PPRC NEWS ARCHIVE

Green Washington AwardsGreen WA 2011

 

Congratulations, PPRC, on being named to Seattle Business Magazine’s Washington Green 50 list of the top green businesses and organizations in the state for 2011.

PPRC was the runner-up in the Green Washington 2011 Nonprofit category.

Congratulations to our partner, Port of Seattle,  for winning its category; to partners Washington State University and Seattle Children’s Hospital,  for being named runners-up; and to Canyon Creek Cabinet Company, General Biodiesel, University of Washington, and Virginia Mason for their stellar nominations.

Posted on October 10, 2011

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Down To Earth Irrigation receives Ecobiz Down To Earthcertification

Down to Earth Irrigation, a Clackamas County business for almost 40 years has been awarded the Eco-Biz Landscape Certification by the Pollution Prevention Outreach (P2O) Team.

To become certified, Down to Earth demonstrated their knowledge and use of more than 120 different best environmental business practices in their areas of specialty. These practices relate to all of the ways their business could impact the air, water, soil, and release greenhouse gases and toxic substances. A specialty service of Down to Earth is “smart controllers,” which often cut irrigation bills by 25-30 percent and produce better watering results for yards and gardens. They also use drip irrigation and rotary nozzles to reduce water consumption on their customer’s property.

Read the full press release.

Posted on July 10, 2011

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Presentations now available from the Green Chemistry Roundtable

If you were unable to attend The Path Ahead: Creating a Green Chemistry Roadmap for Washington State roundtable in late May, we now have many of the presentations available for viewing here.

Additionally, you can view the list of attendees here.

Thanks to everyone that attended and participated. The event was a great success. Check out more about the event here.

Posted on June 15, 2011

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Beaverton, OR school district awarded EcoBiz Certification

April 8, 2011 - The Beaverton School District Allen Blvd. Transportation Shop and Transportation Support Center (TSC) sites have been awarded Eco-Biz Maintenance Certification by the Pollution Prevention Outreach Team of the Portland Oregon Metropolitan Area.

The EcoBiz Maintenance Certification Program recognizes mechanical shops that reach the highest standards in minimizing their environmental impact. The goal of the program is to prevent and minimize pollution generated by
small businesses in the statewide area. This is the first multi-media (air, water and solid waste) maintenance services certification program in the nation.

Congratulations to Jane Langlois and the entire Beaverton School District Transportation Staff!

Read about the certification here

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Trashing BPA Receipts

Check out our recent guest blog posting over on the ToxicsWatch Blog, the blog from our friends over at the Washington Toxics Coalition, highlighting our report generated from our "BPA-Trash or Recycle?" Rapid Response.

By now, readers of this blog are well aware that Bisphenol-A (BPA) has been found lurking inthe most unlikely of places—your wallet. Thanks to all those thermal paper receipts that many consumers diligently stow away for later bookkeeping purposes, our paper money is now dirtier than ever. 

While many are trying to limit their exposure to the endocrine-disrupting chemical that commonly shows up in the linings of food cans, sports and baby bottles, we got around to thinking: What actually does happen to all the thermal paper receipts we accumulate? The instinct for many is to recycle our cash register receipts because they’re made of paper, but is this a better choice than throwing them into the landfill?

Read the entire blog here.

Posted on January 15, 2010

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2010 Pollution Prevention Regional Roundtable Recap

Thank you to all that attended and participated in our annual Regional Roundtable out at Suquamish Clearwater Resort. From the stormwater and ocean acidification tours, to the various climate change and toxics panels, to the alarming Anita Burke keynote address and Peter Donaldson’s inspirational vision for Puget Sound in 2050, impressive ideas, solid information, and practical tools were presented in useful and entertaining ways.

If you missed a presentation or were unable to attend, check out some of the presentations from the conference here.

If you missed the Taylor Shellfish hatchery tour, which was included in the ocean acidification discussions on day one, be sure to check out the report filed by KBCS Green ACRE Radio host Martha Baskin titled Fooling Mother Nature When Real World Conditions Make the Going Tough: The Other CO2 Problem.

Listen to the show here.

 

 

Posted on October 15, 2010

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The most efficient way to eliminate pollution is at the source. In 1990, the federal Pollution Prevention Act became official policy declaring that, "Pollution should be prevented or reduced at its source, whenever possible." This began an extensive effort by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to create less waste and conserve resources on a federal, state, and local level, working with businesses, citizens, organizations, and others committed to source reduction.

PPRC was founded in 1991 and joined in the fight to help clean up our environment helping businesses, agencies, and organizations to reduce their impact and lower their output. Over the past 19 years, we have been involved in some unique projects working together to help reduce the environmental effects from businesses and agencies. Some recent projects include:

  • Unwanted Medicine Return program - PPRC helped on this pilot project that to date has collected and kept out of the waste stream over 47,000 lbs of unwanted medicine.
  • Oregon Eco-Logical Business program - PPRC provides certification to automotive and landscape businesses promoting and recognizing best management practices for air quality, water quality, solid and hazardous waste management. To date, 139 businesses have been certified.
  • Spray Technique Applied Research (STAR) Training - this program helps painters work more efficiently and in turn reduces air emissions and toxic material usage. In 2009, the program saved businesses almost $2.5 million and over 8,000 gallons of paint.
  • Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Grant - Partnering with Interstate Distributor Co. and Freightwings, Inc., this partnership implemented one of the trucking industry's largest installations of aerodynamic trailer side skirts to date. PPRC predicts up to a seven percent reduction of diesel fuel consumption and emissions for over 2,000 trailers in the Interstate fleet, resulting in estimated annual savings of 1.1 million gallons of diesel. Over the product life-span, this will result a total savings of approximately 16 million gallons of fuel, $45 million, and prevent 182,633 tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

These are only a few of the projects we've worked on over the years. Read about some more current projects here, and make sure to take a moment to check out the rest of our website where you'll find more information and solutions to help with toxics and waste reduction, resource efficiency, and climate change.

