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Pollution Prevention Internship Program Lauded for Efforts

July 23, 2008

From left: UNH junior Adria Fichter, an environmental engineering major, EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson, Ihab Farag, chemical engineering professor and the director of the Pollution Prevention Internship Program.

The UNH Pollution Prevention Internship Program was acknowledged recently by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for helping the town of Hull, Mass., and other communities join the New England Community Energy Challenge, an effort by municipalities to reduce energy consumption.

The Community Energy Challenge is part of the EPA nationwide ENERGY STAR Challenge.

On July 17, chemical engineering professor Ihab Farag, who directs the internship program, met with EPA administrator Stephen L. Johnson in Hull for a tour of the town’s wind farm.

"Our goal is to help these communities identify opportunities of energy saving that will result in improved bottom line, cleaner environment, less dependence on imported oil, and more healthy communities,” Farag said.

Johnson congratulated Farag on the program.

“When I was in college I had a summer internship to support the environment. I never imagined that this would lead to a call from the president of the United States to lead the EPA,” Johnson said.

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