Toxic Reduction and Safer Alternatives

​Through business initiatives work, we aim to provide your company assistance through technical site visits, training and more.

Current opportunities

Technical assistance site visits: The DEQ Toxics Use and Waste Reduction Program offers free, non-regulatory, technical assistance site visits and telephone consultation.  

Oregon Businesses – Call for Applicants

The Oregon Applied Sustainability Experience (OASE) wants you to host a 10-week, free intern to conduct Pollution Prevention research at your business.
Your business may be able to address waste reduction and energy efficiency projects sooner and faster with the help of an OASE intern. An intern can make suggestions that improve efficiency, save money, reduce waste, or decrease regulatory requirements.
What is pollution prevention?
Pollution prevention (P2) is any practice that reduces, eliminates, or prevents pollution at its source, also known as "source reduction." Implementing P2 best practices can improve efficiency, prevent wasted resources and save money.
Last year’s Host Businesses fully endorse the OASE Intern program!
“Our intern experience was very helpful. Our intern was responsible and reliable, and helped focus our team on important improvements to our processes. The program administration process was efficient and effective, too.”
-Penny Machinski, West Linn Paper Company
“Hosting a P2 intern was immensely valuable for Craft Brew Alliance, resulting in tools that are helping us save resources, and projects that have been installed! The OASE program made it easy to bring value both to the business and to the intern’s experience.”
-Julia Person, Craft Brew Alliance
Applications are due Feb. 23, 2018; for project ideas and more information see OASE Host Business Project Overview below or contact Lisa Cox or 503-229-5181.
Application Form: Applications are due Feb. 23, 2018
The Oregon Applied Sustainability Experience seeks businesses to host a 10 week high-level intern. This is a voluntary, non-regulatory, pilot program where grant funding will offset the cost of the intern.
If you have a project to reduce toxics use or waste from your facilities product or production, we would like to talk. Please contact Lisa Cox at 503-229-5181.
The best projects will:
  • Be measureable
  • Attempt to move beyond environmental compliancettempt to move beyond environmental compliance
  • Look upstream to reduce toxic usage
  • Produce results that we can share*
Projects ideas we are interested in exploring with you:
  • Chemical inventory/footprint project
  • Process Mapping with toxics focus
  • Toxics reduction project identified in your company’s Toxics Use Reduction (TUR) plan
  • Enhancing your company’s TUR plan and conducting research project
  • Energy/water audit to identify savings opportunities
  • Implementing Best Management Practices within specific processes
  • Advancing the practices of green chemistry and engineering
  • Advancing an alternative’s assessment, life cycle assessment or process mapping projects
  • A project to reduce toxics and waste that go beyond basic compliance and simple reductions
  • Projects that look at reducing chemicals on Oregon’s toxics Focus List
Do you have an idea? Let’s explore your needs and find something that works for your business!
Our approach seeks to reduce environmental effects by managing materials through all stages of their life. We aim to address those impacts across the full cycle of materials and products as they move through the economy from raw material extraction to product design and manufacture, transport, consumption, use, reuse, recycling and disposal. We also have a focus on reducing or eliminating priority toxins within the supply chain for manufacturing processes. 
*Except confidential business information; let’s talk about your company’s needs.

What is OASE?
The Oregon Applied Sustainability Experience is a non-regulatory, summer program designed to link top-level engineering, chemistry, sustainability and environmental sciences students with business and industry. Collaborations focus on projects to reduce energy use, emissions and wastes, benefiting the company bottom line and Oregon’s natural resources.
We received a pollution prevention grant from EPA that will help offset the cost of the 10-week summer intern. The Oregon Sea Grant and Oregon Dpt. of Environmental Quality will administer this voluntary program.
In 2018 we plan on placing 7-8 students with Oregon Businesses. Here is more information: 
2018 Call for Host Businesses
Your business may be able to address waste reduction and energy efficiency projects sooner and faster with the help of an OASE intern. An intern can make suggestions that improve efficiency, save money, reduce waste, or decrease regulatory requirements. Also, an intern has the time and creativity to research alternative equipment, procedures, chemicals, and raw materials. All proprietary information at your facility is kept confidential during and after the intern project.
Additionally, you will benefit from:
  • A new set of eyes looking at your waste or energy project
  • Your intern being mentored and guided by an OASE engineer or scientist
  • A full report and presentation detailing the intern’s work and next steps for your company

OASE 2018 Program Schedule:
  • Mandatory Training/Orientation for Intern and Host Business representative: Thursday, June 21 – Salem, Oregon
  • Intern Term: June 18 – August 31
  • Week of July 9: intern submits report outline
  • Week August 13: intern submits final draft report, case study and presentation due for mentor/supervisor review
  • Week of August 27: intern submits final report, case study and presentation due. All final deliverables are due before leaving the host company on their final workday. 
  • Finalize and deliver presentation of project results at community event like Scholars Day or at a regional conference (dates to be determined)
  • Submit program evaluation by Sept. 14, 2018 (Intern and Host Businesses)
​E3 is a program that provides for audits from specialists in economy, energy and environment assessments. The specialists make realistic recommendations for improving a business’s triple bottom line; for reducing waste and resource use and for making less impact on the environment.
  1. Lean Manufacturing is the first key component to E3.  From reducing lead times, to training workforce, to innovative problem-solving strategies, Lean Manufacturing provides the tools, expertise and flexibility to engage with manufacturers at all levels. 
  2. Energy Efficiency is the next key component of E3.  From mentored energy efficiency training, to related research, data accumulation and analysis and realistic recommendations the Energy Efficiency Center provides the necessary assessment.  
  3. Preventing pollution and eliminating toxins if the third key component of E3.  From process mapping to chemical inventory along with traditional pollution prevention techniques, the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center provides the necessary expertise. 
Contact David Kunz 503-229-5336 for more information.

*Coming soon-DEQ is completing work on two other pilot projects and will have factsheets available soon.
​Check out our training page for the most recent training events.
Contact our staff for tailored training events for your facility.  Customized training can provide specific training for your company’s  RCRA compliance, managing common wastes, techniques for approaching sustainability, developing a toxics focused process map, and the benefits of chemical inventory and footprinting.
​We collaborate with other state agencies, like Washington and California, businesses, and non-governmental organizations to develop tools, training and protocols for our region.

  • We work with EPA's Design for the Environment, Clean Production Action, and business leaders to evaluate and assess methods for safer alternatives assessment.
  • The Pollution Prevention Resource Center offers technical assistance to painters and paint instructors, EcoBiz Certification for businesses, free pollution prevention assessments and more.  Check out all their projects and resources.
  • Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership offers services to improve performance through Lean Manufacturing techniques. Manufacturers each face distinct types of challenges – no two are identical. OMEP bends a thoughtful problem-solving approach around your specific obstacles to growth. From reducing lead times, to training workforce, to innovative problem-solving strategies, OMEP offers the tools, expertise and flexibility to engage with manufacturers at all levels.


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