Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center Programs
How to Spray Paint and Coatings Efficiently:
The Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) is currently providing Spray Technique Analysis and Research (STAR®) and NESHAP training to painters and paint instructors. The STAR® program was developed by the Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) at the University of Northern Iowa and is dedicated to improving the overall efficiency of manual spray coating operations by enhancing the techniques of spray technicians. Increased efficiency reduces the amount of volatile organic compounds entering the atmosphere and also reduces the cost of materials used in spraying.
Helping small to medium-sized manufacturers:
The Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) is committed to promoting improved environmental operations in lean manufacturing processes. Our goal is to be a networking and referral hub for lean and green, serving the lean community in Washington and elsewhere in the Northwest. PPRC staff works with lean process improvement specialists to identify pollution prevention strategies for manufacturers. Staff also complete pollution prevention assessments for businesses that are interested in making improvements--at a reduced rate.
Free technical assistance to assist businesses that may not have access to experts:
The Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) conducts free research for operations and sustainability managers, technical assistance providers, and other professionals in Washington and the Northwest. This PPRC service seeks to answer an environmental question, or at a minimum, find sufficient leads, contacts and resources to help the requestor find the desired information. The service may include consultation with engineers, a host of listserv resources, technical experts, and on-line or library searches. In addition, PPRC is available to work in facilities to help operators and managers develop more efficient practices for conserving energy and water, and preventing pollution at its source.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
PPRC has been the nonprofit partner working with the City of Bellevue on the Solarize Bellevue community solar program. The program works by bringing together enough residents interested in installing photovoltaic solar arrays that a contractor will offer "bulk purchase" discounts. The initial goal for the project was 25 installations by the end of the program (March 2015). If the project achieved 30 installations, the contractor agreed to donate a free array to a Bellevue nonprofit. In September 2014, the program exceeded the 30 installations and, after a community-wide balloting process, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue was selected to have the solar array installed on their Teen Center. At the end of the project, 50 contracts had been developed with residents for the installation of 183.16 kW.
One of organization's current needs:PPRC was created on the "Public Provider" funding model. The organization relies on federal and state grants and contracts for its operating expenses. While PPRC continues to operate in a "lean" fashion and works diligently to secure projects and funding, that project funding usually will not fund the IT needs of the organization. The organization is in desperate need of a replacement server, since one of its servers is beginning to fail and is so outdated that software is no longer available to run it.