Reducing Environmental Impacts with W.A.S.T.E. Walks

Learn about an event format to reduce environmental impacts at your facility that can engage employees & save money!
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Instructed by Brion Hurley Business / Operations
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  • Lectures 7
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2016 English

Course Description

We will discuss a lean approach to reducing and conserving environmental impacts in your facility or a business you work with. The WASTE Walk is an approach to engage employees and co-workers in identifying simple, "low-hanging fruit" environmental wastes occurring in your processes. This "gemba walk" event format can help you reduce costs and save money, reduce carbon emissions and health risks in the community, improve the reputation of the organization, and become good stewards of the environment. No prior lean experience needed. Three different types of events will be discussed: Water Walk, Dumpster Dive and Energy Walk. Included in the training are templates for planning your WASTE Walk, and an Impact-Ease Matrix to prioritize ideas.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to plan and conduct a simple WASTE walk to help a business reduce trash, energy or water usage and save money.

Course Length: 48 minutes

What are the requirements?

  • None

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Explain what a WASTE walk is and why they are effective
  • Understand how the WASTE acronym can help identify environmental opportunities
  • Conduct a WASTE walk using the 4 step process (Prepare, Event, Combine, Decide)
  • Fill out the WASTE Walk Planning Worksheet to plan an event
  • Learn about 3 different event types to address environmental wastes (Water Walk, Dumpster Dive and Energy Walk)
  • Prioritize employee ideas using the Impact Ease Matrix
  • Select the top 3 ideas using multivoting techniques with a team
  • Conduct a WASTE walk in your company, organization or agency with little to no prior experience

Who is the target audience?

  • Environmental professionals, ES&H Managers and Engineers, Sustainability Consultants, Lean and Six Sigma Practitioners, Eco-Friendly Businesses and Individuals

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Section 1: Main Course

You will learn about WASTE Walks, and see the 4 step process for conducting a WASTE Walk. This video will provide an overview of the remaining topics in the course.


Learn how Water Walks can be used to reduce and conserve water


Learn how Dumpster Dives can be used to reduce trash (rubbish) and landfill charges


Learn how Energy Walks can be used to reduce and conserve energy (electricity, natural gas, etc)


We will recap the 4 step process for conducting a WASTE Walk, now that you have been taught three different event types. We will also recap the benefits of WASTE Walks.

Section 2: Course Reference Materials
3 pages

Template to use for setting up a WASTE Walk in your company or an organization you work with.

2 pages

Template to use for ranking ideas and opportunities based on impact on the problem and ease of implementation.

7 questions

Test your knowledge to see how well you paid attention

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Instructor Biography

Brion Hurley, Environmental Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with over 15 years in manufacturing. Certified in Environmental Sustainability and based out of Portland, Oregon. I'm focused on reducing environmental W.A.S.T.E (Water, Air Emissions, Solid Waste, Toxins, and Energy) with businesses, and teaching environmental professionals how to use Lean and Six Sigma to help their clients reduce their impacts.

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