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Accounting AgricultureAir Conditioning & RefrigerationAuto RepairChemical IndustryColleges & UniversitiesConstruction/Renovation Databases/ClearinghousesDry CleanersElectronicsEnergyEnvironmental Management SystemsFederal FacilitiesFood Processing HealthcareLaboratoriesMarinasMetal FinishingMunicipalities(Local Communities) Printing & PublishingPurchasing & Procurement Schools (K-12)Shooting Ranges Ski Resorts Textile & Apparel Industry TransportationWaste MinimizationWater Conservation
     

Accounting/Finance

Pollution Prevention Topic Hub for Environmental Managment Accounting Exit EPA disclaimer, developed by the Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA) explains why traditional accounting systems are not sufficient and how environmental management accounting (EMA) can aid pollution prevention efforts. It also provides resources to help you implement EMA at your facility.

EPA's Environmental Accounting Project was implemented in response to concerns from outside stakeholders that pollution prevention would not be adopted as the first choice of environmental management by industry until the environmental costs of non-prevention approaches and the economic benefits of pollution prevention could be seen by managers making business decisions. The Project's mission was to encourage and motivate business to understand the full spectrum of their environmental costs, and integrate these costs into decision making. This project is now complete. However, documents created through EPA's Environmental Accounting Project are still available as PDF files on EPA's website -- especially those which have been downloaded in significant numbers. 

Agriculture

The AgSTAR Program encourages the use of methane recovery (biogas) technologies at the confined animal feeding operations that manage manure as liquids or slurries.

The Ruminant Livestock Program provides tools to help livestock producers reduce their methane emissions. Globally, livestock are the largest source of methane from human-related activities – and in the U.S., the third largest source.

Pollution Prevention Topic Hub for Agricultural Teaching Labs Exit EPA disclaimer, developed by the Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Information Center, provides an overview of waste-generating processes and operations in teaching labs and presents options for minimizing these wastes through source reduction and recycling.

Pollution Prevention Topic Hub for Pork Production Exit EPA disclaimer, developed by the Environmental Sustainability Resource Center, provides, provides best management practices for swine operations that help to reduce the amount of soil, nutrients, pesticides and microbial contaminants released to the environment.

Please visit EPA Agriculture Website for information on applicable federal environmental requirements

Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

Alternative Refrigerants - List of acceptable substitutes to ozone-depleting refrigerants used in air conditioning and refrigration equipment

Heat and Cool Efficiently - As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. So making smart decisions about your home's heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can have a big effect on your utility bills — and your comfort. This site provides information on steps to increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling system.

Please visit EPA Region 2's Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Website for information on applicable federal environmental requirements.

Auto Repair

Pollution Prevention Toolkits for the Auto Repair and Fleet Maintenance Industries - These toolkits developed by EPA Region 9 include a set of fact sheets demonstrating proven, cost-effective strategies for vehicle repair operations to reduce costs, reduce liability, and improve environmental performance and worker health and safety.  The accompanying videos - Profit through Prevention - shows how shops are reducing waste and saving money by implementing these best practices.

Pollution Prevention Topic Hub for Auto Repair Exit EPA disclaimer, developed by the Western Sustainability Pollution Prevention Network, contains descriptions of typical material inputs and wastes produced in the automotive repair industry as well as resources to help assess best management practices (BMP's) for a typical automotive repair shop.

EPA's Collision Repair Campaign provides training, technical assistance, and outreach to local communities and shop owners about established best management and pollution prevention practices in order reduce hazardous air pollutants, volatile organic compounds, and particulate matter emissions from auto body shops.

NJ Green Automotive Repair Program Exit EPA disclaimerfosters greater implementation of green practices among automotive repair facilities and recognizes those facilities that implement such measures.

Please visit EPA Region 2's Automotive Repair and Auto Body Website for information on applicable federal environmental requirements.

Chemical Industry

ChemAlliance Exit EPA disclaimeris an online information resource that seeks to be the U.S. chemical industry’s one-stop location for Federal regulations impacting the industry. However, it also includes pollution prevention case studies, and good management practices. ChemAlliance is owned and operated by the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Compliance and Battelle.

