P3 Publications

Several papers have been written by the program concerning the results of on-going research related to source reduction technical assistance and education. Below is a list of these papers and links to their summaries. Interpreting the results of the P3 program is an important part in helping businesses become more sustainable. Click on the links below to read about more in depth analysis of the P3 program impacts and results.

Published Papers

[1].      Moussavi, S. , Barutha, P., and Dvorak., B. (2023) Environmental life cycle assessment of a novel offshore wind energy design project: a US based case study, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 185, 113643, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2023.113643.

[2].      Thompson, M.; Moussavi, S.; Li, S.; Barutha, P.; and Dvorak, B. (2022) “Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of small water resource recovery facilities: Comparison of mechanical and lagoon System,” 215(15 May) 118234, Water Research, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2022.118234.

[3].      Pham, A.; Moussavi, S. Thompson, M.1; Dvorak, B. (2021) “Reducing LCA impacts of water resource recovery facilities: design recommendations for small communities,” Water Research, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2021.117758.

[4].      Dvorak, B. (2021) “Pollution Prevention for Industry,” Environments,8(9), 91; https://doi.org/10.3390/environments8090091

[5].      Cohen, G.; Kreutzer, N.; Mowat, K.1; Hassan, A.A.; and Dvorak, B. (2021) “Compliance with Hand Sanitizer Quality During the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic: Assessing the Impurities in an Ethanol Plant,” Journal of Environmental Management, 297, 113329, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2021.113329

[6].      Moussavi, S.; Thompson, M., Li, S. and Dvorak , B. (2021)  “Assessment of Small Mechanical Wastewater Treatment Plants: Relative Life Cycle Environmental Impacts of Construction and Operations,” Journal of Environmental Management, 292 August, 112802, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2021.112802

[7].      Ghormley, S., Williams, R., Dvorak, B. (2020) “Foundry Sand Source Reduction Options: Life Cycle Assessment Evaluation,” Environments7(9), 66; https://doi.org/10.3390/environments7090066

[8].      Thompson, M.; Dahab, M.; Williams, R.; and Dvorak, B. (2020) “Opportunities and Barriers to Improving the Energy Efficiency of Small Water Resource Recovery Facilities: Case Studies within Nebraska,” Journal of Environmental Engineering, ASCE,  146 (7) 05020005, 10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0001723.

[9].      S. Li; S. Zhilyaev; D. Gallagher;, J. Subbiah;, B. Dvorak (2019) “Sustainability of safe foods: Joint environmental, economic and microbial load reduction assessment of antimicrobial systems in US beef processing,” Science of The Total Environment, 691, 252-262.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.07.064.

[10].   Li, S.  Ziara, R. ; Dvorak, B.; Subbiah, J. (2018) “Assessment of water and energy use at process level in U.S. beef packing industry: case study in a typical U.S. large-size plant”. Journal of Food Process Engineering, Nov. 41(8):e12919. DOI: 10.1111/jfpe.12919

[11].   Li, S.; Ziara, R.; Kinser, C.; Subbiah, J.; Dvorak. B. (2018) “Environmental and economic implications of food safety interventions: life cycle and operating cost assessment of antimicrobial systems in U.S. beef packing industry,” Journal of Cleaner Production doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.07.020

[12].   Ziara, R.; Li, S.; Subbiah, J.; and Dvorak, B. (2018) “Characterization of Wastewater in Two US Cattle Slaughterhouses,” Water Environment Research, (90) 9, 851-863. https://doi.org/10.2175/106143017X15131012187971.

[13].   Hanna, S.; Thompson, M.; Williams, R.; Dahab, M. ; and Dvorak, B.;  (2018) Benchmarking the Electric Intensity of Small Nebraska Wastewater Treatment Facilities, Water Environment Research, 90(8) 738-747. doi:10.2175/106143017X15131012153176

[14].   Ringenberg, D. Kranz, W.; Irmak, S.; and Dvorak, B. (2018) “Extending Extension’s Outreach: Impact of Irrigation Recommendations Provided by Student Interns,” Journal of Extension, 56(4) 4TOT8.  https://www.joe.org/joe/2018august/tt8.php

[15].   Kuppig, V.; Cook, Y.; Carter, D.; Larson, N.; Williams, R.; and Dvorak, B. (2016) “Implementation of sustainability improvements at the facility level: motivations and barriers,” Journal of Cleaner Production, 139 (1529-1538)   http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.08.167.

[16].   Ziari, R.; Li, S.; Dvorak, B.; and Subbiah, J. (2016) “Water and Energy use of microbial interventions in a beef packing plant,” Applied Engineering in Agriculture.  32(6) http://dx.DOI.org/ 10.13031/aea.32.11615.

[17].   Kekilova, A.; Dvorak, B.; and Williams, R. (2015). "Motivations of Program Partners for Environmental Sustainability and Persistence of Benefits." J. Prof. Issues Eng. Educ. Pract.dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000222.

[18].   Flodman, H.R., and Dvorak, B.I. (2012) Optimizing Direct Brine Reuse in Ion Exchange Water Softening: Tradeoffs Between Salt Use and Discharge, Hardness Leakage, and Treatment Capacity, Water Environment Research, 84(6):535-543.

[19].   Dvorak, BI, Stewart, BA, Hosni, A, Hawkey, SA, and Nelsen, V (2011) Intensive Environmental Sustainability Education: Long-Term Impacts on Workplace Behavior, Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education, 137 (2) 113-120.

[20].   Dvorak, B.I., Hygnstrom, J.R., Youngblood, D.J., Woldt, W.E., and Hawkey, S.A. (2008) “Lessons Learned Concerning Impact Assessment: Pollution Prevention Technical Assistance in Nebraska”, Journal of Cleaner Production, 16(6) 751-760.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2007.02.015

[21].   Youngblood, D.J, Dvorak, B.I., Woldt, W.E., Hawkey, S.A., Hygnstrom, J.R. (2008) “Quantifying and Comparing a P2 Program’s Benefits: Pollution Prevention Technical Assistance in Nebraska”, Journal of Cleaner Production, 16(6) 761-770. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2007.02.016

[22].   Youngblood, D.J., Dvorak, B.I., and Hawkey, S.A. (2008) “Indirect Benefits of P2 Suggestions Overlooked by Traditional Success Metric Accounting”, Journal of Cleaner Production, 16(6) 771-779. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2007.02.017

[23].   Woldt, W.E., Dvorak, B.I., and Dahab, M.F. (2003) “Application of Fuzzy Set Theory to Industrial Pollution Prevention: Production System Modeling and Life Cycle Assessment,” Soft Computing Journal, 7, 419-433.

[24].   Dvorak, B.I., Woldt, W.E., and Hygnstrom, J. (2003) “Partners in Pollution Prevention Internship Program: Undergraduate Engineering Student Education Through Technical Assistance,” Environmental Quality Management, Winter.]

[25].   Behrens, M; Dvorak, B.; and Woldt, W. (2000) “Implications Of Hidden Costs: Comparison Of Bitumen Testing Procedures,” Environmental Technology, 21, 243-255.

[26].   Wanzenried, B.; Dvorak, B.; Woldt, W. (1999) “Descriptive Versus Prescriptive:  Comparison of Pollution Prevention Opportunity Assessment Approaches,” Pollution Prevention Review, 9(3) 67-79.

[27].   Behrens, M.; Dvorak, B.; and Woldt, W. (1999) “Comparison of Asphalt Extraction Procedures: Implications of Hidden Environmental and Liability Costs,” Transportation Research Record, 1661, 46-53.