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 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.
Solarize 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.
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.
The 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.
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:
PPRC 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.
Industries 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:
Environmentally 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:
For more information, see our full page on Environmentally Preferable Purchasing.