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2003


Agricultural & Municipal Cooperation in Co-composting Green and Animal Wastes
Summary and Results (PDF) (2 pp, 279K)

Sponsor: EPA Region 9 - Fiscal Year: 2003

Partner: Sustainable Conservation

Overview: This project further tested an innovative model of dairy-manure and green-waste management that benefits both the agricultural and municipal sectors.

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Brockton Brightfields, Innovative Green Power Marketing
Summary and Results (PDF) (2 pp, 651K)

Sponsor: EPA Region 1 - Fiscal Year: 2003

Partners: City of Brockton, Massachusetts; Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust; Bay State Gas; Brockton 21st Century Corporation

Overview: This project documented a case study examining the development and financing of long-term renewable-energy projects on brownfields properties.

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Collaborative Partnership to Effect Significant Environmental Performance and Compliance Improvements in the Healthcare Sector
Summary and Results (PDF) (2 pp, 130K)

Sponsor: EPA Region 1 - Fiscal Year: 2003

Partners: American Hospital Association, American Nurses Association, Health Care Without Harm, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

Overview: This project worked with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) to include environmental compliance and performance information into the JCAHO survey and accreditation process.

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Collecting and Recycling Used Computers Via the Reverse Distribution System
Summary and Results (PDF) (2 pp, 265K)

Sponsor: EPA Region 1 - Fiscal Year: 2003

Partners: Product Stewardship Institute; Staples, Inc.; Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection; Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection

Overview: This project tested the reverse-distribution model for moving used computers from consumers to recyclers, rather than to disposal. Reverse distribution collects the computers through the same infrastructure used to deliver the products to the customer, making it convenient for households and businesses.

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Creating an Integrated "Green" Parking Lot and Urban Wetlands on a Former Commercial Site
Summary and Results (PDF) (2 pp, 311K)

Sponsor: EPA Region 6 - Fiscal Year: 2003

Partners: Heifer International, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Arkansas Economic Development Fund, City of Little Rock, Pulaski County, Downtown Partnership of Little Rock

Overview: This project developed an innovative design for converting a former industrial property to an urban wetlands ecosystem with a "green" parking plaza (PDF). (2 pp, 310KB) The parking plaza encouraged environmental stewardship by demonstrating environmentally friendly approaches to construction and designing green development projects.

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Environmentally Beneficial Behavior Placement in TV Shows
Summary and Results (PDF) (2 pp, 137K)

Sponsors: EPA Region 9, and HQ Innovation, Partnership, & Communication Office - Fiscal Year: 2003

Overview: This project developed a public-information campaign and guide modeled on the private-sector concept of "product placement" to place environmentally beneficial behavior (EBB) in TV shows.

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Financial Performance Benchmark for Recycling Businesses
Summary and Results (PDF) (2 pp, 214K)

Sponsor: EPA Region 5 - Fiscal Year: 2003

Partners: Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance, North Carolina Department of Environmental Protection, Minnesota Bankers Association, AM Pros Corporation

Overview: This project collected and analyzed financial data from recycling companies to provide industry-specific financial-benchmark information. The benchmark provided a financial risk-management tool and provided useful data to make informed decisions about recycling investments.

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Florida Green Lodging Locator and Information Service
Summary and Results (PDF) (2 pp, 290K)

Sponsor: EPA Region 4 - Fiscal Year: 2003

Partner: Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Overview: This project enhanced the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Green Lodging Program with the addition of a Green Lodging Locator, identifying Florida's green-certified hotel/motel properties.

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Greening Industrial Design
Summary and Results (PDF) (2 pp, 253K)

Sponsor: EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery - Fiscal Year: 2003

Partner: Industrial Designers Society of America

Overview: This project conducted workshops, targeted outreach, and developed a Web site to improve awareness among engineers and designers of the highly credible and easy-to-use methods for reducing the environmental impacts of products.

