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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 saving energy, eliminating waste, rethinking process and product design, and aiding green purchasing decisions. PPRC also serves as a networking hub for the Northwest’s E3 program.

Toxics & Waste

PPRC believes strongly in source control, or preventing pollution as close to the source as possible. Unlike end-of-pipe solutions, source control promotes both environmental and economic vitality. PPRC has been at the forefront of developing partnerships in diverse fields that prevent or reduce toxics and waste. Our work includes programs in green chemistry, wastewater pollutants, and stormwater.

Technical Assistance

PPRC offers broad-spectrum technical assistance to small and mid-sized businesses. Our staff of experts in chemical engineering, waste, and green systems can provide holistic assessments of your organization’s environmental footprint. We specialize in looking for ways to improve both economic and environmental performance.

Topic Hubs

Pollution Prevention issues can vary sector by sector. PPRC collaborates with other P2 centers nationwide to develop sector-based resource guides. So far, we have compiled guides on over 80 industries – from auto body shops to ski resorts. Check out the full list to see if your industry is covered. You can save significant time and resources by seeing what problems and solutions already exist to sustainability issues in your industry.

Rapid Response

PPRC provides free and well-researched answers to specific questions about pollution prevention. We provide thorough and unbiased answers to help you make decisions. We offer a staff of seasoned problem solvers with diverse expertise in manufacturing processes, chemical engineering, energy efficiency, and many other fields.

P2 Tools & Calculators

PPRC offers a series of tools to help businesses in their quest to gauge, understand, and reduce pollution while also saving money.

Greening Sports

Sports venues in America have tremendous potential to reduce their environmental impact by greening operations and engaging fans in green initiatives. PPRC’s “Greening Sports” project is designed to complement efforts by the Green Sports Alliance (GSA), the U.S. EPA, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and others to help teams, venues, and leagues improve their environmental and economic performance. PPRC provides technical assistance and resources to assist these efforts.

Educational Resources

In serving as a resource for pollution prevention material, PPRC convenes regional conferences, events, and webinars on a variety of pollution prevention topics.
The Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) is a nonprofit organization that is the Northwest’s leading source of high quality, unbiased pollution prevention (P2) information. PPRC works collaboratively with business, government, non-government organizations, and other sectors to promote environmental protection through pollution prevention. PPRC believes that environmental and economic vitality go hand in hand, and that both are necessary to protect the high quality of life enjoyed in our region.
pollution prevention resource exchange logoPPRC is a proud member of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange, a national network of regional information centers.
  • Upcoming Events

    June 25, 2014 - Seminar: Stormwater Law and Regulation in WA State
    Stormwater regulatory compliance continues to be a concern for municipalities, industrial facilities, Indian tribes and the public, in addition to state and federal regulatory agencies. Join The Seminar Group at the City University of Seattle for discussions and info about costs, monitoring, maintenance and effectiveness of low impact development control measures. More info and registration details HERE .

    June 25 - Roundtable Meeting: By Product Synergy NW Member Meetings and Materials Roundtables
    Join NBIS and By-Product Synergy NW to learn from each other and set your sights on waste reduction and resource conservation strategies that benefit your business. This roundtable event will take place at the Puget Sound Industrial Excellence Center on the Georgetown Campus of South Seattle Community College. To register, go HERE

    July 22 & 24, 2014 (8:00 am - 4:00pm) - Workshop: Fat, Oil and Grease (FOG) Prevention Training
    Our FOG Prevention Workshops head north, to Alaska. The July 22 workshop will be held at the University of Alaska - Anchorage, and the July 24 workshop will be at the University of Alaska - Fairbanks. For more info, or to register, go HERE .


    • Save Food, Save Money, Prevent Pollution EPA food and restuarant guide

      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.

    • Trash Sort Illuminates UW Lab Waste IMG_20140423_104723_717

      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.

    • Why Take the Safer Chemistry Challenge? SCC_logo-H JPG

      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.

    • Raising Benchmarks for Lab Sustainability GLA1_GoGreen2014

      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.

    • A Note To Our Friends in Bellevue, WA Capture_solarize bellevue

      Are you a Bellevue resident, business or building owner? Are you interested in the economic and environmental benefits of solar, but haven’t committed to an installation? We have a proposition for you.


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    • Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Loans and Grants
      The following is an overview of all loans and grants offered through the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. You may also be interested in DEQ's Pollution Control Facilities Tax Credit Program, which offers tax incentives for air pollution controls, alternatives to open field burning, automotive A/C recycling equipment, material recovery, noise […]
    • Department of Energy's Recovery Act funding opportunities
      Department of Energy Recovery Act funding opportunities are listed by industrial sector. On each of the pages linked in the sub navigation at the left, you will see a full listing of all grants, loan guarantees, and grants-in-lieu-of-tax-credit s that are applicable to the given industrial sector. To apply, click on the links provided in the titles of the op […]


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