Tribal Pollution Prevention

P2 Success Stories

 

Tribal Green Casinos Webinar Series

Find recorded webinars and supporting materials from the Tribal Green Casinos webinar series, on topics including: Energy Efficiency (Lighting & Beyond), Products and Green Building, Solid Waste and Food Recovery, Ventilation and Smoke Reduced/Free Facilities, and Amenities (golf courses, pool, spas, etc.).

For more information: http://tribalp2.org/resources/in-depth_resources/tribal-green-casinos.php

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Contact name: Myla Kelly
Contact email: myla.kelly@montana.edu
Contact phone: (406) 994-6948
Source: Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Information Center, Region 8
Year published: 2013
 

Wind Power Generation

Indian Country offers some of the most lucrative sites for wind energy in America. Three communities present case studies.

For more information: http://tribalp2.org/resources/in-depth_resources/clean-green-healthy-tribal-schools.php

Audience: Tribes
Environmental Issue: renewable energy
Project Type: energy
Resource Type: case study, success story

Contact name: Myla Kelly, Peaks to Prairies Coordinator
Contact email: myla.kelly@montana.edu
Contact phone: (406) 994-6948
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Year published: 2010
 

Solar Power

Solar power is a renewable technology that can be used across a range of scales and climate zones. Three tribes present case studies on how they have incorporated solar into their power structures.

For more information: http://www.tribalp2.org/resources/in-depth_resources/solar.php

Audience: Tribes
Environmental Issue: renewable energy
Project Type: energy
Resource Type: case study, success story

Contact name: Myla Kelly, Peaks to Prairies Coordinator
Contact email: myla.kelly@montana.edu
Contact phone: (406) 994-6948
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Year published: 2010
 

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Brownfields State and Tribal Response Program

Montana State University provided the necessary training and educational guidance to successfully inventory and lab-pack hazardous chemicals at 5 schools on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. This work was accomplished in collaboration with the Cheyenne River Sioux Environmental Protection Department, Cheyenne Eagle Butte High School, Dupree School, Takini School, Timber Lake High School, and Tiospaye Topa School. Chemicals lab-packed include neurotoxins, carcinogens, suspected carcinogens, strong oxidizers, corrosive, caustic, toxic, ignitable, flammable, and potentially explosive chemicals. The schools’ total student population is 668 and 84% Native American. A total of 1,750 pounds of chemicals were lab-packed by a hazardous waste broker and removed from the school system to a proper disposal/storage facility.

For more information: http://www.peakstoprairies.org/library/healthy_schools/chemcleanout/index.c fm?Page=Appendix&Appendix;=case_studies#head

Audience: Educational, Tribes, Youth
Environmental Issue: chemicals/toxics, human health
Project Type: community, construction/buildings, schools, waste management
Resource Type: case study, fact sheet/checklist, success story, training, website

Contact name: Myla Kelly, Peaks to Prairies Coordinator
Contact email: myla.kelly@montana.edu
Contact phone: (406) 994-6948
Source: Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Information Center, Region 8
Year published: 2008
 

Tribal Water Quality Accomplishments

Tribes in the American southwest have made great strides in their efforts to monitor and control nonpoint source (NPS) pollution on reservation lands. Many of these tribes’ projects were recently highlighted in this publication. The document describes how the Indian tribes have used Clean Water Act Section 106 funds for water quality monitoring, thus enabling them to develop NPS pollution runoff control and management programs that ultimately improved environmental quality. The document describes the long-term results of water quality monitoring from the NPS management programs and other management efforts by 12 tribes in California, Nevada, and Arizona. Thanks to EPA and the other federal agencies that offer training and environmental program development and project support, increasing numbers of tribes are managing comprehensive water quality programs to protect, improve, and enhance natural resources for the benefit of all Tribal members.

