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"Lean and Green" Manufacturing Program Helps Washington's Small Manufacturers Reduce Energy Use and Waste [PDF]
Abstract: The "Lean and Green" program, which began in 2006 as a pilot project funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, benefits manufacturers and customers by uniting organizations that help small manufacturers improve their business efficiency with organizations that advise businesses on how to enhance their environmental performance.
Source: Apollo Alliance
URL: http://www.energy.wsu.edu/Documents/LeanGreenStory.pdf

A3 Reports: Tool for Process Improvement [PDF]
Abstract: Describes the utiity of using the A3 process in lean.
Source: Montana State University
URL: http://www.lean.org/Community/Registered/ArticleDocuments/A3
%20report%20with%20map%20Tools%20for%20process%20improve
ment.pdf

Achieving a Green Supply Chain through Lean Manufacturing
Abstract: Offers strong considerations and reasons for "Putting Your Supply Chain on a Green Diet" using lean and environmental strategies.
Source: Supply Chain Management Review
URL: http://ebookbrowse.com/achieving-a-green-supply-chain-throug
h-lean-manufacturing-pdf-d418705128

Administrative Lean
Abstract: Agencies are using lean to improve efficiency air and water/discharge permitting, leaking underground storage tank corrective action processes, and pollution prevention planning processes.
Source: US EPA
URL: http://cma4results.com/more/

Are Lean and Green Programs Synergistic? [PDF]
Abstract: Since Lean and Green Programs each require management commitment and employee involvement, identification and reduction of organizational wastes, and continuously improving organizations, intuition suggests implementing one program may actually make implementing the second program less arduous. A study of known Lean companies shows that many Green elements are included in their Lean Programs. Evidence supports the conclusion that a significant synergy exists between Lean and Green Programs, suggesting that firms pursuing Leanness will be more successful if they also pursue Green objectives.
Source: Industrial Engineering Research Conference
URL: http://zworc.com/site/publications_assets/AreLeanAndGreenPro
gramsSynergistic.pdf

Decoding the DNA of the Toyota Production System (TPS) [PDF]
Abstract: A short article (for purchase) explaining the paradox of the Toyota Production System: on one hand, everything is rigidly scripted, while on the other, the system is amazingly flexible for customers.
Source: Harvard Business Review
URL: http://clinicalmicrosystem.org/toolkits/getting_started/deco
ding_dna.pdf

From Lean to Green: Interface, Inc. [PDF]
Abstract: Interface is a leading manufacturer striving for environmental sustainability. The article describes connections between lean practices and environmental sustainability using Interface's accomplishments.
Source: Association for Manufacturing Excellence's Target Magazine
URL: http://www.leanandgreensummit.com/Lean_to_Green_Article.pdf

Green Manufacturing: Case Studies in Lean and Sustainability (Book for Purchase)
Abstract: Offers the first book-length collection of environmental concerns from a manufacturer's perspective Provides practical, in-depth descriptions of environmental, and energy issues -- including the application of lean principles to these issues Illustrates concepts with real world examples
Source: Association for Manufacturing Excellence
URL: http://books.google.com/books?id=tttYGgAACAAJ&source=gbs_sim
ilarbooks_r&cad=2

Green Suppliers Network: Lean and Clean Value Stream Mapping [PDF]
Abstract: Value Stream Mapping is a Lean process mapping method used to understand the sequence of activities in producing a product. The Lean and Clean value stream mapping method can help identify ways to reduce costs, improve production flow, save time, reduce inventory, and improve environmental performance.
Source: Green Suppliers Network
URL: http://www.nwlean.net/toolsCD/VSM/4%20steps%20to%20VSM.pdf

Green Suppliers Network: Lean Met Green and Got Hitched
Abstract: An increasing number of manufacturing enterprises realize the value to their stakeholders from committing to a "lean and clean" approach. This article shares the experience of several companies participating in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) collaborative Green Suppliers Network program with the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)-Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) and related initiatives. Though it targets small- and medium-sized U.S. companies, GSN provides a useful model for larger organiza­tions as well.(PDF)
Source: Association for Manufacturing Excellence
URL: http://www.ame.org/target/articles/2008/1/green-suppliers-ne
twork-lean-met-green-and-got-hitched

Green, Lean, and Global Supply Chain Strategies [PDF]
Abstract: Findings of a five-month research project evaluating firms' lean, green, and global supply chain management strategies.
Source: University of Tennessee - College of Business Administration
URL: http://www.moduslink.com/resource-center/upload/Green-Lean-G
lobal_Final_Report_043010.pdf

