Green Intentions: Creating a Green Value Stream to Compete and Win, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Green Intentions

Creating a Green Value Stream to Compete and Win, 1st Edition

By Brett Wills

Productivity Press

296 pages | 117 B/W Illus.

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Description

Developed by a plant manager who experienced first-hand the challenges to going green in a business environment, Green Intentions provides organizations with a simple, straightforward, and practical approach to green—the Green Value Stream (GVS) process—that is as mindful as it is profitable. Based on the highly successful, Lean philosophy, the GVS process shows you how to quickly identify, measure, and minimize the seven green wastes to realize immediate cost savings. With the initial savings from harvesting the low-hanging fruit, organizations will have the support and momentum needed to eliminate each of the green wastes, leading to environmental sustainability and the substantial business benefits that follow, including increased revenues, new customers, employee retention, innovation, and increased shareholder value.

Part I, Going Green shows how the green value stream provides a dynamic, proven, and successful approach to going green. It also defines each of the seven green wastes, explains the overall green value stream process, provides guidance on implementing it in your organization, and shows how to map your green value stream.

Part II, The Seven Green Wastes provides a step-by-step process for minimizing and eliminating each of the seven wastes. It includes real-life examples illustrating the environmental and economic benefits associated with moving toward the elimination of each.

The book also includes:

  • A Green Dictionary that defines current terms associated with the green movement
  • Web links and other resources to help you in your journey toward environmental sustainability
  • An environmental primer that clears through the rhetoric to give you a clear picture of what is going on with the environment and what the end goal of environmental and overall sustainability needs to look like

Table of Contents

Foreword

Introduction

Section I Going Green

From Lean to Green: Green Value Stream Thinking

The First Green Waste: Energy

The Second Green Waste: Water

The Third Green Waste: Materials

The Fourth Green Waste: Garbage

The Fifth Green Waste: Transportation

The Sixth Green Waste: Emissions

The Seventh Green Waste: Biodiversity

Understanding Your Green Value Streams

Starting with an Example: Value Streams versus Green Value Streams

The Green Value Stream (GVS) Approach

Green Stream Mapping

Creating Your Current-State Green Stream Map

Map What You Do

Identify Each Step or Process

Map How You Receive and Send Materials and Information

Draw in Data Boxes

Identify the Green Wastes

Measure the Green Wastes

Creating a Future-State Green Stream Map

Achieving a Green State: The Pursuit of Perfection

Gaining Corporate Support for the GVS Process

Gaining a Commitment from Top Management

Setting Your Green Vision

Establishing Your Green Champion

Establishing a Green Team

The Bottom-Up Approach

Life Cycle Analysis

Section II T he Seven Green Wastes

The First Green Waste: Energy

Step 1: Identify the Use and Source of Energy in Each Activity

Step 2: Measure the Quantity of Energy Used

Step 3: Minimize the Use of Energy

Step 4: Offset Remaining Energy Use

Step 5: Transition to Self-Harvested Renewable Energy

The Second Green Waste: Water

Step 1: Identify the Use of Water in the Value Stream and Overall Building

Step 2: Measure Water Consumption and Discharge in the Overall Building and Value Stream Activities

Step 3: Measure Toxicity of Water Discharged in Value Stream Activities

Step 4: Minimize the Consumption of Water

Step 5: Minimize the Toxicity of Water Discharge

Step 6: Self-Harvest Rainwater

Step 7: Transition toward the Continual Reuse of Water

The Third Green Waste: Materials

Step 1: Identify the Input and Output of Materials in Your Value Stream

Step 2: Measure the Recycled/Recyclable and Compostable Content of Each Material Input and Output

Step 3: Classify Materials as Technical Nutrient, Biological Nutrient, or Neither

Step 4: Assess the Impact on the Environment

Step 5: Phase out Negative-Impact Materials

Step 6: Minimize Materials Usage

Step 7: Move toward 100 Percent Recycled/Recyclable or

Step 8: Transition to 100 Percent Reuse

The Fourth Green Waste: Garbage

Step 1: Identify the Creation of Garbage in Your Value Stream

Step 2: Measure the Makeup of Garbage in Your Value Stream

Step 3: Measure the Hazardous Substances in Your Garbage

Step 4: Minimize the Creation of Garbage

Step 5: Move toward 100 Percent Reusable or Biodegradable Garbage

Step 6: Move toward the Total Elimination of Garbage

The Fifth Green Waste: Transportation

Step 1: Identify Transportation within Your Value Stream and Overall Building

Step 2: Measure the Mode and Distance of Transportation

Step 3: Minimize Transportation

Step 4: Offset Remaining Transportation

Step 5: Move toward the Use of 100 Percent Environmentally

The Sixth Green Waste: Emissions

Step 1: Identify the Sources of Emissions to Produce Your Product or Service

Step 2: Measure the Type and Amount of Emissions Used to Produce Your Product or Service

Step 3: Identify the Presence of Emissions from the Use of Your Product or Service

Step 4: Measure the Type and Amount of Emissions from the Use of Your Product or Service

Step 5: Minimize Emissions

Step 6: Offset Remaining Emissions

Step 7: Move toward the Total Elimination of Emissions

The Seventh Green Waste: Biodiversity

Step 1: Identify Biodiversity Waste

Step 2: Measure Biodiversity Destruction

Step 3: Minimize and Eliminate Biodiversity Destruction

Section III Conclusion and Appendices

Conclusion

Appendix A: Green Dictionary

Appendix B: An Environmental Primer

Appendix C: Resources

Appendix D: Worksheets

Index

About the Author

About the Author

Brett Wills, a senior consultant for High Performance Solutions in Ontario Canada has over ten years of experience in the environmental arena and over seven years of direct manufacturing experience. Brett has first-hand experience leading teams in the implementation of Lean initiatives such as Kanban Systems, Finished Goods Supermarket and 5S. He has also been instrumental in facilitating the development and implementation of many health and safety and environmental initiatives within a manufacturing environment, and has extensive experience in the development and management of ISO 9001 and 14001 systems.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS053000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Quality Control
BUS070050
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Manufacturing Industries
SCI026000
SCIENCE / Environmental Science