P3 - Impact and Results


P3: Impact and Results


The impact of the P3 Program is shown in our threefold mission:
Outreach, Education and Savings.

OUTREACH
Impact of the P3 Program in outreach to Nebraska
1997-2017
Businesses assisted with new work
730
Communities served
95

"The P3 Program has helped all sizes of Nebraska businesses achieve valuable environmental improvements. Its influence is felt in all parts of the state from Scottsbluff to Nebraska City."

Joe Francis, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality


EDUCATION
Impact of P3 Program in pollution prevention (P2) education
1997-2017
Student interns educated in P2
285
Newspaper articles and TV/radio broadcasts concerning P2
122

"Getting people to understand the concepts of pollution prevention is key to implementing this important environmental ethic. The P3 Program not only carries the message to Nebraska communities, but the students continue to employ P2 in their future careers."

Dr. Bruce Dvorak, UNL

During the 2017 grant year, 48 clients in Nebraska were given new technical assistance in the form of a total of 114 specific implementable recommendations by the P3 program. The data collected from the technical assistance reports show the potential reduction in energy and waste these businesses can achieve by implementing the recommendations set forth by the student interns. This data is summarized in Table 1 below, with the second column listing the potential impacts from the projects directly funded by the NDEQ Waste Reduction Fee grant.

Table 1. Potential Impacts from the Summer of 2017:

Metric Measured

Totals

Solid Waste Diverted from Landfill (lbs/yr)

3,250,000

Energy Conserved: Electricity Conserved (kWh/yr)

6,175,300

Energy Conserved: Natural Gas (therms/yr)

761,700

Water Conserved (Million gal/yr)

120.3

Total GHG Reduction (MTCO2 Equivalent /yr)

9,341

Direct Operating Cost Savings ($/yr)

$2,234,100


POTENTIALSAVINGS
POTENTIAL IMPACT based on assistance provided in 2014 POTENTIAL IMPACT based on assistance provided in 2015 POTENTIAL IMPACT based on assistance provided in 2016 Total
Solid Waste Diverted from Landfill (lbs/yr) 426,000 4,374,300 2,840,470 7,640,770
Energy Conserved: Electricity (kWh/yr) 2,900,000 4,083,983 5,876,380 12,860,363
Energy Conserved: Natural Gas (therms/yr) 250,000 264,320 1,764,730 2,278,960
Energy Conserved: Diesel Fuel (Gallons/yr) 7,160 7,010 2,941 17,111
Water Conserved (Million gal/yr) 263 196.2 196.7 655.9
Total GHG Reduction (MTCO2 Equivalent /yr) 4,474 3,635 15,809 23,918
Direct Operating Cost Savings ($/yr) $977,000 $534,782 1,390,955 $2,902,737

"When you see results time and again - real dollar savings and waste reduction in real businesses - you become convinced of the benefits of pollution prevention."

Doug Youngblood, Former P3 Intern




During 2013 and 2014, the P3 program collaborated with the Kansas State University Pollution Prevention Institute to revisit recent clients and document the impact of student recommendations. The below table lists the client-provided impacts from the assistance, for both full summer (student working out of the client’s facilities) and partial (student working with several clients during the summer while based out of a UNL or KSU office).

Impact by mode of assistance (number of originally assisted summer clients in parentheses).

Impact AssistanceMeasurementCost Savings/yrElectricity kWh/yrNatural Gas therms/yrSolid waste lbs/yrHaz. waste lbs/yrWater gal/yrGHG MTCO2 E/yr
Full (30)
Average
$90,921
$306,132
18,509
808,128
987
1,116,117
409
Full (30)
Median
$46,209
$69,914
0
0
0
0
147
Partial (18)
Average
$14,434
$133,657
378
3,431
715
2,771,806
142
Partial (18)
Median
$2,383
$14,153
0
0
0
0
21
Total (48)
Average
$62,238
$241,454
11,710
506,367
885
1,768,250
309
Total (48)
Median
$21,219
$21,180
0
0
0
0
66
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