Use Manufacturing Extension Partnerships (MEP) to drive sustainability

If you have a small or mid-sized company in the United States (or Puerto Rico), and are in the manufacturing industry, there is a Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) available to help you. MEP Centers are a diverse network of state, university-based, and non-profit organizations, offering products and services that help manufacturers increase profits, create jobs and establish a foundation for long-term business growth and productivity.

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What I really like about the MEP program is how they have embraced Lean, Six Sigma and Sustainability as a key service they provide to companies. I have worked closely with a few programs, and I have found them to be very knowledgeable with strong hands-on expertise in process improvement.

In fact, I earned my SME Green Manufacturing Specialist certificate after taking training from the Indiana (Purdue) MEP, and it has given me a lot of confidence to drive sustainability in the companies I’ve worked with. I also collaborated on a Lean and Green training with the Iowa MEP.

Most of the MEPs have specific pages dedicated to their programs. Most are using E3, which stands for Economy, Energy and Environment. It is a program setup by the EPA to help companies and communities drive towards a green economy.

Other MEPs have programs called “Lean and Green,” or “Sustainability,” or “Energy Efficiency,” while others provide services such as energy audits, ISO 14001 mentoring or sustainability assessments.

To make it easier to find your closest MEP and to see what specific program they offer, check out the list below of MEPs by state. If you find some information outdated, please contact us.

State MEP Name Environmental Services
Alabama Alabama Technology Network E3 – Economy, Energy, Environment
Arkansas Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions E3 – Economy – Energy – Environment
California California Manufacturing Technology Consulting E3 – Economy – Energy – Environment
California Corporation for Manufacturing Excellence (Manex) Energy Efficiency Training
Colorado Colorado Association for Manufacturing and Technology Natural Capitalism Sustainability
Connecticut Connecticut State Technology Extension Program Energy and Environment
Delaware Delaware Manufacturing Extension Partnership Energy Audits
Florida Florida Manufacturing Extension Partnership No Specific Program Found
Georgia Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership E3 – Economy, Energy, Environment
Hawaii INNOVATE Hawaii Energy Audits
Idaho Idaho TechHelp E3 – Economy – Energy – Environment
Illinois Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center – Downstate E3 – Economy – Energy – Environment
Indiana Indiana MEP Purdue Technical Assistance Program Green Enterprise Development
Iowa Iowa Center for Industrial Research and Service Sustainability
Kansas Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center Sustainability
Kentucky Advantage Kentucky Alliance E3 and Green Technology
Louisiana Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Louisiana No Specific Program Found
Maine Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership Energy Audits
Massachusetts Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership No Specific Program Found
Michigan Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center Sustainable Manufacturing
Minnesota Enterprise Minnesota GreenLean
Mississippi InnovateMEP Mississippi Sustainability
Missouri Missouri Enterprise Sustainability
Montana Montana Manufacturing Extension Center No Specific Program Found
Nebraska Nebraska Manufacturing Extension Partnership Environmental
Nevada Nevada Industry Excellence Energy Audits
New Hampshire New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership Lean and Green
New Jersey New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program Green Manufacturing
New Mexico New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership Lean and Green
New York New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership Environmental Investment Program
North Carolina North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership E3 – Economy – Energy – Environment
North Dakota North Dakota Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Impact Dakota) No Specific Program Found
Ohio Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership No Specific Program Found
Oklahoma Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance No Specific Program Found
Oregon Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership Green/Sustainability
Pennsylvania Catalyst Connection No Specific Program Found
Pennsylvania Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center No Specific Program Found
Pennsylvania IMC-PA No Specific Program Found
Pennsylvania MANTEC No Specific Program Found
Pennsylvania Manufacturers Resource Center Sustainability
Pennsylvania Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center Sustainability
Pennsylvania Northwest Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center Sustainability
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Manufacturing Extension Inc No Specific Program Found
Rhode Island Rhode Island Manufacturing Extension Services No Specific Program Found
South Carolina South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership Lean and Green and E3
South Dakota South Dakota Manufacturing and Technology Solutions No Specific Program Found
Tennessee Tennessee Manufacturing Extension Partnership E3 – Economy – Energy – Environment
Texas TMAC Environment
Utah Utah Manufacturing Extension Partnership Sustainable Enterprise Development
Vermont Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center No Specific Program Found
Virginia GENEDGE ALLIANCE Sustainability and E3
Washington Impact Washington Lean and Green
West Virginia West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership E3 – Economy – Energy – Environment
Wisconsin UW Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center Profitable Sustainability Initiative
Wisconsin Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership Profitable Sustainability Initiative
Wyoming Manufacturing-Works Technology and Energy Assistance