P3: Pollution Prevention

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. - Ben Franklin
  • Water Conservation
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Waste Elimination
  • Recycling
  • Management of Air Emissions
  • Risk Reduction
Pollution Prevention is Beneficial Because It Can:
  • Reduce operating costs (from reduced raw material and energy inputs and also reduced waste disposal costs)
  • Reduce the risk of criminal and civil liability
  • Improve employee morale and participation
  • Enhance company's image in the community
  • Protect the public's health and the environment
P2 and Sustainability
Building a sustainable future is critical to our global economy. Pollution prevention can help lead to more sustainable systems. Sustainable systems (or industries) are those that minimize the use of non-renewable resources like fossil fuels, cut down on the use of persistent and/or toxic synthetic chemicals, and prevent the degradation of living systems (e.g. overharvesting of forests). A sustainable system will require less input and produce less pollution in order that future generations will have the necessary resources to meet their needs. Practicing pollution prevention is one way in which society can become more sustainable.