WVU program receives funding to help prevent pollution

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia (WBOY) — In a Sept. 14 press release, U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin announced $26,000,000 in funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by through the bipartisan Infrastructure Act.

West Virginia University’s Pollution Prevention (P2) Grants Program has received $350,000 to provide technical assistance to businesses by helping them develop and adopt source reduction practices. Technical assistance will include information, training and tools, according to the release.

WVU’s Industrial Systems Engineering and Management program offers technical assistance programs for manufacturing and metal fabrication facilities to help facilities identify, develop, and adopt P2 methods. There are a variety of activities under the technical assistance program that are designed to help businesses, in particular, reduce their operating costs by reducing expenses, water and energy consumption, waste and disposal costs, and also increasing their productivity.

Technical support can be provided on site, during which the project team will make a scheduled visit to your facility. During their visit, they will assess and collect data on energy, water, material and human use. Facility managers will collate this data and input for use in P2 recommendations. A detailed report of the findings of the on-site visit will be submitted to the institution within days of the assessment. The recommendations that will be found in the reports are as follows:

  • Reduction of water and material waste
  • Energetic efficiency
  • Lean Implementation
  • Air pollutant and greenhouse gas assessments

If you would like to participate in the technical assistance program or training workshops, click here.

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