NYSP2I Renews Effort to Promote Pollution Prevention at the Community Level

Community Grants Program winners to be announced in November

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The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute is now accepting applications for its 2012–2013 Community Grants Program.

The Pollution Prevention Institute provides financial and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations and local governments for projects that promote pollution prevention practices at the local level. By raising awareness and understanding of these efforts, NYSP2I aims to improve the health, environmental quality and economic vitality of New York state communities.

“Our mission is to provide a statewide, comprehensive program of technology research, development and diffusion, and outreach with training and education aimed at making New York state more sustainable” notes Anahita Williamson, director of NYSP2I. “Through the Community Grants Program, we are able to connect to the local communities in New York state and provide the much needed financial and technical support to assist New York in becoming more sustainable for future generations.”

To date, 29 organizations from across the state have received funding. Past projects include outreach and education to homeowners encouraging healthy homes, education regarding deconstruction and green building renovations and projects that provided education to elementary and middle school children regarding pollution prevention.

The 2012–2013 Community Grants Program award winners will be announced in late November. For more information about the program and to download an application form, go to www.rit.edu/affiliate/nysp2i/community-grants-program.

The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute is housed at Rochester Institute of Technology and provides statewide, 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.