New Hampshire Pollution Prevention Partnership (NHP2P)
P2 Internship Program - Program Description
In December 1993, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES), and the
University of New Hampshire (UNH) established an innovative Pollution Prevention Partnership (Partnership) to begin building pollution prevention
concepts into the UNH Chemical Engineering Program, while simultaneously assisting New Hampshire companies with the difficult task of balancing
environmental protection and economic considerations. The Partnership recognizes that future engineers, and other professionals in a wide range of
disciplines, will play a key role in ensuring environmental quality and a healthy
economy through pollution prevention (P2).
The Partnership established the Pollution Prevention Student Internship Program (P2I) in the Summer of 1994. The Internship Program teams UNH students (mostly Chemical Engineering) with interested companies to work on P2 and energy efficiency projects over the summer with 1 goal: to reduce or eliminate risk, waste and pollution and therefore save money!
P2I has been very successful, and the feedback from the previous years' sponsors and interns are highly positive. Most sponsors have reported improved public image and some have been able to quantify significant annual cost savings as a result of utilizing the UNH P2 Internship program. In fact, one company reported savings of $500,000 in the summer of 1995. The total P2I savings are over $2,800,000 (two million and eight hundred thousand dollars).
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