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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

    Jan 29, 2015 - One Day Class: Transitioning to Safer Chemicals
    This intensive class will teach you how to reduce or eliminate chemical hazards at the source. See the full course description.

    Feb 4, 11am PT - Webinar: Corporate Sustainability and TRI: Exploring P2 Information for Facilities and Parent Companies
    Want to know which companies are taking steps to reduce their environmental footprint? Learn how the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) tool can help identify P2 successes and visually compare environmental performance. Register Register here..

    Feb 5, 10am PT - Webinar: Innovations in Water Management: Stormwater & Recycled Water Systems
    U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (www.uszwbc.org) will demonstrate how to save money, reduce your environmental footprint, and make the best use of available tools and resources. Register here.

    Jan, 2015 - Aug, 2015 - Certificate Program in Green Chemistry
    A University of Washington Continuing Education program in green chemistry will help chemists, environmental and sustainability professionals, health and safety professionals and product managers make informed product decisions that take into account sustainability, toxicity and human health concerns. See more info about the program HERE.

    Feb 25, 2015, 10:00am - Webinar: Maximizing Energy Efficiency: New Tools & Strategies
    A webinar hosted by the Green Sports Alliance. Hear two case studies of recent energy efficiency innovations at an NFL stadium and an NHL arena, and learn more about the NHL’s league-wide efforts to improve efficiency in all 30 of its venues via a new partnership with Constellation Energy. Register here.

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    • Is corporate sustainability reporting a great waste of time?
      As corporate sustainability reporting grows, the question remains -- does it make a difference? A new report indicates that the practice needs a massive overhaul if it's going to be of any use.
    • Murky waters: the hidden environmental impacts of your cruise
      Disney and other cruise holiday operators are trying to clean up their acts and make cruising a greener holiday choice. But why aren't they being more transparent about it?
    • Washington Department of Ecology
      The Department of Ecology provides a number of financial assistance programs to support environmental management; see below for more information on each of these programs. Air Quality Environmental Education Grants Flood Control Shoreline Management Toxics Cleanup Waste Management Water Quality Water Resources Watershed Management
    • Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation's Municipal Water, Sewerage, and Solid Waste Matching Grant Program
      The Alaska Municipal Matching Grant program provides partial funding and engineering support for drinking water, wastewater (sewer), solid waste and non-point source pollution projects, such as waterbody restoration and recovery.
    • 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 pollution control, Clean Diesel […]

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