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Give your company the gift of a PPI intern in 2024

Does your company, institution, or city have sustainability goals or want to explore P2 opportunities? If you lack the time or human capital, a PPI intern could be the gift your company has been wishing for.

In just 10 weeks, our interns' work has led to increased operating efficiencies, decreased regulatory compliance burdens and smaller environmental footprints for host companies. 

An intern will identify viable source reduction strategies with environmental and economic impact metrics, and provide your company with a comprehensive proprietary technical report. 

Learn more and apply for an intern >

EPA proposes ban on toxic chemical Trichloroethylene (TCE)

The U.S. EPA has proposed a ban on the manufacture, processing, and distribution of Trichloroethylene (TCE), a chemical found in various cleaning products and automotive care items. Recognized for its serious health risks, including cancer, the proposal aims to eliminate most TCE uses within a year, ensuring safer alternatives.

To get ahead of the curve and ensure a smooth transition, consider transitioning to TCE-free processes as soon as possible. PPI is ready to assist your organization in identifying and implementing cleaner, safer alternatives to TCE in your operations. Call 800-578-8898 or email sbeap@k-state.edu to explore environmentally friendly solutions tailored to your needs.

Did you know Americans will waste nearly 312 million pounds of food on Thanksgiving? According to ReFed, production of this wasted food generates greenhouse gas emissions of more than 1,100,000 MTCO2e or the equivalent of driving 169,000 cars for one full year. It also has a water footprint of 104,000,000,000 gallons, which is the same amount of water used by everyone in New York City for three and a half months.

You can make a difference this holiday season by making efforts to reduce food waste.

Plan ahead. Use tools like the Save the Food Guest-imator to estimate how much food you need to make, and use shopping lists when going to the store to reduce excess purchasing.

Think about leftovers. Check if your guests would like leftovers beforehand and plan appropriately. If you end up with more leftovers than anticipated, then store them for later use or incorporate them into new meals.

Use your freezer. Store your extra food in the freezer to safely preserve it for the coming months. Using clear containers that are labeled with the contents and date can increase the chances that leftovers are remembered and eaten.

For more tips, check out this article from the USDA, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Feb. 27 • 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Evergreen Branch Library

2601 N. Arkansas Ave., Wichita

Local business, sustainability and environmental justice in Sedgwick County

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.

Register for the event >

Industrial Environment Sustainability Practices intersession course available for CEUs

This Jan. 2024 intersession course focuses on pollution prevention and sustainability practices in manufacturing and industrial facilities. It also includes an overview of environmental regulations and EPA tools. The course is available for credit, noncredit (students only) and professional development.

Individuals or nonstudents interested in taking the class for professional development and/or CEUs, should email Cris Brazil by Dec. 29. The cost for taking CE690 for professional development is $300. Classes are held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 9 and 10 and from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 11.

Learn more and enroll >

Featured case summary

3P Processing is a processing house in Wichita that services aerospace parts. 3P does not manufacture these parts, but is responsible for strengthening, treating and painting them. 

This case summary illustrates the valuable role our interns play in minimizing waste in paints, solvents and water usage. Initiatives like enhancing painter training and covering process tanks can lead to significant environmental and cost savings.

If you are interested in becoming a host company, visit our website to learn more. Applications are being accepted now through Jan. 15. Email Cris Brazil with any questions.

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

Jan. 9-11

Industrial Environment Sustainability Practices intersession course


Jan. 10-12

57th Annual KAPA-KRMCA Convention


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