Manufacturing

Business Case for Sustainable Manufacturing
A growing number of companies are treating “sustainability” as an important objective in their strategy and operations to increase growth and global competitiveness. This trend has reached well beyond the small niche of those who traditionally positioned themselves as “green,” and now includes many prominent businesses across many different industry sectors. In many cases, these efforts are having significant results.

Behavior Management

Six Sigma: Lean Manufacturing Principles
Six Sigma consists of a set of statistical methods for systemically analyzing processes to reduce process variation, which are sometimes used to support and guide organizational continual improvement activities. Six Sigma's toolbox of statistical process control and analytical techniques are being used by some companies to assess process quality and waste areas to which other lean methods can be applied as solutions. Six Sigma is also being used to further drive productivity and quality improvements in lean operations.

Sustainable Manufacturing Curriculum: Greening the Future by Educating Tomorrow's Workforce
A curriculum made up of three modules: Environmental Sustainability, Lean Manufacturing and Pollution Prevention, and Energy and Carbon. Each module includes a slide presentation and a facilitator's guide complete with handouts, activities, quizzes, and facilitator's notes. The facilitator's guide also uses visually engaging icons to assist educators in appropriately conveying the material to the students.

Energy

Bring Your Green to Work: Interactive Manufacturing Plant
This fun, interactive tool shows you where you can save energy in industrial buildings and manufacturing plants. The tool contains quick tips on how you can maintain motors, tune boilers, educate staff, and more to reduce your building or plant's energy costs.

Water

Best Practices for Commercial and Industrial Facilities
WaterSense has developed WaterSense at Work, a compilation of water-efficiency best management practices, to help commercial and institutional facilities understand and better manage their water use, help facilities establish an effective water management program and identify projects and practices that can reduce facility water use.

Lean Manufacturing and Water Toolkit
The Lean and Water Toolkit offers Lean implementers practical strategies and techniques for improving common Lean results related to time, cost, and quality, while also reducing water use, costs, and risk.

Toxics

Safer Chemical Ingredients for Use in DfE-Labeled Products
The Safer Chemical Ingredients List contains chemicals that meet the criteria of the Design for the Environment (DfE) Safer Product Labeling Program. This voluntary program recognizes products that are high-performance and use the safest chemical ingredients. At present, about 2,500 products carry the DfE Safer Product Label. This list of safer chemical ingredients is arranged by functional-use class and will assist product manufacturers in identifying chemicals that the DfE program has already evaluated and identified as safer.

Lean Manufacturing and Chemicals Toolkit
This Lean and Chemicals Toolkit offers Lean implementers practical strategies and techniques for improving common Lean results related to time, cost, and quality while also reducing risk and enhancing environmental performance related to all aspects of chemical manufacturing, management and use.