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Applying Lean Six Sigma to the Environment

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Lean Toolkits

The following toolkits were developed by the EPA in mid-2000’s to encourage businesses and organizations to consider Lean and Six Sigma techniques to help reduce environmental impacts such as energy, water, chemicals and materials.


The Lean and Environment Toolkit

Offers practical techniques and strategies for environmentally protective lean decision making. The book focuses on the identification and how to pursue environmental end points in your processes through Kaizen Events, 6S (5S + Safety); and Value Stream Mapping.


The Lean, Energy and Climate Toolkit

The Lean, Energy & Climate Toolkit offers Lean implementers practical strategies and techniques for enhancing Lean results—waste elimination, quality enhancement, and delivery of value to customers—while improving energy efficiency and reducing energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, costs, and risk. The toolkit assumes that you are familiar with Lean methods.


The Lean and Water Toolkit

Offers Lean implementers practical strategies and techniques for improving common Lean results related to time, cost, and quality, while also reducing water use, costs, and risk. The toolkit assumes that you are familiar with Lean methods.


The Environmental Professional’s Guide to Lean and Six Sigma

Lean and Six Sigma are two powerful business improvement systems that are rapidly being deployed across multiple manufacturing and service sectors. The Environmental Professional’s Guide to Lean and Six Sigma is designed to introduce environmental professionals—including environmental health and safety managers, environmental agency personnel, and non-governmental environmental technical assistance providers—to these methods. The guide describes how Lean and Six Sigma relate to the environment and provides guidance on how environmental professionals can connect with Lean and Six Sigma activities to generate better environmental and operational results.


The Lean and Chemicals Toolkit

Offers Lean implementers practical strategies and techniques for improving common Lean results related to time, cost, and quality while also reducing risk and enhancing environmental performance related to all aspects of chemical manufacturing, management and use. The toolkit assumes that you are familiar with Lean methods.

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