Green Intentions: Creating a Green Value Stream to Compete and Win / Edition 1

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Developed by a plant manager who experienced first-hand the challenges to going green in a business environment, Green Intentions provides organizations with a simple, straightforward, and practical approach to green—the Green Value Stream (GVS) process—that is as mindful as it is profitable. Based on the highly successful, Lean philosophy, the GVS process shows you how to quickly identify, measure, and minimize the seven green wastes to realize immediate cost savings. With the initial savings from harvesting the low-hanging fruit, organizations will have the support and momentum needed to eliminate each of the green wastes, leading to environmental sustainability and the substantial business benefits that follow, including increased revenues, new customers, employee retention, innovation, and increased shareholder value.

Part I, Going Green shows how the green value stream provides a dynamic, proven, and successful approach to going green. It also defines each of the seven green wastes, explains the overall green value stream process, provides guidance on implementing it in your organization, and shows how to map your green value stream.

Part II, The Seven Green Wastes provides a step-by-step process for minimizing and eliminating each of the seven wastes. It includes real-life examples illustrating the environmental and economic benefits associated with moving toward the elimination of each.

The book also includes:

  • A Green Dictionary that defines current terms associated with the green movement
  • Web links and other resources to help you in your journey toward environmental sustainability
  • An environmental primer that clears through the rhetoric to give you a clear picture of what is going on with the environment and what the end goal of environmental and overall sustainability needs to look like
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420089615
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/22/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Brett Wills, a senior consultant for High Performance Solutions in Ontario Canada has over ten years of experience in the environmental arena and over seven years of direct manufacturing experience. Brett has first-hand experience leading teams in the implementation of Lean initiatives such as Kanban Systems, Finished Goods Supermarket and 5S. He has also been instrumental in facilitating the development and implementation of many health and safety and environmental initiatives within a manufacturing environment, and has extensive experience in the development and management of ISO 9001 and 14001 systems.

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Table of Contents

Sect. I Going Green

1 From Lean to Green: Green Value Stream Thinking 3

2 Understanding Your Green Value Streams 11

Sect. II The Seven Green Wastes

3 The First Green Waste: Energy 39

4 The Second Green Waste: Water 67

5 The Third Green Waste: Materials 91

6 The Fourth Green Waste: Garbage 121

7 The Fifth Green Waste: Transportation 145

8 The Sixth Green Waste: Emissions 173

9 The Seventh Green Waste: Biodiversity 195

Sect. III Conclusion and Appendices

10 Conclusion 215

Appendix A Green Dictionary 219

Appendix B An Environmental Primer 227

Appendix C Resources 235

Appendix D Worksheets 251

Index 259

About the Author 273

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  • Posted November 2, 2009

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    Achieving lean and green systems

    Companies that go green benefit from a wide range of competitive advantages, including long-term cost reduction and new commercial opportunities. Today, customers and employees expect - indeed, demand - that organizations improve their environmental practices. The best way to move ahead, according to Brett Wills in this hands-on book, is becoming "lean and green." Wills guides you through the specific steps your firm must take to achieve environmental sustainability. Cleaning up the Earth will require real effort on the part of the business community. getAbstract thinks this manual gives you some helpful ideas on how to get started, and recommends it to executives and operations managers.

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