Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable
Promoting Pollution Prevention Through Information Exchange

Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN

Registration is now open!

Why Attend

Researching on the internet only takes you so far. Meeting in person and talking with other professionals lead to connections and insights that you might not otherwise gain. Serendipitous discoveries made in face-to-face encounters lead to innovation. You will leave with new ideas, connections, and tools to move your projects forward.

Who should attend

  • Technical assistance programs (TAPs), tribal environmental representatives, and others working in the sustainability field attend both full conference days for training, new program ideas, and to learn new skills.
  • Those new to pollution prevention/source reduction concepts attend the P2 101 Preconference workshop, as well as both full conference days.

Session Overviews

Pollution Prevention 101 Pre-Conference Training (optional)

This interactive workshop is designed to teach participants to think with a prevention mindset, so that they work to eliminate waste at the beginning of a process, rather than consider waste exchange, treatment, or recycling options after the fact. The three-hour workshop will cover the principles of source reduction, teach root cause analysis, and engage participants with a group exercise that reinforces the pollution prevention paradigm. Presenters will also provide some real world examples of P2 projects from the regions' technical assistance programs.

EcoLab Tour (optional)

Facilitated Networking: Getting to the Essence

A full day of facilitated interaction for P2 technical assistance professionals. In the morning, you will hear from three organzations that are doing innovative projects in EPA's National Emphasis Areas. Next, each program will take turns sharing an essential element of their successes (or lessons learned) as part of their work on projects that fit into the NEA categories (both grant and non-grant funded). The discussion will focus on:

  • Identification of Clients/Outreach (market research, marketing, workshops, partnerships)
  • On-Site Technical Assistance (best practices, tools, techniques, opportunities)
  • Employee Engagement/Behavior Change (what works for you or your businesses to engage employees; how you keep it going; how you measure it)
  • Measurement (energy or water usage, unit operations, environmental outcomes, GHG emissions, etc; what works and where you struggle to get good numbers)

In the afternoon, we will have World Cafe style discussions in small groups that change over multiple, 20-minute rounds. We'll explore three questions (to be developed from the morning NEA Roundtable discussions) to help us collectively and creatively confront our most difficult challenges.

Interactive Workshops


Half of the battle of increasing adoption of P2 technologies and practices lies with technical skills, abilities, and understanding. The other half lies with changing the motivation for learning and using new skills, abilities, and understanding. This workshop will identify multiple engagement methods and provide a basic understanding of how to successfully use them.

Material Substitution

This workshop will focus on implementing material substitution to reduce toxics. Topics will include TSCA reform and what it means for manufacturers; the basics of toxics use reduction; and strategies for encouraging companies to change their business practices to use fewer toxic chemicals. The workshop will include case studies to show how organizations implemented these strategies.

Hands-on Tools

Bring your laptops to learn more about tools that can help you locate the technical information you need to move your work forward. Learn to use tools that will help you do market research, find answers to your technical questions, and use EPA's P2 calculators.