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Maine Environmental Results Program. Auto Body Sector. National Environmental Partnership Summit Julie M. Churchill, Office of Innovation May 8, 2007. Office of Innovation BACKGROUND . Office of Innovation promotes innovation through alternative volunteer initiatives:

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maine environmental results program
Maine Environmental Results Program

Auto Body Sector

National Environmental Partnership Summit

Julie M. Churchill, Office of Innovation

May 8, 2007

office of innovation background
Maine DEP Office of Innovation

Environmental Results Program

Office of Innovation BACKGROUND
  • Office of Innovation promotes innovation through alternative volunteer initiatives:
    • Environmental Leader Programs
      • Smart Tracks for Exceptional Performers and Upwards Performers (STEP-UP)
      • Governor Carbon Challenge (GCC)
      • Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence
      • Green Lodging Certification
  • ERP fits our model concept promoting beyond compliance performance
erp project background
ERP PROJECTBACKGROUND
  • 2 Year program funded by EPA’s State Innovation Grant
  • October 2004 – March 2007
  • Auto body sector in Southern Maine Region (York, Cumberland and Sagadahoc counties)
  • Targeting air quality non-attainment and Environmental Justice areas

Maine DEP Office of Innovation

Environmental Results Program

maine erp program
Maine ERP Program
  • Self certification compliance model
  • Voluntary program
  • Performance Measurement
    • 59 baseline on-site surveys
  • Compliance Assistance
    • Workshops with technical outreach and workbook overview
    • Workbook and self-certification checklist mailing to auto body sector in the SMR
    • Technical assistance

Maine DEP Office of Innovation

Environmental Results Program

maine erp program cont
Maine ERP Program (cont.)
  • Self-Certification
    • Self-certification checklist and return-to-compliance form submittal
  • Performance Measurement
    • 59 follow up on-site surveys
    • Data entry: on-site surveys and self-certifications
    • Results (statistical analysis) of environmental compliance (based on site visits)

Maine DEP Office of Innovation

Environmental Results Program

marketing erp self certification
Marketing ERP (Self-Certification)
  • Identification of compliance issues
  • Identification of unlicensed entities
  • Pollution Prevention opportunities
  • Recognition as an Environmental Leader
  • Self compliance saves money by reducing fine potential
  • Assistance from DEP and partners (Auto Associations and SafetyWorks)

Maine DEP Office of Innovation

Environmental Results Program

pollution prevention incentives
Pollution Prevention Incentives
  • LaserPaint Technology
    • Awarded if employed 5 or more P2 concepts
  • Environmental Leader Logo
    • Use in marketing material
    • Sticker availability

Maine DEP Office of Innovation

Environmental Results Program

42 businesses certified to date 42 of universe
42 Businesses Certified to Date (42 % of Universe)

Maine DEP Office of Innovation

Environmental Results Program

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Percentage of Auto Body facilities in relation to number of employees

Largest Percent of Universe were small shops of 1-5 employees

Maine DEP Office of Innovation

Environmental Results Program

maine results
Maine Results
  • 10.4 percentage point increase in overall environmental performance, examples:
    • 55.9 percentage point increase in compliance with Universal Waste
    • 47.4 percentage point increase in use of Low VOC solvent cleaners
    • 33.9 percentage point increase in use of Low VOC paints/coatings
  • Increase in licensing (HW)
    • 8 Solvent distillation units licensed
  • Increased communication with auto body sector
    • responsiveness increased from round 1 to round 2, phone calls & site visit communication.

Maine DEP Office of Innovation

Environmental Results Program

maine results cont
Maine Results (cont.)

Strong communication and technical assistance by ERP staff during rounds 1 and 2 which focused on maintenance and use of equipment as well as increasing knowledge on greener products:

Pollution Prevention

  • Increase use of water-based cleaners (47.4 percentage points)
    • Prep cleaners
    • Gun cleaners
  • Dust Control Systems (13.6 percentage points)
    • Ventilation Sanders
    • Wet Sanders
    • Room Ventilation & Filtration Systems

Maine DEP Office of Innovation

Environmental Results Program

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Maine DEP Office of Innovation

Environmental Results Program

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Maine DEP Office of Innovation

Environmental Results Program

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Maine DEP Office of Innovation

Environmental Results Program

awarding the environmental leaders
Awarding the Environmental Leaders
  • Reviewed Self Certification Checklists
  • Environmental Leader Logo
  • Phone call and site visit verification
  • 10 Facilities Awarded
    • LaserPaint Technology

Maine DEP Office of Innovation

Environmental Results Program

institutionalizing
Institutionalizing

Opportunities

  • Establish and encourage relationships with regulated community which encourages communication
  • Increase compliance
  • Reach many more facilities than traditional regulatory model
  • Increase P2 awareness within regulated community
  • Increase P2 awareness in regulatory programs
  • Increasing Flexibility in regulatory programs through Element 13 etc

Maine DEP Office of Innovation

Environmental Results Program

institutionalizing1
Institutionalizing

Barriers

Change is not embraced readily in traditional regulatory program due to the prescriptive nature of their programs

Understanding how the work benefits states and EPA which delegates regulatory programs

Lack of flexibility in traditional regulatory programs (Element 13 value not understood)

Establishing continued funding & staffing mechanism

Maine DEP Office of Innovation

Environmental Results Program

institutionalizing2
Institutionalizing

Improving Success? Dialogue:

ERP feedback from other states

Institutionalizing culturally

Institutionalizing framework

Are there successful blueprints

Maine DEP Office of Innovation

Environmental Results Program

further information on maine erp
Maine DEP Office of Innovation

Environmental Results Program

Auto body Sector

Further Information On Maine ERP

Maine ERP Web site http://www.maine.gov/dep/eleader/erp/

Maine Innovation Web site

http://www.maine.gov/dep/oia/

Julie M. Churchill, Assistant Director, Office of Innovation

Department of Environmental Protection

17 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333-0017

Phone (207) 287-7881

Fax (207) 287-2814

email: julie.m.churchill@maine.gov