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Virtual Elimination Strategy Implementation

Project Information

Award Amount:$160,000.00
Dollars Leveraged:$8,420.00
Start-End Dates:9/30/97-3/30/00
Description:Summary: Great Lakes United (GLU)conducted outreach to grass roots environmental organizations to explain provisions of the Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy (GLBTS), developed a list of suggested actions to reduce persistent toxic substances (PTS), evaluated current regulatory and policy regimes to address gaps to eliminating production and use of PTS, and participated in relevant GLBTS stakeholder meetings.

Environmental Results/Products: GLU participated in all GLBTS workgroup meetings: Dioxin, HCB, PCB, Pesticides and Mercury, and all Integration workgroup meetings. In this forum, GLU presented a proposal for the work group to take an initiative on the crosscutting issues of incineration which was endorsed by industry and government representatives and resulted in a workshop on incineration held in May 2000. GLU coordinated with all work groups to help them move toward a source sector focus to allow some of the groups to combine for greater stakeholder coverage. GLU worked with the Pesticides workgroup to begin focusing on Level 2 pesticides.

GLU organized a three-hour panel discussion in September 1999 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on “extended producer responsibility.” Experts from Europe and Canada spoke on the panel and met with grassroots and labor groups aterward. A video of this panel was produced.

GLU organized five Health Care Without Harm workshops with healthcare professionals. The first workshop, funded under this agreement, was held on June 2, 1999 in Montreal Canada.

GLU disseminated information on the GLBTS and work group progress to its membership through the GLU web page, print and email newsletters, and mailings.

GLU worked with several other ENGOs, including Lowell Institute, Clean Production Action, Toronto Environmental Alliance, the Ecology Center and Environmental Defense to develop a set of clean production principles for our work. Meetings with the Council of Great Lakes Industries were held to agree on a common set of principles. Using this criteria and the GLBTS framework, GLU consulted their basin-wide membership for possible clean production initiatives and came up with four possible sectors for pilot projects: agriculture, automobile, computer and health care.

Given the auto worker union membership and interest in incineration as a cross cutting issue, GLU worked on two initiatives: a “Clean Car Campaign” and the “Health Care Without Harm Campaign.”

The Clean Car Campaign emphasis is cradle to grave, with the focus on “cradle,” i.e., working with their union auto workers members on a toxic-free workplace; and the “grave” working with the industry and regulatory authorities on reducing substances such as mercury, PCBs and dioxin-producing PVC plastics in auto shredder waste.


  • Extended Producer Responsibility Panel Video
  • The Road to Zero

Funding Organizations

Below is a list of organizations with individual contacts that are funding this project.

U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office - Primary Contact

77 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, Illinois 60604
There are no individuals in this organization
associated with this project.

Organizations Receiving Funding

Below is a list of organizations with individual contacts that are receiving funding for this project.

Great Lakes United - Primary Contact

Buffalo State College, Cassetty Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave.
Buffalo, New York 14222
p: (716) 886-0142
f: (716) 886-0303
Individual Contacts

Associated Organizations

Below is a list of associated organizations that are NOT giving or receiving funding for this project.

Citizens for a Better Environment - Partner

152 W. Wisconsin Ave., #510
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203
p: 866-256-5988

Clean Production Action - Partner

P.O. Box 153
Spring Brook, New York 14140
p: 716-805-1056

Ecology Center - Partner

117 N. Division St.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
p: 734-761-3186
f: 734-663-2414

Environmental Defense Fund - Partner

257 Park Avenue South
New York, New York 10010
p: 212-505-2100
f: 212-505-2375

Improving Kids’ Environment (IKE) - Partner

5244 Carrollton Ave
Indianapolis, Indiana 46220-3181
p: 317-442-3973
f: 317-283-6111

Institute for Urban Ecology - Partner

Douglas College
P.O. Box 2503
New Westminister, British Columbia V3L 5B2
p: 604-527-5522
f: 604-527-5095

Lowell Institute School at Northeastern - Partner

Northeastern University, 120 Snell Engineering Ctr.
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
p: 617-373-2500
f: 617-373-2501

Michigan Environmental Council - Partner

119 Pere Marquette Drive
Suite 2A
Lansing, Michigan 48912
p: 517-487-9539
f: 517-487-9541

Toronto Environmental Alliance - Partner

30 Duncan Street
Suite 201
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2C3
p: 416-596-0660
f: 416-596-0345

Union of Concerned Scientists - Partner

2 Brattle Square
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02238-9105
p: 617-547-5552
f: 617-864-9405


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