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Heitzman Body & Paint Continues Legacy of Excellence

Heitzman Body & Paint, an eighty-year-old Beaverton institution, doesn’t rest on its laurels. Committed to quality, the shop has continued to improve its processes and services while reducing its ecological impact.Heitzman’s President, Lisa Thomson, is also the granddaughter of founder Tom Heitzman. In her 32 years at the company, she…

Sense of Place Permaculture – EcoBiz Certified

“Permaculture” is a “design system for creation of sustainable human landscapes”, according to owner Nick Bezzerides of Sense of Place Permaculture.  His company does more than create landscapes for food, beauty, and ecological function, but also has a mission for connecting people with nature and encouraging them to be outside and…

Portland Edible Gardens – EcoBiz Certified

Portland Edible Gardens has received EcoBiz Certification, gaining recognition for their sustainable business practices. Portland Edible Gardens specializes in building custom raised garden beds, planting edible landscaping, and providing personalized seasonal planting plans and maintenance services. Owner Ian Wilson knew EcoBiz certification would matter to his customers, and knew he was already…

Auto Shops Find Safer Chemicals

On June 3, 2015, Posted by In Best PracticesCase StudyEnvironmental News

Originally posted by the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center. On May 13, PPRC hosted a webinar on Safer Alternatives in the Auto Repair Industry. The webinar reviewed specific and effective ways that auto repair shops can improve the safety of the chemicals they use (webinar video). For more information on…

Beaverton Motorcycles EcoBiz Certified

Bob Lanphere’s Beaverton Motorcycles has become the first motorcycle repair shop to gain EcoBiz certification. EcoBiz is a free and voluntary certification for auto repair & body shops, carwashes, and landscapers in Oregon. Certified businesses meet strict standards designed to protect local waterways and prevent pollution. With leadership from Service Manager Jason…

Precision Import Repair – Recertified

On February 24, 2015, Posted by In New Certification

Precision Import Repair has recertified for EcoBiz at their new location: 3150 SE Tualatin Valley Hwy, in Hillsboro. Established in 1964, Precision specializes in Japanese Auto Repair & Services, but can also service most cars and trucks. To become recertified, Precision upheld their strong environmental ethic: reducing toxics chemicals, using re-fillable…

Du Fresne’s Auto Repair EcoBiz Certified

Du Fresne’s Auto Repair (10690 NW Cornell Rd, Portland, OR), has been evolving business practices since first opening in 1968. Prior to applying for EcoBiz, shop owner Nancy Scheewe and technician Marco Valdez implemented a number of sustainable practices designed to protect employees and the environment. Instead of using toxic…

United – GSE & Building Mtc. – Recertified

United Airlines Ground Service Equipment & Building Maintenance facility (8121 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR) has successfully recertified for EcoBiz. Tasked with maintaining ground equipment at Portland International Airport (PDX), the shop continues to improve its environmental practices. With leadership from Jeff Barrow, Supervisor & Environmental Coordinator, United: Covers scrap metal, used…

Lents Body Shop Inc. – Recertified

Continuing their longstanding commitment to protecting the environment, Lents Body Shop, Inc has recertified for EcoBiz. Located in the Lents Town Center at 9038 S.E. Foster Road in Portland, Lents Body Shop takes great pride in their eco-friendly practices, including: Using Low VOC, Waterborne Paints Posting spill response plans throughout the shop Placing spill…

Tom Dwyer Automotive Services – Recertified

On September 4, 2014, Posted by In New Certification

Tom Dwyer Automotive (530 SE Tenino St, Portland, OR) one of the first EcoBiz shops, has recertified for another five years. This time around, Tom Dwyer has made a number of improvements, including: moving tires and metal under cover to reduce run-off, adding secondary containment berms to the shop doors, and…

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