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Resource Efficiency

PPRC offers programs that save both natural resources and business resources. We help organizations improve environmental performance and operation efficiency by saving energy, eliminating waste, rethinking process and product design, and aiding green purchasing decisions. PPRC also serves as a networking hub for the Northwest’s E3 program.

Toxics & Waste

PPRC believes strongly in source control, or preventing pollution as close to the source as possible. Unlike end-of-pipe solutions, source control promotes both environmental and economic vitality. PPRC has been at the forefront of developing partnerships in diverse fields that prevent or reduce toxics and waste. Our work includes programs in green chemistry, wastewater pollutants, and stormwater.

Technical Assistance

PPRC offers broad-spectrum technical assistance to small and mid-sized businesses. Our staff of experts in chemical engineering, waste, and green systems can provide holistic assessments of your organization’s environmental footprint. We specialize in looking for ways to improve both economic and environmental performance.

Topic Hubs

Pollution Prevention issues can vary sector by sector. PPRC collaborates with other P2 centers nationwide to develop sector-based resource guides. So far, we have compiled guides on over 80 industries – from auto body shops to ski resorts. Check out the full list to see if your industry is covered. You can save significant time and resources by seeing what problems and solutions already exist to sustainability issues in your industry.

Rapid Response

PPRC provides free and well-researched answers to specific questions about pollution prevention. We provide thorough and unbiased answers to help you make decisions. We offer a staff of seasoned problem solvers with diverse expertise in manufacturing processes, chemical engineering, energy efficiency, and many other fields.

P2 Tools & Calculators

PPRC offers a series of tools to help businesses in their quest to gauge, understand, and reduce pollution while also saving money.

Greening Sports

Sports venues in America have tremendous potential to reduce their environmental impact by greening operations and engaging fans in green initiatives. PPRC’s “Greening Sports” project is designed to complement efforts by the Green Sports Alliance (GSA), the U.S. EPA, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and others to help teams, venues, and leagues improve their environmental and economic performance. PPRC provides technical assistance and resources to assist these efforts.

Educational Resources

In serving as a resource for pollution prevention material, PPRC convenes regional conferences, events, and webinars on a variety of pollution prevention topics.
The Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) is a nonprofit organization that is the Northwest’s leading source of high quality, unbiased pollution prevention (P2) information. PPRC works collaboratively with business, government, non-government organizations, and other sectors to promote environmental protection through pollution prevention. PPRC believes that environmental and economic vitality go hand in hand, and that both are necessary to protect the high quality of life enjoyed in our region.
pollution prevention resource exchange logoPPRC is a proud member of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange, a national network of regional information centers.
  • Upcoming Events

    December 1, 2015, 10am - Webinar: Energy Efficiency, Stormwater Management, Improved Aesthetics, and More: The Benefits of Green Roofs for Collegiate Facilities
    On this webinar, the Green Sports Alliance will provide an overview of modern green roof technology, and illustrate some specific benefits of green roofs for facility operators. We will also present a case study on the substantial green roof recently installed on Middlebury College’s new Squash Center. More info and register here.

    December 3, 2015 - Professional Development Training: Ignitable Coating Operations: Preventing Fires, Explosions and Toxic Exposures
    The University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (UW DEOHS) Continuing Education Programs offers professional development training on the primary hazards associated with the use of “ignitable coatings,” such as paint, lacquers, and sealants. The event will be held at the Portland Regional Training Center for Painters and Drywall Finishers More info and register here.

  • PPRC Blog

    • Safety Training Course for Ignitable Coatings Screen Shot 2015-11-20 at 10.09.31 AM University of Washington's Department of Environmental & Occupational Health and Safety is offering a unique hands-on training course focused on controlling the primary hazards associated with the use of ignitable coatings.
    • Regional Roundtable Review – Day 2, October 28 Screen Shot 2015-11-16 at 10.46.15 AM Summaries of presentations from the second day of PPRC's Regional Roundtable, which included talks by Bob Perciasepe and Ken Geiser as well as perspectives on anaerobic digestion, stormwater, and the pollution prevention opportunities presented by the new federal Clean Power Plan (CPP).
    • Regional Roundtable Review – Day 1, October 27 safeco tour field If you missed our 2015 Regional Roundtable, or if you want a refresher on some of the fantastic information covered, here is the first installment of our Review.
    • Why Should You Come to This Year’s Roundtable? 2015 PPRC square_Page_4 This year's event will bring together businesses and technical assistance providers to discuss cutting edge pollution prevention topics like green chemistry, stormwater, and energy efficiency. Join us!
    • A 25th Anniversary Retrospective of the Pollution Prevention Act Capture_P2 Retro Clip Twenty-five years ago, Congress passed the Pollution Prevention (P2) Act. What prompted the Act? What is the Act’s impact and legacy? And what’s next for pollution prevention?


    • Safer Alternatives for the Automotive Industry [read]
    • Solarize Bellevue [read]
    • EcoBiz Certification Program [read]
    • FOG Prevention Training for Rural Communities [read]
    • Greening Laboratories [read]
    • Spray Painting Efficiency Training (STAR & NESHAP) [read]
    • P2 Results Measurement Tool [read]
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