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Green Manufacturing Assembly
ROCHESTER, NY—Perseverance and creativity enabled a 75-year old GM assembly plant here to go landfill-free. The journey took four years and included seven attempts to recycle a challenging oily filter sludge generated from a machining operation.
MESA, AZ—Apple’s new factory under construction here will run entirely on renewable energy when it opens.
DEARBORN, MI—As part of its commitment to sustainability, Ford Motor Co. has added near-dry-machining technology to six plants globally—a number that will nearly double in the next few years.
BELFAST, Northern Ireland—Bombardier’s manufacturing facility here, which produces carbon-fiber composite wings, has received LEED Gold certification for environmentally friendly practices.
CLEVELAND, TN—Whirlpool Corp.’s new assembly plant here has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
"Watch where you step so you avoid the poisonous snakes!” is not something that’s typically heard when touring an automotive assembly plant. But, Volkswagen AG’s two-year-old Chattanooga, TN, facility is out of the ordinary when it comes to being environmentally friendly.
HIGH POINT, NC—Furniture Brands International has completed the American Home Furnishings Alliance’s environmental management system at all of its domestic facilities, including plants, warehouses and offices. Under the system, facilities must improve management of resources and raw materials, reduce energy and water consumption, and reduce waste disposal and associated costs.
NEW BERLIN, WI—J.W. Winco Inc., a manufacturer of industrial machine components, is installing a green roof system this month at its assembly plant here. Benefits include recycling of rainwater and savings on cooling costs.
The University of California-Berkeley has been center stage for new ideas, breakthroughs and radical changes for decades. Today, it’s leading the green manufacturing revolution. Cal Berkeley is home to the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sus-tainability (LMAS).
CHATTANOOGA, TN—Volkswagen is aiming to reduce its worldwide energy consumption by 25 percent and triple the renewable energy it uses by 2018, part of a program called Think Blue.