Most engine degreasers and brake cleaners contain petroleum distillates and other chemicals that are harmful to human health and the environment. These solvents may be used in enclosed parts washers, a simple bucket/small tank, or in aerosol form. Most are quite volatile and the fumes, or fine aerosolized particles (in…
So what exactly is a fatberg?
Fatbergs consist of clumps of fats, oils and grease (FOG) lately joined by the addition of “disposable” wipes. They can also include facial tissue, paper towels, tampons, sanitary towels, condoms, and other wastes flushed into the sanitary sewer system. As this collection of matter…
The Problem with Solvents
Volatile organic compounds, otherwise known as VOCs, are numerous, varied, and ubiquitous. The EPA classifies VOCs as any volatile compound of carbon (both man made and natural occurring) unless it appears on a list of compounds that have been specifically exempted. VOCs in paints are solvents…
Below is our video for the webinar we hosted on August 9th titled Understanding Refrigerants: Challenges and Best Practices Webinar.
Recent technology advances provide options for refrigerant end-users to remain compliant, save money, and provide high-quality for their customers. Are you prepared to discuss the compliance challenges and opportunities to…
Our Regional Roundtable is approaching fast. This event exists to bring together pollution prevention leaders and problem-solvers to help create a cleaner, healthier, and more vibrant region.
We have just published a series of Frequently Asked Question reports that answer questions about cadmium in fertilizer, the current state of our legal protections, and possible pollution prevention tactics.
In this neck of the woods, many of us strive to continually improve commitments to sustainability. Still, Earth Day can be a good day to do a little introspection and to set some personal and organizational goals.
Last week, the Washington Department of Health published the results of their 'Investigation of Reported Cancer Among Soccer Players in Washington State.' What can we take away from the results?
Our Executive Director, Paula Del Giudice, recently delivered a TEDx talk on how sports stadiums are leading the way toward Zero Waste.
Day Two of the Roundtable grappled with the future of pollution prevention, from changing the way we talk about pollution prevention to dealing proactively with the toxic threats in our products, waters, and foods.
Check out summaries of the many excellent presentations from Day One of our Regional Roundtable. Presentations moved from the impacts of climate change toward real, proven solutions.
Find many excellent presentations - filled with good resources and info for both agencies and businesses - below
Our Bellingham Sustainable Brewery Workshop provided a slew of resources available to breweries looking to minimize their environmental impact while also saving money.
Our Sustainable Craft Brewery Workshop in Bend provided lauter tuns of info about how to successfully manage wastewater and reduce energy and water use. Here are some highlights.
LED lights are popping up and on all over the sports world. Why is the time now for LEDs?
What else can facilities, venues, and host sites do to engage fans? And how can they do it well?
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.
State and federal agencies are mobilizing significant resources to conduct more comprehensive studies than any previously done on the hazards of turf, specifically on crumb rubber.
University of Washington's Department of Environmental & Occupational Health and Safety is offering a unique hands-on training course focused on controlling the primary hazards associated with the use of ignitable coatings.
Summaries of presentations from the second day of PPRC's Regional Roundtable, which included talks by Bob Perciasepe and Ken Geiser as well as perspectives on anaerobic digestion, stormwater, and the pollution prevention opportunities presented by the new federal Clean Power Plan (CPP).
If you missed our 2015 Regional Roundtable, or if you want a refresher on some of the fantastic information covered, here is the first installment of our Review.
Twenty-five years ago, Congress passed the Pollution Prevention (P2) Act. What prompted the Act? What is the Act’s impact and legacy? And what’s next for pollution prevention?
A number of organic landcare solutions are underway on the beautiful campus of Lewis and Clark College, in Portland, OR.
Our Executive Director, Paula Del Giudice, wrote a guest post on a local blog, "Stormwater News NW." Del Giudice's blog digs into the impacts that fats, oils, and grease (collectively called "FOG") have on stormwater management.
Clean Water Service's Durham Plant will use fats, oils, and grease (FOG) to supply a large proportion of its energy needs.
A recent webinar reviewed specific and effective ways that auto repair shops can improve the safety of the chemicals they use.
In honor of Earth Day, we're celebrating some of the successes of pollution prevention programs throughout the country.
What can consumers or businesses worried about formaldehyde exposures do to protect themselves?
What do we know about the health risks of turf fields? What don't we know? And what can we do to make our fields safer?
Instead of passing game vs. running game, how do the teams match up in terms of energy use, water conservation, construction, waste diversion, and transportation. Introducing SustainaBowl 2015!
What actions can smaller organizations - like schools, rec and youth leagues - take to join in the exciting game of greening sports? Here are some actions and resources.
What solutions work without sacrificing environmental health or road safety?
Here's a video summary of what we accomplished in 2014, from greening sports to sewers to breweries.
Our 2014 Regional Roundtable was a great success. As always, the event yielded new and fruitful collaborations between a variety of area businesses and technical assistance providers. Whether you attended the event or want to see what you missed, the below is a brief summary of each presentation / workshop.
Check out Regional Roundtable 2014 Photos!
Next time you visit a sports stadium or arena, take a look at all the hard surfaces. Sports facilities are often built of, and surrounded by, surfaces that shed rain. These facilities can be major players in the game to reduce stormwater pollution.
Ever wonder what it's like to go solar? What is the upfront cost? Does the true payback period match the promised one? Even in rainy western Washington? How long does the installation process take?
Businesses are looking for both proven and innovative solutions to solving their zinc problems. And that’s where PPRC comes in. Our video shows three kinds of solutions: source control, Low Impact Development, and other filtration options.
Check out Executive Director Paula Del Giudice's article at GreenBiz.com on brewing beer better. Del Giudice gives examples of innovations used by breweries - large and small - to save water, energy, and waste.
New EPA guide provides a number of useful tips and resources for reducing food waste. The guide shows how reducing waste saves more than food. It also saves money and prevents pollution.
A University of Washington trash sort aimed to shine a light on the disposal practices of the university’s laboratories and uncover opportunities to divert materials from landfills.
If your business is interested in using less toxic chemicals in its processes or products, you may want to get involved in the WA Department of Ecology’s Safer Chemistry Challenge. The challenge encourages and helps Northwest businesses to use safer chemical ingredients.
When we think of unsustainable businesses we don’t usually think of the clean, sterile environment of a laboratory. But labs – from small academic ones to the larger biotech industry benches common in the Seattle area – are hazardous polluters that often get overlooked by the public eye.
MetLife Stadium has quietly achieved environmental gains that are arguably as impressive as the Seahawk’s Super Bowl win. Okay, almost as impressive...
Oregon breweries connected with a host of local technical assistance programs and resources, many of which are free, to improve brewing sustainability
Presenters detailed a slew of metrics, services, resources, and tools available to help brewers decrease environmental impact while saving money.
What qualities do we want from our athletic fields? Safety? Playability? Where does environmental protection fit in?
We are all responsible for the disturbing trend of increasing sewer clogs. What can we do to help?
The Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse (IC2) just launched a comprehensive guide designed to help companies reduce or eliminate their use of toxic chemicals.
A look at a few pieces of media that are helping to change how we think about flame retardants. How are flame retardants threatening our health? And what's being done about it?