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Resource Efficiency


PPRC offers programs that save both natural resources and business resources. We help organizations improve environmental performance and operation efficiency by eliminating or re-using waste, by rethinking process and product design, and by aiding green purchasing decisions. Such programs include:

  • Solarize Kirkland: A neighborhood solar purchasing campaign for Kirkland residents and businesses that ensures an affordable and successful solar installation.
  • Solarize Bellevue: A neighborhood solar purchasing campaign that ensures an affordable and successful solar installation.
  • Safer Alternatives for the Automotive Industry: Resources to help automotive shops use safer chemicals and practices.
  • Economy, Energy, and Environment (E3) in the Northwest: Helping manufacturers improve both operations efficiency and environmental performance.
  • Spray Paint Efficiency Training: Save money and resources through this one-day training program
  • Oregon Ecological Business (Eco-Biz) Certification: Raising the environmental bar for autoshops and landscapers.
  • By-Product Synergy: Helps reduce waste and disposal costs by connecting businesses’ waste streams.
  • Environmentally Preferable Purchasing: Go greener by considering the impact of your purchasing.

Solarize Kirkland

Solarize Kirkland 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. This is achieved by pooling a group of local individuals interested in solar to make a “bulk buy.” This type of program has been widely successful across regions including Seattle, Snohomish County, and more broadly on a national scale, from Portland to New York – with savings as much as 20% on average when compared to acquiring solar systems independently.

For more information on Solarize Kirkland, visit our full Solarize Kirkland project page, or contact our Executive Director, Paula Del Giudice.

Solarize Bellevue

Capture_solarize bellevueSolarize 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. This is achieved by pooling a group of local individuals interested in solar to make a “bulk buy.”

The Solarize Bellevue program recently completed a wildly successful first round of installations, which equipped over 50 residencies with low-hassle solar power. Due to the success of the program, and the high demand of Bellevue residents for solar power, Solarize Bellevue is entering into a second round of solar installations in 2015.

PPRC is proud to partner with the City of Bellevue and NW Seed on this project. For more information about the Solarize Bellevue project, visit our full Solarize Bellevue page, or contact our Executive Director, Paula Del Giudice.

Safer Alternatives for the Automotive Industry

AutoShop_croppedPPRC 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:

  • A series of fact sheets that provide concise information about Solvent Safety Heirarchy, Best Management Practices for Parts Cleaners, Parts Washers Comparison, Floor Cleanup, and Antifreeze Choices.
  • A webinar that focuses on Best Management Practices of a Shop, Safer Alternatives, Compliance, and How to Green Your Shop.
  • An Online Training Curriculum that focuses on helping automotive owners and technicians learn about Safer Alternatives, Best Management Practices in a Repair Shop, and How to Green Your Operations.

To see the full list of resources, visit our full page on Safer Alternatives for the Automotive Industry.

Economy, Energy, Environment (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, 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.

Spray Paint Efficiency Training

STAR_Ken-300x224PPRC 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.

Oregon 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.

By-Product Synergy

ClickHandlerIndustries and manufacturers commonly produce wastes that other businesses could use. By-Product Synergy NW, a member-based initiative of the Network for Business Sustainability (NBIS), looks to improve inter-business communication to create economic opportunities while reducing environmental impacts.

PPRC has been a long-time supporter of materials waste exchange programs in the Northwest. Currently, PPRC’s chemical engineer, Brian Penttila, is chairing the NBIS Chemicals Roundtable, an initiative that connects a variety of industries to:

  • Develop a list of materials and facilities for which hazardous and other chemical waste reuse might offer significant economic savings or environmental benefit.
  • Convene value stream stakeholders to brainstorm barriers and develop reuse opportunities.
  • Develop waste stream reuse opportunities, strategies, and implementation.

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing

Economy Energy and EnvironmentEnvironmentally Preferable Purchasing refers to integrating environmental factors into procurement policies. It allows businesses to make purchasing decisions with the environment in mind. Environmentally Preferable Purchasing typically uses the following tools and/or methods:

  • Pollution Prevention: From the start of a process or procedure, reducing or eliminating toxicity, air, and water emissions.
  • Life-Cycle Perspective: Looking beyond purchase price by considering the costs and environmental impacts over the lifetime of a product or service (manufacturing, packaging, transport, energy consumption, maintenance, disposal).
  • Natural Resource Protection: Giving preference to sustainable, reusable content, and recycled materials over virgin materials, as well as to conserving water and energy.

For more information, see our full page on Environmentally Preferable Purchasing.

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