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  • ATSDR Brownfield/Land Reuse Initiative. ATSDR Action Model The ATSDR Brownfields /Land Revitalization Action Model helps the diverse members of the development community officials, developers, community supporters, and residents, find ways to make health part of the renewal process. Communities can use the action model to identify common goals to incorporate these goals in strategic planning. PDF Version (2 pp, 56K, About PDF)
  • Design For Environment Program The Design for the Environment (DfE) program is one of EPA's premier partnership programs, working with individual industry sectors to compare and improve the performance and human health and environmental risks and costs of existing and alternative products, processes, and practices. DfE partnership projects promote integrating cleaner, cheaper, and smarter solutions into everyday business practices.
  • Design for the Environment Program (DfE) Design for the Environment Program (DfE) works with industries, especially small businesses, to identify cost-effective pollution prevention strategies that reduce risks to workers and the environment. DfE helps businesses compare and evaluate the performance, cost, human health, and environmental risks associated with existing and alternative technologies.
  • Green Chemistry Program Green Chemistry Program is the use of chemistry for pollution prevention. Green Chemistry encompasses all aspects and types of chemical processes that reduce risk to human health and the environment. Chemists can greatly reduce risk to human health and the environment by reducing or eliminating the use or generation of toxic substances associated with chemical design, manufacture, and use.
  • Green Communities: Where Are We Going? The Green Communities is a comprehensive guide and toolkit that walks communities through the process of assessing their environment, identifying environmental trends, creating a vision of what they want to be, developing a plan of action to get them there, and implementing that plan. And that "someplace else" may not be where you want to be. This Chapter provides tools and resources to answer the question "Where Are We Going?". This chapter will help your community predict, based on current trends and activities, the direction you are headed. It allows community members to visualize their future if nothing is done to intervene. What can you expect if current patterns of land development, population change, natural resource consumption, and commercial and industrial activities continue?
  • Green Communities: Where Are We Now? The Green Communities is a comprehensive guide and toolkit that walks communities through the process of assessing their environment, identifying environmental trends, creating a vision of what they want to be, developing a plan of action to get them there, and implementing that plan. This chapter answers the question "Where Are We Now?" and will enable you to "take stock" of your community's assets -- social, economic, and environmental. The resulting Community Assessment will provide a view of the present condition of your community. It will help identify what is working, what is not, what is highly valued, and what needs to be improved.
  • Guide for Industrial Waste Management It is a best practices Guide for managing nonhazardous industrial wastes, and has a section on community relations. The Guide and its tools may be downloaded from our web site. In addition we have a CD-ROM that could be mailed. The Guide is a cradle to grave type of approach that covers all aspects of waste management. Anyone in need of guidance/information on waste disposal issues would certainly gain benefit from this Guide. Target audiences would be government officials working on environmental waste issues, various environmental and citizen groups, industrial facilities and educational institutions with environmental studies programs or engineering programs with some type of environmental concentration. The Guide encourages pollution prevention and effective communications, and it provides useful information on waste management topics such as siting, designing, operating, monitoring, taking corrective action, and closing industrial waste management units. Along with the actual Guide, the CD-ROM offers: Interactive audiovisual tutorials for each section of the Guide, Fact sheets, from the Agency of Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) to help readers better understand why specific chemicals may be of concern, An internet-based mapping application to help identify the existence of potentially adverse site conditions, such as the presence of wetlands, flood plains, and seismic instability, as well as demographic information. This innovative application will be of significant utility not only for industrial waste management sites, but also for siting of other types of facilities. The Industrial Waste Management Evaluation Model (IWEM), designed to provide guidance on appropriate landfill, waste pile, surface impoundment and land application system design, The Industrial Waste Air Model (IWAIR), designed to help determine adverse risks from air emissions from industrial waste units, and A comprehensive collection of references and resources targeted to help the user improve upon his/her understanding of pollution prevention opportunities, and technologies and tools available to address industrial waste management issues.
  • Guide for Industrial Waste Management Chapter 6: Protecting Surface Water This chapter introduces the methods used to determine the quality and health of surface waters. It then identifies and describes surface water protection programs applicable to waste management units. A separate explanation helps in understanding the fate and transport of pollutants and applies this knowledge to protecting surface waters. This chapter also describes how complying with applicable regulations, implementing storm-water controls, and identifying best management practices (BMPs) to control storm water can help protect surface waters.
  • Help Yourself to a Healthy Home / Healthy Homes Partnership Exit EPA Disclaimer Print versions of Help Yourself to a Healthy Home book which provides basic understanding of childrens health and healthy homes issues and low-cost / no-cost strategies to reduce childrens exposures in homes. Available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Bosnian, Hmong and Arabic, all downloadable (free) or available in hard copy (for a charge).
  • Home*A*Syst/Farm*A*Syst Exit EPA Disclaimer Home*A*Syst/Farm*A*Syst are national programs cooperatively supported by the USDA Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES), USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The programs are partnerships between government agencies and private business that enable you to prevent pollution on farms, ranches, and in homes using confidential environmental assessments. All information you gather is confidential. You decide what changes you need to make and when to make them.
  • Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Across the country, many communities, businesses, and individuals have found creative ways to reduce and better manage MSW through a coordinated mix of practices that includes source reduction, recycling (including composting), and disposal. The most environmentally sound management of MSW is achieved when these approaches are implemented according to EPA's preferred order: source reduction first, recycling and composting second, and disposal in landfills or waste combustors last. This website contains a wealth of information on MSW, including some basic facts about MSW, source reducing, recycling, composting, landfills, combustion, types of programs, etc.
  • Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics and Tribal Environmental Network The EPA's Office of Pollution and Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) has established a Tribal program to better communicate OPPT programs and activities with Native American Indian tribes and to build more effective partnerships with Native American tribes in protecting and safeguarding the environment.
  • Planet Protectors Club The Planet Protectors Club activity booklets and games to encourage kids to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste.
  • Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange Exit EPA Disclaimer The Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx) is a consortium of eight regional pollution prevention information centers, funded in part through grants from EPA. These centers all provide pollution prevention information, networking opportunities and other services to States, local governments and technical assistance providers in their region. Topic Hubs are web-based guides to peer-reviewed pollution prevention information and expertise on a particular subject. Additional resources (sector resources) provide additional links to pollution prevention information. The links are compiled by the individual P2Rx center, but are not in the topic hub format.
  • Pollution Prevention Resources This website provides general information about pollution prevention (P2) practices, describes the array of P2 programs and initiatives administered by EPA and other organizations, and provides contacts for further information.
  • Pollution Prevention Tips for You This website describes some quick actions everyone can do to reduce their environmental footprint in a range of environmental media.
  • Quick & Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools Exit EPA Disclaimer The third edition (downloadable for free) includes updated information and resources on greener cleaning in schools including infection control, sustainability, green cleaning for food service, laundry care and more.
  • Recycling Measurement This website provides information and links to help state and local government officials learn more about the standard methodology for measuring recycling rates
  • WasteWise This website provides information on EPA's voluntary partnership program that seeks to reduce municipal solid waste through innovative waste prevention and recycling techniques.

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