Adrienne sent out a grant announcement for EPA region 9 (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, the Pacific Islands and over 140 Tribal Nations) that focuses on cooperative agreements that address solid waste reduction and management. The aim is to support innovative ideas with the goal of fostering positive change. Only states, tribes, territories, multi-state/tribal organizations, universities, local governments, and not-for-profit organizations can apply, but for-profits can partner with one of these.
The statutes authorize awards for research (non-scientific), investigations, personnel, training, demonstrations, surveys, education materials and programs, and studies. Assistance shall not include any element of construction or capital equipment (trucks, balers, etc.). They specifically mention spurring innovative programs to promote greenbuilding and buying recycled products.
As previously discussed on this loop, in many areas recycling glass has become difficult to justify because the glass market is increasingly flat. EnviroGLAS would like to identify a municipal recycling program in the region and partner with them to research and develop a secondary glass market usage program, to include EG Terrazzo, as well as glassphalt, glass sand filtering and other uses. We hope this program could serve as a pilot to be duplicated by other recycling programs.
The deadline for the first step, the “pre-proposal,” is March 28 for Region 9, so I’d like to identify a partner recycling program by March 7 ideally. Please contact me if you are interested. Thanks!
"Treat the Earth well. It was not given to us by our parents; it was loaned to us by our children." -Ecologist Lee Talbot