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PPRC's "What's New in P2"

What's New in P2

May 2000
Number 24


    Fall 1999 Regional Roundtable Report
    True Costs of Painting Fact Sheet
    Path to Green Facilities
    Workplace Productivity
    Green Building Initiative
    Greening Businesses
    Reuse and Recycling Database
    Updated Carcinogens Report
    Farmers and Global Warming
    Environmental Information Service
    Vehicle Pollution Calculator
    Green Cleaners Contract
    Green Power Option
    Washington Governor's Award
    Waste Reduction and Recycling Awards
    Durable and Reusable Medical Products
    EMS Essentials
    WIN Awards Ceremony
    EMS Conference
    Regional P2 Roundtable
    Watershed 2000
    PPRC Executive Director
    Green Bottom Line
    PBTs in Washington


* Fall 1999 Regional Roundtable Report *

The report of the most Regional P2 Roundtable, held December 1999 in Seattle, is on line at http://www.pprc.org/pprc/pubs/pubs.html#rrt. Both a full report and an executive summary are available.  The report provides detailed summaries of the roundtable presentations and discussions, contact information for presenters and attendees, plus web links to conduct further topical research on your own.  Highlights of the roundtable include:

First Day
Showcase of P2 projects around the Northwest
Second Day
Finding the right mix of technical assistance and compliance tools
Building cross-media awareness among assistance providers
Building effective partnerships
Setting priorities for sector campaigns

Third Day
Climate change impacts worldwide and in the Northwest
Links between P2 and energy
Collaboration opportunities for P2 and energy assistance providers


Each month, PPRC is highlighting a resource on its web site.

* Fact Sheet: Calculating the True Costs of Painting *

How much does paint really cost? The price per gallon may be misleading.  Businesses buy paint to obtain the service it provides - protecting and enhancing the visual appearance of a product. Seen in that light, the price per painted product is a more useful metric for understanding the costs of paint, plus it levels the playing field for low and zero-VOC coatings.  This fact sheet, "Evaluating Less Toxic Paints and Coatings? Get the Most for Your Money by Calculating True Costs," walks users through an easy, step-by-step process for determining the true cost of paint. A case study is included.  It's on line at http://www.pprc.org/pprc/sbap/facts/coatcost.html.


* Path to Green Facilities *

The Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce's Business and Industry Recycling Venture has assembled tips, tools and background information on this site to help businesses reduce waste and establish recycling programs. Businesses can find out about sustainable buildings, buying recycled, and using paper efficiently. Links to a wide range of sustainable business resources are provided.. On line now at http://www.seattlechamber.com/birv/gfacilities.htm

* Workplace Efficiency, Comfort & Productivity *

Betterbricks.com is an online resource to help commercial building owners and managers understand the productivity benefits of energy-efficient, healthy and comfortable buildings.  The site explains how well designed buildings can attract and retain highly productive employees. The site includes site evaluation tools and contacts with expertise in lighting, indoor air quality, temperature management, and integrated solutions. The site is a project of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance. Have a look at http://www.betterbricks.com.

* Green Building Initiative *

The city of Portland's Green Building Initiative is designed to provide comprehensive services that will help builders, developers, and homeowners implement green building practices.  The site includes design guidelines, reports, a calendar of events and links. On line at http://www.ci.portland.or.us/energy/greenbuilding.htm.

* Greening Businesses *

Fortune Small Business has published a useful series of articles giving businesses basic pointers for greening their operations, finding environmental business opportunities, fighting sick building syndrome, and helping employees improve their health. It's on line at http://www.fsb.com/fortunesb/articles/0,2227,690,00.html.

* Reuse and Recycling Database *

King County has a database to help businesses find reuse and recycling options for electronic equipment, building materials, vehicle parts, furniture, metals, paper, plastic, and much more.  See what's available at http://www6.metrokc.gov/dnr/swd/recycle/recycle.asp.

