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This presentation summarizes the results of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's BPA in Thermal Paper project and offers suggestions for reducing BPA exposure from the handling of thermal paper. The webinar also included a case study from Linden Hills Co-op, which changed their procedures as a result of the project.
Reducing thermal paper use is the most effective strategy for reducing BPA exposure from thermal paper for employees and customers. Preliminary research results for BPS, a common alternative to BPA in thermal paper, shows endocrine activity similar to BPA. Since there are no known clearly safer alternatives to BPA in thermal paper, moving to a paperless point-of-sale (POS) system is the ideal solution for businesses.
MPCA’s Green Chemistry and Design staff are encouraging Minnesota businesses to voluntarily reduce the amount of thermal receipt papers they use and distribute to their customers. These papers typically contain relatively high concentrations of the chemical bisphenol-A or related chemicals. The idea is catching on, and many businesses have made the change on their own. Check out these case studies.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's BPA in Thermal Paper project aimed to educate businesses about the health and environmental aspects of Bispheyl A (BPA) in thermal paper, which is commonly used for receipts. Includes links to reports, videos, a FAQ, and strategies for eliminating the use of BPA thermal paper in businesses.
Sometimes the information landscape feels like pure chaos. Every day, we’re flooded with information from a variety of sources. When you’re trying to find something specific and you have a deadline, it’s even easier to drown in a sea of Google search results. This presentation is designed to be a life preserver. We will cover the following topics: An overview of the resources available through the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable and other P2Rx Centers; A walk-through of the Pollution Prevention 101 LibGuide, including techniques for searching efficiently; How to evaluate information sources; Where to find information about specific topics, including: Energy efficiency; Water conservation; Case studies; Safer chemical substitution; Vendor and product information; Who to ask if you can’t find what you need to solve your problem or answer your questions. Presented as a webinar for P2RIC, the Region 7 P2Rx Center and to Illinois EPA's P2 interns.
The State Electronics Challenge (SEC) encourages state, tribal, regional, and local governments, including schools and other public entities, to responsibly manage office equipment, by: purchasing greener office equipment; reducing the impacts of these products during use; and managing obsolete electronics in an environmentally safe way.
Greening Libraries: Getting Started (October 28, 2014)
Assesses cost savings associated with a variety of factors such as: reduced costs for hazardous inputs and handling hazardous waste; reductions in air permitting fees; and reduced charges for water usage and electricity.
Calculates GHG emission reductions from electricity conservation, green energy, fuel and chemical substitutions, water conservation, and improved materials management. A special feature makes a direct conversion of GHG reductions to related cost savings, drawing on data in the P2 Cost Savings Calculator.
Presentation by Myla Kelly about how the Peaks to Prairies Information Center and the University of Montana Extension cooperated to apply the E3 technical assistance framework to the agricultural sector.
Slides accompanying the webinar Using the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Pollution Prevention (P2) Data Tool. Provides an overview of pollution prevention data available in the TRI data set and how pollution prevention technical assistance providers can use these data to identify P2 technical assistance opportunities by industry sector, facility, or specific chemicals.
Under the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990 (PPA), TRI collects information to track industry progress in reducing waste generation and moving towards safer waste management alternatives. When providing this information, many facilities choose to describe the measures they have taken to prevent pollution and reduce the amount of toxic chemicals entering the environment. As a result, TRI serves as a tool for identifying effective environmental practices and highlighting pollution prevention successes.
Beyond Energy Efficiency: Behavior Change Tactics for the Pollution Prevention Community (January 17, 2013)
Presentation for Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable webinar of the same title. Discusses behavior change research and it's application by pollution prevention technical assistance providers.