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Successful NC PETE annual conference in St. Louis, May 13-16.

Thanks to all who presented and participated in North Central Partnership for Environmental Education's (NC PETE) 6th Annual Conference, Best Practices in Environmental Technology and Pollution Prevention Education and Training. You have again made historic The proceedings from this year's conference will be published by Advanced Technology Environmental Education Center (ATEEC) as a national report. Eighty-two educators attended this year's conference, down significantly from previous years due to many conflicts with May graduations. NC PETE will return to its traditional April date for future conferences. Mark your calendars for April 15-17, 1999.

1998 Conference participants were welcomed by Pat Berntsen, Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute (HMTRI) and NC PETE Director, and by David Gardner, Chair of NC PETE from Owens Community College, Toledo (OH). Mike Holmes, conference host, introduced Dr. Henry Shannon, President, St. Louis Community College - Forest Park, who welcomed his community college colleagues to St. Louis.

Thursday's proceedings

Thursday's proceedings opened with the wise and entertaining keynoter, Pat Garvey, Director of EPA's Envirofacts Warehouse Team, speaking about the power of information and best practices related to its use. Pat has been with EPA since 1984, working in the Hazardous Waste Program, the Agency's Comptroller Office, the Denver Regional Office, and currently, the Office of Information Resources Management in Washington, D.C. Pat equates data and information to power. He advised participants to use EPA's Envirofacts to understand their communities environment, to know what chemicals are in the community and what industries handle and discharge waste.

Julianne Stone, Environmental Affairs, Office of St. Louis Mayor Clarence Harmon, told participants how critical it is to her position to have Envirofacts information. Once fairly isolated in her decision-making, she now has access to information about businesses and industries with significant amounts of chemicals, where the chemicals are and what is being released. Julianne can map chemical use information and she can relate it to other census data for environmental justice studies. She challenged participants to get involved with their local governments and to lend their expertise.

After updates on national PETE and ATEEC programming by Paul Dickinson and Ellen Kabat, the national workshop facilitator, Steve Fenton, gave participants a pep talk about the task of preparing a national report. Dr. Ragupathy Kannan, Westark CC, AR entertained the crowd at lunch with his presentation on The Great Hornbill and the Indian Rainforest.

Best Practice Case Studies where shared in five small groups on Thursday afternoon. Best Practice Reports, gleaned from Thursday's presentations and from written case studies, submitted prior to the conference by those unable to attend, were prepared Friday afternoon. Small groups included:

(1) Finances; Facilities and Equipment; and New Educational Technologies (Facilitator - Doug Feil)


Doug Feil, HMTRI,IA - Zero Balance Budgeting for Contract Training

Walter Arenstein, NC PETE - Green Chemistry and Green Campuses

Barb Berquam, Kirkwood CC, IA - Facilities, Equipment and Supplies for Short-Term Training

Doug Feil/Barb Berquam, HMTRI, Kirkwood CC,IA - Iowa Communications Network

Bob Welch, Lansing CC, MI - GIS in the Classroom

(2) Curriculum; Measuring Student Achievement (Facilitator - Diane Gere). Presenters:

Lyle Mercer, Moraine Park Tech College, WI - Water/Wastewater Continuing Education

Diane Gere, HMTRI/ATEEC, IA - Unified Curriculum

Jeff Bates, Columbus St CC, OH - Integrating Instructor Internship Experiences into Curriculum

Javid Mohtasham, Mt. Hood CC, OR - Subject Specific Curriculum

Daniel Smola, Springfield Tech CC, MA - General Curriculum

Herb Scott, Central CC, NE - Open Entry/Open Exit Curriculum

Ann Fallon, Cincinnati St CC, OH - Nontraditional Student Achievement Methods

Bill Resch, New Albany/Eastland Vo Tech HS, OH - Assessment through Partners

(3) Community Involvement and Labor Market Access; Advisory Committees; College Transfer and Articulation Agreements (Facilitator - Steve Fenton). Presenters:

