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Pollution Prevention (P2)

Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Pollution Prevention Grant Summaries

During fiscal years 2018-2019, EPA awarded 47 Pollution Prevention (P2) grants totaling $9.36 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 2018 or soon thereafter and are due to complete in October – December 2019. Projects focus on one or more of the P2 Program’s National Emphasis Areas – Business-Based Pollution Prevention Solutions Supporting Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); Food and Beverage Manufacturing and Processing and Hazardous Materials Source Reduction Approaches in States or Communities. 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 & Environmental Protection
National Emphasis Area: Hazardous Materials Source Reduction Approaches in States or Communities
EPA Grant: $180,000

Grant recipient will provide P2 technical assistance to businesses throughout Connecticut using P2 tools at the town and regional level; provide on-site technical assistance to health care, lodgings, and manufacturing facilities; hold P2 business roundtables for skilled nursing facilities; and develop P2 training and written materials for businesses using hazardous chemicals.

MAINE

University of Southern Maine
National Emphasis Area: Food and Beverage Manufacturing and Processing
EPA Grant: $71,200

Grant recipient will provide technical assistance to improve and measure environmental performance in Maine’s craft beverage industry by reducing pollutants. Grant recipient will also develop a new brewer metrics P2 calculator.

MASSACHUSETTS

University of Massachusetts, Lowell
National Emphasis Area: Food and Beverage Manufacturing and Processing
EPA Grant: $169,340

Grant recipient will hold webinars, use P2 tools, provide follow-up technical assistance, and hold a conference to promote awareness and adoption of P2 to reduce chemical use, waste generation, and use of natural resources in breweries, dairy production, and seafood processing in MA and other states (in New England and within other regions).

NEW HAMPSHIRE

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
National Emphasis Area: Food and Beverage Manufacturing and Processing
EPA Grant: $180,000

Grant recipient will provide P2 technical assistance to New Hampshire brewery industry to reduce the volume of brewery discharges of wastewater pollutants, as well as implement energy efficiency, water conservation, and waste reduction projects.

RHODE ISLAND

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
National Emphasis Area: Business-Based Pollution Prevention Solutions Supporting TSCA
EPA Grant: $110,000

Grant recipient will provide P2 trainings and educational material, which will address the hazards of conventional cleaning chemicals, and offer recommendations on environmentally-preferable chemical cleaning agents to the janitorial community in Rhode Island and southern New England. Education and training will focus on: human exposure, fate and transport in the environment, efficacy of green cleaning products, and source reduction techniques.

VERMONT

Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
National Emphasis Area: Hazardous Materials Source Reduction Approaches in States or Communities
EPA Grant: $180,000

Grant recipient will address Vermont’s P2 needs by implementing the Vermont Green Business Program, administering the Vermont Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence and P2, and assisting dairy product processors with on-site assessments, technical assistance, and process improvements.

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Region 2 (NJ, NY, PR, VI)

NEW JERSEY

New Jersey Institute of Technology
National Emphasis Area: Business-Based Pollution Prevention Solutions Supporting TSCA and Hazardous Materials Source Reduction Approaches in States or Communities
EPA Grant: $225,000

Grant recipient will address technical challenges in P2 and source reduction in metals recovery from waste lithium-ion batteries by: incorporating scientific research; supporting the development of new educational modules for professional trainings of students and industrial workers; supporting annual workshops as well as surveys and interviews with local business; and utilizing partnerships with private firms, academia and governmental agencies – e.g., New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Rowan University
National Emphasis Area: Business-Based Pollution Prevention Solutions Supporting TSCA and Hazardous Materials Source Reduction Approaches in States or Communities
EPA Grant: $289,361

Grant recipient will assist the pharmaceutical, food, and allied industries within Region 2 in applying source reduction, resource conservation, P2, and sustainable business practices using a student-faculty-industry partnership involving undergraduate and graduate-level environmental and chemical engineering programs.

