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Environmental Integration Initiative

Chapter 1

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.

 

Oetter, 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:

  • Educate the partner organizations about the role each one plays in assisting manufacturers in achieving improvements in efficiency, productivity and competitiveness and help each one to understand when it makes sense to call on the others for additional assistance services.
  • Collaborate, to make it easier for manufacturers to take advantage of a variety of related government services that can assist them in matters ranging from operations and management issues to regulatory concerns and market development. By calling one of the organizations, manufacturers in need of assistance will in effect be reaching all of them.
  • Show companies how generating less waste and improving environmental performance has direct benefits in cost savings and increased productivity, efficiency and competitiveness. The project will help companies understand that employing pollution prevention methods during process operations makes more sense environmentally, economically, and from an overall business operations perspective than adding pollution control mechanisms to the end of the pipe.

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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