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About the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute

People across New York State want to make the places where they live and work more sustainable—but they don’t always know where to start. The New York Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) gives Empire State businesses, communities, and nonprofits the practical tools and solutions they need to realize the benefits of sustainability for our economy, environment, and our society as a whole. 

NYSP2I launched in 2008 on the campus of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) through funding by Empire State Development (ESD). As a pilot program with a budget of $500,000, our first initiative was to provide technical support to manufacturers across New York State. Today, our budget exceeds $4 million and the breadth of our programming has grown as we work across many sectors and within many communities throughout the state.  

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Pollution prevention through sustainability, one problem at a time

We’re problem solvers. Our team of engineers and sustainability specialists have firsthand experience of the challenges facing organizations like businesses, municipalities, and communities who want to become more sustainable.  

NYSP2I is sponsored by New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and led by the Golisano Institute of Sustainability (GIS) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). We are a collaboration of five research universities and manufacturing extension partnerships (MEPs) across the Empire State. We give organizations registered with New York State the information, resources, and solutions they need to become more sustainable. 

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Redefining sustainability 

“Sustainability” has become a hard-to-define buzzword. It’s used so often that it can seem like it means nothing at all. But that’s not the case for the more than 100 engineers and researchers who work at NYSP2I. At NYSP2I, sustainability is a framework for assessing the impacts of New York’s economy on our environment and communities. From heavy mining and industrial chemical production to grocery shopping and glass bottle use, even the most common everyday activities affect the world around us. Sustainability offers a set of tools that allow us to better understand how resources are used or wasted, as well as to identify new ones, allowing businesses, communities, and municipalities to find more efficient, less impactful strategies for meeting their goals. 

 

Real outcomes for New York manufacturers

A ban on plastic bags by 2020, a mandate limiting food waste by 2022, and a plan to source 50% of its electricity from renewable energy by 2030—New York State is becoming a national model of what a sustainable economy can look like.
 
NYSP2I has an important role to play in meeting this target. We’re helping to build a more sustainable New York State by giving our clients the expertise and resources they need to achieve the following outcomes:

  • more efficient use of energy, raw materials, and water through sustainable processes and technologies
  • optimized manufacturing processes that generate more business value
  • elimination of hazardous materials for safer workplaces and communities 
  • competitive market positioning as part of the green economy and by supporting a commitment to environmental stewardship 

By the numbers

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292

assistance projects working directly with NYS companies

 

$5.8M

operational cost savings as a result of direct assistance to NYS companies

 

46

companies received commercialization assistance, creating 127 new jobs and an economic impact of $44.3M

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$2.7M

in support for industry-relevant R&D

 

37

companies received sustainable supply chain assistance, supporting retention of more than 1,543 jobs with a potential to create 110 more

 

$1.5M

in support for community projects

 

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