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January 21, 2014 Lean Manufacturing Yields ‘Green’ Results Nice Article

January 21, 2014

Lean Manufacturing Yields ‘Green’ Results

If you’ve ever sat in traffic having simultaneous thoughts that “all of these vehicle emissions are bad for the environment,” and “I wish I lived closer to work,” then you already have a sense of how mutual “lean and green” thinking works.
The traditional way of thinking goes that “green” business initiatives add costs, while implementing “lean” processes is about streamlining and saving money.
Many manufacturers today have evolved their thinking so that lean and green initiatives work hand in hand, achieving the same goal of increasing profits.
In fact, a 2009 study by the University of South Floridasuggested there is a “synergistic relationship” between lean and green systems, and that there are “philosophical and structural similarities” between the two models.
Lean manufacturers follow stringent manufacturing processes designed to eliminate or minimize waste and non-value added steps in seven categories.
You can think of them as the “seven deadly sins” of wasteful manufacturing: Defects, Overproduction, Transportation, Waiting, Excess Inventory, Unnecessary Movement and Over-Processing. Some manufacturers have also adopted a “Six Sigma” improvement process, which includes a set of disciplined tools and problem-solving methodologies for reducing or eliminating process variation and product defects.
Here are seven examples of how these lean innovations can yield sustainability results for manufacturers:
  • Fewer product defects: If you’ve improved your processes to minimize product defects, that means you’re using fewer raw materials to manufacture those products. In addition, you don’t need as much plant space, systems and equipment to rework or repair those products, which equals less energy consumption.
  • Less overproduction
  • Minimizing wasted movement
  • Reducing transportation: 
  • Less excess inventory
  • Reduced waiting
  • Less over-processing
  • READ THE REST! 
Shawn Kitchell is senior vice president of operations at St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Madico Window Films, which develops, manufactures, and markets technologically advanced laminates. Madico Window Films is a subsidiary of Madico, Inc.

Are 'Lean adminstrative' and 'Service design' kind of the same thing? What are the differences and what are the commonalities? Please share your opinion!

Are 'Lean adminstrative' and 'Service design' kind of the same thing?
What are the differences and what are the commonalities? Please share your opinion!

Computer makers lead layoffs list so far in 2014 -"ompanies had to “flatten the bureaucracy and foster a more entrepreneurial approach to decision making.”

Computer makers lead layoffs list so far in 2014



Companies had to “flatten the bureaucracy and foster a more entrepreneurial approach to decision making.”



"The 48,361 job cuts that computer firms have announced through July of this year is 85% higher than the retail industry, which ranked second, according to a report by Challenger, Gray & Christmas. The weakness was led by Microsoft’s  MSFT  plan to slash 18,000 jobs over the next year and Hewlett-Packard’s  HPQ  decision earlier this year to cut as much as 16,000 more jobs after previously unveiling a plan to layoff 34,000.
Both Microsoft and H-P face challenges in a world that lives by mobile devices rather than the PCs where those companies have traditionally dominated. Consumers and businesses are shifting more computing chores to the Web, tablets and smartphones — areas where Microsoft and H-P have struggled to gain meaningful traction.
“Both companies were slow to react to the shift from PCs to mobile and simply do not want to get caught flat-footed again,” said John A. Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas. He added the companies had to “flatten the bureaucracy and foster a more entrepreneurial approach to decision making.”

Exclusive: Airbnb says its saving our world with each rented room

Exclusive: Airbnb says its saving our world with each rented room



Airbnb’s report, prepared with the help of Cleantech Group, a company that help businesses be more sustainable, tries to measure the environmental impact of its users across a number of potential trouble spots. These answers were then compared with average impact of guests at Hilton and Marriott hotels, as described in public records and hotel reports.
“In one year alone, Airbnb guests in North America saved the equivalent of 270 Olympic-sized pools of water while avoiding the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 33,000 cars on North American roads,” according to the report. European Union customers, meanwhile, saved the equivalent of 1,100 pools and avoid emissions from 200,000 vehicles.
Airbnb described its estimates as being conservative. Whether its finding would withstand scientific scrutiny is another matter.
It also said that North American customers conserved enough electricity compared with staying at hotels to power 19,000 homes. European guests conserved the equivalent of 68,000 homes.

A Community Conversation on the Power of Place in Connecticut, Part Four Unleashing the Creative Energies of an Entire Community - "it was very interesting". DD Vasseur

 A Community Conversation on the Power of Place in Connecticut, Part FourUnleashing the Creative Energies of an Entire Community
Thursday, June 19th, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
The Bank, 45 Church Street, New Haven
 
Please join the Connecticut Advisory Committee on Culture and Tourism, our statewide partner boards, and our many local placemaking partners, including the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, for the fourth convening of A Community Conversation on the Power of Place in Connecticut on June 19thth from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Bank, 45 Church Street, New Haven.  The focus of the evening will be small table discussion about Unleashing the Creative Energies of an Entire Community.  We are expecting a full house, so if you want to assured a seat at the table, rsvp today to Leigh Johnson at Leigh.Johnson@ct.gov the deadline to RSVP is the close of business on Monday, June 16th.  The event is by invitation and is free of charge.

