The Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) is an outreach program at the University of Minnesota that helps Minnesota businesses develop and implement industry-tailored solutions that prevent pollution at the source, maximize efficient use of resources, and reduce energy use and costs to improve public health and the environment.
MnTAP staff members provide free, industry-tailored technical assistance. By reducing waste and increasing efficiency, you can save on disposal and raw material costs and decrease regulatory compliance burdens. You also will create healthier and safer working conditions for your employees.
Established in 1984, MnTAP is funded primarily by a pass-through grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Resource Management and Assistance Division to the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Sciences. As part of the University, MnTAP has no regulatory responsibilities or obligations.
In 2011, MnTAP’s staff of ten were able to assist nearly 230 companies and to engage 40 in making changes that reduce their environmental footprint and save money. Companies that have worked with MnTAP are saving approximately $3.1 million annually. Environmental reductions from 2011 total 5.15 million lbs of waste, 13.9 million gallons of water and 7.7 million kWh and 2.2 million therms of energy.
Read MnTAP's full 2011 environmental benefits report [PDF 463KB], which highlights special projects and the organization's overall achievements.
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