* Updated Carcinogens Reports *

The 9th Edition of the National Toxicology Program's Report on Carcinogens has been released. The report includes profiles of substances that either are known human carcinogens or are reasonably anticipated to be human carcinogens. The report describes the uses, properties, carcinogenecity, exposure pathways and regulations affecting each of the 218 substances. Check it out at http://ehis.niehs.nih.gov/roc/toc9.html.

* Farmers and Global Warming *

"Soil Sense: How Farmers Can Profit and Help to Control Global Warming" is a brochure that shows farmers how to grow crops in ways that will keep carbon in the soil. The brochure spotlights practices such as no-till cultivation, better fertilizer management, and manure methane recovery systems. The brochure is on line at http://www.swcs.org/f_pubs_education.htm

* Environmental Information Service*

Environmental-Expert.com is an information resource for environmental professionals worldwide. It includes articles, technical papers, a calendar of events, news, software directory, and a comprehensive listing of links. The site is searchable by geographic area, technology and industry. Find out what it may have for you at s *

The Washington Department of Ecology has honored three businesses and three government agencies for their efforts to reduce and recycle waste. To find out more, visit http://www.wa.gov/ecology/pie/2000news/2000-078-081.html.


* Durable and Reusable Medical Products *

When: May 25, 2000, 8:30 a.m. - noon
Where: Seattle - Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, 1301 5th Ave., Suite 2400
The use of appropriate durable and reusable products will be the topic of the Medical Industry Waste Prevention Roundtable's third seminar. Target audiences for the seminar include clinical directors and engineers, purchasing officers, materials management professionals, infection control specialists, and facility administrators. Cost: Free. For more information, contact Kinley Deller at the King County, 206-296-4434 or kinley.deller@metrokc.gov.

* EMS Essentials *

When: June 1, 2000, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: Portland - Two World Trade Center, 121 SW Salmon St., Plaza Conference Room

Critical decisions for planning an environmental management system will be the topic of this half-day seminar. Attendees will hear from leading organizations that are using EMS's, including Ford Motor Co., Hyundai Semiconductor America, SEH America, and others. Cost: $75. For more information, visit the Zero Waste Alliance at http://www.zerowaste.org/events.htm.

* WIN Awards Ceremony *

When: June 7, 2000
Where: Space Needle, Seattle
Puget Sound businesses that have taken steps to reduce waste will be honored at the Waste Information Network's (WIN) annual awards ceremony. To find out more about the awards or WIN in general, contact Chris Wiley at PPRC, 206-223-1151 or cwiley@pprc.org.

* EMS Conference *

When: June 5-6, 2000
Where: Bahia Hotel, San Diego
The Multi-State Working Group on Environmental Management Systems will hold an interactive workshop focusing on multiple topics, including the links between environmental and financial performance, use of EMS's in supply chain management, application of EMS's in local agencies, value of stakeholder participation, and many others. Cost: $155. Registration deadline is Friday, May 26. To find out more, visit http://www.mswg.org.

* Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable *

When: June 27-28, 2000
Where: Portland
The Region 10 P2 roundtable will focus on greening of supply chains. Speakers and panels will discuss case studies, creating public-private sector linkages to enhance environmental management, and more. Target audiences for the roundtable are P2 and compliance assistance providers; business suppliers, manufacturers, vendors; academics and non-government organizations. To find out more, contact Cathy Buller at PPRC, 206-223-1151 or cbuller@pprc.org

* Watershed 2000 *

When: July 8-12, 2000
Where: Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
This conference will have technical sessions on a wide variety of watershed management topics, including TMDLs, source water protection, pollution trading, estuaries and coastal watersheds, GIS, the latest regulatory issues, and more. Target audiences include watershed scientists, wastewater managers, drinking water suppliers, public works officials, regulators, erosion control specialists, vendors, educators, and NGOs. Cost: $450 for Water Environment Federation members if registered by June 2, $540 for non-members. Other registration options are available. To find out more, visit the Water Environment Federation at http://www.wef.org/pdffiles/watershedbroch.pdf.


PPRC is looking for an executive director.  Applications will be accepted through June 5.  To read the job description, visit http://www.pprc.org/pprc/ed_desc.html.


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