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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Experience with hundreds of companies Companies we’ve worked with have saved an average $20,000 – Conserva.ve 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.
RESOURCES FOR GREENING Environmental News hZp://www.enn.com/top_stories/ar0cle/45770 hZp://www.sustainablebusiness.com/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=EnewsleZer&utm_campaign=E-‐NewsleZer%202012 hZp://energy-‐environment-‐jobs.environmentalleader.com/a/jbb/ﬁnd-‐jobs hZp://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/. 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://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/subscribe.html
If you are or want to be part of the new food revolu0on, join COMFOOD, hZp://foodsecurity.org/list/. 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://www.nchh.org/resources/listserves.aspx Check out environmental science news at hZp://www.sciencedaily.com/news/top_news/top_environment/ -‐ sign up at hZp://www.sciencedaily.com/newsleZers.htm Environmental Defense Fund blog, chemicals & nanotechnology. hZp://blogs.edf.org/nanotechnology/
Global Development and Environment program at Tuos – get event and publica0on informa0on here: hZp://ase.tuos.edu/gdae/?utm_source=GDAE+Subscribers&utm_campaign=51629ab0a0-‐BBL_Harris_3_25_2013&utm_medium=email If you are interested in interna0onal environmental policy delibera0ons, this is the place: hZp://www.iisd.ca/email/subscribe.htm. A bit overwhelming. Toxics Use Reduc0on Ins0tute’s Greenlist Bulle0n: hZp://www.turi.org/About/Library/TURI_Publica0ons/Greenlist_Bulle0n. There are many clean energy news sources: hZp://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/home 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://www.eenews.net/
STATE RESOURCES Oﬃce of Technical AssistancehZp://www.mass.gov/eea/grants-‐and-‐tech-‐assistance/guidance-‐technical-‐assistance/agencies-‐and-‐divisions/ota/ Toxics Use Reduc0on Ins0tutehZp://www.turi.org/ MA DEP Proposed and Recent Regula0ons hZp://www.mass.gov/dep/service/regula0ons/newregs.htm Matrix of Env laws and regs hZp://www.mass.gov/dep/service/matrix.htmCompliance Assistance hZp://www.mass.gov/dep/service/complian.htm Labor and Workforce DevelopmentWorkforce Development Training Funds hZp://www.mass.gov/lwd/employment-‐services/business-‐training-‐support/wtp/
Housing and Community Development hZp://www.mass.gov/hed/economic/eohed/dhcd/ Mass Oﬃce of Business Development hZp://www.mass.gov/hed/economic/eohed/bd/ Opera0onal Services Division (purchasing) MassBuys registra0on closes in a day! hZp://www.mass.gov/anf/budget-‐taxes-‐and-‐procurement/procurement-‐info-‐and-‐res/procurement-‐prog-‐and-‐serv/epp-‐procurement-‐prog/ DLS OSHA Consulta0on hZp://www.mass.gov/lwd/labor-‐standards/on-‐site-‐consulta0on-‐program/ Coastal Zone Management hZp://www.mass.gov/czm/
Execu0ve Oﬃce of Energy and Environmental Aﬀairs hZp://www.mass.gov/eea/air-‐water-‐climate-‐change/climate-‐change/massachuseZs-‐global-‐warming-‐solu0ons-‐act/ Mass Environmental Trust hZp://www.mass.gov/eea/grants-‐and-‐tech-‐assistance/grants-‐and-‐loans/mass-‐enviro-‐trust/ Clean Energy Center hZp://www.masscec.com/ MA Dept. of Agriculture hZp://www.mass.gov/agr/massgrown/ Fire Marshal Division of Fire Safety hZp://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/dfs/dfs2/osfm/division-‐of-‐ﬁre-‐safety.html Division of Conserva0on and Recrea0on hZp://www.mass.gov/dcr/ Releaf, trails, heritage trees Fish and Game hZp://www.mass.gov/dfwele/ Division of Ecological Restora0on
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://www.newmoa.org/preven0on/emfact/
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://masstreewardens.org/ hZp://www.americangrove.org/ma/
Adopt IPM indoors and out, considering health of soil, ecology. Be aware of chemicals to avoid. hZp://www.saferchemicals.org/resources/chemicals/SIN list (Subs0tute It Now -‐ ChemSec) Asthma-‐related chemicals. Endocrine Disruptors. Pharmaceu0cal waste disposal. Nanomaterials. Cleaners and disinfectants. (Don’t use disinfectants as cleaners).
Contact Info Rick Reibstein Execu0ve Oﬃce of Economic Aﬀairs -‐ Oﬃce of Technical Assistance 100 Cambridge St., 9th Floor Boston, MA 02114 617 626 1062 firstname.lastname@example.org or general number: 617 626 1060 OTA website: www.mass.gov/eea/ota