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P2 Awards

EPA Region 7 2018 Pollution Prevention Awards Application (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska)


Pollution Prevention graphicPollution prevention (P2) is a successful, non-regulatory approach to energy conservation, water conservation, reduction of toxic materials used, and money savings. This awards program is designed to further recognize P2 successes and encourage other entities to consider a P2 approach.

Consider applying for a non-monetary award to recognize businesses, industry, tribes, and nonprofits from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.

Application Submission Window

Now until March 2, 2018

Awards will be presented at the Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference on April 11, 2018, at the Kansas City Convention Center.

Definition of Pollution Prevention (P2)

P2 includes practices that reduce environmental releases of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants prior to entering a waste stream for recycling, treatment, or disposal. In other words, P2 is source reduction, the prevention of generating waste and environmental releases at the source. P2 is not treatment, minimization, or diversion of wastes. P2 conserves natural resources, including water and energy.



Businesses, industry, tribes and nonprofits from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska are eligible for the EPA Region 7 2018 Pollution Prevention Awards Program. These non-monetary awards recognize environmental excellence. Entities that have been subject to civil enforcement actions that included assessment of either monetary penalties or criminal enforcement actions are not eligible for this program, until a period of at least one year after the enforcement action has been resolved. In addition, projects conducted as a settlement condition in a consent order with the environmental regulating agency, such as EPA, are not eligible. Enforcement screens will be conducted for all award applicants.

EPA grantees, contractors, and cooperative agreement recipients are not eligible for this awards program. However, businesses assisted by grantees may apply.


P2 is a multimedia environmental management technique, emphasizing the elimination or reduction of wastes at the source of generation. P2 also emphasizes the reduction of direct environmental impacts and the use of resources and materials. Projects for the awards must have taken place within the past three years (2015- 2017) to be eligible.

The goals of P2 are:

  • Eliminate or reduce waste generation
  • Conserve natural resources and materials, including water and energy
  • Prevent spills and accidental releases
  • Prevent product losses
  • Reduce hazardous materials use
  • Promote the purchasing and use of less hazardous or more efficient equipment

Examples of P2 activities or projects are:

  • Reducing chemical use
  • Substituting hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives
  • Water or energy conservation



Awards will be presented at the Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference (MECC) on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri. More details to come.


Winners will be selected based upon responses to the four questions below. P2 efforts must have taken place within the past three years (2015- 2017). Consideration will be given for the size of business or organization. The weight of each question is listed (by percent), and each response should be limited to 300 words. Including relevant photos or news articles is optional (see final question at bottom of page).

If you answer “Yes” to the final question, and would like to send any relevant photos or news article text in electronic format, please attach them (in JPGs or PDFs, for example) in an email to thresher.lisa@epa.gov. Include your company or organization name, and your primary project contact name and phone number in the email.

The deadline for submitting applications for awards is March 2, 2018. To be eligible, EPA Region 7 must receive a completed online application on or before March 2, 2018. A completed application includes responses to the four questions and the completed form below. EPA reserves the right to contact the applicant to clarify any questions regarding the application. Applicants will be notified by mid-March if their submission won an award.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Lisa Thresher, EPA Region 7, at 913-551-7964, toll-free at 1-800-223-0425, or by email at thresher.lisa@epa.gov.

Please respond to the four questions, complete the form below, and click the Submit button: