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Regional Roundtable 2014

2014 PPRC Roundt logo_hiResThe 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 for everyone, from technical assistance providers to policy buffs. Below you’ll find Registration Info, Sponsorship Info, the 2014 Roundtable Agenda, Speaker Bios, and Lodging / Travel Suggestions.

*NOTE: The deadline for making hotel reservations under our block of rooms expired on Sept. 27. All hotel rooms are now available on a first come first served basis.



To register for this year’s Roundtable, or for individual days, go HERE.


Sponsorship Info

Thank you to our 2014 Roundtable Sponsors.

For other businesses considering sponsoring the event, check out the sponsorship info details, including sponsorship levels and benefits.


Agenda 2014

The below agenda will be updated and added to frequently over the upcoming weeks.


8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Avenue One South

thomas vinson bioThomas Vinson is the founder of the Zero Waste Network, which leverages a national network of specialists and the EPA to find ways businesses can save money by reducing waste. Thomas has worked on projects that have helped companies identify ways to save over 1.5 million dollars, while reducing nearly seven million tons of waste, three million gallons of water use, over a million kWh of electricity use and other reductions in pollution. Annually, Vinson trains over 150 people. He also speaks at workshops throughout the world and has extensive experience helping businesses connect environmental performance to their business mission.


8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Avenue One North

  • Region 10 E3 Workgroup Meeting

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Avenue One South/Foyer

  • Welcome Reception

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


  • Registration

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m., Foyer

  • Breakfast & Keynote Speaker, Robert B. Pojasek:“Pollution Prevention: Looking Back to Move Ahead”

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., Avenue One North & South

robert pojasek head onlyOrganizations must meet their objectives to be able to prosper over the long term. We have been known to focus on both the internal context of organizations (operations) and on the external ones (stakeholders and the environment). However, to embed prevention into an organization, you must have a management system as a foundation. The pollution prevention practitioner must be guided by the international definition of risk – the effect of uncertainty on objectives – and a risk management system. All prevention needs to focus on helping the organization meet its responsible objectives. Those who help organizations meet their objectives rely on a practice known as “sense making.” This practice enables us to reflect on the past in order to improve the future of an organization. Let’s reflect on how pollution prevention can become a mainstream opportunity for an organization as we move forward.

  • Legislation and Regulations Impacting Business – What’s on the Horizon? David Kunz, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality; David Bray, U.S. EPA, Region 10; Holly Davies, WA Dept. of Ecology

9:45 – 11:15 a.m., Avenue One North (Track 1: Current Issues Facing Businesses)

David Kunz will provide updates to Oregon’s hazardous waste rules and Oregon’s approach to reducing toxins with industry. Davies will describe governor Inslee’s new Toxics Reduction Package and address what Washington is doing to reduce toxic threats, particularly in products.

David Bray will provide an overview of EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan with a focus on how energy efficiency and pollution prevention programs could be used in State plans to help meet their CO2 emissions goals.

  • Training: Pollution Prevention 101 and Turbo Plan: From the Basics to Lean and Green, Plus Washington’s Reporting Law
    Dan Ferguson & Tom Boucher, WA Dept. of Ecology

9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m., Avenue One South (Track 2: Pollution Prevention Training)

Meet experienced Washington Department of Ecology employees to learn both the basics of pollution prevention (P2) and how they can help you address environmental wastes as part of your lean efforts. For Washington facilities newly affected by P2 laws, learn what you’re required to do and how to comply with reporting requirements. Bring your P2 questions!

  • Issue Roundtables

1.) Stormwater: Lisa Rozmyn, Washington Stormwater Center

2.) Meeting the Technical Assistance Needs of NW Businesses: Carolyn Gangmark, EPA Region 10

This session will provide an opportunity for businesses and government representatives to discuss opportunities to increase the capacity, reach and utility of state and local technical assistance programs.

3.) E3 in the Northwest: How’s it working? How’s it evolving?: Lynn Coleman, Dept. of Ecology

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Avenue One North (Track 1: Current Issues Facing Businesses)

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Avenue One South (Track 2: Pollution Prevention Training)

Working with hazardous chemicals is a challenge for businesses in many respects, requiring training, special protective equipment or ventilation, hazardous waste handling and disposal costs, etc. Dave Pearsall will introduce tools and standards for communicating the hazards of chemicals in the workplace via the new OSHA GHS (Globally Harmonized System) based Hazardous Communications standard. Labor and Industries also offers industrial hygiene consultation services that can help businesses prepare for hazardous chemical use and protect their employees. Dave will also discuss some chemical substitutions that have made workplaces safer. This session is designed to help keep you on top of communicating hazards and protecting your workers, and to help you stay in compliance with safety requirements associated with hazardous chemical use.

  • Spray Efficiency Training for Managers (limited to 30 participants), Ken Grimm, PPRC

9:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Royal Brougham (Track 3: Technical Assistance Training)

Part of EPA’s Paint Stripping and Surface Coating Rule (6H NESHAP) requires painters to be trained in efficient spray techniques. Even if your facility is not subject to 6H, spray efficiency training has a long and quantifiably storied history of reducing material use, reducing the generation of hazardous waste and saving money. In the case of one business this savings exceeded $35,000.

