UNH/NHDES Pollution Prevention Internship Program Celebrates 20 Years with a New Name and a Renewed Mission to Create Opportunities for Students and Industry
Concord, NH - Twenty years ago, the NH Pollution Prevention Program and the University of New Hampshire partnered to create an internship program to offer companies and organizations the opportunity to work with trained interns on pollution prevention projects. To keep up with the changing face of environmental leadership, the University is not only renewing its commitment to the program but giving it a new name: Clean Sustainable Industry Internship (CSI2 Program. Though the name has changed, the mission is the same. Interns will focus on green, sustainable manufacturing with projects ranging from reducing energy use, water consumption or waste generated, to eliminating or reducing the use of hazardous chemicals.
Since 1993, over 120 UNH students have worked with 70 New Hampshire companies on pollution prevention/sustainable manufacturing projects. Most companies have realized significant savings as a result of utilizing the internship program. To date, companies have reported combined, and often-times ongoing cost savings of over $5 million. The benefits for both parties are great: students acquire real-world experience promoting pollution prevention practices, and companies have the opportunity to save money while promoting a safe and environmentally-sustainable workplace.
Businesses interested in participating should contact James P. Malley, Jr., Director, ERG - The Environmental Research Group, at [email protected] for more details about the program. To see results from past projects, go to www.des.nh.gov and search for pollution prevention internships under the “A to Z List.”