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Re: Site Visits

Bob - although we are certainly not doing it to the extent that you are, we have
definitely done work with some Georgia companies in the facilitative mode that
you describe. Particularly with some of our larger clients, we have had some good
long-term success with having a P2 engineer involved with the company's Kaizen
teams, quality teams, environmental team, or whatever their particular term for
it is.

Jancie Hatcher
Information Manager
GA Pollution Prevention Asst. Div.


> Your "b" type of pollution prevention goes back to about the same time when
> I started teaching the Systems Approach to Pollution Prevention at Tufts
> Unversity.  In this "quality-based" approach, the ASSESSMENT is only one
> (somewhat minor) component of a pollution prevention program.  Within the
> program, outside assistance (often management consultants) may help people
> within a company eliminate waste (Japanese refer to waste as MUDA).  The
> role of assistance is to FACILITATE the process of problem-solving and
> decision-making.  Waste (of any type) IS a PROBLEM to be solved using
> internal (cultural) information.  This is the type of assistance that Pat
> Gallagher of New Mexico described and it is the type of assistance that the
> EPA "Nothing to Waste" environmental justice program addresses.  I do not
> know of any other P2 technical assistance efforts outside of the NIST MEP
> arena that is currently using this approach.

> (long snip)

> rpojasek@PollutionPrevention.com