Sustainable Industry and Manufacturing

Anant Deshpande, Center for Distance Learning, SUNY Empire State College writes:

“The academic area will help student develop understanding of environmental impacts resulting from manufacturing operations. The objective of the course is to provide tools for students to understand the constantly changing manufacturing sector and develop an understanding of skills required to evaluate and enhance the sustainability of manufacturing operations. This course will help students further understand the core concepts of industrial practices and help them effectively design sustainable operations. Topics will specifically cover areas such as lean manufacturing, green warehousing and inventory management, green purchasing, design for manufacture, sustainable material selection, life cycle assessment and maintenance of environmental and quality standards. Students will also learn to evaluate the decision making skills to minimize the impact of manufacturing on environment and will develop effective skills to practice and measure continuous improvement processes using sustainability tools and techniques.”

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Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, Michael Braungart

The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability–Designing for Abundance, William McDonough

Green Manufacturing: Fundamentals and Applications, 2012, David A. Dornfeld

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, Janine M. Benyus

Web Resources

Searchable database of nature’s designs: Biomimicry 3.8 Institute:

William McDonough: Cradle to cradle design, a TED talk at and

Discover Green Manufacturing Education Purdue University Technical Assistance Program

Janine Benyus: Biomimicry in action  A TED talk at

Additional case studies and articles
Case study(2007) Bevilacqua et al Case study(2010) Kim et al Jayram et al 2012 Malaysian Path to Sustainable Development Sustainability in manufacturing Carribean perspective Sustainable manufacturing strategies in UK