Mark Feedman, Luna CC, NM - Sustainable Rural Development


Mike Holmes, St. Louis CC, Forest Park, MO - Community Involvement

Dave Gardner, Owens CC, OH - Advisory Committees

Connie Majka, Philadelphia HS Academies, PA - Board of Governors

Steve Fenton, Eastern IA CC Dist, IA - Health and Safety Curriculum Articulation

Dave Gardner, Owens CC, OH - 2+2 Environmental Resource Management Program

Steve Swanson, Kansas St U, Salina, KS - College Transfer

Donavan Ropp, Cal State Bakersfield, CA - Articulation and Partnerships

(4) Instructors and Professional Development; Teaching Styles and Delivery; Evaluation and Continuous Quality Improvement (Facilitator - Melonee Docherty). Presenters:

Dianne O'Connell, Schoolcraft CC, MI - The FAST Internship Experience

Eileen Engel, national PETE, CA - Variety of FAST Internships

Steve Mrstic, Kirkwood CC, IA - New Instructor Development

Ron Snyder, HMTRI, IA - Reaching the Adult Learner

Joe Passatino, Crowder College, MO - Hands On Training on the Road

Tim Robbins, Kirkwood CC, IA - Reaching the International Learner

Cindy Lake, HMTRI/ATEEC, IA - Program Evaluation and CQI

Lea Campbell, SC PETE, TX - Program Standards

(5) College Support Services; Student Recruitment; Job Placement (Facilitator - Pat Berntsen) Presenters:

Ed Stoessel, Eastern IA CC District, IA - Working with the Grants Office

Kathy Kaiser, Kirkwood CC, IA - Working with the Marketing Office

Dave Boon, Front Range CC, CO - Innovative Recruitment Approaches

Julie Mauer, Columbus St CC, OH - Job Placement

Peter Kowal, EHOVE Center, OH - Job Search and Retention Skills

Victor Muniz, national PETE, CA Brownfield's Job Placement

Friday morning

Friday morning proceedings started with a keynote address by the versatile Don Shafer. Don is the Environmental Administrator for Hallmark Cards. He teaches at the Metropolitan Community Colleges in Kansas City and he is the 1997-98 President of the National Environmental Training Association (NETA). Don addressed the ANSI Z490 Committee for setting national standards and best practices in EHS Training. He also spoke of pollution prevention practices at Hallmark Cards.

A post-secondary panel from Ohio addressed Best Practices for community colleges. Presenters included Ann Fallon, Cincinnati St CC; Dave Gardner, Owens CC, Toledo; and Julie Mauer, Columbus St CC. A high school/adult panel addressed Best Practices in the high school and adult education arena. Presenters included Pete Kowal, EHOVE Center, OH; Bill Resch, New Albany/Eastland VoTech, OH; and Connie Majka, Philadelphia HS Academies, PA.

Dave Boon, Front Range CC, CO, concluded the conference with his exuberant and challenging presentation on Best Marketing Practices.

Saturday workshops included (1) Integrating EPA's Design for the Environment Materials in College Curriculum, presented by Dave Boon, and (2) Microscale Chemistry, presented by Jamal Tayah and Delores Koholic-Hehemann, at the St. Louis CC, Forest Park campus.

Side trips during the conference included a tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and a Mississippi River dinner cruise. We at NC PETE hope to see you all in Wisconsin for the 1999 Annual Conference, April 15-17.

Florida's Second Annual Statewide Pollution Prevention Conference

Building Partnerships for a Green and Profitable Florida was the theme for this conference. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the University of Florida TREEO Center (Center for Training, Research and Education for Environmental Occupations) modeled this concept when they jointly hosted the event in June at the DoubleTree Resort Hotel in Clearwater Beach. The Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE), a network of community college, college and four-year university environmental science instructors, was a cosponsor. Approximately 175 people attended the three-day function and exhibits.