PUERTO RICO

University of Puerto Rico
National Emphasis Area: Food and Beverage Manufacturing and Processing
EPA Grant: $59,330

Grant recipient will provide training to the food manufacturing industry in Puerto Rico to assist this sector in improving their environmental footprint using source reduction protocols to reduce the consumption of water, electricity, and use of hazardous materials. The grant recipient will also reduce the discharges of wastewaters and the generation of solid wastes from their facilities.

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

DELAWARE

University of Delaware
National Emphasis Area: Food and Beverage Manufacturing and Processing
EPA Grant: $223,232

Grant recipient will provide on-site energy and waste assessments for food and beverage manufacturing and processing facilities in Region 3. These will include one to two-day site assessments with documented findings, recommendations, and cost-effectiveness information to plant managers and operators. The grant recipient will also provide follow-up to assist plant decision-making for recommended measures.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

DC Department of Energy and Environment
National Emphasis Area: Business-Based Pollution Prevention Solutions Supporting TSCA and Hazardous Materials Source Reduction Approaches in States or Communities
EPA Grant: $125,796

The grant recipient will provide on-site technical assistance to auto body/repair shops through the GreenWrench program, manage a green certification program, provide P2 training at technical schools, and provide guidelines and recommendations for products that use environmentally-preferrable chemicals.

MARYLAND

Maryland Department of the Environment
National Emphasis Area: Food and Beverage Manufacturing and Processing and Hazardous Materials Source Reduction Approaches in States or Communities
EPA Grant: $180,000

Grant recipient will help businesses implement environmental management systems (EMSs), provide P2 assistance to food and beverage manufacturers, advise small businesses on P2, and recognize businesses within Maryland’s Green Registry.

PENNSYLVANIA

Pennsylvania State University
National Emphasis Area: Food and Beverage Manufacturing and Processing
EPA Grant: $320,000

Grant recipient will provide P2 and energy efficiency technical assistance by holding Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) events for Pennsylvania food and beverage manufacturers encouraging the adoption and implementation of source reduction approaches to save money by reducing resource use, expenditures, and waste while at the same time reducing food manufacturers’ environmental footprint in Pennsylvania. The grant recipient will also have university engineering students participate on the project.

VIRGINIA

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
National Emphasis Area: Food and Beverage Manufacturing and Processing Hazardous Materials Source Reduction Approaches in States or Communities
EPA Grant: $80,000

Grant recipient will manage the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program, provide technical assistance to small businesses, and support the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards Program and the Virginia Green Travel Star Program.

WEST VIRGINIA

West Virginia University
National Emphasis Area: Food and Beverage Manufacturing
EPA Grant: $200,000

Grant recipient will provide P2-focused technical assistance and training to food and beverage manufacturing and processing facilities in West Virginia. The grantee will conduct on-site assistance; facilitate and manage workshops; and publish e-newsletters targeted at facilities to encourage the use of environment–friendly processes and products, the reduction of raw materials, and increased efficiency in facility supply-chains and/or sale operations.

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

ALABAMA

University of Alabama
National Emphasis Area: Business-Based Pollution Prevention Solutions Supporting TSCA; Food and Beverage Manufacturing and Hazardous Materials Source Reduction Approaches in States or Communities
EPA Grant: $65,600

Grant recipient will provide technical assistance to State Indirect Discharge permit holders and the receiving publicly/privately-owned-treatment works in Tuscaloosa County. The project will look at critical aspects of water and wastewater management data and practices to find opportunities to prevent or reduce pollution.

FLORIDA

Florida Department of Environmental Protection
National Emphasis Area: Hazardous Materials Source Reduction Approaches in States or Communities
EPA Grant: $132,000

Grant recipient will provide technical assistance and enhance statewide recognition programs for lodging facilities and schools with an emphasis on energy efficiency, waste reduction, water conservation, indoor air quality, and hazardous materials source reduction.

