What Is E3?
E3—Economy, Energy, and Environment—is a coor-
dinated federal and local technical assistance framework
that helps communities work with their manufacturing
base to adapt and thrive in a new business era focused
on sustainability.
E3 provides manufacturers with customized, hands-on
assessments of production processes to reduce energy
consumption, minimize their carbon footprint, prevent
pollution, increase productivity, and drive innovation. As
a result, E3:
¦	Helps foster a smarter and more efficient green
¦	Promotes sustainable manufacturing and growth
through innovative technology.
- Improves the regional economy by retaining jobs
in companies that are better positioned for global
¦	Reduces environmental impacts while gaining a
competitive advantage.
For more information about E3, please contact
an E3 team lead:
Tom Murray
Senior Science Advisor (EPA)
Rachel Newman Karton
Program Manager (SBA)
Brian Lagas
Program Manager, Continuous
Improvement and Green Suppliers
Network Lead (NIST MEP)
Kevin Thompson
Workforce Analyst (DOL)
John Smegal
Workforce Development Lead (DOE)
Jeanette Waters
Project Manager (IJSDA)
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E3 in Action
E3 Beginnings
In 2009, E3 started two successful pilot programs in Colum-
bus, Ohio, and San Antonio, Texas. Interest in Ohio began
when American Electric Power (AEP) approached Columbus
Mayor Michael B. Coleman to garner his support to pilot an
E3 project. Mayor Coleman quickly saw the links between
E3 and the city's Get Green Columbus goals. AEP and
Mayor Coleman worked with the Solid Waste Authority of
Central Ohio; the local Manufacturing Extension Partnership,
TechSolve; and the University of Dayton Industrial
Assessment Center to carry out E3 assessments at six
manufacturers that employ more than 1,000 local residents.
The results were astounding—the E3 Team identified
opportunities to save an average of $800,000 per facility,
and within a few months, two suppliers had already saved
$240,000 by implementing E3 recommendations.
In Texas, CPS Energy, the nation's largest municipally
owned electric utility, has a goal of reducing 9 megawatts of
electrical demand from the San Antonio manufacturing
sector by 2020. To help achieve this goal, CPS Energy
partnered with the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center,
to provide lean, clean, and energy efficiency training to help
San Antonio manufacturers implement opportunities that
increase efficiencies in energy and materials use. The 10
facilities that participated in the program in 2009 are
expected to save more than 2.9 million kilowatt-hours of
electricity annually and save over $300,000 as a result of
the pilot.
North Carolina
The North Carolina National Institute of Standards and
Technology's Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST
MEP) affiliate has joined forces with more than 150 statewide
partners to develop and implement an E3 initiative. In addition
to advancing sustainable manufacturing and workforce
development strategies, E3: North Carolina includes a worker
safety review for all participating manufacturers with support from
the state's Division of Occupational Safety and Health.
"The E3 Program gave us the framework in which
to take an objective look at all key functions of
our business and identify opportunities for
improvement as well as execute those changes."
—John O' Neill, plant manager at
Besam Entrance Solutions, Monroe, North Carolina
With the support of all the partners in 2011, E3: North
Carolina has engaged 21 manufacturers, conducted 68
assessments, trained over 100 workers and identified $9.3
million in savings*. In 2012, North Carolina leaders will bring
E3 to seven new communities and 14 new manufacturers.
This will bring E3: North Carolina's geographic reach to
approximately 25 percent of the state.
* Results as of 12/9/11
NCMEP is a part of North Carolina State University's Extension Service
How Do Communities Benefit?
America's manufacturing sector significantly contributes to
the economic viability and success of many communities.
By participating in E3, communities realize benefits that
reach far beyond their manufacturers' production lines.
These communities will be able to:
« Improve the profitability and competitiveness of existing
¦	Enhance their ability to attract new business,
¦	Stimulate the local economy by creating new, well-
paying jobs and by helping to retain existing ones,
« Train and equip workers with the skills necessary to
compete in a global economy.
¦	Minimize the frequency of abandoned manufacturing
¦	Enable utilities to expand manufacturing customer
base without increasing capacity.
"Green manufacturing practices provide strong
benefits for communities on many fronts,
It's important that businesses recognize that
environmental stewardship can work hand-in-hand
with sound business practices
—iMichael B. Coleman, Mayor of Columbus, Ohio
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