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Friday, September 11, 2009

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Media Contact: Herb Booth, Office:817-272-7075, Cell:214-546-1082, hbooth@uta.edu

ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at Arlington is offering an interactive pollution-prevention (P2) planning workshop Sept. 23-24, at the Automation and Robotics Research Institute, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. South in Fort Worth.

The workshop is aimed at helping businesses save money by reducing waste, bringing economic benefits through environmental improvement. The course also will help companies comply with the Texas Waste Reduction Policy Act.

Zero Waste Network, in conjunction with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, will teach lean manufacturing techniques and other strategies that businesses can use to improve efficiency while decreasing or eliminating pollution. Experts in pollution prevention, environmental management systems, environmental regulations, lean manufacturing and energy efficiency will lead businesses in hands on exercises to identify waste in their process and evaluate money-saving options.

The workshop is geared toward environmental, health and safety managers, plant managers, production personnel, engineers and related professionals. In past years, workshop participants reported savings of more than $200,000 by implementing pollution prevention practices. They also eliminated more than 12,000 pounds of pollution and reported improvement in compliance, energy use and water conservation.

An additional one-day course, Pollution Prevention and Lean Principles, is being offered in conjunction with this workshop. Completion of this in-depth training on lean manufacturing, implementation of P2 plans and other green business opportunities can be applied as an elective towards the UT-Arlington OSHA Education Center's Safety, Health and Environmental Professional Certification.

Register at www.uta.edu/ded/env. Contact Tamara Kowalski at admin@zerowastenetwork.org or 512-904-2281 for more information.

Visit www.zerowastenetwork.org/workshops/index.cfm or www.p2plan.org/ for more information as well.

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