W.A.S.T.E. Walks 90-day Challenge

W.A.S.T.E. Walks are an event format (modeled after gemba walks and energy treasure hunts) that can reduce environmental impacts at your facility, engage employees, and save money!

WASTE_Logo W = Water
A = Air emissions
S = Solid waste (trash/rubbish)
T = Toxins
E = Energy

Do you like the idea of the W.A.S.T.E. Walks, but haven’t tried to implement it yet?

Take the W.A.S.T.E. Walks 90-day Challenge!

We will provide you with email reminders, and you can track your progress using the checklist below. If you want to get a head start, feel free to jump into the checklist right now!

At the end of the 90 days, you will have a detailed list of 3 actions items that your team identified to pursue for implementation towards reducing the WASTE you selected. We will use the next 90 days to make sure those actions get implemented.

Time frame: The next challenge will start August 31, 2020. The action plan will be due within 60 days, with the last 30 days for implementation of ideas.

We will also be setting up virtual coaching sessions every other Friday during the challenge, where you can ask questions, and hear how others are progressing through the challenge. You will also get to know other like-minded practitioners trying to make a difference in the world!

Cost: There is no cost to join (FREE!), just a desire to try out the W.A.S.T.E. Walks approach. We will also be setting up some coaching calls, to help you when you’re stuck (dates/times based on attendee availability).

Simply enter your email address into the form below!

Sign up for the 90-day W.A.S.T.E. Walks Challenge

Here is the list of actions you will be tasked with during the 90-day challenge. The first 90 days will allow you to develop an action plan, and the next 90 days will be for implementing the plan.

Here is a past example of the checklist. Dates will be revised based on the start of the next session.


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Phase 1 - Prepare10/09/2016

Select W.A.S.T.E. element you would like to focus on: Water, Air Emissions, Solid Waste (Trash), Toxins/Hazardous Waste, or Energy


Phase 1 - Prepare10/13/2016

Identify process owner

Phase 1 - Prepare10/14/2016

Schedule meeting with process owner to discuss WASTE walk event

Phase 1 - Prepare10/15/2016

Collect and summarize monthly financial data for that W.A.S.T.E. element

Phase 1 - Prepare10/21/2016

Collect and summarize monthly usage data for that W.A.S.T.E. element

Phase 1 - Prepare10/21/2016

Get commitment from process owner on a Go and See activity (individual, small group, or formal event)

Phase 1 - Prepare10/24/2016

Draft planning worksheet with process owner
Download WASTE Walk Planning Worksheet

Phase 1 - Prepare10/28/2016

Schedule meeting with team members in work area to discuss event

Phase 1 - Prepare10/31/2016

Schedule meeting with process owner to finalize planning worksheet

Phase 1 - Prepare11/04/2016

Finalize planning worksheet and event session(s) with process owner

Phase 1 - Prepare11/09/2016

Invite event participants to each session with calendar invitations (sessions include walks and planning follow-up activity)

Phase 2 - Event11/11/2016

Confirm team and process owner attendance one day prior to first session

Phase 2 - Event11/18/2016

Order food/snacks for each session to increase attendance (especially when conducting off hour sessions)

Phase 2 - Event11/18/2016

Brainstorm and gather all ideas and opportunities from WASTE walk sessions, and group similar ideas using an Affinity Diagram

Phase 3 - Combine12/07/2016

Complete Impact-Ease Matrix
Download Impact-Ease Matrix Template

Phase 4 - Decide12/08/2016

Use multivoting techniques to finalize top 3 opportunities

Phase 4 - Decide12/09/2016

Develop next step actions to investigate top 3 opportunities

Phase 4 - Decide12/14/2016

Get status updates on top 3 opportunities

Phase 4 - Decide12/16/2016

If any opportunity is not approved or too expensive for the payback, select another opportunity from the Impact-Ease matrix

Phase 4 - Decide12/20/2016

Obtain approval to implement 3 opportunities from process owner

Phase 4 - Decide12/22/2016

Develop project plan to manage implementation of the 3 opportunities

Phase 4 - Decide12/30/2016

Reward team members involved in WASTE walk, thank them for participation and ideas, and share the project plan with them

Phase 4 - Decide01/09/2017

Email details of implementation plan to info@leansixsigmaenvironment.org

Phase 4 - Decide01/13/2017

30 day follow-up on action plan for 3 opportunities

Phase 4 - Decide01/31/2017

60 day follow-up on action plan for 3 opportunities

Phase 4 - Decide02/28/2017

90 day follow-up on action plan for 3 opportunities

Phase 4 - Decide03/29/2017

Confirm implementation of opportunity #1

Phase 4 - Decide03/31/2017

Confirm implementation of opportunity #2

Phase 4 - Decide03/31/2017

Confirm implementation of opportunity #3

Phase 4 - Decide03/31/2017

Email final results of WASTE walk (including actions implemented and savings) to info@leansixsigmaenvironment.org

Phase 4 - Decide04/28/2017