From process to profit: prove the business case for sustainable manufacturing

Successful manufacturers know that productivity matters. Not just productive people, but making energy and other resources work hard for your business. Sustainability drives proven results for manufacturers. If you are struggling to integrate sustainable practices into your management systems, this webinar will show you how to get more from your energy and your resources.

Discover the link between improved profitability, energy and resource efficiency and carbon. You’ll learn how to leverage standard processes you already use to improve energy and resource efficiency. Define and prioritize your next improvements using common, intensity-based KPI’s. We’ll show you how to normalize energy and resource use.

You’ll discover a free open-source tool that helps you determine where energy and resource efficiency will improve your bottom line.

As a result of this webinar, you will be able to:  

  • Describe the relationship between profit, energy, resource efficiency, and carbon.  
  • Plan for better energy and resource efficiency using familiar systems and methods. 
  • Normalize energy and resource use, and leverage intensity based KPI’s performance indicators to define and prioritize energy and resource improvements. 
  • Apply an open-source calculation tool to estimate and prioritize sustainability activities to maximize profit.     

Who should view?
Manufacturing business owners, CEOs, CFOs, production directors and managers, sustainability managers and leaders, facility managers, utility representatives, process engineers, and anyone interested in the connection between productivity, sustainability, and energy management.

If you need continuing education credits for this webinar, you will need to pass a quiz with a score of 80% or higher. You will be able to view the course on-demand, take the quiz, and complete the evaluation in Coassemble (Slipstream’s Learning Management System). Create an account (you only need to do this once) or go directly to the on-demand webinar. This link will not be functional until AFTER the live broadcast. The quiz will be available immediately after the live broadcast ends and the on-demand recording will be posted within a few days of the live broadcast ending.

All credits have different expiration dates, so it is to your advantage to take the quiz as soon as possible.

AFE This program supports a topic within the body of knowledge outlined by the Association for Facilities Engineering CPE/CPMM/CPS Certification Programs, and should count as 0.1 CEU (1.0 hour) toward re-certification. 

BOC This course offers up to 1 point for BOC certified operators.

BOMI This webinar is approved for 1 continuing professional development point toward renewal of the professional designations offered by BOMI International.

WI-PE This course is geared towards professional engineers in the State of Wisconsin and offers up to 1 professional development hour (PDH). The course participant must decide if this is a qualifying course as defined in the relevant Wisconsin Administrative Code

This course will not be pre-approved for GBCI credits; however, if you believe the content is applicable to your credential, you can self-report credits.

  • WMEP, the profitability and environmental benefits of energy and resource efficiency
  • Absolute verses intensity-based energy savings
  • Common methodology: Absolute improvement, Intensity-based improvement
  • Business Case Simulator3 demonstration
  • Questions/Answers

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Randy Bertram, Director Sustainability Services, Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Randy has more than forty years of continuous improvement and consulting experience in the manufacturing sector. From 2010 through 2016 he led the Wisconsin Profitable Sustainability Initiative PSI. PSI assisted more than 200 Wisconsin manufacturers reduce energy and material cost and their environmental impact. From 2016 through 2019 he led WMEP’s development of the Transformational Productivity Initiative TPI, and spearheaded WMEP’s acquisition of the Wisconsin Sustainability Business Council. 

Randy’s employment experience includes both small and fortune 500 firms. He has been directly involved in an array of improvement methodologies that include value analysis, JIT, TQM, lean, Kaizen, six sigma, sustainability, quality circles, employee engagement, training, and development.


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George Bureau, Vice President Consulting Services, Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership
WMEP is a non-profit consulting firm focused on small and mid-sized manufacturers in Wisconsin. George oversees all consulting operations around growth, operational excellence, human capital, certifications, and automation. George has also served WMEP’s Director of Growth and Certification Services. George joined WMEP in the summer of 2015. 

Before joining WMEP, George served as principal of Straxios Consulting, which focused on profitably growing businesses through strategy development, deployment, alignment, growth initiatives and cultural change. George has served in various general management and sales & marketing leadership roles in the energy, packaging, consumer products and paper sectors in both a B2B and B2C channels. His core competencies include growth, strategy, customer focus and workforce engagement.

Free to view and to receive continuing education credits. 

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m.-noon Central


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