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Pollution Prevention (P2)

Fiscal Year 2015 Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) Grant Summaries

In fiscal year 2015, EPA awarded approximately $1 million in federal funding under the Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) Grants Program to support pollution prevention (P2) activities across all environmental media — air, water and land.

Activities proposed by grantees would develop and enhance P2 activities that relate to:  research, investigations, experiments, education, training, surveys, studies and/or demonstration of innovative techniques. 

Eligibility included: state agencies, federally-recognized tribes, and colleges and universities (that are instrumentalities of a state), local, city and township governments, nonprofit and community based grassroots organizations, and independent school districts and private institutions of higher education.

The number and amount of grants awarded depended on congressional appropriation and the quality of proposals received. During the FY 2015 competition cycle, applicants were instructed to address as part of their proposed activity one or more of the P2 Program’s National Emphasis Areas – climate change mitigation/prevention of greenhouse gas emissions; food manufacturing and processing; or state/community approaches to hazardous materials source reduction.

This page provides summaries for the public and P2 practitioners on SRA grants awarded between June 2015-September 2015. The summaries include the applicant's name, the federal dollar amount (for the first year, in cases of multiple year grants) and a brief description of the project. 

Region 2 (NJ, NY, PR, VI)

NEW YORK

New York State Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
EPA Grant: $34,750
P2 Program National Emphasis Area — Food Manufacturing and Processing

The grant recipient will provide P2 technical assistance to restaurants in areas at risk of climate change impacts during storms or other catastrophic events.

The recipient will work with New York City food manufacturers and restaurants to reduce hazardous materials in their cleaning and pest control practices by conducting group and on-site trainings, and by designing brochures and hosting webinars. The primary targets are businesses in communities that are highly susceptible to flooding, such as Red Hook, Brooklyn and the Rockaways. The recipient will share lessons learned from trainings in New York City with members of the Puerto Rican Restaurant Association.

The recipient will also continue to provide green restaurant training to 350 restaurants to assist them in reducing water and energy consumption, reduce hazardous material releases, and realize cost savings. A green restaurant handbook will be distributed to restaurants through the recipient’s website. In addition, the recipient will offer training to restaurants on sustainability planning.  

REGION WIDE

Manomet
EPA Grant: $33,894
P2 Program National Emphasis Area — Food Manufacturing and Processing

The grant recipient will provide on-site technical assistance to approximately 40 Wakefern grocery store managers in EPA’s Region 2 area on applying best management practices. The training will focus on energy conservation and reduction of the generation and release of hazardous materials. The stores will receive instructional workbooks specifically tailored to the particular grocery stores.

The recipient will also provide on-site technical assistance to approximately five dairy farm managers on energy conservation and reduction of the generation and release of hazardous materials. The dairy farms will receive hands-on workbooks specifically tailored to the particular dairy farms. In their technical assistance to grocery stores and dairy farms, the recipient will also promote their use of EPA voluntary programs such as GreenChillFood Recovery ChallengeWasteWise and Energy Star

Region 3 (DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV)

PENNSYLVANIA

Villanova University
EPA Grant: $35,972
P2 Program National Emphasis Area — Food Manufacturing and Processing

The grant recipient will determine methods to improve energy efficiency in corporate and educational dining facilities. 

Penn State University
EPA Grant: $25,000
P2 Program National Emphasis Area — State or Community Based Approaches to Hazardous Materials Source Reduction

The grant recipient will promote the reuse of solvents to reduce hazardous materials.

Region 4 (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN)

KENTUCKY

Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection
EPA Grant: $45,000

P2 Program National Emphasis Area — Climate Change Mitigation/Prevention of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The grant recipient will encourage the development of sustainable food systems and promoting green practices to those involved in the production, transport, use and reuse of local food. The recipient plans to develop a farm certification program through the KY EXCEL Exit program to help recognize producers who are working to identify source reduction opportunities.

