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Usg programs policies and resources in support of sustainable manufacturing alex folk center operations ma

It’s not that easy being green….

USG Programs, Policies and Resources in Support of Sustainable ManufacturingAlex Folk, Center Operations ManagerNational Institute of Standards and TechnologyManufacturing Extension Partnership


The manufacturer s needs are evolving
The Manufacturer’s Needs are Evolving


Energy Efficiency?

New environmental demands by customer


New environmental legislation

Meeting the bottom line



Carbon footprint??

Supply Chain




Topics for discussion
Topics for Discussion

  • An Approach to Identify and Leverage Resources

  • A Snapshot of Existing Resources

  • Applying a Partnership Model – Identify, Leverage, Expand

  • A Partnership In Practice

  • Striving for Continuous Improvement


Usg programs policies and resources in support of sustainable manufacturing alex folk center operations ma

An Approach to Identify and Leverage Resources

The Interagency Network of

Enterprise Assistance Providers (INEAP)

For information about the INEAP, please contact Carroll Thomas, U.S. DOC at 301-975-5020 or


I nteragency n etwork of e nterprise a ssistance p roviders
InteragencyNetworkof EnterpriseAssistanceProviders

Forum for Information Exchange and Collaboration

To support communication

and the sharing of information

across federal government agencies

thereby leveraging federal extension/assistance

resources to enhance U.S. economic growth.


Current federal ineap members
Current Federal INEAP members

Export Import Bank of the United States

  • Small Business Development Program

  • City/State Partnership Program

    Department of Defense

  • Office of Technology Transition (MEP Liaison)

    Department of Agriculture

  • Cooperative Extension, Education and Research

    Department of State

  • Bureau of Economic, Energy & Business Affairs

    Department of Labor

  • Business Relations Group

  • Employment Training Assistance

  • OSHA

    Dept. of Justice Internal Revenue Service

  • Educational & Government Partnerships

    Housing & Urban Development

  • Community Planning & Development

    Environmental Protection Agency

  • Green Suppliers Network

  • Pollution Prevention

  • National Center for Environmental Innovation

Department of Energy

  • Industrial Assessment Centers

    Department of Commerce

  • International Trade Administration

  • Export Assistance Centers

  • Economic Development Agency

  • Manufacturing Extension Partnership

  • Minority Business Development Agency

  • Office of Intellectual Property Rights

  • Minority Serving Institutions Program

  • US Commercial Service

  • Trade Development Agency

    Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Center for Veterans Enterprise

    Small Business Administration

  • Small Business Development Centers

  • Office of Technology


  • Women’s Business Centers

  • SBIR

  • Entrepreneurial Development

  • Veterans Business Development

  • Office of Disaster Assistance


Growth beyond the federal agencies
Growth Beyond the Federal Agencies….

  • Association for Procurement Technical Assistance Centers

  • Association of Small Business Development Centers

  • US Chamber of Commerce

  • US Women’s Chamber of Commerce

  • American Small Manufacturing Coalition

  • American Association of Community Colleges

  • Iowa State University Center for Industrial Research Service

  • National Defense University


A snapshot of existing resources
A Snapshot of Existing Resources

You don’t know what you don’t know….

  • USDA BioPreferred Program

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

  • U.S. Commercial Service

  • U.S. Department of Commerce, NIST

    • Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability (BEES®)

    • NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)


U s environmental protection agency www epa gov
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

A Sampling……

  • Green Suppliers Network (GSN)

  • Design for the Environment

  • Climate Change

  • Performance Track

  • EnergyStar

  • Greater Chicago P2 Alliance

  • Green Power Partnership

  • SmartWay Transport Partnership

  • ………….


Applying a partnership model identify leverage expand
Applying a Partnership Model – Identify, Leverage, Expand

Mission Statement

“To strengthen the global competitiveness of US-based manufacturing by providing information, decision support, and implementation of innovative approaches focused on leveraging technologies, techniques, and business best practices.”


Partnering to build a national program


Partnering to Build a National Program

341,000 Small & Medium Sized Manufacturers

Over 3,100 Affiliated Service Providers

Service Delivery

Over 1,600 Center Staff

440 Service Locations

Integration, Knowledge Sharing, & Evaluation

59 MEP Centers



Mep model identify and leverage partners
MEP Model – Identify and Leverage Partners

  • Focus on meeting manufacturer’s short term needs, but in context of overall company strategy

  • MEP Center areas of common strength and delivery partners

    • Engineering Services Federal Labs and Universities

    • Growth Services Export Assistance Centers, EX-IM Bank

    • Lean Manufacturing Community Colleges

    • Quality Systems Universities and Local Resources

    • Environmental Services State Environmental Resources

    • Energy Reduction Industrial Assessment Centers, Utilities

    • Workforce Development Local and State Workforce Boards

  • As a Result, Work directly with over 24,000 manufacturing companies a year*

    *Based on FY2006 MEP Center reported performance data.


    A partnership in practice what is the green suppliers network
    A Partnership In PracticeWhat is the Green Suppliers Network?

    A partnership between the U.S. EPA and the U.S. DoC NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership

    • Focus: Small & mid-sized manufacturing suppliers

    • Approach: Lean & Clean on-site reviews

    • Value Add: Expands lean definition of waste to include environmental considerations

    • Deliverable: Measurable business and environmental impacts


    Leverage existing capacity gsn partners
    Leverage Existing Capacity - GSN Partners

    • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    • Department of Commerce’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)

    • U.S. Department of Energy Industrial Assessment Centers

    • State Environmental Experts

    • Original Equipment Manufacturers

    • Suppliers


    Expand evolve to meet needs
    Expand - Evolve to Meet Needs

    • Pollution Prevention Best Practices

    • Chemical evaluative tools for risk assessment and informed decision making

    • Green Buildings

    • Coordinated Energy Issues

    • Environmentally Preferable Purchasing

    • Climate Change Strategies


    Striving for continuous improvement
    Striving for Continuous Improvement

    • As We Proceed Through This Event…..

      • What more can we do?

      • How do we better communicate?

      • What is missing?


    Thank you alex folk 301 975 8089 alex folk@nist gov

    Thank you

    Alex Folk 301-975-8089