Pollution Prevention Projects in New Jersey and New York Funded by EPA

The EPA has decided to issue $380,000 in grants to New Jersey and New York for projects that will help prevent pollution across the two states.

In order to help fund pollution prevention projects, the EPA has donated $380,000 to New Jersey and New York. The projects hope to reduce hazardous chemicals in high school and college laboratories and to help supermarkets conserve resources.

"The EPA's pollution prevention grants fund programs that reduce or eliminate waste at the source," said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. "These grants help businesses, colleges and governments use strategies to reduce the use of toxic materials, save energy, protect human health and save money."

Of the donated grants, $180,000 will go to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to promote green chemistry among schools in central and western areas of the state; high school teachers and principals will be shown how green chemistry can be used as an alternative to traditional chemical practices. The NYSDEC will also teach school laboratories how to reduce the amount of hazardous and toxic chemicals that are currently used in the schools’ chemistry departments.

New York supermarkets were awarded $55,000 to find ways to lower energy consumption, conserve water, and reduce the amount of hazardous chemicals used for cleaning the stores. The education nonprofit Beyond Benign has been awarded with $48,727 and will provide a three-day workshop to train college and university departments in New Jersey and New York on adopting green chemistry practices.

A $99,200 grant to the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission will help teach restaurants in the area how to prevent as much as pollution as possible by reducing the use of energy, water, and hazardous cleaning chemical, which will also help restaurants save money on yearly operational expenses and utility bills.