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“Lean and Green” Assistance for Businesses in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region: A Retrospective

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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College Industry Partnerships Division Technical Session 1

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Paul K. Andersen New Mexico State University Orcid 16x16

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Paul K. Andersen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at New Mexico State University. His teaching and research interests include materials engineering, plant design and economics, nuclear chemical engineering, and the optimal design of experiments.

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Patricia A. Sullivan New Mexico State University

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Patricia A. Sullivan serves as Associate Dean for Outreach and Recruiting in the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University. She received her PhD in industrial engineering and has over 32 years’ experience directing statewide engineering outreach services that include technical engineering business assistance, professional development, and educational outreach programs. She is co-PI for a National Science Foundation (NSF) INCLUDES pilot grant, co-PI for a NSF grant to broaden participation in STEM, and was a co-PI for an i6 Challenge grant through the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). She is institutional integrator for the Partnership for the Advancement of Engineering Education (PACE) at NMSU, is University Affiliate Director for the NM Project Lead the Way program, and was co-lead for a NSF funded Pathways to Innovation cohort at NMSU. Currently, Patricia serves as chair of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), is a member of the executive committee for the NM Consortia for Energy Workforce Development, and a member of the board of directors for Enchantment Land Certified Development Company (a program that certifies SBA 504 loans that foster economic development.) She has extensive experience in economic development particularly efforts that build on collaborative partnerships with business and industry, government agencies, and other stake-holders to enhance employment opportunities for engineering students.

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Jalal Rastegary New Mexico State University


Christopher Campbell New Mexico State University

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Mr. Campbell currently serves as Senior Program Manager at New Mexico State University’s Engineering New Mexico Resource Network in Albuquerque, NM where he manages statewide pollution prevention, energy efficiency and recycling outreach programs. The Network provides information on pollution prevention and energy efficiency for New Mexico businesses, communities and Tribes.

Chris has authored and managed sixteen EPA Pollution Prevention grants since 1999 (totaling over $2.8 million) providing outreach and training on rural and Borderland P2 issues. Chris implements on-site presentations and training for a variety of industrial sectors on pollution prevention, energy efficiency and Lean & Green manufacturing; he collaborates with State agencies and non-profits in promoting pollution prevention efforts throughout New Mexico and the region.

He co-instructs an on-line course on pollution prevention at NMSU and has contributed to waste minimization and environmental education efforts in India through US-AEP and the Council of State Governments. Chris received his BA degree at Columbia University and a Master’s at the University of Michigan. He served as a Senior Environmental Planner with the Rhode Island Environment Department for 16 years before joining the U.S. Peace Corps in Hungary where he served as an environmental volunteer. Before joining the staff at NMSU, Chris initiated the Source Water Protection Program for the New Mexico Rural Water Association from 1997-1999.

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“Lean and Green” assistance for businesses operating within the U.S.-Mexico Border region: A retrospect of recommendations adopted

Pollution Prevention (“P2”) Grants funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have supported on-site “Lean and Green” assistance to business and industry operating within the U.S.-Mexico border region. This assistance has focused on improving environmental and energy performance, reducing solid waste, and providing cost-savings to participating businesses. Assistance has been provided across sectors with primary assistance provided to those classified under the broad categories of manufacturing, public schools, healthcare, and hospitality. In recent years, the authors have collaborated with partners in an adjoining border state to expand access to similar services within a shared border ecosystem. Assessment teams from both states have successfully assisted nine businesses in the region to effectively adopt improved “Lean and Green” strategies within their respective operational processes. This paper will present findings from strategies employed by participating business and industry partners, will provide a retrospect of recommendations adopted, will suggest Best Practices for engaging similar business and industry partners in future “Lean and Green” assistance, and will explore geographic business practices that may support and/or hinder adoption of identified strategies.

Andersen, P. K., & Sullivan, P. A., & Rastegary, J., & Campbell, C. (2018, June), “Lean and Green” Assistance for Businesses in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region: A Retrospective Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--29649

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