September 12, 2009

The deadline for Minnesota businesses, nonprofits, governmental units to apply for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s (MPCA’s) application process for its annual Governor’s Awards for Pollution Prevention is September 15, 2009.  Pollution prevention reduces or eliminates the generation of pollution at the source.  Examples include replacing toxic chemicals with non-toxic chemicals, upgrading processes to reduce the need for polluting materials and using innovative design that reduces or eliminates wastes.  Minnesota businesses, nonprofits and government agencies are all eligible for an award.  Projects may focus on industrial or commercial pollution prevention, sustainable community development, green building, renewable energy or other areas.

Applications are evaluated based on benefits to the environment, economic efficiency, innovation, leadership and commitment, and the project’s suitability to be a model for others.  For an application and more information, go to www.pca.state.mn.us/govaward or telephone Peder Sandhei at 651-757-2688, e-mail govawards.pca@state.mn.us.

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