This session will provide shop supervisors, managers or owners with the training they need to create an in-house 6H compliant spray efficiency program. After the presentation and short videos, each person will have the opportunity to spend time simulating painting on the IWRC Virtual Spray system. Attendees will leave with a CD containing the training materials.

  • Lunchtime Talk: Crown Cork & Seal in Olympia – Celebrating Success! Mark Kirschenheiter, Crown Cork & Seal in Olympia

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Avenue One North & South (All tracks)

  • Break

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

  • Training: Process Mapping and ISO Planning – Focusing on the Process to Find the Opportunities to Help Companies Meet Their Objectives, Bob Pojasek, Pojasek & Associates LLC

2:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Avenue One North & South (All tracks)

Since the publication of “Competitive Advantage: Creating and Sustaining Superior Performance” (Porter, 1985), companies of all sizes have learned to understand how “value chain” activities relate to each other, to supplier activities and to customer activities. In 1987, the Baldrige performance excellence program created a process focus category that could be used as a lead indicator for driving process improvement. In 1997, process mapping was formally introduced in the practice of pollution prevention (Pojasek, 1997). Value stream mapping became popular in 1998 with the publication of “Learning to See” (Rother & Shook).  In 2000, the international standard for quality moved toward addressing the “voice of the customer.” This session will focus on how process mapping provides the information that you need to help your clients meet their objectives. It will provide the detail necessary for you to use the US EPA publication, “An Organizational Guide to Pollution Prevention” (Pojasek & Metcalf, 2000).

  • Adjournment

4:30 p.m.

Speaker Bios

Regional Roundtable 2014 Speaker Bios


Lodging / Room Reservations

Capture_Silver Cloud Seattle Stadium

We are proud to host this year’s Roundtable at the Silver Cloud, Seattle Stadium. The hotel sits in the historic Pioneer Square district next to two model stadiums for sports franchises trying to decrease their environmental footprints. The hotel is also a short walk away from the Port and the city’s bustling industrial district.

  • For hotel reservations at the Silver Cloud, call: 206 204 2072
  • You can also email Marita Simpson (maritas@silvercloud.com). Please have credit card details handy.
  • Please Note: Group rates will only be available until Saturday, September 27.  Rates will increase after this date. Also, because October is a very busy time for conventions in Seattle, DO NOT expect rooms to be available after this date. We strongly encourage you to book your rooms before September 27.

Transportation / Parking

The Silver Cloud, Seattle Stadium is conveniently located next to one of Seattle’s main public transport hubs, King St. Station, which services the Link-Light Rail and buses from the north and south. Because taking public transport is environmentally friendly, economical, and fun, we hope that many of you will be able to do so. Additional transport details are below:

Public Transport

From the South

  • Link-Light Rail runs two lines: one between Sea-Tac Airport to Westlake Center, and one between Tacoma and Seattle (the Tacoma-Link ). “The Stadium” stop is less than a half mile from the hotel. The Silver Cloud runs shuttles to and from the light rail stop every thirty minutes. Look for a white van with the Silver Cloud logo. Also, feel free to call the hotel and request a shuttle (206 204 9800).
  • ST Express Buses run from multiple locations south to Seattle.
  • The Sounder Train runs between Everett and Lakewood.

From the North


From I-5:

  • Take exit 164B and follow the Safeco Field signage to the hotel
  • Turn right onto 1st Ave South
  • Hotel is just past the intersection of 1st Ave South & Royal Brougham
  • The hotel is on your right hand side.

From I-405:

  • Take I-90 West bound
  • Take the 4th Avenue Exit and stay in the far right hand lane
  • Turn right onto 4th Avenue
  • Go through the intersection of 4th Avenue and Royal Brougham and up the next ramp
  • At the top of the ramp, turn right onto Edgar Martinez/South Atlantic Street
  • Turn right onto 1st Ave South
  • Hotel is just past the intersection of 1st Ave South & Royal Brougham
  • The hotel is on your right hand side.

From I-90:

  • Take I-90 West bound
  • Take the 4th Avenue Exit and stay in the far right hand lane
  • Turn right onto 4th Avenue
  • Go through the intersection of 4th Avenue and Royal Brougham and up the next ramp
  • At the top of the ramp, turn right onto Edgar Martinez/South Atlantic Street
  • Turn right onto 1st Ave South
  • Hotel is just past the intersection of 1st Ave South & Royal Brougham
  • The hotel is on your right hand side.


  • Daily Parking: You can reserve a parking spot for each day you spend at the Regional Roundtable. The cost is $15 per day and must be paid in advance with registration. Once you pay for your daily parking, you will receive a voucher from PPRC that you will present to the valet desk.
  • Overnight Parking: Overnight guests will pay $24 plus 22% tax for parking directly to the hotel when they check in.

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