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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.
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  • Upcoming Events

    October 27, 28, & 29 - PPRC's Regional Roundtable

    Roundtable 2014

    Our Regional Roundtable is around the corner. The 22nd annual conference will bring together government, businesses, and non-profits to work towards improving our region's pollution prevention impacts. Get all the details HERE

    Early bird registration for the Roundtable ends September 27.

  • PPRC Blog

    • New Stormwater Pollution Prevention Manual for Sports Facilities sounders fans Next time you visit a sports stadium or arena, take a look at all the hard surfaces. Sports facilities are often built of, and surrounded by, surfaces that shed rain. These facilities can be major players in the game to reduce stormwater pollution.
    • What’s it like to have solar on your roof? solar installation 029 Ever wonder what it's like to go solar? What is the upfront cost? Does the true payback period match the promised one? Even in rainy western Washington? How long does the installation process take?
    • Reducing Zinc in Stormwater: What’s Working in the Northwest? DSC07303 Businesses are looking for both proven and innovative solutions to solving their zinc problems. And that’s where PPRC comes in. Our video shows three kinds of solutions: source control, Low Impact Development, and other filtration options.
    • PSU Students, Here’s a Great Job capture_EcoBiz new website 2014 You have a few days to apply for a great job. PSU's Community Environmental Services is HIRING (ie. paying) students to assist the expansion of ECOBIZ, a program that administers green certification to auto shops and landscape businesses.
    • A Sampling of Brewery Innovations redhook tour with kurt_focus Kurt Check out Executive Director Paula Del Giudice's article at GreenBiz.com on brewing beer better. Del Giudice gives examples of innovations used by breweries - large and small - to save water, energy, and waste.

  • RSS PPRC News

    • EPA Launches a Voluntary Program to Reduce Pesticide Drift
      The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a new voluntary Drift Reduction Technology (DRT) program to encourage the use of verified, safer pesticide spray products to reduce exposure and pesticide movement while saving farmers money in pesti
    • Utilities must innovate or go extinct
      The threat to utilities goes far beyond solar panels and demands a response far more substantial than rate-tweaking. Sooner or later, there must be a wholesale rethinking of the utility business model. And if utilities are smart, they'll do it sooner.
    • The chemicals in my couch are disrupting my WHAT?
      Umbra, with Grist, breaks down your options for avoiding potentially harmful flame retardants in your home
    • Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Loans and Grants
      The following is an overview of all loans and grants offered through the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. You may also be interested in DEQ's Pollution Control Facilities Tax Credit Program, which offers tax incentives for air pollution controls, alternatives to open field burning, automotive A/C recycling equipment, material recovery, noise pollution control, Clean Diesel […]
    • Department of Energy's Recovery Act funding opportunities
      Department of Energy Recovery Act funding opportunities are listed by industrial sector. On each of the pages linked in the sub navigation at the left, you will see a full listing of all grants, loan guarantees, and grants-in-lieu-of-tax-credit s that are applicable to the given industrial sector. To apply, click on the links provided in […]


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