. business and have fewer than 500 employees. For more information on EPA’s SBIR Phase II recipients, visit[] Learn more about EPA’s SBIR program at

Fix a Leak Week

Fix a Leak

Leaks Can Run, but They Can’t Hide

Are you ready to chase down leaks? Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, so each year we hunt down the drips during Fix a Leak Week. Mark your calendars for Fix a Leak Week 2016, March 14–20, 2016, but remember that you can race over to your plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems, fix the leaks, and save valuable water and money all year long.

From family fun runs to leak detection contests to WaterSense demonstrations, Fix a Leak Week events happen from coast to coast and are all geared to teach you how to find and fix household leaks. See our Fix a Leak Week 2015 Event Map Exit EPA Disclaimer to find out what went on near you!

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WaterSense & Energy Star webinars


WaterSense & Energy Star webinars

WaterSense® is teaming up with ENERGY STAR® to host a new webinar series in the United States on water and energy efficiency for commercial and institutional facilities.

Each webinar features content from WaterSense at Work and ENERGY STAR resources that can help organisations save water, energy, and money in different areas of their facilities.

The first instalment, “Tackling WaterSense–Sanitary Fixtures and Equipment,” is scheduled for January 28, 2016, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern time. Attendees will learn best management practices to help reduce water and energy use in restrooms and commercial laundries.

Attendees are encouraged to register for any of this year’s webinars and share the information with anyone interested in learning about water-efficient best management practices.

If you have any questions about the new webinar series, please contact the WaterSense Helpline at (866) WTR-SENS (987-7367) or

Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards application deadline is rapidly approaching

Safer ChoiceCall for Applications: 2016 Award Cycle Now Open

2015 Partner of the Year Award Winners

Awards were presented at the Partner of the Year Awards Ceremony on June 22nd, 2015 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. Read more about the 2015 Award Winners.[]

The second annual Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards recognize program participants for advancing the goal of chemical safety through exemplary participation in or promotion of the Safer Choice Program. Please apply by January 29, 2016 to be considered.[] Award winners will be announced at a ceremony in late spring of 2016 in Washington, D.C.

Safer Choice Program participants are continually driving innovation to make chemical products safer. Our program currently labels more than 2,000 products, used by consumers, institutions and industry, that meet our Safer Choice Standard[].

Award Categories

EPA will present at least one award in each of these five categories:

  • Product and Chemical Manufacturers
  • Purchasers and Distributors
  • Retailers
  • Supporters
  • Innovators

Within these categories, we may give additional awards in the subcategories of “small business” and “sustained excellence.”

You may apply in more than one award category, but must complete individual application packages for each.


Any current or past program participants in the Safer Choice Program are eligible to apply for the awards. Candidates must complete the application form(s)[] and have it signed by an appropriate company or organization official (e.g., CEO, vice president for governmental affairs, division head, or other authorized signatory).

How to Apply

Complete and submit the application materials[] by January 29, 2016. The application may be submitted via email to Supplemental documents (e.g., photos, pamphlets, advertisement videos, audio files) may be sent with your application as PDF files (each file must be less than 12 MB). Please refer to the application materials for instructions on how to submit paper copies.

Selection Criteria

For the 2016 awards, we will recognize program participants who have demonstrated leadership in:

  • furthering safer chemistry and products throughout the past year; and
  • promoting the new Safer Choice label.

Program participants that submit complete applications will be evaluated against the following five criteria:

  1. Participation in the Safer Choice Program
  2. Use of the Safer Choice label
  3. Promotion and use of products using the Safer Choice label
  4. Outreach and education on the Safer Choice Program to consumers and end-users
  5. Innovations in safer chemistry and other efforts to advance the Safer Choice Program

Responses will be weighted and points assigned based on the applicant/award category.