EPA's Green Chemistry Program works with partners in academia, industry, other government agencies, scientific societies, trade associations, national laboratories, and research centers to promote the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances.

Construction/Renovation

EPA Region 2's Green Building Website provides resources to help renters, homeowners, architects, developers, and building owners and managers green our built environment by incorporate strategies to achieve efficient and environmentally sound use of resources during construction and throughout operations.

U.S. Green Buildings Council Exit EPA disclaimer - The US Green Building Council is the building industry's only balanced nonprofit consensus coalition promoting the understanding, development and accelerated implementation of "Green Building" policies, programs, technologies, standards and design practices.

Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability Exit EPA disclaimer (BEES) - This free software developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology with support from the U.S. EPA Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program and the White House-sponsored Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) brings to your fingertips a powerful technique for selecting cost-effective green building products.

Clean Construction USA, part of the National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC), is an innovative program designed to promote the reduction of diesel emissions from construction equipment and vehicles.

Northeast Diesel Collaborative Construction Workgroup Exit EPA disclaimerbrings together government, industry and other stakeholders involved in construction related activities to share information and implement innovative, cost-effective strategies to improve air quality and reduce diesel emissions from construction projects in the northeast states and Caribbean territories.

Please visit the Construction Industry Compliance Assistance Center Exit EPA disclaimerfor information on applicable federal environmental requirements

Databases/Clearinghouses

VendInfo is a national database of pollution prevention equipment, products and services.

EPA's Pollution Prevention Information Clearinghouse - is primarily a distribution center for EPA documents and fact sheets dealing with source reduction and pollution prevention. It also provides a reference and referral service for pollution prevention questions.

Dry Cleaners

Pollution Prevention Topic Hub for Dry Cleaners Exit EPA disclaimer, developed by the Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center, identifies incentives and benefits for implementing alternatives to typical solvent dry cleaning technologies that produce less waste and prevent pollution as well as opportunities for minimizing regulated waste, as well as information on waste reduction opportunities available during the input and process portions of operations.

Pollution Prevention Checklist for New Jersey Dry Cleaners Exit EPA disclaimerwas developed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to provide a general overview of regulations, pollution prevention, and safety techniques that can be applied to dry cleaning operations. It is also available in Korean.

NJDEP Dry Cleaner Equipment Replacement Reimbursment Program Exit EPA disclaimer was established, as a result of an enforcement settlement, whereby the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is receiving over $4,000,000 to be used to reduce the health risk impact of the perchloroethylene dry cleaning industry. This grant program will use the supplemental environmental project (SEP) funds to encourage the removal of older perchloroethylene dry cleaning systems, especially those with the greatest impact on sensitive receptors such as those that are co-residential and co-located with day care centers.

Wet Cleaning - Alternative Clothes Cleaning Projects : 1995-2000 Exit EPA disclaimer is a resource guide that describes the research projects of the Center for Neighborhood Technology in the garment care industry, including their landmark demonstration shop, The Greener Cleaner.

Cleaner Technologies Substitutes Assessment for Professional Fabricare Processes  is a 450 page report developed by EPA's Design for the Environment Garment and Textile Care Program in 1998 to present information on existing drycleaning processes such as perchloroethylene and hydrocarbons, as well as new and emerging technologies such as wetcleaning and liquid carbon dioxide. This report includes relative cost, risk, and performance information.

Training Curriculum for Alternative Clothes Cleaning  - This training course teaches garment care professionals and staff about wet cleaning. Developed by the University of Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute, this course explains how wet cleaning works and how to operate a wet cleaning facility. The course also explains how to convert a dry cleaning facility to a wet cleaning facility.

Proceedings: Apparel Care and the Environment  - Alternative Technologies and Labeling - (1996. free) - The Apparel Care and the Environment: Alternative Technologies and Labeling conference brought together stakeholders to learn about developments in alternative technologies and care labeling, and to discuss the focus of future efforts. This document contains transcribed presentations, copies of the papers presented during the conference, and a summary of discussion sessions.

