University of Minnesota
Minnesota Technical Assistance Program

About MnTAP

The Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) is an outreach program at the University of Minnesota that helps Minnesota businesses develop and implement industry-tailored solutions that prevent pollution at the source, maximize efficient use of resources, and reduce energy use and costs to improve public health and the environment.

MnTAP staff members provide free, industry-tailored technical assistance. By reducing waste and increasing efficiency, you can save on disposal and raw material costs and decrease regulatory compliance burdens. You also will create healthier and safer working conditions for your employees.

Established in 1984, MnTAP is funded primarily by a pass-through grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Resource Management and Assistance Division to the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Sciences. As part of the University, MnTAP has no regulatory responsibilities or obligations.


The implemented waste, energy and water conservation resulting from MnTAP efforts has resulted in an impressive set of environmental outcomes for the calendar year 2015. MnTAP staff conducted over 970 assistance activities with over 245 Minnesota companies, including 144 site visits and team meetings and 13 intern projects. As a result of these interactions, 56 companies have realized reductions totaling 503,000 pounds of waste, 2.3 million kWh and 238,000 thousand therms of energy and have conserved 23.7 million gallons of water. Combined, these reductions add up to first year savings of $922,000 annually.

Read MnTAP's full 2015 environmental benefits report [PDF 4.10 MB], which highlights special projects and the organization's overall achievements.










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