Cal Poly Pomona has joined the National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP) and pledged to reduce mercury on campus. Through the Environmental Health & Safety Department, the university will join a national effort to conserve natural resources and energy by managing materials more efficiently.
NPEP is one of the Resource Conservation Challenge partnership programs offered through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It encourages organizations to reduce the use or release of any of 31 priority chemicals and metals, including lead, cadmium and mercury. Its goal is to work with industry and the public to reduce the use or release of 4 million pounds of priority chemicals by the year 2011.
At Cal Poly Pomona, mercury is found in thermometers, thermostats and various laboratory instruments used by faculty, staff and maintenance employees. The university continually evaluates the use of mercury and other hazardous substances and will replace and eliminate their usage. If certain substances cannot be replaced or eliminated, Environmental Health & Safety will look for ways to reduce people's exposure to them.
For more information about Cal Poly Pomona' NPEP membership, visit www.epa.gov/epaoswer/hazwaste/minimize/npep/benefits.htm.