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NH Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention
  • What is Pollution Prevention?
    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 that minimize their release into the environment prior to recycling, treatment, or disposal. P2 avoids or minimizes the transfer of pollutants or wastes from one medium, such as air, water, or land, to another.
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  • What is the NH Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention?
    The NH Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention recognizes businesses and organizations that have made an outstanding effort to prevent pollution. Award winners receive a NH granite trophy engraved with their name and year of award. Companies and organizations are encouraged to display their awards for clients, vendors and visitors to see their outstanding efforts in pollution prevention.

    Also included in the Governor’s Award is an Honorable Mention category. Honorable Mentions are award "runner-ups" that are still recognized for their achievements and accomplishments. The Honorable Mention Award recognizes those businesses and organizations that, with a little more concentrated effort or commitment, may achieve Award winner stature in the near future. Honorable Mentions receive a wooden plaque, engraved with their name and year of award.

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  • What are some examples of past award winners’ projects?
    Listed here are some broad categories of pollution prevention activities, and specific projects that were completed by Award applicant winners. Often, the projects listed here were only one component of a larger pollution prevention project. These include:
    • Change in the production process or raw materials, which reduced the volume and/or toxicity of the waste generated:
      • Elimination of ozone-depleting chemicals. By switching to a non-chlorinated product, resulted hazardous waste disposal savings costs of $17,000 per year.
      • Elimination of solvents-based parts washing, thereby eliminating a 60 gallon/year waste stream. All cleaning compounds are now required to be non-solvent based and be compliant with POTW criteria.
      • Elimination of lawn treatment chemicals.
      • Elimination of hazardous wastes from a parts cleaning operation. This resulted in saving costs in hazardous waste disposal and time savings from not having to manifest waste.
    • Processes that recover usable materials or energy that otherwise would be considered waste:
      • Installation of a vacuum still for distilling hazardous materials. This resulted in an 80% waste reduction from chemical overspray. In addition, 20% of this material is now reused, and the resulting purchase and storage of solvents is reduced.
      • Installation of a heating system fueled by recycling wood waste. This resulted in a $58,000 savings during the first year from direct labor savings, trucking fees, and oil costs. This furnace is smokeless and produces fewer emissions.
    • Improved operations or maintenance of existing process equipment and methods that reduced or prevented waste generation:
      • Replacement of a powder seal with liquid. This resulted in reduced material costs, reduced labor costs, and an improvement in the health and safety of their workers.
      • Replacement of ozone depleting solvents with aqueous and nonhalogenated solvents.
    • Outreach and educational programs to promote pollution prevention:
      • Reduction of scrap and rework in a company’s anodizing department through implementation of a formal training program, including providing each new employee with a mentor.
      • Formation of a company Energy Conservation Team, with a projected savings of greater than $50,000/year.
    • Water reduction and conservation projects:
      • Institution of a water-recycling project that reduced water use by 55%.
      • Installation of a closed-looped, non-contact cooling water system that has reduced water use by 70,000 gallons per day, and saved more than $580,000 in water costs (at the time of application submittal).
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