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Manufacturing Competitiveness

Manufacturing Competitiveness

Conference explores sustainable manufacturing, convenes stakeholders from across the country

DURHAM, N.C. -- Manufacturing plays an important role in national security and sustained economic growth.

Because it is one of the major drivers of development, it is vital that innovative sustainable manufacturing practices be
created to ensure societal well-being and environmental protection.

In a move to complement the national push to develop a strategic roadmap for sustainable manufacturing, industry experts, scholars from leading universities, and national laboratory and government agency personnel recently gathered at Duke University to discuss ways to advance the manufacturing sector during a two-day conference convened by the Duke Center for Sustainability & Commerce and the Council on Competitiveness. 

The conference was focused on providing U.S. manufacturers with sustainable options to increase global competitiveness and solve find solutions to challenges associated with making sustainable manufacturing profitable.

"Having such a diverse group of CEOs and national leaders provided a unique opportunity to better understand the
national and global drivers U.S. companies around the globe face to standardize, measure and report on sustainability at the firm and product level," said Jay Golden, Director for the Duke Center for Sustainability & Commerce at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. "These challenges, and peer-to-peer discussions, will serve as a platform of collective recommendations by the Center and our co-sponor, the Council on Competitivenss, to address policy, technology adoption and human capital development."

Among the days' topics: bio-manufacturing, increasing energy efficiency in manufacturing, technologies to improve
manufacturing, measuring sustainability and job creation. More than 50 speakers took the podium during the event, including Richard H. Brodhead, Duke University President; Peter Nicholas, Co-Founder and Chairman of Boston Scientific; Keith Crisco, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Commerce; William Hancock, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at CSX Corporation; Paul Anastas, Assistant Administrator for Research and Development at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and Tim Profeta, Director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

Findings from the conference will be incorporated into a joint report by the Duke Center for Sustainability & Commerce and the Council on Competitiveness. The report will be delivered to President Barack Obama, Congress and other key stakeholders at a National Manufacturing Summit in Washington, D.C., December 8.

ConferencespeakerConference AttendeeJay Golden
 

Editor's Note: See a slidehow of photos from the event on the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions Facebook page.

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