Architects value Lean and green

Construction has traditionally been criticized as a wasteful industry. Builders use a tremendous amount of raw materials in the production of new buildings. They also do substantial damage to the environment, most notably in the form of rainwater runoff from all the dirt and mud on construction sites. Architects are doing their part to help

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American manufacturers tend to be wasteful

Manufacturing is a complex business that needs to balance a variety of costs in a way that makes the most sense. This leads to some wasteful processes and procedures in lieu of other more productive ones. American manufacturers in particular tend to be wasteful. Gary Langenwalter, a principal at consulting group ConfluencePoint, notes the efficiency

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Going green without even trying

Study after study has shown the same thing: Consumers are growing more eco-conscious, and they are more cognizant of whether the companies they are buying goods from are practicing green habits. While product quality and brand name are still important when it comes to purchasing decisions, so too is a business' track record for how

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Lean Six Sigma’s impact on sustainability

Regulatory agencies and federal organizations have been cracking down on wasteful companies, assessing fines that can reach hundreds of thousands of dollars to businesses that needlessly pollute the environment. Additionally, the negative PR associated with these fines and violations can further impact popular perception and sales. In short, you should avoid waste when possible because

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Why is sustainability important?

Businesses are understandably profit-focused, and in the past, that meant many weren't averse to polluting, so long as they weren't forced to pay any fines or suffer any consequences. Now, environmental agencies are cracking down and setting stricter standards. Not to mention, consumers are also becoming more eco-conscious and are paying more attention to the

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Consumers prefer green companies

Reputation is everything when it comes to winning business from customers. How prospects perceive your company is crucial – having positive word-of-mouth surrounding your brands and products can swing customers who are on the fence into your favor. Conversely, negative buzz may discourage leads from taking action on your products and services. One way companies

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