“EcoBiz” Ecological Business Certification Outreach and Technical Assistance
PPRC provides on-the-ground technical assistance for the Oregon EcoBiz program. EcoBiz is a business certification program that recognizes businesses for adopting exceptional environmental business practices. Currently EcoBiz certifications are available for two sectors: automotive services and landscaping. The program was developed by Portland’s Pollution Prevention team in 1996. Currently more than 100 auto body shops and 13 landscaping businesses are certified.
Certified shops receive publicity through printed advertising and other media coverage. EcoBiz certification allows a business to market its sustainable practices to its clientele. Since many Oregon consumers are going “green”, certification helps businesses attract new clients.
EcoBiz certification for auto body shops not only promotes many multi-media ecological business practices, it helps body shops go above and beyond compliance with the new EPA air toxics rule and often saves them money on top of that!
Oregon’s Senate Bill 737, which was passed in 2007 required the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to list the State’s most prominent water pollutants. Municipalities will be asked to create pollution prevention plans for sectors implicated as sources of the identified water toxics. Approximately 40 percent of the identified toxics were in the pesticide and herbicide categories.
The EcoBiz Program serves as a practical model for municipalities seeking to meet the SB737 requirement in target sectors, such as landscaping, auto repair and auto body, while obtaining additional environmental results. New sectors will be added to the program in the future.
PPRC’s dedicated staff currently perform the outreach and technical support for EcoBiz in partnership with Clean Water Services in Washington County. PPRC plans to partner with other local governments to extend EcoBiz outreach across Oregon and into additional sectors.
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The EcoBiz Team at the 100th Certification
For more information, please contact Debra Taevs at 503-336-1256