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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:
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
About the Author 273
Posted November 2, 2009
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.