DEEP: P2 for State and Local Government Agencies

Leading By Example 
Pollution Prevention (P2) Strategies For State and Local Government

State agencies and local governments have many opportunities to lead by example by incorporating P2 strategies into new and existing programs. Learn how your town or state agency can prevent pollution and "go green" in your offices and in your community.  
How To Green Your CT State Agency - Information from DEEP workshops,  Buying "Green" Products (2014) & Going Green Makes Sen$e (2012) and more.  
Greening Your Library
Low Impact Development (LID)-Municipal Outreach 
 
 
Energy Efficiency and Conservation    
Energy efficiency programs, purchasing energy from renewable resources and simple changes such as switching to compact fluorescents (CFLs) can save your town a lot of money, as well as reducing the effects of climate change.
 
Greening Your Library
Libraries are community "hotspots" and great places to teach and showcase efforts to create a sustainable environment. Get inspiration from these resources to green your library.
  • Greening Your Library (pdf) This is a presentation by the Office of Pollution Prevention staff to the CT State Library Association in April 2010. It offers many suggestions about how to green your operation from recycling all kinds of materials, reducing energy and environmentally preferable purchasing using "real life" examples from greening the DEEP.
  • Green Libraries This website has information about the greening of libraries in North America, including a list of libraries constructing green buildings and a directory.
  • Green Library Blog Share your success stories and learn what other libraries are doing to become sustainable.
 
Green Buildings & High Performance Schools
Green buildings are part of the larger practice of responsible growth. High performance schools are built using an integrated design process that has long-term benefits for the community and the environment.  
 
 
Organic Land Care & Integrated Pest Management
  • You can have good-looking, high quality athletic fields and school grounds without the use of conventional fertilizers and pesticides. Find information on how to transition to organic land care and how to get a free DVD.
  • Integrated pest management (IPM) is a systematic method of managing pests using non-chemical pest management methods and the judicious use of pesticides when pest populations exceed acceptable levels.
 
 
Public Works Garages and Fleet Maintenance
Maintaining a fleet of vehicles is expensive. Learn how to reduce your costs, meet your regulatory requirements and protect the environment.
 
 
Purchasing & Environmentally Preferable Products (EPPs)
EPP cleaning products are non-toxic, healthier for students, cleaning staff and employees and promote better indoor air quality. Recycled content products are comparable in cost and quality to conventional products.
  • Presentations from DEEP June 2014 workshop for state agencies, municipalities and school districts:  Buying a Better Way: Choosing Green Products from State Contracts.
  • After October 1, 2007 cleaning products used in a building owned by the State must meet standards set by a national or international environmental certification program approved by the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) in consultation with the Commissioner of Environmental Protection. Read the Policy for Use of Environmentally Preferable Products andSanitizing Products.
  • The DAS Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Program provides access to state contracts that feature EPP products and services as well as general EPP information, statutes, and policies.
  • The City of Portland, Oregon has developed comprehensive case studies for many items from antifreeze to waterless urinals. These case studies discuss the scope of the purchase, benefits, costs, performance, and lessons learned.
  • EPA's Design for the Environment (DfE) program provides information to identify cleaning and other products that are cost-effective and safer for the environment. Find Dfe approved products.
  • Green Seal develops life cycle-based sustainability standards for products, services and companies and offers third-party certification for those that meet the criteria in the standard. Find Green Seal certified cleaning products
  • Find out what to look for when purchasing recycled content products.
  • Your town may want to consider using biodiesel as a fuel for heating or running vehicles with diesel engines. 
 
 
Sustainability and Responsible Growth
Responsible growth or "livability" initiatives are designed to help communities determine how they want to grow and how to make policy choices consistent with their vision.
 
 
 
Solid Waste & Recycling
Are you concerned about the rising cost of managing solid waste? Learn about innovative approaches to solid waste management such as Pay-As-You-Throw and large scale composting that can help your town save money on tipping fees.
 
 
Support Organizations
Get more pollution prevention ideas from these organizations:
 
 
Green Circle Awards
Get recognition for your efforts! The DEEP's Green Circle Awards recognize the pollution prevention accomplishments of state agencies and local governments. 

Content Last Updated June 2014