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Pollution prevention workshops teach businesses how to save money with sustainability

News Release — 15 August 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media contact: Susan Slupecki, (817) 272-7078, slupecki@uta.edu

ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at Arlington is offering a pollution prevention (P2) planning workshop to help 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 (WRPA).

Held in partnership with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the workshop will teach lean manufacturing techniques and other strategies that businesses have used to improve efficiency while decreasing or eliminating pollution. Experts in pollution prevention, environmental management systems (EMS), environmental regulations, lean manufacturing and energy efficiency conduct an interactive workshop with classroom exercises that allow businesses to immediately identify wastes 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 2007, workshop participants reported savings of more than $200,000 by implementing pollution prevention practices. They also eliminated more than 11,000 pounds of pollution, and reported improvement in compliance, energy use and water conservation.

Workshop dates and locations are as follows:

Sept. 16-17, 2008 – Austin
Sheraton Austin Hotel

Oct. 2-3, 2008 – Houston
H.E.S.S. Center

Oct. 15-16, 2008 – Corpus Christi
Ortiz Center

Nov. 5-6, 2008 – Dallas/Fort Worth
UT Arlington Automation & Robotics Research Institute

Visit http://www.uta.edu/ced/static/environment-home.shtml to register. Visit http://www.zerowastenetwork.org/workshops/p2workshops.cfm or contact Katherine McCrea at admin@zerowastenetwork.org or (512) 904-2281 for more information. Go to http://www.p2plan.org/ for more information on P2 planning requirements.

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