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Friday, 18 December 2015 11:21

Lean Management for the Green Industry

James Martin Associates Is Lean and Green

Jim Martin, owner of James Martin Associates, not only believes in finding ways to reduce his industry’s carbon footprint, he wrote the book on it. In Lean Management for the Green Industry, Martin establishes the case for using lean management processes in the landscape industry to reduce waste – and, in the process, save money. 

Lean management is the process of driving out waste in operations in order to become more efficient and effective. The environment naturally reaps rewards when a company – particularly a company in the business of green – is lean. “As you drive out waste, you become more energy efficient,” says Martin, who is a past president of the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET, currently known as NALP). At a time when corporate consciousness and public awareness about environmental sustainability is high, that’s a business advantage.

James Martin Associates and the firm’s customers have realized measurable, significant gains in the eleven years since the company began adopting the lean management processes that Martin describes in his book. The company estimates that it has reduced carbon dioxide emissions by over 2 million pounds over the last eleven years. That huge reduction came from initiatives such as: cutting the company’s service area, using high-efficiency mowers and biodiesel fuel, reducing equipment use, creating local, organic mulch and using brine for ice management:

“It’s good for everybody,” says Martin, “For our clients, for our company, and for the environment.”

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