Lean and Green Project
(Formerly known as "Lean and Environment")
See our most recent success stories for Accra-Fab Inc. and Decagon Devices and learn how Ecology helped one save $179,000 per year while increasing production capacity and the other meet requirements to sell products to European Union countries.
Over the past several years, many Washington businesses turned to Lean manufacturing techniques to improve their competitiveness. Based on the Toyota Production System, Lean identifies and eliminates wastes and non-value-added activities. Aerospace manufacturers, cabinet-builders, hospitals, and shipbuilders—are using Lean to lower costs, improve quality, and reduce lead times.
Lean can result in:
The Department of Ecology (Ecology) recognizes that significant environmental benefits typically result from Lean because non-value added aspects of production often translate into more energy and water use, and more waste and pollution. When businesses consider environmental wastes and toxics in their activities, both the Lean and environmental performance benefits increase.
Ecology is committed to working with Washington businesses and organizations to help Lean improve our economy and environment. Through our technical assistance partnership with Impact Washington we helped several businesses achieve impressive results. See our case studies.The Washington Lean and Environment Project Final Report and its executive summary are now available.
Learn more about Ecology’s Lean and Green Project partners, and other Lean and environmental resources.
Businesses and organizations who would like assistance in integrating Lean and Environment, please Contact Us for more information.
If your business is looking to improve competitiveness, reduce expenses, and improve environmental performance, check out Ecology and Impact Washington Lean and Green Demonstration Project Grants.
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