Fiscal Year 2012 Pollution Prevention Grant Summaries
Each year EPA gives 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. The grants are dependent on Congressional appropriation and the quality of proposals received.
This page provides summaries, which EPA issued in April 2013, on how states plan to spend the matching grants and/or cooperative agreements EPA awarded in fiscal year 2012 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 on how EPA grant money is being spent and to facilitate information exchange among the states' P2 programs to spread ideas.
In fiscal year 2012, 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 (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)
- Region 2 (NJ, NY, PR, VI)
- Region 3 (DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV)
- Region 4 (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN)
- Region 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI)
- Region 6 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX)
- Region 7 (IA, KS, MO, NE)
- Region 8 (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY)
- Region 9 (AZ, CA, HI, NV, AS, GU)
- Region 10 (AK, ID, OR, WA)
Region 1 (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Conservation
EPA grant: $80,000
The grant recipient will address pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from hospital buildings, air solvent and metals emissions, chemical-contaminated dust from sanding, shop wastewater and hazardous waste from vehicle repair at public works garages; publish the P2 View quarterly newsletter; and encourage environmental and energy conservation and protection at Connecticut hotels.
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
EPA grant: $82,460
The grant recipient will encourage and educate auto body and auto repair shop owners and workers to switch to solvent alternatives. The program will also assist enrolled shops in the Massachusetts communities of Springfield, Holyoke, Lowell, Fall River and New Bedford with trial equipment that will reduce solvent use for specific cleaning activities and will monitor air quality before and after trials.
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES)
EPA grant: $80,000
The grant recipient will establish an initiative to educate and assist New Hampshire grocery stores to reduce their waste and energy use; implement green cleaning and proper universal waste management practices; and institute stormwater management techniques. The recipient will also support the New Hampshire Sustainable Lodging and Restaurant Program by participating in third-party certification audits, workshops, conferences and promotion; support the Sustainable Hospitality Certification Program; and support the University of New Hampshire and the Department of Environmental Services P2 Internship Program.
Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
Funding Amount: $80,000
The grant recipient will provide technical assistance and support to the Vermont Business Environmental Partnership and the Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence and P2; provide on-site technical assistance to the Vermont Small Business Development Center; develop and implement a green grocers recognition program; and offer outreach, assistance and recognition initiatives for various business sectors including marinas, hospitality, golf courses and auto body refinishing.
Vermont Agency of Agriculture
EPA grant: $86,679
The grant recipient will provide on-site assistance to small farms to implement non-point source reduction practices with emphasis on reducing nutrient run-off impacting water bodies. The grant will provide funding for activities related to education and technical assistance to Vermont small farmers and farm operators through their statewide "Agriculture Resource Specialist (ARS)" program. This program is aimed at improving water quality and reducing pollution at the source through improved techniques for manure management, compliance education and awareness about available funding sources.
Region 2 (NJ, NY, PR, VI)
New Jersey Meadowlands Commission
EPA grant: $49,600
The grant recipient will provide P2 outreach to restaurants in the New Jersey Meadowlands area. The recipient will hold four training workshops for restaurateurs and hospitality personnel; will conduct case studies of four to eight restaurants; and will develop and distribute a green restaurant workbook.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
EPA grant: $90,000
The grant recipient will provide green chemistry training to high school teachers in New York State in order to reduce the amount of hazardous and toxic chemicals that are purchased, used, stored and disposed of in school chemistry departments. The recipient will conduct chemical inventories and hygiene plans in schools and provide workshops for teachers on green chemistry lab training.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
EPA grant: $27,500
The grant recipient will provide pollution prevention outreach to supermarkets in New York State to assist them in reducing energy consumption, conserving water and reducing the use of hazardous cleaning chemicals. The recipient will conduct site assessments, develop case studies, and will present webinars on pollution prevention to supermarkets.
