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Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center 

Description

PPRC provides technical assistance and information services to those interested in reducing their source pollution--particularly small and medium-sized businesses that are in need of support and resources. PPRC believes that pollution prevention plays an important role in promoting sustainability by reducing or eliminating waste at the source by modifying production processes, promoting the use of non-toxic or less-toxic substances, implementing conservation techniques, and re-using materials rather than putting them into the waste stream. PPRC believes that a healthy environment and strong economy work hand in hand.

Central contributions include:

  • Making high quality information available to decision-makers in business and other sectors to help them integrate pollution prevention into their operations
  • Identifying P2 obstacles and opportunities through collaborative networking with business, government, and other constituencies
  • Catalyzing projects that address environmental challenges and bringing people and resources together to implement pollution prevention
  • Promoting pollution prevention as an essential element of sustainable development strategies

PPRC has established itself in the Northwest and nationally as an essential resource for pollution prevention. As a neutral force, PPRC educates its audiences, facilitates communication, and initiates progressive change.

Mission Statement
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 is headquartered in Seattle and its primary area of influence is Washington State, however the organization also provides services in Oregon, Alaska, and Idaho.) 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.
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Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center
2101 Fourth Ave 
Seattle 
WA
98121 
(206) 352-2050 

Paula J. Del Giudice 
Executive Director 

Programs

Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center Programs

Example of adult training:
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 via lean manufacturing activities. Our goal is to be a networking and referral hub for lean and environment, 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.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

The partnership among U.S. EPA, PPRC, Interstate Distributor Inc., and Freight Wing is a two-year project that will be completely implemented by Sept. 30, 2012. It is a significant success and has received considerable media attention.

The partnership developed and managed by PPRC through a grant from U.S. EPA provides rebates to Interstate Distributor Inc. of Tacoma for installing aerodynamic trailer "skirts" or fairings built by Freight Wing (a Seattle company). Interstate Distributor is also providing a $2.1 million cost share in the project.

The EPA and PPRC predict 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 in a total savings of approximately 16 million gallons of fuel, $45 million, and prevent 182,633 tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

The project is one of the largest implementations of the EPA’s SmartWay-verified aerodynamic technologies on heavy-duty Class 8 trucks and will provide additional jobs for local Puget Sound communities. This partnership is helping to establish EPA Region 10 as a global leader in the development and use of the new technology.

These results now have an even larger impact on protecting human health. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), recently classified diesel engine exhaust as a Group 1 carcinogen based on new evidence that exposure is associated with an increased risk of lung cancer.

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 fully fund the communications and outreach activities needed to promote PPRC's services. A vibrant communications and outreach plan would result in the building of PPRC's brand and the increase in opportunities for additional projects and programs.  In addition, one grant fund that has funded the creation of information services provided by PPRC and other pollution prevention centers around the country is being reorganized by U.S. EPA and may result in the loss of funding for PPRC's communications efforts.

Evaluation

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

DateAmountPurpose
12/14/2006 $7,000.00purchase computer equipment.

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