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Pollution Prevention (P2)

Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Pollution Prevention Grant Summaries

During fiscal years 2016-2017, EPA awarded 48 Pollution Prevention (P2) grants totaling $8.16 million to support pollution prevention(P2) activities across all environmental media – air, water and land. Award recipients represent state agencies, federally-recognized tribes and colleges and universities that are instrumentalities of a state.

The award summaries below include the grant recipient's name, the federal grant amount and a brief description of the project. Grant projects reflect a two-year funding period, whereby, projects began in September – October 2016 or soon thereafter and completed in October – December 2018. Projects focus on one or more of the P2 Program’s National Emphasis Areas – Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions, Food Manufacturing and Processing and State/Community Approaches to Hazardous Materials Source Reduction. For additional information on the awarded grants, please contact the EPA Regional P2 Program.

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Region 1 (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)

CONNECTICUT

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions
EPA Grant: $160,000

Grant recipient will address energy use and greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from nursing facilities, provide P2 and climate resiliency assistance to businesses, develop outreach materials (newsletters and case studies), and support a green lodging project and energy efficiency activities at Connecticut hotels.

MASSACHUSETTS

University of Massachusetts, Lowell
National Emphasis Area: Food Manufacturing and Processing
EPA Grant: $80,000

Grant recipient will reduce energy, water and chemical use in the food and beverage manufacturing and processing sector with an emphasis on seafood processing and dairy pasteurization businesses.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions
EPA Grant: $160,000

Grant recipient will promote a reduced environmental footprint for the hospitality industry through energy efficiency, water conservation, and waste reduction projects, and also promote stormwater P2 by helping businesses throughout New Hampshire install rain gardens.

RHODE ISLAND

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions and State/Community Approaches to Hazardous Materials Source Reduction
EPA Grant: $129,080

Grant recipient will evaluate aboveground storage tanks for P2 and risk preparedness within high risk, flood-prone coastal communities that are subject to storm surge and projected sea level rise in Rhode Island.

VERMONT

Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
National Emphasis Area: Food Manufacturing and Processing and State/Community Approaches to Hazardous Materials Source Reduction
EPA Grant: $159,697

Grant recipient will provide technical assistance to businesses through Vermont’s Green Biz Program using outreach/assistance on food processing and manufacturing; address regulatory issues for dairy processors (providing assistance with water and energy use, as well as reducing chemicals in cleaning); and assist conditionally exempt hazardous waste generators in applying compliance guidelines using P2 methods.

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Region 2 (NJ, NY, PR, VI)

NEW JERSEY

College of New Jersey
National Emphasis Area: State/Community Approaches to Hazardous Materials Source Reduction
EPA Grant: $197,023

Grant recipient will provide training on reducing hazardous chemicals to businesses located in flood-prone areas of New Jersey, develop best management practices and outreach material, and train and offer technical assistance to governments and businesses in New Jersey. Project results will be disseminated through the Sustainable New Jersey Certification program and promoted nationally through a network of sustainability organizations.

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions
EPA Grant: $104,000

Grant recipient will train high school students in Cape May County, New Jersey on water conservation techniques. Students will provide technical assistance to businesses on water conservation practices and products. The project will focus on Cape May County aquifers threatened by saltwater intrusion.

Rowan University
National Emphasis Area: Food Manufacturing and Processing
EPA Grant: $98,335

Grant recipient will provide P2 assistance to the Nestle Corporation facility by implementing green engineering strategies to reduce water, energy use, release of hazardous materials, and business costs. The recipient will also develop case studies and host seminars to disseminate best management practices and share results through presentations and publications.

PUERTO RICO

University of Puerto Rico, Jardin Botanico South
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions and State/Community Approaches to Hazardous Materials Source Reduction
EPA Grant: $164,956

Grant recipient will provide P2 technical assistance to a rural community and local water service cooperative to reduce water and energy use, as well as reduce use and release of hazardous materials and realize cost savings.

University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions
EPA Grant: $283,709

Grant recipient will provide P2 outreach to businesses by offering best management practices on water conservation, energy efficiency, and stormwater management using P2. The project will target restaurants, beauty salons, and auto body shops, based on pollutants of concern identified in EPA's Stormwater Management Plan. Grant recipient will also develop sustainability tools that can be replicated elsewhere in Puerto Rico.

