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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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Created by Brion Hurley
Last updated 1/2016
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What Will I Learn?
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
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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

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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Main Course
5 Lectures 48:09

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.

Preview 07:21

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

Preview 10:13

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

Dumpster Dives

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

Energy Walks

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.

WASTE Walks Summary
Course Reference Materials
2 Lectures 00:00

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

Preview 3 pages

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

Preview 2 pages

Test your knowledge to see how well you paid attention

Lecture 1: Quiz
7 questions
About the Instructor
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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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