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.