National Pollution Prevention Roundtable

National Pollution Prevention Roundtable

As the largest membership organization in the United States devoted solely to Pollution Prevention (P2), NPPR acts as a window on the P2 community. The mission of the Roundtable is to provide a national forum for promoting the development, implementation, and evaluation of efforts to avoid, eliminate, or reduce pollution at the source (i.e. source reduction instead of traditional end-of pipe methods). NPPR’s members are comprised of the country’s preeminent P2 experts from regional resource centers, state and local government programs, small business assistance networks, non-profit groups, industry associations, federal agencies, and academia.

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Mission Statement

The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) is a national forum that promotes the development, implementation, and evaluation of efforts to avoid, eliminate, or reduce waste generated to air, land, and water.

The sustainable and efficient use of energy, materials and resources is vital to the protection and enhancement of human health and the environment, and the conservation of natural resources.

These efforts are integral to accelerate the shift towards sustainable consumption and production to promote environmentally responsible social and economic development.

Goal 1: Information Exchange – Advance pollution prevention by maintaining and improving opportunities for exchanging ideas and facilitating coordination of efforts.


A.     Maintain and improve annual NPPR conferences as important forums for exchanging ideas and meeting member service needs.
B.     Increase access to member network expertise by facilitating communication through all available media.
C.     Enhance effectiveness of workgroups.
D.    Support and improve a national pollution prevention information clearinghouse.
E.     Support and promote pollution prevention activities of regional roundtables and academic pollution prevention initiatives.

Goal 2: Public Policy – Advance pollution prevention by influencing the development and implementation of policies, legislation and regulations.


A.     Educate policy makers on the concept of pollution prevention.
B.     Utilize members, through workgroups and advisory council, to identify and influence federal policy issues.
C.     Support members’ efforts to identify and influence state and local policy issues.
D.    Cooperate with external partners to affect public policy.

Goal 3: Education – Promote education and awareness of pollution prevention concepts, programs, methods, accomplishments, and benefits.


A.     Ensure pollution prevention providers have access to new technologies or program developments.
B.     Support and facilitate pollution prevention training opportunities.
C.     Support the development and distribution of educational pollution prevention information.

Goal 4: External Partnerships – Foster constructive, mutually beneficial relationships with other organizations which have related missions.


A.     In order to achieve greater collaboration, strengthen and broaden partnerships with organizations which represent public and/or private interests.
B.     Work with potential partners to establish mechanisms for identifying and addressing issues of common concern.

Goal 5: Funding – Provide leadership and coordination that supports sustainable funding opportunities for pollution prevention.


A.     Advocate funding opportunities for pollution prevention efforts.
B.     Ensure that the NPPR is funded at a level that supports member services and organizational goals and objectives.

Pollution is the contamination of air, soil, or water by the discharge of harmful substances. Pollution prevention is the reduction or elimination of pollution at the source (source reduction) instead of at the end-of-the-pipe or stack. Pollution prevention occurs when raw materials, water, energy and other resources are utilized more efficiently, when less harmful substances are substituted for hazardous ones, and when toxic substances are eliminated from the production process. By reducing the use and production of hazardous substances, and by operating more efficiently we protect human health, strengthen our economic well-being, and preserve the environment.

Source reduction allows for the greatest and quickest improvements in environmental protection by avoiding the generation of waste and harmful emissions. Source reduction makes the regulatory system more efficient by reducing the need for end-of-pipe environmental control by government.

NPPR supports multi-media P2 approaches which work to solve environmental problems holistically and do not only focus on pollution in a single medium (air, land, or water). Well-intentioned rules, regulations and solutions that are not multi-media sometimes exacerbate existing conditions by creating larger problems to other media that are not accounted for by a single media-specific solution. Many times this can result in the transfer of pollution from one medium to another. For example, in some cases, by requiring hazardous air emission controls for industrial facilities, other problems might result, such as pollutants being transferred to underground drinking water through the residual sludge.

What are the Economic Incentives for Pollution Prevention?

Adopting pollution prevention practices and techniques often benefits industry by lowering a company’s operational and environmental compliance costs. By preventing the generation of waste, P2 can also reduce or eliminate long-term liabilities and clean-up costs. Furthermore, disposal costs are reduced when the volume of waste is decreased. This can also lead to a reduction in workplace exposures to hazardous materials which can affect workers’ health and hence, their productivity. If less waste is produced, there will also be a diminished need for on-site storage space. Furthermore, by preventing pollution there will be a greater likelihood that a company will be in compliance with local, state, and federal compliance statutes. Finally, as community pillars, businesses shoulder an important responsibility for protecting the environment and natural resources for their own good as well as that of society.