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  • 20-year-old environmental nonprofit organization
  • -Projects work because:Goals are clearGroups are balancedIndependence and transparencyHighly participatory and collaborative
  • We will select meeting dates for the fall before we leave today.
  • Iterative processRoadmap will evolve and be adjusted as conversation unfolds
  • Ron- get approval of Ground Rules
  • Env initiative chemregprojectoverview-8june11

    1. 1. Minnesota Chemical Regulation and Policy Project<br />June 8, 2011<br />Phase II Project Overview<br />
    2. 2. Outline<br />Who We Are, What We Do<br />Chemical Regulation and Policy Project <br />Phase 1 and Phase 2 Goals<br />Project Structureand Timeline<br /> Anticipated Meeting Outcomes and Milestones<br />Ground Rules<br />
    3. 3. Who We Are<br />Mission: build partnerships with nonprofit, business and government leaders to work collaboratively to solve environmental problems.<br />Environmental solutions through three areas of work:<br />Events<br />Dialogue<br />Action<br />
    4. 4. Events<br />Networking, diverse perspectives, access to experts<br />Business and Environment Series<br />Environmental Initiative Awards<br />Policy Forum Series<br />
    5. 5. Dialogue<br />We facilitate conversations with environmental leaders to achieve policy and other environmental solutions for a cleaner, stronger Minnesota. <br />
    6. 6. Action<br />Project Green Fleet<br />Over 2,000 cleaner engines operating statewide<br />Other Action Projects<br />Autobody Refinishing Industry Project<br />Habitat for Humanity Green Demonstration House<br />
    7. 7. Minnesota Chemical Regulation and Policy Project<br />Purpose:<br />Recommend improvements to Minnesota’s approach to chemical regulation and policy<br />Identify opportunities to incentivize and promote green chemistry principles and practices within a recommended state policy framework<br />
    8. 8. Project Funders<br />3M<br />Ecolab<br />Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy<br />Minnesota Chamber of Commerce<br />Minnesota Department of Health<br />Minnesota Pollution Control Agency<br />
    9. 9. Phase 1: January – July 2010<br />Goals:<br />Refine issues and opportunities<br />Assess policy mechanisms to identify approaches that may be applicable in Minnesota<br />Recommendation regarding proceeding to Phase II<br />
    10. 10. Opportunities Identified in Phase I<br />Advance public health and environmental protection through the development of effective chemicals policy using a collaborative dialogue with diverse stakeholders<br />Demonstrate Minnesota leadership to advance a collaborative vision for state chemicals policy<br />Increase public availability of information and educate the public and decision-makers about chemical risk, benefits and management<br />Position Minnesota to benefit economically from improved chemical management and green chemistry<br />
    11. 11. Charge for Phase II<br />Identify and analyze the effectiveness of regulations and policies currently in place at the state and federal levels and determine if they do (or could) adequately address the opportunities the group highlighted in Phase I<br />Where needed, recommend improvements to Minnesota’s system of regulating and managing chemicals<br />Evaluate opportunities to integrate promotion of and incentives for product design that incorporates principles of green chemistry and life-cycle analysis into a recommended policy framework<br />
    12. 12. Project Structure<br />Phase II<br />Up to ten meetings: June – December 2011<br />20 member Work Group<br />Sub-groups may be tasked to develop recommendation proposals as needed<br />Two larger public input meetings (Fall 2011)<br />Planning Team provides input/advice to Environmental Initiative between meetings<br />
    13. 13. Meeting Schedule<br />Work Group Meetings:<br />Wednesday, June 8<br />Wednesday, June 29<br />Wednesday, July 20<br />Wednesday, August 17<br />Fall meeting dates TBD<br />
    14. 14. Anticipated Meeting Outcomes and Milestones<br />Meeting 1 – June 8<br />Outside input on role for state action<br />Identify initial challenges/gaps in state policy<br />Begin to identify areas of agreement/disagreement, where further info is needed<br />Meeting 2 – June 29<br />Presentations on TSCA, REACH<br />Further discussion on role for state action<br />Prioritize issues based on achievability and the role for MN<br />
    15. 15. Anticipated Meeting Outcomes and Milestones<br />Meeting 3 – July 20<br />Presentation on state policy best practices and lessons learned<br />Discussion on issues/opportunities that are unique to MN<br />Identify policy tools, issues that could be assigned to sub-groups to refine/develop<br />Meeting 4 – August 17<br />Sub-groups report on progress (TBD)<br />Work Group reacts to and refines sub-group proposals<br />Sub-groups continue to develop recommendation proposals<br />
    16. 16. Roles and Responsibilities<br />Membership and Participation<br />Good Faith, Respect and No Surprises<br />Communications and Confidentiality<br />Consensus<br />Work Group Ground Rules<br />
    17. 17. 211 First Street North, Suite 250<br />Minneapolis, MN 55401<br />612.334.3388 (p)<br />612.334.3093 (f)<br />www.environmental-initiative.org<br />