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How Columbus Ohio Saves Money Using E3 to Reduce Waste

2013 February 20

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Michael-B.-Coleman – Mayor

By Mayor Michael B. Coleman

Because we want Columbus to be a green and efficient city, sustainability is a topic we take seriously. We have launched programs to encourage our residents and businesses to design smarter and reduce waste. We recently recruited manufacturers to join the movement with the help of E3. E3 stands for Economy, Energy and Environment. It is an innovative federal program designed to package federal, state and local environmental assistance programs into a one-stop shop for manufacturers seeking to reduce waste and increase profits. In 2010, six Columbus companies agreed to be part of the E3 pilot program. As a result, each received a full range of benefits including increased efficiency, profits and sustainability supporting job growth and our local economy. To gain these benefits, on-site professional audits on environmental, lean processing, waste and energy were completed to identify changes the businesses could make to avoid unnecessary costs through efficient use of resources.

Collectively, the E3 team found that more than $5 million of annual savings could be realized with a one-time capital retrofit of $5 million. This framework is versatile and can be molded to fit any community’s set of manufacturing priorities. In Columbus, E3 is helping to position our manufacturing industry, which represents approximately 20 percent of the workforce, for success and longevity.

Using the E3 framework, Columbus has more productive relationships with state and federal officials and with our manufacturing community. I encourage other city officials and business leaders to explore how they company can use the E3 framework to make progress together.

See a video on the Columbus E3 project.

Additional information on E3 is available online

About the author:  Since taking office in 2000, Mayor Michael B. Coleman has built Columbus’ reputation as one of the best cities in the nation by building stronger, safer neighborhoods and creating jobs by maintaining a high quality of life. Columbus is the 15th largest city in the nation, the largest city in Ohio and among the only growing cities in the Midwest.

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  1. Arman.- permalink
    February 20, 2013

    E3 : Environmentalist, Economy Capitalist, And Economy Socialist…

    After through capitalism and socialism ways, wise people wish youth generation to become environmentalist who should protect planets, and hoping they could be enjoy like they were children……….!!!

  2. Master Melvin M. Lusterio permalink
    February 21, 2013

    The Good Force be with you!

    Well done, Mayor Michael B. Coleman!

    Live forever & prosper!

  3. Omer permalink
    February 22, 2013

    Hi…

    Nice post hands of health ;)

  4. vito permalink
    February 23, 2013

    Your work is wonderful and efficient

  5. Newezine permalink
    February 23, 2013

    It”s hard to become environmentalist,with all those petrol,gas,charcoal and money.

  6. Fecar permalink
    February 23, 2013

    Thanks for sharing

  7. zahid permalink
    February 23, 2013

    Thanks alot sir for posting this great article. It was nice to be here.

  8. silva permalink
    February 24, 2013

    very good!.

  9. Sam Dalek permalink
    February 24, 2013

    Hopefully this will spread to other states…. Congrats Columbus!

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  10. silva permalink
    February 24, 2013

    very good.

  11. wade permalink
    February 25, 2013

    The original E3 program was established by the “American Textile Manufactures Institute(ATMI)” sometime in the early 1990’s. ES stood for “Encouraging Environmental Excellence” and was used by ATMI members to spread the word that the Textile Industry was an environmentally friendly industry, very dedicated to protecting our environment while producing world class quality fabrics and apparel.

    Sad to say that our gov’t did little to afford protection for the textile industry and as such imports from cheap labor overseas countries all but distroyed USA textile and apparel manufacturing.

  12. monotica permalink
    February 28, 2013

    It is very difficult in our days,everything is destroyed.Congratulations Mayor Michael B.

  13. monotica permalink
    February 28, 2013

    you have our support Mayor ,and we believe in your ideas

  14. filia apostolakou permalink
    February 28, 2013

    Thanks for sharing.Congratulations

  15. Fernando permalink
    March 1, 2013

    Muito boa a matéria. Acho que devemos realmente proteger o meio ambiente.

  16. Running Man permalink
    March 8, 2013

    Great!!
    Thank you for sharing

  17. Belo Mar Imoveis permalink
    March 10, 2013

    We must protect the environment …. nowadays nobody cares …
    Thanks for sharing.Congratulations

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    March 11, 2013

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    March 20, 2013

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    March 29, 2013

    Sad to say that our gov’t did little to afford protection for the textile industry and as such imports from cheap labor overseas countries all but distroyed USA textile and apparel manufacturing.

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    March 29, 2013

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    March 29, 2013

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    March 29, 2013

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    March 31, 2013

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    March 31, 2013

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    March 31, 2013

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    March 31, 2013

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    March 31, 2013

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    March 31, 2013

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    April 1, 2013

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    April 1, 2013

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    April 1, 2013

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    April 1, 2013

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    April 3, 2013

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    April 3, 2013

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    April 12, 2013

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    April 14, 2013

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    April 17, 2013

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    April 17, 2013

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    April 17, 2013

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    April 19, 2013

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    April 19, 2013

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    April 19, 2013

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    April 20, 2013

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    April 20, 2013

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    April 20, 2013

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