University of Puerto Rico (UPR) EPA grant: $47,089
The grant recipient will provide training on energy conservation to businesses, universities and the local community in Puerto Rico. UPR will use a campus building that has implemented energy conservation measures as a case study training tool. UPR will provide a series of workshops to businesses, universities and the community that will provide technical assistance on source reduction through energy conservation.
Region 3 (DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, WV,)
Maryland Department of the Environment
EPA grant: $80,000
The grant recipient will assist Maryland businesses in implementing Environmental Management Systems and Lean & Clean Manufacturing, support P2 summer interns, provide Energy Efficiency Assessments focused on electronics, and administer the Maryland Green Registry.
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
EPA grant: $86,500
The grant recipient will enhance existing Virginia Environmental Excellence Program (VEEP) and the Economy, Energy and the Environment (E3) initiative through projects that address better data management, conference support and green supplier network efforts.
Region 4 (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN)
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
EPA grant: $70,000
The grant recipient will support Florida's effort to improve resource conservation; implement P2 techniques; and increase operating efficiencies through direct technical assistance provided through the Retired Engineers Technical Assistance Program.
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
EPA grant: $53,000
The grant recipient will support Georgia's performance-based environmental leadership program and the Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia, and provide on-site P2 technical assistance to partners through the use of student interns.
Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance & Kentucky Pollution Prevention Control
EPA grant: $83,000
The grant recipient will collaborate with stakeholders to develop and deliver technical assistance and education related to: toxics use and greenhouse gas emission reduction; resource and water conservation; and promoting P2 integration of energy efficiency and waste reduction. The project is aimed at supporting sustainability and improving competitiveness through the Economy, Energy and the Environment (E3) initiative and the Kentucky Excel program.
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
EPA grant: $74,000
The grant recipient will support the Municipality Stewardship Initiative (a state performance leadership program) which integrates P2 practices into municipal operations and will support the Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Reduction program adopted for state buildings.
North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources
EPA grant: $78,000
The grant recipient will support the state's Environmental Stewardship Initiative which encourages facilities to go beyond compliance and strive for continual improvement through implementing environmental management systems and expanding lean and green techniques.
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
EPA grant: $63,000
The grant recipient will provide multi-media technical assistance; manage the state's Environmental Excellence Program; and develop tools and workshops to assist businesses with implementing sound P2 programs.
Tennessee Department and Conservation
EPA grant: $54,000
The grant recipient will support technical assistance; and P2 and resource conservation work through the Tennessee P2 Partnership Program.
Region 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI)
University of Illinois
EPA grant: $109,000
The grant recipient will identify and implement water and energy reduction measures at municipal and industrial facilities throughout Illinois. Site assessments, P2 technical assistance and energy efficiency activities will assist companies in establishing baselines, goals and P2 implementation.
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
EPA grant: $27,128
The grant recipient will develop best management practices and training materials on sustainable lab practices. The work will be implemented by five participating labs in Michigan.
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
EPA grant: $79,884
The grant recipient will: target bisphenol A (BPA) chemicals in retail receipts by having businesses provide customers with e-receipts instead of paper receipts; survey the use of formaldehyde in building products; and survey the use of nonylphenol and nonylphenol ethoxylate in detergents for future projects.
University of Toledo
EPA grant: $97,021
The grant recipient will provide technical assistance and training to small and medium-sized manufacturers on source reduction techniques in Ohio. The recipient will also coordinate a steering committee to strengthen and promote P2 efforts within the state.
University of Wisconsin
EPA grant: $101,156
The grant recipient will provide P2 technical assistance to businesses in Wisconsin interested in greening their facility; develop a database for green chemistry assessment tools and mark their use; and assist businesses in adopting greener alternatives to coal tar asphalt sealants.
Region 6 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX)
Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality
EPA grant: $39,000
The grant recipient will perform site assessment visits to businesses; work with the Arkansas Industrial Energy Clearinghouse to highlight energy conservation and efficiency; work with the hospitality industry within Arkansas; hold presentations geared toward businesses wishing to involve consumers in P2 efforts; continue to promote and implement environmental management systems initiatives; participate in the Arkansas Energy Efficient State Government Working Group; and support conferences and meetings promoting the benefits of P2.
