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3D printing

Is 3D Printing the Future of Sustainable Manufacturing?

3D printing increases efficiency and reduces waste, making it a valuable tool in efforts to make manufacturing more sustainable. Its applications range from medical devices to aerospace — and possibly even drinking water. Earlier this month General Electric announced a project with the Department of Energy that uses 3D printed … Read more »

recycling

The Future of Recycling, Waste Management is Resource Management, Experts Say

The recycling industry has taken a beating lately in the press. Earlier this year Waste Management CEO David Steiner declared the US recycling industry is facing a “nationwide crisis” as recycling facilities increasingly lose money and demand plummets for recyclables. And while it’s not a new debate, John Tierney’s latest … Read more »

How Much Can Human Behavior Affect Supply Chain Sustainability?

My past articles have included discussions of the Ricoh Comet Circle and the circular economy as reasonable representations of several (perhaps oddly) connected elements in a more holistic view of sustainable systems as they influence green manufacturing. Connections in the context of those discussions have been about “material” interactions and movement … Read more »

Environmental Leader

Environmental Leader Introduces Editorial Advisory Board

Environmental Leader LLC has assembled a group of experts from across the environmental, energy and sustainability industries, including end-users, vendors, consultants and academics, that will advise on the editorial direction of its leading group of environment and energy publications: EnvironmentalLeader.com, EnergyManagerToday.com and EnvironmentEnergyPro.com. “The Environmental Leader LLC editors and I … Read more »

Social Impacts in Sustainability, Part II

This article could as well be subtitled: Green, Manufacturing and Education I woke up recently to read about a riot at a Foxconn factory in China where, according to the New York Times, the state-run media in China had reported that some 5,000 police officers were called to the factory … Read more »

The EDF Climate Corps

This is the first in a few articles drawing from the annals of the Environmental Defense Funds Climate Corps activities. The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has been active in a number of areas for many years to work in partnership with business to provide solutions, scalable, to address issues that … Read more »

Social Impacts in Sustainability

At the end of my last article, I was starting to make a connection between resiliency and some of the societal dimensions of sustainability. As we start looking into some of the less technical aspects, like consumer response/acceptance, we get into these more esoteric aspects of green and sustainable manufacturing. … Read more »