Pollution Prevention Awards

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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) presents Pollution Prevention Awards annually to those communities, businesses, and industries who have made a significant improvement in protecting our environment by preventing pollution or conserving natural resources. Pollution prevention (P2) encompasses many different activities that prevent or reduce the generation of pollutants or wastes at the source. Opportunities for preventing pollution occur in all sectors of economic life – industry, agriculture, energy, and/or the design and use of consumer products. This annual award program recognizes excellence in working towards a cleaner environment.

Any Kansas business, industry, community or community group, school, or organization is eligible to apply for pollution prevention awards. The project must have been implemented at least six months prior to the application but no earlier than 2013. Recycling projects are not eligible. Prior award recipients must submit new projects. Eligible efforts are in addition to or exceed what is required by law; submitted projects should be voluntary efforts to minimize or prevent industrial and environmental concerns. Awards are presented at the Kansas Environmental Conference.

Apply for a 2016 Pollution Prevention Award.

Congratulations to the 2015 Pollution Prevention Awards Winners!

WITH DISTINCTION: Via Christi Health. Via Christi Health's "Greening the OR" initiative identified hundreds of surgical devices and instruments that could be reprocessed for reuse, instead of being landfilled or incinerated.

DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport. DoubleTree replaced lighting fixtures and water faucet aerators, resulting in significant energy and water savings.

General Motors Fairfax Assembly. General Motors evaluated its use of paint thinner, reducing solvent use and VOC emissions.

Sherwin-Willimas. An upgrade to their fire supression system reduced the amount of fresh groundwater needed to protect the facility.

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Past Award Winners

For more information on the annual environment conference, click here.