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Region 2

Serving New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and Eight Tribal Nations.

Get Started

If you are new to pollution prevention, you might be wondering how to begin. Use Going Green practices and the suggestions below to kick-off and implement your program. A well-designed program will help your organization meet its P2 goals.


  • Select a coordinator and/or team to manage pollution prevention efforts.
  • Identify measurable pollution prevention goals.
  • Develop a resource management plan.
  • Identify local and state ordinances which may apply.
  • Join EPA Partnership Programs such as ENERGY STAR and WasteWise to access additional EPA resources such as tracking tools and free technical assistance.

Compare Costs and Benefits

  • Compare environmental and financial costs and benefits to implementing specific pollution prevention activities.


  • Conduct a resource assessment to collect baseline data on current resource usage data and practices.
  • Track and assess resource use and compare to baseline regularly.

Conduct Outreach

  • Create labeling and signage with consistent messaging.
  • Educate employees and guests about P2. Explain how it will run, why you have a waste reduction program at your school, and how members of the community can get involved, and how they can contribute to the greening efforts. Reach guests through your Web site, TV and voicemail messages, table tents, emails, social media, press releases, and rack cards.


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