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The market and regulatory environments are changing. Today's competitive manufacturers know environmental sustainability is key to business success. Environmental waste impacts competitiveness, the bottom line, relationships with customers, facilities and operations. By taking LEAN thinking to the next level, manufacturers can eliminate environmental waste to protect margins while increasing profitability, competitiveness and ensuring long-term sustainability.

This workshop will provide a practical overview, real-world success stories and the hands-on tools needed to apply LEAN thinking to include overlooked environmental waste, including the seven key environmental wastes that represent potential for significant savings. Take LEAN to the next level, with this LEAN and Green 101 workshop.


Upon completion of this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand how green (environmental) wastes impact nearly every aspect of manufacturing operations.
  • See how a focus on reducing green waste will enable organizations to not only survive, but thrive under the recently announced provincial and federal prices on carbon.
  • Identify the seven key wastes associated with green thinking.
  • Be able to implement proven and dynamic process for green waste elimination that build on existing continuous improvement processes and LEAN thinking.
  • Integrate LEAN & Green process with existing processes and programs.
  • Apply LEAN tools to environmental savings, green value stream mapping.


This workshop is ideal for leaders, managers, operations personnel, process owners and anyone with continuous improvement, environmental or sustainability responsibilities in their job description.


Brett Wills is a former plant manager with firsthand experience leading teams in sustainability and continuous improvement. As the director of sustainability with High Performance Solutions, Brett helps organizations across North America profitably accelerate their journey towards sustainability. He is the author of Green Intentions: Creating a Green Value Stream to Compete and Win. 

For information on the next session contact: 
CME Alberta Vice President David MacLean



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