Twenty-five years ago, Congress passed the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990, which declared “it be the national policy in the United States that pollution should be prevented or reduced at the source whenever feasible”. This week marks National Pollution Prevention (P2) Week, September 21 – 27. P2 Week celebrates the successes of pollution prevention, brings awareness to pollution prevention, and is a call to action.
Pollution Prevention is an essential component to sustainability. P2 has often been referred to as the “gateway” or “cornerstone” of sustainability. It is the tools and approaches of P2 that assist businesses and communities in implementing sustainability. This is highlighted by the Michigan DEQ’s 2015 P2 Week slogan, “Sustainability thru Pollution Prevention”.
Michigan has long been a leader in the promotion of National P2 Week. Including an annual Proclamation by Governor Snyder in support of P2 Week, which highlights opportunities for all of us to take action. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has pulled together P2 Week activities and resources for at home and in business.
Additional information on National Pollution Prevention Week can be found at the U.S. EPA and the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable.