Pollution Prevention Institute Announces Community Grants Program Awardees

Grants will assist local groups in developing pollution prevention programs

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The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute at Rochester Institute of Technology has announced the winners of its 2011–2012 Community Grants Program. The grants, ranging from $5,000 to $10,000, will be used to support projects that raise awareness and understanding of pollution prevention practices and lead to implementation at the local level.

“NYSP2I is committed to assisting community organizations in their mission to train and educate their constituents on sustainable practices and pollution prevention,” says Anahita Williamson, director of the institute. “We are excited about this year’s award winners and the benefits their projects will bring to the environment, the economy and public health throughout New York state.”

“The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation is pleased to support and fund these important community initiatives through the Pollution Prevention Institute,” says DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. “Practicing pollution prevention at the local level leads to a healthier environment and a more sustainable economy.”

Two Rochester-area agencies, five New York City-based agencies and a Long Island agency will receive this year’s grant awards. The organizations and projects they will be working on with funds from the grants are as follows:

  • NCS Community Development Corporation, Rochester: Let’s Do Deconstruction Initiative Project
  • Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning, Rochester: Healthy Home/Lead Awareness for Parents DVD
  • Pratt Center for Community Development, Brooklyn: Retrofit NYC Outreach Training
  • East Williamsburg Valley Industrial Development Corporation, Brooklyn: Clean Air for North Brooklyn
  • Newtown Creek Alliance, Brooklyn: Green Infrastructure Outreach Initiative
  • GreenHomeNYC, Manhattan: Green Buildings, Green Cities
  • Center for Health, Environment and Justice, Manhattan: PVC-Free Purchasing for Pollution Prevention
  • Citizens Campaign Fund for the Environment, Long Island: Long Island Water Protection Campaign

The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute is housed at Rochester Institute of Technology and provides state-wide, comprehensive and integrated programming in technology research, development and diffusion, 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 partners include Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Clarkson University, State University of New York at Buffalo and New York’s 10 Regional Technology Development Centers.