For more information: http://www.epa.gov/region9/water/tribal/pdf/tribal-water-quality-accomplish ments.pdf

Audience: Educational, Government, Youth
Environmental Issue: chemicals/toxics, solid waste, water
Project Type: community, construction/buildings, manufacturing, offices
Resource Type: article/report, curriculum, handbook, training

Contact name: Tiffany Eastman
Contact email: eastman.tiffany@epa.gov
Contact phone: 800-735-2922 (relay #415-972-3404)
Source: Environmental Protection Agency Region 9
Year published: 2006
 

What’s Happening in the Arena of Tribal Pollution Prevention

Powerpoint presentation given by Tom Wojciechowski at the 2006 Environmental Summit in Atlanta, GA. He discusses the environmental progress made by the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Tom is a project manager/grant writer for the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Northern Wisconsin. He oversees a sustainable design process for three essential community facilities, an assessment project for commercial scale wind power development and energy efficiency projects.

For more information: http://tribalp2.org/pdf/Wojo2006_National_Environmental_Summit.pdf

Audience: Tribes
Environmental Issue: multi-media
Project Type: other
Resource Type: presentation, success story

Contact name: Tom Wojciechowski
Contact email: twojo@BADRIVER.COM
Contact phone: 715-682-7111 ext 1505
Source: 2006 National Environmental Summit
Year published: 2006
 

Mille Lacs Tribal P2: Action to Reduce and Eliminate Mercury in Tribal Life of the Misi-zaagaa'igani Anishinaabeg

Powerpoint presentation given at the 2006 Environmental Summit in Atlanta, GA. Summarizes tribal situation and history. Describes several approaches taken by the tribe to reduce mercury in the waste stream.

For more information: http://www.tribalp2.org/pdf/SuccessLippert_C_Env_Summit.pdf

Audience: Business, Government, Tribes
Environmental Issue: chemicals/toxics
Project Type: community, offices, purchasing
Resource Type: presentation

Contact name: Charles Lippert
Contact email: charliel@millelacsojibwe.nsn.us
Contact phone: 1-800-709-6445 x 4704
Source: Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe DNRE
Year published: 2006
 

Baca/Dlo'ay azhi Community School

The LEED Certified Baca Dlo'ay azhi Community School, on the Navajo Nation reservation in Prewitt, New Mexico, serves students in kindergarten through grade six. The 78,900 ft2 building incorporates Native American cultural concepts, including an orientation that reflects the meanings associated with the four cardinal directions. The school employs daylighting, low-emissivity windows, shading, an efficient mechanical system, and a sophisticated energy-management system; energy use at the school is expected to be 20% below that of a minimally code-compliant facility. The school is also expected to use 30% less water than a conventional facility. Materials were selected for their recycled content and proximity to the building site. Daylighting, air filtration, a track-off entryway system, and a green housekeeping plan contribute to a healthy indoor environment.

For more information: http://leedcasestudies.usgbc.org/overview.cfm?ProjectID=387

Audience: Educational, Government, Tribes
Environmental Issue: multi-media
Project Type: construction/buildings, schools
Resource Type: case study

Year published: 2005
 

Tribal Composting Nourishes Land and Tradition

This issue of U.S. EPA's Tribal Waste Journal focuses on a variety of innovative composting approaches, including: backyard, fish and wood waste, food waste and biosolids, vermicomposting in schools, green waste composting in an arid climate, mixed solid waste composting in Alaska, and cultural gardens and green roofs. It features the stories and experiences of the: Blackfeet Tribe of Montana, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Fond du Lac Reservation, Haines Sanitation, Inc., Ho-Chunk Nation, Kake Tribal Corporation, Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, Oneida Tribe of Wisonsin, Redwood Valley Rancheria, and Slat River Pima Maricopa Indian Community in Arizona. It also contains an extensive list of useful resources, tribal, village, and state contacts; and the Kids Page. The Journal is published annually. It is available on the Web or free printed copies are available from the National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP)--phone: 800/490-9198; e-mail: ncepimal@one.net. Document #: (EPA530-N-05-001).