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Groundwater Remediation Powered by Renewable Energy Sources
Summary and Results (PDF) (2 pp, 294K)

Sponsor: EPA Region 7 - Fiscal Year: 2003

Partners: University of Missouri at Rolla, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bergey Wind Systems

Overview: This project tested the use of a renewable-energy source (wind turbines) to power a groundwater cleanup technology.

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Industrial Phosphate Sludge Waste as a Raw Material for Iron Phosphate Glass
Summary and Results (PDF) (2 pp, 134K)

Sponsor: EPA Region 5 - Fiscal Year: 2003

Partners: Mo-Sci Corporation, University of Illinois, Illinois Waste Management Resource Center, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Overview: This project investigated the feasibility of using non-hazardous industrial phosphate sludge waste as a raw material for iron phosphate glass.

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National Paint Product Stewardship Dialogue
Summary and Results (PDF) (2 pp, 270K)

Sponsor: EPA Region 9 - Fiscal Year: 2003

Partners: Product Stewardship Institute, numerous major paint manufacturers, retailers, and various state and local government

Overview: This project established a dialogue among numerous stakeholders to reach an agreement to reduce paint waste; developed efficient programs to collect, reuse, and recycle surplus paint; and developed sustainable financing systems to cover management costs.

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Potential Recycling of Medium Density Fiberboard
Summary and Results (PDF) (2 pp, 548K)

Sponsor: EPA Region 4 - Fiscal Year: 2003

Partner: University of Tennessee

Overview: This project determined what happens to the formaldehyde portion of the urea formaldehyde (UF) resin from ground-up fiberboard and whether it poses a risk to human health or can be safely reclassified and eligible for recycling.

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Rail-to-Trail Conversion Resource Guide
Resource Guide (PDF) (2 pp, 342K)

Sponsor: EPA Region 1 - Fiscal Year: 2003

Partners: Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition; Rails-to-Trails Conservancy; Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority; the Massachusetts communities of Malden, Everett, Woburn, Waltham

Overview: This project developed a Resource Guide of successful case studies addressing potential environmental-contamination issues along rail lines that cover multiple jurisdictions.

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Retail Buyer Training on Recycled-Content Products
Summary and Results (PDF) (2 pp, 133K)

Sponsor: EPA Region 5 - Fiscal Year: 2003

Partners: Recycling Association of Minnesota, Ecosource, Illinois Recycling Association, Waste Cap

Overview: This project innovatively linked vendors of recycled-content products with buyers from major retailers to promote the use of recycled-content products.

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Small Scale Anaerobic Digester
Summary and Results (PDF) (2 pp, 134K)

Sponsor: EPA Region 2 - Fiscal Year: 2003

Partners: Council on the Environment New York, Columbia University, EcoCorp, Earth Pledge

Overview: This project developed, tested, and replicated an innovative, small-scale anaerobic-digestion facility for on-site installation at concentrated urban food-waste sources and explored emerging renewable-energy applications for food-waste methane.

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Testing Chemical Management Services in Secondary Schools, Colleges, and Universities: A Market-Based Approach to Reducing Chemical Use and Waste
Summary and Results (PDF) (2 pp, 307K)

Sponsor: EPA Region 9 - Fiscal Year: 2003

Partner: Chemical Strategies Partnership

Overview: This program tested a new approach to the way chemical providers do business by making it financially feasible for colleges to purchase chemicals by need rather than volume.

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Testing the Environmental Results Program for Underground Storage Tanks
Summary and Results (PDF) (3 pp, 138K)

Sponsor: EPA Region 1 - Fiscal Year: 2003

Partner: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

Overview: This project tested the Environmental Results Program model on the Underground Storage Tank Systems to determine whether it can be used to enhance environmental performance and compliance in this sector.

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Unified Phase Site Assessments
Summary and Results (PDF) (2 pp, 128K)

Sponsor: EPA Region 3 - Fiscal Year: 2003

Overview: This project developed and tested a single, draft environmental site-assessment tool that can be used by all programs within the EPA Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response and that is easy for the general public to understand and use, if they wish.

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