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Reducing Environmental Impacts with W.A.S.T.E. Walks

Learn about a Lean event format to help you reduce environmental impacts at your facility by engaging employees!
Brion Hurley
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Explain what a WASTE walk is and why they are effective
Understand how the WASTE acronym can help identify environmental opportunities
Conduct a WASTE walk using the 4 step process (Prepare, Event, Combine, Decide)
Fill out the WASTE Walk Planning Worksheet to plan an event
Learn about 3 different event types to address environmental wastes (Water Walk, Dumpster Dive and Energy Walk)
Prioritize employee ideas using the Impact Ease Matrix
Select the top 3 ideas using multivoting techniques with a team
Conduct a WASTE walk in your company, organization or agency with little to no prior experience

We will discuss a lean approach to reducing and conserving environmental impacts in your facility or a business you work with. The WASTE Walk is an approach to engage employees and co-workers in identifying simple, “low-hanging fruit” environmental wastes occurring in your processes. This “gemba walk” event format can help you reduce costs and save money, reduce carbon emissions and health risks in the community, improve the reputation of the organization, and become good stewards of the environment. No prior lean experience needed. Three different types of events will be discussed: Water Walk, Dumpster Dive and Energy Walk. Included in the training are templates for planning your WASTE Walk, and an Impact-Ease Matrix to prioritize ideas.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to plan and conduct a simple WASTE walk to help a business reduce trash, energy or water usage and save money.

Course Length: 48 minutes

Main Course

Introduction to WASTE Walks

You will learn about WASTE Walks, and see the 4 step process for conducting a WASTE Walk. This video will provide an overview of the remaining topics in the course.

Water Walks

Learn how Water Walks can be used to reduce and conserve water

Dumpster Dives

Learn how Dumpster Dives can be used to reduce trash (rubbish) and landfill charges

Energy Walks

Learn how Energy Walks can be used to reduce and conserve energy (electricity, natural gas, etc)

WASTE Walks Summary

We will recap the 4 step process for conducting a WASTE Walk, now that you have been taught three different event types. We will also recap the benefits of WASTE Walks.

Course Reference Materials

WASTE Walk Planning Worksheet

Template to use for setting up a WASTE Walk in your company or an organization you work with.

Impact Ease Matrix

Template to use for ranking ideas and opportunities based on impact on the problem and ease of implementation.

Lecture 1: Quiz

Test your knowledge to see how well you paid attention

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