Electronics

Profile of the Electronics and Computer Industry  - This manual provides a brief profile of the electronics and computer industry covering such topics as general industry information (economic and geographic), a description of industrial processes, pollution outputs, pollution prevention opportunities, federal statutory and regulatory framework, compliance history, and a description of partnerships that have been formed between regulatory agencies, the regulated community, and the public. It is also available in Spanish.

eCycling - EPA is working to educate consumers and others on why it is important to reuse and recycle electronics and what the options are for safe reuse and recycling of these products.

Federal Electronics Challenge is a partnership program that encourages federal facilities and agencies to purchase greener electronic products; reduce impacts of electronic products during use; and manage obsolete electronics in an environmentally safe way.

The WasteWise Electronics Challenge encourages Partners to reuse, upgrade, or remanufacture electronics waste.

EPEAT, which stands for Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, is an easy-to-use, on-line tool helping institutional purchasers select and compare computer desktops, laptops and monitors based on their environmental attributes.

Green Electronics Council Exit EPA disclaimerinspires and supports the effective design, manufacture, use and recovery of electronic products to contribute to a healthy, fair and prosperous world

National Center for Electronics Recycling Exit EPA disclaimer - is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2005 that is dedicated to the development and enhancement of a national infrastructure for the recycling of used electronics in the U.S.

Pollution Prevention in the Electronics Industry is a manual developed by the U.S. EPA and Secretaria Del Medio Ambiente Recursos Naturales y Pesca (SEMARNAP) to provide an overview of the pollution prevention and recycling alternatives that are available in the electronics industry. 

E-Cycling Central Exit EPA disclaimer- provides links electronic reuse, recycling, and donation programs across the country

National Cristina Foundation Exit EPA disclaimer is a not-for-profit foundation that is working to ensure that used computer technology resources that no longer meet an enterprise's needs are given a second productive life by providing people with disabilities, students at risk and economically disadvantaged persons the opportunity, through training, to lead more independent and productive lives.

Pollution Prevention Topic Hub for Electronic Waste Exit EPA disclaimer, developed by the Western Sustainability Pollution Prevention Network, to provide an overview of opportunities to use pollution prevention for electronic waste..

 

Energy

Energy-Star® Program is a voluntary partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, product manufacturers, local utilities and retailers. Partners help promote efficient products by labeling with the Energy-Star logo and educating consumers about the benefits of energy-efficiency. By choosing Energy-Star labeled products, you will keep your utility bills down and help the environment at the same time. For information on EPA Region 2's involvement in this program, please call Edward Linky at (212) 637-3764 or via email at linky.edward@epamail.epa.gov.

DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Exit EPA disclaimer a comprehensive resource for information on energy efficiency and renewable energy sponsored by the Department of Energy.  

Natural Gas Star Program is a flexible, voluntary partnership that encourages oil and natural gas companies—both domestically and abroad—to adopt cost-effective technologies and practices that improve operational efficiency and reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas and clean energy source.

Pollution Prevention Topic Hub for Electric Utilities Exit EPA disclaimer, developed by the Southwest Network for Zero Waste, contains information about alternatives to improve operational efficiency and waste reduction at coal and gas fired electric power generation stations. It also provides information on renewable energy and other emerging power generation technologies. The information includes case studies, success stories, and other useful information

Pollution Prevention Topic Hub for Oil and Gas Industry Exit EPA disclaimer, developed by the Southwest Network for Zero Waste, contains process specific options for eliminating waste from oil and gas operations, production, and transportation.

Federal Facilities

Below you will find general pollution prevention and waste minimization sites specially targeted at the Federal community. Please refer to the other topics to find information sources specific to energy, environmentally preferable purchasing, water conservation, etc.

FedCenter's Pollution Prevention Program Area Exit EPA disclaimerwas developed by the Federal Facilities Environmental Stewardship & Compliance Assistance Center to provide guidance, tools, examples, and analyses of products and processes which can be substituted for existing products/processes or added to existing processes by the Federal Community to reduce/eliminate pollution.

