NYSP2I continues pollution prevention efforts at the local level
Community Grants Program accepting funding applications
Sept. 6, 2013
by Krista Bellardo
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The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute is now accepting applications for its 2013-2014 Community Grants Program.
The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) provides nonprofit organizations and local governments financial and technical assistance for projects that promote and implement pollution prevention practices at the community level. By increasing awareness of these efforts, NYSP2I aims to improve the health, environmental quality and economic vitality of New York state.
“Our mission is to provide a statewide, comprehensive program of sustainable technologies and research, build industrial-community partnerships focused on cleaner production and provide education and outreach aimed at making New York state more sustainable,” says Anahita Williamson, director of NYSP2I. “Through the Community Grants Program, we are able to connect with communities in New York state and provide much needed financial and technical support for initiatives and programs at a grassroots level.”
To date, NYSP2I has supported 41 projects throughout New York state with grants totaling over $540,000. Past projects include education programs on pollution prevention and conservation for middle and high school students, homeowner education encouraging environmentally conscious practices and rainwater harvesting and education regarding deconstruction and green building renovations.
The 2013-2014 Community Grants Program award winners will be announced in late November. For more information about the program and to download the grant application forms, go to www.rit.edu/affiliate/nysp2i/community-grants-program. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4.
NYSP2I, located at Rochester Institute of Technology, was created in 2008 by the state and is supported by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The institute 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. Additional partners include Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Clarkson University, State University of New York at Buffalo and New York’s 10 Regional Technology Development Centers.