P²AD Partnership News: April 2006



In May I will leave P²AD to accept a new position within DNR. In the interim, I am working closely with the Partnership team to ensure a smooth transition. To provide for the continuity of the Program, I am pleased to announce the promotion of Suzanne Burnes as manager of the Partnership Program. Suzanne has been with P²AD since 1999 and has been an integral member of the Partnership team over the past year. I am confident that she will do an outstanding job.

PJ Newcomb, formerly the Partner representative for the Red and Blue Levels, has been promoted to technical assistance program manager. I appreciate PJ’s contributions to the Program and know he will accomplish equally impressive results in his new position.

Bill Vondersmith will serve as the new Red and Blue Partner representative. While Bill is new to the Partnership team, he has been at P²AD for 11 years. Bill brings to the team 35 years of manufacturing experience and a vast knowledge of industrial processes and of Georgia’s manufacturing sector.

I know that P²AD’s technical programs are in very capable hands and under PJ and Suzanne’s leadership will continue to achieve great results.

To the dedicated team at P²AD, I would like to express my sincere gratitude and best wishes. To our Partners and clients, I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work with you during the past 13 years. Thank you for your commitment to the Program and to achieving superior environmental performance. I commend each of you for your contributions toward improving and protecting the environment in our state. I wish you continued success in your pursuit of a more sustainable Georgia.

– Stephanie Busch


APRs Due April 21

Due to technical problems associated with the new on-line reporting system, we have extended the deadline for APR submission to April 21. We apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced and thank you for your patience as we work through the issues with this new system. If you are having any problems with the system, please contact your Partner representative. Submit APR.

Open Enrollment

Applications are being accepted now through May 31 for the Partnership Program. Help us spread the word about the Program to your colleagues. Potential Partners can find out more on our Web site.

Staff Changes

P²AD and the Partnership Program say good-bye next month to Program Manager Stephanie Busch. Stephanie has accepted a position with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. Suzanne Burnes will be the new manager of the Partnership Program. Suzanne will also continue to be the Partner representative for the Yellow Level. PJ Newcomb also assumes new responsibilities and passes on the job of Red and Blue Partner representative to Bill Vondersmith.

Introduction to Performance Track

P²AD Partners are invited to attend an introductory workshop on EPA’s National Environmental Performance Track program May 9 from 2-3:30 pm. PTrack staff will provide a brief overview of the PTrack philosophy, the entry criteria, member benefits and the application process. A current PTrack member will also provide a member’s perspective about how the program benefits their facility’s business and environmental performance. The workshop is being held at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in conjunction with the National Environmental Partnership Summit. The workshop is free and you do not have to be registered for the Summit to attend. Email Joe Herr for more information.

Green Retreat Update

The Partnership Program held its first Green Retreat at Callaway Gardens in February. Blue Level Partners (Lockheed Martin, Interface, Noramco and Yamaha) and the Program’s Advisory Panel joined P²AD staff in creating a vision of what a sustainable Georgia will look like in 30 years. The group also looked at what elements of the Program can help achieve this vision and which ones may be barriers. The findings will be used as part of P²AD’s efforts to continually improve the Program. A summary of the event and details on how the findings will be used will be presented at the Partner Roundtable next month (see below for more information on the Roundtable).


Free Assistance Available

As a Partner, you have access to many benefits including free, on-site technical assistance. Learn more about the services available to you.

Roundtable for Red and Blue Level Partners

Red and Blue Level Partners are invited to attend a Partnership Roundtable May 10 from 2-5 pm during the National Environmental Partnership Summit. Agenda items include a brief report on the P2 Adoption Funds project by Metcam, Inc., a Red Level Partner; an update on the Partnership Program; and information on EMS training and incentives from EPD. The roundtable will be held at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in room Savannah-3. Email Suzanne Burnes for more information.


EPA Accepting Research Proposals

The U.S. EPA is inviting small businesses to submit research proposals under its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The EPA is interested in advanced technologies that address Great Lakes (EPA Region 5) environmental problems, environmental problems in America’s heartland (EPA Region 7), drinking water and wastewater management for EPA’s Office of Water and critical EPA research topics (innovation in manufacturing, nanotechnology, solid and hazardous waste and homeland security). Proposals are due by May 24.

Burn Ban and Air Quality Toolkits Available

The Middle Georgia Clean Cities Coalition, a White Level Partner, has created toolkits on air quality and the burn ban (which starts May 1). The toolkits are available in both electronic and print versions. Email Executive Director Charise Stephens for your copies.


Discounts on Classes at Georgia Tech

Featured class: Internal Auditing for EMS, May 3-4. Special Partner rate of $500 for this class only.

Contact Jennifer Freeman at 404-894-4904 or 888-272-2104 for the Partner discount on energy and environmental courses. More training opportunities.

Red and Blue Level Partners

Understanding Environmental Compliance
• April 20 – Pine Mountain
• June 15 – Dublin
• Sept 7 – Dalton

ISO 14001:2004 EMS Lead Auditor Training
• April 24-28 – Atlanta

Yellow Level Partners

Root Cause Analysis
• May 3 – Augusta

Energy Data Management Analysis
• May 23 – Atlanta

Understanding an ISO 14001 EMS: 2004
• Aug 16 – Atlanta

First Line Change Agent
• May 24-25 – Atlanta
• Sept 6-7 – Augusta

Becoming a Customer-focused Organization
• June 21-22 – Atlanta

White Level Partners

Industrial Energy Efficiency
• July 12 – Atlanta

Energy Data Management Analysis
• May 23 – Atlanta


April 1-May 31 – Open Enrollment

April 21 – Annual Performance Reports Due

April 22Electronics Recycling Day

9 am – 2 pm. Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Rd, Marietta, GA 30008 and Cowboy’s Dance Club, 1750 N. Roberts Rd, Kennesaw, GA 30144. $10 per TV. Call 770-528-2500 for more info. Businesses call 678-566-6665 to schedule pick-up.

May 3-4Georgia Air Quality and Climate Summit

Georgia Tech Research Institute Conference Center, Atlanta, GA.
Bringing together stakeholders including government, business and industry, health care, academia and NGOs. The theme for the inaugual event is communication.

May 8-11National Environmental Partnership Summit
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta, GA.
Series of interactive sessions, workshops focused on pollution prevention, compliance assistance, and performance-based environmental leadership. Register for the Summit.

May 10 – Partnership Roundtable

Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta, GA. 2-5 pm.
Open to Red and Blue Level Partners. See information above under Partner Benefits.

June 21 – Product Re-X: Recovery, Recycling, Remanufacturing, Reuse Innovations in Business Models, Product Design and Economic Development

Huang Executive Education Center, College of Management, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA. 8:30 am–7 pm. Early registration ends June 9. Email Beril Toktay for more information.

June 25-28Environmental Empowerment: The Changing Game

Park City, UT
MSWG’s 2006 conference featuring sessions on sustainable approaches to land planning, energy use, water resources and natural resource use; environmental management in the public and private sectors; collaborative solutions to environmental issues; and international case studies.

Sept. 1 – Oct. 31 – Open Enrollment

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