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Clean Production Project For Basin Communities

Project Information

Award Amount:$125,000.00
Dollars Leveraged:$6,579.00
Start-End Dates:10/1/99-9/30/02
Description:Summary: Great Lakes United (GLU) worked with coalition members to support and develop a Great Lakes regional Clean Car Campaign, and promote dioxin and mercury reduction from medical facilities.

Environmental Results/Products:

Clean Car Campaign
The report Great Lakes United’s (GLU) Toxics in Vehicles: Mercury was one of the motivators that encouraged the big three automakers; Ford Motor Company, General Motors and Daimler Chrysler commit to eliminating mercury switches from new models as of the end of 2002, as evidenced by a Ford Corporate Citizen report published in August 2001.

With the help of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC), GLU’s membership across the Great Lakes basin and significant media coverage, approximately 5,000 mercury switches were removed from vehicles on the road. GLU completed six mercury switch-outs with vehicle fleets in western New York including: City of Buffalo Police Department, Adelphia Cable Company, Erie County, Lockport Police, Cheektowaga Police and City of Kenmore Police Department. Through GLU members and partners we completed change outs at dealerships in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Grand Traverse Bay, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Duluth, Minnesota.

GLU, along with the Automotive Recyclers Association, Clean Production Network, Ecology Center, Environmental Defense, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Steel Manufactures Association, and the Steel Recycling Institute created a Mercury Partnership to develop effective strategies for eliminating mercury from vehicles. The Partnership designed a Mercury Action Plan for recovering mercury switches currently in commerce, as well as a model extended producer responsibility law for mercury switches. An article from the industry trade journal Scrap, October 2001 cites the achievements of the Partnership.

Extended Producer Responsibility Conference
Great Lakes United organized an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and Automobiles conference with presentations from clean production experts from the U.S., Canada and Sweden, including end-of-life industry representatives addressing the problems of contaminated auto scrap materials and the need to design out PBT-added parts used in vehicles. More than 100 people from the auto unions, environmental community, U.S. and Canadian governments and the auto companies participated in the workshops held in Windsor, Toronto and Montreal, Canada.

Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy (BTS) Integration Group

GLU participated the BTS Integration Group where we represented the concerns of our membership.

Health Care Without Harm Activities
Tribal Health Care Workshop
Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) partnered with the Tribal Health Care Association hosted a one day workshop in September 2000 in Duluth, Minnesota that addressed the impacts of the tribal health care facilities and ways in which they can phase out practices that release mercury and dioxin into the environment.

Reducing Waste Volumes and Toxicity and Saving Money Workshop
Citizens Environmental Coalition (CEC) and the City of Buffalo hosted a one day workshop in conjunction with Strong Memorial Hospital in September 2000 in Rochester, NY to present success stories of hospitals that have eliminated the use of any substances containing mercury and PVC. The presentation was based on the Environmentally Safe Hospitals, Reducing Waste Volumes and Toxicity and Saving Money resource guide written by CEC.

Canadian Association of Physicians for Environment (CAPE) Annual Meeting
A presentation was given at this conference, held in October 2000, about Health Care Without Harm’s (HCWH) initiatives.

Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) Workshop
The workshop was hosted in order to launch the HCWH campaign in Canada. The program was hosted in September 2000.


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.

Adelphia Cable Company - Partner

Other Not Shown

Automotive Recyclers Association of Connecticut - Partner


Canadian Association of Physicians for Environment (CAPE) - Partner

130 Spadina Avenue
Suite 301
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2L4
p: 416-306-CAPE

Citizens Environmental Coalition - Partner

119 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12210
p: 518-462-5527
f: 518-465-8349 Fax

City of Buffalo Police Department - Partner

Buffalo, New York

City of Cheektowaga Police Department - Partner

3223 Union Road
Cheektowaga, New York 14227

City of Kenmore Police Department - Partner

2395 Elmwood Avenue
Kenmore, New York 14217

City of Lockport Police Department - Partner

One Locks Plaza
Lockport, New York 14094
p: 716.433.7700

Clean Production Network - 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

Erie County Department of Environment and Planning - Partner

95 Franklin Street
Buffalo, New York 14202
p: 716-858-7674
f: 716-858-7713

Great Lakes Research Consortium - Partner

1 Forestry Drive SUNY ESF
24 Bray Hall
Syracuse, New York 13210
p: 315-470-6816
f: 315-470-6970

Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries - Partner

1325 G Street NW, Suite 1000
Washington, District of Columbia 20005-3104
p: 202-737-1770
f: 202-626-0900

Steel Manufacturers Association - Partner

1150 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 715
Washington, District of Columbia 20036
p: (202) 296-1515
f: (202) 296-2506

Steel Recycling Institute - Partner

680 Andersen Drive
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15220-2700
p: 800-876-7274

Toronto Environmental Alliance - Partner

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


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