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Report Demonstrates Over $6.6 Billion in Economic Benefits from Pollution Prevention

A Cornerstone of Environmental Sustainability: Pollution Prevention Results from 2007 to 2009 presents available information on the achievements of state and local P2 programs for the calendar years 2007 to 2009. The Report was produced by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) based upon the results shared by 90 pollution prevention (P2) programs in the United States.

The Report shows that there were almost $6.6 billion in economic benefits and more than 7 billion pounds of pollution minimized or eliminated during the three year period.  7 billion pounds of waste is equivalent to the amount of waste generated by 350 thousand households, the approximate size of Columbus, Ohio.  This study affirms that pollution prevention results in conservation of valuable resources and significant waste reductions, as well cost savings that were four times greater than the funds used to support the various P2 programs.

The Report is a product of the P2 Results Task Force, whose membership includes representatives from State P2 programs, EPA Headquarters and Regions, Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange Centers (P2Rx), as well as NPPR. The Task Force has developed a National Pollution Prevention Results Data System, (the System). The System aggregates data that is collected, managed, and synthesized by state and local P2 programs, non-profits, companies, and other organizations.

The Report documents additional benefits of P2 activities, including: approximately 16 billion gallons of water conserved; almost 2.5 billion kilowatt hours of reduced energy usage; more than 33 billion pounds of greenhouse gases (GHG) no longer being released into the atmosphere.

NPPR will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, February 21 at 2 ET to provide an overview of the report. Register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2030884086456328960.

To view the Report, go to http://www.p2.org/wp-content/uploads/p2-results-2007-9-final.pdf.

To submit your results or view results by region, visit http://www.p2rx.org/measurement/index.cfm.

 

E-Waste and the Supply Chain: Helping the Environment Boosts Business Profits, Too

Read the full story in Environmental Protection.

In order to make manufacturing a sustainable process, companies must green their supply chains by sustainably sourcing materials, reducing the carbon footprint of factories and transportation, and properly disposing of old products.

 

Samsung Combats E-Waste With Smart TV Upgrade Kit

Read the full story at Earth911.

In the ever-changing world of television technology, some are willing to abandon sets they just bought two or three years prior. Samsung’s newest device could help buck that pattern and combat e-waste.

The Evolution Kit, unveiled at this month’s 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show, acts as an upgrade to Samsung televisions between the purchase of sets. The small box can be plugged directly into the back of Samsung’s 7000, 8000 and 9000 Smart TVs models purchased in 2012 and upgrades them to offer the same features provided in 2013 models, including app and internet access while watching television. In following years, 2012 sets could perform like 2015 sets with the Evolution Kit upgrade.

 
 
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