What is Pollution Prevention (P2)?
Pollution Prevention targets the processes or practices that generate waste and aims to reduce or eliminate waste at the source.
P2 Best Management Practices (BMPs) include:
- the use of less hazardous materials,
- using more efficient processes or practices to reduce materials waste,
- reducing the use of natural resources such as energy and water through conservation
The Pollution Prevention Act of 1990 established a hierarchy of preferred approaches to environmental protection.
- Pollution should be prevented at the source whenever possible - waste not generated in the first place.
- If waste streams cannot be prevented, they should be diverted from the landfill by being reused or recycled.
- Disposal to a landfill or hazardous waste disposal facility should be the last resort.
Practicing the principles of pollution prevention can mean:
Significant cost savings, increased revenue, lower disposal costs, improved efficiency, material and resource conservation, lower risk & liability costs, reduced regulatory burden, and ensuring regulatroy compliance.
P2 staff will visit your establishment and conduct an assesment of your waste streams, water & energy use, and transporation use.
To schedule a Free Site Vist contact:
Jill Turner (505) 222-9548 or firstname.lastname@example.org
After scheduling your site visit, please complete the Pre-Assessment Form and return it to our offices.
Jill Turner, P2 Program
New Mexico Environment Department
5500 San Antonio Dr. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Trainings & workshops:
NMED 2015 Green Zia Energy Workshop Series (free)
Next Workshops in the Series: *dates TBA
- June – Water
- September –Waste and Materials Management
- November – Metrics, Goals, and Reporting
The NMED P2 Program conducts free trainings and workshops for industrys sectors, municipalities, Tribes & Pueblos, and individual businesses - large or small.
Past trainings have been conducted at
hospitals, schools, automotive spray painters, Small Business Development Center members, local chamber members, and other businesses across the state.
If you are interested in having us conduct a training at your business or organization or if you are interested in a workshop for a specific industry, please contact us and we will tailor one to fit your needs.
Scheduled Trainigs and Workshops will be posted on the P2 webpage.
Request For Quotes - Sustainability Management Plan Development Support:
NMED has partnered with Rio Rancho Public Schools on a pilot project to develop a Sustainability Management Plan for the District. This plan will encompass the individual sustainability projects of the district and create a platform for developing, prioritizing, and implementing additional, integrated goals.
NMED is providing technical assistance for the project and through funds from an EPA Pollution Prevention grant, will contract with a qualified consultant to provide additional assistance and development support.
For additional information about the project and how to submit a quote, please see the REF document.
Important 2015 Dates:
- Issuance of RFQ: January 20
- Deadline to submit written questions: January 30
- Response to written questions posted: February 6
- Submission of proposed quote: February 20
Response to Questions:
Q1: Can you confirm the budget is $15,000?
- A1: At this time, we only have $15,000 available for the project. The scope of work for the project has changed since we originally applied for EPA grant funds in 2013. We will be applying for new EPA grant n the spring, so additional funding may become available later in 2015.
Q2: Can you clarify the roles Rio Rancho schools and NMED will play in supporting the project?
- A2: Rio Rancho Public Schools has committed to providing some staff time primarily for planning meetings and data gathering. Depending on timing with other staff tasks, they may be able to assist with development of the SMP [document]. NMED will suport in all these functions in addition to more extensive SMP development.
Q3: To help deliver the scope within the budget, have you considered other potential strategic partnerships, such as with a university, or perhaps a cost-share with the City of Rio Rancho?
- A3: We have not considered other potential strategic partnerships, however, that is something we would like to look into. Partnering with UNM and/or the City of Rio Rancho could be an option.