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2012 Pollution Prevention Week Activities

Pollution Prevention Week (September 17 - 21, 2012)

Reflecting on 22 years of Pollution Prevention Awareness starting with the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990

Pollution Prevention (P2) is one of the most important tools we use in our challenge to be more sustainable, greener, and environmentally friendly. Let's keep changing the world - renew your dedication to pollution prevention today:

  • Take advantage of the many green products and services available;
  • Reduce the environmental impact of your travels;
  • Look to EPA programs such as:

Summary of P2 Week Activities in Region 2

(Please click here for more detailed activity information.)

Monday through Friday, September 17 through 21:

  • Outreach Materials, P2 Display Panel, and DVD of P2 Activities - Lobby of 290 Broadway, New York NY 10007
  • Presentation and Panel Discussion Exhibit Materials - Room 27A, 27th floor, 290 Broadway, New York NY 10007.

Tuesday, September 18th:

Wednesday, September 19th:

Thursday, September 20th:


If you want to attend the presentations and/or panel discusion, please RSVP by emailing Region2_PollutionPrevention@epamail.epa.gov. Please include how many people will be attending in your group and which presentations and/or panel discussion you will be attending.

What is Pollution Prevention?

Pollution prevention is reducing or eliminating waste at the source by modifying production processes, promoting the use of non-toxic or less-toxic substances, implementing conservation techniques, and re-using materials rather than putting them into the waste stream. Pollution prevention means "source reduction" (as defined under the Pollution Prevention Act) and other practices that reduce or eliminate the creation of pollutants through:

  • increased efficiency in the use of raw materials, energy, water, or other resources, or
  • protection of natural resources by conservation.

The Pollution Prevention Act defines "source reduction" to mean any practice which:

  • reduces the amount of any hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant entering any waste stream or otherwise released into the environment (including fugitive emissions) prior to recycling, treatment, or disposal; and
  • reduces the hazards to public health and the environment associated with the release of such substances, pollutants, or contaminants.

(The term "source reduction" includes: equipment or technology modifications, process or procedure modifications, reformulation or redesign of products, substitution of raw materials, and improvements in housekeeping, maintenance, training, or inventory control.)

In short, Pollution Prevention is the adoption of activities that lead to source reduction.

EPA Region 2's Pollution Prevention and Climate Change Section promotes natural resource conservation and pollutant elimination/reduction through more efficient use of materials, energy, water and land. P2 efforts are integrated into a wide range of EPA activities, including partnership programs, compliance assistance, and enforcement activities. The Region also manages the P2 Grants program for Region 2 states and tribes.

You too can contribute to the reduction of pollution in your daily activities and in the strategic life choices you make. There are many opportunities for incorporating pollution prevention practices into your daily life. How well do you incorporate pollution prevention concepts into your daily life?

Other Pollution Prevention Resources/Links:

For additional information about P2 Week, please feel free to ContacI Us.


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