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Technical Assistance

STAR_Ken-300x224We realize that different organizations have different and changing needs. We offer a range of assistance programs tailored to help your business solve specific sustainability issues. Our programs include:

  • FOG Prevention Training for Rural Communities: To help communities tackle the menace of FOG in sewers.
  • Stormwater Pollution Prevention: To reduce runoff contaminants at their sources.
  • Oregon Ecological Business Certification: Raising the environmental bar for autoshops and landscapers.
  • Safer Chemicals Alternatives Assessment: Helping businesses make products safer, better.
  • Pollution Prevention Assessment / Walk Through: A holistic look at how your business can prevent pollution and save money.
  • Green Labs Assessment: Determine how your labs can be safer for both the environment and worker health.
  • Spray Paint Efficiency: Save money and resources through this one-day training program.
  • E3 in the Northwest: Assisting manufacturers improve operations efficiency and environmental performance.
  • Rapid Response: Efficient answers to your most vexing pollution prevention queries.

Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) Prevention Training for Rural Communities

165665477-used-cooking-oil-is-sucked-out-of-a-drum-gettyimagesIn 2014, PPRC is providing technical assistance training workshops for rural communities throughout the Northwest to reduce the harmful impacts of FOG (or fats, oils, and grease) in sewer lines. These one-day workshops will help communities, which may lack technical resources, to:

  • Develop a FOG abatement program
  • Learn more about Best Management Practices in dealing with FOG
  • Access useful FOG-prevention resources and receive ongoing technical support

For more information, go to the full page on FOG Prevention Training. There you’ll find full details about the program and an updated schedule of training dates.

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Project

1280px-2008-06-22_Falls_Lake_access_parking_lot_in_rainWe are a new face in the stormwater field. We recently received a grant from the Russell Family Foundation to address stormwater pollution at a number of Puget Sound area businesses.

Our current stormwater work involves the following:

  • Assessment and measurement of stormwater sources.
  • Testing the effectiveness of emerging stormwater management technologies, systems, and processes.
  • Assessing potential for safer chemicals in manufacturing processes and product design.
  • Implementing positive best management practices with an emphasis on source reduction strategies.
  • Feedback and re-assessment to work towards continuous improvement.

For more information about our Stormwater Pollution Prevention work, visit our full page on Stormwater Pollution Prevention.

Ecological Business (Eco-Biz) Certification

EcoBiz logoPPRC provides on-the-ground technical assistance for the Oregon EcoBiz program. EcoBiz is a business certification program that recognizes businesses for adopting exceptional environmental business practices. Currently EcoBiz certifications are available for two sectors: automotive services and landscaping. Currently more than 100 auto body shops and 13 landscaping businesses are certified.

EcoBiz certification not only promotes many ecological business practices, it allows a business to market its sustainable practices to its clientele. For more information about EcoBiz, see our full EcoBiz page or contact Eco-Biz Manager, Mitchell Frister.

Safer Chemical Alternatives Assessment 

H-flasks-&-powder---lowThe Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse (IC2) has developed a framework and guide to assist businesses in transitioning to safer chemicals. The guide provides recommendations on comparing hazards, lifecycle impacts, costs and functionality of proposed chemical alternatives for products or processes. As part of a range of solutions, PPRC can help you:

  • Coordinate resources and tools for a full alternatives assessment.
  • Conduct a streamlined evaluation of chemical alternatives for small businesses.

For questions regarding Alternative Assessments, contact Brian Penttila.

For more information on Alternatives Assessment, see our full page on Safer Chemicals or contact Brian Penttila.

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To maintain competitiveness, manufacturers continually seek more efficient and sustainable practices. PPRC can help manufacturing facilities systematically assess inefficiencies by conducting “P2 walkthroughs” with key facility staff. We look for opportunities to reduce waste, water, energy, toxic exposure, and pollution. As a result of this walkthrough, PPRC provides a report out of findings and recommendations, along with estimated savings.

PPRC is also available for follow-on assistance to help design and implement solutions that will achieve pollution reduction goals. For more information about P2 walkthroughs, contact our Industrial Engineer, Michelle Gaither.

Green Labs Assessment

Final Logo Draft Feb 26th 2013Does your organization rely on a laboratory? We can provide a detailed assessment of the ways your lab can have a more positive impact on both environmental and worker health. Our Green Labs Assessment includes:

  • Review of applicable best practices for achieving sustainability in laboratories.
  • Assessment of opportunities for selection of safer chemicals.
  • A redesign of processes to reduce, recycle, and mitigate chemical waste.
  • Training in identification, selection, and use of green purchasing tools.
  • Training in supporting behavior change at all levels in an organization to promote long-term sustainability

For more information about Green Lab Assessments, contact our Technical Project Manager, Jill Tepe.

Spray-Paint Efficiency Training

PPRC is currently providing Spray Technique Analysis and Research (STAR®) and NESHAP training to painters and paint instructors. The program is dedicated to improving the overall efficiency of manual spray coating operations by enhancing the techniques of spray technicians.

The benefits of the program include:

  • Improved Worker Health: Reducing short and long-term exposures to toxics, solvents, and isocyanates can improve employee health and safety.
  • Material Savings: Increased transfer efficiency will reduce material usage. An industrial facility can save as much as $40,000 or more annually. Even the most experienced painters have been shown to improve their efficiency by as much as 25% .
  • Environmental Impacts: Reduced emissions can result in cleaner air and better community standing. Also, improved spray efficiency generally reduces the amount of hazardous waste generated.
  • Reduced Environmental Liabilities: By reducing the pollutants emitted you can reduce your liability, regulatory burden, and/or permit costs.

For more details about the training program (NESHAP requirements, techniques trained, and case studies), visit our full page on Spray Painting Efficiency or contact Ken Grimm.

E3 in the Northwest

Resource Efficiency 14The E3 (Economy, Energy and the Environment) program uses a combined technical assistance process to increase the efficiency of manufacturing operations, improve environmental performance (focusing on energy reductions), and position firms to be more competitive in the global marketplace. E3 brings together federal agencies, states, and local communities to deliver responsive, coordinated solutions in a manufacturing environment.

State, local, and federal partners have been working together to promote E3 projects in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Manufacturing Extension Parternships are partnering with state agencies, nonprofit organizations, and energy assistance providers to produce comprehensive environmental improvements.

For more information about our involvement in E3 programs, see our full page on E3 Work in the Northwest.

Rapid Response

question mark keyboardPPRC provides free and well-researched answers to specific questions about pollution prevention. We offer a staff of seasoned problem solvers with diverse expertise in manufacturing processes, chemical engineering, energy efficiency, and many other fields. If we can’t answer your question, we will point you to the contacts or resources that can.

For more information, visit our full Rapid Response page.

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