Implementing Lean for Green Sustainability
Abstract: Article describes reasons, opportunities and examples, to include environment in while leaning your value streams. By Amanda Earing.
Source: Manufacturing.Net
URL: http://www.manufacturing.net/articles/2008/10/implementing-l
ean-for-green-sustainability

Lean And Clean With Green Purchasing
Abstract: Article suggests a connection between green purchasing and lean, and offers a few brief success stories.
Source: Environmental Leader
URL: http://www.environmentalleader.com/2008/04/27/lean-and-clean
-with-green-purchasing/

Lean and Green Manufacturing (Blog on Learn Lean)
Abstract: Blog entry on evolution and development of lean and environmental initiatives and successes.
Source: Learn Lean Manufacturing
URL: http://www.learnleanblog.com/2008/05/lean-and-green-manufact
uring.html

Lean and Green Summit
Abstract: The epicenter of the merging lean and green movements. Summit is not as much about educating as it is about problem solving. Think solutions, not theory. Think action, not talk. Senior leadership and their entire planning teams should come prepared to address the growing demand for sustainable businesses.
Source: 2009 Lean and Green Summit
URL: http://www.leanandgreensummit.com

Lean Manufacturers' Transcendence to Green Manufacturing
Abstract: Lean manufacturers were studied to determine if such manufacturers were transcending to a Green state as a result of their commitment to Lean production. The Lean manufacturers were all companies that received site visits from the Shingo Prize team between 2000 and 2005 as part of the evaluation process for the Prize. This sample included 120 individual manufacturing plants, from which 47 usable surveys were received. The data from this sample was compared to similar data published by Melnyk, Sroufe, and Calantone (2003) regarding the Greenness of 1100 general manufacturing plants in the US.
Source: Industrial Engineering Research Conference
URL: http://zworc.com/site/publications.html#leanmfg

Lean Manufacturing and the Environment: Research on Advanced Manufacturing Systems and the Environment and Recommendations for Leveraging Better Environmental Performance [PDF]
Abstract: Ross & Associates' interpretation of the research, case study information, and interviews with lean experts to explore the relationship between lean production and environmental performance.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/lean/environment/pdf/leanreport.pdf

Lean Manufacturing Will Be The Only Way To Ride Out Coming Storm
Abstract: Excellent article on incentives to adopt lean techniques, including for implementation of ISO 14000. Focuses on the automobile supply chain.
Source: Manufacturing News.com
URL: http://www.manufacturingnews.com/news/00/1222/art1.html

Lean, Green Design: a Key Resource for Small Business
Abstract: Discusses importance of using both lean and green principles in design, a success story, and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership expertise and contributions.
Source: Greener Design
URL: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2008/06/10/lean-green-design-ke
y-resource-small-business

Leaner and Greener [PDF]
Abstract: x
Source: Enterprise Minnesota
URL: http://www.ame.org/sites/default/files/pdf/Lean_Green_Corp_P
rofile.pdf

Next Generation Manufacturing (NGM) Study [PDF]
Abstract: The Next Generation Manufacturing (NGM) Study assessed US progress in NGM strategies, including sustainability & lean. Commissioned by the American Small Manufacturers Coalition & Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
Source: American Small Manufacturers Coalition
URL: http://www.smallmanufacturers.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploa
ds/2012/01/NGM-Study-Executive-Summary.pdf

Parallel Models for Lean and Green Operations [PDF]
Abstract: Many leading companies have implemented Lean Manufacturing Programs which yield increased efficiency, reduced costs, improved customer response time, and more. Others have adopted "Green" Programs resulting in reduced energy consumption, waste generation, and hazardous materials usage. Models for both Lean and Green systems all include management systems, waste identification, and implementation of waste reducing techniques (WRT) to achieve desired business results. Studying known Lean companies, we confirmed that strength of management system correlates with WRT implementation which correlates with business results for both Lean and Green Programs. Our results indicate that Lean and Green Programs lead to improved business results.
Source: Industrial Engineering Research Conference
URL: http://zworc.com/site/publications_assets/ParallelModels.pdf

The Reality of Lean Manufacturing
Abstract: A conversation about whether some (or all) of the principals are applicable in every situation.
Source: David Meier, Senior Lean Manufacturing Consultant, Total Systems Development,
URL: http://www.sae.org/manufacturing/lean/column/leanmar01.htm

