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Our latest Topic Hub: Climate Change

July 29, 2010

Whether it’s the current oil gusher in the Gulf bringing the oil crisis to our front rooms every evening, the high cost of fossil fuels affecting our business’s bottom line, or pending regulations, reducing our carbon footprint and energy intensity just make sense for businesses from an ethical and economic perspective. Many large businesses have staff and expertise at their behest to help guide them through the changes that are either in front of us or on the horizon as we learn to conserve energy resources. If you’re with a small or medium-sized business, however, where do you go for help? There’s a giant maze of information and resources available, so where do you start? How do you make sense of it all?

Boise Paper MillThe Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) has developed an on-line compendium of resources to help businesses with their efforts. For the first time ever, a collection of important tools and resources from agencies, nonprofits, universities, and organizations has been identified and categorized for easy access. The Climate Change Topic Hub™ brings together in one convenient location information about the issue, including a primer about the causes and many of the impacts.

The best feature of the Topic Hub, however, is the solutions section.  There are many tools to calculate greenhouse gas emissions. It discusses examples of strategies, collaborative partnerships, technologies, energy efficiency opportunities, and other opportunities to help reduce emissions and mitigate the effects of global warming.

There is sector-specific information provided, specifically for those that have been identified by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as having the highest energy intensity such as: cement, iron and steel, aluminum, chemicals, forest products, glass, metal casting, mining, and petroleum refining.

Other Topic Hubs available include: Lean and Environment, Hospitality, Metal Finishing, and Auto Repair. Topic Hubs are developed through a grant from the EPA and the P2Rx Network—a group of eight pollution prevention centers from around the country of which PPRC is one.

Read the Climate Change Topic Hub press release.

Read other Topic Hubs.

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