The U.S. EPA provides Pollution Prevention (P2) grant funds to states and tribal government entities to deliver technical assistance and encourage businesses to adopt environmental strategies and solutions that significantly reduce or eliminate waste from the source.
2011 Curriculum and composites
In 2011, U.S. EPA Region 5 awarded a $70,000 grant to MPCA, matched by $70,000 in State funds for a total of $140,000 to support two pollution prevention projects. These projects focused on facilitating green chemistry curriculum development with Minnesota post-secondary institutions and evaluating the use of styrene-free resins by the Minnesota composites industry sector. This summary covers activities during the October 1, 2011 – September 30, 2012 reporting period.
Four grants were awarded to Minnesota post-secondary institutions, St. Catherine’s University, University of Minnesota-Duluth, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and Winona State University for green chemistry curriculum development projects. For more information about these projects, see MPCA's green chemistry and design project webpage.
MPCA partnered with the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) at the University of Minnesota evaluation of operational requirements and performance of a styrene free resin system for the Minnesota Fiber Reinforced Plastics (FRP) manufacturing sector. Read more about this case study.
2010 Green Chemistry Initiative Development and Demonstration Projects
In 2010, U.S. EPA Region 5 awarded an $85,794 grant to MPCA, matched by $85,794 in State funds for a total of $171,588 to support three pollution prevention projects. These projects focused on continuing development of a green chemistry and design initiative for Minnesota, facilitating green chemistry and design demonstration projects with Minnesota manufacturers and follow-up survey work with participants in the workshops for green remodeling. This summary covers activities during the October 1, 2010 – September 30, 2012 reporting period.
Continuing from the green chemistry and design initiative work done in 2009-2010, information was gathered from stakeholders to develop recommendations that were included in the Options to Reduce and Phase-out Priority Chemicals in Children’s Products and Promote Green Chemistry report.
Green chemistry and design demonstration grants were awarded to three Minnesota manufacturers:
- Cortec Corporation
- Salo Manufacturing
Read more about this grant and case study.