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Is there going to be National P2 Conference? Do they still have their workgroups? Are there plans for P2 Week? Is NPPR doing anything to help secure P2 funding in the federal budget?
 
Learn the answers to these questions and more!!  NPPR is planning to host a webinar this summer to highlight current activities and future plans for the organization. The webinar is open to all current NPPR members, and others who are interested in learning more about the organization.  Dates have not been confirmed, but an announcement will be sent out to all NPPR members once registration is open.  Please let us know if you would like to be contacted directly so that you don’t miss the event!!
 
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NPPR's 2018 MVP2 Awards

Applications are coming soon for the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable's annual MVP2 awards.  Submit an application for P2 Champion, P2 Educator, P2 Program, Multi-media, or P2 Volunteer of the Year to compete to join the ranks of previous winners.

Last year NPPR recognized 4 individuals and 2 companies for their pollution prevention efforts:
  • Peggy Morgan, Washington Dept. of Ecology – P2 Champion
  • Kate Anderson, Beyond Benign – P2 Educator
  • Global Foundries US 2 LLC – P2 Program Winner
  • Mark Richey Woodworking – Multi-media Winner
  • Lissa McCracken, Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center  – Volunteer of the Year
  • Peterbilt Motors Company – Honorable Mention
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Safer Solutions for Methylene Chloride

TURI has been working with the U.S. EPA, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, paint stripper product manufacturers, and furniture refinishers to identify and evaluate solvent blends with equal or better paint stripping performance, comparable ingredient costs, and a safer environmental, health, and safety profile as compared to methylene chloride. This webinar will describe why methylene chloride is a higher hazard substance as designated by TURA and findings from the research into safer formulations.
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Learn to Proactively Manage Chemicals and Materials

Clean Production Action is offering four, short, introductory courses (3 live, online, 75-minute classes per course) on chemicals management. These courses provide pollution prevention staff with pragmatic tools and best practices to implement and/or share with the businesses you support.  Leading businesses will share their stories and discuss challenges and how they overcame their challenges.  Whether you are early on your journey towards proactive chemical and material management or well on your way, these courses will support you in taking your next steps. The next course, Managing the Chaos of Chemical Lists, will help you get ahead of restricted substance and chemical of concern lists and begins June 13.
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Little Leaf Farms Chooses High-Pressure Washer Over Harsh Chemicals

Little Leaf Farms in Devens, Massachusetts opted to purchase a high-pressure washer to remove algae from the gutters where lettuce grows rather than using harsh chemicals. TURI helped Little Leaf confirm that the gutters were clean by enlisting the help of Assistant Professor Boce Zhang in the UMass Lowell Food Safety Lab.

Tennessee Green Star Partnership Highlight – Akebono Brake Corporation

Akebono Brake, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd., is a global provider of advanced noise, vibration, and harshness braking solutions to the world’s automotive industry. The Akebono Clarksville plant manufactures many foundation brake components including hubs, rotors, drums, calipers, and corner module assemblies.

Akebono Brake Corporation actively promotes waste elimination and protection of the global environment. The Akebono Clarksville plant has implemented many waste elimination measures in support of these values.

The segregation and recycling of metal scrap and machining chips is a cash-positive proposition for Akebono, as well as other basic recycling initiatives for paper and cardboard. They are a given for a modern industry operating with sustainability in mind. Where Akebono stands out is with their waste streams that are not so easy to eliminate or reuse.

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Interested in joining the NPPR Board of Directors?

The NPPR has an exciting year planned as we reboot our workgroups and plan a face-to-face meeting. Be a part of the process by joining the Board of Directors!!  If you are interested in learning more about what it takes to be a Board member and available vacancies, please contact us for more information.
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Do you have a P2 success story to share?  To be included in the next newsletter, send us your story by July 31st.
 
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