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Rick Reibstein 2013 masccc


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Rick Reibstein 2013 masccc

  1. 1. EOEA  Office  of  Technical  Assistance  We  help    you  Green  Your  Opera0ons,  Products,  Services,  Purchases,  Design,  Management      Toxics  Use  Reduc0on  Water  Conserva0on  Energy  Efficiency  Renewable  Energy  Reducing  Waste  Complying  with  Environmental,  Health  and  Safety  Law  Reducing  Costs  and  Liabili2es,  Improving  Opera2ons,    Products,  Services,  Rela2ons,  Prospects        
  2. 2. EOEA  Office  of  Technical  Assistance  •  Confiden0al  assistance.      •  We  will  not  tell  enforcement  agencies  (MA  DEP  or  US  EPA)  what  we  see  at  a  facility  unless  it’s  an  emergency.    We  have  visited  1400  facili0es  and  have  kept  confiden0ality  with  all  of  them.  •  OTA  is  a  strictly  voluntary  program  –  no  one  is  required  to  use  our  help.    •  OTA  does  not  do  enforcement!  
  3. 3. A  Strong  Business  Case  for  Greening      •  The  true  cost  of  pollu.on  and  waste  is  o4en  much  larger  than  assumed,  because  many    costs  are  hidden  in  overhead  or  the  EHS  department,  are  unquan2fied,  or  are  con2ngent  or  infrequent.      •  Hidden  costs:    0me  spent  understanding  requirements,  cost  of  waste  disposal,  protec0ve  equipment,  right  to  know  training,  filing  permits  and  reports,  self-­‐monitoring.      Improperly  aZributed  to  EHS  department,  not  the  department  that  ordered  the  bad  chemical  causing  all  these  costs.    •  Unquan0fied:  loss  of  produc0vity  from  an  unhealthy  workplace,  loss  of  marke0ng  power  from  reputa0onal  deficiency,  increased  scru0ny  by  enforcement  agency,  opportunity  costs,  good  will.      •  Con0ngent  or  infrequent:    Incident  response,  cleanup,  lost  produc0on  from  shut  down,  higher  insurance,  fines  and  suits,  neighbor  complaints,  bad  press.      
  4. 4. Pollu0on  and  waste  (unwanted  outcomes)  are  resources  that  haven’t  been  effec0vely  used.        •  The  existence  of  an  environmental,  health  or  safety  issue  is  a  clue  that  some  kind  of  inefficiency  is  happening.      •  Each  unwanted  outcome  is  an  opportunity  for  improvement  and/or  innova.on.      
  5. 5. Energy  •  Efficiency  First.    Is  anyone  monitoring  costs/use,  are  there  controls  in  place?    Ask  your  u0lity  about  ge_ng  online  real  0me  data.  •  Ligh0ng,  hea0ng,  cooling.    Furnaces,  dayligh0ng,  occupancy  sensors,  night-­‐0me  setback,  humidity,  LEDs,  fluorescents,  boilers).  •  Fans  and  pumps,  vents,  computers,  “vampires”,    fuel-­‐efficiency,  refrigerators,  appliances,  motors,  compressed  air,  spot  ven0la0on.    •  Insula0ng  capacity  of  the  building  envelope/loss  and  gain  of  heat  -­‐  windows,  roof,  doors.    Heat  exchange.        
  6. 6. Water  Conserva0on  •  Is  anyone  monitoring  costs/use,  are  controls  in  place?  •  Low  flow  fixtures  and  devices,  laminar  flow,  aerators,  flow  restrictors.    •  Cooling  towers.  •  Rainwater  capture  for  irriga0on.  •  Intelligent  watering,  natural  landscaping.  •  Efficient  cleaning  and  rinsing.  
  7. 7. Toxics  Use  Reduc0on  •  Know  what’s  in  things  –  MSDS,  labels,  specs,  inquiries,  right-­‐to-­‐know,  ROHs  compliance.  •  Cleaners,  solvents  –  alterna0ves  that  aren’t  hazardous  waste,  air  pollutants,  workplace  dangers.  •  Acids  –  capture  and  regenerate.  •  Contaminants  (lead,  mercury,  arsenic)  –  order  without:  higher  price  for  purity  but  avoid  problems.  •  If  can’t  avoid,  pull  fumes  away  from  the  nose,  consider  where  it  goes  when  used  and  used  up.    Long  term  liabili0es  –  toxic  torts.  
