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1 A program of the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable

2 Topics Covered Overview of the NPPR Safer Chemistry Challenge Program Benefits of reducing chemical use EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant Member Profiles Washing Systems Tennant Co Gougeon Brothers Naturepedic Norchem Corp

3 The Safer Chemistry Challenge Program (SCCP) is designed to motivate, challenge, assist, and recognize facilities that reduce the use of toxic chemicals of concern to human health and the environment. 10% by 2015 20% by 2020 25% by 2025 Baseline year of 2010 Program Goals and Objectives

4 Core Elements Toxic chemical reduction focused Pollution prevention or source reduction reliant Voluntary, collaborative, and member driven Recognizes leadership for safer chemistry performance Reductions must be achievable, measureable, and verifiable

5 Benefits of Joining SCCP Resources 7 steps to success Sample action plan Success story template Tools to eliminate chemicals of concern at the design stage GreenScreen EPA Design for the Environment Technical assistance program expertise Recognition – national and state

6 Roles: Assist in identifying the barriers faced by industry and potential solutions as they transition to safer chemistries Members: Barbara Hanley, Hewlett Packard Gabe Wing, Herman Miller Roger McFadden, Staples Teresa McGrath, NSF International Paul Richard, Babcock Warner Institute Al Innes, MN Pollution Control Agency Technical Advisory Panel

7 Benefits of Reducing Chemical Use Saves money Material and energy savings Reduced regulatory costs Creates market opportunities Capturing new markets Developing new products Improves brand and reputation Enhances user/consumer safety Improves worker health Greater environmental stewardship (Pike Research, 2011)

8 Approaches/Strategies Establish collaboratives between relevant associations, EPA, and NPPR-SCCP Chemicals of concern products sector associations Work with supply chains List of restricted substances for suppliers Undesirable chemicals in products and transition Partnering between state green chemistry programs, EPA, and NPPR-SCCP Focus on geographical regions

9 Industry Engagement Trade and industry associations Stewardship Action Council (SAC) Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) BizNGO Council of Great Lakes Industries State technical assistance programs

10 Focus Area: Great Lakes Initiative Support from EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative over three years Objective: Advance the adoption of safer chemistries in the manufacture and use of products Activities: Deliver six GreenScreen training workshops May 8, 2012, Ann Arbor Nov 15, 2012, Chicago Carry out two green chemistry conferences Nov 13-14, 2012, Chicago Webinar series (spring and fall) Recruit 100 SCCP industry members

11 GLRI Partners Great Lakes Regional P2 Roundtable (GLRPPR) Clean Production Action (CPA) Great Lakes Green Chemistry Network Great Lakes state technical assistance programs (TAPs) Trade and industry associations

12 Community Based Activities Identify local partners for marketing and promotion Use of local media Reach out to TRI companies Make use of recognition programs Involve companies in training workshops, webinars, and conferences

13 Complete application and sign commitment form Partner with state or local technical assistance program to identify safer alternatives Develop and implement action plan Report results to NPPR Get recognition and communicate achievements Steps to Participate

14 Alliance Members Roles: Market events such as webinars, trainings, and conferences Promote safer chemistry to local industries Provide technical assistance where possible Link SCCP members to local recognition programs Great Lakes states: IL, IN, MN, MI, WI, OH, NY CT, KY, NE, NJ

15 Fee Structure Individual Facilities <100 empl: $500 101-499 empl: $800 500+ empl: $1,500 Multiple Facilities 2-5 facilities: $2,000 6-10 facilities: $3,000 11+ facilities: $5,000 No fee for Alliance members or industry in the Great Lakes basin during the GLRI grant


17 Member Profile: Gougeon Bros (MI) Gougeon Brothers manufactures boats aand formulates and sells epoxy products used in their products and for other boatbuilders Pursuing product design that helps customers reduce or eliminate waste, improve safety, and minimize cost of compliance Current project to reduce hexavalent chromium in a metal surface preparation product (aids adhesion of the epoxy to a substrate), working with their supply chain to research alternatives

18 Member Profile: Washing Systems (OH) Washing Systems is a formulator of innovative cleaning products for the commercial laundry industry Work with their customers for more efficient cleaning and reduce chemicals of concern including phosphates, NPE, butyl cellosolve, EDTA, and petroleum based solvents Worked with one customer, Cintas, and Washington State -- eliminated 25,000 gal of detergent that contained nonlyphenol ethoxylate (NPE) in the laundry process

19 Member Profile: Naturepedic and Lullaby Earth (OH ) Naturepedic and Lullaby Earth manufacture mattresses and related accessories without toxic chemicals Specifically, the company designs and manufacturers its products without the use of polyurethane foam, phthalates, vinyl, brominated or chlorinated fire retardants, perfluorinated compounds, pesticides or antimicrobials, adhesives, synthetic latex rubber As new product and market opportunities arise, Naturepedic will continue to design and manufacture products without chemicals of concern Uses precautionary principle to avoid toxic chemicals in favor of materials such as organic cotton, wool, and latex

20 Member Profile: Tennant Co (MN) Tennant Co. manufactures floor maintenance and outdoor cleaning equipment at their Minneapolis headquarters, employing 950 people Their vision is to become a global leader in chemical-free cleaners that will set the standard for sustainable cleaning As a member of SCCP, they will continue to create and deliver innovations in cleaning that result in a safer, healthier world

21 Member Profile: NorChem Corporation (CA) NorChem corporation manufactures wash chemistry with a focus on creating environmentally friendly products for the past 30 years for a variety of industry sectors including commercial laundries, hospitality, and healthcare, boiler/cooling tower treatment, and water/wastewater treatment Specific pollutants eliminated include NPE, APE, phosphates, and chelating agents NorChem’s innovative solutions help their customers meet environmental regulations, reduce operating costs, increase production and efficiency and help improve customer profitability

22 Increase chemical transparency--identify and disclose chemicals in products of concern Transition to cleaner processes, including adopting greener, more sustainable technologies Use green chemistry tools and designs that avoid the use and generation of toxic chemicals Select and use safer alternatives, and more sustainable materials Synergize State and Industry Efforts to Reduce Chemical Use

23 Contact Information Safer Chemistry Challenge Program National Pollution Prevention Roundtable

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