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Pollution Prevention (P2)

Painting the Town Green: Aberdeen Proving Ground's Paint Pilot Project

EPP is a dynamic concept that, depending on the product category or other product- or case-specific criteria, will not necessarily be implemented in the same manner from agency to agency or even within a specific agency. To demonstrate some of the ways EPP principles are being applied, EPA is documenting pilot projects undertaken by executive agencies, state and local governments, and the private sector.

This case study documents one of those projects. It describes efforts by the U.S. Department of Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) to purchase paint it deems environmentally preferable. As part of its overall pollution prevention strategy, APG worked closely with a third-party, nongovernmental environmental standards organization to examine its paint purchases and to identify the multiple environmental attributes relevant when purchasing paint. 

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