TENNESSEE

University of Tennessee
EPA Grant: $45,000
P2 Program National Emphasis Area — Food Manufacturing and Processing

The grant recipient will fund source-reduction technical assistance and guidance to a food manufacturer over a two-year period. The assistance will enable the participating firm to develop and implement a source- reduction playbook and scorecard that can serve as a guide for other food manufacturers across the country.

The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services, in partnership with several state universities and other service providers, will provide technical assistance and use this experience as a basis for future training and assistance for the food manufacturing sector.

Region 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI)

ILLINOIS

University of Illinois
EPA Grant: $61,750
P2 Program National Emphasis Area — State or Community Approaches to Hazardous Materials Source Reduction

The grant recipient will identify and implement water and energy reduction measures in industrial facilities located in Cook and DuPage counties, focusing on environmental justice communities. P2, Lean, and energy efficiency assessments will be conducted for five facilities. The Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center will conduct Lean assessments; utility companies, ComEd and Nicor will conduct energy efficiency assessments.

REGION-WIDE

TechSolve
EPA Grant: $52,250
P2 Program National Emphasis Area — State or Community Approaches to Hazardous Materials Source Reduction

The grant recipient will recruit and train student interns to provide P2 technical assistance to 12 businesses. The grantee will also conduct 24 bi-monthly manufacturer roundtables that will serve as an educational, community-based forum to discuss approaches to hazardous materials source reduction. 

Region 6 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX)

TEXAS

University of Texas at Arlington
EPA Grant: $52,353
P2 Program National Emphasis Area — Climate Change Mitigation/Prevention of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The grant recipient will conduct research using a new ring-carbonyl-containing zeolitic imidazolate to advance low-cost carbon capture and storage that will help alleviate the threats from global climate change. 

NEW MEXICO

New Mexico State University
EPA Grant: $96,368
P2 Program National Emphasis Area — State or Community Approaches to Hazardous Materials Source Reduction

The grant recipient will focus on newer hydraulic fracturing (fracking) techniques, seeking up-to-date source techniques for these operations; provide outreach and education to companies; and develop methods for upstream oil and gas producers to reduce pollution at the source.

Region 7 (IA, KS, MO, NE)

IOWA

Iowa Department of Natural Resources
EPA Grant: $65,053
P2 Program National Emphasis Area — Climate Change Mitigation/Prevention of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The grant recipient will conduct three P2 internships to assist Iowa industry to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and provide a webinar for instruction and assistance in reducing GHG emissions. 

NEBRASKA

University of Nebraska – Lincoln
EPA Grant: $59,845
P2 Program National Emphasis Area — Climate Change Mitigation/Prevention of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The grant recipient will provide on-site technical assistance for Nebraska agricultural producers to reduce water, energy use for pumping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and groundwater nitrate contamination. Work will be accomplished by using P2 educational tools and resources and assistance from three student interns.

Region 8 (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY)

WYOMING

Yellowstone Teton Clean Energy Coalition
EPA Grant: $67,207
P2 Program National Emphasis Area — Climate Change Mitigation/Prevention of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The grant recipient will increase electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, including education and outreach on P2 techniques to visitors and residents. 

Region 9 (AZ, CA, HI, NV, AS, GU)

REGIONWIDE

Clean Water Fund
EPA Grant: $55,298
P2 Program National Emphasis Area — Climate Change Mitigation/Prevention of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The grant recipient will:  reduce the use of disposable tableware at large catering operations; develop a calculator to measure greenhouse gas reductions from implemented changes; and develop environmentally preferable purchasing guidelines to reduce toxics in disposables tableware. 

Region 10 (AK, ID, OR, WA)

WASHINGTON

Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center
EPA Grant: $117,600
P2 Program National Emphasis Area — State or Community Approaches to Hazardous Materials Source Reduction

The grant recipient will:  host and facilitate the annual Region 10 Roundtable; provide technical assistance to Region 10 states on E3: Economy, Energy and Environment resources and tools, outreach and communication strategies; and manage state and community-based projects that focus on reducing toxic materials released into the environment. 

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