WERC and NMED join forces for pollution prevention activities

WERC: A Consortium for Environmental Education and Technology Development has received a grant of $43,800 from the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED). This grant will fund a portion of the general operational activities of NMED’s Pollution Prevention (P2) Program, ensuring the sustainability of the Green Zia Environmental Excellence Program, an integral part of the Pollution Prevention Program and incorporated into all pollution prevention training sesssions, workshops, education and outreach.

To better succeed at distributing pollution prevention services throughout New Mexico , NMED plans to enter into a Joint Powers Agreement with WERC: A Consortium for Environmental Education and Technology Development, headquartered at New Mexico State University . For the past seven years, WERC has utilized U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding to conduct on-site technical assistance, training and community-based P2 surveys in all parts of the state, including traditionally underserved areas and the Border Region. NMED’s P2 outreach and educational efforts will be strengthened through a closer collaborative agreement with WERC.

Both organizations and staff have a very successful record in obtaining and implementing federal environmental assistance agreements including annual PPG agreements from EPA Region 6 since 1998. NMED operates on numerous EPA grants for its regulatory and outreach efforts in a variety of environmental media. WERC has been the recipient of EPA grants for its Border P2 activities and Small-Scale Chemistry grants from Region 6. Additionally, WERC maintains cooperative agreements with the U.S. Departments of Energy, Interior and Agriculture.

Chief among the outreach and training efforts under this proposal will be a focus on small businesses, expansion of the Green Zia and P2 Partnership Program, statewide distribution of the NMED P2 video, continued H2E training for healthcare facilities and a continued collaboration with the city of Albuquerque on dental amalgam and mercury removal.

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