P2 – 101 Basic Training

WSPPN 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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An Organizational Guide to Pollution Prevention


Published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2001, this publication was made available by EPA’s Office of Research and Development to assist the user community and to link researchers with their clients.  This Pollution Prevention (P2) Guide provides information to help organizations get P2 programs started or to re-evaluate existing P2 programs. It presents an alternative method for working on P2 projects and four approaches to implementing a P2 program in an organization.

Sustainable Manufacturing

Measuring environmental performance is a key first step on the road to sustainability. However, measuring performance can be difficult, especially for smaller companies. Choosing which metrics to use and just knowing where to start the process can be daunting. Difficulty in measuring performance hampers the adoption of more sustainable manufacturing practices.

The OECD Sustainable Manufacturing Toolkit includes an easy to follow start-up guide (http://www.oecd.org/redirect/dataoecd/22/32/48661768.pdf) that introduces the concept and walks users through the measurement process. It also includes a web portal with in-depth information on the indicators, country-specific sources of data and information, a glossary, best practices, and technical advice.

Purdue University Technical Assistance Program


Purdue’s Technical Assistance Program offers green manufacturing training that provides participants with knowledge in green enterprises. Purdue’s Green Enterprise Development (GreenED) workforce training program teaches green manufacturing ideas through a series of in-depth training modules. The three-level program allows you to earn a green manufacturing certificate once you successfully complete the modules and exam.

The Green Generalist (Green 101) serves as the foundation course for the green initiative. You’ll learn about topics like sustainability, solid waste management, energy management and environmental business management. You will also learn how to develop and implementation an action plan for your green initiative.  Methods of Training: Onsite Training, Public Workshops, Train-the-Trainer, Online.

To learn more, (800) 877-5182 or greenmfg@purdue.edu

Other modules include Level 2 – Specialist, Level 3 – Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Green Manufacturing Specialist Exam and Certificate and other elective courses.

Other P2 101 Resources

Pollution Prevention Act of 1990

Policy and Definition:  http://www.epw.senate.gov/PPA90.pdf

Small Business Guide: http://www.epa.gov/p2/why-should-you-care-about-preventing-waste-small-business-guide