Businesses Gain by Preventing Pollution

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Starting down the path of an environmental management system can lead a business to unexpected outcomes, like an abandoned quarry being turned into a 15-million-gallon rain barrel, sixth-graders being trained to sample aquatic macroinvertebrates, and implementation of a Leak Squad at a brewery.

What does EPA have to do with these voluntary actions?  The link is EPA’s Pollution Prevention (P2) Program, which provides grants to support P2 programs in states.

MnTAP publishes results of 2016 pollution prevention intern projects

The Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) has published the 2016 edition of Solutions, a summary of the projects completed by their 2016 class of pollution prevention interns. For over 30 years, MnTAP has placed students with companies to help them reduce waste and achieve their sustainability goals. Read more about past intern projects at

Waste Management: There Are Several New Standards for That

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Companies are increasingly realizing the environmental and economic benefits of effective waste management — fewer methane emissions from landfills, reduced waste hauling costs and new revenue streams from reuse and recycling among them.

Several new tools aim to help companies and other organizations achieve these goals and receive recognition for their work.

Are Manufacturers on Chemical Management Tool Overload?

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A growing number of companies are taking steps to eliminate hazardous chemicals from their products and supply chains.

To this end, ADEC Innovations and the ZDHC Foundation say they are building a centralized product information database that helps chemical producers, brands and textile and footwear suppliers make better sourcing decisions.

ADEC supplies environmental, social and governance software, consulting and data management services to organizations around the world.

The ZDHC Foundation is a nonprofit that oversees the management of the ZDHC Programme, a collaboration of nearly two dozen leading brands including Adidas, H&M, Gap, Nike and Levi’s and industry groups working towards the goal of zero discharge of hazardous chemicals.

New ISTC fact sheet: Zero Waste Program Case Study: Spraying Systems Co.

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Spraying Systems Co. manufactures industrial and agricultural spray products, including spray nozzles and accessories. The company wanted to reduce its waste generation and increase diversion. ISTC’s Zero Waste program helped them achieve their goals by providing the company with an accurate baseline measurement of waste generation at its Wheaton, Illinois headquarters. In addition, ISTC staff collaborated with Spray System’s operations, manufacturing, and sustainability teams to devise a plan for improving waste diversion. Finally, ISTC staff conducted a post-implementation waste stream characterization to measure success and identify opportunities for improvement.

Understand pollution, environmental impacts from food in 6 charts

In the latest P2 Impact column, Jeff Kohn and Kelsey Kruger from U.S. EPA illustrate the environmental impact of the food manufacturing industry.

To read previous P2 Impact features, visit

$1.6 million saved by Iowa companies through Pollution Prevention Intern Program

Iowa companies have saved more than $1.6 million dollars in the last year thanks to waste-reducing projects completed by 16 interns from the DNR’s Pollution Prevention (P2) Intern Program. Six of these 16 projects represent the final results of 24-week projects completed at the end of 2015.

Interns recommend and implement projects that will help Iowa businesses improve how they use resources. These projects divert waste from landfills, reduce hazardous waste, conserve water and energy, and reduce greenhouse gases and emissions.  Annual environmental reductions generated in 2016 include:

  • 1.16 billion gallons of water
  • 1,215 tons of solid and special waste
  • 1,215 tons of hazardous waste
  • 1.2 million kilowatt hours (kWh)
  • 4,220 MTCO2e (metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent – used to measure emissions)

The P2 Intern Program matches top engineering students with Iowa businesses interested in cost-effective ways to cut or eliminate waste from their operations that improve environmental performance and save money. Since 2001, companies have saved more than $81.9 million through P2 Intern Program projects.

“The real value of the intern program has been to obtain a talented engineering student to compile data and provide in-depth technical analysis, with actionable recommendations. The results from our P2 projects have helped us to make informed decisions that improve our efficiency and reduce our operating costs,” said Todd Fails, Site Services Team Leader at Zoetis Global Supply in Charles City.

After a week of orientation and training with program advisors, upper-level engineering students from Iowa’s state universities work at selected host facilities to analyze current systems, research alternative processes or technologies and recommend cost effective strategies to improve the way they manufacture, consume, reuse, and recycle materials and resources.

Companies interested in participating in the 2017 Pollution Prevention Intern Program can submit a project request for either a 12- or 24-week project by Dec. 1. Project request forms and full case summaries of the intern projects are available at