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Pollution Prevention (P2)

Fiscal Year 2012 Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) Grant Summaries

In fiscal year 2012, EPA had approximately $1.47 million to fund SRA grants supporting P2 activities across all environmental media: air, water and land. Proposed activities would develop and sustain P2 related tools, research, educational approaches, and innovation. Grant applicants include: state agencies, federally-recognized tribes, and colleges and universities (that are instrumentalities of a state), local, city and township governments, nonprofit and community based grassroots organizations, and independent school districts and private institutions of higher education.

These summaries include applicant's name, the federal dollar amount (for the first year in cases of multiple year grants), and a brief description of the project.

Region 1 (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)

Rhode Island

Clean Water Fund
EPA grant: $15,000

The grant recipient will develop a sustainability plan which can be used by Rhode Island communities for meetings, events, trade shows and conferences. Training on the plan will be conducted for local government, businesses and event planners, and a case study will be developed after implementing it. The plan will seek to integrate the sustainability efforts of the community, local businesses and event planners with sector-based-P2 efforts.

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Region 2 (NJ, NY, PR, VI)

New Jersey and New York

Beyond Benign
EPA grant $48,727

The grant recipient will provide a three day workshop to train faculty from colleges and universities in New Jersey and New York on green chemistry. Faculty will be trained on ways to use less toxic or hazardous materials in their laboratories, and to implement green chemistry principles in their curricula to prepare their students with the skills to design greener chemical products and processes.

Puerto Rico

University of Turabo
EPA grant: $73,494

The grant recipient will provide training to hotels in Puerto Rico to reduce their hazardous material releases, energy and water consumption. They will create case studies of how different size hotels can green their operations and will hold seven training sessions for hotels.

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

West Virginia

West Virginia Research Corporation
EPA grant: $60,416

The grant recipient will provide Economy, Energy and the Environment (E3) assessments for eight facilities over a two-year period. Ergonomic and worker health assessments will be included, along with ongoing sustainable manufacturing meetings.


Small Business Development Corporation
EPA grant: $74,655

The recipient will work to improve operation of the shale gas drilling supply chains within Philadelphia. The recipient will conduct 10 simplified assessment and three in-depth assessments, along with providing implementation support and training.

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


Georgia Conservancy
EPA grant: $30,000

The recipient will work with Mothers & Others for Clean Air and the U.S. Green Building Council, Georgia chapter, to develop a school siting training curriculum for the public and local community members to heighten awareness on: issues influencing school siting decisions (i.e., socioeconomic, environmental and location) and elevating the public’s role in school siting decisions. The work will also focus on reusing existing schools and repurposing underutilized community assets. The work builds on a previous curriculum developed to educate school board members and school leaders on school siting issues.

North Carolina

East Carolina University
EPA grant: $30,000

The grant recipient will help to "green" coastal vacation and rental properties by addressing the needs of vacation and rental properties through improving baseline information and creating additional P2 resources for vacation rentals.

Land of Sky-Waste Reduction Partners
EPA grant: $30,000

The grant recipient will build upon existing North Carolina green hospitality work by providing on-site greening assessments, create best practice videos, and document economic and environmental savings achieved under the North Carolina Green Travel initiative.

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


University of Illinois
EPA grant: $52,056

The grant recipient will identify and implement source reduction in five facilities in DuPage County. The recipient will conduct Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) site assessments (including lean and green and energy efficiency) and provide technical assistance in establishing baselines, goals, and implementing results.


EPA grant: $56,626

The grant recipient will pair trained college students with host companies in southwest Ohio to assist manufacturers with implementation of source reduction activities.

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

New Mexico

Santa Fe Watershed Association
EPA grant: $49,774

The grant recipient will implement P2 practices in the hospitality industry through a demonstration project to train pilot lodging facilities in green lodging practices.


A Nurtured World
EPA grant: $87,723

The grant recipient will develop a new and innovative approach for using P2 to address emerging environmental challenges, by forecasting projections on future environmental conditions over the next several decades. The project will be developed in the Austin and Fort Hood/Killeen areas.

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Region 7 (IA, KS, MO, NE)


Iowa Department of Natural Resources
EPA grant: $34,724

The grant recipient will support two interns to work with Iowa’s food processors and support two interns to work with Iowa’s health care facilities. The projects will provide environmental outcomes through energy and water conservation, solid waste reduction and mercury abatement.


University of Nebraska
EPA grant: $59,833

The grant recipient will provide source reduction education for three upper level engineering and science students who will provide expert on-site source reduction technical assistance for agricultural producers that perform irrigation with a focus on reducing demand for water and energy use while ensuring public and environmental health.

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


Montana State University
EPA grant: $86,000

The grant recipient will fund Economy, Energy and the Environment (E3) assessments and training at five Montana agricultural operations to: reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the use of hazardous material, increase resource efficiency to reduce the use of water and energy in agricultural operations, and create business efficiencies for economic and environmental benefits.

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Region 9 (AZ, CA, HI, NV, AS, GU)


Institute for Research and Technical Assistance
EPA grant: $74,500

The grant recipient will field test low volatile organic compounds (VOC), low toxicity graffiti paint removal chemicals and methods (e.g., CO2 pellets) and anti graffiti paint. Field tests will occur in southern California working with South California Edison and in north California working with the city of San Francisco.

Region 10 (AK, ID, OR, WA)


Pollution Prevention Resource Center
EPA grant: $111,300

The grant recipient will provide regional P2 technical assistance, information products and training to support the state’s Northwest Technical Assistance Provider Network and regional green chemistry work. The recipient will also launch Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) projects; green sports initiatives and conduct eco-certifications.

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