The Seven Deadly Wastes
Abstract: The endless pursuit of waste elimination is the essence of lean manufacturing. Eliminate waste by understanding the seven deadly wastes and identifying where they exist.
Source: PlantServices.com
URL: http://www.plantservices.com/articles/2006/168.html

The Seven Deadly Wastes
Abstract: The endless pursuit of waste elimination is the essence of lean manufacturing. Eliminate waste by understanding the seven deadly wastes and identifying where they exist.
Source: PlantServices.com
URL: http://www.plantservices.com/articles/2006/168.html

Total Productive Maintenance: What It Is and What It Is Not [PDF]
Abstract: Insights on Total Productive Maintenance, a lean technique, from R. Williamson.
Source: Strategic Work Systems
URL: http://www.swspitcrew.com/articles/TPM%20What%20Is%20It%2006
06.pdf

Use Lean Manufacturing Principles to Deliver Green Results
Abstract: Embracing green manufacturing requires giving more focus to environmental and energy concerns during the implementation of reliability improvement projects. (by Darrin Wikoff).
Source: Reliability Plant
URL: http://www.reliableplant.com/Read/16061/use-lean-manufacturi
ng-principles-to-deliver-green-results

VeSM Advantage Plus Program [PDF]
Abstract: An innovative and energy efficient program designed for manufacturers and distributors, the VeSM Advantage Plus Program has reduces the consumption and cost of energy saving millions of kilowatt hours and therms by measuring energy use, identifying cost reduction opportunities and conducting process improvement events.
Source: California Manufacturing Technology Consulting
URL: http://www.sce.com/NR/rdonlyres/FD67B8D5-16AE-4CD9-9F60-A930
94D417AE/0/VeSM_Advantage.pdf

Virginia Mason Adds Unit to Teach Path to Productivity
Abstract: Seattle-based Virginia Mason recently founded an institute to teach other health providers how to boost productivity at healthcare facilities based on the lean manufacturing principles. (Requires subscription)
Source: Puget Sound Business Journal
URL: http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/stories/2008/12/08/story1
2.html?surround=etf%a0


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AccraFab Lean & Green Project (Video)
Abstract: AccraFab, a Washington manufacturer that specializes in custom sheet metal fabrication, worked with lean and green partners, to significantly reduce waste water generated in their plating process.
Source: Impact Washington
URL: http://vimeo.com/43681916

Case Studies and Best Practices
Abstract: This website has examples of the types of environmental benefits that result from lean implementation. Click on each link to view a full case study of the organization's lean activities and the environmental implications of those activities.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/lean/studies/

'Clean' Manufacturing is Green Manufacturing
Abstract: A success story in the printing industry accomplished via integration of lean and environmental efforts.
Source: Label and Narrow Web
URL: http://www.docstoc.com/documents/most-recent

E3 - Manufacturers' Success Stories
Abstract: Highlights and results from thirteen E3 projects in the TX, NC, WV, OH, and AL.
Source: E3 Partnership
URL: http://www.e3.gov/accomplish/manufacturers.html

E3: Economy, Energy & Environment Program -- COW Industries
Abstract: C.O.W. Industries was selected by American Electric Power as a participant in an E3 assessment and project. The project resulted in a energy savings, process improvement, training of the workforce, and a reduction in costs and increase in sales.
Source: TechSolve
URL: http://www.techsolve.org/manufacturing/case-studies/cow-indu
stries-e3-economy-energy-environment-program/

Green Suppliers Network: Success Stories
Abstract: Links to several case studies and success stories in lean manufacturing.
Source: Green Suppliers Network
URL: http://www.greensuppliers.gov/results/success.html

Incorporating toxics use reduction into Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma at Ophir Optics. 2011
Abstract: Ophir Optics utilized Lean and Six Sigma tools for a variety of projects, including toxics use reduction, and reduced its use of toxic chemicals and generation of hazardous waste, and increased energy efficiency.
Source: Toxics Use Reduction Institute
URL: http://www.turi.org/content/view/full/4307//year//month//day
/

Lean and Environment at Givaudan - 2010 Case Study [PDF]
Abstract: Lean and green team used a value stream map, facility walkthrough, and previous energy audit recommendations, to identify and plan for implementation. Results have lead to water conservation (and reduced wastewater generation), and significant energy improvements.
Source: PPRC
URL: http://pprc.org/solutions/Givaudan%20Lean%20and%20energy_wat
er.pdf

Lean and Environment Case Study: Lasco Bathware (Yelm, Washington) [PDF]
Abstract: A team worked to identify numerous productivity and environmental improvements at this bathware manufacturing facility, via integration of lean and P2. Annual savings are over $140k.
Source: Washington Department of Ecology
URL: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/pubs/0704009.pdf