GEORGIA

Georgia Tech
National Emphasis Area: Business-Based Pollution Prevention Solutions Supporting TSCA and Food and Beverage Manufacturing
EPA Grant: $138,300

Grant recipient will support “Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia,” a coordinated federal and local technical assistance initiative to help Georgia manufacturing communities in the automotive and food sectors focus on sustainability. The grant recipient will also conduct P2 assessments and offer training on the environmental and health benefits of adopting environmentally-preferable chemical alternatives in manufacturing supply chains. Process improvements will also be considered. The grant recipient will also enlist support from the Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

KENTUCKY

Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection
National Emphasis Area: Food and Beverage Manufacturing and Hazardous Materials Source Reduction Approaches in States or Communities
EPA Grant: $138,300

Grant recipient will support ongoing P2 technical assistance services to Kentucky businesses/facilities. Activities will encourage source reduction approaches in the distilling and craft brewing industries in Kentucky. The focus will be on energy and water efficiency and conservation practices utilizing a combination of themed P2 roundtables and meetings, training, best management practices identification and communication, and direct technical assistance.

MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
National Emphasis Area: Business-Based Pollution Prevention Solutions Supporting TSCA; Food and Beverage Manufacturing and Hazardous Materials Source Reduction Approaches in States or Communities
EPA Grant: $138,300

Grant recipient will provide waste reduction and P2 training and assistance to state industries and businesses using the Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) technical assistance framework to assess operations and identify opportunities to reduce solid/hazardous wastes, energy/water consumption, and discharges to air/water. The work will be conducted through on-site technical assistance and web-based tools focusing on food and beverage manufacturing and supporting an environmental leadership recognition program.

NORTH CAROLINA

East Carolina University
National Emphasis Area: Food and Beverage Manufacturing and Processing
EPA Grant: $138,100

Grant recipient will reduce pounds of pollution, conserve water, and save energy through lean and ereen practices in food and beverage industries in North Carolina. The grantee will conduct eight on-site P2 diagnostic assessments, four regional seminars, and four one-day training workshops on P2, lean 100, and environmental and energy management.

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality
National Emphasis Area: Business-Based Pollution Prevention Solutions Supporting TSCA; Food and Beverage Manufacturing and Hazardous Materials Source Reduction Approaches in States or Communities
EPA Grant: $138,100

Grant recipient will manage an Environmental Leadership Program and offer on-site pollution prevention technical assistance, regional events, and/or trainings.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Clemson University
National Emphasis Area: Business-Based Pollution Prevention Solutions Supporting TSCA
EPA Grant: $106,400

Grant recipient will focus efforts on source reduction (P2) training for manufacturers in South Carolina. Broad training will occur in classroom/workshop settings. More in-depth training tailored to specific businesses will occur during on-site visits. Results will be measured in follow-up surveys/interviews and will be used to write best practice white papers tailored to various industrial sectors. These will be archived and disseminated through the university’s Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) website.

TENNESSEE

Tennessee Department of Conservation
National Emphasis Area: Food and Beverage Manufacturing and Processing
EPA Grant: $138,100

Grant recipient will provide on-site technical assistance, workshops, roundtables, and support to Tennessee manufacturers, state agencies, and municipalities to achieve measurable results in P2 and associated cost savings. Project emphasis will be placed on food and beverage manufacturing and processing with NAICS codes 311 and 3121 and Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) registered manufacturers. This program will also recognize outstanding environmental leaders and best practices through the Tennessee Green Star Partnership (TGSP), Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards (GESA) program, and the newly formed Tennessee Sustainable Spirits (TNSS) Recognition program.

University of Tennessee
National Emphasis Area: Business-Based Pollution Prevention Solutions Supporting TSCA and Food and Beverage Manufacturing and Processing
EPA Grant: $60,500

Grant recipient will provide on-site technical assistance for the food manufacturing sector. The project will work with food manufacturers that agree to comprehensively review P2 opportunities that positively impact water and air.

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

ILLINOIS

University of Illinois, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
EPA Grant: $338,549

Grant recipient will identify and implement water, energy, and hazardous materials reduction opportunities in food and beverage manufacturers (30 P2 assessments will be conducted). Two of the 30 assessments will be conducted in partnership with the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (providing LEAN assessments) and the Energy Resources Group (providing additional energy efficiency assessments).

