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

In the future, the best chemistry practices will be green

green chemChemistry is having “an innovation crisis”, according to John Warner, co-author of the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry. “We need to ask if the way we’re training future scientists is fitting the need of society.”

The push for green chemistry began over two decades ago, and Warner has been part of the movement the whole time. On Wednesday, he presented one of two keynote speeches at a Guardian conference on green chemistry.

One of the recurring themes of the conference was the need for all stakeholders to radically shift their perspective on green chemistry.

As the long overdue revision of the Toxic Substances Control Act highlights, the US approach to making chemistry greener has mainly beenconducted through regulations and restrictions. Read more

Celebrating 25 Years of P2!

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.

Webinar: Green Chemistry is Safe Chemistry

How to Create a Safer and More Sustainable Lab Through Green Chemistry

September 10, 2015

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Incorporating the principles of green chemistry into your lab can do more than lessen your ecological footprint.  Join David Finster and Jeffrey Whitford as they share how to adopt sustainable strategies that inherently produce a safer lab and chemical facility in both commercial and academic settings.

What You Will Learn

  • How adopting the strategies of green chemistry inherently produces a safer lab and chemical facility.
  • How green chemistry strategies can be viewed as the first step in complying with OSHA regulations.
  • How green chemistry aligns with inherently safer design principles for chemical engineers.
  • Why green chemistry education is a key contributor to changing the implementation of Green Chemistry

Webinar Details

  • Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015 @ 2-3pm ET
  • Fee: Free to Attend
  • Download Slides: Available on the Day of Broadcast

Webinar: Choices and Trends in Solid Dosage Form Selection

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