P2 Business and Education Features from the Peaks to Prairies Center
Peaks to Prairies has produced and/or published resources in several focus areas important to this region. These areas are:
- Tribal Pollution Prevention
- Resource Efficient Residential Construction and Community Development
- Outdoor Recreation
- Pollution Prevention Education
Click to view these resources from this page. If the document is a pdf, use your back button to return to this page. Check the Topic Hubs™ for additional resources related to these sectors. This page also has links to miscellaneous resources published by the Center -- a guide for auto body shops and documentation of a mercury thermostat recycling project (see the bottom of the page).
TribalP2 Web Portal - Launched late in 2004, the portal is a collaborative project of the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable, Peaks to Prairies and other P2Rx Centers. It offers a collection of tribal pollution prevention information including news, events, technical assistance contacts, case studies of successful tribal programs, funding opportunities and project resources designed by and for tribes. Site visitors are invited to submit their resources to build the portal.
Connected to the Earth: Environmental Health in and Around the Home - This Native American perspective on the Home*A*Syst program is a do-it-yourself risk assessment tool for homeowners to evaluate environmental and health risks in and around their homes. Produced 2001 by the Montana State University Extension Service Housing Program
Homes Across America - A showcase of resource efficient homes, this Web site aims to build the bridge between homebuyers, builders, designers and technical assistance providers who have questions, ideas and information to share about resource efficient building and innovations. A broad spectrum of national partners have contributed case studies and agreed to serve as technical assistance contacts. Launched late in 2002, new profiles are added on a regular basis.
Residential Construction Contractors Guide - This guide provides residential construction contractors and designers with practical ideas on how to reduce or eliminate waste. Many of the suggestions involve free or low-cost operational changes. Other suggestions may require structural modifications, complex technologies, or material substitutions. Produced by the Montana State University Extension Service Pollution Prevention Program in 2001.
Resource Efficient Residential Construction Industry Web Directory (pdf file) - This directory lists and links to organizations and Internet sites on the leading edge of resource efficient residential construction. Organizations are classified by type, audience, services provided. Compiled in 2002 by the Peaks to Prairies Center so the list is not exhaustive.
Discovering Common Ground: Potential for a P2-Managed Growth Connection in Western States (pdf file) - Tellus Institute prepared this report for Peaks to Prairies in 2001 discussing the parallels between the pollution prevention and the managed growth movements and how consumers and local governments can work together to plan for growth that yields the best quality of life.
Other organizations that deal with community growth issues in the region are:
- National Center for Appropriate Technology - http://www.ncat.org
- Rocky Mountain Institute - http://www.rmi.org/rmi/
- Envision Utah - http://www.envisionutah.org/
- Western Sustainability Exchange - http://www.westernsustainabilityexchange.org/
- Western Rural Development Council (WRDC) - http://wrdc.usu.edu/ (To view the toolkit they produced, "Western by Design: Tools for Discussing Local Growth," click on "Publications" and "Western by Design Resource Toolkit")
Green Parks - EPA Region 8 pollution prevention programs and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality have been engaged in ongoing efforts to promote pollution prevention and sustainability issues to public land managers. Here you will also find a link to download or order the Green Parks Toolkit.
Greening Your Ski Area: A Pollution Prevention Handbook - A guide for ski areas wanting to green their operations. It features practical, proven techniques and technologies that will reduce environmental impacts and result in cost savings. The Handbook was prepared by Tetra Tech EM Inc. and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Pollution Prevention Program in 2002 with funding from EPA. The Ski Areas Topic Hub complements this resource with information geared toward a technical assistance provider and provides additional technical resources.
Also, check out these topic hubs for a collection of resources and guidance about pollution prevention in these areas and operations:
Agricultural and Vocational Teaching Laboratory Self-Audit - Provides a practical approach to preventing pollution in agricultural and vocational teaching laboratories. A "self-audit" is included to help teachers and students examine laboratory operations and identify ways to prevent pollution. It has information on how to set up an audit, general good housekeeping procedures, and area-specific guidelines for agricultural and power mechanics, construction, greenhouse, metals and welding, and animal confinement.
Campus Pollution Prevention - Provides results of two surveys conducted in the region, one in 1998 as a benchmark of P2 issues in higher education in the region and the other in 2002 that surveyed vocational and technical schools to assess if and how pollution prevention and regulatory compliance issues are integrated into career training curriculum. Annotated links to key campus P2 resources are also offered.
Also check out these Topic Hubs: