The NAM and DOE Join Forces to Champion Sustainability in Manufacturing

Today, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Plants Program announced the launch of the Sustainability in Manufacturing Partnership, which will amplify manufacturers’ environmental stewardship and encourage the adoption of energy-efficient and sustainable practices. Through this partnership, the NAM and DOE will provide a national platform to shine a spotlight on these important issues. NAM members will have the opportunity to highlight their company’s projects, best practices and implementation methods, embrace innovation, explore emerging technologies and evaluate future challenges that need to be addressed. The NAM and DOE will meet quarterly to discuss ongoing opportunities and develop future initiatives.

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons stated, “Manufacturers accept the responsibility to better the future of our communities, our environment and our children, which is why over the past decade, we have reduced emissions by 10 percent even as our value to the economy has increased 19 percent. This initiative is another example of the Trump Administration’s true partnership with manufacturers in America, and it will take our sustainability efforts to a new level of progress.”

Manufacturers in America continue to pave the way as leaders in sustainability and energy efficiency. Through innovation and advanced technology, manufacturers, such as International Paper, Ingersoll-Rand, Saint-Gobain and General Motors to name just a few, strive to enhance the industry’s contributions to environmental protection, economic performance and the social well-being of their employees and customers. NAM members have an eye toward the future and are mindful that the environmentally conscientious steps they take today will have a profound impact on communities nationwide in the months and years to come.

The NAM represents 14,000 small, medium and large companies across all industrial sectors in all 50 states. Every one of these manufacturers works tirelessly to serve the communities in which they reside and the customers that rely on their goods and services. Through their service, our members remain steadfast in their support of continued investment in reducing environmental impacts and energy use. The DOE, through the Better Plants Program, has partnered with nearly 200 manufacturing and industrial organizations, helping them achieve ambitious energy and water savings goals. The Sustainability in Manufacturing Partnership will bring more awareness to the resources offered through the program, which, in turn, will continue to strengthen American manufacturing competitiveness.

As a nation, we have entered a new era—where manufacturing and environmental stewardship go hand-in-hand. A high standard of living depends on conservation of material and human resources, as well as continued economic development. The NAM is proud to represent companies that are committed to reducing their environmental footprint. Our partnership with the DOE’s Better Plants Program will prove invaluable as we join forces to champion sustainability in manufacturing.

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