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3 Myths About Oil Spills in the Shop

No matter how much we try—spills happen sometimes. In an auto repair shop, common spills involve toxic fluids like antifreeze, solvents, and especially oil. If these substances make their way into a storm drain, they’ll end up in our local rivers and streams.

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…

Organic Landcare Solutions at Lewis & Clark College

Founded in 1974, Oregon Tilth is a nonprofit organization that certifies farmers as well as landscape professionals nationwide.  Oregon Tilth actively promotes a more sustainable approach to landscaping via the Organic Landcare program.  Through examinations and extensive training, landscapers can become accredited as an Oregon Tilth Organic Landcare professional.  Periodically, the Organic Landcare program offers…

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…

Recycling & Services Guide for Auto shops

EcoBiz has compiled a working list of Automotive related recyclers and service providers in the Portland Metro Region. You can find the document here: To add your own resources or to suggest changes contact EcoBiz Manager


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…

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…