Increased Use of Environmentally Preferable, Green Seal, and other Non-Toxic Products to Reduce Costs, Liabilities, and Pollution at DOT Offices, Maintenance Facilities and Rest Stops
Environmental Process, Natural Resources
Under 1 year
Research Idea Scope
Increased Use of Environmentally Preferable, Non-Toxic Products to Reduce Costs, Liabilities, and Pollution at DOT Offices, Maintenance Facilities and Rest Stops
Research would focus on replacing toxic materials with more benign products:
facilities through records reviews and interviews.
Seal, Environmentally Preferable, and otherwise “green” products to
substitute for toxic/hazardous products being used.
product usage, to raise overall staff awareness of “green” product
substitution, and to encourage and promote purchasing and use of these
Urgency and Payoff
DOTs could reduce their toxic waste costs and liabilities in areas of worker health and safety requirements, compliance permitting and reporting, hazardous waste disposal and recycling costs, and necessary environmental protection controls by using less toxic Green Seal and other Environmentally Preferable products. This switch can help reduce:
1) Compliance permitting, reporting and inventory requirements.
2) Worker health and safety requirements, liabilities, monitoring, and
3) Environmental impacts and protection requirements to carefully
contain, manage, and properly dispose of hazardous materials.
4) Costs for regulatory fees and requirements, disposal and recycling
fees, environmental protection measures, and worker protection.
Patricia Martinek; Colorado Department of Transportation