Lean and Environment Case Study: Woodfold Mfg., Inc. (Oregon)
Abstract: A team worked to identify numerous environmental improvements during a value stream mapping exercise. Implementation resulted in $40k annual savings.
Source: PPRC
URL: http://www.pprc.org/solutions/woodfoldcasestudy_12_07.pdf

Lean and Environment Case Study: Canyon Creek Cabinet Company (Monroe, Washington) [PDF]
Abstract: Pilot project to integrate lean and environment in two processing areas at Canyon Creek Cabinet Co. Saved over $1.2M per year due to environmental and efficiency improvements.
Source: Washington Department of Ecology
URL: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/pubs/0604024.pdf

Lean and Environment Case Study: Columbia Paint (Spokane, Washington) [PDF]
Abstract: A team worked to identify numerous productivity and environmental improvements at this paint manufacturing facility, via integration of lean and P2. Annual savings are over $130k.
Source: Washington Department of Ecology
URL: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/pubs/0704032.pdf

Lean Manufacturing and Environment: Case Studies & Best Practices
Abstract: 15 real-world examples and short case studies of the types of environmental benefits that result from lean implementation at various organizations.
Source: US EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/lean/studies/

Lean, Energy & Environment (LE2) Analysis and Surface Cleaning Assessment [PDF]
Abstract: Description of lean and environmental effort to eliminate production bottlenecks and improve surface cleaning operations at a military vehicle fabricator.
Source: New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I)
URL: http://www.rit.edu/affiliate/nysp2i/sites/rit.edu.affiliate.
nysp2i/files/pdfs/nysp2i_cs_tecmotiv.pdf

ON Semiconductor [PDF]
Abstract: A 2009 project at ON Semiconductor (Idaho) identified numerous energy and waste reduction opportunities. Kaizen events and establishment of a green team, save the company over $400k/year.
Source: PPRC
URL: http://pprc.org/solutions/onsemi_case_study_final_12_09.pdf

U.S. EPA Lean and Environment Case Studies and Best Practices
Abstract: Links to over 15 different case studies of lean manufacturing and environment projects in the U.S.
Source: U.S. EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/lean/studies


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How to Integrate Lean and Green- 12 Tips for the EH&S Professional [PDF]
Abstract: Twelve tips from experience in the field - describing ways environmental & safety/health professionals can bring their expertise into lean.
Source: Straus Forest
URL: http://www.strausforest.com/SF_files/12-tips-for-EHS-pro.pdf

Lean Manufacturing Checklists and Forms
Abstract: Downloadable audit checklists to help identify productivity improvement opportunities at facilities: such as the seven deadly wastes, work flow, layout, time studies, and set-up reduction.
Source: Lean Manufacturing Resource Center
URL: http://www.qualitytrainingportal.com/resources/lean_manufact
uring/


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E3 Tools and Materials
Abstract: Links to information on E3, brochures, charter, partners, support network, and energy and economic development tools.
Source: Multi-Agency (Federal)
URL: http://www.e3.gov/action/tools_materials.html


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Environmental Professional's Guide to Lean and Six Sigma
Abstract: Toolkit, from the US Environmental Protection Agency, offering strategies and vision for environmental professionals to understand and use lean to impact environmental improvement.
Source: US Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://epa.gov/lean/environment/toolkits/professional/index.
htm

Lean in Government Starter Kit [PDF]
Abstract: Practical guide to implementing successful lean initaitives at environmental agencies.
Source: US EPA
URL: http://epa.gov/lean/toolkit/LeanGovtKitFinal.pdf

U.S. EPA: Lean and Energy Toolkit [PDF]
Abstract: Learn how to use lean to specifically address energy conservation, through targeted assessments and energy kaizens.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/lean/toolkit/LeanEnergyToolkit.pdf

U.S. EPA: Lean and Environment Toolkit [PDF]
Abstract: This toolkit was created to help enhance the understanding and on-the-ground implementation of strategies for integrating environmental considerations into Lean manufacturing
Source: EPA
URL: http://epa.gov/lean/toolkit/LeanEnviroToolkit.pdf

US Environmental Protection Agency's Lean and Chemicals Toolkit
Abstract: 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.
Source: US Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/lean/environment/toolkits/chemicals/index
.htm

