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Celebrating 20 Years of Pollution Prevention in Indiana

20th Annual Pollution Prevention Conference and Tradeshow

  • Conference Materials
  • Conference Presentations
  • Conference Press Release and Photos
  • Continuing Education Units:
    • Wastewater Operators (WWT17-3142-TO3-G2.5)
      • 3 technical hours and 2.5 general hours
    • Drinking Water Operators (PWSG17-6229)
      • 7 general hours
    • Professional Engineers and Certified Hazardous Materials Managers
      • 7 professional hours
  • Continuing Legal Education: 5.1 non-legal subject credits (Course # 222769)

About the Conference

The 20th Annual Pollution Prevention Conference and Tradeshow was held on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at the Palms Banquet and Conference Center in Plainfield, Indiana. This year’s conference theme was “Celebrating 20 Years of Pollution Prevention in Indiana.” This milestone year of the conference took place during Pollution Prevention Week as proclaimed by Governor Eric Holcomb for September 18 through 24, 2017.

Nearly two hundred attendees learned about innovative pollution prevention technologies being used in Indiana and how implementing pollution prevention (P2) can save facilities money. Keynote speakers included Mr. Tom Neltner, Chemicals Policy Director of the Environmental Defense Fund and Mr. Sam George, managing partner for Rivergreen Water Recycling. Both Mr. Neltner and Mr. George were principal founders of the Indiana Partners for Pollution Prevention and shared their perspective on the founding and early days of the Partners for Pollution Prevention as well as how it’s changed over the last 20 years.

Pollution Prevention Training: Managing Risks through Pollution Prevention

IDEM hosted Thomas Vinson from Zero Waste Network at the University of Texas at Arlington and Bruce Taylor and Lloyd Hipel from Enviro-Stewards Inc. to provide this training. The training focused on identifying risks that a typical industry might encounter and identifying ways to insert pollution prevention ideas into processes to reduce these identified risks. The presentations are available from the training as well as contact information for the trainers.

Partners’ Recognition

The Partners for Pollution Prevention inducted the following new members into the organization at the conference: ARaymond Tinnerman; Decatur Plastic Products; and PK USA. These businesses join more than 95 other Indiana Partners that are already adopting pollution prevention (P2) strategies, increasing efficiency and saving money.

The Partners for Pollution Prevention also started a scholarship fund in honor of the “20 years of Pollution Prevention in Indiana.” Megan Townsend, Purdue University, was presented the Partners for Pollution Prevention Scholarship at the annual conference. Megan is a junior in Environmental and Ecological Engineering. Anthony Smith, Ball State, also received a scholarship, but was unable to attend the conference. Anthony is focusing on the environmental management track of Natural Resources and Environmental Management. Indiana University's recipient is yet to be named.

21st Annual Pollution Prevention Conference and Tradeshow: September 2018

Due to construction and management changes, the Annual Pollution Prevention Conference and Tradeshow will not be hosted at the Palms in Plainfield. The Partners Executive Committee is diligently working to secure a location that accommodates the size and needs of the group and is reasonably priced. Once a facility is secured, the date of the Conference will be announced. It is likely that the cost of attendee registrations and exhibitor spaces will increase to cover the costs of a new venue.