University of Minnesota
Minnesota Technical Assistance Program


MnTAP begins offering pollution prevention and energy efficiency assistance to hospitality facilities through a U.S. EPA Region 5 grant.

The University of Minnesota Communicators Forum awards a Maroon Award for the video created during the 2008 intern program.

Non-hospital healthcare facilities become the focus of a new pollution prevention project involving both the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and MnTAP.

The Department of Military Affairs (DMA) provides MnTAP with a grant to update pollution prevention opportunity assessments and the pollution prevention plan developed in 2005.


MnTAP is awarded a U.S. EPA Region 5 grant to begin offering technical assistance to metal fabrication and machining facilities.

The Minnesota Department of Commerce’s Office of Energy Security awards a contract to MnTAP for a project that uses utility information to identify high energy users and energy efficient technologies that can reduce energy use.

MnTAP works closely with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on a P2 integration project.


MnTAP Director Cindy McComas receives the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) MVP2 Award for Volunteer of the Year.

MnTAP begins offering assistance to medical device manufacturers.


Minnesota Environmental Initiative is a finalist for healthcare compliance/pollution prevention project with metro counties.


MnTAP and Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E) wins a MVP2 Award from NPPR. Technical assistance targeted to incorporate P2 into Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) multi-media inspections for healthcare begins.

MnTAP celebrates 20 years of providing assistance and Materials Exchange celebrates ten years of reuse.

P2 in the Upper Mississippi River Basin project completed. Companies reduced 35,100 lbs of phosphorus, 4.5 million lbs of BOD and TSS loading, 37 million gal of water, saving $348,000.

MnTAP staff members complete the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs (DMA) project.

A technical assistance project integrating energy efficiency with pollution prevention for metal casters begins.

The MPCA and the Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance (OEA) merge as one agency.

The European Union requires manufacturers to finance the collection, recycling and recovery of waste electronics and electrical equipment.


MnTAP begins work with Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations to improve healthcare compliance and environmental performance.

Demonstrating P2 in healthcare facilities using Hospitals for a Healthy Environment products project completed. Facilities eliminated 394 lbs of mercury, 751 gal of hazardous chemicals and 250,000 lbsof solid waste, saving $152,600.


Intern projects begin to incorporate energy efficiency assistance.

MnTAP begins working with the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs (DMA) to prepare P2 opportunity assessments and a P2 plan.

The P2 in the Upper Mississippi River Basin project begins and aims to reduce loading of phosphorus and other pollutants from industrial point sources.

MnTAP develops the Phosphorus Management Plan with MPCA to provide P2 technical assistance to cities and industrial users to reduce phosphorus.


MnTAP develops a technology diffusion project to increase the adoption of P2 technologies for fiberglass and wood finishing.

The Lower Mississippi and Minnesota River Basins project is finished. Reductions total 30,796 lbs of phosphorus, 3,025,272 lbs of BOD and TSS loading, 66.5 million gal of water, saving $2.8 million.

A Canadian Pacific Railway train derails near Minot, North Dakota, spilling more than 200,000 gal. of anhydrous ammonia fertilizer.


Corporate Reuse project to establish internal materials exchange programs begins and MnTAP partners with several businesses.

A project to provide technical assistance to 600 publicly-owned treatment works is completed. Participants reduce 30,796 lbs of phosphorus, 3,025,872 lbs of BOD and TSS, 66.5 million gal of water and savings of $2,831,490.

The demonstrating P2 for healthcare facilities using Hospitals for a Healthy Environment products project begins.

A project focused on fiber reinforced plastics is completed. Shops reduce 108,400 lbs of styrene emissions and 17.7 tons of landfill waste, saving $119,150.

As a result of a 1997 intern project, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture helps dairy farms replace mercury manometers with non-mercury gauges, removing 1,134 lbs of mercury from farms.


MnTAP partners with Wenck Associates and provides technical assistance to 300 Grand Rapids businesses to evaluate waste reduction opportunities.

The Great Printers Project is completed. Of participating printers, 65% reduce need for rework and 60% change to a press cleanup solvent which has lower VOC emissions.

Technical assistance begins for reducing phosphorus and wastewater in Lower Mississippi and Minnesota River Basins.
Recession begins. Manufacturing output fell 6%.