We 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:
PPRC developed a series of resources to help automotive owners and technicians get informed about common chemicals found in a repair shop. The resources developed were designed to help both Do-It-Yourselfers (DIYers) as well as industry professionals. Resources include:
To see the full list of resources, visit our full page on Safer Alternatives for the Automotive Industry.
In 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:
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.
We 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:
For more information about our Stormwater Pollution Prevention work, visit our full page on Stormwater Pollution Prevention.
PPRC provides on-the-ground technical assistance and outreach for the Oregon based, Eco-Logical Business Program. EcoBiz is an environmental certification that recognizes Oregon auto repair & body shops, carwashes, landscapers, and public agencies that adopt best practices and prevent pollution.
EcoBiz was founded by the Pollution Prevention Outreach (P2O) Team; a group that includes members from Oregon DEQ, City of Portland, City of Gresham, Clean Water Services, Clackamas County, Metro, and Washington County. Statewide, 100 automotive businesses, 25 landscapers, and 20 public agencies are EcoBiz certified.
The 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:
For questions regarding Alternative Assessments, contact Brian Penttila.
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.
Does 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:
For more information about Green Lab Assessments, contact our Technical Project Manager, Jill Tepe.
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:
The 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.
PPRC 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.