In past convenings we asked attendees to do some advance work before the event.  In New London, we asked you to come with a story of a favorite play in Connecticut.  In Stamford, we asked you to bring a picture that related to the theme of Succeeding Economically Without Losing Our Soul.  For this event, we'd like you to think of a voice that has not been well represented in these gatherings, and in placemaking generally, and to personally invite someone to come on the 19th to represent that missing voice.

Some additional detail on the theme:
The focus of the old economy was on rules-based work by human robots.  But, we now have real robots to do rules-based work, freeing humans to focus on creative work.  Creative work and creative play are the heart of placemaking.
Placemaking is not primarily about real estate; it’s about people.   The key element of place is the play, not the stage, both today’s plays and the plays that have taken place over time.
A truly creative place engages and unleashes the creative energies of all of its citizens, including artists, scientists, makers and entrepreneurs of all types, all incomes and all aspirations.
Key Questions for Small Group Discussion:
How do we broadly engage and unleash the creative energies of the citizens of our great places?
How do we use arts education to develop new creatives…to draw upon and develop a capacity for creative thinking, both within and outside of the arts?
How do we intentionally re-integrate art and science to create the next economy?

Winter-Sowing 101 | Survive It All Blog

Winter-Sowing 101 | Survive It All Blog

$1.2-$2M federal STEM grants - You can wrap STEM around everyday problems that face us. Food in inner cities, water collection, maximizing space, maximizing energy, holistically!

$1.2-$2M federal STEM grants


Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)

The Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program through research and model-building activities seeks to build understandings of best practice factors, contexts and processes contributing to K-12 students’ motivation and participation in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) core domains along with other STEM cognate domains (e.g.,information and communications technology (ICT), computing, computer sciences, data analytics, among others) that inform education programs and workforce domains. The ITEST program funds foundational and applied research projects addressing the development, implementation, and dissemination of innovative strategies, tools, and models for engaging students to be aware of STEM and cognate careers, and to pursue formal school-based and informal out-of-school educational experiences to prepare for such careers.
Deadline: Nov. 6, 2014
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DD Vasseur “The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything they have.”


It's a bummer getting older and not seeing your family as often. I really miss both of my brothers and my daughter.

Mitochondrial DNA copy number and lung cancer risk in a prospective cohort study

Mitochondrial DNA copy number and lung cancer risk in a prospective cohort study



Mitochondrial DNA copy number and lung cancer risk in a prospective cohort study

  1. Qing Lan1,
+Author Affiliations
  1. 1Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD
  2. 2Department of Neurology and Vascular and Genomic Research Center, Changhua Christian Hospital, Changhua, Taiwan
  3. 3Department of Social and Preventative Medicine, University at Buffalo the State University of New York, Buffalo, NY
  4. 4Epidemiology Program, Cancer Research Center of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
  5. 5Department of Chronic Disease Prevention, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki, Finland
  1. *To whom proofs and correspondence should be addressed: H. Dean Hosgood, email (hosgoodd@mail.nih.gov), phone (301-594-4649), fax (301-402-1819), National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch. 6120 Executive Blvd., EPS 8118, MCS 7240, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7240
  • Received October 20, 2009.
  • Revision received January 26, 2010.
  • Accepted February 17, 2010.

Abstract

Mitochondria are eukaryotic organelles responsible for energy production. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) lack introns and protective histones, have limited DNA repair capacity, and compensate for damage by increasing the number of mtDNA copies. As a consequence, mitochondria are more susceptible to reactive oxygen species (ROS), an important determinant of cancer risk, and it is hypothesized that increased mtDNA copy number may be associated with carcinogenesis. We assessed the association of mtDNA copy number and lung cancer risk in 227 prospectively collected cases and 227 matched controls from the Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta-Carotene Cancer Prevention (ATBC) Study. Conditional logistic regression was used to estimate odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (95% CI), adjusting for age at randomization, smoking years, and number of cigarettes smoked per day. There was suggestion of a dose-dependent relationship between mtDNA copy number and subsequent risk of lung cancer, with a prominent effect observed in the highest mtDNA copy number quartile (ORs (95% CI) by quartile: 1.0 (reference), 1.3 (0.7-2.5), 1.1 (0.6-2.2), and 2.4 (1.1-5.1), respectively; ptrend = 0.008). This is the first report, to the best of our knowledge, to suggest that mtDNA copy number may be positively associated with subsequent risk of lung cancer in a prospective cohort study; however, replication is needed in other studies and populations.