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Program developed to help students gain real-world knowledge while helping Illinois companies improve environmental practices

[June 18, 2007]  SPRINGFIELD --- This summer, 15 upper-level university students will take the skills they learn in the classroom and apply them in the real world as members of Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's Pollution Prevention program, also known as the P2 program. Since 1989, Illinois EPA has placed over 280 students at manufacturing facilities, small-business development centers, trade associations, local government facilities, environmental groups and military installations across the state.

The group of selected students will work in a practical setting to help companies and organizations throughout Illinois identify, develop and implement environmentally friendly technologies and practices in cost-saving ways. Following completion of the P2 training program in Springfield, students will spend the remainder of the 12-week summer session working as a temporary, full-time employees at the sponsoring facilities. This year's students have backgrounds in various fields of engineering and chemistry.

The P2 intern students will help Illinois industries and organizations identify and carry out pollution prevention opportunities, which reduce the generation of waste, increase energy efficiency and conserve water. These practices not only can help businesses and others achieve better environmental protection, but it can also help them save money, improve efficiency and ease regulatory concerns.

"The positive effects of this internship program are considerable. Energy costs are reduced, solid and hazardous wastes are diverted from landfills, and millions of gallons of water are saved," said P2 program manager Kevin Greene. "Companies benefit through cost-savings, and the environment benefits by way of reductions in emissions and wastes that would be created during manufacturing operations."

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The students, hometowns, universities and specialties, and the companies they will be working for are listed below.

Since the P2 intern program has been in existence, over 200 companies have taken advantage of the intern assistance, including Peoria-based Caterpillar, which has welcomed P2 interns at several of its Illinois plants, as well as family-owned companies with less than 100 employees.

During 2005, the 20 interns' projects made recommendations with the potential to save the participating facilities more than $3 million in operating and disposal costs, reducing water consumption by 16.8 million gallons at a savings of $38,000 and reducing energy costs by more than $680,000.

Illinois EPA recruits, trains, and pays the salaries and expenses of the interns. The host facilities provide oversight and monitor their performance.

More information on the Illinois EPA's Pollution Prevention program is available at For additional information on the P2 internship program, contact Richard Reese at 217-786-7489 or Please note: The deadline for both the student and host facility to apply each year is Jan. 31.

[Text from Illinois Environmental Protection Agency news release received from the Illinois Office of Communication and Information]


P2 internships





Facility or host organization

Brian Nolan



Mechanical engineering

Woodward Governor, Rockford

Raisa Pelae



Chemical engineering

Caterpillar TTTD, E. Peoria

Francis Costanzo



Chemical engineering

Rhodia, Blue Island

Jeff Schuurman


NIU, DeKalb

Mechanical engineering

Cadbury Adams, Rockford

Brett Leonard


SIU Carbondale

Mechanical engineering

Ahlstrom Engine Filtration, Taylorville

Debalina Dasgupta


SIU Carbondale

Engineering science

Emerald Performance Materials (Noveon), Henry

Brett Seagle


SIU Carbondale

Mechanical engineering

Crownline Boats, West Frankfort

Eric White


SIU Carbondale

Mechanical engineering

SIU Carbondale, EHS Dept.

Bradley Taylor


SIU Carbondale

Electrical engineering

Honeywell, Metropolis

Jeremi Savin


SIU Carbondale

Mechanical engineering

Carlisle SynTech Inc., Greenville

Scott Achelpohl


SIU Carbondale

Mechanical engineering

GSI, Assumption

Silas Osiohwo


SIU Edwardsville


National Corn- to-Ethanol Research Center, Edwardsville

Jonathan Smith


UI Chicago

Chemical engineering

City of Aurora, Aurora

Travis Pyrzynski


UI Chicago

Chemical engineering

Southeast Environmental Task Force, Chicago

Beverly Franek

Palos Hills

UI Urbana-Champaign


Village of Algonquin, Algonquin


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