Green Manufacturing is about reducing impact on the environment, becoming more efficient, and using limited resources responsibly. It is also about operating your business in a sustainable and more profitable way that ensures its survival and competitiveness in the future.
The Business Case for Investing in Green
It's all about efficiency: Efficiency is efficiency even when it's called "green". Sustainability is all about taking waste out of your processes to become more efficient while improving your bottom line. GreenED makes this journey fast and straight forward.
"Our clients are really starting to understand the need to put sustainability in their top level strategies," said Chris Hayes, Senior Field Engineer, Utah Manufacturing Extension Partnership. "It’s not just a 'feel good thing' to show we care about our planet but instead they realize that sustainability has real bottom line impact. Profitability is one of the concepts that we teach and one we’ve learned during the GreenED training."
Supply chain requirements
Get ahead of customer and supply chain demands by developing and implementing a sustainability program with Green Enterprise Development (GreenED). This sustainability program includes recognized training and credentials through the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and can help you differentiate your organization with new and existing customers.
Environmental WASTE Categories:
GreenED’s Green Specialist Series can be broken down into these environmental WASTE Categories.
W= H2O Conserve, A= Pollution Solutions, S=Dumpster Dive, T=Green Chemistry and E= Energy Management.
"We were already embracing the Lean concepts that were taught to us by Purdue TAP so the green goes in line with the Lean concepts. We are now saving money and looking at things in a more sustainable way.
In 2009, we only recycled leather and cardboard scraps for a total of 100 tons of solid wastes and in 2010 we also started recycling cotton, fiber and plastic for a total of 161 tons. So we increased what we pulled out of the landfill and not only did we make money on it but we quit paying waste management to hull it away."
- Melissa Fey, Smith Brothers, title: Sustainability Facilitator
"The initial green 101 (workshop) gives a tremendous overview of all of the tools and all of the elements that are going to be dealt with specifically water, air, solids, chemicals and energy and allows us to look at that first from the typical inch deep mile while lake view we talk about in lean. Then allows us to dive deep into each one of those areas and come up with some real hands on experience in the simulations in those areas. And the process for the six elements has a really intuitive flow to it so that the person going through this course will come out of it with a real deep understanding of green manufacturing that they were probably unaware of when they started."
-Wayne Harwood, Senior Field Engineer, Utah Manufacturing Extension Partnership