INDIANA

Indiana Department of Environmental Management
EPA Grant: $135,000

Grant recipient will identify chemical reductions in 15 facilities in partnership with the Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership. The waste stream mapping process will be used to identify waste and P2 opportunities at industrial facilities, including TRI facilities.

MINNESOTA

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
EPA Grant: $109,583

The grant recipient will receive training through the Toxic Use Reduction Institute on ways to identify and replace trichloroethylene (TCE) with other solvent options. The training will be hosted by the grantee and extended to all Region 5 state technical assistance providers. Once trained, the grantee in partnership with Minnesota’s Technical Assistance Program will target 10-20 TCE users to identify alternatives through solvent testing and technical assistance. At least four TCE users are expected to implement alternative solvents.

OHIO

University of Toledo
EPA Grant: $220,314

In partnership with the Center for Innovative Food Technologies the grant recipient will provide technical assistance to 30 food and beverage manufacturers, provide two seminar training in source reduction techniques to Ohio manufacturers, and assist the Ohio Statewide Environmental Network in providing comprehensive P2 planning and implementation efforts statewide.

WISCONSIN

University of Wisconsin
EPA Grant: $208,622

Grant recipient will target 10 food and beverage manufacturing facilities with ammonia refrigeration systems in partnership with the Industrial Refrigeration Consortium. Five candidate sites will be selected to identify and reduce ammonia leakage from industrial refrigeration systems. The grantee will develop a guidance explaining methods for calculating ammonia inventory in real-time (to detect leaks) and best practices for identifying and eliminating fugitive leaks. A webinar will be provided to illustrate best practices and lessons learned.

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

ARKANSAS

Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality
EPA Grant: $67,077

Grant recipient will motivate businesses to improve efficiency of their operations, resulting in cleaner land, air, and water by using broad and several targeted approaches to reduce chemical use, energy consumption, and waste.

LOUISIANA

Louisiana Tech University
EPA Grant: $112,584

Grant recipient will use Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) assessments for manufacturers throughout Louisiana. The grantee will also conduct on-site assessments and lead workshop trainings.

NEW MEXICO

New Mexico State University
EPA Grant: $279,685

Grant recipient will conduct lean and green activities for New Mexico businesses and manufacturers, continue the Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) program outreach, provide training to businesses, continue a P2 recognition awards program, and collaborate with New Mexico Brewers Guild and The Borderplex Alliance.

TEXAS

University of Texas, Arlington
EPA Grant: $450,790

Grant recipient will provide technical assistance and training to promote source reduction using Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) assessments and P2 techniques. The grantee will conduct site visits, workshops, use material life extension “matchmaking,” and disseminate P2 practices through conferences and its website.

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Region 7 (IA, KS, MO, NE)

IOWA

Iowa Department of Natural Resources
EPA Grant: $333,633

Grant recipient will conduct 44 P2 assessments and 14 P2 internships in Iowa industrial facilities, pilot a series of three community-focused hazardous materials source reduction workshops incorporating P2 strategies, and continue an environmental management system in-depth workshop series that offers EMS training to Iowa companies looking to develop an EMS or improve an existing EMS.

KANSAS

Kansas State University
EPA Grant: $296,000

Grant recipient will make specific source-reduction technical assistance available to businesses through P2 internships, on-site assistance, and training. Workshops and roundtables that use a community-based approach to hazardous materials source-reduction activities will provide specific training and opportunities to expand P2 to new industry partners. New and historical implemented P2 strategies will be evaluated and published to increase industry P2 replication.

NEBRASKA

University of Nebraska, Lincoln
EPA Grant: $148,932

Grant recipient will reduce water and energy use, wastewater generation, and other waste streams through process assessments of Nebraska businesses, focusing on food processors. This project will build source reduction capacity to analyze complex industrial processes through a partnership with the Nebraska Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Nebraska Industrial Assessment Center, and P2RIC. The proposed tasks will result in businesses obtaining a detailed evaluation of a process and to educate six upper-level engineering students over the two-year project.