  8. 8.  Process  Redesign  to  ensure  you  are  not  losing  the  chemical  at  some  point  –  (to  air,  water);  ensure  you  are  not  using  more  than  needed.    Func:onal  Analysis  to  find  subs0tutes  by  thinking  about  what  it  is  the  bad  chemical  does.    Just  because  it  is  necessary  to  have  that  func0on  performed  doesn’t  mean  the  bad  chemical  is  the  only  way  to  do  it.        Product  redesign  to  possibly  eliminate  the  process  step  that  uses  the  chemical.      
  9. 9. Environmentally  Preferable  Purchasing  •  Consider  whole-­‐life  cycle  and  various  impacts,  not  just  carbon  or  recycled  content.      •  Consequences  of  extrac0on  and  transport,  risk  of  accidents,  toxicity  in  use  •  Exposure  of  the  vulnerable  (children,  sensi0vi0es),  aqua0c  toxicity  if  goes  down  drain  •  Persistence,  effect  on  hormones  or  reproduc0on,  carcinogenicity  •  Burden  on  community  at  end  of  life,  buildup  in  indoor  air  (VOCs)  as  well  as  atmosphere,  dusts  created  when  sanded  or  cut  (lead,  asbestos).  •  It’s  not  just  each  exposure  but  the  cumula:ve  impact.  
  10. 10. Material  Conserva0on  •  Paper,  plas0c,  metal  •  Wood,  pallets,  yard  wastes  •  Food  •  Appliances,  furniture  •  Clothing  •  BaZeries,  medical,  electronics,  fluorescents  •  If  you  can’t  recycle  medicines,  don’t  flush  them!  •  Books,  publica0ons,  informa0on.      
  11. 11. Experience  with  hundreds  of  companies  Companies  we’ve  worked  with  have  saved  an  average  $20,000  –  Es.mate  Companies  who  have  done  TUR  plans  have  reduced  toxics  use  hundreds  of  millions  of  pounds  and  saved  more  money  than  it  cost  them  to  comply  with  the  law.  Companies  are  saving  lots  of  money  now  on  energy  efficiency.  Companies  that  start  conserving  water  now  will  save  more  and  more  as  .me  goes  on.  
  12. 12. RESOURCES  FOR  GREENING  Environmental  News  hZp://  hZp://­‐NewsleZer%202012  hZp://energy-­‐environment-­‐­‐jobs  hZp://      These  also  post  jobs.These  are  the  websites  of  great  env.  informa0on  sources  that  have  email  newsleZers  you  can  sign  up  for.    If  you  only  get  one,  consider  Above  the  Fold,  the  news  email  of  environmental  health  news  –  at  hZp://    
  13. 13. If  you  are  or  want  to  be  part  of  the  new  food  revolu0on,  join  COMFOOD,  hZp://  This  is  a  very  ac0ve  listserv.    Also  has  a  lot  of  job  pos0ngs  on  it.  The  Na0onal  Center  for  Healthy  Homes  has  two  excellent  listservs,  if  you  are  interested  in  lead  or  healthy  homes  (mold,  radon,  indoor  air  quality,  pes0cides,  asbestos,  dusts,  etc.).  Some0mes  there  are  job  pos0ngs.    For  public  health  or  community  ac0on  these  are  par0cularly  good  resources.  hZp://  Check  out  environmental  science  news  at  hZp://  -­‐  sign  up  at  hZp://  Environmental  Defense  Fund  blog,  chemicals  &  nanotechnology.  hZp://
  14. 14. Global  Development  and  Environment  program  at  Tuos  –  get  event  and  publica0on  informa0on  here:  hZp://­‐BBL_Harris_3_25_2013&utm_medium=email  If  you  are  interested  in  interna0onal  environmental  policy  delibera0ons,  this  is  the  place:  hZp://  A  bit  overwhelming.  Toxics  Use  Reduc0on  Ins0tute’s  Greenlist  Bulle0n:  hZp://  There  are  many  clean  energy  news  sources:  hZp://  These  are  all  free.    If  you  have  access  to  a  university  library  get  E&E  –  Energy  and  Environment  family  of  newsleZers:  Greenwire,  Energy  and  Environment  Daily,  etc.  They  have  great  short  video  interviews  and  you  can  scan  them  for  the  latest  breaking  news.  Invaluable.  hZp://    
