Last ECOSSolutions of 2009

Yesterday we hosted our third installment of ECOSSolutions, our free series of information sessions geared toward providing straight answers to common environmental questions. The topic for this session was the new Industrial Stormwater General Permit. Nathan Graves and Ross Dunning of Kennedy-Jenks Consulting gave a presentation on many of the technical and practical changes to the permit. I got the sense that Nathan and Ross were cutting through the complexities of the permit, translating the difficult wording into more understandable concepts. Honestly, most of it was still over my head, but Alex, one of ECOSS’ stormwater guys, and all of the business owners and managers in attendance were nodding their heads during the presentation, which makes me think the translation was making plenty of sense to them. Alex says that presentations like these are usually given at conferences with expensive admission fees, so the fact that Kennedy-Jenks provided this service through our free information series was significant. Turnout wasn’t as high as we had hoped, as a number of the RSVPs we got didn’t show up, but those who attended said they were glad they came and found the presentation very helpful.

This was the last ECOSSolutions session for this year, but based on the success of these first three meetings we plan to keep it going for next year. Thanks again to the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development for providing funding to make these sessions possible and free for attendees. Stay tuned for upcoming session announcements, and if you have a topic you’d like us to cover, send me an email any time at We’ll add your idea to our running list of topics for future meetings.


Mark your calendars for the next ECOSSolutions- December 10th!

Topic: Upcoming changes to the NPDES Industrial Stormwater General Permit.
When:Thursday, December 10th at 10:30
Where: South Seattle Community College, Georgetown Campus – Building C, Room 212

Have you heard about ECOSS’ information series, ECOSSolutions? ECOSS is dedicated to providing our community with free environmental resources and information, and this is one of the ways we can communicate what we know about various topics to local businesses. Previous topics have included Hazardous Waste Disposal and Onsite Stormwater Management. Please join us for our third installment of the series on Thursday, December 10th, when we will be discussing upcoming changes to the NPDES Industrial Stormwater General Permit. Representatives from Kennedy-Jenks, one of the Northwest’s oldest and most prominent environmental consulting firms, will highlight key changes to the upcoming stormwater permit. Topics will include: New Benchmarks and Action Levels; Sampling Changes; New SWPPP Requirements; Inspection Requirements, and more.

Don’t miss this opportunity to ask questions and get straight answers about your stormwater management. Stay tuned for venue details, and contact or call the ECOSS office at 206-767-0432 for more information.

Update: First ECOSSolutions event = Awesome

The other week, we hosted the ECOSSolutions information session I mentioned in a previous blog entry. I thought it went quite well. The panel was informative about their respective programs and they gave clear, direct answers to questions from the audience.

Patrick Hoermann and Trevor Fernandes shared relevant stories about past experiences with former clients who saved money on hazardous waste disposal through financial incentives, while Jeff Ketchel demonstrated how easy it is to use the IMEX website to find or list waste materials. Michael Arbow of EcoLights NW and Yvonne Pascal and Dave Baugh of Total Reclaim spoke about disposal services for fluorescent lights, HVAC materials and e-waste. This combination of experts gave attendees disposal options for a wide range of materials.

The best part of the session was the great turnout from local businesses. 23 owners, managers and staff members attended the event, and several people stayed afterward to chat with each other and with the guest experts. Many said they enjoyed the casual, relaxed format of the session and a few made arrangements to follow up for future business or assistance opportunities.

Stay tuned for the next ECOSSolutions event, which is slated for some time this summer, topic TBA. Thanks to the Seattle Office of Economic Development, ECOSS staff and all the attendees who made this first session a success.