For more information: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/wycd/tribal/index.htm

Audience: Business, Educational, Tribes, Youth
Environmental Issue: solid waste
Project Type: community, schools, waste management
Resource Type: case study, periodical

Contact name: Janice Johnson
Contact email: johnson.janice@epa.gov
Contact phone:
Source: U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
Year published: 2005
 

Hopi Nation Straw Bale Home

Red Feather Development Group is a nonprofit whose mission is to educate and empower American Indian nations to create sustainable solutions to the severe housing crisis in reservation communities. They teach affordable, replicable and sustainable approaches to home construction. As part of Red Feather's Elder Housing Initiative, a strawbale home was recently completed on the Hopi Reservation. It was built as a replicable model to introduce straw bale homes as a viable solution and provide housing for one family and a learning tool for others. Straw bale construction, especially when built with a frost-protected shallow foundation, provides an affordable and energy-efficient house. The home was constructed with community involvement, transferring straw bale construction skills to tribal members. This home also demonstrates efficient layout in a small footprint, the use of low-impact products (on both health and environment), and barrier-free design.

For more information: http://homes-across-america.org/search/details.cfm?who=161&Feature;=all&acti; on=showDetails&Query;=byState

Audience: Educational, Tribes
Environmental Issue: multi-media
Project Type: community, construction/buildings, energy
Resource Type: case study

Year published: 2005
 

Tribes Supply Green Building Market with Certified Lumber

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) provides third-party certification for environmentally sound forestry operations. Supplies of sustainably managed and harvested timber are important for green building programs like LEED.

The First Nations Development Institute reported (2002) that tribes have gained increased control over their forests in recent years, and tribal foresters are seeking exposure for their sustainable forestry practices which are part of their traditional way of life.

Tribes completing certification assessments include; The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs in Oregon, the Nez Perce Tribe in Idaho, the Confederated Salish and Kootneai Tribe in Montana, the White Mountain Apache Tribe in Arizona, the Mescalero Apache Tribe in New Mexico, the Spokane Tribe of Washington, the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians in Minnesota and the Ft. Bidwell Indian Community in California. Several of these have obtained full FSC certification. Twenty-seven more tribes have gone through scoping assessments.

For more information: http://www.fsc.org/north-america.html

Audience: Government, Tribes
Environmental Issue: multi-media
Project Type: construction/buildings, manufacturing, resource conservation
Resource Type: case study

 

Mohegan Tribe and Mohegan Sun Resort

The Mohegan Tribe is a leader in pollution prevention and green purchasing efforts. Among their many environmental contributions they have implemented fuel cell technology, photovoltaics, heat pumps, and set up extensive recycling programs. The Mohegan Sun Resort, the third largest casino in the United States and a member of the Mohegan Nation, has also instituted many exemplary greening programs including installation of infrared sensors in hotel rooms for heating and lighting, training for every employee about pollution prevention, and establishing a rainforest in Costa Rica to sequester carbon produced by the casino. More information about their efforts are available on their web site: www.mohegansun.com/. The Tribe was honored with a 2004 National Pollution Prevention Roundtable "Most Valuable Pollution Prevention" (MVP2) Award for their Environmental Protection Department's outstanding programs.

For more information: http://www.p2pays.org/ref/37/36109.pdf

Audience: Government, Tribes
Environmental Issue: air/climate change, multi-media
Project Type: casinos, energy, hotels, purchasing
Resource Type: case study

Contact name: Jean E. McInnis
Contact email: jmcinnis@moheganmail.com
Contact phone: 860-862-6112
Source: Mohegan Sun Tribe
Year published: 2004
 

Tribal Solid Waste Management Assistant Project

The Tribal Solid Waste Management Assistant Project helps tribes close or clean up high-threat open dumps, develop alternative disposal options, and establish integrated solid waste management and enforcement programs. Eligible entities applied for funding under one of four categories:

  1. proposals to develop integrated solid waste management (ISWM) plans and tribal codes and regulations;
  2. proposals to characterize/assess open dumps;
  3. proposals to develop and implement alternative solid waste management activities/facilities (including equipment acquisition); and,
  4. proposals to develop and implement cleanup, closure, and post-closure programs for open dump waste sites in Indian Country.

