2004 Conservation Challenge Grants Recipients(These grants were formerly known as Source Reduction Assistance Grants)

This grant program competition was initiated in 2003, when EPA published a solicitation to fund national and regional grants and cooperative agreements, based upon source reduction/pollution prevention principles.
EPA Regional P2 Coordinator: Tristan Gillespie

Recipient: Hospitals for a Healthy Environment Exit EPA
Project Title: “Beyond Compliance: Making Measurable Reductions in NYC Hospitals through a Sustainable P2 Network Work Plan”
Funding: $35,000
In this project, Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E) will assist hospitals in New York City in attaining measurable reductions in toxics and waste by implementing source reduction and P2 programs. This project has five objectives:

  1. Build the infrastructure and launch the H2E-NYC Network to support the development of hospital P2 programs that maximize the use of national H2E resources;
  2. Provide technical assistance and facilitate peer-to-peer information exchange to NYC hospitals;
  3. Develop innovative P2 proposals based on hospital compliance violations for inclusion in Region 2’s Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) "Idea Bank" and work with cited hospitals to perform SEPs;
  4. Leverage resources from stakeholders to ensure that the H2E-NYC Network is sustainable beyond the life of the grant; and
  5. Create a blueprint for large metropolitan areas to implement a sustainable H2E network.

Recipient: Rochester City School District Exit EPA
Project Title: "Sensitive Populations"
Funding: $26,000
The Rochester City School District (RCSD) will carry out Phase I (PLAN step) of an Environmental Management System (EMS). This effort consists of developing an institutional environmental policy, identifying all environmental issues associated with any project, activity or service at RCSD, identifying the significant environmental aspects and impacts associated with each issue, and devising a method to determine all legal and documentation requirements related to the RCSD environmental issues.

Recipient: Rochester City School District Exit EPA
Project Title: "Environmental Management System Development"
Funding: $24,000
The RCSD will complete the remaining Phases 2-4 (DO, CHECK, ACT) of an Environmental Management System (EMS). By completing this EMS, the RCSD anticipates that they have will have reduced electrical consumption, reduced noise pollution (from worker and machinery sources), improved integrated pest management, reduced paper consumption, improved management of asbestos in buildings, reduced waste (regulated and non-regulated) generation, increased recycling efforts (variety and quantities), improved control of lead paint and lead in water exposures, reduced exhaust pollution (from stationary and mobile sources), reduced fuel consumption (in vehicles and buildings), reduced chemical consumption (in volume and toxicity), reduced risk of blood born pathogen exposure, reduced water consumption, and improved indoor air quality.

Recipient: Center for Environmental Information Exit EPA
Project Title: "Pollution Prevention Practices and Strategies to Enhance Sustainable Business Profits in the Lake Ontario Watershed"
Funding: $15,000
In this project, the Center for Environmental Information (CEI) will facilitate sustainable practices among businesses, industries, manufacturers and institutions in the Rochester area, which is within the Lake Ontario watershed which encompasses about 40% of New York State. CEI will develop case studies on waste minimization, energy efficiency, source reduction, environmentally preferable product procurement, and reduction of toxic and persistent chemicals which will be desseminated through a website. The case studies will be linked to directories of local service providers including technical assistance, consultants, contractors, funding bodies and regulators. The Rochester Green Business Network Exit EPA will serve as a clearinghouse to facilitate implementation of the case study practices by providing a central point of contact and educational outreach events including a workshop and event trips.

Recipient: New York Academy of Sciences Exit EPA
Project Title: "Pollution Prevention Strategies for PAHs for the NY/NJ Harbor"
Funding: $16,900
In this project, the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) will undertake research on sources of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) to the NY/NJ Harbor Watershed using the model and strategies already established as part of the NYAS's Harbor Project Exit EPA. The NYAS will research the pathways of PAHs entering the Harbor waters from their sources, in order to identify the most important inputs and will then develop recommendations for viable pollution prevention strategies to curtail those inputs to the Harbor. Using tools such as materials flow analysis and industrial ecology, the NYAS will produce a document on PAHs that can be used as an education and outreach tool to inform the public and stakeholders on the nature of the problem in the Harbor Watershed along with targeted PAHs management and pollution prevention strategies.

Recipient: EnviroSpec
Project Title: "Promoting Mercury Reduction in Lighting"
Funding: $20,000
EnviroSpec will conduct and disseminate research on the environmental attributes of lighting equipment, including the mercury and lead content, efficacy, lamp life, etc. This project is primarily designed to assist state and local government purchasing officials, as well as energy-efficiency managers in the region, in minimizing the environmental impacts of the lights they are installing in public and commercial facilities or for which they are offering utility-funded rebates. Mercury- and lead-content data would also be valuable to architects and other firms involved in the design, construction and renovation of "green" buildings in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and The Virgin Islands. While cadmium and other persistent toxic chemicals may also appear in lamps, this project will focus primarily on mercury and lead, due to their prevalence in lighting equipment as well as in the regional ecosystems.

Recipient: Groundwater Yonkers
Project Title: "Source Reduction 'One Stop Shop" for Small Businesses"
Funding: $57,625
This project will tackle the problem of implementing Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) and Pollution Prevention in small businesses, a hard-to-reach group that has little time to think about conservation and source reduction, let alone wade through written information presented in brochures, product labels and mailings. For water and energy utilities, small businesses have always been the hardest to reach, in part because a hands-on approach is needed. Under this initiative, we will provide a critical link to small businesses, serving as a "communicator" and "hand-holder" to implement real change within the small business community in southern Westchester County, New York, focusing on the City of Yonkers. The justification for working with this audience is that they are the hardest to serve customer base, and they could have a major impact in the arena of source reduction and pollution prevention.

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