Wednesday, September 28, 2011

EPA awards pollution prevention grants in NJ and NY

Students and faculty at Rowan University and Rutgers University in New Jersey and Rochester Institute of Technology in New York will benefit from pollution-prevention grants awarded today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Rowan will use a $106,194 EPA grant to assist the pharmaceutical industry in implementing source reduction, pollution prevention, and green engineering design through an engineering clinic program. In these clinics, Rowan professors and students will demonstrate to industry representatives how they can reduce energy consumption, water consumption, hazardous material releases and save money in their manufacturing processes.

With the help of a $50,000 EPA grant, the Rutgers University Center for Advanced Energy Systems will implement a smart electrical metering system on their Busch and Livingston campuses in Piscataway. Smart meters record energy consumption and communicate that information to utilities and their customers. This system will allow Rutgers to identify ways to achieve energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption, while reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and energy costs.

Rutgers will received a separate $150,000 grant to recruit high school students as "Water Champions" to lead water conservation changes throughout their communities. These students will educate their communities about water conservation, recruit local retailers to participate in selling water efficient devices, gather data and calculate water saved from installations of water efficient devices, share project results and encourage participation from other organizations.

Rochester Institute of Technology is receiving a $69,000 grant to promote wet cleaning in dry cleaners throughout the state. Traditional dry cleaning uses an environmentally hazardous solvent, while wet cleaning uses water-based biodegradable detergents. The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute will select two dry cleaners as case studies, and will provide technical assistance and funding to defray equipment costs for converting to wet cleaning. Information will be shared with other dry cleaning businesses.

In addition, the EPA is providing the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) with $180,000 to train college students to work as interns in pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities conducting pollution prevention assessments of their operations. The goals will be to achieve measurable reductions in energy and water use, minimize contaminants present in wastewater discharges, and reduce operational costs.

EPA is also providing NYSDEC with $90,000 to reduce hazardous chemicals being used, stored and generated by New York State high school laboratories by providing assistance with chemical inventories, the development of chemical hygiene plans and the distribution of green chemistry guides.

NJ Technology Council's final call for presentations
Like this post? You'll love our daily newsletter, EnviroPolitics
Try it free for 30 days!  No obligation. Cancel anytime with one click

Subscribe here to view all our YouTube videos

Repost this article