Established in 1994, the Governor's Award for Pollution Prevention recognizes New Hampshire businesses and organizations that have successfully reduced or eliminated wastes at the source. Past Award winners include a variety of NH manufacturers, a municipality, a hospital, even a postal service operation. View the recent Governor's Award Winners, as well as past award winners to see the various types of projects implemented across New Hampshire to prevent pollution.
To be eligible for consideration:
- Completed projects with measurable data that adhere to the definition of pollution prevention as it is used in RSA 21-O: 17 are eligible. "Pollution prevention” means the use of materials, processes, or practices that reduce or eliminate the creation of pollutants or wastes at the source, or minimize their release into the environment prior to recycling, treatment, or disposal.
- The P2 Governor’s Award is for projects that show pollution prevention within the process, not solely in a product. A company with a “green” product is welcome to apply as long as one of their customers is a co-applicant and can show how their product has led to measurable pollution reductions in the customer’s process.
- The judges will be looking for a well established pollution prevention project that goes above and beyond; for example, a recycling program for employees. A recycling project can be partnered with a minimization project.
- Applicants must be in good standing with state and federal environmental laws.
- Award recipients must agree to allow a summary of their accomplishments to be published by the NHPPP.
- Projects must be performed in New Hampshire facilities. For product applications, the product must be manufactured in New Hampshire.
What is a Pollution Prevention Project or Environmental Program?
Pollution prevention (P2) means the use of materials, processes, or practices that reduce or eliminate the creation of pollutants or wastes at the source, or minimize their release into the environment prior to recycling, treatment, or disposal. In short, P2 avoids or minimizes the transfer of pollutants or wastes from one medium, such as air, water or land, to another.
Examples of pollution prevention projects include, but are not limited to:
- A change in the production process or raw materials, which reduces the volume and/or toxicity of the waste generated;
- A process that recovers usable materials or energy that otherwise would be considered waste;
- An improvement in operations or maintenance of existing process equipment and methods that reduced or prevented waste generation;
- Outreach and educational programs to promote pollution prevention; and/or
- A water reduction or conservation project.
- Business and Industry
- Commercial Services
- Office and Retail Buildings
- Non-Profit Groups
- Institutions (schools, hospitals)
- Public agencies (municipalities)
- Benefits of Winning the Governor's Award
- Positive promotion among prospective clients and peers;
- Press release to New Hampshire media;
- Photograph with Governor;
- Feature article in NHPPP Wastelines newsletter and DES web site
- Award winners receive attractive NH granite engraved trophy to display in your facility. Honorable Mention Award winners receive an engraved wooden plaque.