Office of the Federal Environmental Executive  Exit EPA disclaimeris responsible for promoting sustainability and environmental stewardship throughout Federal government operations. Created by Executive Order in 1993, the Office is housed at the President's Council on Environmental Quality, is administered by EPA, and stewards the interagency Steering Committee on Federal Sustainability.

Please visit EPA Region 2's Federal Facilities Website for information on applicable federal environmental requirements

Food Processing

Environmental Self-Assessment for the Food Processing Industry  Exit EPA disclaimer  is a quick and easy checklist developed in 2001 by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Pollution Prevention Unit to help food processors determine their environmental compliance status and identify pollution prevention opportunities.

Pollution Prevention Topic Hub for Meat Processing Exit EPA disclaimer, developed by the Environmental Sustainability Resource Center, contains strategies to reduce water consumption, wastewater, organics/solids generation and energy use and pollution prevention opportunities specific to individual processing steps for beef, pork, poultry and fish processing.

Please visit the National Food Processing Environmental Assistance Center Exit EPA disclaimerfor information on applicable federal environmental requirements.

Healthcare

Practice Greenhealth Exit EPA disclaimer is the nation’s leading membership and networking organization for institutions in the healthcare community that have made a commitment to sustainable, eco-friendly practices.

Health Care Without Harm Exit EPA disclaimeris an international campaign with over 170 participating organizations focused on transforming the health care industry so it is no longer a source of environmental harm by eliminating pollution in health care practices. The campaign is working with hospitals and other health care institutions to phase out the use of mercury and other toxic pollutants in health care products and practices.

Energy Star for Healthcare - Healthcare organizations spend nearly $8.8 billion on energy each year to meet patient needs. Every dollar a nonprofit healthcare organization saves on energy is equivalent to generating new revenues of $20 for hospitals or $10 for medical offices. This Web site was developed by EPA's Energy Star Program to help healthcare facilities achieve these energy savings. 

The Sustainable Hospitals Project Exit EPA disclaimerprovides technical support to the healthcare industry for selecting products and work practices that eliminate or reduce occupational and environmental hazards, maintain quality patient care, and contain costs. It is a project of the The Lowell Center for Sustainable Production which draws on the resources and expertise of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, including the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) and the Department of Work Environment. Their Web site includes information about alternatives to products containing mercury, latex, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and other potentially harmful materials.

Whole Building Design Guide - Healthcare Exit EPA disclaimer The Whole Building Design Guide is a comprehensive, internet-based portal to a wide range of federal and private sector, building-related guidance, criteria and technology, including guidance and resources on sustainable design. They recently added an entire section devoted to healthcare facilities.

Healthy Building Network - Healthcare Exit EPA disclaimer provides support and guidance to health care institutions, architects, designers and others who strive toward designing and constructing buildings in ways that enhance health; reducing the impacts on patients, staff, the community, and the environment; and, sourcing materials that do not contain chemicals linked to illnesses such as cancer, reproductive problems, learning disabilities, hormone interference and respiratory problems.

Reducing Mercury Use in Healthcare is a How-To Manual for hospitals to assist them in starting mercury pollution prevention programs or accelerating programs that have already begun. New federal regulations greatly reduce the amount of mercury that is allowed to be discharged from a municipal wastewater system or an incinerator. By implementing the best management practices described in this manual, you can reduce the level of mercury in the environment and avoid the need for increased regulations in the years to come.

Mercury Reduction in Florida's Medical Facilities: Improving the Management of Mercury-Bearing Waste Exit EPA disclaimer(1998, free) is a report developed by the Florida Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management.

Every drop counts Exit EPA disclaimer From North Carolina, this is a 5 page water conservation checklist for hospitals and medical facilities.

Please visit EPA Region'2 Healthcare Website for information on applicable federal environmental requirements.

Laboratories

Labs21 Initiative is a voluntary partnership program dedicated to improving the environmental performance of U.S. Laboratories

Marinas

Clean Marine Engines - EPA Region 2 has entered into voluntary agreements with state governments, industry associations, and retailers in New York and New Jersey to promote the sale of clean marine outboard engines. These engines emit 75 percent less air pollution, burn 35 to 50 percent less fuel, use up to 50 percent less oil, and discharge significantly less gasoline directly into the water than conventional engines.