Webinars 2016

January 2016

Implementation of the Green Chemistry Change and Sustaining Success

Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 2:00-3:00 PM EST

Register HERE

Join the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) and the Western Sustainability & Pollution Prevention Network (WSPPN) on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 2:00 PM EST for another Green Chemistry Guide Listen and Learn webinar. The Green Chemistry manual provides state agencies and technical assistance providers (engineers) with tools and resources to better serve their clients who are looking for information and to support greening their operations, processes, products and supply chains. Business owners can also use the publication to develop and implement green chemistry solutions and improve profitability.

This series of webinars covers the content of the manual chapter-by-chapter. Lissa McCracken, Executive Director, Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center, will present on Chapter 8, which addresses the implementation of sustainability practices into business models and integrating pollution prevention and green chemistry strategies and models.


For a list of past webinars click here

Training Modules

P2-101 Training Modules

WSPPN and the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) partnered to develop an online training in pollution prevention (P2).  This nine-lesson virtual training was originally presented at a conference in Sacramento, California to provide members of business and industry, and environmental technical assistance providers, with a foundation in the key principles and strategies for preventing pollution.  

Through the training, you will learn:  key definitions for P2 and how P2 fits with other greening initiatives, including energy efficiency; tools and resources for waste identification; and how to apply and prioritize P2 approaches at a business.  You will also learn how to manage change; overcome barriers; conduct post-project evaluations; and put your company on a path for sustained P2 success. 

WSPPN would especially like to thank presenters Jeffrey Burke and Michael Simpson.

When you are done, check out our Green Chemistry 101.

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EPA Calls for the 21st Presidential Green Chemistry Award Nominations

November 4, 2015

EPA Calls for the 21st Presidential Green Chemistry Award Nominations

Program promotes environmental and economic benefits of using novel green technologies in chemical design, manufacture, and use

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its request for nominations for its 2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards for companies or institutions that have developed a process or product that better protects public health and the environment.

“For more than two decades, we have seen creative innovations making our manufacturing processes and products better and safer,” said Jim Jones, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “Our efforts to speed the adoption of revolutionary and diverse disciplines have led to significant environmental benefits, innovation and a strengthened economy.”

Since the start of the program, EPA has received more than 1,500 nominations and presented awards for 104 new technologies that have reduced more than 826 million pounds of hazardous chemicals and solvents, savings 21 billion gallons of water, and eliminating 7.8 billion pounds of carbon dioxide releases.

EPA is sponsoring the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards in partnership with the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute® and members of the chemical community including industry, trade associations, and academic institutions.

Nominations are due to EPA by December 31, 2015.

Next June, EPA expects to give five awards for outstanding green chemistry technologies in traditional categories and a sixth award for a green chemistry technology that addresses climate change. The award areas include:

  • Greener Synthetic Pathways
  • Greener Reaction Conditions
  • Greener Chemical Products
  • The Design of Greener Chemicals
  • Small Business (for a technology in any of the three focus areas developed by a small business)
  • Academic (for a technology in any of the three focus areas developed by an academic researcher)
  • Specific Environmental Benefit: Climate Change (for a technology in any of the three focus areas that reduces greenhouse gas emissions)

More information on past award winners and how to submit entries can be found at:[]

U.S. EPA settlement prompts firm to develop hazardous waste training program for metal finishing industry

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reached a settlement with Lynx Enterprises, a metal finishing firm in Tracy, Calif., for its failure to comply with federal hazardous waste management regulations. The company agreed to pay a total of $28,750 in civil penalty and spend an additional $108,000 to develop hazardous waste training materials.

In October 2010, an EPA inspection discovered that the facility was in violation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. In addition to paying the penalty, Lynx has agreed to develop a hazardous waste management training program designed to assist at least 20 metal finishing companies to understand hazardous waste management compliance requirements.

“We are pleased that Lynx Enterprises has adopted an innovative approach to resolve this case,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “The training program will help the metal finishing industry to properly manage hazardous waste to prevent harm to human health and safeguard the environment.”

Lynx, via a qualified independent contractor, will also develop a training video that will summarize federal, state, and local hazardous waste regulatory requirements. The video will be available to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control and to 83 local agencies, known as Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPA), for their use and distribution and an internet link to a version of the video will be accessible to the general public within a year. Read more