A flood is a natural event that can have a wide range of effects. It can amount to nothing more than a little water accumulation around your home, or it may be a deadly deluge that leaves everything underwater for weeks. It can leave families homeless, and cause economic…
4 Toxins Often Found in Drinking Water
Summer is right around the corner and it’s more important than ever to be cognizant of what’s in the water we drink. Unfortunately, cases of contaminated public water are popping up at alarming rates around the country, leaving us to wonder how safe…
Our 26th annual Regional Roundtable took place on October 25 at EPA's Region 10 Headquarters in Seattle, WA. The day included presentations and discussions on state green chemistry visions, successful projects to implement safer alternatives in auto body and repair shops, regional training opportunities, and movements to reduce the toxicity of dry cleaning.
This year's Roundtable will encourage deep-dive conversations into the challenges and opportunities faced by local, state, and federal pollution prevention professionals. It aims to bring improved clarity and an expanded vision to our collective P2 goals.
To maintain competitiveness, manufacturers continually seek more efficient and sustainable practices. A P2 assessment can save businesses both resources and money. If your business has environmental goals, or challenges with waste, water, energy, or toxics use and exposure, we can help. We are currently offering this assessment FREE…
Like many heavy metals, cadmium is detrimental to human health. Cadmium can harm renal function, bones, and the pulmonary system. It is classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a Group 1 known human carcinogen. Many people consume far more cadmium than they are…
Wednesday, September 28, is our Sustainable Craft Brewery Workshop at Boundary Bay Brewery in Bellingham, WA. Join us to learn about cost-effective ways to manage water, energy, and wastes. We’ve recently added a speaker from the City of Bend, Christina Davenport, who will talk about the benefits of creating collaborative…
Our 25th Annual Regional Roundtable will be held October 25 and 26, 2016 at the Suquamish Clearwater Resort Conference Center, in Suquamish, WA. This year’s Roundtable will focus on two of the most crucial aspects to long-term environmental health: creating clean energy and fewer toxic substances.
The first day, October…
PPRC is connecting craft breweries with resources, with technical assistance, and with each other to improve both environmental and economic performance.
The Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) is extending our Spray Technique Analysis and Research (STAR®) and NESHAP training to Spanish speaking painters and instructors. This training not only provides the necessary 6H certification for painters, it also teaches a variety of techniques proven to reduce overspray,…
Below are a series of photographs taken during the Solarize Kirkland Celebration!
A recent piece from the City of Kirkland's blog tells the story of one Kirkland family who installed solar on their home through the Solarize Kirkland program.
Below are PDF versions of 2015 Regional Roundtable Presentations:
Day 1, Tuesday October 27
State and Community Approaches to P2 – Grace Stainback, Portland State University
Update on State Toxics Survey – Tom Boucher, Washington Department of Ecology
Cadmium in the Northwest – Marjorie Martz-Emerson, Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource…
Rapid Response Question: Thermal paper receipts contain BPA. Is it a good idea to recycle thermal receipts?
Request by: Anonymous
* DISCLAIMER: PPRC does not endorse any specific products or manufacturers mentioned herein.
UPDATE (10/12/15): Since this report was published, new information has become available.
- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
This year’s Roundtable will bring together businesses and technical assistance providers to discuss cutting edge pollution prevention topics like green chemistry, stormwater, and energy efficiency. The event includes a keynote speech by Bob Perciasepe and a facility tour of one of the greenest sports stadiums in the country, next door…
The fifth annual Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit was held June 24-26, 2015, at Purdue University, in Indiana. The Summit offered attendees the chance to network, learn, and exchange ideas with peers from around the country. Click here to see PDF versions of presentations from the event. Presentations cover a variety…
It is important for owners and technicians in an automotive repair shop to be informed of the chemicals contained in the products they use as well as having good working habits to reduce liability and to improve the business’s bottom line.
Below we will publish frequently asked questions from vendors about the Request for Proposal:
Q. Didn’t Bellevue do a Solarize campaign last year? Was there not enough response from the first time?
A. The Solarize Bellevue campaign was so successful last year that the City and PPRC are starting the…
By organizing a group purchase, or “bulk buy,” the campaign aims to help Kirkland residents and businesses achieve an affordable and successful solar installation.
Rapid Response Question: What alternatives exist for reducing lead-bearing waste or wastewater from lead anodes used in chrome electroplating on mild steel?
Original Request by: Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
* DISCLAIMER: PPRC does not endorse any specific products or manufacturers mentioned herein.
Lead alloy anodes are commonly used…
RAPID RESPONSE QUESTION: Is methyl acetate a useful alternative to the use of MEK for surface cleaning purposes?
Request by: John Taylor, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
* Disclaimer: PPRC does not endorese any specific products or manufacturers mentioned herein.
Methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) is currently used in a…
RAPID RESPONSE QUESTION: In trying to develop best practices for tracking our recycling efforts, we are wondering how to get an accurate count of beverage containers recycled during sports events at Ford Field. We were hoping to be able to weigh the outgoing collected containers and convert these to a…
Thank you to our 2014 Roundtable Sponsors:
The 2014 Regional Roundtable brings together experts of all kinds – from business managers to technical assistance providers – to continue in the tradition of creating collaborative pollution prevention solutions.
This year’s Roundtable – October 27, 28, and 29 at the Silver Cloud, Seattle Stadium – promises to have something…
Solarize Bellevue is a neighborhood solar purchasing campaign that provides residents and businesses with reduced cost, headache-free solar installations on their homes, businesses, or multi-family units.
Find a list of webinars and presentations on useful P2 topics, from sustainable turf management to greening chemistry.
For those who missed them, or for those who want a second look, here are the individual presentations (in PDF) from the event:
This year’s Regional Roundtable - Oct. 29th - 30th, 2013 - will focus on innovation in business. Why, when, and how does innovation take root?
EPA, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention will be presenting an overview of P2 tools designed to help measure the environmental and economic performance results of pollution prevention activities. Come hear how newly designed tools can demonstrate the unique multi-media perspective that P2 brings to reduce GHG reductions and cost savings.
On October 23 - 24, 2012, the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center is hosting their annual Regional Roundtable at the Clearwater Resort in Suquamish, Wash.
E3 is a framework through which local communities connect local manufacturers with best technical assistance available. Each community is supported by coalition of federal agencies that have joined forces to form E3.
The Gresham Firestone Complete Auto Care was certified as an “EcoBiz” or Ecological Business on June 14, 2012. This is the first Oregon branch to become certified.
The Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) announced today that Atsuo Miyake, Roger McFadden, Scott Butner, and John Iani have joined the board of directors of the regional environmental organization.
Oregon Clean and Safe empowers businesses and homeowners with the ability to eliminate or reduce their use of the 118 chemicals found on Oregon’s priority list of chemicals of concern. Through the informed selection of products that are less toxic and don’t contain these chemicals, Oregon Clean and Safe helps…
Seattle Business magazine announced the winners of the 2011 Green Washington Awardsat a dinner and awards ceremony Sept. 21, 2011, at the Fremont Studios in Seattle. PPRC was selected as the runner-up in the Nonprofit Category this year for the work it’s done over the past 20 years to help…
The E3: Economy, Energy and the Environment program helps small- to medium-sized American manufacturers reduce waste, improve the efficiency of their operations, and position their firms to be more competitive in the global marketplace through a combined technical assessment process. E3 brings together federal agencies, states and local communities for…
The workshop brought together leaders from business, academia, nonprofits, and government to help craft and shape a strategic vision for advancing green chemistry in Washington state.
The Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center offers a variety of information sources, from webinars, publications, and case studies to face-to-face opportunities such as roundtables and conferences.…
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Working with businesses and agencies to develop toxics and waste reduction plans, a cornerstone of pollution prevention.…
The Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center and its partners including The Boeing Corporation, Intel, Staples, Interstate Distributor Co., Freight Wing, Canyon Creek Cabinets, Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability, Washington Department of Ecology, and U.S. Environmental Protection will celebrate their private/public partnership on Sept. 20, 2011, at the Red Lion on Fifth, in Seattle, WA.
A local ship servicing facility uses isocyanate-based polyurethane (PU) for above-waterline coatings and is looking for safer alternatives.
The Pollution Prevention Outreach Team (P2O) recently awarded the Beaverton School District Fleet Services and Kaady Car Wash with EcoBiz Certifications for Automotive Services. To become certified, each organization adopted a set of best management practices to keep pollutants out of the air, water, and soil.
The Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) announced today that John Harland, a Design for the Environment Program Engineer at the Intel Corporation in Portland, Ore. was selected to serve as the President for PPRC’s Board of Directors.
An $875,000 EPA grant to the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center will help a national, Tacoma-based trucking company eliminate almost 200,000 tons of harmful diesel emissions through the use of aerodynamic "skirts" developed by a Seattle company.
The Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center today has released the Climate Change Topic Hub™, a peer‐reviewed, information‐packed online resource geared toward small to medium‐sized businesses and industrial sectors that offers an extensive list of pollution prevention opportunities involving process modification, material substitution, and new technology.
The Pollution Prevention Outreach Team (P2O) recently awarded Washington County’s Fleet Division with the EcoBiz Certification for Automotive Services. To become certified, Washington County adopted a rigorous checklist of up to 100 different best management practices to keep pollutants out of the air, water and soil.
The Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) announced today that former director of the National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) western regional office and long-time environmental advocate, Paula J. Del Giudice, is the 15 year-old organization’s new Executive Director.