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Sustainable Manufacturing training series starting November

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.

Find out more about the training series, sustainable manufacturing resources and download the Sustainable Manufacturing Primer.

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EPA Launches Smart Sectors Program

A Program to Engage American Businesses to Achieve Better Environmental Outcomes

WASHINGTON (October 3, 2017) — Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced the launch of Smart Sectors, a partnership program between the Agency and regulated sectors focused on achieving better environmental outcomes. A sector-based, collaborative approach provides a significant opportunity for EPA to consider more forward-thinking ways to protect the environment.

“When we consider American business as a partner, as opposed to an adversary, we can achieve better environmental outcomes,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “The Smart Sectors program is designed to effectively engage business partners throughout the regulatory process. The previous administration created a narrative that you can’t be pro-business and pro-environment. This program is one of the many ways we can address that false choice and work together to protect the environment. When industries and regulators better understand each other, the economy, public, and the environment all benefit.”

A sector-based approach can provide benefits, such as: increased long-term certainty and predictability, creative solutions based on sound data; and, more sensible policies to improve environmental protection. Program leads for each sector will serve as ombudsmen within the Agency across program and regional offices. Staff will also: conduct educational site tours, host roundtables with EPA leadership, analyze data and advise about options for environmental improvement; maintain open dialogue with business partners and their environmental committees; and, develop reports that profile the impact of each sector on the environment and the economy.

Smart Sectors aims to facilitate better communication and streamline operations internally at EPA. The program is located in the Office of Policy’s Immediate Office, which enables the sector leads to work across EPA’s land, water, air, and chemical program offices, as well as with environmental justice, enforcement and compliance assistance, and other offices, including EPA regional offices.

View Smart Sectors Federal Register Notice [PDF].

EPA’s Associate Administrator for the Office of Policy, Samantha Dravis; and EPA’s Chief of Operations, Henry Darwin, announced the launch at EPA Headquarters on Tuesday, October 3rd, and were joined by representatives from across the American economy, including: Aerospace, Agriculture, Automotive, Cement and Concrete, Chemical Manufacturing, Construction, Electronics and Technology, Forestry and Wood Products, Iron and Steel, Mining, Oil and Gas, Ports and Marine, and Utilities and Power Generation.

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