2017 P2 Awards

Welcome to the 2017 P2 Awards Application!

Pollution Prevention Awards

Pollution Prevention Awards

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) offer Pollution Prevention (P2) Awards annually to businesses, industries, and organizations that have made a significant improvement in protecting our environment by preventing pollution. This non-competitive annual award program recognizes projects that eliminate or reduce the generation of pollutants or wastes at the source or projects that conserve natural resources.

Waste Management Hierarchy

As you can see in the illustration, recycling efforts do not qualify as pollution prevention projects for the P2 awards. While recycling does divert waste from going to the landfill, the bottom line is that the waste was still generated. The goal of source reduction is to conserve resources and not generate pollutants in the first place.


Any Kansas business, industry, community or community group, school, or organization is eligible to apply for a P2 Award. In order to determine the success of the project, the project must have been implemented at least six months prior to the application but no earlier than 2014. Recycling projects are not eligible. Applications from prior award recipients must denote new projects. These P2 efforts are in addition to or exceed what is required by law; therefore, submitted projects should be voluntary efforts to minimize or prevent industrial and environmental concerns. Compliance with current environmental laws and regulations will be taken into consideration during the review process. Please contact Jayson Massey of KDHE at 785-296-1526 with questions regarding the award application process. Technical questions related to how to calculate measures or describe projects can be directed to the K-State Pollution Prevention Institute (PPI) at 800-578-8898 or sbeap@ksu.edu.

Award Categories

Awards will be issued within two categories; the Pollution Prevention Award and the Pollution Prevention with Distinction Award. Both of the awards use the same P2 Award application.

  • Pollution Prevention Award
    The Pollution Prevention Award recognizes projects that eliminate or reduce the generation of pollutants or wastes at the source or projects that conserve natural resources.
  • Pollution Prevention With Distinction Award
    The Pollution Prevention with Distinction Award goes above and beyond the Pollution Prevention Award by meeting at least one of the following distinctive qualifications:
    • Quantitative environmental health impacts (workers or the community).
    • The project can be used by similar organizations in different locations within the state.
    • P2 projects encompassing multiple processes or media.

Application Submission

Applications for the 2017 P2 Awards must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 9th, 2017. Late applications will not be considered for an award. If you wish to have your P2 Award application reviewed by a technical professional prior to the application deadline, please submit your completed application by May 1, 2017. The technical professional will review the application for completeness, confirm outcomes are associated with the implementation of the P2 project, and clarify information when necessary. The technical professional does not sit on the P2 Award Committee and the technical review does not guarantee you will receive an award.

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  • Supporting documents may be emailed to jayson.massey@ks.gov.
  • If you prefer, you may email your application and supporting materials to Jayson Massey at jayson.massey@ks.gov. You will receive an e-mail notification that your application and/or supporting documents have been received. If you do not receive an e-mail notification, contact Jayson Massey at (785) 296-1526.
  • Application submittal may also be completed in hard copy. Please send printed applications and supporting documents to Jayson Massey, KDHE - BFS, 1000 SW Jackson St, Suite 430, Topeka, KS 66612-1367.

Selection Process

KDHE staff will provide an initial review to screen each application for compliance status. After initial screening, acceptable applications will be reviewed by a team made up of individuals from universities, business and industry, communities, and government. This team will review the applications and make recommendations. The KDHE Division Director will make the final decision on which projects will receive awards and awardees will be notified with a telephone call or email and congratulatory letter.

Pollution Prevention Logo

Presentation of Awards

Awards will be presented during a dinner ceremony at the Kansas Environmental Conference on August 9th, 2017, at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Topeka, KS. We will only reward and recognize the projects or programs meeting the criteria set forth in this document; therefore, it is possible not all applicants will receive an award. Award recipients must agree to allow a summary of their accomplishments to be published by KDHE.

KDHE appreciates your submission for a Pollution Prevention award. We want to recognize and honor the many fine companies in Kansas that are practicing good environmental stewardship. Click here to view current and past award recipients .