Please get in touch with us here if you're interested in any of the following:

  • sector-based environmental certifications and trainings
  • free pollution prevention info, tools, and research
  • research of the best environmental practices and alternatives, life-cycle impacts, toxics, and GHG issues
  • green assessments with Lean and system approaches
  • fiscal agentry and grant management as a 501c3 partner

Posted on 09/15/2010

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DERA

Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Grant

With a goal to eliminate almost 200,000 tons of harmful diesel emissions and improve the air quality in the Pacific Northwest, we’re excited to announce our partnership with Tacoma-based trucking fleet Interstate Distributor Co. and Seattle’s Freight Wing Inc., a manufacturer of aerodynamic side “skirts” for tractor trailers.

Using an $875,000 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this new partnership will enable Interstate to implement one of the trucking industry's largest installations of aerodynamic trailer side skirts to date – using an innovative new product engineered by Freight Wing Inc. Interstate selected the Freight Wing “Aeroflex” product after a rigorous testing program that evaluated several emerging efficiency technologies verified by the EPA “Smartway” Transport initiative.

For this project, we predict up to a seven percent reduction of diesel fuel consumption and emissions for over 2,000 trailers in the Interstate fleet, resulting in estimated annual savings of 1.1 million gallons of diesel. Over the product life-span, this will result a total savings of approximately 16 million gallons of fuel, $45 million, and prevent 182,633 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, significantly improving the air quality in Puget Sound communities by minimizing the toxins found in diesel emissions that are associated with cancer, asthma, and other pulmonary and cardiovascular health issues.

Check out our DERA project page for the latest updates, numbers and other media about this exciting opportunity we have to improve the air quality in Puget Sound, the Pacific Northwest, and across the country.

Read the press release here.

Posted 08/20/10

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Our latest Topic Hub™: Climate Change

Whether it’s the current oil gusher in the Gulf bringing the oil crisis to our front rooms every evening, the high cost of fossil fuels affecting our business’s bottom line, or pending regulations, reducing our carbon footprint and energy intensity just make sense for businesses from an ethical and economic perspective. Many large businesses have staff and expertise at their behest to help guide them through the changes that are either in front of us or on the horizon as we learn to conserve energy resources. If you’re with a small or medium-sized business, however, where do you go for help? There’s a giant maze of information and resources available, so where do you start? How do you make sense of it all?

The Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) has developed an on-line compendium of resources to help businesses with their efforts. For the first time ever, a collection of important tools and resources from agencies, nonprofits, universities, and organizations has been identified and categorized for easy access. The Climate Change Topic Hub™ brings together in one convenient location information about the issue, including a primer about the causes and many of the impacts.

The best feature of the Topic Hub, however, is the solutions section.  There are many tools to calculate greenhouse gas emissions. It discusses examples of strategies, collaborative partnerships, technologies, energy efficiency opportunities, and other opportunities to help reduce emissions and mitigate the effects of global warming.

There is sector-specific information provided, specifically for those that have been identified by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as having the highest energy intensity such as: cement, iron and steel, aluminum, chemicals, forest products, glass, metal casting, mining, and petroleum refining.

Other Topic Hubs available include: Lean and Environment, Hospitality, Metal Finishing, and Auto Repair. Topic Hubs are developed through a grant from the EPA and the P2Rx Network—a group of eight pollution prevention centers from around the country of which PPRC is one.

Read the press release here.

All Topic Hubs can be found here.

Posted 07/2010

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Everett St Auto

WELCOME to the EcoBiz team, Everett Street Autoworks of Portland! They are the most recent automotive business to be certified and go above and beyond the requirements of the program.

Posted 07/2010

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enviromax

CONGRATULATIONS to Tigard, Oregon's Enviromax Landscape & Design, the latest member of our EcoBiz certification program. With this certification, they become the first carbon-neutral landscape company in Oregon.

Before even approaching us about the ways they could improve their efficiency and lower their output, Mack Sutphin and his partner Adam Wagner started with the basics – purchasing renewable energy, implementing a greater recycling program, and reducing their waste. This included: they stopped using chemical pesticides and fertilizers, opting for an organic solution instead, and eliminated pesticide use all together. In an effort to conserve fuel and resources, they implemented a four-day work week, working 10 hours per day, allowing them to reduce the number of trips made to and from a job site, and has resulted in faster installations. They also switched the fuel in their trucks to B99 Biofuel, purchased directly across the street from their office in Tigard.

Congratulations, Mack, Adam, and Enviromax on your great achievements!

Posted 05/2010