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

MARYLAND

Maryland Department of Environment
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions and Food Manufacturing and Processing
EPA Grant: $160,000

Grant recipient will provide technical assistance to Maryland businesses by establishing a green team that will develop annual P2 goals to monitor and record how food processors adopt and implement P2 techniques; set up a P2 internship program, whereby interns offer P2 technical assistance to participating businesses; and recognize businesses’ P2 activities through Maryland's Green Registry.

PENNSYLVANIA

Pennsylvania State University
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions and Food Manufacturing and Processing
EPA Grant: $180,000

Grant recipient will provide Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) events to Pennsylvania manufacturers with an emphasis on helping the food industry to decrease greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).

VIRGINIA

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions
EPA Grant: $48,000

Grant recipient will expand and enhance outreach through Virginia's P2 programs –Virginia Environmental Excellence Program (VEEP), Virginia Tourism program, and Governor's Environmental Excellence Award program – by encouraging participation and offering technical assistance on how to identify the problem and apply P2 methods.

Wytheville Community College
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions and Food Manufacturing and Processing
EPA Grant: $90,000

Grant recipient will provide Virginia food manufacturers with assistance in improving environmental performance through environmental assessments, workshops to reduce GHGs, and Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) technical assessments.

WEST VIRGINIA

West Virginia University
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions
EPA Grant: $180,000

Grant recipient will deliver on-site Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) assessments targeting energy, environment, and process waste; provide post-assessment recommendations using the P2 Knowledge Center; and promote the implementation of P2 activities.

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

GEORGIA

Georgia Tech
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions
EPA Grant: $160,000

Grant recipient will coordinate a federal and local initiative to help a Georgia community adopt sustainability practices. P2 assessments and training will be delivered to teach green principles to achieve process improvements and enhance environmental performance using energy efficiency and reduce GHGs.

KENTUCKY

Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance and Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions
EPA Grant: $160,000

Grant recipient will develop and deliver targeted technical education and assistance to encourage GHGs reductions, water conservation, P2 integration, energy efficiency, and waste reduction to support sustainability and improve competitiveness.

MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions and Food Manufacturing and Processing
EPA Grant: $155,510

Grant recipient will provide waste reduction training and technical assistance to businesses and industries using Mississippi’s newly revised Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) technical assistance framework. Project focus will be on food manufacturing and processing sector.

NORTH CAROLINA

East Carolina University
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions
EPA Grant: $136,491

Grant recipient will provide P2 audits, on-site training, and technical assistance to food and beverage industries in North Carolina as well as reduce pounds of pollution, conserve water, and save energy through Lean and Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) practices. Project results will be used to develop resources/tools to “green” North Carolina's food and beverage production.

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions
EPA Grant: $160,000

Grant recipient will manage an environmental leadership program, offer on-site P2 technical assistance, and sponsor regional P2 events and/or trainings.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Clemson University
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions
EPA Grant: $98,300

Clemson University, South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, and Duke Energy will form a partnership to perform Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) assessments using energy efficiency and Lean and Green technical assistance techniques for small and medium-sized manufacturing firms.

TENNESSEE

Tennessee Department of Environmental Conservation
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions and Food Manufacturing and Processing
EPA Grant: $190,165

Grant recipient will provide on-site technical assistance, workshops, and roundtables while supporting Tennessee businesses, government entities, food, pet, and other manufacturing sectors to reduce GHGs. The recipient will recognize outstanding environmental leaders through Tennessee’s Green Star Partnership and Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award program.

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

ILLINOIS

University of Illinois, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
National Emphasis Area: Food Manufacturing and Processing
EPA Grant: $329,465

Grant recipient will provide technical assistance to 30 facilities in underserved communities, with a focus on targeting food manufacturers. Six facilities will receive technical assistance from the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center and Energy Resources Group to identify and implement additional process improvement and energy efficiency strategies within the facility.

