Communities Get Help in Preventing Pollution

New York state announces initial Community Grants recipients

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The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute has announced the first recipients of its Community Grants Program. The effort provides monetary assistance to communities to advance the development and implementation of programs and initiatives in pollution prevention.

The grants, ranging from $5,000 to $20,000, will be used to promote education and awareness and to enhance research in clean technology development and environmental health and safety practices.

Twelve initial winners were announced and include private and public organizations from throughout New York state. The recipients are:

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County
Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health
Citizens’ Environmental Coalition
Pathstone Corporation
NCS Community Development Corporation
Greening USA
Audubon International
Clean New York
Huntington Breast Cancer Coalition & Learning Disabilities Association of New York;
New York Communities for Occupational Safety and Health
Film Biz Recycling
New York Industrial Retention Network.

The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute initiated the Community Grants Program, to provide financial and technical assistance to non-profit organizations and local governments.

The goal of the program is to provide financial and technical support for projects that lead to the implementation of practices and behaviors at the local level, which improve the health, environmental quality and economic vitality of New York state communities.

The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute is housed at Rochester Institute of Technology and provides state-wide, comprehensive and integrated program in technology research, development and diffusion, outreach and training and education aimed at making New York state more sustainable for workers, the public, the environment and the economy. The institute was created in 2008 through a grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Additional institute partners include Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Clarkson University, the State University of New York at Buffalo and New York’s 10 Regional Technology Development Centers.