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Technical Assistance

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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:

    • Safer Chemicals Alternatives Assessment: Helping businesses make products safer, better.
    • E3 in the Northwest: Assisting manufacturers improve operations efficiency and environmental performance.
  • Rapid Response: Efficient answers to your most vexing pollution prevention queries.

Safer Alternatives for Boat Restoration

8This project aims to prevent and reduce toxics entering the Puget Sound by working with commercial and Do It Yourself (DIY) boat restorers and refinishers. The project aims to create awareness about toxics and safer alternative practices in highly impacted communities. We are currently aiming to host a series of educational workshops along the Duwamish Cooridor. We will also develop a series of easy-to-use fact sheets and a short video about best management practices for safer alternatives to common solvents and other toxic materials used in boat restoration and refinishing.

Pollution Prevention Assessment / Walk Through

Industrial engineer writing on notepad in factoryTo maintain competitiveness, manufacturers continually seek more efficient and sustainable practices. A P2 assessment can save businesses both resources and money.  If your business has environmental goals, or challenges with waste, water, energy, or toxics use and exposure, we can help. We are currently offering this assessment FREE to participating business.

P2 Assessments can help businesses:

  • Reduce use of and exposure to toxic chemicals
  • Eliminate wastes and waste costs
  • Improve water efficiency and stormwater quality
  • Improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions

For more details, see the full page on Pollution Prevention Assessment services or contact Michelle Gaither.

Spray-Paint Efficiency Training

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:

  • 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.

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.

Resources for the Craft Brewery Industry

brew-tank-worthyAs prominent community businesses and gathering places, breweries can function as model stewards for environmental health. Those committed to sustainability can build trust among customers, the community, and the local and regional government. PPRC is here to help – to connect breweries with resources, with technical assistance, and with each other to improve both environmental and economic performance. Resources include:

  • A ListServ for craft breweries – A forum to share solutions to sustainability issues
  • Topic Hub’ for Craft Breweries – A report detailing pollution prevention opportunities and best practices for the craft brewing industry.
  • A series of Workshops for Craft Breweries – See below for upcoming events
  • Additional Resources – Resources for craft breweries looking to manage energy, water, and waste.

For these resources and more, see the full page on Resources for the Craft Brewery Industry.

Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) Prevention Training for Rural Communities

165665477-used-cooking-oil-is-sucked-out-of-a-drum-gettyimagesIn 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:

  • Develop a FOG abatement program
  • Learn more about Best Management Practices in dealing with FOG
  • Access useful FOG-prevention resources and receive ongoing technical support

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.

Stormwater Pollution Prevention

large outfall pipeWe 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:

  • Assessment and measurement of stormwater sources.
  • Testing the effectiveness of emerging stormwater management technologies, systems, and processes.
  • Assessing potential for safer chemicals in manufacturing processes and product design.
  • Implementing positive best management practices with an emphasis on source reduction strategies.

For more information about our Stormwater Pollution Prevention work, visit our full page on Stormwater Pollution Prevention.

Oregon Ecological Business (EcoBiz) Certification

EcoBiz logoPPRC 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.

For more info, check out our full EcoBiz page, the EcoBiz website, or contact EcoBiz Manager Britney Wendell.

Safer Chemical Alternatives Assessment 

H-flasks-&-powder---lowThe 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:

  • Coordinate resources and tools for a full alternatives assessment.
  • Conduct a streamlined evaluation of chemical alternatives for small businesses.

For questions regarding Alternative Assessments, contact Michelle Gaither.

For more information on Alternatives Assessment, see our full page on Safer Chemicals.

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 (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.

Rapid Response

question mark keyboardPPRC 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.

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