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Iowa Companies Team with Pollution Prevention Intern Program
Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Iowa DNR
DES MOINES – The Iowa DNR has selected 14 businesses to participate in its 2014 Pollution Prevention Intern Program. Upper-level college and university students work on-site at Iowa companies for 12- or 24-week paid internships to research solutions and implement pollution prevention strategies that will increase efficiency, reduce costs and help meet companies’  environmental goals.

Since 2001, more than 160 Iowa companies, hospitals, universities and government agencies have participated in the unique program, accumulating more than $71.7 million in savings as a result of using resources more efficiently and improving environmental performance.

Environmental benefits achieved include the reduction of:
  • more than 1.3 billion gallons of water;
  • 207,600 tons of solid waste;
  • 838 tons of hazardous waste;
  • 349.3 million kilowatt hours of electricity;
  • 8.5 million therms of energy.

Companies participating in the 2014 program (listed alphabetically by town):
Bettendorf: Sivyer Steel Corporation
Burlington: Snyder’s-Lance
Charles City: Zoetis Global Supply
Council Bluffs: Tyson Foods, Inc.
Des Moines: Bridgestone Americas Tire Company
Forest City: Winnebago Industries
Grimes: Ryko Solutions, Inc.
Iowa City: Procter and Gamble
Ottumwa: John Deere Ottumwa Works
Sioux City: American Pop Corn Company, City of Sioux City, Nutra-Flo Company
West Des Moines: Hy-Vee, Inc.
West Liberty: West Liberty Foods, LLC

Pollution Prevention Services provides confidential, non-regulatory, environmental technical assistance in the form of assessments, Environmental Management Systems development and workshops. These services are offered at no-cost to help clients reduce expenses through source-reduction strategies to improve process efficiency and reduce or eliminate waste.  

For more information on the Pollution Prevention Intern Program and a list of 2014 projects, visit: Case summaries of the 2014 projects will be posted to this site in the fall.