Our EMC Food Sector Networking Event this month is all about “Sustainability” and we are delighted to be welcoming Laura Rourke, EMC Canada’s Environmental, Health and Safety Manager as our Guest Speaker to explore the subject at hand!
"Sustainability" centers on conserving natural resources and has a bearing on every aspect of our daily lives. Green technologies, renewable energy, building and development through to our own recycling initiatives all have an impact on our collective effort to develop a more sustainable environment - within our homes, our businesses, our workplaces, our schools and so forth.
Many companies have and are continuing to implement programs to reduce their carbon footprints. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn from others with respect to initiatives underway and what has been successful. One company that I am familiar with has taken a lead in recycling so much so that they measure the day to day "waste garbage" - that which cannot be recycled through any means - at their facility and track it from reduction standpoint for improvement - taking their findings and utilizing it to look at ways in which they could further reduce their waste and their subsequent impact on the environment. Leadership, commitment, knowledge, communication, motivation and certainly celebration are key elements to encourage others to follow practices that make a difference for everyone.
On March 17th, 2010 at Reynolds Packaging in Summerstown and on March 18th, 2010 at the OMAFRA Building in Woodstock, we look forward to some interesting discussion on a number of issues surrounding this topic:
- What is sustainability?
- Why is this important to manufacturers?
- What do we mean by "Your Green Footprint"?
- What are some of the elements to measure/improve in relationship to manufacturing?
- What are your Waste Management/Recycling Challenges/Solutions?
As with all EMC Networking Events, this is your opportunity to benchmark with peers and to learn from each other on processes that have worked well regarding the topic. They are designed to help you leverage knowledge and ideas on improvements within your own facility.
For those who are able to attend the Reynolds Packaging session, we are also excited about having the opportunity to participate in a plant tour. (Safety Shoes are required). This is a fantastic facility to tour - with visual management in place, a strong Health and Safety Program, and a very engaged workforce! For more information on Reynolds Packaging, please check out their website at www.reynoldspkg.com.
The Invitation to this Special Event can be found on our Food Sector Pages on the EMC Canada website or by clicking on the following link at: http://www.emccanada.org/documents/emcfoodsec/emcfoodsectorinitiativesustainabilitywhatisyourgre
There is no cost to attend and we would certainly be delighted to have you join us! A simple RSVP to me at firstname.lastname@example.org is all that is required.
What are you doing or could you be doing to minimize your Footprint today?
Have a great week!