FMA Workshop outlines strategies to achieve zero-waste-to-landfill.

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Green Manufacturer Network's Zero-Waste-to-Landfill Workshop, May 18 at Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA), Inc., in Lafayette, Ind., will provide valuable tips and tricks for accomplishing change in an organization's culture. Address by Tom Easterday, executive vice president of SIA, will focus on how Subaru became first automotive assembly plant to become zero-landfill in 2004. Attendees will tour SIA plant to see zero-waste-to-landfill program in action.

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Workshop Provides Proven Strategies, Practices To Achieve Zero-Waste-To-Landfill

Registration for May 18 Event Available Online, Via Phone

ROCKFORD, Ill. - According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than 243 million tons of waste is created each year in the United States, and more than half ends up in a landfill.

Manufacturing executives can learn how to help reverse this trend and make their company's operations more sustainable, eco-friendly and profitable by attending the Green Manufacturer Network's "Zero-Waste-to-Landfill Workshop" May 18 at Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA), Inc., in Lafayette, Ind.

"Results of implementing zero waste can yield significant cost savings, increased competitiveness and reduced environmental impacts," said Kate Bachman, editor of Green Manufacturer magazine. "This dynamic event will provide the resources needed to either begin the zero-waste-to-landfill journey or improve upon an already robust program."
Experienced practitioners will provide valuable tips and tricks for accomplishing profound change in an organization's culture. The opening address by Tom Easterday, executive vice president of SIA, will focus on how the company became an environmental champion and the first automotive assembly plant to become "Zero-Landfill" in 2004.

Attendees will tour the SIA plant to see a zero-waste-to-landfill program in action and learn how SIA eliminated all landfill waste from its manufacturing process.
Steve Walker, manager of environmental sustainability with Burt's Bees, will address how the company's manufacturing site reached zero landfill status in October of 2009 starting from 30 tons per month in January 2007, with the headquarters and distribution facilities meeting the mark in April 2010. Walker also will share strategies the organization is undertaking to fulfill its commitment of becoming the greenest personal care company on the planet by 2020.

Additional presentations and discussions with industry experts will provide insight on approaches manufacturers can implement to achieve zero-waste-to-landfill.
Cost to attend the event is $245 and includes a complimentary one-year trial membership to the Green Manufacturer Network ($49 value). Green Manufacturer Network members can attend for $195. Registration is available via phone at 888-394-4362 or online at

Based in Rockford, Ill., the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA), is a professional organization with members working together to improve the metal forming and fabricating industry. Founded in 1970, FMA brings metal fabricators and fabricating equipment manufacturers together through technology councils, educational programs, networking events, and industry trade publications. FMA Communications, Inc., the publishing affiliate of FMA produces Green Manufacturer magazine, a bimonthly magazine delivered to 75,000 manufacturing professionals that covers the process applications, products, and opportunities that manufacturers need to know about in order to run an effective green operation. The mission of the Green Manufacturer Network, managed by FMA, is to facilitate training and share knowledge on sustainable manufacturing throughout the entire supply chain and promote awareness that going green can increase profitability.

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