Pollution Prevention Northwest Newsletter
Published by the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center
New Year's 2000



 
The Northwest Pollution Prevention Network has become an essential tool for businesses and technical assistance providers to find resources and share information that will move pollution prevention from drawing boards to implementation. This special edition of Pollution Prevention Northwest takes a look back at the network’s development and a forward look at what the future holds for this regional resource.
 
CONTENTS:
dot Network Overview
dot Benefits of Network
dot Web Use Expanding
dot Handy Resource Guide
dot Useful Products
dot Network's Future
dot P2 Digest
dot About this Newsletter
 



 

Days of the Roundtables
Average attendance at regional roundtables has doubled in two years:
* 1997: 33
* 1998: 55
* 1999: 67
New issues discussed at the roundtables include P2 and salmon, green procurement, and energy.

P2 Focus

Regional P2 Network Builds Resources, Delivers Value

        Since its inception, the Northwest Pollution Prevention Network has become an increasingly valuable resource that is helping the region’s technical assistance providers (TAPs) and other information "retailers" deliver timely and accurate pollution prevention information more effectively. The network supports assistance providers in their outreach to industry and other key audiences, and enhances the value of their services.
        The network, coordinated by the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC), uses a three-pronged strategy to promote implementation of P2:

· RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT: Improving quality and accessibility of information resources, and making information available in 15 minutes or less.
· REGIONAL COORDINATION: Establishing and maintaining channels encouraging two-way information exchange between local and national levels.
· NATIONAL NETWORKING: Working with other regional centers to build a foundation for a national information network, by providing national standards for high quality information.
        An essential element of the network’s value is proactively linking information resources with target audiences. Good information supports the work of assistance providers. Building regional relationships ensures that good information will be disseminated more widely to people who can put it to use.
        Over the past year, significant work has gone into augmenting the regional store of information in response to the needs of key sectors and to broad regional issues that P2 can play an important role in addressing.
        Through communications and coordination services, the network has strengthened relationships among the state and federal participants. Additionally, outreach to local government, energy efficiency assistance providers, and wastewater treatment programs has helped to broaden and deepen the network.
        Through a comprehensive service delivery approach, the network is enhancing the value of all participating information providers, by creating a structure for them to conveniently draw on each others’ expertise when serving clients. As a national network is developed, this enhancement of value will continue to grow. end


 
P2 Focus

People Both Support and Benefit from Network

        The success of the Northwest Pollution Prevention Network relies on a balance of human and electronic support networks. By building working relationships among the region’s assistance providers, the network ensures that resources will reach intended audiences more widely and will be used more effectively.
         A philosophical underpinning of the network is the concept of "comprehensive service delivery," which recognizes that the better integrated technical assistance providers (TAPs) are, the more value they can deliver to their business and government clients. The network supports activities that help assistance providers work together for the benefit of Northwest businesses, governments and others. Industry participants in the network play a key role to ensure that materials and programming meet their needs.
 
State, Local Government Assistance
 
Regional P2 Roundtable: The roundtable provides an opportunity for TAPs to meet with regional peers, brainstorm ideas, and gain a better understanding of new issues related to P2. PPRC coordinates the meetings.
* Who Participates: Northwest P2 TAPs, compliance assistance providers, energy and manufacturing efficiency providers, regulators.
* Information Support: PPRC documents the meetings in the Regional Roundtable Report (http://www.pprc.org/pprc/pubs/pubs.html#rrt).
 
WIN: The Waste Information Network (WIN) fosters information exchange and collaborative development of better ways to work with industry. PPRC has begun facilitating the work of this group.
* Who Participates: TAPs and regulatory program representatives in the Seattle metropolitan area.
* Information Support: PPRC will coordinate production of a newsletter.
 
ITAP: The Industrial Technical Assistance Providers work to increase adoption of practices that increase energy and manufacturing efficiency, and/or prevent waste, through information exchange. PPRC began facilitating ITAP this year.
* Who Participates: P2, energy efficiency and manufacturing efficiency assistance providers.
* Information Support: PPRC will prepare minutes, coordinate a speakers bureau and act as a regional referral resource for members.
 
