EPA Federal Government Grant Proposal #2
The Arizona Department of Environmental Protection desires to create an Arizona Green Business Program as part of collaborative effort to help business and government operations come into full compliance with current environmental regulations make progress toward preventing pollution and conserve vital resources. Through this program "green establishment" can receive logo to display on its premises for the public. It can also use the logo in advertising.
The logo is intended to help consumers identify environmentally responsible facilities in both business and government. The program organizers want to use the public’s awareness of environmental issues to help foster – through consumer buying power—additional business advocates.
The Arizona Department of Environmental Protection seeks to create the Arizona Green Business Program as collaborative effort to help business and government operations come into full compliance with environmental regulations become active in preventing pollution and conserving resources. Through this program green business will receive logo which they can display on their premises or advertise across multiple media. For example companies can use the logo in their advertisement campaigns. By using this logo consumers are alerted to the establishment’s commitment to the environment.
This strategy was selected based on the perception that the public has become fully aware of the environmental movement and will "buy" with businesses that demonstrate the commitment to become "green".
- Recruit Orientation & Train AZ Green Program Field Staff
- Name Partners and Targeted Areas
- Create and Distribute Information Packets
- Green Business Development Program
- Launch Pilots Execute Full Program
- Disseminate Information
- Measure Performance
- Report Results Recycle with Lessons Learned
The Department plans to target four areas for training and promotion to prevent pollution. Automotive industry boating and marina establishments manufacturing and schools. The key activities of the program are.
Hands on sessions with owners of automotive maintenance shops serving individuals and fleet customers. Dissemination of outreach materials and programs to members of this sector. Focus program and training on the boating industry because of Arizona’s limited water and sensitivity to environmental damage as well as the importance of this sector to the well being of all its citizens.
Manufacturing plants for control of wastes. Schools because of the importance of educating the next generation on the responsibilities associated with sound environmental practices. Activities include the same organization format. The following is complete list of all project deliverables as stated in the proposal.
Complete training date meeting dates survey summaries of similar programs in other states; track and report on correspondence and deliver program mission vision facility inspection checklists program logo and recognition procedures at all sites. Create outreach fliers Agenda attendance checklists facility reports verification documentation and recognition formats to all sites. Ensure that total program measurement is completed yearly e.g.
- Number of meetings
- Number of locations
- Number of participants at each site and in total
- Number of facilities applying to program
- Number of logos distributed
- Number of establishments receiving awards
Estimated cost and energy savings by target industry. Final report is delivered to the State Legislature on progress made over the three years and the defined results as well as opportunities for continued improvement.
In order to track the effectiveness of the project and to judge the outcome the following evaluation plan will be used. The evaluation plan will be approached from both internal and external constituencies. We will use independent evaluators from environmental pollution agencies to assist in our field work. Team will be tasked with the summative evaluation including the writing of report for the State Legislature.
This will be the start of longitudinal studies to measure the ongoing effectiveness of our educational outreach on site programs and results of the logo program statewide.
A data collection tool will be designed and executed for the Department at the beginning of the project and yearly thereafter. At the end of each year outreach efforts will be followed by outcomes reporting. The outcomes will be measured as follows.
100% of Arizona students are aware of the basic elements of pollution prevention. 95% of the automotive maintenance shops have been contacted and interviewed regarding pollution prevention over the three years of the project. 95% of our states’ residents will believe that pollution prevention is worthwhile. Residents attitudes toward pollution prevention efforts are statistically significant as "positive".
95% of each category targeted e.g. automotive marine education and manufacturing establishments have been contacted regarding the program and their responses captured in new state wide data bank.
Arizona Department of Environmental Protection expects to know the following at the end of the project. How much money was saved or efficiencies gained by applying new pollution prevention tactics in each of the targeted business and public sector programs. Where do we need to place more effort in pollution prevention and how much should it cost.
We anticipate 15% response to the surveys distributed each year and anticipate the number to rise each year subsequently. New technologies used in pollution prevention should have been showcased for the business and government communities to assist with our goals.
Because we plan to use outcome data that is empirical we project impact on the community as result of this project. There will be impact on each facility and organization that participates in our outreach programming. As result negative environmental impacts that have been ignored recently may be explored remedies put in place and people acknowledged for their efforts on behalf of the communities. The impact of the data collected could not be reported by miles traveled or by individual job repair as the factors vary significantly and we did not have the budget to do that type of assessment.
However we have undercovered other significant factors that can be measured in the future and we anticipate applying for new funding to help us strengthen our estimation process as result of this grant.
The Department has formed strategic partnerships with the following companies and organizations. Leveraging our relationships with these leading resources will ensure that the end result of the project is more successful. For example The Green Business Program is partnership among the Arizona Department of Environmental Protection Maricopa County Sheraton County Yucca County Siemens the Arizona State University and small companies located around the state. See complete list in Appendix A.
The results of the Program will be shared across the U.S. Pollution Prevention Network Western Regional Pollution Network and the National Compliance Assistance Forum.
The Green Business Program helps to advance the following goals. The Arizona State policy set forth in the Omnibus Hazardous Waste Act as. "In the interest of protecting the public health and safety and the environment the legislature declare that it is the policy of the state to. Encourage pollution prevention whenever technically and economically practicable without shifting risks from one part of process environmental medium or product to another and Reduce the amount of hazardous substances used and reduce the amount of hazardous waste generated in this state.
The environmental goals established in the Division’s performance partnership with the EPA include the following goals. Implement Source Water Protection such as wellhead protection protective local ordinances protective local use plans sources assesses as non susceptible and SWAP void of selected adjacent land uses. By reduce total pollutant loading point of source and non point source by 30% for 30% of the watersheds by developing baseline through monitoring by performing compliance assistance measures in accordance with the watershed plan and by increasing public involvement and partnership with stakeholders".
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John Smith has been funded by the Pollution Prevention Grant Program as an environmental health specialist in the Pollution Prevention Unit since 2000. His duty includes outreach under this grant and is an experienced public speaker networker and training manager. He holds master’s degree in environmental technology from California State University and master’s degree in psychology for Auburn University.
He also holds certification as an auto mechanics teacher in the State of Arizona. Other staff members include. May Withers an environmental health specialist with the Pollution Prevention Unit. She has experience in business environmental assistance regulatory guidance and compliance.
She holds bachelors degree in environmental studies from Rutgers University and has received numerous environmental awards. John O’Reilly is an environmental engineer and one of the experts in the Pollution Prevention Unit. He earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering and has several years experience as an engineer in the nuclear industry.
In addition he is well known writer on environmental pollution issues. Jason Scott Lee is an environmental health specialist with the Pollution Prevention Unit. His expertise is in training and database management.
He holds master’s degree in forest biometrics form Arizona State University and has worked with the Arizona Emergency Response Commission.
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Letter of Transmittal
Pollution Prevention Incentives for States PPIS Grant Assistance. Enclosed for your review is the Arizona Department of Enviromental Protection’s PPIS Grant Application for FY. The application requests total of $170 which consists of $85 in federal monies and $85 in state match.
Also enclosed are the detailed budget and narrative to justify the request our plans and statements of qualification. If you or any member of your staff has questions please contact me.