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                                                                                                                                               May 2008

Beyond the Private Sector

Guess Who’s Going $Green?
By Michael Galiazzo                           Manufacturing in Maryland is       resources. Companies are applying        tute of Standards and Technology,
                                         high tech, research and development     lean for green to find ways to reduce    is hosting a conference on Greening
The green revolution is playing out      driven, innovative, fast paced, and     wastes more efficiently.                 the Supply Chain to showcase suc-
in a variety of settings. At work,       competes in an international network         As every consumer knows, there      cessful supply chain initiatives and
at home and at school, people are        through global supply chains. Even      is an explosion in new products and      to discuss how Maryland is poised to
on the road to going green. Going        companies that don’t have overseas      new product design that is more earth    sell green technologies, knowledge
green is big news for the media,         operations find that they are im-       friendly. Materials used are increas-    and services in Asian markets.
provides endless projects for school-    pacted by the global economy.           ingly more green. Our research                Sen. Ben Cardin will open the
children and has become a priority            Today’s economic playing           universities are finding more earth      program with his talk on “Ker-
for policymakers. It is a recurring      field is vastly different from only a   friendly ways to produce, package        mit Was Wrong. It IS Easy Being
theme for conference presentations,      decade ago. Companies are driven        and transport goods. Companies are       Green.” Anirban Basu, Maryland’s
TV programs and newspapers. The          increasingly by technology, innova-     looking at carbon footprints and ap-     best known and respected econo-
web connects people worldwide who        tion, collaboration and cost saving     plying strategies to be more socially    mist, will discuss “Maryland and the
discuss and debate going green, and      approaches. Sustainability is part      responsible.                             Global Economy.” Peter Gourlay,
who buy a variety of green products      of today’s model for manufacturing           The approaches for Going            president of the Maryland-Asia
online.                                  success and Maryland companies          $Green are quite different and there     Environmental Partnership, will talk
     What may be surprising to many      are embracing a variety of ways to      is a need to learn from each other as    about “The Global Sustainability
is that manufacturing is part of the     achieve green results.                  we continue down the road to Go-         Movement and Its Impact on Busi-
green movement. Yes, manufacturers            GM Powertrain Baltimore in         ing $Green. In the fall of 2007, the     ness.”
are Going $Green. They are imple-        White Marsh is landfill free and        Regional Manufacturing Institute              Gourlay has been laying the
menting policies and practices that      produces a hybrid transmission that     (RMI) of Maryland held a confer-         groundwork for Maryland-Asia
both improve profitability and lessen    significantly increases fuel effi-      ence called Going $Green with            partnerships, given the massive
the negative impact on the earth.        ciency. Marlin Steel Wire Products in   Maryland Manufacturing, followed         water, energy and pollution issues in
Going $Green means “good for the         Baltimore City uses 100% recycled       by a town hall meeting to discuss the    the region. As the needs continue to
company and better for the earth.”       materials. Lion Brothers in Owings      topic with companies. From the dis-      grow, Maryland’s innovative manu-
     Companies are implementing          Mills adopted global compliance         cussions, we learned that Maryland       facturing leaders can play a role
green processes and approaches as        standards in the garment and textile    manufacturers are Going $Green for       in providing efficient process and
well as making greener products.         industry. Phillips Foods is focused     several key reasons, among them:         product solutions to Asia.
Innovation and technology cre-           on greening its global supply chain,    reduced costs, social responsibility,         The Regional Manufacturing
ate materials and coatings that are      and hundreds of Maryland printing       increased product sales and demands      Institute of Maryland will continue
increasingly more earth friendly.        companies embrace new, envi-            on suppliers from large corporations     to play a leadership role in promot-
Lean manufacturing, a hallmark of        ronmentally friendly certification      to increase green efforts. Simply put,   ing green manufacturing and to
improved manufacturing efficiency,       standards. These companies and          if suppliers don’t go green, they will   build entrepreneurial collaborative
is becoming lean for green, with an      many others are finding cost effec-     lose business.                           partnerships with education and
emphasis on reducing environmen-         tive ways to move toward increased           Original equipment manufac-         government. We must think and
tal wastes. There is a wide variety      sustainability.                         turers (OEMs) like Baxter Interna-       act differently to achieve different
of ways companies are engaged in              New light bulbs and light sen-     tional, General Motors Corporation,      results that are mutually beneficial
going green, and they are helping        sors dramatically reduce energy         Northrop Grumman, Steelcase and          and that provide economic and en-
each other get there by sharing best     use. Northrop Grumman Electronic        Johnson Controls have initiated          vironmental health.
practices. The picture of Maryland       Systems implemented the Environ-        substantive sustainability programs.          The next time someone talks
manufacturing today is much dif-         mental Protection Agency’s Green        These programs assist suppliers to       about going green, I hope you will
ferent then just a few years ago, and    Lights program and other energy         meet new sustainability standards        mention the role that manufacturing
Going $Green is part of the new          saving efforts, saving the company      and expectations. In this way, manu-     plays in green product development
formula for success.                     more than $800,000 annually. En-        facturers are driving the movement       and in implementing improved and
     Let me explain a little about       ergy audits and pollution prevention    without government regulation and        socially responsible strategies.
manufacturing in Maryland. You           are routine in manufacturing compa-     in ways that move the entire supply
may recall the smokestack industry       nies across the state. The Maryland     chain in the right direction.            Michael Galiazzo is executive direc-
of old. Well the smokestacks of the      Department of the Environment has            On June 3, 2008, RMI, along         tor of the Regional Manufacturing
past are gone, but the industry itself   a list on its web site of Maryland      with the Maryland-Asia Environ-          Institute of Maryland (RMI) (www.
is not. It has transformed itself to     companies that have been recognized     mental Partnership and the Green         marylandmanufacturing.info). He
compete successfully in a challeng-      for pollution prevention measures.      Suppliers Network, a U.S. Environ-       can be reached at 410-771-8111.
ing global economy.                      It also can point you to important      mental Agency and National Insti-
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