Presentation on theme: "ECO-LOGICAL BUSINESS PROGRAM Dawn Hottenroth, Bureau of Environmental Services Debra Taevs, Pollution Prevention Resource Center."— Presentation transcript:
ECO-LOGICAL BUSINESS PROGRAM Dawn Hottenroth, Bureau of Environmental Services Debra Taevs, Pollution Prevention Resource Center
What is the Eco-Logical Business Program(ELB)? Recognizes businesses that voluntarily exceed compliance Utilizes a multi-agency, multi-media approach through P2O Team P2O Team = 7 local agencies, DEQ and PPRC Focus = small businesses providing services to the public Landscape /Automotive Services: few regulations, yet potential significant cumulative impact
Who are the members of the P2O Team? CITY OF PORTLAND CITY OF PORTLAND CLEAN WATER SERVICES CLEAN WATER SERVICES OREGON DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY OREGON DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY CITY OF GRESHAM CITY OF GRESHAM CLACKAMAS COUNTY - WATER ENVIRONMENT SERVICE CLACKAMAS COUNTY - WATER ENVIRONMENT SERVICE WASHINGTON COUNTY WASHINGTON COUNTY METRO METRO CITY OF TROUTDAL E CITY OF TROUTDAL E POLLUTION PREVENTION RESEARC CENTER (PPRC) POLLUTION PREVENTION RESEARC CENTER (PPRC)
Key Features of ELB Program Participants must meet all legal and program requirements AND 80% of “elective” BMPs Certified businesses receive a “green sticker” and other marketing materials Local trade associations are partners in developing and marketing program P2O first provides T.A., followed by certification visit.
Benefits to Business Participants Free recognition for your hard work. Can be press, web, paid advertisement, and community event recognition. Referrals from the Metro information line, Eco- biz web page, Anti-Ivy League and other resources to your business. Free technical assistance and environmental problem resolution from agency staff there on a strict “help only” mandate.
Benefits for Agencies Pollution control without having to go to a more regulatory approach – i.e. permitting. Avoidance of negative public perception of participating businesses. Show that businesses are partners in solving environmental problems. Secondary focus on role of residential consumer.
What sectors are part of the Eco-Logical Business Program? Automotive; Auto Body, Repair, Dealerships, Fleets, Car Washes 120 Certified Businesses Landscaping 18 Certified Businesses Future Sectors? Dentists? Dry Cleaners? Restaurants? Other??
Typical Best Management Practices for Landscapes Integrated Pest Management Proper Site Evaluation Water Use and Energy Efficiency Materials Management Control of Wastes Customer and Staff Education
Integrated Pest Management Right plant right place. Establishing IPM plans for all sites Use of activities with least environmental impact.
Site Evaluation Site uses. Slope, soil and drainage issues. Desired level of maintenance. Plant establishment and irrigation zones. Alternative plant, paving or construction materials.
Water and Energy Use Moving to higher efficiency systems. Doing audits. Having trained and certified staff. Redesign for efficiency. Naturescaped yard
Materials Management Vehicle Oils or Fuels and other Chemicals. Contain Materials, Leaks and Spills Have Spill Kits Cover / Seal Containers
Control of Wastes Erosion control Concrete slurries control Wood wastes Site cleanup Vehicle and equipments washing controls
Employee and Customer Education For Self / Staff: MSDS Sheets. Recycling procedures. Spill response and reporting. For Customers Tolerance levels for pests. Alternative methods of pest control. Retrofit possibilities.