Session topics included the following:

* The Department of Defense's war on pollution

* P2 projects in enforcement

* The relationship between P2 and watershed management

* Using watershed management plans to guide stormwater system improvements

* Fine wire production without using halogenated solvents

* Partnership for Ecosystem Protection

* National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and P2

* Hazardous waste regulatory program and DEP

* Partnership successes - Suncoast Manufacturing Technology Center

* Grassroots P2 and partnerships

* General industry, boating industry, food processing and agricultural P2

* Hotel and motel waste reduction

* Zen and the art of P2

* Strategic environmental management

* Impediments to P2

* P2 and the NASA contractor

* Environmental green accounting

If you would like to present a paper to be considered for presentation at the Third Annual Statewide P2 Conference in June 1999, please contact Dawn Jenkins, 352.392.9570 x127, fax 352.392.6910,

Florida Environmental Expo '98 October 27-28, 1998

Tampa Convention Center

After five years of continued growth and success the EXPO is now co-sponsored Longwood Environmental Management and the University of Florida TREEO Center, in cooperation with Environment 21 (formerly Florida Environments). The EXPO theme focuses on future markets and strategic environmental management for small businesses. Around the Southeast, smart environmental businesses have stated to diversify into the fields of energy conservation, green construction, eco-tourism, alternative energy, water resources, brownfields redevelopment, strategic environmental management, mitigation banking, business research, green products and innovative waste reduction and recycling. These merging growth sectors foreshadow unparalleled growth in the environmental industry in the years to come.

The Florida Environmental EXPO is now positioned to capture the leading edge of the next wave in the environmental market. As the environmental industry continues its transition from a reaction-oriented system into a mainstream business system, the EXPO is offering forward-looking technical sessions and emerging-market analysis.

If your company is thinking about the future and getting a head start on your competitors, you want to be an integral part of the 1998 Florida Environmental EXPO. Contact Dawn Jenkins at 352.392.9570 x127, fax 352.392.6910,

Grant Awards to Florida Schools

Two Florida colleges were awarded grants from the National partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE), through the United States Information Agency (USIA), to assist foreign academic institutions to develop quality environmental technology education programs. This collaboration promotes environmental education and training in the Eastern Mediterranean and Mexico. It established permanent linkages between the US, Mexico and Eastern Mediterranean institutions to develop sustainable training programs for an environmental work force and thereby produce economic development in those regions. Brevard Teaching and Research Laboratories (BTR) at Brevard Community College provided Geographic Information Systems (GIS) training and the Center for Training, Research and Education for Environmental Occupations at the University of Florida (UF/TREEO) provided ISO 14000 training. The nine faculty members are from universities and colleges in Jordan, Lebanon, The Palestinian Authority and Mexico.

For the past three years, UF/TREEO has provided ISO 14000 training around the state of Florida. Four courses are currently offered, including Integrating an Environmental Management System (EMS) Into Your Workplace; Concepts, Components and Standards, an overview; Environmental Accounting; and Lead Auditor Training. UF/TREEO also offers a short course on the Florida Geographic Data Library (GeoGator FGDL). The course covers basic GIS concepts and skills using ArcView software and FGDL data.

The ISO 14000 course, Integrating an EMS Into Your Workplace, covered topics including the benefits of an EMS; action plans, mission statements and communication; gap analysis; EMS documentation; implementation; employee and stakeholder support; and continual commitment. The class broke into small groups to work on case studies and participate in solving problems similar to what is experienced in the business world.

Instructors attending the GIS training learned how to identify past, present and potential underground hazardous installations and remediation activities. They also learned about land use planning, environmental monitoring, resource management, public safety, emergency preparedness, planning, real estate sales and development, insurance risk analysis, commercial site planning and facilities management. With unique GIS computer laboratories, current software application programs and experienced training faculty, BTR labs is one of the only facilities in the US equipped to facilitate this type of GIS technology training.

