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2 Outline

3 Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Background

4 Sustainability Paradigm Shift: Rain is a Resource, Not a Waste

5 Sustainability

6 Sustainable Materials Management 6 SMM is an approach to promote sustainable materials use, integrating actions targeted at reducing negative environmental impacts and preserving natural capital throughout the life-cycle of materials, taking into account economic efficiency and social equity. -OECD Working Group on Waste Prevention and Recycling Human consumption of natural resources has increased to 125% of global capacity and could rise to 170% by 2040. By 2050, world consumption will reach 140 billion tons of minerals, ores, fossil fuels and biomass/year unless economic growth is decoupled from rate of natural resource consumption. With less than 5% of world’s population, the U.S. was responsible for 1/3 of the world’s material consumption from 1970-1995.

7 Sustainable Materials Management Economic Importance 7 Business Cannot Succeed Alone Fundamental changes needed in governance structures, economic frameworks, and, business and human behavior. Government defines targets, creates level playing fields and eliminates barriers to enable innovation and the development and deployment solutions. EPA Plays an Essential Role Convening stakeholders. Providing credible science and information. Providing transparent and public information. Promoting new ideas and approaches via challenges and recognition. Developing standards.

8 Sustainable Materials Management 8

9 Sustainable Materials Management EPA’s RCRA Program’s Role 9 We are transitioning to SMM with clear goals and milestones.  The Resource Conservation Challenge laid groundwork for current focus on life cycle of materials.  Flexibility is needed:  To build efficiencies into program and processes.  To make adjustments based on experience.

10 National SMM Framework



13 Lifecycle Assessment: Where to Learn

14 Fiscal Year 2012 Regional Priorities


16 Regional Project: Rural Recycling


18 Regional Project: Keeping Recycling Economics Updated

19 Regional Project: Capturing Economic Contribution in the Southeast

20 Non-hazardous Secondary Materials




24 Legitimacy Criteria Fuel

25 Legitimacy Criteria Ingredient

26 Basis of Determination




30 Other Relevant Information

31 Promoting C&D Recycling in the Southeast

32 The End of the Building’s Life is NOT the End of the Building Material’s Life

33 C&D Characterization - National


35 Regional Projects – C&D Website

36 Resource Sites

37 Green Building Toolkit

38 Green Building Toolkit Background



41 We Are Not Separate From Our Ecosystem

42 Green Building Toolkit How This Got Started

43 Green Building Toolkit Project Plan

44 The Code Assessment Toolkit Addresses Sustainable Sites and Responsible Land Use Development Material and Resource Conservation Energy Conservation and Atmospheric Quality Water Efficiency, Conservation and Management Indoor Environmental Air Quality 5 environmental areas addressed

45 Green Initiatives & Objectives Goal Stating environmental purpose of subcategory Rationale Explaining why the goal is important to a sustainable built environment Question Relating current permitting process to goal

46 Technology and Techniques Strategies Possible strategies for approaching goal in planning, design, or construction phases Code Barriers Sections of building codes where barriers may be

47 Assessment of Codes Assessment Required by code Incentivized Expressly Allowed Case Silent, typically allowed Case Silent, not typically allowed Expressly Prohibited


49 Resource Guides

50 Green Building Toolkit Action Plan Questions




54 Questions

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