Pollution Prevention Topic Hub for Marinas & Small Boat Harbors Exit EPA disclaimer, developed by the Northeast Waste Management Official's Association, to provide Information about technologies and operating practices that reduce the hazards and quantities of waste from marinas and small boat harbors.

New Jersey's Clean Marina Program Exit EPA disclaimerencourages marina owners, yacht clubs, boatyards and boaters to adopt practices that help prevent adverse impacts to water quality, sensitive habitats and living resources in proximity to marinas.

Metal Finishing

Pollution Prevention Topic Hub for Metal Finishing Exit EPA disclaimer, developed by the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center, provides Information about technologies and operating practices that reduce the hazards, quantities and costs of waste in the metal finishing industry.

Please visit the National Metal Finishing Resource Center Exit EPA disclaimerfor information on applicable federal environmental requirements.

Municipalities

EPA's Green Communities Website is your portal to tools and information on the best strategies, programs and policies to reduce a community's environmental footprint, including a five-step guide to a greener, sustainable future.

How to Make a Community Green is a website developed by EPA Region 2 to help community leaders and citizens re-think how local systems operate and realize the environmental, financial and community health benefits of creating a more sustainable future for their citizens.

HUD-DOT-EPA Interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities, established in 2009, coordinates federal housing, transportation, and other infrastructure investments to protect the environment, promote equitable development, and address the challenges of climate change.

EPA's Smart Growth Program helps communities grow in ways that expand economic opportunity, protect public health and the environment, and create and enhance the places that people love. Through research, tools, partnerships, case studies, grants, and technical assistance, EPA is helping America's communities turn their visions of the future into reality.

Sustainable Communities Network Exit EPA disclaimerwas founded in 1993 to link citizens to resources and to one another to create healthy, vital, sustainable communities.

Institute for Sustainable Communities Exit EPA disclaimerwas founded in 1991 by former Vermont Governor Madeleine M. Kuninto to help communities around the world address environmental, economic, and social challenges to build a better future shaped and shared by all.

Please visit the Local Government Environmental Assistance Network Exit EPA disclaimerfor information on applicable federal environmental requirements.

Printing & Publishing

Design for the Environment - Printing - EPA's Design for the Environment (DfE) developed a variety of materials to help flexographic printers, lithographers, and screen printers design operations that are more environmentally sound, safer for workers, and more profitable.

Pollution Prevention Topic Hub for Flexography Exit EPA disclaimer, developed by Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable, provides information on activities and materials specific to the flexographic printing industry that help reduce the toxicity or volume of waste generated and/or released into the atmosphere. Users will find links to case studies, success stories, and waste reduction guides.

Pollution Prevention Topic Hub for Lithography Exit EPA disclaimer, developed by Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable, contains information about alternatives to reduce waste in the input and process portions of operations, including case studies, success stories, waste reduction guides, and technical assistance provider contacts.

Please visit the Printers National Environmental Assistance Center Exit EPA disclaimerfor information on applicable federal environmental requirements.

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing

EPA Region 2's Green Procurement Website was designed to help individuals, communities, businesses and governments buy environmentally friendly products whenever possible.

The Comprehensive Procurement Guideline (CPG) Program is authorized by Congress under Section 6002 of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and Executive Order 13423. EPA is required to designate products that are or can be made with recovered materials, and to recommend practices for buying these products. Once a product is designated federal agencies are required to purchase it with the highest recovered material content level practicable.

EPA's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Program helps the federal government "buy green," and in doing so, uses the federal government's enormous buying power to stimulate market demand for green products and services. Although geared first to help federal purchasers, this site can help green vendors, businesses large and small -- and consumers find and evaluate green products and services and calculate the costs and benefits of purchasing choices.

