Sustainable Materials Management (SMM)

Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) is a systemic approach to using and reusing materials more productively over their entire life cycle. It represents a change in how our society thinks about the use of natural resources and environmental protection. By looking at a product's entire life cycle, we can find new opportunities to reduce environmental impacts, conserve resources, reduce costs and attract new industries. Georgia IO Overview

Companies and communities are using the US Environmentally Extended Input-Output Model (USEEIO) to analyze economic and environmental impacts across all economic sectors for community planning, business development and environmental education. The new online tools foster informed decisions while creating connections that turn waste streams into revenue streams to lower the cost of material input during production. About the Tool

Upcoming Events and Internships

In the Spring of 2020, Georgia communities will participate in our Life Cycle App Ideas Challenge to inspire and help set priorities. During the Summer of 2020, Georgia university students will receive paid internships to create modules with local and regional data. In the Fall of 2020, we'll expand on the new tools during the Code for America Sustainable Communities Virtual Hackathon. Learn More and Register.

What's new: Amazon is using USEEIO to reduce their carbon footprint to net zero by 2040. - Overview / Details
Microsoft will be net zero by 2030, then they'll remove their carbon going back to 1975 by 2050. - Learn More

Manufacturers and distributors supplying the fight against COVID-19 - Georgia businesses are helping the state provide, produce, distribute, or store critical health care items needed to fight the spread of COVID-19. - Online Supplier Registration Form

Sustainable Materials Management Objectives

  1. Decrease the disposal rate, which includes source reduction, reuse, recycling and prevention;
  2. Reduce the environmental impacts of materials across their life cycle;
  3. Increase socio-economic benefits; and
  4. Increase the capacity of state and local governments, communities and key stakeholders to adopt and implement SMM policies, practices and incentives.
No-cost public access to ASTM standards - for manufacturing disinfectants, hand sanitizers, medical masks, gowns, gloves and medical equipment for COVID-19 projects.

Data Driven Decision Making

Smart & Sustainable Movement of Goods & Services

Connected Communities

Statewide Input-Output Modeling

The screenshot below is from the EPA's Sustainable Materials Management Prioritization Tool Suite which uses the USEEIO model.
To add clarity and speed, here's a IO Module Starter generated from a CSV file output from the USEEIO API. About the Tool

How is this chart generated?

Positive Outcomes Adverse Environmental Impacts
1. Value-Added
2. Quality Jobs
3. Clean Air
4. Clean Water
5. Clean Energy
6. Local Suppliers
7. Green Materials
8. Inclusive Design
9. Improves Health
10. Creates Beauty

These 10 positive outcomes encompass the 7 petals of the Living Community Challenge - Learn More.

Environmental Acid Rain (ACID)
Freshwater Ecotoxicity (ETOX)
Water Eutrophication (EUTR)
Global Climate Change (GCC)
Respiratory Effects (HRSP)
Toxic to Humans (HTOX)
Ozone Depletion (OZON)
Smog Formation (SMOG)

Resource Use Energy Use (ENRG)
Land Use (LAND)
Minerals and Metals (MINE)
Water Use (WATR)

Waste Generated Food Waste (FOOD)
Hazardous Waste (HAZW)
Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)

Sankey Charts of Material Flow

View Chart Starters

Recycling Processors (B2B)

Additional Maps - Landfills, Inert Waste, Transfer Stations

All The Places API

Location and product data will be harvested from existing websites and databases using the techniques developed for All The Places. Over 450 spiders and scrapers pull data nightly from sites that post their locations online. Material input-output requests can be shared using CSV files, HTML posts and API feeds.

Example: Your construction contract has a requirement to use 50% reclaimed lumber. Share a spreadsheet documenting how much lumber you need and when you need it. Groups like the Lifecycle Building Center retrieve lumber after film productions and can watch for taredown dates that fit your schedule.

In addition, census data from uszipcode datasets, will be combined with establishment and employment counts from the Complete ZIP Code Industry Detail Files to model impacts using the USEEIO API.

Publish your Inventory and Wishlist Data


Get Involved

Register to participate in our 2020 events and internships.
Edit on GitHub - Contribute to our code and datasets.
Meet Our Team - Contributors from US EPA, GDEcD and Georgia Tech.
Waze Carpool - Find carpool riders and drivers near you.