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  • 1. Lean & Green Operations in Local NEPA Fitness Centers
    BA 395 – Independent Research
    Ryan Clifford
    Nick DiPaolo
    Eddie Pearson
    Dr. Jennifer Edmonds
  • 2. Project Introduction Dr. Jennifer Edmonds
    What does it mean to be LEAN? Ryan Clifford
    What does it mean to be GREEN?Nick DiPaolo
    What does this mean for Fitness Centers? Eddie Pearson
    Next Steps Dr. Jennifer Edmonds
    Your questions are welcome at any time…
  • 3. Going LEAN
  • 4. What is LEAN?
    A manufacturing improvement approach based on the premise that work is accompanied waste or non-value-added effort that should be minimized or eliminated
    Standardizes and drives waste out of any process
  • 5. Steps to becoming LEAN
    Practicing 2 Core Principles
    Continuous Improvement
    Respect for People (Employee Empowerment)
    Cut out commanding and controlling
    Supported from the top down and executed from the bottom up
  • 6. How to Become a LEAN Business
    Using one or more resources to convert inputs into outputs, these outputs then serve as the next stages inputs until a known goal is reached
    • What does this mean?
    • 7. Each step in every process serves a purpose in the next step
    • 8. Every tangible/intangible item is used efficiently and effectively (Employees/ Time)
  • LEAN Example
    Goal: Assembly of a Dumbbell
    Step 1: Weighted piece is weighed
    Step 2: Weighted piece is attached to the dumbbell handle
    Step 3: Attached piece and dumbbell handle is attached to other correctly weighted piece
    Step 4: Whole dumbbell is checked by employee
    Step 5: Dumbbell is shipped
    Each step served a purpose in the next step
    The goal was met: After the five step process there was an assembly of a dumbbell
  • 9. Who is LEAN?
    Reinvigorated its pollution prevention program by training over 55,000 employees
    Gave these employees projects that were environmental beneficial
    General Motors
    Eliminated excess waste and eliminated volatile organic compound by eliminating a painting process step
    ApolloHardwoods Company
    Use fewer trees and less energy to produce the same amount of product
  • 10. Going LEAN
    Becoming LEAN is a large commitment and must be practiced throughout the company
    Going LEAN will not happen without the practice of LEAN techniques and procedures day in and day out
    The outcomes of practicing LEAN procedures can transform a company from the top all the way to the bottom
  • 11.
  • 12. What does it mean?
    Becoming More Environmentally Friendly
    Reducing the Carbon Footprint
    A carbon footprint is the measure of the amount of greenhouse gases, measured in units of carbon dioxide, produced by human activities.
    Ozone layer being destroyed
    Environmental Practices
    Making a conscious effort to help protect the earth’s future
  • 13. Who Can “Go Green”?
    Anyone who wants to make a positive impact on the environment
    Anyone who wants to reduce costs and waste
    Little changes in daily routines can make a big difference if everyone takes part.
  • 14. Where Can It Be Used?
    Owners can save money on electric bills
    Huge opportunity since more people are becoming aware of the benefits of going green
    Car pooling
    Buying food and other products
    Organic foods
    Cleaning products (non-toxic)
  • 15. Why Go Green?
    Protect the environment
    Improving health
    Saving money
    For Businesses, it can severely cut costs
    Makes you more profitable
  • 16. How To Go Green
    3 R’s - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
    Fluorescent Light bulbs
    Water Saving Showerheads
    On demand hot water heaters
    Using different sources of energy
  • 17. How To Go Green
    Store food in reusable plastic containers
    Bring your own reusable bags when shopping
    Carbon Filtration systems
    Changes out air several times an hour to ensure optimal air quality
  • 18. More Examples
    Actively use recycling bins instead of throwing things in the trash
    Floors made from recycled tires
    Furniture made from recycled materials
    25,000,000 – number of trees saved a year IF every American recycled just 1/10 of their newspapers
  • 19. Energy Star Rating
    U.S. EPA and U.S. Dept of Energy
    Energy efficient products and practices
    Heating and Cooling
    Energy Star equipment uses an average 65% less electricity than standard models.
  • 20. New Energy
    Wind power is the fastest growing source of energy in the world.
    Wind power capacity grew by 45% in 2007, but only represents about 2% of the nation’s total electricity supply.
    New wind power capacity completed in 2008, according to initial estimates will avoid up to 44 million tons of carbon emissions the equivalent of taking 7 million cars off the road
    Coal-fired power plants and the pollution they release every day are a major threat to human health and our environment.
    Burning coal accounts for half of America’s electricity production.
    Achieving a 20% wind contribution to U.S. electricity supply by 2030 would reduce CO2 emissions by 25%.
  • 21. New Energy Con’t
    Solar Energy is quickly rising.
    More cars are solar powered.
    Reduces pollution
    Solar Energy does not emit any greenhouse gasses.
    In just one hour, the earth receives more energy from the sun than the entire world uses during a whole year.
  • 22. General Facts
    The average American will throw 600 times their weight (90,000 lbs or 47.5 tons) in the garbage over their lifetime.
    Compact Fluorescent (CF) bulbs use about 1/4 the energy to produce the same amount of light as a traditional incandescent bulb.
    Printer cartridges take about 450 years to decompose
  • 24. What some are doing today
    Co-Owner – Bryan Spratt
    Using recycled rubber for gym floor
    Sustainable bamboo flooring in rooms
    Repainted with zero-VOC paint
    Plug-Out Technology
    Added extra fly wheel to aerobic machines
    Harnesses energy from user to generate electricity out to grid for use of building
  • 25. Continued..
    Green Microgym
    Owner – Adam Boesel
    Human Dynamo
    Machine Prototype – 4 pedal bikes attached to small generator.
    Produce 200 watts to 600 watts of energy per hour
    Solar Panel – 1st fitness center to implement this
  • 26. Continued..
    Sunset Athletic Club
    Owner – Chuck Richards
    Remodeled and doubled the size of his fitness arena to a more environmental friendly center
    Recycled paints for walls; Recycled rubber for floor
    Paint – recycled latex ; Rubber – recycled tires
    Insulated with UltraTouch
    Non-toxic and flame-retardant material made from recycled cotton t-shirts & denim
    Light sensors
    Detect natural sunlight
    Turn off & on based on needed amount
    Large windows – less need for lightbulbs
  • 27. What Fitness Centers can do?
    Smart Chips – power strips that regulate energy and reduce electrical consumption when units are off but still plugged in
    Energy Star Rated Light bulbs
    Energy Star rating – means less energy & decreased electrical bills
    Motion Sensor Lights
    Detect motion in rooms, control lighting when needed
    Plug-Out Technology
  • 28. Continued..
    On-Demand hot water heaters
    Make instant hot water for individual shower heads
    Water-saving showerheads
    Allow less water usage
    Turn off television and lighting in areas without activity for certain time frame
    Reduce significant amount of laundry
    Blows warm air to dry clients
  • 29. Continued..
    Add larger/more windows
    Solar Panels – within budget
  • 30. Overall
    Use recycled materials
    Laundry detergent
    Paints – Latex/Organic
    Recycled Rubber
    Eliminate paper towels or use recycled paper
    Natural – biodegradable mats
  • 31. Project Scope-The Population
    Questionnaire Development
    On-site Interviews