P3 - Program Operations


P3: Program Operations


P3 Interns provide technical assistance to a single business, or a group of businesses, as outlined below:

Single Business Partnership – An intern is matched with one business
  • Interns assist larger businesses in Nebraska with one or more complex pollution prevention and/or source reduction projects focused on sustainable manufacturing for 10 weeks in the summer.
  • Interns spend the entire 10 weeks at one business.
  • A typical assignment may involve seeking to reduce the most costly waste streams and involve in-depth analyses of several processes.
  • Interns become experts about the business’s operations and do the legwork to find more environmentally suitable equipment, materials, or supplies.
  • Businesses receive one or more reports detailing work completed during the summer and outlining recommendations for environmental and monetary savings.
  • Businesses provide office space, computer access, part of the intern’s salary (approximately $4,000) and regular on-site supervision for the intern.
In the summer of 2010, Intern Kurtis Palu was partnered with Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln to reduce energy consumption, solid waste, and water use. He researched geothermal and solar heating systems.

Multi Business Assignments – An intern is sent to several businesses in a region
  • Interns provide brief assistance for several businesses, agricultural producers, or municipalities in a particular region of Nebraska.
  • Interns visit each client once or twice to conduct waste assessments or to research particular environmental problems.
  • Typical projects involve a focus on a limited number of issues and take approximately two to three weeks from start to finish.
  • Interns may do some preliminary legwork to find more environmentally suitable equipment, materials, or supplies.
  • Businesses receive reports detailing work completed and outlining recommendations for environmental and monetary savings.
  • Assistance is provided at no charge to the business.
Interns Cale Mages and Eric Bolton performed assistance for a variety of agricultural producers in 2011, identifying opportunities to reduce water and energy use.
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