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Origin of P2 Week


Pollution Prevention Week began in 1992 in California at the local grass
roots level.  The third week of September was designated as Pollution
Prevention Week by local government officials and organization heads
throughout California to promote and highlight pollution prevention (i.e.,
source reduction) efforts.  Since that time, celebration of this week has
spread through the rest of the country.  In 1995, the event moved to the
national level and has steadily grown.  For the past three years,
government agencies, business groups, and community organizations from over
35 states held activities to promote National Pollution Prevention Week (P2

P2 Week has become a valuable opportunity for government agencies, business
groups, and community organizations to work together to highlight the
importance of pollution prevention.  The week provides a chance to
publicize year long pollution prevention efforts.  Over the past couple
years, the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) served as a
national point of contact for the week.  The NPPR is the largest national
membership association solely devoted to the improvement of environmental
quality and economic competitiveness through pollution prevention.  The
organization was founded in 1985 to support efforts by state and local
governments to develop and implement pollution prevention programs.  Voting
membership is comprised of P2 practitioners from state, local and tribal
government P2 programs, and affiliate members are from academic
institutions, federal government programs, NIST- sponsored Manufacturing
Extension Partnership programs, and private industry. 

In 1996, NPPR and its Local Government Workgroup produced a "P2 Week
Planning Guide and Compendium of Activities."  In 1997, NPPR issued an
updated booklet of activities.  Now, NPPR has a detailed version of 1998
and planned 1999 activities on our website (www.p2.org) [currently under
development -- will be on-line soon].  NPPR also have a plethora of
resources from other states, local and businesses that primarily focus on 3
areas of P2 Week celebration: promotion of internal P2 activities,
education and community outreach, and business and industry P2.  NPPR
produces posters every year that organizations can use to promote the week
if they want them, and we help get and circulate a Presidential message for
the Week.

Events listed in NPPR's lists are the result of outreach efforts of the
NPPR, and may not include all activities celebrated during P2 Week.  To be
included in future updates of this publication, please contact Michele
Russo at NPPR via fax at (202) 466-7964 or via e-mail at
michelerusso@compuserve.com.  For further information about any of the
listed specific events or activities, please contact the event coordinator
at the beginning of each summary.  

Hope this helps,

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