You could almost feel the crowdsourcing, bask in the commingling, and hear the “ah-has” at the inaugural Sustainable Manufacturer and Water 2.0 Conference & Exhibits. Sustainable manufacturers of all sizes and from industry segments as diverse as food, lift trucks, automotive, heavy equipment, lighting, packaging, aerospace, energy, home hardware, precision components, chemicals, doors, containers, software, furniture, lubricants, and landscaping came together to hear from experts, share best practices, and converse with each other. Continue reading
Last week, the Product Stewardship Institute www.productstewardship.us announced that it was awarded $180,000 by the Connecticut Dept. of Energy and the Environment (DEEP) www.ct.gov/deep to “develop strategies that will guide the future of product stewardship and producer responsibility in Connecticut and the nation.” Continue reading
Georgetown, Ky., just a horse’s trot north of Lexington, is horse country. Down nearly any country road, the land is crisscrossed with white horse-fenced bluegrass meadow after white horse-fenced bluegrass meadow. Many of the Kentucky Derby and Lexington Keeneland race horses are stabled here. The thunderous pounding of their hooves can almost be felt underfoot. Continue reading
The Toyota Production System (TPS) in action is a thing to behold. While touring Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky Inc. www.toyotageorgetown.com to research the cover story, “How power metering empowers Toyota” (p. 18), I had the opportunity to witness the assembly of a Toyota vehicle, from steel coil to the lights-on, horn-beeped, systems-checked finished product. An entire car is assembled in 20 hours. Two vehicles roll off the lines every operational minute. Continue reading
Johnson Controls has introduced a solar cooling system to reduce energy costs for large buildings across North America by combining its high-efficiency chillers with hybrid solar thermal and PV technologies.
It’s good to get good news. And from a green manufacturing perspective, news doesn’t get much better than the recent news that the manufacturing sector’s energy use and energy intensity has gone down since 2002.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, “Total energy consumption in the manufacturing sector decreased by 17 percent from 2002 to 2010.
In his Jan. 24 State of the Union address, Pres. Obama pointed to “a future where we’re in control of our own energy,” and said he refuses to back down from supporting clean, green energy. “Nowhere is the promise of innovation greater than in American-made energy.
This issue’s cover story features the nation’s largest window manufacturer and a great American company, Andersen Corp. (see “Biomass gets famous window-maker out of a logjam”).
The manufacturer was borne of a logjam—literally. In 1903 a mileslong logjam occurred on the St. Croix River that deadlocked all flow of the thousands of logs felled from the forests nearby that were on their way to lumber mills to become the building materials of future homes and businesses. The logjam was immovable for weeks as loggers kept adding more logs to the river and expecting the river’s flow alone to unwedge the increasingly populated river.
Editor’s Note: This Part III is the first half of an article covering energy and atmosphere.
The world’s energy crisis may be the single largest issue of our time. From the tangible effects of climate change to the realities of fossil fuel resource depletion, the way we generate energy is more important than ever. Continue reading