Long-Term Information Resource: PPRC partners with local and state agencies to host information developed in sector campaigns.
Examples:
* Fiberglass (http://www.pprc.org/pprc/sbap/ fiber.html)
* Metal Machining (http://www.pprc.org/pprc/sbap/machine.html)
 
Industry Participation
 
Industry, the ultimate beneficiary of network services, participates in resource development from the time a sector is selected. Industries help:
* Identify priority areas.
* Peer review materials for content, readability and relevance.
* Advise on marketing.
* Give perspectives at regional meetings.
 
Building a National Network
 
The Northwest network is part of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx), a collaboration of nine regional P2 information centers across the U.S. The vision of the centers is to provide businesses and TAPs with a seamless national system of high quality P2 information. For more information about P2Rx, visit http://www.epa.gov/p2/p2rxdir.htm. end


 

GATEWAY COMING
PPRC plans to create a gateway site that will provide one-stop shopping for TAPs. The gateway will display the web site icons of regional business assistance providers in one location. Associated database functions will make it easier for businesses and assistance providers to locate the appropriate service(s) for their needs.

 
 
 

Machining Sector Tools
 
The metal machining "living document" grew out of a state-local machine shops sector campaign PPRC brought the agencies together to run a joint rather than separate campaigns. Information developed in on-site visits and technical assistance will be housed on PPRC’s web site.

P2 Focus More P2 Resources at Click of the Mouse

        The Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center’s web site is an increasingly valuable resource for participants in the Northwest Pollution Prevention Network.
         Resources have been added to the site steadily in response to network participants’ needs for information about key sectors and about regional issues that P2 can address. Additionally, the site contains resources that foster networking and coordination, enhancing the value of services provided by all network participants.
         Web site improvements include:
         BUSINESS ASSISTANCE: General resources include fact sheets on P2 approaches to Clean Air Act compliance and a guide to inventorying wastes. Over the past year, resources have been added for the auto repair, fiberglass fabrication, metal finishing, metal machining, paint and coating manufacturing, food processing, hospitality, and industrial laundries sectors. Existing resources for the shipbuilding sector have been augmented. Three reports on cross-cutting P2 topics PBTs, alternative fuels, and measurement – have been completed.
         GOVERNMENT RESOURCES: The government page includes tools that foster productive information exchange among all levels of government. Tools include extensive reports on regional pollution prevention roundtables, the Rapid Response research service, and peer review services.
         P2 RESEARCH: Over the past year, 150 projects have been added to the Research Projects Database, bringing the total to approximately 650. The RPD’s main page was visited in 513 user sessions between April 1 and Sept. 30, 1999.
         CONTACTS: A directory lists Northwest technical assistance providers and compliance assistance specialists, enabling information retailers to find contacts and make referrals. The directory averaged 160 user sessions monthly between April 1 and Sept. 30, 1999.
         NEWS: P2 Northwest goes out to about 2,800 readers in business, government, research institutes, and non-government organizations.
         INDIVIDUALS: P24U makes pollution prevention and sustainability accessible for individuals. Since the easy-to-use resource was posted in August 1999, it has been visited in more than 500 user sessions.

webstats
Total user sessions for network web resources are rising steadily. A user session, a common metric for web site use, refers to all the activity, or "page views" generated by one user at one sitting. Graph is based on latest data. end


 

Network Bonds
At the request of Green Seal (http://www.greenseal.org), PPRC will review environmental performance standards for adhesives.


Resource Fits the Mold
The Composites Fabricators Association, a national fiberglass trade group, refers its members to PPRC’s fiberglass fabrication resources. Find out more by visiting http://www.pprc.org/
pprc/sbap/fiber.html


What's New In P2
Readership of the What’s New in P2 e-bulletin has tripled in the past year. The subscription list exceeds 300 recipients.


Research Service a Hit
More than 90 requests for the Rapid Response research service have been fulfilled for Northwest technical assistance providers. Find out more by visiting http://www.pprc.org/pprc/
research/rapidres.html
.


