DEEP: 1991 - Pollution Prevention Efforts Established

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Pollution Prevention Efforts Established
(1991)

Background

Following passage of the federal Pollution Prevention Act of 1990, the Connecticut General Assembly took action in 1991 with approval of a state policy on pollution prevention (Public Act 91-376).

The new state law set the state on a course toward preventing or minimizing pollution, rather than controlling it once it is generated.

Pollution Prevention covers a broad range of environmental concerns such as addressing climate change, managing and reducing our waste, landscape stewardship, green building and renewable energy. The DEPís Pollution Prevention Plan for Connecticut was written in 1996 to better focus efforts on preventing pollution statewide. Preventing pollution requires a shift in how businesses operate, how consumers go about their daily activities, and how institutions are run. The Plan emphasized education and outreach to create an awareness of pollution prevention (P2) opportunities for all sectors of the community -- consumers, businesses, and institutions -- to form partnerships and invite voluntary participation.

Some recent examples of Pollution Prevention efforts:

Green Cleaning Becomes Law for State Agencies - 2007
The law "An Act Concerning the Use of Cleaning Products in State Buildings" requires Connecticut state agencies to buy and use environmentally preferable cleaning products. These products, ranging from glass cleaners and degreasers to floor polishes and bathroom cleaners, must meet national or international environmental certification standards approved by the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) in consultation with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The law became effective October 1, 2007 and it was preceded by Executive Order 14 issued by Governor Rell in 2006.

Green Cleaning Becomes Law for Schools - 2009
House Bill 6496 requires school districts to have a green cleaning program in place by July 1, 2011. The environmentally preferable products must meet nationally certified guidelines and approved by the state Department of Administrative Services. They include products used for general purpose cleaning, bathroom, glass and carpet cleaners; hand cleaners and soaps; floor finishers and strippers. The law also requires that the types of cleaners and the methods used be made public.

CT Green Lodging certification program begins - 2009
The CT Green Lodging program allows lodging facility owners to have their facilities certified as to their environmental practices. This serves as a marketing tool and to inform the public of their improved practices.

The program was created in response to a request from a State Representative and a Connecticut hotelier. The first meeting regarding this program was held in 2007 and included the CT Commission on Culture and Tourism, the CT Department of Environmental Protection, the CT Hotel and Motel Association, the state representative and the hotelier.

Hotel certification programs are offered in many states and provide a low cost way to educate the lodging industry regarding improved environmental practices while giving them the benefit of receiving the certification.

The program itself is based on a similar program operating in Maine. The Connecticut version was converted to an online program Ė where all correspondence can be completed via e-mail.

There are approximately 500 lodging facilities in Connecticut. As of March, 2010, ten hotels have been certified with another five in process.

 
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