A coordinated federal, state and local voluntary technical assistance initiative that helps communities work in conjunction with their manufacturing base to adapt and thrive in a new business era focused on sustainability while using green technology.
Region 2 EPA and the WNY Sustainable Business Roundtable have entered into agreement with several federal, state and local agencies to bring specific technical assistance to member businesses. If you are a member of the WNYSBR, you may contact any of the agencies below to obtain information on the services they offer; please make sure you identify yourself as a member of the WNYSBR. Please contact the WNYSBR staff if you would like more information regarding this program.
Andrew Goldstein, Program Manager, Erie County DEP, 716-858-2162, firstname.lastname@example.org
The E3 Charter:
- reduces environmental impacts while maintaining and increasing competitive advantages;
- promotes sustainable manufacturing and growth through innovative technology;
- improves the regional economy by retaining jobs in companies that are better positioned for global competition;
- and helps foster a smarter, safer and more efficient green workforce with attention to worker safety.
- The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) assists companies with creating solutions for a more sustainable business. Leveraging its network of innovative engineering experts and its partner universities (RIT, UB, Clarkson, RPI), NYSP2I provides companies with the technical expertise and project services needed to meet diverse environmental goals. NYSP2I works to create a more sustainable environment by identifying cost-effective opportunities that result in measurable change in the areas of water, energy, and chemical use, as well as waste generation. NYSP2I’s industrial program offerings, including Direct Assistance, Sustainable Supply Chain, and the Green Technology Accelerator Center, create solutions for source reductions, alternative materials and sustainable supply chains. In addition, NYSP2I maintains expertise in the area of life cycle assessments and independent third-party evaluations of new technologies enabling companies to differentiate their product in the marketplace.
- Insyte Consulting, will conduct outreach to the companies; lean, clean and energy efficiency assessments; technical assistance and training to WNYSBR’s manufacturers as part of its goal to reduce costs, save energy, and improve productivity for its clients. Insyte’s technical assistance includes, but is not limited to, lean planning and implementation, engineering process improvement projects, strategic planning and product/process innovation services. Insyte will also seek to expand partnerships and secure funding to ensure a successful E3 project in the WNY region.
- The Industrial Assessment Center at Syracuse University has the mission to reduce energy intensity and carbon emissions among manufacturers in New York State. The IAC provides “no cost” energy assessment to manufacturing facilities located in New York State. The IAC assessments include detailed recommendations on how a facility could reduce its energy use, with appropriate cost and pay-back information when the recommendation is implemented. The IAC, in conjunction with the DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office also seeks to promote a sustained corporate culture of energy efficiency and carbon management within industry.
- Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA’s goal is to provide assistance to Western New York small businesses to help them expand and improve. SBA will help design and implement through the local SBDCs a training and assistance program for E3 clients that will provide information about SBA services including SBA guaranteed loan program and assistance in preparing applications to access appropriate loan funds.
- Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Investment Board, Inc. (WIB), established under the provisions of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, is charged with developing, coordinating and overseeing publicly funded workforce development/training initiatives. A key goal of the WNYSBR E3 project is to foster a smarter and more efficient green workforce. In this regard the WIB can assist in the development of workforce training programs for the targeted manufacturing firms. Working through their One Stop Centers, they can provide recruitment, screening, and referral services to help employers hire skilled workers for E3 related job opportunities.
- U.S. EPA Pollution Prevention, EPA’s goals are to reduce quantifiable environmental impacts, to motivate manufacturers to implement sustainable practices, and to successfully weave together the activities of the six federal E3 partner agencies. As available, EPA will provide funds to support WNYSBR E3 Initiative activities. In addition, EPA will provide administrative and technical support for the WNYSBR E3 Initiative program and will provide Train the Trainer services on the tools that support the E3 Initiative projects.
- U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the goal of the DOE is to reduce energy intensity and carbon emissions among manufacturers in Erie County. IAC and ITP also seek to promote a sustained corporate culture of energy efficiency and carbon management within industry. To align with its mission, ITP has embraced a goal to drive a 25% reduction in industrial energy intensity by 2017, guided by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. As available, DOE will provide additional funds to support E3 activities in Western New York.
- U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration plans to help engage the state and/ or local workforce investment system in E3 Projects in order to assist E3-participating employers in meeting their workforce needs through activities such as connecting employers to local training programs and providing recruitment, screening, and referral services to help employers hire skilled workers;
- U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) DOC’s MEP program is administered by the National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST). Through the on-the-ground efforts of its partners (Insyte Consulting in Western New York), the NIST MEP’s mission is to improve the competitiveness of US based manufacturing through increased cost competitiveness and top line growth. As available, NIST MEP will provide administrative and technical support for the WNYSBR E3 Initiative program. Through programmatic investments in Insyte Consulting, NIST MEP provides direct technical assistance to manufacturers in this region.