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Re: Lean and Green Visuals
Title: Re: Lean and Green Visuals
I know there are lots of great P2 stories (and even pictures).
The hook I'm looking for is when lean manufacturing tools per
se have been used to get those results. Again - small companies
believe in lean and already have all sorts of projects going on.
What I want to do is piggy back on those efforts and open their eyes
to including environmental metrics.
In fact, one of the questions I'm going to ask is for attendees
to describe their last Kaizen event and get them to see (I hope) that
they did pollution prevention without even knowing it. E.g.,
when building the 3M "Pollution Prevention Pays" program, we
would go find "Program for Profit" activities (done for
production cost reduction) and mine them for stats to use for
Thanks for the links!
At 9:35 AM -0700 7/10/08, Gary Liss wrote:
All Zero Waste Businesses that have been documented have saved money.
They save the most from reducing wasting; then save from reusing
products or setting up reuse systems (e.g., returnable shipping
containers and pallets); and finally save some more from recycling and
composting (the last resort). We're now seeing companies
promoting the fact that they are Zero Waste Businesses to prove that
they are the greenest of the green (e.g., Toyota's ad with a car made
of all natural products decomposing back to nature during the 30
second spot with a voice-over - "We're not only for Zero
emissions, we're for Zero Waste").
Some of the Zero Waste Businesses documented are small businesses.
For details, go to:
http://www.earthresource.org/zerowaste.html. At the Earth
Resource Foundation website, there are presentations posted for the
past 3 Zero Waste Business conferences, which have LOTS of great
At 08:44 AM 7/10/2008, Georjean Adams wrote:
A lot of smaller companies have bought
into lean manufacturing as a way to reduce their business costs (lean
"wastes"). I moderated a session on Lean and Green for
the Manufacturers Alliance (Minnesota) last year, but it's a challenge
to get companies interested. I am trying again with a 1/2 day workshop
on "Greening Your Lean Program" August 26, 2008.
I am using the EPA toolkits at epa.gov/lean and some case studies from
State Dept. of Ecology. I'll also be trying out Kurt
Middlekoop's (Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center) "Learning
How to See" (washing hands) as a small group training exercise
(thanks to Cindy McComas, MnTAP).
I'd appreciate additional examples of hands-on exercises and
compelling success stories with good before/after pictures. Most
of what I can find for lean and green manufacturing involves big
companies. We need to convince smaller businesses that they too
can look for green improvements with the lean tools they are already
Assuming the workshop happens, I'll be glad to share what worked and
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