Pollution Prevention Institute at RIT accepting Community Grants Program applications


The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute  is accepting applications for the organization’s 2022-2023 Community Grants Program.

Founded in 2008, the program is part of the NYSP2I’s ongoing efforts to continue improving the health and environmental quality of New York state. Eligible applicants — which must be New York state-based community organizations and/or local governmental agencies — are invited to apply for funding to support community-based projects that promote public awareness, understanding, and implementation of pollution-prevention practices. The application deadline is 5 p.m. April 15.

“The Community Grants Program is designed to support local initiatives that raise public awareness and understanding of environmental issues, and that lead to adoption of sustainable practices,” said Charles Ruffing, NYSP2I’s director.

“The goal is to support communities at the grassroots level across the Empire State by providing much-needed financial and technical support for projects and initiatives, and to create a toolbox of resources that can be easily shared and replicated by other organizations,” he added.

According to NYSP2I, competitive applications utilize partnerships and collaborations with other organizations; demonstrate a broad community impact; address populations and communities that are affected by or susceptible to environmental harms and risk; easy to replicate and used by other organizations; located in Environmental Justice communities; and demonstrate an ability to obtain funding from additional sources.

For information on the Community Grants Program, contact Ambika Walker, NYSP2I’s program manager, Outreach and Education, at apwgis@rit.edu or 585-475-2399.

About the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute

The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute is a partnership between the Rochester Institute of Technology, and the university’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability, Binghamton University, Clarkson University, Cornell University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with a statewide reach. NYSP2I also works with the state’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership to help disseminate data and strategy.

NYSP2I’s goal is to make the state more sustainable for workers, the public, the environment, and the economy through pollution prevention. Pollution prevention is reducing or eliminating waste at the source by modifying production processes, promoting the use of non-toxic or less-toxic substances, implementing conservation techniques, and reusing materials rather than putting them into the waste stream.


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