The University of Oklahoma Lean Institute will officially launch its new Lean and Green training program for Oklahoma businesses in Fall 2010. Lean and Green teaches organizations how to identify and eliminate environmental waste from their own operations through three intensive days of training spread over 10 to 12 weeks.
The Lean Institute conducted a test of the Lean and Green curriculum in partnership with the City of Norman in Spring 2010. Six students drawn from the operating staff of the City’s water treatment and wastewater plants produced projects outlining cost effective ways that they could eliminate roughly $105,000 annually in energy waste, chemical usage, and excess material transportation from their operations with very reasonable ROIs. Their projects are now being implemented at their facilities.