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This week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced more than $9 million in grants to entities across several states, including $411,440  to Colorado through EPA’s Pollution Prevention Grant program.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is one of the recipients. This P2 funding is expected to support state partnerships with businesses to reduce pollution and costs and focus on environmental justice concerns in communities.

“This funding will also help the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment develop and share best practices through several different pathways focusing efforts on environmental justice concerns in underserved communities,” said EPA Region 8’s Acting Director of Land Chemicals and Redevelopment Division, Nancy Morlock.

CDPHE’s P2 grant will be used to:

  • Identify, develop, document, and share P2 best practices through the Colorado Green Business Network (CGBN) technical assistance and recognition program. Through this program, businesses throughout the state of Colorado can receive free on‐site and off‐site technical assistance in operational efficiency, as well as recognition to incentivize continual improvement in operational sustainability.
  • Support community-based P2 efforts amongst state and local technical assistance providers (TAPs), in addition to providing resources to enable the foundation of new TAPs across the state. The CGBN will focus efforts throughout its activities on environmental justice (EJ) concerns in underserved communities and on climate change impacts and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions. Click here to learn more about CGBN.
  • Support five P2 internship projects for Colorado State University graduate fellows, focusing on the Food and Beverage Manufacturing and Processing sector.

The grants have just been announced, and there is as yet no word on where Colorado grant funds may be dispersed geographically.