  15. 15. STATE  RESOURCES  Office  of  Technical  AssistancehZp://­‐and-­‐tech-­‐assistance/guidance-­‐technical-­‐assistance/agencies-­‐and-­‐divisions/ota/  Toxics  Use  Reduc0on  Ins0tutehZp://  MA  DEP  Proposed  and  Recent  Regula0ons  hZp://  Matrix  of  Env  laws  and  regs  hZp://  Assistance  hZp://  Labor  and  Workforce  DevelopmentWorkforce  Development  Training  Funds  hZp://­‐services/business-­‐training-­‐support/wtp/  
  16. 16. Housing  and  Community  Development  hZp://  Mass  Office  of  Business  Development  hZp://  Opera0onal  Services  Division  (purchasing)    MassBuys  registra0on  closes  in  a  day!    hZp://­‐taxes-­‐and-­‐procurement/procurement-­‐info-­‐and-­‐res/procurement-­‐prog-­‐and-­‐serv/epp-­‐procurement-­‐prog/  DLS  OSHA  Consulta0on  hZp://­‐standards/on-­‐site-­‐consulta0on-­‐program/  Coastal  Zone  Management  hZp://
  17. 17. Execu0ve  Office  of  Energy  and  Environmental  Affairs  hZp://­‐water-­‐climate-­‐change/climate-­‐change/massachuseZs-­‐global-­‐warming-­‐solu0ons-­‐act/  Mass  Environmental  Trust  hZp://­‐and-­‐tech-­‐assistance/grants-­‐and-­‐loans/mass-­‐enviro-­‐trust/  Clean  Energy  Center  hZp://  MA  Dept.  of  Agriculture  hZp://    Fire  Marshal  Division  of  Fire  Safety  hZp://­‐of-­‐fire-­‐safety.html  Division  of  Conserva0on  and  Recrea0on  hZp://    Releaf,  trails,  heritage  trees  Fish  and  Game  hZp://    Division  of  Ecological  Restora0on    
  18. 18. Facility  Review  Considera:ons  Use  Quality  Produc0on  Cer0fica0ons  (NonGreenwash)  Green  Seal  or  Ecologo  Request  Product  Declara0ons  because  you  have  a  Right  to  Know  MSDS    (SDS)  Review  wastes  and  shop  for  waste  management  firms  that  help  you  reduce  at  the  source  and  are  responsible  –  what’s  cheap  is  expensive    Haz,  waste  bans,  recyclables,  costly  wastes,  avoidable  wastes  Review  where  your  water  is  discharged  and  what  is  being  discharged  and  its  effects  on  aqua0c  biota  or  treatment  facili0es  Resource  Use  Efficiency:  EMFACT  concept  hZp://
  19. 19. Ins0tute  EMS  Check  your  water  meter  Assess  indoor  air  quality,  what  is  emiZed  (dusts,  vapors,  offgassing)  and  how  well  it  is  ven0lated  Common  sense  ven0la0on  –  does  it  get  pulled  past  your  nose?    Can  it  be  local?  Source  Reduc0on  Mode  of  Inquiry  –  what  is  the  root  cause?  Review  Land  Use,  flow  of  water,  welcoming  of  wildlife,  trees,  resilience  to  storms.  Mass  or  Northeast  Organic  FarminghZp://    hZp://
  20. 20. Adopt  IPM  indoors  and  out,  considering  health  of  soil,  ecology.  Be  aware  of  chemicals  to  avoid.    hZp://  list  (Subs0tute  It  Now  -­‐  ChemSec)  Asthma-­‐related  chemicals.    Endocrine  Disruptors.      Pharmaceu0cal  waste  disposal.  Nanomaterials.  Cleaners  and  disinfectants.    (Don’t  use  disinfectants  as  cleaners).
  21. 21. Contact  Info  Rick  Reibstein  Execu0ve  Office  of  Economic  Affairs  -­‐            Office  of  Technical  Assistance  100  Cambridge  St.,  9th  Floor  Boston,  MA  02114  617  626  1062  or  general  number:    617  626  1060  OTA  website: