Manufacturing Sustainability: Green Manufacturing News

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Whirlpool Corporation Issues Global Sustainability Report

posted November 24, 2009
Whirlpool Corporation, the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, today announced the release of the company's first global, comprehensive sustainability report. The report provides an overview of the company's efforts to make a sustainable difference in the world.Read more

IBM Launches Consulting Service for Sustainable Assets

posted November 24, 2009
IBM has introduced a consulting service to reduce the costs and environmental impact associated with managing property, equipment and business activities.

Sustainable Asset Analytics is designed to help clients manage real estate, supplier performance, carbon data collection and analysis, asset lifecycle maintenance, and all processes and systems used to support these activities. The service can be applied to everything from buildings to information technology and other office equipment to manufacturing tools and warehouse machinery to business travel.Read more

Boreal Water Debuts Biodegradable Bottle at PLMA in Chicago

posted November 12, 2009
Boreal Water Collection Inc. announced today they will debut their private label water in the ENSO biodegradable plastic bottle at the PLMA trade show in Chicago.

"Boreal Water Collection's goal is to become North America's leading producer of high-end private label bottled water," said Francine Lavoie, President and CEO of Boreal Water Collection. "We along with our Canadian affiliate, Les Sources Saint-Elie Inc., are committed to providing our customers with the highest quality private label bottled water at affordable prices along with our outstanding customer service. We offer our customers a wide range of bottling products with various labels, shapes, and sizes which are now available in ENSO, the world's first truly recyclable and biodegradable plastic bottle."Read more

Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. Joins U.S. Environmental Protection Agency WasteWise Program

posted November 11, 2009
Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. (TMS) announced today that it has joined U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA)
WasteWise program. As the first national voluntary solid waste reduction program, WasteWise encourages organizations to reduce municipal solid waste through waste prevention, recycling and buying or manufacturing recycled products.Read more

DOE Awards $155 Million to 41 Industrial Energy Efficiency Projects

posted November 08, 2009
DOE announced on Tuesday its award of more than $155 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to 41 industrial energy efficiency projects across the country. The nine largest projects, totaling $150 million and leveraged with $634 million in private industry support, will promote the use of combined heat and power, district energy systems, waste energy recovery systems, and energy efficiency initiatives in hospitals, utilities, and industrial sites. For example, ArcelorMittal USA will use the waste gas from a blast furnace at its steel mill in East Chicago, Indiana, to power a boiler that will produce electricity and steam for on-site use. The plant currently wastes 46 billion cubic feet of blast furnace gas per year. Overall, these industrial efficiency projects will result in nearly 14 trillion Btu in estimated energy savings, which is equivalent to more than 112 million gallons of gasoline per year.Read more

Rexam's Oval Wins Awards for Sustainability and Innovation

posted November 08, 2009
Rexam's 100% recycled liquid oval sets a new standard for efficiency, performance and environmental-friendliness. It also wins awards. The product recently won the "Greener Package Award" and the "DIANA Award," both industry landmarks for excellence.Read more

Porsche Builds New Paint Shop with Latest Environmental Technology

posted November 05, 2009
Porsche's factory in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen where the 911 and Boxster are assembled will soon be upgraded with a new paint shop that promises to be one of the most modern and environmentally clean in the world when it opens in 2011.Porsche AG has announced it is expanding its automobile production at the main factory in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen to include one of the most modern and environmentally-friendly paint shops in the world that will significantly reduce overall emissions of this notoriously problematic industrial process and still result in a more superior paint finish on the cars going through it.Read more

Zerofootprint and National Quality Institute Unite to Help Companies

posted November 04, 2009
The National Quality Institute (NQI), an independent, not-for-profit, organization committed to advancing organizational excellence across Canada, and Zerofootprint, a leading developer of tools to measure and reduce the environmental footprint of individuals and organizations, today announced that they have teamed up to create the NQI/Zerofootprint Carbon Index, to provide NQI members with greater insights about their carbon emissions through peer-based benchmarking.Read more

Abbott Saving 1 Billion Gallons of Water Annually

posted November 04, 2009
Abbott announced that it is saving 1 billion gallons of water annually since launching a comprehensive, global effort in 2004 to preserve natural resources through reducing use of water in the production of its nutrition and other health care products.Read more

Aggregate Industries Earns Green-Star Certification at North Grafton Ready Mix Plant

posted November 04, 2009
Robert Garbini, President, National Ready Mixed Concrete Associate; Ted Knight, General Manager-Ready Mix Concrete, Aggregate Industries Northeast Region; Roberto Huet, Senior Vice President, Aggregate Industries Northeast Region; Thomas P. O'Neill, Legislative Aide for Senator Michael Moore (MA); Representative George N. Peterson, Jr., 9th Worcester District (MA) Aggregate Industries Northeast Region has earned the Green-Star Certification of its North Grafton Ready Mix plant in North Grafton, Massachusetts. The North Grafton Ready Mix Plant was recognized by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association for its Environmental Management System (EMS) as a tool for environmental benchmarking and continual improvement, and as a means of recognizing those companies that adhere to the essential principles of the environmental and sustainability movements. In addition to North Grafton's EMS, the site also demonstrates sustainable practices by using two unique systems. The site has recycled 173,143 gallons of its water in 2009 and has tripled its oil change intervals in its mixer fleet through the addition of an oil bypass system. Both practices reduce the site's dependence on natural resources.Read more