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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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