New Mexico Environment Department
EPA grant: $55,000
The grant recipient will conduct site assessment visits; provide technical assistance; support the Green Zia Environmental Leadership Program; and provide lean and green training to local manufacturers.
New Mexico State University
EPA grant: $124,000
The grant recipient will conduct site assessment visits focusing on air toxins, particulate matter, water conservation and mercury abatement within the healthcare industry; continue to work with manufacturing extension partners within the state and implement Economy, Energy and the Environment (E3) projects.
University of Texas at Arlington
EPA grant: $175,000
The grant recipient will use technical assistance and training to promote source reduction through the use of Economy, Energy and the Environment (E3) and P2 projects in Texas and New Mexico.
Region 7 (IA, KS, MO, NE)
Iowa Department of Economic Development
EPA grant: $74,110
The grant recipient will establish a program to assist and recognize businesses and industry efforts in energy and water conservation within Iowa; with the goal of improving management decision-making on efficiency issues.
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
EPA grant: $148,364
The grant recipient will partner with Iowa's Solid Waste Agencies to aid them in achieving P2 impacts in key areas through their service area. The recipient will also conduct 22 P2 assessments.
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
EPA grant: $70,873
The grant recipient will provide multimedia P2 technical assistance to businesses; develop a P2 intern course at Kansas State University; continue to manage the intern program to assist companies to implement P2 projects; educate the public on P2 and sustainability through an environmental conference; offer P2 awareness; and publish a newsletter.
University of Missouri
EPA grant: $118,308
The grant recipient will institutionalize P2 into services and assistance offered through statewide Missouri Business Development Center programs to integrate P2 courses and internships in higher education and to advance efforts to develop a Missouri Economy, Energy and the Environment (E3) partnership.
Region 8 (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY)
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
EPA grant: $168,662
The grant recipient will implement greening state government practices; recognize environmental leaders in protecting air, water and land through the state's environmental leadership program; conduct Economy, Energy and the Environment (E3) assessments; and continue to promote and implement and environmental management system practices.
Montana State University Extension Service
EPA grant: $115,429
The grant recipient will continue the EcoStar P2 Recognition Program; support sustainable agricultural operations and production practices throughout Montana; and track and measure environmental results.
Utah Department of Environmental Quality
EPA grant: $108,909
The grant recipient will support the Governor's U-CAIR initiative to improve air quality throughout the state; provide businesses with P2 strategies to reduce emissions, use of hazardous materials and use of natural resources; continue the state's business recognition program; continue greening the state's environmental program by promoting sustainable practices; promote sustainability tools and resources; and participate in the annual Intermountain Sustainability Summit.
Region 9 (AS, AZ, CA, HI, GU, NV)
University of California San Francisco
EPA grant: $120,000
The grant recipient will reduce environmental impacts from products using an integrated environmental information procurement database for five California universities that identifies environmentally friendlier product alternatives.
University of Nevada, Reno
EPA grant: $275,900
The grant recipient will provide technical assistance to Nevada businesses and government entities on P2 practices and disposal of hazardous chemicals.
Region 10 (AK, ID, OR, WA)
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
EPA grant: $123,875
The grant recipient will provide technical assistance for businesses and tribal organizations; enhance P2 capacity in state programs with a focus on entertainment venues, hospitality and Economy, Energy and the Environment (E3) projects and P2 networking.
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
EPA grant: $85,000
The grant recipient will support Economy, Energy and the Environment (E3) projects; the Clean Air Zone program and chemical reduction efforts; and energy and environment partnerships (EEP) in schools.
Washington Department of Ecology
EPA grant: $190,249
The grant recipient will provide early intervention and technical assistance through Economy, Energy and the Environment (E3) prjoects which will be integrated with the state's Safe Chemistry Challenge.