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Happy New Year from PPI

In this short video, the PPI team shares what work it is most excited about in 2024. We look forward to accomplishing some great things with you this year!

PPI team continues to grow

Rajavel Krishnamoorthy, 

pollution prevention specialist

Krishnamoorthy works out of Manhattan and holds a master's and doctorate in physics. He works with the P2 and SBEAP programs, providing pollution prevention technical and compliance assistance to small businesses and industries. He is experienced in material manufacturing, sustainable material management practices and the state regulatory tanks program.

Keely Hutchinson, 

environmental technician

Hutchinson works out of Norman, Oklahoma, and holds a bachelor's in mechanical engineering and a minor in computer science. She is experienced in additive manufacturing and general pollution prevention strategies, and provides support to PPI, SBEAP and their related projects. She is a familiar face at PPI– prior to accepting her current position, she was a PPI intern and worked in a temporary position.

Last call for host company applications

Our nonregulatory summer program connects engineering and environmental science students with Kansas businesses and results in reduced emissions and compliance burdens for host companies. Companies may qualify for up to 50% cost share, paying between $10 - $20 (plus fringe) hourly for the intern. Email Cris Brazil, the intern program coordinator for more information.

Do you know an engineering or physical science student looking for a summer internship? 

Send them our way! Applicants will need at least a junior standing by the start of the summer internship, including graduate students. Interested students can apply here.

Local business, sustainability and environmental justice in

Sedgwick County

Tues., Feb. 27 • 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Evergreen Branch Library

We're coming together to talk about sustainability and environmental justice in Sedgwick County. With insights from Spirit Aerosystems, we'll discuss how local businesses and the community can reduce pollution and make a positive impact. Light refreshments will be served. The agenda for this free event is below.

5 p.m. - Welcome from the City of Wichita • Lizeth Ortega, City of Wichita 

5:10 p.m. - Welcome from PPI • Cris Brazil, PPI

5:25 p.m. - Introduction to Environmental Justice • Mary Baker, PPI

5:45 p.m. - Break

6:05 p.m. - Spirit AeroSystems presentation • Alex Tobia, Spirit AeroSystems

6:45 p.m. - Environmental Justice TCTAC • Jeff Severin, Wichita State University 

7: 05 p.m. - Wrap up and Panel Discussion • Nancy Larson, PPI

Register now >

Tank Management Services will hold a Tank Talk in Mulvane on Feb. 7 at the Kansas Star Event Center. Tank Talks provide an opportunity for AST and UST owners and operators to gather new information on storage tanks and listen to presentations on compliance.

Topics to be discussed include: KDHE update on permit renewals and KEIMs, new testing requirements, walkthrough inspections and issues that are being seen in the field. Members of the PPI/SBEAP team will be onsite and available to assist with managing and updating your KEIMs account.

If you can't attend the event, our website has a wide variety of storage tank resources, including helpful KEIMs videos and guides.

Learn more and register >

Featured case summary

Ducommun provides engineered products and electronics, along with the manufacturing and assembly of aerospace structures for customers in commercial aircraft, military, space 

and other industries.

Ducommun’s main focus regarding pollution prevention is the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The company recommended five projects and intern Cooper Page explored two additional projects, including one started by previous interns. Read the case summary to see which four projects were ultimately recommended to help Ducommun reach their GHG reduction goal. 

If you are interested in becoming a host company, visit our website to learn more. Applications are being accepted now.

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 >

Upcoming Events

Feb. 7, 2024

Tank Talks


Feb. 27, 2024

Local business, sustainability and environmental justice in Sedgwick County


March 12-14, 2024

National Small Business Environmental Assistance Program Annual Training

Chattanooga, TN

March 26-28, 2024

WORKS! Conference (Kansas Organization of Recyclers)


May 7, 2024

Air and Waste Management Association Midwest Conference


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