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This is a photo of the front of the
Arkansas Dept. of Env. Quality’s new green building. It’s a LEED certified Gold building and was
completed in the spring of 2007. It’s
located along the Arkansas River and has walking trails behind it. We are able to see herds of deer in the
floodplain in the mornings and late afternoon.
There have been reports of as many as 42 at one time. It’s really a paradise compared to where we
used to work. (We used to work in 7
different building located along the side of I-30.) We’re very proud of it.
I’m Audree Miller, the P2 Coordinator for the Ark. Dept. of Env.
ADEQ’s P2 Program essentially started in July of 2003 when I came on
The first couple of years, 50%
of my job was to develop a P2 program and the other half was coordinating the
agency’s comment letters for NEPA.
I started with a scant P2 web page and
went from there.
Like my counterpart in
Oklahoma, I am the only person in the program.
I really had no idea what I
had gotten myself into when I accepted the position of P2 Coordinator.
I don’t think I would have made it without
the P2 Roundtable.
They have been my P2
P2 is full of challenges, with lots of ups and
downs, but overall, it’s a rewarding field, and I really do think the work of
state P2 Programs are making a difference.
My first year in the P2 Program the EPA
asked me to submit my source reduction data.
I didn’t have any.
I asked everyone I could think of at ADEQ to
help me and I still came up with no data.
But over several years, a number of things were developed that generate
This list is where my data is coming from currently.
Read the list.
The last item on the list, a tiered leadership program, has not been developed
yet, but I will be working on a proposal
for our senior management to review this coming grant year.
ADEQ held its first Ark. Env. Stewardship Awards competition in 2005.
Myself and the P2 Steering Committee were heavily involved in the development
of the award.
The ENVY applications are currently one of my main sources of P2
ADEQ’s Business Assistance Program, which
the P2 Program is a part, offers environmental loans for small businesses
The loans are low interest loans at 80% of the prime
lending rate and max out at $45,000.
Eligible loan projects are for:
Over the last couple of years, many independent truck drivers have been getting
loans for Alternate Power Units or APUs. The truckers are able to use the APUs
to run the cab of their 18-wheelers rather than idling the trucks.
Generally, the cost savings in diesel fuel
in just one week’s use can pay the monthly payment on the loan (run
From the fuel savings,
you can calculate all sorts of P2 data:
CO2, BTUs, $, NOx, PM.
ADEQ has implemented an Env. Management
System based on an ISO 14001 system.
took several years to get it going because ADEQ’s headquarters moved to a new
That slowed us
We just conducted our first
internal audit this year.
were encouraging and we know we will have even better results in the
The EMS is generating:
reductions (electricity/natural gas) The green building is helping tremendously
supply problems at first.
Water reductions (waterless urinals and dual flush toilets)
Solid waste reductions.
(comprehensive recycling program with a Recycling Committee made up of
representatives from each division)
Fleet fuel consumption (.4% increase; needs work)
Using green cleaners (Green Cleaning Policy and contract)
Decreased use of office paper; 15.6% decrease for copy paper and 21.7% overall
*Commute solutions (new administration is receptive and has
appointed a flextime task force)
All of these reductions can be reported as P2 data.
Under a P2 grant, ADEQ put on three
day-long seminars to introduce Arkansas hospitals to H2E, now renamed Practice
Greenhealth. The workshops were held in
different regions of the state; one in the northwest corner, one central and
I used the contact information from the online
registration lists for my follow-up work.
I started out with a short email and an attachment for data. I was assisted by Susan Roothaan and Martina
Gerhke from A Nurtured World. They have
a grant from the EPA to assist states in Region 6 gather P2 data. We contacted
the registrants by phone. I did not get
any data returned voluntarily from the email.
I discovered that many of the hospitals are doing some good P2 work,
but they are not tracking their data.
I don’t know what your site assistance
pictures look like, but these pictures are good examples of what I encounter
on a typical visit.
Most of the time, basic COMPLIANCE and the use of
best management practices to prevent pollution is the best I can hope
for. Generally, it’s very difficult to
get source reduction data from very small businesses. I do have several medium size businesses,
one of which is featured on this slide, and is under new management, that I
expect to be able to get data from in about a year.
One of my favorite pictures. I thought I’d share it with you. The person that owns this business is
required to keep hazardous waste manifests and storm water sampling
records. Do you think he can open the
drawer in his desk?
The Arkansas Material Exchange is for
secondary materials from Arkansas businesses, such as byproducts of
manufacturing processes. The materials are
posted free of charge and the site is managed by ADEQ’s Solid Waste Division’s
Recycling and Market Development Branch.
Unfortunately, this site is buried in ADEQ’s web pages and is not
getting much participation or generating any data so far. The Solid Waste Division is planning to join
the RENEW site on The Zero Waste Network’s web site. That site includes Oklahoma and Texas,
too. New Mexico may be joining soon,
Arkansas does not currently have a tiered
environmental leadership program. Under
the next P2 grant, I am going to do an in depth study of other state leadership
programs and put the information in a proposal for ADEQ’s senior management. I know the program will need several levels
and will have the Performance Track as the top tier. The proposal will include financial and
staff needs, publicity, etc. A tiered
leadership program will also be a source of P2 data. ADEQ’s new director is very interested in
developing incentives for our state’s P-Track members and has also been
briefed about developing a leadership program that ties in with P-Track.