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MSU Extension seeks EcoStar Pollution Prevention Award applicants, nominees

January 6, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN – Montana small businesses and non-profits from all arenas, including agriculture, manufacturing, education, hospitality, healthcare, etc., are encouraged to apply for recognition of their outstanding pollution prevention efforts through the MSU Extension Pollution Prevention EcoStar Award program.

The EcoStar program, now in its 14th year, recognizes Montana businesses and organizations that are championing pollution preventionby: 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 their pollution-prevention efforts. EcoStar award winners receive recognition through media exposure and networking opportunities.

“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. It is also an opportunity to lead by example and demonstrate to other businesses how they can save money while protecting Montana’s environment, said Jenny Grossenbacher, Extension coordinator for the Pollution Prevention EcoStar Award program. “Last year’s 22 Ecostar winners from 17 Montana communities saved more than $427,700 for their businesses, in part by saving more than 6.9 million gallons of water, conserving more than 2.5 billion British thermal units (BTUs) in heating, and reducing 41,493 pounds of hazardous waste. This is a significant impact on the state of Montana and serves as an excellent model for business.”

To be considered for the 2013 EcoStar award program, complete an online application before January 30, 2014, at http://www.mtp2.org/ecostar.html. Nominations are also accepted for this voluntary and non-regulatory program by contacting Jenny Grossenbacher at jenniferg@montana.edu.

More information, including past winners and applications, can be found online at http://www.mtp2.org/ecostar.html.

Contact: Jenny Grossenbacher, jenniferg@montana.edu, (406) 994-4292