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Sustainability

What is Sustainability?

Sustainability has become a driver of economic growth as global demands for diminishing resources increase, renewable and alternative energy technology needs expand, and as environmental concerns heighten.

Whether in response to rising energy and resource costs or as part of a corporate growth strategy, sustainability helps manufacturers gain a competitive edge and maintain profitability and job growth while increasing energy efficiency and reducing environmental impacts.

What is MEP Doing?

MEP is partnering on federal initiatives to help companies: 1) gain a competitive edge by reducing environmental costs and impact and 2) enter new markets by developing environmentally focused materials, products, and processes.

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Sustainability

Sustainability Efforts at MEP include:

E3 – Energy, Economy, and Environment
E3 is a coordinated federal and local technical assistance initiative that is designed to improve production and profitability while reducing energy usage and environmental impact. E3 doesn’t look only at cost savings – it seeks out opportunities for growth. Learn More

E3 Impacts
E3’s Green Suppliers Network

MEP and EPA established the Green Suppliers Network (GSN) in 2003. Now integrated into the E3 framework, OEMs wishing to target their supply chains turn to E3’s Green Suppliers Network. For each supplier facility, the Green Suppliers Network team conducts a customized technical assessment of production processes to help manufacturers reduce waste and operate more efficiently.  The GSN effort is championed by 20 OEMs, and it has conducted over 180 sustainability assessments to date.

Research and Reports

MEP publishes and compiles a variety of informative materials covering a broad array of sustainability topics important to the manufacturing industry such as:green technologies, green and lean concepts, and overall environmental performance. View Sustainability Reports

Contact us

For more information about MEP's sustainability efforts, please contact your local MEP Center or NIST MEP Brian Lagas.