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IDEM’s partnerships and recognition programs have a variety of interesting topics to share with their members and the general public, including: upcoming events and webinars, available grants and funding, environmental success stories, and news related to pollution prevention (P2) practices and recycling efforts.

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New Pollution Prevention Opportunities

IDEM and Purdue MEP Offer Technical Assistance and Grant Opportunities to Manufacturers

Indiana manufacturers are eligible for a unique opportunity for on-site technical assistance and training from the Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). The Purdue MEP program is a champion for the manufacturing sector and has a longstanding history of providing manufacturers with high value, affordable solutions to manufacturing challenges including lean manufacturing, energy efficiency, quality improvement, six sigma, and more. Now, with funding from IDEM's Pollution Prevention Program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), Purdue MEP is offering a new process improvement assessment to your facility’s toolbelt: W.A.S.T.E. Stream Mapping.

Webinars

ITRC (Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council) PFAS Experts Roundtable

The ITRC PFAS team will be hosting a series of "Ask the Experts" roundtable discussions to provide environmental and public health professionals the opportunity to communicate with ITRC's internationally recognized PFAS experts and ask their most pressing questions. This is an interactive discussion responding to questions received through registration.

Participants are highly encouraged to review the Guidance Document (specifically Chapters 2 and 11), and review the associated ITRC video training modules prior to attending the Roundtable Session. For those of you that are unable to register for this roundtable, the PFAS training videos and a Guidance Document will still be very helpful.

  • ITRC PFAS Training Video Module: Team Introduction
  • ITRC PFAS Training Video Module: Naming Conventions & Physical and Chemical Properties
  • ITRC PFAS Training Video Module: Production, Uses, Sources and Site Characterization
  • ITRC PFAS Training Video Module: Sampling and Analysis

The ITRC Guidance Document provides an in-depth analysis of the complex world of PFAS, covering the following topics:

  • Naming Conventions
  • History & Use
  • Firefighting Foams
  • Physical & Chemical Properties
  • Fate & Transport
  • Occurrence
  • Health Effects
  • Regulations
  • Site Risk Assessment
  • Site Characterization
  • Sampling & Analysis
  • Treatment Technologies
  • Risk Communication
  • Stakeholder Perspectives

The 400+ page document also includes case studies and stakeholder perspectives, discusses technical challenges in addressing PFAS, and provides additional references to relevant scientific literature.

P2 Research and Implementation for Michigan Metal Finishers presented on May 27, 2020

The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) covered their recently completed metal finishing pollution prevention (P2) work funded under U.S. EPA Region 5's Source Reduction Assistance Grant Program. The focus of the presentation was on the Rinsing Manual that was developed through the project and an overview of the project. The Rinsing Manual is a new on-line resource developed under the project for evaluating and improving rinsing systems in the metal finishing sector. During the P2 project, the manual was used to help a Michigan metal finishing shop reduce water use and sludge generation and these results were discussed.

Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Prioritization Tools: Sustainability Insights at a Glance presented on April 23, 2020

This webinar introduced U.S. EPA's SMM Prioritization Tools. These life cycle-based tools offer a starting place for governments, trade associations, NGOs, companies, small enterprises, and other organizations to establish priorities for environmental improvement, focus their limited financial and human resources where action could offer greater holistic benefit, and consider key industries for collaboration. Currently there are two tools: A National Tool and an Organization Tool. The National Tool provides a big picture view of sustainability in the United States for those with a national focus, such as government, trade associations and NGOs. The Organizational Tool provides quick sustainability snapshots for organizations such as companies, small enterprises and their sustainability and procurement staff.

U.S. EPA Sustainable Materials Management

The U.S. EPA Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) is a systematic approach to using and reusing materials more productively over their life cycles. By looking at a product’s entire life cycle, we can find new opportunities to reduce environmental impacts, conserve resources, and reduce costs. Basic information, special topics, participation opportunities and tools and resources, as well as upcoming webinars are available.

U.S. EPA ECHO and Advanced ECHO Training Opportunities

U.S. EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) has several online training opportunities, tools, and webinars covering compliance related topics. Previously recorded webinars are also available.

Energy Star WebEx Events

Energy Star has several interesting events in the upcoming months.

Energy Star Facility Energy Assessment Matrix

Download the spreadsheet to evaluate the energy program at your industrial facility. This tool complements the Energy Program Assessment Matrix by helping you examine a program for a single facility. Energy program directors can use this tool when working with site energy leaders to assess how the organization-wide program has been implemented at each facility.

U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings Webinars

Through On-Demand Better Buildings webinars, experts discuss a variety of topics from Air Management to Zero Energy. These webinars are helpful resources on key subject areas in energy efficiency, water efficiency, resilience, and more. For each webinar you can watch the video recording and follow along with the slide deck. You can also sign up for an upcoming live webinar.

Partners for Pollution Prevention (Partners)

Annual Partners P2 Reporting Highlighting Major Achievements

The Partners for Pollution Prevention annually report on the results of their pollution prevention initiatives. The annual reporting deadline for 2019 for the Partners was June 1, 2020, and the reported benefits are available online.

24th Annual P2 Conference and Tradeshow

This conference is open to anyone interested in pollution prevention and related topics. The conference will be held on September 23, 2021. As of now, this will be held as a live event. Information and updates may be found on the Partner Events page. Prior conference presentations may also be found there.

Quarterly Meetings

In addition to the annual conference, the Partners for Pollution Prevention organize meetings on a quarterly basis. Upcoming quarterly meetings and past presentations are posted to the Partner Events page.

Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP)

Annual Meeting

As a benefit of being an ESP member, IDEM provides members with the opportunity to network with other program members (and the IDEM Commissioner) to discuss pollution prevention successes and future initiatives. The annual meeting was held on December 3, 2020. Details are posted on the ESP Annual Meetings page.