During Pollution Prevention (P2) Week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named Missouri State University as one of its grant recipients to support pollution prevention.
“This grant will allow MSU faculty, staff and students to assist Missouri manufacturers in their efforts to reduce waste, conserve energy and save money through pollution prevention technical assistance and training,” said Doug Neidigh, MSU’s sustainability coordinator.
About the project
The project will provide on-site pollution prevention technical assistance and training to Missouri manufacturers to help them adopt source reduction practices.
MSU is the administrator for the project and will partner with Missouri University of Science and Technology’s (S&T) engineering program to implement it.
“This grant is an exciting opportunity for MSU and S&T students to be a part of the EPA project and gain valuable training and experience in the field of pollution prevention,” said Dr. Sanjay Tewari, civil engineering professor at S&T and co-program manager.
Project goals will include:
- Assessments for reducing waste at the source and energy conservation/efficiency.
- Written reports of recommendations.
- Opportunities for MSU and Missouri S&T student interns to assist with project implementation.
MSU’s Management Development Institute and the Small Business Development Center will provide training sessions. They will equip manufacturing company personnel with the knowledge and skills to perform their own assessments and implement P2 opportunities.
About the Pollution Prevention Act
The Pollution Prevention Act focuses industry, government and public attention on reducing the amount of pollution through cost-effective changes in production, operation and raw materials use.
This year marks 30 years since the passage of the act.
The investment in production practices provides long-term benefits in pollution reduction and prevention.