FREE Environmental Technical Assistance From
The WA Department of Ecology
Small business owners can benefit from the FREE technical assistance provided by the WA Department of Ecology to help the business come into compliance with the state’s environmental laws and also reduce their potential environmental liability. The technical assistance experts from the Department of Ecology have no enforcement authority and are not allowed to share the information they receive from a technical assistance visit with anyone in enforcement.
You can learn more about the WA Department of Ecology’s FREE technical assistance program via the Internet at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/hwtr/TREE/index.html or by calling (360) 407-6738 or (425) 649-7143.
Below is a flyer with more information about the TREE technical assistance program.
What is TREE and how can it benefit your business?
The Technical Resources for Engineering Efficiency (TREE) program is a free technical assistance service for businesses. The TREE team is a group of Ecology engineers and scientists with expertise in industrial processes and pollution prevention. The team finds ways for businesses to reduce waste, increase efficiency and save money.
TREE typically works with three to five companies per year. Since its inception in
1998, the team has made suggestions that could annually:
In 2004 the TREE team received the MVP2 Award from the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable. In previous years the team received the Governor’s Award for Service and Quality Improvement and commendation by Governor Gary Locke in his
“Governing for Results” report.
How do I know if my business is a potential TREE candidate?
The ideal candidates for TREE projects are small-to-medium-sized industrial facilities that are willing to work with Ecology to optimize resource use. Applications are available from the Ecology Web site or you can contact the team members noted at the end of this Focus sheet. If you are not certain you fit the profile or would like to discuss eligibility, contact one of the team members.
How are businesses selected as TREE projects and what are the initial
steps in the process?
Once your facility is selected for TREE assistance, the team will make several visits to gather information about your processes. A report is developed with specific recommendations on how you can reduce waste generation, reduce resource consumption and increase savings. It is up to you to decide whether or not to implement these pollution-prevention opportunities. Many TREE-suggested opportunities have been implemented by project facilities, to their benefit.
What has TREE done for
Skills, Inc., metal finishing facility. Suggested improvements should:
“The presence of the TREE team sensitized Skills to the importance of saving natural resources. The savings in reduced operation costs has allowed us to devote more effort to our charitable mission.” Charlie Harris, Skills, Inc. Chief Executive Officer
Basin Frozen Foods, food processor. Suggested optimization of the processes:
“This was a very successful project!” Don Wilson, Basin Frozen Foods Process Manager
Rainier Ballistics, bullet manufacturer. Implementing TREE findings can:
found the entire TREE team to be very courteous, professional and of incredible
value to my firm. They helped show us ways to possibly save money, while at the
same time reducing the amount of hazardous waste we create.” Eric Hampton,
Saint Gobain, crystal manufacturer. Implementation of waste audit:
How to contact TREE?
Visit our Web site at:
Lynn Coleman (360) 407-6738 email@example.com
Michelle Costenaro (425) 649-7143 firstname.lastname@example.org