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MVP2 Awards Recognize Regional P2 Stars

September 3, 2013

Though they don’t receive the same press as Most Valuable Players of major sports, the Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Award (MVP2) winners are heroes who post equally impressive statistics. The 2013 MVP2 recipients lead programs that have collectively reduced hazardous materials by 757,000 pounds, non-hazardous materials by 7.8 million pounds, water use by 484 million gallons, air emissions by 137 million pounds, and energy use by 484 million kWh.

The MVP2 awards, presented by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR), celebrate the success of innovators in the areas of pollution prevention and sustainability. Jeffrey Burke, Executive Director of NPPR, says that the awards show how organizations can realize cost savings and enhance environmental quality at the same time. “These organizations have clearly demonstrated that pollution prevention is beneficial to both the environment and the economy,” Burke said.

2013 award recipients include a number of faces and organizations local to the Northwest. Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Scott Butner – current PPRC Board Member, photographer, and an active member of numerous pollution prevention advisory groups. Watson Furniture, a leader in low-impact manufacturing processes and waste reduction efforts, received an Honorable Mention.

P2Rx Regional Centers and individuals were also recognized. The Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center received a Projects / Programs Award. And Donna Walden, intrepid coordinator of the Western Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Network (WSPPN), received a Volunteer of the Year Award.

These prestigious awards will be presented at a ceremony in Washington, DC on September 18, 2013, as part of national Pollution Prevention week (Sept. 15th – 21st).

PPRC is also pleased to announce that Ken Zarker was re-elected to NPPR’s Board of Directors. Zarker,  manager for the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Pollution Prevention and Regulatory Assistance Section, has been actively involved in reducing hazardous wastes and toxics for over twenty-five years.

For more info on the MVP2 awards, check out NPPR’s website.

- Communications Manager

 

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