Pollution Prevention Program
The goal of the Pollution Prevention Program is to improve existing environmental programs and create new, innovative programs and approaches to encourage businesses, governments, and individuals to prevent pollution and efficiently use energy and natural resources.
Our philosophy is that the best way to prevent pollution is to move up the waste management hierarchy towards source reduction. Source reduction means reducing or eliminating the creation of wastes at the source. This can be accomplished through changes in materials, practices, or processes.
EPA has many programs which promote pollution prevention through research and development, technology transfer, financial assistance or voluntary initiatives. In our national laboratories, scientists are doing applied research in areas to support pollution prevention advances. Some are working to refine methodologies for "life cycle assessments" and others are developing computer based decision tools to help companies make process design changes and raw material selections that minimize waste and facilitate recycling.
EPA's National Pollution Prevention Program has a wealth of information about Pollution Prevntion policy and practices. The Seattle based Pollution Prevention Resource Center highlights and advances research on pollution prevention in the pacific northwest.
Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC)
PPRC is a non-profit organization that is the Northwest’s leading source of high quality, unbiased pollution prevention (P2) information. PPRC works collaboratively to promote environmental protection through pollution prevention. PPRC believes that environmental and economic vitality go hand in hand, and that both are necessary to protect the high quality of life enjoyed in our region.
Energy Star Programs
Energy efficiency is a positive step toward reducing air pollution. EPA has teamed with the private sector in developing cutting-edge, voluntary partnerships. By encouraging the production and use of energy-efficient equipment, energy usage and air pollution can be drastically reduced. There are many Energy Star programs, including those for Homes, Residential Light Fixtures, Residential Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems, Office Products, Buildings, Green Lights and Small Business Programs.
Design for Environment
EPA’s Design for Environment (DFE) programs help selected industry sectors incorporate environmental considerations into their operations. The Green Chemistry Challenge program, launched as part of EPA’s initial reinvention agenda, recognizes public and private sector research and development efforts to find more environmentally sound alternatives to chemical products or processes.
The National Waste Minimization Program supports efforts that promote a more sustainable society, reduce the amounts of waste generated, and lower the toxicity and persistence of those wastes that are, of necessity, generated.