Both BTR and UF/TREEO are members of Southeast PETE. For more information regarding PETE or ISO 14000, please contact William T. Engel, Jr., Ph.D., CET, Executive Director, 352.392.9570 x110, fax: 352.392.6910, or email: For GIS information at BTR, contact Michael Helmstetter, Director, 407.632.1111 x22056, fax 407.634.3730 or email:

Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center

The Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) is a nonprofit organization that was created on the recommendation of the Pacific Northwest Hazardous Waste Advisory Council, a group of representatives from industry, public interest groups, academia and other Northwest stakeholders appointed by the governors of the Northwest states to discuss hazardous waste management in the region. The Council realized that by preventing pollution - eliminating or minimizing the release of waste into the air, land and water before it occurs - there is less to recycle, treat or dispose of in a landfill, and that preventing pollution at the source through process changes, materials substitution or other methods must be a top priority in order to break the cycle of shifting releases from one environmental medium to another.

The PPRC was created in 1990 to help meet the region's pollution prevention challenges. Its mission is to protect public health, safety and the environment by supporting research and projects that result in pollution prevention and toxics use elimination and reduction. The information is intended to help businesses in the region learn about pollution prevention, and how it may help them become more efficient and compliant with environmental regulations. All resources were created by the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center with support from federal, state and local governments and the industrial community.

Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, the PPRC is governed by a board of directors comprised of regional industry, environmental, academic and business leaders. The organization receives financial contributions from state, provincial and federal governments, foundations and prominent Northwest companies, Its staff are dedicated to identifying opportunities and helping overcome obstacles to pollution prevention implementation in the Pacific Northwest.

Pollution Prevention and Compliance Fact Sheets

* Understanding Regulations on Solvent Cleaning Equipment: What You Need to Know to Comply

* How to Read a Materials Safety Data Sheet to Determine if you Use Regulated Chemicals

* Emission Estimating Worksheet

* List of 189 Hazardous Air Pollutants

* What You Need to Know About Risk Management Planning

* Wood Furniture Manufacturing - What You Need to Know To Comply

* Shipbuilding and Repair - What You Need to Know To Comply

* Chromium Electroplating and Anodizing - What You Need to Know To Comply

* Aerospace Manufacturing, Repair Operations - What You Need to Know To Comply

* Rotogravure and Wide-Web Flexographic Printing

* Using the Internet to Find Regulatory and Pollution Prevention Information

* Is Your Business Using Regulated Chemicals? Watch Your Profits Evaporate

* Calculating True Costs of Paints and Coatings

Self-Help Tools

* How to Inventory Your Wastes for Environmental Compliance

* Total Cost Accounting

* Environmental Management System Implementation Guide

'Living Document' Helps Fiberglassers Explore Pollution Prevention Opportunities

Fiberglass fabricators looking for the most current information on reducing emissions and on regulatory issues facing their industry can turn to a "living document" produced by the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC).

The "living document" is an easy-to-use on-line resource that is updated regularly, giving users the most current, useful and accurate information available. PPRC is working cooperatively with industry experts to produce "Northwest Pollution Prevention and Regulatory Perspectives" for fiberglassers. The living document is available at

The document, updated monthly, includes the following resources:

* Pollution Prevention Opportunities:

Descriptions of process methods and alternative materials help industry understand economic impacts, production features, and emissions reduction benefits. Links to North west case studies and vendors are provided.

* Regulatory Perspectives:

Fiberglassers can learn the latest on the regulatory front, including emissions factoring, air quality standards development, waste management, and fiberglass scrap recycling issues.

* Expertise Directory:

Contacts with years of experience can help answer questions about implementing pollution prevention technologies or about regulatory matters.

* Research Projects:

Industry can learn more about research into new production methods and materials. Project summaries and contacts are provided.

For more information about the "living document" or PPRC contact Chris Wiley (cwile) or phone (206) 223-1151. (Check out PPRC on the internet:
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Date:Oct 1, 1998
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