The Pollution Prevention Institute at Kansas State University received a grant of $ 333,000 from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, or KDHE, to provide free and confidential environmental compliance assistance to small businesses in Kansas.
Nancy Larson, director of the Pollution Prevention Institute, said the funding will allow the program to provide a variety of services, including on-site technical assistance, an environmental hotline, training for Kansas industries and the development of tools such as videos, guidance documents and online resources under the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program, or SBEAP.
âKansas small businesses and manufacturers are a vital part of the state’s economy,â Larson said. âThis program provides small businesses with confidential environmental permitting and compliance assistance and training resources, helping businesses simplify complex regulatory obligations, improve compliance rates, improve sustainability and reduce costs. “
Although funding is requested and approved on an annual basis, SBEAP and KDHE are long-standing partners, with funding provided at various levels for nearly 30 years. The program plans to help several hundred Kansas small businesses while capturing compliance rates, customer feedback, and environmental metrics.
Engineering Extension programs, including the Pollution Prevention Institute, are independent leaders in providing technical assistance, training and awareness for Carl R. Ice College of Engineering, imparting knowledge to the citizens of Kansas and the nation in service of the land grant mission.