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

COLORADO

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
EPA Grant: $280,554

Grant recipient will expand the reach of the Environmental Leadership Program, support on-site assessments and training customized to the needs of the food and beverage manufacturing and processing sector, and enhance local partnerships and recognize superior environmental achievements of Colorado businesses.

MONTANA

Montana State University
EPA Grant: $494,926

Grant recipient will provide Montana small businesses in the food and beverage industry with on-site technical assistance and training. Services will include best management practices, awareness of environmentally preferable chemicals, hosting and facilitating P2 roundtables, application of source reduction techniques, and awareness of community-based P2 initiatives. The grant recipient will also support the National Center for Appropriate Technology whereby clients will receive energy audits to identify energy conservation opportunities, as well as support enhancements to the EcoStar P2 Award program, MTP2.org website, the MT Material Exchange, and the P2 Resource Library.

WYOMING

Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality
EPA Grant: $40,300

Grant recipient will provide technical assistance audits and recommendations with a focus on food and beverage manufacturers and processors throughout Wyoming. The grantee will work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Wyoming Business Council, and the University of Wyoming Manufacturing Works to implement audit findings. The grantee will also complete follow-up audits to determine impacts of energy efficiency recommendations implemented.

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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)

ARIZONA

Arizona State University
EPA Grant: $312,150

Grant recipient will provide technical assistance to food and beverage manufacturing facilities to assess their water and energy use. The project will also build a network of food and beverage personnel to share best management practices.

CALIFORNIA

Pala Band of Mission Indians
EPA Grant: $238,200

Grant recipient will provide replicable training and technical assistance to eight businesses for two tribes focusing on the reduction of hazardous and chemical substances, energy, water, and related costs.

University of California, Berkeley
EPA Grant: $374,213

Grant recipient will produce and disseminate a replicable best practices methodology for the chemical assessment of Stereolithography (SLA) printing resins and alternative formulas.

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Region 10 (AK, ID, OR, WA)

ALASKA

Knik Tribal Council
EPA Grant: $299,060

Grant recipient will perform at least 24 on-site technical assistance assessments, complete follow-up technical assistance from the site visits, and support businesses who strive to accomplish the Green Star® Award and Certification process.

IDAHO

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
EPA Grant: $189,000

Grant recipient will provide outreach and technical assistance to businesses on low-volatile organic compound brake cleaners, spray efficiency, and alternatives to methylene chloride and N-methylpyrrolidone. The project will support core P2 programs that include Clean Air Zone, Idaho Chemical Roundup, and the Idaho Environmental Guide. In addition, the grantee will partner with TechHelp, the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center, the University of Idaho Integrated Design Lab, and Boise State University to provide P2 technical assistance to a variety of food processers.

OREGON

Oregon State Department of Environmental Quality
EPA Grant: $250,447

Grant recipient will implement an Oregon Applied Sustainability Experience Internship Program that places students with businesses to conduct on-site P2 research, train Oregon agency staff and businesses on assessing and selecting environmentally preferable chemicals, green chemistry approaches, and supporting regional pilot projects for priority chemicals and industry sectors through the Safer Chemical Alternatives Training and Assessment Pilots. The grant recipient will also engage businesses and partners to design the first phase of a technical assistance outreach program, the Toxics Reduction Outreach Initiative for Metal Finishing, Coating and Manufacturing. This activity will identify chemical and process alternatives and promote source reduction within the sector, targeting reductions in the use and emissions of chemicals.

WASHINGTON

Washington Department of Ecology
EPA Grant: $395,739

Grant recipient will expand business technical assistance and staff training on environmentally preferable chemicals, interstate green chemistry collaboration, and source reduction opportunities for communities; increase the availability of chemical hazard assessments tools and alternatives assessments for businesses; support regional and national efforts on creating a community of alternatives assessments providers; promote awareness of environmentally preferable products; host Kata lean training events in partnership with Impact Washington and identify supply chain P2 opportunities; plan and conduct regional roundtables; and utilize spray efficiency trainings that use “virtual paint” equipment developed by IA Waste Reduction Center to reduce hazardous substance use during painting at businesses.

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