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University of Idaho, Moscow, recognized for pollution prevention achievements

Friday, September 22, 2017

MOSCOW – The University of Idaho has been recognized as a “Pollution Prevention Champion” by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for its successful efforts to reduce pollution generated from its Moscow campus steam plant.

“The University of Idaho is a leading research institution not only in Idaho, but around the world. Improving the efficiency of the university’s steam plant shows leadership and innovation that are hallmarks of our treasured institutions of higher learning” observed Ben Jarvis, DEQ’s pollution prevention coordinator.

Pollution prevention is any technique used to reduce or eliminate pollution generated. In contrast to most pollution control strategies that manage a pollutant’s effect on the environment after it has been generated, pollution prevention seeks to eliminate or minimize the amount of toxicity of wastes and pollutants before they are generated.

To qualify as a candidate for pollution prevention recognition, the University of Idaho submitted an application to DEQ demonstrating how they had incorporated pollution prevention into daily operations by reducing raw materials or toxic materials purchased, hazardous or solid waste generated, water, energy or fuel used, or air pollutants emitted.

“The University of Idaho’s focus to improve efficiency in its steam plant will result in less wood and natural gas consumption and generate fewer air emissions. The improved efficiency will also reduce the university's cost to purchase fuel for the steam plant boiler. As a respected research institution, we hope that others can learn from the university’s efforts and follow their lead to reduce their impact to the environment.” noted Jarvis.

For more information on how to put pollution prevention to work for your business, contact Ben Jarvis at (208) 373-0146 or

Media Contact

Pollution Prevention Projects Coordinator
Ben Jarvis
DEQ State Office
Director's Office
1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 373-0146

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