Pollution Prevention (P2)

Fiscal Year 2011 Pollution Prevention Grant Summaries

EPA annually provides matching funds to state agencies, federally-recognized tribes and colleges and universities (that are instrumentalities of a state) to support P2 activities across all environmental media (air, water and land), dependent upon congressional appropriation and the quality of proposals received.

This page provides summaries, which EPA issued in March 2012, of how states plan to spend the matching grants and/or cooperative agreements EPA awarded in fiscal year 2011 under the Pollution Prevention Grant Program. 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.

The summaries are intended to both inform the public and P2 practitioners how EPA grant money is being spent and to facilitate information exchange among the states' P2 programs and spread ideas.

In fiscal year 2011, EPA had approximately $4.1 million to fund P2 grant activities to help develop and sustain state and tribal P2 program activities and pioneer new P2 approaches.

Region 1


Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
EPA grant: $80,000

Connecticut's DEP proposes to assess pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from hospitals; provide technical assistance to auto body shops on air solvent and metals emissions, chemical-contaminated dust from sanding, shop wastewater and hazardous waste; produce the P2 View quarterly newsletter; evaluate energy conversation and environmental protection at hotels; evaluate pollution from the chemical and agricultural sectors; and provide metrics on all projects to track progress.


Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
EPA grant: $87,000

Maine's DEP will partner with Maine businesses to create a sustainability program that mirrors the national Stewardship Action Council. The program will provide on-site technical assistance to Maine businesses that will help them comply with environmental regulations, employ innovative technologies, reduce energy and chemical usage and save money. The DEP will also create a Sustainability Action Council for the state of Maine; administer environmental leader certifications; administer Maine's Clean Government Initiative; and administer the P2 Compliance Advisory Panel.

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New Hampshire

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES)
EPA grant: $80,000

New Hampshire's DES will implement an environmental resource program to evaluate and address environmental concerns at golf courses across the state of New Hampshire. The DES also intends to work with concrete production facilities to address stormwater concerns and stormwater regulatory requirements; participate in EPA New England's Green Chemistry Challenge; and continue supporting the University of New Hampshire's P2 Internship Program.

Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island
Funding Amount: $67,000

The University of Rhode Island will promote green chemistry initiatives in a variety of commercial applications that include methanol replacement in wastewater treatment facilities and other processes encountered as a result of their collaborative industry technical assistance program. The university will improve compliance and encourage P2 and green chemistry options for golf courses and the auto body industry using existing tools from environmental results programs.


Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
Funding Amount: $80,000

Vermont's DEC will provide administrative and technical assistance support for the Vermont Business Environmental Partnership and the Governor's Awards Program for Environmental Excellence and P2. These P2 outreach and recognition initiatives will be implemented for various business sectors including marinas, hospitality, golf courses, auto body refinishing businesses and auto dismantlers. The DEC will also provide partnerships to support the Vermont Small Business Development Center and on-site technical assistance and administration for existing green hotels, clean marinas, green restaurants and the green links programs.

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Region 2

New Jersey

New Jersey Institute of Technology
EPA grant: $89,030

The grantee will develop an online training toolkit that will train supermarket facility personnel on ways to reduce resource consumption and pollution through the adoption of best management practices. The toolkit will focus on reducing energy through lighting upgrades; Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) controls; and reducing hazardous material releases by reducing refrigerant leakages.

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)
EPA grant: $90,000

The grantee will provide P2 outreach to limited service hotels in Atlantic and Cape May counties housing less than 100 rooms. The P2 outreach will involve developing educational materials, conducting surveys, providing technical assistance site visits and performing ten P2 audits.

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Region 3


Recipient: Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE)
EPA grant: $48,500

MDE will assist Maryland businesses with establishing and using ISO 14001-based emergency management systems, support a P2 internship program and measure and publicize P2 activities and results.


Recipient: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
EPA grant: $150,637

Pennsylvania DEP will conduct Economy, Energy and the Environment (E3) projects for four manufacturers, educate engineering students, host two E3 events and provide workshops and training.


Recipient: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
EPA grant: $80,000

Virginia DEQ will expand and enhance core P2 programs, namely the Virginia Excellence program, the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards program, the Virginia Green Tourism program and the Southwest Virginia Economy, Energy and the Environment initiative.

West Virginia

Recipient: Wytheville Community College
EPA grant: $76,000

The college will offer technical assistance to industry through its Manufacturing Technology Center. Assistance will target industrial clients to better understand and implement environmental assessments. The college will offer training through workshops, conferences and Economy, Energy and the Environment projects.

Region 4


Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
EPA grant: $53,000

Florida's DEP will work to improve resource conservation of business, implement P2 techniques and increase operating efficiencies. DEP will employ members from the Retired Engineers Technical Assistance Program to provide technical assistance.


Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
EPA grant: $82,000

Georgia's DNR will sponsor a performance based environmental leadership program, support the Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia and provide on-site technical assistance to partners by employing P2 interns.


Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) & Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC)
EPA grant: $92,000

Kentucky's DCA and KPPC will collaborate with stakeholders to develop and deliver technical assistance and educational outreach to support sustainability and improve business competitiveness. Assistance will focus on reducing toxics and greenhouse gas emissions, promoting resource and water conservation and promoting P2 integration by applying energy efficiency and waste reduction.

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Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
EPA grant: $68,305

Mississippi's DEQ will support a state performance leadership program named the Enhance and Municipality Initiative. The program integrates P2 practices into municipal operations. DEQ will also support the Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Reduction program which rates the environmental utility of state buildings.

North Carolina

North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
EPA grant: $73,000

North Carolina's DENR will support an Environmental Stewardship Initiative named the Lean and Green Techniques to Achieve Sustainability. The initiative encourages facilities to go beyond compliance and strive for continual improvement by establishing and using environmental management systems and expanding lean and green techniques.

South Carolina

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)
EPA grant: $63,500

South Carolina's DHEC will provide multimedia technical assistance, manage the Environmental Excellence Program and develop tools and workshops to assist businesses with implementing P2 programs.


Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (DEC)
EPA grant: $60,138

Tennessee's DEC will provide on-site technical assistance and resource conservation tools through its Tennessee P2 Partnership Program.

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Region 5


Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)
EPA grant: $75,500

IDEM will examine six industrial water users representing small, medium and large facilities. The facilities are in close proximity to publicly owned treatment works facilities that are named on the sewer ban list or the early warning list. A contractor will identify water conservation options and educate water facility employees to help them monitor and minimize water use. During the first year IDEM will conduct facility assessments, in the second year IDEM will conduct performance surveys, compile data and share project information.


University of Illinois
EPA grant: $75,000

With assistance from the Illinois Conservation of Resources and Energy Program, the university will provide technical assistance to achieve measurable energy and water conservation by Illinois businesses and communities.


Michigan Department of of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
EPA grant: $60,000

Michigan's DEQ will work with the state's By-Product Synergy Program to assist with the reuse of one company's unused materials as raw material for another company. It is anticipated that the program will provide a cost benefit to businesses and the government of Michigan.

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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (PCA)
EPA grant: $70,000

Minnesota's PCA project provides for implementation of outreach, a demonstration, pilot trials, workshops and a stakeholder meeting to promote green chemistry and design through technology diffusion within the reinforced plastics composites industry in Minnesota and development of Green Chemistry and Design curriculum at the post secondary level.


University of Toledo
EPA grant: $54,100

The university will conduct a series of activities to supplement the Ohio Statewide Environmental Network (OSEN) and their existing pollution prevention efforts. The OSEN provides environmental assistance to small and medium-sized manufacturers.


University of Wisconsin
EPA grant: $84,390

The university will provide technical assistance to Wisconsin area businesses to reduce pollution from solid waste and hazardous materials, decrease greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency. The university will employ interns to provide outreach and educational tools to businesses involved with the Milwaukee Economy, Energy and the Environment project.

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Region 6


Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
EPA grant: $20,500

Arkansas' DEQ will conduct site assessment visits and work with the Arkansas Industrial Energy Clearinghouse to highlight energy conservation and energy efficiency. Separate work will involve partnering with the hospitality industry in Arkansas to promote resource conservation, continue promoting the value of environmental management systems and working with the Arkansas Energy Efficient State Government Working Group.

New Mexico

New Mexico State University (NMSU)
EPA grant: $55,000

NMSU will continue to conduct site assessment visits, promote environmental management system work and monitor EMS implementation in order to expand the practice throughout the university. Separate work will involve: working with the New Mexico National Institute for Standards and Technology, Manufacturing Extension Partnership to expand collaboration and training in lean and green principles and techniques; conducting a pilot project using a health care or educational facility for its environmental monitoring project; and developing a new environmental sustainability course based on the New Mexico Climate Masters program. It is anticipated the course will be offered in fall 2012.


Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
EPA grant: $40,930

Oklahoma's DEQ will: continue to conduct site assessment visits to small and medium-sized businesses; and expand its Encouraging Conservation in Oklahoma (ECO) program to marina operators and boat owners. ECO offers training, education, certification and marketing support targeted to travel related businesses. Part of the outreach will be made through the state's Clean Marinas Program and the Clean Boatyards Program. Additional work will involve partnering with other state environmental media (air, water, waste) programs to integrate P2 concepts into state regulatory programs.


University of Texas at Arlington
EPA grant: $97,143

The university will conduct ten Economy, Energy and the Environment (E3) management system assessments. These assessments combine normal E3 assessments (lean, p2 and energy) with training in management systems and quality control. The university will also utilize the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC) to conduct trainings and workshops on implementing P2 and offering lean principles and techniques. The university will develop training modules, update current modules and launch a new one. These modules will allow partners to use TMAC training courses. Separate work will involve data collection activities.

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Region 7


Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)
EPA grant: $149,178

IDNR will help Iowa companies establish and implement environmental management systems and it will conduct twenty-two client follow-up assessments to improve environmental performance. IDNR anticipates these activities will lead to energy and water conservation, elimination of hazardous waste and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. IDNR will also report business savings resulting from the implementation of P2 efforts.


Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE)
EPA grant: $77,838

KDHE will provide: multimedia (P2 and energy efficiency) technical assistance to businesses; manage an intern program to assist companies with implementing P2 and energy efficient projects; educate the public on P2 by including a P2 track for its environmental conference offering P2 recognition awards; and publish a P2 newsletter.


University of Nebraska-Lincoln
EPA grant: $44,741

The university will provide source reduction education for senior level engineering and science students. The students will provide on-site technical assistance for agricultural producers, with a focus on reducing water and energy use. The university will also partner with the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality to encourage best management practices and tools targeted to businesses with an interest in self-directed environmental performance improvement.

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Region 8


Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)
EPA grant: $194,885

CDPHE will continue its Greening Government program across Colorado's sixteen state agencies; sponsor an Environmental Leadership recognition program; provide technical assistance and support to the P2/sustainability component of the economy, energy and the environment assessments for Colorado businesses; and continue to measure environmental costs and resources.


Montana State University
EPA grant: $111,004

The university will establish a statewide agricultural P2 outreach partnership consisting of agriculture commodity groups and organizations; provide environmental management system self-assessments to Montana agriculture producers and processors; sponsor the EcoStar P2 Recognition program and measure the impact of P2 in the agricultural sector.


Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
EPA grant: $88,111

DEQ will implement entry level (bronze) for the Clean Utah program to encourage one environmental improvement project, work with Davis/Ogden/Weber Chambers of Commerce and Davis/Ogden/Weber Applied Technology Colleges and Weber State University to promote sustainability tools, resources and technical assistance to businesses, use and promote EMSs as the preferred approach to environmental protection and pollution reduction, assist with DEQ's greening the government efforts and promote, track and measure DEQs P2 activities.

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Region 9


South Coast Air Quality Management District
EPA grant: $100,000

South Coast Air Quality Management District will identify, develop and demonstrate safer alternative mold cleaners and release agents with 8 industrial firms making products that rely on the use of metal and plastic molds. The results will be used to reduce the use of toxic compounds and establish a VOC limit for mold cleaners and release agents in the South Coast Basin.


University of Hawaii
EPA grant: $76,000

The University of Hawaii will develop irrigation water and nutrient best management practices to optimize water and nutrient use efficiencies for turf grass to protect Hawaii's ecosystem. Best Management Practices and irrigation scheduling tools for turfgrass systems will be disseminated statewide.


University of Nevada, Reno
EPA grant: $82,349

The University of Nevada will provide and expand training and networking opportunities for technical assistance programs. Training will be provided through webinars, educational and informational videos, workgroups and online forums.

Region 10


Alaska Department of Environment Conservation (DEC)
EPA grant: $110,000

Alaska's DEC will partnering with Green Star and the University of Alaska to provide technical assistance that includes Economy, Energy and the Environment concepts to businesses and governments involved in hospitality tourism and greenhouse gas prevention.


Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
EPA grant: $85,000

Idaho's DEQ will promote Economy, Energy and the Environment concepts, encourage chemical reductions in schools and develop an environmental guide for the state.


Washington State Department of Ecology
EPA grant: $212,000

The grantee will provide technical assistance to businesses. Assistance will examine metals of concern, greenhouse gas mitigation, toxics in storm water and green business initiatives.

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