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Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations

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Feedback from the client survey:
"The training received and assistance given over the years has been extremely helpful in the performance of my job."

In the 2001 NBEP survey of clients:
100% felt NBEP provided information that was helpful and easy to understand.
95% felt that NBEP understood their operations well.
80% had recommended NBEP services to others.

Between 1999 and 2002 NBEP has:

  • Published 12 newsletters
  • Produced 10 fact sheets
  • Responded to approximately 2000 phone calls
  • Trained over 3,000 people
  • Conducted over 200 on-site technical assistance visits to businesses.

Grant Case Study: Nevada Business Environmental Program (NBEP)

Expert technical assistance helps Nevada businesses reduce costs and improve environmental performance

With funding from the U.S. EPA Pollution Prevention Grants program (formerly PPIS), the Nevada Business Environmental Program (NBEP) at the University of Nevada-Reno provides free and confidential regulatory and Pollution Prevention assistance to Nevada businesses. NBEP clients include the agriculture sector, auto repair shops, dry cleaners, hotels and motels, mines, metal finishers, and government operations.

Cumulatively, businesses saved a total of $223,500 over a one year period by adopting waste reduction practices recommended by NBEP. NBEP's on-site consultations help Nevada businesses save money and reduce hazardous waste generation by providing expert one-on-one assistance. NBEP's recommendations are tailored to the site's specific conditions which helps Nevada businesses focus on the most effective solutions to improving their environmental performance.

The following charts highlight cost-savings and waste reduced as a result of NBEP's work with small businesses:

Annual cost savings by Nevada businesses attributed to NBEP assistance grew from $37,500 to $391,600 in 2001
Annual cost savings by Nevada businesses attributed to NBEP assistance
In 2000, 114 Lbs. of hazardous waste were reduced.  In 2001, 723,640 pounds were reduced.

Hazardous Waste Reduction (lbs/yr)

For more information about the Nevada Business Environmental Program contact huetteman.tom@epa.gov (huetteman.tom@epa.gov) at (415)-972-3751.

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