Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Projects Recognized
KPPC receives national P2 award.
The Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) and the Kentucky Institute for the Environment and Sustainable Development (KIESD) received a 2009 Most Valuable Pollution Prevention (MVP2) Award for their collaboration on an issue of Sustain magazine, which was dedicated to the topic of “Evolving Pollution Prevention.” KPPC and KIESD were honored by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable at an annual ceremony in Washington, D.C. on September 22, 2009.
The Sustain issue takes the reader from the grass roots definition and conception of P2 as related to waste minimization in the 1980s to a snapshot of the matured, comprehensive multimedia approach that encompasses air, water and energy efficiency. This is accomplished through case studies reflecting successful, innovative P2 applications and metrics achieved both from an industry and technical program perspective, examples of integrated strategies for evaluating technical assistance programs, a profile of EPA’s Green Suppliers Network, promotion of competency-based training for P2 facilitators, demonstration of emerging technologies and how one region is addressing waste reduction through a variety of resources. The information communicated provides a holistic view on how P2 is interrelated in providing human health, economic and environmental benefits.
The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) has sponsored the MVP2 Awards program since 1999 to recognize outstanding and innovative projects and programs. The 2009 MVP2 Awards were presented during P2 Week (September 21 - 27), a national pollution prevention awareness campaign. Award recipients represent a broad range of backgrounds, including federal government agencies, academia, industries, non-profits, and individuals that have demonstrated significant accomplishments in pollution prevention (P2).
The 2009 award winners for P2 Projects:
- U.S. Department of Energy (Strategic Petroleum Reserve) and DynMcDermott Petroleum Operation Company
- East Metro
- Garlock Sealing Technologies
- IBM Burlington
- Kansas State University Pollution Prevention Institute
- Lubrication Technologies, Inc.
Award winners for P2 Publications:
- KPPC and KIESD
- New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
- Pollution Prevention Resource
Combined, this years winners reduced pollution by nearly 8829 tons/year, conserved more than 28.0 million kilowatts of energy, and reduced water consumption by 108 million gallons a year, while cutting costs by over $6 million. Jeffrey Burke, Executive Director of NPPR, stated, “These organizations have clearly demonstrated that pollution prevention is beneficial to both the environment and the economy. They are being recognized for their leadership and commitment to promoting a sustainable future.”
The MVP2 awards were just one aspect of National P2 Week. Since P2 Week became a national event in 1995, NPPR has been advancing pollution prevention awareness through its efforts to encourage and promote widespread participation during this week. By sharing information, National P2 Week is a time when organizations can become more competitive, can realize cost savings, and enhance environmental quality.