MINNESOTA

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
National Emphasis Area: Food Manufacturing and Processing
EPA Grant: $94,626

Grant recipient will provide technical assistance to four-to-six facilities in food processing industry using Toxics Release Inventory data and form a partnership with University of Minnesota’s Technical Assistance Program to evaluate cleaning procedures for reducing the usage of chemicals. The recipient will also identify water conservation opportunities (leak reduction, hot water use optimization) and facilitate partnerships between a food processor, local utilities, and an engineering firm to conduct one large-scale refrigeration audit to reduce ammonia leaks and energy use.

OHIO

University of Toledo
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions and Food Manufacturing and Processing
EPA Grant: $223,744

Grant recipient will provide technical assistance to 30 small and medium-sized Ohio businesses, deliver four seminar trainings in source reduction techniques to Ohio manufacturers, and assist the Ohio Statewide Environmental Network in providing P2 planning and implementation efforts statewide.

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

ARKANSAS

Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions
EPA Grant: $85,000

Grant recipient will partner with University of Arkansas to conduct a P2 internship program to enlist engineering students, support the Zero Waste Network in delivering P2 101 training to businesses, provide site assistance visits to Arkansas businesses, and evaluate the effectiveness of Arkansas’ Environmental Stewardship Award and Environmental Technology Award programs.

LOUISIANA

Louisiana Tech University and Life City
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions and Food Manufacturing and Processing
EPA Grant: $85,000

Grant recipient will expand the Value Louisiana program to reduce the use of chemicals and provide source reduction assistance to chemical or food manufacturers participating in the Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) program through on-site assessments and workshops.

NEW MEXICO

New Mexico Environmental Department
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions; Food Manufacturing and Processing and State/Community Approaches to Hazardous Materials Source Reduction
EPA Grant: $50,000

Grant recipient will provide on-site environmental assessments, P2 trainings, and source reduction project assistance through a P2 internship program as well as develop a sustainability management plan for Rio Rancho Public Schools.

New Mexico State University
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions and Food Manufacturing and Processing
EPA Grant: $184,000

Grant recipient will perform new and continue existing multimedia P2 activities with New Mexico's businesses, industry, and communities. The recipient will also continue: Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) program outreach and training with partners in TX; Lean and Green activities with food manufacturing sector and others; and IEE’s Environmental Design Contest to recognize P2 efforts.

OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions and State/Community Approaches to Hazardous Materials Source Reduction
EPA Grant: $120,000

Grant recipient will provide assistance to small businesses in Oklahoma by offering waste reduction, energy efficiency, site assistance visits, waste management, compliance, technical assistance, workshops, training, and tools for improving environmental performance.

TEXAS

University of Texas, Arlington
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions and Food Manufacturing and Processing
EPA Grant: $348,890

Grant recipient will provide Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) and P2 techniques to businesses; develop and enhance source reduction approaches through engaging state, local, and business partners with local communities; and continue existing partnership with New Mexico State University to implement E3 projects in El Paso and Las Cruces, Texas.

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Region 7 (IA, KS, MO, NE)

IOWA

Iowa Department of Natural Resources
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions; Food Manufacturing and Processing and State/Community Approaches to Hazardous Materials Source Reduction
EPA Grant: $297,232

Grant recipient will conduct 44 P2 assessments and 12 P2 internships with businesses interested in environmental management system (EMS) protocols, initiate two environmental management system workshops to help achieve reductions in GHG emissions and hazardous materials, and assist food manufacturers in reduction of environmental impacts while producing cost savings.

KANSAS

Kansas State University
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions; Food Manufacturing and Processing and State/Community Approaches to Hazardous Materials Source Reduction
EPA Grant: $297,791

Grant recipient will make technical assistance available to businesses through P2 internships, on-site assistance, and training. Implemented strategies will be published to increase project transferability. The recipient will also conduct and facilitate a P2 business roundtable for food processors and other businesses using trichloroethylene (TCE). The roundtable will train businesses to seek environmentally preferably chemical alternatives by using P2 methods.

MISSOURI

University of Missouri
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions
EPA Grant: $87,127

Grant recipient will disseminate P2, renewable energy, and sustainability education through undergrad training as well as offer P2 services and assistance to Missouri business development program and the University’s College of Engineering.

NEBRASKA

University of Nebraska, Lincoln
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions
EPA Grant: $136,592

Grant recipient will focus on reducing energy use and other waste streams through assessments for Nebraska's businesses, increase capacity to analyze industrial processes through partnership-building, and include P2 education for five students and five internships.

