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EcoStar Pollution Prevention Award applicants and nominees sought

December 14, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - All Montana small businesses and non-profits, including agriculture, manufacturing, education, hospitality, healthcare, etc., can apply to be recognized for outstanding pollution prevention efforts through the MSU Extension Pollution Prevention EcoStar award program.

The EcoStar program, now in its 13th year, recognizes Montana businesses and organizations that are championing sustainability. These businesses are surpassing state and federal requirements to reduce solid and hazardous waste generation, conserving valuable resources such as water, energy and clean air, and serving as role models for the state with pollution prevention efforts and sustainable business models.

"The Ecostar award provides well-deserved recognition to Montanans who are diligently working to preserve and protect our environmental resources while creating a sustainable business model," said coordinator Jenny Grossenbacher. "It is also an opportunity to lead by example and demonstrate to other businesses how they can save money while protecting Montana's environment."

The 21 Ecostar award winners from 2011 saved more than $652,000 for their businesses, in part by saving more than six million gallons of water, conserving over 1.6 million heating BTUs, and reducing 1.1 million pounds of hazardous waste.

"This is a significant impact on the state of Montana and serves as an excellent model for business," Grossenbacher said.

To be considered for the 2012 EcoStar award program, complete an online application before January 15, 2013 at Nominations are also accepted for this voluntary and non-regulatory program by contacting Jenny Grossenbacher at

More information, including past winners and applications, can be found online at

Jenny Grossenbacher, Pollution Prevention Coordinator, MSU Extension Housing and Environmental Health,, (406) 994-4292.