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PPI interns present at annual symposium Aug. 3-4

The 2023 cohort of interns shared their summer internship experiences and provided project recommendations designed to aid host companies in minimizing their environmental impact. The projects concentrated on areas such as water usage, chemical waste, energy conservation and sustainable materials management. Case summaries and videos of interns’ presentations will be available on our website soon. 

Ana Guanes gives a presentation about her experiences at Kalmar Global this summer.

Are you interested in hosting a PPI environmental intern next summer?

More than 100 companies in Kansas have employed and benefited from the PPI intern program, utilizing it to enhance energy efficiency, reduce pollution and consequently leading to decreased environmental emissions and cost savings. The host company application process is open now through Dec. 31, 2023. For more information, email Cris Brazil.

P2 Week is Sept. 18-22

Looking for pollution prevention activities to celebrate P2 Week? The EPA offers a webpage dedicated to P2 at work

One key practice is implementing an Environmental Management System, or EMS. Plan, Do, Check and Act are the four tenants of an EMS plan and can help your company reduce environmental impact and increase operational efficiency. For technical assistance with P2 in your workplace or in developing an EMS, call 800-578-8898 or email PPI.

We are in search of a pollution prevention specialist and an environmental technician to join our team! Visit our website to learn more and apply.

Free Fall 2023 Hazardous Waste Generator Workshops

The basic workshop (9 a.m.-Noon) is designed as an introductory course in Kansas HW Regulations (RCRA) including: 

  • Waste determinations
  • Container management
  • Generator classifications emergency preparedness and training requirements
  • What to expect during an inspection

The advanced workshop (1-4 p.m.) will provide a more detailed look at the following (plus additional advanced topics): 

  • Regulatory updates
  • e-Manifest Solvent-Contaminated Wipes Rule
  • K, U, and P-Listings
  • F-Listings
  • Used oil requirements

Additional advanced topics (time permitting):  

  • Universal waste
  • Outreach
  • Compliance training manual
  • Aerosol cans

Feel free to attend one or both workshops. Registration is required.

Workshop Locations

Sept. 21 - Kansas Dept. of Transportation - 1811 Frontier Rd., Hays

Sept. 26 - Edwardsville Community Center - 696 S. 3 St., Edwardsville

Sept. 28 - Wichita Water Center - 101 E. Pawnee St., Wichita

Learn more and register >

Online hazardous waste training

Hazardous waste handlers are required to complete training annually, and new employees must be trained within six months of taking a position that requires they handle hazardous waste. This training needs to be documented and maintained for at least three years. 

PPI offers online training that includes a certificate of completion for $50 per user.

Enroll now >

PPI celebrates opening of WSU’s Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center

On July 12, PPI representatives joined EPA Region 7 Administrator Meg McCollister, Wichita State University officials and Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center (EJ TCTAC) partners to celebrate the opening of the Region 7 EJ TCTAC, the Heartland Environmental Justice Center at WSU. The Center will serve to build the capacity of individuals, organizations and institutions who serve underserved and disadvantaged communities in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and adjoining indigenous nations, to make meaningful advances towards environmental and energy equity. 

“Environmental justice is at the heart of everything we do at EPA Region 7,” McCollister said.

“Together with Wichita State University, we can provide the kind of technical assistance, guidance, and training necessary to navigate the federal grants process and ensure that our underserved communities get access to EPA’s historic funding opportunities.”

Learn more >

Upcoming Events

Aug. 29- 31, 2023

KS Water Environment Assoc. Conference, Topeka

Sept. 26-29, 2023

KDOL 73rd Annual Safety & Health Conference, Topeka 

Oct. 17-19, 2023

Wichita Industrial Trade Show, Wichita

Nov. 15-16, 2023

Governor's Water Conference, Manhattan

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