Working Smart for Environmental Protection: Improving State Agency Processes with Lean and Six Sigma [PDF]
Abstract: A primer on how state environmental agencies have used lean and six sigma to improve permitting and other agency processes.
Source: US EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/lean/government/primer/resources/LeanGovt
Primer.pdf


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A Lean Guide to Transforming Healthcare: How to Implement Lean Principles in Hospitals, Medical Offices, Clinics, and Other Healthcare Organizations
Abstract: Book for sale (Author Zidel, T) is an implementation manual for lean tools and principles in a healthcare environment.
Source: American Society for Quality
URL: http://asq.org/quality-press/display-item/index.pl?item=H129
5

Building Lean Enterprise Excellence
Abstract: Even though this is a consulting firm's site, it offers valuabe insight on the history and principles of lean, the Toyota Way, and more.
Source: Optiprise
URL: http://www.optiprise.com/index.htm

Lean & Green 3-Part Video Series
Abstract: Uses Washington's Columbia Paint project examples to discuss these topics (on video) 1) How to Integrate Lean and Green 2) 12 Lean Tips for EH&S Professionals 3) How Lean and Green can go Viral
Source: Straus Forest
URL: http://strausforest.com/Download_page/LandG_3-part_series.ht
ml

Lean and Environment Workgroup
Abstract: A partnership between the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (P2.org), P2Rx, the Zero Waste Network, and PPRC with the purpose is to demonstrate the profitability of incorporating sustainable business practices into operations. Monthly phone calls or presentation. Anyone who is interested in being part of the group should go to
Source: PPRC / Zero Waste
URL: https://sites.google.com/site/leangreenworkgroup/

The Lean Design Guidebook - Everything Your Product Development Team Needs to Slash Manufacturing Costs (Book for Purchase)
Abstract: (By R. Mascitelli), this book offers direction and arguments for incorporating lean and green into the design of new products.
Source: Google Books
URL: http://www.knovel.com/web/portal/browse/display?_EXT_KNOVEL_
DISPLAY_bookid=2400


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Lean and Green White Paper [PDF]
Abstract: The first edition of Lean and Green News will be sent in the coming weeks. As a benefit to early subscribers, you have been given access to a white paper making the business case for lean and green. (PDF)
Source: 2009 Lean and Green Summit
URL: http://www.leanandgreensummit.com/LGBC.pdf

Where Lean Meets Green [PDF]
Abstract: Lean thinking is helping Boeing meet the challenge of satisfying customers and running a healthy business. The St. Louis SHEA Chemical Management Services (CMS) team, at A&M embraces both Lean Enterprise and Environmental Stewardship concepts.
Source: The Boeing Company
URL: http://www.boeing.com/companyoffices/doingbiz/environmental/
TechNotes/TechNotes1999-02.pdf


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Industrial Ecology and Lean Manufacturing: What They Mean for Our Work
Abstract: This symposium addressed the connections between lean techniques and industrial ecology. Ultimately, this site only leads to an EPA source for the symposium, no session notes.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/ncei/symposium/st-ind.htm


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5S
Abstract: 5S is the Japanese concept for house keeping: Sort (Seiri); Straighten (Seiton); Shine (Seiso); Standardize (Seiketsu); and Sustain (Shitsuke).
Source: i Six Sigma
URL: http://www.isixsigma.com/dictionary/5S-486.htm

Aligning Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma and the Supply Chain
Abstract: Consultant site with good information.
Source: Anitech, Inc.
URL: http://www.anitech.net/

E3: Economy, Energy and Environment
Abstract: The E3 Initiative is a coordinated federal and local technical assistance initiative to help manufacturers adapt and thrive in a new business era focused on sustainability, through technical assessments of production processes and training.
Source: US Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/greensuppliers/e3.html

Green Suppliers Network
Abstract: The Green Suppliers Network works with large manufacturers to engage their suppliers in low-cost technical reviews to identify strategies for improving process lines and using materials more efficiently.
Source: Green Suppliers Network
URL: https://www.greensuppliers.gov/gsn/home.gsn

John Grout's Poka-Yoke Page
Abstract: Information and visual examples on mistake-proofing, zero quality control (ZQC), and failsafing.
Source: John Grout
URL: http://facultyweb.berry.edu/jgrout/pokayoke.html

Kaizen Event
Abstract: The intent of a Kaizen Event is to hold small events attended by the owners and operators of a process to make improvements to that process which are within the scope of the process participants.
Source: i Six Sigma
URL: http://www.isixsigma.com/dictionary/Kaizen_Event-411.htm