 
P2 Focus
Your Handy Guide to Using the Northwest Pollution Prevention Network

Research Projects Database The Research Projects Database (RPD) contains more than 650 P2 research and demonstration projects. Each listing includes a project description, sponsor and primary contact.
Web Page: http://www.pprc.org/pprc/research.html
Contact: Cathy Buller, 206-352-2050, cbuller@pprc.org
Technology Reviews Technology reviews help Northwest technical assistance providers understand performance characteristics, advantages, limitations, economic issues and research gaps of P2 technologies.
Web Page: http://www.pprc.org/pprc/p2tech/p2tech.html
Contacts: Catherine Dickerson or Chris Wiley, 206-352-2050, cdickerson@pprc.org, cwiley@pprc.org
Topical Reports Reports on cross-cutting topics help Northwest P2 programs set priorities and get current on emerging environmental management and sustainability issues.
Web Page: http://www.pprc.org/pprc/pubs/pubs.html#topic
Contacts: Catherine Dickerson or Chris Wiley, 206-352-2050, cdickerson@pprc.org, cwiley@pprc.org
Request for Proposals Clearinghouse The RFP Clearinghouse includes information on current RFPs related to pollution prevention, as well as archives of all past solicitations.
Web Page: http://www.pprc.org/pprc/rfp/rfp.html
Contact: Crispin Stutzman, 206-352-2050, cstutzman@pprc.org
Sector Resources The network provides P2 information for the following sectors: 1) Auto Repair, 2) Fiberglass Fabrication, 3) Food Processing, 4) Hospitality, 5) Industrial Laundries, 6) Metal Fabrication, 7) Metal Finishing, 8) Paint and Coating Manufacturing, 9) Printing, 10) Shipbuilding and Repair, 11) Wood Furniture Manufacturing, and 12) Metal Machining.
Web Page: http://www.pprc.org/pprc/sbap/sbap.html
Contact: Chris Wiley, 206-352-2050, cwiley@pprc.org
What's New in P2 PPRC sends a monthly e-bulletin to Northwest technical assistance providers informing them about new P2 resources, P2 initiatives, conferences, trainings, and useful web sites.
Contact: Jim DiPeso, 206-352-2050, jdipeso@pprc.org
Rapid Response Rapid Response provides up to three hours of research to help Northwest technical assistance providers find answers to questions about P2 technologies and practices.
Web Page: http://www.pprc.org/pprc/research/rapidres.html
Contact: Catherine Dickerson, 206-352-2050, cdickerson@pprc.org
Peer Review PPRC keeps a list of government and industry representatives who have agreed to conduct peer reviews of documents produced by Northwest technical assistance providers. PPRC can help TAPs get their documents peer reviewed by experts in the field.
Contact: Catherine Dickerson, 206-352-2050, cdickerson@pprc.org
 
 
P2 Focus Guide to Network Publications
On line at http://www.pprc.org/pprc/pubs/pubs.html
 
  SECTOR FACT SHEETS, WORKBOOKS, LINKS
    Auto Repair
    Fiberglass Fabrication
    Food Processing
    Hospitality
    Industrial Laundries
    Metal Fabrication
    Metal Finishing
    Metal Machining
    Paint & Coatings Manufacturing
    Printing
    Shipbuilding & Repair
    Wood Furniture Manufacturing
    Main Page Hits, April 1-Sept. 30, 1999: 4,245

AIR QUALITY FACT SHEETS
    Solvent Cleaning
    Reading MSDSs
    Risk Management Planning
    Hazardous Air Pollutants
    True Costs of Coatings
    ...And more
    Main Page Hits, April 1-Sept. 30, 1999: 627

 
  SECTOR LIVING DOCUMENTS
    Fiberglass Fabrication
    Paint & Coatings Manufacturing
    Metal Machining
    Main Page Hits, April 1-Sept. 30, 1999: 1,053

TOPICAL REPORTS
    Alternative Fuels for Fleet Vehicles
    Measurement and P2 for Programs
    Persistent, Bioaccumulative Toxins
    Main Page Hits, April 1-Sept. 30, 1999: 2,169

