In today’s competitive marketplace, leading organizations recognize that in order to succeed, sustainability must become an essential part or their business strategy. Understanding the intersection of sustainability and the business of manufacturing will enhance environmental performance as well as business operations, product development and competitiveness.
The Kentucky Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative (KSMI) is designed to assist manufacturers with learning how to integrate sustainability, into day to day manufacturing operations and new product development, from a life cycle perspective, in order to drive efficiency, reduce costs, and spur innovation and new product development across the enterprise.
KSMI Training Series
A series of three webinars and three workshops are being offered to demonstrate how sustainable manufacturing principles and practices can drive a strategy to enhance environmental performance and help achieve business goals and objectives into the future.
Hosted at manufacturing sites, the major themes of the initiative include sustainable value stream mapping, incorporating a life cycle perspective, implementing aspects of the new ISO 14001:2015 standard, sustainable product development, and developing a culture for sustainability and innovation. Throughout emphasis will be placed on economic competitiveness.
Kentucky environmental challenges and successes will be presented, and opportunity will be provided to connect with University of Louisville engineering research capability to help address key challenges and opportunities.
Professional development hours (PDH) will be available for all workshop attendees. KPPC will also provide no cost technical assistance for Kentucky manufacturers.
The training series will begin in November with a webinar that precedes the first workshop:
Webinar 1: Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative
– What is sustainable manufacturing, role of the initiative?
(Wednesday, November 8, 2017 11am EST)
Workshop 1: Evaluating the Current State
– KY Environmental Challenges
– Sustainable Value Stream Mapping
– Business Case for Sustainability
(Thursday, November 16, 2017, 9am-4pm EST, GE Appliance Park, Louisville, KY)
The learning experience through attending the webinars and workshops will provide a way to look at your manufacturing processes from the perspective of sustainability with an ability to take action specific to your operational strategy.
Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) is working with the Advantage Kentucky Alliance (AKA), the University of Louisville Speed School of Engineering, the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM), the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, the Louisville Office of Sustainability and the University of Kentucky Institute of Sustainable Manufacturing (ISM) to encourage green engineering practices in Kentucky.