EPA To Fund Pollution Prevention Projects In New Jersey

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced two pollution prevention grants for New Jersey last week.

“The EPA’s pollution prevention grants fund programs that reduce or eliminate waste at the source,” said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. “These grants help businesses, colleges and governments use strategies to reduce the use of toxic materials, save energy, protect human health and save money.”

With the help of a $48,727 EPA grant, education nonprofit Beyond Benign will provide a three-day workshop to train faculty from college and university chemistry departments in New Jersey and New York to adopt green chemistry practices. The workshop will feature sessions on implementing practices that have proven successful in a school setting, adopting greener laboratory exercises, and using greener or less toxic chemicals.

The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission will use a $99,200 EPA grant to educate restaurants in the New Jersey Meadowlands area about preventing pollution. The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission will train restaurants to reduce their use of hazardous cleaning chemicals, energy and water consumption and save money on operational expenses.

These grants are part of the approximately $4 million in grants the EPA awards each year that are aimed at preventing pollution across the nation.

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