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Organizations and companies in EPA Region 7 are encouraged to apply for a P2 Recognition Award which celebrates P2 successes and best practices that exemplify environmental excellence and innovation.

Organizations that implemented P2 projects between 2019 and 2021 in Region 7 are eligible. If you know of a P2 project that may be a good fit for this award, consider applying or sharing this opportunity.

PPI can assist with applications, just make sure to email us no later than Nov. 1.
The application due date is Nov. 4, 2022. 

PPI intern case summaries and presentations available online
The 2022 PPI summer internship program concluded with the annual symposium Aug. 4-5, where interns shared their experiences and recommendations that will assist their host companies in reducing water usage, chemical waste and energy.

Industrial Environment Sustainability Practices course available for CEUs

This January intersession course focuses on pollution prevention, sustainability and environmental compliance practices at manufacturing and industrial facilities. The instructors have worked with hundreds of industries and provide students with learning from real-world case summaries. The course is available for credit, non-credit (students only) and professional development, with or without continuing educational units (CEUs). 

Individuals or non-students interested in taking the class for professional development and/or CEUs, should email Arthur Fink. The cost for taking CE690 for non-students or professional development is $300. Classes are held from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Manhattan on January 4, 6, 9 and 11, 2023.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, Oct. 29. It provides an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

Improper disposal of medications, whether via sewers or landfills, leads to surface-water contamination. The best way to dispose of unused or expired medicines is to drop off the medicine at a drug take-back site.

2023 Green Chemistry Challenge Awards to celebrate innovation and sustainability
Check out Deputy Assistant Administrator for Pollution Prevention Jennie Romer’s article on the 2023 Green Chemistry Award Challenge Awards in the American Chemical Society blog. The EPA is accepting nominations for the awards from companies and institutions that developed a new green chemistry process or product that protects human health and the environment. The deadline to apply is Dec. 9, 2022.


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.

The KDHE Bureau of Waste Management's annual Hazardous Waste Generator workshops are for anyone responsible for managing hazardous waste. Registration is required for this free workshop, and basic and advanced sessions will be available with multiple dates to provide flexibility.

Intern spotlight:
Bernadette Langford, Great Plains Manufacturing

"My biggest takeaway from the experience was learning that my actions and projects have an actual impact on the company and the environment"
Name: Bernadette Langford
Major: Mechanical Engineering
University: Kansas State University
Where did you intern this summer? 
Great Plains Manufacturing
What was your favorite part of the internship? Why?
My favorite project to work on was analyzing cure ovens that the company uses to dry their painted parts. This was my favorite project because I had to opportunity to travel to the different ovens and actually test the temperature of the parts going through the oven. I was also able to do a bit of analytical work on the temperature results which I enjoyed doing.
A challenge you faced?
The biggest challenge during the internship was the large amount of independence that each project required. Coming from a school setting, I was more accustomed to well defined processes of problem solving. However, this independence gave me the opportunity to grow and to develop research skills and has increased my confidence in my own problem solving skills.
What was a project/recommendation you gave that you think could make the most impact for the company if implemented?
One of the projects that I worked on was researching small wind turbines and determining if one could be implemented at different Great Plains’ facilities. This project could make the biggest impact on the company as they would be able to source much of their electricity from a renewable resource, decreasing their electric bill and carbon footprint. This project would especially play into the company’s carbon neutral goals.

What was your biggest takeaway from the experience? My biggest takeaway from the experience was learning that my actions and projects have an actual impact on the company and the environment. Through this experience I also learned that the best way to get information is to ask questions, and to investigate every lead to the very end.