June 26, 2001
What is Pollution Prevention (P2)?
Agriculture and industry rely on clean, safe water, soil, air and an
ongoing supply of natural resources. Plus, when you take steps to
prevent pollution, you are also reducing wastes, conserving energy, saving
money and improving lab and workshop safety. Understanding the philosophy
and practices of P2 allows us to do this.
Agricultural educators in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Montana and North and South Dakota face some definite barriers in managing waste. Because of the geographic isolation of many communities in this region, it is often difficult to take advantage of recycling and proper disposal. This is why pollution prevention is especially important. When pollution prevention is practiced, the amount of waste is drastically reduced. Proper disposal methods do exist for unavoidable wastes, and should be practiced.
Where should educators apply P2?
Pollution prevention can be incorporated into
everyday activities and in agricultural and vocational laboratories P2
can be applied in the classroom, mechanics lab, wood lab,
greenhouses and farm plots, animal confinement areas, welding/metals lab,
painting booths/areas, and any other similar teaching areas. These labs
can produce the same wastes as their counterparts in industry and production