P3 - Partners in Pollution Prevention

P3: Partners in Pollution Prevention

2016 P3 interns

"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-on-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 range from small businesses such as dry cleaners and auto body shops to large manufacturing plants and agriculture producers.

The P3 program has made a difference to the bottom line of many Nebraska businesses. We have assisted a total of approximately 720 clients from 1997 through 2016, while cooperating with a wide range of environmental and business assistance providers and partners. The program has worked in 90 different Nebraska communities ranging from Scottsbluff, to South Sioux City, to Omaha, helping Nebraska businesses save a potential $23.7 million dollars through waste reduction and resource conservation and divert over 309.8 million pounds of solid waste from landfills. Based on follow-up reassessments with recent clients, 52% 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 since 1997 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 2017 - New Interns Needed!
The Partners in Pollution Prevention program is looking to fill up to 14 or 15 paid summer internship positions. P3 offers Junior and Senior level engineering, science, and agriculture students the chance to apply their knowledge and skills to help reduce pollution for Nebraska businesses.

For the summer 2017, we are specifically looking for:
  • Students to work on sustainable manufacturing projects (5 to 7 position, most clients are located outside of the Lincoln and Omaha. Possible non-Lincoln/Omaha locations include Beatrice, Columbus, Hastings, Grand Island, Lexington, McCook, Ravenna, South Sioux City, and Wahoo)
  • students to work on pollution prevention and energy efficiency of beef processing plants (1 to 2 positions, based in Central and Eastern Nebraska communities)
  • students to work with small wastewater treatment plants to improve their energy efficiency (3 positions based out of Lincoln with extensive travel in Nebraska)
  • students to work with agricultural producers to help reduce water/energy use and improve production yield. (2 positions based out of Lincoln with extensive travel in Nebraska)
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 2017
UNL Partners in Pollution Prevention (P3) program is actively seeking Nebraska businesses to consider participating in the Summer 2017 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 Matthew Jorgensen for additional information at 308-293-5884, or e-mail him at mjorgensen@unl.edu.
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