DEQ seeks applicants for recognition as environmentally friendly businesses

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BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality invites Idaho businesses, industries and organizations that incorporate pollution prevention into their daily operations to apply for recognition as “Pollution Prevention Champions.” DEQ will recognize up to four recipients in observation of Pollution Prevention Week this fall.

Businesses, industries and organizations using any method or activity that prevents, eliminates and/or minimizes the production of waste at its source, uses nontoxic or less toxic products, conserves energy or water and/or reuses material rather than throwing it away are eligible to be recognized as Pollution Prevention Champions.

“Pollution prevention is one of the most important ways to protect Idaho’s air, water and land, because it eliminates or reduces pollution before it ever enters the environment,” said Ben Jarvis, DEQ’s Pollution Prevention Projects coordinator.

“We have been privileged to recognize businesses from across the state for their efforts at reducing waste. We want to show how businesses in Idaho are setting the example for how to protect the quality of life that we all enjoy by reducing their impact on the environment,” he said.

Pollution Prevention Champions will have their accomplishments profiled on DEQ’s website. Last year, DEQ recognized Clif Bar, Micron Technology, Esterline/Advanced Input Systems and Sun Valley Bronze for their efforts to reduce pollution.

To apply for or nominate a business, industry or organization for this recognition, fill out an application form on DEQ’s website. Applications are due Sept. 6, 2019. Documented results of pollution prevention activities must be included.

For more information, contact Ben Jarvis at DEQ’s State Office in Boise at 208-373-0146 or email ben.jarvis@deq.idaho.gov.

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