Sustainability and Pollution Prevention

The Ozarks Environmental and Water Resources Institute (OEWRI) at Missouri State University provides sustainability technical assistance to businesses and organizations in the region while providing experiential opportunities for university students. The program offers free onsite pollution prevention technical assistance to Missouri manufacturing companies, sustainability program analysis and development, and sustainability training programs. Our services are designed to enable organizations to reduce operational costs, environmental impacts, and improve sustainability performance. Our team is composed of experienced sustainability experts, graduate assistants provided by local universities, as well as collegiate interns from across the state.

Primary Services

  • Pollution Prevention Site Assessments to Identify Opportunities to Reduce Waste, Conserve Energy, and Save Money
  • Missouri Green Business Sustainability Certification Program
  • Sustainability Program Gap Analysis
  • Development of Sustainability Key Performance Indicators and Strategic Plan
  • Sustainability Best Practices Network
  • Sustainability Training Services
  • Internship Opportunities

Case Studies

Pollution Prevention Site Assessments

Our Pollution Prevention Site Assessments is a service that qualifying manufacturers in the state of Missouri can receive for free. This process is designed to review the manufacturing operations to identify inefficiencies and opportunities that help the company reduce waste, conserve energy, and save money. During the assessment, the team can perform ultrasonic leak detection of compressed air and gases to identify losses and associated energy. The team can also perform infrared scans of building envelope, and industrial heating/cooling and insulation. The following are the steps in which this service is conducted:

  1. An initial meeting is conducted between your organization and our team to discuss the desired service and qualification eligibility.
  2. If eligible, an in-person visit is scheduled with our team at your facility.
    1. Prior to the site visit, the MSU team will send out a pre-site questionnaire to collect preliminary data including 12 months of utility data.
  3.  The site visit is performed by qualified professionals and university students.
  4. Approximately 2-4 weeks later, our team provides a detailed report of our findings and recommendations to be considered by your organization.
  5. The MSU team will follow-up with each company to discuss further assistance and needs as desired.

Missouri Green Business Sustainability Certifications

We are proud to announce an innovative new certification process being developed by our organization and the Missouri Association of Manufacturers, which is soon to be known as the “Missouri Manufacturing Sustainability Certification”. Expected to begin in 2024, this offering serves as a self-paced and resource-oriented opportunity for organizations to become more sustainable on their own. Via the use of our interactive checklists linked below, your organization can work toward a Missouri Green Business Certification for little to no cost. The following industries will be eligible for this certification: aerospace, automotive, food and beverage, and metal fabrication industries.

Missouri Manufacturing Sustainability Certification Program

Sustainability Gap Analysis

This program allows organizations to identify areas where they may need to improve their environmental, social, and economic sustainability programs while also identifying successful sustainability efforts that be immediately communicated to internal and external stakeholders.

Sustainability Key Performance Indicators and Strategic Plan

As the saying goes “you can’t manage what you don’t measure”, this program works with your team to establish key performance metrics to track the continual improvement of your sustainability program. The goal is to establish metrics that drive ongoing improvements while reducing operational costs.

Once these metrics are established, the team will assist in the development of achievable goals/targets. A strategic plan will be developed to ensure the goals are reached and a strong continuous improvement structure is in place to ensure ongoing performance. These plans can be incorporated into existing Environmental Management Systems like ISO 14001 if the company is already certified or planning to pursue certification in the future.

Sustainability Best Practices Network

The partnership of OERWI and the Missouri Association of Manufacturers (MAM) is proud to offer quarterly lunch and learns based on real-world sustainability best practices at Missouri manufacturing companies. The purpose of the network is for manufacturing companies to learn from peer organizations about successful best practices. At each of these events, a best practice at a Missouri company will be presented. The presentations will be virtual, or via an onsite tour of a company. These lunch and learns occur across the state and we encourage your organization to reach out to participate in our future events!

Sustainability Training Services

Our program also provides periodic workshops through the Missouri Association of Manufacturers and other partners. We can also develop customized training for your employees at your organization.

Internship Opportunities

Our program is proud to be able to offer internship opportunities to provide experiential learning opportunities for university students and provide needed resources to regional businesses and organizations. Students can intern directly with our program to work on various projects, or they can intern at a company or organization over the summer or semester to implement pollution prevention or sustainability projects.

Contact Information

Doug Neidigh, MPH, REM, CEA
Pollution Prevention Specialist

Relay Missouri
711 or 800-735-2966
Missouri State University
Ozarks Environmental and Water Resources Institute
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield 65897
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