For more information: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/wycd/tribal/index.htm

Audience: Business, Government, Tribes
Environmental Issue: multi-media, solid waste
Project Type: community, waste management
Resource Type: case study, fact sheet/checklist

Year published: 2008
 

Waste Management in Indian Country

EPA's Tribal Solid Waste Management Program encourages municipal solid waste and hazardous waste management practices in Indian Country that protect human health and the environment. The web site provides the following information:
"Where You Live" case studies
Grants/Funding information
Regulations and Standards
Educational Curricula and Tools
On-line and ordering information for publications

For more information: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/wycd/tribal/index.htm

Audience: Business, Tribes, Youth
Environmental Issue: solid waste
Project Type: waste management
Resource Type: case study, curriculum, software/electronic tool, website

Contact name: Laura Estes
Contact email: laurae@montana.edu
Contact phone: 406-994-6948
Source: U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
 

National Mercury Reduction Programs Database

This searchable database shares information on local, state, and federal mercury reduction activities, results and who to contact for more information. Visitors to the site can search by state, product, or affected group. There are currently over 120 programs listed including twenty states, ten local programs, as well as regional, federal, and international programs. There is an online input form available to add programs to the database. If your program is not already listed, please visit the site and add information on your activities.

For more information: http://www.newmoa.org/Newmoa/htdocs/prevention/mercury/programs/

Audience: Business, Tribes
Environmental Issue: chemicals/toxics, human health
Project Type: health care facilities, resource conservation
Resource Type: case study

Contact name: Laura Estes
Contact email: laurae@montana.edu
Contact phone: 406-994-6948
Source: NEWMOA
 

Wind Powering Native America

On-line video documents the installation of the first Native American-owned, large, utility-scale wind turbine in Indian country, Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. A printable video transcript is also available.

For more information: http://www.windpoweringamerica.gov/filter_detail.asp?itemid=749

Audience: Business, Government, Tribes
Environmental Issue: air/climate change
Project Type: energy
Resource Type: audio/video, case study

Contact name: Laura Estes
Contact email: laurae@montana.edu
Contact phone: 406-994-6948
Source: U.S. DOE Wind Powering America Program
Year published: 2005
 

P2Rx Auto Repair Topic Hub

Descriptions of typical material inputs, wastes and pollution prevention options in the automotive repair industry. The hub also includes a bibliography of on-line resources with more information and industry demographic data.

For more information: http://www.p2rx.org/topichubs/index.cfm?page=toc&hub;_id=4

Audience: Business, Government
Environmental Issue: multi-media
Project Type: service industry
Resource Type: article/report

Year published: 2002
 

Tribal Decision-Maker's Guide to Solid Waste Management

Provides a variety of options and technical assistance solutions to help tribes and Alaskan Native villages protect their environment and the health of their members. Includes recommendations for developing and implementing an integrated solid waste management (ISWM) program.

For more information: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/wycd/tribal/index.htm

Audience: Business, Educational, Tribes
Environmental Issue: solid waste
Project Type: waste management
Resource Type: article/report, handbook, software/electronic tool, training

Year published: 2008
 

Connected to the Earth

A do-it-yourself risk assessment tool for homeowners to evaluate environmental and health risks in and around their homes. From keeping drinking water safe to avoiding household hazards like lead-based paint, this series of 11 fact sheets tells how to detect hazards and get started on reducing or eliminating them. (Full text available in pdf format.)

For more information: http://peakstoprairies.org/library/connectedtoearth.cfm

Audience: Educational
Environmental Issue: multi-media, water
Project Type: construction/buildings
Resource Type: audio/video, fact sheet/checklist, training

Year published: 2002
 

American Indian Health

Brings together health and medical resources pertinent to American Indian populations including policies, consumer health information, and research. Links are provided to an assortment of resources on subjects such as: Tribal Information, Health Topics, Traditional Healing, Environmental Health, Research, and Health care Access.

For more information: http://americanindianhealth.nlm.nih.gov/

Audience: Educational, Tribes, Youth
Environmental Issue: human health, multi-media
Project Type: community, health care facilities, offices
Resource Type: case study, case study, presentation, website