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

COLORADO

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions
EPA Grant: $196,161

Grant recipient will fund an environmental leadership program and P2 program, provide technical assistance and outreach to businesses, and integrate P2 concepts into regulatory framework and further develop state-wide use of P2 concepts.

MONTANA

Montana Department of Environmental Quality
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions
EPA Grant: $250,000

Grant recipient will provide on-site technical assistance to Montana businesses and local governments on energy and resource efficiency. Energy assessment reports will be developed to implement resource efficiency measures and practices.

Montana State University
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions
EPA Grant: $285,077

Grant recipient will fund existing P2 infrastructure, including Ecostar’s P2 award program for small businesses, provide technical assistance and training on solar hot water systems use, and create a P2 Potential Partners workshop.

UTAH

Utah Department of Environmental Quality
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions
EPA Grant: $91,572

Grant recipient will fund existing efforts to help promote and provide P2 practices, tools, and training to businesses to reduce or eliminate hazardous chemicals utilizing the Toxics Release Inventory and P2 database as a resource and tool.

WYOMING

Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality
National Emphasis Area: Food Manufacturing and Processing
EPA Grant: $44,188

Grant recipient will fund P2 audits in food processing and manufacturing facilities, specifically focusing on slaughterhouses and meat processing facilities.

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Region 9 (AZ, CA, HI, NV, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands)

COMMONWEALTH OF THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Bureau of Department of Environmental and Coastal Quality
National Emphasis Area: National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions and State/Community Approaches to Hazardous Materials Source Reduction
EPA Grant: $250,000

Grant recipient will provide technical assistance to businesses on source reduction opportunities, identify tools to support conserving resources, and conduct workshops to assist businesses in understanding sustainable practices.

ARIZONA

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions; Food Manufacturing and Processing and State/Community Approaches to Hazardous Materials Source Reduction
EPA Grant: $146,385

Grant recipient will expand outreach activities and technical assistance to Arizona facilities by partnering with University interns to target the hotel and hospitality industry in Arizona and promote reductions in waste, energy and water.

CALIFORNIA

California Air Resources Board
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions and Food Manufacturing and Processing
EPA Grant: $173,479

Grant recipient will partner with the California Green Business Network to deliver in-person P2 technical assistance and training to small businesses, including food manufacturers.

NEVADA

University of Nevada, Reno
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions and State/Community Approaches to Hazardous Materials Source Reduction
EPA Grant: $261,000

Grant recipient will provide statewide on-site technical assistance to businesses to prevent pollution and technical assistance to Clark County and Washoe County school districts to reduce hazardous custodial cleaning products.

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Region 10 (AK, ID, OR, WA)

ALASKA

Knik Tribal Council
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions; Food Manufacturing and Processing and State/Community Approaches to Hazardous Materials Source Reduction
EPA Grant: $186,136

Grant recipient will provide technical assistance to businesses to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and chemicals. Source reduction will be accomplished through the Green Star Award/Certification Program. Project will focus on dry cleaning, automotive repair, seafood processors, and brewery sectors.

IDAHO

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions; Food Manufacturing and Processing and State/Community Approaches to Hazardous Materials Source Reduction
EPA Grant: $189,000

Grant recipient will provide technical assistance to businesses in targeting GHG refrigerants and promoting the Clean Air Zone and Anti-Idling program. Green chemistry outreach through business workshop/roundtables and Green Belt Lean courses to food processors will be offered. Recipient will also develop and post project case studies.

OREGON

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions; Food Manufacturing and Processing and State/Community Approaches to Hazardous Materials Source Reduction
EPA Grant: $202,724

Grant recipient will support green chemistry projects by expanding Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) efforts, offer ODEQ staff and businesses training on environmentally preferable chemicals, and support a P2 internship program.

WASHINGTON

Washington Department of Ecology
National Emphasis Area: Climate Change Mitigation – Prevention of GHG Emissions; Food Manufacturing and Processing and State/Community Approaches to Hazardous Materials Source Reduction
EPA Grant: $298,122

Grant recipient will provide technical assistance and training on the use of environmentally preferable chemicals training, conduct technical assistance visits, and perform chemical hazard and Lean assessments.

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