GreenUP! offering free virtual training for metal manufacturers

GreenUP! will offer a free training for metal manufacturers and finishers. The training is on seven Wednesdays beginning July 14 and ending on Oct. 6.

The training will address the many challenges that Metal Manufacturers and Finishers face in today’s marketplace including managing hazardous materials, compliance with environmental inspections and regulations and marketplace competitiveness. For businesses in the state of Nevada, free technical assistance is provided with identified projects.

Participants will learn how metal finishing operations have reduced their waste and saved money. LEAN manufacturing techniques will be used to identify waste in a business and maximize profits and risk management systems that reduce potential liability from environmental, health and safety issues.

Donna Walden, President of the greenUP! Board said, “While the training was initially envisioned for Metal Manufacturers in Nevada, the virtual age allows us to offer the training on a nationwide basis. We are targeting metal manufacturing businesses across the nation that have EPA sanctioned pollution prevention technical assistance providers to help with implementation of programs in their state.”

"Nevada enjoys a robust metalworking manufacturing community and is also a leading edge location for green and sustainable manufacturing initiatives. Eliminating waste and improving efficiency is a staple of manufacturing continuous improvement concepts.,” said Tom Simpkins, Director, Nevada Industry Excellence.  “We're excited about this offering that combines these tried and true concepts with sustainable practices."

Sponsors include greenUP!, Nevada Industry of Excellence (NVIE), the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) and the City of Los Angeles. The training and technical service is made possible with grant funding provided from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Sign up by July 7, 2021:  For more information, email


Introduction to Metal Finishing Environmental Certification

Week 1 - Wednesday, July 14, 2021 (9am - 10:30am PT) - "Finding the Hidden Profits in Environmental Stewardship." The introduction explains how environmental stewardship will help address challenges metal manufacturers face including regulations and compliance, risk management and remaining profitable in a competitive marketplace.

Week 2 - Wednesday, July 28, 2021 (9am - 10:30am PT) - "Sustainability and the Metal Manufacturing Industry - Success Stories and Lessons Learned." Week 2 covers success stories on how metal manufacturers can save money and reduce waste.

Successful Metal Manufacturing Environmental Practices

Week 3 - Wednesday, August 11, 2021 (9am - 10:30am PT) - "Pollution Prevention Opportunities for Metal Finishing." This training will cover greening of metal finishing processing including electroplating, electroless plating, anodizing, coating, chemical etching, and manufacturing of printed circuit boards.

Week 4 - Wednesday, August 25, 2021 (9am - 10:30am PT) - "Metal Manufacturing Best Management Practices and Proven Pollution Prevention Techniques." This training will be a deeper dive on risk management, how to reduce pollution and save money.

Lean and Environmental Training for Metal Finishing

Week 5 - Wednesday, September 15, 2021 (9am - 10:30am PT) - "Safer Alternatives in Solvent Applications for Metal Processing." Solvents including vapor degreasing, paint stripping, aerosol cleaning lubricants, and metalworking fluids are used by thousands of companies for cleaning metal processing. This training will explore potential alternatives to harmful solvents and tradeoffs for each of the methods.

Week 6 - Wednesday, September 29, 2021 (9am - 10:30am PT) - "Finding Value in LEAN." This course explains how to use LEAN principles for optimal performance in metal manufacturing.

Week 7 - Wednesday, October 6, 2021 (9am - 10:30am PT) - "Lean Practices and Success Stories." Continuation of LEAN techniques including value stream, chemical management, and success stories.


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