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Recerts – August 2014

On August 20, 2014, Posted by In New Certification

EcoBiz has been busy recertifying businesses and agencies this summer. These folks have sustained and improved their standards and taken great steps to protect the environment: M & W Automotive – Located in Tigard, M&W Automotive specializes in Volvo and Saab service and repair. They’re always looking for ways to prevent waste, investing in…

PSU Hiring for EPA funded ECOBIZ Project

PSU’s Community Environmental Services is a hiring for an EPA funded grant project which will expand EcoBiz, and provide free technical assistance to auto shops and landscapers in east Portland, Gresham and Clackamas County. Applicants must be enrolled in Portland State University thru June 2015. For more information, contact EcoBiz…

HAWTHORNE AUTO CLINIC: RECERTIFIED

Back in 1999, they were the first auto shop to become EcoBiz Certified. Fifteen years later, Hawthorne Auto Clinic continues to uphold and evolve their high environmental standards. In June, EcoBiz program staff with the PPRC and the Oregon DEQ, recertified Hawthorne Auto Clinic for an additional 5 years. The shop continues to adapt and improve…

Bruce Chevrolet: Certified

With assistance from staff and Service Manager Jason Sontag, Bruce Chevrolet is now EcoBiz Certified. Bruce Chevy, located in Hillsboro, Oregon, adopted a number of environmentally friendly practices including: Installing spill containment systems for all containers over 55 gallons. Adding four spill kits, and providing annual spill training. Recycling and reusing parts cleaning…

Spray-Painting: When Compliance Counts

Article first appeared on www.pprc.org If you own or operate a business that involves paint stripping or surface coating, you may want to check whether or not your business complies with current Area Source rules for hazardous pollutants. Ensuring compliance will not only protect your business from worker health casualties and potential lawsuits, but also…

Solar-Powered Landscape Equipment

Guest Contributor: Randy McManus, CEO, Willamette Landscape Services As a company, Willamette Landscape Services takes pride in discovering new materials and equipment which minimize our impact on the environment. Since becoming EcoBiz Certified in 2010, the “fun factor” of improving operations has only increased.Very recently, battery-powered electric equipment of several brands…

KEEP YOUR SHOP IN TUNE – FEB 12, 2014

This month, EcoBiz hosted it’s second event for shop owners and managers, this time at Everett Street Autoworks. After a guided shop tour led by owner Jake Hammer, the over 20 attendees heard from Energy Trust of Oregon. Lighting Specialist and ETO contractor Aaron Leatherwood spoke on the current incentives available for…

Ask for Re-refined Oil

Motor oil never wears out; it only gets dirty. That allows it to be re-refined an unlimited number of times. Virtually all EcoBiz-certified service stations, fleet maintenance shops and quick lube centers recycle the used oil they collect from customers. If the 1.3 billion gallons of waste oil generated each year in the…

MINI of Portland: Certified

Mini of Portland, located at 9134 SW Canyon Rd in Beaverton, is now EcoBiz Certified. Service Manager Chris Cyree  and implemented a number of eco-friendly changes to gain certification including: Adding a secondary containment berm for the product storage room; Moving all tires off-site for recycling daily; Acquiring a covered container…

Keep Your Shop in Tune – October 17, 2013

On October 18, 2013, Posted by In Best Practices

On October 17th, EcoBiz hosted it’s first event aimed at helping auto shop owners & managers run clean, efficient, and competitive businesses. The event, called “Keep Your Shop in Tune,” was hosted and co-sponsored by Green Drop Garage. Attendees from six area shops heard toured the shop and learned about…

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