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WasteWise: Resource Management
Unlike traditional solid waste service contracts, resource management (RM) compensates waste contractors based on performance in achieving your organization's waste reduction goals rather than the volume of waste disposed. As a result, RM aligns waste contractor incentives with your own goals as you both explore innovative approaches that foster cost-effective resource efficiency through prevention, recycling, and recovery.

EPA's Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG)
This Web site promotes the procurement of products made with recycled-content materials. It provides information on CPG and EPA's Recovered Materials Advisory Notices, which recommend recycled-content levels for CPG items. This site also contains a list of manufacturers, vendors, and suppliers of designated products; fact sheets; buy-recycled news; and related links.

EPA's Environmentally Preferable Products Program
Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) is a federal-wide program that encourages and assists Executive agencies in the purchasing of environmentally preferable products and services. This Web site contains guidance and tools for initiating an EPP program, case studies, a list of resources and upcoming events, and an open forum to encourage discussions of EPP issues.

EnergySTAR for Manufacturers
This Web site provides resources and interactive tools to determine your current energy and financial performance and estimate your potential for improvement.

EPA's Green Buildings Website
This Web site offers information on green building materials, water and energy conservation, and sustainable development.

EPA's Life-Cycle Assessment Website
This Web site's purpose is to promote the use of Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) to make more informed decisions through a better understanding of the human health and environmental impacts of products, processes, and activities. LCA provides a framework for identifying and evaluating environmental burdens associated with the life cycles of materials and services in a "cradle-to-grave" approach.

EPA's Acid Rain Program
The overall goal of EPA's Acid Rain Program is to achieve significant environmental and public health benefits through reductions in emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), the primary causes of acid rain. This Web site presents both traditional and innovative, market-based approaches for controlling air pollution. The site also provides links to information on emissions trading, climate change, energy efficiency, and pollution prevention.

EPA's Climate Change Website
This Web site focuses on the science and impacts of climate change and on actions by governments, corporations, and individuals that help address climate change issues. The site also features emissions information, U.S. policy initiatives, frequent questions, related news, publications, and reports.

P2Rx Topic Hub for Electric Utilities
This primer, presented by the Southwest Pollution Prevention Center, is intended as a quick guide to essential pollution prevention information on electric utilities, as well as a compilation of pertinent on-line resources.

P2Rx Topic Hub for Gas and Oil
This primer, presented by the Southwest Pollution Prevention Center, is intended as a quick guide to the essential pollution prevention information on gas and oil, as well as a compilation of pertinent on-line resources.

Pollution Prevention Opportunities for Electric Utilities
Examples of existing P2 opportunities for the electric utility industry presented by the Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center (P2RIC).

Energy Information Administration – Environmental Information for Electric Utilities
This Web site provides reports, publications, and other information pertaining to environmental issues and the electric utilities industry.

Texas Railroad Commission's Oil and Gas Waste Minimization Site
This Web site provides in-depth information regarding waste minimization in the major operations of the oil and gas industry including waste minimization in pipeline transportation operations. The site includes a downloadable software tool to aid in waste minimization planning.

The Emissions and Generation Resource Integrated Database
The Emissions and Generation Resource Integrated Database (E-GRID) is a comprehensive source of data on the environmental characteristics of all electric power generated in the United States. An integration of 23 different federal data sources, E-GRID2000 provides information on air pollutant emissions and resource mix for individual power plants, generating companies, states, and regions of the power grid. The data are expressed in terms that allow direct comparison of the environmental attributes of electricity generation at any level.

Electric Power Research Institute
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is a non-profit energy research consortium for the benefit of utility members and their customers. EPRI's Environmental Division works to address strategic issues such as climate change, regional challenges such as watershed management and protection, and facility-specific needs such as multimedia emissions control. The environment and health section of EPRI's Web site includes information on topics such as climate change, groundwater protection, soil issues, and toxics characterizations.

American Public Power Association
The American Public Power Association (APPA) is the service organization for the nation's nation's more than 2,000 community based, locally controlled, not for profit electric utilities. The environmental issues portion of the site includes information on current environmental issues pertaining to the industry and access to APPA's environmental resource center.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network
A comprehensive resource for DOE'S energy efficiency and renewable energy information, plus access to more than 600 links and 80,000 documents.

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Online Publications

Case Studies from WasteWise Utilities Industry Partners

Utilities Industry Fact Sheet (PDF) (2 pp, 95K, about PDF)
From reducing product packaging to buying manufacturing supplies in bulk, the utilities industry has a wealth of waste reduction opportunities. This fact sheet provides a sampling of the commitments and achievements of WasteWise partners in this industry. These types of activities also can help your company reduce waste and cut costs.

Profile of the Fossil Fuel Electric Power Generation Industry (PDF) (164 pp, 1.7MBK, About PDF)
Developed by EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA), this document includes pollution prevention opportunities, a summary of industry specific environmental statutes and regulations, and information on environmental programs and activities.

Fact Sheet: E-GRID

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Additional Information - EPA Partnership Programs for Utilities

National Waste Minimization Program
EPA's Waste Minimization Program works with industrial organizations, government agencies, and communities to find ways to help individual companies reduce the amount of waste they generate, particularly if the wastes contain one or more Waste Minimization Priority Chemicals.

Green Power Partnership
EPA's Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program designed to reduce the environmental impact of electricity generation by promoting renewable energy. Commercial, nonprofit, and public organizations can become partners by committing to procure an amount of renewable energy that is proportional to their annual electricity use. In return, EPA will provide a network of providers and partners, technical information, and public recognition.

Combined Heat and Power Partnership
The Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Partnership is a voluntary program that seeks to reduce the environmental impact of power generation by fostering the use of CHP in the commercial, institutional, and industrial sectors.

SF6 Emission Reduction Partnership for Electric Power Systems
This program seeks to reduce emissions of sulfur hexafluoride from the electric power industry. The partnership provides a forum for EPA and the electric power industry to work together to reduce SF6 emissions to technically and economically feasible levels, thereby helping to ameliorate global climate change.

EPA's Natural Gas STAR Program
The Natural Gas STAR Program is a flexible, voluntary partnership between EPA and the oil and natural gas industry. Through the program, EPA works with production, processing, and transmission and distribution companies to identify and promote the implementation of cost-effective technologies and practices to reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

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