Wednesday, October 20, 2010

E3 Memorandum of Understanding -- EPA

Working on a pilot basis since 2009, the E3 Initiative became official with the September 25, 2010, signing of a memorandum of understanding among its federal agency sponsors: EPA, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Energy, the Department of Labor and the Small Business Administration.

Evolving from the Green Suppliers Network, the E3 Initiative is a coordinated federal and local technical assistance initiative to help manufacturers adapt and thrive in a new business era focused on sustainability. The program provides technical assessments of production processes and training in four key areas:

- Lean
- Clean
- Energy
- Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Depending on the processes of a company, either large or small, the assessments and training target opportunities to:

- Maximize energy efficiency
- Reduce environmental wastes
- Identify opportunities for reducing carbon emissions
- Promote sustainable manufacturing practices and growth
- Reduce business costs

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