 
  ADHESIVE TECHNOLOGY REVIEWS
    Hot Melt Adhesives
    Radiant-Cured Adhesives
    Water-Based Adhesives
    Main Page Hits, April 1-Sept. 30, 1999: 1,009

QUIZZES
    The Official PPRC P2 Quiz
    P2 Quiz: Episode 2, The Pollution Menace
    Do-It-Yourself Auto Repair Quiz
    Main Page Hits, April 1-Sept. 30, 1999: 512

 
  CALENDAR
    Trainings
    Seminars
    Trade Shows
    Symposia
    Downlinks
    Lectures
    Industry Forums
    Main Page Hits, April 1-Sept. 30, 1999: 784
   

 
P2 Focus

What the Future Holds for the Network

        In 2000, many of the regional features and services established in the past three years through the Northwest Pollution Prevention Network will continue to expand. We expect that regional services such as the monthly What’s New in P2 e-bulletin, Rapid Response Research Service, regional roundtable, calendar and others will continue to be improved. On the national level, databases such as the Research Projects Database and the Request for Proposals Clearinghouse will continue to be a priority. Examples of growth and improvement are discussed below:
     MORE OUTREACH: Coordination of and with other groups will increase in importance. In addition to facilitating the Regional P2 Roundtable, PPRC will begin facilitating two groups important to the region: the Waste Information Network and the Industrial Technical Assistance Providers. Outreach to small business support organizations and to trade associations will be expanded as well.
     IMPROVED ACCESS: Expanded network participation will require improved access to network information. To meet this need, PPRC is planning an Internet gateway site for regional business assistance and related programs. The gateway will provide clients with one-stop access to organizations best suited to meet their needs. An improved contacts database will support the web site.
     MORE CONTENT: From the beginning, the network has been committed to providing high quality, synthesized, peer-reviewed information to network users in 15 minutes or less. The tables below summarize content areas that will be created, maintained, or expanded in 2000.
     MORE NATIONAL RELEVANCE: In 2000, coordinating with other regional centers to improve the quality of materials available nationally will continue to be a priority. PPRC will participate in Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx), adopt common information standards as appropriate, respond to information requests from other centers, and remain open to future collaborative efforts. Efforts at the national level will translate into improved access to information regionally. end

PPRC is prepared to be a sector lead for the following sectors and interest areas:
Coatings Manufacturing
Fiberglass Fabrication
Aerospace
Metal Machining
Metal Finishing
Metal Fabrication
Wood Finishing
Shipbuilding and Repair
 
Fact Sheets will be made available for the following areas:
Industrial Laundries clients
Auto Repair
Photo Processing
Printing
Paint Application
 
PPRC is prepared to be a resource for the following sectors and interest areas:
Adhesives
Water, Energy Efficiency for the Semiconductor Industry
Alternative Fuels
Food Processing
Cleaning in Manufacturing
Hospitality
Green Procurement
Schools
Extended Product Responsibility
PBTs in the Northwest
Mining

 

Marketing Builds Awareness of Network Resources
 
Since 1998, articles about network resources have been placed in the following trade journals and e-zines:

  • P2 Review
  • Environmental Protection
  • SustainableBusiness.com
  • Sustainable Business Network
  • Alternative Fuels Today
  • Fleets & Fuels
  • The Shipbuilding Expert
  • Public Transportation Expert
  • Adhesives & Sealants Industry
  • Green Hotelier
  • HospitalityNet
  • Wood E-Bulletin
  • American City & County
  • Marine Log
  • Brake & Front End
  • Journal of Reinforced Plastics
  • Puget Sound Business Journal
  • Daily Journal of Commerce (published in Seattle)

p2 digest P2 Digest      
 

Apply for BEST Awards
        Applications are due Feb. 20, 2000 for this year’s Businesses for an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) awards, which recognize Portland area businesses that reduce waste, use water and energy efficiently, and promote transportation alternatives.
        BEST award winners are cumulatively saving more than $10 million per year as a result of their environmentally beneficial actions. BEST awards are given every April. Alan Thein Durning, executive director of Northwest Environment Watch, will keynote the awards breakfast, to be held April 21, 2000.
        Download a pdf application from the Portland Energy Office, at http://www.ci.portland.or.us/energy/best-app.html, or call 503-823-7222. To find out more about BEST, visit http://www.ci.portland.or.us/energy/bestmain.html.