EPPnet Exit EPA disclaimer - The Northeast Recycling Council established the Environmentally Preferable Products Procurement Network (EPPNET) to link federal, state, local and private procurement and environmental officials charged with purchasing environmentally preferable products and developing policies for the procurement of these products. The EPPNET is intended to provide quick access to information on product specifications, vendors, prices, strategies for achieving recycled product procurement goals, and federal procurement policies.

GoodGuide Exit EPA disclaimerwas founded in 2007 by Dara O'Rourke, a professor of environmental and labor policy at the University of California at Berkeley, to provide authoritative information to consumers about the health, environmental and social performance of products and companies.  They believe that better information can transform the marketplace: as more consumers buy better products, retailers and manufacturers face compelling incentives to make products that are safe, environmentally sustainable and produced using ethical sourcing of raw materials and labor.  

Schools (K-12)

EPA's Healthy School Environments Web Site is designed to provide one-stop access to the many programs and resources available to help prevent and resolve environmental issues in schools.

Clean School Bus USA brings together partners from business, education, transportation, and public health organizations to work toward reducing children's exposure to diesel exhaust from school buses.

Pollution Prevention Topic Hub for Sustainable School Design Exit EPA disclaimer, developed by Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable, identifies stewardship strategies that reduce pollution for both new and established schools, and details best sustainable design components for schools that includes lighting, acoustics, air quality and requirements for students and school staff to create a healthy and safe learning environment.

EPA Region 2 Schools K-12 Energy Efficiency/PCB Training Webinars Exit EPA disclaimerwere created to provide targeted outreach to K-12 Schools. The webinars focus on the benefits of upgrading and retrofitting lighting in schools, especially schools that still use T-12 fluorescent lamps.

Shooting Ranges

Best Management Practices for Lead at Outdoor Shooting Ranges Exit EPA disclaimerwas developed by EPA Region 2 to provide owners and operators of outdoor rifle, pistol, trap, skeet and sporting clay ranges with information on lead management at their ranges. The manual explains how environmental laws are applicable to lead management and presents a number of successful best management practices available to the shooting range community. These practices have been proven to effectively reduce lead contamination.

Ski Resorts

Pollution Prevention Topic Hub for Ski Areas Exit EPA disclaimer, developed by Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Center, describes practices and products that reduce waste and pollution in common ski area operations. Links to technology descriptions, case studies, and waste reduction guides.

Pollution Prevention Topic Hub for Snow Mobiles Exit EPA disclaimer, developed by Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Center, describes practices and products that make snowmobiles run cleaner.

Training Video or DVD "Pollution Prevention for New York State Ski Areas: Doing your Part". Exit EPA disclaimerContact Michelle Hinman, NYS DEC, Pollution Prevention Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1750, (518) 402-9469. Please specify video or DVD format.

Textile & Apparel Industry

Profile of the Textiles Industry was issued by EPA in 1997 to provide a brief profile of the textiles industry covering such topics as general industry information (economic and geographic), a description of industrial processes, pollution outputs, pollution prevention opportunities, federal statutory and regulatory framework, compliance history, and description of partnerships that have been formed between regulatory agencies, the regulated community, and the public.

Transportation

EPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) works with fleet operators, manufacturers, air quality professionals, environmental and community organizations, and state and local officials to reduce diesel emissions and thereby, move us toward cleaner air..

EPA's Smartway Program was launched in 2004 to identify products and services that reduce transportation-related emissions. 

The Northeast Diesel Collaborative Exit EPA disclaimeris a regionally coordinated initiative to reduce diesel emissions, improve public health, and promote clean diesel technology. The Collaborative brings together the collective resources and expertise of several state environmental agencies, EPA regional offices, and private sector companies to address the existing fleet of diesel-powered vehicles and equipment.

EPA Green Vehicle Guide was developed to help individuals choose the cleanest and most fuel-efficient vehicle that meets their needs.

State and Local Transportation Resources provides useful information, tools, and links to resources that identify emission reduction strategies, national policies, regulations, incentive-based programs, funding sources, calculators, and other types of assistance to help states and local areas achieve their air quality and transportation objectives.

