New York State Pollution Prevention Institute

The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) is a research and technology transfer center funded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. It promotes cost-effective methods to conserve energy, reduce waste and improve performance. NYSP2I is comprised of a partnership between Rochester Institute of Technology (where its headquarters are located), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Clarkson University, University of Buffalo and the ten New York State Regional Technology Development Centers (RTDCs).

NYSP2I’s purpose is to promote the transformation and development of sustainability within businesses and organizations statewide in a collaborative program to make New York a green leader. P2I strives to provide comprehensive and integrated programs of research, technology development and diffusion, outreach and training and education in order to reduce toxic chemical use, emissions, waste generation and to efficiently use raw materials, energy and water. To achieve statewide coverage of pollution prevention programs and services, NYSP2I will partner with RTDCs, technical providers in the public and private sectors, universities and nonprofit organizations.

NYPS2I offers various programs and services to reach their goals. These include direct client assistance programs to develop cost-effective and environmentally friendly solutions to companies; professional training and outreach workshops offered to companies, government agencies and non-profit organizations such as Workshop on Sustainability Strategies and Green Engineering Workshop; research and development services through partner universities; industry specific initiatives to solve common environmental problems in a particular industry sector; community grants program to provide funding and technical support for projects that raise awareness of pollution prevention practices; academic programs focusing on green chemistry; life cycle assessment to reduce the environmental impact of a product; sustainable supply chain and technology program to teach New York State manufacturers to use global sustainable manufacturing and green supply chain; and the Green Technology Accelerator Center (GTAC) to accelerate the introduction of sustainable technologies into the market. The GTAC and Sustainable Supply Chain and Technology Program are part of the new Green Initiative Programs that was launched on April 26, 2012. The new initiative is aimed to create opportunities for sustainable innovation, environmental stewardship and production efficiency.