By Lissa McCracken, University of Louisville
The Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing (ISM) has been selected as a Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) Douglas C. Griffin Environmental Sustainability Award winner for 2019. The award recognizes Kentucky entities that have demonstrated a commitment to the principles of sustainability and environmental stewardship and is presented each year in conjunction with National Pollution Prevention Week.
Functioning within the University of Kentucky College of Engineering, the ISM is a multidisciplinary collaborative research unit whose primary objectives are to develop and advance sustainable manufacturing principles and practices in Kentucky, the nation and beyond. With a focus on products, processes and systems, the ISM conducts basic and applied research, offers educational programs, develops new and innovative sustainable manufacturing technologies, and transfers principles and technologies through outreach to industry.
The ISM has been instrumental in assisting KPPC in developing sustainable manufacturing services, including sustainable value stream mapping and sustainable product development, and has provided training to Kentucky companies at educational webinars and workshops offered by KPPC. KPPC is grateful for their partnership in encouraging improvement in sustainability performance at Kentucky manufacturers.
KPPC is a state-mandated environmental technical service center and is part of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville. The center provides technical services at no cost to Kentucky businesses and industries and feels that it is important to recognize organizations that have incorporated sustainability efforts into their business model. There have been 17 Kentucky organizations that have won the Environmental Sustainability Award since KPPC created the award program in 2009.
Dr. I.S. Jawahir, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing accepted the award.
“We are honored to accept this award for our efforts to encourage sustainable manufacturing practices with Kentucky companies. We are very grateful to the faculty, staff and students of the ISM, for their dedication and support, and the ongoing inspiration they bring to the Institute. We look forward to continuing and enhancing our sustainability efforts, and we appreciate the partnership with KPPC in these efforts.”