Easy Energy & Material Savings

Read and save money! Thanks to EPA funding, P2RIC organized case studies from Midwest businesses that undertook easy projects to increase operational efficiency and in the process saved money. Links on this page supplement the “Easy Energy & Materials Savings” booklet. Thanks to EPA funding, we are able to make a digital copy of this booklet available to you.

Reference Material Topics Include

Green Team

START A GREEN TEAM
Forming a green team within your business can exponentially increase your productivity and impact, not to mention boosting the image of your business.

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Engage Your Green Team
Corporate Green Teams

Generating Sustainable Value – PDF

Lighting

BRIGHT IDEA
Start here. Lighting improvements are one of the easiest and most cost-effective projects to start saving.

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Fluorescent Lighting
Industrial lighting – PDF
NPPD Energy Program – PDF
K-State Pollution Program Institute – PDF
Osram Sylvania Commercial Engineer – PDF
EnergyStar: The Truth About Mercury – PDF

Solvents

SOLVE YOUR  SOLVENT PROBLEM
They are not only expensive, but can also be hazardous. Fortunately non-hazardous, lower-cost alternatives are available. If you can’t cut solvents from your cleaning operations, watch the webinar to learn how to use them more efficiently.

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Simple Solutions Database
Solvents and Cleaners Publications
Marketing Green Cleaning
Toxic Use Reduction Institute – PDF
Solvent Substitution to Reduce Emission – PDF
Missouri Environmental Assistance Center – PDF
Solvent Substitution Webinar

Water

WASTED WATER BUDGET
Water usage has been overlooked for decades, but companies are noticing that water and waste-water disposal costs are draining their budgets.

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Saving Water in Business
All About Water Saving: WaterSense

Compressed Air

MONEY PRESSURE
Air is still free, however, it costs to keep it under pressure. Stop air and money leakage from your systems.

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Saving with Compressed Air
Compressed Air Systems
Electric vs Pneumatic Tools – PDF
UNL Partners in Pollution – PDF
Principals & Self-Assessment Tools – PDF
Compressed Air Systems Webinar

Packaging

PACK AWAY EXTRA COSTS
Who wants to pay twice for packaging? Choose energy efficient packaging options to prevent paying for packaging and its disposal.

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Packaging & Shipping Publication List
Department of Natural Resources – PDF
Food & Beverage Packaging Expert – PDF
ConAgra Foods Sustainable Development – PDF
EPA Office of Resource Conservation & Recovery – PDF
Packaging Savings Go Beyond Recycling Webinar

Lifecycle Analysis

WHAT IT REALLY COST
When purchasing products or equipment, do you consider the total cost over the lifespan of the product? Smart businesses look at hidden costs including energy to operate the equipment, disposal, maintenance, and supplies.

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Sustainable Design Tool: LCA Calculator
Life Cycle Assessment of Manitoba – PDF
Life Cycle Assessment & Sustainability Agenda – PDF

Waste Management Hierarchy

SAVING WASTE
Think of one way to produce less waste in your business today. As efforts focus on the more preferable options in the hierarchy and move from disposal towards reduction, opportunities for savings increase.

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Waste Hierarchy
EPA on Waste Wise
Save Money By Reducing Waste

Environmental Management Systems

MAKE A PLAN
Knowing where to look for savings and where to invest time and effort requires an ongoing program. An EMS can be used to identify and manage waste and assure continuous improvements.

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EPA on EMS

Greenhouse Gas Tools

REDUCE YOUR FOOTPRINT
When businesses look at waste reduction, they discover environmental benefits in addition to monetary savings. Do your part to reduce your business’ carbon footprint.

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Calculation Tools for Estimating Green House Gas – PDF
Get Help Reducing Energy Use Webinar

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