During the GLRPPR meeting last month, attendees discussed regional training needs, sector or chemical specific issues, and emerging trends in pollution prevention technical assistance. The following trends emerged:
- Basic principles of P2 as applied to doing technical P2 assessments; focus must be on hands-on; audience would include students, consultants, businesses, TAPs
- Green chemistry, particularly product substitution; it’s the right thing to do, and green chemistry and other P2 approaches can help a business avoid regulations
- Front-line worker P2 training as is done by Purdue – P2 is for everyone!
- EMS for small businesses; ISO 14000 is out of reach for many businesses wanting to do the right thing
- P2 is getting more complex, including more multi-media — more direct field support is needed as well as follow-up, longer term commitments by TAPs and inter-organizational partnerships and coordination
- Recipients of the technical assistance are wearing more hats, particularly in economic down times
- Work needs to get from the lab to the field and successes defused to other P2 TAPs and industry
We got little agreement on this, and a number of states did not respond.
We want to know: What are the most important training needs for your program? What emerging trends do you see in the pollution prevention technical assistance field? Are there sector or chemical specific issues that you need assistance with? Leave your thoughts in the comments. I’m planning to use this information to develop future GLRPPR sponsored webinars and training opportunities.