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Technology Diffusion Topic Hub: Home

Resources relating to diffusion of technological innovations, especially in the area of pollution prevention.

About Topic Hubs™

Topic Hubs™ are web-based guides to peer-reviewed pollution prevention information and expertise on a particular subject. Each hub is developed and maintained by a P2Rx regional center. See a complete list of Topic Hubs™.

About P2Rx and GLRPPR

The Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx™) is a consortium of eight regional pollution prevention information centers, funded in part through grants from EPA. These centers provide pollution prevention information, networking opportunities and other services to States, local governments and technical assistance providers in their region. The centers represent a broad constituency, including state and local pollution prevention programs, manufacturing extension partnerships, cooperative extension and nonprofit organizations.

The Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR) serves the Great Lakes region of the United States (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin) and Canada (Ontario).

Introduction

This hub is intended to introduce technical assistance providers or "change agents" to an assistance approach that facilitates the adoption of alternative technologies for reducing or eliminating waste at manufacturing facilities. 

This Topic Hub does not advise the user on a specific technology or industry. It offers a compilation of relevant online resources including documents and technical contacts. The key technical contacts are individuals who have direct experience with carrying out the steps and recommendations presented in this Topic Hub and they can provide advice when needed.

In this Topic Hub, change agents refers to individuals involved with assisting industry with pollution prevention, environmental compliance, and manufacturing assistance. This may include technical assistance providers from university programs, state pollution prevention agencies, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) manufacturing extension agents, consultants, vendors, etc. 

Pollution prevention (P2) benefits include:

  • prevention of the generation of both regulated and non-regulated waste,
  • use of alternative materials that are less polluting,
  • minimizing the amount of raw materials used or consumed in a process (including water), and 
  • reducing energy and labor inputs.

In this Topic Hub, technology diffusion refers specifically to industrial technology diffusion that leads to the prevention of pollution. It does not refer to computer technology diffusion, but may include aspects of computer technologies associated with manufacturing.

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