Welcome to the Montana Pollution Prevention Program (MTP2), a program of MSU Extension proudly serving Montana since 1992. 

The MTP2 Program is dedicated to helping the state's small businesses, local governments and citizens use progressive, integrated pollution prevention (P2) strategies to increase productivity, while safeguarding our air, water, land and other natural resources. 

Below are services available to help Montanans meet and exceed regulatory requirements and promote their achievements:

P2  NEWS 

  • The MT Pollution Prevention (P2) program recently won a $989,000 two-year grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  

    With funds from the grant, the Montana Pollution Prevention Program and MMEC will offer onsite technical assistance and training, including source reduction techniques, best management practices, safer chemical use and pollution prevention outreach and educational activities for small businesses. A portion of the facilities working with the program and MMEC will receive energy audits from the National Center for Appropriate Technology to identify energy conservation opportunities. To share results and transferability of programming throughout the state, the grant will also allow the Montana Pollution Prevention Program to expand its partnerships network for the cumulative benefit of statewide stakeholders.  

    “We are honored, once again, to be awarded the EPA pollution prevention grant to continue this integral work with small businesses,” Grossenbacher said. “This program can benefit an assortment of stakeholders, including breweries, wineries, distilleries, malters, coffee roasters and food manufacturers, including sugar beet, cereal grain, meat, dairy and pulse crop processors. We encourage any business in the food and beverage industry to reach out to us for assistance.”

    Grossenbacher noted that onsite technical assistance will be capped at 10 businesses per year, but the insights gained and lessons learned will be available via a webinar series to help other businesses unable to participate in the hands-on training. 

  • September 17-23 is National Pollution Prevention (P2) week!  See how you can make a difference at home and work with the links below.   

  • CLEAN ENERGY FAIR 2018:  Saturday, Aug. 11 @ the Gallatin County Fairgrounds 

    Please join the Montana Renewable Energy Association for ythe8th Annual Montana Clean Energy Fair on Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 9a-4p at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds (901 N. Black Ave.) in Bozeman, MT.  The fair will include workshops on solar, wind, electric vehicles, energy efficiency, and other clean energy technologies; exhibits by clean energy businesses; and an electric car show. Plus there will be food vendors and kids' activities including a bouncy castle, solar ovens, and model solar car races.
  •  Ecostar Pollution Prevention award winners recognized                                    “It is a great honor for me to get to recognize the meaningful differences that you are making,” Bullock said at the awards reception. “It is not just the right thing to do for some ethereal reason; it is also the most efficient thing to do. It’s a way to build our businesses and protect our environment, and it’s the economic thing to do. You are the leaders making a contribution to the greater good for all of Montana from all corners of the state.”  "Thisyear, the EcoStar award winners saved over 30 million gallons of water, conserved 179,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, reduced 1.6 million pounds of solid waste and 56,276 pounds of hazardous waste, eliminated 177 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions and saved $335,172 through their pollution prevention efforts," said Jenny Grossenbacher, director of the Montana Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Program for MSU Extension.  “These are clearly significant impacts on the state of Montana’s environment and economy, but it’s not just about the numbers. It is also about (the businesses') vision and leadership, as well as their innovativeness and inspiration. They are leaders for our state,” Grossenbacher said.
  •  MSU environmental scientist wins grant to determine what effect forest management decisions have on forest ecology from local to regional to continental scales.  

    Most of the world’s forests are managed at relatively local scales to provide goods and services such as wood, biodiversity and purified water, Kleindl said. But at large scales, forests play an important role in things like regulating weather or providing connections between biomes, large naturally occurring communities of flora and fauna.  “As a result, cumulative changes in management practices that influence forest structure and productivity also influence climate, hydrology and biodiversity,” he said. “Yet, little is known about how these cumulative forest management decisions influence forest ecology from regional to continental scales.”

 

 

  • MSU Extension calls for pollution prevention award nominations                                                                         “We are looking for Montana’s business and community leaders that are preserving and prioritizing the health of not only our environment but also our economic resources,” Grossenbacher said. “These folks deserve to be honored for their contributions and leadership to the entire region.” According to Grossenbacher, the EcoStar award winners’ pollution prevention efforts average approximately 7.5 million gallons of water saved, 1.25 billion British Thermal Units of energy conserved, 50,000 pounds of hazardous waste reduced and over $350,000 saved per year.

 

  • Celebrate National Pollution Prevention Week: Sept 18-24, 2017 

    Pollution prevention (P2) means reducing or eliminating sources of pollution to prevent damage to the environment while also eliminating the need for costly controls and cleanup.  During Pollution Prevention Week, we congratulate our state partners, industry and citizens - pat yourself on the back for the progress you've made!  https://www.epa.gov/p2week 

 

  • EPA's Power Profiler

    With just a few clicks of your mouse and a zip code, consumers can see how their individual energy use is affecting the Earth. EPA's Power Profiler calculates how much air pollution results from individual electricity and how to reduce the impact. http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/powerprofiler.htm

 

  •   Computers left on at night cost U.S. businesses $1.7 billion

    Nearly half of all corporate PCs in the US are not regularly switched off at night, costing US businesses $1.72 billion in energy and causing emissions of 14.4 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, according to recently released PC Energy Awareness report.  http://www.greenercomputing.com/news_third.cfm?NewID=35310