2017 MVP2 P2 Champion : Peggy Morgan, Washington Dept of Ecology

Over the last three decades, the Department of Ecology’s Peggy Morgan has been a leader in Washington State’s effort to develop pollution prevention programs. The help provided by the state has brought about savings of millions of dollars – $56 million in the last ten years reported by the businesses themselves. Over the two decades of pollution prevention planning, overseen by Peggy, businesses found ways to eliminate 61 percent (approximately 183 million pounds) of Washington’s total annual dangerous waste.
Most recently, Peggy has worked successfully with local governments throughout the state to foster pollution prevention by small businesses, with more than 25,000 voluntary technical assistance site visits by “Local Source Control (LSC) Specialists” from Ecology’s 25 partner jurisdictions since 2008. This free service helps companies improve their practices regarding dangerous wastes, stormwater, solid waste, and spill prevention, to improve both urban water quality and each business’s bottom line. A coworker wrote that Peggy’s lifetime commitment leaves “an outstanding legacy to enhanced environmental protection for our state as well as the United States, she is a wonderful person to work with, and has been an outstanding leader for P2.”