P2 Pathways

P2 Pathways is a new monthly column published on GreenBiz and devoted entirely to pollution prevention. The first three columns in the series are:

P2 Pathways is a project of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx). If you’re interested in writing for P2 Pathways, contact Donna Walden (dwalden@unr.edu) at the Western Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Network. To subscribe to GreenBiz newsletters, visit http://www.greenbiz.com/engage/newsletters.

Laura L. Barnes named GLRPPR Executive Director

Laura L. Barnes has been named the Executive Director of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable.  Laura is a librarian with the Prairie Research Institute and the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at the University of Illinois. She has been active in GLRPPR and P2Rx for more than a decade and is best known for her work using social media and other web 2.0 tools to improve information sharing with specialized clients and the general public. She also authors the Environmental News Bits blog (http://envnewsbits.wordpress.com). Links to  information resources she has developed are available at http://delicious.com/tsmom1219/laurabarnesportfolio.

Laura earned a B.A. in History and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has served on the boards of several library organizations and is active in statewide library committees. She is a member of the American Library Association, the Illinois Library Association, the Special Libraries Association, and the Society of Environmental Journalists.

Laura can be reached at 217-333-8957 or via e-mail at  l-barnes@illinois.edu.

Save the Date: Catching the Wave: Green Chemistry and Economic Development in the Great Lakes Region

Date: November 13 – 15, 2012
Location: Hyatt Regency Chicago Chicago, IL
Who should attend: Business and industry; State and local government agencies interested in pollution prevention; Not-for-profits; Academia; and Labor organizations.

Registration information is forthcoming.

Join leaders from industry, academia, government, non-profits, U.S. EPA Region 5, and those involved in the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable’s Safer Chemistry Challenge Program for one or both of these exciting events:

November 13 – 14: Catching the Wave – Green Chemistry and Economic Development in the Great Lakes Region
Learn first-hand about the business case for Green Chemistry and Engineering and how companies can take advantage of technical assistance opportunities to help them move forward in their own effort to promote sustainability. The first day will feature panel presentations with speakers from Great Lakes companies who have found success in integrating the principles of Green Chemistry and Engineering into their business plans. Speakers will also discuss public – private partnerships and the roles that NGOs and government can play to support these efforts. The second day will feature working sessions to identify technical assistance needs and developing a framework for technical assistance resources in the Great Lakes region.

Keynote Speakers

  • Dr. Terry Collins, Institute for Green Science at Carnegie-Mellon University will speak on green chemistry.
  • Dr. Julie Zimmerman, Yale University Center for Green Chemistry and Engineering will speak on green engineering.

For more information please contact: glgreenchemistry@gmail.com

November 15: GreenScreen Training (space is limited)
Register early for this in-depth experiential training on how to use the GreenScreen™ for Safer Chemicals, a tool developed by Clean Production Action for identifying chemicals of concern and selecting safer alternatives.

For more information, please contact greenscreen@cleanproduction.org.

Ten Most Recent Resources Added to P2TagTeam

P2TagTeam is collaborative tagging effort on Delicious, spearheaded by the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx), to encourage P2 professionals to share the resources they find and bookmark. If you locate a resource that you think would be helpful to other P2 professionals, simply add P2TagTeam tag in the Tags field when you add the bookmark to Delicious. For more background on P2Tag Team, Delicious, and social bookmarking, see P2 is Delicious, my earlier post on the topic.

As an example of the kinds of resources being identified, here are the ten most recent bookmarks tagged for P2TagTeam. You can view the entire collection at http://www.delicious.com/tag/recent/p2tagteam.