Green Building Resource
        Start a green builder program in your community with the help of a guide published by the National Association of Home Builders Research Center (NAHBRC). The guide features a survey of six green building programs across the nation, including programs in Kitsap County and Clark County in Washington. Program development and green building techniques are described, along with costs and technologies.
        Download the copy in pdf format by visiting http://www.nahbrc.org. Scroll down and click on "New in Builder Programs." Next, click on "Green Building Activities at the Research Center." Then, click on "Green Builder Guide." To order a hard copy or CD, call the NAHBRC at 301-249-4000, between 5:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Pacific time.

 

Eight Companies Get P2 Award
        Eight Washington companies have received the 1999 Governor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Pollution Prevention. The companies were recognized for using innovative methods to reduce waste and use of hazardous substances in production. The companies are Apollo Spas in Spokane, Birmingham Steel in Seattle, Canyon Creek Cabinet Co. in Monroe, Eden Advanced Pest Technologies in Olympia, Elliott Bay Marina in Seattle, the EnviroStars Cooperative in Seattle, Hytek Finishes in Kent, and Omega Pest Management in Bremerton.

Salmon Info Center on Line
        The Salmon Information Center (http://www.salmoninfo.org) is a new web site that provides up-to-date information on endangered species listings in the Puget Sound area.
        The web site includes information about salmon biology, the factors responsible for their decline, the Endangered Species Act, a calendar of meetings, and a list of contacts in government, business and non-government organizations. Call the center toll-free at 1-877-SALMON-9 (1-877-725-6669).

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POLLUTION PREVENTION Northwest

Editor & Designer: Jim DiPeso
Technical Editors: Madeline M. Sten
Web Version Format: Crispin Stutzman

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About this Newsletter
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About the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center
       The Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) is a nonprofit organization that is the region's leading source of high quality, unbiased pollution prevention information. PPRC works collaboratively with business, government and other sectors to promote environmental protection through pollution prevention. PPRC serves Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, and also takes part in projects with benefits beyond the Northwest.
       Financial support for PPRC is broad-based, with contributions from organizations such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Northwest states, The Boeing Company, Intel Corporation and others. The PPRC accepts environmental settlement moneys to further its work on pollution prevention.
       Significant in-kind support has been provided by organizations such as: Hewlett-Packard Company, Battelle/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Battelle Seattle Research Center, Microsoft Corporation, Ross & Associates Environmental Consulting, Ltd. and The Fluke Corporation.

Staff: Madeline M. Sten, Executive Director; Catherine Dickerson, Technical Lead; Chris Wiley, Industry Outreach Lead; Jim DiPeso, Communications Director; Crispin Stutzman, Research Associate; Cathy Buller, Research Associate; Mark Sten, Project Manager - Northwest Business Survey; Scott Allison, Chief Financial Officer; Allison Greenberg, Administrative Assistant

Board of Directors: Richard Bach, President, Stoel Rives, Portland, Ore.; Joan Cloonan, Vice President, J.R. Simplot Company, Boise, Idaho; Kirk Thomson, Vice President, The Boeing Company, Seattle, Wash.; Dana Rasmussen, Secretary, Seattle, Wash.; William June, Treasurer, On Point Communications Strategists, Portland, Ore.; Rodney Brown, Marten & Brown, LLP, Seattle, Wash.; Charles Findley, U.S. EPA Region 10, Seattle, Wash; Scott Forrest, Forrest Paint Co., Eugene, Ore; Tom Korpalski, Hewlett-Packard, Boise, Idaho; Langdon Marsh, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Portland, Ore; Alan Schuyler, ARCO Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska; Jeff Allen, Oregon Environmental Council, Portland, Ore.

© 1999, Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center
phone: 206-352-2050, web: www.pprc.org