P2 – 101 Basic Training

WSPPN P2-101 Training Modules

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In 2012 WSPPN and NPPR launched a P2-101 Basic Training series.  The training was recorded and divided into nine 30-minute modules. You can access the videos by clicking on the links below.

What is P2?

How Does P2 Fit In With Other Greening Initiatives?

Using the Internet as a P2 Professional (presentation only)

P2 and Energy Efficiency (Checklist)

Tools for P2 and Waste Identification

Prioritizing P2 Activities

Identifying Barriers and Potential Issues

Managing the New P2 Change Initiative

Evaluation, Recommendations and Recognition

Sustaining Success

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.

U.S. Department of Commerce – Sustainable Manufacturing 101

The U.S. Department of Commerce fully recognizes that sustainability is a key competitiveness issue for U.S. manufacturers. The Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative and Public-Private Dialogue are designed to identify U.S. industry’s priority sustainability needs, challenges and opportunities, and to coordinate public-private efforts to address these priorities. See September 2010 presentation from Morgan Barr regarding the creation of the Sustainable Business Clearinghouse and the development of a Sustainable Manufacturing 101 training module for companies.


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.

The toolkit portal and start-up guide can be found at: www.oecd.org/innovation/green/toolkit.

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.

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control Green Station Certification Program


The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) operate California’s Green Station Program. 
The program provides incentive for vehicle service/repair stations and auto body/paint shops to use pollution prevention practices in their daily operations by using:

♦ Water based cleaners ♦ Dry cleanup of fluid spills ♦ Programs for recycling fluids and filters ♦ Less toxic paints and coatings ♦ Paint waste management process

Get information specific to:

Vehicle Service and Repair (http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/PollutionPrevention/VSR.cfm)

Auto Body and Paint Shops


Ohio EPA Online Pollution Prevention Training


The Ohio EPA Office of Compliance Assistance & Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) has several training resources on its website and also offers free Pollution Prevention (P2) Assessment. A P2 Assessment is an on-site survey of a company’s operations to identify and evaluate opportunities to reduce wastes and pollution. Companies can use P2 Assessments to identify ways to reduce costs associated with waste generation and disposal.

Topics and links below:

Baseline Sustainability Training for Ohio Businesses/Organizations

Pollution Prevention through Water Use Reduction

Utilizing Biobased Products to Enhance Economic and Environmental Performance

Pollution Prevention Via Green Chemistry

Foundry Pollution Prevention Training

Introduction to Mercury Issues

EPA Energy Efficiency Workshop

Laboratory Pollution Prevention Training

Pollution Prevention for Laboratories Reference Guide

Metal Finishing Pollution Prevention Training

Painting & Coating Pollution Prevention Training

Painting & Coating Equipment Training

Environmental Accounting Pollution Prevention Training [PDF]

Industrial Parts Cleaners & Alternative Cleaning Training

OCAPP’s services are free. If you are interested in further assistance from Ohio EPA’s Office of Compliance Assistance & Pollution Prevention, contact Michael Kelley at (614) 644-3469.

Brochures and Other P2 101 Resources

Pollution Prevention Act of 1990

Policy and Definition:  http://www.epa.gov/p2/pubs/p2policy/act1990.htm

Guidance to Hazardous Waste Generators on the Elements of a Waste Minimization Program. See: http://www.p2pays.org/ref/13/12317.pdf

Federal Register Vol. 58, No. 102.  May 28, 1993, 31114 to 31120.

Waste Minimization for Hazardous Waste Inspectors

UC Riverside, January 1991. See. http://www.p2pays.org/ref/32/31880.pdf.