The workshops are part of a sustainability project “Sustainability Business Practices –The Key to Your Competitive Future” that was conceived by the IEA and Source 44. The initiative is supported by the Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce and the San Diego State University Institute for Regional Studies, and funded by a grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Border Environmental Cooperation Commission (BECC).
“Environmental issues like water and waste are better managed from a regional perspective,”
“It is critical for industry, academia and government to collaborate on cross-cultural environmental issues from a holistic point of view that is not limited by boundaries. I firmly believe that it is only in this way that true sustainability may be achieved,” Dr. Kraus said.
The project aims to help businesses in the border region improve their environmental program performance by establishing Environmental Management Systems. The project has three main objectives:
1) Conduct a comprehensive review of the existing conditions in the California/Baja border region detailing the use and level of sustainable business practices.
2) Provide the tools and training for companies to enhance their environmental performance and competitiveness by establishing an EMS and/or developing an operational framework to seek ISO 14001 environmental quality certification.
3) Compare the beginning level of a company’s environmental program with their status and company goals subsequent to receiving training.
The IEA is currently compiling case studies from various business sectors along the U.S.-Mexico border that address existing EMS practices, certifications, training needs, current suppliers and support sources. This information will identify strengths and opportunities for businesses to incorporate green supply chain and procurement requirements into their operations while maintaining competitiveness.
“Sustainable business practices are now considered a critical element of most multi-national corporate environmental policies,” explained Patti Krebs, Executive Director of the IEA, an organization of diverse manufacturing, technology and research and development companies. “A key strategy these companies use to improve their own environmental performance is by rating suppliers and auditing all vendors and contractors of products and services.”
“We believe,” Dr. Kraus added, “that when companies are equipped with the proper tools and training, they can go beyond pollution prevention and achieve true sustainability, while also realizing cost savings.”
Funding for this project is from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, administrated by the Border Environment Cooperation Commission, under the guidelines of the Border 2012 Program.
About Source 44 LLC
Source 44 discovers the origins of their clients’ products – their Sustainability DNA (sDNA™) – and transforms these findings into innovative supply chain savings. They use proprietary processes and technology to navigate complex supply chains and deliver simplicity, speed and efficiency to the process. Source 44 provides services and solutions for clients who want to:
• Gain complete knowledge and understanding of their products and supply chain sustainability
• Discover opportunities to reduce carbon
• Discover opportunities to reduce cost and risk
Source 44 provides three Source Solutions: Product Footprinting, Source Gateway and SourceAlert, which are available in any combination, giving users control over what information they receive based on the own unique needs of their business. Each solution provides these core benefits:
• Opportunity analysis
• Supply chain social “hot spot” identification
• Rapid deployment (90-day average)
• No staffing or expertise required
• Web analytics with timely updates
About The Industrial Environmental Association
The Industrial Environmental Association is a public policy trade organization, with an ever-expanding role on emerging issues important to manufacturing, technology and research and development companies. The organization supports industrial facilities on environmental and regulatory programs affecting their facilities and operations, with an evolving focus on sustainable business practices. IEA provides significant technical expertise and assists companies in developing sustainable business practices.
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