Lean and Green Assistance (PPRC)
Abstract: Offers information/resources on lean and green, and describes how the Pollution Prevention Resource Center can assist P2Rx centers and others in initiating lean and green referrals, contacts, and projects.
Source: Pollution Prevention Resource Center
URL: http://www.pprc.org/solutions/leangreen.cfm

Lean Ecology
Abstract: Various lean and environment tools, worksheets, and a video of the Washington Lean and Environment project at Columbia Paint.
Source: Straus Forest
URL: http://strausforest.com/leanecology.html

Lean to Green Sustainability Tech Group (Society of Manufacturing Engineers)
Abstract: This technical group of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is currently revamping (and for now, does not have a dedicated website), but the SME website can be searched for have info and results on their efforts to incorporate environment into lean.
Source: Society of Manufacturing Engineers
URL: http://www.sme.org/

Northwest Lean Network
Abstract: Active listserv of lean professionals, focusing mostly on lean, not lean and environment.
Source: Northwest Lean Network
URL: http://www.nwlean.net/

Penn State's Lean and Green Research Initiative
Abstract: The Lean and Green Research Initiative conducts research and education to improve the delivery of high performance buildings through the development of resource efficient (lean) processes that maximize value at minimal delivery cost.
Source: Penn State University
URL: http://www.engr.psu.edu/leanandgreen/index.aspx

The Kaizen Workshop: How to Play an Active, Influential Role
Abstract: Videos, writing and consulting and other tools that brings health and productivity to the lives of others through the work they do, while eliminating waste and preventing pollution. Carlos Venegas, a principle of Straus Forest LLC, has designed and led scores of successful process-improvement implementations in a wide range of organizations, from a Fortune 500 company to a 4-employee small business.
Source: Straus Forest
URL: http://www.strausforest.com/leanecology

The Shingo Prize - A Higher Standard
Abstract: Website offers information on applying for the coveted Shingo prize, award recipient profiles, conferences and trainings, a network of professionals, and blog on lean and Shingo.
Source: he Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence
URL: http://www.shingoprize.org/

U.S. EPA: Lean Thinking and Methods
Abstract: EPA's primer on how lean manufacturing is different from traditional, lean methods, Overall Lean Frameworks Process Improvement Methods Advanced Lean Enterprise Methods What is Lean? By definition, lean manufacturing is the systematic elimination
Source: US EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/lean/thinking/

U.S. EPA: Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)
Abstract: Provides an introduction to TPM and method and implementation approaches, discusses implications for environmental performance and offers additional resources.
Source: US EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/lean/thinking/tpm.htm

U.S. EPA's Lean Manufacturing and Environment Website
Abstract: The US EPA discusses how lean manufacturing ties into environmental performance and offers numerous resources.
Source: US EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/lean/leanenvironment.htm

U.S. EPA's Lean Manufacturing and Environment Website
Abstract: The US EPA discusses how lean manufacturing ties into environmental performance and offers numerous resources.
Source: US EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/lean/leanenvironment.htm

U.S. EPA's Lean Website
Abstract: EPA is interested in finding ways to maximize the environmental benefits of lean in the manufacturing realm and in streamlining administrative processes. This website will guide you to information in both of these areas.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/lean/

US Department of Energy Save Energy Now Program - Energy Assessments
Abstract: Describes the Save Energy Now program's energy assessment assistance and services.
Source: US Department of Energy
URL: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/industry/saveenergynow/assessmen
ts.html

Value Stream Mapping
Abstract: Value stream mapping is a paper and pencil tool that helps you to see and understand the flow of material and information as a product or service makes its way through the value stream.
Source: i Six Sigma
URL: http://www.isixsigma.com/dictionary/Value_Stream_Mapping-413
.htm

Washington Department of Ecology - Lean and Environmnent Webpage
Abstract: The Department of Ecology recognizes the importance of lean and environmental benefits and is committed to working with Washington businesses and organizations to further this effort.
Source: Washington State Department of Ecology
URL: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/hwtr/lean/index.html

What is Lean?
Abstract: The Lean Enterprise Institute offers a basic introduction to lean. Join the membership and access hundreds of articles on lean, including several on lean and environment.
Source: Lean Enterprise Institute
URL: http://www.lean.org/WhatsLean/

What is Six Sigma?
Abstract: Six Sigma is a disciplined, data-driven approach and methodology for eliminating defects (driving towards six standard deviations between the mean and the nearest specification limit) in any process -- from manufacturing to transactional and from product to service.
Source: i Six Sigma
URL: http://www.isixsigma.com/sixsigma/six_sigma.asp

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