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United States Environmental Protection Agency
Greener Cleanups - EPA's Methodology for Understanding and Reducing a Project's Environmental Footprint (Final)
Sponsored by: U.S. EPA, Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation
Original Time/Date of Presentation:

April 18, 2012, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, EDT (17:00-19:00 GMT)

Presentation Overview:

The process of cleaning up a hazardous waste site uses energy, water, and other natural or materials resources and consequently creates an environmental footprint of its own. The US EPA recently released a methodology for quantifying the environmental footprints. The information obtained helps prioritize efforts to reduce the footprint and improve the outcome of cleanups under any regulatory program. The two-hour seminar will: (1) discuss the genesis of the effort; (2) summarize the methodology for estimating or quantifying the footprint and the associated metrics; and (3) provide an interactive case study to allow participants to get a feel for the process of calculating an environmental footprint and evaluating options to reduce it. An open forum will be held after the presentations, during which participants will be able to submit questions and feedback to the speakers.


  • Introduction - Carlos Pachon (US EPA)
  • Methodology Overview - Doug Sutton (Tetra Tech)
  • Application of the Methodology - Doug Sutton (Tetra Tech)
  • Key Considerations for Interpreting Results - Karen Scheuermann (US EPA)
  • Interpreting and Using the Results - Kira Lynch (US EPA)
  • Next Steps - Hilary Thornton (US EPA)
  • Q&A - Carlos Pachon (US EPA)
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