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P3: Partners in Pollution Prevention



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"Providing businesses innovative, economical and environmentally friendly solutions for a sustainable future." — a P3 team mission statement


The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s (UNL) Partners in Pollution Prevention (P3) program has helped both area college students and Nebraska businesses since 1997. P3 is an outreach assistance program operated by the University of Nebraska Extension and College of Engineering and funded by the USEPA Region 7, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, and a wide variety of businesses and industrial partners.

Undergraduate student interns provide one-to-one Pollution Prevention assistance to Nebraska businesses by performing waste assessments or other waste reduction and resource conservation projects, and providing each client with a written report detailing waste minimization suggestions. Clients who have participated in this program over the years include dry cleaners and auto body shops, as well as large pharmaceutical and other large manufacturing plants and agriculture producers. To meet clients’ needs, the P3 program offers two different assistance modes which vary in complexity and time spent.

The P3 program has made a difference to the bottom line of many Nebraska businesses. We have assisted a total of 621 clients from 1997 through 2013, while cooperating with a wide range of environmental and business assistance providers and partners. The program has worked in 83 different Nebraska communities ranging from Scottsbluff, to South Sioux City, to Omaha, helping Nebraska businesses save a potential $19.5 million dollars through waste reduction and resource conservation and divert over 212 million pounds of solid waste from landfills. Based on follow-up reassessments with 183 past clients, 40% of all recommendations made by the students were actually implemented.

Unique to this program, P3 also has educational and outreach components. Over 200 interns have participated in the program since1997 and thousands have heard the message that “Pollution Prevention means Good Business.”  Today, the program continues to help Nebraska businesses reduce waste and strive for sustainability.

Summer 2015 - New Interns Needed!
The Partners in Pollution Prevention program is looking to fill up to ten paid summer internship positions. P3 offers Junior and Senior level engineering and science students the chance to apply their knowledge and skills to help reduce pollution for Nebraska businesses.

For the summer 2015, we are specifically looking for:
  • students to work with agricultural producers to help reduce water/energy use in irrigation. The water conservation positions focused on irrigated agriculture will be located in communities such as Clay Center, Concord, Kearney, Geneva, Norfolk, O'Neill and Schuyler;
  • students to work on sustainable manufacturing projects
Are you ready to find out more or how to apply for a summer internship? See the “Candidate Credentials” page!

Seeking Industrial Sponsors for the Summer of 2015
UNL Partners in Pollution Prevention (P3) program is actively seeking Nebraska businesses to consider participating in the Summer 2015 internship program. This is an awesome opportunity to develop innovative, economical and environmentally friendly solutions for a sustainable future. Click here to see the impacts made by the P3 program, or contact Robert Walters for additional information at 402-472-2375, or e-mail him at rwalters2@unl.edu.
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