2018 Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Project Awards

The 2018 Most Valuable Pollution Prevention (MVP2) awards presented by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) celebrate the successes of innovators in the areas of pollution prevention and sustainability.

Fred-Granek-P2-Ambassador-Award: Ken Geiser, Professor Emeritus, Distinguished University Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Ken Geiser
Ken Geiser

Ken Geiser, Professor Emeritus, Distinguished University Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, is one of the premiere P2 personalities, having played a key role in  conceiving and organizing the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act and serving as the first director of the Toxics Use Reduction Institute.  NPPR recognizes him today for his more recent Chemicals without Harm: Solutions for a Sustainable World, which elaborates on his vision of how we can change to safer substitutes, and his surveys of chemical use throughout the world performed for the United Nations, the Global Chemicals Outlook report, (performed with Rachel Massey).  This review of trends in the production and use of toxic chemicals in developing countries is essential for any policy expert, official, or citizen concerned with how we may reduce toxic exposures and contamination.

P2 Champion: Global Foundries, Malta, New York 

This is Global Foundries’ (GF) third win, demonstrating that their extraordinary commitment to pollution prevention is not limited to one facility. GF has continued their previous award-winning P2 effort at their Vermont facility, eliminating 184,000 gallons of hazardous waste, and has had extraordinary achievements in New York, eliminating over 10,000 tons of hazardous chemical annually, while implementing improvements to manufacturing quality and throughput.

P2 Educator of the Year: Mary Butow, Toxics Use Reduction Institute, Massachusetts

Mary Butow
Mary Butow

Mary Butow is the librarian of the Toxics Use Reduction, and in that position has provided research support for the Science Advisory Board and to a many others for many years.  She provides the excellent training “Beyond the MSDS”, taking students, researchers, concerned citizens, industrial engineers, product designers, other professionals through the bewildering maze of chemical databases and resources on chemical safety.  Making these extensive and underutilized knowledge resources available to help people understand chemical risks, compare them, and reduce them, is a critical step in developing safer practices and processes.






P2 Program: Widmer Brothers Brewery, Portland Oregon

Widmer Brothers logoCraft Brew Alliance, in a project is implemented at Widmer Brothers Brewery of Portland, Oregon, reduced 60 % (6,000 pounds) of discharges of total suspended solids, and 11% (10,000 lbs) of Biological Oxygen Demand by identifying behavior-based changes and equipment to keep high strength waste from the drain.  Aspects of this project are already being shared across the industry and within the region. The successes of this project will be transferred to other breweries within the Craft Brew Alliance portfolio.

P2 Student of the Year: Puja Vengadasalam, 11th grader in Princeton Junction, New Jersey 

Puja Vengadasalam
Puja Vengadasalam

Eleventh grader Puja Vengadasalam proposed to the South Plainfield, New Jersey librarian a project to turn 5-12 year olds into earth champions for life – an “EcoCamp” that used Crafts, Arts, Movies and making Pledges to communicate engage participants into young environment specialists.  Two workshops were held at the library and a website has been established.  The Mayor South Plainfield was a participant and supports an annual event.  Library Director Linda Hansen commented that “equally significant is that Puja Vengadasalam was able to involve all stake holders and give EcoCampers a chance to interact with decision makers on showcase day…On showcase day, Puja also organized a demonstration of an electric car, so EcoCampers could realize that going fossil free was possible and smart. Puja also involved the Press who ran writeups on EcoCamp.”





Best Multi-media: Washing Systems, Loveland, OH

Left to Right Roy Praechter-VP of R&D; John Walroth CEO, John Koduru, Director of Safety, Regulatory and Quality
Left to Right
Roy Praechter-VP of R&D; John Walroth CEO, John Koduru, Director of Safety, Regulatory and Quality

Washing Systems of Loveland, OH, a two-time winner (first MVP in 2013), eliminated Nonylphenol Ethoxylates (NPE) from their commercial laundry detergents by replacing them with chemistries meeting EPA Design for the Environment (DfE) criteria.  Washing Systems also eliminated phosphates and EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid), a persistent compound with hazardous degradation products.  The company also eliminated petroleum solvents from solvent/detergent specialty formulas, replacing aromatic and aliphatic hydrocarbons with a non-hazardous, biodegradable, bio-based product. Water and energy use have also been reduced 19% and 17% respectively.


P2 Volunteer of the Year: Dan Wartenberg, Epidemiologist, New Jersey

danprofDan Wartenberg was an epidemiologist at Rutgers University for many years, an early practitioner of what has become known as community-based participatory research.  This award is in recognition of his volunteering himself and his expertise to the cause of better understanding of chemical risks. Dan stood out as something who would take calls from reporters and communities, spending a very long time explaining the science behind community concerns. Dan has early-onset Alzheimer’s and can no longer volunteer his valuable advice to communities, for example to avoid studies that would have limited statistical power, take much time to conduct, and therefore add little to the discussion of risk management options.  He can also no longer serve as a volunteer fireman, or on the county hazmat team.  This recognition is not for his work during the past year, but for his continuous contribution over the decades. “He took calls from communities where others might not have spent the time. As his memory failed, and he didn’t remember the word ‘epidemiologist’, he said he worked with communities.  That’s what his heart felt, and his head.”

These organizations and individuals have clearly demonstrated that pollution prevention is beneficial to both the environment and the economy. The MVP2 Awards are awarded in seven categories, past recipients are listed on our Past MVP2 Recipients page. If you would like more information, please send us an email at admin@p2.org.