Fuel Economy is a website jointly sponsored by EPA and the DOE which contains fuel economy information for consumers, including EPA fuel economy data, and the annual Fuel Economy Guide. At this site, you can find fuel economy information for a particular vehicle or you can perform side-by-side comparisons of vehicles.

Greenercars.org is the official website for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) Green Book, a unique consumer resource providing Green Scores rating the environmental friendliness of every vehicle on the market.

Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center is a website managed by the Department of Energy (DOE) to provide a wide range of information and resources to enable the use of alternative fuels, including an alternative fueling station locator.

Clean Cities Now is the official publication of Clean Cities, an initiative of the DOE's FreedomCar and Vehicle Technology Program, designed to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector by advancing the use of alternative fuel vehicles, idle reduction technologies, hybrid electric vehicles, fuel blends, and fuel economy.

Alternative Fuels Website was developed by EPA to promote and expands the use of environmentally beneficial alternative fuels and vehicles.

Waste Minimization

EPA's Resource Conservation Challenge is a national effort to conserve natural resources and energy by managing materials more efficiently. The goals of the RCC are to: Prevent pollution and promote reuse and recycling; Reduce priority and toxic chemicals in products and waste; and Conserve energy and materials.

EPA's WasteWise Program is a free, voluntary, EPA program through which organizations eliminate costly municipal solid waste, benefiting their bottom line and the environment. WasteWise is a flexible program that allows partners to design their own solid waste reduction programs tailored to their needs. As a WasteWise partner, your organization can save thousands or millions of dollars by reducing, reusing or recycling solid waste materials. For information on EPA Region 2's involvement in this program, please call Lorraine Graves at (212) 637-4099 or via at graves.lorraine@epa.gov.

NYC WasteLe$$ Exit EPA disclaimeris a comprehensive citywide waste prevention and environmental public awareness program funded by the New York City Department of Sanitation, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The program was established to help New York City businesses and organizations improve their operating efficiencies and reduce operating costs through waste prevention. NYC WasteLe$$ waste prevention teams work with owners and managers of businesses and organizations throughout the City to identify cost-saving opportunities to prevent wastes.

EPA's Waste Minimization Program supports efforts that promote a more sustainable society, reduce the amounts of waste generated, and lower the toxicity and persistence of wastes that are generated. For information on EPA Region 2's involvement in this program, please call Joseph Malkie at 212-637-4101 or email him at malki.joseph@epa.gov.

Environmental Compliance and Pollution Prevention Guide for Small Quantity Generators Exit EPA disclaimer was developed by the Pollution Prevention Unit of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to help small and medium sized businesses that are hazardous waste small quantity generators (SQG) understand environmental requirements and pollution prevention measures.

MAT-EX - Western/Central NY Materials Exchange  Exit EPA disclaimer, managed by the GLOW Region Solid Waste Management Committee located in Batavia, NY, is a unique opportunity for businesses to exchange unwanted/unusable products that would otherwise be discarded, and/or locate free or inexpensive materials that can be used in daily business or operations. The Western/Central New York Materials Exchange involves businesses in seventeen counties of Western/Central New York (Genesee, Livingston, Wyoming, Allegany, Steuben, Chautauqua, Monroe, Seneca, Tompkins, Cattaraugus, Broome, Cayuga, and Tioga), and the Western Finger Lakes (Wayne and Yates Counties) and Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Management Authorities.

Recycler's World  Exit EPA disclaimer- was established as a world wide trading site for information related to secondary or recyclable commodities, by-products, used & surplus items or materials.

Water Conservation

WaterSense is an EPA-sponsored partnership program, launched in 2006, that seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by promoting water efficiency and enhancing the market for water-efficient products, programs, and practices.

WaterWiser - The Water Efficiency Clearinghouse Exit EPA disclaimer, produced and maintained by the American Water Works Association, provides news, information, research results, discussion forums, references, a calendar of events, searchable information databases, and other resources primarily targeted to water conservation professionals, but freely accessible to others in the water industry and the general public. The goal of WaterWiser® is to be the premier water conservation, efficiency, and demand management information resource.

 

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