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Introduction Developed by the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, Manufacturing and Services December 6, 2011

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1 Introduction Developed by the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, Manufacturing and Services December 6, 2011

2 Introduction There is a wealth of information on sustainable business available from government agencies, NGOs, research institutions, and other bodies. However, it can be difficult for a beginner to sort through all this information and get a basic introduction to the subject. This training is meant to do just that—to be an introduction to the topic of environmental sustainability in manufacturing. 2

3 Purpose This training will – introduce you to the topic of environmental sustainability in manufacturing, – Illustrate its relationship to business competitiveness, and – Explain how to begin implementing sustainable practices in your company. You will find links to more in-depth information throughout the training modules. We also encourage you to use the additional resources and guides available through the Sustainable Business Clearinghouse. Sustainable Business Clearinghouse 3

4 If you haven’t yet, first start the slide show. Click the at the bottom of the screen Look for these icons to learn about: How to use this training Click on the arrows and other indicated buttons to move through the lesson. Click the house button to take you back to the beginning of the lesson Advanced concepts Checklists with guidance to follow Tools and resources to pursue for help New or related terms Examples from real companies Terms to look for in the Sustainable Business Clearinghouse in order to find information and resources to help you. 4

5 Who Should Use this Training? This training is designed to be an introduction to sustainable manufacturing principles and practices for anyone in your organization since involving all employees is critical to a successful sustainability program. You can view the module in whole or in part and can be used as a reference after completion. We designed specific lessons for different audiences. For example, those in management or finance may be interested in the lesson entitled Deciding on, Financing, and Implementing Project, while practitioners on the shop floor may be more interested in the practical suggestions in the lesson on finding opportunities for improvement. 5

6 Goals Introduce you to sustainable manufacturing concepts Provide you with practical advice to help you make your business more sustainable and competitive Help you avoid some of the common pitfalls related to sustainable manufacturing Direct you to additional sources of information or resources you can use 6

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