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Environmental Integration Initiative
|Introduction to Project and Project Partners|
|A collaborative project involving the Massachusetts Manufacturing Partnership, the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance, the Toxics Use Reduction Institute, and the Department of Environmental Protection.|
Faster, Cheaper, and Cleaner Manufacturing in
Massachusetts is a collaborative project involving the
Massachusetts Manufacturing Partnership, the
Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance, the Toxics
Use Reduction Institute, and the Department of
Environmental Protection. Conceived in 1995 as a means of
streamlining available services to small and medium-sized
businesses, this project is focused particularly on
assisting manufacturers in the metal products and
electronics. A major goal of the project is to
demonstrate for companies how reducing environmental
impacts of operations has direct links to increases in
cost savings, productivity, and competitiveness.
The metal products and electronics sectors were chosen as a project focus because they are "mature" industries that have been a stable employment base in the Commonwealth for many years. In addition, companies in these industries occupy an important niche in the state's and in the world's economy; many are suppliers of parts, services and products to larger companies, international companies, and, in many cases, to each other. And while traditional manufacturing methods in these industries involve the use of hazardous materials as standard operating procedures, there are many newer methods and materials that can lessen the potential environmental impact of these operations. Keeping these industries competitive and thriving in Massachusetts is important to the local, state and national economies.
By forging a collaborative relationship between the manufacturing partnerships and the agencies that comprise the state's Toxics Use Reduction Program, this project aims to:
As a means of achieving these goals, the project provided cross-training programs for the organizations involved; industry-specific training for partner staff; workshops and individual assistance projects for manufacturers; and this Cleaner Production Manual.
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